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Program #20435RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.

Itinerary for Jul 8 — Jul 16, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel provides guests with excellent service, spacious rooms and open public areas. One of the most important highlights of this property is its location, only 5 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Courtyard by Marriott Cancun offers a free shuttle to its beach club, and also to Cancun's downtown area.

Contact info:
Bvl. Luis Donaldo Colosio Km. 12.5 Lte. 1 SMZA.301
Quintana Roo, Mexico
phone: +52 -998-2872200
web: www.marriott.com

Room amenities: High speed internet access, desk, a large LCD TV, and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel has an excellent restaurant serving a variety of delicious dishes. El Henequen resembles an old elegant ''Hacienda'' from the Yucatan Peninsula. The hotel also features a swimming pool.

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.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, July 08 - International Arrivals in Cancun.
Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Arrive To: International flight arrivals into Cancun. Participants will be required to go through standard immigration and customs procedures before exiting the airport.

Transfer to your hotel.


Dinner: Pre- dinner welcome to the program.

Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Cancun

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Caribbean-style, oceanfront hotel provides accommodations in 20 attractive bungalows with thatched roofs. Its eco-friendly facilities boast composting toilets and solar panels for the heating of water. WiFi is available in and around the front desk area.

Contact info:
Domicilio Conocido
Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo Mexico
phone: +52 -984-875-2196
web: www.villasdelfines.com

Room amenities: Bungalows have private baths with eco-toilets, ceiling fans, in-room safes, coffee makers, water dispensers with filtered water, and terraces with hammocks. Hotel amenities include swimming pool, restaurant, beach access, gardens, and boutique.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, restaurant, beach access, spa, gardens, and a boutique.

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


Day Two: Thursday, July 09 - Holbox Island - Ferry Ride to Holbox/Beach a...
Holbox Island -
Ferry Ride to Holbox/Beach and Pool Time/City Orientation/Spanish Lesson.


Note: You might wish to wear a bathing suit under your clothes or pack one in your carry-on, along with some sunscreen lotion, so that you can go to the beach or jump in the pool as soon as you arrive at the hotel at Holbox Island. The hotel will store all the luggage for our group until the rooms are ready for check-in. Guest bathrooms, located next to the reception area, can be used for changing into bathing suits until the rooms become available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: After taking part in a program orientation at the hotel, board a bus to Chiquila (2.5 hours).

Arrive at Chiquila and board a ferry to Holbox Island (20 minutes).

Holbox Island is located off the northern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, within the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve. Just 7.44 miles long and less than a mile wide, this diminutive tropical paradise is home to a peaceful fishing community and is increasingly visited by tourists who come to view whale sharks. Residents and tourists get around the island on golf carts or mopeds. Streets are made of lime rock and remain unpaved.

Arrive in Holbox and transfer to the hotel in golf cart taxis.

Time at leisure to enjoy the beach and the hotel's swimming pool while the hotel gets all rooms ready for check-in.



Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Snorkeling orientation at hotel swimming pool.

Board golf carts for a fun city orientation through Holbox's lime rock roads.


Dinner: At a local restaurant that serves kid-friendly fare.


Evening: Return to the hotel for an informal Spanish lesson.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Delfines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Caribbean-style, oceanfront hotel provides accommodations in 20 attractive bungalows with thatched roofs. Its eco-friendly facilities boast composting toilets and solar panels for the heating of water. WiFi is available in and around the front desk area.

Contact info:
Domicilio Conocido
Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo Mexico
phone: +52 -984-875-2196
web: www.villasdelfines.com

Room amenities: Bungalows have private baths with eco-toilets, ceiling fans, in-room safes, coffee makers, water dispensers with filtered water, and terraces with hammocks. Hotel amenities include swimming pool, restaurant, beach access, gardens, and boutique.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, restaurant, beach access, spa, gardens, and a boutique.

