Retreats - Peru

Peru Retreat - Detailed Itinerary

Supporting indigenous communities through education and immersion in their culture and way of life.
Thank you for your enquiry into our Peru mission for 2021. It is a totally unique and bespoke experience, only made possible by the availability of our translator who speaks the dialects of these rare tribes, who still live, deep in The Amazon Jungle Still following their traditions which have not changed for 100s of years.
This mission is an educational immersion, a unique opportunity to be fully integrated with these people to learn about their history and their culture and the threats they face today.  As a non profit trip, after expenses all money raised will be donated to the tribes to help them maintain their land and to thank them for their time and to cover the costs that they will incur bringing this incredible opportunity to us.
For the very small group of us (no more than 8) that get to take part in this trip it will be truly unforgettable. One you can guarantee that no-one else that you know will be making as it is not available commercially.
I hope you will join our select group for the trip of a lifetime.
The price of $5000 is fully inclusive of everything, except your flight. All accomodation, food, guides and entrance fees to Machu Picchu etc. The logistics themselves are complex and expensive as are the guides and translators, that make this bespoke experience possible.
July 7th Day 1
Arrive Cusco at a time that suits you. Once you are confirmed as attending we will give you the accomodation address, but you will have a comfortable room, with heating and a bathroom with hot water. We want you to be comfortable as we take a few days just enjoy acclimatising, as it is at 4000m. From the airport, simply take a taxi to the address that we provide, it is is the city. We will let you know how much it should be, and the currencies accepted are Peruvian Soles (Sol-ay) or American $.
We will be there to greet you!
That night we will have a meal together, our accomodation includes private bedrooms and bathrooms but communal space to meet like minded people from around the globe, all interested in this totally unique and bespoke experience focused on the usually secluded Pargin Hak tribe. Whilst taking a few days to relax just and get to know each other and prepare for the adventure ahead we will be running our educational programme and exploring Cusco and the surrounding important ancient sites and monuments, immersing you in this cultural and historical experience,
July 8 – July 10  Day 2 – 4  
Acclimatising and exploring Cusco.
Just spending time together as we cultivate an environment of positivity, connection, acceptance and shared values and experiences.
We are all here because we have a desire to understand, support and spend time in the ancient culture of the Amazonian tribes but that experience and education begins here in Cusco, gateway to the valley of the Incas. The first few days will be packed with cultural experiences and learning.
The city will be very easy to explore from where we are, do some research (google) to see what appeals to you but, the city itself is just wonderful to walk around and savour, the history, the buildings, the culture, it will literally surround you, you will be immersed in it.
If you like sweetcorn then the choccla, sold on street corners is a must! (no butter but, it is soooo good, it doesn’t need it)
In addition to exploring Cusco itself, we will be taking a guided tour to the surrounding areas too.
This is a time to acclimatise as we will be at 4000m and you will feel the thinness of the air, it just takes 24 hours to adjust.
July 11 Day 5 – off  to the jungle!  
This is what you are here for! The next 7 days will be unlike anything you have ever experienced and our guide, who is a master of the tribal dialects has made all of this possible as a unique and bespoke experience. His services are not usually available in this way, making these tribes that we will be living amongst, learning from and about largely inaccessible. WE will be there by invitation, as their guests, through our guide.
They have opened up this experience to teach a select, small group (no more than 8) about their culture, language, customs and traditions and to draw attention to the threats to their way of life and to the Amazon itself
Cusco → Pilcopata → Queros Native Community:
Leave Cusco approx 5 a.m. stop at the colonial village of Paucartambo for breakfast. We continue to the Southern tip of Manu National Park, the pass of Acjanaco from where  descend into the Amazon basin. We will switch to a 4×4 pick-up and arrive at the Native Wachiperi Community of Queros for a traditional lunch. In the afternoon a local guide will lead an immersive tour of the Queros ethnobotanical garden. After the tour we have the opportunity to participate in traditional Wachiperi activities such as archery or craft-making. After dinner there will be storytelling time with community members around a traditionally hand-lit fire.
July 12 Day 6
We arrive at our destination 
After breakfast we will visit Hignkiori, an ancient sacred rock site with mysterious petroplyphs. We continue our road trip through a number of smaller rivers and get to the native community of Shintuya, the home to about 250 Harakbut people, by midday. Our host family will meet us there, then transport us downriver to Parign Hak by motorized canoe. After settling in and having lunch, a short walk on the surrounding trails, and tour of their maloca (ceremonial space) is planned. It is here that we will be treated to performances of traditional song, dance and will be privileged to hear stories not usually shared with the western world, that have been handed down through generations. 
July 13 Day 7
In the morning after breakfast, we will have an integration circle where we can share and help process our experiences so far. This will be a. Sensory overload. Today. We will. Be learning about the various plants, food and wellness. There will be time for an optional plant bath or plant-based steam bath. In the afternoon we will do another “storytelling time” with our hosts and learn more about the history of the Harakbut people. 
July 14 Day 8
On day four we spend the morning on a slow immersive guided walk through the forest to test and expand our newly acquired skills in direct communication with the plant world. Participants learn about the local medicinal plants, through direct lessons in ethnobotany. In the afternoon we will be learning more skills and crafts and take part in cooking, hut building and general activities. That the tribe rely on mastering for their daily lives.
July 15 Day 9
In the morning we will have another integration circle where we can share and process our experience of the previous night. In the afternoon we travel by boat to the nearby hot springs, Aguas Calientes and have a relaxing bath under the forest canopy. After dinner a talk about the current challenges of the Harakbut people and their experiences of how modern life threatens their environment and way of life. Take a deep dive into their language and spend time with the elders learning about how they lead and how elders are selected. 
July 16 Day 10
Another day immersed in nature, asAfter breakfast we will head out onto the big river (Upper Madre de Dios) to the nearby confluence of the Serjali River. We walk upriver until we find a space to set up camp to swim, watch birds and other wildlife, go fishing and enjoy the beauty of the natural rainforest environment. A traditional Harakbut picnic lunch is cooked and served on the beach which we will have assisted with in sousing and preparing the food. Members of the community will accompany us, teach us how to fish and build boats, light fires, find food and generally survive using their traditional methods.

