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LATIN AMERICA 2016 -18

INCLUDING PERU, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, MEXICO, GUATEMala, COSTA RICA, BELIZE, ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS


Included city tour of RIo de Janeiro

Make new friends from new places. Create the stories now that you’ll recount for decades to come. Celebrate individuality, diversity, connections and a little bit of craziness. Find comfort outside your comfort zone. See the world through youthful eyes, with a little bit of naivety and a truckload of optimism. You have one life. One shot. Make it count.


THIS IS YOUR life. YOU ONLY GET TO LIVE IT ONCE. BUT IF YOU DO IT RIGHT, ONCE IS ENOUGH.


THE SACRED VALLEY

INSPIRATION The Contiki difference Where we go What you get 4 ways to travel Ways to stay What's included ME Time Foodie faves How we travel Our Team The Contki facts Savings & deals Compare Contiki Social & online tools Contiki Cares Travel with purpose Machu Picchu & Inca Trail New adventures

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TRIPS DISCOVERY PLUS

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

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FESTIVALS

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HIGH ENERGY

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The details Q & A Booking conditions How to book

Plans can change, so when it comes to booking travel with us, we prefer a no-strings attached type approach – we call it the Freedom Guarantee. It’s made up of two parts: change your trip for zero fees, or use FlexDeposit to save your paid deposit for when you’re ready to use it. Visit contiki.com/freedomguarantee for details.

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THE CONTIKI DIFFERENCE

There are numerous ways to uncover the mystical lands of Latin America, but none of them are quite like Contiki. Incredible accommodation, an unimaginable line-up of experiences and a posse of people your age to explore with – all dished up in one easy trip. When travel’s made hassle-free, you’re left with more spare time and an insatiable enthusiasm for discovery. Accommodation that will leave you wowed and inspired. From beach resorts to hotels and unique one-off Special Stay experiences.

Local experts who speak both English and the native language, giving you a personal translator at your fingertips, 24/7.

18-35 year olds only: meaning new friends from around the world, all on your wavelength.

A hefty variety of included experiences as part of your trip and a bunch of options for your free time.

Four different travel styles to meet your unique wanderlust ways.

Explore Latin America in perfect group sizes of 25 people (35 for our Mexican trips).

We support and give back to the local communities we visit.

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MERIDA

GUANAJUATO

PUERTO VALLARTA

GUADALAJARA

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MEXICO CITY SANTA ELENA OAXACA

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

TEHUANTEPEC PANAJACHEL

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ANTIGUA/ GUATEMALA

More trips. More landmarks. More choice. More departures. More iconic spots. And more opportunities for adventure. From the Caribbean coastline to the waterfalls of Argentina, with sacred valleys, volcanoes and eye-opening culture in between, Latin America will leave you breathless. Finding a region here that you don’t want to visit is highly unlikely.

Peru

Hikers and history buffs aren’t the only ones who will be completely taken by the remarkable beauty and deep-rooted culture that identifies Peru. Think llamas trotting past jagged mountains, locals weaving colourful blankets, and lime-soaked ceviche with a side of delicious salted corn on the cob – this will only start to give you an idea. •V  isited on 8 of our trips. See the Andes & Amazon Highlights trip on p.56 to get a sample.

Costa Rica

If the sound of forests filled with deep valleys and low lying clouds whet your appetite for adventure, then Costa Rica is for you. Volcanoes, coffee-roasting tours, kayak trips through mangrove filled national parks – it’s no wonder this is ranked one of the happiest places on the planet. •V  isited on 3 of our trips. See the Pura Vida trip on p.61 to get a sample.

Mexico

It’s hard to imagine a human alive that hasn’t been tantalised by the images of dreamy sunsets and surfers under beach shacks that have come to represent Mexico. Behind the scenes, it’s the vine-draped cenote swimming holes, the ancient Mayan ruins, and the incredible food that we can’t get enough of.  isited on 9 of our trips. See the Mexico Grande trip •V on p.70 to get a sample.

Belize

Shark swims on World Heritage barrier reefs, reggae nightlife, Caribbean sunshine. There’s not much more that one island-loving traveller could wish for. And it’s all topped off with a colourful capital and the ultimate slow-paced lifestyle. • Visited on 5 of our trips. See the Caribbean Encounter trip on p.66 to get a sample.

Ecuador and THE Galapagos Islands

Whether you like your travels high-altitude with days spent horse riding through valleys of hot springs and waterfalls, or underwater with giant tortoises and endless biodiversity marking your days, this region of the world will set your heart into a flutter. • Visited on 7 of our trips. See the Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper trip on p.58 to get a sample.

Guatemala

If chocolate and coffee isn’t enough to lure you to foreign lands, perhaps numerous lakes surrounded by volcanoes will. Still not convinced? What about charming colonial architecture and wooden lodges in the Guatemalan jungle? Yes, we thought so. • Visited on 6 of our trips. See the Mayan Rocker trip on p.65 to get a sample.

Brazil

Good wine, sultry tango, bustling Buenos Aires, and a rustic countryside with slow-paced traditions. Have you packed your bags yet? Better yet, pack your whole life – this is one place you may dream to settle in for good.

The quintessential Latin American experience, Brazil is a heart-pounding display of nature, nightlife and culture. Wear tiny swimwear on Copacabana Beach, take in the wonder of iconic Christ the Redeemer, and be showered by the mist of breathtaking Iguassu Falls. And that’s before we even get started on Rio Carnival.

•V  isited on 4 of our trips. See The Explorer trip on p.42 to get a sample.

• Visited on 5 of our trips. See the Argentina & Brazil Experience trip on p.33 to get a sample.

Argentina


CANCUN

Can you believe this is our Latin American smorgasbord? We haven’t even begun to tease you with our adventures in the rest of the world. But sleeping under the Australian stars, watching the sunrise over Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat, and sailing secluded Greek islands should give you some clues.

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Included visit to a Mexican cenote, Cancun


WHAT YOU GET

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INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES

To us, hassle-free travel is spending zero time on worry and stress. Say farewell to endless wasted hours scouring the internet to find the best price and decent locations. With us, every detail is taken care of, guaranteed.

Oh yes, now this is where the fun starts. We pack more of the things you’ve been dreaming about into our trips than anyone else. FACT.

INCLUDED TRANSPORT INCLUDED central ACCOMMODATION BREAKFAST DAILY & MORE INCLUDED MEALS THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAM

INCLUDED BLOCKBUSTER SIGHTS & CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS MORE ME TIME OPTIONALS & FREE TIME TO EXPLORE LOCAL GUIDES FOR INSIDER ACCESS UNIQUE LOCAL TASTES ENDLESS must-DO experiences

The result? It’s hard to describe, but it’s the best feeling in the world. New places, new experiences, all with a bunch of fun-loving peeps.

HUNDREDS OF FIRSTS WIDENED EYES A FULLY ticked BUCKET LIST EUPhORIC MOMENTS FOMO-INDUCING INSTAGRAMS NEW mateS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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LAKE TITICACA

Our trips are as unique as you are. That’s why we’ve curated 4 different travel styles in Latin America, guaranteeing your adventure meets your mindset.




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11 trips from 9 to 36 days

12 trips from 6 to 14 days

See it all, do it all

For the culturally curious Go in-depth in your favourite regions

Get the most out of your time More choice

More local eats and Local Guides

More destinations

Less travel time

More icons

More time in a single region

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3 trips from 6 to 12 days

For jam-packed jaw-drops

Explore by day, live it up by night

Get into the action at the world’s biggest party, Rio Carnival

Tick off the must-sees by day

Epic days of exploring and even more epic nights

Stretch your budget even further

Party by night

find out more at contiki.com/latinamerica

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WAYS You may have survived the hostel dorm room situation in the past, but why tempt fate again? Particularly when you can rest In the likes of a cool jungle lodge in the Amazon or a UNIQUE DOWNTOWN hotel in the hearT of Buenos Aires.

STAY

With us, you’re gaining access to a network of comfy hotels and unique, one-of-a-kind accommodation. Comfortable, central and decked out in amenities is just the beginning of how Contiki does things in Latin America. This sort of digs will have you rising bright-eyed, ready to take your cultural explorations to the next level.

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT Our trips through Latin America are amazing. We stay in a suite of centrally located hotels, lodges amongst the rainforest, and unique Special Stay experiences.


Jungle Lodge Special Stay PERU

THE BEST LOCATIONS

Special Stays

If it’s a beach town, you’ll smell the salt air. When it’s city time, you’ll be on the doorstep of the bright lights. When we’re not out to sea or getting back to nature, we stay right where the action is. Twin-share as standard or you can upgrade to a single for a bit extra, if you wish.

There’s the well-trodden path, then there’s the Contiki venture – rammed with unique experiences and special touches. A jungle lodge in Peru, eco-lodge tents in Costa Rica, plus overnights at family-run hotels in Colca Canyon and Merida are just some of the stays you’ll remember forever.

HERE’S JUST A TASTE OF WHERE WE STAY: • Amazon Jungle Lodge, Peru • Tribeca Hotel, Buenos Aires • Hotel Sol, Sacred Valley • Casona de la Isla, Guatemala • Colca Canyon Lodge, Peru • Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero

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MORE INCLUDED

EXPERIENCES By choosing Contiki you’re choosing to travel with the company who includes more. Does a chocolate extravaganza in Costa Rica sound like you? Or is a tango show and dinner in Buenos Aires more your thing? Photo by Christ the Redeemer on your bucket list? Whatever moment you’re hunting, we’re bound to have it. But don’t just take our word for it – check out the next page for photos taken by your fellow Contiki travellers.

Included visit to Christ the Redeemer Statue & Corcovado, rio


See LATIN AMERICA through the eyes of our travellers...

Included visit to Christ the Redeemer, Rio

Included visit to Oaxaca, Mexico

included locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

Shot by @nahne.marsters on the Latin Quest trip • Included on 5 of our trips

Shot by @cassieyasmin on Latin Legends trip • Included on 4 of our trips

Shot by @miraecampbell on the Sol Seeker trip • Included on 5 of our trips

Included visit to IguaSSu Falls

Included chocolate tour in Costa Rica

Included city tour of Rio de Janeiro

Shot by @nathalie_travels on the Brazil & Argentina Experience trip • Included on 4 of our trips

Shot by @marekinss on the Costa Rica Unplugged trip • Included on 2 of our trips

Shot by @nathalie_travels on the Argentina & Brazil Experience trip • Included on 5 of our trips

Included visit to a cenote for a swim in Cancun

Included visit to Chichen Itza

Included overnight at a Jungle Lodge

Shot by @emilie_mc on the Mexico Grande trip. • Included on 5 of our trips

Shot by @sageoftheworld on the Yucatan Highlights trip • Included on 5 of our trips

Shot by @katrina40 on the Andes & Amazon Highlights trip • Included on 6 of our trips

These don’t even touch the surface of what we include as part of our trips. See the snapshot section on our trip pages for what’s included on each of our unique itineraries.

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ME

TIME

WE MAP OUT THE VERY BEST OF LATIN AMERICA. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN IS COMPLETELY UP TO YOU – END OF STORY. Because let’s face it, if you wanted to have your time dictated by someone else, you’d be signing up for a family holiday with your parents. We ensure there’s plenty of free time to do your own thing on every Latin trip we offer. And we also include a suite of incredible activities and suggest ME Time optionals to inspire those who want to delve deeper. The only thing set in stone on our trips is the destination itself. If rafting Peru’s Urubamba River or signing up for a surf safari in Mexico doesn’t tickle your travelling fancy, then you can simply kick back and relax or do some DIY exploring. Look for the symbol on the trip pages for some inspiration on how to spend your ME Time.

WHAT WILL YOU TRY? • Speedboat ride, Iguassu Falls • Kayaking day trip, Belize •Z  iplining, rapelling, Mexico • Paragliding, Rio

• Polo playing experience, Buenos Aires • Volcano hikes, Mexico & Costa Rica

Important: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators and on occasion, 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.


ME TIME OPTIONAL Ziplining in Costa Rica

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Join the table on our ARGENTINIAN Polo Day experience in Buenos Aires

ODIE O F

FAVES FUELLING YOU FOR ADVENTURE WITH INCLUDED BREAKFASTS EVERY DAY? THAT’S JUST A GIVEN. LEAVING YOUR INNER FOODIE INSPIRED, IN TOUCH WITH THE COMMUNITY AND FILLED WITH APPRECIATION AND KNOWLEDGE? THAT’S WHY WE EXIST.


Being taught to make tortillas by locals whilst surrounded by Guatemalan volcanoes. Eating fresh ceviche in its homeland of Peru. Walking suspension bridges of a Costa Rican jungle to admire cacao fruit before it gets turned into chocolate. Sighing with delight over seafood and salty air while drifting in a boat off the coast of Rio. Or sitting right here, at this very table beside an Argentinian polo field for a feast of epic proportions on our ME Time optional Argentinian Polo Day in Buenos Aires. Available on four of our trips. This is what we mean when we say FOOD.

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SAY NO TO OVERNIGHT BUSES, CROSS-COUNTRY TRAIN RIDES AND SPENDING HALF YOUR HOLIDAY ON THE ROAD.

We take the hassle out of travelling. Nearly all of our trips include internal flights, as part of your trip so you maximise your time. Your Trip Manager will be with you, or make sure you’re picked up and met at the end, for the ultimate hassle-free experience. And when you’re not in the air, our comfy mini-coaches and team make sure you get from A to B with ease (accommodation pickups, and your bags loaded for you).

