Coca Leaf Reading Counseling in Cusco

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  • 4.5 hoursStarts at 9 am
  • Starting point Your hotel in Cusco
  • Group size 1 - 5
  • Year-round
  • Bookings At least 72 hours in advance
  • Price range$ 55 - 75

The Coca Leaf Reading and Counseling is an ancient Andean practice designed to provide guidance, clarity, and healing. Conducted by Paqo masters from the Qero Inca Nation, this experience involves a sacred consultation where coca leaves are used as an oracle to communicate with the spiritual world. The ceremony aims to address a person’s doubts, fears, and questions about various aspects of life, including spiritual growth, health, relationships, and career choices, among others.

The spiritual guide and master Qero can meet you directly at your hotel in Cusco, offering a deeply personal and intimate ceremony within your own private space. Typically, guests invite us into their rooms for these sessions, allowing for a comfortable and secluded setting where the connection between the spiritual realm and our reality feels closest. These sessions are confined to 40 minutes, ensuring a focused and profound experience. Should your accommodation not offer a suitable space, the ceremony can be relocated to a quiet area or lobby, preserving the ceremony’s sanctity and privacy.

For those seeking a more traditional setting, we offer the option to conduct the ceremony at the master’s home in San Jeronimo, a quaint area roughly an hour’s travel across Cusco. This option includes a modest additional cost of $30 to $60 for round-trip transportation (depending on your group size). The master’s residence, while humble, provides a serene and welcoming environment. Here, the ceremony takes place on the floor, surrounded by cushions in a tranquil room, enhancing the authentic experience of connecting with Mama Coca and Pachamama under the careful guidance of our master Qero. Please keep in mind that the journey to the master’s house is approximately 1 hour long, thus requiring two extra hours of your time (see the map below).

For our guests who prefer or require the convenience of digital attendance, we also facilitate ceremonies via WhatsApp or Zoom. While this method may seem less traditional, it is no less meaningful, offering participants a bridge to the spiritual guidance of the Qero people, no matter where in the world they may be.

Please note: this session takes about 4.5 hours in total. However, the exact duration depends on the group size. If you are more people, the session can take longer, as the ceremony will be carried out for each participant.

Other ceremonies in Cusco

If you’re deeply drawn to these rituals and ceremonies, consider exploring further with our additional experiences. Dive into the Fire Ceremony, honor the earth with the Pachamama (Mother Earth) Ceremony, or immerse yourself in the transformative Four Elements Ceremony.

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Why is this experience Impactful?

This practice not only supports individual well-being but also preserves the rich cultural heritage of the Andean people, ensuring the transmission of their ancestral wisdom through generations. Additionally, our tours are designed with sustainability in mind, minimizing negative impacts on the environment and local communities. We work closely with indigenous leaders and communities to ensure that our visits are respectful and beneficial for all involved.

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated


Price Includes

  • Spiritual guide translator Quechua-English, Quechua-Spanish
  • Personal consultation
  • Divination instruments for the reading
  • Master Paqo Qero guidance and explanations
  • Personal Coca Oracle Divination

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

about the Coca Leaf Reading Counseling in Cusco

Do I need any kind of preparation?

Nothing extraordinary really. But, please avoid eating garlic and onions before and after tour dates. These products can have a strong influence on both good and bad spirits in general and do not allow us to work spiritually in ceremonies.

Is it possible to conduct this ceremony virtually?

Yes, it is possible to do it virtually using platforms like Zoom or Meet. If this is your preference, please enquire.

Could children participate in the ceremonies?

Yes, children starting from the age of 8 years can join to the ceremonies.

Do maestros Paqo speak English?

No, they speak Quechua and Spanish. But there will be a translator who will help to communicate with the maestros.

What is a Paqo?

The Paqos are the native maestros from the Andes and come from a family lineage of shamans.

Is this tour private, shared, or mixed?

It’s private 

How much does transportation cost to the master's house?

This round-trip service is offered at $30 for groups of up to 4 people, and $30 for groups of 5. Please choose the appropriate service when booking.

Keep in mind that the journey to the master’s house is approximately 1 hour long, thus requiring two extra hours of your time.

Can I chew coca leaves?

Of course, but do this after the ceremony. Here you can read our very popular blog about the subject

Coca: Something You Can Chew On! My Discoveries During a Trip to Peru

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

Your Host

Alejandro Apaza

Alejandro was born in the Qeros Nation in Cusco. He is a “maestro” Paqo, and wants to keep alive the healing techniques and costumes from his community and ancestors. Alejandro comes from a family lineage of shamans. His father, grandfather, and grandmother were helping people to practice reciprocity and live in health and harmony with the Pachamama (Mother Earth).

The Apaza Family Paqos are the last shamans who have lived without contact to the outside world in their childhood. They have learned the rituals of their ancestors and have received special initiations, spending days of isolation in the most sacred mountains of the Andes. Alejandro wants to follow their path and share his ancestral knowledge with the world. He follows and respects the same principles of living in balance and harmony with all around us.