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SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES FOR 18-35’s 2012 – 14 LATIN AMERICA

LEGENDARY for a reason

THE ORIGINAL

SINCE ‘62 Celebrating 50 great years. See p.16

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> MEET CÉLINE Ms Cousteau talks oceans, Ghandi & her family. See p.38

> AMAZING OVERNIGHTS From lodges & hotels to Special Stays, our overnights always impress. See p.14-15

> MORE INCLUDED More amazing inclusions make us exceptional. See p.6-7 & 10-11

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CONTENTS LATIN AMERICA> Costa Rica

What’s What 02 04 06 07 08 09 10 12

Meet Contiki Love Latin America The Contiki way Only Contiki – why choose us? Explore more – free time Taste Latin America Includes more Meet the team & Getting around Latin America 14 Where you stay 16 Save with Contiki 17 Join us online

Galapagos Islands

Ecuador

Peru Brazil

South America 18 Introducing South America 19 Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail Trek 20 Peru Uncovered 14 days from £1919 22 Inca Panorama 11 days from £1299 23 Andes & Amazon Highlights 8 days from £1199 24 Galapagos & Ecuador 11 days from £1799 26 Argentina & Brazil Experience 10 days from £1799 28 The Adventurer 25 days from £4185 30 The Explorer 19 days from £3545

Argentina

Mexico 33 Introducing Mexico 34 Mexico Grande 13 days from £1515 36 Mexican Fiesta 9 days from £839 37 Yucatan Highlights 6 days from £715

Costa Rica 39 Introducing Costa Rica 40 Costa Rica Unplugged 12 days from £1259

Cool Stuff 16 The original since ‘62 32 Contiki cares 38 Meet Céline

Other Stuff 42 Got a question? 43 Booking conditions 44 How to book Meet us & other travellers online:

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www.contiki.com

The Original

Since ‘62 Exploring Latin America with us is about a journey of discovery. A journey where you scratch beneath the surface to get the real story, get to know the locals & experience more for less. Travel with us & you’ll get more than just a trip, you’ll get the trip of a lifetime. An experience packed with mindblowing adventures & unforgettable memories with new friends. A trip that changes the way you see & think about the world.

We’re the original adventure travel company for 18-35s. We’ve been travelling the world with people like you since ’62. See p.16 for more

Contiki starts with people like you. People with an urge for discovery out of the ordinary. Get ready to be a part of Latin America & see it the way it should be explored. If you’re a seasoned explorer, a first-timer, heading out solo or with a group, our philosophy remains the same. It’s about small group adventures, where you always experience more. With more exclusive inclusions for less, amazing places to stay, cool ways to get around, authentic local food & more time to explore your way, our trips are unbeatable. We’re committed to our sustainable travel, supporting the locals & ensuring you experience the very best.

The greatest journeys start with a single step & end up as legendary stories. Start yours with us. flickr.com/contiki

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Love Latin America ... We all travel for the moments. Moments that set your heart racing, make your eyes widen & your jaw drop. Like that first glimpse of incredible Machu Picchu from the steps of the Sun Gate, dancing with the locals in Cusco or swimming past giant tortoises in the clear blue waters of the Galapagos Islands. Some give you that ‘wow’ moment, like walking the same steps as the Incas on the Inca Trail, or cruising down the mighty Amazon River as you spot macaws soaring through the air. Others are a little more low key, like that feeling of success at speaking your first Spanish phrases in Lima, or watching the vibrant locals go about their day.

All these moments come together to create your story… one that will stay with you forever. It’s the unique culture, amazing sights & incredible historical past that makes Latin America such a special place. The endless landscapes & the varied destinations & equally diverse people that you’ll meet at every turn make for endless experiences. Widen your perspective in these incredible places & come home with your own special story to tell. Your journey starts here...

Wing span Corner store 14:05: Buzios

09:52: Rio

Dance lesson 12:37: Ollantaytambo

Swimming pool

13:10: Costa Rica

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UNESCO’s World Heritage sites Most of our tours in Latin America visit World Heritage sites, so look out for the World Heritage symbols on the tour pages.

Step class 14:40: Machu Picchu

visit contiki.com/worldheritagelist to find out more

Perfect pout 15:45: The Inca Trail

Door stop

Shopping trip

11:02: Pisac

16:20: Cusco

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Travelling in Latin America is mind-blowing & experiencing it with Contiki isn’t quite like anything else. Here’s why...

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Only Contiki

Get even more value with our special inclusions. Like a private snorkelling trip to see the giant tortoises of Galapagos, entry to Christo Redentor in Rio, a boat cruise in Buzios, a tango lesson in Buenos Aires or a trajinera ride in Mexico. Check the “Only Contiki” section on the tour pages for more.

Choose your adventure. Want to see a lot, or a little? Love the beach, want a culture fix, or keen for adrenalin & action? Or want it all? With us you’ll get it. With 11 tours across 6 countries & lots of choices to suit what you’re into, there’s a trip with your name on it.

More time to explore. We love heading out to explore, so on our tours we include loads of free time so you can do just that. Check out the local markets, scout out some delicious cuisine, frame up some amazing shots or just head out & see where the day takes you. We also give you lots of inspirational things to do with our Explore More optional activities, so you can learn & discover even more.

Get more with Contiki. Getting the most out of your money is important, so we include more. More sights, amazing accommodation, activities & the best team to show you around! Plus there are a heap of exclusive extras you only get with us. The bottom line? You get more when you travel Contiki.

We’re here for you. From your Tour Manager & Local Guides to our customer service teams, everyone at Contiki has one focus: to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime. Our team is passionate about travel & showing you the best of Latin America – they live & breathe it. Our Local Guides take it up a level too, their knowledge on the places you visit (often their home) means you get that priceless local angle.

Amazing places to stay. With us you’ll always sleep easy. A mix of hotels, lodges & Special Stay overnights, mean you’ll be treated to all your home comforts like WiFi & comfy beds. Our accommodation is the perfect place to come home & relax after a full day exploring. See p.14-15 for more.

Local know-how. We know that the best way to learn about the local way of life, is from the locals themselves. Where’s the best place to eat in Mexico City? Where’s the best place to see the sun rise in Lima? Wherever you travel our team will get you deep into the heart of the places you’re at.

Sacsayhuaman ruins, Cusco

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What makes us different? With us, you see & experience more. Here’s why... > The way we travel Included flights mean you’re where you need to be fast, plus private transport means being squashed in with other travellers is a thing of the past. We’ll give you a taste of how the locals do it too, with trains, boat rides, trajineras & triciclo rides & more. What’s best? They’re all included. > Fantastic overnights Our accommodation is what sets us apart, it’s nothing short of amazing. From hotels & lodges to our ultimate local Special Stay overnights in the Amazon, Sarapiqui Rainforest & the Colca Canyon, it’s about facilities you’ll love. There’s no pitching your own tents or rolling

out mattresses with us. It’s comfort & a place for you to really relax. Each spot has been chosen based on its facilities, location & charm, plus twinshare rooms (or single for a little extra) mean you’ll really sleep easy. See p.14-15 for more. > Authentic experiences Do it local – we eat where the locals eat, party in their favourite spots & learn about their way of life to truly get the local experience. Travel with us & go deeper into the places you visit. Our team live in Latin America so they’re perfect for giving you that authentic angle you’ll love. Our expert Local Guides take it up a level, with their essential priceless knowledge.

> The perfect group size Around 30 people per tour make it the perfect size for discovering Latin America. There’s plenty of people to hang out with, but not too many, so you still get that intimate travel experience. It’s great for getting around too because we’re just for 18-35s it’s the perfect way to make like-minded new friends, your age, from all over the world.

Small groups, for 18-35s only Snorkel with sea lions, the Galapagos Islands

Cool local ways to travel

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Speedboat ride, Iguassu Falls

Explore more

Mountain biking, Cusco

Make the most of your free time... No journey in Latin America is complete without some time to explore, relax & go your own way. When you travel with us, the only things that are fixed are your destinations. Want to venture out & explore the local markets? Want to do something more active or relax? The choice is yours. Hit the markets

Zip line, Costa Rica

We plan our trips to ensure there’s heaps of free time to explore the way you want, so you can dive head first into the cultural explosion that is Latin America. Explore, hit the markets or find a place to relax & people watch. Grab your camera & scout out some great shots in La Boca in Buenos Aires, hit the beach in Buzios & Mexico or immerse yourself in the places you’re in. On our tours we take it further. On each trip (for an additional cost) we’ve hand-picked some Explore More options, unique to the places you visit. They’re our tried & tested traveller

Head out & explore your way Kayaking, the Amazon

favourites. Hit the mountains of Cusco on a bike, visit Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio or whitewater raft the rapids of Urubamba River. Other options will leave you wide eyed, like kayaking to the sounds of monkeys & macaws in the Amazon, feeling the spray of Iguassu Falls as you jetboat to its base or scuba diving in the clear waters of Brazil. Whatever you choose, you’ll get great prices & we’ll organise it all for you. Look out for the Explore More symbol on the tour pages & don’t forget your sense of adventure.

Whitewater raft the Urubamba River \ Speedboat ride to the base of Iguassu \ Ziplining, abseiling & canoeing in Mexico \ See macaws & toucans \ Kayaking in the Amazon \ Diving at Galapagos’ Kicker Rock \ Horseride with a local gaucho \ Biking adventure in San Cristobal & many more...

Hike the Inca Trail Chill on the beach

Please note: Explore More optional activities are not included in the price of your tour. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasions, for some activities, travellers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave it’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & therefore involve some risk.

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Here are a few of our top local spots you might visit on our trips. What else? They’re all included. > Puerto Maldonado, Peru Indulge in delicious steak & chips just the way you like them. Try jungle sauce on the side or try the Peruvian sauce for local flavours you’ll love.

> Aguas Calientes, Peru Visit the ultimate spot for traditional Peruvian treats like patacones de papa, lomo saltaldo & more.

> Merida, Mexico Try Cochinita Pibil - slow cooked pork in banana leaves, orange juice & and the local ingredient Achiote...delish!

> Iguassu Falls, Brazil Brazilian BBQs are legendary – with mouthwatering meats roasted to perfection. Indulge the local way.

Experimenting with new food as you travel is key & on our tours we make sure you do. From succulent Argentinian steak & sizzling Brazilian BBQs, to fresh Peruvian ceviche. The food here is as varied as the places you visit.

> Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina is THE place for steak, so what better place to try it than BA? We also include a Tango show & dance lesson. Argentinian perfection!

We include breakfast each day, some lunches & lots of evening meals. We don’t include every meal for a reason. We leave lots of meal times free so you can head out & explore in your time & to your budget.

With free meal times, hit the streets & find some local restaurants or markets for some authentic eats. Wherever you travel, our team will help you uncover some delicious local restaurants & street food at amazing prices.

Start out the day right with included breakfasts that will impress – think scrambled eggs or omelettes, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, breads, meats & more.

We’re pretty good at catering to your dietary requirements too – just let us know when you book & we’ll do our best to accommodate.

We include loads of meals & special experiences in our trips too, like a Tango show, dinner & drinks, gallo pinto in Costa Rica, a Brazilian BBQ dinner where you’ll indulge in mouth-watering treats & some tried & tested traditional favourites in Peru.

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Taste Latin America

Try our favourites...

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Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica

Meet the locals at Lake Titicaca

Discover the real Rio... Explore the way only Contiki can. Get up close to Christo Redentor for panoramic views of Sugarloaf & Rio, then tour the city & its favelas with our Local Guide who’ll get you in the know on all things Rio.

Only Contiki

Visit Iguassu Falls

includes more...

Go in-depth in Rio

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From the incredible locals of Peru, the beaches of Costa Rica & Mexico, to the landscapes of Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, there’s so much to explore. From the big sights like Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu & Iguassu Falls, to the authentic local stuff you don’t expect, we take you further. And we give you more value for money – you get more included in your tour than going any other way. The best, for less:

More exclusive experiences:

Travel with us & we’ll show you more, for less. When you travel it’s not all about the big stuff, but the little hidden gems & extras that will surprise & amaze too. We’ll show you the best sights & the stuff off the beaten track so you see & experience more.

