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Way back in ‘62 one guy had a dream: to show young travellers the world and change their lives in doing so. 55 years later and we’ve perfected the secret formula. One of the most important things we’ve learnt along the way is to do things with passion or not at all. Most companies provide good service. But at Contiki, we go further than that, making sure that every second is one to remember, every trip is one that will change your life and alter your perception of the world. That’s what we live for and what keeps us up at night. Are you

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BUT IF YOU DO IT RIGHT, ONCE IS ENOUGH #NOREGRETS


CONTENTS Life is an adventure Where we take you Contiki Know-How Why travel Contiki Ways to save Ways to travel Ways to stay How we travel The Contiki people No Regrets ME Time Munch Limited Edition Count on us Me to We Contiki Cares Machu Picchu Package Mix & Match Q&A Booking conditions How to book

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The Adventurer Peru/Argentina/Brazil 24 days

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The Explorer Peru/Argentina/Brazil 18 days

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Galapagos & Andes Ecuador/Peru 26 days

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Latin Icons Ecuador/Peru 14 days

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Trails, Turtles & Treks Ecuador/Peru 14 days

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Andean Crossing Peru/Bolivia/Chile/Argentina 22 days

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Bella Bolivia Peru/Bolivia/Chile/Argentina 13 days

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BELIZE

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TACOS, SOMBREROS AND THE DREAMIEST OF SUNSETS

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The Latin Quest Ecuador/Peru/Argentina/Brazil 36 days

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Argentina & Brazil Experience Argentina/Brazil 9 days

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VISIT MEXICO ON COAST TO CANOPIES TROPICAL TRAILS × LATIN LEGENDS × PLAYAS OF PARADISE × SOL SEEKER × CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER MEXICO GRANDE × MEXICAN FIESTA × YUCATAN HIGHLIGHTS

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Bolivian Magic Peru/Bolivia/Chile/Argentina 15 days View Online

Coast to Canopies Mexico/Belize/Guatemala/CostaRica 32 days p.48

Tropical Trails Mexico/Belize/Guatemala/CostaRica 23 days p.50

VISIT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS & ECUADOR ON THE LATIN QUEST × GALAPAGOS & ANDES × LATIN ICONS × TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS × THE LAVA LINE × ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER

Latin Legends Mexico/Belize/Guatemala 19 days

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Playas of Paradise Mexico/Belize/Guatemala/CostaRica 26 days p.54

Sol Seeker Mexico/Belize/Guatemala 13 days

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Caribbean Encounter Mexico/Guatemala/Belize 10 days

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Costa Rica Unplugged Costa Rica 14 days

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Pura Vida Costa Rica 9 days

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Canopies & Cabanas Costa Rica 8 days

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Peru Uncovered Peru 14 days

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Andes & Amazon Highlights Peru 8 days

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Inca Panorama Peru 11 days

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Ultimate Inca Trail Peru 8 days

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The Lava Line Ecuador 7 days

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Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper Ecuador 12 days

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Galapagos Island Hopper Ecuador 6 days

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Mexico Grande Mexico 12 days

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Mexican Fiesta Mexico 8 days

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Yucatán Highlights Mexico 6 days

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SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS p.76

WHERE WE TAKE YOU 10 countries, 30 unique itineraries and countless No Regrets travel experiences. Want a taste? We’ve got the crème de la crème.

Rio Carnival Brazil 5 days

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UNWIND INTO THE INTOXICATING SLOWPACED LIFESTYLE

VOLCANOES, RUINS, FOOD AND NATURAL BEAUTY. NEED WE SAY MORE?

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VISIT BELIZE ON COAST TO CANOPIES × TROPICAL TRAILS × PLAYAS OF PARADISE × LATIN LEGENDS SOL SEEKER × CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER

INDULGE IN CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT

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SARAPIQUI ARENAL PLAYA AMARINDO

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TORTUGUERO MONTEVERDE

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VISIT GUATEMALA ON LATIN LEGENDS × SOL SEEKER × CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER × PLAYAS OF PARADISE × COAST TO CANOPIES × TROPICAL TRAILS

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VISIT COSTA RICA ON COAST TO CANOPIES TROPICAL TRAILS × PLAYAS OF PARADISE × COSTA RICA UNPLUGGED × PURA VIDA × CANOPIES & CABANAS

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COPACABANA BEACH, CARNIVAL & CHRIST THE REDEEMER – BUCKET LIST MUCH? #contikiriocarnival

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VISIT BRAZIL ON ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE × THE LATIN QUEST × THE ADVENTURER THE EXPLORER × RIO CARNIVAL

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HIKING AND HISTORY ROLLED INTO ONE #peruuncovered VISIT PERU ON THE LATIN QUEST × THE ADVENTURER THE EXPLORER × GALAPAGOS & ANDES × LATIN ICONS TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS × ANDEAN CROSSING BOLIVIAN MAGIC × PERU UNCOVERED × ANDES & AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS × INCA PANORAMA ULTIMATE INCA TRAIL

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THE HOME OF FINE WINE, COOL CITIES AND VAST LANDSCAPE. #latinquest VISIT ARGENTINA ON ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE THE LATIN QUEST × THE ADVENTURER × THE EXPLORER BELLA BOLIVIA × BOLIVIAN MAGIC × ANDEAN CROSSING

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ALL OF THE RUGGED LANDSCAPES, FROM VAST SALT FLATS UP TO MOUNTAIN PASSES #bellabolivia VISIT BOLIVIA & CHILE ON BELLA BOLIVIA × BOLIVIAN MAGIC × ANDEAN CROSSING

Overnight stops

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WHAT IS

CONTIKI KNOW-HOW?

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here’s something you can’t deny about 55 years of taking people on life-changing travels. You can’t compete with that sort of experience, that type of skill set, that passion for adventure.

Contiki has something special – but it’s not just magic or fairy dust. You can’t buy it online for next day delivery, you can’t cheat it, you can’t fake it, it’s not superficial, it’s the substance behind travelling with No Regrets. And it’s something that once you’ve travelled with us, you’ll just get. Those who have, call it Contiki Know-How.

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HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW

WE KNOW THE SIGHTS YOU’VE BEEN WAITING A LIFETIME TO SEE AND HOW TO SKIP THE LINES WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & TOURIST TRAPS WE KNOW THAT TO TRULY UNDERSTAND A COUNTRY, YOU HAVE TO TASTE TEST YOUR WAY THROUGH IT WE KNOW THAT TIME TO YOURSELF FOR NEW CITY EXPLORING AND BEACH NAPS IS ALL IMPORTANT WE KNOW THAT SOMETIMES, YOU WANT TO SLEEP SOMEWHERE THAT TOTALLY TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY WE KNOW OUR TEAM KNOWS LATIN AMERICA BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. AFTER ALL, IT’S THEIR OWN BACKYARD WE KNOW YOU’D RATHER SPEND YOUR TIME EXPLORING A NEW PLACE THAN TRAVELLING TO IT WE KNOW THAT WHEN IT COMES TO VALUE IT’S MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PRICE TAG & THAT NO ONE GIVES YOU BETTER VALUE THAN US WE KNOW HOW TO TRAVEL WITH #NOREGRETS

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WHY TRAVEL CONTIKI? DESIGNED FOR 18-35 YEAR OLDS Our trips are created exclusively for like-minded 18-35 year olds. No younger, no older.

UNRIVALLED VALUE Unique accommodation, a world class team, comfy transport, tons of meals and inclusions on every trip. You can’t do what we do for less.

TRAVEL EXPERIENCES YOU WANT You want the bells and whistles icons but also the coolest little local hangouts? No problem, we do it all.

SUPPORT & FLEXIBILITY MORE FREEDOM Buckets of free time to explore independently plus epic ME Time optionals to take your experience to a whole new level.

The flexibility to change your mind and the knowledge that from start to finish, we’ve got your back.

TAILORED TRAVEL STYLES 6 incredible travel styles to suit every type of traveller. Yes, even you.

MORE FUN, LESS HASSLE Enough said. We’ll take care of the detail, you focus on the memory making.

THE ORIGINAL & THE BEST As the world’s leading youth travel company we’ve been treading the globe since 1962. We don’t imitate, we just do our thing better than anyone else can.

Locally sourced ingredients, regional meals, foodie experiences to make your tummy smile and trips that put food centre stage.

SECURITY

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We are a family-run business who care deeply about the well being of our travellers, and providing incredible experiences and value. We’re financially secure and put our all into delivering excellent trips each and every time.

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MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION LAST MINUTE DEALS

MANAGE MY BOOKING

Who can say no to a little extra cash to splurge on their trip? Our last minute deals offer you the chance to save up to 30% off Contiki trips departing soon.

Use Contiki’s Manage My Booking tool to make partial payments, add travel extras & view our booking breakdown. Pay off your trip over time by budgeting & paying in installments.

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, venue tickets, Inca trail permit & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). You can combine loyalty discounts (‘Travelling Again’) , group discounts (‘Book with Friends’), multi trip discounts (‘2 or more’) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. Group discounts (‘Book with Friends’) is available on all trips. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

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WAYS TO

16 Discoverer trips, from 9 - 36 days See p.32

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See it all and do it all. Be prepared for some serious bucket list-ticking as we show you our absolute favourite highlights

With so many diverse adventures to choose from, we want you to experience Latin America your way. That’s why we offer 4 tailored ways to travel, so you can get the very most from your Latin adventure.

READ ON TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL STYLE

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No festival comes close to the vibrant colours, rich culture, dazzling decorations and ultimate dancing vibes of Rio Carnival!

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Sometimes to really know a place you have to understand its heart. You have to speak to its locals, explore its cuisine and get lost in its winding back alleys and secret green spaces. This is what doing an In-Depth Explorer trip is all about.

IN -D HEI G PTH HE ER YR LGO EPR ENX

10 In-Depth Explorer trips, from 6 - 14 days See p.57

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Go Go Go! For all you adventure, adrenaline, explorer, party peeps – this is the one for you. Be it soaking up the sun, sightseeing or singing the night away, these trips ensure you can do it all. 3 High Energy trips, from 6 - 12 days See p.71

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WAYS TO

STAY Centrally located hotels are how we roll in the big cities, plus Special Stays with a difference for those back to nature times.

Hotel Tribeca, Buenos Aires

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Hotel Pisonay, Sacred Valley

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Hotel Caribe, Merida

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Hotel Tribeca, Buenos Aires


Hotel Las Farolas, Antigua

Rainforest Eco Tents, Sarapiqui

HOTELS

If comfort and location are your city accommodation must-haves, we’ve got you sorted. Centrally located hotels is how you’ll be snoozing through the major cities, complete with all the necessary home comforts, and a few added perks, just ‘cos. If you like being just blocks from the beach in Rio, you won’t be disappointed.

This trip was absolutely incredible. Contiki stays in the best spots and gives you an epic balance between free time, local and included experiences.

Rachel, 25 from Australia

Mama Yacchi Lodge, Colca Canyon

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SPECIAL STAYS

Amazon Jungle Lodge, Peru

And then of course there’s our Special Stays. We don’t like to boast, but we reckon our Peruvian and Guatemalan jungle lodges, Costa Rican eco-tents and a rustic, locally run cozy hotel in Colca Canyon, make us just a little bit special. LATIN AMERICA 2017-19

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Cruise in air-conditioned coaches & mini-coaches

Included flights

Ride in 4x4s

Boat rides

Triciclos

Canoe through the jungle

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Canoes, boats, and the odd 4x4, getting around isn’t just part of the experience, it is the experience.

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e all know that half the fun of the journey is getting there, so we make sure we do it in style, and speed. Think it’s all cramped chicken buses and 12-hour train journeys? Urr, no. Maybe that’s how some roll, but not us.

When you’re not whizzing through the skies on our included internal flights, you’ll find yourself getting around by private air-con mini coaches, boat rides or better still, local means of transport. Triciclos, canoes, and 4x4s are all part and parcel of your Contiki experience. Cruise around Caye Caulker

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THE NATURE WHISPERER María Florencia Soldati, Argentina, Trip Manager, 3 years with Contiki “I love to share my passion for travel with people from all over the world. My Contiki mates are young and enthusiastic travellers hungry for life and new experiences. I can´t ask for a better job, I am always ready for a new adventure.”

THE PARTY STARTER THE CULTURAL GURU Mayra Arboleda, Quito, Ecuador Trip Manager, 4 years with Contiki “I am very proud of my culture and country and through Contiki I can share this with all the passionate travellers that seek to discover the world. Travelling is one of the few things in life that stays with you forever. All the new experiences open up your eyes and make you better understand other people and cultures. Travelling helps you grow up, get to know yourself better and makes you appreciate your background and family. But watch out it is addictive!”

Ismael Pedraza, Mexico Trip Manager, 4 years with Contiki “As a restless traveller, I always look for an authentic experience. So, I love to share my country and it’s history with every person that visits, knowing that they are getting a local experience. Travelling is a way to open your eyes and conscience, it makes you realize what you have and what you can achieve. It expands your horizons and it’s something that refreshes your life every time you do it.”

STUFF TRIP MANAGERS KNOW

“When in Quito don’t forget to try “espumilla” this traditional desert is like a merengue made of fresh guava and strawberries. Ladies carry it around on trays and looks like ice cream that never melts! For only 50 cents!!” @mayactiki

“If you’re in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, don’t miss the San Telmo Market. Everyone pours into the streets to enjoy hundreds of stalls selling antiques, trinkets, art and delicious food and watch the tango dancers perform live.” @Florcontiki

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HOW TO TRAVEL WITH

NO REGRETS

Christ the Redeemer, Rio

Cenote swims, Mexico

See THE cultural icon of Brazil. Listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a world-wide symbol of Christianity, the Art Deco statue is an absolute Rio de Janeiro must.

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Escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools and magical caves. Swim through the enchanting jungle-framed skyline and relax in pure paradise.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil

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Tick off yet another bucket list must, visiting one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Hear the crashing sound of hundreds of waterfalls whilst experiencing one of the most jaw-dropping sights this planet has to offer.


WE CALL THEM NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES – THE ONES WE KNOW YOU JUST CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS. AND THE BEST PART? THEY’RE INCLUDED AS STANDARD ON YOUR TRIP.

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

1 Pray to the Rain Gods, Mexico 2 Hang out with the locals (wildlife), Galapagos Islands

Explore the ruins, temples and palaces situated amongst 575 square kilometres of lush jungle landscape.

3 See Machu Picchu – a big bucket list-check, Peru 4 Brightly coloured walls in Argentina

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Step back into Mayan history and explore the infamous ancient ruins of this sacred site, where the Kukulkan Pyramid (known as “El Castillo”, aka the castle) sits. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramid is a towering 28m-high.

See p.78 for our Instagram image contributors.

City tour, Rio

Explore the bursting culture, history and heritage of Brazil’s second largest city whilst being wowed by the contrast of breath-taking landscapes, city buzz and laid back beach life.

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GIVING YOU MORE

ME TIME Think ultimate freedom, with all the free time you could want to explore, plus optional experiences to make your trip that little bit more wonderful.

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obody does Latin America quite like you, not even us. That’s why every single one of our trips has built in ME Time, allowing you to explore this colourful, flavoursome and culture-rich continent as only you can. ME Time consists of two parts – free time and ME Time Optionals – allowing you to put your own unique spin on your adventure. Your free time could see you hunting down the best street food vendors in Mexico City, swimming with the sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, or straight up chilling on Copacabana Beach. Whatever your wanderlust is hunting for, our local Trip Managers have all the insight. Of course, what’s a travel experience all about, if not a little bit of extravagance? You know, experiences that still have you smiling as you go to sleep at night. That’s what our ME Time Optionals are for. Snorkelling with sharks and stingrays in Caye Caulker, sunrise hot air balloon rides over Teotihuacan, ziplining in Cancun, a heli ride over Iguassu Falls, or a chill afternoon cruise in Rio, are just a taste of what we have in store for you.

Get a higher perspective of Iguassu Falls

Soar over Teotihuacan in a hot air balloon

Chill out on Copacabana Beach

ME TIME OPTIONALS

Important: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators and on occasions, for some of the 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 and be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding and may involve some risk.

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Swim with sharks and stringrays in Caye Caulker

FREE TIME editor Ginny Copestake, shares her tips on how to spend your time in Merida, the vibrant and colourful capital city of Yucatán.

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Doors for days

Local wares

Aspiring bloggers or Instagrammers, welcome home. Merida is a photographers dream, especially if, like me, you have a thing for doors. Every house, every shop a different door colour, and the buildings pretty much follow suit. Everything is just a perfect shade of pastel, with photo ops guaranteed to up your Insta game.

I refuse to leave a new country without taking something home to remind me of my time there. Let me tell you, Merida makes the rule of buying only one thing pretty damn hard. As the capital of Yucatán, the city is a hub for sellers from all over the region, so you can pick up the most amazing things. Everything from bright, colourful fruit and veg, to hammocks and panama hats that are the real deal, are sold throughout the city. Healthy bank balance, see you later.

Foodie delights

Fly through the jungle on a zip line in Cancun

Mexican food is delish – standard. But Merida specifically has upped its food game of late, recently opening up the hipster-esque Mercado 60, an open air food market offering up a whole range of options. Of course you’ve got local Yucatán specialities like Cochinita (pork) pibil, but with sushi, burgers, Middle Eastern and heaps more to pick from, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the live music gives it a real atmosphere.

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Try shrimp tostadas with all of the extras, Belize

Sit down to a banquet after the polo, Argentina

Get around all the local

Empanadas make the perfect snack, Argentina

street food, Mexico City

If you’re as obsessed with food as we are, you’ll know that half of the joy of travelling, is tasting your way through a country. Food isn’t just a pile of something on your plate, it’s an experience. It brings people together, tells a story, depicts a culture, and forms the resounding memory of your trip. That’s what Munch is all about. It’s our food philosophy and our commitment to you, that all of your foodie adventures, whether included in your price or amazing ME Time optional experiences, won’t disappoint. Breakfast is included every day, that’s standard. As for included meals, we’re talking ‘rocoto rellenos’ lunch in the Amazon (hot stuffed peppers), and an Argentinian feast (complete with tango show) in Buenos Aires. And when we talk about our ME Time Optionals, things get real interesting. Like the sound of Argentine steak, cooked your way, whilst taking a break from playing polo, or maybe you fancy learning the A-Z of coffee surrounded by Guatemalan volcanoes? Our foodie options are never ending. Mexican food your cuisine of choice? We have good news my friends. Brand new for 2018, we are launching a Mexico Munch trip, built specifically around all things tacos, quesadillas, mole, pork pibil, and more. Think flavour, food experiences, and one helluva travel adventure. More info on p.23.

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Our commitment to local, authentic and delicious food experiences.

Market-fresh snacks, Guatemala

TO TRAVEL IS TO EAT. It’s an experience, a memory, a hit of culture and something that undeniably tastes better when shared with friends. Munch brings together our two greatest passions – travel and food.

Breakfast included, e'rryday

Meat lovers rejoice, a steak never tasted so good, Buenos Aires

Tropical coconut drinks, Playa del Carmen

ARE YOU A BIT OF A FOODIE? SEE P23 FOR OUR LIMITED EDITION MUNCH TRIP

Mouth watering dinners, Mexico City

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INTRODUCING THE

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re you after a travel experience that champions the one thing in life that matters most? Are your weekends generally spent roaming food markets, frequenting cocktail bars and splashing out on experimental dining experiences? Well what do you know, we’ve created your ultimate vacation, and it’s dedicated purely to your greatest passion in life – food. Taste it, make it, snap it, learn about it – that’s what Munch is all about.

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Foodies unite! We’ve created quite possibly the ultimate itinerary for those who want to nibble their way across the country. Tummy rumbling already? Good, read on…

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Traditional Yucatecan meal and cooking demonstration

Learn some life skills, like making the ultimate Guac Tequila

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Seaside feasts with a view See how the Tequila plant is turned into the Tequila drink

Mexico. A country of passion: passion for art, for music, for sport and most of all, for food. Sharing a border with the Unites States to the north and Belize & Guatemala to the south, its food is as diverse as its terrain. Designated by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010, Mexico was the first country to attain this status for its national cuisine; a rich blend of indigenous and Spanish influence. Savour ceviche, sip tequila, shop with an expert in a local market and see how regional foods are prepared. Throw out any preconceived notions of what Mexican food is all about & get ready to experience authentic dishes on our Mexico Munch trips. Taste buds blown!

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C O U N T YOU CAN COUNT ON US Our family values and flexible approach are all geared up to give you peace of mind.

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ontiki is part of The Travel Corporation family of brands. What does that mean? In short, it means that we know what we’re doing. Every year we take over 2 million travellers to 70 different countries across 30 of our award-winning travel brands. Our company isn’t run by a faceless board of executives but instead by a family who care deeply about the wellbeing of their travellers and providing incredible experiences and value. We are financially secure, experienced beyond belief and we won’t tie you down with a strict cancellation policy in case your plans change.