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


Day Three: Friday, July 10 - Holbox Island - Snorkeling with Whale Sharks...
Holbox Island -
Snorkeling with Whale Sharks and Tropical Fish/Spanish Lesson/Learning About Local Music.


Note: Swimming with whale sharks is highly regulated. Only 2 participants are allowed in the water with the guide at any time (each session lasts approx. 10 mins) and no flash photography is permitted while in the water. Regular sunscreens are prohibited--only use biodegradable lotions. Although the boat has a cover, you will be in and out of the sun throughout the day--please bring a hat and sun glasses. A rash guard offers good protection against chafing (from wearing a life vest) and sunburns.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, transfer to a local dive shop to select fins and snorkel gear in preparation for today's activities. After collecting our gear, we will walk to the dock and board a boat that will take us to the whale shark feeding site (2.5 - 3 hours). During the boat ride, our snorkeling guide will provide information about whale shark migration patterns, feeding habits, and general biology. If lucky, we might see some dolphins and/or manta rays during the journey.

Swimming with whale sharks is an activity that is strictly regulated by local park authorities. Only 2 participants are allowed in the water with the guide at any time (10 min. sessions). Participants take their turns in the water while the remainder of the group can observe the passing whale sharks and take photographs from the comfort of the boat (flash photography is not allowed in the water). Participants are allowed up to 3 swimming sessions lasting 10 minutes each time. Snacks and drinks are provided onboard the boat.


Lunch: Box lunch on the boat.


Afternoon: On your return journey to Holbox Island, enjoy some en route snorkeling. As you swim among colorful tropical fish, keep your eyes open for green sea turtles that occasionally make an appearance.

Arrive back at Holbox. Disembark and transfer back to the hotel.

Kids will take part in another informal Spanish lesson. Let's see how much you can remember from the previous day!

Before dinner, learn about local music with Victor Vasquez--a talented local musician and instrument maker. The musical presentation will have your feet tapping to the contagious rhythms.


Dinner: BBQ dinner on hotel patio.

Lodging: Hotel Villa Delfines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Mayaland was the first hotel built at Chichen Itza (1923) and its architectural style is reminiscent of the grand haciendas of the Old Yucatan. The main building was designed by Sylvanus G. Morley, the head of the Carnegie expedition that rebuilt Chichen Itza in the 1920's. Old-fashioned charm, modern amenities, and beautiful gardens (100 acres) are a welcome treat after a day of explorations in Chichen Itza.

Contact info:
Next to the Chichen Itza archaeological park
Chichen Itza, Mexico
phone: +800-2354079
web: www.mayaland.com/mayaland.php

Room amenities: Spacious air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms. Each room has mosquito nets over each bed, ceiling fan, satellite TV, mini bar, and hair dryer. Safety deposit boxes are not available in the rooms; however, there are safety deposit boxes available for guest use at the hotel's front desk. Please inquire upon check-in.

Facility amenities: Pools, four restaurants, convention hall, masseuse, craft shop, tennis courts, interconnected paths, over five kilometers of trails, laundry service, planetarium, and golf cart service. The hotel has a private entrance to the Chichen Itza Archaeological Park.

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


Day Four: Saturday, July 11 - Chitchén Itzá - Isla Pajaros Sanctuary/Valla...
Chitchén Itzá -
Isla Pajaros Sanctuary/Valladolid City Orientation/Cooking Lesson/Spanish Lesson.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Private transfer to the pier and board a boat back to Chiquilla, via Isla Pajaros.

Navigate past the tiny, mangrove-fringed Isla Pasion to nearby Isla Pajaros (Bird Island). Disembark at the small dock and begin a slow-paced walk along unpaved paths to reach the island’s crystalline spring and a lookout tower. If the tower is open to visitors, climb the two-story structure to enjoy nice views of the surrounding forest and grasslands and search for local birds. Scan the island shores for roseate spoonbills and vibrantly colored flamingoes that flock to this location from April to October. Other birds seen here include frigates, herons, and both white and gray pelicans.

