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Ancient Mysteries of Machu Picchu, Cusco
& the Sacred Valley of the Incas
A Journey to Explore the Ancient Technology of the Megalithic Sites & Andean Spirituality

June 4 - 13, 2017

 

Post-Tour Extension # 1 - Lake Titicaca
June 13 – 16, 2017

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Post-Tour Extension # 2 - BOLIVIA: Tiahuanaco/Puma Punku

June 16 – 18, 2017

               

 

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TOUR REGISTRATION CLOSED as of May 19, 2017!

Our Sacred Sites Journey begins on June 4, 2017 when our group of sacred travelers
from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia fly to Cusco.

If you'd like to follow our daily visits to the various sacred sites,
please bookmark this page and visit it.
If you're on Facebook, you can also do so on our Sacred Sites Journeys Page
www.facebook.com/SacredSitesJourneys/

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YOUR INVITATION!

Since 1994, PERU has been one of our most popular destinations.



Sacred Sites Journeys' Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham,
longtime researcher of ancient megalithic history & technology and Andean ritual specialist
who has led over 30 groups to Peru since 1993
and
Shua Meyer, independent researcher and Founder of the very popular Facebook Page Ancient Enthusiast
invite you to join us in June 2017 on this very unique journey
to PERU & BOLIVIA's most incredible megalithic locations...and more!

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Here's two YouTube Videos of some of Peru's most important pre-Inca megalithic sites!
Enjoy your short armchair visits and/or come with us in June to experience them in person!

Sacred Sites Journeys - PERU: Machu Picchu

Sacred Sites Journeys - PERU: Sacsayhuaman

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For those of you on Facebook, check out this awesome video produced by Shua Meyer and Ancient Enthusiast:
https://www.facebook.com/AncientEnthusiast/videos/1258137970913400/

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

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During your 3 days/ 2 nights at one of the world's most ancient megalithic sites,
we'll enter twice for group and individual exploration.

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You'll also have the optional opportunity to experience traditional Andean rituals
from the Inca Spiritual Tradition to connect with the Pachamama (Mother Earth) in all Her forms....
the Serpent, Puma and Condor, the totem animals of the Three Worlds;
the elements of earth, wind, fire and water;
and the sacred apus, the famous mountain spirits of the Andes.

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Three Worlds of the Incan Cosmology are depicted in the three photos above:
The Lower (Ucu Pacha), Middle (Kay Pacha) & Upper (Hanan Pacha) World,
and their Totem Animals - the Serpent, Puma and Condor.

Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, a trained Andean ritual specialist, will faciliate experiences to assist you to
tap into the transformational energies that are still present in its various temples.

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TOUR PERSONNEL

Featured Speaker & Tour Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham



Co-Founder & Director of Sacred Sites Journeys

 Andrea Mikana-Pinkham is the Co-Founder with her husband author Mark Amaru Pinkham of Sacred Sites Journeys. After their first journey to Peru in 1993 they began taking groups annually to the Andes. Andrea has led over 30 groups to Peru since that time. She is an Andean ritual specialist and a longtime researcher of ancient megalithic technology and history.

In addition, Andrea is a teacher in the The Seven Rays Order and Mystery School and  The Djedhi School of Ancient Wisdom. She is the
Reiki Grand Master of Ichi Sekai (One World) Reiki, and a spiritual counselor.


Andrea is the Admin of the following groups and pages on Facebook which explore our ancient past: Ancientology,
Ancient Mysteries, Archaeology, Egypt Peru and All Ancient Connections, Egypt Land of the Pharaohs, Sacred Sites Journeys - Page, SacredSitesJourneys - Group.
And she is an associate of these pages: Ancient Enthusiast and MegalithResearch.

As well, Andrea is also an Andean Ritual Specialist and Mesa Carrier in the Inca Spiritual Tradition, having received shamanic training from Elders in Peru since 1994. She has also been initiated into two Andean esoteric societies.

To read In the Arms of the Pachamama, Andrea's account of a healing ritual she participated in with one of her former groups, Click Here

A Message from Andrea:
During the past 23 years that I've been traveling and taking groups to Peru I've explored and studied the ancient sites with an eye to their megalithic construction. I've come to the conclusion that the sites in and around Cusco, in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu were not built by the Incas, but by an ancient worldwide pre-flood civilization that possessed an advanced stonework technology. And during my visits to Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku in Bolivia I'm come to very similar conclusions. We'll visit these sites and examine them regarding this theory. I'll also support you to take time there to explore on your own, as well as to reflect among these ancient ruins to connect with their powerful palpable energies.

I've worked with quite a few different tour guides over the years I've been working in Peru. For this journey I've chosenOscar Atayupanqui Gaona as our guide. Our group members in the past have found him to not only be extremely knowledgeable about all the sites we'll visit, but also very warm-hearted and supportive of our unique approach to explore the ancient mysteries of his homeland. See below for more information about him.

Also, during my time in Peru and Bolivia I've developed an extensive network of hotel and restaurant owners, artisans and craftspeople who will help me to make your journey one that you will treasure for the rest of your life!


To read "In the Arms of the Pachamama",
Andrea's account of a healing ritual she participated in
with one of her former groups,
Click Here

For more information about Andrea, Click Here


Featured Speaker & Tour Host: Shua Meyer



It's with great pleasure we introduce to you, Shua Meyer, your Tour Host
for our June 2017 Sacred Sites Journeys Ancient Mysteries Journey
to Peru and Bolivia’s most ancient megalithic sacred sites.

Shua began his interest in archaeology at a young age. He lived in a region rich in wine heritage and Native American Indian homelands. Artifacts abounded in the vineyards that he grew up in. His entire family was avid National Geographic collectors and all through his life he experienced the world of global archaeology vicariously through whatever magazines and books he could find on the subject. His dream as a child was to become an archaeologist in his home region of Napa Valley, California. The many artifacts he collected from his vineyard excursions were his most prized possessions as a youngster and at age 16, he donated his collection to the local museum where many of the artifacts are still on display.

He spent much of his young adulthood achieving other goals such as his numerous college and university degrees ranging from IT and Business to English and Viticulture. Shua funded these scholastic achievements by working in restaurants and wineries and is a known and accomplished restaurant manager, chef and custom caterer. His passion for wine led him back to his winery roots and led him to employment with some of the top wineries in Napa, most notably Castello di Amorossa Winery, where he vanquished as a wine educator for 5 years.

This is where he met his dream come true, Aline, and the two sommeliers were wed within months. A few years later they moved to Aline’s home town of Tietę in Sao Paulo state, Brasil, where they live with their two children today. They own and operate an exclusive private English school where they teach English to professionals.

Two years ago, Shua realized that his secret passion for researching all things ancient was of interest to others. His friends and family urged him to share with the general public and thus the ever more popular new Facebook page, Ancient Enthusiast, was created. As he is a professional translator and advanced English professor, he is able to afford time to share with the world his passion for ancient research that was all throughout his life reserved for himself, or other rare interested friends.

A Message from Shua: All of us Ancient Enthusiasts have a chance to visit the most incredible ancient megalithic sites in Peru together. Sacred Sites Journeys has well over 20 years experience providing exclusive access and guides to these dream locations and has the best trip ever lined up for us. I am so excited about the trip but most of all to meet you and share these wonders together. I plan to return home a changed man and with some amazing new friends. Come to Peru with us and return home, changed forever.


Tour Guide: Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona


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Oscar is a Licensed Tour Guide and has worked with Andrea on past Sacred Sites Journeys. He has a Masters Degree in Anthropology and is pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Archaeology. Our group members have found him to not only be extremely knowledgeable about all the sites we'll visit, but also very warm-hearted and supportive of our approach to the Ancient Mysteries Journey.

