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Environmental Sciences

EXPLORATION OF BOTSWANA VEGETATION: FROM GABORONE TO VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE). Professor Efrén Vega Hernández (University of Puerto Rico). (CODE: 701D).  Professor Vega Hernandez worked in Southern Africa from 1993 to 1997.  Professor Vega has several publication related to this unique region. This course offers 120 Units of Continuing Education.

January 03 to January 16, 2007.

The course will cover four different life zones in Botswana: The Hardveld and Inselbergs, Kalahari Desert, Makgadikgadi Pans and the Okavango Delta.

AQUATIC AND WETLAND SYSTEMS IN COSTA RICA. Professor Efrén Vega Hernández (University of Puerto Rico). (CODE: 702D, Cost $ 1,595.00).

June 04 to June 12

The course covers the more important aquatic and wetland ecosystems of Costa Rica.  Areas to be studied comprise the wetlands, lagoons and marshes of Palo Verde National Park in the Pacific region; the lagoons, marshes and mangroves of the Caribbean and Pacific coast; vegetation in rivers and rice paddy fields; and structure and elements of the vegetation. The course focuses on the structure of different ecological zones and the most representative species of each ecosystem, adaptive systems and transepts and profiles of vegetation. The course will cover the aquatic communities of Thalasia and the importance of conservation of the aquatic ecosystems.  The course will also include visits to the Arenal Volcano, the thermal Baths of Tabacón and white water-rafting in the Sarapiquí River.


ECOLOGY OF TROPICAL MOUNTAINS IN COSTA RICA. (CODE: 707D Cost $ 1,695.00).  This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

April 12 to April 20

The course will cover the ecology of tropical mountains in Costa Rica. Their natural history: geological formation, climate, soils and biodiversity and main tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica. The mountainous life zones. Tropical fauna, flora and biogeography of the different mountain forests including cloud forests and the paramos. Interrelation of human communities in the different mountain regions. The course will focus on the tropical mountain forest, cloud forest and paramos. Vestiges of glaciers during the Pleistocene. Forest distribution in Costa Rica and the relation to distribution in Central America. Conservation importance in the mountainous ecosystems. National parks and mountain reserves. Threat and management of private and governmental mountain conservation.


BIODIVERSITY AND PROTECTED WILD-LANDS IN COSTA RICA. (CODE: 704D, Cost $ 1,695.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

June 19 to June 26

Theories that explain high biodiversity in the tropics. Comparison between the tropical and the temperate zones.  Classification of natural vegetation in Costa Rica. Ecology and biodiversity in tropical forests, with emphasis on cloud forests, mangroves, and tropical dry forests. Diversity and biogeography of flora and fauna in the tropics. Behavior, interrelations among species, and endemism. In situ and ex-situ conservation of  biodiversity. Protected areas and threats to biodiversity. The course will include visits to the National Museum of Costa Rica in San Jose, National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), mangroves in Chomes, Los Negros forest in Puntarenas, Tropical Scientific Center´s  Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Lagoon, Celeste River, Tenorio Volcano National Park and the wetlands in Palo Verde National Park.


EPIPHYTIC PLANTS: A PECULIAR CHARACTER OF THE TROPICAL VEGETATION. Professor Efrén Vega Hernández (University of Puerto Rico). (CODE: 703D, Cost $ 1,695.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

May 22 to May 31

Morphology and adaptations of the epiphytic plants. Biotic interrelations with host. Epiphytic relations with light, water, temperature, humidity, nutrients and other factors. Dispersion, germination and establishment. Diversity and distribution of epiphytic plants. Threats to and extinction of the epiphytic plants in the tropical forests. Conservation in " situ " and " ex- situ ". The course will be developed in the Orchid Garden of Monte Verde with exploration into the Atlantic and Pacific ecological zones. The course will also include visits to the Arenal Volcano, the thermal Baths of Tabacón and white water-rafting in the Sarapiquí River.


Life Sciences

BIODIVERSITY EXPLORATION IN COSTA RICA. Professors Andrés Vaughan, School of Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica and Fabricio Céspedes, School of Environmental Sciences, Universidad Nacional. (CODE: 705D, Cost $ 1,495.00).  This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

July 10 to July 18

Exploration of the different life zones of Costa Rica to study biodiversity of the region.  The zones to study will be the estuary of Puntarenas, mangroves of Punta Morales, dry forest and wetlands in Palo Verde National Park and the cloud forest of Monte Verde.  In addition you will explore biodiversity in Miravalles and Arenal Volcanoes and interrelation between the biotic and abiotic factors in each region.  The course-exploration has lectures, slide shows, naturalist walks, field problems and exercises. The course will also include visits to the Arenal Volcano, the thermal Baths of Tabacón and white-water rafting in the Sarapiquí River.


BIRDS OF COSTA RICA. Professors Andrés Vaughan, School of Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica and Fabricio Céspedes, School of Environmental Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. (CODE: 706D, Cost $ 1,495.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

July 17 to July 25

Observation and identification of the birds of Costa Rica.  Basic ecology and characteristics of different regions of Costa Rica.  Conservation programs in Costa Rica. The course will cover lectures, slide shows, spotting owls and nightjars at night, expeditions to observe natives species such as toucans, quetzals, tanagers, hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, migrating birds and general bird-watching. The course will include visits to Taosito in Sierra de Talamanca Rainforest, San Gerardo de Dota and visits to the San Jose Zoo and the aviaries of Alajuela. The course will also include visits to the Arenal Volcano, the thermal Baths of Tabacón and white-water rafting in the Sarapiquí River.


