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SOUTH AMERICA CONTOURS TRAVEL

Since 1975

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SOUTH AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER

LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines form LATAM Airlines Group which serves more than 130 destinations in 22 countries offering access to the largest network of destinations and connections in South America. LAN Airlines offers six flights per week from Sydney to Santiago Chile via Auckland, plus three direct code share flights operated by Oneworld partner Qantas.

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Bienvenidos There’s something about the exuberance and passion of South America that gets under the skin and keeps travellers coming back. The diversity of travel experiences is simply breathtaking, and each country has its own unique charm and attractions. It is a continent of amazing wildlife, dramatic scenery and mighty rivers, with a fascinating human story imprinted on it. South America has something for every traveller. You can explore remote Inca ruins, relax on heavenly beaches, trek across deserts, visit remote Andean communities, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, swim with sea lions in the Galapagos, sample new world cuisine in Lima, taste the fine wines in Chile or Argentina, take a cruise along the Amazon River or around Tierra del Fuego… the choices are endless. Ever since my first We have been overland tour in 1975, operating tours and in my subsequent to Latin America trips around the & the Caribbean continent, South America Islands for over 38 years! has never ceased to amaze me. Year after year, the region has gradually improved its tourism infrastructure. Recently I revisited Colombia and was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming and hospitable Colombian people, as well as the major improvements to services and security. Highlights were the wonderful Coffee Triangle, pre-Incan ruins, national parks, beautiful Caribbean beaches and UNESCO heritage cities. We have been operating tours to Latin America and the Caribbean Islands for over 38 years and we are proud to present this comprehensive brochure full of creative suggestions for your holiday. It is a collection of our favourite places and a collation of the team’s years of experience within the region. All of our staff have lived, worked or travelled extensively in Latin America and understand the intricacies of travelling in this area.

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Please refer to our new sections “Stays of Distinction” and “Odd Spot” for unique and different travel ideas. We also arrange “Special Interest Tours” with local expert guides in birding, archaeology, photography and much more. And look TOUR out for our 3 unique “Contours Exclusive” X C LU S itineraries. If the destination you are looking for is not featured in the brochure, please give us or your travel agent a call. And if you are looking for an unforgettable group tour, why not check out our Contours Collection - Small Group Tours of South America, Mexico & Cuba brochure. Welcome to our Latin America.

Ted Dziadkiewicz Managing Director, CONTOURS TRAVEL

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book with us? Why book Why with us? When we design your itinerary, we do so using our extensive experience and knowledge to provide you with the best possible journey. We offer itineraries and information to allow you to be able to relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that everything has been taken care of. We have a well-developed network of operators who deliver the highest quality service on the ground. We have been offering tours to Latin America since 1975, and we pride ourselves on being able to deliver the finest results to best suit your needs. Our experience and knowledge is reflected in the quality and inclusions of our tailored itineraries and our guaranteed services. Therefore, we would never compromise your holiday by trying to compete with generic online products. Booking through us ensures that you can travel with confidence, knowing you are being looked after by Contours Travel and our friends in Latin America.

Some Of The Many Reasons Why You Should Book With Contours Travel  We have been the specialists in Mexico, Cuba, Caribbean, South & Central America and Antarctica since 1975.

 We will ensure a level of care, safety and flexibility like no other operator.

 We provide you with a comprehensive pre-departure kit including 24-hour emergency contacts, a Spanish phrase book and Contours Travel’s list of suggested reading, movies, restaurants and much more to enhance your travel experience.

 We reconfirm all onwards flights, as well as overland trips by bus, boat or train.

 Being one of the pioneers in the region, we have longestablished relationships with our suppliers, ensuring competitive prices and quality service.

 We promote products that are authentic and contribute back to the communities we visit.

 Talk to us! We love Latin America and are passionate about what we do. We are happy to share our knowledge in order to offer more unique itineraries.

 Please visit www.contourstravel.com.au/testimonials to read feedback from past clients.

Firstly we all want to thank you for your professional yet personal touches in organising our Peru itinerary. You were a pleasure to deal with and your recommendations/ suggestions were all sound; and the efforts you invested in organising the ‘off the Gringo trail’ elements of the itinerary were very much appreciated. We all agree that we would not change one thing on our itinerary if we had the chance over. -Walters Family, May 2012 4

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Responsible Tourism Contours Travel supports a number of community projects throughout Latin America. We are working on increasing opportunities for the people in South America, and would like to invite you to visit rural communities and experience the work of these organisations firsthand. If you and your family or friends, social club or school would like to volunteer for a project please contact us. Contours Travel will donate 1% of total land costs for any client who includes a visit to a participating program on their Latin American itinerary. Ask us for more details about volunteering options in Latin America.

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We believe clean water should not be a luxury for the few, but a right for all people.

Buy a Sawyer Water Filter from us to take over to Peru during your holidays, and help local communities & schools to have access to clean water, which as a result, will bring better health. A joint project of Contours Travel and Rotary Clubs of North Melbourne & Cuzco.

An incubator for small Guatemalan businesses. They provide training, technical services, marketing and financing to farmers and coffee growers who need help and direction to lift themselves out of poverty.

Works with a number of different communities in the Sacred Valley and aims to increase opportunities through ecological and sustainable commercial ventures. Visit some of the rural communities on unique day or overnight tours or volunteer in one of their projects. Volunteers work on daily tasks and motivate the locals to conserve the native biodiversity and their traditional arts and techniques.

Their first focus is to transform schools into a safe, happy learning environment for the children in each community. Peru’s Challenge welcomes you to spend time working and learning alongside local communities in the Cuzco area.

Peruvian charity supporting various communities in the high Andes around the Sacred Valley of Peru. Their mission is to provide assistance in nutrition, health, education and conservation promoting long-term solutions. In 2002 Hearts Cafe was established in Ollantaytambo to help the communities. Profits of Hearts Cafe are used to support sustainable nutrition, health and education projects throughout the highlands.

Created in 1989 to help assist low-income patients at the Hospital for Women, Futuro helps unemployed women through the production and sale of innovative, high quality handicrafts.

A not-for-profit branch of our Peruvian partner Condor Travel. Their pilot project is creating opportunities for local people: children are given education and health care, men have been trained as porters for the Inca Trail and literacy and textile classes have been offered to women. You are invited to help in a range of activities.

If you would like to lend a hand, we encourage you to prepare a small parcel to donate when travelling to South America. Personal hygiene products and school supplies would be greatly appreciated. 5

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Planning Your Dream Holiday HOW TO USE THIS BROCHURE The first step in planning your trip has been successfully taken: you have decided to travel to Latin America! What comes next is easy, especially with this brochure. Choose from one of the classic itineraries we recommend for first time travellers to Latin America- South American Dream, Discover South America or Latin Tierra. Alternatively, use this brochure as a source of inspiration and ask us to create an itinerary especially for you based on your interests and budget. This brochure will be essential in what will be an unforgettable trip.

ACCOMMODATION

COMPLETE SERVICE GUARANTEED

We book accommodation according to your preferences. We like to use locally owned properties that stand out for their character and location rather than international hotel chains, so that income derived from tourism benefits the local community. Types of Accommodation Standard: Comfortable, well located properties with fine service. First: Great location, lots of character and high service standards. Deluxe: Exceptionally high standard of service, with an extensive range of dining and amenities. Stays of Distinction: These original and unique options do not fall into any of the categories mentioned already. They range from historic haciendas on coffee plantations to tented Eco Camps inside National Parks.

Every traveller’s needs are diverse and unique, so we make sure everything is taken care of, from the very beginning to the end of the trip. Any anxiety you may experience at first will disappear as you ease into a hassle-free holiday. Forget about last minute check-in and confirmations; we reconfirm all flights as well as onward overland trips. We also provide emergency contacts and will be able to assist you with any inconvenience that may arise. After you book with us, you will receive detailed Pre-Departure information. Our Pre-Departure Package includes: Complete South American information, a list of recommended books and movies to watch before you go, a set of vouchers, a Hotel and Operator List including 24-hour emergency contacts, a full colour itinerary, a Lonely Planet Latin America Phrasebook, a list of recommended restaurants, a packing checklist, suitcase tags and specific tour information (Galapagos, Patagonia, Amazon, Inca Trail, etc.).

TOURING Regardless of which touring option you choose, we ensure a level of attention, safety and flexibility like no other operator. All tours and transfers (shared or private) are provided in modern vehicles and are lead by expert local English-speaking guides. Private Tours: The most exclusive and flexible way to get to know a destination using our expert local guides. Shared Tours: Lower the cost of your trip and share your experiences with travellers from all over the world. Combined Tours: If you want the best of both worlds, some parts of your trip can be enjoyed in private tours, and others can be experienced in shared tours. Small Group Tours: Travelling with your family, friends, or colleagues as a small group is also an option. Create your own adventure and decide which tours to do, the amount of free time in each destination and even which meals to include. Another option is to go on a fully escorted tour with one of our South American based Tour Leaders. Talk to us and we will design the best itinerary to suit your needs. Special Interest Tours: Want to combine a particular interest with travel to Latin America? Ask our expert consultants about the Special Interest Tours Contours Travel has to offer! BUENOS AIRES

ALTITUDE SICKNESS All of our itineraries are designed to reduce the possible effects of altitude sickness by acclimatizing at lower altitude and allowing more time for passengers to adjust. Contours Travel deliberately spends a longer time moving from lower altitude into the high Andes.

WEATHER As South America is in the southern hemisphere the winter and summer seasons are similar to Australia. However South America’s enormous size means that weather varies hugely depending on different latitudes and altitudes throughout the continent. The wet season in the lowlands and tropics starts in December and finishes in March.

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CONTENTS

Our World

OUR TOURS

SOUTH AMERICA DREAM

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DISCOVER SOUTH AMERICA

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Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia

LATIN TIERRA

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ARGENTINA PATAGONIA CHILE BOLIVIA PERU BRAZIL AMAZON CRUISES ECUADOR GALAPAGOS IS. COLOMBIA VENEZUELA & GUIANAS ANTARCTICA SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS SOLO TRAVELLERS ODD SPOT TAILOR MADE TOURS TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina

B E R M UDA

BAHAMA S

Gulf of Mexico CUBA

M EX IC O

HA ITI

Mexico City

E L S ALVA D O R

P U E RTO RICO

JA MA IC A

BELIZE G UA T E M A L A

D O MIN IC A N REPU B L IC ST. M A RTI N

GUAD E LOUP E

H O N D URA S

Caribbean Sea ST. LUCI A BARBADOS

N I C A RA GUA

Barranquilla Santa Marta Caracas Cartagena Maracaibo

C O S TA RIC A

PA NA MA

ECUADOR Galapagos Is.

Quito Ba単os Guayaquil Cuenca

VENEZUELA

Merida

Medellin Manizales Pereira Cali

T R I NI DA D & TOBAGO

Bogota

F RE NCH GUIANA

COLOMBIA

Otavalo Coca

Equator

Yasuni N.P. Devils Nose Ingapirca Iquitos

Latitude of Cape York

Natal

PERU

BOLIVIA

Lake Titicaca

Uyuni Salar

Villazon

Easter Is.

Asuncion Sao Paulo Iguazu Falls

Ibera Marshlands

Pacific Ocean

Temuco Valdivia

Latitude of Hobart Latitude of Dunedin

Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

Mendoza Valle Rosario Nevado Buenos Aires

Punta del Este Montevideo

ARGENTINA

Puerto Madryn

Balmaceda

Perito Moreno Glacier

Map Key

Atlantic Ocean

Neuquen Bariloche

Punta Arenas Tierra Ushuaia del Fuego Cabo de Hornos

Curitiba

URUGUAY

Mt. Fitz Roy

El Calafate Puerto Natales

Rio de Janeiro

Porto Alegre Cordoba

Patagonia Express

San Rafael Glacier

Buzios

Paraty

Posadas

Vi単a del Mar Valparaiso Santiago

Latitude of Sydney

Latitude of Melbourne

Belo Horizonte

Pantanal

Bonito

Salta Tucuman

CHILE

Latitude of Brisbane

Brasilia

PARAGUAY

Train to the Clouds

San Pedro de Atacama

Salvador (Bahia)

Cuiaba

La Paz Santa Cruz Oruro Arica Sucre Potosi

Calama

Recife

BR A ZI L

Manu N. P. Puerto Maldonado Machu Picchu Madidi N.P. Sacred Valley

Cuzco Puno Nazca Colca Canyon Arequipa

Paracas N.P.

Tropic of Capricorn

Fortaleza

Rio Amazonas

Kuelap

Lima Latitude of Cairns

Fernando de Noronha

Belem

Manaus

Chachapoyas Chiclayo Trujillo

GUYA NA SURINAM E

Angel Falls

Falkland Is./ Malvinas

South Georgia

Travel by air Travel by land Train tracks Travel over water Travel on foot Road Capital city Main city City/town or lodge National park Ruins Train station Mountain Volcano River Lake National park Glacier Air port Cruise ship Contents of maps are not to scale

Antarctic Peninsula

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South America Dream 22 DAYS

ARGENTINA • BRAZIL • PERU • BOLIVIA • CHILE

Amazon

PERU

Lima

Suggested Itinerary

Machu Picchu Cuzco BOLIVIA L. Titicaca Puno

BRAZIL

Let Contours Travel show you the highlights

La Paz

Iguazu Falls

Santiago

Rio de Janeiro

ARGENTINA

of South America! See Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas & Cuzco, the stunning waters of Lake Titicaca, the exuberance of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches & people, the spectacular Iguazu Falls and the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel.

HIGHLIGHTS

Unique! 2 half day tours in Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango Show Iguazu Falls and Devil’s Throat Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Tour Visit the Larco Herrera Museum in Lima Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Visit ruins and village 2 days at Machu Picchu Ruins Tour of Cuzco & entry to 16 historical sites More free time to explore Cuzco the Altiplano between Cuzco and Cross Puno (optional Orient Express Train) Taquile, Uros floating reed Islands Visit and Sun Island on Lake Titicaca through the Valley of the Moon in Walk La Paz

Price From $5,570 Per person, twin share based on tourist class accommodation. Option to upgrade hotels. Includes airfares within South America, accommodation, round trip transfers, meals as shown, entry fees and sightseeing as detailed on a shared basis. (Option to have private services). 8

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing tour of Southern Buenos Aires. B*

Day 3 Buenos Aires

Morning Northern city tour. This evening enjoy a dinner and a Tango Show at Esquina Carlos Gardel. BD

Day 4 Buenos Aires/ Iguazu Falls

Morning at leisure to explore. Fly to the mighty Iguazu Falls. B

Day 5 Iguazu Falls

Full day tour of the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls including the Devil’s Throat Lookout. B

Day 6 Foz do Iguaçu/ Rio de Janeiro

Half day tour of the Brazilian side for the best panoramic view of the falls. Fly to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel in Copacabana beach. B

Day 7 Rio de Janeiro

Full day tour of Rio including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. BL

Day 8 Rio de Janeiro

Day at leisure to explore. B

Day 9 Rio de Janeiro/ Lima

Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel. B

Day 10 Lima

Half day sightseeing tour of Lima & Larco Herrera Museum. B

Day 11 Lima/ Cuzco

Fly to Cuzco. Free day to adjust to the altitude. B

Day 12 Cuzco

Half day tour of the main sights of Cuzco. B

Day 13 Cuzco/ Sacred Valley

Full day tour through the Sacred Valley, including a visit to Pisac market and Ollantaytambo village and ruins. BL

Day 14 Sacred Valley/ Machu Picchu

Travel by the Vistadome train to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of the ruins and lunch is included today. BL

Day 15 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Return to the ruins early this morning to watch the sunrise. Free time before returning to Cuzco afternoon. B

Day 16 Cuzco Free day. B

Day 17 Cuzco/ Puno

Full day bus tour across the Altiplano to Puno with stops at Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Sicuani on the way (option to travel by Orient Express Andean Explorer train). BL

Day 18 Puno

Morning tour visiting Uros floating reed Islands on Lake Titicaca. BL

Day 19 Puno/ Sun Island/ La Paz

Travel by coach & catamaran from Puno to La Paz with a visit to Copacabana & Sun Island en route. BL Option to overnight on Sun Island.

Day 20 La Paz

Half day sightseeing tour with stops at the Valley of the Moon and Witches’ Market. B

Day 21 La Paz/ Santiago

Morning at leisure. Fly to Santiago and transfer to your hotel. B

Day 22 Santiago

Free morning. Panoramic city tour and evening transfer to the airport. Option to extend your trip to the wine country, Lakes District or Patagonia. B *B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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Discover South America 32 DAYS

CHILE • ARGENTINA • BRAZIL • PERU • BOLIVIA PERU

Lima

Machu Picchu Puerto Maldonado Cuzco L. Titicaca Puno La Paz BOLIVIA

BRAZIL

Ideal for those with a little more time to Iguazu Falls

Rio de Janeiro

CHILE ARGENTINA

explore this wonderful continent. See the traditional highlights of Peru, Bolivia, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires at a leisurely pace... A visit to the Andean Lakes District is included for an extensive South American experience.

Santiago Buenos Aires Puerto Varas

Bariloche

Day 1 Santiago

Arrive Santiago and transfer to your hotel.

Highlights

 Lakes Crossing between Argentina & Chile Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Tour Iguazu Falls & Devil’s Throat Visit the Larco Herrera Museum in Lima Jungle with Native Guides in Peru Amazon (option to do an Amazon Cruise) the Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Visit ruins & village 2 days of Machu Picchu Ruins Tour of Cuzco & entry to 16 historical sites More time to explore Cuzco Cross the Altiplano between Cuzco & Puno Taquile, Uros floating reed Islands & Visit Sun Island on Lake Titicaca through the Valley of the Moon in Walk La Paz Chile’s vibrant capital, Santiago

Price

From $8,560 Per person, twin share based on tourist class accommodation. Option to upgrade hotels. Includes airfares within South America, accommodation, round trip transfers, meals as shown, entry fees & sightseeing as detailed on a shared basis. (option to have private services). 10

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Day 2 Santiago

Enjoy a half day city sightseeing tour. B*

Day 10 Buenos Aires/ Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Day at leisure to enjoy Copacabana Beach. B

Day 11 Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Puerto Montt & transfer to the lakeside village of Puerto Varas. B

Full day tour of Rio de Janeiro’s most beautiful & famous sights. Visit Corcovado followed by a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch and board a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain BL

Day 4 Puerto Varas

Day 12 Rio de Janeiro

Day 3 Santiago/ Puerto Varas

Day at leisure. Optional tours to Chiloe Island, Frutillar & Puerto Octay available. B

Day 5 Puerto Varas/ Bariloche

Start the spectacular Andean Lakes Crossing by bus and boat. Travel to Petrohue across Lago Todos Los Santos and via Peulla (Note: Between May & Aug the crossing includes 1 night in Peulla). Cross from Puerto Frias to Puerto Blast and Puerto Pañuelo. Finish this day with a transfer by bus to your hotel. B

Day 6 Bariloche

Half day tour of Bariloche’s surrounding mountains, lakes & parks. B

Day 7 Bariloche/ Buenos Aires

Fly to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. B

Day 8 Buenos Aires

Morning half day sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, known as the ‘Paris of the Americas’. Highlights are the Plaza 25 de Mayo, Government House (La Casa Rosa), La Boca, Recoleta and the port side district of Puerto Madero. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 9 Buenos Aires

Day at leisure. Dinner & tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel. BD

Day at leisure. B

Day 13 Rio de Janeiro/ Foz do Iguaçu

Fly to Foz do Iguaçu. Half day tour of the Brazilian falls. B

Day 14 Iguazu Falls

Full day tour of the Argentine side of the falls including the Devil’s Throat Lookout. B

Day 15 Foz do Iguaçu/ Lima

Free day in Iguaçu. Flight to Lima in the afternoon. B

Day 16 Lima

Morning half day sightseeing tour of Lima, including the Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, Cathedral and the Larco Herrera Museum which has the most important archaeological collection of gold, silver, ceramics and weaving of ancient Peru. B

Day 17 Lima

Day at leisure; ask us about optional tours to Callao Fortress, Barranco or San Francisco Catacombs. B

Day 18 Lima/ Amazon Jungle

Fly to Puerto Maldonado & transfer to your jungle lodge. Activities include jungle hikes, canoe trips, ethnobotanical trails and night walks. BLD


We offer tours to cater for a wide range of budgets. You can find up-to-date prices on our website. Please feel free to discuss your travel plans with us.

