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Program #20471RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
Ranging from 10,700 ft to 12,566 feet.

Itinerary for Sep 16 — Sep 23, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is located in Arequipa's historic quarter, a few steps away from the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent and a few blocks from the city's Plaza de Armas. The hotel and its comfortable accommodations are housed in a remodeled historic building--the former Casa de la Moneda (1794). Vaulted ceilings, colonial courtyards, and frescoes have been painstakingly restored to their original splendour. Modern amenities blend with the colonial architecture, creating a comfortable environment with lots of warmth and local flavor.

Contact info:
Calle Ugarte 403
Arequipa, Peru
phone: +51-54-226907
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning/heat, minibar, WiFI, cable TV, safety deposit box, coffee maker and supplies, and soundproof windows.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bar, WiFi, meeting rooms, room service, terrace deck, gift shop, laundry service, medical assistance, taxi service, ATM machine and 24 hrs front desk service.

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


Day One: Monday, September 16 - Arequipa - Fly from Cusco to Arequipa
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The main Road Scholar program (#3280 Majesty and Mystery: Ancient Civilizations of Peru) comes to an end. Participants taking this extension will have a free morning to explore Cusco.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own, to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Transfer to the Cusco airport to connect with a flight to Arequipa.

Arrive in Arequipa and transfer to the hotel.

The beautiful southern city of Arequipa is affectionately called the “White City.” It earned the nickname because most of the colonial buildings were constructed with sillar, a white volcanic rock found in the region. Bathed in sunlight, the city sparkles and stands out against the dark tones of the surrounding landscape. Downtown Arequipa was nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2000, a tribute to the unique blend of European and indigenous building techniques and architectural styles found in the city's historic center.

Dinner: Dinner on your own, to explore local fare.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection - Arequipa

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Lodge

Description: Colca Lodge is located in the heart of the Colca River valley at an elevation of 10,660 ft above sea level. The hotel is on the banks of the river, built upon the ancient, terraced farmland that rises above the valley. The rustic lodge is built of stone and mud brick with thatched roofs - an architectural style inspired by the ancient Inca buildings.

Contact info:
Fundo Puye
Yanque-Caylloma, Peru
phone: +51-54-531191
web: www.colca-lodge.com

Room amenities: Heat, solar-heated hot water, outdoor terrace. Some non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spacious living room with a fireplace, game room with an assortment of table games, hot springs. The hotel does not have television or other modern distractions.

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


Day Two: Tuesday, September 17 - Colca Canyon - Explore the Santa Catalina C...
Colca Canyon -
Explore the Santa Catalina Convent/Juanita Inca Mummy/Driving through Peru's Altiplano


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a visit to the 400-year-old Santa Catalina Convent, one of the most fascinating colonial religious buildings in the country.

Continue your exploration of Arequipa with a stop at the Museo Santuarios Andinos to view the famous "Juanita" Inca mummy (also known as "the Ice Maiden"), as well as displays of religious offerings and other mummies found at the same sacrificial site. A site lecture will help to explain the Incan ritual practices that surround this mummy of a girl who died over five hundred years ago.

Begin transfer to the Colca Canyon via the village of Chivay.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Free time to relax in the hotel's hot springs.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner and a musical presentation at the hotel.

Lodging: Colca Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Colca Lodge is located in the heart of the Colca River valley at an elevation of 10,660 ft above sea level. The hotel is on the banks of the river, built upon the ancient, terraced farmland that rises above the valley. The rustic lodge is built of stone and mud brick with thatched roofs - an architectural style inspired by the ancient Inca buildings.

Contact info:
Fundo Puye
Yanque-Caylloma, Peru
phone: +51-54-531191
web: www.colca-lodge.com

Room amenities: Heat, solar-heated hot water, outdoor terrace. Some non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spacious living room with a fireplace, game room with an assortment of table games, hot springs. The hotel does not have television or other modern distractions.

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


Day Three: Wednesday, September 18 - Colca Canyon - Yanque Town/Cruz del Condor/...
Colca Canyon -
Yanque Town/Cruz del Condor/Maca and Pinchollo Towns/Chivay Market and Local Crafts


Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Early this morning, we will travel to the town of Yanque to visit the church and see local children performing at the square before they go to school.

Continue to the lookout point at Cruz del Condor, to get close-up views of condors soaring through the spectacular gorges. A naturalist-led discussion will examine the importance of the condor to both canyon ecology and Inca culture.

Return to your hotel via the towns of Maca, famous for its church, and Pinchollo.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Chivay.

