Bee The Wellness Presents: 
Training For The Adventure:
Machu Picchu, Peru
Training For The Adventure Of Life: 
Machu Picchu, Peru
March 21-30, 2019

Join us for a 10 day Peruvian adventure which includes a 7 day hike of The Salkantay Trail, landing in Machu Picchu. If a hike to Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, there could be no better way to experience this magical experience of a lifetime. 
Trip includes 2 acclimation nights in Cusco and additional extension night in Machu Picchu for a total of 10 days and 9 nights.
Enjoy The Trek to Machu Picchu...Minus The Camping.
Voted one of the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic, the Salkantay trail is the most geologically diverse route to Machu Picchu.  

Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in style. This 7-day lodge to lodge trekking adventure will take you on a historic section of Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, while you traverse a mountain pass over 15,000 feet, explore villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions and re-discover the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire. 

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy lodge, complemented by a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines. All provided with highly personalized service by local staff.

The Salkantay adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek…it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, as well as the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, all in the company of new friends and like-minded souls.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
All our guest rooms are warmly presented with down comforters and amenities. The eco-minded architecture effortlessly mixes traditional heritage with contemporary design.

Rooms come in king, double twin or triple twin configuration.

Features & Amenities
At the end of each day, in our intimate 6-room lodges, you will enjoy hot showers, fine gourmet meals, select wines, goose-down bedding, outdoor jacuzzis and highly personalized service from our local staff.

Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available at all lodges and hotels.
Trip Extensions
Included in your trip is two nights of acclimation in Cusco to prepare for the hike. If you would like to stay additional nights in Cusco we would be happy to assist in booking accommodations and or additional excursions.
Meals
Indulge in our inventive menus, which provide a refreshing take on the region’s most iconic dishes. All our offerings are locally sourced – from organic coffee blends to healthy snacks. 

All meals will be available paleo with optional safe starches added in for extra fuel.
The Peru Experience
Cusco has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. As our trek is the very last week in March, we will be at the very end of the wet season and the beginning of the dry season. 

This is reported to be one of the best times to visit as the weather is beginning to improve, yet everything is still lush from the rainy season and the crowds are still small. June to August are often the coldest, driest months. Shoulder seasons can be more variable. 
Fitness Preparation:  Training For Your Adventure!
12 weeks of pre-trip preparation will be delivered via our mobile app to assist you in both cardiovascular, strength and conditioning training, as well as mobility work specifically for this event. We will train as a group and we will adventure as a group!

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Guests hike 4-8 hours a day on 6 consecutive days, over rugged mountain trails at elevation (crossing a high altitude pass above 15,000 ft before dropping into lower elevations en route to Machu Picchu). 
Altitude Preparation
Altitude sickness is most common at elevations above 6562 feet and results from the body adjusting to a decreased amount of oxygen. 

To combat this, we spend two nights in Cusco prior to the start of the hike. This amount of time seems to work well for most people. In addition, it is always important to remember to drink plenty of water. Each of our lodges has purified water and guides will carry extra water throughout each route. Oxygen is also carried on the trail and available at the lodges. In cases of high altitude sickness, a hyperbaric chamber is available at the lodges.
Flight Information
To Lima: All international flights into Peru route through Lima, with connections to all destinations throughout the country.

To Cusco: There are four airline carriers that fly roundtrip between Lima and Cusco: LATAM Airlines, AVIANCA Airlines, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines. All of them offer similar schedules and in-flight service, but we usually recommend either LATAM airlines or AVIANCA as they tend to be the most helpful when unexpected flight cancellations or delays occur. We are available to assist you in selecting the best flight options for your trip.


MACHU PICCHU
Your Adventure Is Waiting For You!
Accommodations and Details
Rooms and Rates
We have a maximum of 12 spaces available booked on first come basis.  

Shared rooms will be same sex only.

King or Double Twin Room (Double Occupancy Required) (3 rooms)

Triple Twin (Triple Occupancy required during the 5 nights in the lodges. The 4 nights in hotels are double occupancy). 
Inclusions/Exclusions
TRIP RATE INCLUDES:
  • All services and transportation (vehicles and trains) from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 10.
  •  9 nights lodging.
  •  All meals except breakfast and lunch on Day 1 and dinner on Day 10.
  •  Transportation of personal belongings on the trail by pack horses/mules and/or porters.
  •  Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  •  Gratuities for services staff.
  •  Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh juices are free of charge at the MLP Lodges. Only filtered water and tea are available free of charge at the El Mercado Hotel.
TRIP RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Laundry Service.
  •  Alcoholic beverages.
Packing and Policies 
Luggage and Packing
Once you’ve booked your adventure, a packing list will be sent to you outlining items needed for your trip. We recommend packing your belongings in a mid-sized soft duffle bag for the duration of the program. 

