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Dr. Darlene HintZEN!!

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Experience the POWER of the REDROCKS in

Amazing SEDONA, Arizona April 18-25th, 2020   

Just $1699 CANADIAN for 6 incredible days and 7 Amazing Nights in Spectacular Sedona, Arizona!

SPECIAL RATE FOR POSITIVE PATHWAYS MEMBERS ONLY!!  $200 Discount and Canadian Funds!!      NOW JUST $1499!!

(Accommodations, Park Entrance Fees and transportation,  Yoga, Angel Messages & Daily Guided Meditation)

I invite you to join us, your hosts, Darlene Hintzen & Josie Grouse, to explore one of the most remarkable Energy Vortexes in the WORLD! We will begin our days with a complementary breakfast at our hotel, before venturing out for a day of hiking, yoga and meditation in the 4 most famous energy vortexes in the Sedona Area: Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Boyton Canyon!!

 In addition, we will spend l full day exploring the GRAND CANYON! Only 12 spots Available!

Saturday, April 18th

We will all meet at the resort in Sedona, Arizona sometime throughout the day. There are shuttles from both of the international airports (Phoenix & Flagstaff) for a nominal fee, or you may choose to rent your own car to explore even more during your free time.    This resort is centrally located at 2991 West 89A West, Sedona.  All of our air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker for your convenience.  However, our hotel also includes a free continental breakfast daily! In addition, there is a pool, hot tub, and free wifi available too!  We will be surrounded by the amazing redrock canyon in mystical Sedona. This drive is approximately 2hours long.

Once we all check into our rooms, depending on the time, we can take a swim/hot tub, and then head to the local grocery store to purchase our food for the week!

Sunday, April 19th      Airport Vortex (Easy -Medium Hike)

After our daily morning rituals, we will all meet at the lobby and travel together to the Masculine Energy Mountain, the Airport Vortex, for our daily hike, yoga and meditation.  Before beginning our hike this day we will have a 30 minute yoga stretch, followed by a 20 minute meditation, focusing on strengthening our Masculine Energy.  Apparently, the energy in this vortex will assist us in strengthening our masculine side. People who have strong masculine sides are self confident. They have internal strength to take charge of their own lives too, and to claim their rights in life. This makes them good at standing up to people who try to take their power away by force, intimidation or manipulation. After our meditation Josie will channel some Angel messages for the group!

Monday, April 20th  Cathedral Rock Hike (Med. - Difficult Hike)

After breakfast, we will all meet at the parking lot at 9:00am, and drive to the base of Cathedral Rock to begin our hike. The Feminine Energy of this vortex is credited with strengthen those things normally thought of as being feminine, such as kindness, compassion and patience. At the base of the mountain you will have the opportunity to take part in a 20 minute yoga stretch, followed by a guided meditation, designed to help heal and balance your Feminine energy. Following our meditation, Josie will channel some angel messages for the group.  We will then attempt to climb to the top of this mountain.  Those members who feel that they are unable to reach the top, can choose a beautiful spot for some silent inward reflection, and pictures where ever they wish.  As the energy of this amazing mountain can be felt anywhere around its base as well.


Tuesday, April 21st  - Boyton Canyon Hike (Easy to Medium hike)

Join us pool side for a morning water yoga stretch in the pool.

After breakfast, we will all meet by the van to head to Boynton Canyon for an incredible Hike! The energy vortex in this Canyon is said to strengthen the masculine/feminine or yin/yang balance. This balance is almost as important as growth itself. Emotions are a good indication of this balance. For example, if you feel anger more easily than fear, your masculine side is stronger. Having a good masculine/feminine balance also helps relationships work well, such as intimacy, commitment, honesty and openness. We will do a guided meditation in this energy vortex to call upon our animal spirit guides for direct guidance and insight. After the meditation, Josie will share some Angel Messages with the group!

Wednesday, April 22nd   Grand Canyon - Easy Walk, Go at your own pace!

