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Meet\ Contiki\ “Discover the real South America on our small group adventures.”

Travelling in South America with Contiki is about really getting under the skin of it’s cultures, meeting the locals & experiencing more, for less. We give our travellers the trip of a lifetime, a journey full of mind-blowing experiences & unforgettable memories. A trip that changes you. We’re the original travel company for 18-35s & we’ve been showing people like you the world for 50 years. Our South America tours are all small group trips exclusively for 18-35s. It’s all about making new friends with like-minded travellers your age, no younger, no older. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a first timer, keen to go solo or travelling with mates, our knowhow means you’ll have a fantastic experience with less hassle. Unbeatable accommodation (no camping or hostels), more authentic meals & an expert team to show you around. It also means private transport & fantastic ways to spend your free time. We also include flights, so you can cut out the travel time & see more. It’s about awesome adventures, with a bunch of great people, an experience you’ll never forget. We’re committed to sustainable travel, whether it’s through our efforts to protect the world’s oceans or our other responsible travel initiatives. See p.15 for more. All you need to do to share the good times is get in touch with us, or your travel agent.

South America is ready to be explored. Come see it with us.

Meet us & other Contiki travellers online: contiki.com/community facebook.com/contiki twitter.com/contikiasia youtube.com/contiki flickr.com/contikiholidays

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You only know when you go...

Machu Picchu\ Iguassu Falls\ Rio Carnival\ The Incas\ The Amazon\ Experience South A

Nothing compares to that feeling of experiencing something new & amazing for yourself. The colours of Carnival, the lush Amazon rainforest, walking the same paths as the ancient Incas, the outstretched arms of ‘Cristo Redentor’ & seeing Sugarloaf Mountain rising from the sea. South America’s diversity makes it so special. It’s colourful characters, the rich traditions, the incredible landscapes & the unique ancient cultures that still thrive today.

swim in chivay’s hot springs\walk on lake titicaca’s floating islands\tango in buenos aires\see soaring condors in the colca canyon\hike the inca trail\sip on a pisco sour\experience carnival in rio\hear the roar of iguassu falls\savour argentinean beef & red wine\ shop the markets of cusco\chill on the beaches of buzios\bike the backstreets of buenos aires\celebrate the sun festival in cusco\ ring in the new year in rio and many more…

It’s about getting up close to the sights, meeting new people, making friends for life & having an amazing time doing it. And ok, maybe it’s a bit about the bragging rights back home as well… Visit contiki.com/ southamerica

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Discover\ South America\ South America. Contiki. And you. Discover more. Because we’ve been around since 1962, our years of experience in showing travellers the world means we’ve perfected the art of travel for 18-35s.

Choose your adventure. The rich culture & colours of Peru, the buzz of Argentina & the action & beaches of Brazil. No matter what kind of trip you’re after, how much time you have, what you want to see (or if you want to see it all) there’s a South American adventure that’s right for you. With 6 trips from 8 – 24 days across Peru, Argentina & Brazil, there’s guaranteed to be a trip to suit.

It’s about you. From your Tour Manager & Local Guide, to our customer service teams, everyone at Contiki has one single focus – to make your holiday the trip of the lifetime. We take the hassle out of travelling, so there’s more time to create your own adventure & discover more in the places that count. Going solo or first big trip? No worries. You’re guaranteed to link up with other young, adventurous & like-minded travel mates (18-35s is all we do). And we don’t charge supplements if you’re travelling solo either, we’ll match you up with a same-sex room-mate, or you can opt for the privacy of your own room for a little extra.

Do more for less. There’s so much to see in South America, so we make sure you see the best bits, for no extra cost. There’s no compulsory local payments. There’s more authentic local meals, so you can really taste the flavours of South America. We include more sights, like a cruise to the islands & beaches of Buzios, getting up close to (the most famous symbol of the Incan Empire), Machu Picchu, visiting the colourful markets of Cusco & staring out over Rio from Sugarloaf Mountain (plus many more). With Contiki you’re guaranteed to get more included in your trip. We also save you time & money. Time, because we take the hassle out of travel (like including flights to get you there faster). And money because we also offer some seriously great discounts, like early booking, booking with mates, or past traveller deals (see p.14 for more).

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Your trip, your way. We all travel for different reasons. Want an in-depth cultural experience, but want time to relax & take it easy? Or want to get the adrenalin pumping? You can do it all. We make sure there’s plenty of free time to create your own adventure, so you can do what you want. Use it to relax, check out a football game, or get up to some more adventurous stuff like hiking or speed boating in Iguassu. We’ve put together an inspirational range of Explore More things to do, to help you get more out of your trip. You can do as few or as many as you like. See p.12-13 for more.

Live it local. When you travel, you want to get the real, local experience. Eating where the locals eat, dancing the Tango or Samba, or exploring the back streets of Buenos Aires by bike. We’ll really get you under the skin of the countries we visit. Our team live in South America, so they’re perfect for giving you access to real, local experiences. The insider knowledge of our expert Local Guides complements our Tour Managers perfectly with their in-depth knowledge of our amazing destinations. More on p.10.

Fantastic overnights. Our accommodation in South America really sets us apart. You’ll sleep easy - our hotel accommodation is clean, comfy twin-share hotels (or single rooms for a little extra), with each spot being specially chosen based on its charm, location & facilities. There’s no pitching of tents & rolling out mattresses, or bunking in with a group of other people – it’s all about comfort so you can really relax. We also give you some extra special experiences, like our jungle lodge in the Amazon where you’ll sleep amongst the luscious rainforest. See p.8 for more.

Small groups. On our tours, the maximum group size is around 30 people, so it’s the perfect size for discovering South America. There’s plenty of new mates to be made, but not too many, so it’s great for easily getting around the places we visit.

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Our accommodation means you’ll sleep in comfort. It’s what makes us unique. Rooms are twin-share & well located hotels are key, so you’re amongst the action in the places that count. Like in Rio & Buzios in Brazil, we’re close to the beach & in Arequipa & Cusco in Peru we’re next to the city’s main square. They have great facilities too, like pools & bars, so you can indulge in a Pisco Sour or Caipirinha – it’s about comfort, the best facilities & getting a great nights sleep. We also like to keep it local with some authentic experiences like our Amazon Rainforest Special Stay to give you a taste of something different.

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

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Our other accommodation experiences are unique, cute & reflect the surroundings that you’re visiting, like a colonial era hotel in Cusco. It’s all about great overnights that are characteristic of the places we visit.

Amazon Special Stay Nestled in the jungle & built from cane, natural woods & clay, our rainforest eco-lodge Special Stay is a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Each room features an en-suite & open-walls, leaving you sleeping virtually amongst the luscious rainforest. With the soft glow of candles & lanterns, it’s a great place to relax & chill. Note: The accommodation mentioned is by no means a definitive list of all our accommodation, which can vary on occasions. Some South American hotels can be smaller & less equipped in comparison to some other Western countries & the standard, style & location of hotel can vary from region to region. Check your Contiki Travel Documents for accommodation confirmation.

