is the rare, precious opportunity you've been waiting for! Unlike
other tours to Peru, you will experience sacred sites and power
vortexes intimately and profoundly.
This is not
just a tour, but a spiritual journey.
in the sacred wisdom of the ages. Meditate in temples
thousands of years old. Participate in life-changing ancient
ceremonies and experience the magnificence of your own being.
Picture yourself breathing the mystical air at the heights of
the Andes Mountains. Your spirit will soar as you experience
one of the most beautiful and sacred lands on earth. Walk in
the footsteps of the ancient Inkas. The ancestors of the
Andean people still live in this precious "Paradise in the
Sun," where the heart of the masters still
the world has begun to recognize the Andes as one of the greatest
cultural and spiritual centers of the planet. The doors to new
dimensions of awareness are opening to us, and we are now
unearthing and reviving ancient, hidden knowledge, due to the
beginning of the new, tenth Pachakuti, or cosmic cycle. Andean
history is divided into segments of 1000 years, with a
transformational era in the middle, every 500 years. We recently
passed one of these historical transitions in 1992. The ANDEAN
PEOPLE call this Pachakuti "turning of the times." Since long ago
the Andean culture zealously guarded their secrets. Now they are
willing to share this ancient knowledge. Are you ready to
experience your true nature? Now is the time to participate in
sacred ceremonies from an ancient, highly advanced
The Kondors of
the South are calling the Eagles of the North. Some of you will
know in your heart that you must go, you must experience this
sacred wisdom in the "Paradise of the Sun."
OUR TOUR GUIDE
As we visit the sacred sites, the famous Andean
Shaman named MALLKU, who lives, talks, and breathes the Way of the
Ageless Inkas, will be our guide to ancient rituals and ceremonies,
whose secrets have been guarded from time
Our expert guide MALLKU is the #1 foremost expert on
Andean sacred archeology, internationally renowned shaman, author,
spiritual leader, visionary photographer, and
MALLKU is the man who singlehandedly discovered and
uncovered the astronomical observatories used by the ancients and
the shadows cast at the sacred sites during the solstices and
equinoxes. As the ultimate authority, the secrets revealed in
Mallku's books are used by all other Peruvian tour guides to
describe the sacred sites. Mallku is the shaman that guided Jonette
Crowley on her mystical initiation described in her famous book
The Eagle and the Condor, A True Story of an Unexpected
On our tour, Mallku leads us in ceremonies,
meditations, offerings, and rituals. Recognized by spiritual
leaders worldwide for his expertise in determining the authentic
use of Inkan sites, he follows the ancient path of the wisdom
tradition of the Andes. Mallku has been an artist and an advocate
of the Andean Culture since his youth. With incrediblededication, since
the age of 9, he meditated repeatedly at Andean sacred sites, where
heuncovered astronomical alignments previously hidden
The Andean architects were not only the builders
of incredible structures, but also the masters of the power lines
(ley-lines as known in western geomancy) existing on the Earth.
Mallku has uncovered unprecedented, significant discoveries about
these geo-magnetic forces. His lectures and ceremonies demonstrate
the importance of astronomical phenomena in the design and
placement of the ancient temples. The Ancients understood and
worked with geo-magnetic forces, so their temples and palaces would
became power places that amplify spiritual essences and high
energies of Pachamama and Wiraqocha. Cuzco city is an example of
this conscious style of architecture, where the Sun's pattern is
extensively mapped to the equinoxes and solstices. The design of
the city reflects this in every aspect. In the last 20 years of
studies, Mallku has discovered some of the most important
astronomical phenomena that are still visible at many of these
"power places." He describes these ancient Andean buildings, the
expression of an advanced "Feng Shui" technology, and the Andean
architects, as masters of the spiritual path.
Mallku, a sensitive artist and a promoter of Andean
culture, collaborated during the 1980's as co-editor of books on
Natural Medicine. In 1997 he presented his book Inka Initiation
Path: the Awakening of the Puma, in which he revealed his
expertise in the Esoteric knowledge within Andean
archaeo-astronomy. In 1999 he paid tribute to the Sacred City af
Machu Picchu in his book Machu Picchu Forever: City of
Pilgrims. His extensive research has earned him well-deserved
recognition and fame. MALLKU is an international lecturer and
teaches the ancient culture of the Andes, promoting a Shamanic
experience as one of the paths of liberation for the present
generation. In his latest book Inka Power Places: Solar
Initiations, he reveals important secrets of the Initiation
Knowledge of the Amauta Sages, which were expressed in their
Temples, Palaces and Cities as testimony for all
Mallku co-authored books on natural medicine and
Andean mysticism in the 1980's and authored his own brilliantly
written books in the 1990's. His shamanic way of life led him to
the spiritual communities of Peru and Brazil, furthering his
experiences in the magical dimensions of Pachamama and
This path of sensitivity has permitted Mallku to
relive the message of his ancestors over the years. His artistic
vision is expressed through his photography, where he captures
natures magical moments. His works have been presented in
exhibitions and conferences worldwide.
"The Unknowable is not any of the deities, but all
of them are contained within its mystery."--teaching of Asuncion
Acctu, wise elder ofPachakamaq.
"I want to thank you for a fabulous trip
to Peru. Although I had searched for a spiritual trip to
Peru, the trip I actually took went before my wildest
expectations. It was both an inner journey of overcoming
one's challenges (which for me involved some physical
limitations) as well as the actual amazing trip to experience
Peru with such advanced spiritual leaders as you both (Mallku
and Alanna). Thanks for the experiences, all the wonderful
ceremonies, and all the care and concern you both gave to us
as travelers on our path along the way. I know it was a bit
trying at times and I also know that you often went beyond
what was planned. I really appreciate all you did for us. It was
a trip that I will never forget. Thanks so much."--Joanne
Aaronson, Rev., PMP, EIIS, Intuitive Life Coach & Pastoral
the Peru tour was far more than I imagined. I do not think that I
would have tested my power to the extent that I did, had it not
been for Mallku. He is amazing and I would recommend this tour to
anyone who seeks to journey to Peru." --Nadira Ramtahal, New
"I enjoyed my
Peru tour and Mallku very much. I shall always remember the awesome
mountains and Inka ruins,the trainride to Agua Calientes and
climbing up to Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley and the wonderful
meditations I experienced. I shall keep it in my heart forever. I
loved the view from our hotel room in Puno, looking out on Lake
Titikaka. I still see it in my dreams. Wish I could have taken back
some of those delicious avocados, had them whenever available.
Another unforgettable experience was having lunch with some of the
indigenous people near Puno, I think that was the best soup I ever
tasted. Every day has happy memories for me and my photos of Machu
Picchu are great. Blessings, love and light." --B.Y., Kuala Lampur,
"What an amazing
experience awaits the initiate who attends the Magical Mystery Tour
of Peru and Easter Island with Mallku! Every day was so special
that one could not imagine that the next day would be even more
so!"--Robin Porter, San Diego, California.
is fortunate to have Mallku as their spiritual ambassador. He is a
kind, gentle spirit; yet he is strong. He turneth away wrath. He
has the patience of Job! He has wisdom beyond his age. Mallku KNOWS
Peru. Mallku is a highly respected Shaman and author, but he is
also an approachable human being. Now let's talk about Mallku's
wife, Allana--a breath of fresh air. She is a beautiful woman,
inside and out. She is friendly, confident, inspiring. Allana is a
gifted dancer, singer, artist and musician. Mallku is a wealth of
information on the sacred sites. For instance, without Mallku, we
wouldn't have known the significance of what I call 'the keyhole in
the great carved door.' In a huge carving on the side of a stone
hill, there is a giant door flanked by two tall carved-out columns.
At the bottom of the door is a big carved-out niche about six feet
high in the shape of a thick T. In the first column to the right,
you step inside and face inward and ask permission from Paccha
Mama. Then you enter the thick T. First you kneel and conveniently
place your hands at your sides on the stone. You lean a bit forward
and your third eye chakra lands just so into a carved-out hole.
Mmmmmm.connecting to universe..Then you stand up and make your body
into a giant X with your legs and arms outstretched, filling the
space. Now when you stand up, the carved-out hole matches up with
your solar plexusmmmmmmmmWhen you have had your fill, you proceed
to the next carved-out column and face outward, thanking Paccha
Mama for her goodness and blessings."--Robin Porter, San Diego,
"Our trip to MP
was a dream for me coming to life. Being afraid of heights in the
past, I overcame this with Bob's help and seeing this fabulous city
of MP that once was teaming with life, took my breath away in all
its beauty. I am now able to look at any mtn or hill and BELIEVE I
can climb that, not just look at it. This means everything. Bob
says the people in our group, being such unique individuals, so
spiritual in nature, are what made our trip wonderful. How
wonderful it would be to take another trip with the same group. Our
leaders of course are who put this whole fabulous trip together.
Susan's great organizing skills, Mallku's brilliance in Peruvian
history and sacred sites, Allana's grace and charm and her gift of
music and dance, and Sean's amazing knowledge of life, history, and
what may lie ahead for us all astounded us. How we would have liked
to keep traveling and learining and loving each day never becoming
saturated. Good God it was great! We would go again tomorrow
anywhere with these people. Our choice would be the
pyramids."--Ginny and Bob, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
"We were guided
through some powerful meditations. We experienced vortexes, orbs,
even a crazy light show in the sky and a UFO while at Amantani
Island in Lake Titicaca. I can't even begin to write about all the
wonderful ceremonies we experienced! We had ceremonies at the
crystal cave at Macchu Piccu, had a great time experiencing the
power plant Wachuma at The Water Temple at Tipon, etc. I learned
that I need to trust myself and relax more. It was so nice to have
everything pre-arranged: lodging, transportation, tours, some of
the meals. Very smooth. Good use of email to update info. I feel so
'at peace and joyful' despite coming back to my hectic job and a
huge pile of work to catch up on. And I have a bunch of new
friends! I would highly recommend the tour to others. DO IT!"
