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Road Scholar World Academy 2013: Exploring South America

Program Number: 20752RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/4/2013 - 4/8/2013;
Duration: 94 nights
Location: Jamaica/Mexico/Belize/Honduras/Costa Rica/Panama/Ecuador/Peru/Chile/Argentina/Falkland Islands/Uruguay/Brazil/Trinidad/Aruba
Price starting at: $25,407.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 273; 94 Breakfasts, 87 Lunches, 92 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Uncover the secrets of ancient but stunningly advanced civilizations. Absorb the beauty of the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems and examine the modern challenges they face. Find surprising archaeological, artistic and architectural marvels. Peer into a not-too-distant future where this continent is home to some of the world’s most dynamic economies. The history, culture, beauty, pride and rhythm of South America are yours to experience on Road Scholar World Academy 2013.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Dirt and stone paths and other uneven terrain. Stairs without railings. Hot and humid conditions.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard mv Voyager, 17 nights; Galápagos Islands (Ecuador), 3 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 3 nights; Cusco (Peru), 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 7 nights; Santiago (Chile), 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 17 nights; Iguazu Falls (Argentina), 1 night; aboard mv Voyager, 26 nights; Manaus (Brazil), 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 14 nights.



Days 1-4: Arrival Montego Bay (Jamaica) / embark mv Voyager / at sea:

Learn about the flora and fauna of Jamaica and the cultivation of sugar cane, bananas and citrus fruits. Aboard the ship, begin an expert-led course on the natural history of the Caribbean and South America.



Days 5-10: Progreso (Mexico) / at sea / Belize City (Belize) / Puerto Cortés (Honduras) / at sea:

Explore the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the spectacular ruins include the Pyramid of the Magician and the Governor’s Palace. Share a traditional meal in a modern Mayan home. Search for birds, iguanas and even crocodiles among the mangroves on a boat excursion on Belize’s Haulover Creek. In Honduras, venture to the Mayan archaeological site of Copán, known for its ornate carvings and stelae.



Days 11-17: Puerto Limón (Costa Rica) / at sea / Cartagena (Colombia) / San Blas Islands (Panama) / Cristóbal / Balboa / at sea:

Learn about Costa Rica’s lovable sloths at a rainforest sanctuary. A shore excursion in Colombia brings you to the museum-house of the poet-president Rafael Núñez and Cartagena’s old town. Discover the heavenly San Blas Islands. A group of Panama’s Embera Indians welcome you to their village for a traditional meal. Experience one of history’s greatest engineering projects firsthand as you transit the Panama Canal and see the workings of the busy Gatun Locks.



Days 18-20: Manta (Ecuador) / disembark / coach to Guayaquil / flight to Galápagos Islands:

Leave the ship for a three-night journey to the Galápagos Islands. Observe the fascinating wildlife of these islands from tortoises to crabs to lizards on boat excursions to several islands. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Lodging: Four-star eco-hotel.



Days 21-28: Flight to Guayaquil to reembark / at sea / Salaverry (Peru) / Lima / disembark / flight to Cusco / flight to Lima to reembark / San Martín / at sea:

Begin the voyage’s second academic course, focusing on early civilizations of South America. Venture to Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in the Americas, built by the Chimú kingdom. Disembark for two nights exploring Cusco, the capital of the Inca, and the remarkable ruins of Machu Picchu. Visit Lima’s Larco Museum, showcasing pre-Columbian art. Board a small plane to view the mysterious Nazca Lines, enormous designs depicting spiders, monkeys and sharks. Lodging: Centrally located Cusco hotel.



Days 29-37: Arica (Chile) / at sea / Coquimbo / Valparaiso / disembark / coach to Santiago / coach to Valparaiso to reembark / at sea:

Journey into the Azapa Valley, a fertile oasis, to see the Chinchorro mummies, the world’s oldest mummies, at the San Miguel Archaeological Museum. A two-night shore excursion in Chile begins in Valparaiso with a visit to La Sebastiana, the hilltop home of the poet Pablo Neruda. Continue to cosmopolitan Santiago, your base for exploring Chilean wine country’s historic vineyards. Experience a countryside fiesta of food, dance and horsemanship. Onboard, start the voyage’s third expert-led course topic: the Age of Exploration. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 38-51: Puerto Montt / Puerto Chacabuco / Punta Arenas / Cape Horn / Ushuaia (Argentina) / at sea / Stanley (Falkland Islands) / at sea / Puerto Madryn (Argentina) / at sea:

This leg of the journey explores the remote region of Patagonia. Visit Frutillar, a German settlement on the shores of a mountain lake. Venture to Coyhaique, a city surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Get an up-close view of a Magellanic Penguin rookery. Sail through labyrinthine fjords then around the famed Cape Horn, keeping an eye out for dolphins and seals. Experience the dramatic landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Learn about the Falkland Islands, where fishing and sheep farming are ways of life. Discover the Valdes Peninsula, home to intriguing creatures like Dwarf Armadillos and guanacos (a relative of the llama).



Days 52-57: Buenos Aires / disembark / flight to Iguazu Falls / flight to Buenos Aires to reembark / Montevideo (Uruguay) / at sea:

Depart the ship for an overnight excursion to Iguazu Falls. Marvel at these spectacular falls that rise 100 feet higher than Niagara and walk through a tropical bird sanctuary. Enjoy a full day back in Buenos Aires to explore the Plaza de Mayo, La Recoleta Cemetery and more. Sail to Montevideo, Uruguay’s sophisticated capital, to find beautiful buildings ranging from colonial to Art Deco. Back onboard, begin a new course: The Age of Colonization and Imperialism. Lodging: Comfortable hotel near Iguazu Falls.



Days 58-64: São Paulo (Brazil) / Ilhabela / Paraty / Rio de Janeiro / at sea:

Begin your discovery of Brazil in its largest city, São Paulo, and visit the Instituto Butantan venom farm, where about 1,000 snakes are kept for poison extraction. Transfer to a schooner to sail around the lovely island of Ilhabela. Experience the beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty. Spend two days in energetic Rio, including an ascent to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car.



Days 65-74: Salvador da Bahia / at sea / Recife / Natal / at sea / Fortaleza / at sea:

Continue up the coast to Salvador, one of the oldest cities in the Americas; a field trip includes the ornate São Francisco Church. Explore Recife, known as “Brazilian Venice” for its many bridges, and the nearby colonial city of Olinda. Discover Natal, the country’s easternmost city, and meet a university professor to learn more about Brazilian history. In Fortaleza, witness fishermen on their traditional one-sailed rafts and enjoy lunch at an authentic churrascaria. Aboard the ship, begin a course on the development of Brazil.



Days 75-86: Belém / enter the Amazon River / Santarém / Boca de Valeria / Manaus / disembark / reembark / Parintins / Alter do Chão / on river / Macapá / at sea:

Absorb the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest on this leg of the voyage. Begin with a shore excursion in Belém, the first European colony on the Amazon. Observe village life along the river as you continue toward the “meeting of the waters,” where dark and sandy-colored rivers meet. Visit Boca de Valeria and interact with the caboclos (people of mixed Indian and European ancestry) who live in the village. Disembark for two nights at an eco-lodge, your base for naturalist-led jungle walks and a field trip to a monkey sanctuary. Explore Manaus, the “Paris of the Tropics.” Learn about Amazonian folklore and indigenous culture in Parintins. Take a nature walk in a private arboretum and find the Brazilian rubber tree. In Macapá, locals show you traditional Amazon skills like making shrimp traps and using plants for medicine. Begin the last onboard course: Contemporary Issues in Latin America. Lodging: Riverside eco-lodge surrounded by private nature reserve.



Days 87-95: Devil’s Island (French Guiana) / at sea / Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) / at sea / La Guaira (Venezuela) / Oranjestad (Aruba) / at sea / Montego Bay (Jamaica) / disembark / departure:

Explore Devil’s Island, for generations a notorious French penal colony, independently. An expert-led shore excursion on Trinidad includes historic Port of Spain, a cocoa plantation and a traditional “Shark and Bake” lunch. Discover the surprisingly arid, cactus-strewn landscape of Aruba.



