SUP YO was founded by Jana Olenio, yoga instructor, travel agent and NH native, and was created from pure passion for nature and outdoor adventure. SUP YO was originally formed in 2011 as a paddleboard yoga company that over time evolved into many other outdoor adventure offerings from day hikes to weeklong worldwide adventure trips.

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A Sacred Journey to Machu Picchu

A Sacred Journey to Machu Picchu

$2,795+ per person
September 7-14, 2024
term-custom-icon Activity Level 5
term-custom-icon Trekking, Yoga
14 Attendees

There is so much spirit and energy alive in these mountains, you are never the same person leaving Machu Picchu as you were entering Machu Picchu…

Join us for a life changing Journey to Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain with our unique retreat offering featuring a shamanic ceremony, on trail yoga sessions, guided hiking to the Sacred Sites of this magical land, camping on trail and so much more. This retreat is for the outdoor enthusiast, adventure seeker, avid hiker and explorer. If you love the outdoors, being active, adventure and traveling, this retreat is for YOU!

Package Includes

  • 7 nights / 8 days shared or single accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 3 Yoga Classes
  • 3 Excursions (Cusco, Sacred Valley + 4 Day Inca Trail)
  • All Park Entrance Fees & Transportation
  • English Speaking Guide(s)


Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Rainbow Mountain (choose at check out)
  • OTHER ADD ONS: Huayna Picchu Hike, Sleeping Bag, Walking Sticks (choose at check out)
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Additional tours, excursions or other not included in the above itinerary


Payment Options

  • CC: Deposit of $1000 required at checkout
  • Check: Use code paybycheck at check out.
  • Payment Plan: Email or call

Arrival & Departure

  • Plan to arrive in Lima Peru on September 6 for an overnight stay at the Wyndham Costa Del Sol Airport Hotel (not included in package)
  • Depart Lima for Cusco the morning of September 7. Flying time 1:20 (not included in package)
  • Depart Cusco to Lima on September 14 and then back to the USA.
  • If you require assistance with booking airfare please contact us via email
  • *we strongly encourage you to arrive 2 days early for acclimating in Cusco.

Cancellation Policy

All reservations that are cancelled will incur a $1,000 penalty (your non-refundable deposit). Final payment is due May 15, 2024. Reservations cancelled between May 16-June 30, 2024 will incur a 50% penalty. No refunds for cancellations after July 1, 2024.

Travel Insurance

Cancel for any reason trip insurance is available and recommended. Email us to request a quote.

Ground Transfers

Private Transfers once in Cusco are included and will be provided for you.

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Itinerary and pricing

We begin our journey in Cusco…

Shrouded by mist and surrounded by lush vegetation and steep escarpments, the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu lives up to every expectation! Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site on the continent and a must see for all visitors to Peru. Similar to the Mona Lisa or the Egyptian Pyramids, Machu Picchu has been seared into our collective consciousness, though nothing can diminish the thrill and the magic of actually being here. This awe-inspiring ancient city remained virtually undiscovered and untainted by Spanish influences until it was discovered a hundred years ago by archeologist Hiram Bingham who had never hoped to find it. It is one of the very few historical sites in Peru that retains the true Inca spirit and does not have colonial influences in the structures. There is no denying the spiritual connection that Machu Picchu must have provided for the Incas and this energy still exists today for those that are ready to experience it. There is so much spirit and energy alive in these mountains, you are never the same person leaving Machu Picchu as you were entering Machu Picchu…