--Robin Porter, San Diego, California.
hotel was in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The stone path to our room
led past plantings of beautiful flowers and a waterfall. French
doors opened onto a small private patio with bench. The shower and
tub with hot water was so welcome at night. Enchanting! I adored
the bistro in Macchu Piccu owned by a Frenchman called Indio Felix.
We took pictures of the food because it was so pretty. Large
portions of healthy, yummy food."--Robin Porter, San Diego,
"My trip to Peru was life-changing and I am truly
grateful to Mallku who led the tour. He is a Master Teacher and it
was a privilege to share shamanism with him. It was a grand time
being at Machu Picchu during the Solstice. I will never view future
Solstices the same, because of Mallku's teachings. Mallku was an
expert at responding to the energy of the group and was always
modifying his plans to better suit our needs. I was pleasantly
surprised by the lodgings and food. The rooms were great and the
hotel staff generally very kind and helpful. It is impossible to
describe my favorite day, my favorite activity. I thought Day #1
was the best, but each day got even better. culminating in my trip
of a lifetime. Thank you for providing such a well organized,
spiritual tour. It was described in precise detail on the website,
a history lesson in itself, and I will always be grateful for this
transforming trip." --Dhyana, New York.
"The tour and
Mallku was outstanding and very educational. Mallku did a
magnificent job of explaining all the historical and sacred
practices in all the places we visited. I believe we could not have
had a better guide and shaman. I immensely enjoyed the ceremonies
and meditations which brought me much fulfillment and many answers
that I have been questioning. Divine Travels did a marvelous job
arranging all the reservations and travels. I certainly would
recommend them to my friends. The whole process and trip experience
was awesome and very rewarding to me. Thanks again for all the work
you put into it Susan." --Diane Dropik, Mountain View,
"Mallku is marvelous and I truly loved all my time
with him and benefited greatly from his ceremonies. All the places
he took us were indeed sacred and amazing and I truly loved the
trip." --W.G., Scottsdale, Arizona.
tour was spiritually uplifting and life-enhancing. It was very
nice. Mallku was great. The Inkan ceremonies made the whole trip
more meaningful. I enjoyed the other tour participants, and it felt
like a big family. My favorite aspects of the tour were Machu
Picchu and the firewalk. --Ryan West, Washington State.
"The people in
the group were wonderful. We worked hard to find a spiritual path
and seek new knowledge wherever we went. I loved the tour. I truly
mean I loved the tour. I had a wonderful time. The people, the
food, and the sights were all that I hoped for and more." --J.U.,
"We are very
pleased to hear that Mallku felt this trip to be such a success. We
thought and felt so as well. The ceremony and spiritual aspects of
the tour were fabulous. More than we ever expected. It is so sad
that the Peruvian government is going to outlaw the ceremonies in
the national sites, we feel very blessed to be there at a time that
we could have ceremony in most places. The extras that Mallku and
Alanna lined up for us were wonderful - lunch in the community of
Copamaya, stopping at the pottery shop, silversmiths and other
local places. They are obviously well known and the business owners
appreciate them. The other shamans and helpers were wonderful also,
Amaru, Wilbert and Carlos. Again, we were so pleased with our trip
and all that accompanied it. It was more than we anticipated and we
learned so much about ourselves, the Andes and Peru. We are
greatfull to have this opportunity and Thank You again for putting
this together. May we learn to live more and more the freedom and
sweetness that we prayed for everyday."--Curt Schneider and Cathy
Hume, Portland, Oregon.
"I enjoyed re-visiting the power places
and re-engaging in Mallku's spiritual ceremonies. This second
time, the experiences were deeper, the connections to
Pachamama and Viracoccha more clear and the transformations in
life more dramatic. I carry within my heart the tender
feelings of connection with the dimensions of these divine
souls; and the connections seem more permanent. Now, I own the
experience, rather than just tasting what is available. The
child of the Sun has returned home and she is very, very
"Mallku opened up
the portals of these new dimensions and helped me become
established on that inner spiritual level. He was supportive of my
making connections with the group from a distance when I could not
be with them for other reasons. He was alert, open, respectful and
kind at all times. If an experience was not appropriate for my
nervous system, he would discourage me from attending, at the same
time helping me feel comfortable with the decision. He is a good
guide on such pilgrimages. I gained a lot on every level. The
sacred sites stirred deep memories within my heart and mind. At
times the simplicity and joy of the sacred place overwhelmed my
heart; at other times they challenged me to grow. At no time did I
take the place for granted; at no time did I feel empty or neutral.
Each place pulled me out of my relative boundaries and jump-started
my evolution again and again and again. I am not the same, nor will
I ever be the same after this journey. It may take a little time to
fully digest the transformations that occurred, but I know I am in
a better place now for having gone on the tour."--TMS,
loved the Temples to the Sun and Moon, Pisac, Macchu Picchu and the
Dimensional Portal near Puno. Sacsayuaman left me deeply moved. So
much light, so little time to digest the energy of the power. I
needed more time at each place in order to integrate more
thoroughly the frequencies generated by each place. I also wish we
had more time for longer ceremonies at these sacred places.We had
just a little taste; I want more and more and more! Just like a
child, eh?"--TMS, Iowa.
circles allowed us to hear and know one another. I'm not sure if we
told the truth in those circles or just spoke something acceptable
to others as we knew 23 others were listening to our "story". But
some kernal of truth still comes through. I would have enjoyed
hearing more of other's experiences at the sites. I think we needed
to discuss our experiences. The guided meditations were fantastic.
If one just remained surrendered and open, dimensions opened on
many, many levels. Mallku has a way of checking on each one of us,
helping us develop our inner spirituality to its maximum. It's just
a matter of trust in the Shaman."--TMS, Iowa.
"During the tour,
I learned how to better balance the energy generated by each power
place. At first it was overwhelming; eventually I could handle it
better. Many personal instructions focused on balancing the energy,
of becoming more centered as frequencies shifted drastically. I
learned to 'ride the wave' rather than get lost in the froth of the
wave. Nice."--TMS, Iowa.
"The tour was
well organized. Susan's organizing power; Mallku's attending to
details every hour of every day; the extra staff who cared for us
as needed, all added to the creation of a delightful tour. One of
my favorite memories will be Mallku waiting half-way to wherever we
were going, counting as each one passed, "twelve, thirteen,
fourteen", making sure we all were present and accounted for. We
all learned to look after each other when during day one a fellow
got left behind at a pit stop. Never happened again. The fellow in
question joined us by the evening. He had the phone numbers that
had been provided us in case anything happened. Mallku and Susan
thought in advance of nearly everything that might happen."--TMS,
were alerted before we arrived; restaurants were ready to serve 26
people; tourist places were open; buses available; and despite the
riots of Cusco, we managed to accomplish our goal of celebrating
the lunar eclipse and still escape crazy Cusco for a soothing ride
to Puno. That was a coup on the part of excellent organizers. Well
"Seven years ago,
after my first tour with Mallku, I knew I had to return, that there
was more to gain from this most spiritual shaman. This time, I feel
complete. Mallku was able to bring me to fulfillment while
simultaneously caring for the needs of those who were with him for
the first time. I don't think anyone felt a loss, only gain. No one
had a feeling of receiving less, rather each one experienced the
growth of spiritual values according to their own understanding of
those values. My spiritual transformations have to do with knowing
truly who I am, how I connect to the world, and what I can do to
optimize change on the spiritual level. New attitudes, new
perspectives, a new joy that transcends the relative. I don't want
anymore; I simply feel full. I am living the fullness of life.
Living in the light of God."--TMS, Iowa.
This is a true spiritual pilgrimage; something that so many of us
crave and so few of us get. Here it is; all yours. All you need do
is sign up and enjoy. Oh, and leave lots of space in your luggage;
Mallku takes us to great shopping spots."--TMS, Iowa.
"I just want to
thank you, Susan, for all you did to make this trip happen. It's
not easy to care for people on a pilgrimage; yet you managed to
make the care look so effortless. Our attention was not taken away
from our spiritual goals; and that is the sign of a great tour
guide. The balance of spiritual experience, entertainment, and
shopping kept us all happy and focused without strain. I hope more
and more can take advantage of this tour. It is a gem. I hope more
will come for a second tour with Mallku as I did. The second time
is far more powerful than the first. Who knows, maybe there should
be a series of tours with Mallku....something I don't think he has
even thought of." --TMS, Iowa.
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1: Weds., June 17, 2015:
HOME - LIMA
Flight from home to Lima. Arrive Lima afternoon, evening, night, or late night on June 17 in order to get overnight rest. If you wish to arrive early in the morning, or one or more days earlier, to rest and acclimatize before starting your tour, then you will need to book extra hotel night(s), which is available on the
No matter when you arrive, you will be picked up at the Lima airport and transferred to hotel. Overnight Lima.
Planned Hotel (or
Calle Atahualpa 199 Miraflores - Lima - Phone: 51(1)2068800
DAY 2: Thurs., June 18, 2015:
LIMA - CUSCO - CHINCHERO - SACRED VALLEY
Depart for our morning flight to Cusco. Reception and transportation to the Sacred Valley. On the way to our lodge we will stop at Chinchero and visit the amazing Earth Altar. Discover the Magic Hatun Chinkana of this initiatory center. This Waka or sacred place is as the Brain and its vibration will permit us to travel to the dimension of the soul. We will spend the night in the Sacred Valley. (Vegetarian Lunch Included)
Planned 4-Star Hotel (or similar):
*SACRED VALLEY: LA HACIENDA DEL VALLE
Yanahuara - Urubamba, Cusco Peru | Hotel Direct Line: +51 84 201408
Valle Sagrado Lodge has been recently affiliated to the Libertador
Hotels Peru chain and it is situated 12 km from the city of
Urubamba in the picturesque community of Yanahuara. Its privileged
location turns this Sacred Valley Hotel into the ideal place to
stay and to get acquainted with this beautiful valley of majestic
natural landscapes, archaeological sites full of history, culture
Just a few
minutes from our Hotel, you can visit the typical markets of Pisac
or Chinchero, archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo and Machu
Picchu or undertake a trekking route to imposing snow-capped
mountains and Andean communities.
