Inner Light Journeys LLC

 Inner Light Journeys LLC

12 Day Immersion Retreat in Peru: Fall 2018

Trip facilitators: Joanne Baker & Marilyn Dexter

Day 1 ~ Travel Day                                                                                                              

Welcome to Peru!  Our private driver will be waiting this evening at the Lima International Airport to greet you and whisk you off to our hotel in Mira Flores, a beautiful old section of the City of Lima.  

Overnight – Mira Flores

Day 2 ~ Lima, The Journey Begins!

This is a great day to begin to slow down and allow your body, mind and spirit to move more into harmony with the gentle, heart-centered energies of Peru. Sleep in this morning after yesterday’s long day of travel, and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the hotel’s dining room. Then join us for a leisurely walking exploration of Mira Flores and it’s many magical places. Wander through indigenous bazaars, along winding side streets and alleyways. Pause to listen to impromptu performers and soak in the rich colors and textures of flowers, trees and birds in the central park, peruse shelves of familiar and exotic offerings at the local groceria, exchange dollars for soles, dine alfresco or perhaps wander a bit further to our favorite baker’s wonderful bakery café. (He is renowned as one of the 25 best bread makers in the world!) 


Day 3 ~ Lima/ Cusco                           

Enjoy another leisurely breakfast in the hotel’s dining room before we return to the Lima airport to catch our one

hour flight over the Andes to Cusco.

Located high in the mountains of Central Peru, Cusco serves as the gateway to the Sacred Valley beyond. This beautiful, ancient city will inspire you to feel light hearted, even as the altitude (10,700 ft above sea level) leaves you a bit light headed! To help you acclimate more quickly, we check into our hotel in the San Blas section of Cusco, share cups of coca tea, and then rest for a few hours before venturing out for a slow stroll thru the charming, cobble-stoned streets surrounding our hotel. Supper will be light fare at one of the neighborhood bistros.

Overnight - Cusco 


Day 4 ~ Sacsayhuaman and nearby Pre-Incan Sites                                              

After an early breakfast in the hotel, we board our bus for the short climb to Sacsayhuaman Sacred Site, arriving just as the site opens. This immense ancient place extends over much of the mountainside above Cusco, and remains revered by the Inca as a Gateway to the Stars. Stored within its stones are the keys to the ancient Incan esoteric knowledge of sacred astronomy, as well as the keys to our spiritual history, stored in the Akashic Records. Before beginning our exploration of the site, we ask its permission to enter and then make a personal connection to its energies thru a brief moment of silent meditation.  This is a good time to offer prayers of gratitude, request guidance from the spirits, and set personal intentions for your journey.

Following a full morning of meditation and exploration of the site, we travel slightly higher up the mountain to explore a little of the more ancient, Pre-Incan ceremonial sites nearby, and then walk back to our hotel in Cusco. The remainder of the day is yours to experience Cusco.

Over night - Cusco


Day 5 ~ Quilarumiyoc / Ollantaytambo

Be ready for an early start today! After a quick breakfast, drop your luggage off with our van driver, and join our guide for an early morning visit to Cusco’s lively, indoor Central Market Place. With its bustling energy, bright colors, sensuous textures, overflowing booths of produce, and wide range of handicrafts; the market is a true feast for the senses. If you are feeling adventuresome, join the locals for a very early lunch at the soup vendor’s booth. (We’ve tried it… delicious!)

Late morning, we reconnect with our driver and we are off to Ollantaytambo. The drive through high plateaus and mountain roads, draws us back in time as a way of life marked by seasons, not seconds, unfolds before us.  We slow for herders moving their flocks and pass farmers tilling fields by hand, as their ancestors did for centuries before them.

Midway, we stop at the serene pre-Incan ceremonial site of Quilarumiyoc, at the foot of the Apu Soqomarka. The site is small, rarely visited, and powerful. Quilarumiyoc, whose name means “Stone of the Moon” in the native Quechuan language, remains shrouded in mystery, large parts of it as yet unearthed.  At the mouth of the Mother Cave, the mummified remains of the upper half of a body (determined by testing to be of other than human origin.) are just visible. Crudely drawn petroglyphs cover the walls of 2 caves. Yet etched into the face of a boulder placed near the entrance to the Mother Cave is a finely carved half moon large enough to sit in, and at the lower end of the site lie the remnants of an ancient temple with a small stream quietly running through it.  The silence of this place and the peace filled, high, ancient feminine energies present here wrap around us.  When our time here is complete, we continue on to Ollantaytambo, the rural village where we will spend the night.

