OverviewA land of archaeological, cultural, and natural treasures, Peru offers a memorable travel experience. At its height, the Inca Empire comprised some six million people and was a highly developed civilization, as reflected by the magnificent remains of its cities and temples. Enjoy the insight of our expert who accompanies you on special visits, and view spectacular ruins and artifacts that still bear silent testimony to the power of past civilizations.
The highlight of any trip to Peru is exploring Machu Picchu. By staying overnight near the site, you’ll awaken to the early morning sun bathing the stones in an evocative light—the ideal time to explore, before the crowds appear. Other unique opportunities feature a native ceremony in the beautiful Sacred Valley and lunch in the home of a Cuzco family. You’ll also spend time exploring Lake Titicaca, where the snowcapped Andes provide a breathtaking backdrop to the deep blue lake, and where the top-hatted Uros people live on islands made of reeds.
Special ValueThis tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Smithsonian ExpertsThroughout this tour, travel in the company of an exceptional Smithsonian Study Leader. James Kus recently retired after forty one years at California State University, Fresno, where he taught courses on South American geography and archaeology. James will be on all departures.
Special HighlightsExplore Machu Picchu before the day crowds arrive, an advantage of staying overnight just below the ruins.Enjoy hospitality and a midday meal in the home of a gracious Cuzco family.Attend a native ceremony in the Sacred Valley.Spend time exploring Lake Titicaca, where the snowcapped Andes provide a breathtaking backdrop to the deep blue lake, and where the top-hatted Uros people live on islands made of reeds.
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World Heritage SitesThis tour features the following World Heritage sites in Peru:
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- The Historic Center of Lima
- The City of Cuzco
- The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu