Peru Tours Overview 2017-08-17T19:47:45+00:00

Spiritual Tours in Peru from Outer Travels Inner Journeys

Group Tours

Peru Odyssey

Peru Odyssey is our flagship Peruvian tour- an epic transformational 3-week journey that takes you from the low jungles of Peru to the heights of the majestic Andes mountains. From Iquitos to Cusco to Machu Picchu and then Lake Titicaca. Experience the best of mystical Peru, through the Inca heartlands with a group of awesome like-hearted people. We only run this twice per year and space is limited.

Peru Pilrgimage

Peru Pilgimage is a 9-day medicine journey in the Andes mountains. We begin the journey in Cusco and then travel through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and finally finish back in Cusco. It also includes an optional San Pedro ceremony. Many travellers find this ideal in combination with an ayahausca retreat.

Private Tours for Individuals, Couples, and Friends

Sacred Land of the Incas

6 Nights / 7 Days A fantastic tour that explores the main Inca highlights, including Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu Express

3 Nights / 4 Days – When you have to see Machu Picchu but don’t have much time.

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Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

9 Nights / 10 Days – See all the main highlights around Cusco and then visit Lake Titicaca

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Andes to the Amazon Adventure

9 Nights / 10 Days – See all the main highlights around Cusco and then visit the Amazon rainforest

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 Incredible Peru

‘An other-worldly country which forces you to wake up and experience the moment…’

Peru is an astonishing place of contrast and diversity. A country which wraps you in its embrace, immerses you in nature, astonishes and delights you, scares you sometimes, but more than anything, wakes you up to the multi-dimensionality of life. It is one of the few countries left where the indigenous people and their ancient wisdom and beliefs are still current. You might think you’re travelling there for one reason, but what you experience will be far more than you can ever anticipate. You won’t be the same person as when you arrived.

 A Land of Sacred places & Natural wonders

Peru is home to not just one, but several of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring places on the planet. A list that includes Machu Picchu, Saqsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, plus many natural wonders such as Lake Titicaca, the Andes mountains and the amazing Amazon Rainforest. On our tours you will experience a deeper connection with the sacred power places and shamanic traditions of Peru and of course visit Machu Picchu, one of the newest wonders of the world.

The Places We Visit

(not all tours include every location listed here – please see itineraries for details)

The Amazon Jungle

Your adventure starts here!

We begin Peru Odyssey with the most intense and transformational part of the journey. You’ll be doing a week-long ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon jungle at The Gaia Tree Center.

Ayahuasca is the name given to a sacred plant medicine that comes from the Amazon rainforest where the indigenous people of the jungle have likely used it for thousands of years.

However, ayahuasca is no garden-variety plant medicine. The effects of ayahuasca are as extraordinary as they are profound. Most other plant medicines do not heal you by altering your entire perception of reality!

Working with ayahuasca is an intense, profound, and usually an incredibly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us to enter expanded states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual awakening. For many people, ayahuasca reveals the multi-dimensional nature of both reality and ourselves, and it leads us back to the knowledge of what we truly are – spiritual beings having a human experience.

You’ll get to take part in 4 ayahausca ceremonies (you can do less if you wish).

Everything we do here at Gaia Tree is to create the most conducive space for you to re-connect with your truest self through these profound, life-changing ceremonies. We provide a space for deep healing and nourishment on an immersive journey with Ayahuasca and Amazonian plant medicines – offering quality, affordable retreats in a loving space, for those seeking spiritual growth. We take you into virgin rainforest where you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle, an unforgettable experience!

After leaving the jungle you’ll get to spend a day in Iquitos, a unique and interesting city like no other, and then we’ll all fly to Cuzco where we begin our adventure through the incredible Andes mountains.

 Cuzco – the Ancient Capital of the Incas

Every band of merry adventurers needs a beautiful fairy tale city to pass through! Lord of the Rings had Rivendell, and The Wizard of Oz had the Emerald City. Our little fellowship has Cuzco – the ancient capital of the Incas. Cuzco is a stunningly beautiful city in an amazing location. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Andes mountains, you can never get bored of exploring its nooks and crannies, ancient cobble-stone streets, Inca ruins and other places of great interest.

The meaning of the word CUZCO comes from the Quechua word QOSQO which means navel, attributed to “The center or navel of the world.”

