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Program #18484RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Elevation Note
Cusco, Peru at 11,000 ft/Chincheros, Peru at 12,330 ft

Itinerary for Oct 8 — Oct 24, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Quito Hotel is strategically located in the city’s financial and commercial zone and also nearby the Colonial Old Town, a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Enjoy the on site restaurants featuring fusion foods and live piano music in the lounge. Relax your soul, mind, and body or workout in the Sheraton Fitness Center located on the 11th floor with breathtaking views of the modern Quito.

Contact info:
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Republica de El Salvador
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-22970002
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini refrigerator, telephone, free newspaper, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Fitness and spa facilities, laundry/valet service, gift shop, florist, and meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Additional hotel nights are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and prices.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 08 - Arrivals in Quito, Ecuador.
Note: The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito. 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.

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: Sheraton Quito Hotel

Type: Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Quito Hotel is strategically located in the city’s financial and commercial zone and also nearby the Colonial Old Town, a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Enjoy the on site restaurants featuring fusion foods and live piano music in the lounge. Relax your soul, mind, and body or workout in the Sheraton Fitness Center located on the 11th floor with breathtaking views of the modern Quito.

Contact info:
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Republica de El Salvador
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-22970002
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini refrigerator, telephone, free newspaper, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Fitness and spa facilities, laundry/valet service, gift shop, florist, and meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Additional hotel nights are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and prices.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, October 09 - Quito - City Excursion and Field Trip to th...
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: Sheraton Quito Hotel

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Three: Friday, October 10 - Galápagos Islands - Flight to Galápagos. Ba...
Galápagos Islands -
Flight to Galápagos. Baltra (Charles Darwin Research Station).


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: Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are determined by the Galápagos National Park. The park reserves the right to change cruise itineraries without prior notice.

Lunch: Light snack on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive to Baltra Island.

Baltra Island hosts one of the two available airports in the Galapagos Islands. The other airport is located on San Cristobal Island. Transfer to pier to board yacht. Welcome orientation and light snack.

Field trip to Charles Darwin Research Station.

Santa Cruz is the most important island in the Galapagos in many respects. It is the second largest island, the most populated, and it is the administrative center of the islands. The National Park Service is based here, but perhaps most important is the Charles Darwin Research Station, the headquarters of all research and conservation efforts on the islands. Giant tortoises can be spotted in the highlands of Santa Cruz in greater numbers from August to May. Nesting tends to take place from June to August and by December the giant tortoise eggs begin hatching (through April). Several species of Darwin's finches make this island home as well. In addition, a dramatic change in vegetation zones can be seen as one travels higher on the island.

Enjoy a leisurely walk through Puerto Ayora before returning to the yacht.

Dinner: Welcome cocktail with the yacht's crew, followed by dinner.

Evening: Orientation to the next day’s activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Four: Saturday, October 11 - Galápagos Islands - Santa Fe Island & South ...
Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing on Santa Fe Island.

The island has one of the best locations for swimming with sea lions and is also a great place to catch a glimpse of white tipped reef sharks and sea turtles.

Field trip to cactus forest to see some of the tallest opuntia cacti in the archipelago, and search for a colony of Santa Fe Iguanas.

Optional swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Retun to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Dry landing on Plaza Sur Island (South Plaza Island).

Walking field trip to explore local flora and fauna. Follow the trail to a cactus forest to get a close look at land iguanas and their habitat before continuing our hike in search of local sea lion colonies. Sea lions usually give birth from August - November and females begin mating within weeks of having their young.

The small island is a great place to view seabirds in flight. A walk along the cliff offers good views of Red-billed Tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and other pelagic species.

Return to the yacht.
Before dinner enjoy a lecture on Galápagos Islands.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Five: Sunday, October 12 - Galápagos Islands - Chinese Hat & Ràbida Isl...
Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. Spot eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas at this excellent snorkeling site. Possibly observe Galapagos Penguins along the rocky shoreline.

