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Majesty and Mystery: Ancient Civilizations of Peru

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Program #3280RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Ellin Ifft Apr 26, 2015 at 03:16 PM

Thanks you all for the great information on school donations. I'll plan on a monetary donation because the teachers will know best where it is needed but will bring some easily packable supplies.


Karen Fisher Apr 25, 2015 at 04:35 PM

I would respectfully suggest that cash donations are best because the local teachers and administrators can pick out the appropriate supplies and enough for each student. On our visit the supplies included juice boxes for each child, which was nice too. The children sang a song for us and we sang "If you're happy and you know it..." for them. It was a touching and lovely time. Enjoy your trip, I certainly did.


Florence Rigby Apr 24, 2015 at 03:05 PM

In response to Ellin,
On the trip I was on, we also had the opportunity to contribute cash directly to Road Scholar to be used to buy things for the elementary school we visited. Our group contributed enough that they were able to buy a music player (some sort of electrical device) and music to play for the children. For those who don't want to carry an extra suitcase, just bring cash and an open heart.
Florence


Ellin Ifft Apr 24, 2015 at 01:28 PM

I noticed donations are appreciated at the elementary school we visit. I'm a retired teacher and I know how basic some of these schools are and how much just basic school supplied are needed and appreciated. I plan on bringing as much as will fit in my suitcase. I'm urging (actually nagging) those of you inclined to give donations not to overlook this opportunity to help out.
Sharon H Apr 24, 2015 at 06:36 PM

I, too, am a retired teacher, and I took school supplies along, which didn't really take that much space when laid flat. It thengave me space on our return home for things we bought while on the trip. My husband also donated cash, for the school we vii
Sharon H Apr 24, 2015 at 06:37 PM

Oops! The school we visited was quite needy, and we were moved to give more than basic supplies.


Marjorie Larragoite Apr 01, 2015 at 10:12 AM

I wore my hiking boots the whole time, as they work best for me for going up and down all the steps, etc. I also had sturdy walking shoes in my bag but didn't use them. I wear Lowa boots, but whatever fits you best is good. I have a tendency to turn my ankle, so the boots work best. enjoy!
Karen Radtke Apr 01, 2015 at 04:00 PM

Thanks, Marjorie, for the insight.
Animesh Apr 01, 2015 at 05:23 PM

I agree with Marge--hiking boots would be a good idea. I took a pair for the mountains and a pair of athletic shoes for Lima, Trujillo, etc. As for ATMs, they are readily available in Lima--that was the only place where I withdrew sols, since dollars are widely accepted. A caution: one person from our group had his ATM card swallowed by the machine--I think it was in Chiclayo or Trujillo.
Karen Radtke Apr 01, 2015 at 06:22 PM

Thanks for the caution regarding the ATM card. I'll notify my bank that I'll be using my card for this trip.
Marjorie Larragoite Apr 01, 2015 at 07:08 PM

You may get money exchanged at the hotels...from dollars to Solars; however, if you have any left, they won't change it back. But you can do so at the airport.


Karen Radtke Mar 31, 2015 at 08:05 PM

Hi, Karen Radtke, here again with some questions:
Are wearing athletic shoes sufficient for this trip or would hiking boots work better?
And, are ATM machines fairly available? Thanks for any information.
Russell Green Mar 31, 2015 at 08:20 PM

The recommendation is for well worn walking shoes with one pair having knobby soles. Clarkes and Merrell are good brands I think.


Ellin Ifft Mar 25, 2015 at 07:30 PM

I'm coming from Montana and will be on the June 4 trip. Has anyone read anything about the area of our trip that they would recommend? RS usually has a reading list but I don't see it.
Animesh Mar 27, 2015 at 04:37 PM

I read a book by Mario Vargas Llosa, the Nobel Prize winning novelist, called "Death in the Andes", just before our trip in January. It is very well written, with some "magical realism", but gives the impresson of Peru being a dangerous and violent place. It may have been that way in the 1970s and 80s, but certainly not what we encountered.
Russell Green Mar 31, 2015 at 08:17 PM

I have Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams which is an enjoyable read. It doesn't cover the sites in the north, only the Inca region.
Ellin Ifft Apr 01, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Thanks for the book suggestions! I found the trip book list but it is more interesting to get personal recommendations.


Laura & Keith Noyes Mar 23, 2015 at 03:27 PM

We're heading out on the April trip is it safe to pack aerosol insect repellent and sunscreen on the plane or do we need liquids or creams. We wouldn't have them in the carryon.
Russell Green Mar 23, 2015 at 03:33 PM

I took lotions. The leader told us that the insect repellent wasn't necessary and we never encountered insects.


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