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Peru/Chile/Easter Island

Machu Picchu & Rapa Nui: Discovering Two Mysterious Civilizations

Program No. 23246RJ
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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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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.
Featured Expert
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Nicole Flores
Nicole Flores was born and raised in Chile. Her passion about her country and the region influenced her to lead programs within South America since 1998, including several trips to Antarctica where she deliver lectures about her passion She is a true believer in lifetime learning finding in travelling the best source of inspiration to share her knowledge and keep learning. Nicole is a great natural storyteller and also mastered this skill learning from the best in Chile.

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

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Nicole Flores was born and raised in Chile. Her passion about her country and the region influenced her to lead programs within South America since 1998, including several trips to Antarctica where she deliver lectures about her passion She is a true believer in lifetime learning finding in travelling the best source of inspiration to share her knowledge and keep learning. Nicole is a great natural storyteller and also mastered this skill learning from the best in Chile.
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Ricardo Uribe View biography
Ricardo Uribe comes from Patagonia in Chile. After developing an interest in the ocean through meeting scientists at his mother's hostel in his youth, he studied physical oceanography at the Univesidad Católica de Valparaiso. He then worked for the government in Washington, D.C. in the area of environmental conservation. After nearly 12 years had passed, Ricardo felt it was time to come back to Chile. He is a lover of music, having learned to play the bagpipes.
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Oscar Oviedo Velasco is a native Peruvian with over 15 years of experience as a local expert and Group Leader. He has special expertise in the archeology, history, and art of Peru and has conducted independent studies on the Viceregal history of Lima and ceramic and textile techniques of pre-Hispanic Peru. Oscar has participated in various archaeological excavation projects and museum installations, and studied photography at the Toulouse Lautrec institute with concentrations in drone, nature, urban, and archaeological photography as well as photogrammetry.
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