Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Lima and Machu Picchu are on the agenda as we guide you into the Inca past. Visit the Inca Gold museum and many other important sites in Lima. Shop the local markets and experience Peruvian cuisine. Fly to Cuzco and begin your trek along the Inca Trail via train to Machu Picchu. A day trip to the open air market in Pisac is always a trip favorite. With 35 years of guiding experience Charlie Love will take you to many fantastic sites to view amazing ruins and explain the incredible geology of this area. Guests must be able to handle hikes of various difficulties at high altitude. Price includes all flights from departure city, train fare, ground transportation, accommodations, park fees and Archaeologist Charlie Love as your expert guide. Passport required. Limited to 10 guests.
We Depart LAX and arrive in Lima. After collecting our luggage we will go to our hotel and rest from the long night flight. The hotel has a very nice restaurant to relax in. If everyone feels up to it we may do some late afternoon exploring.
On our first full day in Lima we visit the National Museum and the Inca Gold Museum. The Inca gold and various mummies at the museum are incredible. Any exploration of Lima near the hotel should be done in groups.
After another night in Lima we visit Pachacamac, an archaeological site that is pre-Inca and Incan in origin. We will eat at a wonderful restaurant for dinner and then spend our evening back in Lima.
We have an early morning flight to Cuzco and its 12,000ft elevation. Charlie will lead you around Cuzco in order for you to get your bearings and to see the amazing stonework of the original Incan foundations, including the Temple of the Sun. Finish the day at a local market and enjoy a night in Cuzco.
Today our bus will take us to the controversial sites of Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas moved their largest stones – 200 tons – and Tambo Machay. The fortress of Pucca Pucara and a ceremonial site called K’enko will round out the day of spectacular local sites. The evening is spent back in Cuzco enjoying the night life and cuisine.
Our train trip to Machu Picchu and the lost city of the Incas will be a memorable day for you. Amazing views and fantastic history to discover makes this a full day on the mountain. Our night is spent in the quaint town of Aguas Calientes.
We will be up early as we venture back up to Machu Piccu to witness the early morning colors that envelope the mountain. This will be your time to be one with your surroundings. An afternoon train ride will be a real eye opener. Our evening is one of relaxation and friends.
Because of the altitude we will be giving you a free day today to just relax or do some exploring of Cuzco on your own. Remember always travel in groups.
Today we will travel to Pisac and the wonderful market there. Traditional items are sold here and you will see a big contrast to the way you shop at home. Back in Cuzco we enjoy our last night at altitude before returning to Lima.
In the morning we fly to Lima and stay a partial day at our hotel as we prepare for the overnight flight. There is plenty of shopping near the hotel so feel free to take advantage of that before we leave. We depart for the hotel late evening and arrive back in Los Angeles in the morning.
The weather can be in a word, tricky. While most months are usually very comfortable, temperatures at the upper elevations can be cool in the mornings and evenings.
Fanny packs and your standard purse or wallet are just not adequate protection from pick pockets. A money belt worn inside of your clothes is the best way to stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings!
We may encounter some wet ground or streams so be prepared.
While optional it may come in handy. We do have long walks at several stops and a little head cover is nice.
Viewing is enhanced with a pair of small field glasses.
Its very handy to have a small pack for each day. Throw it in your overhead compartment and you are ready to go.
Whether you take stills or video we will have plenty of picture taking opportunities. Don’t forget your charger or extra batteries.
If you are easily burned don’t forget sunscreen.
We are also available if you have questions about what to bring, just pick up the phone or e-mail us and we will be happy to help.
A good rule of thumb is “be prepared for anything”.
More than anything else I want to teach you to be observant and to ask yourself questions about the landscape, rocks, and fossils you see every day. I want you to see the connections to geology with your everyday life, and I hope you would take with you the scientific logic learned through geology and apply it to what you see and do in the future.
You simply cannot live in or visit Wyoming or the Rocky Mountain West and expect to reach adulthood without having had a geology course. You can of course, but who would respect you?
During your tour you will be examining some of the following subjects; some in detail and others in passing. This trip is about learning. It’s your chance to ride and walk along with an expert and ask questions to your hearts desire.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains.
History The Incan people and their history has been a favorite of your guides for over 35 years.
Anthropology is the scientific study of humanity. Our guide has spent a lifetime working in these fields and loves to strike up tales of the ancient peoples of the west. Just ask, he’s probably done it.
Geology is the scientific study of the earth. Interestingly, it is a science that encompasses just about every other science it touches. While one can surely argue that Biology is its own discipline, it only takes a few steps backwards to get to the basic elements that make up a cell and then again to the star that formed the elements in the first place. Now place those elements here on the earth, add a few billion years and presto, what do you find? Geology. This Geologic umbrella will cover many of the subjects we will encounter during our trip.
Cultural Anthropology is the study of culture.
Physical Anthropology is the study of humans and non-human primates in their biological, evolutionary, and demographic dimensions.
Linguistics Anthropology seeks to understand the processes of human communications, verbal and non-verbal, variation in language across time and space, the social uses of language, and the relationship between language and culture.
Volcanology is the study of Volcanos.
Paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants and animals.
Hydrology is the study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the hydrologic cycle, water resources and environmental watershed sustainability. You may not realize this but this is an important subject. We will discover the hazards of dam building, as well as, what happens when you build levees on a river. This discussion will open your eyes.
Mineralogy is the scientific study of chemistry, crystal structure, and physical (including optical) properties of minerals. Specific studies within mineralogy include the processes of mineral origin and formation, classification of minerals, their geographical distribution, as well as their utilization.
Climatology is the study of climate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time. More specifically Paleoclimatology, which seeks to reconstruct past climates by examining records such as ice cores and tree rings. Why do we care? Well the climate of the past may tell us more about the environment of deposition and this concept is key to understanding geology and its structures.
25% Deposit due at sign-up.
50% of total trip cost due by MAR 1st.
Balance due - APR 1st, 2017.
Price includes airfare from departure city and all connecting flights.
Departs LAX - TBA
Arrives Lima, Peru - TBA
Depart Lima - TBA
Depart Cuzco - TBA
Departs Lima, Peru - TBA
Arrives LAX - TBA
Price is per person, double occupancy.
Additional fee of $650 applies for a single room, call 1-307-871-8583 for details.. Airfare to/from your home city are not included. See trip itinerary for included meals.
Accommodations as noted in the "Trip Details" are included in the price of your trip.
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This trip has several high altitude walks and hikes.
We recommend that you are walking at least two miles a day prior to taking this trip.
Travel insurance is available for all of our tours and is recommended.
Travel Insurance does not cover flights. Flight insurance can be purchased through your airline.
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