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

Itinerary for Nov 29 — Dec 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Quito is housed in an attractive art deco building, located at the top of a hill in a residential area of the city. From the hotel, guests can enjoy exceptional 360º views of the city, the neighboring valley and the surrounding mountains.

Contact info:
Av. González Suárez N27 142
Quito, NA Ecuador Ecuador
phone: +593-2-3964900
web: www.hotelquito.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV, radio, WiFi, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and local newspaper.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, business center, casino, Internet access, fitness center, meeting rooms, ball rooms, and shops.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room types and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, for additional night requests and/or prices.


Day One: Friday, November 29 - Arrive to Quito.
Note: The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito.

Note: To minimize your chances of experiencing altitude sickness, try to get plenty of rest before you travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, eat high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations.

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: Hotel Quito

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Quito is housed in an attractive art deco building, located at the top of a hill in a residential area of the city. From the hotel, guests can enjoy exceptional 360º views of the city, the neighboring valley and the surrounding mountains.

Contact info:
Av. González Suárez N27 142
Quito, NA Ecuador Ecuador
phone: +593-2-3964900
web: www.hotelquito.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV, radio, WiFi, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and local newspaper.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, business center, casino, Internet access, fitness center, meeting rooms, ball rooms, and shops.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room types and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, for additional night requests and/or prices.


Day Two: Saturday, November 30 - Quito – City Excursion & Field Trip to the ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation to the program.

Explore Quito; the first world heritage site. Discover its Historical and Cultural legacy. Today explore Quito’s old town narrow streets where you will learn about Quito’s rich history, from pre-Hispanic times, through the Colonial period, to the Republican era.

Visit Casa del Alabado, a private collection museum to learn about the cosmovision of pre-Hispanic cultures who inhabited the Ecuadorian territory from the 4000 BC to AD 1400. Continue to visit the San Francisco church and convent; one of the oldest churches in the city and a trade center during pre-Hispanic times. Continue to the Independence Square where important buildings are located such as the Presidential House, the Bishops Palace, and the Cathedral.

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: Hotel Quito

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Three: Sunday, December 01 - Galápagos Islands - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/...
Galápagos Islands -
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Cerro Tijeretas/Leon Dormido


Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

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

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

Lunch: A light snack is provided on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

San Cristobal Island hosts one of the two available airports in the Galápagos Islands. The other airport is located on Baltra Island. Upon arrival you will be met by your naturalist guide and transferred to the yacht.

Upon arrival you will be met by your naturalist guide and transferred to the yacht.

Enjoy an orientation and lunch.

We then travel to Cerro Tijeretas or "Frigatebird Hill" which is situated just outside town. It is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigatebirds, Great and Magnificent. Return to the yacht and cruise to Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock. This volcanic rock formation, likened to a sleeping lion or shoe, is a tuff cone (the effect created by magma reacting with water) that eroded into two separate pieces, creating a channel between the main island and a smaller formation that juts sharply out of the water. There is just enough space through the channel to allow small boats to navigate between the sheer rock walls, allowing visitors to get a closer look at this volcanic monument. Although there are no landing sites on the island, it is a good location for snorkeling (advanced level) and for viewing pelagic birds such as frigates, boobies, and tropic birds.

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

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day’s activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Four: Monday, December 02 - Galápagos Islands - San Cristobal (Cerro Bru...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: We arrive to Cerro Brujo for a wet landing.

Cerro Brujo (Wizard Hill) is one of the nicest white-sand beaches found in the islands. It is situated in a secluded spot on the western side of San Cristóbal, with beautiful views of Leon Dormido standing proud in the distance. Take a short walk in search of marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling off the beach.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Wet landing at Punta Pitt.

The beach has a unique greenish color because of the olivine crystals in the sand. Noisy sea lions usually congregate along the shores. Punta Pitt is located at the east end of San Cristóbal Island. This is the only site in the islands where visitors can watch all three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. The abundant supply of food in the area makes it unnecessary for the birds to compete, leading to a peaceful coexistence among the species. Blue-footed Boobies generally nest in the interior areas of the island, while Red-footed boobies nest on bushes, and Masked Boobies (a.k.a. Nazca Boobies) nest along the cliffs.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Five: Tuesday, December 03 - Galápagos Islands - Espanola (Punta Suarez /...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Dry landing at Punta Suarez.

Our walking exploration will take us over loose boulders and challenging rocky ground as we make our way to view nesting boobies and the famous blowhole.

