PERU! JOURNEY OF THE MASTERS Ancient Wisdom Teaching of the Andes
Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Mirafores/Lima 11-Day: June 1 - 11, 2013
Markawasi Stone Forest Camp, San Pedro Village, Miraflores/Lima 5-Day: June 11-15, 2013
Welcome Fellow Travelers!
Please join us for our next magical journey to the land of the Inca, our 23rd year to Peru.
Peru! Journey of the Masters is scheduled for departure June 1, 2013.
We will have the opportunity to be in sacred space as we experience extraordinary heartfelt moments in Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and Markawasi.
We begin preparations long before stepping-foot upon foreign soil with thoughtful communication and insightful advice, creating "ayni" the Incan custom of sharing and reciprocity, and “allyu” the Andean concept of mindful community. This allows us to move with reverence once we begin our journey together in a relaxed, focused manner connecting deeply with the spirit and energy of this exceptional land.
Our physical journey begins as we rendezvous for our first night together in the
Sacred Valley of the Incas for exploration. A stunning trip by rail takes us to the fabled Lost City of the Inca -- out-of-this-world Machu Picchu, before returning to Cusco with its enigmatic colossal stone temples, and to Mama Cocha Mother Lake, Titicaca. For those staying on, we'll conclude our sojourn into the mysteries at the Markawasi Stone Forest, before departing for home from Peru's coastal waterfront community of Miraflores, a trendy seaside suburb of Lima. Independent travel is available for those who'd like to arrive early, or stay late.
Our trip is fully escorted with a bilingual guide and includes all accommodations, many meals, transportation for all scheduled events, admission to all sites including Machu Picchu and Markawasi, plus special visits with local shaman's, and Andean medicine people. Passage for this journey is limited on a first come, first served, basis. Please write or call us with your request to confirm your participation, or do so now by making a deposit, below.
comments and testimonials from recent guests to get an idea of the tempo of our trips. Trust your inner guidance, and join us for this remarkable journey.
Bless and best wishes, Kathy - Kathy Doore, author, “Markawasi: Peru’s Inexplicable Stone Forest”
EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER.
Nestled in the high Andes of Peru is a storied land where ancient civilizations once flourished. Today colonial seaside communities sprawl amidst green, bustling plaza’s, and sidewalk café’s buzz with tourists within sight of ancient, pre-Columbian pyramid mounds. A spectacular hours’ flight over the Andes shows us, the Sacred City of Cuzco (meaning “navel of the earth”), sprawling out amidst ancient stone temples, and sacred huacas. At the center of the city, radiating starburst-like from the “Temple of the Sun,” are Incan “ceques” – shrines (both natural and man-made), pathways, and pilgrimage routes uniting the four quarters of Tahuantinsuyu, the Incan Empire. Ancient legends morph into mind-bending architectural reality.
Soaring pyramids seize the sky and intricately-cut grandiose boulders the size of houses, zigzaging lightening-bolt style across the altiplano in a serpentine, rocky maze. This is the ancient fortress temple, Sacsayhuaman. A nearby giants’ bath directs rushing waters air-born, unfazed for eons, source unknown. Staying here, hacienda-style elegance welcomes us with comfort and kaleidoscope gardens caress our senses. From the gourmet kitchen, mouth-watering, flavorful fare tempts the palate. Evenings, one gazes heavenward, star-struck, awestruck, bedazzled!
Continuing our journey, a spectacular panoramic rail ride glides us clickety-clack, like an old woman’s well-worn heels, as semi-tropical valleys and soaring peaks rise skyward above the track and serpentine river, below. We arrive at the heart center of Machu Picchu where one receives “the extraordinary gift” a legacy of Spirit. For those with the heart to truly know, the higher-vibrational “Crystal City of Light” bestows mysterious bounty!
We descend from high atop Machu Picchu along “16 stony points of perfection” as conveying pure waters envelop the Sanctuary, and we explore! Here the ancients offered rites of purification, transformation, and cleansing amid crystal-laden alcoves--kundalini generators, while smooth stone provided perfect repose to appreciate the Apus. Everywhere velvety peaks plunge deep into soft, green valleys enveloping us and the rocky escarpment overflows with life, providing profound and duly honored Sanctuary. Be awed!
Journying along the Rio Vilconata southward through the Sacred Valley one sights rare, bubbling mineral-salts. Rising up and out of the mountain, springs form,crystallizing and purifying this earth temple called Salinas. Narrow alleyways twine in and out of the rocky domain where holy fountains, hewn from solid stone, reflect heaven's ladder, a vertical achievement. Stone altars play hide-go-seek with shadow and light. The Valley's days are lit by strong sun, and the nights by brilliant stars. This is Peru’s “little Venice,” Ollantaytambo, whose founding fathers emerged with mystic connection to the stars, the Gods. Divinely engineered, this earthly counterpart of the Milky Way, literally heaven on Earth, was for the Incas (sons of the Sun), home.
