The Peru Experience

with Nikki Costello

 

September 13–September 23, 2017

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  • Walk and dine along the coastal Miraflores neighborhood in Lima
  • Tour the World Heritage Site of historic central Lima
  • Retreat in Urubamba, a mystical, magical town in the Sacred Valley
  • Practice Yoga and Meditation with Nikki in the ancient Incan sites of Salinas, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, and Moray
  • Traverse the mountains by train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and sleep beneath a canopy of stars
  • Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu at sunrise
  • Enjoy the fusion of colonial, ancient, and modern in Cusco, Peru’s cultural capital
  • Explore the diversity of Cusco’s impressive Incan relics, colonial cathedrals and churches

nikki costello peru retreatNikki Costello is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). For 23 years, her teaching has been influenced by annual trips to India including six visits to RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune), the study of philosophical and scriptural texts and a daily practice of meditation.

In 2013, Nikki was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column” and in 2016 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America. Nikki is recognized as a thought leader in the global yoga community and shares her wisdom and expertise in yoga and meditation retreats around the world.

When at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she teaches public classes at Kula Yoga and Yoga Shanti and maintains a well-established private practice in New York City guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.

Itinerary Overview

September 13: Arrive in Lima

September 14: Explore Lima’s historic sites

September 15: Lima to Urubamba (via Cusco)

September 16-17: Settle into the Sacred Valley

September 18: Train to Machu Picchu Pueblo

September 19: Machu Picchu Pueblo to Cusco

September 20-22: Enjoy Cusco’s colonial & ancient sites

September 23: Depart Cusco to Lima (or optional Amazon extension)

Details at a Glance

  • September 13–September 23, 2017 (11 days/10 nights)
  • Daily practice with Nikki Costello
  • Accompanied by BJ & Lauren of RetreaTours
  • Small group tour: limited to 12 guests
  • Early bird price of $4499 per person (based on double occupancy) until March 1, 2017 (thereafter, $4999)
  • Optional extension to the Peruvian Amazon

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Price & Inclusions

This 11 day/10 night all-inclusive journey is $4499 per person (double occupancy) before March 1, 2017. After that date the price is $4999.

If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $495 and will be added to your last payment. (Click here to understand why this single supplement is necessary). Please note that we cannot guarantee you a roommate for this trip, and if you room alone, you will be responsible for the single supplement.

A $1000 deposit holds your space.  The second installment of $2000 is due by May 16, 2017 (120 days before start of trip) and the balance is due by July 15, 2017 (60 days before start of trip).  Single supplement ($495) is due along with the last installment.

Price Includes:

  • All sessions with Nikki Costello
  • All meals
  • All lodging
  • All transportation within Peru: airport pick-up and drop-off, flight from Lima to Cusco, transportation from Cusco to Urubamba, train to Aguas Calientes, return trip to Cusco
  • One entry ticket to Machu Picchu
  • One guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • One bus ticket from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Machu Picchu
  • One Tourist Ticket that covers 16 sites in the Sacred Valley
  • One Religious Circuit Ticket that cover 3 religious sites in Cusco

Price does not include:

  • International airfare (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)
  • Alcohol
  • Optional return trip to Machu Picchu on second morning
  • Travel insurance (required)

NOTE: 

  • There is a minimum of 6 guests that must sign up in order for this trip to take place. We will hold your deposit & payments until the minimum number of guests have signed up.  Please do not purchase any airfare until you get the go-ahead from us that we’ve reached our minimum number of participants.  
  • If the minimum number of guests have not signed up 3 months prior to the departure date, we’ll give you the option to transfer your reservation to another tour or fully refund your money.

Payment Details

Please refer to the Price tab for specific information about price & what is included on your journey.

We accept payments via check (which we prefer!) and credit card (via PayPal). For our international guests, we can accept wires, which we find is the most economical solution for everyone; please contact us for wire details.

  • Paying by Check: Checks can be made out to Insight Travels, LLC and sent to 8821 NW 14 Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.
  • Paying by Credit Card or PayPal balance: You can pay with credit card or PayPal balance through the following the red buttons below.  Please click the appropriate amount to be taken to PayPal’s homepage to complete your transaction. All PayPal transactions must be in USD.  Note that you do not have to pay with your PayPal balance.

