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Program #3280RJ
13 Days | 12 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.
Elevation Note
Chincheros: 12,300 ft/Cusco: 11,000 ft/Machu Picchu: 7,800 ft/Urubamba: 9,200 ft

Itinerary for Nov 5 — Nov 17, 2015

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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 before: 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 One: Thursday, November 05 - Arrive to Lima.
Arrive To: Arrivals at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim, and Customs. After exiting the restricted arrivals area, participants should look for the Road Scholar representative who will be holding a Road Scholar sign (only applies to 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 3 p.m.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select

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 before: 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 Two: Friday, November 06 - Lima - Archaeological Museum/Political & Econom...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation to the program.

Meet 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.

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.

Lecture: Peru - A Political and Economical Overview.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Archaeological Museum.

This is Peru’s oldest and largest state museum. It is housed in an old colonial mansion on Plaza Bolivar, in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima. The museum displays a large collection of ceramics, textiles, sculptures, and ancient Peruvian metals dating back to pre-Hispanic times. Some notable pieces in this collection are the Raimondi Stela and Tello Obelisk.

In the event that the museum is closed we will substitute this museum for another museum of equal quality.

Lecture: Pre-Incan Archaeology.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Casa Andina Select - Chilayo (formerly known as the Grand Hotel Chiclayo) is located on Avenida Federico Villareal, just a few blocks from Chiclayo's downtown area. The hotel underwent renovations in 2011, which included a redesigning of its 129 rooms. Business and leisure travelers alike will surely enjoy the property's modern and comfortable instalations as well as its easy access to the local airport and attractions.

Contact info:
Avenida Federico Villareal 115
Chiclayo, 00000 Peru
phone: +51-74-234911
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, Wi-Fi, A/C, heating, cable TV, minibar, safety deposit box, and telephone.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, spa, sauna, bar, restaurant, room service, seven conference/event rooms, business center, laundry services, currency exchange, 24 hour front desk, taxi service, Wi-Fi, and internet computer center.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Saturday, November 07 - Chiclayo - Orientation to Lima/Flight to Chiclayo...
Note: Flight from Lima to Chiclayo is approximately 1 hr and 30 min. Elevation in Chiclayo is 89 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Lecture: An Overview of Peru.

Orientation through Lima with visits to the Cathedral and the Church of Santo Domingo.

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: Lunch at local restaurant in downtown Lima.

Afternoon: Transfer to Lima airport.

Flight from Lima to Chiclayo.

Arrive to Chiclayo and transfer to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select - Chiclayo (formerly Gran Hotel Chiclayo)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Casa Andina Select - Chilayo (formerly known as the Grand Hotel Chiclayo) is located on Avenida Federico Villareal, just a few blocks from Chiclayo's downtown area. The hotel underwent renovations in 2011, which included a redesigning of its 129 rooms. Business and leisure travelers alike will surely enjoy the property's modern and comfortable instalations as well as its easy access to the local airport and attractions.

Contact info:
Avenida Federico Villareal 115
Chiclayo, 00000 Peru
phone: +51-74-234911
web: www.casa-andina.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, Wi-Fi, A/C, heating, cable TV, minibar, safety deposit box, and telephone.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, spa, sauna, bar, restaurant, room service, seven conference/event rooms, business center, laundry services, currency exchange, 24 hour front desk, taxi service, Wi-Fi, and internet computer center.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, November 08 - Chiclayo - Tucume Ruins/Royal Tombs of Sipan Muse...
Chiclayo - Tucume Ruins/Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and Archaeological Site/Paso Fino Show.

Note: Elevation at Tucume is approximately 141 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the ruins of Túcume.

Thor Heyerdahl, anthropologist and adventurer, learned of the mysterious pyramids of Túcume in the north country and began excavation with the help of fellow researchers, Daniel Sandweiss and Alfred Narváez. The city was constructed nine centuries ago. Oceangoing travel and trade is depicted in the ruins.

Field trip to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at local hacienda with Paso Fino horse show.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Lord of Sipan archaeological site.

In 1988, Dr. Alva and his archaeological team uncovered the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, the "King Tutankamon of the Americas." The tomb was built by the Moche culture that ruled the northern coast from the time of Christ to 700 AD, centuries before the Incas. The jewelry and artifacts found at the site, show the Moches' fine quality and mastery in metallurgy.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select - Chiclayo (formerly Gran Hotel Chiclayo)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel conveniently located in downtown Trujillo, off of the main square.