NATURAL HISTORY OF MONA ISLAND, PUERTO RICO, USA. 8 Days/7 nights. Camping and Backpacking in Mona Island. Professor Efrén Vega Hernández (University of Puerto Rico). Double occupancy in Puerto Rico. (CODE: 709D, Cost $ 1,595.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

May 22 to May 31
Dec. 11 to Dec. 20

Mona is a tiny island located in the Mona Passage, between Puerto Rico (USA) and the Dominican Republic.  The island consists of a great limestone block that rises from the sea with very lofty walls. The Island is considered the Galapagos of the Caribbean. It has an unique flora and fauna, with different ecosystems, many exotic caves with Tainos petroglyphs and luxurious turquoise water beaches. The bird life and the prolific giant iguanas are unique.  Activities to be carried out in the Islands will be trekking, hiking, rappelling, snorkeling and cave exploration. With a little luck, it is possible to observe the egg lying of marine turtles during the night.  The old lighthouse located in the northeast end is also worth a visit.  In Puerto Rico visit the bioluminescent bay in La Parguera and Old Colonial San Juan City.


REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS OF COSTA RICA. Professors Andrés Vaughan, School of Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica and Fabricio Céspedes, School of Environmental Sciences, Universidad Nacional. (CODE: 710D, Cost $ 1,495.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

July 03 to July 11

Identification of reptiles (boas, vipers, non-poisonous snakes, corals, geckos, anoles, whiptails, turtles and alligators) and amphibians (treefrogs, glassfrogs, rainfrogs, toads, pond frogs, poison arrow-frogs, toads and salamanders). Exploration to find frogs and snakes at night. Basic ecology of reptiles and amphibians: foraging strategies, reproductive mechanisms, and warning coloration. Basic conservation issues of Costa Rican reptiles and amphibians. The concept of frog decline and impact on Costa Rica. Basic identification and ecology of caimans and crocodiles of Costa Rica. The course will include lectures, slide shows, day and night walks in the forest looking for reptiles and amphibians, spotting alligators from a boat in the Tortuguero estuary. Visit to the snake-house in San Jose, Hitoy Cerere (a rain forest with a variety of snakes and frogs), Manzanillo de Limon (tropical rainforest and beach with leather-back marine turtles, and many lizards and frogs).


MARINE TURTLES IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN OF COSTA RICA. Professor Carlos Mario Orrego Vazquez, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. (Course mainly in Spanish). (CODE: 715D, Cost $1,695.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

July 17 to July 25
Nov.  20 to Nov. 27

Ecological, cultural and economic importance of marine turtles. Use of turtles as a resource. Natural communities in Costa Rica with relation to the populations of marine turtles in the world. Migrations and behavior. Biology and handling of the marine turtles. Regulatory and legislation. Present state of conservation, threatened and status for the species (CITES, UICN). Practices used for handling and conservation of turtles. Monitoring and investigation of egg-laying populations. Morphological measurement (morphometry), autopsies of marine turtles and design of breeding grounds. The course will be developed to coincide with the time of nesting to observe egg lying behavior of marine baulas, green or black and dark-brown turtles at the Ostional and Nancite beaches in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica.


BIRDS OF ECUADOR. 11 DAYS/9 NIGHTS. (Code: 716D, Double occupancy $ 2,295.00). This course offers 120 Units of Continuing Education.

July 03 to July 14
Dec. 11 to Dec. 21

Ecuador is a bird watcher's paradise with around 1,600 species from the mighty Andean Condor with a wingspan of over 3m to the tiny hummingbirds, some of them only measuring 2.5 cm, or one inch. Other interesting birds found on the mainland are the cock-of-the-rock, the large falcons (caracara), the harpy eagle, colorful macaws, 19 different species of toucans, cotingas, over a hundred species of tanagers, flycatchers, antbirds and many others. Our bird exploration will start in Guayaquil in the Pacific coast traveling to the Andean region, far from Quito.  You will encounter a diverse landscape with transition from mangroves, dry tropical forest, tropical rainforest, cloud forest to the rich Paramo regions at over 4000 m. The course will focus on the observation, identification and characteristics of the birds of different ecosystems of Ecuador. A unique experience to explore different regions of Ecuador taking a picturesque route to visit Indian markets, volcanoes, impressive glaciers, waterfalls, exotic and diverse vegetation and animals.


GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, NATURAL HISTORY. 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS. (Code: 717D, Double occupancy $1,995.00). This course offers 120 Units of Continuing Education.

April 02 to April 12
July 02 to July 12
Jan. 03 to Jan. 13

Sail around the Galapagos Islands for a full week in a luxury live-aboard motor yacht with our professor. You will explore the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Española, Floreana, North Seymour, Rabida, Bartolome and Plazas. During this journey you will appreciate the natural splendour of nature and enjoy the exotic plants, birds, terrestrial and marine animals and the unique landscapes of the Archipelago.

Around fifty percent of the species on the Galapagos Islands are not found anywhere else in the world! Such as the Galapagos tortoise that can grow more than 6 feet in length, weigh more than 500 pounds, and live for 150 years! Or the 3-ft long vegetarian marine iguana—the only known sea-feeding lizard on earth. There are also Galapagos penguins, Sally light foot crabs, sea lions, lava lizards, and a prolific bird population! The magnificent frigate bird (with an 8-ft wingspan), the blue-footed booby, swallow-tailed gulls, short-eared owls, Hood Island mockingbirds, oyster catchers, Galapagos hawks, storm petrels, flightless cormorants, lava herons, three species of Darwin's finches, and more exotic animals. We offer 2 extra nights in Quito. Quito, one of the oldest cities in South America, is one of the few on the continent that has preserved its historic monuments and treasures from the Spanish colonial era. The old colonial center of town was declared a Cultural Heritage of Mankind site by UNESCO in 1978. Visit the Equinox line Monument, an imaginary line that divides the world in half.

Includes private land transportation, hotel accommodation, airfare from Quito to Galapagos Islands, bilingual professor, all meals, all the activities described in the program. Double accommodation, 8 Day/7 nights in Galapagos on board a yacht, all-inclusive and all transfers. Course start and end in Quito. Not included entrance fee to Galapagos National Park $ 100.00 and Departure tax from Ecuador $ 27.00.  There are several options to stay longer in Ecuador. (See Itinerary).


