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20 Days | 19 Nights
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. 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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Irma Honda Aug 11, 2015 at 12:57 PM

For the September 25, 2015 group--is anyone else flying out of Houston?
Sarah Campbell Aug 16, 2015 at 06:19 PM

I'm flying United #847 on September 25.
Irma Honda Aug 16, 2015 at 06:32 PM

Hi Sarah,
Irma Honda Aug 16, 2015 at 06:32 PM

Hi Sarah,

Margaret Marshall Sep 12, 2014 at 04:59 PM

I am arriving a day early in a few weeks. For those who have been there I was wondering what you would recommend seeing for a day. Is it easy to get around in Santiago on public transportation/
Sarah "Sally" Everett Sep 12, 2014 at 09:13 PM

When I was in Santiago a few years ago, I took a half day tour to a winery outside the city the day I arrived. I was picked up at the hotel so didn't need public transportation.

Eleanor Osgood Aug 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I just signed up for the Oct 2014 Atacama/Easter Island trip. This will be my first Roadscholar trip and my first to Chili. I live in Culver City CA (Los Angeles Area). I love deserts and wide open vistas. Also looking forward to to learning about the country and its people. I would love to study up on my Spanish. I'm wondering if there are any participants out there who live in Los Angeles area that are interested in a study group. My Spanish is very rudimentary but use to be adequate for getting around Mexico but only very limited conversationally.
Steven Rosenberg Aug 18, 2014 at 05:55 PM

Eleanor: this is a great trip. Both Claudio and Nelson speak English very well and they work well together makinf the trip very informative as well as comfortable. Chile is fantastic. Extremely modern and very vibrant as well as beautful. I have very little command of Spanish and, yet, I was able to get along on my own when I stayed in Chile for a week after the tour.
Eleanor Osgood Aug 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Steven, Sorry for taking to long to respond; I just relearned how to get back to our discussion board. Thanks for your advice.

Steven Rosenberg Jan 26, 2014 at 06:12 PM

An interesting NOVA program aired in Nov. 2012 that featured Carl Lipo and Terry Hunt, the authors of "The Statues That Walked...". The show can be viewed on-line at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/mystery-easter-island.html
Perhaps we will get a chance to test the theory of how the Moai were moved.
Eleanor Osgood Aug 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I will look for this program. Thanks

Richard Demlow Feb 05, 2013 at 04:51 PM

Looking forward to another Road Scholar trip to Chile. Wife Diane and I had the good fortune of seeing the Southern Ice Fields on the good ship Skorpios III a few years ago. Tour leader was Claudio LeRoy, one of our instructors for this trip.. He encouraged us to come back and visit Easter Island. Will save the story of our once in a lifetime adventure with Claudio until we meet on the trip.

Carole Gambrell Jan 10, 2013 at 08:27 PM

I am arriving a day early, on Feb 22. If anyone else is arriving early and would like to meet for dinner, please let me know.

Helen Bodington Dec 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM

The Atacama has been on my bucket list for years. It looks as though this trip will finally add it to my desert list. I would guess we can expect windy days and chilly nights. Now if I can just get adept with my camera.

Helen Bodington
Patricia Jones Dec 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And stars! Millions upon millions of stars visible in the night sky. Amazing place.

Lucie Johns Oct 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM

Michael, I called to make sure the program was a "go" before booking flights. I've done many Road Scholar trips, a few international, and none have been cancelled. We are also not in a gateway city.

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