ANCIENT CULTURES of NORTHERN PERU and the INKA
THE BEST OF ANDEAN PERU, NORTH and SOUTH!
Evening shawdows creep across the Callejón de Huaylas
towards the snow-capped Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz
For 2012 Rutahsa Adventures is offering a very special and unusual excursion
to Peru that combines the cultural and scenic wonders of Northern Peru with the
world famous attractions of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, plus
our very own trademark cultural event, the fiesta of the Last Inka Suspension Bridge. Wow! What an unbeatable combination of
exciting features-- natural, historical, and cultural! [Note: Much of this trip
will be at elevations above 10,000 ft; we recommend you consult with your
personal physician before signing on.]
As a participant in this excursion you will see parts of this spectacular country
that are absolutely fabulous, yet not on such a well-beaten tourist trail as Cusco.
You will learn about some of the many cultures that flourished in Peru before the
Inkas: the Chavín, the Moche, the Chimú and others...cultures upon
which the Inka Empire built and expanded. Then you will go to the heart of the
Empire, explore the Inka capital with its overlay of Spanish Colonial trappings
and history, travel the length of the beautiful Sacred Valley, and climax the trip
with a visit to the sublime Machu Picchu. Along the way you will visit the Last
Inka Suspension Bridge, a site seldom seen by outsiders, and participate in the
celebration of its annual rebuilding. All this and more...all you have to do is
sign on to Rutahsa Adventures' Best of Andean Peru North & South Excursion!
Trip participation will be limited to 18 travelers. If you are interested in
participating, request your trip application now!
Here's the itinerary:
DAY 1, Tues. May 29: Arrive Lima. You will be met at the LIM airport
and taken to the Casa Andina Centro in Miraflores, one of Lima's better residential
and business districts, for overnight.
DAY 2, Weds. May 30: AM: Board our private bus to go with our bilingual
guide to visit Lima's excellent Museo de Arqueología, Antropología
e Historia, i.e., Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History, where you will
see displays of Peru's many different cultures and some original sculptures taken from
some of the sites to be visited on our itinerary. This museum tour will prove invaluable
in preparing you for our upcoming visits to the sites of Chavín de
Huántar, Huaca de la Luna, Chan Chan, Sipán, and other sites,
including, of course, the Inka Empire. You will be amazed at the incredible
number of sophisticated cultures that arose along the Peruvian coast and in the
Andes long before the Inkas.
PM: Free time. There are shops and other attractions in Miraflores and greater
Lima that you may want to visit. Consult with your guide for suggestions.
For supper, Miraflores offers a variety of good dining spots. For a special
dining experience, we recommend the La Rosa Nautica or the Huaca Pucllana. The
former is a wonderful rambling wood structure at the end of a pier, so you can
dine in elegance, while watching the seabirds and surfers as the waves roll
right under you. The latter is an archeological site with a ruined adobe
temple-- the huaca-- with a fine restaurant right on the edge of the
ruins (which are lit at night). Both restaurants are excellent. Ask the hotel
receptionist to call you a cab to go to either of these great restaurants.
Second night at Casa Andina Miraflores. Included meal: B (breakfast)
DAY 3, Thurs. May 31: Today you board your charter bus, with
professional driver and bilingual guide, and head north out of Lima, up the
coast to visit the ancient site of Caral. This archeological site is not
well-known to Peru visitors, but made worldwide news recently when
archeologists declared it to be the oldest known true city in the Americas,
some 4600 to possibly 5000 years old, according to radiometric dating. This
unexpectedly early date is forcing revision of archeological concepts of the
development of civilization in South America. The site represents a large
(65 hectares, or 160 acres) urban complex of pyramids, sunken plazas, and other
constructions. See Caral archeology.
From Caral you will continue on a short distance northwards towards Huaraz, to
the town of Barranca where we will overnight at the Hotel Chavín.