Punta Suarez, on the western side of Espanola Island, is home to the Galapagos Hawk and the red form of the marine iguana. In January, the iguanas change color, adopting bright hues that are attractive to potential mates. Visitors have a good chance of seeing Blue-footed Booby chicks around October. Espanola is also the breeding site of most of the archipelago's Waved Albatrosses, so be on the look-out for these large and graceful flyers! Albatrosses display courtship behavior in April, nest and lay eggs in May, and by December the young fledge and leave for a few months before returning in March.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Wet landing at Gardner Bay.

Gardner Bay is situated on Espanola's eastern coast. Its beautiful white sand beach is usually dotted with sunbathing sea lions. The soft sand and clear waters make this a perfect location for snorkeling and swimming. In January, green sea turtles steal ashore under cover of night to dig pits and lay eggs before making their way back to sea. Eggs hatch from April to May.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation of the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Six: Wednesday, December 04 - Galápagos Islands - Floreana (Punta Cormor...
Galápagos Islands -
Floreana (Punta Cormorant / Devil's Crown / Post Office Bay).


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Wet landing on Floreana Island at Punta Cormorant.

Floreana Island is the sixth largest island in the archipelago. It has a colorful history, with varying accounts of how the island was settled and how its first residents (German immigrants) died or mysteriously disappeared. The only family remaining from the original settlements are the Wittmers who continue to live on the island. A wet landing at Punta Cormorant will take us through a 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 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 a known nesting site for green sea turtles. Around January, pregnant females come ashore at night to dig nests and lay eggs (between 75-100 eggs per nest) before returning to sea. The eggs begin hatching in April and May.

Swimming and snorkeling activities at Devil's Crown, weather permitting.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Wet landing at Post Office Bay.

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 makeshift postbox, and held letters from sailors across the globe. If a passing ship happened to be heading where the mail was addressed to, 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 their letters and postcards

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Seven: Thursday, December 05 - Galápagos Islands - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz H...
Galápagos Islands -
Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Highlands / Los Gemelos Craters / Charles Darwin Research Station).


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: We travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Santa Cruz is the most important island in the Galápagos 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. Here we visit "Las Primicias", one of the private farms in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. We visit Los Gemelos, spanish for "The Twins", a pair of large pit craters where we may see the bright red male Vermilion Flycatcher.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Field trip to Charles Darwin Research Station.

After lunch visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), a biological research station operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. The objective of the CDRS is to conduct scientific research and environmental education for conservation. The Station has a team of over a hundred scientists, educators, volunteers, research students and support staff from all over the world. At the CDRS you will be able to observe giant tortoises at all stages of growth, from a few days to close to one hundred years old!

Site Lecture: "The Charles Darwin Research Station: Research & Conservation Efforts".

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Eight: Friday, December 06 - Galápagos Islands - Bartolome Island (Las Ba...
Galápagos Islands -
Bartolome Island (Las Bachas / Sombrero Chino).


Note: Note: The 1.2 mile walk to the top of the volcano on Bartolome includes a climb up a long wooden staircase (375 steps) with railings.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Dry or wet landing on Bartolome Island for a hiking field trip up a dormant volcano.

Bartolome Island is home to Pinnacle Rock, the "Guardian of the Isles" which rises sharply from the coast. The lunar-like landscape is home to one of the islands' most endearing residents: the Galapagos Penguin. During part of the year, they leave the island in search of cooler waters found around Fernandina and Isabela. Once the penguins return to Bartolome in August, they waste no time in getting ready for romance. By September they can be observed going through courtship rituals. On Bartolome Island we will be able to view volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. Hike to the summit (375 wooden steps) to enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock's eroded tuff cone. On the way to the summit, watch for colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla and various cacti.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Dry landing on Bachas Beach.

Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Bachas Beach is a beautiful swimming area. A floating pier can be seen here, a remnant of U.S. World War II. Sea turtles nest on the beach and you may also see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos, hermit crabs, black-neck stilts and whimbrels.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interioiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. Dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows.

Ship Information: Type: Superior first class motor yachts Year Built: 1990-1993 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides Cruising Speed: 8 knots L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters GROSS TONS: 240 Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified) 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Contact info:
KM 1.5 Via Samborondón
Edificio Samborondon Business Center, Torre A Piso 3
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +59342839390
web: www.ecoventura.com/expeditionyachts.aspx

Room amenities: Spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort.

Facility amenities: •20-guest superior first-class motor yacht •10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms •Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine •Fully-stocked bar •Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library •Observation areas and open sun deck •Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages •Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties •House wine and local beer served during dinner •Guided excursions with English-speaking naturalist •Low guide to passenger radio (max 10 guests per guide) •Complimentary snorkeling equipment, 3mm custom wet suits and kayaks Purchases on board: Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. The yacht accepts cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards. Preference of payment is in that order. Wetsuits: Men: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, Women (US dress size): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16, Children: 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L).