With us you get more exclusive experiences for no extra cash. Ride catamarans in Brazil or trajinera’s in Mexico, try rafting in Costa Rica, snorkel with turtles in Ecuador & more. Get ready for eye opening experiences everywhere you travel.

Better value:

Discover the real Latin America:

Jungle fever... At our Jungle Lodge try your luck fishing for pirhanas, taste delicious home cooked meals & sleep in open-walled rooms that really get you back to nature. Finish off your day reaching new heights up the canopy tower for endless panoramas of the mighty Amazon Jungle.

There’s no extra cost if you’re travelling solo & we include local taxes & local charges* in our prices. This all adds up to better value for you.

Experience more with us. From cool ways to get around, in-depth local experiences where you learn more, to exceptional & authentic overnight stays. We bring the real Latin America to life so you discover the best.

* Galapagos & Ecuador trip (p.24): There is a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park which is only payable in cash on arrival. Please ensure you have US$100 cash on arrival or you will not be permitted entry.

Great tastes: We include breakfast every day & about half your evening meals, so you can indulge in traditional flavours while keeping nights free so you still have time to seek out tastes to suit your taste & budget.

An unbeatable team: Our team is here to make everything easy. Our Tour Managers look after all the details – from finding the hotel & making bookings, to helping you find the best things for what you’re into. Looking after all the hassle is their job, not yours. Our expert Englishspeaking Local Guides give you that inside angle & priceless knowledge you’ll love.

18-35s only: Small group adventures for 18-35s (no younger, no older) means you’ll always travel with new friends & like-minded explorers.

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www.contiki.com.au/peru-uncovered

Peru Uncovered Unc

Venture into Peru’s hotspots. From ancient Inca culture, the Andes & the Amazon jungle, Peru has it all. Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, colonial Cusco &, Machu Picchu. When you’re done, sit back & re-live the trip over a perfect Pisco Sour.

DON’T MISS...

Peru

Try a cup or two of the Amazon’s exotic drink made with Copoazu. We love it straight out of the shell with a straw.

Peru Uncovered 14 Days What’s Included:

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Jungle canopy climb

Included highlights are shown on each tour page

14 Days 1 Country

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Lima Meet your Contiki team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flare, bustling Lima is not short of things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

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From Fro F Fr rrom A$2 $2849pp* A$2 $204 $20 $ 20 04 per da day

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas

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Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive Vicuña) on our way to the Colca Canyon. We visit the village of Chivay for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild Vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip

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Only Contiki includes

• City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha

AGUAS CALIENTES 1

AMAZON LODGE 1

(Machu Picchu)

INCA TRAIL

1 PUERTO MALDONADO

Ollantaytambo

1 SACRED VALLEY CUSCO 4

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Plus Contiki Special Stays

• Amazon Jungle Lodge • Colca Canyon Lodge Bolivia

Plus COLCA CANYON 1

Plus Flights on map included in tour price!

Chivay

1 AREQUIPA

2 PUNO/LAKE TITICACA

Explore more: optional activities Cusco/Sacred Valley White water rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River Visit contiki.com.au/peru-uncovered-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we visit the Colca Canyon & we’ll try & spot the Andean Condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque

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Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Experience the unique cultures & way of life here as we visit locals & see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 11: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

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Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B,D) Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu!  Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.19 for more info. Code: LILIT / LILIT12

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Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining 2 storey Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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How much & when

Day 7: Cusco The modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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Day 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle hike to the canopy tower, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot Caiman, a native Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

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Day 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha, before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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Travelling Early?

Travelling between August & December 2012? These tours start at 5:30pm in Lima & end at 6:00pm in Lima.

Code: LILI12/LILIT12 All prices per person A$* Start Finish Tour Lima Lima Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

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23 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) Trekking option - 24 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager

Definite departures

English speaking local guides 3 flights & transfers

Code: LILI/LILIT All prices per person A$* Start Finish Tour Lima Lima Only

13 nights accommodation: 11 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in Special Stay experiences (more on p.14-15)

Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

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SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save A$289. Or pay 6 months in advance you save A$145. See p.16 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add A$439. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add A$439. Start Lima 8:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Please note: Flights times do change & may have weather delays. O This tour spends Xmas in Puno & New Years Eve in Cusco. Q Special Departure Sun Festival. + These tours link up with our new Galapagos & Ecuador trip (see p.24-25). For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com.au/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

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Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! See price panel for dates that connect with our new Galapagos & Ecuador trip detailed on p.24-25. Plus you’ll also save A$100 with our multi-tour discount. See p.16.

Lots of definite departures, with more added every week. Check your tour on contiki.com & look out for the definite departure symbol on the availability calendar.

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Meet the team The Contiki Difference

Triciclo ride, Puno

Gaby, Tour Manager & Local Guide

Nothing beats having a travel mate who knows the places you visit like the back of your hand. A friend whose sole purpose is to make your trip the holiday of a lifetime where you learn & experience more. Our expert Tour Managers & Local Guides have only one thing on their mind. You.

Our Tour Managers & Local Guides make getting around Latin America easy. Our expert Spanish, Portuguese & English speaking Tour Managers will fast track you to the must-see sights, open doors to authentic local experiences & are always happy to help (& teach you some local phrases too). They’ll take you off the tourist track & into the best of Latin America, as well as

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ensuring your trip is smooth & hassle free. We pick the best of the bunch & send them on a training trip (the best in the industry). They’ve often worked with us in our other locations around the globe so they know all about what you’re looking for. You can sit back & relax knowing that choosing to travel Contiki means everything from finding your hotel or lodge,

to knowing the best restaurants (the ones the locals love), negotiating border crossings & all the other little travel details are their job – not yours.

Boat ride, Lake Titicaca

Delford, Local Guide

Our friendly English-speaking Local Guides complement our Tour Managers perfectly – they’ll give you that essential local aspect. Their knowledge of where you visit (often their home) means you’ll learn even more.

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Getting Around Say farewell to 18 hour bus rides cramped in with other travellers. On our tours we include flights between some destinations & we get you where you need to be, fast, so you experience more. For shorter journeys it’s all about comfy private coach transport. It’s more of a social event where you can sit back & chill or chat with your new travel mates. And we get you out on the water with boat rides on Lake Titicaca, Buzios, the Amazon, Costa Rica & Galapagos. Plus train rides too, so you get the all-round Latin American experience.

Bike tours

Latin America has some other seriously cool ways to get around – so we include them too. Think triciclo rides, canoes & even cable cars. It’s all part of the adventure.

Canoe ride, The Amazon

Train ride, Machu Picchu

Why we’re different…

• Private transport • Included flights • Train & boat rides • Fun ways to get around

the local way, like triciclos, bikes & more

PROFILES

Private, comfy coaches

> EILEEN, Tour Manager, from San Francisco I love… translating Spanish for all my Contiki travellers & listening to them speak their first phrases as they travel. You’ll love… falling asleep to the sounds of the Amazon jungle. Try… Pollo a la brasa (roasted chicken) & fresh ceviche with a Pisco Sour. The Peruvians love it, so will you!

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> DELFORD & JULIAN, Local Guides, from Puerto Maldonado See… the incredible nature here. Like the macaws – they’re the most beautiful here. Learn… about the jungle on our wildlife walks & keep your eyes peeled at the lodge for monkeys. Taste…Chichanovada prepared the traditional way. It’s amazing.

Included flights

> GABY, Tour Manager & Local Guide, lives in Cusco Hear... me speak three languages - Quechua my first Inca language, Spanish & English. And I love my country & love sharing it with you. I love my job because… I feel passionate about my culture & heritage. You’ll love Peru because… it’s one of the most amazing places on earth, with a unique rich cultural heritage, beautiful cities & wonderful cuisine.

Get in touch with fellow travellers:

facebook.com/contiki twitter.com/contikiuk

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Fantastic overnights

Hotel Sol Ollantaytambo

Our Latin American accommodation is nothing short of amazing. It’s all about comfy overnights & a place you’ll love coming home to. It’s something else that makes us unique. From our hotels & lodges to our 3 incredible Special Stay overnights, travelling Contiki-style means you’re guaranteed to sleep easy. What makes us different? Comfort where you need to be… Rooms are twin-share & well located hotels & lodges ensure you’re right amongst the action in the places that count! In Rio & Buzios we’re right by the beach & in Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco & Ollyantambo we’re right next to the main squares.

Lake Ohau Lodge

Hotel Icaro Suites, Buenos Airies

Amazing facilities & eats Great facilities are key (think pools, bars & WiFi) & waking up to breakfast every morning means you’ll start the day out right (think fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, cereal, coffee, juice & more). It’s all about comfort & facilities you’ll love.

Keep it local Our accommodation is unique, cute & reflects the surroundings you visit, like a colonial hotel in Cusco. We keep it local too, with our authentic overnights like our Amazon Jungle & Colca Canyon Special Stays & our cozy rainforest camp (see opposite for more).

Tupac Yanpanqui, Cusco

Going solo? We don’t charge single supplements for solo travellers. We’ll match you with a same sex room-mate, or if you want, you can always opt for the privacy of your own room for a little extra – it’s up to you.

Pachira Lodge, Costa Rica

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Experience… our 3 unique Special Stays Get back to nature in comfort you’ll love with our unique Jungle Lodge Special Stay. We arrive in Puerto Maldonado where you’ll meet your Local Guides, then it’s straight to the river for a ride deep into the rainforest & jungle! As you board our private boat, keep your eyes peeled for capybaras, macaws, turtles & even monkeys along the way. Jungle Lodge rooms Maybe hit the water for a kayak

Delicious home cooked meals

On arrival, you’ll soon see why this place is the perfect haven to relax. Take a walk through the rainforest with your guide who’ll give you the inside track on the area, or simply sit in a hammock & read your favourite book. A trip to the heights of a canopy tower for endless jungle views is a must. After a delicious home cooked meal, maybe head to the Capybara bar & sit back with a Coca tea or a Pisco Sour before heading back to your candle-lit room. With the jungle as your backdrop, the open walled rooms (complete with private en-suite facilities) & comfy beds are the ideal place to unwind as you fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of the rainforest.

Jungle canopy tower

Relax your way

Try it local with our rustic lodge in the Colca Canyon.

RIO CARNIVAL >

Wake up to panoramic Colca Canyon views from our cute lodge in the heart of ancient Inca territory - the Sacred Valley. Its remote location means it’s the perfect way to get away from it all. Spacious rooms mean you’re always comfy & the friendly staff will ensure it’s a home away from home.

Sleep easy in our rainforest camp Stay deep in the heart of the jungle in our cool Costa Rican rainforest camp, with queen-sized beds, en-suite facilities & private covered terraces with comfortable chairs. You’ll really relax in this tropical paradise.

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Traditional boat ride to & from the Lodge

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Colca Canyon Lodge

Try our Jungle Lodge You’ll love our Costa Rican Lodge, great facilities in paradise get you right to the heart of the jungle!

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South America Tours

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Friendly locals, endless landscapes, beaches, colourful cities & guaranteed good times, South America is like nowhere else. From Cusco & the Amazon, to the city buzz of Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls & the legendary hotspots of Brazil (plus everything in-between), we get you closer. Mix this with the incredible wildlife & sights in Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands & you’re ready for an in-depth South American adventure like no other.

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We Machu Picchu Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the 7 new wonders of the world & Peru’s most famous spot. All our tours to Peru include a visit to Machu Picchu by coach from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) but you can also try our hugely popular Inca Trail Trek experience. The Inca Trail Trek option How we do it… We’ll take the train to “KM104”, our starting point for this day-long trek, where we’ll meet our expert Local Guide who’ll lead today’s journey. As you start the trek along the same path as the ancient Incas, you’ll soon know why this experience is considered a must-do. The views along the trail are mind-blowing & the combination of slow-moving cloudforest, wildlife & waterfalls will wow & reward you at every turn. After the morning leg of the trek, we’ll stop for your included lunch where you can soak up more incredible views before it’s back on the trail.