Return to the boat and continue navigating to Chiquilla.

Disembark in Chiquilla and transfer to Chichén Itzá via Valladolid. A short drive around Valladolid’s colonial center will orient us to some of its key historic buildings.

Valladolid is an attractive 16th century town located in the eastern side of the Yucatán state, within 29 miles of Chichen Itzá. As is commonly the case with colonial cities in the peninsula, Valladolid rose from the ashes of a destroyed Maya center. Ancient structures were demolished in order to provide stones and other building materials for the Spanish settlement. Ironically, many colonial buildings were destroyed or damaged during the lengthy Yucatecan Caste War (1847-1901) and in later years during Indian uprisings. Valladolid is home to one of the oldest church buildings in the region, the Church of San Bernardino de Siena and adjoining convent.


Lunch: At a local restaurant in Valladolid.


Afternoon: If time permits, enjoy some independent time to explore the town square before returning to the bus.

Continue with transfer to nearby Chichén Itzá.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Time at leisure to cool off in the hotel's swimming pool or explore the property's attractive gardens for a chance to see local flora and bird life and catch glimpses of Chichén Itzá's ancient temples.

Gather around the kitchen table for a lesson in tortilla making. Push up your sleeves and get your hands dirty as you learn how locals make this important Mexican staple.

Piñata party for the children.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Finish the evening with an informal Spanish lesson.

Lodging: Hotel Mayaland
Chichen Itza


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Mayaland was the first hotel built at Chichen Itza (1923) and its architectural style is reminiscent of the grand haciendas of the Old Yucatan. The main building was designed by Sylvanus G. Morley, the head of the Carnegie expedition that rebuilt Chichen Itza in the 1920's. Old-fashioned charm, modern amenities, and beautiful gardens (100 acres) are a welcome treat after a day of explorations in Chichen Itza.

Contact info:
Next to the Chichen Itza archaeological park
Chichen Itza, Mexico
phone: +800-2354079
web: www.mayaland.com/mayaland.php

Room amenities: Spacious air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms. Each room has mosquito nets over each bed, ceiling fan, satellite TV, mini bar, and hair dryer. Safety deposit boxes are not available in the rooms; however, there are safety deposit boxes available for guest use at the hotel's front desk. Please inquire upon check-in.

Facility amenities: Pools, four restaurants, convention hall, masseuse, craft shop, tennis courts, interconnected paths, over five kilometers of trails, laundry service, planetarium, and golf cart service. The hotel has a private entrance to the Chichen Itza Archaeological Park.

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


Day Five: Sunday, July 12 - Chichén Itzá - Chichén Itzá Ruins/Cenote Ik ...
Chichén Itzá -
Chichén Itzá Ruins/Cenote Ik Kil/Spanish Lesson/Planetarium Show.


Note: Wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes for your exploration of the Chichen Itza ruins. Your entrance tickets to the ruins are valid for multiple entries on this day. Participants who wish to return to the park can do so during scheduled free time today. The Chichen Itza complex is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please do not remove towels from your room for the cenote visit. Your group leader will provide beach towels for this excursion.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Walking field trip of the Chichén Itzá archaeological complex and site lecture.

Chichén Itzá is considered the greatest Mayan site on the Yucatán peninsula and is certainly the most popular stop along today’s Ruta Maya. The archaeological site centers upon two unusually large cenotes, one that provided water for the city and the other a famous sacred cenote. Its history is the Yucatán’s “Trojan War,” as the ruler of Chichén Itzá stole the bride of one of the lords of Izamal who then took vengeance and sacked Chichén. The consolidation of Chichén Itzá as a political center meant the creation of a complicated political structure. This leadership allowed it to achieve magnificent architectural and sculptural splendor and made it one of the largest cities in the Maya area.

Return to the hotel for a bathroom break and a change of clothes before departing for Cenote Ik Kil. The cenote complex has clothing lockers available for rent (additional cost).

