I grew up in the lush wilds of the Pacific Northwest; home to breathtaking forests, soaring mountains, and vast seas – wondrous fodder for capturing the imaginings of a child. This upbringing inspired within me the thirst of the avid explorer and photographer. After leaving Washington for a brief stint with the airlines, which ignited a lifelong passion for travel, I moved to Chicago. Soon afterwards, a friend gifted me with sailing lessons, and another great pursuit was unleashed. For the next two decades, I sailed the seven seas and developed a worldwide, yachting-based, tourism business.
In the late 1980’s, my professional life brought me to South Florida. There, a series of synchronicities surrounding my receipt of a ‘photo postcard’ beckoned me to Machu Picchu, Peru, “the lost city of the Incas.” Today I find myself escorting like-minded groups up the terraced walls of enigmatic ancient cities, camera in hand.
Journeying to ancient sacred sites is not only my passion, it is my profession. Bolstered by a longing to share my stories, I developed my online blog dedicated to the ancient mysteries of Peru. Perhaps one day, you will be blessed with the opportunity to visit these wondrous places for yourself! This pictorial guidebook is a natural extension of my desire to share the journey. – Kathy Doore
“The figures tend to be found in clusters; a half-dozen can be seen in one area, and a few hundred yards further on, there are more. On the surrounding mountains, there are no figures at all. Once, while investigating the monuments, I noticed that when I walked the same route twice, I would see faces and figures that were not there before. This effect is produced by the progression of the sun, creating a constant flow of shadow and light. When I would traverse back along the return path I’d invariably see new and different shapes. In attempting to comprehend and fully understand the enigma that is Markawasi, one comes away with a lasting impression that the ancient history of this planet is quite possibly different from what our historians would like us to believe.” – Peter Schneider
Englishman Peter Schneider first visited Markawasi after moving to Peru in the 1980’s to run a wool business, and thus began the most profound adventure of his life. It is Peter’s sincere desire that this Guidebook will kindle the excitement in others that he so passionately feels every time he visits Markawasi.
“Markawasi as a whole, I believe, represents one of the quintessential high holy spots on Earth. There are many ways to describe it: in terms of a power point or power place, a center of power, an Earth vortex, a chakra point of the living Gaia, or a congruence of planetary leys or ley lines. No matter what words are used in an attempt to express the nature of Markawasi, they will never do it full justice. The ineffable aspect of the plateau must be experienced. At Markawasi the sacred and spiritual are manifest. Here we find sacred geometry in its highest and most potent form, expressed raw and sublime. The stone forest of Markawasi forms a natural labyrinth across the plateau on a gigantic scale. Here is a genuine maze in which you can lose yourself and find yourself again. This is a place of death and rebirth in the greatest tradition of initiation. But at Markawasi it is an initiation into the secrets of the Earth and universe, an initiation rite carried out not by humans, no matter how advanced or spiritually aware, but purely by the gods themselves. Here at times I felt that the kundalini of the Earth, the spiritual energy not of its inhabitants but of the very planet itself, was about to burst forth. If we could only tap this energy. . . , but we do when we tune to the innate vibrations of the plateau.” – Robert M. Schoch
Boston University professor of Geology and Geophysics, and author, Robert Schoch, PhD, initially ventured to Markawasi as the skeptic, but returned convinced that it is a very special, mystical, spiritual, and mind-altering place. In his Introduction to Markawasi, Schoch writes, “It is an incredible site that raises many issues concerning lost civilizations, the past history of humanity, varying states of consciousness, and the nature of reality. Markawasi is a location where, more than most sites, each person brings their own notions, molds the landscape to their own thoughts, is affected in unique ways, and brings back their own perceptions. This, in my opinion, is part of the mystery and draw of the site. Markawasi is an enchanted plateau. You owe it to yourself to visit this most magical of places.” –Robert M. Schoch, PhD Author of Voices of the Rocks, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders, and The Parapsychology Revolution.
“If you walk at night in the moonlight you will find yourself surrounded by a mystery – shapes that take you deep into your unconscious mind, to the very heart of great legends, you have entered a millennial theatre. There is a universal tradition about the use of stones for various purposes, especially religious, designating sacred space and the exact placement of stones. This is a mystery very much related to Markawasi. The Incas used older sites such as those of Sacsayhuaman, and Kenko, near Cusco. The principle stone in Kenko is encircled by cut stones pointing out an immense boulder that appears to be the remnant of a puma. Why would you mark a stone that has almost no form? This would be because you want to leave it as a ritual element, an offering, to the remains of prior epochs, to convey a mystery, or a truth. It was most probably a stone used long before the time of the Inca, and related to the existing sacred cave. All Inca sacred places have tunnels and ritual caves; all over the world we find the same story: the Mountain with the inner cavern; a burial place where you were ‘reborn’ in the purifying essence of the Mother earth.” – Javier Ruzo
The grandson of Daniel Ruzo, Javier first visited Markawasi with his grandfather when he was sixteen, inspiring him to follow a profession in the arts. A professional artist, photographer, and painter, Javier has studied at London’s prestigious Chelsea School of Arts; in Paris, at Cité des Arts; at New York’s Pratt Institute, and at the Massachusetts College of the Arts in Boston. Since 1982, his work has been featured in contemporary museums worldwide. When not traveling, Javier lives and paints at his home in Lima and enjoys the occasional trek to Markawasi, inspiration and food for his soul.