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Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu and Beyond

Program Number: 19210RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/19/2011 - 5/31/2011; 2/12/2015 - 2/25/2015; 4/23/2015 - 5/6/2015; 6/11/2015 - 6/24/2015; 9/10/2015 - 9/23/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/14/2015; 10/15/2015 - 10/28/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Peru/Bolivia
Price starting at: $2,914.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 31; 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Unearth the treasures of two of South America’s most fascinating countries, Peru and Bolivia, from “The Lost City of the Incas” and the pre-Incan ruins of Tiwanaku to mountain-ringed Lake Titicaca and the historic cities of Cusco and La Paz. Venture off the beaten path to witness local culture, daily life and ageless traditions as they unfold before you.




Highlights

• At the extraordinary ancient city of Machu Picchu, examine the remarkably well-preserved ruins of palaces, baths, temples and some 150 houses.
• Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tiwanaku, the spiritual and political center of the Tiwanaku people, a precursor of the Incas.
• Learn about the blending of Catholicism and Andean religions at rarely-visited churches in rural Andean communities.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven and hilly terrain. Elevations of 12,500 feet.




Date Specific Information

2-12-2015, 4-23-2015, 6-11-2015, 9-10-2015, 10-1-2015, 10-15-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Cusco (Peru); coach to Urubamba Valley, 3 nights; coach to Cusco, 3 nights; coach to Puno, 1 night; coach to Copacabana (Bolivia), hydrofoil boat to Huatajata Island, 2 nights; coach to La Paz, 2 nights; Departures, overnight flight.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Cusco (Peru)
Coach to Urubamba Valley
3 nights

Explore the Incan fortress and city of Ollantaytambo, one of the few cities that still maintain the Incan system of urban planning. Sample authentic Andean cuisine during a dinner at a private residence. Board the Vista Dome train to experience the wonders and history of Machu Picchu, a sacred ceremonial city of the Incas.



Coach to Cusco
3 nights

Get a first-hand look at two projects that support indigenous agriculture and textile production. Expert-led walking excursions in Cusco include the La Almudena Cemetery and San Pedro market. Take a field trip to Sacsayhuaman, former capital of the Inca empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the blending of Catholicism and traditional Andean religions at Cusco Cathedral and churches rarely visited by outsiders.



Coach to Puno
1 night
Coach to Copacabana (Bolivia)
Boat to Huatajata Island
2 nights

Discover some of the jewels of rural Andes including the chapel of Andahuaylas, the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi and the amazing pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani. Cross into Bolivia to visit the Copacabana Cathedral. Embark on a hydrofoil adventure on Lake Titicaca, going ashore on the Sun Island and the Moon Island, both extremely important in the religion of the Incas. Learn more at the Andean Roots Eco-Village on Huatajata Island and visit the ancient necropolis on Kalauta Island.



Coach to La Paz
2 nights
Departures
Overnight flight
1 night

With a local expert, explore the Tiwanaku ruins to learn about one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas. Experience the old colonial city of La Paz and visit the Indian market and the Witches’ Market.




Accommodations
Urubamba Valley: Mountain chalet-style retreat with panoramic Andes views. Cusco: Hotel in the center of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas. Puno: Waterfront hotel on Lake Titicaca. Huatajata Island: Island eco-resort on Lake Titicaca. La Paz: Modern city center hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jean-Jacques Decoster

