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SOUTH AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA Including Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize & Antarctica

Talk to us, the locals!

The tailor made specialists.


Mexico Havana

Cuba

Cancun

Santiago de Cuba

Trinidad

Mexico City Acapulco

Belize Guatemala City

Guatemala

Honduras

Nicaragua Santa Marta

El Salvador

San Jose

Caracas

Cartagena Panama City

Costa Rica Panama

Venezuela Bogota

Canaima

Guyana Suriname French Guyana

Cali

Galapagos Islands

Colombia

Esmaraldas

Ecuador

Quito Guayaquil

Manaus

Trujillo

Peru Brazil

Machu Picchu

Lima

Cuzco Puno Arequipa Arica

Cuiaba

Bolivia Potosi

Sucre Campo Grande

Paraguay Asunci贸n Salta

Sao Paulo Iguazu Falls

Argentina Santiago

Uruguay

Mendoza Buenos Aires

Chile Puerto Montt Bariloche

Puerto Natales

Salvador

La Paz

Calama

Easter Island

Bel茅m

Iquitos

El Calafate

Punta Arenas Ushuaia

Montevideo

Rio de Janeiro


SOUTH AMERICA Why book with the South America Tourism Office? See beyond salsa, sombreros and tequila, Latin America is a feast for the senses with something for every kind of traveler, whether it’s relaxing by the beautiful beaches of Brazil, trekking through the Amazon, admiring the wondrous glaciers of the Antarctic region or dancing to the rhythms of the samba, salsa or tango. Our South American staff have travelled extensively through both South and Central America and can offer a unique perspective on the diversity of attractions and destinations to be discovered. SATO specializes in tailor making itineraries, using our knowledge to assist you in designing an experience of the continent that will meet your needs and cater for your interests. By providing tours on an independent basis, SATO can guarantee you will travel on the departure date you’ve selected (as we don’t require minimum numbers before tours will definitely go ahead.) Travelling independently also means that we can offer more flexibility with our products, we can easily add extra days in particular destinations, offer more or different tours or rearrange your journey in a better order to make the most of the weather for the time you are travelling. As we custom make travel packages, you can even come to one of our consultants with your wish-list and we can find the best way to structure the trip for you. And travelling independently does not mean that you will be left on your own, as you will be assisted by our professional and reliable contacts on the ground, on hand to assist with their local knowledge and emergency contact numbers provided in all destinations for extra peace of mind. We invite you to come and share our culture, customs and most importantly the warmth, spirit and friendliness of our people. So when booking your next trip to South or Central America, ‘talk to us, the locals!’

Escorted Small Group Tours Circuits Argentina Chile Peru Bolivia Uruguay Brazil Ecuador Panama Venezuela Colombia Costa Rica Mexico Cuba Belize Guatemala Antarctica Booking Conditions Useful Information

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Australis Patagonia Cruises, CHILE

Alto Atacama, CHILE

Indulging Experiences Hand picked by SATO

Call 1300 857 805 or email reservations@sthamerica.com www.southamericatourism.com

The Singular Patagonia, CHILE

The Singular Santiago, CHILE


Mashpi Lodge, ECUADOR

La Pinta, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Combine these three experiences to receive a $1000 discount per person*

*Conditions apply. Black out dates: MAR 27 - APR 10 , DEC 15 - JAN 15

Casa Gangotena, ECUADOR


HOW TO USE THIS BROCHURE 1) Firstly look through our circuits: These itineraries offered in the first 27 pages will form a good starting point of the most popular places you can visit in this amazing continent. These tours are all suggested itineraries of what you can fit in within certain periods of time (2 weeks, 3 weeks, 30 days etc.) 2) Read further about particular tours in the relevant country pages. If you want to know a bit more detail about what there is to see in each country you will visit, have a glance over the descriptions from p. 18. Summaries and photos are available of some of the programs, packages, hotels and combinations that are possible in each country. 3) Choose your level of comfort for hotels and tours. Choose from the hotel grading offered (tourist, first class, deluxe class or boutique.) If you are unsure about these, you can discuss these with our consultants or you can specify what your overall budget is for the entire trip. Choose whether you would like to share your tours with other tourists (seat in coach) or have a private guide (exclusive for you and your group.) 4) Decide on your travel dates and duration. If you are unsure of the best times to travel, our consultants can assist you as climate and geography of the continent is quite varied. 5) Contact SATO to begin planning your ultimate South American experience. Email reservations@sthamerica.com or contact us on 1300 857 805

HOTELS

TOURS AND TRANSFERS

We generally do not use accommodation that is considered less than a 3 star hotel and our properties all include private bathroom facilities. (In some less developed places, only 2 star hotels may be available but this is rare and even in these cases, they will have a private bathroom.)

Local Guides

Our philosophy is that location is paramount when you are staying in a city for a few nights, as being central to the attractions and restaurants makes a big difference to your experience. And as safety is a concern for some of our clients, we can often suggest districts/suburbs they may find more appealing. Prices of hotels within these categories will vary depending on service, location and reputation and we have many to choose from in each city Tourist hotels (3 star) Value hotels, clean and with a reasonable level of comfort with rooms that may vary in terms of size. Most have local or are operated by local chains and offer good location. Hotels have private bathrooms. Tourist superior hotels (3.5) Better hotels with extra benefits and are slightly better located that the standard tourist options. Others superior properties may once been considered first class and have a high standard of facilities but may now be a little dated. These hotels will often fall between the categories of 3 and 4 stars in terms of price and standard. First class hotels (4 star) Good hotels with comfortable rooms and great facilities and service. A lot of these are new hotels or have been recently upgraded and strive to maintain the standard of their facilities. Deluxe class hotels (5 star)

We prefer to use local English speaking guides to conduct your tours and believe you will get an extra insight into the local culture and character from the first hand experience that people living in these destinations can provide. Transfers and tours will be conducted in a combination of private and seat in coach basis depending on location and cost. Seat in coach service (SIB) Seat in coach services are shared with other tourists from all over the world allowing you to mingle and meet other travellers. This kind of service is the more economical option as the cost is shared with other people and the numbers on any given tour will vary depending to the location and dates. You will be led by qualified English speaking guides (unless otherwise specified or requested) and in some places, information may also be translated into other languages (such as Portuguese/French/Italian) depending on other nationalities present. Some other languages may also be requested at additional cost. Private services

Boutique Hotels (BT)

Private services are exclusive for you/your travelling companions which means you receive a higher level of personalised service from your guide. The departure time of private tours can be specified, their attention will be completely devoted to you and you can travel at your own pace within the allocated time.

Exclusive hotels with plenty of character, focused on design or special themes, often smaller in size in terms of rooms and offering exceptional service for a unique experience. Perfect for the discerning traveller after a truly memorable journey.

*Please note that in some remote/more expensive regions, a private driver only service may be used to bring down the costs. This will be specified on our itineraries.

Excellent hotels, often leading properties in their respective cities, either based on world class design or cultural characteristics. These may be based on international or local chains whilst some may be leading smaller hotels. Ideal for travellers who like to travel in style and prefer a high level of comfort.


SOUTH AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER!

LAN Airlines offers seven flights per week from Sydney to Santiago, Chile via Auckland, plus three direct codeshare flights from Sydney to Santiago operated by oneworld partner airline. From Santiago LAN and TAM offer connections to more than 115 destinations in South America.


Escorted

ESSENCE OF SOUTH AMERICA

SMALL GROUP TOURS

22 DAY TOUR

Visit our website for more of our small group tours.

Departures: 15 MAR ‘15, 12 APR ‘15, 06 SEPT ‘15, 04 OCT ‘15, 13 MAR ’16 This tour can operate also as an independent weekly departure. Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO - LIMA Transfer to hotel. Day 2: LIMA (B) Morning city tour of colonial and modern Lima. Transfer to airport for your flight to Cuzco. Transfer to Sacred Valley.

Machu Picchu Lima

Day 3: SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Overnight.

Cuzco Puno Lake Titicaca La Paz

Day 4: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Train to Machu Picchu, ruins tour and overnight.

Rio De Janeiro

Day 5: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B) Morning free to visit ruins. Return train and land transfer to Cuzco.

Iguazu Falls

Day 6: CUZCO (B) Half day city tour of some of the sites in and around Cuzco including the cathedral, Q'oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Santiago Buenos Aires

Day 7: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L) Spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano Puno to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Day 8: PUNO (B) Half day tour of Uros, to visit the communities that live on these reed islands. Day 9: PUNO - LA PAZ (B, L) Cross from Peru into Bolivia, via the lovely lakeside village of Copacabana, boarding a comfortable catamaran to begin the scenic crossing of the magical Lake Titicaca. Stop at the complex on Sun Island for an introduction to the mysterious Tiwanaku civilization on the way to La Paz. Day 10: LA PAZ (B) Half day city tour including the rock formations of Moon valley and learn about the local "Pacenos" customs and traditions including a trip local witchery market. Day 11: LA PAZ - SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Santiago. Transfer to hotel. Day 12: SANTIAGO (B) Half day city tour of Santiago, dramatically set at the foot of the Andes mountains to discover the city's many layers of cultural influence, visit "La Moneda" government house and try some pisco sour.

Day 20: BUENOS AIRES (B) Free day to discover this exciting city or go shopping. Day 21: BUENOS AIRES - AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to the airport for flight home. Day 22: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Day 14: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour and cable car trip to one of the city's favourite landmarks Sugar Loaf mountain, the famous granite and quartz peaks overlooking Guanabara bay for a fantastic view. Samba show and dinner.

Tour includes • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 6 internal flights within South America • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class train journey from Cuzco to Puno • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transfers • English speaking local guides • Tour Escort (minimum 10 people)

Day 15: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Half day trip to the top of Corcovado mountain, catching a small train through the Tijuca forest before reaching the top to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Tour excludes • Air Taxes (taxes invoiced as tickets are issued - approx $1080p.p) • Departure Taxes (paid locally at airports) • Tipping

Day 16: RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Iguazu. Transfer and tour to the Brazilian side of the falls for a panoramic view of the 275 falls spanning nearly 3 kilometres and running along the border of Brazil and Argentina.

**Pre-extension to Amazon at $984.00 twin / $1451 single **Pre-extension to Galapagos Islands at $4062 twin / $5695 single (15 March departure at $4756 twin / $7524 single) **Post tour extension to Bariloche and Lakes District at $2295 twin/ $2508 single

Day 17: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Guided walk along the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including a small train journey to the impressive Devil's Throat, the impressive point during which most water passes.

COST PER PERSON 15 MAR, 12 APR, 6 SEP, 4 OCT ‘15

Day 13: SANTIAGO - RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Transfer to airport for flight to one of the most scenic and lively cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to hotel.

Day 18: IGUAZU FALLS - BUENOS AIRES (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel. Day 19: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Half day tour of South America's stylish

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capital, Buenos Aires, whose architecture and boulevards are steeply influenced by a European heritage. Visit the bohemian street market of La Boca, the tango barrio of San Telmo and the famous Recoleta cemetery, home to the resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening, experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show.

13 MAR ‘16

TWIN

$9925

$10222

SINGLE

$11656

$12005


Escorted

TEQUILA, TOBACCO & RUM

SMALL GROUP TOURS

15 DAY TOUR

Visit our website for more of our small group tours.

Departures: 1 AUG & 31 OCT ‘15, 5 MAR & 2 APR ‘16 This tour can operate also as an independent weekly departure.

This journey will take you to the land of Mariachis and Tequila with its strong Spanish heritage. Visit some of the main Archaeological Mayan sites and discover the greatness and splendour of this pre-Hispanic culture, still alive today in many of the indigenous town around Mexico. Then onto Cuba, land of the cigars and birth place of the contagious dancing rhythm known as salsa.

Mexico City

Lose yourself in the many cobble streets of both Havana and Trinidad and you will be transported back to a time of horse drawn carriages and colonial Spanish outfits.

Merida Cancun Villahermosa Palenque

Chichen Itza

Havana Santa Clara Trinidad

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – MEXICO CITY On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day2: MEXICO CITY (B) Half day city tour of Mexico City including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Museum of Anthropology. Day 3: MEXICO CITY (B) Full day tour visiting the Shrine of Guadalupe and archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Day 4: MEXICO CITY – VILLAHERMOSA – PALENQUE (B) Transfer to Airport, flight to Villahermosa. On arrival you will visit the archaeological site of Palenque, before being transferred to your hotel. Day 5: VILLAHERMOSA – MERIDA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Merida. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 6: MERIDA (B, L) Full day tour visiting the sites of Uxmal & Kabah, one of the finest preserved archaeological sites in Mexico. Day 7: MERIDA – CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN (B) Full day tour to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, one of the most impressive ruins of the Mayan Civilization. Overnight in Cancun. Day 8: CANCUN – HAVANA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Havana. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel in the Historical City.

Tour includes • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 5 Internal flights within Central America • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (14 breakfast, 6 lunches , 1 dinner) • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • English speaking local guides • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transfers Tour excludes • Air Taxes (taxes invoiced as tickets are issued - approx $1285p.p) • Tips

Day 9: HAVANA (B, L) Morning walking city tour of the Colonial city followed by lunch at a local restaurant, Afternoon panoramic city tour in a vintage car. Day 10: HAVANA (B, L) Full day tour to Viñales, where Cubas’s tabacco and coffee plantations are clustered. Visit to a local cigar factory before returning to Havana. Day 11: HAVANA (B,D) Half day tour to focused on understanding Cuban traditions and religions. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner rand show at Beny More, in the heart of the old city. Day 12: HAVANA – SANTA CLARA – TRINIDAD (B, L) Bus transfer to Trinidad via Santa Clara. Morning tour of Santa Clara including a visit to Che Mausoleum before continuing on to Trinidad. Day 13: TRINIDAD (B, L) Full day tour of Trinidad including the sights of Plaza Mayor, Museo Romantico and Casa del Alfarero. The tour also includes visits to Valle de los Ingenios, one of the riches regions in the 1800s due to the booming sugar trade. Day 14: TRINIDAD – CIENFUEGOS – HAVANA (B L) Bus transfer to Havana via Cienfuegos. Morning tour of Cienfuegos, the beautiful city by the sea, before continuing to Havana. Day 15: HAVANA – MEXICO CITY – AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight home via Mexico City.

COST PER PERSON

1 AUG & 31 OCT ‘15

5 MAR & 2 APR ‘16

TWIN

$6971

$7180

SINGLE

$7854

$8089

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GALAPAGOS, THE AMAZON & EASTER ISLAND

SMALL GROUP TOURS Visit our website for more of our small group tours.

20 DAY TOUR Departures: 4 APR ‘15, 19 SEPT ’15, 27 FEB ‘16

This tour can operate also as an independent weekly departure. Be captivated by the mysteries that South America beholds. Be amazed by the beauty of the Amazon rainforest, the wonders of nature at Galapagos islands, and the mysterious Moai statues of Easter Island, before relaxing in the tropics of Tahiti.

Galapagos Islands

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Quito

Lima

Day 2: SANTIAGO (B) Half day walking tour of Santiago. Day 3: SANTIAGO – QUITO (B) Transfer to airport, fly to Quito. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 4: QUITO – NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE (B D) Transfer to airport for your flight to Coca. Motorised canoe to your lodge.

Easter Island Santiago

Day 5: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE (B L D) Explore the Amazon Jungle or enjoy the many activities offered at the lodge. Day 6: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE (B L D) Bird watching or trekking are some activities offered at the lodge. Day 7: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE – QUITO (B) On Arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 8: QUITO (B, L) Day tour to Otavalo Market Day 9: QUITO (B) Half day tour of Quito and middle of the world monument. Day 10: QUITO – GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D) Transfer to, fly to Baltra and transfer to dock and board the Galapagos Legend for the start of your four day cruise. This luxury ship caters for 100 passengers in twin share cabins with private bathrooms and includes full board, all meals and guided visits to the islands.

• Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners) • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and transfers • English speaking local guides Tour Excludes • Air taxes (taxes invoiced as tickets are issued) • Departure taxes (paid locally at airports) • Tipping • Travel Insurance • Items of personal nature

Day 11: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D) Day 12: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L D) Day 13: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO – LIMA – SANTIAGO (B) End of your cruise. Transfer to airport for your flight back to Santiago via Lima. Day 14: SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND Morning flight to Easter Island. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 15: EASTER ISLAND (B) Day tour of Ahu Akiv Moai statues and Orongo Volcano. Day 16: EASTER ISLAND (B L) day tour of Anakena beach and the archaeological centre of Akahanga, Rano Raraku quarry where all the existing moais were sculpted. Day 17: EASTER ISLAND – PAPEETE (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Papeete, Tahiti. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Day 18: PAPEETE (B) Half day island tour of Papeete. Day 19: PAPEETE – AUCKLAND Transfer to airport for your flight to Auckland.

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Day 20: AUCKLAND – AUSTRALIA Board your flight to Australia

COST PER PERSON

04 APR & 19 SEP ‘15

27 FEB ’16

Tour includes • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 4 internal airfares within South America

TWIN

$11560

$11906

SINGLE

$12668

$13048


GREAT RAIL JOURNEYS OF ECUADOR & PERU

20 DAY TOUR

This tour can operate also as an independent weekly departure.

Day 2: SANTIAGO – GUAYAQUIL (B) Half day tour of panoramic Santiago. Afternoon transfer to airport for your flight to Guayaquil. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Guayaquil

Day 3: GUAYAQUIL (B) Half day orientation of Guayaquil.

SMALL GROUP TOURS Visit our website for more of our small group tours.

2015 Departures: 9 APR, 7 MAY, 4 JUNE, 2 & 30 JULY, 10 SEP, 15* & 29 OCT Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Escorted

Lasso/Quito Riobamba Bucay

Machu Picchu Cuzco

Lima

Day 4: GUAYAQUIL – (TREN CRUCERO) – DURAN – BUCAY (B, L, D) Your rail journey commences departing from Duran aboard the Tren Crucero. Travel through amazing landscapes of volcanoes, valleys and snow capped mountains. Overnight at Bucay.

Puno Uros & Taquile Islands

Day 5: BUCAY – RIOBAMBA (B, L, D) Travel to Alausi, for the renowned Devils Nose train journey before an overnight at Riobamba. Day 6: RIOBAMBA – LASSO (B, L, D) Continue your rail journey via the towns of Ambato, Cunchibama, Lacatunga and overnight at a hacienda in Lasso.

Santiago

Day 7: LASSO – COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK – QUITO (B, L) Travel to Cotopaxi, where you will be taken to Cotopaxi national park. Continue your journey in the afternoon to Quito. Day 8: QUITO (B) Half day tour of Colonial Quito. Day 9: QUITO – LIMA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 10: LIMA (B) Half day tour of modern and colonial Lima and the Gold Museum. Day 11: LIMA – CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B) Transfer out for flight to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley. Day 12: SACRED VALLEY (B) Half day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the colourful local market of Pisac. Day 13: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus to the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation.

Tour includes • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 5 internal airfares within South America • Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (34 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and transfers • English speaking local guides Tour excludes • Airport and security taxes *Only 15 OCT 2015 is escorted.

Day 14: MACHU PICCHU (B, D) Second day entry to the ruins and optional Wayna Picchu climb. Day 15: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Free morning. Return by train to Cuzco, transfer to hotel. Day 16: CUZCO (B) Guided half-day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco. Day 17: CUZCO – PUNO (B, L) A spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Day 18: UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS (B L) Full day tour to the reed islands of Uros and Taquile Island. Day 19: PUNO – LIMA – SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to Juliaca airport for your flight to Santiago. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Day 20: SANTIAGO – AUSTRALIA (B) Morning visit to the Rail Museum before an afternoon transfer to the airport. Day 21: IN FLIGHT Day 22: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

COST PER PERSON

TOURIST HOTELS FIRST CLASS HOTELS

TWIN

$9592

$10827

SINGLE

$10038

$14808

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CIRCUIT 1

15 DAYS from

$7365*p.p

INCAS, SAMBA & FALLS

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. This whirlwind tour takes you through the most memorable sights of one of the continent’s ancient civilisations, the natural marvel that is Iguazu Falls, and the fantastic scenery and spirit of two of South America’s most beautiful cities; colourful Rio de Janeiro and sophisticated Buenos Aires in a little more than two quick weeks.

Lima

Cuzco

Departs daily. Rio De Janeiro

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – LIMA Transfer to hotel. Stay overnight.

Iguazu Falls

Day 2: LIMA - CUZCO (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco. Transfer to hotel and stay overnight. Day 3: CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac Market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight. Day 4: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus up the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilization. Day 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) You will have this morning free to explore the ruins at your own pace before catching the return train back to Cuzco. Day 6: CUZCO (B) Guided half-day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, exploring temples, ruins and museums showcasing this wondrous civilisation. Day 7: CUZCO - LIMA (B) Morning at leisure to wander through the cobble streets of Cuzco or explore the many museums. Transfer and afternoon flight to Lima.

Santiago Buenos Aires

Includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 7 internal flights within South America • Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • English speaking local guides • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transfers Excludes: Airport or security taxes • Tips

Day 8: LIMA - SAO PAULO - RIO DE JANEIRO Flight to Rio de Janeiro via Sao Paulo. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free to explore this captivating city or lounge by the famous Ipanema or Copacabana beach. Day 9: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, L) Full day tour and cable car trip to one of the citys favourite landmarks Dugar Loaf mountain, the famous granite and quartz peaks for a splendid view of the city and Guanabara bay. Lunch then tour of Corocvado mountain catching the small train through Tijuca forest before reaching the top to see the iconic Chris the Redeemer statue. Day 10: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D) Day at leisure. In the evening, head to a local churrasqueria for a hearty BBQ Dinner and colourful Samba Show. Day 11: RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Iguazu Falls. Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for a panoramic view of this natural marvel.

CIRCUIT 1

Day 12: IGUAZU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (B) Today you will take a guided walk along the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including a small train journey to the Devil’s Throat, the impressive point through which the most water flows through this magnificent cascade. Transfer to and flight to Buenos Aires.

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incas, samba & Falls

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

Day 13: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Half day tour of South America’s stylish capital, Buenos Aires, whose architecture and boulevards are influenced by a strong European heritage. Visit the bohemian street market of La Boca, the tango barrio of San Telmo and the famous Recoleta cemetery, home to the resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening your will be taken to feast on some succulent Argentine beef and be treated to a lively dinner and tango show.

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

Day 14: BUENOS AIRES (B) Day at leisure

Day 1-15

Day 15: BUENOS AIRES - AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight home.

Talk to us, the locals!

CIR02

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

7365

11250 8722

12920 10392

11791 8342

13148 9711

14818 11381

15 DAYS

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 9893

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels

Deluxe class hotels 14443 9681

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS)

15800 11038 17470 12708

SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 6712

4184

First class hotels

8610

5161

Deluxe

11262 6500

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

*Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnval *Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices


CIRCUIT 2

25 DAYS from

$10340*p.p

Havana Mexico City

EL CONQUISTADOR

25 DAYS / 24 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares.

Havana Mexico City

Day 16: PUNO - UROS ISLANDS - PUNO (B) Half day tour of Uros, to visit the communities that live on these reed islands. Day 17: PUNO - LIMA - RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Transfer to hotel, flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to hotel. Day 18: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Half day trip to the top of Corcovado mountain, to see the Christ the Redeemer statue, overlooking Rio de Janeiro in all its splendour.

Machu Picchu Lima Cuzco Puno

Lake Titicaca Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Machu Picchu Lima Cuzco Puno

Lake Titicaca Buenos Aires Rio De Janeiro

Travel along the route of the Conquistadors, visitingIguazu Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Falls Brazil and Argentina. Departs Sundays, Tuesdays & Fridays. Day 1: AUSTRALIA - LOS ANGELES MEXICO CITY Transfer to hotel Buenos-Aires Day 2: MEXICO CITY (B) Half day city tour of Mexico City including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Museum of Anthropology. Day 3: MEXICO CITY (B) Full day tour visiting the Shrine of Guadalupe and archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Day 4: MEXICO CITY (B) Full day tour to Cuernavaca, the city of Eternal Springs and Taxco, the Silver City. Day 5: MEXICO CITY - HAVANA (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Havana. Transfer to hotel. Day 6: HAVANA (B) City tour of Havana, where culture and tradition is imminent. Day 7: HAVANA (B) Full day tour to Viñales, where Cuba’s Tobacco and Coffee plantations are clustered. Day 8: HAVANA (B) Free day to explore the city, enjoy a “mojito”, or dance to the salsa. Day 9: HAVANA - LIMA (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Lima. Transfer to hotel.

Day 19: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D) Half-day tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain. In the evening you will be taken to a local churrasqueria to view a folkloric and samba show including dinner. Day 20: RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Iguazu Falls. Half day tour to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Transfer to hotel. Day 21: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including the impressive Devil’s Throat. Day 22: IGUAZU FALLS - BUENOS AIRES (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel. Day 23: BUENOS AIRES (B) Half day orientation of the stylish capital, Buenos Aires. Day 24: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Day at leisure. Experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show. Day 25: BUENOS AIRES - AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 8 internal flights within Central & South America • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (24 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Transport by bus and train as specified • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transfers • English speaking local guides Excludes: Airport or security taxes • Tips

Day 10: LIMA - CUZCO (B) Tour of modern and colonial city of Lima. Transfer to airport, flight to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel. Day 11: CUZCO (B) Half day city tour of some of the sites in and around Cuzco including the cathedral, Q’oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsahuaman.

Day 13: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu, by boarding the vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus to the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation. Day 14: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B) Morning free to visit ruins (entrance fee not included). Afternoon train back to Cuzco. Day 15: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L) Spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on Lake Titicaca shores.

EL CONQUISTADOR

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

CODE CIR03

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

25 DAYS

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 13508 10340 13797 10629 14189 11021

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS) Day 1-25

16468 11688 16757 11977 17149 12369 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 9156 First class hotels

5988

12116 7336

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

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CIRCUIT 2

Day 12: CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac Market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight.

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CIRCUIT 3

22 DAYS from

$9124*p.p

EL RAPIDO

24 DAYS / 21 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. Designed for travelers with limited time, the El Rapido offers the highlights of Peru, Bolivia and Chile encompassed into 22 days of touring. Departs Tuesdays, Thursday (April- October) Fridays & Sundays Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO – BUENOS AIRES On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Lima

Machu Picchu Cuzco Puno

Day 2: BUENOS AIRES (B) Half day tour of South America’s stylish capital, Buenos Aires, whose architecture and boulevard are influenced by a strong European heritage. Visit the bohemian street market of La Boca, the tango barrio of San Telmo and the famous Recoleta cemetery, home to the resting place of Eva Peron

Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Day 3: BUENOS AIRES B, D) Free day to discover this exciting city or go shopping. In the evening, experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show. Day 4: BUENOS AIRES – IGUAZU FALLS (B). Transfer to airport for flight to Iguazu Falls. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.. Day 5: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Guided walk along the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including a small train journey to the impressive Devil’s throat, through which most water flows. Day 6: IGUAZU FALLS - RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Transfer and tour to the Brazilian side of the falls for a panoramic view of the 275 falls spanning nearly 3 km and running along the border of Brazil and Argentina. Fly to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 7: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour and cable car trip to one of the city’s favorite landmarks Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous granite and quartz peaks overlooking the Guanabara bay for a fantastic view. Day 8: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Visit to the top of Corcovado Mountain, catching a small through the Tijuca forest before reaching the top to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Day 9: RIO DE JANEIRO – LIMA (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 10: LIMA (B) Morning city tour of Colonial and Modern Lima. Day 11: LIMA – CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B) Transfer to airport for you flight to Cuzco. Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Day 12: SACRED VALLEY (B L) Full day tour to sacred valley of the Incas. Day 13: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of the Machu Picchu by boarding the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus up the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation . Day 14: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B) Morning free to visit ruins (second entrance fee not included.) Take the afternoon train back to Cuzco

CIRCUIT 3

Day 15: CUZCO (B) Half day city tour of some of the sites in and around Cuzco including the cathedral, Q’oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

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Lake Titicaca La Paz

Santiago Buenos Aires

Day 19: LA PAZ (B) Half Day city tours including the rock formations of moon valley and learn about the local “Paceños” customs and traditions including a trip to the local witchery market Day 20: LA PAZ - SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Santiago. Transfer to Hotel Day 21: SANTIAGO (B) Half day city tour of Santiago, Dramatically set at the foot of the Andes mountains to discover the city’s many layers of cultural influence, visit “La Moneda” government house and try some Pisco sour. Day 22: SANTIAGO - AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to the airport for flight home. ASK US ABOUT OUR Day 23: IN FLIGHT EXTENSIONS TO THE LAKES DISTRICT OF CHILE & Day 24: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA ARGENTINA Includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 7 Internal flights within South America • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (21 breakfast, 5 lunches , 2 dinners) • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • English speaking local guides • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class train journey from Cuzco to Puno • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transferss Excludes: • Airport or security taxes • Tips el rapido

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

CODE CIR04

SINGLE TWIN

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 12348 9124

Day 16: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L) Spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels

Day 17: PUNO (B, L) Full day tour of Uros and Taquile Islands, to visit the communities that live on these reed islands.

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS)

Day 18: PUNO – LA PAZ (B, L) Cross from Peru into Bolivia, via the lakeside village of Copacabana, Board a comfortable catamaran for a scenic crossing of the magical Lake Titicaca. Stop at Sun Island for an introduction to the mysterious Tiwanaku civilisation on the way to La Paz.

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Day 1-22

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

24 DAYS

Deluxe

13627 10403 13980 10756

15691 10628 16970 11907 17323 12260 19953 13021 21232 14300 21585 14653 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 9394

6170

First class hotels

12737 7674

Deluxe

16999 10067

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

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22 DAYS from

$12231*p.p

CIRCUIT 4 WILDLIFE & RUINS

22 DAYS / 21 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation.

Galapagos Islands

Day 17: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Free morning. Return by train to Cuzco, transfer to hotel.

Quito

Day 18: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L) Spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Machu Picchu Lima

Cuzco Puno

Day 19: PUNO – UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS (B L) Full day tour to the reed islands of Uros and Taquile Island. Day 20: PUNO – LIMA – SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Santiago. Overnight. DAY 21: SANTIAGO - AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Santiago, connecting to Australia

Santiago

Day 22: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA Includes:

Just over three weeks of touring visiting the highlights of the most famous sights in the continent including the magical Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and the Inca region. Departs Sundays. Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 2: SANTIAGO – QUITO (B) Transfer to airport, fly to Quito. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 3: QUITO – NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE (B D) Transfer to airport for your flight to Coca.