Retreat Policies
All guests are required to provide valid Proof of Travel Insurance, including specific coverage for adventure travel activities in Peru in case of medical expenses and medical emergency evacuation. We recommend World Nomads insurance be purchased within 14 days of booking.

Prior to 120 days 80% of ticket price can be returned.

Prior to 90 days of departure you can transfer your space to someone else for a $250 fee plus a 20% penalty of total ticket value.

Within 90 days of departure we are unable to transfer your reservation and no refunds can be made.
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Daily Schedule
Below You Will Find The Daily Schedule Of Events!
March 21 - 30, 2019
Day 1

CUSCO | ARRIVE AND ACCLIMATE
During your acclimation days, take time to explore the city of Cusco. We recommend you spend your first days in Cusco resting, eating light, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco or any substances that might interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration. 

You may also want to try our delicious coca leaf tea, a Peruvian beverage, which is known to help with altitude sickness. 

Meet and greet dinner with other guests and your coaches.

Day 2

CUSCO | ACCLIMATE AND ENJOY CUSCO

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. 

Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the hotel. We will enjoy lunch and dinner as a group at a selection of some of Cusco’s most recommended dining establishments.

Day 3

CUSCO | ON THE WAY TO SORAYPAMPA
After an early breakfast, your Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP) guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. 

The first stop will be a visit to the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo. 

Next you will stop in the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break before ascending a winding mountain road to a site called Marcoccasa. Here you will begin our hike to Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path), which is also a good opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitude. 

As you round the final turn of the Camino Real, the Salkantay Lodge will come into view. Standing like a sentry behind the lodge is the glacier peak of Mt. Salkantay, among the most sacred in Inca mythology and the highest in the region (6,270 m/20,600 ft). 

After a warm welcome from the Soraypampa staff, you will settle in your room and recharge energy before meeting your guide in the lounge for refreshments and a briefing of the next day’s activities.

Day 4

SORAYPAMPA | HIKE TO LAKE HUMANTAY
Day four presents another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a half-day hike to Lake Humantay. After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. 

An hour and a half later, after making your way over the final hill, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake, made even more spectacular by the sight of the Humantay glacier looming behind it. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot, admire a traditional offering to Mother Earth or immerse into an overwhelming kayak ride in the Lake Humantay, getting an up-close experience of the majestic glacier.  

After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch.The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap. (Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to book a massage.) 

Note: While the morning hike to Lake Humantay is optional, we strongly recommend your participation in preparation for the strenuous hike on day three. 

Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours. Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging. 

Optional Activity Available: Horseback riding (at additional cost) 

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.

Day 5

SORAYPAMPA | CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS
Day five is the longest and most strenuous day, but arguably the most magical day of the trek. After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. 

The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft). What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog. 

After a very welcome hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay. The most remote of our lodges, Wayra sits on a promontory that offers a spectacular view of the “other” side of Mt. Humantay, a reminder of how far you have journeyed that day.   

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours (including lunch). 

Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,638m (15,213 ft) mountain pass. 

Overnight: Wayra Lodge at 3,906 m/12,812 ft.

Day 6

WAYRACCMACHAY | DESCENDING INTO THE CLOUD FOREST
After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. The warm air begins to rise from the edge of the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. 

Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences. At lunchtime you will arrive at Colpa Lodge by an amazing zip-line, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. 

You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.   

Trekking Time: 3–4 hours. 

Hiking Level: Easy to moderate. 

Overnight: Colpa Lodge at 2,870 m/9,414 ft.

Day 7

COLLPAPAMPA | FOLLOWING THE SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY
Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. 

After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before we meet an MLP vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads us to Lucma Lodge. On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. 

You will also begin to notice another shift in the climate. Here in Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. 

Trekking Time: 5–6 hours (including lunch). 

Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging (because of distance, not terrain). 

Overnight: Lucma Lodge at 2,135 m/7,003 ft.

Day 8

LUCMABAMBA | EXPLORING LLACTAPATA PASS
During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of what hiking through the rainforest would be like. A lush treeline creates green canopies overhead and the constant sound of rushing water suggests that the river is still nearby. 

Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the “back” of the Machu Picchu ruins, a sight few travelers ever get a chance to admire. At this point you will also take a short break to explore Llactapata, and then have lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. 

The final descent toward the roaring Aobamba River takes you through lush bamboo forests, as well as more fruit orchards and coffee plantations, until you end the day’s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.   

Trekking Time: 4–6 hours. 

Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging. 

Overnight: Hotel in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft.

Day 9

MACHU PICCHU | THE SANCTUARY
At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the “Sanctuary” (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. 

Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. 