Jean-Jacques Decoster is a preeminent scholar and expert on the cultural anthropology, ethnology and ethnohistory of the Andes. Born in France, he studied in his native country and the U.S. before relocating to Peru, where he is now professor of Inca history and Colonial history at the Universidad National San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Jean-Jacques’s areas of study include the relationship between native groups and their environment and bilingual education in rural indigenous communities.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
  Urumbamba Valley (Sacred Valley), Peru 3 nights
   Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
  Cuzco, Peru 3 nights
   Casa Andina Private Collection Puno
  Puno (Lake Titicaca), Peru 1 night
   Inca Utama Hotel and Spa
  Huatajata Island (Lake Titicaca), Bolivia 2 nights
   Hotel Europa
  La Paz, Bolivia 2 nights
 Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Sacred Valley’s most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering precious little for guests to do – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property’s extensive gardens and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Equidistant between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley’s abundant attractions and incomparable Inca ruins, including world-renowned Machu Picchu.
  Contact info: 5to Paradero
Yanahuara,   Peru
phone: +5184984765501
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels.php
  Room amenities: Very ample (32 m² / 339 sq. ft), elegantly rustic, with thick white stone walls and wood-beam ceilings. Feature Queen or King beds and either balconies or a separate breakfast/sitting area, as well as carpeted or parquet wood floors & warm down bedding.
  Facility amenities: • Full-service Andean-style Sacred Spa, with native treatments • Planetarium and Observatory with expert-guided shows & stargazing • Gourmet restaurant featuring local produce & ingredients, Andean specialties, wine & cocktail service • Bar, billiards/game room & TV lounge • Corporate and group meeting facilities & banquet room (180-person capacity) • Children playground • Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel • Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access • Room service • Usanzas handicrafts & gift shop • Ilaria and Aldo & Co jewelry shops • Miski alpaca goods shop • Crafts & textiles exhibition/market featuring local artisans • Laundry service • Globalnet ATM machine • Taxi service (to Cusco & Valley points of interest) • Front desk available 24/7 • No pets allowed
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on Availability Additional nights may be secured by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services at 1-800- 241-7404. Rates are subject to availability at time of booking.

 Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco’s emblematic colonial courtyards. In the hotel’s cozy lounge and reading room is a massive stone fireplace that’s always crackling, while the romantic gourmet restaurant invites guests to dine by candlelight in one of 4 connected salons richly decorated with 18th-century Cusco School paintings. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation. The hotel’s 72 rooms are removed from the street and ring 3 interior colonial-style courtyards with wooden balconies. Rooms include Superior, Suites and Imperial Suites. oxygen is available in all rooms of the hotel (a bonus for guests having difficulty adapting to the high altitude). Superior Rooms occupy adjoining colonial-style structures around 2 interior patios,
  Contact info: Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco,   Peru
phone: +5184232610
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/private-collection-cusco/hotel.php
  Room amenities: Ample (24 m² / 258 sq. ft) and warmly decorated, with Queen or King beds and wall-to-wall carpeting; many feature peaked ceilings. All have breakfast tables as well as writing desks.
  Facility amenities: • Oxygen available in all rooms and suites upon request • Gourmet restaurant featuring Sacred Valley produce & Andean specialties • Lounge/reading room with fireplace • Colonial-style bar • Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access • Free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel • Room service • Usanzas handcrafts & gift shop, & Indigo handicrafts & gift store • Medical assistance • Taxi service (to airport & Sacred Valley) • Globalnet ATM machine • Laundry service • Front desk available 24/7 • No pets allowed
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Casa Andina Private Collection Puno
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Perched at water’s edge and taking full advantage of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake Titicaca, with extraordinary views 3,800m (12,500 ft) above sea level. A majority of the hotel’s 46 rooms boast unparalleled lake views; the hotel’s gourmet restaurant is enclosed by a glass wall framing the lake and gardens; and a large, sunny terrace invites guests to contemplate Lake Titicaca’s seemingly endless expanse. Unique among Puno hotels, oxygen is available in all rooms (a bonus for guests having difficulty adapting to the high altitude). Inviting rather than imposing, the hotel — which has its own private train station stop, for guests coming from or traveling to Cusco — is a reflection of its altiplano location. It is built with rustic local materials, including stone, wood and clay tiles, while stone fireplaces warm the lobby lounge and restaurant. With Lake Titicaca the premier draw, guests can set off to explore its unique islands — the floating Uros, Taquile and Amantaní, as well as the remote ecolodge, a splendid getaway on private Isla Suasi—right from the hotel’s long private pier extending over the lake. All accommodations are Superior rooms, except for the large Suite. Most rooms have expansive lake views, and in the newest wing, all rooms overlook both gardens and Lake Titicaca. Alone among Puno / Titicaca hotels, oxygen is available in every room.
  Contact info: Av.Sesqui Centenario 1970
Puno,   Peru
phone: +5151363992
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/puno-hotels/private-collection-puno/hotel.php
  Room amenities: Ample (25 m² / 269 sq. ft) rooms in the main building have full-size or King beds and are decorated in a sophisticated but rustic style, with views of the Andean high plateau.
  Facility amenities: • Gourmet restaurant with panoramic Lake Titicaca views and featuring local lake fish and Andean specialties • Oxygen available in rooms and suites, upon request • Lounge bar with large stone fireplace • Outdoor terrace/bar overlooking Lake Titicaca • Private pier (for boating excursions to Lake Titicaca islands) • Private train stop (available for groups incoming from Cusco) • Free computer & Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel • Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access • Aldo & Co (one of Peru’s most prestigious jewelry stores) • Globalnet ATM machine • Laundry service • Medical assistance • Taxi service • Parking • Front desk available 24/7 • No pets allowed
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Inca Utama Hotel and Spa
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Inca Utama Hotel and Spa started as a modest project in the early 90's and has grown into a tourism complex highlighting the Andean cultures. Today it is a 65 room room hotel devided into two buildings - the original low slung main building housing reception, an elevator and rooms, and the new high-rise Colonial towers with accommdations and its own elevator as well. There is a fully equipped spa complete with saunas, massage, hydrotherapy, mud and salt baths and other traditional natural medicine of the Andes treatments. The Sumaj Untavi Restaurant is one of the two restaurants of the complex, with nightly "Pena" folkloric presentations. The other restaurant is the new Choza Nautica, in a thatched roof building built out over the water and offering spectacular vistas of the lake. There is also a cozy bar-lounge complete with fireplace, over-stuffed chairs and couches and TV with educational video collection. One of the highlights is a visit to the multi-faceted Andean Roots Cultural Complex. PLEASE NOTE: While this is rated a 5 star hotel in Bolivia. Bolivian standards are not the same as regular Western Standards and cannot be judge accordingly, This would be more of a good 3 star. This is the best available in this location and offers warm, comfortable and welcoming sourroundings that must be experienced.
  Contact info: 86 Carretera Asfaltada
Lake Titicaca, Huatajata Island,   Bolivia
phone: +NA
  Room amenities: All rooms have absic ameneties: Private Bathrooms, Cable TV, Hairdryer, safe.
  Facility amenities: 24 Hour ReceptionAir ConditionedBar / LoungeCurrency ExchangeHair DryerLaundry serviceRestaurantRoom ServiceSafe-Deposit BoxSaunaSwimming poolTV
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Europa
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Indulge in the creative services at Hotel Europa – a captivatingly comfortable Bolivia five-star hotel located in the heart of downtown La Paz. Gaze out at the snow-capped Illimani Mountain from your spacious guest room or suite. Enjoy the heated floor. Sleep soundly under a sumptuous feather duvet. A warm sense of renewal awaits you within our central La Paz luxury hotel. Relax along side the indoor pool. Soak in the Jacuzzi. Rejuvenate in the Turkish bath. Delight in our elegant hotel, offering unparalleled service and hospitality in a striking locale. 110 guestrooms including 10 suites, each designed for superior function and comfort, Internet, international direct dialing, large work area, under-floor heating, air-renewal and humidifying system, all rooms and bathrooms have windows to the exterior, feather duvets and pillows. PLEASE NOTE: Please note that while this hotel is rated 5 stars in Bolivia and is among the best hotels available in LaPaz. The hotel is well situated, clean, safe and comfortable and offers all the needed ameneties and receives good reviews for guest, however it is important to remember that it may not meet North American expectations for a hotel of this rating.
  Contact info: CALLE TIAHUANACO Nº 64,
La Paz,   Bolivia
phone: +591 2 2 31 56 56
web: www.summithotels.com/summit/hotels/index.aspx?id=41706
  Room amenities: each designed for superior function and comfort, Internet, international direct dialing, large work area, under-floor heating, air-renewal and humidifying system, all rooms and bathrooms have windows to the exterior, feather duvets and pillows.
  Facility amenities: Finn Club with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, fitness room and massage service, and health bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Based on Availability Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services to make reservations for additional nights after the program ends. Rates are subject to availability at time of booking.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins at the hotel in the Urumbamba Valley (Sacred Valley) on day 2 in Peru with the Orientation. You will be staying at Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the Hotel on day 13 in La Paz. You will be staying at Hotel Europa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No visas are required for US Citizens to enter Peru. A visa is required for US Citizens to enter Bolivia, this visa will be secured on arrival in Bolivia at additional cost to be paid on site by US Citizens (Currently $135USD and subject to change). All passports must have 6 months validity and 3 blank Visa pages. Canadians do not require visas for Bolivia or Peru at this time.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: No innoculations are required or recommended at this time for Peru. A Yellow Fever Vaccination is required to enter Bolivia.
  Parking availability:
Driving to this program is not recommended.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: We do not recommend the public transportation option to the first site hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Urumbamba Valley (Sacred Valley)
  Nearest airport:  Cusco
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Program Only Participants can take the group transfer as long as their flight arrives at or around the same time as the group.
  From End of Program
  Location:  La Paz
  Nearest airport:  La Paz
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Program Only Particpants can take the group transfer as long as their flight departs at or around the same time as the group.


