Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Machu Picchu, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima
An educational tour led by Anthropologist Dr. Heather Teague

This one week learning adventure will bring its partcipants up the Andes and into the heartland of South America's greatest ancient empire. Day trips to ruins and evening lectures will illuminate anicent Inca history, archaeoastronomy, mathematics, and architecture. Cuzco, former capital of the Inca Empire, will be the course's homebase. A train from Cuzco will bring the group to Machu Picchu for two whole days, and then a bus will bring them back to Cuzco via Ollantaytambo and other places in the Sacred Valley. The adventure starts and ends in Lima, with tours of its amazing musuems, surprising inner city anicent pyramids, and beautiful coastline.

Machu Picchu, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima
Price $2800 ($500 extra for single lodging)
$600 deposit due upon registration
50% balance due 60 days before the tour (April 3), remaining balance due 30 days before (May 3)
Date June 3 - 10, 2017

June 3, Saturday: Arrival to Lima
Flights to Lima, evening arrival
Private transport to Miraflores district hotel
Overnight in Lima
June 4, 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
June 5, Monday: Arrival to Cuzco
6-7am: Breakfast and airport transfer
9-11pm: Flight to Cuzco
2-3pm: Lecture - Inca Culture History
3-4pm: Lecture - The Inca Khipu
Evening: Rest, acclimatize
Overnight in Cuzco
June 6, Tuesday: Ruins Around Cuzco
8-9am: Breakfast
9-11am: Coricancha Temple
11-1pm: Sacsayhuaman Ruins
12-2pm: Lunch break
2-4pm: The Inca Museum and ancient walls of Cuzco
Overnight in Cuzco
June 7, 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 Town
June 8, Thursday: Machu Picchu
5am: Breakfast
6-7am: Dawn at Machu Picchu
All Day: Free time in Machu Picchu
Evening: Free time in Machu Picchu Town
Overnight in Machu Picchu Town
June 9, Friday: Sacred Valley
7-8am: Breakfast
8-10am: Train to Ollantaytambo
10-12pm: Inca Hilltop Fortress
1-2pm: Lunch in Urubamba
2-5pm: Visit to Awana Kancha weaving co-op on the way back to Cuzco
Evening: Free time in Cuzco Overnight in Cuzco
June 10, Saturday: Lima and Departure
Morning: Free time in Cuzco
Optional: Dawn spring equinox observations 12-1pm: Flight to Lima
2-6pm: Exploring the Larco Mar complex
6-8pm: Final group dinner
8-9pm: Return to the Lima airport
Midnight: Flights back to the USA

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

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

Machu Picchu: Hotel Waman
Hotel services include private baths, cable TV, wifi, and on-site breakfast restuarant.

- All lodging
- MEC scholar leading all along way
- Private road and rail transportation
- Entrance fees
- Local guides
- Breakfasts
- Travel Insurance optional for addtional cost

- Airfare to Lima and Cuzco
- 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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