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December Solstice 2015 Celebration With Mallku

An 11 Day Solstice Soul-Journ to the Andes of Peru
December 11 - 22, 2015 • Price (USD)$3595

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World renown expert of Inca cosmology, author and shaman "Mallku", will lead us in ceremony at the following ancient temple sites: Pisaq, Machu Picchu (twice), Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, House of the Moon, Qenco, The Water Temple of Tipon, The Temple of Wiracocha, Ajayu Marka (a dimensional doorway), Puno, Lake Titicaca and the island of Amantani.

This is not just a tour, but a spiritual journey

Mallku

"Breathe in the sacred wisdom of the ages. Meditate in temples thousands of years old. Participate in life-changing ancient ceremonies and experience the magnificence of your own being. Picture yourself breathing the mystical air at the heights of the Andes Mountains. Your spirit will soar as you experience one of the most beautiful and sacred lands on earth. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Incas. The ancestors of the Andean people still live in this precious "Paradise in the Sun," where the heart of the masters still reigns.

Once again, the world has begun to recognize the Andes as one of the greatest cultural and spiritual centers of the planet; the doors to new dimensions of awareness are opening to us, and we are now unearthing and reviving ancient, hidden knowledge, due to the beginning of the new, tenth Pachakuti, or cosmic cycle. Andean history is divided into segments of 1000 years, with a transformational era in the middle, every 500 years.

We recently passed one of these historical transitions in 1992. The ANDEAN PEOPLE call this Pachakuti "turning of the times". Since long ago the Andean culture zealously guarded their secrets. Now they are willing to share this ancient knowledge. Are you ready to experience your true nature? Now is the time to participate in sacred ceremonies from an ancient, highly advanced civilization."

Our intent throughout this whole journey is to reawaken to who we really are, and again come into alignment with the "Master Path". Our attitude will be one of reverence and honoring of all that is sacred. We will have many opportunities for personal reflection and meditation.

I hope you will join us on this, perhaps once in life time opportunity to experience Peru like few people ever have, while reawakening to your true nature and potential as divine beings on this beautiful Space Ship Earth.

About Our Spiritual Guide Mallku

Sensitive Artist and a Promoter of Andean Culture- collaborated during the 1980's as a co-editor of books on Natural Medicine. In 1997 he presented his book "Camino Iniciático Inka, el Despertar del Puma" (Inka Initiation Path –the Awakening of the Puma), in which he revealed his expertise in understanding the Esoteric Knowledge within Andean Archaeo-astronomy. In 1999 he paid tribute to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu in his book "Eternamente Machu Picchu, Ciudad de Peregrinos" (Machu Picchu Forever, City of Pilgrims). His extensive research has earned him well-deserved recognition and acknowledgements, including the publishing of his books in Poland and Hungary. MALLKU is an international lecturer and teaches about the Ancient Culture of the Andes, promoting a Shamanic experience as one of the Paths of Liberation for the present generation.

In his current book "Inka Power Places, Solar Initiations" he reveals important secrets of the Initiation Knowledge of the Amauta Sages, which were expressed in their Temples, Palaces and Cities as testimony for all time. We are proud to be part of a country so marvelous in all aspects, natural and human.

The cultures of the Inkas and their predecessors have left us evidence of their considerable technological, social and spiritual achievements. It has not been possible to erase the soul of these Andean peoples and at every step we find examples of a glorious past. Time has been the faithful witness of those great men who have not really left but are still here as guides just like the stars, Moon, Sun, earth, valleys and mountains.

Much has been said about the Andes; but from outside, never from within, from the essence. Some thinkers and teachers of the world have tried to understand the spirituality of the Andes, but nearly always in an intellectual and material context.

Several decades ago certain intellectuals supposed that the Andes had no electro-magnetic charge of its own, thus giving us to understand that there had been a lack of spirituality and of ontological development of being in this part of the world. They announced that the "electromagnetic flow" found in the mountains of the Himalayas had been transferred to the Andes of America in a certain year and that Peru and Bolivia were the principal beneficiaries. Perhaps these men wanted to stimulate interest in the study of this Land of Pachamama, but their assumption with respect to these changes is in serious error and shows a lack of respect for all that is part of the millennial tradition of the Children of the Sun.

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Alana & Mallku



A personal message from Steffan, your program coordinator.....

— Why this trip might be just what you need in your life right now —

Much has happened both personally and globally since I offered the first Shamanic Journey to Peru in 2005. Peru's power places and sacred temples, the shamanic plant teachers, our facilitators and the participants of our programs have taught me so much. I am deeply grateful for the growth that has come my way.