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PER KS If you’ve travelled with us before, you’re eligible for 5% off your next trip. If you decide a second Contiki isn’t for you and you’d prefer a luxury cruise down the River Seine on one of our Uniworld boats, or to stay in one of our 5-star Red Carnation Hotels, we won’t be offended (well maybe just a little). You can simply transfer your 5% discount to any of our other 30 travel brands. Same can be said for your deposit. Feel free to put your trip deposit towards a trip with one of our sister brands if your plans change or you blow the candles out on your 36th birthday cake before you got the chance to take your Contiki trip.

Visit TTC.COM/LOYALTY to learn more

Ensuring that your trip runs smoothly is a pretty big deal to us. Registering your details before your trip ensures we can get in touch with you both prior to your adventure and during it, which basically = a hassle free trip for you. Plus in the unlikely event that something happens on your trip, we’ll have all your essential details so we can get in touch with you.

Visit CONTIKI.COM/ TRIPREGISTRATION

THE WOR LD’S GR EATEST CHANGE POLICY PAR T 1 CHANGE YOUR TRIP FOR FREE If you want to change your chosen trip or departure just drop us a line, let us know which trip or departure you’d like and if there’s space, we’ll do the rest for zero cost.

It’s a big title but damn right we’re claiming it, and for good reason. When booking with us we’re all about the no-strings-attached approach. Plans can change, as can minds, so we created Freedom Guarantee to give you ultimate flexibility. It’s made up of two parts: you can change your trip for free, or use FlexDeposit to save your paid deposit for when you’re ready to use it.

PAR T 2 FLEXDEPOSIT

Use FlexDeposit with a sister company, or gift your trip to someone else.

FlexDeposit is designed to make it easier to travel at a time that works for you. The FlexDeposit guarantee is given for free once you have paid your deposit and works as credit towards your next adventure*; so if your plans change, your deposit isn’t lost – it’s simply transferred instead. FlexDeposit is available until you turn 36 (the maximum age you can travel on a Contiki). After that, it can be used with one of our sister Travel Corporation brands or, if you can’t travel yourself, it can also be gifted to someone else within five years of the original booking date. * Not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or Last Minute Deals within 120 days of original travel date

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ME TO WE 3 D AY S • 1 C O U N T R Y • E C O - L O D G E A C C O M M O D AT I O N

Keen to volunteer during your trip? Split off from your Lava Line or Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper routes and join ME to WE for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience, venturing deep into Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. Visit a community that works with our partner, WE Charity, a TreadRight supported charity, connect with locals, and experience their culture firsthand by participating on a sustainable development project alongside local families. ITINERARY: DAY 2 (of your trip): Quito to Minga Lodge. We’ll be meeting up with the ME to We team in Los Rios, before travelling by boat down the Napo River. Arriving at Minga Lodge, we’ll then take part in a trip orientation, and after dinner take a night walk through the Amazonian jungle. (B,D) DAY 3: Minga Lodge. After meeting and getting to know the local community and their current priorities, we’ll spend most of our day volunteering on a build for a current local infrastructure project. Later on, we’ll experience a Shamanic Ceremony and learn the ins and outs of indigenous weapons from a local hunter. (B,L,D) DAY 4: Minga Lodge to Banos. Waking up early, we’ll head out before breakfast to explore the rainforest by daylight, keeping our eyes peeled for toucans, long-tailed Potoos, as well as the myriad of flora and fauna. It’s then back onto the boat as we journey back to Los Rios, where you’ll continue on to Banos for the rest of your Contikit adventure.

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You’ll be staying in the ridiculously beautiful Minga Lodge, a 300 hectare private reserve on the edge of the Napo River. Think jungle cabins with added organic flair, including hot water and en suite washrooms. Oh, did we mention this place is only accessible by boat, specifically a motorized canoe ride down the Amazon river. Eco living goals or what?


CONTIKI CARES Powered by TREADRIGHT

As well as spending time with local community members to learn more about life in the Amazon, you’ll spend half a day volunteering for a sustainable infrastructure project. You’ll also get to experience a traditional cleansing ceremony and receive a blessing from a local Shaman, and take part in morning and evening rainforest treks with an expert jungle guide.

ARTISANAL PERUVIAN WEAVING The Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco aims to preserve Peruvian weaving traditions. Funding from the TreadRight Heritage Initiative grant is being used to complete construction of a traditional weaver’s home at the Chinchero Weaver’s Centre, which will then open its doors to locals and visitors alike, to educate about traditional weaving techniques and promote the sale of textiles.

Contiki Cares, advised by our older wiser sister Treadright, is our mission to protect and preserve the places we go to and the people we meet, so that the generations who follow us can see the world with the same wide-eyed wonder as we do. It’s our dedication to treading lightly, acting with respect and recognising when to speak for the planet when it can’t speak for itself. Contiki is proud to be using 100% recyclied LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures. By doing so, we proudly save 34,000 trees per year.

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HOW WILL YOU DO

MACHU PICCHU? Put on your hiking boots and ready your lungs for some fresh mountain air. Our adventurous spirit is being called to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and one of the top five treks on the planet, it’s not just your bucket list that this life-changing voyage is written on.

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Four days of our Ultimate Inca Trail trip will be spent hiking and camping in the footsteps of the ancient Incas, and the other four will be spent putting the mountains into context by exploring the Sacred Valley and ancient Incan capital of Cusco.

Bus to CHECKPOINT “KM82” (1.6 mi.)

DAY 1

9.6 mi. Avg. hiking time: 6 hrs.

6.4 mi. Avg. hiking time: 7 hrs.

2ND NIGHT: Pacamayo (1.6 mi)

DAY TREK

Whenever you visit Peru with us you can dial up your Peruvian experience with a 1-day Inca trek. We’ll take the train to KM104 before heading to the 2,700m high Sungate Viewpoint, then descending to the valley of Machu Picchu. Available on all trips that visit Peru except the Ultimate Inca Trek Trail and Trails, Turtles & Treks. See p.34, p.36, p.38, p.40, p.42 and p.44 for trips where you can take the 1-day trek.

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DAY 2

Llactapata (4.8 mi.)

1ST NIGHT Wayllabamba (3.2 mi.)

Note: the 4-day hike is not bookable on its own, only as part of the Ultimate Inca trip. See p.66 for more info and visit contiki.com/ultimate-inca for full details on the experience.

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Dead Woman’s Pass (4.8 mi.)

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DAY 1

6.1 mi. Avg. hiking time: 6 hrs.

Stop for your included lunch & soak up more incredible views END

TRAIN TO CHECKPOINT “KM104” Chachabamba (1.3 mi.)

Hike through the cloud forest Wiñay Wayna (1.6 mi.)

Sungate Viewpoint/ Intipunku (1.7 mi.) Get that first glimpse of Machu Picchu


THE 4-DAY INCA TRAIL TREK, AS PART OF OUR 8-DAY ULTIMATE INCA TRAIL TRIP AND OUR 14 DAY TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS TRIP.

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AVAILABLE WITH ALL TRIPS THAT VISIT PERU EXCEPT THE ULTIMATE INCA AND TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS TRIP.

Runkurakay Pass (1 mi.)

DAY 3

7.4 mi. Avg. hiking time: 8 hrs.

Sayacmarca (1 mi.)

Phuyupatamarca (3.2 mi.)

DAY 4

3.4 mi. Avg. hiking time: 3.5 hrs.

Sun Gate (2.4 mi.)

Machu Picchu (1 mi.) END

3RD NIGHT: Wiñay Wayna (3.2 mi.)

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

ESSENTIAL BOOKING REQUIREMENTS

SEASONS The Inca Trail is open all year (apart from February when it’s closed for maintenance), with April to November being peak season.

When you book your trip (as early in advance as possible) it’s essential that you let us know the following details: full name (as appears on passport), nationality, date of birth and gender. 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 and it must have six months validity at time of travel. You will also need your passport to enter onto the Trail. Note: If your information changes it can result in a penalty and cancellation of admission to the Trail.

CAMPSITES Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution (Ministerio De Cultura) that regulates the use of the Inca Trail. Note: This applies to the 4-day trek only.

Daily distances for the 4-day trek: Day 1: 9.6 mi, Day 2: 6.4 mi, Day 3: 7.4 mi, Day 4: 3.4 mi BOOK EARLY To ensure you get your spot, we advise booking at least three months before travelling between Oct and Apr and 6 months before travelling in May to Sept, although it is at times possible to get permits outside these timelines. Please note that the Trail is closed in February for maintenance.

No refunds will be given. Book early! The Peruvian Government closely controls the number of travellers on the Trail, with only 500 permits available each day. Inca Trail permits are non-refundable and non-transferable 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 within three days of booking but we cannot guarantee permit availability.)

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BOOK 2 MIX & MATCH TRIPS TO SAVE BIG

Feeling torn? Loving the look of two itineraries? Well, por que no dos? With great savings to be had, these trips line up perfectly so you can glide off one trip, and step right up for the second.

START WITH:

LATIN LEGENDS SEE MORE P.52

Love Mayan ruins, but also craving sloths?

START WITH:

ADD ON:

PURA VIDA

SOL SEEKER SEE MORE P.55

SEE MORE P.60

Add some adventure to your Mexican beach fiesta

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START WITH:

START WITH:

CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER

BELLA BOLIVIA

SEE MORE P.56

SEE MORE P.46

Rainforest eco-lodges and bubbling hot springs are calling

What goes well with salt flats? Argentinian wine and steaks, for sure

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WHEN YOU BOOK A MIX & MATCH TRIP, YOU GET A TASTY 5% OFF THE PRICE*

5% + US$50 OFF

OFF

AND, ON TOP OF THE 5% YOU CAN ALSO TAKE US$50 OFF THE TOTAL COST.

SOUND GOOD? CHECK OUT ALL THE DEALS & OFFERS AT CONTIKI.COM/MIXANDMATCH-LATIN

START WITH:

START WITH:

ANDEAN CROSSING

LATIN ICONS

SEE MORE P.44

SEE MORE P.42

Ain’t no party like a Rio party

Discover why the nature goals just keep on coming

ADD ON:

BOLIVIAN MAGIC SEE MORE AT CONTIKI.COM/ BOLIVIAN-MAGIC

ADD ON:

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE SEE MORE P.33

START WITH:

START WITH:

TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS

ULTIMATE INCA SEE MORE P.66

SEE MORE P.43

Why stop at just one Latin American great?

Can you really resist the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve?

* The 5% discount will be applied to the lowest priced of your two trips. This is not combinable with ‘Travelling Again’ discounts – please contact Contiki or your travel agent to apply this discount when booking your trip. This discount applies to the land portion of your trip price only. (See p.9 the facts)

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16 TRIPS DISCOVERER

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There’s no fear of missing out when on a Discoverer. Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are just a few jammy destinations up for grabs. With pretty much all the quintessentially Latin musts rolled into one, you’ll be left with zero regrets.

Discoverer

WHO TRAVELS DISCOVERER? • Those who want to see it all and do it all, with a mix of iconic sights and unique experiences • Those who want the perfect balance of organised sightseeing and independent adventuring • Those who want to make the most of the time they have

FREE WIFI IN ALL CONTIKI HOTELS CONTIKI.COM/DISCOVERER-LATIN-AMERICA

CONTIKI. COM/ DEALS

Booking today = Save US$37 a week from now to next April (that’s 48 weeks) to travel on a 2017-19 Latin America Discoverer trip. Want to reduce that weekly amount even more? Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions and money saving shenanigans. *visit contiki.com/freewifi

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ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE RIO DE JANEIRO

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WHY THIS TRIP?

2 IGUASSU FALLS

Catamarans, beaches, Iguassu Falls and Rio... Expect nine adrenaline-packed days full to the brim with adventures, boat rides, sun-seeking, and partying it up, Rio style.

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

BUENOS 3 AIRES

1 or more nightstops Plane 2 World Heritage sites visited

9 DAYS · 2 COUNTRIES FROM US$1745 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 8

NIGHTS 8 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

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INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS 2 internal flights & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions. ME TIME OPTIONALS M Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls M Soccer game (when available)

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires. Hola Buenos Aires! This morning get out & experience this iconic city & visit spots like Puerto Madero & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (D) City tour Palermo Chico & Palermo Soho, Recoleta Tango lesson, show & dinner

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DAYS 2 - 3: Buenos Aires. Experience BA your way. Get into the cuisine of Argentina on our culinary experience: try empanadas or the ubiquitous Argentine steak & learn to make the traditional sweet – alfajores. You might catch a football match or perhaps hit the shops. Hotel (B)(B) M Argentine culinary experience 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, 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 BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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US$194

P/DAY*

DAY 6: Iguassu Falls to Rio. Home to the world’s largest carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) DAY 7: Rio de Janeiro. This morning we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Then the rest of the day is free to take in Rio. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

DAY 8: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore. Try hang gliding, hit the shops or grab your sunnies & chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. Tonight we head for our last night in this amazing city! Hotel (B,D) DAY 9: Depart Rio de Janeiro. We’ll give you a unique insider-only experience of visiting a favela & seeing the contrast of how some cariocas live. Our adventure ends after our favela tour when it’s time to say ‘tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

RIO CARNIVAL! FEB 5TH - FEB 13TH 2018 Book this departure & take your trip to the next level. This departure spends 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 nights in Iguassu Falls & 4 nights Rio so you will be a part of what is considered the biggest carnival in the world! With over two million people per day celebrating on the streets of Rio, it’s like nothing you have ever seen. We take you to all the right places at the right times, so you’ll see all the best performances & won’t miss a beat. Witness parades bursting with revellers, floats & adornments from numerous samba schools. Live for the moments, live with no regrets & don’t miss out on this indescribable experience!

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: BARJ 2017/18/19 Start Buenos Aires 2017 Aug 27 Sep 9 Sep 24 Oct 7 Oct 22 Nov 4 Nov 19 Dec 2 Dec 10 Dec 30 ● 2018 Jan 14 Jan 30 Feb 5 ■ Feb 24 Mar 11 Mar 24 Apr 1 Apr 21 Apr 29 May 6 May 19 May 27 Jun 3 Jun 16 Jun 24

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Total Cost US$ pp*

Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

4 17 2 15 30 12 27 10 18 7

1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745

Jan 22 Feb 7 Feb 13 Mar 4 Mar 19 Apr 1 Apr 9 Apr 29 May 7 May 14 May 27 Jun 4 Jun 11 Jun 24 Jul 2

1745 1745 1955 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745 1745

Start Buenos Aires 2018 Jul 14 Jul 22 Jul 29 Aug 11 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 8 Sep 16 Sep 23 Oct 6 Oct 14 Oct 21 Nov 3 Nov 11 Nov 18 Dec 1 Dec 9 Dec 29 ● 2019 Jan 6 Jan 13 Feb 2 Feb 10 Feb 16 Feb 24 ■ Mar 3

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

22 30 6 19 27 3 16 24 1 14 22 29 11 19 26 9 17 6

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Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar

14 21 10 18 24 4 11

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Prices shown 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 add US$495. Start Buenos Aires 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ● This trip spends New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires. ■ These trips are in Rio during Carnival & will have a slightly modified itinerary, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Rio & add a single room supplement of US$685. Visit contiki.com/southam-experience for full details. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 24-day Adventurer & 18-day Explorer trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • City tour of Rio & Buenos Aires • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue

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THE LATIN QUEST WHY THIS TRIP? Are you ready to see it all? 36 days, four countries, volcanoes, beaches, temples, empanadas, underwater worlds, and so much more. Pretty much the ULTIMATE adventure.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

QUITO 1

SANTA CRUZ

PUERTO AYORA ISABELA

PUERTO 2 VILLAMIL

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2 TENA

ECUADOR

2 BAÑOS 2

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PACIFIC OCEAN

SAN CRISTOBAL

PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

GUAYAQUIL

FLIGHT TO LIMA

RIO DE JANEIRO

3

2 IGUASSU FALLS

FLIGHT FROM GUAYAQUIL

3 LIMA

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

FLIGHT TO B.A.

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu)

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AMAZON LODGE 1

PUERTO 1 SACRED VALLEY 1 MALDONADO INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

PERU Coast

CUSCO 4 Andes Chivay

#LATINQUEST

COLCA CANYON 1

PUNO/LAKE TITICACA

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FLIGHT FROM LIMA

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train, canoe or boat 8 World Heritage sites visited

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 34 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 35 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D) Trekking option: 35 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 2 international & 7 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Hang gliding M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip M Rafting

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Go local at a salsa lesson • Tango show, lesson & dinner • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Start Quito. Hola Quito! Meet your group before exploring this historic city on a tour before dinner. Hotel (D) Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator

DAY 2: Quito to Tena . It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle. This afternoon get your adrenaline pumping on some white water rapids. Hotel (B) M Rafting experience DAY 3: Tena . This morning it’s all about ME Time. Hotel (B,D) DAY 4: Tena to Baños. Head to Baños, the adventure capital of Ecuador. Tonight get local with our included salsa lesson. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson

DAY 5: Baños. A free day to explore the small town vibes of Baños. Choose a horseback riding, canyoneering or abseiling outdoor adventure. Hotel (B,D) DAY 6: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we head to Guayaquil. Hotel (B) DAY 7: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. It’s time to fly to the Galapagos Islands. Check out the islands’ lava tunnels & see the giant tortoises. Later, we head off to Isabela Island. Hotel (B,D) See Galapagos giant tortoises Visit lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

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DAY 8: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish. You might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking & snorkelling adventure

DAY 9: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay for a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay

DAY 10: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning before heading out to San Cristobal! Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station M Paddleboarding

DAY 11: San Cristobal Island. Keep your eyes peeled for manta rays & sea turtles as we head out to snorkel at Kicker Rock. Later relax on the beach before a BBQ feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & offshore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock Visit Puerto Grande beach

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DAY 12: San Cristobal to Lima . Today we fly to Lima where we relax before our next adventure begins. Hotel (B) DAY 13: Lima . We’ll take a city tour to uncover the city sights. Hotel (B,D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 14: Lima to Arequipa . We fly to the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour

DAY 15: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to Colca Canyon. Hotel (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes

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DAY 16: Colca Canyon to Puno. First up we’ll try to spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the Andes along the way to Puno. Hotel (B) Visit Cruz del Condor & Macá Pueblo See the massive Colca Canyon

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DAY 17: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Hotel (B) Ride on a triciclo Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

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DAY 18: Puno to Cusco. Visit Pukara & its ancient ruins. See the Incan walls in Raqchi & then the ancient Incan capital, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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DAY 19: Cusco. Experience Cusco on a guided walking tour then the afternoon’s yours to explore. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 20: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins

DAY 21: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. The morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes before boarding our train into town. Hotel (B) DAY 21: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide See p.28-29 for more info. Code: QURJT DAY 22: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Hotel (B)

the Temple of Three Windows, • Tour the ceremonial baths & altar

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: QURJ 2017/18/19

DAY 23: Cusco. Why not start the day rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife until the sun comes up! Hotel (B)

Start Quito

DAY 24: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Jungle canopy hike

2017 Aug 13 Sep 10 Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3 ●

Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan

17 15 12 10 7

8769 8769 8769 8769 8769

9049 9049 9049 9049 9049

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25 Apr 22

Feb Mar Apr Apr May

7 4 1 29 27

8769 8769 8839 8839 8839

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DAY 25: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife before it’s back to the city. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

DAY 26: Puerto Maldonado to Lima . Today it’s back to Lima for our last day in Peru. Hotel (B) DAY 27: Lima to Buenos Aires. Jump onboard a flight to Argentina – hola Buenos Aires! Hotel (B) DAY 28: Buenos Aires. This morning get out & experience the iconic city spots like Puerto Madero & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) Tango lesson, show & dinner

DAYS 29 - 30: Buenos AiresA morning coach tour to see the rest of the city & then you can experience BA your way over the next 2 days. Catch a football game or hit the shops. Hotel (B)(B) DAY 31: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls. Option to take a heliflight or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Hotel (B) Flight & transfers Visit Iguassu Falls

Finish Trip Trip plus Rio de only Inca Trail Janeiro US$ pp* US$ pp*

Start Quito

Finish Trip Trip plus Rio de only Inca Trail Janeiro US$ pp* US$ pp*

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Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan

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Feb 10 8839 Feb 24 8839

9119 NA

24 22 19 16 14 11 9 6

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$1669. Start Quito 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Buenos Aires. ■ Trip spends Xmas in the Jungle & NYE in Buenos Aires. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$10 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78.

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DAY 32: Iguassu Falls. We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of the Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. Then the day is all yours before a delicious Brazilian BBQ dinner. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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DAY 33: Iguassu Falls to Rio. It’s time to head to the home of carnival celebration & Copacabana Beach! Hotel (B) DAY 34: Rio de Janeiro. Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue & the afternoon is free to explore. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

DAY 35: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore. Try hang gliding or chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. End the trip as we head for our last night out! Hotel (B,D) DAY 36: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Our adventure ends this morning. (B) LATIN AMERICA 2017-19

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THE ADVENTURER WHY THIS TRIP? Latin America’s finest adventures wrapped into three of its most colourful countries. Explore the sights, beaches, jungles and waterfalls of Peru, Argentina & Brazil.

