Cusco (3,399 m/ 11,152 ft) –Chinchero (3,754 m/ 12,316 ft) - Moray (3,500 m/ 11,483 ft) –Salt mines - Cusco
A day full of magic and connection with the spiritual world. Departure from Cusco in a private car accompanied by our guide and our Andean shaman, to a very important archeological site, Chinchero. Our first visit will be to the weaving families to learn about the ancestral weaving art, using fiber of the alpaca and sheep and natural pigments of plants and some minerals to fixate the colors. The village of Chinchero is distinguished for keeping its weaving art and the costumes from the time of the Inca until the present. The women used to dedicate themselves to making beautiful, sacred blankets with a variety of designs and colors to be sent to the city of Cusco in the time of the Incas. Nowadays, they still make a variety of textiles for sale which is their main source of income. We will also have a workshop where the families will teach us how to make the alpaca threads using a spindle (pusca) that turns the wool into a thread. After that, we will go archeological site of Chinchero, that offers exceptional lithical expressions due to its monumentality and the development of its architecture with beautiful agricultural terraces, Sacred Huacas, Palaces. After our visit to the Church we will explore the archeological site and be part of a spiritual ceremony. First, we will thank Mother Pachamama and the Sacred Mountains with an offering prepared by our Andean shaman with Sacred Coca Leaves, Sacred Chicha made from corn, carnation, lama grease and some grains from the region. The offering will then be buried under a Ceremonial Huaca invoking the Spirit of the Sacred Mountains and Mother Pachamama to protect us spiritually. Then, there’s a Spiritual meditation to connect us with the Spiritual to clean our soul from negative energies, experience a momento of clarity to realice our aims in life, confront our fears and insecurities, créate peace, tranquility, harmony, happiness and give joy to our heart and meet with our own Self. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Lake Huaypo to have our picnic lunch prepared by our Chef. We’ll continue our journey to a beautiful Inca farming laboratory. Moray was the centre of experiments in agriculture. It has platforms in concentric circles, each of them having different micro climates from the highest to the lowest part. According to the studies that were done, you can find a great variety of pollen including even the Coca plant that normally grows in the jungle. After that, we’ll continue with our ultimate visit to the salt mines of Maras. There are thousands of little plots filled with salty mountain water that evaporates with the intense sunshine, making salt crystal buds up to forming a thick layer that after a month is extracted by the local families. This practice dates back thousands of years and was passed on from generation to generation. Return to the City of Cusco.