• International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 9 internal airfares within South America • Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (18 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and transfers • English speaking local guides Excludes: • Airport or security taxes • Tips

Motorised canoe to your lodge. Day 4: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE (B L D) Explore the Amazon Jungle or enjoy the many activities offered at the lodge. Day 5: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE (B L D) Bird watching or trekking are some activities offered at the lodge. Day 6: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE – QUITO (B) On Arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 7: QUITO (B, L) Day tour to Otavalo Market Day 8: QUITO (B) Half day tour of Quito Day 9: QUITO – GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D) Transfer to, fly to Baltra and transfer to dock and board the Galapagos Legend for the start of your four day cruise. This luxury ship caters for 100 passengers in twin share cabins with private bathrooms and includes full board, all meals and guided visits to the islands. Day 10: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D) Day 11: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L D) Day 12: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO – LIMA (B) Finish your cruise for your flight back to lima via Quito. Overnight

WILDLIFE AND RUINS

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

Day 13: LIMA – CUZCO (B) Transfer out for flight to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel.

CIR05 * AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 16593 12231 17967 13605 18280 13918

Day 14: CUZCO (B) Guided half-day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco.

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels

Day 16: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus to the mountain where you will

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS) Day 1-21

SINGLE TWIN

19166 13745 20540 15121 20853 15434 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 13604 9242 First class hotels

16177 10758

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

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CIRCUIT 4

Day 15: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the colourful local market of Pisac. Overnight.

SINGLE TWIN

22 DAYS

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CIRCUIT 5

26 DAYS from

$11064*p.p

HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU, BOLIVIA & CHILE 26 DAYS / 25 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES

All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. Immerse yourself in the culture and geography of the western countries of South America; Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

Machu Picchu

Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Cuzco

Lima

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – LIMA Transfer to hotel. Day 2: LIMA (B) Tour of modern and colonial city of Lima including a visit to the Gold museum, Peru’s largest private collection of gold artefacts from its many civilisations.

Arequipa San Pedro De Atacama

Day 3: LIMA – ICA (NAZCA LINES) (B) Bus journey down the coast of Peru to Ica. Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a group of geoglyphs of different forms set in the desert and believed to be more than a thousand years old. Day 4: ICA – BALLESTAS ISLANDS / PARACAS - AREQUIPA (B) Visit to the Paracas Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary, including the Ballestas Islands where thousands of migratory birds live. Board the Overnight bus to Arequipa. Day 5: AREQUIPA (B) Arrive early morning. Free afternoon. To explore the historic city of Arequipa, set in the Andes mountains. Day 6: AREQUIPA (B) Half day tour of this city including the Santa Catalina Convent, a beautifully preserved monastery first built in the 16th century. Day 7: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON (B, L, D) Take a scenic bus ride to the breathtaking Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world and home of the Condor. Overnight at Colca Canyon. Day 8: COLCA CANYON - AREQUIPA (B) View the majestic flights of the Condors at the “Condor Cross”. Return to Arequipa visiting small townsPinchollo, Achoma, and Yanque located in the Colca Valley. Day 9: AREQUIPA - CUZCO (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel. Day 10: CUZCO (B) Half day city tour of some of the sites in and around Cuzco including the cathedral, Q’oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsahuaman. Day 11: CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac Market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight. Day 12: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu, by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus to the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation. Day 13: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B) Morning free to visit ruins (entrance fee not included). Take the afternoon train back to Cuzco. Day 14: CUZCO – PUNO (B, L) Spectacular Andean explorer train across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

CIRCUIT 5

Day 15: PUNO (B, L) Full day tour of Uros & Taquile Islands, to visit the communities that live on these reed islands.

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Day 16: PUNO – LAKE TITICACA – LA PAZ (B, L) Cross from Peru into Bolivia, via the lovely lakeside village of Copacabana, with its remarkable church before boarding a comfortable catamaran to begin the scenic crossing of the magical Lake Titicaca. Stop at the mysterious Sun Island before continuing onto La Paz. Day 17: LA PAZ (B) Half day city tour including the rock formations of Moon valley and learn about the local “Pacenos” customs and traditions including a trip to the local witchery market. Day 18: LA PAZ – UYUNI (B) Morning flight to Uyuni. Visit the Salt flats and Incahuasi Island.

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Puno Lake Titicaca La Paz Uyuni Salt Flats

Santiago

Day 19: UYUNI – SALT FLATS – HEDIONDA LAGOON (B, L, D) Continue through many villages including Coquesa, San Cristobal and Kulpina K, the Valley of the Rocks, before arribg at Hedionda Lagoon. Day 20: HEDIONDA LAGOON – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B, L) Visit to Red Lagoon, and Green Lagoon before arriving in San Pedro de Atacama. Day 21: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B) Morning tour to Moon Valley and Salt Mountain, the driest inhospitable place on earth. Afternoon visit to the Atacama Salt bed, Chaxa Lagoon & Toconao to see the flamingoes. Day 22: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B) Full day tour to el Tatio Geysers & Puritama Hotsprings. Day 23: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to Calama airport, flight to Santiago. Transfer to hotel. Day 24: SANTIAGO (B) Half day city tour of Santiago, dramatically set at the foot of the Andes mountains to discover the city’s many layers of cultural influence, visit “La Moneda” government house and try some pisco sour. Day 25: SANTIAGO (B) Tour to one of Chile’s reknowned wineries, Concha y Toro. Day 26: SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for your flight home. Includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 3 internal airfares within Sth America • English speaking local guides • Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (25 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca • Overflight of the Nazca Lines • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing & excursions • Meeting service & transfers Excludes: Airport taxes or security taxes • Tips highlights of peru, bolivia & Chile low season HIGH SEASON PEak season CODE CIR07

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

26 DAYS

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 15381 11064 16694 12377 17006 12689

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS) Day 1-26

17659 12238 18972 13551 19289 13863 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 13031 8714 First class hotels

15309 9888

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

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CIRCUIT 6

27 DAYS from

$11505*p.p

CARIOCAS, GAUCHOS & INCAS

27 DAYS / 26 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. Day 16: AMAZON JUNGLE- CUZCO (B) A dawn start is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado giving memorable views of the sunrise over the river and transfer to airport for flight to Cuzco.

Lima

Puerto Maldonado Cuzco Puno

Lake Titicaca La Paz Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Santiago Buenos Aires Puella Puerto Montt Bariloche

Delve deeper into the local cultures of South America and live the lifestyle of the Cariocas (locals of Rio de Janeiro), experience life on an estancia with the Gauchos (Argentine cowboys), the ways of the mighty Incas and even the local tribes as part of an Amazon adventure. Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays (April – October) and Sunday Day 1: AUSTRALIA – RIO DE JANEIRO Transfer to hotel. Day 2: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, L) Full day trip to the top of Corcovado mountain, to see the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in all its splendour. Afternoon tour and cable car trip to Sugar Loaf mountain. Day 3: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D) Day at leisure. In the evening, head to a local churrasqueria for a sumptuous Brazilian BBQ Dinner and lively samba show. Day 4: RIO DE JANEIRO - IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport and flight to Iguazu Falls. Tour to the panoramic Brazilian side of the falls. Transfer to hotel. Day 5: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including the impressive Devil’s Throat. Day 6: IGUAZU FALLS - BUENOS AIRES (B) Transfer to airport and flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival transfer to hotel. Day 7: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Half-day orientation of the stylish capital, Buenos Aires. Experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show. Day 8: BUENOS AIRES (B, L) Full day tour to a Gaucho (Argentine cowboy) farm to experience life on an estancia. Day 9: BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE (B) Transfer to airport and flight to the city of Bariloche, “where the Andes meets Patagonia.” Transfer to hotel. Day 10: BARILOCHE (B) Half day city tour visiting Cerro Catedral, Llao Llao, Laguna Trebol & the Centro Civico. Day 11: BARILOCHE – PEULLA (Lake crossing) (B, D) Andes lakes crossing by bus/boat to Peulla navigating Nahuel Huapi. Day 12: PEULLA - PUERTO MONTT (B) Continue Lakes crossing by boat/ bus to Puerto Varas via Llanquihue Lake and transfer by bus to Puerto Montt. Day 13: PUERTO MONTT- SANTIAGO – LIMA (B) Transfer to airport and flight to Lima via Santiago. On arrival transfer to hotel. Day 14: LIMA - AMAZON JUNGLE (B, L, D) Transfer to airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado. Transfer by boat along the river to Tambopata Jungle lodge, adjacent to the natural reserve in the Amazon basin. Day 15: AMAZON JUNGLE (B, L, D) Full day of activities, canoeing, bird watching, jungle trekking, piranha fishing and alligator spotting.

Day 17: CUZCO (B) Half-day city tour of some of the sites in and around Cuzco including the cathedral, Q’oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsahuaman. Day 18: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Overnight. Day 19: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus up the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation. Day 20: MACHU PICCHU-CUZCO (B) Morning free to visit ruins. Afternoon train to Cuzco. Day 21: CUZCO-PUNO (B, L) Spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Day 22: PUNO (B) Tour of the reed islands of Lake Titicaca. Day 23: PUNO - LA PAZ (B, L) Cross from Peru into Bolivia, via the lovely lakeside village of Copacabana, with its remarkable church before boarding a comfortable catamaran to begin the scenic crossing of the magical Lake Titicaca. Stop at the mysterious Sun Island before continuing onto La Paz. Day 24: LA PAZ (B) Half day city tour of the Bolivian capital’s sights, a typical Indian market and a visit to Moon Valley. Day 25: LA PAZ - SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Santiago. Day 26: SANTIAGO (B) Half day tour of Santiago’s cultural and historical monuments, artistic districts and panoramic sights. DAY 27: SANTIAGO – AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer to airport for your return flight home. Includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 8 internal flights within South America • Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (26 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class train journey from Cuzco to Puno • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca • Meeting service and transfers • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • English speaking guides Excludes: Airport or security taxes • Tips CARIOCAS, GAUCHOS & INCAS

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

CIR01

SINGLE TWIN

SINGLE TWIN

27 DAYS

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 15349 11505 16630 12586 16973 12929

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels Deluxe

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS) Day 1-27

18878 13059 20159 14340 20502 14683 22471 15002 23752 16283 24095 16626 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 11841 7797 First class hotels

15370 9551

Deluxe

18963 11494

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

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CIRCUIT 6

Machu Picchu

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CIRCUIT 7

33 DAYS from

$14817*p.p

EL GRANDE

33 DAYS / 32 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. As the name implies, “El Grande” is the big circuit, the one for travellers who want to experience as many different facets of South America as they can in one ultimate journey. Tuesday departures. Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO On arrival at Santiago airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 2: SANTIAGO (B) Half day tour of Santiago’s cultural and historical monuments, artistic districts and panoramic sights. Day 3: SANTIAGO – RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Day 4: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Full day tour of Rio de Janeiro including Corcovado mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Day 5: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D) Free day to explore the city or relax by the beach. Evening samba show and dinner. Day 6: RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport, flight to Foz de Iguassu. Tour of the Brazilian side for a panoramic view of these majestic falls and transfer to hotel. Day 7: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Day tour to the Argentine side of the falls and train ride to the enchanting Devil’s Throat. Day 8: IGUAZU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Day 9: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Half day orientation of the stylish capital, Buenos Aires. Dinner at a local tango house. Day 10: BUENOS AIRES (B) Day at leisure to explore this exciting city or go shopping. Day 11: BUENOS AIRES – QUITO (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Quito. On arrival, transfer to hotel.

Day 12: QUITO (B, L) Day tour to Otavalo market. Day 13: QUITO (B) Half day tour of Quito. Day 14: QUITO – GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D) Transfer to Quito, fly to Baltra and transfer to dock and board the Galapagos Legend for the start of your four-day cruise which includes full board, meals and guided visits to the islands. Day 15 - 16: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D) Day 17: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO – LIMA (B) Finish your cruise for your flight back to the mainland, connecting to Lima. On arrival transfer to hotel. Day 18: LIMA (B) Half day city tour of modern and colonial Lima. Day 19: LIMA – CUZCO (B) Transfer out for flight to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel. Day 20: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the colourful local market of Pisac. Overnight. Day 21: SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Experience the Andean culture first hand with a visit to the Misminay Community and Maray and Moras. Day 22: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Bus to the ruins for guided tour. Day 23: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Free morning. Return by train to Cuzco, transfer to hotel. Day 24: CUZCO (B) Guided half-day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco. Day 25: CUZCO - PUNO (B, L) Bus journey across the altiplano to the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

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Day 26: PUNO – UROS ISLANDS (B) Half day tour to the reed islands of Uros.

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Day 27: PUNO – LA PAZ (B ,L) Full day crossing of Lake Titicaca from Puno to La Paz onboard a catamaran cruise ship. On arrival, transfer to hotel. DAY 28: LA PAZ (B) Half day city tour of the La Paz & Moon Valley. DAY 29: LA PAZ – SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Santiago, connecting to Easter Island.

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Galapagos Islands

Quito

DAY 31: EASTER ISLAND (B) Full day tour of the south coast of this mysterious island. DAY 32: EASTER ISLAND - SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Santiago. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Machu Picchu Lima

DAY 33: SANTIAGO - SYDNEY (B) Transfer to airport, fly to Sydney.

Puno

Tour includes: • International economy airfares. ex MEL/SYD/BNE • 11 internal flights within South America • Accommodation at selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (32 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners.) • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Meeting service and airport transfers • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • English speaking local guides • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca Tour excludes: • Airport or security • Taxes • Tips

EL GRANDE - Departs Tuesdays

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

CIR02

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Cuzco Lake Titicaca La Paz

Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Easter Island Santiago

Buenos Aires

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Day 30: SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Easter Island. On arrival, transfer to hotel. A guided afternoon tour of the north coast of Easter Island visiting cave sites and Terevaka volcano.

SINGLE TWIN

33 DAYS

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 20694 14817 22070 16250 22320 16500

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels Deluxe

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS)

24960 17184 26336 18560 26586 18810 31607 20892 32983 22268 33233 22518 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 16577 10757 First class hotels

20843 13067

Deluxe

27490 16775

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

*Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnval *Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices

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CIRCUIT 8

36 DAYS from

$13736*p.p

TREASURES OF SOUTH AMERICA

36 DAYS / 35 NIGHTS - WEEKLY DEPARTURES All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares. Experience the many facets of the Treasures of South America. Visit the Ancient sites of the Andean region, the glorious Galapagos Islands and the Amazon jungle, the mysterious Easter Island, before relaxing on the beaches of Tahiti in one ultimate journey. Departs Thursdays. Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 2: SANTIAGO (B) Half day tour of Santiago’s cultural historical monuments, artistic districts and panoramic sights. Day 3: SANTIAGO - QUITO (B) Transfer to airport, fly to Quito. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 4: QUITO (B) Half day tour of Quito and Middle of the World monument. Day 5: QUITO – GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D) Transfer to, fly to Baltra and transfer to dock and board the Galapagos Legend for the start of your four day cruise. This luxury ship caters for 100 passengers in twin share cabins with private bathrooms and includes full board, all meals and guided visits to the islands. Day 6 - 7 GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D) Day 8 GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO (B) Finish your cruise for your flight back to the mainland. On arrival transfer to hotel. Day 9: QUITO – AMAZON CRUISE (B, D) Transfer to airport for flight to Coca. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your ship, The Manatee Amazon Explorer, a 30 passenger vessel, cruising through the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. Day 10: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE (B L D) Day 11: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE (B L D)

Day 12: MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE – QUITO – LIMA (B) End of cruise. Fly to Lima via Quito. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 13: LIMA (B) Half day tour of Colonial and Modern Lima. Day 14: LIMA – CUZCO (B) Transfer out for flight to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley. Day 15: SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the colourful local market of Pisac. Day 16: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu by boarding the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus to the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation. Day 17: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Free morning. Return by train to Cuzco, transfer to hotel. Day 18: CUZCO (B) Guided half-day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco. Day 19 CUZCO - PUNO (B, L) A spectacular Andean Explorer train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Day 20 UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS (B L) Full day tour to the reed islands of Uros and Taquile Island. Day 21 PUNO – LA PAZ (B ,L) Full day crossing of Lake Titicaca from Puno to La Paz onboard a catamaran cruise ship. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Day 22 LA PAZ (B) Half day city tour of the La Paz & Moon Valley. Day 23 LA PAZ – LIMA – BUENOS AIRES (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel.

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Day 24: BUENOS AIRES (B) Half day tour of South America’s stylish capital, Buenos Aires, whose architecture and boulevard are influenced by a strong European heritage. Visit the bohemian street market of La Boca, the tango barrio of San Telmo and the famous Recoleta cemetery, home to the resting place of Eva Peron

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Day 25: BUENOS AIRES (B,D) Free day to discover this exciting city or go

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FLY AND CRUISE TOUR Galapagos Islands

shopping. In the evening, experience the tango in all its glory and sample the succulent local beef with a dinner and show.

Quito

Day 26: BUENOS AIRES –IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the Argentinean side of the Falls including the Devil’s Throat. Day 27: IGUAZU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Morning tour of the Brazilian side of the falls before flying to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to your hotel.

Machu Picchu Lima

Puno

Day 28: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour and cable car trip to one of the city’s favorite landmarks Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous granite and quartz peaks overlooking the Guanabara bay for a fantastic view Day 29: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Visit to the top of Corcovado Mountain, catching a small through the Tijuca forest before reaching the top to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Evening samba show and dinner. Day 30: RIO DE JANEIRO – SANTIAGO (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Santiago. Overnight Day 31: SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND (B) Flight to Easter Island. Afternoon tour of Orongo, including the Rano Kao volcano.

Cuzco Lake Titicaca La Paz

Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Easter Island Santiago

Buenos Aires

Day 32: EASTER ISLAND (B, L) Full day tour of the Souther coast of the Island including Rano Raraku quarry and Anakena beach. Day 33: EASTER ISLAND – PAPEETE (B) day at leisure before flying to Papeet, Tahiti. On arrival transfer to hotel. Day 34: PAPEETE (B) Half day Circle Island tour of Tahiti Day 35: PAPEETE – AUCKLAND Transfer to airport for flight to Auckland.

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Day 36: AUCKLAND – AUSTRALIA Connect in Auckland for your flight to Australia. Tour includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 9 internal airfares within South America • Accommodation in selected hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (34 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class catamaran journey across Lake Titicaca • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and transfers • English speaking local guides Tour excludes: • Airport and security taxes

treasures of south america

low season HIGH SEASON PEak season

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CIR08

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36 DAYS

* AIR AND LAND

Tourist class hotels 23344 17249 24798 18703 18875 14970

Incl. all flights ex Mel/SYD/BNE

First class hotels

* LAND ONLY (EXCLUDES FLIGHTS)

30670 20950 32124 22404 32296 22576 SINGLE TWIN

Tourist class hotels 19748 13653 First class hotels

27074 17354

LOW SEASON: 04 FEB - 15 NOV HIGH SEASON: 16NOV - 12 DEC / 25 - 31 DEC / 16 JAN - 03 FEB PEAK SEASON: 13 - 24DEC / 1 - 15 JAN

*Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnval *Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices

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CIRCUIT 9

38 DAYS from

$11768*p.p

SOUTH AMERICAN ODYSSEY 38 DAYS / 37 NIGHTS

All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares.

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO - LIMA On arrival at Lima airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 2: LIMA (B) Half tour of colonial and modern Lima. Day 3: LIMA – CUZCO (B) Transfer out to airport for flight to Cuzco. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Day 4: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a stop at the colourful Pisac Market & ruins of Ollantaytambo. Day 5: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Start your 2 day journey to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu, by boarding a tourist train to Aguas Calientes. Catch a bus up the mountain where you will be guided through this beautiful forgotten citadel, home of an incredibly advanced civilisation. Day 6: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B) Morning free to visit ruins. Afternoon train to Cuzco. Day 7: CUZCO (B, D) ) Half day city tour of this ancient Inca capital, including visits to important sights such as the beautiful cathedral, Q’oricancha (the temple of the sun) and the fortress of Sacsahuaman. Evening dinner and folkloric show. Day 8: CUZCO – PUNO (B, L) Board the Andean Explorer for a spectacular train journey across the Altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

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Day 9: PUNO (B, L) Full day tour of Uros and Taquile Islands to visit the communities that live on these reed islands.

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Day 10: PUNO - LA PAZ (B, L) Full day crossing from Puno to la Paz, via Copacabana and Sun Island. Day 11: LA PAZ (B) Half day city tour including the rock formations of M0oon valley 0and learn about the local “Paceños” customs and traditions including a trip to the local witchery market. Day 12: LA PAZ – SANTIAGO (B) Transfer out to airport for your flight to Santiago. On arrival, transfer into hotel.

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Day 13: SANTIAGO (B) Tour of Santiago’s cultural and historic monuments, artistic districts and panoramic sights as well as a winery to sample one of Chile’s favourite exports. Day 14: SANTIAGO (B) Half day tour to local winery. Day 15: SANTIAGO – VALPARAISO (B) Transfer to the picturesque town of Valparaiso. Day 16: VALPARAISO – HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE. (B D) Travel to the port to board your Holland America Cruise. Day 17- 30: ABOARD HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE (B, L, D) Experience the landscapes, canals and fjords of South America whilst cruising on the MS Zaandam, a 10 deck luxury cruise liner. Stop at various ports and see glaciers, wildlife and impressive scenery as you travel as far south as the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn before returning by the Argentinean coast and even passing through the Falkland Islands. Day 30: ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES (B) On arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 31: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Take a tour of the ‘Paris of South America,’ the grand boulevards and visit the famous cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening enjoy the spectacle of the tango with a traditional Argentinean feast. Day 32: BUENOS AIRES (B) Day at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Day 33: BUENOS AIRES – IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer out for your flight to Iguazu. Transfer in to your hotel. Day 34: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including the impressive Devil’s Throat. Day 35: IGUAZU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour of the panoramic Brazilian side of the falls and transfer to airport for your flight. Transfer to your hotel. Day 36: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D) This morning visit Corcovado mountain to admire the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. In the evening, be treated to a sumptuous


FLY AND CRUISE TOUR

Machu Picchu Lima

Cuzco Puno Lake Titicaca La Paz Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Brazilian BBQ Dinner at a local churrasqueria and a lively samba show. Day 37: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour and cable car trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain for a fantastic view of the city and Guanabara bay. Day 38: RIO DE JANEIRO – SANTIAGO – AUSTRALIA (B) Transfer out to airport in time for your international flight home through Santiago.

Santiago Valparaiso

Tour includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD • 6 internal flights within South America • English speaking local guides • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • 14 Days Holland America cruise aboard MS Zaandam • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Meeting service and transfers • Meals (38 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 16 dinners) • Return economy Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • First class train journey from Cuzco to Puno • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions Tour excludes:

Buenos Aires

Falkland Islands

• Airport or security • Taxes • Tips

Ocean View

Verandah Suite

south american odyssey FULL PROGRAM

28 nov ‘15

13 FEB & 12 MAR ‘16

Starts Rio de Janeiro/Ends La Paz

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35 DAYS 31 oct ‘15

SINGLE

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Tourist (Interior)

15779 11220

17059 12500

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Tourist (Interior)

16528 11768

17354 12356

First (Ocean View)

20062 13571

21342 14851

20663

13978

First (Ocean View)

20670 13804

21703 14494

Deluxe (Verandah Suite)

28116 16988

29396 18268

28959

17498

Deluxe (Verandah Suite)

28771 17336

28717 17856

** Other cabin types are available * Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnval

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CIRCUIT 10

37 DAYS from

$14574*p.p

SOUTH AMERICA EXPLORER 37 DAYS / 36 NIGHTS

All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares.

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – SANTIAGO – GUAYAQUIL On arrival at Guayaquil, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Day 2: GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, D) Transfer to airport for your flight to Galapagos Islands. On arrival transfer to your ship, the Galapagos legend. Day 4: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D) Excursions at Galapagos Islands. Day 5: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – QUITO – LIMA (B) End of your cruise. Fly back to Quito and connecting to Lima. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 17: RIO DE JANEIRO – BUENOS AIRES (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 6: LIMA (B) Half day tour of modern and colonial Lima.

Day 18: BUENOS AIRES (B, D) Morning city tour of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America”, including the boulevards and cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening, enjoy the spectacle of the tango with a traditional Argentinean feast.

Day 7: LIMA – CUZCO (B) Transfer to airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Day 8: SACRED VALLEY (B) Visit the colourful market of Pisac.

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Day 15: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour and cable car trip to Sugar Loaf mountain for a fantastic view of the city and Guanabara bay. Day 16: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, D) Morning tour of Corcovado Mountain to admire the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. In the evening, be treated to a sumptuous Brazilian BBQ dinner at a local churrasqueria and a lively samba show.

Day 3: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (B, L, D) Excursions at Galapagos Islands.

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to your hotel.

Day 9: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Travel to Ollantaytambo to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour of the ruins. Overnight at Aguas Calientes.

Day 19 – DAY 33 : BUENOS AIRES – PATAGONIAN CRUISE (B L D) Board the MS Zaandam for your cruise along the Patagonian channels and fjords of Argentine and Chile. Stop at various ports and see glaciers, wildlife and impressive scenery as you travel as far south as the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn.

Day 10: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Morning free to explore around town before afternoon train back to Cuzco.

DAY 33: VALPARAISO – SANTIAGO (B) On arrival your will be met and transferred to Santiago.

Day 11: CUZCO (B) half day city tour of the ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco.

Day 34: SANTIAGO (B) Half day city tour of Santiago’s cultural ad historic monuments, artistic districts and panoramic sights.

Day 12: CUZCO – LIMA – IGUAZU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Iguazu falls. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 13: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls including the impressive Devil’s throat. Day 14: IGUAZU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Tour of the panoramic Brazilian side of the falls and transfer to airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer

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Day 35: SANTIAGO – SYDNEY (B) Transfer to hotel for your flight to Australia Day 36: IN FLIGHT Day 37: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA


FLY AND CRUISE TOUR Galapagos Islands Quito Guayaquil

Machu Picchu Lima

Cuzco Lake Titicaca Rio De Janeiro Iguazu Falls

Santiago

Tour includes:

Valparaiso

• International economy airfares ex MEL/SYD/BNE • 9 Internal flights within South America • English speaking local guides • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • 14 Day Holland America Cruise • Transport by air-conditioned vehicles • Meeting service and transfers • Meals (34 Breakfasts, 18 lunches, 21 dinners) • Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions Tour excludes:

Buenos Aires

Interior

Ocean View

Verandah Suite

south america explorer 18 NOV 2015

3 feb 2016

20 mar 2016

FULL PROGRAM

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Tourist (Interior)

20773 14574

21397 15198

22039

15654

21396

15011

First (Ocean View)

26163 17257

26787 17881

27591

18417

26948

17775

Deluxe (Verandah Suite)

34879 21129

35503 21753

36568

22406

35925

21763

DEPARTURES

37 DAYS 21 OCT 2015

*Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnval. Call us for reverse itinerary and pricing.

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Falkland Islands

• Airport or security • Taxes • Tips

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CIRCUIT 11

31 DAYS from

$9077*p.p

JEWELS OF THE CARIBBEAN 31 DAYS / 30 NIGHTS

All itineraries can be tailor made to fit into daily guaranteed departures. Ask about our special Business Class fares.

This journey will take you to the land of Mariachis and Tequila with its strong Spanish heritage. Visit some of the main Archaeological Mayan sites and discover the greatness and splendour of this pre-Hispanic culture, still alive today in many of the indigenous town around Mexico.

Day 10: HAVANA (B, L) Full day tour to Viñales, where Cubas’s tabacco and coffee plantations are clustered. Visit to a local cigar factory before returning to Havana.

Lose yourself in the many cobble streets of both Havana and Trinidad and you will be transported back to a time of horse drawn carriages and colonial Spanish outfits. Continue your journey aboard the Celebrity Infinity cruise, travelling through Cartagena, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama Canal.AND Mexico.

Day 11: HAVANA (B,D) Half day tour to focused on understanding Cuban traditions and religions. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner rand show at Beny More, in the heart of the old city.

Day2: MEXICO CITY (B) Half day city tour of Mexico City including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Museum of Anthropology.

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Day 9: HAVANA (B, L) Morning walking city tour of the Colonial city followed by lunch at a local restaurant, Afternoon panoramic city tour in a vintage car.

Then onto Cuba, land of the cigars and birth place of the contagious dancing rhythm known as salsa.

Day 1: AUSTRALIA – MEXICO CITY On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel in the Historical City.

Day 12: HAVANA – SANTA CLARA – TRINIDAD (B, L) Bus transfer to Trinidad via Santa Clara. Morning tour of Santa Clara including a visit to Che Mausoleum before continuing on to Trinidad.

Day 3: MEXICO CITY (B) Full day tour visiting the Shrine of Guadalupe and archaeological site of Teotihuacan.

Day 13: TRINIDAD (B, L) Full day tour of Trinidad including the sights of Plaza Mayor, Museo Romantico and Casa del Alfarero. The tour also includes visits to Valle de los Ingenios, one of the riches regions in the 1800s due to the booming sugar trade.

Day 4: MEXICO CITY – VELLAHERMOSA - PALENQUE (B) Transfer to Airport, flight to Villahermosa. On arrival you will visit the archaeological site of Palenque, before being transferred to your hotel.

Day 14: TRININDAD – CIENFUEGOS – HAVANA (B L) Bus transfer to Havana via Cienfuegos. Morning tour of Cienfuegos, the beautiful city by the sea, before continuing to Havana.

Day 5: VILLAHERMOSA – MERIDA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Merida. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Day 15: HAVANA – NASSAU – FORT LAUDERDALE (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Fort Lauderdale. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 6: MERIDA (B, L) Full day tour visiting the sites of Uxmal & Kabah, one of the finest preserved archaeological sites in Mexico.

Day 16: FORT LAUDERDALE – CELEBRITY INFINITY CRUISE (B D) Transfer to the port to board your 16 Day Celebrity Infinity cruise.

