(Sunday, June 24)
Arrive in Cusco – Transfer to hotel (Casa de la Gringa).
Remainder of day at leisure to acclimate to altitude and explore the cobblestone streets of Cusco.
Will lead a walk down to Cusco’s main square Plaza de Armas if the group wants to see a bit of the famous Inti Raymi celebration (Celebration of the Sun God). Expect lots of crowds and bustle – depending on what time we get there the main procession might have moved on to Sacsayhuaman.
Late afternoon Opening Circle with group.
Hosted Dinner as a group at Shaman Vegan – where we will have dinner and hear from world renown Shaman Mallku about the sacred sites of Cusco and the highly developed archeo-astronomy of the ancient Andean people!
Overnight at Casa de la Gringa.
Cusco is a beautiful city in an incredible location. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Andes mountains – you will love exploring its cobble-stone streets and shops.
Cusco was laid out in the form of a puma, the animal that symbolized the Inca dynasty. The belly of the puma was the main plaza, the river Tullumayo formed its spine, and the hill of Sacsayhuaman its head.
The meaning of the world Cusco comes from the Quechua world meaning “navel” attributed to the “Center of the World”.
Cusco is a combination of the ancient Inca capital and the colonial city it became after the Spanish invasion. From the Incas, it preserves impressive walls of meticulously cut granite, streets running within the walls, and many Inca ruins.
The bustling Plaza de Armas and surrounding streets are full of colorful shops, sights and delicious restaurants. Easy to explore on your own.