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Yucatán Tour Features Mayan Pyramids and Crystal Skulls




A tour of Mayan pyramids and ceremonial sites will explore ancient mysteries and reveal the traditional wisdom of native elders. Organized by Vancouver-based Sacred Earth Journeys, the 10-day tour of northeast Mexico includes a dramatic light show that only happens twice a year. At the spring and autumn equinox, the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza seems to come alive when the setting sun causes a serpent-like shadow to slither down its stones.


One of the most fascinating enigmas the group will study is that of the Crystal Skulls. "They are more than props in an Indiana Jones movie," says archaeologist and pre-historian Stephen Mehler, who is one of the tour leaders. "Crystal skulls may be keys for unlocking 3,000 year-old mysteries."


Helping the group discover the connection between crystal skulls and Mayan ceremonial sites will be Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros, who has studied with traditional wisdom keepers and now teaches about Mayan astronomy, philosophy, medicine, prayers and healing.


Native elders, who ordinarily keep their ancient wisdom closely guarded, have agreed to share some of their secret knowledge with outsiders. As tour members explore tropical jungles, climb pyramids, meditate in sacred temples and explore mysterious caves, they will be accompanied by wise local shamans as well as spirits of the ancient teachers.


Included in the itinerary are visits to the lesser-visited Mayan sites -- Mayapan, the Loltún Caves, Labnah, Oxkintok, Dzibilchaltún and Xcambó -- as well as the better known Ek Balam, Uxmal and Chichen Itza, which was recently listed as one of the great Seven Wonders of the World.


"This tour is a rare opportunity to absorb the cosmic energy of the Spring Equinox," said Helen Tomei, president of Sacred Earth Journeys. "This sacred energy will help people connect with the wisdom of the ancients and encourage their own personal growth and transformation."


The "Spring Equinox Journey to Discover the Sacred Maya Wisdom and the Mystery of the Crystal Skulls" is scheduled for March 20 to 29, 2009.

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