BRAZIL PERU

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu)

2 LIMA

Rainforest

1

AMAZON LODGE 1

INCA TRAIL

Ollantaytambo FLIGHT TO B.A.

Andes

1 PUERTO MALDONADO

1 SACRED VALLEY

CUSCO 4

Coast

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

PUNO/LAKE 2 TITICACA

1 AREQUIPA

RIO DE JANEIRO 3

2 IGUASSU FALLS

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stays: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 22 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 23 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D) Trekking option: 23 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Rafting adventure M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain M Polo experience

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires

YOUR TRIP 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 flair, with a free afternoon, get out & explore! Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

Calientes before we board our train into town. Hotel (B)

DAY 9: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: LIRJT

DAY 2: Lima to Arequipa . We fly to the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour Visit the Plaza de Armas

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DAY 4: Colca Canyon to Puno. First up we’ll try & spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the Andes along the way to Puno. Hotel (B) Visit Maca Pueblo See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor

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DAY 5: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Meet locals & see their handmade crafts. Hotel (B) 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 Incan ruins. See the Incan walls in Raqchi & then the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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DAY 7: Cusco. Experience Cusco on a guided walking tour then the afternoon’s yours. Explore Incan buildings, or try local food or adrenaline activities. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco. 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) DAY 11: Cusco. Why not start the day rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife until the sun comes up! Hotel (B) DAY 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)

 Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge

• Visit the Infierno community • Puerto Maldonado city tour • Jungle canopy hike

DAY 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, before it’s back to the city. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

DAY 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima . Today it’s back to Lima for our last day in Peru. Next up: red wine, steak & tango in Argentina! Hotel (B) DAY 15: Lima to Buenos Aires. Today we board our flight to Argentina - it’s hola Buenos Aires! Hotel (B)

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DAY 16: Buenos Aires. This morning get out & experience iconic city spots like San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready to tango with the locals as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) City tour Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho & Recoleta Tango lesson, show & dinner

DAY 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. The morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas

DAYS 17 - 18: Buenos Aires. We’ll start Day 2 with a coach tour to see the rest of the city & then you can experience BA your way over the next two days.

DAY 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer)

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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DAY 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to Colca Canyon. Hotel (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes

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Get into the cuisine of Argentina on our culinary experience: try empanadas or the ubiquitous Argentine steak & learn to make the traditional sweet – alfajores. You might catch a football game, drink wine at a polo match or perhaps learn to play yourself: hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Café Tortoni for a café con leche & a spot of people watching. Hotel (B)(B) M Argentine culinary experience

DAY 19: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls. You could take a heliflight for a different angle, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Hotel (B) Flight & transfers Visit Iguassu Falls

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DAY 20: Iguassu Falls. We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of the Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day is all yours! Try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim the hotel. Tonight, try delicious Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ See Devil’s Throat

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DAY 21: Iguassu Falls to Rio. Home to the world’s largest carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) DAY 22: Rio de Janeiro. This morning we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, & after the rest of the day is free to take in the Rio sun, have a drink and enjoy. Hotel (B) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

DAY 23: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore. Try hang gliding or grab your towel, sunnies & iPad & chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. Tonight, we head out for our last night out in this amazing city! Hotel (B,D)

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: LIRJ/LIRJT 2017/18/19 Start Lima

Finish Trip Trip plus Rio de only Inca Trail Janeiro US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Aug 12 Aug 25 Sep 9 Sep 22 Oct 7 Oct 20 Nov 4 Nov 17 Nov 25 Dec 15 ▲ Dec 30 ◆

Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

4 17 2 15 30 12 27 10 18 7 22

5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279

5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559

2018 Jan 15 Jan 21 ✱ Feb 9 Feb 24 Mar 9 Mar 17 Apr 6 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 4 May 12 May 19 Jun 1

Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun

7 13 4 19 1 9 29 7 14 27 4 11 24

5279 5489 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279

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Start Lima

Finish Trip Trip plus Rio de only Inca Trail Janeiro US$ pp* US$ pp*

2018 Jun 9 Jun 29 Jul 7 Jul 14 Jul 27 Aug 4 Aug 11 Aug 24 Sep 1 Sep 8 Sep 21 Sep 29 Oct 6 Oct 19 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 16 Nov 24 Dec 14 ● Dec 22 ■

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

2 22 30 6 19 27 3 16 24 1 14 22 29 11 19 26 9 17 6 14

5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279 5279

5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559 5559

2019 Jan 18 Jan 26 Feb 1 Feb 16

Feb Feb Feb Mar

10 18 24 11

5279 5279 5279 5279

5559 NA NA NA

THE FINER DETAILS Prices shown 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 add US$1045. Start Lima 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in the Amazon & NYE in Buenos Aires. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in Cusco. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Buenos Aires. ◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Arequipa. ✱ These trips are in Rio during Carnival & will have a slightly modified itinerary. 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Rio & add a single room supplement of US$1235. Visit contiki.com/southam-adventurer for full details.. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February.

DAY 24: 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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WHY THIS TRIP? Get a taste of Peru, Argentina & Brazil with 18 days of an Incan trek at Machu Picchu, jungle action in the Amazon rainforest and caipirinha chaos in Rio.

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES 1 1

(Machu Picchu) LIMA INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo Andes

FLIGHT TO B.A.

AMAZON LODGE 1

CUSCO 3

1 PUERTO 1 SACRED MALDONADO VALLEY

Coast PERU

RIO DE JANEIRO 3

2 IGUASSU FALLS

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

FLIGHT FROM LIMA

4 BUENOS AIRES

#THEEXPLORER

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 16 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 17 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D), Trekking option: 17 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 1 international & 4 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River M Polo match experience in Buenos Aires M Speedboat adventure in Iguassu Falls

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES

DAY 1: Arrive Cusco. As the modernday starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore – from Incan buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s loads to experience. Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas & 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 night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins Try some local Chicha de Jora

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DAY 3: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. The morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes before we board our train in to town. Hotel (B) DAY 3: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: CURJT DAY 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco. 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) DAY 5: Cusco. Why not start the day rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife until the sun comes up! Hotel (B) DAY 6: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Jungle canopy hike

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

• Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu

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your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Hotel (B) Flight & transfers Visit Iguassu Falls

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DAY 14: Iguassu Falls. We’ll cross back DAY 9: Lima to Buenos Aires. Today we board our flight to Argentina – it’s hola into Argentina & visit their side of the Falls with a walk to see Devil’s Throat. The day Buenos Aires! Hotel (B) is all yours! Try a speed boat ride to feel DAY 10: Buenos Aires. This morning, the spray of the Falls, or go for a swim the get out & experience iconic city spots like hotel. Tonight, try delicious Brazilian BBQ. San Telmo & La Boca. Tonight, get ready Hotel (B,D) to tango with the locals as you learn all Visit Iguassu Falls the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ Hotel (B,D) See Devil’s Throat Tango lesson, show & dinner DAY 15: Iguassu Falls to Rio. DAYS 11 - 12: Buenos Aires. We’ll start Home to the world’s largest carnival Day 2 with a coach tour to see the rest celebration, Copacabana Beach & the of the city & then you can experience Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in BA your way over the next two days. Rio. Hotel (B) Get into the cuisine of Argentina on our DAY 16: Rio de Janeiro. This morning culinary experience: try empanadas or the ubiquitous Argentine steak & learn to we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer make the traditional sweet – alfajores. You statue, & afterwards the rest of the day is free to take in the Rio sun, have a drink & might catch a football game, drink wine enjoy. Hotel (B,D) at a polo match or perhaps learn to play Entry to Christ the Redeemer for yourself, hit the shops or pay a visit to the amazing city views historic Café Tortoni for a café con leche & M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain a spot of people watching. Hotel (B)(B) City tour Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho DAY 17: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours & Recoleta to explore. Try hang gliding, or grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & chill on Rio’s M Argentine culinary experience famous Ipanema Beach. Hotel (B) DAY 13: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu DAY 18: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Our then travel to the Brazilian side to see the adventure ends after breakfast, when 275 individual waterfalls. You could take it’s time to say ‘tchau’ (goodbye) to your a heli-flight for a different angle, or try travel mates. (B)

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HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: CURJ/CURJT 2017/18/19 Start Cusco

Finish Trip Trip plus Start Rio de only Inca Trail Cusco Janeiro US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Aug 18 Aug 31 Sep 15 Sep 28 Oct 13 Oct 26 Nov 10 Nov 23 Dec 1 Dec 21 ●

Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

4 17 2 15 30 12 27 10 18 7

4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255

4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535

2018 Jan 5 Jan 21 Jan 27 ■ Feb 15 Mar 2 Mar 15 Mar 23 Apr 12 Apr 20 Apr 27 May 10 May 18 May 25 Jun 7

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jun

22 7 13 4 19 1 9 29 7 14 27 4 11 24

4255 4255 4465 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255

4535 4535 4745 NA 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535

Finish Trip Trip plus Rio de only Inca Trail Janeiro US$ pp* US$ pp*

2018 Jun 15 Jul 5 Jul 13 Jul 20 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 30 Sep 7 Sep 14 Sep 27 Oct 5 Oct 12 Oct 25 Nov 2 Nov 9 Nov 22 Nov 30 Dec 20 ▲ Dec 28 ■

Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

2 22 30 6 19 27 3 16 24 1 14 22 29 11 19 26 9 17 6 14

4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255 4255

4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535 4535

2019 Jan 24 Feb 1 Feb 7 Feb 22

Feb Feb Feb Mar

10 18 24 11

4255 4255 4255 4255

4535 NA NA NA

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$789. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Buenos Aires. ■ Trip spends NYE in Cusco. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in the Jungle Lodge & NYE in Buenos Aires. ◆ These trips are in Rio during Carnival & will have a slightly modified itinerary. 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Rio & add a single room supplement of US$979. Visit contiki.com/southam-explorer for full details. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Please note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Please note: The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. Explore More: have a few more days? Check out The Adventurer & start the trip in Lima & end in Rio. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – The Adventurer our 24-day trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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GALAPAGOS & ANDES GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

ECUADOR

QUITO 1

SANTA CRUZ

PUERTO AYORA SAN CRISTOBAL ISABELA 1 2 PUERTO 2 PUERTO VILLAMIL BAQUERIZO MORENO

2 TENA 2 BAÑOS 1

PACIFIC OCEAN

GUAYAQUIL

WHY THIS TRIP? A shout out to everyone looking to experience three of the world’s most beautiful spots. Jungle, mountains & island paradises await.

FLIGHT TO LIMA

Rainforest PERU FLIGHT FROM GUAYAQUIL

2 LIMA

AGUAS CALIENTES 1

AMAZON LODGE 1

(Machu Picchu) INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

SACRED VALLEY 1

Coast

CUSCO 4

1 PUERTO MALDONADO

Andes

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

2 PUNO/LAKE TITICACA 1 AREQUIPA

#GALAPAGOSANDANDES

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 24 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 25 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) Trekking option: 25 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River or jungle canopy climb M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Go local at a salsa lesson • Galapagos feast at our favourite local spot • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Start Quito. Hola Quito! Meet your group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city & its past, then check out the views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line before dinner. Hotel (D) Locally guided city tour to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square & churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator

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DAY 2: Quito to Tena . It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views, a perfect way to spend the day. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids. Hotel (B) M Rafting Experience DAY 3: Tena . This morning its all about ME Time – have a lie in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Hotel (B,D) DAY 4: Tena to Baños. We head to Baños today, the adventure capital of Ecuador, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson

DAY 5: Baños. With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for travellers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Choose your adventure – horseback riding, canyoneering, or abseiling. Hotel (B,D) DAY 6: Banos to Guayaquil. Today we’re off to discover Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city & its economic hub. This cosmopolitan city is one of Ecuador’s new hotspots & a walk down the promenade with the city’s colourful Cerro Santa Ana district as your backdrop is essential. Hotel (B) DAY 7: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Today we fly to the Galapagos Islands. Before arriving in Puerto Ayora we’ll check out the islands’ old lava tunnels & see the incredible giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Later, get out on the water as we head off to Isabela Island to relax for two nights. Hotel (B,D) See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises Visit lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

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DAY 8: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) Later relax on the beach & take in this amazing place. Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking adventure Snorkelling experience

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DAY 9: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon

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FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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DAY 10: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning & check out the tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal! This afternoon explore the island by bike before watching the sun set. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station M Paddleboarding

DAY 11: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock’s 143m tuff cone looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe a Galapagos shark. Later, relax on the beach, before a feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & offshore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit Puerto Grande beach

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DAY 19: Cusco. Experience Cusco on a guided walking tour, then the afternoon’s yours. Explore Incan buildings, or try local food or adrenaline activities. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 20: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the Pisac ruins Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer)

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DAY 21: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. The morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes before we board the train to town. Hotel (B)

DAY 13: Lima . We’ll take a city tour to uncover the city sights. Hotel (B,D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

DAY 14: Lima to Arequipa . We fly to the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour DAY 15: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to Colca Canyon. Hotel (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes

DAY 22: Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

DAY 16: Colca Canyon to Puno. First up we’ll try & spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the Andes along the way to Puno. Hotel (B) See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor

DAY 24: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Jungle canopy hike

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DAY 17: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile & the floating islands of Uros. Meet locals & see their handmade crafts. Hotel (B) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

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DAY 18: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient ruins. See the Incan walls in Raqchi & then the ancient Incan capital, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

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Start Quito

Finish Trip Trip plus Lima only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Aug 13 Sep 10 Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3 ■

Sep Oct Nov Nov Dec

7 5 2 30 28

6295 6295 6295 6295 6295

6575 6575 6575 6575 6575

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25 Apr 22

Jan Feb Mar Apr May

28 22 22 19 17

6295 6295 6365 6365 6365

6575 NA 6645 6645 6645

Start Quito

Finish Trip Trip plus Lima only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2018 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12 Sep 9 Oct 7 Nov 4 Dec 2 ●

Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Nov Dec

6365 6365 6365 6365 6365 6365 6365 6365

6645 6645 6645 6645 6645 6645 6645 6645

2019 Jan 6 Jan 20

Jan 31 6365 Feb 14 6365

6645 NA

14 12 9 6 4 1 29 27

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$1119. Start Quito 7:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm.

DAY 21: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: QULIT

DAY 12: San Cristobal to Lima . Today we fly to Lima & relax before our next adventure begins. Hotel (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: QULI/QULIT 2017/18/19

● Trip spends Xmas in the Jungle Lodge. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco. For travel insurance see p.78. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$10 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations.

DAY 23: Cusco. Why not start the day rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife until the sun comes up! Hotel (B)

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DAY 25: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, before it’s back to the city. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

DAY 26: Puerto Maldonado to Lima . Your trip ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your mates. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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LATIN ICONS WHY THIS TRIP?

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ

PUERTO AYORA SAN CRISTOBAL ISABELA 1 2 PUERTO 2 PUERTO VILLAMIL BAQUERIZO MORENO

ECUADOR PACIFIC OCEAN

Guayaquil

FLIGHT TO LIMA

The Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Jungle and the ancient site of Machu Picchu rolled into two unmissable weeks. oast

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Rainforest PERU

AGUAS CALIENTES 1 2 LIMA

(Machu Picchu) INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

AMAZON LODGE 2

SACRED VALLEY 1

Puerto Maldonado

CUSCO 2 Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train, or boat 4 World Heritage sites visited

14 DAYS · 2 COUNTRIES FROM US$4965 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 2 nights Jungle Lodge, 11 nights twin-share hotel accommodation INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) Trekking option: 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS 1 international flight & transfer 4 internal flight & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

DAY 2: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) Later relax on the beach. Hotel (B) DAY 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relaxing morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. Spend the afternoon swimming along the beach of Tortuga Bay. Hotel (B) DAY 4: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning before heading out to San Cristobal. This afternoon opt to explore the islands’ highlands by bike. Tonight, relax over drinks while watching the sun set. Hotel (B) DAY 5: San Cristobal Island. A coastal cruise to snorkel around Kicker Rock before heading back to town for our Galapagos feast. Hotel (B,L,D)

#LATINICONS

ME TIME OPTIONALS See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

DAY 6: San Cristobal to Lima . Today we fly to Lima where we relax before our next adventure begins. Hotel (B)

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Snorkel & kayak adventure • Walking tour of Cusco & the Temple of Koricancha

DAY 7: Lima . We’ll take a city tour to uncover the city sights. Hotel (D)

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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DAY 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Meet up with your Contiki crew this morning as we fly to the Galapagos Islands. Hotel (D)

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 Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge DAY 10: Jungle Lodge to Cusco. Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco – wander the main plaza, visit the TreadRight supported weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Hotel (B) DAY 11: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo. Hotel (B) DAY 12: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a free morning to explore the Sacred Valley! Hike the nearby ruins, wander the town & marvel at the Incan structures before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B) DAY 12: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with a Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: GUCUT

DAY 8: Lima to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. Hike through the rainforest for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit the Infierno community

DAY 13: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, before returning to base. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 9: Jungle Lodge. With another day in the jungle, so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter. Hotel (B,L,D)

DAY 14: Depart Cusco. It’s time to say ‘adios’ to your travel mates as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: GUCU/GUCUT 2017/18/19 Start Finish Trip Trip plus Guayaquil Cusco only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

Start Finish Trip Trip plus Guayaquil Cusco only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Aug 26 Sep 23 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 16 ●

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

8 6 3 1 29

4965 4965 4965 4965 4965

5245 5245 5245 5245 5245

2018 Jan 13 Feb 10 Mar 3 Mar 31 Apr 28

Jan Feb Mar Apr May

26 23 16 13 11

4965 4965 5035 5035 5035

5245 NA 5315 5315 5315

2018 May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 8

Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

5035 5035 5035 5035 5035 5035 5035 5035

5315 5315 5315 5315 5315 5315 5315 5315

2019 Jan 12

Jan 25 5035

5315

8 6 3 31 28 26 23 21

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 add US$879. Start Guayaquil 6:00am & end Cusco 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$10 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations.

MIX + MATCH Got more time? Combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Bolivian Magic. See contiki.com. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.9.

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TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ

WHY THIS TRIP? Want to see it and do it all? Say hello to giant tortoises, puffer fish, Peruvian llamas, and the one & only Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.

PUERTO AYORA SAN CRISTOBAL 1 ISABELA 2 PUERTO 2 PUERTO VILLAMIL BAQUERIZO MORENO

ECUADOR PACIFIC OCEAN

Guayaquil

FLIGHT TO LIMA

Andes

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Rainforest Machu Picchu

FROM GUAYAQUIL

1 LIMA Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane, train, or boat 3 World Heritage sites visited

INCA TRAIL 3

Ollantaytambo

CUSCO 2

2 SACRED VALLEY

PERU

14 DAYS · 2 COUNTRIES FROM US$4525 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 13

NIGHTS 3 nights camping 10 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

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INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS 1 international flight & transfer 3 internal flight & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Snorkel & kayak adventure • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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DAY 2: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) Later relax on the beach & take in this amazing place. Hotel (B) DAY 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay where we finish up with a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) DAY 4: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning before heading out to San Cristobal. This afternoon opt to explore the island’s highlands by bike. Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our favourite local spots while watching the sun set. Hotel (B) DAY 5: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds before hitting the water & snorkeling around Kicker Rock. Later, relax on stunning Puerto Grande beach paradise, before it’s back to town for our Galapagos feast. Hotel (B,L,D)

US$324

P/DAY*

the afternoon is free for you to venture your way. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Tonight make sure you rest up, as tomorrow the expedition to Machu Picchu will begin! Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer)

• •

DAYS 9 - 12: Inca Trail. Get ready for mind-blowing views as we embark on this once in a lifetime trek of the Incas. On these three nights you’ll camp with the mountains & cloud forest as your backdrop. Spend your first night at Wayllabamba (2,900m), the second night at Pacamayo (3,600m) & your final night at Wiñay Wayna (2,800m). On the final morning, arriving at the Sun Gate for that first glimpse of Machu Picchu will make you feel like you’ve conquered an enchanted land. Campsite-Hotel (B,L,D)(B,L,D)(B,L,D)(B)

DAY 6: San Cristobal to Lima . Today we fly to Lima where we relax before our next adventure begins. Hotel (B)

DAY 13: Sacred Valley to Cusco. Today we make our way back to Cusco via the Sacred Valley. We will stop at the weaving community of Chinchero, before arriving back to Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Chinchero

DAY 7: Lima to Cusco. The modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then

DAY 14: Depart Cusco. It’s time to say ‘adios’ to your new friends as your trip ends at 11am this morning. (B)

CONTIKI.COM/TRAILS-TURTLES-TREKS

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: GUIT 2017/18/19 Start Guayaquil

Finish Cusco

Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 26 Sep 23 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 16 ●

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

8 6 3 1 29

4525 4525 4525 4525 4525

2018 Jan 13 Mar 3 Mar 31 Apr 28

Jan 26 Mar 16 Apr 13 May 11

4525 4595 4595 4595

Start Guayaquil

Finish Cusco

Total Cost US$ pp*

2018 May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 8

Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

8 6 3 31 28 26 23 21

4595 4595 4595 4595 4595 4595 4595 4595

2019 Jan 12

Jan 25

4595

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 add US$675. Single accommodation is not available during camping days on the Inca Trail. Start Guayaquil 6:00am & end Cusco 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas on the Inca Trail. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$10 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations.

