Any journey to the High Andes ideally includes a visit to the serene and beautiful Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Incan gods. Our first option is to travel by bus to Puno to spend three nights on the Peruvian side of the Lake, stopping en route at the temple of Viracocha, the great creator deity of Inca mythology. We will stay in the tranquil small village of Chucuito where we will have the choice of a boat trip to the floating islands of the Uros people and the remote natural island of Taquile. We may also choose to explore nearby Inca Uyu, possibly used as a fertility temple, or simply relax and integrate our Quest amidst the tranquility of the highest large lake in the world.
Our second option is to spend two of those nights in Chucuito on the Peruvian side of the Lake and then go on for four further nights in Bolivia. We will cross the border to this less visited and mostly indigenous country with more peaks over 20,000 feet than Tibet. Entering this complex and fascinating country, possessed of outstanding natural beauty, can feel like entering another, more traditional, world. On our first day we will visit the Islands of the Sun and the Moon, sacred places from which these celestial bodies are said to have emerged. We will spend the night in the lakeside town of Copacabana, and then travel to a remote and simple retreat lodge on the eastern shore for a day of peace and contemplation amidst silence and beauty. The following morning we will drive to the enigmatic pre-Incan ruins of Tiwanaku, for centuries a great ceremonial center, where we will participate in a traditional offering to Pachamama. We conclude our travels in the capital city of La Paz where we plan to meet, amidst the heights of El Alto, traditional Aymara healers and activists who are engaged in bringing Andean indigenous values, including a deep respect for Pachamama, Mother Earth, into global awareness and practice.
Lake Titicaca Only: $565 in double accommodations; $700 in single accommodations includes: coach transfer from Cusco to Puno, three nights’ accommodations, entrance and guided tour of Viracocha, all meals from lunch on the 28th through breakfast on the 31st, and airport transfer to Juliaca on the 31st
Lake Titicaca and Bolivia: $2425 in double accommodations; $2950 in single accommodations includes: coach transfer from Cusco to Puno, six nights’ accommodations, all meals from lunch on the 28th through breakfast on the 3rd, fully-guided tour, all entrance fees, all ground and cable car transport, and transfer to El Alto airport on the 3rd
Optional Boat Trip to the Floating Islands and Taquile: $105
For participants in either Post-Conference trip