Peru

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Highlights

• 6 UNESCO World Heritage/Cultural Sites
• Ancient Chan Chan
• Arequipa
• Nazca Lines scenic flight
• The old Inca capital of Cusco
• Machu Picchu
• Lord of Sipan and Princess of Cao museums

Fact File

• 22 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Lima and finish in Cusco
• All meals included
• Includes 3 internal flights
• Activity Level: 3

 

Starting in Lima, we begin our adventure with a flight north to the charming, mountain city of Cajamarca. See the ancient Cumbemayo Aqueduct and Inca Baths and continue on to Chiclayo and Trujillo to learn about the ancient Mochica's Lord of Sipán, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last century.

Visit the Pyramid of the Moon at Trujillo and the temples of Chan Chan. Travel south to the Paracas Peninsula, where we take a boat to the volcanic islands of Ballestas, a wildlife refuge for sea lions, Inca terns, Humboldt penguins and large flocks of gannets and pelicans.

Enjoy a 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines - remnants of a civilization that prospered a thousand years ago. Explore the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site of Arequipa, discovering its city sites on foot. Travel to the Colca Canyon, where we visit Cruz del Condor to watch condors gliding over the rugged canyon rim.

Visit the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca en route to Taquile Island, where we explore hilltop shrines and commune with the Taquile Indians. Explore the old streets of Cusco, lined with Incan-era stone walls. Travel by train down the gorge of the roaring Urubamba River to Machu Picchu - a phenomenal archeological site, only recently declared one of the Ancient Wonders of the World. For the more adventurous, hike the steep trail up Huayna Picchu for a spectacular view over the ruins of Machu Picchu.

ElderTreks' Peru adventure is easily one of the most comprehensive journeys to this diverse Andean paradise and includes six UNESCO sites.

FROM: $6495

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms. 1 night homestay with limited facilities on Taquile Island.

Comfort notes

12 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/winding roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Fly to Cajamarca in the Northern Andes
Day 3: Cumbemayo Aqueduct and Inca Baths
Day 4: Kuntur Wasi Ruins, to Chiclayo
Day 5: Pyramids of Tucume
Day 6: El Brujio, Princess of Cao Museum, to Trujillo
Day 7: Chan Chan, Temple of the Moon, Fly to Lima
Day 8: Pachacamac Temple
Day 9: Ballestas Island, Nazca Lines Scenic Flight
Day 10: To Arequipa
Day 11: Arequipa City Sights, Santa Catalina Monastery
Day 12: To Colca, Hot Springs
Day 13: Cruz del Condor Colca Canyon, to Puno
Day 14: Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island Homestay
Day 15: Return to Puno by Ferry
Day 16: To Cusco
Day 17: Cusco City Sights
Day 18: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo
Day 19: Train to Machu Picchu
Day 20: Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco
Day 21: Chincheros
Day 22: Depart Cusco
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