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Following Ancient Trails: The Archaeological Treasures of Peru

November 3 - 15, 2013 (13 Days)

Double occupancy: $5,790 per person
Single supplement: $1,115
HMNH Study Leader: Dr. Jeffery Quilter

The fabled cities of the Inka have long captured our imaginations. Yet the Inka were only the last in a long line of fascinating cultures — the Moche, Wari, and Chimor are all ancient cultures that preceded the Inka by centuries. Join us as we travel from the north of Peru to the south, visiting archaeological sites, seeing colonial cities, and taking in breathtaking scenery. Begin by following the "Moche Trail" in the north. In Chiclayo, visit the most famous Sipan tomb, deemed one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the last 30 years and trace the steps of the ancient Peruvians at the pyramids of Tucume. In Trujillo, visit the beautiful Sun and Moon temples built by Moches; nearby, see the Chan Chan citadel, capital of the Chimu empire. Head south to Cusco, the capital of the Inka Empire and the "Inka Trail." Visit colonial towns and a local market; see salt mines from the Inka period; visit local museums; and tour nearby, less-visited Inka sites. A train through the Urubamba Valley takes us to breathtaking Machu Picchu where we spend the day wandering through temples, observatories, water systems, dwellings, watchtowers and gardens.

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