The elliptical rotation of the Earth's poles, is again moving toward the galactic center and signifies the cyclical awakening of human consciousness and the movement toward a new golden Age. The world as a whole with all of its people is evolving right before our eyes. This is really exciting and it's truly a gift to be alive in these remarkable times. Because we are evolving so fast, many humans on the planet feel the so called 'Quickening' that is taking place. On an individual level and as a collective we are beginning to manifest our thoughts hundreds of times faster than even ten years ago. Because we are beginning to manifest so quickly now, it is becoming more critical that our thoughts and actions are governed by our hearts.

In these times of change, those of us that are on the conscious evolutionary path, need all the support that we can get to help us on our journey to Unity Consciousness. Now is the time to walk the path of sweetness; the path of balance between the head and the heart. This notion of reaching and maintaining a balance between the intellect and the heart is at the core of what Mallku calls the Master Path.

The ancient Inca possessed this knowledge. It was evident in how they built and managed their temples and cities and in their highly advanced spiritual cosmology and understanding of the stars. Quality of life was highly valued by the Inca and was intrinsically connected with many aspects of their existence. Quality of life is part of being in balance.

As we visit some of these magical power places and temples in Peru, we will have the opportunity to 'Tune Into' and experience how this ancient civilization viewed their relationship with Spirit and with mother earth; the Divine Male and the Divine Female. Our experiences in the Andes and with each other will inspire a renewed or increased commitment to our spiritual path, along with a deeper understanding of what it means to live in balance and with the knowing that we are all ONE.

Blessings,
Steffan Heydon

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Below is a YouTube video we recorded in March of 2009. In this 14 minute interview, Mallku addresses what he calls the Master Path and also shares his beliefs regarding the use of shamanic plants as tools to aid in our awakening.

 


December 2015 Itinerary - Into The Magic Of Pachamama

11 Day Souljourn to the Andes of Peru

Facilitators: Mallku and other personally selected associates.

(DEC 10) - Flight from home to Lima. Depending on your arrival time in Lima Peru on March 9th, you may wish to take a cab to a hotel or hostel in Mira Flores or simply stay at the airport and wait for your 6am connecting flight to Cusco. As part of the program, we will arrange all necessary accommodations in Peru. If you arrive around midnight, we suggest that you stay at the airport as this will leave you very little time to get to the hotel for rest before you have to make the trip back to the airport.

Day 1 (DEC 11) Cusco/Sacred Valley/Chinchero – Early morning we leave our Hotel for the airport to meet our Cusco flight (for you to organize). We can assist with it on request. We recommend that your flight leaves Lima for Cusco around 10.00 so that we all arrive in Cusco around the same time. On arrival in Cusco we participate in a welcome ceremony and enjoy a vegetarian lunch (included in the tour price), before transferring to the Sacred Valley in the afternoon. On the way to our lodge we stop at Chinchero to visit the amazing Earth Altar and to discover the Magic Hatun Chinkana of this initiatory centre. This Waka (sacred place) is perceived as the brain and through its vibration you will connect to the dimension of Soul. Overnight at the Sacred Valley. (VEGETARIAN LUNCH)

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Chinchero

A little Information:

Chinchero - Chinchero, called "El Pueblo del Arco Iris" (the town of the rainbow), is high up on a spectacular place, around 12,000 feet above sea level, with tremendous views of the Urubamba mountain range as well as the majestic Salkantay mountain that reaches almost 19,000 ft. Chinchero is halfway between the Sacred Valley and Cusco, to the northwest of Cusco, at 28 km. (17.4 miles). The town of Hispanic architecture is built on old Inka constructions. Its people are very conservative of some andean traditions, wearing picturesque clothing. Also outstanding the textile crafts (crafts as well as local produce).

There is a spectacular view of the valley and beautiful Andean landscapes surround the town, outstanding the beauty of the snowy mountains Chicon and Veronica of the Mountain Range of Urubamba. In Chinchero is a spectacular altar (above) and ceremonial places for mother earth (Pachamama).

