Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / ECUADOR / PERU

Adventures Afloat: The Best of the Galápagos and Peru: From Enchanted Islands to Machu Picchu

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

Peru

Interest

Adventure Afloat Study Cruise

Price Range

$5000 - $7500

Start Date

End Date

More Options


AnyInternationalSt. BartsUnited StatesCanadaAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanAzoresBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBruneiBulgariaBurmaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanary IslandsCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChileChinaColombiaComorosCongoCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEaster IslandEcuadorEgyptEnglandEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaFijiFinlandFranceFrance Southern TerritoriesFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West IndiesGabonGalapagos IslandsGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernsey IslandGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIrelandIsles of ScillyIsraelItalyIvory CoastJamaicaJapanJersey IslandJordanKazakhstanKenyaKoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMadeira IslandsMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMidway IslandMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorthern Mariana IslandsNorthwest TerritoriesNorwayOmanPacific IslandsPakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussia (Siberia)Russian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaScotlandSenegalSerbiaSeychellesShetland IslandsSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt Kitts and NevisSt. Eustatius (Statia)St. LuciaSt. Pierre & MiquelonSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSurinamSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTasmaniaThailandTibetTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTristan da CunhaTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and CaicosUS Virgin IslandsUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamWalesYemenZambiaZimbabwe
Road Scholar
Program #18484RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
See all of our Most Popular programs.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
11,000 ft Cusco, Peru/at 12,330 ft Chincheros, Peru.

Itinerary for Mar 31 — Apr 16, 2014

Expand all
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Colon Quito hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. The historic colonial section of the city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be reached within a 10 minutes' walk. The hotel is well equiped to meet the needs of both the vacation and business traveler, with 15 meeting rooms, an executive lounge, and wireless internet access throughout.

Contact info:
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2560666
web: www.hilton.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, Hilton Serenity Bed, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Cable, iron/ironing board, safety deposit box, and coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Tour desk, automated teller (ATM), baggage storage, barber shop, concierge desk, florist, foreign currency exchange, gift shop, laundry/valet service, lounge, news stand, on-site convenience store, room service, safety deposit box, business center, fitness room, and pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Type of accommodations and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Monday, March 31 - Arrive to Quito.
Note: The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito.

Note: To minimize your chances of experiencing altitude sickness, try to get plenty of rest before you travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, eat high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations. Some participants find it helpful to fly into the city a day early in order to have extra time to rest and acclimate to the altitude.

Arrive To: Arrive at the international airport in Quito, Ecuador.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in, followed by time at leisure.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3PM.

Lodging: Hilton Colon Quito Hotel

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hilton Colon Quito hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. The historic colonial section of the city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be reached within a 10 minutes' walk. The hotel is well equiped to meet the needs of both the vacation and business traveler, with 15 meeting rooms, an executive lounge, and wireless internet access throughout.

Contact info:
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2560666
web: www.hilton.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, Hilton Serenity Bed, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Cable, iron/ironing board, safety deposit box, and coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Tour desk, automated teller (ATM), baggage storage, barber shop, concierge desk, florist, foreign currency exchange, gift shop, laundry/valet service, lounge, news stand, on-site convenience store, room service, safety deposit box, business center, fitness room, and pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Type of accommodations and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 01 - Quito – City Excursion & Field Trip to the E...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation to the program.

Visit El Panecillo for panoramic views of Quito.

Before the Spanish arrived, the hill known as El Panecillo (small bread roll) was used by the Inca for sun worshiping. In the early 1800s, the Spanish military took advantage of El Panecillo's strategic location and elevation (9,843 ft), and built a fortress to protect and monitor the city. In present times, the hill is the site of a city monument and lookout point where visitors can get 360° views of Quito. On clear days, it is even possible to spot Cotopaxi's snowy peak in the distance.

Enjoy a walking exploration of Quito's colonial center. Visit the Independence Square with an informative explanation of the Presidential and Bishop Palace, as well as the Cathedral. Visit La Compañía church, one of the most beautiful churches in Quito, legendary for its gold covered interior. Visit the historic San Francisco church and convent, raised up above a wide stone paved court originally known as "Tiangues," a place used by the indigenous inhabitants of Quito to trade products.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant including an introduction to Ecuadorian food products and typical Ecuadorian cuisine.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will leave Quito and travel in a northerly direction to visit the Museo Intinan located on the Equator line, near the Middle of the World complex.

