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Yoga & Machu Picchu Trip Details

Introduction

Peru’s Sacred Valley, at it's core is Cusco, the former Capital of the Inca Empire and it’s hidden gem Machu Picchu.  Experience the deep connection the indigenous Quechua people have with Mother Nature or Pachamama and see how they still work the land in conjunction with ancient tradition.

Explore the practices of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in the Sacred Valley of Peru with Under30Experiences’ yoga teacher Luz Garcia.  Luz has over 1500 hours of yoga teacher training and her background includes Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, Prenatal and Restorative yoga.  She has trained at some of the best yoga schools in New York and Chile and is originally from the Andes Mountains, holding a deep respect for these sacred lands.

This retreat is open to all levels of yoga.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Start: Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
To ensure included transportation: arrive Day 1 before 12 PM

Finish: Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart Day 7 after 3 PM

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-7 days / 6 nights in double accommodations
-6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
-Locally sourced and organic meals with vegan and vegetarian options available
-8 group yoga classes
-Ground Transportation including pickup and dropoff at Cusco Airport
-Mother Earth Ceremony
-Sound Healing Ceremony
-Cacao Ceremony
-Train ticket, bus ticket and entrance fee to Machu Picchu
-Professionally Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Highlights

-Guided tour of Machu Picchu Archeological Site
-Yoga Instruction with a teacher with over 1500 hours of Teacher Training
-Train along the Sacred Valley to Peru
-Pachamama Ceremony, Sound Healing Ceremony, Cacao Ceremony, and other adventures
-Pisaq Market local shopping cultural excursion
-Train to Machu Picchu through the Sacred Valley
-Visit to the former Capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement:  21+
-Group Size:  8-14 travelers
-Style: yoga retreat with day trips and excursions
-Level: this retreat is open to all levels of yoga
-Cusco has a colder, dry climate during their dry season where you can expect highs in the 70s with strong sun and clear nights with lows in the 40s
-Andean culture is humble, with a great respect for nature and you will see indigenous people working the land as they have for thousands of years
-An emphasis will be put on eating organic, chemical free food, and being as eco-friendly as possible
-Peruvian food is world renown and Yoga Mandala Retreat Center will combine traditional dishes with raw, vegetarian, and vegan options

Meat & eggs + gluten free options will also be available. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions in advance.

Community

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Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to our travel community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners

Breakfasts will be held right on site at Yoga Mandala for your convenience

Sample Breakfast Menu: 

  • Mixture of western breakfast items, with coffee and herbal teas. Eggs and fruit are almost always an option.

Lunches will be served on day trips and a wide range of food will be available

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • Peruvians love their dishes like ceviche, tacu-tacu, and lomo saltado, which include fish, beef, and chicken. You will find fried rice “Chifa” style influenced from Chinese immigrants

Dinners will be held at Yoga Mandala where the local chef will prepare a fusion of Peruvian and raw, vegan, and vegetarian healing foods

We do our best to accommodate vegan and vegetarian requests, or any allergy restrictions

Transport

Shared, comfortable, safe, air-conditioned private shuttle to and from the airport for your convenience

Ground transportation on day trips to Pisac, Cusco, and to the train station to go to Machu Picchu

Train ticket (round trip) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

Bus ticket (round trip) to and from Machu Picchu Archeological site from Aguas Calientes

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms at Yoga Mandala for duration of trip

Single travelers are paired with someone of the same sex

Laundry available at hotel (ask front desk for details)

*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD $200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

Your Under30Experiences trip will be accompanied by two group leaders: your yoga teacher and a Trip Leader.  We will use a local guide at Machu Picchu.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

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Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.

Yoga Mandala Center has yoga mats, but please feel free to bring your own.

Do Not Forget:  water bottle, sunscreen, quick-dry travel towel, insect repellent, sunglasses and a hat

Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip. Please consult the US embassy for more information.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.
  • The VISA EXEMPTION RULE allows tourists from 55 countries to enter Peru without a visa. They are granted to stay a maximum of 30 days if they are entering Peru via an international airport or entering through a land border checkpoint from neighboring countries.
  • If you have a passport different than USA please check visa requirements to enter Peru.

Health & Insurance

  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No inoculations are required to enter Peru from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • Mosquito born viruses exist in most of South America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • Bring cash with you!  It will be helpful to have at least the equivalent of  $300 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • You will have to exchange your money into Peruvian Nuevo Soles. Vendors do not accept USD. If you’d like a better exchange rate call your bank and order Soles before your trip. However, there are exchange booths to every location we visit.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, dowload the app XE

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the accommodations.  A photo of these items on your phone is a good backup.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended and be aware of purses / backpacks, especially in crowded markets as pick-pocketing / bag snatching does occur.
  • US Citizens please register with the State Department's“SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

Cusco has a colder, dry climate during their dry season

Expect highs in the 70s with strong sun and clear nights with lows in the 40s  

Bring layers to be prepared as you may begin your yoga practice with long sleeves

Key Phrases

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • No thank you -- No Gracias
  • How are you? -- Como estás?
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Con permiso
  • How much? -- Cuánto cuesta.
  • Where is the bathroom? -- Dónde está el baño?
  • I am here to practice yoga. Estoy aquí a practicar yoga.

Optional Activities

Due to a very intentional itinerary designed blending yoga, sacred ceremonies, and adventure, there is not much time for optional activities. However, if you'd like, you can speak with your trip leader and they can recommend something for you.

General Rules

We reserve the right to decline any traveler that may affect the welfare of the other travelers or trip leaders.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession.

Please note, Machu Picchu is a sacred site and the Peruvian Government does not allow people to do yoga on the grounds of the archeological site.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Hike the 4 day / 3 night Inca Trail with us to Machu Picchu

Still need to book your flight?

For those of you who might have a layover in Lima, check out this guide

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