Following each Amazonian Shamanism Conference, I, Alan Shoemaker, lead a group up into the Andes to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley,Machu Picchu and other Sacred Sites for 6 days. We depart Iquitos at 8.20am on the 23rd of July, 2017, last day of the tour is July 28th and we help Peru celebrate the Independence Day. It is a huge festival!
Early morning departure from Iquitos to Lima, change planes and we arrive in Cuzco around Noon. I’ve found that the best way to handle the drastic change in altitude is to get out of it. We have private transportation that takes us down into the Sacred Valley, incredible vistas and lots of photo ops. It’s just an hour and a half to Pisac where there’s the huge arts and crafts fair. We’ll shop and have lunch here. Then take our transport another 1.5 hours to the town of Ollantaytambo. There are incredible ruins here to explore as this is the only location that the Conquistadors could not conquer. Overnight here.
Light breakfast and the train for 1.5 hours to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village). Take the Mercedes Benz buses up the switchbacks to the entrance of Machu Picchu and we have the entire day to explore these remarkable ruins, returning to the train station at 6pm and back to Ollantaytambo. Private transport to Cuzco, acclimating all the way. Dinner and hotel in Cuzco.
After breakfast, we’ll explore in and around Cuzco. This is the time to do your shopping for art, jewelery and especially baby alpaca sweaters, coats, dresses, and amazing wall weavings. The prices are very good so I generally tell my passengers not to bring warm sweaters, instead just buy them when you are here. Lunch wherever you wish. After lunch, we visit the ancient churches. This is also a day to take it easy and make sure you’re comfortable with the altitude. So it’s a lazy day. In late afternoon we visit the San Pedro market for coca leaves, especially helpful with the altitude.
JULY 26 BREAKFAST IN OUR HOTEL
The ruins of Tambo Machay (Ancient watering station where everyone coming into the Royal city must bathe before entering) and ruins of the Imperial city, Sacsayhuaman are just above Cuzco and we’ll arrive there after lunch. You’ll have the afternoon to stroll around these huge granite stones and take a slow walk down to Cuzco. We meet up at a French restaurant with stone floor and hot coco (or what have you) in front of a roaring fire. Dinner.
JULY 27 BREAKFAST
This day is set aside for a San Pedro Ceremony up on top of the mountain (Optional = if you decide to do the SPedro ceremony, you are responsible the cost.) The Ceremony lasts around 10 hours and is held in a beautiful garden, when you walk outside the gate you are almost standing in the ruins of the Temple of the Sun and the Moon, so this is an excellent ruin to explore while working with San Pedro. You may also attend the ceremony and not partake of San Pedro, your choice as well. For those that don’t wish to be in Ceremony, you have time to explore more of Cuzco and it’s shops, alpaca sweaters, jewelry, art galleries, historic churches, museums and more.
JULY 28th BREAKFAST
It is Independence Day in Peru with lots of festivals. During the day we go to Salkantay, the salt mines up in the mountains and then to the hot springs. Lunch and return to Cuzco for the many festivals.
JULY 29 Breakfast
Off to the hot springs to soak for a few hours. Lunch and return to Cuzco. The rest of the day is free for shopping. Dinner.
Breakfast and catching our planes back to Lima to connect to your international flights.
Those that are coming to the Conference should book their return flight to Lima from Iquitos on 23th at 8am on July 23rd. We can reserve this for you so you will be flying with the others on the Post Conference Tour. Please contact Alan Shoemaker for assistance with the Lima to Iquitos roundtrip. firstname.lastname@example.org
The deposit is $400 USDs, the full cost of the Tour is $1450, balance to be paid upon arrival to Iquitos.
The deposit can be sent at the same time as you pay your deposit reservation for the Conference. For those not attending the Conference, simply follow the same instructions for paying as if you were registering for the Conference, then email me that you have done so. It is not necessary to come to the Conference in order to join this Post Conference Tour. You can meet us in the Lima airport on the 23rd. If this is your case, you’d need to book the flight to Cuzco from Lima, departing at 2pm on Peruvian Airlines. We have a travel agency here and have been booking internal Peruvian flights for us gringos for 15 years.
You’ll want to have your international return home flight out of Lima departing late afternoon or evening of the 30th, normally, depending on when your international connection departs Lima.