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Mountains &
Plant Medicine

PERU 

Spiritual gay journey

This is the only journey in the world that combines traveling, with Amazonian plant medicine experiences, in a safe gay-men-only environment. Be prepared to get to know the local culture, embark on a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu, and explore your psyche and consciousness through spiritual shamanic San Pedro and Ayahuasca ceremonies. As part of the RainbowMen experience, we will also participate in unique workshops, sharing circles, preparation sessions, and integration of our spiritual and emotional journey. This is not your ordinary organized sightseeing trip, but rather a journey of alternating landscapes, and into the depths of your mind and soul. 

HIGHLIGHTS

- 4-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
- Hot springs of Santa Teresa
- Majestic Cusco city tour

- Peruvian cooking class and food tour
- San Pedro (Huachuma) preparation workshop
- San Pedro ceremony
- Pisac Market and hiking the Sacred Valley 
- Authentic remote local villages
- 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies
- Preparation and integrations sessions
- Unique workshops and sharing circles
- Travel with a group of gay & queer men

INFORMATION

Duration - 15 Days / 14 nights 
Start and end - Cusco, Peru
Group size - Minimum 4 / Maximum 10
Accommodation - 3 star hotels (Cusco) / retreat centers (during our plant medicine ceremonies) / mountain huts (during the trek)
Crowd - Gay & Queer Men

DATES & PRICES

24.9-10.10/2022 - Full - Waiting list only

23.5-8.6/2023 - Registration open
Price per person in shared room - 4150 USD
Single occupancy room - 4850 USD

13.7-29.7/2023 - Registration open
Price per person in shared room - 4150 USD

Single occupancy room - 4850 USD

14.9-30.9/2023 - Registration open
Price per person in shared room - 4150 USD

Single occupancy room - 4850 USD

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THE JOURNEY

Day 1 - getting there

You probably have a long flight ahead of you, wherever you're coming from. Rest well on the plane, because we have a long and exciting journey ahead of us! We will be meeting in Cusco at noon of Day 2. 

Day 2 - We're so high

At an altitude of 3400 meters (or 11,152 feet) Cusco is one of the highest cities in South America. Once at our hotel, we will meet the other group members, and go on a city tour. In the afternoon we will have the first in-depth workshop that will allow us to connect with our group members who will be sharing the journey with us. Then, it’s dinner and drinks around the town.

Day 3 - Culture and food

Our day begins at one of the local Inca sites that has the most spectacular views of the city - Sacsayhuaman. Don’t worry, no one can say it right, you're not the only one. In the afternoon we will meet our local guide for a food tour at the famous San Pedro market, followed by us cooking our very own Peruvian dinner!

Day 4 - Trek to MAchu PicchU

The 4-day-trek that will take us to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most beautiful treks in the world. On our first day we will pass by beautiful lagoons and lush mountains, and camp for the night at the Sky Camp under the stars.

Day 5 - Trek to MAchu PicchU

Today we reach the highest point of our trek at an altitude of 4610M (15124F). Here we will find ourselves in the middle of the Andean Mountain Range, mesmerized by the snowy peaks.

Day 6 - trek to machu picchu

Today we begin noticing ancient Inca ruins along the trail. In the afternoon we will arrive at the town of Santa Teresa, where we will enjoy the hot springs hidden between the mountains. After some relaxation, we will hop on the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes - the gateway to the Machu Picchu. 

Day 7 - machu picchu! 

We have arrived! After a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, we will have free time to roam and explore the site. In the afternoon we will board the train that will take us back to Cusco for a night of well-deserved rest.

Day 8 - chill day

We’ve been through an intense week and it’s time for a relaxed free day. You can visit the many museums of the city, go shopping, enjoy in a massage, or just stroll around the beautiful city. In the afternoon we will have a group meeting to share our experiences so far, and start preparing for the week ahead of us, and to our San Pedro and Ayahuasca journeys. We are done climbing mountains, and now we start diving deep into our minds and spirit

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Day 9 -Sacred valley

Today we arrive at the “Hummingbird Retreat Center” and begin the San Pedro preparation workshop - cutting the cactus, peeling, cooking, and putting our intentions into it, before we can let it cool down for tomorrow’s ceremony. During the workshop, we will discuss the meanings behind this ancient healing medicine, and get the chance to ask whatever we would like to know about the San Pedro, its influences, and the ceremony itself. In the afternoon we will explore our surroundings, walk to the beautiful town of Pisac, and enjoy the local market. 

