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Uncovering Mysteries, Broaching Frontiers


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he heartbeat of Latin America pulses with infectious energy, encouraged by rhythms as diverse as the countries themselves. Come unravel the mysteries of the enigmatic ruins that evoke awe and won-

der; partake in colorful festivals of unbridled revelry; step back in time in colonial towns; explore seemingly impenetrable forests and observe abundant wildlife found nowhere else in the world; be suitably humbled

before astounding mountainscapes that beckon even the sedentary to step out and discover; relish the nectar of the winelands that will satisfy even the most discerning of oenophiles; the kaleidoscope that is Latin America really has it all.

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CONTENTS PAGE

Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador (with Galapagos)

Other Recommended Combinations

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Argentina, Brazil, Chile

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Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and Northern South America

Antarctica

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Mexico Cuba

Guatemala

Honduras

Venezuela Colombia Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Brazil

Peru

Bolivia

Easter Island

Atacama Desert

Paraguay Iguazu Falls

Chile Uruguay

P a t a g o n i a

Argentina

Antarctica

Antarctica expeditions can easily be combined with South America trips as cruises typically start and end in the southernmost tip of the continent. Refer to page 46 for more.

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BEST OF LATIN AMERICA


Throughout the annals of exploration, Latin America has long been deemed as a destination of superlatives! It is here that you will find: the world’s largest river system; the driest desert; the most glorious ancient empires; the biggest wildlife and ecological diversity. Latin America boasts magnificent natural scenery, intriguing history and culture and so much more. Simply put, there is something for every travel taste. Here is a list of our favourite destinations in the region:

Best Natural Wonder/Landscape

1. Iguazu Falls – One of the world's largest waterfalls bordering Argentina and Brazil. 2. Perito Moreno Glacier – A massive 250 km2 glacier in the Argentine Patagonia, great for ice-treks. 3. Torres Del Paine National Park – Emerald forests, azure lakes, radiant blue glaciers, vast steppe against the famous Patagonian mountain backdrop. 4. Atacama Desert – Driest desert in the World with soil likened to that of Mars’ stretching from Bolivia, Peru to Chile. 5. Angel Falls – World's highest uninterrupted waterfall in Venezuela. 6. Salar de Uyuni – World’s largest salt flat in Bolivia. 7. Quebrada de Humahuaca – Stunning mountain of 7 colours in Northern Argentina, Jujuy.

Best Colonial Township

1. Antigua, Guatemala- A quaint city in the central highlands with well-preserved Spanish Baroque architecture and spectacular ruins of colonial churches. 2. Arequipa, Peru – The “White City” surrounded by canyons and volcanoes, and best known for her rich mix of indigenous and European influences. 3. Trinidad, Cuba – A lovely city with pastel coloured houses, cobblestone streets, beautiful palaces and plazas brimming with Spanish colonial ambience. 4. Campeche, Mexico –This lesser known and underrated old Spanish colonial port oozes with charm. Most notable is the city’s fortifications - built to protect it from the numerous pirate attacks it came under. 5. Cartagena, Colombia – Named after Cartagena in Spain, this city was graced by royalty and wealthy viceroys! Today, this fashionable seaside resort is filled with the sounds of music and bright with colour and tradition! 6. Salvador, Brazil – The first colonial capital of Brazil is aptly known as the country’s Capital of Happiness! It is renowned for its Portuguese colonial architecture, outdoor carnivals, Afro-Brazilian culture, music and cuisine!

Best Archaeological Sites/Monuments

1. Machu Picchu, Peru – Discover the most iconic 15th century Inca site set in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. 2. Palenque, Mexico – The archaeological site is a prime example of a Mayan sanctuary of the classical period. 3. Chichen Itza, Mexico – A large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization. 4. Tikal, Guatemala –The capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of ancient Maya. 5. Ollantaytambo, Peru — One of the last Incan town to fall, much of Ollantaytambo is laid out in the same way as it was in Inca times with extensive ruins worth seeing. 6. Easter Islands, Chile – This remote island is famous for its 887 statues called moai, created by the Rapa Nui Polynesians people in about 400AD.

Best Wildlife Encounter

1. Galapagos, Ecuador – Made famous by Charles Darwin and world-renowned for being a living museum and showcase of evolution, you will find unique wildlife unlike anywhere else! 2. Amazon- World’s largest rainforest and home to the second longest river, the Amazon contains the largest and most biologically-diverse tropical rainforest on Earth! Two best places to experience the Amazon - Brazil (where 60% of the forest is contained) and Peru (where the source of the Amazon River is). 3. Pantanal, Brazil – The largest freshwater wetland in the world and home to diverse species of plants, birds, bats, otters, reptiles and amphibians.


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Ecuador Guayaquil

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Peru Lima

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Pisco

Machu Picchu

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Nazca Arequipa

Lake Titicaca La Paz Puno Oruro Sucre Potosi Salar de Uyuni

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS

PERU IN LIMA

Hotel B: Opened in 2013, Hotel B is a 17-suite arts-boutique hotel with a charming historic atmosphere set in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. Miraflores Park Hotel: Located in an exclusive residential area with views of the ocean. www.mira-park.com JW Marriott: Offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean for every guest room and located in front of a big shopping mall Larcomar. www.marriott.com Hilton Lima Miraflores: Conveniently located featuring traditional Peruvian architectural elements with contemporary dĂŠcor. www.hilton.com Casa Andina Select Miraflores: Centrally located offering great value for contemporary and comfortable rooms. www.casa-andina.com

IN AREQUIPA

Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa: A former national historical monument located 3 blocks away from the Main Square. www.casa-andina.com

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca: Set in the centre of Arequipa’s Main Square with basic rooms. www.sonesta.com

IN COLCA CANYON

Las Casitas Del Colca: Offering the ultimate in luxury combined with opportunities to be in touch with nature. www.lascasitasdelcolca.com Colca Lodge: Located in the heart of the valley next to the Colca River, select from a multitude of outdoor activities as well as hot springs to indulge in. www.colca-lodge.com

IN LAKE TITICACA

Titilaka: An all-inclusive luxurious resort located on a secluded peninsula of Lake Titicaca. Select from a range of activities from cultural to adventurous to indulgence. www.titilaka.info Casa Andina Private Collection: Set in front of Lake Titicaca with cosy settings. www.casa-andina.com

IN CUSCO

Palacio Nazarenas: Converted from a Carmelite convent, this luxurious 55-suite property offers views of Sacsayhuaman and oxygenated rooms. www.palacionazarenas.com Monasterio Hotel: A deluxe hotel converted from a former convent right in the heart of the city. Some rooms are oxygen-enriched to combat the effects of altitude. www.monasterio.orient-express.com Inkaterra La Casona: A colonial manor with eleven suites surrounding a sumptuous courtyard. www.lacasona.info JW Marriott Cusco: Located in the historical centre offering resort style design elements. www.marriott.com Casa Cartagena: Restored from a former Inca temple and Spanish house, this is a boutique hotel with 16 suites surrounded by beautiful Andean landscapes. www.casacartagena.com Aranwa Cuzco Boutique Hotel: Luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city featuring oxygenated rooms. www.aranwahotels.com

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS Casa Andina Private Collection Cuzco: A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas featuring colonial frescoes. www.casa-andina.com

Sol & Luna Lodge & Spa: Featuring 28 bungalow-styled rooms with rustic decor, private terraces and mountain views, select from a variety of adventure activities. www.hotelsolyluna.com

IN MACHU PICCHU TOWN

IN PARACAS

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo: A charming boutique hotel with well-appointed rooms located at the foot of the hill. www.pueblohotel.info Casa Del Sol Boutique Hotel: A cosy boutique hotel with 25 guestrooms and 3 suites located just 5 minutes walking from the train station. hotelescasadelsol.com

IN SACRED VALLEY

Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa: Contemporary styled featuring 128 rooms and suites with views of the Andes and the Vilcanota River. www.luxurycollection.com Rio Sagrado: Set along the Urubamba River and built with natural materials to resemble a small Andean village. www.riosagrado.com

Hotel Paracas Luxury Collection: A 5-star resort featuring well-appointed rooms. www.starwoodhotels.com Double Tree Resort by Hilton: Set on the beach featuring cosy ambience just 10 minutes from Pisco Airport. www.hilton.com

IN TRUJILLO

Libertador Trujillo: A 4-star hotel ideally located for explorations around the city’s main plaza and UNESCO site of Chan-Chan. www.libertador.com.pe

IN PUERTO MALDONADO

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica: Set in the heart of a private ecological reserve 45 minutes boat ride from Puerto Maldonado, enjoy jungle excursions. www.inkaterra.com

IN PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE

Aqua Expeditions: A luxury boutique cruise in sophisticated contemporary style. www.aquaexpeditions.com Delfin Amazon Cruise: A luxury boutique cruise offering personalised and warm Peruvian hospitality featuring authentic local interior décor. www.delfinamazoncruises.com

IN CHICLAYO

Coasta Del Sol: A 3-star hotel located in the heart of the city’s financial and commercial district, just a short walk from the Plaza de Armas. www.costadelsolperu.com

BOLIVIA IN LA PAZ

Europa: Centrally located in the heart of La Paz, this is a European-styled hotel. www.hoteleuropa.com.bo

IN UYUNI

Luna Salada: Constructed by salt blocks from the famous salt flat of Bolivia, it features views of the unique landscape. www.lunasaladahotel.com.bo

IN SUCRE

Parador Santa Maria: A well preserved 5-star historical hotel that lets you enjoy the history of Sucre in indulgence. www.parador.com.bo

Hotel De Su Merced: A 4-star hotel located in the centre of the colonial city famed for antique furniture and peaceful sunny terraces full of flowers. www.desumerced.com

IN TAHUA

IN SILOLI DESERT

Hotel Del Desierto: Set in the Siloli desert, architectural design and materials have been specially chosen to withstand the tough environment. www.taykahoteles.com

Hotel De Sal: Located at the foot of Volcan Tunupa, the hotel is built from salt blocks and straw roofs. www.taykahoteles.com

IN SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ

Hotel De Piedra: Located at south of Salar de Uyuni with majestic views, the hotel is built using traditional materials such as stone and volcanic sand. www.taykahoteles.com

ECUADOR IN GUAYAQUIL

IN QUITO

Oro Verde: Strategically located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city, the 230-room hotel is eight minutes from the airport. www.oroverdehotels.com

Hilton Colon Quito: Set in in the heart of the city within walking distance to the Spanish Colonial Old Town, a UNESCO site. www.hilton.com

Hilton Colon Guayaquil: A 5-star hotel featuring elegance, comfort, security and personalized service located five minutes away from the airport. www.hilton.com

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JW Marriott: An elegant hotel located in the heart of the city featuring spacious rooms, top restaurants, heated pool and the luxurious Zumay Spa. www.marriott.com

IN COTACACHI

La Mirage Resort and Spa: An exquisite 23 suites luxury property perched on an Andean hillside. www.mirage.com


HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU

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DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA

Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 LIMA

Begin your day with a tour to the historical Plaza de Armas. Explore the Santo Domingo Monastery where the first university of South America was founded. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from its bell tower. Roam the old colonial streets and the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Appreciate the Larco Museum’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 LIMA/ CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY

Arrive in Cusco and begin your descent of 500-600m to Sacred Valley. Explore the impressive Inca archaeological site of Pisac. Visit colourful artisan markets for local handicrafts and textiles from the villages. (Best seen on Sun, Tue, Thu) (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 SACRED VALLEY/ MACHU PICCHU

The archaeological site of Ollantaytambo shows the best example of city planning by the Incas. Board the train around 1pm to Machu Picchu. Overnight and explore Machu Picchu in the evening and early morning when the masses of tourists are gone and the ruin is at its best! (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 05 MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO

