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The Best of South America: Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu and Easter Island

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17 Days | 16 Nights
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.
Linda from Cazenovia, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/22/14
This was a perfect trip in May. I really don't have any suggestions to improve it. I am still digesting all of the amazing sights and experiences. Do be prepared to travel quite a bit, and be prepared for the altitude. This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I was very impressed.

Cinderella from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/01/14 - 04/17/14
This program offered incredible value and learning. It was even better than I hoped in accommodation, food and of course, information. The participants were a plus to enjoy.

Barbara from Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/11/14 - 03/27/14
People keep asking me what I liked best about this trip....I tell them everything. All the places we visited were so different and getting to meet local residents was powerful. I highly recommend this trip....Easter Island was the frosting on the cake.

Len from Hugo, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 03/07/14
A great opportunity to see beautiful sites and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences in South America. Iguazu Falls is beautiful….and very different to view from Argentina vs. Brazil. Peru offers wonderful views of the Andes, good food (guinea pig excepted), spectacular Incan ruins (i.e., Machu PIcchu, Ollantaytambo, etc.) and the opportunity to visit several indigenous villages. Easter Island is a wonder, with beautiful south pacific vistas, the mystery of the Moai, and much history to keep you fascinated. Enjoy your trip - I sure did!

Barbara from Oakdale, PA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 03/07/14
This trip covers a variety of experiences and terrains from the rushing waters of the Iguazu River to the beauty of the Andes to the amazing statues on Easter Island. Accomodations were for the most part luxurious and the food elegantly presented.

Beth from Yorkville, IL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/18/14 - 03/07/14
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience three iconic sites in South America on one tour. I highly recommend it for the adventurous explorer.

John from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/07/14 - 01/23/14
This trip is an outstanding opportunity to visit, see, and feel a few of South America's highest rated attractions. The local guides, archaeologists, markets, and people made for an educational and wholly enjoyable experience! Highly recommended.

Bruce from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 01/28/14 - 02/13/14
I agree with all that Michelle wrote. We had a great group of 22 people and excellent guides. It was a magical trip to places I have dreamed about for 60 years. The dozen plane flights were quite tiring but worth the effort. I would have liked to spend at least a day in Lima to see the museum. This was Road Scholar trip #17 for me. Bruce from Berkeley

Michelle from San Bruno, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/28/14 - 02/13/14
I would highly recommend the Best of South America tour and our expert guide and group leader Oscar Velasco. Truly a trip of a lifetime! Be prepared to walk, climb, get wet, and be active (bring or plan to buy a walking stick and a rain poncho). Consult your physician or travel clinic and consider getting altitude medicine for the Peru portions of the trip, especially to prepare for Cusco. Take advantage of the excellent guides and ask questions, engage in dialogs and get to know people. If you bring cash, bring “very small” and brand new bills not just small USD currency. Twenty dollars is much harder to break than expected and bills are scrutinized quite thoroughly for ink marks and/or rips. Enjoy the delicious cuisine and wine ~ Cheers!

Patricia from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/28/14 - 02/13/14
I have wanted to see Machu Picchu and the moai on Easter Island for a long time and experiencing these places was everything I hoped. Being up close to the Devil's Throat at Iguazu Falls was like being in a magnificent watery cathedral. But every day of the tour was filled with learning and new experiences that were exciting and satisfyingly full. Oscar, the group leader, was warm, funny and organized and took care of us as far as he could in the Santiago International Airport when the tour was completed. We were able to see so much more with the Road Scholar tour planning than on our own. All the participants bonded and became friends. Don't wait too long to do this tour - it is physically challenging!

Ross from Brevard, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/28/14 - 02/13/14
This was a fabulous trip . The guides and educators were truly expert, but in additions all are personable and fun. This is an active trip and you need to be fit and desire to do it all. All the countries will take dollars but the bills need to be new and bring $1 and $5 denominations. Take your camera to the Easter Island culture show. It is equal opportunity and lots of fun. For me the high light was Machu Pichu and it's still hdd to believe I was really there. Enjoy!

Michael from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/28/14 - 02/13/14
I had a very good trip. Highly recommended. You need stamina to climb irregular steps and debris fields. A walking stick is very helpful. Oscar, our tour director, was excellent. All guides and speakers were excellent as well, particularly Sergio on Rapa Nui who literally wrote the book and is a former governor. Tips: Arrive in Miami a day ahead to protect yourself from weather delays in the U.S. Take a small, powerful flashlight. We didn't and wish we had. Crisp $1 bills are handy, bring 50 of them. Bring a collapsible walking stick.

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