MIX + MATCH Got more time? Combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Bolivian Magic. See contiki.com. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.9.

LATIN AMERICA 2017-19

#TRAILSTURTLESTREKS

ME TIME OPTIONALS See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

DAY 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning as we fly to the Galapagos Islands. Hotel (D)

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Rainforest

WHY THIS TRIP? Hike, shop, mountain bike, wine taste, sand board or even white water raft your way across four historical countries in just 22 days.

AGUAS CALIENTES 1 1

(Machu Picchu) LIMA INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

AMAZON LODGE 2

Andes

CUSCO 3

SACRED 1 VALLEY

Puerto Maldonado

Coast PERU

COPACABANA (Lake Titicaca)

1

2 LA PAZ

BOLIVIA

POTOSI 1

2 SUCRE

UYUNI 2

SAN PEDRO 2 DE ATACAMA CHILE

AVAROA 1 NATIONAL RESERVE 2 SALTA

ARGENTINA

#ANDEANCROSSING

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22 DAYS · 4 COUNTRIES · FROM US$4925 PP* US$224 P/DAY* WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 36

NIGHTS Unique Special Stays: 1 night Jungle Lodge, 18 nights in twin-share hotels, & 2 nights in multi-share hostels

INCLUDED MEALS 21 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D), Trekking option: 21 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 3 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama M Salta Winery Tour M Whitewater Rafting Adventure

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Walking tour of Cusco • Locally guided walking tour of La Paz • Visit the Great Train Graveyard

YOUR TRIP 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 flair, 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 Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Jungle canopy hike

• • •

DAY 3: Jungle Lodge. With another day at the Jungle Lodge, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter. Hotel (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

DAY 4: Jungle Lodge to Cusco. Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco – wander the main plaza, visit the TreadRight supported weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get in to Cusco’s amazing nightlife until the sun comes up! Hotel (B) DAY 5: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer)

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DAY 6: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a free morning to explore the Sacred Valley! Hike the nearby ruins, wander the town & marvel at the Incan structures. Or maybe grab a coffee in the town square & people watch, all before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B) DAY 6: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: LISAT DAY 7: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore before returning to base. Hotel (B,D) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 8: Cusco. Enjoy the morning in Cusco! Get in your shopping fix or take snaps of the Plaza de Armas, the day is yours to relax & gear up for our next adventure to Bolivia. Hotel (B,D) DAY 9: Cusco to Copacabana . This morning it’s an early start as we make our way to through Peru’s beautiful Altiplano to the Bolivian border. After crossing we’ll find ourselves on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water & said to be the birthplace of the Incas. Hotel (B) DAY 10: Copacabana to La Paz. Today we make our way to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world! Sit back & relax & take in the stunning beauty of the Bolivian countryside. This afternoon catch your breath & get right into it. Hotel (B,D) DAY 11: La Paz. Lace up your walking shoes as we explore all La Paz has to offer; an important cultural center of Bolivia, we’ll check out the colonial sites. Renowned for its unique markets, we’ll make a stop at the famous Witches’ Market where you can get a blessing. Hotel (B) Locally guided walking tour See San Francisco Church & Metropolitan Cathedral Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murilla & colourful Jaen Street

• • •

DAY 12: La Paz to Sucre. We fly today to the stunning colonial city of Sucre, the constitutional seat of government & a complete contrast to bustling La Paz. Steeped in history with narrow tree-lined streets, white stone buildings & endless blue skies, it’s a place where time stands still. We’ll explore the city on a locally guided walking tour then the afternoon is yours to shop or chill in one of Sucre’s many parks. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided walking tour See the Casa de la Libertad & the Convento de Santa Teresa Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri

• • •

DAY 13: Sucre. Not only a cultural hot spot filled with museums & historic sites, Sucre offers a plethora of outdoor activities – from biking to rock climbing – the choice is yours. Hotel (B) M Rock Climbing

Graveyard”… no description needed. Hotel (B) Visit the Great Train Graveyard

DAY 16: Salar de Uyuni. Cameras ready? Good, because today’s views will blow your mind. A seemingly vast endless sheath of white, the salt flat blurs with the horizon & the sky & land become one. Mind blown! Hostel (B,L,D) Visit Salar de Uyuni

DAY 17: Salar de Uyuni to Avaroa National Reserve. Today we climb into our 4x4s & begin our two day crossing of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Rugged & beautiful the eserve holds volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes, fumaroles, mountains & three endemic species of flamingos. Hostel (B,L,D) Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 18: Avaroa National Reserve to San Pedro de Atacama . Ready for more? It’s an early start as we finish crossing the reserve. First up, geysers, then the surreal landscape known as the Dali Desert & two spectacular lagoons – Colorado (red) & Verde (green). Finally we cross into Chile & the Atacama Desert (the driest in the world) where we make our home for the next two nights. Hotel (B) DAY 19: San Pedro de Atacama . Quaint & charming San Pedro de Atacama is the perfect place to relax after crossing the Reserve. Chill by the pool, shop, mountain bike or sand board, the choice is yours. This afternoon, we’ll visit Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon). It’s lunar-like landscape was shaped by wind & water. With its impressive range of colour & texture it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set. Hotel (B,D) Visit Valle de la Luna M Sandboarding

2018 Mar 9 Apr 6 May 4 Jun 1 Jun 29 Jul 27 Aug 24 Sep 21

Finish Trip Trip plus Start Salta only Inca Trail Lima US$ pp* US$ pp* Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

30 27 25 22 20 17 14 12

4925 4925 4925 4925 4925 4925 4925 4925

5205 5205 5205 5205 5205 5205 5205 5205

Finish Trip Trip plus Salta only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2018 Oct 19 Nov 9 Nov 16 Dec 7 Dec 14 ● Jan 4 2019 Jan 18 Feb 1

4925 4925 4925

5205 5205 5205

Feb 8 4925 Feb 22 4925

5205 NA

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$995. Start Lima 8:00am & end Salta 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Sucre & San Pedro de Atacama. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The National Reserve is remote & accommodation is limited. The one night spent on the reserve is multi-share, hostel-style accommodation, with shared bathrooms. Single room upgrades are not available.

SALAR DE UYUNI

DAY 20: San Pedro de Atacama to Salta . Adios Chile we are off to Argentina. We won’t lie, it’s an early start & quite a journey but well worth it. Rugged landscapes, salt flats, mountain passes & lush valleys are only some of what you see on this day. Tonight, we’ll walk the main plaza & take in this charming city. Hotel (B) See the Cabildo de Salta, Cathedral de Salta & 9 de Julio central square

DAY 21: Salta . Salta la Linda “Salta the beautiful” – colonial architecture, friendly locals, excellent weather & phenomenal scenery, what more can you ask for? Wine perhaps? Join us on a wine tour, get adventurous on a whitewater rafting trip or simply relax & take in the town & all it has to offer. Hotel (B,D) M Rafting M Winery tour

DAY 15: Potosí to Uyuni . The morning is yours to enjoy before we make the trip to Uyuni, the gateway to Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. This afternoon we’ll visit the “Great Train

DAY 22: Depart Salta . This morning it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Not ready to end? Why not join our Argentina & Brazil Experience & continue the fun! (B)

Start Lima

DAY 14: Sucre to Potosí. After a leisurely morning, we make the short drive to Potosí, one of the highest cities in the world & once one of the richest. Famed for its “Cerro Rico” or “Rich Hill” full of silver, its colonial architecture & hilly, winding streets are a must-see. Hotel (B) Locally guided walking tour See the National Mint of Bolivia & Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace & Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas Visit the Cathedral Market

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HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: LISA/LISAT 2018/19

MIX + MATCH More time? Combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Argentina & Brazil Experience p.33. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.9.

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WHY THIS TRIP? Culture, history, adventure, mind blowing scenery & good times all collide into 13 days of unforgettable experiences.

2 LA PAZ

BOLIVIA

POTOSI 1

2 SUCRE

UYUNI 2

SAN PEDRO 2 DE ATACAMA

AVAROA 1 NATIONAL RESERVE

CHILE

2 SALTA ARGENTINA

#BELLABOLIVIA

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13 DAYS · 3 COUNTRIES · FROM US$2345 PP* US$181 P/DAY* WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 20

NIGHTS 10 nights in twin-share hotels & 2 nights in multi-share hostels

INCLUDED MEALS 12 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 1 internal flight & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama M Salta Winery Tour M Whitewater Rafting Adventure

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES

DISCOVERER

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FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

• Locally guided walking tour of La Paz

• Visit the Great Train Graveyard • Visit to Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Arrive La Paz. Welcome to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world! Catch your breath, meet up with your Contiki Team tonight and get right into it. Hotel (D) DAY 2: La Paz. Lace up your walking shoes as we explore all La Paz has to offer; an important cultural center of Bolivia, we’ll check out the colonial sites. Renowned for its unique markets, we’ll make a stop at the famous Witches’ Market where you can get a blessing. Hotel (B) Locally guided walking tour See San Francisco Church & Metropolitan Cathedral Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murilla & colourful Jaen Street

• • •

DAY 3: La Paz to Sucre. We fly today to the stunning colonial city of Sucre, the constitutional seat of government & a complete contrast to bustling La Paz. Steeped in history with narrow tree-lined streets, white stone buildings & endless blue skies, it’s a place where time stands still. We’ll explore the city on a locally guided walking tour, then the afternoon is yours to shop or chill in one of Sucre’s many parks. Hotel (B,D) See the Casa de la Libertad & the Convento de Santa Teresa Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri

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DAY 4: Sucre. Not only a cultural hot spot filled with museums & historic sites, Sucre offers a plethora of outdoor activities – from biking to rock climbing the choice is yours. Hotel (B) M Rock Climbing

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 8: Salar de Uyuni to Avaroa National Reserve. Today we climb into our 4x4s & begin our two-day crossing of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Rugged & beautiful, the reserve includes volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes, fumaroles, mountains & three endemic species of flamingos. Hostel (B,L,D) Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 9: Avaroa National Reserve to San Pedro de Atacama . Ready for more? It’s an early start as we finish crossing the reserve. First up, geysers, then the surreal landscape known as the Dalí Desert & two spectacular lagoons – Colorado (red) & Verde (green). Finally we cross into Chile & the Atacama Desert (the driest in the world) where we make our home for the next two nights. Hotel (B) DAY 10: San Pedro de Atacama . Quaint & charming San Pedro de Atacama is the perfect place to relax after crossing the Reserve. Chill by the pool, shop, mountain bike or sand board, the choice is yours. This afternoon, we’ll visit Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon). It’s lunar-like landscape was carved by wind & water. With its impressive range of colour

& texture it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set. Hotel (B,D) Visit Valle de la Luna M Sandboarding

DAY 11: San Pedro de Atacama to Salta . Adios Chile we are off to Argentina. We won’t lie, it’s an early start & quite a journey but well worth it. Rugged landscapes, salt flats, mountain passes & lush valleys are only some of what you see on this day. Tonight, we’ll walk the main plaza & take in this charming city. Hotel (B) See the Cabildo de Salta, Cathedral de Salta & 9 de Julio central square

DAY 12: Salta . Salta la Linda “Salta the beautiful” – colonial architecture, friendly locals, excellent weather & phenomenal scenery, what more can you ask for? Wine perhaps? Join us on a wine tour, get adventurous on a whitewater rafting trip or simply relax & take in the town & all it has to offer. Hotel (B,D) M Winery tour M Whitewater Rafting DAY 13: Depart Salta . This morning it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Not ready to end? Why not join our Argentina & Brazil Experience & continue the fun! (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: LPSA 2018/19 Start La Paz

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Mar 30 Apr 27 May 25 Jun 22 Jul 20 Aug 17 Sep 14 Oct 12

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Total Cost US$ pp*

2018 Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 23 ●

Nov 9 Dec 7 Jan 4

2345 2345 2345

2019 Jan 27 Feb 10

Feb 8 Feb 22

2345 2345

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$605. Start La Paz 5:00pm & end Salta 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Sucre & NYE in the San Pedro de Atacama. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The National Reserve is remote & accommodation is limited. The one night spent on the reserve is multi-share, hostel style accommodation, with shared bathrooms. Single room upgrades are not available. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 22-day Andean Crossing trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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DAY 5: Sucre to Potosí. After a leisurely morning, we make the short drive to Potosí, one of the highest cities in the world & once one of the richest. Famed for its “Cerro Rico” or “Rich Hill” full of silver, its colonial architecture & hilly, winding streets are a must see. Hotel (B) Locally guided walking tour See the National Mint of Bolivia & Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace & Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas Visit the Cathedral Market

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DAY 6: Potosí to Uyuni. The morning is yours to enjoy before we make the trip to Uyuni, the gateway to Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. This afternoon we’ll visit the “Great Train Graveyard”… no description needed. Hotel (B) Visit the Great Train Graveyard

DAY 7: Salar de Uyuni. Cameras ready? Good, because today’s views will blow your mind. A seemingly vast endless sheath of white, the salt flat blurs with the horizon & the sky & land become one. Mind blown! Hostel (B,L,D) Visit Salar de Uyuni

MIX + MATCH More time? Combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Argentina & Brazil Experience p.33. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.9.

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 3 nights Jungle Lodge, 1 night Rainforest Eco Tents, & 27 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 31 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 15 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus Local Guides in some destinations 3 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Chocolate Workshop in Antigua M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Selvatura Park Zipline

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza • Trajinera cruise • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Arrive Puerto Vallarta. Meet your group & get ready for a day exploring the golden sands or famous seaside promenade. Hotel (D) DAY 2: Puerto Vallarta. Today take on Puerto Vallarta & opt for a zipline on Mexico’s longest & fastest lines or spend the day away at the beachside town on Sayulita. Tonight an optional performance over dinner & boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Pirate of the Bay dinner & show DAY 3: Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara. Today we head to Guadalajara! Stroll through the charming streets of the historic centre, where you’ll visit the four main squares, inside city hall & the magnificent cathedral. Hotel (B) Guided tour of Guadalajara

DAY 4: Guadalajara to Guanajuato. Today we drive to the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. Spend the afternoon exploring the winding streets & subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Later, see the cast iron & glass Hidalgo Market where you’ll have a chance to shop for local sweet treats. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Guanajuato Visit the Hidalgo Market

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DAY 5: Guanajuato to Mexico City. Return to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland where we stop for lunch in the Pueblo Magico (magic town) of San Miguel de Allende before arriving in Mexico City. Hotel (B) Visit San Miguel de Allende

DAY 6: Mexico City. Today we visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced yet modern architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a trajinera Visit Coyoacan, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

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DAY 7: Mexico City. Morning tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan then head back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan Mexico city tour M Hot Air Ballooning

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DAY 8: Mexico City to Merida. Fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings & Government Palace. Tonight, be sure to indulge in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

DAY 9: Merida to Cancun. Immerse yourself in Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – the country’s spectacular ancient Mayan city, before arriving in legendary Cancun. Hotel (B) Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

DAY 10: Cancun. A free day to explore everything from swimming the clear

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS blue waters to sitting back with a beer or shopping, the choices to take in this beach haven are endless. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 11: Cancun. Swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres. Then for your last night, party ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) DAY 12: Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This morning we head to the beach town of Playa del Carmen for a few lazy sun-soaked days. Hotel (B) DAY 13: Playa del Carmen. The day is yours to wander the streets or sunbathe on the golden sands. If you’re up for it, a day trip to the island of Cozumel is the perfect way to experience the Caribbean. Hotel (B,D) M Day trip to Cozumel M Snorkelling DAY 14: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, we love you but we’re off to Belize. Tonight is your chance to sample the food & reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

DAY 15: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! Choose to swim with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayak through the mangroves or sunbathe on “The Split”. Hotel (B,D) M Sunset sailing DAY 16: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park. Next up, Guatemala’s El Petén region via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there’s the option to zipline through the rainforest before we explore the Tikal ruins. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Stay in Tikal National Park

DAY 17: Tikal National Park to Antigua. Rise early to watch the sunrise & take a guided tour of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. Then head straight for the beautiful World Heritage Antigua. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

DAY 18: Antigua. It’s a free day today Hike a volcano, ride mountain bikes or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B,D) DAY 19: Antigua to San José. This morning we’ll take to the skies on a flight to Costa Rica - the land on coffee, sloths, monkeys & Pura Vida! Hotel (B,D) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán & learn to make tortillas

DAY 20: San José to Tortuguero. Say farewell to the big city as we head to Tortuguero, one of Costa Rica’s most popular eco-tourism spots. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge DAY 21: Tortuguero. Get ready to spot howler monkeys, sloths & reptiles on a guided boat ride through the National Park. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Wildlife boat cruise

DAY 22: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui. Next up our overnight Eco Camp in Sarapiqui – You’ll discover the rainforest & partake in a chocolate tour in the Tirimbina Reserve before a BBQ feast this evening. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Eco Tents Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve

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DAY 23: Sarapiqui to Arenal - La Fortuna. This morning’s yours – opt for whitewater rafting or horse riding before checking out the Arenal volcano, known for its mud pool treatments. Hotel (B) See the incredible Arenal volcano

DAY 24: Arenal. This morning maybe give canyoneering a go, then this afternoon there’s the option to experience the traditional Costa Rican way of life with a visit to La Casona Rio Fortuna where you can enjoy a traditional homemade dinner with the owners. Hotel (B) M Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself! M Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling) DAY 25: Arenal to Playa Tamarindo. Today we head to the Pacific coast to spend a couple of days in Playa Tamarindo, known for its great surfing beaches & party feel. Hotel (B,D) DAY 26: Playa Tamarindo. Have some time to try your hand at surfing, snorkelling or diving (if you’re PADI certified) before an optional catamaran cruise. Hotel (B) M Catamaran trip

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: PVSJ 2018/19 Start Puerto Vallarta

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

2018 Mar 12 Apr 16 May 21 Jun 11 Jun 25 Jul 9 Jul 30 Aug 20 Sep 17

Apr 12 May 17 Jun 21 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 20 Oct 18

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Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

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Nov Dec Jan Jan

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2019 Jan 14 Feb 11

Feb 14 Mar 14

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THE FINER DETAILS Prices above are based on twin-share. If you’re travelling solo, * we can share you with a same-sex roommate at no extra charge. Single room supplement add US$2349. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end San José 4:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Arenal & NYE in Manuel Antonio. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Cancun & NYE in Caye Caulker. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Mexico Departure Fee US$26, San Pedro Port Fee US$1.25, Belize Departure Tax US$ 20, Guatemala Entry Fee US$ 3.00.

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DAY 27: Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde. Today it’s on to Monteverde, one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. Hotel (B) DAY 28: Monteverde. It’s an early start this morning as we visit Selvatura Park to walk the hanging bridges, visit the butterfly sanctuary, & for the thrill seekers opt in for ziplining. This afternoon learn the A-Z about Costa Rica’s famous coffee. Hotel (B) Costa Rican coffee making tour

DAY 29: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. We’re off to the beautiful beaches of the Costa Rican central Pacific coast. Hotel (B,D) DAY 30: Manuel Antonio. A free morning to hit the beach or head out & explore the town. This afternoon opt in for a horseback ride through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) M Visit a local market M Horseback riding DAY 31: Manuel Antonio. It’s time to get active & walk with our expert guide through the exotic tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join a kayak adventure to explore, swim & snorkel the biodiversity in the mangroves. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike M Coastal kayak/snorkelling experience

DAY 32: Manuel Antonio to San José. A final morning relaxing in paradise before we head back to San José where your trip ends on arrival. (B) LATIN AMERICA 2017-19

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23 days across four bucket list must countries. Discover the best that Latin America has to offer. Wildlife, jungles, rainforest eco-tents, fresh seafood & white beaches are just the beginning of this adventure.