Final installment due on July 15, 2017. We’ll provide you the amount and invoice well before the due date.

Click here to pay the $1000 deposit by credit card (via PayPal)

Click here to pay the $2000 second installment by credit card (via PayPal) [due by May 16, 2017] 

Registration Questions & Contract

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Your spot is not considered reserved until you have completed these questions and contract on the website.

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Travel Insurance (required)

We require that our guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense.  It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind for very little cost. When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for emergency medical evacuation/repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.

We like World Nomads (which covers both medical insurance and the trip cancellation insurance), but ultimately you have to choose the one that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company (we can advise you if you like). We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance before your departure.

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    FAQ (Everything you need to know about Visas, Health, Money & More!)

    PASSPORT/VISA

    • What do I need to know about the visa?    

    First and foremost, your passport MUST be valid at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip (that is, March 4, 2018), and you’ll need two empty pages in the Visas section of your passport (make sure they are in the Visa section, not the Amendment or Endorsement section). 

    Peru offers 90 days visa-free visits to citizens of most countries, including the U.S, Australia, and Canada; please check this list to see if your home country is eligible.

    FOOD

    • I have special dietary needs—can I be accommodated?

    Peruvians love their meat, from roast chicken to beef stir fry, from alpaca to guinea pig (and don’t forget every variation of seafood). Vegetarians will find vegetable-based options, although the selection is somewhat limited. Vegans might find it more difficult, as the vegetarian options will often include cheese as a base ingredient (although Cusco does have a dedicated vegan restaurant). Email us and let’s talk about your veg preferences!

    Gluten-free guests should not have trouble in Peru, although we request you print this card out to carry with you for clarification. Please contact us directly for other dietary concerns.

    • Can I drink the water?

    In a word, No. Although many cities around the world are getting more advanced public water systems, we don’t recommend it.  Not only from a pathogen standpoint, but it’s a different set of bacteria than your body is used to. Why risk an upset stomach if you don’t have to? We recommend drinking only bottled water, and you will want to rinse your toothbrush off in bottled water.

    HEALTH

    • What vaccines do I need?

    None are required to enter Peru, but we suggest you work with your physician or your area’s travel health expert to decide what options are best for you.  You can read the CDC’s recommendations here and the Scottish NHS recommendations here.

    • What about the altitude?

    We’ve planned this entire trip around acclimating you the altitude as much as possible (we start lower at Machu Picchu, then up to Ollantaytambo, then finally to Cusco at 11,150 feet). Please read BJ’s tips (http://www.travelconsultants.biz/prevent-altitude-sickness) on preventing altitude sickness, along with Lauren’s tips on more natural ways to prepare your body (http://www.retreatours.com/how-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling).  You may want to speak to your physician about Diamox you have experienced altitude sickness in the past.

     *All of the information here is for reference purposes only and is not intended to substitute for advice from your licensed health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. If you are experiencing medical issues, you should contact your medical health care provider.

    • What about malaria? What about Zika?

    Malaria is not a risk in the main part of our itinerary (Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco), as mosquitos are not a threat above 6,500 feet or in the metropolitan Lima area. However, for those of your who opt to extend your trip in the the Amazon, you may want to consider an anti-malarial. However, the key is to avoid mosquito bites altogether, so wearing a strong bug repellant, and wearing long sleeves and pants are important. As always, we request that you work with your physician or travel doctor when making these choices. Please see our blog about this topic for more information about malaria.

    This is what the CDC is currently advising regarding Zika in Peru.

     *All of the information here is for reference purposes only and is not intended to substitute for advice from your licensed health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. If you are experiencing medical issues, you should contact your medical health care provider.

    • Do I need travel insurance?

    We require that our guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense. It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind!  When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for emergency medical expenses, medical evacuation, and repatriation. We also highly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.

    We like World Nomads, but ultimately you have to choose the company and policy that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company. We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance 60 days before your departure. Please click here to get a quote. We love the services of these companies so much that we became affiliates, so we would ask that if you do choose to purchase these policies, you do it through our links.

    MONEY

    • How much money should I bring?

