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Peru Yoga Retreat 2019 Info Sheet

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SPARK IS GOING TO peru!

Spark 9-Day / 8-Night Yoga Retreat
+2-day hiking trip to machu picchu

August 10-18, 2019

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the magic

Wake up to beautiful mountain views nestled in the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas and in a forest of clouds next to the Urubamba River. Renew your daily yoga practice in this ethereal environment and feed your appetite for adventure with ancient sightseeing and expedition hiking. The harmonious mixture of old and new will soothe the soul on a deep level.

Our itinerary is carefully curated with altitude changes in mind and packed with day tours and all the must-see, must-explore places. There will be a lot of walking and hiking including uneven steps and altitude changes. Be prepared for a physically demanding, but rewarding adventure! The 2-day non-camping hike to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, will give you both sunrise and sunset views. The hike includes visits to Incan site Wiñay Wayna  (Forever Young), Sungate with panoramic view of Machu Picchu, and Huayna Picchu climb (the iconic mountain behind many Machu Picchu pictures).

All the hand-picked accommodations are Peruvian owned institutions. All scheduled day trips are private tours. We have created an itinerary that supports and gives back to sustainable Andean communities. Our Machu Picchu tour operator is the only one in the region to hire women porters for the Inca Trail in addition to providing proper food, sleeping pads, camping tents for their staff.

schedule quick look

Saturday: Arrive / Mother Earth Ceremony
Sunday: Tour: Pisac Ruins, Pisac Market
Monday: Tour: Ollyantambo, Moray, Maras
Tuesday: Relax / Temezacal Ceremony - optional
Wednesday: Sound Bath - get centered before the big hike!
Thursday: Machu Picchu Hike Day #1
Friday: Machu Picchu Hike Day #2 — Evening Train to Cusco
Saturday: Cusco exploration
Sunday: Departure

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journey overview

DAY 1:
CUSCO /
SACRED VALLEY

AUGUST 10  > Arrive in Cusco and transfer to Sacred Valley > Mother Earth Ceremony > Meals included: Dinner (Organic Vegetarian) > Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley This bio-constructed retreat center is surrounded by native plants. The rooms are inspired by the seven chakras.   >>Airport transfer from airport: CUZ to Sacred Valley is included (See What’s Included below)  >> Arriving in the Sacred Valley straight away will help you acclimate to the high elevation.

AUGUST 10
> Arrive in Cusco and transfer to Sacred Valley
> Mother Earth Ceremony
> Meals included: Dinner (Organic Vegetarian)
> Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley
This bio-constructed retreat center is surrounded by native plants. The rooms are inspired by the seven chakras.

>>Airport transfer from airport: CUZ to Sacred Valley is included (See What’s Included below)

>> Arriving in the Sacred Valley straight away will help you acclimate to the high elevation.

DAY 2:
pisac ruins /
pisac market

AUGUST 11  > AM Yoga > Day trip to Pisac Ruins > Market Day! Visit the Pisac Market when all the neighboring communities come together. Get ready to shop or just grab a snack at one of the local stalls.  > PM Yoga > Meals included: All Meals > Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley

AUGUST 11
> AM Yoga
> Day trip to Pisac Ruins
> Market Day! Visit the Pisac Market when all the neighboring communities come together. Get ready to shop or just grab a snack at one of the local stalls.
> PM Yoga
> Meals included: All Meals
> Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley

DAY 3:
ollyantambo /
maras / moray

AUGUST 12  > AM Yoga > Day trip to Ollyantambo / Maras / Moray > PM Yoga > Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner (Organic Vegetarian) & Lunch Buffet > Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley  >> Must-sees. Ollantayambo: is an ancient fortress and temple of the sun. Maras: These salt pools on the hillside date back to ancient Incan times. Moray: This unique archeological site contains several terraced circular depressions.

AUGUST 12
> AM Yoga
> Day trip to Ollyantambo / Maras / Moray
> PM Yoga
> Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner (Organic Vegetarian) & Lunch Buffet
> Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley

>> Must-sees. Ollantayambo: is an ancient fortress and temple of the sun. Maras: These salt pools on the hillside date back to ancient Incan times. Moray: This unique archeological site contains several terraced circular depressions.

