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									                                                               THE BEST OF PERU
                                                    THROUGH THE EYES OF PERUVIAN WOMEN
                                                      Lima, Cuzco, Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu, and
                                                                       Lake Titicaca

                                                    Defining the “Best” of Peru is a challenge. There’s so much to experience:
   “The Grande Dame” of Women’s
     Adventure Travel Since 1982                    remarkable collections of Spanish-colonial art, world-renowned museums,
   2012 ~ Celebrating 30 Years!                     unique and colorful Andean weaving, the ancient Incan ruins of Macchu
                                                    Picchu, the extraordinary city of Cuzco and nearby archeological sites,
DATES                                               a ride on the famous Andean Explorer/Orient Express train, Koricancha
June 4 – 15, 2012                                   (Temple of the Sun), and Titicaca, the world’s highest lake. But
COST                                                AdventureWomen has managed to put together a special trip that
$6,195 all inclusive (land and air*) from           includes all of the above, and more.
Miami plus 2 internal flights and 2 train
journeys. ($800 deposit)                            This exclusive, custom-designed trip in Peru is like no other we have
*Air and train costs are based on 2011 prices and   offered in South America—perhaps because of the many prominent
are subject to change without notice.
                                                    Peruvian women who are contributing to our experience, sharing their
RATING                                              knowledge of the country’s culture, history, and archeology. Each of these
Moderate                                            successful women come from a very different ethnic, geographic, and
ACTIVITIES                                          socio-economic background and perspective. Yet their special insights
Archaeology, Natural History, Cultural              contribute to our understanding of the Andean culture, past and present.
Exploration, Walking, Boating, Sightseeing,
Photography, Train Rides                            We begin our adventures in Peru’s capital city of Lima. Here we learn
                                                    from Silvia Stern about her impressive collection of Spanish colonial art,
                                                    a blend of two cultural traditions: Andean and European. Silvia and her
                                                    husband, Eduardo Barbosa, have one of the best Peruvian private art
• Experience Peru through the eyes of
  prominent Peruvian women.                         collections. Some of their pieces are housed in the world’s most
• Ride by vistadome train to spectacular            renowned museums. During a visit to the Larco Herrera Archaeological
  Machu Picchu and spend 2 days at the              Museum, we meet another remarkable woman: Ulla Holmquist, head
  “Lost City of the Incas”.                         curator. Ulla has extensively researched and written about site museums
• Travel back in time to visit a native
  community at Cuyuni, and learn from
                                                    and community development, archaeology, pre-Hispanic art, and the
  the villagers about ancestral traditions          role of women in ancient Peru.
  from pre-Inca times.
• Discover the culture and archeology of            While traveling through the Urubamba Sacred Valley, we visit with Nilda
  Lima, Cuzco, and the Urubamba Sacred              Canallaupa and her National Geographic-sponsored native weaving
  Valley.                                           project. Here, women are the owners and the driving force of the busi-
• Travel in luxury to magnificent Lake              ness, dedicated to preserving the textile heritage of the Andean people.
  Titicaca on the Andean Explorer/Orient
  Express train and stay on a private               We’ll see how their gregarious processes of spinning, gathering, use of
  island in the lake to experience “journeys        natural dyes, setting up of looms, and design creation, are fundamental
  of cultural discovery.”                           to the family and social bonds of these highland communities.
• Stay in luxury and boutique hotels                Continuing through the Urubamba Sacred Valley, we spend a fascinating
  throughout our journey.
                                                    day visiting a Cuyuni community, learning about the villagers’ daily
    AdventureWomen is the oldest                    activities—ancestral traditions practiced since pre-Inca times.
     adventure travel company for
        active women over 30.

