Alumni Office Planning Tour of Peru In May ‘16

SOCORRO, N.M. November 11, 2015 – The Office of Alumni Relations is offering an “Adventure in Peru” next summer! This is the second offering of a “Alumni and Friends” travel adventure to Peru, the Sacred Valley, and the World Heritage site at Machu Picchu.

Alumni are invited to join Dr. Bill Chavez, professor of mineral engineering and a Tech graduate, and Theresa Kappel of the Office of Alumni Relations, for an eight day tour from May 13 to 21.


 Tech alumni and tour leaders visiting Peru in 2006. 



This international adventure will include urban and rural outings, with plenty of personal time for exploring Peru.


Travelers will visit Cuzco (Qosqo), spending a few days in and around the historic city of the Quechua (whose leaders called themselves “Incas”), with visits to ruins at Sacsahuamán and adjacent sites, as well as a visit to Pisac, a small village known for its market place and artisanal crafts and local Peruvian foods. The tour will make its way to Machu Picchu via the Sacred Valley, following the Urubamba River, visiting Urubamba and the world-famous Pablo Seminario pottery studios, optional hiking at the salares, optional dinner at Ricardo Behar’s Tres Keros restaurant, and general relaxing in this quaint village. Traveling onward toward Machu Picchu, we will stay at Ollantaytambo, with the adjacent ruins providing opportunities for hiking and delving into the local history of this region.

The group will finally take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu for a visit to one of the wonders of the world before returning to Cuzco via Ollantaytambo and hired mini-bus (nicer and faster than the train!). Spending a final day in Cuzco, we return to Lima on the May 21 for a hosted dinner at the Huaca Pucllana restaurant. Participants may depart Lima on Sunday, May 22 or anytime thereafter.

Cost of the trip is $1,550, with a non-refundable deposit of $350 due by March 15, 2016.

Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Lima, as well as meals and incidental costs. This is not the usual “guided tour” trip; there will be plenty of time for individual exploring and sight-seeing, with suggestions for personal adventures and relaxing activities. Participants should obtain one of the guidebooks to Perú – these are very helpful in providing ideas also, as well as vignettes of the history of our travel locations.

The trip cost includes:

  • Air travel, Lima-Cuzco-Lima
  • Lodging as double-occupancy, with single rooms for a small added cost
  • Train tickets: Ollantaytambo to/from Machu Picchu
  • Admission tickets to ruins and Machu Pichuu
  • Bus transfers as a group along the Sacred Valley
  • Farewell dinner (not including alcohol) in Lima

For more information, contact Chavez at wxchavez@nmt.edu or Kappel at tkappel@admin.nmt.edu.

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