Full Day at the Grand Canyon! We will plan to leave right after breakfast (8:00 a.m.) for our 2 hour drive to the Grand Canyon. We will spend the day at the south rim. There are many sites to see and wonderful photo opportunities of this incredible wonder of the world. You will be free to explore at your leisure. We will then have a late lunch/early dinner together at the beautiful restaurant, in the El Tovar hotel (2:00 p.m.), looking over the Grand Canyon, before driving to the East Rim, the highest point of the canyon, to tour the Desert View Watchtower and an opportunity to see an incredible sunset over the Majestic Grand Canyon. There is a snack bar at this end of the canyon if you would like to get something to eat before heading back to Sedona. This will be a long day, so pack lots of snacks, sunscreen, and walking sticks if necessary. We will then head back to our hotel for an evening hot tub!

Thursday, April 23rd  - Bell Rock Vortex (Easy to Medium Hike)

After our morning rituals, we will gather in the parking lot and then drive to Bell Rock Vortex for a Hike. Bell Rock is reputed to have a very strong vortex energy all around it. This powerful vortex is said to strengthen all 3 parts, the masculine side, the feminine side, and the balance. After a yoga stretch, we will do a chakra balancing meditation, while tapping into this strong energy vortex. After the meditation, Josie will share some Angel Messages with the group.

Friday, April 24th -- This will be a free day!

There is so much to see and do in Sedona. Spend your last full day in Sedona as you please. Perhaps you may wish to spend the day Golfing or visiting Slide Rock State Park, or hiking to Devil's Bridge? There are so many options available for you to chose from. Once you arrive in Sedona, you will have time to decide how you would like to spend your last day in Sedona! Last year a group of us went to Spectacular Antelope Canyon!

Saturday, April 25th  -- Head back to Phoenix or Flagstaff to catch your flight back home!

*If you are interested in booking this trip with Darlene & Josie, a non-refundable $500 deposit is necessary to hold your spot. This payment will be followed by 4 e-transfers, or post-dated cheques, for the sum of $500 each, on or before:  Feb. 1st & March 1st  .  Please Call/text Darlene at 705-790-4074 for more info. Payments can be sent to: positivepathwaysbarrie@gmail.com


Sacred Journey to the Energy Vortex of the Planet: 

Amazing Andean Adventure

Peru 2020

Visit Many Amazing Sacred Sites in Cusco, Ollontaytambo and Machu Picchu!

Sign up NOW to secure your spot for June 2020 Pilgrimage To PERU!!

Sunday  June 14th  to Sunday June 21st


      Spend one packed full week of Amazing, Andean Adventures

 in Peru for just $1699 (Canadian)

7 nights Accommodations (Private Bathroom and Breakfast daily) All internal Transfers (Buses, Trains and Taxis) throughout Peru

Entrance fees to all Sacred Sites and Activities included in the Itinerary with Licensed 

Tour Guides and Shamans (Unless Specified in Itinerary)

Daily Angel Messages with Josie Grouse and Guided Meditation and Yoga with

  Dr. Darlene Hintzen Throughout the Trip.

Visiting numerous sacred sites both in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley, 

including  MACHU PICCHU! 

 *This will truly be one of the most spiritual, life-altering experiences you will ever have! 

*Space is limited to just 14 people in order to keep the group manageable and personable!

*Please note that although we do not plan to make any significant changes to the itinerary,  it is subject to change based on availability.  It is necessary to ensure that I receive a copy   of your passport, along with your $500 deposit, in order to confirm our reservations     with the hotels, purchase our Machu Picchu entrance tickets and train tickets to and      from Aguas Calienties  (Machu Picchu Pueblo). 

Our Itinerary is as follows:  

Participants will arrive in Cusco sometime before or during the day

on Sunday June 14th

You will have an opportunity to rest and adjust to the altitude.  


*Sunday June 14th  

Walking Tour of Cusco for all participants that have arrived and are anxious to get started! We will all meet in the lobby at 2:00 p.m. After a short little meet & greet, participants will be able to visit the local grocery store, exchange some of their money and then participate in a city walking tour of Cusco.

We will first  visit The Temple of the Sun, Qorikancha, the Spirit of the Great Teachers and Priests of the Inkas. 

We will then visit a couple of local museums to learn more about the history of Peru, followed by a trip to the Chocolate Factory for some delicious samples, then some optional Shopping at the San Pedro Market, which is a good place to buy smudge bowls, Palo Santo,  florida water and food.

*Monday June 15th

Start the morning with an early morning yoga stretch, followed by a great buffet breakfast.  