Belize City 2 CAYE

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ARENAL 2 2 PLAYA TAMARINDO

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MONTEVERDE 2 1 SAN JOSÉ COSTA RICA Quepos

3 MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio N.P.

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 3 nights Jungle Lodge, 1 night Rainforest Eco Tents, & 18 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 22 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 12 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus Local Guides in some destinations 2 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Hot Springs Dip M Selvatura Park Ziplining

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • See the Belize Barrier Reef • Locally guided tour of a cacao plantation • Coffee estate tour

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Arrive Cancun. Meet your Contiki Team, then make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore everything from swimming the clear blue waters to sitting back with abeer or shopping, the choices to take in this beach haven are endless. Hotel (D) DAY 2: Cancun. Soak up all the Cancun action you want today – swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) DAY 3: Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This morning we head to the beach town of Playa del Carmen for a few lazy sun soaked days. Playa del Carmen’s palmlined streets will give you plenty of retail therapy & its sun-soaked beachside bars & restaurants are pure bliss. Hotel (B) DAY 4: Playa del Carmen. The day is yours to wander the streets or lie on the powder-like sands. If you’re up for it, a day trip to the island of Cozumel is on deck & is the perfect way to experience the Caribbean in all its amazing tropical glory. Hotel (B,D) M Day trip to Cozumel M Snorkelling DAY 5: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, we love you but we’re off to Belize to explore on the isle of Caye Caulker where the motto is “Go slow.” Tonight feast on fresh seafood, meander the sand covered streets or sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

DAY 6: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” where sipping & sunbathing is the scene! Hotel (B,D) M Sunset sailing DAY 7: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park. Next up, Guatemala’s El Petén region via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Stay in Tikal National Park

DAY 8: Tikal National Park to Antigua. Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area & you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins. Skip the queues & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse-drawn

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DAY 9: Antigua. With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B,D) DAY 10: Antigua to San José. This morning we’ll take to the skies on a flight down to Costa Rica – the land of coffee, sloths, monkeys & Pura Vida! Once we touch down we’ll head out to explore daily Costa Rican life at the Plaza & sample some local delicacies at the Mercado Central (Central Market). Hotel (B,D) DAY 11: San José to Tortuguero. Say farewell to the big city as we head to Tortuguero which is only accessible by boat or small aircraft. Tortuguero National Park is famous for being one of Costa Rica’s most popular eco-tourism spots & the nesting ground for green, hawksbill & leatherback turtles. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge DAY 12: Tortuguero. Get ready to spot howler monkeys, sloths & reptiles on a guided boat ride through the National Park, where your expert guide will give the inside track on this amazing haven for wildlife. Later, it’s all about relaxing the way you want. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit Tortuguero village Wildlife boat cruise

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DAY 13: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui. Next up our overnight Eco Camp in Sarapiqui – it’s perfect for those who love to relax! You’ll discover the rainforest & learn about one of mankind’s favourite treats on our chocolate tour in the Tirimbina Reserve before a BBQ feast this evening. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Eco Tents Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve

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DAY 14: Sarapiqui to Arenal - La Fortuna . This morning’s yours, so choose from adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting, a canopy adventure or horseback riding before checking out the perfectly symmetrical Arenal volcano. The area is known for its spa & mud pool treatments, so it’s the ideal place to treat yourself. Hotel (B) See the incredible Arenal volcano

DAY 15: Arenal. This morning maybe give canyoneering a go, then this afternoon experience the traditional Costa Rican way of life with an optional 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) M Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself! M Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling)

DAY 16: Arenal to Playa Tamarindo. Today we head to the Pacific coast to spend a couple of days in Playa Tamarindo, known for its great surfing beaches & party feel. Hotel (B,D) DAY 17: Playa Tamarindo. Get into the laid-back vibe of this beach town, try your hand at surfing, snorkelling or diving. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise. Hotel (B) M Catamaran trip DAY 18: Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde. Today it’s on to Monteverde, Costa Rica’s most popular reserve. It’s one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics, filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist & friendly locals. Hotel (B) DAY 19: Monteverde. It’s an early start this morning as we visit Selvatura Park to walk the hanging bridges, visit the butterfly sanctuary and for the thrill seekers opt in for ziplining. This afternoon learn the A-Z about Costa Rica’s famous coffee. Hotel (B) Costa Rican coffee making tour

DAY 20: 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 Jaco before arriving at Manuel Antonio, a haven for those that love to relax. Hotel (B,D)

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: CASJ 2018/19 Start Cancun 2018 Mar 21 Apr 25 May 30 Jun 20 Jul 4 Jul 18 Aug 8 Aug 29 Sep 26

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp* Apr 12 May 17 Jun 21 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 20 Oct 18

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THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$1559. Start Cancun 8:00am & end San José 4:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Arenal & NYE in Manuel Antonio. ■ Trip spends NYE in Caye Caulker For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Mexico Departure Fee US$26, San Pedro Port Fee US$1.25, Belize Departure Tax US$20, Guatemala Entry Fee US$3.00. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 32-day Coast to Canopies trip.

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DAY 21: Manuel Antonio. This morning is all about doing your own thing. Hit the beach with your iPod & a book, head out to explore the town or just sit with a drink & work on your tan. This afternoon opt in for a horseback ride through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Horseback Riding

DAY 22: Manuel Antonio. It’s time to get active & walk with our expert guide through the exotic, bio-diverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join a kayak adventure to explore the biodiversity in the mangroves. Don’t forget your swimming gear for swim stops & snorkelling. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike M Coastal kayak/snorkelling experience

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GULF OF MEXICO

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Belize City

TIKAL NATIONAL 1 PARK

2 CAYE CAULKER

Explore a mix of ancient sites, local food & diverse experiences over 19 days as you tick off Mexico & Central America’s ultimate must-does.

BELIZE

Santa Elena

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NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 17 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 18 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus Local Guides in some destinations 2 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow)

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES

DAY 2: Puerto Vallarta . Today take on Puerto Vallarta & opt for a zipline thrill on Mexico’s longest & fastest lines, or go north of town & spend the day away at the beachside town of Sayulita, known for surfing, shopping & cool vibes. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Jungle Ziplining M Catamaran Cruise DAY 3: Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara . Today we head to the city the locals call the “Pearl of the West”, Guadalajara! Take a closer look at buildings & plazas filled with great murals & history. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic centre, where you’ll visit the four main squares, inside city hall & the magnificent cathedral. Hotel (B) Guided tour of Guadalajara Visit a Tequila factory

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DAY 4: Guadalajara to Guanajuato. Today we drive to the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. This afternoon explore the winding streets & subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the romantic “Callejon de Beso” & hear the legend about the two lovers. Later, see the cast iron & glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel where you’ll have a chance to shop for local sweet treats. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Guanajuato

DAY 5: Guanajuato to Mexico City. Return to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland where we stop for lunch in the Pueblo Magico (magic town) of San Miguel de Allende before arriving in Mexico City. Hotel (B) Visit San Miguel de Allende

DAY 6: Mexico City. Today we visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced yet modern architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a trajinera Visit Coyoacan, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

• Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza

• Visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Arrive Puerto Vallarta . Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations. Today, meet up with your group & get ready for a day of exploring the golden sands or famous seaside malecon (promenade) lined with bars, restaurants & shops. Hotel (D)

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS tour of Teotihuacan •M Guided Hot Air Ballooning

DAY 8: 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 & Government Palace. Tonight, be sure to indulge in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

DAY 9: Merida to Cancun. Immerse yourself in Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – the country’s spectacular ancient Mayan city. This afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

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DAY 10: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters, to checking out the beach town of Playa del Carmen, where you can shop, or stop off for a drink & people watch. Hotel (B,D) DAY 11: Cancun. Soak up all the Cancun action you want today – swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing. Tonight, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) M Snorkelling & zipline adventure DAY 12: Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This morning we head to the beach town of Playa del Carmen for a few lazy sun soaked days. Playa del Carmen’s palmlined streets will give you plenty of retail therapy & its sun soaked beachside bars & restaurants are pure bliss. Hotel (B) DAY 13: Playa del Carmen. The day is yours to wander the streets or lie on the powder-like sands. If you’re up for it, a day trip to the island of Cozumel is on deck & is the perfect way to experience the Caribbean in all its amazing tropical glory. Hotel (B,D) M Day trip to Cozumel M Snorkelling

DAY 14: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, we love you but we’re off to Belize & the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker. Tonight is your chance to feast on fresh seafood, meander the sand-covered streets or sample reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

DAY 15: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” where sipping & sunbathing is the scene! Hotel (B,D) Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef

DAY 16: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park. Next up is Guatemala’s Peten via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Stay in Tikal National Park M Jungle ziplining experience

DAY 17: Tikal National Park to Antigua . Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area & you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins. Skip the queues & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse-drawn carriages & cobblestones. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

DAY 18: Antigua . With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B,D) M Hike the Pacaya volcano DAY 19: Depart Antigua . This morning it’s adios to your amigos. So say your goodbyes before heading home, or get out & do some more exploring in Antigua. (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN TRAVELLING EARLY?

Travelling between August 27th 2017 & February 18th 2018? The below trips (MXMC) are 18 days long & feature a modified itinerary, Day 1 will start in Mexico City, 1 night in Santa Elena/Flores, 1 night in Panajachel, 2 nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, 1 night in Tehuantepec & 2 nights in Oaxaca. See below for start & end times & visit contiki.com/latin-legends for full details. CODE: MXMC 2017/18 Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 27 Sep 24 Oct 22 Nov 19 Dec 10 ▲

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

4139 4139 4139 4139 4139

13 11 8 6 27

Start Mexico City

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Dec 24 ■

Jan 10

4139

2018 Jan 21 Feb 18

Feb 7 Mar 7

4139 4139

Single room supplement add US$985. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm.

CODE: MXMC 2018/19 Start Puerto Vallarta 2018 Mar 12 Apr 16 May 21 Jun 11 Jun 25 Jul 9 Jul 30 Aug 20 Sep 17

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

Mar 30 May 4 Jun 8 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 7 Oct 5

4455 4455 4455 4455 4455 4455 4455 4455 4455

Start Puerto Vallarta

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

2018 Oct 15 Nov 12 Dec 3 Dec 17 ●

Nov Nov Dec Jan

4455 4455 4455 4455

2019 Jan 14 Feb 11

Feb 1 Mar 1

2 30 21 4

4455 4455

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$1479. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end Antigua approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cancun & NYE Caye Caulker. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Merida & NYE in Tikal. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Oaxaca. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Mexico Departure Fee US$26, San Pedro Port Fee US$1.25, Belize Departure Tax US$20, Guatemala Entry Fee US$3.00.

MEXICO

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DAY 7: Mexico City. Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town. Hotel (B,D) LATIN AMERICA 2017-19

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PLAYAS OF PARADISE

NE W

MERIDA 1

CANCUN 3 2 PLAYA DEL CARMEN

WHY THIS TRIP? A 26-day extravaganza that takes you to the heart of the ancient Aztec world in Mexico City, the Barrier Reef of Belize and the rainforests of Guatemala & CostaGULF Rica.OF

MEXICO CITY 1 Belize City 2 CAYE

TIKAL NATIONAL 1 PARK

MEXICO

CAULKER

BELIZE

Santa Elena GUATEMALA

2 PLAYA TAMARINDO

ANTIGUA/ 2 GUATEMALA CITY

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

SARAPIQUI

ARENAL 2

1

2 TORTUGUERO

MONTEVERDE 2 1 SAN JOSÉ COSTA RICA Quepos

FLIGHT TO SAN JOSÉ

MEXICO

3 MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio N.P.

PACIFIC OCEAN

6 World Heritage sites visited

26 DAYS · 4 COUNTRIES FROM US$6035 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

25

41

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 3 nights Jungle Lodge, 1 night Rainforest Eco Tents, & 21 nights in twin-share hotels INCLUDED MEALS 25 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS 3 internal flights & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions. ME TIME OPTIONALS M Day trip to Cozumel M Catamaran trip in Tamarindo M Cayoneering (waterfall rappelling)

#PLAYASPARADISE

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Experience the Belize Barrier Reef • See the incredible Arenal volcano • Costa Rican coffee making tour FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

DAY 1: Arrive Mexico City. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan Mexico City tour

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US$233

P/DAY*

DAY 16: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui.

(B,L,D) •  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest • Eco Tents DAY 2: Mexico City to Merida. Hotel (B) guided Tirimbina • Locally • Walking tour of Merida’s sights chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve • DAY 3: Merida to Cancun. Hotel (B) DAY 17: Sarapiqui to Arenal - La • Swim in a cenote (sink hole) Fortuna. Hotel (B) DAY 4: Cancun. Hotel (B,D) • See the incredible Arenal volcano DAY 5: Cancun. Hotel (B)

DAY 6: Cancun to Playa del Carmen. Hotel (B) DAY 7: Playa del Carmen. Hotel (B,D) M Day trip to Cozumel M Snorkelling DAY 8: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker. Hotel (B) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

DAY 9: Caye Caulker. Hotel (B,D) M Sunset sailing DAY 10: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Tikal National Park

DAY 11: Tikal National Park to Antigua. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

DAY 12: Antigua. Hotel (B,D) DAY 13: Antigua to San José. Hotel (B,D) DAY 14: San José to Tortuguero. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge DAY 15: Tortuguero. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit Tortuguero Village

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DAY 18: Arenal. Hotel (B) M Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself! M Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling) DAY 19: Arenal to Playa Tamarindo. Hotel (B,D)

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: PLAY 2018/19 Start Mexico City 2018 Mar 18 Apr 22 May 27 Jun 17 Jul 1 Jul 15 Aug 5 Aug 26 Sep 23

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp* Apr 12 May 17 Jun 21 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 20 Oct 18

6035 6035 6035 6035 6035 6035 6035 6035 6035

Start Mexico City

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

2018 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 9 ■ Dec 23 ●

Nov Dec Jan Jan

15 13 3 17

6035 6035 6035 6035

2019 Jan 20 Feb 17

Feb 14 Mar 14

6035 6035

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 add US$1935.

DAY 20: Playa Tamarindo. Hotel (B) M Catamaran trip

Start Mexico City 7:00am & end San José approx. 4:00pm.

DAY 21: Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde. Hotel (B) Visit Hanging Bridges & Butterfly Garden

■ Trip spends Xmas in Arenal & NYE in Manuel Antonio.

DAY 22: Monteverde. Hotel (B) Costa Rican coffee making tour

Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Mexico Departure Fee US$26, San Pedro Port Fee US$1.25, Belize Departure tax: US$20, Guatemala Entry Fee US$3.00.

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DAY 23: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. Hotel (B,D)

● Trip spends Xmas in Cancun & NYE in Caye Caulker. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78.

DAY 24: Manuel Antonio. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Horse riding

DAY 25: Manuel Antonio. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike M Coastal kayak/snorkelling experience

DAY 26: Manuel Antonio to San José. (B)

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& N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

DISCOVERER

SOL SEEKER

WHY THIS TRIP? Want to soak up the sun whilst seeing all Mexico, Guatemala & Belize have to offer? Mayan history, Cancun’s white sands and the Guatemalan rainforest await.

CANCUN MERIDA 3 1 PLAYA 2 DEL CARMEN MEXICO CITY 1

MEXICO

Belize City

TIKAL NATIONAL 1 PARK

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane 6 World Heritage sites visited

BELIZE

2 CAYE CAULKER

Santa Elena

GUATEMALA

ANTIGUA/ 2 GUATEMALA CITY

13 DAYS · 3 COUNTRIES FROM US$3055 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

12

18

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 11 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 12 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS 2 internal flights & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

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DAY 2: Mexico City to Merida . Fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings & Government Palace. Tonight be sure to indulge in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

DAY 3: Merida to Cancun. Immerse yourself in Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza. This afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun. Hotel (B) Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

DAY 4: Cancun. Start out with a day free to explore everything from snorkelling the clear blue waters to checking out the beach town of Playa del Carmen. Hotel (B,D) DAY 5: Cancun. Swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) DAY 6: Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This morning we head to the beach town of Playa del Carmen for a few lazy sun soaked days. Hotel (B) DAY 7: Playa del Carmen. The day is yours to wander the streets or lie on the powder-like sands. If you’re up for it, a day trip to the island of Cozumel is on deck & is the perfect way to experience the Caribbean in all its amazing tropical glory. Hotel (B,D)

US$235

P/DAY*

M Day trip to Cozumel M Snorkelling

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN TRAVELLING EARLY?

DAY 8: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, we love you but we’re off to Belize! Tonight is your chance to feast on fresh seafood or sample reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

Travelling between August 27th 2017 & February 18th 2018? The below trips (MCAN) are 11 days long & feature a slightly modified itinerary, 1 night in Santa Elena (Flores) & 2 nights in Antigua. See below for start & end times & visit contiki.com/sol-seeker for full details.

CODE: MCAN 2017/18

DAY 9: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, kayaking the mangroves or sunbathing on “The Split”. Hotel (B,D) M Sunset sailing

Start Mexico City

DAY 10: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park. Next up, Guatemala’s El Petén region via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Special Stay Jungle Lodge there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Stay in Tikal National Park

DAY 11: Tikal National Park to Antigua . Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area & you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins. Skip the queues & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

DAY 12: Antigua . With the day all yours, see the sights, hike a volcano, ride mountain bikes or even make local native chocolates. Hotel (B,D) DAY 13: Depart Antigua . This morning it’s adios to your amigos. (B)

CONTIKI.COM/SOL-SEEKER

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

Start Mexico City

Finish Antigua

2017 2017 Aug 27 Sep 6 2625 Dec 24 ● Jan 3 Sep 24 Oct 4 2625 2018 Oct 22 Nov 1 2625 Jan 21 Jan 31 Nov 19 Nov 29 2625 Feb 18 Feb 28 Dec 10 Dec 20 2625 Single room supplement add US$695. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Antigua 11:00am.

Total Cost US$ pp* 2625 2625 2625

CODE: MCAN 2018/19 Start Mexico City 2018 Mar 18 Apr 22 May 27 Jun 17 Jul 1 Jul 15 Aug 5 Aug 26 Sep 23

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

Mar 30 May 4 Jun 8 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 7 Oct 5

3055 3055 3055 3055 3055 3055 3055 3055 3055

Start Mexico City 2018 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 9 Dec 23 ■ 2019 Jan 20 Feb 17

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

Nov Nov Dec Jan

3055 3055 3055 3055

2 30 21 4

Feb 1 Mar 1

3055 3055

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 add US$1039. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Antigua 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Merida & NYE in Tikal. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Cancun & NYE in Caye Caulker. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Mexico Departure Fee US$26, San Pedro Port Fee US$1.25, Belize Departure Tax US$20, Guatemala Entry Fee US$3.00. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 19-day Latin Legends trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

LATIN AMERICA 2017-19

#SOLSEEKER

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Teotihuacan pyramids tour • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza • Visit Tikal National Park

DAY 1: Arrive Mexico City. Meet up with your Contiki Team & start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town. Hotel (D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

PP*

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CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER

& N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

CANCUN 2 PLAYA DEL 2 CARMEN WHY THIS TRIP?

GULF OF MEXICO

The perfect combo of white sand beaches and jungle paradise, the Encounter will see you hitting up three amazing countries in 10 days.

Places visited MEXICO 1 or more nightstops Belize 1 or more nights at Special Stay CAYE TIKAL City Coach, mini-coach or van 2 CAULKER 1 NATIONAL Plane BELIZE PARK 3 World Heritage sites visited Santa Elena

GUATEMALA

2 ANTIGUA/

GUATEMALA CITY

10 DAYS · 3 COUNTRIES FROM US$2185 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 9

14

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 8 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS 1 internal flight & transfer See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

#CARIBBEANENCOUNTER

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • See the Belize Barrier Reef • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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DAY 1: Arrive Cancun. Touch down in Cancun, Mexico’s gateway to the Caribbean, where sun, music & sights await! Meet your Contiki Team, then get amongst the nightlife at Parque las Palapas. Hotel (D) DAY 2: Cancun. Soak up all the Cancun action you want today – swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) DAY 3: Cancun to Playa del Carmen. This morning we head to the beach town of Playa del Carmen for a few lazy sun soaked days. Playa del Carmen’s palmlined streets will give you plenty of retail therapy & its sun-soaked beachside bars & restaurants are pure bliss. Hotel (B) DAY 4: Playa del Carmen. The day is yours to wander the streets or lie on the powder-like sands. If you’re up for it, a day trip to the island of Cozumel is on deck & is the perfect way to experience the Caribbean in all its amazing tropical glory. Hotel (B,D) M Day trip to Cozumel M Snorkelling DAY 5: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, we love you but we’re off to Belize for some exploring on the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker. Tonight is your chance to feast on fresh seafood, meander the sand-covered streets or sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) DAY 6: Caye Caulker. The day is all yours! You could try swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef,

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US$219

PP*

P/DAY*

kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split”! Hotel (B,D) M Sunset sailing

DAY 7: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park. Next up, Guatemala’s El Petén region via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Stay in Tikal National Park

DAY 8: Tikal National Park to Antigua. Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area & you could explore the magnificent jungle ruins. Skip the queues & head straight for the unique beauty & relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse-drawn carriages & cobblestones. Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

DAY 9: Antigua. With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles. Hotel (B,D) DAY 10: Depart Antigua. This morning it’s adios to your amigos. So say your goodbyes before heading home, or get out & do some more exploring in Antigua. (B)

CONTIKI.COM/CARIBBEAN-ENCOUNTER

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN TRAVELLING EARLY?

