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OVERVIEW: Students and community members have participated in these highly subscribed tours for the past 30 years—tours that have attracted partici-pants ranging in age from 13 months to 92 years! Early application is imperative.

INCLUDED: Fare covers a fully escorted tour, tourist class hotel rooms with private baths, air/land transport, entrance fees, gratuities, daily meals as indi-cated, and—for students—4 units credit (a $2760 value). Not included: LAX airport transfers; $90 airport taxes (to be paid to La Sierra University cashier by Jan 10).

PAYMENT: Deposits are accepted on a first come/first served basis with full payment due by Jan 10. Post Jan 10 payment adds $300—if space remains. Community: mail payments to the Stahl Center. Students: pay $600 deposit by credit card or check to “La Sierra University Peru Tour” at the La Sierra University Cashier window. Place receipt and fully completed Tour App form under the Stahl Center door. Students receiving assistance from Student Fin Services, bring letter from counselor Letty Fonseca to the Stahl Center by Dec 17 verifying balance will be covered by Jan 15.

WAITING LIST: A waiting list is maintained in order of full payment submitted. (Credit card info or checks are held and activated only when space is confirmed.) REFUNDS: The $600 deposit will be refunded, less a $300 service fee, when cancellation intent sent via registered mail is received by Jan 10. Cancelation Jan 11-15 forfeits the full deposit. Cancellation and naming a tour replacement carries a $400 airline service fee. Cancellation due to illness results in limited tour insurance reimbursement. See under “Insurance,” below.

INSURANCE: Tour members agree to follow the tour itinerary in full and to refrain from such high-risk ventures as river rafting, bungee jumping, and on- or off-road motoring. Signed forms are submitted for such tour-provided coverage as:

  • lost luggage ($1,500)
  • medical ($140,000)
  • limited tour cancellation due to illness ($800)

Participants may increase coverage at their own expense.

RELEASE: Tour members sign a La Sierra University “hold harmless” agreement.

DOCUMENTS: Allow twelve weeks for processing a US passport. US citizens need only a valid passport (no visa) for Peru travel. Tour members are responsible for securing valid passports (and visas, where required). Minors (under age 18) not traveling with both parents must submit at airport a notarized statement signed by both parents (or legal guardians) listing tour dates/itinerary and giving permission for travel. La Sierra University is not responsible for denied travel due to insufficient documentation and there is no refund for unused services.

LUGGAGE: Limited to a checked wheeled suitcase (12”x14”x22” / 50 lb limit) plus a carry-on (17 lb limit) and a purse or laptop.

MEDICATIONS: No vaccinations are required by the CDC. The CDC recom-mends countering yellow fever, malaria, and hepatitis A. Given a one-day stay at an altitude of 12,500’ (plus three days at 10,000’) tour members should check on health requirements with their physician, including the advisability of taking Diamox or non-sulfur Nifedipine to combat altitude sickness and/or nausea. (Inland Empire info: the La Sierra University Travel Clinic is open on Wed afternoons 909.558.4594.)

MAIL: Check consistently and respond promptly to emails and US mail notices.

STUDENT COURSEWORK: Students registering for credit will begin the process in early Nov and aim to complete full course application by mid-December.

  • Sep: Project Winter Quarter course schedule with academic advisor. • Oct: Check with Fin Aid advisor to ascertain if monies are available for tour.
  • Oct: Pay $600 deposit to the La Sierra University Cashier ASAP to reserve a spot on the tour.
  • Jan 10: Pay any tour balance to La Sierra University Cashier, avoiding a $300 fare increase.
  • Jan 10–14: Purchase readings at LS 205 (c. $30 cash) & prepare Jan 30 assign.
  • Jan 30: Attend orientation 6–7:30 PM followed by initial class session / LS 204.
  • Feb 13, 27, Mar 6: Attend class, present assignments, take notes, engage!
  • Mar 25-Apr 1: Be in place, on task, on time—and creating a reflective journal!
  • Apr 24: Contribute to pot luck, submit assignments, write exam in LS 204, 2PMff. Note: above dates are required of students; community welcome on any/all dates.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE: Students earning credit attend in full 5-9 PM sessions on Jan 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 6; plus Apr 24 potluck/test, 2-5 PM.

  • Missing one session (or as much as two hours of one session) of the above five tour offerings results in the reduction of the course grade by a full letter.
  • Missing 6 hrs of the above five sessions forfeits the academic credit option. (Having paid out non-refundable costs, the student remains as a tour participant.)

PUNCTUALITY: Promptness re pre-tour activities at once fosters course integ-rity while at the same time setting the stage for equally disciplined on-tour expectations: being on tour / in place / on task / on time for presentations no less than for boarding airplanes, motor coaches, launches, donkeys, and taxi cholos.

NOTE: Tour rates reflect air and land costs, schedules, and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and subject to change.