HOW WE TRAVEL • Included internal flights • Private air-con mini-coaches • Boat rides •A  uthentic local transport: triciclos, bikes, canoes, cable cars and more


U R O TEAM

WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, ACCESS AND WISDOM FOUND IN OUR LATIN TEAM,you’re with the best possible people for your Latin experience. Best of all, they are locals – utterly and literally at home in the places you visit. Fitting the Contiki mindset, they’re also culturally curious, passionate travellers and full of youthful enthusiasm. You may even start mistaking them for just another travel companion. And then they’ll whip out the local language, hustle a taxi for a tenth of the original price, and know three backup ATMs when the first one you visit is out of order. That’s when you’ll remember they are part of the Contiki Team and totally deserving of their legendary status.

Name: Ismael Team member: Trip Manager Favourite spot: Chichen Itza LATIN AMERICA 2016-18

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THE CONTIKI FACTS TRANSPORT INCLUDED From comfy coaches to internal flights and boat rides, it’s all about experiencing a range of ways to explore your chosen destination.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDED

From the big sights to the hidden gems, we know what you came to see in each destination, so we bring each spot to life through walking tours and orientations to guarantee you tick all your travel boxes.

FOOD EXPERIENCES:

We make sure you get a taste of each destination. All of our trips include breakfast daily, plus delicious and authentic meals.

ALL ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED, Every night ME TIME = FREE TIME

The only thing fixed is your destination – the rest is up to you.

INCLUDED TEAM

Our trips have a Trip Manager and Driver, plus Local Guides in some destinations, all included and with you 24/7. It’s priceless knowledge and insight into the destinations you can’t get if you travel alone.

YOU CAN DO IT!

50% of our travellers go solo. It’s all about a great blend of groups, couples and friends – all like-minded explorers.

Time Savers

Say NO to wasting precious travel time. Take to our destinations like a pro and let us take care of the hassle. No waiting for transport, no lining up for tickets, no looking for tourist info centres, ATMs or bathrooms.

TRIPS FOR 18-35 YEAR OLDS ONLY


SAVE BIG

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BOOK EARLY and SAVE

Book and pay early for the best deal on your trip. Don’t miss out on these great savings. Check contiki.com/deals for the latest. #1 save up to A$890* #2 save up to A$669* Pay in full on or before Pay in full on or before 21st July 2016 & 22nd September 2016 save up to 10% & save up to 7.5%

GOLD SEAL PROTECTION

Our Gold Seal Protection means that if you cancel your trip before you leave Australia, we won’t charge you a cent. And if you’re ill or have to leave the trip early for personal reasons, Gold Seal will refund you A$40 for each day that you miss and will cover your air ticket costs. See more on p.74.

PART PAY

Once you’ve booked, register online, share it with your family and friends and pay off your trip over time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory on our trips, and we have some of the best deals on rates. Visit contiki.com/insurance

Plans can change, so when it comes to booking travel with us, we prefer a no strings attached type approach, we call it the Freedom Guarantee. It’s made up of two parts: change your trip for zero fees, or use FlexDeposit to save your paid deposit for when you’re ready to use it. Visit contiki.com/freedomguarantee for details.

BOOK WITH FRIENDS

We believe in the principle of the more the merrier! Start early and get your friends on board for an amazing adventure. • 4 or more everyone saves 5% • 7 or more everyone saves 7.5% • 10 or more everyone saves 10% (or invite an 11th and bring them, or yourself, for free!)

BOOK 2 OR MORE TRIPS

Can’t get enough of Contiki? We know the feeling. Book 2 trips of 7+ days and get A$50 off your second trip.

TRAVELLING AGAIN?

Travelled with us or one of our sister companies before? Welcome back to the family with 5% additional discount.

The facts: all these discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, 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’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. Pay Early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of trip departure and are not combinable with Last Minute Deals. Group discounts (‘Book with friends’) is available on all trips. Book early savings of A$890 and A$669 based on the Latin Quest trip. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

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COMPARE CONTIKI

You’re having fantasies about visiting Latin America, so we can only assume you’re a savvy, worldly human with a healthy dose of independence. Which means you may be considering going solo. let us paint a picture of Contiki vs Going Solo and answer some of the questions that are probably whirling around in your mind… Accommodation

GOING CONTIKI Expect accommodation in the very best locations. Imagine and you’ll still be blown away. Jungle lodges, ocean-view hotels, charming colonial buildings, swimming pools, on-site bars…tick, tick, TICK! (Included) VS

GOING IT ALONE Clear a week in your schedule to spend trawling the internet and deciphering mixed reviews. Book in each individual place whilst trying to keep a tally of your spending. Keep expectations low in case you’ve fallen victim to the ultimate travel nemesis – faux reviews and Photoshop.

YOUR TEAM

Transport

GOING CONTIKI Whip around Latin America in private air-conditioned mini-coaches that arrive on time & at your doorstep, no waiting necessary. This means more time to enjoy in each destination. Did we mention our boat ride and included internal flights? (Included)

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GOING IT ALONE Prepare to navigate the mayhem of public transport and spend hours waiting for the sub-standard escort to arrive.

GOING CONTIKI Local Guides who speak the local language and offer the additional eight chapters that you wished were in your guide book. A driver you’ll know by name and people you can hassle with your endless questions. Invaluable doesn’t even begin to express your Contiki Team. (Included) VS

GOING IT ALONE Well you’re travelling solo. Your team consists of hostel owners, guide books & any strangers who happen to share your itinerary. Sometimes you’ll get lucky; sometimes you’ll be yawned off to the same old tourist haunts as a thousand others.

Experiences

FOOD

GOING CONTIKI We make the connection between food and travel inspiring. Imagine yourself exploring a Costa Rican coffee plantation & roastery with an expert guide. Breakfast sorted every day and a Local Guide to share their secret hideouts is just the lime on the taco.

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GOING IT ALONE It’s hard to miss the smorgasbord of great food in this region. But it’s also hard to deal with the fact that you ate guinea pig when you thought you ordered tofu.

GOING CONTIKI Jump the queues, have your tickets paid for & know that all the good bits are well and truly taken care of. You’ll be seeing Christ the Redeemer, touring a coffee farm in Costa Rica, & watching a tango show in Buenos Aires – all without touching your wallet. VS

GOING IT ALONE Latin America is a place where forethought is essential & winging it can be heartbreaking. Maybe that baby sloth sanctuary will have enough volunteers this year. Maybe Machu Picchu will have reached its 3,500 capacity for that week. For the activities that don’t require early preparation, pray for no long queues & cheap, easy tickets.

Check out all of our Latin America trips at contiki.com AND read our traveller reviews for info straight from those who know it best.


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GET INSPIRED!

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Check out contiki.com to get inspired no matter what your travel destination may be, whether it’s Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Latin America, the USA, Canada or Asia. Read our country pages devoted to highlighting our fave spots around the world, discover our awesome videos or just learn a little more about us.

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Don’t just take our word for it, check out trip reviews and see what our past travellers have to say. And once you’ve finished your trip, leave a review yourself.

Check out the range of trips we offer, our amazing inclusions and top deals available

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Meet the rest of your travel group before you go and start chatting. Or download our App and access MeetUps on your iPhone or Android.

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With our Manage my Booking tool, add your contact details for pre-trip updates, keep your details up-to-date and add extras to your booking.

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CUSCO CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL TEXTILES

CONTIKI CARES Travelling is an enormous privilege that not everyone gets to experience. And with that privilege comes responsibility. Armed with the education of experience and open eyes, travellers understand that exploring the world consciously is of paramount importance. Supporting local communities and the environment is not optional – it’s essential. The good news is: small steps make big waves. That’s why we’re committed to making sure it’s easy for you to take a few strides in the right direction. Powered by the TreadRight Foundation, Contiki Cares is on a very exciting journey to create a community of young and passionate people who simultaneously live with conscience, and live to travel.

CONTIKI CARES PROJECTS

Since 2008, Contiki has partnered with some incredible organisations and people that we continue to support.

TreadRight

2008 launches Sustainable Coastlines

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2012

MAR Leadership Oceana

PROUDLY SUPPORTING LOCAL ENTERPRISE Giving back to the communities we visit and supporting local economies and traditions is at the very heart of all that we do. We’re proud to support local businesses on our trips, whether this be through the places we eat, the accommodation we stay in or the destinations and ancient landmarks we visit. These profits feed directly back into the local communities, providing jobs and income for countless families and individuals. Where other travel companies may own their vehicles and run these independently of local trade, wherever possible we try and work with local suppliers. It’s our way of ensuring we’re doing our bit for local economy. Here are a few ways you can give back on our trips:

Shark SAVERS

2013

2014 Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco

Sea Turtle Conservancy & Surfrider Australia

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2016

SURFRIDER AUSTRALIA

• Cusco Centre for Textile Traditions – Visit the Contiki Cares supported centre that employs more than 500 artisans in an effort to maintain the more than 10,000 year old Andean art of weaving. You’ll be able to purchase some of these works on our trips that visit Cusco, and be able to visit the artisans at work on the Ultimate Inca Trail, p.52. See p.34-45 & 54-55 for trips. • Work with the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Costa Rica to learn about the nesting habits of great green and leatherback turtles. Discover the work this incredible organisation are doing to protect these ancient sea creatures from extinction, and even observe the turtles up close in their nesting grounds. You can visit the conservancy on two of our trips in Costa Rica, see p.61-63.

WAYS TO GIVE BACK

Check out

contiki.com/storytellers contiki.com/contikicares and treadright.org for more

The world has never been more interconnected, and travel offers you a unique opportunity to make a difference. Here’s just a few ways to give back when travelling: • Eat local • Support local artisans • Respect traditions

• Learn a few key-phrases • Avoid single-use plastics

CONTIKI LOVES THE PLANET

Contiki is proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures. It is just part of The Travel Corporation way, and another sign we really dig this planet of ours.

Contiki, in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation, encourages the sustainable development of tourism by projects that benefit the environment, heritage and community. TreadRight is an initiative supported by The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, is not-for-profit, and works to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Visit treadright.org to check out our exciting partnerships with WildAid and Alliance for Artisan Enterprise.


Travel

purpose

Want to take your travel experience to a whole new level, volunteer alongside a developing community, and be part of something bigger than yourself? Brand new for 2017, we are excited to announce a new trip in partnership with our friends at ME to WE. Extend your Galapagos experience with an unforgettable ME to WE travel excursion to the Amazon jungle, where you’ll spend your time volunteering on a sustainable development project: think building a classroom, installing a clean water system, and so much more. Dive deep into Ecuador’s vibrant culture and tropical landscape, connect with local families, immerse yourself in the richest eco-system in the world and share the Contiki Cares vision to be part of a kinder, more interconnected world.

Who are ME to WE? metowe.com ME to WE is an innovative social enterprise that empowers people to make a difference through their everyday choices, and believes that together, WE can change the world. ME to WE volunteer trips are run alongside their charity partner, a TreadRight supported charity, and will see you getting involved in development projects that support one of five pillars – clean water, food security, education, health care and alternative income – ultimately volunteer work that is driven by the needs of a local community.

Giving back with ME to WE, Ecuador

Itinerary for ME to WE Ecuador Adventure: Day 1

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Arrive into Guayaquil, where a ME to WE Representative will be waiting to greet you and check you into your hotel.

Descend into the Amazon basin by flight and river boat, followed by arrival and orientation to the stunning Minga Lodge, your home for the next 3 nights.

Enjoy a pre-breakfast rainforest excursion before your community introduction and participation in the build of local infrastructure.

Join a local farmer to help carry out some of their daily activities. Continue working on your community project and enjoy an Amazonian night trek after dinner.

Amazon to Quito. Catch the Napo river boat transfer to Coca airport and jump on your return flight to Quito airport where you will continue on for your journey home.

(Guayaquil)

(Guayaquil to the Amazon)

• 2-hour jungle cruise expedition down the Amazon river • Learn about ME to WE’s charity partner’s sustainable development model

(Amazon)

• Explore the trails of the 300 hectare forest reserve at Minga Lodge • Visit a nearby community to help build local infrastructure • Family-style dinner feast

Craig Kielburger,Co-Founder of ME to WE

(Amazon)

(Amazon to Quito)

• Build local infrastructure • Work with local community members • Spot critters on an Amazonian night hike

You could take part in this incredible experience after your trip in the Galapagos WITH CONTIKI. Visit metowe.com/contiki for departure dates & details, and contiki.com for Galapagos trips that link up.

Inclusions • 1-night hotel accommodation in Guayaquil • 3 nights accommodation at Minga Lodge • All meals & non-alcoholic drinks while at Minga Lodge • An experienced & professional ME to WE Representative • Airfare from Guayaquil to Coca & Coca to Quito • Your transport

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Our Ultimate Inca Trail trip is an allencompassing experience spanning eight spine-tingling days. Four of those days 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. Note: the 4-day hike is not bookable on its own, only as part of the Ultimate Inca trip. See p.52 for more info and visit contiki.com/ultimate-inca for full details on the experience.

Dead Woman’s Pass (2.6 mi.)

DAY 1

7.1 mi. Avg. hiking time: 6 hrs.

Bus to “KM82”

1st night Wayllabamba (1.9 mi.)

CHECKPOINT “KM82” (1.6 mi.)

DAY 3

DAY 2

Llactapata (2.3 mi.)

6.5 mi. Avg. hiking time: 7 hrs.

2nd night: Pacamayo (2.2 mi)

9.3mi. Avg. hiking time: 8 hrs.

PUT ON YOUR HIKING BOOTS & READY YOUR LUNGS FOR SOME FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR. YOUR 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.

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. Choose our 1-day hike on all our trips that visit Peru except the Ultimate Inca Trek Trail that includes the four day trek. Take the train to KM104 then channel the ancient Incas on this 1-day experience. See p.34, 36, 44, 53, 54 and 56 for trips where you can take the 1-day trek.

DAY 1

6.1 mi. Avg. hiking time: 6 hrs.

