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Wonders of South America: Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile

Program Number: 21373RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/4/2014 - 1/30/2014;
Duration: 26 nights
Location: Chile/Peru/Panama/Barbados/Venezuela/Ecuador
Price starting at: $6,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 75; 25 Breakfasts, 25 Lunches, 25 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Uncover pre-Columbian treasures, sail through the Panama Canal and explore fascinating environments from rainforest to desert on this unique small ship adventure. You’re joined aboard the stylish small ship Minerva by outstanding experts from the academic and diplomatic worlds, each of whom adds to your understanding of South America’s past, present and future.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven, hilly terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Bridgetown (Barbados), 1 night; aboard Minerva, 24 nights.



Days 1-3:
Arrival Bridgetown (Barbados) / embark Minerva:

Take a field trip to St. Nicholas Abbey, a historic sugar plantation with a magnificent mansion. Visit the George Washington House, where the president visited his brother. Lodging: Modern hotel.



Days 4-5:
At Sea / La Guaira (Venezuela):

Journey to energetic Caracas and explore the National Pantheon, resting place for eminent Venezuelans like Simón Bolívar.



Day 6:
Coro:

Discover Coro, one of the earliest colonial towns in South America. Walk along the Calle Zamora, a beautiful street lined with old mansions and churches.



Days 7-9:
At Sea / Colón (Panama):

Venture into the rainforest, where you board an aerial tram for an exciting ride. Keep an eye out for monkeys and colorful birds.



Days 10-12:
Transit Panama Canal / At Sea:

Learn about one of history’s greatest engineering projects as you transit the Panama Canal from Caribbean to Pacific.



Day 13:
Manta (Ecuador):

Learn about pre-Columbian Ecuador at the Manta Archaeological Museum. See how Panama hats are made — yes, they’re from Ecuador!



Days 14-16:
At Sea / Salaverry (Peru):

Journey into the desert to find two stunning temples of the Moche civilization, the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon.



Days 17-18:
Callao:

Set out on a field trip to Lima, once the capital of Spanish-ruled South America. Stroll the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by the city cathedral and palaces.



Day 19:
General San Martín:

Explore the intriguing coastal desert environment of the Paracas National Reserve. Dramatic cliffs rise where the desert and ocean meet.



Days 20-21:
At Sea / Matarani:

Discover the “White City” of Arequipa. Its white buildings, constructed from volcanic rock, include the lovely Santa Catalina Convent.



Day 22:
Arica (Chile):

Journey into the Azapa Valley, a fertile oasis boasting tens of thousands of years of human history. Learn about this rich archaeological heritage.



Days 23-26:
At Sea / Valparaíso / disembark / departure:

Take an “ascensore” (funicular tram) to Valparaíso’s upper town, where you walk streets lined with charming old homes and gardens. Visit La Sebastiana, home of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.



MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
  Bridgetown, Barbados 1 night
   MV Minerva
  Aboard the MV Minerva, UK:England 25 nights
 Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: The Divi Southwinds is approximately 4 miles from the capital city of Bridgetown, and 6 miles from the airport.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: St. Lawrence Main Road
Christ Church, NA  Barbados
phone: +011 (246) 428 7181
web: http://www.diviresorts.com/divisouthwinds/index.html
  Room amenities: Suite amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, television, air-conditioning, clock radio, and in-room safe. One bedroom suites are a short walk from the beach just behind the St. Lawrence Gap, and offer spacious private balconies or patios with pool or garden views.
  Facility amenities: Fresh water pools (3) Two Restaurants 24 hour security In Room Safes Currency Exchange Beach Towels and Chairs Wi-fi
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Four star plus service & amenities of a traditional luxury vessel plus the hardware of an adventure ship 1A1 Super Ice Rating (highest possible for passenger vessel) Advanced environmental marine technology Fleet of Zodiac landing craft Extensive talks programme Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.5 Well appointed, ocean-view cabins Single seating dining Beverages (teas & coffee) included Gratuities included
  Ship Information: Overall Length: 436 Beam (Width): 66 feet Draft: 19 feet Passengers: 397 Officers: European Crew: 146 European/International Passenger Decks: 6 Gross Tonnage: 12,500 Cruising Speed: 16 knots Shipyard: T. Mariotti, Genoa Ship's Registry: Bahamas
  Contact info: 1 Victoria Way, Burgess Hill
West Sussex,   UK:England
phone: +01444 462 180
web: www.swanhellenic.com
  Room amenities: Private Facilities Air-conditioning Television Hairdryer Safe Binoculars
  Facility amenities: The delightful country house-style lounge – comfortable by day and welcoming by night where you can listen to the Guest Speakers or join friends for after dinner coffee. Later in the evening this is the venue for dancing and classical concerts Conservatory-style Shackleton’s Bar - furnished with cane chairs and potted palms and beautiful, evocative style prints of Antarctica Oak-panelled Wheeler Bar – situated in the heart of the ship, is decorated with Sir Mortimer Wheeler memorabilia and has a club-like feel Superb library – containing the original Swan Hellenic collection. This encompasses a wide variety of non-fiction with the best fiction, newspapers, games & jigsaws Traditional styled Smoking Room* - with buttoned leather sofas
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Some cabins have showers only
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins at 6:00 pm on Day 2 in Bridgetown, Barbados at the program hotel. You will be staying at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on Day 27 after transferring to the Santiago airport in the afternoon. You will be staying at MV Minerva the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Swan Hellenic requires all guests to register online prior to sailing. They will ask you 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.swanhellenic.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. The embarkation date is the date you board the ship. 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 did not receive a booking number or if you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
We do not recommend driving to the site.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train/Bus not recommended
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bridgetown
  Transportation to site: All participants who purchase air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services will be provided with a transfer from Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) to the Time Out Hotel in Bridgetown Barbados. If you are arranging your own flight, you will be responsible for making your own way from the airport to the hotel. We recommend flights that arrive in Bridgetown before 4:00 pm, so you arrive in time for the program orientation.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Minerva
  Transportation from site: The group flight from Santiago is scheduled to depart late in the evening on Day 27. Upon disembarking the ship in Valparaiso, there will be a full day field trip, and you will be dropped off at the airport for your returning flights. If you are making your own air arrangements, we do not recommend flights that depart before 9:00 pm, so you can join the final day of exploring in Santiago. Participants on earlier flights, may miss some (or all) of the activities scheduled. All participants departing after 9:00 pm, will be picked up at the Port of Valparaiso for a full day tour of Santiago. You will be dropped off at the Santiago International Airport (SCL) in the early evening.
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 from the US / Arrive in Bridgetown
(Saturday, January 4)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados. Transfer to the program hotel.
 Afternoon: Meet your study leader for the progarm orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bridgetown / Colonial Connection / Embark MV Minerva
(Sunday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the bond between Barbados and the United States from an historical perspective. A stop at the Barbados Museum will give an overview of the significance and background of this relationship. Continue to St. Nicholas Abbey – believed to be the oldest building in Barbados. St. Nicholas Abbey was one of the island’s first major sugar plantations. One of the plantation’s first owners, John Yeamans, was knighted by King Charles and given the Governorship of South Carolina. Drive through the countryside and stop for a brief talk about “King Sugar” and it’s role in the development of both Barbados, and the southern US; then taste raw sugar cane cut ripe from the fields.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The final stop highlights another colonial connection between Barbados and the US. In 1751 Lawrence Washington, older brother of George Washington, found that he had tuberculosis and was advised by his doctors to move to Barbados – known for its mild climate. George Washington accompanied him, and they rented the Bush Hill House until the time of Lawrence’s death. Visit the house and the grounds. Transfer to embark the Minerva for 24 nights.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bridgetown, Barbados / Historic Barbados
(Monday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship. Breakfast - with a wide range of options - can be enjoyed in the Swan Restaurant, the Veranda or out on the open deck around the pool. Morning coffee and pastries are served in the Veranda and afternoon tea in the Swan Restaurant. Both restaurants offer the same wide choice of menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 Morning: Discover some of the island’s historic sites, firstly driving via Eagle Hall Market and Tudor Bridge to Tyrol Cot. Built in 1854, the house was the residence of Sir Grantley Adams, the first premier of Barbados and the only prime minister of the West Indies Federation, and his son, ‘Tom’ Adams, the second Prime Minister of an independent Barbados. In the landscaped three-acre gardens you can visit the heritage village which contains a replica of an 1820’s slave hut, a Bajan rum shop and the Chattel House Museum, displaying antiques from the 1920s and giving an insight into the home life of many Barbadians at that time. You’ll then drive on to the restored Gun Hill Signal Station, the finest of a series of signal stations built in 1818, from where there are magnificent views of the west coast. The next highlight will be Sunbury Plantation House, built over 300 years ago and a superb example of a Barbadian sugar estate great house. The Georgian lounge, chandeliers, Barbadian antique furnishings and classic dining room with its 300-year-old mahogany table all create an ambiance of bygone years in the Caribbean. In the cellars there is a unique private collection of elegant horse-drawn carriages and other memorabilia illustrating life on a sugar plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch. Lunch is served in the Swan Restaurant or the Veranda.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart at 18:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship. Dinner is served in the Swan Restaurant or the Veranda.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Tuesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Caribbean Sea. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: La Guaira, Venezuela / Caracas City
(Wednesday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in La Guaira at 8:00 am. Journey inland from La Guaira to Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. Tour the Quinta Anauco Colonial Museum and experience colonial times as you browse through the rooms of this restored manor. Take a short drive from Quinto Anuco to the National Pantheon. Constructed in 1783 as the Holy Trinity Church, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1812 and then rebuilt as the final resting place for over 140 eminent Venezuelans, including Simon Bolivar the revolutionary hero. See the residential areas of the city on your way to La Alameda viewpoint where you can enjoy stunning views of the city before returning, via Heroes Boulevard, to the ship.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart at 18:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: La Vela de Coro, Venezuela / Coro Walking Tour
