2010: Off the Beaten Track

Pre-tour option - Many  in our group came to Peru one or more days in advance of the journey.  Several opted to join Cielle and Jeffrey in Pisac.

Aug 21
The village of Pisac was built on Inca terraces just above the Vilcanota River (Urubamba River), the river that carved the Sacred Valley.The valley is quite wide here and the river flows gently. This is a favored spot for rock collecting. In the morning, we took some time to connect with the river.

Later in the day we visited  the church of Senior de Huanca. This church was built on the side of Apu Pachatusan, at the site of an Inca power site or “huaca.”  It's a good example of the overlay of Euro-culture, in this case literally "on top" of the indigenous worldview.

Above the church, bubbling down the mountainside, is a lively stream that is considered to have cleansing, healing power. We spent some time with it and offered  drum, flute and chants

Next we had a spontaneous visit to the home of some family of our friend from Pisac, Luis Javier, to visit, eat boiled corn and drink soda. As is customary, we all drank out of the same glass. We ate the large kernels of boiled corn with our hands.
Overnight at Hospedaje Kinsa Ccocha in Pisac

Aug 22
Tipon, an important Incan temple southeast of Cusco.  This site has large stone terraces and many water channels and fountains. Some of the fountains give the illusion of multiplying water. One stream of waters appears to multiply and feed four fountains.  In actuality the one stream is fed by unseen underground sources. The unseen multiplication reminds us that life is mysteriously abundant.

Pampa Mesayok don Francisco and his wife, dona Jaunita  came with us to Tipon and performed the despacho ceremony for us.

After the despacho was completed and tied, dona Juanita cleansed each of us with it.

Don Francisco gave us an Ayni Karpi. Ayni means harmony or balance and karpi means transmission or empowerment.

Overnight at Hospedaje Kinsa Ccocha in Pisac

The full journey starts:
Aug 23

We met for lunch at Hotel Taypicala in Cusco
Cusco means solar plexus. It was the center of the vast Inca empire that covered parts of Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and all of Peru.  Our first visit of the day was to Qoricancha, the golden temple at the center of Cusco, and hence the center of the center.We looked at a depiction of how the ceque lines both radiate like spokes from Cusco as well as spiral from Cusco . Where the spiral crosses the spokes there is always an energetic vortex, generally marked with a stone huaca or sacred site. So much of what we plan to do together involves these huacas. What is the power of place? Many people report "noticing" something specific at these power spots. It's time to start our personal explorations.

We begin at the Temple of the Condor to connect with the heart of the condor. Here, as is often the case, a natural formation has been worked by hand to accentuate the forms shaped by  nature.

From there we hiked to a site that has an old relief carving of an eagle and condor as well as 2 pumas and 2 serpents. The eagle and the condor, flying wingtip to wingtip, represent the relationship between North and South America. As emissaries of the north, this was a thought-provoking image.

We slept  at Luna Rumi in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Inca

Aug 24
Pisac - Temple of the Condor, above the village of Pisac. Pisaca, in Quechua, refers to a particular flight pattern.  Part of this large Incan complex was laid out in the shape of a raptor.
In addition to some first instructions from Puma about making energetic connections, we each had individual time at the base of one of the largest Inca burial sites, small cave-like tombs dotting the cliffs. The Inca were mummified before burial, and it was believed that crystal condors would carry the deceased from these caves to the next life. Much to ponder and connect with here.

Urco - Puma-headed serpent
One of the sites where the spoke-like ley lines and spiral ley lines intersect is called Urco. The waters that once flowed through the channel representing the serpent’s tail came from the glaciers far above.

Urubamba : Inter-dimensional portal. As the sun was low in the sky behind us, we faced the east to connect to the energy of other dimensions. On our first full day together, here the tradition is to make a ceremonial entry through this giant doorway. Stepping forth from the portal room, we set our intention for whatever greater ease or strength we need.

We slept at Luna Rumi in Urubamba

Aug 25
Our bus driver Miguel did an admirable job of navigating the bus up the narrow, steep road to Pumamarca.

Don Sebastian and his son Jorge created a despacho for us, and we each added our kintus and received the clearing. We sat as a group and burned the despacho in the evening..

We slept at Luna Rumi in Urubamba

Aug 26
Ollantaytambo: This Incan city still has the original cobblestone streets created more than 500 years ago. The house walls too are Inca construction, still occupied. Impressive terraces lead to the temple of Pachamama.  From this vantage point one can see that the agricultural plots in the valley below were laid out in the shape of a giant pyramid.  This was also an important astronomical site.

The large stones of this temple were quarried many miles away on the opposite side of the river. They are held in place by horizontal pressure. As is often the case, the patterns created by the structures built at these sacred sites give us clues as to the sort of energy the ancient ones felt, and fed, in these places. Of course, as is the case with scripture and art everywhere, they are open to interpretation. All of which can help to point us in the direction of what the messages are for each us.

