13 days (11 in Peru)
Level 2 - easy to moderate
Easy to moderate road travel; Easy day hikes (max.
Accommodations: 10 nights hotels
Peru has a superabundance of other attractions besides Machu Picchu,
including tranquil colonial towns, mysterious pre-Inca ruins, Colca
Canyon (a spectacular natural formation that rivals any canyon in North
America), and vast Lake Titicaca, with its bright blue waters sparkling
in the intense sunlight of the altiplano, the high plains of the Andes.
On this adventure you'll have a unique
opportunity to step back into a different world - from that of pre-Incan
civilizations to the very spirited present. In the company of expert
guides, you’ll see the best of the country’s natural and cultural
aspects, from the soaring condors of Colca Canyon and the weavers of
Taquile Island to the full-on glory of the Inca world, best exemplified
by the haunting remnants of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, described
by Christopher Isherwood as "a landscape built by titans in a fit of
Itinerary - Cultural Peru
Days 1-2 - Fly to Cuzco, Peru. Tour Sacsayhuaman, Kenko,
and Tambo Machay.
Day 3 - Visit the market at Urcos,
the pretty colonial church of Andahuaylillas, the pre-Inca Wari
site at Pikillacta, and the Inca terraces at Tipón.
Day 4 - Hike near Huilloc and
visit family homes, explore Ollantaytambo.
Day 5 - Tour Pisac and other sites
of the Sacred Valley.
Day 6 - By train to Machu Picchu.
All day to enjoy the ruins.
Day 7 - At Machu Picchu. Return to
Day 8 - Travel to Puno on Lake
Day 9 - By boat to Taquile Island,
a community of weavers and spinners.
Day 10 - Visit Sillustani, a
ceremonial site of the Wari period. Continue to Colca Canyon.
Day 11 - Hike and view the condors of
Colca Canyon, who soar on morning thermal updrafts.
Days 12-13 - Drive to the colonial town
of Arequipa. Tour the city, then fly to Lima. Evening
$4090 (4-6 members)
$850 single supplement
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