Educational Vacations: U.S.S.R. Tour, South America Tour, and Kenya Safari

In 1979 the magazine was preparing several educational vacations, including a South America tour, tour of the USSR, and a Kenya safari.

| May/June 1979

It's about to happen! In just a few short weeks (on May 31), MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Health and Nutrition U.S.S.R. tour (arranged by the Citizen Exchange Corps) will be off on a three-weeks-plus study of the secrets of the amazing centenarians of the Caucasus! Better yet, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has opened up the trip to make space for any of you folks who might still decide that you just have to go along.

Of course, the big excursion to the U.S.S.R. is only one of the educational vacations that this magazine has planned for the coming months. And, after you've read the descriptions that follow, we're sure you'll agree that every single one of our tours is something special.

South America Tour: From Andes to Amazon!

Under the guidance of two experts on South American travel (Glynn Custred, professor of anthropology at California State University, Hayward, and Rosalie Rienzo, professor of Spanish at Merced College), we' ll study the people and cultures past and present of the Andes and the Amazon. (The cost of this unforgettable journey is $1,490 plus airfare. The trip will be so comprehensive that—as is true of all our other foreign tours—you can even get college credit for it!)

Our expedition (July 7-29) will begin in Ecuador—the Switzerland of South America—where snow-capped volcanoes surround lush fields of alpine foliage. It would be hard to imagine a more invigorating environment, and the valley in which Quito—our first stop—sits simply begs to be explored and photographed.

The heart of old Quito, known as "El Centro," is an exotic jumble of white colonial-style buildings, narrow cobbled streets, and bustling activity. Its many fine restaurants, often located in beautiful ancient homes, offer a range of excellent food (including huge steaks for $5.00 or less! ) and some of the richest coffee in the world. You'll be able to roam through back streets and byways, and dicker with the Indians who sell their wares along the roadsides. Gaily embroidered shirts can be bought for $6.00 to $10.00, while equivalent bargains can be had on rugs, wall hangings, wood carvings, and a seemingly endless variety of other handcrafted items.

Next, we'll explore the "Lake Country" of northern Ecuador. This portion of our trip will take us to the Otavalo region, where each village is known for a particular skill. In one settlement, for example, everybody is a wood carver. In another, the entire populace makes marzipan Christmas ornaments. And in yet a third hamlet, weaving looms clatter in every dimly lit house and back rooms crawl with the guinea pigs which are being fattened prior to roasting.

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