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Treasures of Peru

March 11- 21, 2013

A land of treasures archaeological, cultural and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past- and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. Our program takes in some of the country's highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Kate Titicaca – we will marvel at the riches of an intriguing lad somewhat off the beaten path.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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DAY 1: Monday, March 11th, 2013 Depart for Lima, Peru

You'll depart Miami early this evening on your Lan Peru flight to Lima. After arriving late this evening, we'll meet our Odysseys Unlimited Peruvian tour director and transfer to our hotel, where your room will be ready for our late arrival.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection

DAY 2: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 Lima

After a late morning briefing about the journey ahead, we set out mid-day to visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum housing a unique display of pre-Hispanic ceramics, including an acclaimed collection of erotic pre-Columbian pots. After a welcome lunch together at the museum, we embark on a city tour and encounter the highlights of both colonial and modern Lima: the main square, bustling Plaza de Armas; Government Palace, occupying the site of the palace built by Lima's founder Pizarro; the Cathedral, rebuilt in 1758 after an earthquake destroyed the original building; Palacio Torre Tagle, a beautiful colonial mansion with Moorish-influenced architecture; San Francisco Church, with its famous catacombs; and 16th-century Santo Domingo Church. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

A morning flight brings us to Cuzco where we enjoy brunch together before continuing north into the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas) and the town of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas. We stop at a colorful Quechua market set amid the mountains where you are free to explore the market and peruse the wares offered by the locals. We arrive at our hotel mid-afternoon. This evening we attend an "Offering to the Earth" ceremony, followed by dinner at our hotel.

Accommodations: Sonesta Posada del Inca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 Sacred Valley

This morning we embark on a full-day exploration of the Sacred Valley, a beautiful and historic region with agricultural terraces virtually sculpted from the mountainsides. We begin with a visit to the farming village of Chincheros, where natives live much as their ancestors did; then continue on to the colonial village of Maras, known for its saltpans developed by the Inca and still in use today. We also view the circular terraces of Moray, large, natural depressions in the landscape that the Inca sculpted into terraces hundreds of years ago to serve as an experimental station for the development of different strains of crops. After lunch at a local restaurant we tour the massive ruins at Ollantaytambo, both a temple and a fortress, where work mysteriously halted centuries ago. Late this afternoon we return to our hotel and dine there tonight.

Accommodations: Sonesta Posada del Inca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Friday, March 15th, 2013 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Early this morning we take the 1½-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, then after lunch we board the bus for the 20-minute ride to Machu Picchu, the fabled "Lost City of the Incas." This ancient city in the clouds defies imagination – and seemingly, the laws of gravity, physics, and architecture. Perched in a high saddle surrounded by Andean peaks, it was virtually intact when discovered in 1911 by adventurer Hiram Bingham. Because the Inca did not have written language, there is only speculation about the origins of Machu Picchu. Some claim it wasn't a city at all, but rather a royal and religious retreat built in the mid-1400s and abandoned a century later because of war and smallpox. Regardless, the precise masonry here is astounding; the setting, breathtaking. Our guided tour introduces us to the wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site, which encompasses five square miles of terraced stonework linked by 3,000 steps. This afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes where we can spend our free afternoon relaxing or exploring. Dinner is at our hotel.

Please note: Because of limited space as we travel to Machu Picchu, you will need to bring a smaller, soft-sided duffel bag for your overnight stay at Machu Picchu. This additional bag should be small and flexible enough to fit inside your checked luggage.

Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Saturday, March 16th, 2013 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Before the tourist-filled buses arrive from Cuzco today, we take a second guided tour of the ruins, with time to admire the play of early morning shadows on the surrounding peaks. We return to Aguas Calientes for lunch – and perhaps to buy woven blankets or alpaca sweaters – then board our mid-afternoon train for Cuzco, a journey of approximately 3½-hours. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: Sunday, March 17th, 2013 Cuzco

