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HarVard alUMni association

2012 WorldWide Travel Program

THe BeST oF PATAGoNIA

BueNoS AIreS AND SANTIAGo

November 2, 2012 - November 16, 2012


WHAT TO EXPECT

This exclusive expedition is designed for

Harvard alumni, family and friends who are

interested in learning about the history,

culture, and superb natural areas of

Argentina, Chile and the region of Patagonia.

This is a moderately active program. Some

walks in the Torres del Paine area are

approximately one mile long (sometimes over

uneven terrain); walks can be longer at the

participant’s discretion. Typically, the weather

is warm in Buenos Aires (approx. 70º-75º F

daytime) and Santiago (approx. 80º F at

noon), and temperate in Puerto Montt and

Bariloche. Sites in southern Patagonia (Torres

del Paine, Punta Arenas, and Puerto Natales)

are usually quite cold in the early morning and

late evening, but can be sunny and quite warm

during the day. Winds, which can be strong,

are frequent in the southern Patagonia area,

and weather as a general rule, is unpredictable.

Since some travel will be in remote areas,

everyone must be flexible concerning time

schedules, food, weather, and dust. In order

to enjoy this trip, a spirit of adventure and

anticipation, and the desire to explore spectacular

natural areas are musts. In Patagonia,

there are a couple of relatively long drives,

which are necessary for the chance to explore

the superb scenery of Torres del Paine. Travel

is by regular scheduled jet aircraft, private

yacht, and motorcoach. There are no altitude

problems on this trip.

Cover: Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park

Below: Lookout point in the Patagonia Lake District

Harvard Study Leader

MarK Van Baalen

For For detailed detailed itineraries itineraries Visit Visit alUMni.HarVard.edU/Haa/traVel

alUMni.HarVard.edU/Haa/traVel

dr. Mark Van Baalen, PhD, is an associate

in earth and planetary sciences at Harvard.

A geologist and astronomer by training, he has

lectured on many HAA travel study programs.

He has worked on a variety of research

projects over the years, including the puzzle of

asbestos-related diseases, the formation of

mountain belts, and environmental disasters

in Central Asia. He has taught popular courses

in physical geology, advanced mineralogy and

petrology, and environmental geology. Mark

will be accompanied by his wife Louisa, who

has recently retired as director of doctoral

programs at the Kennedy School of

Government, after 37 years of service to the

university. Mark and Louisa also served for

more than 25 years on the board of freshman

advisers. They look forward to sharing this

new adventure with you.


tHe Best oF Patagonia

BUenos aires and santiago

November 2, 2012 - November 16, 2012

Journey through two of South

America’s most culturally and

geographically diverse countries,

Argentina and Chile, on a tour

combines the urban sophistication of

Buenos Aires and Santiago with some

of the most awe-inspiring landscapes

of Patagonia. This Patagonia sojourn

begins in Buenos Aires, the “Paris of

South America,” with its rich cultural

and stately neighborhoods. You’ll visit

the city’s cosmopolitan highlights,

such as the Plaza de Mayo, La Boca

and the famous recoleta Cemetery.

From Buenos Aires, fly to the Andean

resort town of Bariloche, the gateway

to Patagonia. explore the superb Lake

District, a wonderland of beautiful

lakes set between volcanic peaks and

forested ridges. Beyond Bariloche,

you’ll enjoy a day in the enchanted

valley to look for Andean condor nests

among magical rock formations.

Next, your expedition ventures south

to el Calafate to Glaciers National

Park, declared by uNeSCo to be part

of the Natural Heritage of Humanity.

Marvel at the massive glacier, Perito

Moreno, rising nearly 200 feet above

the Iceberg Channel, spanning three

miles across, and reaching back 22

miles through the Andes to Lake

Argentino. Continue your travels

across the Andes into Chilean

Patagonia to spend three nights at the

uNeSCo Biosphere reserve of Torres

del Paine National Park. explore this

jewel of Patagonia for three full days,

taking in the parks sweeping

landscapes of rock, ice fields and

herds of guanos and rheas. Your tour

concludes at the foot of the Andes, in

Santiago, with a wonderful survey of

Chile’s distinctive culture: a visit to

the home of Nobel Prize – winning

poet Pablo Neruda and lunch at a

Chilean vineyard.