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Moray

Day 2 (DEC 12) Moray/Ollantaytambo
Morning visit Moray, an ancient Inca site with circular terraces that used to create exceptional conditions or micro climates that fostered domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of a wide array of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption. Here our master guide will instruct us in walking exercises and a meditation in the center circle of this amazing power spot. After we continue to the salt mines of Maras, amazing ponds terraced down the Andean mountainside. Still in use today, these ponds are filled from a single salty spring. In the afternoon we will explore the absolutely unique and ancient city of Ollantaytambo, where the buildings still retain the original architecture of the Incas. As we explore the vast temple complex adjacent to the village, we will engage in ceremony. Our climb to the top takes us to the Sun Temple, whose huge granite blocks were mysteriously placed overlooking the village and the Urubamba River. Back at our hotel in the evening, we will have a special meditation ceremony where we will be introduced to the Sacred Fire. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Moray - (Below) In this archaeological site exist concentric agricultural terraces, some as deep as 150 meters. This "Earth's Navel" is thought to be a large agricultural laboratory where the Inkas created different microclimates to grow a large variety of crops. Here we may perform a metamorphosis ritual, attuning our body/mind with electro-magnetic energy from Earth's Navel. An important fact of the Inka's technology was that its works harmonize perfectly with nature. They used the natural forces they mastered hydraulic engineering, and knew the use of the earth. For instance, thanks to the "andenerías" (agricultural circular terracing) system, they could sow in abrupt places and avoid the erosion. The attractiveness of this area can be distinguished for its impressive landscape (nature and big snowy mountains), pleasant climate, fertile lands with abundant water, megalithic cultural evidences, people and its traditions.

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Aguas Calientes

Day 3 (DEC 13) Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu
This morning we will take the train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will check into our hotel before visiting the famed city of Machu Picchu, NAMED BY MALLKU as the Crystal City, the Rainbow City, the City of the Condor and the Hummingbird, the City of Peace, and the City of Light. The legendary beauty of this magnificent city defies description. There are many trails and power sites to explore here, and we will have ample opportunity for ceremony to open to a deeper experience of the intrinsic magic if this amazing city and temples. In the evening you will have the opportunity to bathe in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes. We will over night here and be up early in the morning for our second full day ascent to the majestic Inca city, Machu Picchu.

Day 4 (DEC 14) Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early in the morning we again enter Machu Picchu to take part in ceremony for a deeper journey into the inner path to gain confidence in our soul's and our unique purpose. Once our group work is complete, the group will have time to explore Machu Picchu on its own. In the afternoon we'll depart Machu Picchu and return to Cusco by train. As Mallku says, "We will overnight in the navel of the world."

Hikes to consider while at Machu Picchu are Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Peak, and the Temple of the moon. The hike to the Temple of the Moon can be easily traversed by most people. Machu Picchu Peak and Huayna Picchu, are both somewhat strenuous. The park now charges an additional fee of $10 to hike either Machu Picchu Peak or Huayna Picchu. As long a the park does not increase that price, as a courtesy to our guests we gladly absorb that cost. These hikes must be reserved well in advance. If you are not sure which hike you might want to explore, feel free to contact us and we can provide you with more details. One can also research information about these hikes online.

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Machu Picchu City
 
Machu Picchu City

A Little Information:

Machu Picchu - Machu Picchu Is one of the "Lost City of the Inkas," "City of Light for Initiates," An ancient site fed by grids of powerful natural energies patterned by surrounding mountains and extensive underground tunnels.

Shamanic belief is that for centuries this site served as an initiatory centre for higher learning. The sanctuary cover many square kilometers constructed of mortared terraces and connected by endless stairs carved from solid rock all around the mountains. Throughout the ages, the sheltered temple sights, geophysically conducive atmospheres were used for ritual and mind-altering experiences. Shamanic legend says that touching one's forehead to the Intiwantana Stone opens one's vision into the Spirit World. Tune into Wakas (sacred spots) of individual rocks and boulders. Experience here the classic "magical flight" of shamanic ecstasy.

History - Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu was unknown to the Christians. Its reason for existence remains under debate. Provably it was built and populated by the family of one Inka ruler, Pachakkutek. Machu Picchu was a kind of university where the children of the leaders of other Andean cultures conquered by the Inkas were taken to Machu Picchu to be taught the Inka way of life. At any rate, as we wander through the maze of empty plazas, chambers and dwellings saddled atop steep mountainsides, we will be unable to resist our own speculations at the impenetrable mystery of these stones. Today it is a Historic NationalSanctuary, protected by the Peruvian Government, that tries to conserve the geological formations and archaeological remains inside the Sanctuary, besides protecting its flora, fauna and landscape's beauty. The whole park has an extension of 80,535 acres (32,592 hectares; 125.83 mile).

