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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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John Kristofic Jan 25, 2014 at 02:27 PM

Packing light. I hope I have everything. Single digit temperatures here in Pittsburgh make going South looking good right now.

Janice Kemker Jan 24, 2014 at 09:12 AM

The frigid temps we have been experiencing here in southern Indiana have made me even more eager to start this trip on the 28th!! It will be so great to not have to worry about wind chill factors for a while!
Michelle Greear Jan 24, 2014 at 03:47 PM

Looking forward to meeting everyone in the 01/28. See you all in a few days!

Karen MacIntyre Jan 22, 2014 at 06:43 PM

I am scheduled for this trip in March and found the process of applying for the Brazil visa using GenVisa and online to the Brazilian website equally frustrating and expensive. When I first called GenVisa in Dec., I was told it was too far in advance; in Jan., I had to pay the extra 45-day fee to receive the returned documents before I leave in March. Now it is in their hands, and I hope I get it and my passport returned back in time.
I am wondering what other folks decisions made and experiences had/are concerning the yellow fever vaccine (CDC website makes it sound terribly scary either way!) and taking/bringing malaria medications. Any feedback would be welcome.
Karen MacIntyre
Michael Thoryn Jan 22, 2014 at 07:56 PM

Doing the trip in a few day. It takes GenVisa a while but they got it done for us. Passport Health gave us Yellow Fever shot ($135) and said malaria medications not needed.
Rick Lancaster Jan 22, 2014 at 08:06 PM

Hi Karen, My wife and I will be on the trip that departs February 18. I got the yellow fever vaccine and have had no side effects. Two friends of ours that are also going on the trip got the yellow fever vaccine with no problems. My wife, however, was advised not to get the vaccine because she takes an arthritis medicine that suppresses her immune system. (I guess it's a live vaccine.) The travel medicine clinic was not concerned about malaria. They were, however, concerned about dengue fever (for which there is no vaccine) and recommended the use of mosquito repellent while in the Iguazu Falls area. Sunscreen, also. Rick
Chris Kemp Jan 22, 2014 at 09:09 PM

Our Visas without expediting took just over 5 weeks.
Joann Reynolds Feb 27, 2014 at 05:02 PM

We applied mid-January and had the Visas back before mid-Feb using Gen Visa. While we were apprehensive, it went smoothly.

Cheryl Reichert Jan 17, 2014 at 04:57 PM

Since this is such a long way to travel and will likely be my only trip to South America, I opted for a 4 day Road Scholar Santiago Stopover for a few days at the conclusion of this program. Has anyone else in my May group done likewise?

Cheryl Reichert Jan 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I am scheduled for this trip in May. I just completed the frustrating and expensive process of signing up for the Brazil visa, using GenVisa and my 2012 iMac desktop. I was unable to print a .do document from the Brazilian website until I switched to my 2013 MacBook. I was completely unsuccessful using the recommended Firefox browser on both computers, but ultimately successful using the Safari web browser on the new laptop. My calls to GenVisa did not help solve this problem. Perhaps this insight will help others.

John Kristofic Dec 28, 2013 at 03:07 PM

How about using the cell phone while abroad. Should I do anything to my home Verizon cell plan? Thanks for any suggestions.
Rick Lancaster Jan 22, 2014 at 08:09 PM

If you plan to use your cell phone, you definitely want to get on an international calling plan for the time you will be there. Without the international calling plan, your calls will be much more expensive.
Stephen Fairley Mar 10, 2014 at 07:14 AM

Verizon advised us to buy a prepaid cell phone when in SA as the cost of the interntiaonal calling program would be much higher.

John Kristofic Dec 05, 2013 at 03:40 PM

Any advice on how to use cash, credit cards, atm cards on this trip? I read the booklet, but as a first-time traveler I'd be grateful for some specifics. Thanks
Graham Loynd Dec 05, 2013 at 09:49 PM

You should have no problem with visa, mastercards in most places. But always handy to have some local currency for smaller purchases, markets, pop stands,etc. ATMs all over, I usually find one in the airport on arrival. Also take along some US currency, no bigger than 20's, and make sure they are clean bills, no tears or marks. With these methods I have never had a problem.
John Kristofic Dec 06, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Thank you Graham

John Kristofic Nov 26, 2013 at 02:47 PM

I got a letter from Road Scholar asking me to get an Argentine visa for $160 per person. The letter said that as the visa requirement was not listed in the original information, I would be "credited" $160. We have already paid. No credit to date. Does anyone know anything about this? Thank you
Michael Thoryn Dec 01, 2013 at 10:18 AM

We did the same thing an d
Michael Thoryn Dec 01, 2013 at 10:18 AM

We did the same thing an d
Michael Thoryn Dec 01, 2013 at 10:20 AM

We did the same thing and I'm pretty sure we got a credit to our credit card.
Michael Thoryn Dec 01, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I think we got the $ credited to our Visa.
John Kristofic Dec 05, 2013 at 09:17 AM

John Kristofic Dec 05, 2013 at 09:18 AM

Thank you. It seems that the credit was given on my final payment. All set now. Getting excited!

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