NATURAL HISTORY OF VENEZUELA. 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS. (Code: 720D, Double occupancy $ 1,995.00). (Code: 720S, Single occupancy $ 2,295.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

July 17 to July 26
Nov. 13 to Nov. 22

Discover the natural history of three unique regions of Venezuela. These regions contain exotic birds, plants and animals. Explore the Great Savanna, a region unique for its landscapes, impressive falls, multicolored rivers and tepuyes (vertical mountains). Visit Indian communities and the city of La Linea on the border of Brazil. Discover and explore the Orinoco, one of the largest deltas in the world, with fascinating jungles, swamps, rivers and more than 70 river channels. Adventure in the Orinoco channels during the day and night in curiaras (Indian canoes), and fish for piranha. In the Orinoco, observe a wide variety of exotic birds, animals and plants. Visit the beautiful paradise of Canaima, a unique location in the Venezuelan Guyanas, and the magnificent Angel Falls. City tours of Colonial Bolivar City, a former Capital of Venezuela (Angustura, 1766). Optional extra days in Caracas. Includes private land transportation, 5 domestic flights, hotels 4* and 3*, guides, all breakfasts in hotels, all meals in Great Savanna, Orinoco Delta and Canaima. All the activities described in the program, double accommodation at all hotels and transfers.


 

BIRDS AND WHALES IN PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA. 10 days and 9 nights (Double occupancy $1,895.00. Code: 724D) (Single Occupancy $2,195.00. Code: 724S). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.


Dec. 11 to Dec. 20

Undoubtedly, Patagonia embraces the most amazing latitudes in the world. At the southernmost tip of the South America continent (parallel 49°), the Andean Mountain Range shows a variety of natural beauties that will surprise you, among which glaciers, steppe, wonderful forests and lakes of glacial origin can be enjoyed. Our bird watcher will start at Rio Grande on to then Ushuaia Nacional Park in Tierra del Fuego. Along its coast, albatrosses, oystercatchers, upland geese, and petrels can be seen, as well as Magellan woodpeckers and thorn-tailed rayaditos in the forest. Steamer ducks and grebes are found in quiet lakes and upland geese, siskins and buff-necked ibises in open areas. Our next visit will be to the Madryn and Valdes Peninsula, one of the largest sanctuaries of fauna in the world. During the sea safari could have the possibility of seeing the majestic of Franca Whale and the presence of other big mammals, such as south sea elephants, seals, killer whales and dolphins. There is a rich earthly fauna such as guanacos, rheas, Patagonian  mares, finches, penguins, gray and red foxes, herons and skunks.


AMAZON WONDERS. (Code: 725D, Double occupancy $), (Code: 725S, Single occupancy $). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

From Rio you will travel to Manaus, which has been nicknamed “The Paris of the Jungle”. Enter the Amazon forest, one of the natural wonders of the world with the sounds and colors of pure nature. It is an amazing and special destination that is basically unexplored. Huge ancient trees and endless waterways harbor the world’s most complex ecosystem, with more than 500,000 described species of plants and animals. The exotic wildlife of the Amazon is explored on boats, specialized guided walks, photo safaris or even from the windows of your Jungle Lodge in the heart of the Rain forest. Whether your interest is nature or adventure, it’s all about exploring the heart of the jungle whilst being safely cared for by specialized guides. As adventures you can capture and release crocodile at night, piranha fishing and guided walks that are part of the Amazon experience. You will be able to enjoy 2 days in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is located between the sea and the mountains, producing a spectacular sight. It is a fantastic and an alive city that has inspired musicians and poets. It has white sandy beaches, promenades and sites such as the Christ statue that looks over the city. Rio is also alive at night with many bars, restaurants and night-clubs. Ride to the top of Corcovado Mountain by train. Panoramic view of the city. Tijuca Forest with its exuberance and beauty. Visit Taunay Falls. Drive by Barra de Tijuca and southern Rio Beaches. Lunch at a typical Brazilian barbecue. Go up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.  As an option you can stay longer in Rio (Code: BR). (See Itinerary)


PANTANAL WONDERS. (Code: 726D, Double occupancy $), (Code: 726S, Single occupancy $). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

From Rio do Janeiro, travel to Campo Grande to discover Pantanal, considered to be one of the most beautiful and important ecological sanctuaries on the planet and it is also the largest wetland area in the world. In Pantanal you will enjoy the magnificent ecological system, birds, plants and wild animals. In Refúgio Ecológico Caimam, you will adventures in horseback riding, photo safaris on adapted vehicles, motor and rowboat rides, alligator spotting and trekking. In addition, you will be able to enjoy 2 days in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is located between the sea and the mountains, producing a spectacular sight. It is a fantastic and an alive city that has inspired musicians and poets. It has white sandy beaches, promenades and sites such as the Christ statue that looks over the city. Rio is also alive at night with many bars, restaurants and night-clubs. Ride to the top of CorcovajUdo Mountain by train. Panoramic view of the city. Tijuca Forest with its exuberance and beauty. Visit Taunay Falls. Drive by Barra de Tijuca and southern Rio Beaches. Lunch at a typical Brazilian barbecue. Go up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. As an option you can stay longer in Rio (Code: BR ). (See Itinerary).