Chachabamba (1.3 mi.) Train to “KM104”

CHECKPOINT “KM104”

Hike through the cloudforest

Wiñay Wayna (1.6 mi.) Stop for your included lunch & soak up more incredible views

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

Machu Picchu (1.5 mi.)


Runkurakay Pass (2.3 mi.)

Sayacmarca (2.2 mi.)

Phuyupatamarca (2.2 mi.) END

3rd night: Wiñay Wayna (1.6 mi.)

DAY 4

3.7 mi. Avg. hiking time: 3.5 hrs.

Sun Gate (1.7 mi.)

Machu Picchu (1.5 mi.)

CONTIKI UNRAVELS THESE MAGICAL RUINS IN TWO WAYS: On a 1-day Inca Trail Trek available with all our trips that visit Peru except the Ultimate Inca trip

OR

On the 4-day Inca Trail Trek as part of our 8-day Ultimate Inca TRAIL trip

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Essential booking requirements

SEASONS

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

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

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: 11.5 km, day 2: 10.5 km, day 3: 15 km, day 4: 6 km

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.

to the Trail. 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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Do you have an insatiable desire to travel, but can’t make your mind up where to go? Or want to visit Latin America but only have a short time to do it?

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Fear not traveller friend, for Contiki has the perfect trip for you. Whether it’s an Inca Trail trek and discovering the wonders of the Galapagos Islands, or a week to see all that Costa Rica has to offer, our selection of specially designed trips allows you to have the ultimate travel experience in whatever time you have. No more FOMO. Ever. Take a look at our newest adventures on offer in Latin America.

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• B  reakfast daily, plus lots of included dinners • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • A  n experienced Trip Manager plus English speaking expert Local Guides • I ncluded activities like a salsa lesson, a tour of Machu Picchu and a visit to a local cacao plantation • I nternal flights and transfers, plus modern air-conditioned coaches, mini-coaches or vans • M  E Time – your chance to explore your way or choose our awesome optional activities


RIO DE JANEIRO 3

DISCOVERY PLUS

2 IGUASSU FALLS 2 World Heritage sites visited ARGENTINA BRAZIL

1 or more nightstops Plane

3 BUENOS AIRES

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS 2 COUNTRIES A$2495 A$278

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PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$225. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires. Hola Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from the buildings to its people. This morning get out & experience this iconic city & visit spots like Puerto Madero & La Boca. Hotel (D) City tour Palermo Chico & Palermo Soho, Recoleta Tango lesson, show & dinner

• •

Days 2 - 3: Buenos Aires. Experience BA your way. Get into the cuisine of Argentina on our culinary experience: try empanadas or the Argentine steak & learn to make the traditional sweet – alfajores. 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, 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. Try a speed boat ride, or go for a swim back at the hotel. Tonight we have tasty BBQ. Hotel (B, D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious BBQ

• •

Day 6: Iguassu Falls to Rio. Home to the world’s largest carnival, Copacabana Beach &

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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, then the rest of the day is free to take in the city. Hotel (B) 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 towel, sunnies & iPod & chill on Rio’s Ipanema Beach. Hotel (B, D) Day 9: Depart Rio de Janeiro. We’ll give you a unique insiders-only experience of visiting a favela. Our adventure ends after our favela tour when it’s time to say ‘tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

RIO CARNIVAL! FEB 24TH - FEB 28TH 2017 Take your trip to the next level & be 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 see all the best performances & don’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!

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

CODE: BARJ 2017/18 Start

Buenos Aires

Finish

Rio de Janeiro

Total Cost

A$ pp*

22 Jan 30 29 Feb 6 20 ■ Feb 28 26 Mar 6 12 Mar 20 25 Apr 2 16 Apr 24 22 Apr 30 7 May 15 20 May 28 4 Jun 12 17 Jun 25 29 Jul 7 15 Jul 23 30 Aug 7 12 Aug 20

Buenos Aires

Finish

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Rio de Janeiro

A$ pp*

Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

4 17 2 15 30 12 27 10 18 7

2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495

14 Jan 30 Feb 5 ■ Feb 24 Mar

22 7 13 4

2495 2495 2645 2495

2017

2017 Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

Start

2495 2495 2645 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495 2495

Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

27 9 24 7 22 4 19 2 10 30 ▲

2018 Jan Jan Feb Feb

* 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 A$969. Start Buenos Aires 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ■ These trips are in Rio during Carnival & will have a slightly modified itinerary, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Rio. visit contiki.com/southam-experience for full details. ▲ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires. F or departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Note: Prices do not include a Reciprocity Fee of US$100 (as of April 2016) that must be paid online & prior to arrival in to Argentina� Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 24-day Adventurer & 18-day The Explorer trips. 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.

nights twin-share hotel 8 accommodation

11

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • 2 internal flight & transfers Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions�

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • City tour of Rio & Buenos Aires • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Start Quito. Hola Quito! Meet your group before exploring this famed & historic city. Later, visit the Equator line before dinner. Hotel (D) Locally guided city tour Visit Panecillo lookout Visit the Inti Ñan Museum at the Equator

Day 17: 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) Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca Visit the Taquile & Uros island communities

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. Hotel (B)

Day 18: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Incan 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

• • •

Day 3: Tena. This morning its all about ME Time – have a lie-in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids. Hotel (B,D) M Rafting experience Day 4: Tena to Baños. We head to Baños today, the adventure capital of Ecuador. 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! Choose your adventure – horse 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. First up, we’ll check out the island’s old lava tunnels & see the giant tortoises. Later, we head off to Isabela Island. Hotel (B,D) Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

• •

• • • •

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, La Catedral, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

• •

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

Day 21: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. 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 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: QURJT

Day 8: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish. This afternoon we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – you might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking & snorkelling adventure Visit the Wall of Tears

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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 Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to check out the tortoises & land iguanas before heading out to San Cristobal! Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

Day 22: 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

Day 11: San Cristobal Island. Today it’s all about the water as we head out to Kicker Rock to snorkel. Keep your eyes peeled for manta rays, sea turtles & maybe the Galapagos shark! Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & offshore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit Puerto Grande beach

Day 23: Cusco. Why not start the day mountain biking & rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

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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

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,D) See wild vicuña See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes

• •

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 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

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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. Today it’s back to Lima for our last day in Peru. Hotel (B) Day 27: Lima to Buenos Aires. Today we board our flight to Argentina – it’s 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 as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Hotel (B,D) Tango lesson, show & dinner City tour of Palermo Chico & Palermo Soho, Recoleta

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Days 29 - 30: Buenos Aires. Today experience BA your way. Catch a football game, drink wine at a polo match or shop. Hotel (B)(B) M Argentine culinary experience 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. You could take a heli-flight for a different angle, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Hotel (B) Flight & transfers Visit Iguassu Falls

• •

Day 32: 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, or go for a swim at the hotel. Tonight, try delicious Brazilian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) Visit Iguassu Falls Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ

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

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INCLUDED MEALS 35 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D)

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INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 35 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D)

Day 33: 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 34: Rio de Janeiro. This morning we’ll 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, hang or grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. Tonight, end the trip as we head out for our last night out in this amazing city! Hotel (B,D) Day 36: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Our adventure ends this morning. (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS

CODE: QURJ/QURJT 2017/18 Start Quito

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Quito A$ pp* A$ pp*

Feb Mar Apr Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

11645 11645 11645 11645 11645 11645 11645 11645 11645

2017 Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug

2 30 ▲ 26 26 23 21 18 16 13

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Trip only A$ pp*

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Oct Nov Dec Jan

11645 11645 11645 11645

11975 11975 11975 11975

2017 6 6 2 30 28 25 23 20 17

11975 NA 11975 11975 11975 11975 11975 11975 11975

Sep Oct Nov Dec

10 8 5 3 ■

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides • 2 international & 7 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges

15 12 10 7

2018 Jan 3 Feb 7 Jan 28 ▲ Mar 4

11645 11975 11645 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.

• Go local at a salsa lesson • Galapagos feast at our favourite local spot • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Single room supplement add A$2529. Start Quito 7:00am & end Rio 11:00am.

ME TIME OPTIONS

■ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Buenos Aires.

M Hang gliding M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip M Rafting See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

▲ This trip visits Rio during Carnival. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. Note: Prices do not include a Reciprocity Fee of US$100 (as of April 2016) that must be paid online & prior to arrival in to Argentina. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$5 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.

LOCAL CULTURE Ceviche is a hugely popular dish around these parts. Citrus marinated raw fish with salt & seasoning… refreshingly healthy!

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GALAPAGOS & ANDES GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

26 DAYS FROM

A$8540 A$329 PP*

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25

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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. Hotel (B) Day 3: Tena. This morning its all about ME Time – have a lie in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids. Hotel (B,D) M Rafting experience 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 – horse 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 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 (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 (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) This afternoon we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – 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 Visit the Wall of Tears 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

• Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone • Visit Puerto Grande beach

Day 12: San Cristobal to Lima. Today we fly to Lima & 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

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,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 & 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 17: 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 18: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Incan 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. 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. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. 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 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 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

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

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 23: Cusco. Why not start the day mountain biking & rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B) 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 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)

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

38

INCLUDED MEALS 25 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)

39

INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 25 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)

Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

INCLUSIONS

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: QULI/QULIT 2017/18 Start Quito

Finish Lima

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Quito A$ pp* A$ pp*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

8540 8540 8540 8540 8540 8540 8540 8540 8540

2017 Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug

2 30 26 26 23 21 18 16 13

Finish Lima

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

Oct Nov Nov Dec

5 2 30 28

8540 8540 8540 8540

8870 8870 8870 8870

Jan 28 Feb 22

8540 8540

8870 NA

2017 27 24 23 20 18 15 13 10 7

8870 NA 8870 8870 8870 8870 8870 8870 8870

Sep Oct Nov Dec

10 8 5 3 ■

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28

* 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 A$1435. Start Quito 7:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. 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$5 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.

• An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides • 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Go local at a salsa lesson • Galapagos feast at our favourite local spot • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River or jungle canopy climb M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

LOCAL CULTURE Did you know Ecuador’s flag is yellow for the sun, blue for the sky & sea, & red for the blood spilt gaining its independence?

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TRAILS, TURTLES & TREKS

DISCOVERY PLUS

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ

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

ECUADOR PACIFIC OCEAN

Guayaquil

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FLIGHT TO LIMA SANTA SANTA CRUZCRUZ

AMAZON

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

ECUADOR ECUADOR PACIFIC PACIFIC OCEAN OCEAN

Guayaquil Guayaquil

FLIGHT FLIGHT TO LIMA TO LIMA

FROM GUAYAQUIL

3 World Heritage sites visited

4 FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE.

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

Machu Picchu

SNAPSHOT

13 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION 3 nights camping, 10 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

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• 1 international flight & transfer • 3 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private coach, Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Snorkel & kayak adventure • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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

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Coast

3 INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

Andes

CUSCO 2

2 SACRED VALLEY

1 LI1

FROM

A$6625 A$474 PP*

P/DAY*

C

NEW TRIP

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

HOW MUCH & WHEN

Day 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning as we fly to the Galapagos Islands. We’ll check out old lava tunnels & see the incredible giant tortoises. Later, get out on the water as we head off to Isabela Island to relax for two nights. (D) See famous Galapagos giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

CODE: GUIT 2017/18

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Day 2: Isabela Island. Kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) This afternoon we’ll visit the Wall of Tears. (B) Wildlife kayaking adventure Visit the Wall of Tears M 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, finish up with a stroll along the beach & a swim. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay

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 highlands by bike. Tonight, it’s all about relaxing over drinks at one of our favourite local spots while watching the sun set. (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station See the island’s famous sea lions M Guided biking adventure

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Day 5: San Cristobal Island. Hit the water in search of puffer fish & cute sea lion pups. We’ll snorkel

#TRAILSTURTLESTREKS

1 LIMA

14 DAYS 2 COUNTRIES

INCLUDED MEALS

INCLUSIONS

PERU

FR FROM GUAY GUAYAQU

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$485. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

Rainforest

around Kicker Rock looking out for manta rays, starfish & maybe a Galapagos shark. (B,L,D) Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

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Day 6: San Cristobal to Lima. Today we fly to Lima where we relax before our next adventure begins. Hotel (B) Day 7: Lima to Cusco. Your Peruvian adventure starts today, meet up with your fellow explorers before your Inca Trail trek. (B,D) City walking tour Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market

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Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo. (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 9 - 12: Inca Trail. Get ready for mind blowing views as we embark on this one in a lifetime trek of the Incas. After we conquer the trail, we head back to the Sacred Valley for some much needed R&R. Check out p.28 for all of the details. (B,L,D)(B,L,D)(B,L,D)(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, one of the great local causes supported by TreadRight & Contiki, before arriving back to Cusco. (B) Visit Chinchero

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

Start

Guayaquil

Finish

Cusco

Total Cost

A$ pp*

25 18 8 6 3 1 29 26

Finish

Cusco

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2017 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug

Start

Guayaquil

Mar 10 Mar 31 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Aug 11 Sep 8

6625 6625 6625 6625 6625 6625 6625 6625

Sep Oct Nov Dec

23 21 18 16 ●

6 3 1 29

6625 6625 6625 6625

Jan 26

6625

Oct Nov Dec Dec

2018 Jan 13

* 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 A$779. 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.74. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$5 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.