Arriving at the Sun Gate for that first glimpse of Machu Picchu will give you a total buzz - the endless views & landscapes mixed with the feeling of success at completing this once in a lifetime trek is unbeatable. The next morning you get another chance to return to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes by coach with the group. For tours that can do the hike see pages 20-21, 22-23, 28-29 & 30-31.

Machu Picchu

Essential booking requirements When you book your tour (as early in advance as possible) it’s essential that you let us know the following details: • Your full name (as appears on passport), your nationality, date of birth & gender • Your passport number & date of expiry

What else? It’s also important that the passport information that you submit with your application is exactly the same as the passport you will use to travel to Latin America. You will also need your passport to enter onto the trail. It’s best to play it safe if your information changes it can result in a penalty & cancellation of admission to the trail. No refunds will be given. • Book early! To help preserve Machu Picchu for future generations, the Peruvian Government closely controls the number of travellers on the trail, with only 500 pre-purchased permits available each day.

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• Inca Trail permits are non-refundable & non-changeable so it’s essential that you let us know your correct passport details at the time of booking so we can process your application quickly. Contiki will process your application on your behalf. To ensure you get your chance to hike the trail, book your spot early. It’s advisable to book at least 3 months before travelling in the low season (between October & April) & 6 months before travelling in the high season (May to September), although it is at times possible to get permits within these timescales. We will process your application within 3 days of booking; we cannot guarantee permit availability. All our Peru tours visit Machu Picchu, but it’s your choice to take the Inca Trail Trek option in addition to your tour. Travellers that choose to hike the trail will also have the chance to return to Machu Picchu by coach from Aguas Calientes with the group.

The Inca Trail

For more visit contiki.com/incatrail

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Peru Uncovered 14 Days 1 Country Peru

From £1919pp* £138 per day

Machu Picchu

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• City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha

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Plus Flights on map included in tour price!

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Explore more: optional activities Cusco/Sacred Valley Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River Visit contiki.com/peru-uncovered-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Venture into Peru’s hotspots. From ancient Incan culture, the Andes & the Amazon, Peru has it all. Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, colonial Cusco & Machu Picchu. Then when you’re done, sit back & re-live the trip over a perfect Pisco Sour.

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Peru

Trying a cup or two of the Amazon’s exotic drink made with Copoazu. We love it straight out of the shell with a straw.

Peru Uncovered 14 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Lima Meet your Contiki team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flare, bustling Lima is not short of things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas

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Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive Vicuña) on our way to the Colca Canyon. We visit the village of Chivay for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild Vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip

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Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we visit the Colca Canyon & we’ll try & spot the Andean Condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque

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Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Experience the unique cultures & way of life here as we visit locals & see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

Day 7: Cusco The modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 11: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

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Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B,D) Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu!  Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.19 for more info. Code: LILIT / LILIT12

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Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining 2 storey Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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Walking tour, Cusco

Day 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle hike to the canopy tower, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, a native Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

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Day 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha, before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £295. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £295. Start Lima 8:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Please note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. ● This tour spends Xmas in Puno & New Years Eve in Cusco. ■ Special Departure Sun Festival. ★ These tours link up with our new Galapagos & Ecuador trip (see p.24-25). For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

Meet the locals!

23 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) Trekking option - 24 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English speaking local guides 3 flights & transfers

Code: LILI/LILIT All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Lima Lima Only

13 nights accommodation: 11 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in Special Stay experiences (more on p.14-15)

Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

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Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! See price panel for dates that connect with our new Galapagos & Ecuador trip detailed on p.24-25. Plus you’ll also save £60 with our multi-tour discount. See p.16.

Try delicious local cuisine

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Inca Panorama 11 Days 1 Country Peru

From £1299pp* £119 per day

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Itinerary & sightseeing

1 flight & transfers Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

Only Contiki GO includes • City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha

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Day 1: Arrive Lima Meet your Contiki team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flare, bustling Lima is not short of things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas

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Single room supplement (tour only) add £219. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £219. Start Lima 8:00am & end Cusco 11:00am. ● This tour spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in Cusco. For travel insurance see p.42.

the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque

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Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca. Experience the floating Taquile & Uros Islands, meet the locals to see their famous crafts & textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

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Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins & a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining 2 storey Inca walls in Raqchi before onto the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the Pisac & Ollantaytambo ruins. Try some local Chicha de Jora

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Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to do before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B,D) Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate where you’re rewarded with incredible views of this ancient site. Explore the site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.19 for more info. Code: LICUT / LICUT12

Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive Vicuña) on our way to the Colca Canyon. We visit the village of Chivay for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild Vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip

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Day 7: Cusco As the starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, explore the city before the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, colonial architecture, artisan shops to cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

Day 10: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountains. Learn more as you tour with our guide. There’s time for more exploring before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we visit the Colca Canyon & we’ll try & spot the Andean Condor. Later, see

Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Next up is Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s

Day 11: Depart Cusco It’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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Explore more: optional activities Cusco/Sacred Valley Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure Visit contiki.com/inca-panorama-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Peru

Andes & Amazon

Andes & Amazon 8 Days

Highlights

What’s Included:

8 Days 1 Country

7 nights accommodation: 6 nights in twin-share hotels, 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.14-15)

Peru

13 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D) Trekking option - 14 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D)

From £1199pp* £150 per day

An experienced & professional Tour Manager

Brazil

PERU Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES AMAZON (Machu Picchu) 1 LODGE 1 INCA TRAIL

Lima

Andes

Ollantaytambo

CUSCO 3

PUERTO MALDONADO 1

1 SACRED VALLEY

Bolivia

Coast

Locally guided jungle tour, the Amazon

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cusco As the modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore the city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. From Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & San Pedro Market

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Day 3: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu!  Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.19 for more info. Code: CULIT / CULIT12

Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. We’ll start the day with a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before we spend the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. With lots of cute cafés & restaurants, find a local spot to relax with your mates tonight. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 4: Aguas Calientes to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu. See the sun rising above the incredible mountain tops. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend time exploring before returning to the base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 3: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B,D)

Day 5: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

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Day 7: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha, before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

Day 8: Puerto Maldonado to Lima It’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates as your tour ends after breakfast. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

The Sun Gate, Machu Picchu

Explore more: optional activities Cusco/Sacred Valley Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River Visit contiki.com/andes-amazon-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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GO

Travelling Early?

Code: CULI12/CULIT12 Tour plus Inca Trail

2012 Aug 17 Aug 31 Sep 21 Oct 5 Oct 19

1299 1299 1299 1299 1299

Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct

24 7 28 12 26

1199 1199 1199 1199 1199

Start Cusco

Finish Lima

2013 Oct 26 Nov Nov 9 Nov Nov 23 Nov Dec 28 ● Jan

2 16 30 4

Tour Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

1199 1199 1199 1199

1299 1299 1299 1299

2013 Jan 11 Jan Jan 18 Jan Feb 8 ★ Feb Feb 19 Feb Mar 8 ★ Mar Mar 19 Mar Apr 5 Apr Apr 12 ★ Apr Apr 16 Apr May 10 ★ May May 21 May May 31 Jun Jun 7 ★ Jun Jun 20 ■ Jun Jun 28 Jul Jul 12 ★ Jul Jul 16 Jul Jul 26 Aug Aug 9 ★ Aug Aug 20 Aug Aug 30 Sep Sep 13 ★ Sep

18 25 15 26 15 26 12 19 23 17 28 7 14 27 5 19 23 2 16 27 6 20

1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199

Tour plus Inca Trail

1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299

Start Cusco

Only Contiki includes

• Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha

Plus

Plus Special Stay

• Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Plus

Plus Flights

Flights on map included in tour price!

Code: CULI/CULIT All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Cusco Lima Only

Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van

Local taxes & service charges

Travelling between August & December 2012? These tours start at 5:30pm in Cusco & end at 6:00pm in Lima.

All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Cusco Lima Only

2 flights & transfers

Sightseeing tours of all major areas

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

Day 6: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle canopy hike, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, a native Amazonian alligator! Later, relax in paradise at our incredible Jungle Lodge.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

English speaking local guides

Finish Lima

Tour Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

2013 Sep 17 ★ Sep Oct 4 Oct Oct 11 ★ Oct Oct 22 Oct Nov 8 ★ Nov Nov 19 Nov Dec 6 ★ Dec Dec 17 Dec Dec 27 ● Jan

24 11 18 29 15 26 13 24 3

1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199 1199

1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299 1299

2014 Jan 10 ★ Jan Jan 24 Jan Feb 7 ★ Feb Feb 18 Feb Mar 7 ★ Mar Mar 21 Mar Apr 15 Apr Apr 18 ★ Apr Apr 29 May May 9 ★ May May 27 Jun

17 31 14 25 14 28 22 25 6 16 3

1239 1239 1239 1239 1239 1239 1239 1239 1239 1239 1239

1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339 1339

* Prices above are based on twin-share.

Single room supplement (tour only) add £225. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £225. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Please note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. ● This tour spends New Years Eve in Cusco. ■ Special Departure Sun Festival. ★ These tours link up with our new Galapagos & Ecuador trip (see p.24-25). For travel insurance see p.42.

£

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save £119. Or pay 6 months in advance you save £59. See p.16 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

Match

Got more time? Combine this tour & see more! See price panel for dates that connect with our new Galapagos & Ecuador trip detailed on p.24-25. Plus you’ll also save £60 with our multi-tour discount. See p.16.

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Galapagos & Ecuador 11 Days 1 Country Ecuador

From £1799pp* £164 per day

San Cristobal

GO ECUADOR

QUITO 2 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

PUERTO 1 AYORA

2 BAÑOS SAN CRISTOBAL

PUERTO 2 VILLAMIL

2 PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane or train

24-25 Galapagos & Ecuador 11 Days.indd 2

• Galapagos BBQ feast at our favourite local spot • Check out the views as you ride the Devil’s Nose Train • Go local at a Salsa lesson

Cotapaxi National Park

SANTA CRUZ ISABELA

Only Contiki includes

Chimborazo Guayaquil

1 ALAUSI

Plus

Plus Flights on map included in tour price!

Explore more: optional activities Galapagos Diving experience to discover the incredible underwater world at Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) San Cristobal Island Guided island biking adventure Baños Locally guided bike tour down the “La Ruta de las Cascadas” • Relax with a thermal hot springs dip • Whitewater rafting experience • Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoning day trip Visit contiki.com/galapagos-ecuador-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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From the heights of volcanoes to the unexplored waters of Galapagos, this tour is a must for the lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you are snorkelling with sea lions & rays, or chilling with the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, this adventure is epic!

SEE...

Ecuador

Lonesome George, the World’s oldest surviving Pinta tortoise.

