Machu Picchu Leaders’ Journey

November 4-16, 2018

You are invited to join a select group of business, community and arts leaders on an extraordinary journey to one of the wonders of the ancient world, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley in Peru. A true trip of a lifetime. Join us as we celebrate 10 years supporting leaders on this adventure!

A true trip of a lifetime.

Join us as we celebrate 10 years supporting leaders on this adventure!

Hike an ancient hidden Inca trail all the while enjoying luxury of 4-5 star hotels, private lodges, exclusive chefs and world-class care.

Deeply immerse yourself in the culture, history, and art – textiles, architecture and music.

Discover a new world while you explore the next steps in your life and work.

Included are coaching, writing sessions and ceremonies with local shamans to help you make big strides on your personal or professional journey!

What new BIG thing is calling you?

We start by gathering virtually with a series of four recorded Zoom video calls two months prior to the trip to share our Big Insistent Goal (BIG). It could be very personal, or a professional vision, or it could be to just to fully experience this amazing journey. We will get to know each other and explore the mind, emotion, and body forces to bring these visions to life. Like the ancient Incas, we will tap into transcendent energies, or spirit, all around us.

Enjoy two personal coaching sessions with Elizabeth Becker, a seasoned organizational leader and executive coach, to start manifesting your BIG and identify your key personal strengths, one of which you will share with the group during the program.

Gathering in Cusco, we experience the culture and physically challenge ourselves with out-of-this- world hiking at altitude with luxury lodges and beauty surrounding us. Each participant co-leads one day with Elizabeth and helps guide our experience. We grow stronger and more flexible daily, ensuring remarkable progress on our BIG projects with every step.

Inspiring local business and non-profit leaders, cultural ambassadors and shamans will join us to share their BIGs, knowledge and experiences. You will be surprised, entertained and energized by cultural ceremonies and serendipitous happenings.

Our travel peaks at Machu Picchu, the ancient sanctuary of the Incas where we will explore and tap into the amazing forces that led people for centuries to this hidden sanctuary.

Returning home, each leader will craft their own Personalized BIG Action Plan to take their vision to the next level. In December, we gather for a celebratory group call claiming our next steps and successes, on our BIG and in our lives as leaders.

13 Days/12 Nights


Optional VIP Coaching Day – Sacred Valley. Morning or Afternoon VIP Session (3.5 hours) or Full VIP Day (7 hours). Optional Evening Cultural Ceremony. Most flights from US depart November 3th after noon to arrive November 5th morning.

4-Nov / DAY ONE

Cusco and Sacred Valley. Arrive Cusco (11,000’) by noon. Airport transfer, lunch and afternoon transfer to Sacred Valley retreat center (9500’) for acclimatization and relaxation. Group welcome dinner.

Hotel: Las Casitas del Arco Iris

Meals: L, D

5-Nov / DAY TWO

Sacred Valley. Meeting our Guide and easy acclimatization tour Sacred Valley sites along with Pisac ruins downhill hike and market. Dinner at your leisure

Hotel: Las Casitas del Arco Iris

Meals: B, D


Sacred Valley. Tour Maras, Moray and the traditional weaving village of Chincheros. Afternoon transfer to Cusco. Group dinner with inspiring local leader at top Cusco restaurant

Hotel: El Mercado

Meals: B, L, D

7-Nov / DAY FOUR

Cusco. (11,000’) Morning at leisure. Half-day afternoon walking tour, including Koricancha, Cathedral and Inca museum visit. Early evening trek and archeo-astronomy briefings. Dinner at your leisure

Hotel: El Mercado

Meals: B

8-Nov / DAY FIVE

Salkantay Trek – Drive to Soraypampa Lodge (12,300’) with optional afternoon hikes (1-4 hours). En route, visit Tarawasi historical site and local community and artist guild in Mollepata.

Hotel: Soray Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

9-Nov / DAY SIX

Salkantay Trek – Soraypampa acclimatization day with optional rest, massage or day-hike to Huamantay Glacier Lake (14,200’). (4-5 hours). Dedication ceremonies at lake and Soraypampa lodge.