Have the morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. For the energetic, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu for a stunning bird’s eye view of the site (second entrance ticket included). Return to Cusco by train late afternoon. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 06 CUSCO

Wander through the vibrant bazaar and Cusco city. Visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple where in Incas’ time, was covered in gold. Experience the great cosmic energy at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 CUSCO/ DEPART LIMA

Transfer to Lima and enjoy a refined seafood dinner before your flight home. (Breakfast, dinner included)

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BEST OF PERU

DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA

Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 LIMA

Begin your day with a tour to the historical Plaza de Armas. Explore the Santo Domingo Monastery and roam the old colonial streets and the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Appreciate the Larco Museum’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 LIMA/ AREQUIPA

Fly to Arequipa. Visit the colonial styled Monasterio de Santa Catalina which once served as a town housing 450 nuns. Learn about sacrificial rites and offerings to Apus, the mountain Gods and see the Juanita Mummy, a child mummy in the Museum Santuarios Andinos. (Breakfast included)

DAY 04 AREQUIPA/ COLCA CANYON

Drive 4 hours to Colca Canyon, crossing Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Stop at the Mirador de los Andes, the Crater of Chucura and Mirador de Chivay, where beautiful pre-Columbian terraces are still being cultivated by the natives. Explore the local market at Chivay. Enjoy hot spring baths in your hotel. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 05 COLCA CANYON/ PUNO

Spot the Condor, an impressive Andean bird circling the “Condor’s Cross” and continue driving to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world. Drive 5-6 hours to Puno. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 06 PUNO/ LAKE TITICACA

Take a boat ride across Lake Titicaca to the unique floating Tortora reed island of the Uros. Explore Llachon, a lesser-visited Quechua community. Enjoy village walks, house visits, witness the farming and weaving activities of the locals and taste local cuisine. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 PUNO/ CUSCO

Featured on BBC’s Great Railway Journey of the World, a spectacular 10 hour rail journey across the high Antiplano brings you to Cusco. (Train departs Mon, Wed, Sat from Nov to Mar. Additional Fri service from Apr to Oct; Alternatively, drive 6 hours to Cusco) (Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea included)

DAY 08 CUSCO

Wander through the vibrant bazaar and Cusco city. Visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple and experience the great cosmic energy at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 CUSCO/ MACHU PICCHU

Transfer to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station for your train ride to Machu Picchu. Overnight and explore Machu Picchu in the evening and early morning when the masses of tourists are gone and the ruin is at its best! (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 10 MACHU PICCHU/ SACRED VALLEY

Have the morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. For the energetic, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu. Train back to Sacred Valley and visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. (Breakfast included)

DAY 11 SACRED VALLEY/ CUSCO/ DEPART LIMA

If time permits, visit the archaeological site of Pisac. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Enjoy a refined seafood dinner before your flight home. (Breakfast, dinner included)

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PERU ADVENTURE AT ITS FINEST SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL IN ENCHANTING MOUNTAIN LODGES

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DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA ALTERNATIVE ADVENTURE TOURS FROM CUSCO OR SACRED VALLEY: 1. Drive to Chinchero for an exhilarating tandem paragliding trip in a crosscountry flight. From here, you can see part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the imposing mountains surrounding the area during the flight. (Starts at 8:30am; elevation 650m, altitude 3850m)

Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

2. Climb 400m on a via ferrata and zipline down the sacred valley for some adrenaline-pumping fun!

DAY 04 CUSCO

DAY 02 LIMA

Begin your day with a tour to the historical Plaza de Armas. Explore the Santo Domingo Monastery and roam the old colonial streets and the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Appreciate the Larco Museum’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 LIMA /CUSCO

Fly to Cusco, the Incas’ capital. Take the afternoon leisurely to acclimatise to the altitude. (Breakfast included) Wander through the vibrant bazaar and Cusco city. Visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple and experience the great cosmic energy at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This evening, you will have a briefing with your trekking guide. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 05 CUSCO/ SORAYPAMPA/ SALKANTAY LODGE (3869M)

En-route to your mountain lodge, visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi and drive through a winding road to Marcoccasa. Here, begin your trek to Soraypampa on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path) - a beautiful six hour trek. (Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner included)

DAY 06 HUMANTAY LAKE DAY HIKE (3869M)

Take a 4 hour acclimatization hike on the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 07 SALKANTAY/ WAYRA LODGE (3906M)

Hike 6-8 hours up the Rio Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4638m. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 08 DESCEND: WAYRA LODGE TO COLPA LODGE (2870M)

Descend 3-4 hours along the left bank of the Salkantay River with views of increasingly verdant scenery. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 09 ALONG SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY TO LUCMA LODGE (2130M)

Hike 5-6 hours along the Santa Teresa River Valley. Stop for a hot picnic lunch served by the river. Hike for another hour before a private vehicle transfers you to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (aprox. 30 mins). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 10 LUCMA/ MACHU PICCHU (1900M)

Head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2736 m), where you will come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast! Lunch is served at a scenic viewpoint. Begin your final descent then board a train for a scenic ride (approx. 1hr) to Machu Picchu town. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 11 MACHU PICCHU/ SACRED VALLEY

Have the morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. For the energetic, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu. Train back to Sacred Valley and visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 12 SACRED VALLEY/ CUSCO/ DEPART LIMA

If time permits, visit the archaeological site of Pisac. Fly to Lima and enjoy a refined seafood dinner. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast, dinner included)

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PERU AND BOLIVIA

DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA

Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 LIMA

Begin your day with a tour to the historical Plaza de Armas. Explore the Santo Domingo Monastery where the first university of South America was founded. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from its bell tower. Roam the old colonial streets and the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Appreciate the Larco Museum’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 LIMA/ CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY

Arrive in Cusco and begin your descent of 500-600m to Sacred Valley. Explore the impressive Inca archaeological site of Pisac. Visit colourful artisan markets for local handicrafts and textiles from the villages. (Best seen on Sun, Tue, Thu) (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 SACRED VALLEY/ MACHU PICCHU

The archaeological site of Ollantaytambo shows the best example of city planning by the Incas. Board the train around 1pm to Machu Picchu. Overnight and explore Machu Picchu in the evening and early morning when the masses of tourists are gone and the ruin is at its best! (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 05 MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO

Have the morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. For the energetic, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu for a stunning bird’s eye view of the site (second entrance ticket included). Return to Cusco by train late afternoon. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 06 CUSCO

Wander through the vibrant bazaar and Cusco city. Visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple where in Incas’ time, was covered in gold. Experience the great cosmic energy at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 CUSCO/ LA PAZ

Fly to La Paz and take a tour of the world’s highest capital! Rest and acclimatize this afternoon. For the energetic, visit the bustling Indian Market and browse the Mercado de las Brujas, the Witches’ Market. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 LA PAZ

Visit the famous Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Explore the Museum of Folklore and Ethnography and continue on to the famous colonial street Jaen. Enjoy a spectacular view point of the city surrounded by snow-capped mountains at Killi Killi. Visit the unique Valley of the Moon. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 LA PAZ/ UYUNI/ COLCHANI

Start your adventure on a 4-wheeldrive to Salar de Uyuni (World's largest salt dessert) with a visit to the Incahuasi Island (access not be possible between Nov to Apr due to high rainfall). After this, drive to Tunupa volcano to see the Coquesa mummies. Transfer to Colchani. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 10 COLCHANI / POTOSI / SUCRE

Drive 4 hours to Potosi, en route visiting the Pulacayo mine. Potosi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded as a mining town. You will visit the San Lorenzo Church, La Compañia Tower, the Cobija Arch and the Royal Mint. Continue to drive for 2.5 hours to Sucre. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 11 SUCRE

Soak into the charms of this colonial city. Visit the Convent of La Recoleta Museum, see the admirable façades of the churches of San Lazaro and Santo Domingo. Continue to the House of Freedom Historical Museum and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the first and most important religious museum of the country. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 12 SUCRE/ DEPART LIMA

Enjoy your time at leisure before your flight home via Lima. (Breakfast included)

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EXTENSIONS IN PERU

DAYS FINEST AMAZON 1.4BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE DAY 01 LIMA/ IQUITOS - EMBARK CRUISE

Fly to Iquitos and drive to the port of Nauta to embark on your cruise. Sail on either the contemporary Aqua Expeditions or local charm of Delfin Cruise. (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 02-03 AMAZON RIVER CRUISE

Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the mighty Amazon River with knowledgeable and experience naturalists engaging you in the local life, flora and fauna. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 04 DISEMBARK CRUISE - IQUITOS/ LIMA

Disembark after lunchtime and be transferred for your flight back to Lima. (Breakfast included)

DAY NASCA LINES AND 2.1PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE DAY 00 CUSCO/ PISCO/ PARACAS

Fly from Cusco to Pisco. Discover the Paracas National Reserve, the only nature reserve on the Peruvian coast and considered one of world’s strangest and richest ecosystems by UNESCO. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 01 PARACAS/ PISCO/ LIMA

A 1.5 hour flight from Pisco reveals the Nasca Lines and Palpa Lines in its full glory (best done in the morning to prevent glare from the Sun and obstructing the view of the lines). View the huge geometric patterns and hundreds of perfectly straight lines etched on the desert sands by Nasca people centuries ago. In Lima, take a walk in Petit Thouars in Miraflores – lined with Indian markets great for shopping of alpaca clothing, silver jewellery, silverware, textiles and crafts from all over Peru. (Breakfast included) Recommended: Spend an extra night in Paracas for a morning cruise to Ballesta Islands to view wildlife! The coastal reserve is also a great base for adventure sports.

DAY LIMA 3.1GOURMET EXPERIENCE DAY 01 LIMA

Peru is quickly gaining recognition as a gourmet destination on the world stage! Start off at the colorful morning market. Enjoy lunch at the locals’ favorite: Restaurant Señorio del Sulco in Miraflores. Head to a traditional Queirolo bar, an old-school distillery for a hands-on demonstration (and tasting) on how to mix the famous Peruvian Pisco Sour. Have the afternoon at leisure in your hotel. Dinner at fine-dining Restaurant Central - awarded Best Restaurant 2011 in Peru. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

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EXTENSIONS IN PERU DAYS SOUTHERN AMAZON ADVENTURE 4.3RESERVA AMAZONIA LODGE DAY 00 CUSCO/ PUERTO MALDONADO/ RESERVA AMAZONICA LODGE

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, gateway into Southern Amazon. Take a 45 minute boat trip on the Madre de Dios River before arriving at the lodge surrounded by 40 square miles of private ecological reserve! (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 01-02 RESERVAAMAZONICA LODGE

Choose from challenging jungle treks to enchanting rainforest trails, thrilling treetop canopy bridge walk to bird watching. Select from a multitude of activities based on your interest. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 03 RESERVA AMAZONICA LODGE/ PUERTO MALDONADO/ LIMA

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Return to Puerto Maldonado for your flight back to Lima. (Breakfast included)

DAYS PRE-INCA ARCHAELOGICAL 5.4WONDERS OF NORTH PERU

DAYS INCA TRAIL WITH 6.2BIKING AND HOMESTAY ADVENTURE

DAY 01 LIMA/ TRUJILLO

DAY 00 CUSCO/ HUAYOPATA/ SANTA MARIA

Fly to Trujillo where her unique architecture and colonial homes charms. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 02 TRUJILLO

Explore Huaca de la Luna and the Moche countryside. Visit a crafts factory, where leather crafts featuring Moche iconography are made using the “firebranding” technique. Visit UNESCO site of Chan Chan, the capital of the Chimu Empire that inhabited this region after the fall of the Moche. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 03 TRUJILLO/ CHICLAYO

