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February 12 – 20, 2013 ($4,999 pp*)

Enter an unearthly natural world in an eight-day pre-cruise excursion to the Galapagos Islands. “See the world in a grain of sand” and hone your knowledge of evolution with your observations in the Galapagos, a self-contained natural history laboratory. We’ll tour Santiago, Chile, and straddle the Equator at the “Middle of the World” complex in Quito, Ecuador. Then off to the Galapagos for a four-night/five-day expedition on the mv Galapagos Legend. Accompanied by certified naturalists see the incredibly diverse flora and fauna up close. You’ll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel, and photograph legendary wildlife and wild landscapes. The package price includes all transportation, 4-night hotel accommodations in Chile and Ecuador, a 4-night Galapagos cruise, nearly all meals (19 in all), guides, escort, gratuities, and tours.

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pic of Easter Island Moai

February 16 – 20, 2013 ($2,249 pp*)

The moai of Easter Island linger in many a mind’s eye, monumental statues gazing inland, away from the South Pacific. Join Bright Horizons on a four-day pre-cruise excursion to explore the mysteries of Rapa Nui. Visit archaeological sites, learn about the complex cultural and natural history of the island, and absorb the ambiance of one of the most remote communities on Earth. Come along on an adventure where archaeology and environment create memories and food for thought. (We’ll be staying in the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa.)

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pic of Machu Picchu

February 15–20, 2013 ($4,499 pp*)

Scale the Andes and absorb Machu Picchu’s aura. Visit this legendary site of the Inca World, draped over the Eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes, wrapped in mystery. Whether it was an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti or a site for astronomical calculations, it captures the imagination. Visit Machu Picchu, and see for yourself the massive polished dry-stone structures, the Intihuatana (“Hitching Post of the Sun”), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Iconic ruins, rich flora and fauna, and incomparable views await your eye (and your lens).

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USHUAIA, ARGENTINA — Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The southernmost town in the world, where dominating peaks loom on three sides; the fourth opens to the Beagle Channel, where sea lions bellow and king crab rules.
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PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA — Saturday, March 2, 2013
Situated in rugged Argentine Patagonia, Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh immigrants in 1865. Enjoy a famous Welsh "tea" in the village of Gaiman; journey back in time 300 million years at the Paleontology Museum of Egidio Feruglio in Trelew; and see colonies of sea elephants, sea lions, and seals in their natural habitat at Punta Norte.
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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Tuesday, March 5, 2013
In the “Paris of South America,” find ten million portenos passionate about futbol, tango, and theater at midnight. A short flight away, Iguazu Falls roars in the jungle.
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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY — Monday, March 4, 2013
Friendly and genteel, Montevideo honors colonial customs: long lunches, siestas, high tea. Nearby: Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest city in Uruguay (ca. 1680) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Originally scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013
Itinerary Change Notification from Holland America:
Due to ongoing weather-related challenges with calling at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, we have made itinerary adjustments so that guests can plan accordingly. The call to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands has been replaced with a call to Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Weather permitting, we will revert back to the originally published itinerary with the call to the Falkland Islands.

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SANTIAGO, CHILE — Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A lush, irresistible tangle of serpentine streets, steep hills and 15 ascensores — ingenious antique trams. Nearby is the seaside resort of Vina del Mar.
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PUERTO MONTT, CHILE — Friday, February 22, 2013
This remote town, pioneered by Yugoslav settlers and sheep ranchers, sits on rolling hills overlooking the Strait of Magellan.
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PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE — Saturday, February 23, 2013
Here in the heart of the Chilean archipelago, discover stunning scenery: dense rain forests, bright-blue lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks.
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PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE — Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This remote town, pioneered by Yugoslav settlers and sheep ranchers, sits on rolling hills overlooking the Strait of Magellan.
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Gary Lagerloef, Ph.D.
Victor A. Ramos, Ph.D.
Michael Shermer, Ph.D.
Seth Shostak, Ph.D.
Christopher Sorensen, Ph.D.
Joao Varela, Ph.D.


Speakers have confirmed their intent to participate; however, scheduling conflicts may arise.


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Cruise prices vary from $1,599 for an Interior Stateroom to $5,599 for a Deluxe Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change.) For those attending our SEMINARS, there is a $1,575 fee. Taxes, Port Charges, and an Insight Cruises’ fee are $336 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

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The conference fee is $1,575 and includes all 24 seminars below. You may take every class — i.e., there will be no overlap as only one class will be going on at any one time. Classes only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.








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March 5 – 8, 2013
($1,999 pp)

Surround yourself with 260 degrees of 240 foot-high walls of water at Iguazu Falls. Straddling the Argentinian-Brazilian border, Iguazu Falls is split into about 270 discrete falls and at peak flow has a surface area of 1.3 million square feet. (By comparison, Niagara Falls has a surface area of under 600,000 square feet.) Iguazu is famous for its panoramic views and breath-taking vistas of huge sprays of water, lush rainforest, and diverse wildlife.

  • Day 1 (March 5) — Buenos Aires. Disembark, then fly to Iguazu. Tour of the Argentine side of the falls. The evening is on your own. Overnight Iguazu.
  • Day 2 — Iguazu Falls. Breakfast. Iguazu means “great water”, and after today you will understand why. Here are falls taller than Niagara and twice as wide! On today’s tour of the Argentine side of the falls (they span into Brazil as well), you’ll experience the thunder and mist of Iguazu’s more than 275 cascades. Overnight Iguazu.
  • Day 3 — Iguazu/Buenos Aires. Breakfast, then fly to Buenos Aires. Afternoon city sightseeing tour. Visit to La Recoleta Cemetery, where many famous Argentenians are buried. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
  • Day 4 (March 8) — Buenos Aires. Breakfast, then rest of the day at leisure. Late check out available until 6:00 pm. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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