Day 7: MERIDA – CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN (B) Full day tour to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, one of the most impressive ruins of the Mayan Civilization. Overnight in Cancun.

Day 17 – 18 CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) At sea.

Day 8: CANCUN – HAVANA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Havana. On

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Day 19: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Arrive at Cartagena, Colombia Day 20: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Arrive in Colon, Panama Day 21: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Panama Canal


San Diego

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Fort Lauderdale Miami

Cabo San Lucas Merida Cancun Puerto Vallarta

Mexico City

Day 22: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) At sea.

Villahermosa Palenque

Chichen Itza

Havana Santa Clara Trinidad

Puerto Quetzal

Day 23: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Arrive at Punta Arenas, Costa Rica.

Punta Arenas

Day 24: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) At sea. Day 25: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Arrive at Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.

Colon

Cartagena

Day 26 - 27: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) At Sea. Day 28: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Arrive at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Day 29: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) Arrive at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Day 30: CELEBRITY INFINITY (B L D) At sea. Day 31: CELEBRITY INFINITY – SAN DIEGO – LOS ANGELES – SYDNEY (B) End of cruise at San Diego. Transfer to airport.. Tour includes: • International economy airfares ex MEL/BNE/SYD

Interior

Ocean View

Verandah Suite

jewels of the caribBean DEPARTURES

CElebrity infinity cruise 31 DAYS 21 OCT 2015

jewels of the caribbean

12 mar 2016

11 apr 2016

DEPARTURES

holland america cruise 31 DAYS 6 OCT 2015

15 feb 2016

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Tourist & Ocean View

13240 9077

13637 9350

14088

9800

Tourist & Ocean View

13861 9697

14277 9988

First & Ocean View

12828 9316

13212 9596

14694

10046

First & Ocean View

14448 9936

14881 10234

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*Surcharges apply for Easter, New Years, Rio Carnval. Call us for reverse itinerary and pricing.

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CIRCUIT 11 • JEWELS OF THE CARIBBEAN

• 7 Internal flights within Central America • Accommodation in selected class hotels with private facilities • Meals as indicated (30 breakfasts, 20 lunches , 16 dinners) • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • English speaking local guides • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transfers Tour excludes: • Airport or security • Taxes • Tips

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ARGENTINA DIVERSE COUNTRY, AMAZING SCENERY Comprising almost the entire southern half of South America, Argentina is a land of many regions; from sun drenched beaches and blue sea, to caps of polar ice, unscaleable heights of mountain ranges, magnificent plains of the pampas and subtropical forests.

THE GREAT WATERS In the humid subtropics, an area of red earth and magnificent jungle, lies Iguazu, ‘great waters’ in the Guarani language, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. These great waters flow through the Iguazu National Park and onto the falls of the Mocona, the Pilcomayo National Park, El Palmar de Colon National Park, the Ibera Marshlands and the Chaqueñas Plains.

NORTH WEST REGION The high peaks are the home of the Aconcagua, ‘stone sentinel’, snow capped volcanoes, plateaus, dry gullies and deserts. Under brilliant blue skies, time stands still for the inhabitants of small villages who worship Pachamama, ‘mother earth’, as each season’s markets and carnivals pass by.

THE PAMPAS In the centre of Argentina is the region of the Great Plains –one of the most fertile areas of the country and where most of the nation’s agriculture is located. To the south, the plains give way to small hills in Tandil and de la Ventana, and to the west lies Cordoba.

Tango Stopover (Buenos Aires) 3 days / 2 nights Buenos Aires is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in all South America. Argentina’s historic capital has breath-taking energy, spacious grandeur and self-confident style. Despite grand boulevards and hefty, ostentatious architecture, this is a city of villages, or more correctly barrios (districts) – 46 of them, enriched by the seduction of the Tango; stylish and full of great pretence. Day 1: Transfer to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Day 2: Half day city tour where you can visit the historic Cabildo, ‘Town Hall’, the pink Casa Rosada, ‘Presidential Palace’, and the Cathedral, where San Martin, the father of Argentine independence is buried. Dine at a great restaurant tasting Asado, wine and enjoy one of the city’s best tango houses. Day 3: Transfer to the airport. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day city tour with bilingual guide • Dinner & tango show • Return airport transfers (SIB). TANGO STOPOVER

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AR01 TANGO STOPOVER 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Bristol

PATAGONIA On the heights of the most beautiful mountains on earth, nature has created granite peaks and ice fields whose glacial tongues end in lakes of unrivalled beauty. National parks, mountains and forests make Patagonia an ideal place for adventure, hiking and trekking.

De Las Americas

961

572

Americas Towers

978

584

Dazzler Recoleta

911

577

Kerr Recoleta

945

568

Intersur Recoleta

992

595

Legado Mitico

1411

800

Alvear Art (Boutique)

1573

922

Loi Suites Recoleta

1188

693

Sofitel

1857

1023

Alvear Palace

2343

1316

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De Las Americas 3* (Recoleta)

Dazzler Recoleta 4* (Recoleta)

Ker Recoleta 4* (Recoleta)

Legado Mitico (Boutique) (Palermo Soho)

Sofitel Buenos Aires 5* (Downtown)

Alvear Palace 5* (Recoleta)

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Salta

San Juan

Iguazu Falls Ibera

Cordoba Rosario

Mendoza

Buenos Aires PAMPAS

Mar del Plata Bahía Blanca

San Martin de los Andes Bariloche Esquel

El Chalten El Calafate

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Neuquen

Puerto Madryn

Comodoro Rivadavia

Rio Gallegos Ushuaia

Iguazu Falls Stopover

HOTELS IN IGUAZU FALLS 3 days / 2 nights

A visit to the majestic Iguazu falls is one of the most breathtaking experiences in South America. Situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina, they lie 19 km upriver from the confluence of the Rio Iguazu and the Rio Alto Parana. The Iguazu river basin extends over some 62,000 sq km. The river rises up in the hills near Curitiba and flows 1,300 km across the Paraná Plateau receiving the waters from about 30 rivers before reaching the falls. Here 275 falls plunge over a precipice of more than a mile and a half, with an average drop of 300 feet to the river below.

Raices Esturion 3*

Jardin de Iguazu 3*

Aldea de la Selva 4*

Amerian Portal del Iguazu 4*

Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas 5*

Sheraton Iguazu 5*

Includes: • Half day Brazilian falls tour • Full day Argentinean falls tour • Return airport transfers • Park entrance fees IGUAZU FALLS

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AR03 IGUAZU FALLS (Sheraton Hotel) Garden View Superior

1620

918

01 Jan–30 Dec

Falls View Superior

1901

1060

01 Jan–30 Dec

Other room types available on request * Note that Prices at Sheraton Iguazu Falls are subject to change without notice

Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel Superior room

1958

1087

La Aldea de la Selva

948

584

Lou Suites Iguazu

1195

705

Jardin de Iguazu

965

568

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ARGENTINA DIVERSE COUNTRY, AMAZING SCENERY TASTE OF MENDOZA 4 Days / 3 nights Day 1 MENDOZA On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel Day 2 MENDOZA (B) Half day city tour of Mendoza. Sights include the Government house, Independence square and San Martin Park. Day 3 MENDOZA (B, L) Half day tour to a local winery, where traditional methods of wine making can be observed and where you can sample some of Argentina’s finest wines. Day 4 MENDOZA (B) Transfer to the airport. Includes: • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner) • Bilingual guided tours • Return airport transfers • Accommodation at selected hotels. TASTE OF MENDOZA

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AR13 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

816

486

First class hotels

858

561

Deluxe hotels

1507

895

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Wines, Culture & Falls 11 days / 10 nights Day 1 IGUAZU FALLS On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 IGUAZU FALLS (B) Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including the Devil’s throat. Day 3 IGUAZU FALLS – SALTA (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Salta. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 4 SALTA – CACHI (B) Full day tour to the town of Cachi, where it seems time has stood still. See colonial towns mixed with Pre – Columbian arts. Day 5 CACHI – CAFAYATE (B) Travel to Cafayate via Seclantas, a town known for its ponchos and loom. Overnight at Cafayate. Day 6 CAFAYATE – SALTA (B) Morning visit to local winery before heading north to Salta via Quebrada de Cafayate.

Day 7 SALTA (B) Full day tour to Humahuaca Gorge including Cerro de los siete colores (Hill of the seven colours). Day 8 SALTA – MENDOZA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Mendoza. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 9 MENDOZA (B) Full day tour to Aconcagua Mountain & Christ the Redeemer statue on the Andes Mountain range. Day 10 MENDOZA (B) Morning city tour Mendoza followed by a visit to a local winery to sample Argentina’s finest wines. Day 11 MENZOZA (B) Transfer to the airport, or optional bus over the Andes Mountains to Santiago.

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Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Excursions as per itinerary • Airport transfers (Flights not included). • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

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AR04 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

3927

2517

First class hotels

6458

3614

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SALTA “LA LINDA” 6 days / 5 nights The north western province feature traces of pre-Columbian cultures mingled with the ruins of native villages, as well as forts and constructions dating back to the Spanish conquest and colonisation. Time seems to stand still in the high plateau of the Puna, a land full of mountain ranges, paths and gorges. Villages have been built among the small valleys and multicoloured hills surround their borders. Travel on the famous Tren de Las Nubes (Train to the clouds) and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes. Day 1 SALTA Transfer to hotel. Day 2 SALTA – PURMAMARCA (B) Travel the famous Tren de las Nubes (Train to the clouds) from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres via mountains and gorges, before being transferred by bus to Purmamarca, via Salinas Grandes. Day 3 PURMAMARCA – PUCARA – HUMAHUACA – SALTA (B) Travel to Pucara, built upon the ruins of pre-Hispanic town of Omaguacas, a culture that lived 900 years ago. Visit Huamahuaca gorge then travel to Salta. Day 4 SALTA (B) Half day tour of Salta. Day 5 SALTA – CAFAYATE (B) Full day to Cafayate and Calchaqui Valleys. Day 6 SALTA (B) Transfer to the airport. Includes: • 5 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Tours as per itinerary with bilingual guides • Return airport transfers • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner salta la linda

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AR08 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

1846

1169

First class hotels

2069

1245

Deluxe hotels

2532

1568

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ARGENTINA DIVERSE COUNTRY, AMAZING SCENERY IBERA MARSHLANDS & IGUAZU FALLS 6 days / 5 nights The Iberá Lake and marshlands are among the last natural paradises on earth. Visitors can get face to face with a vast range of different wildlife. The wetlands cover over 13,000 km² of marsh with over 60 lakes. The nature reserve, founded in the year 1983, is located 800 kilometers north of Buenos Aires. You’ll have the chance to explore this extraordinary region with expert wildlife guides before rounding off your tour in Iguazu. Iguazú Falls is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Day 1: BUENOS AIRES – IBERA MARSHLANDS Late night departure (9.05 pm) from Retiro by night bus to Ibera Marshlands, Snack will be provided on board. Day 2: IBERA MARSHLANDS (D) Arrival to Mercedes at 6 am. Transfer by 4WD to Pellegrini Irupe Lodge. Afternoon trekking to the monkey jungle and visit to the park museum. Followed by a boat safari into the Wetlands to observe wildlife and the sunset over Lake Ibera. Day 3: IBERA MARSHLANDS (B, D) Morning at leisure, then a full day tour to the countryside with trekking or horse riding during sunset. With visits to small estancias and learning about everyday life far from electricity and cars. Dinner at Gaucho family’s home. Day 4: IBERA MARSHLANDS – IGUAZU FALLS (B) Departure bus transfer to Iguazu Falls. Arrival and transfer to Hotel. Day 5: IGUAZU FALLS (B) Guided walk along the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including a small train journey to the impressive Devil’s Throat, The impressive point during which most of the water passes. Day 6: IGUAZU FALLS – NEXT DESTINATION (B) Transfer and tour to the Brazilian side of the falls for a panoramic view of the 275 falls spanning nearly 3 kilometers and running along the border of Brazil and Argentina. Drop off at airport. Includes: • 4 Nights accommodation • Transfers • Local guides • Excursions on days 2 and 3 in English. • Park entrance fees

colonial gems 3 days / 2 nights

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AR08 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

On appl 2086

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DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES – COLONIA Travel by fast ferry Catamaran from Buenos Aires to Colonia across the “Rio de la Plata”. You will be met on arrival for a half day tour of this city which boasts a strong colonial heritage. Rest of the day at leisure to explore its World Heritage sites. Overnight in Colonia DAY 2: COLONIA – MONTEVIDEO (B) Transfer to the bus station for your coach journey to Uruguay’s Capital City, Montevideo. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Montevideo DAY 3: MONTEVIDEO (B) Transfer to the airport for your onward flights. Includes:

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• 2 nights accommodation • Transfers & transportation • Local guides

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AR08 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

891

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712


ARGENTINA

HIGHLIGHTS OF ARGENTINEAN PATAGONIA

Best of Patagonia (Argentina & Chile)

11 days / 10 nights

11 days / 10 nights

DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES – TRELEW (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Trelew. On arrival transfer to Puerto Madryn.

DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES – BARILOCHE Arrive in Bariloche. Transfer to hotel.

DAY 2: PUERTO MADRYN (B) Full day tour of Peninsula Valdez to observe the sea lions and sea elephants. Optional whale watching is available from NOV – DEC). Overnight at Puerto Piramide.

DAY 3: BARILOCHE – PUERTO VARAS (B) Catamaran and bus journey along Nahuel Huapi lake, Puerto Frias, Peulla, and Todo los Santos Lake before arriving in Puerto Varas.

DAY 3: PUERTO PIRAMIDE – PUERTO MADRYN (B) Full day tour to northern part of Peninsula Valdez, and Estancia San Lorenzo.

DAY 4: PUERTO VARAS (B) Half day scenic tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas.

DAY 4: PUERTO MADRYN – USHUAIA (B) Transfer to Trelew airport for your flight to Ushuaia. Transfer to hotel on arrival.

DAY 5: PUERTO VARAS – CHILOE ISLAND (B) Full day tour to the mystical island of Chiloe Island.

DAY 5: USHUAIA (B) Full day tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Train to the End of the World.

DAY 6: PUERTO VARAS – PUNTA ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer to bus terminal for your journey to Puerto Natales. Transfer to hotel.

DAY 6: USHUAIA (B) Half day tour of Ushuaia including the end of the world museum. DAY 7: USHUAIA – EL CALAFATE (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to El Calafate. Transfer to hotel on arrival DAY 8: EL CALAFATE (B) Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world largest continental glaciers.

DAY 2: BARILOCHE (B) Scenic tour of Bariloche

Day 7: PUERTO NATALES – TORRES DEL PAINE (B, L) Full day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park including Milodon Cave. Day 8: PUERTO NATALES – EL CALAFATE (B) Bus journey to El Calafate. Transfer to your hotel. Day 9: EL CALAFATE (B) Full day tour of Perito Moreno Glacier.

DAY 9: EL CALAFATE – BARILOCHE (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Bariloche. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 10: EL CALAFATE (B) Full day tour of Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina.

DAY 10: BARILOCHE (B) Full day scenic tour of Bariloche, including Valle Encantado along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Day 11: EL CALAFATE (B)

DAY 11: BARILOCHE (B) Transfer to airport for your next flight. Includes: • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner) • Bilingual guided tours • Return airport transfers • Accommodation at selected hotels. Excludes: • Internal flights HIGHLIGHTS OF ARGENTINEAN PATAGONIA

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AR15 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels * Seasonal supplements apply * Excludes internal flights * Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices

4037

2558

Torres Del Paine, Chile

Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels with private facilities • Bilingual guided tours • Return airport transfers • Meals as indicated (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner Excludes: • Internal flights • Tipping BEST OF PATAGONIA (Argentina & Chile)

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AR11 11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS

Puerto Madryn

Tourist class hotels

5328

3333

First class hotels

6368

3832

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ARGENTINA DIVERSE COUNTRY, AMAZING SCENERY Lakes & Glaciers (El Calafate) 3 days / 2 nights Experience the breathtaking landscape of impressive glaciers descending from the continental ice field. Thirteen glaciers on the atlantic side break into huge ice towers, which plunge into the waters of lakes Viedma and Argentino. Glaciers Perito Moreno, Mayo, Spegazzini, and Upsala’s fronts fall into the latter, at a short distance from glaciers Agassiz, Onelli, Ameghino, and Frías. Day 1: EL CALAFATE Transfer to hotel, stay overnight.

Tierra Del Fuego (Ushuaia) 3 days / 2 nights When the explorer Magellan sailed around the great island at the tip of South America, he saw Indian campfires all along the coast and called the island Land of smoke. It was later reasoned that where there is smoke there is fire and the name was eventually changed to Tierra del Fuego. The archipelago covers a total area slightly smaller than Ireland, with 70% belonging to Chile. The border runs down the middle of the Beagle Channel. Tierra del Fuego is home to several of the world’s largest birds including the rhea, the condor and the albatross. Large animals also found there are guanacos, otters, seals and sea lions. Day 1: USHUAIA Transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour to see the most interesting sites of the southern-most city in Argentina, located on the shore of the Beagle Channel with the Andes Mountains in the background. Visit to the Museum of the End of the World. Overnight at hotel. Day 2: USHUAIA (B) Day visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, passing by Rio Pipo Valley and the Ensenada Bay, Beagle Channel, in sight of Redonda Island, Lapataia area and Verde and Negra Lagoons. Travel by catamaran along the Beagle Channel to see Bridges, Navarino, de los Pajaros Islands and Les Eclaireus Lighthouse. Return to Ushuaia for overnight stay. Day 3: USHUAIA (B) Morning at your leisure. Transfer to airport. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Tours as specified with bilingual guides • Return airport transfers • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast. TIERRA DEL FUEGO

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AR09 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels (Los Acebos)

862

510

First class hotels (Albatros)

1071

614

Deluxe class hotels (Las Hayas)

1221

692

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T he Via/Mare Australis luxury cruise through the Beagle Channel to Punta Arenas. (See p. 43).

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Day 2: PERITO MORENO GLACIER (B) Bus journey along a beautiful road on the Brazo Rico coast to the Argentine Lake. Arrive at Canal de los Tempanos and the imposing Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s largest continental glaciers. In 1981 UNESCO declared National Park Los Glaciares a World Heritage Site. Return to hotel. Day 3: EL CALAFATE (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Excursions with bilingual guide • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast. LAKES & GLACIERS – EL CALAFATE

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AR10 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels (Michelangelo)

1189

700

First class hotels (Mirador del Lago)

1274

779

Delauxe class hotels

1714

994

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EL CHALTEN 7 days / 6 nights The foothills of the Patagonian Andes offer wild beauty with the best highlights of Southern Patagonia, trekking to the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre granite needles and the wilderness of Laguna del Desierto still one of the few places where you can still easily see the Patagonian deer “the huemul” and enjoy a pristine mountain woods surrounded by Glaciers all the way to the Chilean border. Definitely the best and most isolated walks you can do in this wilderness part of Patagonia. Day 01: EL CALAFATE – EL CHALTEN (D) Transfer by regular bus to El Chalten, a small picturesque village at the foot of Fitzroy & Cerro Torre Massif. Check in at your hosteria. Day 2: TREK TO FITZ ROY BASE CAMP (B, L) Drive to Rio Electrico to commence your trek. Climb to the East side of the mountain to view the Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue colour. Fitz Roy, 3405 in height, is considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on earth. Hike back to El Chalten (Daily walk 7 hrs).

a fantastic view of the Andes range and the lake. Continue to the Chilean border at Laguna Larga before trekking back to the lodge. (Daily walk 6hrs). Day 6: RETURN TO EL CHALTEN (B, L) Afternoon walk to the Southern part of the lake for your transfer to El Chalten. Overnight. Day 7: EL CHALTEN – EL CALAFATE (B) Morning bus to El Calafate. Includes: • Private & regular Bus transportation • 4 nights Accommodation at Hosteria • 2 nights Accommodation at Aguas Arriba Lodge • English speaking local guides • Meals as per itinerary (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner EL chalten

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AR09 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

2294

1637

First class hotels

2794

1886

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Day 3: TREK TO CERRO TORRE BASE CAMP (B, L) Today we start close to the village walking to Laguna Capri to get to the Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley and down to Fitz Roy river valley, where we meet Cerro Torre trail and we get to Cerro Torre Full Camp. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and shrub land. From the camp, a short hike takes us to Laguna Torre, with the Glacier Grande at its west side. It is usual to see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The thin and elegant 3128m of Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this spectacular view. Walk back to Chalten. (Daily walk 5hrs). Day 4: LAGUNA DEL DESIERTO (B, L, D) We drive along Rio las Vueltas river to Laguna del Desierto. Once on the Southern Point of the lake, we start a soft walk through a dense wood, mountain streams and panoramic views all along the coast line of the Lagoon. The scenery is breathtaking, a unique view of the Fitz Roy and Torre Mount and a closer view of the Vespignani Glaciers. We reach the middle point of the lake where we encounter our exclusive Lodge for the next 2 nights. (Aguas Arriba Lodge (Daily walk 3hrs). Day 5: TREK TO THE CHILEAN BORDER (B, L, D) After breakfast we start a fantastic walk through the woods with several water falls along the way and streams to cross. Great wildlife could be seen on this wild area, even the elusive Huemul. A few panoramic spots will be along the walk to be able to enjoy fantastic views of this wild area of the Andes. We reach the Northern point of the lake where the border police is located. From this spot there is

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CHILE GREAT WINES, BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES Chile’s long and narrow territory on the south western side of South America, stretches for 4,200 km between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Chile has a land area of 756,096 square km on the South American continent and another 125,000 square km in Antarctica. San Felix, San Ambrosio, Salas y Gomez, Easter Island, Juan Fernandez Island, and Diego Ramirez Islands are also part of the national territory.

The Northern region The north of Chile is a landscape of solitary beaches, vast deserts and enormous, perfectly conical volcanoes, with picturesque Andean villages, ruins of Precolumbian cultures and abandoned mining towns. The Atacama Desert, once a booming region for the extraction of nitrate, is today only a collection of ghost towns. However another mineral, copper Chile’s national treasure, continues to draw people to this arid area.

The Central Region The fertile central valley, pinched between the Andes and the Cordillera de la Costa (coastal range), is the agricultural heart of Chile, while the capital Santiago, home to over 5 million people, is far and away the economic and cultural heart of the nation. Santiago, with its European elegance and modern, innovative architecture is, at most, a two-hour drive from the coast and surrounded by the picturesque valleys that produce some of the world’s leading wines. Valparaiso, the country’s main port, features steep streets set amongst rising hills and the neighbouring beachside city of Viña del Mar are located only a couple of hours away.

The South and Lake District The lush territory south of Biobio River was the home of the Mapuche Indians who successfully resisted the Spanish conquest for 300 years. This region, the Lakes district is home to many National Parks. Colourful Puerto Montt, adorned with picturesque markets, is a base for many navigation excursions.

Puerto Varas, on the border of Lake Llanquihue, faces the Osorno Volcano, and is one of the cities en-route to the famous lake crossing to Bariloche.

Patagonia This area offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with untouched forests, snow capped mountains, Andean volcanoes and further inwards, torrential rivers flowing through valleys majestically into the plains of the pampas.

SANTIAGO STOPOVER 3 days / 2 nights The capital of Chile is a city of contrasts ranging from the traditional old world to the civic and commercial district of a modern city. Santiago is a cosmopolitan city, clean, secure and only one hour from the Pacific Ocean and the ski fields. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast • Half day city tour • Return airport transfers. SANTIAGO STOPOVER

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3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Diego de Velasquez

689

345

Atton El Bosque

799

411

The Orly

894

446

Ismael 312 (Boutique)

966

467

Le Reve Boutique

1186

627

The Singular Santiago

1196

589

The Ritz Carlton

1189

608

Plaza del Bosque

1048

525

Grand Hyatt Regency

1114

605

Lastarria (Boutique)

1091

549

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Diego de Velasquez 3* (Providencia)

Atton Hotel El Bosque 4* (Las Condes)

Plaza el Bosque 5* (Providencia)

The Singular Santiago (Boutique) (Providencia)

Lastarria (Boutique) (Las Condes)

Le Reve Hotel (Boutique) (Providencia)

Orly Hotel 4* (Providencia)

Ritz Carlton 5* (Las Condes)

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Atacama Desert

Iquique Calama Antofagasta

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Arica

LaSerena

3 days / 2 night Situated about 120 km northwest of Santiago, Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2003 due to its historical importance, natural beauty, and original architecture dating back to 1559.

Valparaiso Talcahuano

A beautiful port town that travellers can enjoy arriving from the many cruises coming from Patagonia. Includes: • Arrival transfer at Valparaiso port • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel including breakfast • Regular city tour of Valparaiso & Viña del Mar, and transfer to Santiago airport/hotel. valparaiso delight

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Concepcion

1151

588

Casa Higueras

1358

675

Palacio Astoreca

1490

747

Chillán Temuco

Manor Atkinson

Puerto Montt

CH08 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHT Hotel Atkinson

Santiago

Casa Higueras

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Torres Del Paine National Park Punta Arenas

Balmaceda Puerto Natales

Tierra del Fuego

EASTER ISLAND Known as “Rapa Nui” to the natives, this is one of the most isolated places on earth, located 3,600 km west of mainland Chile. Best known for the mysterious “moais”, these statues of up to 21 metres high and 100 tonnes in weight were hewn from volcanic stone and erected by the hundreds along the shoreline. These mysterious idols, along with the friendly locals, the wonderful landscape and volcanoes make this a destination not to be missed.

Palacio Astoreca

EASTER ISLAND

EASTER ISLAND STOPOVER 4 days / 3 nights Day 1: On arrival at Mataveri Airport, transfer to hotel. Day 2: (B) Half day tour to visit Tahai Temple, Rano Kao volcano, Orongo ceremonial village. Half day tour to Puna Pao quarry, Akivi Temple and Te Pahu caves. Day 3: (B, L) Full day tour to visit the local crafts market, the south coast of the island Vaihu, Ankahanga, Tongariki temples, Rano Raraku quarry, Te Pito Kura, Nau Nau Temples and Anakena beach.

Hanga Roa

Day 4: (B) Transfer from hotel to airport. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Excursions as per itinerary led by bilingual guide • Return airport transfers • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast, (L) lunch. • 2, 3, 5, 6 day packages also available

Otai Hotel

Easter island stopover

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CODE HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN

CH08 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Otai Hotel

1117

728

Iorana Hotel

1492

999

Altiplanico Hotel

1650

970

Hanga Roa

2889

1938

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Altiplanco

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CHILE GREAT WINES, BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES ATACAMA DESERT 4 days / 3 nights The Atacama may be the driest desert in the world but it is rich in landscapes, unique formations and an unparalleled sense of mystery. National parks filled with a diverse range of wildlife as well as geyser fields, salt flats, canyons, geological formations, Inca ruins, adobe houses and archaeological museums are just some of the attractions to be found here.

For an unforgettable experience, discover this northern region with one of our Atacama lodge packages complete with meals and excursions.

Awasi Lodge

ALTO ATACAMA

This new boutique lodge offers an exceptional level of service and detail for lodging in the middle of this great desert. With only 8 suites, each with private patios, sitting rooms and sundeck as well as a bathroom that allows for open air showers. Packages include full board and comprehensive excursions with private guides.

TIERRA ATACAMA A boutique property located on the edge of town with 32 rooms decorated in an elegant minimalist style. Guests can choose from a wide range of walking and hiking, 4WD, horseback and culture based excursions. Please contact us for comprehensive package details.

Awasi Lodge

CHILE

The Explora range of hotels offer the ultimate in luxury accommodation in some of the most remote locations in Chile, as well as an excursion program to suit the most adventurous of travellers. The San Pedro option is no exception, offering packages with full board (including drinks), daily excursions to nearby attractions (with groups no larger than 10) and activities such as horse riding, trekking, and cycling and return transfers from Calama.

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EXPLORA IN ATACAMA

Tierra Atacama

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Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the only lodge in the San Pedro region that is totally enveloped by natural surroundings. Located in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, just over a mile from the plaza of San Pedro, the Alto Atacama’s design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its environment and appear as a part of the terracotta-colored ridge that rises behind it. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquility and silence, and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor lounge spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself, and unlike any other hotel property in the región. Alto Atacama offers a range of programs including transfers, and excursions.


CHILE

ATACAMA DESERT

Prices from

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

CH05 EXPLORA EN ATACAMA 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

3896

2987

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

5064

3896

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

4831

3220

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

6175

4116

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

3181

2585

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

3962

3181

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

3000

2337

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

3598

2805

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

1814

980

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

2008

1102

AWASI LODGE

Explora

TIERRA ATACAMA

ALTO ATACAMA

CASA DE DON THOMAS

Casa de Don Thomas

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CHILE GREAT WINES, BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES

THE LAKES REGION LAKES CROSSING

VIRA VIRA HACIENDA HOTEL 5 days / 4 nights

4 day / 3 nights

Snow-capped volcanoes, virgin forests, magnificent lakes, hot springs and rivers make up this famous crossing from the capital of the lake district in Chile, Puerto Montt to the picturesque town of Bariloche. Tour can be done in reverse to start in Bariloche.

Vira Vira is set in a beautiful and unique location close to Pucón, Chile. It features a 23ha native park along the shores of the Liucura river and offers an oasis of peace and recreation. It is not just a hotel

Day 1: PUERTO MONTT: On arrival, transfer to hotel in Puerto Varas. Day 2: PUERTO VARAS (B) City tour of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt including Plaza de Armas and the handicrafts market at Angelo. Day 3: PUERTO VARAS – BARILOCHE (B) Begin Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche. Day 4: BARILOCHE (B) Scenic tour of Bariloche. Day 5: BARILOCHE (B) Transfer to Bariloche airport. Includes: • 4 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Transport by bus & boat • Bilingual guides • Return airport transfers • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast. lakes crossing

PRICES FROM

CODE HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN

CH10 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

1395

1032

First class hotels

1685

1230

CHILE

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Vira Vira also includes a complete Hacienda managed by ecological standards as well as a modern cheese and milk dairy. The aim is to provide guests with the most personal hotel accommodation, with tailor made excursions and activities as well as with the best local food prepared with fresh ingredients produced daily by their Hacienda. All inclusive Program Includes: • Lodging • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) • Open bar • Excursions and activities • Return airport transfers Activities include: • Chilean style horseriding • Hiking at National Park of Villarrica • Sailing • Kayaking • Yoga • Spirit & Art • Fishing (Fly fishing certain times of the year) vira vira hacienda hotel

PRICES FROM

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

CH13 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

P.O.A.