Chinchero, called "El Pueblo Del Arco Iris" (the town
of the rainbow), is high up on a spectacular place, around 12,000
feet above sea level, with tremendous views of the Urubamba
mountain range as well as the majestic Salkantay mountain that
reaches almost 19,000 ft. Chinchero is halfway between the Sacred
Valley and Cusco, to the northwest of Cusco, at 28 km. (17.4
miles). The town of Hispanic architecture is built on old Inka
constructions. Its people are very conservative of some andean
traditions, wearing picturesque clothing. On Sunday is the day of
the "qhatu"(market)--exchange fair of agricultural products, in
which the use of the currency is discarded and everything is made
in exchange. Also outstanding the textile crafts (crafts as well as
There is a spectacular view of the valley and
beautiful Andean landscapes surround the town, outstanding the
beauty of the snowy mountains Chicon and Veronica of the Mountain
Range of Urubamba. In Chinchero is a spectacular altar, clustered
in alpine flowers and surrounded by snow covered mountains. Here we
will participate in a ceremonial prayer for mother earth
(Pachamama), safety in our travels, and our own personal wishes.
The offering may consist of nuts, seeds, petals, leaves, herbs,
stones, corn, wool and other elements.
Valley: One hour by bus north west of Cusco lies the valley
of the Urubamba River. It's easy to see why the valley was
considered sacred by the Inkas with its spectacular panoramas and
fertile alluvial low lands. The Urubamba Valley, is one of the most
fertile valleys on this planet. Everything that is planted here
grows with such abnormal vigor - especially corn. The corn here
grows approximately three times the size of the corn grown in the
U.S. and other parts of the world. This valley is located in both
sides of the river Vilcanota and their tributaries. These men gave
life to the stone and they built urban centers, palaces, temples,
agricultural constructions, and trails.
over the winding river valley are the spectacular temples of Pisac,
Ollantaytambo and finally Machu Picchu. The river then continues on
into the tropical rain forest of the Amazon Basin.
DAY 3: Fri., June 19, 2015 SACRED
VALLEY - MORAY - OLLANTAYTAMBO
Morning visit to Moray, an ancient Inka site with circular terraces that used to create exceptional conditions or micro climates that fostered domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of a wide array of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption. Here our Andean master will instruct us in walking exercises and a meditation in the center circle of this amazing power spot.
In the afternoon we will explore the absolutely unique and ancient city of Ollantaytambo, where the buildings still retain the original architecture of the Inkas. We will have an opportunity to enter into one of the homes and see how the people live in this ancient constructions. As we explore the vast temple complex adjacent to the village, we will engage in a ceremony. Our climb to the top takes us to the Sun Temple, whose huge red porfire blocks were placed overlooking the village and the Urubamba River.
Hotel (or similar):
*SACRED VALLEY: LA HACIENDA VALLE SAGRADO
Yanahuara - Urubamba, Cusco Peru | Hotel Direct Line: +51 84 201408
Moray: An archeological site with concentric
agricultural terraces, some as deep as 150 meters. This
"Earth's Navel" is thought to be a large agricultural
laboratory where the Inkas created different microclimates to
grow a large variety of crops. Here we may perform a
metamorphosis ritual, attuning our body/mind with
electromagnetic energy from Earth's Navel. An important fact
of the Inka's technology was that its works harmonize
perfectly with nature. They used the natural forces, they
mastered hydraulic engineering, and knew the use of the earth.
For instance, thanks to the "andeneras" (agricultural circular
terracing) system, they could sow in abrupt places and avoid
the erosion. The attractiveness of this area can be
distinguished for its impressive landscape (nature and big
snowy mountains), pleasant climate, fertile lands with
abundant water, megalithic cultural evidences, people and its
Ollantaytambo: A National Archaeological Park is located
in the Ollantaytambo district, province of Urubamba. Here is an
amazing architectural wonder of unrivaled skill, believed to be
built by solar masters. The town is about 76 Kms. (47.2 miles) away
from Cusco by the road Chinchero - Urubamba and about 68 kilometers
(42.2 miles) by railway at an altitude of 2700 meters (8856 feet).
It is a very vast complex which central part is in the town and its
surroundings; traveling from Cusco, from Pachar there is a large
amount of farming terraces that are already part of the complex.
Those terraces are deteriorated and most of them abandoned. The
water that irrigated them does not flow any more. Their stone
aqueducts that were a master work of engineering were extended by
many kilometers; but, today they do not exist any more. The reason
is that today no one is preoccupied with keeping them and because
we had almost five centuries in which the invaders were not
interested in agriculture but only in mining gold and
a compound Quechua word that is derived from " Ollanta" that is a
personal name, and "Tambo" that is a Spanish form of " Tampu" that
refers about a city that offered lodgings, food and comfort for
travelers. "Ollanta" is the name of an Inka Captain whose history
was kept as an oral tradition and written as drama by Antonio
Valdez, a priest from Urubamba, by the middle of the XVIII century;
it was adapted for a theatrical play and opened in 1780. The
Ollantay Drama is considered as a classical work of Quechua
a very important sanctuary, it also was a "tampu" in order to
enable control of the roads toward the "Antisuyo" (jungle). Today,
still some people name this sanctuary as "fortress", which in
practice is improper and we will need more space to explain all
this. Besides, for the noble population dwelling in this city there
was a very ample and well planned urban sector, a plaza surrounded
by important buildings and toward the town's South an impressive
"Kallanka"; that is, a building which dimensions are colossal and
completely roofed. It served as a lodge and perhaps also as
barracks for the numerous army of the region.
The present-day town is located in
the same site where the urban sector was in Inkan times. It is
really interesting because it is the only spot in Peru where
it is possible to find people living in the same buildings
that served as homes for the nobility of the Inkan Society.
Some of its narrow streets still keep their water channels
where very clean water flowed for the population use; they are
by the middle or at one side. The streets still maintain their
Inkan names. The town was divided in rectangular blocks with a
very well planned geometrical layout giving the impression of
being a town designed by modern architects. Every block was
compound of two "kanchas" (patio, little plaza); the street
gates had double jamb doorways which indicate that those were
real palaces with rooms around a central patio. At least the
lower part of the buildings is original and made with "pirka"
type walls that were covered with a clay coat and possibly
also had mural paintings. Today, their thatched roofs were
replaced by red tiles and it is possible to breath a certain
air of modernity as the town has electricity and tap water;
but in short, the town has still an Inkan taste. Some decades
ago in Ollantaytambo, a worldwide meeting of the "Andean"
representatives was carried out and they declared this town as
the " World Capital of Indianity." By that time there were
some efforts willing to help for an effective conservation of
original structures; in practice, it is so little what was and
is done for that purpose, and it is so sad to prove that many
of its innate elements are being lost slowly.
town's East is the Pinkuylluna hill (pinkuyllo = wind musical
instrument similar to the "quena" or Andean flute) where an
imposing huge building stands out and about which there is a lot of
myth. Some very imaginative "scholars" argue that it's been a
school, a hospital some others, jail others, and even a hurling
precipice!; according to archaeology and the Inkan architectonic
characterization it was a "Qollqa" or "Pirwa"; that is, a granary
or storehouse for food, clothing and other elements. It has many
doorways and openings that allowed ventilation, and surely they
were built up there to enable protection of the stored goods.
Likewise, some other smaller buildings are located in outstanding
spots or angles of the mountain that served as watchtowers for
controlling movement of persons in the valley.
Western end of the town and crossing the Patakancha (Upper
Enclosure) stream is the great Plaza known as Manay Raqay (Pleas
Plaza) which seem to keep its original name, surrounded by
sun-dried mud-brick buildings that were very important in their
epoch. Towards the West of this plaza is the entrance to the
Temples; Somewhat higher is the spot of the most important temple:
the Sun Temple that was constructed with huge red porphyry (pink
granite) boulders. What is left of the Sun Temple are some
peripheral walls and the classical major wall that according to
most historians is part of the High Altar. It consists of six
enormous stone blocks which average weight is about 60 tons and
have as vertical joints some other smaller stones making a wall. It
seems that this is a projection of the Tiwanaku architecture or
possibly the architects were brought from the region of the
Titikaka lake; but the final work is entirely Inkan with joints and
outer surfaces complete and finely polished and glazed so that they
could even serve as mirrors.
the external surface of the fourth boulder (beginning in the
Southern end), there are carved stepped symbols; they represent the
stages of the Andean World: the "Hanan Pacha" (heaven), the "Kay
Pacha" (earth surface) and the "Ukhu Pacha" (underground). Even
more, there are some other carved bulges that were broken. It is
evident the presence of the "idolatries extirpators" who destroyed
the Sun Temple; nowadays, the stones that were part of this
fabulous temple are all over the place, over the terraces, by the
plaza surroundings, in the church and curate house, and wherever a
person looks with care.