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      WHAT’S INCLUDED                         Next, a spectacular early-morning train ride takes us through dramatic
  IN THE PRICE OF THIS TRIP                   landscapes and astonishing vistas to Machu Picchu, The Hidden City
The price of this trip includes all inter-    of the Incas, and the most remarkable architectural site on the South
national and internal airline costs, plus 2   American continent. Our guide for this area is Roger Valencia, who
train journeys.                               was named the best guide in Cuzco by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism.
By including all these costs in the total
price of your trip, we are able to make       After two days of exploring Machu Picchu—while accommodated in a
your journey a full and complete expe-        luxury hotel near the ruins—we travel to the glorious city of Cuzco and
rience. And our total package arrange-        the archeological sites surrounding it, all located high in the Andes
ments make it very easy for you to            Mountains. Our guide will take us on a walking tour of the town, the
enjoy the adventure without separately        local market, Cuzco Cathedral, and the historic Koricancha, known as
added expenses.                               the Temple of the Sun.
• Round-trip airfare, Miami–Lima–Miami.
• Domestic airfare, Lima–Cuzco and            Our final foray is a ride on the famous Andean Explorer/Orient Express
  Puno (Lake Titicaca)–Lima.                  train to Puno. The train travels through stunning landscapes to reach
• 2 train journeys: the vistadome train       the world’s highest lake, Titicaca. Here we are transferred by boat to an
  to Machu Picchu and the Andean              amazing lodge on the private Island of Suasi, the perfect place from
  Explorer/Orient Express from                which to take in the magnificence of the lake. From there, we participate
  Cuzco to Puno and Lake Titicaca.            in outings and activities that are true “journeys of cultural discovery”.
• All transfers from hotels to airports,
  services and taxes, and all ground          Don’t miss this outstanding and unique, in-depth exploration of the culture,
  transportation throughout the trip.         art, and archeology of Peru, one of the most beautiful and interesting
• Entrance fees to all sites.                 lands in South America. It is indeed the BEST of Peru, a very special
• Tips for luggage porters and waiters.
                                              offering for AdventureWomen’s 30-year anniversary celebration!
• All meals as listed in the itinerary.
• Bilingual, English-speaking guides
  throughout the entire trip.
• 10 night’s luxury hotel accommoda-
  tions in twin-bedded double occu-           HOW TO REGISTER
  pancy rooms with private facilities.        First, call (800-804-8686) or email (advwomen@aol.com) the
• One AdventureWomen escort                   AdventureWomen office to determine space availability. We will hold a
  throughout the entire trip.
                                              space for you for 5 days while you complete the application process
                                              and make personal and travel arrangements.
          NOT INCLUDED                        Next, complete and sign the Trip Application form included in all our
• Round-trip airfare from your home-          brochures. We can also fax or mail one to you, or you can get the Trip
  town to Miami and all international         Application form on our website. Include with the application the
  airline taxes and airport departure
                                              required deposit that can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or
                                              Discover), personal check, money order, or cashier’s check. You can
• Alcoholic beverages and items of a
  personal nature.                            also register over the phone with a credit card. Once we receive your
• Tips and gratuities. Please bring           deposit, we will mail you a package of information verifying your regis-
  $100 in U.S. cash for tips, new bills       tration.
  or bills in excellent shape: 3 (three)
  $20 bills, 2 (two) $10 bills, and 4         Then, call our travel consultants at Montana Travel (800-247-3538),
  (four) $5 bills. This money will be         and ask for Ciretta to make your airline reservations.
  collected at the beginning of the
                                              Note: We will only hold your space for 5 days without a trip application
  trip, and your AdventureWomen
  Associate will do all the individual        and deposit payment!
  tipping throughout the trip.

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                                          PASSPORTS, TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
                                          Citizens of the United States must possess a valid passport, which must
 Part of what AdventureWomen
 hopes to foster is the taking of more    be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay. No visas are required for
 self-responsibility for our own lives,   travel in Peru. If you do not have a passport, GET IT SOON! When you
 health, and safety. Please read the      get your passport, you should also get two extra photographs to take
 Liability Form carefully, sign it,       with you. You should always possess extra photos when traveling to
 and return it with the remain-           use in case of an emergency.
 der of your balance due by
 MARCH 6, 2012.                           No special vaccinations are required for travel to Peru. However, please
                                          consult your personal physician, local health department, travel clinic, or
     CANCELLATIONS AND                    immunization center about any vaccinations you may need to update or
             REFUNDS                      others that may be personally recommended for you based on your
 Notification of cancellations must be    age, health, and past vaccination history. Hepatitis A and B are present
 received in writing. Full payment is
                                          everywhere in the world, so you should talk to your doctor about this.
 due 90 days prior to departure date,
 and 50% of the registration deposit      You MUST have your own health insurance, and not have any physi-
 is non-refundable.                       cal problems or conditions that would be adversely affected by high alti-
                                          tude or the rigors of international travel.
 For cancellations received 60-89
 days prior to the trip departure         Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check
 date: 50% of the total trip cost is      with their doctors before booking this trip. The altitude in Lima is 5,080
 non-refundable. For cancellations
                                          feet, and the altitude at Lake Titicaca (the highest lake in the world) is
 received 1-59 days prior to the trip
 departure date: 100% of the total        12,420 feet. We will be acclimatizing to the higher altitudes, little by little
 trip cost is non-refundable.             as we progress through this trip, ending at the highest altitude.

 You are highly encouraged to
 purchase trip cancellation insurance
 to cover emergency situations.           THE EXCITING ITINERARY FOR THE BEST OF PERU, THROUGH
 Information will be sent to you in       THE EYES OF PERUVIAN WOMEN
 your registration packet.
                                          Day 1 — Monday, June 4, 2012 Depart US and arrive Lima, Peru
        SWITCHING TRIPS                   We depart from Miami on a late afternoon flight, arriving into Lima late
 Before your final balance due date,      evening. Transfer to our luxury hotel, our home for the next two nights.
 you may change your deposit to           Get a good night’s sleep before our exciting adventure begins tomorrow
 another trip within the same calendar    afternoon.
 year by paying a $75 fee to switch.
 You may not switch your deposit to       Casa Andina Private Collection-Miraflores
 a trip in another calendar year.         Av. La Paz 463, Miraflores, Lima
                                          Tel: +511.213.9739
      NO SMOKING POLICY                   www.casa-andina.com
 Beginning in 1995, our trips became
 smoke free. Please note that there       With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal
 will be no smoking by any participants   location with views over Miraflores and the Pacific coast, the flagship
 on AdventureWomen vacations.             Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in
                                          every aspect. Its quintessential Limeño flavor reverberates in the exqui-
                                          site art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era
                                          antiques, in both public spaces and private accommodations.

