YOGA RETREAT WITH MARIA BOOX
Experience the mystical power of the Amazon rainforest and the Andean mountains. Partake in ceremonies with shamans and learn about the ancient traditions and spirituality. Do yoga in the most amazing places that truly leaves you with memories for life.
This is an adventure for heart, mind and body. Join us in Peru!
Practice Ashtanga yoga with the highly experienced teachers Maria Boox and Elisabeth Andersson in some of the most magical and breathtaking places in the world, the Amazon rainforest and in the Andean mountains. A rainforest lodge will be your home during the first week and the second week a luxuary yoga retreat center in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. According to ancient mystical traditions the Kundalini snake of Mother Earth has moved from the Himalayas to the southern Andes where you can drink it all in during your practice.
The yoga practice is suitable for all practicioners and according to your level. The more experienced yogi will get ample opportunity to practice Mysore (especially in the rainforest)
A few of the highlights...
- Meet shamans and partake in sacred ceremonies in the Andes.
- Hike the Inca trail a full day to Machu Picchu
- The Peruvian food!
- Domestic transfers
- Accomodation in high class hotels and lodges
- Professional guided tours of specialized local guides
- An experienced Peruvian tour guide
- Entrance fees
- All meals
Does not include
- International flights
- Extra tips or souvenirs, bottled water.
- Travel insurance
- Yoga mat (rent one for 30 USD, see option in the booking system)
Information about flights
We can book tickets for passengers traveling from Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo. If you are travling from any of these cities, please let us know and we will include the cost on your invoice. If you are travling from any other airport please book your ticket to arrive in Lima on the 18th of March, departing on the 31st. We will arrange for the airport transfer to the hotel. We kindly ask that you end us your complete ticket information to confirm your arrival and departure. If you wish to book an etra night in Lima we will happily assist you.
(Breakfast/lunch/dinner = B/L/D)
Day 1: Arrival at Limas international airport.
Arrival in Lima around 7pm local time if you travel with KLM or Air France from Europe. Airport transfer and overnight in Miraflores, central part of Lima.
Day 2: The sacred Valley of the Incas
From the coast we fly to Cusco — the heart of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. We continue straight to the historic and stunningly beautiful Sacred Valley. We arrive in the afternoon to the wonderful luxuary yoga retreat center of Willka Tika. Here we will enjoy the peaceful chakra gardens, delicious fresh vegetarian food from the gardens and lots of ashtanga yoga. Overnight. B/L/D
Day 3: Visit a local village
In any way we can we choose to work sustainably with the environment and local people. Today is an important part of that work when we go off the beaten track to a small village to visit a local family and get a glance of village life in the high Andes. Try to weave in the traditional way and learn about the culture. B/L/D
Day 4: Hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Our trek today takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We'll visit beautiful Inca sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 10km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it's way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) arriving late afternoon. Overnight in Aguas Calientes, the small town at the base of Machu Picchu. B/boxed lunch/D
Day 5: Machu Picchu guided tour
Now it's time to open your heart and let the energies flow through you. This impressive ruin, hidden for 400 years by semi-tropical jungle, lies in a saddle with the peaks of Machupicchu, “Old Mountain,” and Huayna Picchu, “Young Mountain” rising dramatically on either side. Our specialized guide will take us on a walk around the enchanting citadel and explain about the history and the makers of one of the world’s most famous places. Back down in the town for lunch and take the train back to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Willka Tika. Overnight. B/L/D
Day 6: Andean ceremoni with a local shaman
Day off with lots of time for yourself to relax in the healing gardens. In the afternoon we will arrange a very special ceremony with a local shaman. Learn about the traditions they live by and how the ancient knowledge is applied in daily life. B/L/D
Day 7: Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
This day is one more example of our work towards sustainability. We do the tour "backwards" comparing to the regular bus tours that start in Cusco. We visit the ruins in Ollantaytambo in the morning following the Urubamba river on your way back to Cusco. Yoga in amazing the scenery of the valley. Overnight in Cusco in San Blas. B/L/D
Day 8: Sacsayhuaman and Cusco city tour
With our specialized guide you will visit the impressive Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman and then a tour around the central part of the city. Yoga outdoors with stunning views. Overnight in Cusco. B/L/D
Day 9: Day off in Cusco
Enjoy a relaxing day all to yourself in the beautiful Cusco city. There are many cafés, little boutiques and restaurants to explore. Yoga class in a local yoga studio. Overnight in Cusco. B/L/D
