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Enjoy Spanish Vacation

From $3,892

Set aside your textbook in favor of exploring Peru with our knowledgeable guides and native Peruvian Spanish teacher Carlos Bazan. Learn about Peru while picking up new vocabulary and expressions.

Highlights

Practice speaking Spanish with Carlos Bazan who runs one of the  top-rated Spanish language schools in San Francisco.

Explore the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu.

Be inspired by everyday heroines who are making an extraordinary difference.

Learn about the efforts to save traditional Peruvian textiles.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Historic Lima

Sample succulent local fruits not found at home at the local market.

Walk from San Martin Square to the Plaza Mayor through Jiron de la Unión Street. This was the place to see and be seen from colonial times until the early nineteen hundreds.

Lunch at Tanta, a little café off the Plaza Mayor, owned by renowned celebrity chef Gastón Acurio.

Visit the Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendents of its original owner.

Finish the day with a visit to the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch at Tanta

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 3: Learn to Make Ceviche & Visit Pachacamac

Learn about Peru’s ancient cultures and how the famed Inca civilization fits in at the Archeological Museum.

Enjoy a ceviche cooking demonstration. Then, lunch alongside the locals.

Travel outside the city to explore the famed archeological site of Pachacamac. Pachacamac was not only an important Inca site, but served as a ceremonial center for about 1000 years before the Inca Empire.

Stop at a community of artisans who fled from Ayacucho during the terrorist reign of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path). Shop for unique items offered at excellent prices.

Dine at the restaurant overlooking the ancient temple of Huaca Pucllana.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 4: Tour Colonial Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Eureka San Blas (or similar)

Day 5: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Eureka San Blas (or similar)

Day 6: Visit a Remote Weaving Community

Visit a farm where you learn about the Andean camelid family. Feed and pet llamas and alpacas.

Travel to a remote weaving community. Enjoy a weaving demonstration and share lunch with community members. Shop for fine textiles at a fraction of the price you would pay in Cusco.

Stop by a chicheria to sample chicha, the fermented-corn drink that has been popular since the time of the Inca.

Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Hostal Iskay (or similar)

Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu

Board the train to Aguas Calientes, the bustling pueblo that sits at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Spend the day exploring the mysterious ruins before heading back to Ollantaytambo for the night.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Hotel: Hostal Iskay (or similar)

Day 8: Tour Ollantaytambo & See the Salt Pans of Maras

Walk through Ollantaytambo’s Old Town. Many residential blocks, each inhabited by several families during the 15th century, are still present.

Explore the ancient ruins situated on the edge of town.

Picnic at Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Return to Cusco for one last night in the city once considered the navel of the Inca world.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, picnic lunch at Salinas de Maras, and dinner

Hotel: Eureka San Blas (or similar)

Day 9: See Carlos' Lima

Return to Lima for one last day to visit the middle class neighborhood where Carlos grew up.

Stop by the school where Carlos was a student. This school used to be managed by Franciscans from Canada. They bought the land from the Japanese community in Lima almost 70 years ago.

Visit the church where Carlos used to go to mass.

Travel to the south of Lima to meet Carlos’ mother and bring her some flowers.

Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch at a neighborhood restaurant.

On the way back to the airport, have coffee at a traditional shop in Magdalena del Mar.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and farewell lunch

Trip Rating

Easy to Moderate

Prices

Prices for 2016

8 to 10 people – $3,892/person

Own room – $310/person

Included In Price
  • Accommodations – double occupancy
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Carbon offsets
  • Bilingual English/Spanish guides
  • Spanish instructor
  • Entrance fees for scheduled tours
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation specified by the itinerary
Excluded From Price
  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Baggage costs
  • Meals not specified by the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

May 15 to 23, 2016

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