Mt. Pachatusan Expedition – FAQ’S

With Dr. Alberto Villoldo and The Q’ero Shamans

1. What’s Included in the price? – Program Tuition. Transportation from and to Cusco Airport – Hotel. 3 Nights stay at Aranwa Hotel & Spa. Breakfast, picnic lunch on day All meals on the mountain.

Not included: Air Tickets to Cusco, Peru, dinners at the hotel and Healing sessions with the Shamans. Tips for our guides, bus drivers, and porters.

2.Can I come if I am not a mountaineer? There are only gentle hikes in this Expedition, and if you are unable to hike our vehicles can get you very close to the ceremonial sites and temples we visit. This is not a strenuous or challenging journey, although there are many great hikes available daily if you want a good workout.

3.What about the altitude? Our lodge is located in the Sacred Valley at an altitude of approximately 9,400 feet. Some may experience altitude sickness at this elevation, and it might take you a night or two to fully adapt.

4.How many people come on the Expedition? You will be in a small group of no more than 50 fellow travelers in a bus with a Four Winds guide and shamans, for your visits to the archaeological sites and ancient temples.

5.Is Alberto with us? Yes, he leads this expedition.

6.Can I participate if I am not a Four Winds student? Yes, this Expedition is open everyone.

7.Is it safe? Peru receives millions of travelers from around the world. The country is safe, and the lodge where we stay has a hygienic kitchen and purified water. We suggest you leave your valuables in a safe in your room, and watch your camera and purse when in towns.

8.Are the rites of passage the same as the Munay-Ki? Yes, during your visit to the Pachatusan Mountain you will receive the rites of passage and transmission from the shamans directly.

9. Who are the shamans we work with? They are the sons and daughters of the masters Alberto trained with years ago, now full-fledged shamans themselves. We have worked with these medicine men and women for more than 30 years.

10. What if my roommate snores? It is sometimes possible to upgrade to a single room once at our lodge in the Sacred Valley. You can also book a single room and tent in advance.