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Proposed 2012 APS International study tour to Peru

Format Meeting
Description The Cultures of Peru - with an optional extension to the Galapagos Islands. 18 or 25 days, October/November 2012
Tour theme:

An introduction to the cultures of South America - from Prehistoric to Colonial. Visit Inca sites including Cusco, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo; Colonial sites including the historic centres of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco; the Church of Andayhuaylillas and the Monastery at Arequipa; spectacular landscapes including the high peaks of the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, Lake Titicaca and the High Puna (Plateau); the Amazon jungle and its amazing wildlife, all the while experiencing the indigenous cultures of this continent including shamanic ceremonies, weaving workshops, local markets and Alpaca farms.
The PD theme will examine and discuss the impact of tourism on traditional cultures from a psychological viewpoint. We will consider how the indigenous population have adapted to changes brought about by the commercialisation of their culture. We will then consider how this has enhanced the prospects of some groups while others display significant negative impacts. We will also discuss the values that Indigenous peoples place on their own culture and how that is used or abused through tourism.


Spectacular Colca Canyon;
Colonial Arequipa;
Mythical Lake Titicaca;
Historic Cusco - the centre of the Inca Empire;
The Sacred Valley of the Inca - Pisac and Ollantaytambo;
The enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu.
The Amazon River and jungle wildlife.

14 October

Depart Australia on flight to Lima, Peru, via Santiago, Chile. Transfer to our hotel in Miraflores, a beautiful suburb located on the coast south of the city - a great area for shopping and dining.

Overnight Lima (meals in flight)

15 October

Morning city tour to the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral and San Francisco Monastery.

PD: Afternoon visit to Psychiatric Hospital 'Hermilio Valdizán', Lima - 3 hours.

Dinner followed by folkloric dance show.

Overnight Lima (B, L, D)

16 October

Morning city tour to the Pucllana pyramid, a pre-Inca site located a short distance from our hotel. We will transfer to the airport for a casual lunch and board our flight to Arequipa.
Transfer to hotel. In the evening we will walk into the city centre and dine close to the Plaza de Armas.

Overnight: Arequipa (B, D)

17 October

In the morning we will visit the 16th century Monastery of Santa Catalina. This is a wonderful complex covering an entire city block - almost 20,000sqkm. The monastery is an important aspect of Peru's Colonial history.

After lunch we will visit the museum that houses 'Juanita', the famous Ice Princess, a frozen Inca mummy.

PD: Evening group presentation - 1 hour.

Overnight: Arequipa (B)

18 October

Morning departure for our bus ride to the Colca Canyon (5 hours). This is arguably the world's deepest canyon but that depends how you measure its depth! As you can imagine, the scenery is spectacular and the drive there will pass the volcano of El Misti. With luck we may see some condors, the largest flying birds in the world.

Our hotel has its own hot springs - you will a chance to relax in the springs prior to dinner.

PD: Evening group discussion - 1 hour.

Overnight: Chivay (B, D)

19 October

Early morning departure to continue our tour of the Colca Canyon. We will visit the look-out point where we hope to see condors as they ride the thermal currents.

After lunch in Chivay we will drive on to Puno (5 hours).

Overnight: Puno (B)

20 October

Boat tour to the Uros Islands and Taquile. The Uros Islands are floating on beds of reeds that grow in the shallow lake basin near Puno.

We will also go out to Taquile. The inhabitants of these islands are very welcoming and very supportive of tourism. They still wear locally made traditional clothing and we will certainly have the opportunity to purchase some. This is a beautiful island, particularly in clear weather with the snow-capped Bolivian Cordillera Real as a back-drop.

PD: Group discussion and interaction with the people of Taquile, the traditional owners of the island who still adhere to an original system of land ownership and politics.

Overnight Puno (B, L)

21 October

Early morning departure for our drive to Cusco via the Inca site of Raqchi. This is a beautiful drive passing from the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca Basin, crossing the high pass of La Raya before tracing the Urumbamba River from its source and then entering the Cusco Valley at Rumicolca.

Overnight: Cusco (B, L)

22 October

Morning tour of the Cathedral and Cusco orientation. This is a beautiful city with not only numerous Colonial buildings but also many Inca walls - it was the largest Inca city of them all.