ECUADOR PACIFIC OCEAN

Guayaquil

AMAZON

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS GALAPAGOS FLIGHT ISLANDS TO LIMA SANTA CRUZ SANTA CRUZ

PUERTO PUERTO SAN AYORA SAN AYORA CRISTOBAL ISABELA ISABELA 1 1 CRISTOBAL 22 PUERTO2 2 PUERTO PUERTO PUERTO VILLAMIL VILLAMIL BAQUERIZO BAQUERIZO MORENO MORENO

DISCOVERY PLUS ECUADOR ECUADOR

PACIFIC PACIFIC OCEAN OCEAN

Guayaquil Guayaquil

AMAZON AMAZON

FLIGHT FLIGHT LIMA TOTO LIMA Rainforest PERU

5 FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE.

FROM GUAYAQUIL

AGUAS CALIENTES 1 2 LIMA

(Machu Picchu) INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

AMAZON LODGE 2

SACRED VALLEY 1

4 World Heritage sites visited

Coast

Andes

CUSCO 2

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

Rainforest Rainforest PERU PERU FROM FROM GUAYAQUIL GUAYAQUIL

AGUAS AGUAS CALIENTES1 1 CALIENTES (Machu Picchu) (Machu Picchu) LIMA INCA TRAIL 2 2LIMA INCA TRAIL

Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo

LATIN ICONS

SACRED VALLEY1 1 SACRED VALLEY Andes CUSCO2 2 Coast Andes CUSCO Coast

14 DAYS 2 COUNTRIES A$6055 A$433 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$445. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

NEW TRIP

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Guayaquil to Isabela Island. Meet up with your Contiki crew 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. Hotel (D) Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

• •

Day 2: Isabela Island. Kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) Later we’ll visit the Wall of Tears. Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking adventure M Snorkelling experience

Day 3: Isabela Island to Santa Cruz Island. Relax before we take off to Santa Cruz Island. This afternoon we’ll visit Tortuga Bay. Hotel (B) Visit Tortuga Bay

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, before heading out to San Cristobal – keep an eye out for bathing sea lions! Hotel (B) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station M Guided biking adventure

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. Later, relax on stunning Puerto Grande beach paradise, before it’s back to town for our Galapagos feast. Hotel (B,L,D) Boat cruise & offshore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach Day 6: San Cristobal to Lima. Today we fly to Lima

#LATINICONS

where we relax before our next adventure begins. Hotel (B) Day 7: Lima. We’ll take a city tour to uncover the city sights. Hotel (B,D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

Day 8: Lima 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

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Day 9: 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 10: Jungle Lodge to Cusco. Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco – wander the main plaza, visit the TreadRight support weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! 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, 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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Day 12: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B)

Ollantaytambo

SNAPSHOT

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 our Local Guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.28-29 for more info. Code: GUCUT

FROM

• • •

AMAZON AMAZON LODGE 2 2 LODGE

Day 13: 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 14: Depart Cusco. It’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

CODE: GUCU/GUCUT 2017/18 Start Finish Guayaquil Cusco

2017 Feb 25 Mar 18 Apr 8 May 6 Jun 3 Jul 1 Jul 29 Aug 26

Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

10 31 21 19 16 14 11 8

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

6055 6055 6055 6055 6055 6055 6055 6055

6385 6385 6385 6385 6385 6385 6385 6385

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

2017 Sep 23 Oct 21 Nov 18 Dec 16 ●

Oct Nov Dec Dec

6 3 1 29

6055 6055 6055 6055

6385 6385 6385 6385

2018 Jan 13 Feb 10

Jan 26 Feb 23

6055 6055

6385 NA

13 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION Unique Special Stay: 2 nights Jungle Lodge, 11 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

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INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

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INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • 1 international flight & transfer • 4 internal flights & transfers

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

Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

Single room supplement add A$899.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

Start Guayaquil 6:00am & end Cusco 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Cusco.

Note: The 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$5 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.

• Snorkel & kayak adventure Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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LATIN LEGENDS

DISCOVERY PLUS

CANCUN 3

1 MERIDA

18 DAYS FROM

GULF OF MEXICO

A$5479 A$305 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$500. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS #LATINLEGENDS

MEXICO CITY 1 MEXICO

OAXACA 2 Monte Alban

Mitla

TEHUANTEPEC 1

GUATEMALAN RAINFOREST SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS 2

Lago Atitlan

8 World Heritage sites visited

Antigua, Guatemala

1 Flores

BELIZE

2 CAYE CAULKER

1 SANTA ELENA

Comitan

PANAJACHEL 1 PACIFIC OCEAN

Belize City

GUATEMALA

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


SNAPSHOT

MEXICO/BELIZE/GUATEMALA ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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 11: 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 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 before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

Day 12: Antigua to Panajachel. We’ll take a private boat to a Mayan lakeside community & meet local artisans who’ll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & enjoy the views. Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan & learn to make tortillas

Day 3: 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)

Day 13: Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & the cool cultural centre of San Cristobal de las Casas via Comitan! Hotel (B) Visit the charming town of Comitan

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Day 4: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer. You can shop, catch some rays & people watch. Hotel (B) 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. Tonight, party in great bars & dance clubs ‘til the sun comes up. Hotel (B,D) M Snorkelling & zipline adventure Day 6: Cancun to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s on to Belize. We’ll shore up on this Caribbean island where the motto is “go slow.” Hotel (B) Day 7: 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) M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef Day 8: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up is 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 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 9: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV. We’ll take a guided tour of the area & explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

Day 10: Santa Elena to Antigua. From the relaxed Flores through Guatemala’s bustling capital city! 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 14: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers can try horse riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan. Tonight, try some traditional ‘tamales chiapanecos’ before hitting the town. Get festive! Hotel (B) Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas M Horse ride the evergreen highlands of Mexico

Day 15: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. After a morning relaxing, we’ll descend from the forested hills into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 16: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it’s on to Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We’ll discover colonial architecture this afternoon, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines…yum! Hotel (B) Visit the Zapotec religious centre Mitla Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

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Day 17: Monte Alban. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop

Day 18: Oaxaca to Mexico City. This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive Mexico City, where you can say ‘adios’ to your amigos! (B) Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl

17 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: MXMC 2017/18 Start

Mexico City

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

Feb 6 Mar 6 Apr 5 May 10 Jun 14 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 2 Aug 23 Sep 13

5479 5479 5479 5479 5479 5479 5479 5479 5479 5479

20 17 19 23 28 18 2 16 6 27

Mexico City

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan

5479 5479 5479 5479 5479

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

Start

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

24 22 19 10 ● 24 ■

11 8 6 27 10

INCLUDED MEALS 17 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D)

2018 Jan 21 Feb 18

Feb 7 Mar 7

5479 5479

* 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 A$1215. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Oaxaca. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Merida & NYE in Tikal. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): departing Mexico US$26, Port Fee San Pedro US$2.50, departure tax Belize: US$19, entry & departure fee Guatemala: US$3 each. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – 24-day Mayan Heat 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.

Belize

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INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus Local Guides in some destinations • 2 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza • Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan • Taste fiery mescal, sample spicy chapulines & learn to make tortillas • Enter a sacred highland temple in Chiapas Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Ride in a horse-drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow) M Mountain bike the cloud forests of San Cristobal See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

LOCAL CULTURE Water babies listen up! Swim in the Mexican cenote, these beautiful underground reservoirs are a must do – great for a refreshing dip.

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ LATIN-LEGENDS

Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

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AMAZON

THE EXPLORER 18 DAYS

A$5685 A$316 PP*

BRAZIL

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES 1

1 LIMA

(Machu Picchu) INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo Andes

FLIGHT TO B.A.

FROM

DISCOVERY PLUS

Coast

P/DAY*

AMAZON LODGE 1

CUSCO 3

1 PUERTO 1 SACRED MALDONADO VALLEY

PERU

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$455. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS #THEEXPLORER RIO DE 3 JANEIRO 2 IGUASSU FALLS

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

FLIGHT FROM LIMA

4 BUENOS AIRES

Rio de Janeiro

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


SNAPSHOT

PERU/ARGENTINA/BRAZIL ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Arrive Cusco. As the modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. Head out & explore – from 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

• •

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 (corn beer)

• •

Day 3: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. 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 mountain biking & rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! (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

• • •

Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: Lima to Buenos Aires. Today we board our flight to Argentina – it’s ‘hola’ Buenos Aires! Hotel (B) Day 10: 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) Tango lesson, show & dinner

Days 11 - 12: Buenos Aires. We’ll start our second day in BA with a coach tour to see the rest of the city & then you can 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 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) City tour Palermo Chico & Palermo Soho, Recoleta M Argentine culinary experience

Day 13: 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 heli-flight for a different angle, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Hotel (B) Flight & transfers Visit Iguassu Falls

• •

Day 14: 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

• • •

Day 15: 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 16: 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 & enjoy. Hotel (B,D) Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain

Day 17: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore. Try hang gliding, or grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & chill on Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach. (B)

17 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: CURJ/CURJT 2017/18 Start Cusco

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Cusco A$ pp* A$ pp*

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

5685 5685 5835 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685

2017 Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

13 20 11 ■ 17 ■ 3 16 7 13 28 11 26 8 20 ◆ 6 21 3

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

4 17 2 15 30 12 27 10 18 7

5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685 5685

6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015

Jan Feb Feb Mar

22 7 13 4

5685 5685 5835 5685

6015 6015 6165 NA

2017 30 6 28 6 20 2 24 30 15 28 12 25 7 23 7 20

6015 6015 NA NA 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015 6015

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

18 31 15 28 13 26 10 23 1 21 ▲

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb

5 21 27 ■ 15 ■

25

INCLUDED MEALS 17 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

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INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 17 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

* 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 A$1415. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ■ These trips are in Rio during Carnival & will have a slightly modified itinerary, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Rio. visit contiki.com/southam-explorer for full details. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Buenos Aires. ◆ Trip is in Peru during Inti Raymi (Sun Festival). For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Please note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Please note: Inca Trail closed for maintenance in February. Note: Prices do not include a Reciprocity Fee of US$100 (as of April 2016) that must be paid online & prior to arrival into Argentina. 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.

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides • 1 international & 4 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS

Cusco

M Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River M Polo match experience in Buenos Aires See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Day 18: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

Peru

LOCAL CULTURE The passion for football (soccer) here is like no other, make sure you have time to fit a game in & get into the frenzy!

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ SOUTHAM-EXPLORER This trip was amazing, I don’t know where to begin. Yes you probably look at this trip and say it’s expensive, I thought the same but believe me for what you get is good value for money.

Shecontiki (contiki.com/reviews)

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AMAZON

THE ADVENTURER 24 DAYS

PP*

BRAZIL PERU

FLIGHT TO B.A.

AGUAS CALIENTES

(Machu Picchu)

2 LIMA

FROM

A$6885 A$287

DISCOVERY PLUS

Rainforest

1

INCA TRAIL

AMAZON LODGE 1

Ollantaytambo Andes

1 SACRED VALLEY

CUSCO 4

P/DAY* Coast

Chivay

COLCA CANYON 1

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$550. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

PUERTO MALDONADO 1

PUNO/LAKE TITICACA 2

1 AREQUIPA

#THEADVENTURER RIO DE JANEIRO 3

2 IGUASSU FALLS

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

FLIGHT FROM LIMA

4 BUENOS AIRES

La Boca, Buenos Aires

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


SNAPSHOT

PERU/ARGENTINA/BRAZIL ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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

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

• • •

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

• • •

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

• • •

Day 6: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Incan 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 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 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)

• •

Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. 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 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) 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) Tango lesson, show & dinner City tour Palermo Chico & Palermo Soho, Recoleta

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Days 17 - 18: Buenos Aires. Today you can 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 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 heli-flight for a different angle, or try your luck at spotting macaws & toucans. Hotel (B) Flight & transfers Visit Iguassu Falls

• •

23 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: LIRJ/LIRJT 2017/18 Start Lima

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Lima A$ pp* A$ pp*

2017 Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 14 5 11 ■ 25 10 1 7 22 5 20 2 14 ▲ 30 15 28

Finish Rio de Janeiro

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

4 17 2 15 30 12 27 10 18 7 22

6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885

7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215

Jan 15 Feb 7 Jan 21 ■ Feb 13 Feb 9 Mar 4

6885 7035 6885

7215 7365 NA

2017 Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

30 6 28 6 20 2 24 30 15 28 12 25 7 23 7 20

6885 6885 7035 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885 6885

7215 7215 NA NA 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215 7215

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

12 25 9 22 7 20 4 17 25 15 ◆ 30 ✱

2018

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

Single room supplement add A$1719. Start Lima 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. ■ These trips are in Rio during Carnival & will have a slightly modified itinerary, 2 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Rio. visit contiki.com/southam-adventurer for full details. ▲ Trip is in Peru during Inti Raymi (Sun Festival). ◆ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco & NYE in Buenos Aires. ✱ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Arequipa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. Note: Prices do not include a Reciprocity Fee of US$100 (as of April 2016) that must be paid online & prior to arrival in to Argentina.

Puno, Peru

23 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides • 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & the Temple of Koricancha • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • BBQ feast in Iguassu • City tour of Rio • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS

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

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

Day 24: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION

M Mountain biking adventure M Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain M Polo experience See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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 11: Cusco. Why not start the day mountain biking & rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

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

INCLUDED MEALS 23 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)

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

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

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)

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I was never let down by the food in SA. Churros, chocolate, empanadas, you name it. Oh and for the Guinea Pig, well, that tasted like chicken. Just be open to everything. Especially pisco sours, be very open to them.

