Day 1. Saturday, September 28 - ARRIVE IN CUSCO
a.m. Schedule your flight to arrive at Cusco airport by 11 a.m. Depart for Willka T’ika Guesthouse in the Sacred Valley by 11:30 a.m. Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery along the 75-minute drive through the Andes.
p.m. Welcome lunch at Willka T’ika. Introduction to the Willka T’ika family – the Quechua staff who will take care of your needs during your stay. Orientation with your guide, a guided tour of the retreat center and the renowned Seven Chakra Gardens is offered. Delicious dinner at Willka T’ika. Evening opening ceremony with Annamarie, celebrating our arrival. (L.D.)
Day 2. Sunday, September 29 - Willka T’ika Wellness Day of Andean Healing Rituals
a.m. This morning is dedicated to optimizing your Wellness with the healing energies of the Chakra Gardens and traditional Quechua healing rituals with our Layka. In the Root Chakra Garden, work with Pachamama to release unwanted energies. A ritual in the Water Garden will help you to further release energies from the crown region where mental patterns get stuck. Reinvigorate with a Sun Blessing in the Chakana Garden, and resonate towards inner harmony with a Sound Healing in Takiwasi, the ceremonial Music House. Beneath the ancient Lucuma Tree, connect with your Divine Essence.
1:00 p.m. Enjoy lunch in silence among the flowers in the Garden that calls to you.
After Lunch, our Layka will offer private coca leaf readings, or choose to pamper yourself with one of our Andean SPA services, or a Crystal Light Therapy session. At 4 p.m., group participates in a special Moon Dance through the Chakra Gardens with our professional dance therapist from Cusco (Cost additional, payable at Wilka Tika).
6:30 p.m. Evening Dinner, followed by a special Full Moon Spiral Walk with our Quechua Layka. Close this transformational day with a ceremony beneath the Lucuma Tree. (B.L.D.)
Day 3. Monday, September 30
a.m. Depart for Chinchero. Visit the beautiful sacred site at this nearby village. Afterward, visit the wonderful local women weavers, known for their exceptional traditional Andean craft. Picnic lunch in the village.
p.m. Return to WT after lunch, and enjoy a healing spa service or savor a restful afternoon rejuvenating with Pachamama in the Chakra Gardens.(B.L.D.)
Day 4. Tuesday, October 1
a.m. Leader and guide schedule group sessions. This day is dedicated to Pachamama, the beloved Mother Earth who resides in the earth and within you. On this special day, guests are encouraged to relax or meditate in the splendors of the Chakra Gardens to complement their specific group program. Optional guided walk through the nearby Rumichaka farming neighbor-hood where Quechua campesinos live. More challenging hikes along scenic routes into the valley are also offered.
1:00 p.m. Enjoy a wholesome organic vegetarian lunch. The leader may schedule a group meeting. Or, choose to indulge in Andean spa treatments. Private coca leaf readings with high Andean pakko offered. After dinner, our pakko invites you to an authentic Andean offering and transformative fire ceremony to honor Pachamama, yourself and your loved ones. The ceremony also reminds you to focus on your intention for this journey and serves as a wonderful preparation of mind, body and spirit for your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. (B.L.D.)
Day 5. Wednesday, October 2
An Ayni day. Start this heart-opening day with a drive through the Sacred Valley to a Quechua mountain school, one of five schools supported by the non-profit Willka T’ika Children’s Fund. Since 1995, Willka T’ika has maintained contact with dedicated schoolteachers in isolated high mountain communities where few tourists are privileged to visit. Donations have enabled the education in these schools to transform on all levels. In a reciprocal Ayni exchange, the group is invited to offer an interactive activity the children can enjoy. The warmth and joy of the children and their openness in bringing guests into their daily lives are special moments not easily forgotten. Visitors are always humbled and deeply moved. Bag lunch at a nearby lake.
p.m. Continue with your guide to the spectacular ruins of P’isaq. Overlooking impressive Incan terraces, the group is invited to hike to the Temple of the Sun, a doorway to the upper Andean world of the Condor, messenger of the Gods. Meditate as a group or walk in a silent personal vision quest to open the third eye. Return to the main square of P’isaq by bus and visit the famous, colorful market filled with woven goods, jewelry, wall hangings and hand-painted beadwork. Enjoy café or tea in the market square where you can observe colorfully dressed campesinos wearing traditional clothing coming to barter and sell their produce. P’isaq is a photographer’s dream. Return to Willka T’ika with time for a late afternoon garden meditation or group session before dinner. (B.L.D.)
