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Peru Archives - The Wonders Expedition™ - @Archeoastronomy

April 22, 2021

URGENT! Make A Mircacle Happen for the Ancient Inca Indians


We don’t exactly know why the Inca Indians of Peru left their incredible hidden city of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru, but less than 24 hours now exist to help bring them back to life through our first of its kind-interactive book for the iPad we endeavor to design, shoot, write and build through a Kickstarter.com campaign you can still make a pledge to and support.  With your pledge, we stand a chance of creating a miracle–raising almost $53,000 online in less than 24 hours to support and incredible project that will help bring a Wonder of the Worldto children of all ages around the globe.

Convert Your Works to the Interactive Book for the iPad

We need these funds to help send a crew to Peru to do hi-res, digital photography of the site that will be used to visually tell the story of what happened to this lost civilization in South America that was swallowed up into the Peruvian jungle until  it was “rediscovered” by American Archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911–and he himself raised funds in 1912 to go back and bring evidence of what it was like to share the world through black and white photos and early descriptions.

With the book we are building with the iPad, there will be 3-D animations to use and get a better understanding of this historic site that almost 1 million people visit each year from around the world.  We will have HD video, an incredible 3-D animated tour so if you never get to go, through our book you will feel like you’ve been there.  There will be incredible, breath-taking photography of the site and a historic account of the important aspects of Machu Picchu that you cannot get from just reading a book.


All you have to do is go right now to the Kickstarter.com site and make a pledge.  If we do not reach the goal by Tuesday 9 a.m. CDT, we will not receive a penny of funding and you will be charged NOTHING.


We need your help to encourage everyone you know to also make a miracle happen.  The Inca deserve to have their story shared and preserved through the ages with this incredible technological development and it is not going to happen without your help and those of your social and personal networks.

Please, write your friends an email and send them this link and let them know you’re supporting this project and need your help to make this miracle happen.


Please.  Time is running out.  Save the story of the Inca and support our effort.  You will get some great rewards for doing so, and know through the course of time you helped a people from long, long ago.

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12-Year-Old Twins Discuss Crowd Source Funding

Crowd Source Fundingis gaining popularity as a means for raising funds for start-up organizations that aren’t going through traditional means of raising capital and we here at TheWondersExpedition.com have been running a campaign with Kickstarter.com for almost three weeks now. Today, we are proud to share with you a video recently shot by 12-year-old twins, Reagan and Haley Claxton, who were kind enough to give it their best shot.

Reagan and Haley Claxton Explain Crowd Source Funding

We made this home-made video and did our best to throw in some humor with the subject.  After all, who expects 12 year olds to know anything about CSF?  Heck, most adults probably don’t even know what it is.

Essentially this is it:

  • We have a kickstarter.com campaign up to raise funds to develop an interactive book for the iPad on Machu Picchu in Peru.
  • In exchange for your pledge, you will receive cool rewards if we reach our funding goal.
  • If we don’t, and there admittedly is a possibility of that at this writing, we get nothing and those who have pledged get charged nothing.
  • When we do raise the funds, after a short delay and after paying Kickstarter and Amazon each 5 percent for helping us raise the funds, we’ll be scheduling a trip to Peru in June or July to go get this incredible book done.

That’s it.  But it’s much cuter to let the twins tell you….


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The Ultimate Field Trip–Teachers Take Your Students To Machu Picchu In Peru

No Permission Slips Required. 

We promise.  With The Wonders Expedition’s Interactive Book for iPad on Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to take the whole class on the ultimate field trip and never leave your classroom.

And just imagine this concept–Parents begging you to take them, too!

What Is An Interactive Book for the iPad?

These incredible digital books go way beyond what’s available in paperback or e-Pub formats for Kindle and Nook.  These have 3-D animations, HD-video and hi-res photos complete with 360° tours.  It’s the mobile interactive museum you take with you and it becomes a field trip in the hands of the children in your classes.

Just think, with a few iPads your kids can tour Machu Picchu and see the view from the Temple of Three Windows, hear the rushing Urubamba River, and manipulate the ancient door to the city in an interactive 3-D animation.  There’ll be no need to check with the principal’s office, no need for buses, no need for t-shirts, no need for parent permission slips.  You just open the book and you’re there. Virtually.

But Like With All Field Trips….

Presently, we have a Kickstarter.com campaign underway  to raise support for the first and most extensive Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu, one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” located in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Peru in South America.