Optional swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Wet landing on Ràbida where you will see sea lions, pelicans and blue footed boobies. Walk to a small saltwater lagoon to observe pink flamingos wading and feeding.

Optional swimming, snorkeling and sea kayaking.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation of the next day's activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Six: Monday, October 13 - Galápagos Islands - Santa Fe Island (Black...
Galápagos Islands -
Santa Fe Island (Black Turtle Cove & Dragon Hill).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a field trip to Black Turtle Cove.

Navigate around the craggy shores and mangroves of Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) on Santa Cruz Island in search of local wildlife.

Black Turtle Cove is a small inlet located on Santa Cruz’s northern coast. Shallow waters protect myriad life forms including sea turtles, rays, and black-tip and white-tip reef sharks. Also be on the lookout for birds such as pelicans, Yellow Warblers, Lava Herons, and more!

Returning to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Dry landing on Santa Cruz Island and walking exploration of Dragon Hill.

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island is one of the newest visitor sites accessible to tourists in the Galàpagos Islands. One of the lengthier Galàpagos walking trails will lead visitors along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout, where bright flamingos, pintail ducks, and land iguanas can be spotted.

Optional swimming and snorkeling.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, October 14 - Galápagos Islands - Floreana Island (Post Of...
Galápagos Islands -
Floreana Island (Post Office Bay, Devil's Crown & Punta Cormorant).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing at Post Office Bay, Floreana Island and walking field trip.

The infamous Post Office Bay can be found on the northern side of Floreana Island. This is the site where whalers used to "mail" their correspondence. A barrel was used as a mail box and held letters from sailors across the globe. If a passing ship was heading where the mail was addressed, the captain would collect and deliver it. Although the barrel is no longer the original one, the system still works since visitors continue to collect and drop off mail.

Optional swimming and snorkeling.

Before returning to the yacht navigate to La Loberia at Post Office Bay to observe local sea lion rookeries. If we are lucky, we might also spot sea turtles.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Weather permitting, snorkel or swim at Devil's Crown.

Devil's Crown is a shallow sunken crater that makes for one of the best snorkeling sites in the islands. The largely submerged volcano has clear blue waters and a variety of colorful fish. Sea lions are sometimes seen frolicking in the waters and seabirds nest in the crevaces. This site is only suggested for good swimmers as the currents can be very strong.

Wet landing at Punta Cormorant, Floreana.

Walk through the beach of greenish sand where sea lions like to congregate. The beach’s unusual color is a result of the olivine crystals present in the sand. From here, a trail leads us to a lagoon where flamingoes can be found wading with other birds such as oystercatchers, and Black-necked Stilt. A white sandy beach near the lagoon is good for swimming and is sometimes used by turtles as nesting site.

Novice snorkelers can practice their skills on the main beach in the company of playful sea lions.

Take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Return to the yacht.
Before dinner enjoy a lecture on Galápagos Islands.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, October 15 - Galápagos Islands - Española Island (Punta S...
Galápagos Islands -
Española Island (Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Dry landing on Española and morning field trip to Punta Suarez.

Punta Suarez, on the western end of Española Island, is home to the Galápagos Hawk (courtship in August) and is also the best place to see the red form of the marine iguana. In January, marine iguanas adopt bright skin colors to try and attract mates. Also, look for mockingbirds, finches, and boobies. Learn about the lava terrain and cross the inactive lava fields.

Later, visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots 50-70 feet into the air.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Wet landing at Gardner Bay, Española Island.

This afternoon you will enjoy a beach walk, followed by a panga ride around Gardner and Osborn islets.

Española is the southernmost island in the Galápagos. It is best known as the nesting place of the rare Waved Albatross. The majestic birds begin courtship rituals in April, by May they are laying eggs, and in December the young fledge and leave the islands for a few months (return in March). Gardner Bay, on the northeastern tip of the island, has a beautiful white-sand beach where sea lions like to sun themselves. In January, green sea turtles come ashore during night hours to lay their eggs. Hatchlings begin their perilous journey from nest to sea around April and May.

