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At the same time that the Egyptians flourished on the banks of the Nile, 5,000 years ago, a similar complex culture began in Peru. The oldest metropolitan center in the Americas found in the central coastal desert of Peru, according to recent carbon dating, began to flourish between approximately 2,627 and 2,100 years before Christ.
Predating the famous Inca Empire by some 3,500 years, the discovery of Caral challenges established theories of civilization in the Americas. The ruins changed history when researchers proved that a complex urban center in the Americas thrived as a contemporary to the ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Please 'contact us' to book this tourTrip Overview This extraordinary program takes you from Lima south to the lively marine reserve the Ballestas Islands and the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Past the thriving seaside ports of Ocoña and Camana to the glorious “White City” of Arequipa, famous for its many colonial buildings and plazas shaped of ashen volcanic rock. Explore the floating Uros Islands community at Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world, and travel to the center of the ancient Imperial Inca Empire, Cusco, a highlight on any tour of Peru. See the lush Sacred Valley and surrounding imposing mountains before a narrow gauge train journey to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!