Day 1
As soon as you walk outside of the airport in Cusco, you will see one of our representatives (wearing green) holding a SUP YO Adventures sign waiting to greet you to the city of Cusco and transfer you to your hotel. At 1PM we will come back to your hotel to pick you up and begin your tour of the city. During this tour, you will visit the key sights in the city centre and Inca archaeological sites within the surrounding area including Cusco Cathedral, the Q’oricancha Museum, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. To begin, we will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas (main square), to visit the famous Cusco Cathedral. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral will awe you with its impressive architecture, extensive collection of original art work and gold-leafing decorated altars. Continuing on, we will journey on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricanca or the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha, you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and the Spanish conquerors. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, leading to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. From Q’oricancha, we will walk down Avenida El Sol, where we will take a bus for the 25-minute car drive outside the city to visit the most important archaeological sites around Cusco. We will be taken to the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic 200-ton monoliths. Here, you will have a guided tour of the site and then free time to explore on your own. From Sacsayhuaman, we will take a bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, we will drive to Puca Pucara, a small Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco and end at your hotel, Plaza de Armas.
  • Transfers, Cusco Tour, Group Dinner at Pachapapa Cocina, Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Palacio Del Inka
Day 2
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 8 a.m. and you will begin this morning with a shamanic ceremony welcoming you to Cusco. A Shamanic ceremony is also referred to as a “Despacho Ceremony” in Spanish, and is performed to bring in the local Nature Being energies to support you in your time here in Peru. It is typically performed by an indigenous Andean Shaman/Priest – descendants of the Inca – using coca leaves, flowers and other items to weave together a beautiful mandala which is then gifted to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits). This Shamanic ceremony will help to immerse you into into the local traditions and energies of this ancient Peruvian land.Prior to the ceremony, a native English translator who is well versed in the local cultural anthropology will share with you the symbology that is commonly used, but not always understood by Westerners. You will see these symbols throughout your time here, and understanding a bit of the Andean cosmology will give much deeper meaning and understanding to all that you are seeing in the stonework and art of the Inka Empire. After the ceremony, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture. You will see amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces. After exploring, we will drive back to the lower town of Pisac to stop at a bustling handicraft market. After you spend some time walking around the market bargain hunting, we will meet for lunch at a local Andean restaurant. After lunch, we will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site because you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. Upon our return to Cusco we will gather for a trekking briefing with everyone and enjoy a good night sleep – you will need all the sleep you can get:)
  • Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Palacio Del Inka, Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3
Alpaca Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel very early at 4:30AM. We will then drive to Km 82, arriving at about 7:00AM. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your cook, we’ll go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From Patallacta we trek for another 2 hours to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike for another 2+ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (10,826′). On this last stretch we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy any energy drinks or snacks you can do so here, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries or toiletries that you may have forgotten. We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:00PM where you can settle in, relax, enjoy a yoga stretch and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef and guide. At 7:30PM we will sit down for dinner. Following dinner we will get some well-deserved rest for another big day on the horizon tomorrow…. Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours) Campsite altitude: 10,826′ (high) above sea level Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail) Weather: Warm and windy
  • Accommodations: Camping on trail, Yoga and Meditation at campsite, Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4
Your porters will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day and we will start early! We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (13,829 feet). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and a chance to refill our water bottles. After lunch we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the night at our second campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After dinner, if you’re not too exhausted, we can do some star gazing and we’ll point out the fascinating Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern Hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, this sky is something to behold! Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours) Campsite altitude: 11,811′ (high) above sea level (chilly weather) Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes) Area: Andes and Cloud Forest Weather: Cooler
  • Accommodations: Camping on trail, Yoga and Meditation at campsite, Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5
Completing the last 2 days certainly deserves a pat on the back!!! We begin early again, waking up at 6:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. We hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu. During the descent we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). We arrive at our campsite around 1:00PM to have lunch and then relax for the entire afternoon so that you’re relaxed and ready for your final day at Machu Picchu. At around 4:30PM your guide will give you a short orientation and you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, spending about an hour and a half there. We will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu the following day.We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs. It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time). It is advisable to go to bed at a reasonable time in order to get up in the early hours of the morning to arrive to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn in the hopes that the weather will give us a beautiful sunrise over the ruins at Machu Picchu. Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (5 hours) Campsite altitude: 8,530′ (high) above sea level (chilly weather) Considered: Easy day – all downhill! Area: High Cloud Forest Weather: Warm and very humid
  • Accommodations: Camping on trail, Yoga and Meditation at campsite, Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6
Wake up time today is at 3:30AM!!! We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s just an hour trek downstairs to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better! At about 7:40AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hour private guided tour. After the tour you’ll be given your bus tickets to make your way down to Aguas Calientes and you’ll have plenty of free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountain – Huaynapicchu (must be pre booked at time of retreat reservation). Your guide will offer to meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. Your vistadome train will depart around 3:20 arriving to Poroy train station. From the train station to bring you back to your hotel in Cusco, where you will arrive around 7:30PM to sleep in a real bed 🙂 Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM) Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals included: Breakfast. Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Palacio Del Inka.
Day 7
Today you have the option of having a free day to enjoy Cusco, an amazing city with lots of markets and interesting neighborhoods. Or, if you are up for more hiking, join us for the hike to the beautiful and unique Rainbow Mountain. Pickup will be about 5AM for the 3.5 hour drive to the trail head. It is a 3.5 hour hike to the mysteriously colorful striped mountain and and back and then you will head back to Cusco for the night. Farewell Dinner at Cicciolina,
  • Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Palacio Del Inka, Yoga class, Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Say your goodbyes to new friends and depart for the airport in your private transfer back home.
  • Breakfast, transfer to airport
  • Package Options