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ITINERARY

Machu Picchu, Cusco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas
June 4 - 13, 2017

We will not be offering another Sacred Sites Journey to PERU and BOLIVIA again until 2019,
so if you're considering going with us, come this year!

Day 1. Sunday, June 4. Flight Lima/Cusco, Free Time; Welcome Dinner (D)

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Main Plaza in Cusco

Our Sacred Journey to PERU begins today with your flight from Lima to Cusco. Please book your international flight to Lima to arrive by 7:00AM local time this morning, in order to connect with your later morning group flight to Cusco booked by Sacred Sites Journeys.
(NOTE: Once you register, Sacred Sites Journeys can refer you to the local family-owned airport hotel in Lima that we've used with our groups in Peru since 1994. You will be able to book pre-tour services with them directly (in English) in case you need to arrive in Lima before Sunday, June 4th. Services include: meeting at the airport by an English-speaking representative from the hotel, private transfer to the hotel for overnight (includes breakfast), and transfer back to the airport on Sunday, with assistance checking in for the flight to Cusco.)

Check in at the Lima International Airport for your flight to Cusco that has been booked for you by Sacred Sites Journeys.
(Complete details to be provided in the final itinerary sent to group members 2 weeks to 10 days before you depart to Peru.)

Depart Lima on a spectacular 55-minute flight over the towering peaks of the Andes Mountains. As you fly into Cusco, colorful capital of the ancient Inca Empire, breathe and take in the welcome greetings from the snow-capped Apus (sacred mountains). Deplane, claim your luggage and exit the terminal. Meet Andrea Mikana-Pinkham and our local tour representative for your transfer to our hotel in the heart of the city. After checking into your room, take time to rest this afternoon and evening to adjust to the change in altitude from sea level in Lima to over 11,000 ft. here in Cusco.

Tonight we enjoy a group Welcome Dinner of traditional Peruvian cuisine at a local restaurant. Musicians and dancers will entertain us with Andean music and folklore dances.

Overnight Cusco. Hotel Ruinas.


Day 2. Monday, June 5. Cusco: Introductory Meeting, Coricancha, Sacred Ritual with Q’ero Elders (B/L)

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After breakfast, gather for our Group Introductory Meeting. Andrea-Mikana Pinkham will facilitate your introduction to Pachamama Land and will explain the Incan Cosmology of the Three Worlds and the Pachamama, including the Totem Animals - the Serpent, the Puma and the Condor. One of these power animals will reveal itself to you through drawing special cards. You'll then be able to focus on your totem during a short meditation facilitated by Mark & Andrea to help you begin to connect with its sacred energies. As well, our Tour Host Shua Meyer will share some information with you to set the stage for your visits to the ancient megalithic sites.

After our meeting, we're off to visit the Temple of the Sun, the Coricancha, "the corral of gold". Though it was primarily dedicated to the Inca Creator God Viracocha and their Sun God Inti, the Coricancha also had other shrines to the Moon, Venus, the Pleiades, and various weather deities such as lightning and the rainbow. The first Spanish who entered Cusco reported that ceremonies were conducted around the clock here, and that it was opulent with gold beyond belief! The carved granite walls were covered with sheets of pure gold; the large courtyard was filled with life-size pure gold sculptures of animals and a field of corn; the floors were covered in solid gold. This sacred temple was also used as an astronomical observatory and calendrical device to calculate precessional movement. Forty ceques, or lines of energy ran from the temple for hundreds of miles to major celestial points on the horizon. Four of these represented the four quarters of Tawantinsuyu, the Inca Empire. Others pointed to the equinox and solstice points, and still others to the heliacal rise positions of different stars and constellations highly important to the Inca.

Spanish historians recorded that the Golden Solar Disc was hanging in the Coricancha when they arrived. The Inca priests and priestesses immediately hid it and from there the story is one of which legends are made. One version says that the Incas took it deep into the jungle past Machu Picchu to hide it from the conquistadors, and that it was never found by the Spanish. To this day, expeditions have been mounted to search for Paititi, the lost city of the Incas where it is supposed to reside. So fare this sacred object remains hidden! Other legends say that it was taken to Lake Titicaca and there it resides to this day, on an etheric dimension, sending out its rays of Unconditional Love to assist in the upliftment of humanity during this time of the Pachacuti - the Andean legend of “the turning of the world” - to a new state of elevated consciousness. Still another legend says that when struck in a particular way and while chanting certain sacred sounds, that the Disc could be used to transport the priest kings between dimensions. It is said that Aramu Muru, known in traditional Peruvian history as Manco Capac, the first Inca, used the Disc to open the interdimensional portal at Aramu Muru's Doorway located near the shores of Lake Titicaca, stepped through, and was never seen or heard from again on the third dimension.

       
Ancient precision-engineered pre-Inca stonework at the Coricancha!

Afterwards we'll have lunch at a local restaurant on a hillside above Cusco - spectacular views! Excellent traditional Peruvian cuisine! After lunch we'll visit Arte Mercedes, located in the same building as the restaurant, the shop of Mercedes and Luis, Andrea's longtime family; she is godmother to their daughter. Here you'll be able to choose your power animal amulet. Wear it throughout our journey to soak up the powerful energies at each of the ancient sites you'll visit. They have many other goodies too – other jewelry, crystals, gemstones, and Luis’ visionary art paintings!

In the later afternoon we'll receive a traditional Incan blessing from a Q'ero Elder. These ritual specialists are among some of the last remaining descendents of the Incas. They will perform a despacho, a traditional ceremonial offering to the Mother Earth, the Pachamama, during which you will be invited to focus your intentions for your time here in Peru. They will also pray to the Apus (sacred mountains) to bless each person on the journey.

Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own.
Overnight Cusco. Hotel Ruinas.

Day 3. Tuesday, June 6. Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambo Machay (B/L)

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L to R: Sacsayhuaman, Chincana Grande at Sacsayhuaman, Cave at Qenko, Tambo Machay

This morning we're off to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sacsayhuaman (satisfied falcon). During the Spanish Conquest in 1536, a fierce battle took place here between the conquistadors and natives. Many of the Andeans were killed; their bodies were left on the battlefield and became the food of the falcons, thus giving the site its name in Quechua, the local indigenous language.

Here we'll see some of the most amazing megalithic architecture - walls made of giant stones, fitted together perfectly without any mortar! Some researchers believe that Cusco was originally laid out in the shape of a puma, the totem animal of the Kay Pacha, the middle world in the Incan cosmology. The belly of the puma was the main plaza, the river Tullumayo formed its spine, and the hill of Sacsayhuaman its head. The zigzag walls at this amazing site represent the teeth, as well as the path of the lightning,Illapa, a revered earth elemental for the Incas. There are three parallel walls built in different levels. The limestone boulders used for the lower levels are the largest, with one about 28 ft. tall, weighing ) and weighing over 150 tons. They are megalithic architecture supreme!

Many researchers believe they were built long before the Incas, during the time of a world-wide civilization that was highly-advanced technologically. In the Inca spiritual tradition, the three walls represent the Three Worlds;Uku Pacha (underground stage), the Kay Pacha (earth's surface stage) in the middle, and the Hanan Pacha (sky stage) on the top. These three levels are also symbolic of the Totem Animals: the Snake or Amaru, the Puma, and the Condor or Kuntur.

Some researchers believe that the esoteric purpose of this sacred temple was for enlivening the Mach'aqway, the Kundalini, or spiritual energies. Andrea will show you the serpent carved on one of the walls, representing this.

In addition, we'll visit many of the out-of-the-way areas of the site, such as the Chincana Grande, pictured above on the left, where Andrea will facilitate an optionan meditation to assist you to connect with Taytay Inti, Father Sun, as well as to claim your birthright as a Son or Daughter of the Sun!