Contact info:
Jr. Independencia 485
Plaza de Armas
Trujillo, 00000 Peru
phone: +(51-44) 232741
web: www.libertador.com.pe

Room amenities: A/C, cable TV, mini fridge, and phone.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, conference rooms, pool, and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, November 09 - Trujillo – Orientation to Chiclayo and Witches ...
Note: Bus transfer from Chiclayo to Trujillo is approximately 2 hrs. Elevation of Trujillo is approximately 112 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation to the city of Chiclayo.

Chiclayo is the capital of the department of Lambayeque. It is the largest and most important city in the region and a key commercial center, with many people from the outlying regions coming to sell their produce. The region around Chiclayo was once a center of the great Moche culture. Today, the remaining Moche aqueducts help turn this desert valley into a green cropland supporting sugar cane and rice paddies.

Excursion to the Witches Market.

Visit a local school. In the event the school is not in session, this activity will be scheduled to take place in the Ollantaytambo area. NOTE: Although not required or expected, participants often inquire about bringing items to donate during the school visit. Basic school supplies such as pencils, erasers, pens, coloring pencils, magic markers, coloring books, safety scissors, etc. are very useful and much appreciated by local schools.

Begin transfer to Trujillo.

Lunch: Boxed lunch.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Brujo Complex.

This archaeological site is still being excavated. The majority of it is covered with sand. The excavated portion reveals a tiered pyramid. Relief paintings on the walls depict fish, priests, and human sacrifices. The base of the pyramid is completely encircled by sculptures of nude dancing men.

Arrive to Trujillo.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Libertador

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel conveniently located in downtown Trujillo, off of the main square.

Contact info:
Jr. Independencia 485
Plaza de Armas
Trujillo, 00000 Peru
phone: +(51-44) 232741
web: www.libertador.com.pe

Room amenities: A/C, cable TV, mini fridge, and phone.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, conference rooms, pool, and sauna.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, November 10 - Trujillo - Sun & Moon Temples/Museo Huacas de Moc...
Trujillo - Sun & Moon Temples/Museo Huacas de Moche/Chan Chan Ruins/Huanchaco Village.

Note: Elevations vary from 45 to 100 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip to view The Temples of the Sun and the Moon, with site lecture and a visit to the Museo Huacas de Moche.

Although the original names of these Moche monuments are not known, they have been called the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. They rise impressively against the backdrop of the imposing Cerro Blanco. The Pyramid of the Sun is the single largest adobe structure in the Americas, although two thirds of it was washed away when treasure hunters diverted the Moche River to aid in plundering the pyramid.

The Museo Huacas de Moche, part of the Temples of the Sun and Moon complex, was inaugurated with much fanfare in 2010. The modern museum has archaeological artifacts and interactive displays that provide visitors with detailed information about the huaca complex and its historical importance. The exhibits also offer interesting insights into the life and religious beliefs of the people who once inhabited the region.

Orientation to the city of Trujilo.

Trujillo is one of Peru's most important cities and is known across the country as a cultural and educational hub. Before its modern incarnation, the site of Trujillo was the center of the Chimu culture, the second largest native empire in the Western Hemisphere.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to explore the village of Huanchaco.

Huanchaco is a small fishing village near Trujillo. The ancient art of making totora reed kayaks, or caballitos, is still preserved here. Local fishermen still use them daily to fish. It is common to see men out at sea, paddling on their caballitos, while rows of totora boats are propped up to dry along the beach.

Field trip to Chan Chan ruins, with site lecture.

The adobe city of Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu empire. The ruins represent the largest adobe city in the world. It is estimated that Chan Chan once supported a population of 80,000.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Libertador

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Country lodge built on the site of a 350 year old monastery.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco II de Yucay 123
Yucay, 00000 Peru
phone: +(51-84) 201107
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 Seven: Wednesday, November 11 - Yucay (Sacred Valley) - Flight to Cusco via Lima/...
Yucay (Sacred Valley) - Flight to Cusco via Lima/Koricancha/Sacred Valley-Awanakancha Alpaca Center/Pisac Market/Yucay.

Note: Flight from Trujillo to Lima is 2 hours. Flight from Lima to Cusco is 1 hr 30 min. 1 hr bus ride from Cusco to Urubamba. Elevation in Cusco is approximately 11,200 ft. Sacred Valley elevation is approximately 9,370 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport.

Flight to Cusco with connection in Lima.

Arrive in Cusco.

