Equador & Peru Study Tour
- This tour has already taken place and is now here as an archive
- James McDonaugh
This is no ordinary trip to South America, but one designed exclusively for The Course. While most tours devote themselves to Peru, we will also visit Ecuador, one of the continent's most unusual, scintillatingly beautiful and historically important countries.
The variety of experiences will be breathtaking: landscapes from 'The Lost World'; Inca remains at Machu Picchu; wonderful gardens; stunning 16th and 17th century European architecture in both Ecuador and Peru; textile markets of the Indians; exciting cuisine and indigenous artefacts of enormous beauty lost to the canon of art history. The odyssey will be a revelation for both first time and regular visitors.
We will travel in comfort and stay at the best hotels available.
We are limiting numbers to approximately 15 participants.
The expertise we have is second to none. The trip is designed by one of Britain's leading specialists on tourism in South America, Georgina Marten-Cruz. We will of course be accompanied by the best English speaking guides and specialists for the sites and museums.
James McDonaugh will give daily lectures, whose aim will be to set the local art in context and draw out wider links with European art and culture. His lectures will cover history, art, sculpture, architecture, literature, theology and archaeology. He has been a regular visitor to South America for over 15 years.
James McDonaugh is an art history lecturer who has led tours for academic bodies in the UK and America including the Art Fund, The Courtauld Institute and Historic New England. Combining a deep knowledge of art, literature, history and theology, his aim is 'to bring to life some of the most beautiful objects and places of interest'. James has an MA in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford, and a diploma in Art History and an MA in Architectural History from the Courtauld Institute. He runs his own business, ArtTours, for private clients and led a hugely successful tour of Istanbul for us in 2009.
Your tour manager
Georgina Marten-Cruz has run a tourism business in Ecuador for over 30 years since moving there from England in the 1970s. She has arranged many VIP visits from Britain, including the recent visit of Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall to Ecuador. She has unparalleled access in both countries. In addition to designing our tour, we are very lucky to have her as our tour manager so that we benefit daily from her passion and expertise.
Swissotel, 5* Quito view website »
Located in the centre of Quito and overlooking Cotopaxi and Pichincha volcanoes, this luxurious hotel has oversized guest rooms with anti-allergic pillows, audio systems in the bathrooms, 29" cable tvs, CD players, in-room high speed internet access and many other facilities. It has its own spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and many fine restaurants.
Hacienda Zuleta, 5* Angochagua view website »
Two hours north of Quito, in the spectacular Andean mountain range and 9,600ft above sea level, Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres belonging to Galo Plaza Iasso, a former president of Ecuador. It was chosen as one of the world's "Top Ten Finds" by Outside magazine. The hacienda has 15 bedrooms each with its own fireplace. Home cooking and regional cuisine is offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda.
The Country Club Hotel, 5* Lima view website »
Located in San Isidro, the exclusive residential and commercial district of Lima, 15 minutes from the city centre, The Country Club Lima Hotel built in 1927 was completely remodelled in 2008 and is considered Lima's finest hotel. It has more than 300 pieces of original artwork and colonial furniture on loan from the Pedro de Osma Museum. The 83 rooms and suite accommodation combine unbelievable modern luxury and traditional Peruvian design.
Sol y Luna Hotel, 4* Sacred Valley of the Incas view website »
Only 1 km from the town of Urumbamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the 28 bungalows which make up this hotel are enclosed in a red-walled courtyard surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and beautiful gardens. It has a fine restaurant and luxurious spa.
La Casona Inkaterra, 5* Cusco view website »
Cusco's first boutique hotel is a converted 16th century conquistador's house and has been carefully restored to retain its historical heritage capturing the sense of privacy and privilege of those who once lived here. Surrounding an inner courtyard, the eleven suites have real fires in the bedrooms and colossal bathrooms.
The price includes:
- Lecturing by James McDonaugh
- The services of tour manager
- The services of English speaking local guides
- 9 lunches and 4 dinners
- International Flights on Iberia Economy Class
- International flights on Taca airlines
- All ground transport
- All domestic flights
- All museum and site entrance costs
- All hotels
- All Airport taxes, local taxes and tips
The price does not include:
- Early check-in / late check-out services
- Personal expenses
- Drinks during meals, hotel extras
This visit is arranged through ArtTours who are responsible for all the travel arrangements. Please refer to ArtTours Booking Terms And Conditions. In relation to any flights booked as part of the tour, ArtTours works with Lupus Travel Limited to ensure that all participants receive proper financial protection for flights booked as part of a tour. Lupus Travel Limited has an ATOL number of 2551 and is a member of ABTA with membership numbers E3558 and V4886.
This programme is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur.
Book your place
This course has already taken place and is here as an archive. If you are interested in taking part in a future study tour, please get in touch:
- Mary Bromley
- 020 7266 7815
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