Our lunch today is another delicious buffet of traditional Peruvian cuisine.

Afterwards we're off to Qenko, one of the most ancient of the local sites. Here we'll see a very weathered stone that has been used in rituals by the local Andean Elders/ritual specialists for many years. And we’ll explore the cave with its seemingly molded stones. Some of them even have evidence of vitrification, meaning that some sort of high heat was present in the past.

Next is Tambo Machay, reported by the Incas to the Spanish chroniclers to have been used by the nobles and priests as their private fountains and baths. The spring that supplies the water has flowed here for hundreds of years, from a source deep inside the Pachamama that has never been identified. Here we'll see more pre-Inca megalithic construction, as well as evidence of Inca occupation and use. We'll connect in sacredness with the water element Unu by using the energies from the two streams of water that flow on either side of the fountain, one with female energy and the other with male energy. We'll cleanse our chakras and energy body, letting go of the old to make way for the new.

Return to the hotel in the late afternon. Dinner is on your own again this evening. Overnight Cusco. Hotel Ruinas.


Day 4. Wednesday, June 7. Depart to Sacred Valley: Pisac; Pisac Market; To Ollantaytambo (B/L/D)

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Wake up early this morning, pull your curtains, and welcome in the healing rays of Taytay Inti, Father Sun After breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between the majestic snow-covered Apus and fed by the waters of the Urubamba River, the Willka Mayu (sacred river.)  The Incas considered it to be the major artery for the movement of water collected from the smaller tributaries of the earth, to take it back to the cosmic sea, from where it is taken up into the sky within the Milky Way (Mayu) and recycled through the universe. The Milky Way was considered to be the celestial reflection of the Urubamba River. We drive to the village of Pisac and up into the hills to the ancient solar observatory to walk along the winding trail, full of magnificent vistas of the hills and valleys below, to the most sacred area of the site to the Incas, the ancient Sun Temple. Once again we encounter the characteristic pre-Inca megalithic construction, as well as the later less precise Inca stonework.

Afterwards you have free time for individual eflection at the main energy vortex of the site, the Intihuatana, the Hitching Post of the Sun, to connect with its powerful energies, as it draws up the energies of the Pachamama, and disperses it to the surrounding land and atmosphere.

Then we return to our bus and drive to Dońa Clorinda's Restaurant a longtime favorite of Andrea's groups, for a nutritious and delicious buffet lunch of traditional Peruvian dishes, lovingly prepared by her family.

Then it's Retail Therapy time at the Pisac marketplace! You can shop til you drop for locally-made colorful sweaters, ponchos, gloves, hats, jewelry, textiles, and other handicrafts. Andrea will take those who are interested to shop of her longtime friend Carlos that offers shamanic tools and power objects.

At the end of our afternoon we leave Pisac and drive to the other end of the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest continually occupied Inca towns in Peru. After checking  into our hotel, take some time to rest and relax in the beautiful gardens on the hotel grounds. Overnight Ollantaytambo. Hotel Samanapaq.


Day 5. Thursday, June 8.Ollantaytambo: Ollantaytambo; Inca Misana (B/D)

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L to R: Mountains with profile of Tunupa, Inca God of Wisdom; fountains; Condor rock; main altar of megalithic stonework

After breakfast we walk to the ancient site of Ollantaytambo, with its megalithic stonework. Also known as the Sanctuary of the Wind the site was found by the Incas and used as a fortress/temple. It's one of the most impressive in Peru, both for its unique history as one of the only places where the Incas defeated the Spanish, but also as for the great mysteries of its pre-Inca megalithic construction!

Entering the site, as we gaze up at the surrounding mountains we see the profile of Tunupa, looking out over the valley. Considered by some researchers to have been the Incas to be the God of Wisdom, his identity is still debated today. On June 21, on the winter solstice, the sun rises just over the crest of his crown. Whoever built this ancient site could have been using it as a solar observatory. To the side of the mountain are the somewhat inaccessible remains of an area that the Incas used to store food.The storage area was up high, thus offering significantly lower temperatures for the proper storage of corn, potatoes, beans and other foods.

Our first stop at the site is at the area with several fountains. At one we'll see very fine details of construction that are not likely to have been made with stone or bronze tools. Note the stair-step design in the photo here denoting the Chacana, the Andean Cross, the symbol of the Three Worlds. The engineering used to design and complete this fountain is complex. The spout of water flows continually, fed by the nearby stream, though it can be stopped if you put your finger in the center of the flow! And then will resume when you do the same thing. Amazing!

Afterwards we walk beside the gurgling stream to a peaceful out-of-the-way area of the site - the Temple of the Condor, where we have time to connect with the Condor, the powerful Totem of the Hanan Pacha, the Upper World, which symbolizes our own Higher Wisdom.

Then we'll climb up to the main altar area of the temple where we'll see some of the most amazing ancient pre-Inca megalithic construction in all of the Andes.  The major wall consists of six enormous stone blocks which average weight is about 90 tons. They have smaller stones between them which serve as vertical joints, making the wall highly unusual. On the face of the fourth boulder from the left (3rd photos below), we see three carved stepped symbols that the Incas adopted as the Chacana, when they undoubtedly inherited it from the Tiawanakos. ( We will also see these on stones at Tiahuanaco). The steps represent the three levels of the Andean World: the "Hanan Pacha" (heaven), the "Kay Pacha" (earth surface) and the "Ukhu Pacha" (underground).

Some researchers believe that the main altar of the temple was constructed with huge pink granite boulders from the stone quarry named Kachiqhata (Salt Slope) that is located about 2.5 miles away on the other side of the valley, by the upper side of the opposite southwestern mountains. They believe that the boulders were carved partially in the quarries, and taken down to the valley's bottom across the river and then were transported to the top of the hill using the inclined plane and log rollers or rolling stones as wheels. The Inca did not have the wheel, so they used llamas, leather ropes, levers, pulleys, and the power of hundreds and even thousands of men. Perhaps this is indeed how this mind-bobbling site of megalithic stones was built. OR, is it possible that the site was already there when the Incas arrived, and like Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu and other ancient sites, was built by an ancient world-wide civilization that was highly-advanced technologically? We'll explore this theory on-site.

While at the main area, take some time here to receive your blessings from Wayra, the Wind element, the guardian of the site. Open yourself to the wayra kawsay, the living energy or spirit of wind.

We leave this ancient site, maybe with some questions answered, but perhaps with still more unaswered, as we continue to ponder the ancient megalithic stone construction.

Lunch is on your own; eat at the hotel or at one of the restaurants in the village.

In the afternoon we'll head out into the Sacred Valley to visit the ancient off-the-beaten-path site known as the Inca Misana ("Inca Altar") another pre-Inca megalithic site. Again, it's most likely that the Incas found this ancient site and adapted it for their use. It's hidden away in the mountains. There is an an aqueduct carved in the mountain rock face, small stairways and double jamb niches or false openings. On the mountain-side of the area the stone is carved very much like the fountain we saw at Ollantaytambo. The top used to have a carved conical bulge that could have been an Intihuatana (Hitching Post of the Sun), possibly making its later use by the Incas a complex solar observatory used to measure the sun variations during the year as well as for fixing solstices and equinoxes. Or was this the purpose for which the original builders constructed it, and the Incas just inherited it?

We return to the hotel. We'll have a short Group Meeting. Andrea and Shua will share information to prepare you for your visit to Machu Picchu.
Then we enjoy our group dinner at the hotel.
Overnight
Ollantaytambo. Hotel Samanapaq.