Day 6. Thursday, October 3
Note: Pack a small carry-on bag for this overnight stay.
a.m. Early breakfast. Departure time to be announced. Morning tourist train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the majestic terraces of Machu Picchu. Tea/coffee and snack on the luxury Vistadome train.
12:00 p.m. Early lunch at one of the finest restaurants in Aguas Calientes.
1:30 p.m. Depart to the entrance of Machu Picchu with your guide as the main tourist crowd is leaving. Experience the ancient “City of Light” and journey through the masculine energy temples of political and spiritual power, followed by a deep reconnection of feminine earth energies.
p.m. Dinner on own in Aguas Calientes. Overnight stay at a beautiful riverside hotel. (B.L.)
Day 7. Friday, October 4
a.m. Open day in Machu Picchu with entrance ticket included. The energetic may take the 5:30 a.m. sunrise bus. Hike to the Incan Inti Punku, gateway to the City of Light, and to the Incan Bridge Stop; take photographs along the way and enjoy the magnificent views of the ancient city below. Machu Picchu has become extremely popular for tourists. There are some restrictions on where you can walk, or sit and meditate. Return by bus to Aguas Calientes.
p.m. Afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, transfer to Willka T’ika in time for a late dinner. (B.D.)
Day 8. Saturday, October 5
a.m. En route, stop for a short hike to an ancient Incan cave for a profound meditation. Continue on to the ceremonial site of Ollantaytampu and its famous Sun Temple. In the quaint picturesque town, Magical Journey recommends enjoying lunch at a well-known restaurant “Heart Café” which supports local communities.
p.m. Group leader sessions at Willka T’ika. Meditate in the Chakra Gardens of your choice, and allow yourself time to receive the ancestral crown chakra energies beneath the 1000-year-old lucuma tree. Enjoy an Andean SPA treatment. Crystal light therapy sessions from John of God and spirit doctors in Brazil, are available to pamper the body. For the more active, choose from a variety of hikes and activities through the valley and up the mountains. (B.D.)
Day 9. Sunday, October 6
Leader and guide schedule group sessions. As a sojourner, you were called to the Sacred Valley. Today is dedicated to You, and offered to you as a gift. In silence, explore an inner journey in the Chakra Gardens—a day to relax and enjoy the pure, sacred energies of Pachamama. Feel her embrace and allow the Divine Goddess to whisper her guidance, wisdom and divine messages to your soul. Allow them to penetrate deeply into your heart and lovingly take them home with you. Enjoy personal healing work and spa treatments.
Optional guided hike to Urubamba to visit the busy market with its variety of Andean products, a factory shop for quality alpaca sweaters or the Seminario pottery studio. Hike or take a motor taxi back to Willka T’ika for 3 soles/taxi ($1).
1:00 p.m. Enjoy a gourmet vegetarian lunch at Willka T’ika. Guests may schedule an Andean Spa treatment or Crystal Light Therapy session to heal and soothe the body. Celebrate with a farewell dinner and Andean musical event at Willka T’ika. This is the last day of guided service, and group guide will depart after dinner. (B.L.D.)
Day 10. Monday, October 7 - DEPART FOR CUSCO.
10:00 a.m. Check-Out Time. Please note the Willka T’ika staff has to prepare the entire premises before the next incoming group, and have some rest time with their families. Option for early morning yoga, meditation, or a closing session. From Willka T’ika, we should allow three hours and 25 minutes before our Cusco flight departs. We will be taking an overnight flight back to the U.S. and will arrive on October 8.
Arrive home feeling blessed with the pure spiritual energy of your transformational Andean journey-of-a-lifetime. (B.)
Please note: The group departs from the U.S. on September 27 (arriving in Peru on September 28). The retreat ends on October 7 and the group will return to the U.S. on October 8.
*Please schedule flights to arrive in Cusco before 11 a.m. on September 28th. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended!
More info: EVERY DAY AT WILLKA T’IKA there will be an optional early morning group activity. Sacred Chakra Gardens are available for registered guests. Gourmet vegetarian meals are served promptly at 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. (Buffet breakfast), 1:00 p.m. (Lunch), and 6:30 p.m. (Dinner). Fresh herbal teas are available from 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the lounge.
* (B.L.D.) indicates breakfast, lunch, or dinner included.