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One of the best things about South America is food. The different flavours, tastes, aromas & regional specialities are what make each place so unique. To make sure you get a taste of it all, we include lots of meals in your tour price, like breakfast every day & around half your evening meals. But we don’t include every meal (especially lunches) so you can go exploring & go local, whilst having the independence to do what you want, in your budget. We’ve included some extra special meals in our prices, like a Tango show, complete with dinner & drinks & a Brazilian BBQ – where you’ll indulge in succulent beef & chicken roasted over an open fire.

Taste South America Succulent Argentinian steak, sizzling Brazilian BBQ’s & delicious fresh Peruvian ceviche... Experience the unique flavours of South America...

There’s some other great meals at local spots in the tour prices too, so you can really get a taste for the places you visit. Think mouthwatering Argentinian steak in Buenos Aires, delicious local fish in Puno & feijoada washed down with an ice-cold Caipirinha in Rio. No matter what your tastes, you’ll love what we serve up. If you’ve got any special dietary requirements or restrictions just tell your Tour Manager at the start of your tour.

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Our Team\ What’s better than an amazing holiday in South America? Having the best people possible taking you on the adventure of a life time. People that know the places we visit like the locals. And the locals themselves! Meet Brent, our man in South America. “Even after nearly 10 years of living in South America, I still wander the streets & imagine the different feeling of the eras gone by. South America is my passion. What’s the best thing for me? Presenting a new culture in a fantastic place – something new that people can really be a part of. It’s about the people. They’re amazingly welcoming & want you to be involved. They want you to see the best side of their countries & cultures. As a traveller I yearn to really experience the places I visit, so I know what you’re after. Travelling means something different to everyone, but culture, free time & fun, are all integral parts of anyones journey. Bringing the best of South America to life is what I strive for. Respect for the people, the places & differences in the destinations we visit, is hugely important to me. We’re all about supporting the locals, giving back to the communities we visit, whilst giving you access to the most authentic experiences possible.”

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We keep it local too – with our English-speaking Guides, & local suppliers on hand to give that essential local knowledge that you’d expect. They know how to bring South America to life for you through history, knowledge & expertise on the places that count.

Getting around\

Say goodbye to 18 hour bus journeys to get you from A to B. On our trips, we include flights between some destinations – it’s a great way of getting around. By including flights, we get you there faster, so you’ll see & experience more of South America’s hotspots. We mix it up on our trips - think private buses (so you’re not crammed in with other travellers), vans & boat rides with friends! A trip to South America wouldn’t be complete without including some fun, local ways to get around too, like triciclos, canoes & cable cars! It’s about comfort, but giving you a taste of how the locals do it. It’s all part of the adventure.

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You’ve saved hard & are ready to see South America. So to guarantee you get the most out of your trip we include more. More sightseeing of the important not to miss bits (like Machu Picchu) & the bits off the beaten track. We include more meals, like breakfast every day, plus lots of dinners & some lunches too. Travelling in South America is all about getting up close to the people & places you visit. It’s about indulging in an all round cultural feast, whilst having a great holiday & making new friends along the way. It’s about getting more than just a glimpse of South America, it’s getting up close to the must-see sights & having a great time doing it. Wherever you visit, we’ll line up trips to monuments, cycling tours & some entry fees.

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But it’s not about ‘ticking the box’ when you travel with us. Only Contiki includes more exclusive experiences & cool Special Stays, so look out for them beside the map on the tour pages. And there’s even more value with Contiki. It’s no problem if you’re travelling solo – we won’t charge you any extra & if you want a bit more privacy when you travel then there’s always the option of your own room, for a little extra. We also offer some great discounts, like early booking, booking with mates or past traveller deals. Food is one of the most important parts of any holiday & South America has some seriously delicious food that you’ll love to indulge in. We include breakfast everyday & about half of your evening meals so you can enjoy a tasty Brazilian BBQ & Argentinian beef but still have plenty of time to seek out & discover the local cuisine for yourself, to suit your taste & budget.

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Explore More\ Lots of free time for you to explore\ Following a rigid schedule day after day isn’t what we call a holiday. On our tours the only thing that is fixed are your destinations. Want to meet some locals & go exploring? Want to lie back on Copacabana Beach & chill with a book? It’s your choice. Free time to us means free time to do what you want. Catch a football game, go shopping at the local markets, or sit back with a glass of Argentinian red & watch in wonder as the world goes by. All our trips are planned so that you have free time to tailor your trip & choose other things you want to do. It’s about keeping it flexible – whilst giving you a load of optionals to do too. As well as all our included highlights & essential sightseeing – we’ve hand picked some exciting Explore More optional activities, negotiated some great prices & best of all, we’ll organise it all for you. So all you need to do is have a great time. Shake to the rhythms of Samba, tour the Favelas in Rio, feel the spray of Iguassu Falls on a speedboat ride or kayak in Puerto Maldonado – the options are almost endless.

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salsa dancing lesson & dinner\ whitewater raft the urubamba river in cusco\speedboat ride to the base of iguassu falls\kayaking in the amazon\ locally guided tour of rio’s favelas\hike to the edge of devil’s throat\jungle canopy climb\see macaws & toucans\ zodiac boat ride to st martin island\go horseriding with a local gaucho\heli ride over iguassu falls\day trip to colonia in uruguay\scuba diving adventure\ and many more… For a full list of optional activities for each tour go to: contiki.com/exploremore

To find Explore More choices, look for the orange panel on the bottom of every tour page.

The Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Incas as you hike to one of the 7 new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Peru’s most famous site, with thousands of travellers wanting to experience the magic of this ancient place for themselves each year.

Trekking with Contiki

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We’ll take the train to “KM 104” your starting point for Machu Picchu, where we’ll begin your trek with our local professional guide. You’ll experience amazing views of the Andes as you head through the cloudforest & discover wildlife & waterfalls along the way. As you walk along the original stonewalk path, through the Sun Gate you’ll catch your first glimpse of majestic Machu Picchu. There’s time to explore when you reach the site, before heading back to Machu Picchu Pueblo for the night.

• Book early! To help preserve Machu Picchu for future generations, the Peruvian Government closely controls the number of travellers on the trail, with only 500 pre-purchased permits available each day.

For tours that can do the hike see pages 16-17, 18-19, 22-23 & 24-25.

Essential booking requirements When you book your tour (as early in advance as possible) please let us know the following details:

• Inca Trail permits are non-refundable & non-changeable so it’s essential that you let us know your correct passport details at the time of booking so we can process your application quickly. Contiki will process your application on your behalf. To ensure you get your chance to hike the trail, book your spot early. It’s advisable to book at least 3 months before travelling in the low season (between October & April) & 6 months before travelling in the high season (May to September), although it is at times possible to get permits within these timescales. We will process your application within 3 days of booking; we cannot guarantee permit availability.

• Your full name (as appears on passport), your date of birth & gender • Your passport number & date of expiry • Your nationality

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It’s also important that the passport information that you submit with your application is exactly the same as what you will be travelling with in South America. It’s best to play it safe - if your information changes it can result in a fine, or cancellation of admission to the trail. No refunds will be given.

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Save up to US$585* on your tour if you book & pay 12 months before you leave, or save up to US$295* on your tour if you book & pay 6 months before you leave. See the tour page to find out your pay early discount. * Pay Early Savings of US$585 & US$295 based on 24 Day The Adventurer p.22-23.

