Qalla Qasa citadel, Pisac
Qalla Qasa citadel, Pisac

Archaeological Tours

Peru: Lost Cities of the Incas

With many of its Andes peaks soaring to over 20,000ft, Peru’s spectacular rooftop world, home of the condor and llama, makes a fitting stage for a journey of discovery into this colorful South American country’s dramatic and myth-wrapped past.

Its story is an absorbing one of ancient indigenous empires, both pre-Inca (some perhaps dating back 5,000 years) and Inca, and the handful of 16th century Spanish conquistadors who vanquished them. Peru’s eventful legacy will capture the imagination of even the most seasoned traveler when confronted here with the mysteries of its wealth of archaeological and anthropological treasures – some reluctant to this day to yield the secrets of an Inca culture that had no knowledge of the wheel and left no written language or documentation.

Our tours in Peru unravel some of these enduring enigmas as we travel to excavated sites of battles, fortresses, palaces and sacred Inca temples – and, as importantly, fascinating artifact-rich museums. We travel to Peru’s colonial capital of Lima; Cusco, one-time Inca capital and oldest inhabited city in the Americas; outstanding pre-Columbian sites that include Chan Chan, Caral, Tucume, Huaca Rajada – and, of course, to iconic mountain-top Machu Picchu, the stunning Inca redoubt that remains among the greatest and most haunting archaeological discoveries of modern times.

To experience even more of South America’s wonders, add on an optional extension, Chile Lite: Easter Island: an extra 7 days to explore the Pre-Columbian Museum in Santiago before flying to the word-famous Easter Island.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Flights (excluding airfare from the US)
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Four lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team

Tour highlights:

  • Take the Vistadome train for a spectacular journey through the Urubamba River gorge to legendary Machu Picchu, discovered by American Hiram Bingham in 1911
  • Wander among the Moche pyramids (the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon), and the compounds of Chan Chan, the nearby imperial city of the Chimú, and possibly the world’s largest adobe city
  • Explore the Incas’ Sacred Valley of the Urubamba, Pisac’s lively handicrafts market and the vast site of Pisac
  • Discover the recently excavated city known as Caral, believed to be 5,000 years old, making it the oldest city in the Americas – and perhaps thriving when Egypt’s great pyramids were being built
  • Visit the striking Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum near Chiclayo, amongst the largest of its kind in South America and built to resemble the pre-Columbian pyramid where the 13 tombs of Sipan were uncovered

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