The Inca Empire's former capital and the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city, Cuzco bears the marks of its mixed Spanish-Inca heritage. Colonial and modern buildings incorporate Inca walls, arches, and doorways; charming houses surround elegant squares; and Inca descendants speak Quechua, the indigenous tongue. Early today you are free to wander Cuzco's beautiful streets; and admire its crafts stalls (wonderful places to buy jewelry, blankets, and other handmade souvenirs). Then we enjoy a tour highlight: lunch hosted by local Cuzco families in their homes. Later we embark on a city tour that introduces us to grand Plaza de Armas, the main square surrounded by arcades and lovely houses with ornate carved-wood balconies and terra cotta roofs. Presiding over the plaza is the 16th-century Cathedral and its churches, boasting gold- and silver-plated altars; a 1958 silver-plated truck that carries statues in an annual procession; perhaps the finest carved-wood choir stalls in Peru; and famous paintings including "La Ultima Cena" ("The Last Supper") by Zapata. We also visit the Church of Santo Domingo, built on the foundations of Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun. Then we head to Sacsayhuamán, the most impressive Inca ruins near Cuzco, whose ramparts are made of massive, precisely fitted boulders, some 33 feet high and weighing 360 tons. This evening is free to dine where you wish and perhaps take in Cuzco's nightlife.

Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DDAY 8: Monday, March 18th, 2013 Cuzco/Puno E

arly this morning we depart for the day-long journey by coach to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As we travel through the rugged snow-capped Andes dotted with small villages and herds of llama and alpacas, we make several stops along the way, including Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its lovely 17th-century church; the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Incan empire; La Raya, perched on Peru's altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center; and the ceramics center of Pucara. We reach our hotel on the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca late this afternoon; it's just five minutes into the center of Puno from our hotel. If you go into town for dinner on your own tonight, perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of some of the traditional dances for which this area is well known. Puno is also known as one of Peru's best places to buy woolens and alpaca sweaters, which may come in handy for the cool Highland evenings here.

Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 Puno/Lake Titicaca

We spend the day exploring the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America's largest lake and at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world's highest navigable lakes. Up here the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther. Legend has it that the founders of the Incan Empire emerged from the deep waters of Lake Titicaca. By boat we visit the Floating Island of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on "islands" made of the reeds that grow in the lake's shallows; in fact, the Uros rely on these reeds for virtually all their needs: their boats, the small huts in which they live, household items, and the handcrafts they sell. We also visit Isla Taquile, known for the high quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live here; sales of their textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos. On our visit, we see the men in their signature woven woolen caps with floppy earpieces, and women in tailored waistcoats and multi-layered skirts. We also witness the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding us, with Bolivia's snow-capped Cordillera range a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. We return to our hotel late this afternoon; tonight we celebrate our Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel.

Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S.

Early this morning we visit the mysterious round or square stone burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani, overlooking Lake Umayo. Built by the warlike non-Inca Colla tribe, the towers here represent the best surviving examples of this impressive type of architecture. Following our visit we transfer to the airport for our late afternoon flight to Lima, arriving this evening. Upon arrival, we claim our luggage and transfer it to the LAN terminal. We then check in at the airport hotel where we have time to rest and relax. Dinner tonight is on your own before returning to the airport and boarding a flight to the U.S.

Those embarking on the Amazon Rainforest post-tour extension will remain in Lima overnight at Costa Del Sol Ramada Lima Airport, and you'll take a morning transfer to Iquitos. Please see page 6 for more information.

Accommodations: Costa Del Sol Ramada Lima Airport (Day Room)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11: Thursday, March 21th, 2013 Arrive in U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our flights home.

March 21 – 24, 2013

Post Tour DAY 11: Thursday, March 21th, 2013 Lima/Iquitos/Ceiba Tops

This morning you'll transfer to the Domestic Departures terminal for your flight to Iquitos, where you'll be met by your Amazon guide. This experienced naturalist will remain with you for the duration of your rainforest stay. A short ride through Iquitos brings you to the pier for the 25-mile voyage (approximately 1¼ hours) down the Amazon River to Ceiba Tops, your comfortable home in the Amazon jungle. Upon arrival, you will meet with your guide for an informational briefing about the lodge and the upcoming excursions. After lunch we take a guided hike through the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at the lodge.

Please note: Because of weight restrictions on the boat, your luggage can weigh no more than 33 lbs. (in addition to your carry-on) while traveling through the Amazon. Should your luggage exceed this weight limit, you will need to store it in the secured Iquitos office of Ceiba Tops until you return on Day 14.

