SHAMAN'S JOURNEY

30346 Goodspring Dr.

Agoura Hills, CA  91301

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PILGRIMAGES
MUNAY-KI
JOURNEY  TO  SACRED  WATERS
2019  PERU  PILGRIMAGE
June 16 - July 1, 2019
Journey to Sacred Waters
Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Land Cost $3,440

Dear Spritual Traveler,

 

Welcome to Journey to Sacred Waters - the 2019 Peru Pilgrimage produced by Shaman's Journey. This will be a spiritual exploration of the land and culture of the Earthkeepers of the high Andes. We will connect with the energy, the waters, and the lineages of the Q'ero Paqos, their ancient wisdom teachings, and the sacred Karpay transmissions. We will travel in the spirit of Munay- universal love. The trip has been carefully planned for you to have an exceptional experience. We will have a Peruvian Q’ero Paqo as our group's personal guide, with his translator who speaks fluent English and Spanish. We will engage in genuine intercultural experiences, ceremonies and practices, receive traditional blessings, sit in teaching circles at sacred sites, and connect with the land, the people, and the medicine teachings of the rich Peruvian culture. This is the trip of a lifetime - please join us!

We are not a commercial tour company motivated by profit. The land costs we offer are an outstanding value. Check the internet and you’ll see - prices are nearly double for similar packages. Please review the information that is available below and let us know if you have any questions or need more information. If you are planning to come with us, please send us an e-mail stating your intention, and we will send you an application form! You can also download the Application form and other required forms from this website. We look forward to traveling with you!

                                                                                                                       In love and service  

                                                                                                                       Orit Heartlight, Group Leader

Experience a video of our 2013 Peru pilgrimage.

Trip Details
Included in the land cost fee:
  •  All Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy.

  •  Daily continental breakfasts at all hotels.

  •  Most lunches and dinners. 

  •  Transfers by private minibus, train or boat, and airfare of domestic flight to Lake Titikaka.

  •  Entrance fees to sites as outlined in itinerary, including Machu Picchu.

  •  Tours, teachings, and personal attention from qualified multilingual staff.

  •  Ceremonies with our personal Q’ero Paqo at sacred sites as outlined in itinerary.

Not included in the land cost fee:
  • International airfare to Cusco, Peru, and from Juliaca. Traveler must arrive at airport in Cusco, Peru by 3:00 pm June 16, 2019. Arrival flight number and time must be confirmed with us by the traveler prior to departure.

  • Six meals as specified in the detailed trip description. (Avarage cost of lunch or dinner in Peru is $5 - $9)

  • Bottled drinking water for the Lake Titikaka portion of the trip. 

  • Special transfers for early arrivals or late departures.

  • Gratuities for travel, hotel, guides, and other.

  • Additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors.

  • Health or Traveler’s insurance … strongly recommended.

  • Additional travel pre or post trip.

  • Other non-included items: souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, laundry, items of personal nature.

Registration and Payment Schedule:

Land Cost is $3,440 and is based on a minimum of eight travelers committing to the trip by February 16, 2019.

(We are open to up to 12 travelers,  in which case the land cost will decrease!)

Paying the non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your space in the pilgrimage.

 

Payment Schedule:

Deposit: $1,000 due by February 1, 2019

Second Payment: $1,220 due by March 16, 2019

Third Payment: $1,220 is due by April 16, 2019

 

Payments can be made with credit cards via Paypal, or by mailing a check to: Shaman's Journey, Peru Pilgrimage, 30346 Goodspring Dr. Agoura Hills, CA 91301. If paying via Paypal please add $35 to each payment for fees. Late registrations may be accepted at the discretion of Shaman's Journey and are subject to availability of space, accommodations and tour tickets.

