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World Academy Segment 2: Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu & Chilean Wines

Program Number: 20767RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/20/2013 - 2/7/2013;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: Ecuador/Peru/Chile/Galapagos Islands
Price starting at: $7,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 50; 18 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Be a part of Road Scholar World Academy on this segment of the voyage that begins with a journey to the incomparable Galápagos Islands then introduces you to the wonders of Peru and Chile.




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

Guayaquil (Ecuador), 1 night; Galápagos Islands, 3 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 3 nights; Cusco (Peru), 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 7 nights; Santiago (Chile), 2 nights.



Day 1: Arrival Guayaquil (Ecuador):

Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Days 2-4: Flight to Galápagos Islands:

Journey to the spectacular 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 5-12: Flight to Guayaquil / embark mv Voyager / at sea / Salaverry (Peru) / Lima / disembark / flight to Cusco / flight to Lima to reembark / San Martín / at sea:

Begin an onboard 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 13-19: Arica (Chile) / at sea / Coquimbo / Valparaiso / disembark / coach to Santiago / departure:

Journey into the Azapa Valley, a fertile oasis, to see the Chinchorro mummies, the world’s oldest mummies, at the San Miguel Archaeological Museum. Disembark for a two-night shore excursion in Chile that 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. Lodging: Four-star Santiago hotel.



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
   Hilton Colon Guayaquil
  Guayaquil, Ecuador 1 night
   Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
3 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 3 nights
   Casa Andina Classic-Cusco Plaza
  Cusco, Peru 2 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 7 nights
   Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
 Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Avenida Amazonas 110 Y Patria
Quito,   Ecuador
phone: + 593-2-2560666
  Room amenities: high-speed internet, 29-inch TV and city or mountain views; contemporary room, in cool, calm tones, has 2 queen beds and opening windows; large desk, easy chair with a daily newspaper, large marble bathroom
  Facility amenities: For your comfort and convenience Airline Desk Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Barber Shop Beverage Area, Complimentary Concierge Desk Elevators Florist Foreign Currency Exchange Gift Shop Laundry/Valet Service Local Area Transportation Lounge Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff News Stand On-Site Convenience Store Room Service Safety Deposit Box Tour Desk
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 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

 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

 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
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the afternoon in Guayaquil, Ecuador You will be staying at Hilton Colon Guayaquil that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends in the late afternoon in Santiago, Chile You will be staying at Intercontinental Hotel Santiago 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: The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/travel
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Guayaquil
  Nearest city or town:  Guayaquil
  Nearest airport:  José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)
  Transportation to site: Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you will be met by our site coordinator and transferred to the Hilton Colon Guayaquil. Dinner will be provided at the hotel that evening. The following morning, you will be transferred to the Guayaquil airport for flights to the Galapagos. The Hilton Colon Guayaquil is located approximately 5 minutes from the airport. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle available 24 hours a day, for participants who are unable to make the group transfer.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Nearest airport:  Santiago Airport (SCL)
  Transportation from site: All participants who purchased their air travel with Road Scholar will be provided with a transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the airport. Group flights depart late in the evening on February 7.


Required innoculations:

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

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

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


Daily Schedule

Day 1: US Departures / Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador
(Sunday, January 20)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Transfer to the hotel and check in (independent travelers may use the hotel shuttle). Upon arrivals you will be met by a local site coordinator who will assist with check-in. You will meet your group leader upon arrival in the Galapagos.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel at your leisure
   
Accommodations: Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fly to Galapagos Islands
(Monday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning meet back up with your group and transfer to the Guayaquil Airport for flights to the Galapagos Islands.
 Lunch: A light lunch will be served in flight
 Afternoon: 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 3: 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 4: Galapagos Islands
(Wednesday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Floreana Island": Set out this morning on a full day yacht excursion to Floreana Island where you will continue to see the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel or a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Floreana Island.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Lobo Del Mar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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 embarking the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 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 7: 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 peoples.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: Valparaiso / Santiago, Chile
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 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 18: Wines of 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 19: Santiago / Departures
(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 to the airport. Flights depart Santiago in the evening.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Suggested Reading List


A Sacred Landscape, The Search for Ancient Peru


Author: Hugh Thomson


Description: Hugh Thomson travels all over Peru with his archaeologist pals, visiting Moche, Chavin, Nasca and other ancient sites in this thrilling account of adventure. His tale is bracketed by an account of his discoveries with Gary Ziegler at Llactapata, a newly excavated observatory barely two miles from Machu Picchu and essentially lost since Bingham happened upon the place in 1912. He concludes with wise words by John Hemming, "Anyone can find a ruin in the jungle; but it can take a lifetime to understand what you have found."



Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca


Author: Rebecca Stone-Miller


Description: This authoritative and concise illustrated survey of Andean art and architecture covers not only Machu Picchu and additional Inca monuments, but also Chan Chan, Nasca and other archaeological sites and cultures.



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.



Eight Feet in the Andes


Author: Dervla Murphy


Description: The indomitable Murphy treks 1,300 miles through the Andes (with a mule) on the trail of the conquistadors in this spirited account.



Evolution's Workshop


Author: Edward J. Larson


Description: A vivid history of the Galapagos and the role of the islands as a crucible of evolutionary ideas, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Along with Darwin, it covers the discovery of the islands, the visits of Hancock and Beebe, the influence of the United States during WWII and the establishment of the national park.



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.



Galapagos Wildlife


Author: Pocket Naturalist


Description: This fold-up, laminated card guide, with color drawings, will appeal to the whole family.



Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide


Author: David Horwell, Pete Oxford


Description: With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago.



Galapagos, A Natural History


Author: Michael Jackson


Description: This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading, the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution.



Galapagos, A Novel


Author: Kurt Vonnegut


Description: In this madcap classic Vonnegut looks back from a future where the human race has been wiped out - all except for a small group stranded in the Galapagos on the Nature Cruise of the Century.



Galapagos, Discovery on Darwin's Islands


Author: David Steadman


Description: All the birds, mammals, reptiles and other vertebrates of the Galapagos are beautifully illustrated in this insightful overview, offered as a bonus book in the Galapagos Essential Reading package for just $1.00!.



Galapagos, World's End


Author: William Beebe


Description: This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.



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.



The Bridge of San Luis Rey


Author: Thornton Wilder


Description: The classic tale of Franciscan missionaries in 18th-century Peru by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. First published in 1927.



The Heights of Machu Picchu


Author: Pablo Neruda, Nathaniel Tarn (Translator)


Description: Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization inspired this celebrated epic hymn to the Americas by the great Pablo Neruda. Bilingual edition.



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 Incas


Author: Carmen Bernard, Paul Bahn (Translator)


Description: Featuring hundreds of archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as "People of the Sun") illuminates the daily life, monuments and history of the Inca.



The Last Days of the Incas


Author: Kim Macquarrie


Description: MacQuarrie tackles the personality, aspirations and greed of Francisco Pizarro in this vivid account of the conquest of a continent.



Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile


Author: Sarah Wheeler


Description: British author Sarah Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.



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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