Tour de Cacao & Machu Picchu

Quillabamba, Peru

JK
Jyl Kutsche
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Oct 5 - 9, 2019
Group size: 6 - 25
Tour de Cacao & Machu Picchu
Quillabamba, Peru

Jyl Kutsche
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12 reviews

$1050
Deposit: $300
Oct 5 - 9, 2019
Group size: 6 - 25

About this trip

Love chocolate but not really sure where it comes from or how it's even made?

Or perhaps you see it, as I do, as a sacred food, a food worthy of ceremony and pause, and would like to deepen your connection to the spirit of the plant?

In this once-in-a-lifetime adventure we'll travel to one of the cacao growing regions of Peru, Quillabamba, and spend 2 days on one of the most spectacular cacao farms I've ever visited. The farmer is both a master agronomist and cultivator, and grows many varieties of cacao on his 40+ year old farm, including a very rare and native variety called Chuncho Blanco. His farm is also saturated with other crops - a wide range of citrus (over 20 mind-boggling varieties!), native fruits, and palta (avocado). After walking his farm, learning about his trees, cultivation, and the art of growing cacao, we will have the opportunity to observe the post-harvest processing which includes fermentation and sun drying, followed by processes that start to bring us closer to our beloved chocolate...roasting, peeling and grinding! To further deepen our connection to this sacred plant/food, we'll be spending the night on his farm, enjoying meals with his family, and soaking in the beautiful energy of the jungle. After filling ourselves with the energy and knowledge of cacao, we'll begin our drive towards Machu Picchu, walking the last portion of the Inca Trail (approximately a 3 hour, all-levels hike through beautiful jungle terrain), spend the night in Aguas Caliente (with a small cacao ceremony/offering), and then wake up early the next morning for Machu Picchu. After several hours (guided & non) at this sacred Incan citadel, we will take the train & bus back to Cusco. 


Note: ALL hotel rooms will be double occupancy (in Quillabamba and Aguas Calientes). Housing at the cacao farm is communal, but very comfortable and cozy. 



What’s included

  • Transportation
  • Meals
    3 dinners, 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts
  • Professional Guide
    English speaking
  • Double Accommodation
    Hotel in Quillabamba & Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel - Aguas Calientes
    Double Accommodation
  • Farm Accommodation
    2 nights in group r
  • Tour - cacao farm
  • Entrance ticket
    Machu Picche
  • Tour - Machu Picchu
    Professional, english speaking guide
  • Train
    Machu Picchu to Cusco
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Walking Sticks

Itinerary

Day 1 - October 5, 2019
Cusco - Quillabamba

Travel by shuttle over the beautiful Andes deep into the high jungle region of Quillabamba (approx a 5 hour drive) 

Spend the night in Quillabamba

Who’s interested

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JK
Jyl Kutsche
12 reviews
Jyl, 500 EYRT, LMT is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique, alignment and flow with functional and somatic movement. Her exploration of chocolate as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate obsession into a profound part of her life’s journey. jylmarieyoga.com

Reviews

Most lovely experience! Jyl has such a heart for the land, chocolate, and yoga. She is very knowledgeable and her wisdom, enthusiasm, and peace is contagious. The trip is well planned and the venues, food, and experiences are life changing. If you are thinking about it but not sure...just do it! Your life will not be the same and you will not regret it!
A special heartfelt Thank you to Jyl Kutsche and her team of expert guides and teachers. The Yoga of Chocolate: Journey of the Senses vastly exceeded any expectations I had for traveling to my forgotten childhood dream location of Peru and Machu Picchu! I have attended Jyl’s Yoga of Chocolate workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed them and was fascinated by her passion for cacao and stories of the amazing country of Peru that led to my decision for this retreat. Every detail of the yoga retreat at Sacha Munay, Sacred Valley was perfectly coordinated for the comfort and enjoyment of our group to enjoy yoga, ceremony, star gazing, hiking, self care bodywork, delicious organic meals and the finest and most delicious chocolate tasting on the planet. Guided sightseeing tours to Marsal, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac for shopping complimented the amazing cultural experiences of the Sacred Valley and Cuzco region.
After the Journey of the Senses of the Sacred Valley half of our group then continued on through the Andean rainforest to visit a cacao farm in the amazon jungle to enrich our appreciation of where cacao is grown among coffee and many varieties of citrus. We then participated in harvesting the cacao, roasting the beans and processing it to increase our knowledge and depth of appreciation in the amount of work that goes into making chocolate. It is truly a labor of love and an inherent pride of the farmers that grow it. The journey of the senses continued on as we hiked a portion of the Inca trail to Aguas Calientes for the night and to be the first bus to arrive for the most epic experience of sunrise on Machu Picchu! A deep bow of gratitude to Jyl and her expert guides for this life changing experience ~ Namaste
BG
It was a really wonderful trip. Well planned for, with the right balance between inner journey and outward experiences in a magical land. Accommodations were very good, people in the group and taking care of us super nice. Great Adventure! Thank you,Jyl and all.
We cannot recommend The Yoga of Chocolate : A Journey through the Senses/Sacred Valley enough! Jyl Kutsche is a kind, generous and thoughtful leader and teacher. Her passion for Chocolate, yoga and movement and the beauty of the culture, the people and the environment of the Sacred Valley is contagious. Each aspect of the retreat was well organized with each destination, activity and guide offering unique and thoughtful perspectives on Peru. Jyl has done her work in searching out lovely locations to stay, day- visits and guides that are articulate and knowledgable about the sites. We came away in love with Peru and hope to visit again. My husband and I were older participants and would not hesitate to join Jyl for another retreat! We highly recommend Jyl Kutsche's retreat offerings!
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