Getting on & off a bus, walking approximately 1/2 mile (one km), approximately one hour on flat terrain.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. During our study cruise, we will have two naturalists aboard the boat who will provide educational leadership with lectures and field trips. Ground transportation will be via private bus unless noted otherwise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we will board a bus and set out on a field trip to the local market, followed by a cooking class where we will prepare local food and drink such as causa, ceviche, and the Pisco sour. Causa is a mashed and seasoned potato dish. Ceviche has become recognized as one of Peru’s classic dishes, a mix of raw seafood “cooked” in citrus juice. Pisco is a southern hemisphere brandy made from local fruits; the Pisco sour was invented in Lima. We will participate in preparing what we will have for lunch.
At the cooking school, we’ll have the food we helped to make.
With a local expert, we will ride to the Historic Centre of Lima, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Although severely damaged by earthquakes, this 'City of the Kings' was, until the middle of the 18th century, the capital and most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America. Many of its buildings, such as the Convent of San Francisco (the largest of its type in this part of the world), are the result of collaboration between local craftspeople and others from the Old World.” We’ll then ride to the Museo Larco that showcases artifacts from 3,000 years of Peruvian history and culture including priceless gold and silver objects. Founded in 1926, the museum is housed in an 18th century mansion built above an ancient pre-Columbian pyramid. A member of the museum staff will give us a presentation on civilizations that preceded the Inca, some by thousands of years. Because they had no written language, what we know of them comes from the study of archaeological investigations, art, remains of buildings, textiles, and tools. After our field trip, we’ll return to the hotel.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. You might like to take a walk along the ocean boardwalk. Prepare for check-out and our flight to Iquitos in the morning.