Viracocha – This is where it all began.
As one of the most important deities, he was seen as the creator of all things, including the universe, sun, moon, and stars, time and civilization itself.
Viracocha was worshipped as god of the sun and of storms. He was represented as wearing the sun for a crown, with thunderbolts in his hands, and tears descending from his eyes as rain.
According to Spanish accounts, he rose from Lake Titicaca during the dark time to bring light, breathed into stone to make humans. He was displeased with his first attempt, cast a huge flood and started again using smaller stones to make a less giant-like human form. He walked across the Pacific ocean and was never seen again, but is said to return during times of trouble.
He was also known as Apu Qun Tiqsi Wiraqutra, or Con-Tici. Think of it as a nickname, if you will – Con-Tici became Kon Tiki when a little known (until now) Norwegian explorer by the name of Thor Heyerdahl named his raft Kon Tiki.
Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove that the people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, i.e before 1492. To prove his theory, he constructed a raft designed and made only with the materials and manpower available to the South American people at that time. This raft was made from Balsa Logs and other native materials and by April 1947, he and his 5 companions, sailed their raft almost 7000km.
The name Kon Tiki has become a icon of long journeys, adventure and personal challenge.
Our business was founded when we were part of a Finnish agency called Kon-Tiki Tours. The owner of the parent business, Rauni Tirri has followed Thor’s conquests with admiration, and later in life was lucky enough to meet him in Peru during an Archealogical Dig.
Now totally independent, myself, Sarah and Tomas Lönnberg operate a full service incoming Tour Operator in Finland – offering tailored and carefully planned holiday programs and services in Finland. With the extreme weather and lifestyle of the Finnish people, we think Viracocha suits us very well 🙂
We kept the name for what it signifies; how travel has changed over time, how challenges bring great reward and how with a dash of courage and a great deal of planning, Traveling can be the greatest adventure of your life.