We will spend the day visiting 2 major Historical Inka Sites located in the beautiful    city of Cusco Sacsayhuman and Q'enqo.  Pack extra snacks, as we will not be stopping for lunch.

We will then visit an amazing crystal shop and take part in a powerful Chakra Meditation!  You will have time to shop after the meditation!  

*Tuesday,  June 16th    

Buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will take a private bus through the Sacred Valley to 

Ollantaytambo. On the way we will stop and visit the town of Chinchero where we will     have an opportunity to view a textile demonstration from the locals in the town. We    will visit the Sacred site Moray, followed by a trip to the famous Salt Mines.  

We will check into our hotel for the first of two nights.  Take a short walk to the Plaza de Armes, spend some time shopping and then have dinner at a local restaurant.

*Wednesday, June 17th

Yoga together first thing in the morning before breakfast. Then we will visit the 

Ancient Sacred Site of Ollontaytambo.  

For those members that are still up for a hike, we will climb the adjacent mountain to visit the ancient store houses after lunch.  You can also choose to shop for a bargain in the large outdoor market in front of the sacred site.   

For dinner, you can visit one of the many wonderful restaurants in town. We will spend our second evening at the hotel in Ollantaytambo.We will then take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Enjoy a beautiful two-hour scenic train ride to Aguas Calienties (Machu Pichu Pueblo). Check into El Mistico Hostal. We will then take a walking tour of the town, and I will point out some good restaurants, the market, church, bank machines, and a  few other places of interest.  We will then go to a local restaurant to eat some authentic Peruvian Food and listen to a local band play some amazing Andean Music. 

*Thursday June 18th

For those members of the group that are interested, we will rise early (6:00 a.m.)  and     visit the Hot Springs, returning back to the hotel for an 8:00 a.m. breakfastWe will then gather at 11:00 a.m. to take the bus to Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Dany, our tour guide will tour us through the Sacred Site, pointing out all of the most interesting places together as a group, and then you will be free to explore at your leisure for the rest of the afternoon.  Some members may like to visit the ancient INKA Bridge, while others may   be drawn to visit the Sun Gate, where the Inka's would have entered the City in ancient times.      MACHU PICCHU is extremely large, and it is difficult to see everything you   would like to see   in just one visit. Everyone will have their own return bus ticket, so that   you can leave whenever you wish.  There is so much to see and explore on your own.

*Friday June 19th

Free Day in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Choose your own adventure) *Optional Opportunity to visit the Sacred Site of Machu Picchu again (approximately $50 u.s., You can also choose to participate in the sacred Medicine Plant Ceremony (San Pedro) with a local Shaman.   For those members interested in digesting the sacred father plant of  the Andes, the Shaman charges $50 U.S..  For those members not interested in taking part in this ceremony, you will have an opportunity to visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, Beautiful Mandor Falls and Botanical Gardens (an additional hour walk),  and/or perhaps indulge in a spa day! Wonderful Inka Massages or mani/pedis are just $20 u.s.!     Or you could just simply relax and enjoy the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes!  

In the evening, we will plan to go to the local restaurant for dinner and enjoy some wonderful Traditional Andean food and live music.

*Saturday, June 20th  

 Travel Day!  Return back to Ollantaytambo on the train from Machu Picchu Pueblo.  Then we will take the Collectivo Van back to Cusco and check back into the Prisma Hotel.   This will be our last evening together in Cusco.  We may wish to gather together and go out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant called The Fallen Angel, which other members have enjoyed visiting in the past.

*Sunday, June 21st


Take Return Flight or Bus Back to Lima.  Then take International Flight to Canada or spend anoptional evening in Lima. You may choose to stay overnight in Cusco or spend another night in Cusco, catching a flight back home on Sunday. 


Safe journey home!



Our Accommodations While in Peru will be at the following Hotels: 

Hotel in Cusco                                              

Prisma Hotel del Cusco

Calle Matara N.394 Cusco, Peru

Tel: (51 -84) 224412 ? 253733 

Web. www.hotelprismacusco.com

Hotel in Ollantaytambo 

Las Orquideas Hotel

Av. Estacion s/n Ollantaytambo



Telefax: (51  84) 204032

Cel: 974 250189

Hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo

El Mistico Hostal

Agues Calientes, Machu Picchu

Av. Pachacutec, 814 Machupicchu Pueblo-Cusco  Telefono: 084-211051




Sacred Pilgrimages to Machu Picchu Peru    A Little Bit About Me and My Connection with this Sacred Land!