Itinerary
 
ITINERARY
Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titikaka: June 16 - July 1, 2019
  •  Travel Day (Sunday, June 16) 

   Travel to Lima, then fly to Cusco arriving in Cusco by 3:00pm. Private bus will take us to our retreat center in Huaran, 

   (Tambo del Caminate), then evening dinner at the center with group. Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

   *Dinner included at Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 1 (Monday, June 17) - Coca Circle Integration 

   Morning: Coca Circle; introduction to intercultural community Agreements. A short walk to spend time in nature

   Evening session: Possibly a night time song immersion or other activity

   *All organic meals included at Tambo del Caminate in Huaran

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

 

  • Day 2 (Tuesday, June 18) - River Hucha Cleanse, and Opening Despacho

   Morning: Heavy energy river cleanse to remove Hucha

   Afternoon session: Opening Despacho to set our group intentions and fill the space with Sami energy

   *All organic meals included at Tambo del Caminate in Huaran

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 3 (Wednesday, June 19) - Visit Killarumiyoq Sacred Site

   Morning: Our first excursion to visit to Killarumiyoq. Teachings and ceremony at this sacred site. We will learn about 

   cultivating personal prayer and giving offerings to enhance our own personal life force and the life force of Pachamama.

   Afternoon session: Coca Integration Circle. Learn how to integrate indigenous practices in a respectful way without

   appropriation.

   *All organic meals included (Picnic lunch by our wonderful Chef Julian)

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 4 (Thursday, June 20) - Mesa cleansing to prepare for Solstice Ceremony

   Morning: Walk to the Waterfall, Mesa cleanse and water blessing.

   Evening: Coca Circle for Solstice preparation

   *All organic meals included 

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 5 (Friday, June 21) - Sostice Ceremony and Feast

   Wake up early to travel to an off the beaten path (lesser known) site to watch the sunrise. Solstice Despacho Ceremony &

   Celebration feast!

   *All organic meals included 

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 6 (Saturday, June 22) - Integration and rest day

   Morning: Sleep in, relax, journal, walk in Nature.

   Afternoon: Group reflection and integration. Teachings on bringing the sacred practices into our personal daily lives.

   *All organic meals included 

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 7 (Sunday, June 23) - Visit Chinchero

   Morning: Travel to Chinchero.  

   Participate in weaving demonstration and have a home-made lunch at a local family home.

   Afternoon: Walk around local Sunday market, and visit the Sacred Site.

   *All meals included 

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 8 (Monday, June 24) - Visit the local Reviveolution land

   Morning: Walk to Reviveolution’s land. Learn about what Reviveolution is doing for the community and the collective.

   Special Lunch: Traditional Pachamanka (underground fire lunch) by our chef Julian.

   Afternoon: Visit a local chicharia, talk about community and culture.

   *All organic meals included 

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  •  Day 9 (Tuesday, June 25) - Visit Machu Picchu

   Morning: We take an early train to Aguas Caliente from Urubamba (6:50am- Peru Rail).

   Visit Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch at Indio Feliz (not included).  

   Afternoon: Take the bus up to Machu Picchu and spend the afternoon touring the sites.

   Evening: Take the 7:30 train back to Urubamba. Dinner included on the train.

   *Breakfast and Dinner included

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 10 (Wednesday, June 26) - Visit Pisaq

   Morning: Travel to Pisaq. Visit the wonderful Shaman’s Market. Lunch in Pisaq on your own (Not included)

   Afternoon: Group discussion/integration at Tambo del Caminate, then time to pack.

   *Breakfast and Dinner included

   Overnight in Tambo del Caminate

  • Day 11 (Thursday, June 27) - Lake Titikaka

   Morning: Leave Huaran at 7:00am to Cusco airport and take our flight to Lake Titikaka (included in land cost)

   Arrive at our hotel (Posada de Santa Barbara)

   Afternoon: Meet Roger, our local Paqo-guide who will plan that portion of our journey.

