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Treasures of Peru: With Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

June 18-28, 2014
Faculty: Stephen Cushman, Professor of English at U.Va.

Patricia Lampkin
, Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer

Price: $4,095 per person, double occupancy, land only

Air inclusive from Miami Price: $4,649 (includes $554 airline taxes and fees.)
Air can be arranged for you from your preferred airport
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Overview

Treasures of Peru

For the world traveler eager to explore South America, Peru is one of the first destinations to visit, for her awesome Andean landscapes, remarkable archaeological treasures, rich colonial heritage and fascinating indigenous cultures. From the bustling colonial port of Lima at the foot of the Andes to the center of the Inca universe at Cuzco, Peru is a cornucopia of history, peoples, legends and traditions.

This exclusive expedition is designed for University of Virginia alumni and friends who are interested in archaeology, history and the ancient cultures of Peru and its rich natural environment. Throughout Andean cities, temperatures range from 30°-40° F at night and to 60°-75° F during the day.

We have an excellent Peruvian guide named Marco who is one of the best in the country. He is university educated and has led trips for my colleagues at Penn, Bryn Mawr and Emory, among many others.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

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Meals

22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners

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Faculty

Patricia Lampkin, Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer

Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department his commitment to American literature, modern literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award and the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published eight books and has two more forthcoming in the fall of 2014, *Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War* (University of North Carolina Press) and *The Red List: A Poem* (Louisiana State University Press). Steve and his wife Sandra have two sons, Sam and Simon.

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Itinerary

Treasures of PeruDay 1 -- Wednesday, June 18
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 our rooms will be ready for our late arrival.

Accommodations:  Casa Andina Private Collection.

Day 2 -- Thursday, June 19
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 figures.  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 -- Friday, June 20
Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley
A morning flight brings us to Cuzco where we visit the Church of Santo Domingo, built on the foundations of Koricancha, the Incan Temple of the Sun.  Before Spanish conquerors arrived, Koricancha was the Inca Empire’s most exquisite temple, boasting gold-paneled walls and housing 4,000 priests.  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.  Mid-afternoon we arrive at our hotel.  This evening we attend a traditional “Offering to the Earth” ceremony, followed by dinner at our hotel.

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

Treasures of PeruDay 4 -- Saturday, June 21
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 with time to freshen up prior to dinner tonight.

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

Day 5 -- Sunday, June 22
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Early this morning we take the 1½-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, then after lunch we board the shuttle 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

Treasures of PeruDay 6 -- Monday, June 23
Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Before the tourist-filled trains 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:  Palacio de Inka Cuzco
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 -- Tuesday, June 24
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 Incan 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.  Then we head to Sacsayhuamán, the most impressive Incan 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 to perhaps take in Cuzco’s nightlife.

Accommodations:  Palacio de Inka Cuzco
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Treasures of PeruDay 8 -- Wednesday, June 25
Cuzco / Puno
Early 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 Inca 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 -- Thursday, June 26
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 Inca 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

Treasures of PeruDay 10 -- Friday, June 27
Puno / Lima / Depart for U.S.
Early this morning we visit the mysterious 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 the Costa Del Sol Ramada Lima Airport hotel, and will then take a morning flight to Iquitos.  Please see page 6 for more information.

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

Day 11 -- Saturday, June 28
Arrive in U.S.
We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our flights home.

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Program Fees

$4,095 per person, double occupancy, land only.  A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

$4,649 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Miami.
Other gateway cities are available. (includes $554 airline taxes & departure fees.)

Price includes:

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A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure. (March 15, 2014)

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, or by check made out to “Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.”

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as a payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (March 15, 2014) before departure.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a land only package; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a land only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuity: $10-$15 per day per traveler); travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline prior to departure.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: Cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; Cancel 94-65 days before departure: 25% of tour price; Cancel 64-45 days before departure: 50% of tour price; Cancel 44-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; Cancel 29-0 days before departure: No refund. If a guest makes any changes between 94 and 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue. 

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise line, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in an Odysseys Unlimited tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches on your own. If you require the use of a wheelchair or have other personal needs, you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities and contracts with those airlines they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air scheduled approximately 2 ½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignments on your international flight are usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and departure fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, land only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.

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