Indio Feliz restaurant in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
Animals in Peru
ALPACAAAAS!!! Need I say more? :)) Ok so I got a slight animal obsession in Peru – it was baby season it seems, there were baby animals absolutely everywhere! And what could be cuter than an alpaca?…A BABY alpaca!
I’ve never been to a country with so many animals…everywhere! A HUGE amount of stray dogs, they were like what pigeons are to us here in Europe (in fact, I didn’t see a single in Peru). Whats curious though, the dogs were so lovely, they didn’t come begging for food, very “polite” for stray dogs I must say!
Day 1 – Arrival in Lima
Flew London > Paris > Lima, which took pretty much the whole day. The flight over Brazil was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen – the geographer in me was super excited to see real-life ox-bow lakes and super visible river meander depositions!! Peru had a totally different geology, all dry and yellowy-orange, but still quite fascinating as you could clearly see v and u-shaped valleys.
The only thing I saw of the city of Lima was out of the airplane window. The housing was quite shocking to say the least. All houses looked unfinished and as if they have no windows (in reality they do, but because there are no window frames, it gives that impression). Really quite awful, never seen anything like it and I’ve been to some very poor countries. Stayed in the airport hotel overnight, waiting for the flight to Cusco.
Day 2 – Arrival in Cusco & meeting the group
Morning flight to Cusco. Peruvian airlines were surprisingly decent, nice beige leather seats and they even gave us breakfast (inedible, but still!). Cusco is bigger than I thought (500k people), looks interesting from the top, but again, very poor and all houses are unfinished (we were told after that thats the way they avoid taxes, if some part of your house is unfinished, you are technically still in “construction mode”).
Met the group (we had about 26-27 people) – everyone was really lovely and we still keep in touch. We had 4 guides – Aluna, her husband Raphael, then 2 locals called Willaru and Juan. Willaru is quite an interesting character, very spiritual and very knowledgeable. He has had many amazing experiences, but he could talk for hours and hours and as much as I wanted to hear his stories, I kept falling asleep…oops.
Sacred Spiritual Sites around Cusco
Tipon (water temple)
In the morning of our third day we went to Tipon, a water temple. There was no one there but us, so we could do group meditations.
It didn’t look like much, but the energy there was just beautiful. Personally I wondered off to be close to nature and was having a great time sitting up on those massive ancient rocks. I came down when I saw that Aluna was asking the group to get in a circle as she was channeling someone. I missed the beginning but people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
This was one of the few places where I really connected with nature during the whole trip, very peaceful and beautiful place. I got to touch a little lamb there too – aww!!
Saqsayhuaman (Earth temple)
After lunch we went to Saqsayhuaman, the temple of the Earth. Besides Machu Picchu, this was my favourite place, I wish I went back there on our free day at the end. If you only have time to see one place in Cusco, this would be my recommendation!
This place had ENORMOUS rocks that fit PERFECTLY together, like you couldn’t even stick a needle between the rocks! Willaru explained that the ancients used sound energy to levitate the rocks and atomic energy to melt them so they could fit so perfectly. Honestly now, if they didn’t have access to such methods, they could have just used smaller rocks, no need to complicate life for yourself, so I’ve got no doubt that “special techniques” were used to build this place.
Aluna said she couldn’t quite get a clear message from her light beings that she connects with about why this place was created, I’m not sure anybody knows.
There was also a really strange alpaca here, it had these alien blue eyes.
Sacred Spiritual Sites around the Sacred Valley
On our fourth day we headed off to the Sacred Valley – just look at the view from above!
Moray (satellite to the stars)
Our first stop was a curious place called Moray. It had 2 circular structures, kind of like amphitheatres, but that were definitely not made for that purpose.
Aluna calls them the satellites to the stars, and it certainly looks that way!
We all sat at the bottom of the smaller one and Aluna channeled some beings who said that the Ascended Masters are helping us evolve/activate something very small in our cells (changing our DNA perhaps?) and that we will begin to see the world differently.
At one point we all stood around in a circle, and suddenly one woman just fell flat on her face! The energies must have been overwhelming in that place as it was equinox and she said she saw a bright light and Lemurians standing all around us.
Chincheros (weaving village)
This little village is absolutely adorable! We went there straight from Moray and my mum and I separated from the group as we wanted some quiet time to appreciate the nature around us. We found an incredibly beautiful spot just outside the village and I felt a really strong connection with the mountains in front. It was the perfect place for a meditation as there were no people and it was very quiet.
I suddenly felt inspired to draw, I wish I had at least a pencil with me! I noticed that a few times in Peru, and I started bringing my journal with me everywhere so I could draw whenever it needed to “come out” of me.
When we met back with the group, we were taken to a factory where they showed us how they make all their alpaca products, like scarves, ponchos etc. It was really fascinating to see the natural ways of making coloured dyes!
First, they wash the alpaca fluff in soapy water – the soap comes from a local root. Then they use leaves, flowers and even cacti bugs to make colours! The girl took a bug, squished it and it went red! Then she used the red bug puddle as lipstick and blusher – wow!
Pisac – temple of the Sun
Get ready for some hiking for this one guys, but I promise you, it’s so worth it! It’s not even that it’s a hard hike, it’s just that because the altitude is so high, you climb 3 stairs and you’re out of breath! People here drink coca leaf tea to help with altitude sickness, I didn’t really feel ill from it, but I did struggle with this walk.
At the Sun temple there is a stone from a star/planet called Maldek. The planet exploded a long time ago and a piece of it fell to Earth.
On the way to Pisac, our guide Juan was telling us fun stories of how he’s seen UFO’s and that there are leprechauns living under the glaciers nearby. He said when people tried to put dynamite into the leprechaun’s holes, they waited for an hour but it never exploded. When they pulled out the dynamite, they saw that the rope had been cut with a knife. He also mentioned that his cousin saw a bigfoot here. I love how open people here are to these things and they don’t find it strange!
After the Pisac ruins, we went to the Pisac market. It’s really all the same stuff, alpaca throws and cheap wallets. There are lots of alpaca fakes too, I bought a real alpaca poncho and it was very expensive actually, but you could tell the difference in the quality.