(Thursday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in La Vela de Coro at 8:30. Cross the isthmus, seeing the high sand dunes - medanos - of Coro, and explore this lovely city, known for its colonial architecture. Coro was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, boasting 602 historic buildings, some of which have now been restored. On a guided walking tour stroll along Calle Zamora, a beautiful street lined with splendid old mansions, see the center including the Church of San Clemente and the square in front of the church with a crucifix made of local cuji wood, then browse around the Diocesan Museum. Other highlights will include the famous Arcaya House and the House of the Iron Windows, all excellent examples of colonial architecture, and the Jewish Cemetery, the oldest in the Americas.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart La Vela de Coro at 14:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Friday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Caribbean Sea. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Saturday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Caribbean Sea. On-board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Colon, Panama / Gamboa Aerial Tram
(Sunday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Colon at 7:00. Travel to the Gamboa resort for a ride on the Aerial Tram, located in 100 hectares of rain forest. Enjoy a trip from the shadowy rainforest floor through the understory, and into the sundrenched canopy. There you can enjoy a bird's eye view of a thousand hues of green from the flowering trees. The exuberant flora and fauna display is typical of Panama's rainforests. Look out for beautiful birds such as toucans, trogons, parrots and momots. Indigenous animals include coatimundi, peccary, howler monkey, squirrels, capybara, and sloth. You will also enjoy several exhibits, such as orchids, butterflies and the serpetarium that are housed in differetn buildings near each other at the resort.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship will be in port until 4:00am.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Panama Canal Transit
(Monday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Full transit through the Panama Canal, with onboard commentary. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 5,900 mi. well under half the 14,000 mi. route around Cape Horn. The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue transiting the Panama Canal.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Tuesday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Wednesday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Manta, Ecuador / Manta and Montecristi
(Thursday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Manta at 6:00. Discover more about Ecuador’s ancient coastal civilisations in the Manta Archaeological Museum and then perhaps treat yourself to a genuine Panama hat in Montecristi, renowned for producing the best straw hats in the world. In Montecristi’s craft market, housed in an old colonial building, you can see demonstrations of how Panama hats are made by hand from paja toquillo, a straw obtained from palms found on the Ecuadorian coast, and have the chance to buy the ideal one for you. You’ll also visit the town’s church and a Tagua nut factory to see how crafts and buttons are made from this natural resource.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship will be in port until 20:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Friday, January 17)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Saturday, January 18)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Salaverry, Peru / Moon Temple & Trujillo
(Sunday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Salaverry at 8:00. Discover two stunning Moche temples - the Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) - on a barren desert at the foot of the Cerro Blanco. They were part of the ceremonial and administrative centre that housed 30,000 people at the peak of the Moche civilization between 300 and 600AD. The Huaca del Sol – the largest adobe structure in the Americas - cannot be visited but it’s an impressive sight. You can however visit the smaller Huaca de la Luna, to see vivid colourful bas-reliefs of geometric designs and fearsome deities that have been painstakingly uncovered, and platforms and patios where ceremonies and sacrifices took place. Having explored here a short drive will bring you to Trujillo, an attractive lively city in a fertile valley. Here you’ll visit Casa Iturri, one of many graceful colonial mansions, and have time to wander through Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city and admire some beautiful buildings.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart Salaverry at 20:00
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea / Callao, Peru
(Monday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 17:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Callao, Peru / Lima City Drive
(Tuesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Discover the historic one-time capital of the New World on a sightseeing drive. You’ll travel through the wealthy coastal suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro to the colonial downtown area and on the way see different stages of the city’s development from pre-Columbian Huacas (pyramids) through colonial times to the present. At Plaza Mayor you’ll visit the cathedral, and view the Archbishop’s Palace with its fine balconies, the Presidential Palace and the Town Hall. You will also stop at Parque Amor overlooking the coast.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart Callao at 18:30.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: General San Martin, Peru / Paracas National Reserve
(Wednesday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in General San Martin at 6:30 am. Discover the Paracas National Reserve, which offers magnificent coastal desert scenery. You will stop at the Catedral (Cathedral) viewpoint overlooking the Pacific Ocean and cliff stacks as well as the small local fishing port at Lagunillas. You can also enjoy a visit to the small Tello museum which contains artifacts from the Paracas people who inhabited this area from 1300BC to 200AD and are famed for their intricate textiles.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to continue to explore the port, or relax on board the ship. The ship is scheduled to depart at 16:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Thursday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Matarani, Peru / Discover Arequipa
(Friday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Matarani at 7:00. Discover Arequipa – known as ‘the white city’ because of its fine colonial buildings built using sillar, a white volcanic rock. The highlight of your tour will be visiting the Santa Catalina Convent, closed to the outside world for 400 years until 1970. Inside the imposing walls a ‘town within a town’ reveals itself and you’ll see the nuns’ quarters and the convent’s striking blue and orange painted walls. You’ll also visit the interesting church and cloisters of La Campania and the imposing 17th century cathedral.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: There will be some free time at the end of the tour around Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, before returning to the ship. Minerva is scheduled to be in port until 19:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Arica, Chile / Azapa Valley & Museum
(Saturday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Arica at 9:00. Enjoy a drive into the Azapa Valley to discover the area’s archaeological heritage. You will visit the excellent San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum which charts 10,000 years of history dating back to the hunter-gatherer Chinchorro people, who mummified their dead long before the Egyptians. En route in the Azapa Valley there will be photostops for you to see the distinctive geoglyphs, depicting cameloids and pastoral scenes, that dot the hillsides. The Azapa Valley is irrigated and the agriculture here is in stark contrast with the arid surrounding hills. You will also glimpse a unique golf course which makes use of the area’s natural resources!
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. The ship is scheduled to depart Arica at 21:00.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Sunday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Monday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail the Pacific Ocean. On board presentations from your study leader and the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy on board presentations and other shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Valparaiso, Chile / Valparaiso Walk
(Tuesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Morning at leisure as you cruise the Pacific Ocean.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Valparaiso at 13:00. Explore the narrow cobbled streets of Valparaiso’s upper town on a guided walk. A short drive will bring you to the funicular – one of the city’s many remarkable ascensores - which will take you up to Cerro Allegre. Here you’ll walk along streets lined with charming old houses and gardens from the early 20th century and enjoy good views from Paseo Gervasoni or Paseo Yugoslavo. You can either descend by funicular or walk down steps to rejoin the coaches. A visit to La Sebastiana, former home of the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, is another highlight.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Valparaiso, Chile / Disembark / Departures
(Wednesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship (with your luggage) and depart from Valparaiso to Isla Negra, where you will visit the home of poet Pablo Neruda. The house, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a magnificent view of the sea, showcases the life of the poet and the fascinating collection of artifacts from his life and travels. We will continue on to have a view of Algarrobo, continuation to Tunquén at about 30 kms and finally will have a visit to see the landscapes of Quintay.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Santiago International Airport. Group flights depart late this evening.
 Dinner: On your own at the airport.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 27: Flights arrive in the U.S.
(Thursday, January 30)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in the U.S. from Santiago.
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Suggested Reading List