The Cuzco of today is an amazing amalgam of the ancient Inca capital and the colonial city it became after the Spanish invasion. From the Incas, it preserves impressive walls of meticulously cut granite or andesite, rectilinear streets running within the walls, ruins of the Sun Temple of which the Golden Garden, once covered with sculptures of precious metals, was pillaged by the Spanish soldiers to enrich the coffers of Charles V. Of the colonial city, there remain the freshly whitewashed squat houses, the palace and the marvellous Baroque churches which achieved the impossible fusion of the Plateresco, Mudejar or Churrigueresco styles with that of the Inca tradition. But, as cute and quaint as it is, our main reason for visiting Cusco is not to see the actual city (although you’ll have time for that as well). Surrounding Cusco are several important ancient temples that are still standing, the most impresive of which is Saqsayhuaman.

Saqsayhuaman

In many respects Saqsayhuaman is the most impressive of all the ancient sites in Peru (and perhaps even the world). The location isn’t quite as mind-blowing and magical as the location of Machu Picchu, but take a closer look at the stones and you’ll notice what an amazing feat of engineering it is that almost certainly could not be replicated today. Officially Saqsayhuaman is said to be an Incan construction less than  600 years old, however our guide Amaru (and several other reseachers) believes it was built by a much older and far more advanced civilization that pre-dates the last ice-age. Remnants of Atlantis or Lumeria perhaps? In his groundbreaking book “Fingerprints of the Gods” Graham hancock also writes about this impressive location.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

After leaving Cusco we will head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a magnificent, fertile valley with stunning views that will have you regularly picking your jaw up from the floor! This is one of our very favourite parts of Peru and the energy in the valley is incredible and it’s not hard to understand why this valley was considered so sacred by the Incas.

You’ll be spending 5 days in the Sacred Valley and visiting several beautiful places including:

Pisac

Pisac is a traditional and rustic village nestled in the Sacred Valley with extraordinary terraces lacing the overlooking mountains. Situated close by the Urubamba river Pisac is world famous for its artisan market open every day although the Sunday market is usually the most extensive. You will be overwhelmed by all the stunning things you can buy here at very competitive prices. As it is high in the Andes where the climate is cool and fresh, this is one of the best places to get your fill of colourful winter clothes. A place of narrow streets with streams running down the centre, plazas, tiny shops, Pisac attracts a burgeoning community of western people flocking to its particular vibrancy to run yoga retreats and many other healing modalities.

Ollantaytambo

At the far end of the Sacred Valley lies the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Andean peaks gaze down from on high making it feel like frontier-land. Sitting by the wide plaza at the top of the town, flanked with its multitude of shops with soft-as-down alpaca poncho’s you could easily expect Clint Eastwood to ride in with a cheroot clamped between his teeth. Cobbled streets and dusty roads lead you over the gushing Urubamba. You’ll pass a favourite watering hole called ‘Hearts Cafe’ and discover the impressive ruins of the Inca temple fortress themselves which climb up a steep shoulder of mountain in front of another market-filled plaza where you’ll also find a chocolate museum. The views from the top of the ruins, about two hundred massive steps up, is breath-taking and you can understand how the Inca’s were able to defeat the Spaniards at the battle outside these walls. A fascinating place to explore and a gateway to Machu Picchu by train.

Machu Picchu – The Lost City of the Incas

Machu Picchu has been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it’s really not hard to see why. It truly is a staggering achievement guaranteed to fill you with awe and wonder from the moment you arrive. Just standing in this place is enough to raise your consciousness to a whole new level! Machu Picchu is sometimes known as the “Lost city of the Incas”, “The City of Light for Initiates” and the “Crystal City”.

It is an ancient and very sacred power place that is fed by grids of powerful natural energies. The shamanic belief is that Machu Picchu served as an initiatory centre for higher learning.

Whatever the truth, it is a mystical and enigmatic place many of us have dreamed of experiencing and yet however you imagined it to be, the reality will be far more intense and extraordinary. The view over the ruins of the citadel is as iconic as the image of Earth from space but when you stand above it as the sun creeps over the nearby peaks to light these ancient walls and terraces foot by foot you will be stunned to silence. Nothing can prepare you for the impact of seeing this extraordinary ‘crystal city’ emerge from the shadows of the dawn and your dreams.

It is a wonder-filled journey walking through the temples and gardens perched on this mountain-top eyrie surrounded and protected by higher mountain peaks. You will wake up early at 4.45am to have a quick breakfast and then get on the first bus so that you will be one of the first people through the gates when they open at 6am. This is the best time to enter Machu Picchu because you will feel like you have the place to yourself until crowds start arriving.

Lake Titicaca – the lake on top of the world

Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains high in the Andes mountains, Lake Titicaca is the perfect place to end our tour. At almost 4000m above sea-level it is the highest navigable lake in the world. And it is HUUUUGE! It’s like a mini-ocean at 233 km long and 97 km wide; it’s so vast you can barely see across to the other side. The surface area of the lake exceeds 8,300 km2, with an average depth of over 100m. But not only is it big and beautiful, it’s also a very sacred and spiritual location.

