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Program #20368RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
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Elevation Note
Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred valley are all above 12,000 feet.

Itinerary for Mar 11 — Mar 27, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, March 11 - Departure from the US
Depart From: Depart from the US on overnight flight

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Slaviero hotel in Foz do Iguaçu has large suites, great location - downtown with easy access to the city main sights – besides an unforgettable panoramic view.

Contact info:
Rua Rui Barbosa, 394
Foz de Iguacu, Brazil
phone: +4530261800
web: http://www.slavierohoteis.com.br/en/foz-do-iguacu/slaviero-suites-foz-do-iguacu_39_hoteis.aspx

Room amenities: All room have a small kitchenette with refrigerator, cable TV and internet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price based on availability
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Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, March 12 - Arrival in Iguacu
Arrive To: Iguazu Falls in the morning.

Morning: Enjoy an early check in at the hotel with time to relax before lunch.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: At leisure to relax. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Slaviero Suites Foz do Iguacu

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Slaviero hotel in Foz do Iguaçu has large suites, great location - downtown with easy access to the city main sights – besides an unforgettable panoramic view.

Contact info:
Rua Rui Barbosa, 394
Foz de Iguacu, Brazil
phone: +4530261800
web: http://www.slavierohoteis.com.br/en/foz-do-iguacu/slaviero-suites-foz-do-iguacu_39_hoteis.aspx

Room amenities: All room have a small kitchenette with refrigerator, cable TV and internet.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Price based on availability
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Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, March 13 - Iguacu Falls Argentinean Side
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "Exploring the Argentine Side of the Falls". The experience of seeing the falls from the Argentine side is completely different than from the Brazilian side and is well worth the experience. Led by a local expert discover the top of the falls.

Lunch: Lunch in the park at one of the local restaurants

Afternoon: Field Trip Continues: The paths on the Argentine side are much longer than those on the Brazilian side as the Argentine falls represent 75% of the falls. Later we explore a local Indigenous community to learn about the original local inhabitants.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: Slaviero Suites Foz do Iguacu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Ramada Costa Del Sol hotel is located just steps from the Lima International Airport. Take advantage of the 24-hour spa, which offers relaxing massages, a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Connect to your friends and family using free Wi-Fi Internet access. Cool off and go for a swim in the indoor pool. The caring Ramada staff is happy to take care of your every need, from assisting with meeting services to recommending the best places to visit in historical and colonial Lima.

Contact info:
Av. Elmer Faucett S N, Aeropuerto Jorge Chavez
Lima, NA PE Peru
phone: +5117112000
web: http://www.costadelsolperu.com/peru/hotels/lima/

Room amenities: Cable television, air conditioning, heating, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini-bar, hair dryer, clock radio, 110 V and 220 V electricity supply, and music.

Facility amenities: Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Restaurant, Spa, Swimming Pool, Fitness Center, Hi-Speed Internet, Room Service, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel, Laundry service, Shoe-Shine, Postal Service,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, March 14 - Iguacu Falls- Brazil Side and Flight to Lima
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Presentation "The Atlantic Rain Forest and the Iguacu Biosphere": Led by a local naturalist, learn about the biodiversity and complexity of the Atlantic Rainforest in the Iguacu Basin. Later we leave the hotel for a Morning visit to the Brazilian Falls. Led by a local expert, we walk the 1.5 mile paved path along the river bank to view the falls. The walk culminates with a spectacular 360 degree fall view. Be prepared to be wowed and to get wet, bring a plastic poncho.

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: Field Trip "Exploring the Bird Park": Featuring over 150 species of tropical Brazilian birds, the park is an ideal place to continue to learn about the biodervisty of the region. After our visit we transfer to the airport for our evening flight to Lima.

Dinner: On your own at the airport

Evening: Arrival in Lima and transfer to our hotel for an overnight prior to flying to Cuzco the next day.

Lodging: Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

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

Description: The Sacred Valley’s most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering precious little for guests to do – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property’s extensive gardens and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Equidistant between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley’s abundant attractions and incomparable Inca ruins, including world-renowned Machu Picchu.

