• 6 UNESCO World Heritage/Cultural Sites
• Ancient Chan Chan
• Nazca Lines scenic flight
• The old Inca capital of Cusco
• Machu Picchu
• Lord of Sipan and Princess of Cao museums
• 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.
Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms. 1 night homestay with limited facilities on Taquile Island.
12 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/winding roads and long drives.
Fly to Cajamarca in the Northern Andes
Cumbemayo Aqueduct and Inca Baths
Kuntur Wasi Ruins, to Chiclayo
Pyramids of Tucume
El Brujio, Princess of Cao Museum, to Trujillo
Chan Chan, Temple of the Moon, Fly to Lima
Ballestas Island, Nazca Lines Scenic Flight
Arequipa City Sights, Santa Catalina Monastery
To Colca, Hot Springs
Cruz del Condor Colca Canyon, to Puno
Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island Homestay
Return to Puno by Ferry
Cusco City Sights
Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo
Train to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco