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Peru/Chile/Easter Island

Machu Picchu & Rapa Nui: Discovering Two Mysterious Civilizations

Two iconic, ancient sites are yours to discover as you explore Machu Picchu and Rapa Nui with local experts, and uncover the fascinating history and culture that surrounds them.
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Program No. 23246RJ
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15 days
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7,699
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Peru/Chile/Easter Island

Machu Picchu & Rapa Nui: Discovering Two Mysterious Civilizations

Two iconic, ancient sites are yours to discover as you explore Machu Picchu and Rapa Nui with local experts, and uncover the fascinating history and culture that surrounds them.
Length
15 days
Starts at
7,699
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Length
15 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
7,699
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23246RJ

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Feb 3 - Feb 17, 2023
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Feb 3 - Feb 17, 2023
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8,339
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Mar 8 - Mar 22, 2023
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Apr 19 - May 3, 2023
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Sep 13 - Sep 27, 2023
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Oct 18 - Nov 1, 2023
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At a Glance

In the remote landscapes of South America two mysterious civilizations hide, puzzling historians and summoning explorers since their discovery centuries ago. Along with expert instructors, take an archaeological dive into the past as you witness the awe-inspiring enigmas of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Machu Picchu. Undiscovered by Spanish conquistadors, these snapshots into human history have remained amazingly intact, offering invaluable insight into Incan and Polynesian cultures. Meet fascinating locals in the surrounding towns to learn more about the region’s history as you draw your own conclusions about the creation of these mysterious civilizations.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Alongside a local expert, explore the agricultural and urban sides of Machu Picchu and learn the history of the Incan abandonment of the city.
  • Experience an in-depth discovery of the archaeological sites on Rapa Nui including three notable temples and the most mysterious site, Ahu Vinapu.
  • Discover the wealth of archaeological history with historians in Peru at ruins of Pisac, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Inca’s Sacred Valley.
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Oscar Oviedo Velasco
Oscar Oviedo Velasco is a native Peruvian with extensive knowledge of his home country and region. He boasts many years of experience as a local expert and group leader. His expertise extends to Peruvian history and culture, and he is fluent in English and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Oscar Oviedo Velasco is a native Peruvian with extensive knowledge of his home country and region. He boasts many years of experience as a local expert and group leader. His expertise extends to Peruvian history and culture, and he is fluent in English and Spanish.
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.
Easter Island's Silent Sentinels The Sculpture and Architecture of Rapa Nui
by Patricia Vargas, Claudio Cristino & Kenneth Triester
This richly illustrated book of the history, culture, and art of Easter Island is the first to examine in detail the island’s vernacular architecture, often overshadowed by its giant stone statues. It shows the conjecturally reconstructed prehistoric pole houses; the ahu, the sculptures’ platform, as a spectacular expression of prehistoric megalithic architecture; and the Easter Island Statue Project’s inventory of the colossal moai sculptures.
The Machu Picchu Guidebook
by Ruth M. Wright, Alfredo Valencia Zegarra
With maps and site plans, a segment on new discoveries, a wildlife section and a fold-out full color painting of the city as it may have looked during a solstice celebration in 1530.
Stone Offerings
by Mike Torrey
Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice.
The Statues That Walked, Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
by Carl Lipo, Terry Hunt
Drawing on archaeological evidence and their own work, Hunt and Lip challenge Jared Diamond's view of eco-catastrophe in this convincing new history of Rapa Nui.
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 life, monuments and history of the Incas.
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 100 years ago is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site.
Easter Island, the Essential Guide
by Kay Sanger
An archaeologist who has worked on Rapa Nui since the 1980s and past president of the Easter Island Foundation, Sanger covers the history, archaeology, people and practicalities of Easter Island in this authoritative guide.
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). It's the best map for those making the trek from kilometer 88 to the site and an excellent choice for those exploring by bus or train.





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