Locale and Climate - Machu Picchu (the Inkan City) is located on kilometer 112 (70 miles) of the Cusco-Quillabamba railway; the train station is in Aguas Calientes village with an altitude of 2,000 meters (6,560 feet). From that station there are buses in order to get to South-America's most famous Archaeological Group that is found at an average altitude of 2,450 meters (8,038 feet). The climate in that sector has also some characteristics that are found all over the region; thus, only two well defined seasons are distinguished: the rainy season in the area goes between November to April, and the dry season from May to October. Machu Picchu is near the commencement of the Cusquenian Amazonian Jungle, so the chance of having rains or showers is possible any time of the year. In the hottest days it is possible to get even about 26° Celsius (78.8° Fahrenheit), while that in the coldest early mornings in June and July the temperature may drop to 8° C.; the average annual temperature is 16 degrees Celsius. Between May to August the weather is beautiful because the skys are nearly always blue and clear.

Geology - The Machu Picchu Historic National Sanctuary is found over a great granite orogenic structure baptized by Dr. Isaiah Bowman as the "Vilcabamba Batholith" that outcrops over about 400 km (154 mile). Its formation belongs in the scale of geological time to the Paleozoic or Inferior Primary and may have an approximate age of 250 million years.

Origin of Name - Machu Picchu (like most of the Quechua names of towns and different sites in the region) is a compound word that comes from machu = old or ancient, and picchu = peak or mountain; therefore, Machu Picchu is translated as "Old Mountain". The famous mountain that is seen in front, and appears in most of the classical views of the site is named Wayna Picchu (Young Mountain). Unfortunately the original names of the mentioned sectors are lost, Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu and some other proper names used today are contemporary ones; ascribed probably by farmers living in the region before Bingham's arrival. However, according to studies about some XVI century documents, the original name of the whole area might be "Picchu".

It is known that Hiram Bingham, a descendant of missionaries, was the man who rediscover Machu Picchu for the contemporary world and modern science. He was a North-American historian born in Honolulu, Hawaii; who in 1907 taught the South-American History and Geography course in Yale University. Later he was chosen as delegate of his country to the First Pan-American Scientific Congress carried out in Chile in 1908. By that epoch he began his activities as explorer taking a horseback journey from Caracas to Bogota, following the Simon Bolivar's way. Then he followed the old colonial trade way from Buenos Aires to Lima, arriving to this Andean zone in 1909; it is in that year when from Abancay he started with his first exploration towards Choquekirau, trying to find the last Inkan Capital. By that time many myths had been created about the possibility of finding the "Inkas' treasures" that according to tradition had been taken by Manko Inka is his retreat to Willkapampa (willka = sacred, pampa = plain; its Spanish form is "Vilcabamba"); thus it was so common by that epoch to find treasure hunters willing to get to this last Inkas' dwelling. That same intention moved Bingham to study chronicles and even to visit Spanish archives, and subsequently in 1911 to come back to Peru with the aim of performing studies of geology and botany, and for sure, also in order to try finding Willkapampa.

In Cusco, Albert Giesecke, a compatriot of his and rector of the local University had put him in touch with Braulio Polo y la Borda, owner of Mandor. That local landlord told Bingham that on the hill in front of his property there were ancient constructions covered by vegetation where cattle were frequently lost; and moreover, he introduced Bingham to Eduardo Lizarraga, a farmland renter living in the area since the 70s of the 19th century, who had seen the buildings. On July 23th, 1911 Bingham showed up in Mandor along with a policeman, Sergeant Carrasco, who escorted him by order of Cusco's Prefect Juan Jose Nuñez. They found in his hut the peasant Melchor Arteaga who told Bingham about the existence of two Inkan sites named Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu; that same peasant was hired by Bingham to be the guide in order to get to the Inkan City. The next day, after examining the field they decided to climb up. After noon they arrived at another hut where they found Anacleto Alvarez and Toribio Recharte; they were two humble peasants who along with their families lived in the area and cultivated the pre-Hispanic farming terraces. After a short break, they provided a boy as the guide for Bingham in order to have a first look of the Inkan buildings that were completely covered with entangled vegetation. That was how Bingham, at 35 years old, stumbled onto Machu Picchu; a fortuitous happening that made manifest a great "discovery".

Almost immediately after his first exploration, he went back to the USA looking for economic support that was granted to him by the Yale University and the National Geographic Society. Subsequently, the Peruvian government in Lima facing Bingham's request in order to execute works in Machu Picchu, by means of law given on October 31th, 1912, authorized him to carry out his projected works. Besides, according to the fourth article of that authorization Bingham could freely take out of the country all the obtained pieces during his explorations, but with commitment of giving them back to Peru's simple petition. Authorization in the name of "international etiquette" that infringed some legal rules and caused irreparable damage to Peru's cultural heritage.

