March 28 to April 9, 2012
Travel to the tip of South America with two leading researchers of sustainability and the environment, Pamela Matson and Peter Vitousek.
Here, where the Andes mountain range rises majestically, gaze at native penguins, guanacos, rheas, foxes, elephant seals and whales. Aboard the MV Via Australis, navigate iceberg-dotted waters to reach the region’s spectacular glaciers. From the southernmost tip of South America, soak in the view at the mythical Cabo de Hornos and explore Torres del Paine at the foot of the Andean range, where dramatic mountain peaks reach up into billowing clouds. Enjoy full days of guided hikes and horseback rides along the shores of sapphire lakes, then relax in style and comfort at the exclusive Explora Lodge.
Professor Matson has worked in the area of environment and sustainability for over 20 years. She and her students and collaborators have worked on sustainability of agricultural systems.
Professor Vitousek and his laboratory have worked on the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; on biological invasions by exotic species and how they can change the functioning of whole ecosystems.
Pamela MatsonProfessor Matson has worked in the area of environment and sustainability for over 20 years. She and her students and collaborators have worked on sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; and the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers and other decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining livelihoods and human wellbeing.
- Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford
- Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair of Environmental Studies
- Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for Environment
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- BA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- MS, Indiana University
- PhD, Oregon State University
- MacArthur Fellowship recipient
- Lyman Award for faculty volunteer service
- McMurtry University Fellow for Undergraduate Education
Peter VitousekProfessor Vitousek and his laboratory have worked on the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; on biological invasions by exotic species and how they can change the functioning of whole ecosystems; and on the development and sustainability of agricultural systems in Polynesia, prior to European contact. Peter also co-directs Stanford's First Nations Futures Program, a consortium of Native Hawaiian and New Zealand Maori organizations that provides training in leadership and resource management.
- Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies
- Senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
- Senior Fellow (by courtesy), Freeman Spogli Institute
- Director, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Amherst College, 1971
- PhD, Biology, Dartmouth College, 1975
Wednesday & Thursday, March 28 & 29
DEPART U.S. / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to our hotel, located in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood. On a guided walking tour, explore nearby galleries, museums and cafes, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of Eva Peron. This evening, enjoy a festive welcome reception. LOI SUITES RECOLETA
Friday, March 30
Explore the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, “Paris of South America.” Visit the historical Plaza de Mayo (May Square) surrounded by the Government House, Metropolitan Cathedral and City Hall, seat of the former Spanish viceroys. Gaze upon the recently restored Teatro Colon, one of the world’s greatest opera houses. This evening, enjoy dinner and a spectacular tango performance at a traditional club. LOI SUITES RECOLETA (B,D)
Saturday, March 31
BUENOS AIRES / USHUAIA EMBARK VIA AUSTRALIS
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Set along the Beagle Channel and backed by snowcapped mountains, the city is reminiscent of a rugged frontier town. Spend the day hiking through the forests of Tierra del Fuego National Park, famous for its austere beauty. This afternoon embark the Via Australis and cruise along the Beagle Channel, the passage associated with Charles Darwin and named for the ship that carried him on his voyage of discovery from 1831 to 1836. Watch for fabled albatross and giant petrels as they soar above the ship’s wake. VIA AUSTRALIS (B,L,D)
Sunday, April 1
CAPE HORN, CHILE / WULAIA BAY
Weather permitting; take Zodiacs to the mythical Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later explore Wulaia Bay, once home to the region’s largest native settlement and where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage. Choose one of two walks and explore the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest. VIA AUSTRALIS (B,L,D)
Monday, April 2
CHICO INLET / PILOTO AND NENA GLACIERS
As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, watch for penguins, dolphins, sea lions and Andean condors, and view the amazing Gunther Pluschow Glacier. Explore Chico Inlet by Zodiac and get a close-up look at the Piloto and Nena glaciers. VIA AUSTRALIS (B,L,D)
Tuesday, April 3
MAGDALENA ISLAND / PUNTA ARENAS / TORRES DEL PAINE
This morning take a walk on Magdalena Island, uninhabited by people but home to a colony of Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern pampas. Check in to the stunning Explora Lodge in Torres del Paine National Park, our home for the next four nights. EXPLORA LODGE (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, April 4, 5 & 6
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy three full days exploring the most impressive region in southern Chile, Torres del Paine National Park. Visit Grey Lake with its incredibly blue ice sculptures and venture to Salto Grande, a glacial waterfall set amid stunning views of the majestic 11,000-foot-high Grand Paine Mountains. Each day, choose from a variety of activities. Hike through beech forests along the shore of Laguna Azul; enjoy a horseback ride through the windswept pampas; look for herds of guanacos and rheas, flamingos, condors, foxes and black-necked swans on a photo safari; and take advantage of Explora Lodge’s relaxing amenities and spectacular view of the Paine Massif. Throughout, enjoy our lecture program. We cap off our stay with a festive Patagonian barbecue at a traditional estancia. EXPLORA LODGE (ALL 3 DAYS: B,L,D)
Saturday, April 7
TORRES DEL PAINE / PUNTA ARENAS / SANTIAGO
Drive to Punta Arenas for our flight to Santiago, stopping for lunch along the way. Arrive in Santiago this evening and check in to our hotel. PLAZA EL BOSQUE PARK AND SUITES (B,L)
Sunday & Monday, April 8 & 9
SANTIAGO / U.S.