Accommodations: Ceiba Tops
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Post Tour DAY 12: Friday, March 22th, 2013 Ceiba Tops

We arise early this morning for a birding excursion; this is the best time to observe a diversity of species. Then we visit the local community of Yagua Indians, known for their skills in the art of blowgun hunting. Next we enjoy a dolphin watch and then return to Ceiba Tops for lunch. This afternoon we visit a nearby river village to see first-hand the authentic life of "ribereños," the river people of the Amazon. Depending on whether or not school is in session, we may also stop for a visit with the local school children. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our jungle lodge.

Accommodations: Ceiba Tops
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Post Tour DAY 13: Saturday, March 23th, 2013 Ceiba Tops/Canopy Walkway Excursion

Early this morning we depart from Ceiba Tops, traveling by boat (approximately 45 minutes) deep into the rainforest along the Napo River. We stop for breakfast at the ExplorNapo Lodge then hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning some 1,750 feet (about 1/3 of a mile). Connected by tree platforms that reach a height of 115 feet, the canopy allows us to see the rainforest from above – an astounding sight. Please note: though the Canopy walkway is one of the longest suspended walkways in the world, it is accessible to everyone and does not require special skills or equipment to cross. Following a return hike back to the lodge for lunch, we visit the ethno-botanical garden where a local shaman cultivates more than 240 medicinal plants. The shaman will tell us how people of the Amazon use these plants for medicinal and healing purposes. Late this afternoon we return to Ceiba Tops in time to rest or relax by the pool before dinner together.

Accommodations: Ceiba Tops
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Post Tour DAY 14: Sunday, March 24th, 2013 Ceiba Tops/Lima/Depart for U.S.

Those that wish may embark on an early morning birding excursion. Following lunch at the lodge, we journey back to Iquitos for the evening flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will board your connecting flight to the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please Note

We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary. Occasionally though, unexpected obstacles, or opportunities, may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written. We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly. In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change. We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure. Back to the top »

Cost and Program Inclusions

Round-trip airfare included
  Miami Washington, D.C. Land Only
March 11 – 21, 2013 $3,495 $3,895 $3,595
Single Supplement: $1,095    
Business Class Upgrade: To be announced    


Site StayAccommodations HTI Rating*
Lima2 nightsCasa Andina Private CollectionSuperior First Class
Sacred Valley2 nights Sonesta Posada del IncaFirst Class
Machu Picchu1 nightInkaterra Machu Picchu Superior First Class
Cuzco2 nightsHotel Libertador CuzcoSuperior First Class
Puno (Lake Titicaca) 2 nights Hotel Libertador PunoFirst Class
LimaDay roomCosta del SolFirst Class
*Ratings are based on the Hotel and Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.

Included Features:

  • Exclusive departure for the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association
  • Small group size limited to 24 guests
  • Round-trip air transportation; all flights within itinerary
  • 9 nights' accommodations in listed properties
  • 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described in day-by-day itinerary, including all entrance fees
  • Services of a dedicated Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides (if applicable), dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Not Included:

  • Airline taxes and departure fees (listed as separate item on invoice)
  • Gratuities for the Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director (left to individual discretion)

Optional Post- Tour Extension:

AMAZON RAINFOREST (4 days/4 nights) includes round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos; 4 nights' accommodations: 1 night in Lima at Costa del Sol Peru (First Class), 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort (Superior First Class); 11 meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners); Extensive sightseeing: guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people); Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative; Private vehicle transportation; Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

* Please note that guests on extension will overnight in Lima on Day 10

Extension Price: $895
Single Supplement:$195
Land Only Guests:$500 additional cost
Notes: Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
Prices from all U.S. cities available upon request.


This trip involves considerable walking uphill, on uneven terrain, and at sites of ancient ruins. In addition, the high altitudes of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet) and Cuzco (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip to the fullest; if you have any concerns, please consult your physician.

We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary. Occasionally though, unexpected obstacles, or opportunities, may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written. We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly. In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change. We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure.

For Land Only Guests

If you choose to purchase Odysseys Unlimited's Treasures of Peru tour as "land only," you will be making your own international air arrangements and will join the tour at the first hotel.

While airport transfers and luggage handling at the arrival and departure airports are not included when you purchase a tour as land only, you are welcome to join our motorcoach transfer to the hotel. This service will be provided to you on a complimentary basis.

To join in the transfer, you must be at the Lima airport concurrent with the group of arriving Odysseys Unlimited guests. Look for our representative holding an Odysseys Unlimited sign and you will be directed to the motorcoach. Please note that you must be present when the coach is preparing to leave.