The Intinan Museum has a permanent exposition that details the Andean cosmovision of Ecuador's ancestral cultures. Learn about the indigenous calendar and its accuracy. Visit an ancient home to find out about the way of life and traditions of indigenous people more than a century ago. Acquaint yourself with the important rituals of Amazonian tribes as you educate yourself about the cultures of Ecuador's Oriente region.

Lecture: The Past, Present, and Future of Ecuador.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Colon Quito Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Large 90 passenger deluxe cruise ship at 237 ft.long with 44 spacious cabins.

Ship Information: Construction : Bilbao, Spain, 1979 Reconstruction : Talcahuano, Chile, 1998 Category : First Class Gross Tonnage : 1675 Capacity : 90 guests Length : 72.35 meters (237.3 feet) Beam : 11.85 meters (38.86 feet) Speed : 13 knots Electricity : 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in Reception and Dining area. Engines : 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each Navigation : Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders, Equipment : GPS and Radio Director Finder Safety Classification : ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution A.788(19) Automatic fire controls Life Jackets : In each cabin Lifeboats : Two 66-man, two 25-man, Life Rafts : Two 16-man, two 10-man Zodiacs : 5 for ship to shore transportation Boston Whaler : 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation Owner : ETICA / Metropolitan Touring Decks : 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck) Crew : 52 Naturalist : 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist) Medical Officer : Permanently on board

Contact info:
Av. De Las Palmeras N45-74 y De Las Orquídeas
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +(593-9) 9921 5719
web: www.metropolitan-touring.com

Room amenities: AC in cabins, private bath with hot water, hair dryers, safety deposit boxes.

Facility amenities: M/V Santa Cruz features Jacuzzi, sun deck, bar, lounge, observation platform, Natural history library/reading room, gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, April 02 - Galapagos Islands - Flight to Baltra Island/...
Galapagos Islands -
Flight to Baltra Island/Board Ship/ North Seymour Island


Note: There is a 44 lb weight limit for checked luggage on the flights to the islands. Please pack accordingly.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to the Galápagos Islands.

Depart for the Galápagos Islands.

NOTE: There is a 44 lb weight limit for checked luggage on the flights to the islands. Please pack accordingly. Upon arrival to Baltra Island, you will be met by your naturalist guide and transferred to the M/V Santa Cruz.



Lunch: Lunch on board the boat

Afternoon: After an orientation to the boat including the safety drill, set sail to North Seymour Island. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, as well as, sea lions and marine iguanas.

Return to the vessel.

*Please note: Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are always subject to change by the Galapagos National Park. Itineraries are not guaranteed.



Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day’s activities.

Lodging: M/V Santa Cruz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Large 90 passenger deluxe cruise ship at 237 ft.long with 44 spacious cabins.

Ship Information: Construction : Bilbao, Spain, 1979 Reconstruction : Talcahuano, Chile, 1998 Category : First Class Gross Tonnage : 1675 Capacity : 90 guests Length : 72.35 meters (237.3 feet) Beam : 11.85 meters (38.86 feet) Speed : 13 knots Electricity : 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in Reception and Dining area. Engines : 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each Navigation : Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders, Equipment : GPS and Radio Director Finder Safety Classification : ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution A.788(19) Automatic fire controls Life Jackets : In each cabin Lifeboats : Two 66-man, two 25-man, Life Rafts : Two 16-man, two 10-man Zodiacs : 5 for ship to shore transportation Boston Whaler : 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation Owner : ETICA / Metropolitan Touring Decks : 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck) Crew : 52 Naturalist : 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist) Medical Officer : Permanently on board

Contact info:
Av. De Las Palmeras N45-74 y De Las Orquídeas
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +(593-9) 9921 5719
web: www.metropolitan-touring.com

Room amenities: AC in cabins, private bath with hot water, hair dryers, safety deposit boxes.