                                          Day 2 — Tuesday, June 5 Lima — A Day of Art and History
                                          This morning is at leisure, to catch up on sleep and relax from our
                                          flights of yesterday and last night.

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                                            Lunch is on your own today. There are two restaurants in the hotel, or
 IMPORTANT INFORMATION                      you can venture outside the hotel to explore the surrounding area.
     ARRANGEMENTS                           After lunch we begin our exciting adventure in the capital city of Lima.
                                            Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima
 We suggest you book your air               quickly became the most important city in colonial South America.
 reservations with our travel
 consultant soon after register-            Our first stop is a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, founded in 1926.
 ing for this trip!                         This museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries that provide
                                            an excellent overview of 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-
 On this AdventureWomen Peru
 trip, all international airfare is         Columbian history. Ulma Holmquist, the museum’s curator, will guide us.
 included from Miami plus 2 internal        This visit will give us an understanding of Pre-Inca Peru, and begin
 flights within Peru. The only airfare      giving us a perspective on what we will also be seeing in Cuzco and
 not included is round-trip airfare         Machu Picchu.
 from your hometown to Miami.
                                            Within the museum, we walk to the Barbarosa-Stern private colonial art
 In order to facilitate group arrivals      collection where owner Silvia Stern and her son Aldo Barbosa will host
 and departures, we ask that you to         us. Since 1966, Eduardo Barbosa and his wife Silvia Stern have collected
 work directly with our travel con-
 sultant at MONTANA TRAVEL to               an impressive compilation of Spanish colonial art. Their sons inherited
 make your travel arrangements.             the love for colonial art and are now in charge of preserving their family’s
 After booking your trip, please con-       private collection. Here we learn how colonial Peruvian art constitutes a
 tact CIRETTA at Montana Travel in          creole and mestizo cultural manifestation, completely different than that
 Bozeman, Montana, to reserve your          produced in Europe.
 air space and discuss any add-on air
 arrangements to Miami.                     Our welcome dinner tonight is at a very special restaurant, Huaca
                                            Pucllana. It is located in a breathtaking setting within the ruins of the
                                            Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological compound built between 200 and
  Email: ciretta@mttravel.com
       Fax: 406-586-1959                    700 AD by the early inhabitants of Lima. The adobe pyramid, digs and
   CANADIAN RESIDENTS,                      walls of the complex—one of the main administrative and ceremonial
    please call 406-587-1188                centers of the Lima culture—are illuminated at night, which creates
                                            amazing views from the covered terrace. The cuisine is a reinterpretation
 When calling, please identify your-        of the Peruvian Criollo tradition by Chef Marilú Madueño (Cordon Blue
 TRAVELER. If you leave a message           Paris), as she combines local flavors and ingredients with contemporary
 on Ciretta’s voicemail, she will           techniques.
 return your call promptly.                                                                     (Breakfast and Dinner)
 NOTE: The recent trend in travel           Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection-Miraflores
 is for travelers to finalize their plans
 much closer to departure time than
                                            About Ulla Holmquist: Ulla is Head Curator of the Larco Herrera
 was customary in the past. While
 we try to be as flexible as possible       Archaeological Museum, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology
 booking last minute registrants, we        from Lima´s Catholic University and a master’s degree in Museology
 must often relinquish hotel space          from New York University. A university professor in several subjects
 and air reservations up to 6 weeks         related to archaeology and pre-Hispanic art, Ulla has been Deputy
 prior to departure! Please keep this       Director of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History National Museum,
 in mind when making your travel
 plans.                                     and Pre-Hispanic Art Curator at the Art Museum of Lima. Ulla has
                                            extensively researched and published about site museums and commu-
                                            nity development, archaeology, pre-Hispanic art, and the role of women
                                            in ancient Peru.