Galapagos & Ecuador 11 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island Meet up with your Contiki Team & group before flying to Santa Cruz Island. Before arriving in Puerto Ayora we’ll check out the island’s old lava tunnels & see the incredible giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Later, get out on the water as we head to Isabela Island where you’ll start the trip right & get to know your group over dinner. (B,L,D) See Galapagos’ famous giant tortoises Visit Bellavista’s lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

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Day 2: Isabela Island Maybe hike the rim of one of the world’s largest active caldera for views of the northern tip of the island, or relax on the beach. Later, we’ll head to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center & Wall of Tears to learn about the island’s history, finished up with a stroll along the beach & a swim. (B,L) Guided tour of the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center & Wall of Tears

Day 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island This morning, we’ll head out in search of the legendary Galapagos Penguin – the only penguin north of the Equator. Later take a short walk to see marine iguanas before snorkelling to see colourful fish in the underground lava tubes. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles that like to rest on the bottom! Later, the afternoon is yours to sun bathe, surf, or explore town. (B,L,D) ‘Panga’ boat ride adventure to spot the famous Galapagos Penguin Snorkelling experience 

• •

famous 143m tuff cone before looking out for sea turtles, starfish & maybe the Galapagos Shark. Later, relax on stunning Puerto Grande beach paradise, before it’s back to town for our Galapagos BBQ feast. (B,L,D) Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience Visit Lisa Lobos (Sea Lion Island) Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone  Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

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Day 6: San Cristobal to Alausi via Guayaquil There’s time to relax this morning & soak up those last rays. Next up: Guayaquil & Ecuador! After our flight, we’ll head to cute little Alausi in Chimborazo province, where we spend the night before the Devil Nose Train ride tomorrow. (B) Day 7: Alausi to Baños via the Devil’s Nose Train Ride This morning board the Devil’s Nose Train – the most famous train in Ecuador, for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We’ll stop by Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain on our way to Baños, nestled under the still active Tungurahua Volcano. (B)  Devil’s Nose Train ride for incredible mountain views Check out Chimborazo town 

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Day 8: Baños With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for for travellers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Visit the hot springs, go horseback riding,

Day 4: Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island We’ll visit Lonesome George this morning & check out the other species of tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal - keep an eye out for bathing sea lions! Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over dinner at one of our favourite local spots while watching the sunset. (B,L) Visit Lonesome George at the Charles Darwin Research Station Visit El Progresso & La Loberia towns See the island’s famous sea lions 

How much & when trekking, rafting, climbing or mountain biking. Tonight, get out with the locals or try some delicious beer at the local brewery. (B)  Day 9: Baños to Quito via Cotapaxi  Head north along the Avenue of Volcanoes via the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. We’ll visit the national park for some hiking & views of the surrounding area – camera essential! Next up: the capital, Quito. Visit the indigenous village of Salasaca Visit Cotopaxi National Park & see the world’s highest active volcano Locally guided hike around the Limpiopungo lagoon

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Day 10: Quito As you meander through Quito’s sites, your expert guide will teach you all about this city & the history of the Inca & Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panciello. Later, visit the Equator line & wander between the two hemispheres as you visit the shops & World Monument. Tonight, we’ll head out for dinner & a Salsa lesson! Locally guided tour including the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panciello lookout Visit the Equator & Inti Ñan Museum Salsa dancing lesson & dinner

Code: GYQO Start Guayaquil

Finish Quito

Total £ pp*

Jan Feb Mar May May Jun Jul Aug Oct Oct

1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799

2013 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

20 17 17 21 19 16 21 18 22 20

Start Guayaquil

Finish Quito

Total £ pp*

Nov 27 Dec 25

1799 1799

Jan Feb Mar May May

1859 1859 1859 1859 1859

2013 30 27 27 1 29 26 31 28 2 30

Nov 17 Dec 15 2014 Jan Feb Mar Apr May

19 16 16 27 18

29 26 26 7 28

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement add £315. Start Guayaquil 7:00am & end Quito 11:00am. Please Note: There is a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park which is only payable in cash. Please ensure you have US$100 cash on arrival or you will not be permitted entry. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

10 nights accommodation: 10 nights in twin-share hotels (more on p.14-15) 17 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 5 lunches (L) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English speaking local guides 2 internal flights & transfers Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges (excl. Galapagos. See price panel)

£

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save £179. Or pay 6 months in advance you save £89. See p.16 for details.

2

World Heritage sites visited

•• •

Mix

Match

Got more time? Combine this tour & see more!

Day 11: Depart Quito It’s time to say ‘adios’ to your team & travel buddies as your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

This tour connects with most reverse Adventurer tours detailed on p.28-29 or connect with the reverse Argentina & Brazil tour on p.26-27. Plus you’ll also save £60 with our multi-tour discount. See p.16. Kicker Rock, Galapagos Islands

• • •

Day 5: San Cristobal Island  First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting Sea Lion Island in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll explore Kicker Rock & its

24-25 Galapagos & Ecuador 11 Days.indd 3

Plaza de San Francisco

Quito

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Argentina & Brazil Experience

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Travelling Early For travel between Aug-Jan ‘13 see opposite

10 Days 2 Countries Argentina, Brazil

From £1799pp* £180 per day

Christ the Redeemer, Rio

GO

Bolivia BRAZIL

BUZIOS 2

Airport

2 RIO DE JANEIRO

Paraguay

IGUASSU FALLS 2

• City cycling tour in Buenos Aires • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Boat cruise in Buzios • City tour of Rio • Locally guided Rio favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue

Plus ARGENTINA

Only Contiki includes

Plus Flights on map included in tour price!

Explore more: optional activities Uruguay

UR

26-27 Arg & Braz Exp 10 Days.indd 2

SE OO YO

IR

D

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane

CH

BUENOS AIRES 3

E C TI O N

Buenos Aires Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay • Visit to the gateway of Tigre’s River Delta Iguassu Falls (Argentina) Speed boat ride to the Falls Iguassu Falls (Brazil) Helicopter flight over the Falls Buzios Scuba diving adventure • Learn to surf lesson Rio de Janeiro Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain • Hang gliding Visit contiki.com/southam-experience-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Do catamarans, beaches, the rush of Iguassu & buzz of Rio sound like you? Mix this with cosmopolitan Buenos Aires & you’ve got the perfect combo of adventure, discovery & sun-seeking in 10 epic days through Argentina & Brazil.

EAT...

Arg & Brazil

At Sukao Bar, Buzios. It’s the perfect place to grab a fresh juice whilst taking a break from the beach.

Argentina & Brazil Exp. 10 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires Hola Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of Tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football – not to mention worldrenowned beef & red wine. This morning, meet up with your Tour Manager & group & get out on 2 wheels for a half day bike tour of the important city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to Tango like a local as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (D) City bike tour Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca & Puerto Madero Tango lesson, show & dinner

•• •

Day 2: Buenos Aires This morning we see the other half of the city on our coach tour. The afternoon is yours for shopping & or just chilling out. Later, take it up a notch & experience BA by night. Hotel (B) Visit the neighbourhoods of Recoleta, Palermo Chico & Palermo Lagos y Bosques & Palermo Soho

Day 3: Buenos Aires With a free day you can experience BA your way. Visit Colonia in Uruguay or kayak the River Delta area of Tigre. In town you might catch a football game, maybe drink

champagne at a polo match, hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni for a café con leche & a spot of people watching. Hotel (B) Day 4: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. You could take a heli-flight for a different angle on the Falls, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Tonight, sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls

Day 5: Iguassu Falls We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of Iguassu Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours to experience the Falls. Try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim back at the hotel. Tonight we have tasty Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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Day 6: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Take it down a notch as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches for a couple of days of R&R. On our boat cruise, sit back with a caipirinha as we cruise to 2 beaches, while basking in the sun, snorkelling & taking in the coastline. Hotel (B)

How much & when

Boat cruise with caipirinhas, sun & music

Day 7: Buzios You could rise early & watch one of the amazing sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply sit back with a book, explore the town or just work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) Day 8: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. See the Lapa district & its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa & Passeio Publico. This afternoon we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Passeio Publico

• •

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro We’ll give you a unique insiders only experience of visiting a favela & seeing the contrast of how some cariocas live. Join us in a farewell dinner & a last night out in this amazing city! Hotel (B,D) Locally guided favela tour

Day 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

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12 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D)

Travelling Early

Travelling between Aug 2012 & Jan 5, 2013? The tour below coded BARJ12A06 starts at 5:30pm in Buenos Aires & ends at 11:00am in Rio.

Code: BARJ12 Start Buenos A.

Finish Rio

£ pp*

2012 Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov

25 8 29 13 27 3

Start Buenos A.

Finish Rio

£ pp*

3 17 8 22 5 12

1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799

Nov 17 Dec 1

Finish Rio

£ pp*

Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct

1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799

2013 Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

20 27 17 17 14 21 19 9 16 7 21 4 18 8 22

1799 1799

Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van

Jan 14

1799

Sightseeing tours of all major areas

2013 Jan 5

Local taxes & service charges Start Buenos A.

Finish Rio

Oct Oct Nov Dec

13 20 17 15

Choose your direction

£ pp*

2013 29 5 26 26 23 30 28 18 25 16 30 13 27 17 1

English speaking local guides

Nov 26 Dec 10

Code: BARJ Start Buenos A.

An experienced & professional Tour Manager

2 flights & transfers

2012 Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov

9 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share hotels, (more on p.14-15)

Oct Oct Nov Dec

22 29 26 24

1799 1799 1799 1799

Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr May May

14 28 11 25 25 8 6 27

1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889

It’s your choice - this tour operates in reverse. Check out the price panel for dates & rates

2014 Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May

5 19 2 16 16 30 27 18

£

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save £179. Or pay 6 months in advance you save £89. See p.16 for details.

Code: RJBA (Reverse tour) Start Rio

Finish Buenos A.

£ pp*

2013 Feb Mar Mar May Jun Jun Aug Aug Oct

2 2 30 4 3 29 3 31 5

Start Rio

Finish Buenos A.

£ pp*

Nov 11 Dec 9

1799 1799

Feb Apr Apr May

1899 1899 1899 1899

2013 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

11 11 8 13 12 8 12 9 14

1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799 1799

Nov 2 Nov 30

1 World Heritage sites visited

2014 Feb Mar Apr May

1 29 12 10

10 7 21 19

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement add £599. BARJ: Start Buenos Aires 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am. RJBA: Start Rio 7:00am & end Buenos Aires 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Iguassu Falls

26-27 Arg & Braz Exp 10 Days.indd 3

Lapa Steps, Rio

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The Adventurer

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Travelling Early For travel between Aug-Dec ‘12 see opposite

25 Days 3 Countries Peru, Argentina, Brazil

From £4185pp* £168 per day

Pisac

GO

• City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco, La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • City cycling tour in Buenos Aires • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Boat cruise in Buzios • Rio city tour & favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue

BRAZIL PERU Andes Coast

2 LIMA

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu) AMAZON 1 LODGE 1 INCA TRAIL

Ollantaytambo

Only Contiki includes

PUERTO MALDONADO 1

1 SACRED VALLEY

CUSCO 4

COLCA

Boliivia CANYON

Chivay

1

PUNO/LAKE TITICACA 2

Plus

Plus 2 Contiki Special Stays

BRAZIL

1 AREQUIPA

BUZIOS 2

• Colca Canyon Lodge & Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Airport

2 RIO DE JANEIRO

Paraguay Chile

Plus

Plus Flights on map included in tour price!

2 IGUASSU FALLS

Explore more: optional activities

ARGENTINA

Uruguay

UR

28-29 The Adventurer 25 Days.indd 2

SE OO YO

IR

D

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

CH

4 BUENOS AIRES

E C TI O N

Cusco/Sacred Valley Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River Buenos Aires Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay • Visit to the gateway of Tigre’s River Delta Iguassu Falls (Argentina) Speed boat ride to the Falls Iguassu Falls (Brazil) Helicopter flight over the falls Buzios Scuba diving adventure • Learn to surf lesson Rio de Janeiro Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain • Hang gliding Visit contiki.com/southam-adventurer-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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The ultimate trip for those that love to explore, this trip has Peru, Argentina & Brazil covered. From jungles, cool locals & mind-blowing sights, to waterfalls, beaches & big cities, no day is quite like the next.

PLAY...

Peru, Brazil & Argentina

The token throwing Peruvian game Sapo. Keep your eyes peeled for these large bronze toads (the Sapo) & give it a go, you’ll love it.

