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Sacred Journey_Peru

Sacred Journey to Peru & VI Warmi Tinkuy Festival

with DanzaMedicina & Yoga No Peru

15 to 25 September 2017

Come join us for a special moment in the Peruvian Andes, where the Feminine will be celebrated and women from various nations will gather around the Sacred Fire to share knowledge, medicine, and love!

DanzaMedicina in partnership with Yoga no Peru agency invite women and men to take part in this beautiful journey of self-awareness in the sacred lands of Peru, close to the Andes mountains and the rivers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This ten-day trip is an expedition to the Sacred Feminine that dwells in each one of us! We will participate in the sixth edition of the Warmi Tinkuy, a beautiful festival of sharing knowledge with elder women from different parts of the Andes, in addition to therapeutic and shamanic experiences as well as a visit to the Crystal City of Machu Picchu in the company of Morena Cardoso and Marcela Pantigozo.

The Festival

Warmi Tinkuy is a sacred gathering with elder women from various Andean lineages who annually meet in the Comunidad Amalai in the Sacred Valley, Peru, to share knowledge of the sacred feminine with other women. They are four days of spiritual experiences, circles of ancestral wisdom, workshops, and Andean ceremonies. On the fifth day, there is the offering of post-festival activities conducted by Prem Tarika Awiman and José Luis Antarki, both from the Quechua Nation and coordinators of the Amalai Community.

The Trip

In addition to the four-day festival with different activities related to the Sacred Feminine, the program also includes accommodation, transfers, visits to archaeological sites, train trip to Machu Picchu, meditative hikes, and therapeutic and shamanic experiences facilitated by therapist Morena Cardoso and medicine woman Marcela Pantigozo.



The Facilitators

Morena Cardoso

MorenaCardoso is a body therapist, pilgrim, seeker, mother, writer, lecturer, creator and facilitator for DanzaMedicina, an artistic-therapeutic project that empowers women to take off their masks, face their fears, accept their shadows and peel off their layers toward the sacred and the wild essence of power, life, liberty, glow and self-realization. By using psychotherapy techniques of the body and movement, together with the anthropological study of ancestral knowledge of the feminine, DanzaMedicina works the healing, reconnection, and the restoration of the balance of the body-mind-spirit. To know more

Marcela Pantigozo

Marcela Pantigozo is a medicine woman, official tour guide, specializing in Andean cosmovision and spiritual mystic tourism. She has been initiated in the Munay-Ki and Reiki Level II Rites. Currently, Marcela is a spiritual coach and works with coca leaf readings, energy healing and cleaning, music therapy, ceremonies with sacred and power plants, in addition to facilitating circles of healing and of the word, leading meditative hikes to the ancestral power centers of the Sacred Valley and accompanying groups in spiritual and mystic trips throughout Latin America.


COMPLETE ITINERARY

* We recommend arriving in Cusco on September 14. We will meet in Cusco on September 15 and we will take transfers to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will begin our programming.

First Day - 15/09/2017: Welcome to Cusco. We will meet in the city of Cusco and we will travel for approximately an hour and a half to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After checking-in at the hotel, we will sit in circle to share our intentions and learn the details about our travel plan. Right after lunch, we will participate in the preparation of an offering to Pachamama, when we will learn with Marcela Pantigozo to create our personal ritual of thanks to Mother Earth, learning more about this beautiful ancestral Andean ceremony. The ceremony also has the intention of thanking and asking Pachamama permission to walk her paths with respect and protection during our ten days in Peru. Night in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. (C, A, J)

Second Day - 16/09/2017: After breakfast, we will visit the archaeological site of Killarumiyoc. The journey in private transport takes approximately 2 hours.
Killarumiyoc is a sacred place where the Incas celebrated and made offerings to Mama Killa, Madre Luna, Mother Moon. We will have the opportunity to see, feel, and touch a lunar calendar carved into a giant stone, honoring Mother Moon, in the company of other sisters! During our visit, Morena Cardoso will share some valuable information about our lunar cycle and the phases of the Moon. We will also learn how to use the Lunar Mandala and bring this knowledge to our day-to-day. We will have a picnic in Killarumiyoc and we will return to the Sacred Valley in the late afternoon, where we will spend the night. (C, A, J)

Third Day - 17/09/2017: After breakfast, we will be taken to the station of Ollantaytambo and we will board the train to Aguas Calientes. We will leave our belongings at the hotel and we will take a meditative hike to Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) of Mandor, where we can enjoy a variety of birds, orchids and other plants from the regional botany. There we will also have the opportunity to bathe in the refreshing waters of a waterfall located in the botanical garden. In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel and we can relax with a visit to the thermal baths. Night in Aguas Calientes.

Fourth Day - 18/09/2017: We will leave the hotel at around 5:30 a.m. to take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. Marcela Pantigozo will take us to the Temple of Pachamama, where we will meditate and learn a little more about the Andean cosmovision. After the guided tour, which lasts for approximately two hours, we will have some free time to explore the city on our own. At the indicated time, we will return to Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch and then take the train to Ollantaytambo. Depending on the time and the mood of the group, we can visit Ollantaytambo and then return to Urubamba, where we will spend the night.

