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17 Sep ’13...Pittsburgh Int’l  PIT — Houston George H Bush Int'l  IAH —

                    Jorge Chavez Int'l, Lima, Peru  LIM

18 Sep.........Jorge Chavez Int'l, Lima, Peru  LIM — Capitán FAP José A. Quiñones González

                     Int'l, Chiclayo, Peru

19 Sep.........Chiclayo—Huaca de Las Balsas; Tucume Pyramids & Royal Tombs of Sipan

20 Sep.........Chiclayo—Huaca Rajada; by car to Trujillo, Peru

21 Sep.........Trujillo—Chan Chan & Dragon Temple; Huanchaco coastal village

22 Sep.........Trujillo—Huaca Luna: Temples of the Sun and Moon; El Brujo;

                     Trujillo Airport  TJI — Jorge Chavez Int'l, Lima, Peru  LIM

23 Sep.........Lima—Caral

24 Sep.........Lima—Pachacamac

25 Sep.........by bus to Nazca

26 Sep.........Flight over Nazca Lines; Chauchillas Nazca Cemetery

                     by bus to Lima

27 Sep.........Jorge Chavez Int'l, Lima, Peru  LIM — El Alto Int'l, La Paz, Bolivia  LPB

28 Sep.........La Paz—city tour

29 Sep.........La Paz—Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku

30 Sep.........by car to Copacabana & Lake Titicaca

  1 Oct..........El Alto Int'l, La Paz, Bolivia  LPB — Jorge Chavez Int'l, Lima, Peru  LIM —

                     Houston George H Bush Int'l  IAH — Pittsburgh Int’l  PIT

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WORLD HERITAGE SITES

  I visited Peru and did the Cuzco–Macchu Picchu route back in the 90’s and have always wanted to return to see the Pre-Columbian sites along the northern coast of Peru, as well as the Nazca Lines and Tiahuanaco in Bolivia. With a bad case of cabin fever during the summer of 2013, I contacted Adventure-Life and planned out a custom trip to see all those sites and more during two weeks of September, 2013. After many emails back and forth and tweaking of the itinerary, we settled on what looked like a quick and full trip that took me to everything I wanted to see. What I hadn’t factored in sufficiently was my endurance: the plans included a couple of (too) early plane connections, (too) long bus rides, and (too) little time in Lima...but that was my fault as I approved the itinerary before setting off. The hotels were top notch and included some ‘heritage’ properties, and the cars, drivers, and guides were very good and sufficiently flexible. I enjoy seeing the countries I visit on land, even if it means tediously long drives.

  Coastal Peru is desert; I went at a time of year that wasn’t too hot but the dry and dusty conditions were exhausting; at least the archaeological sites were uncrowded and I could take my time at each one. It was quite exciting to finally see these important pre-Inca places where one wonders exactly how these cultures survived in such forbidding environments–they are a credit to human ingenuity and endurance. Four of these sites have earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site badge and they are remarkable places. Much nonsense has been written about some of these places–the Nazca Lines and Tiahuanaco particularly–and I will not argue that there is a sense of mystery surrounding them...but with enough people and enough time, incredible things can be done. I do have a problem with some of the stone carvings that these cultures are said to have done, and it was good to see them for myself.

  All in all, I enjoyed the trip but would probably give myself another two or three days if I were to book it again.

Chan-Chan Archaeological Zone, Peru

Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca, Peru

Sacred City of Caral-Supe, Peru

Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

  For the benefit of the archaeologically-challenged, I’m providing a brief summary of the time frame for these early South American cultures:


                                                         Culture...............................Dates..............................Site

                                                      Norte Chico......................2500-1800 BCE......Caral c. 2000 BCE


                                                      Moche..............................100-750 CE.............Tomb of the Lord of Sipan  300

                                                                                                                               El Brujo 100-600

                                                                                                                               Huaca de la Luna  100-800


                                                      Nazca...............................200 CE-600 CE...... Nazca Lines & Cemetery


                                                      Tiahuanaco (Tiwanaku)...300-1000 CE...........Tiahuanaco & Puma Punku


                                                      Wari.................................600-800 CE.............Pachacamac


                                                      Sican................................750-1375 CE...........Huaca de las Balsas 1050-1350


                                                      Chimu..............................1000-1470 CE.........Dragon Temple

                                                                                                                               Chan Chan 850-1470


                                                      Inca..................................1476-1534 CE.........Pachacamac  800-1450 CE

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