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Ollantaytambo - Sun Temple

A Little informaion:

Ollantaytambo - The sanctuary of Ollantaytambo is located at the province of Urubamba. Here is an amazing architectural wonder, built by solar masters. The town is about 76 Kms. (47.2 miles) away from Cusco by the road of Chinchero - Urubamba and about 68 kilometers (42.2 miles) by railway at an altitude of 2700 meters (8856 feet). It is a very vast complex which central part is in the town and its surroundings; there is a large amount of farming terraces that are part of he complex. Those terraces are deteriorated and most of them abandoned. The water that irrigated them does not flow any more. Their stone aqueducts that were a master work of engineering were extended by many kilometers; but, today they do not exist any more. The reason is that today no one is preoccupied with keeping them and because we had almost five centuries in which the invaders were not interested in agriculture but only in mining gold and silver. Ollantaytambo is a compound Quechua word that is derived from " Ollanta" that is a personal name, and " Tambo" that is a Spanish form of " Tampu" that refers about a city that offered lodgings, food and comfort for travellers. "Ollanta" was the name of an Inca general whose history was kept as an oral tradition. The Ollantay Drama is considered as a classical work of Quechua literature. Ollantaytambo was a very important sanctuary, it
also was a "tampu" in order to enable control of the roads toward the "Antisuyo" (jungle). Today, still some people name this sanctuary as "fortress", which in practice is improper and we will need more space to explain all this. Besides, for the noble population dwelling in this city there was a very ample and well planned urban sector, a plaza surrounded by important buildings and toward the town's South an impressive "Kallanka;" that is, a building which dimensions are colossal and completely roofed. It served as a lodge and perhaps also as barracks for the army of the region.

Day 5 (DEC 15) Inca Wakas - Tipon - Amaru Machay - Quenqo

In the morning we will visit the spectacular water temple of Tipon. Tipon is an ancient agricultural site with many terraces and an intricate irrigation system. The entire complex is fed by an artisan spring that emanates at the base of the sacred mountain Pachatusan. The energy at Tipon is so soft and gentle that one never wishes to leave. After our visit to Tipon, we will stop in Cusco and then on to visit Amaru Machay, the cave of the Serpents. At this power place, considered by Mallku as 'the sacred place of Serpents, the group will join intentions in a guided ceremony. Then we will visit Q'enqo, The Power Place Of The Puma. At day's end, we will again overnight-night in Cusco.

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Tipon
 
Quenqo

A Little Information:

Tipon - The Archaeological Park of Tipon, a place of great water fountains, is another one of the most important architectural complexes found in Cusco. This old site is located 23 km. to the Southeast of the Inka capital at a height of 3,600 meters above sea level; the highest area of the park is found at the pass of Ranraq'asa above 3,900 meters. It belongs to the district of Oropesa, province of Quispicanchis in Cusco.Historian Luis AntonioPardo says the real name of Tipon may come from the Quechua word Timpuj which means "to be boiling", and it relates to the water flowing out of the fountains as if the liquid was boiling. This name was recently made up since the original name is not known. Victor Angles holds that Tipon could have been the Royal House of Yahuar Huaca, who retreated here after being defeated by the Chancas. His son Wiracocha faced the Chancas and defeated them, being crowned Inka instead of his father. Garcilaso de la Vega wrote the following: "It was determined that the son, as most of the court decided, would be the head of the kingdom; and to avoid riots and civil wars, they accepted everything the prince wanted. After it was agreed, they obtained a Royal House, between Muyna and Quepicancha, in a pleasant place with all the gifts, fields, gardens and other royal amusements for hunting and fishing. The house was built close to the Yucay River. Angles assumes that the place identified by Garcilaso is Tipon. The Watanay River passes close to Tipon and two small rivers flow out of it to surround the complex. These could be the small rivers that the Garcilaso wrote about. Muiuparka: A vortex where Inkas performed rituals to create perfect union with the Creator and Cosmic energy (phenomenal healings occur here.)

Q'enqo - Means labyrinth or zigzag. Located 2km from Cusco, this temple dedicated to Mother Earth is a unique center of celebrations and astronomical studies. It has numerous ceremonial carvings, holes and canals cut into the rock. One of its features is a semi-natural underground chamber. Limestone formation intricately carved with depictions of mythical beings, as well as winding underground passageways and semicircular amphitheater. This waka was used for ceremonies to Mother Earth and Heaven. It is a Temple of the Living Light, ceremonial altar and main spiritual center. Dedicated to the Puma, the vibrant vortexes are some of the most powerful for initiates. This archaeological complex is situated 2 km northwest of Cusco (10 minutes by car). Q'enko or "labyrinth" is considered a holy place where ceremonies honoring the Sun, Moon, and the stars used to take place.

