2019 trips

All our 2019 trips are listed below. You can also download the PCC 2019 travel booklet (coming soon).

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Adventure

The Northern Lights of Finland

November 19 – 26, 2019

Aurora Borealis

Set off to explore Finland and go in search of the shimmering Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Come to know Finnish culture and history on a tour of Helsinki with a local expert. Savor the local cuisine in Helsinki’s restaurants. Experience rugged Lapland during a 3-night stay in the north of Finland. Overnight surrounded by wilderness in a glass igloo and a Finnish log cabin. Sip warm berry juice, a Finnish winter tradition. Meet Santa Claus in his home. Embark on a reindeer safari with a local farmer. Mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh, and lead your own dog sled team. One dynamic experience follows another on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Finland.

Download the Northern Lights of Finland Itinerary.

Cultural

Switzerland: Hidden Trails and Majestic Peaks

September 20 – 29, 2019

Zermatt, Switzerland.Discover a world of pastoral splendor, where the history of the Belle Époque is preserved in awe-inspiring architecture, all set to the grand backdrop of the Alps. Nestled between four countries is a land where crystalline lakes sit amidst mountain peaks, and lush green valley’s yield centuries-old vineyards. This is the home of the Matterhorn and Lake Geneva, where chocolate is high art and culture is intrinsic. You’ve booked passage to Switzerland – via the absolute best way to explore it – the Swiss Railway. Start among the historic architecture of Neuchatel, wrought in the grand Belle Époque style. Walk through centuries-old vineyards and taste unparalleled Swiss wine. Soak in views of the Matterhorn from the picturesque mountain town of Zermatt. Sample legendary Laderach chocolate as you watch chocolatiers work their confectionary craft. See the magnificent landscape roll past your window as the train moves through the country’s peaks and valleys. Use your Swiss Travel Pass, which grants you unlimited access to the country’s transportation network, along with complimentary entrance into all of Switzerland’s 500 museums. Get ready for a remarkable Swiss journey that you’ll never forget.

Download the Switzerland: Hidden Trails and Majestic Peaks itinerary.

Culture, Spirit and Crafts behind El Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico

October 27 – November 4, 2019

Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman in Oaxaca, Mexico

This special journey highlights the culture and indigenous spiritual roots, of the Oaxacan Day of the Dead. The celebrations take place over several days with most activities taking place October 31st to November 2nd. Our journey compliments these activities by exploring what takes place before and after these dates. Meet with educators, human rights activists, farmers, artists and tradespeople to get a more intimate understanding of Mexico’s past and present. Visit important historical and archeological sites during our time together to learn about the ancient history of the indigenous cultures of MesoAmerica. Learn why Día de Muertos is such a significant celebration for the people of Oaxaca. Experience the bustling market culture where everyone goes to buy the things they need. Indulge in the special foods that are prepared at this time of year, like chocolate, tamales, and black moles.

Download the Culture, Spirit and Crafts behind El Did de Los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico itinerary. (coming soon)

Culture and World Heritage of Cambodia and Laos

December 9 – 20, 2019

Angkor Wat at sunrise, famous temple at Siem Reap, Cambodia.PCC and AltruVistas present Culture and World Heritage in Cambodia and Laos! Support local artisans, engage in local communities, and appreciate the ancient wonders of Cambodia and Laos. Tour Siem Reap and shop at Artisans of D’Angkor. Enjoy lunch at a vocational school and training project. Stand in awe of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world with a special visit to Caneay Srei, the “Citadel of Women.” Depart for Tonle Sap Lake to visit an environmental center within a floating village. Before transferring to Laos, have some hands-on time at a textile dying facility and training program. In Laos, spend the majority of your time in Luang Prabang, learning about the expansive history, religion, and architecture of the town. Engage with local conservation efforts with a visit to a sun bear rescue and refuge. and Learn about elephant conservation the Elephant Park Project.

Download the Culture and World Heritage of Cambodia and Laos itinerary. 

Educational

 

Sacred Sites and World Heritage in Peru

September 6 – 15, 2019

Peru stirs the imagination with incredible cultural and biodiversity and this PCC journey brings you to the best of world heritage and archeological sites. This trip provides an opportunity to visit the Capital City of Lima, where you will take a plane to see these massive sites from the skies. We travel to enjoy some wonderful coastal and marine biodiversity and along the way meet with artisans and educators making a change in their communities. We end our journey in the mountains of Peru which contain a plethora of ancient Inca temples, Spanish colonial towns, and breathtaking Andean vistas. We will discover the magnificent capital of Cusco, hike to ruins in the Urubamba Valley, meet artisans and archaeologists, and learn about the shamanic arts in the Sacred Valley. We will spend a full day roaming the enchanting ruins of Machu Picchu.

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Conservation

 

Baja Ocean Wildlife Expedition

March 7 – 14, 2020

Grey whale breaching, Baja California, MexicoSea turtles, friendly whales, whale sharks, and sea lions! Spend a week studying and observing the incredible ocean life of Baja with Portland-area non-profit SEE Turtles. We will stay in La Paz and a tent camp in Magdalena Bay. Highlights include sea turtle research, a visit to Todos Santos and Espiritu Santo Island, and snorkeling with or observing whale sharks, sea lions, and gray whales.

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