Drive about 3.5 hours to Chiclayo. En route, explore the archeological complex of El Brujo and the Cao Museum. At Huaca El Brujo, the archaeologists found the famous mummy of the Lady of Cao, the first known female ruler of Peru. Enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding pyramids from the top of Huaca Cao. (Breakfast included)

DAY 04 CHICLAYO/ LIMA

Learn about Tucume, the last capital of the Lambayeque kingdom and the Valley of Pyramids. Discover the archaeological wonder of a 4000 year old temple of Ventarron. (Breakfast included)

Drive 3 hours to Abra de Malaga and begin your mountain bike journey (4 to 5 hours of cycling with support vehicle). For the hardy, cycle all the way to the small high jungle village of Santa Maria. Lunch en route and visit some Inca ruins and a tea processing factory. Tonight, experience a homestay in Huayopata Village (rooms are basic with no shower facilities). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 01 SANTA MARIA/ HUACAYUPANA

Hike through coffee and coca plantations and connect to the "Tropical Inca Trail”. Descend via the impressive Inca Stairs while admiring the canyon of the Vilcanota River. After several hours of hike, arrive at the host´s home, in the small village of Huacayupana (rooms are basic with hot shower bathroom). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 02 HUACAYUPAN/ AGUAS CALIENTES

A morning hike takes you to Aguas Calientes. Take local transport to the hydroelectric plant for a late lunch. Visit an unrestored small Incas ruin, then train to the town of Machu Picchu and stay a night there! (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Rising from the ocean floor through volcanic eruptions, the Galapagos Islands is situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1000km from Ecuador and is one of the most spectacular and remote wildlife frontiers on Earth. The islands are a living museum of evolutionary changes. Free and fearless animals, different from any others found elsewhere, roam and call these islands home. A trip to the Galapagos Islands is a life-enriching experience to discover a wild and pristine paradise. To visit the islands, you can opt to stay in a land based resort and embark on day trips to the nearby islands or choose to take a cruise. Country Holidays endorses the latter as it allows one to cover much more distance and access islands not possible for a land based day tripper. All Galapagos cruises include twice daily guided shore excursions in small groups (limited to 16 per group) to the most fantastic location on each island and your experienced naturalist will introduce the mysterious and wonderful secrets of its flora, fauna and geology, by way of walking, hiking or snorkeling.

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Unless you are a die-hard enthusiast for wildlife, you would probably visit the Galapagos once in a lifetime. So, the most common questions when planning a trip to the islands would be the length of the cruise, size of the ship and the month of travel.


Length of cruise: Cruises range from 3 to 14 nights. The longer the length, the more islands you will be able to visit. A 3 or 4 night cruise gives you a taste of the islands and its main highlights while the 7 nights cruise is the best, allowing one to experience the remote islands with some of the best snorkeling/scuba diving in the area. Seasons: The Galapagos climate is influenced entirely by the ocean currents. The warmest months are from December to April featuring warmer days, clearer skies, sporadic rains and a calmer sea. May to November are cooler, but tradeoff with a rougher sea.

Size of the ship: There are many ships plying the waters in Galapagos, from yachts to large cruise ships. Large ships (80-100 passengers) are more stable, spacious with amenities and appeal to travellers concerned with sea sickness. Smaller ships (12-20 passengers) tend to rock more and are noisier, as space is restricted and one cannot get too far away from the engine, but is compensated with a more intimate experience on board. Small ships are highly flexible with stops and allows more time on the islands. Mid-sized ships (40-60 passengers) offer the “middle ground”, with the intimacy of the smaller ships combined with the space and amenities typically found on larger ships.

Silversea Galapagos Max capacity: 100 guests Tonnage: 4077

7 Nights Cruise (Departs on selected Sat) Offering only a 7-nights cruise to either the western or central islands, Silversea Galapagos is by far the most luxurious ship plying the waters in Galapagos. The ship features all ocean-view suites, some with private balconies and personalized services of a butler. Cruise fare includes twice daily shore excursions, sumptuous gourmet cuisine and all-inclusive shipboard amenities. www.silversea.com

Sanctuary Eclipse Max capacity: 48 guests Tonnage: 1610

3/4/5/7 Nights Cruise (Departs on selected Wed & Sat) The Sanctuary Eclipse prides itself as a mid-sized ship offering more space than any other boats of similar size. There are 26 spacious (starting from 16 m²) air-conditioned cabins, all with sea view and boasting either windows or portholes. Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment are offered complimentary and kayaks are available for more exploration.

La Pinta Max capacity: 48 guests Tonnage: 1360

3/4/7 Nights Cruise (Departs on selected Mon & Fri) La Pinta offers a relaxed yet stylish state-of-the-art expedition atmosphere. Cabins (starting from 17.6 m²) are well-appointed and feature floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins. Excursions are guided by a team of enthusiastic guides complemented by great attention to details on board the ship. www.yachtlapinta.com

Galapagos Legend Max capacity: 100 guests Tonnage: 2890

3/4/7/10/11/14 Nights Cruise (Departs on selected Mon & Thu) Offering a variety of cabin choices and days of cruise, the Galapagos Legend is a mid-range alternative for those who prefer a big ship for space, stability and well-appointed cabins. www.gogalapagos.com

Coral I & II Max capacity: 36 guests (Coral I) and 20 guests (Coral II)

3/4/7/10/11/14 Nights Cruise (Departs on selected Wed & Sun) These sister ships offer a mid-range option if you are looking for an intimate cruising experience. Cabin size starts from 7 m² to 12 m², complete with attached bathroom. www.gogalapagos.com

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The ship also caters to special interest groups such as a dedicated 7-nights departure for photographers or families. www.sanctuaryretreats.com


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ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLAND 1-DAY EXTENSION OPTION IN THE NORTHERN HIGHLANDS: Journey to Imbabura, a magical land of lakes and mountains of outstanding beauty. Relax at La Mirage Resort and enjoy gourmet meals. Take excursions to experience the unique local life and stunning landscapes. 1-DAY EXTENSION OPTION IN QUITO: Drive 1.5 hours past the famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes” – to the Cotopaxi National Park (4800m) from Quito. Spot condors, wild horses, rare Andean foxes amongst other plant and animal life adapted to these extreme conditions.

09/12 DAYS

JOURNEY THROUGH THE ISLANDS OF EVOLUTION DAY 01 ARRIVE GUAYAQUIL

Fly to Guayaquil and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 GUAYAQUIL/ GALAPAGOS

Transfer for your flight to Galapagos and board your cruise for 5 days/4 nights or 8 days/7 nights. (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 03 TO 05 OR 08 CRUSING IN THE GALAPAGOS

Embark on your Galapagos expedition cruise discovering unique wildlife. Detailed day to day itinerary depends on the cruise selected. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 06 OR 09 GALAPAGOS/ QUITO

Your cruise ends and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Quito. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 OR 10 QUITO CITY TOUR

Visit Colonial Quito – the first city in the world to be declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Visit the Intinan Museum, at latitude 0´0´0, where you can stand one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern! (Breakfast included)

DAY 08 OR 11 QUITO/ OTAVALO/ QUITO

Drive 2 hours to the Northern Highlands passing Ibarra, a stunning land of lakes and mountains before arriving at the market town of Otavalo. Visit the town of Peguche for a glimpse of how the Otavalo Indians live! (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 OR 12 DEPART QUITO Transfer for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

ECUADOR & PERU: GALAPAGOS AND MACHU PICCHU

12/15 DAYS

MAN-MADE AND NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH AMERICA DAY 01 TO 07 OR 10 ARRIVE GUAYAQUIL/ GALAPAGOS/ QUITO Follow above itinerary.

DAY 08 OR 11 QUITO/ LIMA/ CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY

Arrive in Cusco and begin your descent of 500-600m to Sacred Valley. Explore the impressive Inca complex and visit colourful artisan markets. (Best seen on Sun, Tue, Thu) (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 OR 12 SACRED VALLEY/ MACHU PICCHU

Board the train around 1pm to Machu Picchu. Overnight and explore Machu Picchu in the evening and early morning when the masses of tourists are gone and the ruin is at its best. (Breakfast, dinner included)

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DAY 10 OR 13 MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO

Have the morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. For the energetic, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu (second entrance ticket included). Return to Cusco by train late afternoon. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 11 OR 14 CUSCO

Wander through the vibrant bazaar and Cusco city. Visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple and experience the great cosmic energy at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 12 OR 15 CUSCO/ DEPART LIMA

Begin your day with a tour to the historical Plaza de Armas. Explore the Santo Domingo Monastery and roam the old colonial streets and the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Appreciate the Larco Museum’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. Evening, enjoy a refined seafood dinner before your flight home. (Breakfast, lunch included)

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS CHILE IN SANTIAGO

Ritz Carlton: Located in the heart of El Golf featuring wellappointed suites. www.ritzcarlton.com Le Reve Boutique Hotel: A 31 room hotel centrally located in Providencia with many entertainment and dining options. www.lerevehotel.cl San Cristobal Tower: Minutes away from Providencia with some rooms offering views of the Andes Mountains. www.starwoodhotels.com Lastarrial Boutique Hotel: Converted from a stunning residence featuring charming and comfortable rooms. www.lastarriahotel.com

IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Awasi: A member of Relais and Chateaux featuring local charm and exclusive 8 cottages. www.awasi.cl Explora Atacama: Featuring 50 rooms with views of Atacama’s chains of volcanic mountains. www.explora.com Tierra Atacama: A 32-room boutique hotel offering all rooms with private terraces and views of the Licancabur volcano. www.tierraatacama.com

Alto Atacama: Enjoy spacious rooms decorated in simple elegance and local touch. www.altoatacama.com

IN PUERTO VARAS

The Cliff Preserve: A member of Relais and Chateaux featuring 18 suites located on the Pacific coast of Northern Patagonia. www.cliffspreserve.cl Quincho Country Home: An exclusive boutique hotel taking only 8 guests at any one time with great views of Osomo Volcano and Llanguihue. www.quinchocountryhome.cl Hotel Cumbres Patagónicas: A modern hotel with well-appointed rooms and panoramic views of Lake Llanquihue. www.cumbrespatagonicas.cl

IN TORRES DEL PAINE Explora Salto Chico: Located in the heart of the National Park the lodge features 49 rooms. www.explora.com

EcoCamp: Eco-friendly "domes" set in the middle of the wilderness. www.ecocamp.travel

Tierra Patagonia: Featuring 40 eco-luxe rooms with views over the lake and the majestic towers of Paine Massif. www.tierrapatagonia.com Patagonia Camp: Nestled in the dense forest with 18 luxury yurts and spectacular views of Lake Toro and the Paine Massif. www.patagoniacamp.com

IN EASTER ISLAND

Explora Rapa Nui: Situated on a hill overlooking the ocean, it offers 30 rooms with spectacular views. www.explora.com Altiplanico Easter Island: Designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse, it offers a panoramic view of the shoreline. www.altiplanico.cl Hare Noi: Located in the Orito area featuring the Rapa Nui House style. www.harenoi.cl

IN CHILOE ISLAND

Refugia Lodge: Offering 12 rooms with views of an inland sea surrounded by the peninsula and neighboring islands. www.refugia.cl

ARGENTINA IN BUENOS AIRES

Algodon Mansion: A luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Recoleta and member of Relais and Chateaux. www.algodonmansion.com Faena & Universe: A boutique hotel set in the exclusive neighborhood of Puerto Madero. www.faenahotelanduniverse.com Mio Hotel: A boutique hotel in the heart of Recoleta district featuring luxury and high-tech functions. www.miobuenosaires.com Four Seasons: A majestic architecture with tastefully furnished rooms set between the heart of Recoleta and the Microcentro. www.fourseasons.com Mines Boutique Hotel: A boutique hotel located in the Palermo Soho neighbourood. www.minehotel.com

