Tour de Cacao & Machu Picchu

Quillabamba, Peru

Jyl Kutsche
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5 reviews
Oct 5 - 9, 2019
Group size: 6 - 12
Tour de Cacao & Machu Picchu
Quillabamba, Peru

Jyl Kutsche
  • Email address verified
5 reviews

Deposit: $300
Oct 5 - 9, 2019
Group size: 6 - 12

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


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

Your Organizer

Jyl Kutsche
5 reviews
Jyl is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga (Tias & Surya Little) and has received both her 200 hr & 500 hr certifications through them. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining technique, alignment & flow with therapeutic somatic movement. She co-founded the Austin based non-profit organization, Community Yoga Austin, and has brought yoga to schools, veterans, recovery centers, prisons, shelters & senior centers. Her exploration of chocolate as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate obsession into a profound part of her life’s journey.


The Yoga of Chocolate retreat was a life-changing experience. The thoughtful and meticulous planning on Jyl's part was apparent before I even arrived. She incorporated a balance of activity and rest, and each activity brought tremendous value to my personal/spiritual life and yoga practice. Our guides were engaging, genuine, wise, highly in tune with the surrounding country. I can't imagine visiting Peru without doing so through this retreat. The Yoga of Chocolate opened my eyes and provided a well-rounded array of quality opportunities to connect with the culture, the people, the plants, the food and the landscapes of Peru.
What can i say? A life changing experience. Jyl is a wonderful host, organizer, yoga teacher, choclate oficionado, human. Each day with Jyl, and the The Yoga Of Chocolate participants were filled with just the right amount of activity, free time, delicious nourshing beautifuly presented food, and adventure. The facility was beautifuly landscaped, spotlessly clean, comfortable bed, and rooms. The Staff were attentive and responsive to every need and desire, really! I casually asked for fire starter so i could lite the fireplaces in the morning...I am an early riser. The next morning, each fireplace was laid out with firestarter, wood, and a box of matches on the hearth. Everyday after that, the fire was raging by 5:15, when i arrived in the common area. Each activity Jyl had arranged came with amazing adventure, knowledegable guides, drop dead views of Peru, and just plain fun. Jyl has really good instincts and has used this to plan the adventures she offers. Though we had no issues while in Peru I know thru Jyl's natural ability for cool headedness, clarity, focus and kindness, Jyl would handle it with professionlism, love and respect for all. Im skeptical of group travel, but after experiencing TYOC with Jyl, I'd go to the ends of the earth with her, and the group she was leading.
This was an amazing experience in the most beautiful place. Jyl and Adriane had very different yoga styles, but it was a beautiful balance and I believe we all had a deep long lasting connection with one another. The food was amazing and the outings were always an adventure. Thank you for this experience and I honor you both for the wisdom and Love that you hold.
Adriane & Jyl were amazing! Such a great week of personal expansion. The retreat center was beautiful, and the food was fresh and delicious!
This trip was amazing the villa the food and spiritual guidance. It was way beyond my expectations. I feel a deep gratitude and love for everyone involved. Thank you