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1915


CHILE

SKORPIOS II - NORTHERN ICEFIELDS & SAN RAFAEL GLACIER CRUISE 6 days / 5 nights Departs Saturdays The Skorpios II is a first class vessel with a capacity of 140 passengers across 5 decks offering personalized attention, world class meals, open bar, and educational information. The Classic Route travel southwards to San Rafael from Puerto Montt, sailing through unforgettable channels and fjords, past archipelagos and pristine landscapes of glaciers and forests. Day 1: (B) Depart Puerto Montt towards the archipelago of LLanquihue past calbuco, Ancud and Chileo. Day 2: (B, L, D) Sail through the Morelada and Ferronave Canals before arriving at Puerto Aguirre for a visit of this fishing town. Continue sailing through canals towards San Rafael. Day 3: (B, L, D) Navigate the San Rafael inlet before reaching the lagoon that is home to famed ice formation Day 4: (B, L, D) Begin your return saiIing northbound 08.00 hrs. Berth at the Quitralco pier. After breakfast, passengers can take hotspring baths were the water temperature is at 32ºC and 30ºC, in covered and outside pools. If the weather allows to, boat excursions in motorboats through the inside of the fjord. 19.00 hrs. Sail towards Chiloe, navigating through the Moraleda and Perez Norte channels. Day 5: (B, L, D) 08.00 hrs. Corcovado Gulf crossing. Continue to sail through the oriental coast of the Chiloe island, Yal channel and Castro stream.ail towards Puerto Montt. Farewell party, Captain’s dinner dance.

“W” paine trek 5 days / 4 nights Day 1: PUERTO NATALES/EL CALAFATE – TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK (D) Early morning departure from Puerto Natales or El Calafate to Torres Del Paine National Park. Hike along Acencio River. Overnight at Refugio Chileno. (Trek 2.5hrs) Day 2: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Trek to the base of the towers before descending on the same trail heading to the Cuernos. (Trek 9hrs)

Day 6: (B) 08.00 hrs. Docked at the Skorpios Terminal pier in Puerto Montt. 09.00 hrs. Breakfast, and disembarkation. ** Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions.Includes • 5 nights accommodation (cabin with private facilities) • All meals including beverages • Excursions with bilingual guides • Return airport transfers from Puerto Montt. S korpios III 6 day cruise sailing southwards from Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales. skorpios II – Ex Puerto Montt

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Day 3: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Begin the day with a walk to the Frances Valley, continue on to one of the best spots in the National Park surrounded by the highest mountains in the area. (Trek 10hrs) Day 4: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Hike to the Grey Glacier, continue through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks. (Trek 3.5hrs) Day 5: TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Early morning walk to Refugio Paine Grande, board the Catamaran across the Pehoe lake to Pudeto. Transfer to El Calafate or Puerto Natales. (Trek 3.5hrs) Includes: • Transportation • 4 Nights accommodation • Meals as per itinerary • Catamaran tickets • Local guide assistance 24 hrs

SINGLE TWIN

CH11 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEC - FEB

4285

2588

OTHER DATES

2857

2597

* Rates are based standard room in Atenas deck cabin. Other room and cabin categories are available. * Contact us for additional tours or tripe share prices

“W” paine trek

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

CH14 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS from Puerto Natales 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS from El Calafate

1392

1344

1512

1470

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CHILE GREAT WINES, BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES

Awasi Patagonia

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

AWASI PATAGONIA

South America’s most famous park and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine is best recognized for its magnificent central massif, sculpted by glaciers into the unmistakable cuernos (horns) and torres (towers). Rising from the sea to over 11,000 feet, these granite spires are truly impressive. Varied and abundant wildlife including guanacos and dozens of bird species roam here, making this Patagonia’s top adventure travel destination.

Located inside a 15,000 acre private nature reserve, Awasi Patagonia offers sweeping views of Torres del Paine and Lago Sarmiento. The chosen location is protected from the often intense Patagonian winds by a luxuriant native forest of lenga and nirre trees, brimming with native wildlife including guanacos, rheas, foxes, condors and the occasional puma.

The singular One of the newest hotels in Patagonia, the hotel is located in Puerto Natales, about and hour away from Torres del Paine National Park. It not only offers luxury accommodation with magnificent views of the bay, but excellent service and an array of excursions to choose from.

Awasi Patagonia will consist of just twelve independent villas (one Master Villa and eleven Double Villas) accompanied by a private gourmet restaurant and common area exclusive for guest use.

HOSTERIA LAS TORRES Located close to both the Paine Towers and the Paine Horns, this hotel offers fantastic views and is an ideal starting point for a range of excursions within the national park. Hosteria Torres offers 3, 4 and 7 night programs including transfers, full board and a varied excursion menu featuring hiking and walking tours, vehicle excursions and horseriding expeditions.

Hosteria Las Torres

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Patagonia Camp The Singular

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TORRES DEL PAINE

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

CH14 Hosteria Torres 4 Days / 3 Nights

2857

2103

1915

1474

5714

4285

‘A’ Cabin

3647

2571

AUSTRALIS CRUISES

4675

3246

6331

4220

Patagonia Camp 4 Days / 3 Nights (Sat or Wed) Explora en Patagonia 5 Days / 4 Nights

‘A’ Twin Cabin

‘AAA’ Cabin

The Singular Patagonia 4 Days / 3 Nights Tierra Patagonia 4 Days / 3 Nights Awasi Patagonia 4 Days / 3 Nights * Contact us for additional tours or tripe share prices

ultimate patagonia 7 Days / 6 Nights Operates October - April. Tour may be reversed to start/finish in El Calafate. Day 1: PUNTA ARENAS – PUERTO NATALES (B) On arrival, transfer to your 3 hour journey to Puerto Natales and transfer to hotel.

The sister ships Stella and Via Australis offer an unparalleled cruise experience through the southernmost channels of the continent. Sail through the Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel observing fjords, bays, glaciers and islands between the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and the Argentine city of Ushuaia. Operating between October and April each year, these cruises take you as far as the mythical Cape Horn, the last headland before crossing to Antarctica. The ships are First class vessels, all cabins are equipped with private facilities and panoramic windows across a number of deck categories. Cruise includes all meals aboard and access to onboard facilities: lounges, library, games rooms and viewing bridge.

Australis CRUISES DEPARTURES

Day 2: TORRES DEL PAINE (B, L) Full day visit to Torres del Paine National Park including Milodon Caves and Grey Lake.

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

Day 3: PUERTO NATALES (B) Free day to explore the picturesque town of Puerto Natales..

Stella Australis (4 NIGHTS): every Saturday Via Australis (4 NIGHTS): every Monday

Day 4: PUERTO NATALES - EL CALAFATE (B) Transfer from Torres del Paine to El Calafate.

Ushuaia – Punta Arenas

Day 5: UPSALA AND ONELLI GLACIERS (B) Full day excursion across the Lago Argentino up to the Upsala and Onelli glaciers to admire the beauty of the icebergs floating on the lake.

Stella Australis (3 nights): every Wednesday Via Australis (4 nights): every Monday

Punta Arenas (RT) Via Australis (3 nights): Fridays

Day 6: PERITO MORENO GLACIER - EL CALAFATE (B) Full day bus tour to the famed Perito Moreno Glacier. (Optional mini-trekking on the glacier available.)

Ushuaia (RT)

Day 7: EL CALAFATE (B) Transfer to airport.

stella australis & via australis

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Includes: • 6 nights accommodation • Excursions as specified • Return airport transfers • Meals as indicated (B, L). (*Please note that tours may be rescheduled due to weather conditions.)

CODE

Price per person

Via Australis (3 nights): Fridays

CH15 PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA (4 Nights) Dep SAT & TUE LOW

HIGH

SINGLE (B)

2700

4476

B CABIN

2338

2984

A CABIN

3129

3840

AA CABIN

3280

4022

AAA CABIN

3433

4215

AA SUPERIOR

4133

5022

AAA SUPERIOR

4325

5264

USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS (3 Nights) Dep WED & FRI LOW

HIGH

SINGLE (B)

2894

3691

B CABIN

1929

2461

ultimate patagonia

prices from

A CABIN

2581

3168

CODE

SINGLE TWIN

AA CABIN

2706

3316

AAA CABIN

2832

3479

CH17 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

2972

1815

AA SUPERIOR

3411

4133

First class hotels

3138

1945

AAA SUPERIOR

3570

4355

Deluxe hotels

3657

2210

* Contact us for additional tours or tripe share prices

HIGH SEASON – NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB, 1-14 MAR ‘14 LOW SEASON – OCT, 15MAR -31MAR

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PERU ANCIENT CULTURES, MYSTIFYING RUINS Peru is a country with some of the most spectacular and varied scenery in South America. The Peruvian Andes are arguably the most beautiful on the continent and the mountains are home to millions of highland Indians who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and maintain a traditional way of life. The multiple layers of influence from a number of great civilisations make Peru a fascinating destination. You can wander around colonial cities that have preserved the legacy of the Spanish conquistadors, visit the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco, explore the lost city of Machu Picchu and ponder the enigma of the Nazca Lines.

Ruins, temples, churches and mansions make this a memorable destination, full of history and culture. The Inca’s most sacred building in Cuzco, the Korikancha Ruins (Temple of the Sun), today forms part of the Spanish church of Santo Domingo. Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu (the legendary ‘Lost City of the Incas’), the famed Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the Pisac and Ollantaytambo markets, the rainforests of Manu and Tambopata and to Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Inca.

LIMA STOPOVER 3 Days / 2 Nights The mansions and churches of colonial downtown Lima and the modern suburbs of San Isidro, Miraflores and Monterrico, make Lima a study in contrasts. Founded by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro, Lima is also known as the “City of Kings”. Vestiges of Lima’s colonial heyday still remain today in downtown Lima: the Plaza Mayor flanked by the Government palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day city tour including visit to the Cathedral, Churches of Santo Domingo, St Peter and the Monastery of St Francisco • Return airport transfers. 2 day/1 night tour to Nazca, Ica and the Ballestas Islands. LIMA STOPOVER

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CODE HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN

PE01

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS El Tambo Dos

490

274

Casa Andina Centro

523

272

Jose Antonio Executive

534

274

Four Points by Sheraton

682

360

Casa Andina Private Collection

776

397

Belmond Miraflores

1350

682

B Art Hotel Boutique

1222

621

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CUZCO & MACHU PICCHU 5 Days / 4 Nights Day 1: On arrival in Cuzco, transfer to hotel. Day 2: (B, L) Full day tour to the Sacred Valley including a visit to Pisac Market (TUE,THU,SUN only) and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Overnight in Sacred Valley. Day 3: (B, L) Train to Machu Picchu, guided tour of the ruins and overnight in Aguas Calientes, the town below the citadel. Day 4: (B) Morning at leisure to explore the ruins, afternoon train to Cuzco and transfer to hotel. Day 5: (B) Half day city tour including the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Kenko. Transfer to airport. Includes • 4 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Excursions and entrance fees • Return economy train – Vistadome class • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast, (L) lunch • Knowledgeable bilingual guides • Return airport transfers. Program may be adjusted to work around market days and train availability. cuzco & machu picchu

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CODE HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN

PE02

CUZCO Due to its position as the capital of the Inca dynasty, contemporary Cuzco, a city of 3200 metres above sea level, is a showcase of several different cultures: Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial and Republican. Once an administrative, military and holy city, it is now the oldest inhabited city of the Americas.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

1925

1561

First class hotels

2622

1958

Deluxe hotels

3329

2292

* Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices. Seasonal surcharges apply

PERU

HOTELS IN LIMA

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El Tambo Dos 3*

Arawi 4*

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Belmond Miraflores 5*

B Art Hotel (Boutique)


PERU

Napo R.

Iquitos

Ucayali R.

DES

AN

Chiclayo Trujillo EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY 4 Days / 3 Nights This tour explores the wonderful sights and culture of the Sacred Valley, including the famous Pisac market, Ollatantaytambo Ruins, Maras and the local community of Misminay. The perfect pre or post extension to Machu Picchu.

Lima

Day 1: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY On arrival into Cuzco you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Day 2: SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour to the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the colonial city of Maras, and the colourful Pisac market.

Puerto Maldonado Machu Picchu

Manu Huancayo

Cuzco

Ica AND ES Nazca Puno

Lake Titicaca

Arequipa

Day 3: SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour to the local community of Misminay. Learn their ancient customs , their cultivating techniques and weaving skills. Day 4: SACRED VALLEY (B) Return to Cuzco or continue to Machu Picchu. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) • Excursion and entrance fees. • Knowledgeable bilingual guides EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY

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SINGLE TWIN

PE02

HOTELS IN CUZCO

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

1330

743

First class hotels

1593

881

* Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices. Seasonal surcharges apply

Costa del Sol Picoaga 4*

Libertador Hotel 5*

Belmond Hotel Monasterio 5*

HOTELS IN SACRED VALLEY

Aranwa Hotel 5*

Tambo del Inka 5*

Sol y Luna 4*

San Agustin Monasterio de la recoleta 5*

Unaytambo 3*

Posada del Inka 3*

Novotel 4*

Aranwa (Boutique)

La Casona (Boutique)

Mercado Tunqui (Boutique)

HOTELS IN AGUAS CALIENTES (MACHU PICCHU)

Casa Andina Private Collection 4*

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge 5*

Sumaq Hotel 5*

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo 4*

Inkallpa Valle Sagrado 3*

Casa del Sol 3*

El Mapi by Inkaterra 3*

Casa Andina 3*

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PERU ANCIENT CULTURES, MYSTIFYING RUINS INCA TRAIL The Inca Trail is one of the best-known and most popular hikes in South America. Views of snowcapped mountains, cloud forests, the beautifully paved trails and hundreds of stone steps set amongst an alpine and jungle environment as well as visits to five major Inca sites make this an unforgettable trek. Daily departures from Cuzco.

INCA TREK 5 Days / 4 Nights Day 1: (L, D) Travel by train to Km 82 to begin trek. Camp at Llulluchapampa. Day 2: (B, L, D) Climb to the Warmiwañusca pass at 4,200 meters, where you have a panoramic view of the Vilcanota range. Camp at Wañusca. Day 3: (B, L, D) Hike to Runcuracay, where the original Inca path begins, and arrive at Sayamarca, perched on a mountain ridge. Camp at Wiñaywayna.

Paracas, Ica & Nazca Lines 2 Days / 1 Night DAY 1: LIMA - ICA Travel 310 km south along the Panamericana highway by bus from Lima to Ica, through an arid desert and lush coastal oasis. Tour of Ica then an over flight to the mysterious Nazca lines in the afternoon. The Nazca Lines is the site of world famous ground markings preserved by Dr. Maria Reiche, where Nazca people etched giant animal and geometric figures on the desert sands some 1,500 years ago. Overnight at Las Dunas Hotel. DAY 2: ICA – PARACAS – LIMA (B) Travel north to Paracas for an excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands to view thousands of birds, sea lions and fur seals in their natural surroundings. You can also see the famous candlestick design, a Nazca civilization figure etched on the desert face from the boat. Return to Lima. Package includes:

Day 4: (B, L) Trek through orchid-rich cloud forest to reach Intipunko to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu Sanctuary. After a guided tour of the ruins, descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for overnight stay at local hotel.

• Land transfers and excursions as per itinerary • Bilingual guide • Entrance fees • Nazca Lines overflight

Day 5: (B) Free day to explore the ruins before afternoon train back to Cuzco. (Park entrance fee not included.)

Paracas, Ica & Nacza Lines

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CODE HOTEL

SINGLE

Includes: • All tents and equipment • Itinerary subject to change • Porter to carry equipment only (personal porters available at extra cost) • All meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) • Tourist Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Cuzco NB: Permits are limited and must be applied for a few months in advance.

PE10

Price per person * Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices

Not operational in February. Passengers are recommended to provide their own sleeping bags or hire them locally. INCA trek

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

PE03

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

1183

987

First class hotels

1524

1328

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

1072

from 996

* Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices

4 days / 3 Nights The Lares Trek takes place on a hidden valley that very few outsiders have ever entered. The trail offers the opportunity to see magnificent glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, hot springs and experience the Inca way of life in the mountains as you trek past the indigenous communities of Canchacancha, Huacawasi and Yanahuara. Includes: • Transport from Cuzco • Tents and camping equipment • Porters • All meals while trekking • English speaking guides. lares trek to machu picchu

PERU

HOTEL

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4 DAYS / 3 NIGHT Price per person * Contact us for additional tours or triple share prices

Talk to us, the locals!

Nazca Lines Inca Trek

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

1671

1070

TWIN

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT from 1082 from 880


PERU

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 7 days / 6 nights From the base of towering Mt. Salkantay to Machu Picchu, during this 7 day adventure you will discover villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions, and witness the majesty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire. Best of all, you will travel from lodge to lodge along uncrowded trails in areas so remote that your company may be a mighty condor. Day 1: CUZCO – SALKANTAY – SORAYPAMPA (L, D) Early morning departure by road to Limatambo, this is the beginning of your journey trekking to the Salkantay lodge through the old route called the “Camino Real”. Salkantay lodge takes its name from the majestic peak the head of the valley – Mt Salkantay. Overnight at the lodge. Day 2: SORAYPAMPA (B, L, D) Today you will take an acclimatization hike to the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. Afternoon at leisure and overnight at the lodge. Day 3: CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS (B, L, D) Early morning start for your hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay Peak (4630 m). Dinner will be served on arrival at the Wayra Lodge. Day 4: DESCENDING INTO THE CLOUD FOREST (B, L, D) Continue your decent through increasingly verdant scenery. Arrive at Colpa lodge, you will

Salkantay Lodge

Wayra Lodge

Colpa Lodge

Lucma Lodge

be greeted with a Pachamanca (A traditional Peruvian meal). Day 5: FOLLOWING THE SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY (B, L, D) Hike along the Santa Teresa River valley, you will pass through banana, granadilla and avocado orchids and coffee plantations. Continuing your journey on the “Llactapata Inca Trail” where you will arrive at Lucma Lodge. Day 6: FIRST VIEWS OF MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Today you will trek uphill towards Llactapata Pass, here you will come upon a spectacular view of Machu Picchu sanctuary, and Lunch will be served on a scenic view point looking out to Machu Picchu. Here you will begin your decent towards Aguas Calientes. Overnight at hotel. Day 7: (B) Morning at leisure before catching the afternoon train to Cuzco. Includes: • 6 Nights accommodation at selected mountain lodges • All meals, excluding beverages • All activities with English speaking guides salkantay trek to machu picchu

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS Low Season

5867

3911

High Season (01 Apr - 31 Oct & 15 - 31Dec)

6816

4544

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PERU ANCIENT CULTURES, MYSTIFYING RUINS MANCO TUPAC (LIMA TO LA PAZ) 11 Days / 10 Nights This tour incorporates the very best of Peru and Bolivia. Highlights include Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Pisac market and Ollantaytambo fortress in the Sacred Valley, followed by the stunning scenery en-route to Lake Titicaca and ending in La Paz. Daily departures. Day 1: LIMA On arrival, transfer to hotel. Day 2: LIMA (B) Half day tour of colonial Lima and the Gold Museum. Day 3: LIMA – CUZCO (B) Transfer to airport, fly to Cuzco. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of city and surrounding ruins. Day 4: CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a visit to the Pisac markets. Day 5: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L) Morning train ride to Machu Picchu and tour of the ruins. Stay overnight in Aguas Calientes. Day 6: MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Morning free to explore ruins. Return to Cuzco. Day 7: CUZCO – PUNO (B, L) Scenic bus trip through the Andes mountains to the city of Puno. Transfer to hotel. Day 8: TAQUILE & UROS ISLANDS (B) Full day tour to the islands of Taquile and Uros. Day 9: PUNO – LA PAZ (BOLIVIA) (B, L) Transfer to Copacabana to cross Lake Titicaca by catamaran. On the way visit the Island of the Sun and arrive at the Bolivian port of Huatajata. Transfer by road to the city of La Paz and your hotel.

Inti Raymi festival, Sacred Valley

Day 10: LA PAZ (B) Half day tour of city tour and the Valley of the Moon. Visit the Indian market, the Colonial Church of San Francisco, Murillo Square where the Cathedral of La Paz, Government Palace and National Congress can be seen, and end your tour at the Valley of the Moon. Day 11: LA PAZ (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels •Sightseeing and tours as indicated • Transport by bus and catamaran as specified • Return airport transfers • All meals as indicated (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner. Note: The markets at Pisac only operate on certain days of the week so the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly. LIMA to la paz (manco tupac)

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3330

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3974

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7334

4799

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Silustani graves, Puno

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BEST OF PERU 18 Days / 17 Nights This tour visits Ica, the Ballestas Islands, the mystical city of Nazca, Arequipa “the White City:, and Colca Canyon, home of the majestic condor. The tour also takes you to Lake Titicaca, and Cuzco – a showcase of different cultures and the oldest inhabited city in the Americas. The tour culminates in the Amazon basin, which contains some of the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Daily departures. Day 1 LIMA On arrival, transfer to hotel Day2 LIMA (B) Half day city tour Day 3 LIMA – ICA – NAZCA (B) Bus to Ica, short city tour before arriving at Nazca, site of the famous ground markings of giant animals and geometric figures. (over flight included). Day4 BALLESTAS ISLANDS – AREQUIPA (B) Visit to Ballestas islands to see thousands of birds, sea lions and fur seals. Overnight transfer to Arequipa. Day 5 AREQUIPA Free day Day 6 AREQUIPA (B) Half day city tour of Arequipa & Santa Catalina convent Day 7 AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON (B, L, D) Travel to Colca Canyon. Overnight

BEST OF NORTHern PERU 4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 12 CUZCO (B) Half day city tour of Cuzco & nearby ruins.

Discover Chiclayo: All the majesty of the Lord of Sipan and the Mochica world, the dazzling pre-Columbian culture which art has been compared with the Ramses II royal tomb. Going south, Trujillo, colonial capital of the spring season, is waiting for you with flowers and a delicate gastronomy rich in seafood and fishes. A few steps more and you will find Chan Chan, one of the largest mud cities in the world and the huacas (pyramids) dedicated to the Sun and to the Moon, impressive testimonies of the Moche culture.

Day 13 CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (B, L) Day tour to the Sacred valley of the Incas.

Day 1: TRUJILLO Upon arrival into Trujillo airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 14 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D) Vistadome train to Machu Picchu – tour of the ruins.

Day 2: TRUJILLO (B, L) Guided city tour of Trujillo with visits to San Francisco Church and the Cassinelli museum, with an afternoon visit to the ruins of the largest adobe city in the world, Chan Chan. Lunch at local restaurant at Huanchaco beach.

Day 8 COLCA CANYON – AREQUIPA (B) Return to Arequipa. Day 9 AREQUIPA – PUNO (B, L) Day transfer to Puno. Day 10 PUNO (B, L) Full day tour to the floating islands of Uros and Taquile Island. Day 11 PUNO – CUZCO (B, L) Bus journey across the altiplano to Cuzco.

Day 15 MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO (B) Return to Cuzco on afternoon train. Day 16 CUZCO – AMAZON BASIN (B, L, D) flight to Puerto Maldonado, then motorized canoe journey to your Amazon lodge. Day 17 AMAZON LODGE (B, L, D) Full day of activities including trekking through the jungle, piranha fishing, alligator spotting and visiting local indigenous communities. Day 18 AMAZON LODGE – LIMA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Lima. Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels with private facilities • Sightseeing and tours as indicated with English guides • Airfares Cuzco – Puerto Maldonado – Lima • All meals as indicated (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner. Crossing Lake Titicaca from Puno to La Paz. (p33) best of peru

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Day 3: TRUJILLO – CHICLAYO (B) Morning transfer to Chiclayo 130 miles south along the Pan American Highway. On arrival to Chiclayo “The Friendship City” you will be taken on a tour of Tumbas Reales & Tucume an imposing archaeological site composing of 26 mud brick pyramids. Day 4: CHICLAYO (B) Half day tour of Lord of Sipan + Pampa Grande Tour, where its possible to see the ancient mud brick burial platform where the fabulous tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered in 1987. Then visit the Pampa Grande, also known as Capilla and considered the largest pyramid in South America. Afternoon transfer to airport. Includes: • 3 Nights accommodation at selected hotel • Bilingual guides • Entrance fees best of northern peru

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5910

4391

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5503

First class hotels

1242

999

Deluxe hotel

10745

6885

Deluxe hotel

1348

1016

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PERU ANCIENT CULTURES, MYSTIFYING RUINS AMAZON LODGES IN Iquitos Iquitos is the capital and gateway for excursions into the northern Peruvian Amazon. This portside city was historically important during the rubber trade and is now a hub of activity. Some wildlife attractions native to this region include pink dolphins, caimans and macaws, but are best viewed further down the river. Only a couple of hours up or downstream along the Rio Amazonas, you can access some of the best and most established jungle lodges in Peru or you can cruise your way along this mighty river for an unforgettable adventure.

explorama lodges

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EXPLORAMA LODGE 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

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625

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862

763

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725

645

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1134

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CEIBA TOPS LODGE

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CEIBA TOPS 4 Days/ 3 Nights The Ceiba Tops lodge is a deluxe jungle resorts where you can relax in style in a jungle setting. The lodge offers extensive gardens, a swimming pool, water slide, Jacuzzi, a hammock house as well as modern facilities such as air conditioned rooms and cottages. Various excursions are available Day 1: (L, D) Pick up from airport and tour of Iquitos. Boat transfer to the lodge and afternoon excursion of surrounding primary rainforest. Day 2: (B, L, D) River boat ride for some pink dolphin spotting and visit to a local Indian village. Afternoon excursion to the community of Indiana and visit to the enormous ceiba tree. Day 3 (B, L, D) Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 metres. Afternon visit to Ethnobotanical Garden where 240 medicinal plants are grown. Day 4: (B, L) Choice of walking or boat excursion in the morning. Afternoon boat transfer to Iquitos and to airport. Includes: • Accommodation at Ceiba Tops • All meals at lodge • Excursions led by bilingual guides • Return airport and boat transfers

3 Days / 2 Nights

Romantic kerosene torches and lamps illuminate palm-thatched houses containing 10-17 private sleeping rooms. Covered connecting walkways lead to the Tahuampa Bar, the dining room, the sun porch and two hammock houses. Showers & toilet facilities adjoin each house. A variety of treks are offered, including the Seven Bridges Trail. Day 1: (L, D) Pick up from airport, brief city orientation and boat transfer to the Explorama dock. Afternoon hike through the lake trail and night walk/ boat ride through the forest. Day 2: (B, L, D) Morning walk through the Bushmaster trail. Afternoon boat trip for dolphin spotting and possibly a chance for a swim. Day 3: (B, L) Morning hike to visit the river people and a local sugar cane rum factory. Transfer back to Iquitos for flight to Lima.

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Muyuna Lodge is a small rainforest lodge located in the upper Amazon River. Its remoteness gives an intimate experience which guarntees the observation of monkeys, birds, sloths, pink dolphins, fish and caimans and in their own habitat. The bungalows are comfortable with ensuite bathrooms, and terraces facing the river, and is run so that they are always respecting the environment. Muyuna maintains a tight relationship with San Juan de Yanayacu village which benefits from ecotourism in the zone.

Day 2: MUYUNA LODGE (B, L, D) Fishing trip to Lake Casah, lake Purra and Lake Corriente to catch many kinds of fish including piranha. You will have a chance to see different species of monkeys and birds. Night walk to see frogs and tarantulas.

The Explorama Lodge was established in 1964, and is some 80 km down the river from Iquitos, deep in the heart of the primary rainforest.

Includes: • Accommodation at Explorama Lodge •All meals excluding beverages • Jungle excursions/activities with bilingual guides • Return airport transfers

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1: IQUITOS (L, D) Arrive in Iquitos and transfer to the lodge. After lunch, visit Lake Sapote to observe the different birds in the area. Evening boat ride to see caimans, nocturnal birds and mammals.

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Muyuna Lodge

Day 3: MUYUNA LODGE (B, L, D) Morning trek around the premises of the lodge to see the local fauna and flora. Afternoon visit to mix with the locals from San Juan Yanayacu, to experience how locals live in the Amazon. Day 4: MUYUNA LODGE – IQUITOS (B) Swimming in the Amazon river, where the pink and gray dolphins swim. Lunch at the lodge before heading to the airport in Iquitos. Includes: • Accommodation at Muyuna Lodge • All meals at lodge • Excursions led by bilingual guides • Return airport and boat transfers MUYUNA lodge

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Reserva Amazonica Tree House

AMAZON LODGES IN PUERTO MALDONADO

INKATERRA RESERVA AMAZONICA

Nearly two thirds of Peru comprises of rainforest and the Amazon Basin located in the south is believed to contain some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. The southern selva regions are fed by Madre de Dios River and are inhabited by rare animals such as the Giant Otter, Collared Peccary, Tapir, Anaconda, Jaguar, Ocelot, Horned Currasow among others. Puerto Maldonado is a remote settlement sits where the Rio Madre de Dios and the Tambopata River meet. You can stay at a number of jungle lodges accessible by boat transfer. The town is located close to the Tambopata Reserve, an immense 6,000 square kilometre protected area in the South-eastern state of Madre de Dios.

REFUGIO AMAZONAS & TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE 5 Days / 4 Nights Day 1: PUERTO MALDONADO (D) upo arrival in Puerto Maldonado, two hour trip by motorised canoe to Refugio Amazonas. Day 2: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE (B, L, D) Morning visit to the 25 m canopy tower. Travel by motorised canoe to Tambopata Research Centre. Afternoon hike on the Bamboo trail, home of the howler and dusky titi monkeys. Day 3: TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE (B, L, D) Visit the world’s largest Macaw clay lick. Afternoon hike and climb the observation tower for bird watching. Day 4: REFUGIO AMAZONAS (B, L, D) Return to Refugio Amazonas. After lunch, hike to Condernado Lake for lakeside wildlife viewing. Day 5: REFUGIO AMAZONAS – PUERTO MALDONADO (B) After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado.