Voyager

Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 17 nights
   Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 3 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 3 nights
   Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza
  Cusco, Peru 2 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 7 nights
   Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 17 nights
   Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 26 nights
   Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
  Manaus, Brazil 2 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 14 nights
 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 12 de febrero y Avenida Charles Darwin
Santa Cruz,  Galapagos Ecuador
phone: +000-000-0000
  Facility amenities: Breakfast Included, 24-Hour Hot Water, Travel Info Desk, Lounge
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Perfectly convenient: under the colonial arcades of stately Plaza Regocijo & around the corner from Cusco’s beautiful Plaza de Armas. Guests of this hotel can’t get much closer to the restaurants, bars, and shops that mark the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Cusco airport and 5-minute taxi from Cusco’s train & bus stations.
  Contact info: Portal E Spinar 142
Cusco,   Peru
phone: +51 84 23 1733
web: www.casa-andina.com/peru/hotels/cusco-hotels/classic-cusco-plaza/hotel.php
  Room amenities: In room safe, cable TV, Free high speed wi-fi internet access, direct dial telephone, hairdryer
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, oxygen available upon request at the reception desk, free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access throughout hotel,small Internet Centers with free high-speed Internet access, ATM machine, laundry service, foreign currency exchange,
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: One of the city's most elegant hotels, its located in the financial district. Upscale shops and restaurants share the neighborhood, and top attractions such as San Cristobal Hill, Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Presidential Palace are nearby.
  Contact info: Ave Vitacura 2885
Las Condes
Santiago,  7550024 Chile
phone: +56 2 394 2000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/santiago
  Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, mini bar, high speed internet access (at an extra charge), phone, bathrobe, hairdryer, in room safe, individually controlled A/C.
  Facility amenities: 2 Restaurants, bar, health & fitness center, indoor pool, spa, gift shop, business center staffed between 8:00AM & 10:00PM (e-mail & internet, fax), self laundry facilities, laundry/dry cleaning service, wireless data connection available at an extra cost, concierge,
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Just where 2 rivers and 3 countries meet...With its unique location, just a few metres from the Hito Tres Fronteras, Amerian Portal del Iguazú Hotel has a stunning view of the joint of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers.. Originally, it was at this point where the outstanding waterfalls were formed but due to an eruption occurred millions of years ago, the waterfalls went backwards to their current position. Therefore, the Hotel is considered to be positioned at a good energy point
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Av. Tres Fronteras 780 y Av Eduardo Arrabal
Puerto Iguazu,   Argentina
phone: +03757498200
web: www.portaldeliguazu.com/eng
  Room amenities: Disability accessible rooms. Air conditioned rooms and LCD 32 inch TV by cable. WiFi internet access. Mini Bar and Room Service. Laundry service. Dressing gowns in all categories. Safety deposit box. Carpet and natural wooden floors. Bathtubs
  Facility amenities: Business Centre with wireless internet access and a reading room Outdoor lap swimming pool and solarium. Indoor heated lap pool. Spa View details Gymnasium. La Misión Restaurant. View details Regional Lobby Bar. Tango thematic Bar. Meetings and events rooms.View details Outdoor BBQ close to the pool. View details Tennis court and football pitch. Free Wi-Fi access in all rooms. IDD/ NDD. Smoking areas. Playroom. Playground, Wii and PlayStation. Vegetable garden and nursery. Transfers.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Ecopark Jungle Lodge is located on the Tarumã River, approximately one hour from the Manaus airport.There is unlimited opportunity for guests to view different bird spieces, giant trees, exotic orchids, medicinal plants, and much more! All bungalows are comfortable and pleasantly decorated, while maintaining a rustic and original atmosphere.
  Contact info: Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro
Amazon Jungle,  69005-1 Brazil
phone: +55 92 9146 0594
web: www.amazonecopark.com.br/en/the-hotel
  Room amenities: air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows
  Facility amenities: Pier for embarking and disembarking of guests; large open air reception area with bar; handicraft and convenience boutique; open air, thatched roof restaurant (kitchen is open to guests); air conditioned events salon; games salon; air conditioned TV and meeting salon; thatched roof hammock area; 4 natural bathing pools and private beach.There are several fresh water streams, jungle trails with diverse vegetation, including virgin forests, natural savannas, and creeks for canoeing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: All bathrooms have showers only.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on the afternoon of Day 1 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Embarkation will begin at 3:00p.m. You will be staying at MV Voyager that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends in the morning in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Latest disembarkation time is 9:00 a.m. You will be staying at MV Voyager the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Yellow Fever Vaccine is required for travel to French Guyana. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on “Already Booked” then “Required Passenger Information” to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A Yellow Fever vaccine is required for travel to French Guiana. The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/travel
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation to site: The MV Voyager will be docked just outside of Montego Bay proper at the Montego Freeport Port. The port is located approximately 8 km from the airport and is a 15 minute drive. Taxis will be readily available at the airport for participants arriving independently.
  From End of Program
  Location: Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation from site: The MV Voyager will be docked just outside of Montego Bay proper at the Montego Freeport Port. The airport is located approximately 8 km from the port and is a 15 minute drive. Taxis can be arranged for participants transferring to the airport independently.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)


Required innoculations:

Yes: A Yellow Fever vaccine is required for travel to French Guiana. The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/travel

Elevation Note: The elevation in Cusco, Peru is 3,399 meters (11,152 feet).