Required innoculations:

Yes: No innoculations are required or recommended at this time for Peru. A Yellow Fever Vaccination is required to enter Bolivia.

Elevation Note: Sacred Valley 8064’, Machu Picchu 7,874' , Cusco 11,150', Puno 12, 565 and La Paz 11,800’

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the US
(Thursday, May 19)
   
 Depart From: Depart the US for Peru (overnight flight to Lima and onward to Cusco). Program begins in the Sacred Valley (arrival airport CUZ / Cusco Peru)

Day 2: Arrival in Peru (Sacred Valley) / Altitude Acclimatizing / Orientation
(Friday, May 20)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Cusco (CUZ Airport) and transfer to the Urumbamba Valley (Sacred Valley). Transfer is about 1.5 hours.
 Lunch: Lunch on arrival at the hotel. Lunch will be followed by check in (Please note that rooms may not be ready prior to lunch)
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to rest and relax and get used to the altitude and drink some tea. Late afternoon will be the Orientation and a Short presentation " Introduction to Peru" led by your Leader.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentation: The Rise and Fall of the Inca's / Ollantaytambo fortress
(Saturday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Presentation: “ The Rise and Fall of the Inca's ” by Jean Jacques Decoster, noted professor of History and published author.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel
 Afternoon: Local Discovery: Led by your Peruvian Study Leader explore Ollantaytambo fortress and town: Ollantaytambo is an archaeological park to which different functions had been attributed. It is considered a military construction strategically located to protect Cuzco from possible invasions. Ollantaytambo is one of the few cities that still maintain the Inca system of urban planning.
 Dinner: Private dinner at CASA HACIENDA HUAYOCCARI. This private residence restaurant is situated high above the Valley and offers excellent organic and authentic Andean cuisine handed down trough generations.
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Machu Pichu and the Vista Dome Train
(Sunday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Exploring Machu Picchu: Start the morning by taking the Vista Dome train to Machu Pichu. Machu Picchu was re-discovered in 1911 by US Yale University archaeologist Hiram Bingham. While the Inca Empire reached its peak during the 1400´s, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was considered a sacred place from much earlier. Whatever its origins, the Incas turned the site into a small but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed its population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. These structures, carved from the gray granite of the mountain top are wonders of both architectural and aesthetic genius. Many of the building blocks weigh 50 tons or more yet are so precisely sculpted and fitted together with such exactitude that the mortar-less joints will not permit the insertion of even a thin knife blade. Machu Picchu was elected as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World on July 2007.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
 Afternoon: Continue Exploring Machu Pichu on your own before taking the Vista Dome Train back to Ollantaytamb. Coach back to the Hotel from the Train station.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel
 Evening: At leisure and to pack
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Urubamba Sacred Valley / Andean Culture and Agriculture / Cusco
(Monday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Local Cultural Discovery: Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Community Project at the Potato Park a unqiue Educational experience that combines 6 Rural agrarian communities into one project. Part 1. Agricultural Community Project: The Potato Park focuses on preserving the critical role and interdependency of indigenous bio-cultural heritage for local rights, livelihoods, conservation and sustainable use of agro-biodiversity. The Andes are the center of potato origin, currently one of the four most important crops on earth, produced and preserved throughout centuries by its people. The native potato, with its over-3,000 varieties, is one of the most important ancient Peruvian’s legacies.
 Lunch: Typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant. Buffet lunch featuring a choice of local dishes prepared with ingredients grown within the sphere of the project.
 Afternoon: Local Cultural Discovery: Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Community Project Part 2. Ancient weaving demonstration in Chahuaytire: Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the Andes, and this community is part of a highly successful National Geographic Society-supported project to rescue and revive this way of life. Women are the owners and drivers of this activity, and we will see how their gregarious processes of spinning, the gathering and use of natural dyes, the setting up of looms and the creation of designs, are fundamental to the family and social bonds. Later in the afternoon we transfer to Cusco and Check in at the Hotel with time to rest and relax.
 Dinner: Dinner at Bacco Restaurant (or similar). Unique Tapas style dinner featuring local Cuzqueno Dishes.
 Evening: At leisure to rest or go for a walk in Cusco
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Discovering Cusco / Sacsaynuaman
(Tuesday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Cusco City Discovery: Led by your Local Peruvian Study Leader explore this historic city during a slow-paced walking city tour. Coach to La Almudena cemetery to start our exploration of Cuzqueno culture. At the cemetery examine how locals deal with the rituals of death and burial, giving an insight as to what is prized in life. From there walk downhill towards the main square, passing by the San Pedro market to see where locals shop for daily products and produce, visiting small local shops and colonial houses as you meander through the side streets of the city exploring how locals live (3.5 h and walking about 2.5 mile).
 Lunch: Typical Cuzqueño lunch (Degustation / Tasting Menu). Lunch today is in a real local's restaurant. Your Leader will order from the menu of the day featuring multiple dishes that allow you to explore real local fares.
