Day 1: Oct. 5
Saturday DEPART USA
Day 2: Oct. 6
Sunday Morning arrival in Santiago, Chile, where we will be met by our pilgrimage director. We proceed to the Carmelite Santuario de Sta. Teresa de Jesus de los Andes, the first Canonized Saint of Chile and where her remains rest. Mass at the Carmelite Monastery where she entered and where she died. She had recorded earlier “To die is to be eternally immersed in Love”. Visit with the Nuns. Time permitting we visit the Cathedral of Santiago, city
tour, and proceed to hotel for check in. Welcome dinner. Overnite in Santiago.
Day 3: Oct. 7
Monday Feast of the Holy Rosary. After breakfast we travel to Maipu to venerate our Lady in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Patroness of Chile. The shrine was originally erected in 1818 in thanksgiving for the Chilean independence from Spain. Procession and Mass here. After lunch we proceed to St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery for Holy Hour and afterwards visit with the Nuns. We go back to Santiago. Overnite in Santiago or Maipu.
Day 4: Oct. 8
Tuesday After breakfast we go to Casablanca to the Sanctuary of Our Lady Purísima de Lo Vásquez. The Feast Day on December 8 to celebrate the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception is considered the biggest religious celebration in Chile. Mass and Holy Hour here followed an afternoon flight to Cusco. Overnite in Cusco.
Day 5: Oct. 9
Wednesday Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and the treasure of the colonial architecture. We start with Mass at the Cathedral and, after breakfast, a city tour of Cusco, visiting the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, PucaPucara, and Tambomachay, and the famous Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha, or the “Enclosure of Gold”. Holy Hour at the Cathedral. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 6: Oct. 10
Thursday Early morning Mass at the Cathedral or the Church of La Merced (Our Lady of Mercy). After breakfast we head to the station for our “switchback ride on the train” to Aguas Calientes, the stepping-off point to Machu Picchu, the most important archeological site in Peru. Machu Picchu is a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Emperor Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain” is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. During the guided tour, we’ll marvel at the different sections of the Citadel. Followng lunch, we’ll take the bus back down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this quaint provincial town on our own. Holy Hour. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 7: Oct. 11
Friday After morning Mass be ready for another early morning wake up call. Mass Carmelite Monastery at a nearby chapel of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We take the bus to go back to the Citadel to enjoy the sunrise or the Intipunku (Sun Gate) which is the last stop before entering the Inca sanctuary. Remainder of the morning is free to have optional hikes to Huayna Mountain, the Inka Bridge which is a part of the Inca Trail and is made of vegetables and straw, or just enjoy the magnificent view of the valley and river below in a panoramic scene. In the afternoon, we find our way to Ollantaytambo, a massive citadel located 50 kilometres from Machu Picchu; Ollantaytambo is a typical example of the of Inca urban planning whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions; the citadel served as both a temple and a fortress. Pachacutec, the Inca Emperor conquered this town, destroyed it and rebuilt it, absorbing it as a part of his empire. It is now considered one of the most archeological complexes of the Inca Empire. We return back to Cusco.
Day 8: Oct. 12
Saturday After breakfast, travel to the South Valley of Cusco to visit the Huaro Church for Mass. Then visit the Iglesia de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca (Church of Purified Virgin of Canincunca) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (St. Peter Apostle of Andahuaylillas). This are part of several “painted churches” that form part of the patrimony of Peru. After lunch, we continue our journey to the archaeological vestiges of Maras and
Moray. Maras has one of the most surreal views. It is an impressive salt exploitation complex with huge salt deposits used to trade for other products from other parts of the empire. Moray’s archaeological remnants are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center
with different temperatures for each circle depending on its elevation, simulating weather conditions of the different ecological strata of the empire. After returning to Cusco, we’ll board our flight to Arequipa. Overnite in Arequipa.