The Adventurer 25 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Lima Meet your Contiki team & group this morning before checking out the city sights. Made up of 43 districts with their own flare, bustling Lima is not short of things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Santa Catalina Convent & the Plaza de Armas Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve & Colca Canyon. We continue to the Colca Canyon for a hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge.  Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) See wild Vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes Indulge in a hot spring dip Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning try & spot the Andean Condor. Later experience the mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) See the huge Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor Visit Yanque Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca. Experience the floating Taquile & Uros Islands, meet the locals to see their famous crafts & textiles. Hotel (B,D) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins. See the last remaining 2 storey Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha Day 7: Cusco As the modernday starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore the city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore Inca buildings, colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adventure activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B)

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Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some Chicha de Jora Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,D)

Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate where you’re rewarded with incredible views of this ancient site. Explore the site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.19 for more info. Code: LIRJT / LIRJT12 (Reverse Code: RJLIT) Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more as you tour with your guide then explore in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 11: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena”, dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club. Hotel (B) Day 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a hike to the canopy tower for endless jungle views, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, a native Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the otters, or try your luck fishing for piranha, before spending the afternoon relaxing in paradise. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat cruise Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima In Lima you could explore the areas of Miraflores, Larcomar Mall or Parque Kennedy for views overlooking the pacific ocean, before maybe sipping your last Pisco Sour. Hotel (B)

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Day 15: Lima to Buenos Aires It’s time to say farewell to Peru today - we’ll board our flight to Argentina, then it’s hello Buenos Aires! Hotel (B) Day 16: Buenos Aires This morning get out on 2 wheels for a half day bike tour of the important city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to Tango like a local as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) City bike tour Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca & Puerto Madero Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 17: Buenos Aires This morning we see the other half of the city on our coach tour. The afternoon is yours for shopping & or just chilling out. Later, take it up a notch & experience BA by night. Hotel (B) Visit the neighbourhoods of Recoleta, Palermo Chico & Palermo Lagos y Bosques & Palermo Soho Day 18: Buenos Aires Visit Colonia in Uruguay, or kayak the River Delta area of Tigre. In town you might catch a football game or polo match, or visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni. Hotel (B) Day 19: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. Tonight, sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Day 20: Iguassu Falls Visit the Argentinian side of the Falls, then later, the day is all yours. Maybe try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls & hike to the edge of the Devil’s Throat. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat Day 21: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Take it down a notch as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches. Sit back with a caipirinha on our boat cruise while snorkelling & taking in the coastline. Hotel (B) Boat cruise with caipirinhas Day 22: Buzios Today’s all yours, so maybe watch the sunrise or spend the day surfing, scuba diving, or simply work on your tan. Hotel (B) Day 23: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views City tour Day 24: Rio de Janeiro We’ll give you a unique insiders only experience of visiting a favela & seeing the contrast of how some cariocas live. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided favela tour Day 25: Depart Rio de Janeiro After breakfast, it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

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How much & when

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Travelling Early

Travelling between April & January, 2012? This tour is 24 days long, with a revised itinerary featuring 3 nights in Buenos Aires. This tour starts at 5:30pm in Lima & ends at 11:00am in Rio. Visit contiki.com/southam-adventurer for the full itinerary.

Code: LIRJ12/LIRJT12 All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Lima Rio Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

2012 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 15 Sep 29 Oct 13

4119 4119 4119 4119 4119

Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov

3 17 8 22 5

4019 4019 4019 4019 4019

Start Lima

Finish Rio

2012 Oct 20 Nov Nov 3 Nov Nov 17 Dec Dec 22 ● Jan

12 26 10 14

Tour Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

4019 4019 4019 4019

4119 4119 4119 4119

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £899. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £899.

24 nights accommodation: 22 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in Special Stay experiences (more on p.14-15) 37 meals: 24 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 10 dinners (D) Trekking option - 38 meals: 24 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 10 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English speaking local guides 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

Code: LIRJ/LIRJT All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Lima Rio Only

2013 Jan 5 Jan 12 Feb 2 Mar 2 Mar 30 Apr 6 May 4 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 22 Jul 6 Jul 20 Aug 3 Aug 24 Sep 7

Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct

29 5 26 26 23 30 28 18 25 16 30 13 27 17 1

4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185

Tour plus Inca Trail

4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285

Start Lima

Finish Rio

Tour Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

2013 Sep 28 Oct Oct 5 Oct Nov 2 Nov Nov 30 Dec Dec 21 ● Jan

22 29 26 24 14

4185 4185 4185 4185 4185

4285 4285 4285 4285 4285

2014 Jan 4 Jan 18 Feb 1 Mar 1 Mar 15 Apr 12 May 3

28 11 25 25 8 6 27

4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309 4309

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2013 Feb 2 Feb Mar 2 Mar Mar 30 Apr May 4 May Jun 3 ■ Jun Jun 29 Jul Aug 3 Aug Aug 31 Sep Oct 5 Oct

4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285 4285

26 26 23 28 27 23 27 24 29

4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185 4185

It’s your choice - this tour operates in reverse. Check out the price panel for dates & rates

£ Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr May May

Code: RJLI/RJLIT (Reverse tour) All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Rio Lima Only

Choose your direction

Pay 12 months in advance you save £419. Or pay 6 months in advance you save £209. See p.16 for details.

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Start Rio

Finish Lima

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2013 Nov 2 Nov 30

Nov 26 Dec 24

4185 4185

4285 4285

2014 Feb 1 Mar 29 Apr 12 May 10

Feb Apr May Jun

4309 4309 4309 4309

4409 4409 4409 4409

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World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £939. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £939. LIRJD/LIRJTD: Start Lima 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. RJLI/RJLIT: Start Rio 7:00am & end Lima 6:00pm. Please note: The reverse Adventurer spends 3 nights in Buenos Aires & 3 nights in Lima. Please note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. ● This tour spends Xmas in Puno & New Years Eve in Cusco. ■ Special Departure Sun Festival. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

Mountain biking, Cusco

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The Explorer

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Travelling Early For travel between Aug-Dec ‘12 see opposite

19 Days 3 Countries Peru, Argentina, Brazil

From £3545pp* £187 per day

The Inca Trail

GO BRAZIL

• Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • City cycling tour in Buenos Aires • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazilian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Boat cruise in Buzios • City tour of Rio • Rio favela tour • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue

PERU Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES 1

(Machu Picchu)

INCA TRAIL

1 LIMA

Ollantaytambo

Andes Coast

3 CUSCO

AMAZON LODGE 1 1 SACRED VALLEY

Only Contiki includes

PUERTO MALDONADO 1 Bolivia

Boliivia BRAZIL

BUZIOS 2

Plus

Plus Contiki Special Stay

Airport

2 RIO DE JANEIRO

Paraguay

• Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Chile

2 IGUASSU FALLS

Plus

Plus Flights on map included in tour price!

ARGENTINA

Explore more: optional activities Uruguay

4 BUENOS AIRES

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train or canoe

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Cusco/Sacred Valley Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River Buenos Aires Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay • Visit to the gateway of Tigre’s River Delta Iguassu Falls (Argentina) Speed boat ride to the Falls Iguassu Falls (Brazil) Helicopter flight over the Falls Buzios Scuba diving adventure • Learn to surf lesson Rio de Janeiro Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain • Hang gliding Visit contiki.com/southam-explorer-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Want a taste of Peru, Argentina & Brazil? This is it! Follow Incan foosteps in Machu Picchu, Cusco & check out the jungle action in the Amazon. Dive into BA’s cool vibes, before its all beaches & bikini’s in Buzios & the fabulous home of Carnival, Rio.

SEE...

Peru, Brazil & Argentina

Football (soccer)! The passion here is like nowhere else, so see if a game is on & get into the frenzy!

The Explorer 19 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cusco As the modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore - from Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha

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Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local Chicha de Jora

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Day 3: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Aguas Calientes this afternoon. Hotel (B,D) Day 3: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu!  Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.19 for more info. Code: CURJT / CURJT12 Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring before returning to base. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

Day 5: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena”, dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club. Hotel (B) Day 6: Cusco to Jungle Lodge Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle

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hike to the canopy tower for endless jungle views, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot caiman, a native Amazonian alligator!  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Canopy hike for amazing jungle views

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Day 7: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha, before spending the afternoon relaxing in paradise. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided catamaran boat excursion

Day 8: Puerto Maldonado to Lima On arrival in Lima, you could explore the areas of Miraflores, Larcomar Mall or Parque Kennedy for amazing views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, before maybe sipping your last Pisco Sour. Hotel (B) Day 9: Lima to Buenos Aires Say Adios to Lima & Hola Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of Tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football – not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. Hotel (B) Day 10: Buenos Aires This morning get out on 2 wheels for a half day bike tour of the important city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to Tango like a local as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) City bike tour Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca & Puerto Madero Tango lesson, show & dinner

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Day 11: Buenos Aires This morning we see the other half of the city on our coach tour. The afternoon is yours for shopping & or just chilling out. Later, take it up a notch & experience BA by night. Hotel (B) Visit the neighbourhoods of Recoleta, Palermo Chico & Palermo Lagos y Bosques & Palermo Soho

Day 12: Buenos Aires With a free day you can experience BA your way. Visit Colonia in Uruguay or kayak the River Delta area of Tigre. In town you might catch a football game, maybe drink champagne at a polo match, hit the shops or pay a

How much & when visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni for a café con leche & a spot of people watching. Hotel (B) Day 13: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazillian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. You could take a heli-flight for a different angle on the falls, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Tonight, sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B) Visit Iguassu Falls

Day 14: Iguassu Falls We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of Iguassu Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours to experience the Falls. Try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim back at the hotel. Tonight we have tasty Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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Day 15: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Take it down a notch as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches. Sit back with a caipirinha on our boat cruise while basking in the sun, snorkelling & taking in the coastline. Hotel (B) Boat cruise with music, sun & caipirinha’s!

Day 16: Buzios You could rise early & watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) Day 17: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. See the Lapa district & its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa & Passeio Publico. This afternoon we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Passeio Publico

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Travelling Early

Travelling between August & December, 2012? These tours are 18 days long, with a revised itinerary featuring 3 nights in Buenos Aires. These tours start at 8:00am in Cusco & end at 11:00am in Rio. Visit contiki.com/southam-explorer for the full itinerary.

Code: CURJ12/CURJT12 All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Cusco Rio Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

2012 Aug 17 Aug 31 Sep 21 Oct 5 Oct 19

3525 3525 3525 3525 3525

Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov

3 17 8 22 5

3425 3425 3425 3425 3425

Start Cusco

Finish Rio

2012 Oct 26 Nov Nov 9 Nov Nov 23 Dec Dec 28 ● Jan

12 26 10 14

Tour Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

3425 3425 3425 3425

3525 3525 3525 3525

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £829. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £829.

Code: CURJ/CURJT All prices per person £* Start Finish Tour Cusco Rio Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

2013 Jan 11 Jan 18 Feb 8 Mar 8 Apr 5 Apr 12 May 10 May 31 Jun 7 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 13

3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645 3645

Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct

29 5 26 26 23 30 28 18 25 16 30 13 27 17 1

3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545 3545

Start Cusco

18 nights accommodation: 17 nights in twin-share hotels, 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.14-15) 27 meals: 18 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) Trekking option - 28 meals: 18 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English speaking local guides 1 international & 4 internal flights & transfers Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Local taxes & service charges

£ Finish Rio

Tour Only

Tour plus Inca Trail

2013 Oct 4 Oct Oct 11 Oct Nov 8 Nov Dec 6 Dec Dec 27 ● Jan

22 29 26 24 14

3545 3545 3545 3545 3545

3645 3645 3645 3645 3645

2014 Jan 10 Jan 24 Feb 7 Mar 7 Mar 21 Apr 18 May 9

28 11 25 25 8 6 27

3655 3655 3655 3655 3655 3655 3655

3755 3755 3755 3755 3755 3755 3755

SAV E Pay 12 months in advance you save £349. Or pay 6 months in advance you save £175. See p.16 for details.

