Sedona: Spiritual & Hiking Escape

Sedona, AZ, USA

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Karina Safari
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Jan 27 - 31, 2021
Group size: 8 - 9
Sedona: Spiritual & Hiking Escape
Sedona, AZ, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
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24 reviews

Jan 27 - 31, 2021
Group size: 8 - 9

About this trip

Sedona, a small desert town in Arizona  is known for the uplifting power of its Vortex meditation sites. The majestic red rock scenery and evergreen vegetation are two reasons for the unique energy of Sedona and its tangible regenerative and inspirational effects. 


Join our traveling tribe and you will learn about the Native American culture and traditions of the region, meet the local healer of Apache tribe, practice sacred ceremonies, and explore the endless hiking possibilities in the Red Rock State Park


Spend 5 unforgettable days in contemplation of mountain scenery and in a search of the wisdom , serenity, spiritual  transformation!


Highlights:

- Admire the sunrises and sunsets at the most powerful vortexes of Sedona: Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Cathedral rock, as well as several hidden spiritual spots

- Meet Apache tribe healer Mario Blackwolf , listen to the legends of the past and learn about the present ways of life of Native Americans

- Participate in unique  sacred ceremony of spiritual and physical cleansing of the native inhabitants of the American South-West

- Explore the trails of Red Rock State Paark, Sonora desert and the forest of the Giant Saguarro cacti

- Visit the historic ghost town of Jerome, founded during the mining boom and after that abandoned by its residents  

 - Explore the vibrant arts community of Sedona uptown, dense with New Age shops, spas, art galleries, and its excellent dining! 

Weather

Weather:  

On the dates of our travel in late January the weather in Sedona is going to be mostly sunny and clear with its average 55F during the day, and as low as 36F at night. 

Packing list or what to bring

Gear items:

- A small-size suitcase or Duffel for your main luggage  

- A small backpack 25-30L for your day-hikes (to carry a water reservoir, an extra layer, a hiking snack,  sun block, and a personal first aid kit). 

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5-2L)

- Several zip lock bags for your personal garbage/leftovers during hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Your personal first aid kit (personal medications you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.

- Sunglasses 

- Face covering (required on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, only if you are a sensitive sleeper


Outfit for hiking:

- Good sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid painful blisters while on a trip. 

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Windproof hiking pants

- Windproof jacket 

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat


Outfit for the ceremony:

- Flip flops

- Long skirt + comfortable top, shoulders should be covered. As an option instead of skirt you can wear yoga pants or sarong.

- 1 quick-dry medium or small-size towel to dry yourself

Trip terms and Cancellation Policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

Registration deposit (if applicable) is non-refundable after being paid;

Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost 

Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Basic hotels &airbnb
  • Transportation
    Private van & gas
  • Assistance
    Local guide & storyteller Katya Belykh
  • Activities
    Meditations and rituals with local healer Mario Blackwolf
  • HIkes
    As mentioned in itinerary
  • Admissions
    Parking fees, entrance tkts to cultural monuments, regional parks etc
  • All arrangements
  • Airfare
    Arrival/Departure PHX
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners (allow an additional budget of apprx $200USD)

Itinerary

Day 1 / Wed
Arrival in Arizona, PHX

Evening arrival  to PHX airport (suggested around 5-6PM). 

Dinner, if time allows. Overnight at basic clean hotel in PHX.

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
24 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

Friendly guide who has expertise in geology, a good mix of popular and less traveled points. The trip was well planned and time was used efficiently without creating a sense of rush. An eclectic group of co-travelers added to the experience. Hot springs were amazing and so was the stake & beer place in the desert. thank you for the great experience!
Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
MI
I am so glad we did this trip. Katya is an awesome guide with great knowledge of DV. She took us to places we probably won’t get to on our own. She kept everything very well organized and easy to follow. We really enjoyed our time and made a lot of great memories. This is my second trip and definitely not the last.
Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena Margulis on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory Lyakhovitskiy on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan Toibazarova on 20 Jun, 2019