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From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

  • 05/13/2019 - 05/22/2019
  • 10 Days
  • Starting price $4,895

Discover architectural, cultural, and natural treasures throughout Peru and learn about the distant past and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. Take in famed sites at Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. Explore Lima and visit treasured Casa Aliaga, the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, and the bustling Plaza de Armas. Fly to historic Cuzco and tour the sacred sites of Koricancha and the Church of Santo Domingo before seeing the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu, the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.”

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Architectural highlights

  • Take in the indescribable Machu Picchu, the fabled “Lost City of the Incas” perched in a high saddle surrounded by Andean peaks.
  • Visit the Government Palace, occupying the site of the palace built by Lima’s founder Pizarro.
  • Marvel at the Church of Santo Domingo, built on the foundations of Koricancha, the Incas’ Temple of the Sun.
  • Enjoy visiting the Palacio Torre Tagle, a beautiful colonial mansion with Moorish-influenced architecture.
  • Admire the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Inca Empire.
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage city, Cuzco, the Inca Empire’s former capital and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

 

More highlights

  • Attend a traditional “Offering to the Earth” ceremony at the Sacred Valley, a fascinating region of Inca sites and indigenous villages.
  • See the village Aguas Calientes and explore the shops full of woven blankets and alpaca sweaters.
  • Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, housing a unique display of pre-Hispanic ceramics, including an acclaimed collection of pre-Columbian sculptures and figurines.
  • Enjoy the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake.
  • See the mysterious stone burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani, overlooking Lake Umayo.
  • Visit the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows.
  • Walk through the ceramics center of Pucara.
  • This trip qualifies for 18 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodation(s)

Situated in the Miraflores district of Lima, Casa Andina Premium Miraflores is a 4-minute walk from adjacent Central and Kennedy parks. See different artists selling their paintings and crafts, and find the amphitheater Chabuca Grande. In a setting of contemporary art and colonial antiques, enjoy swimming at the indoor pool or working out at the 24-hour fitness center. There's also a full-service spa, a café, a lobby bar with piano, free WiFi, and Peruvian-fusion cuisine at Restaurant Alma.

Sonesta Posada del Inca, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is built on an old monastery of the XVIII century, at the foot of the mountain in a surprising natural enclave, just 5 minutes from the city of Urubamba and 30 minutes from the Ollantaytambo train station and Pisac. The Hotel is a wonderful place to enjoy a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, with the appearance of an Andean village, surrounded by flowers and the magic of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.

A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cuzco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants.

Hotel Libertador Puno is located on the private island of Esteves, at one end of Titicaca. Watch beautiful and colorful sunrises and sunsets on the lake. It also has a private pier where the boats leave for the islands of Uros, Taquile or Amantaní.

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel is Lima’s premier airport hotel, with free WiFi, free breakfast, and a connecting walkway to Jorge Chavéz International Airport. Offering upscale amenities for discerning travelers, this non-smoking hotel offers the ultimate in convenience and comfort.

 

Also included

  • Two internal flights
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in listed properties
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • Entrance fees for all included visits
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Gratuities for local guides, bus drivers, porters, airport, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person

 

What to expect

  • This trip involves considerable walking uphill, on uneven terrain, and at sites of ancient ruins.
  • Travelers should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing and you should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.  
  • In addition, the high altitude of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet) and Cuzco (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. You should consult with your physician if you have concerns.
  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility.

 

Price

  • Land only price: $4,895 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Air inclusive price:  $5,487 per person, based on double occupancy from Miami ($4,895 air & land inclusive plus $592 airline taxes and fees). Air inclusive pricing from other US departure cities available upon request.
  • $995 single supplement
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by February 7, 2019.

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees if purchasing a land-only package; airport transfers if purchasing a land-only package; passport and visa fees (if required); meals not specified in the itinerary; beverages not part of the included meals; personal items and expenses; gratuities to tour director, gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; pre or post-tour extension; optional sightseeing; communication charges; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

 

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

 

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Lima, Peru
Overview

Colonial and modern Lima

Tour colonial and modern Lima and see the main square, lively Plaza de Armas; Government Palace, occupying the site of the palace built by Lima’s founder Pizarro; the Cathedral, rebuilt in 1758 after an earthquake destroyed the original building; Palacio Torre Tagle, a beautiful colonial mansion with Moorish-influenced architecture; and 16th-century Santo Domingo Church. Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, housing a unique display of pre-Hispanic ceramics, including an acclaimed collection of pre-Columbian sculptures and figurines. The museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. Visit treasured Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest homes in Lima (circa 1535), with a rich architectural heritage and a collection of Peruvian art and artifacts.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Passing through Cuzco