Contact info:
5to Paradero
Yanahuara, Peru
phone: +5184984765501
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels.php

Room amenities: Very ample (32 m² / 339 sq. ft), elegantly rustic, with thick white stone walls and wood-beam ceilings. Feature Queen or King beds and either balconies or a separate breakfast/sitting area, as well as carpeted or parquet wood floors & warm down bedding. Hair dryer available in room.

Facility amenities: Full-service Andean-style Sacred Spa, with native treatments Planetarium and Observatory with expert-guided shows & stargazing, Gourmet restaurant featuring local produce & ingredients, Andean specialties, wine & cocktail service, Bar, billiards/game room & TV lounge, Corporate and group meeting facilities & banquet room (180-person capacity), Children playground, Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel, Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, Room service, Usanzas handicrafts & gift shop, Ilaria and Aldo & Co jewelry shops, Miski alpaca goods shop, Crafts & textiles exhibition/market featuring local artisans, Laundry service, Globalnet ATM machine, Taxi service (to Cusco & Valley points of interest), Front desk available 24/7, No pets allowed.

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


Day Five: Saturday, March 15 - Introduction to Peru and Lima, Flight to Cuzco an...
Introduction to Peru and Lima, Flight to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning is spent in a short transit from Lima to Urumbamba via Cuzco. Check out of the hotel for a mid morning transfer to the airport and a short flight to Cuzco. From the Cuzco airport take a scenic coach bus ride to the beautiful town of Pisac in Peru's Sacred Valley or Urumbamba. Pisac is known for it's Saturday market. Enjoy some time before or after lunch to explore the colorful Pisac Market.

Lunch: Lunch in the quaint Peruvian town of Pisac.

Afternoon: Check in to the hotel in Urumbamba and enjoy a presentation led by your study leader. Presentation "Introduction to Peru": this presentation will provide a foundation for your journey through the beautiful and culturally rich country of Peru - a land where ancient and modern cultures blend seamlessly together.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

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

Description: The Sacred Valley’s most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering precious little for guests to do – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property’s extensive gardens and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Equidistant between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley’s abundant attractions and incomparable Inca ruins, including world-renowned Machu Picchu.

Contact info:
5to Paradero
Yanahuara, Peru
phone: +5184984765501
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels.php

Room amenities: Very ample (32 m² / 339 sq. ft), elegantly rustic, with thick white stone walls and wood-beam ceilings. Feature Queen or King beds and either balconies or a separate breakfast/sitting area, as well as carpeted or parquet wood floors & warm down bedding. Hair dryer available in room.

Facility amenities: Full-service Andean-style Sacred Spa, with native treatments Planetarium and Observatory with expert-guided shows & stargazing, Gourmet restaurant featuring local produce & ingredients, Andean specialties, wine & cocktail service, Bar, billiards/game room & TV lounge, Corporate and group meeting facilities & banquet room (180-person capacity), Children playground, Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel, Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, Room service, Usanzas handicrafts & gift shop, Ilaria and Aldo & Co jewelry shops, Miski alpaca goods shop, Crafts & textiles exhibition/market featuring local artisans, Laundry service, Globalnet ATM machine, Taxi service (to Cusco & Valley points of interest), Front desk available 24/7, No pets allowed.

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


Day Six: Sunday, March 16 - Ollantaytambo and Community Education Project
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Pesentation “The Rise and Fall of the Inca's ”: Your program lecturer, Jean Jacques Decoster, will detail the history of the Incan society.

Lunch: Lunch near Ollantaytambo

Afternoon: Field Trip "Ollantaytambo Ruins and Town": Led by your Peruvian Study Leader explore Ollantaytambo fortress and town. Ollantaytambo is an archaeological park to which different functions had been attributed. It is considered a military construction strategically located to protect Cuzco from possible invasions. The town of Ollantaytambo is one of the few cities that still maintain the Inca system of urban planning.