   *Breakfast at Tambo del Caminate included

    Lunch & Dinner at Posada not included  (Price range is $5 - $9 per meal [20 - 30 Soles])

    Overnight in Posada de Santa Barbara

  • Day 12 (Friday, June 28) - Amantani Island

   Morning: Take a boat to Amantani Island. Participate in Water Ceremony on the boat.  

   Afternoon: Walk around island. Visit local families.

   *All meals included 

   Overnight on the Island at host families

  • Day 13 (Saturday, June 29) - Amantani Island & Lake Titikaka

   Morning: On Amantani Island

   Afternoon: Boat ride back to main land. 

   *Breakfast and Lunch on the island included

    Dinner at Posada not included  (Price range is $5 - $9) 

   Overnight in Posada de Santa Barbara  

  • Day 14 (Sunday, June 30) - Amaru Muru Portal

   Morning: Travel to Aramu Muru Portal for Closing Ceremony and integration.

   Afternoon: Closing Multicultural Despacho

   *Breakfast & Lunch included. 

    Dinner at Posada not included  (Price range is $5 - $9 

   Overnight in Posada de Santa Barbara

  • Day 15 (Monday, July 1) - Travel day

   Early breakfast and leave for the city of Juliaca for our return flights from JULIACA to LIMA and then LIMA to USA.

Shaman's Journey reserves the right to modify the itinerary at any time without notice, to account for weather conditions, availability of services or other unforeseen circumstances.  Peru is an undeveloped country where things happen in their own time! If the itinerary changes, we will endeavor to make the experience as good, or better than the original itinerary.

 
Essential Trip Information  

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until the trip minimum has been met. If you do, it is at your own risk. We will announce when the minimum has been met.

 

We may be able to research airfare for those flying from LAX, so check with us before booking your flights.

Documents

The Application Form, the Agreement and Release Form, and a scan (not a photocopy) of your passport are due with your deposit. The Traveler Information Form with your airline flight information are due as soon as possible after purchasing your airfare.  

 

A valid passport is required for entry into Peru. A ninety day visa is automatically given to US citizens upon entry. You should also carry a second form of photo ID, such as your driver's license, and have a photocopy of the personal data page of your passport. If you lose your passport, this is the easiest way to prove your identity. We suggest keeping one photocopy of your passport tucked in each piece of luggage.

 

Please check your passport expiration date right now and apply for renewal immediately if it expires before or within six months of your travel. (Before December 1st, 2019). Before you send in the renewal application with your current passport, SCAN it (don't just copy it) and save that digital file! Some international airlines will not permit boarding with a passport that expires within six months of travel.

 

If you are traveling with a passport from a country other than the US, please call the Peruvian Consulate nearest to you and find out if there are any visa requirements. The Los Angeles telephone number is (213) 252-5910. You can also check the requirements for each country by logging on to Peru Embassy.

Responsibity for Health and Safety

You are responsible for your own health and safety at all times while on the pilgrimage. In the event of any medical or health problem, Shaman's Journey will do their best to help you obtain qualified medical care. Shaman's Journey is not responsible for any costs incurred, and does not cover the cost of any medical care or treatment. You are responsible for your own medical care and insurance.

Travel Insurance

Sometimes weather, illness, lost baggage or travel-related issues force travelers to change their plans, delay flights, or seek medical treatment in foreign countries. Travel insurance reimburses you for these and other kinds of loss. Purchasing travel insurance to cover medical expenses, emergency assistance, baggage claim and trip cancellation or delay is MANDATORY for this trip. There are many types available online, such as Travelex or Travel Guard which can be found online at www.travelex.com or www.travelguard.com . If you book your flights with an agent, they may offer you a discount on travel insurance.

 

Check with your existing health plan to determine whether they cover your medical care in foreign countries. If not, please add this to your travel insurance coverage. You may also want to check with your credit card company, which may already include some sort of luggage or trip cancellation insurance.

Please have the information for your travel insurance with you for the trip, including phone numbers to call the insurance company.

