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We invite MAA members to join the MAA Peru Expedition, July 7-19, 2008, and our pre-trip to the Galapagos Islands. These extraordinary locations offer some of the most exhilarating cultural, wild, and archaeological sights in South America. This will truly be a journey of a lifetime, with a special focus on mathematics of the Incas!
Cuzco and Machu Picchu!
Our 13-day expedition to Peru will explore the cultural heritage and scenic wonders of this Andean nation, with a special look at the great archaeological/mathematical sites in Peru, and its mathematical heritage including quipus, ethnomathematics, mathematical history, and current mathematics education. Sites will include the Inca capitol of Cuzco (the “center of the world” in the Quechua language); Machu Picchu, the heart of the Inca Empire and one of the archaeological wonders of the world; and the Nazca Lines, 2,000-year-old figures of butterflies, hummingbirds, and a condor. In addition, we will explore the step pyramids of Pachacamac, the Urubamba Valley, Chincheros, and the fabulous museums in Lima, site of some of the earliest mathematical publications in the Western Hemisphere.
Co-leading this expedition will be Dr. Douglas Sharon, retired director of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and a Peru expert, and Carrie Brezine, a Ph. D. candidate at Harvard University and khipus (quipus) expert.
Doug Sharon is a popular leader of Peru Expeditions for AAAS and Sigma Xi. His research focus is the diverse cultures of Latin America and the shaman’s ancient healing art. He was instrumental in acquiring protection for Chachapoya mummy bundles found in steep cliff tombs on the edge of the Peruvian jungle. He currently is doing research in Peru and establishing a nonprofit to further ethnobotanical research in Peru.
Carrie Brezine received her BA in Mathematics at Reed College and is manager of the database of khipus (quipus) at Harvard. She has lived and traveled extensively in Peru and in Europe to study the importance of khipus. She speaks Spanish and Quechua and is a weaver in the Andean tradition. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the advances the Incas have given to science, mathematics, agriculture, and local cultures.
We will explore four types of mathematical content on the trip:
Please join us as
we explore the heritage of Peru!
PERU DAILY ITINERARY
DAY 1 - MIAMI
TO LIMA, PERU
DAY 2 - LIMA
CITY TOUR & ANTHRO/ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
DAY 3 - LIMA
GOLD MUSEUM & NATIONAL LIBRARY
DAY 4 - PURUCHUCO
DAY 5 - LIMA
TO PACHACAMAC & NAZCA
DAY 6 - NAZCA
DAY 7 - BALLESTAS
ISLANDS TO LIMA
DAY 8 - LIMA
TO CUZCO & PISAC
DAY 9 - CHINCHEROS
DAY 10 - MACHU
PICCHU & CUZCO
DAY 11 - CUZCO
DAY 12 - CUZCO
DAY 13 - MIAMI
Peru Expedition Fee: $3,995 per person twin share (plus air fare of $650 plus tax per person from Miami to Lima, round trip on American Airlines, plus $295 in-tour flights).
Singles: We encourage singles to register twin share. If you do not have a roommate, you must pay the $795 additional cost for single accommodations. Limited singles are available.
Expedition Fee Includes: Land transport; group airport transfers; accommodations twin share in first class and country-style hotels which reflect the cultural heritage of Peru; meals as indicated; group entrance fees; tips to local guides and drivers; baggage handling; leadership, administration.
Expedition Fee Excludes: Air fare (quoted separately); some meals; independent transfers; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, bottled water, snacks, passport, personal insurance, or Foreign Airport Departure Tax.
What to Expect: This expedition is planned for the travel enthusiast who would enjoy exploring and learning about the fascinating cultural heritage of Peru, with a special look at mathematical aspects of the Incas and other early cultures. Visit cities and villages, museums, and archaeological sites and discover the coastal desert, Paracas wildlife reserve, the high Andes, and attractive Inca and Spanish Peruvian people. Travel is by motorcoach, train to Machu Picchu, and scheduled flights with daily outings on foot of 1 to 2 miles at a leisurely pace.
be in the 60's to 80's during the day, and may drop into the low 50's
in the Andes at night. We will spend several days at elevations from 7,500
- 11,000 feet. If concerned, please consult your physician before registering
for this expedition. (No smoking in vehicles, during lectures, or meals,
Reservations, Deposits & Payments: The Peru Expedition is limited to 30 paying participants. To ensure your place on the expedition, please send your deposit of $500 per person to:
Final payment is due 90 days before departure.
Cancellations & Refunds: The initial deposit is refundable up to 90 days before departure, less a handling fee of $100 per person. There is no refund for any cancellation after the 90-day period. No refunds are made for unused services. Trip cancellation insurance will be offered for purchase which will protect passengers in the event of unexpected medical problems. Passengers with pre-existing medical conditions can be protected by purchasing the insurance within 14 days of the date on their confirmation letter. This would allow you to get reimbursed for your trip payments by the insurance company.
Questions? Please call:
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
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