Wellness Peru - Spirit of the Incas - Abercrombie & Kent

    Experience the mystical beauty, harmony and sacred rituals of the Incas on a wellness-inspired cultural journey to Peru. Experiences include guided hiking in Machu Picchu, a shamen-led payment to the earth ceremony in the Sacred Valley, an afternoon farmstead visit, kayaking Huaypo Lagoon, a restorative spa treatment, traditional medicine talks with local experts, and a visit to an A&K Philanthropy-supported school.

    A&K Advantages

    Thrill at the grandeur of ancient Machu Picchu during afternoon and early morning walks through the citadel, reveling in its mysteries

    Partake in traditional rituals that include a payment to the earth ceremony honoring Mother Earth goddess Pachamama and an optional coca leaf reading by a local shaman

    Learn about healing plants, such as ayahuasca, and traditional medicines during privately led talks with local experts

    Bask in the rolling vistas of the Sacred Valley as you explore the remote Andean lagoon of Huaypo by kayak

    Discover how an A&K Philanthropy-supported local school provides education, nutrition, medical care and hope to underprivileged children in the Sacred Valley

    Experience life at a modern Peruvian farmstead alongside the owners, joining them for a tour of the fields, followed by a true farm-to-table lunch showcasing fresh Peruvian fare

    DAYS 1-2

    ARRIVE LIMA, PERU

    Arrive in Lima, where pre-Columbian temples, elegant colonial façades and modern high-rises come together to form a unique, inspiring ambience. Transfer to your oceanside hotel. The next day, rise for a morning yoga session in a tranquil park. Next, look forward to a Chef’s Table experience: join a local chef for a guided walk through the market to gather locally grown ingredients, then head to a local restaurant for an interactive lesson in preparing authentic Peruvian dishes. Later, explore Peru’s capital, visiting the Plaza Mayor, home to the city’s beautiful 16th-century cathedral. Wander the convent’s courtyard, taking in its many altars and mosaic-covered chapel. Back at your hotel, enjoy a private lecture on the proposed healing powers of ayahuasca, a medicinal and spiritual plant used by indigenous tribes throughout the Amazon basin. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

    Belmond Miraflores Park

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 2)

    DAY 3

    SACRED VALLEY | JOURNEY TO THE INCA EMPIRE

    Today, begin your journey to the Sacred Valley, where you spend the next three days immersed in the mystical Inca splendors and traditions that define this high-Andean region. In the morning, fly to the Inca capital of Cusco, gateway to Machu Picchu, and enjoy lunch in the central square. Travel to the Sacred Valley, stopping en route to visit Awana Kancha, where South American camelids (such as llamas and alpacas) are bred, and where you learn about the fibers created from their coats. Continue to your intimate, hacienda-style hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley, and settle into your own luxury casita, boasting private, tranquil surrounds and breathtaking views.

    Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    SACRED VALLEY | AN OFFERING TO PACHAMAMA

    Today, travel higher into the Andes to kayak the remote lagoon of Huaypo, a secluded gem set 12,464 feet above sea level. Paddle its pristine waters at your own pace, taking in the stunning mountain-scape. Andean cultures have long revered Mother Earth goddess Pachamama for sustaining life on our planet. This afternoon, participate in one of Peru’s oldest and most sacred rituals when you join a local shaman in a traditional “payment to the earth” ceremony, extending an offering to Pachamama, to give thanks and honor new beginnings. Reflect on the experience during a scenic picnic lunch overlooking the lagoon. Then, enjoy a visit to a remote, richly cultured and seemingly timeless mountain community where you delve into a guided talk on medicinal plants and demonstrations in ancient traditions. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure, where you may choose to cap off the evening with your included, replenishing spa treatment.

    Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 5

    SACRED VALLEY | SHANGRI-LA OF THE ANDES

    Begin today with a meaningful visit to the Kuychi Center, meeting the underprivileged children at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow), a project supported by A&K Philanthropy. Explore the charming colonial village of Pisac, once the imperial gateway to the Sacred Valley. Discover an archaeological site with a vast array of artifacts and structures. Next, privately visit a farmstead to immerse yourself in local life. Join the owners for a tour of the fields, a farm-to-table lunch and a parade by the farmstead’s paso fino horses. Back at your hotel, watch the sunset give way to a starlit sky (weather permitting). This sets the stage for a captivating talk on the importance of astronomy to the Incas, who believed the moon and the sun were deities, and that every constellation has a purpose. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

    Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 6

    MACHU PICCHU | SACRED CITADEL OF THE INCAS

    Spectacularly positioned on a narrow ridge above Rio Urubamba, the mystical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu with its temples and ritual structures held great spiritual significance for the Incas. Journey to its heart today, beginning with a private lecture by a renowned Machu Picchu scholar. Then, board the PeruRail Sacred Valley train, travelling deeper into the Andes and toward the ceremonial epicenter that is Machu Picchu. Arrive at the only hotel adjacent to the citadel, a respite wrapped in gardens and offering magnificent views. Experience the mysterious site for the first time with a guided afternoon visit.

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    MACHU PICCHU | WALKING THE RUINS AT SUNRISE

    It is only upon walking amid crumbling ruins that still boast exceptional stonework and ornamental features that Machu Picchu’s significance becomes clear. Take this moving experience to the next level when you wander the ancient citadel in the early morning light, before the crowds arrive. You may also opt to hike the towering peak of Huayna Picchu for a breathtaking view. After lunch at a local restaurant, board the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo Station. Continue overland to Cusco and check in to your tranquil hideaway just off the city’s main square.

    Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 8

    CUSCO | DESIGN YOUR DAY

    After an optional private morning yoga session, Design Your Day with a range of inspiring options. Browse the picturesque San Blas neighborhood, a haven for local artisans; enjoy a lecture on the divine coca plant and coca-leaf oracle readings, followed by a private session with a local shaman; or enjoy a restorative spa treatment at your hotel. After lunch, tour Cusco’s Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo Temple. Later, explore the well-preserved Sacsayhuaman, another testimony to the Incas and their ability to skillfully blend massive structures with the natural landscape. Tonight, gather for a cocktail reception and farewell dinner at the elegant MAP Café.

    Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAYS 9-10

    DEPART LIMA

    After a morning at leisure, fly to Lima. The next day, board your international flight home.

    Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

    Meals: Breakfast

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