Facility amenities: M/V Santa Cruz features Jacuzzi, sun deck, bar, lounge, observation platform, Natural history library/reading room, gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, April 03 - Galapagos Islands - Isabela Island (Punta Vi...
Galapagos Islands -
Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca) Fernandina Island (Punta Espinoza).


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: After breakfast, we explore the coast by panga, while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, nesting place for a Galápagos highlight: flightless cormorants. Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola).

Return to the boat.


Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

Return to the boat.



Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Santa Cruz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Large 90 passenger deluxe cruise ship at 237 ft.long with 44 spacious cabins.

Ship Information: Construction : Bilbao, Spain, 1979 Reconstruction : Talcahuano, Chile, 1998 Category : First Class Gross Tonnage : 1675 Capacity : 90 guests Length : 72.35 meters (237.3 feet) Beam : 11.85 meters (38.86 feet) Speed : 13 knots Electricity : 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in Reception and Dining area. Engines : 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each Navigation : Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders, Equipment : GPS and Radio Director Finder Safety Classification : ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution A.788(19) Automatic fire controls Life Jackets : In each cabin Lifeboats : Two 66-man, two 25-man, Life Rafts : Two 16-man, two 10-man Zodiacs : 5 for ship to shore transportation Boston Whaler : 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation Owner : ETICA / Metropolitan Touring Decks : 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck) Crew : 52 Naturalist : 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist) Medical Officer : Permanently on board

Contact info:
Av. De Las Palmeras N45-74 y De Las Orquídeas
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +(593-9) 9921 5719
web: www.metropolitan-touring.com

Room amenities: AC in cabins, private bath with hot water, hair dryers, safety deposit boxes.

Facility amenities: M/V Santa Cruz features Jacuzzi, sun deck, bar, lounge, observation platform, Natural history library/reading room, gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, April 04 - Galapagos Islands - Isabela Island (Tagus Co...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: After breakfast, we land at this cove on the northwest side of Isabela. It provided a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes guests to the rim of a crater, Darwin lake, filled with salt water and to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we take a panga ride to spot local wildlife, with the possibility of swimming or snorkeling.



Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: After lunch we disembark at Urbina Bay, the fascinating result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here we can admire corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. First we enjoy a snorkel from the beach, with the chance of swimming with flightless cormorants. This area is also home to a large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, and occasionally to giant tortoises. Return to the boat.



Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation of the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Santa Cruz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Large 90 passenger deluxe cruise ship at 237 ft.long with 44 spacious cabins.

Ship Information: Construction : Bilbao, Spain, 1979 Reconstruction : Talcahuano, Chile, 1998 Category : First Class Gross Tonnage : 1675 Capacity : 90 guests Length : 72.35 meters (237.3 feet) Beam : 11.85 meters (38.86 feet) Speed : 13 knots Electricity : 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in Reception and Dining area. Engines : 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each Navigation : Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders, Equipment : GPS and Radio Director Finder Safety Classification : ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution A.788(19) Automatic fire controls Life Jackets : In each cabin Lifeboats : Two 66-man, two 25-man, Life Rafts : Two 16-man, two 10-man Zodiacs : 5 for ship to shore transportation Boston Whaler : 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation Owner : ETICA / Metropolitan Touring Decks : 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck) Crew : 52 Naturalist : 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist) Medical Officer : Permanently on board

Contact info:
Av. De Las Palmeras N45-74 y De Las Orquídeas
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +(593-9) 9921 5719
web: www.metropolitan-touring.com

Room amenities: AC in cabins, private bath with hot water, hair dryers, safety deposit boxes.

Facility amenities: M/V Santa Cruz features Jacuzzi, sun deck, bar, lounge, observation platform, Natural history library/reading room, gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, April 05 - Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island (Pue...
Galapagos Islands -
Santa Cruz Island (Puerto Ayora/Charles Darwin Research Station) & Highlands


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we will transfer to El Trapiche to visit a small, family run farm for organic coffee. We will then continue to the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.



Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant at the highlands

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the lava tunnels and look for giant tortoises in the wild. Return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz.



Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Santa Cruz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Large 90 passenger deluxe cruise ship at 237 ft.long with 44 spacious cabins.