 

Day 6. Friday, June 9. To Machu Picchu! (B/L)

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For more photos of Machu Picchu visit http://www.SacredSitesJourneys.com/Peru-PhotoGallery-1.htm

After an early breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head out to the nearby train station, where we board the Vista Dome train to Machu Picchu("Old Peak"). We travel alongside the wild Urubamba River deep into the mountain valleys of the high jungle, surrounded by the snow-covered Apus on our approximately 1˝ hour trip. We arrive at Aguas Calientes, the small village at the base of Machu Picchu. After a quick check-in at our hotel, we walk to the bus station and board one of the official buses to take us up to ancient Machu Picchu!

This morning you've finally arrived at this ancient place of your dreams! At 8,000 ft. you're at one of the most mysterious ancient places on our planet!

During our guided tour we'll visit the Temples of the Sun & Moon, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Three Windows, the world-famous center of the site - the Intihuatana, or the Hitching Post of the Sun, and the Pachamama Rock.

Most traditional archaeologists adhere to the story that Machu Picchu was built by the Sapa Inca Pachacuti starting in about 1440 BCE and was inhabited until the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1532. Their theory is that Machu Picchu was not a conventional city, but was a country retreat town for Incan nobility, with an estimated maximum of only about 750 people resided there at any one time. And probably only a small fraction of that number lived in the town during the rainy season and when no nobility were visiting. There are various theories as to what role the site played in Incan life, from the country retreat, to astronomical observatory, to a hidden spiritual center. This hidden place was well-protected as it was located far up in the mountains, so that visitors had to travel up long valleys littered with Incan check points and watch towers to get there. Remarkably,the Spanish conquistadors missed the site, and the Inca city remained hidden until the 20th century.

Hiram Bingham (November 19, 1875 – June 6, 1956) a professor from Yale, explorer, treasure hunter and politician from the United States re-discovered the citadel of Machu Picchu in 1911 with the guidance of local indigenous farmers. Bingham was not a trained archaeologist. On July 24, 1911, Melchor Arteaga led Bingham to Machu Picchu, which had been largely forgotten by everybody except the small number of people living in the immediate valley. Soon after Bingham announced the existence of Machu Picchu others came forward claiming to have seen the city first, such as the British missionary Thomas Payne and a German engineer named J. M. von Hassel. Recent discoveries have put forth a new claimant, a German named Augusto Berns who bought land opposite the Machu Picchu mountain in the 1860's and then tried to raise money from investors to plunder nearby Incan ruins. At any rate, Bingham was the first to put forth the theory that the site is the place where the “Virgins of the Suns” lived and why for the Incas, it was considered to be holy ground.

But is there more to the story of who built Machu Picchu and when? Just as we've already discussed about the other sacred sites in Peru? Of course! The construction displayed at the ancient site spans many types of stonework, and definitely there is the megalithic construction, as well as what is recognized as the Inca construction. Since the site wasn't discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors, it remained as a time capsule. The work shows astonishing differences in quality of craftsmanship. In many places there are walls in the lower levels of the fine quality that is the hallmark of ancient Andean stoneworks. Then as the walls rise, the quality of work diminishes. The lower layers are always finer and more precise than those above. One gets the feeling that these are remnants of old walls that were discovered and built upon by later hands. So, could it have been that the Incas didn't build Machu Picchu, just as they might not have built Sacsayhuaman, Pisac or Ollantaytambo? Quite possibly all of these sites could have been built in antiquity by the technologically-advanced civilization that seems to have spanned the globe. We'll explore these theories as we visit the site.

After our morning explorations, we take a break and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the on-site hotel, perhaps accompanied by the joyful music of local Andean musicians.

Afterwards we re-enter the Sanctuary. At an out of the way place Andrea will facilitate a short optional ritual to assist you to connect with the energies of the Puma, the totem animal of the Third World in the Inca Spiritual Tradition. This powerful animal teaches us how to live in the physical plane, our 3-D world. Then you have free time to explore on your own. Find the spot that calls to you. Examine in detail the stonework. Take tons of photos! And/or take time to sit and reflect among the powerful energies. Still your mind and listen with your heart to what the Ancient Ones have to tell you about who built this amazing ancient place.
At the end of the afternoon we return down the mountain on the bus to Aguas Calientes and to our hotel.

You have free time this evening. Maybe take a leisurely soak in the local hot springs, for which the little village is named. Dinner on your own. 
Overnight Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes. Hotel Terraza de Luna.

Day 7. Saturday, June 10. Free Time; 2nd Entrance into Machu Picchu (B/D)


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This morning you have free time for rest and relaxation. You could take a soak in the hot springs or book a massage or energy work with local therapists. Lunch is on your own. If you want to go up to Machu Picchu before we enter as a group in the afternoon, you could climb the towering peak of Huayna Picchu ("Young Peak") to look down on the City of the Condor from above. Or, if you hike half way up Huayna Picchu and then around to the side of the peak, you'll reach the Temple of the Moon, one of the most powerful feminine energy vortex areas on the planet! You can meditate in this small cave, the womb of the Pachamama. (Note: A reservation is required and there is a small additional fee. Sacred Sites Journeys can book this for you. So if you want to do this, please let us know as soon as you register, as slots tend to fill up months ahead.)

In the afternoon we enter Machu Picchu for the second and final time. Away from the crowds of tourists, Andrea will faciliate an optional short rtual to connect with the energies of the Amaru or Serpent, the Totem of the Uku Pacha, the Lower World. In our own consciousness this energy represents our unconscious, our dreams, our meditative states. Open yourself to receive the gifts of this powerful energy.

In the late afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes. You have free time until our group dinner at Indio Feliz, one Andrea's all-time favorite restaurants in Peru, and a perennial hit with our groups.
Overnight Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu. Hotel Terraza de Luna.


Day 8. Sunday, June 11. Depart Machu Picchu; Chinchero; Return to Cusco (B/L)

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L to R: Chinchero - Diana chooses her tapestry from a weaver, ancient megalithic walls, meditation at sacred energy spot

After a later breakfast, we check out of the hotel and walk to the train station, where we board the Vista Dome train for our return to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival we meet our driver and board our motorcoach for our transfer to Urubamba, where we enjoy a buffet lunch.

Afterwards we continue through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, renowned for its weavers and for its impressive pre-Incan and Incan architectural complex, located along the ceques, or ley lines that radiate from the Coricancha in Cusco. One of the local myths says that Chinchero is the birthplace of the rainbow, or Kuichy.

Here we'll see a massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. The construction of the wall and many other ruins and agricultural terraces, which are still in use, are attributed by archaeologists to the building projects of Inca Tupac Yupanqui, who possibly used Chinchero as a kind of country resort. Also in the main plaza is an adobe colonial church, dating from the early 17th century, which was built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. However, we'll also explore the ancient megalithic stonework, which again is undoubtedly pre-Inca. This site is not on the main "tourist route" so there is usually not so many people there. It's one of the most peaceful sites in Peru, especially in the later afternoon, the time we'll be there. In an out-of-the-way area, among the ancient stones, we'll take time for individual reflection to connect with the ancient energies that are still very palpable here.

We continue to Cusco, arriving early evening. After we check into our hotel, you have free time. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Cusco. Hotel Ruinas.

Day 9. Monday, June 12. Cusco: Quillarumiyoc; Farewell Dinner (B/D)

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After breakfast, we depart Cusco for Quillarumiyoc, which means "stone of the moon" in the local Quechua language. As we drive through the quintessential agricultural region in the Anta Valley about an hour from Cusco, we see small villages of adobe houses with thatched or red-tiled roofs, fields of grain, and herds of cattle. Off the main road we visit this little-known ancient site that contains walls, buildings, fountains, a cave and its centerpiece, the Moonstone.Peru-Quillarumiyoc-Cave-1.jpg (24199 bytes)

The site was re-discovered in 1995 when a National Geographic team came across a mummy inside the Cave of the Mother. This has since become very controversial; some reports state that it was not of human origin. This is based in part on several petroglyphs found outside of the cave that appear to be of alien heads. And another petroglyph is interpreted by some to be a space vehicle. No DNA testing has been done though to prove or disprove this theory.


