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For Alumni Only! Travel throughout Latin America—Peru, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Cuba—during this epic three week adventure. Hike to Machu Picchu, spend a night with a Peruvian family, rappel down a 150 foot waterfall to the jungle below, and sail on a catamaran through the turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic—just to name a few of the incredible experiences planned. Learn from the diversity of culture, landscape, and people present in Latin America while making memories you will never forget!

With our No Anxiety Escrow Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
June 13 July 5 Limited

Connecting Programs

Schedule two or more programs in a row to create your ideal Rustic Pathways experience.

This program connects especially well with:

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Lima

    Board the group flight in Miami for Lima, the first stop on your Latin American adventures. Upon arrival, spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Miraflores and get a good night’s rest for the journey ahead.

  • Day 2

    Fly to Cusco

    Welcome to your first full day in Peru. After breakfast, return to the airport for a morning flight to Cusco, and then make your way down to Ollantaytambo, the Living Incan City.

  • Day 3

    Train to Auguas

    In the morning, explore the plaza de armas and the ruins scattered on the outskirts of the town, and then board the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Enjoy the scenic train ride along the river and through the Sacred Valley, and take some time to explore Aguas Calientes upon arrival. Get a good night’s rest in preparation of tomorrow’s exploration of one of the Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu!

  • Day 4

    Machu Picchu

    Waking up early, experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu in the early morning mist. After a guided tour of the ruins, take some time to explore the intricate stonework or relax on cliff-top perched terraces. After the group is done exploring Machu Picchu, head back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train back to Ollanta.

  • Day 5

    Day Hike

    After breakfast, embark on a hike from Ollanta to the ancient Incan fortress of Pumamarka. Explore these ruins and see how they compare to Machu Picchu, and then take a bus to Patacancha where you will meet your homestay families and get a taste of local culture and traditions.

  • Day 6

    Weaving Workshop and Biking

    In the morning, learn more about traditional customs in Patacancha by participating in a weaving workshop, led by some of your host families. After lunch, bike down from Patacancha to Ollanta and then board a bus back to Cusco.

  • Day 7

    Cusco

    Today is dedicated to exploring the historic capital of the Incan empire, Cusco. A pre-Hispanic city, with beautiful colonial architectural influences, Cusco is where the past and present collide. Take the morning to make your own chocolate at the Choco Museo, and then spend the afternoon exploring the plaza and going shopping. At night, have a final dinner in Cusco and reflect on your Peruvian adventures before you embark on the next part in your journey through Latin America.

  • Day 8

    To Costa Rica!

    Wake up and head to the Cusco airport for a quick flight back to Lima, and then on to San Jose, Costa Rica. Team Peru hopes you had an incredible time in beautiful Peru. Buen Viaje! Spend your first night in the land of Pura Vida in the country’s capital of San Jose.

  • Day 9

    Tree of Life

    After your first breakfast of gallo pinto and eggs, pack your bags and travel to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Then take a three-hour hike through the lush rainforest rainforest. Once you reach the top, take a plunge off a small waterfall into a pool below where you can cool down and enjoy the surrounding environment.

    After a relaxing swim, hike back down part of the trail to a different waterfall. Harness up and rappel 100 feet off the side of the falls to reach your new home for the evening.** Spend the night in a fully equipped cave hidden behind the waterfall. It is rustic, but there are beds, bathrooms, and a kitchen. After dinner you may build a small campfire where you can play music, tell stories and wind down after an exciting day.

    **For those who do not wish to rappel, a Rustic Pathways Staff member can walk you down a separate trail that leads to the cave.

  • Day 10

    Nauyaca Waterfall Rappel

    Wake up to the sounds of the water, birds, and jungle around you. After breakfast take a morning hike to a hidden waterfall with the possibility of seeing toucans, monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, you will have the chance to rappel 150 feet down the Nauyaca Waterfall.

    After your rappelling adventure, you will hop back on the bus toward the mountain town of Turrialba. Get a good night’s sleep, tomorrow you will hit the river!

  • Day 11

    Pacuare

    Rise with the sun and head out to the world class Pacuare River for a three-day river rafting adventure. Nights will be spent in a river lodge in the rainforest near the soothing sounds of the river. Upon returning to San José, enjoy a group dinner and a final night’s sleep.

