Wondrous Peru: Energy Centers

Like human beings, nature also has energy centers or chakras. These places are charged with energy, where people can find the source of power to reinvigorate their minds and spirits.

Tinajani Canyon

Puno Region

General information

Location: Ayaviri (3,970 masl – 13,025 fasl), Melgar Province.

Climate: semi-dry and cold.

Average temperature: 10 °C (50 °F).

Season: from May to September.

Also known as the Grand Canyon of Tinajani, this is an astonishing landscape featuring a forest of stones, and is an idyllic location for those wishing to enjoy walking or mountaineering. There are strange rock formations and to walk amongst them is a truly amazing experience. Each visitor discovers different formations and symbolic shapes. In the forefront a 95 meter (312 feet) high red megalith called El Vigía can be seen, appearing to colossally protect the entrance to this scenery where the flow of cosmic energy can be felt, especially during the solstices. When visiting, you should take advantage to go and see the tower-like tombs (chullpas funerarias) in the surrounding areas. Visitors can spend the night by pitching a tent between the huge rocks.

Access by Land: Take the Puno-Ayaviri road (km 138) and follow the Ayaviri-Tinajani road (km 13). The trip takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

Chilca

Lima Region

General information

Location: Chilca (18 masl – 59 fasl), Cañete Province.

Climate: 18 °C (64 °F).

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Season: from January to September.

65 km (40 miles) and 1 and a half hour south of Lima, there are three lagoons with healing powers, known as: La Encantada, La Mellicera and La Milagrosa. The Las Salinas resort is very popular due to its medicinal waters recommended by dermatologists, traumatologists and infertility specialists. Visitors often cover their bodies with the sedimentary mud, as it is said to have miraculous properties. There are showers and accommodation facilities as well as restaurants.

Chavín de Huántar

Áncash Region

General information

Location: Chavín de Huántar (3,140 masl – 10,302 fasl), Huari Province.

Climate: temperate and cold. Rainy season: December to March.

Average temperature: 16 °C (61 °F).

Season: from May to September.

Capital of the Chavín Culture, it was a the most visited place in the pre-Inca Andean world (1200 B.C.) for pilgrims and religious cults. It would appear that the site was specially chosen, under strict magic and religious criteria, due to its position between the very fertile valleys. The temple has tight passageways and rooms. In one of them is the Lanzón, a 4.53 m (15 feet) monolithic sculpture in the shape of an enormous lance. It represents an anthropomorphic design, covered with engravings of cats, birds and snakes. Its height, length and width are similar to those of the Solomon Temple in Jerusalem, its entrance also faces East, towards the sun rise.

Access by Land: Lima – Huaraz (400 km – 249 miles), in 8 hours. There is public transport from Huaraz to Chavín which is 109 km (68 miles) south east of Huaraz (3 hours 30 minutes).

Lake Titicaca

Puno Region

General information

Location: Provinces of Puno and Huancané (3,810 masl – 12,500 fasl).

Climate: Cold and dry in autumn and winter

Average temperature: -7 °C to 24 °C. (19 to 75 °F)

Season: From May to September.

A body of water located on the Collao plateau, in the Central Andes at 3,810 masl (12,500 fasl), Titicaca (meaning stone puma in Quechua) is the highest navigable lake in the world and, according to legend, was the birth place of the Inca civilization, one of the oldest of the Americas. The contact of its water with the sun and wind produce a magnetic energy that is felt everywhere.It has a surface area of 8,559 km².

Access by Air: Regular flights to Juliaca from Lima (1 hr 40 mins, direct) and Lima – Juliaca with stops at Arequipa and Cusco (2 hrs 40 mins). By rail: Cusco – Puno: 384 km (10 hr).

By road: Lima-Arequipa-Juliaca-Puno: 1315 km (21 hr), Cusco-Puno: 389 km (6 hr), Arequipa-Puno: 285 km (5hr), Tacna-Puno: 376 km (6hr) via Laraqueri.

