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18 Days | 17 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.
Ira from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/05/16 - 01/23/16
Tremendously impressed with the high quality of all aspects of this my first Road Scholar trip at age 80. Wish I had started sooner and will hope to see more of our wonderful world as circumstances allow.

Lorene from Mount Pleasant, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/01/15 - 12/19/15
Great survey of South America key sites and nice pacing. Be prepared for a lot of airport time and learn some Spanish as it will greatly enhance your trip! (but not essential) Food and accommodations were very good and Road Scholar did a great job.

Candace from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/15 - 10/24/15
One of the best trips I've ever been on.

Thomas from Mills River, NC Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 06/02/15 - 06/20/15
Despite some return flight problems, this was an excellent program, a sentiment seemingly shared by all in our group. We expected Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley and Easter Island to be great but Iguazu Falls, a trip to a village at 14,000 feet, and others were the icing on the cake!

Natalie from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/02/15 - 06/20/15
I took this trip in early June, 2015 and loved the sights, field trips, guides, lectures, food, and accommodations. It is hard for me to decide what was the best part. This was the fulfillment of a life long dream. I had a slight problem with altitude in Peru, but it passed in a day. Some members of our group had problems making it up and down the high steps of Machu Picchu, but came out all right. At the very end of the trip we were delayed getting off Easter Island by crosswinds that prevented the airplane from landing. But these things were nothing in comparison to the wonderful memories, pictures, and knowledge that we gained, and friendships too! I am so glad I went.

Anne from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/15 - 05/23/15
We took this tour in May 2015 and it exceeded our expectations! The facilitator and guides were terrific -- taking care of all of the logistics and helping us get the most out of every site we visited. The pace was just right, as was the balance between programmed and free time. Meals were good to fantastic (Buenos Aires was a culinary delight!); accommodations for the most part better than what we would have booked on our own. The climbing and walking were strenuous at times but well worth it to see breathtaking Incan remains, stunning waterfalls, and those mysterious (though less so now that we learned so much about them) statues on Easter Island. If you are interested in seeing the sights on this itinerary, we recommend this trip without reservation.

Candy from Bloomington, IN Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 05/05/15 - 05/23/15
This was the 8th Road Scholar program my husband and I have attended and the best of them all. We appreciated the lectures - with the exception of one lecturer - which provided us with information about what we were doing. Oscar Velasco, our group leader was terrific. It is so nice to have Road Scholar plan our transportation, program, and meals so we can truly enjoy our adventure. We have and will continue to recommend Road Scholar programs to others.

Nancy from Oro Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/15 - 05/23/15
We just returned from our South American adventure with Road Scholar, and highly recommend this trip for those who have Machu Picchu, Iguaso Falls and Easter Island on your bucket list. But be prepared - this trip is for people who are fit, can walk on uneven surfaces and have the stamina to travel all over the place. Being with the Road Scholar people will exceed all your expectations!

Daniel from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/17/15 - 03/06/15
This was a terrific tour and well worth the money. Great guides, well-organized, iconic places to see, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Easter Island in this short time, substantially shorted my "bucket list." Looking forward to the next one!

Diane from Spokane, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/03/15 - 02/20/15
This was a fabulous trip that included several outstanding attractions. I would rate it as VERY active, with much climbing up steps, including at high elevations. Incorporate stair-climbing in your regular exercise if you want to enjoy this trip.

Jessica from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 11/04/14 - 11/21/14
This active Road Scholar program checked all the South America sites on my wish list. It was well organized and well led. I look forward to my next Road Scholar trip, the new brouchure just arrived!

Anthony from Altamont, NY Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/21/14 - 11/07/14
I felt that the program covered a lot of different areas and was well worth the expense.

Joan from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/21/14 - 11/07/14
This is an ambitious program that includes two world-famous sites: Machu Picchu and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Our experiences in and near these two places were the highlights of the trip, and far exceeded my expectations. But a warning: The high altitudes in Peru caused problems for some group members. This trip may require a level of physical fitness beyond what is usual for a Road Scholar program described as "active".

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15 nights of accommodations
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