Treasures of Peru

Join alumni and friends from August 7 - 17, 2017, on an 11-day tour of Peru!

MPTravel off the beaten path from Lima to Lake Titicaca, visitng Peru's remote villages, ancient and enigmatic ruins, and lakes thousands of feet above sea level. Experience Peru's unique culture, captivating landscapes, and thousands of years of history throughout your journey. Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights, marvel at the riches of an intriguing land

Space is limited to just 24 guests  Please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at travelstudy@columbia.edu or 866-325-8664 for more details and to reserve your place on this fascinating tour

Dates & Rates

Dates: August 7 - 17, 2017

Rates:

Tour Package Only (transfers not included) $4,145 per person based upon double occupancy



International Air-inclusive from $4,699* total price from Miami ($4,145 air & land inclusive plus $554 airline taxes and fees)


Single space is extremely limited. If available, there is a single supplement charge of $1,595 per person. Please contact us to check single availability prior to sending your reservation, or to inquire about possible roommate options.
 
*Rates will vary depending upon your departure city. Please see the program brochure for full details. All published rates are per person based upon double occupancy.


Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru

We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 2: Lima

We meet our Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, then embark on a tour of colonial Lima. A highlight is our visit to treasured Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest homes in Lima (circa 1535), with a rich architectural heritage and a collection of Peruvian art and artifacts. Given the land by his friend conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of Lima’s founders, built the home that has been continuously occupied by his descendants ever since, some 18 generations. Next we tour Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection (including a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures) is unparalleled. We enjoy a welcome lunch at the museum; dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

This morning we transfer to the airport for the brief flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo then continue on to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We stop at the colorful Indian market at Pisac before reaching our hotel mid-afternoon. B,L,D

Day 4: Sacred Valley

This morning we attend a native ceremony, “Offering to the Earth,” then set out for Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins dating to the 15th century that still inspire wonder today. After touring here we continue on to the Incan farming town of Chincheros, set on a broad plateau presided over by a snowcapped mountain. Here residents live much as their ancestors did, wearing traditional clothing and conducting business and local government by time-honored means. They also weave as their ancestors did, as we see at a demonstration of traditional craft. Late afternoon we return to our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,L,D

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes

Early this morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where after lunch we board a bus for Machu Picchu and our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this haunting UNESCO World Heritage site. Mid-afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes and our hotel, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight. B,L,D

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco

This morning before the crowds of day trippers arrive, we take our second guided tour of Machu Picchu, when the early morning sun bathes the stones in a haunting, evocative light. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we return to Cuzco, arriving early evening. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 7: Cuzco

After a morning at leisure, we set out on a tour of the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Dynamic and historic, Cuzco is rich with the legacies of its Inca and Spanish forebears. We stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the still beautiful “House of the Sun,” an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L

Day 8: Cuzco/Puno

This morning we depart for the day-long journey by coach to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As we travel through the rugged snowcapped Andes dotted with small villages and herds of llama and alpaca, we make several stops along the way, beginning with Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its lovely 17th-century church. We continue on to the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Incan empire; La Raya, perched on Peru’s altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center; and the ceramics center of Pucara. We reach our hotel on the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca late this afternoon; it’s a short distance to the center of Puno from our hotel. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 9: Puno/Lake Titicaca

We spend the day exploring the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world’s highest navigable lakes. Up here the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther. By boat we visit the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows; in fact, the Uros rely on these reeds for their boats, the small huts in which they live, household items, and the handcrafts they sell to visitors. We also visit Isla Taquile, known for the high quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live here; sales of their textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos. On our visit, we see the men in their signature woven woolen caps with floppy earpieces, and women in tailored waistcoats and multi-layered skirts. We also witness the breath­taking natural beauty surrounding us, with Bolivia’s snow-capped Cordillera range a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. Tonight we celebrate our Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 10: Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S. T

his morning we visit the mysterious burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani overlooking Lake Umayo. After lunch we transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima, where we check into our day rooms at an airport hotel. Late this evening we depart on our flight to the U.S. B,L

Day 11: Arrive U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flight home.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking uphill, on uneven terrain, and at sites of ancient ruins. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. In addition, the high altitude of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet) and Cuzco (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. You should consult with your physician if you have concerns.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
 
Tour Price Includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities for air-inclusive participants (US - Lima/Quito - US);

  • All internal flights within the itinerary

  • 9 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of a professional tour director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all driverss

 
What’s not included:
Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance;  baggage charges on aircraft; International airfare, transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day of arrival and/or departure if you have booked as a “land only” participant or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section of the program brochure.

Please call us toll-free at (866) 325-8664 or email us at travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details.