Mysterious Places can be found around the Earth, an ancient doorway carved into a sheer rock wall in Peru's Puerta de Hayu Marka, known as the Doorway of the Amaru Meru, is said to be a portal to other worlds. Markawasi's plateau is filled with strange rock formations remnant of an ancient advanced civilization. Machu Picchu's Crystal City of Light reveals a clue to an ancient enigma. Experience the connections that these and other Andean sacred sites share.
Join us for an upcoming sojourn!
History Channel,"Ancient Aliens-Mysterious Places" featuring the Markawasi Stone Forest, and an interview with Kathy Doore
"Kathy Doore is aptly named, as she opens DOORS of perception into Andean cosmology. Warning: you are in for a lot more than a touristy, sight-seeing trip with Kathy’s tour. You won’t escape feeling deeply touched by the amazing landscape, the fabulous, earthy, and spiritual guides (especially Maru and Vicky), in addition to Kathy, and a very full experience packed into two short weeks. This isn’t an “adventure tour”, but it is quite possibly the MOST amazing adventure of my life, both on a spiritual and experiential level. It is powerful. If you are open to experiencing a living culture that has ancient roots in the amazing Peruvian sky, by all means do whatever you can to GO! It has been two weeks since my return from Peru, and I’m still assimilating the spiritual experiences I had there. They continue to unfold, and I am confident that this is only the beginning. Thank you Kathy for making this spiritual trek possible." Peggy Bartlett, California, May 2010
A cautionary word about internet tours to Markawasi
Markawasi is a relatively new destination for foreign travelers. Several companies have popped up overnight offering tours to Markawasi on the internet, some more reputable than others. Use your best judgement when researching offers, especially if they seem to good to be true. Be sure to request recent letters of reference from fellow travelers who live outside of Peru and be sure to follow-up before sending funds. A well-managed professionally run tour should include all camp facilities and provisions, all meals including bottled drinking water and purified camp water, porters and pack animals, and a knowledgable bilingual guide. Remember, there are NO food services on Markawasi, nor bathing facilities or bathrooms on the plateau, and with plunging night temperatures at high altitude and a 2 1/2 hour hike down the mountain for provisions, ask how these issues will be handled. Is transportation included to and from Lima to the site. If so, what type of transportation? Are the guides familiar with Markawasi and can they provide references? Is the equipment state-of-the-art and in good condition? How are medical issues and evacuations handled? Standard fare for a professionally run tour should include an itemized list of all services provided and full disclosure of booking procedures, policies, fees and cancellation requirements. All Peruvian Tour Operators must be licensed, ask for a copy of the document.
It is entirely possible to run your own "self-guided tour" as outlined in our book, Markawasi, by bringing your own gear or renting it in Lima, and provisioning for meals before heading out. We recommend the hire of a local (Spanish-speaking) guide in the village of San Pedro at the base of Markawasi. The people of San Pedro are expert in getting you to the site safely, and seeing to your basic needs.
For the past two decades we have worked exclusively with professionally licensed and regulated Peruvian Tour operators with exceptional qualifications, and decades of experience. We believe that you should expect nothing less.
Kathy Doore Author, "Markawasi Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forest"