Our exploration of Santiago includes a walk through the historic center, a visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and lunch at Santiago’s spectacular fish market. Enjoy the late afternoon at leisure. Toast the conclusion of our journey at this evening’s farewell wine tasting, then transfer to the airport for overnight flights to Miami, arriving the next day and connecting to flights home. (4/8: B,L)
WHAT TO EXPECT
We consider this program to be a moderately active program that is at times physically demanding and busy. Daily programs involve one to three miles of walking, often on uneven terrain in national parks and nature preserves where paths can be rocky or slippery and may involve ascents or descents on steep hills. The late Patagonian summer offers relatively long, warm, sunny days and cool nights and mornings. Temperatures can range from the 70s (°F) during the day to the 50s at night. All four seasons can occur in one day with strong gusts of wind. Weather in Patagonia, as a general rule, is unpredictable. We welcome travelers 15 years of age and older on this program.
Limited to 38 participants
Rates start at $10,495 per person, based on double occupancy. Refer to the brochure for deck plan and pricing.
- 7 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations
- 3-night cruise aboard the Via Australis
- 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners On-tour flights
- Welcome and farewell receptions
- Bottled water on excursions
- Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and ship crew for all group activities
- All tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary
- Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days
- Port fees and embarkation taxes
- Minimal medical, accident and evacuation insurance
- Educational program with lecture series and pre-departure materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information
- Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program
- International and U.S. domestic airfare
- Passport, visa, and tourism fees
- Immunization costs
- Meals and beverages other than those specified as included
- Independent and private transfers
- Tripcancellation/ interruption and baggage insurance
- Excess-baggage charges
- Personal items such as email, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services
International and U.S. domestic airfare is not included in the program cost. Round-trip, economy-class airfare from San Francisco to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and return from Santiago, Chile, is approximately $1,300 as of June 2011 and is subject to change without notice.
In the uncertain, often volatile oil market of late, it is difficult to predict fuel costs over the long term and, more specifically, at the time of operation of this voyage. Our prices are based upon the prevailing fuel rates at the time of brochure printing. While we will do everything possible to maintain our prices, if the fuel rates increase significantly, it may be necessary to institute a fuel surcharge.
Terms and Conditions
We encourage membership in the Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $200 more than the members' price. Parents and their children under 21 may travel on one membership. For more information or to purchase a membership, visit www.stanfordalumni.org/membership or call (650) 725-0692.
Deposits, Payments and Cancellations
A $1,000 deposit is required to hold space. Deposits and any payments are fully refundable, less a $500-per-person cancellation fee, until 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply.
Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage under our group-travel insurance policy. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to optional baggage and trip-cancellation insurance. A brochure offering such insurance will be mailed with your confirmation about one week after we receive your deposit. The product offered in this brochure includes a special Waiver of Pre-Existing Conditions and coverage for Financial Insolvency and Terrorist Acts if you postmark your insurance payment within 15 days of the date listed on the confirmation letter.
The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is printed and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability.
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