A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural awaits your small group on this engaging 11-day tour. Begin your Peruvian discovery in the capital of Lima where your touring includes the historic Casa Aliaga home and the renowned Larco Herrera Museum. Next, you fly to historic Cuzco and tour the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo, before proceeding to the beautiful Sacred Valley to explore Pisac's colorful Indian market, admire Ollantaytambo's massive ruins, and visit indigenous villages. Travel to enigmatic Machu Picchu and enjoy two tours of the astounding ruins, staying at a nearby hotel. Back in Cuzco, you see Sacsayhuaman's impressive ruins and enjoy lunch in a gracious family's home. Traverse Peru's scenic altiplano with its snow-capped mountains to Lake Titicaca, where your full-day excursion includes a boat ride to the Uros people's Floating Islands made of reeds. Discover the Amazon rainforest on an optional 4-day/4-night post-tour extension.
Day 1: Depart US for Lima
Day 2: Lima
Day 3: Lima/ Cuzco / Sacred Valley
Day 4: Sacred Valley
Day 5: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes
Day 6: Machu PIcchu / Cuzco
Day 7: Cuzco
Day 8: Cuzco / Puno
Day 9: Puno / Lake Titicaca
Day 10: Puno / Lima / Depart for US
Day 11: Return to US
Optional 4 night post-tour: Amazon Rainforest
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Silvia Spitta is Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Spanish and Portuguese department. She also teaches in the Comparative Literature and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of interest include material and visual culture, contemporary Latin American literature and culture; and US Latino/a writings and border culture. A prolific writer, Professor Spitta published "Between Two Waters: Narratives of Transculturation in Latin America" in 1995 (paperback 2006) and "Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas" (Houston: Texas Up 2009) which won the ASU transdisciplinary book award in 2010. To listen to an interview she did on her book "Misplaced Objects and the Virgin of Guadalupe" listen to Views from the Green: http://media.dartmouth.edu/~pubs/views-spitta.mp3. She is currently helping preserve Andean archives and she co-curated a city wide exhibition of the photographs of indigenous photographer Martin Chambi in the city of Cuzco in 2014. For a review of this event see https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2014/10/out-archives-and-street. During the trip she will discuss the photographs of Martin Chambi and lead you to the archive in Cusco, and she will also discuss photography within the context of the Sendero Luminoso years.