IN VILLA LA ANGOSTURA

Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel and Spa: A member of Relais and Chateaux located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park and the Arrayanes National Park. www.lasbalsas.com 22

Correntoso Lake River: A luxury boutique hotel set deep in the wilds of Patagonia. www.correntoso.com Luma: Featuring 8 suites located on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi with the Andes mountain range as backdrop. www.lumapatagonia.com.ar

IN BARILOCHE

Estancia Peuma Hue: Set in unspoilt nature with a homely and intimate atmosphere, indulge in activities such as walks and kayaking. www.peuma-hue.com Llao Llao: A member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, the hotel is set on the Llao Llao Peninsula framed by rugged peaks. www.llaollao.com Design Suites: Chic rooms in earth, wood, stone and leather textures. This is a warm space that blends nicely with the environment. www.designsuites.com

IN EL CALAFATE

Eolo: Located in La Anita valley, the property is upscale yet casual and comfortable. www.eolo.com.ar Casa Los Sauces: Recreated with the spirit of Patagonian farms, its architectural style combines rustic features with European influences. www.casalossauces.com Design Suites: Designed with a chic décor and only 3 km from downtown Calafate. www.designsuites.com

IN SALTA

House of Jasmines: A member of Relais and Chateaux, this charming boutique hotel is set just outside the colonial city of Salta. www.houseofjasmines.com Legado Mítico Salta: A boutique hotel with local touch amidst contemporary trends. www.legadomitico.com Design Suites: Situated in the heart of Salta, close to the airport. www.designsuites.com


OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN IGUAZU FALLS Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa: Located inside Iguazu National Park on the Argentina side with an exclusive view of the Devil's Throat main fall. www.sheraton.com/iguazu

Hotel Das Cataratas: Located inside Iguazu National Park on the Brazillian side, in colonial style architecture. www.orient-express.com

BRAZIL IN SAO PAULO

Pousada Redfish: Owned and run by an English artist in the style of a comfortable guesthouse with spacious rooms. www.hotelredfish.com

L Hotel Potro Bay Sao Paulo: Well-located boutique hotel in European style. www.portobay.com

IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Fasano Hotel Sao Paulo: An elegant hotel set in the exclusive Jardins neighborhood. www.fasano.com.br

IN SALVADOR

Villa Bahia: Set in the heart of Salvador’s historical center in two traditional colonial houses featuring a terrace with panoramic view to the Pelourinho. en.lavillabahia.com/pousada-bahia Hotel Aram Yami: A 5-room contemporary classic boutique hotel housed in a 19th century building with a lively atmosphere. www.hotelaramyami.com

Fasano Hotel Rio De Janeiro: This Starck-styled boutique hotel is set on a section of private beach. www.fasano.com.br The Copacabana Palace: Located right on Copacabana beach since 1923. www.copacabanapalace.com.br Hotel Santa Teresa: A former coffee plantation mansion now restored with charm and sophistication to an exclusive boutique hotel. www.santa-teresa-hotel.com

JW Marriott Rio: With sweeping views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer, rooms are elegant and well-appointed. www.marriott.com/rio Porto Bay Rio Internacional: Set right on Copacabana beach featuring 117 rooms. www.portobay.com

IN MANAUS ( AMAZON JUNGLE) Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge: A small lodge set in the heart of the Amazon Forest featuring 20 exclusive suites. www.anavilhanaslodge.com


BRAZIL'S BEST

10 DAYS

DAY 01 ARRIVE SAO PAULO

Fly to Sao Paolo and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 SAO PAULO/ SALVADOR

Tour the oldest train station in the city, the Luz Station and Italy Terrace in the old downtown section. Continue to the Municipal Theatre, Cha Viaduct, Banespa Building, Patio do Colegio and the Se Cathedral. Head to the Liberdade neighbourhood and drive by the Avenida Paulista (financial center). End off in Ibirapeura Park. You can also visit the Afro Brazilian Museum or the Museum of Modern Art (MAM). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Salvador. (Breakfast included)

DAY 03 SALVADOR

Once the capital of Brazil, visit Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will find some of the best-preserved examples of colonial architecture in all of the Americas. Walk through the narrow streets and visit the church of Sao Francisco and Pelourinho Square. Tour the Lower City with a visit to Itapagipe Peninsula and stop for a panoramic view of the city at the Monserrat district and some shopping at the market of Mercado Modelo. (Breakfast included)

DAY 04 SALVADOR

Visit the local market and learn about Bahian cuisine. Begin with the Agua dos Meninos fish market then head to the Sao Joaquim market, the largest open air market in Brazil. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Capoeira School to learn the sport, history and philosophy behind this martial art dance. (Breakfast included)

DAY 05 SALVADOR/ RIO DE JANEIRO

Fly to Rio de Janeiro and be transfer to your hotel. Visit the viewing platform in Leblon for a panoramic view of Ipanema and Leblon beaches. Take a walk to the Copacabana Fort for a drink at sunset with one of the most glorious views of Rio. (Breakfast included)

DAY 06 RIO DE JANEIRO

Ascend the Sugar Loaf Mountain on a two-tiered cable car then head downtown for the best of late 18th century French style architecture. Visit the distinctive and artsy Santa Teresa. See the iconic Christ the Redeemer and enjoy a superb view of the city. Optional: Enjoy a 30-minute helicopter scenic flight over Rio. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 RIO DE JANEIRO

Take a walk down the favelas (shanty towns) for a true insider view of the city. Take a Rio by night guided walk and soak in the vibrant music scene, live Samba and jazz bands. (Breakfast included)

DAY 08 RIO DE JANEIRO/ IGUAZU FALLS

Fly to Iguazu Falls and arrive at the Brazilian side of the falls. Take a walking tour starting on the lower part of the trail that descends down the canyon to offer panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Ride the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. Optional: Enjoy an unforgettable 10- minute helicopter scenic flight over the falls! (Breakfast included)

DAY 09 IGUAZU FALLS

View the falls from the Argentinean side today, well known for the close up views of the falls. Board a gas-propelled train to the Upper Circuit and the Lower Circuit. You will arrive at the Devil’s Throat where the falls is at its most impressive. Enjoy the exhilarating “Gran Aventura” that combines off-road ride in the jungle and navigation to the middle of the Iguazu Canyon. (Breakfast included)

DAY 10 IGUAZU FALLS/ DEPART SAO PAULO Depart for your flight back via Sao Paolo. (Breakfast included)

EXTENSION TO THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON DAY 01 SAO PAULO/ MANAUS

Fly to Manaus - the heart of the Amazon. Explore the port of Manaus, the Indian Museum and the colorful city market with wide variety of therapeutic herbs and plants used by the locals. Visit the fish market and the city Opera House. (Breakfast included)

DAY 02/03 MANAUS/ AMAZON JUNGLE LODGE

Transfer to the all-inclusive Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge (3.5 hours away). Activities options are aplenty from nocturnal sightseeing at the Anavilhanas Archipelago, hiking on the Mainland Woods to visiting Amazonian Dolphins and Art Parlors in Novo Airão. Enjoy recreational Piranha fishing, visit the Cabloclo community, canoe through the riverbanks and other wonderful excursions. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 04 AMAZON JUNGLE LODGE/ BRASILIA

Today, return to Manaus for your flight to Brasilia. On arrival, check into your hotel. (Breakfast included)

DAY 05 BRASILIA/ SALVADOR

Enjoy a visit of Brasilia. Explore the Little Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Superblocks, TV and radio tower, Military Sector, the Army's Headquarters, JK memorial, the Congress, the Presidential Palace and many other important buildings. This afternoon, fly to Salvador. (Breakfast included)

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13 DAYS

SIGNATURE ARGENTINA

DAY 01 ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

Fly to Buenos Aires and be transfer for your hotel.

DAY 02 BUENOS AIRES

Start your tour with the historic Plaza de Mayo, the Government House, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Republica. Continue onto San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods with colonial houses and cobbled streets kept untouched. Visit the colourful port neighborhood of La Boca. Explore the sophisticated districts of Puerto Madero, Palermo neighbourhood and Recoleta. Visit the Recoleta cemetery and church housing well-known personalities like Eva Peron. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or select from the below tours: • Experience Colon Theatre – One of the five best opera houses in the world • Underground Buenos Aires – Best kept secrets of the city • Evita’s Life – Spiritual leader of Argentina • Culinary tour with cooking class – Learn to whip up a traditional empanadas or milanesas This evening, be treated to a typical Argentinean beef dinner with Tango Show. (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 03 BUENOS AIRES

Explore the home of a working ranch or estancia to see how they live and appreciate the Argentine gaucho skills in horseback riding. Taste the typical empanadas (meat pastries) and Argentine barbecue. Relax to a folklore show with live music and dances. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 BUENOS AIRES/ IGUAZU FALLS

Fly to Iguazu Falls and arrive at the Brazillian side of the falls. Take a walking tour starting from the lower part of the trail then ride the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view. Optional: Enjoy an unforgettable 10- minute helicopter scenic flight over the falls! (Breakfast included)

DAY 05 IGUAZU FALLS

View the falls from the Argentinean side today. Follow the traditional Upper and Lower circuits in the Iguazu National Park for a spectacular panoramic views and close contact with the falls. (Breakfast included)

DAY 06 IGUAZU FALLS/SALTA

A charming city with contrast between its colonial buildings and modern urban architecture, Salta is one of the most picturesque cities in the country. See the 18th century Church and San Francisco Convent, the Cabildo and the historical Museum of the north. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 SALTA/ JUJUY/SALTA

Journey through the narrow mountain valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca and pass by towns of great importance during the pre-Spaniards and colonial time. The village of Purmamarca, is a great base to admire the hill “Cerro de los Siete Colores” (Seven Colours Mountain) then continue towards Tilcara to visit the archaeological museum and the Pucará ruins. Arrive in the colonial town of Humahuaca before making your way back to Salta via beautiful mountain scenery. (Breakfast included)

DAY 08 SALTA/ BUENOS AIRES/ EL CALAFATE

Today, fly to El Calafate via Buenos Aires and check into your lodge. (Breakfast included)

DAY 09 EL CALAFATE

Visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Drive into the national park and take easy walks on the footbridges located in front of its western wall to admire this impressive natural wonder from different viewpoints. End with a visit to the Glacier Museum. Recommended Alternative – Mini Trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier (Available from August to May only, for ages 10-65 years old depending on physical conditions, no prior experience required. Crampons/ice trekking gear provided). In the morning, embark on a 20-minute navigation across the Rico Arm in the Argentinean Lake, enjoying views of the glacier’s front walls and icebergs channel. Learn about the flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier. After lunch, begin your descent to your boat and continue on the footbridges for another perspective. Return to El Calafate. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 10 EL CALAFATE/ BARILOCHE

Enjoy your morning at leisure. Afternoon, fly to Bariloche (available in summer only) and check into your lodge. (Breakfast included)

DAY 11 BARILOCHE

Enjoy a half day tour of the Small Circuit. Take a scenic drive through the Nahuel Huapi Lake and Bonita Beach and arrive at the foot of Mount Campanario. Take a chairlift up to the peak (1,050 meters) for sweeping views of the city and its surrounds. Continue on to the San Pedro Peninsula area and arrive at the Llao Llao Peninsula. Take a scenic drive back to the city. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

DAY 12 BARILOCHE/ VILLA LA ANGOSTURA

Travel northwards skirting the Limay River and see the breathtaking landscape change. Visit a charming mountain village before continuing on to the Seven Lakes road to Villa La Angostura, bordering the Correntoso Lake and the Espejo Lake. Arrive at the picturesque village of Villa La Angostura. (Breakfast included)

DAY 13 ILLA LA ANGOSTURA/ BARILOCHE/ DEPART BUENOS AIRES

Drive one hour to Bariloche. Fly to Buenos Aires and have some time to explore the city before your flight back home. (Breakfast included)

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CHILE – FROM DESERT TO THE ANDESCULTURAL & HISTORY, ECO ADVENTURE

DAY 01 FLY TO SANTIAGO Fly to Santiago.