For those who want to spend more

time in South America, we offer an

optional pre-trip extension to Iguazú

Falls, one of the natural wonders

of the world.

This trip will excite your senses

and give you a deeper appreciation

of the rich and varied cultural and

natural history heritages of Chile and

Argentina. Come join Harvard Alumni

and friends during the southern

hemisphere’s spring, when the

landscapes are majestic and weather

is beautiful!

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Cuernos del Paine


scHedUle By day

Tango in Buenos aires

FriDay, NovemBer 2

dePart U.s.

Depart on an overnight flight from the

U.S. to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

(meals aloft)

SaTurDay, NovemBer 3

BUenos aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer

to your hotel located in the heart

of the fashionable Recoleta

neighborhood. Begin your journey

with an exploration of the nearby

Recoleta Cemetery, the much-revered

resting place of patriarchs, presidents

and the beloved Eva Perón. Gather for

a welcome dinner tonight.

Loi Suites recoleta (D)

SuNDay, NovemBer 4

BUenos aires

This morning, enjoy a city tour with a

focus on the arts, beginning with the

Plaza de Mayo, the National Cathedral

and Casa Rosada. See La Boca with

its colorful tin houses and explore

bohemian San Telmo, one of the

oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires

with early-19th century colonial

buildings and cobblestone streets.

Enjoy a tango performance after

dinner. Loi Suites recoleta (B,L,D)

La moneda

moNDay, NovemBer 5

BUenos aires /

BarilocHe

This morning, fly to the Patagonia

Lake District for an exploration of Villa

La Angostura, a natural sanctuary of

pristine land with deep azure lakes,

soaring mountains and sprawling

estancias. This afternoon, walk

through the beautiful forests and take

in the incredible panoramic views of

Lake Nahuel Huapi, Lake Correntoso

and the Andes Mountains.

Hotel Correntoso or similar (B,L,D)

TueSDay, NovemBer 6

Victoria island

Travel by private boat across Lake

Nahuel Huapi, one ofthe most scenic

lakes in Patagonia. Disembark on

Victoria Island for a nature walk

through the island’s idyllic forest

to learn about the indigenous

vegetation. Enjoy a picnic lunch at

a secluded beach. Hotel Correntoso

or similar (B,L)

WeDNeSDay, NovemBer 7

Valle encantado

(enchanted Valley)

Set out on a morning trek along the

steppe of Valle Encantado, where

volcanic rock configurations created

by wind and rain take on unique

shapes. You may even catch sight

of one of the most magnificent, yet

elusive, birds, the Andean condor,

which nests in this area. Later, stop

for an authentic Patagonian barbecue

lunch at a lodge overlooking the

Limay River. Hotel Correntoso or

similar (B,L,D)

THurSDay, NovemBer 8

BariclocHe /

el calaFate

Fly to El Calafate on the southern

shore of Lake Argentino and transfer

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Hotel Correntoso

to the hotel, your base to experience

Patagonia’s Glacier National Park.

The remainder of the day is to explore

the quaint town of El Calafate.

Kau yatún Hotel (B, D)

FriDay, NovemBer 9

Perito Moreno glacier

Today, drive through Glaciers National

Park, declared by UNESCO as part

of the Natural Heritage of Humanity.

The park boasts 47 major glaciers,

the only remains of the last Ice Age

and the third-largest concentration of

ice in the world. During a boat ride on

Lake Argentino, view the impressive

Perito Moreno Glacier.

Kau yatún Hotel (B, L)

SaTurDay, NovemBer 10

estancia cristina

Early morning transfer to Puerto

Bandera to board a boat on Lake

Argentino to Estancia Cristina, a

historical sheep ranch. Enter the

North Channel for amazing views

of mountains, culminating with the

truly spectacular Upsala Glacier, the

largest of all the lake’s glaciers. Upon

arrival at Estancia Cristina, you will

learn about the geology of the area

and the history of this ranch. This

estancia is a remarkable destination

with abundant wildlife: eagles,

black-necked cranes, condors, and

the occasional puma make their

home here. This day may be modified

due to lake conditions. Kau yatún Hotel

(B, L)


Perito moreno Glacier

SuNDay, NovemBer 11

el calaFate /

torres del Paine /

PUerto natales

Depart El Calafate today and ascend

the high Patagonian plateau from

where you can appreciate the whole

Santa Cruz River Valley, Lake

Argentino, and the distant Andes

Mountains. Watch for guanaco and

other wildlife. After driving through

Patagonia’s windswept landscape,

cross from Argentina into Chile

through the Cancha Carrera Pass.