There will be an opportunity for swimming and snorkeling. Try to spot marine species like the king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, parrot fish, manta rays, and whitetipped reef sharks.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

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

Description: Twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed.

Ship Information: The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht built in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. Technical Information: *Length: 104 feet *Beam: 22 feet *Draft: 5 feet *Cruising Speed: 11 knots. *Electricity: 110/125 V AC (standard US-style outlets)

Contact info:
00000000000000
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +00000000000000
web: www.rwittmer.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, porthole or window, a safety deposit box, and a/c. Biodegradable soap and shampoo/conditioner are provided during the cruise. Smoking is only allowed on the outer decks.

Facility amenities: The Tip Top III accommodates up to 16 guests in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. The Upper Deck features four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. The cabins, bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board. All decks are connected by staircases. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits and buoyancy vests are available for rent, but must be reserved prior to the cruise. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to reserve a wetsuit for your program. Wetsuit prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise and full payment, in cash, is due upon boarding the vessel. Laundry service is not available on the yacht. In an effort to conserve water, the yacht might ask participants to refrain from hand washing clothing during the cruise. Participants will be able to hang bathing suits and wet clothing to dry on clotheslines on the top deck. Purified drinking water is provided free of charge on the yacht. Participants will be given reusable bottles to refill as needed at the water dispenser in the main lounge.

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


Day Nine: Thursday, October 16 - Galápagos Islands - San Cristobal Island (Pu...
Galápagos Islands -
San Cristobal Island (Punta Pitt, Kicker Rock & Cerro Brujo).


Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing on Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island.

Olivine beaches lead to the trail rising to the top of the tuff cone, passing through several natural viewpoints. Composed of volcanic tuff substrate, Punta Pitt has been naturally eroded by the high winds. This is the only spot in the Galápagos where you can possibly see three species of boobies and two species of frigate birds nesting in the same area.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Sail around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff rock that juts out abruptly almost 500 ft. straight up from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many sea birds.

Optional swimming and snorkeling.

Wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach to observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.

Optional swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: Tip Top III

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Antara Hotel is a boutique property located in the heart of Lima’s vibrant Miraflores district. The waterfront area is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Alcanfores 450
Miraflores
Lima, 18 Peru
phone: +511-444-4505
web: www.antarahotel.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, air conditioning, cable TV, safety deposit box, and Internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, concierge services, spa, laundry service, currency exchange, and Wi-Fi in public areas. Airport shuttle services available for an extra fee.

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.
Type of room and rates are subject to hotel availability. Participants should contact the program coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking extra hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Friday, October 17 - Guayaquil - North Seymour Island/Flight to ...
Breakfast: Early breakfast on board the yacht.

Morning: Dry landing at North Seymour Island. Walking field trip in search of bird colonies, marine iguanas and sea lions.

North Seymour has a major nesting colony of Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate Birds. During April-May the Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted performing their comical mating dance. Blue-footed boobies oftentimes nest (May - November) very near the trails, giving visitors the opportunity to get a closer view during the walks. From August-November sea lions are giving birth and it is possible to view pups of all sizes. Just remember to stay at a safe distance as females tend to be very protective of their young. A walk near known iguana nesting sites offers a good opportunity to view marine iguanas and land iguanas.

Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island to catch a flight to Guayaquil.

Lunch: Light snack on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive in Guayaquil, collect your luggage and meet the local Road Scholar representative outside the baggage claim area.

Flight times permitting, enjoy a short exploration of Guayaquil before checking-in for the flight to Peru.

Check-in for evening flight to Lima, Peru.

Dinner: At the hotel.
Please note that depending on flight times, group might have an early dinner at Guayaquil. The group leader will advise at the site.

