Join AdventureWomen next summer in June 2017 for a "Best of Peru" adventure vacation which combines ancient Inca culture, active outdoor fun, history, archeology and stunning Andes scenery. Defining the “Best” of Peru is a challenge. There’s so much to experience: remarkable collections of Spanish-colonial art, world-renowned museums, unique and colorful Andean weaving, the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the extraordinary city of Cusco (Cuzco) and nearby archeological sites, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. However, AdventureWomen has managed to put together a special trip that includes all of the above, and more.
This exclusive, custom-designed trip in Peru is like no other we have offered in South America—perhaps because of the many prominent Peruvian women who are contributing to our experience by sharing their knowledge of the country’s culture, history, and archeology. Each of these successful women comes from a very different ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic background and perspective. Yet their special insights contribute to your understanding of the Andean culture, past and present.
Begin your adventures in Peru's capital city of Lima with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Guided by one of the museum's curators allows you to have a clear approach to the evolution of the cultures of Ancient Peru. Walking through the exhibition halls of the Larco Museum - the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the World - makes the visit an inspiring experience that gives visitors first-hand information about the collection and the peoples that made the beautiful archaeological objects. This special visit not only maintains but increases the interest, and makes the tourists finish their tour with great enthusiasm and eager to continue learning about this amazing country.
While traveling through the Urubamba Sacred Valley, you'll visit with Nilda Canallaupa and her National Geographic-sponsored native weaving project. Here, women are the owners and the driving force of the business, dedicated to preserving the textile heritage of the Andean people. See how their gregarious processes of spinning, gathering, use of natural dyes, setting up of looms, and design creation are fundamental to the family and social bonds of these highland communities. Continuing through the Urubamba Sacred Valley, spend a fascinating day visiting a Cuyuni community, learning about the villager’s daily activities—ancestral traditions practiced since pre-Inca times.
Next, a spectacular early-morning train ride takes you through dramatic landscapes and astonishing vistas to Machu Picchu, The Hidden City of the Incas, and the most remarkable architectural site on the South American continent.
After two days of guided exploration at Machu Picchu—while accommodated in a luxury hotel near the ruins—travel to the glorious city of Cusco (Cuzco) and the archeological sites surrounding it, all located high in the Andes Mountains. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the town, the local market, Cuzco Cathedral, and the historic Koricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun.
Your final foray is a splendid drive to Puno and the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. Your comfortable coach takes you past beautiful views of the Andes, and you'll stop throughout the day to explore interesting towns and villages. Your amazing lodge on the private Island of Suasi, in Lake Titicaca, is the perfect place from which to take in the magnificence of the lake, as you participate in outings and activities that are true "journeys of cultural discovery."
Don't miss this outstanding and unique, in-depth exploration of the culture, art, and archeology of Peru, one of the most beautiful and interesting lands in South America. It is indeed the BEST of Peru, a very special, custom offering only available with AdventureWomen.
- Experience Peru through the eyes of prominent Peruvian women.
- Ride by vistadome train to spectacular Machu Picchu, and spend 2 days at the "Lost City of the Incas."
- Travel back in time to visit a native community at Cuyuni, and learn from the villagers about ancestral traditions from pre-Inca times.
- Discover the culture and archeology of Lima, Cusco (Cuzco), and the Urubamba Sacred Valley.
- Stay on a private island in Lake Titicaca to experience “journeys of cultural discovery.”
- Stay in luxury and boutique hotels throughout our journey.
What You'll See and Do
- Boat Cruising
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Natural History