Day 6 (DEC 16) Sacred Valley - Pisaq- Sacsayhuaman (Cusco)
In the morning we will visit Pisaq in the Sacred Valley. The entire mountain of Pisaq behind the village is considered an archaeological treasure. We are bussed several miles up to the top, from where we can hike downhill past ancient sites and burial grounds along an amazing trail with breathtaking views. In the afternoon we will visit Saqsaywaman, which is a huge, stunning site which holds the Great House of the Sun, where the head of the Puma of Cusco resides. Its megalithic, zigzag stone walls were pieced together with amazing skill, drawing the Snake and other Andean symbols, like a lightening bolt across a great field. After our ritual, we will return to Cusco.

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Sacsayhuaman

A Little Information:

Sacsayhuaman - Sacsayhuaman is a huge, stunning site which holds the great house of the Sun, where the head of the Puma of Cusco resides. Its megalithic, zigzag stone walls were pieced together with amazing skill, drawing the SNAKE and other ANDEAN SYMBOLS, like a lightening bolt across a great field. The immense walls of the complex made up of huge stones distributed in a zigzag pattern in three platforms. These platforms are connected by flights of stairs and doorways also in stone; one of these is big stones is more than 100 tons. The largest stone block found in Sacsayhuaman stands 27.88ft high and weighs 130 tons. Together with the city of Cusco, this monumental complex is considered one of the wonders of the world. This huge construction was planned and built by Andean Man. The Incas called it the House of the Sun. The construction, which is made up of three platforms one on top of the other, was one of the most important spiritual places at the Andes. Inca Pachakuti and other spiritual leaders considered this place as the most important temple dedicated to the Sun.

The cusquenian mixed-blood Garcilaso de la Vega described in his chronicle "The Royal Commentaries", "Every detail of this sacred spot, its walls, rooms, towers, doors and canals, which have sparked great interest and admiration from visitors and residents alike. The enormous blocks that form part of the construction were put together perfectly."

Archaeologists are currently excavating and have discovered water fountains, canals and rooms. In the nearby flat area, every June 24th, local inhabitants hold the Festival of the Sun, or Inti Raymi. Sacsayhuaman witnessed important historic events.

Sacsayhuaman Archeological Complex. 1 km northeast of Cusco (7 minutes by car). The area contains thirty-three archeological sites. The most famous is Sacsayhuaman, which was the most important temple in Hanan Qosqo or upper Cusco, and dedicated to Andean celebrations for Inti (Sun) and the Killa (Moon).

Pisaq - Pisaq is one of the most important Archaeological Sites in the Sacred Valley. It is located about 30 kms (18.6 miles) Northwest of Cusco City. Possibly its name comes from a type of partridge very common in the area known as "Pisaka." A vital Inka road once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The city, at the entrance to this gorge site, controlled a route that connected the Inka Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor patch-worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac's Inka city are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the site, the main Sun Temple is similar of the one in Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more buildings, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden. Today it is still possible to observe the surrounding wall that protected the most important zone of the Inka city. Moreover, inside the protected area are the vast farming terraces that supplied enough food for its inhabitants in case of sieges or conflicts; and there are also aqueducts that supplied water for agricultural development. It seems that water for consumption of the inhabitants was harnessed on the mountain's upper side and transported through underground channels. Towards the West, on the irregular almost vertical surface of the mountain there is a large amount of something like hollows: They are looted tombs of the pre-Hispanic cemetery in the region. Today the cemetery is known as "Tantanamarka," and according to some estimates it must have contained about 10,000 tombs. In the Inkan belief it was stated that once persons died they began a newer life. When the invaders arrived they soon knew that inside the Inkan tombs they could also find jewels of precious stones and metals, thus they began with their diabolical profanation and pillaging of ancient Peruvians' tombs. That is why that cemetery in Pisac contains mostly looted tombs and some mummies without their jewels and personal elements. Intiwatana (inti = sun, watana = year) is the most important district in Pisac. It corresponds to the ceremonial core or spiritual complex of the city that has the best quality constructions; that is, with polished-joint carved stones that have a rectangular outer surface. Its location on the mountain's upper section is superb and dominates visually a great territory of the valley, this sector must have been constituted by diverse temples. In the complex's central part is a semicircular building with one lateral straight wall which main gate is toward the south, by deduction and analogy with other similar buildings it is established that this was the Sun Temple in Pisac. By the middle of this building is the altar carved in the in-situ rock, with a central interrupted conical protuberance that is known as "Intiwatana" ("Solar Meter", a "Saywa" or "Sukanka") and must have been used for allowing observation of the solar movements with the help of some other elements or carved angles that served as "pegs" for calculating the shadow projections. The altar served to carry out different ceremonies and celebrations to the Sun. Descending the Sun Temple stairway, farther to the southwest side is another interrupted conical carving that was surely used in a close relationship with the "Intiwatana". Even farther down to the west is a carved stone altar and a "stepping symbol" sculpted in the natural rock representing the three stages of the Andean World: the heaven, the earthly world and the subsoil. That sculpture was possibly used as a help element for solar observations too. The colonial town named Pisac (2,970m) in the lower part of the valley was established as consequence of the famous "Indians Reductions" by which the Quechuas were joined in small towns. The Pisac Market, happens now in this modern and picturesque Andean Village, which is best known for its market, which draws hundreds of tourists. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce. In the tourist section of the market you can buy a wide variety of handicrafts - mostly the same things you see in Cusco.

