Exploring the Ancient Andes - 2016 Peru & Bolivia Tour

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15/08/2016 - 23:15 to 06/09/2016 - 23:15

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Join and Paititi Tours & Adventures in this unique exploration of Peru and Bolivia. We explore all major sites, from Lima to Cuzco, the Nazca Lines, the mountain top citadel of Machu Picchu, the incredible walls of Saqsayhuaman, Paracas and its famous elongated skulls, the controversial Ica Stones, Tiwanaku & Puma Punku, the Sun Island and the Moon Valley and more than 50 other incredible places.

We also explore lesser known sites, away from the tourist hotspots, that no other tour will ever take you.

Ancient Origins Tours Highlights

The tour will be accompanied by Experts in Peruvian and Bolivian history & archaeology, including the Father of Peruvian archaeology, Professor Frederico Kauffmann Doig, and Thierry Jamin, with his recent discoveries at Machu Picchu, along with a team of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers and researchers. Please read the details below, as well as information about the experts that will accompany us.


Pre-tour Nazca 5 days / 4 nights

Nazca LinesAugust 15 – August 19 - US$ 1290 p.p.

  • Day 01 Lima (arrival) - Transfer to Hotel – Briefing
  • Day 02 Lima - Pachacamac – Paracas – Paracas National Reserve – History Museum
  • Day 03 Ballestas Islands - Ica - Regional Museum - Cabrera Museum – Nazca
  • Day 04 Nazca Lines - Cahuachi – Cantayoc - Aqueducts - Antonini Museum
  • Day 05 Nazca - Lima - Afternoon free

Main tour 14 days / 13 nights

Machu PicchuAugust 19 – September 02 – US$ 3990 p.p.

  • Day 01 Lima (arrival) - Transfer to Hotel – Welcome snack and briefing
  • Day 02 Lima City tour - Historic Center - Modern Lima – Museum of Gastronomy - National Museum for Archaeology –Larco  Herrera Museum
  • Day 03 Flight to Ayacucho – City tour - Ciudad Wari – Huanta Valley or Lauricocha – Pikimachay
  • Day 04 Ayacucho - Andahuaylas - Laguna Pacucha - Sondor – Abancay
  • Day 05 Abancay - Saywite - Tarawasi - Quillarumiyoc – Cuzco
  • Day 06 Cuzco City tour - Ruins (Saqsayhuaman, Quenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, Lanlakuyuk)
  • Day 07 Cuzco - Chinchero - Maras - Moray - Naupa Iglesia - Ollantaytambo
  • Day 08 Ollanta - Machu Picchu – Ollanta
  • Day 09 Pisac - Andahuaylillas (Museo Ritos Andinos) - Huaro (Museo) - Tipon – Cuzco
  • Day 10 Cuzco - Yusrispaque - Maucallakta - Puma Orqo - Raqchi - Sicuani – Yauri
  • Day 11 Yauri – Paris Pukara - Mauca Llakta – Pukara T’aqrachullo (Maria Fortaleza) – Three Canyons
  • Day 12 Yauri - Kanamarka - Ayaviri - Tinajani Canyon - Pukara – Chucuito
  • Day 13 Titicacalake - Uros - Cutimbo - Inca Uyo
  • Day 14 Chucuito - Sillustani – Juliaca - Lima – Connection to international flight

Post-tour Bolivia 6 days / 5 nights

September 02 – September 07 –US$ 1190 p.p.

  • Day 01 Chucuito - Sillustani – Juliaca – Amaru Muru -Copacabana
  • Day 02 Copacabana - Sun Island - Copacabana
  • Day 03 Copacabana – Santiago de Ojje – Tiquina – La Paz
  • Day 04 La Paz Citytour – Moon Valley - Tiwanakumuseum - Historical Muesum - Whiches market
  • Day 05 La Paz – Tiwanaku – Puma Punku - Khonko Wankane - La Paz
  • Day 06 La Paz - Origen

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Read the detailed costs of the tour here.


