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My Trip to Peru August 4, 2014

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Written By: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Peru with my father and it was an incredible experience. After a long plane trip from Vancouver, we finally started our trek from Cusco, which is full of Incan history. I was warned before going to Peru that the altitude (11000ft) can make it very difficult to function and that you would need a day to adapt. I did not take these warnings seriously but it became apparent very quickly that the altitude was affecting us both. After our bodies adapted to the thinner air, we then proceeded to a small town called Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley.

The setting in this sacred valley was very unique. There were Incan ruins scattered all over the valley and it is clear that this was a thriving community at the height of the Incan empire. Some of the ruins were absolutely incredible feats of engineering. I spent hours looking at some of these structures just contemplating how it was even possible to build this. Many of the cuts were made to perfection and the junctions were such a perfect fit that it is not possible to even fit a piece of paper between them.

Amazing rocks in Ollantaytambo

Amazing rocks in Ollantaytambo. They fit perfect even after being exposed to centuries of earthquakes and weather.

Perhaps the most fascinating engineering feat that I saw on this trip was a block of granite that was perfectly cut out of the mountain at a location called the Temple of the Condor. It is easy to visualize how they cut the sides but it boggles the mind when trying to figure out how they cut behind this solid rock. This one particular site is not seen by many tourists in the area. To me, this small corner in Ollantaytambo had more spiritual significance than any other site that I visited in Peru.

Incredible feat of engineering at Temple of the Condor in Ollantaytambo

Incredible feat of engineering at Temple of the Condor in Ollantaytambo

After visiting Ollantaytambo we then decided to visit Machu Picchu. The town at the base of the mountain is called Aguas Calientes and you can only reach it by train. We woke up at 4:30AM to get in line for the buses to Machu Picchu and there were already hundreds of people in front of us. Although Machu Picchu is an incredible ancient city at a beautiful location, it did not hold much spiritual significance to me. I believe that this was due to the fact that there were so many other people there. While on the mountain I made an Alpaca friend who was happy to take a picture with me.

Adam McLeod and his father hanging out with an Alpaca on Machu Picchu

Adam McLeod and his father hanging out with an Alpaca on Machu Picchu

Overall this trip was a very spiritual experience where on many occasions I could feel the emotions from these historical sites. This region has a brutal history as the Spanish came through and destroyed the Incan culture. You can feel the charged emotions from some of these ruins where atrocities occurred. This trip gave me a deep respect for the Incan culture. The ruins that remain despite centuries of wars and earthquakes are a reminder as to how advanced this culture really was.

For more pictures from my trip check out my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamhealer/

Dr. Adam McLeod is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), BSc. (Hon) Molecular biology, First Nations Healer, Motivational Speaker and International Best Selling Author. He currently practices at his clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where he focuses on integrative oncology. http://www.yaletownnaturopathic.com

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1. touchstonecrystaljewelry - August 4, 2014

Adam, I just finished reading “The Eagle and the Condor, A True Story of an Unexpected Mystical Journey” – this was an amazing book I think you would enjoy reading as well. I look forward to your pictures; my daughter’s college went and dropped mother/infant packets and also visited the spots as you did. Thank you for sharing.

Melissa McKay Wessell - August 7, 2014

…another Grand Adventure with Adam and a beloved family member, Dad, this time, on a Spiritual and EnLIGHTening experience. I contine, to this day, to experience and share with others the healing touch that heightened in me in your workshops. Happy Year Ahead to Adam and the McClouds!


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