Posted by: 3rdisociety | May 26, 2016

My Peruvian experience visiting Lima, Machupicchu and the Amazon Jungle

img_9954My Peruvian Experience Lima, Machupicchu and the Amazon Jungle

Peru the final frontier of the Inca Civilization continues to thrive and honor the spirit of their indian ancestors. Lima, Peru’s capital, is a growing cosmopolitan city bustling with over 10million people made up of a much younger population due to the baby boom from the past two decades, that attributes to the massive bumper to bumper traffic which somehow manages to travel quickly and efficiently during their rush hours. Lima is sometimes referred to as the grey city because of the large amount of plankton organism growing in their Pacific Ocean waters that reflects a silver light off the sky creating a grey sky affect, yet, at the same time attracting an enormous amount marine life to their region that feeds off of these micro organisms called plankton. However there is nothing grey about this city, Lima has plenty of museums, fine dining, casinos, and has won world wide awards in culinary competitions straight years in a row and are one of the largest providers of the best delectable fish in the world.

An hour and a half plane ride away is the City of Cusco located ten thousand feet above sea level this remote country side village is at the heart of the early Inca Culture, nestled in the Andes Mountains whose empire ruled the vast lands of South American between the 13th and 16th century extending from Ecuador to Argentina. The Inca’s architectural abilities were superior for their era. This has baffled archeological sciences, as to how the Inca managed to build these enormous buildings without lifting machinery or cement to bind the heavy stone blocks that compose their cities, homes and spiritual temples -made with such precision that a piece of paper could not fit in between the blocks of stone walls.

The Inca Empire was divided into three families of rulers each overseeing 13 districts, under the kingship of one Emperor Monarch King. From where the River Urubamba meets in Cusco you could reach the four directions of the vast Inca Empire by foot. In the early 1500’s Inca King Hauyna Capa the true last unified Inca King divided his kingdom, before dying of smallpox or measles complications, between his two sons Atahualpa taking the North and his brother Huascar taking the Southern Cusco area. The last standing Inca leader is considered to be Atahualpa, whose mutual greed to unify the throne after their father’s death drove the two brothers into civil war that ended with Atahualpa killings his half brother Huascar and taking over Cusco. This civil war between brothers coincided with the arrival of Francisco Pizarro in 1532, a conquistador for the crown of Spain who seek gold and silver for his monarch. Pizarro first landed near Atahualpa’s territory in the north and captured his shorty won unified kingdom. The mistake Atahualpa made was to make a deal with Pizarro, as Atahualpa agreed to reveal where all the Inca gold and silver was to regain his freedom and the unified thrown of the Inca Kingdom. Pizarro used Atahualpa by granting him kingship in exchange of collecting two rooms filled of his people’s gold and silver, to later then execute him ending the Inca reign. Peru’s riches was crowned the center of the new world by the crown of Spain making Andean Culture the heart of their expanding conquest. Pizarro forcefully conquered the Inca people by taking their lands, converting them to Catholicism and stealing them of their gold and rich culture. There are many hypothesis as to how Pizarro destroyed the Inca Empire, but the one thing he could not destroy was the Inca pride and spirit that lives on in the people of Peru.

Today in Peru there is a revival of the old Inca Culture in areas where this strong people once thrived, re-igniting their religious customs of honoring one God worshiped through the immense power of the Sun, while still remaining open to other religions primarily Catholic. The Inca lives on through the duality that coexisted with Catholicism through the centuries during and after the Spain rule ended.

The Inca’s consider themselves sons of the one and only God the “Sun”. The Inca’s primary spiritual belief is that the “Sun” is the almighty creator and the moon birth the earth for us to live on, the perfect duality for our universal conception created by the number two an uncorrupted number of infinite possibilities. Without the two, we cannot exist as the seed of life. And when one dies, the Inca belief is that we return to the seed for an ever regenerating process that is up to the creator of its continues manifestation in it’s ever lasting universal life force. The Inca’s dogma is based on the concept of three divine energies and is much deeper than this, but the main focus is that their trinity is made up of the Sun God, Mother Moon and Earth it’s children. The Incas were astronomers by nature guided and inspired by the cosmos; they adorned their clothing and architecture reflecting cosmic symbols; and they applied their own system of mathematics with an emphasis on the seasonal calendar of natural events to keep harvest inventory -similar to the Egyptians, the Yoruba People of Africa, the Celtics and Druids to mention just a few of the great early cultures.

Modern Peru is bringing back the old culture of the Inca people in their food, spiritual beliefs and presently half of the population speaks Quechuan the Inca language that is now incorporated in their schools as a primary language along with Spanish and English. This is the revitalization of a lost genocide society that never truly died in the hearts of their people. Even after Pizarro thought that he had eliminated the last Inca King and converted it’s people to Catholicism the Inca’s spiritual customs remained in the art that decorates the hundreds of churches throughout Peru, which the Incas were forced to build on top of their own spiritual temples of their Sun God. In every building reconstructed to cover up the Andean Culture, the Inca artisans incorporated their spiritual symbolisms of belief, culture and true faith.

Machupicchu is perhaps the best of the Inca known architectural structures considered one of the seven wonders of the world. In 1911, Machupicchu ruins were discovered by a Peruvian farming family living on the grounds, who lead Hiram Bingham an American explorer to its worldwide discovery. Seeing Machupicchu for the first time doesn’t fall short from its legend. The energy and views was spectacular from atop. My tour guide explained that there is no known evidence of what happened to the people of this region that disappeared without a trace. Although there are many hypothesis about the people of Machupicchu, scientist from all over the world continue on the quest for answers. My favorite hypothesis by my tour guide is that Machupicchu was a center for high noble education, a university of inquiry for the origin of the cosmos, like the Acropolis in Ancient Greece.

My final stop was Inka-Terra Hacienda Conception a natural animal reserve, in Puerto Maldonado what use to be a trading port for the early rubber tire industry in the late 19th century. It was discovered by early opportunistic pioneers of the rubber industry, that it is where the Amazon Jungle begins in the Pacific Ocean side that extends into Brazil’s larger Amazon Rainforest area. This Amazonian region of Peru Tambopata National Reserve was finally recognized as part of the greater Amazon Jungle region in 1990 and has been protected by world wide environmental groups ever since. At Hacienda Conception, I was able to learn about Peru’s indigenous wildlife and herbal medicines with the help of my knowledgeable tour guide Elias. The people of this Rainforest area have extensive knowledge of natural medicines and are leaders in pharmaceutical research lending access to their territory of the Amazon Jungle and their native experiences with natural herbal medicines. Peru is known for natural medicines and shamanistic cleansing rituals that dates back to customs of Pre-Inca culture, when people from Asia populated the Americas as they crossed the Bering Straits during the Ice Age into what is today called Peru. Thanks to my tour with Elijas, I learned to conquer my fear of crawly animals like tarantulas; and he also encouraged me to walk across a ten story rope bridge, where I managed to cut cords with my of fears of heights amongst other things. Visiting Peru was truly a Zen moment in my life…

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