    That is entirely up to you and how much shopping you want to do and how many Pisco Sours you want to drink! 😉  All of your meals, accommodation, and transportation is covered, so you just have to gauge how much you want to spend on extras and souvenirs.

    • How do I get the local currency?

    The local currency is the Peruvian Sol (PEN). You can either exchange cash in Peru or use a local ATM (which we prefer) to get soles. Just make sure you call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling in Peru, so they don’t put a hold on your card when they see it being used halfway across the world. When exchanging cash, you always get a slightly better deal when exchanging $100 bills.

    You do NOT need to exchange money before you arrive in Peru, as exchanging money while still in your home country usually has a very poor exchange rate.

    HOTELS

    • What kind of hotels will we be staying in?

    All of our hotels are extremely comfortable and well-located for self-exploration. They each have wifi and hot water in abundance! Before the trip, we will make sure you have the hotel names and contact information to pass along to your loved ones.

    COMMUNICATION

    • How can my family get ahold of me in an emergency?

    Before the trip begins we will give you the contact information for our hotels to pass along to your loved ones; in addition, we will give you our Peruvian phone numbers. If you choose to bring your cellphone or tablet, you can use VoIP services such as Skype, WhatsApp, and FaceTime to connect with your loved ones at home, as well.

    About the Altitude

    Altitude Sickness Prevention

    We very intentionally work our way up to Cusco, lessening the effects of altitude as much as possible. We plan our first few days very lightly, to allow you to acclimatize. However, there are things you can do before and during your trip to help your body adjust to the altitude.

    Click here to read BJ’s take on how to prevent altitude sickness, as someone who has traveled extensively at high altitudes and never had ill effect and is an avid reader on the subject.

    Click here to read Lauren’s suggestions to natural therapies to begin before your trip. Lauren is a Board-certified Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a speciality in the world of dietary supplements.

     *All of the information here is for reference purposes only and is not intended to substitute for advice from a licensed health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. If you are experiencing medical issues, you should contact your medical health care provider.

    Suggested Packing List

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    Average temperatures during this time of year:

    Lima: 55-65°F

    Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley: 40-70°F

    Cusco: 37-68°F

    Contact RetreaTours

    After this journey, it is possible to continue on to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest outside Puerto Maldonado. Ask us for details!

    As an added value for guests of this retreat, RetreaTours offers their personalized travel consulting services for free. We will help you find the best flights to and from Peru, as well as assist you in your Amazon extension or any other destination you wish to add-on!

    About BJ and Lauren of RetreaTours

    We are thrilled to be joining Nikki Costello for our third international collaboration! We know the innate power of Peru combined with Nikki’s expert guidance will make this journey a memorable, transformative experience.

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    BJ & Lauren created RetreaTours in 2010 with one goal in mind: to make world travel accessible, authentic, and astounding.  In order to focus fully on this passion, they moved out of the U.S. in January 2013 to reside full-time overseas. Each day is spent exploring new destinations, strengthening local ties & relationships, and creating memorable and transformative retreats and tours (aka, RetreaTours™!)

    BJ & Lauren take great pride in the itineraries they plan, as they can personally vouch for every hotel, every restaurant, and every activity that you will experience. They craft each element of the trip with intention, and they understand that it is this careful attention to detail that sets them apart.  Fueled by their passion, armed with know-how, and supported by knowledgeable local professionals in all of their destinations, BJ & Lauren set the scene for the vacation of a lifetime.

    The dynamic duo are available to answer any and all questions before the trip begins. From giving advice on the best flights and travel insurance to providing a packing list, FAQ, and even a tiny “phrasebook,” BJ & Lauren pride themselves on these ‘nuts & bolts’ of personalized service.

    In addition, as a guest, you receive free travel consulting services (normally a $300 value) should you choose to extend your travels. As one of their most ‘frequent fliers’ put it recently, BJ & Lauren make everything easy for you. Once you arrive in your destination city, your trip is all-inclusive—your meals, transportation, lodging, site fees, donations, and tips are all taken care of.  The research has been done, the itinerary carefully laid out, the reservations made, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted. All you have to do is show up and take in all your destination has to show you!  So….let’s get going!