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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.
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.
Mary from Wellesley, MA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/01/15 - 10/14/15
This program has many surprises. Macchu Picchu and Lake Titicaca are known by most people but we visited very important sites that are relatively unknown. There is a great deal of walking and climbing hills and stairs. I found it more strenuous than active but at 78 with 2 knees replaced i actually did all the activities once I learned to take my time. We had plenty of time to explore Macchu Picchu and our guide gave us plenty of time to rest and regaled us with much information all along the way. She also was very encouraging and cognizant of our needs so that we all participated in all the climbs. I came to appreciate some very advanced cultures that are relatively unknown to us. How could we build Macchu Picchu without wheels, iron implements and with only ropes and human labor. Hard to process. No one really had any problems with altitude even at 12, 500 feet because our itinerary made sure that we adapted slowly to the increasing elevations from 8,000 to 12, 000 feet. The accommodations were all 5 star and the meals will satisfy gourmets to gourmands. Be prepared to eat outside your comfort zone but it is all delicious. The guides were not only knowledgeable but fun people. A great trip to fulfill that item on your bucket list.

Dick from Maynard, MA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/01/15 - 10/14/15
Very nice program. Best part was that all the time after Machu Picchu was just as interesting. Altitude is a concern so prepare well. The program starts at about 8500 feet and gradually increased to 12500. Great trip which I recommend.

Irma from Alameda, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/10/15 - 09/23/15
I went to Peru and Bolivia. It was a beautiful trip in every way. Very well organized with an exellent guide.The highlight in Peru was Machu Picchu and Bolivia lake Titicaca. We visited 3 islands, very interesting to see how this people live. We also saw lots of history. We also saw a lot of history, very,very interesting.

Kenneth from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/23/15 - 05/06/15
I just want to heartily endorse what William, Carolyn, and Nick wrote. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip because of our knowledgeable and personable leaders (Alejandra, Boris, and Marcello) and the friendliness of the twenty other scholars.

William from Norman, OK Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/23/15 - 05/06/15
Trip highlights were: the Sacred Valey including Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, a visit to an Amerindian "Community" , Cuzco, the long drive across the Alti-plano, and our Lake Titicaca tours and events. La Paz was also interesting. Our guide Alejandra Cabieses did an excellent job and was careful to offer lower exertion alternatives. Be aware that high altitudes and thin air are a serious consideration. Expect to be physically challenged. Anyone vulnerable to car or motion sickness will likely be impacted by road conditions. Bring an extra passport photo or you will not be allowed to cross the border into Bolivia. This is a well run program which I would recommend to those who are prepared for the challenges of high altitude. Independent travelers may want to arrive in the Sacred Valley a day earlier (RS will help you arrange your van transfer from the airport). If you stay in Lima for a day or two after, I recommend the Miraflores neighborhood, but be careful to pay for your "Green" taxi in advance at the airport taxi counter, and only ride in one of their approved taxis.

Carolyn from Carson, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/23/15 - 05/06/15
Thank you, Road Scholar, for a trip to Peru and Bolivia that surpassed all expectations. The food, places visited, and experiences, were excellent. I thought Machu Picchu, the main reason I signed up for this trip, would be the high point. To my delight, there were many other high points, including the Cuyuni community where we learned about their daily life, a colorful parade celebrating workers on May 1, and the talented Peruvian and Bolivian singers and dancers who performed for us. In addition, the RS staff that escorted us, could not have been better. Our tour leader, the unflappable Alejandra, and our guides, the very knowledgeable Boris and Marcello, were engaging, patient, professional and enthusiastic. They did a superb job as we traveled through both countries.

Nick from Gold Canyon, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/23/15 - 05/06/15
The Peru/Bolivia program was excellent, informative, and well worth the cost, with great guides, good accommodations and transportation. Be in good health and ready to deal with high altitude excursions.

Luanne from Newaygo, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/11/14 - 09/24/14
Luanne from Newaygo, MI Number of programs attended: 2 Date attended: 09/11/14 - 09/24/14 The tour was wonderfully organized and well planned to help with altitude adjustment. As I have had chronic problems with migraines, vertigo, and motion sickness, I should have known I would have difficulty adjusting to the altitude, and I did. Our guides took excellent care of me. I regret missing two of the day trips, but experienced wonderful sights and educational opportunities. Oxygen was available when needed and dietary accommodations were made when I needed them. And of course, the coca tea was a God-send!!

Jeffrey from Needham, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/11/14 - 09/24/14
The evaluation forms don't allow you to page pack and forth and reflect on your answers without losing the entire narrative. Very frustrating when trying to provide thoughtful or nuanced feedback.

Diane from Grant, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/11/14 - 09/24/14
Fascinating tour. Learned much about early and current peoples of Peru and Bolivia. Travelling at this altitude is a challenge, but worth the effort.

Larry from Hilo, HI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/26/14
larry samuels, Hilo Hawai'i, first RS program 2/13/14 - 2/26/14 Machuy Picchu was classic but the personal contact with locals, whether Andean natives or floating islanders on Lake Titicaca were the high points of my travels. Fewer shrines and churches and more village contact would be my 'next time"

Robert from Bellevue, WA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/26/14
Robert from Bellevue, WA Elevation varies from 8,500 to 13,600 ft. Not for anyone having problems at those heights. A great trip though and very educational.

Richard from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/26/14
Richard Part II I am sure, after seeing the ruins at /of Tiwanaku that the people from Tawanaku sailed to and colonized the Polynesean islands. Because of time we failed to see the Nazca lines, nor did we see the salt flats, from which we get our lithium. The city of LaPaz was amazing. The view of the city from the top of the canyon edge, looking down on a city of 2.3 million people, with the snow capped mountains in the background was worth the price of the whole trip. Finally, we were all surprised/delighted with the observatory located next to our hotel on Lake Titicaca. Our guide, outstanding as was every guide I have had while on a road Scholar trip, had an excellent knowledge of the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, including the southern cross and constellations. In all I was extremely pleased with all the aspects of this trip. P.S. Although we flew into Cuzco, located at 14,000 feet elevation, we immediately drank some cocaine tea, and took the bus down to the Sacred Valley, at 9,000 feet, and did little the first 36 hours as we became acclimated to the altitude. Oxygen was always available, but only one person, who had COPD, ever needed it.

Jim from Jensen Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/26/14
The scenery is breathtaking. Our Guide was Maruja. She was like a "Guardian Angel." She took care of our many wants and needs. One Point: If you have breathing problems. think twice about the trip. You are over 10,000 most of the time.

Jan from Geneseo, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/26/14
I love to travel and always thought that our first trip of my retirement would be to Europe. My husband had been to Machu Picchu in the late 60’s and dreamed of returning. Due to the required activity level, we decided to participate in this program as our first big trip. I looked forward to the major sites, but had no idea that I would love the history and ruins, the country and its people as much as I did. I credit an outstanding Road Scholar program and the expertise of our wonderful guide, Maruja for my great enjoyment! Thank you for providing the trip of a lifetime. We look forward to traveling with Road Scholar again!

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