  • Day 12

    To the Caribbean!

    Leave the river, and head straight to the airport. It’s time to head to the Caribbean!

  • Day 13

    Vamos a la Playa

    Arrive into Santo Domingo and head to the beach towns of Punta Cana and Bavaro. You will spend the next three days with your feet in the water with your bathing suit as your uniform. Spend your first full day in the Dominican Republic visiting various beaches along the east coast of the DR, and visit the famous Punta Cana beach.

  • Day 14

    Cano Hondo

    Wake up and drive up to the coast toward the beach time of Sabana de la Mar. Arrive at the eco lodge known as Paraiso Cano Hondo and enjoy the cascading sets of natural pools. You will also take a boat tour of the nearby Los Haitises National Park before heading back for a good night sleep.

  • Day 15

    Isla Saona

    Wake up early, and head straight to the beach town of Bayahibe. As soon as you arrive you will hop on a catamaran, and set sail for Isla Saona. Spend the entire day riding on the catamaran, dancing, snorkeling, and enjoying the caribbean waters.

  • Day 16

    Transfer to Cuba

    Pack your bags one more time, and head to your final destination, Cuba!

  • Day 17

    Viñales

    Today you will head out on your first adventure to the Viñales Valley National Park in the Pinar del Rio region. Entering the park, you’ll witness unbelievable views of the area’s limestone outcrops called mogotes. You’ll then explore the valley below on horseback and discover the region where most of Cuba’s world-famous tobacco is grown. After lunch and some time to walk through town, you’ll take a boat tour of the Cueva del Indio, an underground ancient indigenous dwelling discovered in 1920.

  • Day 18

    La Terrazas

    Today you’ll head to Las Terrazas, an eco-community that was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1984. Explore the Sierra del Rosario preserve and learn how the people in the community strive to live sustainably. Learn about the successful terrace style reforestation efforts that were introduced in order to re-establish over 80% of the surrounding forest. You’ll visit with shop owner and restauranteurs and discuss sustainable sourcing and practices. After lunch, you’ll hike down to the breathtaking falls at the Baños del San Juan and then take to the sky as you explore the area by canopy tour.

  • Day 19

    Playas del Este

    As you culminate your trip one last dip in the Caribbean is due. Spend your day on the  world-class beaches with a beach day at Santa María del Mar, a local favorite among the Playas del Este, just east of Havana.

  • Day 20 - 21

    Havana

    Your last two days in Cuba will be dedicated to getting to know one of Latin America’s most iconic cities, La Habana. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and then head to dinner at a local paladar. You will then experience life along the city’s famous Malecón.

    Your second day in Havana will be spent getting to know Habana Vieja with visits to its main plazas and the Museo de la Revolución. At night, you will witness the firing of the cañonazo, a tradition dating back to the 18th century.

    Your last day will include a city tour in an antique American car, a visit to the local market, and a final dinner filled with lots of music and dancing.

  • Day 22

    Goodbye

    Sadly, it’s time to head home. We hope you enjoyed the ultimate adventure!

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email peru@rusticpathways.com

Program-Specific FAQs

  1. a
    Lima

    Here is where your ultimate latin adventure will begin!

  2. b
    Cusco

    A pre-Hispanic city, with beautiful colonial architectural influences, Cusco is where the past and present collide.

  3. c
    Machu Picchu

    Explore the famous ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

  4. d
    Patacancha

    Get a taste of local culture and traditions in this village town. You will stay with host families during your time here.

  5. e
    San José

    Spend your first night in the land of Pura Vida in the country´s capital of San José.

  6. f
    Pacuare River

    Enjoy a three-day river rafting adventure on the Pacuare River.

  7. g
    Santo Domingo

    Spend your first full day in the Dominican Republic visiting various beaches along the east coast of the DR, and visit the famous Punta Cana beach.

  8. h
    Paraiso Cano Hondo

    Spend time at this eco lodge on the coast.

  9. i
    Viñales Valley National Park

    Explore this beautiful national park by horseback.

  10. j
    Las Terrazas

    Las Terrazas is an eco-community that was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1984.

  11. k
    Havana

    Spent time in one of Latin America’s most iconic cities.