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World Academy Second Semester: In-Depth Brazil, the Amazon and the Caribbean

Program Number: 20773RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/22/2013 - 4/8/2013;
Duration: 45 nights
Location: Brazil/Venezuela/Aruba/Uruguay/French Guiana/Trinidad/Argentina/Jamaica
Price starting at: $10,325.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 129; 44 Breakfasts, 41 Lunches, 44 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Encompassing the final 44 nights of Road Scholar World Academy 2013, the second semester includes shore excursions in the cosmopolitan capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, an epic journey into the heart of the Amazon and the discovery of some off-the-beaten-path treasures of the Caribbean.




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

Iguazu Falls (Brazil), 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 26 nights; Manaus (Brazil), 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 14 nights.



Days 1-2: Arrival Iguazu Falls (Brazil):

Marvel at spectacular Iguazu Falls, rising 100 feet higher than Niagara, on excursions on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. Walk through a tropical bird sanctuary. Lodging: Comfortable hotel near Iguazu Falls.



Days 3-7: Flight to Buenos Aires (Argentina) / embark mv Voyager / Montevideo (Uruguay) / at sea:

Enjoy a full day 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. Begin an expert-led onboard course on The Age of Colonization and Imperialism.



Days 8-14: 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 15-24: 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 25-36: 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 37-45: 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
   Iguassu Resort
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil 1 night
   Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil
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
 Iguassu Resort
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Location: Stay in Foz do Iguacu, just a short drive to Bird Park and Tancredo Neves Bridge. Features: Enjoy an array of amenities at this smoke-free hotel like 3 restaurants, a golf course, and an outdoor pool. Perks: Free Wi-Fi and free valet parking are available, and a free continental breakfast is served daily. Family: Bring the family and take advantage of miniature golf, a children's pool, and childcare. Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of 195 guestrooms, all with free Wi-Fi, balconies, and cable TV.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Av.Das Cataratas
6845 Foz do Iguazu
Foz do Iguazu,  85853 Brazil
phone: +8665390036
  Room amenities: Blackout drapes/curtains Complimentary toiletries Cribs/infant beds available Daily housekeeping Electronic/magnetic keys Hair dryer Handheld showerhead In-room safe Private bathroom Shower only Access via exterior corridors Air conditioning Balcony Cable television service Courtyard view Free Wi-Fi Garden view Hypo-allergenic bedding available Lake view Minibar Multi-line phone Pool view Rainfall showerhead Wake-up calls .
  Facility amenities: Beach/pool umbrellas Garden Picnic area Pool table Shopping on site Smoke-free property Suitable for children Swimming pool - children's Swimming pool - outdoor Television in lobby Air-conditioned public areas Billiards Coffee shop or café Free valet parking Free Wi-Fi Golf course on site Luggage storage Number of floors - 2 Number of restaurants - 3 Number of spa tubs - 7 Total number of rooms - 195 Tours/ticket assistance .
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Contact PD
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 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

 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

 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 2 in Iguazu Falls, Brazil. You will be staying at Iguassu Resort that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends in the morning in Montego Bay, Jamaica. You will be staying at MV Voyager 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.
  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:
We do not recommend driving in South America
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Iguazu Falls
  Nearest airport:  Foz do Iguaçu International Airport
  Transportation to site: The Iguassu Resort in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil is located approximately 7 km from Cataratas Airport (IGU). Taxis are available at the airport for participants who are traveling independently.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation from site: Particiapnts who purchase their air through Road Scholar will have a free group transfer from the hotel to the airport. Program Only Participants are welcome to join this transfer if your flight coincides with it. All participants will be required to disembark the ship by 11:00am (subject to change). Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is located approximately 40 from the cruise terminal. We do not recommend booking flights that depart before 1:00pm.


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

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: Departures
(Friday, February 22)
   
 Depart From: Flights depart the US

Day 2: Arrivals / Iguazu Falls
(Saturday, February 23)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Iguazu Falls, Brazil. Transfer to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Field Trip "The Bird Park": The Bird Park at Iguazu Falls combines eco-tourism and preservation. Walk through a trail in native woods with an opportunity to spot more than 900 tropical birds of 150 species. This uniqe park allows visitors to get in the aviaries and get close to the birds. Among other attractions, there is a butterfly cage, a hummingbird aviary, and a reptile sector.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Iguassu Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Iguazu Falls
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Brazilian Iguazu": Meet up with your local guide to explore the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restuarant
 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: At the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Iguazu Falls
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Continue to explore the Argentinian side of the falls at Devil's Throat. 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-km long trail (0.6mi) 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
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for flights back to Buenos Aires. Embark the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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: Free day in Rio de Janeiro to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: Recife, Brazil
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Recife, Brazil- located where the Berberibe River meets the Capibaribe River- 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 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 20: 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: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Recife
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: 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 22: 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.
 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 23: Fortaleza, Brazil
(Saturday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Lecture #1: Join your study leader for the second theme in your exclusive series of lectures - "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 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 27: 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 28: 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 is served on 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 29: 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 30: 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 31: 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 32: 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 33: 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 34: 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 35: 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 36: 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 37: 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 38: 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 39: 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 40: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
(Tuesday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: We begin with an excursion through the new city, downtown Port of Spain. Trinidad boasts of having everything anyone else has in the world, twin and leaning towers, a myriad of races and much more. We'll then see the seat of our 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. We?ll discover some of the secrets of the Savannah including the fact that the Graf Zeppelin and other aircrafts made it there landing strip in the early 1900s. We then make our way through the old city with visits to the old slave settlements of Free Town, now known as Belmont. In this area, we?ll see 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. We?ll also get the history of Observatory Street and the first line of Longitude established in the western hemisphere. We will also indulge in a bit of Steelpan and Carnival history. We will then venture 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 41: 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 42: La Guajira, 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: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43: 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 44: 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 45: 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 46: 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


A Neotropical Companion


Author: J.C. Kricher, Mark Plotkin (Introduction)


Description: From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America.



A Small Place


Author: Jamaica Kincaid


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.



A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


Author: James Ferguson


Description: A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attrib-utes and carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, right the way up to the modern tourism boom.



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.



Caribbean by Cruise Ship


Author: Anne Vipond


Description: An excellent guide to the region with detailed port maps, suggested excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of all the Caribbean.



Concise History of Brazil


Author: Boris Fausto, Arthur Brakel


Description: A well-paced and readable narrative history of Brazil, from Portugese colonization in 1500 to centuries of slave economy to 20th century dictatorship.



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.



Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830


Author: Robert Harvey


Description: Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical Marine Fishes


Author: C. Lavett Smith


Description: A photographic guide to coral reef fishes found in the Caribbean, Florida, the Bahamas and Bermuda.



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.



Omeros


Author: Derek Walcott


Description: This epic poem in 5 parts by Nobel Prize winner Walcott is an inventive and ambitious retelling of the Odyssey set on the island of St. Lucia.



The Brazilians


Author: Joseph Page


Description: A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.



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.



The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life


Author: Ann Vanderhoof


Description: Vanderhoof (An Embarrassment of Mangoes) is back aboard her sailboat in the Caribbean in these latest encounters with the characters and cuisine of the islands. She pairs lively accounts with 71 recipes she learned along the way.



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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