The Antanuca Experience (One Day)
The Antanuca Experience (One Day)
What is Antanuca? This is a special and sacred place located between Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It was a spiritual center for the Incans and pre-Incan people. On this land exists the Incan school, Yachaywasy, farming terraces, an amazing view of the stone quarry, Qachicata and the snow-capped glacier Wacaywillki (Veronika). Looking below Antanuca to the valley floor you will see the Urubamba River which runs to Machu Picchu. When touring Peru, you enjoy this memorable and exclusive experience. There are many ways to enjoy touring in the Sacred Valley, however, none as private and unique as a visit to Antanuca.
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll pick you up and start on a walk from the town of Ollantaytambo along the original Inca trail to Antanuca. During this walk we’ll see some of the stones which were brought from the quarry to be used at the Temple of the Sun. We’ll also view Incan tombs on our gentle, 1.5 hour walk (Note: if preferred you may be driven to Antanuca and forgo the walk). We’ll arrive at the Incan school Yachaywaysi. This is an ideal location for an ancient blessing ceremony in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth). This Incan school is on private land and you will be able to explore without any other tourists. Its location is perfect for a rest, meditation or yoga.
Optional activities: thrilling zipline or via ferrata at Vertical Sky Suites
After our break, we’ll continue another 40 minutes to the platforms at Antanuca where you will enjoy a delicious organic lunch at the exclusive Kuntur restaurant with a stunning view of the valley. This view doesn’t exist anywhere else in the Sacred Valley.
After lunch and a short rest, explore the organic gardens or go for a short walk to Onora. Once there we’ll view the 600+ year old native forest with Chachacoma trees. Here we’ll be invited to connect with the spirit of the Apus and see the waterfall “guardian of the Apus”. This waterfall is impressive during the rainy season (January – April). During the dry season there’s less water, however at all times there will be an opportunity to purify yourself in ceremony performed by our Shaman. Also as part of our reforestation effort, you will be invited to plant native, medicinal trees in honor of a person in your life and to honor this sacred location. Your loved one will have another lifetime energetically sharing their spirit and knowledge with the land.
We’ll start our return to Antanuca in the late afternoon in time to view all of the local birds. You’ll soon say farewell to this special place and we’ll transport you to the Ollantaytambo train station, 20 minutes away to board our trail for Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) or we’ll return you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco.
Organic Meals: Lunch, snacks and water
All Inclusive Price: $200.00 (minimum of 2, maximum 8)
Trip duration: Full day
Note: Optional horseback transportation is available for an additional fee instead of walking or car transport.
Includes reforestation experience planting medicinal Chacacoma trees on the mountainside in memory of your loved ones who have transitioned.
This tour is for all ages and abilities as the option exists to drive to Antanuca or ride horseback instead of walking. *Additional fee for horseback option
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