4 Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr May May

World Heritage sites visited

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £875. Single room supplement (tour + Inca Trail) add £875. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ● This tour spends New Years Eve in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. Machu Picchu

Day 18: Rio de Janeiro Today you get a unique “insiders only” experience of a favela visit, seeing the contrast of how some cariocas live. Tonight join us for a farewell dinner & last night out in this amazing city! Hotel (B,D) Locally guided favela tour

Day 19: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

Local markets, Puerto Maldonado

Buzios

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Contiki cares... We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer, be they natural or cultural, & we’re committed to ensuring they remain for the generations to come. Through our various causes we put conservation at the core of how we plan & run our tours. There are also a bunch of ways that you can help as well. Learn more at: contiki.com/contikicares/you

Contiki loves oceans. Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface & they form the largest habitat on the planet supporting the greatest variety of life. We support marine preservation through our projects around the world,

including the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) which helps young environmentalists in their hands-on work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef & by backing Oceana’s valuable research & education work. See p.38 for more.

Meet Céline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.38.

Recycling Our Foundation We’re founding partners of the non-profit Conservation Foundation.

Our Foundation has spent over US$2 million to help underprivileged communities & support sustainable tourism around the world. It’s part of its commitment to preserving our planet for generations to come (so far, the Foundation has helped protect 7.4 million acres of forest in Brazil, supported the World Wildlife Fund’s work with indigenous sustainable tourism in Australia, plus much more). What’s more, we’re committed to continuing with this support for sustainable tourism for years to come. We’re the primary sponsors of The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices around the world.

The Travel Corporation & Contiki are committed to use 100% recycled paper for the body stock of our brochures. The environmental benefits are important in the following ways:

river water in a cleaner state than initially received. The use of 100% recovered fibre means that the mill uses approx 1/5th of the energy that would be required to produce corresponding grades from primary fibres.

Recycled paper makes for less waste being deposited into landfills.

The body stock paper in our brochures meets the following Forest/Environmental/Process Certifications: FSC, Blue Angel, ISO 9001 & 14001.

The paper mill uses a chlorine free fibre bleaching process (PCF) that avoids potential dioxins from being released into adjoining waterways.

We are proud to commit to using what is one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

The paper mill uses a complex filtration process that returns the

*

By using paper made from recycled fibre we save approx. 67,000 trees per year.*

Calculation based on that provided by The Environmental Defense Fund.

Loving it local... We’re proud to support local businesses on our trips, whether it be via the activities we do, the places we eat or the accommodation in which we sleep. In Latin America, almost every one of the places we stay at are locally owned, so profits feed directly back to the local communities. Where other travel operators may own their own vehicles & run their own show independent of locals,

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wherever possible, Contiki work only with local suppliers & businesses. What you can do? Taking care of the environment shouldn’t stop when you go travelling. Simple stuff like re-using your drink bottle, choosing products with less packaging, recycling on the go or simply turning off the lights when you leave your hotel room are all ways to lessen your environmental impact.

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Mexico Tours

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Mexico tours to choose from

Stunning beaches & clear water, the Yucatan, ancient Mayan ruins, incredible food & some of the world’s best nightlife make Mexico a must. Love beaches, sun & relaxing your way? Or prefer an in-depth cultural experience with a twist? Experience the good times in Mexico, Contiki-style.

£

REMEMBER If you book early you save money!

We’re always adding more departure dates for tours, so keep an eye on contiki.com for more.

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Mexico Grande 13 Days 1 Country Mexico

From £1515pp* £117 per day

Chichen Itza

GO

Only Contiki includes

• Acapulco catamaran cruise • Cruise on a ‘Trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco from a different angle • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Relax & take in the sights on a horse drawn carriage ride in Merida • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza MERIDA 1

CANCÚN 3

YUCATÁN Playa del Carmen

MORELIA 1 MICHOACÁN

IXTAPA 2

GUERRERO

Plus Flight on map included in tour price!

Teotihaucan

QUINTANA

MEXICO CITY 2 1 TAXCO 2 ACAPULCO

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

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Explore more: optional activities Ixtapa Horseback ride along the shoreline & plantations • Dolphin watching • Kayaking adventure Cancun Guided jungle bike ride & zipline adventure • Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! Visit contiki.com/mexico-grande-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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This is the perfect way to explore this legendary country. Try sinking your teeth into delicious cuisine, getting up close to ancient Mayan culture, & taking in some sun & beach vibes. Blend this with big city action & cool locals & you’ve got the Mexico Grande.

EAT...

Mexico

Guisadaos & tacos at Fonda Margarita in Mexico City for some amazing flavors & perfect people watching.

Mexico Grande 13 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Mexico City to Morelia Meet up with your Contiki Team & leave Mexico’s capital behind. Arrive in Morelia with its fascinating colonial architecture & picturesque streets. Try some delicious local food, then it’s out for a night on the town. Hotel (D) Walking tour of Morelia Visit a local candy market Watch the spectacular illumination of Mexico’s most beautiful cathedral

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Day 2: Morelia to Ixtapa via Zihuatanejo Head out west to the sunny Mexican Riviera & be amazed at its long stretches of white sand beaches. Then kick back in the resort town of Ixtapa. Hotel (B) Visit Playa La Ropa & Zihuatanejo

Day 3: Ixtapa Have fun walking along the shore in the ‘Hotel Zone’ or discover an authentic ambience in a nearby beach village. The waters are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, & fishing. Hotel (B,D) Day 4: Ixtapa to Acapulco The bright lights & non-stop energy of Acapulco Bay are calling! Watch the worldrenowned & death-defying cliff divers. When the sun sets, experience the nightlife of Mexico’s ultimate party town. Hotel (B) See the famous cliff divers by night

Day 5: Acapulco Get into the local scene by exploring a traditional open air market. Then, relax in the sun on the beach, sample mouthwatering seafood, & this

Mexico City

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afternoon watch the sunset on a party cruise. Hotel (B,D) Day 6: Acapulco to Taxco Wind into the Sierra Madre Mountains & find the quaint stucco buildings of Taxco nestled in the hills. Known for its fine silver handiwork, check out artisan shops for the perfect souvenir gift. Hotel (B) Watch a silver demonstration

Day 7: Taxco to Mexico City Return to Mexico City & visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” where you’ll see a multitude of ancient ruins & interesting colonial-influenced, yet modern, architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a Trajinera Guided tour of Centro Historico, including the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral & Templo Mayor Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

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Day 8: Mexico City Start the day with a tour of the remarkable ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, the day is yours to jump into the city’s high energy through its sidewalk cafes, bazaars, boutiques, & museums. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 9: Mexico City to Merida Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings, palaces, & haciendas before having a mouthwatering,

How much & when typical Yucatecan meal. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

Day 10: Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza Take a captivating journey through Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – a spectacular ancient ceremonial center. This afternoon we arrive in the modern mega-resort city of Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife, & many outdoor activities. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Swim in a cenote

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Day 11: Cancun & Playa del Carmen Day trip to the beach playground of Playa del Carmen. Take a stroll along the Quinta Avenida & the stunning beach while enjoying the friendly local hospitality here. Fill your day with everything from snorkeling the azure waters, hanging out in open-air cafés & restaurants, stopping for a beer or two, to people watching. You can even take a ferry across to the island of Cozumel before heading back to Cancun. Hotel (B) Visit Playa del Carmen

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12 nights twin-share hotel accommodations: (more on p.14-15) 18 meals: 12 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Flight from Mexico City to Merida Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of £409. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun 11:00am. ● This tour spends Xmas in Acapulco & New Years Eve in Cancun. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

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4 World Heritage sites visited

Day 12: Cancun Soak up all the Cancun action you want today - swim through a jungle lagoon, learn to scuba dive, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood, snorkeling & sightseeing. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) Day 13: Depart Cancun Your Mexican adventure ends this morning & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Plus you’ll also save £60 with our multi-tour discount. See p.16.

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Mexican Fiesta 9 Days 1 Country Mexico

From £839pp* £94 per day

What’s Included: 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.14-15)

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• Sit back, cocktail in hand on an Acapulco catamaran cruise • Cruise on a colourful ‘Trajinera’ with a beer & discover Xochimilco from a different angle • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan

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travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of £285. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City 11:00am. ● This tour spends Xmas in Acapulco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Mexico City to Morelia Meet up with your Contiki Team & leave Mexico’s capital city behind. Arrive in Morelia with its fascinating colonial architecture & picturesque streets. Try some seriously delicious local food, then it’s out for a night on the town where you can learn to party like a local. Hotel (D) Walking tour of Morelia Visit a local candy market Watch the spectacular illumination of Mexico’s most beautiful cathedral

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Day 2: Morelia to Ixtapa via Zihuatanejo Head out west to the sunny Mexican Riviera & be amazed at its long stretches of white sand beaches, then kick back in the resort town of Ixtapa. Hotel (B) Visit Playa La Ropa & Zihuatanejo

Day 3: Ixtapa Have fun walking along the shore in the ‘Hotel Zone’ or discover an

authentic ambience in a nearby beach village. The waters are perfect for snorkelling, kayaking & fishing. Hotel (B,D) Day 4: Ixtapa to Acapulco The bright lights & non-stop energy of Acapulco Bay are calling! You could watch the jaw-dropping stunts of the world-renowned & deathdefying cliff divers & when the sun sets, experience the nightlife of Mexico’s ultimate party town. Hotel (B) See the famous cliff divers by night

Day 5: Acapulco Get into the local scene by exploring a traditional open air market. Otherwise, relax in the sun on the beach, sample mouth watering seafood & this afternoon watch the sunset on a party cruise. Hotel (B,D) Day 6: Acapulco to Taxco Wind into the Sierra Madre Mountains & find the quaint stucco buildings of Taxco nestled in the hills. Known for its fine silver handiwork, check out artisan shops for the perfect souvenir gift. Hotel (B) Watch a silver demonstration

Day 7: Taxco to Mexico City Return to Mexico City & visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see a multitude of ancient ruins & interesting colonialinfluenced, yet modern architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a Trajinera Guided tour of Centro Historico, including the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral & Templo Mayor Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

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Day 8: Mexico City Start the day with a tour of the remarkable ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, the day is yours to jump into the city’s high energy through its sidewalk cafés, boutiques & museums. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 9: Depart Mexico City This morning the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Explore more: optional activities Ixtapa Horseback ride along the shoreline & plantations • Dolphin watching • Kayaking adventure Visit contiki.com/mexican-fiesta-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Yucatan Highlights

Mexico Yucatan Highlights 6 Days

6 Days 1 Country Mexico

What’s Included:

From £715pp*

5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.14-15)

£120 per day

8 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach Flight from Mexico City to Merida Sightseeing tours of all major cities Local taxes & service charges

Teotihuacan 3 CANCÚN

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Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Mexico City Meet up with your Contiki Team & start the day with a tour of the remarkable ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, the day is yours to jump into the city’s high energy through its sidewalk cafes, bazaars, boutiques & museums. Hotel (D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 2: Mexico City to Merida Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings, palaces & haciendas before having a mouthwatering, typical Yucatecan meal. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

Day 4: Cancun & Playa del Carmen Day trip to beach playground of Playa del Carmen. Take a stroll along the Quinta Avenida & the stunning beach & enjoy the friendly local hospitality here. Fill your day with everything from snorkelling the azure waters, hanging out in open-air cafés & restaurants or stop for a beer or two & people watch. You can even take a ferry across to the island of Cozumel before heading back to Cancun. Hotel (B) Visit Playa del Carmen

dive, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood, snorkelling & sightseeing. And for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D)

Day 5: Cancun Soak up all the Cancun action you want today - swim through a jungle lagoon, learn to scuba

Day 6: Depart Cancun Your Mexican adventure ends this morning & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Day 3: Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza Take a captivating journey through Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – a spectacular ancient ceremonial centre. This afternoon we arrive in the modern megaresort city of Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & many outdoor activities. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Swim in a cenote

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge. Single room supplement of £159. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun 11:00am. ● This tour spends New Years Eve in Cancun. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

3 World Heritage sites visited

Mix

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Explore more: optional activities Cancun Guided jungle bike ride & zipline adventure • Mayan culture adventure with ziplining, abseiling, canoeing & lunch! • Snorkelling in the tropical waters Visit contiki.com/yucatan-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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oceans

Supporting our

Contiki has proudly partnered with leading environmentalist, adventurer & explorer, Céline Cousteau (granddaughter of legendary oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau) to raise awareness of our ocean conservation projects.