July 17 Day 11
Trekking into the jungle to visit a variety of ancient and hidden sites. Discover their importance and meaning to these rare tribes as we uncover more of their history and are immersed in their way of life as we find food, light fires and cook with them
July 21 Day 15
We take the train back to Cusco and you can either leave that night or, if you prefer to leave on 22nd, accommodation will be provided for you in Cusco and we can have one last meal together and take in all we have seen and experienced.
July 22nd Day 16
Time to say goodbye! Although, for those of you who fancy an early start, around 4am, we have the option of a day trip to Rainbow Mountain. 
The 2 hour bus ride leads to breakfast and then a 3 hour hike up this spectacular colourful mountain of significant geological importance to this region.
Arriving back in Cusco around 5pm, you can get a late flight home or, spend the night or stay for as long as you desire.
After the trip you will be a member of our online community and we offer continued education as we all stay connected through our shared passion and experience of the Amazon and South America. There will be not further charge for these additional educational resources, which include weekly training and Q and A sessions for those who wish to further their education.
July 18 Day 12:
Return to Cusco
After breakfast we return by boat to the community of Shintuya where our driver will pick us up, and return us to Cusco. This trip back up the Andes is another opportunity to see more plants, wildlife and stunningly beautiful landscapes. We arrive back in Cusco around 7 p.m that night, depending on road conditions
We will provide overnight accommodation and evening meal.
July 19 Day 13
Take the train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu. The journey itself reveals more of the beauty of the area and there is historical commentary onboard. This trip takes a couple of hours. We have 2 nights here so when we arrive you will be free to explore the town, its vibrant market place and hot baths. (as long as they are open)
July 20 Day 14

Day in Machu Pichu, a truly incredible experience in its own right! We are exploring the possibility of getting here very early and watching either the sunrise or, the ruins reveal themselves as the early cloud liftsWe will engage a guide to show us everything and share the history, then you will have time to explore before we head back to Aguas Calientes for a last look around.

General notes:
In Cusco, we will provide you with some of the comforts you are used to, a warm and comfortable place to sleep, eat and interact with each other, although it is recommended to withdraw from the usual focus on social media to allow you to focus more deeply on yourself and this unique experience and environment.
In the jungle there will be no hot water, no electricity and no flushing toilets.
This itinerary has been planned as a unique travelling and healing experience. It unfolds within the natural and cultural environment of an Amazonian indigenous people, the Harakbut (Wachiperi and Amarakaeri subgroups). It is as much a trip for holistic cleansing, healing and learning about ourselves as it is for learning about and from this unique rainforest culture and the natural mountain rainforest environment. 
Lodging in the jungle:

On our first and second day, we will interact with members of the Native Wachiperi community of Queros, and stay at the community lodge which features double rooms, flush toilets and cold showers.

Our other hosts are Shintuya community members and will provide basic lodging (double cabins with beds and mosquito netting). There are no flush toilets but latrines are located near the cabins and near the ceremonial space. River baths or cold showers are available as well. Our hosts cook the meals using their own produce (bananas, plantains, papaya, manioc and other rainforest crops) and river fish as much as possible, supplemented with freash vegetable from Cusco as required.

Among these people and their unique environment, time and reality have a different meaning to them so please bring  a high degree of openness, respect and interest in local Amazonian culture and traditions.  
Weather: Bring a variety of clothing, in a way that is easy to transport. We will try to arrange storage at our initial accommodation if you have things that you do not want to take to the jungle.
Cusco, is never very warm! Max about 19/20 c through the day and much colder at night, maybe dropping to zero, so warm clothing is a must!
The jungle, by contract will be warm and humid! Breathable clothing is ideal as you will want long trousers and sleeves despite the humidity due to the mosquitos.
Recommended items to bring:
– Bathing suit
– Towel
– Biodegradable soap
– Insect repellent (Deet based – natural ones are preferred but may not be as effective)
– Sunglasses
– Cap or hat for sun protection
– Sunblock
– Light, loose-fitting cotton clothing (long pants/long sleeves)
– Rain poncho/jacket
– Dry bag for clothes/electronics.
– Sandals
– Hiking shoes
– Rubber boots (they make a great gift after use…)
– Flashlight and spare batteries
– External battery pack – there is no electricity for recharging cameras or phones
– Camera
– Binoculars
– Notebook and pens
– Pictures and stories to tell from home
– Bedding is provided but, you might prefer to bring your own sleeping bag or even just a liner
-Sanitary requirements, like wipes are something I never travel without!
Little gift items like additional fruit and vegetables, or school supplies for the community are optional but always appreciated.
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