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Monday, 23 March 2009

Paz Y Luz, Pisac, Peru

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Paz Y Luz, Pisac, Peru, Urumbamba River, Sacred Valley, Pisac’s ruins, shamanic healing, Paz Y Luz, Peru healing retreat, peru conference center, Christina Kay BoltonPaz Y Luz in Pisac, Peru is a healing retreat located near the Urumbamba River and surrounded by mountains. It is close to town and also relatively close to the Incan ruins on the mountainside, overlooking Pisac and the whole valley.

 

 

 

 

Paz Y Luz, Pisac, Peru, Urumbamba River, Sacred Valley, Pisac’s ruins, shamanic healing, Paz Y Luz, Peru healing retreat, peru conference center, Christina Kay Bolton

At about 9,000 feet, Pisac is a good place to acclimatize before heading up to Cusco (11,000+ feet). We came straight here from the airport to explore the “Sacred Valley” and its culture.

 

Paz Y Luz, Pisac, Peru, Urumbamba River, Sacred Valley, Pisac’s ruins, shamanic healing, Paz Y Luz, Peru healing retreat, peru conference center, Christina Kay BoltonPisac’s ruins are a good first glance of the sacred valleys’ treasure – you begin to see the astronomical placement of sacred sites and the incredible stonework of the Incan’s. You can take a taxi up and walk down, or you can hike both ways if you’re up for it. Keep in mind that the ruins are at a significant 2,000 feet above town, and breathing for many sea-level dwellers can be labored.

 

Pisac is a great little town with relaxed restaurants and cafes surrounding a main square. It has a fantastic market where there are many authentic Peruvian items to purchase – from Incan styled jewelry and instruments to the intricate woven textiles Peru is famous for. The Sunday market is known throughout the region, but the smaller Tues and Thurs markets are also good as was strolling the small shops on non-market days. When they are closing down the market it is a real spectacle to see all that merchandise transformed onto a little cart and pushed away down the stone streets. We bought more things here than anywhere else in Peru – unfortunately this was our first stop so we had to carry everything for the next 2 ½ weeks (so perhaps it’s good to come back here at the end of your journey). We also found that we were offered the best prices in Peru.

 

Paz Y Luz, Pisac, Peru, Urumbamba River, Sacred Valley, Pisac’s ruins, shamanic healing, Paz Y Luz, Peru healing retreat, peru conference center, Christina Kay BoltonPaz Y Luz is a relaxing respite with comfortable rooms and Incan designs, nice gardens, and a fireplace in the common room to relax by. We stayed just a couple nights, but there are also retreats held here on subjects like shamanic healing. Even if you’re just passing through, there is an opportunity to partake in massage and various other healing modalities depending on which practitioners happen to be staying there at the time.

 


 

We received massages and reflexology from a Swedish therapist specializing in reflexology. She was staying at the center for a couple months on a live/work arrangement with the owner. The owner also mentioned to my boyfriend (who is a massage therapist) that he could come stay a while in exchange for room and board, so I think that is an ongoing possibility if you’re qualified in the healing arts.

 

Paz Y Luz, Pisac, Peru, Urumbamba River, Sacred Valley, Pisac’s ruins, shamanic healing, Paz Y Luz, Peru healing retreat, peru conference center, Christina Kay BoltonPaz Y Luz has a large conference room with glass walls and beautiful views. They recently finished an addition so they can offer more housing for participants. The only downside of staying here is that it’s very difficult to walk back after dark. The first night we were back for the sunset and that was perfect, but the second night we tried to walk and it was so pitch black that we couldn’t even see the road in front of us; we had to go back to town and hail a taxi. The cab rides are inexpensive; so don’t worry about it if you want to spend the night in town. Since we were there, Paz Y Luz completed building a restaurant, so that should make it easier since you can eat dinner just a short walk from your room.

 

The staff was terrific. Gray, the manager, was a welcoming, helpful, relaxed presence and really made the stay memorable. He had the uncanny ability to be there when you had a question or wanted to chat and to disappear when you were drinking in nature or preferred to be alone. Being a shamanic healer himself, it must be all that shapeshifting.

 

 

For more information: http://www.pazyluzperu.com/

©Christina Kay Bolton

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