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Book 2 Contiki tours (of 10 days or more) at the same time. Save US$100 on your total booking. You can pick any Contiki tour as your second (or third !) – continue your holiday in South America or consider Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America or Asia.

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4 OR MORE Everyone saves 5% 7 OR MORE Everyone saves 7.5% 10 OR MORE Everyone saves 10% or invite an 11th person for free! The facts: All these discounts apply to the land tour price (ie: not international flights to & from South America at the start or end of your tour). You can combine book with friends, 2 or more & pay early discounts on tours of 8 days or longer.

Travelling again?\

Save More with our past traveller discount

Planning your next Contiki adventure? We love our past travellers coming back for another awesome adventure, so if you book another one of our trips (anywhere we travel!) we’ll hook you up with an extra 5% discount. Plus, we’ll hook you up when you travel with our sister companies too. Easy. See p.26 for conditions.

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Whatever you are looking for, your search starts at contiki.com Looking for the trip of a lifetime? Get more details on our tours & destinations, or use our trip finder & search tools to find the holiday of your dreams. Our tour pages have in-depth itineraries, interactive maps for a more detailed view of the tour route & list all the definite departures. Not sure what tour to choose? Get inspiration from the Tour Genius on the homepage. Already booked? Find essential travel info & link up with your trip mates in the Contiki Community.

Get Connected Join the Contiki Community online & connect with your tour mates before you go. Or meet & chat with our super-knowledgeable Contiki team & past travellers for lots of handy travelling tips. Jump in to the conversation, start your own or have a read of what others have posted. You’ll also find tons of great advice & articles in Contikipedia too. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, remember to follow us for the latest fun & offers.

Join in at: contiki.com/community Or follow us at: facebook.com/contiki twitter.com/contikiasia youtube.com/contiki flickr flickr.com/contikiholidays

Online Check-in Booked your tour? Check in online before you go - it’ll take you less than 5 minutes & you can skip the paperwork when you start your tour. Plus, you’ll also have access to your essential tour info on your Contiki profile. To find out more go to contiki.com/checkin

Contiki Loves Our Foundation.

Recycling.

We’re founding partners of non-profit The Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation. Our foundation has committed more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities & support sustainable tourism around the world.

We’re committed to using 100% recycled, chlorine free, FSC & PEFC paper for our brochure pages, 95% of which is post consumer waste (that’s litter to you & me). Using recycled paper means we’re using less trees, sending less waste to landfills & consuming 1/5th of the energy refining the fibre to make the paper. Between Contiki & our Travel Corporation sister companies, we’re saving over 70,609 trees* a year.

From sponsoring the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices globally, to our own special causes such as ocean conservation. Keep reading…

* Calculations provided by the Environmental Defense Fund

Helping to protect our oceans.

Loving it local.

Covering 71% of the globe, but with less than 1% under legal protected status, oceans are not immune to human influence. Right now, precious marine ecosystems are being harmed or destroyed completely.

We’re proud to support local businesses on our trips, whether it be via the activities we do, the places we eat or the accommodation in which we sleep.

Contiki actively supports 2 projects involved in the critical task of marine protection, including backing young environmentalists in their hands-on work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef via the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership program. And supporting Oceana’s valuable research work in the Mediterranean. Learn more at contiki.com/responsibletravel.

Learn more at: www.thetravelcorporation.com/ foundation

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In South America, almost every one of the places we stay are locally owned, so profits feed directly back to the local communities. Where other travel operators may own their own vehicles & run their own show independent of locals, wherever possible, Contiki work only with local suppliers & businesses.

What about you. Taking care of the environment shouldn’t stop when you go travelling. Simple stuff like re-using your drink bottle, choosing products with less packaging, recycling on the go or simply turning off the lights when you leave your hotel room are all ways to lessen your environmental impact.

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17 Itinerary and Included Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Lima Made-up of 43 different districts with their own flare & vibe, bustling Lima is not short on things to do. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager & group & maybe head for a few drinks at a local night spot. Hotel Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour, before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) • City walking tour • Visit the Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas & Junita the Ice Maiden Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We visit Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive Vicuña) & Colca Canyon. We continue on our journey to the centre of the Colca Canyon, for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge. Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) • See wild Vicuña • Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve • See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes • Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we’ll try & spot the Andean Condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) • See the massive Colca Canyon • Visit Cruz del Condor • Visit Yanque Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca to experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands. Experience the unique cultures & way of life here as we visit locals & see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) • Ride on a triciclo! • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca • Visit Taquile & Uros island communities Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining 2 storey Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) • Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani • See the Temple of Wiracocha Day 7: Cusco The modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. From Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to explore & experience. Hotel (B,D) • City walking tour • Visit San Blas, La Catedral, 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 stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. • Try some local Chicha de Jora Day 9: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Pueblo Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo this afternoon. Hotel (B,D)

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Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Inca’s on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu • See p.13 for more info. Code: LILIT (Reverse Code: LILIRT)

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Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops, or perhaps climb Wayna Picchu. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 11: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B) Day 12: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle hike to the canopy tower, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot Caiman, a native Amazonian alligator! Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) • Visit the Infierno community • Puerto Maldonado city tour • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 13: Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha. Later, visit a local fish farm before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) • Locally guided catamaran trip • Visit a local fish farm to see native Amazonian fish Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B)

• 13 nights accommodation: 11 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights Special Stay experiences (more on p.8) • 23 meals: 13 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) (4 for trekking option) 7 dinners (D) • An experienced & professional Tour Manager • English speaking local guides • 3 flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges 4 • Number of World Heritage sites visited

The Amazon

Ancient Inca ruins

When to go and how much Code: LILI/LILIT 2011/12 All prices per person US$ Start Lima

Finish Lima

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

2011 NOV 12 DEC 10

NOV 25 2635 DEC 23 2635

2795 2795

2012 JAN 21 MAR 10 MAR 31 APR 14

FEB MAR APR APR

2795 2795 2795 2795

3 23 13 27

2635 2635 2635 2635

Start Lima

Finish Lima

2012 MAY 19 JUL 14 AUG 11 SEP 15 OCT 20 NOV 17 DEC 22

JUN JUL AUG SEP NOV NOV JAN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 1 27 24 28 2 30 4

2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635

2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795 2795

2011 DEC 24

Finish Lima

• JAN

6

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

Start Lima

2635

2012 JUN 16

2795

Finish Lima

° JUN

Book early! Permits for the Inca Trail are limited. See p.13 for more.

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

Code: LILIR/LILIRT 2011/12 (REVERSE ITINERARY) All prices per person US$ Start Lima

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save up to US$279. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to US$139. See p.14 for details.

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 29 2635

2795

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$409. Single room supplement (tour plus Inca Trail) add US$409. LILI/LILIT: Start Lima 5:30pm & end Lima 4:00pm. LILIR/LILIRT: Start Lima 5:30pm & end Lima 4:00pm. • Xmas in Puno & New Years Eve in Cusco • Xmas in the Amazon & New Years Eve in Cusco ° Special Departure Sun Festival For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.26.