Included meals: B, BL (box lunch)
DAY 4, Fri. June 1: After breakfast you continue on northward along the
coast for just about 10 km, then turn northeastward, inland, to follow the
valley of the Río Fortaleza for 125 km, ascending into the Cordillera
Occidental of the Andes to cross a high pass at 4080 m (13,385 ft). From the
Fortaleza Pass the highway descends into the valley of the Río Santa to
follow this river northward descending to the city of Huaraz at 3091 m (10,141 ft),
with beautiful views of the snow-capped Cordillera Blanca along the way.
Just beyond Huaraz city, in the village of Monterrey, is the comfortable Hotel El Patio, home for the next three nights.
Included meals: B, BL
DAY 5, Sat. June 2: The main treat today is the seminal archeological
site of Chavín de Huántar. But this will require an early start,
as we must backtrack a ways up the valley we descended yesterday, then turn east and
cross over the Cordillera Blanca to descend along a road clinging to
the mountainside to reach the town of Chavín de Huántar. Lots of
wonderful scenic panoramas today!
The archeological site of Chavín de Huántar has given its name to what
was long believed to be the oldest major culture in Peru, existing from approximately
1300 to 400 BC. Aside from its antiquity and longevity, the Chavín culture is
considered highly important as a sort of "mother culture" due to its strong influence
on succeeding cultures throughout northern Peru.
The Chavín people worshipped first and foremost a Feline God, and secondarily
condor, snake and human-like deities. [We cat-lovers are glad to see they had their
priorities straight!] There is also evidence that hallucinogenic drugs, such as the
San Pedro cactus, were part of their religious rituals.
The most important feature at the archeological site is the large building
known as the Castillo (castle) with its underground temple (a replica of
which is in the Museo de la Nación in Lima). This temple contains
the famous carved rock known as the Lanzón de Chavín
(Giant Lance of Chavín). To quote from the Lonely Planet guidebook, "It
is a thrilling and distinctly mysterious experience to come upon this
four-metre-high dagger-like rock stuck into the ground at the intersection of
four narrow passages deep within the Castillo." Be sure to bring your own
flashlight for this adventure!
After visiting Chavín, you will have lunch and then get en route again back
to Huaraz and the Hotel El Patio.
Near our hotel are the well known Baños Termales, natural hot
springs baths...and, depending on the hour you arrive today and again from
tomorrow's outings, you may find an opportunity for a visit to relax and enjoy
Included meal: B
DAY 6, Sun. June 3: The city of Huaraz lies in the Callejón
de Huaylas, a narrow valley between the Cordillera Negra --the
lower, snowless western range crossed en route to Huaraz-- and the eastern
Cordillera Blanca --a high, snow-capped range. It is because of this
magnificent mountain scenery, replete with glacial lakes, hot springs and
numerous archeological sites, that Huaraz is the most important center for
climbing, trekking and backpacking in Peru.
Today, you will enjoy some of this splendor with a visit to the lovely
turquoise Llanganuco glacial lakes,
under the brow of the towering icy Nevado Huascarán (6768 m, 22,204 ft).
After enjoying the dramatic and invigorating glacial scenery reminiscent of
California's famed Yosemite Valley, you can enjoy your box lunch near one of
the beautiful lakes.
After lunch, a hike down an ancient trail (probably an Inka or pre-Inka road)
is planned. The trail, which passes through a grove of queñua trees and
alongside a rushing glacial meltwater stream, is partly stone paved, characteristic of Inka roads.
The last stop for the day will be at the former site of the city of Yungay,
where one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Andes occurred
on May 31, 1970, when an earthquake triggered a massive avalanche and
landslide that fell from near the peak of Nevado Huascarán. This
huge mass of snow, ice and earth became fluidized and rushed down the valley at
extremely high speed (perhaps as high as 300 km/hr), to bury the town of
Yungay, some 14 kilometers down-valley. With little or no warning or time to
flee, almost all of Yungay's 18,000 inhabitants died. Although the town has
been rebuilt in a new location, out of the way of future landslides, the path
of the debris flow is still visible, and the original site of Yungay has been
declared a national cemetery, marked by memorials, scattered ruins and other
reminders of the dramatic tragedy.
