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Ancient Peru

Ancient culture and the Incan legacy

Take your students to Ancient Peru. Arrive in Peru’s bustling capital of Lima. Meet your guide and explore the “City of the Kings.” Fly to Cuzco, the historic capital and heart of the Inca Empire. Then a walking tour of the earliest colonial city. Visit the Temples of the Sun and Moon, and enjoy a walk-through of the famous lost city of Machu Picchu.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Fly to Peru
  • Arrive in Lima Fly across the Equator to Peru's bustling capital of Lima. Meet your tour director and begin exploring.
Day 2 Lima
  • Explore Lima Discover the "City of Kings" and see the Cathedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Church of San Francisco, and the Presidential Palace.
  • Larco Museum This afternoon, visit the Larco Museum with its private collection of over 45,000 pieces of craftsmanship showcasing 4,000 years of Peruvian history.
Day 3 Chiclayo
  • The Sican National Museum Journey to Chiclayo this morning. On your first stop this afternoon you’ll learn about the Sican culture at the Sican National Museum. View exhibits illustrating daily life and see the amazing contents from the tombs of Sican rulers, including intricate gold ceremonial grave goods.
  • The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán Visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán. The museum houses important relics from the Moche culture, including the stunning gold ornaments and artifacts from the tomb of the Lord of Sipán.
Day 4 Trujillo
  • Travel to 'The City of Eternal Spring' Enjoy a walking tour of Trujillo, the earliest colonial city in Peru. Named after Pizarro's hometown in Spain, the city boasts a lovely and colorful colonial center.
Day 5 Temple of the Moon – Chan Chan – Huanchaco
  • The Temples of the Sun and Moon Discover the painted murals found at the temples, which provide insight into the Moche civilization that occupied the area from 100–800 AD.
  • Visit Chan-Chan Continue to the vast pre-Columbian adobe city of Chan-Chan—once the heart of the Chimu Empire.
  • Explore Huanchaco Head to the beach for a relaxing visit to Huanchaco. See the tortora reed rafts used by native fishermen.
Day 6 Cuzco
  • Fly to Cuzco This morning, arrive in Cuzco, the historic capital and heart of the Inca Empire. Take in the sights of the city and surrounding areas, including the Korikancha temple, the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, and the Inca baths of Tampu Machay.
  • LEAP Pago a la Tierra
  • Add on: Peruvian Dance Lessons Delve further into Peruvian culture by participating in an optional local dance lesson this evening.
Day 7 Machu Picchu
  • Explore Machu Picchu Board a train and travel through the Sacred Valley for a full-day excursion to Peru’s most famous destination, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Set on a mountaintop deep in the jungle, Machu Picchu remained unknown to the outside world until 1911. Take a walking tour of the "Sacred City" with your local guide and enjoy the spectacular views.
  • Return to Cuzco
Day 8 Lima
  • Return to Lima Depart on an overnight flight to the United States.
Day 9 Arrive Home in the United States
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