 Afternoon: Discovering Sacsayhuaman: Led by your local Peruvian Study leader explore Sacsayhuaman a walled complex just above Cusco. Like all Inca stonework there is still mystery surrounding how it was constructed. Thanks to an as yet unexplained precision in stone-cutting, the structure is built in such a way that a single piece of paper will not fit between two stones. The Spanish harvested a large quantity of rock from the walls of the structure to build churches in Cuzco, which is why the walls are in perfect condition up to a certain height, and missing above that point.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own in Cusco to explore local flavors
 Evening: At leisure to rest or stroll in Cusco after dinner
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Discovering Cusco / Exploring the Symbiotic Mixing of Andean and Christian Cultures
(Wednesday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Presentation: Understanding the symbiotic mixing process of Andean religion and Catholicism led by our renowned local Historian. Then, depart on foot for a unique walking discovery of Cusco led by our local Historian (3 - 3.5 hours). Part 1. Korikancha Palace: The Korikancha Palace was the most important temple in the Inca Empire and dedicated to Inti, the Sun God. The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold. The Church of Santo Domingo was built on the site, using the ruined foundations of the temple that was flattened by the Spanish in the 17th century. Part 2. Cuzco Cathedral: Its construction started in 1560 and finished in 1664. It contains the best manifestations of colonial goldsmith and wood carving, as well as a valuable collection of canvases from the Escuela Cusqueña (Academy of Cusco)."
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy an afternoon to yourself to explore Cusco at your own pace or to relax at the hotel or join us for the OPTIONAL Continuation of the morning theme in more depth (2.5H and walking up to 2 miles). Part 3. La Compañía church: This Baroque church was built in the 17th century. The sacristy holds its most precious treasure: an impressive 50 lb., 3 feet high gold and gemstones-encrusted monstrance, crowned with one large mermaid shaped pearl, considered to be the second largest in the world. Part 4. San Blas: During Inca times, San Blas was a settlement for “Mitimaes” (ancient craftsman of the Inca period) with a special command: yachay, Quechua for “teach and learn”. Master craftsmen from all around the Inca Empire shared their knowledge.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local flavors.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to rest or pack.
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Rural Andean Villages / Evolution of Andean Culture / Transfer to Puno
(Thursday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: "Discovering Rural Andean Villages: led by our local Historian, continue learning about the mixing and evolution of local culture. This morning enjoy en route discussions on how local life and beliefs have evolved over the centuries. Explore some hidden jewels, seen by few visitors that illustrate perfectly how beliefs evolved and transformed. Stops feature the following: 1. Andahuaylillas: This chapel is considered to be the ""Sistine Chapel"" of America. In spite of its modest architecture, the inside decoration is impressive, as it contains an outstanding collection of the Cuzco Academy. Inside the church there are some remains of Inca buildings." 2. Huaro: Most of the interior art of this colonial chapel was done by Tadeo Ecalante, considered to be the last of the great Cuzco artists and the best example of the “Andean- West” fusion. Here we can find “Hell”, considered to be his masterpiece, a mural that expresses much of Andean religious syncretism that emerged as the Spanish conquerors tried to subdue the local Andean population using religion as one of the main and most powerful tools.
 Lunch: Lunch en route at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Discovering Rural Andean Villages: This afternoon our last stop # 3. Sillustani: Sillustani is a pre-Incan burial ground. The tombs, which are built in tower-like structures called chullpas, are vestiges of the Collas, people part of the Aymara culture conquered by the Inca in the early 1400´s. The structures housed the remains of family groups, and were probably limited to nobility. Worshiping their ancestors was very important for the Aymaras, and the chullpas were built to emphasize the connection between life and death. The tombs were shaped like a woman's uterus, and corpses were mummified in a fetal position, since Aymaras believed in re-incarnation. The only openings of the buildings face east, since they believed that at sunrise the god Sun was re-born. In the late afternoon, arrive in Puno and Check in to the hotel. Some time to rest and freshen up before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel (Dinner is at leisure and open seating in the dining room).
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: The Magic of Lake Titicaca & The Andean Legacy
(Friday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning leave Puno early to cross the Border into Bolivia (NOTE: US Citizens will need to pay for Visas at the border). Discovering Copacabana: Led by our Bolivian Guide, explore the churches of Pomata, Juli and the Copacabana Cathedral. Board the Hydrofoil / Border formalities. Lake Titicaca Discovery: Led by our local expert guide explore Moon Island and discover the Sun Virgins Temple Iñak Uyu. Continue to Sun Island,and discover the Inca Staircase & Sacred fountain, taste the sacred water believed to give eternal youth & happiness.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local archaeological restaurant. After lunch enjoy some time to explore the picturesque handicraft market on your own or simply enjoy the stunning views all around you.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we arrive to Huatajata Island and explore the Andean Roots Eco Village. Later check in to the Hotel. Enjoy some time to freshen up and rest. In the early evening before dinner enjoy an Audiovisual and Presentation:"The Mystic World of the Kallawayas"", natural healers of Bolivia authorized by law to practice natural medicine. They believe that you first have to heal the soul in order to heal your body. ""Tata Benjo"", -our Kallawaya- will bless visitors by casting his sacred coca leaves and answer questions.
 Dinner: Welcome drink & Candlelight dinner at the Hotel on the shore of Lake Titicaca.
 Evening: at leisure to rest.
   