Day 7 (DEC 17) CUSCO – FREE DAY
This is a free day at leisure – a perfect time to see more of the beauty of Cusco, visit some of the museums, Korikancha and/or an art gallery. Late afternoon we all join in a drum ceremony celebration. (DINNER)

Day 8 (DEC 18) Cusco - Puno (Lake Titicaca)
A breathtaking trip to From Cusco to Lake Titicaca, stopping along the way at the magnificent Temple of Wiraqocha. Late Lunch.

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Temple of Wiracocha

Day 09 (DEC 19) Love's Island "Amantani"
This morning we cross the beautiful and highest navigable lake in the world to the island of Amantani. On our way to Island, we will visit and learn about the entirely unique culture of the Aymara people and their legendary floating islands. In the evening, we share with the locals and stay in their homes. This is one of the most memorable moments for the journey. In the afternoon we will ascend to the sacred area of this magic island to get to the temples and will finish with a meditation and offering at Sunset as a preparation for the energies for the arrival of the December solstice. Please bring a small gift for the local school children in the form of school materials, e.g. Crayola, pens, pencils, etc. (LUNCH + DINNER)

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Floating Aymara Island
 
Aymara Reed Boat
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Evening Coca Leaf Ceremony
 
View over Lake Titicaca from the top of Amantani Island
 
Approaching the Temple of Pachatata

 

Titicaca Sun Disk

A Little Information:

Lake Titicaca and the House of the Golden Sun Disk - Peru is a land steeped in ancient wisdom that is vital for our planet during these transitional times. Life in the Inkan empire was measured by a thousand year cosmic cycle called an Inti, which means 'Sun'. This thousand year cycle was then divided into halves, each of which was referred to as a Pachakuti ("he who transform the earth"). The cosmovision of the Andean world is the conception of duality that is in permanent opposition, but complementary, like the principle of Ying - Yang that expresses this opposition. This same principle of duality applies to each Pachakuti. However, Pachakuti also refers to the transitional time that divided each Pachakuti and this is characterized as a time of great changes.

During the five hundred years of the eighth Pachakuti, Pachakutek, the greatest spiritual leader of the Inkas and the builder of Machu Picchu ruled. This was a time of light when the Inka Empire flourished and there was expansion and good fortune. The ninth Pachakuti, on the opposite side of the duality, brought with it the five hundred years of darkness when the christians invaded the Andes. We are now entering the tenth Pachakuti, which the Andean people refer to as the returning of Pachakutek, the returning of the Light. This is the time when the etheric crystal cities of the fourth dimension such as the lost golden city of Paititi and the eternal etheric city under lake Titikaka will again be available to us. One of the Solar Discs in the Inka time that was at Cusco, and placed in the Qorikancha, the main Temple of the Sun, stayed there until the coming of the Christians. At that time, it was returned to Lake Titikaka and placed in the Eternal Etheric City inside the Lake. In the legend of their origin, this is the place from where the first Inkas, Mallku Qapak and Mama Oqllo, entered the Earth.

Mallku Qapak and Mama Oqllo - The Solar Disc was used in the capacity of a cosmic computer that received light information directly from the Universal Mind Source, Wiraqocha, at the Universe. By entering the Temple of Illumination and opening themselves, the Inkas could access the sacred wisdom. During this age of Pachakuti, the sacred Solar Disc is to be re-activated accessing the cosmic wisdom. Many of the world's spiritual leaders, as well as indigenous teachers, acknowledge the energy of the Andes, which is the expression of the feminine electromagnetic light, having its centre in Lake Titikaka. This area is the acknowledged portal through which the new feminine energies are entering Mother Earth "Pacha Mama".