Budgeting for your Trip

Airfare: Your largest expense other than the land cost will be your airfare. You are responsible for making your reservations and paying your airfare. We recommend LATAM (Previously LAN) airlines for first time travelers to Peru. If you budget $1500 for airfare you should be covered. Airfares tend to fluctuate in relationship to time and other factors that may not be apparent. Please do not purchase airfare until the trip minimum has been met. If you do, it is at your own risk.

Meals: You are responsible for paying for six meals when you will have free time to explore and choose where to eat and who to eat with. All breakfast, and most lunches and dinners are included in the land cost. In the Sacred Valley we will have our own health and environmentally conscious chef who uses organic ingredients. When we dine in restaurants together, we will choose good and safe ones. When you choose a place to eat, keep in mind that prices at restaurants are generally lower than in the US, and you could also save by shopping at local markets. However, please note the precautions about Water and Food below. We suggest you budget $75 for meals not included and for bottled water and beverages.

Gratuities: We will encourage the group to convene at the end of the journey to collect a tip for the guides and driver, which is customary for good service. A typical tip is $5-10 per day per person. We suggest you budget $150 for gratuities, which would include $1 per day for your hotel maid.

Travel Insurance: Prices vary depending on type of coverage, your age, etc. We suggest you budget $150 to $200.

Souvenirs and Craft Purchases: This is completely up to each traveler. There are many beautiful weavings and handcrafts everywhere in Peru and you will certainly be tempted to bring some home.

Private Healing Sessions: Another item to consider would be the cost of a private healing session with our Q'ero maestro. If you choose to receive one, the cost is usually $50 U.S. dollars, and well worth the energetic healing you will receive.

Money

Money in Peru is in Nuevo Soles. The symbol is S/. The current exchange rate is 3.36 S/. per dollar. Prior to departure, we'll make suggestions for how, when and where to exchange dollars. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash around.

Most ATM cards work at cash machines in the Sacred Valley and Cusco, and it’s a handy way to manage cash. The exchange rate for cash at ATM’s is usually a little better than the exchange rate for traveler's checks. To be on the safe side, check with your bank to see if they have ATM affiliates in Cusco, and be sure to let them know you will be traveling in Peru, so they don’t put a lock on your account when the first transaction comes through.

The next safest way to get cash is at one of the many “Cambio” offices that are in most towns. (Cambio means change in Spanish). Avoid street moneychangers. Visa credit cards are generally accepted in Peru. Note: “damaged” US dollars (imperfect) are not accepted in Peru. Do not bring dollars in 1,5, or 10 denominations. Bring only new or "perfect" bills if you bring paper dollars at all.

Handling money in a third world country is not quite the same as in the US. Use precautions as you would traveling anywhere. It's acceptable in Peru to haggle over prices, especially with street sellers who generally inflate their prices for tourists. Street vendors may not have change and expect you to pay in exact currency, so carry a variety. 

Cell Phone and Internet

If you bring and use your cell phone in Peru, you might get hit with enormous ‘roaming charges’ unless you set up an international fixed price plan before you travel. Also be sure to turn off "data roaming" while you are there. Most hotels and restaurants have Wi-Fi in the lobby so you can connect to the internet. Consider unplugging from the digital world during your pilgrimage in Peru.

 
 
Planning for your Peru Pilgrimage 

Medicines and Remedies

If you take prescription medications, be sure to bring what you need. Containers must be clearly labeled to avoid problems at Customs. A compact personal first aid kit is advisable. Personal remedies might include headache, stomach ache, cold symptoms, or dehydration. We recommend packets of vitamin C or other brand of electrolyte supplement which can be added to bottled water. They are good for staying hydrated, especially at high altitude. Since we will be walking moderately during each day, consider bringing band aids or moleskin. Remember, you are fully responsible for your own health.

