This itinerary is subject to change.

July 9 - 19, 2022

DAY 1 - July 9th - Arrival in Lima

Evening: Flights arrive to Lima from USA

Meet Dr. Powell in airport

Transport to the hotel

Overnight in the Hotel Miraflores Colon

Flights from the USA typically arrive very late into Lima. The group will arrive and go directly to their hotel in the Miraflores District to get some sleep before their first busy day.

DAY 2 - July 10th - Museums and Pyramids

8-10am: Breakfast at hotel

10-12pm: Larco Herrera Museum

12-1pm: Lunch at the museum

1-3pm: Huaca Pucllana - a pyramid in downtown Lima

Evening: Free time

Overnight in the Hotel Miraflores Colon

After breakfast at the hotel, Dr. Powell will lead a tour of the Larco Herrera Museum, Peru's finest collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts. The museum's beautiful grounds include a gourmet restaurant where the group will have lunch. In the afternoon they'll explore the massive Huaca Pucllana complex, a set of 10th century pyramids still standing in the middle of Lima.

DAY 3 - July 11th - Arrival to Cuzco

7-9am: Breakfast and hotel check out

9-10am: Transport to the airport

12-2pm: Flight to Cuzco and to hotel

2-3pm: Lite lunch and rest

3-4pm: Walking tour of Inca walls

4-5pm: Lecture: Ancient Inca Civilization

Evening: Rest and acclimatize

Overnight at Hotel Ruinas

A noon flight will take the group up to Cuzco at 11,500 ft asl. They'll take it slow that day and acclimatize to the altitude. A casual walking tour will show them the a few of the many remaining megalithic Inca walls. In the late afternoon Dr. Powell will present a lecture on the origins of the Inca civilization and how they grew to an empire of over 10 million people.

DAY 4 - July 12th - Inca Temples and Churches

6-8am: Breakfast at hotel

8-12pm: Coricancha and Sascahuaman

12-2pm: Lunch break

2-4pm: Churches of the Plaza de Armas

5-6pm: Lecture: Inca Khipu Writing

Evening: Free time

Overnight at Hotel Ruinas

The day will begin with tours of the major Inca temples still standing in Cuzco. In the afternoon, they'll explore the massive cathedrals lining the Plaza de Armas.

DAY 5 - July 13th - Train to Machu Picchu

6-7:30am: Breakfast and hotel check out

7:30-10am: Transport to Ollantaytambo

10-11am: Train to Machu Picchu

11-2pm: Hotel check in and lunch

2-5pm: Tour of Machu Picchu

7-8pm: Dinner at Inca Wasi

Overnight at Hotel Santuario (in town)

A morning bus will wind through the Sacred Valley for 2.5 hours and then a train will take the group the final leg to the valley below Machu Picchu. After hotel check in and lunch, participants will take a bus up the mountainside to the site. Dr. Powell will give a complete tour of Machu Picchu explaining how and why it was built. That evening the group will enjoy dinner at restaurant Inca Wasi.

DAY 6 - July 14th - Machu Picchu

5:30-6am: Breakfast and bus up mountain

6:30am: Sunrise at Machu Picchu

8-12pm: Climb Wayna Picchu (optional)

12-2pm: Lunch at ruinas cafeteria

2-5pm: Hike to the Sun Gate (optional)

Evening: Free time

Overnight in Hotel Santuario

The group will strike out before dawn and witness an amazing light show as the summer solstice sun rises over Machu Picchu. Shortly after, they will have the entire day to themselves to enjoy Machu Picchu. They can hike to the top of Wayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above the site, or to the Sun Gate, or just relax in a spot of their choosing. The day and evening is theirs to enjoy as they wish.

DAY 7 - July 15th - Sacred Valley

6-8am: Breakfast and hotel check out

9-10am: Train to Ollantaytambo

10-12pm: Tour of Ollantaytambo

1-2pm: Lunch in Urubamba

3-4pm: Awana Kancha - llamas and weaving

6pm: Return to Cuzco

Overnight in Hotel Ruinas

A morning train will bring the group back into the Sacred Valley for the day. A bus will be waiting at the station to bring them to the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch will be a buffet at the Tunupa Restaurant along the Urubamba River. The last stop of the day before returning to Cuzco will be Awana Kancha where participants can meet friendly llamas up close and learn about indigenous weaving traditions.