Dinner: Enjoy a dinner in a Private Hacienda (Private home restaurant)

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

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

Description: The Sacred Valley’s most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering precious little for guests to do – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property’s extensive gardens and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Equidistant between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley’s abundant attractions and incomparable Inca ruins, including world-renowned Machu Picchu.

Contact info:
5to Paradero
Yanahuara, Peru
phone: +5184984765501
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels/valle-sagrado-hotels.php

Room amenities: Very ample (32 m² / 339 sq. ft), elegantly rustic, with thick white stone walls and wood-beam ceilings. Feature Queen or King beds and either balconies or a separate breakfast/sitting area, as well as carpeted or parquet wood floors & warm down bedding. Hair dryer available in room.

Facility amenities: Full-service Andean-style Sacred Spa, with native treatments Planetarium and Observatory with expert-guided shows & stargazing, Gourmet restaurant featuring local produce & ingredients, Andean specialties, wine & cocktail service, Bar, billiards/game room & TV lounge, Corporate and group meeting facilities & banquet room (180-person capacity), Children playground, Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel, Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, Room service, Usanzas handicrafts & gift shop, Ilaria and Aldo & Co jewelry shops, Miski alpaca goods shop, Crafts & textiles exhibition/market featuring local artisans, Laundry service, Globalnet ATM machine, Taxi service (to Cusco & Valley points of interest), Front desk available 24/7, No pets allowed.

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


Day Seven: Monday, March 17 - Exploring the Sacred Valley / Andean Countryside ...
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "Cuyuni Village Cultural Discovery": Arrive to Cuyuni and explore how local life unfolds in the peaceful Andean Highlands. Drink in the culture in a walk along the ancient farming paths that pass through this primarily agricultural community. At various stops throughout the day, learn about the local agriculture, religious ceremonies, and textile production in this region.

Lunch: Typical Andean lunch at the restaurant run by the local community

Afternoon: Presentation “The Rise and Fall of the Incas”: An expert lecturer will detail the history of the Incan society. Understand the cultural significance of the layout of Ollantaytambo - one of the few remaining towns that maintains the Incan style of urban planning.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit.

Contact info:
Machu Picchu Puebla
Aguas Caliente, Peru
phone: +51 1 422 6574
web: http://www.elmapihotel.com/index.php

Room amenities: 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: HOT WATER POND Open to all (children under 12 must be supervised by a parent or guardian). GIFT SHOP The shop offers a wide selection of T-shirts, alpaca knits, outdoors gear and basic travel needs. COMPUTER ROOM •Desktop computer and printer available. •Open 24/7. •Complimentary internet.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, March 18 - Train to Machu Picchu Peubla (Aguas Calientes) an...
Train to Machu Picchu Peubla (Aguas Calientes) and Presentation on the History of Machu Picchu

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "Sacred Valley Girls Dormitory Project": In Ollantaytambo, learn about this educational initiative to provide secondary schooling opportunities to girls from mountainous communities surrounding the Sacred Valley. Visit with the dorm mother and director of the project.

Lunch: Lunch at the Sacred Valley Project.

Afternoon: After lunch, take a train ride to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu. Presentation: "Intro to Machu Picchu": Your Study Leader will detail the history of the community and ruins of Machu Picchu. Before the presentation, take a brief walking tour of the small community of Aguas Calientes which sits below Machu Picchu and is known for its picturesque countryside, birds and the Mandoor gardens.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: El Mapi Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Perfectly convenient: under the colonial arcades of stately Plaza Regocijo & around the corner from Cusco’s beautiful Plaza de Armas. Guests of this hotel can’t get much closer to the restaurants, bars, and shops that mark the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Cusco airport and 5-minute taxi from Cusco’s train & bus stations.

Contact info:
Portal E Spinar 142
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51 84 23 1733
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/classic-cusco-plaza/hotel.php

Room amenities: In room safe, cable TV, Free high speed wi-fi internet access, direct dial telephone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, oxygen available upon request at the reception desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel,small Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, ATM machine, laundry service, foreign currency exchange,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, March 19 - Machu Picchu and Train to Cuzco
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we beat the crowds and visit Machu Picchu, the most iconic site of the Inca world, and a renowned UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the agricultural and urban sides of Machu Picchu and learn the history of the Incan abandonment of the city and its construction during Spanish conquest in the sixteenth centure.

