Join Maida Broudo, in partnership with Yoga Sakti in Peru's Sacred Valley, where you will explore the depths of your practice and the heights of Peru's history, culture and incredible landscape. During this retreat you will experience the beauty and majesty of Machu Picchu firsthand, along with several other ancient Incan wonders.
We will begin our journey with 6 nights at a vibrant retreat center surrounded by mountains and lush gardens. During the first few days you will have the chance to acclimate to the altitude as you enjoy spa treatments onsite and daily yoga classes with Maida.
By day three, you will head off on daily excursions with our expert local guide Valentine. Hiking through ancient Incan cities, strolling through local markets, and visiting Valentin's family farm for a traditional Peruvian meal, are just a few of the highlights!
By day seven, you will board the train to Aguas Calientes, also known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, where you will prepare for the next day's big adventure. After a quick bus ride up the mountainside, you will explore all that Machu Picchu has to offer, including the option to hike Huayna Picchu (well worth doing), the steep mountain that sits directly behind Machu Picchu, offering some of the world's most spectacular views.
After our time exploring this ancient Incan city, you will make your way back to the train and we'll head off to the vibrant city of Cusco for the last 2 nights! During your time in Cusco you will again have the chance to dive deeply into your yoga practice with Maida, integrate all that you have taken in up to this point, taste the local cuisine, visit a llama and alpaca farm, and maybe even do a bit of Salsa dancing!
Bed Configuration: 2 Twins or 1 King Bed
Located on either the first or second floor, our double occupancy rooms are simple yet spacious. Some rooms offer a shared lounge area with a fireplace, while others may offer a shared balcony. All rooms have a private bathroom with a large shower.
Traveling with a group of friends? Triple rooms with 3 twin beds can be set up by request. Please email [email protected] for further details.
Bed Configuration: 1 Queen Sized Bed
Located on either the first or second floor, this single room is decorated with traditional Peruvian furnishings and offers peaceful views of the garden. All rooms have a private bathroom with a large shower. Some rooms may offer a shared fireplace and sitting area.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip. The final balance payment is due December 7, 2022. I ... f you cancel prior to the final balance deadline we will refund any payments you have made, minus the non-refundable deposit. We will send you an invoice to complete your payment in advance of the final balance deadline. If you do not complete the payment on your own by that date, the card on file will be automatically charged your remaining balance. If you register for the trip after December 7, 2022, the full amount is due at sign up. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable after December 7, 2022. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat. Click here to view the Terms and Conditions you agree to upon registration.expand
8 + Years
Strong, mindful flow and meditation
Valentin Baca Baños is a native Quechua speaker who was born on a farm in the Sacred Valley of Peru. His mom Andrea never attended school but worked very hard tending her farm, selling corn, and trading bulls to support her seven children receiving an education. Valentin started working as a porter on the Inca Trail when he was 16 and later attended university in Cusco to become a certified tour guide. He has now been working as a local guide for over a decade and has led over 500 trips to Machu Picchu! He truly takes special care to ensure every traveler has an amazing experience in Peru.
We have been partnering with Valentin Baca Baños, a Peruvian native, for over a decade. His tour company, Valentin’s Pachamama Journeys, is strongly committed to supporting social projects that help local people and the economy in Peru. They partner with humanitarian organizations to supply shoes, hats, medicine, and other needs to local children and their families. As part of IY's Travel Impact Program, a portion of your trip price will be donated to a local school that Valentin has built to support the children in his Sacred Valley community. We will have the opportunity to visit the school during our trip and donate additional supplies.
We strongly recommend placing a deposit to secure your space on this trip as soon as possible. Given the complexity of this journey, there are multiple reservations that require significant advanced booking and financial commitments. These are made on your behalf (space permitting) as soon as you place your deposit. These types of reservations include but are not limited to: multiple hotel bookings, train tickets, bus transportation, entry permits to Huyana Picchu (extremely limited & government regulated) and more. We will do everything we can to confirm all necessary reservations and permits however, we can not guarantee these arrangements without advanced booking. For questions please email [email protected].
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All meals are included during the first 7 days of the program in the Sacred Valley at our retreat center. Lunches and dinners are not included during our days in Aguas Calientes and Cusco.
Yes. As all payments to International Yoga are non-refundable, the purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental, health or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, note that you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption.
There are a broad variety of policies and providers for you to choose from. Be sure to understand the fine print of the policy you select to ensure you know exactly what is and isnâ€™t covered â€” especially if you are concerned you may need to cancel for COVID-19 / pandemic-related reasons which most carriers would cover only under a "Cancel for Any Reason" tier of coverage.
IMPORTANT: in order to guarantee maximum coverage, most travel insurance providers require that you obtain a policy within 5-10 days of placing your initial deposit. Although International Yoga cannot advise on specific policies or providers, you may find this guide helpful.
Flying from the US: You will book your international ticket in and out of Cusco International Airport (Code: CUZ)
Traveling to Peru requires a connection in Lima (airport code: LIM). The flight from Lima to Cusco is 1 hour. Depending on the airline, this may require that you book tickets separately. We suggest that you consider booking a flight into Cusco with LATAM or TACA that arrives prior to 11 a.m. Earlier flights are subject to fewer weather-related delays than flights arriving later in the day.
Depending on your flight schedule, you may need to stay overnight in Lima before catching your connection to Cusco. If this is the case, there is a Wyndham hotel attached to the Lima airport where you can rest on your stopover. To book please contact Wyndham directly.
Further details about booking flights will be provided upon registration.
We do not offer group airfares, as we will have people joining us from all over the US, with some arriving early, some arriving late, some using miles, etc. We recommend using "Google Flights" to easily compare flight options and are happy to review any flight itinerary you might be considering. For questions, please email [email protected]
American citizen visitors to Peru do not need a visa if they are traveling as a tourist with a valid U.S. passport. You will be issued a tourist card upon entry, which is valid for up to 90 days.
We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 15-20 attendees is a general average.
Our retreat center is a natural and transformative setting, perfect for diving deep into the practice of yoga. Body, mind, and soul can be nourished and fed in the center's outdoor and indoor yoga spaces. These simple yet lovely accommodations will be home in the sacred valley as you explore both your yoga practice as well as the nearby ancient ruins.
During our time in Aguas Calientes and Cusco, we will stay at hotels selected carefully for their location and level of service. More details will be provided upon registration.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip.
Note: If you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip. The final balance payment is due December 7, 2022. If you cancel prior to the final balance deadline we will refund any payments you have made, minus the non-refundable deposit. We will send you an invoice to complete your payment in advance of the final balance deadline. If you do not complete the payment on your own by that date, the card on file will be automatically charged your remaining balance. If you register for the trip after December 7, 2022, the full amount is due at sign up. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable after December 7, 2022. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat. Click here to view the Terms and Conditions to which you agree to upon registration.
If you wish to cancel your participation on this program you must advise International Yoga in writing to: [email protected]