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals / Montego Bay, Jamaica
(Friday, January 4)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Transfer to the MV Voyager docked at the Montego-Freeport Port, located approximately 15 minutes from the airport.
 Afternoon: Embarkation will begin at 3:00 pm. Shortly after embarkation, a mandatory safety drill will be required of all ship guests. Later meet your group leader for your program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Montego Bay, Jamaica
(Saturday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Montego Bay, Jamaica": Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 the island became an English - and later a British - colony known as "Jamaica". Jamaica achieved its full independence on August 6, 1962. With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. This morning you will be picked up at the port for a visit to an area known as Cockpit Country. Pockmarked with steep-sided hollows, as much as 120 metres (390 ft) deep in places, which are separated by conical hills and ridges, the area provided a natural defense against Spanish and British colonists. In the historic village of Bunker Hill, you will see a traditional, working farm, and explore the flora and fauna near the river.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional "bush" lunch at Bunker Hill.
 Afternoon: After lunch you will make your way back to the ship, with a stop at 18th century Clarks Town.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: At Sea
(Sunday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #1: "Plate Tectonics: Why We are Where We Are". Join your study leader for the first in your exclusive series of lectures on the Natural History of the Caribbean and South America.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner (formal dress required)
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea
(Monday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #2: "Earthquakes and Volcanos of our Voyage" Join your study leader for a lecture themed on the geography and natural history of this journey.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Progreso, Mexico
(Tuesday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Merida Dzibilchaltun & Mayan Rum Tasting": Learn how rum, the traditional Xtabentun (pronounced sh-ta-ben-toon) and spirits of tropical and exotic fruits as coconut, sour SOP or maintenance have been concocted. Learn how the alcoholic beverages are distilled from the most important producer of the Yucatán peninsula. The House of Spirits is located in an old hacienda and has been inhabited since the 18th century. It is located on the outskirts of Mérida city and it's layout includes a courtyard with traditional Mayan plants and trees. Here you will see the stash of rum barrels, the rum production center, the traditional garden and enjoy tasting the types of alcohol produced here.
 Lunch: Visit a typical Maya house where we will meet the owners and enjoy Maya Cooking. One of the most traditional dishes in Yucatan is the "Poc Chuc" (tender slices of port marinated in sour orange juice, grilled and served with lettuce, tomato sauce, pickle onions, refried black beans and tortillas made by hand.
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: In the Mayan city of Dzibilchaltun, explore a typical Mayan dwelling. See the Mayan pyramids and temples of Dzibilchaltun, including the Temple of the Seven Dolls. This temple is arranged in such a way that each Spring, on the day of the equinox, the rising sun shines directly through one window and out the other. Finally, visit the Xlacah cenote, a deep natural well formed by the collapse of limestone. The Xlacah cenote is believed by archaeologists to have been a holy site for a religious cult for leaving offerings.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Wednesday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #3: "The Chixulub Impact: Is this the Cause of the Extinction of Dinosaurs?". Join your study leader for an exciting morning lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Belize City, Belize
(Thursday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Mangrove Tunnels & Belize City Museum": Take a leisurely and entertaining cruise up Haulover Creek. The mangrove branches on either side of the creek meet high overhead to form a living tunnel. These tunnels are home to a healthy population of wildlife - be on the lookout for various bird species, iguanas and crocodiles. Along the way your local guide will give you a taste of the laid back, and always friendly, Belizean culture. After the boat ride, you will stop at the Museum of Belize. The Museum of Belize, located in downtown Belize City (Gabourel Lane), and on the grounds of the Central Bank of Belize, was the country’s first national museum, inaugurated in 2002. The Museum is housed in a refurbished British colonial prison built in 1857 and evacuated in 1993. What used to be a dwelling for inmates is now where valued Belizean treasures are on exhibit. Both permanent and rotating collections are on display. Maya Masterpieces is a permanent museum collection that spans the ancient Maya civilization from 600 B.C. to A.D. 1500. Many artifacts displaying the legacy of ancient Maya achievements are exhibited. Rotating exhibits include “Insects of Belize” a colorful collection of butterflies, including the spectacular Blue Morpho, and “Stamps of Belize” which, features a stamp commemorating the Coronation of King George VI (1937). The Museum of Belize, has retained its link with the past as each window of the structure signifies a cell that was built for one inmate. One cell has been restored to give visitors a glimpse of what prison life used to be like.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore Belize City.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Puerto Cortes, Honduras
(Friday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Ruins of the Mayan City of Copan": The majority of archeologists agree that Copan formed part of the three largest and most lavish cultural centers of the new world. Copan, considered by many one of the most spectacular cities of the ancient Mayas civilization, is situated in the southwestern part of the Mayan region. It flourished during the 7th century A.D. and at it's peak was representative of what Athens was to the old world: the cradle of its civilization. Because of it's significance to the Mayan culture, UNESCO declared Copan a world heritage site in 1980. The many different areas of Copan offer visitors a feast of Mayan artifacts to discover. The detail and sheer volume of carvings and stelae are impressive; 4,509 structures have been detected with 3,450 of the structures found within 24 sq km of the Principal Group.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the village of Copan.
 Afternoon: If time allows, spend some free time in Copan before transferring back to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea
(Saturday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #4: "Building the Panama Canal: The Challenges of the Land". Meet with your study leader for a lecture about the difficulties of building the Panama Canal.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea
(Sunday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #5: "The Great American Interchange: Migration Across the Western Hemisphere".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
(Monday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Tortuguero Canals": Spend the day exploring Tortuguero National Park. On small boats, explore the interconneting maze of canals in this tranquil lagoons. Learn about this amazing ecosystem that is packed with many species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, freshwater fish and mammals. Compare this ecosystem to the mangrove tunnels experienced previously in Belize.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Puerto Limon
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #6: "The Galapagos: Hot Spot or Not". Join your study leader for a morning lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Cartagena, Colombia
(Wednesday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Cartagena Colombia": The day starts with a short panoramic drive from the port by private motor coach to La Popa Monastery, previously known as "stern of a galleon". This ancient Monastery located at the top of a hill and can be seen from any point in Cartagena and in turn it offers a privileged view of this incredible city. Built at the beginning of the XVIIth century, as a humble wooden chapel but later replaced by a more solid construction that was fortified two centuries later. It is still inhabited by monks, was used several times as a military fortress due to its strategic location. A chapel dedicated to virgin de La Candelaria, a patron saint of Cartagena and Colonial Museum can also be visited. Enjoy the flower filled patio and the views that stretch all over the city and wander through the cool patio and interior of the convent.You will then continue to San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, situated outside the walled city, for a photostop. This monumental fort is considered to be the most oustanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the new world. Its construction began in 1536 and lasted for 121 years. This fort is the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas and dominates the town. You then continue to the Palace of the Inquisition. The aim of the Inquisition was to judge crimes against the Catholic faith and this building is the most important example of civilian architecture in eighteenth century Cartagena. Its construction was finished in 1776. Here you will gather in the shaded courtyard of the museum for a short lecture on the history of the Spanish Iguisition in Colombia. You then continue the guided walk through San Pedro Square before rejoining the motorcoach.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to explore the city of Cartagena. In 1984, Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Downtown area of Cartagena has varied architecture, mainly a colonial style, but republican and Italian style buildings, such as the Cathedral's bell tower, can be seen.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: San Blas Islands, Panama
(Thursday, January 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: This morning is free to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities. The ship is scheduled to arrive in the San Blas Islands at around noon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Step ashore on this island paradise and enjoy the setting and welcome of the Kuna Indian people. Sands are brilliant white, seas a crystalline blue and the crafts, which the locals will no doubt invite you to examine- are every bit as spectacular. Most famous of these are the painstakingly crafted "Mola" embroideries. Other hard to resist invitations include boat rides in local dugout canoes to the neighboring isles. none is more fascinating than Nalu Nega. A hive of activity, it is wonderful to sit and watch the Indians going about their daily businesses or accept an invitation to step into their homes. They may ask for a small fee to take photographs, but barting is all part of what promises to be a memorable day.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Cristobal, Panama / Panama Canal
(Friday, January 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on Board Ship.
 Morning: Field Trip "Discover Lake Alajuela": Boat up the Rio Charges through a fascinating and dense jungle to Lake Alajuela. Explore the the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Emberá tribe will welcome you at the pier and bring you into their small village for a day so you can see how they still live today. The villages chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts.
 Lunch: Lunch with Embera Tribe in their village
 Afternoon: In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Full transit through the Panama Canal. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 5,900 mi. well under half the 14,000 mi. route around Cape Horn. The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Balboa, Panama
(Saturday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Eco-Cruise on Gatun Lake": Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the lake. With expert guides you'll cruise slowly through the back channels, islands and bays thatmake up this unique ecosystem. Glide past lush rainforests to a secluded region of the lake and witness firsthand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you might see in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents that make up this beautiful, tropical jungle will engulf you. A stop at Gatun Locks, the largest and most important of the 3 sets of locks at the Panama Canal will complete the day.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea
(Sunday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #7: "Natural History of the Caribbean and South America". Enjoy a morning lecture with your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Manta, Ecuador / Disembark / Fly to Galapagos Islands
(Monday, January 21)

Note: You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this extended field trip. Please note that porterage may not be available, and you will need to manage your own luggage.



   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: This morning you will disembark the ship on an extended 3 night field trip to the Galapagos Islands. Disembark the ship and transfer to the Manta Airport. Fly from Manta to the Galapagos Islands (via Quito)
 Lunch: A light lunch will be served in flight
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Charles Darwin Research Center": Arrive to Baltra Island where you will meet your local naturalist. Transfer through the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to the town of Puerto Ayora. With just over 10,000 inhabitants, Puerto Ayora is the most populous settlement in the Galapagos and home to the Charles Darwin Research Center where Ecuadorian and foreign scientists work constantly on research and projects for conservation of the Galapagos terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Visit the Research Center to see their latest work.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19: Galapagos Islands
(Tuesday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "North Seymour Island": Set out this morning on a full day yacht excursion to North Seymour Island where you will have the opportunity to observe the unique and fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served on board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the Galapagos Islands by yacht.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Galapagos Islands
(Wednesday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Floreana Island": Set out this morning on a full day yacht excursion to Floreana Island where you will continue to see the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel or a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Floreana Island.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Galapagos Islands / Fly to Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador / Re-embark Ship
(Thursday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Check out of the hotel this morning and transfer back to Baltra Island for flights returning to Guayaquil.
 Lunch: Lunch served on board the flight
 Afternoon: Take a drive through the city of Guayaquil before re-embarking the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22: At Sea
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #1: Today's morning lecture will begin the second educational theme of this program: "Early Civilizations of Central and South America."
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture # 2: "Early Civilizations- Common Features of their Search". Join your study leader for an afternoon lecture themed on early South and Central American civilizations.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Salaverry, Peru
(Saturday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Chan Chan & the Temples of the Sun and Moon": The Chimu, who preceded the Incas and were later conquered by them, built Chan Chan, their capital, about 1300 A.D. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud city in the world. At one time, Chan Chan had over 60,000 inhabitants and was a very rich city with a vast wealth of gold, silver and ceremics. After the Incas conquered the Chimu, the city remained untouched until the spanish came. Within a few decades of the conquistadors, most of the treasures of Chan Chan were gone, either taken by the Spanish or by looters. The Temples of the Sun and Moon (Huacas del Sol y de la Luna) were built by the Mohicas during the Moche period, over 700 years before the Chimu civilization and Chan Chan. The Huaca de la Luna has over 50 million adobe bricks, and the Huaca del Sol is the largest mud structure on the continent. The desert climate has enabled these mud structures to last for hundreds of years.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture # 3: "The Aztec Quetzalcoatl". Join your study leader this afternoon for a lecture about the Aztec people.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Callao, Peru / Transfer to Lima / Fly to Cusco
(Sunday, January 27)

