For your travel arrangements, please consider that the retreats will begin at 8:00am on the first day published and end around 1pm of the last day. You will want to check in the day prior to the listed retreat starting day. The evening before is included in the price of the retreat. You may want to plan on staying a couple of extras days if you can to allow for a nice gentle integration.
To book your tickets to Lima, you can check:
To buy your local flight tickets Lima – Cusco (60 min flight,) you can choose either:
- Lan Peru (lan.com)
- Taca airlines (www.taca.com)
- Star Peru (www.starperu.com)
- Peruvian Airlines (peruvianairlines.pe)
All commercial airlines with on line service. The average cost of a round trip ticket Lima-Cusco-Lima is ± 100 to 150 US$ (depending on the season). There are no evening flights to Cusco.
Once you arrive in Cusco, take a taxi directly from the airport to Pisac. The taxis will usually ask about 100-120 soles for the trip. Do you best to negotiate (with a smile:) a price of 60-80 soles. Once in Pisac, you will go to Melissa Wasi. Its about 5 minutes from town center.
Staying more days before or after the retreat?
If you arrive in Lima prior to the retreat may we suggest you check for hotels in Miraflores.
Also, if you are planning on staying some days before or after the retreat in Cusco, we can recommend some hotels near the Main Plaza and San Blas.
Garcilazo 256, Cusco.
Phone: (5184) 264249
Hostal Rumi Punku
Choquechaca 339, Cusco
Phone: (5184) 22-1102
San Blas Hostal
194 Choquechaca, Cusco
If you choose to stay in Pisac, you can book a stay at:
Melissa Wasi (where the retreat is held)
My recommendation in Pisac would be:
Chaska Wasi (in the town of Pisac)
Porta Azul at El Molle
Pisac, Peru (3 minute walk to retreat center)
Visiting Machu Picchu
- Go to Cusco after the last day of the retreat and take the train the next morning. Or take a taxi (US$25 aprox.) from Pisaq to Ollantaytambo and take the train there on the same day.
In both cases the train goes to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can spend the night and visit Machu Picchu the next morning and return on the same day.
For the more adventurous type and for the same price as the train excursion, you can go on a 4day/3night hike and bike to MP. Check out the Inka Jungle Trek.
It is not necessary to have any vaccines to travel to Puerto Maldonado or Cusco. Many countries recommend it as a precautionary measure but in the last eight years there has been no report of malaria or yellow fever in these areas. Moreover the malaria pills have unpleasant side effects on the body.
We are at 2,800 m. (9,500 ft high) so the air is usually cool and dry during the night and sunny during the day.
What to Bring
- Comfortable, loose clothing for Yoga.
- Blindfold for some of the practices.
- Small bottle of cold-pressed Sunflower or Sesame oil (3 ounces is plenty).
- Small bottle of Almond oil (optional) for hydrotherapy.
- Warm clothes for the evenings/mornings as it can get chilly.
- Shoes you do not mind getting wet and muddy.
- A hat, lip balm and natural sun block.
- A bathing suit for the steam room.
- Notebook or Journal.
Please bring cash with you, either soles or dollars, on the first day as we will collect it once you check in. We do not accept credit cards, but there are ATMs in Pisac where you can withdrawal about $300 at a time, so please plan accordingly.
- Only drink bottled water. You can buy it everywhere.
- Dollar exchange rate: US$ 1 (American dollars) = 2.5 (soles).
- There is an ATM machine available in Pisac town.
- Credit cards are normally accepted in hotels, restaurants, and stores in the city of Cusco and Lima but not in Pisac.
- Electricity: 220 volts.
In Lima be mindful with your personal belongings, camera, video and personal stuff because pickpocket theft in Cusco is common. If possible do not go out with valuable things. No worries once you arrive in Pisac however. It’s a safe, little haven.
Any other questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in the Sacred Valley!