                                            About Silvia Stern: An uncommon blend of virtues characterizes Silvia
                                            Stern. Born in Peru to Central European Jewish immigrants, she learned
                                            the importance of hard work, strong ethics, and the value of education
                                            from her parents. The Sterns had an inclination for science, which

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                                                 influenced Silvia in choosing the study of mathematics at university.
     ABOUT ADVENTURE                             However she also felt a strong pull toward the arts and humanities,
       TRAVEL TODAY                              earning a second degree in Art Restoration. She and her husband,
   PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!                        Eduardo Barbosa, purchased Peruvian colonial art and started the
                                                 Barbosa-Stern collection, considered to be one of the best private col-
 At AdventureWomen, we would
                                                 lections in Peru, and housed by the world´s most renowned museums.
 like to ensure that all participants
 understand that our excursions
 are adventure travel vacations, and             Day 3 — Wednesday, June 6 Fly from Lima to Cuzco. Visit a
 not “tours.” We define “adventure               Native Weaving Project in the Urubamba Sacred Valley
 travel” as travel in which one actively
                                                 After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our one-hour flight to
 participates, as opposed to a “tour,”
                                                 Cuzco. During our flight we have magnificent views of the rugged
 in which one is more or less a
 passive observer. AdventureWomen                Andes Mountains. We are greeted at the airport by our drivers and
 designs and organizes vacations all             guide, and begin our adventure to the Urubamba Sacred Valley.
 over the world for women who                    Enroute, we visit Nilda Cañallaupa´s National Geographic-sponsored
 want to experience an active, out of            native weaving project.
 the ordinary vacation, and meet new
                                                 Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the
 friends. Most of all, however, we
 want our trips to be fun!                       Andes, and this project is part of a highly-successful National Geographic
                                                 Society-supported initiative to rescue and revive this way of life. Women
 In this spirit, the successful adventure        are the owners and drivers of this activity, and we will see how their
 traveler should be a good-natured               gregarious processes of spinning, gathering and use of natural dyes,
 realist and have a sense of humor!              setting up of looms, and the creation of designs, are fundamental to the
 Adventure vacations, by nature, require         family and social bonds of these highland communities.
 that participants be self-sufficient, flexi-
 ble, and able to accept situations as           About Nilda Callañaupa: Nilda is the founder and head of the Center
 they exist, and not just as they would          for Traditional Textiles (www.incas.org) in Cuzco, an NGO dedicated to
 have preferred or expected them to              preserving the textile heritage of the Andean people. A native of the vil-
 exist. The constraints of scheduled             lage of Chinchero, Nilda was, by the age of 14, presenting at the
 group traveling also necessitate that           Smithsonian Institute and the American Museum of Natural History. After
 each of us be understanding of and              attending university, Nilda started the Center for Traditional Textiles of
 sensitive to others. Being on time is           Cusco, including a weaving cooperative and a school for young girls
 important, and contributes to the               (who must come dressed in traditional costume to be considered). CTTC
 congeniality, success, and well being
                                                 also provides shelter for women in distress, insures that young girls
 of both individuals and the group.
                                                 connect with their elders, and helps native weavers control the marketing
                                                 of their textiles. Nilda is a shining example of how indigenous people
                                                 can fully engage with world markets and still remain true to their roots.

Today we enjoy a special gourmet picnic lunch while witnessing a presentation of a centuries-old Andean religious
ritual, the “Tribute to the Mother Earth”.
                                                                                                     (Breakfast and Lunch)

Sol y Luna Hotel                     Our hotel for the next two nights is the beautiful Sol y Luna Hotel, enclosed in a red-
Urubamba, Peru                       walled courtyard surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and green mountains. Each
+51 8420 1620                        circular casita has light yellow walls, red-tiled roofs, and flower-rimmed verandahs.
www.hotelsolyluna.com                Constructed of adobe, wood, stone and clay, these bungalows are literally made from
                                     elements of the earth in the valley. Interiors are colorfully decorated to reflect the
                                     Andean setting, with assorted curios and detail work made by local artisans who were
                                     employed in all aspects of the construction. The bungalows are set within a garden
                                     of local and international plants and flowers that are a profusion of year-round color.

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Day 4 — Thursday, June 7 Full-day Visit to the               domiciles, it stands today as a tribute to Incan ingenuity.
Native Community of Cuyuni                                   Our guide accompanies us through this incredible city
To visit the native community of Cuyuni is to literally      of stone, pointing out the significance of various struc-
travel back in time. Here, natives are, in many ways,        tures and explaining some of the theories about the
still living as they’ve been for centuries. The proud        mysteries of Machu Picchu. (Did you know that of the
villagers will show us how they have managed to              skeletons found there, women’s out-numbered men's
survive in such extremely adverse conditions: over           by ten to one?) It is said that Machu Picchu was a
13,000 feet above sea level where only wild grass            refuge from Pizarro’s marauding Spaniards who were
grows naturally.                                             attracted to the Incan empire by tales of its fabulous
                                                             stores of gold and silver.
On this very special day, the community leaders will
accompany our group as we learn not only about their         Much of the hotel’s water supply comes from the orig-
daily lives and activities, but also about their ancestral   inal channels cut into the rocks and underground. The
traditions that date to pre-Inca times.                      more you learn about the civil engineering of Machu
                                                             Picchu, the more you will realize how far ahead of its
                                  (Breakfast and Lunch)
                                                             time its many conveniences were.
Overnight Sol y Luna Hotel
                                                                                       (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

