Machu Picchu, the hidden outpost of the Incas. Kuelap Fortress, the largest stone ruin structure in the New World. A private guide awaits your arrival in Cusco and will take you to your chosen hotel and to visit the center of Inca civilization. Your spiritual journey begins with a private tour of Sacsayhuaman where many rituals were performed and the eleven sided “la Puerta” locks the spiritual channels which legend has it lie beneath.
Tour to the Sacred Valley includes - the Pisac Indian Market, Ollantaytambo fortress. Take the vista dome train to Aguas Calientes where you overnight at the base of Machu Picchu. In the early morning you your Shaman guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Machu Picchu for a sunrise spiritual encounter with one of the most mystical places on Earth. Hike up to Huanya Picchu and enjoy a stop at the Moon Palace overlooking Machu Picchu.
Continue your adventure to the world of Chiclayo and the treasures of Sipan and pyramids of Tucume: The Lord of Sipan mausoleum was discovered in the Huaca Rajada archaeological compound dating to the times of the Moche civilization that bloomed from 200 to 600 A.D. The remains are the monarch's and his entourage. All were buried in fabulous attire including gold and silver artifacts, spondylus shells and semi-precious stones. These treasures can be seen at the Royal Tombs of Sipan Site Museum in Lambayeque city.
Tucume: An impressive archaeological compound spreading over 220 hectares also known as the Valley of the Pyramids. It was the most important city in the Lambayeque civilization. Its 26 mud brick truncated pyramid palaces or temples called "huacas" are about 40 meters (131 feet) high. Studies show the first temples were built around 700 years A.D. by local chieftains. An interesting display is on display at the site museum. Following the visit to Tucume an overland trip to Chachapoyas and the Amazonas cloud forest.
Visit the sarcophagi site of Karajia. Karajia is an spectacular funerary site. Here we will find 3-meter anthropomorphic wooden coffins located under a cliff. Mummies were placed inside each coffin. The Chachapoyan buried their dead in capsule-like tombs constructed of stone, wooden or cane poles and clay. Known locally as purunmachus (from the Quechua, purun wild and machu, old), the funerary statues broom from cliff side perches.
Visit Kuelap and the towers of Macro. The great fortress of Kuélap, associated with the Chachapoyas culture, consists of massive exterior stone walls containing more than four hundred buildings. The structure, situated on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in northern Peru, is roughly 600 meters in length and 110 meters in width. It was likely built to defend against the Huari or other hostile peoples. Archaeological evidence shows that the structure was built around 500 AD and occupied until the Early Colonial period (1532-1570).
Visit Malqui museum. Leimebamba might have languished in total obscurity were it not for events beginning in late 1996, when looters discovered a stash of 219 mummies in the cliff side tombs overlooking the nearby Lake of the Condors. The Discovery Channel filmed the ensuing recovery operation, introducing Leymebamba to the world.
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