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Ancient Mysteries of Machu Picchu, Cusco
& the Sacred Valley of the Incas
May 7 - 13, 2018
 

 

 

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This PERU journey will follow directly after EASTER ISLAND, April 29 - May 5, 2018.
We invite you to travel with us on both trips!



YOUR SPECIAL INVITATION!

Since we founded our company in 1994, PERU has been one of our most popular destinations.


So many of you have asked us over the years to offer a BUDGET JOURNEY to PERU.
So...due to popular demand, we're offering this to YOU this one-time!
This is "it" - the ONLY time you'll ever be able to travel to PERU with us at such a low cost!
We encourage you to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

Sacred Sites Journeys Founders & Tour Leaders
Andrea Mikana-Pinkham and Mark Amaru Pinkham
invite you to join us for this unique and awe-inspiring lifetime adventure
next May 2018 in the Peruvian Andes.

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Andean ritual specialists and longtime researchers of ancient megalithic history & technology,
Sacred Sites Journeys' Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham and Mark Amaru Pinkham,
author of The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom and other books about the ancient history of our planet,
have been leading spiritual journeys to PERU since 1994.
Between us we have taken over 35 groups there annually since that time.

Come with us to PERU in May 2018! It will be a life-changing experience.
There is "life before Peru and life after Peru" and they're never the same...in many positive and life-enhancing ways!

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

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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twinkle.gif (912 bytes)World-famous Machu Picchu, the Crown Jewel of the Andes
and a SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT of our Sacred Sites Journey!

We'll also visit the ancient sacred megalithic sites of:
- Quillarumiyoc in Anta Province near Cusco

- The Inca Temple of the Sun (the Coricancha), Sacsayhuaman,
Q'enko, Tambo Machay in and around Cusco

- Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.

Mark Amaru 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.



TOUR PERSONNEL

Featured Speaker: Mark Amaru Pinkham
Author, Andean Ritual Specialist and Mesa Carrier in the Inca Spiritual Tradition
and longtime researcher of ancient megalithic history & technology.



Mark Amaru Pinkham is a trained Andean ritual specialist who has been traveling throughout the Andes
since 1993 in order to unlock more and more of their enigmatic mysteries.
Mark has been initiated into two Andean esoteric societies and apprenticed with an Andean ritual specialist for three years
in order to acquire the secret and hidden information about Peru that has been passed down through the ages,
and to directly experience its mysteries first-hand. Mark's desire is to share his accumulated wisdom with all sincere seekers of truth.



Mark's 6th book, Sedona City of the Star People was released in September 2015.
He is also the author of five other books that cover the secret mysteries of many ancient civilizations,
including that of the Andes. Some of his books are The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom, Conversations with the Goddess,
Guardians of the Holy Grail: The Knights Templar, John the Baptist and the Water of Life
and World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic Civilization.

For more information about them, visit Books by Mark Amaru Pinkham.

Throughout our Andean pilgrimage Mark Amaru will lead the group in ancient Andean shamanic rites,
as well as share his in-depth knowledge of Andean esoteric history of the Incas and the Viracochas.
He will assist you to connect with the energies of the Three Worlds of the Incan Cosmology - the Lower (Ucu Pacha),
Middle (Kay Pacha) & Upper (Hanan Pacha) World, and their Totem Animals - Serpent, Puma & Condor.

Mark Amaru is also a professional Western and Vedic (Hindu) Astrologer with over 35 years of experience.




A Message from Mark: Our sacred pilgrimage to Peru is extremely important for those on a serious spiritual path.
During your time in the Land of the Pachamama, I will assist your spiritual transformation by inviting you
to participate in traditional potent Andean Shamanic rituals within the most powerful feminine vortex on Earth.
I will also reveal many of the most paradigm-shattering esoteric secrets of the last 100,000 years
which I have gathered as an initiate while traveling extensively throughout Peru for the last 23 years. 
I've been to sacred sites in many countries, but in my estimation, those in Peru hold a special place
in the history of our planet's ancient civilizations. The jaw-dropping megalithic architecture...
the esoteric mysteries that go back hundreds of thousands of years....the majesty and dynamic spiritual power
of the Andes....they perfectly combine to give the spiritual traveler the experience of a lifetime!
I will be honored to assist you on your Path to "come home!"

For more information about Mark, Click Here

Tour Director: Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
Director of Sacred Sites Journeys
Andean Ritual Specialist and Mesa Carrier in the Inca Spiritual Tradition
and longtime researcher of ancient megalithic history & technology.
Andrea has led over 30 groups to Peru since 1994.

In addition to her ongoing research in Peru and elsehwere, Andrea is a teacher in the The Seven Rays Order and Mystery School and The Sisterhood of Sophia 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.

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. 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 many years I've been working in Peru. For this journey I've chosen Oscar 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 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

Tour Guide: Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona

  

Oscar is a Licensed Tour Guide and has worked with Andrea and Mark 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.



ITINERARY


Machu Picchu, Cu
sco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas
May 7 - 13, 2018

We will not be offering another Sacred Sites Journey budget-oriented trip to PERU - EVER!
This is "it" - the ONLY time you'll ever be able to travel to here with us at such a low cost!

Day 1. Monday, May 7. Flight Lima/Cusco; Group Meeting and 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, we 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 Monday, May 7th. 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 Monday, 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 Mark Amaru Pinkham and 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 to adjust to the change in altitude from sea level in Lima to over 11,000 ft. here in Cusco.

