Mother Earth Pachamama Ceremony in Cusco

Offering gratitude and reverence to nature
Offering gratitude and reverence to nature
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  • 4 hoursStarts at 9 am
  • Starting point Your hotel in Cusco
  • Group size: 1 - 5 this is a PRIVATE tour
  • All yearbring raingear if the season is on
  • Bookings At least 72 hours in advance
  • Price range$110 - 125

The most important part of the communication with the spiritual world, the ‘Despacho’ ceremony is an offering that is a representation from the universe, and follows the cosmic order using a variety of items from the Animal, Plant, Mineral and Water Kingdoms. Masters activate the offering with prayers, their display, and energy.

The ceremony is a beautiful opportunity to give thanks for all what we have, honor the ‘Apus’ (mountain Gods), the Mother Earth ‘Pachamama’ and the universal cosmos.; to ask the help of special mountains in our surroundings and in Cusco; to communicate with the spiritual entities of nature and to ask for a specific intention.

‘Despacho’ ceremonies have the following intentions:

– Personal intentions
– Give thanks, honor the Apus (the Spirit of the Mountains) and Mother Earth ‘Pachamama’ (establishing or maintaining your relationship with your “father mountain” and your “mother birth place” and give back for all what you have)
– Open a business or moving to a new home also to sell a business or home
– Attract a new relationship
– Attract a new home, business or job
– Ancestors healing
– Bring good luck and love to yourself

Please note: this session takes about 4 hours in total. However, the exact duration depends on the group size. If you are more people, the session can take longer.

Other ceremonies in Cusco

If you’re deeply drawn to these rituals and ceremonies, consider exploring further with our additional experiences. Dive into the Coca Leaf Reading Counseling, the Fire Ceremony, or immerse yourself in the transformative Four Elements Ceremony.

Why is this experience Impactful?

This ceremony, rooted in the rich traditions of the Andean culture, aims at harmonizing relationships with the natural world, expressing gratitude, and seeking guidance and healing. Conducted by masters from the Apaza family lineage of the Qero Inca Nation, it involves a Despacho offering—a mandala-shaped arrangement of natural elements activated by prayers and energy work. Participants engage in personal consultations, Coca oracle divination, and meditation, guided by the wisdom of the ancestors. This experience not only supports personal and communal well-being but also contributes to the preservation of indigenous knowledge and practices, thereby embodying sustainability through cultural continuity, environmental respect, and spiritual enrichment.

 With a commitment to sustainability and respect, the involvement of local translators and drivers ensures that this experience not only supports the local economy but also adheres strictly to respectful spiritual practices. This approach safeguards the physical integrity and the energy of the sacred places, ensuring that all ceremonies maintain the integrity and authenticity of the centuries-old Andean traditions.

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated


Price Includes

  • Spiritual guide translator (Spanish - English and Quechua)
  • Tools and instruments for the ritualsOfferings
  • Private transportation to and from the ceremonial site
  • Master Paqo Qero guidance and explanations

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Mother Earth Pachamama Ceremony

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.

Could children participate in the ceremonies?

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

Can I take pictures?

Yes, there are certain moments where you can take pictures. Your tour guide will let you know.

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 the Q'ero Inca Nation?

The Q’ero Inca Nation is a tribe of approximately 1500 people. In the past, the tribe was living in their communities in the Andean highlands at altitudes above 14,000 feet in order to escape the conquistadors. They lived in isolation from the rest of the world, until their “discovery” in 1949.

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 

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.