Cost: $5,595 per person ($1,200 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. Douglas Smit of the University of Pennsylvania is an expert in the region’s archaeology will join us throughout the trip.
Saturday, August 22
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.
Sunday, August 23 B,L
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 on the plaza.
Monday, August 24 B,L
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 Costa del Sol Trujillo.
Tuesday, August 25 B,L
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.
Wednesday, August 26 B,L
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.
Thursday, August 27 B,L
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.
Friday, August 28 B,L
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.
Saturday, August 29 B
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 Plaza de Armas Hotel on the central plaza.
Sunday, August 30 B,L
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.
Monday, August 31 B,L,D
We’ll take the vistadome train to Machu Picchu, a site unknown to the outside world for centuries, and spend the day touring its ruins. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the elegant new Inkaterra Hotel.
Tuesday, September 1 B,L
We’ll tour Machu Picchu in the morning and then take an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, where we’ll spend the next two nights at a delightful resort.
Wednesday, September 2 B,L
In the morning we will travel to a remote village virtually unchanged since Inca times. We will then visit Ollantaytambo, an impressive Inca ruin and modern Inca village.
Thursday, September 3 B,L
In the morning we’ll tour Moray, an unusual Inca ruin with several terraced circular depressions. Then we’ll visit an ancient salt works. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Pisac site, a major Inca center. We’ll return to Cuzco for the evening.
Friday, September 4 B,L
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.
Saturday, September 5 B,L
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.
Cost includes first-class hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement is $1,200), 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.
B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
To join us on this tour, or for further information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (505) 266-1540.
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