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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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.
C. Maureen from Longview, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/28/15 - 08/08/15
Peru was a celebration of my 50th birthday and I was lucky enough to have spent it with a group of adventuresome friends. It was truly a trip of a lifetime--Don't wait for "someday!"

Carla from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/15 - 06/13/15
Hiking the Inca Trail was an amazing trip. Not only was it magnificent in so many ways the history that we discovered along the way was mind boggling. My only caveat is that although the program description says that it is challenging, I do not think the physical preparation that is required is as accurately described as it could be. There are certain days on the trail that are pretty grueling. Certainly doable, but if I would have understood more clearly what it entailed, I most likely would have been able to be more prepared and would have enjoyed the trip even more than I did. Some of this preparation is not only the exercise prep, but also more meaningful conversations with my doctor about what I was embarking on

Patricia from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/15 - 04/25/15
This trip is a real adventure. Fascinating. Just make sure you are up to the physical activity requirements.

Keith from Chattanooga, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/15 - 04/25/15
This is a challenging hike back in time. You will gain an appreciation for the ancient Incan culture and experience the vastness of their effect on the region as well as the vast accomplishments they made in agriculture, astronomy, and engineering. Not only were they master builders and stone workers they were masters in bringing water to everywhere and anywhere and in insuring proper drainage too. The sites you'll see are numerous and really make you appreciate a civilization that covered many thousands of miles over terrain that is as beautiful as it is rugged.

Robert from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/04/14 - 11/15/14
This trip was an experience of a lifetime, partly due to the guides that led us. Road Scholar must have the best reputation amongst guides so that they want to work for them. Can't imagine that this trip could be done any other way than hiking the trail and it's worth getting in shape for! Thought we had missed it by not doing it in our 30's or 40's but age trumps all and we're so glad we waited and that Road Scholar sponsors a program like this!!

Richard from East Hampton, NY Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 11/04/14 - 11/15/14
An exceptional learning as well as physically challenging experience. One of the finest programs I have done with Road Scholar.

Tracey from Brisbane, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/04/14 - 11/15/14
The Inca Trail program is absolutely fantastic. The hiking was perfect with a good amount of exercise. This is the only way to see Machu Picchu and gain a true understanding of the Peruvian history and culture. The hotels were very luxurious and the busses were comfy. The absolute shocker was the out-right talent of the guides. They were so knowledgeable, connected with their topic passionately, and supplied encouragement and support whenever needed. I highly recommend this trip.

JOHN from Page, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/20/14
Totally enjoyable program. Training at as high an altitude as locally possible over the summer definitely added to the experience. Our main problem involved getting $$. Bring an ATM card and PIN with you. Carry $OLs along on hike to get into bathrooms. Barganing at local stores is only possible with local currency. Brand new currency is the only acceptable American $.

Joyce from Westford, MA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/14/14
The RS trip to Machu Picchu was a trip of a lifetime. I will always remember it as something I was able to accomplish with wonderful guides, great accommodations and interesting people. The pre-trip training certainly helped make this fun more enjoyable.

Leda from Wilmette, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/17/14
Our Inca Trail hike was an intense journey of beauty, nature, history, culture, spirituality and challenge that we shared with fourteen compatible trekkers. Our excellent guides, Paco and Vladimir, were knowledgeable, personable, organized and professional. Their pride in, and love of, their culture was evident in the briefings they gave along the trail; all this deepened our appreciation of Incan history and culture. The porters were awe-inspiring, and it was amazing to see them prepare delicious meals time after time from a kitchen constantly on the move! I'll never forget the sound of water rolling through the Urubamba and its tributaries. The Inca Trail hike was worth every step!

Samuel from Birmingham, AL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/17/14
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine. The Road Scholar program was excellent in every way - our guides, lecturers, porters, accommodations (even the tents), Peruvian cuisine, program participants, stunning Andean sights - cloud forest, mountains, villages and towns, and the crowning glory, Machu Picchu itself!

Madeleine from Durham, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/17/14
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Peru and hiking to Machu Picchu . . . it was quite an adventure! I overcame my fears and concerns about the high altitude, food & water restrictions, and sleeping in a tent. I'm so glad I took this trip!

Nanette from Russellville, AR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/28/13
Our group had 14 participants. The Inca Trail was challenging but doable. There was a guide at the beginning of the group, one with the middle of the pack, and a third with the last hiker(s). No one felt pressured to keep up a pace that was not comfortable for them. The guides kept in contact by radio and the front guide would stop the group periodically until the majority caught up. On the whole, the food and accommodations were top-notch and our guides were excellent. If you need to get into Lima a day early due to your flight schedule, consider taking a Shantytown Tour through Haku Tours. We met up with one of our fellow group members and did this. My husband said for him it was one of the highlights of the trip. I was able to book it online and we paid at the end of the tour. Omar, our guide, even arranged for us to be dropped off at a good restaurant for dinner and told us to have the waiter flag down a taxi to take us back to our hotel. Everything went off without a hitch. http://www.hakutours.com/shanty.php The days preceding the Inca Trail are wonderful for acclimating to the altitude and getting used to the type of hiking you'll be doing. There are lots and lots of stairs, both up and down, so be prepared. You might think walking down stairs for a few hours will be easy, but it puts a different kind of stress on your hips and knees. It doesn't help that the stone steps are all different heights and are made of rounded stones. A couple of caveats: If you don't pack your own hiking poles in your checked luggage, you will be without them until the Inca Trail. This was an issue for some in our group on the pre-Inca hikes. Also, DO NOT BUY THE DVD THAT WILL BE OFFERED TO YOU ON THE BUS AS YOU LEAVE THE Sacsayhuaman Ruins on Day 10. The DVD was $10 and is of such poor quality that it barely plays and is completely useless. I don't know why the woman selling it was allowed on our bus but she apparently knew our guide. Beware!

Maurica from Bridgeport, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 10/01/13 - 10/12/13
This trip was so wonderful that I would consider doing it again if there weren't so many other places I haven't been. The trial and Inca structures are unbelievable, the organization of the program well planned and executed, the hotels lovely, the food excellent, and the guides enthusiastic and knowledgeable. A 10 on a scale of 10. But be sure and train on stairs.

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