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Peru adventures with INCA: Zig-zag walls of Sacsayhuaman fortress above Cuzco. Photo: Nicole Churchill

Peru Adventures

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Inca Universe

11 Days

Wonders of
Machu Picchu

7 Days

Mysteries of Peru
14 Days

Cultures of Peru
17 Days

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17 Days

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16 Days

 

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16 Days

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Center of the Inca Universe

11-day adventure

The Inca world, past and present. Cuzco, the Urubamba Valley and Machu Picchu are our focus. We start with the incredible museum collections in Lima, then head to the Andes into the heart of the Inca empire. We explore Cuzco, Sacsayhuaman, San Salvador, Pisac ruins and town, Chincheros market, Moray, Maras, and Ollantaytambo village and fortress. Our best-for-last treat is a 3-day / 2-night stay at Machu Picchu.

Why so long in Machu Picchu? The better question is, why do others explore this Wonder of the World for so little time? If you had a week you might just be able to discover the depth and breadth of this fascinating and mystical site on the mountain saddle. Our three days allow for a guided tour of the main ruins, hikes to Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, Temple of the Moon, Sun Gate, the Inca bridge and more, plus private exploration to remote corners of the ruins at your own pace.

 

 

Pisac woman in traditional dress, on her way to market. Photo Wes Walker
Top: Zigzagging walls of Sacsayhuaman fortress above Cuzco (Weston Walker).
Above: Pisac woman in traditional dress, on her way to market (Wes Walker).

 

Highlights

Museums and ceviche in Lima Miraflores Park Hotel

2 days Cuzco El Monasterio del Cuzco

2 days Urubamba Valley Sol y Luna or equivalent

3 days Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Sanctuary or Machu Picchu Pueblo

Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2

Tour historic Lima with visits to the National Museum of Archeology and the Larco Museum. At lunch experience the exquisite flavors and variety of Peruvian cuisine.

Day 3

Fly to Cuzco, walking tour of historic Cuzco, dinner of typical Cuzqueñan specialties.

Day 4

Visit Central Market, Inca Museum, and Archbishop's Palace. Afternoon visit to Sacsayhuaman with a private ceremony with Shaman right in the ruins.

Day 5

En route to the Urubamba Valley, visit ruins of Tambo Machay. In the Urubamba Valley explore Pisac village and its ruins.

Day 6

Full day exploration of Ollantaytambo and the ruins of its fortress and visit to Chinchero market with tradiitonal weaving demonsration.

Day 7-9

Spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu for a three day visit (an INCA exclusive) of the ruins. You'll have a guided exploration of the site, take optional hikes with the guide to Machu Picchu Mountain and to Huayna Picchu, and have time to ponder the mysteries of this spot, take photos, or just "hide out" while trainloads of day-trippers make midday cameo appearances. Return by afternoon train to Cuzco on Day 9.

Day 10

Morning in Cuzco with an afternoon flight to Lima for an overnight.

Day 11

Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

For a deeper look at this adventure, please read the Detailed Itinerary.

Departures • Center of the Inca Universe

2013

Jan 8 - Jan 18

Jan 22 - Feb 1

Feb 5 - Feb 15

Feb 19 - Mar 1

Mar 12 - Mar 22

Mar 26 - Apr 5

Apr 2 - Apr 12

Apr 16 - Apr 26

Apr 30 - May 10

May 7 - May 17

May 21 - May 31

Jun 4 - Jun 14

Jun 18 - Jun 28 #

Jul 2 - Jul 12

Jul 23 - Aug 2

Aug 6 - Aug 16

Aug 27 - Sep 6

Sep 17 - Sep 27

Oct 8 - Oct 18

Oct 29 - Nov 8

Nov 12 - Nov 22

Nov 26 - Dec 6

Dec 10 - Dec 20

Dec 24 - Jan 3 Ω

2014

Jan 7 - Jan 17

Jan 21 - Jan 31

Feb 4 - Feb 14

Feb 18 - Feb 28

Mar 4 - Mar 14

Mar 18 - Mar 28

Apr 1 - Apr 11

Apr 15 - Apr 25

Apr 29 - May 9

May 13 - May 23

May 27 - Jun 6

Jun 3 - Jun 13

Jun 21 - Jul 1#

Jul 1 - Jul 11

Jul 22 - Aug 1

Aug 5 - Aug 15

Aug 26 - Sep 5

Sep 16 - Sep 26

Oct 7 - Oct 17

Oct 28 - Nov 7

Nov 11 - Nov 21

Nov 25 - Dec 5

Dec 16 - Dec 26

Dec 30 - Jan 9 Ω

Prices & Supplements • Center of the Inca Universe

2013

$5795

Ω $6395

2014

$5895

Ω $6495

 

# = Inti Raymi, Inca "Festival of the Sun," departure

Single

$2300

Small Group

A Small Group Supplement applies if there are fewer than four travelers on your trip.

Notes • Center of the Inca Universe

Included

Roundtrip airport transfers as specified in itinerary, all hotel accommodations (double occupancy, unless Single purchased) as specified in itinerary; all meals as specified in itinerary; all non-alcoholic beverages; all guides, activities, tours, entry fees and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary.

Not Included

Not included are any airfare, airport taxes and fees; tips for guides or naturalists (at your discretion); alcoholic beverages; excess baggage charges, or other items of a personal nature.

Price also excludes any insurance coverage for trip cancellation-interruption, travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or baggage theft (we recommend you obtain coverage for these items), medical or hospitalization expenses.