Fifth Day - 19/09/2017: First day of the Warmi Tinkuy Festival. In the morning, we will light the sacred fire that will remain watching over our gathering during the four days of the festival. We will have the opportunity to meet the elder women who will take part of the festival and we will take part in a circle of presentation in order for us to get to know the participants of the gathering. In the afternoon, we will participate in lectures and experiences according to the programming. Night in Urubamba.

Sixth Day - 20/09/2017: Second day of the festival. Morena Cardoso will open the festival in the morning with DanzaMedicina. Experiences, lectures, and sharing of feminine knowledge throughout the day, according to the schedule. Night in Urubamba.

Seventh Day - 21/09/2017: Morena Cardoso will open the festival in the morning
with DanzaMedicina. Experiences, lectures, and sharing of feminine knowledge throughout the day, according to the schedule. Night in Urubamba.

Eight Day - 22/09/2017: DanzaMedicina with Morena Cardoso in the morning. After DanzaMedicina, meditative hike and offerings to Pachamama with all group participants. Official closing of the festival and acknowledgments. Night in Urubamba.

Ninth Day - 23/09/2017: Post-Festival activities: Temazcal for women with Prem Tarika Awiman in the morning and ceremony of sacred medicines with Jose Luis Antarki at night. The post-festival activities are optional. If you do not wish to participate in these activities, the day is free. Night in Urubamba.

Tenth Day - 24/09/2017: We will travel back to Cusco in the morning and we will have the day free to explore the Imperial Capital. Night in Cusco.

Eleventh Day - 25/09/2017: Transfer to the airport according to the flight schedule of each participant. End of our programming.



 INVESTMENT:


US$1495.00 - Cost per person, in US Dollars, based on shared accommodation (double private room with private bathroom and breakfast included during all days of the programming).

PAYMENT CONDITIONS: This amount can be split into two payments, with 50% down at the time of booking and the remainder seven days before the start date of the trip. Payments can be made through PayPal or international bank transfer via Western Union. 

 

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Cusco - Urubamba transfer.
  • Visit to Killarumiyoc
  • Urubamba - Ollantaytambo transfer.
  • Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes return train tickets.
  • Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu return bus tickets.
  • Admission to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided Tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Ollantaytambo - Cusco transfer.
  • Admission to the Warmi Tinkuy Festival and access to all festival activities during the four days of programming.
  • Experiences and circle of knowledge facilitated by Morena Cardoso and Marcela Pantigozo.
  • Vale Sagrado - Cusco transfer. - Cusco Airport transfer.
  • Accommodation during the entire festival with breakfast included.
  • Eight-night hotel accommodation in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley (shared rooms, private bathroom).
  • One-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (shared rooms, private bathroom).
  • One-night hotel accommodation in Cusco (shared rooms, private bathroom).
  • Breakfast every day, with the exception of the first day.
  • Lunch and dinner during the first two days of programming.

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Domestic and international flights.
  • Contribution to post-festival activities (temascal and sacred medicines ceremony).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses with telephone, laundry, drinks, and snacks during the trip.
  • Tips (the practice of tipping the guides is very common in Peru and is an incentive to the local economy).
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary. –
  • Daily transportation from the hotel to the festival.
  • Where do we meet in Cusco?



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The place and time for the meeting will be informed to all registered participants one week before the trip, through a confirmation email with all program information.

- Is the reception and transfer included when I arrive in Cusco?

No, these services are not included but can be reserved through the Yoga No Peru agency at an additional cost.

- Where can I purchase plane tickets? What are the recommended dates and times?

There are several search sites for airline tickets, such as Decolar and Submarino, which usually offer good deals on air tickets to Peru. It is also worth checking with tourism agencies since they have access to promotional rates with airlines. We suggest that the participants arrive in Cusco on the September 13 or 14. Arriving a few days before the trip, you will have the opportunity to adapt better to the altitude so, on September 15, you will be better acclimated for our adventure. All flights from Brazil make a mandatory stopover in Lima. It is best to try to book a flight that does not have a long stopover in Lima. The Lima - Cusco flight takes approximately 1h10m. Among the airline companies that offer flights from São Paulo, Rio and other Brazilian capitals to Lima and Cusco are LATAM and AVIANCA. For domestic flights, these can be booked with LAN, AVIANCA, STARPERU, PERUVIAN AIRLINES, and LCP.

- What precautions should I take to adapt to the altitude in the Andes?

Cusco is at 3400 meters above sea level and Urubamba in the Sacred Valley is at 2870. The recommendations for dealing with altitude are to rest and take light walks during the first few hours after arriving in Cusco. Keep yourself hydrated and drink coca tea whenever possible. The coca leaf prevents headaches and other discomforts caused by soroche or altitude sickness. It is also important to avoid alcoholic drinks and opt for light and easily digested meals.

- How much money should I take?

