Past Travel

Peru

Land of the Andes, Incas, and Machu Picchu
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Sat, October 02, 2010 - Mon, October 11, 2010

Awaken your spirit in magical Peru, where breathtaking scenery and ancient mysteries weave together an inspirational journey of history, community and adventure. Starting in Lima, tour the Plaza de Armas, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the Pisac citadel, with its magnificent stonework and panoramas; Ollantaytambo, a temple-turned-fortress; and Yucay, a paradise for adventure-seekers and zen-like travelers alike. Spend a day volunteering at the SOS Children's Village in Cusco, then depart on the scenic rail trip to the legendary "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu.

Set against a backdrop of cloud-covered Andean peaks, Machu Picchu's abandoned temples, houses and sacrificial altar remain a glorious and mystifying glimpse into the ancient world. Your eco-hotel, situated within 12 acres of cloud forest, is a wealth of biodiversity and features the largest native species orchid garden in the world. Take the option to hike part of the Inca trail to the citadel of Winaywayna. End your journey in colorful Cusco, where you'll visit incredible ruins like Tambo Machay, the traditional bathing place for Inca royalty. Continue with an optional extension to Puno and Lake Titicaca and its unique islands.

Travel Cost: 

$3,995 per person, based on double occupancy