DAY 02 ARRIVE SANTIAGO

Take a tour of the city starting from Santa Lucía Hill and the Lastarria neighbourhood, famed for its cafes and bistros. Explore the La Moneda Palace, a neoclassical style government palace. Walk along Paseo Ahumada and reach Plaza de Armas. End the evening at the Bellavista neighbourhood, a lively and artsy neighbourhood with a vibrant nightlife and a gastronomy haven! (Breakfast included)

DAY 03 SANTIAGO

Begin your tour to Valpraiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a leisurely drive through coastal scenery to Vina del Mar and the beach town of Renaca. Explore the La Sebastiana Museum then head to the 21 de Mayo lookout point. (Breakfast included)

DAY 04 SANTIAGO/ SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Fly to Calama airport and transfer to San Pedro De Atacama. Check into your all-inclusive lodge with a range of excursions to choose from and all meals included. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 05/06 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Base yourself in this quaint unhurried town in the driest desert in the world. Select from a range of excursions featuring various levels of difficulty. Hike, horseride, 4-wheel drives, giant sand dunes, jagged canyons, salt pillars, boiling geysers, a smoking volcano or visit the local villages. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 07 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA/ CALAMA/PUERTO MONTT/ PUERTO VARAS

Drive to Calama to fly to Puerto Montt. Set next to the Pacific Ocean, enjoy panoramic views of the bay and Tenglo Island. Visit its cathedral, colourful seafood market and handicrafts market of Angelmó. Drive to your hotel in Puerto Varas- the heart of the Chilean Lake District. (Breakfast included)

DAY 08 PUERTO VARAS

Head to Petrohué through Ensenada, entering the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. View the Petrohué Falls and take a walk along the woodlands. Visit the town of Petrohué on the banks of the Todos Los Santos Lake (All Saints). (Breakfast included)

DAY 09 PUERTO VARAS/ CHILOE ISLAND/PUERTO VARAS

Take a ferry to the well-known Chiloé Island, a place full of traditions and mysticism. Continue to Caulín, a small fishermen cove known for its oyster farming. In Ancud, enjoy the unique gastronomy of the area and continue towards Mar Brava to enjoy a stretch of beautiful secluded beach and big waves from the Pacific Ocean. (Breakfast included)

DAY 10 PUERTO VARAS/ PUERTO MONTT/ PUNTA ARENAS/ TORRES DEL PAINE

Drive to Puerto Montt Airport to fly to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas. Check into your all-inclusive lodge in the magnificent Torres Del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia. (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 11/12 TORRES DEL PAINE

Choose your excursions from a range of treks, horseback rides and trails to discover the landscape and wildlife. The Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO for its singular beauty and ecology. Learn the unique way of life of its human inhabitants: the gauchos and their estancias (ranches). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 13 PUERTO NATALES OR PUNTA ARENAS/ DEPART SANTIAGO

Transfer to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas for your flight back to Santiago with connection back home. (Breakfast included)

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TORRES DEL PAIE, CHILE

PATAGONIA DISCOVERY: ARGENTINA AND CHILE

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DAY 01 ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

Start your tour with the historic Plaza de Mayo, the Government House, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Republica. Continue onto San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods with colonial houses and cobbled streets. Visit the colourful port neighborhood of La Boca. Explore the sophisticated districts of Puerto Madero, Palermo neighbourhood and Recoleta. Visit the Recoleta cemetery and church housing well-known personalities like Eva Peron. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or select from the below tours: • Experience Colon Theatre – One of the five best opera houses in the world • Underground Buenos Aires – Best kept secrets of the city • Evita’s Life – Spiritual leader of Argentina • Culinary tour with cooking class – Learn to whip up a traditional empanadas or milanesas This evening, be treated to a typical Argentinean beef dinner with Tango Show. (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 02 BUENOS AIRES

Start your tour with the historic Plaza de Mayo, the Government House, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and the Plaza de la Republica. Continue onto San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods with colonial houses and cobbled streets kept untouched. (Breakfast included)

DAY 03 BUENOS AIRES

Explore the home of a working ranch or estancia to see how they live and appreciate the Argentine gaucho skills in horseback riding. Taste the typical empanadas (meat pastries) and Argentine barbecue. Relax to a folklore show with live music and dances. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 BUENOS AIRES/ IGUAZU FALLS

Fly to Iguazu Falls and arrive at the Brazilian side of the falls. Take a walking tour starting on the lower part of the trail then ride the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view. Optional: Enjoy an unforgettable 10- minute helicopter scenic flight over the falls! (Breakfast included)

DAY 05 IGUAZU FALLS

View the falls from the Argentinean side today. Enjoy the traditional Upper and Lower circuits in the Iguazu National Park for a spectacular panoramic views and close contact with the falls. (Breakfast included)

DAY 06 IGUAZU FALLS/ EL CALAFATE Fly to Calafate via Buenos Aires. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 EL CALAFATE

Visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Drive into the national park and take easy walks on the footbridges located in front of its western wall. End with a visit to the Glacier Museum. Recommended Alternative – Mini Trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier (Available from August to May only, for ages 10-65 years old depending on physical conditions (no prior experience required. Crampons/ice trekking gear provided.). In the morning, embark on a 20-minute navigation across the Rico Arm in the Argentinean Lake. Learn about the flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region. After lunch, begin your descent to your boat and continue on the footbridges for another perspective (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 EL CALAFATE

Board the Catamaran and sail to Lago Argentino for views of the stunning 9km wide Upsala Glacier. Disembark at Estancia Cristina to visit, an early 20th century sheep breeding farm and head to a look-out point for an impressive view of the Upsala glacier and Argentino lake. Have lunch amidst nature before taking a hike to a nearby waterfall. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 EL CALAFATE/ TORRES DEL PAINE

Drive across the Patagonian Steppe to the Chilean border “Cancha Carrera” and onward to Torres Del Paine National Park (3.5 hours’ drive). (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 10/11 TORRES DEL PAINE

Choose your excursions from a range of treks, horseback rides and trails to discover the landscapes and wildlife. The Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO for its singular beauty and ecology. Learn about the unique way of life of its human inhabitants, the gauchos and their estancias (ranches). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 12 PUERTO NATALES OR PUNTA ARENAS/ SANTIAGO Transfer to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas for your flight back to Santiago. (Breakfast included)

DAY 13 SANTIAGO

Begin your tour to Valpraiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a leisurely drive through coastal scenery to Vina del Mar and the beach town of Renaca. Explore the La Sebastiana Museum then head to the 21 de Mayo lookout point. (Breakfast included)

DAY 14 DEPART SANTIAGO

Take a tour of the city starting from Santa Lucía Hill and the Lastarria neighbourhood, famed for its cafes and bistros. Explore the La Moneda Palace and walk along Paseo Ahumada to the Plaza de Armas. Discover the Bellavista neighbourhood, a lively and artsy neighbourhood with a vibrant nightlife and a gastronomy haven! In the evening, be transferred for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

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EXTENSIONS IN CHILE

DAYS MYSTERIES OF 1.4EASTER ISLAND DAY 01 SANTIAGO/ EASTER ISLAND

Fly to Easter Island, one of the most isolated islands far off in the Pacific Ocean. Known as one of the world's most sacred site, it is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone busts – the Moai. Transfer to your all-inclusive lodge. In the afternoon, tour the Orongo, Vinapu and Nakai Tangata to learn of the island’s history. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner depending on your hotel choice)

DAY 02 EASTER ISLAND

Enjoy a full day tour of Akahanga, Te Pito Kura, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach – learn about the Moais in various stages of completion. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner depending on your hotel choice)

DAY 03 EASTER ISLAND

Take a walk to Ahu Akivi where seven beautifully-preserved Moais proudly stands. Explore the Ana Te Pahu caves and learn of the legends surrounding them. Discover the best-kept archaeological site of the island, the Ahu Tahai ceremonial altars. Visit downtown Easter Island, its Catholic Church and the Sebastian Englert Museum which promotes the Rapa Nui culture. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner depending on your hotel choice)

DAY 04 EASTER ISLAND/ DEPART SANTIAGO Fly back to Santiago and connect for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

SEEKING REFUGE 2.3INDAYS CHILOE ISLAND (Available Sep to Apr only)

DAY 00 PUERTO VARAS/ CHILOE ISLAND/ CASTRO

Sail across the Chacao Channel for approximately 30 minutes and arrive in Chacao, a small village doorway to the Chiloé Island. Transfer to Refugia Lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 01/02 REFUGIA LODGE

Spend two days in the warm hospitality of Refugia. You can hike through native forests, bike along rolling hills, horse-back ride to the top for views of the fiord, boat to the channels and fiords of Castro, visit ranges etc. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 03 REFUGIA LODGE/ CASTRO/PUERTO MONTT Drive to Castro airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast included)

DAYS CRUISE EXPEDITION IN 3.4PATAGONIA AND TIERRA DEL FUEGO (Available Sep to Apr only)

DAY 00 PUNTA ARENAS/ EMBARK PATAGONIA CRUISE

Embark on your cruise in the southernmost region of the world. Enjoy an expedition with expert guides on a comfortable ship. (Breakfast and dinner included)

DAY 01/03 PATAGONIA CRUISE

Navigate through spectacular geography: glaciers, marine mammals, Magellanic Penguins, prolific vegetation etc. Sail through legendary maritime channels of early explorers for an unforgettable journey to Cape Horn – a breathtaking, pure and strikingly beautiful landscape. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

DAY 04 DISEMBARK USHUAIA/BUENOS AIRES Disembark at Ushuaia and fly back to Buenos Aires. (Breakfast included)

Reverse sailing from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas available (3 nights)

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EXTENSIONS IN ARGENTINA DAYS MARINE LIFE IN THE 1.2ATLANTIC PATAGONIA (Available mid Sep to Mar only)

DAY 00 EL CALAFATE/TRELEW

Fly to Trelew and check into your hotel. Visit the old train station, the central square and the old chapel. You might also like to visit the Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum (at your cost) which offers a rich and varied exhibition of geology and paleontology of Patagonia. (Breakfast included)

DAY 01 TRELEW/ PENINSULA DE VALDES/ PUERTO MADRYN

Drive 1 hour to Puerto Piramides and go whale-watching (available from Jun-Dec only). Sail along “Golfo Nuevo” coasts to admire the colonies of cormorants and other coast bird fauna. Observe in close proximity, imposing Southern Right Whales that reaches these shores to mate and give birth. After lunch, walk down the cliff to observe elephant seals colony. Reach Punta Cantor, a spectacular viewpoint of the peninsula and the amazing topography of Caleta Valdés (Valdes Cove). Stop by the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus and visit the interpretative center. During the excursion, catch sight of some of the terrestrial fauna: guanacos, piches, maras, rheas, foxes and several types of birds. In the late afternoon, arrive in the city of Puerto Madryn. (Breakfast included)

DAY 02 PUERTO MADRYN/ PUNTA TOMBO/TRELEW

Head to Punta Tombo Wildlife Reserve holding the largest Magellanic penguin colony on the continent and learn about the marine birds through the expert guides. Visit Gaiman a cultural and historical tradition of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Taste culinary delicacies handed down from generation to generation in one of the picturesque teahouses. Return to Trelew for your flight out. (Breakfast included)

DAYS WINE AND 2.2DINE MENDOZA

(Winter Replacement for Bariloche Area: Jun- Aug)