Toward the North of the temple's entrance gate is a
series of water fountains that because of their location must have
performed duties of "Ceremonial Fountains", that is, used in order
to worship the water elementary. There is one inside a mud brick
square building where water still flows; toward the East of it
there is another one baptized by tradition as the "Bano de la
Nusta" ("Princess's Bath") that shows stepped moldings in its
surface below the spillway. Farther North there are also many other
fountains constituting a vast temple dedicated to the cult of "Unu"
(water). Nearby is the sector that today has the hybrid name of
"Inka Misana" (spot where the Inka says mass) that shows an
aqueduct carved in the mountain rock face and a liturgical
fountain, small stairways, double jamb niches or false openings
capriciously sculpted in the mountain surface. On the upper area
there is a carved conical bulge that was surely another
"Intiwatana" (Solar Meter); more over, there are diverse moldings
which were part of a complex solar observatory used to measure the
Sun variations during the year as well as for fixing solstices and
DAY 4: Sat., June 20, 2015
AGUAS CLIENTES - MACHU PICCHU
In the morning we will take the train ride to the village of Aguas Calientes, arrival and after leaving the bags at the lodge we will visit the famed city of Machu Pijchu, named by Mallku as the Crystal City, the Rainbow City, the City of the Kondor and the Hummingbird, the City of Peace, and the City of Light. The legendary beauty of this magnificent city defies description. Overnight at the village of Aguas Calientes.
The legendary beauty of this magnificent city defies description. There are many trails and power sites to explore here, and we will have ample opportunity for ceremony to open to a deeper experience of the intrinsic magic of this amazing city and temples. Guided visit with esoteric insights on the various temples and power spots. Participate in inspiring spiritual ceremonies to enhance your connection with your divine self - a transpersonal, transformational journey within.
Aguas Calientes, is the nearest village to Machu Pijchu (it is located 8 km. away). It is the richest little town in Peru. It has hot thermal springs (related to its name) where many tourists will stop after having done the Inka Trail.
Planned 3-Star A
Hotel (or similar):
*AGUAS CALIENTES: ANDINA LUXURY Av. Imperio de los Inkas S/N - Phone:
Machu Picchu: The legendary beauty of this magnificent
city defies description. There are many trails and power sites to
explore here, and we will have ample opportunity for ceremony to
open to a deeper experience of the intrinsic magic of this amazing
city and temples. Guided visit with esoteric insights on the
various temples and power spots. Participate in inspiring spiritual
ceremonies to enhance your connection with your divine self--a
transpersonal, transformational journey within. In the evening you
will have the opportunity to bathe in the hot springs of Aguas
Calientes. We will reach and visit the little village of Aguas
Calientes. Overnight Machu Picchu area.
Mystical Paintings: Enjoy the amazing, inspiring, visionary
art published in our guide Mallku's books. These awesome, mystical
paintings of Machu Picchu are below and as you scroll
Calientes, is the nearest town to Machu Pichu (it is located 8
km. away). It is the richest little town in Peru. It has hot
thermal springs (related to its name) where many tourists will stop
after having done the Inka Trail.
DAY 5: Sun.,
June 21, 2015: JUNE SOLSTICE CELEBRATION:
MACHU PIJCHU "CRYSTAL CITY" - "CITY OF RAINBOWS" /
Early in the morning we enter Machu Pijchu to take part in a ceremony for a deeper journey into the inner path to gain confidence in our souls and our unique purpose. We return to Cusco on an afternoon train and bus, overnight in the “navel of the world.”
Healing Ceremony in Machu Pijchu. Offerings to Pachamama and possible ascension to Wayna Pijchu mountain. Introspection and contemplation on the mysteries of this holy city. Guided visit to the top of Machu Pijchu, the Temple of the Light, or the Sun Gate and temple of Inner Work.
Machu Pijchu: the “Lost City of the Inkas,” “City of Light for Initiates,” An ancient site fed by grids of powerful natural energies patterned by surrounding mountains and extensive underground tunnels.
Shamanic wisdom is that for millennia this site served as an initiatory center for higher learning. The sanctuary cover many square kilometers constructed of mortared terraces and connected by endless stairs carved from solid rock all around the mountains. Throughout the ages, the sheltered temple sights, geophysically conducive atmospheres were used for ritual and mind-altering experiences. Tune into Wakas (sacred spots) of individual rocks and boulders. Experience the classic “magical flight” of shamanic ecstasy.
Today it is a Historic National Sanctuary, protected by the Peruvian Government, that tries to conserve the geological formations and archaeological remains inside the Sanctuary, besides protecting its flora, fauna and landscape’s beauty. The whole park has an extension of 80,535 acres (32,592 hectares; 125.83 mile).
Planned Hotel (or similar):
*CUSCO: SIETE VENTANAS
Calle Siete Ventanas N° 207, Cusco, Perú - Tel: +51 084
Machu Picchu: the "Lost City of
the Inkas," "City of Light for Initiates," An ancient site fed
by grids of powerful natural energies patterned by surrounding
mountains and extensive underground tunnels.
is that for millennia this site served as an initiatory center for
higher learning. The sanctuary cover many square kilometers
constructed of mortared terraces and connected by endless stairs
carved from solid rock all around the mountains. Throughout the
ages, the sheltered temple sights, geophysically conducive
atmospheres were used for ritual and mind-altering experiences.
Shamanic legend says that touching one's forehead to the
Intiwantana Stone opens one's vision into the Spirit World. Tune
into Wakas (sacred spots) of individual rocks and boulders.
Experience the classic "magical flight" of shamanic
Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu was unknown to the
Christians. Its reason for existence remains under debate.
Some argue it was built and populated by the family of one
Inka ruler, Pachakuti; others have proposed the principal
function of Machu Picchu was to maintain a reliable supply of
coca leaves for the priests and royals of Cusco. Bingham
fostered the school of thought that the city existed primarily
for strategic and defensive purposes, but other findings
support the hypothesis that Machu Picchu was a university
where the children of the leaders of other Andean cultures
conquered by the Inkas were taken to Machu Picchu to be taught
the Inka way of life. At any rate, as we wander through the
maze of empty plazas, chambers and dwellings saddled atop
steep mountainsides, we will be unable to resist our own
speculations at the impenetrable mystery of these
Today it is a
Historic National Sanctuary, protected by the Peruvian Government,
that tries to conserve the geological formations and archaeological
remains inside the Sanctuary, besides protecting its flora, fauna
and landscape's beauty. The whole park has an extension of 80,535
acres (32,592 hectares; 125.83 mile).
Locale and Climate: Machu Picchu (the Inkan City) is located
on kilometer 112 (70 miles) of the Cusco-Quillabamba railway; the
train station is now in Aguas Calientes and lies at an altitude of
2,000 meters (6,560 feet). From that station there are buses in
order to get to South-America's most famous Archaeological Group
that is found at an average altitude of 2,450 meters (8,038 feet).
The climate in that sector has also some characteristics that are
found all over the region; thus, only two well defined seasons are
distinguished: the rainy season in the area goes between November
to April, and the dry season from May to October. Machu Picchu is
near the commencement of the Cusquenian Amazonian Jungle, so the
chance of having rains or showers is possible any time of the year.
In the hottest days it is possible to get even about 26° Celsius
(78.8° Fahrenheit), while that in the coldest early mornings in
June and July the temperature may drop to 5° C.; the average annual
temperature is 16 degrees Celsius. Between May to August the
weather is beautiful because the skies are nearly always blue and
Geology: The Machu Picchu Historic National Sanctuary is
found over a great granite orogenic structure baptized by Dr.
Isaiah Bowman as the "Vilcabamba Batholith" that outcrops over
about 400 km (154 mile). Its formation belongs in the scale of
geological time to the Paleozoic or Inferior Primary and may have
an approximate age of 250 million years.
Origin of Name: Machu Picchu (like most of the Quechua
names of towns and different sites in the region) is a compound
word that comes from machu = old or ancient, and picchu = peak or
mountain; therefore, Machu Picchu is translated as "Old Mountain."
The famous mountain that is seen in front, and appears in most of
the classical views of the site is named Wayna Picchu (Young
Mountain). Unfortunately the original names of the mentioned
sectors are lost, Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu and some other proper
names used today are contemporary ones; ascribed probably by
farmers living in the region before Bingham's arrival. However,
according to studies about some XVI century documents, the original
name of the whole area might be "Picchu."
History: It is known that Hiram Bingham, a descendant of
missionaries, was the man who rediscovered Machu Picchu for the
contemporary world and modern science. He was a North-American
historian born in Honolulu, Hawaii; who in 1907 taught the
South-American History and Geography course in Yale University.
Later he was chosen as delegate of his country to the First
Pan-American Scientific Congress carried out in Chile in 1908. By
that epoch he began his activities as explorer taking a horseback
journey from Caracas to Bogota, following the Simon Bolivar's way.
Then he followed the old colonial trade way from Buenos Aires to
Lima, arriving to this Andean zone in 1909; it is in that year when
from Abancay he started with his first exploration towards
Choquekirau, trying to find the last Inkan Capital. By that time
many myths had been created about the possibility of finding the
"Inkas' treasures" that according to tradition had been taken by
Manko Inka in his retreat to Willkapampa (willka = sacred, pampa =
plain; its Spanish form is "Vilcabamba"); thus it was so common by
that epoch to find treasure hunters willing to get to this last
Inkas' dwelling. That same intention moved Bingham to study
chronicles and even to visit Spanish archives, and subsequently in
1911 to come back to Peru with the aim of performing studies of
geology and botany, and for sure, also in order to try finding
Cusco, Albert Giesecke, a compatriot of his and rector of the local
University had put him in touch with Braulio Polo y la Borda, owner
of Mandor. That local landlord told Bingham that on the hill in
front of his property there were ancient constructions covered by
vegetation where cattle were frequently lost; and moreover, he
introduced Bingham to Eduardo Lizarraga, a farmland renter living
in the area since the 70s of the 19th century, who had seen the
buildings. On July 23th, 1911 Bingham showed up in Mandor along
with a policeman, Sergeant Carrasco, who escorted him by order of
Cusco's Prefect Juan Jose Nunez. They found in his hut the peasant
Melchor Arteaga who told Bingham about the existence of two Inkan
sites named Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu; that same peasant was
hired by Bingham to be the guide in order to get to the Inkan City.
