Optional Amazon Rainforest Extension

Date & Length: 4 days    July 9-12, 2016

Extension cost: $1,899 per person (includes all gratuities)

Single supplement: $299

Inclusions: Ground transportation; baggage handling, gratuities; optional tours; meals as mentioned; group tour guide accompanying you to the resort and throughout your stay; and accommodations based on double occupancy.

Not Included: Hotel incidentals and meals not mentioned.

To participate in the optional extension, complete and return the extension registration form. Return no later than 90 days prior to departure or within five days of receiving the information. Enrollment on the main program is required to add this extension to your package.

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Our Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Journey will take us to Peru for a 9 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand how the healthcare system is evolving in Peru?  Examine the role of SLPs and audiologists as you visit hospitals, clinics and/or schools; meet with fellow medical professionals; and explore how Peru is developing early intervention programs. Also learn about services for persons with disabilities and autism, and their special education and literacy programs.  In addition to the career enrichment opportunities, you will explore the ancient site of Machu Picchu​, learn about Peru's culture past and present as you meet with curators and expedition guides who will bring the life of the Incan civilization to life.  Our journey includes a very special village school experience with local children in the Sacred Valley.


Detailed Itinerary

Peru: Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley | 9 days | July 1-9, 2017 | $5,999

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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dr. Dolores Battle

Dr. Battle is Professor Emeritus of Speech Language Pathology at SUNY Buffalo State. She is the former president of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).   She has received numerous awards for her work in multicultural and global issues in the profession including Honors of ASHA, Honored member of the IALP, The Diversity Incentive award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science an Disorders.  She is widely published in

communication disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations and 

has traveled professionally

to 37 countries on five

continents including in Kenya,

South Africa,  Brazil, Greece,

Switzerland, Denmark, Canada,  and Australia.   

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Journey to Peru, led by Dr. Dolores Battle

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The US State Department  & CDC provides a wealth of information for US travelers. You can browse visa and passport information,  emergency information, travel advisories, vaccination information and much more. Rest assured though, Nanda Journeys will always remain abreast of all relevent traveler information for your chosen destination!

We’re looking forward to your trip to Peru with Nanda Journeys! As you continue to plan and prepare for your travels, we wanted to reassure you that we are monitoring conditions overseas including the recent Zika virus alerts. 

Travel to Peru is still very safe and there are presently no reported cases of the Zika Virus. The Peruvian Government has recently provided the following updates for foreign travelers:-

• Health authorities have strengthened entomological surveillance posts and established more than 25,000 locations distributed in 20 regions of the country.
• It has also been confirmed that the mosquito that spreads Zika can’t survive above 2200 meters of altitude.
• This means that cities and tourist circuits located in Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca region are not threatened by the virus.

The CDC has a wealth of information on this matter and you can follow along HERE.

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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

Day 01: Travel to Lima, Peru
Depart from Miami and arrive in Lima, Peru this evening. 

Upon arrival the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel for check in. Relax this evening and settle into your lovely boutique hotel. It offers all the convenience, amenities, and services of a first class hotel with a contemporary design and an unmistakable touch of Lima. With onsite restaurant and bar facilities for your convenience, you might also have time to use their gym, sauna, and pool.

Overnight:  Casa Andina Miraflores
Meals: None

Day 02: Lima - Orientation and Welcome
All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities. Later today, all travelers will take a curator-guided tour of the unique Larco Museum. Gain insight into 3,000 years of Peru’s cultural history viewing a vast array of artifacts that comprise the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. Learn more about the lives of the people who created the beautiful archaeological objects displayed. Enjoy a delicious lunch onsite at the elegant Café del Museo.

Enjoy some free time late this afternoon. Your welcome dinner is at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Casa Andina Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Lima - Career Enrichment

Medical members of the program will interact with professional counterparts this morning and afternoon for substantive meetings at a local hospital, clinic or university. Journey Mission: The primary goal is to develop an appreciation of the diversity of Peru, its health care needs in rural vs. urban areas, its developing early intervention programs, its programs of service to persons with disabilities and autism, and its special education and literacy programs. 

