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Peru - Spring 2011, Tour # 323609

March 3 - March 11, 2011

Course Information
Terms and Conditions
Day 1 Thursday, March 3 - Departure

Depart on a morning flight (10:13 a.m.) from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Lima with TACA Airlines. Arrive in Lima at 8:23 p.m. and be met by our tour manager.  Bus transfer to the Casa Andina Miraflores San Antonio hotel.

Day 2 Friday, March 4 – Lima, Peru

After breakfast depart for a sightseeing tour of Lima.  Enjoy the sights of Peru's capital city with 2,000 years of indigenous and colonial heritage. Then visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its 17th century architecture and world-renowned library. Later in the afternoon, you will visit what many consider to be the best museum in Lima, the Larco Herrera Museum, which holds one of the world's largest collections of pre-Columbian art. After the museum, enjoy a brief tour of Pueblo Libre, a small residential district not far from the historical center of Lima. Here you will visit the "Antigua Taberna Queirolo", one of Lima's oldest bars, modeled after a 16th-century European tavern. Overnight in Lima.

Day 3 Saturday, March 5 – Sacred Valley

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Then you will begin a tour of the Sacred Valley, a place scattered with ancient ruins and which once served as the gateway to the jungle. Today it is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru.  You will visit Maras and Moray. Visit Maras and the terraced salt-pans of Las Salinas and get a lesson on salt extraction from the locals. Later, continue on to discover the unusual Inca ruins of Moray, a large complex of terraced circular depressions in the earth which historians believe were used to study the climatic conditions on crops. As you descend each layer or pit, the surrounding temperature decreases as well making for a unique and highly sophisticated thermo graphic tool. Overnight at the Casona Yucay hotel in Urubamba. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4 Sunday, March 6 – Ollantaytambo and Chinchero Market

This morning, visit Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, this site was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti and served as a town and ceremonial center. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas before continuing on to the bustling Chinchero market where you can bargain for alpaca wool scarves, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. After the tour, transfer to your Urubamba hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 5 Monday, March 7 – Machu Picchu

Early this morning, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station and board the Backpacker Train for Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (There’s an optional upgrade to the Vistadome train for $75.)  Spend the day viewing the ancient citadel before boarding the train for your return to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station in the evening. Upon arrival, transfer to the Mabey hotel in Cuzco.

Day 6 Tuesday, March 8 – Cuzco

Visit the archaeological sites of the Inca empire surrounding Cuzco. Start the tour at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation with underground passageways and decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. Visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive fortress which took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Inca military architecture. Complete the day with a visit to Puca Pucara, the "Red Fortress," named for the color of its stones in the twilight. This fortress offers impressive views of the Cuzco Valley.

In the afternoon you will take a city tour of Cuzco starting with the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco. Continue on to visit the famous Temple of the Sun, the most important religious site of the Incas. Its walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Overnight in Cuzco.

Day 7 Wednesday, March 9 – Puno

Early morning transfer to Puno by bus. On the way, stop in Andahuaylillas, home to the church of San Pedro, considered to be the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas". Proceed to the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi where the temple of Wiracocha is located. Admire this complex: a temple, living quarters, store houses, fairgrounds, and ceremonial baths before departing for the artisan town of Pucara, the last stop before Puno. Upon arrival in the evening, transfer to La Hacienda Hotel. Puno is located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at over 12,000 feet above sea level.

Day 8 Thursday, March 10 – Uros Islands

Today begins with a boat trip to the Uros Islands. These islands are completely man-made structures, and their inhabitants, the Uros, continue to maintain them as they have since pre-Columbian times, using totora reeds from the lake to build not only the islands, but also their houses. Return to your hotel.  In the afternoon, you will visit the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani to view the "Chullpas" where the ancient Aymaras used to bury their high priests in cylinder-shaped tombs. These mysterious tombs, 36 ft. tall, are architecturally complex and unique. Overnight in Puno.

