Peru has a fascinating history that includes the Inca empire, Spanish conquest, and independence. The following tours will explore some of this history. Led by a knowledgeable and engaging local guide, historic tours visit the monuments, structures, and sites associated with important historical events in Peru. Many sites are related to Spanish colonialism.
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Set in the foreground of the scenic El Misti Volcano, Arequipa’s white stone architecture is truly a sight to behold. This tour will introduce you to several of the city’s religious buildings – including the very special Santa Catalina Monastery – and take you to a few key lookout points to see the city of from above.
3 hrsFrom $60
Machu Pichu’s vast ruins have a distinctly Inca layout. Scholars have discovered that many of the site’s buildings have astrological significance. With a design inspired by the stars, Machu Picchu has an implacable hold on the imagination of everyone who tours it.
11 hrsFrom $383
Meet the llamas that help Ecuadorian farmers make the Andes their home on this half-day tour. The hike with the llamas is only moderately challenging, and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views and a picnic. The Llama Pack Project is dedicated to supporting rural Andean communities and helping them maintain their eco-friendly lifestyle.
4 hrsFrom $81
On this tour of Santiago de Chile, you’ll get to see some of the most iconic buildings that define the culture of Chile’s capital city. This tour is equal parts education and experience – along the way, you’ll get to meet locals, taste the food, and hear the music that makes up the fabric of everyday life in Chile.
4 hrsFrom $220
This tour takes you across different landscapes to several destinations that are interesting for either architectural or natural aesthetics. You’re likely to get views of nearby volcanoes as you move through the countryside from site to site.
3 hrsFrom $44
During its lifetime, Machu Picchu saw the rise and the fall of the Inca Empire. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century, just before the Spanish arrived and took control of the surrounding region. Touring the vast complex of agricultural, residential, and religious buildings, it becomes clear Machu Picchu was a world unto itself, the busy last chapter of an accomplished civilization.
14 hrsFrom $336
This tour takes you to some lesser-known sites around Lake Titicaca, before crossing over into Bolivia to see the ancient cultural center of Tiahuanaco. You’ll depart at 7:00 am, and break for lunch once you arrive at Tiahuanaco — make sure to eat breakfast before leaving. Also, this tour crosses over into Bolivia, so bring your passport and $160 for the visa fee. Visa needs to be arranged al least 1 day before, and it can get it in Puno City: and you require to show the following: Hotel resevration, airticket, credit card copy, personal photo and itinerary. Visa can be arranged also in your country.
12 hrsFrom $128
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