Suggested Tailored Itinerary Day 19 Amazon Jungle

Spend the day exploring the jungle trails with your native guides. BLD

Day 20 Amazon/ Sacred Valley

Short flight to Cuzco & transfer to the Sacred Valley. Afternoon at leisure to adjust to the altitude. B

Day 21 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Full day travelling through the Valley of the Incas. Visit the famous Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo ruins and village. BL

Day 22 Machu Picchu

Travel by Vistadome train to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu (option to ride the Hiram Bingham Deluxe train). A guided tour of the ruins and lunch is included today. BLD

Day 23 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Return to the ruins early this morning to watch the sunrise. Free time before returning to Cuzco this afternoon. B

Bariloche

Day 24 Cuzco

Depart this morning on a very rewarding hands-on half day community project tour. B

Day 25 Cuzco

Half day city tour of the main sights of Cuzco including the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, Koricancha Temple, San Blas Church, and handcraft workshops. Continue visiting the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman. B

Day 26 Cuzco

Day at leisure to explore the Inca capital. B

Day 27 Cuzco/ Lake Titicaca

Full day bus journey across the Altiplano to Puno. Option to travel by Orient Express Andean Explorer train. BL

Day 28 Puno

Full day tour visiting Uros floating reed Islands and Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca. BL

Sunset in Rio

Day 29 Puno/ Sun Island/ La Paz

Travel by coach & catamaran from Puno to La Paz with a visit to Copacabana & Sun Island en route. Option to overnight on Sun Island. BL

Day 30 La Paz

Half day sightseeing tour visiting the Valley of the Moon and Witches’ Market. B

Day 31 La Paz/ Santiago

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Santiago. B

Day 32 Depart Santiago

Day at leisure until time to transfer to the airport. Option to extend your trip to Atacama, Easter Island or Patagonia. B

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Latin Tierra 43 DAYS

ECUADOR • PERU • BOLIVIA • BRAZIL • ARGENTINA

ECUADOR Otavalo Quito Galapagos Is.

Cuenca Guayaquil

PERU

From Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanos BRAZIL Machu Picchu

Lima

Puerto Maldonado Colca

Cuzco

Arequipa Puno

L. Titicaca La Paz BOLIVIA Rio de Janeiro

CHILE

Iguazu Falls

ARGENTINA Santiago

Buenos Aires

Highlights

Tour of Quito & the Middle of the World of the Volcanos in Ecuador Avenue Ride the Devil’s Nose Train in Ecuador  Visit the Ingapirca Ruins  night Galapagos Cruise (different 4vessels & length cruises available) Amazon Jungle with Native Guides in Peru (option to do an Amazon Cruise) Visit Pisac Market ruins and village & Ollantaytambo 2 days of Machu Picchu Ruins of Cuzco & entry to 16 historical Tour sites More time to explore Cuzco Arequipa and Colca Canyon Taquile, Uros floating reed Islands Visit & Sun Island on Lake Titicaca Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Tour Iguazu Falls and Devil’s Throat Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show Price From $15,275 Per person, twin share based on tourist class accommodation. Option to upgrade hotels.

Day 1 Friday Quito

Arrive Quito and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Quito Free day. B*

Day 3 Quito

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Day 13 - 15 Galapagos Islands Cruise

Visit a number of islands to see turtles, iguanas, blue-footed boobies & sea lions at close range in the Galapagos’ amazing & unique environment. BLD

Half day city tour including the Middle of the World. B

Day 16 Galapagos Islands/ Guayaquil

Day 4 Quito/ Otavalo

Day 17 Guayaquil/ Lima

Day 5 Otavalo/ Papallacta

Day 18 Lima

Travel to Otavalo to visit the famous indigenous markets. BLD Travel to Papallacta and visit the thermal baths. BL

Day 6 Papallacta/ Cotopaxi

Tour Cotopaxi National Park. BLD

Day 7 Cotopaxi/ Patate

Visit an indigenous market before continuing to Patate. BLD

Day 8 Patate/ Baños/ Riobamba

Visit the waterfalls around Baños; continue to Riobamba. BLD

Day 9 Riobamba/ Cuenca

Train ride along the series of switchbacks known as the Devil’s Nose; continue by car to Cuenca. BLD

Day 10 Cuenca

Fly back to Guayaquil. Transfer to your hotel. B Fly to Lima this morning. Half day sightseeing tour & Larco Herrera Museum. B Day at leisure to explore Lima. B

Day 19 Lima/ Amazon Jungle

Fly to Puerto Maldonado & transfer to your jungle lodge. Activities include jungle hikes, canoe trips, ethnobotanical trails and night walks. BLD

Day 20 Amazon Jungle

Spend the day exploring the jungle trails with your native guides. BLD

Day 21 Amazon Jungle/ Sacred Valley

Short flight to Cuzco & transfer to the Sacred Valley. Afternoon at leisure to adjust to the altitude. B

Day 22 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Free day in Cuenca. Walk around the colonial city centre and explore the Flower Market. B

Full day tour through the Sacred Valley, including a visit to Pisac Markets and Ollantaytambo ruins & village. BL

Day 11 Cuenca/ Guayaquil

Day 23 Machu Picchu

Travel overland to Guayaquil. BL

Day 12 Guayaquil/ Galapagos Islands Includes airfares within South America, accommodation, round trip transfers, meals as shown, entry fees and sightseeing as detailed on a shared basis. (Option to have private services).

to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, our most comprehensive tour includes the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Jungle, magical Machu Picchu, three very traditional and colourful Indigenous Markets, Arequipa’s Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. From the highlands we fly to Rio de Janeiro and on to Iguazu Falls, before finishing in the Argentine capital. Ask us about a Patagonian or Atacama extension for the ultimate South American experience.

Fly to the Galapagos Islands to join your cruise. (Choose from our vast options of 3 to 14 night cruises in tourist, first & deluxe boats). BLD

Travel by Vistadome train to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of the ruins and lunch is included today. BLD

Day 24 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Return to the ruins and explore at your own pace. Return to Cuzco this afternoon. B


What a wonderful time we had in South America. Everything went smoothly. All the tour guides were knowledgeable, helpful and excellent. The itinerary was well planned with just the right amount of time in each place. -Susan, 2013

Suggested Tailored Itinerary Day 25 Cuzco

Half day tour of Cuzco & nearby ruins. B

Pinnacle Rock, Galapagos Islands

Day 26 Cuzco Free day. B

Day 27 Cuzco/ Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 28 Arequipa

Half day sightseeing tour including the Santa Catalina Convent. B

Day 29 Arequipa/ Colca Canyon

Tour one of the world’s deepest canyons. BLD

Day 30 Colca Canyon/ Puno

Early morning trip to ‘Cruz del Condor’, the best viewpoint to see condors’ flight. Continue overland to Puno, arrive late this afternoon. BL

Day 31 Puno

Full day tour visiting Uros floating reed Islands and Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca. BL

Panama Hat Maker, Cuenca

Day 32 Puno/ Sun Island/ La Paz

Travel by coach & catamaran from Puno to La Paz; visit Copacabana & Sun Island en route. BL

Day 33 La Paz

Half day sightseeing tour visiting the Valley of the Moon and Witches’ Market. B

Day 34 La Paz/ Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to your hotel in Copacabana beach. B

Day 35 Rio De Janeiro

Day at leisure to relax and explore. B

Day 36 Rio De Janeiro

Full day tour including the statue of Christ the Redeemer & the Sugar Loaf. BL

Day 37 Rio de Janeiro

Free day. This evening enjoy a “Churrascaria”: typical Brazilian BBQ dinner followed by a Samba Show. BD

Day 38 Rio De Janeiro/ Foz do Iguaçu

Fly to the Brazilian side of the falls and tour before arriving to your hotel on the Argentine side. B

Day 39 Iguazu Falls

Walking tour of the Argentine Iguazu National Park, including Devil’s Throat. B

Day 40 Iguazu Falls/ Buenos Aires

Fly to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 41 Buenos Aires

Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires. B

Day 42 Buenos Aires

Day at leisure. This evening enjoy a dinner & tango show. BD

Day 43 Depart Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport. B

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Buenos Aires optional Day Tours San Telmo Flea Market, Estancia tours, guided tours of the Colon Opera House, Ecological Reserve by bike, Tigre Delta cruise, Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) across the Rio de la Plata and La Bombonera soccer stadium & museum.

Let’s Tango

Capital City: Buenos Aires Language: Spanish Population: 41 million Visa: Australian tourists are charged a reciprocity fee to be paid prior to departure from Australia. Famous For: Tango, Buenos Aires, soccer, Patagonia, Iguazu Falls, Estancias, polo, Malbec wine, Che Guevara & steak. Phrases to learn: Dale - OK Barbaro or Groso - Great or Very good Che - Hey! Guita - Money

Vino tinto - Red wine.

BRAZIL

BOLIVIA

Highlights of Argentina

Train to the Clouds

1. Iguazu Falls

Embracing almost 275 individual cataracts over 4km and surrounded by tropical jungle, the falls are one of Argentina’s most spectacular natural attractions.

PAR A GUAY

La Quiaca

C HIL E

Cafayate

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Humahuaca Salta

Iguazu Falls

Resistencia Ta Talampaya N. P. P Ischigualasto N. P.

2. Northwest

The North-western provinces contain much of the country’s indigenous culture, immersed in a landscape of sweeping Andean plains, deep gorges and fertile valleys. Don’t miss some of the county’s best preserved colonial architecture in Salta.

Cerro Aconcagua 6960m

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Cordoba U RU GUAY Rosario Buenos Aires

Pacific Wine buffs and food lovers should not miss the lovely region of Mendoza, Ocean capital of Argentina’s famed wine production and set against a backdrop of stunning Andean peaks. Discover Argentina’s signature grape, the Malbec.

ARGENT I NA Neuquen

Steps of the Dinosaurs

Puerto Varas

Buenos Aires offers grand architecture, beautiful parks and wonderful pedestrian malls. Visit San Telmo, La Casa Rosada, Recoleta, Colon Opera House and the famous La Boca District. A must see is a Tango Show where you will experience one of the most elegant and sensual dances in the world.

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Bariloche Puerto Madryn Patagonia Express

Valdes Peninsula

5. Patagonia

Experience the tranquil beauty of Bariloche’s mountains, the Lakes District, the world famous Perito Moreno Glaciar near El Calafate and Peninsula Valdes for whale watching. Ask us about Antarctica and Tierra de Fuego cruises departing from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

Mt. Fitz Roy Los Glaciares N.P. Perito cier El Calafate Moreno Glacier Paine N. P. P

Falkland Is./ Malvinas

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4. Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires was just brilliant. I never imagined something so beautiful and it’s people so proud. I immediately saw glimpses of Paris everywhere only to find that in fact they call it the Paris of the South. -Jeanette and Josephine, June 2012

BUENOS AIRES & IGUAZU FALLS

IGUAZU & IBERA MARSHLANDS

MENDOZA WINES - DELUXE

6 Days/ 5 Nights

5 Days/ 4 Nights

6 Days/ 5 Nights

This tour is guaranteed to surprise! Visit the awe-inspiring Iguazu falls, the Jesuit ruins and explore the remote marshlands and its vast wildlife.

Pamper yourself with a taste of the best Argentine wines while staying in luxury winery lodges.

Day 1 Iguazu Falls

Arrival in Mendoza and transfer to your hotel.

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Half day city tour visiting some of the city’s most important monuments, plus the barrios of Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta Cemetery. This evening enjoy dinner & a Tango Show. BD

Day 3 Buenos Aires

Day at leisure. Ask us about optional touring in this cosmopolitan city. B

Day 4 Buenos Aires/ Iguazu Falls

Fly to Puerto Iguazu and tour the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls. Explore the extensive trails for a closer look at the falls plunging from Iguazu River. A highlight is the impressive viewpoint out over the Devils’ Throat. B

Day 5 Iguazu Falls

Day at leisure. Optional half day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls for an exceptional panoramic view. B

Day 6 Iguazu Falls La Paz

Transfer to the airport. Option to extend your trip to RioBOLIVIA de Janeiro, Pantanal or Salta. B

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Mendoza/ Club Tapiz Winery Lodge

Day 2 Iguazu Falls

Full day tour of Iguazu Falls. B

Day 3 Iguazu Falls/ Ibera Marshlands

Transfer to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. On the way, visit Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and San Ignacio Mini ruins. Continue by 4WD to Ibera Marshlands, the second largest marshland in South America. BD

Day 4 Ibera Marshlands

ARGENTINA

Iguazu Falls BRAZIL URUGUAY

Buenos Aires

Visit Familia Zuccardi winery for a guided tour and traditional BBQ. Continue to your accommodation, surrounded by vineyards, in Chacras de Coria Valley. BL

Day 3 Club Tapiz Winery Lodge

Full day winery tour including Alta Vista, Norton (and its “Growing with the wine” program) to experience the process from the beginning until it is served at the table. Finish at Belasco de Baquedano winery. BL

Free day to explore the area. Activities include: bird watching, boat rides on the Ibera Lagoon, night walks, canoe paddling or horseback rides. BLD

Day 4 Club Tapiz/ Salentein Winery Lodge

Day 5 Posadas

Day 5 Salentein Winery Lodge

Transfer to the airport. Ask us about extending your trip to Peninsula Valdes, Mendoza, Salta or El Calafate. B

Transfer to Uco Valley (1,200m). Visit Clos de los 7 winery; a project of seven French friends including 7 wineries. Lunch and wine tasting. BL Day at leisure. Enjoy a wine tour, Espacio Killka Art Gallery or horseback riding. B

Day 6 Salentein Winery Lodge

Visit Andeluna for winery tour and wine tasting. Continue to the airport or cross the Andes to Chile or travel to Cafayate in the northwest of Argentina. BL

PARAGUAY

Atlantic Ocean

Day 1 Mendoza

PARAGUAY

Iguazu Falls

Mendoza Vistalba Lujan de Cuyo

Posadas Ibera Marshlands

Maipu Club Tapiz Winery Route 40

BRAZIL

Salentein Winery to Clos de los 7

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Our guide in Buenos Aires, Jorge, was a great character and his flexibility in giving us a customised City tour was exactly what was needed. The food was first class and the red wines too (a great experience). -Phillip and Wati, November 2013

ARGENTINA EXPRESS

COLONIAL NORTHWEST

15 Days/ 14 Nights

6 Days/ 5 Nights

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Day 1 Salta

Day 2 Buenos Aires/ Puerto Madryn

Day 2 Salta/ Humahuaca Gorge/ Salta

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Optional dinner and tango show at El Querandi. Fly to Trelew; transfer to Punta Tombo Fauna Reserve, the largest Magellan penguin colony in the continent (alternative touring from midApril to mid-September). B

Day 3 Puerto Madryn

Full day tour of Peninsula Valdes. B

Depart on a tour of Humahuaca Gorge and see the colourful villages of Purmamarca, Tilcara, and Humahuaca. On the way back to Salta visit Maimara and Jujuy. B

Day 3 Salta/ Cachi

Day 4 Puerto Madryn/ Ushuaia. Fly to Ushuaia; transfer to hotel. B

Enjoy a tour around the Calchaqui Valleys. Pass by Cuesta del Obispo, Recta del Tin Tin and Los Cardones National Park. B

Day 5 Ushuaia

Day 4 Cachi/ Cafayate

Half day tour Tierra del Fuego N.P. Afternoon catamaran tour of the Beagle Channel. B

Day 6 Ushuaia/ El Calafate

Fly to El Calafate; transfer to hotel. B

Day 7 El Calafate

Full day tour of Upsala Glacier (alternative touring from April to September). B

Day 8 El Calafate/ Buenos Aires

Tour of Perito Moreno Glacier. Return to Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires. B

Day 9 Buenos Aires/ Iguazu Falls

Fly to Iguazu Falls. Free day to explore. B

Day 10 Iguazu Falls

Full day tour of the Argentine Iguazu Falls including the Devil’s Throat viewpoint. B

Morning at leisure. Then travel to Cafayate along mountainous roads, passing by Seclantas, Molinos and Angastaco and the Arrows’ Ravine. Arrive in Cafayate, famous for its Torrontes wine. B

Day 5 Cafayate/ Salta

In the morning we will tour the town of Cafayate and a wine cellar. After lunch depart for Salta. The panoramic views of the valley continue along Quebrada de las Conchas (Cafayate Gorge). B

Day 6 Salta

Transfer to the airport or extend your trip. B Optional Extension from Cafayate

Day 5 Cafayate/ Tafi del Valle

Day 11 Iguazu Falls/ Salta

Fly to Salta; afternoon city tour including visit to the archaeological museum. B

Day 12 Salta

Full day tour visiting the colourful Humahuaca Gorge and typical northern villages. B

Day 13 Salta/ Cafayate

Depart for Cafayate overland through the Calchaqui Valley, visiting Cachi en route. B

Day 14 Cafayate/ Buenos Aires

Puerto Madryn

Arrive in Salta. Afternoon tour visiting San Bernardo Hill for a great view of the city.

Tour of Cafayate including winery visit. Depart for Salta via Cafayate Gorge, with strange rock formations. Fly back to Buenos Aires. B

Morning visit to Quebrada de las Conchas with its unusual rock formations. Depart towards Tafi Del Valle and visit the Quilmes ruins on the way. B

Day 6 Tafi del Valle / Tucuman

Travel to Tucuman along the Sosa Gorge. City tour of Tucuman and transfer to the airport. Option to extend your trip to Iguazu Falls or Mendoza. B Note: From January to March the itinerary may be changed due to rainy season.

Day 15 Depart Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport or extend your trip. B

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Salta

Iguazu Falls

Cafayate ARGENTINA

Buenos Aires

CHILE

CHILE

Humahuaca

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Salta Cachi

Puerto Madryn

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Patagonia

We offer tours to cater for a wide range of budgets. You can find up-to-date prices on our website. Please feel free to discuss your travel plans with us.

Torres del Paine

Shared by Chile & Argentina; a remote, sparsely populated land of myths & legends. Combines mountains, glaciers, fjords, lakes & rivers to create some of the most staggering landscapes on earth. Time to visit: Ideally between October & April. What to expect: Breathtaking landscapes & lots of adventure opportunities like hiking, ice trekking, skiing, fly fishing, cruising, kayaking & horseback riding.

Pacific Ocean Viña del mar

Portillo

Valparaiso

Don’t forget: hiking boots, thermals & a good camera!

Mendoza

Santiago

Las Lenas

Highlights of Patagonia 1. Lake District Bariloche and Puerto Varas are the gateways to Northern Patagonia’s alpine forests and emerald lakes. Well-known for skiing, fishing, trekking and their European chocolate-making tradition. Fantastic self-drive options available.

2. El Chalten

A must for trekking enthusiasts, this volcanic region is home to the spectacular peak of Mt. Fitz Roy.

Patagonia Temuco Villarrica

CHILE Valdivia

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Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

Bariloche Puerto Madryn Patagonia Express

3. Torres del Paine National Park Chile’s most impressive National Park features lakes, glaciers, forests, rivers, waterfalls and unique granite torres (towers). One of the best eco-destinations on the planet, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978.

5. Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia & Cape Horn

Explore this archipelago by boat and cruise through the Patagonian fjords. Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city and gateway to the immense solitude of Antarctica.

Valdes Peninsula

Trelew

Balmaceda San Rafael Glacier Laguna San Rafael National Park

4. Perito Moreno Glacier Rising 74m above Lago Argentino and 5km wide, Perito Moreno is one of the world’s few expanding glaciers. Best explored with a mini-trek across the glacier’s brilliant blue surface.

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Puyehue

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Torres del Paine National Park

3

Perito Moreno

Mt. Fitz Roy

El Chalten Los Glaciares National Park El Calafate Perito Moreno Glacier 4

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Ushuaia

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Hotels were a terrific selection, and of course we walked our feet off. The views were gorgeous; I was up and took sunrise photos at 4am. -Trish and Pat, November 2010

Southern Frontier

LAKES CROSSING

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

EL CALAFATE

ARGENTINA • CHILE 5 Days/ 4 Nights Also operates in reverse

CHILE 4 Days/ 3 Nights Departs October to April

ARGENTINA 4 Days/ 3 Nights Departs October to April

Day 1 Bariloche

Day 1 Punta Arenas/ Puerto Natales

Day 1 El Calafate

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival, transfer to Puerto Natales. B

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Bariloche

Day 2 Puerto Natales

Day 2 El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 3 Bariloche/ Puerto Varas

Day 3 Puerto Natales

Half day tour of Bariloche’s surrounding mountains and lakes. B Begin the lakes crossing in Puerto Pañuelo. Sail through Blest Sound and across Lago Frias to Peulla. (May to October includes one night in Peulla). Continue by boat to Petrohue and then by bus to Puerto Varas. B

Day 4 Puerto Varas

Full day tour to the Paine National Park and visiting the Milodon Cave. B Day at leisure to select an excursion in the Paine National Park that fits your energy level and interest. B

Day 4 Puerto Natales

Depart Puerto Natales & continue your trip. B

Free day to explore the village. Optional tours to Chiloe Island, Frutillar, Puerto Octay and Llanquihue Lake or fly fishing in Futaleufu River. B

Combine Paine N.P. with El Calafate and see the highlights of Southern Patagonia. Add a Skorpios or Cruceros Cruise and explore the Chilean fjords.

Day 5 Puerto Varas

Upgrade this program with accommodation inside Paine National Park. Choose from moderate to deluxe hotels, from 2 to 8 night stays, B&B or all-inclusive options. Some of the properties available include Explora, Tierra, CHILE EcoCamp, Patagonia Camp, The Singular, Remota, Puerto Lago Grey, Varas Las Torres and Awasi, please contact us for more details. Puerto Montt Bariloche

Depart Puerto Varas, continue with your trip. B Why not extend your stay to Punta Arenas, join a cruise to Ushuaia or San Rafael Glacier, take the Austral Road or drive to Temuco?

Full day tour to Los Glaciares National Park. Spectacular view of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Option to do the mini trekking or Big Ice excursion. B

Day 3 El Calafate

Day at leisure. Full day tours are available Córdoba to cater to your interest and fitness level. Ice-treks, kayaking, 4WD tours and visits to traditional Patagonian estancias all URUGUAY available. B

Day 4 El Calafate

Transfer to the airport.Buenos B

Aires

Combine this tour with Paine National Park and see the highlights of Southern Patagonia, or continue to Ushuaia, Bariloche, Fitz Roy, El Chalten or Peninsula Valdes. Ask us about the new Fly-Drive options!

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C H I L E ARGENTINA Lakes District CHILE Puerto Octay Frutillar

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CHILE

Torres del Paine N.P. Perito Moreno Glacier

Mt. Fitz Roy El Chalten Los Glaciares N.P. El Calafate

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Ushuaia


Patagonia

We are having the best time… Today at the Perito Moreno glacier, the best day ever…We love this part of the world, very special… P.S. The red wine is beautiful!!! -Ronald & Noelene, March 2013

PENINSULA VALDES ARGENTINA 4 Days/ 3 Nights Daily - All year round Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the wildlife sanctuary of Peninsula Valdes. Best known for being a great whale watching site.

Day 1 Trelew/ Puerto Madryn

Upon arrival, transfer to Puerto Madryn.

Day 2 Puerto Madryn/ Punta Delgada

Full day tour of Peninsula Valdes. Optional whale watching boat tour (available from July to November). Afternoon at leisure for trekking along the beach dunes. B

Day 3 Punta Delgada/ Puerto Madryn

Afternoon visit to Caleta Valdes to visit the Wild Life Reserve to see Sea Elephants, Sea Lions and more native fauna. B

Day 4 Depart Puerto Madryn

Visit Punta Tombo Fauna Reserve, the largest Magellan penguin colony on the continent (from Mid-April to Mid-September the visit to the Penguin Rookery will be replaced by a tour to Valle de Chubut, and other welsh villages). Continue to the airport. B Why not extend your trip to Ushuaia or Buenos Aires.

7 DAYS W/ TREK

GRAN PATAGONIA OVERLAND

CHILE 7 Days/ 6 Nights October to April Departs Mondays

CHILE, NORTH AUSTRAL ROAD 7 Days/ 6 Nights Day 1 Puerto Montt/ Hornopiren

Day 1 Punta Arenas

Transfer to Torres del Paine N.P. Visit Cueva de Milodon and Seno de Ultima Esperanza. Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia. LD

Day 2 Torres del Paine - Los Cuernos

Hike to Los Cuernos next to Lake Nordenskjold, for superb views of the lakes and Paine’s Horns. Trek ends at Refugio Los Cuernos, a small and cosy mountain refuge. BLD

Day 3 The Paine Massif’s Heart

Challenging trek to French Valley along a steep trail into the very heart of the Paine Massif. After a picnic, descend to Refugio Paine Grande, on the shores of Lake Pehoe. BLD

Day 4 Torres del Paine - Glacier Grey

Hike to the glacial Lake Grey. Sail along this natural marvel. Transfer to EcoCamp. BLD

Day 5 Torres del Paine - Towers

Trek the most famous trail in the N.P. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically (2,900m) before you, with the glacial lake visible below. After a picnic, return to EcoCamp. BLD

Day 6 Torres del Paine/ Eastern Lakes

Hike on the Fauna Trail for the best wildlife spotting: Guanacos, Ñandu or even Pumas. Pass along Laguna Azul, Lago Sarmiento and Laguna Amarga. Back to EcoCamp for a farewell dinner. BLD

Day 7 Torres del Paine

Transfer to Punta Arenas or El Calafate. B Nine day Circuit and other options available. Valdes Peninsula

ARGENTINA Puerto Madryn Trelew

Caleta Valdes

Punta Delgada

Torres del Paine Ecocamp Cuernos Glacier Grey del Paine French Valley Lago Refugio Grey Los Cuernos Refugio to Puerto Paine Natales

Arrive Puerto Montt and transfer to Bahia Catalina for dinner and overnight. D

Day 2 Hornopiren/ Lake Yelcho

Transfer to the pier for the boat to Leptepu; continue to Lake Yelcho with hiking in the Patagonian forest en route. Dinner & overnight Lake Yelcho Lodge. BD

Day 3 Lake Yelcho/ La Junta

Morning trekking in the area and lunch at the lodge. This afternoon continue south to arrive at the Espacio y Tiempo Lodge. BLD

Day 4 La Junta

Morning excursion rafting the Rio Palena with plenty of opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna. Afterwards we head to the Naturales El Sauce hot springs where you can enjoy a dip in the thermal waters. BLD

Day 5 La Junta/ Coyhaique

Travel south to Puyuhuapi where we visit the village and nearby Queulat National Park. Explore the forest trails and see the Queulat Hanging Glacier. Continue south to Coyhaique and Hotel El Reloj. BL

Day 6 Coyhaique

Horse riding excursion through beautiful Patagonian forest to a view point overlooking the Coyhaique Valley. BBQ lunch and time to relax. Return to Coyhaique. BL

Day 7 Coyhaique/ Balmaceda Airport

Breakfast and time at leisure. Transfer to the airport in Balmaceda for your onwards flight. B Option to extend to see the Marble Caves.

Puerto Montt

ARGENTINA Hornopiren N.P. Lake Yelcho La Junta

Coyhaique CHILE Balmaceda

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Chile & Argentina Cruising Cape Horn

CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS

SKORPIOS CRUISES

Built in 2005, the Via Australis holds 136 passengers in 64 cabins. The Stella Australis is an awe-inspiring cruise ship constructed in 2010. It has 100 cabins and can hold up to 210 passengers. They offer travellers a relaxed stay, while providing breathtaking sights from the decks.

Skorpios II was built in 1988 and has 53 cabins with private facilities. It explores the remote Northern Ice Field, including San Rafael Glacier. Skorpios III was built in 1995, has 45 cabins with private facilities and explores the Southern Ice Field, including Amalia Glacier.

5D/4N Punta Arenas – Ushuaia Also operates in reverse Day 1 Arrival in Punta Arenas and transfer to your ship. Commence your cruise through the Strait of Magellan to the Beagle Channel. D Day 2 See the Marinelli Glacier from the ship before going ashore in the Magellan forest. Enjoy a Zodiac trip around the Tucker Islets to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins. BLD Day 3 Hike to Pia Fjord to get the best view of the icebergs. BLD Day 4 Navigate to Cape Horn National Park. Subject to weather conditions, explore the flora and fauna of this remote island. BLD Day 5 Disembark in Ushuaia. B 4D/3N Ushuaia – Punta Arenas Also operates in reverse Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to your ship. D

6D/5N Chonos Route – Puerto Montt Day 1 Sat Arrival in Puerto Montt and transfer to your ship Skorpios II. Begin sailing through the Llanquihue archipelago. D Day 2 Sun Navigate through Patagonian channels such as Moraleda and Ferronave. BLD Day 3 Mon Cross the San Rafael Lagoon entrance for boat excursions among the icebergs. BLD Day 4 Tue Option for thermal baths at Quitralco pier. BLD Day 5 Wed You might see Humpback and Blue whales while crossing the Corcovado Gulf. Sail through the oriental coast of Chiloe Island. BLD Day 6 Thu Disembark in Puerto Montt. B Why not extend your trip to Bariloche? CHILE Puerto Montt

Bariloche Chiloe

Day 2 Navigate to Cape Horn National Park. Subject to weather conditions, explore the flora and fauna of this remote island. BLD Day 3 Navigate through the channels to reach the spectacular De Agostini Sound where you can see glaciers descending into the sea. BLD Day 4 Disembark in Punta Arenas. B Puerto Natales

CHILE

Quitralco San Rafael Lagoon Glaciers El Burujo & Amalia

Mt. Fitz Roy

LosRoute Glaciares– Puerto Natales 4D/3N Kaweskar N.P.

Day 1 Tue/ Fri Arrival in Puerto Natales and Puerto Natales transfer to yourCHILE ship SkorpiosARGENTINA III. Begin sailing Punta Arenas D through the Patagonian channels. Puerto Montt Tucker Islets Ushuaia

Porvenir Punta Arenas

ARGENTINA

ARGENTINA Tucker Islets

Day 2 Wed/ Sat See the Amalia Glacier and Bariloche continue to El Brujo Glacier. Disembark for Chiloe afternoon excursions by motor boat. BLD Pia Glacier

Cape Horn

Ushuaia

Day 3 Thu/ Sun Travel through Montañas Fjord to Bernal GlacierQuitralco for optional hiking. BLD

Pia Glacier

San Rafael Day 4 Fri/ Mon Disembark in Puerto Natales. B Lagoon

Cape Horn

New Tour

Gauchos, Glaciers & Penguins. Tierra del Fuego by land & Sea

Glaciers El Burujo & Amalia

Mt. Fitz Roy Los Glaciares N.P. Puerto Natales

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Chile

Santiago Optional Day Tours Wine tour to Colchagua Valley, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Pablo Neruda’s Isla Negra Museum, bike and walking tours of Santiago, Casablanca wine region and ski day trip.

Parinacota Volcano, Atacama

Capital City: Santiago PERU

Language: Spanish BOLIVIA

Arica Uyuni

Iquique Calama

Atacama Desert Antofagasta

4 To Easter Is

1

San Pedro de Atacama

Visa: Australian tourists entering Chile through Santiago International Airport are required to pay a reciprocity fee. Famous For: Patagonia, Atacama Desert, wine, Lakes District, Easter Island and empanadas. Phrases to learn: Cachai? - Do you understand? Copete - alcoholic beverage Gallo or galla - man or woman Guagua - kid, baby Po – well then.

CHILE

3757km

La Serena

Viña del Mar Valparaiso 3

Population: 16.5 million

Portillo

Santiago

2

Pacific Ocean

Highlights of Chile

Temuco Villarrica Valdivia Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

Puyehue 5

Bariloche

1. Atacama Desert

This is the driest desert on earth, rich in Pre-Columbian culture, where otherworldly landscapes - extensive salt lakes dotted with pink flamingos, volcanos and geysers - are framed by the Andean mountain range.

2. Chilean Wine Regions

Some of the finest new-world wines can be found in Chile’s central valleys, where high quality grapes, a Mediterranean climate and a variety of soil types have created a winemakers paradise. Look out for Carmenere, Chile’s signature grape variety.

3. Santiago & Valparaiso San Rafael Glacier

Balmaceda ARGENTINA

Torres del Paine National Park

Los Glaciares N.P.

Santiago is one of the most modern cities in South America, surrounded by world class wineries and ski resorts. Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2002, is Chile’s oldest port where multi-coloured houses perch on steep hills surrounding the bay, connected by labyrinthine streets.

4. Easter Island

Located 3,700km off the coast of Chile, with a distinct Polynesian tradition and more than 20,000 archaeological vestiges and Moais. Because of its cultural richness, it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995.

5. Patagonia

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Ushuaia Puerto Williams

Home to some of Chile’s most dramatic scenery. Northern Patagonia features the famous Lakes District, a volcanic region with snow-covered summits reflected in the green-blue colour of its lakes, rivers and hot springs; and the Carretera Austral. Southern Patagonia comprises glaciers, fjords and the world class Torres del Paine National Park.

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The wine and food were superb! Santiago is a very cosmopolitan city and we would recommend it to anyone. -Sue & Allan, November 2012

Essence of the Andes

SANTIAGO AND BEYOND

ATACAMA DESERT

SAN PEDRO TO LA PAZ

4 Days/ 3 Nights

4 Days/ 3 Nights

8 Days/ 7 Nights Departs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays Also runs in reverse

Day 1 Santiago

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Santiago

Half day city tour. Visit the O’Higgins Park, the colonial architecture of La Moneda Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and Santiago’s Central Plaza. Continue to Santiago’s bustling Central Market and Santa Lucia Hill to enjoy a spectacular view of the city and surrounding Andean peaks. Free afternoon. B

Day 3 Santiago/ Isla Negra/ Valparaiso

Full day excursion to Isla Negra to visit the tomb, house and museum of the Nobel Literature prize winner, Pablo Neruda. Transfer to Valparaiso and overnight. B

Day 4 Valparaiso/ Viña del Mar/ Santiago Full day tour of Valparaiso & Viña del Mar, also known as the “Garden City”. Transfer to Santiago airport or extend your journey with a wine tour or a trip to Patagonia or the Atacama Desert. B

Valparaiso

Viña del Mar

Day 1 Calama/ San Pedro de Atacama

Arrive in Calama and travel to San Pedro de Atacama. Enjoy an afternoon tour to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 2 San Pedro de Atacama

Visit the museum and the artisan village of Tocanao before continuing to the Salar de Atacama. BL

Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama

Early departure to the Tatio’s Geyser Field followed by a visit to the Puritama Hot Springs. BL

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama/ Calama

Morning transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B Extend your trip travelling to Patagonia, to Bolivia to explore the Uyuni Salt Flats or cross over the border to Salta in Argentina. Properties available include Explora, Tierra Atacama, Alto Atacama, Casa Atacama, Awasi, Altiplanico & more. Various tour packages are available from 2 to 7 nights with B&B or All Inclusive options.

Geisers to Uyuni del BOLIVIA Tatio Calama Licancabur Volcano ARGENTINA Atacama Desert

Isla Negra

Santiago CHILE

Paso Hito Cajon San Pedro de Atacama Antofagasta Salar de Atacama Salta

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Day 1 Calama/ San Pedro de Atacama

Arrive in Calama and travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Days 2-3 San Pedro de Atacama

Valley of the Moon Sunset tour and a day at leisure for optional touring. B

Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama/ Villamar

Begin your overland tour into Bolivia to see volcanos and high altiplano desert. BLD

Day 5 Villamar/ Tahua

Drive across the Uyuni Salt Plains to Tunupa Volcano & Tahua Village. BLD

Day 6 Tahua/ Uyuni

Visit Coquesa, Isla Incahuasi and continue to Uyuni. BL

Day 7 Uyuni/ Oruro/ La Paz

Depart on the midnight train for Oruro, continue by bus to La Paz (Option to fly direct Uyuni-La Paz). B

Day 8 La Paz

Transfer to the airport or extend your trip to Cuzco through Puno and Lake Titicaca. B

PERU CHILE

Uyuni Salar Lake Calama

La Paz BOLIVIA

Oruro

Uyuni Coloured Lakes Atacama San Pedro de Atacama Desert ARGENTINA


Chile

Both of Ted’s suggestions, the Atacama Desert and the southern Lake District, suited us well. The hotel, the tours, and of course the geography in Atacama were all outstanding. -Noel & Yvonne, October 2013

SOUTHERN LAKES

CHILEAN WINE VALLEYS

EASTER ISLAND

9 Days/ 8 Nights Self-Drive Program

7 Days/ 6 Nights

4 Days/ 3 Nights

Day 1 Temuco/ Pucon

Arrive in Temuco. After a briefing, start your lakes adventure by driving south to the village of Pucon on Lago Villarrica.

Day 2 & 3 Pucon

Explore the area including hot springs, villages and beautiful countryside. B

Day 4 Pucon/ Valdivia

Easy drive to the coast & the river port town of Valdivia, established in 1645. B

Day 5 Valdivia/ Puyehue

Early morning walk along the promenade. Return to the lakes and the nearby National Park of Puyehue. B

Day 6 Puyehue/ Puerto Varas

Follow the country lanes to Puerto Octay, beside Lake Llanquihue & the beautiful town of Puerto Varas. B

Day 7 & 8 Puerto Varas

Free days with lots of great day trip & picnic options around the lake. B

Day 9 Puerto Varas

Return your car or extend your trip crossing over to the Argentinian Lake Region. B

Temuco Villarrica

C HILE A RG E N TINA

Pucon

Day 1 Santiago

Arrive in Easter Island. Welcome and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Aconcagua Valley

Full day tour of Anakena visiting the archaeological centre of Akahanga, Rano Raraku Quarry where all the existing Moais were sculpted; picnic lunch at Anakena Beach. BL

Tour and wine tasting at Viña Errazuriz and Viña Von Siebentha. Visit the old wine cellars and vineyard. Return to Santiago. BL

Day 3 Valparaiso - Casablanca & San Antonio Valleys Transfer to Valparaiso and tour of the city. Wine tasting at Viña Matetic. BL

Day 4 Colchagua Valley

Tour and wine tasting at Viña Montes in the Apalta Valley. Tour Viña Viu Manent by horse and carriage. Visit to Colchagua museum. BLD

Day 5 Santiago

Tour and wine tasting at Viña Perez Cruz and Viña Santa Rita. Return to Santiago. BL

Day 6 Maipo Valley

Tour and wine tasting at Viña Aquitania and Viña Concha y Toro. Farewell dinner. BLD

Day 7 Santiago

Return home or continue your journey. B Try a winery tour by bike or try a shorter version combined with the Atacama Desert. Fly-Drive option also available. Valparaiso

Vn. Villarrica

Osorno Puerto Octay Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

Chiloe Island

Viña del Mar Casablanca Santiago

Valdivia Lago Puyehue

San Antonio

Day 2 Easter Island

Day 3 Easter Island

Half day tour of Orongo and then visit Rano Kau volcano, with the largest concentration of petroglyphs. Marvel at the seven Moais overlooking the sea on a tour of Ahu Akivi. See the Caves of Ana Tepahu that are among the largest on the island. B

Day 4 Easter Island

Transfer from the hotel to the airport or extend your stay with 4 to 7 night programs. B Properties available include Explora Rapa Nui, Hanga Roa, Altiplanico, Iorana, Taha Tai, Otai & more. Various tour packages available from 2 to 8 nights with B&B or All Inclusive options.