Note: You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this extended field trip. Please note that porterage may not be available, and you will need to manage your own luggage.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima Peru for flights to Cusco.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own at the airport
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Cusco": According to legend Cusco was built by Inca Pachacuti, who transformed it from a sleepy city-state into the vast empire. Spaniards arrived in 1533 and began construction of a new city on the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with churches and palaces with mansions. Visit Korikancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire, its walls served as the foundation for the construction of the Convent de Santo Domingo. Continue to Cusco Catherdral. The first Cathedral was built in 1539; in 1560, the construction of a new cathedral was ordered. The Cathedral was finished in 1664, a century later.
 Dinner: Dinner at Incanto Restaurant
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 25: Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
(Monday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Machu Picchu": The ruins of Machu Picchu are amongst the most beautiful and enigmatic sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city. The cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. These structures, carved from the gray granite of the mountain top are wonders of both architectural and aesthetic genius. Many of the stone blocks weigh 50 tons or more, yet are so precisely sculpted and fitted together with such exactitude that the mortar-less joints will not permit the insertion of even a thin knife blade. Little is known of the social or religious use of the site during Inca times.
 Lunch: Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Machu Picchu
 Dinner: Dinner on own
   
Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 26: Cusco / Fly to Lima / Coach to Callao, Peru / Embark Ship
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Lima Overview": Check out of your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the airport for flights back to Lima. Before returning to the ship, see some of the highlights of the capital and largest city in Peru, including a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to unpack and relax on board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: General San Martin, Peru
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Field Trip "Tambo Colorado Ancient Fortress and Peruvian Hacienda": Tambo Colorado is strategically located where the narrow Pisco Valley starts to open up and emerges onto the coastal plains. It lies on the important Inca road that connected Chincha on the coast with the highlands and Cusco, the capital. The well-preserved adobe and stone structure was in all likelihood built atop an ancient fortress of the pre-Inca culture of Chincha. it was adapted into a grain depository administrative and military center by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. Even weather conditions such as the Corrientes del Nino have not adversely affected this ancient complex, whose name is derived from the abundant colors that once vividly adorned its outer walls. Those colors are faded by still visible and Tambo Colorado is the most itneresting testimonial to the Inca culture on the Peruvian coast. As you explore you'll discover evidence that suggests the site was used to worship the sun, as well as study astronomy and everything related to agriculture.
 Lunch: Enjoy a fresh grown buffet style lunch at a family-owned farm.
 Afternoon: Return to the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: At Sea
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture # 4: "The Mayan Calendars". Join your study leader for a morning lecture about the mysterious Mayan Calendar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Arica, Chile
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Man and the Desert": For almost 10,000 years man has inhabited this land, framed by the driest desert in the world, the Atacama desert. See San Marcos Church. Erected in 1876 and made at the Gustave Eiffel workshops, this church replaced the old one that was swept away by a tidal wave in 1869. In Azapa Valley, visit San Miguel Archaeological Museum with its collection of pre-Columbian artifacts and mummies preserved in sand. Dating back to 5,000 BC, these mummies are the oldest in the world. See one of the most amazing and enigmatic works of these Andean peoples: the geoglyphs. The geoglyphs are drawings made on the hill slopes either by piling up stones or scratching the surface of the hillside. The size, beauty and simplicity of these works of art is sure to astound. Next, head into the real desert. Silence, and solitude your only companions. In Pampa Chaca, see the Tutelar Figures, sculpted by one of Chile's best sculptors. The statues are composed of two groups: The Ancestors, and The Origin of the Ancestry. The statues are an homage to the people who crossed the Andes and the perilous desert and created a long-lasting culture. According to the Andean tradition those people have a divine origin, descending from the Sun and the Moon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: At Sea
(Saturday, February 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture # 5: "The Inca Amawtakuna". Enjoy a morning lecture about the Inca that will give more background information on the culture surrounding the Incan sites you've visited.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: At Sea
(Sunday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture # 6: "Those Early Civilizations Today - Legacies and Challenges".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture # 7: "Concluding Remarks- Resources - Final Questions/Comments". This afternoon, take the time with your study leader to conclude this set of lectures.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Coquimbo, Chile
(Monday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Elqui Valley and La Serena": Depart from Coquimbo pier towards Elqui Valley, which has a geographic configuration unique in the world. The valley holds a narrow but fertile strip of land in the the midst of a harsh Andean mountainous desert. The valley is irrigated by the Elqui river, whose water comes down from the high reaches of the mountains to nourish the land. This place has the clearest atmosphere in the world, especially for astronomical purposes as there is so little light pollution. Driving along the valley, pass by typical villages such as Algarrobito, El Molle and El Tambo. You will visit a national drink distillery factory where you will learn about the making of Pisco, which is produced and bottled in this region. Pisco is achieved through the distillation of wine produced from different grape varieties. Visit the cellars and exhibition room of Pisco, followed by a tasting of the traditional drink. Then continue to the picturesque town Vicuna located 60 kilometers from La Serena, where Gabriela Mistral (literature Nobel Prize winner) was born. You will have some time to visit the main square, Bauer Tower (old city hall), and Vicuna's church.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Return to La Serena where you will visit La Recova handicraft market. Here you will find papaya products, handicrafts of Combarbalita and lapis lazuli, pottery and ceremics with Diaguita motifs, and alpaca wool articles. Then enjoy a panoramic view of the city as you make your way back to the pier.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: Valparaiso / Santiago, Chile
(Tuesday, February 5)

Note: You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this extended field trip. Please note that porterage may not be available, and you will need to manage your own luggage.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Spend a leisurely morning on board the ship, and pack for a 2 night field trip to Santiago, Chile.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Cosmopolitan Chile": Having spent most of your time in South America in fairly remote areas, you now experience the opposite end of the scale- cosmopolitan city life. Start in the old district of Valparaiso at the Plaza Sotomayor, the naval heart of the city. Drive up the hillside to Los Cerros and experience contrasting views of mansions, tattered houses and shacks in utter confusion spread along the narrow streets. Via funicular continue to "La Sabastiana", the house of Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature, astonishing in its construction, and also for the enormous variety of objects found here. Then head to the fashionable seaside resort of Vina del Mar. Pass the resort's famous landmark, the floral clock, en route to the steep bluff of Cerro Castillo, location of teh summer palace of the Presidents of the Republic. Drive across the central valley and through the coastal range to reach Santiago (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival in the city take a panoramic drive to see the most important highlights of historic and modern Santiago.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Check into your hotel in Santiago. Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: Santiago Chile
(Wednesday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Wines of Chile": Start at the famed Santa Rita Winery in the Maipo Valley. A visit to the Santa Rita installations in Alto Jahuel constitutes a fascinating trip through Chilean history and viticulture. Santa Rita was founded in 1880, and was owned for many years by one of the country's most famous poets. They pioneered the planting of Bordeaux varietals and now are considered one of the best wineries of the country. In the May 2007 issue of Wine Spectator their 2002 flagship Cabernet was rated 92 points. (Tastings will be done during lunch.) Next you will visit the Museum of the Andes; the museum houses a stunning private collection of indigenous art and culture of Chile.
 Lunch: Lunch at La Casa de Dona Paula Restaurant, currently a National Monument named after Ms. Paula Jaraquemada, the former manor owner of Santa Rita estate over 200 years ago. She sheltered 120 of General Bernardo O'Higgins soldiers in the manor cellar after a fierce fight against Spanish Crown soldiers. The well-known 120 brand was created in the honor of those 120 patriots.
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Visit one of the most important and productive wineries in Chile, Concha y Toro Vineyard. Founded in 1883 near the picturesque little town of Pirque, it still maintains all the traditions of Chilean wines. The Wine Advocate awarded their icon Carmenere wine, Carmin de Peumo 2005, 97 points.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the cuisine of Santiago
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 35: Santiago / Valparaiso, Chile
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Fiesta Linda (The Beautiful Festival)": Gain insight into Chilean culture, customs, traditions and the celebratory side of Chilean country life as you join a ‘fiesta linda’ – a beautiful party in the countryside. See Chile’s national dance, the cueca, performed and try it out yourself. ‘Huasos’ (Chilean cowboys) dressed in traditional costume demonstrate their art on horseback. Enjoy an assorted selection of traditional Chilean snacks (Empanadas, choripan, sopaipillas with pebre, tortilla de rescoldo with Chancho en Piedra) while listening to Chilean music performed by a folkloric group.
 Lunch: Typical Chilean lunch at Fiesta Linda
 Afternoon: Depart the ranch and coach back to the ship in Valparaiso.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36: At Sea
(Friday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #1: Today's lecture will begin the third educational theme of this program: The Age of Exploration
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon on board the ship to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 37: At Sea
(Saturday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #2: "Age of Exploration". Join your study leader for a lecture on the third lecture theme.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon on board the ship to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38: Puerto Montt, Chile
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Puerto Varas & Frutillar": Head north through beautiful, lush countryside dotted with weathered clapboard barns and churches. Stop and stroll to Petrohue Falls, with Mt. Osorno in the background. Continue on to Puerto Varas, a charming German-style village situated on Lake Llanquihue, South America's third-largest natural lake. Enjoy the ambiance as you browse the local handicraft market before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Puerto Varas
 Afternoon: Field Trip continues: In Frutillar visit to the interesting local museum provides an insight into the life of German settlers who colonized the area.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
(Monday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The morning is free to relax on board the ship. The ship is scheduled to arrive in port at 1:00 p.m
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Discover Coyhaique": Make a brief photo stop at the Cascade of the Virgin. Continue to Coyhaique by paved road, crossing the Andes Mountains from the coast to the East arriving in Coyhaique, located at about 1,476 feet. The road goes along the Simpson river during all the way by a narrow mountainous valley with varied and abundant birds. Make a short stop for about 10 minutes at the Alto Baguales viewpoint, where we will have a superb sight of Coyhaique city. Arrive in Coyhaique, visiting the center of the city, and the Regional Museum of Patagonia. Although small, this museum features interesting exhibits with photos of early settlers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40: At Sea
(Tuesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #3: "The Age of Exploration". Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41: At Sea / Cruising the Chilean Fjords
(Wednesday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #4: "The Age of Exploration". This morning, join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The southern pacific coast Chile offers up a spectacular landscape where glaciers, forests, snow capped mountains, and remote villages meet the sea. From the confort of the ship, cruise though a wild labyrinth of channels and straits, inlets and bays. Keep your eye out for dolphins, elephant seals, sea lions and other marine mammals along the way.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42: Punta Arenas, Chile
(Thursday, February 14)