It’s a place of immense power and is said by some to be the location of the Earth’s second chakra. According to legend it is the birthplace of the Incan empire, and it’s home to several indigenous communities such as the Aymara and Quechua Indians who have inhabited this magical place for over a thousand years. The Lake Titicaca region is home to several powerful ancient temples and power-spots that we’ll be visiting including Sillustani and the temples of Pacha Mama and Pacha Tata on the island of Amantani. Here are some of the incredible sights around Lake Titicaca

The Island of Amantani

The Island of Amantani is a truly special place on Lake Titicaca. After a boat trip of several hours across Lake Titicaca we will arrive on the sacred and tranquil Island of Amantani. There are no roads on the island and no motor vehicles, it really is like stepping back in time to distant and far more peaceful era. The island is home to two ancient temples including the temple of Pachamama, a place designed for connecting with the energies of our beautiful planet.

Sacred Plant Teachers

Outer Travels Inner Journeys

Our sacred journeys are more than just a tour of places in Peru. They are also a journey into yourself. During the course of our group journeys, you will have the opportunity to take part in shamanic plant ceremonies that will enable you to experience profound inner journeys into your true and authentic self.

Mother Ayahuasca

AyahuascaNo sacred journey in Peru would be complete without experiencing Mother Ayahuasca, the sacred vine of the soul. She is the mother of all plants, the mother of all medicines and, in my opinion, a gift from God to mankind. No words can adequately describe what can happen to you during a powerful Ayahuasca experience, and we know of nothing else on this planet that can so radically change peoples lives so quickly and so completely within such a short amount of time. Ayahuasca can heal on every level of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. And yes, the things you might have heard are true – she’ll probably have you puking and shitting half the night, but trust me, don’t let that put you off – it’s all a very important part of the process as she cleanses your entire being. I sometimes think of her as being like a car wash for the soul! The experience can sometimes be overwhelming and intense, but you’ll come out the other side feeling all shiny and new!

San Pedro

San PedroSan Pedro (known as Huachuma to the indigenous people) is a cactus that grows all along the Andes and it’s another amazing visionary plant teacher that has been used for thousands of years by the shamans of the Andes. San Pedro is used for healing as well as mystical purposes. Its incredible energy opens up your channels, allowing you to connect deeply with yourself as well as the entire cosmos and other spiritual dimensions. San Pedro activates your heart chakra and often leads to incredible feelings of bliss and profound connectivity with nature. Whereas Ayahuasca ceremonies are done at night, Wachuma ceremonies are usually done during the day, out in nature. Wachuma gets you out of your mind and into your heart. Greater acceptance, love and compassion towards yourself and others are often the results of working with this powerful teacher.

Comments from past guests

In October 2014 we had 9 amazing people on the Peru Odyssey tour. Each of them gave a video testimonial on the final day of the trip. Click here to hear what they had to say

More Testimonials

“I loved the ancient/sacred sites we visited and I loved the deeper explanation of these sites that came from Amaru.  I loved how the group that came together was remarkably cohesive and accepting of each other.  I don’t think you typically find a group that became as close as we became on your average tour.  I was surprised at the ceremonies we participated in and wasn’t expecting the depth of explanation we were given at some of the ancient/sacred sites.  The San Pedro ceremony with Javier and the Ayahuasca  ceremonies with Don Lucho and his son were topnotch and very professional.  Peru was shown to me under the best of experiences, with the best of friendships and memories.”
Tracey P, USA
“Where to begin…AMAZING, LIFE CHANGING & PROFOUND summarise my time on the Peru Odyssey. Although even they seem to barely scratch the surface…there are no words to fully describe the truly wonderful experience. From the beautiful mountains to the green jungle the whole experience has left me with a deep desire to explore the world and  more importantly a heightened desire to explore myself. Andy has clearly put some amazing energy into the tour which is immediately evident. Everyday is oozing with new adventures, wonders and delights whether that’s visiting a sacred sight, holding a sacred ceremony or just soaking up the vibes in a new town/city. This is not just visiting Peru: it’s feeling Peru; feeling a deep connection to the history; connecting to the land and water; being prepared to breakdown all your prior knowledge & invest in new knowledge. Then we have the star of the show…Amaru…he is a gift, a force of nature to be reckoned with! He unleashes something magical in each and every person and let’s them run with new found strength, spiritual knowledge & Fire, bringing out your inner warrior. Plant medicine teachers have shown me so much which I am incredibly thankful for along with the amazing shamans I had the opportunity to work with. Meeting a group of people from all over the world and all walks of life who have now become my family was my highlight of the tour. Connections I feel to these beautiful people will last a lifetime and sharing the journey has just made every element so much more special & intimate. My whole life has shaken up since leaving the tour, and although that’s scary I’m finally heading to the place I’ve been trying to reach in my life for years. PURE HAPPINESS & LOVE whilst living in my light. My adventure just gave me a kick up the ass!!! For anyone who’s unsure, don’t be, trust that this is where you’re meant to be if you’re reading this! Also know that you are held in a loving & nurturing space to allow for your growth & development. Thank you OTIJ & my beautiful soul familia x”
Isha B, United Kingdom
“The trip was truly an amazing adventure where I met so many wonderful and loving people whom I felt in my heart that I have met them before, maybe in another life. They felt like my family and Peru felt like my home. I have been on a spiritual quest for some time and my experience helped me to explore more of myself and lead me to a deeper healing of my body, mind, and soul. This journey has showed me especially from my San Pedro experience that the divine is all around us all the time even if we do not see; her arms are always wrapped around us like loving wings. This quest was more than just a trip to a beautiful place; to me it was a journey into my soul.”
Michelle D, Canada
“For me the odyssey was a last minute trip, thrown together on my part, at the last possible moment; however, I am so happy that it came to fruition. It was more than I ever expected. This trip delivered!  The high’s were high and there were no low’s. The entire group was made up of very like minded people. It was comforting. They are all honest, sharing, caring, good-natured people that truly have lasting friendship qualities. Thank you all!  This journey has the ability to heal mind, body and spirit, and I felt it. I felt it all the way down in my core, where I needed it the most. I came on this trip because I suffer chronic pain and had pushed myself and my family to it’s limits…and my amazing wife sent me the link and told me that I needed a vacation. Boy was she right. Actually, she always is, but boy was she right!