It is difficult to say how much we will spend per day during the trip. It will all depend on the budget and consumption habits of each one. In Peru, there are plenty of opportunities to spend money, as in any other place in the world. A meal in a tourist restaurant costs on average S/25 per person. In a local restaurant or in popular markets where the Peruvians usually eat, a meal with appetizers and main course costs between S/7 and S/10 per person. A small bottle of water costs S/1.50. Souvenirs can cost from S/5 to S/100, depending on the quality of the product. Taxis around S/3 in Cusco and S/10 in the Sacred Valley. On the other hand, in the Valley it is possible to use mototaxis for S/1.50 depending on the route.

- Do I take US Dollars of Brazilian Reais (R$)?

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, symbol S/. The exchange rate between the Nuevo Sol and the R$ is 0.90 and it generally does not reflect the actual exchange rate of these currencies. However, we suggest bringing US Dollars to Peru. To exchange dollars is much easier and favorable than exchanging R$. The US Dollar - Nuevo Sol exchange rate is 1 - 3.25.

In Cusco, there are exchange houses in El Sol Avenue, with good exchange rates and no bureaucracy. We recommend bringing new bills, preferably without wrinkles, scribbles, or tears. It may seem silly, but Peruvians do not accept old bills and they are quite demanding in regards to their condition. It is also difficult to exchange dollar bills for the actual value of the dollar. The exchange houses pay less for US$ 1 bills.

- In what type of accommodation will we be staying?

The hotels will be confirmed a few weeks before the trip, when all registrations are closed. We will be staying in 3-star hotels, with breakfast included, a bathroom in each room with hot-water shower and all the comfort we deserve to be able to rest and relax during our sacred journey.

- Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?

Brazilians do not require a visa to enter Peru. All you need is your ID (RG) with an issue date from 2007 onwards. At the immigration checkpoint, you usually receive a stamped paper together with the seal on the passport, called Tarjeta Andina Migratória. It is extremely important to keep this piece of paper in a safe place and to carry it with the documents to present it at hotels during the check-in. If you lose this paper, the hotels will charge 18% of the per-night rate, in addition to other problems when it is time to return to Brazil.

- Should I hire travel insurance?

We suggest hiring an international travel insurance that can be purchased online or with a local tourism agency or a bank in Brazil.

- What is the weather going to be like during our trip?

The climate in the Andes Mountains at this time of the year is usually milder, with temperatures ranging between 16°C and 20°C during the day, but possibly dropping to 0°C during the night. September is the month of transition between the drought season and the rainy season, which officially begins in November. Therefore, even though sunny and dry days are very common, it can indeed rain! At night, the temperature drops considerably.

- What should I take to the festival?

  • Clothes to shelter yourself from the cold, especially during the evening activities at the festival.
  • Bathing suite for the temazcal.
  • A blanket or beach towel to sit on.
  • Musical instruments to experiment and flow around the Sacred Fire.
  • Accessories and clothes with which you feel your feminine essence emerge.
  • Your personal offering for the altar and the ceremony of offering to Pachamama (candles, incense, flower water, tobacco, candy, crystals, etc.). 
  • Ceremonial costume or other accessories that make you feel special and feel like wearing during the ceremonies.


PACKING YOUR BAGS - SUGGESTIONS

If we could give a single advice, it would be: do not bring many things! Travel light - we will be in Peru for 10 days, there is no need to overload with heavy bags. Furthermore, the train in Machu Picchu does not allow large bags in its wagons, only small backpacks. See this link for specifications:

http://www.perurail.com/tickets_baggage.php

It would be interesting to bring a bag or a large backpack in addition to a small one to be used during the day to carry water, sunblock and the multiple layers of clothing that we will put on and take off during our outings and activities.

Temperatures can fluctuate during the day. It is normal to wear a blouse in the morning, a short-sleeve shirt around noon, underneath a raincoat around three in the afternoon and to be wrapped in a blanket with a wool hat and gloves at night. The secret are the layers, especially in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. In Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, the climate is tropical.

Here is a small list as reference:

  • Comfortable clothes for yoga and for outings - we will probably wear the same clothes the entire day. Bring pieces that can be combined, as for example 3 leggings and 7 tops or t-shirts. These clothes are also versatile since they can be worn underneath skirts and less protective ceremonial clothing.
  • Some cotton t-shirts or long-sleeved tops.
  • A sweatshirt or warm hoodie to wear at night at the hotel.
  • A waterproof jacket (rain proof) - the jacket is also essential because of the wind, but in order not to get wet, there is the option of buying rain covers in Peru for S/5.
  • A sweater or a blouse made of some warmer material, such as wool or flannel. Winter clothes can be purchased in Peru, for very affordable prices. Scarves, gloves, and other accessories can also be bought in Cusco, in case you do not have them at home, because you are lucky to live in a tropical place!
  • Bathing Suit (we will need a bathing suit at the temazcal ceremony)
  • Flip-flops (Havaianas), hiking boots, or running shoes for the hikes (remember that if the shoes are new, you will hurt your foot! Begin wearing them today in order to avoid blisters and purple toenails!)
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Repellent (there are mosquitos in Machu Picchu)
  • Personal hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste)

Camera or cell phone for photos, charger, extra batteries for the camera, and memory card with enough space for a million photos!
Attention: The voltage in Peru is 220V - check if your electronics are dual voltage