Celebrate the New Year at Machu Picchu
If you are like me, New Year’s Eve is one of those awkward holidays. You don’t have set plans with family, such as rotating who cooks dinner. Instead, you end up waiting to see if someone you know is throwing a party. If not, you start calculating whether you have the time and energy to throw a party or whether you should sign up to attend one of those massive gatherings big hotels always seem to put on at this time of year.
After awhile one New Year’s Eve seems to blend into another—too much food, too much bubbly, too much noise followed by a wicked hangover New Year’s Day.
This year Llama Expeditions is offering an alternative to the typical New Year’s celebration. You’ll leave the day after Christmas so that you can still spend the holidays with your family. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll tour the achingly beautiful Sacred Valley. During the day, you’ll stop by the Living Heart project in Pisac to bring holiday gifts of warm clothing, school supplies, and healthy food.
Then, you’ll check in at Hostel Iskay located in the old Inca village of Ollantaytambo on the banks of the Vilcanota River. This hotel offers spectacular views of the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins. There is a feeling of magical energy here.
In the evening you’ll celebrate the New Year at an intimate reception with food and drink provided by Café Mayu, one of the top restaurants in Ollantaytambo. A shaman will join the group in making a “pago” or offering to the Pachamama (mother earth) to bring in the New Year.
Instead of spending New Year’s Day flopped in a recliner watching endless hours of football, you’ll start a two-day trek through the scenic Lares valley. Llamas will carry your gear.
Honestly, I can’t think of a more meaningful and special way to start 2011! To sweeten the deal, we are offering a $150 discount to the first eight people who sign up for the trip.