2020 Chamber Trip
Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries
March 21 — March 28, 2020 • 8 Days • 13 Meals
For more information on our 2020 Chamber trip to Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries visit Collette's website by clicking HERE. The landing page includes information on Accommodations, ADA. Arrival Day Suggestions, Clothing & Packing Tips, Currency, Gratuities, Local Cuisine, and more!
We will be holding a special Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries Preview Presentation on Monday, August 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Conference Room at the Visitors Center. The event is FREE to attend and open to the public but registration is required due to limited seating. For more information on the Preview Presentation and to register CLICK HERE.
Day 1 - Mar 21, 2020: Lima, Peru - Tour Begins
Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world’s most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in Lima, the "City of Kings."
Day 2 - Mar 22, 2020: Lima
Today, it’s your choice! Discover Lima’s fascinating history during a colonial tour through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and visit the Casa de Aliaga – former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez – where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life -OR- choose to explore Lima’s modern side. Visit the fashionable suburbs of Barranco and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños during a walking tour. See the Park of Love, featuring unique sculptures and artwork, along with a stop at the Pyramid Huaca Pucllana. Visit the Pedro de Osma Museum featuring Peruvian art from the 5th - 18th century. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes; you will quickly discover why Peru is consistently named the world’s top food travel destination.
Day 3 - Mar 23, 2020: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. Settle into your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
Day 4 - Mar 24, 2020: Sacred Valley of the Incas-Ollantaytambo-Sacred Valley of the Incas
This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you’ll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby Quechua community and interact with the locals. You’ll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialties.
Day 5 - Mar 25, 2020: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration and learn how to craft the perfect ceviche and pisco sour before your dinner featuring a Peruvian menu.
Day 6 - Mar 26, 2020: Machu Picchu - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. This evening you may join an optional home hosted meal experience with a local Cuzco family.
Day 7 - Mar 27, 2020: Cuzco
The morning is yours to relax or explore Cuzco on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional tour to San Blas to peruse its artisan shops, or delve further into Peruvian cuisine at an optional cooking class. This afternoon, join your local guide and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress, followed by a visit to explore Cuzco’s central market. Continue on a walking tour of the city, visiting Plaza de Armas, the Cuzco Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Convent. This evening, you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavors in the heart of Cuzco.
Day 8 - Mar 28, 2020: Cuzco - Lima - Tour Ends
As your tour comes to a close, depart Cuzco for Lima. Upon arrival we head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artifacts. After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum. Then we depart for Lima’s airport and your connecting flight home.
Save $300 per person*
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* Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Pittsburgh Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers **Non-Chamber Members please add $200pp to the above rates
* Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from PIT
Extend Your Vacation
4 Days 3-Night Peruvian Amazon Post Tour Extension
Rate: $649.00 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive
7 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 Dinners
Day 8 - Lima
Your extension begins with an overnight stay in Lima.
Day 9 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Peruvian Amazon Basin
Fly from Lima to the Puerto Maldonado airport where you meet your naturalist guide. Board a canoe and transfer up the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción Lodge. After a welcome lunch, take a walk through the Concepción trails where you will learn about the rainforest’s composition, its uses, the human impact and its relevance to the world climate. At dusk, once again take to the water on a motorized canoe. Your evening excursion will teach you about the river’s ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior and the southern sky’s constellations. Then, you’ll enjoy a delightful dinner in the Casa Grande’s dining room.
Day 10 - Lake Sandoval-Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk-Hidden Rainforest
After an early breakfast, your naturalist guide will lead you on a trek through Tambopata National Reserve. Arrive at pristine Lake Sandoval and board a dugout canoe. Glide along taking in your peaceful surroundings. Keep an eye out for the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche. After lunch, the Inkaterra canopy walkway awaits. Begin at the Interpretation Center to learn about the project. Then ascend 98 feet in the air and cross a series of hanging bridges that connect the treetops, taking in the breathtaking panoramas and discovering the wildlife that surrounds you. This evening, explore the Amazon rainforest by moonlight and listen to the unique nocturnal sounds of the rainforest. Your day concludes with a wonderful dinner.
Day 11 - Puerto Maldonado - Lima - Tour Ends
After breakfast, take a scenic boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly House) where you may wait for your flight back to Lima. Later, depart Lima for your overnight flight home.
San Blas Artisanal Tour • $100pp
Stretch your legs in the San Blas quarter. Originally used as dwellings for the Inca nobles, the impressive stone constructions are a short distance from what used to be Huacaypata, now the main square. See the unmistakable rigor of the Inca walls at a host of constructions as you discover today's quarter - a conglomerate of charming cobblestone streets and a showcase of local crafts. Discover the San Blas Church, a temple that houses a pulpit created by a master indigenous woodcarver, and indulge in a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Peruvian Cooking Class • $80pp
Inside a rainbow of fresh ingredients and spices, the mysteries of Peru’s cuisine unlock the senses over the course of a two-hour cooking class. In the embrace of an authentic atmosphere, stand shoulder to shoulder with brilliant local chefs as you roll up your sleeves for a hands-on lesson in creating some of Peru’s most coveted dishes. Afterward, it’s time to remove the apron and sit down for a lively 3-course meal featuring food so good, you can’t believe you made it yourself! Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 8 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Machu Picchu Sunrise • $125pp
Ascend to Machu Picchu in the early hours of the morning. Be one of the first to reenter the sanctuary just as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. Spend time exploring the grounds at your leisure or merely pick a spot to sit and enjoy the morning serenity of this magical place. Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Please note a minimum of 6 passengers is required. Transportation is not included.
Cuzco Home-Hosted Meal • $60pp
See Cuzco from a local resident's perspective. Join a family in their home for dinner to experience Cuzco's culture first hand. Share stories of tradition, language, and gain insight into the daily life of a Peruvian family. Dine on family recipes and share conversation with the help of a translator and guide. Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 12 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Aqlla Spa Package • $130pp
“What is good for the body is good for the soul.” A well-deserved spa visit provides a complete treatment experience to replenish your mind, body and soul. Indulge in supreme pampering and relaxation with a choice of one of several different, exhilarating spa service packages. Each package includes several spa treatments from exfoliation to massages. Certified therapists will guide you to a state of complete relaxation as you enjoy unforgettable therapeutic body treatments. Your choice of packages include:
“Pamper Your Feet” - Foot massage with cleansing and exfoliation (50 minutes massage, 40 minutes cleaning).
“Complete Relaxation” – Full body massage with body exfoliation (50 minutes massage, 40 minutes cleaning).
“Hot Stone Treatment” – Relaxing sauna and stones massage (30 minutes sauna and 60 minutes massage). This option is available only to those guests who are staying at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 1 passengers is required. Transportation is not included.