Walking approx. 3 hours; paved surfaces, some steps in churches and museum. Driving about 2 hours (subject to traffic).
At the hotel.
Orientation: In our private meeting room at the hotel, 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. High elevations in the Peruvian Andes might cause some to experience altitude sickness. Please discuss appropriate preventative measures with your personal physician prior to travel. Here are some helpful tips to alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness: 1) Get plenty of rest before you travel. 2) Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills or narcotics. 3) Drink plenty of fluids. 4) Eat high-carbohydrate foods and avoid fatty foods. 5) Avoid heavy exercise while staying at high elevations. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always 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. After boarding a bus, we will head into downtown to learn about Lima’s colonial past. Transfer to Lima's Plaza de Armas for a field trip led by a local expert to la Catedral, Casa Aliaga and the Museo de la Gastronomia Peruana (Peruvian Gastronomy Museum). The most important church in any town in Peru is usually called La Catedral (Cathedral). In the case of Lima, la Catedral is also the most important church in all of Peru. This beautiful colonial building in the Plaza de Armas presumably houses the remains of Francisco Pizarro—whether the bones are authentic or not is a matter of conjecture.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated 3-course lunch with a non-alcoholic beverage included; other beverages available for purchase. Our meal will also include a demonstration on how to make Peru's signature drink--the pisco sour. Most meals on our program will feature local cuisine and often be plated and served set meals; in others, we will have buffets. Beverages include coffee, tea, water; other beverages are usually available for purchase.
We will continue with our exploration of downtown Lima. At the conclusion of the activity, the bus will drop us off at the hotel. We will have some time to freshen up and relax. Then, together with the Group Leader we will depart on foot from the hotel to the ruins of Huaca Pucllana for dinner. In the midst of Lima's attractive Miraflores district sits a pre-Inca ceremonial center known as Huaca Pucllana. The large adobe complex is thought to have served as an administrative and religious center for various fishing and farming communities in the area. Archaeological evidence points to the city being taken over by the Wari people around CE 700. Wari mummies and artifacts have been discovered in the ruins, indicating that the site was predominantly used for religious rites including sacrifices and burials. Before dinner, we will walk around the complex with our local guide and Group Leader.
At the local restaurant overlooking the ruins of Huaca Pucllana, we’ll enjoy our plated 3-course welcome meal with a non-alcoholic beverage included. After our meal, we will enjoy a leisurely walk back to our hotel with our group leader. Our hotel is less than a mile from the restaurant.
We’ll then enjoy a leisurely walk back to our hotel with our Group Leader. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure.