Since the beginning of times, men has always raised his eyes to the sky, looking for answers about his connection to the universe and the origin of his provenance. He has always wanted to reflect what he saw on the sky on earth and understand nature, to try to systematize time and even seek its spiritual and religious significance. In that great search, in the Andes, men have found many answers in the universe, for example, considering it as a cosmic force (Pachakama) and when interacting with the telluric force (Pachamama), they generate all forms of life and interact with every process of nature and life. This concept confirms the energetic interrelation between earth and cosmos, being the Pachamama the essence that provides, nourishes and sustains men kind, while the Pachakama represents the invisible, the cosmic energy that protects and guides us through our stay on earth. Join us to this mystical and spiritual journey where we will learn of the Andes believes and traditions!
We start our journey in the city of Puno-Peru, going towards Copacabana, in the sister country of Bolivia. We will stop at the Kasani border to carry on border procedures. Having crossed the border, we will change vehicles with our team in Bolivia and go on direction of the small port of Copacabana to board a boat that will take us to La Isla del Sol or Island of the Sun in English. On the island we will visit the archaeological site of Pilkokaina, a ceremonial place dedicated to the God of the Sun. We will prepare Kintu offerings (coca leaves ceremony) and then reach the community of Yumani, where we will do a be able to enjoy a walk on the shores and a beautiful view of the Titicaca. Overnight in a hostel in Yumani.
In the morning, after breakfast, we will descend on foot towards the Fuentes Del Inca (Fountains of the Inca) where we will do a purification ceremony with the sacred water. Afterwards, we will go on direction of another nearby island named El Templo de la Luna or Temple of the Moon in English. In this place we will do a Huan Chaska, a cosmic baptism with the views of the Titicaca Lake and the Real range of mountains. In the afternoon, we return to Copacabana and overnight at the Hotel.
In the morning we will depart towards the archaeological site of Tiahuanaco, a guided tour of the largest archaeological complex in Bolivia. It is here where we will understand the richness of all pre-Columbian cultures that have disappeared over time. We also visit the site of Puma Punku (Gate of the Cougar) and the temple of Chakana (Andean cross); where we will do meditation work. In the afternoon, we will head to the city of La Paz, considered the highest capital in the world. On our way, we will stop at El Alto, to take the cable cars to the city and have incredible panoramic views of it. Arrival to the Hotel and overnight in La Paz.
Early in the morning we leave our Hotel on direction of La Muela del Diablo (The Devils Tooth), located 40 min away from the capital. The site is imposing, it is considered one of the most impressive rock formations that La Paz has. It is a monolithic structure of 150 m high (492 ft.) that receives its name due to the resemblance to a tooth. We will start a pilgrimage walk towards the mountain near it (approx. 1h); place where we will do a meditation and purification ceremony to the Apus (Andean gods). Return to the hotel, overnight in La Paz.
In the morning, we will start the day heading to the airport to take an internal flight towards the city of Uyuni. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the starting point of the adventure towards the Uyuni salt flats. In a 4WD truck we will reach the beautiful salt valley, where we will be able to appreciate the immensity of the considered the biggest salt flats of the world. We will continue our journey to visit the Incahuasi Island, which is of volcanic origin and has a very peculiar view due to fossilized minerals and cacti. In the afternoon, we will arrive to Jirira’s refuge, where we will have a fire ceremony. Overnight at the refuge.
Early in the morning, we will start driving towards the skirts of the Tunupa volcano, approximately 2 hours away from Jirira. This volcano is considered an Andean god that dominates the salt flats and the Altiplano Boliviano (Bolivian plateau). We will start a hike for about 2 hours until we reach the viewpoint at 4700 m or 15,419 ft. We will stop there to give an offering with a Despacho of farewell, purification and connection to the Apus. Those who wish to continue to follow the ascension to La Cumbre (5400 // 17,716 ft.) will face a challenge since the path is more demanding and takes around 2 hours to reach the summit. Nevertheless, the reward reaching the summit is a spectacular view of the multicolored crater of the volcano and on the other site, the immense Uyuni salt flats. We take the same path to come back and take the transportation towards Colchani. Overnight at the Hotel.
* Ascent to Tunupa: no technical difficulties, only good physical condition is required.
We wake up early to enjoy a magnificent view of the entire Uyuni salt flats; we will have time to meditate. Later on the day, a car will be ready to take us to the airport to board a return flight to the city of La Paz. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel. In the afternoon, we head off to visit the Plaza Murillo and descend to the main square of the city and discover the local market of the witches. This market is run by local witches known as “Yatiri” that sell the strangest things: Potions of dried frogs, medicinal plants, armadillos that are used in Bolivian rituals and more! Return to the hotel, overnight in La Paz.
Transfer from the Hotel to the airport of La Paz to take your international flight.
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