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7 Things you should know about Mystical Tourism in Cusco Perú

Where are these mystical ceremonies held?

There are still families who practice rituals inherited from hundreds of years ago. Undoubtedly, this is a great attraction for tourists who come to Cuzco, seeking to live unique experiences through its traditions. The great devotion to nature led the Incas to create hundreds of myths in which plants and earth were the main elements. Thus, shamans were born, sorcerers known to this day for their supposed supernatural powers to heal the sick, predict the future, summon spirits, etc.

What are mystical tourism ceremonies like?

Rather than just observing, it is an immersion into shamanism. In Peru, these non-Catholic religious practices date back to ancient times. We, as heirs of an ancient mystical tradition, continue the worship of Andean deities, where our Andean priests (shamans) fulfill the cultural and spiritual legacy. Among the rituals we offer are: offering to Pacha Mama (gratitude for all the good things she gives us), spiritual cleansing ceremonies, sanctuary meditation, coca leaf reading (ritual to predict the future), San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Spiritual body cleansing in Inca sacred sanctuaries, and meditations and pilgrimages to sacred sanctuaries.

Who performs these ceremonies?

Spiritual masters who live sharing the magical-religious customs of the Andean world. Among these ceremonies we have:

Coca leaf reading ceremony:

Tourists arriving in Peru are always surprised when offered coca tea or a coca candy. These products are not made with the known drug, but with its original plant, the same one used for the ancient reading of coca leaves. Andean priests will tell you what the sacred mountains and Mother Earth have in store for your life. Baths for meditation, purification, and blooming in the ancient Inca temples.

The Shaman

An expert in readings takes coca leaves and throws them on a cloth with Inca designs. Depending on whether the leaves fall facing up or facing down, the shaman will know if the prediction to the question is positive or negative. For the skeptics, we recommend that this ritual not be used to know your future, but to experience the Inca traditions and their legacy today. This ritual is performed as a preliminary consultation to diagnose and seek solutions to various inquiries, helping to make decisions regarding finances, studies, love, health, work, etc. It can be done in the privacy of your home or in sacred sanctuaries for a better result.

Earth Payment Ceremony:

Due to the great devotion to the earth that we mentioned earlier, the Incas always carried out activities that thanked Pachamama (mother earth) for everything they had been given. Currently, in some areas of Peru, rituals such as the payment to the earth, which takes place every August 1st and is repeated throughout the month, continue to be celebrated, as it is now believed that the earth is thirsty and hungry. To thank Pachamama, coca leaves, cereal seeds, unworked silver, sullus (llama or sheep fetus), chicha (drink made from purple corn), wine, animal fat, sweets, and huairuros (red and black seeds with magical powers) are offered.

Our Spiritual Mother

Pacha Mama and the Andean deities have been taking care of us since time immemorial, but few question and appreciate where we should live. Many of us have abundant health, friendships, and financial stability, yet few thank the Andean deities who take care of us. In the Andean world, as a way of thanking for all that we have received in life, we usually give thanks to Mother Pacha, “Spiritual Mother of the Earth.” This ceremony is performed by a priest and an offering is made to Mother Pacha in remote locations far from the city.

Ayahuasca Ceremony:

Although it is a dangerous tradition, many people travel to Peru with the sole purpose of performing a healing ritual through ayahuasca. This plant was used by ancient Peruvians to expand their levels of consciousness, achieve inner harmony, and see beyond what the mind allows. This cosmic journey is always achieved with the help of a shaman or spiritual guide who tells you what to do and how to experience it safely. Usually, the ritual is performed at night; The shaman makes a kind of mixture with ayahuasca as the main ingredient and the drinker experiences visions in which their ancestors may appear, reveal what their future holds, or in short, shed light on the meaning of their life.

The effects of this drink last for several hours, during which the drinker must vomit to discard all the ingredients that cause these visions. If you are thinking of doing ayahuasca in Cuzco, make sure to go to a place with experts in the area, as there are many fake shamans who do not know how to perform the ritual correctly, which has led to the death of many tourists. Peru is full of traditions that will make you experience history up close.

