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Kathy Doore

KathyI grew up in the lush wilds of the Pacific Northwest; home to breathtaking forests, soaring mountains, and vast seas - wondrous fodder for capturing the imaginings of a child. This upbringing inspired within me the thirst of the avid explorer and photographer. After leaving Washington for a brief stint with the airlines, which ignited a lifelong passion for travel, I moved to Chicago. Soon afterwards, a friend gifted me with sailing lessons, and another great pursuit was unleashed.  For the next two decades, I sailed the seven seas and developed a worldwide, yachting-based, tourism business. 

In the late 1980's, my professional life brought me to South Florida. There, a series of synchronicities surrounding my receipt of a 'photo postcard' beckoned me to Machu Picchu, Peru, "the lost city of the Incas." Today I find myself escorting like-minded groups up the terraced walls of enigmatic ancient cities, camera in hand.

Journeying to ancient sacred sites is not only my passion, it is my profession. Bolstered by a longing to share my stories, I developed my online blog dedicated to the ancient mysteries of Peru.  Perhaps one day, you will be blessed with the opportunity to visit these wondrous places for yourself! This pictorial guidebook is a natural extension of my desire to share the journey. - Kathy Doore




Peter Schneider

Peter"The figures tend to be found in clusters; a half-dozen can be seen in one area, and a few hundred yards further on, there are more.  On the surrounding mountains, there are no figures at all. Once, while investigating the monuments, I noticed that when I walked the same route twice, I would see faces and figures that were not there before. This effect is produced by the progression of the sun, creating a constant flow of shadow and light.  When I would traverse back along the return path I'd invariably see new and different shapes.  In attempting to comprehend and fully understand the enigma that is Markawasi, one comes away with a lasting impression that the ancient history of this planet is quite possibly different from what our historians would like us to believe." - Peter Schneider

Englishman Peter Schneider first visited Markawasi after moving to Peru in the 1980’s to run a wool business, and thus began the most profound adventure of his life.  It is Peter’s sincere desire that this Guidebook will kindle the excitement in others that he so passionately feels every time he visits Markawasi.


Robert M. Schoch, PhD.

Robert"Markawasi as a whole, I believe, represents one of the quintessential high holy spots on Earth.  There are many ways to describe it:  in terms of a power point or power place, a center of power, an Earth vortex, a chakra point of the living Gaia, or a congruence of planetary leys or ley lines.  No matter what words are used in an attempt to express the nature of Markawasi, they will never do it full justice.  The ineffable aspect of the plateau must be experienced.  At Markawasi the sacred and spiritual are manifest.  Here we find sacred geometry in its highest and most potent form, expressed raw and sublime.   The stone forest of Markawasi forms a natural labyrinth across the plateau on a gigantic scale.  Here is a genuine maze in which you can lose yourself and find yourself again.  This is a place of death and rebirth in the greatest tradition of initiation.  But at Markawasi it is an initiation into the secrets of the Earth and universe, an initiation rite carried out not by humans, no matter how advanced or spiritually aware, but purely by the gods themselves.  Here at times I felt that the kundalini of the Earth, the spiritual energy not of its inhabitants but of the very planet itself, was about to burst forth.  If we could only tap this energy. . . , but we do when we tune to the innate vibrations of the plateau."  - Robert M. Schoch

Boston University professor of Geology and Geophysics, and author, Robert Schoch, PhD, initially ventured to Markawasi as the skeptic, but returned convinced that it is a very special, mystical, spiritual, and mind-altering place.  In his Introduction to Markawasi, Schoch writes, “It is an incredible site that raises many issues concerning lost civilizations, the past history of humanity, varying states of consciousness, and the nature of reality.  Markawasi is a location where, more than most sites, each person brings their own notions, molds the landscape to their own thoughts, is affected in unique ways, and brings back their own perceptions. This, in my opinion, is part of the mystery and draw of the site.  Markawasi is an enchanted plateau.  You owe it to yourself to visit this most magical of places.” -Robert M. Schoch, PhD Author of Voices of the Rocks, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders, and The Parapsychology Revolution


Javier Ruzo

Javier"If you walk at night in the moonlight you will find yourself surrounded by a mystery - shapes that take you deep into your unconscious mind, to the very heart of great legends, you have entered a millennial theatre.  There is a universal tradition about the use of stones for various purposes, especially religious, designating sacred space and the exact placement of stones. This is a mystery very much related to Markawasi. The Incas used older sites such as those of Sacsayhuaman, and Kenko, near Cusco. The principle stone in Kenko is encircled by cut stones pointing out an immense boulder that appears to be the remnant of a puma. Why would you mark a stone that has almost no form? This would be because you want to leave it as a ritual element, an offering, to the remains of prior epochs, to convey a mystery, or a truth. It was most probably a stone used long before the time of the Inca, and related to the existing sacred cave.  All Inca sacred places have tunnels and ritual caves; all over the world we find the same story: the Mountain with the inner cavern; a burial place where you were 'reborn' in the purifying essence of the Mother earth."  - Javier Ruzo