Easter Island/ Rapa Nui

Maipo Valley

Lago Nahuel Huapi

Bariloche

Colchagua Valley

CHILE

Anakena Ahu Akivi

Ahu Tahai

Villa Angostura Lago Todos los Santos

Day 1 Easter Island

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel. Half day city tour. Welcome dinner and wine tasting with Sommelier. LD

Rano Raraku

Hanga Roa Akahanga

Orongo Rano Kau Caldera

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La Paz Optional Day Tours Peña Folk Show, Tiahuanaco Ruins, Coroico Rainforest, Sun Island, National Folklore Museum, Valley of the Moon, Death Road, Coca Museum, Rurrenabaque in the Bolivian Amazon and Choro Trek.

Untouched by Time

Salt Flats

Capital City: Sucre Language: Spanish Population: 11 million Visa: No visa required for Australians Famous For: Uyuni Salt Flats, Valley of the Moon, Lake Titicaca, Potosi and Tihuanaco. Phrases to learn: Chocho - happy Cuate - dude, best buddy Paceno - people from La Paz or most popular beer

Highlights of Bolivia

BRAZIL

L ake Titicac a

1. Lake Titicaca

With crystal blue waters and panoramic views of the Cordillera de los Andes, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,820m offers stunning sightseeing opportunities. Isla del Sol, steeped in Inca myths and legends, is a highlight.

2. La Paz

Explore the dizzying heights of one of South America’s most fascinating cities. Enjoy pure street theatre as you jostle past the vendors in the city’s many lively markets; stock up on souvenirs at the Witches’ Market, and visit the nearby Valley of the Moon.

3. Uyuni Salt Flats

Endless white plains of salt distort perception, lagoons coloured in vivid green, blue and red dot the landscape. Add flocks of pink flamingos for a truly surreal experience.

PERU

Rurrenabaque Madidi N.P.

1 Puno

2 La Paz

Kempf N.P.

BOLIVIA San Ignacio

Tiahuanaco

Pantanal

Cochabamba Santa Cruz Samaipata

Oruro

Sucre 3 Uyuni Salar Lake

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Sun Is Moon Is Copacabana Huatajata

Puerto Heath

4. Potosi

Once the richest city in the world, Potosi’s stunning architecture hints at more affluent times. Take a stroll through the stunning UNESCO Heritage Listed historic centre; for the adventurous, a visit to the mines of Cerro Rico is a must.

Puno

Rio Beni

Tarabuco

Tarija Villazon

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PARAGUAY


Bolivia

I remember you telling me that Uyuni would be a highlight & it certainly was...We saw flamingos, the train cemetery & the endless kilometres…it was all like being transported back to another century. These memories will be with us forever. -Peter & Ann-Maree, September 2012 C

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13 Days/12 Nights Departs Wednesdays & Saturdays

Day 1 Cuzco

Arrive in Cuzco and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Cuzco/ Puno

Depart by bus or train, travelling across the vast altiplano to Puno. BL

Day 3 Puno

Full day tour Lake Titicaca; visit the Uros reed floating Islands and Taquile Island. BL

Day 4 Puno/ Sun Island/ La Paz

Travel by bus and catamaran to La Paz with a visit to Sun Island. BL Option to overnight.

Day 5 La Paz

Half day sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to the Moon Valley. B

Day 6 La Paz/ Oruro/ Uyuni

Bus to the highlands of Oruro where you will board the train to Uyuni. BL

UYUNI OVERLAND TOUR

SALT FLATS, POTOSI & MARKET

7 Days/ 6 Nights Departs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

8 Days/ 7 Nights Departs Mondays

Day 1 La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 La Paz/ Oruro/ Uyuni

Board a bus across the Altiplano to Oruro where you catch a train to Uyuni. BL (Option to fly from La Paz to Uyuni).

Day 3 Uyuni/ Tahua

Discover the Colchani Salt Mine in the surreal salt desert before travelling onto Tahua. BLD

Day 4 Tahua/ Villamar

Drive to Isla Incahuasi with many cacti growing on the island. Continue across the Altiplano to Alota and Villamar. BLD

Day 5 Villamar/ San Pedro de Atacama

Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats and Isla Incahuasi before traveling to Tahua. BLD

Visit the Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Then continue through the “Pampas de Dali”, up to Laguna Verde, before crossing the border into Chile to San Pedro de Atacama. B

Day 8 Tahua/ Uyuni/ Villazon

Day 6 San Pedro de Atacama

Day 7 Uyuni/ Tahua

Visit Colchani hot water springs. Continue to PANAMA Uyuni for the midnight train to Villazon. BL

Day 9 Villazon/ La Quiaca/ Salta

Once in Villazon, cross the border into Argentina. Travel through the Humahuaca´s Gorge before arriving in Salta.

Optional full day tour of the Tatio Geysers. B

Day 7 Depart San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer to the airport or ask us about extending your stay in Atacama. B

We suggest that you stay longer in San Pedro de Atacama to explore this unique Day 10 Salta PERÚ C OL OMB I A desert (See Chile) or cross by bus to Salta in Half day city sightseeing tour. B Argentina. o Ri Day 11 Salta/ Cafayate ni e Tour through the Calchaqui Valleys on your B way to Cafayate. B

Day 12 Cafayate/ Tafi del Valle

Arrive in La Paz and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 La Paz/ Uyuni

Board a bus across the Altiplano to Oruro where you catch a train to Uyuni. BL

Day 3 Uyuni

Travel to Colchani and cross the salt plains to Conquesa. BL

Day 4 Uyuni/ Potosi

Board the bus to Potosi and enjoy the colourfully rugged landscape. BL

Day 5 Potosi/ Sucre

Tour of Potosi before boarding the bus to the colonial town of Sucre. B

Day 6 Sucre

Tour of Sucre with afternoon at leisure. B

Day 7 Sucre/ La Paz

On a Sunday visit the market of Tarabuco before flying back to La Paz. B

Day 8 Depart La Paz

Transfer to the airport or ask us about extending your stay in the Bolivian Pantanal, Lake Titicaca or Machu Picchu. B Ask us about the Deluxe Airstream Camper programs on the Salt plains!

Madidi N.P.

Chalalan Eco Lodge

Visit the Cafayate Gorge before continuing to Tafi del Valle. B

PANAMA

Rurrenabaque

Day 13 Depart Tucuman

Trinidad

Travel along the Quebrada de los Sosa to Tucuman to catch a flight to Buenos Aires. B Machu Picchu

Lake Titicaca

Sacred Valley

Cuzco

Lake Titicaca Sun Is. BOLIVIA La Paz PERU Oruro

La Paz

Puno

Sucre Tahua

Uyuni Uyuni Salar Lake Villazon Coloured La Quiaca Lakes Humahuaca

CHILE

Salta Cafayate

Day 1 La Paz

ARGENTINA Tucuman

San Ignacio Lake Titicaca

B O L IVIA

Oruro

Trinidad

La Paz

PERU

BOLIVIA

Sucre

Oruro

CH I L E

Tahua Uyuni Salar Lake Atacama Desert San Pedro de Atacama

Sucre

Uyuni

Tarabuco

Villamar

Uyuni Salar Lake

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Lima Optional Day Tours Gold and Larco Herrera Museum, Lima by Night with Dinner, Archaeology Tour, Pachacamac Ruins, Paso Horse exhibition, Palomino Island, Night tour of the Fountain Park, Barranco Arts District, Gastronomic Tour and more.

Kingdom of the Incas Capital City: Lima Language: Spanish Population: 29 million Visa: No visa is required for Australian citizens. Famous For: Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Nazca Lines, Great Cuisine, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Amazon Jungle & Pisco. Phrases to learn: Bacan - Cool Chela - Beer Ceviche - Marinated seafood Combi - bus Al Toque - right away

Highlights of Peru

COLOMBIA

1. Amazon

Exotic and accessible, the Peruvian Amazon is just a short flight from Lima. Choose from luxury cruises or rustic lodges in Manu National Park, Tambopata or Pacaya Samiria National Reserves.

Rio Marañon

2. Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Cuzco

See our Heritage Trail itinerary for the ultimate exploration of this timeless region! Relax and absorb the beauty, culture and history of the Sacred Valley, culminating with the magic of Machu Picchu.

3. Nazca Lines

The UNESCO Heritage listed Nazca Valley is renowned for gigantic zoomorphic and geometric markings on the desert floor. Best seen from the air.

Gotca Falls Kuelap

Sipan Chiclayo

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5. Arequipa

Rivalling Cuzco as Peru’s loveliest colonial city, Arequipa is surrounded by snow capped volcanos and thePacific world’s deepest canyons, home to the Andean condor. Ocean

6. Northern Kingdoms

Featuring the remains of Moche, Chimu and Chachapoyan civilisations, this region is probably the richest archaeological area in all of the Americas. See vast citadels, mysterious temples and the fine craftsmanship of these ancient people.

Iquitos

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Rio Pacaya

Pacaya - Samiria N.. P.

Chachapoyas

BRAZIL

Cajamarca Chan Chan Trujillo Chavin de Huaraz Huantor

Rio Ucayali

P ERU

4. Lake Titicaca

Located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, it is the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,820m above sea level. Visit the famous Uros floating islands, or overnight with a homestay on Amantani or Taquile Islands.

Rio Napo

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Tambopata N.R.

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The people, their cultures, the history and the beauty of the place: mesmerising. We particularly loved Cuzco, our Inca trail adventure was a highlight! -Sue, September 2010

CUZCO – MACHU PICCHU

NORTHERN KINGDOMS

NAZCA LINES & COLCA CANYON

7 Days/ 6 Nights

12 Days/ 11 Nights

9 Days/ 8 Nights

Day 1 Cuzco

Day 1 Lima

Day 1 Lima

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Cuzco

Day 2 Lima

Day 2 Lima/ Paracas

Tour of Lima including the Gold Museum. B

Travel by bus to Paracas. B

Day 3 Lima/ Chiclayo

Day 3 Paracas

Fly to Chiclayo. Afternoon city tour with a visit to the Witches’ market. B

Enjoy a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins, seals & sea lions. B

Day 4 Chiclayo

Day 4 Paracas

Visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. B

Fly over the unique Nazca Lines. B

Free day. Optional excursions to the salt terraces of Maras, the archaeological site of Moray or the village of Chinchero. B

Day 5 Chiclayo/Chachapoyas

Day 5 Paracas/ Arequipa

Days 6-8 Chachapoyas

Day 5 Sacred Valley/ Machu Picchu

Spend three full days touring Kuelap Fortress, the spectacular Gocta Waterfalls and the cliff-side funerary site of Karajia. BL,BL,BL

Day 6 Arequipa

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Tour of Cuzco’s historic centre and nearby ruins. B

Day 3 Cuzco/ Sacred Valley

Full day touring Pisac market Ollantaytambo town & ruins. BL

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Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Travel by Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins. BL

Day 6 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Enjoy a second visit to Machu Picchu at your own pace. Go early to see the dawn rise over the ruins before returning to Cuzco. B

Day 7 Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport or ask us about continuing your trip to Lake Titicaca. B

Option on Day 5 Express Inca Trail

Travel by train to the trailhead kilometre 104. Hike the last section of the Inca Trail, arriving into Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate this afternoon. (6-7 hours) BL

Machu Picchu Pueblo Ollantaytambo Urubamba Pisac Machu Picchu Salt Pans Maras Moray Sacred Valley Cuzco

Free day; overnight bus to Chachapoyas. B

Day 9 Chachapoyas/Trujillo

Free day. Overnight bus to Trujillo, via Chiclayo. B

Day 10 Trujillo

Arrive Trujillo; day at leisure.

Day 11 Trujillo

Visit Chan Chan, the largest adobe citadel in the Americas. Continue to the Moche Temples of the Sun & the Moon. BL

Day 12 Depart Trujillo

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

Day at leisure before taking the overnight bus to Arequipa. B Guided tour of the city of Arequipa. B

Day 7 Arequipa/ Colca Canyon

Early bus ride to Colca Canyon and the town of Chivay. BLD

Day 8 Colca Canyon

Early departure to the ‘Cruz del Condor’ site, the best place to admire the Colca Canyon and the Condor’s flight. Transfer back to Arequipa. BL

Day 9 Depart Arequipa

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. BL Why not extend your trip to Cuzco and Lake Titicaca?

Why not travel overland to Ecuador or continue your travels in Peru with a visit to Cuzco?

Gocta Falls Chachapoyas Kuelap Fortress Trujillo Chan Chan

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Peru was unreal; our guide in Cuzco was wonderful, his knowledge and passion for his country was excellent. The local operator was a very organised company, thank you for choosing them. It was a wonderful experience. -Anne & Neil, April 2013

Sunrise over Machu Picchu

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INCA EMPIRE 13 Days/ 12 Nights Lima to La Paz Also operates in reverse Day 1 Lima

Day 7 Cuzco

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Lima

City Tour of Lima including the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, Government Palace, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, continue to the San Francisco Convent, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. The tour continues to Miraflores, the Park of Love, and includes the Larco Herrera Museum. B A rare sighting of a Spectacled Bear captured by Contours’ Director Ted

Day 3 Lima/ Cuzco/ Sacred Valley

Fly to Cuzco. Afternoon at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude. B

Day 4 Sacred Valley

Full day touring Pisac market Ollantaytambo town & ruins. BL

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Day 5 Sacred Valley/ Machu Picchu

Travel by Vistadome train (option to upgrade to Hiram Bingham by Orient Express) to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins. BL

Day 6 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Enjoy a second visit to Machu Picchu at your own pace. Go early to see the dawn rise over the ruins. Return to Cuzco. B

City tour of Cuzco and nearby ruins including the Santo Domingo Convent, Main Square, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, the archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. B

Day 8 Cuzco

Free day to explore the city. Option to visit a Community Project. B

Day 9 Cuzco/ Puno

Travel by bus across the vast altiplano to Puno. BL (Option to travel by Andean Explorer train.)

Day 10 Puno

Full day exploring Lake Titicaca with a visit to the Uros reed floating Island and Taquile Island. BL

Day 11 Puno/ Sun Island/ La Paz

Travel by bus and sail across Lake Titicaca by catamaran to La Paz with a visit to Sun Island on the way. BL Option to overnight on Sun Is.

Day 12 La Paz

Tour of La Paz, including the Valley of the Moon and the Witches’ Market. B

Day 13 Depart La Paz

Transfer to the airport. B

Options for this tour include: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, upgrading to the Andean Explorer by Orient Express from Cuzco to Puno, overnighting on Sun Island, visit the Amazon and much more.

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Please ask our expert consultants about upgrades to the Heritage Trail deluxe package including luxury properties such as Rio Sagrado, Machu Picchu Pueblo and Cuzco’s Monasterio.

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HERITAGE TRAIL 13 Days/ 12 Nights

This unique itinerary has been designed to allow you the ultimate experience of this timeless valley. Explore the ancient villages, Andean landscapes and indigenous cultures of the Urubamba Valley the same way the Inca’s did- on foot.

Day 1 Cuzco/ Pisac

Met on arrival in Cuzco. Travel to Pisac in the Sacred Valley, via the weaving village of Awanakancha. Relax & adjust to the altitude. L

Day 2 Pisac/ Yucay

Visit the Pisac Ruins early this morning and walk back to the village via trails crossing ancient terraces. Visit Pisac Market and enjoy lunch before you travel to Yucay. BL

Day 3 Yucay

Take a short hike along the valley floor through terraced farmlands, once the extensive property of Inca Huayna Capac, with a picnic lunch included. Afternoon at leisure. BL

Day 4 Yucay/ Maras/ Ollantaytambo

Your great day starts with a drive out of the valley to the Chinchero high plains offering great views of the snow-capped Andes. Visit the terraced rings of Moray, then take a relaxed downhill walk to the salt terraces of Maras. Enjoy a picnic lunch before descending to the Urubamba River. BL

Day 5 Ollantaytambo

Guided visit to the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Afternoon at leisure to explore this charming village; don’t miss the plaza full of local vendors in traditional dress. B

Day 6 Ollantaytambo/ Cachiccata

This morning’s walk is to Cachiccata, the quarry that supplied the stonework for Ollantaytambo fortress. See if you can spot the pyramid of Pacaritanpu! Lunch is at Heart’s Café, one of the community projects that we support. BL

Day 7 Patacancha Valley & Huilloc

Early departure by road into Patacancha Valley, passing some of the best examples of Incan terrace farming, and arriving at Huilloc (3,600m). The women of the village are renowned as fine weavers; many of the Huilloc men work as porters on the Inca Trail. Stop at the Punamarca ruins on the return for a short walk and a picnic lunch. BL

Day 8 Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu

Board your early morning train to the trailhead at Km. 104, where you begin your beautiful trek to Machu Picchu. Arrive at Wiñay Wayna, marvel at the engineering and royal Inca bath high above the valley floor. BLD After lunch, continue to the Sun Gate where you can look upon the ancient citadel just as the Inca’s did 500 years ago. Walk down through the ruins at your leisure, enjoying the spectacular views. BLD

Machu Picchu Pueblo Km 104 Mt Veronica Km Inca Trail 82 Chillca Q’ente Wiñay Wayna Pumamaraca

Day 9 Machu Picchu

Return to the ruins early this morning to watch dawn break and the mist rise over Machu Picchu - a truly unforgettable sight. Enjoy a guided tour today. Afterwards free time to explore the ruins on your own. Ask us about the optional hike to Huayna Picchu which must be pre-booked. BLD

Day 10 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Mid morning return to Cuzco. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Cuzco. B

Day 11 Cuzco

Enjoy a tour of Cuzco exploring by car and on foot. Also visit the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Tambomachay. B

Day 12 Cuzco

Free day to relax and further discover this amazing city, consider an optional tour to one of our Community Project partners. B

Day 13 Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport. Extend your stay with a tour in the Amazon Jungle, Colca Canyon, Arequipa or travel to Lake Titicaca. B

Machu Picchu

Mt. Salcantay

The Sacred Valley Huilloc

Ollantaytambo Rio Urubamba Urubamba Cachiqata Salt Moray Pans

Maras travel by road travel by train travel on foot Contents of maps are not to scale

Calca Lamay

Yucay Chinchero

Tambomachay Anta Sacsayhuaman Poroy Cuzco

Qenko

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Peru

Inca Trails

Explore the different trails used by the Incas and discover beautiful landscapes, charming Andean communities, Inca ruins and incredible Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. In recent years, the trail has been diversifying, and it now offers options for all abilities and budgets. Many Inca trails are available for exploration, and vary from 1 day trekking, to 4 days camping and even 10 days overnighting at comfortable lodges along the way. All trekking packages include first-hand knowledge from a licensed, English speaking, local guide. As well as premium camping equipment, duffel bags, fresh quality meals prepared daily, well-paid and well-trained porters, relevant permits and ground transportation.

Machu Picchu Pueblo Mt Veronica Km 104 Lares Trail Patacancha Km Km 82 Chillca 88 Wiñay Q’ente Huilloc Wayna Pumamaraca Ollantaytambo Inca Trail Lucma Cachiqata Lodge Quarry Trail Colpa Mt. Salcantay Moray Lodge

Machu Picchu

Wayra Lodge Salcantay Lodge

Other trekking options include the Choquequirao, Lares and Salkantay trails. Please contact Contours Travel for more details, or visit our website.

