Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu
with Libby Cox
July 12-21, 2019
Only 8 spaces left!
$100 off to the next 3 registrants
Join Libby Cox for an yoga adventure vacation in Peru where we’ll explore and experience the diverse landscapes and culture of this amazing country.
We’ll begin our adventure Lima and end in Cusco. In between, we’ll visit Pisco, sand board the giant dunes of Huacachina desert, sail with Humboldt penguins & sea lions, plus explore the Paracas National Reserve. Of course, we’ve planned extended time in the heart of the Inca Empire and the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu!
Each day will bring it’s own adventure – we’ll practice living yoga along the way and while in the sacred valley, we’ll have more time and space for formal classes each day.
This adventure is limited to 16 participants and is accompanied by private and local guides. Please reserve early to ensure your space.
Our incredible itinerary offers us a full experience of the best features of Peru from Lima to Cusco and in between.
Friday, July 12 (arrival day)
Upon arrival to Lima’s Airport, take a taxi or shared shuttle to your hotel in Miraflores, where you are free to relax and wander around at your own pace. Depending on the time of arrival, we have plenty of suggestions for you so you can make the most of your first day in Lima.
Saturday, July 13: The Pisco Vineyards & Sandboarding at Huacachina Oasis
This morning we have an early departure. In our private transport we’ll be driving for 300km along the Pan-American Highway. We’ll be heading to the valley of Ica, located 4 hours south of Lima and surrounded by the endless sand dunes of the Ica desert. Ica is well known for its warm and dry climate, which is perfect for growing vines, so, when approaching Ica, we’ll make a short stop for a guided tour through an historical vineyard where our famous Pisco liquor are made. During this visit, we will be able to learn about and taste the various types of Pisco that exist.
After, we’ll have lunch at a traditional restaurant, where we can try some delicious Afro-Peruvian dishes and, at about 3pm, we leave for the natural lagoon of Huacachina, known as the Oasis of the Americas. From this beautiful “Arabian-like” landscape, we’ll venture into the desert dunes aboard powerful sand buggies. During the ride we’ll be stopping at selected dunes where we can practice some sand boarding and test our skills in this fun sport. After observing the sunset from the vastness of the desert we go back to Huacachina and relax in our charming hotel.
Sunday, July 14: Ballestas Islands & Paracas Reserve
Today, after an early rise, we prepare for our 1-hour drive to Paracas bay. On arrival, we’ll board the fully equipped speedboats departing from the Libertador Pier towards the Ballestas Islands, also known as the little Galapagos because of the great variety of marine wildlife that inhabit them. En route, our boat stops to observe “The Chandelier”, an enigmatic figure that can only be seen from the sea. We’ll be circumnavigating the islands as we approach caves and other rock formations while we intent to spot the local wildlife which, amongst others, consist on Sealions, Humboldt Penguins and various other marine bird species.
Once we’re back again on dry land we’ll drive to the Paracas Reserve, one of Peru’s most important and protected natural area. First, we’ll visit the park’s visitor centre and then walk along a trail to try and see the Parihuanas (Andean flamingos). After, we drive through a dirt road to some cliff top lookouts where we can admire the immensity of the ocean and beautiful beaches. We have lunch (not included) in the tiny fishing village of “Lagunillas” and then we return to Lima.
Monday, July 15: Cusco & The Sacred Valley of the Incas
After an early breakfast we have a short drive to the airport to take our 55 minutes flight to the city of Cusco. If possible we will try to get a seat on the left side of the aircraft as some of the best views of the Andes can be seen by this side of the plane. Upon arrival to Cusco airport we will be met by one of local staff who will welcome us and take us on our private transport towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Because of its lower elevation (2,870 meters or 9,415 feet above sea level) and its peaceful atmosphere, the Sacred Valley is the perfect place to enjoy your first days in Cusco as you adapt to the high altitude. The drive to our hotel is a scenic one as we drive past fields, mountains and cozy Andean villages. It will take us about 1.5 hours to drive from Cusco to our hotel in the Valley. The rest of the day is free to get settled in and enjoy some meditation and yoga surrounded by the lovely rural countryside of Peru.
The Sacred Valley is where we will concentrate most of your yoga sessions but yoga opportunities may also be available along the way.
Tuesday, July 16: The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Awanacancha and Pisac
This morning we’ll set off on a tour to visit the Southern segment of the Sacred Valley. As we leave Cusco and on our way to Pisac, we’ll stop at Awanacancha where you can meet native weavers and see South American camelid species, including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuna. After this stop, we continue to Pisac, one of the Sacred Valley’s finest and most impressive Inca complex, the archaeological site of Pisac, with terraces built on its hills. To visit the site, you must walk along winding paths on a mountain cliff. Among the most important buildings are Pisaca, which is a curved wall; the Intihuatana, a solar clock among a group of temples and the military zone called “Q’Allaqasa”.
We’ll also spend some time at the actual village of Pisaq itself. This charming town is located just under the Inca complex. We’ll have some time to explore the town before continuing to our lunch venue and reaching our hotel in the early afternoon.
We’ll be spending the next few days in a charming hotel in the Sacred Valley countryside. Here, we’ll have plenty of time to relax, explore the natural surroundings and also practice yoga and meditation.
Monday, July 17: The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Maras & Moray
This morning we’ll set off on a tour to visit the Sacred Valley’s most impressive sites. First, we’ll reach Moray, one of the most unusual Inca sites consisting of circular terraces built upon a natural depression which seem to have been an agricultural experimental station used to adapt crops to different temperatures. Then we continue to Maras, an impressive salt-extraction complex consisting of thousands of small terraces. During the dry season they fill the pans every 3 days with salty water that comes from a natural spring, once the water is evaporated, they collect the salt they have been selling at the markets of the region since before the Inca times. We should be returning to our hotel before lunchtime. The afternoon is free for yoga and relaxation.