PD: Afternoon visit to Drug and Alcohol Centre - 2 hours.

Overnight Cusco (B)

23 October

Morning free. Our local guide will be available to show you the places to shop for handicrafts and alpaca products.

Afternoon visit to the Inca Sun Temple (Coricancha), Qenko and the ruins of Sacsayhuman overlooking the city.

PD: Evening group discussion - 1 hour.

Overnight Cusco (B).

24 October

Morning drive out of Cusco to visit the church at Andayhuaylillas. This is a very interesting Colonial church with spectacular murals. En route we will have lunch at a rural restaurant where we will also take part in a shamanic ceremony to ensure the success of the tour.

We will drive on to the Sacred Valley after lunch.

PD: Evening group presentation - 1 hour

Overnight: Sacred Valley (B, L)

25 October

Tour of the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, the ruins of Pisac and the town markets. This is a spectacular day trip through the mountains and along the valley floor.

Snow-capped peaks and glaciers will be visible at certain points. Each of the sites visited have wonderful arrays of local goods in their markets where we will also see Indian women spinning and weaving Alpaca and woollen products.

Evening train to Aguas Calientes, the town that provides all services for visitors going to Machu Picchu.

PD: Evening presentation and discussion with the director of a local NGO that has been developed to improve local women's and children's health.

\Overnight: Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)

26 October

Early rise to begin our tour of the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus ride to the ruins is an exhilarating experience in itself, climbing from the river bank to the saddle high above the valley via a series of switch-back turns. The guide will spend 2-3 hours with the group within the complex and you will then have a few hours to explore on your own.

Late afternoon train to return to Cusco.

Overnight Cusco (B)

27 October

Morning transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima and connect with our flight to Iquitos.
Transfer to our lodge located in the jungles of Amazonia.

PD: This segment of the tour will include the interaction with local shamans with an option to participate in a range of traditional rituals. During our stay we will interact with members of the local community who will explain their lifeways and introduce the group to local foods and traditional medicines.

Overnight: Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

28 October

Awake to the sounds of birds. After breakfast explore remote lakes to view birds, primates, and pink dolphins. In the afternoon, we will embark on an afternoon hike looking at the medicinal plants found in the area. Come evening we will take the boat for an after dinner cruise and explore the Amazon at night!

PD: Evening group presentation - 1 hour

Overnight: Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

29 October

Day spent exploring the area - see the famous giant water lilies of the Amazon, there is also a good chance to see the pre-historic Hoatzin birds. In the afternoon, we will visit an authentic Indian village. Once th
Location Peru
Venue The Cultures of Peru - with an optional extension to the Galapagos Islands. 18 or 25 days, October/
Peru, Peru

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 14 Oct 2012 to 6 Nov 2012
Time 18-25 days
Cost Peru portion - Ex-Lima: $5,185.00 Optional Galapagos Tour - Ex-Lima: $3,200.00 Currency fluctuations above 3% will affect the final fare. This price is based on a minimum of 16 people attending (max. 24).
Notes Inclusions: Tour leader and English speaking guides for the duration of the tour; Accommodation (twin-share) in 3-4star hotels with private facilities. Single supplement available on request ( additional $965.00); All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners, water with meals; Internal domestic flights - Lima/Arequipa, Cusco/Lima, Lima/Iquitos, Iquitos/Lima Land transport on private, chartered coaches; Boat tour on Lake Titicaca; Comprehensive tour booklet; Entries to sites listed in itinerary; Group tips (bus drivers, local guides). Optional tour includes: Airfares (Lima/Guayquil/Baltra); Hotel accommodation - 3 nights; Cruising component - 3nights; All meals; Sight-seeing and aquatic activities; Park fee (USD100) and boat fuel surcharge; Group tips. Exclusions: International airfares (Australia/Lima/Australia required); Alcoholic beverages and extra drinks with meals; Travel insurance (compulsory - policy details to be provided prior to departure); Travelm
Organiser Contact the tour leader: Christopher Carter - or 02 or 0412001586 Re PD: Isabel Stepanik -
Contact Name Isabel Stepanik