Peru’s pre-Hispanic endemic cultures come to life on this journey, uncovered on private tours and private flights that span the entire country. Trace the fascinating 4,000-year-old history of the indigenous people of Peru at active archeological sites, learn of their conquest and bear witness to the resurgence of many old traditions in the modern society. Though spread over just nine days, you will see more of the country in a shorter time thanks to the private air transfers, allowing you to jump quickly between the magnificent sites while viewing them from above and up close on terra firma. Lima’s blend of the modern world with the ancient influence of long-past civilizations is the perfect place to begin your journey. View pre-Columbian and pre-Inca artifacts in the Larco Museum, an extensive private collection comprised of artifacts that were likely misappropriated by colonial-era looters, now secured in the former viceroyal mansion. Over lunch, championship Peruvian Paso horses bred for generations by the Rizo Patron family will perform the famous marinera courtship dance and will even allow for a ride so you can experience their comfortable gallop, a trait that makes them an internationally-coveted breed.
Peru’s foremost scholar on the ancient culture, at the Pyramid of the Moon, Huaca de la Luna. This adobe pyramid is part of what remains of the ancient Moche capital and is thought to have been the main religious center of the city. Archeologists have discovered once-vivid murals depicting Moche deities as well as skeletal evidence of human sacrifice. Drive through Trujillo to Huanchaco Beach where you will see fishermen riding on totora reed boats, a method traced back to the time of the Moche and possibly the root for the sport of surfing – an activity that remains popular on the temperate coast. It is also thought that the Moche pioneered the dish ceviche, and in a breezy
Thanks to the private air transfers on this journey, it will be easy to travel to a historically-rich region of Peru that most visitors skip – the northern coast. On your way to the seaside hub of Trujillo, fly over two of northern Peru’s treasures: the Sacred City of Caral and Huascaran National Park. Caral is the oldest city of the Americas, settled between 2600 and 2000 BC, and comMARKET GOODS Peruvian women in traditional dress weaving outside their home in prises an intricate network Chinchero. of temples, homes and 19 pyramids. View the city from the air and continue to the snowy peaks of Huascaran, Peru’s highest mountain and the centerpiece for the wildlifebeachfront restaurant, the national ceviche champion rich conservation area. Upon landing you will head to the chef will teach you how to create this simple but coast and sprawling Chan Chan, the adobe city constructed hearty meal of fish, lime juice and spices. by the Chimor, descendants of the Moche civilization. Amazing adobe carvings and reliefs depicting pelicans, crab, View several Moche sites from above en route to fishing nets and other coastal imagery are found throughout Chiclayo to see the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. the ruins. Its precarious coastal location leaves this ancient Treasures from the tomb where the mummified city under constant threat from rain and wind, causing many remains of the Lord of Sipan were discovered in 1987 of the facades and structures to erode and decay – a constant – miraculously untouched by looters or the elements reminder that the city may not be so easy to explore in the for centuries – are displayed in the museum, a buildnear future. ing modeled to look like the Lord’s original tomb. Follow Dr. Walter Alva, the museum’s founder and Uncover the Moche civilization with Dr. Luis Jaime Castillo, lead archaeologist on the tomb’s dig, as he guides you
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