Ship Information: Construction : Bilbao, Spain, 1979 Reconstruction : Talcahuano, Chile, 1998 Category : First Class Gross Tonnage : 1675 Capacity : 90 guests Length : 72.35 meters (237.3 feet) Beam : 11.85 meters (38.86 feet) Speed : 13 knots Electricity : 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in Reception and Dining area. Engines : 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each Navigation : Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders, Equipment : GPS and Radio Director Finder Safety Classification : ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution A.788(19) Automatic fire controls Life Jackets : In each cabin Lifeboats : Two 66-man, two 25-man, Life Rafts : Two 16-man, two 10-man Zodiacs : 5 for ship to shore transportation Boston Whaler : 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation Owner : ETICA / Metropolitan Touring Decks : 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck) Crew : 52 Naturalist : 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist) Medical Officer : Permanently on board

Contact info:
Av. De Las Palmeras N45-74 y De Las Orquídeas
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +(593-9) 9921 5719
web: www.metropolitan-touring.com

Room amenities: AC in cabins, private bath with hot water, hair dryers, safety deposit boxes.

Facility amenities: M/V Santa Cruz features Jacuzzi, sun deck, bar, lounge, observation platform, Natural history library/reading room, gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Sunday, April 06 - Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island (Post Of...
Galapagos Islands -
Floreana Island (Post Office Bay/Champion Islet and Cormorant Point).


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: A short walk leads us to the historic barrel where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. We then head back on board for lunch.

Return to the yacht.



Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Following lunch and a siesta, we take to the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Cormorant Point, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon where bird species such as greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. We continue our walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

Return to the boat.


Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Santa Cruz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Unique beachfront hotel in Galápagos awarded for it's Eco friendly operations and low impact environmental effect to the islands sensitive ecosystem.

Contact info:
Barrio Punta Estrada
Galápagos
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
phone: +593 2-298-8311
web: http://www.finchbayhotel.com/galapagos-islands-hotel.html

Room amenities: Garden and ocean view rooms. Rooms have wooden blinds, black out curtains, tile floors, AC, private bathroom with hot water, hair dryers, biodegradable soap and shampoo, telephone, hammocks.

Facility amenities: Garden and ocean view rooms. Hotel features on-site desalination and purification plant, grey and black water treatment plants. Solar panels for water heating. Organic vegetable garden supplies the restaurant. Recycling and composting systems for the entire hotel. Supports local community initiatives. Connecting ocean rooms. Swimming pool with bar. Free wi-fi, 4 guest computers in public area. Ice machine, laundry and massage service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, April 07 - Galapagos Islands - Transfer to Puerto Ayora...
Galapagos Islands -
Transfer to Puerto Ayora via Ithabaca Channel/Finch Bay


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark from boat and transfer to Puerto Ayora via Ithabaca Channel. En route we will visit the Twin Craters and Manzanillo Ranch.

At Twin Craters enjoy a walk through the interior of the Scalesia forest, one of seven genus of plants endemic to Galapagos. The Pit Craters are, geologically speaking, seen as craters and its formation is not directly due to volcanic action. They were created as a result of the collapse or sinking of surface materials into cracks or manholes. at Manzanillo Ranch we will have a chance to observe giant tortoises in their natural environment and a lake that depending on the time of the year changing its color. The trees and bushes around the lake are well labeled and mostly endemic of the island. we will then continue to our hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We will have the afternoon free to enjoy the town of Puerto Ayora or simply remain at the hotel and enjoy the pool and/or the beach.

Dinner: At local restaurant.

Lodging: Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Unique beachfront hotel in Galápagos awarded for it's Eco friendly operations and low impact environmental effect to the islands sensitive ecosystem.

Contact info:
Barrio Punta Estrada
Galápagos
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
phone: +593 2-298-8311
web: http://www.finchbayhotel.com/galapagos-islands-hotel.html

Room amenities: Garden and ocean view rooms. Rooms have wooden blinds, black out curtains, tile floors, AC, private bathroom with hot water, hair dryers, biodegradable soap and shampoo, telephone, hammocks.

