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PERU WELLNESS ADVENTURE 2018

4 DAY SALCANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU + DISCOVER YOUR BALANCE THROUGH ADVENTURE 

AUgust 23 - 30

$2,600 

max group size: 15

The Sacred Valley and Cusco region has long been renowned for its powerful spiritual energy, making it the perfect location to take an adventure that will help you harness all your positive energy and find balance in your life. This extra special journey offers all the TLC that makes the WHOA Peru Adventure  + Machu Picchu such a hit, combined with a focus on wellness, balance and reflection. We are so thrilled to be partnering with Pam Singer who will be leading daily meditations, yoga, and reflections along our hiking journey to Machu Picchu on this, our first ever, Peru Wellness Adventure!



 

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THE BREAKDOWN

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THURSDAY // AUG 23

BIENVENIDA!


Arrive at the Cusco Airport (CUZ) where we’ll be there to give you a warm WHOA welcome and take you to the hotel. You're coming into a high altitude, 3,400 meters (10,498 feet), so it’s important to take it easy to let your body adjust throughout the day. Drink lots of water, coca tea (the locals swear by the stuff), and take the afternoon to rest and roam around the beautiful city that is Cusco. (We recommend hitting up the colorful, bustling San Pedro Market for an authentic taste of the Cusqueña culture.) At night we’ll meet for an authentic Peruvian meal (yum!), get to know each other, meet our guides, and get briefed for our trek. We'll also get an introduction to the theme of this wellness-based adventure, which centers around finding the balance we could all use more of in our lives!
Included: Bienvenida dinner

FRIDAY // AUG 24

Finding Balance in thinking and letting go


Cusco to Soraypampa to Soirococha
Elevation: 3,400 - 3,900 - 4,400 m
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 9 km


Vamanos! First thing in the morning we'll leave from Cusco and take a scenic drive through the Andes to Soraypampa - where our 4-day Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu begins! The Salcantay Trail is a custom-designed, off the beaten path alternative to the classic Inca Trail that provides more spectacular vistas, privacy and authenticity than the traditional route. Oh and, did we mention that National Geographic Adventure named it as the coolest way to trek to Machu Picchu?! After eating a homemade breakfast, we'll do a meditation with intention setting and then begin trekking to our first camp, Soirococha (4,400 m).  Here, we'll have the evening to relax and get our yoga on, releasing our bodies, and settling our minds at the end of our day with the gigantic glaciers and majestic mountains surrounding us!  
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

SATURDAY // AUG 25

Finding Balance in Strength and Vulnerability 


Soirococha to Salkantay Pass to Collpapampa
Elevation: 4,400 - 4,600 - 2,850 m
Hiking Time: 9 - 10 hours
Distance: 22 km

This is one of the most humbling and physically challenging days, but it's also one of the most beautiful and rewarding! We'll reach the highest point on our trek, the Salcantay pass (4,600 m), as we hike between the Salcantay (6,264 m) and Humantay (5,990 m) glaciers. It's a long day, but there'll be plenty of time to stop for photo ops (and dance parties) before traversing the valley to camp.  In the evening, we'll have an optional meditation and discussion circle to sink in and explore the obstacles we're uncovering, and the strength we're cultivating.
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

SUNDAY // AUG 26

Finding Balance in Acceptance and Change


Collpapampa to Lucmabamba
Elevation: 2,850 - 2,000 m
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 6 - 7 km

The temperature will start to become warmer and our surroundings more tropical as we follow the trail along the Santa Teresa River. The contrast between this lush forests and mountainous peaks is one of the many reasons this trail will take your breath away! We'll be entering the "Ceja de Selva" (eyebrow of the jungle), which is full of colorful orchids, hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. At camp we'll have time to relax and tour a local coffee farm, complete with a tasting, before dinner.  In the evening, we'll gather under the full moon to have a ceremony of releasing what is no longer serving us and calling in the gifts we'd like to offer ourselves going forward.  
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

MONDAY // AUG 27

Finding Balance in Independence and Interdependence


Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
Elevation: 2,000  - 1,890 - 2,050  m
Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours
Distance: 14 km

We'll pass through some avocado, banana and coffee plantations on the final leg of our journey to Machu Picchu. We'll start the day hiking up to Llactapata Ruins (2,650 m ), one of the most scenic spots on the trail! Once there, we'll have a break and listen to the history of the area while we enjoy a spectacular view, a sneak peak if you will, of the backside of Machu Picchu! We will then head to the Hidroelectrica train station for lunch and a discussion about the challenge of finding balance in the independence and interdependence that we face.  We'll then have a short train ride back to civilization to spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes. You'll have evening to recuperate, take a hot shower and roam around the charming town. You'll get to decide if you want to spend the evening with the group or off on your own, listening to the intuition inside that you've been nourishing throughout your trek!
Included: breakfast, lunch

TUESDAY // AUG 28

Finding Balance in Ego and Spirit


Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
Elevation: 2,050 - 2,430 - 3,400 m

We'll start very early, so we can experience Machu Picchu in the magical morning light of sunrise. You'll have plenty of time get lost in the Lost City of the Incas, and our guide will be on hand to tell you more about the fascinating history of this World Heritage archeological site. We'll also have the exclusive opportunity to take a unique day hike far above the ruins (3-4 hours), for the most breathtaking views of Machu Picchu with a guided meditation offered where you'll have the chance to explore the theme for the day.  In the afternoon, we'll take a scenic train ride back to Cusco for the evening.
Included: breakfast

WEDNESDAY // AUG 29

Finding Balance Through Tying it All Together


At WHOA, every adventure is made more special by connecting and sharing adventure experiences with local women. Our last day in Cusco as a group, is all about reflecting, reinforcing and celebrating how special and powerful women coming together is! We'll begin the day with a specially created yoga practice that will stretch and rejuvenate your post hike mind, heart and body.  We'll have some creative expression activities planned to help you seal in the experience and the gifts you want to take home with you.  At night, we'll regroup for a Peruvian cooking presentation and dinner hosted by the amazing young women of Peruvians Hearts, and toast to the awesome adventure we all shared!
Included: breakfast, lunch, Celebration dinner

THURSDAY // AUG 30

ADIOS AMIGAS!


We’ll say our goodbyes before you head home to the airport, or to continue on adventuring!
Included: breakfast