Soraypampa Choquequirau

INCA TRAIL DISCOVERY

Mollepata

7 Days/ 6 Nights Departs Saturdays and Tuesdays

Day 1 Cuzco

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Cuzco/ Inca Trail – Llaqtapata

Depart through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the trailhead; trek to your camp near the terraces of Llaqtapata. (5-6hrs, 11km) BLD

Day 3 Llulluchapampa

Continue up the Cusichaca Valley walking into the Andean community of Huayllabamba. The trail ascends steeply to a large Pampa below the 1st pass. (6hrs, 9km) BLD

Day 4 Phuyupatamarca

A steady walk up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m affords a magnificent view of our ascent. We descend to Pacaymayo then trek up to the ruins of Runkuraqay and the 2nd pass. From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca, passing a dry lake - a beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley. Continuing along the trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (the village on the edge of the clouds). (8hrs, 14km) BLD

Day 5 Machu Picchu

Hike to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Continue to Machu Picchu, arriving through the Sun Gate in the afternoon. (5-6hrs, 11km) BLD

Day 6 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Return to the ruins early this morning for a guided tour before returning to Cuzco. B

INCA TRAIL EXPRESS

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL

4 Days/ 3 Nights Departs daily

6 Days/ 5 Nights Departs daily

Day 1 Cuzco

Day 1 Cuzco

Day 2 Cuzco/ Machu Picchu

Day 2 Cuzco/ Huayllabamba

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Travel by bus and train to your trailhead at Km 104. Hike the last section of the Inca Trail, arriving into Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate this afternoon. (6-7 hours) BL

Day 3 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Return to the ruins this morning for a guided tour before returning to Cuzco. B

Day 4 Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport or extend your trip to Lake Titicaca. B

TAKE NOTE

recommend arriving in Cuzco or  We the Sacred Valley at least 2 nights prior to your trek to acclimatise.

 Inca Trail is closed in February. 500 Inca Trail permits per day  Only are sold worldwide, so please book early!

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Travel to Piscacucho, the starting point for the trek. Hike to Huayllabamba where you set up camp. (5-6hrs, 12km) BLD

Day 3 Huayllabamba/ Pacaymayo

Trek to the 4,200m Warmiwañusca pass, before descending to your campsite in Pacaymayo. (6-7hrs, 11km) BLD

Day 4 Pacaymayo/ Wiñay Wayna

Hike to the 3,900m Runkuracay pass before descending to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue to Wiñay Wayna, your last campsite. (8hrs, 16km) BLD

Day 5 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Early morning hike to the Sun Gate for a spectacular panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Descend to the ruins. Return to Cuzco. (2hrs, 4km) B

Day 6 Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport or visit Arequipa & Colca Canyon. B

Day 7 Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport or extend your stay in the Amazon Jungle. B

Ollantaytambo

Chilca Km 77

to Cuzco

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Warmiwañusqa Pass Runkuraqay Pass Sayaqmarca 3950m 4200m Conchamarca Llulluchapampa Phuyupatamarca Runkuraqay 3600m 3580m Machu Picchu Yuncanchimpa 2430m Intipata Km 82 Chaquicocha Pacaymayo Huayllabamba Inti Punku 2600m 3530m Wiñay Wayna Llaqtapata Km 88 2650m Km 104 2100m

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Machu Picchu Pueblo


Peru

Firstly we all want to thank you for your professional yet personal touches to our Peru itinerary. We all agree that we would not change one thing on our itinerary. P.S. Pisco Sour is our new favourite drink!! -Walters Family, May 2012

Lares

The Sacred Valley

Road Train Trail Contents of maps are not to scale

Rio Urubamba Salt Pans

Urubamba Yucay

Calca

Maras

Lamay Chinchero Pisac

Anta

Tambomachay Sacsayhuaman Poroy

Awanacancha

Qenko Cuzco

Tipon to PUNO

INCA TRAIL LODGE TO LODGE A great adventure that doesn’t compromise comfort! 9 Days/ 8 Nights Daily Departures

Day 1 Cuzco

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Evening briefing.

Day 2 Cuzco/ Salkantay Lodge

Travel to Marcoccasa where you start your trek to Soraypampa, along the “Camino Real”. (6 hours) BLD

Day 3 Salkantay Lodge

Optional hike to Lake Humantay, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. (4 hours) BLD

Day 4 Salkantay Lodge/ Wayra Lodge

Hike up the Rio Blanco valley to the Salkantay Pass at 4,638m. Continue to Wayra Lodge. (6-8 hours) BLD

Day 5 Wayra Lodge/ Colpa Lodge

Continue your descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River to Colpa Lodge. (3-4 hours) BLD

Day 6 Colpa Lodge/ Lucma Lodge

Hike along the Santa Teresa river valley then transfer to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”. Make your way to Lucma Lodge. (5-6 hours) BLD

Day 7 Lucma Lodge

Trek uphill towards Llactapata Pass before beginning your final descent to the Aobamba River. Take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. BLD

Day 8 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco

Head to the ruins early this morning for a guided tour. Return to Cuzco this afternoon. B

Day 9 Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Machu Picchu, or visit the Amazon Jungle, Nazca Lines or Lake Titicaca. B

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Amazon of Peru

We offer trips to cater for a wide range of budgets. You can find up-to-date prices on our website. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your travel plans.

HACIENDA CONCEPCION

RESERVA AMAZONICA

POSADA AMAZONAS

Puerto Maldonado 2 and 3 Night packages Departs daily

2 and 3 Night packages Departs daily

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado 2 to 4 Night packages Departs daily

The newest Inkaterra property sits on the shores of a private lake and is just 20 mins. downriver from Puerto Maldonado. Guests enjoy rustic chic design, private facilities with hot water and a varied menu. A wide range of land and river excursions for all ages and abilities are offered.

The lodge is just 45 minutes from Puerto Maldonado & offers the best tourist infrastructure in the region, combining comfort with adventure. Choose from a range of daily a la carte excursions exploring the surrounding private ecological reserve.

This simple but comfortable lodge is located about 2 hours from Puerto Maldonado. Rooms have private facilities with hot water. Activities include guided forest walks with native guides, bird watching and Ayahuasca ceremonies. Ask us about sister properties Refugio Amazonas and Tambopata Research Centre located deeper in the Amazon rainforest.

MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE

HEATH RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE

Offers family, romantic and high-end packages, including the Inkaterra Canopy Tree House on the Madre de Dios River.

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado

5 Days/ 4 Nights Departs Sundays

4 and 5 Night packages. Departs Mondays and Thursdays

For the truly adventurous a trip to the remote Manu Wildlife Centre offers one of the most intense Amazon experiences in Peru. Delve deeper into the forest and spend a few nights at the Manu Tented Camp for the ultimate jungle trip!

A 5 hour boat ride from Puerto Maldonado, the Wildlife Centre is located close to the Bolivian border & boasts one of the world’s largest macaw clay licks. Programs can be combined with the Sandoval Lake Lodge or Cock of the Rock Lodge for a comprehensive Amazon experience.

EXPLORAMA LODGES Iquitos

2 and 3 Night packages Departs daily

Located 2.5 hours from Iquitos, Explorama offers 40 rustic rooms with private facilities and a variety of adventures including the Seven Bridges Trail & the Canopy Walkway. Combine with ExplorNapo Lodge to get deeper into the jungle or the Ceiba C Tops OLOMB Lodge for a superior option.

More lodges available including Sandoval Lake Lodge, Cock of the Rock Lodge and Explorers Inn. Also, longer packages available at each lodge. Please give us a call, go to our website or visit the Amazon Cruises section pages 35-37. Manu River Wildlife Tented Camp Manu National Park Alto Madre de Dios River

Cock of the Rock Lodge

Tres Cruces

Cuzco

Boca Manu

Rio Napo Manu Wildlife Centre

Madre de Dios River

PERU

Libertadour Tambopata Lodge

Puerto Maldonado

Sandoval Lake Hacienda Concepcion Heath River Sandoval Lake Lodge Wildlife Center Posada Amazonas Lodge Explorers Inn

Malinowski River

Tambopata Research Centre Tambopata River

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Reserva Amazonica

BOLIVIA

Tambopata Reserve Heath River

Madidi National Park

ExplorNapo Lodge

Explorama Lodge Iquitos

Rio Amazonas Ceiba Tops

Rio MaraĂąon Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

PERU Rio Pacaya

BRAZIL

Amazon Cruises, see pages 35-37


CONTOURS TRAVEL

Stays of Distinction

Some properties are remarkable destinations in their own right. They are places that deserve a few days stay to enjoy spectacular settings, unsurpassed service and a touch of luxury. Whether you choose to create an itinerary around the continent’s best hotels, or splash out for one special night, we’ve got a great range of choices for you.

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Stays of Distinction

EXPLORA RAPA NUI

EXPLORA PATAGONIA

MONTAÑA MAGICA

All 30 rooms offer ocean views in this classic Explora property. Local seafood and sweet potato add a local flavour to the international menu. (Easter Island, Chile)

Located in the centre of Torres del Paine National Park, Hotel Salto Chico offers stunning views and world class accommodation. Choose from a range of excursions to suit every fitness level in their all inclusive packages.

This magical lodge is set in the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve and will excite your imagination with its unusual design. The perfect place to relax in the midst of the Patagonian forest. Include it on your fly/ drive holiday in the Lakes District. (Lakes District, Chile)

(Torres del Paine N.P., Chile)

AWASI ATACAMA

CASA TURQUESA

PALACIO NAZARENAS

With just eight rooms this lodge offers an intimate experience of the Atacama Desert. Escape the heat of the day with a refreshing dip in the hotel pool. By night, enjoy unrivalled star-gazing over a glass of Chilean wine.

This charming boutique hotel has nine beautifully appointed rooms set in a restored colonial house in the heart of Paraty. A tranquil inner patio contains a garden and swimming pool for guest’s to enjoy. (Paraty, Brazil)

The latest Orient Express hotel in Cuzco is the result of years of restoration work. Luxurious suites blend colonial charm with modern luxury. Guests enjoy exclusive use of Cuzco’s first outdoor heated pool. Why not splurge and book the Orient Express Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley and the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu? (Cuzco, Peru)

LAS CASITAS DE COLCA

SOL Y LUNA LODGE

TITILAKA

This luxurious hotel is in the heart of the Colca Canyon. It is one of the world’s deepest & most beautiful canyons. 20 cottages are scattered amongst the hotel grounds offering guests both luxury and privacy. The bathrooms have a glass ceiling so you can stargaze as you soak in the tub! (Colca Canyon, Peru)

Located in the Urubamba Valley, these stunning bungalows are spread between beautifully tended gardens and reflect the Sacred Valley’s cultural heritage in their design and materials. Kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking and cooking classes are just some of the activities on offer. (Sacred Valley, Peru)

Perched on its own private peninsula, and with only 18 lake view rooms, Titilaka offers intimate luxury. Enjoy sunrise and sunset from the overwater deck. Private excursions and delicious Peruvian cuisine complete the experience. (Lake Titicaca, Peru)

(San Pedro de Atacama, Chile)

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Please contact us if you would like to include one or more of these properties in your South America Tour itinerary!

LA MIRAGE

CASA GANGOTENA

FINCH BAY ECO HOTEL

Built on the grounds of a 200 year old hacienda, this contemporary resort features 23 exquisitely decorated rooms, an Andean spa and a host of activities to experience the Ecuadorian countryside. (Cotacachi, Ecuador)

A luxury boutique hotel in Quito’s Plaza San Francisco, Casa Gangotena offers 31 rooms and world class dining. This historic mansion is a showcase of antiques and eye-catching style.

This luxury Eco-hotel offers superb comfort in the fabulous Galapagos Islands. All inclusive programs include daily excursions, snorkelling and all meals. (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador)

GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP

SAZAGUA

SOFITEL CARTAGENA

A new way to see the Galapagos Islands is to stay in a luxury tented camp with panoramic views from your verandah. Safaris combine land and boat excursions to make the most of Galapagos wildlife. (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador)

Set in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region, Sazagua combines a colonial aesthetic with modern luxury. Ten beautiful suites look out over lush tropical gardens. A tour to the local coffee plantations is a must! (Pereira, Colombia)

Originally built as a convent in 1621, the hotel is now a landmark nestled in the heart of Cartagena. Its 122 rooms offer a perfect blend of vintage style and contemporary comfort.

MIO BUENOS AIRES

LA BAMBA DE ARECO

RINCON DEL SOCORRO

Located in the charming Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, Mio combines state of the art technology and daring design. A highlight is the individually carved bathtubs designed by a local artist. (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Relax in one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, located close to San Antonio de Areco in the heart of the Pampa. Experience the countryside with excursions on horseback or mountain bike. (San Antonio de Areco, Argentina)

Built in classic Spanish estancia style, this former cattle ranch is located in the Ibera Marshlands nature reserve. See the region’s flora and fauna on horseback, by bicycle or by boat. (Ibera Marshlands, Argentina)

(Quito, Ecuador)

(Cartagena, Colombia)

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Stays of Distinction

CASA LAPOSTOLLE

LLAO LLAO HOTEL

MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO

Located 150km south of Santiago, this boutique lodge is the perfect place to enjoy nature with sophistication. Four suites, each equipped with private terrace, are nestled into the forested hillside and provide views of the Clos Apalta vineyards. Quality cuisine and fine wine complete this luxury experience.

Enjoy a bit of pampering in the Argentine Lakes District. Surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes, the Hotel has a 15-hectare park, including an 18-hole golf course, a marina, beach, solarium, heated indoor and outdoor vanishing edge swimmingpools, Spa and Healthclub with sauna, Fitness Centre and other leisure activities.

This exquisite hotel is the ideal retreat after a magnificent day touring the Machu Picchu Citadel. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean village style is set in a secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two-storey whitewashed casitas. Exclusive services and amenities include an Andean sauna, orchid and nature trails and the Spectacled Bear Project.

(Santa Cruz, Chile)

(Bariloche, Argentina)

(Aguas Calientes, Peru)

COPACABANA PALACE

MASHPI LODGE

NOMADS OF THE SEA

This glamorous Art Deco hotel on Rio’s Copacabana Beach has been welcoming the rich and famous since it opened its doors in 1923. Owned by the Orient Express group, it features luxury suites, some of the finest restaurants in Rio, an attractive swimming pool and luxury beach service.

The spectacularly located Mashpi Jungle Lodge lies within a private reserve protecting Ecuador’s biodiverse Andean cloud forest. This intimate property accommodates a maximum of 44 guests. The lodge was designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the unique world of its reserve. It combines the highest standards of comfort, service, guiding and cuisine that today’s most discerning travellers expect. (Mindo Cloudforest, Ecuador)

Patagonian adventure takes on a new meaning on this state-of-the-art cruise. Guests enjoy the unique opportunity of exploring Patagonia by air, land and water. Specially designed and built in 2006, the Atmosphere has capacity for 28 passengers. On board you will enjoy superb cuisine and Chilean wines. The vessel is equipped with jet boats, kayaks, zodiacs, rafts…and a Bell 407 helicopter to transport guests for land excursions. (Patagonia, Chile)

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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CONTOURS TRAVEL

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Alan Jordan 1953 - 2013

Taken by Alan in the Galapagos Islands, April 2010

The Prayer Tree Let us live in such a way That when we die Our love will survive And continue to grow - Michael Leunig

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Brazil

Rio de Janeiro optional day tours Visit the Sambadrome, Tour Santa Teresa, Favela Tour, Helicopter, Angra dos Reis cruise, Tropical Islands Cruise, Hike the Sugarloaf, Hike Tijuca, Visit Maracana soccer stadium, Tour of the Cathedral & Museums.

Blame it on Rio

Capital City: Brasilia Language: Portuguese Population: 200 million Visa: Visa is required; you need to apply before departure. Famous For: Rio de Janeiro, Carnival, Soccer, Copacabana, Foz do Iguaçu, Amazon Jungle, Samba, the “Girl from Ipanema” & caipirinhas. Phrases to learn: Tudo bem? - Everything good? (Used as a greeting) Obrigado - Thanks Fique tranquilo - Don't worry (It has a very calming effect) Onde esta a praia? - Where is the beach?

VENEZUELA

GUYANA

SURINAME

Bonfim

COLOMBIA

Highlights of Brazil

FRENCH GUIANA

Boa Vista Rio Negro

Tabatinga

Tefe

Rio Amazonas

Santarem

Fortaleza

Rio Solimoes 5

Natal Recife

BRAZIL

Maceio

Alta Floresta

PERÚ

Cuiaba BOLIVIA

CHILE

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Granite mountains, white-sand beaches and lush rainforest combine to create one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Stroll along lively Copacabana beach, admire panoramic views of the city from Corcovado Mountain, and ride the cable car to Sugarloaf.

Fernando de Noronha

Belem

Manaus

1. Rio de Janeiro

Ilha de Marajo

Brasilia

Pantanal

PARAGUAY

Salvador (Bahia)

Belo Horizonte

Ouro Preto Campo Grande Bonito 1 Buzios Paraty Sao Paulo Rio de Janeiro 2

Foz do Iguaçu

Curitiba

Florianopolis Porto Alegre

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URUGUAY

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2. Foz do Iguaçu

The Brazilian side of the falls boasts the best panoramic views of majestic Iguaçu. Surrounded by tropical forest it offers great birding opportunities.

3. Pantanal

For wildlife enthusiasts, a trip to the world’s largest wetland region is hard to beat. See Blue Hyacinth macaw, Giant anteater, Armadillo, toucan and more with a stay in a traditional fazenda.

4. Beaches

Brazil boasts more than 7,000km of coastlineand some of the best beaches in South America! With surfing hotspots, ultra-chic resorts and pristine islands, you will be sure to find the right beach for you.

5. Amazon Region

Fly to Manaus to join a cruise on the mighty Amazon River or head out to one of the many lodges in the region. See the famous Meeting Atlantic Oceanthe Rio Negro and Rio of the Waters where Solimoes converge.


Brazil

The guides were very good & certainly knew their facts. The Amazon is very much a Bird Watchers paradise. Fished for & ate Piranha, swam in the Rio Negro & saw lots of pink dolphins, caimans, sloth, monkeys & tarantulas. -Diane & Murray, September 2009

Bahia

Bonito

RIO & FOZ DO IGUAÇU

COLONIAL BRAZIL

SALVADOR & BEACHES

6 Days/ 5 Nights

7 Days/ 6 Nights

7 Days/ 6 Nights

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Day 1 Salvador

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 Salvador de Bahia

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Full day city tour including Christ the Redeemer and cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain for a 360 degree view of Rio and its famous beaches. Brazilian BBQ lunch included. BL

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro Day at leisure. B

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro/ Foz do Iguaçu

Fly to Foz do Iguaçu. Afternoon tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. B

Day 5 Iguazu Falls

Full day tour of the Argentine side of the Falls including the Devil’s Throat balcony. B

Day 6 Depart Foz do Iguaçu

Transfer to the airport or why not extend your stay in Brazil with a visit to the Pantanal?