DAY 00 SALTA/ MENDOZA

Fly to Mendoza. Enjoy dinner at 1884 Restaurant. (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 01 MENDOZA/ VALLE DE UCO/MENDOZA

Early in the morning, depart to Uco Valley. Drive 2 hours to the vineyards of Clos de los 7. Continue to La Tupiña where you will have lunch in a restaurant surrounded by vineyards. (Breakfast included)

DAY 02 MENDOZA/ LUJAN DE CUYO/DEPART MENDOZA

Discover some of the best wineries in Argentina. Learn about the harvesting, winemaking process and the viticulture’s history in Mendoza at Bodega Alta Vista. Enjoy the exclusive experience of “Growing with the Wine” at Norton winery. Replace this excursion with a full day visit to one winery, experiencing the following with an expert: • Learning to harvest ( End Dec- end Apr) • Learning to prune (Mid June – mid Aug) • Traditional recipes and cooking class ( All year round) • Winemaker for a day (All year around) Depart for your flight out this evening. (Breakfast included)

DAY TOUR TO COLONIA 3.1DEL SACRAMENTO, URUGUAY DAY 01 BUENOS AIRES/COLONIA/ BUENOS AIRES

Take a 1-hour fast ferry to the historic quarter of Colonia de Sacramento - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 you will see splendidly preserved Colonial-era monuments of the Old City, the Matriz Church (Uruguay’s oldest), the Bastion del Carmen, Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo and more. Explore the cobbled stone streets, old houses that locals still live in, antique cars, and see the remains of the ancient fortifications.  Return to Buenos Aires by fast ferry. (Breakfast included)

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OTHER RECOMMENDED COMBINATIONS

Peru

11DAYS ADVENTURE ACROSS THE ATACAMA DESERT: BOLIVIA TO CHILE REMOTE ROUTE THROUGH INDIGENOUS VILLAGES AND SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES

Lima

DAY 01 ARRIVE LA PAZ

Fly to La Paz and transfer to your hotel.

Cuzco La Paz

DAY 02 LA PAZ

Orientate yourself with a city tour beginning with Plaza Murillo. Visit the Museum of Folklore and Ethnography and stroll down the famous colonial street Jaen. Enjoy spectacular views of the city surrounded by snow-capped mountains at Killi Killi then head to the unique Valley of the Moon. (Breakfast included)

Bolivia

DAY 03 LA PAZ/ ORURO/ COLCHANI

Depart early this morning on your private 4WD for a long ride south (8 hrs with stops en route) across the whole Altiplano. Skirt Lake PooPo and Uru-Uru and arrive in Oruro. Hit the dirt road in the village of Challapata and call it a day at Colchani. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

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San Pedro de Atacama

DAY 04 COLCHANI/ UYUNI/ TAHUA

Drive to Salar de Uyuni - the world’s largest salt desert and visit the salt exploitation of Colchani and the Salt Hotels. Discover the first traces of life on Earth in the Island of Incahuasi then head north to the village of Tahua, at the foot of volcano Tunupa. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 05 TAHUA/ SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ

Take a guided ascent of the volcano dominating the Salar and reap the rewards of exceptional views in 3 to 4 hours (no technical difficulty but a good fitness level is required). Cross Salar de Uyuni to the village of San Pedro de Quemez. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

Chile

DAY 06 SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ/ SILOLI DESERT

Argentina

Cross Salar de Chiguana and reach the still active volcano. Skirt the Chilean border going south following the “Road of the Jewels”. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 07 SILOLI DESERT/ SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Head south through the stark landscapes of the Siloli Desert and its famous “Arbol de Piedra”.Visit the Sol de Mañana Geysers and the Polques thermals before skirting Laguna Salada and crossing the Dali Desert (named after the scenery reminiscent of one of Dali’s paintings). Witness the phenomenon of Laguna Verde and proceed to cross the Chilean border. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 08 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Learn about the Palaeolithic civilisation that built impressive rock fortresses on the mountains and explore the archaeological Museum of Padre Gustavo Le Paige (closed on Mon). Visit pre Columbian village of Tulor and Pukara de Quitor fortress. In the afternoon, tour Toconao, a village dedicated to the manufacture of white volcanic stone sculptures. Continue to the Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea formed millions of years ago. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 09 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Leave early at 4 am to reach the El Tatio Geysers at an altitude of 4300m before sunrise. This is the highest geothermal field in the world in a remote setting offering spectacular scenery. Visit the village of Machuca, a pit stop along the "Inca Highway". (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 10 ATACAMA/ CALAMA/ SANTIAGO

Fly to Santiago and begin with a city tour starting from La Moneda Palace, a neoclassical style government palace and a stroll along Paseo Ahumada reaching Plaza de Armas. Ascend the San Cristóbal Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of the city with the majestic Andes in the background. (Breakfast and lunch included)

DAY 11 DEPART SANTIAGO

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Ecuador

OTHER RECOMMENDED COMBINATIONS Brazil

Peru Lima Cusco

Brazil

Peru

Bolivia

Paraguay Argentina

Rio de Janeiro

Iguazu Falls

Chile

ESSENCE OF SOUTH AMERICA 11DAYS BRAZIL, IGUAZU FALLS AND PERU DAY 01 ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO

Argentina

Fly to Rio de Janeiro via Sao Paulo.

Uruguay

DAY 02 RIO DE JANEIRO

Ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain on a cable car for great views over the city before heading downtown for the best of late 18th century French styled architecture. Santa Teresa exudes a distinct artsy atmosphere while the iconic Christ the Redeemer overlooks the city. (Breakfast included)

DAY 03 RIO DE JANEIRO

Patagonia

Have an insider view of the city by talking a walking tour in a favela (shanty town). In the evening, Rio comes to life. Enter the heart of the city’s nightlife in the neighbourhood of Lapa with its vibrant music scene, live Samba and jazz bars. (Breakfast included)

DAY 04 RIO DE JANEIRO / IGUAZU FALLS

Fly to Iguazu Falls for an exploration on the Brazilian side of the falls. Your walking tour descends down the canyon offering panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Ride the glass elevator up the cliff face for exquisite views from the upper deck. (Breakfast included)

DAY 05 IGUAZU FALLS / LIMA

Today, take a full day tour on the Argentinean side of the falls. Follow the traditional circuits in the Iguazu National Park and arrive at the Devil’s Throat where the falls is at its most impressive. Enjoy the exhilarating “Gran Aventura” that combines off-road ride in the jungle and navigation to the middle of the Iguazu Canyon. Freshen up in your hotel before flying to Lima. (Breakfast included)

DAY 06 LIMA

Begin your day with a tour to the historical Plaza de Armas. Explore the Santo Domingo Monastery and roam the old colonial streets and the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Appreciate the Larco Museum’s extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 LIMA/ CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY

Arrive in Cusco and begin your descent of 500-600m to Sacred Valley. Explore the impressive Inca complex and visit colourful artisan markets. (Open Sun, Tue, Thu). (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 SACRED VALLEY/ MACHU PICCHU

Board the train around 1pm to Machu Picchu. Overnight and explore Machu Picchu in the evening and early morning when the masses of tourists are gone and the ruin is at its best! (Breakfast, dinner included)

DAY 09 MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO

Have the morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. For the energetic, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu (second entrance ticket included). Return to Cusco by train late afternoon. (Breakfast included)

DAY 10 CUSCO

Wander through the vibrant bazaar and Cusco city. Visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple and experience the great cosmic energy at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 11 CUSCO/ DEPART LIMA

Transfer for your flight to Lima. Enjoy a refined seafood dinner before your flight home. (Breakfast, dinner included)

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MEXICO, CARIBBEAN, CENTRAL & NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA

Mexico Leon

Vinales Guanajuato

Merida

Cancun

Chichen Itza

Teotihuacan Mexico City Palenque

Havana Santa Clara Trinidad

Tulum

Cuba Santiago de Cuba

Baracoa

Tikal Flores

Guatemala Honduras

Guatemala City Antigua Guatemala Copan Tegucigalpa

Santa Marta

Colombia

Los Roques Caracas

Puerto Ordaz Galapagos Islands Venezuela

Cartagena

Medellin

Pereira

Bogota

Colombia

Canaima

Ecuador

Angel Falls

GRAN SABANA

Ecuador

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS CUBA IN HAVANA

Saratoga Hotel: An elegant neo classical building right by the Parque Central. www.hotel-saratoga.com Telegrafo: Cuba’s oldest hotel, now a 4-star hotel centrally located. www.hoteltelegrafo-cuba.com Florida Hotel: A 4-star hotel in a magnificent 16th century colonial building. www.hotelfloridacuba.com

NH Parque Central: A combination of Spanish colonial style with modern services and facilities. www.hotelparquecentral-cuba.com

IN VINALES

La Granjitas: A well-run simple hotel with beautiful surrounding.

IN TRINIDAD

Iberostar Grand Hotel: A small hotel located in the heart of the old town. www.iberostar.com

IN BARACOA

El Castillo: With splendid views of the mountains, city and bays, this modern hotel is an adaptation of a Spanish colonial fort. www.hotelescastillocuba.com

IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Sol Melia: Strategically located, this is the largest and most luxurious hotel in Santiago. www.solmeliacuba.co

Brisas Trinidad Del Mar: Located on one of the best sections of Playa Ancon with nicely decorated rooms. www.hotelescubanacan.com

GUATEMALA IN ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

Palacio Dona Leonor: A luxury boutique hotel with historical charm. www.palaciodeleonor.com Panza Verde: A luxury boutique hotel with renowned restaurant. www.panzaverde.com Posa del Angel: A colonial Inn featuring 7 suites exuding individual character. www.posadadelangel.com El Convento: A luxurious all suites boutique hotel. www.elconventoantigua.com Casa Santo Domingo: A historical boutique hotel with luxurious appointed rooms. www.casasantodomingo.com.gt

Hotel Milfores: A boutique hotel offering 6 suites set in a 16th century colonial building. www.hotelmilflores.com Hotel Casa Quinta: A charming hotel a walk away from central Antigua. www.hotelcasaquinta.com

IN LAKE ATITLAN

Laguna Lodge: A romantic hideaway offering an intimate experience situated within its own nature reserve. www.lagunalodgeatitlan.com Hotel Atitlan: Set by the shore of Lake Atitlan, the hotel is a perfect retreat for exploring the highland. www.hotelatitlan.com

Casa Palopo: A beautiful villa with only 7 luxurious rooms, built on a hill offering magnificent views of the lake and volcanoes. www.casapalopo.com

IN TIKAL

La Lancha: An intimate and romantic retreat set by the shore of Lake Petel with rooms of lake or rainforest view. www.coppolaresorts.com Camino Real: Set by the shore of Lake Petel with wellappointed rooms. www.caminorealtikal.com.gt Jaguar Inn: Located inside the National Park, it offers only 13 bungalows each equipped with modern facilities. www.jaguartikal.com

MEXICO IN MEXICO CITY

Los Alcobas: A masterfully designed hotel located in the fashionable Palanco District. www.lasalcobas.com St Regis: Sweeping view of the city, great architectural design and superb rooms. www.starwoodhotels.com Four Seasons: Situated in the exclusive Palanco District, offering the finest in room appointment and service. www.fourseasons.com

Gran Hotel Ciudad: A 5-star hotel centrally located near the Zocalo. www.granhoteldelaciudaddemexico.com Downtown Mexico Hotel: Located in the historical centre, this hotel exudes 17th century colonial charm. www.downtownmexico.com Holiday Inn Zocalo: A 4-star hotel set by the Yamuna River. www.holidayinn.com NH Centro Historico: A 4-star hotel just steps away from Zocalo. www.nh-hotels.com

