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Adventures Online: The People & Places of South America

Get a taste of Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires without leaving your home during this three-day, online learning adventure, live from South America!
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Online Program

Adventures Online: The People & Places of South America

Get a taste of Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires without leaving your home during this three-day, online learning adventure, live from South America!
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Length
3 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
349
Program No. 24351RJ

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There’s so much to learn about and discover in South America! Experience the very best of Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires during a three-day online learning adventure, live from South America. Delight in virtual field trips to explore the downtown region of Lima, Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro and the charming streets of Buenos Aires. Learn more about these countries during expert-led lectures on Peru’s natural spaces and geography, Brazil’s role as the largest country in South America and the Spanish history of Argentina. Along the way, get to know your fellow Road Scholars and enjoy opportunities to interact with local residents as you meet and speak with a Peruvian about daily life in Lima, learn about Bossa Nova Music with a musician from Brazil and delight in a live Tango performance with a dancer in Buenos Aires.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore Peru’s capital city of Lima during a virtual field trip to discover its Main Square, Presidential Palace, Basilica Cathedral and other important landmarks.
  • Join a local expert for a virtual exploration of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to walk the streets of Copacabana and Ipanema, learn about the importance of Carnival and take in the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
  • Discover Buenos Aires, Argentina, during a virtual field trip to the “Paris of South America” to explore its French-style architecture, colonial architecture and the Colon Theater.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. In keeping with our Traditional On-Site programs, ALL ADVENTURES ONLINE MULTI-DAY PROGRAMS (INCLUDING THIS PROGRAM) ARE PRESENTED LIVE; THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT RECORDED. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Lost City of the Incas
by Hiram Bingham
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.
The Machu Picchu Guidebook
by Ruth M. Wright, Alfredo Valencia Zegarra
With maps and site plans, a segment on new discoveries, a wildlife section and a fold-out full color painting of the city as it may have looked during a solstice celebration in 1530.
Cataratas del Iguazu
by de Dios
This foldup, laminated card shows seven maps of the falls, Puerto Iguazu, park and region.
Stone Offerings
by Mike Torrey
Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice.
Brazil
by Regis St. Louis
An excellent, colorful primer to the country and its history, covering the varied landscapes, diverse cultures and regional customs, including carnaval and soccer.
Forgotten Continent
by Michael Reid
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, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization.
Buenos Aires, A Cultural History
by Jason Wilson
An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers; serves well as a guidebook, too, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions.
Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
by Peter Matthiessen
Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.
The Brazilians
by Joseph Page
A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Lonely Planet Buenos Aires
by Lonely Planet
The best of Buenos Aires is included in this practical guide, along with a pullout map and insider recommendations on shopping, eating, sleeping and day trips.
The Incas
by Carmen Bernard
Featuring 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 Incas.
Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map
by Lima 2000
This fact-filled map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, on one side, and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000). It's the best map for those making the trek from kilometer 88 to the site and an excellent choice for those exploring by bus or train.
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3 days
DAY
1
Orientation, Introduction to Peru, Lima, Limeños
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will start at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 5:00 p.m. Road Scholars are welcome to join for informal chat at 1:50 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. Welcome, Orientation, Introductions. Our Group Leader will greet everyone and provide an overview of the program including Zoom protocols. We’ll then get to know our fellow Road Scholars with group introductions and meet our resident expert. 2:25 p.m. Lecture. From the dramatic coastal desert to the exuberant rain forest on the other side of the mountain range of the Andes, Peru is an exceptionally rich country. In this introduction, we’ll learn about a little-known side of Peru and its different natural regions. 2:55 p.m. Break. 3:05 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will visit Lima, founded in 1535 as the Spanish capital of the newly conquered lands. Almost a decade later, it was designated as the capital of the Virreinato del Perú — Viceroyalty of Peru. Among the highlights we will see are the Main Square, Presidential Palace, Basilica Cathedral, and other important buildings in the downtown area where this clash of civilizations left its marks. 3:45 p.m. Interactive Q&A session. 4:00 p.m. Break. 4:10 p.m. Lecture. Residents of Lima are known as limeños. We will meet one of these local folks and walk in areas off the beaten path to see an ordinary day in limeño life. We’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions. 4:45 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 5:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
2
Introduction to Brazil, Rio di Janeiro, Bossa Nova
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will start at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 5:00 p.m. Road Scholars are welcome to join for informal chat at 1:50 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. Review of the day. 2:05 p.m. Lecture. Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. Its 200 million people are a diverse mix of races, religions, and cultural heritages. Brazil is also the most biologically diverse country in the world. It became one of the most powerful economies during the 18th and 19th century for its production of gold, then rubber, then coffee. Brazil has been the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years. Unlike the rest of the continent, the official language is Portuguese, dating back to a treaty between Portugal and Spain in 1494. Brazil declared its independence in 1822 with comparatively little warfare. 2:45 p.m. Interactive Q&A. 2:55 p.m. Break. 3:05 p.m. Virtual field trip. Rio de Janeiro was dubbed Cidade Maravilhosa — Marvelous City — by the writer Coelho Neto in appreciation of its beauty. With our resident expert, we will visit some of the most famous places in the city. The statue of Christ the Redeemer — standing nearly 100 feet tall — has become iconic of both Rio and Brazil. It offers an extraordinary view of the city spreading out before our eyes. We will also see Sugar Loaf Mountain, rising more than 700 feet at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. We’ll walk along the streets in the renowned Copacabana and Ipanema neighborhoods and learn about the city’s social diversity in a favela (shantytown). We’ll also learn why Carnival is a treasured tradition for Brazilians and, in particular to cariocas — the people of Rio. 3:50 p.m. Interactive Q&A. 4:05 p.m. Break. 4:15 p.m. Lecture. We will meet a local artist who loves and sings Bossa Nova — a beautiful and well-known form of Brazilian music we’ll learn about. 4:55 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow 5:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
3
Introduction to Argentina, Buenos Aires, Porteños, Tango
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: Today’s session will start at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 5:00 p.m. Road Scholars are welcome to join for informal chat at 1:50 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. Review of the day. 2:05 p.m. Lecture. Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world We’ll learn how it become one of the most important and ethnically diverse countries in South America. Buenos Aires, where a third of the population lives, was born from the Spanish crown’s need for a port in the South Atlantic and never stopped growing. We’ll learn about its history during the last 200 years. 2:35 p.m. Interactive Q&A. 2:45 p.m. Break. 2:55 p.m. Virtual field trip. Passionate, vibrant Buenos Aires blends old-world colonial architecture with Latin-American energy. We’ll visit the colonial district and Plaza de Mayo, the stage for many important events. Bohemian San Telmo — the oldest barrio, with Colonial buildings and cobbled stone streets — stands in contrast to colorful La Boca, founded by European immigrants. Last but not least, we’ll visit the most stylish part of the city, Recoleta, renowned as the Paris of South America with French-style boulevards, mansions, and parks. We’ll also see Teatro Colón, one of the world’s most important opera houses. 3:40 p.m. Interactive Q&A. 3:50 p.m. Break. 4:00 p.m. Lecture. We will “meet” a Porteño and learn what that term really means. We’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions. 4:15 p.m. Tango! We’ll learn about its origins and how the tango traveled from brothels to become the most popular and characteristic dance and music of the city with nostalgic chords and sensual movements that are a language of their own. 4:30 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will visit a milonga, a typical tango ballroom, see some of the characteristic local performances, and note how different they are from American tango. 4:50 p.m. Discussion. We will share our perspectives on the similarities and differences among the people of each city. 4:55 p.m. Wrap-up and farewells. 5:00 p.m. This concludes our program.






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