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Peru

When: June 20 – July 5, 2014
Where: Peru
How Much: $5,495 per person ($1,395 single supplement)

From the golden tombs of the Moche on Peru's coastal plain, to the splendor of Cuzco and the magic of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, our tour promises to be an unforgettable adventure.  Dr. John Henderson, an expert in the region's archaeology, will join us.

Friday, June 20
Join us in Lima where we'll spend two nights at the Estelar Hotel in the beachfront suburb of Miraflores.  The Conservancy will provide 24-hour airport transportation to the hotel.

Saturday, June 21
We'll spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we'll visit the archaeological and anthropological museum as well as the Larco Herrera Museum.

Sunday, June 22
We'll spend the morning touring modern and colonial Lima. In the afternoon, we'll fly to the coastal city of Trujillo, founded in 1536 by Francisco Pizarro. We'll spend the next three nights at the Libertador Trujillo on the historic plaza.

Monday, June 23
We'll explore the huge Temples of the Sun and Moon, constructed by the Moche, as well as the new Moche museum. We'll visit the charming fishing village of Huanchaco and the Arco Iris, a Chimu temple that was covered with sand until the 1960s.

Tuesday, June 24
We'll visit the fabled ruins of Chan Chan, the huge capital of the Chimu Empire and one of the largest pre-Columbian cities in the Americas. We'll visit the Trujillo University Museum and tour the colonial city.

Wednesday, June 25
We'll travel by bus to Chiclayo, located on the north coast of Peru. On our way, we'll stop at the ruins of La Huaca El Brujo, a newly excavated Moche ruin. We'll also visit Sipán, a Moche site with spectacular royal tombs. We'll spend the next two evenings in Chiclayo.

Thursday, June 26
We'll tour the pyramids at Túcume and Sicán and visit the Sicán National Museum. Next is the new Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, where exhibits include the golden treasures from royal Moche tombs.

Friday, June 27
After a morning flight to Cuzco (changing planes in Lima), we'll spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting acclimated. We'll spend the next two evenings at the historic Hotel Costa del Sol near the central plaza.

Saturday, June 28
We'll tour sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman with its colossal stone walls; Pikillacta, a pre-Inca Wari ceremonial center; and Tipón, an Inca agricultural center with impressive water works.

Sunday, June 29
We'll tour nearby Inca ruins including Puca-Pucara and the sacred baths at Tambomachay. Then we'll travel through the Sacred Valley, stop to bargain at the weekly market in the village of Pisac, and see the Pisac ruins built on the side of the mountain, where we can hike to the Sun Temple. Later we'll visit an ancient salt works. We'll spend two evenings at the Hacienda del Valle.

Monday, June 30
In the morning we will visit Ollantaytambo, an impressive Inca ruin and modern Inca village. We will then travel to a remote village virtually unchanged since Inca times.

Tuesday, July 1
We'll take the vistadome train to Machu Picchu, a site unknown to the outside world for centuries, and spend the day touring its vast ruins. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the elegant new Sumaq Hotel.

Wednesday, July 2
We'll tour Machu Picchu in the morning and then take an afternoon train to Cuzco, where we'll spend two more evenings.

Thursday, July 3
We'll visit Coricancha, an Inca temple whose walls were once covered with gold. In the afternoon we'll take a walking tour of Cuzco and visit the Inca museum.

Friday, July 4
We'll take a morning flight from Cuzco to Lima. We'll have a farewell lunch at La Rosa Nautica on the Pacific Ocean. Day rooms have been reserved at the Estelar Hotel so that we can rest before boarding evening flights to the United States, transportation to the airport will be provided.

Friday, July 5*
Participants depart for home.

Cost includes first-class hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement is $1,395), air travel (4 flights) within Peru, meals as indicated, expert Conservancy and special guides, admittance fees, tours and orientations, background reading, and ground travel to locations on the tour. 

Cuzco is at an altitude of 11,000 feet.  Several sites exceed altitudes of 12,000 feet.  People unaccustomed to high altitudes may experience fatigue and dizziness.  The tour is not recommended for anyone with a heart or respiratory ailment or any condition that may be exacerbated by high altitudes.  A moderate amount of walking is required.  Some trails are rough.  Participants are held responsible for being in sufficiently good health to take the trip.  It is highly recommended that you consult your physician.

*We are offering an extension to view the Nazca Lines on July 5.  The trip will take one day; the tour departs at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please call the Conservancy office at (505) 266-1540.

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