Peruvian girl wearing national dress
wherever we turned smiling faces and vibrant colours greeted us
Experience the inspiration of travel Travel has the ability to take us away from the ordinary; the every day. It enables us to see the world through new eyes and understand our place in it. Whether to remote destinations which are off the beaten track or to well-trodden sophisticated urban centres, there are new experiences to be had and local cultures to absorb. When you put yourself in the hands of A&K, you do so in the knowledge that for over 50 years we have been building a global business taking you to destinations near and far in seamless style and comfort. We make sure everything is organised so you don’t need to lift a finger, even in the most rugged locations. You’ll be put up in the most fitting lodgings whether an elegant palace hotel, an outback station or a traditional felt tent. Luxury for us is the quality of the service and the experiences you’ll have. No matter how or where you travel, we will ensure your holiday includes just the right amount of activity and adventure, the most suitable modes of transport, meals that reflect the local cuisine and leisure time when it’s needed most. You can feel perfectly comfortable and secure with the backing of our 52 offices worldwide and over 2,000 staff whose number one goal is your satisfaction. Find an inspiring collection of travel ideas right here and let us deliver what we do best.
Geoffrey Kent Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies @geoffrey_kent
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the stillness and sheer magnitude of the landscape was truly momentous
Contents A&K Philanthropy
The A&K Difference
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Map 10 Latin America 12 Peru, Argentina, Brazil 14 Ecuador 16 Galapagos Islands 18 Peru 21 Peru & Bolivia 26 Chile & Bolivia 28 Chile 30 Chile & Argentina 32 Argentina 33 Argentina & Brazil 34 Brazil 36 Colombia 38 Mexico 40 Cuba 42 Costa Rica 43 Hosted Small Group Journeys
Luxury Cruise Tour
Latin America Hotels, Lodges & Cruises 46 Terms & Conditions
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NiĂąos del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow), Peru
important work is being done to educate young people
Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy A deep-rooted consideration for the natural world infuses each and every Abercrombie & Kent journey. A&K believes passionately that travel should both respect the natural environment and benefit the indigenous people whose lands we visit. For over 30 years, A&K has been intimately involved in the support of these communities, their environments and their ecosystems. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, guided by Vice Chairman Jorie Butler Kent, facilitates our commitment to socially and ecologically responsible travel worldwide, as well as helping our guests to become actively involved in these efforts. Every Abercrombie & Kent office plays an important hands-on role in its community, proudly sponsoring projects directly benefiting the local people and environment. For example, in Peruâ€™s Sacred Valley the NiĂąos del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow) project supplies meals, medical care, education and hope for children in the Sacred Valley of the Incas who are exposed to many risks as a result of deep poverty. Tourism has the potential to enrich yet also threaten the fabric and spirit of fragile destinations. Travellers have the opportunity to visit these properties and see the excellent work being done or take a more hands on approach with full day volunteer opportunities available. Programmes marked with a represent opportunities for travellers to be personally involved in these projects. Please speak to an A&K Travel Specialist if you wish to incorporate some volunteer work into your itinerary. For further information please visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au/philanthropy
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Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
the road took us high into the altiplano where the landscapes were startling
The A&K Difference 50 YEARS & COUNTING
A GLOBAL NETWORK
For over half a century, Abercrombie & Kent has been a pioneer in the world of luxury travel, seeking at every turn to redefine the notion of what is possible on holiday. We have made it our business to specialise in destinations and itineraries that are extraordinary and specially tailored to your needs.
Flexibility and exclusivity are paramount, so with A&K you travel solely with your chosen partner or companions. In contrast to other travel companies who solely rely on third parties to create their programmes and support them on the ground, our A&K itineraries are backed by over 2,200 handpicked staff across our 53 offices worldwide. We know that through our global network of experts, we have the knowledge and resources to create memorable journeys and take care of every detail before, during and after your journey.
With experience comes excellence and reliability and with A&K this translates to peace of mind and security. Our guests are our priority. You are looked after from beginning to end and beyond. Even when unexpected events occur or things don’t go to plan because of circumstances beyond A&K’s control we’ll go the extra mile for your wellbeing. DEDICATED EXPERTISE Our expert team of Travel Specialists regard travel not as an occasional diversion, but as a calling that stimulates the mind and nourishes the spirit. Exceptionally well-travelled individuals, they are on call for recommendations, guidance and first hand feedback. Staying in constant touch with A&K’s partners and network of offices throughout the world also means the most up-to-date information is at their fingertips. All this translates to the best experience for you. SEAMLESS PRIVATE JOURNEYS For 55 years we have researched every destination we go to. Itineraries are subjected to close scrutiny and every element of a journey is carefully considered in terms of logistics and guest enjoyment. The result is the selection of holidays featured in this brochure, each one tried and tested, presenting the destination in the best possible way, in seamless style and comfort. These journeys are all designed to give you an experience beyond compare and all are operated on a private basis just for you and your travelling companion. CUSTOMISED FOR YOU A&K also offers a bespoke service, personally customising an itinerary incorporating your individual interests and needs. Our Travel Specialists deliver one-on-one consultations, taking the time to understand the destinations, experiences and elements that constitute your ideal holiday. With this information and the ongoing feedback received from our other travellers and partners, we recommend the best holiday for you – whether an itinerary from the brochure or one that is developed to fit your personal situation.
OUR GUIDES It is often said that a guide has the ability to make or break a special journey. We concur. A&K’s guides are the best in the business and are guaranteed to deliver a superlative experience each and every time. All are blessed with extensive knowledge and the ability to bring local attractions to life. Multilingual and well-travelled, each possesses insight into the diverse attractions and cultural interactions present throughout the region. Irrespective of the destination, our guides will enlighten you in every locale with insider information that adds depth to your holiday. HOSTED JOURNEYS Also available is A&K’s exclusive portfolio of expertled small group journeys taking guests to a variety of different destinations around the world. The journeys are creatively designed with educational elements and local encounters that broaden the mind and deliver in-depth experiences of the destinations, their people, wildlife and culture. Group sizes are no more than 18 with expert tour hosts who are both entertaining and charismatic travelling companions with strong connections to the destination or expertise relevant to the journey focus. See page 44 for our Hosted Journeys in this region. LUXURY CRUISE TOURS Our latest concept in group touring is a collection of specially designed itineraries combining a luxury or expedition cruise with exclusive A&K land arrangements. Group sizes are limited to 24 with an A&K Tour Director and expert local guides throughout. All flights ex Australia are included and departures guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests. Luxurious well located hotels are included with upgraded room categories. On all cruises, upgraded cabin types with balconies are included as is breakfast and many other meals, with special welcome and farewell dinners. See page 45 for our cruise tour in Patagonia.
Abercrombie & Kent works with the best airlines to fly you around the world. Our preferred partners are listed below.
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START EARNING QANTAS POINTS Earn 1 Qantas Point for every AUD$1 spent on eligible itineraries.
Abercrombie & Kent is delighted to announce that guests can now earn Qantas Points when booking a luxury holiday. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 1 Qantas Point for every dollar spent on an A&K land itinerary of seven nights or more* (excludes taxes and credit card fees). Qantas Frequent Flyers who book a tour with A&K using their Qantas Frequent Flyer linked credit card will also earn additional points**. Please do take the time to visit our website where we are also highlighting the potential points you could earn when booking eligible itineraries. Start exploring today, book your qualifying holiday and you could be closer to your dream reward, whether it be a flight to an exotic destination, a shopping voucher or one of the many other rewards available through Qantas Frequent Flyer. You could earn 15,095 points per member.
You could earn 12,950 points per member.
‘Wonders of South America’ itinerary (page 14) Valued from $15,095 per person twin share.
‘Chile & Argentina in Style’ itinerary (page 32) Valued from $12,950 per person twin share.
*You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer Member to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and the earning and redemption of Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Terms and Conditions, available at qantas.com/terms Qantas Frequent Flyer Members can earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on Eligible Products. Eligible Product(s) means any new International and Domestic private tour land itinerary booking of seven nights or more, created by Abercrombie & Kent, excluding flights (Eligible Booking). Qantas Points shall be awarded to you based upon the final amount spent on any Eligible Booking. Where a refund is applied after you return from your Eligible Booking, the final amount of Qantas Points awarded will be determined by the final amount paid less the refund amount. If Eligible Bookings are made in currencies other than AU$, the number of Qantas Points earned will be calculated based on the exchange rate of the day when final payment was made. Full terms and conditions can be found at abercrombiekent.com.au/qantas-frequent-flyer/abercrombie-kent-qantas-frequent-flyer-terms-and-conditions. **Card products referred to are not Qantas products and not offered or issued by Qantas but by the relevant Card partners. The applicable Card Partner is the credit provider and credit licensee under the National Consumer Credit laws. 8 | Latin America
WIN YOUR SHARE OF 600,000 QANTAS POINTS Abercrombie & Kent has been pioneering experiential luxury travel since 1962 and is delighted to be partnering with Qantas Frequent Flyer. To celebrate our new partnership, weâ€™re giving three lucky guests the chance to share in 600,000 Qantas Points. To enter, between 15 August, 2016 to 31 March, 2017, simply book an A&K private itinerary of seven nights or more for travel up to 31 December, 2017 and you will automatically be included in the random manual prize draw*. What would you do with your points?
1st Prize 300,000 Fly to Johannesburg and experience South Africaâ€™s sophisticated cities, dazzling landscapes and amazing wildlife. 84,000 points return business class for one, SYD - JNB (taxes, fees and charges are additional).
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3rd Prize 100,000 There are a myriad of ways to use your points. From having premium wines delivered to your door with Qantas epiQure through to shopping on the online Qantas Store, you are spoilt for choice.
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A&Kâ€™S LATIN AMERICA Where will your journey take you?
MEXICO Full of colour, culture, fascinating sights and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Mexico is a magical destination with a cuisine to match.
ECUADOR Despite its modest size, Ecuador is packed with diverse attractions from the extraordinary wildlife of the Galapagos, biosphere cloud forest and Amazon jungle to the volcanoes and mountains of its interior.
PERU Both Spanish and Inca influences abound throughout Peru with famous ancient sites, grand monuments, a rich textile tradition plus Amazon jungle and a vibrant food scene.
CHILE Chile offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the continent from the desert of the north to the glaciers and icebound climes of the south, Pacific islands and fjords, the Andes mountain range and more.
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CUBA Classic cars, cigars, music, dance, rum and colonial attractions – just some of the reasons to visit Cuba. It is a fascinating country emerging from economic privation and boasting a rich culture, wildlife habitats and amazing natural beauty.
COSTA RICA This tiny nation is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet with a wide range of habitats – rainforests, beaches, volcanoes and mangrove swamps - supporting a fascinating variety of wildlife.
COLOMBIA Colombia’s dramatic landscapes range from high mountains and valleys to desert, jungle, sandy beaches and volcanic coastlines. Its colonial cities are impressive and the people warm and welcoming.
BRAZIL With a vast landmass, Brazil has much to offer, from iconic cities and palm-lined beaches to extraordinary wildlife reserves and spectacular festivals and celebrations.
BOLIVIA Land-locked and at high altitude, Bolivia is one of South America’s most rugged countries with breathtaking scenery from high mountain peaks to salt flats, jungle terrain and windswept altiplano.
ARGENTINA Vast and varied, Argentina is the home of tango and the gaucho and boasts a cultured, cosmopolitan capital, a strong Latin vibe and amazing landscapes.
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Latin America A continent more dramatic and varied would be hard to find. Landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see: from the mountains of the Peruvian Andes to Brazil’s dense rainforest, the arid desert of Chile’s north and the vast Pampa country of Argentina. Costa Rica in Central America is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth while Colombia also has a huge range of ecosystems. Culturally varied too, each country boasts its own rich and colourful history, from pre-Columbian times to the present day and a vibrant festival tradition. The people are warm and fun-loving, the food a star attraction and a broad selection of lodgings are available from slick city boltholes and charming boutique estancias to luxury river cruises and wilderness retreats. When you explore Latin America with A&K, be assured of an experience like no other.
