Day 1 | Lima
In Lima, students will stay in Miraflores, a popular and safe neighborhood close to the ocean. Students will take a tour of the neighborhood and visit the historical center of Lima, San Martin square, the Cathedral, Desamparados Station, the Convent of San Francisco and the Magical Circuit of Water, the largest park of fountains in the world via a double decker bus tour.
Day 2 | Huacachina Desert
En route, the group will stop for tastings of traditional pisco and stop for the night at the Oasis of Huacachina in the middle of towering sand dunes. After an afternoon of soaring down the dunes on a sandboard, students will sleep under the stars in the desert!
Day 3 | The Ballestas Islands
On our third day, students will visit The Ballestas Islands, this is a vibrant and colorful wildlife sanctuary that is filled with wild birds, sea lions, fur seals, and endangered Humboldt penguins. During this three hour boat tour you will come face-to-face with these animals in their natural habitation while you are onboard a speedboat. On rare occasions, it is even possible to see dolphins and whales.
Day 4 | Cuzco
Students will take an early flight from Lima to Cusco and visit several different temples: Qoricancha: This temple contains artifacts made of gold and silver which were used as offerings to the gods. It was one of the first places the Spaniards intended to rob. Sassayhuaman: In the time of the Incas it was called the sun’s house and was a great religious centre. When the Spanish arrived they thought it was a fortress because of its underground galleries. Quengo: It was said this was a ceremonial centre for certain rituals. It contains an amphitheater with 19 windows used for worship and a maze which leads to the underground galleries.Tambomachay: Known as the Bath of the Nusta due to the special circumstance of two existing aquaducts which contain water all year.
Day 5 | Sacred Valley
On the fifth day, students will visit the sacred valley to explore several different ruins. Students will also experience the amazing cuisine of Peru during a buffet lunch and then continue on to visit the Pisaq Andean Market and Ruins. The Inca constructions of Pisaq are admired because of the huge platforms that surround the mountain where the remains are located. All of the structures are made of polished rocks which are perfectly aligned. Next we visit, Ollaytambo Fortress one of the most spectacular archaeological remains of Peru. At the end of this particular tour, students will take a train from Ollaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the town hosting Machu Picchu.
Day 6 | Goodbye Machu Picchu!
Students will wake up as early as 4:30am to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also one of the largest architectonic constructions of the Incans and was built in the most difficult of topographic areas as it is inaccessible and rustic. Students will hike the Machu Picchu mountain which takes approximately 2.5 hours with amazing viewpoints all the way up. After a long day, students will take 3-hour train back to Cuzco.
Day 7 | Cusco – Lima
Students will take their return flight from Cusco to Lima.
Please note: The tour will start the morning of the first day and finish at night on the last day. If students wish to arrive before the tour begins they should stay in the Miraflores district. We require a 5-student minimum in order to operate this tour. Students wishing to participate in the Machu Picchu extra week will have this experience either a week prior to or the week after their selected program..
Machu Picchu 1
June 3rd – 9th
June 10th, 2017 – International departure
Machu Picchu 2
July 30th – August 5th
August 6th, 2017 – International departure
You will partake in various archeological tours of historical Incan monuments.
Prices for dinners will be comparable to North America at an average of $10 – $15 per meal.
You will be staying in a four star hotel during your stay in Lima and Cusco and a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Return airfare (Lima-Cusco)
4 star hotel in Lima and Cuzco and a hostel in Aguas Calientes
Tours and activities
Breakfast and Lunch each day
Service of bilingual guides
Two extra nights accommodation in Quito
Airfare to South America
Entrance fee for archaeological site: $68
Note: Students should arrange a multi-destination air ticket including Quito and Lima in accordance with trip dates.