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Ditching the City and Pitching a Tent at Pismo

TOURS & CRUISES

May 23, 1999|KARIN ESTERHAMMER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Travelers will fly to Cuzco on June 19 and begin with a tour of the city and the surrounding ruins, including the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba), Pisaq, Chinchero and Indian markets in the area. In Ollantaytambo guests will visit houses in this stone Inca town and see views of the cyclopean stonework of the shrine-fortress. The ceremonies of the Andean new year will be held at the Cachicata hill to observe the illumination of the great pyramid and an Incan stone face at the Temple of the Condor. Another ancient ceremony, at Kenko and Sacsayhuaman, will illustrate the concepts of the Incan philosophy of space-time and above-below. The Inti Raymi, the Feast of the Sun, has traditional ceremonies held at the shrine-fortress of Sacsayhuaman. A full-day visit will be made to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Cost: $980 per person, double occupancy, including B&B accommodations, transportation in Peru, most meals, all transfers and fees. Air fare to Peru is extra.

Contact: Adventures in Peru, 16722 Cooper Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; tel. (800) 255- 6025, Internet http://www.carltrade.com.

The Times is not responsible for changes in prices, dates or itineraries. These should be confirmed with travel agents or tour operators.

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