When to Go Peru and Ecuador are year-round destinations with rains December-March. Colombia’s proximity to the equator keeps temperatures stable throughout the year, around 24°C along the coast and 7–17°C as you move inland with peak travel times December-February. The Galapagos Islands are predominantly warm and dry with different wildlife attractions throughout the year. Brazil is best visited March-November, while Mexico is at its best between November and April. Costa Rica has two seasons - dry (mid-November to April with December-January peak season) and rainy (May to mid-November). In Cuba, December-May offers dry, sunny days whilst June-November brings heavy rains. In the continent’s south, Argentina and Chile are year-round destinations with warm-hot summers (January-March), especially in the north, and cold winters, particularly at higher altitudes. 12
Go Beyond the Ordinary At A&K we pride ourselves on the ability to offer unique one of a kind experiences that are guaranteed to make your journey with us unforgettable. These are just a few of our hand-picked favourites.
Off the grid in Chileâ€™s Atacama Desert
Birdâ€™s eye view from a helicopter over the magnificent Andes
Dance the Tango with locals in an authentic Milonga in Buenos Aires
A foodie experience with a recognised Peruvian chef
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Wonders of South America
PERU, ARGENTINA & BRAZIL | 16 Days | Lima – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro PERU Machu Lima SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN
BRAZIL Sacred Valley Brasilia Cusco BOLIVIA Rio de PARAGUAY Janeiro CHILE Iguazu Falls Picchu
URUGUAY Buenos Aires ARGENTINA
SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
A multitude of attractions awaits the traveller in these three fascinating countries, from the dramatic scenery and ancient Inca ruins of Peru to the Latin sophistication of Buenos Aires and the impressive Iguazu Falls. Your journey ends in captivating Rio de Janeiro, one of the most scenic and exciting cities in the world. A&K’s signature service and expertise is included throughout with privately guided touring wherever you are.
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Day 1: Arrive Lima. A warm A&K welcome and transfer to hotel. Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (Ocean View Junior Suite) Day 2: Lima. This morning touring begins at the Plaza Mayor, the official centre of the city. See the 16th century cathedral, an architectural marvel, and the Presidential Palace before driving through modern Lima to the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum which houses one of the largest private collections of pre-Inca ceramics in the world. An optional culinary experience is available today with top Lima chef Penelope Alzamora at her home in Barranco (additional cost) (B). Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (Ocean View Junior Suite)
Spanish. Next, board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu where a late morning arrival gives you time to begin your explorations of this breathtaking Inca citadel with your guide. Well preserved, most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed giving an excellent picture of what the structures originally looked like (B,L,D). Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco (3,400m). An option to further explore the site of Machu Picchu at sunrise or enjoy a hike with your guide. Later board the Hiram Bingham luxury train to Cusco with gourmet dinner included on board (B,L,D). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite)
Day 3: Lima – Sacred Valley (2,800m). Fly* to Cusco then stop for lunch at Limo restaurant before travelling by road into the Sacred Valley, full of archaeological sites, Inca terraces and colonial churches. Visit Awanakancha, a centre where South American camelids including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas are bred. Learn about the renowned fibres created from their fleeces, as well as ancient weaving techniques which are still used today. Remainder of afternoon at leisure (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe)
Day 7: Cusco. This morning enjoy a city tour which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha, a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Inca’s principal religious building, dedicated to sun worship. You also visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman outside of Cusco, a testimonial to Incan architectural skills. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and spectacular countryside (B). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite)
Day 4: Sacred Valley. A rewarding day starting with a visit to the Kuychi Centre, created to support the Children of the Rainbow project. Continue with a unique visit to an Andean highland community to meet local Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. This personal encounter introduces you to the lifestyle and traditions of these Incan descendants. Lunch is at Hacienda Huayoccari, an elegant farmhouse high in the hills. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe)
Day 8: Cusco – Buenos Aires. Return flight* to Lima. Connect with your onward flight* to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, where a private A&K welcome awaits (B). Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite)
Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu (2,450m). A morning visit to the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure which was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the
Day 9: Buenos Aires. This morning you are driven through the leafy streets of Palermo with time to explore the famous ten acre Recoleta cemetery where generations of Argentina’s elite are buried, including Eva Peron. Dinner and a tango show are included at Esquina Carlos Gardel with VIP arrangements (B,D). Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite)
Inca ruins, Peru
Day 10: Buenos Aires. Visit the colourful La Boca district once inhabited by Italian immigrants and home to football giants Boca Juniors. Explore the Bohemian delights of San Telmo and visit the beautifully restored 19th century residence El Zanjon, an important urban archaeological site (B). Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 11: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls. Transfer to airport for your flight* to Iguazu. Your hotel is within the Brazilian National Park and an easy walk from the falls (B). Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room) Day 12: Iguazu Falls. Explore the Argentine side of the Falls and get up close to the thundering torrent. Walk through the jungle to a catwalk for dramatic views (B). Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room) Day 13: Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro. Fly* to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure (B). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Ocean View Room)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 14: Rio de Janeiro. Take in the sights this morning including a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay. After a typical Brazilian BBQ lunch visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer with time to explore the bohemian Santa Teresa district (B,L). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Ocean View Room) Day 15: Design Your Day Rio de Janeiro. Plot your course this morning with a samba lesson or a tour through the city’s favelas (slum districts). Afternoon at leisure (B). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Ocean View Room) Day 16: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport (B). PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $15,095 Solo Traveller: From $26,250 *Flight not included.
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Volcano, Cotopaxi National Park
ECUADOR | 13 Days | Quito – Mashpi Nature Reserve – Otavalo – Quito – Cotopaxi N.P. – Riobamba – Cuenca - Guayaquil COLOMBIA
Mashpi Nature Reserve Quito
ECUADOR Otavalo Cotopaxi N.P. Baños Riobamba
Beyond the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador has much to offer from its charming colonial capital to the unique cloud forest at Mashpi, the extraordinary Avenue of the Volcanoes and colonial Cuenca. Travelling by road this private journey reveals the varied and breathtaking landscapes of this small but beautiful country and its rich wildlife and culture.
Day 1: Arrive Quito (2,800m). A warm A&K welcome on your arrival into the Ecuadorian capital. Transfer to your boutique hotel which is delightfully situated in the Old Town. Casa Gangotena (Luxury Room) Day 2: Quito – Mashpi. This morning you are transferred approximately 4 hours west to the Mashpi Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife. Stop en route at Tulipe Archaeological Museum, where pre-Inca ruins from the Yumbo culture can be seen. Arrive at the award-winning Mashpi Lodge where later this afternoon a wildlife activity is scheduled with an optional night walk after dinner (B,L,D). Mashpi Lodge (Yaku Suite) Day 3: Mashpi. A full day to enjoy the magic of the cloud forest. Start at dawn when most birds are active and views are often at their most spectacular. Activities include an adventure on the Sky Bike (an aerial bicycle ride through the canopy), guided nature trails, a visit to the discovery centre, observation tower, waterfall visits and night safaris (B,L,D). Mashpi Lodge (Yaku Suite) Day 4: Masphi – Otavalo. Farewell the cloud forest this morning and drive from Mashpi to Otavalo (approx. 4.5 hours). Stop en route for lunch at the beautiful Hacienda la Compañia continuing afterwards to Otavalo and your hacienda base for the next two nights (B,L,D). Hacienda Zuleta (Deluxe Room) Day 5: Otavalo. Spend today at Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000 acre working farm. Besides farming, the hacienda also has a remarkably successful condor recuperation and raising project, archaeological remains, a dairy and cheese factory, an organic garden, a tree nursery, a trout farm and an embroidery workshop owned by the indigenous community that live and work in the area. There’s also horse riding, mountain biking and a horse
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drawn carriage for trips around the farm and local community (B,L,D). Hacienda Zuleta (Deluxe Room) Day 6: Otavalo – Quito. Today you visit Otavalo’s indigenous market before returning to Quito (B,L). Casa Gangotena (Luxury Room) Day 7: Quito. This morning a behind the scenes visit to the studio and private collection of acclaimed artist Oswaldo Viteri. Touring continues to the many attractions of Quito’s Old Town, a World Heritage Site, including the most ornate churches which are rich in art, treasures, fine woodcarvings and altars of gold leaf. The most important are the Cathedral, La Compañía de Jesus and San Francisco Church (B,L). Casa Gangotena (Luxury Room) Day 8: Quito – Cotopaxi N.P. This morning you are met and driven south from Quito along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes into the Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is a spectacular cone shaped volcano surrounded by breathtaking rugged scenery. One of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 5,900m, it dominates the landscape. Enjoy a walk around the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo or visit the pre-Inca ruins of El Salitre, keeping an eye out for wild horses and the endangered Andean Condor. After lunch with spectacular views continue to the hacienda (B,L,D). San Agustin de Callo Hacienda (Suite) Day 9: Cotopaxi N.P. Travel through a fantastic mountain landscape to Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular Andean crater lake. While in the area visit the villages of Tigua and Pujilí, each known for their artisans. After lunch return to the hacienda (B,L,D). San Agustin de Callo Hacienda (Suite) Day 10: Cotopaxi N.P. – Baños – Riobamba. After breakfast, make the short trip eastwards to one of Ecuador’s most impressive waterfalls, the ‘Pailón del Diablo’ before continuing south to Baños
where you have time to explore. Visit the church and museum dedicated to the Virgin of the Holy Water or one of the many balsa wood or tagua seed carvers. Continue southwest to Riobamba, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks such as Chimborazo (6,310m), Ecuador’s highest Riobamba, the former capital of Ecuador, is known for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets and its Old Town is particularly charming. Visit Parque Pedro Vicente Maldonado, the Natural Science Museum and the religious art museum in the Concepción Convent (B,L,D). Hacienda Abraspungo (Suite) Day 11: Riobamba – Cuenca. Depart early this morning for one of the most beautiful and impressive train journeys on the continent. A feat of engineering, the track follows a series of dramatic switchbacks through some of Ecuador’s most scenic countryside. After lunch visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, the most important in the country. Explore the remains, including the important Temple of the Sun, before continuing to Cuenca (B,L). Mansion Alcazar Hotel (Luxury Suite)
Day 12: Cuenca. Cuenca is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country thanks to its well-preserved historic centre, a World Heritage site. Tour the cobblestone streets and flowery plazas, visit museums and churches plus the famous Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory (B,L). Mansion Alcazar Hotel (Luxury Suite) Day 13: Cuenca – Guayaquil. Transfer to Guayaquil (approx. 4 hours) on the coast ending at the airport or hotel for onward arrangements (B). PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $12,750 Solo Traveller: From $22,850 Temple of the Sun, Ingapirca 1300 851 800 | abercrombiekent.com.au | 17
EXPLORE THE GALAPAGOS A unique wildlife experience
Galapagos land iguana
The Galapagos is one of nature’s great experiences – a truly unique wildlife haven where the birds and animals are impervious to the presence of humans. Getting up close reveals why Charles Darwin was so inspired after his visit in the early 19th century as you marvel at extraordinary wildlife. A&K offers a range of vessels and island lodges to provide you with the best possible experience during your visit. GENOVESA ISLAND
SANTIAGO ISLAND Tagus Cove Punta Espinosa
BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
Urbina Bay FERNANDINA ISLAND
BALTRA AIRPORT SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND SANTA FE ISLAND ISABELA ISLAND
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
ESPAÑOLA ISLAND Suarez Point
HIGHLIGHTS & WILDLIFE Fernandina Impressive volcanic landscape and the best place to watch volcanic activity. Colonies of marine iguanas, sea lions, nesting colony of flightless cormorants and Galapagos snakes. Bartolomé Amazing views of San Salvador. Great swimming and snorkelling amongst Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and tropical fish. Española A seasonal home to a colony of waved albatross. See blue-footed booby, lava lizards, iguanas, mockingbirds and the white sandy beach at Gardner Bay. Floreana (Santa Maria Island) A colourful history and prolonged volcanic activity, sites of interest include the post office barrel, a partially submerged volcano and Punta Cormorant with its sea lions. 18
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Genovesa Excellent sea birds such as boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels. Home to sea lions, fur seals and hammerhead sharks. Isabela The largest island formed by five volcanoes. See Galapagos tortoises, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, flamingo, mangrove finch and an on-land coral reef at Urbina Bay. Rabida Excellent snorkelling and some of the area’s rarest bird species, including nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. North Seymour Arid vegetation including prickly pear cactus and Palo Santo trees. See great frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos sea lions and iguanas. Santa Cruz Home to the town of Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Darwin’s finches, giant tortoises, Galapagos mockingbirds, vermillion flycatchers and herons are found here.