DAY 4/5:
recharge / sound bath

AUGUST 13  > AM Yoga > Relax or Temezacal Ceremony (optional) > PM Yoga > Meals included: All Meals (Organic Vegetarian) > Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley   AUGUST 14  > AM Yoga > Sound Bath to get centered for the big hike! > Relax, prepare for early day  > PM Yoga > Meals included: All Meals (Organic Vegetarian) > Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley  >> Optional: Temezacal (Andean Sweat Lodge): We recommend doing this on Day 4 so that you can recharge before the Machu Picchu hike. Other optional activities include Standup Paddleboarding in Huaypo Lagoon, a Flower/Plant Bath, or Mountain Biking.  >> There are many optional activities for you to choose, but we recommend that you take the majority of time to relax, meditate, and prepare for the upcoming MP hike.

AUGUST 13
> AM Yoga
> Relax or Temezacal Ceremony (optional)
> PM Yoga
> Meals included: All Meals (Organic Vegetarian)
> Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley

AUGUST 14
> AM Yoga
> Sound Bath to get centered for the big hike!
> Relax, prepare for early day
> PM Yoga
> Meals included: All Meals (Organic Vegetarian)
> Accommodations: Mandala Sacred Valley

>> Optional: Temezacal (Andean Sweat Lodge): We recommend doing this on Day 4 so that you can recharge before the Machu Picchu hike. Other optional activities include Standup Paddleboarding in Huaypo Lagoon, a Flower/Plant Bath, or Mountain Biking.
>> There are many optional activities for you to choose, but we recommend that you take the majority of time to relax, meditate, and prepare for the upcoming MP hike.

DAY 6/7:
machu picchu

AUGUST 15  > Machu Picchu (MP) Day!  > MP Hike Day #1 > Early Ascent to Machu Picchu > Start Inca Trail to Incan site Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) surrounded by native plants and wildlife > After lunch, continue to the Sungate, where you will have your first dramatic panoramic view of Machu Picchu > The hike is timed to give you amazing views of the sunset > Meals included: All Meals > Accommodations: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu   AUGUST 16  > MP Hike Day #2 > Private Guided Tour of Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu climb included! > Time for a selfie! You earned it.  > Meals: Breakfast, Lunch > Accommodations: Antigua Casona San Blas  >> The upgraded Vistadome train will give you full views of landscapes and vistas on the way to Machu Picchu.  >> Oxygen is available throughout the trip (rarely needed, but available) >> Bottled water or fresh boiled water will be made available throughout the trip.  >>Hiking Difficulty: Moderate >>Hiking Distance: 7.5 miles (6-7 hours)

AUGUST 15
> Machu Picchu (MP) Day!
> MP Hike Day #1
> Early Ascent to Machu Picchu
> Start Inca Trail to Incan site Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) surrounded by native plants and wildlife
> After lunch, continue to the Sungate, where you will have your first dramatic panoramic view of Machu Picchu
> The hike is timed to give you amazing views of the sunset
> Meals included: All Meals
> Accommodations: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

AUGUST 16
> MP Hike Day #2
> Private Guided Tour of Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu climb included!
> Time for a selfie! You earned it.
> Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
> Accommodations: Antigua Casona San Blas

>> The upgraded Vistadome train will give you full views of landscapes and vistas on the way to Machu Picchu.
>> Oxygen is available throughout the trip (rarely needed, but available)
>> Bottled water or fresh boiled water will be made available throughout the trip.
>>Hiking Difficulty: Moderate
>>Hiking Distance: 7.5 miles (6-7 hours)

DAY 8/9:
CUSCo

AUGUST 17  > AM Yoga > Explore Cusco City Center > PM Yoga > Meals included: Breakfast > Accommodations: Antigua Casona San Blas  >> Optional: Rainbow Mountain   AUGUST 18  > Departure > Meals included: Breakfast

AUGUST 17
> AM Yoga
> Explore Cusco City Center
> PM Yoga
> Meals included: Breakfast
> Accommodations: Antigua Casona San Blas

>> Optional: Rainbow Mountain

AUGUST 18
> Departure
> Meals included: Breakfast



things to know

investment / early bird

Double/Double: $3,483
Triple/Double: $3,297

Double/Triple bed options for Mandala Sacred Valley. All other accommodations are double beds. All beds are first come, first served.