Afternoon: Explore Chivay and its market, where you will meet a local craftswoman and gain insight into Colca embroidery traditions, which often feature the native Colibri, the largest hummingbird in the world.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Colca Lodge

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

Description: The two-storey hotel is located outside of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Contact info:
Av. Sesqui Centenario 1970 – 1972
Sector Huaje
Puno, Peru
phone: +51-51-363992
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru_hotels/puno_hotel-2-8-13.phtm

Room amenities: 46 rooms with heat, cable television, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, safe-deposit box and coffee-making facility.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi Internet access, private pier, PC with Internet service, room service, oxygen, laundry service, medical assistance, luggage storeroom and currency exchange.

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


Day Four: Thursday, September 19 - Puno - Reserva Nacional Salinas y Aguada Bl...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Early departure for Puno.

Drive through the Reserva Nacional Salinas and Aguada Blanca, known for its snow-capped mountains, volcanoes and beautiful lagoons.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the lagoon.

Afternoon: Continue to Sillustani Tombs, an ancient pre-Inca burial ground with unique, aboveground tombs called "chullpas."

Arrive in Puno, located on the western banks of Lake Titicaca--the world's highest navigable lake (approximately 12,500 ft above sea level). Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

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

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Puno

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

Description: The hotel is the only one located on the 106-acre Suasi Island, situated on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Constructed of local materials such as stone, adobe and totora reed, the ecologically-designed hotel sits on a sheltered hill terraced with Andean flowers and boasts commanding lake views from every room.

Contact info:
Suasi Island
Lake Titicaca, Peru
phone: +51-51-9504235
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru_hotels/lake_titicaca_suasi_island_hotel-2-10-10.phtm

Room amenities: 24 rooms with lake view that are furnished with local materials, private bathroom, heat and solar-powered hot water.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fireplace, Internet access, board games, Andean library, cultural hut - Andean interpretation center, small Andean sauna, massage room, telephone calls can be made from the front desk.

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


Day Five: Friday, September 20 - Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island - The Uros Floa...
Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island -
The Uros Floating Reed Islands and their People/Sunset on Lake Titicaca


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Early this morning, you will board a boat to Suasi Island via Lake Titicaca's famous, manmade floating reed islands. Meet the Uros people and learn about their culture and life on the lake. Experience riding in a reed boat and discuss the foundation of the Inca Empire and Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki Expedition.

The Uros people have lived in the Lake Titicaca region since pre-Inca times. Through great ingenuity, they used totora reeds to create floating islands on which they built their homes. The Uros people originally constructed the islands as a means to protect their community from potential attacks. Isolated from outside influences, they were able to hold strong to their cultural traditions. Surviving descendents continue to inhabit the islands, living in much the same way as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

Arrive at Suasi Island, a private island near the northern shores of Lake Titicaca.

Lunch: Late lunch at lodge.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to explore the island on your own.

Guided walk to enjoy views of the lake at sunset.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Suasi Island

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

Description: The hotel is the only one located on the 106-acre Suasi Island, situated on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Constructed of local materials such as stone, adobe and totora reed, the ecologically-designed hotel sits on a sheltered hill terraced with Andean flowers and boasts commanding lake views from every room.

Contact info:
Suasi Island
Lake Titicaca, Peru
phone: +51-51-9504235
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru_hotels/lake_titicaca_suasi_island_hotel-2-10-10.phtm

Room amenities: 24 rooms with lake view that are furnished with local materials, private bathroom, heat and solar-powered hot water.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, fireplace, Internet access, board games, Andean library, cultural hut - Andean interpretation center, small Andean sauna, massage room, telephone calls can be made from the front desk.

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


Day Six: Saturday, September 21 - Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island - Andean Farmin...
Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island -
Andean Farming on Suasi Island/Stargazing Excursion


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Walking field trip around the island, visiting Andean farming plots and cultivated parcels featuring aromatic and medicinal herbs.

Return to the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy the activities that the island offers. (All activities are included as part of program cost – except for any spa services.)

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy a stargazing excursion.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Suasi Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, September 22 - Flight to Lima/Overnight Flights to the U.S.
Arrive To: At the hotel.

Morning: Free time to explore the area, finish packing or relax at the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Board the boat back to Puno and then transfer to Juliaca for an afternoon flight to Lima.

Arrive in Lima and connect with international flight to the U.S.

Meals Included: Lunch
Day Eight: Monday, September 23 - Arrivals to the U.S.
Arrive To: International flight arrivals to the U.S.



Free Time Opportunities


Colca Canyon
Activities Available Through Colca Lodge.The lodge offers trekking, mountain biking, horse back riding and spa treatments. Trek to the ruins of an ancient Collagua settlement of Uyo Uyo or Chininea. Whitewater rafting is available down in the canyon. Various fees apply.
For additional information, visit: www.colca-lodge.com

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9 Field trips
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2 Flights during the program

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