Yoga Trek to Machu Picchu (May 2019)

This retreat provides a the adventurous mix of travel, yoga and trekking to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.


There will be a total of 18 hours of Yoga in total, taught by Melissa Andersen. We will practice yoga primarily outdoors in the beautiful nature of Peru.


The first few days will be spent at our lovely accommodation in the Sacred Valley. During this time we will take excursions to Cusco and local activities. We will soon venture to begin our hike to Machu Picchu. We will visit a monkey house and hike to a breath-taking hot springs, spending the night in santa teresa village. We will then hike to aguas calientes walking for three hours and spend the night there. The next day we visit Machu Picchu. Yoga:

Melissa Andersen is a licensed Yoga Instructor with 13 years of experience. The classes will be for all levels. The morning classes will focus on a Vinyasa mix, exploring many types of practices such as Ashtanga, Hatha, Bikram and Jivamukti. We will ease into the evening with restorative, yin, breath work and guided meditations. We will focus on on the depth of yoga, re-centering our minds and bodies by escaping the chaos of society with a goal to take the peace of yoga home with us in the mind, body and soul.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The site’s excellent preservation, the quality of its architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. The site covers 80,000 acres (32,500 hectares). Terraced fields on the edge of the site were once used for growing crops, likely maize and potatoes. In 1911, explorer Hiram Bingham III, a professor at Yale University, visited the site and published its existence for the first time. He found it covered with vegetation, much of which has now been removed. The buildings were made without mortar (typical of the Inca), their granite stones quarried and precisely cut.

A building adjacent to the “Principal Temple” is known as the “Temple of the Three Windows” and contains a large amount of broken pottery, ritually smashed it appears. But perhaps the biggest puzzle at Machu Picchu is a giant rock, named “the Intihuatana” by Bingham, after other carved stones found in the Incan empire. The stone at Machu Picchu is situated on a raised platform that towers above the plaza. Its purpose is a mystery, with recent research disproving the idea that it acted as a sundial. It may have been used for astronomical observations of some form. It may also be connected with the mountains that surround Machu Picchu.