The grandson of Daniel Ruzo, Javier first visited Markawasi with his grandfather when he was sixteen, inspiring him to follow a profession in the arts.  A professional artist, photographer, and painter, Javier has studied at London’s prestigious Chelsea School of Arts; in Paris, at Cité des Arts; at New York’s Pratt Institute, and at the Massachusetts College of the Arts in Boston. Since 1982, his work has been featured in contemporary museums worldwide. When not traveling, Javier lives and paints at his home in Lima and enjoys the occasional trek to Markawasi, inspiration and food for his soul.  


Marino Sanchez

Marino"To climb to the sacred mountain of Markawasi is a true magical and religious pilgrimage, because at the end of the sacred road lies the giant unfinished pyramid of this Andean Olympus, at whose top is the threshold of the celestial Gods - the shining hierophants, chief priests of the Eleusinian mysteries, or more appropriately, the sons of the Ray, Thunder and Lightening, the pre-Hispanic God of the Mountains of the Northern Andes.  In traditional literature the "shining ones" are always related with that which is unusual, singular, new, perfect or monstrous, becoming vessels of the magical forces, and, depending on the circumstances, revered or feared by the yearning of souls.  In this central region of Peru the principal elements of worship are the Gods who control the annual seasons, bringing the waters, and subsequently the divinities of fertility.

To step on top of this pyramid is to satisfy secret longings, to join and breathe in divine space, to prove through the senses the existence of natural divinity full of rocky images, distributed like a celestial crown." - Marino Sanchez

An anthropologist, author, and senior archaeologist at Machu Picchu for several years, Dr. Sanchez is an expert in archaeological and ethnological investigations throughout the Andes. His research of the 13th century ruins at Markawasi is comprehensively and eloquently presented in this premiere Guidebook to the site.  Dr. Sanchez is a resident of Lima, Peru, where he teaches and studies the ancient cultures of his homeland.


Lisa Rome

Lisa"Isn't it an amazing fact that such a huge volume of medicinal plants are gathered from a place that, if one would listen to a description of it, sounds like nothing would grow there? Markawasi is alive! For the record, few plants grow above the tree line, and of those few, most of the plants on the Markawasi plateau have medicinal value specific to high altitude problems. Peru is a mountainous country. The people of San Pedro de Casta gather and export forty tons of medicinal plants annually, which grow on the mountain. Their ancient plants heal people all over Peru." - Lisa Rome

Journalist, chef, and author, Lisa Rome, was introduced to Markawasi in the early 1990’s while on assignment in Peru to interview President Alberto Fujimori for RAI2, the Italian national television network. She was the last person to interview Daniel Ruzo at his home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, before his death in 1991. She has traveled to sacred sites throughout the world. Her home is in Malibu, California.


Personal Memoirs


Lydia Colon

Lydia"Near dusk someone called out, "look at the dancing ladies!" There were figures of shadows reflecting off the side of the mountain - a breathtaking spectacle said to appear only when the moon is in a certain position." - Lydia Colon


Pablo Chong

Pablo"The mesa of Markawasi, one of the most sacred places on earth, is encoded to elevate human consciousness, where extraordinary beings interact with initiated humans." - Pablo Chong


Erik Mendoza

Erik"The day passed without incident until around sunset, when suddenly, standing in front of me, was a tall, fair-skinned man with long, dark hair, dressed in leather hides. He stared with a fixated, trustful gaze, while at the same time a great electrical shock immobilized me, running throughout my entire body for several minutes." - Erik Mendoza


Stephanie Phelps

Stephanie"The ancient lineages of Man are told in the Stone Forest as a symbol of united paths, a tribute to the seven galactic tribes of those before you; a coming together; 'a welcoming marker' for the arriving tribes to see and know." Read more of the Shamanic Way . . . - Stephanie Phelps


Annette Everitt

Annette"It is said that everything on top of this sacred mountain is enhanced 1,000 percent; I would have to agree. I continue to witness the spheres, and it is with a deep and profound knowledge that I continue seeking the truth of our existence, and theirs." - Annette Everitt


Sean Adair

Sean Adair Veteran photographer and cinematographer, Sean Adair, shares his love of light and attention to detail producing astounding and naturalistic images of Peru's enigmatic stone forest for "Markawasi: Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forest"

Visit Sean's Virtual Markawasi for a 360 panoramic tour of the site.


Daniel and Carola Ruzo

Ruzo'sIn 1952, Dr. Daniel Ruzo, a Peruvian scholar, discovered stone statues carved into the living rock of Markawasi. Ruzo (photographed here with his wife and research partner, Carola), passed away in 1991 leaving a massive legacy for others to follow.