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 Sacsayhuamán’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
*Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication*
Deborah L. Nichols is the William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology. She is an archaeologist interested in ancient economies and the development of cities, states and empires. She has directed archaeological projects in the central highlands of Mexico and in the U.S. Southwest. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has written over a hundred articles and edited eight books, including the Handbook of the Aztecs published by Oxford University Press that was selected as a 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic title. Her current research project investigates the beginnings of complex society in central Mexico and interregional interactions interactions that laid the foundation for the great city of Teotihuacan to arise in the next millennium. She has received multiple awards for mentoring and served on the boards of director for the Society for American Archaeology, Society for Economic Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association.