Peru

Nature Unplugged - 5 Days in Peru

Fully immerse in nature and unplug from your devices and daily to-do list

Nature Unplugged - 5 Days in Peru

Fully immerse in nature and unplug from your devices and daily to-do list

Our 5 days in Peru itinerary packs in adventure to all the classic sites such as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain. Even those limited in time can enjoy all the iconic sites!

[NEED COPY] Retreats are overnight experiences that offer the opportunity to fully immerse in nature and unplug from your devices and daily to-do list. These retreats highlight the main components of our curriculum and work with our content in an intensive format.

May 11-15, 2020 (12 spots)

Trip ITINERARY

DAY 1: DEPART TO CUSCO + CITY TOUR

LIMA —> CUSCO

You will be greeted outside the Cusco airport by a FlashpackerConnect representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

At 12pm you will meet the group and Nature Unplugged hosts Sebastian & Sonya  

Welcome to the Workshop: (1.5 Hours)

  • Introductions/Ice breakers
  • Cellphone ceremony
  • Distribute and brief review of workbooks
  • 24 hour topics (i.e. No Discounts, Challenge by Choice, Full Value Contract, Self-Care - altitude, hydration)
  • Mindset/Comfort Zone (NU Workbook)

Cusco City tour: Time TBD (4-5 hours)

We begin with the guide meeting you at your hotel for pick up and then heading to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral (entry of 25 soles). Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha (entry of 15 soles), the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.

From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, you will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.

From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square.

Overnight in Cusco

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY


Nature Unplugged Moments: Mindfulness (NU Workbook)

  • Optional morning Yoga (60 min)
  • What is Mindfulness? (30 min)
  • Mindful eating practice during snack or lunch (30 min)

Sacred Valley Tour:

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco between 8am for the start of your tour. Our first stop will be Awanacancha Alpaca farm where you will get a glimpse of local Peruvian animals such as Alpacas, llamas and viñuna. Here your guide will explain the history of the animals and why they are important to the economy. In addition to that you will visit the textiles center displaying local crafts and trade item and be able to appreciate the best works of craftsmanship that the Incas produced.

From here we will take the road that leads to Pisac stopping for a moment at El Mirador del Valle Sagrado- the Sacred Valley lookout point to soak in the incredible views of the Andes Mountains. We will then make our way to the Pisac archeological site where your guide will give you an overview of the area and allow you to explore. Continuing on to Urubamba we will stop for lunch at a local Peruvian buffet where you can enjoy a plethora of fresh Peruvian style dishes to feast on.

After lunch we will have time for one last stop- Ollantaytambo, the second most important ruins behind Machu Picchu. Here we will walk the ruins and enjoy a guided tour as we soak in the spectacular craftsmanship surrounding us. We will then board the train from Ollantaytambo and make our way to Aguas Calientes.

The train journey itself is filled with stunning views and will take just under 2 hours. Once you arrive to Aguas Calientes you will check you into your hotel and have free time to enjoy the village. If you would like to take advantage of the time you have this evening, you can visit the Machu Picchu museum, the orchid exhibition, or the butterfly garden, located 40 minutes outside the village (walking), or simply relax in the hot springs near town. (B)


Overnight in Aguas Calientes


DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU

Nature Unplugged Moments:

  • Short stretching session (15-30 min)
  • Mindful breathing (15 min)
  • Creativity session to connect with the space/surroundings (drawing/poetry) (30 min)

Machu Picchu Tour:

Today is the most magical day of your journey. Depending on your entrance time to Machu Picchu your guide will help you determine the best time to wake up for your tour. If you have the early entrance you will wake up around 4am to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sun rise over the ruins. If you have a later entrance you will be able to enjoy a it more sleep before taking the bus up to the ruins (entrance times will be assigned to you depending on how far in advance you book). Your guide will take about 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu and the beautiful sites. Afterwards, if you have booked the option to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain you will have time for your hike and have free time to walk the ruins on your own. In the afternoon, you will get back on the bus and head to Aguas Calientes town. You will then board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a private van will be waiting for your ride back to Cusco arriving between 6-8pm.

Overnight in Cusco

DAY 4: Free Day to Explore Cusco City + Cooking Class

Nature Unplugged Moments:

  • Restorative Yoga Session + Tennis Ball Self Care (90 min)
  • Mindful walking (30 min)
  • Relationship with Nature / Tech journal Activity (Prep for Rainbow Mountain) (60 min)
  • Optional cooking class

Free Day - Optional Cooking class

At 2pm you will meet your chef/instructor and listen to a brief introduction on Peruvian cuisine. This class is geared toward curious travelers that want to learn by doing, not just by eating at local restaurants. Through the chef's commentary, come to understand the history of Peruvian cuisine in a way that you couldn't by simply tasting a few local delicacies.

Head to the San Pedro Market on a guided tour, where you'll learn how to pick out the best ingredients by color, aroma, and texture. Taste several varieties of exotic fruits endemic to Peru before returning to the restaurant's kitchen for your cooking lesson. Learn how to make dishes, such as ceviche with fresh fish, the national drink pisco sour, and lomo saltado (stir-fry dish). Then, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Overnight in Cusco

DAY 5: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 1 DAY TREK

Nature Unplugged Moments:

  • Benefits of Nature (NU Workbook) (30 min)
  • [Evening] Moving Forward & Closing (NU Workbook) (60 min+)

Rainbow Mountain Trek:

Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel at 2:15am for a 3.5 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by our chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.

The hike to the rainbow mountain will take around 2 hours and is a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak of Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca, and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain and how it was formed, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.

We will have snacks on top and take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas, where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. At this time you can also enjoy some coca tea that the locals prepare for visitors. After about an hour we will continue on to the red valley, another awe inspiring area not to be missed by trekkers but seldom visited. From here, we continue our hike back to the trailhead (1 hour), where you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco. Arriving in Cusco around 4pm. (B,L)

Overnight in Cusco

DAY 6: DEPART CUSCO

Cusco → Lima (morning / afternoon flights available)

We will transfer you to the Cusco airport and say our goodbyes. Itinerary ends at the Lima airport. (B)

Additional Trip Info

  • Domestic flights - (Lima to Cusco, round trip)
  • Airport transfers in Cusco
  • All accommodation - (3 star hotel, upgrades available on request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers to/ from your hotel to the tours
  • Fluent English / Spanish speaking local guides
  • Some meals
  • First aid kit/ oxygen
  • Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Extras
  • Services not indicated
  • International flights

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