Facility amenities: Garden and ocean view rooms. Hotel features on-site desalination and purification plant, grey and black water treatment plants. Solar panels for water heating. Organic vegetable garden supplies the restaurant. Recycling and composting systems for the entire hotel. Supports local community initiatives. Connecting ocean rooms. Swimming pool with bar. Free wi-fi, 4 guest computers in public area. Ice machine, laundry and massage service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, April 08 - Galapagos Islands - Day trip to South Plaza ...
Galapagos Islands -
Day trip to South Plaza Island onboard Sea Lion or Sea Finch yacht.


Note: Please bring with you your camera, Bathing suit, Jacket / windbreaker, Comfortable walking shoes and sandals, sun protection (sun block, cap, sunglasses) even if it is overcast and bottle of water. Snorkeling opportunities will be available. Upon arrival to South Plaza, this will be a dry landing: participants will step from the dinghy directly onto rocks or a dock.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast will be ready starting at 6:30 am. Our departure is at 8:15 am, so please enjoy your breakfast accordingly.

Morning: Departure from the Hotel Finch Bay to the public pier to take a bus to Ithabaca Chanel, then set sail on aboard your yacht to Plazas Islands.

This is the southern part of two small crescent-shaped islands that lie just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The northern island is used for scientific purposes only. South Plaza is one of the smallest yet richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), it was formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a tilted tabletop quality. Our landing is in the channel between North and South Plaza, where the island tilts toward the water.

The approach makes for a lavishly colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange “Sally lightfoot” crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as ground cover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop.

The trail gradually follows the tilt of the island to the cliffs that overlook the ocean to the south, where swallow-tailed gulls nest. Red-billed tropic birds, masked and blue-footed boobies ride the windy currents. The overlook is a great place for spotting large marine life, including manta rays. Surf pounds an inlet at the western corner of the island, where a colony of sea lion bachelors make their home, where the surface of the rocks is polished by the oils of their fur.

Your guide will find the right spot to snorkel, whether on Plazas Island or Punta Carrion. The shoreline of Las Plazas makes for excellent snorkeling in a sea lion colony of nearly a thousand. Punta Carrion is a small bay where you can snorkel from the boat to see a variety of fish, rays and possibly white tip reef sharks.


Lunch: Lunch will be on board the yacht.

Afternoon: Disembark from the yacht at Ithabaca Channel and transfer back to Puerto Ayora to return to your hotel arriving at about 4:30 pm.


Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Av. Elmer Faucett s/n Aeropuerto
Internacional Jorge Chávez
Lima, Peru
phone: +5117112000
web: www.costadelsolperu.com/lima/esp/index.php

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, April 09 - Lima - Farewell to the Galápagos/Flight to L...
Lima -
Farewell to the Galápagos/Flight to Lima via mainland Ecuador


Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Lunch: Snacks on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive to mainland Ecuador, collect your luggage and check in for your international flight to Lima. Upon arrival to Lima, Peru meet the local Road Scholar representative outside the baggage claim area and walk to your airport hotel located just across from the main terminal.


Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ramada Airport Costa del Sol Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Converted from a beautiful 18th century colonial house, with 5 stately courtyards, and featuring their restaurant "Alma" with creative, regional cuisine. The hotel is located 3 blocks away from Cusco’s main square.

Contact info:
Plazoleta de Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51-84-232610
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: 100 rooms with heat, cable television, safe deposit box, direct-dial telephone, coffee making facility and private bathroom with hairdryer. Oxygen available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi Internet access, PC with internet access, laundry service, room service, medical assistance and currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, April 10 - Cusco - Flight to Cusco/Korikancha Temple
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation to the program.

Walk across the road to reach the terminal for flight to Cusco. A Road Scholar representative will be together with the group to help with the check-in and luggage.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to Koricancha.

Koricancha, also spelled Qorikancha, is an important Inca temple located in downtown Cusco. Built in honor of their sun god, Inti, the site was once an important religious center. Conquistadors reported that the temple originally held a statue of the sun, made of gold weighing approximately two tons and inlayed with gems. The structure was built with enormous boulders and is considered one of the most outstanding examples of this type of Inca construction. Unfortunately, very little remains of this architectural wonder since the Spaniards did their best to destroy it during their conquest of Cusco. The grand, Baroque church known as Santo Domingo was built on Koricancha’s foundations and came to be viewed by the Spanish as a symbol of Christian triumph over heathen religion.