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ SOUTHAMADVENTURER

Alice (contiki.com/reviews)

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MAYAN HEAT

DISCOVERY PLUS

24 DAYS FROM

A$6615 A$276 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$615. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS #MAYANHEAT MERIDA 1 PUERTO 2 VALLARTA

1 GUANAJUATO

1 GUADALAJARA

MEXICO CITY 3 MEXICO

OAXACA 2 Monte Alban

Mitla

TEHUANTEPEC 1

GUATEMALAN RAINFOREST SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS 2

Lago Atitlan

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

Belize City

1

Flores

SANTA 1 ELENA

BELIZE

Comitan

PANAJACHEL 1

Caye Caulker, Belize

CANCUN 3

GUATEMALA

2 ANTIGUA

2 CAYE CAULKER


SNAPSHOT

MEXICO/BELIZE/GUATEMALA

23 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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 exploring the golden sands or famous seaside malecon (promenade) lined with bars, restaurants & shops. Hotel (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,D)

Day 2: Puerto Vallarta. This morning maybe give surfing a go in a hidden beach along the bay. You could also opt to explore the Marietas Islands to spot wildlife on an eco-tour. The islands, made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, provide the perfect environment for snorkelling & kayaking. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Surfing safari

Day 12: Cancun to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s on to Belize. We’ll shore up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight is your chance to feast on fresh seafood, meander the sand-covered streets or sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) Experience the Belize Barrier Reef

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

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 Visit the Hidalgo Market M Visit the Mummy Museum

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Day 5: Guanajuato to Mexico City. We travel to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland. We’ll make our way through agricultural districts that lead to bustling Mexico City, the largest city of the country & the oldest capital city in North America. Hotel (B) 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

• •

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

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 before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal. 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) Swim in a cenote (sink hole)

Day 10: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer. You can shop, catch some rays & people watch. Hotel (B)

Day 13: 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) M Sunset sailing Day 14: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. 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 15: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). 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, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal. Hotel (B) Day 16: Santa Elena to Antigua. From the relaxed Flores through Guatemala’s bustling capital city! 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 17: 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 18: Antigua to Panajachel. We’ll take a private boat to a Mayan lakeside community & meet local artisans who’ll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & take in beautiful lake views! Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán & learn to make tortillas

Day 19: Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & cool cultural centre of San Cristóbal de las Casas via Comitán! Hotel (B) Visit the cute town of Comitán

Day 20: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers could try horse riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantán. Tonight try some traditional ‘tamales chiapanecos’ before hitting the town. Get festive! Hotel (B) Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas

Day 21: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. After a morning relaxing, we’ll descend from the forested hills on to the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 22: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it’s on to Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We’ll see colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines… yum! Hotel (B) Visit Mitla, the Zapotec religious centre Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

• • •

Day 23: Monte Alban. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night…Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit the UNESCO site Monte Albán & discover a local workshop

Day 24: Oaxaca to Mexico City. This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive in Mexico City, where you can say ‘adios’ to your amigos! (B) Visit Cholula where the church, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepet

Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: PVMC 2017/18 Start

Puerto Vallarta

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

Feb 6 Mar 6 Apr 5 May 10 Jun 14 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 2 Aug 23 Sep 13

6615 6615 6615 6615 6615 6615 6615 6615 6615 6615

14 11 13 17 22 12 26 10 31 21

Puerto Vallarta

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

Start

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

18 Oct 16 Nov 13 Dec 4 ● Dec 18 ■ Jan

11 8 6 27 10

6615 6615 6615 6615 6615

2018 Jan 15 Feb 12

Feb 7 Mar 7

6615 6615

* 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 A$1645. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Oaxaca. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Merida & NYE in Tikal. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Departure fee Mexico: US$26, Port Fee San Pedro US$2.50, Departure tax Belize: US$19, Entry Fee Guatemala: US$3, Departure Fee Guatemala US$3.

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

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INCLUDED MEALS 23 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus Local Guides in some destinations • 2 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Cruise on a ‘trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco • Tour the Pyramids of Teotihuacan • Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlán • Taste fiery mescal, sample spicy chapulines & learn to make tortillas • Enter a sacred highland temple in Chiapas Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS Marietas Eco-Discovery Kayak the crystalline Caribbean Pirate of the bay Ride a horse-drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow) M Mountain bike the cloud forests of San Cristobal M Horse riding among the Maya See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more M M M M

LOCAL CULTURE Those who live for the great outdoors will get a true fix on a volcano hike in Antigua! Comfy shoes & cameras at the ready!

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CENTRAL TRAIL FROM

PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$375. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS #CENTRALTRAIL

CANCUN 1

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

14 DAYS

A$3985 A$285

DISCOVERY PLUS

4 World Heritage sites visited GULF OF MEXICO

Mexico City

OAXACA 2 Monte Alban

Mitla

MEXICO

GUATEMALAN Belize RAINFOREST City 2 1 CAYE SAN CRISTOBAL Flores CAULKER DE LAS CASAS SANTA 1 BELIZE 2 ELENA

1 TEHUANTEPEC PACIFIC OCEAN

Comitan

PANAJACHEL 1

GUATEMALA

Lago Atitlan

2 ANTIGUA

Antigua, Guatemala


SNAPSHOT

MEXICO/BELIZE/GUATEMALA ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Arrive Cancun. Touch down in Cancun, Mexico’s gateway to the Caribbean where sun, music & sights await! Meet your Contiki Team, then you can either stargaze from the beach, or get amongst the nightlife at Parque las Palapas. Hotel (D) Day 2: Cancun to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s on to Belize. We’ll shore up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight is your chance to feast on fresh seafood, meander the sand-covered streets or sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B) Day 3: 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! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music. Hotel (B) M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef Day 4: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up is 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 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 5: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). 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, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

Day 6: Santa Elena to Antigua. From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! 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 7: 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 8: Antigua to Panajachel. We’ll take a private boat to a Mayan lakeside community & meet local artisans who’ll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & enjoy the views. Hotel (B)

Rainforest, Guatemala

a Mayan community among the volcanoes • Visit of Lake Atitlan & learn to make tortillas Day 9: Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & the cool cultural capital of San Cristobal de las Casas via Comitan! Hotel (B) Visit the charming town of Comitan

Day 10: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers can try horse riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan. Tonight, try some traditional ‘tamales chiapanecos’ before hitting the town. Get festive! Hotel (B) Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas M Horse riding in the evergreen highlands of Mexico

Day 11: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. After a morning relaxing, we’ll descend from the forested hills on to the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) Day 12: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it’s on to Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We’ll discover colonial architecture this afternoon, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines…yum! Hotel (B) Visit the Zapotec religious centre Mitla Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

• • •

Day 13: Monte Alban. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop

Day 14: Oaxaca to Mexico City. This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive in Mexico City, where you can say ‘adios’ to your amigos! (B) Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl

Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

13 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: CAMC 2017/18 Start

Cancun

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

Feb 6 Mar 6 Apr 5 May 10 Jun 14 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 2 Aug 23 Sep 13

3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985 3985

24 21 23 27 1 22 6 20 10 31

Cancun

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan

3985 3985 3985 3985 3985

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

Start

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

28 26 23 14 ● 28 ■

11 8 6 27 10

INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

2018 Jan 25 Feb 22

Feb 7 Mar 7

3985 3985

* 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 A$745. Start Cancun 5:00pm & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Oaxaca. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Tikal. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74. Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price. You will need to pay them locally (approx.): Departure fee Mexico: US$26, Port Fee San Pedro US$2.50, Departure tax Belize: US$19, Entry Fee Guatemala: US$3, Departure Fee Guatemala US$3. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 18-day Latin Legends & 24-day Mayan Heat trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travellers who are already geared up in Contiki’s worldfamous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack. Have a few more days? Check out our Latin Legends trip & start Mexico City.

Antigua, Guatemala

18

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus Local Guides in some destinations • 1 internal flight & transfer • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip) • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan • Taste fiery mescal, sample spicy chapulines & learn to make tortillas • Enter a sacred highland temple in Chiapas Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Sunset sailing Caye Caulker M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean M Hike a volcano (availability subject to lava flow) M Mountain bike the cloud forests of San Cristobal See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

LOCAL CULTURE Thrill seekers this one is for you! Try ziplining in Guatemala & get your fix as you speed through the rainforest canopy for incredible views & heart racing fun!

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SOL SEEKER

DISCOVERY PLUS

2 INTERNAL FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE.

CANCUN 3

1 MERIDA

MEXICO CITY 1

6 World Heritage sites visited

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

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

SNAPSHOT

10 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge & 9 nights in twin-share hotels

PP*

SANTA ELENA 1

GUATEMALA

1 ANTIGUA/GUATEMALA CITY

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: MCAN 2017/18 Start

INCLUSIONS • 2 internal flights & transfers Please see p�74 for more information on our standard inclusions�

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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 a night on the town� Hotel (D) Guided tour of Teotihuacan

Day 2: Mexico City to Merida. 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

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Teotihuacan pyramids tour • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ SOL-SEEKER

2 CAYE CAULKER

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$299. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

10 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

BELIZE

FROM

A$3439 A$313

INCLUDED MEALS

Belize City

GUATEMALAN 1 RAINFOREST Flores

11 DAYS 3 COUNTRIES

13

#SOLSEEKER

MEXICO

Day 3: Merida to Cancun. Immerse yourself in Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza – the 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)

• •

Day 4: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore� From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer� You can shop, catch some rays & people watch� Hotel (B) 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� Hotel (B,D) M Snorkelling & zipline adventure Day 6: Cancun to Caye Caulker. It’s on to Belize� We’ll shore up on Caye Caulker where the motto is “go slow�” Tonight is your chance to feast on fresh seafood, meander the sand-covered streets or sample the reggae nightlife! Hotel (B)

Day 7: 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) M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef Day 8: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up is 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 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 9: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of Templo IV� We’ll take a guided tour of the area & explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal� Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

Mexico City

Finish

Total

Jan 30 Feb 27 Mar 29 May 3 Jun 7 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 16 Sep 6

3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439 3439

Cost Antigua/ Guatemala A$ pp* City

20 17 19 23 28 18 2 16 6 27

Finish

Total

Oct Nov Nov Dec Jan

4 1 29 20 3

3439 3439 3439 3439 3439

Jan 31 Feb 28

3439 3439

Cost Antigua/ Guatemala A$ pp* City

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

Start

Mexico City

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

24 22 19 10 24 ●

2018 Jan 21 Feb 18

* 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 A$919� Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Antigua/Guatemala City 11:00am ● Trip spends Xmas in Merida & NYE in Tikal� For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki�com/staylonger� For travel insurance see p�74�

Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price� You will need to pay them locally (approx�): departing Mexico US$26, entering Belize (by ferry) US$2�50, departure tax Belize US$19, entry fee Guatemala US$3, departure fee Guatemala US$3�

Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 18-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�

Day 10: Santa Elena to Antigua. From relaxed Flores to World Heritage Antigua� Experience the historic & beautiful town, with its rooftop flowerbeds, horse-drawn carriages & cobblestone streets� Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua Day 11: Depart Antigua. This morning it’s ‘adios’ to your amigos� So say your goodbyes before heading home� (B)


CULTURALLY CURIOUS TO THE NTH DEGREE, YOU’D RATHER GET WELL-ACQUAINTED WITH ONE PLACE THAN TRY TO DO IT ALL. YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WANTS TO TRACK TURTLES IN COSTA RICA WHILST ALSO UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT INCAN RUINS. our trips

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• A  n experienced & professional Trip Manager, plus expert English speaking Local Guides • L ots of included activities, like a wildlife kayaking experience, a salsa lesson & a walking tour of Cusco • A  modern air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • M  E Time – your chance to explore on your own or take advantage of our awesome optional activities

New for 2017

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ULTIMATE INCA TRAIL

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

AMAZON

Rainforest Andes Coast

2 World Heritage sites visited

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

7

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

14

INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo

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

SNAPSHOT NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

PERU

MACHU PICCHU 3

CUSCO 2

2 SACRED VALLEY

8 DAYS 1 COUNTRY FROM

A$1979 A$248 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$160. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

HOW MUCH & WHEN

Day 1: Arrive Cusco. Meet up with your Contiki Team this morning & get ready for your adventure to begin! The modern-day 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 Day 2: Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo. 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 3 - 6: Inca Trail. Get ready for mindblowing 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 Warmiwanusc, 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 (3,000m), the second night at Pacamayo (3,600m) & your final night at Wiñay Wayna (2,700m). 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,

CODE: INCAT 2017/18

• •

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ ULTIMATE-INCA

#ULTIMATEINCA

• •

before we head back to the Sacred Valley for some much needed R&R. Campsite-Hotel (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 this afternoon. Hotel (B) Visit Chinchero Day 8: Depart Cusco. It’s time to says ‘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. On the occasion that spaces on the Inca Trail are sold out, one of the area’s alternative trek’s will be offered at the time of booking. You will be advised of your itinerary in advance of your trip. Visit contiki.com/ultimate-inca for details.

Start

Finish

Cusco

Cusco

Total Cost

A$ pp*

8 22 3 10 24 7 14 21 12 9 7 4 18 1

Finish

Cusco

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2017 Jan Jan Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May Jun Jul Aug Aug Sep

Start

Cusco

Jan 15 Jan 29 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 31 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr 28 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 8

1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979

Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

15 29 13 27 10 24 8 22 ●

22 6 20 3 17 1 15 29

1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979

Jan 12 Jan 26 Feb 2

1979 1979 1979

Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

2018 Jan 5 Jan 19 Jan 26

* 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 A$195 Start Cusco 8:00am & end Cusco approx. 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.74.