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The centerpiece of the site is a large limestone boulder bearing a half moon carving with sevenPeru-Quillarumiyoc-1.jpg (15662 bytes) indentations; some local researchers believe these were carved to show the phases of the moon, thus the Quechua name Quillarumiyoc, "moon stone". Others say that it was an Inca ceremonial site dedicated to the worship of water and, more importantly, to the moon goddess “Quilla”. The Moonstone is still used by the local ritual specialists in the Inca Spiritual Tradition to honor the moon. Nothing like this, carved with such an amazing degree of precision, is found anywhere else in Peru! It’s possible that it’s from pre-Inca times. This is considered by some researchers to be a molded stone formation which is estrmated to be over 100,000 years old.
You’ll also have some free time to explore and make your individual connection with this very ancient area. The archaeological complex comprises a series of water channels that follow the course of a narrow gulley which descends from the somber mountain overlooking the site to the valley below. They flow past many limestone outcrops – “huacas” or sacred stones – which stand there, enormous and imposing, some with their bases carved into simple altars and others left entirely in their natural state.

Andrea will facilitate a short optoinal sacred ceremony to connect with the energy of Quilla, the Moon at the site of the Moonstone.

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L to R: Shopping in the San Blas neighborhood, Meditation at a sacred power spot in the city, Folklore Dancers

After our return to Cusco, you have free time today for individual exploration, rest, integration and/or shopping. Lunch on your own.

In the later afternoon we'll gather for a short Group Meeting with those who will be continuing on to Lake Titicaca. Andrea and Shua will share information to help prepare you for this awesome part of our Ancient Mysteries journey. This evening we enjoy our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. We have time to share our experiences here in Pachamama Land and to say our fond Good-byes to those who will be leaving tomorrow.
Overnight Cusco. Hotel Ruinas.

Day 10. Tuesday, June 13. Flight to Lima (B)

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport, where we check in for the return flight to Lima. SSJ Service ends on arrival in Lima.

NOTE: Once you register, Sacred Sites Journeys can refer you to the local family-owned airport hotel that we've used with our groups in Peru since 1994. You will be able to book post-tour services with them directly in case you need to depart Lima later evening on tonight or tomorrow. Services include: meeting at the airport by an English-speaking representative from the hotel, private transfer to the hotel for overnight (includes breakfast), and transfer back to the airport for your international departure.
IMPORTANT: Please book your international return flight from Lima to depart after 6:00PM. This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

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Post-tour Extension # 1: To Lake Titicaca
Temple of Wiracocha, Uros Islands, Cotimbo & Aramu Muru's Doorway
June 13 - 16, 2017

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Relaxing in a reed boat on Lake Titicaca

Day 10. Tuesday, June 13. To Lake Titicaca/Puno (B/L/D)

 

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L to R: Map Cusco to Puno, Andahuaylillas - Possible ET Mummy in museum,
Rachqi - Temple of Wiracocha, Statue in Pukara Museum


After an early breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer to the local bus station where we depart Cusco via First Class tourist bus south along the sacred Urubamba River, through the Altiplano, or high plains, the most extensive area of high plateau on Earth outside of Tibet. Lake Titicaca is its best known geographical feature. The Altiplano is dominated by massive active volcanoes. At various times during the Pleistocene epoch, both the southern and northern Altiplano were covered by the vast pluvial lakes. Lake Titicaca, straddling the Peru & Bolivia border, is a remnant of one of these.

Stops at the colonial town of Andahuaylillas, the Temple of Wiracocha and museum in Pukara. At Andahuaylillas you'll have the opportunity to visit the colonial cathedral and the local museum that houses artifacts from the colonial era, plus a mummifiled skeleton that was found in the nearby hills that some researchers believe might not be all human.

We stop at Raqchi at the Temple of Wiracocha. The most prominent structure is the Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure that measures 302 ft by 84 ft. This structure consists of a central adobe wall with an andesite base. Windows and doors allow passage. It is flanked on each side by a row of eleven columns. The foundations measure 13 ft for both the wall and the columns are classic high Inca stonework with the remaining height built of adobe. Prior to its destruction by the Spaniards, the temple had what is believed to be the largest single roof in the Incan Empire, having its peak at the central wall, then stretching over the columns and some 82 ft beyond on each side. The huge proportions of the temple, and its prominence on the site explain why the whole complex is also sometimes referred to as the Temple of Wiracocha.

According to Inca mythology, the creator god Wiracocha came to the region the Inka called Cacha but the local people there did not recognize him and tried to attack him. When he met them, he made fire fall from the sky and burn the hills around the Indians. The Cacha pleaded for forgiveness and he put the fires out and explained to them who he was. They then built a huaca (shrine) where Wiracocha had stood and gave him many offerings. When the Inka Huayna Capac came to the province of Cacha he saw the huaca shrine of Viracocha in the midst of the plain and asked why it was there. The people of the province told him of the miracle that Viracocha had performed. He decided that the remembrance of this event should be greater and ordered the erection of the temple.

Buffet lunch provided to the group
at a stop along the way.

 

Our last stop before Puno is in the small village of Pukara, where we visit the local museum, with displays of anthropomorphic monoliths, zoomorphic sculptures, ceramics, and other objects from the Pucara pre-Inca Culture (original and replica pieces).

We arrive at the bus station late afternoon in Puno, port city on Lake Titicaca. We gather our luggage and meet our local tour representative for our private transfer to our hotel outside of town. Upon arrival we check into our rooms overlooking the beautiful shores of Lake Titicaca. We are now in the heart of the Andean feminine energy, the powerful MamaCocha (Mother Lake).

You have free time until our dinner with the group at the hotel. Overnight Puno/Lake Titicaca. Hotel Jose Antonio.

 

 

Day 11. Wednesday, June 14. Uros Islands; Cotimbo (B/L/D)

 

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L to R: Reed boat at Uros Islands, Handmade tapestry on Uros Islands, Megalithic Tower at Cotimbo

Depart after breakfast to the port in Puno and board a motorboat for a short trip to the Uros Floating Islands, made entirely of the totora reed that grows in the Lake and named after the Uros people who inhabit them. Here you receive a warm welcome from these friendly island dwellers. After a short demonstration about how their islands are built and about their local economy and culture, you have an opportunity to visit their homes and get to know the people a bit. As well you can support their meager existence by purchasing their richly colored hand embroidered tapestries, pillow covers, and other handicrafts. And you'll be able to take a short optional ride out on the Lake in one of the reed boats, a peaceful time to relax and take in the powerful energies of the MamaCocha, the Mother Lake.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

This afternoon, we drive back through Puno and a few miles outside to mysterious site of Cotimbo, dramatically situated atop a table-topped volcanic hill surrounded by a fertile plain. The main attraction is the well-preserved circular and square burial towers or chullpas, some of the most ancient architecture in all of the Andes. There are carvings on the chullpas of serpents and pumas, guardians of the lower and middle worlds that were worshipped by the Inca and pre-Inca inhabitants. We'll enter inside one of the chullpas for a time of reflection to connect with the totem energies, as well as the Ancient Ones, the original builders of this spectacular site.

Return to the hotel. Dinner with the group.

Overnight Puno/Lake Titicaca. Hotel Jose Antonio.


