Tag: Peru

Tipon: an Inca terraforming masterpiece

Located near Cusco, Tipon isn’t mind-blowing like Machu Pic’chu or Ollantaytambo. But it is an amazing place.

I realize I’ve been kind of slamming the Incas: not because they were incapable of the megalithic work they built on, which is technologically more advanced than anything we can do even now, but because of the “stupid history” that gives them credit for work they could not possibly have done.

I didn’t show it yesterday, but here’s the side of the cave opposite the megalithic “portal.” Megalithic “altar” behind the dude with the hat.

Umm, not quite megalithic.
Umm, not quite megalithic. Not complaining, just saying.

Tipon has a number of well-watered terraces, a collection of microclimates. But your first introduction is a small gurgling waterfall.

Tipon. Cusco, Perú

Channeled from another waterfall.

Tipon. Cusco, Perú

And then you realize there are many of them, on every wall, every corner.

Tipon. Cusco, Perú

Our guide, shaman Dr. Theo Paredes, urged us to pay attention to the distinct sounds of each. When I observed many empty streams (the walls above and to the left), he explained that work was being done on the aqueduct from the source, 2 km away. I could only imagine that with all flowing, the atmosphere must be magic. As it was, all who visited left feeling energized.

Near the very top, the water enters through four streams. Simple, yes?

Tipon. Cusco, Perú

No! The water enters as one stream, which is divided into two streams, which recombine to one stream, which is then fanned out into four channels (that is not just perspective; the final four streams are farther apart at the end than the beginning).

Tipon. Cusco, Perú

As Theo tried to explain, what’s going on here is a profound understanding of energies we tend to ignore. Given his credentials —  struck by lightning twice, first time at age 11 — I am happy to accept his word that more is happening here than I perceive.

Tipon, Peru

So it was a place of healing as well as agriculture. And it wouldn’t have been monochromatic — amazing to imagine the effect of the water and geometry with the terraces planted in vibrant colors. Why not?


The megalithic cave temple

Returning from Ollantaytambo, we turned off the main road near the Skylodge Adventure Suites, where you can spend the night in a hotel room hanging off the side of a cliff. You can. Me, no thanks.

After winding along a riverbed with 1,000′ cliffs either side, we were let out to scramble up a steep terraced incline to a triangular cave.

Climbing to the megalithic temple
Photo: Chester Jagiello

Megalithic cave temple

Inside, we found a perfectly machined wall and “portal.”


Our guide Wilco explained that in his grandfather’s day, the cave was open and extended very far into the hillside, but had collapsed at some point. The recessed ridges in the “portal” represent levels of consciousness. Portal to where? None of us found out (I think).

Megalithic cave temple, Perú

I spent a few minutes sitting in it, not as long as I’d have liked (we were quite a few people), but long enough to experience a gentle probing contact, like tentacles of consciousness coming from the rock on either side of me.

Then onto the megalithic gem at the mouth of the cave.

Megalithic cave temple, Perú
Photo: Chester Jagiello

Wilco explained this could be used kneeling, facing the morning sun, or sitting, allowing the energy to be channeled through the base of your skull. Being late in the day, there was no sun.

Megalithic cave temple, Perú
Photo: Chester Jagiello

Again, I took only a short time, out of respect for others. I didn’t feel much here — until I was ready to get up. Then I felt a distinct need to ask permission to disengage (immediately granted). Nobody had mentioned anything like this, nor had I thought of it before. But it clearly felt like the necessary and respectful thing to do.

On the train to Machu Pic’chu

Photo: Chester Jagiello

Life among the easily amused: pity those poor bored tourists behind, missing the subtle excitement of observation and discovery.


On the other hand, perhaps it’s just me: preparing to fly over the Nazca lines.




Ollantaytambo: looking beyond the rock piles

At the end of Perú’s sacred valley lie massive terraces towering above the town of Ollantaytambo.

Olantaytambo, Perú

Fortress, experimental planting center, hangout for the elite, it reflects the Inca’s awesome organizational skills.


But, again, the fun begins with details at the bottom: megalithic carving and stonework.

The incas carved flat surfaces and interior corners into solid rock with copper chisels? I don’t think so.


And at the top, more distinctly megalithic remains. Note the monster monolith, upper right.


C’mon now, give me a copper chisel and I’ll show you how it’s done!


Towards the top, an amazing wall of six  monoliths, generally attributed  — without a shred of evidence — to the Incas.

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
Photo: Chester Jagiello

Here you can get an idea of the size of the rocks. And see that mountain in the background? That’s where they were quarried — somewhere the other side of it.

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Here’s a closeup, a section perhaps a meter high. And the relief to the right is not a design, insisted Stephen Mehlen, one of many interesting people along on the tour.  Purely functional. How? Probably in a way an Inca with a copper chisel would be hard-pressed to explain.

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Think energy, vibration, frequency….

Putting the graphic back in design


Between Paracas and Naxca, Perú. Perhaps because the image shows the exact opposite of what they want you to do, the message doubles down: “Don’t urinate or piss outside the bowl.” Further adding to its charm, it’s posted above urinals, not toilets.