WONDERS OF THE AMAZON-PANTANAL-RIO.  This course is a combination of the courses 725 and 726. (Code: 727D, Double occupancy $ .00), (Code: 727S, Single occupancy $ ). This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

From Rio do Janeiro, travel to Campo Grande to discover Pantanal, considered to be one of the most beautiful and important ecological sanctuaries on the planet and it is also the largest wetland area in the world. In Pantanal you will enjoy the magnificent ecological system, birds, plants and wild animals. In Refúgio Ecológico Caimam, you will adventure horseback riding, photo safaris on adapted vehicles, motor and rowboat rides, alligator spotting and trekking. In addition, you will be able to enjoy 2 days in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is located between the sea and the mountains, producing a spectacular sight. It is a fantastic and an alive city that has inspired musicians and poets. It has white sandy beaches, promenades and sites such as the Christ statue that looks over the city. Rio is also alive at night with many bars, restaurants and night-clubs. Ride to the top of Corcovado Mountain by train. Panoramic view of the city. Tijuca Forest with its exuberance and beauty. Visit Taunay Falls. Drive by Barra de Tijuca and southern Rio Beaches. Lunch at a typical Brazilian barbecue. Go up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. From Rio you will travel to Manaus, which has been nicknamed “The Paris of the Jungle”. Enter the Amazon forest, one of the natural wonders of the world with the sounds and colors of pure nature. It is an amazing and special destination that is basically unexplored. Huge ancient trees and endless waterways harbor the world’s most complex ecosystem, with more than 500,000 described species of plants and animals. The exotic wildlife of the Amazon is explored on boats, specialized guided walks, photo safaris or even from the windows of your Jungle Lodge in the heart of the Rain forest. Whether your interest is nature or adventure, it’s all about exploring the heart of the jungle whilst being safely cared for by specialized guides. As adventures you can capture and crocodile release at night, piranha fishing and guided walks are part of the Amazon experience.


SOUTHERN AFRICA, 27 DAYS. Professor Efrén Vega Hernández (University of Puerto Rico). $ 5,595.00 (Including Air from San Juan and Meals) $ 3,895.00 (Land only) (Code: 840D). Professor Vega Hernandez worked in this region from 1993 to 1997.  He has several publication of this unique region. This course offers 250 Units of Continuing Education.

July 12 to Aug.  08

From the dynamic city of Cape Town, to the scorched red deserts of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe, this course endeavors to show the highlights of the region. On a journey of contrasts, we will canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa's best-known parks (full of exotic plants and animals), and view the mighty Victoria Falls. We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads, and students must be prepared for this, but the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort for those who truly seek adventure. (See Itinerary).


ECUADOR AMAZON, ANDES & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. 21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 4,495.00 (The cost Included Air from San Juan and Meals) (Code: 820D). This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

July 09 to July 30

Our exploration & adventures involves three different geographical regions of Ecuador, the Amazon, the Andes and the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Our first experience will be a city tour of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and a visit to the Equinox line, an imaginary line that divide in half the world.  From Quito we will start our journey to Octavalo city to enjoy the Indian Market, visit Cuicocha Lagoon and Cayambe, them spend several days in the wildlife preserves of the Amazon jungles.  Enjoy navigating the Amazon by canoe, discover natural wonders like piranha fishing, observe prehistoric hoatzins, observe exotic plants, wild animals and the extraordinary sunset view.  From the Amazon region travel to the Andes region and visit Tena, adventures the white water rafting, and visit Pailon del Diablo.  Our next stop is the city of Baños on the shoulder of a volcano; we will have a day of fun observing the city by bicycle, horseback riding or simply strolling.  From Baños visit the Indian towns of Salasaca and Riobamba.  Travel by train on the Andean Railroad to visit Devil’s Noise.  Then visit Alausi, Saquisili and Cotopaxi Park.  From this spectacular region, we will move to Quito to take a flight to Baltran in the Galapagos Archipelago.  From Baltran we will be sailing in a yacht for a fun week on the Galapagos Islands.  Islands to be visit are Bachas, Santa Fe, Española, Floreana, Darwin Station, Santa Cruz, Rabida (James Bay), Bartolome (Sullivan Bay) and return from North Seymour to Baltra.  During this journey we will appreciate and enjoy the exotic landscapes, birds, plants, terrestrial and marine animals. (See Itinerary).


AUSTRALIA, 25 DAYS. Double occupancy $ 6,295.00 (The cost Included Air from San Juan and Meals, Code: 845D).  Terrestrial portion $ 3,995.00 Code: 846D). This course offers 250 Units of Continuing Education.

June 28 to July 22

Enjoy one of the world’s exotic continents.  Explore & discover its secrets.  City tours in Sydney. Travel from City to the Outback, to the Great Barrier Reef and Rain forest. Visit cities like Canberra, the Australian capital, Darwin and Cairns. Observe exotic plants and animals (kangaroo, koalas). Enjoy nature from the rain forest; sand islands, cross the Tropic of Capricorn.  Observe the art of boomerang and the aboriginal sacred sites of Australia. Scenic flight over the Ayers Rock in Uluru. Climb and explore Kings Canyon and view the 'Amphitheatre' in  'The Lost City'. Explore Wright’s Creek Falls and Lake Tinnaroo.  Explore Lake Barrine, a water-filled crater of an extinct volcano.  Sea kayaking in Northern Barnard group of Islands. Adventures with many exciting sports, mountain bikes, horseback riding, canoeing safari, bushwalks, tennis, swimming, 4WD wildlife tours and a night wildlife safari, white water rafting and many more activities. Sail in a catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef.  The Australia trip will be an unforgettable experience, that lasts forever, a full Continent in your hand. (See Itinerary).


