Majesty and Mystery: Ancient Civilizations of Peru
Dive deep into the story of the Incas as you explore iconic Machu Picchu, the pyramid ruins of Túcume and the world’s oldest adobe city, unraveling the mysteries of this ancient land.
Program No. 3280RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

Nestled amid Andean peaks, Machu Picchu beckons modern explorers to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Inca. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site isn’t the only lingering evidence of Peru’s ancient civilizations — a journey to Trujillo presents remnants of the world’s oldest adobe city and capital of the Chimu Empire more than 1,000 years ago, while in Chicalayo, ancient aqueducts still bring life to rice paddies and sugar cane. Experience the greatest of Peru’s pre-Columbian civilizations in marketplaces, sacred sites and farmlands, and learn how ancient peoples have contributed to modern society.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking 1-2 miles a day; stairs at archaeological sites. Elevations up to 11,000 feet.
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 ...

  • Marvel at the ingenuity of the Incas as you watch the sun set at Machu Picchu.
  • Walk among the pyramid ruins of Túcume in the Lambayeque Valley.
  • Explore the city of Trujillo and learn about Moche history at the Temples of the Sun and Moon.
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Gustavo "Tito" Leon
As a musician and a native of Cusco, Gustavo "Tito" Leon found himself deeply drawn to the rich musical traditions of the Andean highlands. This special affinity led him to devote his life to the research and preservation of Peru's folkloric Andean music. His extensive research has focused on the origins of Andean music, its different forms, regional influences, and instruments. Gustavo is a talented musician and an expert on native Andean woodwind, percussion, and string instruments including the siku, domingacha, and charango. His interactive educational style will get your toes tapping as he introduces, through musical performances, the various song styles and instruments of the Andes.
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