Lake in Chinchero district: Lots of reports of UFO sightings here.  We stopped here for personal time and a blessing of our mesas. What do we source from the stars? Cielle enjoyed a dip in the lake.

Chinchero - We came to Puma’s village to meet Puma’s extended family, connect with traditional weaving practices, and eat delicious Peruvian meals!

At this huaca in Chinchero we did some vision work with our Apus and and explored the sense in which for each of us there is one who is "chief."   Puma had some clearing or transmission for each of us..

We slept  in Casa Barro in Chinchero

Aug 27

Several of our ladies in the womb of Pachamama. There are neolithic petroglyphs in this ancient cave; the Inca site is adjacent and would have incorporated these.

The carvings at this site were buried until about 10 years ago.

Despacho with dona Irine, a beautiful curandera who spent three days with us.  This Despacho was placed in the stream and covered with rocks.

First day of huachuma medicine with dona Irina.

The Sacred Valley was choked with smoke from grass fires.  The first real rain storm of the dry season came this day to help clear the air and put out the fires.

We slept in Casa Barro in Chinchero

Aug 28

We left Chinchero to head east beyond Cusco. Our first stop of the day was  in Sacsayhuaman just minutes outside of Cusco to visit the huge “head” of the puma city.  A large fortress/temple.

Here we walked through a small completely dark tunnel where we confronted and left behind our fears  and walked out as if reborn.

After lunch in San Jeronimo, east of Cusco, we drove to Ayaviri, stopping at the high mountain pass (4,335 meters over 14,000 feet) that marks the border between the Cusco and Puno regions of Peru

We slept in Ayaviri - and enjoyed the hot springs in the evening.

Aug 29

Pucara - Tiahuanaca site where the decapitator standing stone was found. We went to the museum in Pucara to see this and many other standing stones excavated from the site.
We also connected with the ET carving.

Other standing stones depicted the evolution of life.

More medicine with dona Irine. We opened our mesas and arranged the stones to represent ourselves.  Then we moved to another person’s mesa to rearrange their stones.

And then returned to our own, to take in what new insights may have arrived.

The Tiahuanaca culture was much earlier than the Inca. Though not such an extensive political empire, clearly they were doing some deep work.

Tinajari - large red monolithic stones representing the ancestors. We each created a despacho and  then buried them near one of the large monoliths.

The monolithic stones in Tinajari represent the ancestors.

We slept in Ayaviri - back to the hot springs. Though sunny in the daytime, at 14,000 feet, the nights are always hot spring weather.

Aug 30

Leave Ayaviri to drive back to Cusco
3 stops
Hot springs near pass.  This was a few hundred yards from the world’s smallest active volcano, the “water volcano”. In this region the amniotic waters of pachamama mix with the glacial streams of the apus, to give birth to the Vilcanota.

Raqchi - Wirachocha temple

This site has a large stone and adobe temple as well as many round buildings. There is only speculation as to what the more than 300 small round buidlings were used for.  Puma invited us to visit them and see is we could feel energetically what they had been for.

Picillacta- this ancient pre-inca city exhibited careful urban planning.  It was named after fleas.  The people there were such busy builders they were like busy fleas.  The small museum showed the large fossil of a prehistoric armadillo-like animal found in one of the main buildings at this site.

As our circle was about to make its final descent into Cusco where it would disband, Puma blessed us all with Florida water and condor feathers.

Dinner at Inca Wall restaurant. Overnight in Taypikala Hotel in Cusco.

Aug 31
We said goodbye to several of our journeyors who would be leaving this day or the next.  Those of us who were continuing to Machu Picchu went to the San Blas area of Cusco.  Individual shopping, site-seeing.  We slept in San Blas.

Machu Picchu extension
Sept 1
Early morning we took a bus to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the small city at the foot of Machu Picchu. Checked into Hotel Pachaqutec, breakfast and then up to the ruins for a walk in the clouds with Puma as he skillful led us to the important temples while timing our arrivals at each location to avoid large crowds.

He found us a small roofed  building at the ruins where we had a little morning draught of the cactus.

Sept 2

Second day to explore Machu Picchu.  Those who wanted to climb Wayna Picchu needed  to arrive at the  ruins by 5:30am in order to obtain a ticket to climb the mountain. Only 400 tickets to climb Wayna Picchu are given out per day. Machu Picchu, in a cloud forest was an ever changing beauty as the clouds moved in and out wrapping around the site.

After exploring the site, some of us took a dip in the hot springs while others shopped. We boarded a afternoon train out of Aguas Calientes.  Half the group departed the train at Ollantaytambo to spend the night at Hotel Munay Tika.  The others continued on to Cusco to spend the night there.

Thank you for joining us.