MEXICO.  21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 4,495.00 (The cost Included Air from San Juan and Meals) (Code: 847D).  This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

May 27 to June 16
July 08 to July 28

The Maya region in southern Mexico and Guatemala offers a magnificent area of the world to explore & adventure. This region has an exuberant natural beauty in which you can discover the culture and archeology of one of the ancestral civilization of America.  The Archeological sites to explore are represented by Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum, Bacalar, Becan, Xpuhil, Calakmul, Palenque, Agua Azul, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Tikal (Guatemala), San Cristobal de Las Casas, Puerto Arista, Mitla, Monte Alban y Oaxaca.  Several adventures will be available:  Kayaking and snorkeling in Puerto Morelos and Sian Kan Reserve. Exploring the white sands and blue-green waters of Cancun city.  Bicycle touring to the “Cenotes” and archeological site of Tulum. Visit the scenic Agua Azul Waterfalls. Travel by raft on the Candelaria River.  Jungle trip in Lacandona, visiting the Indian Reserve.   Boat trip to archeological site of Yaxchilan and Sumidero Canyon.  Wooden raft tour on lake Montebello.  Horseback riding trip to the Indian Community of San Juan Chamula.  Visit the Ceremonial center of Mitla, and the magnificient Tule tree.  Tour the historic city of Oaxaca and visit the Museum and Temple of Santo Domingo.  Visit the Ceremonial center of Zapoteca de Monte Alban.  Different camp sites will be set in different regions such as in the biosphere reserve of Calakmul, Río Usumacinta and Totolapan at Sierra Oaxaqueña (Oaxaca). (See Itinerary).


ARCHAEOLOGY

PERU MAGICAL CIRCUIT. 11 Days/10 Nights. Double occupancy $ 2,395.00 (Code: 751D).  Single occupancy $ 2,795.00 (Code:751S). This course offers 120 Units of Continuing Education.

June 05 to June 15
July 15 to July 25

Exploring the Inca’s culture and archaeology. Travel throughout the enigmatic Andes, Lake Titicaca, Machupichu and fly over the Nazca lines. Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the colorful Pisaq Market, the ancient Inca town of Ollasntaymbo (the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America). Visit Intipunku, the gate of the sun, and from there, suddenly you will see a fantastic view of the “Lost Inca City” of Machupicchu. It was here that the Incas succeeded in combining the wonders of civilization with those of nature. Travel to Cusco and Puno, (Kollas culture) a journey that covers spectacular scenery over the high Altiplano, where you will see flocks of llama and Alpaca, grazing on the windswept landscape between adobe villages. Travel from a tropical to semitropical habitat observing exotic animals and plants, including a large variety of orchids and luxuriant trees. Full-day excursion to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.  Over-flight (plane) to the enigmatic Nazca lines.  In Paracas, tours by boat to the fascinating Ballestas Island, one of the most important natural reserves in the coast of Peru. Tour Lima, the colonial and modern city. Peru will be an unforgettable experience. (See Itinerary).


INCAS, PERU. 9 Days/8 Nights.  Double occupancy $ 1,895.00 (Code: 760D), Single occupancy $ 2,195.00 (Code: 760S) (Land Only). This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

June 17 to June 25
July 06 to July 14

Our exploration to the Inca culture will start in Sillustani, an important archaeological site 34 Kms. from Puno (3,915 meters above sea level). The small lake of Umayo, is in this region, designeted as the cemetery of the old Kollas culture.   From Umayo we will enjoy a full day excursion to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.  Our visit begins with the floating islands of the Uros, the island of Balsero and Taquile, each rich in culture.  Enjoy the Altiplano with its spectacular scenery and  be able to see flocks of Llama and Alpaca, grazing on the windswept land between adobe villages.  Our cultural exploration will continue in Cusco City to observe the Incan archaeological sites and the Spanish architecture. Then a tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the colorful Pisaq Market, the ancient Incas town of Ollantaytambo (the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America).  Visit to the Inca city of Machupicchu. It was here that the Incas succeeded in combining the wonders of civilization with those of nature. (See Itinerary).


ADVENTURE IN THE MAYAN FOREST (Mexico, Guatemala and Belize). Double Occupancy (CODE: 752D, Cost $ 1,995.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

May 31 to June 07

Classic Stars of the Mayan World 8 days/7 nights in a cultural trip to adventure the most spectacular archaeological sites of Chiapas, Guatemala, Belize, Quintana Roo and Campeche. Camping 4 nights in the heart of the Mayan forest. Travel by bus and boat to visit the archaeological sites of Bonampak, Yaxchillan, Flores, Tikal, Yaxha, Xunantunich, Belmopan (Belize capital) Belize city, an Orange Walk, Lamanai, Bacalar (Blue Lake), Chicana, Kohunlich, Xpuhil, Becan, Calakmul (Large Piramid), Palenque and Villahermosa. (See Itinerary).


MAYAN CITIES, A TRIP BETWEEN THE FOREST, A MAGICAL RIVER AND MAYAN RUINS. 8 Days/7 Nights. Mexico and Guatemala. Double Occupancy (CODE: 753D, Cost $ 1,995.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

July 05 to July 12

This exuberant journey throughout jungle and rivers that allows you to discover the archaeological Maya civilization.  From Villahermosa travel by bus and boat on different rivers (Petexbatun, Pasión, Usumacinta and Pucte).  Discover the Maya ruins in Palenque, Bonampak, Sayaxche, Flores (inside Peten Itza Lake), Tikal, Aguateca, Ceibal, Yaxchilan, Corozal.  Camp in the jungle, swimming in magical rivers, and enjoy the hospitality of Mexico and Guatemala. (See Itinerary).


ARCHAEOLOGICAL CLASSICAL JEWELS OF THE MAYAN WORLD. 9 Days/8 Nights. Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Double Occupancy (CODE: 754D, Cost $ 1,995.00). This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

June 21 to June 29
July 19 to July 27
Nov. 15 to Nov. 23

For people with adventurous spirit; who enjoy nature and culture, we travel to the Mayan world by way of Chiapas, Guatemala and Honduras. Discover the ruins of Villahermosa, Bonampak. Travel by boat on the Usumacinta river to visit the village Bethel (Guatemala) and then Flores, located inside the Peten Itza Lake. From Flores visit the majesty of Tikal.  Travel throughout the jungle to Rio Hondo to view the ruins of Quirigua and Copan in Honduras. Then travel to Antigua, the old capital of the Kingdom of Central America in Guatemala. Travel to Chichicastenango the most colorful folkloric Indian market of all Central America. Stroll by boat on Lake Atitlan and visit San Cristóbal de las Casas. From San Cristóbal to Tuxtla Gutiérrez visit the Sumidero canyon. (See Itinerary).


