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Weaving with traditional backstrap loom in Urubamba Valley, Peru. Photo Nicole Churchill

Peru Adventures

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17 Days

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Cultures of Peru

17-day adventure

Peru has a rich and varied cultural history, spanning over 3000 years. This in-depth exploration of Peruvian cultures explores this history. On the dry North coast we visit pre-Columbian sites of the Moche, Chimú and Lambayeque cultures. We visit the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán, the pyramids of Túcume and Huacas del Sol y del La Luna. We explore the vast Chimú adobe complex of Chan Chan, the largest urban center in all of Pre-Columbian America and a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn of modern-day cultures, we walk a local traditional healer's market, inspecting the varied offerings. And we see a demonstration of the fabled Peruvian Paso horses, world-renowned for their unique, smooth gate.

We then head south of Lima to learn about the Paracas, Ica and Nazca cultures which flourished in the arid coastal regions south of Lima, now the center of Peru's wine production. We fly over the Nazca lines which have puzzled for generations. Come make your own analysis, over pisco or wine, as you explore Peru's southern coastal desert. The vast museum collections in Lima will highlight our discoveries.

Then it's off to Cuzco, the Urubamba Valley, and three days/two nights at Machu Picchu—an INCA exclusive!



Chan Chan, ruins of the largest Pre-Columbian city in Peru. Built by the Chimú entirely of adobe, it was declaired a World Heritage Cite by UNESCO in 1989.

Top: Skilled weaver using traditional backstrap loom (Nicole Churchill).
Above: Chan Chan, ruins of the largest Pre-Columbian city in Peru. Built by the Chimú entirely of adobe, it was dec laired a World Heritage Cite by UNESCO in 1989 (UNESCO).


Sipán, Túcume pyramids, Chan Chan and North Coast cultures

Nazca Lines, Pachacamac, Islas Ballestras, wineries

2 days Lima Miraflores Park or Hotel B

2 days Cuzco El Monasterio del Cuzco or La Casona

2 days Urubamba Valley Sol y Luna or equivalent

3 days Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Pueblo (Sanctuary Lodge by request)

Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Arrive in Lima, Peru. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2

Tour historic Lima with visits to the National Museum of Archeology and the Larco Museum. At lunch experience the exquisite flavors and variety of Peruvian cuisine. Fly North to Chiclayo in the evening.

Day 3

Visit Museo Tumbes Reales de Sipán, the Ruins at Huaca Rajada, the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán and the pyramids at Túcume. Learn about Moche culture and artifacts.

Day 4

Visit to local traditional healer's market, then see famous Peruvian El Paso horse performance. Follow with a drive south along the coast to Trujillo and stop at the Lambayeque site of El Brujo.

Day 5

Visit the Moche Huacas del Sol y del La Luna pyramids, then explore the Chimú adobe complex of Chan Chan, the largest urban center in all of Pre-Columbian America. Return to Lima for overnight.

Day 6

Head south on the Pan-American Highway. Visit Pachacamac, an important pre-Inca and Inca religious complex. Visit Paracas National Reserve.

Day 7

Morning flight over the intriguing Nazca Lines. Head to Ica for lunch at Las Dunas resort and a visit the regional museum of artifacts from Paracas, Nazca and Ica cultures. Visit Ica winery.

Day 8

Explore the Bay of Paracas and the coastal islands of Islas Ballestas. See large colonies of sea lions and seabirds, including penguins. En route back to Lima, visit Le Sarcay pisco winery for tasting and lunch.

Day 9

Fly to Cuzco, walking tour of Cuzco historic, dinner of typical Cuzqueñan specialties.

Day 10

Visit the Inca Museum, Central Market and Archbishop's Palace. Afternoon visit to Sacsayhuaman. View a special shamanic ceremony in the ruins.

Day 11

En route to the Urubamba Valley, visit ruins of Tambo Machay. In the Urubamba Valley explore Pisac village and its ruins.

Day 12

Full day exploration of Ollantaytambo and the ruins of its fortress and visit to Chinchero market with traditional weaving demonstration.

Day 13-15

Three days at Machu Picchu (an INCA exclusive)! At your own pace, ponder the mysteries of this spot, hike with our guide to Huaynu Picchu, the peak of Machu Picchu, take photos or just "hide out" while trainloads of day-trippers make midday cameo appearances. Return to Cuzco on the afternoon of Day 15.

Day 16

Fly to Lima. Afternoon free.

Day 17

Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

For a deeper look at this adventure, please read the Detailed Itinerary.

Departures • Cultures of Peru


any week of the year as a Private Journey

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Sanctuary Lodge

$775 per person additional

Small Group

A Small Group Supplement applies if there are fewer than four travelers on your trip.

Notes • Cultures of Peru


Roundtrip airport transfers as specified in itinerary, all hotel accommodations (double occupancy, unless Single purchased) as specified in itinerary; all meals as specified in itinerary; all non-alcoholic beverages; all guides, activities, tours, entry fees and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary.

Not Included

Not included are any airfare, airport taxes and fees; tips for guides or naturalists (at your discretion); alcoholic beverages; excess baggage charges, or other items of a personal nature.

Price also excludes any insurance coverage for trip cancellation-interruption, travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or baggage theft (we recommend you obtain coverage for these items), medical or hospitalization expenses.