Water and Food

Most illnesses while traveling are caused by contaminated water or food. It doesn't take much contamination to make you sick, and some diseases can be severe enough to ruin your trip. Please be careful. Drink only safe water. We recommend that you drink two full liters of water per day. Drinking alcohol can dehydrate you fast, we recommend avoiding it.

1. In hotels, use bottled or purified water for drinking and brushing your teeth. (And keep your mouth closed in the shower :-))      Bottled water is readily available where we will be traveling.

    In Huaran we will have unlimited access to filtered/purified water. During the second part of our pilgrimage each of us will 

    need to purchase bottled water for ourselves.

2. Do not use ice cubes unless you know them to be made with purified water. Freezing does not kill bacteria.

3. Do not drink from streams.

4. Beware of uncooked food and especially food from sidewalk vendors. Avoid raw food, especially fresh salads and fruits            with no peel, as they are frequently washed with tap water and contain sulphites to preserve color and freshness. If your            Spanish is good, you can ask at the restaurant what kind of water they use to wash the produce. 

If you are a vegetarian, you will have plenty of choices: potatoes, quinoa, rice, eggs, cheese, cooked vegetables... Breakfasts in some hotels are buffet style, so you may choose what you like. Fruits that have a peel are typically safe (bananas, melons, avocados, oranges). We recommend that you avid berries, grapes, etc. Most lunches and dinners are included in the cost, and we will enjoy them together. While in Huaran, our meals will be prepared by Julian, our Q'ero Paqo's son and our translator Caroline's husband. Julian is a certifies chef who is health and environmentally conscious. There are only two meals during the first 11 days that are not included in the land cost. Again, we recommend avoiding street vendors! Consider bringing pre-packed foods, trail mixes, energy bars, etc., if you are particular about your diet. There is a restaurant at our hotel by Lake Titikaka, and breakfasts are included in the land cost. One lunch and three dinners are not included, so be careful where and what you eat.

Prepare Your Body

Strengthen your body for daily hikes and walking activities at high altitude. There are a lot of steps at some of the sites! Most healthy folks are able to enjoy this trip with ease. We will pace ourselves for the whole group. This year our hiking will be light to moderate, so no special pre-conditioning is a requirement.

Altitude

The Sacred Valley portion of the tour will vary from 8,000 to 12,000 feet altitude. The Lake portion of the tour will be at approximately 12,500 feet.

 

Altitude sickness can occur at heights of 8,000 feet above sea level. It is difficult to know beforehand if you are susceptible to altitude sickness. During our trip, we will reach this height - and above. Your trip has been planned for your comfort and gradual exposure to high altitude. We will land at Cusco at 11,000 ft. altitude, but will transport quickly to Huaran in the Sacred Valley at 9,400 ft. where we will stay at a retreat center . During the first 11 days of our pilgrimage we will travel to different locations in the Sacred Valley all of which are between 9,200 ft. to about 11,000 ft. elevation. Machu Picchu is actually the lowest part of the trip at 7,972 ft. The final part of the trip will be Lake Titicaca where we will be at elevations around 12,500 ft. for a few days.

Breathlessness may occur at these altitudes, but it’s hard to predict if, and to what extent, altitude sickness will affect you as an individual. If you follow our suggestions, you should do well. Oxygen is available at most hotels and we will make sure it is available at the lake. People with heart disease and/or anemia may have more difficulty and must seek professional medical advice before committing to the trip.

Language

Peru is a Spanish speaking country. Few Peruvians speak English. We recommend that you practice some Spanish before you travel, so that you can engage with locals. The Quechua language is spoken by the indigenous Q’ero peoples, but it is not necessary that you learn it.

What To Bring – What to Pack

The following suggestions are general and will be supplemented by updates as we get closer to the travel date.

 

Weather

Weather in the Sacred Valley during the month of June is cool, characterized by daily high temperatures around 65°F, with cold nights at around 32°F . June is autumn in Peru, and is generally the driest month of the year after the rainy season. Occasional rain may be encountered during the trip, but not very likely. The nice thing about going in the fall, is that everything is still fairly green, since the rainy season is from November to March/April.