Overnight - Ollantaytambo


Day 6 ~ Ollantaytambo ~ Naupa Eglesia Sacred Site

Our morning begins with an early breakfast and a short drive to another extraordinary site not marked on any maps and found only with the help of the locals.  Our driver drops us off along the side of the road at a railroad crossing. We follow along the rail bed for a few minutes and then begin the steep, ten-minute climb upward toward the mouth of a cave just visible above.  Within its cavernous, shadowed entrance lie the remnants of the beautiful and intriguing sacred site known by the locals as Naupa Eglesia, an Inter-dimensional doorway leading deep within Mother Earth. Honoring the site’s sense of mystery & holiness, we explore quietly, each finding a place within the ruins to sit and absorb all that waits here. In this sacred place, a local spiritual grandfather joins us for a traditional ceremony of gratitude and setting of intent

Overnight - Ollantaytambo


Day 7 ~ Ollantaytambo Sacred Site ~ Sacred Valley

After our early breakfast, it’s a quick walk to Ollantaytambo Sacred Site located in the center of the village. Ollantaytambo is a massive, early Incan pyramidal fortress and temple built into the mountainside. Here, the ancients created pathways to the Wind, the Sun, the Universe and the fifth dimension. We explore this powerful site together, stopping at several of the Interdimensional Portals to meditate. At the close of our time here, we gather together at the Portal of the Condor to share our gratitude and a brief personal journey connecting through the condor to the Universe and other dimensions. The remainder of the day is yours

Overnight - Ollantaytambo                                   


Day 8 ~ Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes                                                      

Today we are off to Machu Picchu!  After a very early breakfast, we store our suitcases at the hotel and then walk to the nearby train station to board our train for Aguas Calientes. The trip passes quickly as the train zips by mile after mile of majestic mountain views and extraordinary scenery. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we hike from the train station to our hotel, drop off any overnight supplies, have a mid morning snack in town and then quay up for take the bus trip up Machu Picchu Mountain to the magnificent 7th Wonder of the World! We hike up to the Sun Gate, have an introductory tour of a portion of the main site, hear some of the site’s ancient history, and stop for meditations along the way at places where the energies call to us. At closing time, we return by bus to Aguas Calientes and share an excellent gourmet dinner at a charming café tucked into one of the back streets of town.

Overnight - Aguas Calientes


Day 9 ~ Machu Picchu                                                                               

We rise early for breakfast and then catch the bus back to Machu Picchu to begin our exploration of some of the less visited areas of the site.  Join us for a hike to the Inca Bridge or for the more challenging hike to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain! As we trek upward along paths created centuries ago, we offer up to the spirits of the land, the mountain and the Universe all that we have yet to release. Upon our descent to the main level of the site, we share in some teachings and visit the Sacred Wacas, the Temple of the Condor, and many other magical temples. In the afternoon, we return by bus to Aguas Calientes in time to share another great meal before our train back to Ollantaytambo.

Overnight - Ollantaytambo


Day 10 ~ Chinchero Sacred Site and Village ~  

The bus arrives very early this morning for our return trip to Cusco. Our first stop, near Urubamba, is at a well known local potter’s home and studio, for his fascinating demonstration of how his works are created. Our second stop is Chinchero, a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta. Chinchero is believed by Peruvians to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Traditional dress, still worn by most locals, reflects the vibrant colors of the rainbow and the local landscape. The village overlooks the Sacred Valley of the Incas and offers beautiful views of Cordillera Vilcabamba and the awe-inspiring, snow-capped peak of Mount Salkantay.

Here, we tour a local weaver’s collective to learn how wool is spun, dyed and woven, and stop to see the village’s most striking remnant of early Incan times, a massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches.  There are also many other ruins, including sacred altars and agricultural terraces to explore.

Overnight - Cusco


Day 11 ~ Cusco/ Lima                                                                                              

After a leisurely breakfast, take time to return to some favorite haunts, find that last special treasure, visit the Central Square, or do one final walking tour of our San Blas neighborhood.  Rejoin us at our hotel mid-afternoon. Our driver will be waiting to take us to the airport for our afternoon flight back to Lima.

Overnight - Mira Flores


Day 12 ~ Lima                                                                                                                   

The morning is yours to visit one of the nearby museums, make your way to one of the pretty nearby parks, do some last-minute shopping, or perhaps have late morning tea at one of the many charming local cafes. After a noon checkout at our hotel, we’ll store our luggage, taxi to the beach for an early afternoon stroll, linger along the levee for a final meditation or bit of day dreaming, and then share a wonderful early farewell dinner at a spectacular restaurant on the pier. After dinner, we return to the hotel, gather our luggage and transport to the airport to catch evening flights home.