Arrive in Puerto Natales and transfer

to your hotel. remota Hotel

(B, Box L, D)

moNDay, NovemBer 12 – TueSDay NovemBer 13

torres del Paine

national ParK and

sUrroUnds

Known as the crown jewel of

Patagonia, Torres del Paine National

Park was declared a Biosphere

Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. The

dramatic mountain formations of

towering rock, windswept pampas,

ice fields, and glaciers, make it an

impressive sight that few people

forget. Look out for herds of

guanacos and rheas, flamingos,

condors, foxes, geese, and

black-necked swans. Lakes and

lagoons in hues of blue, green, and

gray abound. The park is surrounded

by impressive mountains that include

the famous Cuernos del Paine (Horns

of Granite), twisted snow-dusted

pillars of gray granite that rise from

the flat Patagonian plain. Hike or ride

horses with an expert guide or simply

relax in the park and its surrounding

wilderness. remota Hotel (2B, 2L, 2D)

WeDNeSDay, NovemBer 14

PUerto natales / PUnta

arenas / santiago

In the morning, drive along the

Strait of Magellan’s shoreline to a

large colony of Magellanic penguins

where you can watch the antics of

these delightful creatures. Arrive in

Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost

city, located on the Strait of Magellan

opposite Tierra del Fuego. Founded

in 1848, in its golden age it served as

a port of call for all ships circumnavigating

the world. Enjoy a short city

tour before a transfer to the airport

for a flight to Santiago. Hotel Plaza del

Bosque (B)

HigHligHts

• Attend a lecture program led by Harvard study leader, Mark Van Baalen.

• Tour cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the “Paris” of South America.

• Enjoy a festive tango show.

THurSDay, NovemBer 15

santiago / Usa

Today tour the city including

La Chascona, the home of Chile’s

Nobel laureate poet, Pablo Neruda.

You will explore the city’s historical

center, including La Moneda, the

reconstructed Neoclassical building

that housed the executive branch of

Chile’s government; and the colonial

San Francisco Church. Mark the

journey’s end with a celebratory

farewell lunch at a vineyard in the

Maipo Valley just outside of Santiago.

The remainder of the afternoon is

unscheduled before an overnight

return flight home. overnight flight

(B, L)

FriDay, NovemBer 16

retUrn to tHe U.s.

Arrive in the U.S. this morning and

connect to flights homeward.

(meals aloft)

• Witness the breathtaking scenery of Argentina’s Lake District and enjoy the Swiss-style town of Bariloche.

• Journey to remote Torres del Paine National Park, walking near monolithic granite spires, glacial lakes,

and waterfalls.

• View the impressive Perito Moreno and Upsala Glaciers up-close.

• Visit Estancia Cristina, a historical Patagonian sheep ranch.

• Observe Patagonia’s unique wildlife, including guanaco, rhea, flamingo, and the magnificent Andean condor.

• Explore Santiago at the foot of the Andes.

maipo valley


Iguazú Falls

Optional Pre-Trip Extension: Iguazú Falls

OCT 30-NOV-2, 2012

Roaring out of the jungle and hurtling over cliffs

between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazú Falls are one

of the natural wonders of the world. The two nights at

this extraordinary place offer ample time to relax and

see the cataracts surrounded by luxuriant rain forest,

beautiful exotic birds (toucans, caracas, and parrots),

and intriguing bromeliads and butterflies. Walk along

the upper and lower trails for close-up views of the

many different falls. Exploration from the Brazilian

side is thrilling. Take a Zodiac boat to see the falls from

the lower river, approaching the base of the falls. Fly to

Buenos Aires to enjoy an extra night in the captivating

city before the main program begins. Extension

includes three-night’s accommodations (taxes

included) buffet breakfast everyday, entrance fees,

transfers, and leadership. Airfare is additional and

quoted separately. The visit to Brazilian side of

the falls requires a visa. Accommodations:

Hotel Sheraton International Iguazú and Loi Suites

GENERAL INFORMATION

PROGRAM SIZE: This tour, (exclusively developed for the Harvard Alumni

Association), is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

We retain the right to add staff members and/or invited guests to any of

our group departures regardless of the stated group-size limitation.