Enjoy a visit to Koricancha before transferring to Yucay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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.

Transfer to Yucay with an en route visit to the Awanakancha Alpaca Center.

The Awankancha Alpaca Center is a living museum where visitors can see llamas, alpacas and vicuna. A demonstration will show how the wool from these South American animals is used to make woven textiles.

Lunch: Boxed lunch en route.

Afternoon: Excursion to Pisac Market.

The Pisac Market dates back to the ancient Peruvian days when people in the highlands depended on trade. The traditional produce market is held on Sundays, when natives come to trade vegetables, herbs and potatoes for other goods like matches, oranges and medicines. During other days of the week, the town hosts a handicrafts market where all nature of locally made crafts can be seen on display.

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

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Posada del Inca - Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Country lodge built on the site of a 350 year old monastery.

Contact info:
Plaza Manco II de Yucay 123
Yucay, 00000 Peru
phone: +(51-84) 201107
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 Eight: Thursday, November 12 - Yucay (Sacred Valley) - Weaving Demonstration/O...
Note: Bus transfer from Yucay to Chincheros is approximately 1 hr. Chincheros to Ollantaytambo is approximately 45 min. Elevation ranges from 12,500 ft in Chincheros to 9,370 ft in Yucay.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Excursion to the town of Chinchero for a weaving demonstration.

Weaving is a way of life in Chinchero, 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, Chinchero 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 Chinchero, 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: Visit to Ollantaytambo Ruins 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.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

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 Nine: Friday, November 13 - Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - UNESCO World...
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. Elevation of Machu Picchu is 7,972 and Aguas Caliente is 6,693 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.

Board a train to Machu Picchu. This scenic journey by rail follows the meandering path of the Urubamba River and provides travelers with spectacular views of the snowcapped Andes.

Disembark at the Aguas Calientes Station and board a bus that will take you up the mountain to the Machu Picchu Ruins.

Field trip to Machu Picchu.

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 hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Full afternoon expert-led 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 to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, disembark at the bus stop and walk to your hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: El Mapi 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 Ten: Saturday, November 14 - Cusco - Train and Bus transfer to Cusco.
Note: Train from Aguas Caliente to Ollantaytambo is 1 hr 30 min. Bus ride from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is 1 hr 30 min.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning at your leisure to walk around the town, relax at your hotel, or explore Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu on your own (additional entrance tickets not included in your program cost).

This is a great opportunity for participants to revisit the ruins at a more relaxed pace. Just after sunrise, the soft morning rays bathe the ancient city in golden light and the mist slowly rises from the valley. Take advantage of the favorable lighting and lesser amount of visitors to try and capture that perfect shot for your photo album.

NOTE: New regulations reduced the daily quota of visitors allowed to enter Machu Picchu and nearby archaeological sites (e.g., Huayna Picchu) , and entrance tickets are no longer sold on site. Participants wishing to visit the ruins on this day must obtain their tickets in advance. Please contact the program provider for more information.

From June to October, make your decision as early as possible to avoid issues with ticket availability.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Transfer to Aguas Calientes Station.

Early in the afternoon (approximately 1:00 p.m.), board a train to Ollantaytambo Station.

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

Arrive in Cusco and check-in at hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

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: Sunday, November 15 - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman Ruins/Colonial Cusco/Andean ...
Note: Elevation in Cusco is 11,200 ft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 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 so precisely a knife blade cannot be inserted between them.

Orientation to 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 to explore Cusco's many attractions at your own pace. Pre-dinner presentation by a local expert on the history of Incan and Andean musical instruments.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

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 before: 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 Twelve: Monday, November 16 - Lima - Fly back to Lima/Farewell to Peru.
Note: Flight from Cusco to Lima is 1 hr 25 min. Transfer to the airport is approximately 45 min.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to airport for flight to Lima.

Arrive in Lima and transfer to a local restaurant for a presentation on Peruvian cuisine by a local culinary expert.

Lunch: Farewell lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Spend your last evening in Peru with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.

Dinner: Light dinner at hotel.

Evening: Depending on your international flight schedule, you might transfer to the airport late this night to catch a flight back to the U.S. Participants departing on this evening will not miss any program activities.

Lodging: Casa Andina Select

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Tuesday, November 17 - Departure from Lima. Arrive to USA.
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.

Depart From: Transfer to the Jorge Chávez International Airport for flight to the U.S.

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.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel (dependent on flight times).

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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12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
1 Performances
4 Flights during the program

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