Discover the breathtaking wonders of the Andes and Machu Picchu's enigmatic ruins during this tour which features a native ceremony in the beautiful Sacred Valley, lunch in the home of a Cuzco family, and time with the top-hatted Uros people of Lake Titicaca.

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 Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu  Andean woman near Chinchero, Peru. Credit: Christopher Newman  The reed islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca  Quechua woman out for an afternoon stroll. Credit: Lola Akinmade  The historic city center of Cuzco in Peru  An amazing view of Machu Picchu  The site of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley  Exploring the site of Machu Picchu in Peru  The floating island of Los Uros on Lake Titicaca  Uros women standing on a reed island on Lake Titicaca

Legendary Peru: World of the Inca and Machu Picchu

11 days from $4,749 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover the breathtaking wonders of the Andes and Machu Picchu's enigmatic ruins during this tour which features a native ceremony in the beautiful Sacred Valley, lunch in the home of a Cuzco family, and time with the top-hatted Uros people of Lake Titicaca.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was a trip of a lifetime for me. Every detail was anticipated and taken care of, the pace was perfect, the sites and cities visited were just right. Our tour director was engaging and accommodating. I will definitely look to Smithsonian Journeys for my next travel adventure! 

- Cecile R.

This superior tour goes way beyond the requisite Machu Picchu stop, by introducing you to the complexity of Peruvian history, the breadth of Inca sites and architecture, Peruvian culture and art, and the issues facing Peru today. Fantastic educational experience! 

- Jo-Anne B.

Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for many years. The entire area is a magical, mystical experience and actually being there did not disappoint. The Legendary Peru tour was an educational experience and exposed me to many cultures, practices, great ruins and a history of the country. 

- Al A.

We were surprised at how much activity was packed into our 10 day trip. It certainly provided us with great insight into life in Peru today along with the historical roots of today's Peruvian peoples. 

- Laura L.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Sep 19 - 29, 2016 Departure
Hugh Meredith Flick

Hugh Meredith Flick

Hugh Meredith Flick, Jr. (A.B. Harvard College ‘68, A.M. Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ‘81, M.Ed. Lesley College Graduate School ‘76, M.B.A Southern Connecticut State University ‘03, J.D. Quinnipiac University School of Law ‘95, Ph.D. Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ‘81) is currently a Lecturer in Religious Studies and South Asian Studies at Yale University.  Before joining the Yale Faculty in 1988, Dr. Flick was an Assistant Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University where he taught with Professor Albert Lord.  He is a US Navy veteran and has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Latin America, India, Asia, and Africa.  He has served as the Faculty Lecturer on a Yale Alumni Association tour of India and as a Professor on the University of Virginia’s 2015 Spring Semester at Sea.  He is an expert on the religious traditions and the folklore and mythology of cultures throughout the world.  Dr. Flick has studied the archeology and culture of the Inca civilization with Professor Richard Burger at Yale University.  On the Legendary Peru trip, he will be lecturing on the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire, on Machu Picchu, and on Myth and Time in the Inca Ceremonial Cycle.

Nov 21 - Dec 1, 2016 Departure; Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2017 Departure
Regina Harrison

Regina Harrison

Regina Harrison is a specialist in the language of the Incas, Quechua.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a professor of Latin American Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland.  Her first book, Signs, Songs, and Memory in the Andes: Translating Quechua Language and Culture (1989), won several prizes, including the Kovacs Award from the Modern Language Association.  With 35 years of research experience in the Andes, she has written books and articles on Ecuadorian literature as well as a study of Quechua theological translation, Sin and Confession in Colonial Peru (2014).  Her research has been well funded over the years, with awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Dr. Harrison turned to video production to best record her observation of ecological tourism in the Andes, directing Cashing in on Culture: Indigenous Communities and Tourism (2002) as well as filming and directing  Mined to Death in Potosí, Bolivia (2005), winner of a Latin American Studies Association award in film. Her most recent video is Gringo Kullki: From Sucres to Dollars in Ecuador (2015), in the Quichua language with English subtitles.

Dr. Harrison's scholarship reflects her experiences in living abroad: as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Galápagos Islands, as a researcher living with indigenous communities in Ecuador, and as a scholar in the archives and libraries of Lima, Cuzco, and Quito.  She is also an accomplished guide to the Andean region.  She led hiking trips to study archeological sites in the Andes as a professor at Bates College and was director of two semester programs in Ecuador.  Recently, she was appointed director of the University of Maryland semester programs in Madrid and Seville (Spain).  In addition, she has been a visiting professor at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito) and at the Centro Estudios Regionales Andinos 'Bartolomé de Las Casas' (Cuzco).

Mar 6 - 16, 2017 Departure; Sep 20 - 30, 2017 Departure
Bill Sapp

Bill Sapp

Bill Sapp is an archaeologist with special expertise in the Andes. He has been leading archaeological and cultural tours of Peru for more than a decade and is an expert in the Inca sites of Machu Picchu and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the Sacred Valley, and other sites located in and around Cuzco. Bill serves as a director for the non-profit corporation Conservation Volunteers International Program, where he organizes and leads groups of volunteers who work with the Peruvian Cultural Ministry to maintain and preserve Inca ruins in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. He also works with the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment to help maintain biodiversity within the Sanctuary. Bill received his Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, where his doctoral dissertation documented his excavations at Cabur, a country palace located on Peru’s north coast. He also excavated at the Chimú administrative center of Algarrobal de Moro and the Lambayeque/ Chimú administrative center at Farfán. Dr. Sapp teaches part-time at California State University San Bernardino, where his courses include South American archaeology, an introduction to world civilizations, and an archaeological field school co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He also serves as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service and as a tribal liaison between the U.S. government and 11 federally recognized Indian tribes.

Apr 17 - 27, 2017 Departure
David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer is Boston University's Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he served as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies at the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute.

Over the years, he has traveled widely throughout Central and South America. His experience in the region includes public diplomacy lecture tours in each of the countries and assessments of their diplomatic services for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP). He has also taught seminars at the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO) of Costa Rica and served on the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Observer Mission at the Central American Presidents negotiations in San José (which produced the Arias Peace Plan, for which Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize.

His most recent book, co-authored with David Mares, deals with the almost 200-year struggle between Ecuador and Peru to resolve the Western Hemisphere's longest running border dispute (Power, Institutions, and Leadership in War and Peace: Lessons from Peru and Ecuador, 1995-1998; Texas, 2013 paperback edition).

May 29 - Jun 8, 2017 Departure
Abigail Levine

Abigail Levine

Abigail Levine is an archaeologist with a regional specialty in the south central Andes.  She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2012, with a focus on the evolution of complex societies, and specifically, the role of war and trade in this process.  Her research at the archaeological site of Taraco, located in the Lake Titicaca Basin of Peru, was featured in the New York Times and was named one of the top 10 discoveries of 2011 by Archaeology Magazine.   Dr. Levine has taught numerous Anthropology courses including Introduction to Archaeology, South American Archaeology, Economic Anthropology, Archaeology of Chiefdoms, and the Archaeology of Vice.  She has also led a field school at Taraco co-sponsored by UCLA and the Institute for Field Research.