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Spiritual Awakening - Peru

with Keith & Michelle Baumgard in Machu Picchu, Peru

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6 nights in Machu Picchu, Peru
Wed Jul 17 - Tue Jul 23, 2019

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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR

Few places on earth are said to possess the power to move you beyond words more than the lush mountains and valleys of the Inca Trail and the crown jewel of Peru's scared sites - Machu Picchu.

- Michelle Baumgard

Highlights

Explore ruins in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

What's Included

Accommodations

7 days 6 nights at Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Meals

Includes daily breakfast

Fitness

Due to the strenuous nature of this adventure we won't be holding any fitness classes in the form of exercise but we will offer stretching after a long days hike, meditation, and talks along the way.

Activities

Guided tour of Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley Guided Tour, Pottery Making Demonstration

Flights

Flights not included
Get an email with recommended flights for this trip.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included
For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Getting There

Round-trip transportation to and from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco Peru (CUZ) is included on the first and last day of the trip. It takes 30 minutes to get to the venue from the airport.

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco Peru (CUZ) and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

  • Physical Rating: The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike; however, there are a lot of staircases to climb, and the altitude can also affect the body. We recommend a walking stick as it helps with your balance and reduces stress on the knees, as long as it is not a metal-tipped walking stick, as they are not permitted on the trail. You will be hiking for six to nine hours for each of the first three days and about two hours on the last day. The trip is also at quite a high altitude with the trek beginning at 9,186 ft. The highest point you’ll reach on the trek is approximately 13,780ft. and you’ll also sleep at 11,811 ft for at least one night. This altitude can be quite fatiguing.
  • Sleeping bags are not provided, so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag.
  • A tent will be provided for you as shared accommodation during the hike.
  • You will be given a large stuff sac where you can place no more than 13lbs of personal items including your sleeping bag and the provided tent to be carried by a porter. You will need to carry a daypack containing the things you’ll need during the day like water, camera, sunscreen, or anything else over the 13lbs allowance. So pack lightly!
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • Prior to beginning the hike you may store excess gear/luggage at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Cooks and porters are included in your trip.
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included in your trip. You are responsible for all other meals.
  • Bottled water can be purchased on day one and on the evening of day three of the trek. However, we discourage trekkers from purchasing bottles as it increases the amount of waste. Instead, we strongly recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, as boiled water will be provided with every meal.
  • Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
  • It can get chilly due to the altitude. During the Andean winter (May – September) the temperature can drop below zero at night. So we suggest bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag.
  • In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 13lbs of personal belongings per hiker. That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 13lbs for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.
  • If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool:
    • Head guide: 10-15 USD
    • Assistant guide: 5-10 USD
    • Your trekking crew: 40 USD

PACKING LIST

Cold Weather:
• Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
• Scarf
• Warm gloves
• Warm hat
• Warm layers

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Inca Trail:
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
• Pack liners to waterproof bags
• Rain gear
• Sleeping bag
• Thermal base layer
• Travel pillow
• Walking poles, rubber-tipped
• Waterproof hiking boots

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

Itinerary


Guests Arrivals Day
Guests who arrive early can spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting.

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.

A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 13,769 ft. Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 13,113 ft where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 12,136 ft. On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 11,972 ft, reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 8,694 ft.

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Departures Day

The Instructors

Michelle Baumgard
Fitness Ambassador

Keith and Michelle Baumgard are the dynamic duo behind My1Fit Life, One Fit Widow, and Live the List Nonprofit.

After losing her husband in 2009, Michelle became engrossed in fitness not only as a lifestyle but also as a profession. After losing 80 pounds, she decided that her love of fitness was more than just a pastime and she wanted to spend the rest of her life empowering those with loss to live their life to the fullest with the help of health and fitness. Michelle ended up leaving her corporate position to become a certified personal trainer.

Keith has been involved in fitness his entire life. Keith's degree is in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, and he enjoys studying the muscular system of the body and developing unique and effective programs. Keith started his career as a personal trainer right after college and continues to work with clients still today.

Since launching My 1 Fit Life in 2013, Keith and Michelle's virtual training programs have reached thousands of people, and they currently have close to 3,000 members worldwide. Michelle and Keith contribute for the Huffington Post, Prevention Magazine, and many other fitness outlets. Michelle just released her first book for HarperCollins on October 24, 2017. Healthy Healing offers the reader a chance to use fitness and movement as a grief coping mechanism and encourages a full and fit life after loss.

About Michelle Baumgard
Keith Baumgard
Fitness Ambassador

Keith and Michelle Baumgard are the dynamic duo behind My1Fit Life, One Fit Widow, and Live the List Nonprofit.

After losing her husband in 2009, Michelle became engrossed in fitness not only as a lifestyle but also as a profession. After losing 80 pounds, she decided that her love of fitness was more than just a pastime and she wanted to spend the rest of her life empowering those with loss to live their life to the fullest with the help of health and fitness. Michelle ended up leaving her corporate position to become a certified personal trainer.

Keith has been involved in fitness his entire life. Keith's degree is in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, and he enjoys studying the muscular system of the body and developing unique and effective programs. Keith started his career as a personal trainer right after college and continues to work with clients still today.

Since launching My 1 Fit Life in 2013, Keith and Michelle's virtual training programs have reached thousands of people, and they currently have close to 3,000 members worldwide. Michelle and Keith contribute for the Huffington Post, Prevention Magazine, and many other fitness outlets. Michelle just released her first book for HarperCollins on October 24, 2017. Healthy Healing offers the reader a chance to use fitness and movement as a grief coping mechanism and encourages a full and fit life after loss.

About Keith Baumgard

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Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Start in Cusco, tour the city, then explore the cultural highlights in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, and conquer the Inca Trail on a four day trek to Machu Picchu. You will be rewarded with a stunning combination of the region's ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests with comfortable accommodations, quality food and equipment, support for the local community and an achievement of a lifetime on one of the world's best known hikes.

Your trip includes 3 nights of hotel stays and 3 nights of camping.

Food & Beverage

Includes daily breakfast.

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Fish & Meat

Pricing Per Person

Reserve your spot with a $295 deposit!

Shared Accommodation

$2765

per person

2 guests

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Private Accommodation

Single accommodation during nights that are not on the Inca Trail. Nights on the Inca Trail are shared accommodation for all guests on the trip even if booking this private accommodation.

$2940

per person

1 guest

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