DAY 8 - July 16th

6-7am: Breakfast, check out, airport

9-10am: Flights back to Lima

10-12pm: Transport to Pachacamac

12-3pm: Lunch and tour at Pachacamac

3-7pm: Transport to Huacachina Oasis

Overnight in the Huacachina Oasis

Early morning from Cuzco, the group will fly back down to Lima. A bus will meet at the airport and head south to the ancient pilgrimage site of Pachacamac. Participants will eat lunch there and tour the site's amazing pyramids. Then it's a long drive through amazing barren desert punctuated by fertile river valleys to the Huacachina Oasis to spend the night.

DAY 9 - July 17th

6-8am: Breakfast at the hotel

8-9am: Dune buggy rides from Huacachina

9-11am: Hotel check out and the Ica Museum

11-1pm: Lunch break in Ica

1-4pm: Transport to Nazca

6-7pm: Lecture: The Nazca Lines

Overnight in Nazca

Start the morning with a thrill - 10-person dune buggies will drive the group out across the hilly desert from the Oasis. Next on the schedule - the Ica Museum which holds dozens of the famous elongated skulls of the Paracas culture. That afternoon the group will arrive to Nazca where Dr. Powell will deliver an evening lecture regarding the ancient Nazca civilization.

DAY 10 - July 18th

6-8am: Breakfast at the hotel

All Day: Waiting to fly over the Nazca Lines

Time Allowing - Visiting the Nazca Puquios

Overnight in Nazca

Getting a flight over the Nazca Lines can be tricky. It's first come, first serve and visibility from the airport must be 10 miles in every direction. Therefore, this entire day will be dedicated to making sure that everyone in the group can make the flight. If luck is with them and all flights are done by the afternoon, there are plenty of amazing Nazca Puqious (aqueduct systems) to explore.

DAY 11 - July 19th

6-8am: Breakfast and hotel check out

Morning: Possible time allotted to fly

9-12pm: Transport to Ica

12-2pm: Lunch at a pisco winery

2-7pm: Transport back to Lima

7pm: Drop off to Lima airport for late flights

End of Tour

If the day before was a wash out for flying over the Nazca Lines, this morning will once again be dedicated to getting that done. Otherwise, the group will make their way back to Lima stopping at archaeological sites and a pisco winery in Ica for lunch. Most flights back to the USA from Lima leave around midnight, so an arrival to the Lima airport around 7pm is plenty of time to check in, have dinner, and wait for the overnight flights home.


The Archaeology Channel Tours: Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines

An Educational Tour Designed for Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI)

In partnership with the Maya Exploration Center.

A tour led by archaeologist Dr. Christoper Powell.

This 11-day tour will lead you through historic Peru to see the remnants of ancient Andean civilizations such as the Inca, Nazca, and Paracas. You will spend the days exploring and the nights resting in four-star hotels across Peru.

The tour begins in Lima, with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, which holds Peru's most impressive collection of Pre-Columbian Art; and to Huaca Pucllana, an adobe pyramid in the Miraflores District.

From there, you will fly out to Cuzco to explore ancient Inca sites, such as Coricancha and Sascahuaman. A lecture will be held on the Inca tradition of Khipu (Quipu) writing and record keeping, a mystery that has stymied archaeologists for decades. From there, it's off to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise over the ancient city. You'll also tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the palace of an Inca Emperor and a farm where you'll learn about indigenous weaving techniques and pet some friendly llamas. To finish off the Inca part of the tour, we'll visit the pyramids at Pachacamac and spend the night in the Huacachina Oasis.

Finally, you'll have the chance to fly over the famous Nazca Lines, and visit the Nazca aqueducts, called "Puquios." The tour will end with lunch at a winery and then flights back to Lima and home.

Total Price: $4200 per participant. (assuming double occupancy; a single lodging fee of $800 will be added)

Registration fee: $1000 to ALI by registration deadline of April 9th, 2022. (included in total price)

Costs not included: Airfare to and from Lima, Airfare to and from Cuzco, Lunches and Dinners, personal travel insurance, alcoholic beverages.

Date: July 9 - 19, 2022

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