The ability to reflect on what happened on this odyssey and the ability to continually draw power from those experiences, will benefit me and my family for the rest of my life. Peru has been calling my name since I was a child, and now I know why. Generally speaking I have always felt that we get out of life what we put into it. Sometimes I struggle to see and realize what we are doing in life and more importantly, why are we doing it. What is the purpose?  What does it all mean?  What does it all have to do with me, and why am I here and what am I supposed to be doing in this life?

While I was on this odyssey, I came to realize many of these exact things. The answers came to me. Not in the ways I imagined they would, but they came, and in many beautiful ways. They were all there inside, Peru just allowed me to understand them.  All the “stuff” that seemed so important, stressful, painful and overwhelming back home, is not really that at all. I had to come to Peru to realize that I am the master of my own universe, and I am capable and responsible for healing myself and those I love. If you have questions like these, if you have pain in your life, if you feel hurt, unloved, lost or filled with doubt or fear…it’s okay.

Just be honest with yourself and everyone you meet and you will find yourself starting to relax and putting things in perspective. For me, I needed to be on this odyssey, there is no doubt in my mind. I can’t imagine there being any better place to relax and heal than on this journey…which is what life is, a journey. We have to live in the present, every moment of our lives.  It is now my goal to live, every day, as if it is my last day I have left on this planet. It is my goal to love, heal, learn and experience life with passion. The past is gone and the future never turns out like we predict, so don’t worry about them. I know to be happy, I must live in the present, because that is what it is, a gift. Peru taught me that. Staying in the present, always raising the bar, doing my best to love and listen and learn and heal is how I would want to spend the last day of my life. So to me, it is like basking in beautiful, golden-green light.

Thank you for a wonderful odyssey, and thanks to my wonderfully, beautiful, brilliant wife!  When I said she is always right, I meant it. Especially after this journey. I have come to realize that everyone is doing exactly what he or she wants and, needs to be doing…all the time! Therefore, they are always right, and I don’t have to worry about them, and that makes living life, in the present, so much more fantastic!!”

Shawn Haywood, USA
“The Peru Odyssey tour was my first trip outside Australia – I sure jumped in the deep end and I’m so glad I did! I truly learnt so much about myself on this tour and I’m forever grateful to all my travel companions for sharing themselves and the experience with me. Peru is an exceptionally beautiful land with a rich history, lively culture and ancient Apus constantly watching you from the mountains. I loved it! The sacred sites were awe inspiring and our tour guide’s unique knowledge of the sites was fantastic. From holding meditation ceremonies at Macchu Picchu ruins to an impromptu tribal dance circle in a Cusco restaurant and eating breakfast to the sounds of a nearby tobacco purge (look it up), it really was a life changing journey. And i cannot describe the lightness of being that comes with shitting an entity out of your body during an Ayahausca ceremony! I highly recommend the Peru Odyssey tour to anyone who has heard Peru calling to them. Take the plunge!”
Ana, Australia
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