Note: There may be long flights of stairs in the museum to reach certain exhibits. Staircases will have railings.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Punta Arenas & Fort Bulnes": Get an introduction to points of interest in Punta Arenas, and have the chance to see the rugged scenic beauty outside of the port with a visit to Fort Bulnes. Board your coach pier side for a sightseeing drive around this bustling frontier town, the capital of the Magallanes Region. Discover the charm of this southerly city, situated by the Strait of Magellan. See the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and to the Cerro la Cruz, a viewpoint of the city and the Magellan Strait, the port and the legendary Tierra del Fuego Island, Fireland. Visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, founded by Salesian missionaries. This museum gives a comprehensive overview of the regional flora and fauna, the habitat of indigenous people of the region and regional history Also part of this visit is the pioneer cemetery with avenues lined by tall cypress and splendid mausoleums. A solemn tombstone indicates the place where the last of the now-extinct Ona Indians is buried.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Travel on to Fort Bulnes, the first Chilean settlement in Patagonia. Fort Bulnes was founded in 1843, and had only 21 inhabitants as the first colonists. Due to lack of fresh water and poor pastures, the colony was moved to the site of modern day Punta Arenas only five years after its original settlement. The reconstruction of this settlement will demonstrate the lives and hardships of these first men and women living in a rugged frontier land. Next, head southwards on a very scenic road, always skirting the Strait of Magellan. Arrive at a small "hosteria" where you will sip a typical pisco sour - or distilled wine - drink and see a shearing show.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43: At Sea / Cruising the Chilean Fjords
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #5: "The Age of Exploration". Join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities, as you continue to sail through the maze of islands, inlets and straits of the Chilean Fjords.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 44: At Sea / Cruise Cape Horn
(Saturday, February 16)

Note: Large waves and gale force winds in this region can make for rough sailing, so it is recommended that you take something for seasickness if you are susceptible.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #6: "The Age of Exploration". Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Cape Horn (named after the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands) is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of Southern Chile and is located on the small island of Hornos. Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage. The need for ships to round Cape Horn was greatly reduced by the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. The cape lies within Chilean territorial waters, and the Chilean Navy maintains a station on Hoorn Island, consisting of a residence, utility building, chapel, and lighthouse. Large waves and gale force winds can make for rough sailing, so it is recommended that you take something for seasickness if you are susceptible.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 45: Puerto Williams, Chile / Ushuaia, Argentina
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: This morning the ship will make a brief stop in Puerto Williams, Chile before sailing to Ushuaia. In Ushuaia you will explore. Field trip "Ushuaia National Park": A local expert introduces you to the natural history and unique geology of Patagonia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 46: At Sea
(Monday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #7: "The Age of Exploration". Join your study leader for a lecture themed on the Age of Exploration.
 Afternoon: Lunch on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 47: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Port Stanley Overview": Get a sense of life in the Falklands in the 1840s, 1940s and 1970s -three distinctly different areas each with their own special character and each showing a way of life that has now all but vanished. See the major highlights, including the Cathedral with its Whale Bone Arch, the 1982 Battle Memorial, wrecks of old sailing ships, a private whalebone display, Stanley Airport, the hospital, Government House, the Community School and the mizzen mast from the famous SS Great Britain, and minefields. Visit Nutt Cartmell Cottage, one of the earliest residential buildings in Stanley, and the museum at Britannia House, covering the Falklands' maritime and local history. Then visit Gypsy Cove - an area of outstanding natural beauty where there are many species of birdlife as well as a colony of magellanic penguins. Spend approximately 30 minutes here admiring the views and taking memorable photographs of the wildlife before returning to the drop off point at the Jetty Visitors Centre.
 Lunch: Stop at a local shop for a Falkland's Smoko- tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits, and light savoury snacks.
 Afternoon: Return to the ship and set sail for Puerto Madryn, Argentina
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 48: At Sea
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #8: "The Age of Exploration". Meet up with your study leader on board for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 49: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
(Thursday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Punta Tombo": Punta Tombo is a 3km long and 600 meter wide peninsula off the southern coast of Argentina. Between September and April a large number of Magellanic Penguins come here to lay their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 50: At Sea
(Friday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #9: "The Age of Exploration". Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 51: At Sea
(Saturday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #10: "The Age of Exploration". This morning, join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 52: Buenos Aires, Argentina / Fly to Iguazu Falls
(Sunday, February 24)

Note: You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this extended field trip. Please note that porterage may not be available, and you will need to manage your own luggage