Andes Coast

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES

(Machu Picchu)

1 LIMA

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

1

INCA TRAIL Ollantaytambo PERU

CUSCO 3

1 SACRED VALLEY

Chivay

4 World Heritage sites visited

COLCA CANYON 1

2 PUNO/LAKE TITICACA

1 AREQUIPA

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

INCA PANORAMA

SNAPSHOT

11 DAYS 1 COUNTRY

10 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

FROM

A$2515 A$229 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$230. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Arrive Lima. Meet your Contiki Team before checking out the city sights. Bustling Lima is not short of things to do & with a free afternoon the city’s yours to explore. Hotel (D) See the Historic Centre, Barranco & Mira Flores

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa. We fly to 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 Colca Canyon. Hotel (B,D) See wild vicuña

Day 7: Cusco. Experience Cusco on a guided walking tour then the afternoon’s yours. Hotel (B,D) Visit San Blas, Koricancha & San Pedro Market Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) Try some local chicha de jora (corn beer) Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. 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: LICUT

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 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

• • •

Day 6: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Incan 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

• •

#INCAPANORAMA

Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Wake early & enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Hotel (B) Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 11: Depart Cusco. It’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates as your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

Ollantaytambo

HOW MUCH & WHEN

10 nights in twin-share hotels

CODE: LICU/LICUT 2017/18 Start Lima

Finish Cusco

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Lima A$ pp* A$ pp*

2017 Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 14 5 11 25 4 10 1 7 22 5 20 2 14 ● 30 15 28

Finish Cusco

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

22 4 19 2 17 30 14 27 5 25 9

2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515

2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845

Jan 25 Jan 31 Feb 19

2515 2515 2515

2845 2845 NA

2017 Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr May May May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

17 24 15 21 7 14 20 11 17 2 15 30 12 24 10 25 7

2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515

2845 2845 NA NA 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845

Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

12 25 9 22 7 20 4 17 25 15 30 ▲

13

INCLUDED MEALS 10 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

14

INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 10 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)

2018 Jan 15 Jan 21 Feb 9

* 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 A$549,. Start Lima 8:00am & end Cusco 11:00am. ● Trip is in Peru during Inti Raymi (Sun Festival). ▲ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Arequipa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 14-day Peru Uncovered & 18-day The Explorer trips. 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.

INCLUSIONS • 1 internal flight & transfer Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ INCA-PANORAMA

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PERU UNCOVERED

AGUAS CALIENTES 1

Coast

FROM

PP*

Rainforest

Andes

14 DAYS

A$3765 A$269

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

P/DAY*

AMAZON LODGE 1

(Machu Picchu)

Ollantaytambo PERU

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$320. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

1 PUERTO MALDONADO

INCA TRAIL

1 LIMA

CUSCO 4

1 SACRED VALLEY

#PERUUNCOVERED PACIFIC OCEAN

COLCA CANYON 1

Chivay

2 PUNO/LAKE TITICACA 1 AREQUIPA

4 World Heritage sites visited

Lake Titicaca

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


SNAPSHOT

PERU ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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

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

Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B)

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

• • •

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 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

• • •

Day 6: Puno to Cusco. First up is Pukara & its ancient Incan 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

• •

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

• •

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)

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

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: LILI/LILIT 2017/18 Start Lima

Finish Lima

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Lima A$ pp* A$ pp*

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

3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765

2017 Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul Jul

7 14 5 11 25 4 10 1 7 22 5 20 2 14 ■ 30 15 28

Finish Lima

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

25 7 22 5 20 2 17 30 8 28 12

3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765 3765

4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095

Jan 28 Feb 3 Feb 22

3765 3765 3765

4095 4095 NA

2017 20 27 18 24 10 17 23 14 20 5 18 2 15 27 13 28 10

4095 4095 NA NA 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095 4095

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

* 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 A$585.

Day 11: Cusco. Why not start the day mountain biking & rafting? Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B)

■ Trip is in Peru during Inti Raymi (Sun Festival).

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

13 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

Start Lima 8:00am & end Lima approx. 5:00pm. ▲ 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.74. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration.

21

INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 13 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides • 3 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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)

INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)

Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.

• • • •

20

Ollantaytambo

ME TIME OPTIONS M Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River M Mountain biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

LOCAL CULTURE Sweet, sour & delicious! The famous Peruvian Pisco Sour cocktail is a must for those after something tantalising to sip on in the sun.

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ PERU-UNCOVERED

Sacred Valley

Make sure you get a selfie with an alpaca, eat an alpaca steak (preferably not from the alpaca you got a selfie with), go to the cat park in Lima, and have fun. You will have #noregrets if you go on Peru Uncovered trip!

Tom (contiki.com/reviews)

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ANDES & AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

AMAZON

PERU Andes Coast

3 World Heritage sites visited

1 LIMA

Rainforest

AGUAS CALIENTES 1 (Machu Picchu) INCA TRAIL

SNAPSHOT

7

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

CUSCO 2

8 DAYS 1 COUNTRY FROM

A$2835 A$355 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$245. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

13

INCLUDED MEALS 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

14

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

INCLUDED MEALS TREKKING OPTION 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • 2 internal flights & transfers Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

• Entry into the Sacred Valley & Pisac Ruins • Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 6: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Adventure & adrenaline await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads on offer, before we take the train to Aguas Calientes. Hotel (B)

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 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: CULIT

• • •

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

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to the Temple of Koricancha Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ ANDES-AMAZON

Ollantaytambo

SACRED VALLEY 1

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

Sacred Valley

AMAZON LODGE 2

Day 4: Jungle Lodge to Cusco. Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco - wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right support weaving center or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! 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)

#ANDESANDAMAZON

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: LICZ/LICZT 2016/17/18 Start Lima

Finish Cusco

Trip Trip plus Start only Inca Trail Lima A$ pp* A$ pp*

Nov Dec Dec Dec

19 3 17 31

2835 2835 2835 2835

3165 3165 3165 3165

Jan Jan Mar Mar Mar Apr May May Jun Jun Jun Jul

14 28 10 17 31 21 5 19 2 16 23 14

2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835

3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165

2016 Nov Nov Dec Dec

12 26 10 24 ● 7 21 3 10 24 14 28 12 26 9 16 7

Trip only A$ pp*

Trip plus Inca Trail A$ pp*

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

28 11 25 8 22 6 20 3 17 1 15 29

2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835

3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165 3165

Jan 12 Jan 26 Feb 23

2835 2835 2835

3165 3165 NA

2017

2017 Jan Jan Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr May May Jun Jun Jul

Finish Cusco

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

21 4 18 1 15 29 13 27 10 24 8 22 ■

2018 Jan 5 Jan 19 Feb 16

* 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 A$315. Start Lima 8:00am & end Cusco at 11:00am.

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)

● Trip spends Xmas at the Jungle Lodge. ■ Trip spends Xmas in Cusco. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74. Note: Included flight times are subject to alteration. Note: The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.


QUITO 1 ECUADOR

1

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

2 TENA 2 BAÑOS

GUAYAQUIL

1 World Heritage site visited 1

1 or more nightstops

THE LAVA LINE 7 DAYS 1 COUNTRY FROM

A$1335 A$191 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$130. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

Day 1: Start Quito. Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Contiki Team & group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city & the history of the Incas & the Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator 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. Hotel (B) Day 3: Tena. This morning its all about ME Time – have a lie in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids. Hotel (B,D) M Rafting experience 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

& 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) Day 6: Baños to Guayaquil. Today we head to Guayaquil where a walk down the promenade is essential. Hotel (B) Day 7: Depart Guayaquil. Your trip ends after breakfast when it’s time to say ‘adios’ to your mates. (B)

Andes

6

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

CODE: QUGY 2017/18

6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

Start

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

SNAPSHOT

HOW MUCH & WHEN Finish

Quito

NEW TRIP

Baños

Guayaquil

Total Cost

A$ pp*

26 26 23 21 18 16 13 10

Finish

Guayaquil

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2017 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

Start

Quito

Mar 4 Apr 1 Apr 29 May 27 Jun 24 Jul 22 Aug 19 Sep 16

1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335

Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3

Oct 14 Nov 11 Dec 9

1335 1335 1335

Jan 9 Feb 3

1335 1335

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28

* 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 A$209. Start Quito 7:00am & end Guayaquil approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74.

9

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

INCLUSIONS Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Go local at a salsa lesson • Visit Inti Ñan Museum Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ LAVA-LINE

Day 5: Baños. With a free day, explore your way & Baños goes off! Situated in a valley of waterfalls

#LAVALINE

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ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER 12 DAYS

PP*

SANTA CRUZ

Baltra

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$330. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS #ECUADORANDGALAPAGOS

QUITO 1

2 TENA

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

FROM

A$4115 A$343

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

ISABELA

PUERTO 2 VILLAMIL

PUERTO AYORA SAN 1 CRISTOBAL 2 PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

ECUADOR

2 BAÑOS

1 GUAYAQUIL

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

Galapagos sea lions


SNAPSHOT

ECUADOR ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Start Quito. Welcome to Ecuador’s capital, Quito! Meet up with your Contiki Team & group before exploring. Your expert guide will teach you all about this city & the history of the Incas & the Spanish invasion before the city’s best views at Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator 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. Hotel (B) Day 3: Tena. This morning it’s all about ME Time – have a lie in or opt to visit an indigenous community. Get your adrenaline pumping this afternoon on Class 3-4 rapids. Hotel (B,D) M Rafting experience 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

the water as we head off to Isabela Island. Hotel (B,D) See famous Galapagos giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

• • •

11 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

CODE: QUGU 2017/18 Start

Finish

Quito

Guayaquil

Total Cost

A$ pp*

Quito

Finish

Guayaquil

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2017

Sep Oct Nov Dec

10 8 5 3

21 19 16 14

4115 4115 4115 4115

Jan 14 Feb 8

4115 4115

Sep Oct Nov Dec

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

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

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

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)

• • •

Jan 13 Feb 10 Mar 9 Apr 6 May 4 Jun 1 Jun 29 Jul 27 Aug 24

4115 4115 4115 4115 4115 4115 4115 4115 4115

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

• • •

2 30 26 26 23 21 18 16 13

Start

Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug

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

Galapagos wildlife

HOW MUCH & WHEN

Day 8: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish. This afternoon we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – you might even see some baby tortoises along the way! Hotel (B) Wildlife kayaking adventure Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkelling experience

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

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)

11 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION 17

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

2018 Jan 3 Jan 28

solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

Single room supplement add A$715. 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.74. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$5 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.

INCLUSIONS • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides • 2 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges (excluding Galapagos, see price panel)

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Go local at a salsa lesson Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Rappelling (abseiling) & canyoneering day trip M Ziplining M San Cristobal Island guided biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

LOCAL CULTURE The Galapagos Islands are famous for providing the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ground breaking theory of evolution by natural selection.

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ ECUADOR-GALAPAGOSHOPPER

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GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

2 INTERNAL FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SANTA CRUZ Baltra

ISABELA

PUERTO 2 VILLAMIL

PUERTO AYORA SAN CRISTOBAL 1 2 PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO

ECUADOR

Guayaquil

Galapagos Islands Places visited 1 or more nightstops Plane or boat

1 World Heritage site visited

SNAPSHOT

5

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION 5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

6 DAYS 1 COUNTRY FROM

A$2715 A$453 PP*

9

P/DAY*

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INCLUDED MEALS

5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

INCLUSIONS • 2 internal flights & transfers Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

• Snorkel & kayak adventure Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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

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Start

Guayaquil

Finish

Guayaquil

Total Cost

A$ pp*

8 5 25 18 8 6 3 1 29

Finish

Guayaquil

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2017 Jan Feb Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul

Start

Guayaquil

Jan 13 Feb 10 Mar 2 Mar 23 Apr 13 May 11 Jun 8 Jul 6 Aug 3

2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715 2715

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

26 23 21 18 16

31 28 26 23 21

2715 2715 2715 2715 2715

Jan 18 Feb 15

2715 2715

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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 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

Day 2: Isabela Island. This morning we’ll kayak with sea lions & snorkel with colourful fish (keep your eyes peeled for turtles!) This afternoon we’ll visit the Wall of Tears – 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 Visit the Wall of Tears Snorkelling experience

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 & offshore bird spotting experience Explore Kicker Rock’s 143m cone Visit stunning Puerto Grande beach

Single room supplement add A$475.

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)

Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 12-day Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper 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.

• • •

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,D) Visit Tortuga Bay

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island to San Cristobal Island. We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research

#GALAPAGOSHOPPER

CODE: GUGU 2017/18

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) See famous Galapagos giant tortoises Visit some lava tunnels Boat ride to Isabela Island

• • •

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS

HOW MUCH & WHEN

• •

• • •

Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

2018 Jan 13 Feb 10

* 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.

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.74. Note: The Galapagos Islands have a compulsory US$100 entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park, a US$20 INGALA fee & a US$5 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.


ARENAL 2

SARAPIQUI 1

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

2 TORTUGUERO

COSTA RICA

PLAYA 2 TAMARINDO

GULF OF MEXICO

1 SAN JOSÉ 1

PACIFIC OCEAN

1

1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stay

PURA VIDA

Costa Rican rainforest

SNAPSHOT

8

9 DAYS 1 COUNTRY

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

FROM

A$2039 A$227 PP*

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

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$200. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

NEW TRIP

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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 you 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

• •

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,D)  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Eco Tents Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve

• •

#CONTIKIVIDA

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 Canyoneering (waterfall rappelling) M Visit La Casona Rio Fortuna for a taste of ‘tico’ (local) 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) 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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HOW MUCH & WHEN

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)

CODE: SJPT 2016/17/18 Start

San José

Finish

Total

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan

25 9 6 4 25 8

2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039

Feb 5 Mar 5 Apr 2 May 7 Jun 11 Jul 2 Jul 16

2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039

Cost Playa Tamarindo A$ pp*

17 1 29 26 17 31 ●

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul

28 25 25 29 3 24 8

Finish

Total

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec Jan

2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039 2039

Cost Playa Tamarindo A$ pp*

2017

2016 Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec

Start

San José

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

22 12 19 2 16 30 28 25 16 30 ■

30 20 27 10 24 8 5 3 24 7

2018 Jan 27 Feb 24

Feb 4 Mar 4

2039 2039

* 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 A$625. Start San José 4:00pm & end Playa Tamarindo approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends New Year’s Eve in San José. ■ Trip spends in New Year’s Eve in Tortuguero. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer.

