Unlike most guided tours that emphasize seeing the sights, a new journey to Peru features spiritual ceremonies, meditations and workshops to help travellers gain a deeper understanding of themselves.
"Initiation in the Andes" is an 11-day exploration of Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas June 10 through 20, presented by Sacred Earth Journeys in collaboration with Inkarri Multicultural Association.
What makes the program unique are its three tour leaders.
Juan Ruiz Naupari teaches a breathwork system he created that helps to heal and vitalize the body and connect the spirit with the Divine.
Doña Maria Apaza is the only female High Master of Peru's indigenous Q'ero people. She will lead initiation ceremonies to help participants communicate with the four elements.
Don Sebastian Pauccar is an Andean priest who will demonstrate the use of sacred coca leaves for divining the future.
Besides visiting such must-see attractions as Machu Picchu, the group will also discover seldom-seen places such as the ancient fortress at Ollantaytambo. Here Juan Ruiz will reveal the mystery of Tunupa, the legendary Inca creator deity whose bearded face can be seen looking down from a nearby mountain.
"This will be a profoundly transformative journey," said Helen Tomei, president of Sacred Earth Journeys. "It is a life-changing opportunity to open your heart and mind and unlock your true self, while you explore some of the most colourful and fascinating places on the planet."