With a bit of luck you may witness a lovely peaceful sunset gild the Nevado Huascarán, from whence the deadly
Second night in Hotel El Patio. Included meals: B, BL
DAY 7, Mon. June 4: Today's destination is the major coastal city of
Trujillo. To reach Trujillo requires another long drive, but one with much to
see en route. A well-maintained gravel road heads west out of Huaraz city to
re-cross the Cordillera Negra to descend back to the Pacific coast. The
winding way up to the high pass features tremendous views of the snow-capped Cordillera Blanca. The long route down to
the coast passes through a wide variety of scenery and ecological zones.
With an early start it should be possible to reach the important archeological
site of Sechín in time (around 1 PM) for a late box lunch, but bring
along some snacks just in case you get hungry en route.
Sechín features a partially restored stone temple complex, with outer
walls decorated by spear-toting warriors and the dismembered bodies of
sacrificial victims...heads, arms and legs, torsos, spilled intestines, and so
on in gory extravagance, all portrayed in strange cartoon-like carvings. For a better idea of what this little visited
site is like, click here: Sechín.
Trujillo lies about three hours drive north of Sechín, following the Pan
American Highway. Once in Trujillo you will settle into the 3-star Hotel Los Conquistadores,
very close to the Plaza de Armas for tonight and tomorrow night.
Included meals: B, BL
DAY 8, Tues. June 5: Modern Trujillo, founded in colonial times, is
situated near the major centers of two famous pre-Columbian cultures, the Moche
(pre-Inka) and the Chimú (pre-Inka and contemporaneous with the Inka).
The Moche culture (also called Mochica in older literature) flourished from the
first century BC to the eighth century AD, forming a kingdom stretching 550 km
along the Pacific coast of what is now northern Peru. Their settlements were
limited to a series of river valleys, and dependent on a complex system of
irrigation canals that made agriculture possible in this arid region. The
Moche are best known for their fantastic skill in ceramics-- and you will have
already seen stunning examples of this skill in the Museo de Arqueología.
But here at Trujillo you will see the monumental architecture of their principal
The Moche system of irrigation made possible a food supply that supported a
dense population. This, in turn, provided the necessary work force for major
projects such as palaces, pyramids and temples. A short distance out of
Trujillo you reach the great pyramids of Huaca de la Luna and Huaca
del Sol (huaca is the general Andean term for a "sacred place").
This site was the Moche capital for much of the kingdom's existence.
The Huaca del Sol, or Pyramid of the Sun, was
by some accounts the largest pre-Columbian structure in South America, rising
28 m (92 ft) above the desert floor, with a base covering some five hectares.
It was constructed of large adobe bricks, estimated to exceed 130,000,000 in
number. This massive construction, like the smaller, but still impressive
Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon) was built and rebuilt numerous
times over the centuries. Each rebuilding was bigger and better than its
predecessor, and, in fact, the previous construction was entombed by the newer
version. As archeologists have excavated and tunneled into the successive
pyramid-temple edifices of Huaca de la Luna, they have discovered the
original, highly decorated walls of each previous temple preserved below the
later additions. You will have the privilege of viewing elaborate and elegant murals molded in adobe and painted in
still vivid red, white, ochre, and black. You will be genuinely astounded,
as we were when we first visited this site in 2003.
After visiting the Moche capital, the next destination is Huanchaco Beach where
we'll find a restaurant for lunch. Ceviche or other Peruvian seafood
specialties are the recommended fare!
At Huanchaco beach you will see caballitos ("little horses"), the traditional reed fishing
boats that have been used here since time out of mind. These little boats--
seen depicted in Moche pottery-- are straddled and ridden like horses out into
the sea by artesanal fisherman even
After lunch, Chan Chan, capital city of the Chimú Kingdom is the final
treat for the day. Like the Moche, the Chimú constructed their capital
out of adobe. You will visit a partially excavated and restored palace complex
named the Tschudi Palace, in honor of the archeologist of that name. The
extent of this sprawling, walled compound will amaze you. It contains three
ceremonial plazas, rooms for royal hearings,
its own water reservoir, a burial platform, and a large number of rooms
believed to be for the storage of tribute. But the truly mind-blowing aspect
of this palace is that it is only one of nine such huge palace complexes
(each today named in honor of an archeologist prominent in Peruvian studies).