    Double / Shared Accommodations $2,795
    Single Accommodations $3,395

  • Payment Options

    Pay a deposit or in full above using your credit card.
    Register above using promo code: paybycheck at check out.
    Mail check: SUP YO, PO Box 273, N. Andover MA 01845

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  • This was such a dream to visit Machu Picchu!! It was made possible by this trip, the people on the trip, old friends and new friends! Lots of support , love and laughter!!! All around fantastico!!!!!

  • This retreat was promoted as a ‘life changing journey’ and that description was absolutely spot on! As an avid hiker and adventurer, Machu Picchu has been on my to-do list for quite some time, and I am forever grateful to SUP YO Adventures for bringing this dream to life for me. While I fully expected to be challenged physically and rewarded with stunning landscapes and vistas, this trip was SO. MUCH. MORE. than that. From the deeply spiritual shamanic ceremony, to the seemingly never-ending climb to Warmiwanuscca (Dead Woman’s Pass), to the mystical and magical visit to the sacred city of Machu Picchu and every other stop along the Inca Trail and beyond…this trip will live in my heart and soul forever. Kudos to a wonderful partnership with Alpaca Expeditions who not only led us safely on this journey, but shared with us their unsurpassed knowledge of the rich history of Peru, the Incans, the microclimates of the Andes and every amazing archeological site along the way. Life changing indeed!



Choose from Shared or Single room accommodations throughout your stay in Cusco and on trail

Standard Single Occupancy (Cusco)

Includes a private room with one bed. Singular in their expansive layout and rare décor, Deluxe rooms present venerable city views from a small terrace. Available in select rooms, the small terrace features a private space to soak up the intoxicating spirit emanating from the streets of central Cusco. Includes Breakfast daily. Wifi Included.


Standard Double Occupancy (Cusco)

Includes sharing a room with one additional person, two beds. Singular in their expansive layout and rare décor, Deluxe rooms present venerable city views from a small terrace. Available in select rooms, the small terrace features a private space to soak up the intoxicating spirit emanating from the streets of central Cusco. Includes breakfast daily. Wifi Included.


Breakfast Daily

Enjoy Breakfast each day during your hotel stay. On trail, breakfast is prepared every morning with fresh local ingredients. Enjoy eating at base camp before you begin your active adventure.


Standard Single or Double Occupancy Tents (On Trail)

Sleep comfortably in a Eureka Timberline 4 person tent that is shared by only two people, or one person if you choose to book as a single. Tents are spacious and comfortable.


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