                                                             Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Day 5 — Friday, June 8 Train to Machu Picchu,
                                                             Machu Picchu, Peru
the “Lost City of the Incas”
This morning is the beginning of a fantastic journey
by train to Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas.” We       Located in the heart of Machu Picchu Historical
travel by vistadome with first-class seats on the narrow     Sanctuary, Inkaterra’s boutique Machu Picchu Pueblo
gauge switchback train through the fertile valleys of        Hotel is an Andean Garden of Eden—one of the world’s
the Andes and along the sacred Urubamba River.               most appealing boutique hotels. A fusion of calmness,
                                                             comfort, Andean style and architecture, its natural
Arriving at Machu Picchu is like stepping into a post-       beauty spreads over 12 acres of low-rise cottages,
card! 95% of all visitors only stay a few hours here,        plantations, and wild forest interspersed by stone
then catch the afternoon train back to Cuzco. But to         pathways. Waterfalls and streams gently cascade
touch the mystery of Machu Picchu, it is essential to        through acres of orchids. Hummingbirds frolic in a
spend the night. We have the luxury of staying at the        private cloud-forest paradise, while you experience an
5-star Pueblo Hotel. After our guided tour of the ruins      authentic barefoot luxury hotel at the foot of Machu
with well-known historian Roger Valencia (named the          Picchu within an idyllic enclave of whitewashed casitas.
best guide in Cuzco by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism),
we can stay and linger among the mute stones while           About Roger Valencia: Roger was born in Cuzco to a
the sun drops toward the western rim of the jungle           typical, deeply rooted, middle-class Cuzqueno family.
and the softening light dramatizes the exquisite archi-      Named the best guide in Cuzco by Peru’s Ministry of
tecture. At dawn the next morning, we can get up to          Tourism, Roger entered Cuzco’s San Antonio Abad
prowl and speculate in the morning fog and solitude          University where he first studied chemistry and then
of this matchless New World acropolis.                       education before realizing that his passion was
The “Lost City of the Incas” was indeed lost for at          tourism, a field in which he earned both a bachelor’s
least three and one-half centuries. As is well known,        and a master’s degree. Fluent in Spanish, Quechua,
it was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an             English, German, and Italian, Roger has climbed over
American explorer and later U.S. Senator. The intact         20 mountains that surpass 20,000 feet in altitude.
maze of empty plazas, chambers and palaces con-              Due to his unparalleled knowledge of the Cuzco area
nected by stairways carved out of solid stone makes          and Andean history and culture, Roger has consulted
one understand why it is considered among the                for world-renowned entities such as USAID, Orient
Wonders of the World. Built precipitously high, it is        Express, and the World Bank. He has also hosted and
surrounded by mountains covered in lush tropical             guided royalty and political leaders such as England’s
vegetation. Terraced to the edge to provide for Inca         Princess Anne, Spain’s Prime Minister Jose María
                                                             Aznar, and U.S. Senator Harry Reid.

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Day 6 — Saturday, June 9 Morning at Machu                  After lunch, your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy
Picchu and Travel to Cuzco                                 exploring the wonderful town of Cuzco.
We have the luxury this morning to continue to explore
                                                                                               (Breakfast and Lunch)
Machu Picchu. The hotel has many excursions and
activities to choose from (at no extra charge), and you    Overnight Picoaga Cuzco Hotel
can view them the following link:
www.inkaterra.com/en/machu-picchu/excursions. Bus
transportation and entrance fees are included today.       Day 8 — Monday, June 11 Travel in Luxury on the
                                                           Andean Explorer/Orient Express Train to Puno —
This afternoon we meet back at the Pueblo Hotel before     “Between the Pleasure and the Legend”
boarding the vistadome train for return to Cuzco, where    This morning we bid goodbye to Cuzco and transfer
we stay at the beautiful Hotel Cuzco Picoaga for the       to the train station for our all-day, luxurious train journey
next two nights.                                           that ends on the shore of majestic Lake Titicaca.
                                             (Breakfast)   Listed among the 25 greatest railway journeys in the
                                                           world, riding the Andean Explorer/Orient Express is a
Picoaga Cuzco Hotel
                                                           unique experience. During a journey between moun-
Santa Teresa 344 – Cusco – Perú
                                                           tains and clouds, highlands and rolling plains, you will
                                                           see changing landscapes and various weather systems
History tells us that in the XVII Century, the Marquis     as you roll along, enjoying the mysticism offered by
Picoaga arrived at the city of Cuzco to build himself      the beautiful Peruvian Andean landscape.
a new home made of stone and decorated with
murals. Thinking of his children and with the King’s       It’s not only the views outside the train that are
authorization, he built a place to live in the midst of    outstanding. The inside of the train is also exquisite.
the mountains.                                             Decorated with subtle, delicate style of the great
                                                           Pullman trains of the twenties, it includes dining cars
That is how today, on a traditionally-paved street in
                                                           and a car-bar outdoor observatory. The Andean
Cuzco a few steps from the main Plaza, you can stay
                                                           Explorer is one the most of luxurious and exclusive
at the Picoaga Hotel, a place that combines the warmth
                                                           ways to travel between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.
and beauty of a big old Colonial house with personal
                                                           Lunch and afternoon tea are included in your journey.
service designed to make you feel right at home.
                                                           To see a description of the train’s journey, see this
                                                           link: www.perurail.com/en/train_trip.php?id=1
Day 7 — Sunday, June 10 Cuzco City Tour
Cuzco is acknowledged as the archeological capital         We arrive in Puno at the hotel’s private train station,
of the new world. It is made up of an endless series       and are transferred to our exquisite hotel overlooking
of surprises spreading out to the horizon. It is the       Lake Titicaca.
oldest continually-inhabited city in the western hemi-
sphere and was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.                                         (Breakfast and Lunch)

