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Program #3280RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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.
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Florence from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/06/14 - 03/18/14
A great program that made me aware that there is a lot more to the history of Peru than the Incas and the Spanish. The earlier times currently being explored by archeologists were very interesting, with beautiful artifacts that tell their stories without a written language. The landscapes were beautiful - I took about 1200 pictures to sort through. We had a lot of good presentations by Peruvian experts who also shared things about their own lives and ethnic origins. None identified themselves as decended from the Incas but from other Peruvian peoples. The only thing about the program that qualified it for its "moderately challenging" rating was the high altitude. There was relatively little walking or hiking except at Machu Picchu where each individual could choose as little or as much physical activity as suited them. As usual in my experience with 7 other Road Scholar programs, I found the other participants interesting, welcoming wonderful people to meet and get to know. While our ages spanned at least 20 years, and we came from different backgrounds and regions of North America, we all shared an enthusiasm and interest in the subject matter and activities, and a determination to enjoy and be involved in as much as possible.

David from Rogers, AR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/06/14 - 03/18/14
My wife and I were extremely happy with this Peru Road Scholar program and recommend it to other adults. We were glad there no young people on this trip, and the people that joined for this trip were from mid fifties to mid seventies. We all became friends and worked as a team. Very nice friendship of adults. Thank you Road Scholar.

Sharon from Verona, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/16/14 - 01/28/14
In the past we have avoided group tours, but we thoroughly enjoyed this Road Scholar experience. The tour was well planned, efficiently organized, educational and fun, and we saw and learned much more than we would have on our own. The tour leader was very knowledgeable and responsive to the wishes of all members of the group. Peru is a welcoming country with a fascinating past, and we hope many others will enjoy learning about the many civilizations layered in that past. Take this tour!

Gary from Harbor Beach, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/16/14 - 01/28/14
The tour leader Victor had an excellent background as to historical,and cultural. Peru HIS KNOWLEDGE THE HOUSING AND FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING! He and his fellow guides were excellent. t The only complaint was how cattle like the airline flights were.

Christopher from Battle Ground, WA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/16/14 - 01/28/14
If you haven't yet, here's your best package to experience Peru. Pack your bags and get to experience a modernizing country with deep cultural roots, an incredible diversity of people, landscapes and activities. You'll wish you had come earlier.

Catherine from Battle Ground, WA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/16/14 - 01/28/14
This trip is so much more than Machu Pichu, which would be enough in itself. Wonderful pre-Incan archeology, weaving, Paso Peruan horses, excellent lectures on Peruvian music, cuisine, agriculture, etc. etc. All made easy by Tour Coordinator Victor Colunga and his excellent colleagues. Take this trip!

Dorothy from Northfield, MN Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 01/16/14 - 01/28/14
If visiting PERU and its famous archiological sites is a part of your bucket list, don't wait, take this trip of a lifetime.

Marion from Fort Lauderdale, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/16/14 - 01/28/14
Amazing trip that combined history and great ruins with a perspective on modern Peru and its strengths and challenges. Wonderful lectures and demonstrations really enhanced our appreciation of what we saw. And of course any trip to Macchu Picchu is fantastic!

Barry from Dana Point, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/15/13 - 08/27/13
Very enjoyable experience..group leader and instructors outstanding...accomadation excellent..enabled you to see MANY sides of Peru

Mary from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/13 - 06/18/13
This program gives a comprehensive view of the fascinating history of Peru. Many of the sites visited and facts presented are little known outside of Peru. At the same time the current culture, cuisine and status of Peru is presented for your enjoyment. Navigating some of the archeaological sites is strenuous but the tour guides are very good at accomodating various levels of ability without compromising the experience for all participants. Machu Piccu is wonderful, but there are many more wonderful things to explore on this tour.

Robert from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/06/13 - 06/18/13
Peru wants your tourist dollars, and this tour was a best buy. Tour leader Victor Colunga is an absolute gem. The lecturers demonstrated expertise and a love of what they do. Not been to Machu Picchu yet? This is the way to go.

Eileen from Ithaca, NY Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 02/07/13 - 02/19/13
I have written a book detailing this trip day by day from my travel journal with photos. See it at http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/travel/peru-8925631?vk=ymWDidOAWC and see my other Road Scholar trips at https://sites.google.com/site/eileeninithaca1/

George from Deerfield, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/11/13 - 04/23/13
This was an excellent trip that provided me with a better understanding of pre-Columbian native civilizations in South America.

Jerry from Mesa, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/07/13 - 03/19/13
We arrived home exhausted but educated. This trip was everything and more than we expected. Who knew there are so many recently discovered artifacts and ruins. Peru could be the new Egypt. Ditto Bette's comments on Victor.

Bette from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/07/13 - 03/19/13
This was an incredible trip, and our guide, Victor, was phenomenal. His levels of knowledge, experience, and personal concern were top-notch. The scenery was spectacular. The lectures made the history and archaeology come alive. The food was fantastic, and the fellow participants were delightful. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip that fulfilled all of our expectations and more!

Jackie from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/09/12 - 08/21/12
We typically know of the Incas civilization, but this wonderful trip provided a much deeper and older (2000 years)educational experience of cultures prior to the Incas. From pottery to textiles to archeology to present day agriculture, we got to know Peru as a valuable contributor to our lives today.

Sally from Fallbrook, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/12/12 - 04/24/12
We just returned from our tour of Peru with Road Scholar. It was a trip of a lifetime, with the climax being Machu Picchu! Our leader, the accommodations, the food, the tours, the people in our group were all beyond our expectations, and we could only give this trip our highest recommendation! Peru now will always be a part of our heart and soul. Sally & Mark DiVecchio, San Diego


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34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
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3 Flights during the program

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