Two Worlds of Peru: The Inca Highlands and the Amazon

Experience the highs and lows of Peru as you explore Cusco and Machu Picchu up in the Andes, and the Sacred Valley and tribal villages by riverboat down in the Amazon Basin.
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Program No. 21829RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Experience two amazing worlds in one country on a journey that takes you high into the Andes and deep into the Amazon. First, learn how the Incas lived, farmed, communicated, worshiped and ruled as you explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Then embark on a riverboat voyage that reveals the natural beauty, intriguing wildlife and tribal villages of the Peruvian Amazon.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu high in the Andes plus other remarkable Incan ruins.
  • Experience the Amazon’s beauty and look for monkeys, dolphins and colorful birds on a six-night riverboat voyage.
  • Walk through Lima’s colonial center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Peru, The Cookbook
by Gaston Acurio
A panoramic view of traditional Peruvian cooking, featuring 500 recipes, full-color illustrations and expert information on the roots of Peruvian cuisine. Author Gaston Acurio is a Peruvian celebrity chef and restaurateur.
The Incas
by Carmen Bernard
Featuring archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as People of the Sun) illuminates the daily lives, monuments and history of the Incas.
Peru, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
by David L. Pearson, Les Beletsky
Featuring 500 illustrations of the birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and insects of the Amazon, Andes and Pacific Coast.
Peru Map
by Borch Maps
A detailed laminated relief map of Peru at a scale of 1:1,750,000. This is a very clear, colorful map, which also features detailed insets of Lima and Cuzco and even a site plan of Machu Picchu.
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice
by Mark Plotkin
In this marvelous book, Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon. A portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and a moving example of science in the service of preservation.
Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map
by Lima 2000
This fact-filled map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, on one side and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000).
The Andes
by Jason Wilson
Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions.
Journey of the Pink Dolphins, An Amazon Quest
by Sy Montgomery
In this magical, mystical journey in the Brazilian Amazon, Montgomery (Spell of the Tiger) sets off with river guides, shamans and conservationists in search of the strange bouto, a beaked dolphin that inhabits much of the Amazon and Orinoco river drainages.
Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
by Peter Matthiessen
Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.
Lost City of the Incas
by Hiram Bingham
This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site.
Insight Guide Peru
by Insight Guides
Panoramic in scope, this illustrated overview brings Peru to life in color photographs and vivid essays on history, archaeology and culture.
In Trouble Again
by Redmond O'Hanlon
As funny as he is insightful, O'Hanlon starts his comic masterpiece of a journey between the Orinoco and the Amazon with a litany of the insects, protozoa, snakes and predators that can do you harm.
Peru Mammals
by Rainforest Publications
A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting over 60 commonly encountered mammals of Peru. Beautiful and accurate full-color illustrations.
La Doctora, The Journal of an American Doctor Practicing Medicine of the Amazon River
by Linnea Smith
An insightful collection of letters home to America from a doctor at an Amazonian jungle clinic for education and research.
Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon
by John Hemming
Hemming captures the ambition, greed and awe of naturalists, explorers and missionaries -- and their devastating impact on native peoples -- in this absorbing human history.

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