We are working together with two local tour operators in order to help you take advantage of the attractions of Lima and Peru. Through AC Tours we are offering a walking tour of historic downtown Lima on Tuesday, August 5 (see details under the first point below). And through Karikuy Tours we are offering a post-conference excursion to the Puerto Maldonado region of the jungle, Cusco, and Machu Picchu (see details under the second point below). If you prefer to make your own arrangements, you may want to consult the information under the third point below.
1. City Tour
On Tuesday, August 5, the day before the academic portion of our conference begins, AC Tours is offering a walking tour of downtown historic Lima for the price of 23 U.S. $. You can book this tour on your room reservation form, which you will find at http://www.interamericanstudies.net/?p=5033 (below the listing of hotels and prices). You can also book this tour if you are not making your hotel reservation through AC Tours. The city tour is described by AC Tours as follows:
“Our tour will take you through Lima in its 3 historical periods: Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and Modern. We will first show you a panoramic view of “La Huaca Puclana” and then you will visit the impressive Historical Downtown of Lima: its palaces, mansions, churches and squares, ending with a visit to the residential and financial district of San Isidro and an unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean from the district of Miraflores. This tour includes the admission to the BCR Museum and the Complejo Monumental San Francisco and its Catacombs.”
The tour will be offered twice on August 5 to better suit your arrival schedule: once at 9:15 a.m. and once at 2:15 p.m.. It will be three and a half hours long. If you are staying at one of the conference hotels, your tour will begin and end there. If you are staying elsewhere, please contact our liaison person at AC Tours, Ms. Rocío Reátegui, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements about where to meet the tour.
2. Tour to the Jungle, Cusco, and Machu Picchu
Dates: August 9 to 16, 2014
Through Karikuy Tours (http://www.karikuy.org/index) we are offering a group package for an eight days/seven nights tour of the Puerto Maldonado region of the jungle, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. The preliminary tour itinerary can be found at http://karikuy.org/itin/raab2. On that webpage, please scroll down from the itinerary to see the detailed tour program below. Please be advised that jungle accommodation on this tour can be rustic (possibly without electricity) and that there are some nature walks involved (no strenuous hiking, though). The costs of this tour will be around 1,150 U.S.$ per person plus the cost of three domestic flights, which will add another 300 to 500 U.S.$ to bring the total cost of the tour up to around 1,500 or 1,600 U.S.$, based on double and triple occupancy and depending also on the size of our group. The price includes transportation, accommodation, breakfast, and about half of our lunches and dinners. The tour will conclude with a flight from Cusco to Lima that is scheduled to arrive in Lima on August 16 at 2:30 p.m.. Group registration for this tour closed on April 22, 2014. If you would still like to join this tour (probably at a rate that is higher than our original group rate), please contact Julio Cesar Tello at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you reserved a spot on this tour and have questions about payments, please contact email@example.com.
3. Individual Tours
For specialized tours of Lima, consult the various options offered by AC Tours:
A) Colonial and Modern Lima
“This visit provides a perfect combination (Pre-Hispanic era, colonial period and Modern Lima), and enables the visitor to get acquainted with Lima’s complete history. The tour includes the Paseo de la Republica, San Martin Square and the Main Square with their different buildings: Goverment Palace, Archibishop’s Palace, Cathedral Basilica and the Municipal Palace. The tour continues through the more traditional Residential Areas: El Olivar in San Isidro, with olive trees brought from Spain in the 17th century, Miraflores’ Central Park, and Larco Mar, a spot of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.”
Includes: Guide and car shared with other passangers, Spanish or English; two daily departures: morning and afternoon, Entrance included
Tour: 4 hours
B) Rafael Larco Herrera Museum
“Housed in a unique colonial residence dating back to the XVII century, built on top of a VIII century pyramid, this fabulous museum includes the exquisite Collection of Peruvian Gold and Silver from the olden days, and the Pre-Hispanic Erotic Art Salon.”
Includes: Guide and car shared with other passengers, Spanish or English; only morning daily departure; Entrance included
Tour: 3 hours
“A guided tour of the splendid and vast archaeological citadel of Pachacamac, the temple of deity, Pachacamac, believed to be the creator of the universe and a divinity adored by old Andean civilizations. The site comprises pyramidal temples and enclosures built by successive pre-Colombian civilizations and finally the Incas. Highlights include the Temple of Pachacamac, the sun God shrine, and the Palace of the Chosen women or Virgins of the Sun.”
Includes: Guide and car at your disposal during the tour, 2 persons minimum, Spanish or English; Entrance to Pachacamac archeological complex; two daily departures: morning and afternoon
Tour: 4 hours
D) Gold Museum
“Visit the Peruvian Gold Museum, where you will find a spectacular collection of Peruvian Ancient Gold and the Arms of the World Collection. Visitors will appreciate a dazzling collection of gold artifacts from various pre-Colombian civilizations, some more than 3,000 years old. Metal pieces and jewellry of incalculable value in gold, silver and precious stones used by the Incas.”
Includes: Guide and car shared with other passangers, Spanish or English; Only afternoon daily departure; Entrance included
Tour: 3 hours
E) Gastronomic Tour
“Beginning in a typical “peruvian market”, finding a wide variety of Peruvian products and enjoy unique fruits like “chirimoya”, “lúcuma”, “aguaymanto” and “pacae”. Also visit the exclusive restaurant “La Rosa Nautica”, where you will learn to prepare the famous “Pisco Sour”, by an expert barman, and the delicious “Ceviche” prepared by the cheff of the restaurant.Then taste a delicius lunch featuring the most representative dishes of the peruvian cuisine.”
Guide and car shared with other passangers, Spanish or English; one daily departure (10 am); Lunch
Tour: 4 1/2 hours
AC Tours is also offering shorter tours to other destinations in Peru: Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and others. For a listing of their offers and to make a reservation with AC Tours, please click here and send your reservation form to Ms. Jacie Luna at AC Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You may also want to consult the web page of the state agency of tourism at http://www.peru.travel/plan-your-trip/travel-tips.aspx for more information on the sights of Peru.