Depart Lima for a flight to Cuzco and visit the Church of Santo Domingo, built on the foundations of Koricancha, the Inca’s Temple of the Sun. Before Spanish conquerors arrived, Koricancha was the Inca Empire’s most exquisite temple, boasting gold-paneled walls and housing 4,000 priests. Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas), the heart of the Inca Empire, and the town of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas. Explore a colorful Quechua market set amid the mountains.

Accommodations: Sonesta Posada del Inca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Indigenous villages of the Sacred Valley

Explore the Sacred Valley, a fascinating region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. Attend a traditional Offering to the Earth ceremony. Led by a shaman, this ancient ritual embodies an offering of various elements to Mother Earth in exchange for her life-giving provision. See the immense ruins at Ollantaytambo, both a temple and a fortress, where work mysteriously halted centuries ago. See how ancient Incan traditions are kept alive in the Quechua village of Chinchero on the road between Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

Accommodations: Sonesta Posada del Inca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Discover Machu Picchu

Take in the indescribable Machu Picchu, the fabled “Lost City of the Incas.” This ancient city in the clouds defies imagination – and seemingly, the laws of gravity, physics, and architecture. Perched in a high saddle surrounded by Andean peaks, it was virtually intact when discovered in 1911 by adventurer Hiram Bingham. The first half of the guided tour serves as an introduction to the wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site, which encompasses five square miles of terraced stonework linked by 3,000 steps. See the urban sector and an agricultural sector of Machu Picchu, and the upper town and a lower town. Notice that a core characteristic of the architectural style is adapted to the mountains by using the topography and existing materials of the land as part of the design.

Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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A new perspective of Machu Picchu

Before the tourist-filled trains arrive from Cuzco, take a second guided tour of the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, with time to admire the play of early morning shadows on the surrounding peaks. Return to Aguas Calientes and take some time to explore the shops full of woven blankets and alpaca sweaters before traveling back to Cuzco.

Accommodations: Palacio del Inka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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A look at the once Inca Empire

Cuzco, the Inca Empire’s former capital and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, bears the marks of its mixed Spanish-Inca heritage. Colonial and modern buildings incorporate Incan walls, arches, and doorways. This UNESCO World Heritage site includes Plaza de Armas, the main square surrounded by arcades and picturesque houses with ornate carved-wood balconies and terra cotta roofs. Presiding over the plaza is the 16th-century Cathedral and its churches, boasting gold-and silver-plated altars; a 1958 silver-plated truck that carries statues in an annual procession; perhaps the finest carved-wood choir stalls in Peru; and famous paintings including La Ultima Cena ( The Last Supper) by Zapata. Travel to Sacsayhuamán, the most impressive Incan ruins near Cuzco, whose ramparts comprise massive, precisely fitted boulders, some 33 feet high and weighing 360 tons.

Accommodations: Palacio del Inka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

The shores of Lake Titicaca

Journey by coach to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, enjoy stops to architecturally exceptional villages including Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its gorgeous 17th-century church; the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Inca Empire; La Raya, perched on Peru’s altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center; and the ceramics center of Pucara.

Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Explore the islands of Lake Titicaca

Discover the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world’s highest navigable lakes. Up there the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther. Legend has it that the founders of the Inca Empire emerged from the deep waters of Lake Titicaca. By boat, visit the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows. See Isla Taquile, known for the high-quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live there. Sales of the textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos. Witness the breathtaking natural beauty of Bolivia’s snow-capped Cordillera range, which serves as a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca.

Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner
Overview

Sillustani / Departure

Early this morning, visit the mysterious stone burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani, overlooking Lake Umayo. Built by the warlike non-Inca Colla tribe, the towers represent the best surviving examples of this impressive type of architecture. Following the visit, transfer to the airport for the late afternoon flight to Lima. Check in at the airport hotel and relax before returning to the airport and boarding a flight to the U.S.

Those embarking on the optional Amazon Rainforest post-tour extension will remain in Lima overnight at the Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport hotel, and will then take a morning flight to Iquitos. Please inquire with the Architectural Adventures representative regarding more information about the post-tour extension.

Accommodations: Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (Day Room)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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