This morning we depart on a Cuzco city walking tour        Casa Andina Private Collection, Puno
which includes visits to the local San Pedro Market,       Av. Sesqui Centenario 1970, Puno
the outstanding Cuzco Cathedral, and the historic          www.casa-andina.com
Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun.                          Perched at water’s edge and taking full advantage
                                                           of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake
Lunch is included today at the modern and very chic
                                                           Titicaca, the hotel has extraordinary views at 12,500
Restaurant Incanto. Fresh homemade pasta is the
                                                           feet above sea level. A majority of its 46 rooms have
specialty, with organic vegetables grown in the
                                                           unparalleled lake views; the hotel’s gourmet restaurant
restaurant’s own kitchen garden. The dining room’s
                                                           is enclosed by a glass wall framing the lake and
Inca walls are a vestige of Inca Capac Yupanqui’s
                                                           gardens; and a large, sunny terrace invites guests to
palace. At the restaurant’s bar, you can toast with
                                                           contemplate Lake Titicaca’s seemingly endless
pisco sours and piscopolitans!
                                                           expanse. Unique among Puno hotels, oxygen is
                                                           available in all rooms (a bonus for guests having
                                                           difficulty adapting to the high altitude).
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The Best of Peru ~ 2012

Day 9 — Tuesday, June 12 Boat to Suasi Island                This morning we ride in a zodiac to the mainland and
This morning we depart directly from the private pier        walk through the local community of Cambría, only
of Casa Andina-Puno by boat to the remote Isla Suasi         0.6 miles from the resort. We return to Suasi Island
in the extreme northeastern part of Lake Titicaca. On        for lunch, and in the afternoon we follow a series of
the way we stop to explore the unique Uros floating          gentle island trails on a guided hike, observing native
islands (made from the totora reeds of Lake Titicaca)        plants and animals. We may spot native bird species,
and to visit the traditional Alsuno community of weavers     including black cormorants and cinnamon teals, and
on Taquile Island. We arrive at our hotel, Casa Andina       creatures such as the rare wild vicuñas, or vizcachas,
Private Collection-Isla Suasi, just in time for a barbecue   small, rabbit-like creatures.
lunch at 12:30 p.m.
                                                             Late this afternoon we explore Andean spirituality and
This hotel is located on the only private and secluded       the ancient belief systems of the Andean people with
island in massive Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest         an Aymara shaman from the community of Cambría:
navigable body of water. It is one of the most beautiful     take part in the ancient tradition of making offerings to
eco-hotels in Peru, a hidden jewel inside Lake Titicaca.     Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth; chew coca leaves like
A solar-powered ecolodge, the hotel features panoramic       the locals; and observe “Yaitiri” spiritual offerings, a
lake views from every room, is surrounded by terraced        ritual with ancient roots that in colonial times became
gardens and designed with native materials of stone,         fused with Christianity. Half the cost of the activity
adobe and thatched roofs. Its sophisticated design           (which is included in the price of the trip) goes directly
allows it to blend into the island. The lodge is totally     to benefit the local Cambría community.
committed to being green.
                                                                                       (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
Suasi is a home for nature lovers, where the magnifi-
                                                             Overnight, Casa Andina Private Collection
cence of Lake Titicaca Titicaca can be captured from
                                                             Isla Suasi
every corner of the island. Perfect for the soul, Suasi
brings an overwhelming sense of tranquility, relaxation
and peace. It is, indeed, the perfect place to end our       Day 11 — Thursday, June 14 Travel to Puno and
trip in Peru, a place in which to relax and to reflect on    Fly to Lima for Departure to the U.S.
all the adventures and experiences that have made            After breakfast this morning there is free time to enjoy
our journey through Peru unforgettable.                      the resort. In early afternoon we depart by boat, with
                                                             a box lunch, to the mainland and Puno. From Puno
After lunch we settle into our rooms and enjoy some
                                                             we fly to Lima to connect with our international flight
free time before dinner. Later this afternoon we trek to
                                                             to Miami late this evening, arriving in Miami early on
Suasi’s high point, Itapilluni Hill, to watch the sunset
                                                             the morning of June 15.
spread surreal colors across the high-altitude sky.
                                                                                           (Breakfast and Box Lunch)
                         (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Casa Andina Private Collection                               Day 12 — Friday, June 15 Early Morning Arrival
Isla Suasi, Puno                                             in Miami and Flights Home