Most people will never get to visit this site that was “re-discovered” in the jungle 100 years ago.  The travel costs to go in person are expensive, particularly for a family with children.  The site is remote.  And the Peruvian government limits daily admittance to 2,500 people.

How This Book Will Help You Teach

We all want your students to grow up with a taste of all that’s going on in the world and let’s face it, the cost of travel, particularly in this economy isn’t easy.  And when it comes time for children to do book reports, research papers or the dreaded theme for class, we want them to have good resources that are easy to get to, will help them get a good sense of what they’re studying, and be able to use that information in a way that minimizes parents’ need/want to write it for them.

With our Interactive Books for the iPad, that’s one of the goals we have in mind as we approach each project.

The Wonders Expedition Kickstarter.com Campaign QR Code

We want you to be able to let your students explore the world and do so safely, with good, positive and informative content. We want you to be able to read and explore with them, or let the book handle the heavy lifting and help them learn with great, easy-to-understand interactive graphs, charts and examples that help today’s learners better conceptualize things about their world.

But We Need Your Help

Our effort for the Machu Picchu book in Peru is just beginning.  In order to go to Peru and gather up the 3-D animations, HD video and hi-res photos for the book, we have to send a crew to Peru from North America.   We intend to go in June/July and are raising funds through a crowd-sourcing Website called Kickstarter.com.   By pledging support for our project, backers are promised a collection of cool rewards, including t-shirts, copies of the book, a vote on one of the three final cover options, and for those who pledge $25 or more, they get their name in the back of the book.

The campaign to raise the funds is underway and goes until May 2.  That’s not a lot of time and we have a lot to raise.

Please think about the magic that can be shared with your children through an Interactive Book for the iPad that has great photos, imagery and video of one of the most mysterious places on Earth.  And please go to our Kickstarter.com campaign and make a pledge.  Help write history by backing this important, first-of-its-kind project.

Tools For Teachers

We have an attached The Machu Picchu Teachers Flyerfor distribution within your school or to your colleagues in the field.  Please copy it and distribute it freely!

PDF Flyer For Teacher Fund-Raising Captains

PDF Flyer For Teacher Fund-Raising Captains

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Mounds in Peru–Separated by 5° – 14° Longitude With North American Mounds

News is circulating the Net today of a discovery of animal-shaped mounds in Peru.  It’s being hailed as something unusual and something much older than the mounds found in North America.  One article notes that the mounds of North America are not nearly as old as these in Peru, which are said to be some 4,000 years of age.  For the most part, this observation seems accurate, save the mound at Lower Jackson Mound in Epps, Louisiana, just about 1/2 mile due south of the Bird Mound at Poverty Point.

The other truly exciting and exceptional piece of information pointed out in Antiquity, included in the articles is the suggestion that the Peruvians were doing archeoastronomic alignments with their mounds, a similar suggestion as to things that may also have happened with those built in North America.

The Wonders Expedition Site GPS Observations

There was one other observation we noted in looking at the work of the Peruvians.  Much was said in the two publications about how curious it is that these mounds happened so far away from the ones in North America and that they do not seem to exist anywhere else on the planet but these two continents.

Not having been able to find the exact GPS coordinates for the two sites found by University of Missouri anthropology professor emeritus Robert Benfer, we are going on the assumption that the two Peruvian sites are close to S 12° and W 77° with varying minutes and seconds.

It is our curious observation, with a world 360° round,  that the North American mounds nearly all can be found within W 82° and W 91° longitude on the map, which puts them between 5° and 14° apart at the most from the Peruvian mounds.  The separation comes from latitude of S 12° and N 32° – 40°.

It would seem to us that this is indeed, more of a matter of them actually not being very far a part at all east-to-west, and begs the question about why, with all the other places on earth, these mounds only seemed to have been built within such a tight band of longitude.

Most of the sites we have observed through our work at The Wonders Expedition seem to have more of a correlation or to be grouped within latitudinal bands.  The fact that these are longitudinally so close to us is the most curious point of all.