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Full day city tour including Christ the Redeemer and cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain. Brazilian BBQ lunch included. BL

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro/ Paraty

Travel south along the green coast to colonial Paraty, one of Brazil’s most appealing and exquisitely preserved historical gems. B

Days 4- 5 Paraty

Days at leisure to explore the town’s irregular cobblestone streets. Step back in time strolling this National Historic Site, or enjoy the beach and hinterland. B

Day 6 Paraty/ Rio de Janeiro

Return to Rio today and day at leisure. B

Day 7 Depart Rio de Janeiro

Foz do Iguaçu

Salvador is the centre of Afro-Brazilian culture and one of the country’s most colourful and fascinating cities. Half day tour of Pelourinho, the UNESCO listed historic centre. B

Day 3 Salvador de Bahia

Day at leisure. This evening you’ll see one of the best folklore dance groups of the region at Miguel Sanata Theatre. B

Day 4 Salvador/ Morro de Sao Paulo

Transfer to the dock for the catamaran to Morro de Sao Paulo, an idyllic village on the tip of Tinhare Island. Enjoy a walking tour of the town with the afternoon at leisure. B

Days 5- 6 Morro de Sao Paulo

At leisure to relax and explore. B, B

Transfer to the airport or ask us about extensions to Foz do Iguaçu, the Amazon or Ouro Preto. B

Day 7 Morro de Sao Paulo/ Salvador

If the colonial city of Paraty isn’t for you, consider traveling north from Rio to the ultrachic beach resort village of Buzios.

Other beach options include Recife/ Olinda, Fortaleza, Maceio or the island paradise of Fernando de Noronha for great diving.

BRAZIL

BRAZIL Paraty

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro

Paraty Sao Paulo

Take the catamaran back to Salvador; transfer to the airport for your onwards flight. B

BRAZIL

Buzios

Salvador (Bahia)

Rio de Janeiro Morro de Sao Paulo

RIO CARNIVAL 2014: Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2015: Feb 13 - 17, 2016: Feb 5 - 9, 2017: Feb 24 - 28, 2018: Feb 9 - 13 Although Carnival is celebrated throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World. Experience the exuberant music, dance and cultural events that make this the world’s biggest street party!

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Amazon of Brazil

We offer trips to cater for a wide range of budgets. You can find up-to-date prices on our website. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your travel plans.

ANAVILHANAS JUNGLE LODGE

ECOPARK JUNGLE LODGE

Manaus Minimum stay 3 Days/ 2 Nights

Manaus Minimum stay 3 Days/ 2 Nights

Located 3.5 hours from Manaus, Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge has 20 exclusive suites arranged in cottages and bungalows with air conditioning and private balconies, plus a swimming pool for guests. Choose from a range of activities including jungle hikes, fishing, canoe rides, pink dolphin spotting and visits to local communities.

Located about one hour from Manaus on the Taruma River and accessible by road and river. The lodge offers 64 rooms spread among 20 wooden bungalows, all equipped with air conditioning, plus a pool and private river beach. Tour options include fishing trips, Meeting of the Waters, night canoe trips and jungle walks.

CRISTALINO JUNGLE LODGE

CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE

Alta Floresta Minimum stay 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Located in the Southern Amazon about two hours from Alta Floresta Airport, the lodge places an emphasis on sustainable tourism practices. Guests enjoy chic accommodation, spacious common areas and a floating river deck. The lodge offers programs for all nature lovers, including bird-watching, family groups and photography.

Pantanal 4 Days/ 3 Nights departs Thursdays 5 Days/ 4 Nights departs Sundays

This working cattle ranch is located 4 hours from Campo Grande Airport, in Pantanal. Choose from luxury suites or standard accommodation with air-conditioning and private facilities. Enjoy cosy common areas, fabulous home-style meals and a swimming pool. Activities include photo safaris, trail walking and canoe rides. Why not extend your trip with a visit to Bonito?

More lodges, cruises and packages available. Please contact us or visit the Amazon section of our website for details.

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We just spotted a jaguar on the river bank! It was amazing... So lucky! Our guide told us he hasn't seen one for 3 years... I'm so stoked! Everyone is! -John, October 2011

Amazon Cruises

Amazon Cruises 1. Peru

Cruises out of Iquitos explore three upper Amazon tributaries running through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the Marañon, Ucayali and Puinahua Rivers. Pacaya Samiria is the world’s largest protected flooded forest and offers great opportunities for spotting pink river dolphins, the three-toed sloth, monkeys, birds and more.

Venezuela Suriname French Guiana

Guyana

Colombia

2. Ecuador

Board your cruise on the Rio Napo, just a 30 minute flight from Quito. Explore the Yasuni National Park, with some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world; truly a birdwatcher’s paradise with almost 600 species in the park alone.

3. Brazil

For passengers wanting to experience the immensity of the Amazon River’s main tributary, a cruise departing from Manaus is the best option. See the famous Meeting of the Waters, the confluence of dark water Rio Negro and the sandy coloured Solimoes River.

Limoncocha Lake Rio Negro Rio Napo Ecuador Coca Rio Solimões Rio Marañón Iquitos Tabatinga

Anavilhanas Archipelago Manaus

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Peru

Belem

Brazil

Rio Ucayali Puerto Maldonado

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Amazon Cruises

M/V AQUA

M/V ARIA

Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos, Peru

3, 4 & 7 Night cruises

3, 4 & 7 Night cruises

The 130 foot M/V Aqua was custom built in 2007 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort. The 24 passenger luxury vessel has 12 guest suites featuring en suite sitting areas and generous outward-facing picture-windows with panoramic Amazon River views.

Completed in 2011, the 147 foot M/V Aria offers superb accommodation for 32 guests plus an outdoor jacuzzi and exercise room. The M/V Aria’s sixteen oversized design suites, feature en suite sitting areas and generous outward-facing picture-windows with panoramic Amazon River views.

7 night cruises explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve and tributaries of the upper Amazon including the Marañon, Ucayali, Yanallpa, Puinahua and Pacaya Rivers.

Meeting of the Waters

On a 7 night cruise you can experience the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañon, the Ucayali, and the Puinahua as well as several hidden black water lakes.

M/V TUCANO

M/V AMAZON CLIPPER PREMIUM

Manaus, Brazil

Manaus, Brazil

4 & 7 Night cruises

2, 3 & 5 Night cruises

Accommodating a maximum of 18 passengers, the Motor Yacht Tucano is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. This is not a luxury cruise, but rather a base for an exhilarating Amazon adventure. The riverboat features a large outdoor deck, air conditioned salon and beautiful woodwork throughout. The 7 night voyage explores some of the most untouched rainforest in the Amazon, venturing up the Rio Negro channels. Visit the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, Anavilhanas Archipelago and the northernmost point of the cruise, the Rio Jauaperi.

The luxury riverboat M/V Amazon Clipper Premium hosts 32 guests in 16 spacious outside cabins, with lower beds and private facilities en suite. Common areas include an air conditioned dining room, sundeck with 360° panoramic views, lecture room with library, jacuzzi and outdoor showers for refreshing and relaxing. Five night cruises explore the Amazon and Rio Negro, including the Lago Janauari Ecological Park and Anavilhanas Archipelago.

Daily activities include: piranha fishing, visit to Pedro Miguel community, guided jungle walks, night excursions, kayaking, visit to the clay licks, caiman spotting, canoe trips and Meeting of the Waters in Brazil.

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M/V DELFIN I & II

MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER

Iquitos, Peru

Coca, Ecuador

3 & 4 Night cruises

3, 4 & 7 Night cruises

The newly refurbished Delfin I accommodates 8 passengers in four suites, all with private terraces and two with private whirlpool baths. The Delfin II sleeps 28 guests. Both vessels offer modern luxury while cruising the Amazon.

The Manatee Explorer has accommodation for 30 guests across three decks; all with air conditioning and private facilities. Social areas include interior and exterior dining areas, sun deck, library and computer lounge with internet access.

Cruises explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and include the Ucayali, Puinahua, Pacaya or Mara単on Rivers depending on your chosen cruise length.

Seven night itineraries explore magical flooded forests at the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, untamed wild within the Yasuni National Park, and the quiet waters of Limoncocha Lagoon.

Activities include Manatee Rescue Centre.

M/V DESAFIO

Activities include canopy observation tower, Butterfly House and glamping (glamorous camping!) optional.

M/V ANAKONDA

Manaus, Brazil

Coca, Ecuador

3 & 6 Night cruises

3, 4 & 7 Night cruises

This newly refurbished wooden-hulled schooner features 12 cabins divided between the upper and lower decks and sleeps 24 passengers.

The newly built M/V Anakonda is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon and accommodates 40 guests in 18 suites. Common areas include dining room, bar, observation deck with jacuzzi, and the al fresco lounge. Seven night itineraries explore flooded forests at the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, untamed wild within the Yasuni National Park, and the quiet waters of Limoncocha Lagoon.

Common areas include an air conditioned restaurant with panoramic windows and an outdoor sundeck with bar. Six night cruises will take you to Anavilhanas, the largest river archipelago in the world with over 400 islands. You will also visit the Jau National Park, containing the largest protected tropical rainforest in the world.

Activities include Amazonian Water Museum, Archaeological & Ethnographic Museum and glamping (glamorous camping!) optional.

See page 30 for map of Peruvian Amazon Cruises.

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Quito Optional Day Tours Cable car for great views of the city from the Andes, Middle of the World Park, Company of Jesus Church, Otavalo Market, Quilotoa Crater, Cotopaxi National Park.

Land of Diversity

Capital City: Quito Language: Spanish Population: 14 million Visa: No visa is required; however you must hold a valid passport & a return ticket or onward travel arrangements. Famous For: Galapagos Islands, Middle of the World monument, roses, “Panama” hats, train across the Andes & its great diversity. Phrases to learn: Bacan or Chevere - Cool Farra - Party Pana - Friend Cuy - Guinea Pig

Highlights of Ecuador 1. Quito

A colonial gem, UNESCO Heritage listed Quito is filled with fascinating museums, contemporary galleries and stunning boutique hotels. “Must see” day trips include the Middle of the World and Otavalo Market.

2. Galapagos Islands

A highlight of any trip to South America! Unique wildlife and spectacular volcanic landscapes; a ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’.

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Galapagos Travel overland from Islands Quito to Cuenca, stopping at colonial haciendas, visiting markets and national parks along the Andes or catching a newly restored train! Hike along the Avenue of the Volcanos with our exclusive Camino de las Haciendas tour.

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What a fabulous trip we had! There were a few times that I just had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to travel to such a spectacular destination. -Leopold, December 2010

CAMINO DE LAS HACIENDAS 8 Days/ 7 Nights

17 Days/ 16 Nights

Day 1 Quito

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Otavalo Market

Full day tour to Ecuador’s famous market. BL

Day 3 Quito

Half day city tour of colonial Quito including the Middle of the World monument. B

Day 4 Galapagos Islands

Step back in time and experience first-hand authentic Andean life with a touch of luxury. Hike along Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanos, meet friendly communities along the way and overnight in lovingly restored historic haciendas.

Day 1 Quito

Day 2 Quito

Days 5 & 6 Galapagos Islands

Day 3 Quito/ Sierra Alisos

Day 2 Quito

Walking tour of colonial Quito. B

Day 7 Quito

Disembark and fly back to Quito. B

Day 8 Amazon Jungle

Day 4 Sierra Alisos/ La Alegria

Days 9 & 10 Amazon Lodge

Daily excursions include canopy walking, macaw clay lick on the river bank, jungle trails and night canoe rides for caiman spotting. BLD

Day 11 Quito

Return to Coca and fly to Quito. BL

Day 12 Quito

Day at leisure. B

Set off for the 3,300m pass and then descend through beautiful farmland. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route to Hacienda La Alegria (2,950m). (4-5 hours walking) BLD

Day 5 La Alegria/ Hosteria La Estacion

Ascend along the northern base of Mt. Corazon (3,250m). Enjoy lunch with views of Pasochoa and Sincholahua. Descend to Hosteria La Estacion. (4-5 hours walking) BLD

Day 6 Hosteria La Estacion/ Umbria

Day 13 Hacienda Umbria

Travel to Hacienda Umbria in the Avenue of Volcanos. Enjoy a cooking class. BLD

Day 14 Riobamba

Continue to Riobamba, admiring the views of the Cotopaxi Volcano. BD

Day 15 Devils Nose

Take the train and ride down the Devil’s Nose. Continue to Cuenca via the Ingapirca ruins. BLD

Day 16 Cuenca

Half day city tour of Cuenca. B

Historic train stations and rail coaches have been restored to their former glory to create a very special trip through the Ecuadorian highlands. The highlight is the thrilling descent into the Devil's Nose. Train departs Tuesdays from Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Train to Tambillo, then hike two hours to Sierra Alisos del Campo (3,100m), with views to Cotopaxi Volcano. BLD

Fly over the Andes to Coca. A canoe will take you down river to the Amazon Lodge. BLD

7 Days/ 6 Nights Shared Tour, Fortnightly Departures

Day 1 Quito

Arrival transfer to your hotel.

Flight to the Galapagos Islands to start your 4 Day/ 3 Night cruise. BD Two full days cruising the islands. BLD

HIGHLANDS BY RAIL

Early departure, ascending to 3,600m. Stop for picnic lunch with spectacular views of the Machachi Valley. Descend through cloud forest to Hacienda Umbria. (6-7 hours walking) BLD

Day 7 Umbria/ Papallacta

Transfer to Papallacta; overnight at the thermal hot springs. BD

Day 8 Depart Quito

Transfer to the airport or extend your stay at any of the Haciendas. B

Half day city tour of colonial Quito including the Middle of the World monument. B

Day 3 Quito – Lasso

Board the Tren Crucero and start your adventure. Stop at Cotopaxi National Park for lunch. Overnight at a local hacienda. BLD

Day 4 Lasso – Riobamba

Continue your train journey. Stop at a rose plantation. See the landscape of the Chimborazo volcano. Overnight at Hosteria Abraspungo. BLD

Day 5 Riobamba – Bucay

Travel today with a steam locomotive. Visit the Balbanera church before stopping at an indigenous market. This afternoon travel the series of switchbacks known as the Devil’s Nose. Overnight at a local hacienda. BLD

Day 6 Bucay – Duran – Guayaquil

Walk through the cloud forest and visit to the Shuar community. After lunch board the train to Duran. Transfer to Guayaquil. BL

Day 7 Depart Guayaquil

Transfer to the airport or extend your adventure with a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. B Train does not run Mar-May or Sep-Nov.

Day 17 Cuenca

Transfer to the airport for your flight. B

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Amazon of Ecuador KAPAWI

SACHA LODGE

Achuar Territory

Rio Napo, Coca

3 & 4 Night packages

3 & 4 Night packages

Accessible only by air, Kapawi is located in the most remote and pristine part of the Ecuadorian Amazon in Achuar indigenous territory. Kapawi Ecolodge was created according to Achuar designs and built by local craftsmen; each cabin contains private facilities with solar-powered hot water. All activities at the lodge are accompanied by a native Achuar and professional naturalist guide.

Located 80km downriver from Coca and within its own private 5,000 acre reserve, Sacha Lodge is constructed from traditional materials and contains 26 cabins all with private facilities and hot water. Enjoy cooling dips in Pilchicocha Lake and exclusive attractions such as The Canopy Walk, Kapok Tower and Butterfly House.

LA SELVA ECOLODGE

NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE

Rio Napo, Coca

Yasuni National Park

3 or 4 Night packages Departs daily

3 or 4 Night packages Departs daily except Sundays

La Selva Ecolodge reopened in mid-2012 after extensive remodelling and now has accommodations for 50 guests. The lodge is located on Lake Garzacocha, about 2.5 hours downriver from Coca. New facilities include eco-suites, a 35m observation tower and an organic restaurant. In addition to jungle activities, night walks and canoe trips, La Selva offers massage therapy and yoga retreats.

A luxury ecolodge located within Yasuni National Park, about two hours from Coca. The lodge was built by the Anangu Quichua Community and contains 16 luxury cabanas all with lake and forest view. Activities include canoe trips, jungle walks and community visits with your local guide. An observation tower offers views of the Andes on a clear day!

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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Papallacta

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Coca

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Yachana Lodge Tena

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Galapagos Islands Season: Can be visited all year round. December to May is warm & wet & June to December is cool & dry. Fact: The Galapagos Islands comprise 18 main islands & 3 smaller islands. Highlights: Galapagos was declared the 1st World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978; it has abundant fearless wildlife, the only lizard to swim in the ocean, the Galapagos tortoise which outlives most humans & numerous species of finches which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of ‘The Origin of Species’. Don’t forget: binoculars, sunglasses, bathing suit & a good camera!

Highlights of the Galapagos 1. Bartolome

Famous for Pinnacle Rock, the best known landmark in the Galapagos Islands.

2. Isabela

The largest of all the Galapagos Islands; formed by six volcanos. Home to the highest point in the GalapagosWolf Volcano at 1,707m.

3. North Seymour

One of the richest central islands in terms of birdlife, with a large population of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and gulls.

4. Santa Cruz

Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which offers visitors the best chance of a close up encounter with giant tortoises.

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Santa Maria

A great island for birdwatchers; see the rare red-footed booby, tropic birds, petrels and short eared owls. The southernmost island has a breath taking variety of flora and fauna. Waved Albatross, Giant Tortoise and Red Marine Iguana are highlights.

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Fascinating human history; see the ‘post office’ established by whalers in 1793. Snorkel at Devil’s Crown for a chance to see sting rays, penguins and sea lions.

9. South Plaza Island

This tiny island has one of the biggest sea lion colonies in the archipelago.


My first and primary interest was to travel to the Galapagos. The 7 nights on the boat were wonderful and the naturalist guides we had were incredibly knowledgeable – we couldn’t ask for more. - Phillip & Fiona, August 2013

Galapagos Islands

ISLAND HOPPING

DIVING IN GALAPAGOS

Perfect for those wanting to spend most of their time on land, island hopping itineraries offer a fantastic alternative to traditional cruises. Land-based excursions typically visit different sites than ships, offering a unique Galapagos experience. The itinerary below is a sample only- many different options exist with varying standards of accommodation available.

The Galapagos Islands offer some of the best diving sites in the world where you can experience an immense variety of marine life. Casual divers should look to one of our landbased options and make daily dive trips. Experienced divers (Advanced Open Water required) can opt for one of the fantastic dive/cruise options available. Ask us about more scuba diving options.

6 Days/ 5 Nights Island Hopping Day 1 Charles Darwin Station

Fly to Baltra Island. Transfer to Primicias Ranch to see the Giant Turtles. Continue to the Charles Darwin Station to learn about the turtle breeding program. Overnight in Puerto Ayora. LD

Day 2 Bartolome Island

Speed boat transfer for a full day in Bartolome. See impressive lava formations and the famous Pinnacle Rock. Snorkel with penguins, marine turtles, sea lions and multicoloured fish. BLD

Day 3 Santa Cruz/ Isabela Island

Speed boat transfer to Isabela, home to the largest population of giant turtles, Galapagos penguin, cormorants, Marine and Land Iguanas. Overnight in Isabela Island. BLD

Day 4 Isabela Island

Visit Los Humedales, a zone rich in mangroves, lava tunnels and natural sea water pools where you will see pink flamingo colonies. Speed boat to Concha Perla bay to swim with penguin and sea lions then continue to Tintoreras to see Whitetip Reef sharks and marine turtles. Overnight in Puerto Villamil. BLD

M/V Galapagos Sky Embark Sundays Day 1 Isla Lobos

Fly to San Cristobal Island and board the M/V Galapagos Sky. Cruise to Los Lobos for an introduction to Galapagos sea lions and marine life.

Day 2 Bartolome – 2 dives

Enjoy two dives today plus a land tour for breathtaking panoramic views. Cousins Rocks allows great viewing opportunities of corals, sea horses, Barracuda, Hammerhead sharks and octopus.

Day 3 to 5 Wolf & Darwin – 11 dives

Most experienced divers will agree, Wolf and Darwin are the best diving sites in the Galapagos. See Hammerhead sharks and Bottlenose dolphins, as well as the occasional Tiger shark or Orca. Night dive to see the Red Lipped Batfish.