Santa Fe Beautiful Barrington Bay is great for snorkelling and is home to large numbers of sea lions and other wildlife includes finches, land iguanas and Galapagos hawks. South Plaza Beautiful landscapes with prickly pear cactus and extraordinary flora. Red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos land iguanas, sea lions, brown pelicans and finches are found here. Santiago The rocky shoreline and dark-coloured sandy beach at Puerto Egas and lave formations at Sullivan Bay are highlights. See Galapagos fur seals, sea lions, hawks, finches, mockingbirds and marine iguanas. San Cristobal Home to Galapagos sea lions, Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, lava lizards, giant tortoises. There are coralline beaches and the only permanent fresh water lagoon in the Galapagos.
GALAPAGOS CRUISES & HOTELS Whether cruising is your style or you prefer a land-based experience, we present a hand-picked selection of vessels and an island lodge to consider for your Galapagos Islands holiday.
M/Y LA PINTA
A sophisticated vessel offering excellent service, delicious cuisine and stylish design. It accommodates 48 guests across 24 cabins with ample social areas, an observation deck, wrap-around windows, Jacuzzi, cardiogym, kayaks, glass-bottom boat and sun deck. Ideal for travellers looking for a sophisticated experience and great for families, with four connecting cabins available. 5 and 7 day programmes available.
An elegant first class vessel, this mega-catamaran carries 16 guests across 9 large, modern air-conditioned cabins â€“ all with private balcony. Ample social areas abound including a sun deck with Jacuzzi and there is a crew of 10 including a bilingual naturalist guide and Cruise Manager. With 4 kayaks on board, snorkelling and wetsuits, adventure is never far away. 4, 5, 6 & 8 day itineraries available.
M/C OCEAN SPRAY
M/V SANTA CRUZ II
This deluxe 34m catamaran offers great performance and speed. Programmes range from 4 day introductory cruises through to extensive 15 day itineraries. There are 9 spacious cabins, all with private balcony. An expansive deck area provides a great place to relax after exploring and an al fresco dining area. Kayaks, wetsuits and snorkelling equipment are on board.
Stylish vessel with 50 cabins for 90 guests. Elegantly designed social spaces include indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge bar, library, two hot tubs and a gym. Small group shore explorations have just 11 guests per guide. A glass bottom boat is ideal for viewing underwater sea life, with kayaking also available. Perfect for families. 5 & 6 day cruises available.
FINCH BAY RESORT
A spacious expeditionary vessel with 24 staterooms for 48 guests. Outstanding open-air spaces and al fresco dining with generous proportions and a small yacht atmosphere. Family friendly cruises available with specially tailored programmes. Small excursion groups have just 12 guests and there are daily lectures by expert naturalist guides. 8, 11 & 14 day programs available.
This award winning eco hotel has 27 spacious air-conditioned rooms and sits on a private beach near the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy day trips by yacht to the nearby islands of North Seymour, Bartolome, South Plaza and Santa Fe, and other activities include kayaking, scuba diving, biking and hiking. 1300 851 800 | abercrombiekent.com.au | 19
Sail the Enchanted Isles
ECUADOR | 10 Days | Quito – Galapagos – Guayaquil Day 1: Arrive Quito (2,800m). A private welcome on your arrival into the Ecuadorian capital and transfer to your boutique hotel which is delightfully situated in the Old Town. Casa Gangotena (Luxury room)
Galapagos Islands Equator
Quito Guayaquil ECUADOR
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Discover the incredible natural highlights and amazing variety of wildlife in the Galapagos Archipelago from the comfort of yacht La Pinta, which takes guests to some of the area’s most beautiful islands with daily naturalist accompanied shore excursions highlighting the major attractions. This delightful journey also includes the colonial attractions of the capital Quito and its UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town.
Day 2: Quito. This morning there’s a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to the studio and private collection of acclaimed artist Oswaldo Viteri. Then discover the many attractions of Quito’s Old Town, a World Heritage Site, including the most ornate churches which are rich in art, fine woodcarvings and altars of gold leaf. The most important are the Cathedral, La Compañía de Jesus and San Francisco Church. Stroll through the charming colonial plazas and see the sights around Panecillo Hill with its breathtaking views (B,L). Casa Gangotena (Luxury room) Day 3: Quito – Galapagos Islands. Transfer to Quito airport for the flight to Baltra in the Galapagos archipelago. With assistance of an A&K Guardian Angel transfer to the harbour where a motorboat takes you to your elegant small ship for embarkation. Afternoon to explore North Seymour Island observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas (B,L,D). M/Y La Pinta (Luxury Cabin) Day 4: Galapagos Islands. Explore the coast of Isabela Island by panga, while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area. There is abundant wildlife and opportunities to snorkel in search of green sea turtles. Afternoon on Fernandina Island which combines a barren landscape with abundant wildlife (B,L,D). M/Y La Pinta (Luxury Cabin) Day 5: Galapagos Islands. Morning spent at Urbina Bay looking for coral, shells and large land iguanas, as well as (occasionally) giant tortoises. Chances of spotting whales in the area.
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The afternoon is spent at Tagus Cove with snorkelling or kayaking and a hike to the back of Darwin Crater (B,L,D). M/Y La Pinta (Luxury Cabin) Day 6: Galapagos Islands. Disembark at Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach for a walk to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finch. Snorkelling is available from the beach or enjoy a glass-bottom boat trip. In the afternoon admire the fascinating landscapes on Santa Cruz with a lagoon walk (B,L,D). M/Y La Pinta (Luxury Cabin) Day 7: Galapagos Islands. Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoises. In the afternoon head up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle and look for tortoises in the wild (B,L,D). M/Y La Pinta (Luxury Cabin) Day 8: Galapagos Islands. Morning landing at Post Office Bay with panga rides along the north shore, kayaking and swimming. Afternoon snorkelling at Punta Cormorant before a walk in search of flamingos and sea turtles (B,L,D). M/Y La Pinta (Luxury Cabin) Day 9: Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil. Disembark at Baltra for the flight to Guayaquil where you are met and transferred to your hotel (B). Hotel Oro Verde (Leading Room) Day 10: Depart Guayaquil. Private transfer to the airport for your onward flight (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $13,850 Solo Traveller: From $25,950 Departs Selected Wednesdays Cruise itinerary is subject to change
Highlights of Peru
Weaver at work in the Sacred Valley
PERU | 9 Days | Lima – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco - Lima Equator
PACIFIC OCEAN Lima
Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Cusco BOLIVIA
This tailored experience offers a perfect introduction to the major highlights of Peru. It takes in the modern capital, Lima, colourful rural villages and archaeological sites throughout the Sacred Valley, a rich Inca heritage and strong colonial elements with Machu Picchu and Cusco the main attractions. Those with limited time in Peru will find this journey ideal and it works very well in conjunction with other journeys in Peru and her neighbouring countries.
Day 1: Arrive Lima. A warm A&K welcome and transfer to your hotel. Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (Ocean View Junior Suite) Day 2: Lima. This morning explore Peru’s capital including Plaza Mayor, the official centre of the city, as well as the historic 16th century cathedral, and the Presidential Palace. Then travel through modern Lima to visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum which boasts an extensive private collection of pre-Inca ceramics – among the largest collection of its kind in the world. There is also the opportunity today to embark on a culinary experience with local Lima chef Penelope Alzamora at her home in the Barranco district (additional cost) (B,L). Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (Ocean View Junior Suite) Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2,800m). Fly* to Cusco with lunch at Limo before travelling by road into the Sacred Valley, full of archaeological sites, Inca terraces and colonial churches. Visit Awanakancha, a centre where South American camelids including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas are bred. Learn about their fleeces and ancient weaving techniques Remainder of day at leisure (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe) Day 4: Sacred Valley. This morning experience a unique visit to an Andean highland community to meet local Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. This personal encounter introduces you to the lifestyle and traditions of these Incan descendants. Visit Maras, the former salt producing town followed by lunch at Parador de Moray (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe) Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu (2,450m). A panoramic morning tour of the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Continue to the Ollanta
train station and board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes where a short bus ride will bring you to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Time to explore this fascinating site with your guide (B,L,D). Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco (3,400m). Opportunity to further view the site at sunrise or hike with your guide. Lunch is at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel beside the Machu Picchu ruins. Later board the elegant Hiram Bingham train to Cusco with gourmet dinner and cocktails served en route (B,L,D). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite) Day 7: Cusco. This morning enjoy a city tour which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, the San Pedro market and the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha, a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Inca’s principal religious building, dedicated to sun worship. You also visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman outside of Cusco, a testimonial to Incan architectural skills. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and spectacular countryside (B). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite) Day 8: Cusco. Day at leisure in the Incan capital (B). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite) Day 9: Cusco – Lima. Return flight* to Lima with assistance at Lima airport on arrival (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $7,795 Solo Traveller: From $12,895 *Flight not included
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Peru in Depth
Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
PERU | 13 Days | Lima – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Lake Titicaca – Cusco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – Lima
s Lima PACIFIC OCEAN Air Road Rail
BOLIVIA Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Cusco Colca Lake Titicaca Puno Arequipa
This well-paced journey showcases an extraordinary country in depth. History lessons await at every turn in well laid-out museums and on-site amidst ancient Inca ruins and colonial cities. Natural wonders are in abundance too with breathtaking scenery of lakes, canyons, terraced hills and high altiplano and a journey on the new Andean Explorer sleeper train – a definite highlight.
Day 1: Arrive Lima. Arrive into the Peruvian capital with a transfer to your boutique hotel in the Barranco district. Hotel B (Aposento Room) Day 2: Lima. This morning explore Peru’s capital including a visit to Plaza Mayor, the official centre of the city, as well as the historic 16th century cathedral, and the Presidential Palace. Then travel through modern Lima to visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum which boasts an extensive private collection of pre-Inca ceramics – among the largest collection of its kind in the world (B). Hotel B (Aposento Room) Day 3: Lima – Arequipa (2,330m). Transfer to the airport for flight* to Arequipa. Your afternoon tour includes the main square, the church of the Compañia de Jesus and the beautiful Spanish colonial monastery of Santa Catalina. Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa (Senior Suite) Day 4: Arequipa – Colca Canyon. A scenic drive crossing snow-capped mountains to Colca, the world’s deepest canyon. The valley has preColumbian terraces and is an excellent spot for observing the Andean condor in its natural habitat (B,L,D). Colca Lodge (Suite) Day 5: Colca Canyon. This morning visit Condor Cross to view the birds as they glide over the canyon and around surrounding peaks. The rest of the day is at leisure for walks, horse riding, mountain biking or relaxing in the spa and thermal springs (B,L,D). Colca Lodge (Suite) Day 6: Colca Canyon – Arequipa. Return to Arequipa and board the new Andean Explorer sleeper train for the two night journey to Cusco via Puno (B,L,D). Belmond Andean Explorer (Twin Bed Cabin)
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Day 7: Lake Titicaca (3,800m). Admire the sunrise over Lake Titicaca and after breakfast take a local boat ride to visit the reed islands of Uros and the community on Taquile Island. A dance performance and craft demonstration is also included before returning to the station to board the train and travel onwards (B,L,D). Belmond Andean Explorer (Twin Bed Cabin) Day 8: Lake Titicaca – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2,800m). This morning visit the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi before arriving into Cusco Station where your rail journey ends. After lunch travel by road into the Sacred Valley, full of archaeological sites, Inca terraces and colonial churches. Visit Awanakancha, a centre where South American camelids including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas are bred. Learn about their fleeces and ancient weaving techniques (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe) Day 9: Sacred Valley. This morning experience a unique visit to an Andean highland community to meet local Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. This personal encounter introduces you to the lifestyle and traditions of these Incan descendants. Visit Maras, the former salt producing town and the Inca ruins near Moray (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe) Day 10: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu (2,450m). A morning tour of the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo before boarding the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes where a short bus ride will bring you to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Time to explore this fascinating site with your guide (B,L,D). Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Junior Suite)
Santa Catalina, Arequipa
Day 11: Machu Picchu – Cusco (3,400m). Opportunity to further view the site at sunrise or hike with your guide. Lunch is at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel beside the Machu Picchu ruins. Later board the elegant Hiram Bingham train to Cusco with gourmet dinner and cocktails served en route (B,L,D). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite) Day 12: Cusco. This morning enjoy a city tour which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, the San Pedro market and the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha, a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Inca’s principal religious building, dedicated to sun worship. You also visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman outside of Cusco, a testimonial to Incan architectural skills. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place overlooks the redtiled roofs of Cusco and spectacular countryside (B). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite)
Traditional Peruvian dress, Cusco
Day 13: Cusco – Lima. Transfer to Cusco airport for return flight* to Lima (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $12,395 Solo Traveller: From $20,895 *Flight not included Departs on Mondays
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Peru by Rail
Belmond Andean Explorer
PERU Explore the Andes on South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Experience one of the highest train journeys on earth, exploring ancient kingdoms, natural wonders and rural communities. Belmond Andean Explorer, launching in May 2017, takes you through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, traversing the high Andean altiplano, the traditional communities on Lake Titicaca and the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are four routes to choose from of one or two nights duration. DINING Fresh, colourful and seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes are served in the two elegant dining carriages. Menus are skilfully designed by chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco. OBSERVATION CAR The place to unwind, meet new friends and enjoy the views whilst sipping a Pisco Sour from the bar. Breathe in the Andean air from the open deck of the Observation Car as the train travels through the ever-changing landscape. LOUNGE CAR Invite new friends to gather around the baby grand piano and relax in comfort as majestic vistas drift past outside. Share a lively story from the day’s adventures and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. CABINS Cabins comprise double, twin or bunk bed configurations, all complete with wardrobe, shower, wash basin and WC. Interiors incorporate Peruvian fabrics and detail creating a warm, welcoming and relaxing personal sanctuary.