Day 9 Friday, March 11 - Return

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, you will connect to your flight to IAD via El Salvador, which arrives very early on Saturday morning at 12:53 a.m.

Course Information

Students register in November for Span. 131 (Latin American Culture and Civilization), 3 credits, GH, GI, or for the honors section, Span. 131H. Both are spring courses.

For information on this class please contact Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Ph.D., or at 717-771-4151.

A noncredit continuing education course is also available for participants on this trip.
All Penn State students, faculty, staff, and spouses are welcome on our trips.

Cost information for the Costa Rica trip

Price for the trip - from $2,250. These prices are based on double occupancy.
Penn State York students may receive financial funding from the Student Activity Fee Committee after a campus-wide presentation in April. There are some additional scholarships available depending on student GPA and financial need.

The Price Includes:

  • TACA Airlines r/t flights from IAD to Lima
  • Airline fuel surcharge of $320 (subject to change until ticketed)
  • Intra flights
  • All transfers between airports and hotels
  • Tour manager  throughout the trip
  • Eight nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at the following hotels:
    • Two nights in Lima at the Casa Andina San Antonio Hotel
    • Two nights Urubamba at the Casona Yucay Hotel
    • Two nights in Cuzco at the Mabey Hotel
    • Two nights in Puno at La Hacienda Hotel
  • Breakfast daily. One lunch
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tuition for 3 credits for full-time students at any Penn State campus.
  • Guidance and academic supervision by Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish at Penn State York.

Special features

  • City tour of Lima
  • Trip to Ollantaytambo and Chinchero market
  • Full day tour of Machu Picchu
  • Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, and Pucara
  • Half-day Larco Herrera Museum and Pueblo Libre
  • Full-day Maras and Moray tour
  • Half-day Cuzco city tour
  • Half-day Inca ruins
  • Excursion to the Uros Islands
  • Half day Sillustani Tombs tour

The Price Does Not Include:

  • Single room supplement + $220
  • Airport taxes and fees: $75
  • Domestic airport taxes: $58.14
  • Transportation to IAD Airport
  • Optional upgrade to the Vistadome train (glass ceiling for better views) $75
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Meals other than specified
  • Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, etc.
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Passport & visa fee (passport should be valid until Sept. 2011)

Everyone needs a valid
passport. If you are not an American citizen a visa may be required.

Terms and Conditions

Gate 1 Travel terms depend on contracts with TACA Airlines, hotels and other suppliers. Regulations below must be strictly enforced as they are related to these contracts.

Air deposit: $300 due by September 3, 2010. Checks payable to “Gate1 Travel” should be taken to the Bursar Office in the Main Classroom Building ( MCB) and handed to Sue Ruch or a staff assistant.

Second deposit: $400 due by October 11, 2010

Third deposit: $500 due by November 15, 2010

Final payment due December 13, 2010.  Late fee: $50 +, applicable for registration and/or balance payments received December 14, 2010 or later.


All cancellations must be sent to Gate1 Travel in writing. Following penalties will apply:

  • 99-61 days prior to departure: $200
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50 percent land cost, 100 percent air cost
  • 30 days or less prior to departure/no show: 100 per cent of total price

We recommend that you avail yourself with travel insurance as a protection against these penalties. Please, check with Gate 1 Travel Web site for their travel insurance plan.


To make your reservation please contact:

Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, associate professor of Spanish, or by phone 717-771-4151

Your deposit (made payable to Gate 1 Travel), name as it appears on your passport, address and phone, roommate name (if applicable), and copy of your passport can be taken to the Finance office in the Main Classroom Building (MCB)
or mailed to:

Sue Ruch
Finance Officer
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403

If you don’t have a passport yet make sure you hand in the deposit and other information by the due date so as to secure a space on the trip. Apply for a passport as soon as possible. Then you can give me a copy of your passport once you’ve received it.




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