Our conservation projects

MEET CÉLINE COUSTEAU > We’ve joined forces with Céline to help educate our Contiki community & team about environmental issues & marine protection. We speak with Céline in an exclusive interview on ocean conservation & what we can all do to make a difference. Contiki: You were just 9 years old when you took your first expedition with your grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, in the Amazon on his legendary boat ‘The Calypso’. You have recently celebrated his 100th birthday anniversary, what do you think you’ve learned most from him?

part of many discussions about its health, so am very aware of the importance of protecting it. We desperately need more people out there to help communicate & educate around this. Paramount to all of this, people depend on a balance in the natural world & we are all those people.

Céline: Of course there’s so much I have learned, but the heart of it all was an understanding from early on that my existence was only a small part of a greater whole. That learning came from being part of a family of travellers, filmmakers, explorers & photographers who would each bring back their stories from the field. My grandfather showed me it is more what you do with your learning’s that makes a difference. Each of us has the capacity to do more & we owe it to ourselves & others to reach for our full potential when given the opportunity.

Contiki: What do you think is the biggest issue threatening our oceans today?

Contiki: You spend most of your life around oceans, what is it that makes you so passionate about them? Céline: They’re such a wondrous universe & are right under our noses. I’ve had the tremendous opportunity to explore the underwater world & be a

Céline: There are many issues & a lot of them are intertwined, however one example of a very tangible threat is overfishing. We are taking out a lot of species from the ocean in unsustainable quantities & with harmful fishing practices. Consequences are reduced resources, which in turn impacts the natural food chain of the ocean that naturally exists in a healthy balance, so other species are impacted along this chain. However, it’s not all doom & gloom, we don’t have to stop eating everything! We just need to remember consumer choices do make a difference. Find out more at montereybayaquarium.org (they even have a handy iPhone app) or visit blueocean.org/seafood.

Watch Céline’s video message to Contiki travellers at contiki.com/celinecousteau

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Contiki: People often think, ‘I’m just one person, what can I really do? What advice would you give to them? Céline: It shouldn’t be overwhelming. Ghandi once said: “be the change you want to see in the world” - why look any further. By incorporating small changes in all aspects of our lives & empowering others around us to do the same, that is action. These small changes in parallel with our efforts to influence leaders have the power to implement environmental protection laws & make a difference. Contiki: What ‘green tips’ would you recommend to our readers for while they are travelling? Céline: There are so many small things you can do to make a difference. I would recommend filling & packing your own travel sized toiletries so you don’t need to open a new one each time you change hotels. Take your own water bottle (metal is better than plastic) - every bottle you don’t buy is one less piece of plastic used. You can also calculate your carbon footprint based on your travel miles when you get back & offset this online.

At Contiki we love oceans, & are committed to protecting them for future generations to enjoy. We actively support two ocean conservation projects, The Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) & Oceana, who are both involved in the critical task of marine protection. Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) is a fresh new initiative that supports young local environmentalists working ‘hands on’ to protect the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Reef system. Oceana campaigns to protect & restore the world’s oceans. Their project work involves at-sea expeditions gathering research which they use to inform policy makers to create important laws to protect our ocean systems. To find out more visit contiki.com/contikicares

See the full interview online at contiki.com/contikicares

Follow Céline on twitter @celinecousteau and at celinecousteau.com

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National Parks, incredible marine life & cloud forests to the beach & adrenalin rushes, Costa Rica is a place like no other. Mix this with city action, volcanoes & cool locals & get set for our great value new tour that takes you deep into this Central American paradise.

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Costa Rica Unplugged 12 Days 1 Country Costa Rica

From £1259pp* £105 per day

GO Nicaragua

Only Contiki includes

• Sunset cruise in Tortuguero • Rafting, canopy adventure or abseiling in Sarapiqui • Enjoy dinner at a traditional country estate

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La Fortuna/Arenal Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling) • Arenal Volcano hike & hot springs dip • Optional meal at local gourmet restaurant • ATV touring Monteverde Selvatura Park canopy tour • Horseback ride tour Manuel Antonio Mangrove/Damas Island kayaking • Coastal kayak/ snorkelling experience • Surf lessons • ATV adventure • Catamaran Cruise Visit contiki.com/unplugged-explore-more for all the optional activities you can do

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This tiny country is a haven for discovery, so get ready to go in-depth on this 12 day trip. From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations & even cooler locals, it’s the perfect way to uncover amazing Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica

Love people watching? Grab an ice cream & spend a chilled out afternoon at Parque Central in San José.

Costa Rica Unplugged 12 Days What’s Included:

Itinerary & sightseeing Day 1: Arrive San Jose Meet up with your Contiki team before heading out to explore Poás Volcano National Park & San Jose’s famous spots. Tonight, start the trip right & get to know your group over a delicious dinner at our favourite local restaurant. Hotel (D) San José tour including La Sabana Park, the Contemporary Art Museum, Central market, La Plaza de la Cultura & National Theatre Visit Poás Volcano National Park

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Day 2: San Jose to Tortuguero Say farewell to the big city as we head to Tortuguero via Braulio Carrillo National Park. Only accessible by boat or small aircraft, Tortuguero is famous for being one of Costa Rica’s most popular eco-tourism spots & the rainforest, stunning water & home to the Atlantic Green Turtle. Lodge (B,L,D) Visit Braulio Carrillo National Park Look out for wildlife on our boat ride

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Day 3: Tortuguero Get ready to spot howler monkeys, macaws, tapirs, reptiles & other mammals on a boat ride, before a guided through the National Park, where our expert Local Guide will give you the inside track on this amazing haven for wildlife. Later, it’s all about relaxing the way you want before our incredible sunset boat ride along the canals.  Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) Wildlife boat cruise Guided walk through the National Park Sunset canal cruise

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Volcano. The area is known for its spa & mud pool treatments, so it’s the ideal place to treat yourself. Hotel (B,L) Try rafting, a canopy zipline or abseiling - your choice! Visit the incredible Arenal Volcano

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Day 6: Arenal/La Fortuna This morning maybe give ATV riding a go, then this afternoon experience the traditional Costa Rican way of life with a visit to La Casona Rio Fortuna. Get in the know as you learn how to mill sugar cane & make delicious coffee & tortillas, then enjoy a traditional homemade dinner with the owners. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of La Casona & its local industries Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself!

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Day 7: Arenal/La Fortuna to Monteverde Today it’s on to Monteverde, Costa Rica’s most popular reserve. It’s one of the most outstanding wild life sanctuaries in the tropics, filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, & friendly locals. Chill this afternoon, or get into the ziplines & adrenalin activities here! Hotel (B) Cross Lake Arenal

Day 8: Monteverde It’s an early start this morning, for our hike into the Santa Elena Cloud Forest reserve, before learning the A-Z about Costa Rica’s famous coffee & an evening horse ride. Hotel (B) Hike the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rican coffee making tour

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Day 4: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge (Pozo Azul Adventures - Special Stay) Next up, our overnight luxury camp in Sarapiqui – it’s perfect for those that love to relax. You’ll discover the rainforest by night on our Tirimbina night walk to spot the Red-Eyed Tree & Web-Footed frogs before a delicious Costa Rican BBQ feast.  Contiki Special Stay, Rainforest Lodge (B,L,D) Locally guided Tirimbina Jungle Night Walk

How much & when Day 9: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio It’s all sun & good times this morning, we’re off to the beautiful beaches of the Costa Rican Central Pacific coast! We’ll make a stop in Quepos before arriving at Manuel Antonio, a haven for those that love to relax. Hotel (B,D) Day 10: Manuel Antonio This morning is all about relaxing the way you want. Hit the beach with your iPod & a book, head out to explore the town or just sit with a coffee & work on your tan. This afternoon we’ll head to town for a look at the local market, where there’s your chance to pick up some souvenirs. Hotel (B) Visit a local market

Day 11: Manuel Antonio It’s time to get active & hike with our expert guide through our exotic, bio-diverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise. Set sail on our awesome boat trip to spot many dolphins, whales, sea turtles & birds. Don’t forget your swimming gear for swim stops & snorkelling. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike

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* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £429. Start San Jose 8:00am & end San Jose 5:00pm. Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm. ● This tour spends Xmas in Manuel Antonio. ■ This tour spends Xmas in Arenal & New Years Eve in Manuel Antonio. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.42.

11 nights accommodation: 8 nights in twin-share hotels, 1 nights in a lodge, 2 nights Special Stay experience (more on p.14-15) 22 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 4 lunches (L) 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager English speaking local guides Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van Sightseeing tours of all major areas Local taxes & service charges

£

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Day 12: Manuel Antonio to San Jose Relax in paradise this morning before we head back to San Jose where your tour ends on arrival. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

Arenal Volcano

Day 5: Sarapiqui to Arenal/La Fortuna This morning’s yours, so choose from adrenalin pumping white water rafting, a canopy adventure or abseiling before checking out the perfectly symmetrical Arenal

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Got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: What’s included? • Coach, mini-coach, van, train, canoe, flights & ‘on tour’ airport transfers listed in the ‘What’s Included’ section as specified. • Accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners listed in the ‘What’s Included’ section on tour pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘Itinerary & Sightseeing’ section in each tour itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Tour Manager & Local Guides. • Tips for Local Guides & Local Drivers.

What’s not included? • Personal expense money. • Visas, passport fees, personal insurance & medical fees. • Excess baggage fees & tips for porters. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees & transport other than those specified on tour pages. • Explore More optional activities such as mountain biking, speed boat rides etc. • Lunches (unless specified under “What’s Included”) & some dinners. • Reciprocity Tax in Argentina for some nationalities – check contiki.com/contikipedia for more info. • Departure Tax at airports

Included flights Flights as specified on individual tour itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.43) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regards air travel & other transportation as specified. Through enrolment & payment for your tour you acknowledge & accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/flight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass &/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airlines terms & conditions of travel & the application of all relevant International Conventions & applicable national & international law governing air transportation.

Group size Contiki’s group size in Latin America averages around 30, a group size small enough to have an intimate Latin American experience but big enough to make the group dynamic rock.

How much money do I need? You will need to ensure you allow enough money to cover optional lunches & dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional activities, entrance fees to some attractions & evening entertainment. When travelling within Latin America, you’ll find that you’ll often be using local currency, particularly in remote areas. The local currencies are the Nuevo Sol (Peru), Peso “Argentino” (Argentina), Real (Brazil). The countries we visit rely largely on cash as opposed to credit cards or travellers cheques. In the larger cities you’ll find that established stores will accept credit cards. VISA is the most readily accepted, but stores normally charge a surcharge. Local market stalls will operate on a cash only basis. Local currency is available through cash (ATM) machines however you shouldn’t depend solely on a credit/debit card for cash as they are not accepted in all areas & ATM maintenance is often neglected. ATM’s are available in Lima, Buenos Aires & Cusco airports. We advise you carry cash in small denominations of both $US & local currency. Please note that travellers cheques are generally only accepted in big cities at money exchanges or banks.

How much luggage can I bring? Baggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase & one carry-on bag & luggage policies are strictly enforced. There are some things to consider when packing for a Contiki Latin America Tour, including leaving space for on trip purchases: • Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America tours, your luggage needs to meet the weight & restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred by overweight luggage. Please refer to contiki.com/ luggage for more info. • You are responsible for carrying your own luggage. At times this will be in hotels without elevators (as is common in the region) or on various forms of transport. • At hotels without elevators there may be porters but this is not guaranteed. Please keep your luggage to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”) & maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs), plus one small handbag / daypack that can be used as an overnight bag for Machu Picchu Pueblo (see below). Important: Every Contiki trip to Peru includes a train journey round trip to Machu Picchu Pueblo where we overnight. Perurail, the train operator, have strict baggage allowances. You are allowed to carry as hand luggage a day pack/backpack with a weight of no more than 5kg/11lb & with a maximum size of 62 linear inches/157cm (length + height + width). Perurail will charge for excess baggage. A daypack/backpack of approx 26L capacity is suggested. Contiki will store your main luggage at our Cusco hotel during this time. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Luggage is not guaranteed or included in the cost of your tour & Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept oversized baggage on tour.

