CONNECT WITH THE ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE INCAS IN THIS 8-DAY RETREAT IN THE SACRED VALLEY + MACHU PICCU
More than just a running tour, this women-only retreat takes you on a fascinating cultural journey through Peru’s Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a special emphasis on ancient Inca wisdom and traditions, as told through its people, landscape and food.
The fully supported eight-day retreat departs Cusco and ventures deep into the Sacred Valley, where you’ll be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks and historic Andean villages. During your five nights here, we’ll balance your time on day excursions with mindful hours at Las Qolqas, where you can practice yoga in the geodesic dome.
Each day, you’ll explore the mystery of ancient sites that may spark your curiosity about the Inca and their lost technologies that made possible the construction of a citadel like Machu Picchu. You’ll run and hike on well-worn paths leading to such marvels as The Maras, hundreds of small salt pools carved into a mountainside from which Incas extracted salt, and The Moray, an ancient-yet-sophisticated agricultural site involving terraced growing fields, each with its own microclimate.
On your daily run/hikes around the Sacred Valley, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local communities and learn about their rich cultural heritage, as you visit ancient Inca ruins, traditional markets and meet local artisans. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Andean people, and gain insights into their traditional farming practices, culinary traditions and spiritual beliefs.
Feel the thrill of running along ancient Incan paths, surrounded by lush valleys and towering peaks. Participate in a mindful weaving ceremony and spiritual ritual called Haywarikuy, meet Marquesa, a wonderful woman healer from the Q’eros community, who will help you connect with the power and spirituality of this sacred land and learn about the Inca’s reverence for Pachamama, the Andean earth goddess.
One of the retreat’s highlights is a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Explore this mystical citadel, hidden in the misty mountains and marvel at its awe-inspiring architecture, terraced fields and intricate stone masonry. Your experienced guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the history, mythology and mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu, as you soak in the spiritual energy of this ancient wonder.
Here, you’ll be treated to the luxurious comfort of the 5-star Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (pictured above) that overlooks Machu Picchu. Savor delicious Peruvian cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, and unwind with soothing spa treatments that incorporate indigenous healing techniques. Reflect on your journey and connect with fellow travelers as you share stories and create lasting memories.