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights to Puerto Iguazu
 Lunch: Lunch on own at the airport
 Afternoon: Field Trip "The Argentine Falls": This afternoon enjoy a guided visit to the Argentine side of the falls. Following this up close view of the falls, check into the hotel for 1 night.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53: Iguazu Falls / Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Continue to explore the Argentinian side of the falls at Devil's Troat. The train brings you to the entrance of Devil's Throat, as well as the upper and lower trails. The Paseo Garganta del Diablo is a 1-kilometre-long (0.6 mi) trail that brings the visitor directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat, the highest and deepest of the falls.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant near Iguazu Falls
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for flights back to Buenos Aires. Re-embark the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on Board the Ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 54: Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Field Trip "Introduction to Buenos Aires": Get acquainted with Buenos Aires via the city’s major neighborhoods and attractions. Points of interest include the Main Square “Plaza de Mayo” surrounded by the “Casa Rosada” (Presidential Headquarters Office), the “Cabildo” (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral. Drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and down the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multicolor tin houses. Later, go through elegant Barrio Norte on the way to the Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing aboveground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks.
 Lunch: Lunch on own to sample the cuisine of Buenos Aires
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 55: Montevideo, Uruguay
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Discover Montevideo": Get an overrview of Montevideo's monuments, parks and gardens. See the Old City, Constitution Square, Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, and Independence Square at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to national hero, Jose Gervasio Artigas and his Mausoleum. Drive along the main commercial street, 18 de Julio Avenue, lined with shops, cafe and office buildings. Stop in front of the Congress Building: This immense building is the pride of Uruguay. It was constructed between 1908 and 1925 with local marble of 52 colors and 12 types of wood. Visit one of the oldest parks in the city which hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia (The Stage Coach), Monument to the last Charrua Indians. Then stop at Plaza Virgilio, with a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to explore Montevideo
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 56: At Sea
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #1: Today's lecture will begin the fourth educational theme of this program: "The Age of Colonization and Imperialism". Join your study leader for a lecture titled: "Colonialism: Concept and Reality". Put colonialism in a global frame as well as examining the concepts that contributed to that emergence.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 57: At Sea
(Friday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #2: "Portuguese Colonialism: the Molding of Brazil". The Portuguese approach to colonialism is unique and produces a colony which is distinctly different than other European colonies in the Western Hemisphere.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 58: Santos, Brazil (Sao Paulo)
(Saturday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip “Discover Sao Paulo”: This full day field trip provides the opportunity to see the most interesting parts of this dynamic city. Sao Paulo is the pulse of Brazil and nothing happens in the country that doesn't begin here. This city is Brazil’s industrial center for trade and commercialism. As Paulista are fond of saying "Sao Paolo works so the rest of Brazil can play". Departing the port at Santos, leave the coastal area for Sao Paulo. The city is located on a plateau, 2,200 feet above sea level, which is reached by crossing the Serra do Mar mountain pass. After reaching the plateau, enjoy traveling through a major industrial area before seeing some of the city's highlights such as the Ipiranga Monument erected in commemoration of Brazil’s independence, and the Pinacoteca of the state of Sao Paolo, a place dedicated to works of Brazilian art from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The Pinacoteca is a well-preserved architectural monument from the beginning of the 20th century. Classical marble columns can be seen mingled among modern brick walls. Today, the museum houses 4,000 works of Brazilian art, with emphasis in artists from Sao Paolo such as as Candido Portinari, Anita Malfatti, Victor Brecheret, Tarsila do Amaral and Di Cavalcanti. Next, enjoy a sightseeing drive through downtown Sao Paolo where you will see historic sites like the Municipal Theater, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You will also see the Patio do Colegio where Sao Paolo was initially founded by Jesuits in 1554.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: After lunch, continue your field trip with a drive through Sao Paulo's main thoroughfare, Paulista Avenue, located in the enormous Ibirapuera Park. Architect Oscar Neimeyer and landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx designed it for the city's fourth centenary in 1954. The park features such attractions as the Pioneer's Monument, the Obelisk and the Legislative Assembly building. From here, return to Santos and reboard the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 59: Ilhabela, Brazil
(Sunday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Schooner Cruise to Jabaquara Beach": Step aboard a comfortable schooner and sail along the Canal de Sao Sebastiao towards the north part of the island. Along the way enjoy wonderful views of Ilhabela's beautiful beaches against the island's rugged, moutainous interior carpeted with lush rainforest. Jabaquara Beach has been virtually untouched by the hands of tourism and retains all of its pristine beauty. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll on the soft sand, swim in the blue waters or simply relax and soak up the view.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore Ilhabela
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 60: Paraty, Brazil
(Monday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Historical and Cultural Paraty": Paraty is a colonial town with original 18th century architecture and style. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so designated because it represents one of the world's most important examples of colonial architecture. The entire city also enjoys the status of National Monument. Explore with your guide on foot, strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets. You will appreciate the decorated walls of the old houses, and the history imparted by your guide. Visit the important landmarks such as churches, museums, the Culture Center and old houses, as well as a variety of artist workshops and galleries.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Paraty in the afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 61: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Tuesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip “The Secrets of Old Rio and Sugar Loaf”: Depart from the ship after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the Rio de Janeiro, and to witness the natural beauty of the city from the top of Corcovado. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, arrive at the bottom of Corcovado. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located 2,300 feet above sea level. The Christ statue was recently elected one of the “7 New Wonders of the World". Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, you may use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statue. At the feet of the famous statue of Christ, enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City".
 Lunch: Lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, one of the most famous delis in Rio
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Continue on a unique walking tour revolving around the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. Visit several of Rio's points of interest such as the Sao Bento Monastary, Candelaria Church, Praca XV, the "Travessa do Mercado", Imperial Palace ('Paco Imperial'), the cultural center located in the beautifully restored Banco do Brasil, the Casa Franca-Brasil, Ouvidor Street and Goncalves Dias Street with the Traditional Colombo Coffee Shop. The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square, and up to the Metropolitan Cathedral.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 62: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Wednesday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Free day in Rio de Janeiro to explore on your own
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship, or have lunch on your own at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Enjoy the free time this afternoon to continue your exploration of Rio de Janeiro.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 63: At Sea
(Thursday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #3: "Spanish Colonialism: Religion and State". Spanish colonialism cannot be pulled away from the integral role of the church which played a key role in its formation and execution.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 64: At Sea
(Friday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #4: "The African Diaspora: Religion and Culture". Salvador de Bahia, where you will call tomorrow, is the center of Condomble which was developed by Yoruba from what is today Nigeria.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 65: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
(Saturday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Historical Salvador": From the ship, drive to Farol da Barra, one of Salvador's most famous landmarks at the entrance of All Saint's Bay. After a short photo stop, drive through the residential suburbs of Barra, Vitoria and Campo Grande on the way to to the Municipal Square, offering tremendous views of the bay and lower city. The square is a gateway to Salvador's historical quarter, the famed Pelourinho. Stroll to the Sao Francisco church whos opulent interior features cedar woodcarvings covered in gold leaf: the finest example of Baroque church interior architecture in Latin America. Continue through the historical quarter on narrow cobblestone streets lined with colonial townhouses painted in pastel shades as you head toward the heart of the old town: Largo do Pelourinho.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship or continue to explore Salvador on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 66: At Sea
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #5: "Imperialism: The European Centuries" In the 18th and 19th centuries the European states conquered almost the entire globe. Though the "colonies" established by that imperialism moved to independence in the latter part of the 20th century the European impact remains strong.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture #6: "The Contemporary Western Hemisphere: Competition and Coorperation". As the colonies of the Caribbean, Central and South America became independent nations their colonial experiences were manifested in different ways.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 67: Recife, Brazil
(Monday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Field Trip: "Recife Velho (Old Recife) & Olinda": Divided by rivers and bathed by the ocean, Recife is the city of the waters. Here the new coexists with the old, with important examples of both Portuguese and Dutch Colonial architecture alongside the buildings of the modern metropolis. Travel through the streets of Old Recife heading downtown to the Praca de Republica (Republic Square). Stop to take photos of important sites such as the imposing Governors Palace, the Justice Hall, St. Isabel Theatre, and a Baoba from the time of slavery. From here, you'll pay a visit to the Golden Chapel. Built between 1696 and 1724, it's the expression of the Baroque sacred art. The chapel represents one of the most beautiful sets of Portuguese carvings in Brazil. The entire lining is covered with paintings framed with sophisticated golden leaf carvings and outlined with jacaranda wood grating. Proceed to Casa da Cultura, a former prison converted into a handicraft market, where the cells now serve as shops that display the best artisan crafts. Paste-colored stucco houses and meticulously restored Baroque churches line the shady streets of your next destination - Olinda. Perched on the hills located north of Recife, the town of Olinda is a quaint UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting impressive scenic views and dozens of century-old churches amid Colonial houses. From Carmo Square, you'll explore the narrow winding streets of this historical center that lead to the Alto da Se, found on the crest of the town's highest hill. Enjoy a short stroll to visit local artisans at work, then head over to the Cathedral of the Se. The churchyard affords some amazing panoramic views of Olinda and adjoining Recife.
 Lunch: Lunch in Olinda
 Afternoon: Return to the ship after lunch
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 68: Recife, Brazil
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Enjoy a free day to explore Recife on your own. Recife is located where the Berberibe River meets the Capibaribe River. It is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Brazil , and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. It's name is an allusion to the coral reefs that are present by the city's shores. The many rivers, small islands and bridges found in Recife city gives it the nickname "the Brazilian Venice".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or on your own at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of this beautiful city.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 69: Recife, Brazil
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Igarassu & the Island of Itamaraca": With an intoxicating blend of natural beauty, architectural wonders and inspiring history, gain insight into one of Brazi's earliest European settlements. From the pier head north to the town of Igarassu - one of Brazil's first colonial cities. This small colonial town has an historic area and is home to the oldest church still standing in the country: The Sao Cosme e Damiao Church, built in 1535. Continue on to Itapissuma, passing by a coconut farm on the way. From here you will drive to the Island of Itamaraca, home to lovely, long sand beaches and shady palms. In the center of the island, you will find the ruins of slave huts and slave estates, as well as the oldest sugar-cane refinery of Brazil. Itamaraca is home to ecological reservations with native forests, as well as the Manatee Preservation Center. You will aslo visit Fort Orange, built by the Dutchmen in 1631 and rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1654. It has a museum with archaeological pieces and information.From this vantage point you will see Coroa do Aviao- a sandbank right in the middle of the sea. Take some free time to go off on your own and explore, before heading back to the ship.
 Lunch: Late lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Take time to relax aboard ship before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 70: Natal, Brazil
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Natal City with Cashew Tree Visit": Capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal represents the easternmost tip of the South American continent, thus receiving the very first of the continent’s rays of sun each morning. This simple city boasts beautiful sand dunes whoch one can surf or ski down right into the tepid waters of the Atlantic Ocean! Natal was founded in 1599 and shows its long Colonial past in a series of churches, museums and fortifications. Natal played an important role in the defense system of the Allies during World War II. Begin at the mark where the city was founded: Praca Andre de Albuquerque. Continue on to see the cathedral and the Potengi Palace. Next, visit the Tourist Centre where traditional local handicrafts can be found before continuing to the old Colonial district of Ribeira. See the old sea plane ramp used by the Allies during World War II and visit the Fort Reis Magos dating back to 1598 and built by the Portuguese. Magnificent urban beaches are to be seen along the Via Costeria Ave, including Ponta Negra, Barreira do Inferno, Praia do Cotuvelo, and Pirangi where the world's largest centuries old "Cajueiro" (Cashew Tree) is found.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 71: Fortaleza
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Discover Fortaleza": At a local pier watch the fishermen returning to unload the catch of the day on the “Jangadas” – typical log rafts with triangular sails. Stop at the Mercado Central (Central Market) to see the delicate handmade lace and embroidery for which the region is noted. Visit to the neoclassical Cathedral, with its beautiful stained glass-windows. Enjoy a guided visit through Teatro José de Alencar, and a scenic drive via a palm-fringed beach through Aldeota, the sophisticated residential area of Fortaleza.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Brazilian "Churrasacaria" BBQ house, with coffee or tea and water
 Afternoon: Enjoy time on your own to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 72: At Sea
(Saturday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Lecture #1: Join your study leader for the fifth in your exclusive series of lectures on the theme of "Development and Sustainability of Brazil".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Lecture #2: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Meet with your study leader again this afternoon for your second lecture on Brazil's development and sustainability.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 73: At Sea
(Sunday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #3: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Enjoy a morning lecture with your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture #4: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Join your study leader for an afternoon lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 74: Devil's Island
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Free Day: explore Devil's Island at your leisure. The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the Dry Guillotine because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as Papillon, claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the island.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon aboard the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 75: At Sea
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #5: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Enjoy a morning lecture with your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture #6: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Join your study leader for another lecture this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 76: Cruising the Amazon
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #7: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Meet with your study leader for a morning lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 77: Santarem, Brazil
(Thursday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Field Trip "Maica - A Portrait of the Amazon Region": Begin at the dock in Santarem on board a regional boat flowing downstream towards the unusual phenomenon called the "Meeting of the Waters". This is where the Amazon and Tapajos Rivers come together. Continue to the Maica Area, which is a natural outlet of the Amazon River. This is a much smaller stream, making it easier to see the sights as the boat meanders through the flood plain. The beautiful landscape of this area shows the natural ways of the Amazon Basin. Bird watching is one of the highlights of this tour. It is common to identify many different species of birds. There is also a great possibility to see fresh water dolphins.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue to cruise the Amazon River towards Boca de Valeria. Catch glimpses of daily life on the Amazon as you pass by tiny villages, remote homes and local fishermen.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 78: Boca de Valeria, Brazil
(Friday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Free time to explore the small village of Boca de Valeria. Boca de Valeria (or “mouth of the Valeria River) is a colorful Caboclo village with an abundance Amazonian flora and fauna. Here you will be greeted by local inhabitants and have the chance to observe what life is like on the Amazon. Spend your free time here exploring the village, meeting the people and perhaps even barter for local crafts.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ships amentities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 79: Manaus, Brazil
(Saturday, March 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Disembark the ship for a three day stay off-board in the Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge.
 Lunch: Lunch at the EcoPark Lodge
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Visit a Local Village": Depart the lodge in paddle or motorized canoes to a local village to learn about the traditions and customs of local Amazonians.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge, with coffee or tea and water
 Evening: Alligator Spotting: Depart the Amazon EcoPark Lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night. With a little luck and good vision, you may even be able to spot small alligators called jacare, or other nightly creatures. Spot a gator, and the experienced guide will carefully try to catch it and bring it into the canoe. He will give a brief explanation of their habitat while you have the chance to see the creature up close. The alligator will then be safely released back into the river. No harm is ever done to the animals. The guide is highly experienced in this exercise and is dedicated to wildlife safety and preservation.
   