To reach the cenote it is necessary to descend a steep, curving, stone staircase that greatly resembles a cave tunnel. Take a moment to feast your eyes on the beauty of Cenote Ik Kil before taking a refreshing dip in the cool spring-fed waters.

Cenotes are water-filled limestone sinkholes found in the Yucatán and some Caribbean sites. Cenotes were an important source of freshwater for the Maya living in the Yucatán Peninsula. They were believed to be the gateways to the afterlife, and were treated as sacred sites. Cenote Ik Kil is located in the heart of the Chichén Itzá archeological site, near the ceremonial centers. Its rock walls encircle a pool of transparent blue waters, amidst lush tropical vegetation. After catching a glimpse of this beautiful natural creation, it is easy to understand why the Maya would have felt this site was sacred.


Lunch: At a restaurant in the Cenote Ik Kil park.


Afternoon: Return to the hotel.

Time at leisure to rest or enjoy the hotel amenities.

Participate in an informal pre-dinner Spanish lesson.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Planetarium show: Tales of the Maya Skies.

Journey through time and space, into the Mexican jungle to learn about the history, culture, and incredible scientific and astronomical discoveries of the ancient Maya.

Lodging: Hotel Mayaland
Chichen Itza


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: All-inclusive oceanfront resort with breathtaking views of Akumal Bay.

Contact info:
Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal
Akumal, Quintana Roo Mexico
phone: +52 -984-875-7500
web: www.akumalbeachresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms, A/C, ceiling fans, hair dryers, cable TV, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and balconies or terraces.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, gym, beach access, kayaks, swimming pool, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, indoor theater, internet access, conference room, money exchange, boutique, a kids club, and tour desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, July 13 - Akumal - Spider Monkey Reserve/Maya Village/...
Akumal -
Spider Monkey Reserve/Maya Village/Nighttime Turtle Nesting Walk.


Note: In preparation for the beach walk this evening, the CEA suggests wearing dark clothes, sneakers or sturdy walking shoes and refraining from wearing perfume/cologne or insect repellent (good idea to wear long sleeves and pants). No flash photography or flashlights are allowed. Walks can cover as much as 3 miles. Evenings can be breezy, so a light sweater or sweatshirt is advisable.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to Akumal Bay via Punta Laguna.

Walking field trip in the Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Reserve and visit the local Maya village.

Although the small and unassuming nature sanctuary is known for protecting hundreds of black-handed spider monkeys and a lesser number of howler monkeys, it also provides a safehaven for all nature of native wildlife and flora. An exploration of the forest trails reveal tall ceiba trees, zacate trees, fruiting ramón trees (a squirrel monkey favorite) and colorful epiphytic bromeliads. Ancient stone mounds and stone dwellings blend into the forest and offer interesting clues about the people who once inhabited the area.

The small village at Punta Laguna provides a good opportunity to examine the life and customs of modern day Maya.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Arrive in Akumal and check-in at the hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Lounge by the pools, take a walk along the beach, get some ice cream at the pool-side restaurant, or maybe just take the opportunity to relax in your room.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Lecture on sea turtles given by a biologist from the Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA).

The lecture will be followed by a nighttime turtle nesting walk along the beach (May - October is nesting season). We hope to see turtles coming ashore to lay eggs and have the chance to observe CEA staff as they measure and document the turtles and their nests.

The Centro Ecologico de Akumal is a non-profit marine research and conservation organization that monitors environmental impact of urban development in the Mexican Caribbean. Through scientific research and community education, the CEA hopes to raise public awareness about local ecosystems and the need for conservation.


Lodging: Akumal Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: All-inclusive oceanfront resort with breathtaking views of Akumal Bay.

Contact info:
Km 104 Carr. Cancun-Chetumal
Akumal, Quintana Roo Mexico
phone: +52 -984-875-7500
web: www.akumalbeachresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms, A/C, ceiling fans, hair dryers, cable TV, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and balconies or terraces.

Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, gym, beach access, kayaks, swimming pool, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, indoor theater, internet access, conference room, money exchange, boutique, a kids club, and tour desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 14 - Akumal - Snorkeling Among Reefs and Sea Turt...
Akumal -
Snorkeling Among Reefs and Sea Turtles/Yal Ku Lagoon/Spanish Lesson.


Note: Snorkeling gear will be provided for the activity at Akumal Bay and at Yal Ku Lagoon. In order to protect the coral reefs and other marine life, please only use biodegradable sunscreens.

Arrive To: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to a nearby dive shop at Akumal Bay. Upon arrival, get your snorkeling gear and store personal belongings in a locker. After receiving a brief orientation on the use of the equipment and park rules, enjoy the morning snorkeling in the nearby reef.

While snorkeling, you will possibly encounter sea turtles. Please make sure to admire these beautiful creatures at a respectful distance (about 6.5 feet). The Centro Ecologico Akumal likes to remind swimmers to avoid snorkeling over the turtles since they need to come up to the surface to breathe. Also, avoid approaching turtles when they are feeding and do not attempt to touch them at any time. Note: Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed for this activity.

. Return to the hotel in time for lunch.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Transfer to Yal Ku Lagoon (approximately 1/4 mile) for snorkeling. After picking out your fins and snorkel gear, walk along a tree-lined path to the lagoon. Participants will need to negotiate a few steps (with railings) to get in and out of the water. A few wooden benches placed along shaded edges of the lagoon offer inviting spaces in which to rest and enjoy the views.

Yal Ku Lagoon has a unique marine environment that is home to a variety of tropical fish including parrot fish, rays, urchins, sergeant majors, damselfish, and tangs. Its inviting crystalline waters are a blend of salt water, from the Caribbean Sea, and freshwater, from local cenotes. The naturally protected lagoon has calm waters with depths ranging from 6 ft - 15 ft, making it a great place for snorkelers of all ages/levels.

Return to the hotel.

Kids will enjoy an informal Spanish lesson before dinner.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time at the hotel.

Lodging: Akumal Beach Resort

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel provides guests with excellent service, spacious rooms and open public areas. One of the most important highlights of this property is its location, only 5 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Courtyard by Marriott Cancun offers a free shuttle to its beach club, and also to Cancun's downtown area.

Contact info:
Bvl. Luis Donaldo Colosio Km. 12.5 Lte. 1 SMZA.301
Quintana Roo, Mexico
phone: +52 -998-2872200
web: www.marriott.com

Room amenities: High speed internet access, desk, a large LCD TV, and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel has an excellent restaurant serving a variety of delicious dishes. El Henequen resembles an old elegant ''Hacienda'' from the Yucatan Peninsula. The hotel also features a swimming pool.

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.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 15 - Cancun - Selvática Park Adventure/Farewell D...
Note: We suggest wearing cool, comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes for your zip-line adventure. Please bring a bathing suit in your daypack so that you can change into it for your cenote visit after completing the zip line course. Selvática Eco Park provides storage lockers at the main building.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to Selvática Eco Park (1 ½ hours) for a jungle zip-line and cenote zip-line adventure.

After getting your equipment, park staff will demonstrate the dos and don’ts of zip-lining and review safety procedures. Then you are ready to climb the stairs to the first of 12 zip-lines that will take you on an exhilarating journey over the forest canopy. After completing the last zip-line, take a moment to catch your breath and change into your bathing suit before boarding the park’s transfer vehicle to a local cenote. Jump from a platform or drop from a zip line into the cold waters of a deep cenote to cool off and recharge your batteries!


Lunch: At Selvática Eco Park.


Afternoon: Transfer to Cancun (30 minutes).

Arrive at hotel and check-in.

Enjoy some free time to relax before dinner.


Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Cancun

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Thursday, July 16 - Flights Back to the U.S.
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant (dependent on flight times).

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.


Morning: Participants will transfer to the airport via hotel shuttle to catch flights back to the U.S.

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.

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22 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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