After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes. 

Day 10

AGUAS CALIENTES | INCLUDED EXTRA DAY
One additional night at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel with dinner on day 9, breakfast and lunch on day 10. Enjoy an extra day to rest and recover in the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes at our lovely hotel. Explore the grounds or play tourist in the town and transfer back to Cusco from Ollantaytambo. Train ticket is included in your program cost.

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Testimonials 

                         The Journey Not The Destination. 

It really is hard to describe this trip in words other than it has been more of an energy that will always be with me and affected me like no other trip. It was the epitome of it is the journey not the destination. In my mind it was all about Machu Picchu but it was so much more. From having something to look forward to for almost a year, training for the adventure, packing and knowing I was with an amazing group of people and traveling pretty much stress free. Peru is such a beautiful country the people, landscape, food, colors and of course the llamas. I will definitely be back!! Erin G
 One of the best, if not the best, vacations that I have ever had.
The 2018 Peru retreat was one of the best, if not the best, vacations that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Vanessa and Adam are amazing hosts - caring and compassionate, attending to the needs of all guests. They somehow manage to make sure that groups, such as ours, with vastly different needs, skills and abilities stay happy, engaged and motivated. My wife and I will absolutely attend future events with Adam and Vanessa! 
 Kevin W
It's something you just have to experience for yourself.
I highly recommend the Peru retreat. It is special. Words cannot do it justice. It's a very personal journey, but one you take with love and support from coaches, guides, and other Bees. The hiking is challenging, the accommodations and food are wonderful, the scenery is spectacular. But that really doesn't even scratch the surface. It's something you just have to experience for yourself, and you should. 
Ruth F.
Unforgettable.

The Salkantay Trek with Bee the Wellness was unforgettable. We pushed ourselves to limits we couldn't imagine and are so ever grateful for this beautiful journey. The coaches did everything to ensure every one of us was comfortable, happy and taken care of. The lodges too are just incredible to arrive to after a days' hike for relaxation, warm Paleo food and great company. Highly recommended!!
Karin M
Amazing multi dimensional experience!
The BTW Peru Adventure is an amazing multi dimensional experience! The accommodations and food are fabulous! It’s wonderful to arrive at each magical lodge after the day’s hike for hot showers, delicious meals and comfy beds. The hike itself is transformational on so many levels - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In a broader way I am connected with the magnificence of the mountains, rocks, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, horses, streams, lake, sky - all of nature that makes up this Peruvian paradise. On the Salkantay Trek, we connect to the ancients and the people of Peru. Our group becomes a family that accomplishes our personal best each day and celebrates that together. The Peru Adventure is a must! Experience the beauty, colors and soulful connection of Peru with Bee The Wellness !
Meg M
This is your adventure; Peru is welcoming you home. 
My Peru adventure began about a year before the departure date, as soon as I committed and said yes.  
The physical experience began immediately because signing up for a Bee the Wellness adventure is a stellar way to keep your healthy lifestyle on track or to expand daily practices. There is just suddenly lot of motivation in the anticipation.  
The joy of exploration is also present as soon as you sign up, long before you board the plane. I began reading about Peru past and present, talking with other people about the country, learning more about hiking gear... just basically dreaming about Peru.
The particular itinerary for this hiking trip to Machu Picchu is incredible. Hiking the Salkantay Trail to the sacred city is the elite Inca nature immersion experience. The luxury lodges are mind blowing for the Peruvian hospitality provided in such remote, naturally pristine locations.
My Peru journey was shared with a phenomenal group of people, and my experience was deeply personal too; it still is.
I encourage anyone with a spark of interest to take this voyage, to step in and start connecting with the spirit and wisdom of the Andes mountains, jungles, and cloud forests in between. The earth and ancestors will meet you at your core on this trip. This is your adventure; Peru is welcoming you home.  
Glen & Cyndi K.
 life changing.

The Peru retreat was so amazing it is hard to put into words how much it was life changing to me. This retreat was one that I physically trained for yet I never imagined how it would affect me in an emotional way. It was very fulfilling to be able to train for an adventure and then experience the hardest thing I have ever done and mentally push myself further then I ever thought I could. This was the 9th Retreat I attended with Bee The Wellness but this retreat was one that went beyond anything I imagined. Daily I woke up to views I never thought I would see in person. The trek itself and the guides as well as being part of this amazing trip with a tribe of the Bee The Wellness Community led by Vanessa and Adam Lambert is something that is not to be missed. This experience was more then a trip to Machu Picchu, Peru. This trip was all about the journey, physically and spiritually and I am a different person from attending this retreat and something I think everyone needs to experience in their lives. Bucket list trip, check! And much much more! The most rewarding experience of my life thus far!  
Jenn A.
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