4 days / 3 nights This new elegant ecological lodge is a first class option within a jungle environment. Located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve and within the 12,000 hectares of private ecological reserve owned by Inkaterra. There are four categories of cabañas to choose from, all thatched and built on raised platforms in the style of the indigenous Ese’ Eja people. The lodge also includes pavilion with dining hall and bar, a spa offering relaxation treatments and a complex canopy system with more than 300 metres of tree top walkways, hanging bridges and platforms for a bird’s eye view of the forest. RESERVA AMAZONICA

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923

742

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

1194

975

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POSADA AMAZONAS Eco lodge 4 days / 3 Nights Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the local community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Located within the territory of the Infierno Community and built within the 2,000 hectare, private, communal reserve, which is also directly adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Day 1: PUERTO MALDONADO – POSADA AMAZONAS (L,D) Pick up from Puerto Maldonado Airport. Transfer to port for your 45 minute boat transfer to the lodge. Afternoon walk in the jungle then to the canopy to observe wonderful views of the forest.

Includes: • Accommodation at Refugio Amazonas & Tambopata Research Centre. • All meals at lodge • Excursions led by bilingual guides • Return airport and boat transfers

Day 2: POSADA AMAZONAS (B,L,D) After breakfast you will visit the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake to see the giant otters, caimans and hoatzin that live in this area. Afternoon visit to Centro Ñape, which is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to locals.

REFUGIO AMAZONAS & TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE

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1520

Day 3: POSADA AMAZONAS (B,L,D) At dawn you will head out to the Parrot Clay lick, where you will see species of Mealy and Yellow headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrots as well as Dusky headed Parakeets. Afternoon visit to the community farm called Infierno.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

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1183

Day 4: POSADA AMAZONAS – PUERTO MALDONADO (B) Transfer to Puerto Maldonado. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at Posada Amazonas • All meals, excluding beverages • Jungles excursions/activities with bilingual guides • Return airport transfers posada amazonas

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PE13

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PERU ANCIENT CULTURES, MYSTIFYING RUINS AMAZON RIVER CRUISES MV AQUA & MV ARIA DRY SEASON (June-November) The Aqua is the first true luxury vessel ever to cruise the northern Peruvian Amazon. With 12 oversized guest suites, including four 180ツー panoramic master suites, all featuring en suite sitting areas and generous outwardfacing panoramic windows. You can socialise in the dining room, indoor lounge, on the observation deck, and in the outdoor lounge. The ship also has a small boutique.

Day 3: MARAテ前N RIVER/PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE (B, L, D) Optional tours: Full-Day Excursion with a Picnic Lunch at Ranger Station No. 2 or Guided Jungle Walk/Siesta/Monkey and Dolphin Expedition

Departs Saturdays.

AMAZON RIVER CRUISES

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Day 1: IQUITOS/AMAZON RIVER (D) You will be met at Iquitos and transferred to the ship. Begin your journey towards the Yanayacu River, deep in the heart of Amazonia. Over the next 4 days, you will also sail along the two largest tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Maraテアon, as well as on the mighty Amazon itself. DAY 2: AMAZON/TAHUAYO/RIVERS AND CHARO LAKE (B, L, D) Explore the Tahuayo River and try some fishing at Charo Lake. Stay on the lookout for the abundant wildlife including terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collared hawks, monkeys, and sloths. In the evening, travel to the Yacapana Islands M/V Aqua

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Day 4: PUERTO MIGUEL VILLAGE AND MARAYALI RIVER Meet with the villagers of the local town of Puerto Miguel before heading back to Iquitos.

PE18

M/V AQUA 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

5007

4006

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

6677

5341

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

5245

4196

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

6994

5594

Iquitos - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Iquitos

M/V ARIA

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M/V Aria


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DELFIN AMAZON CRUISES - DELFIN 1 4 Days / 3 Nights Monday departures Delfin Amazon Cruises matches your destination, itinerary and travel dreams on the Amazon. Style is always allied to substance and we offer an on-board experience that is second to none while taking you to places few have gone before.

DAY 4: AMAZON HEADWATERS & CAÑO PIRAÑA / SAN FRANCISCO HIKE AND LOCAL VILLAGE (B, L) Visit to the Amazon headwaters and San Francisco Vilage, a local community, to meet the locals. Board the Delfin cruise and disembark at Nauta. Transfer to Iquitos, enroute the Manatee Rescue Centre.

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN IQUITOS (D) After arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be assisted by our guides and transported by bus for about 1 ½ hours, heading northwest toward Nauta (the oldest city in the department of Loreto). Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the DELFIN I is waiting for you. Dinner then a briefing about the many activities offered.

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DAY 2: SAN ISIDRO FLOODED FOREST HIKE & YANAYACU/PUCATE RIVER (B, L, D) On your first morning with us we will recommend and early activity to explore one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Activities include: Hiking at San Isidro, Visit to Yana Yacu rainforest.

DELFIN AMAZON CRUISES

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DAY 3: CANOPY WALK/ PRIMARY FOREST HIKE, TAWAMPA LAKE /NAUTA CAÑO EXPLORATION (B, L) La Posada walkway – a unique opportunity to view the Amazon wildlife from the treetops. In the evening board the canoes where you will have the opportunity to catch Piranha fish.

• 3 nights accommodation aboard the Delfin ship • All meals while on board. • All excursions. • Transfer to/from vessel on arrival on recommended flights to Iquitos • Entrance Fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. • All bar consumptions.(Delfin 1 only) House wines in all meals.

PE18

DELFIN 1 (Pricing for Delfin 2 avail. on request) 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

6835

4556

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

8544

5696

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BOLIVIA INDIGENOUS CULTURES, COLONIAL TREASURES Bolivia is a landlocked country in the heart of South America bordered by Peru to the northwest, Brazil to the northeast, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south, and Chile to the west. Sparsely populated and unspoilt by modern development, Bolivia is the most indigenous country on the continent, with more than 50% of the population maintaining traditional values and beliefs. From the high mountain lakes of Titicaca to the steamy lowland jungles, Bolivia is an exciting destination with enormous cultural wealth, beautiful Andean landscapes and the remnants of mysterious ancient civilisations. In the northeast sits the Bolivian Amazon in the regions of Pando, Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz. The jungle is irrigated by many rivers that originate in the mountain ranges and flow down into the Amazon River. Whereas in Tarija to the southeast, savannahs and dry forests occupy the land.

POTOSI High in the Andes, this timeless place is World Heritage listed. A 16th century silver mining town, places of interest include Casa de la Moneda, the Monastery of San Francisco, and the churches of San Martin and San Bernardo.

SAMAPAITA Samapaita is a pre-Inca fortress on the road between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. There are traces of settlement here from as far back as 1500 BC.

LAKE TITICACA Some 90 minutes from the capital La Paz is South America’s second largest and the world’s highest navigable lake. The Incas believed the children of the Sun God were born from the waters of this magnificent lake which sprang from the body of a drowned Puma.

SUCRE The historical capital of Bolivia founded in 1538 in the basin of the Sica Sica and Churuquella hills. Sucre is considered to be the most beautiful city in Bolivia, known for its distinctive Spanish architecture.

LA PAZ

LA PAZ STOPOVER 3 days / 2 Nights La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, looks like a moon crater. The city is 4km (2mi) above sea level, situated on a canyon floor, which shows only a hint of greenery. Even oxygen is at a premium. Fortunately, the life and colour of La Paz is found in its people and culture, not in its landscape. Visit a typical Indian market, the famous Witch Doctor’s market and the San Francisco Colonial Church. Other places of interest include the Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located, the museums in “Calle Jaén”, the open-air museum from the Tiwanaku Culture, the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida ending with a trip to the see unique rose coloured volcanic formations of Moon Valley. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day city tour & Moon Valley • Return airport transfers. la paz stopover

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Bolivia’s capital and largest city is located some 3,600 metes above sea level. The city is home to 1 million “paceños”, as the residents are called. The area around La Paz is arid desert in contrast to the snow capped Mt Illimani in the distance. In Miraflores you will find the Open Air Museum of Tiawanacu and the Botanical Gardens. Just outside the city are the Moon Valley and Mallasilla, and the pre-Inca ruins of Tiahuanacu are only an hour away.

La Casona (Boutique)

602

368

Stanumm Boutique Hotel

639

402

Camino Real Suites (4 stars)

708

404

Hotel Europa (5 stars)

579

359

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 half day tour to the open air ruins of the ancient Tiwanaku A civilization.

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La Casona Boutique Hotel 5*

Hotel Europa 5*

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Camino Real Suites 4*

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TITICACA LAKE CROSSING Salar de Uyuni

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Ojo de Perdiz Hito Cajon

First day as above, excluding return transfer. Romantic candle light dinner and overnight onboard the catamaran in lake view cabins with private facilities.

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Potosi

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Santa Cruz

Oruro

Tarija

Catamaran cruise to Sun Island’s isolated Challapampa Village with a half day of participative tourism. Visitors have the opportunity to experience life in an unspoilt, indigenous village on the shores of Titicaca through an innovative program organized with the local community. Share in the local rituals, ceremonies and folkloric demonstrations, and visit their houses, museums, a chapel and school. Sail in traditional vessels and walk on an Inca trail to “La Chinkana”, a holy Inca temple and receive authentic welcome gifts.

a night trip to Kallawaya. Stay overnight at Hotel Inca Utama & Spa.

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golden triangle of lake titicaca

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• Catamaran cruise ship sailing across the lake enjoying the stunning panorama • Land transfer to La Paz city before noon.

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BO03 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

1025

TITICACA Lake crossing

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Day 3: (B) Huatajata – La Paz. Transfer to airport or hotel. Includes: • Bus from Puno to Copacabana and boat to Sun Island (SIB) • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day hydrofoil cruise: Moon Island, Tiquina & Huatajata Eco Village • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner.

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373 547

482

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF LAKE TITICACA 3 days / 2 nights

859

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4 days / 3 nights Day 1: SUCRE Fly from La Paz to Sucre (flight not included) On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Sucre. Day 2: SUCRE – POTOSI - UYUNI (B, D) Overland from Sucre to Potosi, rich in historic heritage, architecture and art. Visit to the Royal Mint, then continue to Uyuni.

On the shores of Lake Titicaca and nestled between two hills, the town of Copacabana has long been the terminus of the overland train-bus from Cuzco and the beginning of the hydrofoil-bus service to La Paz.

Day 3: UYUNI – SALT LAKE (B, L, D) Full day excursion to the Salt lake and Isla Pescado. Overnight at Salt Hotel.

It is a small town with a central plaza dominated by a Moorish style cathedral. Every Sunday in front of the Cathedral, a line of cars, trucks, buses and mini-buses, all decorated with garlands of flowers, wait to be blessed by the priest as a form of spiritual insurance.

Includes: • Regular transfers • Bilingual guides • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner.

Day 1: (B) Bus journey from Puno to Copacabana (visit to the Shrine). Ride to Sun Island and visit Pilbocaina Sun Temple & undertake a llama trek. Stay overnight at Posada del Inca Lodge. Day 2: (B, L, D) Visit to the Inca Steps and Sacred Fountain. Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, Tiquina & Huatajata. Visit to Andean Rotos Eco Village and

Day 4: UYUNI – LA PAZ (B) Transfer to the airport.

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BO05 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Price per person

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1226

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BOLIVIA INDIGENOUS CULTURES, COLONIAL TREASURES Madidi National Park (Bolivian Amazon) Chalalan Ecolodge 4 days / 3 nights Built on the magnificent Chalalan Lagoon, Chalalan Ecodge was built using ancient techniques to blend in with the environment, and offers guests a truly amazing Amazon experience deep in the Bolivian Rainforest. This tropical Andean hotspot has the highest biodiversity of endemic plants on the planet with about 45,000 special of plants and over 1000 tropical birds. Day 1: LA PAZ – RURRENABAQUE – CHALALAN – MADIDI NATIONAL PARK On arrival at Rurrenabaque you will be met and transferred to Chalalan Ecolodge, via Beni and Tuichi rivers. Welcome lunch then afternoon trekking to observe the flora and fauna. Day 2: CHALALAN ECOLODGE (MADIDI NATIONAL PARK) (B, L, D) Choose from the many themed treks, including bird watching, medicinal plants and natural history. In the evening, an optional canoe trip to spot alligators and other nocturnal animals. Day 3: CHALALAN ECOLOGDE – MADIDI NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Full day walk Rayamayo and Eslabon rivers to observe spider monkeys, tapir, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, you may spot a jaguar. Canoe trip around Chalalan lagoon before a traditional dinner and dancing. Day 4: CHALALAN ECOLODGE – RURRENABAQUE (B) Walk to the River Tuichi before a bota ride back to Rurrenabaque. Transfer to airport. Includes: • Return bus and canoe transfers from Rurrenabaque • Bilingual guides • Full board at lodge • Excursions offered by the lodge Not included: • Flights • Entrance fee to Madidi National park. Note: The schedule can change because of weather delays.

SALT LAKE OF UYUNI 4 days / 3 nights Day 1: UYUNI – SALT FLAT – OJO DE PERDIZ (L, D) Pick up at Uyuni airport. Visit the train cemetery, and mining town of San Cristobal. Overnight at Ojo de Perdiz. Day 2: OJO DE PERDIZ – RED LAGOON – GREEN LAGOON – OJO DE PERDIZ (B, L, D) Visit the Sololi Desert en route to Red Lagoon, where you will be able to observe the three species of flamingos. Overnight at lodge in Huayllajara. Visit Sol de Mañana, where you can see geysers and volcanic formations. Continue onto Green Lagoon, emerald in colour due to the high magnesium content in the water, before returning to Ojo de Perdiz. Day 3: OJO DE PERDIZ – COLCHANI (B, L, D) Depart towards Uyuni, visiting Cañapa, Hedionda, Honda, Chiarkhota and Ramaditas Lagoons on the way. Visit Incahuasi Island, located in the heart of the salt flat. Continue to Colchani for overnight. Day 4: COLCHANI –UYUNI (B) Transfer to the airport. Includes: • Private transfers • Meals as set out on the itinerary • English speaking guide.

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BO04 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHT Price per person

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BO05 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Price per person

2988

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From Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama 3 Days / 2 Nights Day 1: UYUNI SALT FLAT – COLCHANI (L, D) Pick up from the airport and visit the Uyuni Salt Flat and Incahuasi Island. This island is located in the heart of the salt flat and is the greatest of a group of islands that represents an isolated ecosystem. The island is populated with a cacti species that measures up to 12 meters high. The trip continues towards Coquesa village for lunch. Ascend the Tunupa Volcano to visit the Coquesa Mummies or the Chantani Museum. Dinner and overnight at the salt hotel Day 2: COLCHANI – OJO DE PERDIZ (B, D) Visit the Ollagüe´s viewpoint, the Cañapa, Hedionda, Honda, Chiarkhota and Ramaditas lagoons. Arrive to Ojo de Perdiz. Day 3: OJO DE PERDIZ – RED LAGOON – GREEN LAGOON – HITO CAJON – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (B, L, D) Travel to the Red Lagoon, home to the three species of flamingos who breed in the waters. Continue past the geysers of the Morning Sun. streams and volcanic mud pools. Arrival to Green Lagoon, an impressive aquatic mirror that resembles a giant emerald with a particular brightness in the mornings and afternoons. Continue the journey towards Hito Cajon (border between Chile and Bolivia). A transfer will be waiting to transfer you to San Pedro de Atacama. Includes: • 2 night accommodation • Transport by private vehicle • Excursions with bilingual guide • Meals (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Admission tickets to National Park UYUNI TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

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BO06 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Prices per person

3384

1839

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Uyuni to Salta (Argentina) 4 days / 3 Nights

BOLIVIA

Day 1: UYUNI – SALT FLATS (L) On arrival at Uyuni airport, visit the Salt Flats and Incahuasi island. Travel towards Coquesa viallge, ascent towards Tunupa volcano and visit the Coquesa mummies. Return to your hotel Day 2: SALT FLATS – UYUNI – VILLAZON (B, L) Cross the Uyuni Salt flats to visit the Galaxy cave and the Devil’s cave. After lunch return to Uyuni for the evening before being transferred to the train station for your overnight train journey to Villazon. Day 3: VILLAZON On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Bolivian border, for your destination in Argentina. Tour of Humahuaca en route to Purmamarca.

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Day 4: PURMAMARCA – SALTA (B) Transfer to Salta. Included: • 3 nights accommodation at tourist superior hotels • Arrival airport transfer • Meals as specified (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Sightseeing as specified with bilingual guides • Train tickets in economy class UYUNI TO salta

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BO06 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Price per person

2985

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URUGUAY INTERESTING CITIES, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES COLONIA STOPOVER 3 Days / 2 nights (Ex Buenos Aires)

Colonia de Sacramento

Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast • Return regular ferry service from Buenos Aires • Half day city tour • Return transfers to and from port.

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Whilst smaller in landmass and with fewer tourist drawcards than its South American neighbours, Uruguay’s accessibility, contrasting cities and a range of attractions set amongst a more relaxed atmosphere make it a worthy side trip for short or extended stays. Situated just across the River Plate from Buenos Aires, tourists are drawn to the historically intriguing town of Colonia, the eclectic capital of Montevideo and the beautiful Atlantic beach resorts such as the exclusive Punta del Este.

MONTEVIDEO The city was founded between 1726 and 1730 and the early European migration created a cosmopolitan atmosphere that still remains but without the bustle of a larger city. Located in the estuary of the River Plate and facing the South Atlantic Ocean, the capital has plenty to offer in the way of picturesque avenues and promenades, shopping centres and a wealth of restaurants.

MONTEVIDEO STOPOVER 3 Days / 2 nights

Punta del Este is a small coastal village located on the south eastern coast of Uruguay and an absolute favourite beachside vacation spot for locals from neighbouring countries. With a coast decorated with white sandy beaches and a wide array of world class hotels, an assortment of eateries and activities available, this is one of the most sought after destinations in summer.

Punta del Este stopover 3 days / 2 nights Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast • Return airport transfers from Punta del Este airport - Please note that during high season minimum 5-7 night stays may apply. Transfers costs will vary according to hotel location. URuguay tours

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Colonia Stopover

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Punta del Este Stopover

3 Days / 2 Nights

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Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast • Half day city tour • Return airport transfers.

COLONIA By boarding a ferry across the River Plate from Buenos Aires, you can virtually step back in time with a visit to the enchanting town of Colonia. As its name suggests, the town of Colonia was once a colony under control of both the Spanish and the Portuguese during different periods in history. The town is so historically well preserved, retaining most of its decorative buildings and lined with cobblestone streets, that it is considered a UNESCO world heritage site.

Colonia del Sacramento

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HOTELS IN colonia

Balmoral Plaza 3*

Plaza Mayor 3*

Radisson Hotel 5*

Radisson Colonia 5*

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Visit the streets of Santa Rita, San Gabriel, the Matriz church, the Bastion del Carmen, the famous Calle de los Suspiros (street of sighs) – which is often used for historical films - the Puerta del Campo and the Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo.

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BRAZIL VIBRANT PEOPLE, EXCITING DESTINATION Bordering every South American country except Ecuador and Chile, Brazil is a land of extremes. From its beautiful white sand beaches, to the dense rainforests of the Amazon. From the great wealth of its people, to levels of extreme poverty. Spirited and spontaneous, Brazilians always have time for a celebration whether it’s soccer, Carnival, or a religious ceremony. Music fills the air and the samba is danced every day.

The North If you are looking for an ecological adventure, the north of Brazil is the Amazon region, the world’s largest biological reserve and home to one-third of the planet’s living species. There are several jungle lodges to choose from which accommodate tourists offering comfort, security and a range of cruises that can be taken along this grand river.

The Northeast South America’s most beautiful beaches are popular all year around in this continuous summer climate. They range from the Canoa Quebrada Beach in Ceara through to Genipabu with its sand dunes in Rio Grande do Norte.

The Midwest From Brasilia, the nation’s capital, with its bold architectural style to the Pantanal of Mato Grosso, this area is an isolated ecological sanctuary.

The Southeast Rio de Janeiro is a city of luxuriant greenery contrasted by modern buildings. The nation’s best known city and home to Carnival, Rio is the city between the mountains and the sea. Stunning beaches in Angra dos Reis, Buzios and Cabo Frio, and the locals ‘cariocas’ are fun-loving, sensual and easy going.

The South As a result of the migration of Germans, Italians and Polish settlers, the south of Brazil has a distinct European influence. Further south lies one of the world’s largest waterfalls - Iguazu Falls.

RIO DE JANEIRO SAMBA STOPOVER 4 days / 3 nights The city of Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful and harmonious mixture of all the regions of the state of the same name. Carnival is held in the last weeks of February or early March just before the Christian period of Lent. Rio is not just long sandy beaches and blue skies, nightclubs, bars and restaurants; there’s also centuries-old churches, monuments, the National Museum of Natural History, Botanical Gardens and theatres. Rio is one of the most popular tourist cities in South America with large hotels, sophisticated stores and shopping malls. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day Sugar Loaf tour • Half day Corcovado Mountain Tour • BBQ dinner and samba show • Return airport transfers  full day tour of the tropical island in the bays surrounding A Rio including lunch. sambA stopover

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BR01 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Martinique Hotel

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Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza

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Astoria Palace

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Windsor Excelsior

1926

1151

Copa Sul

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1023

Porto Bay International

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1429

Sofitel

2706

1610

Miramar by Windsor

2448

1413

Copacabana Palace

3425

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Astoria Palace 3* Copacabana

Windsor Martinique Hotel 3* Copacabana

Windsor Excelsior 4* Copacabana

Sofitel Hotel 5* Copacabana

Miramar by Windsor 5* Copacabana

Porto Bay International 4* Copacabana

Copacabana Palace 5* Copacabana

Ipanema Plaza 4* Ipamema

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CARNIVAL LIKE A NATIVE

CAPOEIRA STOPOVER (SALVADOR DE BAHIA) 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

4 days / 3 nights

Be part of the biggest party on the planet!! Dance to the beat of your own drum with our carnival packages for the experience of a lifetime.

Full of spirit, music and traditions from Africa, Salvador da Bahia is the soul of Brazil. Often referred to just as ‘Bahia’, it is the third largest city in Brazil and stands on the magnificent Bahia de Todos los Santos, a sparkling bay dotted with 38 islands. There is plenty to explore here; the recently restored Pelourinho district with its brightly coloured buildings, beautiful Baroque churches and cobblestone streets, as well as picturesque, white, sandy beaches.

Includes: • 5 nights accommodation in Rio de Janeiro • Daily breakfast • Ticket to watch the Carnival in the tourist sector 9 • Return transfer to and from the Sambadrome • Return airport transfers. For further information and price, please consult with our office. carnival like a native

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating fusion of African and Amerindian cultures that gave birth to the captivating martial art form “Capoeira” or experience a candomble ritual where participants become ‘possessed’ by African deities. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day African oriented city tour • Return airport transfers. capoeira stopover

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BR03 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Solar Dos Deuses - Charm Suites

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Solar do Carmo

1007

502

Sol Victoria

789

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Solar dos Deuses 3*

Solar do Carmo 4*

Sol Victoria 5*

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BRAZIL VIBRANT PEOPLE, EXCITING DESTINATION PARATY

BUZIOS STOPOVER PACKAGE 4 days / 3 nights

3 days / 2nights

This small coastal village is a virtual museum set amongst a tropical paradise. Located 125 miles southwest of Rio, Paraty has much cultural and historical wealth as a former major port on the gold trade route in the 1700s. Adorned with classical Portuguese colonial buildings, many of which are listed as national monuments, Paraty has become a major international destination for the sophisticated international tourist.

Some 180km to the northeast of Rio de Janeiro is the Armação de Búzios. There are 23 gorgeous beaches on this peninsula and the village enjoys an average year round temperature of 25°C. Visitors cannot help falling in love with the beaches of Buzios whether they are looking for a peaceful and romantic getaway or for activities such as fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing or many other watersports.

Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Daily breakfast • Half day city tour • Return coach transfer Rio - Paraty - Rio.

Visitors can stay in a cosy “pousada” (inns) and hotels which offer comfortable rooms and are tastefully decorated for those who are lucky enough to enjoy this small paradise. The diverse number of nightclubs, bars and restaurants with live music make Buzios an ideal destination for its colourful nightlife.

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1481

829

Pousada Porto Imperial

1436

874

Pousada do Sandi

1245

710

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Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Daily breakfast • Return bus transfers from Rio de Janeiro. BUZIOS stopover

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BR04 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Pousada Vila D’Este

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Colonna Park

692

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Byblos

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Colonna Park Hotel 4*

Byblos Hotel 4*

Villa D’Este 4*

Pousada do Ouro 4*

Pousada Porto Imperial 4*

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Pousada do Sandi 4*

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Tabatinga

Manaus

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Rio Negro

Belem Fortaleza

Santarem

Recife

BRAZILIAN HIGHLANDS

BEST OF BRAZIL 11 Days / 10 nights

Salvador

Brasilia

Cuiaba

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and culture of Brazil with complete package.

Fernando do Noronha

Pantanal Campo Grande

Belo Horizonte Ouro Preto Rio de Janiero São Paulo Paraty Iguassu Curitiba Falls

Start in Rio, one of the most naturally beautiful cities on earth, backed by mountains and fronted by the sea. Brazilian legends say that god made the world in six days and devoted the seventh day to Rio. Salvador is a favourite spot for tourist of Brazil where you can enjoy this heady mix of colonial buildings, beautiful beaches, African culture and pulsating musical rhythms. Take part in an Amazon adventure staying at Amazon Eco Park in the heart of the jungle, near Manaus.

Vitoria

Buzios

A visit to South America is not complete without marvelling at the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Some 275 distinct falls span over a 3km radium and are set amongst lush National Parks on the Argentinean and Brazilian borders. Day 1: RIO DE JANEIRO Arrival and transfer to hotel Day 2: RIO DE JANEIRO (B, L) Full day Sugar Loaf tour including cable car trip and train to Corcovado hill to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. Day 3: RIO DE JANEIRO (B) Day at leisure, optional tour to Petropolis or tropical islands available. Day 4: RIO DE JANEIRO – SALVADOR DE BAHIA (B) Transfer to airport for flights to San Salvador de Bahia. Transfer into hotel upon arrival. Day 5: SALVADOR DE BAHIA (B) Half day tour of the city. Day 6: SALVADOR DE BAHIA – MANAUS – JUMA AMAZON LODGE (B, D) Transfer to airport for flights to Manaus. On arrival in the Amazon, you will be transferred by boat to Juma lodge. Dinner and evening alligator spotting tour. Day 7: JUMA AMAZON LODGE (B, L, D) Morning nature hike, where the guides will introduce you native plants suitable for medicinal purposes and those which are edible. Lunch and afternoon piranha fishing. Day 8: JUMA AMAZON LODGE (B, L, D) Morning picnic in the jungle followed by a visit to a local jungle community. Day 9: JUMA AMAZON LODGE – MANAUS – IGUASSU FALLS (B) Transfer to airport for flight to Igaussu Falls, Transfer into Hotel in Foz de Iguassu. Day 10: IGUASSU FALLS (B) Full day tour to the Brazilian side of the falls. Day 11: IGUASSU FALLS (B) Transfer to the airport for your next destination.

Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Transport by bus and boat as indicated • Sightseeing tours and activities as per itinerary • Return airport transfers • Meals as per itinerary (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner. BEST of brazil

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BR09 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

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BRAZIL VIBRANT PEOPLE, EXCITING DESTINATION AMAZON JUNGLE ADVENTURES The Amazon is the world’s largest rain forest, the land representing around 40% of Brazil’s overall territory. Around 1,800 species of birds and 250 varieties of mammals are sheltered here by an infinite assortment of trees and plants. Discover this paradise for nature lovers by staying and enjoying the daily activities at a jungle lodge or venture along the river on one of our Amazon cruises.

juma lodge 4 days / 3 nights The Juma Amazon Lodge is located in a remote and untouched region 100km southeast of Manaus. The lodge as benne carefully designed to be full integrated to the rainforest environment, minimizing man’s footprint while enabling visitors to enjoy and preserve the flora and fauna of the surrounding jungle. There are 8 standard bungalows and 12 lake side bungalows all nestled among the treetops. Mutum Package: Day 1 MANAUS – JUMA LODGE (L, D) Pick up from Manaus hotel. Late morning arrival at the lodge. After lunch, canoeing around Juma Lake. Aligator spotting in the evening. Day 2 JUMA LODGE (B,L,D) Early morning nature hike, where the guides will introduce you to native plants suitable for medicinal purposes and those which are edible. Lunch and afternoon piranha fishing. Day 3 JUMA LODGE (B,L,D) Morning picnic in the jungle followed by a visit to a local indigenous village. Day 4 JUMA LODGE – MANAUS (B) Morning transfer to Manaus. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at lodge • Bilingual guides • Return transfers from Manaus • All excursions offered by the lodge juma lodge

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4 days / 3 nights Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a small and fashionable Jungle Hotel across from Anavilhanas National Park, on the margins of Rio Negro (Negro River) and 180 kilometers (112 miles) outside of Manaus. Here, you will find such diverse experiences as adventure, contemplation and knowledge in the heart of the Amazon Forest combined with distinguished service and comfort accommodations for our guests. With 20 exclusive suites arranged in combined cottages or individual bungalows, the Lodge is nested amidst the forest as few can be. Day 1 MANAUS – ANAVILHANAS LODGE (L, D) Transfer from hotel to the lodge. After lunch, orientation, welcome cocktail and afternoon boat ride through the Anavilhanas islands. Alligator spotting after dinner. Day 2 ANAVILHANAS LODGE (B, L, D) Morning hike through the forest. After lunch visit to see Amazonian dolphins and handicraft studios. Day 3 ANAVILHANAS LODGE (B, L, D) Morning bird watching tour and piranha fishing. After lunch visit to local Tiririca community. Day 4 ANAVILHANAS LODGE – MANAUS (B) Morning canoe expedition through the Amazonian Creeks and Flood Forest in the Rio Negro waters. Lunch then return to Manaus. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at lodge • Bilingual guides • Return transfers from Manaus. • All excursions offered by the lodge Anavilhanas lodge

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BR08 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS Price per person

1402

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1829

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1808

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2481

1922

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AMAZON RIVER CRUISES Amazon Clipper & Amazon Clipper Premium 3 Days / 2 nights Departing from the Tropical pier in Manaus, the Amazon Clipper series of vessels offer a comfortable way to cruise and discover the two shades of the Amazon, The might Amazon River (white), the Negro River (known for its black waters) or both. Both the traditional Amazon Clipper and the first class Premium Clipper offer comfortable private cabins, toilet facilities and the night time air conditioning and additional facilities include sundeck, bar, dining room, video equipment and library. Day 1 (D) (Monday) Depart Manaus for your Amazon Journey. After dinner explore the river’s edge for caiman, night hawks, sloths and frogs. Day 2 (B, L, D) (Tuesday) Wake up in Janauaca Lake for an early morning canoe ride to observe the waking forest. After breakfast, trekking through the forest and visit locals who will explain how they live off the forest plants. Afternoon piranha fishing. Day 3 (B) (Wednesday) Morning explorations to see the Victoria Regia giant waterlilies and bird watching, before travelling to the meeting of the waters and returning to Manaus. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation • All meals aboard the cruise ship • All sightseeing as per the program with bilingual guides • There is also a Negro River Cruise available (4 Days/3 nights departing on Wednesdays) or a 6 days program combining both tours. AMAZON CLIPPER CRUISE

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BR13 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

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1978

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3975

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M/Y TUCANO 5 Days / 4 nights This compact voyage endeavours to capture the spirit of the Amazon on two of its greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. Over three and one half days we walk in the forest, explore in our launches, and visit local communities along the edges of these magnificent rivers. There are three or four excursions off the vessel every day. Early mornings we usually glide along quiet channels in our launches among giant rainforest trees draped with vines and orchids. The silence is broken only by the rustling of leaves by Squirrel Monkeys feeding or by the occasional piercing shriek of a Screaming Piha bird. During the day we walk in the forest and sometimes visit a small community. Some nights we search for nocturnal creatures in our launches out in the star filled darkness. Amazon Odyssey Day 1 MANAUS – RIO NEGRO (D) Afternoon departure from Manaus and voyage north onto the Rio Negro. Nocturnal expedition to see caimans and night birds such as the potoo. Day 2 ABOARD THE TUCANO (B, L, D) Day explorations around the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Day 3 ABOARD THE TUCANO (B, L, D) Morning trek in the forest. After lunch visit to a local community living on the banks of the Rio Negro river. Day 4 RIO NEGRO / AMAZON (B, L, D) Day excursions, the travel downstream toward the Amazon River, to see the meeting of the waters phenomenon. Day 5 RETURN TO MANAUS (B) Morning arrival at Manaus. Includes: • 4 nights accommodation • All meals aboard the cruise ship • All sightseeing as per the program with bilingual guides. M/Y TUCANO

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BR16 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

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2600

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2015 Cruise Dates: Jan 05-09, Jan 19-23, Feb 02-06, Feb 16-20, Mar 02-06, Mar 16-20, Apr 06-10, Apr 20-24, May 04-08, May 18-22, Jun 01-05, Jun 15-19, Jul 13-17, Jul 27-31, Aug 03-07, Aug 17-21, Sep 21-25, Oct 05-09, Oct 19-23, Nov 02-06, Nov 16-20, Dec 14-18, Dec 28-Jan 01 ‘16

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BRAZIL VIBRANT PEOPLE, EXCITING DESTINATION PANTANAL The Pantanal is one of the planet’s most spectacular wetland systems – an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of breathtaking beauty. This ecological paradise extends millions of hectares in the centre of South America through Brazil, Argentina, Bolívia and Paraguay.

ARARAS ECO LODGE

CAIMAN ECO LODGE 4 Days / 3 nights

4 Days / 3 nights

Built in a rustic style keeping in harmony with its surroundings, the Araras Eco Lodge is located some three hours from Cuiaba, in an ideal spot to conduct activities inside the diverse ecosystem of the Pantanal.

Caiman lodge is the most luxurious lodge in the Pantanal. The lodge is set on then grounds of a working cattle ranch. Capybaras, hyacinth macaws, caiman and jariby are regularly in the immediate surroundings. The Caiman Ecogolical Refuge is comprised of one main lodge and three additional lodges situated at strategic points about the ranch, and the two smaller lodges Baiazinha and Cordilhera, located 16kms fro each other. Each lodge offers different activities including horseback riding, nocturnal expeditions, trekking and boat trips.

With 19 comfortable air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, a swimming pool, verandahs bar, restaurant and near two observation towers, the Araras is your gateway to this natural wildlife paradise. Departs daily. DAY 1 CUIABA – PANTANAL (D) Transfer from airport to Pantanal lowlands, where you will get your first glimpses of the diverse local flora and fauna. Afternoon hike to a 12m observation tower to watch the sunset. Evening night walk for wildlife spotting. DAY 2 PANTANAL (B, L, D) Full day to explore the Pantanal’s flora and fauna with a horseback ride through the wetlands and an afternoon hike through the lodge’s private reserve. DAY 3 PANTANAL (B, L, D) You will head to the Sentinela camp located on the edge of the Rio Clarinho, before boarding a canoe for a tour of the area’s aquatic wildlife, maybe even to try piranha fishing. DAY 4 PANTANAL – CUIABA (B) Hike to the nearby reserve to enjoy a Pantanal sunrise. Photo safari on your transfer back to Cuiaba airport. ARARAS LODGE

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BR15 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

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Day 1 CAMPO GRANDE – CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE (D) A scenic 4 hours drive from Campo Grande to the lodge. Day 2 CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE (B, L,D) Guides treks to spot wildlife suck as Tapirs, Caimas, Capybaras. Normally there are two excursions per day offered, depending on the weather and the season. Day 3 CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE (B, L,D) Guided treks. Day 4 CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE – MANAUS (B) Transfer to Campo Grande. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation • All meals as per itinerary • All sightseeing and activities with bilingual guides caiman LODGE

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BR15 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

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BRAZIL

South Wild Jaguar Express 4Days / 3 nights SouthWild Jaguar Flotel and the NEW SouthWild Jaguar Suites are air-conditioned, floating hotels with 10 and 6 double-occupancy, air conditioned rooms with private baths. The Flotel has two dining rooms, one air-conditioned and the other open-air and screened with large fans. The Flotel travels very close to the banks and the Jaguars walk within 3-5 metres of these flotels during the daytime. This program is ideal for those who want the opportunity to see the majestic jaguars. Day 1: CUIBA (L, D) Meet with your guide at Taina Hotel located at Cuiba airport. by 08:00am. Departure by van to Porto Jofre. Take search boats 16 km upstream to Jaguar Research Center Reserve. Lunch, then a 4 hour boat outing to spot wildlife. Day 2: SOUTHWILD JAGUAR FLOTEL (B, L, D) Two excursions in search of Jaguars & Giant Otters in the river channels of Tres Irmãos, Cuiabá and Piquirí Rivers. Day 3: SOUTHWILD JAGUAR FLOTEL – SOUTH WILD PANTANAL LODGE (B, L, D) Morning transfer to Porto Jofre and road transfer to South Wild Pantanal Lodge. Afternoon motorboat outing to the wildlife rich, Pixaim River. Day 4: SOUTH WILD PANTANAL LODGE – CUIBA (B) Drive from South Wild Pantanal Lodge to Cuiabá. Includes: • Return airport transfer from Cuiba • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Sightseeing and excursions with bilingual guides • Accommodation at lodge and flotel

6 Days / 5 nights A tour designed for lovers of Nature, incorporating the marvels of Campo Grande, the Pantanal, Bonito and the Bodoquena mountains. Day 1: CAMPO GRANDE (D) On arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 2: CAMPO GRANDE – PANTANAL (B, D) Private transfer to Pousada Aguape, in the Pantanal. After dinner, enjoy a night safari to experience the sounds of the wild. Day 3: PANATANAL (B L D) Photographic safari to observe the local flora and fauna. Lunch at the lodge, before afternoon horse riding through the property. Day 4: PANTANAL – BODEQUENA – BONITO (B L D) Transfer to Boca da Onça Falls, located in Bodequena. Enjoy your morning hiking through the forest, observing the falls and nature at its best. Continue to Bonito to your hotel. Day 5: BONITO (B L D) Transfer to the Gruta do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave). A short hike in the forest leads to the impressive entrance of the Cave. Inside the cave several kinds of speleothems create a magic scenery with a deep blue lake in the bottom of the Cave. Lunch at a typical farm. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the Sucuri river or hiking along the banks. Capuchin monkeys and agoutis can be seen in this area. Transfer back to the hotel in Bonito. Dinner at hotel. Day 6: BONITO – CAMPO GRANDE (B) Transfer to Campo Grande. Includes: • Accommodation at first class hotels. • Meals as specified (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Excursions led by bilingual guides • Tours as per itinerary

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SINGLE TWIN

BR15 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

3993

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Campo Grande, Pantanal, Bonito & Bodoquena

3336

CAMPO GRANDE, PANTANAL & BONITO

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

BR15 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

4030

3440

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BRAZIL VIBRANT PEOPLE, EXCITING DESTINATION Ilha grande 4 Days / 3 nights Ilha Grande is an unspoilt island paradise located 130 km from Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s third largest island has tropical scenery and gorgeous beaches, hillsides of lush forests. Its is the perfect escape for hiking, diving, snorkelling or relaxing at one of the pousadas. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel with daily breakfast • Private return transfers from Rio de Janeiro • Historical tour and Lopes Mendes tour ilha grande

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CODE hotel

SINGLE TWIN

BR16 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Caicara

1010

592

Asalem

1184

780

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FERNANDO DO NORONHA 4 Days / 3 nights Located 360 kilometers from Natal and 545 kilometers from Recife, Fernando de Noronha is a real paradise for those who want to rest, relax and enjoy nature. Consisting of 20 small islands and one larger island, the archipelago lies 340km from the mainland coast and covers an area of only 17 km2. It is inhabited by only 2100 residents. Its many species of flora and fauna and crystal clear waters are home to some 230 varieties of fish, 5 types of shark, 2 species of sea turtles, 15 coral reefs and, the Spinner Dolphin. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel with daily breakfast • Return airport transfers. fernando do noronha

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CODE hotel

SINGLE TWIN

BR12 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Beco de Noronha

1954

1025

Maraberto

1148

797

BRAZIL

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ECUADOR COLONIAL CITIES, ABUNDANT WILDLIFE Named after its location on the equator, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries. Despite its size, South America’s smallest country is distinguished by the diversity of its geography. In the highland region lies the capital city Quito, with a charming colonial centre and situated at 2,850 metres above sea level. In contrast, the Pacific coast boasts beautiful beaches and glorious sunshine. The Amazon region invites you to delight in the magical lagoons and marvellous primal forest. The Galapagos Islands, some 1,000 km off the coast in the Pacific Ocean, also belong to Ecuador. This isolated Archipelago, formed by volcanic eruptions, is a window into prehistory with an abundance of rare and unique species of plants and animals.

SERENATA EN QUITO (STOPOVER) 3 day / 2 nights Few cities have a setting to match that of Quito, the second highest capital in Latin America after La Paz, Bolivia. Set in a hollow at the foot of the Pichincha Volcano, which stands at 4,794 metres. Quito was an Inca city, discovered by the Spaniards in 1534 and its charm lies in its colonial centre, with steep and narrow cobbled streets. Day 1: QUITO Transfer from airport to hotel. Day 2: QUITO (B) Tour of the old and new city with some shopping in the afternoon. Transfer to airport. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Daily breakfast • Half day city tour with bilingual guide • Return airport transfers. serenata en quito

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CODE HOTEL

SINGLE TWIN

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS La Vieja Cuba

612

336

Gran Mercure Alameda

754

388

Patio Andaluz (Boutique)

861

468

Relicario del Carmen (Boutique)

818

501

Casa Gangotena (Boutique)

2040

1022

Plaza Grande (Boutique)

1706

972

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4 Days / 3 nights Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays This wonderful tour highlights the volcanic mountains, handicrafts and markets, archaeological sites and the Devil’s Nose Trains travelling along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Day 1: QUITO – BAÑOS – RIOBAMBA Early departure from Quito south, along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Travel via Baños, a resort town of thermal baths, and the Avenue of the Waterfalls, before arriving in Riobamba, passing the foothills of Chimborazo Volcano. Day 2: RIOBAMBA – ALAUSI – DEVIL’S NOSE TRAIN –INGAPIRCA RUINS – CUENCA (B L) Travel to Alasui via la Balbanera, the first Spanish church built in the country. In Alausí, we will take a spectacular bus-train ride through the Devil’s Nose, a true feat in railway engineering of the early twentieth century. Reach the village of El Tambo and detour to visit the Incan Archaeological site of Ingapirca, which means “Wall of the Inca”. Overnight in Cuenca. **The train ride is subject to availability.

Day 3: QUITO (B)

EC01

pathways through the andes

Day 3: CUENCA (B) City tour of Cuenca, including visiting a Panama Hat factory, the Main Square, Cathedral and flower market. Day 4: CUENCA – EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK – GUAYAQUIL (B) Travel from Cuenca to Guayaquil, via the Cajas National Park, where you will see spectacular lagoons, and alpacas, before arriving at your hotel or airport in Guayaquil. Includes: • 3 Nights accommodation at selected tourist superior properties • All meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) • Sightseeing with bilingual guides. • Transportation. pathways through the andes

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CODE 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

SINGLE TWIN

EC03

Tourist class

999

568

First Class

1026

595

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Casa Gangotena 5* (Boutique)

Patio Andaluz 4* (Boutique)

Plaza Grande 5* (Boutique)

Relicario del Carmen 3* (Boutique)

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HOTELS IN QUITO

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ECUADOR COLONIAL CITIES, ABUNDANT WILDLIFE rail journeys of ecuador

railway-station. Dinner and the night you spend at a Hotel near Latacunga.

the devil’s nose train 2 days / 1 nights Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Experience a scenic train ride through the Andes mountains on what is considered ‘the most difficult train in the world” to Riobamba, the capital f the Chimborazo province and roughly the geographical centre of Ecuador. This quiet agricultural town is sometimes known as the “Sultan of the Andes” and travellers are promised breath-taking views of Ecuador’s highest peak, Chimborazo at 6,310 metres. DAY 1: QUITO – BAÑOS - RIOBAMBA DAY 2: RIO BAMBA – NARIZ DEL DIABLO – QUITO. Includes: • 1 night accommodation at selected hotel • Sightseeing tour with bilingual guide • Tourist class train ticket • Daily breakfast • Return bus transfers to and from Quito. the devil’s nose train

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

EC02

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHTS Tourist class hotel

568

351

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tren crucero (Quito – Guayaquil) 4 days / 3 nights

ECUADOR

Day 1: QUITO – LASSO (L, D) The crew from “Tren Crucero” meets and greets you at the Quito railway-station. On departing Quito the journey enters the famous Volcanoes Avenue where you enjoy amazing views of Mt Cotopaxi and other high volcanoes. At the Boliche railway-station, a bus is waiting for you to visit the Cotopaxi National Park. You have lunch at the Hacienda San Augustin de Callo which was an ancient ceremonial site for the incas. In the afternoon, you are invited to a private cultural event at the Lasso

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Day 2: LASSO – RIOBAMBA (B L D) Transfer to Latacunga railway-station where you board the Tren Crucero. The first stop is at the Nevado Rose farm. Continue to the Inter Andean valley to Ambato where you have lunch. In the afternoon, the train climbs to Urbina at 3609m (11’840ft), the highest point of the journey. Here, in the skirts of Ecuador’s highest mountain Mt. Chimborazo, you meet Ecuador’s last ice trader. You have dinner and spend the night in a Hotel near Riobamba. Day 3: RIOBAMBA – BUCAY (B L D) Depart from Riobamba Railway Station early morning towards Guamote. In Guamote, you have time to explore the authentic and colorful indigenous market. During the afternoon, the Tren Crucero descends to Alausi and from there, over the famous “Devil’s Nose” to Sibambe. The train leaves slowly the Andes and enters the tropics following the Chanchan river. In the evening, the Tren Crucero reaches Bucay where you have dinner and spend the night. Day 4: BUCAY – GUAYAQUIL (B) The day starts with a visit to a nearby Shuar Indigenous Community. The Shuars are from the Amazon rainforest and settled over the Andes a few decades ago. Enjoy lunch at the Cocoa farm. During the afternoon, the train crosses the fertile plain between the Andes and the Guayas River reaching Duran in the early evening. Includes: • Accommodation at tourist superior hotels • Meals as per itinerary (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Train tickets and taxes • Bilingual guides Departures in 2015: 13 JAN, 10 FEB, 24 FEB, 10 MAR, 24 MAR, 07APR, 21 APR, 05 MAY, 19 MAY, 02 JUN, 16 JUN, 30 JUN, 14 JUL, 28 JUL, 11 AUG, 25 AUG, 08 SEP, 22 SEP, 13 OCT, 27 OCT, 10 NOV, 24 NOV, 08 DEC, 22 DEC. Tren crucero

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single TWIN

EC02

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Priced from

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2922

1948


ECUADOR

Esmaraldas Ibarra

Otavalo

Quito

Chimborazo Manta Portoviejo

amazon LODGES

Ambato Guayaquil

Salinas

Heading east, the traveller arrives in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Ecuador. The Ecuadorian Amazon is one of the most easily accessible jungle zones in South America and is a haven for nature lovers. The Amazon region covers nearly two thirds of the country’s total area and is a wilderness that remains largely unexplored to this day.

NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE

Machala

Cotopaxi Baños Riobamba

Cuenca Loja

SACHA LODGE 4 days / 3 nights

4 days / 3 nights

The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Amazon Lodge, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (53,500 acres - over 21,400 hectares ) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador.

Sacha Lodge, located in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, is a haven for nature lovers, birdwatchers, scientists and adventure seekers. Sacha Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, first class meals and expert guides at your disposal to assist your appreciation of the wonders of the tropical rainforest. The lodging was carefully designed to offer comfort while retaining the rainforest ambience, each of the 10 double cabins features high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, constructed with rainforest materials and concealed in the lush surroundings.

The lodge consists of 12 luxury cabañas and a large dining hall with a library and a well-stocked bar. Attached to the bar is a 50-foot viewing tower from which you can see the Andes on a clear day! Programs include: Accommodation, all meals, pure water, river transportation and local Coca airport – boat in - out transfers, all excursions, including visits to our exclusive NWC`s parrot-macaw clay licks. Native guide and naturalist bilingual guides, Yasuni National Park entrance fee, purified water during meals, rain poncho and rubber boots provided when needed for excursions. NAPO wildlife centre

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SINGLE TWIN

EC08

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

2681

1811

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

3180

2144

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Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at Sacha Lodge • Return airfare from Quito • All meals • Activities with bilingual guides. For a detailed itinerary contact us. SACHA LODGE

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

EC09

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

2228

1587

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

2714

1911

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ECUADOR COLONIAL CITIES, ABUNDANT WILDLIFE mashpi lodge 3 days / 2 nights Mashpi Lodge, a luxury cocoon in the clouds a mere three hours northwest of Ecuador’s capital Quito, opened its doors last April to receive its first guests, following four years of construction and 14 years since the land was first acquired. This sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the biodiverse world of its reserve. A hideaway in the clouds only accessible to its guests and located on a high plateau, Mashpi Lodge offers views of the forested mountains on one side and the forest right up close on the other through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Enjoy the many night and day activities offered including the aerial tram. Day 1: QUITO – MASHPI LODGE (L, D) Travel by road into the Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, stopping at Hummingbird Viewpoint, before arriving at the lodge. Afternoon activities include trekking and visiting wonderful waterfalls. Before dinner, guest will meet their naturalist guide for a briefing about the next day’s activities. Day 2: MASHPI LODGE (B, L, D) The best time to see nature is early morning, so some activities are planned before breakfast. Further explorations in the afternoon followed by lunch, dinner and night walks. Day 3: MASHPI LODGE (B) Morning activities before checking out. En route to Quito visit the archaeological site of Tulipe before arriving in Quito. Includes: • 2 Nights accommodation at Mashpi Lodge • All meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) • All activities offered by the lodge. • Return transportation from Quito. mashpi lodge

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

EC09

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS (from)

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1820

1576

Yasuni Biosphere Reserve ANAKONDA AMAZON CRUISES 4 days / 3 nights Travel on board the M/V Anakonda, the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, and experience the Amazon in a most unique way! Visit the remote and pristine areas where few have had the opportunity to travel, and interact with the region’s 15 local communities, while enjoying the comforts, facilities and services of a 5-star boutique hotel on board with us in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Anakonda cruise has 18 cabins, each with air conditioning and wall to wall windows. enjoy a wide variety of wine and fine dining, complete with the all-inclusive comfort of a five-star boutique hotel. Day 1 QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER - YASUNI NATIONAL PARK (D) Afternoon departure from Quito. Transfer to Rio Napo port, to board the M/V Anakonda. After dinner, enjoy a nocturnal walk in the forest to discover the mysteries of the jungle. Day 2 BLACK WATER LAGOON (B, L, D) Continue downstream to Pañayacu River delta, to observe pink dolphins, and common squirrel monkeys near the banks of Pañacocha lake. Enjoy a typical Amazonian BBQ lunch at a nearby campsite, before returning onboard for dinner. Day 3 KURY MUYU & PARROT CLAY LICK (B, L, D) Enjoy a cultural & ethnic encounter with local communities. Learn about their everyday lives and shop for local made souvenirs. Visit the Parrot Clay Lick, one of the most exciting spectacles of the Amazon. Day 4 RETURN TO QUITO (B) Early departure from the Anakonda and transfer back to Coca (two-hour canoe ride); return flight to Quito. *** 5 DAYS.4 NIGHTS PACKAGE AVAILABLE (depart Wednesday)

ECUADOR

Includes: • Return airfares from Quito to Coca • 3 nights accommodation on board • Meals as specified (B, L, D) • Community entrance fee • Programmed visits as per itinerary with naturalist guide.

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CODE

SINGLE TWIN

EC13

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS (Sun - Wed)

3734

2623

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (Wed - Sun)

4573

3185

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ECUADOR

Pinta Marchena Tower

(genovesa)

Santiago

(james or san salvador)

Is. S.Chino North Seymor Baltra Jervis (Rabida)

Fernandina

Santa Cruz

Pinzon

(indefatigable)

Isabela

Puerto Ayora Santa Fe

(albemarle)

GALAPAGOS LAND EXPERIENCES

Puerto Villamil

Located some 1000kms off the Pacific coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are made up of 13 main islands, 6 smaller islands and more than 40 tiny islets. Discovered in 1535, this archipelago inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of ‘Evolution of the Species’ as the animals and plants have adapted to the geography of each island because of their isolation from the mainland. Due to the volcanic origin and location of the islands on the equator, the Galapagos Islands are constantly changing. Many volcanoes found here are still active.

Tortuga

Puerto Baquenzo Moreno

San Cristobal (chatham)

(barrington)

Hood

(española)

Floreana (charles)

FINCH BAY ECO HOTEL 5 days / 4 nights The Finch Bay Eco Hotel in Santa Cruz Island is the perfect option for those wanting to experience Galapagos in all its glory but that prefer to sleep on land. Located steps away from the beach, this environmentally friendly hotel allows for comfortable accommodation and daily excursions to the nearby islands on the modern “Sea Finch” yacht. Day 1: (L, D) Pick up from Baltra airport and tour of the highlands, Giant Tortoises Reserve and volcanic craters on Santa Cruz Island before being dropped off at hotel. Choice of excursion in the afternoon. Day 2: (B, L, D) Full day excursion available to see the cacti and land iguanas, lizards, and sea lions on Santa Fe Island. Day 3: (B, L, D) Excursion to see the diverse flora and fauna on Plaza Island. Day 4: (B, L, D) Trek up to the summit on Bartolome Island for a fascinating view of the wildlife and surroundings. Day 5: (B) Head to the Charles Darwin Research Station and home of the giant tortoises before reaching Baltra airport. Packages include: • 4 nights accommodation • Yacht excursions (subject to availability) • Guided tours • Meals as specified (B,L,D). Excludes: • Return flight from Quito – Baltra • Beverages and personal expenses. finch bay eco hoTel

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SINGLE TWIN

EC08 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS (Fri-Mon)

3096

2377

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (Mon-Fri)

4242

3285

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS (Mon)

6761

5083

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island hopping 6 days / 5 nights Depart Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays Designed for travellers who prefer a land experience rather than cruising the Galapagos Islands, this tour encompasses all the beauty that Galapagos Islands offer, based on Santa Cruz and Isabela Island. Day 1: BALTRA On arrival you will be met and transferred to Puerto Ayora. Visit to the highlands of the Santa Cruz observing the giant Galapagos Tortoise, and Charles Darwin research station. Overnight at your hotel in Puerto Ayora. Day 2: PUERTO AYORA (SANTA CRUZ) (B) Breakfast. Loberia, Navigation, snorkel with sea lions, Punta Estrada Cracks hike, snorkel with sharks, beach, iguanas, sea birds. Visit the lava tunnels in Bellavista. Day 3: PUERTO AYORA (SANTA CRUZ) (B) Day at leisure to explore the surroundings. Optional tours to visit Seymour or Plazas islands are available. Day 4: PUERTO AYORA (SANTA CRUZ) – ISABELA ISLAND (B) Ferry transfer to Isabela Island. Afternoon visit to Laguna de los Flamingos. Day 5: ISABELA (B, L) Morning tour to Sierra Negra Volcano, whose crater expands over 7 km. Lunch at a local farm before visiting Concha y Perla for snorkelling. Day 6: ISABELA – SANTA CRUZ (B) Ferry back to Santa Cruz Island. Morning tour of Los Gemelos craters before being transferred to the airport at Baltra. Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Meals as per itinerary (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Bilingual guides darwin’s triangle

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SINGLE TWIN

EC03

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

1836

1243

First class hotels

2296

1458

Deluxe hotels

3727

2282

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ECUADOR COLONIAL CITIES, ABUNDANT WILDLIFE GALAPAGOS CRUISES You can choose from our range of different cruises with vessels available to suit all tastes and comfort levels. Categories include deluxe, first class, and tourist class and vary from larger cruise liners with extensive facilities to smaller yachts/catamarans for more personalised attention. All our cruises are manned by an experienced crew and naturalist guides that will be able to make the most out of your Galapagos experience. This is only a selection of cruises in Galapagos that we offer as there are hundreds to choose from. Please contact us for further details.

OCEAN SPRAY Deluxe (5 star) catamaran which caters for 16 passengers. The new Mega-Catamaran Ocean Spray offers the best performance and comfort in Galapagos Cruising. The elegant design includes a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi and spacious cabins each with private balcony. LENGTH

DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

5 Days

Tue - Sat

7530

5020

6 Days

Sat - Thu

9040

6027

8 Days

Sat - Sat

11842

7894

GALAPAGOS SEAMAN JOURNEY

ECUADOR

M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class catamaran that began sailing the Galapagos Islands in January 2008. She is a first class expeditionary catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. Galapagos Seaman Journey has a maximum capacity of 16 passengers.

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LENGTH

DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

4 Days

Fri - Mon

4095

2340

5 Days

Mon - Fri

5638

3222

8 Days

Fri - Fri

8780

5017


ECUADOR

M/Y LA PINTA

GALAPAGOS LEGEND

Deluxe (5) star • 48 passengers • All cabins with ocean views and private facilities • Individual air conditioning and closet space • Al fresco bar and lounge • Gym • Jacuzzi.

• Deluxe (5 star) ship • 100 passengers • Air conditioned and carpeted cabin • Private bathroom with hot water • Pool, sundeck, dining room and library • Children’s room.

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DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

LENGTH

DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

4 Days

Fri - Mon

5295

3530

4 Days

Mon - Thurs

4319

2468

5 Days

Mon - Fri

7059

4706

5 Days

Thurs - Mon

5716

3292

8 Days

Fri - Fri

12355

8236

8 Days

Mon - Mon, Thurs - Thurs

9375

5357

M/V ECLIPSE

CORAL I + II

All the amenities and services of other luxury cruise ships in the Galapagos with only a fraction of the number of passengers. Extremely spacious for 48 passengers. Includes a jacuzzi, an observation deck, al fresco dining area, entertainment center, a gift shop and an English-speaking naturalist for every 12 passengers. Spacious cabins/staterooms are well equipped with lovely hardwood furnishings, ocean views and private bathrooms.

• Deluxe (5 star) yacht • Sister yachts • Coral 1 (36 passenger), Coral 2 (20 passengers) • Air conditioned and carpeted cabins • Private bathrooms with hot water • Connecting cabins available • TV/DVD, pool, sundeck.

LENGTH

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SINGLE TWIN

6 Days

Sat - Thurs

9679

6452

8 Days

Sat - Sat

11358

7572

LENGTH

DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

4 Days

Sun - Wed

4319

2468

5 Days

Wed - Sun

5761

3292

8 Days

Sun - Sun, Wed - Wed

9375

5357

M/V SANTA CRUZ First class (4 star) ship - 90 passengers - air conditioned cabins and suites glass bottom boats for excursions - sundeck - jacuzzi

ISABELLA YACHT II • Deluxe (5 star) ship • 40 passengers • Cabins across 2 decks • Twin and double beds • Air conditioning • Safes and hair dryers in cabins • Glass bottom boats • Jacuzzi • Library. LENGTH

DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

5 Days

Mon - Fri

8207

4103

5 Days

Fri - Tue

8207

4103

7 Days

Tue - Mon

12310

6155

LENGTH

DEPARTS

SINGLE TWIN

5 Days

Mon - Fri

5533

3317

6 Days

Wed - Mon

6916

4148

5 Days

Sat - Wed

5533

3317

For full description of each cruise, itineraries and further details, please contact our office. *All cruise prices excl. flights from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands (Baltra airport). **Fuel surcharges may apply to certain boats and will be invoiced on confirmation. ***All travellers visiting the Galapagos National Park are required to pay USD$100 cash on arrival.