Apparently the wealth of a Chimú king was not inherited by his
successor. Thus, each successive Chimú lord had to build his own
palace, and, in all probability, had to extend the kingdom in order to acquire
the wealth necessary to build his new digs! [The Inka, who conquered the
Chimú kingdom in 1470, adopted and elaborated upon this system of
Like the Moche, the Chimú people were highly skilled metallurgists, who
produced beautiful works of art in gold and silver. For more on Chan Chan and
the Chimú culture, see National Geographic, Mar. 1973, "Chan Chan, Peru's
Ancient City of Kings".
Second overnight in the Hotel Los Conquistadores. Included meal: B
DAY 9, Weds. June 6: Today our trip continues up the coast to Chiclayo,
an easy drive of just a little over 200 km on good paved highway most the way.
En route to Chiclayo a side road leads to the Moche archeological site of
Sipán, a rather un-prepossessing site --just another one of the many
Moche adobe pyramid sites-- and one that would not be on the itinerary were it
not for the incredible discoveries made here in the late 1980s and early 90s.
Sipán can justifiably be considered the "King Tut equivalent" for South
America. But whereas the fabulous treasure-filled Egyptian burial was that of
a single pharoah, here a royal tomb was looted before archeologists arrived on
the scene to discover and painstakingly excavate three more spectacular
treasure-filled tombs. The saga of the looting, the archeological salvage
work, the international black market trade in illicit treasures, and the
triumphant discoveries of the three pristine tombs is all told in "Lords of
Sipán, A True Story of Pre-Inca Tombs, Archeology and Crime" by Sidney
D. Kirkpatrick, highly recommended reading, and a real page-turner! Also see
National Geographic, Oct. 1988, "Discovering the New World's Richest Unlooted
Tomb" and "Unraveling the Mystery of the Warrior-Priest" (same issue), plus
June 1990, "The Moche of Ancient Peru: New Tomb of Royal Splendor".
After a brief site visit, where reconstructions of the three royal tombs can be seen, it's on to Chiclayo for
lunch, and then...one of the real highlights of this excursion: you will see
the actual treasures from the Sipán burials, now preserved in a world-class museum built especially to display
these eye-popping artifacts: the Museo Nacional Tumbas Reales de
Sipán (National Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán).
The artfully planned museum is entered by walking up a ramp, just as Moche
pyramid temples were entered. The displays take you gradually down into the
lower levels of the museum through the series of burials unearthed at
Sipán in the same order as the archeologists discovered them. This
wonderful museum is the main reason for coming to Chiclayo, and you will not
forget this experience. N.B.: No cameras of any kind are allowed in this
Your hotel tonight in Chiclayo will be the comfortable Hotel Casa de la
Luna. Included meal: B
DAY 10, Thurs. June 7: Today the adventures in northern Peru, come to a
close, as we head for the heart of the Inka Empire. You will fly from Chiclayo
to Lima, change planes and continue on to Cusco. Hope for a window seat so you
can thrill to air views of the magnificent Andean scenery en route.
In Cusco you will be met at the airport and taken to the Casa Andina Cusco Plaza right on the historic Plaza de Armas
in the very heart of Cusco.
After checking into the Casa Andina, freshening up, and perhaps having bite to
eat, you will have some free time to begin to explore this fascinating and
romantic Inka-Spanish city. But take it easy...you have just come up from the
coast to the high Andes and you need to adjust to the altitude! We recommend
you drink some coca tea before walking about, avoid strenuous climbs, and
forego alcoholic beverages for a day or two.