ITINERARIES PERUVIAN HIGHLANDS | Cusco – Puno – Arequipa | 3 DAYS From Cusco, journey to the small town and Inca archaeological site of Raqchi. Awake to sunrise at Lake Titicaca and explore the Uros Islands by boat. Visit Taquile Island for lunch at a private location, followed by a typical dance and artisan demonstration. Visit the Sumbay Caves at Lagunillas and enjoy a panoramic tour of Arequipa City. Departs: Thursdays Price (Twin Bed Cabin) Twin Share Per Person: From US$1,655 Solo Traveller: From US$2,895
Late morning departure from Cusco heading for the Inca ruins of Raqchi. Sunset at La Raya pass with spectacular views of the Andes. Wake up to sunrise at Lake Titicaca when the journey ends. Optional visit can be added to the Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca (additional cost). Departs: Tuesdays Price (Twin Bed Cabin) Twin Share Per Person: From: US$650 Solo Traveller: From US$1,140 Full day at Lake Titicaca for an additional US$177 per person SPIRIT OF THE ANDES | Puno – Cusco | 2 DAYS
ANDEAN PLAINS & ISLANDS OF DISCOVERY | Arequipa – Puno – Cusco | 3 DAYS Early evening departure from Arequipa. Wake up to sunrise at Lake Titicaca then a boat ride to the Uros Islands and a visit and beach lunch on Taquile Island. See a typical dance and artisan demonstration before departing to Cusco for arrival next morning. Departs: Saturdays Price (Twin Bed Cabin) Twin Share Per Person: From US$1,405 Solo Traveller: From US$2,460
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SPIRIT OF THE WATER | Cusco – Puno | 2 DAYS
Late morning departure from Puno with a stop at La Raya pass. Enjoy a cocktail then dinner on board as you continue to Cusco. Breakfast is on board in Cusco before disembarkation. Departs: Wednesdays Price (Twin Bed Cabin) Twin Share Per Person: From US$555 Solo Traveller: From US$970
EXPLORE MORE OF PERU Get more out of your holiday and explore the country in greater depth. Here are some recommendations to complement your visit. Ask your Travel Specialist how best to personalise your journey or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au
CRUISE THE AMAZON The mighty Amazon region occupies 60% of Peru and is an unmissable wilderness experience best enjoyed on board a river cruise. Considered the longest river on earth, the Amazon flows over 6,400km, carrying with it more water than any other river in the world. The Amazon rainforest is home to an extraordinary array of mammals and birds and one of the best places to explore is the five million acre Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected wildlife area teeming with lifelong mating pairs of blue-and-yellow macaws, flocks of snowy egrets, falcons and Amazon kingfishers, squirrel monkeys frolicking in the trees and pink dolphins poking their dorsal fins above the river water while colossal Victoria Regia water lilies float along the surface. A&K RECOMMENDS
Cruising the Amazon on Aria Amazon from Iquitos | 3, 4 or 7 night cruises
Nazca Lines, the Paracas Peninsula
PERU’S DESERT COAST
With an environment in stark contrast to Peru’s high altitude landscapes and iconic ruins, the desert coast is a delightful surprise. The Paracas Peninsula and Ballestas Islands make up a National Reserve, incorporating one of the region’s best marine habitats with a high concentration of bird life, sea lions and sometimes dolphins. Paracas is where the desert meets the sea and where the landscapes are spectacular. The cliffs that fringe its beaches are teeming with birdlife, from guano birds to Humboldt penguins. The nearby Nazca Lines are also worth a visit and are best viewed from the air.
Northern Peru boasts many little known treasures from a variety of pre-Incan civilisations, from the incredible ancient wonders of Huaca Rajada and the Temple of the Moon to Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are extraordinary pyramids and mummies, and the Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum is well worth a visit. This region is off the beaten track and its beautiful capital Trujillo is home to the traditional Marinera dance and the Peruvian Paso horse. The second city of Chiclayo is known as the pearl of the north with beautiful colonial architecture, delicious seafood and natural medicines.
‘Paracas & Nazca Extension’ from Lima | 3 days
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Peru & Bolivia Discovery
PERU & BOLIVIA | 14 Days | Lima – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – Lake Titicaca – La Paz – Uyuni – La Paz Day 1: Arrive Lima. Arrive into the Peruvian capital and transfer to your hotel. Belmond Miraflores Park (Ocean View Junior Suite)
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Machu Sacred BOLIVIA Picchu Valley Cusco
PACIFIC OCEAN Boat Road Air Rail
Lake Titicaca Huatajata La Paz
This journey begins with an excellent overview of Lima and its most important attractions – ancient, colonial and contemporary. In Cusco and the Sacred Valley, all the iconic Inca sites are included with a rail trip to Machu Picchu followed by a journey across the altiplano to Lake Titicaca. Explore the islands on the lake, then head to La Paz in Bolivia with an exciting side trip to the salt flats of Uyuni, sure to be a highlight. Lodgings include a variety of boutique properties and a unique salt hotel.
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Day 2: Lima. Meet local chef Penelope Alzamora this morning for a visit to a local market and a wander around the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco followed by a cooking class at Penelope’s home. Feast on the gourmet lunch you have helped to create, washed down with a pisco sour. An afternoon city tour follows, including a visit to Plaza Mayor, the historic Cathedral, the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity. Next travel through modern Lima to visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum which boasts an extensive private collection of pre-Inca ceramics (B,L). Belmond Miraflores Park (Ocean View Junior Suite) Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2,800m). Transfer to the airport for your flight* to Cusco where you are met and transferred to a local restaurant for lunch overlooking the main plaza. Transfer by road into the Sacred Valley, full of archaeological sites, Inca terraces and colonial churches. Visit Awanakancha, a centre where South American camelids including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas are bred. Learn about their fleeces and ancient weaving techniques (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe) Day 4: Sacred Valley. This morning experience a unique visit to an Andean highland community to meet local Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. This personal encounter introduces you to the lifestyle and traditions of these Incan descendants. After a picnic lunch visit the salt producing town of Maras and the Inca ruins near Moray (B,L). Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Superior Deluxe)
Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu (2,450m). Transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station visiting the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo en route. Board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes where a short bus ride will bring you to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Explore this fascinating site with your guide (B,D). Inkaterra Machu Picchu (Junior Suite) Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco (3,400m). Opportunity to further view the site at sunrise, a hike with your guide or activities at the lodge. After lunch board the elegant Hiram Bingham train for the return to Cusco with dinner on board. (B,L,D). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite) Day 7: Cusco. A morning city tour including the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha, Visit the ancient fortress at Sacsayhuaman, testimonial of the Incan architectural skills. Afterwards take a walking tour of the San Blas art district (B). Inkaterra La Casona (Balcony Suite) Day 8: Cusco – Lake Titicaca (3,800m). A full day on the road today travelling southeast to Puno stopping en route to visit important Inca sites like Andahuayillas Andean Church, the ruins of Raqchi and La Raya pass (approx. 9 hours). Arrive at your striking lodge on the shores of Lake Titicaca late this afternoon (B,L,D). Titilaka (Dawn/Dusk Suite) Day 9: Lake Titicaca. A day exploring the islands on the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the reed islands of the Uros and the community on Taquile Island (B,L,D). Titilaka Hotel (Dawn/Dusk Suite) Day 10: Lake Titicaca – La Paz (3,640m). Travel overland today from Puno to Copacabana, Bolivia, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the shrine of the Dark Indian Virgin. Take a hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island to visit the Sun Virgin’s Temple then Sun
Island, where the Inca “Grand Stairs” and Sacred Fountain are located. Another hydrofoil takes you to Huatajata to visit the Andean Roots Eco Village and to meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris reed boats which made epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Drive to La Paz and your hotel (B,L,D). Casa Grande Hotel (Deluxe King Room) Day 11: La Paz – Uyuni (3,600m). Transfer to the airport for a flight to Uyuni, gateway to the world’s largest salt flats. Your exploration begins with a visit to Isla Pescado which, from a distance, is in the shape of a fish. It is a rocky oasis in the middle of the salt pan covered in thousands of giant columnar cacti – a photographer’s paradise (B,L,D). Luna Salada (Deluxe Room) Day 12: Uyuni. Another day exploring the beautiful salt flat with an excursion to the foot of Thunupa Volcano. Stroll through the small local village and hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies (B,L,D). Luna Salada (Deluxe Room)
Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
Day 13: Uyuni – La Paz. Transfer to the airport for return flight to La Paz. This afternoon explore the highlights of La Paz including the Indian Market, the Witch Doctor’s Market and enjoy breathtaking panoramas framed by the majestic “Illimani” mountain. Visit the Moon Valley where the dramatic rock formations are said to resemble the face of the moon (B). Casa Grande Hotel (Deluxe King Room) Day 14: Depart La Paz. Transfer to the airport for onward flight arrangements (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $15,395 Solo Traveller: From $24,580 *Flight not included
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Chile & Bolivia: The Magnificent Andes
Atacama Desert, Chile
CHILE & BOLIVIA | 9 Days | Santiago – Atacama Desert – Uyuni – La Paz PERU
Lake Titicaca Easter Island
BOLIVIA La Paz
Uyuni San Pedro de Atacama
Santiago PACIFIC OCEAN
ARGENTINA SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
This journey combines the dramatic highlights of northern Chile with the extraordinary landscapes of the Bolivian salt flats and its high altitude capital La Paz. In the Atacama Desert, there are a wide range of adventure activities which contrast with the urban experience in Santiago and La Paz. Expect dramatic scenery, uniquely located lodgings and off the beaten track touring.