TOUR COST INCLUSIONS: Accommodations and meals as specified in the

itinerary; all land and water transportation; in-tour flights within Argentina

and Chile provided increases in the in-tour airfare after the initial pricing

of this program are not included – see below; guides and tour manager

throughout; emergency medical and evacuation insurance; airport transfers

for group flights; domestic airport departure taxes; entrance fees; baggage

handling; gratuities to local guides and drivers; pre-departure information;

coordination and administration; and $50,000 emergency medical

evacuation insurance.

TOUR COST EXCLUSIONS: US domestic and international airfare; meals

not specified in the itinerary; personal items such as laundry, fax or

telephone calls, liquor, room service, passport fees, reciprocity fee into

Argentina (approx. $140), excess baggage charges, individual transfers,

medical expenses, travel insurance, optional extensions or deviations from

the scheduled tour. Any increases in the in-tour airfare (included as part

of the program cost), airport taxes, security, or fuel surcharges imposed

after the initial pricing of this program are not included.

RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENT: To reserve your space on

this program, a $1,000 deposit is required per person. Please either call us

at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806 or fill out and mail or fax the registration

form found in the back of this catalog. Reservations are acknowledged in

Program Cost:

$10,595 per person, double occupancy

$12,440 single occupancy

(Limited and subject to availability, first-come,

first served)

SAMPLE INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE FROM

JFK…………………………$1,360

(Not included; price as of May 2012 and

subject to change)

OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR EXTENSION:

IGUAZÚ FALLS – OCT 30-NOV-2, 2012

$1,645 per person double occupancy

$735 single supplement

Rates are based on a minimum of 12

guests. Roundtrip flights to Iguazú Falls

from BuenosAires are not included

order of receipt until the maximum enrollment has been reached. Your final

payment is due August 3, 2012 and must be paid by check. Royal

Adventures handles all bookings, ticketing, and invoicing. CST #2009579-40

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: All cancellations must be made in writing to

the Harvard Alumni Association. Refunds, less a cancellation fee of $500

per person, are made if we are notified in writing on or before August 3,

2012. No refunds will be made after August 3, 2012. There are no refunds

for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features.

CHANGES IN ITINERARY AND COSTS: The itinerary is subject to change at

the discretion of HAA Travels and the tour operator. Deviations from the

scheduled itinerary are at the expense of the individual. All prices quoted

are based on fuel prices, airfare and currency exchange rates in effect at

the time of brochure printing and are subject to change. While the tour

operator will do everything possible to maintain the published trip price,

it may be necessary to institute a surcharge.

RESPONSIBILITY: A detailed statement of limitations and exclusion of

liability of HAA Travels and the tour operator will be provided to passengers

upon enrollment and is available to prospective travelers on request.

DISCLAIMER: Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the

accuracy of information presented in this publication. Neither HAA Travels

nor the tour operator is responsible for errors in or damages resulting

from use of the information contained herein. Information contained in this

brochure is subject to change.

QUESTIONS: Please call HAA Travels at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806,

email: haatravels@harvard.edu.