Day 6 Cabo Marshall – 3 dives

Day 5 Sierra Negra & Chico Volcanos

At Cape Marshall you have the best opportunity to see Manta rays and Mobula rays, Hammerhead sharks, turtles, Whitetip Reef sharks and feeding sea lions. A panga ride offers great photo ops for penguins, Flightless cormorants.

Day 6 Isabela/ Santa Cruz Airport

Isla Pinzon offers encounters with sharks, sea lions, mantas, Eagle rays, Moray eels and tropical fish. Transfer to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos tortoises, and the Charles Darwin Research Centre.

Short drive to Sierra Negra Volcano. Walk for 40 minutes and continue by riding horses, reaching the crater of the volcano. With a little bit of luck, see the sparrow hawk of the Galapagos. Free afternoon. BLD

Day 7 Isla Pinzon - 1 dive

Transfer to the port for a two and a half hour boat trip. Fly back to the mainland. B

Day 8 San Cristobal

Option to extend your trip in mainland Ecuador, why not join an Amazon Cruise or explore Machu Picchu in Peru?

All meals and beverages included.

Late morning departure.

More itineraries available for different islands. Island Hopping can be combined with a cruise itinerary to outer islands.

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Galapagos Cruises

M/V LA PINTA

OCEAN SPRAY CATAMARAN

ISABELA II

48 Passengers

16 Passengers

40 Passengers

Ultimate luxurious adventure. Amenities include large observation lounge, library, jacuzzi, small gym, glass-bottomed observation boat and kayaks.

Mega-catamaran combines great comfort, speed and top guides. Amenities include a huge sundeck, jacuzzi and kayaks to discover the island’s marine wildlife.

A deluxe yacht offering adventure, safety and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere. A glass bottom boat allows easy underwater viewing; sea kayaks and snorkelling gear are also provided.

CORMORANT

M/V SANTA CRUZ

CACHALOTE

16 Passengers

90 Passengers

16 Passengers

Brand new deluxe catamaran offering private balconies for each stateroom and ample social areas including sun deck and jacuzzi. Kayaks, snorkelling gear and wetsuits available.

Great option for those looking for optimum service and a larger vessel. Amenities include sun deck, jacuzzi, lounge, boutique, reading room and a glass-bottom boat.

A first class schooner rigged boat; all cabins are equipped with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Plenty of space over three decks to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

BELUGA

M/V GALAPAGOS LEGEND

MAJESTIC

16 Passengers

100 Passengers

18 Passengers

This superior first class motor yacht is a fantastic way to cruise in style. Private facilities, air-conditioning throughout and ample deck space will ensure guests comfort.

Offers all the amenities of a larger cruise. Family suites, large social areas, kid’s corner and a pool ensure that families are well catered for.

The deluxe Majestic Motor Yacht is a brand new custom-built boat with huge sundeck, well-appointed cabins and jacuzzi.

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EVOLUTION

GRACE

SILVER GALAPAGOS

32 Passengers

18 Passengers

100 Passengers

A charming expedition yacht with spacious cabins. Meals are served in the dining room or al fresco; relax on the ample sun deck, jacuzzi or bar. Kayaks, wetsuits and snorkelling gear provided.

Iconic yacht named after former owner Princess Grace of Monaco. Enjoy indoor and al fresco dining, sun deck with loungers and jacuzzi and sea kayaks. Kids Club and children’s menu great for families.

The newest in Silverseas’ fleet of ultra-luxury ships. All cabins are ocean-view suites, most feature private balconies – and all offer the personalised services of a professional butler.

ODYSSEY

GRAND ODYSSEY

GALAXY

16 Passengers

16 Passengers

16 Passengers

First class sailing yacht Odyssey has elegant social areas with sun loungers, jacuzzi, internet access and bar. Spacious cabins include windows that can be opened for fresh air.

Grand Odyssey features 8 spacious suites, large sun deck with loungers and two jacuzzis. Kayaks and snorkelling gear provided.

First class motor yacht featuring comfortable cabins all with lower beds. Social areas include dining room, bar & lounge and sun deck.

M/Y CORAL I & II

M/Y AIDA MARIA & EDEN

LETTY, FLAMINGO, ERIC

36 & 20 Passengers

16 Passengers

20 Passengers each

First class yachts offering comfortable and elegant accommodation. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax.

Superior Tourist and First Class yachts offering stylish comfort and value for money. Enjoy upper and lower beds and ample social areas for relaxation on board.

Three identical superior first class motor yachts. Cabins offer either porthole or panoramic view, private bathroom and airconditioning. Relax on the sundeck between excursions.

Please note that short and long itineraries are available on every vessel.

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Colombia

Bogota Optional Day Tours Emerald Museum, Monserrate, Zipaquira Salt Cathedral or Nemocon, Secret Lake of Guatavita, Fernando Botero Museum, Fusagasuga, coffee plantations, orchids & more.

A Coffee Lover’s Dream Capital City: Bogota Language: Spanish Population: 46 million Visa: No visa is required; however you must hold a valid passport, return ticket or onward travel arrangements. Famous For: Coffee, Cartagena de Indias, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, salsa, cumbia & Fernando Botero. Phrases to learn: Guayabo - Hangover Bacano – Cool Parce - Comrade/Friend Rumba - Party Tinto - Coffee

Hi g h li g h ts o f Co lom b ia 1. Colonial Towns

Walk the quiet, cobblestoned colonial towns, such as Villa de Leyva, Antioquia, Popayan, Barichara and Raquira. Enjoy the enchantment of traditional markets surrounded by locals in traditional costumes, or go for a hike at the Iguaque National Park.

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This walled colonial city on the Caribbean coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an architectural gem. Beat the heat with an escape to nearby Playa Blanca.

Pacific3. Bogota A cosmopolitan metropolis with splendid museums, Oceanbustling markets and scintillating nightlife. Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, the mesmerising underground mine tunnels.

4. Coffee Triangle

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Coffee Triangle

Pereira Armenia

A region of picturesque towns nestled amongst verdant green hills and acres of coffee. Sample a freshly roasted ‘tinto’ and overnight at historical haciendas.

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San Agustin

Visit the palm fringed beaches of Tayrona National Park, hike to the spectacular ruins of The Lost City and enjoy Colombian cuisine in the cosmopolitan city of Santa Marta.

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Colombia was a complete surprise, by the end I didn’t want to leave! My favourite was the Coffee area, learning the whole process of coffee making and getting to sample every type. Andrea P, December 2012

BEST OF COLOMBIA

COLOMBIA AT A GLANCE

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Day 1 Bogota

Day 1 Bogota

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Arrive in Bogota and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Bogota

Day 2 Bogota

Half day city tour of Bogota. Cable ride to Monserrate lookout for views over the city. B

Day 3 Villa de Leyva

Visit the Salt Cathedral, built underground in a salt mine. Continue to colonial Villa de Leyva for lunch & overnight. BL

Day 4 Villa de Leyva/ Bogota

Return to Bogota via Raquira, renowned as having the best pottery in Colombia. B

Day 5 Bogota/ Pereira Flight to Pereira. B

Day 6 Pereira/ Salento

City tour of Filandia; continue to Cocora Valley Natural Reserve for trekking or horseback riding. After lunch, transfer to Salento, the oldest town in the region, and visit a traditional handcraft factory. BL

Day 7 Salento/Manizales

Transfer to Hacienda Venecia. Learn about the traditional production of Colombian Coffee. After lunch, visit the Botanical Garden and Butterfly House. BL

Day 8 Manizales/ Cartagena Fly to Cartagena. B

Half day city tour, visit La Candelaria, Capilla del Sagrario, Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. Cable ride to the sanctuary of Monserrate outlook for views of the city and the Andes mountain range. B

Day 3 Cartagena

Flight to Cartagena. B

Day 4 Cartagena

City tour of Cartagena de Indias, visit the colonial district, Parque Bolivar, Museo del Oro, the Palace of the Inquisition, Santo Domingo church, the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. B

Day 5 Cartagena

Free day to explore Cartagena on your own. Optional boat trip to Rosario Islands, one of the most important coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast. Opportunity to swim and snorkel. B

Day 6 Cartagena

Day at leisure. Enjoy this city of romance, stroll through cobbled alleys, where enormous balconies shrouded in bougainvillea cast their shadows across leafy colonial plazas. B

Day 7 Cartagena

Day 9 Cartagena

Half day walking tour of the Old City centre. B

Depart Cartagena. Why not continue your trip to the Caribbean, or fly to Panama City and visit the famous Panama Canal? B

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Day 10 Cartagena

Day at leisure. Afternoon sunset tour of the San Felipe fortress. Twilight walking tour and dinner in the Old City. BD

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Day 11 Cartagena

Depart Cartagena. Why not continue your trip in Colombia, or move on to Ecuador or Panama? Cartagena

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Venezuela Secret Wonder Angel Falls

BEST OF VENEZUELA 11 Days/ 10 Nights Day 1 Caracas/ Maturin

Arrive Caracas and connect to Maturin; transfer to a ranch.

Day 2 Maturin/ Orinoco Delta

Boat to the Orinoco Delta for afternoon tours with native guide. BLD

Highlights of Venezuela 1. Merida

Great opportunities for outdoor adventurers: trekking, mountain biking, white-water rafting and paragliding is at one’s fingertips.

2. Angel Falls

Day 3 Orinoco Delta/ Ciudad Bolivar

With a drop of nearly 1km, the world’s highest waterfall is rivalled only by its spectacular surroundings.

Day 4 Ciudad Bolivar/ Canaima

3. Orinoco Delta

Fly to Canaima and then boat to the spectacular Angel Falls. Overnight at rustic camp. BLD

This vast river delta offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Explore the labyrinthine waterways with native Warao Indian guides.

Day 5 Cainama National Park

4. Los Roques

Morning jungle walk. Transfer to Ciudad Bolivar. BL

Full day touring the park including Sapo Falls and Canaima Lagoon. BLD

Day 6 Puerto Ordaz/ Merida

This Caribbean archipelago offers powderwhite sand beaches and crystal-clear, turquoise waters.

Fly to Merida. Transfer to your hotel in this Andean town. B

Capital City: Caracas

Day 7 Merida

Language: Spanish

City tour and visit to Jaji village. B

Day 8 Merida/ Los Frailes

Full day tour of the Paramo; drive over the Pico El Aguila pass (4,118m). BL

Day 9 Los Frailes/ Barinas

Drive to Barinas for a photography safari of the Venezuelan plains. BLD

Day 10 Los Llanos

Full day tour with plenty of chances to observe wildlife. BLD

Day 11 Barinas/ Caracas

Population: 29 million Visa: No visa is required; however hold a valid passport & a return ticket on arrival. Famous For: Hugo Chavez, highest amount of Miss Universe winners & the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls.

Fly to Caracas. B

Why not extend your trip to Los Roques?

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Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana THE BEST OF THREE GUIANAS

Highlights of The Guianas

13 Days/ 12 Nights Day 1 Georgetown, Guyana

5. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Arrival transfer to your hotel. D

Board a Cessna and take a flight over one of the world’s most dramatic single drop falls. Pristine rainforest surrounds the 226m falls.

Day 2 Georgetown

Free day. Optional tour Kaieteur Falls. BD

6. Rupununi Savannas, Guyana

Day 3 Georgetown/ Annai Village

7. Paramaribo, Suriname

Day 4 Annai Village/ Surama Village

Africa-like plains scattered with Amerindian villages and a diversity of wildlife.

Fly to Annai; overnight in a lodge in the vast Rupununi savannah. BLD

The UNESCO World Heritage listed capital of Suriname is an exceptional example of European architecture fused with indigenous South American influences.

Travel to Surama. Enjoy a night walk through the forest. BLD

Kaieteur Falls

Day 5 Surama Village

Morning climb Surama Mountain; this afternoon paddle the Burro Burro River. BLD

8. Pristine Wilderness

All three of the Guianas offer unrivalled wildlife viewing and off-the-beaten track jungle adventures. Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America.

Day 6 Surama Village/ Georgetown

Explore the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Fly to Georgetown. BLD

Day 7 Georgetown/ Paramaribo

Morning city tour. Fly to Paramaribo. B

Often overlooked, these rarely travelled gems are one of the most culturally & biologically diverse regions in the continent. These countries’ intriguing populations have descended from African slaves, indigenous people and Indian immigrants combined with French, British and Dutch colonialism. The result is a cultural mixture that has greatly influenced their art, music, cuisine & daily life.

Day 8 Paramaribo

Commewijne River tour with a visit to a cacao plantation. BLD

Day 9 Paramaribo

Visit the historic Jewish settlement of Jodensavanne and Colakreek, a park in the savannah area. BLD

Day 10 Kourou, French Guiana

City tour of St Laurent; continue to Kourou. BLD

Day 11 Kourou

Full day catamaran tour to Iles du Salut, St Joseph and Royale. BL

Day 12 Kourou/ Cayenne

Visit the European Space Centre; continue to Cayenne for a city tour. BLD

Day 13 Cayenne

Depart Cayenne. B

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Angel Falls Canaima

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Antarctica

All Antarctic itineraries are to be used as a guide only and are subject to change to take best advantage of local weather, ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife.

Land of Extremes

Paradise Harbour

Antarctica, one of the last wildernesses, is an ecological wonder that bewitches explorers, scientists and voyagers alike. Most cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula depart from Ushuaia, Argentina. Season: From November to March What to expect: Awe-inspiring landscapes, magnificent icebergs, & unique wild life experiences. Don’t forget: binoculars, sunglasses, trusty thermals & a good camera!

Pacific Ocean

Antarctica Highlights Ushuaia

This bustling port town at the bottom tip of South America is the departure point for most Antarctic cruises.

Antarctic Peninsula

The continent’s northernmost point is just 1,000km from Tierra del Fuego. The pristine coastline, majestic icebergs and remote wilderness of the peninsula form the quintessential Antarctic experience.

Falkland Islands

A remote and beautiful group of islands, with a temperate climate, unbelievably rich in wildlife and very welcoming people. Explore the quaint British town of Port Stanley.

Mt. Fitz Roy Los Glaciares National Park El Calafate Perito Moreno Glacier

Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

Atlantic Ocean

Ushuaia

Cape Horn

South Shetland Islands

South Georgia

The “Galapagos of the Poles” boasts over 30 species of birds (including many types of penguins) and one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

Antarctic Circle

Lemaire Channel

Explore the less frequently visited sites south of the Antarctic Circle and experience the midnight sun.

Antarctic Circle

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South Georgia Island Elephant Island

King George Island


Antarctica

It’s the best and most exciting trip I have ever been on. The landscapes and wildlife are incredible. I will make sure it will not be “a once in a life time trip”. I have to go back. - Lucasz D, March 2012

Below we feature our most popular cruises, with the most frequent departures. You can choose one of them for your Antarctica trip, or contact us for more itineraries.

CLASSIC ANTARCTIC Day 1 Ushuaia

Embark. Sail along the Beagle Channel and Mackinlay Pass. D

Days 2 & 3 Drake Passage

Cross the Antarctic Convergence. BLD

Days 4 - 8 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Spectacular wildlife viewing is a highlight of the South Shetlands; the majestic icebergs and the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula will enthrall. Enjoy at least two landings per day - weather permitting. BLD

ANTARCTIC FLY/ CRUISE Day 1 Punta Arenas

Overnight in Punta Arenas. D

Day 2 King George Island

Fly to King George Island where you will board a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. BLD

Days 3 – 6 Antarctic Peninsula

Discover the flora and fauna on the Antarctic Peninsula with daily Zodiac explorations. BLD

Day 7 King George Island

Days 9 & 10 Drake Passage

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. B

Day 11 Ushuaia

Why not extend your trip to Paine National Park?

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. BLD Disembark Ushuaia; ask us about extension options. B

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Antarctica

I am advising everyone that no matter how good my photos of Antarctica are, I cannot do it justice – Antarctica has to be experienced. Being on a small ship was a definite advantage. Betty & Garry, February 2013

PLANCIUS

AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV

OCEAN NOVA

Accommodates 116 passengers in 53 cabins with private facilities. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge and bar with a full panoramic view. It has large open deck spaces, with full walk-around possibilities, giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 zodiacs, and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation.

This ship was designed for polar research and with extensive upgrades is now modern, comfortable, very spacious and ideal for expedition cruising.

A modern and comfortable vessel, her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

The Plancius is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxury vessel. Our voyages in the Antarctic regions are and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible.

From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. Cruises include activities such as snow shoeing, sea kayaking, back country skiing and hiking - subject to weather.

This program includes return flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and cruising the peninsula on board the Ocean Nova vessel. The ship has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

M/V ORTELIUS

AKADEMIK IOFFE

THE USHUAIA

This ice strengthened vessel is ideal for exploring remote locations, manoeuvring through pack ice, bird watching and Helicopter landings.

Built in 1989, this vessel was designed for polar research originally. Accommodates up to 98 passengers in its modern, comfortable and very spacious rooms. Includes snow shoeing, sea kayaking, back country skiing and hiking - subject to weather.

The ice-strengthened polar vessel Ushuaia is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

Accommodating 106 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces. It is manned by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew and 6 expedition staff Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible.

Imagine finishing a delicious dinner on-board our expedition vessel and then jumping into the Zodiacs for a run ashore with your sleeping bag and bivvy sac. What’s this? Your opportunity to camp in Antarctica!

The Ushuaia has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites.

Prices and Inclusions: We offer cruises to cater for a wide range of budgets. Each vessel featured above offers different itineraries to suit different needs. Every vessel also provides different adventure options. You can find up-to-date prices, departure dates, detailed itineraries and more options in our 58 website. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your travel plans.

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Special Interest Tours Whatever Your Passion May Be! If you would like to combine a particular interest with travel to Latin America, ask our expert consultants about our wonderful Special Interest Tours. Whether you are travelling by yourself, with a partner, a group of friends, family or colleagues, we can design your dream holiday just for you. COMMUNITY PROJECTS

BIRDWATCHING

ARCHAEOLOGY

Visit some of our Community Projects partners and participate in one of their projectsincluding construction and agricultural work, teaching English, micro-finance planning for small businesses and much more. If you wish to commit a day or a month of your time, contact Contours Travel to find a suitable project for you.

South America boasts some of the world’s best bird-watching; Ecuador alone contains over 1,600 species in an area about the size of Victoria. The Tropical Andes, Atlantic Rainforest and Amazon Basin are home to almost one quarter of the world’s bird species. It’s no wonder that birders all over the world call South America ‘the Bird Continent’.

There is much more to South American history than the Incan Empire- from the San Agustin and Tairona Indians in Colombia, to the mysterious Rapa Nui of Easter Island. Peru alone contains enough archaeological wealth to dazzle historians- vestiges of ancient sites and cities of the Chimu, Chachapoyan, Moche and Nazca cultures still remain.

TREKKING & ADVENTURE

AGRICULTURE

TRAIN TOURS

Adventurous spirits should look no further than South America- trek Patagonia, hike the Inca Trail or Choquequirao, kayak Lake Titicaca, trek the Cordillera Blanca or bike the Atacama Desert. Whether you’re a first time hiker or a serious climber, this great continent has something for you.

Interested in agricultural practices? South America offers spectacular scenery and vibrant culture combined with miles of fertile soil, making it one of the most productive continents in the world. Tours of Argentine cattle ranches, Colombian organic coffee cooperatives and Ecuadorian rose plantations are amongst the most popular options.

South America has some of the world’s most iconic train journeys- the Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu, End of the World train in Tierra del Fuego, the Andean Explorer across the Peruvian highlands and the Devil’s Nose in Ecuador. A must for train enthusiasts!

SPANISH LESSONS

SELF-DRIVE HOLIDAYS

DANCING & MUSIC

Learn some Spanish and immerse yourself in the local culture! Just a few classes can have you on your way to meeting local people and enjoying a real cultural exchange. Popular places for language courses include Buenos Aires, Quito, Cuzco and Guatemala.

