Railroad fans and ancient history lovers will be thrilled with this 12-day tour to Peru. The tour begins and ends in Lima, the capital of the Spanish empire in South America. Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, time spent in this rich historical “City of the Kings” is most rewarding. Your city tour includes catacombs and the greatest collection of Pre-Colombian ceramics in the country.
The Peruvian Andes are arguably the most beautiful on the continent and are home to millions of highland Indians who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and maintain a traditional way of life. You cannot resist photographing these colorful peoples and their smiling llamas grazing on their small terraced farms. The multiple layers of fascinating great civilizations of pre-Hispanic cultures that occupied this territory 15,000 years ago make it the historical-archeological treasure of South America. This trip begins and ends in Lima, Peru. It is called the “City of the Kings,” as it was the capital of the Spanish Empire in South America. Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, and only 500 ft. above sea level a tour of this rich historical city is most rewarding.
See the splendor achieved by the ancient Inca civilization as you traverse Cusco, the “Archeological Capital of America”. The visit to Cusco alone would justify traveling to Peru. Tour the ancient ruins around the city and get your appetite wet for Machu Picchu.
Experience a sense of awe as you enter the mist-shrouded citadel of Machu Picchu, which rests at around 8000 ft. elevation. It is the most palpable reminder of the powerful Andean civilization that stretched some 3000 miles from southern Colombia to central Chile in the 15th and 16th centuries. With your guide, take plenty of time to walk the Inca Trail and explore this mountaintop refuge. There will be ample time to climb Wayna Picchu if you desire or simply return to the ruins to soak in more of this mystical atmosphere.
Visit the cradle of the Inca civilization—Lake Titicaca, as you boat out for a visit to the floating islands of the ancient Uros people. Taquile Island, a UNESCO Patrimony of Humanity, and home to the Quechua Indians known for their high-quality weavings, is another beauty you’ll find on your visitation list. On shore, climb the tower tombs of the high class Colla culture and marvel at the replica of Michelangelo’s “Pieta” in the Andean village of Lampa. Fly from Juliaca (outside of Puno) to your departure city of Lima.
From Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca this is one vast adventure. Ride the narrow-gauge tourist railroad from Cusco to the ultimate destination—Machu Picchu, the Sacred Lost City of the Incas. Walk the Inca Trail and explore the mountaintop refuge. Choose to adventure out and climb Wayna Picchu or return to the ruins to soak in more of the mystical atmosphere. Travel upon the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca and experience the unique floating island life of the Uros people. All this and so much more. Book your tour in spring to beat the heat and the crowds.
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Experience a taste of Lima in this impressive city tour to various locations including the Larco Herrera Museum with the greatest collection of pre-Columbian ceramics in the country, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral where Pizarro’s remains lay, and the San Francisco Convent with its grand Cloister and Catacombs.
Tour “the lost city” of Machu Picchu that was never discovered by the Spaniards. Sense that you are on sacred ground at this mountaintop refuge of Incan royalty, one of the world’s most stunning sights. It will more than live up to any of your expectations! Take an optional walk on the Inca Trail, 8000 ft. above sea level, and on to the Inca Bridge.
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