The Golden Thread Journey to Peru and Bolivia
featuring Dr. David Weisher with Brien Foerster
NOW scheduled for May 17 - 27 2019. 11 Days.
$5675/person. Double occupancy.
+ $1080 for a single supplement.
This tour will run with a minimum of 14 guests. Contact us to reserve your spot now!
Ask about our optional Tour to hike the Inca Trail.
Lima, The Nazca Lines, The Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Pichu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku and Puma Punku and La Paz.
Where Did We Come From? Why Are We Here? And Where Are We Going?
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This tour is based on the life’s work of Dr. David Weisher and his book, The Golden Thread that Weaves a Fabric of Reason, a well-written and clear interpretation of the circumstances by which humans were created to fulfill the goals and purposes of the universe. Our journey will center around the questions and reasons behind mans’ presence and purpose here on earth while visiting two “cradles” of ancient civilization – Peru and Bolivia - that were clearly beyond their time, and see first-hand where humans performed feats that were well beyond the traditional timeline of human civilization.
Dr. Weisher’s background as a translator of the Sumerian language, aerospace computer engineer, deep-sea diver, and Board Certified neurologist enables him to bring a unique perspective in his pursuit to understanding why we humans are here. Along with Brien Forester, an authority on the megalithic works of South America, this journey will be nothing less than fascinating.
Day 1. Fri, May 17. Arrive in Lima.
All international flights arrive in to the capital, Lima, where we will begin and our tour. It is also the gateway to both Cusco and the Nazca Lines area, so there will be a bit of in-country flying, usually about 1.5 hr flights. We have created an itinerary that requires the least amount of travel while being able to adjust to elevation.
Upon arrival to Lima, after passing through customs and immigration, we’ll be waiting for you outside of the baggage claim to escort you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we will be offering an optional afternoon panoramic driving tour of Lima to the historical Plaza de Armas including the presidential palace.
Lima Hotel, 1 night.
Included Welcome Dinner and introduction by Dr. Dave Weisher
Day 2. Sat, May 18. The Nazca Lines.
The Nazca Lines in southern Peru are a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands. Covering an area of nearly 1,000 sq. kilometers, there are about 300 different figures, including animals and plants. Composed of over 10,000 lines, some of which measure 30 meters wide and stretch more than 9 kilometers, the figures are most visible from the air or nearby hilltops.
6 a.m. On this full day tour our private motorcoach will transfer our group and luggage and travel south along Peru's southern coastal highway. After 3 hours and 30 minutes, we will arrive at the Pisco airport. There, we will climb onboard for a 90 minute flight over the Nazca Lines. Every passenger is guaranteed a seat with a window, so have your cameras ready! We will see twelve of the world-famous Nazca Lines. After your flight, there is time for you to explore and eat a delicious seafood lunch at the nearby beach town of Paracas. Our motorcoach driver will stay the day with the coach with our luggage, and then transfer us back to Lima, where we’ll stay at the airport hotel to be ready for tomorrow’s early departure.
Dinner is on your own tonight at the airport hotel or nearby.
Day 3: Sun, May 19. To Aquas Calientes via Cusco. The Sacred Valley
We'll have an early morning flight today (1.5 hrs maximum) from Lima to Cusco and then transfer by private motorcoach to Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo is a village in the Sacred Valley of south Peru, sometimes referred to as the Baalbek of the Americas. Set on the Urubamba River amid snow-capped mountains, with a wall of 6 megalithic stones beautifully carved and engineered weighing as much as 250 tons from a quarry miles away, it is truly an enigma. No one as any idea how is was done, how they were able to cross the river and for what purpose.
It's known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside and is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple and the Princess Baths fountain. The village's old town is an Inca-era grid of cobblestoned streets and adobe buildings. It is the starting point of the Inca Trail.
We’ll also make a stop at a Woman's weaving project, spinning raw alpaca wool. We'll see how shorn fleece is washed and dyed naturally, using only plants, minerals and insects to create vivid colors. And of course, we can purchase everything made here at extremely reasonable prices.
Tonight: Included Dinner
Day 4: Mon, May 20. Machu Picchu.
Day trip to Machu Pichu, the crowning jewel of Peru. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
We'll have the day to visit the main areas of Machu Picchu, including the Inca Citadel, ritual baths, the Palace of the Princess, the main Fountain and the Temple of the Sun. We'll spend the day exploring this complex site, the market and small town.
Again, our driver will handle our luggage and at the end of the day, will transfer us to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco, 3 nights
Included dinner in Cusco
Day 5. Tues, May 21. Cusco, the Capitol of the Inca Culture
The former capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cusco is known for its mixture of Inca and Spanish Colonial architecture, churches built on top of ancient granite walls, and narrow cobblestone alleys leading to charming neighborhoods. Using our hotel as a base, we’ll explore the city’s inner core and photograph the many nearby attractions, including the Plaza de Armas, flanked by magnificent churches; the Koricancha, whose interior was said to have been covered in gold; and the mighty Inca fortress of Sacsaywaman, with its massive granite walls.
This morning we'll enjoy a private tour of this incredible colonial city, with Spanish-style buildings constructed on top of the foundations of Incan palaces. We'll begin at the Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to witness the exquisite stone work achieved by the Incas. Next stop is the Main Square for a tour of the Cathedral to see its fabulous wood carvings and impressive altars and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). We're then up to Sacsayhuaman, a fortress located high above the city with a view that is absolutely stunning. These are a megalithic series of sites up in the hills of Cusco and have incredible water features (Tambo Machay) and massive technological construction that clearly predate Inca times. Featured in Dr. Dave's book, we’ll learn about the area’s beautiful stone work. It is composed of water tunnels and artificial water falls. Some of the original stone work is fantastic engineering and so megalithic in age while the later construction can be attributive to inca. The purpose of this construction is controversial.