Lunch: Lunch at Machu Picchu

Afternoon: We wrap up our visit of Machu Picchu and take an afternoon train from Machu Picchu to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, we check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Perfectly convenient: under the colonial arcades of stately Plaza Regocijo & around the corner from Cusco’s beautiful Plaza de Armas. Guests of this hotel can’t get much closer to the restaurants, bars, and shops that mark the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Cusco airport and 5-minute taxi from Cusco’s train & bus stations.

Contact info:
Portal E Spinar 142
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51 84 23 1733
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/classic-cusco-plaza/hotel.php

Room amenities: In room safe, cable TV, Free high speed wi-fi internet access, direct dial telephone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, oxygen available upon request at the reception desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel,small Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, ATM machine, laundry service, foreign currency exchange,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, March 20 - Cuzco in Depth
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "In Depth Discovery of Cuzco": Explore Cuzco with a local historian. An iconic structure in this timeless city is the Cuzco Cathedral. Its construction started in 1560 and finished in 1664. It contains the best manifestations of colonial goldsmith and wood carving, as well as a valuable collection of canvases from the Escuela Cusqueña (Academy of Cusco). Next, take a trip to the Korikancha Palace, which was the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The Korikancha Palace was dedicated to Inti, the Sun God. The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold. The Church of Santo Domingo was built on the site, using the ruined foundations of the temple that was flattened by the Spanish in the 17th century.

Lunch: Lunch in Cuzco with our Historian

Afternoon: Free time: This afternoon you have a choice to enjoy some down time and relax in Cuzco on the square, do some shopping or some people watching, or make your own way back to the hotel. Alternatively, you can join your Study Leader to enjoy an OPTIONAL Continuation of the morning theme in more depth. This optional exploration will last about 2.5 hours and will involve further walking of up to 2 miles. Discover La Compañía church, a Baroque church built in the 17th century. The sacristy holds its most precious treasure: an impressive 50 pound, 3 foot high monstrance, encrusted with gold and jewels, and crowned with one large mermaid shaped pearl. This monstrance considered to be the second largest in the world. San Blas: During Inca times, San Blas was a settlement for “Mitimaes” (ancient craftsman of the Inca period) with a special command: yachay, Quechua for “teach and learn”. Master craftsmen from all around the Inca Empire shared their knowledge.

Dinner: On your own

Lodging: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Perfectly convenient: under the colonial arcades of stately Plaza Regocijo & around the corner from Cusco’s beautiful Plaza de Armas. Guests of this hotel can’t get much closer to the restaurants, bars, and shops that mark the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Cusco airport and 5-minute taxi from Cusco’s train & bus stations.

Contact info:
Portal E Spinar 142
Cusco, Peru
phone: +51 84 23 1733
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/classic-cusco-plaza/hotel.php

Room amenities: In room safe, cable TV, Free high speed wi-fi internet access, direct dial telephone, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, oxygen available upon request at the reception desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel,small Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, ATM machine, laundry service, foreign currency exchange,

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, March 21 - Cuzco History and Culture
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip "Cusco City Discovery": Led by your Local Peruvian Study Leader explore this historic city during a slow-paced walking city tour. We coach to La Almudena cemetery and from there walk downhill towards the main square, passing by the San Pedro market and the colonial houses (3.5 hours and walking about 2.5 miles)

Lunch: Typical Cuzqueño lunch at a restaurant frequented by locals

Afternoon: Field Trip "Discovering Sacsayhuaman": Led by your local Peruvian Study leader explore Sacsayhuaman a walled complex just above Cusco. Like all Inca stonework there is still mystery surrounding how it was constructed. Thanks to an as yet unexplained precision in stone-cutting, the structure is built in such a way that a single piece of paper will not fit between two stones. The Spanish harvested a large quantity of rock from the walls of the structure to build churches in Cuzco, which is why the walls are in perfect condition up to a certain height, and missing above that point.