Machu Picchu

Cusco region

General Information

Location: District of Machu Picchu (2,040 masl), Urubamba province; Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2,450 masl)

Climate: Very rainy, temperate and humid; Rainy season: from November to March.

Average temperature: 14 °C (57 °F).

Machu Picchu is located in the rainforests of Cusco, in surroundings of extraordinary natural beauty. In its heyday it was probably the most impressive urban creation of the Inca Empire. It is formed of giant walls, terraces and ramps that appear to have been cut naturally from continuous rocky escarpments. Architecturally it is divided into two sectors or zones.

The Intihuatana or sundial is a monolith found in one of the esplanades of the Temple of the Three Windows (Templo de las Tres Ventanas), located in the citadel of Machu Picchu. It is a true magnetic pole and cosmic axis. Its four corners are aligned with the cardinal points of the planet. There is evidence of the Sun, Moon, Water and Stone cults in many other buildings of this historic sanctuary. Everyday, hundreds of tourists soak up the energy from this stone monument.

Access by Land: Different Inca Trail routes.

Dual system: By bus along the Cusco – Ollantaytambo road (2 hr), then by train towards Ollantaytambo Machu Picchu village (1 hr 4o mins). There follows a 20 minute bus ride to the archeological complex.

Access by Train: The journey to Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu village, on the Poroy-Machu Picchu Pueblo railway takes 4 hours. There follows a 20 minute bus ride to the archeological complex.

Marcahuasi

Lima Region

General information

Location: Marcahuasi (3,935 masl – 12,910 fasl), district of San Pedro de Casta. Huarochirí Province.

Climate: Cold and dry.

Average temperature: 18 °C (64 °F), at night it often drops to 0 °C (32 °F).

Season: from May to September.

This is a place full of mystery; Marcahuasi is on a very high plateau, from which it is possible to look out over the beautiful panorama of the valleys surrounding Lima. It is famous for its enormous rocks, which have been modeled by natural forces such as the wind, rain and temperature over thousands of years and have assumed remarkable forms, including anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures (camels, frogs, lions, condors, tortoises). The most important rocks are the Amphitheater, the Labyrinth and the Monument to Humanity which, many say, has the profile of all five human races on Earth. Some say that it is a good place for UFO sighting. Without doubt, this place has high levels of energy due to its volcanic origins. Similar to the Australian monolith of Uluru, this sacred mountain is one of the most important energy centers in the world. Since remote times locals have come up to this plateau to worship their gods.

In addition, it is surrounded by stunning scenery and lagoons, and fauna that only lives in these high regions. The area is perfect for bird watching.

Access by Land: Lima-Chosica by the Carretera Central (Central Road) followed by the road to San Pedro de Casta (89 km -55 miles- north-east of Lima). From here, the top is reached on foot (2 hours) or riding an animal.

Tipón and Raqchi

Cuzco Region

General Information

Location: Tipón (3,500 masl), Community of Choquepata, district of Oropesa, Quispicanchi province
Raqchi (3,200 masl – 10,499 fasl), district of San Pedro, Canchis Province.

Climate: Semi-dry, cold and dry in autumn and winter.Rainy season: from November to March

Average temperature: 12°C (Relative, day, night, dry season, humid).

Season: from April to October.

Tipón was highly worshipped and important for the Incas. The Templo al Agua (Water Temple) was built there to worship and venerate this element, essential for agriculture. This stone building holds a special magnetism capable of reaching the human aura, although mystery still remains around the significance of this place for ancient Peruvians. Visitors are moved by the peace, the sound of water and the feeling of being close to the unknown.

The Wiracocha temple in Raqchi is the highest known Inca building (14 meters – 46 feet). This special archaeological complex has a large “ushnu” or truncated pyramid which has huge significance for the birth of the sun worshiping Andean religion. It is said to have been a pilgrimage center. Despite the passage of time, it still has many of its original walls intact, an example of the Inca’s high engineering.

Access by Land: Tipón, 25 km (16 miles) south-east of Cuzco (45 minutes). Raqchi, km 113 on the Cuzco-Sicuani road (2 hours from Cuzco).

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