CULTURE , Peru

Culture abounds in Latin America, from ancient civilizations to living indigenous villages and the modern cultures of major cities. On cultural themed trips you can explore the ruins of Mayan civilizations, visit indigenous villages in the Amazon basin, discover ancient civilizations throughout Peru, witness the living Chilote culture found on the Chiloé Archipelago in Chile, and experience the vibrant contemporary life in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena, Lima, Buenos Aires.

Mayan civilizations are evidenced by the extensive list of ruins located throughout Central America from southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula (Palenque, Chichen Itza, Tulum) to Guatemala (Tikal, Yaxha, Quirigua), Belize (Caracol, Xunantunich), Honduras (Copan).

Visit and interact with Garifuna people in small villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras and Belize. The Garifuna have their own language, music and food. Along the Bay of Tela in Honduras you will find Garifuna communities, such as Miami, where you can spend the day with local families, learning their language and history.

In Panama you can stay with a local Kuna (or Guna) family on a private island.

Colombia's rich historical past and modern present is evident throughout the country. The cities and cultural centers of Bogotá, Medellin, Cali and Cartagena are home to restaurants, dance clubs, theaters, museums; calendar events include film and music festivals, lively religious fiestas. Cartagena is the perfect combination of colonial history and modern Caribbean joie de vivre. Visit picturesque towns such as Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved colonial villages in South America. The old and historic center of Popayán is considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Colombia as well as in all of Latin America.

In Peru and Bolivia you will find pre-Colombian civilizations and modern-day Quechua and Aymara-speaking people. The Northern Kingdoms were home to the Moche Civilization and Chimú Empire. Important sites include Tucume, a vast Lambayeque-period archeological complex and Chan Chan, the capital city of the Chimú Empire. The Chachapoyas culture was centered at the fortress of Kuelap before being conquered by the Incas. The Inca Empire can be best appreciated in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Inca capital of Cusco and the citadel of Machu Picchu. Evidence of the pre-Colombian Tiwanaku Empire can be studied at the ruins of Tiwanaku in western Bolivia near the shores of Lake Titikaka.

The Chiloé Archipelago, isolated from the Chile mainland, has a unique architecture, language (Chilote), cuisine and folklore. Explore on a day trip or spend a few days while staying at a small hotel or seaside lodge.

In Brazil make time for a few days in Salvador, the capital of the State of Bahia and a center for Afro-Brazilian music and dance, religion, cuisine and local customs; all brought to Brazil from the West coast of Africa then mixed with Portuguese traditions and culture.

And, of course, contemporary life is a focal point in the cultural hubs of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro: restaurants, theaters, art galleries, markets, shopping, nightclubs, tango, samba, bossa nova...Carnival!

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $5,320.00
Experience the cultural and natural wonders of Peru while still enjoying the "finer things in life" with this 5-star tour of the Inca region.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $2,626.00
Does "vacation" mean heart-pumping nonstop action? If you would rather spend time hiking, biking and whitewater rafting than relaxing, this trip might be for you.
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
From: $4,990.00
Come experience the culture and natural wonder of the Inca region, then observe wildlife like you never have before on a luxury-class cruise through the Galapagos Islands!
Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
From: $4,767.00
Experience Peru by land and river: Amazon jungle, the Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $2,395.00
Explore some of the "must sees" in Peru that include the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titikaka.
Duration: 20 days, 19 nights
From: $6,250.00
Who says you can't see it all? We say you can: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon, the Northern Kingdoms, the Nazca Lines.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,254.00
An ideal trip extension from Peru. From Puno, cross Lake Titicaca to La Paz and on to the Uyuni Salt Flats.
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