Dinner: On your own in Cuzco

Lodging: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Destined to be one of the city’s most popular “hot spots,” the Hotel Atton Vitacura has taken Santiago by storm since opening its doors in August 2012. Sophisticated and modern, this 20-story masterpiece is a true testament that the finer things in life can come at an affordable rate which is sure to please any traveler. Located walking distance from business distric in Las Condes, and in front of Los Leones Golf Club and with a view of the breathtaking Bicentenario Park, the Atton Vitacura is the only option when it comes to having direct access to all of the wonders of Santiago.

Contact info:
Vitacura 3201
Vitacura
Santiago, NA Chile
phone: +011 56 2944 7800
web: http://vitacura.atton.com/default-en.html

Room amenities: Spacious and Quiet Guest Rooms, View of the Los Leones Golf Course, Personal Desk, King or Queen-size Bed, Studio Rooms Available Upon Request, Free Wi-Fi Internet, Cable TV, Minibar, Climate Control, Heater and A/C, Safe Deposit Box, Telephone, Hair Dryer, Smoking and Interconnected Rooms Available Upon Request, Handicapped Facilities Available.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, Citadino Restaurant and Bar, Coffee Bar and Cafeteria, Free Wi-Fi, 24-Hour Business Center, 24-Hour Gym Facility, Laundry Service, Sparkling Outside Swimming Pool, Seven Spacious Meeting Rooms, Free Underground Parking, International Security Standards, Gift Shop, Transfer and airport pick up Available Upon Request (Extra cost will apply)

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, March 22 - Flights from Cuzco to Lima and Lima to Santiago.
Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the hotel in Cuzco.

Morning: Take an early morning flight from Cuzco to Lima, and transfer for a midmorning flight from Lima to Santiago, Chile.

Lunch: On your own at the airport.

Afternoon: Arrive in the early evening to Santiago. Check in to the hotel in Santiago.

Dinner: Lecture over dinner with wine: Enjoy a lecture about the relationship between the cultures of mainland South America and the Pacific Islands.

Lodging: Atton Hotel Vitacura

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located just in Hanga, Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui is close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Also nearby are Puna Pau and Vinapu. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Easter Island are basic by North American Standards, they are clean, safe and well kept but all materials must be brought from the mainland by air or by monthly supply ship. Please set your expectations appropriatly.

Contact info:
Avenida Pont s/n
Hanga Roa, Chile
phone: +56322551990
web: http://www.teanui.cl/?lang=en

Room amenities: Rooms open to balconies. The 12 guestrooms at Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui include ceiling fans. All units feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, a garden, and secure parking. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Onsite parking is complimentary.

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

Additional nights after: Please contact the hotel
We are not able to make additional night reservation for participants.


Day Thirteen: Sunday, March 23 - Morning lecture; arrival on Easter Island and an ...
Morning lecture; arrival on Easter Island and an Introduction to Rapa Nui

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights to Easter Island.

Lunch: Light lunch at local hotel.

Afternoon: Arrive Rapa Nui from Santiago, Chile. Transfer to hotel and check in. Enjoy a lecture introducing you to the Mystery of Rapa Nui then join your local expert for a field trip to Tahai for an introduction to the famous monoliths of Rapa Nui.

Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Tea Nui

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

Description: Located just in Hanga, Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui is close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Also nearby are Puna Pau and Vinapu. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Easter Island are basic by North American Standards, they are clean, safe and well kept but all materials must be brought from the mainland by air or by monthly supply ship. Please set your expectations appropriatly.

Contact info:
Avenida Pont s/n
Hanga Roa, Chile
phone: +56322551990
web: http://www.teanui.cl/?lang=en

Room amenities: Rooms open to balconies. The 12 guestrooms at Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui include ceiling fans. All units feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, a garden, and secure parking. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Onsite parking is complimentary.