Hit the road in Argentina’s northwest, explore the scenic loop around the Andean Lakes or drive between Chilean and Argentinian wineries. Design your own itinerary or let us guide you in your travels, exploring at your own pace.

Dance your way through South America! Learn to tango in Buenos Aires or join Rio’s Carnival Samba Parade. Head to the ‘World Capital of Salsa’ in Cali, Colombia or learn a different style in Cuba.

SPORTING EVENTS

PHOTOGRAPHY & PAINTING

WILDLIFE

Whether it’s rugby or polo in Argentina, or ‘the beautiful game’ just about anywhere, sporting enthusiasts have plenty to cheer about in South America.

If photography or painting is your passion, South America is the place to travel to. Amateurs and professionals alike will benefit from dramatic landscapes, colourful local customs and unique wildlife. Keep an eye out for our special fixed departures where you’ll receive expert advice from photographic guides.

Some of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful animals live in South America: Giant ant-eater, Capybaras, Spectacled bears, sloth, Ocelot, Marine iguanas, Pink dolphins and much more. The Amazon Basin, Pantanal, Peninsula Valdes, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica all offer fabulous wildlife spotting opportunities.

ORCHIDS & BROMELIADS

WINE AND DINE & COOKING CLASSES

YOU DECIDE, WE PROVIDE

Orchids are renowned for the structural variation in their flowers and some of the most interesting species are to be found in South America. The Monkey-Face orchid is just one of over 4,000 species found in Ecuador. Bromeliads are endemic to the Americas; diverse species include the pineapple. Look out for bromeliad flowers growing even on telephone wires!

From luxury wine tours of the Chilean and Argentine wine regions, to traditional Andean cooking classes in the highlands, South America has something for every taste. A visit to local markets to learn about local produce is always a highlight.

If there is any other interest or passion of yours that we have left out and you would like to include it on your next trip, please contact us. Remember there are many ways to travel, and we will make sure we design your dream holiday for you.

Look out for the World Cup 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games- both to be held in Brazil.

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Solo Travellers

Love exploring new destinations on your own?

Lake Titicaca

BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA 19 Days/ 18 Nights

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Arrival transfer to your hotel.

The day is at leisure. B

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. At arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour of Lima, including the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, Government Palace, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the San Francisco Convent, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. The tour continues to Miraflores and the Park of Love to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean. B

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro/ Foz de Iguaçu

Day 13 Cuzco

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Morning sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Visit Corcovado´s mountain and one of the most famous postcards of Rio de Janeiro, the statue of the Christ Redeemer. Return by bus to the hotel. L

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. B

Day 5 Foz de Iguaçu

Full day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. Visit the National Park, learn about the local ecosystem, walk through the park and enjoy astonishing views of the waterfalls. B

Day 6 Iguazu Falls/ Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. At arrival, transfer to your hotel. B

Day 7 Buenos Aires

Afternoon tour highlighting the city’s major neighborhoods and attractions. See the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada and the Cathedral. Drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and La Boca, famous for its multicolour tin houses. Later, visit the Recoleta Cemetery and Palermo. B

Day 8 Buenos Aires

The day is at leisure. B

Day 9 Buenos Aires/ Santiago

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. B

Day 10 Santiago

Sacsayhuaman Ruins

Day 12 Santiago/ Lima

Morning tour of Santiago including the Barrio Universitario, La Moneda government palace, the Main Square and Parque Forestal. End the tour visiting the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood. Return to the hotel. B

Day 11 Santiago

The day is at leisure for own activities. B

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour, visiting the Santo Domingo Convent, Main Square, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, the archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. B

Day 14 Cuzco

The day is at leisure for own activities. B

Day 15 Machu Picchu

Today, visit one of the most important archaeological centres of the world- Machu Picchu. Begin travelling by train with amazing views of the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival, take a bus to the citadel. A tour guide will take you through the history around this mysterious and charming place. After the guided tour, free time to explore on your own. BL

Day 16 Cuzco/Quito

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Connect with your flight to Quito. At arrival, transfer to your hotel. B

Day 17 Quito

Morning tour to the Middle of the World Museum. Stand on latitude 0°0´0´´ and learn about the Andean Cosmovision, culture and traditions. After this visit, enjoy of a wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito Historical Centre. A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this visit. B Day 18 Quito The day is at leisure for own activities. B Day 19 Quito Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

Please check our website for set departure dates.

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Solo Travellers

Joining a small group is a great way for solo travellers to meet like-minded people and keep costs down. Ask Contours Travel about adding pre or post arrangements to these tours.

TRIANGLE OF THE ALTIPLANIC DESERTS

BEST OF PATAGONIA

15 Days/ 14 Nights

11 Days/ 10 Nights

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour including dinner and Tango Show. D

Day 2 Buenos Aires/Salta

Fly to Salta. Afternoon city tour including the MAAM Museum. B

Day 3 Salta/Cafayate

Depart to Cafayate with sightseeing stops at Calchaqui Valley: Cachi, Route 40 and Quebrada de las Flechas. B

Day 4 Cafayate/Salta

Morning tour of Cafayate including a winery. Depart towards Salta visiting Cafayate´s Gorge with its strange rock formations. B

Day 5 Salta/San Antonio de los Cobres

Depart towards Bull river Gorge passing Santa Rosa de Tastil Ruins, a pre-Inca settlement. Continue towards Polvorilla Viaduct, an engineering masterpiece designed for the Train to the Clouds. (Option to travel by Train to the Clouds, April to December). B

Day 6 San Antonio de los Cobres/ San Pedro de Atacama Depart towards Salinas Grandes. Cross the Chilean border to San Pedro de Atacama. B

Day 7 San Pedro de Atacama

Tour of the Salar de Atacama, to see the Chaxa lagoon inhabited by flamingos. B

Day 8 San Pedro de Atacama

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour highlighting the city’s major neighborhoods and attractions. See the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada and the Cathedral. Drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and La Boca, famous for its multicolour tin houses. Later, visit the Recoleta Cemetery and Palermo.

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Day at leisure. At night, transfer to El Querandi for dinner and Tango Show. BD

Day 3 Buenos Aires / Puerto Madryn

Fly to Trelew; transfer to Punta Tombo Fauna Reserve, the largest Magellan penguin colony in the continent. (Alternative touring from Mid-April to Mid-September) B

Day 4 Puerto Madryn

Full day tour of Peninsula Valdes. B

Day 5 Puerto Madryn / Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia, transfer to hotel. B

Day 6 Ushuaia

Half day tour Tierra del Fuego National Park. Afternoon catamaran tour of the Beagle Channel. B

Day 7 Ushuaia / El Calafate

Fly to El Calafate; transfer to hotel. B

Early tour of the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field in the Andes. Visit the Valley of the Moon and see the sunset over the Andes from the top of a giant sand dune. B

Day 8 El Calafate

Day 9 San Pedro de Atacama/Villa Mar

Depart for a tour of Perito Moreno Glacier, a truly amazing sight. Ask about optional minitrekking or boat trips. B

Depart to Bolivia, visiting Malku Cave along a magical landscape including Laguna Verde, Valley of Dali, the Geysers Sol de Manana and Laguna Colorada. B

Day 10 Villa Mar/Colchani

Depart to Colchani. Visit the Incahuasi´s Island for lunch. Afternoon arrival at your hotel, made out of salt. Night walk to admire the sky. B

Day 11 Colchani/Tupiza

Visit Tupiza, the old mining centre of Atocha. B

Atacama Desert

Day at leisure. Optional navigation to Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier. B

Day 9 El Calafate

Day 10 El Calafate / Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires; transfer to hotel. B

Day 11 Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or ask us about extending your trip to Iguazu Falls. B

Day 12 Tupiza/Iruya

Transfer to Argentina. After endless switchbacks we reach Iruya, known as the “hanging village in the mountain”. B

Day 13 Iruya/Tilcara

Visit Humahuaca Gorge, including the typical villages of Humahuaca, Uquia, Maimara. B

Day 14 Tilcara/Buenos Aires

Visit Purmamarca and its handcraft fair. Return to Salta for a flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel. B

Day 15 Buenos Aires

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Tailor Made, Special Interest & Group Tours Tailor Made Tours

The many travel ideas, suggested itineraries and products featured in this brochure are a small reflection of the myriad possible holiday combinations you can choose from. We can design your dream holiday to suit your tastes and interests. Please call our experts to start planning your trip. Featured below are some examples of our past clients’ creative itineraries.

97 Days, by Mr & Mrs F Otavalo Quito

E C UA D OR

From L.A.

Amazon Cruise Iquitos

Salvador

L. Titicaca

Otavalo

Quito

La Paz

Iguazu Salta Falls

PERU

Paraty

Posada

A RG ENTI NA

CHILE

Buenos Aires

Santiago Buenos Aires ARGENTINA

Bariloche Lakes District

40 Days, Mr & Mrs L

Calafate

Punta Arenas

Iguazu Falls

Atacama Salta

Santiago

Paine N.P.

Machu Picchu BRAZIL

Cuzco Lima L. Titicaca Nazca La Paz Puno BOLIVIA

Pacific Ocean

Curitiba

Mendoza

ECUADOR

Galapagos Is. Rio de Janeiro

CHI LE

Habana

Ushuaia

Trinidad CUBA

SURINAME

COLOMBIA 85 Days, by Mr & Mrs H

Montego Bay Ocho Rios

FRENCH GUIANA

JAMAICA

MÉXICO

Galapagos Otavalo ECUADOR Is. Quito

Tikal Flores

Devil’s Nose

EL SALVADOR

Machu Picchu Cuzco Lima Lake Titicaca Puno Arequipa La Paz

Pacific Ocean

B OLIVIA

San Pedro de Atacama

Santiago Mendoza

Calafate Paine N.P. Punta Arenas

Chalten

Arenal Vol. San Jose

Tortuguero N.P.

PANAMA

COLOMBIA

30 Days, Mr T

Buenos Aires

Caracas

Barinas Atlantic Ocean

Merida

Ciudad Bolivar

Ciudad Guayana

VENEZUELA COLOMBIA

Angel Falls Bogota Ushuaia

San Blas Islands Panama City

Cartagena Bariloche Lakes District

NICARAGUA

COSTA RICA

ARGE NTINA

Puerto Montt

Caribbean Sea

Chichicastenango HONDURAS Lake Atitlan Antigua Guatemala City

BRAZIL

C HILE

BELIZE

GUATEMALA

PERU

Pacific Ocean

Varadero

Gulf of Mexico

GUYANA

VENEZUELA

Guayaquil

Atlantic Ocean

San Jose COSTA RICA

B OLIVIA

Puerto Montt

Habana CUBA

B R AZI L

San Pedro de Atacama Pacific Ocean

Gulf of Mexico

México City

Machu Picchu Cuzco Puno

MÉXICO

Manaus

Tabatinga

Chiclayo P E RU Trujillo Lima

60 Days, by Mr & Mrs G

Kaieteur Falls

Georgetown Paramaribo Devil’s Is

Cayenne SURINAME

Karanambu Lodge GUYANA

FRENCH GUIANA

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AGUA PURA Thanks to your collaboration, more children in Peru will now be able to drink clean water. Contours Travel is committed to give a helping hand to those in need. That is why we have joined forces with Rotary Club of North Melbourne and Rotary Club of Cuzco and created Project Agua Pura. It is through Agua Pura that we provide schools in remote villages in the Sacred Valley and Cuzco, Peru, with water filters that allow children and teachers to drink clean, bacteria-free water. Agua Pura has already delivered 50 water filters to 5 different schools. Our aim, though, is to distribute 500 filters. Which is why we need your help! For only fifty dollars, you can donate a water filter unit to a Peruvian school. After your generous contribution the delivery is done via local NGOs, with whom Contours Travel has ongoing projects, or if interested, clients can go to the communities and distribute the Sawyer PointONE™ filters themselves!

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The All in One Filter uses the Sawyer PointONE™ 0.10 Absolute Micron Water Filter attached to a standard 5 gallon bucket. The "build your own gravity system" can yield up to 1,000 litres of clean water per day from any fresh water source. Kit includes: Sawyer Screw On/Off Filter, 1 bucket adapter, 1 faucet adapter, & 1 filter cleaner. Life Expectancy: 1 Million Gallons Guaranteed.

If you would like to be a part of Agua Pura Project call 1300 135 391 or email contours@contourstravel.com.au


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For all bookings other than bookings for the Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas, a service fee of $25 per booking applies. For bookings for the Caribbean Islands, a service fee of $30 per booking applies. For bookings for the Bahamas, a service fee of $50 per booking applies.

Deposits

For all bookings for city stop-over packages, a deposit of $150 per person per package applies. For all tour bookings, a deposit of $500 per person per tour applies. For bookings that include cruises in the Amazon, Galapagos, Fjords or Antarctica, Amazon lodges, Explora hotels, Inca Trails and other products, please contact Contours Travel for respective deposit requirements as these range from 30% up to 50% of the total booking cost.

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For all bookings made 30 days or less prior to the day you are due to depart from Australia, a late booking fee of $50 per booking will apply.

Due Dates for Payment

Payment of the total booking cost is required 60 days prior to the day you are due to depart from Australia. If your booking is made less than 60 days prior to the day you are due to depart from Australia, payment of the total booking cost is required upon confirmation of acceptance of your booking application by Contours Travel. If your booking is made less than 30 days prior to the day you are due to depart from Australia, payment of a deposit of 100% of the total booking cost is required in order to process your booking. If Contours Travel is unable to secure your booking it will refund this deposit less its relevant service fee. Special payment arrangements and conditions apply for certain bookings. If special payment arrangements and conditions apply, Contours Travel will notify you accordingly.

Contents

Contours Travel has taken considerable care to make sure all information in the Brochures and on the Website is correct. Circumstances beyond the control of Contours Travel may necessitate change in travel arrangements including but not limited to changes to itineraries, tours or cruises up to and after your departure date. Contours Travel cannot be held responsible for any changes to your travel arrangements which may occur, Contours Travel reserves the right to adjust the price of any of your travel arrangements at any time due to changes including but not limited to airfare and land arrangement price increases, devaluation, fuel surcharges or exchange rates. Before you book, please check with your travel agent or Contours Travel if there are any alterations to the travel arrangements you have selected.

Descriptions, Maps & Photographs

Descriptions featured in the Brochures or on the Website are based on current guides and are subject to change at any time. Maps and photographs are included for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services. Hotel room photographs may not be specific to the actual room occupied.

Prices

Prices are shown on the price insert to the Brochures and the price tab on the Website. Updated prices are available on the Website. Seasonal prices and any “Specials” will be available on the Website. Prices shown in the Brochures and on the Website are indicative only. Prices are based on costs and exchange rates at 1st September 2013. Our costs include but are not limited to costs of research, consultation and communication with travel agents and overseas suppliers, marketing and advertising. All prices are per person and expressed in Australian Dollars, unless stated otherwise. All prices are subject to change without notice up to the day of departure due to factors including but not limited to currency fluctuation, government taxes, charges and levies. Any airfares quoted or confirmed are subject to change without notice prior to the ticket being written. Please note security and airport taxes around the world change daily. Prices shown in the Brochures and on the Website do not include costs that are not a compulsory part of the relevant tour, such costs may include but not be limited to the following: Visas, insurance, excess baggage, meals not mentioned, vaccinations, beverages, tips, shipboard gratuities, costs of a personal nature including but not limited to laundry, telephone calls, cost of passport and personal services to hotel rooms, emergency evacuation costs, airport departure taxes, security charges, other airport taxes, international and domestic airfares.

Amendments

Should you make an amendment to your confirmed booking, a fee of $50.00 per amendment per country will apply to cover extra costs including but not limited to administrative costs, communication costs and any applicable supplier charges. Cancellation fees may also apply.

Cancellation

If it is necessary to cancel your travel arrangements, the following fees will apply per person per booking. If travel arrangements are cancelled more than 60 days before the due date for departure – the Deposit. If the travel arrangements are cancelled less than 60 days before the due date for departure - up to 50% of total booking cost. If the travel arrangements are cancelled less than 30 days before the due date for departure - up to 100% of the total booking cost. Cancellation fees from service providers including but not limited to airlines, cruise operators, hoteliers, coach companies, may also apply. Special cancellation arrangements and conditions apply for certain bookings. If special cancellation arrangements and conditions apply, you will be notified by Contours Travel accordingly.

Minimum Stay

For hotel only bookings, Contours Travel requires a minimum stay of 3 nights. For all hotel bookings less than 3 nights an under-stay fee of $50 applies.

No Show

If you fail to check-in at a designated location or service as confirmed in your booking, a “no show” fee equal to 100% of the cost of that particular component of your travel arrangements will be charged.

Refund for Unused Service

Once you have left Australia, Contours Travel will not refund or compensate you for any service not used by you due to late arrival, failure of any transportation to operate as scheduled, early departure or by notice. Contours Travel does not authorise any overseas suppliers including but not limited to hotel management and staff to make any undertakings on our behalf or otherwise in respect of refunds or other matters.

Airlines

The depiction or recommendation of any domestic and international airline in the Brochures or on the Website does not commit the airline to any travel arrangements and the airline shall not be responsible for statements or literature relating to the travel arrangements in the Brochure or on the Website.

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Holiday Variation

If unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Contours Travel or suppliers, providers or representatives of Contours Travel require Contours Travel to make necessary changes to your travel arrangements, Contours Travel reserves the right to cancel or reschedule your travel arrangements including but not limited to departures and itineraries. When it is necessary to change a hotel, Contours Travel reserves the right to substitute accommodation of at least a similar standard.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you have adequate travel insurance for the full duration of your travel arrangements in respect of illness, injury, death, loss of baggage, personal items and deposits, cancellations and curtailment of tours en route and medical expenses.

Passport, Visa and Vaccination

It is mandatory that you familiarise yourself with any visa and health requirements that may be applicable in the countries you are visiting. You are responsible for all entry and exit health requirements and any other documents required by any law, regulation, order, demand or requirement of a country visited or transited. Please note that passport and visa requirements are not the responsibility of Contours Travel. Contours Travel cannot be held liable for any loss or expense due to your failure to comply with the above.

Warning

You must check with your doctor whether you are fit to travel to your selected destination. If you are travelling to certain South American cities situated at high altitudes, you must check with your doctor that you are fit to travel to these altitudes.

Limitations and Liability

Contours Travel, its employees and agents act only as booking agents and will not be responsible and exclude liability for injury, death, damage, loss or claims arising directly or indirectly from acts or omissions by suppliers or other service providers or from accidents, loss or damage to person or property, delays, changes in schedules, transport failures, strikes, wars, uprisings, acts of God or other causes over which Contours Travel, its employees and agents have no control. The Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and corresponding legislation in other jurisdictions in certain circumstances imply mandatory conditions and warranties into agreements (“Consumer Warranties”). This clause does not exclude or limit the application of any Consumer Warranties or other warranties where to do so would contravene the law of the relevant jurisdiction or cause any part of this clause to be void. You hereby waive and Contours Travel hereby disclaims all warranties whether written or oral, express or implied, including but not limited to the Consumer Warranties. The liability of Contours Travel is limited to providing the Services again or payment of the cost of having the Services supplied again, the choice of which is at the option of Contours Travel.

Severance

If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or in any way unenforceable, it shall be severed from these Terms and the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired and these Terms shall be construed so as to most nearly give effect to the parties intentions at the time when Contours Travel confirmed its acceptance of the relevant booking.

Governing Law

All matters in respect of the Services provided by Contours Travel but not in respect of other things are governed by the laws of Victoria.

Definitions

In these Terms, the following terms have the following meaning: (a) “Contours Travel” means Contours Travel Pty Ltd of 287 Victoria Street, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003, and (b) “Services” means booking and packaging by Contours Travel of accommodation, transportation, tour and other services provided by other suppliers.

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