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Day 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile (2,640m). On arrival at Santiago´s airport you are met and transferred to your elegant boutique hotel in the lively Lastarria neighbourhood. The Singular Santiago (Singular Room) Day 2: Santiago – Atacama Desert (2,500m). Transfer to the airport for the flight* north to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert, the driest on earth. Home to volcanoes, lagoons, hot springs, salt lakes, impressive rock formations and sand dunes this is truly one of the continent’s most magical landscapes and a unique experience (B,D). Alto Atacama (Catarpe) Days 3-4: Atacama Desert. Spend two days here exploring the amazing and varied landscapes. A variety of activities is available including hiking, mountain biking and astronomy. You may also visit the villages of Toconao and Socaire, meet a local farmer to learn about the unique crops of the area or venture on excursions to high altitude lagoons and geysers. Alternatively you may choose to spend one night at A&K’s luxury desert camp in the Valley of the Moon for the ultimate glamping experience (additional cost) (B,L,D). Alto Atacama (Catarpe) Day 5: Atacama Desert – Uyuni (3,656m), Bolivia. Drive to the border and cross into Bolivia, then travel by 4WD into the vast Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Visit the emerald coloured Laguna Verde, green due to the high magnesium content, for impressive views of Licancabur Volcano (5,865m). Continue to the Sol de Mañana geysers and Laguna Colorada, characterised by red waters and considered the most important flamingo viewing site in the region. Also look out for vicuñas, llamas and vizcachas. Later on continue to Jirira (approx. driving time 8-9 hours) and your salt hotel, arriving early evening. (B,L,D). Luna Salada (Deluxe Room)
Day 6: Uyuni. This morning is an excursion to the dormant Thunupa Volcano which looks over the salt flats. Visit the ancient village at its base and hike up to Coquesa cave which houses several mummies. This afternoon visit the extraordinary Uyuni salt flats where the scenery is breathtaking – glistening salt, clear blue sky, coloured lagoons, cacti and flamingos. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the salt flats before continuing to Isla Pescado. At a distance this island has the shape of a fish. It is a rocky oasis in the middle of the salt pan covered in thousands of giant columnar cacti – a photographer’s paradise (B,L,D). Luna Salada (Deluxe Room) Day 7: Uyuni – La Paz (3,640m). Transfer to the airport for the flight north to La Paz and your hotel (B). Casa Grande Hotel (Deluxe King Room) Day 8: La Paz. This morning a city tour takes in the Indian Market, the Witch Doctor’s market and breathtaking panoramas all framed by the majestic “Illimani” mountain. A cable car ride is included during the tour. Later visit the Moon Valley, about 10km southwest of the city, where the dramatic rock formations are said to resemble the face of the moon. (B). Casa Grande (Deluxe King Room) Day 9: Depart La Paz. Transfer from to the airport for onward flight arrangements (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $8,550 Solo Traveller: From $11,450 *Flight not included
Laguna, Colorado, Bolivia
DELUXE AIR STREAM CAMPER UPGRADE | 2 DAYS
Upgrade your experience on the Uyuni Salt flats with a stay in a Deluxe Air Stream Camper. Complete with double or twin beds as well as a convertible sofa, enjoy every home comfort from electric blankets and a private bathroom with hot shower to air-conditioning/heating and a mini-bar. Gourmet meals are prepared by your private chef. PRICE Supplement Costs Twin Share Per Person: From $1,995 Solo Traveller: From: $5,195
Salt Flats, Uyuni, Bolivia
LAKE TITICACA EXTENSION | 3 DAYS
Continue your exploration with an extension to Lake Titicaca. From La Paz travel overland to Huatajata on the Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca. Explore the lake and its floating islands and spend two nights on the Peruvian side at stunning Titilaka Lodge. PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $2,695 Solo Traveller: From: $3,295
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Wonders of Chile
CHILE | 10 Days | Santiago – Atacama – Santiago – Patagonia – Santiago Calama
San Pedro de Atacama CHILE PARAGUAY BRAZIL
Valparaiso Santiago PACIFIC OCEAN
SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
Torres del Paine Punta Arenas
The diversity of Chile shines on this outstanding journey. There’s adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the far north and contrasting urban attractions in Santiago. Take the opportunity to taste some of the country’s finest wines before heading to the far south and the rugged climes of Patagonia, with three days to enjoy the many outdoor activities available.
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Day 1: Arrive Santiago – Atacama Desert (2,500m). A warm welcome to the Chilean capital with assistance to your onward flight* north to Calama. You will be met and transferred to San Pedro de Atacama and your choice of lodgings (D). Awasi (Rectangular Suite) or Tierra Atacama (Poniente Room) Days 2-3: Atacama Desert. The Atacama Desert is the driest on earth, a place of dramatic and breathtaking scenery, a lunar landscape. Mountains and volcanoes, tussock grass, parched red earth – it is raw and majestic, an adventure waiting to happen. Each day your guides will recommend outings to suit your specific interests and requirements. Choose between: 4WD trips; hiking; mountain biking; thermal springs and geysers; star gazing; horse riding or cultural visits. Optional hot air ballooning adventure available (additional cost). (B,L,D). Awasi (Rectangular Suite) or Tierra Atacama (Poniente Room) Day 4: Atacama Desert – Santiago. Return flight* to Santiago, where you will have an afternoon introduction to the sophisticated Chilean capital with your private guide including a visit to Los Dominicos handicraft market or a bicycle tour of Old Santiago (B). The Ritz-Carlton Santiago (Club Room) Day 5: Santiago. Today enjoy a full day tour to the Casablanca Valley wine region with visits to Matetic and its organic vineyard and Casa del Bosque winery. Enjoy tours of the cellars, an explanation on the wine-making process and tastings. Return to Santiago with the evening at leisure (B,L). The RitzCarlton Santiago (Club Room)
Day 6: Santiago – Patagonia. Fly* to Punta Arenas in the far south of the country where you are met and transferred to your choice of lodgings for the next three nights (B,L,D). Awasi Patagonia (Villa) or Tierra Patagonia (Superior Room) Days 7-9: Patagonia. Spend the next three days exploring the area around Torres del Paine National Park. Excursions are led by qualified and experienced guides with hiking, horse riding, scenic visits or bicycle rides all possible both within Torres del Paine National Park as well as other less explored areas outside the park (B,L,D). Awasi Patagonia (Villa) or Tierra Patagonia (Superior Room) Day 10: Patagonia – Santiago. Transfer back to the airport at Punta Arenas for the return flight to Santiago. You are met and assisted with onward flight arrangements (B).
PRICE Tierra Atacama & Tierra Patagonia Twin Share Per Person: From $10,850 Solo Traveller: From $15,795 Awasi Atacama & Awasi Patagonia Twin Share Per Person: From $13,950 Solo Traveller: From $21,995 *Flights not included. Note: Excursions at Tierra lodges are on a shared basis while Awasi lodges include private excursions.
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Hacienda Vira Vira
HACIENDA VIRA VIRA, PUCON
This distant Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific lies 3,500km offshore and is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. It is best known for the gigantic and mysterious sculptures, called moai, which dot the island. There are some 600 of these in various stages of completion either in quarries or along ancient roads between the quarries and the coastal areas where the statues were most often erected. A mild year-round climate allows for perfect walking conditions around the island with cultural activities also available.
This small and elegant boutique hotel is situated close to Pucon in Chile’s lake district. It is situated on the banks of the Liucura River surrounded by stunning volcanoes. Both hacienda and hotel, Vira Vira is set within beautiful gardens and operates a fully-fledged farm on over 40 hectares providing fresh, healthy and delicious food to its guests as well as an interesting insight into farming operations. A wide range of adventure activities are available including hiking, riding, river rafting and more.
‘Easter Island Extension’ | 5 days
Stay at Vira Vira
The city of Valparaiso
The island of Chiloé in southern Chile is famous for its unique architecture, with colonial-era wooden churches that have been declared World Heritage sites, colourful palafitos (stilted over-water houses) and a rich handicraft tradition. It has a history dating back 7,000 years and is more in tune with the seas that surround it than the mainland. Rich in folklore, art and mythology it is also scenically very beautiful.
This city built on many hills is Chile’s main port and boasts myriad brightly coloured houses, winding cobbled streets and impressive street art. It has undeniable charm with vibrant murals, vintage shops, galleries and sea views. Pablo Neruda’s whimsical home is a highlight while nearby is the important Casablanca wine-growing region, which is best known for its crisp, white wines and lighter style reds.
‘Chiloe Extension’ | 4 Days
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Chile & Argentina in Style
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia , Chile
CHILE & ARGENTINA | 15 Days | Santiago - Puerto Natales – El Calafate – Buenos Aires CHILE Valparaiso Santiago PACIFIC OCEAN
BRAZIL URUGUAY Buenos ARGENTINA Aires
Peninsula Valdes SOUTH ATLANTIC El Calafate OCEAN Punta Arenas
Puerto Natales Air Road
Explore these neighbouring countries each vastly different but with so much to offer. Travel from Santiago and the Maipo Valley vineyards to the extraordinary scenery and outdoor adventures of Patagonia and the wonderfully cosmopolitan Argentine capital. Stay in hand-picked boutique properties and enjoy private touring and a host of inclusions.
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Day 1: Arrive Santiago. Meet & Greet at Santiago airport and a private transfer to your boutique hotel. The Singular Hotel (Classic Room)
Day 8: Puerto Natales – El Calafate. Traverse the vast Patagonian pampas on the cross-border journey to Argentina (approx. 5 hours). (B,L,D) Eolo (Premium Suite)
Day 2: Santiago – Maipo Valley – Santiago Take in a panoramic tour of the Chilean capital before a visit to the Perez Cruz winery in the Maipo Valley for a private tasting. Continue through the hills to Fundación Origen, which seeks to improve education for children and promotes the sustainable development of rural communities. Enjoy an organic lunch there (B,L). The Singular Hotel (Classic Room)
Days 9-10: El Calafate. Explore the remarkable Los Glaciares National Park, with a full day trip to the Perito Moreno glacier. At Eolo, expert guides assist to coordinate hiking, horse riding, bird watching and excursions by boat (additional costs apply). (B,L,D). Eolo (Premium Suite)
Day 3: Design Your Day Santiago. Choose from a visit to the historic port town of Valparaiso, famous for its many hills, covered in quaint, colourful old houses and “La Sebastiana”, the former residence of poet Pablo Neruda. Or take a bike tour of Santiago, or perhaps choose an art tour taking you behind the scenes of the Chilean art scene (B). The Singular Hotel (Classic Room) Day 4: Santiago – Puerto Natales. Fly* to Punta Arenas in the far south where you are met and transferred to The Singular (approx. 3 hours), a unique hotel located in a converted cold-storage plant built in 1915. Dine at the intimate El Asador where barbecued local meats are a speciality (B,D). The Singular Patagonia (The Singular Room) Days 5-7: Puerto Natales. Choose from over 20 guided excursions revealing the beauty of the local area and the Torres Del Paine National Park: sail mountain-fringed fjords, bird-watch or discover Puerto Natales, the historic pioneer town (B,L,D). The Singular Patagonia (The Singular Room)
Day 11: El Calafate – Buenos Aires. Fly* to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy dinner and a tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel in VIP seating (B,D). Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 12: Buenos Aires. Morning visit to the colourful port district of La Boca, the Bohemian delights of San Telmo and the beautifully restored 19th century residence El Zanjon (B). Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 13: Buenos Aires. Experience the exciting world of Argentinian polo today when you visit the home of Adolfo Cambiaso, number one player in the world. Learn about the intricacies of the game – its history, the rules, the ponies, their bloodlines and the players and join a clinic to learn how to play (B,L). Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 14: Buenos Aires. Explore this vibrant city at your leisure. Alvear Palace Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 15: Depart Buenos Aires. Private transfer to the airport (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $12,950 Solo Traveller: From $20,485 *Flight not included
Treasures of Northern Argentina
ARGENTINA & BRAZIL | 12 Days | Buenos Aires – Iberá – Iguazu Falls – Salta – Cafayate – Buenos Aires BOLIVIA
Salta Cafayate CHILE
Iguazu Falls Posada
URUGUAY Buenos ARGENTINA Aires SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
A chic and cultured capital city and a host of natural wonders make Argentina one of Latin America’s most exciting places to visit. After a stint in Buenos Aires complete with tango show, this new journey focuses on the attractions in the north of the country where the experience takes travellers off the beaten track to some little known areas including the extraordinary Iberá Wetlands and the Cafayate wine growing region.