Day 10 — Wednesday, June 13 Full Day of Suasi
Island Exploration                                           ELECTRICITY
Suasi is magical, and for many, a mystical place to          Electricity in Peru is 220 volts, alternating at 60 cycles
disconnect from the world. Here you can spot rare            per second. Outlets in Peru generally accept 2 types
vicuñas, go on quiet nature walks, and enjoy the             of plug:
remoteness and splendid vistas of the pristine blue
expanse of Titicaca. It’s also a place to explore
Andean beliefs, customs and cultural traditions, natural
habitat and the altiplano flora and fauna of the National
                                                                         flat blade plug      round pin plug
Reserve of Titicaca.

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If your appliance plug has a different shape, you may       LOCAL TIME
need a plug adapter.                                        The time in Peru is one hour ahead of Mountain
                                                            Standard Time in the U.S. (During Daylight Saving
Depending on how much you plan to travel in the
                                                            Time in the U.S.).
future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination
voltage converter and plug adapter. You can buy
adapters at RadioShack for under $5. You can also
wait and buy them in Peru.
                                                            WHAT TO BRING
                                                            Luggage –Your luggage should consist of one medium
WATER                                                       size suitcase or duffle bag and one small carry-on bag.
It is advisable to drink bottled water in Peru. You can     Your suitcase must weigh NO MORE THAN 50
also ask your guide(s) about drinking water in the          POUNDS. So TRAVEL LIGHT!
                                                            Your carry-on bag should contain everything you
                                                            cannot live without (all camera equipment, toiletries,
                                                            prescription medication, anti-diarrhea medication, all
The Sol(es) is the official currency of Peru (I USD =
                                                            money, important travel documents, passport, one
2.754 Peru Nuevos Soles, or PEN, as of May 22,
                                                            change of clothing, swimsuit, etc.) Please visit
2011.) Your cash should be no bigger than $20 – $50
                                                            www.tsa.gov/travelers to read the airline regulations
bills, and make sure that the bills are new, in flawless
                                                            regarding what you can and cannot take in carry-on
condition. Credit cards and bank cards can be used
at ATM machines only in Lima and the larger cities.
                                                            Clothing and more – Select your clothing based on
Visa, MasterCard, and sometimes American Express
                                                            comfort. Clothes should be washable, cotton or the
are the most recognized credit cards in Peru. Please
                                                            new fabrics (not synthetics like rayon), and loose fitting.
note that when using credit cards, merchants often
                                                            Some of the new fabrics like Coolmax, supplex, and
charge you a transaction fee in order to cover their
                                                            polypropylene are excellent and can be found in the
costs, so you may decide to use your credit cards
                                                            TravelSmith catalog we send to you.
only when absolutely necessary.
                                                            Pants and skirts are acceptable, as long as they are
Carrying cash entitles you to get the top exchange rates    not short. You need to take clothing for both the cool
quickly. The best currency for exchange is the U.S.         of the higher altitudes in the evenings and the warmth
dollar, although the euro is increasingly accepted.         during the daytime. During the day in the highlands,
                                                            you might need a sweater, but a sweater is a must in
LOCAL CUSTOMS                                               the evening. Daytime clothing should be lightweight,
On occasion, visitors accidentally violate local customs    casual, and comfortable.
simply by failing to realize they exist. Here are a few
                                                               A well-broken-in, comfortable pair of lightweight
things to remember:
                                                               walking shoes or boots.They should be sturdy, as
   Speak softly, especially when speaking with locals.
                                                               well as comfortable, due to varying terrain through-
   To them a loud voice is equated with rudeness.
                                                               out our adventure.
   Dress modestly. Provocative clothing, while
                                                               One pair of sneakers or sport sandals for evenings
   acceptable among North Americans, is considered
                                                               and other walks.
   immodest and inappropriate in Peru.
                                                               2 long-sleeved shirts.
   Leave valuable jewelry at home. Do not wear lots
                                                               2 short-sleeved shirts and/or T-shirts.
   of gold necklaces, bracelets, or earrings.
                                                               2 pairs of shorts, or long pants that zip off for
   Don’t point. To point at someone with your finger is
   considered rude. (The Indians point with their chins.)
                                                               Underwear, socks, sleepwear.
   Always ask permission to photograph people.
   (“Por favor, Senora/Senor?”)                                1 skirt or nice slacks for dinners at the hotels and
                                                               lodges. We are staying in hotels that are quite