Included meal: B
DAY 11, Fri. June 8: AM: After breakfast we will take a short ride out
of town to the archeological sites of Tambomachay ("The Bath of the Inka"), Puka
Pukara ("The Red Fort"), Qenco (an extremely weird and enigmatic huaca
or sacred place), and the mighty fortress of the Sacsayhuaman. This amazing work was built of truly cyclopean stones fitted together with uncanny
precision. Unquestionably it is one of the wonders of the world! From atop
the fortress we will enjoy a splendid view of the valley of Cusco and the city it once defended. By visiting these
sites in the morning we will avoid the larger afternoon crowds.
After a break for lunch, a walking tour of Cusco, the "Navel of the Earth, is
next, visiting the most important sites, both Inka and Spanish: the Korikancha
(Sun Temple), the Plaza de Armas, the
Cathedral, and the remains of the palace of the Inka Roca, where you will see a
famous icon, the Twelve Cornered stone. Our
guide will teach you how to distinguish between Inka walls and Spanish
colonial walls built by Inka stonemasons for the conquerers. The Inka
stonework fully lives up to its reputation-- it is magnificent!
Second night at Casa Andina Cusco Plaza. Included meal: B
DAY 12, Sat. June 9: Today we will make an early start, as we are going
to really get off the beaten path, heading south from Cusco for a couple of
hours, then turning west to climb higher into the Andes, to descend around
mid-day into the canyon of the Apurímac river. Our goal is a site seldom
visited by outsiders: the last authentic Inka suspension bridge, spanning the
narrow inner gorge of the Apurímac.
Getting there is part of the fun, as our route crosses rugged terrane, through
villages, past isolated traditional family compounds, herds of llamas and
alpacas, patchworks of wheat and barley, potatoes, and quinoa. Maybe we'll see
the harvest being gathered in the time-honored
fashion of the Quechua people. Eventually the road drops into the Apurímac
canyon through a spectacular series of curves.
We expect to arrive at our campsite around mid-day. Depending on the time of
arrival, we should be able to visit the bridge site and see the construction
under way, then have lunch and move into our tents, before returning to the
bridge to watch this marvel of native engineering take form.
The suspension bridge, known in Quechua as a
keshwa chaca, is made of qqoya grass, a tough Andean bunchgrass,
and must be renewed every year. The rebuilding is a three-day community project
performed each June. The bridge was first made known to the outside world by
explorer/author Loren McIntyre (see McIntyre's fascinating article in the Dec.
1973 issue of National Geographic), and is believed to be the last Inka straw
bridge that has been continuously rebuilt since Inka times. It spans the
Apurímac where it passes through a narrow, vertically walled canyon. We will be arriving on the final day of
bridge construction and hope to see the renewed bridge actually go up. Those
brave enough to trust a bridge of straw 60 feet above the swift Apurímac can walk across the bridge.
By arriving mid-day on Saturday, we should be able to witness the laying of the floor and the stringing of the
sides, which starts at each end and proceeds towards the middle and finishes with the laying of mats of brush. Once the bridge is finished, it
is dedicated by local officials, blessed by a shaman, and opened once again for
To see a detailed photo album of the keshwa chaca rebuilding and
festival, visit The Last Inka Suspension
In order to visit this site and attend the folkloric festival celebrating the
bridge, we will camp out just downstream from the bridge. with tents, sleeping bags and pads, and meals
all provided for you. [But note: You will need to be well-prepared for sleeping
in cold weather. Bring flannel or fleece longjohns or other clothing you can layer.
Sometimes the nights are mild here, but sometimes they are bitter, and you need to
be prepared for the latter, just in case.]
Included meals: B, L, D
DAY 13, Sun. June 10: The bridge was completed yesterday, and today the
villagers-- the more than 300 who worked on the bridge, their families, plus
hundreds more from other communities-- arrive, many in their finest traje (traditional clothing) to
celebrate the renewal of the bridge and the honoring of their ancestors and
Pachamama ("Earth Mother") represented by the maintenance for another year of
their ancient tradition. The formerly bare mountainsides bloom with a multiplicity of tents, vendors arrive with their
wares, and hundreds of Quechua people come
streaming in by foot, horseback, truck and bus. The highlight of the festival
is a native dance contest by dance groups
from many villages in the region. And you will be there to witness this
colorful folkloric fiesta!