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

Additional nights after: Please contact the hotel
We are not able to make additional night reservation for participants.


Day Fourteen: Monday, March 24 - Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Anakena
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Enjoy a full day exploration of Rapa Nui . We will begin along the south coast with stops including Vinapu - a site whose stonework has drawn comparisons to its similarities with Andean sites - and Aka Hanga, with its four ahu, twelve moai of various sizes and shapes, and eight pukao (topknots). From there we will travel to Rano Raraku, the volcanic crater that served as a quarry for nearly 500 years and was the source for most of the stone used throughout the island. Rano Raraku contains over 400 Moai in various states of completion. Explore the quarry and learn its history.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Rano Raraku

Afternoon: After lunch we will continue our exploration at Ahu Tongariki: (Ahu are the stone platforms on which the Moai statues stood). Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu on Easter Island. In 1960 the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami. It has since been restored and has fifteen moai including an 86 ton moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island. From Tongariki, we'll travel to Anakena, a beautiful, sheltered, white sand beach surrounded by swaying palm trees. This beach, the largest in Rapa Nui, is where Hotu Matu`a – the original settler of Rapa Nui - is said to have beached his canoe and lived in one of several caves while waiting for his hare paenga (boat-shaped house) to be completed. Legend also indicates that this is the area where the kings and their royal families lived. Field Study at Ahu Nau Nau, a very complex archaeological site located on the hill overlooking the beach. This site includes seven finely carved moai with elaborately decorated backs and at least four levels of ahu.

Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Hotel Tea Nui

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

Description: Located just in Hanga, Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui is close to Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Kote Riku, and Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert. Also nearby are Puna Pau and Vinapu. PLEASE NOTE: Hotels in Easter Island are basic by North American Standards, they are clean, safe and well kept but all materials must be brought from the mainland by air or by monthly supply ship. Please set your expectations appropriatly.

Contact info:
Avenida Pont s/n
Hanga Roa, Chile
phone: +56322551990
web: http://www.teanui.cl/?lang=en

Room amenities: Rooms open to balconies. The 12 guestrooms at Cabanas y Hotel Tea Nui include ceiling fans. All units feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. In addition, amenities available on request include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop/café. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, a garden, and secure parking. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Onsite parking is complimentary.

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

Additional nights after: Please contact the hotel
We are not able to make additional night reservation for participants.


Day Fifteen: Tuesday, March 25 - Motu Boat Trip. Orongo Ceremonial Village
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip: We’ll take a short walk to Hanga Piko pier for a morning boat ride around the three southeastern islands or "motu" - Motu Kao Kao, Motu Nui, and Motu Iti. These islands were once the site of an annual competition of the "tangata manu" or Birdman Cult, where members from each clan swam to collect the first tern egg to secure their honored status for the year.

Lunch: At a local restaurant

Afternoon: Field Trip "Orongo": Visit the well known ceremonial site of Orongo. Explore the caves where petroglyphs depict the past cult of the birdman and an annual competition that was held prior to European contact. Explore the stone village and ceremonial grounds of this site, and stand over the 250 ft sea cliff of the Rano Kao crater overlooking the motu visited earlier by boat. From there we will visit Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum - for a guided tour of museum and its artifacts, including the only intact white coral moai eye and many other elements of Rapa Nui culture

Dinner: Farewell Cultural Dinner. Cultural Event: Traditional Rapanui music and dance

Lodging: Hotel Tea Nui

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Wednesday, March 26 - Flight from Easter Island to Santiago; Free time ...
Flight from Easter Island to Santiago; Free time in Santiago; Overnight departures to the US.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Free Time - Prepare for Departure. Time for a quick trip to explore Hanga Roa town. You might want to check out the market (Mercado Artesenal) near the church. Transfer to airport – Check in for flight to Santiago, Chile

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the airport.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for you flight home.

Dinner: Dinner on your flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Seventeen: Thursday, March 27 - Arrival in the US
Morning: Arrival in the US from overnight flight

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!


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38 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Performances
4 Flights during the program

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