As most of our members may already know, I take yearly Not-For -Profit Pilgrimages to the Sacred land of the Inca, Peru! I have been very fortunate to have  traveled extensively to many spiritual places on our planet, like Egypt, England, Mexico and Hawaii.  But, I have never felt such a strong Spiritual Connection to a land, as I do in Peru.  I just love this land and the people so much, that I want to share it with all of my Positive Pathways members, YOU.  In fact I love this place so much that I have even purchased a piece of land in the Sacred Valley, next to the river just outside of Ollantaytambo. Surrounded by the glorious Andean Mountain Range.


My vision is to build a Spiritual Center there in the future. 

In the meantime, I host Not-For-Profit Spiritual Pilgrimages in the summer, during my break from teaching full-time as an Elementary School Teacher, to this amazing Country.  I have made so many wonderful friends, whom I consider my Peruvian family, that are Tour Guides, Shamans, and owners of Hostels and Hotels throughout Peru, that help to make this one of the most amazing adventures that you will ever have an opportunity to experience.  My goal is to connect my Spiritual Friends from the North, with my Spiritual friends from the south.   

I have had the opportunity to visit many spiritual places throughout Peru, creating a lifetime of incrediable memories in this sacred land including: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca (Uros Floating Islands,Amantani, & Tequila Islands), Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Villcabamba, Quiabamba, Nasca (Nasca Lines), Paracus, Pisac,  Ollantaytambo & Puno!  Now, I just want to share them with YOU!!

Perhaps you would like to join me next year, for my condensed 8 day and 7 nights stay in this amazing country. THE ENERGY VORTEX OF THE PLANET! 

Just call me at 705-790-4074 or e-mail me at positivepathwaysbarrie@gmail.com

if you would like more information about my future

not-for-profit annual pilgrimage to Peru! 

Visit my Photo Library to view some pictures from Pilgrimages to Peru! 


How My Journey Began    

Five summers ago, I had the most amazing trip of my life!  I spent a full month in Peru with some fabulous friends travelling across this sacred land, from the jungles in the Amazon, where we spent a full week in a Shapibo village learning all about the healing properties of various plants, to the sacred City of Cusco, rich in INKA history. Followed by an amazing week in Machu Picchu and then a four day adventure to Lake Titicaca. One of the most recorded places of U.F.O. sightings in the world!  After 3 spiritual evening ceremonies with the Shamans in Pucallpa and their medicinal Mother plant, Ayauasca, we were completely purified and ready for the next part of the trip which led us to the beautiful Machu Picchu sanctuary, were we had an opportunity to experience the Father plant, San Pedro with an amazing Shaman, Kucho, who was gifted the title of "The Guardian of Machu Picchu."  This amazing plant medicine is quite different from the Ayauasca, in a sense that instead of receiving a cleansing, you obtain more of an openness.  An awareness so to speak. You truly do "FEEL THE LOVE". Not only did we take part in ceremony in the rain forest surrounding the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, but we actually had an amazing ceremony right in this sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu,  where we spent the whole day meditating and listening to the beautiful songs (icaros) from our shaman , and then we all watched the sun set together over the sanctuary.  In addition to these two distinctively separate types of ceremonies that we experienced with both the father and mother plant,  we also had an opportunity to take part in a couple of sacred Despacio Ceremonies, both in Machu Picchu and at the top of Paccha Mama, on Amantani Island, in Lake Titicaca, with two different shamans. Although both of these ceremonies were given the same name, they were distinctly unique to these specific areas in Peru and these particular Shamans.  However, both ceremonies were performed to improve Health, Prosperity and Love for the participants.