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Peru Inca Panorama 11 Days Uros Island, Lake Titicaca

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1 Country visited Peru

Brazil

Andes Coast

LIMA 1

MACHU PICCHU 1

CHIVAY

2 1

PUNO/LAKE TITICACA

AREQUIPA

contiki.com/inca-panorama When to go and how much Code: LICU/LICUT 2011/12 All prices per person US$

2011 NOV 12 DEC 10

NOV 22 1875 DEC 20 1875

2035 2035

2012 JAN 21 MAR 10 MAR 31 APR 14

JAN MAR APR APR

2035 2035 2035 2035

31 20 10 24

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

1875 1875 1875 1875

Start Lima

Finish Cusco

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

2012 MAY 19 JUL 14 AUG 11 SEP 15 OCT 20 NOV 17 DEC 22

MAY JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV JAN

1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875

29 24 21 25 30 27 1

2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035

Code: CULIR/CULIRT 2011/12 (REVERSE ITINERARY) All prices per person US$ Start Cusco 2011 DEC 27

Choose your direction

VALLEY

COLCA CANYON 1

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

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save up to US$199. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to US$99. See p.14 for details.

Finish Lima

• JAN

6

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

Start Cusco

1875

2012 JUN 19

2035

Finish Lima

° JUN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 29 1875

2035

Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$305. Single room supplement (tour plus Inca Trail) add US$305. LICU/LICUT: Start Lima 5:30pm & end Cusco 11:00am. CULIR/CULIRT: Start Cusco 5:30pm & end Lima 11:00am. • Xmas in Puno & New Years Eve in Cusco • New Years Eve in Cusco ° Special Departure Sun Festival For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.26.

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

Flight included Flight (as marked on the map) is included in the tour price.

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1 SACRED

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• Colca Canyon Lodge

E C TI O N

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• 10 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share hotels 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.8) • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) (2 for trekking option) 5 dinners (D) • An experienced & professional Tour Manager • English speaking local guides • 1 flight & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges 4 • Number of World Heritage sites visited

CH

PERU

What’s included

11 Days From US$1875pp US$171/day

Itinerary and Included Sightseeing

Days 5-9: Puno to Machu Picchu Pueblo For itinerary, included sightseeing & optional activities see days 5-9 on p.17.

Day 1: Arrive Lima Made-up of 43 different districts with their own flare & vibe, bustling Lima is not short on things to do. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager & group & maybe head for a few drinks at a local night spot. Hotel Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour, before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) • City walking tour • Visit the Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas & Junita the Ice Maiden Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive Vicuña) & Colca Canyon. We continue on our journey to the centre of the Colca Canyon, for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge. Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) • See wild Vicuña • Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve • See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes • Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we’ll try & spot the Andean Condor. Later, experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) • See the massive Colca Canyon • Visit Cruz del Condor • Visit Yanque

Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Inca’s on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.13 for more info. • Code: LICUT (Reverse Code: CULIRT)

Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the incredible mountain tops. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring before returning to base. Hotel (B) • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 11: Depart Cusco The good times end after breakfast this morning, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B)

• Cusco White water rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure

visit contiki.com/inca-panorama for all the optional acitivites you can do

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contiki.com/andes-amazon Itinerary and Included Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cusco As the modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore the city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. From Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s lots on offer. Hotel (D) • City walking tour • Visit San Blas, La Catedral & San Pedro Market Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. • Try some local Chicha de Jora

Day 3: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Inca’s on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to Kilometre 104 • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.13 for more info. • Code: CULIT (Reverse Code: LICURT)

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Day 3: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Pueblo Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo this afternoon. Hotel (B,D) Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu. See the sun rising above the incredible mountain tops. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend time exploring before returning to the base. Hotel (B) • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 5: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” & dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club! Hotel (B) Day 6: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle canopy hike, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot Caiman, a native Amazonian alligator! Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) • Visit the Infierno community • Puerto Maldonado city tour • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 7: Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the river, like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha. Later, visit a local fish farm then spend the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) • Locally guided jungle catamaran trip • Visit a local fish farm to see native Amazonian fish Day 8: Puerto Maldonado to Lima Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B)

1 Country visited Peru

UR

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Andes & Amazon Highlights 8 Days

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8 Days From US$1739pp US$218/day

Peru

CH

Andes & Amazon Highlights

When to go and how much

What’s included • 7 nights accommodation: 6 nights in twin-share hotels 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.8) • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) (3 for trekking option) 4 dinners (D) • An experienced & professional Tour Manager • English speaking local guides • 2 flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges 3 • Number of World Heritage sites visited

Code: CULI/CULIT 2011/12 All prices per person US$ Start Cusco

Finish Lima

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

2011 NOV 18 DEC 16

NOV 25 1739 DEC 23 1739

1899 1899

2012 JAN 27 MAR 16 APR 6 APR 20

FEB MAR APR APR

1899 1899 1899 1899

3 23 13 27

1739 1739 1739 1739

Start Cusco

Finish Lima

2012 MAY 25 JUL 20 AUG 17 SEP 21 OCT 26 NOV 23 DEC 28

JUN JUL AUG SEP NOV NOV JAN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 1 27 24 28 2 30 4

1739 1739 1739 1739 1739 1739 1739

1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899

Code: LICUR/LICURT 2011/12 (REVERSE ITINERARY) All prices per person US$ Start Lima 2011 DEC 24

Finish Cusco

• DEC 31

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

Start Lima

1739

2012 JUN 16

1899

Finish Cusco

° JUN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

23 1739

1899

Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$309. Single room supplement (tour plus Inca Trail) add US$309. CULI/CULIT: Start Cusco 8:00am & end Lima 4:00pm. LICUR/LICURT: Start Lima 5:30pm & end Cusco 11:00am. • Xmas in the Amazon ° Special Departure Sun Festival For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.26.

• Cusco White water rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure

\ Includes

Only Contiki

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

\ Special Stays

Plus

• Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save up to US$189. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to US$95. See p.14 for details.

Book early! Permits for the Inca Trail are limited. See p.13 for more.

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

Flights included Flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price.

• Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River • Canopy climbing experience (safety gear included)

visit contiki.com/andes-amazon for all the optional acitivites you can do

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Argentina & Brazil Experience 10 Days From US$2399pp US$240/day Flights included

Flights included!