Tonight: Dinner on your own in Cusco
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6: Wed, May 22. A day in Cusco
Cusco is one of the best places in Peru to shop, eat, and party, so we'll make sure you have a day to enjoy a day on your own.
Think about: (Need separate pricing for optional activities)
• Joining Dr. Dave on a trip to The Cave of the Serpent, Amaru Machay. Amaru Machay is of very special interest. It is very old (over 10,000 years and shamans believe it to be made by the "space brothers" to help humans date the time of year to maximize their harvest success. Inside is a beautiful Granit table that cannot be moved nor adjusted and reflex's from the moon and lights up the cave opening during there winter Sulstus (June 22) At the enterence is a carving of an elephant. There has not been elephants in South America in over 10,000 years.
• Visiting the handicraft market for great deals on woven tablecloths, ceramics and alpaca sweaters.
• Enjoying the Choco Museum Tour and learn about the history of Peruvian chocolate with a short class on how to prepare our own chocolates and three cacao beverages.
Dinner on your own in Cuzco
Overnight in Cusco
Days 7: Thurs, May 23. Cusco to Juliaca to Lake Titicaca
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Juliaca. We’ll be staying on an island located on Lake Titicaca, one of the most areas of Peru. Infinite skies, snowcapped peaks and shimmering waters surround our boutique lodge in the cradle of Andean civilization.
Optional excursion: Motor boat trip to the floating reed islands of the Uros people.
Included Dinner at the hotel
Day 8: Fri, May 24. Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca shimmers above South America at 12,507 feet, it's the highest navigable lake in the world. And since we have been acclimating in Cusco at 11,200 feet, we will be ready. It is considered the spiritual homeland of the Andean peoples and its 41 starkly beautiful islands are topped with traditional villages and ancient stone ruins that echo with myths and legends.
Our today’s day tour, we’ll go Sillustani and the Amaru Muru stone portal as well as see the elongated skulls. Sillustani is of History Channel fame (Ancient Alien series). The Amaru Muru also know as the Gate of the Gods (Hayu Marca) the door "that doesn't go any where" Shamans believe is a gate to the dimensions of the Gods and can be opened by a special golden key.
We'll explore the area for the day and stay overnight again on the island.
Dinner on your own.
Days 9: Sat, May 25. Tiwanaku and Puma Punku and then on to La Paz.
Today we are on to Bolivia via private motorcoach with guided stops in Tiwanaku and Puma Punku. Puma Punku is an absolute must see with the famous "H blocks" and obviously machined granite. Bolivian researcher and author Antonio Portugal, will join us today to on Pupa Punku and Tiahuanaco
Then we drive 2 hours to get to La Paz.
Overnight in La Paz: 2 nights
Day 10: Sun, May 26. La Paz.
Visit the Witches Market and Fuente Magna “Sumerian” bowl.
Tonight: Included Farewell Dinner.
Overnight in La Paz
Day 11: Mon, May 27. Transfer to the La Paz airport for flights home.
About your hosts:
Join Tour Director, Sandy Gregory with Hosts Dr. David Weisher and Brien Foerster:
Dr. David Weisher, Author: The Golden Thread – That Weaves a Fabric of Reason
Dr Weisher has had a most interesting life. He was diagnosed mentally retarded while in the 8th grade, and placed in Special Education. While in college; rather than studying his core subjects in engineering, he was often found in the library studying the Acadian language so he could read ancient Assyrian cuneiform clay tablets. He became an aero-space engineer and helped develop the flight computers for the F-14 Tom Cat and B-1 Bomber. He was also a mixed gas and saturation deep sea diver and experienced in bell diving as well as underwater welding and plastic C4 explosives for the deep water oil industries. Later after going to medical school, he graduated from Georgetown University as a neurologist and later completed a fellowship in electro-diagnostics. While practicing in the Washington D.C. area, his patient cliental was a venerable “whose who” of political power and influence. He is board certified in Neurology, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He has lectured, written several books as well as papers on topics including hyperbaric medicine, cerebral lateralization and the origin of human consciousness as well as the near death experience phenomenon. Although not religious, he also worked as a medical missionary in the central mountains of Mexico and as traveled throughout the world. He now lives in St Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands and practices neurology, hyperbaric and sleep medicine. Any free time he gets will be spent sailing, deep sea fishing or diving; if not manuscript research.
Click here for more about Dr. Dave and the Golden Thread.
Brien Foerster was born in Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A. but grew up on the west coast of Canada. At age 11, he became fascinated with the Native art of the Haida native people, and began carving totem poles, and other related art forms, learning from Native teachers. After completing an Honours Bachelor Of Science degree, Brien decided to take up carving and sculpture full time, at the age of 25. This included the creation of 13 full size totem poles, dugout canoes, masks, bowls, boxes and other Native style works. In 1995 he moved to Maui, Hawaii, and was hired as assistant project manager for the building of the 62 foot double hull sailing canoe (ancestor of the modern day catamaran ) Mo’okiha O Pi’ilani ( Sacred Lizard That Pierces The Heavens. ) This project lasted 2 years. There, having learned how to make Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddles from master carver Keola Sequiera, he started an online outrigger paddle business, which flourished internationally. Peru became his next major area of interest. The study of the Inca culture led to his writing a book, A Brief History Of The Incas. Click here: a-brief-history-of-the-incas-by-brien-foerster.pdf
He has become an authority on the megalithic works of South America and the perplexing ancient Elongated Headed people of the area, and divides his time between Paracas and Cusco, Peru.