The next day, after examining the field they decided to climb up.
After noon they arrived at another hut where they found Anacleto
Alvarez and Toribio Recharte; they were two humble peasants who
along with their families lived in the area and cultivated the
pre-Hispanic farming terraces. After a short break, they provided a
boy as the guide for Bingham in order to have a first look of the
Inkan buildings that were completely covered with entangled
vegetation. That was how Bingham, at 35 years old, stumbled onto
Machu Picchu; a fortuitous happening that made manifest a great
Almost immediately after his first exploration, he
went back to the USA looking for economic support that was granted
to him by the Yale University and the National Geographic Society.
Subsequently, the Peruvian government in Lima facing Bingham's
request in order to execute works in Machu Picchu, by means of law
given on October 31th, 1912, authorized him to carry out his
projected works. Besides, according to the fourth article of that
authorization Bingham could freely take out of the country all the
obtained pieces during his explorations, but with commitment of
giving them back to Peru's simple petition. Authorization in the
name of "international etiquette" that infringed some legal rules
and caused irreparable damage to Peru's cultural
DAY 6: Mon., June 22, 2015:
AGUAS CALIENTES - OLLANTA - PISAQ - SAQSAYWAMAN
In the morning we will have our train ride to the Sacred Valley and from there we will continue to enjoy the ancient Inka town of Pisaq. The entire mountain behind the village is considered an archaeological treasure, and for good reason. We are bussed several miles up to the top, from where we can hike downhill past ancient sites and burial grounds along an amazing trail with breathtaking views. We arrive to the Inka temples and observatories, we have a ceremony, then continue to a place where our bus has driven to meet us during one of the most beautiful walks in this region. In the afternoon we visit Saqsaywaman, which is a huge, stunning site which holds the great house of the Sun, where the head of the Puma of Cusco resides. Its megalithic, zigzag stone walls were pieced together with amazing skill, drawing the Snake and other Andean symbols, like a lightening bolt across a great field. After our ritual, we will continue to Cusco.
Planned Hotel (or similar):
*CUSCO: SIETE VENTANAS
Calle Siete Ventanas N° 207, Cusco, Perú - Tel: +51 084 241917
Pisac (2,970m) constitutes one of the most important Archaeological Sites in the region. It is located about 30 Kms. (18.6 miles) Northwest of Cusco City. Possibly its name comes from a type of partridge very common in the area known as "Pisaca." A vital Inka road once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The city, at the entrance to this gorge, now in ruins, controlled a route that connected the Inka Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor patchworked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac's Inka city are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden.
The colonial town named Pisac in the lower part of the valley was established as consequence of the famous "Indians Reductions" by which the Quechuas were joined in small towns. Historians suggest that it was established in order to protect the great capital from possible attacks of the Antis nations (the name of the "Andes" Mountains derives from "Anti"). Today it is still possible to observe the surrounding wall that protected the most important zone of the city. Moreover, inside the protected area are the vast farming terraces that supplied enough food for its inhabitants in case of sieges or conflicts; and there are also aqueducts that supplied water for agricultural development. It seems that water for consumption of the inhabitants was harnessed on the mountain's upper side and transported through underground channels.
Toward the West, on the irregular almost vertical surface of the mountain there is a large amount of something like hollows: they are looted tombs of the biggest pre-Hispanic cemetery in the region. Today. the cemetery is known as "Tankanamarka" (tankay = to push, marka = spot; it may be translated as "hurling spot"), and according to some estimates it must have contained about 10,000 tombs. In the Inkan belief it was stated that once persons died they began a newer life; therefore, their mummies were kept along with all their goods and necessary food.
When the invaders arrived they soon knew that inside the Inkan tombs they could also find jewels of precious stones and metals, thus they began with their diabolical profanation and pillaging of ancient Peruvians' tombs. That is why that cemetery in Pisac contains mostly looted tombs, some mummies are still inside the graves but not their jewels and daily life elements.
Intiwatana (inti = sun, watana = fastener) is the most important district in Pisac. It corresponds to the ceremonial core or spiritual complex of the city that has the best quality constructions with "sedimentary" type walls; that is, with polished-joint carved stones that have a rectangular outer surface. Its location on the mountain's upper section is superb and dominates visually a great territory of the valley. This sector must have been constituted by diverse temples with shrines for different deities. The lack of precise information today makes it difficult to know which were the ceremonies worshipped in every temple. In the complex's central part is a semicircular building with one lateral straight wall which main gate is toward the south, by deduction and analogy with other similar buildings it is established that this was the Sun Temple in Pisac. By the middle of this building is the altar carved in the in-situ rock, with a central interrupted conical protuberance that is known as "Intiwatana" ("Solar Meter"). but its original name must have been "Saywa" or "Sukanka") and must have been used for allowing observation of the solar movements with the help of some other elements or carved angles that served as "pegs" for calculating the shadow projections. The altar served to carry out different ceremonies worshipping to the Sun.
Descending the Sun Temple stairway, farther to the Southwest side is another interrupted conical carving that was surely used in a close relationship with the "Intiwatana." Even farther down to the west is a carved stone altar and a "stepping symbol" sculpted in the natural rock representing the three stages of the Andean World: the heaven, the earthly world and the subsoil. That sculpture was possibly used as a help element for solar observations too.
Pisac Market: Modern Pisac is a picturesque Andean Village. The village is best known for its market, which draws hundreds of tourists. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce. In the tourist section of the market you can buy a wide variety of handicrafts - mostly the same things you see in Cusco.
Sacsayhuaman (Saqsaywaman): Located one kilometer from the city of Cusco, the immense walls of the complex made up of huge stones distributed in a zigzag pattern in three platforms with an average of 1,181ft in length. These platforms are connected by flights of stairs and doorways also in stone; one of these is 2ft tall and 15ft wide and weighs more than 100 tons. The largest stone block found in Saqsaywaman stands 27.88ft high and weighs 130 tons. Together with the city of Cusco, this monumental complex is considered one of the new seven wonders of the world. This huge construction was planned and built by Andean Man. The Inkas called it the House of the Sun. The construction, which is made up of three platforms one on top of the other, was one of the most important spiritual centers at the Andes. Inka Pachakuti and other spiritual leaders considered this place as the most important temple dedicated to the Sun.
DAY 7: Tues., June 23, 2015:
TIPON – AMARU MACHAY – Q’ENQO
Morning visit Tipon, an ancient agricultural site with many terraces and an intricate irrigation system that runs along the Temple of the Water. We stop in Cusco for lunch then on to visit Amaru Machay, The Cave of the Serpents. Guided ceremonies at these powerful location, and Q’enqo, the sacred place of the Puma. Our guide Mallku is a specialist in Q’enco and its rich lore and history. Overnight in Cusco (Late Vegetarian Lunch)
Planned Hotel (or
*CUSCO: SIETE VENTANAS
Calle Siete Ventanas N° 207, Cusco, Perú - Tel: +51 084
Archaeological Park of Tipon: Tipon is a place of great water
fountains--another one of the most important architectural
complexes found in Cusco. This old site is located 23 km. Southeast
of the Inka capital at a height of 3,600 meters above sea level;
the highest area of the park is found at the pass of Ranraq'asa
above 3,900 meters. It belongs to the district of Oropesa, province
of Quispicanchis in Cusco.
Historian Luis Antonio Pardo says the real name of
Tipon may come from the Quechua word Timpuj which means "to be
boiling", and it relates to the water flowing out of the fountains
as if the liquid was boiling. This name was recently made up since
the original name is not known.
holds that Tipon could have been the Royal House of Yahuar Huaca,
who retreated here after being defeated by the Chancas. His son
Wiraqocha faced the Chancas and defeated them, being crowned Inka
instead of his father.
Garcilaso de la
Vega wrote the following: "It was determined that the son, as most
of the court decided, would be the head of the kingdom; and to
avoid riots and civil wars, they accepted everything the prince
wanted. After it was agreed, they obtained a Royal House, between
Muyna and Quepicancha, in a pleasant place with all the gifts,
fields, gardens and other royal amusements for hunting and fishing.
The house was built close to the Yucay river.." Angles assumes that
the place identified by Garcilaso is Tipon.
Watanay river passes close to Tipon and two small rivers flow out
of it to surround the complex. These could be the small rivers that
the Garcilaso wrote about. Muiuparka: A vortex where Inkas
performed rituals to create perfect union with the Creator and
Cosmic energy (phenomenal healings occur here.)
Q'enqo Amaru Machay (Cave of the
Serpent): Q'enqo means labyrinth or zigzag. Located 2km from
Cusco, this temple dedicated to Mother Earth is a unique center of
worship and for ceremonies. It has numerous ceremonial carvings,
holes and canals cut into the rock. One of its features is a
semi-natural underground chamber. Limestone formation intricately
carved with depictions of mythical beings, as well as winding
underground passageways and semicircular amphitheater. Believed to
have been used for worshipping the Earth. Temple of the Living
Light ceremonial altar and main spiritual center. Dedicated to the
Puma, the vibrant vortexes are some of the most powerful for
initiates, plus the mysterious Amaru Machay--Cave of the
Cusco: The sacred city of Cusco, center of the Inkan
empire, was designed by the legendary Inka Pachakuti in the
physical shape of a Puma. At 11,200 ft. above sea level, Cusco is
the heart of the Tawantinsuyo, Peru's pre-Colombian Empire. Cusco
today is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, a
fascinating and colorful paradox of the past and the present. When
this ancient city was the Tawantinsuyo's Capital it also must have
been the biggest and most important metropolis of the continent.