Day 10: Amazon rainforest
In the morning we take a domestic flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado in the south-eastern part of Peru in the Amazon Basin. We have a wonderful time ahead of us enjoying the comforts of the beautiful lodge and the magical rainforest. Our specialized guide will show you tropical trees, medicinal plants and the exuberant nature. Many species of birds like toucans can be spotted in the area. At night the song of many frogs, crickets and birds will lull you to sleep. Daily yoga classes surrounded by the lush forest. B/L/D
Day 11: Lake Sandoval and caiman search
After roughly 20 minutes of travel on the river Madre de Dios, we arrive at one of the check point of the Tambopata National Reserve which is the entrance to Lake Sandoval. During a 3 km hike through the wild vegetation, we will enter the territory of the reserve , where you will have the chance to admire giant trees, different snakes, monkeys (squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys) and various birds. Once on Lake Sandoval, we will embark in small rowboats in search of giant river otters. We will also have the possibility to spot a good number of other reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural habitat. We are back at the lodge in the afternoon. Before dinner, we will leave for a nocturnal boat trip to observe caimans and, with a bit of luck, other animals which populate the riverbank at night. B/L/D
Day 12: Taricaya
Travel by boat (45-minutes) to the Animal Rescue Center Taricaya. This project, with its main office in the United Kingdom, collaborates with universities from all over the world who send their students to help as volunteers to take care of injured and rescued animals. The goal of the center is to reintroduce the animals back into their natural habitat. We will find here different species of animals: the jaguar, different types of monkeys, tapirs, peccaries and some exotic birds, like the trumpeter bird. Back at the lodge in the afternoon. B/L/D
Day 13: Parrot clay lick and rainforest yoga
Wake up at dawn and just a 20-minute walk from the lodge there is a clay lick, where you will have the possibility to observe 3 to 5 types of parrots. The parrots come to the clay lick to ingest a particular kind of clay, only found in certain areas of this region. The clay is vital for the metabolic regulation of the birds, and therefore is host to a colorful and veritably delightful and exciting event. Rest of the day off. B/L/D
Day 14: Fly to Lima
Domestic flight back to Lima and international departure. Please let us know if you require an additional night in Lima. B
Single room supplement 400 USD
*rates may change depending on the current exchange rate
ITINERARY IN SHORT:
Day 1: Arrival in Lima according to your flight schedule. Overnight in Lima.
Day 2: To a luxuary yoga retreat center in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 3: Visit a local village.
Day 4: Hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Machu Picchu guided tour.
Day 6: Andean ceremony with a local shaman.
Day 7: Sacred Valley guided tour.
Day 8: Sacsayhuaman and city tour of Cusco
Day 9: Day off in Cusco
Day 10 - 14: Amazon rainforest.
Day 14: Domestic flight to Lima and international departure.
Book your trip online
A non-refundable deposit of 500 USD is required
Remaining balance due by the 5th of Januari 2018
Booking deadline December 1st
Upon placing your reservation you agree to our general booking policy.
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A Swedish yoga pioneer
Maria Boox is passionate about yoga and has been practising and teaching for over thirty years. She is in fact a pioneer as she opened one of the first yoga shalas in Sweden.
Yogashala Stockholm was Maria’s home for ten years and many of the teachers in Stockholm and around Sweden have studied with and learnt from her.
Maria now teaches yoga independently worldwide.
Maria’s teaching style
Maria is an original student of her beloved Guruji, Pattabhi Jois, who she studied with for thirteen years.
She has been authorised level two directly by Guruji, and also by Sharath.
Maria is well established in the Ashtanga yoga tradition and pursues her studies in the lineage of Guruji, Sharath and other teachers. She is also certified by BKS Iyengar, studies philosophy with Ramesh Balsekar and has been certified to teach pranayama by Shri O.P. Tiwariji.
All these experiences, education and studies with so many masters in yoga, combined with her caring and warm personality, allows Maria a unique and personal way of teaching yoga.
Her understanding and teaching of pranayama and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras provides a depth to Maria’s approach to teaching and to her whole practice. Yoga philosophy is very dear to Maria and is always a part of her life and her teachings. In addition, Maria has deep knowledge of the Ayurveda tradition.
Maria teaches both led Ashtanga classes and ‘Mysore-style’ Ashtanga in the tradition of Shri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Her aim is to follow what Guruji taught her during the thirteen years she studied with him.
In addition, Maria teaches Hatha yoga classes where she builds up different sequences of asanas according to the theme of the class and the people in the group.
Maria is always mindful of individual needs and teaches according to the needs of each student.