We meet with Mark and Andrea Pinkham early evening for a short Group Meeting to introduce ourselves and begin connecting. Mark Amaru 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 Andrea to help you begin to connect with its sacred energies.

Afterwards we'll walk to a nearby restaurant for a
group Welcome Dinner of traditional Peruvian cuisine.

Overnight Cusco. Hotel To Be Announced.


Day 2. Tuesday, May 8. Cusco: Inca Temple of the Sun; Quillarumiyoc (B/Box Lunch)

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L to R: Temple of the Sun, Replica of the Solar Disc, Moon Stone at Quillarumiyoc

After breakfast, 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 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.

Peru-Quillarumiyoc-WorldsElements.jpg (18061 bytes)After taking time to explore the Cave of the Mother we walk into the main area of the site via two courtyards. One is dedicated to the Andean Cosmology of the Three Worlds – The Lower, Middle and Upper Worlds. The second to the Four Elements – Earth (the Pachamama), Air/Wind (Wayra), Fire (Nina) and Water (Unu). 

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.

Mark Amaru will facilitate a short optional sacred ceremony to connect with the energy of Quilla, the Moon at the site of the Moonstone.

Afterwards we return to Cusco and our hotel. Dinner on your own.
Overnight Cusco. Hotel To Be Announced.


Day 3.
Wednesday, May 9. Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko and Tambo Machay (B/Box Lunch)

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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!

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 To Be Announced.


Day 4. Thursday, May 10. To the Sacred Valley: Inca Misana and Ollantaytambo (B)
      
L to R: Megalithic altar at the Inca Misana, main altar and the Inca's Seat of megalithic stonework at Ollantaytambo

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.

In the Sacred Valley we make our way to the ancient site hidden away in the mountains known as the Inca Misana ("Inca Altar") another megalithic pre-Inca site. Again, it's most likely that the Incas found this ancient site and adapted it for their use. 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'll see later today 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?


Afterwards we continue to Ollantaytambo and check  into our hotel. You have time for a quick lunch on your own.

Then we're off to visit 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 walk 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.

We return to the hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Ollantaytambo. Hotel To Be Announced.

Day 5. Friday, May 11. To Machu Picchu! (B/L)

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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 Peru-MachuPicchu-5.jpg (19345 bytes)check-in at our hotel, we walk to the bus station and board one of the official buses to take us up the road with fourteen switchbacks to ancient Machu Picchu!

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! Before we enter the sanctuary, 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.

Then it's time! We enter Machu Picchu and 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.

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 To Be Announced.

Day 6. Saturday, May 12. Return to Cusco (B/L/D)


   

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 delicous buffet lunch of traditional Peruvian cuisine.

Afterwards we continue through the Sacred Valley, among the sacred apus, or sacred mountains on our return to Cusco. If there is an afternoon shower we may well receive the blessings of Kuichy, the rainbow!

We arrive in Cusco later afternoon and
check into our hotel.
Y
ou have free time. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Cusco. Hotel To Be Announced.

Day 7. Sunday, May 13. Depart 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.


A Few Words from Sacred Sites Journeys Travelers to PERU

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





INCLUSIONS

Your Sacred Sites Journey to PERU Includes:
-Two flights in Peru: 1) Lima/Cusco and 2) Cusco/Lima
- Other tour-related transportation in Peru, including bus and rail
- Roundtrip airport/hotel/airport transfers
- All site entrance fees
- First-class hotels, including taxes, service charges & daily breakfast;
4 lunches; 2 dinners
- Pre-paid Gratuities
- Free Peruvian Tourist Visa upon your arrival in Lima
-
Escorted in the Cusco area by SSJ's Tour Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham
- Excellent bilingual Tour Guide Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona


Special Highlights:
- Travel with Featured Speaker author Mark Amaru Pinkham and SSJ's Director Andrea Mikana-Pinkham & other like-minded people
- Cusco Area: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Coricancha
, Tambo Machay
- Near Cusco: Quillarumiyoc

- Sacred Valley of the Incas: Ollantaytambo
- Machu Picchu!!!
-
Traditional Andean rituals with Mark Amaru Pinkham and Oscar Atayupanqui Gaona
- Special Welcome and Farewell
Dinners


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

- Meals not included, as indicated in the itinerary
- 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

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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

PRICING

IMPORTANT!
We will NOT be offering another BUDGET JOURNEY to PERU - Ever!
This is "it" - the ONLY time you'll ever be able to travel to PERU with us at such a low cost!
We encourage you to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

This tour is LAND ONLY. You are responsible to book your international flights to and from Lima, Peru (LIM).
ARRIVAL:
Please arrive on Monday, May 7, 2018 by 7:00AM in order to connect with our later morning flight to Cusco.
DEPARTURE:
For your departure
on Sunday, May 13, 2018,
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.

ANCIENT MYSTERIES OF PERU TOUR: May 7 - 13, 2018 - Per Person, double occupancy, land only:
To be posted soon! - via check
To be posted soon! - via PayPal


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.
To be posted soon! - via check
To be posted soon! - via PayPal


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 four previous tours in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. 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.



REGISTRATION

TOUR REGISTRATION FORM TO BE POSTED SOON!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
Sacred Sites Journeys are smoke-free sacred travel experiences.
All forms of tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes are not allowed at any time.
Thanks for your cooperation.



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