Accommodations: Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 80: Manaus, Brazil
(Sunday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: Field Trip "Nature Walk": This morning meet your experienced guide who has been qualified as a jungle survival guide. During a 15-minute introduction to the rain forest, learn about his experience in jungle survival as well as what you will be walking through along the trail. On the trail, enjoy a close-up view of the jungle surroundings. The guide will stop several times during the trek and will illustrate how locals construct animal traps and shelters, and how they find vines which contain drinkable water.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Monkey Forest": The center for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals (known as the Monkey Forest), was created in 1991, with the intention of receiving animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce. In this center, the animals are initially put into quarantine to be evaluated and taken care of by a team of vetenarians and biologists. With a high success rate since the start, the animals manage to reproduce naturally, creating new families and ensuring survival of the species.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge
   
Accommodations: Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 81: Manaus, Brazil
(Monday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: Field Trip "City Tour of Manaus": Manaus is the gateway to the largest tropical forest of the planet: The Amazon Forest. Its golden age was the turn of last century, when the exportation of natural rubber made it one of the richest cities in the world. Hundreds of architects, city planners and landscape designers came from Europe and transformed the city into a European looking town, called at that time, The Little Paris of the Jungle. Drive by the custom house, prefabricated in Liverpool (England) and shipped to Manaus one hundred years ago, the clock tower (called Little Big Ben), the Cathedral and the “Palacio Rio Negro”, the private residence of a German rubber baron and later the Governor's office. Visit the lavish Opera House, entirely built with material imported from Europe during the rubber boom. Visit also the Army Zoo where more than 76 species of Amazonian animals are held in nice and clean surroundings.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to explore Manaus
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 82: Parintins, Brazil
(Tuesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Colorful Parintins and Boi-Bumba": First time visitors to Paratins will delight in exploring the highlights of this colorful riverside city. You will be picked up at the dock and driven through residential areas as you head into the center of town. En route, your guide will point out the many residences with its facades duly painted in red or blue, according with the owners preference for each of the two "Bulls" Caprichoso or Garantido respectively. Soon after, a stop will be made at Bumbodromo, the city's premier arena and a place for the annual and worldwide famous event, the Boi-Bumba festival. The "Cultural and Sports Center" is an arena so dedicated to Boi-Bumba that its structure is even designed in the shape of a bull's head. The arena holds just 35,000 people making tickets one of the community's most cherished commodities. Next, drive to the Garantido Pavilion. Proceed on foot through this flourishing plant for creating the giant gears, puppets and beautiful costumes used during the annual festival.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore Parintins on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 83: Alter do Chao, Brazil
(Wednesday, March 27)

