Visalia Chamber offers trip to ‘Ancient Land of Mysteries’

Visalia Chamber previews 10-day tour to Peru with slide show on Aug. 8

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VISALIA – The mysteries of Machu Picchu remain. The Incan citadel atop a mountain still swirls with unknowns half of a millennium after it was constructed. Home to ritual sacrifices, terraced agriculture and untouched by Western civilization until the 20th Century, this versatile vantage point offers a clear view of the Sacred Valley below but not of its own history. Machu Picchu was only utilized by the Incas for about 80 years before it was abandoned, possibly due to the Spanish Conquests, disease or something yet to be explained.

The majestic mountaintop is just one of the mysteries that Peru offers travelers each year. The Visalia Chamber of Commerce is inviting those seeking adventure to take a trip to “Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries” next year. The tour to Peru will depart on March 23, 2019 and return on April 1, 2019. Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries is a 10 day tour including 16 meals, roundtrip airfare from Fresno, roundtrip transportation to the Fresno Airport, and hotel accommodations. This tour includes an option to extend the trip with a 4 day, 3 night Peruvian Amazon tour. The cost of the tour is $4,999 per person (double occupancy). If you book before September 23, 2018 you will receive a $250 discount.

Travel through Peru, and visit some of the world’s most legendary sites. The tour will begin in Lima the “City of Kings.” Highlights from the tour will include:

  • Centuries-old Andean textile methods at a living museum.
  • The colorful markets of Peru, including the famous Pisac village market.
  • Learning about techniques and designs at the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio.
  • Venture through the Andes in a domed train to Machu Picchu.
  • Spend the afternoon with a guide uncovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu.
  • Discovering Lima’s fascinating history during a tour of the city center.
  • Enjoying a culinary demonstration at the hotel at the base of Machu Picchu.
  • Savoring an authentic Pachamanca dinner where food is cooked in the ground.
  • Enjoying a home hosted farm-to-table lunch at a local Quechua community.

Other features will include Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Ollantaytambo Ruins, Lake Titicaca, Uros Floating Islands and the Larco Museum.

The optional 4 day, 3 night extension begins in Lima with a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon Basin. Included activities are: Naturalist guided tour of the river and rainforest, trek through Tambopata National Reserve, canoe ride on Lake Sandoval, Canopy walk on hanging bridges and leisure time to explore Lima.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce will host a slide show presentation for the group travel tour “Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries” at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Buckman-Mitchell Building, 500 N. Santa Fe St. For more information about the chamber travel program go to www.visaliachamber.org/travel.

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