• Peru
    • Machu Picchu
17 days

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Mar 20, 2019
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Our tours in Peru unravel some of these enduring enigmas as we travel to excavated sites of battles, fortresses, palaces, and sacred Inca temples – and, as importantly, fascinating artifact-rich museums. We travel to Peru’s colonial capital of Lima; Cusco, one-time Inca capital and oldest inhabited city in the Americas; outstanding pre-Columbian sites that include Chan Chan, Caral, Tucume, Huaca Rajada – and, of course, to iconic mountain-top Machu Picchu, the stunning Inca redoubt that remains among the greatest and most haunting archaeological discoveries of modern times.

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  • Take the Vistadome train for a spectacular journey through the Urubamba River gorge to legendary Machu Picchu, discovered by American Hiram Bingham in 1911.
  • Wander among the Moche pyramids (the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon), and the compounds of Chan Chan, the nearby imperial city of the Chimú, and possibly the world’s largest adobe city.
  • Explore the Incas’ Sacred Valley of the Urubamba, Pisac’s lively handicrafts market and the vast site of Pisac.
  • Discover the recently excavated city known as Caral, believed to be 5,000 years old, making it the oldest city in the Americas – and perhaps thriving when Egypt’s great pyramids were being built.
  • Visit the striking Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum near Chiclayo, amongst the largest of its kind in South America and built to resemble the pre-Columbian pyramid where the 13 tombs of Sipan were uncovered.

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