PERU LAND TOUR

August 6-14, 2022
University of the Pacific

Itinerary

08.06.2022 Arrival in Lima

Transfer to hotel and rest of day at leisure.
* Please Note—Many flights arrive late evening so you may want to consider arriving the day before. There will be optional tours available for those that do.

Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park

08.07.2022 CE Lecture and Colonial City Tour and Larco Herrera Museum

Breakfast at the hotel followed by CE Lecture at Infinity Clinic, one of the premier dental facilities in Peru. (4 Hours) Lunch today is at Don Tito for a local favorite, pollo a la brasa. In the afternoon we embark on a half day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas, and San Francisco Monastery, hosting the intriguing catacombs that give an impressive insight on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times. Our final stop will be the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion. The museum holds the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru.

Dinner
Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park
Meals—B, L, D

08.08.2022 Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to Sacsayhuaman, Awanacancha and lunch at H

Early morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, we drive to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites, as well as the world’s most famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. On our way to the Sacred Valley we visit Sacsayhuaman, the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar. We will also stop en route to learn the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids. Lunch is served at the private Hacienda Huayoccari which is the residence of the Lambarri-Orihuela family, who are the descendants of one of the most prestigious families in Cusco. Set amidst beautiful surroundings, breath-taking garden viewsn over the Sacred Valley, and an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts.

Overnight at Tambo del Ika
Meals—B, L

08.09.2022 Andean Ceremony to the Mother Earht; Pisac Market; Amaru Community with lunch - Afternoon

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we head off to visit the Pisac Market which over the years has evolved to be one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Afterwards, we immerse ourselves into the heart of Andean culture by participating in a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Afterward we visit the charming Amaru Community and discover its engaging and amazing people. Learn about the intricacies of their weaving processes straight from the hands of master craftswomen. The vivid colors of the Amaru villagers’ clothing are derived from organic plant dyes with which they decorate wool. Lunch will be a typical Andean meal in the community.

Late afternoon CE Lecture (2 hours) and evening at leisure

Overnight at Tambo del Inka
Meals—B, L

08.10.2022 Maras and Moray - Aguas Calientes

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we visit the town of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray. The tour begins by visiting the “agricultural laboratory” of Moray, which consists of circular concentric geological depressions, reinforced by agricultural terracing that follows the shape of these geological lines. There are considerable temperature differences between each level, which facilitated the adaptation of plant species in different ecological levels, notably the important Sacred Leaf of Mama Kuka (erythroxylum coca). Next we follow the path to Maras Pampas, where people farm the land to rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for our walk. On to the town of Maras where we will see the fronts of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time. Continuing our walk through spectacular Quechua scenery, to arrive at the Salineras of Maras (Maras Saltpans), where the bright white glow can be seen from a distance. We continue to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we can see the ancient water channels and stone streets. High above the town rises an impressive ceremonial center and a fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley. Lunch will be a typical Andean meal "Pachamanca" (Pacha "Earth" Mank "olla); this traditional dish is more a cooking method prepared underground with hot stones where you can taste different types of meats: beef, pork, chicken combined withthe delicious Andean potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn. After lunch we board the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes.

Hotel check in and dinner.
Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Meals—B, L, D

08.11.2022 CE Lecture and Aguas Calientes

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning and early afternoon at leisure to enjoy the spectacular property and optional activities.

Late afternoon CE Lecture (3 hours)

Dinner
Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Meals—B, D

08.12.2022 Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today is the day we have been waiting for! We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a guided tour of the Inca Citadel followed by some free tome to explore Machu Picchu on your own. *Optional hike of Huayna Picchu. Lunch at Sumaq Hotel before boarding the Vista Dome train to Cusco.

Overnight at Belmond Monasterio
Meals—B, L

08.13.2022 Cusco Walking Tour and Vibrant Mercado San Pedro Market - Afternoon CE Lecture

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide walking tour of of Cusco. Walk to vibrant San Pedro Market and discover first-hand how locals live day-to-day, outside of Cusco’s tourist zones. Smell the scents of local produce and flora, absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion or discover the traditional fruits, vegetables and ingredients that make up the main staples of traditional meals. After the market, visit the legendary Koricancha, which is the most important temple with walls once plated with sheets of gold and devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end your tour in the bohemian quarter of San Blas. The area is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cusco, including Mendivil and Merida.

Afternoon CE Lecture (3 hours)

Farewell Dinner
Overnight at Belmond Monasterio
Meals—B, D

08.14.2022 Cusco - Lima - Internation Departure

pricing

$4,450 per person
Payment by check or +3%

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