Day 12. Thursday, June 15. Aramu Muru’s Doorway; Free Time (B/L/D)

 

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After breakfast depart south along the Pan-American highway to visit Aramu Muru's Doorway, one of the most rarely-visited mysterious destinations in the world! Ancient legend says that it was here that the Lemurian sage Aramu Muru, who brought the ancient teachings from the island homeland to the Andes, left the third dimension as he walked through the Doorway, never to return in physical body. His consort Arama Mara, carved in stone over the Doorway, lies forever guarding this sacred site and inviting seekers to come and experience the palpable energies.

Who Built the Doorway? This approximately 22 ft. "gate" is literally carved into the solid rock, cutting through peculiar diagonal lines. The sheer size of it is mind-boggling for most researchers, as is the origins of its construction. Who built it? And for what purpose? That's the mystery! The construction is older than what is found from the Inca civilization; it could have been constructed by a pre-Inca civilization which is very ancient and of uncertain origin. The Incas themselves were evidently aware of the carving, but they didn't claim that they built it.

The local Aymara descendants of Incas have stories and myths about this enigmatic portal. Many of them refuse to come close to it, claiming that it's a portal for the Ancient Ones. Some even say that they've seen people disappear and reappear through the solid rock! Others tell tales of strange, tall men accompanied by glowing balls of lights, walking through the doorway. They also claim that the gate only opens to certain people and only at some times, that one must possess a certain wisdom in order to be able to pass through it.

For those who choose to do so, we'll have a time for meditation. First st
and in the "tubes" on either side of the Doorway, energy vortexes with one spinning clockwise and the other counterclockwise, to balance your male and female energies. Then enter the main portal where there is a a small, round indentation resembling a key hole, where you can place your forehead / Third Eye to absorb the psychic energies that are very palpable here. Perhaps this could have been the place where Aramu Muru placed the Solar Disc to “open” the door, allowing him to pass through?

A Few Words from Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, Director of Sacred Sites Journeys: "The first time that I meditated here at the Doorway I easily "passed through it" into the state of Unconditional Love, an experience so intense that I didn't want to return to my normal waking world. After what seemed like hours of basking in these beautiful energies, I realized that Beings of Light were with me, lovingly encouraging me to return, reminding me that even though I was one of the original builders of this stargate, that it's my contract in this lifetime to bring others here so that they will to be able to experience these high frequencies, and thus uplift their consciousness. I very strongly felt the great honor in being able to do so. Which caused my consciousness to more easily come back into my physical body. I was so overcome with tremendous emotion that I could only sob quietly for several minutes afterward, still feeling the memory throughout all parts of myself of having been Home!"

Who were Aramu Muru and Arama Mara? Mark Amaru Pinkham in his book The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom states that they were sages from ancient Lemuria who brought the teachings of civilization and spiritual development to the Andes over 12,000 years ago when their island homeland was sinking beneath the Pacific Ocean. They established the Monastery of the Seven Rays, located somewhere near the shores of Lake Titicaca. They formed the Brotherhood of the Seven Rays to foster unity, service and spiritual growth. In the historical records Aramu Muru and Arama Mara become known as Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, the founders of the Inca Empire. When the Spanish entered Cusco and the priests and priestess removed the great golden Solar Disc from the Coricancha in order to save it from being melted down by the conquistadors, one legend says that it was taken south to Lake Titicaca.

Return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon you have free time to rest, relax, integrate the powerful energies you've engaged, and to pack for your trip home tomorrow.

In the later afternoon we'll gather for a short Group Meeting with those who will be continuing on to Bolivia. Andrea and Shua will share information to help prepare you for this awesome part of our Ancient Mysteries journey.

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Puno/Lake Titicaca. Hotel Jose Antonio.

Day 13. Friday, June 16. To Lima (B)

You have free time this morning to rest, relax and pack. Later morning check out of the hotel and departure to the airport in Juliaca. Arrive and check in for the return flight to Lima. Service ends on arrival in Lima

NOTE: Once you register, Sacred Sites Journeys can refer you to the local family-owned airport hotel that we've used with our groups in Peru since 1994. You will be able to book post-tour services with them directly in case you need to depart Lima later evening tonight or tomorrow. Services include: meeting at the airport by an English-speaking representative from the hotel, private transfer to the hotel for overnight (includes breakfast), and transfer back to the airport for your international departure.
IMPORTANT: Please book your international return flight from Lima to depart after 9:00PM.

This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

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Post-tour Extension # 2: To BOLIVIA

Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku

June 16 - 18, 2017

 

Day 13. Friday, June 16. To Bolivia; Visit Tiahuanaco (B/Box L/D)

After an early breakfast, we check out of the hotel and depart via private vehicle with our local tour representative to the Bolivian border. Obtain your Bolivia Tourist Visa and pass through Immigration. IMPORTANT: For US Citizens - The cost for this visa is NOT included in the price for this extension. The price is $135.00. (This is the price at the time of posting here on our website; this could change.) The Visa is free for citizens of Canada, Australia and European countries. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Bolivian Embassy in your country. Your visa may also be free.

After crossing the border, we meet our Bolivian tour guide and driver and depart via private vehicle to Tiahuanaco. Box lunch included. Arrive Tiahuanaco in the afternoon. (Note: You lose an hour when you cross the border into Bolivia, as Bolivian time is one hour ahead of Peru.)

Upon arrival at Tiahuanaco, we visit this ancient site considered by many archaeologists and historians to be the cradle of the American civilization, and perhaps even the oldest ruins in the New World! This city made of stone, found at an altitude of 12,500 ft. (over 2 miles above sea level!), was the seat of power for a vast pre-Incan empire. Modern archaeologists date the site to around 200CE. However, Arthur Posnansky, a German engineer, the first serious investigator of the site, and who dedicated fifty years to its study, dated its origins to 15,000BCE. As you explore the following areas of this ancient site take some quiet time to connect with the powerful ancient energies that still exist here today. When do you think it was built? And by whom?

1) The Akapana Pyramid is the largest terraced pyramid of the city. It was once believed to be a modified hill, but has since proven to be a massive human construction. On the summit of the Akapana, reached by wide staircases, there was a sunken court with an area serviced by a subterranean drainage system, which also served to amplify the powerful energies that radiated from the central vortex of the area. Some people can still feel them!

2) The megalithic entrance to the Kalasasaya Temple is a stairway that is a well-worn megalith carved from a single block of sandstone. The statue in the center of the doorway is believed by many archaeologists and researchers to be a solstice and equinox marker.

3) The nearby Subterranean Temple or Sunken Courtyard is walled by standing stones and masonry infill, and houses one of the mysteries of the site: sculptured heads are inset in the walls that represent various races and ethnic backgrounds from all over the world...and maybe even from beings not of this planet! How did people from so long ago in our past know of the various races that populated different parts of the world at that time?


           
Carved heads in the Subterranean Temple

The Ponce and Fraile anthropomorphic figures or monoliths, made from andesite stone that was transported from over 100 kilometers away, stand guard in the Kalasasaya, holding devices whose purpose has been much-debated. What do they look like to you? Use your intuition for psychic archaeology and see what they tell you about what they were and what they were used for.

         


The Gateway of the Sun is the most famous part of the site. In this arched doorway the central figure represents the "Gateway God" and the others on both sides represent his numerous attendants. Some researchers surmise that the figure with a feline-like face holding two staffs on the lintel of this massive arch represents the ruling god of the Tiahuanaco pantheon. Others believe the carvings represent a Venusian calendar, which relates the culture to the sages that say they came first from Venus, then to Lemuria, and then to the Andes. What are the many mysteries associated with this ancient monument and site in general? What secrets does it have to share?

