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2021 Treasures of Peru

Aug. 16 – 26, 2021
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $4,487 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 11 days
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A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences.  As your small group limited to 24 travelers takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – marvel at this intriguing land’s riches.

The 11-day Peruvian adventure begins in the capital with touring of Lima’s colonial and modern attractions, including treasured 16th-century Casa Aliaga, one of Lima’s oldest homes; and Larco Herrera Museum’s unparalleled ceramics collection.  In historic Cuzco, visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo.  Continuing on to the beautiful Sacred Valley, experience Peru’s rich cultural heritage at Pisac’s colorful Indian market and Ollantaytambo’s massive ruins, and in indigenous villages.  After a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu – the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” and a UNESCO site – encounter the enigmatic ruins on two guided tours.

Overnight at a nearby hotel and enjoy prime viewing opportunities before the crowds arrive.  Upon returning to Cuzco, further discovery of this UNESCO site includes Sacsayhuamán’s impressive ruins and a tour highlight:  lunch in a gracious family’s home.  Traveling on through Peru’s dramatic altiplano with its snowcapped mountains, reach Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes.  Spend a day exploring the lake’s fascinating life, riding a boat to the Uros people’s floating reed islands, and Isla Taquile, known for superb textiles.  Discover the Amazon rainforest’s amazing flora, fauna, and villages on an optional 4-day/4-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lima, Peru
  • Day 3 : Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley
  • Day 4 : Sacred Valley
  • Day 5 : Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
  • Day 6 : Machu Picchu/Cuzco
  • Day 7 : Cuzco
  • Day 8 : Cuzco/Puno
  • Day 9 : Puno/Lake Titicaca
  • Day 10 : Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S.

Eligibility

We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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