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Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
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Perched over 3,800 meters above sea level between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is visually striking and culturally fascinating. Sacred to the Incas as the birth spot of the first Inca king, in modern times, its Uro's Islands are home to a native community of the same name with a unique approach to construction—the islands themselves and all accompany structures are man-made from packed totora reeds. As you set off by boat across the lake's waters, learn the stories and legends that have made Titicaca an important part of the Peruvian folklore in both historic and modern times. Then join the Uros on their floating islands for a cultural exchange.
The charming Andean town of Pisac thrives on market day. Navigate colorful stalls stocked with local handicrafts, Alpaca wool clothing, ceramics, antiques, meat and produce. You'll have the chance to practice your language skills, interacting with the vendors and learning the fine art of bartering from members of the native communities who come to buy and sell their goods, many sporting the traditional colorful dress of the region.
Cuzco Cathedral, Lake Titicaca, Cultural Exchange with Uros Indians, Machu Picchu, Pisac Market, Maras Salt Mines, Sillustani, Andahuaylillas, Sacsayhuamán, Moray, La Raya Pass, Plaza de Armas, Scenic Train to Aguas Calientes, San Francisco Basilica, Kenko, Santo Domingo Convent, Larco Museum
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA. Arrive in Lima. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for an arrival briefing. Get settled in and get out to explore Peru's capital city—one of the largest and most active in South America.
Today is a full day of guided sightseeing. Your local expert will introduce you to Plaza de Armas, at the heart of the old town and the former center of Spain's new world empire; the (relatively) more modern Plaza San Martín with its early 20th century beaux-arts architecture; the Gold Museum and the Amano Museum, where you can explore beautifully presented exhibits on pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles in Lima's glitzy and hip Miraflores district. Then visit both the San Francisco church and Santo Domingo convent, exploring their catacombs, tombs and colonial architecture.
Depart on an early morning flight to Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca empire. Upon arrival, journey into the Sacred Valley. Along the way visit the ancient fortress of Sacsayhuamán, the Inca bath of Tambo Machay, the sacred spot of Kenko and the small fort of Puca Pucara. After an included lunch, visit the town of Pisac and browse its famed
market, a boisterous and dazzlingly colorful open-air bazaar that showcases hand-crafted Peruvian goods.
In the morning, you'll head north to see the Maras Salt Mines, a marvel of rustic engineering and ingenuity that features terraced evaporation ponds where residents have been producing salt since the days of the Incas. More intriguing history awaits at the nearby Incan circular terracing of Moray, followed by Ollantaytambo, home of the centuries-old ruins of an ancient Inca hillside fortress and village. Then board the train to Aguas Calientes. Known for its hot springs, this small town is the gateway to the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.
Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of iconic Machu Picchu, the mysterious mountainside city built by the Incas in the 15th century. Discovered in 1911, see first-hand why these ruins are considered one of the world's most important archaeological finds. Lunch is included before you enjoy a scenic train ride back to Cuzco. In the afternoon, see the dramatic colonial Cathedral and other highlights during a guided sightseeing tour of historic Cuzco.
The day starts with a visit to Qorikancha, the ruins of an Inca temple that now form the foundation of a church and convent. Then travel by private coach toward the city of Juliaca, stopping en route at the archaeological site in Racchi and the Spanish colonial town of Andahuaylillas. Continue on to Puno, the famed folklore capital of Peru on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Set off across Lake Titicaca by boat this morning. Lake Titicaca is considered to be the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world. In any case, it is spectacular. Your boat ride includes stops at Taquile Island and the Uros Islands, small floating islands crafted from packed totora reeds by the native community that resides there. Enjoy a
cultural exchange with the Uros people to learn about their unique lifestyle and habitat. Lunch is included today on Taquile Island.
Rise early for a visit to the ancient Chullpa Tombs of Sillustani. The pre-Incan funeral towers are something to see, and we'll learn more about their purpose and construction before continuing to Juliaca. After a farewell dinner, depart for the USA.
Arrive in the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Further immerse yourself in the history and culture of Peru with an extra night in Lima, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $270Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $225Add to Tour