The Incan Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America – and fills Peru with so much history! There are a lot of sights to see, and culture to immerse yourself in. Globus has an entire section of tours designed specifically for South America, and one tour in particular caught our eye – the Legacy of the Incas!
Starting off in Lima, Peru on a walking tour, you’ll focus in on the colonial heritage. Visit sights such as the Government Palace, the cathedral, and the San Francisco Monastery [which boasts 17th century cloister murals]. With your fellow tour companions, enjoy dinner at the historic Casa Garcia Alvarado. You’ll get to taste authentic Peruvian fruits, and dishes, and see the culture of a typical day in Lima!
[Casa Garcia Alvarado]
From Lima, you’ll head off to Andean City, which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Have a special lunch, prepared exclusively for you and your tour mates [in a secret location!], while watching a Mother Earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman. Mother Earth Ceremonies have been practised in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. They are performed to ask Mother Earth for safe health and good travels, while thanking her. Here, you’ll get to spend the evening in the Sacred Valley, so there’s great chances to purchase local wares, such as alpaca sweaters, and hand crafted pottery & jewelery.
Globus makes sure that you are able to experience the culture of Peru, so there’s opportunities to visit a locals home, to see how their way of life is made. Next, you’ll hop on a train, travelling through the Urubamba Valley, and transferring to a motor coach, to make your way to the world renowned tourist sight of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. [Machu Picchu, Peru]
Head over to Cusco, and learn more about the Incas! They faced many trials and tribulations with the invading Spaniards, & you’ll get to uncover this history during stops to the Cathedral, and the Santo Domingo Monastery. **Ocean Breeze tip: you’ll be greeted by an Inca King, so get those cameras ready to get your shot!** Take in the incredible ancient site of Puca Pucara, & the ancient Temple of Sacsayhuaman which is perched high upon a hillside.
The ancient Temple of Sacsayhuaman has defied the odds, and no one knows how it was built! The exact timeline is also unknown. Some of the stones involved in the temples structure weigh more than 350 tons!
After Cusco, Lake Titicaca is on the horizon! There are so many amazing little islands that you can travel to via boat, including Taquile Island. Taquile Island used to be a part of the Inca Empire – it also was one of the last places in Peru to stand before it was conquered by the Spaniards, which happened in the 16th century. The islands are filled with culture that still date back to this Spanish conquer – like the peasant dresses that are still found on Taquile Island.
Following the excursion in Puno to Lake Titicaca, you’ll heave over to Juliaca. There, you’ll see the ruins of Sillustani! This is an ancient burial ground – the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests here, in what they call chullpas. Chullpas are above ground tombs that are shaped like cylinders – and some of these date back to the 1400’s!
In Juliaca, you’ll have a chance to visit with some of the locals. Here, you’ll get a great chance to see how they work, what they eat, and what their daily lives are like.
Next, you’ll head off on a scenic drive through the Pan-American highway, stopping in the Bay of Paracas. Here, you’ll have a chance to take a cruise out to the Ballestas Islands, which is home to many mammals, and exotic birds. Then, you’ll head to our favourite part of Peru – Pisco. Pisco is the wine capital of Peru, and there’s nothing like a great glass of red!
Take to the skies to see the incredible Nazca Lines! These mysterious etchings in the soil can reach up to 1,000 feet in length, and are in the shapes of dogs, birds, spiders and more! You’ll get a great tour with a pilot who will point each of them out to you – so have your camera in hand! This wonder can only be appreciated in the sky! Most people believe that this land is the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians! [Nazca Lines, Paracas, Peru]
Sadly, this is where your tour will end, when you head back to Lima, and back to your home. Luckily, Globus gives you the option to extend your trip with a few extra days in some pretty wicked places! You can add a few extra days [from 12 days to 16 days], with Monograms in places like Peru’s Amazin, the Galapagos Islands, or Chiclayo & Trujillo!
Give us a call, or click here to get your vacation started! The Inca history is waiting for you!!