Pedro Sancho de la Hoz, a Spanish soldier who acted as Pizarro's
secretary, wrote in 1543 that in the city were found more than
100,000 houses. Santiago Agurto following relative population
densities estimates about 126,000 persons for the urban zone and
about 100,000 for the rural one, that is, a total population of
about 225,000 inhabitants. Today Cusco is considered the oldest
living city in the American Continent with a continuous occupation
of about 3,000 years until today.
What is traditionally known as the Inka
civilization (empire or state) began approximately by 1200
A.D. in its initial phase, and later around 1400 A.D. in its
expansive phase. One of the most difficult epochs in the
city's life was begun in 1533 with the arrival and subsequent
Christian invasion and ethnocide. November 15th 1533,
Francisco Pizarro refounded it for the Spanish King following
the Christian tradition on March 23rd 1534; with the name and
title of: THE VERY NOBLE AND GREAT CITY OF Cusco. In 1535
Pizarro founded the new capital in Lima that immediately
gained importance and power even until today. In 1536 Manko
Inka began a long and bloody war against the Christian
invaders having a siege of 8 months over the city. Finally in
1572, after a war that lasted 36 years, Tupaq Amaru I, the
last emperor of the Inkan dynasty was defeated, captured and
executed cutting his head off in Cusco's Main
Santo Domingo: This church is built over what once was
the most magnificent temple in the Americas, Qorikancha or Temple
of the Sun. Its courtyards were filled with life-sized gold and
silver representations of all the flora and fauna of the Empire.
Pizarro's men looted the temple as part of Inka Atahualpa royal
ransom who was held prisoner in Cajamarca by the Spaniards and
later killed. An earthquake destroyed the Santo Domingo church in
1950 revealing the Inka walls that were hidden or plastered over.
These walls of the Temple of the Sun are some of the finest example
of Inka stonework in existence.
Plaza de Armas: Called Wakaypata by the Quechuas,
signifies cry or moan, and originated in the expressions of
reverence and celebrations with which the priests or military
ceremonies were carried out in this place.
DAY 8: Weds., June 24, 2015:
INTI RAYMI: FESTIVAL OF THE SUN and HOUSE OF THE
In Cusco city - around the main square, we dedicate the morning to enjoying the performance of the Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi). Beautiful celebration in Cusco honoring the solstice. In the afternoon we discover the House of the Moon, an amazing place related to the feminine energies. Late in the afternoon ceremony with drums. Overnight in Cusco (Vegetarian Dinner)
Planned Hotel (or
*CUSCO: SIETE VENTANAS
Calle Siete Ventanas N° 207, Cusco, Perú - Tel: +51 084
Inti Raymi Festival, Cusco:
Before the invader
Spaniards banned the ceremonial events occurring each June Solstice
in Cusco, the native residents gathered to honor the Sun, they
offer their respect to the Pachamama and Wiracocha, as the main
entities giving life to humanity.
These ceremonies took place at the
June solstice, when the Sun is farthest from the earth in the
Southern Hemisphere. The celebrants fasted and purify their
bodies for days before the event, and were educated in the
earth rituals. In 1572, Viceroy Toledo banned Inti Raymi
celebrations as pagan and contrary to the Catholic faith.
Following the edict, the ceremonies went underground. Today,
thousands of people converge on Cusco from other parts of the
nation, South America and the world for a week long
celebration marking the beginning of a new year, the Inti
Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.
Every day has its events, from daytime expositions,
street fairs, and people milling and dancing in the streets. In the
evenings, live music from the best of Peruvian musical groups draws
the crowds to the Plaza de Armas for free concerts. During the
preceding year, in preparation for Inti Raymi, hundreds of actors
are chosen to represent historical figures. Being selected to
portray the Sapa Inka or his wife, Mama Ocllo, is a great honor.
The centerpiece of the festival is the all-day celebrations on June
24th, the actual day of Inti Raymi. On this day, the ceremonial
events begin with an invocation by the Sapa Inka in the Qorikancha.
Here, the Sapa Inka and the spiritual leaders call on the blessings
from life. Following the invocations, the Sapa Inka is carried on a
golden throne, a provably replica of the ancient ones which weighed
about 60 kilos, in a procession to the Solar temple of
Sacsayhuaman, in the hills above Cusco. With the Sapa Inka come the
high priests, garbed in ceremonial robes, then officials of the
court, nobles and others, all elaborately costumed according to
their rank, with silver and gold ornaments.
They walk along flower-bedecked streets,
to music and prayers and dancing. Women sweep the streets to
clear them of evil spirits. At Sacsayhuam¡n , where huge
crowds await the arrival of the procession, Sapa Inka climbs
to the sacred altar where all can see him. Once all the
celebrants are in place in the grand square of the temple,
there are speeches by Sapa Inka, the priests and
representatives of the Suyos: the Snake for the world below,
the Puma for life on earth, and the Kondor for the upper
world. It will be celebrations to ensure the fertility of the
earth which in combination with light and warmth from the Sun
provides a bountiful crop. As the sun begins to set, stacks of
straw are set on fire and the celebrants dance around them to
honor the Tawantinsuyu or the Empire of the Four Wind
Directions. The ceremony of Inti Raymi ends with a procession
back to Cusco. The Inka and Mama Ocllo are carried on their
thrones, the high priests and representatives of the masters
pronounce blessings on the people. Once again, a new year has
begun. The Inti Raymi today occurs on June 24th and is also
celebrated throughout Peru as Indians Day.
House of the Moon: In the afternoon we discover and meditate
at the HOUSE OF THE MOON, an amazing place of initiation
related to the feminine energies, east of Cusco. Here are some
photos from a previous tour:
DAY 9: Thurs., June 25, 2015:
CUSCO - PUNO - LAKE TITIKAKA
Day trip by bus to Puno visiting sacred sites along the way. Overnight Puno. Nice trip to Lake Titikaka, stopping along the way at the magnificent Temple of Wiraqocha. We will arrive at our hotel in Puno in the late afternoon (Late Lunch in Puno)
Raqchi: On the road from Cusco to Puno in the town of Raqchi lies an Inkan city-temple, dedicated to the most important entity Wiraqocha. Raqchi is found on the right bank of the Vilkanota River, at an altitude of 3600 ms. (11500 ft.). Apparently its pre-Hispanic name was “Kacha” and not “Raqchi”. Raqchi was a complex village with multiple constructions for various purposes; including farming terraces, “kanchas” (plazas), “wayranas” (buildings having only 3 walls), “qolqas” (storehouses), different shrines, water fountains, etc.
Planned Hotel (or
*PUNO: ROYAL INN
Jr. Ayacucho, 4338 Puno – Phone: +51 51 364574
Raqchi: On the road from Cusco to
Puno in the town of Raqchi lies an Inkan city-temple,
dedicated to the most important entity Wiraqocha. Raqchi is
found on the right bank of the Vilcanota River, at an altitude
of 3500 mts. (11500 ft.). Apparently its pre-Hispanic name was
"Cacha" and not "Raqchi." Raqchi was a complex village with
multiple constructions for various purposes; including farming
terraces, "kanchas" (plazas), "wayranas" (buildings having
only 3 walls), "qolqas" (storehouses), different shrines,
water fountains, etc.
important building within the complex is the "Wiraqocha Temple",
built by Inka Wiraqocha in homage to the Superior Invisible Entity
of Andean people: "Apu Kon Titi Wiraqocha." The shrine was built
after the appearance of a man who began performing miracles, and
the village inhabitants decided to stone him to death. After
searching for him, they found him knelt with arms extended skyward.
Immediately, a fire rain fell. With remorse the men left him free.
That strange man went toward the coast and submerged into the ocean
waters, disappearing forever. Thereafter, a shrine was constructed
in his memory, as well as the sculpture of a stone representation.
Concerning the fire rain, it may have been an eruption of the
presently extinguished volcano "Kinsach'ata." There is a great
quantity of dried lava (volcanic rock) around the
"Wiraqocha Temple" is a grandiose construction for its era.
Architectonically it is classified as "kallanka"; that is, a large
building completely covered with a thatched roofing (wood and
DAY 10: Fri., June 26, 2015:
POWER PLACES OF TITIKAKA
Today we discover the ancient AIMARA altars as we walk the sacred path on the Magical Serpent and explore the Ajayu Marka, a dimensional world with its doors. Continue to Chaskas for a salutation to the spirit of Titikaka and at the end of the afternoon, meditation with the energy of Fertility to balance our energies. Overnight Puno (Picnic Lunch)
Planned Hotel (or similar):
*PUNO: ROYAL INN
Jr. Ayacucho, 4338 Puno – Phone: +51 51 364574
Lake Titikaka and the House of the Golden Sun
Disc. Peru is a land steeped in ancient wisdom that is
vital for our planet during these transitional times. Life in the
Inkan empire was measured by a thousand year cosmic cycle called an
Inti, which means 'Sun'. This thousand year cycle was then divided
into halves, each of which was referred to as a Pachakuti ("he who
transform the earth"). The cosmovision of the Andean world is the
conception of duality that is in permanent opposition, but
complementary, like the principle of ying/yang that expresses this
opposition. This same principle of duality applies to each
Pachakuti. However, Pachakuti also refers to the transitional time
that divided each Pachakuti and this is characterized as a time of
During the five
hundred years of the eighth Pachakuti, Pachacuteq, the greatest
spiritual leader of the Inkas and the builder of Machu Picchu
ruled. This was a time of light when the Inka Empire flourished and
there was expansion and good fortune.
Pachakuti, on the opposite side of the duality, brought with it the
five hundred years of darkness when the Spanish invaded the Andes.
