Peru 2015*

PERU

April 15 – 27, 2015

#1 choice for spiritual explorers of sacred places

Spiritual Archaeology offers what traditional tourism cannot provide

Visit the crystal city of Machu Picchu and the altars, temples and ceremonial sites in the Sacred Valley and Cuzco.  CULTURAL IMMERSION:   spend a day at a village high in the mountains and experience daily life and customs first hand. 

 

Full Information – Questions Answered – luminoussedona@gmail.com    928-274-2265

SPIRITUAL ARCHAEOLOGY IN PERU with LUMINOUS

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Luminous is the Founder and President of the Integrative Archaeology Foundation(501 c (3) pending).  She is a researcher and scribe of sacred places, their  energies and mysteries and hidden histories.  During her decades of experience working with individuals and groups as a guide,  transformational consultant and leader of journeys to sacred places she has amassed a wealth of knowledge and insight.

The mission of  the Integrative Archaeology Foundation  is to provide education through events, media, immersion into indigenous cultures and interactions with wisdom keepers to broaden perspective and create cooperative and sustainable models for living.

Spiritual Archaeology is a personal, multi-sensory search and exploration of invisible realms of existence to discover hidden origins, practices, customs, stories and deeper meanings beyond the material evidence of ancient and pre-historic civilizations and cultures.  Personal, historical and spiritual meanings may emerge.

cleanedupcover She is the author of SPIRITUAL ARCHAEOLOGY–Practical Shamanism at Sacred Places.  We invite change into our lives when we travel to sacred places.

Spiritual Archaeology basics are shared, practiced and used on our journeys.  Travelers experience a more organic, natural and conscious approach to sacred places–something that traditional tourism does not offer.  We connect with our ancestors present in the invisible worlds and receive the important messages and information they want to transmit.

THE JOURNEY

This is the journey of a lifetime, offering you the experience you have always dreamed you could enjoy–with everything taken care of for you.

Our well planned and thoughtful journeys are personal in nature and we welcome people of all beliefs, faiths, and religious convictions to join us.  This is a private journey limited to our group, travelling together in private transport. We create a safe and supportive environment for each person to commune with the deepest part of themselves–with God, Goddess, All That Is, Earth, Divine, Eternal Divine Self.

Explore at your own pace–the markets, mountaintops, ceremonial sites and the temples of this fabled land in a leisurely, unhurried manner.  We support you to find your power places at the sites rather than telling you what to do or where to go.  Our journeys are a passageway or channel taking you to the next octave of your life experience.

Your insight, wisdom and intuition afford the best resources. We have time in silence, time for meditation or contemplation and plenty of time for you to experience the sacred places in the way you are guided to do so.  You will never be rushed through a site.  We plan our visit at times when we have quiet and privacy and the least of the crowds. Local shamans, medicine people and guides join us to add elements of their cultural and spiritual knowledge to our experience.  Ceremonies or rituals are performed by native people as they are the natural stewards of the sites and land.

Wonderful people travel with us, and a diverse array of presenters and guides join us.  Forget everything you have read and heard about Peru – this is your journey – allow Peru to reveal itself to you.  Small groups of 10-20 people travel together in modern air-conditioned vans, buses and trains.

CONTACT:   luminoussedona@gmail.com    928-274-2265

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR JOURNEY:

–Spiritual Archaeology Basics with Luminous

–Arrive in Cuzco and everything is provided

–Ceremonies conducted by a Paqos (shamans) of the Qeros

–Intimate, nurturing lodging reflecting local character

–Cultural Immersion – visit a remote mountain community

–Savor the colors and flavors of Peru at diverse restaurants

–Small intimate groups – slow easy pace – plenty of free time to explore

–Your personal journey—with everything provided

–4 & 5 Star Accommodations – Upgrades available

–Vistadome train to Machu Picchu with lunch at the Orient Express Sanctuary Hotel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ––We visit sites at times and locations away from the crowds, whenever possible. 

–Explore at your own pace

–Walk, read, take photographs, write, meditate, explore as a Spiritual Archaeologist or simply receive the energy and information you came for

–There is no guide or leader telling you what is important for you to do and see                                                          

–There are no  “optional” portions of the journey that cost you more money to experience                                            

–There are no enforced shopping expeditions

–We do not use commercial tour providers who have a hurried agenda—we go at our own pace in private transportation

–Freedom to explore on your own–at the sites and afterwards in the towns and cities we visit            

–We support you to trust that your intuition and personal wisdom is the best source of knowing for you  

–We do not adopt or profess or put forth any belief systems, dogma or “way” of being, experiencing, understanding or knowing   

–People of all ages, religions, nationalities and belief systems are welcomed and honored 

–Environments and opportunities to assist you in connecting more deeply with your inner self, the sites, hidden histories, ancestors – whatever your particular interest might be.

–Shamans and medicine people who join our groups for certain segments of our tours may share about their culture, beliefs and experiences. They are also available to answer questions from the group.