 
       
Close-up shots from the Gateway of the Sun

 

 

 

   

Tiahuanaco Museum - Ancient Doorway and Bennett Monolith


Check in at the hotel next to the site. Dinner at the hotel
. Overnight Tiahuanaco. Hotel Tiwanaku.

Day 14. Saturday, June 17. Visit Puma Punku/ To PERU (B/L/D)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and then we're off to visit Puma Punku. "The Door of the Puma", which was perhaps the ancient port for Tiahuanaco. It's an area filled with enormous stone blocks weighing between 100 and 150 tons scattered about like toothpicks. We' explore the many mysteries about this enigmatic site: how the blocks were quarried, how the ancient builders seemingly handled them so easily when constructing the site, and what tremendous force could have scattered them about so easily. Some of the ancient piers are so large that hundreds of ships could have docked at them. Yet there is no ocean near them, other than the prehistoric coastline that is indicated by the remains of chalky fossils that have been found at the site. Today we can only surmise what major geological upheaval occurred 12,000 years ago to tumble these gigantic stones and also raise the entire highlands from sea level to 2 miles into the sky.

 


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H-Blocks!

 

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Evidence of Advanced Ancient Technology Used to Work the Stones at Puma Punku

After our visit, we return to the hotel for lunch. Then we depart with our local tour representative via private vehicle back to the Peruvian border, where we obtain our tourist visa and pass through Immigration. We meet our Peruvian guide and continue back to our hotel in Puno, arriving at the hotel early evening. Tonight we share our last group dinner at the hotel - a time to review all that we've encountered in Peru and Bolivia during our visits to the amazing ancient sites. As well, we say our fond Good-byes to our fellow travelers.

Overnight Tiahuanaco. Hotel Jose Antonio.

Day 15. Sunday, June 18. To Lima (B)

You have free time this morning to rest, relax and pack. Later morning check out of the hotel and departure to the airport in Juliaca. Arrive and check in for the return flight to Lima. Service ends on arrival in Lima.

NOTE: Once you register, Sacred Sites Journeys can refer you to the local family-owned airport hotel that we've used with our groups in Peru since 1994. You will be able to book post-tour services with them directly in case you need to depart Lima later evening tonight or tomorrow. Services include: meeting at the airport by an English-speaking representative from the hotel, private transfer to the hotel for overnight (includes breakfast), and transfer back to the airport for your international departure.
IMPORTANT: Please book your international return flight from Lima to depart after 9:00PM.

 

This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.



A Few Words from Sacred Sites Journeys Travelers to PERU and BOLIVIA

The tour of Peru that I took with Mark and Andrea Pinkham was a special event in my life. The experience opened a world of Andean culture and beliefs for me that was at the same time new and uncannily familiar…like finding an old friend you forgot you had. Mark and Andrea were always available, unfailingly supportive, and open to suggestions from the group. They have developed a rich network of support people over many years whose knowledge greatly enhanced our travels. Accommodations were first-class, and the food was always terrific. I would highly recommend their tours for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of sacred sites. - P. Morse, NH

I enjoyed meeting everyone and sharing the incredible Peru sacred sites journey. The memories will last a lifetime, and I don't think I will ever forget the Andes. My heart is still in Peru too. Its nice to know that Pachamama is still blessing us with her energies
. - W. Dougall, Australia

Peru-Ollantaytambo-Group-Aug2015.jpg (26351 bytes) Thanks again Andrea, Mark and the wonderful Peru local team!!! A trip of a lifetime and beyond!!! Thank you all for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and wisdom on the trip. It was indeed a privilege and wonderful to have met you all….such a special group of common soul!!! Sincerely hope that our path will cross again in the future. - T. Frichittavong - Australia

I really enjoyed myself on our Peru adventure. So many wonderful experiences and beautiful people. It will be a lifetime memory for me. Thank you for your personal insights which helped bring things to life. Look forward to seeing you at some other time and place. - W. Davidson, FL

This was such an amazing trip that words can not express what I felt and still feel. I enjoyed the company of all of the group. It was you guys that made this trip so spectacular! Thank you so very much Mark and Andrea! I can not express my gratitude enough. Words fall all too short! - J. Kimble, FL

The Sacred Journey to Peru with Mark Amaru Pinkham was above and beyond what I expected. The re-connection with home and Mark's teachings were very beneficial & insightful. I came on this trip with the expectation of spiritual growth. I had no idea how my life would be changed by the profound beauty, history & energy of this place! The accommodations and the people associated with the tour were all wonderful. J. Noto - Seattle, WA

MarkAmaruPinkham-3-sm.jpg (17614 bytes)The shamanic pilgrimage to Peru was a success from all points of view. Our group leader & speaker Mark Amaru Pinkham was outstanding in his relationship to the individual members of the group and in his choice of shamen and healers. The sites we visited, the rites we participated in, and the results were extraordinary and personally tremendously meaningful. Mark has superb gifts as a spiritual adept and a communicator of essential truths. He is exceedingly generous with his care and attention for every member of the group.
H. Senn - CA

My experience in Peru with Mark and Andrea Pinkham was one of the most transformational experiences of my life! I could feel a connection with the ancient Andean Masters and their powerful energies in my very cellular memory as Mark shared his incredible stories and timeless information about them at all the sacred sites. Both Mark and Andrea helped set the stage for my heart-opening experience that helped me to connect during the tour with the wonderful woman that today is my wife!  J Kumle - NV

How do I condense such life-enhancing transformation as the journey to Peru with Mark Amaru Pinkham into a few sentences? I was led to wonderful experiences and cared for and supported at all times. I had the good fortune to encounter a shaman who helped me open my heart to myself. As a natural consequence, I have opened my heart to others.  My friends and business acquaintances have commented on my "aura" of peacefulness and joy. I am so happy that I overcame my fear of spending the money for these journeys because my experiences in Peru are priceless. I encourage everyone who is looking to deepen their spiritual connection to themselves, to the earth and /or to other people, to sign up for a Sacred Journey to Peru!  P. Caldwell - IL

Pepe and Andrea were a phenomenal team! They took excellent care of each group member, as well as the group in general. AndPeruMachuPicchuAndreaPepe.jpg (19862 bytes) they were most helpful at explaining the historical and sacred significance of the sites we visited. They helped us to connect with the powerful energies at each of them. D. Parker - AZ

The connection that I made to the Pachamama, the Mother Earth, was the most profound experience of my life! Everything in Peru is alive with energy! And offers it so willingly and lovingly to those who take the time to connect and honor it. I have never felt so loved or nurtured. During our journey Pepe and Andrea assisted us to make our connections with these palpable energies through the offering of Andean rituals and meditations at the sacred temples. And we had time to just sit and "tune in" and receive. Anonymous by request
Everything about the Sacred Journey to Peru was wonderful. Pepe was so full of wisdom and charisma. Andrea was organized, thoughtful, and inspiring. It is true...Peru changed me forever...and for the better!
C. Silard - AZ

Pepe was totally perfect as our Guide. Andrea's enthusiasm and understanding of the places we visited really made the trip.