Travelling between August 31st 2017 & February 22nd 2018? The below trip (CAAN) is 7 days long & features a slightly modified itinerary. 1 night in Santa Elena (Flores), 1 night in Cancun & 1 night in Antigua. See below for start & end times & visit contiki.com/caribbean-encounter for full details. CODE: CAAN 2017/18 Start Cancun

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

Start Cancun

Finish Antigua

2017 2017 Aug 31 Sep 6 1565 Dec 28 ● Jan 3 Sep 28 Oct 4 1565 2018 Oct 26 Nov 1 1565 Nov 23 Nov 29 1565 Jan 25 Jan 31 Dec 14 Dec 20 1565 Feb 22 Feb 28 Single room supplement add US$339. Start Cancun 5:00pm & end Antigua approx. 11:00am.

Total Cost US$ pp* 1565 1565 1565

CODE: CAAN 2018/19 Start Cancun

Finish Antigua

2018 Mar 21 Apr 25 May 30 Jun 20 Jul 4 Jul 18 Aug 8 Aug 29 Sep 26

Total Cost US$ pp*

Mar 30 May 4 Jun 8 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 7 Oct 5

2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185 2185

Start Cancun 2018 Oct 24 Nov 21 Dec 12 Dec 26 ■ 2019 Jan 23 Feb 20

Finish Antigua

Total Cost US$ pp*

Nov Nov Dec Jan

2185 2185 2185 2185

2 30 21 4

Feb 1 Mar 1

2185 2185

*

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 add US$689. Start Cancun 8:00am & end Antigua approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends NYE in Tikal. ■ Trip spends NYE in Caye Caulker. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Mexico Departure Tax US$26, San Pedro Port Fee US$1.25, Belize Departure Tax (by ferry) US$20, Guatemala Entry Fee US$3.00. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 26-day Playas of Paradise trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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10 TRIPS FROM

6–14 DAYS

Get off the beaten track and live Latin America without missing a moment. Take your time to explore some of the most epic Latin America experiences – embark on the Inca Trail as you take in the mind-blowing views, see the sunrise in Machu Picchu and relax under the rainforest in Cost Rica. With local experts and a whole heap of ME Time you’ll uncover all Latin America has to offer.

WHO TRAVELS IN-DEPTH EXPLORER? • Those who want to get to know a particular region in detail • Those who are all about food, history, local experiences and culture, and getting just a little bit lost • Those who want to spend less time travelling and more time exploring.

FREE WIFI IN ALL CONTIKI HOTELS CONTIKI.COM/IN-DEPTH-EXPLORER-LATIN-AMERICA

CONTIKI. COM/ DEALS

Booking today = Save US$20 a week from now to next April (that’s 48 weeks) to travel on a 2017-19 Latin America In Depth Explorer trip. Want to reduce that weekly amount even more? Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions and money saving shenanigans *visit contiki.com/freewifi

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COSTA RICA UNPLUGGED WHY THIS TRIP? Costa Rica may be small, but it sure ain’t lacking. A whirlwind 14 days of jungles & rainforests, coffee plantations, volcanoes, beaches, cool locals and Pura Vida vibes will get you digging the Tico lifestyle.

ARENAL 2 2

SARAPIQUI 1

CARIBBEAN SEA

2 TORTUGUERO

MONTEVERDE 2

#COSTARICAUNPLUGGED

PLAYA TAMARINDO

1 SAN JOSÉ COSTA RICA Quepos

3 MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio N.P.

PACIFIC OCEAN

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14 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$2769 PP* US$198 P/DAY*

13

23

NIGHTS Special Stay experiences: 1 night Rainforest Eco tents, 2 nights Jungle Lodge, & 10 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Hot springs dip M Visit a country estate for dinner & a look at the Tico way of life M Selvatura Park ziplining

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Arrive San José. Meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before heading out to explore. Experience daily Costa Rican life at the Plaza & sample some local delicacies at the Mercado Central (Central Market). Hotel (D) DAY 2: San José to Tortuguero. Say farewell to the big city as we head to Tortuguero which is only accessible by boat or small aircraft. Tortuguero National Park is famous for being one of Costa Rica’s most popular eco-tourism spots & the nesting ground for green, hawksbill & leatherback turtles. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge DAY 3: Tortuguero. Get ready to spot howler monkeys, sloths & reptiles on a guided boat ride through the National Park, where your expert guide will give the inside track on this amazing haven for wildlife. Later, it’s all about relaxing the way you want. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit Tortuguero Village

DAY 4: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui. Next up our overnight Eco Camp in Sarapiqui – it’s perfect for those who love to relax! You’ll discover the rainforest & learn about one of mankind’s favourite treats on our chocolate tour in the Tirimbina Reserve before a BBQ feast this evening. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Eco Tents Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Locally guided tour of a cacao plantation • Coffee estate tour • Visit Selvatura Park & visit the hanging bridges, butterfly & hummingbird gardens

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 8: Playa Tamarindo. Get into the laid-back vibe of this beach town, try your hand at surfing, snorkelling or diving. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise. Hotel (B,D) M Catamaran trip DAY 9: Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde. Today it’s on to Monteverde, Costa Rica’s most popular reserve. It’s one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics, filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist & friendly locals. Hotel (B) DAY 10: Monteverde. It’s an early start this morning as we visit Selvatura Park to walk the hanging bridges, visit the butterfly sanctuary and for the thrill seekers opt in for ziplining. This afternoon learn the A-Z about Costa Rica’s famous coffee. Hotel (B) Costa Rican coffee making tour Visit the Hanging Bridges & Butterfly Gardens

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DAY 11: 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 Jaco before arriving at Manuel Antonio, a haven for those that love to relax. Hotel (B,D)

DAY 12: Manuel Antonio. This morning is all about doing your own thing. Hit the beach with your iPod & a book, head out to explore the town or just sit with a drink & work on your tan. This afternoon opt in for a horseback ride through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Horse riding

DAY 13: Manuel Antonio. It’s time to get active & walk with our expert guide through the exotic, biodiverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join a kayak adventure to explore the biodiversity in the mangroves. Don’t forget your swimming gear for swim stops & snorkelling. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike M Coastal kayak/snorkelling experience

DAY 14: Manuel Antonio to San Jose. Relax in paradise this morning before we head back to San José where your trip ends on arrival. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: COSTA 2017/18/19 Start San José

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

Start San José

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 12 Aug 19 Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 16 ● Dec 30 ■

Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan

25 1 15 29 13 10 8 29 12

2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769

2018 Jan 27 Feb 24 Mar 30 May 4

2018 Jun 8 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 7 Oct 5 Nov 2 Nov 30 Dec 21 ▲

Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan

21 12 26 9 30 20 18 15 13 3

2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769

Feb 9 Mar 9 Apr 12 May 17

2769 2769 2769 2769

2019 Jan 4 Feb 1 Mar 1

Jan 17 Feb 14 Mar 14

2769 2769 2769

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$919. Start San José 3:00pm & end San José approx. 4:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Monteverde. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Tortuguero. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Arenal & NYE in Manuel Antonio. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78.

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DAY 5: Sarapiqui to Arenal - La Fortuna . This morning’s yours, so choose from adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting, a canopy adventure or horse riding before checking out the perfectly symmetrical Arenal volcano. The area is known for its spa & mud pool treatments, so it’s the ideal place to treat yourself. Hotel (B) See the incredible Arenal volcano

DAY 6: Arenal. This morning maybe give canyoneering a go, then this afternoon experience the traditional Costa Rican way of life with an optional 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) M Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself! M Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling) DAY 7: Arenal to Playa Tamarindo. Today we head to the Pacific coast to spend a couple of days in Playa Tamarindo, known for its great surfing beaches & party feel. Hotel (B)

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PURA VIDA WHY THIS TRIP? Get ready for nine days of white water rafting, abseiling, spa & mud pool treatments and beach hangs. This trip has everything from city vibes to unique eco-lodges.

ARENAL 2

SARAPIQUI 1 2 TORTUGUERO

COSTA RICA

2 PLAYA TAMARINDO

1 SAN JOSÉ

PACIFIC OCEAN

9 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$1659 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

8

16

NIGHTS Special Stay experiences: 1 night Rainforest Eco tents, 2 nights Jungle Lodge, & 5 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

#CONTIKIVIDA

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Locally guided tour of a cacao plantation

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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PP*

US$185

DAY 1: Arrive San José. Meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before heading out to explore. Experience daily Costa Rican life at the Plaza & sample some local delicacies at the Mercado Central (Central Market). Hotel (D) DAY 2: San José to Tortuguero. Say farewell to the big city as we head to Tortuguero which is only accessible by boat or small aircraft. Tortuguero National Park is famous for being one of Costa Rica’s most popular eco-tourism spots & the nesting ground for green, hawksbill & leatherback turtles. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge DAY 3: Tortuguero. Get ready to spot howler monkeys, sloths & reptiles on a guided boat ride through the National Park, where your expert guide will give the inside track on this amazing haven for wildlife. Later, it’s all about relaxing the way you want. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit Tortuguero village

DAY 4: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui. Next up our overnight Eco Camp in Sarapiqui – it’s perfect for those who love to relax! You’ll discover the rainforest & learn about one of mankind’s favourite treats on our chocolate tour in the Tirimbina Reserve before a BBQ feast this evening. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Eco Tents Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve

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1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay

P/DAY*

DAY 5: Sarapiqui to Arenal - La Fortuna . This morning’s yours, so choose from adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting, a canopy adventure or abseiling before checking out the perfectly symmetrical Arenal volcano. The area is known for its spa & mud pool treatments, so it’s the ideal place to treat yourself. Hotel (B) See the incredible Arenal volcano M Rafting adventure

DAY 6: Arenal. This morning maybe give canyoneering a go, then this afternoon experience the traditional Costa Rican way of life with an optional 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) M Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself! M Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling) M Visit La Casona Rio Fortuna for a taste of Tico life DAY 7: Arenal to Playa Tamarindo. Today we head to the Pacific coast to spend a couple of days in Playa Tamarindo, known for its great surfing beaches & party feel. Hotel (B)

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: SJPT 2017/18/19 Start San José

Finish Total Cost Playa Tamarindo US$ pp*

Start San José

Finish Total Cost Playa Tamarindo US$ pp*

2017 Aug 12 Aug 19 Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 16 Dec 30 ■

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan

20 27 10 24 8 5 3 24 7

1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659

2018 Jun 8 Jun 29 Jul 13 Jul 27 Aug 17 Sep 7 Oct 5 Nov 2 Nov 30 Dec 21 ●

Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

16 7 21 4 25 15 13 10 8 29

1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659 1659

2018 Jan 27 Feb 24 Mar 30 May 4

Feb 4 Mar 4 Apr 7 May 12

1659 1659 1659 1659

2019 Jan 4 Feb 1 Mar 1

Jan 12 Feb 9 Mar 9

1659 1659 1659

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 add US$465. Start San José 3:00pm & end Tamarindo approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Arenal. ■ Trip spends in New Year’s Eve in Tortuguero. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78.

DAY 8: Playa Tamarindo. Get into the laid-back vibe of this beach town, try your hand at surfing, snorkelling or diving. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise. Hotel (B,D) M Catamaran trip DAY 9: Depart Tamarindo. It’s time to say ‘adios’ to your travel mates as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

CANOPIES & CABANAS

& N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

WHY THIS TRIP? Zipline your way through the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. This 8-day exploration packs adventure, relaxation & culture into one.

2 PLAYA TAMARINDO

MONTEVERDE 2 San José COSTA RICA Quepos

PACIFIC 1

3 MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio National Park

OCEAN Places visited Nightstops

8 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$1485 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 7

10

NIGHTS 7 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Surfing (Tamarindo) M Catamaran cruise (Tamarindo) M Ziplining (Monte Verde)

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

PLAYA TAMARINDO

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DAY 1: Arrive Playa Tamarindo. Meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow Contiki travellers before heading out to explore. Hotel (D) DAY 2: Tamarindo. Try your hand at surfing or join in on a catamaran cruise where you can snorkel, swim or just chill with a cocktail in hand. Hotel (B) M Catamaran trip DAY 3: Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde. Today it’s on to Monteverde, Costa Rica’s most popular reserve. It’s one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the Tropics, filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist & friendly locals. Hotel (B) DAY 4: Monteverde. It’s an early start this morning as we visit Selvatura Park to walk the hanging bridges, visit the butterfly sanctuary and for the thrill seekers opt in for ziplining. This afternoon learn the A-Z about Costa Rica’s famous coffee. Hotel (B) Costa Rican coffee making tour Visit Selvatura Park & visit the hanging bridges, butterfly & hummingbird gardens

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US$186

P/DAY*

beach with your iPod & a book, head out to explore the town or just sit with a drink & work on your tan. This afternoon opt in for a horse ride through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Horse riding

DAY 7: Manuel Antonio. It’s time to get active & walk with our expert guide through the exotic, bio-diverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join a kayak adventure to explore the biodiversity in the mangroves. Don’t forget your swimming gear for swim stops & snorkelling. Hotel (B,D) Locally guided rainforest hike M Coastal kayak/snorkelling experience

DAY 8: Manuel Antonio to San José. Relax in paradise this morning before we head back to San José where your trip ends on arrival. (B) PLAYA TAMARINDO

DAY 5: 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 Jaco before arriving at Manuel Antonio, a haven for those that love to relax. Hotel (B,D) DAY 6: Manuel Antonio. This morning is all about doing your own thing. Hit the CONTIKI.COM/CANOPIES-CABANAS

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN TRAVELLING EARLY?

Travelling between 19th August 2017 & 3rd March 2018? The below trips (PTSJ 2017/18) are 7 days long & feature a modified itinerary spending 1 night less in Playa Tamarindo. See below for start & end times & visit contiki.com/canopies-cabanas for full details. CODE: PTSJ 2017/18 Start Playa Tamarindo

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 9 Sep 23 Oct 7 Nov 4 Dec 2

Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec

25 1 15 29 13 10 8

1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435 1435

Start Playa Tamarindo

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

2017 Dec 23 ● 2018 Jan 6 Feb 3 Mar 3

Dec 29

1435

Jan 12 Feb 9 Mar 9

1435 1435 1435

Single room supplement add US$635.

CODE: PTSJ 2018/19 Start Playa Tamarindo

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp*

2018 Apr 5 May 10 Jun 14 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 2 Aug 23 Sep 13 Oct 11

Apr 12 May 17 Jun 21 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 20 Oct 18

1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485 1485

Start Playa Tamarindo 2018 Nov 8 Dec 6 Dec 27 ■ 2019 Jan 10 Feb 7 Mar 7

Finish Total San José Cost US$ pp* Nov 15 Dec 13 Jan 3

1485 1485 1485

Jan 17 Feb 14 Mar 14

1485 1485 1485

*

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 add US$715. Start Tamarindo 6:00pm & end San José approx. 4:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Monteverde. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Manuel Antonio. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 14-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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#CANOPIESCABANAS

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Coffee estate tour • Visit Selvatura Park • Visit Manual Antonio National Park

PP*

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14 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$2865 PP* US$205 P/DAY*

13

21

NIGHTS Unique Special Stays: 1 night Jungle Lodge, & 12 nights in twin-share hotels

INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D), Trekking option: 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 3 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River M Rainbow Mountain hike

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha

YOUR TRIP 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 flair, 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 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. The morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes before we board the train to town. Hotel (B) DAY 9: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: LILIT

DAY 2: Lima to Arequipa . We fly to the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour

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DAY 4: Colca Canyon to Puno. First up we’ll try & spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the Andes along the way to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) Visit Maca Pueblo See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor

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FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS

DAY 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to Colca Canyon. Hotel (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes

DAY 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

CUSCO

DAY 11: Cusco. Why not start the day rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife. Hotel (B) DAY 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)  Contiki Special Stay Jungle Lodge Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Jungle canopy hike

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DAY 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, before it’s back to the city. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

DAY 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima . Your trip 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.

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: LILI/LILIT 2017/18/19 Start Lima

Finish Trip Trip plus Lima only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

12 25 9 22 7 20 4 17 25 15 ▲ 30 ◆

2018 Jan 15 Jan 21 Feb 9 Feb 24 Mar 9 Mar 17 Apr 6 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 4 May 12 May 19 Jun 1

Start Lima

Finish Trip Trip plus Lima only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2018 Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

25 7 22 5 20 2 17 30 8 28 12

2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865

3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145

Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun

28 3 22 9 22 30 19 27 4 17 25 1 14

2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865

3145 3145 NaN 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145

Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

9 29 7 14 27 4 11 24 1 8 21 29 6 19 27 3 16 24 14 ● 22 ■

2019 Jan 18 Jan 26 Feb 1 Feb 16

Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

22 12 20 27 9 17 24 6 14 21 4 12 19 1 9 16 29 7 27 4

2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865 2865

3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145 3145

Jan Feb Feb Mar

31 8 14 1

2865 2865 2865 2865

3145 NA NA NA

THE FINER DETAILS 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.

DAY 5: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Meet locals & see their handmade crafts. Hotel (B) Ride on a triciclo! Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

Single room supplement add US$455.

DAY 6: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient ruins. See the Incan walls in Raqchi & then the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani See the Temple of Wiracocha

Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration.

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Start Lima 8:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in the Jungle. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in Cusco. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco. ◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Arequipa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.

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DAY 7: Cusco. Experience Cusco today on a guided tour, then the afternoon’s yours. Explore Incan buildings, or try local food or adrenaline activities. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer)

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ANDES & AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS WHY THIS TRIP? Let the good times roll as you go deep into some of Peru’s ultimate spots on this 8-day adventure.

PERU Andes

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES 1

Coast

1 LIMA

AMAZON LODGE 2

(Machu Picchu)

INCA TRAIL

Ollantaytambo

SACRED VALLEY 1 CUSCO 2 Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay Coach, mini-coach or van Plane or train 3 World Heritage sites visited

8 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$2199 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 7

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 2 nights Jungle Lodge, & 5 nights in twin-share hotels

13

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) Trekking option: 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS 2 internal flights & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

#ANDESANDAMAZON

ME TIME OPTIONALS Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

64

PP*

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 flair, 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 Jungle Lodge. Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. You could hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then chill to the sound of the jungle. (B,L,D)  Visit the Infierno community Puerto Maldonado city tour Jungle canopy hike

US$275

into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins • Entry some local chicha de jora • Try (corn beer)

DAY 6: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a free morning to explore the Sacred Valley! Hike the nearby ruins, wander the town & marvel at the Incan structures. Or maybe grab a coffee in the town square & people watch, all before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B) DAY 6: Inca Trail Trek. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the Trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to Km 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest 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) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: LICZT.

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DAY 3: Jungle Lodge. With another day at the Jungle Lodge, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter. Hotel (B,L,D) Locally guided jungle catamaran boat trip

DAY 4: Jungle Lodge to Cusco. Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco – wander the main plaza, visit the TreadRight supported weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife until the sun comes up! Hotel (B) DAY 5: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B)

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DAY 7: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore before returning to base. Hotel (B,D) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

DAY 8: Depart Cusco. It’s time to say ‘adios’ to your travel mates as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

CONTIKI.COM/ANDES-AMAZON

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: LICZ/LICZT 2017/18/19 Start Lima

Finish Trip Trip plus Cusco only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

Start Lima

2017 Aug Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec

4 1 29 27 24 22 ●

2018 Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

11 8 6 3 1 29

2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199

2479 2479 2479 2479 2479 2479

Jan Feb Mar Apr May

26 23 16 13 11

2199 2199 2199 2199 2199

2479 NA 2479 2479 2479

2018 Jan Feb Mar Apr May

19 16 9 6 4

Finish Trip Trip plus Cusco only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

Jun Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

1 29 27 24 21 19 16 14

8 6 3 31 28 26 23 21

2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199

2479 2479 2479 2479 2479 2479 2479 2479

Jan 25 Feb 8

2199 2199

2479 NA

Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

2019 Jan 18 Feb 1

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 (trip only) add US$325. Start Lima 8:00am & end Cusco at 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.

HAVE MORE TIME? Check out our new trip! Andean Crossing & head into Bolivia, Chile & Argentina.

