Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Midland College Travel Course to Machu Picchu
A tour led by archaeologist Dr. Ed Barnhart for the students of Dr. Margaret Wade at Midland College, Midland, Texas.

This one week journey to Peru is designed for the students of Midland College to learn about ancient Inca civilization while traveling through the ruins of their once magnificent ancient cities. We'll spend two days in Machu Picchu, but also visit sites in Lima, the Sacred Valley, and Cuzco. Evening and afternoon lectures will compliment the day trips.

Midland College Travel Course to Machu Picchu
Price $1800 per participant (based on double lodging)
($350 extra for single lodging)
$300 deposit each participant due upon registration
Half the balance due February 25th
Remaining balance due April 25th
Date May 25-June 1, 2013

May 25, Saturday: Arrival to Lima
Flights to Lima, evening arrival
Taxi to Miraflores district hotel
Overnight in Lima
May 26, Sunday: Ancient Lima
9-10am: Breakfast and orientation meeting
10-12pm: The Larco Herrera Museum
12-1pm: Lunch at the museum
1-3pm: Huaca Huallamarca - a pyramid in downtown Lima!
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Lima
May 27, Monday: Cuzco
7-8am: Transport to the airport
10-12pm: Flight to Cuzco
2-3pm: Presentations - Inca Origins and Cuzco
3-4pm: Ancient Inca walls walking tour
Evening: Rest, acclimatize
Overnight in Cuzco
May 28, Tuesday: Ancient Cuzco
8-9am: Breakfast
9-11am: Coricancha Temple
11-1pm: Sacsayhuaman Ruins
12-2pm: Lunch break
2-4pm: The Inca Museum
5-6pm: Presentations - Inca Empire and Public Works
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Cuzco
May 29, Wednesday: Machu Picchu
7-11am: Train to Machu Picchu
11-1pm: Check in and lunch
1-5pm: Tour of Machu Picchu
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Machu Picchu
May 30, Thursday: Machu Picchu
5am: Breakfast
7am: Dawn at Machu Picchu (optional)
All Day: Free time in Machu Picchu
6-6:30pm: Presentation - The demise of the Inca
Evening: Group dinner (optional)
Overnight in Machu Picchu
May 31, Friday: The Sacred Valley
7-8am: Breakfast
8-10am: Train to Ollantaytambo
10-12pm: Inca Hilltop Fortress
1-2pm: Lunch in Urubamba
2-5pm: Weaving co-op and llama farm
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Cuzco
June 1, Saturday: Lima and Departure
8-11am: Breakfast and check out
12-1pm: Flights to Lima
2-8pm: Free time and dinner at Larco Mar
8-9pm: Transport back to the airport
Midnight: Flights back to the USA

Lima: Hotel Jose Antonio
Hotel services include cable TV, phones, internet, and on-site restaurant.

Cuzco: Hotel Ruinas
Hotel services include cable TV, phones, internet, on-site restaurant, and room service.

Machu Picchu: Inti Inn
Hotel services include cable TV, phones, internet,, and on-site restaurant.

- Lodging
- Breakfasts
- Private ground transportation
- Peru Rail Train tickets
- 5 afternoon presentations
- Entrance fees
- Local site guides

- Airfare to Lima and Cuzco
- 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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