Note: NOTE: This is a comfortable 1.5-hour stroll; is recommended that guests wear long trousers, boots or walking shoes, and bring along insect repellent.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Field Trip "Bosque Santa Lucia":
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to relax or explore Alter de Chao.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 84: At Sea/Cruising Amazon River, Brazil
(Thursday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #1: This lecture is the first in an exclusive set themed "Contemporary Issues in Latin America".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 85: Macapa, Brazil
(Friday, March 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Living on the Amazon": Relax on the Amazon River in a safe and traditional Amazon boat. Among the attractions are a small beach and villages along the Amazon River. See the daily life and survival techniques of the inhabitants on the islands in the middle of Amazon. Local people will show traditional medicinal plants, how they make their dishes, hand woven baskets, and shrimp traps. Take a jungle walk with an opportunity to see some important trees from the region and how the locals make their own wooden boats in an artisanal way.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to relax or explore Macapa on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 86: At Sea
(Saturday, March 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #2: Contemporary Issues in Latin America. Join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 87: Devil's Island, French Guiana
(Sunday, March 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Free Day: participants are at their leisure to explore the island. The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the Dry Guillotine because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as Papillon, claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the island.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to depart Devil's Island at 2:00p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 88: At Sea
(Monday, April 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Lecture #3: "Contemporary Issues in Latin America". Join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 89: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
(Tuesday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Field Trip "Port of Spain and Maracas Beach": Begin with an excursion through the new city, downtown Port of Spain. Then see the seat of the Parliament - the Red House - and find out about the secret of its colour. The Queen's Park Savannah and its turn of the 20th century colonial homes, in the Magnificent seven are next. Discover some of the secrets of the Savannah including the fact that the Graf Zeppelin and other aircrafts made it their landing strip in the early 1900s. Make your way through the old city with visits to the old slave settlements of Free Town, now known as Belmont. In this area, the original homes of Kwame Ture (Stockley Carmichael) - the architect of the Black Power movement around the world - and Maycock - the first free slave to own land in the area - can be seen. Learn the history of Observatory Street and the first line of Longitude established in the western hemisphere. Indulge in the history of Steelpan and Carnival before venturing along the mountainous, picturesque North Coast Road through sleepy villages while viewing an abundance of flora and Fauna. Traverse cocoa estates and taste the source of some of the world's finest chocolate. Then retreat to Maracas Bay for a bit of sea (optional), sun and sand and a sampling of our world famous Maracas Bake and Shark.
 Lunch: Shark and Bake Lunch at Maracas beach. The famous "Shark and Bake" of Maracas features fried shark on a locally made bread. Choose from a variety of fresh condiments, including veggies, salsas and sauces to compliment the fish.
 Afternoon: After lunch, spend some time at the beach before making the drive back to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 90: At Sea
(Wednesday, April 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #4: Contemporary Issues in Latin America. Meet with your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 91: La Guaira, Venezuela
(Thursday, April 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Mount Avila and Spectacular Caracas": With over 4 centuries of history the centre of Caracas is an eclectic mix of gleaming modern skyscrapers alongside original colonial buildings. This tour starts with a visit to Quinta Anauco, a restored colonial country house originally built in 1797 and today an oasis of calm in the inner suburb of San Bernardino. A long and illustrious line of marquises lived here until the death in 1837 of the last Marquis del Toro. The charming house laid out around a delightful patio and surrounded by gardens also welcomed Bolivar on his last visit to Caracas. Today it houses the Museum of Colonial Art and inside the meticulously restored rooms are filled with carefully selected works of art, furniture and household odds and ends from the colonial era. Venezuela's most venerated building is the Panteon Nacional. Formerly a church, the building was given its new purpose as the final resting place for eminent Venezuelans by Guzman Blanco in 1874. Unquestionably the most spectacular view in the Caribbean is found from majestic Mount Avila. Incredible views unfold as the cable car ascends to a height of 2,250 meters above sea level. From this lofty height there are incredible views as you look down on a vast sprawling metropolis where around 6 million people reside in Venezuela's most populous city.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 92: Aruba
(Friday, April 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "The Best of Aruba": The sights of Aruba's colorful capital Oranjestad gives way to the scenic southern coastline. As you drive from Frenchman's Pass through the districts of Aruba learn about the island's first inhabitants. See the collapsed Natural Bridge and the Baby Natural Bridge before passing through a landscape shaped by the Casibari Rock formations - boulders the size of small houses, and punctuated with unique divi-divi trees. Visit the Aloe Factory and learn how from cultivation, aloe is processed into skin care products. Admire California Point Lighthouse - an island landmark and take in the beautiful beaches rolling sand dunes and rocky coral shores along the island's western coastline. Upon the return to Oranjestad you have the option to remain in town.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free to explore Aruba
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 93: At Sea
(Saturday, April 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board
 Morning: Lecture #6: Contemporary Issues in Latin America. Join your study leader for the final lecture in this series.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 94: Montego Bay, Jamaica
(Sunday, April 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: This morning your guide will meet you at the ship and you will depart for the Historic Georgian Seaport Town of Falmouth. Falmouth is situated on Jamaica's north coast 18 miles east of Montego Bay. It is noted for being one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns. Founded by Thomas Reid in 1769, Falmouth flourished as a market centre and port for forty years at a time when Jamaica was the world's leading sugar producer. It was named after Falmouth, Cornwall in England, the birthplace of Sir William Trelawny the Governor of Jamaica who was instrumental in its establishment. While Falmouth saw little commercial advancement after the 1840’s, houses continued to be built. The town’s buildings, the old and the not-so-old, make up the historic townscape of Falmouth. These shared characteristics weave the varied building styles into a distinctive pattern of early Jamaican architecture, and a critical mass of each variety makes the town an unusually distinctive place.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the ship to enjoy some free time in the afternoon before you depart for home.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 95: Montego Bay, Jamaica
(Monday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights home
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


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Description: A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.



A Small Place


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Description: Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short es-says. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun ap-proach of the local tourist office, she shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean.



Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Jill Gibian (Editor)


Description: These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers.



Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


Author: Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll


Description: With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.



Bossa Nova, The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World


Author: Ruy Castro


Description: Journalist Ruy Castro interviewed everyone who had anything to do with Boss Nova for this animated history, capturing not only the personalities of pioneers like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto but also the spirit of Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s.



Brazil on the Rise, The Story of a Country Transformed


Author: Larry Rohter


Description: Former New York Times bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, Rohter explores the history, economy, culture and contradictions of Brazil, delivering an insightful portrait of this increasingly powerful -- and endlessly fascinating -- country.



Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Alexis Levitin (Editor)


Description: The latest in the excellent series, the diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Alexis Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including not just Jorge Amado, Machado de Assis and other greats but also newcomers.



Chile, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Katherine Silver (Editor)


Description: These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers.



Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.



Conquest of the Incas


Author: John Hemming


Description: This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material in to a gripping narrative.



Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America


Author: Jorge I. Dominguez (Editor), Michael Shifter (Editor)


Description: A scholarly examination of the development, impact and challenges of building market-oriented democracies in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico and Peru.



Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America


Author: Eric Simons


Description: Simons captures the exuberance and wide-eyed wonder of Darwin's adventures in South America in this refreshingly irreverent account.



Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


Author: I Greenberg


Description: A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean.



Forgotten Continent


Author: Michael Reid


Description: Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, and its prospects in the face of globalization.



Insight Guide South America


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This profusely illustrated, comprehensive guide features hundreds of color photographs, excellent maps and insightful essays on history, art, architecture and attractions.



Lost City of the Incas


Author: Hiram Bingham


Description: This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world 100 years ago is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site. Hugh Thomson (A Sacred Landscape, The Search for Ancient Peru) provides the introduction to this Centenary Edition.



Maya Art and Architecture


Author: Mary Ellen Miller


Description: An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Maya artistic influence. With 200 illustrations, 50 in color, including site plans, maps, strikingly rendered reconstructions and color photographs of key temples and buildings.



Modern Latin America


Author: Thomas E. Skidmore, Peter Smith


Description: A succinct history of 20th-century Latin America that examines the politics, economy and people of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean.



Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide


Author: L.H. Emmons


Description: Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of the New World tropics features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.



Night Flight


Author: Antoine de Saint Exupery


Description: Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires.



One Hundred Years of Solitude


Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Description: The breathtaking, life-altering, much-celebrated tale of life and love on most everyone's list of the greatest books of all time, ours included.



The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu


Author: Alexander Stewart


Description: With an excellent overview of culture and history, and chapters on exploring Cuzco, Lima and Machu Picchu.



The Old Patagonian Express


Author: Paul Theroux


Description: Combining history, anecdote and acutely observed detail on people and place, Theroux begins his journey on a Boston subway car and works his way south via rail, plane and truck to the Patagonian railroad in this enthralling narrative.



The Panama Hat Trail


Author: Tom Miller


Description: An entertaining and insightful social history of Ecuador -- as told through its hat-making history. It's a classic example of travel writing, and one of the best things written on Ecuador.



The Path Between the Seas, The Creation of the Panama Canal: 1870-1914


Author: David McCullough


Description: Admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail. McCullough reveals the full scope of the Panama Canal, its characters, technical difficulties and Byzantine politics.



The Penguin History of Latin America


Author: Edwin Williamson


Description: Beginning with the Spanish conquest, this brisk history covers questions of empire, colonialism and nationalism through the 1980s.



Tropical Nature


Author: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata


Description: A lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its 17 marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.



Voyage of the Beagle


Author: Charles Darwin


Description: The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.





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