In today’s globalized world of 24-hour news cycles and the internet, it can seem increasingly hard to find truly authentic life-changing experiences.
At Aadventures, we understand the benefits of educational travel and Peru offers students a wide variety of settings for learning experiences beyond the classroom.
This program will stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity, develop their sense of tolerance and respect for other cultures and ethnicities, and assist them on the path to becoming engaged and responsible citizens.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Lima International airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.|
Airport reception at Lima, welcome and transfer to the hotel. Tonight the group will listen to a Introductory chat about Peru, the Inca culture and all the experiences we will share. Other Activities today will depend on arrival time Hotel 3* – El Tambo II: Standard + BB (-/-/D)
After a delicious breakfast we will enjoy a panoramic view of Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian site from the 4th century. This adobe structure was used for administrative and ceremonial purposes during the time of the ‘Lima Culture’, which flourished some 1,500 years ago.Then, we will continue the exploration of Colonial Lima. First, we will stop off at the Main Square, to get a chance to explore the square on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall, all examples of Lima’s still-present colonial architectural opulence
We will visit the Cathedral of Lima; as walking through the Cathedral’s numerous chapels, we’ll travel to the past and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical), and learn about the religious history of Peru. Our tour continues with the visit to San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima.
Continuing our visit we will enter the enchanted Circuito Mágico del Agua (Circuit of water fountains). Built in 2007, this park comprises the largest fountain complex in the world, as attested by the Guinness Book of World Records. Here, we will attend a marvelous performance that combines water, lights, music, and holograms working in harmony to produce an unforgettable show. Back to Hotel 3* – El Tambo II: Standard + BB (B/L/D)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco and private 1h40 min. transfer to Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. We will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where we can find extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork. Few miles away, on the slopes of a mountain, which overlooks the Vilcanota River is the Archaeological Park of Pisac, where we will find andens of different areas and altitudes separate by architectural structures. The most notable of these is the solar calendar (INTIWATANA) that means, “Where the sun is tied”. Finally, we will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. We will discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions. Overnight in Valle Sagrado. Hotel 3* – La Hacienda del Valle: Standard + BB (B/L/D)
Today we Live an authentic experience with local culture, meeting villagers from a farming community at 2,940 meters (9,646 feet) above sea level. Students Will learn about the lives of local people by observing and participating in daily activities, as well as learning about Andean traditions, myths and legends. Villagers share their ancient wisdom through traditional activities such as textile art, farming, pottery, plant-based medicine, handcrafts and rituals, as well as long walks along Andes trails. One of the highlights is the local food. You Will learn about the basic ingredients used in Andean cooking, prepare traditional Andean dishes, and sample the results at a community lunch. Overnight in Valle Sagrado. Hotel 3* – La Hacienda del Valle: Standard + BB (B/L/D)
Today we will visit the Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu (Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu). Aboard a comfortable train , we will depart to Aguas Calientes train Station, this is a 90 min. voyage enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon arrival, we will board a bus that will take us to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take our breath away. We will follow the footsteps of the ancient Incas as we explore this magical citadel. Back to Aguas Calientes train Station to board the return train ). Upon the arrival at Cusco, our private transfer service will be waiting to take us back to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. Hotel 3* – San Agustin International: Standard + BB (B/L/D)
We will begin the tour with the visit to the nearby Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure built with huge carved rocks jointed with absolute accuracy, this astounding sample of the Incan military architecture is, undoubtedly, the greatest architectonic work of the Tahuantinsuyo. But, in addition, it proves the undeniable firmness of the great administrative capacity of the empire and its powerful logistic system capable of mobilizing and organizing such a work.
We will then enjoy the best view of the city of Cusco from atop Cerro Pukamoqo (Red Peak), a natural scenic overlook from which the outstretched arms of Cristo Blanco, a massive white statue of Christ, embrace the city in a benevolent gesture. As we return to the lower part of the city, we will stop off at the San Pedro Market, which being the city’s main street market, will give you an opportunity to get to know the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region.
Just a few blocks away, we will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Qoricancha (the Golden Temple) – a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. We will complete the day with a stroll through the Main Square, where we will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. Overnight in Cusco (B/L/D)
Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Lima and conecting flight back home. End of services (B/-/-)