NEW ARCHEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES: EXPLORATION & ADVENTURES IN EGYPT OASES. 10 Days/9 Night (Double occupancy in Cairo $ 1,595.00 (Code: 755D), Single occupancy in Cairo $ 1,695.00 (Code: 755S). This course offers 120 Units of Continuing Education.

June 05 to June 14
July 10 to July 19

Our archaeological exploration is in the western white desert, plenty of oases. The oases of this region are depressions in the desert comprising springs, wells and trees, reflecting the beauty, charm and diversity of nature, of its surrounding desert, green valleys, water wells, high plateaus and therapeutic sulfur-rich springs, both cold and hot. Some of the more important oases in our exploration will be Dakhla, Farafrah and Siwa. The region is rich in monuments dating from pre-historic settlements through Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, & Islamic monuments. Monuments of great importance are the Hibis Temple, dating back to the 26th Dynasty and dedicated to the Holy Triad (Amun Ra'-Mut-Khonsu) and the Cemetery Of Al- Bagawat which contains 263 tombs in the pattern of domed chambers. In the center of the cemetery is a church dating back to the 11th century AD and regarded as one of the oldest churches in Egypt.  There have been found many tombs with mummified remains; images of cobras bearing sun disks; the four children of Horus covered with gold, numerous artifacts, including statues of women in mourning, earrings, necklaces with amulets, a variety of pottery vessels from food trays to wine jars, and coins, the most fascinating of which bears an image of Cleopatra VII.  You will sea Temple constructed by Alexander the Great and Alamein where General Rommel campaigned in the Second World Ward.

Includes four star hotels in Cairo, desert camps, ground transportation in all-terrain vehicles, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Note: An adventure course that involves sleeping in desert camps, taking showers in the oases of the region, and helping cook food. (See Itinerary).


 

NILE CRUISE, CAIRO, LUXOR, EDFU, KOM OMBO & ASWAN

 

OPTIONAL EXCITING TRIP IN EGYPT:  8 Days/7 Night, 5 Days/4 Nights Nile Cruise (Double occupancy in 4 Star Hotels) $ 1,295.00 (Code: ME72), Single occupancy in 4 Star Hotels) $ 1,395.00 (Code: ME73).

June 14 to June 22
July 19  to July 27

Includes domestic airfare from Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo. Five days/ 4 nights Nile Cruise. Four star hotels. Light and Sound in the Pyramids, Dance Del Vientre Show. Boat trip to Abu Simbel, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners. ( SEE INTINERARY ).

IF YOU CHOOSE THE COURSE AND TRIP, SAVE $ 200.00.

17 Days/16 Night- 5 Days/4 Nights Nile Cruise (Double occupancy in 4 Stars Hotels) $ 2,690.00 (Code: ME74), Single occupancy in 4 Stars Hotels $ 2,890.00 (Code: ME75).


GEOLOGY

 

ALTIPLANO EXPEDITION: ATACAMA GEOLOGY, ARCHAEOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY. This course offers 100 Units of Continuing Education.

9 Days/8 Nights in Chile, 6 days/5 nights in Atacama and 3 nights in Santiago. All inclusive in Atacama.  In Santiago all breakfasts and a half day tour in Santiago. It does not include international or domestic flights. Double Occupancy in Santiago, CODE: 775D, Cost $ 1,995.00.  Single Occupancy in Santiago, Code: 775S, Cost 2,345.00.

January 02 to January 10
July 11 to July 19

Inspirational journey around geological formations, that will show you the history of the earth through 10 million-year-old rocks, fossils and minerals. Visiting the Moctezsuma formation you’ll observe sea fossils from the Jurassic period (180 million years). Moon valley is a place to explore salt caves and interesting patterns. With the uplifting of the Andes mountain range, many geological faults created tectonic basins, like Miscanti and Meñique lagoons, and the Atacama salt flat, of great importance to Chile since it contains 30% of the world lithium reserves. The Altiplano geology is still active, its seismic activity is permanent and intense, and thus we will see volcanic activity and be in one of the few places on earth where you can see geothermal energy at the Tatio geysers, at 4,500 mas, with boasting steams of about 40 m. The main water source has an approximate temperature of 265 C and it is located at 800 and 900 m. depth. During the one archaeological experiences we will visit the village of Tulor (800 B. C.), one of the first indigenous settlements in the area. A village made up by round mud houses all connected between each other. One of the most interesting excursions will be the search for art remains, petroglyphs and paintings, with inscriptions without clear meaning, full of mystery, that seen to bring back the former inhabitants to the present. A visit to the indigenous communities will allow you know and appreciate the human effort needed to prevail in the desert. Enjoy 3 days in Santiago de Chile. (SEE ITINERARY)


ECUADOR VOLCANOES & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.

15 days/14 nights in Ecuador, including 8 Day/7 nights in Galapagos Islands on board a yacht, all-inclusive and all transfers. (CODE: 776D, Cost $ 2,695.00). This course offers 150 Units of Continuing Education.

 July 12 to July 26

This is a unique experience to explore and adventures in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Visit the highest and most picturesque route in Ecuador with different volcanoes, impressive glacier, exotic birds, diverse vegetation and the famous Saquisili and Cotopaxi Indian markets. Ride in the fabulous Andean Express Train" over the Devil’ Nose. Visit Baños in the shoulder of the Cotopaxi Volcano and the Pailon del Diablo waterfalls. Enjoy city tours of Lima and the Equinox line Monument, an imaginary line that divides the world in half. From Quito travel to Baltran in the Galapagos Archipelago and sail in a yacht for a week. You will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz. Other Islands to explore are Santa Fe, Española, Floreana, North Seymour, Bachas, Rabida, Bartolome, Genovesa and Plazas. During this journey you will appreciate the natural splendor of nature and enjoy the exotic plants, birds, terrestrial and marine animals and the unique landscapes of the Archipelago. (See Itinerary).