Observations of Indian Mounds within the United States by GPS Coordinates, Elevation in Meters, and when it was built and its age:

Historic Location, City, NationLatitudes D M SLongitudes D M SElev in MetrsBC/ADYear BuiltAge
Poverty Point, Epps, LouisianaN32387.00W912418.001,065BC16503,661
Ocmulgee National Monument Mounds, Macon, Georgia, USAN325012.00W833630.00276AD10501,000
Monk's Mound, Cahokia, Illinois, USAN383917.31W90349.08128AD9501,061
Cancho Roano, Zalamea de la Serena, Badajoz, SpainN38423.93E5419.68412BC5502,561
The Great Serpent Mound, OhioN39127.97W822548.47238AD1070941
Moorehead Circle, Fort Ancient Woodhenge, Oregonia, OhioN392425.43W84559.39206AD112,000
Fort Ancient SunWatch Villiage, Dayton, OhioN394255.65W841355.5220AD112,000
The Earthworks of Newark, OH, USAN40221.11W825544.08260AD2501,761
Mounds State Park, Anderson, IndianaN40543.45W853722.54160BC1602,171



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Dave Taylor Interview About Our Kickstarter Campaign

My friend, Dave Taylor, from Colorado, interviewed me today about the Kickstater campaign and asked some great questions about what we’re working toward, why Machu Picchu, and what makes Interactive Books so special.

Dave also has backed the effort so we want to doubly thank him for his generosity and support.

Dave Taylor Interview About Interactive Books for the iPad


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Day 1 of Kickstarter.com Campaign–We Can’t Do It Without YOU!

If you’ve already become a backer of The Wonders Expedition via our Kickstarter.com campaign –THANK YOU!  We can’t thank you enough.

If you have yet to become a backer, thank goodness, there’s still time for you to become one by clicking this link!

Machu Picchu in Peru--Photo by David Hart


It’s simple.  We’re asking hundreds of our soon-to-be-new-best-friends to back our effort to raise enough funds to send a production crew to Peru in June or July, based on when we can get all the permits, reservations and ticketing taken care of, and go to Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and document the site for the Interactive Book for the iPad that we’re building.


Just think of a paperback and throw that thought away.

Think of an e-Pub document for the Nook or Kindle and then think of the old Mac commercials where PC is explaining to Mac about his summer vacation with an Excel spreadsheet.

Then think of holding an iPad in your hands and being able to wander around visually with 3-D animations, graphics, embedded videos of scholars and scientists explaining about what used to happen at Machu Picchu, and think of clicking on a button and being able to see a 360° rendering of the site.

The choice is clear, hi-res and in HD and on the new iPad with the incredible retina advancements, well, it’s going to be the next best thing to actually being there.


Well, he did climb the mountainous area one day in 1911 and “re-discover” it.  There are accounts of others having been there and maybe even some graffiti on a couple of the walls when he got there.  But it is clear that exactly 100 years ago right now, Hiram Bingham was out raising funds, just like we are doing, to go back so he could gather enough information to properly share with the world about Machu Picchu.

We’ll share more facts about the project and Machu Picchu each of the remaining 32 days of our campaign.

In the meantime, we ask that you please support our efforts and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  This can be one of the greatest creative learning projects ever put together and you have a front-row seat and chance to be a part of it, let alone to have your name in the book if you give $25 or more toward our goal!



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Join Our Kickstarter.com Campaign For An Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu

We are going to build one of the first, coolest and most advanced Interactive Books for the iPad on Machu Picchu and we are asking for your help to do it through a campaign we’ve just launched on Kickstarter.com.

Machu Picchu in Peru, by David Hart

The details of the campaign are on Kickstarter.com but it’s on these pages of The Wonders Expedition where even the process of raising funds for the expedition are going to come alive and be interactive.


Please, jump over to Kickstarter.com after reading this short post and find out the particulars about the campaign, like how much we’re trying to raise ($57,766) and why (to create the coolest Interactive Book for the iPad yet!) and then help support our effort.  Once you’ve done that, please come back and stay engaged in the process.  Let us know you’ve made the contribution!

Send @Archeoastronomy on Twitter a message saying you’re part of the team!

Add a status update to your Facebook wallsaying you’re in and you don’t want your friends to be left behind!

Are you a TWE Backer on Kickstarter? Here's your chance!

And write your friends, family, colleagues, fellow students, etc. and tell them that you’re a part of something global and you want them to be, too.

Kickstarter.com is a crowd source fund-raising sites for startups and for cool projects like putting an expedition together 100 years after the site was first “re-discovered” and telling the story about it 100 years later with the advancement of technology that the Incas never could have imagined in 1438 when they started building it high in the Andes in Peru.

