Is airfare included?
Everyone must pay their own way to and from Cusco. Once in Cusco, all travel will be included. Most likely you will fly through Lima.
Do I need to arrive early?
Understanding that everyone has limited time, I highly encourage you to get to Peru at least 24-48 hours before meeting. It’s helpful to start to get acclimated, as well as rest from travel. Cusco is a beautiful city to explore, and while we will have one afternoon there at the end of the journey, you’ll want more time! Additionally, with flight delays in current travel, it’s not uncommon to be held up for over 24 hours due to cancellations and being re-routed. The retreat center is a couple hours from Cusco. Worst case scenario, we will of course figure out how to get you to the center if your flight is held up, but it’s preferred to all travel together.
Why does it say that you must be in good shape?
We will be at a high elevation and hiking up to a few hours per day. We will take breaks and be mindful of everyone’s pace, but it’s important to be in shape. We will be sharing a complimentary guide to recommended workouts 3 months prior to us leaving, as well as access to working with a personal trainer (at additional cost).
What is the elevation?
We will range from 7,970-11,152 feet.
EEK! I’m scared of heights; will I be able to manage?
This is your call. We will be on windy roads on mountains. Some of the drop offs are a little scary. We will be perfectly safe at all times. If you have an aversion to heights, you will want to sit on the inside aisles of the bus.
What will the weather be like?
We are in between the rainy season and they dry season, so it could really go either way with rain. Bring appropriate rain gear just in case. The temperature is hard to describe, you can experience 3 seasons in one day. Layers are essential. In Cusco, the month of April is characterized by essentially Daily high temperatures are around 64°F, rarely falling below 59°F or exceeding 69°F. This will vary in the valley and at Machu Picchu. Layers are best. Sunrise is at about 5:50 a.m. and sunset at 5:50 p.m.
What should I pack?
Short version: Hiking boots (already broken in), comfortable hiking clothing, yoga clothing, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen. I will update this list and send to everyone confirmed. This will not be a dress to impress retreat 😉
Do I need shots or specific medications?
It’s best to go see your doctor or a travel clinic to prepare. The CDC publishes data. The CDC recommends being up to date on all vaccinations and to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. The Zika virus is currently a risk in Peru. If you are planning to get pregnant or could be pregnant, the CDC advises to not go to Peru. If you chose to go, you are going at your own risk. Make sure you have your own medications, and talk to your doctor about altitude sickness or any other concerns.
I’m new to yoga, will I be able to keep up?
Sarah Wilkinson will be leading our yoga. She will tailor her classes based on who signs up for this trip. You are always encouraged to listen to your body, and show up as you can. This means, take breaks as needed and don’t be afraid to ask for modified positions. Learn more about Sarah and her yoga practice on her website, Breathe & Release.
Is this a women only retreat?
No, this retreat is co-ed. All gender identities are welcome.
What is the capacity?
The retreat capacity is 12.
Is there an opportunity for massages?
Yes. There will be an opportunity to add on massages, facials, energy healing and coaching sessions.
What if I want to skip an activity?
This retreat is all about self-love and healing. No one ever has to do anything they don’t want to. I encourage participation in all the activities, but there are no should on this trip.