C. Stephens - CA

Peru and her sacred sites are one of the places all serious spiritual seekers should experience in this lifetime! Machu Picchu called me home and I'm glad I heeded that call. The ancient energies of the site had much to share with me, on so many levels. I was able to get away from my everyday life and let go of all my concerns about it.. And therefore was able to open up to profound levels of healing. I'll never be the same, and am very thankful for that. And to Andrea and Pepe for facilitating my sacred journey so lovingly and competently.
Anonymous by request

AndreaMarkPinkham-MachuPicchu.jpg (25772 bytes)Our trip was amazing!. Thank you for all the planning, preparation and execution that went into it. We felt very taken care of - no details to worry about. It all went smoothly, or what changed on the fly worked out just the way it needed to. I found Peru to be a deeply loving, simple, yet powerful place. J. Elk - CA

Thank you so much for such an enriching experience.  Andrea and Pepe were fantastic guides. All hotels, transport and baggage were managed without a hitch. So smooth!   B. Brown - MA

I admired Andrea's ability to make things work so well during our Peru journey. Anyone who attempts to accommodate the needs of 28 people, for two weeks, in a third-world country has to be talented, patient, and extremely well-prepared.  D. Cook, OH



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INCLUSIONS

Your Sacred Sites Journey to PERU and BOLIVIA Includes:
-Two flights in Peru: 1) Lima/Cusco and 2) Cusco/Lima (or Juliaca/Lima if you take either or both of the post-tour extensions)
- Other tour-related transportation in Peru, including bus and rail
- Roundtrip airport/hotel/airport transfers
- Luggage handling at hotels
- All site entrance fees
- First-class hotels, including taxes, service charges & daily buffet breakfast; 5 lunches; 5 dinners
- Pre-paid Gratuities
- Free Peruvian Tourist Visa upon your arrival in Lima
- Fully escorted from Cusco by SSJ's Tour Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Excellent bilingual Tour Guide Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona


Special Highlights:
- Travel with Sacred Sites Journeys Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, Tour Host Shua Meyer & other like-minded people
- Cusco Area: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Coricancha
, Tambo Machay
- Near Cusco: Quillarumiyoc

- Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac and Ollantaytambo
- Machu Picchu: 2 nights, 3 days, with plenty of free time to explore on your own!
-
Traditional Andean rituals with the Q'ero Elders and Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Special Welcome and Farewell
Dinners (Main Tour)


NOT INCLUDED:
- Roundtrip international air to Lima, Peru
- Pre and post tour services in Lima

- Meals not included, as indicated in the itinerary
- Cost to obtain valid passport
and Bolivian Tourist Visa (US citizens)
- Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, internet service, telephone calls. Any item that is not specifically detailed on the SSJ website or final trip itinerary

Your Sacred Sites Journeys Extension to Lake Titicaca Includes:
- Travel with SSJ's Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, Tour Host Shua Meyer and other like-minded people
- Fully escorted by local excellent bilingual Tour Guide Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona
- Transportation by First Class Tourist bus to Puno; other tour-related transportation by private vehicle and boat
- Transfers: Bus station in Puno to hotel/ Hotel to airport in Juliaca
- Luggage handling at hotel
- All site entrance fees
- First-class hotel, including taxes, service charges & daily buffet breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Pre-paid Gratuities
- Bus trip to Puno: Visit to colonial church and museum at Andahuaylillas, Temple of Wiracocha at Racchi and Pukara Museum
- Uros Floating Islands
- Visit to burial towers at Cotimbo
- Visit to the interdimensional portal of Aramu Muru's Doorway
- Time for meditation at all sacred sites

Your Sacred Sites Journeys Extension to BOLIVIA Includes:
- Travel with SSJ's Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham, Tour Host Shua Meyer and other like-minded people
- Fully escorted by local excellent bilingual Tour Guide Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona
- Transportation byprivate vehicle
- Transfer: Puno hotel to airport in Juliaca
- All site entrance fees
- Best 3* Hotel at Tiahuanaco, including taxes, service charges & daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
- Pre-paid Gratuities
- Visit to Tiahuanaco & Puma Punku, including on-site museum

 

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Sacred Sites Journeys Radio
From the Vault -
PERU

Part 1: The Inca Spiritual Tradition & Machu Picchu
To listen to an Mp3 recording of this program,
Click here

Part 2:  The Sacred Valley of the Incas
To listen to an Mp3 recording of this program,
Click here

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PRICING

We will not be offering another Sacred Sites Journey to PERU and BOLIVIA again until 2019,
so if you're considering going with us, come this year!

This tour is LAND ONLY. You are responsible to book your international flights to and from Lima, Peru (LIM).
ARRIVAL:
Please arrive on Sunday, June 4, 2017 by 7:00AM in order to connect with our later morning flight to Cusco.
DEPARTURE:
For your departure from the Main Tour on
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 OR from the Lake Titicaca Extension on Friday, June 16, 2017 OR from the Bolivia Extension on Sunday, June 18, 2017 , please book your flight to depart after 9:00PM.
After you register, SSJ will be happy to refer you to an airline consolidator that can assist you to book your airline ticket.

redball.gif (144 bytes) DISCOUNT! Make ALL of your payments by check or money order and receive a 5% discount! This discount is INCLUDED in the price below listed for this payment option.

NOTE Regarding Credit Card Payments:
We are only able to take credit cards for payment until 45 days before the tour begins, or until April 20, 2017. After that you can pay with a credit card check, bank cashier's check, or money order. Or wire funds to our bank account (additional $25.00 fee applies for wires originating from outside the U.S.). Sacred Sites Journeys accepts VISA and MasterCard.

MAIN TOUR: June 4 - 13, 2017 - Per Person, double occupancy, land only:
$2,539.00 - via check or money order
$2,673.00 - via credit card


ROOMMATES: Would you like to meet and make a new friend on your journey? If you're not traveling on the journey with anyone you know, and would like for SSJ to try to match you up with a suitable roommate, we'll be happy to try to do so. Over the last 23 years we've been operating these spiritual pilgrimages  to Peru we've seen many people become friends for life. As well, we've had several marriages result from people meeting on our journeys. Be open! Be flexible! It will be a rich and wonderful experience!

Per our Terms and Conditions, we will hold the registration for the trip open until 30 days before the departure date (or later if possible) in order to try to match you with someone. If by that date we have not been able to match you with a roommate, you will be responsible to pay the single supplement. If you would like to be matched with a roommate, please register early.

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: This is the additional price you will pay to have your own private room throughout the journey.
$375.00 - via check or money order
$395.00 - via credit card


POST-TOUR EXTENSION # 1 - Lake Titicaca: June 13 - 16, 2017 - Per Person, double occupancy

$1,099.00 - via check or money order
$1,157.00 - via credit card

Single Room Supplement:
$199.00 - via check or money order
$210.00 - via credit card

POST-TOUR EXTENSION # 2 - BOLIVIA: June 16 - 18, 2017 - Per Person, double occupancy
$799.00 - via check or money order
$841.00 - via credit card

Single Room Supplement:
$30.00 - via check or money order
$32.00
- via credit card

Important Information Regarding Airfare Pricing for the Domestic Flights in PERU
: The posted prices above include the price for the domestic airline flights in Peru. However, until the tour is assured to go and we book your airfare, this is a only projected price based on airfares from the past three previous tours in 2014, 2015 and 2016. If the pricing increases, you will be billed for the difference. An early registration will assure that the tour will go, and that the flights in Peru can be booked at the budgeted prices. So please reserve your space as soon as possible.Air ticket prices for these domestic flights may increase closer to the departure date.

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REGISTRATION

TOUR REGISTRATION CLOSED as of May 19, 2017!

Our Sacred Sites Journey begins on June 4, 2017 when our group of sacred travelers
from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia fly to Cusco.

If you'd like to follow our daily visits to the various sacred sites,
please bookmark this page and visit it.
If you're on Facebook, you can also do so on our Sacred Sites Journeys Page
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
Sacred Sites Journeys are smoke-free.
E-cigarettes are allowed.

All other forms of smoking are not.
Thanks for your cooperation!

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Or, call our office at 888 501-3853 (Toll free in the US) or 928 284-1429

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Sacred Sites Journeys is NOT affiliated with any other sacred travel company.
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We believe that karma is very efficient, and that those who are not in integrity
will swiftly reap the negative benefits of such actions.


Updated 5/19/2017

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