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   Rain poncho with hood.                                   Personal first-aid kit – Bring in small amounts in small
   Toiletries, including hand sanitizer.                    containers.
   A lightweight fleece jacket or sweater for cool             Cloth, not plastic, Bandaids; about 10 individually-
   evenings at high altitudes.                                 wrapped alcohol pads; and a small tube of
   A lightweight daypack for carrying camera gear, hat,        Neosporin or other antibiotic cream.
   sunscreen, etc. (you can also use your daypack as           Benadryl cream for itchy bites.
   your carry-on bag).                                         Aspirin/ibuprofen, etc.
   Moneybelt or waistpack for money/passport.                  Dramamine or other motion sickness medication
   Washcloth (sometimes not supplied).                         for boat crossings. Even if you are not sure
   2-3 cotton bandannas (an AdventureWomen tradi-              whether you might get seasick, bring this anyway.
   tion, for uses too numerous to mention!)                    Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamine, cough
   Adequate supply of sweat-resistant sunscreen with           drops.
   at least an SPF 15 rating or higher, lip balm with          Tweezers.
   SPF, and skin cream. Remember, we are close to              Systemic antibiotic (prescription), optional, but not
   the equator and at high altitudes, so the sun is            a bad idea to always take this on international trips.
   very strong and the air is dry.                             Prescription medicines in their original bottles.
   Bathing suit(s).                                            Acidophilus enzyme (available in capsules in
   Please leave all valuable jewelry at home!                  health-food stores). This often helps your digestive
   Sunglasses with a neck strap.                               system get into shape for “new” flora.
   A spare pair of glasses (if you wear glasses) and a         Immodium, Lomotil or similar anti-diarrhea medicine.
   neck strap.                                                 Pepto-Bismol tablets and/or liquid (in a leak-proof
   Lightweight, wide-brimmed hat (a must).                     bottle).
   Insect repellent.                                           Laxative tablets.
   Zip-lock bags of various sizes.                             Visine or similar eye drops.
   Small travel alarm clock.                                   Ear plugs.
   Small flashlight (so you don’t wake your roommate
   at night if you have to get out of bed!)                 Some extra items for your “What to Bring” list –
   Water bottle.                                            We are updating and adding the following items for all
   Good pens and a notebook.                                international trips. With 30 years of experience flying
   Small, lightweight binoculars (a MUST) for viewing       around the world, we think these items help make
   animals and birds. You will be very disappointed if      your long airline flights much more comfortable and
   you do not have a good pair of binoculars. Nikon         even more bearable:
   or Minolta make fine, lightweight, viewing binoculars.      Neck pillow – Inflatable neck pillow for blissful
   Try a general game-viewing 7 X 28, or 8 X 20                support and deep sleep. For packing, it folds into
   binocular.                                                  itself. Self-sealing valve means nothing to close.
   Field guide(s) to Peru.                                     Soft microfleece cover removes for washing.
                                                               Eagle Creek Large Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow at
Camera equipment – Since photography is such a large           TravelSmith.
part of this trip, we suggest you bring the following:         Sleep mask/comfort eye shade – Ultra lightweight
                                                               and comfortable, the Comfort Eye Shade screens
   Digital camera, extra batteries, lots of memory
                                                               out light and distractions for a cozier flight. Ultra-
   cards, and battery charger. You can charge your
                                                               soft microfleece for comfort. Adjustable elastic
   digital batteries at the hotels and lodges.
                                                               strap for a perfect fit. Made of molded polyester
   If you are really into photography, a longer lens (up
   to 400 mm) for close-up photos.
                                                               Eagle Creek® Comfort Eye Shade at TravelSmith.

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  Travel compression socks – Reduce ankle and leg            Noise canceling headphones - Block out unwanted
  swelling and the risk of deep vein thrombosis.             sounds of children crying and airplane engine
  These doctor-designed socks stimulate circulation          drone, and/or enjoy great audio sound. Reduce
  through gradual compression that stops swelling            distortion and increase perceived loudness so you
  and guards against (DVT). Made of Coolmax®-                can enjoy sound at a lower volume. Get the
  lycra®-nylon. The TravelSox® cushion Walk Socks            around the ear design, which is very comfortable.
  have extra-padded soles and are made of mois-              Bose Quiet Comfort 2 - List Price: $199.99. Oval
  ture wicking SoftPrim®.                                    shaped around-the-ear design, an iPod fits nicely
  TravelSox® Cushion Walk Sock™ at TravelSmith.              in the center of the case between the headphones.
                                                             You can get the next generation of Bose Quiet
                                                             Comfort 3, but the cost is $349.00.
                                                             Audio Technica ATH-ANC7- List Price: $219.95
                                                             Excellent sound quality and above average noise
                                                             cancellation. Comfortable leather cushioning
                                                             around the ear and can be worn for long periods of
                                                             time with no discomfort. Excellent headphones
                                                             with a reasonable price tag. Comparable in quality
                                                             to the Bose Quiet Comfort 3.

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