About the Tour Speakers and Experts

Dr. Prof. Frederico Kauffmann Doig

Prof. Frederico Kauffmann DoigDr Kauffmann was born in Chiclayo. His father was of German origin and his mother is of Peruvian origin. After he finished secondary School in Lima, he studied Archaeology at the Nacional University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru) and the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, USA). In 1955, he graduated as a Doctor in Archaeology, the first one in Peru with this title. In 1961, he was awarded his Doctorate in History. He also possesses five honorary doctorates. He was invited to be a Professor at the University of Bonn where he taught “Peruvian and American Archaeology” for two years, and he is Professor Honoraria at the Nacional University of San Cristobal of Huamanga.  

Dr. Kauffman Doig was awarded the AMUTA, the highest honor of the Peruvian government for cultural contributions. He also received the “Premio Nacional de Cultura” (1955 and 1962). He is honored and decorated by the Governments of Austria, Belgium and Sweden and also by the Peruvian government and the Municipality of Lima with the Medal of Lima. In 2011, he received the Centenary Medal of Machu Picchu.

Dr Kauffman has undertaken field work in Chavin de Huantar, the Ancon Necropolis, Chuquibamba (Arequipa), El Ingenio at Palpa near Nazca and archaeological sites at the riverbeds of the Tambo River in the Ucayali region. He has also conducted 12 expeditions into the territory of the Chachapoyas culture in the rainforests of northern Peru (Pajaten, Los Pinchudos, Karajia, Lagune of the Mummies, etc.)

When in 1961 he opened the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), he was its first director (1961-1964) and after that from 1969-1971. He was also the General Director of the Nacional Cultural heritage and Director of the Nacional Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Nacional Academy of History and also scientific member of the Centro Studi Ricerche Ligabue de Venecia, Italy, and the Musee Barbier-Mueller in Ginebra, Switzerland. From 2006 to 2009 he was ambassador of Peru in Germany.

Kauffmann Doig is author of numerous monographies and more than 50 book volumes, including “The Handbook of Peruvian Archaeology (Manual de Arqueologia Peruana)” published 1970, “History and Art in Ancient Peru (Historia y Arte del Peru Antiguo)” published in 2002 in 6 Volumes and “Los Chachapoyas, moradores ancestrales de los Andes Amazonicos peruanos” in 2003. His bibliography shows more than 100 articles and his last book in 2 Volumes published in 2014 is “Machu Picchu-sortilegio en piedra”.

The 87 year old is still active and remains Vice Rector of Investigation at the Peruvian University Simon Bolivar and Director of the Archaeological Institute of Amazonia in Lima (Instituto de Archaeologia de Amazonaia Lima/Peru).

Hilbert Sumrine Busticio

Hilbert Sumrine BusticioHilbert is a professional Archaeologist and Tour guide. He studied Archaeology at the Universidad Nacional de San Abad Del Cusco where he was awarded his Bachelor degree. He works as an independent Archaeologist and was Director of several Archaeological projects in the Cusco region. He is the official director of the excavation projects of Thierry Jamin, the French Historian, researcher and explorer. In 2012, he was director of the archaeological investigations at the Machu Picchu citadel. The passionate Archaeologist and experienced Tour guide will guide us during the whole journey of our 14-Day Main tour and explain to us the sites of interest.

Dr. Jorge Miranda Luizaga  

Dr Jorge Miranda LuizagaDr Luizaga was born 1946 in La Paz, Bolivia. He studied Chemistry and Anthropological Philosophy at the Rheinisch-Westfälische-Technical-High school (RWTH) in Aachen/Germany. After his studies, he worked there as a Scientific Assistant. In 1990, he was awarded a Doctorate in Chemistry.

Currently he works at the Instituto Convenio Andres Belo as coordinator for advanced studies (doctorates). The main themes are investigations in Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistic and Andean Symbolism, including the excavations in Tiwanaku, - at and under the Akapana Pyramid - and in Puma Punku. In 2008, he undertook Geo-Radar-Measurements at Puma Punku in search of subterranean chambers and other structures.

From 1990-1997, he was Director for the region around Lake Titicaca at the Nacional Archaeologic Institute of Bolivia (INAR), where he monitored the restoration of the archaeological sites. From 1997-2000, he was Culture-Director at the La Paz municipality.

