Desert Kingdoms of Peru
Experience the desert kingdoms of Peru, once considered the height of sophistication and civilization by highland peoples. Throughout prehistory, a dazzling diversity of cultures rose and fell in different coastal regions: Nazca with its bright colored pottery, Moche with its painted temples and golden tombs, and later the mighty Chimu, the main rivals of the Incas. Examine these cultures and more accompanied by study leader Jeffrey Quilter, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, who has spent most of his professional career investigating the ancient cultures of Peru’s coast.
- See the impressive imperial adobe city of Chan Chan.
- View the sacred city of Caral, the oldest city in the Americas.
- Visit the site of the famous Moche Royal Tombs.
- Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
- Explore the Valley of the Pyramids along with ancient cities and spectacular museums.
Schedule by Day
- May 26: Depart U.S. / Arrive Lima
- May 27: Lima
- May 28: Lima / Lomas Lachay / Caral / Lima
- May 29: Lima / Pisco / Ica / Paracas
- May 30: Paracas / Pisco / Nazca / Paracas
- May 31: Paracas / Pisco / Lima
- June 1: Lima / Chiclayo
- June 2: Chiclayo
- June 3: Chiclayo /Chaparri National Reserve / Chiclayo
- June 4: Chiclayo / Trujillo
- June 5: Trujillo / Lima
- June 6: Lima / U.S.
- To be announced
- 3 nights at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
- 2 nights at La Hacienda Bahía Paracas
- 2 nights at Costa del Sol Lima Wyndham Airport
- 3 nights at Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
- 1 night at Casa Andina Private Collection Trujillo
- Post-Trip Extension to Machu Picchu: June 6 -10, 2018
This exclusive expedition is designed for Harvard alumni and friends who are interested in archaeology, history, the ancient cultures of Peru and its rich natural environment. Climate in the Peruvian coast (Trujillo and Paracas) is arid 65° to 85° F. This is a moderately active program that is, at times, busy. There is some stair climbing and walking of approximately one to two miles long, occasionally over uneven terrain, at a leisurely place.
William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Senior Lecturer, Archaeology Program; Curator, Intermediate Area Archaeology
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