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World Academy First Semester: From Central America to Patagonia

Program Number: 20772RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/4/2013 - 2/26/2013;
Duration: 53 nights
Location: Jamaica/Mexico/Belize/Honduras/Costa Rica/Panama/Ecuador/Peru/Chile/Argentina/Colombia/Galapagos Islands
Price starting at: $17,513.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 152; 53 Breakfasts, 48 Lunches, 51 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Encompassing the first 53 nights of Road Scholar World Academy 2013, the first semester includes ancient wonders, otherworldly landscapes and fascinating courses of study. Disembark the ship for special excursions to the Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Chilean wine country and majestic Iguazu Falls.




Activity Particulars

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



This program is a part of Road Scholar World Academy 2013: Exploring South America (Program #20752), which begins on January 4, 2013.



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; Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 night.



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 52-54: Buenos Aires / disembark / flight to Iguazu Falls / return to Buenos Aires for departure:

Disembark 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 free afternoon to experience Buenos Aires independently. Lodging: Comfortable hotels near Iguazu Falls and in Buenos Aires.



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 2 nights
   Finch Bay Eco Hotel
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil 1 night
   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
   Ayers de Libertad
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
 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

 Finch Bay Eco Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos
Puerto Ayora,   Ecuador
phone: +8885720166
  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: http://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

 Ayers de Libertad
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located in Buenos Aires, Ayres De Libertad Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Teatro Coliseo, British Arts Centre, Palacio San Martín. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Ayres De Libertad Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Libertad 1283 Street
Recoleta,  Buenos Aires Argentina
phone: +541145118420
  Room amenities: Experience high quality room facilities, including hair dryer, television, balcony/terrace, daily newspaper, microwave, to help you recharge after a long day. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including fitness center, indoor pool. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Buenos Aires, make Ayres De Libertad Hotel your home away from home.
  Facility amenities: 24hr room service airport transfer babysitting bar/pub bicycle rental business center casino coffee shop concierge disabled facilities elevator executive floor family room laundry service/dry cleaning meeting facilities nightclub pets allowed poolside bar restaurant room service safety deposit boxes salon shops shuttle service smoking area tours Wi-Fi in public areas
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Rates based on availability Please contact the program department to book an additional post night.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the afternoon on 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 after breakfast in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will be staying at Ayers de Libertad the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **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.
  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:  Buenos Aires
  Transportation from site: The group flight from Buenos Aires departs at approximately 10:30pm on February 26. Participants departing on the group flight will have a tour of Buenos Aires that morning, with a free afternoon. Pick-up from the hotel will be at 6:30 for transfers to the airport. Participants who have made independent flight arrangements can join this transfer if their flight time coincides with the group flight.
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. Experience the flavor of alcoholic beverages 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": Take a leisurely 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.
 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". Join your study leader for a lecture themed on natural history.
 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.
 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: Finch Bay Eco Hotel
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: Lunch at a local restaurant
 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". Join your study leader this morning for the next-to-last lecture in this series.
 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)
   
 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)
   
 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: Lunch is served at a local restaurant
 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)
   
 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 on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53: Iguazu Falls / Fly to Buenos Aires
(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: After lunch transfer to the airport for flights to Buenos Aires.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Ayers de Libertad
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 54: Departures
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning you will be met at the hotel by a local guide to 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 your own.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the neighborhood of Recoleta near your hotel. Firmly established as the most cultured neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the tree-lined avenues will lead you to many fashionable restaurants, cafes, boutiques and galleries. Later in the day, you will make your way back to the hotel (where you can store your luggage for the day), and transfer to the airport for late night flights back to the U.S.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Most restaurants in Buenos Aires do not open for dinner until approximately 8:30 pm, so we recommend getting a bite to eat at the airport before your flight.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


A Brief History of Central America


Author: Hector Perez-Brignoll


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.



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.



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.



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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