Oh, and don’t forget you can also add a badge to your Facebook wall, your emails and even your own blog site.

Interactive Question

If you were going to Machu Picchu, what would you want to know or see the most? Have you already been there and want to share photos?  Let us know!  This is what’s going to make this an incredibly fun and interactive project for everyone interested no matter where they are in the world.  And that’s what The Wonders Expedition is all about!

Once again, here’s the link! 

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Two llama overlooking the tourists at Machu Picchu in Peru

So, along the lines of, “A llama walks into a bar,” here are two llama overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru

It just begs a funny cutline, caption or quote.

“There goes the neighborhood….”

“I remember when …”

“If only ….”

Or, “There were two llama overlooking the tourists at Machu Picchu in Peru…. ”


The photo was taken by Dr. Mark Van Stone who visited Machu Picchu back in January of 2011.  We’ve received dozens of photos from him about this incredible site, but this one just jumped out at us.  We want to have a serious site, but there are times, too, when it just makes sense to let one’s hair down a little.

So if you could write a caption for this photo, what would you say?


We’ll give a $25 iTunes gift card to the person who can come up with the funniest caption or comment.  (No profanity or vulgarity here).  We’ll leave the contest open until Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 5 p.m. CST.

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Maria Reiche’s Mystery: Discovering the Story of the Nazca Lines

by Kaitlin McMichael, travel blogger at South America Travel News

In the 1930s, a young woman named Maria Reiche packed her bags and moved from her home in Dresden to Peru, perhaps to escape the political turmoil brewing in Europe at the time. Well-educated and fluent in five languages, Reiche began assisting the researcher Paul Kosok, who was studying strange geoglyphs that had been found in the dry southern desert of Peru only a few years earlier.

Nazca Lines Mirador (24)

Copyright Kaitlin McMichael

These strange geoglyphs had been etched onto the desert floor of the Pampas de Jumana thousands of years ago by a people called the Nazca. The Pampas de Jumana stretch 450km² (173mi²) and make up one of the driest deserts in the world. To the ancient Nazca people, the pampas were like a giant chalkboard on which they could easily create geometric lines and zoomorphic shapes. They simply removed the red-brown topsoil to reveal white rock beneath, and because of the arid climate of the region, the geoglyphs have been preserved for thousands of years.

A mathematician, Reiche carefully measured and mapped out many of the Nazca Lines, using a ladder and other instruments to painstakingly mark out the length and shape of the geoglyphs. She published a book on her findings, concluding that the geoglyphs must have some astronomical significance. There were geometric lines that followed the point of the summer solstice as well as the winter solstice. For the latter years of her life, Reiche lived and breathed the Nazca Lines, becoming the champion for their preservation and recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Maria Reiche spent the last years of her life at the Hotel Nazca Lines, and after her death in 1998, her room was turned into a museum exhibit. The local Nazca airport, where many tourists now take a short overflight to see the Nazca Lines from the air, has been named after her as well.

Debate about the purpose and significance of the Nazca Lines has been fierce ever since their discovery in the 1920s, which just contributes to the appeal of the “mysterious” Nazca Lines. From specious theories that the Nazca Lines were runways for extraterrestrial aliens, to the more persuasive idea that the lines were meant to please the gods and ask them to bring rain upon the desert, the Nazca Lines have generated wonder and mystique that continues to draw thousands of visitors to see them each year.


To visit the Nazca Lines for yourself, plan on a one or two night trip departing from Lima, the capital of Peru. The town of Nazca is located about 400km south of Lima, and a direct bus ride from Lima to Nazca will take about 9 hours. You may want to stop in the town of Huacachina (near Ica), or in Paracas Bay, to make the trip more of a relaxing weekend getaway.

In the center of the town of Nazca is the Hotel Nazca Lines. This beautiful 3* hotel is a great place to stay, but it is also a Nazca destination because it is home to the Maria Reiche Planetarium. Every evening, the planetarium offers shows at 7:00pm for a small fee. A local researcher points out prominent stars in the night sky, and then gives a short presentation inside the planetarium that covers the discovery of the Nazca Lines in the early 20thcentury, as well as the influence of Maria Reiche on the preservation and interpretation of the geoglyphs.

Writer Kaitlin McMichael

Kaitlin writes for SouthAmerica.travel, a leading travel agency specializing in multi-country South America Tours. Check out this great Essence of Peru Tour to the Nazca Lines and other important landmarks in Peru.

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