We will leave the USA on the evening of December 27, 2016 and return the USA on the morning of January 7. You are responsible for your airfare, but Biocitizen will coordinate your flight so we arrive and leave Santiago’s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International airport as a group. At the moment, flights cost about $1,200-1.500 RT.
A tuition fee of $1,300.00 will be charged that covers:
- all educational services and events as defined in the course description
- all transportation in Chile
- in Pichilemu, and our Pacific biome:
- 5 nights surf house lodging near Punta de Lobos
- 4 days early-morning sun-salutation Ashtanga Yoga with certified instructors Emilio Huerta (Pichilemu) and Michelle Ryan (Northampton)
- 5 classic Chilean breakfasts and dinners
- 3 days of 1/2 day Superfun surfing instruction
- 4 days of wetsuit and surfboard rental (surf without instruction on 4th day)
In Termas de Flaco and our Andean biome:
—Termas de Flaco (1/2/17 and 1/5/17): 2 nights lodging, with dinners and breakfasts
—Tinguiririca Expedition: (1/3/17 to 1/5/17):
- professional guiding and mountaineering instruction by Superfun
- cramp-ons, ice-ax, helmet
- shared dome tents
- trail food and 2 breakfasts and dinners
- heavy gear portage by pack-horses
You will provide your own lunches, because we want you to investigate Chilean markets and cuisine. You cover any alcoholic beverages, one museum fee ($6 adult, $2 ISID) and the hot springs fee ($5.)
Tuition does not cover medical insurance for you, so if you are injured your own insurance will cover expenses. You will never be forced to do any surfing, hiking or mountaineering activity that you do not consent to, and accommodation will be made for you if would like to not participate in these activities. Our itinerary is set up to allow different levels of intensity to be experienced at the same time. To participate in Now Voyager you must sign a hold harm form for Biocitizen and Superfun.
What to Bring
You need beach clothes for Pichilemu, which has a Pacific mediterranean climate: warm and sunny and then cool and foggy, occasionally quite windy. Bring your laptop, cell phone, camera, toiletries, and whatever else you need (but be minimal please for we will be on the move). Pichilemu has most kinds of stores, and you can buy there whatever you have forgotten.
For Tinguiririca, where there are no shops, you need to bring what you would wear to climb Mt. Washington in June, where it is hot one moment and a snow squall or thunderstorm the next:
- sturdy hiking boots and 2 pair good wool socks
- rain pants and jacket that breathe
- fleece jacket and leggings
- capilene/merino wool shirt or two
- scarf, hat and gloves
- large day pack (we will have heavy gear carried for us, and establish a base camp at about 2,500km/8,000 ft, so we don’t need giant backpacks)
- walking poles (not totally necessary but good to have)
- water bottle, sunscreen, etc.
- a copy of Neruda’s Canto General.