Arrive at your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure to rest and relax.

Lecture: Introduction to Inca Culture.


Dinner: On your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Converted from a beautiful 18th century colonial house, with 5 stately courtyards, and featuring their restaurant "Alma" with creative, regional cuisine. The hotel is located 3 blocks away from Cusco’s main square.

Contact info:
Plazoleta de Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51-84-232610
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: 100 rooms with heat, cable television, safe deposit box, direct-dial telephone, coffee making facility and private bathroom with hairdryer. Oxygen available upon request.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi Internet access, PC with internet access, laundry service, room service, medical assistance and currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, April 11 - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman Ruins & Introduction t...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the Sacsayhuaman Ruins.

The fortress of Sacsayhuaman forms the head of the Puma design of old Cusco. It is a wonder of technical achievement and a testament to human will. It is a mystery how it was constructed, since the stones are not found in the region, and most of the blocks weigh more than a ton. The largest rock weighs more than 300 tons. Sacsayhuaman is constructed of huge polygonal blocks which interlock with one another. The stones are so precisely placed that a knife blade cannot be inserted between them.

Excursion through the city of Cusco.

The center of Cusco is a history lesson. Modern and colonial buildings are built on top of Inca foundations, and colonial churches dominate the central square.


Lunch: At a café in the main plaza where you can enjoy the colonial architecture of the city.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Pre-dinner presentation by local expert on the history of Inca and Andean musical instruments.


Dinner: On your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). The newly remodeled El MaPi (formerly Machu Picchu Inn) provides a wonderful location from which you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective

Contact info:
109 Pachacutec Ave.
Machu Picchu Pueblo
Aguas Calientes, Peru
phone: +51.84.211011
web: www.elmapihotel.com/

Room amenities: •8 Superior Deluxe Rooms (30 sq.m./322 sq.ft.) - twin beds or king bed, sitting area and complimentary mini bar. •40 Superior Rooms (20 sq.m./215 sq.ft) – twin beds or king bed. Each room is equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32" flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights.

Facility amenities: Services Included: - Assistance between Machu Picchu train station and the Hotel - Luggage storage - Personalized Wake up calls - 24/7 reception - Nutritious Buffet breakfast - Welcome signature refreshing lemongrass lemonade - House blends Happy Hour Pisco Sours 5-7pm - DirecTv - Complimentary Wi fi - Turndown services between 6pm- 8pm (local seasonal fruit) - Self guided fern walk - Oxygen upon request - Check-in 1:00 p.m. / Check-out 11 a.m. - Express checkout - Hot Water Pool 6AM – 10PM: Open for adults and supervised children under 12 only. - Gift Shop 8AM – 8PM: The shop offers a wide selection of T-shirts, alpaca knits, outdoors gear and basic travel needs. - Computer Room Two desktop computers and printer available, open 24/7 with complimentary internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, April 12 - Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) – Excursion t...
Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) –
Excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Note: There is a weight limit of 11 pounds for luggage on the Peru Rail transfer to Machu Picchu. Plan to pack an overnight bag for one night in the Machu Picchu area. Your bag must weigh no more than 11 pounds and measure no more than 62 inches /157 cm (length height width). Excess luggage can be left with the driver and vehicle, and will be secured until your return to Cuzco.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board a train to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu. The train ride follows the Urubamba River and offers spectacular views of the Andes.

Upon arrival, continue with a bus transfer to the Machu Picchu ruins.

Train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The bus drive from Aguas Calientes Town to the Machu Picchu ruins takes about 20 minutes (3.7 miles).


Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant near the ruins.

Afternoon: Full afternoon guided field trip in and around Machu Picchu ruins.

This ancient Inca city was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, a Yale graduate and U.S. senator fascinated with Inca archaeology. Bingham found Machu Picchu, with the help of a local farmer who knew about the ruins, while searching for Vilcabamba and Vitcos. He hypothesized that the site was a "citadel," existing for strategic and defense purposes. He also speculated that the site was a refuge for Cusco's Virgins of the Sun, based upon the finding of skulls there, although not scientifically classified as female. Breakthroughs in archaeology since 1985 have, taken as a whole, supported the emerging view of Machu Picchu as a ceremonial and administrative center for a very populous region. Machu Picchu was built, flourished, and fell into demise within a period of 100 years.