INCLUSIONS Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Locally guided tour of a cacao plantation Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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

CONTIKI.COM/ PURA-VIDA

For travel insurance see p.74.

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COSTA RICA UNPLUGGED

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

14 DAYS

ARENAL 2

FROM

A$3259 A$233 PP*

SARAPIQUI

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$325. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

PLAYA 2 TAMARINDO

1

2 TORTUGUERO

MONTEVERDE 2 1 SAN JOSÉ COSTA RICA Quepos

#COSTARICAUNPLUGGED

3 MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio National Park

PACIFIC OCEAN

Places visited 1 or more nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

La Fortuna waterfall, Arenal

GULF OF MEXICO


SNAPSHOT

COSTA RICA ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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 Wildlife boat cruise

• •

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,D)  Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Eco Tents Locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour Visit the Tirimbina Reserve

• •

Day 5: Sarapiqui to Arenal - La Fortuna. This morning’s yours, so choose from adrenaline pumping white water 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 Visit La Casona Rio Fortuna for a taste of ‘tico’ life 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) 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. This afternoon we hike into the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Hotel (B) Hike the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

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, to 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

• •

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)

13 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: COSTA 2016/17/18 Start

San José

Finish

San José

Total Cost

A$ pp*

17 1 29 26 17 31

✱ Sep 30 ✱ Oct 14 Nov 11 Dec 9 ● Dec 30 ■ Jan 13

3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259

Feb 10 Mar 10 Apr 7 May 12 Jun 16 Jul 7 Jul 21

3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul

28 25 25 29 3 24 8

San José

Finish

San José

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2016 Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec Dec

Start

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

22 Aug 12 Aug 19 Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 28 Nov 25 Dec 16 ▲ Dec 30 ◆ Jan

4 25 1 15 29 13 10 8 29 12

3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259 3259

2018 Jan 27 Feb 24

Feb 9 Mar 9

3259 3259

* 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 A$1329. Start San José 4:00pm & end San José approx. 4:00pm. ✱ Turtle visit extension available on these departures. ● Trip spends Xmas in Manuel Antonio. ■ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in San José. ▲ Trip spends Xmas in Monteverde.

22

INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 2 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 • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS

• Locally guided tour of a cacao plantation • Coffee estate tour • Visit Selvatura Park & visit the hanging bridges, butterfly & hummingbird gardens Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

Day 13: 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 14: Manuel Antonio to San José. Relax in paradise this morning before we head back to San José where your trip ends on arrival. (B)

M Hot springs dip M Visit a country estate for dinner & a look at the Tico way of life M Selvatura Park ziplining M Mangrove/Damas Island kayaking See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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 horse riding through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) Visit a local market M Horse riding

◆ Trip spends New Year’s Eve in Tortuguero. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74.

ME TIME OPTIONS

Tamarindo

Please note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm.

LOCAL CULTURE Whilst in Costa Rica make sure you meet some of the friendly locals, or ‘ticos’/‘ticas’ as they’re known. They are the embodiment of Latin flavor & zest for life, with their care-free outlook on life & are guided by ‘la Pura Vida’ (the pure life) saying..

Rainforest canopy

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It was my first solo and first Contiki trip, and I was a bit scared of what to expect. Let me just say that It has been one of the best trips I’ve ever had!!

Elizabeth_Sav (contiki.com/reviews)

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CANOPIES & CABANAS

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

PLAYA 1 TAMARINDO

MONTEVERDE 2 San José COSTA RICA Quepos

PACIFIC OCEAN

Playa Tamarindo

3 MANUEL ANTONIO Manuel Antonio National Park

Places visited 1 or more nightstops

SNAPSHOT

6

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION 6 nights in twin-share hotels

7 DAYS 1 COUNTRY FROM

A$1715 A$245 PP*

9

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$170. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

INCLUDED MEALS

6 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

HOW MUCH & WHEN NEW TRIP

Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Nature walk in the Santa Elena cloud forest • Coffee estate tour • Visit Selvatura Park • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Surfing at Playa Tamarindo M Catamaran cruise, Tamarindo M Ziplining in Monteverde See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

CONTIKI.COM/ CANOPIES-CABANAS

#CANOPIESCABANAS

Start

Playa Tamarindo

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING INCLUSIONS

CODE: PTSJ 2016/17/18

Day 1: Arrive Playa Tamarindo. This morning meet up with your Contiki Team & get ready for a full beach day. 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 (D) M Catamaran trip Day 2: 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. This afternoon we hike into the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Hotel (B) Hike the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Day 3: 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

• •

Day 4: 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 5: 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 horse ride through the jungle & to the Tacori waterfalls. Hotel (B) M Visit a local market M Horse riding Day 6: 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 7: Manuel Antonio to San José. Relax in paradise this morning before we head to San José where your trip ends on arrival. (B)

Manuel Antonio

Finish

San José

Total Cost

A$ pp*

24 8 5 3 24 ●

30 14 11 9 30

1715 1715 1715 1715 1715

Jan 13 Feb 10 Mar 10 Apr 7 May 12 Jun 16 Jul 7 Jul 21

1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul

7 4 4 1 6 10 1 15

Finish

San José

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2016 Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

Start

Playa Tamarindo

Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

29 19 26 9 23 7 4 2 23 ●

4 25 1 15 29 13 10 8 29

1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715

Jan 12 Feb 9 Mar 9

1715 1715 1715

Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

2018 Jan 6 Feb 3 Mar 3

* 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 A$835. Start Tamarindo 9:00am & end San José approx. 4:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Monteverde. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74. Note: Do not book flights before 8:00pm 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.


Mexico City

GULF OF MEXICO

OAXACA Monte Albán

2

MEXICO

2

Mitla

Comitan

1

TEHUANTEPEC 3 World Heritage sites visited 1

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS PANAJACHEL

1

GUATEMALA

1 ANTIGUA/GUATEMALA CITY

PACIFIC OCEAN

Places visited Nightstops

MAYAN ROCKER

Monte Albán

SNAPSHOT

7

8 DAYS 2 COUNTRIES

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

FROM

A$2045 A$256 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$200. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING Day 1: Arrive Antigua. Meet up with your Contiki Team, then get out & see the sights. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or simply relax & shop for local textiles & chocolate. Hotel (D) M Hike the Pacaya volcano Day 2: Antigua to Panajachel. Take a private boat to a lakeside Mayan community. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & enjoy the views. Hotel (B) Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan & learn to make tortillas

Day 3: Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas. We’ll make our way through Guatemala’s highlands before reaching Chiapas. Next up, the evergreens & the cultural centre of San Cristobal! Hotel (B) Visit the charming town of Comitan

Day 4: San Cristobal de las Casas. Adventurers can try horse riding or mountain biking this morning, then we’ll visit the Mayan hillside communities. Tonight, try some ‘tamales chiapanecos’ before hitting the town. Hotel (B) Enter a sacred highland temple M Horse riding

where sacred rites were once carried out. Discover colonial architecture this evening & stop at the local market for some delicious chapulines…yum! Hotel (B) Visit Mitla Sample food in Oaxaca Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca

• • •

Day 7: Monte Albán. Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Albán. Famous for its traditional crafts, we visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud! Hotel (B,D) Visit Monte Albán & a local workshop

Day 8: Oaxaca to Mexico City. Travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. Take a tour of Puebla, then head to Cholula. Enjoy lunch or enter the ruins & explore ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). Later we arrive in Mexico City & say adios! (B) Visit Cholula

Please note: Do not book flights before 9:00pm.

7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: ANMC 2017/18 Start

Antigua/ Guatemala City

Finish

Mexico City

Total Cost

A$ pp*

30 27 29 3 7 28 12 26 16 6

Finish

Mexico City

Total Cost

A$ pp*

Feb 6 Mar 6 Apr 5 May 10 Jun 14 Jul 5 Jul 19 Aug 2 Aug 23 Sep 13

2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045 2045

Oct Nov Nov Dec

4 1 29 20 ●

11 8 6 27

2045 2045 2045 2045

Jan 10 Feb 7 Mar 7

2045 2045 2045

Oct Nov Dec Dec

2018 Jan 3 Jan 31 Feb 28

INCLUSIONS Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS

Single room supplement add A$375.

• Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan • Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca • Visit the UNESCO site Monte Albán Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

travelling solo, we can share you with a same sex room-mate at no extra charge.

Start Antigua/Guatemala City 8:00am & end Mexico City approx. 6:00pm. ● Trip spends Xmas in Oaxaca. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74. Important: the following border crossing fee is not included in the trip price. You will need to pay it locally (approx.): Entry fee Mexico: US$26, Departure Fee Guatemala: US$3. Explore more: Have a few more days? Check out the Central Trail & start this trip in Cancun.

Day 5: San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec. Head on to the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec & visit the city square. This evening, enjoy a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D)

Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 14-day Central Trail 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.

#MAYANROCKER

INCLUDED MEALS

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

Day 6: Tehuantepec to Oaxaca. First up, Oaxaca then it’s on to Matatlan. Later we head to Mitla,

10

7 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep

Start

Antigua/ Guatemala City

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CARIBBEAN ENCOUNTER

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

CANCUN 1

MEXICO

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

Antigua, Guatemala

Belize City

GUATEMALAN 1 RAINFOREST Flores SANTA 1 BELIZE ELENA

SNAPSHOT

6

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION Unique Special Stay: 1 night Jungle Lodge & 5 nights in twin-share hotels

1 ANTIGUA/GUATEMALA CITY

7 DAYS 3 COUNTRIES FROM

A$2015 A$288

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$180. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

8

6 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS • 1 internal flight & transfer Please see p�74 for more information on our standard inclusions�

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • See the Belize Barrier Reef • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park • Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Kayak the crystalline Caribbean See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ CARIBBEANENCOUNTER

CAULKER

GUATEMALA

PP*

INCLUDED MEALS

2 CAYE

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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 to Caye Caulker. Adios Mexico! We’ll head to Chetumal for some exploring before it’s on to Belize & 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 3: 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”! Tonight, it’s an amazing sunset sail with snacks, drinks & music� Hotel (B) M Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef Day 4: Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest. Next up is 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! 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

Day 5: Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores). Rise early to watch daybreak unfold from the top of the Mayan ruin, Templo IV�

#CARIBBEANENCOUNTER

We’ll take a guided tour of the area before a trip to the island of Flores, built on the ancient Mayan centre, Tayasal� Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

Day 6: Santa Elena to Antigua. From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Visit World Heritage Antigua & experience this historic & beautiful town� Hotel (B) Sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua

Day 7: 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)

Caye Caulker, Belize

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: CAAN 2017/18 Start

Cancun

Finish

Total

Jan 30 Feb 27 Mar 29 May 3 Jun 7 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 16 Sep 6

2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015

Cost Antigua/ Guatemala A$ pp* City

24 21 23 27 1 22 6 20 10 31

Finish

Total

Oct Nov Nov Dec Jan

4 1 29 20 3

2015 2015 2015 2015 2015

Jan 31 Feb 28

2015 2015

Cost Antigua/ Guatemala A$ pp* City

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

Start

Cancun

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

28 26 23 14 28 ●

2018 Jan 25 Feb 22

* 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 A$445� Start Cancun 5:00pm & end Antigua/Guatemala City approx� 11:00am� ● Trip spends NYE in Tikal National Park� For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki�com/staylonger� For travel insurance see p�74� Important: the following border crossing fees are not included in the trip price� You will need to pay them locally (approx�): departing Mexico US$26, Port fee San Pedro US$2�50, departure tax Belize (by ferry) US$19, Entry fee Guatemala US$3� Explore More: Have a few more days? Check out the Central Trail & end this trip in Mexico City� Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 18-day Latin Legends & 11-day Sol Seeker trips� 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�


THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PARTY – IT NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. AND EVEN IF IT DID, HOW COULD WORDS DO JUSTICE TO THE UNFATHOMABLE COLOUR & EXCITEMENT OF RIO CARNIVAL? our trips

INCLUDED

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• Twin-share accommodation  reakfast each day, plus included • B lunches & dinners

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• I ncluded activities like a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain & a boat cruise in Rio • Sambadromo ticket also included  E Time – your chance to explore • M on your own or try our awesome optional activities  n experienced Trip Manager • A plus knowledgeable English speaking Local Guides

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RIO CARNIVAL

SNAPSHOT

4 NIGHTS HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

5 DAYS 1 COUNTRY

4 nights twin-share hotel

A$2769 A$554

FROM

PP*

7

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS

INCLUDED MEALS

4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D)

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

INCLUSIONS

• Trip will use various modes of public transport Please see p�74 for more information on our standard inclusions�

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Carnival tickets & transfers • Entry to Sugarloaf Mountain • Rio boat trip & BBQ Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Favela tour M Hang gliding M Entry to Christ the Redeemer See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ RIO-CARNIVAL

#CONTIKIRIO

P/DAY*

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro. Bem-vindo/ 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) Day 2: Rio de Janeiro. Today you can opt to visit Corcovado Mountain & the Christ the Redeemer statue or view the other side of Rio with a favela tour� 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 at 4:00am when we will head back to the hotel� Hotel (B) M Christ the Redeemer M Favela tour Day 3: Rio de Janeiro. Time to relax, recap and enjoy the beach, after the previous night we know that you need to rejuvenate the body & take it easy� This afternoon we go…395m up! We are visiting Sugarloaf Mountain� Get ready to climb the mountain in glass-panelled cable cars to the summit for more astounding views of the city & its beaches� This afternoon, chill on the beach or enjoy a spot of shopping� Hotel (B,D) Sugarloaf Mountain M Hang gliding

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro. Today 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 on board to indulge in, you’ll be floating on bliss� Hotel (B,L) 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) CODE: RIOC