Includes private land transportation, specialize guide, all breakfast, all the activities. Domestic airfare from Quito to Galapagos Islands. Double accommodation. Not include: Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park $ 100.00, departure tax from Ecuador $ 27.00



RELIGION

Religious, Mythic & Nature in India. 


20 Days/19 Nights
. Double occupancy $ 2,495.00 (Land Only) (Code: 830D). This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.
(See Itinerary).


RELIGIOUS TRIP TO INDIA. 20 Days/19 Nights.  Double occupancy $ 2,395.00 (Code: 832D), Single occupancy $ 2,695.00 (Code: 832S) (Land Only). This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

June 05 to June 26
July 10 to July 31

This course-trip to India involved many sacred places belonging to different religions.  Our trip starts in New Delhi, capital of India visiting interesting temples, mosque, the Gandhi Museum, tombs and government buildings. In Agra you will visit the Taj Mahal, the world- famous monument of love built by Shahjahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtazmahal.  En route visit Jaipur and the Ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar the Great. On arrival in Jaipur, visit the Palace of Wind, followed by an elephant ride.  Then, to Calcuta city to stop in a pilgrimage visit to Mother Teressa’s Mission and other Christian sites. Visit many other cities such as Bhubaneshwar, Ratna, Baliguda, Belghar, Kothagargh, Rayagada, Jeypore, Laxmipur, Puri, Taptaoani and Chilka.  Enjoy the spirituality of many holy places for the Hindu, Muslim and Catholic peoples. (See Itinerary).


CULTURAL/FOLKLORIC

CULTURAL EXPLORATION OF SPAIN. 21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 5,595.00  (Code: 801D).  This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education. (The cost included air from San Juan and Meals).

June 04 to June 24
July 09 to July 29

Our exploration of Spain is full of splendid heritage involving the principal cities, museums, adventures, fascinating architecture, blending of different religion, regional cultures and warm friendly people. We will meet in San Juan or Miami to take a flight to Madrid. Madrid an attractive capital, has gained a reputation as having one of the most active night lives on the Old Continent. In Spain you will see some of the best museums in the world. Its plazas or squares are always bustling with people, whether it be Puerta del Sol at the city center or Las Ramblas in Barcelona.  You will love to walk along La Gran Via, with its shops, cinemas and theaters.  Spain has been home and inspiration to some of the greatest painters of all time such as Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, El Greco, Picasso, Dali, and others. In Madrid you will visit the famous Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, and see the masterpieces of not only these geniuses but also many others, both Spanish and international.  From Madrid we will visit Toledo, a medieval city with interesting castles, cathedrals and synagogues. Traveling south, our route will enter  the heart of Moorish Spain. Cordoba, famous for its Mezquita or mosque, was a city of almost a million people in the 10th century, many of whom came from Damascus. The splendid heritage they left behind in Cordoba is to be found at each and every corner. Seville is next, with its Giralda or golden tower, the Cathedral and Royal Alcaza.  From here we move to Arco and Ronda on the Costa del Sol, where you will enjoy swimming in the beaches. In Granada you will visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace.  Our next city will be Valencia, well known for its Fallas, then Barcelona the second more important city of Spain, is spectacular for its in language, people It is well known for it Gothic Quarter, Church of the Sacred Family, Pueblo Español, Las Ramblas, Dali and Picasso Museums.  From Barcelona, travel west to Bilbao people that speak one of the more antique languages, in Europe, and see the famous Guggenheim Museum with the Guernica masterpiece of Picasso. In the same region we visit San Sebastian a legendary city full of art, religion and tradition. (See Itinerary).


TURKEY, 21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 2,695.00 Land Only (Code: 805D).  This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

June 12 to July 01
July 10 to July 30

Turkey is exotic, colorful, many-faceted, romantic, old and new, with the huge cultural heritage, natural beauties and the friendliness of its people makes it a unique country. History has never been so generous to any land as it has to Turkey. “Welcome” to explore the charm, mystery and majesty that live in every corner of Turkey, from the domes to minarets outlining the profile of Istanbul, to the antique cities that decorate the shores of the Aegean Sea, to the legendary city of Troy and Trojan Horse referred to Homer’s “ Iliad “ and “ Odyssey”, to the House of Virgin Mary where spent her last years, The Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven wonders of the Ancient world, The Seven Churches of Revelation that mentioned in the Bible, experiencing the journeys of St. Paul, walking the same roads as St. Paul, St. John and St. Phillip walked, visiting church of St. Nicholas in Myra where was born and became a bishop, Cappadocia with its unique geological structures (multicolored valleys, fairy chimneys, rock churches, natural castles) and underground cities where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith, trekking in lovely Alpine surroundings and swimming the turquoise Mediterranean Sea that fascinate and hypnotize the visitor with their timelessness and beauty, and delicious Turkish cuisine which is always a pleasant surprise for the visitors with the quality of the ingredients. (See Itinerary).


CHINA CULTURAL, 21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 4,995.00 (The cost Included Air from San Juan and Meals) (Code: 815D). This course offers 220 Units of Continuing Education.