Accommodations: Inca Utama Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: In Depth Exploration of Lake Titicaca
(Saturday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Explore The Andean Roots Eco Village. The village includes the following: The Altiplano Museum, where a state of the art audio system will explain in english the cultural heritage of the Aymaras and the Incas, the colonial time and Jacques Cousteau Expedition to Lake Titicaca. Handicrafts and fisherman villages, the Mud Igloos of the Urus Chipayas; meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for Thor Heyerdhal epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean and much more. Board the Hydrofoil to start a new adventure cruise on Lake Titicaca. Discover the Island of Pariti. Led by our local expert guide arrive to the ISLAND OF PARITI, "The new Archaeological discovery on Lake Titicaca", visit the Island & the Museum of Pariti where you will observe the high artistic quality found in over 100 of the finest TIWANAKU ceramic pieces. Continue to Kalauta Island, the largest Ancient Necropolis on Lake Titicaca, reached navigating through swinging Totora reed canals. Explore the largest necropolis in the area and the Mortuary Towers - Chullpas-, some of them with two and three stages. Finally visit the Urus- Iruitos Floating Island and Sustainable Tourism Project on Quewaya Island.
 Lunch: Native lunch with the community (Aptapi)
 Afternoon: After lunch re-board the Hydrofoil and cruise back to Huatajata. This afternoon is free time at leisure to relax or explore the Island on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.
 Evening: Discovering the Southern Skies: Enjoy a commented night visit to the Native Observatory "Alajpacha". Learn from the Aymaras Cosmovision & admire the Southern constellations.
   