Tuesday, July 18: Discover the Lost City of the Incas
Today is the big day! Early in the morning, we’ll board the 5:07am train heading to Machu Picchu Town. The train journey is a spectacle in itself as we’ll be able to appreciate the changing landscape from green fields and eucalyptus forests to lush jungle, always travelling beside the meandering Urubamba River. Upon arriving we’ll drop our backpacks at the hotel and have a little time to relax. Then at midday we’ll head up to Machu Picchu. We take a 20-minute bus up the steep zigzagging road to Machu Picchu Citadel, located on an impressive mountain setting.
On arrival, we’ll decide if we would like to first hike up to the Inti Punku viewpoint (Sun Gate), a nice spot located about 40 minutes away from the main site. Then, at around 2.30pm, it’s the ideal time to take our guided tour around the main areas of the citadel as most travelers should already be leaving at this point. We can tour the site until it closes and 5pm, at which time we’ll head down to the village.
The rest of the evening is free to relax.
Continue reading the day by day itinerary
Wednesday, July 19: Jungle Hike, Hot Springs and Scenic Journey to Cusco
This morning, after an early breakfast, we begin our 3-hour trek from Aguas Calientes to the final stop on the railway. This is a beautiful 7 miles hike which will take us along a flat path that crosses the cloudforest. If anyone is not comfortable walking this distance, you will leave later and take the train from Aguas Calientes for about 35 minutes to the final station of the railway. We will coordinate for all of us to meet there.
Upon arriving at our destination, our private transport will be waiting to take us to the Cocalmayo hotsprings, one of the most beautiful in Peru (about 35 minutes away). We can relax in the hotsprings for about an hour before continuing our journey. The next segment is extremely beautiful. In this same transport, we ascend from the cloudforest across the Malaga Pass (4200 meters above sea level) and then descend again towards Ollantaytambo. This part of the journey takes between 3 and 4 hours.
Upon arriving to Ollantaytambo we can have a rest and, if we still have spare time and energy, we can visit the archaeological site in the area. On route we can stop for pictures along the way and photograph the beauty of this impressive landscape.
We can have a short rest in Ollantaytambo, before continuing our journey to Cusco where we will spend the night.
Monday, July 20: Cusco At Leisure
Cusco is one of the most interesting cities in Peru and South America. Today we’ll have the entire day to explore the streets and plazas of this UNESCO World Heritage City at our own pace. You can visit Saqsayhuaman, one the most impressive archeological sites in the country. Only minutes away in the northern outskirts of Cusco, this site will leave you in awe of what could be accomplished architecturally in the Inca days. You can also visit the city’s many markets, shops and churches. We’ll meet later for our last fun group dinner!
Tuesday, July 21: Departure Day
Today, we’ll have some free time to maybe take a last walk around Cusco’s shops and markets and then, at the coordinated time, you’ll head to Cusco’s airport by taxi to board your flight to Lima and international connecting flights to your next destination.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Please book your flight to arrive in Lima and depart from Cusco.
Included in your retreat package is the inland flight between the Lima and Cusco. We have included all breakfasts on this trip, but have chosen to not include the lunches and dinners so that participants can order based on their preferences (somedays you may eat light, other days you might want something more substantial, etc.). We will stay together, of course, but food is not expensive – please budget $30-50 day.
Getting to the hotel from Lima (day 1) and back to the airport from out hotel in Cusco on the last day is quite easy – we will advise and also share travel plans with the group so we can share taxi cabs.
We will provide recommended packing lists and other advice closer to the trip! Plan to pack a little light and bring your adventurous spirit.
Libby Cox is an E-RYT 500, a mother of twin boys, an educator and a dedicated student of the body. With degrees in art, dance and education, a 17-year yoga practice, and a penchant for storytelling, Libby’s teaching approach is compassionate, and witty.
Libby has been teaching for close to 15 years and has served on faculty in yoga teacher training programs in the US and abroad since 2010. She draws upon her studies from numerous styles of yoga and teaching approaches in order to meet the needs of yoga students and aspiring teachers alike. Most notable are Libby’s studies with Patty Townsend, founder of “Embodyoga”, Judith Lasater and yoga therapeutics, and philosophy with Douglas Brooks.
Libby works with students, using the vision of yoga philosophy, to help them gain perspective, presence and resilience through life’s joys and challenges. She recognizes that to be a knowledgeable instructor one has to understand the world of yoga as a whole and not be closed off to any yoga experience, knowledge or practice. It is through this knowledge, Libby discovered, she stays grounded in her personal practice. Her combination of studies has sustained Libby’s long time love of connecting the exploration of body-mind and breath to invigorating, well-informed creative movement. She also loves the support and inspiration that grows out of being part of a yoga community, and seeks to share her love of yoga as a philosophy that nourishes the capacity for creativity and resilience on life’s paths. [Read more about Libby]
ONLY 8 SPACES LEFT!
Cost: $3695 per person
Special: $3595 ($100 off to the next 3 registrants)
Special: $4195 ($100 off to the next registrants)
- 9 nights accommodation
- Inland flight from Lima to Cusco
- Yoga Classes (along the way, but more concentrated in the sacred valley)
- Fully guided daily travel and excursions
- Travel from your home country to Lima and then return Cusco – Lima – home country
- Lunches and Dinners (budget $30-$50 per day)
- Taxi to and from the international airport (we’ll help connect participants to share)
- Gratuities you might like to offer drivers and guides
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended – see travel Guard Link)
A $695 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to match you with a roommate.
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before March 1, 2019. No refunds after March 1, 2019. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through April, 2019, unless other arrangements are made.
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