–A part of our proceeds is donated to causes that assist the people of Peru    
We support ec0-friendly practices    

 –Book early and save big!!    

 

Plan for your international flight from home to arrive in Lima early A.M.  Flights continuing to Cuzco usually leave before noon.  In Cuzco we meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel for check-in, refreshment and a little relaxation.    Please speak to us before booking your flights and we will be happy to assist with your travel arrangements. 

FULL INFORMATION:    luminoussedona@gmail.com   928-274-2265

 tequile-peruvian woman-island lake titicacaThe journey begins…….

 ITINERARY

Day 1

cuzcoCUZCO – You will be met at the airport and taken to our hotel in Cuzco to check in and relax.  We share a welcome meal together, get acquainted and learn about the days to come.  A short walk from our hotel we will be introduced to the city of Cuzco by night, the Plaza de Armas and the historical buildings in the square.  Check into a cafe for a hot chocolate, or ust watch the people.  Often, there is a parade or other colorful festivity taking place.

 

Day 2

tiponroadtoTIPON: Outside of Cuzco up a winding dirt road, at the top of a mountain, lies the lush and magical site of Tipon.  The water flowing from the top and through the left of the site is said to be the merging of the female and male energies.  It is also said to be a representation of the original Inca Empire – Chile, Equador, Peru and Bolivia.  This ceremonial site has a feeling of serenity and peace.  Our welcoming and cleansing ceremony is performed here to ground us into the energy of Peru and prepare us for the days ahead.  The waters here are purifying and uplifting.  We return to Cuzco in time for lunch, a rest and some free time for exploring the city.

sistene chapel of the andes, andahuaylas, colonial art

Square at Andahuaylas

 

ANDAHUAYLAS: Known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes”, the 17th Century church is resplendent with outstanding gold leaf frescoes, an impressive doorway and a gilded altar.  The church also houses fine paintings by Riano, Diego Quispe, Tito and Tadeo Escalante, as well as some anonymous artists and possibly the great Spanish painter Murillo.

A charming town square is the setting for Andahuaylas.

 

Day 3

mountain community CULTURAL IMMERSION:  Early this morning we leave Cuzco, drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and up to a remote mountain village where we spend an unforgettable day within a Peruvian community.  Learn how the people work and play – dance, make music and art – learn their history and traditions and contemporary concerns.   We are served a traditional dinner and bask in the open-hearted kindness of the people.  Later, we descend and travel to our unique retreat location in the Valley.  Here we will spend the next few days.

 

Day 4

MorayMORAY: Awaken in the lush and mystical Sacred Valley and step into the ancient/future. Today we will visit Moray, a site that resembles a sunken amphitheater with circular terraces carved deep into the earth.  Our ceremony here connects us with feminine/introspective  energy and we take the time make personal discoveries about what this site is and what it has to offer us.

 

 

ollantaytamboOLLANTAYTAMBO: the Incan Temple of the Sun is also known as The Pyramid of Pakaritambo, or The Dawning Place of Tomorrow.  It is also known as the Lemurian (read Edgar Cayce, Churchward on Lemuria or books and articles on the Lost Continent of Mu) Temple of Love – and that vibration can be felt in this place.  Take your time to see and experience the many facets of this site.  Springs with flowing waters grace this site and have a calming effect.  Inca structures and streets wait for us to explore on a walk later in the day.

 

Day 5

ChinceroCHINCERO: We visit the native market in an area of the town below the old square.  This lush colorful market is a wonderful generous taste of the colors, smells and sounds of Peru.  A breathtaking site above the small town and marketplace with temples, waterfalls and caves is where we will explore the more spiritual side of Chincero.

Relaxing into the nurturing and healing energy of Pachamama is a wonderful way to connect here.

 

Day 6

machupicchuMACHU PICCHU: The early morning Vistadome train takes us to Machu Picchu admidst the breathtaking views of the lush Urubamba Valley.   The sacred crystal city ofMachu Picchu, known as the Eighth Wonder of the World waits.   The total meaning and the varied uses of Machu Picchu are still unknown; why it was built and what purpose it served, who lived there and when they departed and why.  It is widely agreed that the main intent of this stunning city, sometimes steeped in rain forest clouds, was a spiritual and ceremonial place for the Incas—although they may have been latecomers to this island in the sky.  Clearly its creators intended the journey to the sacred city to be a powerful experience for anyone who makes the pilgrimage.   The fairytale ruins amongst the peaks of mountains, buffered by forests and deep gorges—surrounded by the swirling milky way matching Urubamba River are extraordinary.  The structures and ceremonial sites are breathtakingly beautiful and rich with the heartbeat of Pachamama (Mother Earth).  After checking into our hotel, we will explore Machu Picchu.

Today we will walk the site, get oriented and hear some stories about this place.  As Spiritual Archaeologists we will discover the places on the grounds that call us and locate our personal power spots.

