Overview

The land from Nor Peru to Santiago is framed by the snowcapped Andes Mountains to the east and the vast beautiful Pacific Ocean to the West. It has been a home to human habitation and magnificent cultures for thousands of years. The first part of the Journey will begin in Trujillo, Peru, with seven days and six nights with the Nor Peru Club. Upon return from Trujillo ambassadors have the option of participating in a planned guided tour of the Cusco and Machu Picchu region of Peru or taking other optional tours of their own.

Home Hospitality

Home hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Nor Peru.

Live With a Local

  • See the diverse culture of Peruvians and experience the warm hospitality of the Nor Peru club on this wonderful Journey to Trujillo and Cusco, Peru!
  • There will be lots of dancing, including a demonstration of the Marinera - a coastal dance of Peru. Marinera is a graceful and romantic couple's dance that uses handkerchiefs as props. The dance is an elegant and stylized reenactment of a courtship, and it shows a blend of the different cultures of Peru.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • The Chan Chan archeological site is the largest ancient adobe city in South America, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Sun and the Moon Huaca are well-preserved adobe brick temples located in the Moche Valley near Trujillo.
  • Huanchaco Beach
  • Downtown Trujillo Historical Center
  • Visit the town of Moche with its impressive museum and delicious food!
I have never met people so relaxed and enjoying themselves so freely. I do wish I could spend more time with them, they were so much fun! - Former Journey Coordinator

Nor Peru, Peru

7 Days / 6 Nights Program and Itinerary:

April 7, 2018 – April 13, 2018
Coordinator: Dennis Murphy, FF Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley
Dmmurphy1@comcast.net

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

April 7

Ambassadors arrive in Peru and will be picked up at airport.

April 8

Guided visit through Trujillo.

Free afternoon.

April 9

Guided visit to la Huaca del Sol y la Luna.

Lunch at la campiña de Moche.

April 10

Visit the pabellón Nacional en la Plaza de Armas.

Lunch with a show of typical dances.

April 11

Guided visit to Chan Chan ruins.

Visit to Balneario de Huanchaco, with lunch in Huanchaco.

April 12

Visit to the Contemporary Art Museum.

Farewell dinner.

Ambassadors depart tomorrow, or begin optional extension tour.

OPTIONAL - April 13, 2018: Fly Trujillo to Cusco

Andean history comes alive in Cusco. Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas fill the streets and markets, colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the Conquistadors, and campesinos (Peru’s rural farmers) in colorful dress move busily back and forth across the plazas.

In the afternoon, you’ll tour Cusco’s largest open market and the adjacent witches’ market.

After tasting a few unique local foods, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region’s weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead.)

Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru’s most well-known art form.

OPTIONAL - April 14: Sacred Valley tour

This morning, journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru. The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you will soon see why!

You’ll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area.

You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today.

Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops.

Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo where you can relax for the night.

OPTIONAL - April 15: Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the train and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu, Peru.

Tour ancient canals that still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water.

After your guided tour of Machu Picchu, you’ll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu).

Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.

OPTIONAL - April 16: Explore Machu Picchu

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city’s past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon.

In the afternoon, you’ll return by train to Cusco with your guide.

OPTIONAL - April 17: Explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own.

You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks.)

You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets.

For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged.

The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco’s varied and exciting nightlife. Live folk music and excellent food abounds in Cusco!

OPTIONAL - April 18: Fly Cusco - Lima

End of optional tour extension.

Ambassadors depart for home.

Rate:

$590 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees.

Availability:

Wait list only

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • Bring sunscreen and a hat.
  • Average temperature in Trujillo is between 71° and 82°F (22° and 28° C).
  • Average Temperature in Cusco is between 59° and 64°F (15°C and 18°C).
  • It is usually dry in Trujillo, with a 25% chance of light rain in Cusco
  • Bring sturdy shoes for walking - and perhaps dancing shoes!
  • Cusco is at a high altitude, so consider packing a medication like Diamox to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • There is an OPTIONAL tour extension to Cusco and Machu Picchu, April 13 to 18. The cost is $1005 USD (based on 10-person minimum) and includes five nights’ accommodations, some meals, bilingual private guide service, airport/hotel transfers, entrance fees, permit to hike Huayna Picchu, ground transportation, and Vistadome train tickets.
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