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Peru with Maureen Keegan

14-21 OCTOBER 2023

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Get ready for a week-long physically-challenging trip to Peru! This is a physically challenging trip - but the rewards are worth it. We will spend three days hiking through an off-the-beaten path trek in the Andes mountains, visiting local villages and homes along the way, two nights of which we will spend camping out in tents. This is not glamping by any means, but porters will carry our gear and set up our tents before we reach the campsite and take them down for us after we leave. Our delicious meals will be prepared for us by staff in a kitchen tent and we will eat in a dining tent with tables and chairs. For the other five nights, will be staying in four star hotels. 


This retreat is ideal for anyone who wishes to experience Peru’s rich culture, learn a bit about the history of Cusco, see lots and lots of alpacas and other animals and, drumroll please, visit Machu Picchu! This retreat is not for people who like to sleep in...there will be a lot of early mornings!

*Please note that Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,399 metres above sea level - and Machu Picchu is located at an elevation of 2,430 metres. When we are at higher altitudes, the air pressure drops and there is less oxygen available. Acute mountain altitude sickness typically occurs at heights of 2,500 metres and above, which puts people - no matter how fit they are - at risk. To reduce our risk of getting altitude sickness, the best thing we can do is be gentle on ourselves the first couple of days and so we will take it very easy and will not offer any training sessions on the first days.

It is also important to note that there are a couple of days where we'll be on the road for two to three hours.


  • a three day/two night guided trek in the Andes to Macchu Picchu

  • a Cusco city tour

  • a day-long tour of the Sacred Valley

  • local market visits, delicious local food and views for days

Sample day:​

  • 7am: wake up in our camp 

  • 9am: set off for about five and a half hours total hiking today - the first three hours of which are uphill. We will be reaching the highest pass of the trail today, at 4,450 metres. As we hike up to this pass, we will see llamas, alpacas and sheep grazing close by and then descend to a beautiful lake where we will have lunch. We will then pass a village and some picturesque farmyards and houses

  • Late afternoon: we arrive at our campsite at 3,700 metres

  • Early evening: time to relax before dinner, which could include guinea pig, for anyone who wants to try! 

This retreat includes:

  • Four nights shared (double) accommodation in a four star hotel in Cusco

  • One night shared (double) accommodation in a four star hotel in Aguascalientes

  • Two nights shared (double) accommodation in tents. Tents, thermarests and pillows are provided. You will need to supply your own sleeping bag but these, as well as hiking poles can be made available for rent at an additional cost

  • All hikes and excursions

  • General admission to Machu Picchu, which includes an option of four established circuits. We will do circuit 2, which is the longest circuit and includes the Inka Bridge. More information about this here

  • All meals with the exception of lunches and dinners in Cusco and Aguascalientes

  • Local transportation, including Vistadome train from Aguascalientes to Cusco

  • Airport transfers from and to Cusco airport

The retreat does not include:

  • Flights

  • Sleeping bag and hiking sticks for the trek (we can help you rent these if you don't want to bring your own)

  • Meals as excluded above

  • Alcohol

  • Mandatory medical insurance that covers hiking at high altitude

  • Acetazolamide (Diamox) pills for altitude sickness

  • Any costs incurred for travellers who need to terminate the hike

  • Optional trip cancellation insurance

  • Incidentals

  • Gratuities

A recommendation:

  • When purchasing your airline ticket, you might find it cheaper to buy two round trips: one from your hometown to Lima and then a second round trip for the Lima-Cusco leg. Many flights to Lima will arrive late at night, so a night at an airport hotel on the way to Cusco is suggested. If you have time on the way home, consider spending a few days in Lima and/or extending your trip in the Cusco area or elsewhere in Peru. There is so much more to see and do here - consider this retreat just a taste of this incredible country. 

Retreat rates:

$4500 Canadian dollars per person (about $3300 USD at time of writing)

Preferred flight details:

We recommend that you wait until we have confirmed the the trip is proceeding (no later than 90 days prior to the tour) to purchase your airline tickets and at that time, we can help with routing advice and will let you know what is the preferred time of arrival and departure.


Registration for this trip is currently open. Please fill out this registration form and we will contact you for the deposit. Spots on this trip are limited so please be aware that registering does not guarantee you a place.

About the trip

Maureen Keegan runs FitBar at Home, an online fitness studio that spun off from her previous brick and mortar boutique, The Fitness Bar. An educator at heart - she was a kindergarten teacher in a past life - she loves to lead people in a direction to know themselves better and live the best life they can. In addition to teaching online fitness classes, Maureen also teaches Kitchen Classes to help people feel comfortable cooking for themselves. Also, she loves to travel and believes that seeing the world is the best way to understand yourself and others. "Travel creates empathy for other humans and is the BEST real life education money can buy. Join me in seeing the world and yourself differently!" 

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