We continue onward to the inexplicable stone forest, Markawasi. This is Peru! Come join us.
Our dear friend and guide, Vicky, was born at the lovely place of water, Lake Titicaca. Here the Aymara and Quechua wisdom come together where beautiful white-crowned mountains
landscapes along the shores of Q’ocha Mama. Vicky takes great pleasure in sharing her Andean heritage, her beloved Pachamama, and Q’ocha Mama (mother Lake) with those drawn to her
shores, sharing her knowledge and the oral traditions of her homeland.
“My mother’s grandmother was a healer from a small Quechua community, Tiquillaca, near Lake Titicaca. She gave me the gift of health after medical doctors could find no cure. She passed her knowledge on to my
mother, and then me, teaching how to heal using native plants and incense for blessing and cleansing houses of their heavy energies. She taught the use of special ceremonies to care for livestock. My mother
raised sheep, cows and llamas in the highlands
where only ichu grass would grow, and I grew up helping her care for the animals and learning the old knowledge. I had interest in participating in the ancient ceremonies and learning the spiritual practices of the Andes, the knowledge and history's of animals, spirits and souls, and the Apus (protectors of the place). As a young girl I developed visionary skills and the ability to communicate with the spirit world, just as my grandmother had done. I also learned how to assist the souls who would ask for release from the earth-bound world. After completing my college education, I began my professional life as a tour guide,
assisting others in awakening their Andean dream. I invite you to journey with me.” ~ Vicky
Vicky has traveled with us for many years and brings her special gifts and insight to our journey.
Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Andes
June 1 - 11, 2013, (11) days
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Raqchi, Puno at Lake Titicaca, Lima
Double Occupancy (per person): $3,300.00 USD___ Single Supplement: $3,895. ____
This Tour Includes:
Arrival to Miraflores (Lima), Cusco (Temples of Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, Kenko), the Sacred Valley of the Incas (including temple ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo), Salinas/Maras, Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Temple of Viracocha at Raqchi, Puno (Lake Titicaca), Uros, and Islands cruise, and a very special visit to the Doorway of Amaru Meru. Plus lots of quiet time for personal reflection. We are mindful of the pace, and move thoughtfully with the energy. There are a few early wake-up calls for trains and planes but with lots of leisure time too.
All Hotel Accommodations in Superior Class
(10) breakfast (3) lunch (3) dinner meals
Transportation & Admission for all scheduled events and sites Special ceremonies
Bilingual Tour Guide
Domestic air transfers within Peru (2)
Services not included:
Airport Taxes international & domestic departures (approx. $39 USD).
Meals (other then specified), and all beverages are additional.
Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, hotel mini bars & services, visas, passports, and
anything not specifically mentioned).
*An online deposit (shopping cart at bottom of page) will RESERVE your participation, and we will immediately CONFIRM YOU today.
THE MARKAWASI STONE FOREST
Giant Rock Figures reach across the rocky escarpment in a land where the Gods have turned into stone, and siblings of the Sun dance for days on end . . . the LEGEND comes alive. This place exists!
Rising majestically 12,800 feet above the world on the western Andean ridge, the Markawasi stone forest crowns the Pacific coastline. Sprawling below this enigma lies the city of Lima, Peru. The three-mile long tabletop mountain mesa is punctuated with massive carved effigies, including curious replicas of unknown human races and long-extinct animals. Among the effigies may be found mind-boggling images of winged sphinxes, elephants, camels and animals unknown to this Age and continent. With its sixteen carved faces of the Races of Man, the massive Monument to Humanity distinguishes itself as the most spectacular and prominent structure dominating this ancient scene.
Considered to be one of Peru's little known treasures among passionate travelers to the Andes, Markawasi provides a superb introduction to a poignant mystery. Following the route presented by author Kathy Doore in her book, "Markawasi: Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forest", our expedition begins with an ascent from the village of San Pedro by foot and horseback along winding trails through diverse ecosystems to the high plateau of Markawasi. Dazzling summits and sacred peaks greet visitors at the tented village, where they are confronted by the heart of a Mystery--the colossal 80-foot Peca Gasha with it sixteen carved faces!
Three days of hands-on access to the striking stone monuments, which lie upon converging earth energy vortices, allows for intimate investigation at an easy stride. At the end of each day, surrounded by soaring peaks under the Andean night sky, guests are nestled in the womb of a granite cathedral, where sumptuous dining and graceful slumber occur under a canopy of stars: the mind is invigorated, the body is rejuvenated, and the soul is revitalized.