In addition to being present for the renewal of the bridge and the ensuing
party, another special aspect of our trip --and another tradition, though not
so ancient as the bridge rebuilding-- is the donation by our group of travelers
of school supplies and children's clothing to the communities that maintain the
bridge. It is our way of saying muchas gracias to these Quechua people
for maintaining their venerable custom of bridge-building, a tradition that has
been abandoned elsewhere in Peru.
After lunch, we will, somewhat regretfully, say our goodbyes and leave this
amazing place and people, remote in location and in time. We will leave, but
we will never forget!
As we return to Cusco there is much to see en route. In addition to the fine
Andean scenery there are important sites to visit along the way, including
Rumicolca (a pre-Inka aqueduct remodeled
by the Inkas to form a massive gateway on the Inka highway to the south), and,
time permitting, the enigmatic archeological site of Pikillacta, a pre-Inka
city built by the Wari culture.
Once back in Cusco we will settle into our familiar quarters at the Casa Andina
again. Included meals: B, BL
DAY 14, Mon. June 11: Our destination today is the Sacred Valley, an
intermontane valley of surpassing beauty, once the site of important Inka
military outposts, agricultural centers, and imperial estates. We will visit
the Inka citadel of Pisac, located in the upper end of the valley. Here,
stupendous andenes (agricultural terraces) of the Inkas are still in use today. The site consists of four
main areas, including a fortified residential
area and a temple complex. The sites
sprawl along a narrow ridge and are connected by paved walkways, stairs and
tunnels. Walking along trails clinging to cliffs you almost get the feeling
you are viewing from a helicopter. One thing for sure you'll know: the Inka
people didn't sleep walk (or if they ever did, that gene got weeded out early
After experiencing Pisac, we reboard our bus and head down the Sacred Valley,
eating our box lunches as the dramatic scenery rolls by. Arriving at the
opposite end of the valley we come to Ollantaytambo, sometimes characterized as
a "living Inka town". While the Inka are gone, much Inka construction remains
and their descendents live on in the town which is built on the Inka civic
plan of canchas, i.e., multifamily dwellings surrounding an open
courtyard. We will first visit the impressive ruins of the fortess-temple
above the town, then descend to visit the living community.
The fortress-temple at Ollantaytambo was
still under construction when the
Conquistadors arrived and today's ruins preserve evidence of the construction techniques.
The present-day town of "Ollanta" preserves Incaic walls and narrow paved streets separating the walled
canchas. We will enter an original Inka cancha and visit one of
the homes to get a glimpse of Quechua lifestyle, including the household
cuy (guinea pigs) scurrying about the kitchen
area. Ollanta is a good place to see more traditional Andean costume still being worn, and hand-loomed ponchos and other
textiles can be purchased here.
Overnight at the delightful Hotel
Pakaritampu, one of our very favorite lodgings! Included meals: B, BL
DAY 15, Tues. June 12: After breakfast at the Pakaritampu, we board the
train to Machu Picchu. You will take minimal luggage, just what you need for
overnight, as your main luggage will be carried back to Cusco for you-- as you
continue on to fabled Machu Picchu! The railroad station is just a short
walk from the Pakaritampu, and we will board the Vistadome train to travel down
the gorge of the Rio Urubamba, passing
numerous Inka ruins en route, and marveling at the dramatic scenery. Arriving
at Machu Picchu station we will send our luggage to our hotel and then take the
bus up the zig-zag "Hiram Bingham Highway" to the legendary sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the world's premier
archeological sites, recently voted one of the modern Seven Wonders of the
World, and one of those exceedingly rare places where the works of man and
nature combine harmoniously to create a place of transcendental beauty. You
will taken on a guided introductory tour to the site, then have a buffet lunch
at the Sanctuary Lodge.
After lunch you will enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. There
is so much to see in the main ruins. Don't fail to walk along the staircase
paralleling the famous fountains. And a
short hike out to the Inka drawbridge is
highly recommended. But don't miss the last bus down to the town of Aguas
Calientes...it's a long walk back!
