peru, i love you

Aug. 30, 2018

Shamans, Machu Picchu and Llamas… What’s not to love…

The moment we landed in Peru we were greeted with coca leaves…. I am sure you are thinking, coca leaves !?! These are considered a scared plant in Peru and you can see why. Chewing coca leaves or drinking the tea can give you an energy boost and also help prevent altitude sickness! The percentage of “coca” in these leave is very little.  If you are a coffee drinker like me, you might not even feel it.  Now that we got the luggage and loaded in the buses. Off we go, into the hills. With the view of the snow capped Andes Mountains in the distance I knew this trip would be magical.

Wilka Tika is a Luxury Wellness Retreat. Also know as the amazing place that we were going to stay! Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  On the long track there we stopped for a picture and bathroom break. This was the first opportunity to see the Alpacas and Llamas! They were dressed with ornaments and absolutely picture worthy!! Back on the road..  As we arrived to the gates of Wilka Tika we were welcomed with big warm smiles.  This place was originally conceived in 1994. It is a luxury retreat and private hotel. Willka T’ika’s peaceful energy and mystical surroundings are sure to inspire, refresh and revitalize, offering a wonderful connection to Mother Nature, revered by the Quechua as Pachamama. Located in one of the most energetically charged places on earth, Willka T’ika prides itself on serving the spiritual and cultural needs of all guests seeking a genuine mind, body, spirit experience. Nearby ancient Inkan ruins, ceremonial sites, temples and an abundance of cultural activities beckon. For hikers, winding rivers, charming villages and high mountain meadows where herds of llama and alpaca graze await exploration.

We were up with the sun in the mornings. The yoga and meditation was led by Anton Mackey and his fiance’ Amy Solara.  Beginning each day with a mindful yoga practice. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip! We also got to experience Buti Yoga and a Spirit Animal meditation with drums, lets just say it was amazing.  We all got to have the most amazing Vegan and Vegetarian food together as one big family. Starting with breakfast, the best tea and coffee. The dinners followed after the evening yoga practice.  Some of the nights we all gathered around a big fire. We got to sing along with Jeremy who was also playing the guitar. We all took turns playing different instruments.. It was m a g i c.

If you ever get the chance to go to Peru. GO.