PIURAY LAKE YOGA
It is time for a spiritual retreat
According to the testimonies of our past practitioners, the experience is exceptional, very relaxing and definitely becomes one of the highlights of a trip to Peru.
3720m above sea level on a Stand Up Paddle Board.
35 minutes from the city of Cusco, we offer a break from the usual tourist route, by offering you a way to experience the outdoors away from mobs in unbeatable natural settings.
In general, this session is led much like any Yoga session you might encounter. The teacher will lead the class, instructing students in the performance of the asanas. What makes this session of Yoga special, besides the beautiful place, landscape and lake conditions, is practicing over a moving surface. Such a condition offers an extra challenge for any practitioner of Yoga and can provide a truly transcendent result.
This unique experience starts early heading to Chinchero outskirts, to the outstanding Piuray Lake.
8:30 am: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.
9:30 am: Arrival to Piuray Outdoor Center. Time to enjoy, appreciate the landscape and take lots of photos. There will be a drink and snacks station available.
10:00 am: Meeting with the guide who will provide all the necessary equipment. The guide will also organise a short briefing to inform of all safety measures and show paddling/rowing techniques. You will need to paddle for about 20 minutes to get to a quiet area of the lake where you will tie the boards one to each other in order to start with the lesson which is going to take about 45 minutes. After that, the guide will teach you some breathing techniques and, for the brave ones, there is an option for cold water immersion. The activity lasts about an hour and a half.
12:30 pm: Lunch time.
1:30 pm: Estimated return time.
DAY 1 - CUSCO TO HUAYLLABAMBAEarly in the morning, we take the way leading from Cusco to Km82 (2750 mt/9130 ft), this is our check point at the beginning of the trek. The trail follows the river valley for a while; this is a good training day before the second more challenging day. Along the way we will pass Wilkaracay with its impressive view of Patallacta which are both important Inca remains. It is just the beginning of a holy trail full of sanctuaries. Today, after about 7 hours walking we will reach our first camping place at Huayllabamba (3000 mt/9842ft). On reaching our camp for the evening we will be met by our trek team, the porters who will have already set up camp and our cook who will be preparing our evening meal. Day Distance: 12 km / 7.3 ml Approximate Walking time: 6-7 hrs Meals: L, D + Snacks
DAY 2 - HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYOEver optimistic, the sun will be shining on our second day as we follow the Inca trail to Warmiwañusta (Dead Woman’s Pass). This is considered to be the most challenging trek day as we cross this highest point of the trail at 4200m (13779ft), prepare for a steep uphill until we summit. The sense of achievement is a reward in itself, then a beautiful stone trail will show us the way as we descend to our tents in the campsite at Pacaymayo (3580 mt/11740 ft). On reaching our camp for the evening we will be met by our trek team who will have already set up camp and our cook who will be preparing our mouthwatering evening meal. Day Distance: 11km / 7 ml Approximate Walking time: 8 to 9 hrs. Meals: B, L, D + Snacks
DAY 3 - PACAYMAYO TO PHUYUPATAMARCAWaking up just in time to be served a hot drink, our tents pitched within the surroundings of the cloud forest. After a good and healthy breakfast we continue along this ancient trail passing small marshes, continuing over the second mountain pass of the trek. It is the second highest point of the hike (3,900mt/12,950ft). As we descend we will see the flora and fauna become more abundant with hummingbirds accompanying us along our route. We have lunch at Chaquicocha (3500 mt/11,620 ft) a fine place for a break in the middle of the cloud forest. The last two hours of the day, are some of the most memorable and breathtaking views of the Inca Trail. We reach our last campsite when the sun sets at Phuyupatamarca, a befitting name meaning 'town in the clouds'. Day Distance: 12 km / 7.3 ml Approximate Walking time: 8 to 9 hrs Meals: B, L, D + Snacks
DAY 4 - PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHUWe begin the final leg of our trek to the lost city of Machupicchu. We descend for 3hrs, about 900m below from Phuyupatamarca. On the way down there are a couple of Incan Archaeological sites: Intipata first, and then Wiñaywayna which is just 2 hrs before the Sungate entrance (“Inti Punku”). Having taken time to enjoy the first glimpse of Machu Picchu; we walk down in to the astonishing complex for a full tour to learn from our guide all about this fascinatingly unique Citadel. Later we take the bus down to be on time for the train back to Ollantaytambo, from here, our private transport will bring us back to Cusco. Day Distance: 7.3 km / 4.5 ml Approximate Walking time: 5 hrs Meals: B, L + Snacks