Visiting Peru is generally associated with the sacred, mystery, and healing journeys. To stay in the Sacred Valley means to be close to mystical and energetic places. But why this place on Earth? What is it about Peru that attracts so many to healing trips? The very name “Sacred Valley” has a mysterious connotation that calls anyone who travels to this Andean state.

Spiritual places in Peru extend beyond the Sacred Valley. There are other places in the vicinity that are considered to be charged with energy and full of spiritual potential. People from all over the world feel a special calling to various places in Latin America, from Mexico to the Amazon, as if something in this area between the tropics is the “navel of the world”.

Regardless of the purpose of planning a holiday, it’s important to have a better understanding of what draws people from all over the world to these places. Knowing a little more will make a difference in the way we spend our time on vacation in Peru.

1.  Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a whole area located mostly northwest of the city of Cusco. It is composed of several towns that are around the valley. Among them are Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, and Machu Picchu. Each of them have centuries of history mainly marked by the Inca civilization.

Some of the towns have special features such as Maras, where salt is extracted from the earth by evaporation, or in Moray, where circle terraces were made in the earth to take advantage of the high ground for planting. However, it is in Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun is located. This place is considered one of the most spiritual in the Sacred Valley, so it is not to be missed if you are looking for a spiritual awakening holiday. There is a small yet assorted selection of fine Sacred Valley, Peru hotels that will make your visit to the spiritual place even more magical.

2.  Machu Picchu

This Inca city is the best known and most visited by tourists. Although it is most photographed from above because it’s surrounded by green mountains, one should not forget the spiritual places that it holds.

The Sun Gate, the Sacred Rock, the Guardian’s House, and the Sundial are just some of the places in Machu Picchu that are believed to hold a great deal of energy. When visiting this city, it is recommended to walk through it consciously in order really know its secrets.

3.  The Andean Highlands and Jungle

Of all the spiritually activating places in Peru, the Andean highlands and jungle should not be forgotten. The connection that the jungle and the highlands have with the earth plays a very important role if one is looking for a spiritual awakening. Often a simple hike can serve as an active meditation for this purpose.

In many places inside the jungle or the Andean highlands, you can also find authentic shamans (always beware of charlatans), who perform ceremonies with ayahuasca, a plant considered medicinal with hallucinogenic effects due to the presence of natural DMT in the plant.

4.  Lake Titicaca

Divided by the border of Peru with Bolivia lies Lake Titicaca. This lake has been considered sacred for many centuries, full of mystical legends. Among them, it was said that the Sun God filled it with his tears when the local humans were tempted by an evil spirit of the place. The main characteristic of this lake is that it is almost 4 thousand meters (13 thousand feet) above sea level, making it the highest navigable lake in the world.

It is thanks to this characteristic that it has become so well-known and so many legends have been attributed to it, including the existence of mermaids in the lake. There are almost intact ruins at most of its islands, as well as at the bottom of the lake, where many archeological artifacts have been found. There are also man-made islands made of a type of straw where the Uros, natives of the area, still live. These islands have very limited electricity, and the people don’t eat sugar, arguing there is no dentist nearby.

5.  Aramu Muru

A little more than an hour from the town of Puno, almost on the border with Bolivia, very close to Lake Titicaca, is Aramu Muru—also called Doorway Of The Devil, Gate Of The Gods, or Hayumarca—, a wall that hides a great mystery. At the bottom and center of the wall is carved what looks like an eight-cornered doorway, and two more reliefs on each side, as if they were columns sunk into the wall, give the illusion of being a giant gate.

The wall is made of red sandstone with magnetic properties, so many people think it has powerful spiritual energy. It is believed that this door is a portal to other places. Some believe to Cusco, or even to other dimensions. It is considered pre-Inca, as it is not believed to have the precision of the architecture of this civilization.