This 12 day Mystical Journey to Perú will bring you into intimate contact with the powerful energies of the Andes. You will acclimate to the altitude change in the Sacred Valley, experience the magical Machu Picchu, visit the old and modern Cusco, travel the path of ancient pilgrimages through sacred mountains, and spend five days interacting with the people, landscape, and energies of the islands and temples in and around Lake Titicaca. We will practice gentle yoga, set intentions, and participate in meditations and ceremony. There will be ample time for self-care and opportunities to be present with, process, and integrate your experiences before returning home.
This journey will be led by Michelle Pillen, PhD, an experienced journey leader and founder of Sacred Circle Journeys, and guided by Gabriela Meneses, a passionate and beloved local ambassador of Andean history, culture, and spirituality. In partnership with a photographer/videographer and local service providers, Michelle and Gaby have created a life-changing journey for open-hearted souls who are ready for the next unfolding of their spiritual awakening.
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2019 Peru Journey Map
Itinerary for 2019 Mystical Journey to Perú
(B,L,D) indicates breakfast, lunch, or dinner included.
Day 1 – Friday, May 10: Cusco, Sacred Valley (L, D)
Day 2 - Saturday, May 11: Chokeakilla, Sacred Valley (B, D)
Day 3 - Sunday, May 12: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu (B)
Day 4 - Monday, May 13: Machu Picchu, Cusco (B)
Day 5 - Tuesday, May 14: Cusco, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuamán, Qengo (B, L)
Day 6 - Wednesday, May 15: Cusco, Raqchi, La Raya, Pucara, Chucuito (B, L)
Day 7 - Thursday, May 16: Chucuito, Uro Islands, Takile Island (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Friday, May 17: Takile Island, Amantani Island (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Saturday, May 18: Amantani Island Temples (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Sunday, May 19: Sillustani, Puno, Chucuito (B)
Day 11 - Monday, May 20: Aramu Muru's Doorway, Chucuito (B, L)
Very early breakfast at hotel followed by departure in our private van to visit Aramu Muru, the Dimensional Doorway. Participate in a guided meditation in this enigmatic outcrop of huge rocks, known by oral tradition to be a Portal to Higher Levels. Take time to absorb the energies of this powerful, sacred place. Participate in a special ceremony in the Womb. A box lunch will be provided to enjoy as we contemplate the magic of the Dimensional Doorway. Ride back to Chucuito. Afternoon visit to the Inca Temple of Fertility and walk through this picturesque town. Dinner on own at hotel.
Day 12 - Tuesday, May 21: Chucuito, Juliaca (B)
Please note when making travel arrangements the journey starts at the Cusco airport (CUZ) and ends at the Juliaca airport (JUL). On Day 1, there will be one group transfer from the Cusco airport (CUZ) to our Sacred Valley hotel. On Day 12, there will be one group transfer from our Chucuito hotel to the Juliaca airport (JUL). Participants arriving or departing at a different time may take a taxi. Contact Michelle Pillen for details.
Journey Cost and Information
Double/Shared Room: $3780 USD per person
Single Room: $4330 USD per person, subject to availability (on islands in Lake Titicaca, only shared rooms/bathrooms are available)
Final payment due by March 1, 2019.
Payments can be made via check, TransferWise, or PayPal. For information about submitting the signed contract, mailing a check, and wire transfers, contact Michelle Pillen at email@example.com
The Journey Cost Includes:
- Assistance with making travel arrangements (international and domestic flights)
- Group shuttle from the Cusco airport to Sacred Valley hotel
- Ground private transportation in Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Puno
- Train to/from Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes
- Bus to/from the Machu Picchu entrance (not private)
- Local boat to Takile Island and from Amantani Island to mainland (not private)
- Private boat from Takile Island to Amantani Island
- Group shuttle from Chucuito hotel to the Juliaca airport
- 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 5 dinners, as indicated on the itinerary
- Snacks while on the islands in Lake Titicaca
- Snacks and water on drive from Cusco to Chucuito
- Entrance tickets to all the sites mentioned in the itinerary
- Hotels and island guest houses every day during the program
- Ceremonies and meditations (Despacho ceremony, sound healing)
- Leader, Guide, and Photographer for 12 days
- Photographs of the journey (24-36 photographs will be provided at no extra cost)
- Tips for Guide, Photographer, and service providers (driver, hotel staff, ceremony leader)
The Journey Cost Does Not Include:
- International roundtrip flight via Lima to/from Cusco, including baggage fees
- Domestic flights to Cusco and from Juliaca, including baggage fees
- Hotel bookings outside of itinerary
- Separate transfers outside group arrival/departure time on Day 1 from Cusco airport to our Sacred Valley hotel and on Day 12 from our Chucuito hotel to Juliaca airport
- Trip insurance
- Cost to obtain valid passport
- Fees for making a payment
- Meals noted as not included on itinerary
- Tips for meals on own not included in itinerary, sundries, medicine, alcohol, bottled beverages, laundry, private readings, and massages
Journey Leader and Journey Guide
Born and raised in Hawai’i, I have an enduring love and respect for the ocean, mountains, people, animals, and plants of the islands. I am so fortunate to call Hawai’i home. I left home in my early 20s to attend graduate school in Chicago, where I received by PhD in Clinical Community Psychology. I returned home 17 years later with my husband and two children. It’s wonderful to live closer to my parents and experience all that life in Hawai’i has to offer.
Through Sacred Circle Journeys, I now offer an array of spiritual travel services for the purpose of conscious awakening. One of my passions is creating customized group travel experiences in Hawai’i. Last year, I led a 10-day private tour on the Big Island of Hawai’i that turned out to be a life-changing trip for all of us! In 2016, I co-led a 10-day group journey to Peru in 2016 with Valerie Camozzi. This time, I’m leading a 12-day journey with Gaby Meneses, who has kindly offered to share her love, knowledge, and wisdom of her home.
Maria Gabriela Meneses Cagigao
I feel very blessed to live in the Sacred Land of Perú. I was born in the countryside of Cusco in the heart of the Andes and since early age I’ve felt very much attracted to the ancient heritage I was experiencing around me every day.
I learned English quite young and that helped me to get in contact with people of different countries and backgrounds. Because of a strong inner call to look for spirituality I was able to get in touch with ancient traditions from other parts of the world at an early age.
An important landmark in my life was to meet a curandero and make a naturalist treatment guided by him that allowed me to understand the importance of taking good care of my body, my temple. At the same time, I learned about plants and the natural medicine that my people still practice.
The profound culture heritage present here in Perú has been always a passion to discover for me and because of that I was visiting since quite young all the places built by the ancestors here, trying to understand and investigate what was the message they imprinted on them and the wisdom involved in their understanding of life. That opened the possibility of meeting many shamans, curanderos, investigators, scholars, who taught me a lot and to whom I feel very grateful. I have a permanent admiration and profound respect for the very high consciousness our ancestors had.
Guiding became my job since 2000 but I understand it more like an opportunity to share all what I’ve learned and love.
Testimonials from Past Perú Journeyers
“I LOVED this trip! I have only good things to say because Michelle and Valerie did such a great job planning out our schedule of events. I am grateful! The thing that surprised me about this journey was how alive and energetic I felt every day. I felt like I was being wrapped in a blanket of love traveling through the mountains. And now, I love traveling back to Peru everyday in my meditations.”
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