Guest program

After the welcome briefing, accompanying guests will explore Peru’s capital, a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architecture, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. See the 16th century Plaza Mayor (main square) still graced by the government palace, city hall and a cathedral. Continue on to see the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century, and its “catacombs” that functioned as an ancient underground cemetery. The tour continues along the city’s lovely Pacific coast through the enchanting neighborhoods of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar. Discover colonial art in the Barbosa-Stern Collection. Since 1966, Eduardo Barbosa and his wife Silvia Stern have collected an impressive compilation of Spanish colonial art.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon with dinner by individual arrangement (own expense).
Overnight:  Casa Andina Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Cusco - World Heritage Site
Immediately after breakfast, depart the hotel for your flight to Cusco.  Elevated approximately 11,100 feet above sea level, Cusco is a World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Inca Empire. After arriving in the afternoon, enjoy a provided lunch.

Altitude Sickness - We recommend you check with your personal physician to see if an altitude sickness medication is right for you. Those who live at sea level or a lower elevation should pay particular attention.

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. The elegant rooms are equipped with intelligent oxygen system and heating floor in the bathrooms for a great stay. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Enjoy some time to explore independently this afternoon with dinner on your own. Don’t want to leave the hotel? The hotel offers everything from fine dining to lighter meals at their full-service, on-site restaurant. You can also check out their lounge or take advantage of their convenient in-room dining.​

Overnight: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Career Enrichment and Cultural Exploration of Cusco 
This morning, continue your professional exchange with a visit to a local hospital or school.  Discuss cultural beliefs impacting persons with disabilities in Peru and how children with autism are identified. 

Guest program

Guests will gain a unique insight into Peru’s food and culture late this morning through the use of regional products like quinoa, yellow peppers, and trout. Your class starts with a short tour of the traditional San Pedro market before heading to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, offering breathtaking views of the city. The class consists of the preparation of an appetizer and main course which you will get to enjoy afterwards.

After lunch, the group will reconnect to explore the cobbled streets and religious splendors of Cusco. Visit the Cathedral of Cusco, considered one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial churches in the Americas, and explore a vast array of colonial art on display. Continue on to Qorikancha (Coricancha), the Incan Temple of the Sun, and the main temple of the Incan empire. Built and rebuilt with incredible riches, including walls and floors of gold, little of the original temple remains. The Church of Santo Domingo was built onsite using Coricancha’s foundations and some of its remaining stone walls, creating a fascinating mix of Incan and colonial architecture.

Dinner will be provided this evening.

Overnight: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Sacred Valley Exploration
After breakfast, head to the Sacred Valley via bus (1.5-hour drive). hour drive). First stop is the Pisaq Market before heading on to visit the Huama Community School and village. Donations for the school children are of course welcome. Clothes to keep them warm, shoes, and medicines are hard to come by here. In this area the cold is intense and kids don’t always have proper clothes to wear during the winter. Your support will be appreciated! 

Lunch will be provided at Huayoccari Restaurant before heading to the Ollantaytambo Medical Center to meet with their staff and tour their facility.

Guest program

Guests will visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here you will find the best surviving example of Inca town planning - many of the building foundations in old town were built by the Inca, and the majority of the Inca canchas, or blocks, are still intact today. 

Return to Cusco for dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Machu Picchu
Please note: Today’s itinerary includes moderate physical activity with some low-difficulty hiking.

Take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu this morning. During the journey, see the hanging bridge that signals the start of the Inca Trail. The railway follows the course of the Urubamba (or Vilcanota) River climbing down and entering a canyon headed to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain. Continue from there to board the mini-buses up to the remnants of the Sacred Citadel of the Incas.

Enjoy your privately-guided tour of the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu. Known as one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world, the Andean mountaintop was used by the Inca people as the foundation of hundreds of stone structures, with construction starting in the early 1400s. Legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Explore the terraces, corridors, temples, the solar clock (Intihuatana), and other sacred places within the citadel.

Lunch will be provided at the Sanctuary Lodge, and dinner will be by individual arrangement.

Overnight: ​Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Explorations - Cusco

This morning delegates and guests will visit Casa Concha House with a private guide. View Machu Picchu artifacts excavated by Hiram Bingham between 1911 and 1915, and returned to Peru from Yale University in 2011. Explore a collection that has become central to the study and understanding of Machu Picchu. It will provide you a very good understanding of the visit you had to the site. After some time for lunch on your own, enjoy an informative history-themed lecture about the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire. Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at Map Café this evening.

Overnight:  Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 09: Time to Say Goodbye

Depart for home this morning (flying via Lima).

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​