Mystical Journey to Perú

May 10 - 21, 2019



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)
The journey begins at Cusco airport (CUZ) where you will be greeted by Michelle, your Journey Leader, and Gaby, your Journey Guide. Our group will meet between 9 and 10 am, and load up our private vehicle before leaving at 10 am to our Sacred Valley hotel (approximately 9,500 feet above sea level). After settling in and resting, we will have lunch at the hotel, review the program, and participate in a welcome to Sacred Valley KINTU ceremony. Optional afternoon activity: gentle yoga with Michelle. Group dinner at hotel.
Day 2 - Saturday, May 11: Chokeakilla, Sacred Valley (B, D)
Continue resting and acclimating to the change in energy and altitude. Breakfast at hotel. Visit the sacred place of Chokeakilla, known as a Dimensional Doorway. Group lunch in town (not included) at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant followed by a visit to the Seminario Ceramic Art Gallery. Afternoon group Despacho ceremony by Andean chief and healer. Group dinner at hotel. Prepare for Machu Picchu; pack overnight bag.
Day 3 - Sunday, May 12: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu (B)
Early breakfast at hotel followed by departure for Ollantaytambo train station. Enjoy scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. After checking in to our hotel, take nearby bus to Machu Picchu (7,900 feet). Lunch on own at Snack Bar prior to entering Machu Picchu for our guided group tour and ceremony. Afternoon options: rest or shop on own in open market. Meet in hotel lobby at designated time and walk to our group sound healing. Dinner (not included) at Aguas Calientes restaurant.
Day 4 - Monday, May 13: Machu Picchu, Cusco (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Take nearby bus to Machu Picchu. Options: Hike to Sun Gate or explore Machu Picchu. Lunch on own. In afternoon, meet as a group at designated time and take train back to the Sacred Valley.  Drive to Cusco (11,152 feet) by private van (our luggage from first hotel will be on van). Check in to our Cusco hotel located in the San Blas neighborhood. Group dinner (not included) at nearby restaurant.
Day 5 - Tuesday, May 14: Cusco, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuamán, Qengo (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Qoricancha, the principal temple in Inca times dedicated to the Sun God, considered one of the richest in the world because the walls were once covered in gold. We continue to Sacsayhuamán, where we will marvel at this architectural wonder and learn the mystery and legends of how this stone-walled complex was constructed. Visit Qenqo, a ritual Cave, to connect with the Ancestors and do a ceremony nearby. Free afternoon and evening to enjoy Cusco’s spa offerings, shopping opportunities, and people watching. Dinner on own.
Day 6 - Wednesday, May 15: Cusco, Raqchi, La Raya, Pucara, Chucuito (B, L)
Early breakfast at hotel followed by departure in our private van to Chucuito. Visit Raqchi (11,150 feet), the temple of Wiracocha, the Cosmic Energy Giver. This Inkan place was built with volcanic rock from the area. Hundreds of granaries were built there to store products from the Cusco area and the Altiplano, where Lake Titicaca is located. We continue our drive and stop for a picnic lunch. At La Raya (14,150 feet), the highest spot on our trip and the border between the Cusco and Puno regions, we make a short stop for pictures. We take in the high mountain peaks considered very sacred, where the Incas and pre Incas went on pilgrimage for special occasions. Stop at Pucara (12,830 feet), a 3,000 year old temple at the feet of a powerful rock. Do a meditation to connect with the powerful Puma energy and begin aligning with the Lake Titicaca vibration. Passing through Puno, arrive at our Chucuito hotel (12,500 feet) at the shore of Lake Titicaca. Dinner on own at hotel.
Day 7 - Thursday, May 16: Chucuito, Uro Islands, Takile Island (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Take 4 hour boat ride on Lake Titicaca to Takile Island (13,000 feet). On the way, see the floating Uro islands made of reeds. The locals still live the same way here as they did thousands of years ago. Visit one of the islands and connect with local inhabitants. Have lunch on Takile Island at the home of a family that will host us for the night. It will be a rustic but very warm hearted hospedaje (homestay). After resting, local artisans will demonstrate their ancient traditional weaving techniques and describe its symbols. We will have an opportunity to buy very good weavings! In the afternoon, walk a short way to town and find a perfect place to watch an incredible sunset. Dinner at guest house.
Day 8 - Friday, May 17: Takile Island, Amantani Island (B, L, D)
Breakfast together with a great view of the sunrise. Depart on 1 hour boat ride to Amantani Island, the highest island in the world at 13,300 feet. On the way, visit a beautiful beach and a powerful, very ancient natural shrine on the other side of Takile Island. Continue our boat ride on Lake Titicaca to Amantani Island, where we have lunch at the house of our family host for the next two nights. In the afternoon, take a short walk in the neighborhood, see a great sunset, and have dinner at guest house.
Day 9 - Saturday, May 18: Amantani Island Temples (B, L, D)
Breakfast at guest house. On this day of the Full Moon, visit the very ancient shrines built to honor the Masculine and Feminine poles of the Cosmos: the temples of Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama. We will take our time to hike up to the Pacha Mama Temple (approximately 2 hours) and do a special meditation there. Next, we will hike up about 1 hour to the Pacha Tata natural pyramidal Temple and do a special meditation. It will take about 1.5 hours to hike down. Our hike to both temples is on good stone paved roads. We will bring our lunch prepared by our local hosts with native organic products. Free evening to rest and integrate, dinner at guest house.
Day 10 - Sunday, May 19: Sillustani, Puno, Chucuito (B)
Breakfast at guest house. Take a local ferry back to the harbor where a private van will take us back to Chucuito. On the way, we visit Sillustani, a very ancient place where the veils are thinner between dimensions. At Sillustani, we will see pre-Incan majestic constructions built to connect the Earth and Heaven. Continuing to Puno, we will have lunch together at a restaurant (not included) and visit the local handicraft market.  Arrive at Chucuito and check in to our hotel. Free evening to rest and integrate, dinner on own at hotel.
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)
Breakfast at hotel. Check out of hotel and take group shuttle at designated time to Juliaca airport. Participants will catch a domestic flight arranged on their own to Lima (JUL to LIM) and international flight(s) arranged on their own from Lima to their final destination.



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.

Payment Process

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

The Journey Cost Includes:

  • Assistance with making travel arrangements (international and domestic flights)
  • Transportation
    • 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
  • Meals
    • 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

Michelle Pillen

Journey Leader

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

Journey Guide

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.”


“I got an image during the shamanic ceremony in Aguas Calientes that has helped me understand and define some of the spiritual work I have been doing lately.  I feel both more at peace and more intent on seeking deeper experiences that make me feel connected to my soul and the One Spirit.  I have an even stronger desire to shed the parts of my life that don’t feel like they are working for me and a calm about it happening in its own time.”


“Mystical Journey to Peru. Well, they got that right! I was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime and it was. No matter how many guide books you read, nothing could prepare you for the dual impact of Peru married to the experience of spirit and ceremony on this trip. Sacred sites; sound ceremonies; blessings by a Quechua healing master; the magic and power of Machu Picchu contrasting with the bustling city of Cusco. A wonderful chance to let go of the old and embrace a new reality that I continue to integrate. This trip will last a lifetime.”


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