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires. Arrive into the Argentine capital and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon is a walking tour in the surrounds of the hotel. Four Seasons Hotel (Mansion View Room) Day 2: Buenos Aires. Your private tour takes you through the leafy streets of Palermo and past its grand residences. There is also time to wander through the famous ten acre Recoleta cemetery where generations of Argentina’s elite are buried, including Eva Peron. This evening enjoy an authentic slice of Argentine culture with dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel with VIP arrangements (B,D). Four Seasons Hotel (Mansion View Room) Day 3: Buenos Aires – Iberá. Transfer to airport for the flight* north to Posadas where you are driven into the amazing floodplains of the Iberá Wetlands, the world’s second largest wetland area spreading over 3.2 million acres. Wildlife here includes giant anteater, giant otter, pampas deer, carpincho, howler monkeys, red macaws and more. Your boutique estancia accommodation is on the banks of the Paraná River on the edge of the wetlands (B,D). Puerto Valle (Casco Room) Days 4-5: Iberá. Two full days spent in the Iberá Wetlands with activities including walks, bird watching, fishing, horse riding and visits to the wetlands. Alternatively you might prefer to relax by the swimming pool or spot caiman and capybara in the nearby lagoon (B,L,D). Puerto Valle (Casco Room) Day 6: Iberá – Iguazu Falls. Today you are driven (approx. 6 hours) northeast to Iguazu Falls stopping en route at the haunting ruins of San Ignacio Jesuit mission. Along the way you’ll pass plantations of yerba mate, manioc and citrus fruits (B). Belmond Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room)
Day 7: Iguazu Falls. Today is spent on the Argentine side of the Falls where guests can get up close to the thundering torrent. Walk through the jungle to a catwalk for dramatic views of the ‘Devil’s Throat’ cataract (B). Belmond Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room) Day 8: Iguazu – Salta. Transfer to the airport for flight* west to Salta. An orientation tour introduces this fine colonial city before arriving at your boutique homestead accommodation (B). House of Jasmines (Superior Room) Day 9: Salta. Enjoy stunning scenery today when you visit Quebrada de Humahuaca, an incredible gorge with dramatic geological features, jagged peaks and rich earthy colours. Visit some indigenous villages along the way (B). House of Jasmines (Superior Room) Day 10: Salta – Cafayate (1,900m). A three hour scenic drive south this morning through the rugged Calchaqui Valley. See the Devil’s throat gorge and Anfiteatro en route. Cafayate is a sleepy town surrounded by vineyards and the afternoon is at leisure (B,L). Patios de Cafayate (Garden View Room) Day 11: Cafayate. Enjoy a visit to a local winery and try the sweet and deep fruit flavour of the famous Torrontes wine (B,L). Patios de Cafayate (Garden View Room) Day 12: Cafayate – Buenos Aires. Transfer from Cafayate to Salta Airport for your return flight* to Buenos Aires. Transfer to international airport for departure flight (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $9,395 Solo Traveller Person: From $17,450 *Flight not included
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Buenos Aires to Rio
Jacaranda trees in bloom, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ARGENTINA & BRAZIL | 10 days | Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
San Antonio de Areco
Buenos Aires ARGENTINA
SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
Spend time immersing yourself in the cosmopolitan elegance of the Argentine capital complete with a tango show before an introduction to its gaucho heritage when you spend a day on a rural estancia. Travel up to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls which you’ll see from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides before hitting flamboyant Rio de Janeiro.
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires. Arrive into the Argentine capital where a private A&K welcome awaits and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a walking tour in the surrounds of the hotel is included (B). Four Seasons Buenos Aires (Mansion View Room) Day 2: Buenos Aires. This morning you are driven through the leafy streets of Palermo with time to explore the famous ten acre Recoleta cemetery where generations of Argentina’s elite are buried, including Eva Peron. Dinner and a tango show are included at Esquina Carlos Gardel with VIP arrangements (B,D). Four Seasons Buenos Aires (Mansion View Room) Day 3: Buenos Aires – San Antonio de Areco– Buenos Aires. Today venture out into the countryside for an insight into life on an estancia with a full day visit to Estancia La Bamba. Experience authentic gaucho traditions while you’re there with an asado lunch, mate tasting, musical entertainment and folk dancing as well as equestrian demonstrations. Return to Buenos Aires later today (B,L). Four Seasons Buenos Aires (Mansion view room) Day 4: Buenos Aires. Half day visit to the colourful port district of La Boca once inhabited by Italian immigrants and home to football giants Boca Juniors. Explore the Bohemian delights of San Telmo and visit the beautifully restored 19th century residence El Zanjon, the most important urban archaeological site in Buenos Aires (B). Four Seasons Buenos Aires (Mansion View Room) Day 5: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls. Transfer to the airport for your flight* to Iguazu. On arrival transfer to the hotel which is within the Brazilian National Park and an easy walk from the falls (B). Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room)
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Day 6: Iguazu Falls. Today is spent on the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, where travellers get up close to the thundering torrent. Walk through the jungle to a catwalk for dramatic views (B). Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room) Day 7: Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro. Morning visit to the Brazilian side of the falls. Transfer to airport and fly* to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s party capital and transfer to your iconic hotel with its unbeatable location on Copacabana Beach. Afternoon at leisure (B). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 8: Rio de Janeiro. Take in the sights this morning including a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay and the city’s legendary golden beaches. After a typical Brazilian BBQ lunch visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer with time to explore the bohemian Santa Teresa district (B,L). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 9: Design Your Day Rio de Janeiro. This morning choose from a samba lesson or a tour through the city’s favelas (slum districts). Afternoon at leisure (B). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport (B).
PRICE: Twin Share Per Person: From:$9,150 Solo Traveller: From: $15,995 *Flight not included
EXPLORE MORE OF ARGENTINA Get more out of your holiday and explore the country in greater depth. Here are some recommendations to complement your visit. Ask your Travel Specialist how best to personalise your journey or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au
BARILOCHE With a picturesque location on Lake Nahuel Huapi at the foot of the Andes, Bariloche is known as ‘Little Switzerland’ for its alpine scenery, its architecture and its chocolate. A year-round destination, there is skiing in the winter months and hiking, fishing, riding, kayaking and more during spring and summer. With plenty to do it is an ideal family destination with some excellent accommodation options in luxury lodges and boutique hotels. A&K RECOMMENDS
‘Bariloche Extension’ | 3 Days
MENDOZA For some of the finest New World wines head to Mendoza, centre of Argentina’s wine industry. Nestled against the stunning backdrop of the snowcapped Andes, it’s a place to enjoy exquisite food and wine and encounter friendly locals. The city itself is a bustling metropolis of wide, leafy avenues, Art Deco architecture, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes and the surrounding terroir provides perfect conditions for producing world famous Malbec wines. A&K RECOMMENDS
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Best of Brazil
Salvador da Bahia
BRAZIL | 9 Days | Rio de Janeiro – Salvador da Bahia – Iguazu Falls
az o n River
Brasilia Pantanal Campo Grande
PARAGUAY Iguazu ARGENTINA Air
Natal Recife Salvador da Bahia Ilheus
Buzios Rio de Janeiro SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
One of the continent’s most colourful nations, Brazil is vast in size and soul. Your journey fires up in flamboyant Rio, one of the world’s most beautifully situated cities, home to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer and the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. There’s time spent enjoying the colonial architecture and beaches in Salvador, ending at the spectacular waterfalls in Iguazu National Park.
Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro. Arrive into Brazil’s festive capital and settle into your iconic hotel with its unbeatable location right on Copacabana Beach. Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 2: Rio de Janeiro. Your private tour this morning visits the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven ‘new’ wonders of the world. From the top of Corcovado Mountain the views are breathtaking. Lunch is at Fogo de Chão, a traditional Brazilian steakhouse. The afternoon is at leisure with optional tours including a samba lesson under the guidance of a professional dancer or the chance to see the other side of Rio with a tour through the city’s favelas (additional cost) (B,L). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 3: Rio de Janeiro. Take in the sights this morning including a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain which rises 396m above the harbour and delivers incredible views from all around. An optional scenic helicopter flight over the city is possible (additional cost applies). (B). Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Salvador da Bahia. A flight* north to Salvador, Brazil’s oldest city and one of the most beautiful and interesting in the country. This afternoon join your guide for an orientation tour in the historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with delightful colonial architecture, followed by a tasting of cachaça, the local distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice (B). Villa Bahia (Deluxe Suite) Day 5: Salvador da Bahia. Explore the nearby farming hinterland. Stop at the country market town of Santo Amaro and Cachoeira and after lunch a walking tour of Cachoeira with opportunities to browse for local wood carvings and see cigars being expertly rolled (B,L). Villa Bahia (Deluxe Suite)
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Day 6: Salvador da Bahia. Visit the peaceful lower city and see the famous Bonfim church, the Monserrat district and Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for the finest Brazilian arts and crafts. Afternoon at leisure (B). Villa Bahia (Deluxe Suite) Day 7: Salvador da Bahia – Iguazu Falls. Fly* to Iguazu and transfer to your hotel, a short stroll from the Falls. This afternoon is a walking tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views followed by a boat ride taking you up close to the rapids (B,D). Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room) Day 8: Iguazu Falls. Visit the Argentine side of the falls where the experience is a close-up one. There is an electric train ride through the park followed by a walking trail through the rainforest to a suspended platform at the edge of the Devil’s Throat, the largest of the cataracts. Visit the upper Argentinian falls and take a brief stop at the Three Borders point where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. Lunch is at a local BBQ restaurant and the afternoon is at leisure (B,L). Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (Deluxe Room) Day 9: Depart Iguazu Falls. Transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $6,995 Solo Traveller: From $12,795 *Flight not included
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PANTANAL The Pantanal in southwest Brazil, though lesser known than the Amazon, offers an incredible wildlife experience. It is the world’s largest tropical wetland area covering almost 195,000 square kilometres and home to a vast number of birds, mammals, fish and reptiles and some 3,500 known plant species. Some of the very rare or endangered species found here include marsh deer, giant river otter, hyacinth macaw, crowned solitary eagle, jaguar, maned wolf, capybara, tapir and giant anteater. Stay in an ecological refuge which promotes environmental research and conservation projects for endangered bird species. A&K RECOMMENDS
‘Pantanal Wildlife Extension’ | 4 Days
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Cobbled streets of Buzios
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world and roughly 60% of that is in Brazil. At its heart lies the huge Amazon River, the second longest watercourse in the world. The extraordinary wealth of plant and animal life in the Amazon basin has attracted explorers and scientists since the dawn of the 16th century. At least 30,000 out of 100,000 species of plants in Latin America are found in the Brazilian Amazon. The wildlife is equally diverse including pink dolphins, caiman, macaws and much more.
Just three hours north of Rio on the Atlantic Coast, Buzios is a favourite seaside retreat for Cariocas (Rio locals) with a distinct Mediterranean feel. There are 26 beaches in close proximity, narrow cobblestone streets and a picturesque waterfront plus smart boutiques, fine restaurants, villas, upmarket pousadas and bars. Renting a beach buggy is one of the best ways to get around while snorkelling, surfing, boating, windsurfing and diving are also popular pastimes.
‘Anavilhanas Lodge Extension’ | 4 Days
‘Buzios Extension’| 4 Days
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COLOMBIA | 10 Days | Bogotá – Pereira – Cartagena Santa Marta CARIBBEAN Tayrona SEA Cartagena Mompox
Medellin Villa de Leyva Zipaquirá Bogota
ECUADOR Air Road
Emerging as one of Latin America’s newest destinations, Colombia has much to boast about. Its modern capital, Bogotá still retains a strong flavour of its colonial past with an atmospheric old town, world class museums, happening restaurants and a vibrant art scene. It is home to the world’s best coffee and the World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape plus a glistening Caribbean coastline and the beautiful old town of Cartagena with its important literary connections. On this private journey, heritage hotels are a highlight.
