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At its peak, the Inca Empire stretched from central Chile north to the present Ecuadoran-Colombian border. Our tour will encompass the major pre-Inca and Inca monuments of the Peruvian coast and highlands. These legendary remains of the Inca Empire are the physical evidence for the most intricate and complicated society and state structure in the New World.

August 4 – 20, 2017 (17 Days)
$6,695 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $995

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel through awe-inspiring landscapes on a journey that takes in the very best of Peru — to Machu Picchu and beyond
  • Travel to remote sites, taking train and car through breathtaking river valleys bounded by rugged mountains

  • Explore what is believed to be the oldest city in the Americas, the extensive, newly excavated settlement of Caral
  • Tour Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, and the great Moche tomb of Sipán

Meals: All breakfasts, 11 lunches & 11 dinners

ITINERARY

August 4:
We arrive in Lima.
Hotel: Crown Plaza Hotel, Lima.

August 5: LIMA
Touring begins at the Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History We continue to colonial Lima with visits to the area around the Plaza de Armas to see the Palacio de Gobierno and the Archbishop’s Palace.
Hotel: Crown Plaza Hotel, Lima.

August 6: PACHACAMAC
Our touring this morning takes us to pre-Inca Pachacamac, once an important ceremonial center. We examine some of the temples, pyramids and the House of the Mamaconas. We fly to Chiclayo.
Hotel: Casa Andina Select, Chiclayo.

August 7: CHICLAYO
Touring today will include Pomac where we see Batán Grande, a sanctuary of 50 adobe pyramids and five temples dating to 900-1100 CE. At Túcume we see 26 pyramids built by the Lambayeque.
Hotel: Casa Andina Select, Chiclayo.

August 8: FERREÑAFE
We begin at the site where the Sipán tomb was discovered. We visit the wonderful Sicán Museum in Ferreñafe. The remainder of the day will be spent at the Royal Tombs Museum, where artifacts from Sipán are displayed.
Hotel: Casa Andina Select, Chiclayo.

August 9: EL BRUJO
Our drive today takes us south along the Pan-American Highway to Trujillo. We will stop en route for lunch and visits to the excavations at El Brujo, a ceremonial center for several cultures.
Hotel: Hotel Libertador, Trujillo.

August 10: CHAN CHAN
We visit the Moche pyramids known as the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, and the imperial city of the Chumú, Chan Chan. We will also visit the ‘Rainbow Temple’ — known as the ‘Huaca Dragón’ for its dragon relief — and the Archaeological Museum.
Hotel: Hotel Libertador, Trujillo.

August 11: CASMA
Our scenic drive to Casma passes through the Virú Valley, famous for the 1940s Virú Valley Project, and the fishing port of Chimbote. We will visit the small Max Uhle Museum and the Initial Period site of Cerro Sechín. Our last stop is the early temple-fortress of Chankillo.
Hotel: El Farol Hotel, Casma.

August 12: CARAL
This exciting day takes us to the newly excavated Caral, believed to be the oldest city in the Americas. Archaeologists have uncovered a huge staircase, pyramids, a large sunken amphitheater, residential complexes and countless artifacts from this complex city.
Hotel: Crown Plaza Hotel, Lima.

August 13 & 14: THE SACRED VALLEY
After a morning flight to Cuzco, we arrive in the Sacred Valley. During our two-day stay here we will visit the vast site of Pisac, which consists of three hill fortifications of exceptional masonry and is surrounded by extensive well-preserved terraces, and Ollantaytambo, a massive Inca fortress.
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley.

August 15: MACHU PICCHU
We enjoy a spectacular train journey through the Urubamba River gorge to Machu Picchu. Unknown to all but the local villagers until 1911, Machu Picchu remains a somewhat mysterious city. Its fine stonework suggests an important ceremonial center. The reasons behind its abandonment may well be lost in history.
Hotel: Sumaq Hotel, Machu Picchu.

August 16: CUZCO
This day is completely at leisure. The bus operates to Machu Picchu at regular intervals. You may wish to spend the morning climbing the peak of Huayna Picchu or hiking the spectacular Inca Trail to the Inca settlement of Wiñay Wayna.
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection, Cusco.

August 17: QENKO
We visit the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, built from enormous stones placed with great precision. We continue to the ruins of Qenko, translated as “zigzag,” so named for the large rock that is completely covered with zigzag channels. Lastly, we stop at Puca Pucara Red Fort, and Tambomachay ceremonial spring.
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection, Cusco.

August 18: CUZCO
After a city tour we visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, which houses an excellent collection of material from the Larco Museum in Lima. The remainder of the day will be at leisure before we meet for a farewell dinner.
Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection, Cusco.

August 19: LIMA
After a morning at leisure, we fly to Lima, where some may choose to transfer to the airport for their flights home
Hotel: Crown Plaza Hotel, Lima.

August 20:
This morning there will be several airport transfer options, suitable for our flights.

MAP

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LED BY

Daniel Sandweiss is Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies at the University of Maine. He has a particular interest in the history of the Peruvian coast, the adaptation of historic civilizations to climate change, and the archaeology of the Inca and prehistoric Andean cultures.

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Scholar

Daniel Sandweiss is Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies at the University of Maine. He has a particular interest in the history of the Peruvian coast, the adaptation of historic civilizations to climate change, and the archaeology of the Inca and prehistoric Andean cultures.

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2017

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