He works as a Professor for the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (UMSA) in La Paz/Bolivia, the University in Tubingen/Germany and the Moscow-University, Moscow/Russia in disciplines including Culture and Mathematics.

From 2010-2014, he was ambassador for Bolivia in the Islamic Republic of Iran

He has published several books about Tiwanaku, Archaic Andean cultures, Andean Cosmology and Mathematic, and the Akapana Project or the decoding of ancient American writing-systems to name a few.

Thierry Jamin

Thierry JaminThierry Jamin is a French researcher and explorer. He is President of the Inkari Institute in Cusco and is in charge of the project “Inkari 2015”. He was awarded his diploma of History and Geography at the French Universities of Tours and Toulouse. His search for the lost and legendary city of Paititi in the Amazon basin brought him international attention. In 2012, his archaeological investigations and discoveries in the Machu Picchu citadel were reported worldwide. Thierry Jamin and his team are currently dedicated to the studies of the permanent presence of the Incas in the Amazon rainforest.

Renato Davila Riquelme

Renato Davila RiquelmeRenato is an Anthropologist and founder of the “Ritos Andinos Museum” in Andahuallilas and the Waro Museum in the nearby village of Huaro. A press release about an Extraterrestrial or Human-Hybrid Mummy in his museum made worldwide headlines in 2011. The so called “Alien-Baby” is very controversial, as well as the stones with petroglyphs he collected and presented in the Waro Museum. This collection of engraved stones consists of 70 percent originals and 30 percent replicas made by Mr. Riquelme. According to these circumstances, this stone collection is compared with the Ica stones of Dr. Cabrera and less accepted by the scientific community.  

Dr John Syrgos

Dr John SyrigosDr John (Ioannis) Syrigos is a co-owner and co-founder of Ancient Origins.

John is a computer & electrical engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a lecturer, explorer and researcher.

He has a personal passion for Ancient History, Mythology, Anthropology and Astronomy and in his spare time he investigates these subjects in depth. John currently undertakes expeditions and research in remote areas of Ecuador, where he is currently based, but also throughout South America.

He has recently been involved in explorations of the Tayos Cave system in Ecuador, a legendary vast natural underground network of caves spanning many kilometers, very little of which has been officially explored, as well as La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) in Colombia, and is particularly interested in the history and mythology of ancient sites as relayed by the local indigenous people of the regions.

Antonio Portugal Alzuviri

Antonio Portugal AlzuviriAntonio was born in 1948 in the Chulumani village near La Paz, Bolivia. He immigrated to California, USA, where he finished school and served for the US Marines on the Niagara Falls Fs3. After he returned to Bolivia, he worked in the textiles company of his parents. He entered as a member to the Nacional Institute of Archaeology (INA), present day Nacional Unit of Archaeology (UNAR), where he worked for about 30 years. He realized several archaeological work, including the discovery of the magnetic monolith in Tiwanaku, explorations at the Akapana pyramid, and Puma Punku. In 1970, he became president of the Bolivian Federation of Ski and Andeanism, as well as the national champion of skiing, which secured him his participation at the Winter Olympiads at Sarajevo in Yugoslavia. He is the author of several Books, including “La Chikana del Titicaca, los tuneles secretos del lago Titicaca” and “Del Tibet a los Andes, el encuentro de dos culturas”.

Manuel Fernando de la Torre Ugarte Bustos

Manuel Fernando de la Torre Ugarte Bustos Manuel Fernando was born in 1951 in La Paz, Bolivia, where he lives and works. He studied Astronomy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. After that, he studied Meteorology in Madrid, Spain. For over 30 years, he has worked at the University Major de San Andres in La Paz and has undertaken  investigations into Andean Cosmology, in cooperation with the Bolivian National Direccion of Archaeology.

During his time at the San Andres University, he created the Chakana Andina Planetary, and was responsible for installing the Patacamaya Observatory, 100 km near La Paz at an altitude of 4000m on the Altiplano. His special topics are investigations into Andean Cosmovision and Archaeo-Astronomy, and the rescue of the astronomical knowledge of the Indigenous Andean People. Therefore, he has done intensive bibliography studies, as well as on site investigations in villages and archaeological sites and was very surprised about the immense astronomical knowledge of the older people who have guarded and used this science until now.