Day 1: Arrive Bogotá (2,640m). Arrival transfer to your stately hotel. Four Seasons Casa Medina (Premier Room) Day 2: Bogotá. This morning visit historic La Candelaria with its beautiful colonial buildings. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, the Cathedral, the Capilla del Sagrario and the Capitol, Colombia’s seat of government. Later continue to the Museo Botero, a colonial house filled with works of art by Colombia’s most famous artist Fernando Botero. The collection also includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Lunch at Club Colombia and afternoon at leisure (B,L). Four Seasons Casa Medina (Premier Room) Day 3: Bogotá – Pereira. Drive north through the Bogotá Savannah towards Zipaquirá to visit the impressive underground Salt Cathedral then transfer to Bogota airport for your flight* west to Pereira (B). Hacienda Sazagua (Junior Suite) Day 4: Pereira. A full day tour into the Valley of Cocora with its beautiful landscapes where Colombia’s national tree, the Quindian wax palm, grows to heights of 60m. Bird watching here is outstanding with many species including hummingbirds and the endangered palm parrot. Explore the cloud forest and its incredible biodiversity on foot or horseback. Afterwards stop at a trout farm for lunch and then visit the colourful colonial town of Salento (B,L). Hacienda Sazagua (Junior Suite) Day 5: Pereira. Drive through the coffee plantations that dot the surrounding hillsides and visit one of the local coffee estates. Tour the plantation and learn about the growing process in this unique landscape. A coffee tasting session is also included (B,L). Hacienda Sazagua (Junior Suite) Day 6: Pereira – Cartagena. Transfer to the airport for your flight* north to Cartagena via Bogotá. Enjoy
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an evening boat trip with dinner on Cartagena Bay (B,D). Casa San Augustin (Deluxe Room) Day 7: Cartagena. Your full day tour includes the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa where views are breathtaking. Continue to the 16th century San Felipe Fortress, said to be the greatest ever built by the Spanish in any of their colonies. Return to the old walled city to visit the 17th century Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver and the handicraft shops of Las Bovedas. After lunch head out on a walking tour focusing on the haunts of Colombia’s most important writer, Gabriel García Márquez (B,L). Casa San Augustin (Deluxe Room) Day 8: Design Your Day Cartagena. A choice today. Food enthusiasts might like to meet some traditional cooks for a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch. Or there’s a day trip to Palenque a nearby town with a distinctly African flavour. The community is descended from escaped slaves and is heavily influenced by various African cultures. Spend time with a family here and learn about their unique and colourful customs (B,L). Casa San Augustin (Deluxe Room) Day 9: Cartagena. A full day excursion by private boat to the breathtaking Rosario Archipelago National Park, a collection of 27 small coral islands and islets surrounded by coral reef. Enjoy a day of snorkelling and relaxing on the beach with a crayfish lunch included (B,L). Casa San Augustin (Deluxe Room) Day 10: Cartagena. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B).
PRICE: Twin Share Per Person: From: $8,950 Solo Traveller: From: $15,875 *Flight not included
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Villa de Leyva
Tayrona National Park
TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
VILLA DE LEYVA
This unspoiled national park on the Caribbean in northern Colombia is one of the country’s most popular. It covers some 12,000 hectares of land and 3,000 hectares of sea with scenery varying from beautiful sandy beaches to tropical rainforest, mangrove swamps and semi-arid vegetation. There are beautiful coral reefs, pre-Columbian ruins and some wonderful jungle trails. Resident wildlife includes red howler and titi monkeys, woodpeckers, iguanas, a variety of lizards, tropical marine life and more than 400 species of birds.
The small well-preserved town of Villa De Leyva is a jewel of colonial architecture with a huge, grand central plaza, cathedral and cobbled streets. Its charming white houses and shopfronts have terracotta tiled rooves and painted balconies adorned by baskets of geraniums. Explore the traditional patio style structures where central courtyards, paved corridors and stone architraves hide atmospheric boutiques and eateries. The countryside around town is a haven for adventure sports with quad biking, riding, biking and hiking available.
‘Tayrona Extension’ from Cartagena | 3 Days
‘Villa de Leyva Extension’ from Bogota | 3 Days
Abandoned Mompox market
Relatively inaccessible, Mompox is located in the north of the country southeast of Cartagena. Rich in history and tradition, it boasts wellpreserved architecture and a fine location on the Magdalena River and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town was also the inspiration behind Gabriel Garcia Márquez’ seminal novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Watch artisans at work with gold filigree, admire the colonial architecture or take a trip into the nearby wetlands.
Colombia’s second city, Medellín, is a bustling centre of industry and commerce with a pleasant climate giving it the nickname, the ‘City of Eternal Spring.’ Once one of the most dangerous cities in the world, the city has undergone a massive transformation with local politicians and businessmen investing heavily in infrastructure and public education over the last 15 years or so. Today the city is one of the most innovative in the world with exciting culinary offerings, a happening art scene and a newfound buzz.
A day trip by air from Cartagena to Mompox or an overnight stay.
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MEXICO | 14 Days | Mexico City – Puebla – Oaxaca – Merida – Cancun Day 1: Arrive Mexico City (2,240m). Arrive into Mexico’s capital and transfer to your stylish hotel. Las Alcobas (Executive Room)
GULF OF MEXICO
San Miguel de Allende Mexico City Puebla
Cancun Riviera Maya
Oaxaca Air Road
For colour, culture and history Mexico is hard to beat. This delightful private journey takes in some of the country’s most impressive Aztec monuments and archaeological sites contrasting with charming colonial attractions, market towns and artisan workshops. There’s the vibrant capital to explore, UNESCO World Heritage listed Puebla, cosmopolitan Oaxaca with its rich culinary traditions and world famous handicrafts ending with time spent on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Day 2: Mexico City. A full day with your private guide visiting the city’s most important sights including the city square, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Palacio de Bellas Artes. This afternoon visit the National Museum of Anthropology (B). Las Alcobas (Executive Room) Day 3: Mexico City. Optional morning balloon ride over the ruins at Teotihuacan (additional cost) before a privately guided tour of the stunning archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, famous for the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon (B). Las Alcobas (Executive Room) Day 4: Mexico City. Visit the city’s southern attractions including Coyoacan and its cobble stone streets, San Angel Art Bazaar, Frida Khalo’s Casa Azul and Studio Diego Rivera. Explore the markets before heading to Xochimilco’s floating gardens for a traditional Aztec boat ride (B). Los Alcobas (Executive Room) Day 5: Mexico City – Puebla. Journey south to Puebla stopping en route in Cholula, famous for its Great Pyramidal temple. (B). Casa Reyna (Luxury Suite) Day 6: Puebla. A private morning tour of Puebla’s historic city centre. Visit the central plaza and Cathedral, along with the must see Museo Amparo, Casa de la Cultura and the 18th century Teatro Principal. Sample Puebla’s famous mole and other regional specialties at lunch today. Afterwards visit a ceramic “Talavera” workshop (B,L). La Casa Reyna (Luxury Suite) Day 7: Puebla – Oaxaca. Travel further south (approx. 4 hours) to Oaxaca. Explore the historic city centre on foot (B). Quinta Real Oaxaca (Master Interior) Day 8: Oaxaca. Visit the outlying market villages of Ocotlan, Santo Tomas Jalieza and San Bartolo de Coyotepec. Meet local artisans and enjoy lunch with a
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local family (B,L). Quinta Real Oaxaca (Master Interior) Day 9: Oaxaca – Monte Alban – Oaxaca. Explore the magnificent Zapotec site of Monte Alban. Return to Oaxaca with time at leisure (B). Quinta Real Oaxaca (Master Interior) Day 10: Oaxaca. An early visit to the market at Tlacochauaya and then on to Teotitlan del Valle, home to the famous Zapotec rug weavers, for a demonstration of traditional weaving techniques. Lunch with local friends and a chance to try tortilla making. Visit the archaeological site of Mitla, then return to Oaxaca with a stop en route at a Mezcal distillery (B,L). Quinta Real Oaxaca (Master Interior) Day 11: Oaxaca – Merida. A flight* to Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula and transfer to your accommodation. Afternoon at leisure (B). Hacienda Temozon (Junior Suite) Day 12: Yucatan Peninsula. A morning trip to Celestun Reserve, home to a permanent colony of pink flamingos. Explore the mangrove estuaries and wetlands by speedboat. Enjoy a seafood lunch before heading to Merida’s historic city centre for a privately guided tour (B,L). Hacienda Temozon (Junior Suite) Day 13: Yucatan Peninsula. Visit the archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah. An opportunity also for sampling a typical Pibil (earth cooked) meal of chicken or pork with a Mayan Family en route (B,L). Hacienda Temozon (Junior Suite) Day 14: Merida – Cancun. Morning sightseeing to the extensive site of Chichen Itza, the most famous of the Maya ceremonial centres. Afterwards continue to the airport for your departure flight* (B). PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $13,450 Solo Traveller: From $25,500 *Flight not included
EXPLORE MORE OF MEXICO Get more out of your holiday and explore the country in greater depth. Here are some recommendations to complement your visit. Ask your Travel Specialist how best to personalise your journey or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au
San Miguel de Allende
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
This colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene, eclectic boutiques and cultural festivals. It also has a vibrant culinary heritage which can be discovered on a market tour, during a hands-on cooking demonstration or a wine tasting. Wander the town’s cobblestone streets, visit artisan workshops and galleries and dine at renowned restaurants. Explore the surrounding countryside with its archaeological sites, boutique vineyards and charming villages.
To perfectly round out your Mexican adventure don’t miss a beach escape on the beautiful Riviera Maya on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. Picture spectacular white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, warm turquoise waters, offshore reefs and fascinating archaeological sites such as Tulum, one of the most beautiful. Soak up local culture, visit local fishing villages, plan a spa treatment or snorkel the outer reefs and cenotes. Bed down in a luxe seaside hideaway and taste some of the delicious regional cuisine. There’s as much, or as little, to do as you like.
‘Taste of Mexico’ from Mexico City | 5 days
‘Riviera Maya Extension’ from Cancun | 4 days
LOS CABOS On the Sea of Cortez lies the popular Mexican playground of Los Cabos. Complementing a sophisticated resort scene, the area also boasts rich natural wonders, a diversity of wildlife and an intriguing history. From migrating grey whales and giant sea turtles, to sea lion colonies and hidden underwater civilisations, the area is home to unique wildlife and a rich culture. One&Only Palmilla is located on one of the few swimmable beaches on the peninsula, with stunning views over Los Cabos. Evoking Old Mexico in its architecture and design it is surrounded by expansive tropical gardens. Accommodations range from luxurious bedrooms to private villas, all with the finest furnishings. Other facilities include four restaurants, three unique bars, two pools, a private beach and a spa and fitness centre.
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CUBA | 10 Days | Havana – Trinidad – Havana. Day 1: Arrive Havana. A warm Cuban welcome then transfer to your lodgings. You will have a driver and vintage car at your disposal throughout your stay in Havana. La Reserva (Suite)
GULF OF MEXICO Havana Vinales
CUBA Santa Clara Cienfuegos Trinidad
CARIBBEAN SEA Road
Cuba is emerging as one of the region’s hottest destinations and you’ll soon see why. Cigars, music, dance and Hemingway are its most famous cultural icons and on this journey you’ll experience them all and more. In Havana you’ll travel around in an authentic 1950s vintage car, dine in one of the city’s most celebrated paladares, watch avant-garde theatre and visit the old haunts of Hemingway. Further afield there are visits to tobacco and sugar plantations as well as the beaches and colonial towns of the south. Experience all the quintessential charm of Cuba on this outstanding private journey.