“And so I climbed the Earth ladder, through the awful labyrinth of lost jungles, up to you, Machu Picchu.” Pablo Neruda, Heights of Machu Picchu, 1950.

 

Day 7

MACHU PICCHUMACHU PICCHU: We greet this magnificent site at the break of day, before the main influx of people and tour groups.  When the grass is still wet with dew we can overlook the pristine Crystal City of Machu Picchu laid out in the image of a condor.  Walk to the Sun Gate on the old Inca Trail, hike Wayna Picchu—or explore on your own to your heart’s content.  This is your time with Machu Picchu and there are endless areas to explore and spend time in as you collect the gifts of this mystical place.   Our train leaves late this afternoon to Cuzco.

 

 Day 8

Jacks Café on the Left…great food!

CUZCO: You will love this charming, warm, welcoming delightful colonial city.     The ancient Incas cultivated an advanced awareness of energy and the knowledge of how to utilize each vibration for growth and transformation. Each of over 300 temples were built at a specific point of power within the city.  There are said to be 1,500 temples and altars in the mountains surrounding Cuzco. The city of Cuzco was laid out in the form of a Puma with Saqsaywaman as the head.   We embark on a walking tour of Cuzco today.  We  visit some of the temples in the area; learn to navigate from our hotel to the square, shops, restaurants and other points of interest.

QoricanchaHATUN RUMIYOC STREET: Right outside our hotel, we step onto the best known street in the city.  One of its cut-stone walls features the famous 12-cornered stone, which was once part of the ancient palace of Inca Roca, one of the rulers of Tahuantinsuyo or Incan Empire. This lively street is a gateway to the picturesque San Blas quarter at one end and the Main Square at the other.

QORICANCHA – TEMPLE OF THE SUN: Cuzco means “navel” or “left” and was considered by the Inca to be the left of the universe.  Qoricancha is at the left of the left of the universe. Qorikancha (“site of gold”) houses the Sun Temple, the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun. Convent of Santo Domingo:  The convent was built on the foundation of Inca stone structures -the most finely crafted in Cusco- taken from the Inca sanctuary.

 

plazaatnightPLAZA DE ARMAS: Known in Inca times as Huacaypata, or “the warriors’ square”.  Events in Cusco’s history: it was here that the conquistador Francisco Pizarro declared Cusco under Spanish occupation; it was here that Túpac Amaru I, leader of the indigenous resistance movement, was killed. The spectacular Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) was hosted here.  Beneath the now existing churches and cathedrals are the temples of the Inca.  The Cathedral: Large slabs of granite taken from the Inca fortress at Saqsaywaman were used to build the cathedral between 1560 and 1664.   One of the most imposing structures in Cuzco, Its façade, built in Renaissance style in contrast to the Baroque and silver of its lavish interior. The cathedral houses important collections of gold and silver work of the colonial period, elaborately engraved wooden altars and a beautiful collection of oil on canvas paintings from the Escuela Cuzqueña (Cuzco School). The Del Triunfo church, a small auxiliary chapel, was built in 1539 on top of the palace of Inca Wiracocha. During our stay in Cuzco, we will reside at the charming and conveniently located Amaru.

These are a couple of our walking tour stops.  Cuzco has much to offer in its historic district – we will see what else the group might like to explore.

Day 9

saqsaywaman

SAQSAYWAMAN: Located just above Cuzco and its powerful energy will remain in your mind and heart long after our journey is completed.  The colossal stones layed out like lightning bolts across the mountaintop above Cuzco have stories to tell going back into the distant past, before the Incas.  The ancients understood that the stones would be the one thing to remain after everything else was gone.  Ancient/Future wisdom is vibrating in the stones and accessible to those who visit this amazing place.   The city of Cuzco is laid out in the shape of the Puma and this site is the head of the Puma.

 

qenko

 

 

QENKO: In Quecha the word Qenko means “zigzag” – a perfect description of the nature of this site zigzag cave and its mysterious altars carved from rock.  Take your time here, although a relatively small site, it is steeped in mystery and meaning.

 

 

Day 10

 

Temple of the Moon

Temple of the Moon

 

 

QUILLARUMIYOC (Temple of the Moon): We travel out to the countryside in another direction today to the mystical Temple of the Moon.  A site rarely visited by tourists, it is said that the Temple of the Moon is a feminine site used for initiation rites.  A very peaceful and graceful site, we can relax into the earth here and call upon the moon and stars.

 

 

Day 11

Native market in Chincero

Native market in Chincero

 

Our final day in Cuzco – we leave for home today.  Depending upon our flight scheduling, we may have time for one more stroll around the square, some last minute shopping or exploring.   A new level of love and peace resides within us as we say goodbye to new found friends and fellow travelers.   Our future will be warmed and brightened by our time in Peru.  Until we meet again… blessings.

 

 

 

 

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