Evening: Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Lodging: Antara Hotel

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, 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 Eleven: Saturday, October 18 - Sacred Valley - Flight to Cusco and Transfe...
Sacred Valley -
Flight to Cusco and Transfer to the Sacred Valley/Introduction to Machu Picchu and Market Day at Pisac.


Note: There is a weight limit of 23 kg (approximately 50 lb) for checked luggage on the internal flights in Peru.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation to the program.

Brief Orientation through Lima.

The most important church in any town in Peru is usually called La Catedral (Cathedral). In the case of Lima, La Catedral is also the most important church in all of Peru. This beautiful colonial building in the Plaza de las Armas presumably houses the remains of Francisco Pizarro—whether the bones are authentic or not is a matter of conjecture.

Lima's historic Santo Domingo Church and Convent was built by the Dominican Order in 1540, on land donated by Francisco Pizzaro. Colorful tiles, stained glass windows, catacombs, religious relics, and attractive courtyards are just some of the attractions at this site. Santo Domingo is located at the intersection of Conde de Superunda and Camana Streets, just a block away from the Plaza de Armas in central Lima.

Lunch: Box lunch en-route.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley and check-in.

Lecture: Introduction to Inca Culture.

Dinner: Dinner at 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, 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 Twelve: Sunday, October 19 - Sacred Valley (Yucay) - Chincheros Town an...
Sacred Valley (Yucay) -
Chincheros Town and Ollantaytambo Ruins.


Breakfast: At the 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: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: 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. The terraces above the town still are farmed. The pinnacle above the town is a small burial ground.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Posada del Inca - Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Monday, October 20 - Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) – Exploring a...
Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) –
Exploring a 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 stored at the hotel in Cusco.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the 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.

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.

Board the bus back to Aguas Calientes and transfer to hotel.

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

Lodging: El Mapi Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Costa del Sol Picoaga is housed in a 17th century mansion that once belonged to the Marquis de Picoaga. The building exudes colonial charm, with original murals, stone archways, and a large Spanish-style courtyard with a fountain.

Contact info:
Santa Teresa 344
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51-84-221269
web: www.costadelsolperu.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, heating, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi, mini bar, cable TV, telephone, and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, banquet hall, Wi-Fi, baggage storage, 24-hour room service, laundry service, and shoe-shining.

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


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, October 21 - Cusco - Orientation to Aguas Calientes/Trai...
Note: Participants who plan to return to Machu Picchu this morning will need to purchase their entrance tickets in advance. Park tickets are not sold on site. Please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you are interested in buying Machu Picchu entrance tickets.

Breakfast: At the 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: Dinner on your own for a chance to explore local fare

Lodging: Hotel Costa del Sol Picoaga

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Costa del Sol Picoaga is housed in a 17th century mansion that once belonged to the Marquis de Picoaga. The building exudes colonial charm, with original murals, stone archways, and a large Spanish-style courtyard with a fountain.

Contact info:
Santa Teresa 344
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51-84-221269
web: www.costadelsolperu.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, heating, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi, mini bar, cable TV, telephone, and clock radio.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, banquet hall, Wi-Fi, baggage storage, 24-hour room service, laundry service, and shoe-shining.

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


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, October 22 - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman Ruins and Introduction ...
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: 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: Dinner on your own for a chance to explore local fare.

Lodging: Hotel Costa del Sol Picoaga

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Antara Hotel is a boutique property located in the heart of Lima’s vibrant Miraflores district. The waterfront area is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
Alcanfores 450
Miraflores
Lima, 18 Peru
phone: +511-444-4505
web: www.antarahotel.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, air conditioning, cable TV, safety deposit box, and Internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, concierge services, spa, laundry service, currency exchange, and Wi-Fi in public areas. Airport shuttle services available for an extra fee.

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.
Type of room and rates are subject to hotel availability. Participants should contact the program coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking extra hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Sixteen: Thursday, October 23 - 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: Antara Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seventeen: Friday, October 24 - 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

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24 Field trips
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