Post 4 of 4, the last one. Our final leg of the trip – Cusco, Peru. Just amazing!! Our time here began staying at the INCREDIBLE Belmond Hotel Monasterio. This place was truly breathtaking. The hotel itself is a protected national monument. The entire hotel encircles a gorgeous and tranquil central courtyard and garden. In the center of the courtyard is a 300 year old cedar tree and everything revolves around that including a stunning fountain. This hotel is a refurbished Baroque Seminary built in the 17th Century on Inca foundations and was converted to a hotel around 1965. You knew from the moment you walked it, there was something truly special about it.
We did exploring on our own here in Cusco. Such a wonderful and beautiful city. We were fortunate enough to be there while the Peruvians were celebrating Corpus Christi and talk about colorful parades, it was amazing and unbelievably entertaining everywhere you looked!!
We enjoyed some time at their farmers market and I bought Brooke, my cousin who was staying with the kids, a handmade handbag. I could not resist taking a picture with the lady who made it 🙂
I have mentioned a lot of “amazing” experiences while we were in Peru – sunrise spiritual yoga, climbing Wayna Picchu mountain and the Hiram Bingham train ride. But, I think both Peter and myself will say, enjoying almost 2 hours with a Peruvian Shaman was probably the biggest highlight for us both. A Peruvian Shaman offers authentic Andean ceremonies for spiritual transformation honoring the ancient healing techniques.
We sat down with him and he asked us if we wanted to do an Aura Cleanse or an offering to Mother Nature. We chose an Aura Cleanse. These pictures are from the Aura Cleanse. After that, he did a coca leaf reading, which is equivalent to tarot cards or a fortune teller. We were able to ask questions that were very specific, nothing too broad. As you are probably thinking “how in the world can you believe this person”, we thought the same thing. What I will say, we asked about our children and other family members and he was so spot on, there was no denying his accuracy and ultimately, his authenticity.
We enjoyed our last night there tasting delicious cocktails in the hotel bar (which does not even do it justice by calling it that) and dinner at Restaurant Inkazuela