1

Bolivia BRAZIL

Flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price. BUZIOS

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• City cycling tour in Buenos Aires • Tango show & lesson in Buenos Aires • Brazillian BBQ feast in Iguassu • Schooner boat cruise in Buzios • City tour of Rio • Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue

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2

Paraguay

RIO DE JANEIRO IGUASSU FALLS 2

ARGENTINA

Uruguay

BUENOS AIRES 3

contiki.com/southam-experience

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• Buenos Aires Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay • Visit to the getaway of Tigre’s River Delta • Iguassu Falls (Argentina) Speed boat ride to the falls • Zodiac boat ride to San Martin Island • Samba dinner & show

• Iguassu Falls (Brazil) Helicopter flight over the falls • Buzios Scuba diving adventure • Learn to surf lesson • Learn the Brazilian art form – Capoeira! • Rio de Janeiro Favela tour • Hang gliding

visit contiki.com/southam-experience for all the optional acitivites you can do

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21 Brazil & Argentina Argentina & Brazil Experience 10 Days 2 Countries visited Brazil & Argentina

What’s included • 9 nights accommodation: 9 nights in twin-share hotels (more on p.8) • 12 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) • An experienced & professional Tour Manager • English speaking local guides • 2 flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges 1 • Number of World Heritage sites visited

Iguassu Falls

Itinerary and Included Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires Hola Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of Tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football – not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. Tonight, meet up with your Tour Manager & group, then maybe head to a local spot for dinner & a nightcap. Hotel Day 2: Buenos Aires Get out on 2 wheels for a half day bike tour of the important city spots like San Telmo & La Boca, before a coach tour to see more city highlights. Tonight, get ready to Tango like a local as you learn all the tricks at a dance lesson & show. Later, take it up a notch & experience BA by night. Hotel (B,D) • City bike tour • Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chico & Palermo Lagos y Bosques • Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 3: Buenos Aires With a free day you can experience BA your way. Visit Colonia in Uruguay or kayak the River Delta area of Tigre. In town you might catch a football game, maybe drink champagne at a polo match, hit the shops or pay a visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni for a café con leche & a spot of people watching. Hotel (B) Day 4: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazillian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. You could take a heli-ride for a different angle on the falls, or try your luck at spotting Macaws & Toucans. Tonight, sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha before a tasty Brazillian BBQ. Hotel (B,D) • Visit Iguassu Falls • Taste delicious Brazillian BBQ Day 5: Iguassu Falls We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of Iguassu Falls. Later, the day is all yours. Maybe try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, take a zodiac boat ride to Saint Martin Island, go for a swim or take a short hike to the edge of the Devil’s Throat. Hotel (B) • Visit Iguassu Falls

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Day 6: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Take it down a notch as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches for a couple of days of R&R. On our sailing trip, sit back with a caipirinha as we cruise to 2 beaches & 4 islands, while basking in the sun, snorkelling & taking in the coastline. Hotel (B) • Sailing tour to beaches & islands Day 7: Buzios You could rise early & watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply sit back with a book, explore the town or just work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) Day 8: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. This afternoon we’ll visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Hotel (B) • Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views • City tour Day 9: Rio de Janeiro See the Lapa district & its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa & Passeio Publico. Then we head to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Hotel (B,D) • City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Paseo Publica • Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain Day 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

Copacabana Beach!

When to go and how much Code: BARJ 2011/12/13 Start Finish Buenos A. Rio

US$ pp

2011 NOV 26 DEC 24

DEC 5 JAN 2

2399 2669

JAN 16 17 APR 2 APR 23 MAY 7 JUN 11

2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2399

2012 JAN 7 FEB 8 MAR 24 APR 14 APR 28 JUN 2

• FEB

Start Finish Buenos A. Rio

US$ pp

2012 JUN 30 JUL 28 AUG 25 SEP 29 NOV 3 DEC 1

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

9 6 3 8 12 10

2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2399

2013 JAN 5

JAN 14

2399

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save US$239. Or pay 6 months in advance & save US$119. See p.14 for details.

Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement add US$830. • Single room supplement for Dec 24 departure add US$1215. Start Buenos Aires 5:30pm & end Rio 11:00am. • This tour does not visit Buzios but spends Xmas in Buenos Aires & 4 nights in Rio for New Years Eve. • Special Departure Rio Carnival (17th Feb - 21st Feb 2012) - See contiki.com/staylonger for hotel accommodation in Rio for Carnival after your tour. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.26.

La Boca, Buenos Aries

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The Adventurer 24 Days From US$5689pp US$238/day Flights included

Flights included!

5

Flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price.

BRAZIL

PERU

Coast

LIMA 2

MACHU PICCHU 1 INCA TRAIL

CH

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• City tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Convent & the Mummy Juanita - The Ice Maiden • Hot spring swim in Chivay • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha • Walking tour of Cusco & entry to La Catedral & the Temple of Koricancha • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue • City cycling tour in Buenos Aires • Schooner Cruise in Buzios - plus more

Andes

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BUZIOS 2

AIRPORT

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Paragu Paraguay

RIO DE JANEIRO

IGUASSU IGUA GU UA SS FALLS 2 ARGENTINA

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• Cusco White water rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure • Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River • Buenos Aires Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay • Visit to the getaway of Tigre’s River Delta visit contiki.com/southam-adventurer for all the optional acitivites you can do

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BUENOS AIRES

• Iguassu Falls (Argentina) Speed boat ride to the falls • Zodiac boat ride to San Martin Island • Samba dinner & show • Iguassu Falls (Brazil) Helicopter flight over the falls • Buzios Scuba diving adventure • Learn to surf lesson • Rio de Janeiro Favela tour • Hang gliding

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23 Itinerary and Included Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Lima Made-up of 43 different districts with their own flare & vibe, bustling Lima is not short on things to do. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager & group & maybe head for a few drinks at a local night spot. Hotel Day 2: Lima to Arequipa We fly to Peru’s second largest city, the “White City” of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history with a walking tour, before a delicious local meal. Hotel (B,D) • City walking tour • Visit the Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas & Junita the Ice Maiden Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon We visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to the elusive Vicuña) & Colca Canyon. We continue on our journey to the centre of the Colca Canyon, for a relaxing hot springs swim & a night at our rustic lodge. Contiki Special Stay (B,L,D) • See wild Vicuña • Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve • See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes • Indulge in a relaxing hot spring dip Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno This morning we’ll try & spot the Andean Condor. Later experience the majestic mountains & lakes of the Andes along the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Hotel (B) • See the massive Colca Canyon • Visit Cruz del Condor • Visit Yanque Day 5: Puno Catch a lift on a triciclo before cruising Lake Titicaca. Experience the island of Taquile & the floating Uros Islands, where we’ll get up close to their unique culture as we visit locals & see their handmade crafts & famous textiles. Hotel (B,D) • Ride on a triciclo! • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca • Visit Taquile & Uros island communities Day 6: Puno to Cusco First up is Pukara & its ancient Inca ruins, where there’s a chance to buy their famous artistic ceramic bulls. See the last remaining 2 storey Inca walls in Raqchi before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco. Hotel (B) • Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani • See the Temple of Wiracocha Day 7: 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. From Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques, delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s loads to explore & experience. Hotel (B,D) • City walking tour • Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo • Try some local Chicha de Jora Day 9: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Pueblo Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo this afternoon. Hotel (B,D)

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Day 9: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Inca’s on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to the 104km point • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.13 for more info. Code: LIRJT (Reverse Code: LIRJRT)

Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops, or perhaps climb Wayna Picchu. Learn more about Machu Picchu as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring in your own time before returning to base. Hotel (B) • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 11: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club. Hotel (B) Day 12: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle hike to the canopy tower, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot Caiman, a native Amazonian alligator! Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) • Visit the Infierno community • Puerto Maldonado city tour • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 13: Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha. Later, visit a local fish farm before spending the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) • Locally guided jungle catamaran cruise • Visit a local fish farm to see native Amazonian fish Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima On arrival in Lima, you could explore the areas of Miraflores, Larcomar Mall or Parque Kennedy, or maybe just have your last Pisco Sour & chill. Hotel (B) Day 15: Lima to Buenos Aires Hola Buenos Aires! This city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of Tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. Hotel (B) Day 16: Buenos Aires Get out on 2 wheels for a tour of the important city spots. Tonight, get ready to Tango with a lesson & show. Hotel (B, D) • City bike tour • Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chico & Palermo Lagos y Bosques • Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 17: Buenos Aires Visit Colonia in Uruguay, or kayak the River Delta area of Tigre. In town you might catch

a football game or polo match, or visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni. Hotel (B) Day 18: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazillian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. Tonight, sit back & sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B,D) • Visit Iguassu Falls • Taste delicious Brazillian BBQ Day 19: Iguassu Falls Visit the Argentinian side of Iguassu Falls. Later, the day is all yours. Maybe try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or take a short hike to the edge of the Devil’s Throat. Hotel (B) • Visit Iguassu Falls Day 20: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Take it down a notch as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches. Sit back with a caipirinha on our sailing trip while basking in the sun, snorkelling & taking in the coastline. Hotel (B) • Sailing tour to beaches & islands Day 21: Buzios You could rise early & watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) Day 22: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) • Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views • City tour Day 23: Rio de Janeiro See the Lapa district & its 150 year-old aqueduct, before we head to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Hotel (B,D) • City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Paseo Publica • Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain Day 24: Depart Rio de Janeiro Our adventure ends after breakfast, when it’s time to say ‘Tchau’ (goodbye) to your travel mates. (B)

Peru, Brazil & Argentina The Adventurer 24 Days 3 Countries visited Peru, Argentina & Brazil

What’s included • 23 nights accommodation: 21 nights in twin-share hotels 2 nights Special Stay experiences (more on p.8) • 36 meals: 23 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) (4 for Trekking option) 10 dinners (D) • An experienced & professional Tour Manager • English speaking local guides • 1 international & 5 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges 5 • Number of World Heritage sites visited

When to go and how much

Book early!

Code: LIRJ/LIRJT 2011/12 All prices per person US$ Start Lima

Finish Rio

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

2011 NOV 12 DEC 10

DEC 5 JAN 2

5689 5959

5849 6119

APR APR MAY JUN

5689 5689 5689 5689

5849 5849 5849 5849

2012 MAR 10 MAR 31 APR 14 MAY 19

2 23 7 11

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save up to US$585. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to US$295. See p.14 for details.

Start Lima

Finish Rio

2012 JUL 14 AUG 11 SEP 15 OCT 20 NOV 17 DEC 22

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Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 6 3 8 12 10 14

5689 5689 5689 5689 5689 5689

5849 5849 5849 5849 5849 5849

Permits for the Inca Trail are limited. See p.13 for more.

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

Code: LIRJR/LIRJRT 2011/12 (REVERSE ITINERARY) All prices per person US$ Start Lima 2011 DEC 24

Finish Rio

• JAN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 16 5689

5849

Start Lima 2012 JUN 16

Finish Rio

° JUL

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 9

5689

5849

* Prices above are based on twin-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1275. Single room supplement (tour plus Inca Trail) add US$1275. • Single room supplement for Dec 10 departure add US$1660. LIRJ/LIRJT: Start Lima 5:30pm & end Rio 11:00am. LIRJR/LIRJRT: Start Lima 5:30pm & end Rio 11:00am. • This tour does not visit Buzios but spends Xmas in Buenos Aires & 4 nights in Rio for New Years Eve. Xmas in Puno & New Years Eve in Cusco ° Xmas in the Amazon & New Years Eve in Cusco • Departure Sun Festival °ForSpecial departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.26.

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• Cusco White water rafting on the Urubamba River • Horse riding through the Sacred Valley • Mountain biking adventure • Puerto Maldonado Kayaking trip on the Tambopata River • Buenos Aires Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay • Visit to the getaway of Tigre’s River Delta visit contiki.com/southam-explorer for all the optional acitivites you can do

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• Iguassu Falls (Argentina) Speed boat ride to the falls • Zodiac boat ride to San Martin Island • Samba dinner & show • Iguassu Falls (Brazil) Helicopter flight over the falls • Buzios Scuba diving adventure • Learn to surf lesson • Rio de Janeiro Favela tour • Hang gliding

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25 Itinerary and Included Sightseeing Day 1: Arrive Cusco As the modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, we’ll explore this ancient city on foot, then the afternoon’s yours. From Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops to boutiques & delicious cuisine & adrenalin activities, there’s lots on offer. Hotel (D) • City walking tour • Visit San Blas, La Catedral & Koricancha Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley Today we explore the Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru’s oldest towns. Hotel (B) • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo • Try some local Chicha de Jora Day 3: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Pueblo Adventure & adrenalin await! From biking & hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience today before we take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo this afternoon. Hotel (B,D)

Day 3: Inca Trail Trek Walk in the footsteps of the Inca’s on the trail to our highlight Machu Picchu! Take a train to Kilometre 104 & trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate & Guardian House where your hard work is rewarded with incredible views of this magnificent ancient site. Hotel (B,L,D) • Train ride to the 104km point • Tour Machu Picchu with our local guide • Return train ride from Machu Picchu See p.13 for more info. Code: CURJT (Reverse Code: CURJRT)

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco Wake early & be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain tops, perhaps climb Wayna Picchu. Learn more about the sites as you tour with your guide, then spend some time exploring before returning to base. Hotel (B)

• Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar Day 5: Cusco Feed your adrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking & rafting. Get into Cusco’s amazing nightlife, try a “Cerveza Cusquena” dance the night away & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club. Hotel (B) Day 6: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. After a jungle hike to the canopy tower, take to the shores with a flashlight to spot Caiman, a native Amazonian alligator! Contiki Special Stay, Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) • Visit the Infierno community • Puerto Maldonado city tour • Canopy hike for amazing jungle views Day 7: Puerto Maldonado Board a simple catamaran & keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like the giant otter, or try your luck fishing for piranha. Later, visit a local fish farm then spend the afternoon relaxing. Hotel (B,L,D) • Locally guided catamaran excursion • Visit a local fish farm to see native Amazonian fish Day 8: Puerto Maldonado to Lima On arrival in Lima, you could explore the areas of Miraflores, Larcomar Mall or Parque Kennedy, or maybe just have your last Pisco Sour & chill. Hotel (B) Day 9: Lima to Buenos Aires Hello Buenos Aires! This cosmopolitan city is filled with culture & diversity in everything from buildings to its people. As the birthplace of Tango there’s a love of music, art, dance & football – not to mention world-renowned beef & red wine. Hotel (B) Day 10: Buenos Aires Get out on 2 wheels for a city bike tour of the important city spots. Tonight, get ready to Tango with a lesson & show. Later, take it up a notch & experience BA by night. Hotel (B,D) • City bike tour • Visit the neighborhoods of San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Chico & Palermo Lagos y Bosques • Tango lesson, show & dinner Day 11: Buenos Aires Visit Colonia in Uruguay, or kayak the River Delta area of Tigre. In town you might catch a football game, polo matches, shop or pay a visit to the historic Gran Café Tortoni. Hotel (B) Day 12: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls Today we fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazillian side to see the 275 individual waterfalls that make up Iguassu. Tonight, sit back & sample the delicious national drink, a caipirinha. Hotel (B,D)

21 Day Reverse tour option

US$4729pp US$226/day From

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save up to US$489. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to US$245. See p.14 for details.

