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Carol Cumes & History

Carol Cumes is the founder of Willka T'ika, which means sacred flower, and first visited the Sacred Valley in 1984.

She was so captivated by the powerful healing energy that she continued to return year after year and in 1994, decided to purchase a barren strip of land where Willka T’ika now stands. A longtime yoga practitioner, Carol wanted to create a retreat center synergizing Andean culture and cosmology with yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Over the next two decades, Carol cultivated long term, meaningful and fruitful relationships with authentic native healers and sincere knowledgeable local guides. Integrating their genuine services, she pioneered and developed her renowned all inclusive magical retreat journeys and uniquely comprehensive program itineraries.

Building Willka Tika

Over the next decade and a half, Carol and her team of local Quechua farming neighbors designed and constructed the grounds, guest rooms, gardens, ceremonial spaces, and gathering spots that would become Willka Tika.

While the first buildings were completed, Carol began developing the entirely organic gardens. The land was cleared and rocks unearthed by hand. Giant natural boulders were left to decorate the gardens, while smaller stones were used in building construction. Compost heaps turned kitchen waste and garden cuttings into rich soil. Manure was brought on donkey trains from far-off mountain communities. Adobe mud bricks, which keep rooms warm on cool Andean nights and pleasant during the hot sunny days, were made on-site and baked in the sun alongside wood that was carved into doors, floors, windows and original furniture that fills guest cottages today. Giant septic tanks were built, as well as large storage tanks to collect Willka T’ika’s weekly allotment of mountain water from the local water cooperative. 

Gradually the buildings and gardens took shape and the once overworked, rock-filled land regained its health. Plants flourished, birds and insects arrived, and nature, with its timeless wisdom, took over. Today, throughout the gardens, butterflies and bees can be seen visiting brilliant flowers. Dozens of birds, including more than eight species of hummingbird and other vibrant nectar gatherers, make the grounds their home.

Willka T’ika is an example of land revitalization made possible through cooperation with and giving back to Nature. 


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From the moment the gates open and you enter Willka Tika, your mouth drops open in amazement at the vibrant, bold colors of thousands of flowers, your nose is greeted with the delicious aroma of every flower essence imaginable and your eyes focus upon the smiles of all the staff at Willka Tika! I felt as if I was in Heaven...literally, and that feeling was present every single day I spent there. My room was expansive, and all meals were from the organic garden, fresh hours before mealtime and delicious! You could feel the love from the staff who makes them daily.....

I was blessed to be able to practice yoga daily in both beautiful fully equipped yoga studios with walls of windows... The space is Divine, sacred and perfect for anyone wanting to relax, refresh, let go and heal on all levels!!!! Carol, Mark and her entire staff are family now and they treat you like one of the family! Your trip will be taken care of in all ways and your options for Spa services is top notch! This is a must....

October, 2013

Chris Schwan, Yoga Teacher, AZ, USA

Willka T'ika Children's Fund

The fund provides educational suport, school materials and much more to support Quechua children and their dedicated teachers in remote areas of the Peruvian Andes.

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 Located 75 minutes from the Cusco airport