I obtained the most amazing pictures from Machu Picchu. (Please visit the photos section)  There is an absolutely stunning pink geometric object that appeared in some of my photos, as well as some of my videos.   It wasn't until I got home from my trip that I found this shape in approximately 8 of my pictures.  All the way from Pucallpa, to Lake Titicaca.   Nora, WalksinSpirit began channeling messages immediately once I told her about this and she claimed that this unusual object is from the 7th dimension. It was making itself visible to me to show me that they are always with me. That would explain why I am so draw to this amazing place. I have also been told from various other psychics that I have had a number of past lives there.  I am just so connected to Peru and plan to return every summer!  My goal is to connect my spiritual community here in Barrie, with all of my amazing new friends in Peru! Connecting the north with the south, the eagle and the condor!!

When I arrived home I decided to facilitate a not-for-profit spiritual group adventure in order to make it affordable for everyone who really wants to go to this sacred land and make this amazing  pilgrimage! For the last three summers, I have successfully planned and facilitated three amazing group trips, consisting of 14 people, to the sacred land of the Inca.  

All of my 3 trips were absolutely amazing. Some pictures of the 2012 and 2013 spiritual adventures are posted on the website! Most of the 14 sisters and brothers that joined me for these sacred journeys, have shared with me the remarkable transformation that they personally experienced during their visit to this mystical land.  It is absolutely incredible!  I just feel so blessed to be able to share this amazing spiritual place with all of my beautiful friends in Barrie. My tour guides and very good friends Juan and Daniel, were both born and raised in Peru and have obtained tourism degrees from the Peruvian University.  They now both work as tour guides, sharing their wealth of knowledge with visitors to their Country.  The groups just loved both of these wonderful souls!  In addition, I also worked with 2 different tour guides and 4 different Shamans, in all the separate villages that we visited.  Together they have enriched all of our lives in a very special way.  I hope you have the opportunity to meet them during one of my future visits to this amazing land.  

I am now planning to take a year off of my full-time job as an elementary school teacher, to start building my spiritual center on my land.  I have 4 trips planned for 2015 and 2016 to this amazing, spiritual land!  I am looking forward to more incredible adventure in what the Shamans have shared is the energy vortex of our planet!

If you would like more information and/or would like to register for one of next years adventures, please send me an e-mail to me at positivepathwaysbarrie@gmail.com, or call 705-790-4074 and I will be happy to answer any of your questions.  I limit my groups to only 14 members, in order to keep the groups manageable and the costs low for everyone.  So if this trip is on your bucket list too, please call now to avoid disappointment.

With Love & Light 


Darlene Hintzen

Testimonials From Previous Pilgrims


Sacred Journeys to Machu Picchu, Peru

Peru 2014
Last year I decided to travel to Peru with my girlfriend Effie to experience Darlene's Sacred Pilgrimage tour.

This was actually my first trip to South America so I didn't know what to expect but Darlene's detailed pre-trip preparations were greatly informative.  Darlene's itinerary is very thorough and detailed and for the most part we followed it pretty well.  Her vast knowledge of the local situation in each of the stops we made put me at ease.  Darlene has forged strong relationships with hotels and restaurants at each stop of the tour, resulting in great service and experiences.  She goes out of her way to share her previous experiences and provide helpful tips along the way of the tour to make the trip more enjoyable.

One of the best features of Darlene's tour is her selection of local tour guides and shaman.  Our main tour guide, Juan, was the best I have ever experienced and I have been to dozens of countries around the world.  His command of English is excellent!  In cases where speakers during the tour were in Spanish or Quechuan (indigenous Peruvean language) he was very prompt at translating what was being said to our group and answering any questions.  His voice was always loud and clear and the best part of having Juan as a tour guide is that he was passionate about sharing the rich history of his country and people with our group.  There were days where the schedule was long and demanding and he always showed up to guide us with a smile and warm hearted hospitality.  Juan has extensive knowledge on the history of Peru and other countries and shared details with us that allowed us to grasp the depth and intelligence of the civilizations we were learning about.  He went above and beyond to make sure our stay in Peru and our visits to sacred sites were exceptional and memorable experiences.

We had the opportunity to partake in several spiritual ceremonies with shaman, which were well-organized and provided some deep healing and grounding experiences.  The combination of the high vibration of the land and Peruvian shaman made the ceremonies very powerful.  Many were done in the mountains, which was not only an ideal place for spiritual ceremonies but also beautiful spaces to spend time at.