July 07 to July 31

The exploration & adventures of China cover Beijing to Hong Kong (People Republic of China). Our journey will start in Beijing, with 6 exciting days. Places to visit in Beijing will be Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City - home of Chinese Emperors for more than 500 years, and Temple of Heaven (Ming Dynasty architecture). Visit Lama Temple, Panda Zoo and the Summer Palace. Visit the Hutong, the old city neighborhoods (experience the life of ordinary people) of narrow alley ways and courtyard gardens hidden behind Beijing’s modern facade. Hike the Great Wall, (it is 2000 years old and the longest man-made object in the world ) a tour that will begins at Huangyaguan and ends at Jinshanling. From Beijing fly to Xian, home of the Terra Cotta Warriors (more than 6,000 life-size terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated from the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty). Our next stop will be Mt. Huashan, also called “The Great West Mountain”. In the past, it was one of China’s five sacred mountains. It is now one of the famous mountains as well as a very beautiful scenic spot of China. Visit the silkworn breeding factory. Study how the silk worm live, spin the silk and sprout silk.  Take an evening train to Shanghai. Visit The Jade Buddha Temple, famous for its large statue of the Buddha carved out of a single piece of white jade, and the Yu Garden in the old Shanghai area, filled with curio shops and souvenirs.  From Shanghai travel to Hangzhou and cruise at West Lake (Tang Dynasty) and visit the Daqinggu Park for amusement. Then travel to Guilin.  From this city Cruise along the beautiful Li River to Yangshuo. Experience the magical beauty of limestone rock formations and farmland commonly seen in Chinese landscape paintings. Disembark at the charming village of Yangshuo, which has one of the best antique and craft markets in China. Bike for 2 hours to the Buddha Cave. You can take a mud bath if you like. From Guilin travel to Hong Kong. (See Itinerary).


EGYPT, JORDAN AND SYRIA.  21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 5,595.00 (Code: 825D).  The cost Included Air from San Juan and Meals (Code: 825S) Land Only $ 3,495.00 (Code: 825L).   This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

June 19 to July 09

Our cultural exploration and adventures embraces three important countries of North Africa and the Middle East.  This region is well known for the development of great religions and civilizations such as the Egyptian, Ptodemaic, Phoenician, Ethiopian, Nabatean and others. A great part of the legacies of these civilizations will be explored in order to observe their culture, architecture and traditions. We will begin our cultural exploration in Cairo, visiting the more famous museums and the spectacular variety of pyramids among them those of Giza and the Esfinge. From Cairo you will enjoy a 5-day cruise through the Nile River, from Aswan to Luxor.  This voyage will transport you to different times and people, including visits to the Horus Temple in Edfu, the Necropolis of Tebas, the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, the Colossuses of Memnón, Mut, Junsu Temples and the magnificent Abu Simbel. You will return to Cairo to stroll the city for a full day.  Then we travel to visit Memphis, the first capital of Egypt.  In Pullman we travel to Alexandria, a famous Mediterranean city, and the second capital of Egypt, visiting the Kit Bay Fortress, the original site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Montazah Palace, and the residence of the last King of Egypt (Farouk).  Visit the Catacombs of the Roman era.  From this beautiful area you will return to Cairo, to start a new journey to Santa Catherine and travel through the Suez Canal.  This area is spectacular for photography. You will then travel to the Red Sea, passing through the oil fields of the Sinai Desert, the Asia part of Egypt.  Early in the morning visit Monte Moses to see the sunrise and the Sinai Mountains, then the Santa Catalina Monastery and the rock of the sacred writers. Travel through the desert to visit the region of the Nabateans, the first scribes of the Christian era who inhabited the Sinai desert.  Visit the Ein Khudra Oasis and then Nwebaa.  From here you will travel by ferry to the Red Sea to visit Aqaba and Amman in Jordan, the city of Jerash, Ajlun and Qais. You will spent a full day in Petra (think Indiana Jones movies). Our next visit will be Damascus City in Syria, there you will visit the National Museum, Saint Anania Church, Saint Paul Window, Azem Palaces, Omayan Mosque, and Saladin’s Tomb. In Damascus we also visit Shahba, Qanawat, Bosra, the Izraa church, San Sergio and the Saint Thecle convents in Maaluola.  You will explore the bazaars and enjoy the panoramic view of Damascus from the top of the Kasyuom Mountains. (See Itinerary).


INDONESIA: JAVA, BALI & SULAWESI.  21 Days/20 Nights. Double occupancy $ 4,995.00* (The cost Included Air from San Juan and Meals) (Code: 850D) Land Only $ 3,395.00 (Code: 850L).  This course offers 200 Units of Continuing Education.

July 07 to July 27

Our journey will be spectacular visiting three beautiful Indonesia Islands: Java, Bali and Sulawesi.  Java is the most populated and fertile island in Indonesia, and at the same time, a land dominated by volcanoes providing some spectacular scenery. Java is with stunning natural beauty and extraordinary sights. The island is home to nature reserves, isolated mountain tribes, ethereal temples floating in the mists of time, powerful monuments to the supernatural, lush blankets of rice paddies, and seas of sand.  Balinese culture is rich beyond measure and nowhere better exemplified than in the dizzying array of exotic dance forms developed by villagers over generations. Performed during religious ceremonies or to ward off danger and enthrall tourists, dances take place somewhere in Bali every day. Enjoy the best of Bali with white-water rafting adventures on the spectacular Ayung River, an unforgettable journey through lush jungle scenery and deep gorgesSulawesi, or Celebes as it used to be known, is one of the most fascinating islands in Indonesia.  It consists of four long, narrow peninsulas that are separated by three enormous gulfs.  It is shaped like a tropical orchid, ridged with lofty mountains and surrounded by coral reefs. It harbors flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.  It has a history that goes back to the dawn of man.  In the, mysterious megaliths and other prehistoric artifacts have been discovered.  For centuries it was a refuge for pirates hiding in coastal mangrove swamps.  And even today big wooden schooners are being built on its beachee. (See Itinerary).

Includes international flight from San Juan/Santo Domingo* or Miami*, domestic flights in Indonesia, private land transportation, bilingual tour guide, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, all the activities described in the program. Double and triple accommodation at all hotels. 

 


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