Hotel: Soray Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

10-Nov / DAY SEVEN

Salkantay Trek – Early am departure for with 3000’ climb to Salkantay pass (15,300’) with dedication ceremony at pass. Downhill hike (-2500’) with extraordinary field lunch and spectacular evening lodge at 12,900’ (7-9 hours)

Hotel: Wayra Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

11-Nov / DAY EIGHT

Salkantay Trek – Downhill hike (-3400’) into lower bio-zone with emerging new flora via ancient path though local communities. Lodge with amazing hot tub at 9500’ (3-4 hours)

Hotel: Colpa Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

12-Nov / DAY NINE

Salkantay Trek – “Andean Flat” (up and down) semi-tropical hike though local communities, with transport to a late afternoon hike and tour though coffee plantations. Lodge at 7400’ (5-6 hours)

Hotel: Lucma Lodge

Meals: B, L, D

13-Nov / DAY TEN

Salkantay Trek – Big hike up and over mountain pass to recently discovered Inca ruins (10,000’) (4-6 hours) . Local train to Aguas Calientes and 2 nights at my favorite hotel in the world at 6700’

Hotel: Inkaterra Pueblo

Meals: B, L, D


Machu Picchu tour (8000’) with optional Huayna Picchu Hike (9000’) (3-4 hours). Movement Awareness throughtout the day. Box lunch

Hotel: Inkaterra Pueblo

Meals: B, L, D


Machu Picchu self-paced visit. Early lunch at Inkaterra Pueblo. Afternoon Vistadome train service and transfer to one last night in Cusco. No-host group dinner

Hotel: El Mercado

Meals: B, L

16-Nov / DAY 13 VIP or Amazon

Cusco. Departure Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for outbound flight after 5:00am. Optional Afternoon VIP Coaching Session (3.5 hours) or Amazon extention

Meals: B

The leadership journey is a chance of a lifetime – not to be missed. How often do you get to meet 10 other inspiring leaders and get to know them really well, sharing challenges and fun? How often do we get to reflect on ourselves, our lives and our purpose? I rediscovered many talents I had forgotten and that I do need focus and a specific purpose to put them into action. This program gave me both. What a gift!

Robin Anderson

Senior financial analyst and land trust board member,, San Francisco, CA


  • Program leadership and in-country support with Elizabeth Becker
  • Select group of 6-12 select peers who are up for something BIG (Big Insistent Goal)
  • The integrated personal and leadership development program
    • 5-Fold Model: Mind, Emotion, Body, Spirit and Action
    • Inspiring speakers, teachers and shamans
    • Mindfulness and creative activities
    • Program journal and writing prompts
    • Suggested reading list
    • 2 personal coaching sessions (30 minutes)
    • Private Facebook community group to share ideas, resources, pictures and learnings
    • 5 Pre (4)- and post (1) – travel group video calls (1 hour, recorded) starting September
    • Personal BIG Action Plan to put your discoveries into action
  • 12 nights travel accommodations as noted on daily itinerary
  • All meals as noted on daily itinerary
  • World-class tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Quechua), local guides Day 1 at Machu Picchu.
  • Included Day 2 morning access to Machu Picchu is self-guided
  • Full baggage support and transfer
  • All transfers as noted on daily itinerary including from Cusco airport to Sacred Valley retreat center upon arrival, and Cusco hotel to Cusco airport at trip’s end
  • Inca Rail round trip tickets to/from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)
  • Shuttle bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu park (2 days)
  • Machu Picchu park entrance tickets (2)
  • Huayna Picchu hiking permit (1)
  • Entrance fees to all historic sites and ruins as noted on daily itinerary
  • Sparkling water and soft drinks for all provided meals and activities on trek
  • Program Travel Tips and Packing List
  • Travel arrangements with Altuvistas, socially responsible travel experts


  • International air ticket to/from Cusco, Peru. ($700-1200) *Please check with Elizabeth before purchasing or obtaining your tickets to verify your arrival and departure schedule
  • Give Back: Leader to Leader ($200 cash or more, at your discretion)
  • Machu Picchu guide for second day at sanctuary
  • Gratuities for guides and service providers (~$200 local currency, managed by Trip Leader)
  • Meals not listed on itinerary above (~$100)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Activities not listed on the itinerary above
  • Travel Insurance. Required Emergency Medical, Evacuation and Repatriation (~$115); Trip Cancellation and Interruption (as quoted, please insure full program as it is non-refundable)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items and services of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, spa, etc.)
Elizabeth Becker

Elizabeth Becker

Program Leader

Elizabeth Becker of Becker & Company, supports leaders reaching their full potential with strategic coaching and inspirational travel. She is a former executive with emerging technology and non-profits with brands like Salesforce, Lucent, Marriott, Women Presidents’ Organization, and the Professional Business Women of California. Elizabeth is currently fulfilling a call to interfaith ministry with a specialty in the transformational power of transitions. Her writings have appeared in various leadership journals and Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in our 40s. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes, hikes, spins and practices yoga in between work, family life and planning her next adventure.