We are now entering the tenth Pachakuti, which the Andean people
refer to as the returning of Pachacuteq, the returning of the
Light. This is the time when the etheric crystal cities of the
fourth dimension such as the lost golden city of Paititi and the
eternal etheric city under lake Titikaka will again be available to
One of the Solar
Discs in the Inka time that was at Cusco, and placed in the
Qorikancha, the main Temple of the Sun, stayed there until the
coming of the Spanish. At that time, it was returned to Lake
Titikaka and placed in the Eternal Etheric City inside the Lake. In
the legend of their origin, this is the place from where the first
Inkas, Mallku Qhapak and Mama Oqllo, entered the Earth.
Mallku Qhapak and Mama
The Solar Disc was used in the capacity of a cosmic computer that
received light information directly from the Universal Mind Source,
Wiraqocha, at the Universe. By entering the Temple of Illumination
and opening themselves, the Inkas could access the sacred wisdom.
During this age of Pachakuti, the sacred Solar Disc is to be
re-activated accessing the cosmic wisdom. Many of the world's
spiritual leaders, as well as indigenous teachers, acknowledge the
energy of the Andes, which is the expression of the feminine
electromagnetic light, having its center in the Lake Titikaka. This
area is the acknowledged portal through which the new feminine
energies are entering Mother Earth 'Pacha Mama."
We wonder how
pre-Columbian and other great cultures had precise knowledge of
astronomy, of planetary and sidereal dimensions, without possessing
the technology of today. These ancient peoples built cities with
solar orientation, knew about geographic and magnetic North,
verified the precession of the equinoxes, arrival of the solstices,
passage of the Sun at the zenith, inclination of the axis of the
Earth's rotation axis in accord with the ecliptic (Earth's orbital
plane), and elliptical orbit of the Earth around the Sun. This is
the mystery of the ancients, awakening wonder and awe as we visit
Peru's sacred sites.
Titikaka: Walk the sacred path on the Magical Serpent and
discover the Ajayu Marka, a dimensional
world with its doors. We walk to the Magical Power source of the
Ajayu Marka, House of the ancient Spirits and Masters and the
dimensional doorway of the Ancient Ones. House of the spirits--an
interdimensional doorway. The Ancients created the main altars to
the Sun in the Aimara regions. We will travel to "Ajayu Marka" to
walk on the back of the Cosmic Serpent before arriving to revel in
and experience the vortex energy of the Interdimensional Gate of
Aramu Muru, a portal for dimensional shifting and University of the
Seven Rays. Experience a ceremony at the Doorway that will help you
connect with the powerful Interdimensional energies that flow into
this timeless altar. Stand in portals carved out rock on either
side of the main alter, to balance your male and female
The experience of
placing your 3rd eye on the contact point on the doorway itself can
only be described by you as you have your own unique
Aimara People: We continue to the Sun gate of the Copamaya altars,
located closeto beautiful beaches, where we give salutations to the
Spirit of the Lake Tiitikaka.
The Aimara people
living in the Titikaka Basin and on the islands still practice
their ancient methods of agriculture on stepped terraces that
predate Inka times. They grow barley, quinoa (a type of pigweed
that produces a small grain), and the potato, which originated on
remnants of an ancient people, the Uru, still live on floating mats
of dried totora (a reedlike papyrus that grows in dense brakes in
the marshy shallows). From the totora, the Uru and other lake
dwellers make their famed balsas--boats fashioned of bundles of
dried reeds lashed together that resemble the crescent-shaped
papyrus craft pictured on ancient Egyptian monuments. The Uros are
singular people and even though they keep to themselves, they do
allow people to visit with them.
Chucuito Fertility Temple:
On a small
promontory on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca, Chucuito, a
small Aymara town, is one of the oldest in the altiplano
region. The town, capital of the province during colonial
times, has a lovely main square and a colonial church, Nuestra
Senora de La Asuncion (built in 1601). Chucuito was also the
primary Inca settlement in the region. Near another colonial
church, Santo Domino, is a most curious construction dating to
pre-Columbian times and the town's main attraction: Inca Uyo
is composed of dozens of large, mushroom-shaped phallic
stones, most a few feet high, which were apparently erected as
part of fertility rituals.
anatomically correct stones, which until a few years ago were kept
in a sterile museum, leave little doubt as to what their creators
were getting at. Some point up at the sun god, Inti, while others
are inserted into the ground, directed at Pachamama, or Mother
Earth. At the center of the ring, lording over the fertility
temple, is the king phallus. Local guides tell tales of the exact
rituals during which virgins purportedly sat for hours atop the
phalluses to increase fertility.
stones might predate the Incas, but some contend that they are
fake. Spanish missionaries did everything in their power to destroy
all symbols and structures they considered pagan, and it does seem
odd that they would have constructed two churches nearby but left
this temple intact.
DAY 11: Sat., June 27, 2015:
AMANTANI - LOVE ISLAND - THE CENTER OF LIGHT
This morning we cross the highest navigable lake in the world to the island of Amantani. The spiritual leader of the community will led us in a Power Offering for Pachamama. This night we share with the locals and stay in their homes (Lunch + Dinner)
In the simple homes of island inhabitants
Lake Titikaka Legend:
Titikaka ("Rock of
the Puma") was, according to Andean legend, the birthplace of
civilization. Wiraqocha, the creator, brought light into a dark
world by directing the Sun, Moon and stars to rise up out of the
lake and take their place in the sky. With time the Sun and Moon
had children who also rose from the depths of the lake. These new
people were sent out from Titikaka to the four corners of the
earth, with Mallku Qhapac and his sister Mama Oqllo and their
family clan being sent off to inhabit the Cusco region. Inka legend
believed that Mallku was the first Inka and a direct descendent
from the Sun.
location in Titikaka of the birthplace of the Sun, Moon and Mallku
Qhapac is actually on the Bolivian side of the lake on the islands
named the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) and Isla de la Luna
(Island of the Moon).
mythology, Mallku Qhapac and Mama Oqllo, children of the Sun,
emerged from the depths of Lake Titikaka to found their empire.
Like famous naturalist Jacques Cousteau, today's visitors to
Titikaka will surely feel the same emotion that captivated the
symbolic universe of the ancient Peruvians. With lofty snow-capped
peaks along its far shores, the vast blue lake at 3,810m is one of
the Andes' most enchanting scenes.
Lake Titikaka statistics: The
world's highest lake navigable to large vessels, lying at
12,500 feet (3,810 m) above sea level in the Andes Mountains,
astride the border between Peru to the Northwest and Bolivia
to the Southeast. Titikaka is the second largest lake of South
America (after Maracaibo). It covers 3,350 square miles (8,600
square km) and extends for a distance of 120 miles (190 km).
It is 40 miles (65 km) across at its widest point. A narrow
strait, Tiquina, separates the lake into two bodies of water.
The smaller, in the Southeast, is called Lake Winay Marka
which belongs to Bolivia; the larger, in the Northwest, is
called Lake Chucuito and belongs to Peru.
meaning of the name Titikaka is uncertain, but it has been
variously translated as Rock of the Puma, Stone Puma, or Crag of
Lead. In the snow-covered Cordillera Real on the Northeastern
(Bolivian) shore of the lake, some of the highest peaks in the
Andes rise to heights of more than 21,000 feet (6,400
lake averages between 460 and 600 feet (140 and 180 m) in depth,
but the bottom tilts sharply toward the Peruvian shore, reaching
its greatest recorded depth of 920 feet (280 m) around the Soto
island in the lake's Northeast side.
than Forty islands rise from Titikaka's waters. The largest,
Titikaka Island (Spanish: Isla de Titikaka, also called Isla del
Sol), lies just off the tip of the Copacabana Peninsula in Bolivia.
There are several islands that can be accessed from Puno City. The
most popular of these are the islands of Uros, Taquile and
Ruins on the shore and on the islands attest to the
previous existence of one of the oldest civilizations known in the
Americas, antedating the Christian era. The chief site is at
Tiwanaku, Bolivia, at the Southern end of the lake.
Amantani Island is located 38 km from the city of Puno,
3,810 meters above sea level, 3,5 hours by motorboat. Amantani is a
beautiful island with warm and hospital inhabitants. Its greatest
attraction is based on the social, ethnic and archaeological
aspects. Among its most important and well-known places are the
temples of Pachatata and Pachamama dedicated to the cult of the
earth and heaven. From there on you can have an excellent panoramic
view of the lake, as well as a view of the oriental mountain range
and the Bolivian side with its mountain range.
DAY 12: Sun., June 28, 2015: TEMPLES OF THE LIGHT - PUNO
Early in the morning we ascend to the temples of Pachatata and Pachamama where we present our offering to Pachamama and to life. After some lunch we boat back to the continent and will have our transportation to Puno and have a free afternoon.
Planned Hotel (or
similar): *PUNO: ROYAL INN
Jr. Ayacucho, 4338 Puno – Phone: +51 51 364574
Puno City is located in the Southeast corner of Peru, on the
shores of the magnificent Lake Titikaka and only 126km from the
frontier with Bolivia. At 3,827m in altitude, Puno is a melting pot
of Andean cultures including the Aimara from the South and Quechua
from the North. This has earned Puno the title of 'Folkloric
Capital of Peru' which it lives up to well with its huge number and
variety of traditional fiestas, dances and music.
city, whose full name is San Carlos de Puno, was founded in 1668
following the discovery of nearby silver mines. Prior to this, Puno
had been a small stopping off place between the much larger silver
mines at Potosi in Bolivia and to the way to Lima.
Today, Puno is a predominately agricultural region.