Providing unfettered and private access to the Sanctuary grounds, our experienced mountain crew, who are dedicated to the conservation and spiritual maintenance of this impressive site, shares their genuine hospitality and intrinsic knowledge of this magnificent stone forest: Markawasi.
The Markawasi Stone Forest
June 11 - 15, 2013, (5) days*
San Pedro de Casta (1 night), Markawasi (2 nights), Miraflores/Lima (1 night)
Double Occupancy (per person) $795.00 ____ Single Supplement $995.00____
A signed copy of Markawasi: Peru’s Inexplicable Stone Forest is included with your tour.
This Tour Includes:
Meals: (5) breakfasts (4) lunches (3) dinners
All Transportation to and from Lima to Markawasi
Hotel accommodations in Lima (1 night)
Overnight in San Pedro (1 night)
Full Camp facilities (2 nights)
2-Person tents, tented lavatories, tented dining and chairs
Admission to Markawasi
Multilingual Mountain Guide
Camp Supervisor, Chef, Porters, Horses, Burros
Items of a personal nature
Anything not specifically mentioned in above program
An online deposit (shopping cart at bottom of page) will CONFIRM your reservation.
History Channel,"Ancient Aliens-Mysterious Places" featuring the Markawasi Stone Forest, and an interview with Kathy Doore
TOUR RESERVATION Our trips sell out quickly! All tour rates are based on a minimum of (6) passengers. Rates are firm for the 2013 tour. To hold your space in the journey, a trip deposit will secure your participation. A
Reservation Form must be signed after making your deposit and mailed to us, or included with your personal check or bank wire. Full trip documents, packing lists, and a fully detailed destination guide will be sent to you (30) days prior to departure.
RATES AND OCCUPANCY The tour fare is quoted per person based on double occupancy, unless a Single Supplement is requested. Double occupancy rates are based on (2) two persons sharing a room together. The single occupancy rate is for a private room with (1) one occupant.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS To make a reservation, a deposit in the amount of $700.00 is required to confirm your participation in this program. You may elect to pre-pay the tour in full at this time, or simply make a deposit by credit card (below), personal check or bank wire. The remaining balance is due in full, in cleared funds, no later than (60) days prior to departure on or before April 1, 2013. If you elect to pay by Bank Wire Transfer please contact us for instructions. Prepaid customary gratuities in the amount of $22/PP/Per Day are added to your final bill.
CANCELLATION Due to the prepayment requirement in Peru, cancellations received 60 days or more before tour commences will incur a fee equal to the deposit. Cancellations received on or after April 2, 2013 are non-refundable, and no refunds or credits are offered for partial attendance or no shows. If you must cancel your trip within 60-30 days of departure, you may reassign your passage to another traveler with 1) written notice, 2) a signed reservation form, and 3) all pertinent documentation (ie. passport information, flights, etc., as requested). The trip may not be assigned less then (30) days from departure due to supplier restrictions. All cancellations must be received in writing.
TRAVEL INSURANCE We strongly encourage the purchase of Travel Insurance for any non-refundable portion of your reservation. Quotes may be obtained online for the purchase of travel insurance.
Roommate Request - Roommates are assigned on a first come, first served basis. If you are traveling alone and need a roommate, we will attempt to pair you with another traveler. However, if no roommate is available within (30) days from departure you may be required to purchase a single supplement.
To confirm your participation in our June 2013 trips, a deposit is the amount of $700. USD, per person will confirm your reservation for the 11-Day and/or 5-Day Markawasi tours. You may pay by Personal Check (USA only), Money Order (USA only), or Bank Transfer (for all International Reservations), or by credit card. *If you are paying by Credit Card, a 2.9% fee will be added for all PayPal charges.
11-Day Peru Tour: $3300./pp USD Double Occupancy rate is per person, sharing room
June 1- 11, 2013
11-Day Peru Tour: $3895./ single occupancy
Single room, private accommodation (1) person
June 1 - 11, 2013
5-Day Markawasi Peru Tour: $795./pp USD
Double Occupancy rate is per person, sharing room
June 11- 15, 2013
5-Day Markawasi Tour: $995./ single occupancy
Single room, private accommodation (1) person
June 11-15, 2013
To receive further information, availability, payments or bank instructions please call, fax or email your request.
To CONFIRM your reservation immediately, go directly to the online checkout to make your DEPOSIT. This will immediately confirm your participation. Please read, print and mail a signed copy of the Peru Tour Agreement 2013. Thank you!