IN GUANAJUATO

Villa Maria Christina: Located along the boulevard of Guanajuato, this member of Relais & Chateaux is set in a 19th century building. www.relaischateaux.com 1850 Hotel: A luxury boutique hotel that exudes the history of Guanajuato with excellent location. www.hotel1850.com Edelmira: This charming 4-star boutique hotel located by the main square. www.edelmirahotel.com

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN CANCUN/ MAYAKOBA

Banyan Tree at Mayakoba: A harmonious blend of nature and luxury, the resort is immersed in the Caribbean lifestyle. www.banyantree.com Rosewood at Mayakoba: A hotel embraced by the jungle and set along a white powdery beach. www.rosewoodhotels.com Maroma Resort: Set deep in the jungle beside pristine white sand, this is a Orient Express property. www.maromahotel.com JW Marriott: A luxury resort offering a stunning view of the beach and the Caribbean Sea. www.marriott.com

Hotel Daseo: A contemporary hotel set on the Playa Carmen beach. www.hoteldeseo.com

Villas Arqueologicas: Situated at the rear entrance of Chichen Itza, the hotel is set within a tropical garden. www.villasarqueologicas.com

Melia: Situated on a beautiful beach in South Cancun, this is an all-inclusive hotel with personalised service. www.melia.com

IN PALENQUE

IN CHICHEN ITZA

Hotel Jardines Palenque: A unique eco-friendly hotel surrounded by jungle. www.jardinespalenque.com

Mayaland: Amongst the finest property at Chichen offering 39 bungalows. www.mayaland.com Hacienda Chichen: Situated within a short walking distance from Chichen Itza featuring comfortable guest rooms. www.haciendachichen.com

Hotel Quinta Chabnadal: A boutique hotel offering 7 luxury suite in an exclusive environment surrounded by tropical flora. www.quintachanabnal.com

Hotel Mission: A hotel with modern facilities 15 minutes away from the ruins of Palenque. www.hotelesmision.com

HONDURAS IN COPAN

Hacienda San Lucas: A historical luxury hotel situated on a hill overlooking the Copan Ruin. www.clarioncopan.com

Hotel Marina Copan: Overlooking the central Square of Copan Town, the hotel features modern facilities. www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Clarion Copan: Set in a well landscaped garden, the hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms. www.clarioncopan.com

Yakoo Ecological Camp: An adventure lodge near Santa Elena featuring 7 cottages with attached bathrooms and running hot water. www.ya-koo.com

IN LOS ROQUES NATIONAL PARK

VENEZUELA IN CARACAS (MAIQUETIA)

Marriott Playa Grande: A 207-room luxury hotel located 10 minutes from Maiquetia International Airport. www.marriott.com Hotel Ole Caribe: A 4-star hotel in Macuto, 20 minutes from the airport. www.hotelolecaribe.com

IN LA GRAN SABANA

Chivaton Camp: A basic adventure lodge featuring 12 simple rooms with private bathrooms. No hot water in the bathrooms.

IN CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK

Waku Lodge: A lodge on the Canaima lagoon facing Salto Hocha waterfall offering 15 rooms with private bathrooms. www.wakulodge.com

Posada Caracol: Located directly on the beach featuring just four rooms with private bathrooms. Posada Macondo: A 6-room Posada owned and managed by an Italian couple. www.posadamacondo.com

Parakaupa Camp: Located on the lagoon banks with views of Ssalto Hocha featuring 14 rooms with attached bathrooms.

COLOMBIA IN BOGOTA

JW Marriott: Featuring 264 luxurious contemporary rooms and suites located in the heart of the city. www.marriott.com Radisson Royal: A modern hotel within walking distance to the Usaquen entertainment area. www.radisson.com La Boheme Royal: A local 5-star chain offering 66-rooms, centrally located. www.hotelesroyal.com

IN PEREIRA

Visus Boutique Hotel: A boutique hotel featuring just 7 luxurious rooms, located 1 km from Bolivar Square. www.hotelvisusspa.com 36

Hacienda San Jose: Built in 1888 located in the countryside just outside of town, it offers just 10 unique rooms and suites. www.haciendahotelsanjose.com

IN SANTA MARTA

Irotama Resort: A 350-room beachfront luxury resort, located 14 km from the city center. www.irotama.com Ecohabs: Featuring 14 bungalows inspired by native Indian huts, built on the beachfront. www.ecohabsantamarta.com Zuana Beach Resort: A good tourist-class beach resort. www.hotelcasablancasanandres.com Hotel Estelar Santa Marta: A slightly dated but comfortable 4-star hotel. www.hotelesestelar.com

IN CARTAGENA

Sofitel Santa Clara: Converted from a monastery, this is now a modern 119-room luxury hotel. www.sofitel.com Casa Pestagua: Converted from an 18th century mansion featuring just 11 suites. www.hotelboutiquecasapestagua.com Las Americas Casa del Playa: Recently remodeled, it is now a modern beach resort. www.hotellasamericas.com Hotel Capilla del Mar: A Capilla renovated to a contemporary 110room hotel with international 4-star standards. www.capilladelmar.com


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08 DAYS CUBA DAY 01 ARRIVE HAVANA

Arrive in Caracas and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 HAVANA

Explore the colonial section of Havana with a walking tour. Discover the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Cathedral de San Cristobal and the Old Square. In the afternoon, learn about Cuba’s recent dramatic history and the stories of its heros in the Revolutionary Museum. In the evening, be treated to the extravagant Tropicana Show. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 03 HAVANA

Take a 1950s convertible and tour the city including Colonial, New and Resident Havana. Explore Hammel Callejon, an artist district and the Museum of Colonial Arts as well as spend some time for shopping in the bazaar. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 HAVANA/ VINALES

Drive 180 km or about 2.5 hours through the Mogote Valley to the picturesque village of Viñales. Take a short walk through the Viñales valley and visit tobacco, coffee, orange and banana plantations. In the afternoon, visit the house of a "Veguero" (tobacco farmer) and discover an Indian limestone cave by boat. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 05 VINALES/ TRINIDAD

Drive 454 km or about 5.5 hours to Santa Clara. After lunch, visit Che Guavara Memorial and the site of Che’s famous battle on the train. In the afternoon, drive another 97 km or about 1.5 hours to the lovely colonial city of Trinidad. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 06 TRINIDAD

Enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city and visit the Church of La Santísima Trinidad, Major Square and the Brunet Palace. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore this old colonial town. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 TRINIDAD/ HAVANA

Drive back to Havana today. En route, stop by Cienfugos, a colonial town. Take the longer route around the Bay of Pigs, a lovely stretch of Caribbean Coast and also the site of an important battle during the revolution. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 DEPART HAVANA

This morning, visit the the famous Cohiba cigar factories. Explore the fisherman´s village Cojimar, one of Hemingway’s favourite haunts and his former residence, Finca Vigia. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast, lunch included)

EXTENSION TO EASTERN CUBA DAY 08 HAVANA/ BARACOA

Fly to Baracoa. Explore the city visiting the first villa founded by Diego Velazquez in America in 1512; Nuestra Señora de la Concepción Church with the first cross introduced by the Spanish to America by Christopher Columbus; the Municipality Museum and Matachin Fort. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 BARACOA

Explore Finca Duaba, a traditional Cuban farm then head to Rio Toa, Cuba's wildest river which runs through a UNESCO protected reserve amidst spectacular scenery. Later return back to Baracoa for some free time. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 10 BARACOA/ SANTIAGO

Drive 233km or about 4.5 hours to Santiago. Visit Céspedes Park, the Cigar House, Revolution Square and the House of Diego Velázquez (Cuba’s Spanish conqueror). See the Moncada Barracks and the El Morro Castle. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 11 SANTIAGO/ HAVANA

Explore the hilly neighbourhood of El Tivoli. Enjoy a marvellous lookout over red-tile rooftops of the city as it slopes down to the Bay of Santiago. Fly to Havana. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 12 DEPART HAVANA

Visit the famous Cohiba cigar factories and the fisherman´s village Cojimar. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

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13 DAYS GUATEMALA & CUBA CONTRASTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA

DAY 01 ARRIVE ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

Arrive at Guatemala City and drive 1 hour to Antigua Guatemala.

DAY 02 ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

Visit the Capuchinas Convent, De La Merced Church, the Cathedral and the Zocalo. After lunch, go on a walking tour of the Old City and visit San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Enjoy your afternoon free at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 ANTIGUA GUATEMALA/ LAKE ATITLAN

Drive about 2.5 hours up into the highland. Visit the market at Chichicastenango (Thu and Sun) or Salola (Tue and Fri) before arriving in Lake Atitlan and check into your hotel. Explore the lake and visit Iximche Archaeological site (the first capital of Guatemala). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 04 LAKE ATITLAN/ TIKAL

Have another day at leisure to enjoy Lake Atitlan before driving about 2.5 hours back to Guatemala City Airport for flight to Flores. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 05 TIKAL

This extensive classical Mayan site is spread among the rich jungle and is one of the biggest archaeological sites in America. Hike through the jungle with abundant bird and wildlife and enjoy a deluxe picnic lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 06 TIKAL/ GUATEMALA CITY

Fly to Guatemala City. This afternoon, you will have time to explore the vibrant Zona Viva area and also visit the excellent Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 GUATEMALA CITY/ HAVANA

Fly to Havana via Salvador. Take a walking tour through the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Cathedral de San Cristobal, and the Old Square. In the afternoon, learn about Cuba’s recent dramatic history in the Revolutionary Museum. This evening, be treated to the extravagant Tropicana Show. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 08 HAVANA

A unique experience awaits! Take a 1950s convertible and tour the city including Colonial, New and Resident Havana. Devote the afternoon to the arts of Havana in Hammel Callejon, the Museum of Colonial Arts and shop in the bazaar. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 HAVANA / VINALES

Drive180 km or about 2.5 hours through the Mogote Valley to the picturesque village of Viñales. Take a short excursion to the tobacco, coffee, orange and banana plantations. In the afternoon, visit the house of a "Veguero" (tobacco farmer) and discover an Indian limestone cave by boat. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 10 VINALES/ TRINIDAD

Drive 454 km or about 5.5 hours to Santa Clara. Visit the Che Guavara Memorial and continue the drive another 97 km or about 1.5 hours to the lovely colonial city of Trinidad. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 11 TRINIDAD

Take a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city and visit the Church of La Santísima Trinidad, Major Square and the Brunet Palace. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 12 TRINIDAD/ HAVANA

Drive back to Havana today. En route, stop by Cienfugos and take a longer route around the Bay of Pigs, a lovely stretch of Caribbean Coast. Arrive in Havana midafternoon. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 13 DEPART HAVANA

Visit the famous Cohiba cigar factories and fisherman´s village Cojimar. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

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09 DAYS MEXICO FROM COLONIAL ERA TO ANCIENT MAYA

DAY 01 ARRIVE GUANAJUATO

OPTIONAL TOUR TO TULUM DAY 08 TULUM

For those who wish to see more Mayan architecture, we recommend this half-day excursion (131km or about 2 hours’ drive away). While the archaeological site cannot compare with Chichen Itza, its setting is truly stunning, perched mightily above the powder white sands and turquoise blue Caribbean Sea! (Breakfast included)

Fly to Guanajuato and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 GUANAJUATO

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site set amidst steep valley and mountains. Visit the historical city center including Plaza San Rouge, Teotro Juarez, the Basilica and the El Pipila monument for a spectacular view of the city from above. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 GUANAJUATO/ MEXICO CITY

Drive 1.5 hours to another UNESCO World Heritage site, San Miguel de Allende. Tour the historical town centre and visit the La Parroquia Church, Ignacio Allende mansion, the Parish Church and the Museo Casa de Allende. Late afternoon, drive 3.5 hours to Mexico City. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 MEXICO CITY

