In honor of Spirit Quest Tours’ new partnership with Resonating Miracles and the upcoming Peru trip in January, 2013, spiritual tour leader Angela Mandato is guest-posting on Halle’s blog this week! 

When you visit Machu Picchu in person, it’s easy to understand why it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is a colossal understatement to say that it is a lovely place to visit.

Our spiritual tour guide, archaeologist Dr. Ruben Orellana, knows more than almost anyone what a beautiful place this is. For many years, he wandered the entire area and personally found over forty-four sites around Machu Picchu, including the North Inca Trail. He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in South America for his findings. His love for this sacred ancient city shows as he leads the tour with great passion and shares hidden secrets. “Please don’t touch the stones,” he says. “We need to preserve this majestic place for many thousands of years in order for the next generations to witness such beauty.”

At one point during the tour, he shows us a quiet area and teaches us some of the spiritual practices of the Inca civilization’s leaders and healers. We hold our hands out to the sun and feel the vibration moving through our fingertips, throughout our bodies. The ancient people who built this iconic site knew exactly what they were doing and had a purpose for everything they built. They knew how to capture and harness the sun’s powerful rays of light to give them energy and enhance their intuition. Sitting there and feeling the high vibrational frequencies, I could strongly sense the ceremonies that were done there before.

Shamanic Healing in PeruThe wonder and enchantment that I feel when I am at Machu Piccu is beyond words.

Located at 8,000 feet above sea level, the mountainous region is often shrouded in misty clouds that give me the sense I am walking in a storybook wonderland. The energy there is palpable, magical. Several people in the group reported that for the first time in their lives, they really felt energy. It was like having a new exciting toy to play with.

We overnighted at Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, which is known for its hot mineral ponds, lively local music, great restaurants, art galleries, and lots of shopping. The town itself is worth the visit. Climbing Machu Picchu again the next day, I felt the powerful energy of this sacred land restore me at my core. I felt more vibrant than ever before and I knew I was not finished with this journey. Peru was gifting me with something sacred and holy.

Delicious Peru FoodAfter the hike and a delicious meal with around thirty dishes, including fresh salads, entrees and desserts, Ruben had a surprise for our group: a sacred sound healing ceremony with local shamanic healer Heberth Jordan. What a treat it was to experience so many sounds with my eyes closed, so I could truly focus.  Everything from the call of the Condor and other birds to crystal bowls, drums, flutes, and sacred ancient songs sung with power and meaning. With full, satisfied bellies and captivating sounds still echoing in our heads, we climbed aboard a slow-moving train to Urubamba.

Angela Mondato & Dr. Ruben Orellana