Peru & Argentina
A Starting Point Itinerary
Arrive in Buenos Aires
Take a guided walking tour of Buenos Aires to get an overview of this majestic city of wide Parisian boulevards and historic monuments. In the afternoon visit the National Museum of Fine Art.
Take a guided tour of the monuments and famous neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, see the Cathedral and the Cabildo (Old City Hall). See the Obelisk on 9 de Julio Avenue and the Plaza de San Martin. Go on to the La Boca neighborhood where you can see the brightly painted zinc architecture that evokes the early immigrant days. Finally, visit the famous La Recoletta Cemetery. Later in the day enjoy a tango lesson and then a tango performance.
Spend the day at an “estancia” (ranch) where you will learn about the gaucho’s lifestyle. You can opt to take horseback riding with an expert guide, or take a carriage ride, if you prefer. Or you can enjoy a photo safari. Sample some of the gaucho’s cuisine before you return to Buenos Aires.
Leave for the airport to fly to Peru. Check in to your hotel. Begin by taking a guided tour of the city of Lima. See the Government Palace, the old colonial center, the Basilica, and continue on to see some of the historic residential and commercial areas of the city. Next, go to the Miraflores district and visit the ancient pyramid Huaca Pucllana. This pyramid predates the Inca civilization and sits right in the center of Lima and is a preview of things to come! End the city tour with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the Miraflores beaches.
Fly to Cusco. Check in to your hotel. Tour this colonial city with a guide to visit Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral of Cusco. Go on to the archaeological center of Sacsayhuaman and continue the tour to see the archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco.
From Cusco continue to view the Sacred Valley sites that were important to the Incas. Visit the Pisac Market and ruins. The Pisac Market is one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. The Indigenous Quechua form the surrounding highlands come to Pisac to sell their produce and handicrafts. Go on to visit the village of Ollantaytambo to see the Inca ruins. These ruins provide some of the best stonework outside of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco.
Take the train to begin the trip to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu. Get off at Aguas Calientes and transfer to a bus that will take you to the Archaeological Center for the 2 hour guided tour. Spend the rest of the day exploring this amazing site. Return to Cusco.
Fly from Cusco to Lima and then take your flight home.
Our Prices Include:
All admissions, taxes, fees, tips and 24-hour on-call support
Round-trip airfare and all ground transportation abroad
Overnight stays in a centrally located hotel
Guide upon arrival and professional tour manager to accompany the group
Price based on 25 students and 2 free chaperones
We also offer ART tours studying the historic and amazingly diverse culture of South America. With the mix of culture from Mayan civilization combined with untouched nature, Peru and Argentina, provide a rich stomping ground for the art aspired student.