Visit the Gem of the Inca Empire: Machu Picchu

As an optional add-on to this retreat, we’ve organized a special opportunity: an overnight trip to the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu, widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built on a spectacular mountaintop surrounded by high glacial peaks, Machu Picchu was a sacred site built by a royal Inca, Pachacutec, in the height of the Inca Empire in the 15th century.

Many theories exist as to who designed and built the site, why, when, and who lived there—all of which you will learn from the excellent English-speaking guide who accompanies you on your tour. In addition to visiting this powerful place, this trip will give you an introduction to the history and development of contemporary Andean culture, religion, and traditions.

Cheryl Fairchild is the organizer of this excursion. She is an American archaeologist who has been living, working, and organizing tours in Peru for the past 29 years. Contact her directly with any questions about the trip, and to arrange reservations and payment:

US Phone: 303-332-7273
WhatsApp: +13033327273


July 9
-Morning Pickup in Cusco, accompanied by your guide
-Private transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
-Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Service)
-Arrival at train station in Aguas Calientes/Escort to hotel
-Tickets and bus to Machu Picchu
-Entrance tickets + guided afternoon tour of Machu Picchu
Tickets and bus back to Aguas Calientes

July 10
-Breakfast in Aguas Calientes
-Early morning train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service)
-Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Munay Sonqo, with arrival for lunch

What’s included: All transport, hotel, guide.

Not included: Tips for guide and meals (except breakfast July 10)
Cost: $485 per person
(Price based on double occupancy hotel accommodations—single occupancy additional.)

Contact Cheryl to reserve:

4 Good Reasons for This Schedule

-Visiting Machu Picchu before the retreat gives you time to acclimatise and fully arrive in Peru before the retreat starts.

-Post-retreat, you’ll have time to relax and integrate without having to rush off on a trip.

-You’ll avoid the holiday crowds that fill the site the week before Peru’s Independence Day holiday July 28th.

-The advantage of an afternoon visit to Machu Picchu is a well-kept secret (shhhhh!)—2/3 of visitors go in the morning.