Its main economic activities are cultivating potatoes, barley and
quinoa, as well as raising cattle, sheep, llamas and alpacas. If
you're looking for Peruvian knitwear you'll find the markets in
Puno have a huge selection and are probably the cheapest in
DAY 13: Mon., June 29, 2015:
PUNO - SILLUSTANI - LIMA
Morning visit to the Andean Taj Majal at Sillustani, another sacred site for our closing ritual and circle, then transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima. If you are flying out that night, you will be taken directly to the international departure at the airport. If your flight is the next day, you will be transferred to your hotel in Lima for that night.
If you must leave on your international flight tonight, then we will take you to the airport for your international connection. However, it is preferable to leave on your international flight on June 30.
Planned Hotel (or
Calle Atahualpa 199 Miraflores - Lima - Phone: 51(1)2068800
Sillustani: Sillustani is an ancient burial ground
near lake Titikaka. The tombs are built above the ground, and with
deep symbolism. The ancient people in Peru believed in a mother
earth that created and regulated life. When a person died, they
were mummified in the fetal position, just like they came into the
world. The doors of the tombs face east, because that is where the
Sun is born from the mother earth every day.
DAY 14: Tues., June 30, 2015:
LIMA to HOME.
Transfer to the airport to your international flight
home and begining of a new path in your life.
If your flight is late at night on June 30, then you can book an extra hotel night in Lima for late check-out on June 30 if you wish to rest longer in the hotel before your flight. If your flight is July 1 or later, then you can book more hotel nights in Lima, which are available on the
In general, Peru
has two seasons, wet and dry, but in a country as geographically
diverse as Peru, local weather patterns vary greatly. In the
highlands, the dry season is between May and November, but even the
mountains' wet season is not always wet and the dry season sees
downpours. Temperatures during the day in the dry season can get
hot. At night, temperatures can drop quickly and a warm sweater
makes walking around the plazas comfortable.
Highlands (Cusco, Lake Titicaca)
Mid April to October.
This period is the dry season, with hot, dry days and cold, dry
nights, often hovering just above freezing, particularly in June
and July. May is perhaps the best month with the countryside
exceptionally lush, yet with superb views and fine weather. You'll
find the flowers in full bloom, the grass green and the streams
November to Mid April
This is the wet season with most rain in January and February.
It's usually clear and dry most mornings with outbursts of heavy
rain in the afternoons. The daily temperatures are typically mild
with only a small drop at night.
The Coast (Lima, Nasca, Arequipa).
December to April
This is summertime on the coast where the weather is hot and dry
and ideal for swimming and getting a tan. Temperatures on average
range from 25 to 35°C. There is little or no rain during these
From May to November the temperature drops a bit and you'll find
blankets of sea mist engulfing the coast from the south right up to
about 200 km north of Lima. At this time of year only the northern
beaches such as Mancora and Punta Sal are warm enough to provide
Temperatures and Rainfall
- Use boots or
athletic shoes during walks.
- Drinking lots of water on long excursions, especially at Lake
- Always take an umbrella or rainwear.
The tap water in
most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place
to place. To avoid problems, we recommend that you always drink
bottled water, which is readily available everywhere for purchase.
Do not drink any tap water, even to brush your teeth. Do not eat
any raw salads, raw fruits or raw vegetables. If you want to purify
your water before drinking it, your can either bring a 220-volt
heating coil for boiling water, or you can use water-purification
tablets or a water purifier, which is available at any camping
abound in crowded areas and muggings in Cusco are on the rise.
Therefore you are advised to leave all valuables in the hotel safe,
including passport, credit cards, and other identifying papers. You
are advised to leave valuable clothing, precious jewelry, valuable
papers, and all unnecessary items at home and not take them to
Because you are
visiting Andean areas, take precautions to avoid altitude sickness
if you are prone to it. During your first day move slowly and eat
lightly, resting the first couple of hours. Drink lots of bottled
water. We recommend that you get CELL FOOD from a health food
store. This product, created by NASA, has components to produce
oxygen in a liquid form.
involve a lot of walking at very high altitudes:
from the entrance, we will walk uphill to a viewpoint above the
city, about one mile steep walk. Within the city, many stairs to
from the port on the island we will walk a distance of one mile
steeply uphill to get to the houses where we will be lodged. The
next morning, the ones who feel ready will climb to the temples,
which are one more mile uphill from the houses. In none of these
place we are running; we are walking and taking our time. The
difference altitude from the port to the temples in the next day is
about 1000 feet. If some feel that they can not make to the temples
can wait in the lower part of the island.
Dimensional Door Way, from the bus we will walk a few meters to the
first stops, not very far to walk. For the second part, we need to
walk half a mile to get to the Dimensional Doorway. This is
we will do a walk of about half a mile, with some little climbing,
At the airport in
Lima, you will be met by our representative with a placard that has
your name on it. You will be transported to your hotel. At the time
of your departure, our representative will take you to the airport.
As long as you sent us your detailed flight information, you are
Weather and loading
and unloading can cause more than usual wear and tear to luggage in
Peru. Accordingly, all luggage should be capable of withstanding
rain and rugged treatment. For your flights within Peru, the weight
limit is 20 kilograms (44.1 pounds) or less. If you exceed this
weight, you will have to pay a penalty. Generally as you arrive at
the hotels, you do not need to handle luggage from one place to
another. You have to identify your luggage to the porters of hotels
so they can carry your luggage to your room. We recommend that all
bags have your identification name in order to bring to your room
or to the places you need.
Carry-On Allowance: 1
Bag + 1 Personal Item
Each passenger is
allowed to carry on one bag and one personal item such as a purse
or briefcase. Assistive devices and outer garments do not count as
personal items. All carry-on luggage must fit in the overhead bin
or under the seat in front of you and adhere to the following
- Maximum Weight of Carry-on Luggage for first and business class:
- Maximum Weight of Carry-on Luggage for
economy class: 8kg/18lb
- Maximum Dimensions of Carry-on Luggage:
46 linear inches/115 cm (22x14x10 in/ 55x35x25 cm)
- Maximum Dimensions of Personal Item:
21in x 16in x 8in (length x width x height)
* In addition, first and business class passengers may take a
folding garment bag.
Allowance for domestic flights within Peru
- First class: 88lb/40kg
- Business class: 66lb/30kg
- Economy class: 44lb/20kg
and oversize baggage fees vary by route.
Excess baggage is
- An extra piece in addition to the two
- Any piece exceeding the permitted
- Any piece weighing 50 lb/23kg -
- Any piece weighing 70 lb/32kg -
99lb/45kg will be charged according to the route.
One U.S. dollar =
approximately 2.58 PEN Perun Nuevo Sol (subject to fluctuation).
One PEN = approximately U.S. dollar $.38. You may experience
difficulty in exchanging traveler's checks outside Lima or in
exchanging currency other than U.S. Dollars. Please consider
changing your money in Lima. There is usually a currency exchange
bank at international airports such as in Lima. That would be a
good option for changing money.
Be sure to get
travel insurance in case you need to cancel for any reason. Divine
Travels carries no travel insurance. Please go to
There are laundry
services at the main towns, and the hotels are also doing this
service. In Cusco, after returning from Machu Picchu, you can use
laundry at the hotel or at the different houses in town. Of course
the hotels are always more expensive.
abound in Peru. You will have the opportunity to connect via the
Internet in many places. There is Internet service all over the
main towns and in some little ones. There are Internet cabins or
Internet cafes in many places, but if you prefer, you can bring
your own laptop with all the accessories to plug in some of the
hotels or even Internet cafes with wireless. In nearly all the
hotels you find some internet services. Some are charging US $2 per
hour, and others offer for free. In towns you pay US $1 per
Be sure to bring
an adapter for Peru/South America so you can plug in to the 220
voltage system in Peru. Nearly all laptops and cell phone adapters
are already built for dual voltage (110 and 220), so you would not
need a transformer unless you are plugging in something that is 110
There are call
centers in all the towns where you can make international phone
calls for about 30 to 50 cents per minute. If you wish to use your
cell phone, you can make arrangements with your phone carrier to
make international calls while you are in Peru.
visa, if required from your country).
-Airplane tickets or E-Ticket page with confirmation number and/or
-Camera and camcorder, and extra batteries, to photograph
interdimensional lights or beings.
-Clothing for Winter (June to Sept.): Temperature can get down to
-Clothing for temperatures listed in chart above. Please note low
-Hiking shoes or athletic shoes.
-Warm hat or cap.
-Waterproof shoes or sandals for walking on gravel in lakes,
streams, and hot springs.
-You can buy alpaca sweaters in Peru.
-Toilet paper for emergencies.
-Antiseptic wipes for emergencies.
-Binoculars, if you enjoy them.
-Sunglasses, if needed.
-Seat cushion for rocky or wet ground, if you feel you need
-Towel for hot springs.
-Rain poncho or other rainwear (it may rain, even during dry
-Gifts for children, such as boxes of crayolas, boxes of pencils,
toys, or clothing.
-A few crystals, sage, or sweetgrass, to give to Pacamama in
-Do not bring expensive jewelry or perfume.
-Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
-Flashlight and extra batteries.
-Backpack, fannypack, and secret pack for valuables.
-Prescriptions, vitamins, and medications.
-Wash kit, water bottle and water purifying tablets.
-Personal first aid kit.
-Immodium for diarrhea.
-May consider bringing oscillococcinum, aspirin, CO-Q10,
E-mergen-C, L-Tyrosine, DMG.
-CELL FOOD: A product for high altitudes, created by NASA, that
produces oxygen in a liquid form.
About the gifts,
we recommend to bring colors, crayons, pens, notebooks, pencils,
toys, clothes, or others, but not candies or chemical products. The
quantity is never easy to say. For sure, children will love to
receive more than one piece--at least two or more. There will be at
least three or four places where we meet children from communities
or little villages in the Lake Titikaka area.