 

Weather at Lake Titicaca is colder than the Sacred Valley and is unpredictable - it can vary from clear to stormy. Average temperature is around 60°F during the day, and around 40°F at night.

 

Clothing

Wearing layers is the best way to dress. It gets cold at night, and can get warm during the day. Three layers are recommended:

 

  • Warm base layer: Leggings or tights; light weight body hugging shirt. Choose light weight moisture-wicking fabrics over cotton.

  • Insulation layer: Pants or skirt; shirt or top, light weight insulating jacket.

  • Shell (outer) layer: Water-resistant breathable shell, jacket or warm mid-weight coat. 

 

REI's website has good suggestions for how to dress for travel, or you can go to one of their stores and ask for one of their trained advisors to guide you. We did the later before traveling to the high mountain in Peru, and it was very valuable. 

Suggestions for What to Bring:

People tend to bring things “just in case” - and never use them. So think carefully about each item you bring. 

  • Sturdy walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots for day hikes (Tevas OK if it is your preference)

  • Comfortable lounging shoes or sneakers for hotel or village markets 

  • Shower flip-flops

  • Good walking / hiking socks (+ extra pair in case they get wet)

  • Layered clothing assortment for day hiking, picnics, evening lounging and markets

  • Jeans or comfortable pants. You should only need 2-3 pants total

  • Yoga pants or tights for layering legs

  • Sweater or fleece type jacket

  • Lightweight rain slicker or rain poncho

  • Warm jacket for early morning and night time that can be worn over fleece

  • Swimsuit if you wish (Our itinerary does not include a visit to hot springs this time, but one never knows what Spirit has in store for us)

  • Sunscreen!! — sunlight is much brighter at high altitudes

  • Sunglasses (and extra pair) and sunhat with wide brim all around

  • Day backpack that can hold jacket, snack, two water bottles, sunhat, sunscreen, camera etc. Your daypack will be your constant companion so bring a really good one

  • Light small duffel bag for overnight on Amantani Island 

  • Waist pack or money belt for cash and passport is handy

  • Items of a personal nature & toiletries

  • Medicines and remedies

  • Headache medicine like Advil or Tylenol if you use them (again, beware of dehydration)

  • Electrolyte supplements; vitamins and supplements

  • Snack foods like protein bars, trail mix, jerky, etc. – per your diet and preferences

  • Kleenex and wet wipes. Be prepared to carry out from each site what you bring in, so bring bags. Instead of zip lock bags though, consider bringing biodegradable "plastic" bags, or those bags that you can find in parks for picking up dog-poop. These bags break down faster. However, they still break down into tiny particles of plastic, which is toxic to our Pachamama, so we recommend bags that are made form plant material, which you may be able to find in health food stores. (We will bring a bunch if we can find them)

  • Knife and spoon for fruit, picnic, etc – be sure to put knife in suitcase before you fly (those bamboo sets are light weight and convenient) 

  • High quality small flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries

  • Digital camera, memory cards and extra batteries. Memory cards are very expensive in Peru. (These days the cameras in cell phones are so good, that you may want to stick with that option)

  • Converter plug or 220 Volt Converter for South America to charge your electronic devices.

 

Luggage and Packing:

The key to packing for a trip to Peru is to pack for a variety of conditions while keeping the weight to a minimum. It is burdensome to haul heavy baggage, even though we will be lodging in only three locations. We recommend that your daypack or fanny pack be your airplane carry-on. Everything else should fit inside your main, checked suitcase. Remember to leave some space in your main bag (or bring an empty duffel bag) for souvenir purchases.

 

Remember, you’ll need to be able to maneuver your own luggage at the airport; to and from your rooms, the buses, etc. People tend to over-pack and bring things they do not use, making this task difficult.

 

To be in Ayni, please tip or gift those who help you.