Tag: Peru

Temple of the Moon at Huayna Picchu – One of Peru’s best-kept secrets?

Machu Picchu is arguably one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and a must-visit site on most Peru itineraries. Fewer visitors, however, make the steep ascent up Huayna Picchu, and fewer still venture to the hidden Temple of the Moon.

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The impressive, and well photographed, Huayna Picchu

The Temple of the Moon is an ancient Inca temple used by adepts in the final phase of initiation at Machu Picchu. It is built directly into the mountain rock and features “some of the finest stonework in Machu Picchu: classic trapezoidal Inca niches and double-jamb doorways.” There are some good reasons this site remains off the usual tourist “to visit” lists. First, the trek to the very top of Huayna Picchu is not the easiest climb – National Geographic, in fact, describes it as a “hair-raising trail”! Second, you need to be an early bird to even make the guest list to be admitted to climb Huayna Picchu!

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The climb to the top of Huayna Picchu may be hair-raising but the rewards are worth the effort!

The views from the top of the summit alone, however, make the trek worthwhile. From here the whole of Machu Picchu reveals itself to you and you can spend a good few contemplative moments breathing in the enormity of what lies below you and feeling a strong connection to an ancient civilization. From the top you can steadily make your way back down and follow the marked trail towards the Temple of the Moon, a natural cave. The “Temple of the Moon itself is a wall of doors and windows sculpted perfectly into the space created by a giant overhanging rock.” (1) Where the Temple of the Sun shines brightly outwards, the Temple of the Moon recedes embracing the darkness.

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The Temple of the Moon at Huayna Picchu

As with many Inca Temples the exact purpose of the Temple of the Moon is still much debated. While visiting this ancient ceremonial site you can connect with the powerful energy and draw your own conclusions on its origins. You will also undoubtedly spend some time marvelling at the architectural prowess of the ancients who built such temples.

The Temple of the Moon at Huayna Picchu may be one of Peru’s lesser-known sacred sites, but it is certainly one well worth visiting!

Inspired to visit this breathtaking site? Join us in November on our journey: Welcome to Portals of Peru with Freddy Silva: Discover the power places of an ancient civilization! This journey is a guaranteed departure with only a few spots remaining – sign up now to guarantee your place and see one of Peru’s best-kept secrets!

~ Sacred Earth Journeys

Notes:

(1) Moon Machu Picchu: Including Cusco & the Inca Trail by Ryan Dubé

Celebrating Pachamama, our Mother Universe

With Mother’s Day around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to celebrate or remember our own mothers, or celebrate ourselves as mothers. Our Heart of the Pachamama Journey to Peru with Puma Quispe Singona celebrates our universal earth mother, Pachamama, and introduces us to ways we can connect spiritually with her. This journey also explores practical ways to help young mothers and women living in this sacred land.

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In Inca mythology, Pachamama (or Mama Pacha) is a fertility goddess who oversees planting and harvesting. She is also said to take the form of a large dragon who has the power to cause earthquakes! Although we often see Pachamama translated as Mother Earth, ‘Mother Universe’ is considered a more accurate translation, as her power extends beyond the earth to the entire cosmos. Continue reading

Top Sacred Journeys for 2015

Whether your yard is still buried deep under snow or those first buds of spring are starting to peek though, February is a perfect month to start your vacation planning.  Here we round up our 2015 sacred journeys: from a writer’s retreat in Ireland to an Ayurveda program in India, we’re sure to have something to nourish your spirit.

Women’s Spiritual Art Journey in Bali with Mooh Hood and Lori Goldberg: A Transformative Travel Gift to Yourself, March 12 – 23, 2015

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Women’s Spiritual Art Journey is a rare opportunity to participate with a small group of women to engage with the local Balinese, explore the lush landscapes, pray at the Mother Temple, immerse in the Holy Springs and tap into your creative process and create a daily art journal (no experience needed). You will be travelling with Bali expert Mooh Hood and artist Lori Goldberg on this journey of profound connection and discovery. Read the full journey details on our website. 

There are a couple of spots remaining on this life-changing journey – book now to secure your place! 

A Spiral Journey into the Heart of Ireland with Phil Cousineau: Explore the Mythology, Arts and Spirituality of the Ancient and Modern Celtic World, September 19 – 30, 2015 (with a Dublin Extension, Sep 30 – Oct 3)

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Join writer and filmmaker Phil Cousineau as he leads you on a journey that spirals into the heart and soul of one of the most unique cultures in the world seeking the presence of Ireland’s great trilogy of “myth, poetry and magic” through its incantatory storytelling, hypnotic music, and the sheer beauty of glorious countryside. The journey includes visits to the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Yeats’ Tower, Galway, Croagh Patrick and Donegal Castle as well as the vibrant cities of Belfast and Dublin (extension). With special guest appearances by local writers scholars and cultural leaders, and dedicated time for daily discussions and journal writing, this is a culturally and spiritually rich tour not to be missed. Discover more here.

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7 Peru Secrets Every Traveller Should Know

Peru is a must for any spiritual traveller. Here we share a few secrets to help you have an even more satisfying travel experience when you visit this sacred country.

1. The energy at Machu Picchu is truly powerful

Machu Picchu is a highlight of any trip to Peru and with very good reason. This 15th century Inca site, majestically perched above the Sacred Valley, affords any traveller mesmerizing views and a powerful connection with the past. It was, and remains today, an important sacred site, so it is wise to allow yourself time to absorb the spiritual energy you will undoubtedly feel when you visit Machu Picchu. Take your time to wander the ancient Temples, feel the dry stone walls, and simply be…

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Looking for Vacation Inspiration in 2014?