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PANAMA CANALS AND NATURE Boca del Toro

panama city getaway

Panama City

5 Days / 4 nights This city tour will show you the best attractions around Panama City, the country’s capital. You will visit the Embera Indians and the world famous Panama Canal. You will also have a stroll in the beautiful colonial quarter called Casco Viejo. Day 01: WEDNESDAY: ARRIVAL TO PANAMA CITY Upon arrival to Panama a representative of Panama Trails will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel for your first night in Panama. Day 02: HALF DAY PANAMA CITY & MIRAFLORES LOCKS TOUR (B,L) In the morning, your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a private tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. After the visit to the Canal you will continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side.

in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where you disembark and transferred to your hotel. Day 05, SUNDAY: DEPARTURE (B) After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tocumen Airport for your international flight back home. Includes: • 4 Nights Accommodation • Meals as per itinerary • Half Day Panama City Tour & Miraflores Locks • Embera Indian Village Tour (L) • Panama Canal Partial Transit (L) • Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches • All taxes & service charges PANAMA CITY GETAWAY

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PA02 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

** Please note: wear comfortable clothes and shoes and don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, your camera and a bottle of water. Day 03: FRIDAY: EMBERA INDIAN VILLAGE (B, L) In the morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you up north towards Lake Alajuela. There you will step into small boats, which will carry you up the Rio Chagres. The people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they still live today. The villages chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance. Day 04: SATURDAY: PARTIAL CROSSING OF THE PANAMA CANAL (B) You will be transferred to Gamboa where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. Here you will aboard the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour. You will enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. On this journey you will be able to witness the amazing mechanics of the Panama Canal and its Locks. Once

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panama stopover 3 Days / 2 nights This city tour will show you the best attractions around Panama City, the country’s capital. Panama City is the capital and largest city in the country. It is home to a diverse blend of cultures and an enormous historical sector in the Old City. The lively and vibrant banking district on the other hand is very modern and often compared to Miami. Panama City is a thrilling location you will surely enjoy during your visit to this gorgeous country. Day 01: ARRIVAL TO PANAMA CITY (B) Upon arrival to Panama you will be picked up at the airport and transfer you to your city hotel. Day 02: HALF DAY PANAMA CITY & MIRAFLORES LOCKS TOUR (B) Morning city tour of Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. Visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you an insight on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. ** Please note: wear comfortable clothes and shoes and don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, your camera and a bottle of water. Day 03: DEPARTURE (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • 2 Nights Accommodation • Half Day Panama City Tour & Miraflores Locks • Ground transfers on A/C motor coaches • All taxes and service charges •Breakfast panama stopover

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76

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VENEZUELA BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, ENRICHING EXPERIENCES The northernmost country in South America, Venezuela is a land of contrast with a bit to offer every kind of traveller. Thick luscious jungles, white sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains in the Andes and the world’s highest waterfall, as well as a culture formed by colonial bonds interwoven with centuries of indigenous tradition make Venezuela a truly absorbing place to travel.

Caracas

Canaima National Park

The cities along the northern Caribbean coastline boast both excitement and relaxation in varying doses and just a short flight can take you to Margarita Island or the archipelago of Los Roques, ideal spots for water activities or just lazing your days away on clear blue water beaches. Cutting through the southern part of Venezuela is the 2150km long, Orinoco river, which feeds the magnificent wetlands of the Delta of the same name, a labyrinth of waterways through pristine jungle and home to the native tribe of the Warao people, who live on stilts among the flood plains. Within the neighbouring Canaima National Park lies one of the continent’s absolute highlights; Angel Falls, the highest waterfall on earth. Within forest and canyons is the world’s highest waterfall with a drop of more than 800 metres (16 times the height of Niagara Falls), a truly spectacular sight.

CARACAS STOPOVER 3 Days / 2 Nights The Venezuelan capital Caracas lies in a series of valleys 1000 metres above sea level and is surrounded by majestic tree-clad mountains. The city is a wonderful fusion of the old and the new, with traces of the city’s colonial roots proudly on show through the historic buildings and in stark contrast to the imposing modern skyscrapers. Caracas has a unique place in the history of Latin America and the independence movement as the birthplace of “El Libertador” Simon Bolivar and you will discover his legacy deeply embedded within the soul of this fascinating city. Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Daily breakfasts • Return airport transfers • Half day city tour

and begin the journey towards the magnificent falls, meandering along rivers, lagoons and rapids. Trek through virgin rainforest before reaching a platform to observe the falls up close and take a bath in the lagoon at the base. Overnight in hammock camp at the base of the falls.

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Day 3 Angel Falls – Canaima (B, L, D) Start your return journey from the falls back to Canaima. Overnight at ecolodge. Day 4 Canaima – Caracas (B) In the morning board a plane for a scenic overflight and last glimpse of the falls before the return back to Caracas. Fly from Canaima – Puerto Ordaz to Caracas. Includes:

4 Days / 3 Nights For an awesome spectacle, a visit to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world should not be missed. Located in the Canaima National Park on the border between Venezuela and Brazil, Angel Falls are the highest waterfalls in the world, nearly one thousand metres high. Named after Jimmy Angel, the American pilot who discovered them in 1937, the falls spill from a plateau into Devil’s Canyon, with a drop of more than 800 metres to create an incredible mist of spray at the bottom to feed the Churun River. Day 1 Canaima (L,D) On arrival at Canaima landing strip, you will be transferred to a basic but comfortable posada. In the afternoon you will discover Sapo falls by walking behind an impressive water curtain. Overnight at a posada. Day 2 Canaima - Angel Falls (B,L,D) You will board motorised dugout canoes

• Accommodation, 1 night basic posada, 1 night hammock, 1 night at selected hotel • Excursion to the Angel Falls • Angel Falls over flight • Meals as specified ANGEL FALLS

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4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Kavac Lodge

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Venetur Canaima Lodge

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Waku Lodge

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COLOMBIA DYNAMIC CITIES, DIVERSE ATTRACTIONS Colombia’s turbulent political and social history has led it to often be overlooked by travellers, but this is changing as the country’s natural attractions begin to emerge as exotic destinations. Located on the northwest, Colombia is the only country in South America with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The cities of Santa Marta and Barranquilla are blessed with white sand and crystal blue water beaches, whilst Cartagena is considered the jewel of the colonial era and recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. The mid western region; the Andean highlands is filled with dreamlike mountain landscapes with snow peaks, cool misty woods and fertile valleys, home to one of the world’s most significant coffee routes. The central region is also home to some of the countries most well known cities; Bogota, Cali and Medellin, all of which boast a vibrant nightlife, an assortment of restaurants and cultural drawcards with their own distinct flavour. The Southern Amazon region that connects with neighbouring Brazil and Peru boasts some of the most untouched natural rainforest in the continent and fascinating flora and fauna, and is a gateway to some unique ecolodges and river cruises.

Bogota Stopover 3 days / 2 nights Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is located over a plateau at 2600 metres above sea level. Bogota is a modern and busy city, the ancient area of the Candelaria neighborhood was built during the colonial period and boasts some beautiful architecture of the era. Visit the Quinta de Simon Bolivar, the Cathedral, the Gold Museum and also the Botero Museum.

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4 days / 3 nights The Coffee Zone is another name for the Coffee Axis region embedded right at the centre of Colombian geography. A forceful culture that teaches about the wonderful coffee bean, as well as a great deal of tourist activities revolving around ever-present coffee traditions and their characters, is permanently developing. Day 1: COFFEE ZONE (ARMENIA) (B) Transfer to hotel in Armenia. Day 2: COFFEE ZONE (B) Early morning transfer to Chapolera Farm for a tour of the history of coffee and witness how the local farmers grow and produce the best coffee drinks in the world. Then an afternoon visit to the botanical gardens. Day 3: COFFEE ZONE (B) Transfer to the Cocora Valley, upon arrival complimentary welcome drinks will be served. Continue through to Salento, the oldest town of the coffee area where the colonial architecture surrounds the town. Day 4: COFFEE ZONE – NEXT DESTINATION (B) Transfer out to airport. Includes: • Return airport transfers • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Tours as specified in itinerary • All meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) The Coffee zone

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COLOMBIA

Santa Maria Cartagena

Pereira

Bogota

BOGOTA AND cartagena

highlights of colombia 6 days / 5 nights

7 days / 6 nights

Discover the Colonial influence of Bogota before flying to Cartagena, a picturesque seaside town declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. Its cobblestone streets are alive with outdoor cafes, basket weavers, flower sellers and street performers.

Discover the Colonial influence of Bogota, he coffee zone of Pereira and the rich heritage of Cartagena.

Day 1: BOGOTA Arrival at El Dorado International Airport. Meet and greet and transfer to selected hotel.

Day 2: BOGOTA (B, L) Morning city tour of Bogota. Sights visited include Bolivar Square, National Capitol, Bolivar House and Gold Museum followed by a tour of the underground cathedral of Zipaquira.

Day 2: BOGOTA (B) Morning city tour. Visit to Bolivar Square, National Capitol, Bolivar House and Gold Museum with 30.000 pre-Columbian pieces (entrance tickets to Gold Museum and Bolivar House included). The Museum is closed on Mondays. Free afternoon. Day 3: BOGOTA - CARTAGENA (B) . Transfer to airport for flight to Cartagena. Arrival at Rafael Nuñez International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to selected hotel. Day 4: CARTAGENA (B) City tour, visiting main monuments of old city, San Felipe Castle, La Popa Hill, the Walled City, Boca Grande and Castillo Grande residential neighbourhoods. Free afternoon. Day 5: CARTAGENA (B) Full day tour to Rosario Islands, a marine paradise that offers an abundance of activities. Day 6: CARTAGENA (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • Return airport transfers • 5 night’s accommodation at selected hotels • Tours as specified in itinerary • All meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) • (Flights are not included)

Day 1: BOGOTA Arrival at El Dorado International Airport. Meet and greet and transfer to selected hotel.

Day 3: BOGOTA – PEREIRA (B, L) Transfer to airport for flight to Pereira. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the coffee plantations at Hacienda Venecia. Day 4: COFEE ZONE (B, L) Day visit to Salento and Cocora valley, to experience the local culture. Day 5: PEREIRA – CARTAGENA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Cartagena. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon city tour, visiting main monuments of old city, San Felipe Castle, La Popa Hill, the Walled City, Boca Grande and Castillo Grande residential neighbourhoods. Day 6 CARTAGENA (B) Full day tour to Rosario Islands, a marine paradise that offers an abundance of activities. Day 7 CARTAGENA (B) Transfer to airport.

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COSTA RICA ECOLOGICAL PARADISE, WELCOMING PEOPLE Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Central America. Eco-tourism and Costa Rica are synonymous and there are great opportunities for wildlife viewing, bird watching and other outdoor activities. Costa Rica’s stunning scenic heritage unfolds in an ever-changing panorama of steaming volcanoes, forested mountains, dramatic skies and countryside. Dark lowland jungles give way to rolling savannas; Pacific surf crashes against rocky headlands, in sharp contrast to the tranquility of palm-fringed Caribbean beaches.

Costa Rica Highlights 8 Days / 7 Nights This program includes the most interesting and popular highlights of Costa Rica for a faboulous first experience of this country. Day 1: SAN JOSE Arrival in San Jose, transfer to hotel. Day 2: SAN JOSE - TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Morning departure to the Tortuguero area, passing by Braulio Carrillo National Park, a flora and fauna sanctuary covered by an emerald-green mass of vegetation. Board boats for the two hour journey to your lodge. Free afternoon to visit the Tortuguero village. Day 3: TORTUGUERO AREA (B, L, D) Today you will explore the secondary canals of this paradisiacal place and get closer to nature. From July through September you can take the optional turtle-watching tour during the evening. Day 4: TORTUGUERO – ARENAL VOLCANO (B, L) Transfer to the Caño Blanco dock and onto the Arenal Volvano area. Check in and overnight at selected hotel. Day 5: ARENAL VOLCANO AREA (B, D) Enjoy optional activities such as canopy, horseback riding, exploring the Venado Caves, floating, canyoning and much more. In the afternoon, you can walk through lava trails of the volcano or take a dip in the hot springs. Day 6: ARENAL VOLCANO – MONTEVERDE (B) Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, transfer to the Monteverde area and overnight at Fonda Vela hotel. Day 7: MONTEVERDE AREA (B) Take an exciting tour to the Sky Walk, a network of suspension bridges, platforms and trails built in the cloud forest. Afternoon will be at leisure for optional activities such as a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Santa Elena Cloud Forest, Sky Trek-canopy Tour, horseback riding, visit to the Butterfly garden and many others. Overnight

at Fonda Vela Hotel. Day 8: MONTEVERDE - SAN JOSE (B) Transfer to San Jose. Includes: • Accommodation in tourist class hotels with private facilities• Meals as indicated ( B = breakfasts, L = lunches, D = dinners.) • Transport by air conditioned vehicles • Comprehensive sightseeing and excursions • Meeting service and airport transfers • English speaking local guides COSTA RICA HIGHLIGHTS

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Nature, Coffee and Volcanoes 8 days / 7 nights Day 1: SAN JOSE Arrival in San Jose, transfer to hotel. Day 2: SAN JOSE (B, L) Travel through the countryside as you climb towards Poas Volcano. Hike to the beautiful Botos Lagoon where you will see the many ecosystems in the area. Visit to the Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation in Naranjo where you will be able to have lunch with a local family, who will explain their process of coffee harvesting. Day 3: SAN JOSE – SAN GERARDO DE DOTA (B, L) Travel via the Orosi Valley to visit Los Angeles Basilcia, known for the important yearly pilgrimage to see the Madonna (La Negrita de Los Angeles). Continue to Lankester Botanical Garden, which holds 800 species of orchids and bromeliads. Travel to San Gerardo de Dota, a village close to Quetzal National park, a bird lover’s paradise. Day 4: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA (B) Hike through the exuberant cloud forest of the Talamanca Range to observe the flora and fauna of the area. Day 5: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA – MANUEL ANTONIO (B) Transfer to Manual Antonio, one of the most famous beach areas of Costa Rica, located on the Pacific coast. Day 6: MANUEL ANTONIO (B) Day visit to Manuel Antonio National park, where you will have the opportunity to see over 180 species of birds and white faced monkeys. Day 7: MANUEL ANTONIO (B, L) Day at leisure to enjoy the optional activities offered by your hotel. These include white water rafting, Catamaran Navigation by Manuel Antonio Bay or Mangrove Boat tour. Day 8: MANUEL ANTONIO – SAN JOSE (B)

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Arenal

Monte Verde

ARENAL & MONTEVERDE

Tortuguero

San Jose

Pacuare

PACUARE LODGE 5 days / 4 nights

3 days / 2 nights

Day 1: ARENAL VOLCANO Morning transfer to La Fortuna and tour to Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano is the only Volcano in Costa Rica constantly active since it woke up after 400 years with the big eruption in 1968. It is considered one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.

Pacuare Lodge is a unique jungle getaway nestled deep in inside the enchanting and captivating Pacuare River and Tropical Rainforest. The lodge has been carefully designed for a perfect balance with its natural surroundings. Accessible to travelers through a multiday white-water rafting tour for an even more breathtaking experience or by bus.

Day 2: ARENAL VOLCANO – MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST (B) Transfer to the pier for a short boat ride around the lake near the Arenal Volcano, where you can observe a beautiful panorama. On the other side of the lake a four wheel drive will be waiting and you will be transferred to Monterverde. Day 3: MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST – LOS LADIOS BIOLOGICAL STATION (B, L, D) An early morning hike (6hrs) that will take you through cloud forest to Los Ladios Biological Station right in the heart of the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve. If you are still in good shape, a guide will take you on an exciting night tour to track mammals such as Pecaris, Ocelots and Pumas after dinner. Day 4: BOSQUE ETERNO DE LOS NINOS & LAGUNA POCOSOL BIOLOGICAL STATION (B, L, D) A morning hike to Laguna Pocosol biological station. Here you will feel part of the exuberant flora and fauna crossing rivers, passing huge trees and encountering some of the 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds. Day 5: POCOSOL – SAN JOSE (B) Before breakfast you will be taken on an extraordinary bird watching tour. You will then be transferred back to San Jose. Includes: • Transfers • Bilingual Guide • 4 Nights Accommodation • Meals as per itinerary

Day 1: SAN JOSE – PACUARE RIVER (B, L, D) Morning transfer to Turrialba where an authentic Costa Rican breakfast will be served. Then you will begin the river rafting towards the Pacuare Lodge. Note that there is a bus transfer as an option as well. After lunch you can choose to participate in a Canopy tour (Additional Cost), waterfall hike or simply relax. Day 2: PACUARE (B, L, D) Today you’ll wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river. A delicious homemade breakfast will be served and then you will then have day at leisure or you can choose an exciting optional tour Day 3: PACUARE – SAN JOSE (B, L, D) Early morning departure for a funfilled day of white water rafting excitement. Along the way you will stop and be lead up paths and side streams that open into pristine waterfalls and natural water slides. Afternoon minibus transfer to your hotel in San Jose. Includes: • Transfers • Bilingual guides • 2 Nights Accommodation at Pacuare Lodge • All meals • Taxes and Service Charges pacuare lodge

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ARENAL & MONTEVERDE

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CR03 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

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MEXICO AMAZING BEAUTY, ANCIENT CULTURES Mexico is a blend of many cultures and landscapes – with sunshine, blue seas teeming with fish and coral, crystalwhite beaches, lofty mountains and volcanoes, jungles full of exotic wildlife, collectable folk art and the breathtaking remains of ancient cultures. This is a destination with everything.

capital city was built on an island in a shallow lake. The Spanish crown,

Mexicans have a variety of ancestry – Mestizos, a mix of European, Spanish

city can be explored through the district’s museums, hotels, cathedrals and

and Indian, and the indigineous native American population which includes

public buildings.

led by Hernan Cortes, conquered the Aztec empire in 1521. It was not until the early 19th century however that Mexico began its long, hard quest for independence – which it won in 1821. Mexico City spreads out over 200km. The Zocalo, or central plaza, is the world’s largest square and the city’s historic district. The vast history of the

Nahua, Maya, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Totonacs, Tarascos and Purepécha. There are also descendants of African slaves. The ruins of the ancient Aztec civilisations are abundant in Mexico. Many

Mexico City Stopover 3 days / 2 nights

aspects of their culture still influence Mexican art today as seen in the colours and designs of murals at galleries throughout Mexico. The music of the Mariachi is one of the most well known aspects of their culture and bands of them can often be seen busking in tourist areas. Family and friends are very important to the Mexicans, as with most Latinos. Any excuse for a fiesta will result in a gathering with dancing until the early hours of the morning. Music and an abundance of great food are the key ingredients of any fiesta!

Includes: • Return airport transfers • 2 nights accommodations at selected hotel • Full day tour to Pyramids and Shrine of Guadalupe • Daily breakfast. MEXICO STOPOVER

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PF Zona Rosa (3 stars)

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Before Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World, the valley

NH Royal Zona Rosa (4 stars)

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Grand Krystal (4 stars)

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Las Alcobas (Boutique)

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Grand Hotel Cuidad de Mexico

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549

of Mexico was already a bustling centre of commerce. The longest continuously inhabited city in the Western hemisphere, Mexico City is also one of the largest cities in the world. Once called Tenochtitlan, the Aztec

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La Alcobas 5* (Boutique)

Royal Zona Roza 4*

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Gran Krystal 4*

PF Zona Rosa 3*


MEXICO

The Aztec & Maya CiviliSation

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7 days / 6 nights Day 1: MEXICO CITY Transfer to hotel Day 2: MEXICO CITY (B) City tour including major sights such as the Zocalo, the National Palace, cathedrals, ruins of Templo mayor and Paseo de Reforma. Day 3: MEXICO CITY (B) Visits to the ‘Shrine of Guadalupe Virgin’ and the archaeological site of Teotihuacan with the impressive Pyramids of Sun, Moon and Quetzalcoatl. Day 4: MEXICO CITY – VILLAHERMOSA (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Villahermosa. On arrival transfer to your hotel. (Flight not included) Day 5: VILLAHERMOSA – PALENQUE – MERIDA (B, L) Tour to the Mayan archaeological site of Palenque. After lunch, you will be transferred to Villahermosa airport, where you will board your flight to Merida. (Flight not included) Day 6: MERIDA – UXMAL - KABAH (B, L) Excursion to the Mayan archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah. Lunch and afternoon return to Merida. Day 7: MERIDA – CANCUN (B, L) Drive to Cancun with a stopover and tour of the famous Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Lunch and continue to Cancun where you will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice. Daily departures. Minimum 2 people. Includes: • 6 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Transfers, tours and entrance fees • Meals as indicated (B) breakfast, (L) lunch

Day 2: OAXACA -MONTE ALBAN-MITLA-TULE (B) Visit the Monte Alban archaeological zone to see the remains of Olmeca, Zapoteca and Mixteca cultures. Travel onto Mitla and stop at the Tule Tree, one of the largest living beings in the world. City tour of Oaxaca on your return. Day 3: OAXACA-SUMIDERO–SAN CRISTOBAL (B, L) Leave early for Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital city of the State of Chiapas. Travel by boat along the Sumidero Canyon, with 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) at its highest point. Pass by Chiapa de Corzo to admire the Mudejar style fountain before reaching San Cristobal. Stay Overnight. Day 4: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS (B) Explore local village life and customs such as archaic pagan-religious rites with trips to the typical Indian towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Day 5: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS-AGUA AZUL-PALENQUE (B) Head to Agua Azul Waterfalls to admire the turquoise colored waters and possibly stop at Misol-Ha, another beautiful waterfall before continuing to Palenque. Stay overnight. Day 6: PALENQUE-CAMPECHE (D) Tour of Palenque, one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites, including King Pakal’s Tomb before arriving in Campeche. Stay overnight.

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8 days / 7 nights Day 1: MEXICO-PUEBLA-OAXACA (L) Depart Mexico City, visit the gorgeously decorated Santa Maria Tonantzintla temple before reaching Puebla, “City of Angels”. Tour of Puebla before heading to Oaxaca. Stay overnight.

Day 7: CAMPECHE-UXMAL-MERIDA (B, L) Panoramic city tour of Campeche before visiting the ruins of Uxmal. Continue to Merida for a tour of “The White City”. Stay overnight. Day 8: MERIDA-CHICHEN ITZA-CANCUN (B, L) Discover the most famous Mayan site in Mexico, Chichen-Itza. Visit the sacred well IKIL before a drop off in Cancun. Includes: • 7 nights accommodation in Superior class hotels • Excursions as per itinerary • Meals as specified (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner. magic mexico

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MEXICO AMAZING BEAUTY, ANCIENT CULTURES Copper Canyon 6 days / 5 nights One of Mexico’s great railroad journeys, ascending to a maximum height of approximately 2,400 metres and descending through the canyons and valleys of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

taste of mexico

Day 1: LOS MOCHIS (B) On arrival at Los Mochis, transfer to hotel.

8 days / 7 nights Day 1: MEXICO CITY Arrival transfer to the hotel. Day 2: MEXICO CITY (B, L) City tour including the major sights such as the Zocola, the National Palace, cathedrals, ruins of Templo mayor and Paseo de Reforma. After a stop at a Handicrafts center, we will go to the historical Chapultepec Forest, surrounded by residential zones such as Las Lomas, where we may see the mansions of famous artists such as Dolores del Rio. Visit to “El Cardenal” Restaurant, for your first gastronomic experience of Mexican cuisine. Visit to the San Juan Market, and the stop at celeya’;s Candy store, one of the oldest, to taste famous Mexican sweets.

Day 4: POSADA BARRANCA – CREEL (B) Tour to Balancing Rock and 3 canyons Overlook Point. Board the train for your journey to Creel. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Day 5: CREEL – CHIHUAHUA (B) Visit Arareko Lake and the mysterious rock formations of the Valley of Mushrooms, followed by a visit to the old Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio and interact with Tarahumara Natives in their cave homes. Afternoon train to Chihuahua.

Day 4: MEXICO CITY (B) Visit to the San Angel Neighborhood then continue to Coyoacan to visit the Frida Kahlo’s Museum. Visit to the Coyoacan downtown, to a traditional bakery to savour traditional sweet bread. Lunch at a local Cantina for delicious local cuisine. Afternoon at leisure visiting the handicraft markets and food market before stopping to taste the famous “churros” and hot chocolate.

Includes: • Accommodation at selected tourist superior hotels • Excursions as per itinerary • Return airport transfers • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) Dinner.

Day 6: OAXACA (B, L) Morning Oaxacan Cuisine class starting with a visit to the market for ingredients. Learn the secrets of Mexican cuisine by preparing a traditional meal, followed by savouring your meal. In the afternoon visit to the City of Oaxaca. In the evening, transfer to the Main Square to enjoy the marvellous atmosphere of the city, then we will go to the terrace from “El Asador Don Vasco” Restaurant to taste a Oaxacan style dinner. (Dinner optional). Day 7 OAXACA (B) Visit to the archeological site of Monte Alban. This archaeological site was one of the first cities built in America, founded in 800 AD. During the visit you will see the Ball Court, the Palace, the Observatory, and the tombs. In the evening transfer to “La Casa de Cantera” (Quarry house) to see the Guelaguetza Show. Return to the hotel. Day 8 OAXACA (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • Accommodation at first class hotels. • Meals as specified (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Excursions led by bilingual guides • Tours as per itinerary.

MEXICO

Day 3: CHEROCAHUI – POSADA BARRANCA (B, L, D) Morning tour to Urique Lookout point, before boarding the train for the next leg of your journey to Posada Barrancas Mirador Hotel.

Day 3: MEXICO CITY (B Visit to the Shrine of Guadalupe Virgin and the archaeological site of Teotihuacan with the impressive Pyramids of The Sun, Moon and Quetzalcoatl. In the evening transfer to the famous and exclusive Hacienda de los Morales Restaurant for dinner. (Dinner paid locally) Return to the Hotel.

Day 5: MEXICO CITY – PUEBLA – OAXACA (B, L) Departure to Puebla. Arrival and visit to the Archeological site of Cholula then continue to Puebla. City tour of Puebla before stopping for lunch at the famous “Mole Poblano”. (lunch included). Afternoon bus to Oaxaca. Arrival and transfer to the Hotel.

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Day 2: EL FUERTE – CHEROCAHUI (B, L, D) Early this day board the famous Chepe Train heading to the Bahuichivo train station. Free afternoon to visit “El Tehuecado” or the Tarahumara Girls Boarding `School next to the Hotel Mision and the Jesuit Mission of Cerocahui.

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1399

Day 6: CHIHUAHUA (B) Transfer to the airport.

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1785

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MEXICO

Tijuana

Chihuahua Los Mochis

SIE RE AD AM RR

Cabo San Lucas

Puerto Vallarta Guadalajara

Guanajato Morelia

Merida San Cristóbal

Mexic o City

Taxco

Acapulco

Colonial JEWELS 6 days / 5 nights Starting in Mexico City, travel to nearby Morelia; a city of charming plazas and fountains. Continue to Paztcuaro and San Miguel de Allende and see how Mexico’s extensive history is captured in its architecture. Day 1: MEXICO CITY – TAXCO Pick up from your hotel and drive to Cuernavaca. Tour of the city including the sights of Cathedral and the Zocalo. Continue to Taxco. After check in, tours of the city including the Church of Santa Prisca. Day 2: TAXCO – MORELIA (B) Morning visit to Patzcuaro, built in 1534, it is the former capital of the Purepechan Kingdom. Visits include the Lady of Health, the House of the 11 patios, and the Vasco de Quiroga Square. Continue to Morelia. Day 3: MORELIA – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE (B) Morning tour of Morelia, including Governor’s Palace, the Arms Square and the Aqueducts. Visit the market and continue to San Miguel Allende.

Puebla Villahermosa Palenque

Tulum

riviera maya stopovers 4 days / 3 nights Located in the beautiful Caribbean coast, 75kms south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a perfect place to experience beautiful beaches and still enjoy the charm and ambience of a Mexican town. This is usually the starting point for those wanting to visit the island of Cozumel, a popular snorkelling spot, or the sites of Xel-Ha, Tulum or Chichen Itza. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Return airport transfers to Cancun • Daily breakfast. riviera maya stopovers

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MX08 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Las Golondrinas

818

386

Day 4: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE (B) Morning city tour including the sights of Casa Allende and Royal Convento of the Conception.

La Tortuga

1155

582

Mosquito Beach Club Hotel

1095

551

Day 5: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE (B) Full day visit to Guanajuato to visit the sights of Alhondiga, The Markez and the Juarez Theatre. On return visit to Atotonilco, where the war of the Independence commenced.

Mahekal*

1679

930

Porto Real Resort

2115

1274

Day 6: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE – MEXICO CITY (B) Visit the archaeological sites of Tula and the town of Tepotzotlan before returning to Mexico City.

Cancun Chichen Itza Playa del Carmen

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Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Excursions as per itinerary • Transportation in private vehicles. • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) Dinner • All sightseeing as per itinerary. colonial JEWELS

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HOTELS IN playa del carmen

Makehal 3-4* (Shangri La)

Las Golondrinas 3*

Porto Real Resort 5*

La Tortuga 3*

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CUBA Havana Havana

Vinales

la bella cuba 8 Days / 7 nights

Cayo Coco

d Trinida egos Cienfu

Isle of Youth

Var ade ro San ta C lara

THE LAND OF RUM, CIGARS AND SALSA

Camaguey

Cayo Largo

Less than a two-hour drive from Havana, the world-famous Varadero beach Departs daily.

Baracoa

Day 1: HAVANA On arrival you will be met and taken to your hostal in Old Havana. Your hostal is located in the heart of Old Havana and only minutes from the Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral.

Santiago De Cuba

Cuba, the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’, is the largest island in the Caribbean and a land of friendly people, colonial towns, unspoilt beaches and picturesque countryside. For nearly four centuries, Cuba was the main gateway to Spain’s vast American empire, and cities such as Havana, Santiago, Camaguey, Baracoa, and Trinidad are sentinels of a bygone era. The richness of Cuba’s culture is reflected in its many museums, mostly located in the capital, Havana. The capital itself, home of the salsa, mambo and cha-cha, is the artistic centre of Cuba. Meet the vivacious and passionate people and feel the rhythm of Cuban music. Cuba offers an adventure like no other.

