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The home of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
If you want an insight into how the Americas were before the Europeans landed, then Peru is a good place to start. The 15th-century Incan Empire, at its height, stretched along the east coast of South America, from Columbia as far down to midway through Ecuador, but its centre was in modern-day Peru. It has many remnants of its ancient Inca civilisation – of course there’s the wonder that is Machu Picchu, but there is also the Incan capital, Cusco where you’ll find the memorable sacred valley of the Incas. With dense jungle, tropical coastline and the wonderful Andes Mountains to explore too, Peru is a dream destination for History, Geography and General Studies students.
15 day tour
Your tour will begin in the modern day capital of Peru, Lima where you will explore the colonial architecture of the UNESCO recognised historic centre. One of the unexpected bonuses of this visit is Lima’s burgeoning contemporary art scene which means there are plenty of galleries, trendy shops and restaurants to enjoy. From Lima it’s off to visit the mummy of Juanita in Arequipa. Poor Juanita was sacrificed to the Incan gods half a millennium ago, but was extraordinarily well-preserved due to the cold and high altitude of her original resting place on Mount Ampato. After paying your respects, it’s on to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas at Cusco, the jewels in the Incan crown. Voyager can include a visit to Lake Titicaca, a train ride along the Urubamba River and a dip in the hot spring at Calientes to create a school tour that will provide experiences and memories for a lifetime.
A Voyager Worldwide tour of Peru is an amazing experience that will allow your students, whatever their key stage or subject, to look through a window into the past and see evidence of a civilisation untouched by Europeans. Along the way, they will see an amazing landscape and soak up the distinct culture, music and vibe that makes Peru such an inspiring and exciting destination.
“Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way.”
“Few people visit Peru for contemporary culture. Most tourists head straight to Cusco and Machu Picchu, with just a stop-off in the capital, Lima. But this summer, style magazine Dazed and Confused described Lima as an “unexpected new art world star”. ”
Will Coldwell, the Guardian Travel, 2015.
“The draw of Machu Picchu (which means “old mountain” in the Quechua language) is obvious: a 550-year old citadel built by the most advanced – and in Peru the very last – pre-Columbian society in the spectacular setting of a saddle between two forest-clad Andean peaks that has been preserved enough to be recognisable as a city.”
Chris Moss, Travel Telegraph, 2012.
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