Our hotel in Aguas Calientes is the Machu Picchu Inn, near the center of this funky town.
Included meals: B, L
DAY 16, Weds. June 13: Today you have the luxury of a full morning of
free time in Machu Picchu. Your second day round trip bus ticket and entry to
Machu Picchu are included, and the first bus leaves early-- so you can beat the
day-trippers from Cusco and enjoy the sublime
ruins without crowds. You'll have all morning and a bit of the early
afternoon to explore the fountains, its
temples, its royal residence, its amazing
agricultural terraces, and innumerable intriguing nooks and crannies. Those
who want to experience a bit of the famous Inka Trail can hike up to the
Intipunku ("Sun Gate"), about an hour's trek. For active people who do not fear
heights, we suggest a climb up to the peak of Huayna Picchu for a breath-taking
(literally) view of Machu Picchu far below.
In the afternoon we'll board the train to return to Cusco. Be certain that you
check with your guide to know the hour at which you must be back at the hotel
to leave with the group for the train station!
Back in Cusco we will return to the Casa Andina Cusco Plaza for a final night.
Here you will find the luggage you left in Ollanta awaiting you.
Included meal: B
DAY 17, Thurs. June 14: This morning you should have time for some final
sight-seeing and souvenir purchasing before we head for the airport to take the
flight back to Lima, where our wonderful trip ends. You will take with you a
million memories, lots of photos, and the realization that you must come
again-- Peru has so much to offer, and you even though you've seen a lot,
there's much more!
Included meal: B
In Lima you can either continue on directly to your international flights home,
or overnight again in Miraflores prior to flying out on Friday. Travelers
choosing to overnight in Miraflores need only to advise us and we will reserve
the necessary extra services for you (additional hotel and airport transportation,
not included in the published trip cost).
Rutahsa Adventures can also arrange pre- or post-trip extensions for travelers
who wish to overfly the Nasca Lines, visit the Peruvian Amazon, or go trekking
in the Andes. There are plenty of options in this marvelous country.
E-mail us for details and costs for these trip extensions.
Whichever options you pick, this combination North - South Peru will be a
memorable experience in a league all its own!
NOTE: If you have traveled southern Peru and wish to sign on to the northern segment
only, or, if you have never been to Peru but do not have time to do the full trip, we
can provide either segment, northern or southern, by itself. Please write us for a
price quote if you wish to sign on to one segment only.
The 2012 trip cost will depend on the number of participants:
The trip price includes all hotels, ground transportation, park and monument entry fees,
services of a talented bilingual Peruvian Tour Conductor, plus bilingual local guide services
as needed, and meals as listed in the itinerary (continental breakfasts at most hotels, box
lunches on some days, dinners on some days), plus airport transportation in and out at Lima, Chiclayo
and Cusco airports.
Not included: air fare U.S.- Lima - U.S., meals not listed as included in the itinerary,
alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, tips, medical, travel insurance or other personal expenses.
- 8-9 participants: $3419 p/p (in double room accommodations), plus cost of flights in Peru
- 10-11 participants: $3156 p/p (in double room accommodations). plus cost of flights in Peru
- 12-13 participants: $2946 p/p (in double room accommodations), plus cost of flights in Peru
- 14-15 participants: $2869 p/p (in double room accommodations), plus cost of flights in Peru
- 16 or more participants: $2725 p/p (in double room accommodations), plus cost of flights in Peru
- Singles Supplement: $692
- If you are a single traveler, but prefer to share a double with another traveler, please
indicate this when you submit your application blank, and we will try to find you a roommate.
- Cost of the three in-country flights at the time of publication of this website: $503 (As always, air
fares are subject to change without notice until booked. We will reserve these flights for you at the best
price we can get.)
If you would like to request a trip application, or have any questions about this excursion,
e-mail Ric Finch at: Rutahsa Adventures
Mailing address: Rutahsa Adventures, Inc., 299 Allen Hollow Rd., Cookeville, TN 38501
Photos on this website by Janie and Ric Finch, @copyrighted.