I felt very safe throughout all stops of the Sacred Pilgrimage tour offered by Darlene.  The local people are very warm and for the most part the places we visited showed very little "touristification".  If you are looking for an authentic cultural travel experience, this tour offers it!

Darlene's tour offers a great experience at a lower cost than any other offerings out there and you will be supporting her cause of bringing education to lovely Peruvian children, who would otherwise not have the financial means to attend school.

On a personal level, visiting Peru and the experiences that came there opened up a new chapter in my healing journey.

Thank you Darlene for organizing such a wonderful trip!

Love, Pete


My Journey to Peru                                                      Sept 22, 2013


So many things happened to me in Peru. My sharing may not be in the proper order, just sharing.

I met some wonderful friends both in our group and in Peru. I did some much shopping, there is

so much wonderful stuff to buy and so cheap. I do regret not buying more. In the moment it seemed I was spending a lot of money but when I got home I keep wishing I had more, more of everything to share with my family and friends.


When I first arrived, Darlene was there to greet me and get me into my room. I had just spent over 24 hours getting there but instead of having a nap I was so energized, I went shopping with the group that was already there. Almost the first shop we were in I spotted Tumi. I was so drawn to Tumi and my first experience of the energy of Peru. Just a side note, I bought many Tumi items.

On the next day we went for a visit to an Inca site, I take a lot of pictures and the cactus and air plants growing everywhere was amazing, the view was amazing, the mountains, the lakes, the sky, the sun. We had a Peruvian lunch there camping style and then had a drumming circle. The drumming and rattles was calming and grounding and my hands just stopped I was so quiet and then this light just desended on me. I asked if there was a message but just the light, the wonderful light. We had some free time to explore, so I wanted a picture of a building I had seen on the way down. It was at that spot that I got the first picture of an energy vortex. I didn’t see this till I got home and saw it on the computer. I got many pictures of energy vortex at Machu Picchu and during the camping trip. The energy and pictures of it put this whole trip off the charts for me. Another aside, I take a lot of pictures including with a long range lens, during the time on Putucusi I tried to take long range pictures of Machu Picchu and all I saw was white fuzz, I thought I had broken the lens on the climb up however the lens works perfectly now. It was the energy. The energy was so dense I got a picture of energy not a long range picture of Machu Picchu.


We travelled to many Inca sights, so beautiful and amazing to see what the pre Inca and Inca had built and to hear about the society they had created. Juan was so interesting and informative, I learned so much and took lots of pictures. At every site there is lots to buy both from individual and from the markets and as I previously remarked I regret not buying more. Be sure to batter.


I decided not to go on the Inca Trail mainly because I was doing the camping and thought that would be enough camping. We did so many other things and just as much walking and climbing. The walk to Mandor Falls was beautiful, the mountains. The trees, the flowers, just walking. Everywhere I looked was a wonder in itself. The climb to the top of Putucusi was one of the high lights for me. The mountain is 2400 meters high and straight up, sometimes so straight we climbed ladders. The view all the way up and down was so awesome, out of this world. To climb this mountain you have to sign a book, name and age, I looked at the other ages and said I was the oldest person to sign in. Just as we were about to climb the first ladder a man came down and Darlene asked how old he was. He was 71 and she said not the oldest to me. Just what I needed. I was determined. The walk climb was slow many breaks, so arriving at the top was a huge feat and then the view. There are no words to describe the view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains from the top of Putucusi. It was like being on the top of the world, what a rush. Of course the shopping was great, if you see something you like and want, buy it, no regrets. Its so wonderful to have the reminders when back home. The tour of Machu Picchu was wonderful but there are really no words to describe the feelings, the energy, the information I received while on this trip.


I manifested things everyday, my ankle was healed by a person who own a pharmacy, I met people that I connected with, even if the meetings were only a few minutes or days.


Darlene and Savati were great hosts, the tour guides were very informative, super friendly and really wonderful people. I will remember them always. The Shaman and The Grandfather were a joy to be around and with.


There are no more words at the moment, but I could share for hours my trip to Peru and the pictures.