Day 9: Oct. 13
Sunday Our Lady of Fátima Feast Visit La Virgen de Chapi. In 1,790, the parish priest of Pocsi, Juan de
Dios José Tamayo, tried to move an image of Our Lady to another community and failed, reportedly because the statue suddenly became too heavy to move. On 2 February 1985, original Feast Day of the Virgin of Chapi, Pope John Paul II visited the city of Arequipa in which the coronation of the Virgin of Chapi took place. On this day pilgrims from all over the Continent come to greet, venerate and honour the “Virgin of Purification” now known as the “Virgin de Chapi.” During these important pilgrimages, all pilgrims carry large candles made by craftsmen. Those devout Catholics take around 15 hours to walk the 45 km from Arequipa through the night, leaning on rustic walking staffs to reach the deserted spot located at 2,420 meters above sea level. Procession and Mass here. Proceed to the Carmelite Monastery, Holy Hour here then visit with the Nuns. Ovenite in Arequipa.
Day 10: Oct. 14
Monday Mass in Carmelite Monastery with Holy Hour. Take flight to Lima. Overnight Lima (Miraflores province)
Day 11: Oct. 15
Tuesday Solemnity of Our Holy Mother Teresa de Jesus. Mass in the Carmelite Monastery Carmelitas Nazarenas OR El Santuario dela Arquiodioceano dela Virgen del Carmen- and participate in the celebration of St. Teresa’s Feast. Holy Hour here. Visit with the Nuns.
Day 12: Oct. 16
Wednesday After enjoying breakfast, we’ll explore Lima, capital of Peru and a city rich in cultural sites and remarkably preserved architecture. This splendid city, being founded on the feast of the Epiphany, was first named “City of Kings” (Ciudad de los Reyes), in reference to the “Three Wise Men.” Lima’s downtown is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We’ll see the Plazas de Armas, the Cathedral, and the ornate Archbishop’s Palace, and the National Museum, Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, and Government Palace. Then visit the Larco Museum. We proceed to the Sanctuary of Santa Rosa of Lima. This architectural complex was built next to the house where Santa Rosa of Lima was born on April 30, 1586. Continuing on, we’ll visit the Church of San Sebastian (panoramic view), where she was baptized with the name of Isabel Herrera on May 15, 1586. Then we continue to the Church of the Nazarenes. The Dark Christ or Lord of the Earthquakes, more commonly called Lord of the Miracles, is an image of Jesus Christ originally painted on an adobe wall, located behind the High Altar of the Sanctuary and Monastery of Las Nazarenas and venerated in Lima and various parts of the world. The image was painted during the seventeenth century by a slave originally from Angola who was taken to Peru. The festival of the Lord of Miracles is the main Catholic celebration in Peru and one of the largest processions in the world. Mass at the Santuario del Senor delos Milagros. We will also visit the Monastery of the Nazarenes located next to the temple and is the shelter of the Nazarene Discalced Carmelite Mothers. Following lunch, we visit the Lima Cathedral, Saint Domingo Church which houses the remains of 3 Peruvian Saints: San Juan Macias, St. Martin de Porres (the continent’s first African-American Saint) and St. Rose of Lima, (the first Saint of the Americas) and see San Pedro Church (panoramic view). We’ll also visit the Saint Francis Convent which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. Our highlight will be the visit of the underground vaults, known as Catacombs.
Day 13: Oct. 17
Thursday Mass at the Carmelite Monastery with Holy Hour. Visit with the Nuns. In Lima We visit the Gold Museum and its impressive collection of Inka and Pre-Inka artefacts. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. You may want to visit the beach or walk through the bazaars that sell beautiful paintings of Our Blessed Mother, or bring home some souvenirs of Peru for the loved ones. Then we will be at the Magic Circuit where you will be amazed at the largest complex of electronic fountain in the world certified by Guinnes World Record. Experience an amazing show of water, light, music, and images presented in the famous Parque de la Reserva.
Day 14: Oct. 18
Friday Mass in the Santuario del Senor delos Milagros and prayerfully participate in one of the largest processions in the world. Our presence in the Order of Procession already were made aware of to the Nazarenas Carmel. Farewell early dinner, then transfer to Lima airport.
Day 15: Oct. 19
Saturday After early morning Holy Mass, in airport Chapel fly back to U.S.A.