For Treasures of Peru, the currently scheduled flights are as follows:

Day 1 Depart Miami 7:15 p.m. Lan Peru flight # 2515
Arrive Lima 11:55 a.m.
Please remember that all flights and schedules are subject to change.

Upon the tour's completion, you are also welcome to join the group transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Faculty Study Leader

H. Rosi Song
H. Rosi Song

H. Rosi Song specializes in the literature, intellectual history, and culture of contemporary Spain. Her research also includes an exploration of literary ties between Spain and Latin America through the genre of detective fiction and, more recently, the representation of Latin American immigrants in Spanish society. She is the co-editor of a collection of critical essays entitled Traces of Contamination: Unearthing the Francoist Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Discourse (Bucknell UP, 2004) and is currently working on another volume on the "la movida". Her articles have appeared in Romance Notes, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, and recent collections on contemporary Spain such as Casa encantada: lugares de memoria en la España constitucional (1975-2004) (Vervuert, 2005) and Border Interrogations: Crossing and Questioning Spanish Frontiers from the Middle Ages to the Present (Berghahn Books, 2008). She teaches courses on modern and contemporary Spanish narrative and culture, detective fiction in both Spain in Latin America, and film.

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TREASURES OF PERU Accommodations

Casa Andina Private Collection

Av. La Paz 463,
Miraflores, Lima,
Phone: 011-51-1-213-4300
Fax: 011-51-1-242-1338

Situated in the heart of the Miraflores district, Casa Andina Private Collection houses the works of local artisans and combines both traditional Peruvian architecture and several modern amenities. Renovated in 2008, the hotel offers a restaurant, café, and bar; fitness center; spa with massage, sauna, and beauty salon; indoor pool; Internet access; gift shop; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms boast private bath with hair dryer, safety deposit box, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Sonesta Posada del Inca Sacred Valley

Plaza Manco II
Yucay 123, Peru
Phone: 011-51-84-201-107
Fax: 011-51-84-201-345

Located in the middle of the Sacred Valley, this former monastery maintains its traditional colonial style surrounded by beautiful gardens. Hotel features include a restaurant, laundry service, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath (hair dryer upon request), in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Línea Férrea Km. 110
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Phone: 011-51-84-211-122
Fax: 011-51-84-211-124

Tropical gardens laced with lush plantings, stone paths, and small water features surround this 83-room, Andean-style hotel. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, café, and bar; spa; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and gift shop. Individually decorated guest rooms feature wood furniture designed and handmade by local artisans, as well as private bath with hair dryer, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Hotel Libertador Cuzco

Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259
Cuzco, Peru
Phone: 011-51-84-23-1961
Fax: 011-51-84-23-3152

This historic 254-room hotel incorporates 16th-century Pizarro's Palace and a modern addition in Spanish Colonial design. It is well located in the heart of the city, just two blocks from the main square, and offers a restaurant, café, and bar; fitness center with Jacuzzi; Internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. All rooms have private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Hotel Libertador Puno

Isla Esteves s/n, Lago Titicaca
Puno, Peru
Phone: 011-51-51-36-7780

Situated on the shores of Esteves Island in Lake Titicaca, Hotel Libertador Puno stands five minutes from downtown Puno and connects to the mainland by a causeway. This 123-room hotel has a restaurant, café, fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi, laundry service, gift shop, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Ramada Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

Av. Elmer Faucett S/N
Aeropuerto Jorge Chavez
Lima, 1 PE
Phone: 011-51-1-711-2000
Fax: 011-51-1-711-2001

Opened in 2007 and located at the Lima International Airport, the 130-room Costa Del Sol Ramada Lima Airport features woodwork and walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro Larcomar. The hotel has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, a bar, Internet access, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, spa, hair salon, and indoor pool. Each air-conditioned room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.


Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort

P.O. Box 446
Iquitos, Peru
Regional Office Phone: 011-51-65-25-4253

This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is situated 25 miles down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include swimming pool, wireless Internet access in public areas, bar and patio with hammocks, and an indoor/outdoor dining room offering both local and international cuisines in a buffet-style atmosphere. All units are air-conditioned with full private bath with hot water, twin beds, lights, fan, window screens and rainforest or Amazon River view.

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