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LAND & RAIL:

VILLAGE LIFE ITALIAN

LAKE DISTRICT

sep 29-oCt 7, 2012

THE BEST OF

PATAGONIA, BUENOS

AIRES AND SANTIAGO

noV 2-16, 2012

marK vaN BaaLeN

EGYPT AND JORDAN

BY PRIVATE PLANE

deC 30, 2012-

Jan 13, 2013

PauL BeraN & HiLary

raNTiSi

MYSTICAL INDIA

Jan 3-20, 2013

Sue SCHoPF

BUENOS AIRES TO

MENDOZA

mar 12-23, 2013

THE MASTERS GOLF

TOURNAMENT

apr 10-13, 2013

BOTSWANA, ZAMBIA,

AND ZIMBABWE

apr 14-27, 2013

THE 139TH RUNNING

OF THE KENTUCKY

DERBY

may 2-5, 2013

MOROCCAN

DISCOVERY

may 11-24, 2013

SILK ROAD ODYSSEY:

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KAZAKHSTAN,

KYRGYZSTAN,

UZBEKISTAN,

TAJIKISTAN,

TURKMENISTAN

may 25-Jun 12, 2013

HIMALAYAN

KINGDOMS

may 31-Jun 14, 2013

MONGOLIA

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EXPLORING ICELAND

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CRUISES:

BORNEO &

SULAWESI: ACROSS

THE WALLACE LINE

ON ORION II

sep 15-oCt 2, 2012

ZariN maCHaNDa

VENICE TO

DUBROVNIK ON

SEA CLOUD II

oCt 2-9, 2012

SiDNey & CyNTHia

verBa

ANCIENT WONDERS:

HERAKLION TO

ANTALYA ON CLIPPER

ODYSSEY

OCT 6-18, 2012

ISTANBUL TO

GIBRALTAR:

HISTORY OF THE

MEDITERRANEAN

SEA ON

CORINTHIAN II

oCt 13-29, 2012

SICILY BY SEA ON

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oCt 22-31, 2012

CaTHeriNe mCKeNNa

THE ANCIENT COAST

OF TURKEY & THE

AEGEAN SEA

ISLANDS ON

CALLISTO

oCt 25-noV 3, 2012

CaroL SaiveTZ

SPLENDORS OF INDIA

WITH SRI LANKA &

MALDIVES ON

CLIPPER ODYSSEY

noV 18-deC 5, 2012

ANTARCTICA

PENINSULA ON

CORINTHIAN II

deC 30, 2012-

Jan 11, 2013

NATURAL &

ARCHAEOLOGICAL

TREASURES OF

BELIZE & GUATEMALA

ON YORKTOWN

Jan 5-13, 2013

HISTORY & GARDENS

OF THE CARIB-

BEAN: ROUND-TRIP

ANTIGUA ON SEA

CLOUD II

Jan 13-20, 2013

JoyCe CHaPLiN &

DaviD armiTaGe

BRUNEI TO BALI ON

CLIPPER ODYSSEY

FEB 11-27, 2013

INTO AFRICA ON

CORINTHIAN

Feb 17-mar 24, 2013

AUSTRALIA & NEW

ZEALAND

Feb 24-

mar 5, 2013

PAPUA NEW GUINEA,

YAP & PALAU ON

CLIPPER ODYSSEY

apr 16-may 2, 2013

NORTH AFRICA’S

MEDITERRANEAN

COAST THROUGH

THE CENTURIES ON

CORINTHIAN

apr 20-30, 2013

ECHOES OF THE PAST:

REMEMBERING THE

CIVIL WAR, A VOYAGE

BETWEEN SAVANNAH

AND RICHMOND ON

YORKTOWN

may 5-15, 2013

THE BRITISH ISLES

ON ISLAND SKY

may 11-24, 2013

DaNieL aLBriGHT

ARTISTIC TRADI-

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& JAPAN ON

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PROVENCE ON

CORINTHIAN

may 23-Jun 2, 2013

MALAGA TO BILBAO

ON SEA CLOUD II

JUN 2-13, 2013

CROATIA’S IDYLLIC

ISLANDS &

DALMATIAN COAST

ON CORINTHIAN

Jun 19-27, 2013

RIVERS & LAKES:

EGYPT AND THE NILE

ABOARD SUN BOAT III

Feb 26-mar 11, 2013

TREASURES OF

THE MISSISSIPPI

AND GULF COAST

ON YORKTOWN

mar 30-apr 9, 2013

FLEMISH

LANDSCAPES ON

AMALYRA

apr 12-23, 2013

PRAGUE TO PARIS

WITH A MAIN AND

RHINE RIVERS

CRUISE ON RIVER

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SAFARI

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GETAWAY

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A CHINA FAMILY

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