If you are coming to the Source from outside Peru, you will fly into Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), which is the main international and domestic airport in Peru. You will then transfer through to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco (CUZ).
It is possible to book with some airlines – such as LAN and Avianca – straight from your departure location to Cusco. Other airlines will only get you as far as Lima and then you will have to book a flight to Cusco with one of the local Peruvian airlines. Sometimes this works out cheaper, but you do run the risk of losing your flight to Cusco if you have travel delays getting into Lima. And the same would apply in reverse – if you have delays leaving Cusco you could lose your flight from Lima. Booking with the same airline, where possible, will assure that your subsequent flights are taken care of in the event of delays.
You may wish to make your travel arrangements through an online consolidator such as Kayak.com, Travelocity.com, or Expedia.com as they will handle all through bookings from your point of origin to Cusco. By checking with them you may also gain access to discounted travel that you wouldn’t otherwise find by booking directly with an airline.
Note that it is common for Sacred Valley-bound travelers to arrive at the Lima airport late in the day and have an overnight layover before continuing on to Cusco. If this is the case for your itinerary, we can recommend a few hotels in Lima. The nicer areas are 30-60min from the airport; however, most reputable hotels will arrange for airport transfers to their location for you.
If you are already in Peru, you may fly to Cusco (CUZ) or, if you have more time, you can travel by bus.
For Source Peru Ayahuasca retreats, we require guests to arrive in Cusco the day before the retreat start date. It is not uncommon to have delays flying into/out of the Cusco airport due to its location in a valley in the mountains. We have a number of hotels that we can recommend in Cusco, depending on your budget.
Whether you’re attending one of our Ayahuasca retreats or arranging your own private retreat, group shuttle transportation from/to Cusco is included in your booking fee. We meet at a central point in Cusco and transport you, via a beautifully scenic drive, directly to our private location here in the Sacred Valley.
Solo Female Travelers
We receive many inquiries from women who are considering a trip to Source Peru but have concerns about travelling alone. The majority of women that stay with us are solo travelers, and for some it’s their first trip away from their home country. Cusco is a very safe city for travelers, as is the Sacred Valley in general.
We make things as easy as possible for you by scheduling our shuttle meet point at a central location just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Taxi fare from your hotel in Cusco to the meet point is no more than $3. When heading back to Cusco, the shuttle drops you at the Plaza de Armas. For private groups, the shuttle pickup and drop-off location is arranged based on each group’s needs.
The shuttle and taxi drivers that we use to transport our guests from/to Cusco and various locations within the Sacred Valley have impeccable records, drive excellent vehicles, and are trusted extensions of the Source Peru family. Many of them have participated in plant medicine ceremonies with us and understand what you may be feeling if it’s your first time joining us.
If you wish to travel and explore before or after your stay with us – and you really should to take full advantage of your time here – please know that travel in the Sacred Valley area is quite safe and with the cheap taxi fare, you are can afford to hire transportation within Cusco and throughout the Sacred Valley. We also work with reputable and trustworthy tour providers that we can recommend if you have specific tours or adventures you’d like to embark on with a guide or tour group.
Many of our clients are solo female travelers who report nothing but wonderful experiences during their time in Cusco and here in the Sacred Valley and often comment on how safe they feel and how easy it is to travel alone here. All of that in mind, it is your responsibility to remain alert and aware when you are travelling solo, regardless of your gender or location around the world; and, although this doesn’t need to be said, we’ll say it anyway, we cannot be responsible for any situations you may encounter while travelling before/after your time onsite with us.