Join us! Vamonos! Let’s Go!

Travel in Peru: November 4-16, 2018 Travel day Nov 3. Coaching and group calls September- December. Optional VIP packages and extended Amazon travel available.



Rates & Arrangements


Leaders program
  • $5997 double occupancy, for 9-12 participants
    • $800 additional per person for groups of 6-8
    • Single supplement $1500 (limited)
    • Prices are in US Dollars and valid for 2018
  • $400 SUPER Early Commit Credit – deposits by May 1, 2018
  • $200 Early Commit Credit – deposits by July 1, 2018
  • Enjoy a $300 credit for program-accepted referrals. Credits apply to the referring party. Multiple referrals are encouraged!
  • $750 non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance reserves your participation
  • $2500 of the balance is due July 1, 2018
  • Final payment with any options, net of any credits, is due September 1, 2018
  • Credit cards are required for your deposit. Credit cards and checks are accepted for your final payments. Full payment at time of deposit is greatly appreciated
Transfer, cancelation and refunds
  • Payment of deposit commits participant to the full program fees and conditions and to insuring the full value of your program and travel should participant have to cancel or interrupt program. Providing your credit card authorizes us to charge the full program amount based on the schedule above
  • Deposits and payments are non-refundable, but may be transferable to another Program Leader – approved participant, up to 45 days in advance of the beginning of the program calls (not travel date), less a $500 processing fee. This arrangement is at the Program Leader’s discretion.

Optional Program Elements

  • VIP Coaching Sessions. Super charge your BIG project with proven coaching to quickly manifest next steps and resources. Held on-site in Peru or remotely via Zoom.
  • Spa, Massage, and Reiki Treatments. Self-arranged on-site. Priced locally
  • Custom Cultural Ceremonies. Coordinated by Elizabeth and optional, as occasions arise. Priced locally
  • Amazon Extension. 3-night excursion to an award winning eco-lodge in the Amazon basin with wildlife and cultural experiences beyond imagination! As available.

A Few Notes

  • Participants must provide participant information forms along with their deposits and sign releases for all travel providers.A valid passport is required to travel to Peru (expiration date at least six months after your date of return). U.S. passport holders currently do not need a visa and visitors are allowed to stay up to 90 days. Please enquire with your Peruvian embassy if an entry visa is required
  • Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a range of conditions. Wet season is considered January – March. We pass through nine bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. Anything is possible, even dry sunshiny days!
  • This program is designed for energetic, flexible leaders who like to be active, have a spirit of adventure, a positive attitude, and are up for something BIG. We will hike 32-55 miles depending on trail availability and your decisions on optional hikes. It would be ideal to be in good health and physical condition, an experienced hiker, with adequate cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and balance in order to enjoy this experience at all its levels. Required: sturdy hiking boots (not touring shoes). Strongly recommended: hiking poles.
  • Porters carry most of your gear and supplies leaving you free to carry only a light daypack. Even so, physical activity at high altitude adds to physiologic stress. You may experience discomfort and symptoms that you do not have while exercising at lower elevations, such as shortness of breath, sleeplessness, muscle fatigue and headaches. Start a moderate training program several months before departure to minimize these effects. Regular aerobic exercises for one hour, 4-5 times a week, hiking up your local hills, and a flexibility practice like yoga, The Feldenkrais MethodTM or stretching will help you avoid discomfort and additional costs should you need assistance while on the trail. No vaccines are required based on our altitude and itinerary, but may be recommended by your health resources. Please consult your physician if you have questions about your health and travel to Peru
  • Peru tourist agencies’ entrance fees and access to areas changes randomly and often without notice or reason. This may result in an unexpected form, or nominal fee, or re-routing of some portion of the itinerary. While our travel partners will try to minimize this whenever possible, thank you for your understanding if and when this occurs
  • The program is based upon significant personal sharing by our participants, service providers and speakers. Confidentially and kind consideration of each other’s stories, personal boundaries, and visions are expected to support our greatest success