“This was the abode, this is the place: here the wide grains of corn ascended and were lowered again like the red hailstones. here the golden thread was sheared from the vicuna to clothe their loves, their tombs, their mothers, the king, prayers, warriors…” — Pablo Neruda
One of the six cradles of civilization, this area is filled with an incredible power. From 3,000 BC, along the dry coast, the artifacts remain for us to “wonder” and to “connect” in yet another way to this earth we inhabit. The clay and the gold and the silver and the fibers were molded and woven…to tell the story of this ancient culture. These precious objects were carefully buried with the people who knew their story. Cut stones were carefully stacked to form places of worship and daily life.
In 1911 when Hiram Bingham and his party accidently discovered Machu Picchu…in the Sacred Valley where the Rio Urubanba flows today and the Valley remains sacred. 40% of this site remains covered with the beginnings of the Amazon jungle…more secrets to yet be discovered. Unlike other ruins of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu was saved from destruction by the Spanish, who, it is believed, never acknowledged its existence. It was inhabited by 1,000 Incans and abandoned between 1400 and 1500 AD. The rest is a mystery. Thus the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, the rivers and the oceans, remind us that we are part of a whole…part of nature.