Copacabana Beach

FESTIVAL


HIGH ENERGY

TAKING IT EASY & GETTING A LONG NIGHT OF REST IS FOR RETIREMENT. YOU’RE HERE, AND YOUR MISSION IS CLEAR: WASTE NOT A SECOND. EXPLORE BY DAY, PARTY BY NIGHT, SEE EVERYTHING, STOP AT NOTHING – THIS IS THE MOTTO OF A HIGH ENERGY TRIP. our trips

INCLUDED

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• T  win-share rooms, or single rooms for a little extra

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 reakfast daily, plus lots of other • B included meal experiences • Sightseeing tours of all major cities

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• A modern air-conditioned coach  E Time – explore in your own • M time, or take it up a notch with hand-picked optional activities

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MEXICO GRANDE

HIGH ENERGY

12 DAYS FROM

A$2795 A$233 PP*

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$255. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS #MEXICOGRANDE

Tequila

2 PUERTO VALLARTA

1 MERIDA

GUANAJUATO 1

1 GUADALAJARA

GULF OF MEXICO

MEXICO CITY 3

PACIFIC OCEAN

MEXICO

5 World Heritage sites visited

Teotihuacan, Mexico

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

3 CANCUN


SNAPSHOT

MEXICO ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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. This morning maybe give surfing a go in a hidden beach along the bay. You could also opt to explore the Marietas Islands for wildlife on an eco-tour. The islands, made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, provide the perfect environment for snorkelling & kayaking. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Surfing safari 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

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. We’ll make our way through agricultural districts that lead to bustling Mexico City, the largest city of the country & the oldest capital city in North America. Hotel (B)

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

• •

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

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 before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal. Hotel (B) Walking tour of Merida’s sights

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)

• •

11 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

HOW MUCH & WHEN

11 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

CODE: MEXG 2017/18 Start

Puerto Vallarta

Finish

Cancun

Total Cost

A$ pp*

14 11 13 17 22 12 26 10 31 21

Puerto Vallarta

Finish

Cancun

Total Cost

A$ pp*

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep

25 22 24 28 2 23 7 21 11 1

2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

18 16 13 4 18 ●

29 27 24 15 29

2795 2795 2795 2795 2795

Jan 26 Feb 23

2795 2795

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

11 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

2018 Jan 15 Feb 12

* 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 A$905. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end Cancun approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Merida. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74.

Day 10: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer, you can shop, catch some rays & people watch. Hotel (B) 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,D) M Snorkelling & zipline adventure

15

INCLUDED MEALS

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

Start

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

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza • Trajinera cruise Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS Day trip to Playa del Carmen Marietas Eco-Discovery Pirate of the bay Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more M M M M

Xochimilco

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

LOCAL CULTURE Mexico introduced chocolate to the world. Look out for Ibarra, it’s a rich tasting Mexican chocolate laced with cinnamon. Yum!

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ MEXICO-GRANDE

Mexico Grande was amazing, the food, the people and the beautiful cities and culture made it so memorable. Along with that we had an awesome trip guide! Anastasia (contiki.com/reviews)

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MEXICAN FIESTA

HIGH ENERGY

4 World Heritage sites visited Places visited 1 or more nightstops PACIFIC OCEAN

Teotihuacan

Tequila

GUANAJUATO 1

1 PUERTO 2 VALLARTA GUADALAJARA

SNAPSHOT

7

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

MEXICO CITY 3

8 DAYS 1 COUNTRY FROM

A$1825 A$229 PP*

10

MEXICO

P/DAY*

PAY EARLY & SAVE UP TO A$180. SEE P.23 FOR DETAILS

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

INCLUSIONS Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS • Cruise on a ‘trajinera’ & discover Xochimilco • Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ MEXICAN-FIESTA

#MEXICANFIESTA

ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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)

CODE: MEXF 2017/18

Day 2: Puerto Vallarta. This morning maybe give surfing a go in a hidden beach along the bay. You could also opt to explore the Marietas Islands for wildlife on an eco-tour. The islands, made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, provide the perfect environment for snorkelling & kayaking. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional boat ride in the bay. Hotel (B) M Surfing safari 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

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 Guanajuato Visit the Hidalgo Market M Visit the Mummy Museum

• •

Day 5: Guanajuato to Mexico City. Return to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland. We’ll make our way through agricultural districts that lead to bustling Mexico City, the largest city the country & the oldest capital city in North America. Hotel (B) 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

• •

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

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

Start

Puerto Vallarta

Finish

Mexico City

Total Cost

A$ pp*

14 11 13 17 22 12 26 10 31 21

Finish

Total Cost

Mexico City

A$ pp*

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

25 23 20 11 25

1825 1825 1825 1825 1825

Jan 22 Feb 19

1825 1825

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug

Start

Puerto Vallarta

Jan 21 Feb 18 Mar 20 Apr 24 May 29 Jun 19 Jul 3 Jul 17 Aug 7 Aug 28

1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825 1825

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

18 16 13 4 18

2018 Jan 15 Feb 12

* 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 A$515. Start Puerto Vallarta 7:00am & end Mexico City approx. 11:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.74.


MERIDA 1

CANCUN 3

HIGH ENERGY

GULF OF MEXICO

MEXICO CITY 1

MEXICO

3 World Heritage sites visited

1 INTERNAL FLIGHT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE.

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

YUCATÁN HIGHLIGHTS

Cancun

SNAPSHOT

5

6 DAYS 1 COUNTRY

NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

FROM

A$1525 A$255 PP*

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS ITINERARY, SIGHTSEEING & PRICING 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

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)

• •

Day 4: Cancun. Make this city your playground & start out with a day free to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer. You can shop, catch some rays & people watch. Hotel (B) M Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling, canoeing & lunch! Day 5: Cancun. Soak up all the Cancun action you want today – swim through a jungle lagoon,

#YUCATANHIGHLIGHTS

5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation

P/DAY*

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

Water sports, Cancun

7

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: MEXH 2017/18 Start

Mexico City

Finish

Cancun

Total Cost

A$ pp*

20 17 19 23 28 18 2 16 6 27

Finish

Cancun

Total Cost

A$ pp*

2017

2017 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug

Start

Mexico City

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep

25 22 24 28 2 23 7 21 11 1

1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525 1525

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

24 22 19 10 24 ●

29 27 24 15 29

1525 1525 1525 1525 1525

INCLUSIONS

Jan 26 Feb 23

1525 1525

EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS

Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

• 1 internal flight & transfer Please see p.74 for more information on our standard inclusions.

2018 Jan 21 Feb 18

* 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 A$455. Start Mexico City 7:00am & end Cancun approx. 11:00am. ● Trip spends Xmas in Merida. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/stay longer. For travel insurance see p.74. Explore more: Have a few more days? Check out the Mexico Grande & see the Pacific Ocean. 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.

• Tour the pyramids of Teotihuacan • Turn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME OPTIONS M Cenote snorkelling & off-track adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/ YUCATAN

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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 Snapshot section as specified. • Accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners listed in the Snapshot 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 Snapshot section) & some dinners. • Reciprocity Tax in Argentina for some nationalities – check contiki.com/contikipedia for more info. • 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$5.

INCLUDED FLIGHTS

Flights as specified on individual trip itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.75) 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. • Tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations • Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges • Ferry crossings Look out for on the trip pages. Where you see these icons, all of the above are included on your trip.

GROUP SIZE

We average around 30 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!.

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 (Peru), Peso (Argentina), Real (Brazil), US$ (Ecuador), Colón (Costa Rica), Quetzal (Guatemala), Belize Dollar (Belize). 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 & 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 (June, 2016) 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, 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. 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.

MANAGE BOOKING

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 your all your details before you can travel. Check out contiki.com/ managebooking to log into your booking.

BOOKING SECURITY

Contiki has been running trips for young people since 1962 & is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). The members include all the major tour operators who are financially bonded for your security & who maintain the highest standards. With the guarantees of these organisations, you know your holiday & money are secure with Contiki.

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.

GOLD SEAL PROTECTION

Coverage for Cancellation & Return Flight Security: Most trip operators are interested in their travellers only after they reach their destination. With Contiki, however, you get a great deal even before you leave home. Pre-paid Cancellation Option A$99 per person: By paying A$99 per person Cancellation Option fee with your deposit, the full amount of your deposit &/or payment to Contiki Holidays will be refunded should you cancel your trip for any reason prior to departure from Australia. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements made by Contiki Holidays only. On Your Trip: Should you, or your travel companion, leave at any time during the trip for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to Australia due to injury, sickness or death, you & your companion will be refunded A$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the trip. (Please note that in some cases hotels require a one night cancellation fee). A Doctor’s certificate is required. The Cancellation Option Fee is not refundable for any reason. Return Flight Security: If you or a member of your direct family in Australia should fall sick* while you are on your Contiki trip, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip airline tickets on Contiki’s recommended airline(s) booked through Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd from Australia. * Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied.

COMPULSORY TRAVEL INSURANCE

Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your holiday. It is compulsory for all trips that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. In some instances, you may not be accepted on a Contiki holiday unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies against us arising from your participation in your holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your travel agent or Contiki when you are booking your trip.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS

Photos Courtesy of © Sarah Duff p.16-17 Ziplining.


booking conditions

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, security purposes, we are required to collect the card expiration date OUR RESPONSIBILITIES and the customer verification code. A surcharge of 1% will be applied 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability & at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you & us upon your booking being confirmed & accepted by us & our confirmation thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs & exchange rates as at 29th March, 2016. 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 & 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. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, & where available, offer you a comparable 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 & 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 & CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (June, 2016) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing trips & transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki will guarantee to match you up with someone of the same sex when booked in a share room configuration. 4.4 Contiki constantly strives to improve trip itineraries & features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries & to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our changes or cancellations. 4.5 We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type, the 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. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent or Contiki Specialist 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 or Contiki Specialist to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for our 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 & when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided &/or fees payable under the trip programme. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your trip shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of A$200, per person per trip, or the full amount payable if the booking is made within 45 days of your departure from Australia, 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 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a nonrefundable deposit of A$200 per person per trip which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if travellers’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 1.4 Inca Trail Trek. If you wish to book a trip including the Inca Trail Trek you will be required to make an additional non-refundable 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 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. 1.5 Sambadrome Ticket. If you wish to book the Rio Carnival trip the included Sambadrome Ticket will require non-refundable full payment 7 days after booking. Your Reservations Agent will advise you of the required amount. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 Credit Card Bookings: Contiki should be advised of your credit card number when making your reservation directly with us. For

at the time of payment. 2.2 The balance of the holiday must be paid no later than 45 days prior to your departure date from Australia which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-trip bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days prior to your departure date from Australia. 2.3 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled & cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.4 Tickets & other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure from Australia. 2.5 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure date from Australia, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking & we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.6 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking & apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. If you cancel 3.1 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. 3.2 If you cancel more than 45 days before departure, your A$200 deposit will not be refunded. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost & expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price & 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. All Cancellation policies valid as at 3rd June, 2016, and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 3.4 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% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your travel agent. 3.6 GOLD SEAL PROTECTION 3.6.1 By paying a non-refundable A$99 per person Cancellation Option fee with your deposit, the full amount of your deposit &/or payment to Contiki Holidays will be refunded should you cancel your trip for any reason prior to departure from Australia. This cancellation option covers the land arrangements made by Contiki Holidays only. 3.6.2 On Your Trip: Should you, or your travel companion*, booked under the same booking number leave at any time during the trip for personal sickness reasons or be required to return to Australia due to injury, sickness or death, you & your companion will be refunded A$40 per person per day for the unused portion of the trip. (Please note that in some cases hotels require a one night cancellation fee). A Doctor’s certificate is required. * Travel companion must be booked under the same booking number and only one companion can be nominated. 3.6.3 Return Flight Security: If you or a member of your direct family in Australia should fall sick* while you are on your Contiki trip, we will take care of the additional cost of tickets for your earlier or later return home in the same class of air travel on the first available flight, provided you hold round-trip airline tickets on Contiki’s recommended airline(s) booked through Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd from Australia. * Medical certificates as proof of all illness claims must be supplied. 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.

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 Legislation in various states in Australia has highlighted the issue of Age Discrimination. In terms of style & content, all of Contiki’s worldwide holidays are specifically designed for a particular age group. This fact should be recognised when you book one of our holidays. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable & memorable travel experience for all travellers. Contiki welcomes travellers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Travellers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All travellers must ensure they are medically & physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the trip. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a trip or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any traveller who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the traveller’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on trip, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Travellers should be aware some trips include rough terrain, extensive walking over uneven pavement, steps & locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the trip, Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels & other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodation on international trips may differ from those in Australia. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodation for travellers travelling on international trips. • Contiki may, at its sole discretion, decline the booking of any traveller or remove any traveller who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms & conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a traveller is removed from a trip. Travellers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these booking conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements & 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 & decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative & 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 & 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 & 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 & may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation & related costs & 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 &/or a Contiki Trip Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the traveller 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 & films of you while you are on holiday & that these may be used in our brochures &/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs &/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 & if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 42 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 The contract & all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Australian Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.1 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity & enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.2 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/traveller costs. 6. 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

and evacuation expenses before you travel on a Contiki holiday. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all 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 & from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport & visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, personal expense money, medical fees, sightseeing, visits & entrance fees, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Trip Managers, Drivers & Local Guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, ME Time options & anything else not listed in the ‘snapshot’ section of the itinerary pages within this brochure. 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 travellers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to travellers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a trip shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the traveller of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers & other service providers are subject to the terms & conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, & other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay & loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for disabled travellers (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 September, 2016 to March, 2018. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are owned and operated by: Contiki Holidays Latin America, 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, Brazil & Peru). 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 June 2016 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market. Please see contiki.com for complete & up to date terms & conditions.

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