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RCGS: Essential Peru with Jill Heinerth

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru

Southern Peru with cave diver, and underwater explorer, Jill Heinerth

Culture

Essential Peru

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru
15 Days from $ 3,599

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Southern Peru's archaeological and natural wonders

Culture

Peru Explorer

APX
20 Days from $ 5,599

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A discovery of southern Peru from the Andes to the Amazon

Culture

Inca Trail, Titicaca & Nazca

Lake Titicaca
15 Days from $ 3,999

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Peru's deserts and high Andes and follow a classic trekking route

Walking & Trekking

Essential Peru – Inti Raymi Festival Departure

APDA
16 Days from $ 4,349

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Wonders of southern Peru and attend a festival in Cuzco

Culture

For my first long distance trip I couldn’t have chosen a better company to book with. Right from the start, landing in Lima, I was looked after, guided and supported the whole way through my trip. It is full on, value for money, and never a dull day. Peru is stunning and I urge anyone with a sense of adventure to book onto this trip!

Jodie Day Essential Peru

For me the whole trip was damaged by one terrible experience. I paid the full price of over £3,000 to Exodus for this trip trusting Exodus to make the best decisions for me. I was booked on Air Europa, which I had not heard of before and is a discount airline that takes the meaning of discounting to another level. On both flights to Peru and back, I received one meal of under cooked rice and chicken, one small cup of water and a cup of tea. On the flight to Peru, fortunately I had some water with me. But flying back, I did not have time to fill my water bottle and had no water with me. I asked the steward if he would fill it for me and the answer was “very sorry, the water is for all passengers therefore I cannot fill your bottle, but ask me if you want any water”. Each time I asked for water, he vanished very quickly saying that he will come back but did not. More than the poor quality of the food that is served, not having water for such a long time was terrible. I felt very ill and after coming home it took me several days to recover from this awful, awful experience. This becomes even worse as three people on the tour (there were only 5 of us) were booked on KLM and had a very different experience. After paying the full amount including for flights, why was I booked on Air Europa, whereas other tour members were booked on a better airline? If you were saving money on me Exodus, you have now lost a loyal client. I have been on six tours with Exodus and this will be my last. You are not to be trusted Exodus and the standards that were there in the past are not there now.

Jinny Pohl Essential Peru

I’ve just come back from the Essential Peru trip and it was incredible. Our expert local guide, Holger, was fantastic. From the beginning, his outstanding knowledge of Peruvian culture, folklore and cuisine shaped and enhanced our experience as we travelled through the country.

Kristen Whitla Essential Peru

Solving the Enigma: Top Nazca Lines Theories

Only discovered in the 1930s, countless theories claim to solve the enigma of Nazca – from astronomical calendars to extraterrestrial airports:

1 Astronomical advice
One of the earliest Nazca researchers Maria Reiche, who dedicated most of her life to studying the lines, was convinced they represented a vast astronomical calendar constructed to map the places on the horizon where celestial bodies rose and set. Unfortunately other academics have found her evidence wanting.

2 For the eyes of the Gods
Many believe that an ancient culture constructed the lines for the eyes of the gods, not for human viewing at all. All of the lines point towards the Andes, suggesting worship of the mountains and the precious water that flows from them to this arid area. Their creation may also have been a reaction to a unique series of solar eclipses in Peru at the time, when the eclipsed sun could have been taken for the “eye of god”.

3 Water works
Another water theory suggests that the lines indicate where rich sources of water flow under the desert floor. They may have acted as a guide for thirsty ancient Nazcan people, so they could locate water when they needed it, wherever they were in the desert.

4 Alien ancestors
One of the best known Nazca theories was put forward in Erich von Daniken’s “Chariots of the Gods” where he claims the lines were alien aircraft landing strips. He argues they are simply too complex to be drawn from earth so they must have been made from the air. Other theorists agree on this point, some proposing the ancient Nazcans must have constructed hot air balloons from the primitive materials available at the time.

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