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


Day Nine: Saturday, December 07 - Galápagos Islands - South Plaza / North Seym...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Dry landing at South Plaza Island.

South Plaza is the larger of two islands located off the east coast of Santa Cruz. A dry landing on a jetty will lead us to a cactus forest where we will take 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. This small island is known as a great place to watch seabirds in flight. A walk along the cliff top provides perfect views of Red-billed Tropicbirds, frigatebirds, pelicans, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and other pelagic species.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Wet landing on North Seymour.

North Seymour Island is home to many sea lions, the infamous blue footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Formed by a series of submarine lava layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity, the island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Return to the yacht for farewell snack.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/Y Flamingo I

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Oro Verde Hotel Guayaquil is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Ecuador. Strategically located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city and only eight minutes from the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. Oro Verde offers 230 luxury rooms, three restaurants, bar, delicatessen, room service, a luxurious Club Floor, swimming pool, fitness and business center, casino and shops.

Contact info:
9 de Octubre Street
Guayaquil, Ecuador
phone: +593-4-2327999
web: www.oroverdehotels.com/gye

Room amenities: Equipped with a mini bar, radio, direct dialing telephone, safe for valuables, cable TV, broadband Internet connection, reading light over each bed, a remote control air conditioner, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Internet, 24 hour room service, laundry/dry cleaning, safety deposit boxes, and meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Sunday, December 08 - Guayaquil - San Cristobal (Interpretation Ce...
Guayaquil -
San Cristobal (Interpretation Center & Baquerizo Moreno Port) /Flight from Baltra Island to Guayaquil/Walk Along the Malecon.


Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Dry landing Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. Field trip to the Interpretation Center.

The Galapagos National Park Visitor Center on San Cristobal Island was inaugurated in 1999. Displays provide interesting details on the history, ecosystems, and flora and fauna of the islands. The center is open all week and contains meeting rooms, a small auditorium and audiovisual equipment.

Return to the yacht for a farewell snack.

Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Guayaquil.

Lunch: Light lunch on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the hotel.

Late afternoon excursion to the Malecon (river walk).

A revitalization project in the 1990s reshaped Guayaquil, turning it into a beautiful and vibrant city with many tourist attractions. The two mile river walk along the Guayas River, known as the Malecon, has become a favorite spot for locals and tourists to take a stroll and visit restaurants, art galleries, stores, and museums.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Oro Verde

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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


Day Eleven: Monday, December 09 - Sacred Valley - Flight to Cusco via Lima a...
Sacred Valley -
Flight to Cusco via Lima and Transfer to the Sacred Valley/Introduction to Machu Picchu & Market Day at Pisac.


Breakfast: Early breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Lima, Peru to connect with your flight to Cusco.

Arrive to Cusco.

Transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley with en route market visit at Pisac.

Pisac is a small, sleepy town nestled in an Andean valley along the Urubamba River. The traditional produce market is held on Sundays, when people from surrounding communities converge on the tiny central plaza to buy and sell produce and other supplies. During other days of the week, the town hosts a handicrafts market where all nature of locally made crafts can be seen on display.

Lunch: Box lunch en-route.

Afternoon: Arrive at hotel 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: Country lodge built on the site of a 350 year old monastery.

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

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

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

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


Day Twelve: Tuesday, December 10 - Sacred Valley (Yucay) - Chincheros Town an...
Sacred Valley (Yucay) -
Chincheros Town and Ollantaytambo Ruins.


Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

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

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

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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

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

Dinner: 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 Thirteen: Wednesday, December 11 - Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) – Excursion ...
Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) –
Excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

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

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

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant near the ruins.

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

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

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

Lodging: El Mapi Hotel

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

Description: Converted from an 18th century colonial house, 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 Fourteen: Thursday, December 12 - Cusco - Orientation to Aguas Calientes/Tra...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

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

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

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

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

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

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

Arrive in Cusco and check-in at hotel.

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

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

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

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

Description: Converted from an 18th century colonial house, 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 Fifteen: Friday, December 13 - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman Ruins & Introduction t...
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. 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: Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Sixteen: Saturday, December 14 - Lima - Orientation to Lima/Presentation on...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Morning flight from Cusco to Lima.

Arrive in Lima.

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

Lunch: Farewell lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Free afternoon to explore Lima on your own.

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

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

Lodging: Casa Andina Select

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seventeen: Sunday, December 15 - 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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