We wonder how pre-Columbian and other great cultures had precise knowledge of astronomy, of planetary and sidereal dimensions, without possessing the technology of today. These ancient peoples built cities with solar orientation, knew about geographic and magnetic north, verified the precession of the equinoxes, arrival of the solstices, passage of the Sun at the zenith, inclination of the axis of the Earth's rotation axis in accord with the ecliptic (Earth's orbital plane), and elliptical orbit of the Earth around the Sun. This is the mystery of the ancients, awakening wonder and awe as we visit Peru's sacred sites.

Aymara People - The Aymara people living in the Titikaka Basin and on the islands still practice their ancient methods of agriculture on stepped terraces that predate Inka times. They grow barley, quinoa (a type of pigweed that produces a small grain), and the potato, which originated on the Altiplano. The remnants of an ancient people, the Uru, still live on floating mats of dried totora (a reedlike papyrus that grows in dense brakes in the marshy shallows). From the totora, the Uru and other lake dwellers make their famed balsas--boats fashioned of bundles of dried reeds lashed together that resemble the crescent-shaped papyrus craft pictured on ancient Egyptian monuments. The Uros are singular people and even though they keep to themselves, they do allow people to visit with them.

Day 10 (DEC 20) Amantani - Taquile - Puno
Early in the morning we have the option to do a Sunrise salutation and after breakfast we will continue our journey to get to another very special island where are men the specialist on the netting and weaving preserving the ancient wisdom of the symbolism of the sacred lake. After some light meal, we boat back to the continent and will have our transportation to Puno and have a relax evening.

Day 11 (DEC 21) Ajayu Marka - Charkas
We will have an early departure to the ancient Aimara altars and will walk the sacred path of the Magical Serpent as we explore Ajayu Marka, a multi-dimensional gateway. In the right time we will continue to Charkas to discover other ancient paths and to honor the Great Spirit of the water. During this day, we will be connecting to the energies of the solstice to change our personal vibrations and to envision the mission on our spiritual path. Return to Puno and over night.

Ajayu Marka

Day 12 (DEC 22) Puno - Sillustani - Depart to Lima
This is our last day and early morning we will visit the Andean Taj Mahal, Sillustani – another truly sacred place. We will participate in a closing ritual circle in Sillustani before transferring to Juliaca airport, Puno and return to Lima to meet your international connections.

Greg Braden in his book, "Awakening To Zero Point", has postulated that in these chambers (chullpas) the dual effects occur of both the increase of the earth's base resonant frequency, and the weakening of the earth's' magnetic field. It is has been said that one or both can have the effect of the slowing down of time. He further claims that although these two phenomena are separately present at many locations on our planet, he is only aware of two sites where both are present. One is inside the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, the other is inside the Chullpas of Sillustani.

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Chullpa at Sillustani
 
Sillustani Complex
 
Chullpa Door

This Program Includes

  • All transportation within Peru and visits with entrance fees
  • Accommodation in 3*** hotels with daily breakfast (Between Dec 11th and December 21st)
  • Company of expert guides in Andean tradition
  • Meditations, ceremonies and shamanic experiences
  • 07 meals along the trip
  • Domestic flights from LIMA/CUSCO & JULIACA/LIMA with airport taxes
  • Amazing rituals led by gifted Andean masters

This Program Does Not Include
This list includes but is not limited to the following:

  • International flights and Peru's International airport tax
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals beside the 07 announced
  • Hotels in Lima prior to the start of the tour and also hotels in Juliaca or Lima at the end of the tour. Should you or anyone in your group require a hotel in Lima either before or after the tour, we would be happy to make these arrangements for you.

Note: This program may be modified in the event of natural or political events that are beyond our control. In the unlikely event that we need to make changes to original plan, our intent will be follow the spirit of the original itinerary.

Planning your International and domestic Peru flights: Coordinating international flights with domestic Peru flights can sometimes be confusing. In order to insure that all participants arrive at the desired location at the right time and date, we encourage everyone to book both international and domestic Peru flights though our travel agent, Maria Diaz in LA. The exception to this would be, if your domestic Peru flights are included in the program. Maria is simply a delight to work with, and she will do her best to find the flights that best suit your needs and budget. Unless otherwise requested, international and internal flights within Peru are generally booked through Lan Chile/Peru. If you have any questions please give us a call.

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December 11 - 22, 2015

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About Immunizations - Alan Shoemaker, ethnobotanist and 20 year resident of Iquitos, believes it is not necessary to receive immunizations or take preventative medications when visiting Peru. The likelihood of acquiring malaria or other illnesses is very low. Inexpensive medical facilities are available in the likelihood one should acquire a tropics related illness.

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