Visiting Machu Picchu is becoming a rite of passage among intrepid travelers, but with that comes heavy crowds and strict visiting rules. Take the road less traveled and add a more obscure corner of Peru to your itinerary, as you detox and get acquainted with Pachamama (a nature goddess admired by the indigenous people of the Andes) and the mystical spirit of the land. At the northern Pacific shores of Máncora, Peru’s secret beach town, enjoy surf lessons and meditation on the coastline. Venture deep into the Amazon, where a shaman demonstrates the benefits of connecting with nature and becoming one with the rain forest, then learn the ancient Inca rituals of healing through the native coca leaf, which has played a part in its culture since the 13th century, and high-altitude breathing disciplines in the region’s Sacred Valley. As you hike through the valley toward the Machu Picchu ruins, shamanic purification rituals will be performed. End your spiritual journey with a dip in the thermal baths of the Colca Canyon.
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