Dinner: On your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Lodging: El Mapi Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: New: Former 18th century colonial style monastery surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco II de Yucay 123
Yucay, 0000 Peru
phone: +518-420-1107
web: www.sonesta.com

Room amenities: Heating, direct dial telephones, and in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, meeting room, gift shop, and luggage storage.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Sunday, April 13 - Sacred Valley - Orientation to Aguas Calien...
Sacred Valley -
Orientation to Aguas Calientes/Train and Bus to Sacred Valley.


Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Guided excursion around the town of Aguas Calientes. Visit the local market.

Participants who wish to revisit Machu Picchu are welcome to skip the town excursion and spend the morning at the ruins (at own expense--entrance fee is not included and tickets must be purchased in advance).

Note: Machu Picchu park tickets are not sold on site and must be purchased in advance. Please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you are interested in buying Machu Picchu entrance tickets.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Transfer to train station.
Board the early afternoon train to Ollantaytambo Station.

Arrive at the Ollantaytambo Station and board a bus for your transfer to Cusco.

Arrive in Cusco and check-in at hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy Cusco at your own pace.


Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Posada del Inca - Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: New: Former 18th century colonial style monastery surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco II de Yucay 123
Yucay, 0000 Peru
phone: +518-420-1107
web: www.sonesta.com

Room amenities: Heating, direct dial telephones, and in-room safe.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, meeting room, gift shop, and luggage storage.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Monday, April 14 - Sacred Valley (Yucay) - Chincheros Town and ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Excursion to Chincheros town including a visit to a weaving cooperative, where you will meet with locals and learn about traditional weaving styles and techniques.

Weaving is a way of life in Chincheros, as important for preserving ancient traditions as it is for earning a livelihood. Located in the Peruvian Andes on the Inca road between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Chincheros was an early Inca center built by emperor Tupa Inca as his country estate. During Inca reign, textiles were woven and offered to mark special occasions, from peace treaties and sacrifices to marriage ceremonies and puberty rites. In Chincheros, children grow up playing with their mother's spindle and loom. By age six or seven, most children learn to weave by watching their elders. They begin by weaving jakimas, or narrow ribbons, before moving on to more complicated pieces.

Visit to local farms. Lecture: The Agriculture of the Incas.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the ruins at Ollantaytambo, accompanied by a guide who will highlight the engineering genius of the Inca.

The Ollantaytambo Ruins are not ruins in the traditional sense. Ollantaytambo is a town with original buildings of Inca construction where the Inca retreated to make their last stand in the highlands against the Spanish. Running water still flows through the town in aqueducts and the terraces above the town still are farmed. The pinnacle above the town is a small burial ground.


Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Posada del Inca - Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Casa Andina Select hotel is located in Lima's trendy Miraflores neighborhood, within easy access to restaurants and local attractions. The newly constructed hotel has 155 rooms with modern installations and various amenities meant to satisfy the needs of both leisure and business travelers.

Contact info:
Calle Schell 452
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
phone: +51-1-2139739
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: Comfortable rooms with private baths, hair dryer, AC, safety deposit box, minibar, soundproof windows, direct dial phone, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Spa, gym, sun terrace with Jacuzzi, conference rooms, business center, high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry service, valet service, currency exchange, 24 hr front desk, luggage storage, and souvenir shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Please contact the Program Coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.


Day Sixteen: Tuesday, April 15 - Lima - Presentation on Peruvian Cuisine.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Morning flight from Cusco to Lima.

Arrive in Lima.

Transfer to local restaurant for a presentation on Peruvian cuisine by a local culinary expert.

Lunch: Farewell lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Free afternoon to explore Lima on your own.



Dinner: Dinner on your own for one final chance to explore Lima's culinary delights.

Evening: Depending on flight schedules, some participants will transfer to the airport this evening for a late night/early morning flight to the U.S.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seventeen: Wednesday, April 16 - Depart from Lima/Flights to the U.S. Arrive...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel (dependent on flight time).

Morning: Transfer to the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima for flight to the U.S.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
16 nights of accommodations
42 meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
5 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.6
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768