Past traveller 5% discount Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & travelled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www. thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last tour. Clients must have completed a tour before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent tour booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveller annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre & post-tour accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

Explore More Optional Activities Contiki’s Explore More optional activities are all operated by independent third party operators & it is at the clients own risk to participate in such activities whilst on tour. It’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & therefore involve some risk.

Acceptance of risk It’s important that you acknowledge that at times travelling on a Contiki Latin America tour may be more adventurous & presents greater challenges than your normal daily life. The civil infrastructure, medical facilities, transportation, telecommunications & accommodation standards may not be what you are used to. Cleanliness & hygiene standards also vary. As such there is some degree of personal risk inherent in travelling Latin America & as a Contiki traveller you accept this.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith. Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc, especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternative activities will be arranged.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (March 2012) the following immunisations are recommended for travellers in Latin America by the CDC (The Centre for Disease Control): Travellers should be up to date with their routine vaccinations: Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT), Poliovirus etc. Recommended for Argentina, Brazil & Peru: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid & Rabies, Malaria & Yellow Fever are also an issue in Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos & Iguassu Falls. You should consult your local doctor or travel agent on what vaccinations &/or preventative medicines would be required. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route such as antihistamines, antibiotics, etc.

Do I need visas? Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your Latin America tour. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas PRIOR to the departure of your tour. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights & transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) change regularly. Visit contiki.com/visas for more information. Alternatively, consult your travel agent or visit your local embassy to determine which visas you require. Your passport must have at least six months validity at time of travel. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider: 1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of you failing to obtain all necessary visas before the departure of your tour. 4. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. 5. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details.

Am I expected to tip on tour? Every country in the world has different tipping policies & in Latin America within service industries, tipping is common practice. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Tipping is optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. Your Tour Manager will assist you with any questions about this. Tips for Local Guides & Drivers are included in the cost of the tour. Be aware that services & standards in Latin America may not be equivalent to those you find at home. If you think your Contiki team have done an exceptional job than you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. Make sure you visit contiki.com/tglatin for our travellers guide. It’s packed full of essential info for your holiday. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional excursions available on your tour. Your free Contiki document wallet & luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passports. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

Booking Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962. It is a matter of law that tour operators must fully protect their clients’ funds under regulations specified by the European Community Package Travel Directive. We confirm that Contiki is fully complying with the law, therefore your monies are fully protected. Contiki Holidays Limited is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents under membership number Y1792. ABTA & ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel & assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct & the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com. Contiki Holidays also holds a current ATOL Licence No. 10144.

Travel Insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt your holiday. It is compulsory that you take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel. Contiki have the right to refuse passengers without the required insurance cover to join our tours. Your insurance must cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. If you intend to participate in adventures sports and activities when travelling then please ensure your policy covers such. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities.

What else? Regular passport checks are common throughout Latin America. It’s essential that when you book your tour that you provide the passport details for the passport you will be travelling with.

Photography credits Photo courtesy of Kylie Kerkin p.2 Iguassu Falls. Photos courtesy of Dan Lumelski p.4 Paragliding, p.19 Machu Picchu. Photo courtesy of Gaby p.12 & 13. Photo courtesy of Hotel Icaro Suites, Buenos Airies p.14 hotel room. Photo courtesy of Pachira Lodge, Costa Rica p.14 swimming pool view. Photo courtesy of Colca Canyon Lodge p.15 entrance view. Photo courtesy of Tess Murphy p.19 The Inca trail, p.28 surfing. Photo courtesy of Banco de Imágenes de PromPerú p.19 train, Llamas. Photo courtesy of Hugh McMillan p.26 Dancers. Photo courtesy of Ella Becroft p.27 Lapa Steps. Photo courtesy of Shelley Hodgson p.31 beach. Photo courtesy of Andrea Peterson p.37 food. Photos courtesy of © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society, Celine Cousteau snorkelling p.38. Photos courtesy of © Çapkin van Alphen-CauseCentric Productions p.38 Celine Cousteau, Celine Cousteau snorkelling.

For more info check out contiki.com/travel-resources

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Booking conditions Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. The following Booking Conditions, have to the extent possible, been based on the UK interpretation of the European Community Package Travel Directive.

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is made between you and Contiki Holidays Limited (Registered in Guernsey No. 50681 (Contiki)) only upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to you or your travel agent. 2. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION Contiki are a member of ABTA and hold ATOL Number 10144 issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provide for your protection in the event of our insolvency. Only bookings from countries subject to the EC Package Travel Directive will receive financial protection from ABTA & CAA. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package and/ or flights from Contiki Holidays Limited you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorized agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 10144. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. 3. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as of 5th March 2012. No surcharge in respect of costs or currency fluctuations will be made within 30 days of the commencement of the land content of any holiday or once payment of the deposit of your land tour has been received. The price of your travel arrangements can be varied due to changes in transportation costs such as fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline cost changes which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator or organiser. The price of your travel arrangements can also be varied due to government action such as changes in VAT or any other government imposed changes and currency changes in relation to an exchange rate variation. In the case of any small variation, an amount equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes any amendment charges, will be absorbed or retained. For larger variations this 2% will still be absorbed for increases but not retained from refunds. Should the price of your holiday go down, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. In either case there will be an administration charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you may cancel your travel arrangements and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Whether you cancel or not you will also be entitled, on the terms set out in respect of major changes in clause 4.3 below, to accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements from us if we are able to do so. 4. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 4.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 4.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable alternative. Where cancellation is necessary, a minimum period of 45 days notice will be given by us unless the circumstances leading to the cancellation were beyond our reasonable control. 4.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 4.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 4.5 Contiki is not responsible for the cost of any other travel arrangements affected due to cancellation or the rescheduling of any holiday. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (March, 2012) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 5.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 5.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 6. LIABILITY 6.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. Any money paid to a travel agent where land arrangements and flights are booked together is held by the travel agent on behalf of Contiki at all times. 6.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies. 6.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/ or fees payable under your selected holiday. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your holiday shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of £60, per person per tour

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must be submitted to Contiki within 7 days in respect of that holiday. If a booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country full payment is due at time of booking creation. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of £60 per person, per tour, which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 1.4 Inca Trail Trek If you wish to book a tour including the Inca Trail Trek you will be required to make an additional deposit at the time of booking. Your reservations agent will advise you of the additional amount required. Should Contiki be unable to obtain a trail pass for the date requested your additional deposit will be refunded in full. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid by no later than 45 days before the scheduled holiday departure date from your home country which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before scheduled departure date of the first departing tour. 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents will not be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure from your home country, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made to Contiki or your travel agent as soon as possible. 3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE More than 45 days notice: Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days 25% of tour fare 21-8 days: 30% of tour fare 7-1 days: 50% of tour fare Day of departure: 100% of tour fare Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date you may do so subject to availability and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of £15 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed, unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of booking within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3) except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value, in which case a £15 per person amendment fee will be charged. 4.3 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Contiki’s holidays are specifically planned for those in the 18 through 35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki holiday are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you are welcome to discuss this with a Contiki staff member. 5.3 Contiki must be advised of any medical conditions or physical disability requiring special attention before you book your holiday. If you do not advise us at this stage, we may refuse to accept your booking. We may also refuse you if we feel that the holiday chosen is not suitable without a suitably qualified companion. Contiki will try to help you with your requirements but cannot guarantee to do so, either on our own or our suppliers’ (such as hotels, restaurants and excursions) behalf. Many of our holidays involve getting on and off coaches, walking tours and other physical activities. Some holidays may not be suitable for you if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). Should your disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of Contiki accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able-bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. Contiki will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services .The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received.

5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5.1 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative and the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers and any Contiki Representative have the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In such event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.2 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.5.3 The Company may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or cooperating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death nor any loss, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. If you do not write within 42 days, your rights under this contract may be affected. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Guernsey Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE It is compulsory to take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses before you travel on a Contiki holiday. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all thirdparty claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE: Airfares to and from your holiday destination (unless you have booked a tour and fly package), airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Tour Managers & Tour Drivers, items of a personal nature, excess baggage and optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. 10. LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS Luggage is restricted to one reasonable sized, non-expanding suitcase size up to 29” x 20” x 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) and the maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. No metal frame backpacks are allowed. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour.

GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time

and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a tour shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the passenger of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. ARBITRATION Disputes arising out of, or in connection with, this contract which cannot be amicably settled, may be referred to arbitration, if the customer so wishes, under a special scheme arranged by the Association of British Travel Agents, and administered independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (www.abta.com). The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking form. Neither does it apply to claims, which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators within twelve months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA code does not require such agreement. 3. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from June 2012 to May 2014. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by: Contiki US Holdings Inc, 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92805, for the South America tours on p.18-23 & 26-31. Journey Mexico, Francisco Medina Ascencio #2039, Interior #205, Puerto Vallarta Jalisco CP 48333 Mexico, for the Mexico tours on p.33-37. Galakiwi, Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Baquerizo Morena, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Ecuador, for the Galapagos & Ecuador tour on p.24-25 & Costa Rican Trails, PO Box 29071000, San Jose C.R for the Costa Rica tour on p.40-41. IMPORTANT NOTICE: ABTA statement: Contiki Holidays Ltd are a member of ABTA under membership number Y1792. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist when things don’t go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For more information on ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, tel 020 3117 0500 www.abta.com DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.). Where the data might be passed on for marketing purposes, you have the right to opt out of future marketing. You also have a right of access to data held which can be obtained by writing to Contiki Holidays Limited. Picquet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1AF, Channel Islands. FURTHER ADVICE For further advice please visit - www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or call the ABTA Information Line Tel: 020 3117 0500 (calls are charged at local rate) This brochure was published in March 2012 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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How to book

Great value round the world flights, combined with Contiki’s sweet deals means you can see more for less. So take advantage of our exceptional multi-tour savings & great flight deals & keep exploring. Heading to Latin America from the UK? Book a round the world ticket & stop off on one of our USA & Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Asia trips. Speak to your travel agent for details on round the world tickets & ways to see more with Contiki.

How to book

Call Contiki or visit your travel agent Call: 020 8290 6422 Click: contiki.com Email: travel@contiki.com Visit: your local travel agent UK Marketing

• At the time of booking you must pay a non refundable deposit of £60 per person per tour within 7 days. • Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send either you or your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking. • You must pay the balance of your holiday no less than 45 days before the departure date or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. • Contiki will then send you or your travel agent travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure.

Contiki Services Ltd. Wells House, 15 Elmfield Rd, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1LS. Tel: (020) 8290 6777 Fax: (020) 8225 4222

Brochure Hotline: Call 0870 333 4884 or Download/view: at contiki.com/ebrochures

IMPORTANT: By paying the £60 deposit per person per tour, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.43 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

DRIVEN BY SERVICE

Contiki Holidays is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability. www.TheTravelCorporation.com

Groups & special interest tours Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, North America, Central America, Latin America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand then please have a look at the huge range of tours in our brochures. It is more than likely that at least one of our trips will fit perfectly. As long as you are all 18-35, any date can be reserved exclusively for your group at special reduced rates – perhaps even a free trip for you. If you’re looking for something completely different for your school, university or club then just ask – we’ve been designing and running outstanding special tours for years.

Contiki loves the planet The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% recycled paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re done. Either pass it on to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy.

ABTA No.Y1792

Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Printed in UK. Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime.

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