A PILGRIMAGE TO SOUTH AMERICA
11 DAYS: NOVEMBER 5 -15, 2018 - SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE - $3549

Dear Friends,
Many of you know that South America has been my home since February 2016.  I hope you might be able to join me for this pilgrimage through this beautiful continent.  We will begin in Buenos Aires, reflecting on the life & ministry of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, better known as Pope Francis.  
We will then enjoy the beauty of God’s creation at Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina & Brazil.  We next go to Lima visiting one of the poor parishes of the St. James Society, and pray at the tombs of Saints Rosa of Lima and Martin de Porres. 
 
Finally, we visit the beautiful city of Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire, and the magnificent rediscovered city of Machu Picchu, a spiritual center for the Incas.  An option to the pilgrimage is to visit my current home and ministry in the Peruvian Andes.  Please take into consideration for those who might have health problems: the city of Cusco is at 11,000 feet, and the optional visit to my town will take us up to 15,000 feet.
Feel free to contact me at johnpro50@gmail.com with any questions you think that the Holy Land Travel Center would not be able to answer.
 
Christ’s Blessings of Joy and Peace to you.
Father John Prochaska
 
NOVEMBER 5 DAY 1: DEPARTURE / BUENOS AIRES: Today we depart for our overnight flights to Buenos Aires with meals and beverages served aloft. 
 
NOVEMBER 6 DAY 2: ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES: Upon arrival at Buenos Aires airport we are greeted by our HLTC representative and continue to our hotel for check in.
Overnight: Buenos Aires (B, D)
 
NOVEMBER 7 DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR:  We immediately begin our city tour with a visit of the symbol of the city, the Obelisk monument built in 1936 in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the city. Enjoy the Spanish-inspired squares such as: Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin, and Plaza Congreso. Visit the historic neighborhoods like San Telmo, La Boca, Lezama, and Tres de Febrero Parks. Continue on to visit St Mary Parish, church of the Eucharistic Miracle approved by Pope Francis when he was Cardinal there. We then visit the Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento to celebrate mass before returning to our hotel for check in.
Overnight: Buenos Aires (B, D)      
 
NOVEMBER 8 DAY 4: EARLY LIFE OF POPE FRANCIS: After breakfast, onto Flores to join the  Pope Francis tour of Buenos Aires. See where the Pope, aka Jorge Bergoglio, grew up and was educated. Start our tour at the place where he lived with his parents and siblings during his first years of life. Visit formative edicational institutions, such as college of our lady Mercy and Universidad Salvador, a Jesuit University. See where the Pope took his sacraments and received his religious vocation, including Basilica of San José de Flores, where he devoted his life to God when he was just 17 years old. In addition to educational and religious sites, visit the San Lorenzo de Almagro Athletic Club, where you’ll learn about the pope’s love of football (soccer). Continue to the San Ignacio de Loyola Church and then to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, which overlooks Plaza de Mayo. In the evening join optional Senor Tango and Dinner show. 
Overnight: Buenos Aires (B, D) 
 
NOVEMBER 9 DAY 5: LIMA PERU: This morning we transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima, Peru. We continue to the St. James Society Center in Barranco for check in. Evening is at leisure to walk down to the Plaza, down to the beach, or enjoy one of the nice nearby restaurants. We then return to the St. James Center for Mass.
Overnight: Barranco (B, D) 
 
NOVEMBER 10 DAY 6: LIMA / BARRANCO / MIRAFLORES: After breakfast, join a city tour of Lima, the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture. Visit the Plaza de Armas of Lima, passing by the Lima Cathedral, the   Government Palace, and Municipal Palace. Continuing to visit the Dominican Convent and pray at the tombs of St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres. We then visit the Franciscan Convent including the basement of bones and Señor de los Milagros en el Santuario de Las Nazarenas de Lima. We enjoy a tour of the Cathedral and the Archbishop Residence just before traveling to the top of Cerro San Cristobal for a beautiful view of Lima. This evening we celebrate mass at the Dominican Convent before returning to the St. James Center.
Overnight: Barranco (B, D) 
 
NOVEMBER 11 DAY 7: LIMA: We begin our morning with a visit to one of the parishes developed by the priests of the St. James Society in a poor area of Lima and join the community for a Spanish Mass. We then visit the Inca Market, and then take a quick break in the heart of Miraflores at the all-famous La Lucha Sangucheria. Afterwards we will visit the beautiful parks of Miraflores, to “Look at the Flowers,” and that we will do in addition to soaking up the local traditions and culture of the Limeños. 
Overnight: Barranco (B, D)
 
NOVEMBER 12 DAY 8: LIMA / CUZCO:  After breakfast, transfer to airport and take a flight to Cuzco. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, join the city tour of Cusco, the old capital of the Inca Empire. You will start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" the construction of which was ordered by famous Inca Emperor Pachacutec (1438-1471). Temple was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Mass celebration will be held at the Santo Domingo Church (Convent). Continue to the Cuzco Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square. 
Overnight: Cuzco (B, D)
 
NOVEMBER 13 DAY 9: CUZCO/ SACRED VALLEY / MACHU PICCHU: Early breakfast and see nearby ruins and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the Cristo Blanco, spectacularly set above the city.  We drive to the Sacred Valley of Incas. We will visit the  historical town of Pisac with its colorful market. Lunchin Pisac. We then head to Ollanta station to take a train to Aguas Calientes which is the gateway city to Machu Picchu. 
Overnight: Machu Picchu (B, D)
 
NOVEMBER 14 DAY 10: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO:  After breakfast, we will visit, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The legendary Lost City of Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site in all of South America, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your first view of the ruins really does take your breath away. Enjoy exploring the ancient citadel, its corridors, ceremonial centers, and terraces with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley. After lunch, we will return to the Aguas Calientes train station to board our train back to the Ollantaytambo. 
Overnight: Cusco (B, D) 
 
NOVEMBER 15 DAY 11: LIMA: This morning we have frree time in Cusco before we head to the airport for our flight to Lima.
 
NOVEMBER 16 DAY 12: ARRIVE HOME: Today we arrive home in San Francisco, carrying with us memories and keepsakes that will last a lifetime.
 

OPTIONAL 4 DAY EXTENSION TO TOCROYO
 November 15 - 18, 2018 
$350 Special Discount Price ~ Double Occupancy
 
NOVEMBER 15 DAY 11: CUSCO / TOCROYO:  Travel to Tocroyo (aka Pallpata or Hector Tejada), the current home of Fr. John.  It is located at 13,000 feet in the alti-plano of the Andean Mountains and travel up to altitudes over 15,000 feet.
 
NOVEMBER 16 - 17: DAYS 12 – 13 TOCROYO:  During the next two days we will visit one or more parishes and ministries of Fr. John and celebrate daily Mass in Spanish/Quechua.  We will continue to enjoy the mountains, ranch land, animals, and the local foods. Evening at leisure.  Saturday after lunch, we return to Cusco for overnight. 
 
NOVEMBER 18 DAY 14:  CUSCO / RETURN HOME: This morning we transfer to the airport to board our return flights home with memories and keepsakes to last a lifetime. 
 
NOVEMBER 19 DAY 15: ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO: Today we arrive home in San Francisco, carrying with us memories and keepsakes that will last a lifetime.