Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Midland College Travel Course to the Nazca Lines
A tour led by archaeologist Dr. Michael Grofe for the students of Dr. Margaret Wade at Midland College, Midland, Texas.

This one week journey into the southern deserts of Peru is designed for the students of Midland College to learn about the country, its fascinating ancient history, and its amazing natural beauty. During week the course will visit pyramids in Lima, an oasis in desert, and fly over the mystrious Nazca Lines. In addition to the Nazca Lines, the group will also fly over the lesser known Palpa Lines. Visits to the oracle site of Pachacamac, the Ica museum containing the famous elongated skulls, and a boat trip out to visit the penguins and sea lions of the Ballestras Islands will round out the week. A final day will be spent back in Lima, exploring its Plaza de Armas and beautiful colonial cathedrals. That evening participants will hop a plane back to the states, in time to make it home for Easter Sunday.

The Southern Deserts of Peru - Lima, Pachacamac, Ica, Paracas and thr Nazca Lines
Price $2100 per participant (based on double lodging)
($400 extra for single lodging)
$400 deposit due upon registration
Half the balance due January 27th
Remaining balance due February 27th
Date March 27 - April 3, 2015

March 27, Friday: Arrival to Lima
Flights to Lima, evening arrival
Private bus to the hotel
Overnight in Lima
March 28, Saturday: Lima Museums and Pyramids
8:00-9:00am Breakfast at hotel
9:00-12:00pm Larco Herrera Museum
12:00-2:00pm Lunch at Huaca Pucllana
2:00-4:00pm Tour of Pyramid Pucllana
Evening Free time
Overnight in Lima
March 29, Sunday: Pachacamac and Huacachina
8:00-9:00am Breakfast and hotel check out
10:00-12:00pm Tour of the Pachacamac Oracle ruins
1:00-2:00pm Lunch on the road
2:00-5:00pm Transport to Huacachina
Evening Freetime at the oasis
Overnight in Huacachina Oasis
March 30, Monday: Dune Buggies and Nazca
7:00-8:00am Breakfast at hotel
8:00-9:00am Dune buggies in the desert
9:00-12:00pm Transport to Nazca
12:00-2:00pm Lunch and hotel check in
2:00-5:00pm Flights over the Nazca/Palpa Lines
Overnight in Nazca
March 31, Tuesday: Nazca
8:00-9:00am Breakfast at hotel
9:00-11:00pm Maria Rieche Museum
11:00-1:00pm Lunch break
1:00-3:00pm Puquio sites - Nazca wells
Evening Free time in Nazca
Overnight in Nazca
April 1, Wednesday: Ica and Paracas
7:00-9:00am Breakfast and check out
9:00-12:00pm Transport to Ica
12:00-2:00pm Lunch at a Pisco Winery
2:00-3:00pm Ica Museum - Elongated Skulls
3:00-4:00pm Transport to Paracas
Evening Free time
Overnight in Paracas
April 2, Thursday: Ballestras Islands
7:00-8:00am Breakfast at hotel
9:00-11:00am Boat to Ballestras Islands
11:00-1:00pm Lunch and hotel check out
1:00-5:00pm Transport to Lima
Evening Free time in Lima
Overnight in Lima
April 2, Friday: Central Lima
7:00-11:00am Breakfast and hotel check out
11:00-12:00pm Bus tour of Lima
12:00-2:00pm Lunch break
2:00-6:00pm Cathedrals and Plaza de Armas
6:00-8:00pm Dinner in Downtown Lima
8:00-9:00pm Transport to Lima Airport

Lima: Hotel Miraflores Colon
Hotel services include cable TV, phones, internet, and on-site restaurant for breakfast.

Huacachina: Hotel Mossone
Hotel services include cable TV, phones, internet, and on-site restaurant.

Nazca: Casa Andina
Hotel services include cable TV, phones, internet, and on-site restaurant.

Paracas: Hotel Gran Palma
Hotel services include ocean views, cable TV, internet and on-site restaurant.

- Lodging
- Private ground transportation
- Flights over the Nazca and Palpa Lines
- Boat trip to the Ballestas Islands
- Breakfasts
- All Entrance fees

- Airfare to Lima
- Travel insurance
- Lunches and dinners
- Tips for Service Providers (drivers, maids, etc..)

Proceeds from MEC Travel courses and tours are the center's primary source of research funding. As such, a portion of the tour costs are tax deductible. MEC will provide participants with receipts and proper documentation regarding the center's 501(c)(3) non-profit status for your records.

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