He is director of the Astronomical Observatory “Chakana Andina” and coordinator of the Alajpacha Observatory in Huatajata at Lake Titicaca. He works as a consultant and speaker in colloquiums, seminars and workshops, both national and international. Furthermore, he is a specialist in Technological Education and NTICS (New Technologies of Information and Communication) and a member of the Asociacion Boliviana

del Avance de las Ciencias (ABAD) and the Community of Ancestral Knowledges.

Mr La Torre published several articles and books about Andean Astronomy, Astronomy in general, Andean Archaeo-Astronomy and the Andean Cosmovision.

Fernando Elorrieto Salazar

Fernando and his brother Edgar described in their book “Cusco y el valle sagrado – mitos y simbolos” the origin of the Inca, which was the “house of the dawn” located in the present day archaeological site of Ollantaytambo in Peru. Amazing are their findings that all Inca sites utilize a sacred geometry. Without exception these sites were planned according to the form of animals sacred to the Inca e.g. a condor, llama or caiman. According to their investigations, Cusco and the sacred valley of the Inca, followed an advanced plan of architecture and artificial landscaping.

Ernesto Cabrera Claux

Ernesto Cabrera Claux Ernesto is the son of Dr. Javier Cabrera (1924-2001), founder of the Ica-Stone-Museum. Ernesto is protecting the heritage of his father, preserving and investigating the controversially discussed collection of engraved stones that don’t fit in with the common history of human origins. His vision is to build a new Museum where the artifacts and a rewritten history of human being will be exposed. Mr. Cabrera Claux will guide and explain to us the famous Ica-Stone-Collection.

Dieter Groben

Dieter GrobenDieter was born 1966 in Munich, Germany where he lived and worked until 2012 before he moved to La Paz, Bolivia.

After school, he worked in the family-owned Engineer office as a planner. When he was trainee, he received a book from Erich von Daniken, which changed his life, as well as several other books on related topics. He noticed that there are still mysteries in the human past that are still not explained in an adequate manner. The logical consequence has been Tours to some of the places he has read about to countries like France, Malta, Mexico, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Peru and Bolivia.

He published his experiences in the newsletter “Synesis” from the EFODON society. Together with a friend, he founded the “Deutsch-Bolivianische Arbeitsgruppe Geheimnisse und Rätsel dieser Welt” (German-Bolivian workgroup for secrets and mysteries of our world –, where he publishes the results of his investigations.

His main interests are the sites of Tiwanaku and Puma Punku, which prompted his move to Bolivia in 2012. To finance his private investigations, he founded his Travel Agency “Groben Turismo”, which offers theme-specific tours for the above topics.

Harald Michael Petrul

Harald Michael PetrulHarald Petrul was born in Erbach-Ringingen, Germany in 1961. His interest in Archaeology began when he was a young boy, when he accompanied his father to nearby forests and encountered numerous burial mounds from the Huns. After he finished school, Harald participated in archaeological excavations near Ringingen and at the Hohle Fels cave near Schelklingen, famous for its prehistoric artifacts including ‘the Venus figure’ and the flute made out of the bone of a swan, both dating back 43,000 years. But his main interest in Archaeology has been the Latin American cultures of the Mayas, Aztecs and the Incas, as well as the Roman, Egyptian and Indian cultures.

At the age of 20, Harald undertook his first journey to Peru and West Bolivia, visiting Pachacamac, Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Cuzco, Tiwanaku, Puma Punku, Tikal, Palenque, Tula, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan and Carnac to name a few. In the last 35 years, he has undertaken numerous Tours and Expeditions throughout Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. In 2012, he moved from Germany to Peru to be closer to the sites of interest for his investigations, mainly the pre-Inca cultures and the unexplained megalithic sites within Peru, Bolivia and South America. He now lives in Lima “The City of the Kings”, capital of modern day Peru. In 2012, he founded ‘Paititi Tours and Adventures’ with the main focus of tailor-made Tours and Expedition through Peru, South America and the rest of the world.

Harald is member of the A.A.S. (Scientific Society for Archaeology, Astronomy and SETI), in the USA known as AAS RA with its publication Legendary Times.

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