Havana stopover

4 days / 3 nights

Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean and also the political, cultural and economic hub of Cuba. Founded in 1519, Havana was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city has an eclectic mixture of architectural styles, from neo-classical, art nouveau to colonial and art deco. Offering all kinds of attractions, hotels, restaurants, universities, modern hospitals, theatres, cinemas, zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, museums and an incredible nightlife. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotel • Half day city tour with vntage cars • Return airport transfers • Daily breakfast. HAVANa stopover

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Day 2: HAVANA (B, L, D) Morning tour of old Havana followed by lunch at a local eating house. The afternoon concludes with a salsa lesson and dinner and more dancing at Benny More Café.

Day 3: HAVANA (B, L, D) A morning drive around modern Havana will include a visit to the Museum of Revolution. Lunch will be enjoyed in Old Havana, at the peaceful Plaza Vieja or the beautiful Plaza San Francisco. Dinner at hotel, evening at leisure. Day 4: HAVANA – SANTA CLARA -TRINIDAD (B, L, D) Morning departure to Santa Clara, where lunch will be enjoyed before a visit to the memorial of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and to the museum. Continue to Trinidad followed by an orientation of city’s best nightspots! Day 5: TRINIDAD (B, L, D) Day tour of Trinidad including visits to the Romantic Museum, the beautifully preserved 18th century mansion of the Brunet family dating from 1741, the Museum of archaeology and natural sciences housed in the impressive Padron Family Villa and the Museum of colonial architecture. Dinner at hotel, evening at leisure.

Santa Brigida

566

356

Beltran de Santa Cruz

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683

Day 6: TRINIDAD – CIENFUEGOS- HAVANA (B, L, D) A morning drive to Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South. In the afternoon continue to Havana, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Hotel Raquel

1230

840

Hotel Florida

1230

840

Day 7: VIÑALES (B, L, D) Full day tour to Viñales Valley.

Saratoga

1507

1068

Iberostar Parque Central

1529

1013

CU01 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

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Day 8: HAVANA (B) At leisure until your transfer out to the airport for your flight. *Minimum 2 people Includes: • 7 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Return airport transfers • Sightseeing as specified with bilingual guides • Meals as indicated (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner. La bella cuba

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CU07 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

86

Tourist class hotels

3212

2406

First class hotels

3779

2390

Deluxe hotels

4440

3140

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CUBA

Surprisingly cuba 15 Days / 14 nights Departure: Tuesdays and Saturdays The journey will start in Havana with its fascinating charms, going then to the western part of the country to meet the enchanting nature of the World Biosphere Reserve and Viñales World Cultural Landscape. Continue to the eastern part of Cuba to see cities full of beauty and history surrounded by mountains like Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo. On your way back to Havana you will be surprised by the flat landscape of Camaguey and the special beauty of Colonial Trinidad and Cienfuegos city, both in the central part of the country. Day 1: Welcome to Havana On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Santa Brigida hotel. Day 2: Havana (B, L) City tour to discover the delight of Old Havana. Light lunch will be at a local restaurant with your guide and some locals. Overnight. Day 3: Havana - Viñales (B) Transfer to Viazul bus station and depart to Viñales. Transfer to hotel. Day 4: Viñales (B) Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight. Day 5: Viñales - Havana (B) Private transfer to Viazul bus station for your departure to Havana. Transfer to an Old Havana hotel. Overnight. Day 6: Havana - Baracoa (B) Transfer to domestic airport for your flight to Baracoa. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour of Baracoa. Tonight visit Casa de la Trova with your local guide. Overnight at a private homestay. Day 7: Baracoa (B) Day at leisure for optional activities. Overnight. Day 8: Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba (B) Private transfer to bus station for your departure to Santiago de Cuba. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Day 9: Santiago de Cuba (B) After breakfast at your hotel you will have a walking tour of Santiago de Cuba city. Day 10: Santiago de Cuba - Bayamo (B) Transfer to bus station for your departure to Bayamo. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour of Bayamo city. Day 11: Bayamo - Camaguey (B) Transfer to bus station for your departure to Camaguey. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 12: Camaguey - Trinidad (B) Morning walking tour of Camaguey city. Transfer to Trinidad visiting the Sugar Mill Valley on the way. Overnight in a private homestay. Day 13: Trinidad (B L) Morning colonial tour of Trinidad including a visit to Topes de Collante Mountains. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Day 14: Trinidad (B) Day at leisure for optional activities. Overnight. Day 15: Trinidad - Cienfuegos – Havana (B) Morning transfer to Cienfuegos, also referred to as The Pearl of the Caribbean. Enjoy the beautiful city tour! Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon transfer to Havana city. Day 16: Depart Havana (B). Private transfer to Havana International airport.

HOTELS IN HAVANA

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Hostal Valencia 3* (Old Havana)

Hotel Florida 3* (Old Havana)

Hotel Santa Isabel 4* (Old Havana)

Hotel Nacional 5* (Vedado)

Palacio O’Farril 3* Hotel NH Parque Central 5* (Old Havana) (Old Havana)

Tourist class hotels

3398

2338

First class hotels

4104

2882

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Hotel Ambos Mundos Hotel Telegrafo 3* 3* (Old Havana) (Old Havana)

Saratoga Hotel 5* (Old Havana)

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CUBA THE LAND OF RUM, CIGARS AND SALSA cuba libre

12 days / 11 nights

This tour will allow you to immerse yourself into the real Cuban Culture!!! Your first experience with Cuba will start the moment you arrive in Havana, a city whose architecture reflects the splendour of a bygone era, and where music welcomes you at every turn of a corner. In Havana you will be able to visit many places which will give you an insight on Cuba’s religion, art and on of its deep African roots.  You will also have the chance to dance to the beats of Cuban salsa.  Let your taste buds be enticed by traditional Cuban food at the local family restaurant know as “Paladares” or at a family homestay. Make sure you try  PATACONES, fried green plantain!!!, and also the famous Mojito. With a trip to Santiago de Cuba, you will learn about the process of making cigars and how sugar cane becomes one of Cuba’s most popular spirit: Rum. In Cayo Coco you will be able to enjoy white sandy beaches and the calm waters of the Caribbean sea before heading to the strong colonial heritage town of Trinidad. The buildings with their colourful facades and cobbled streets of Trinidad will take you back in time to an era of horseback drawn carriages and rich Spaniards promenading on hot summer afternoons. A visit to the Cuban countryside will be an interesting way to learn about many of the agricultural techniques which are still in practice to this date. This tour would not be complete without a visit to the “Che Mausoleum” nearby the city of Santa Clara, here you will get a comprehensive understanding of who “Che” was and what he represents for the Cuban people!!! Day 1: HAVANA On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Old Havana.

Day 6: SANTIAGO DE CUBA – HOLGUIN (B) Morning departure to Holguin. Afternoon city tour.

Day 2: HAVANA (B, L) Morning tour of old Havana before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy a night of salsa dancing in a typical Cuban farm.

Day 7: HOLGUIN – CAMAGUEY – CAYO COCO (B, L, D) Morning transfer to Camaguey. Discover the diverse architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage City. Transfer to Cayo Coco.

Day 3: HAVANA (B, L) Morning tour to learn about Cuba’s many religions and traditions. Sights visited include the farmers market & Babalao house. Visit to a local musician’s house to learn of the many rhythms of Cuban music. Day 4: HAVANA – SANTIAGO DE CUBA (B) Transfer to airport for your flight to Santiago de Cuba. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 5: SANTIAGO DE CUBA (B, L) Conquer the streets of Santiago in a vintage car before venturing into the Rum Museum & factory. City tour including Moncada barracks, Revolution Square, baseball stadium and Manduley Avenue.

Day 8: CAYO COCO (B, L, D) Day at leisure to enjoy the sun at the beach or the resort. Day 9: CAYO COCO – TRINIDAD (B, D) Transfer to Trinidad. Colonial city orientation tour by a local guide, including dinner and dancing. Day 10: TRINIDAD (B, L) Full day tour including morning city tour of Trinidad followed by Topes de Collante Mountains. Day 11: TRINIDAD – SANTA CLARA – HAVANA (B) Transfer to Santa Clara via Sancti Spiritus. Afternoon city tour including lunch, before travelling to Havana. Day 12: HAVANA (B) Transfer to the airport. Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Meals as per itinerary (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner • Economy class flight from Havana to Santiago de Cuba • Private transportation except buses from Santiago – Holguin / Santa Clara – Havana • Tours and services as per itinerary CUBA LIBRE

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CU09 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

88

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3133

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3472

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4389

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BELIZE UNIQUE CULTURE, CRYSTAL BLUE WONDERS Belizean culture blends Hispanic, African and West Indian elements with its own traditions to form a uniquely colorful and friendly society, Belize is an exciting holiday destination for nature lovers and archaeology buffs. Its Barrier Reef, dubbed an “underwater wonder of the world”, is an irresistible temptation for snorkelers, divers and marine biologists from around the world. Some 200 small cayes along the coastline offers beautiful sandy beaches and crystal blue water.

Ambergris Caye (San Pedro)

San Ignacio

Belize City

Its virgin jungle holds the world’s only Jaguar Preserve and is home to over 500 species of birds. Within its area of 8,864 square miles, Belize has over 600 known sites of ancient civilizations, many which are easily accessible.

mayan legacy 4 days / 3 nights Day 1: BELIZE CITY On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 2: BELIZE CITY – SAN IGNACIO (B, L) Travel to San Ignacio via Belize zoo, to see such animals as crocodiles, monkeys, birds and cats in their natural habitat. Afternoon visit to the Mayan site of Xunantonich, a major ceremonial centre. Day 3: SAN IGNACIO (B, L) Full day tour to Rainforest Medicinal Trails, a butterfly farm and Cahal Pech Mayan site. Learn about medicinal plants used over the centuries, before travelling to Cahal Pech, an ancient site dating back 3000 years. Day 4: SAN IGNACIO – BELIZE CITY (B) Journey back to Belize City en route the Cave Branch River, where there are numerous ancient caves once inhabited by the Mayans. On arrival at Jaguar Paw, hike through the jungle to reach the cave opening, where you can float on inflated tubes though the cave system. See the many intricate crystalline formations before stopping for lunch. Travel back to Belize city airport. Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Excursions as per itinerary • Transportation in private vehicles. • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) Dinner • All sightseeing as per itinerary.

AMBERGRIS CAYE (San Pedro) 5 Days / 4 Nights Day 1: BELIZE CITY – AMBERGRIS CAYE On arrival you will be met and transferred to Ambergris Caye

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Day 2: AMBERGRIS CAYE (B) Day at leisure to relax in the sun, read a book or explore the underwater world of the Belizean reef.

Tourist class hotels

2883

1516

Day 3: AMBERGRIS CAYE (B) Day at leisure.

First class hotels

3781

1968

Day 4: AMBERGRIS CAYE (B) Day at leisure.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

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Day 5: AMBERGRIS CAYE – BELIZE CITY (B). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Belize City. Includes: • Accommodation at selected hotels • Excursions as per itinerary • Transportation in private vehicles. • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) Dinner • All sightseeing as per itinerary. ambergris caye (san pedro)

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BZ02

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

2299

1404

First class hotels

3425

1988

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BZ01

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GUATEMALA ASTOUNDING RUINS, TROPICAL FORESTS Set amongst breathtaking mountain scenery, Guatemala is a country with a colourful history and friendly people. The designs and colours seen in the artwork and clothes of Guatemalans reflect their friendly, easygoing nature. Certain designs on clothing items represent the wearer’s village or region, and can also have magical or religious magical meanings. For those interested in learning about Mayan history, Guatemala is a fantastic destination to see first hand the works of the ancient Mayans. With a history stretching back over 4000 years, the Mayans and their predecessors left behind many ruins, one of the most famous being Tikal. Set in the jungle, the spectacular pyramids of Tikal are a sight to behold. Towering pyramids rise out of the jungle’s green canopy, and you can hear the sounds of the jungle made by the nearby abundant wildlife as you trek towards this amazing site. If it’s lakes and mountains that you’re interested in, a few days on the shores of Lake Atitlan would be perfect. This large lake, with three large extinct volcanoes towering above, gives you the chance to soak in thermal springs, visit the local villages and their markets, trek in the surrounds, or even get your scuba-diving certificate! No visit to Guatemala is complete without a visit to the colourful market of Chichicastenango. This amazing market blends traditional Indian life and their ancient beliefs by selling beautifully embroidered blouses and skirts, tablecloths and blankets.

TASTE of Guatemala 5 Days / 4 Nights Tuesday departures Day 1: FLORES Arrive in Flores. Transfer to Flores or Tikal for accommodation. Day 2: FLORES – GUATEMALA CITY (B) Morning tour of the ruins of Tikal. Afternoon flight to Guatemala City for overnight. Day 3: GUATEMALA CITY - CHICHICASTENANGO (B) Day visit to the Indian Market. Overnight Day 4: CHICHICASTENANGO – LAKE ATITLAN (B) Morning boat ride across Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan. Overnight. Day 5: LAKE ATITLAN – ANTIGUA – GUATEMALA CITY (B) Guided tour of Antigua including highlights such as the main square, palace and cathedral. Afternoon transfer to Guatemala City. Includes:

GUATEMALA

• 4 nights accommodation at selected class hotels • Transport by bus • English speaking guide • Includes flight Flores – Guatemala City • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner • Entrance fees

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GB02 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

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BASIC guatemala 4 Days / 3 Nights Tuesday & Friday departures Day 1: GUATEMALA CITY Arrival in Guatemala City. Transfer to your hotel. Day 2: GUATEMALA CITY – ANTIGUA – CHICHICASTENANGO (B) Depart for Antigua, the former Spanish-colonial capital, for brief sightseeing of this charming town. After lunch continue to Chichicastenango for overnight. Day 3: CHICHICASTENANGO – GUATEMALA CITY (B) Visit the colourful open-air market and Church of Santo Tomas. Afternoon return to Guatemala City via Lake Atitlan for a brief stop at the lakeside village of Panajachel. Day 4: GUATEMALA CITY (B) Transfer to airport. Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Transport by bus • English speaking guide • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner basic guatemala

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GB02 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Tourist class hotels

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330

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GUATEMALA

Tikal

Guatemala City

Chichicastenango Lake Atitlan

Antigua

GUATEMALA, LAND OF THE MAYAS 12 days/11 nightS Sunday departures Day 1: FLORES Arrival in Flores. Transfer to a hotel in Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations. Day 2: FLORES – CEIBAL (B, L) Transfer to Ceibal for sightseeing of the archaeological site. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations.

Church of Santo Tomas. The afternoon is at leisure for further shopping or to see the town on your own. Day 9: CHICHICASTENANGO – LAKE ATITLAN (B) In the morning, transfer to Lake Atitlan and navigate to the picturesque lake-side village of Santiago Atitlan. Afternoon at leisure. Day 10: LAKE ATITLAN – ANTIGUA (B) Morning departure for Sololá, where you will visit the Indian market. In the afternoon, continue to Antigua for overnight accommodations.

Day 3: FLORES – YAXHA & TOPOXTE (B) Transfer to Yaxha & Topoxte for sightseeing of the archaeological sites. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations.

Day 11: ANTIGUA – GUATEMALA CITY (B) After breakfast you will visit the most interesting sites of Antigua including churches, convents, monasteries, and other colonial buildings. After lunch, continue to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.

Day 4: TIKAL (B) Sightseeing archaeological site of Tikal.

Day 12: GUATEMALA CITY (B) Transfer to airport

Day 5: TIKAL – RIO DULCE (B) Transfer to Rio Dulce, upon arrival in the morning join the launch excursion to Livingston and the Castillo de San Felipe. Overnight at Rio Dulce.

Includes: • 11 nights accommodation at selected hotels • Bus transport with English speaking guides • Meals as indicated (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Day 6: RIO DULCE – COPAN (B) After breakfast you will visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. In the afternoon proceed to Copan, Honduras for overnight accommodations. Day 7: COPAN – GUATEMALA CITY (B) After breakfast you will visit the archaeological site of Copan. In the afternoon you will return to Guatemala City. Day 8: GUATEMALA CITY – CHICHICASTENANGO (B) In the morning, leave for Chichicastenango. On arrival visit the colourful open-air market and

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ANTARCTICA AWE-INSPIRING SCENERY, CAPTIVATING WILDLIFE Antarctica is the final frontier with some of the last remaining unexplored regions of the planet. Discover this extreme destination with an Antarctic voyage and enjoy the unrivalled views of multi-coloured ice caps, glaciers and pristine wilderness. The following itinerary is a guide only and remains flexible to adjust to weather conditions.

Day 4 –7: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA (B, L, D) You will attempt to cross to the Polar Circle, first accomplished by Captain James Cook in 1773 by cruising the narrow passageway of the Gullet. Pass the Gerlache Strait, an area humpback whales are sometimes seen and stop at the British World War II base, Port Lockroy. See the penguins at the Gentoo rookery on Petermann Island, see some sea lions, whale, cormorants and albatrosses. Your voyage includes excursions and landing by Zodiac points of interest including Paradise Bay, Prospect Point, Plenau, Fish Islands and Neko Harbour.

THE VESSEL: USHUAIA Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. The ice-strengthened polar vessel USHUAIA is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an observation lounge and bar, a conference room with modern multimedia equipment, a well-stocked library, a changing room and a small infirmary.

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This voyage starts from Tierra del Fuego town of Ushuaia for an unforgettable expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and its nearby islands and continue to travelling to try and reach as far as the Polar Circle. Cross the Drake Passage and sail through the protected waters to see the impressive mountains more than 3,000 metres high, enormous glaciers and gigantic icebergs. You will visit islands with incredible wildlife and have a chance to walk on the Antarctic continent itself.

ANTARCTICA

Includes: • Accommodation in selected cabin • Excursions by zodiac • Lecture program • Meals as per itinerary • Expedition shell (jacket) • Onboard boot rental Excludes: • Fuel surcharge • Port charges • Personal expenses • Tips. CODE DEPARTURES NIGHTS CABIN CATEGORIES (USD)

10 Days / 9 nights

Travel to the less-visited islands on the way to through the scenic ice-filled channels between the mountains and glaciers as you head to the Polar Circle. Day 1: USHUAIA (L, D) Board the USHUAIA in the afternoon and depart to begin your crossing of the Drake Passage. Day 2 – 3: DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D) As you travel through this passage, the guides will teach you about the different species of wildlife you will start to see including wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other sea birds.

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DAY 10: USHUAIA (B) This morning you will disembark in Ushuaia.

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Day 8 -9: DRAKE PASSAGE (B, L, D) Begin crossing this passage for your return voyage.

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5500

5890

7490

8900

10680 9430

9910

24 NOV ‘15

10

5500

5890

7490

8900

10680 9430

9910

19 DEC ‘15

10

6920

7400

8960

10700 12840 11300

11880

29 DEC ‘15

10

6920

7400

8960

10700 12840 11300

11880

19 JAN ‘16

9

6230

6660

8060

9630

11560 10170

10690

24 FEB ‘16

9

5800

6210

7620

9090

10910 9610

10100

04 MAR ‘16

10

5500

5890

7490

8900

10680 9430

9910

14 MAR ‘16

10

5500

5890

7490

8900

10680 9430

9910

* Prices are in USD and will be converted to AUD at BSR on due date.


ANTARCTICA

ANTARCTICA EXPRESS AIR – CRUISE

MV PLANCIUS

5 Days / 4 nights

12 Days / 11 nights

Leaving from Ushuaia, ANTARCTICA XXI takes you through the Beagle Channel and to legendary Cape Horn. Cross the mythical waters of the Drake Passage and explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.

The motor Vessel Plancius was built in 1975 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. The vessel is suited to explorers, it is spacious yet has small ship character, comfort and style but with modern technology. It caters for 114 passengers in 54 cabins with private facilities. The ship is manned by 17 nautical crew, 12 stewards, 8 expedition staff and 1 doctor. Special interest activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing, field camping, ski trekking and zodiac cruising are available with all equipment needed to fulfil these activities.

Day 1: USHUAIA – PUERTO WILLIAMS (D) Depart from Ushuaia, aboard the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams. Day2: PUERTO WILLIAM (B, L D) Wake in full view of Cape Horn, before sailing towards Antarctica crossing the Drake Passage. Day 3: CROSSIING THE PASSAGE (B, L, D) Whilst en route to Kind George Islands, you may spot sea birds, such as albatross and petrels. Day 4: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS (B, L, D) Sail though ice-filled bays, whilst enjoying sea birds, seals and whales. Shore excursion to visit a penguin colony. Day 5: KING GEORGE ISLAND (B) Disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the Chilean base Frei and Russian base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Transfer to your complimentary hotel.

Includes: • Transfer to Punta Arenas hotel • 1 night accommodation at Punta Arenas • Flights from Frei Station to Punta Arenas • Cruise as per itinerary aboard Ocean Nova • Meals as per itinerary (B, L, D) • Lectures and entertainment on board

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

Antarctic Peninsula “Basecamp Plancius” Day 1: Depart Ushuaia and sail through the Beagle Channel. Day 2 & 3: At sea Day 4 – 9: Antarctica.. Sail directly to “high Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. The ship will be based at Neumayer Channel for multi activity base camp such hiking, kayaking and visits to the British research station and Port Lockroy, where you may see leopard seals, crabeater seals and minke whales. Day 10 -11: At sea crossing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Day 12: Arrive in Ushuaia. MV plancius CODE DEPARTURES NIGHTS CABIN CATEGORIES (USD) Quad Triple Twin Twin Twin Superior Porthole Porthole Porthole Window Deluxe

ANTARCTICA XXI CODE DEPARTURES

Sample itinerary:

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CABIN CATEGORIES (USD) Triple Cabin

Twin Cabin

Single Cabin

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4295

5395

6995

14 JAN - 19 JAN 2016

4295

5395

6995

* Prices are in USD and will be converted to AUD at BSR on due date. • 7 Days / 6 Night Air Cruise available

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7050

7950

10

7950

8950

07 JAN ‘16

9

7050

7950

03 FEB ‘16

10

7950

06 MAR ‘16

11

19 DEC ‘15

9

28 DEC ‘15

8650

9150 9150

9650

10550

10250

10850

11850

8650

9150

9650

10550

8950

9650

10250

10850

11850

8950

9650

10250

10850

11850

* Prices are in USD and will be converted to AUD at BSR on due date.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS DIVERSE COUNTRY, AMAZING SCENERY BOOKING CONDITIONS: Please read the following carefully as requesting services with South America Tourism Office will be taken as acceptance that you have read and understood these conditions. South America Tourism Office is a licensed travel agent and member of the Travel Compensation Fund, a body designed to protect consumers in the event of financial collapse of a travel provider. The fund guards against the failure of its members by regularly monitoring their financial accounts and ensuring they have sufficient resources to continue trading as a travel agent.. Whilst some travel products can be booked via the internet directly, only booking through a licensed Australian agency affords you consumer protection. Our prices are inclusive of the cost of research of our travel products, consultation with travel agents, communication costs in confirming travel services with overseas suppliers, providing documentation, brochure production and marketing.

Validity and costs: Whilst we will try as much as possible to maintain the prices published in the brochure, because of the changing nature of products supplied by airlines, suppliers, hotels, cruise companies, prices can be subject to change by a number of factors including governments and fuel increases, currency changes etc. and we reserve the right to change these accordingly. The most accurate way to find out the current price for any of our programs is by contacting our consultants who can provide you with a detailed quotation.

Preparing your trip: At the South America Tourism Office, we pride ourselves as a specialist travel wholesaler and are happy to assist with the detailed preparation of your travel arrangements by using our knowledge of the relevant areas and research of the particulars to make your experience memorable. We are on hand to provide details and answer any questions you may have in relation to your itinerary which can be requested through your travel agent/ directly with our consultants. However, in order to acknowledge the time and care required by our consultants to design a personalised itinerary for you, we have to limit ourselves to providing two free suggested itineraries. Further to this, we will require a $300 deposit in order to continue working on your file, which will later be used as a credit against your booking.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

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1. Once you have selected your tour/s, contact your travel agent or the office for a relevant quotation. Please note that any verbal quotations are estimates only and all arrangements will be subject to confirmation and availability. Once you wish to book for set dates, please complete and return a copy of the booking form and/or copies of your passports. (The booking form must be returned with a copy of the current passports as soon as possible when services are requested. South America Tourism Office will not accept responsibility for reissue fees, penalties or costs incurred for incorrect details associated with flights/services being held prior to the receipt of this information. Final documentation will not be released without a signed booking form on file.) *It will be the responsibility of the passenger to advise us of any changes in passports/identification details that occur in between placing the booking and undertaking the services. Many services require current information and there will be no compensation if services have been issued with the incomplete/incorrect information. 2. Once all services are confirmed you will be issued with a confirmed itinerary and invoice with the confirmed price and due dates for deposit and final payment. All quotes are subject to availability and prices are not guaranteed until written confirmation is given. A deposit of $500 per person is usually required within 7 days but this may vary according to the booking conditions of specific cruises, packages, lodges where additional deposit may be necessary to secure these services and this will be advised on confirmation. The final payment date is usually 60 days prior to departure from Australia, but this may also vary according to supplier’s deadlines etc. If the booking is placed within 60 days of departure, full payment will be required within 7 days of confirmation or earlier. Failure to receive monies by the due date will mean automatic cancellation of your booking and loss of your deposit. Changes to a confirmed reservation will be charged at $45 per change. **Please note that all airfares and taxes are subject to change until ticketed. Air taxes are charged separately from air and land content and will be invoiced as tickets issued. Prices are subject to change until confirmation due to seasonal surcharges, increases by our suppliers, airlines, governments etc. Once invoiced, the

confirmed price may be subject to change at any time until paid in full due to major currency fluctuations, increases etc. 3. Once final payment has been made, your reservation will aim to be processed for documentation approximately 3 –4 weeks prior to departure from Australia assuming all relevant information (flight and cruise details etc.) have been supplied. If you would like documents issued as priority (to be processed within 72 hours) a fee of $45 is payable.

Itinerary Variations It is possible that route or itinerary changes may become necessary due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule tour departures and itineraries where necessary. If necessary, we reserve the right to substitute accommodation of a similar standard. No refund will be available in the event of itinerary changes or hotel changes.

Airline Responsibility Airlines shown in this brochure do not by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from South America Tourism Office or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. Because of the changing nature of airfares, the cost of flights and air taxes will not be guaranteed until they have been ticketed. Prompt payment usually avoids any increases.

Responsibility HDR International, incorporated in Victoria, trading as South America Tourism Office, operators of the package tours outlined in this brochure, give notice that they act only in the capacity of booking agents for the tour member in all matters of transportation, tour operation, accommodation, and other services. HDR international, its directors, representatives, in their absence of their own negligence, or subsidiaries and/or associated agents shall not be held responsible, directly or indirectly, for property loss or damage and/or damages resulting from illness, personal injuries or death which may be sustained by reason of, or during any tour, whether due to the ownership, maintenance or operation of any aircraft, helicopter, vehicle, bicycle, boat, hotel, or any other conveyance used in carrying out these tours. These terms extend to any employees of South America Tourism Office. Payment of a deposit for services is an acknowledgement that you have read, understood and accept the terms of travel of the South America Tourism Office.

Refund for unused services No refund is available for cancellations after travel has commenced. Any alterations made whilst you are away are made at your own expense. Refund for services/ground content included in the tour price but not used for any reason are not subject to any refund. Please note that employees of any overseas suppliers are not authorised by SATO to make any undertakings to our clients in respect to refunds.

Insurance Travel Insurance is strongly recommended to protect you against loss of deposit or payment, cancellation fees, illness, injury or death, baggage or personal items loss, delays, strikes, war, or default by any suppliers or principals.

Warning As some South American cities are situated at an altitude of 3,200 meters above sea level, it is advisable for passengers to check with their doctors to ensure that they are fit to travel to high altitudes.

Health and Regulations You should carry a valid passport at all times. Passport, visa and vaccination requirements are not our responsibility, nor that of your agent, nor are we responsible for any expenses incurred due to your failure to comply with the above. You should familiarise yourself with health or visa requirements that may be applicable to the countries you intend to visit.

Cancellations Cancellations can only be effective upon receipt of written advice. If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to the date of departure you forfeit your deposit plus any other fees which hotels, cruise operators or airlines may impose. Cancellations made 30 to 59 days prior to departure will incur a $500.00 fee per person on top of any other fees imposed by our providers. No refund will be given for cancellations made within 29 days of departure.


USEFUL INFO HANDY TIPS FROM US, THE LOCALS!

TIPPING

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As it is everywhere else, tipping is optional, however, it is a customary practise in Latin America. It is common to tip providers such as guides, porters, driver, waiters, bartenders, baggage handlers and anyone else who goes out of his or her way to help you. A 10-15% service charge is usually included in restaurant bills, but an additional 5% can be added for good service. Taxi drivers will expect a 10% tip of the fare.

Some South American cities such as Cuzco, La Paz, and Quito are situated at an altitude of 3200 metres above sea level or higher. At these altitudes, the lack of oxygen affects most people to some extent until they become acclimatised. Mild symptoms include headache, lethargy, dizziness, difficulty in sleeping and loss of appetite. It is recommended that you rest in your hotel on the first day of arrival into this city to assist in acclimatization.

PASSPORTS & VISA

LANGUAGE

All travellers require a valid passport with sufficient pages (approx 6) with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of completion of travel. Australian passport holders do not require visa for entry into Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Colombia nor Peru. A visa is required to enter Brazil and must be organised prior to departing Australia. There is a visa reciprocity fee in Chile and Argentina that is payable locally on arrival at the international airport. Entry visas are also required for Cuba and Paraguay. This information is correct at the time of printing but always subject to change. Please double check requirements for all countries you will be visiting prior to departure.

Spanish is spoken in most of South America, with the exception of Brazil where Portuguese is the national language. Generally, in the capital cities and popular tourist areas, some English is spoken; however in remote areas it is unlikely there will be many people who speak English.

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Buenos Aires Bariloche Ushuaia Santiago Puerto Montt Punta Arenas Arica Lima Cuzco Arequipa La Paz Rio de Janeiro Salvador de Bahia Manaus Quito Guayaquil Cuenca Montevideo Bogota Caracas Mexico City Cancun Havana Santiago de Cuba

CURRENCY As each South American country has its own currency, it is wise to take the majority of your spending money in USD. However, taking Debit Cards with your own money is also a good idea, as most major cities have ATM access, giving you the opportunity to withdraw in local currency.

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