The Fort Worth Chamber Travel Program presents BUCKET LIST - PERU! Travel with our group of members and non-members October 23 - 31, 2017.
The land of gold and of the sun-worshipping Incas, Peru was sixteenth-century Europe’s major source of treasure and once the home of the largest empire in the Americas. Since then, the riches of the Incas have fuelled the world’s imagination, although much of the country’s appeal lies in the sheer beauty of its landscapes, the abundance of wildlife and the strong, colorful character of its people. Join us as we explore this fascinating destination with a distinct emphasis placed on the educational perspective in Peru.
Early Bird Member $3,495; Early Bird Non-member $3,595.
After Early Bird deadline of Friday, May 12, 2017, add $100.
For single occupancy, add $595.
Fuel surcharges and airport taxes are included (subject to change).
Pricing does not include gratuities for driver and guides, baggage charges by the airline, passports and items of a personal nature.
Final payment due Thursday, July 20, 2017.
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If you’d like to take the Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance, please include that fee of $300 per person at the same time as your deposit.
DAY 1 – October 23: Depart the USA: Depart the USA for Peru. Upon your arrival in Lima, proceed to baggage claim and after clearing customs, you will be met by your representative. From here you’ll be transfer to your hotel to check-in. As we arrive late in the evening, relax, sleep and enjoy the hotel. The city of Lima, also known as the City of Kings, was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18th, 1535 on the right bank of the Rímac river because of the excellent strategic and geographic conditions of this valley. Lima, whose name comes from the Quechua word Rímac, which translated into Spanish means talker, began its rapid growth amidst the testimonies of the ancient cultures that developed in the entire area. During the Viceroy ship, between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, Lima became the most important and powerful metropolis in Spanish America, and the cultural and commercial center of the region, until the creation of the Viceroy ship of La Plata in the 18th century, which took up the famous mines of Potosi. Already in 1821, following a series of intense political movements, General San Martin proclaimed the independence of Peru. Thus the Republican period of the country had begun. Today, Lima is a modern city that offers a wide array of attractions which, united to its rich past, provides visitors with a harmonious synthesis of all this historic richness in its many museums, traditional quarters, restaurants, handicrafts galleries and night life. Overnight at your hotel in Lima.
Day 2 - October 24: LIMA City Tour.
Your tour will start in downtown Lima, where you will visit the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as "The City of Kings," in 1535, and it was already known by the name of Lima when Peru proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821. There you may see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You will then visit the Aliaga House, a viceregal construction delivered by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains (Jerónimo de Aliaga) when he founded the city. You will then go to Saint Francis' Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and an authentic network of catacombs open to the public. Next, you will go to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926. The museum, located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts as well pieces of erotic art. (Breakfast, dinner at hotel)
Day 3 - October 25: LIMA – Half day Barranco Tour.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and taken to Barranco, to visit the Osma Museum where you will see a wide collection of Peruvian colonial art. Then you will go to the Mario Testino Art Gallery (MATE), where the famous Peruvian photographer exhibits his best photographs which have become known worldwide. Then visit Las Pallas, a craft and traditional folk art shop, where you will run out of words with the wide and colorful variety of pieces brought from artisanal communities around Peru. Finally, you will be taken to a restaurant in Barranco for lunch (not included lunch), followed by a magical walk through the romantic Bridge of Sighs, which inspired the great Peruvian singer Chabuca Granda to compose one of her most iconic and well-known songs. Finishing the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. (Breakfast).
Day 4 - October 26: LIMA – CUZCO
Private transfer to Cuzco airport. Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" (or "Premises of the Gilded One"), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the Inca Empire and at the time of the Incas its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. You will then go to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cuzco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. Its construction lasted almost a century, it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for this purpose. You will then visit said fortress, an emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, which transportation and construction continue to be a mystery. The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is reenacted on June 24 of each year, during the winter solstice. You will then go to Qenqo, located four kilometers away from Cuzco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and it is believed that agricultural rituals took place there. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, located seven kilometers away from Cuzco. Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress", was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed that the Incas entourage used it while he rested at Tambomachay. (Breakfast).
Day 5 - October 27: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY
You will start your tour at the Pisac market, where the town's main square is full of scores of stands that exhibit and sell products created by the residents of the area on a daily basis. Beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas or ancient Inca pieces stand out. The Mass is celebrated in Quechua every Sunday at the old Pisac Church, which is attended by the seven Indian chiefs (caciques) of the neighboring communities, who wear their typical attires and carry the vara (staff of office), and this is why they are called Varayocs. You will subsequently enjoy lunch at the agreed restaurant and then you will head for the Ollantaytambo citadel, a picturesque Andean town which will maintains the urban planning of the Incas and is crowned by an impressive fortress with ascending terraces over the steep side of the mountain that holds it. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Inca Pachacútec ordered to burn the old site and rebuild a new one under the scheme of the Inca architecture, while his army made its way through the jungle toward what later on became Machu Picchu and Vilcabamba. You will return to your hotel at the end of your visit. (Breakfast and Lunch).
Day 6 - October 28: SACRED VALLEY – MARAS – MORAY
Visit Moray Archaeological site. The space comprises 4 slightly elliptical galleries, which the local inhabitants call "muyus". The biggest gallery has a depth of 45 metres and the average height of each terrace is 1.8 metres. It was an important centre of agricultural experimentation during the Inca period. The inhabitants managed to recreate the diverse ecological levels of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire through the use of concentric terraces, which produced different temperatures at each level. Salineras de Maras, also, called “salt mines”, the Maras salt production site of the Inca was constructed with over 3,000 small wells, about 3 feet by 3 feet, on the inclined sides of the mountain called "Qaqawiñay". During the dry season the wells are filled every 3 days with salt water that emanates from the mountain side. The sun and evaporation of the water cause the salt to solidify and crystallize. Repeating this procedure for a month produces a top level of salt about 10 centimetres (4 inches). This salt level is then harvested, granulated and iodized, after which it is packaged and sent to market. (Breakfast and Lunch).
Day 7 - October 29: SACRED VALLEY- AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHU PICCHU- CUZCO
In the morning, you will pick you up from your hotel to the train station. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately two hours. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes are the railway station, a crafts market, restaurants and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability and not included in the price) and the Inca Bridge. In the afternoon return by train. Dinner with folk show in Cusco. (Breakfast, dinner).
Day 8: - October 30: CUZCO – LIMA – USA
After a morning at leisure is beautiful Cuzco, we depart on an afternoon flight to Lima. Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service will pick you up from your airport and will transfer you to a local restaurant. Your farewell dinner will be in one of the best restaurants in Lima. La Rosa Nautica Restaurante is noted for some of the most important chefs of Peru, having worked through it’s kitchen. After dinner, transfer you from the restaurant to the airport for your flight back to the US. (Breakfast - Dinner)
Day 9: - October 31: LIMA – USA
Early morning departure from Lima for your flight to the USA.
For more information contact:
Monta Noe at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 817-338-3331
Marilyn Gilbert at email@example.com Tel: 817-338-3330