Day 10 -San Pedro Ceremony

Our San Pedro ceremony begins at the “Malaka” - the ceremonial open space in the garden. After drinking the thick green fluid (which we have made ourselves the previous day), we will spread around the beautiful garden where we will spend our day, surrounded by nature and tranquility. Towards the afternoon, when the effects of the San Pedro start to wear off, dinner will be waiting for us, and after eating and grounding ourselves, we will head back to our rooms for a sweet night sleep full of dreams about the day we had.  

Day 11 - colorful pisac

After a relaxed morning that will include a sharing circle about our experiences from the San Pedro ceremony, we will visit the Inca Terraces of Pisac - a beautiful site with some amazing views overlooking the sacred valley. Once there we will take a short tour of the complex and begin our descent by foot back to Pisac and its colorful market. In the evening we will have our first integration session.  

Day 12 - Village life

Meeting local communities and visiting real indigenous villages. Our local friends will let us into their homes and villages for an inspirational peek into their lives. In the evening we will sit down and start preparing for our Ayahuasca journey, talk about Ayahuasca and its shamanic medicinal use, its effects on the body and on our consciousness, the ceremonies, and our expectations from it. Our Ayahuasca journey starts here, in this circle. 

Day 13 -ayahuasca ceremony

Today we will arrive at ETNIKAS Ayahuasca Center - one of the most traditional and well-established Ayahuasca centers in the Sacred Valley, where we will meet with the Shamanic team (the spiritual guides that will lead us through the ceremonies), and start preparing for tonight's ceremony. At 19:00 we will meet at the traditional space where our first transformative ayahuasca ceremony will take place until the middle of the night (about 1-2 am). 

Day 14 -ayahuasca ceremony

As part of our retreat, today we are going to volunteer with the local community for 2 hours. We can choose to volunteer with the local children, at a dog shelter, or at the botanical gardens of the Ayahuasca center. After our volunteering, we will continue our day meeting with local Shipibo community, discussing shamanic philosophy, and conducting a grounding group meditation. At 19:00 we will begin our second Ayahuasca ceremony that will last until the middle of the night (1-2AM)

Day 15 - integration

Today will be focused on our integration process. The first part will consist of a deep sharing of our experiences with Ayahuasca and San Pedro and the lessons we’ve learned during our time in the Sacred Valley. The second part of our integration process will be dedicated to understanding how can we integrate all the gifts and insights we’ve gained and received during our journey into our everyday life. In the evening we will enjoy our last dinner together, and say goodbye to Cusco and Peru.

Day 16 - the journey home 

Grateful for the unique and unforgettable experiences we’ve been through, we begin our journey home, wherever it may be. Hopefully, we now hold a better understanding of ourselves and of our lives, and cherish the new connections we’ve made along the way. Wow, what a trip.

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What's included in your journey

What's INCLUDED

  • RainbowMen guide & facilitator 

  • Cuzco city tour

  • Food tour Peruvian cooking class

  • 4-day, all-inclusive, trek to Machu Picchu

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

  • Visit local indigenous communities 

  • Visit and hike the Sacred Valley

  • Pisac village & market

  • San Pedro preparation workshop
  • San Pedro ceremony

  • 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies

  • Preparation & integration sessions

  • RainbowMen unique workshops

  • All activities - no "hidden" costs

  • 14 nights accommodation 

  • Tips for drivers / city & trekking guides

  • 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

 

What's NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare (international & domestic)

  • Meals not mentioned

  • Tip for RainbowMen guide 

  • Mandatory travel insurance

Interested in joining the "Mountains & Plant Medicine" journey? Curious and want to hear more? Please send us your details and one of us will contact you very soon!

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