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Full Program Itinerary
|Day One – Welcome to Peru!|
|Today we board our flight to the beautiful coastal city of Lima, Peru.
|Day Two – Lima: Pizarro’s “City of Kings”|
|After breakfast, we won’t waste a moment starting our adventure in Lima!
Lima was founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. It has since grown into a huge city, accounting for one-fourth the total population of Peru. Today, because of its sprawling growth, the city is known to locals as El Pulpo (“the octopus”).
We’ll head straight to the city’s historic center, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Everything we’ve observed today sets the stage for the rich, fascinating and mysterious encounters that lie ahead.
|Day Three – Lima to Cuzco|
|Today, we’re up early & on the move. We’ll catch an early flight from the coast to Cuzco, high in the Peruvian Andes. We will immediately notice a distinct difference in the city’s architectural influences and cultural flavor.
By day’s end, we will have developed a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural hallmarks that define Peru’s past.
|Day Four– The Sacred Valley of the Incas|
|As beautiful and amazing as everything has been up to this point, Peru comes alive in an entirely new way today!
The Sacred Valley conjures up images of ancient practices, archaeological intrigue & cultural heritage. The Inca placed special significance on various points in the Valley, believing that these locations held spiritual and religious importance. That’s why the area is awash with some of the most intriguing and best-kept archaeological sites of the ancient world, many of which we’ll discover for ourselves today.
Next we’ll enter the unforgettable Pisaq Market in the Sacred Valley.
Another fascinating highlight comes at Chinchero, a traditional Valley village that hosts many surrounding communities, where locals congregate, exchange goods and socialize.
Throughout the day, your expert local guide will be on hand to ensure that you make the most of the astonishing & ever-changing scenery that lines our route. You’ll learn first-hand from a local expert about the importance of each site we visit, so it’s fully understood in the context of one of Peru’s most important regions.
|Day Five– The Train to Machu Picchu|
|The train from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu delivers one of the most famous and spectacularly scenic train rides on earth.
Sure, Machu Picchu is on nearly every human’s bucket list, but this train ride goes hand-in-hand with the experience.
After arriving at the village near Machu Picchu, our guide will illuminate all we encounter as we stroll to our hotel.
We’ll have time to freshen up (and process our anticipation) before a traditional highland dinner.
|Day Six– Mystical Machu Picchu|
|This is a day you will recall with awe for a lifetime. Welcome to the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary.
This afternoon, after exhausting our curiosity and imagination among the ancient, mist-shrouded ruins, the distinctive views will continue as we return to Cuzco by scenic train.
|Day Seven– Maras, Students and Service|
|Maras is a distinctive community in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the north of Cuzco.
School Visit: Local students will welcome us to their school as we see what life is like for our Peruvian peers.
This afternoon, we’ll give back to our local hosts as we participate in a meaningful and challenging service project in the region.
Tonight, back in Cusco, we will unwind and reflect with a memorable Farewell Dinner. We’ll celebrate our discoveries and pause to reminisce, recalling the monumental array of experiences that punctuated our week in Peru!
|Day Eight – Adios, Peru!|
|We’ll awaken this morning to the captivating beauty of the Andes, and feel remorseful as we make our way to the airport for our journey home.
Despite our inevitable sadness at leaving this magical place and these warm, welcoming people, we’ll take comfort in the knowledge that our connection to Peru will endure for a lifetime.