Ayahuasca

It is a sacred plant that grows in the Amazon jungle, especially in Peru. Our ancestors, the Incas, used to hold initiation ceremonies for future priests and also heal people with different illnesses, fears, avoid some bad habits, and lead a better life. The ayahuasca or spiritual path is a ceremony performed by expert master shamans, who provide the amount according to the age, sex, and physiognomy of the people who wish to drink this sacred plant. These ceremonies can be performed every day, but we need your confirmation in advance, as our spiritual brothers shamans live in cities far from the city and it takes up to two days to reach Cusco. We specialize in offering mystical tourism in Cusco.

Wachuma Ceremony The San Pedro:

Wachuma, was and is a sacred plant. In ancient times, Inca priests were responsible for giving these mixtures to strengthen the internal energy of people so they can overcome their fears and even heal from some diseases. Through this wachuma meditation ceremony, you can even predict the future and see events that may occur, so you can even avoid some things, therefore you must comply with a strict diet before and during the ceremony, which can be done during the day or night, this ceremony also serves to better understand nature and the environment.

Apacheta Ceremony:

If in your walks through Cuzco you find small piles of stones resting on top of each other, do not hesitate to stop and make a request while making your own tower. These figures are apachetas, an ancestral tradition that travelers continue to perform in various areas of Peru as a thanksgiving to the gods for the path to follow and their wishes to come true. Today it is known that travelers ask to remove misfortunes (chiknis) from their path to continue the journey with health and tranquility.

Apachetas along the roads, Inca trails.

So, travelers ask and thank Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Apus (mountain gods) by placing one stone on top of the other and, in some cases, leaving all kinds of offerings such as food, drinks, cigarettes, and other items. The sizes of the cairns are very varied and can be found in small mounds with three stacked stones or others that reach up to three meters in height. But, of course, in addition to the explanation that it is the travelers who ask their gods for protection and strength to continue their journey.

How did the Apachetas originate?

Some say that apachetas were born due to the Incas’ concern for order. Dividing, measuring distances, marking and separating sectors. Others simply give a religious meaning and say that they were altars to honor the gods. Well, today local travelers are asking for a peaceful journey and many tourists outside the site imitate this action and make their own stacks. That is why, on the sides of the roads and trails of the plateau, you can see many stacks defying gravity.

Activities you can do in Perú

Mountain bike Perú “Maras & Moray sacred valley route”
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Mountain bike Perú “Yuncaypata route”
Mountain bike Perú “Devil’s balcony route”
Mountain bike Perú “Lares & Lamay route”
Mountain bike Perú “Inca Avalanche sacred valley route”
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Mountain bike Perú “Picol-santa María route”
Mountain bike Perú “Qoricocha route”
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Mountain bike Perú “Cóndor Chonta viewpoint”
Mountain bike Perú “Palcoyo route”
Apurímac Canyon Bike Expedition 2 days
Mountain bike Perú “Cave of the Bride + Ananiso Canyon”
Mountain bike Perú “Humantay lake”
Mountain bike Perú “Pachatusan route”
Mountain bike Perú “Pallay punchu route”
Mountain bike Perú “Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu route”
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Mountain bike Perú “the Wizard and huaccoto”
Mountain bike Perú “Manú National Park jungle route”
Mountain bike Perú “Rainbow mountain route”
Mountain bike Perú “corn route – sacred valley”
Mountain bike Perú “Tupac Amaru & inca ruins Waqrapukara route”
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Mountain bike Perú “Best sunrise of Peru”
Mountain bike Perú “4 Lagoons circuit and Q’eswachaka route”
Mountain bike Perú “Patacancha enduro route”
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Mountain bike Perú “salt mines – sacred valley route”
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Mountain bike Perú “Quillabamba jungle route 200 km.”
Mountain bike Perú “Raqchi enduro route”

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