Explore the city centre including the Zocalo (Main Square), the National Palace, the Metropolitan cathedral and Templo Mayor. In the afternoon, the tour continues to National Museum of Anthropology. Purchase some souvenirs at the La Ciudadela Market and in the evening, enjoy the famed Ballet Folkloric performance. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 05 MEXICO CITY

Take a private guided excursion to the site of Teotihuacan (2,000 years old) and learn some of the most imposing ritual sites in the Americas. See the renowned Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and en route, visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Return to Mexico City and enjoy the late afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 06 MEXICO CITY/ CHICHEN ITZA

Fly to Merida and drive 2 hours to Chichen Itza, one of the finest example of ancient Mayan architecture. Enjoy a private guided tour and a light and sound show in the evening. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 CHICHEN ITZA/ CANCUN

Explore Chichen Itza early this morning before the tour groups arrive. Be accompanied by experts who lend colour and imagination to the remarkable temples, ball courts, and ritual sites. Late afternoon, drive about 2 hours to Cancun. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 CANCUN

Enjoy your day at leisure. (Breakfast included)

DAY 09 DEPART CANCUN

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

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13 DAYS MAYAN JOURNEY MEXICO, GUATEMALA & HONDURAS

DAY 01 ARRIVE GUANAJUATO

Fly to Guanajuato and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 GUANAJUATO/ MEXICO CITY

Explore the city centre and the National Museum of Anthropology. Purchase souvenirs at the La Ciudadela Market and enjoy the famed Ballet Folkloric performance this evening. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 03 MEXICO CITY

Take a private guided excursion to the site of Teotihuacan. See the renowned Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and en route, visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Return to Mexico City and enjoy the late afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 04 MEXICO CITY/ CHICHEN ITZA

Fly to Merida and drive 2 hours to Chichen Itza. Enjoy a private guided tour of and in the evening, view the light and sound show. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 05 CHICHEN ITZA/ PALENQUE

Explore Chichen Itza accompanied by an expert. Transfer to Merida for your flight to Villahermosa. Visit the La Vente Museum before driving about 150km or 2 hours to Palenque and check into your hotel. (Breakfast included)

DAY 06 PALENQUE

Enjoy a full day discovering the grandeur of Palenque. The setting of the ruin half exposed on the plain and half hidden in the jungle is simply stunning. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 PALENQUE/ BONAMPAK/ TAXCHILAN/ TIKAL

It is a very long but extremely rewarding day today. Drive 4.5 hours to Bonampak, a quaint late classical site. After a brief visit, drive another hour to the launch site and catch a 1.5 hours boat trip to Taxchilan, another late classical ruin. At its glory, Taxchilan is a worthy rival of Palenque. Return by ferry to the launch point and drive 3 hours to Tikal. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 TIKAL

This extensive classical Mayan site is spread among the rich jungle and is one of the biggest archaeological sites in America. Hike through the jungle with abundant bird and wildlife and enjoy a deluxe picnic lunch. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 09 TIKAL/ COPAN

Fly to Guatemala City and drive 5 hours through beautiful countryside across the border into Honduras (or by charter flight) to arrive at Copan. En route, stop at the village of La Entrada. Visit the Copรกn Museum. Evening, enjoy a presentation and dinner at home with Archaeologist David Sedat. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 10 COPAN/ ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

Copan has been referred to as the Paris of the Mayan world! It consists of two main sites: the ruins and the sepulchers. In the afternoon, drive 6 hours to Antigua Guatemala, among the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Americas. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 11 ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

Visit Capuchinas Convent, De La Merced Church, the Cathedral and the Zocalo. After lunch, go on a walking tour of the Old City and visit San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 12 ANTIGUA GUATEMALA / LAKE ATITLAN

Drive about 2.5 hours up into the highland. Visit the market at Chichicastenango (Thu and Sun) or Salola (Tue and Fri) before arriving in Lake Atitlan. Explore the lake and visit the Iximche Archaeological site (the first capital of Guatemala). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 13 LAKE ATITLAN / DEPART GUATEMALA CITY

This morning, drive about 2.5 hours back to Guatemala City Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

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13 DAYS

VENEZUELA LAND OF GRACE

DAY 01/02 ARRIVE CARACAS

Arrive in Caracas and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 03 CARACAS/ PUERTO ORDAZ/ LA GRAN SABANA (600 KM, 8 HRS)

Check out early and transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Ordaz. Gran Sabana is a region of wide plains, interrupted by gentle hills, forests, rivers, small Indian villages, and especially the ‘tepuys’ – an ancient, flat-topped mountains with near vertical sides, with canyons, caves and labyrinth passages. The drive passes gold-mining towns, the infamous prison of El Dorado and the dense forest of Sierra de Lemo before suddenly changing to the great plains of Gran Sabana. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 04 LA GRAN SABANA

Learn about the indigenous Iboribo community and cross the Aponwao river by the local curiara canoe and walk to the amazing Chinak Meru waterfall. After lunch, pass the rapids of Kamoiran, the Kawi Meru waterfall and the Nak Piapo lookout for a fantastic view of the great plains crowned by the majestic tepuys. Continue to the town of Santa Elena for dinner and overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 05 LA GRAN SABANA

Visit the town of Santa Elena de Uairen and continue to the gorgeous red-coloured Quebrada de Jaspe waterfall, the Pemon Indian village of San Francisco de Yuruani and more of the famed waterfalls tumbling off the tepuys. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 06 LA GRAN SABANA/ PUERTO ORDAZ (600 KM, 8 HRS)

After breakfast, return to Puerto Ordaz with stops on the roads to visit local communities and viewpoints. Arrive in Puerto Ordaz and check-in to your hotel. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 07 PUERTO ORDAZ/ CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK

Transfer for your flight to Canaima National Park. Arrive and transfer to your lodge. After lunch, take a ride on a curiara in the lagoon. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 08 CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK

Explore the Kavac Caves, accessible only by air. Visit the village before heading upriver to the rivers and waterfalls of the Kavac Caves. On the return leg, fly over Angel Falls, the World’s tallest single waterfall. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 09 CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK/ CARACAS

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and return to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. Be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast included)

DAY 10 CARACAS/ LOS ROQUES

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Los Roques, an archipelago of coral islands and a national park. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 11/12 LOS ROQUES

Enjoy your day at leisure and choose to visit uninhabited neighbouring islands or other optional activities. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 13 LOS ROQUES/ DEPART CARACAS Transfer to Caracas for your flight back home. (Breakfast included)

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COLOMBIA CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE

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DAY 01 ARRIVE BOGOTA

Fly to Bogota and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02 BOGOTA

Start your day with a walk through the historic Candelaria area. Head up to Monserrate via a funicular train and visit the 17th century chapel at the top of the mountain. Explore the Banco de la Republica Gold Museum. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast included)

DAY 03 BOGOTA/ PEREIRA

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Pereira. Enjoy your day at leisure where you may explore the city and its lively night scene. (Breakfast included)

DAY 04 PEREIRA

Coffee is historically Colombia’s most famous and important export crop. Take a tour of the Venecia Coffee Plantation located in a UNESCO-designated World Landscape Heritage. (Breakfast included)

DAY 05 PEREIRA

Tour the emerald hills of the Cocora Valley, a sanctuary in the central Andean mountains and part of the Los Nevados National Park. Some unique endemic flora and fauna are present here in the cloud forest, in particular the Quindio palm, the national tree and symbol of Colombia. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 06 PEREIRA/ SANTA MARTA

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Santa Marta. Tour the city, visiting the Quinta de San Pedro Alehandrino, the Customs House, the Cathedral and House of Madame Augustine and Taganga, an authentic fishing town located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 SANTA MARTA/ TAYRONA

Tour the Tayrona National Park, located 34 km north of Santa Marta and the most important ecological reserve in Colombia, including the gorgeous coastlines of Neguanje and Playa Cristal. (Breakfast, lunch included)

DAY 08 SANTA MARTA/CARTAGENA (240 KM/4.5 HRS)

Drive to Cartagena, once an important city in Spanish America for the slave and gold trades. Arrive and check into your hotel. Later in the afternoon, be picked up for a carriage ride through the streets of the walled city. (Breakfast included)

DAY 09 CARTAGENA

Take a tour of the city, visiting the Monasterio de la Popa, the Chapel of the Virgen de la Candelaria, and the coral fortress of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. In the afternoon, continue on foot to the Inquisition Palace, Heredia Theatre and San Pedro Calver Cloister. (Breakfast included)

DAY 10 CARTAGENA/ BOGOTA Enjoy your day at leisure. (Breakfast included)

DAY 11 CARTAGENA/ DEPART BOGOTA Transfer to Bogota for your flight home. (Breakfast included)

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10 DAYS

VENEZUELA & COLOMBIA: ESSENTIALS

DAY 01/02 ARRIVE CARACAS

Fly to Caracas and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 03 CARACAS/ CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK

Check out early and transfer for your flight to Canaima National Park via Puerto Ordaz. Arrive and transfer to your lodge. After lunch, take a ride on a curiara in the lagoon. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 04 CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK

Explore the Kavac Caves, accessible only by air. Visit the village before heading upriver to the rivers and waterfalls of the Kavac Caves. On the return leg, fly over Angel Falls, the World’s tallest single waterfall. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)

DAY 05 CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK/ CARACAS/ BOGOTA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and return to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz. Arrive in Colombia and be transferred to your hotel. (Breakfast included)

DAY 06 BOGOTA

Start your day with a walk through the historic Candelaria area. Head up to Monserrate via a funicular train and visit the 17th century chapel at the top of the mountain. Explore the Banco de la Republica Gold Museum. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast included)

DAY 07 BOGOTA/ CARTAGENA

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Once the most important city in Spanish America for the slave and gold trades, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Breakfast included)

DAY 08 CARTAGENA

Take a tour of the city, visiting the Monasterio de la Popa, the Chapel of the Virgen de la Candelaria, and the coral fortress of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. In the afternoon, continue on foot to the Inquisition Palace, Heredia Theatre and San Pedro Calver Cloister. (Breakfast included)

DAY 09 CARTAGENA

Take a private tour by boat to the Rosario Archipelago. Enjoy a day of snorkeling or just relaxing on a near-deserted, picture prefect beach. (Breakfast included)

DAY 10 CARTAGENA/ DEPART BOGOTA

Enjoy your day at leisure. Connect in Bogota for your flight back home. (Breakfast included)

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Itinerary 12-15 Days Antarctic Explorer

Key Highlights Classic route to the Antarctic Peninsula with the highest concentration of wildlife.

Cruises Recommended • Sail on Silver Explorer by Silversea, the most luxurious cruise available. Enjoy gourmet menus by Relais and Chateaux, all ocean-view cabins and be pampered by your butler onboard. It takes 132 passengers and has a crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1. • Another luxury option is Sea Spirit by Quark Expeditions – a stylish all-suite ship, carrying 114 passengers with an exterior view in all cabins. • For a good-value option, choose M/V Plancius by Oceanwide Expeditions with its range of interesting programs and activity-inclusions (from photography to snow-shoeing). It runs a unique trip with slight variation to the remote Snow Hill Island for viewing of Emperor penguins. It takes 114 passengers and offers simple cabins.

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23 Days South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula (with Fly-Sail option)

Take an in-depth journey for more interesting wildlife encounters. See the world’s largest King Penguin colony. Fly one-way across the Drake Passage.

• Featuring intimate small group cruising of 54 passengers, Polar Pioneer by Aurora Expeditions offers low-impact and flexible explorations involving less waiting time. The vessel has an excellent reputation for polar cruising due to her strength, maneuverability and small size. They run many insightful expeditions with a range of active adventure options. Cabins are simple and comfortable. Certain expeditions feature option to fly one-way across the Drake Passage.

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