Our handy quiz helps you plan your perfect journey!

 

Choosing a vacation destination can be tricky, and choosing the perfect package to suit your unique needs even harder. We all want our vacations to be meaningful, memorable and, well, magical – but how do we pick the perfect spot?

Choose a package that’s aligned with your values.

What is it that really matters to you? What makes your soul sing and makes you feel completely at one with yourself? If you can identify your core values you can translate those to your vacation package…

Ask yourself these 3 fun questions to help you find what’s right for you:

1. When do you feel most happy?
  • a.     During a new & exciting activity
  • b.     On my yoga mat
  • c.      Hiking in nature
  • d.     Reading or learning about a new culture

2. Your perfect birthday gift would be:
  • a.     A new surfboard or bike (or similar piece of gear)
  • b.     Handmade coconut oil moisturizer with essential oils
  • c.      A new camera
  • d.     A gift certificate for your favourite bookstore

3. Your favourite clothes store is:
  • a.     MEC
  • b.     Lululemon
  • c.      Etsy
  • d.     The whole world is my clothes store!

If you answered mainly:
A:
A vacation with fun and challenging activities would suit you! The perfect package would include yoga or similar stretching exercises to keep your body and mind in balance and your adrenal system healthy! Ensure the meals are nourishing and wholesome too as you’ll be burning lots of calories!
Try this:
Practice, Breathe and Surf Costa Rica with Chris Duggan & Natalie Rousseau: A seven-day adventure and yoga retreat in idyllic Mal Pais, Costa Rica
November 22 – 29, 2014
Package highlights:
  • Twice-daily yoga classes
  • A choice of 3 included activities + many more as optional extras
  • Choose activities such as surfing/SUP, horseback riding, zip lining canopy tour, 4WD tour
  • Optional spa services to relax your muscles!
  • 3 delicious & healthy meals a day
B:
A vacation with  a combination of physical exercise and opportunities to explore local communities and sites would suit you to a tee! Stops along the way to mingle with locals and explore artisan crafts would be a bonus. Look out for packages that offer more than yoga – meditation, health consultations, time for outdoor activities or spa services will provide a more fulfilling holiday experience!

Try this:

Bali Bliss Retreat with Michele Labelle: A Transformational Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Magical Bali

November 3 – 12, 2014

Package highlights:
  • 7 yoga classes and meditation practice
  • Visits to Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu Temple and Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery
  • Cultural Immersion & Homemade Lunch at Pacut Village
  • Snorkelling Excursion to Menjangan Island
  • Optional Excursions and Spa Treatments 
 
C:
You need a vacation package that understands and honours your connection to the natural world. A package that provides opportunities to spend time alone or as part of a group at some of the world’s natural, sacred sites would be a great choice! Look for packages that allow you time to explore independently and really breathe in your surroundings. Also look out for holidays that include visits to local communities and artisan craft markets for gifts to bring back home.

Try this:

Heart of the Pachamama with Puma Quispe Singona: Celebrate the Transformative Energy of the Spring Equinox in Sacred Peru
September 17 – 24, 2014
Package highlights:
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu for TWO DAYS
  • Travel with Andean Medicine Man, Healer and Wisdom Keeper, Puma Quispe Singona
  • Visits to Sacred Sites and Temples
  • Authentic Community Immersion
  • Special Spring Equinox Ceremony
 
OR this:
Sacred Path Of Quetzalcoatl-Kukuulkaan with Miguel Angel Vergara: A Journey to Discover Your Potential in the Land of the Toltec & Maya (Mexico)
December 1 – 9, 2014
Package highlights:
  • Travel with author and Maya Master Teacher, Miguel Angel Vergara
  • Participate in meditations, rituals and ceremonies at the sacred sites
  • Lectures by Miguel Angel Vergara to illuminate the significance of the sacred sites we visit
  • Visit the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City
  • Learn how chocolate is made at the Ecomuseo del Cacao near Labna
D:
You need a vacation package that speaks to your creativity and thirst for knowledge. Look for holidays that include opportunities to engage in creative pursuits, ideally with a skilled tour leader who shares your passion for the written word. Journeys to countries and sites of historical and cultural significance will appeal, as will trips that depart from the usual tourist trails and allow you to more fully understand the culture of a country.

Try this:

A Sacred Journey to Turkey with Phil Cousineau: Long Conversations in the Land of Troy, Rumi and the Goddess
October 10 – 22, 2014
Package highlights:
  • Travel with author, presenter and scholar Phil Cousineau
  • Daily engaging and enlightening Conversations with Phil
  • Guest talk by Bedri Baykim, renowned Turkish artist, residing in Istanbul
  • Private Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Konya
  • Exceptional visits to some of Turkey’s most famous and sacred sites
OR this:

The Heart of Ancient Greece: An Odyssey with Phil Cousineau: The Myths, Heroes, Gods and Goddesses, and Sacred Sites of the Classical World

September 21 – October 1, 2014
Package highlights:
  • Travel with author, teacher and filmmaker, Phil Cousineau
  • Insightful Group Discussions and “Long Conversations”
  • Visit the Acropolis, Parthenon & Theatre of Dionysus
  • Visit the Site of the Ancient Olympics and the Olympic Museum
  • Visit the Dream Temples of Asclepius & the Ancient Amphitheater in Epidaurus

A complete mix of As, Bs, Cs & Ds:

Visit Sacred Earth Journeys to read about all of our vacation destinations and packages to suit you! We also take bookings for yoga retreats in Canada and beyond, and are sure to have something to suit your unique needs! Or contact us to organize a group vacation package for your family, friends or business and let us show you how to translate your values into a perfect holiday!

 

Bon voyage!
~ Kim Bridgett