CUSCO

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

INCA PANORAMA WHY THIS TRIP? Experience the Colca Canyon, see the King of the Andes at Condor Cross, get up close to the locals on Lake Titicaca’s floating islands and trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Andes Coast

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES (Machu Picchu) 1 1 LIMA

INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo PERU

1 SACRED VALLEY

CUSCO 4

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

2 PUNO/ LAKE 1 AREQUIPA TITICACA

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane or train 4 World Heritage sites visited

11 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$1915 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 10

NIGHTS 10 nights in twin-share hotels

14

INCLUDED MEALS 10 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D), Trekking option: 10 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS 1 internal flight & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

DAY 1: Arrive Lima . Meet your Contiki Team & group this morning before checking out the city sights 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 the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour. Hotel (B) City walking tour

DAY 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. We drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to the Colca Canyon. Hotel (B,L,D) See wild vicuña See the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes

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US$175

• See the Temple of Wiracocha DAY 7: Cusco. Experience Cusco on a guided walking tour then the afternoon’s yours. Explore Incan buildings, try local food or adrenaline activities. Hotel (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac ruins

DAY 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. The morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes before we board our train into town. Hotel (B)

DAY 4: Colca Canyon to Puno. First up we’ll try & spot the Andean condor. Later, experience the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) Visit Maca Pueblo See the massive Colca Canyon Visit Cruz del Condor

DAY 9: Inca Trail Trek. Take a train to KM 104 & trek amongst the cloud forest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where you’ll find incredible views of this magnificent ancient site before returning to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B,L) • Train ride to KM 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: LICUT

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DAY 5: Puno. Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Hotel (B) 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 ruins. See the Incan walls in Raqchi & then the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani

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Finish Trip Trip plus Cusco only Inca Trail US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

12 25 9 22 7 20 4 17 25 15 30 ●

2018 Jan 15 Jan 21 Feb 9 Feb 24 Mar 9 Mar 17 Apr 6 Apr 14 Apr 21 May 4 May 12 May 19 Jun 1

Start Lima

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22 4 19 2 17 30 14 27 5 25 9

1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915

2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195

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25 31 19 6 19 27 16 24 1 14 22 29 11

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2019 Jan 18 Jan 26 Feb 1 Feb 16

Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

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Jan Feb Feb Feb

28 5 11 26

1915 1915 1915 1915

2195 NA NA NA

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 add US$410. Start Lima 8:00am & end Cusco 11:00am.

DAY 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise, a tour & time to explore. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar

● Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Arequipa.

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

Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration.

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■ Trip spends Xmas in Puno & NYE in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.

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Rainforest PERU Machu Picchu

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NIGHTS 4 nights in twin-share hotels & 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail

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INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

#ULTIMATEINCA

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to Koricancha & San Pedro market • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the Pisac ruins & Ollantaytambo • Guided tour of Machu Picchu • Visit the weaving community of Chinchero; a Tread Right sponsored initiative FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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US$207

DAY 1: Arrive Cusco. Meet up with your Contiki Team this afternoon & get ready for your adventure to begin! The modernday starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon is free for you to explore, your way. From ancient Incan buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops & boutiques, to delicious cuisine & adrenaline activities, there’s something for everyone! Hotel (D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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DAY 2: Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Tonight make sure you rest up, as tomorrow the hike to Machu Picchu will begin! Hotel (B) Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer)

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DAYS 3 - 6: Inca Trail. Get ready for mind-blowing views as we embark on this once in a lifetime trek of the Incas. We’ll follow ancient trails through thick cloud forest, past waterfalls, wildlife & ancient ruins and over the mountain of Warmiwanusca, also known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’. On these three nights you’ll camp overnight with the mountains & cloud forest as your backdrop. Spend your first night at Wayllabamba (2,900m), the second night at Pacamayo (3,600m) & your final night at Wiñay Wayna

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(3,800m). On the final morning, arriving at the Sun Gate for that first glimpse of Machu Picchu will make you feel like you’ve conquered an enchanted land. Explore the magical ancient ruins & imagine life as it was in the Incan times, before we head back to the Sacred Valley for some much needed R&R. CampsiteHotel (B,L,D)(B,L,D)(B,L,D)(B)

DAY 7: Sacred Valley to Cusco. Today we make our way back to Cusco via the Sacred Valley. We will stop at the weaving community of Chinchero, one of the great local causes supported by TreadRight, before arriving back to Cusco. Enjoy a free afternoon; relax with a book or wander the town before we meet up for our farewell dinner. Hotel (B) Visit Chinchero M Rafting

DAY 8: Depart Cusco. It’s time to say adios to your new friends as your trip ends at 11am this morning. (B)

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Space to trek the iconic Inca Trail is in high demand, with a limited number of spaces each day. In order to maximise the opportunity for our travellers to take the trek as a group, we have created a flexible itinerary, where the days that we take the trek may vary from the itinerary. If we need to alternate the itinerary to accommodate, rest assured that all destinations as specified in the itinerary will be visited as part of the 8-day Ultimate Inca trip, but the 4-day hike may be on different days. Visit contiki.com/ultimate-inca for details.

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Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Oct 27 Nov 10 Nov 24 Dec 8 Dec 22 ●

Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

3 17 1 15 29

1655 1655 1655 1655 1655

2018 Jan 5 Jan 19 Jan 26 Mar 9 Apr 6

Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr

12 26 2 16 13

1655 1655 1655 1655 1655

Start Cusco

Finish Cusco

Total Cost US$ pp*

2018 May 4 Jun 1 Jun 29 Jul 27 Aug 24 Sep 21 Oct 19 Nov 16 Dec 14

May 11 Jun 8 Jul 6 Aug 3 Aug 31 Sep 28 Oct 26 Nov 23 Dec 21

1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655

2019 Jan 18

Jan 25

1655

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 add US$145, single rooms not available during nights camping on the Inca Trail. Start Cusco 1:00pm & end Cusco approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas on the Inca Trail. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78.

MIX + MATCH Got more time? Combine this trip & see more! This trip connects with the Bolivian Magic. See contiki.com. Plus you’ll also save US$50 with our multi-trip discount. See p.9.

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THE LAVA LINE

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Choose a Me to We voluntary experience on this trip. Available on five departures. See p.26-27 for more details.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 6

9

NIGHTS 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 6 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

PP*

US$132

DAY 1: Start Quito. Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Trip Manager & group before heading out to learn all about this city & the history of the Inca & the Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equatorial line & wander between the two hemispheres. Tonight, head out for dinner with the group. Hotel (D) Locally guided city tour to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator

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INCLUSIONS See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Go local at a salsa lesson • Visit Inti Ñan Museum

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DAY 3: Tena . This morning its all about ME Time – have a sleep-in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Hotel (B,D) DAY 4: Tena to Baños. We head to Baños today, the adventure capital of Ecuador, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson

DAY 2: Quito to Minga Lodge. We’ll be meeting up with the ME to We team in Los Rios, before travelling by boat down the Napo River. Arriving at Minga Lodge, we’ll then take part in a

Nightstops 1 World Heritage site visited

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trip orientation, and after dinner take an Amazonian night walk through the jungle. (B,D)

DAY 3: Minga Lodge. After meeting and getting to know the local community and their current priorities, we’ll spend most of our day volunteering on a build for a current local infrastructure project. Later on, we’ll experience a Shamanic Ceremony and learn the ins and outs of indigenous weapons from a local hunter. (B,L,D) DAY 4: Minga Lodge to Baños. Waking up early, we’ll head out before breakfast to explore the rainforest by daylight, keeping our eyes peeled for toucans, long-tailed potoos, as well as the myriad of flora and fauna. It’s then back onto the boat as we journey back to Los Rios, where you’ll continue on to Banos. (B) DAY 5: Baños. With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for travellers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Choose your adventure – horse riding, canyoneering, or abseiling. Hotel (B,D)

CODE: QUGY 2017/18/19 Start Quito

Finish Total Guayaquil Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 13 Sep 10 Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

19 16 14 11 9

919 919 919 919 919

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25 Apr 22

Jan Feb Mar Mar Apr

9 3 3 31 28

919 919 919 919 919

Start Quito 2018 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12 Sep 9 Oct 7 Nov 4 Dec 2 2019 Jan 6 Jan 20

Finish Total Guayaquil Cost US$ pp* ● ● ● ●

May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 8

919 919 919 919 919 919 919 919

Jan 12 Jan 26

919 919

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 add US$215. Start Quito 7:00am & end Guayaquil approx. 11:00am. ● These trips have the option to book the MetoWe package instead of spending 2 nights in Tena. There will be an additional charge of US$560 for the Me to We package (U$495 for a single room supplement). Please use code QGMW. See days 2-4 in the itinerary and more information on p.26-27. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78.

DAY 6: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we head to Guayaquil, where a walk down the promenade is essential. Hotel (B)

#LAVALINE

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

DAY 2: Quito to Tena . It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views, a perfect way to spend the day. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids.Hotel (B) M Rafting Experience

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2 BAÑOS

GUAYAQUIL 1

7 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$919

2 TENA

DAY 7: Depart Guayaquil. Your trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to say ‘adios’ to your mates. (B)

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Choose a Me to We voluntary experience on this trip. Available on five departures. See p.26-27 for more details.

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#ECUADORANDGALAPAGOS

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PUERTO AYORA 1 2 SAN CRISTOBAL PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

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12 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$3035 PP* US$253 P/DAY*

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17

NIGHTS 11 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 11 breakfasts (B), 1 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides 2 internal flights & transfers

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip M Ziplining M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Go local at a salsa lesson Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with •

YOUR TRIP DAY 3: Minga Lodge. After meeting and getting to know the local community and their current priorities, we’ll spend most of our day volunteering on a build for a current local infrastructure project. Later on, we’ll experience a Shamanic Ceremony and learn the ins and outs of indigenous weapons from a local hunter. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Minga Lodge to Banos. Waking up early, we’ll head out before breakfast to explore the rainforest by daylight, keeping our eyes peeled for toucans, long-tailed Potoos, as well as the myriad of flora and fauna. It’s then back onto the boat as we journey back to Los Rios, where you’ll continue on to Banos. (B)

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DAY 3: Tena. This morning its all about ME Time – have a sleep-in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Hotel (B,D) DAY 4: Tena to Baños. We head to Baños today, the adventure capital of Ecuador, nestled under the still active Tungurahua volcano. Tonight get local as you learn to salsa at our included lesson. Hotel (B) Salsa dancing lesson

DAY 2: Quito to Minga Lodge. We’ll be meeting up with the ME to We team in Los Rios, before travelling by boat down the Napo River. Arriving at Minga Lodge,we’ll then take part in a trip orientation, and after dinner take a night walk through the Amazonian jungle. (B,D)

FREE WIFI Free WiFi in Contiki hotels

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DAY 1: Start Quito. Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Trip Manager & group before heading out to learn all about this city & the history of the Inca & the Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equatorial line & wander between the two hemispheres. Tonight, head out for dinner with the group. Hotel (D) Locally guided city tour to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator DAY 2: Quito to Tena . It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views, a perfect way to spend the day. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids. Hotel (B) M Rafting Experience

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

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DAY 5: Baños. With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls & hot springs, Baños is a hub for travellers who love great weather, small town vibes & the great outdoors. Choose your adventure – horseback riding, canyoneering, or abseiling. Hotel (B,D) DAY 6: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we head to Guayaquil, where a walk down the promenade is essential Hotel (B) DAY 7: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Today we fly to the Galapagos Islands. Before arriving in Puerto Ayora we’ll check out the island’s old lava tunnels & see the giant tortoises. Later, get out on the water as head off to Isabela Island. Hotel (B,D) See famous Galapagos giant tortoises Visit lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

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DAY 8: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish. You might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking adventure Snorkelling experience

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DAY 9: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay for a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay

DAY 10: Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this morning & check out the tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal! This afternoon explore the island by bike before watching the sunset. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station M Paddleboarding

DAY 11: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock’s 143m tuff cone looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe a Galapagos shark. Later, relax on the beach, before a feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit Puerto Grande beach

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HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: QUGU 2017/18/19 Start Quito

Finish Total Guayaquil Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 13 Sep 10 Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

24 21 19 16 14

3035 3035 3035 3035 3035

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25 Apr 22

Jan 14 Feb 8 Mar 8 Apr 5 May 3

3035 3035 3105 3105 3105

Start Quito 2018 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12 Sep 9 Oct 7 Nov 4 Dec 2 2019 Jan 6 Jan 20

Finish Total Guayaquil Cost US$ pp* ● ● ● ●

May 31 Jun 28 Jul 26 Aug 23 Sep 20 Oct 18 Nov 15 Dec 13

3105 3105 3105 3105 3105 3105 3105 3105

Jan 17 Jan 31

3105 3105

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$725. ● These trips have the option to book the MetoWe package instead of spending 2 nights in Tena. There will be an additional charge of US$560 for the Me to We package (US$1005 for a single room supplement). Please use code QGMW. See days 2-4 in the itinerary and more information on p. 26-27. Start Quito 7:00am & end Guayaquil approx. 4:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$10 Isabela Island tax that are only payable in cash on arrival (subject to increase). Please ensure you have this money ready to ensure entry to these locations.

DAY 12: Santa Cristobal to Guayaquil. There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival. (B)

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GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER WHY THIS TRIP? Calling all aspiring Attenboroughs. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is as varied as the ecology of the Galapagos itself.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ Baltra

ISABELA

2 PUERTO VILLAMIL

PUERTO AYORA SAN CRISTOBAL 1 2 PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

ECUADOR

Guayaquil

Places visited 1 or more nightstops Plane or boat 1 World Heritage site visited

6 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$2285 US$381 PP*

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 5

8

NIGHTS 5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS 2 internal flight & transfers See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

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ME TIME OPTIONALS Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Snorkel & kayak adventure

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DAY 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning as we fly to the Galapagos Islands. 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 off to Isabela Island to relax for two nights. Hotel (D) Visit lava tunnels See famous Galapagos giant tortoises Boat ride to Isabela Island

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DAY 2: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish. You might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Later relax on the beach & take in this amazing place. Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking adventure Snorkelling experience

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DAY 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax this morning before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay where we finish up with a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay

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favourite local spots while watching the sun set. Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the island’s famous sea lions M Guided biking adventure M Paddleboarding

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DAY 5: San Cristobal Island. First up: a coastal cruise to spot native birds, before hitting the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock & its famous 143m tuff cone looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe a Galapagos shark. Later, relax on stunning Puerto Grande beach paradise, before it’s back to town. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & off shore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

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DAY 6: San Cristobal to Guayaquil. There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival. (B) Please note: Do not book flights before 6:00pm.

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: GUGU 2017/18/19 Start Guayaquil

Finish Total Guayaquil Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 26 Sep 23 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 16

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

31 28 26 23 21

2285 2285 2285 2285 2285

2018 Jan 13 Feb 10 Mar 3 Mar 31 Apr 28

Jan 18 Feb 15 Mar 8 Apr 5 May 3

2285 2285 2355 2355 2355

Start Guayaquil

Finish Total Guayaquil Cost US$ pp*

2018 May 26 Jun 23 Jul 21 Aug 18 Sep 15 Oct 13 Nov 10 Dec 8

May 31 Jun 28 Jul 26 Aug 23 Sep 20 Oct 18 Nov 15 Dec 13

2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355

2019 Jan 12 Jan 26

Jan 17 Jan 31

2355 2355

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 add US$525. Start Guayaquil 6:00am & end Guayaquil approx.4:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 12-day Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

DAY 4: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station 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! This afternoon opt to explore the islands highlands by bike. Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our

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See, experience and live Latin America all day, EVERY day. See the sights of Chichen Itza, snorkel through the blue seas of Cancun, explore the beauty of Merida and party up a storm in Mexico City’s hottest clubs.

WHO TRAVELS HIGH ENERGY? • Those who want to live Latin America 24 hours a day • Those who want to see their budget go further • Those who know that sometimes the best adventures happen after dark.

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Booking today = Save US$25 a week from now to next April (that’s 48 weeks) to travel on a 2017-19 Latin America High Energy trip. Want to reduce that weekly amount even more? Head to contiki. com/deals for all our latest promotions and money saving shenanigans. *visit contiki.com/freewifi

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WHY THIS TRIP? Ready to cram in all Mexico has to offer? Hit up the county’s highlights in 12 off-the-scale days of rich culture, awesome adventures, diverse geography, water sports, heavenly food, heritage and insane nightlife.

CANCUN 3

Tequila

GUANAJUATO 1

1 2 PUERTO GUADALAJARA VALLARTA

GULF OF MEXICO

1 MERIDA

San Miguel de Allende

MEXICO CITY 3

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Places visited 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane 5 World Heritage sites visited

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NIGHTS 11 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 11 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach 1 internal flight & transfer Sightseeing tours of all major cities

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Day trip to Playa del Carmen M Pirate of the Bay Cruise M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch!

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Visit a tequila distillery • Visit the ancient site – Teotihuacan • Trajinera cruise

YOUR TRIP passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the romantic “Callejon de Beso” & hear the legend about the two lovers. Later, see the cast iron & glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel where you’ll have a chance to shop for local sweet treats. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour of Guanajuato

DAY 8: 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 & Government Palace. Tonight, be sure to indulge in traditional Yucatecan cuisine. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

DAY 2: Puerto Vallarta . Today take on Puerto Vallarta & opt for a zipline thrill on Mexico’s longest & fastest lines, or go north of town & spend the day away at the beachside town of Sayulita, known for surfing, shopping & cool vibes. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Jungle Ziplining M Pirate Show & Dinner Cruise

DAY 5: Guanajuato to Mexico City. Return to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland where we stop for lunch in the Pueblo Magico (magic town) of San Miguel de Allende before arriving in Mexico City. Hotel (B) Visit San Miguel de Allende

DAY 9: Merida to Cancun. This afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

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DAY 4: Guadalajara to Guanajuato. Today we drive to the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. This afternoon explore the winding streets & subterranean MERIDA

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DAY 1: Arrive Puerto Vallarta . Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations. Today, meet up with your group & get ready for a day of exploring the golden sands or famous seaside malecon (promenade) lined with bars, restaurants & shops. Hotel (D)

DAY 3: Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara . Today we head to the city the locals call the “Pearl of the West”, Guadalajara! Take a closer look at buildings & plazas filled with great murals & history. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic centre, where you’ll visit the four main squares, inside city hall & the magnificent cathedral. Hotel (B) Guided tour of Guadalajara Visit a tequila distillery

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DAY 6: Mexico City. Today we visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced yet modern architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a trajinera Visit Coyoacan, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

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DAY 7: Mexico City. Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan M Hot Air Ballooning

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DAY 10: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to checking out the beach town of Playa del Carmen, where you can shop or stop off for a drink & people watch. Hotel (B,D) DAY 11: Cancun. Soak up all the Cancun action you want today – swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing. Then for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) M Snorkelling & zipline adventure

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: MEXG 2017/18/19 Start Puerto Vallarta

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Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 21 Sep 18 Oct 16 Nov 13 Dec 4 Dec 18 ●

Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

1 29 27 24 15 29

2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285

2018 Jan 15 Feb 12 Mar 12 Apr 16 May 21 Jun 11 Jun 25

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul

26 23 23 27 1 22 6

2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285 2285

Start Puerto Vallarta

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

2018 Jul 9 Jul 16 ■ Jul 30 Aug 20 Sep 17 Oct 15 Oct 22 ■ Nov 12 Dec 3 Dec 17 ▲

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 10 31 28 26 2 23 14 28

2285 2405 2285 2285 2285 2285 2405 2285 2285 2285

2019 Jan 14 Feb 11

Jan 25 Feb 22

2285 2285

THE FINER DETAILS 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 add US$795. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end Cancun approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Merida. ■ Munch Departure. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Cancun. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78.

DAY 12: Depart Cancun. Your Mexican adventure ends this morning & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Munch your way across Mexico

July 16 Oct 22

July 27 2405 Nov 2 2405

Up the foodie ante when you choose one of our Limited Edition Munch Departures. Our Munch trips will satisfy every Mexican craving, hitting the same great must-see highlights as Mexico Grande but with extra tasty experiences. Munch departures include touring a tequila distillery, learning how to mix up the perfect margarita, flavour sampling as you explore a local food market & learning how to cook traditional Yucatecan Cochinita (pork) pibil. WWW.CONTIKI.COM/MUNCH-LATIN-AMERICA

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MEXICAN FIESTA WHY THIS TRIP? Explore Mexico’s top destinations over eight days crammed full of adventure activities, water sports, cultural sites, an unbelievable variety of food, and super sizzling nightlife.