This tour follows the 11 day Inca Panorama reverse itinerary on p.18 – starting in Cusco & ending in Lima. The tour then flies to Buenos Aires on day 12 & follows the itinerary as shown on the Argentina & Brazil Experience tour on p.20-21. For more go to contiki.com/southam-explorer See price panel opposite for more info Code: CURJR/CURJRT

• Visit Iguassu Falls • Taste delicious Brazillian BBQ Day 13: Iguassu Falls We’ll cross back into Argentina & visit their side of Iguassu Falls. Later, the day is all yours. Maybe try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the Falls, or take a short hike to the edge of the Devil’s Throat. Hotel (B) • Visit Iguassu Falls Day 14: Iguassu Falls to Buzios Take it down a notch as we head to Buzios with its white sand & endless beaches. Sit back with a caipirinha on our sailing trip while basking in the sun, snorkelling & taking in the coastline. Hotel (B) • Sailing tour to beaches & islands Day 15: Buzios You could rise early & watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re up for it try surfing, or other activities like scuba diving. Or simply work on your tan with a cocktail. Hotel (B) Day 16: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, Copacabana Beach & the Brazilian bikini, get ready for good times in Rio. Hotel (B) • Entry to Christ the Redeemer for amazing city views • City tour Day 17: Rio de Janeiro See the Lapa district & its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa & Passeio Publico, before we will head to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Hotel (B,D) • City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Paseo Publica • Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain 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, Brazil & Argentina The Explorer 18 Days 3 Countries visited Peru, Argentina & Brazil

What’s included • 17 nights accommodation: 16 nights in twin-share hotels 1 night Special Stay experience (more on p.8) • 27 meals: 17 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) (3 for trekking option) 7 dinners (D) • An experienced & professional Tour Manager • English speaking local guides • 1 international & 4 internal flights & transfers • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van • Sightseeing tours of all major areas • Local taxes & service charges 4 • Number of World Heritage sites visited

When to go and how much Code: CURJ/CURJT 2011/12 All prices per person US$ Start Cusco

Finish Rio

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail

2011 NOV 18 DEC 16

DEC 5 JAN 2

4699 4969

4859 5129

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4699 4699 4699 4699

4859 4859 4859 4859

2012 MAR 16 APR 6 APR 20 MAY 25

2 23 7 11

Start Cusco

Finish Rio

2012 JUL 20 AUG 17 SEP 21 OCT 26 NOV 23 DEC 28

AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 6 3 8 12 10 14

4699 4699 4699 4699 4699 4699

4859 4859 4859 4859 4859 4859

Code: CURJR/CURJRT 2011/12 (REVERSE) All prices per person US$ Start Lima 2011 DEC 27

Finish Rio

• JAN

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 16 4729

4889

Start Lima 2012 JUN 19

Finish Rio

° JUL

Save More Money If you pay 12 months in advance you save up to US$485. Or pay 6 months in advance & save up to US$245. See p.14 for details.

Book early! Permits for the Inca Trail are limited. See p.13 for more.

Choose your direction It’s your choice – this tour offers two 21 day reverse itinerary options. See opposite for more details & check out the price panel for dates & rates.

Tour Tour plus Only Inca trail 9

4729

4889

* Prices above are based on twin-share. CURJ/CURJT - 18 days Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1135. Single room supplement (tour plus Inca Trail) add US$1135. • Single room supplement for Dec 16 departure add US$1520. Start Cusco 8:00am & end Rio 11:00am. • This tour does not visit Buzios but spends Xmas in Buenos Aires & 4 nights in Rio for New Years Eve. CURJR/CURJRT - 21 days reverse tour Single room supplement (tour only) add US$1169. Single room supplement (tour plus Inca Trail) add US$1169. Start Lima 5:30pm & end Rio 11:00am. • New Years Eve in Cusco Departure Sun Festival °ForSpecial departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.26. Lapa Steps, Rio

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Got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: What’s Included? • Coach, mini-coach, van, train, canoe, flights & ‘on tour’ airport transfers listed in the ‘What’s included’ section as specified. • Accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners listed in the ‘What’s included’ section on tour pages.

• 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.

• Sightseeing listed in the ‘Included Sightseeing’ section in each tour itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included.

Please keep your luggage to a maximum suitcase

• Experienced Contiki Tour Manager & Local Guides. • Tips for Local Guides & Local Drivers.

handbag / daypack that can be used as an

What’s not included? • Personal expense money. • Visas, passport fees, personal insurance & medical fees. • Excess baggage fees & tips for porters. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees & transport other than those specified on tour pages. • Explore More optional activities such as mountain biking, speed boat rides etc.

size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”) & maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs), plus one small overnight bag for Machu Picchu Pueblo (see below). IMPORTANT: Every Contiki trip to Peru includes a train journey round trip to Machu Picchu Pueblo where we overnight. Perurail, the train operator, have strict baggage allowances. You are allowed to carry as hand luggage a day pack/backpack with a weight of no more than 5kg/11lb & with a maximum size of 62 linear inches/157cm (length + height + width). Perurail will charge for excess baggage. A daypack/backpack of approx 26L capacity is suggested. Contiki will store your main luggage at our Cusco hotel during this time.

• Lunches (unless specified under “What’s included”) & some dinners.

Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk

• Reciprocity Tax in Argentina for some nationalities – check contiki.com/contikipedia for more info.

Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept

• Departure Tax at airports

Past traveller 5% discount

Are flights included? All flights on specified tour itineraries are included as part of the tour price. External flights to & from the tour are not included.

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

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. Log onto contiki.com/satg for our comprehensive “Travellers Guide” filled with all the info you need about South America & your tour. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour.

& baggage insurance is strongly recommended. over-sized baggage on tour.

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

How much money do I need? You will need to ensure you allow enough money to cover optional lunches & dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional activities, entrance fees

Your FREE Contiki document wallet & luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passports.

to some attractions & evening entertainment.

* Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

particularly in remote areas. The local currencies

How much luggage can I bring?

The countries we visit rely largely on cash as

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 South America Tour, including leaving space for on trip purchases:

most readily accepted & normally charging a

• Due to the large number of flights on Contiki South America tours, your luggage needs to meet the weight & restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred by overweight luggage. Please refer to contiki.com/luggage for more info.

credit/debit card for cash as they are not accepted in

When travelling within South America, you’ll find that you’ll often be using local currency, are the Nuevo Sol (Peru), Peso “Argentino” (Argentina), Real (Brazil). opposed to credit cards or travellers cheques. In the larger cities you’ll find that established stores will accept credit cards readily, with VISA as the 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 all areas & ATM maintenance is often neglected. ATM’s are available in Lima, Buenos Aires & Cusco airports. We advise you carry cash in small denominations of both $US & local currency. Please note that travellers cheques are generally only accepted in big cities at money exchanges or banks.

