Posted by: mariabro | January 27, 2018

Getting our sacred on

One of the reasons I wanted to start our travels in Peru was because of the special, sacred nature of the indigenous people and the country itself. I had taken some previous courses in the Inca traditions and shamanism. I love the respect they have for pacha mama, Mother Earth and I wanted to feel that connection more closely. I arranged to participate as a family in two traditional Inca ceremonies; the cleansing ceremony and the thanksgiving ceremony. It was a bit of a mix of family therapy, mysticism and religion. To my surprise, the boys seemed engaged and interested. We learned a little more about ourselves and each other. Craig learned about the medicinal plants of the jungle. I think we all grew as people because of our experience.

I wasn’t going to try to put into words my experience at Machu Picchu because it was beyond words. But as I ruminate over my visit I want to try to remember how I felt when I entered this magical place. As I went through the gate, and saw the town laid out before me surrounded by mist, tears literally came to my eyes. I had the same visceral reaction as I had when I flew over the Grand Canyon. It was breathtaking. Hayden looked around and said, “I feel like I’m in another world.” And that’s exactly what it felt like. Another world where the people lived in the clouds, in harmony with nature. The sounds were muffled like when you lay on the sand at a crowded beach but all you hear are the waves and the muffled sounds of people in the distance. Machu Picchu is not ruins. It feels like it is still livable. Add a few alpaca rugs to the floors, some candles and you’d have a cozy mountain retreat. Luckily, the Spanish conquistadors never made it to Machu Picchu…

After Machu Picchu we headed to Urubamba in the sacred valley. We had some downtime here, caught up on school work, did some site-seeing (the salt flats, ollantaytambo ruins) and went on an ATV adventure).

We are now on a 10-hour train trip through the Andes to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. We will spend our final three nights in Peru there. Then we head to Argentina.

We have spent almost a month in Peru…exploring Lima, Iquitos, the Amazon, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Urubamba and the Sacred Valley, Puno and Lake Titicaca. It has exceeded our expectations in every way.



  1. I can’t believe you’ve already been gone nearly a month. And this sentence made me laugh out loud: Craig learned about the medicinal plants of the jungle.

    • Haha you’re the only one who picked up on that! Miss you too my friend!

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