Tequila

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3 MEXICO CITY

PACIFIC OCEAN 1

8 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$1429 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 7

10

NIGHTS 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

#MEXICANFIESTA

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Visit a Tequila factory • Cruise on a ‘trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan

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DAY 1: Arrive Puerto Vallarta . Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations. Today, meet up with your group & get ready for a day of exploring the golden sands or famous seaside malecon (promenade) lined with bars, restaurants & shops. Hotel (D) DAY 2: Puerto Vallarta . Today take on Puerto Vallarta & opt for a zipline thrill on Mexico’s longest & fastest lines, or go north of town & spend the day away at the beachside town of Sayulita, known for surfing, shopping & cool vibes. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Jungle Ziplining M Pirate Show & Dinner Cruise DAY 3: Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara . Today we head to the city the locals call the “Pearl of the West”, Guadalajara! Take a closer look at buildings & plazas filled with great murals & history. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic centre, where you’ll visit the four main squares, inside city hall & the magnificent cathedral. Hotel (B) Guided tour of Guadalajara Visit a tequila distillery

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DAY 4: Guadalajara to Guanajuato. Today we drive to the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. This afternoon explore the winding streets & subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the romantic “Callejon

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de Beso” & hear the legend about the two lovers. Later, see the cast iron & glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel where you’ll have a chance to shop for local sweet treats. Hotel (B,D) Walking tour Guanajuato Visit the Hidalgo Market

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DAY 5: Guanajuato to Mexico City. Return to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland where we stop for lunch in the Pueblo Magico (magic town) of San Miguel de Allende before arriving in Mexico City. Hotel (B) Visit San Miguel de Allende

DAY 6: Mexico City. Today we visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it’s off through “The City of Palaces” to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced yet modern architecture. Hotel (B) Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a trajinera Visit Coyoacan, birthplace of Frida Kahlo

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MEXICO

San Miguel de Allende

Places visited Nightstops 4 World Heritage sites visited

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: MEXF 2017/18/19 Start Puerto Vallarta

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Aug 21 Sep 18 Oct 16 Nov 13 Dec 4 Dec 18

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

28 25 23 20 11 25

1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429

2018 Jan 15 Feb 12 Mar 12 Apr 16 May 21 Jun 11

Jan 22 Feb 19 Mar 19 Apr 23 May 28 Jun 18

1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429

Start Puerto Vallarta

Finish Mexico City

Total Cost US$ pp*

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Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

2 16 6 27 24 22 19 10 24

1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429 1429

2019 Jan 14 Feb 11

Jan 21 Feb 18

1429 1429

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 add US$475. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78.

DAY 7: Mexico City. Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town. Hotel (B,D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan M Hot Air Ballooning

DAY 8: Depart Mexico City. This morning the trip ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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HIGH ENERGY

YUCATÁN HIGHLIGHTS WHY THIS TRIP? Culture, geography, beaches, jungles, adventure and sizzling nightlife – this trip goes to Mexico’s top destinations in six incredible days you’ll never forget.

MERIDA 3 1 CANCUN

MEXICO CITY 1 1 or more nightstops Coach, mini-coach or van Plane 3 World Heritage sites visited

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6 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$1165 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 5

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NIGHTS 5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

INCLUDED MEALS 5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS 1 internal flight & transfer See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Cenote snorkelling & off-track adventure

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DAY 1: Arrive Mexico City. Meet up with your Contiki Team & start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town. 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 & Government Palace. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

P/DAY*

night, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B) M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch!

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

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NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Turn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza

DAY 4: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkeling the clear blue waters to checking out the beach town of Playa del Carmen, where you can shop or stop off for a drink & people watch. Hotel (B,D)

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DAY 5: Cancun. Soak up all the Cancun action you want today – swim through a jungle lagoon, snorkel, or take a day trip to beautiful Isla Mujeres for some delicious seafood & sightseeing. Then for your last

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Finish Cancun

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2017 Aug 27 Sep 24 Oct 22 Nov 19 Dec 10 Dec 24 ●

Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

1 29 27 24 15 29

1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165

2018 Jan 21 Feb 18 Mar 18 Apr 22 May 27 Jun 17

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun

26 23 23 27 1 22

1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165

Start Mexico City

Finish Cancun

Total Cost US$ pp*

2018 Jul 1 Jul 15 Aug 5 Aug 26 Sep 23 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 9 Dec 23 ■

Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

6 20 10 31 28 26 23 14 28

1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165 1165

2019 Jan 20 Feb 17

Jan 25 Feb 22

1165 1165

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 add US$435. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Merida.

#YUCATANHIGHLIGHTS

DAY 3: Merida to Cancun. Immerse yourself in fascinating Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – the country’s spectacular ancient Mayan city. This afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub. Hotel (B) Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

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■ Trip spends Xmas in Cancun. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.78. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 12 day Mexico Grande trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

EXPLORE MORE: Have a few more days? Check out the Mexico Grande & see the Pacific Ocean.

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Welcome to a trip full of colours, culture, food, lights, dancing and sights. A whirlwind adventure, full of white sand beaches, iconic sights and vibrant night-life.

WHO TRAVELS SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS? • Those who want to see in the highlights of Rio de Janeiro • Those who want to dance till dawn at the world’s most iconic carnival destinations • Those who like to experience the culture this city has to offer.

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RIO CARNIVAL WHY THIS TRIP? The carnival to end all carnivals, so pack your best samba moves and prepare for five days of parties, parades, an electric atmosphere, and an utterly unbeatable experience.

1 World Heritage site visited

5 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 4

NIGHTS 4 nights twin-share hotel

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INCLUDED MEALS 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS Trip will use various modes of public transport See p.78 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Favela Tour M Hang Gliding M Entry to Sugarloaf Mountain

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DAY 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro. Bemvindo/welcome to Rio de Janeiro, it’s time to get this carnival started in South America’s most vibrant city. Check in to your hotel this afternoon, then head out to explore. This afternoon, meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow travel buddies before heading out for a Brazilian feast. Hotel (D)

rejuvenate the body & take it easy. This afternoon we will be looking at Rio from a different perspective. The boat cruise is the perfect way to get out, inhale the fresh ocean air and see a few sights with your now close buddies. With a delicious BBQ onboard to feast on, you’ll be floating on bliss. Hotel (B,D) M Rio Boat Trip & BBQ

DAY 2: Rio de Janeiro. Today will kick off with a visit to perhaps South America’s biggest icon – the Christ the Redeemer statue. This religious monument casts an almighty shadow over the city below, & will be a moment you won’t be forgetting any time soon. Then, opt to view the other side of Rio with a favela tour as you start to get to know this energetic city. Hotel (B) M Christ the Redeemer M Favela Tour

DAY 5: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Your Carnival experience ends after breakfast, where it’s time to say goodbye to Rio & swap addresses with your new travel buddies. (B)

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DAY 3: Rio de Janeiro. Prepare for the big night with the option of climbing the 1,299ft up Sugarloaf Mountain by glass-panelled cable car. We’ve also got hang gliding up for grabs to dial up the day even further. Next we are off to the Sambadrome parade! The buzz & energy starts as soon as you walk in. Get ready for the party of a lifetime until the parade finishes & we will head back to the hotel. Hotel (B) Carnival tickets & transfers M Hang Gliding M Sugarloaf Mountain

#CONTIKIRIO

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Carnival tickets & transfers • Entry to Christ the Redeemer • Rio boat trip & BBQ

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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 trip’ airport transfers listed in the ‘What you need to know’ section as specified. • Accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners listed in the ‘What you need to know’ section on trip pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘Itinerary, Sightseeing & Pricing’ section in each trip itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Trip 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 trip pages. • Me Time optionals such as mountain biking, speed boat rides etc. • Lunches (unless specified under ‘What you need to know’ section) & some dinners. • Reciprocity Tax in Argentina, Chile & Bolivia for some nationalities – check with your embassy for more information • Departure Tax at airports & boarder crossing fees in some destinations – see price panels for applicable trips. • Galapagos National Park Fee of US$100 (must be paid in cash). • Ecuador INGALA Fee of US$20. • Ecuador Isabela Island Fee of US$10.

INCLUDED FLIGHTS Flights as specified on individual trip itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.79) under ‘General’, we rely on international conventions regarding air travel and other transportation as specified. Through enrolment and payment for your trip you acknowledge and 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 and/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airlines terms & conditions of travel, and the application of all relevant international conventions and applicable national and international law governing air transportation.

INCLUSIONS These are the practical bits that are included on every trip: • An experienced and professional Trip Manager and Driver team • Modern, air-conditioned coach or mini coach. • Tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations • Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges • Boat crossings on the trip pages. Where you see Look out for these icons, all of the above are included on your trip.

GROUP SIZE We average around 40 people per group on our Mexico trips and no more than 30 on the rest, which is the perfect size to explore with each region & get amongst it all!.

TRIPS WITHIN TRIPS You may notice on some of our trips that some groups join and leave at different stages. That’s because we offer shorter trips within a larger itinerary, giving greater choice & flexibility so our travellers can choose when they start their trip and how long they travel for. For the trips that allow you this extra flexibility see contiki.com.

CONTIKI GLOSSARY • Visit - Your trip includes a stop and you’ll get the opportunity to visit a specific site. • See/View - You will drive/pass by the site so that you can see it. • Sightseeing tour - A guided tour of a city or site. • Orientation tour - Places of interest are pointed out, allowing you to go and explore them in your own time.

HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED? You will need to ensure you allow enough money to cover lunches & dinners not included in the trip price, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, ME Time optionals, 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

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(Peru), Peso (Argentina), Real (Brazil), US$ (Ecuador), Colón (Costa Rica), Quetzal (Guatemala), Belize Dollar (Belize), Boliviano (Bolivia) & Peso (Chile). 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. ATMs are available in Lima, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Quito, Guayaquil, San José, La Paz, Mexico City & Guatemala City Airports. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations of both US$ & local currency and have more than one credit card. Please note that travellers cheques are generally only accepted in big cities at money exchanges or banks. USD is preferred in Argentina & should be brought with you into the country as it is not available through cash machines (ATM).

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 Trip, including leaving space for on trip purchases: • Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, 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. • We recommend small hand luggage for the Galapagos – Larger luggage can be stored at the Guayaquil hotel to be retrieved on return. 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. The train operators, 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. For the new Ultimate Inca 4 day trek, a small day bag is recommended for the day hikes, with travelers being provided with an additional duffle bag for overnight essentials. This duffel will be carried by our porters. Contiki will store your main luggage at the Cusco hotel during this time. Visit contiki.com/ultimate-inca for a full packing list. Note: Travellers can rent sleeping bags for the 4 day trek in Cusco. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Luggage is not guaranteed or included in the cost of your trip & Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept over sized baggage on your trip. Note: Contiki is not responsible for any fees incurred as a result of overweight luggage.

PAST TRAVELLER 5% DISCOUNT We’re head over heels for our Contiki travellers, particularly those that love us so much they come back for more. That’s why when you travel with us; we’ll offer you a 5% discount on the land portion of your trips from then on. And we’ve even wrestled our TTC sister brands (found here - ttc.com) into offering the same. Here’s what you need to know: • You must have returned and finished your first Contiki trip before you can cash in on your 5% discount on your next adventure • Past traveller discounts can be applied to trips of 7 days or longer only

• If you’re buying more than one trip back to back, the 5% discount will apply to the most expensive trip • We’re going to need a deposit before the discount can be applied to the booking • You can’t use it on pre & post-trip accommodation rates & other selected products (because we offer great prices for our travellers on these already) • Once you’re a past passenger, you’re eligible for a 5% discount every 6 months so you can keep going with Contiki • The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions Sound good to you crazy Contiki lovers?

ME TIME OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on your trip. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Trip Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well. HOW DO I PAY? All Me Time Optionals can be paid cash in Local Currency or USD which is preferred in Argentina – see “HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED”

ACCEPTANCE OF RISK It’s important that you acknowledge that at times travelling on a Contiki Latin America trip 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, alternatives will be arranged.

DO I NEED VACCINATIONS? At the time this brochure went to press (May, 2017) 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, Bolivia, Belize, Brazil, Guatemala & 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. Many countries such as Costa Rica and Bolivia require a yellow fever vaccination if you are travelling from a country where yellow fever exists. Please be sure to check the requirements for each country Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route such as antihistamines, antibiotics, etc

DO I NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA? Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your Latin America trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas PRIOR to the departure of your trip. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on your trip (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 trip. 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 trip & 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 trip. 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. 6. You will need a machine-readable passport.

NO COMPULSORY TIPPING REWARD ONLY EXCELLENCE! Every country in the world has different tipping customs & in Latin America, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you. No compulsory tipping – reward only excellence!

WILL I GET MORE INFORMATION? Upon receipt of final payment, your trip documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. You’ll receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your trip. 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 & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

BOOKING SECURITY Contiki has been running trips for young people since 1962 & in all countries we fully comply with local Travel Industry Laws.

TRIP REGISTRATION Ready, set, go! You’re booked & it’s nearly go time, however just like when you’re taking a flight, it’s important you provide us with all your details before you can travel. Check out www.contiki.com/tripregistration to log into your booking.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Security is a major concern to all of us and the situation globally is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the “Travel Advisories“ put out by various governments, may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information in this regard. You must accept these risks involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions.

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

COMPULSORY INSURANCE Travel insurance is compulsory on our trips, and we have some of the best deals on rates. Visit contiki.com/insurance. It is compulsory that you 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 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 and we recommend you purchase your insurance at or soon after booking your trip. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Photos Courtesy of © Colca Canyon Casa de Mama Yacchi p.12-13 Colca Canyon Lodge. Photos Courtesy of © Jungle Lodge, Totuguero p.13 Jungle Lodge. Photos Courtesy of © Hotel Las Farolas, Antigua p.13 Hotel Room. No Regrets p.16-17 Photos Courtesy of © @ishashley92, @ kelleysheenan, @stevenleidel, @emilygillxo, @ishcontiki, @ soph_willo, @taradise6, @see_what_the_day_brings.

WARDROBE CREDITS Model wardrobe and styling a combination of Kivari & models’ own.

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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. 6. COMPULSORY INSURANCE cancellation fee. 1.5 Inca Trail Trek. If you wish to book a trip including the Inca OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 3.6 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees Trail Trek you will be required to make an additional non-refundable Travel insurance is compulsory on our trips, and we have some of 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 only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 20th April, 2017. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. If a booking is made and confirmed at a price which is erroneous we may correct our error by notifying you. Unless we agree to honour the erroneous price, you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. Should the total trip price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land trip has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. For a coach holiday to operate successfully a minimum number of clients is required. Should the numbers on your holiday fail to reach this minimum Contiki reserves the right to cancel your holiday giving a minimum of 6 weeks notice. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable or better alternative. 3.3 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. 3.4 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. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any trip departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 Throughout this brochure reference is made to the standard of accommodation, meal plans, transportation and included extras that make up your Contiki Holiday. 4.2 At the time this brochure went to press (May, 2017) all Contiki’s holidays and included extras as described on the trip pages throughout this brochure were available. 4.3 With respect to our touring program Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing trips and transportation to give you good value for money. 4.4 When winter brochures are released, these prices supersede any winter trip prices in the summer brochure 4.5 Contiki constantly strives to improve trip 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. 4.6 We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type, size of vehicle and/or the style of transport mentioned in the brochure, resulting in occasionally having to utilise transport without some of the features promoted including WiFi & power outlets. Please note there are strict laws in Europe governing Driver’s driving hours and this may necessitate utilising public transport in some cities. 4.7 Complimentary WiFi service is available in many Contiki guestrooms and/or the public areas of most properties. In many itineraries there is paid WiFi on-board the coaches. The WiFi on the coaches uses the cellular phone network and as a result the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. In some countries and on some coaches this service will not be available. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 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. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for each account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 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 to disburse thereof as aforesaid.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of US$200, per person per trip, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Deposit and final payment will be converted to the local currency at point of booking. Conversion is based on the prevailing exchange rate at time of full/balance payment. Please check with your Travel Agent at time of payment. 1.3 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of US$200 per person per trip, which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.4 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.

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. You will need to provide your passport details at the time of booking & you will need your passport to enter the trail. It is important that the passport information you submit with your application is exactly the same as the passport you will use to travel to Latin America & it must have 6 months validity at the time of travel. If your information changes it can result in a penalty & cancellation of your admission to the trail. No refunds will be given. 1.6 Rio Carnival Sambadrome Ticket if you wish to book the Rio Carnival trip you will be required to make an additional non-refundable deposit at time of booking. Your reservations agent will advise you of the additional amount required. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid 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. 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 won’t 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 Freedom Guarantee/FlexDeposit : We know that travel plans can change. If you need to cancel for any reason, your deposit will remain secure until you’re ready to use it. Or if you can’t go, your deposit value is also transferable, so you can gift your deposit at no extra cost. The value of the original deposit can be used as credit towards booking a new trip. The original deposit refers to the trip deposit only and excludes any additional deposits such as Inca Trail, or flights. Any discounts already refunded are not applicable. The FlexDeposit will be applied as a discount on the final payment of your new trip. The amount allowed to be redeemed is equal to the original deposit amount paid. In the case of multiple deposits due to back to back trips, only one deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined. However multiple trips can be booked using multiple FlexDeposits. Valid on all Contiki trips 7 days or longer. Credit is valid until the client turns 36. i.e fitting within Contiki’s age limit as per Contiki’s booking conditions. After turning 36 years of age, the FlexDeposit can be used with one of our sister brands, get inspired here www.ttc.com/brands/. Credit can also be gifted to family or friends. To gift to family or friend the customer must email confirmation to Contiki stating the nominated name. Gifting only valid within 5 calendar years of the original booking. (eg cancelled in 2014, valid on trips up to end of 2019). FlexDeposit is not valid on existing bookings. FlexDeposit has no cash value and is non-refundable. FlexDeposit is not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or Last Minute Deals within 120 days of original travel date. 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 Over 45 days notice: .............................................Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days:................................................................25% of trip fare 21-8 days: ..................................................................50% of trip fare 7-1 days: ....................................................................75% of trip fare Day of departure: .....................................................100% of trip fare NB: Please note, Contiki’s cancellation policy is different in Latin America due to internal flight ticketing timeframes & ground transportation confirmations. These must be booked well in advance in order to secure high quality services that adhere to our strict safety standards. Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the trip 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. Extra night accomodations that are cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee, outside 14 days the following fees will be charged: 45-22 days...................................................................................25% 21-15 days...................................................................................30% All cancellation policies valid as at 11th May, 2017 and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 3.4 In the event that you should not be granted a visa, we have devised this unique scheme to protect you against the necessary cancellation fees detailed above. For trips costing up to US$1,000 - waiver fee US$79 per person. For trips costing over US$1,000 waiver fee US$89 per person. Waiver fees are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable. They do not apply to cancellations due to changes of mind or for medical reasons. To protect yourself against these and other eventualities, you should ask your Travel Agent about a suitable insurance policy. N.B. This scheme is applicable only in the event that you provide documentary proof of having a visa application refused. To be eligible for the purchase of the visa waiver insurance, clients are encouraged to do so as early as possible when they make their trip booking. If we do not hear from you or your travel agent 30 days before the trip, we will assume that your visa application has not been approved and we will have to cancel your reservation. However, you can always re-book your trip (subject to availability) should your visa approval come inside 30 days. Bookings made within 30 days without the necessary visa approvals are not eligible for this visa waiver insurance and will be subject to the standard cancellation terms and conditions. 3.5 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to & after your trip booking, such as pre & post accommodation & transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the trip departure incur a 100%

that may be levied by your travel agent. All Cancellation policies valid as at 11th May, 2017 and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 3.7 If flight changes are requested after the deposit has been received, or if flights are cancelled after tickets are issued, revision fees, change fees or Airline cancellation fees will be applicable and may be in addition to the above cancellation charges. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date of any available trip, you may do so subject to availability. 4.2 If the change is requested 45 days before the original trip departure no fee will be charged. 4.3 A change of booking within 45 days of original trip departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3). However trip deposits can be used as credit to a new trip, see FlexDeposit. 4.4 The new departure price would not be eligible for early payment discounts (EPD) if within 45 days before departure. 4.5 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation. 4.6 A fee will be charged for any alteration to airline arrangements made by Contiki as per clause 3 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 Clients must be aged between 18 &35 inclusive to travel on Contiki trips. 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. 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. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 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 has 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 either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 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 Trip Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or 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 trip (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Trip Managers or 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 Trip Manager or 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 28 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 28 day period will not be considered by Contiki. 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 English Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforcable 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 enforcability 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.

the best deals on rates. Visit contiki.com/insurance. It is compulsory that you 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 and we recommend you purchase your insurance at or soon after booking your trip. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party 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 trip. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to and from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Trip Managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, ME Time options. 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.

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 trip 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, ianjury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a trip 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. Contiki contracts with many different suppliers throughout the world to ensure that all the components of your holiday are taken care of. Contiki accepts responsibility for the services contracted with these suppliers as they effect your holiday. Where a part of your holiday as specified in this brochure cannot be provided and a reasonable alternative not accepted, Contiki may pay compensation specific to that loss.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. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from August 2017 to March 2019. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are owned and operated by: Contiki Holidays Latin America, Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH Channel Islands. Please note that Contiki utilises ground handlers to assist with the operation of our products. These ground handlers include: Journey Mexico (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala), Galakiwi (Ecuador & Galapagos Islands), Costa Rican Trails (Costa Rica), & Altura Travel (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil & Peru). Adsmundo (Chile). 4. CONTIKI IS REPRESENTED IN: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, 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. This brochure was published in May, 2017 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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