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

1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. 4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details.

Acceptance of risk It’s important that you acknowledge that at times travelling on a Contiki South America tour may be more adventurous and 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, and cleanliness and hygiene standards also vary. As such there is some degree of personal risk inherent in travelling South America and as a Contiki traveller you accept this.

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

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (April 2011) the following immunisations are recommended for travellers in South 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.

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

Booking Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 & in all countries we fully comply with local Travel Industry Laws.

Travel Insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt your holiday. It is compulsory that you take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel. Contiki have the right to refuse passengers without the required insurance cover to join our tours.

Recommended for Argentina, Brazil & Peru: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid & Rabies , Malaria & Yellow Fever are also an issue in Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos & Iguassu Falls. You should consult your local doctor or travel agent on what vaccinations &/or preventative medicines would be required. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route such as antihistamines, antibiotics, etc.

Your insurance must cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. If you intend to participate in adventure sports and activities when travelling then please ensure your policy covers such. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities.

Do I need visas?

Photography credits

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your tour. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lumelski: P.9 Girl eating lunch. Photos courtesy of Ella Becroft: Front Cover, ladies with Llama. P.2-3 Local boys with tourist. P.5 Weaving hands, local ladies with baby llamas, P.10 & 12 Kayaking on the Tigre, P.17 The Andes, P.25 Llama at Machu Picchu, View over Rio, Lapa Steps. BC, boys with Llamas. Photos courtesy of Hugh McMillan: P.12 Learn to Samba, P.18 View over Machu Picchu, P.23 Dancing couple, Argentina. Photos courtesy of Julie Spedding: P.5 Inca ruins, P.6 Snorkellers at Buzios, P.19 Machu Picchu, P.23 Machu Picchu. Photo courtesy of Kylie Kerkin: P.6-7 Iguassu Falls. Photos Courtesy of ©OCEANA/: Juan Cuetos P.15 Marine life Photo courtesy of Shelley Hodgson: P.2 Lopez Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Photos courtesy of Tess Murphy: P.17 Viva el Peru, P.18 Inca Trail Trek, P.20 Group with surfboards, P.21 Sailing tour

Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) change regularly. Visit contiki.com/visas for more information. Alternatively, consult your travel agent or visit your local embassy to determine which visas you require. Your passport must have at least six months validity at time of travel. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:

For more info check out contiki.com/contikipedia

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Booking conditions Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below\ OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 29th March, 2011. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. Should the total tour 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 tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. For a coach holiday to operate successfully a minimum number of clients is required. Should the numbers on your holiday fail to reach this minimum Contiki reserves the right to cancel your holiday giving a minimum of 6 weeks notice. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable or better alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 Throughout this brochure reference is made to the standard of accommodation, meal plans, transportation and included extras that make up your Contiki Holiday. 4.2 At the time this brochure went to press (April, 2011) all Contiki’s holidays and included extras as described on the tours pages throughout this brochure were available. 4.3 With respect to our touring program Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 4.4 When winter brochures are released, these prices supersede any winter tour prices in the summer brochure 4.5 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for each account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/or fees payable under your selected holiday. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your holiday shall be deemed to be an authorisation to disburse thereof as aforesaid. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of US$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of US$200 per person per tour, which must be

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within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid no later than 45 days before the scheduled holiday departure date from your home country which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure from your home country, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki. 3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE More than 45 days notice: 45-22 days 21-8 days: 7-1 days: Day of departure:

CANCELLATION FEE Deposit is forfeited 25%of tour fare 30% of tour fare 50% of tour fare 100% of tour fare

Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 In the event that you should not be granted a visa, we have devised this unique scheme to protect you against the necessary cancellation fees detailed above. For tours costing up to US$1,000 - waiver fee US$79 per person. For tours costing over US$1,000 waiver fee US$89 per person. Waiver fees are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable. They do not apply to cancellations due to changes of mind or for medical reasons. To protect yourself against these and other eventualities, you should ask your Travel Agent about a suitable insurance policy. N.B. This scheme is applicable only in the event that you provide documentary proof of having a visa application refused. To be eligible for the purchase of the visa waiver insurance, clients are encouraged to do so as early as possible when they make their tour booking. If we do not hear from you or your travel agent 30 days before the tour, we will assume that your visa application has not been approved and we will have to cancel your reservation. However, you can always re-book your tour (subject to availability) should your visa approval come inside 30 days. Bookings made within 30 days without the necessary visa approvals are not eligible for this visa waiver insurance and will be subject to the standard cancellation terms and conditions. 3.5 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.6 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.7 If flight changes are requested after the deposit has been received, or if flights are cancelled after tickets are issued, revision fees, change fees or Airline cancellation fees will be applicable and maybe in addition to the above cancellation charges. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternative departure date, transfer your booking to someone else who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package or you wish to change to a different Contiki holiday, you may do so subject to a period of reasonable notice and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure and is available. 4.2 A fee of US$30 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a US$30 per person amendment fee will be charged.

5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style 5.2 Clients must be aged between 18 - 35 inclusive but Contiki may, in its absolute discretion, and, in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age limit. 5.3 Contiki must be advised of any medical conditions or physical disability requiring special attention before you book your holiday. If you do not advise us at this stage, we may refuse to accept your booking. We may also refuse you if we feel that the holiday chosen is not suitable without a suitably qualified companion. Contiki will try to help you with your requirements but cannot guarantee to do so, either on our own or our suppliers’ (such as hotels, restaurants and excursions) behalf. Many of our holidays involve getting on and off coaches, walking tours and other physical activities. Some holidays may not be suitable for you if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. Should your disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of Contiki accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able-bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. Contiki will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/ from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative and the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers and any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday and if the matter cannot be resolved after the Representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 28 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 28 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to English Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforcable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforcability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE It is compulsory to take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before you will be accepted on a Contiki Holiday. Please check that the insurance covers all of the

activities that you will 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. 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 tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to and from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Tour Managers & Tour Drivers, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention 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 and 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 and 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 and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. Contiki contracts with many different suppliers throughout the world to ensure that all the components of your holiday are taken care of. Contiki accepts responsibility for the services contracted with these suppliers as they effect your holiday. Where a part of your holiday as specified in this brochure cannot be provided and a reasonable alternative not accepted, Contiki may pay compensation specific to that loss.Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from November 2011 to January 2013. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki US Holdings Inc, 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92805.

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KEEP GOING WITH CONTIKI

How to book

America & Canada

Asia

email: info@contiki.com.sg

web: www.contiki.com

contiki@pacific.net.sg

•Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there’s space on the tour you’ve chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your tour.

•At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent

Europe Summer

Australia & New Zealand

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

a non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person per tour which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. This will be for the land portion only.

•Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking.

•You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent not less than 45 days before the departure, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure.

•We will then send to your travel agent your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure. IMPORTANT By paying the US$200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on page 27, which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

Contiki loves the planet

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

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The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% recycled paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re done. Either pass it on to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy. Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Printed in South Africa.

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Contiki Holidays South America eBrochure 2011-12 (Asia - USD)  

Contiki Holidays South America eBrochure 2011-12 (Asia - USD)