Love and Light



By Cathy MacVittie,


My original intention was "to do the thing I thought I could not do" - go on adventure to a foreign place as a solo introvert with a group of unknown people and return intact.  And it proved an adventure of so many proportions packed into a mere two weeks.  Moreover, my excursion to Peru with Darlene provided me with the priceless gift of a vast personal and soul expansion, which I savour to this day. This made possible by experiencing the richness and majesty of Peru's Andes, the incredible openness of the people, the vibrant colour and intrigue of their culture, the spiritual awakening from seeing their strong beliefs shared in ceremony and family, the wholesomeness of their food.  Not only did I see the magnificence and wonderment of the remnants of civilizations past, they were brought to life by the knowledge and story telling ability of the tour guides Darlene connects with.  14 glorious days of non stop experiences, that I had not ever had before, and could not have imagined.  Under Darlene's incredible organization skills, all bookings for accommodation, transportation by train/bus, guides, ceremonies and entry fees were taken care of leaving the opportunity to just fully experience and savour the journey hassle free.

 Thus, beginning with the vibrancy of Cusco and its markets chockfull of handmade products expressing the talent and artistry of the people, the food and drinks indigenous to their culture, the helpfulness and graciousness of their personalities (tolerating the grinding negotiations of the foreigners).  Move outside of this vibrant city and back in time we go -- on to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a gargantuan fortress of engineering mystery, a monument to the most ferocious battle between the Inca and Spaniards. Surrounded by the spectacular landscape, my first experience with a Shaman, and son in training, who graced us with a Despacho Ceremony.  Wunderbar! Just the beginning.  Darlene and spirit companion,  shared the experience of ceremony and homestyle hot lunch in the ruins alongside a Sacred Lake;  with guides, the concentric circles at Moray, believed to have been an Inca agricultural laboratory; the terraces at Ollantaytambo with a sharing of the history of the last resistance between the Inca and the Spanish, the absolute joy of a stay in the vibrant town of Aguas Caliente at the bottom of Machu Picchu where we enjoyed the hot springs, a gruelling but rewarding climb up Putucusi Mountain -- the sights from which were mesmerizing and breathtaking, a soothing soak in the hot springs, immense variety of food choices, and a shopping extravaganza.  On a more sacred level, the walk in the jungle to a sacred space for a Despacho Ceremony and a visit to a magnificent jungle waterfall where Pacha Mama was honoured with the Despacho.  Machu Picchu proved a massive mysterious archaeological wonderment and a feast for the eyes and spirit.  A well preserved and amazing integration of architecture and landscape, an exploration goldmine.  The joy of the experience of Lake Titicaca, upon which the Floating Islands constructed of reeds sustain a culture of pre-Inca times,onward to the island of Amantani, preserved, pristine with residents happy to share their home and food brought in from the lake and harvested from their surroundings.  Puno, a cosmopolitan city on the shore of the Lake bursting with life in the altitude of the Andes.

 The shared commentary by my fellow travellers is that this was "the trip of a lifetime" and one that could easily be repeated over and over again.  It is a must to note that Darlene's personal connections who were more than happy to welcome us with unsurpassed kindness and comfort wove a special energy, comfort and delight into this adventure. The best successful self improvement experience possible made possible by the boundless enthusiasm, energy and positivity of Darlene Hintzen.


 Peru, July 2012 What a great trip!  Thanks Darlene for putting together a trip to Peru that showed your heart and soul.  I was able to experience a trip of a life time.  The way that you chose all of your favourite spots to share with the group was super.  I appreciated being introduced to many people from Peru who were our guides and hosts during the trip.   The trip was interesting, challenging and mind expanding.  My memories of Peru will be with me forever.  Fran Stenclik

I joined Darlene on the Peru Trip in August of 2014.  It was a wonderful experience!  I especially enjoyed the personal touches that Darlene arranged:  the yoga and mediation sessions, ceremonies with the Shamans (special thanks for Jorje), the group dinners to experience authentic Peruvian meals, just to name a few.  I felt some of the excursions took us "off the beaten path" and many times I did not even feel like a tourist, they were experiences, as though I was living in the various cities among the citizens.  I also felt that I was traveling with my friends as the group was reasonably small and intimate and I hope life-long friendships were made.  I would highly recommend a trip with Darlene to anyone considering a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu.  Of course we also have to thank our tour guides, Juan and Danny of Amazing Andean Adventures, for sharing their knowledge, experience and love for their country and culture.













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