Andes


Author: Michael Jacobs


Description: Jacobs journeys 4,300 miles from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego in the footsteps Simon Bolivar, Charles Darwin and other explorers, exploring the striking landscape and diverse cultures of South America.



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.



Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness


Author: Peter Matthiessen


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



Conquest of the Incas


Author: John Hemming


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



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.



Desert Memories, Journeys Through the Chilean North


Author: Ariel Dorfman


Description: A quest for national history, personal memories, and family origins in the Atacama by the noted playwright, novelist and essayist. The legacy of mining, Pinochet, and the author's own history are woven into this meditative account.



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.



Latin America in Colonial Times


Author: Matthew Restall


Description: This scholarly primer considers the history of the continent from the arrival of the first Conquistadors in the 16th century to the dying embers of empire 300 years later, giving equal weight to the histories of the colonial rulers, the African slaves brought over to work in the New World and the indigenous groups whose lives and lands were forever changed by conquest.



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.



Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook


Author: Lonely Planet Publications


Description: A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary.



Peruvian Wildlife


Author: Barry Walker


Description: Written by resident bird legend Barry Walker and two colleagues, this compact photo guide introduces the habitats, plants, birds and animals of the Central Andes.



South America, The Andes Map


Author: Nelles


Description: The full range of the Andes and the Pacific coast of South America.



The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction


Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Restall


Description: This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.



The Far Side of the World


Author: Patrick O'Brian


Description: O'Brian takes readers on an adventure around Cape Horn in this enthralling Aubrey and Maturin tale, featuring evocative descriptions of the wildlife of Patagonia and Galapagos and a vivid portrait of Nelson's British Navy.



The Old Patagonian Express


Author: Paul Theroux


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



The 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.



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.



Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


Author: Mark Carwardine


Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.





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