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

Starting at: $4,949 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Andean woman walking near Chinchero. Credit: Christopher Newman  Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu  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  Town square in Lima  Llama at Machu Picchu  An amazing view of Machu Picchu  Exploring the site of Machu Picchu in Peru  The site of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley  Uros women standing on a reed island on Lake Titicaca  The floating island of Los Uros on Lake Titicaca  Reed village on Lake Titicaca

Legendary Peru

World of the Inca and Machu Picchu

11 days from $4,949 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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

or Call 855-330-1542

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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.


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Apr 23 - May 3, 2018 Departure
David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer is an expert in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American studies. At Boston University he was Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Co-Director of the Peru Summer program, which he helped to found. Currently as Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science, he continues to teach courses on Latin American history and Conflict and Confict Resolution in Latin America. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he was at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies.

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). He continues to lecture regularly at U.S. State Department and U.S. military training facilities. 

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 28 - Jun 7, 2018 Departure
Robyn Cutright

Robyn Cutright

Robyn Cutright earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, specializing in the archaeology of the Andean region. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Centre College, a top liberal arts college where teaching is a central focus. Robyn has taught several study abroad courses in Peru that explore the ancient cultures of Peru's coast and highlands, and has also taught field ethnography and archaeology courses in Costa Rica. At Centre, she teaches a broad range of classes in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Latin American Studies, including Inkas Aztecs MayasPyramids and Politics: Exploring Peru's Prehispanic Past, The Archaeologist Looks at Death, and Paleokitchen: the Archaeology of Food. 
Robyn has over a decade of experience conducting archaeological fieldwork in Peru. Her research focuses on the Chimú, a coastal empire that preceded, and was conquered by, the Inca. Specifically, she explores the daily lives and local experiences of people living in frontier and provincial communities and the political impacts of ancient conquest. She is currently the director of a multi-year project at the archaeological site of Ventanillas, where she investigates how local strategies interacted with state politics at the edge of coastal state control. Her work has been published in journals such as Latin American Antiquity and Ñawpa Pacha, the journal of the Institute of Andean Studies, and she has co-edited a bilingual volume on the archaeology of the Pacific Coast. Her research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Social Science Research Council, and she is a former Fulbright Fellow to Peru.

Sep 19 - 29, 2018 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.

Oct 22 - Nov 1, 2018 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 Professor Emerita 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).