Early bird: Save $200 by 2/28/2019
Book early and save!!
Payment Plans are available.

Laws for Machu Picchu entrance have changed since 2017. Only a limited number of permits are released for Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu each day. Make sure your passport is current when booking. You will need it to secure your Machu Picchu permit and train ticket.

time of year

May to October is dry season in Peru with sunny days, bright blue skies, and chilly nights. August is a mid-winter with temperature ranging from mid-60’sF during the day to a colder 35F at night. Bring layers!!

elevations

Sacred Valley: 6,730’
Machu Picchu: 7,952’
Cusco: 11,152’

What is included

> Curated itinerary with accommodations for 8 nights
> Daily Yoga classes (except for MP hiking days)
> 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
> Transportation from airport: CUZ to Mandala Sacred Valley (is arriving during scheduled window)
>Transfer from Cusco hotel to airport: CUZ at end of journey
> Private guided tours: Machu Picchu, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate, Inca Trail, Hauyna Picchu, Ollayantambo, Moray, Maras, Pisac
> Transportation / transfers to all scheduled tours
> Upgraded Vistadome train to/from Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu
> Gratuity to retreat center / hotels
> Gratuity to tour guides
> Entrance fee and permit to Machu Picchu
> Permit to Huayna Picchu during MP Hike Day #2
> All entrance fees and permits for scheduled tours and hike trips
> Coca tea service in Cusco
> Sound Bath
> Daily bonfire in Sacred Valley
> Housekeeping to multi-night stays

Got more questions? E-mail amy@sparkyoga.com

What is not included

> Travel Insurance (Required)
> Airfare
> Although most meals are included, we want to leave room for adventure and spontaneity. Meals that are not listed are not included.
>Any optional outings, tours, and adventures (listed as optional or not listed)
> Rainbow Mountain is optional, because the elevation is > 17,000’.
> Additional gratuity for baggage handling
> Alcoholic Beverages or meal add-ons (e.g. juice detox, additional drinks)
> Transfer from airport if arrival is outside of scheduled window

travel insurance

Travel insurance is required for this adventure. This helps cover your investment including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and/or loss or theft. We recommend World Nomads. www.worldnomads.com
Choice of insurance carrier and plans are completely your decision to make.

recommended readings

“Turn Right at Machu Picchu” by Mark Adams
”Lost City of the Incas” by Hiram Bingham
”The Last Days of the Incas” by Kim MacQuarrie

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. Terms of Service
The Retreat page lists what is included in the price of the retreat.

2. Reservation / Payment
Payment may be made by credit card only. Full payment is due at the time of booking to reserve a room.

3. Cancellation Policy
Payments are non refundable and non transferable. Travel Insurance is required in the event of an emergency.

4. Changes/Trip Cancellations
SPARK YOGA reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of SPARK YOGA we will offer a full refund of your original payment. SPARK YOGA is not responsible for any expenses or damages incurred as a result of trip cancellation including preparation costs, airline tickets, travel documents or other expenses. SPARK YOGA reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked, in which case you will be given a full refund of any and all payments made to SPARK YOGA. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, gear purchases, and airport and airline taxes).

5. Travel Insurance
SPARK YOGA requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include "cancel for any reason" with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.

6. Travel Documents and Immunizations
It is the responsibility of each traveler to obtain all required travel documents including Visas and other travel documents unless otherwise noted. It is your responsibility to purchase correct immunizations. Please contact your nearest travel clinic for the latest requirements.

6. Itinerary
Although every attempt is made to complete the listed itinerary, it is subject to change. There might be slight variations due to weather conditions.