Day 2: Havana. This morning head out on a walking tour of colonial Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon a Hemingway tour with a retired professor of English literature who shares interesting insights into the life of the great author. Start off at his villa on the outskirts of the city with its magnificent views and continue to Cojimar fishing village, the town that inspired ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Dine at happening Havana rooftop restaurant El Cocinero before heading to Fabrica del Arte to explore its galleries and performance venues (B,D). La Reserva (Suite) Day 3: Havana. This morning meet two Cuban artists in their studios, an opportunity to interact with this thriving community depending on your particular interest – photography, sculpture or painting. Later a local architect escorts you on a tour of Havana’s impressive architecture from Baroque to 1950s Modernism. Dinner tonight at La Guarida, Cuba’s most celebrated paladar (intimate family restaurant). Later tonight take in a Cuban show inspired by the music of the famous Buena Vista Social Club at the landmark Hotel Nacional (B,D). La Reserva (Suite) Day 4: Havana – Viñales – Havana. Today you are driven west to Viñales, centre of Cuba’s tobacco growing region. With your local guide venture into the countryside to visit a plantation and learn about its production before observing how the famous Cuban cigars are traditionally hand-rolled. Return to Havana with the evening at leisure (B, L). La Reserva (Suite) Day 5: Havana. Learn about the history of Cuban cuisine this morning, with a tour of a local market led by a Cuban chef, followed by a cooking lesson in a private home and a light lunch. This afternoon meet a local author and expert on Santería, the religion
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which blends West African deities with Christian saints, and learn about its unique practices (B,L). La Reserva (Suite) Day 6: Havana – Cienfuegos – Trinidad. Drive to the colonial port town of Cienfuegos on the south coast with time to explore the city. Continue along the panoramic coastal road to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site with unique colonial architecture, arriving this evening (B). Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad (Junior Suite) Day 7: Trinidad. A morning walking tour introduces you to the handsome town of Trinidad with its multi-coloured pastel hued terraces. Wander its cobbled streets and visit important architectural attractions for an insight into its complex history. Later this afternoon tour local sugar plantations for an overview of the island’s slave history and see the grand homes of the sugar barons (B). Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad (Junior Suite) Day 8: Trinidad. Trinidad is home to some of the most important artisans in Cuba. From the Santander pottery family to lace-making dynasties, you´ll find some of the best hand-made crafts here. Your guide will accompany you on an artisan tour. Afternoon is at leisure (B). Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad (Junior Suite) Day 9: Trinidad – Havana. Return to Havana (approx. 6 hours) with a stop en route at Santa Clara for a visit to the Che memorial, to pay homage to the leader of the Cuban revolution, where he won the battle of Santa Clara. Saratoga Hotel (Junior Suite) Day 10: Depart Havana. Relax this morning before a transfer to the airport for your departure (B). PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $9,895 Solo Traveller: From $16,250
Costa Rica Encounter
Red-eyed tree frog, Tortuguero National Park
COSTA RICA | 9 Days | San Jose – Tortuguero – Arenal – Osa Peninsula – San José NICARAGUA CARIBBEAN SEA
COSTA RICA Arenal
Tortuguero San Jose
Puerto Jimenez Lapa Rios
Renowned for its ecological diversity, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet. Situated between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans near the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus, this tiny country boasts a wide range of habitats from rainforest and beaches to volcanoes and mangrove swamps, each supporting a fascinating variety of wildlife. You’ll visit Tortuguero National Park, a major nesting beach for the Atlantic green sea turtle and the Arenal Volcano National Park which is home to one of the country’s most active volcanoes as well as the Osa Peninsula, home to pristine rainforest and rugged natural beauty.
Day 1: Arrive San José. Arrive into the Costa Rican capital and transfer to the hotel. Hotel Grano de Oro (Deluxe Room) Day 2: San José – Tortuguero. An early transfer to the airport for the charter flight northeast to Tortuguero where you are met and transferred across the Tortuguero River by boat to Tortuga Lodge. One of the last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America there are 11 habitats in the park. Head out by boat on a wildlife activity into the back water lagoons and creeks. Look out for monkeys, sloths, caiman, incredible birdlife and more (B,L,D). Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (Upstairs River View Room) Day 3: Tortuguero. Join your Tortuguero local naturalist guide on a private boat tour to explore the creeks and backwater lagoons of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. A private garden dinner is included this evening (B,L,D). Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (Upstairs River View Room) Day 4: Tortuguero – Arenal. Return by boat to the airstrip for the flight to San José then transfer by road to Arenal (approx. 3 hours). The nearby Arenal Volcano National Park protects more than 500,000 acres of rain forest, rivers, lakes and old volcanic lava fields (B). Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens (Deluxe Room)
Day 6: Arenal Volcano – Lapa Rios. Early this morning return by road to San José airport for the flight south to Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula. Transfer to your ecolodge set in a thousand acre private nature reserve and one of the last remaining lowland tropical rainforests in Costa Rica. Enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean from your bungalow (B,L,D). Lapa Ríos Hotel (Ocean View Bungalow) Days 7-8: Osa Peninsula. Spend two days at Lapa Rios with a variety of activities available including bird watching, waterfall visits, tree planting and a variety of different walks and hikes (B,L,D). Lapa Ríos Hotel (Ocean View Bungalow) Day 9: Osa Peninsula – San José. Transfer to airport for return flight to San José and onward connections (B).
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From $9,450 Solo Traveller: From $14,700
Day 5: Arenal. A full day spent in Arenal with your private guide. Head into the forest and hike along the network of bridges which are suspended in the canopy. Observe the significant diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the area as well as views of the volcano (weather permitting). This evening visit the natural thermal hot springs which are located in the forest (B,D). Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens (Deluxe Room)
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HOSTED SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS In addition to the private journeys featured in this brochure, A&K also offers a range of Hosted Small Group Journeys around the globe. Below is a selection of what we offer in South America. For more details visit our website or request a copy of our Hosted Small Group Journeys brochure.
CHILE, BOLIVIA, PERU | 17 Days | Treasures of the Andes This journey is perfect for travellers seeking adventure by day and comfortable lodgings by night. The dramatic highlights of northern Chile are combined with the extraordinary landscapes of the Bolivian salt flats and the high altitude wonders of Lake Titicaca and Cusco. You’ll contrast ancient preColumbian archaeology with modern street art, savour delicious South American food and wine and observe a rich textile heritage. Photographers will find endless subject matter in extraordinary landscapes, richly coloured handicrafts, faces full of character, atmospheric city scenes and unusual wildlife with a local host on board from beginning to end. He is your conduit to the local cultures you experience, sharing his views and insights on the fascinating Andean countries you will visit. DEPARTURE DATES: 7 Apr 2017; 29 Sep 2017. PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From Single Supplement: From
2017 $16,395 $3,650
COLOMBIA | 11 Days | Colombia Revealed with Richard McColl
PERU | 10 Days | A Taste of Peru with Justine Schofield
Discover why Colombia is Latin America’s best kept secret when you explore this fascinating country in the company of Bogotá expat, Richard McColl. Focus on two of Colombia’s most famous cultural assets – renowned author Gabriel García Márquez and the great artist Fernando Botero – as well as the abundant natural attractions of the coffee country and Medellin, Colombia’s second city. Stay in hotels full of character and enjoy plenty of delicious local fare along the way.
Peru boasts one of the world’s most sophisticated and inventive culinary scenes and has beautiful fresh produce from its three distinct geographic regions as well as important influences from ancient Inca times through to the more recent Japanese migration. This journey includes memorable meals in the country’s leading restaurants, rustic fare in rural villages and hands-on interaction with cooking classes and demonstrations. Famous sights are also explored including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
DEPARTURE DATES: 12 Mar 2017; 24 Nov 2017.
DEPARTURE DATE: 4 Aug 2017.
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From Single Supplement: From
PRICE Twin Share Per Person: From Single Supplement: From
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2017 $8,295 $1,995
2017 $10,595 $2,150
LUXURY CRUISE TOURS Our latest concept in group touring is a collection of specially designed itineraries which combine a luxury or expedition cruise with exclusive A&K land arrangements.
CHILE & ARGENTINA | 15 Days | Australia – Santiago – Patagonia – Buenos Aires – Australia Explore the legendary southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia by land and sea on this expedition cruise tour. From the unique surrounds of The Singular Patagonia you’ll be treated to a host of exciting activities from hikes and horse rides to artisan visits, mountain biking and estancia visits which bring authentic Patagonia to life. Complete the experience when you sail in the wake of pioneering navigators and indigenous natives on impressive expedition cruise ship M/V Stella Australis. You’ll see some of the world’s wildest and most pristine landscapes with dazzling glaciers, penguin and seal colonies, towering snow-capped mountains, Magellanic forest and Cape Horn. Finish up in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to experience the city’s distinctive cultural and culinary attractions. BOLIVIA
• Group size of no more than 24 guests
• A&K Tour Director travels with group
Santiago Buenos Aires
Tucker Islets ARGENTINA Ainsworth Bay Pia Glacier Ushuaia Glacier Alley Wulaia Bay
• Chile’s Maipo Valley with wine tasting and unique organic lunch • Unique off-ship accommodation at The Singular hotels in Santiago and Patagonia • Choice of daily expert-led outdoor adventures through Patagonia • 5 day all-inclusive expeditionary cruise • VIP dinner and tango show in Buenos Aires • An engaging interactive restaurant experience presenting classic Argentine food and wine
DEPARTURE DATES: 6 Nov 2017, 29 Jan 2018 PRICE 2017 & 2018 15 Day Cruise Tour & Fly 13 Day Cruise Tour* Australia return Santiago to Buenos Aires AAA Cabin Twin Share per person: From $15,495 Single Supplement: From $3,835
10 Day Cruise Tour* Santiago to Ushuaia $11,495 $3,415
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LATIN AMERICA HOTELS, LODGES & CRUISES A Selection of A&K’s Favourites
ARIA AMAZON This striking matte-black-hulled vessel was launched in 2011. Recently refurbished, Aria Amazon has been upgraded from bed linens to state of the art lighting. The 45m long vessel was designed by the innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig with a sophisticated boutique hotel-style ambience that incorporates natural wood flooring, a neutral colour scheme and soft lighting. There are 16 Design Suites on board each measuring 23 square meters with floor to ceiling windows for a maximum of 32 guests. Four suites can interconnect for families. The 26 crew include a paramedic and four English-speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions’ highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Peruvian Amazon.
STELLA AUSTRALIS Sail legendary seas in the wake of pioneering navigators and indigenous natives on this impressive adventure cruise ship in the southernmost region of the world. Operating out of Ushuaia, Argentina and Punta Arenas, Chile journeys take in some of the world’s wildest and most pristine landscapes with dazzling glaciers, penguin and seal colonies, towering snow-capped mountains, Magellanic forest and Cape Horn. Stella Australis carries a maximum of 210 guests in cabins from 16.5m2 with picture windows, independent climate control and private bathroom. Cruises are all-inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar for wine, beer, liqueurs and other beverages and an extensive programme of shore excursions. Shore access is via Zodiacs in the company of expert naturalist guides. There are 3 and 4 night cruises available from September to April.
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LA SELVA AMAZON ECO LODGE & SPA
THE SINGULAR SANTIAGO
Ecuador – Amazon
Chile – Santiago
Hidden away on the border of Yasuni National Park, La Selva Eco Lodge is situated on a beautiful oxbow lake. The lodge offers a high degree of comfort seldom seen in the jungle with 12 thatched cabins inspired by the simple, local bamboo design and using only rainforest materials. Each offers a private bathroom with hot water, electricity, ceiling fans, hammocks and mosquito netting where necessary. There are several public areas including a good restaurant with lake views and a bar. A new spa is being built in the middle of the rainforest. Activities at La Selva include guided jungle trails, canoe excursions, lagoon swimming and visits to the observation tower and parrot clay licks.
The Singular Santiago is a five-star luxury hotel located in the Lastarria neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Santiago. The hotel fits seamlessly into this iconic neighbourhood, which epitomises the pride and creativity of the people of Santiago. Its architecture combines the style of the early 20th century with neoclassical French influences. Guest rooms are a mixture of classic and contemporary with tasteful touches of rich wood, supple leather, different colour schemes and soft lighting with every expected comfort. The restaurant’s menu is based on ancient Chilean flavours using the highest quality ingredients. Other facilities include a rooftop bar and swimming pool plus a spa and wellness centre.
THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA
Chile – Patagonia
Chile – Atacama
Recognised as one of the most unique hotels in Chile, this 57-room heritage hotel highlights the history and heritage of the region around Puerto Natales. It is located in a post-Victorian era cold-storage plant built in 1915 and has been declared a Chilean National Monument. The original industrial architecture of the building has been preserved while contrasting state of the art technology and design delivers a sleek modern touch. The hotel maximises the surrounding landscape with gardens overlooking the fjords and spectacular views. Over 20 different expeditions are offered from adrenaline pumping adventure to sedate nature experiences.
Alto Atacama is a 42-room hideaway set in the most impressive location amongst the salt mountains of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The hotel’s adobe design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Purposely positioned away from the town of San Pedro, Alto Atacama sits in exclusive isolation allowing guests to experience the desert’s stillness and extraordinary night skies. The well-appointed rooms each feature a terrace with valley view. Other facilities include the spa, six outdoor pools and Jacuzzi while the restaurant features fresh, local organic produce accompanied by a fine selection of Chilean wines.
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