Accommodations: Inca Utama Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Discovering Tiwanaku and the Ancient Aymaras Civilization.
(Sunday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel.
 Morning: This morning, we leave the shores of the Lake and head to the famous Tiwanaka ruins before heading to La Paz. Discover the Tiwanaku Ruins (1.580 BC-1.000 AD): Led by your local Bolivian expert guide discover the magnificent ruins of Bolivia and one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas. The Sun gate, the temple of Kalasasaya and the pyramid of Akapana are the sample of a glorious past. Tiwanaku culture was an agrarian based economy with an estimated population of 115.000 Aymaras. The state controlled agriculture produced the surplus wealth to support the urban center and administrative system. They were outstanding in agriculture, hydraulic, architecture & medicine, as well as in social organization. Due to an economic crisis caused by a long drought, Tiwanaku collapsed around 1.000 AD.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant near Tiwanaku.
 Afternoon: This afternoon after lunch continue to La Paz. On the way into the city our Bolivian Expert guide, will answer all questions about Bolivia. Check in to the hotel and time to freshen up and rest.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to rest or walk near the hotel and explore La Paz.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Discovering La Paz / Free Time / Farewell Dinner
(Monday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Led by your local expert Bolivian guide explore the city of La Paz and its surroundings. This city can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure of living history which highlights the pre Hispanic times with all the traditions and magic alive in its streets. The Native, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon. (Morning will run 3 To 3 1/2 Hrs. Program).
 Lunch: Lunch is at a local restaurant in La Paz.
 Afternoon: Free Time: Enjoy the late afternoon at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Your Bolivian guide will be happy to help you plan your afternoon and make recommendations.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner and Bolivian folklore show.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Return to US
(Tuesday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel (this may be a light breakfast to go based on flight times)
 Morning: Check out of hotel and early morning transfer to La Paz airport for return flight to US.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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