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South & Central America Map Chihuahua Los Mochis

MEXICO

Cabo San Lucas

Varadero

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MEXICO CITY

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Cancun Merida Puerto Vallarta Villahermosa BELIZE Taxco Oaxaca CITY BELIZE Acapulco

Santiago de Cuba

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GUATEMALA

GUATEMALA CITY

COSTA RICA

SAN JOSE

PANAMA CITY

Cartagena

VENEZUELA

PANAMA Panama Canal

GUYANA SURINAME FRENCH GUIANA

BOGOTA

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Galapagos Islands

ECUADOR

Chiclayo Trujillo

Belem

Iquitos

Guayaquil

Manaus

PERU LIMA

MACHU PICCHU

BRAZIL

Puerto Maldonado

Cuzco Puno Nazca

Cuiaba

LA PAZ

Arequipa

Santa Cruz Sucre Potosi

Calama

BRASILIA Belo Horizonte

PARAGUAY Salta

ATACAMA DESERT

Easter Island

Salvador

BOLIVIA

Iguazu Falls

Buzios Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo

CHILE Valparaiso SANTIAGO

Mendoza BUENOS AIRES

URUGUAY MONTEVIDEO

ARGENTINA Puerto Varas

Bariloche

Puerto Montt

Valdes Peninsula PATAGONIA

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

El Calafate

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

Falkland Islands

Rio Gallegos TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Ushuaia

The Climate

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Northern Chile

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Southern Chile

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Galapagos Islands

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Peru

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Mexico

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Guatemala

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Cuba

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Costa Rica

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Contents General Information

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6 Tips for South & Central America

Experience Ecuador 4

Ecuador Amazon

South America Rhythms & Falls

Ecuador Tours

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Galapagos Islands

Santiago

Experience Colombia

Atacama Desert

Colombia Tours

Patagonia

Experience Mexico

Chile Tours

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Quito

Trademarks of South America

Experience Chile

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Bolivia Tours

Accommodation ratings

South American Tours

Experience Bolivia

Caminito Way La Boca, Buenos Aires

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Mexico City

Experience Argentina

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Buenos Aires

Mexico Tours Central America Small Group Tours

Argentina Tours Iguazu Falls

Experience Cuba

Antarctica

Havana

Experience Brazil

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Experience Belize

Rio de Janeiro Combinations

Belize Tours

Experience Guatemala

Brazil Amazon & Pantanal

Peruvian locals

Cuba Tours

Rio de Janeiro Salvador

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Guatemala Tours

Experience Peru Lima & Cuzco Cuzco Sightseeing

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Experience Costa Rica & Panama Costa Rica & Panama Tours

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

59 ChichĂŠn ItzĂĄ, Mexico

The Inca Trail Peru Amazon Peru Tours

General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in South & Central America is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Price indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel specialist will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is based in New Zealand dollars.

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6 TIPS for your

South & C entral Amer ic a Holiday

It is closer than you think

Explore contrasts between nations

A continent of flavours and smells

When we envisage South & Central America, we tend to think it’s on the other side of the world, which of course, it is. However, it’s pretty much the same distance as the likes of Thailand, Bali, and other gems in south-east Asia; destinations that kiwis don’t think twice about jumping on a plane for.

South & Central America is the chocolate box of continents, and although they might all speak Spanish (except you, Brazil) each country is very different to the next. By combining at least two different South American destinations, you’ll see a complete diversity in cultures.

You want deliciously creative cuisine? South & Central America is arguably the number one continent to answer even the most discerning tastebuds.

Travellers can now begin their South & Central American journey in just over 11.5 hours. That’s a nap and a few movies, then next minute you’re lapping up the illustrious tango dance and dining on delicious Argentinean steak. From Buenos Aires you can easily dart into Brazil, Uruguay and beyond. Many airlines, including LATAM, fly to Chile, and then there are any number of internal flights to bucket-list locations such as the Atacama Desert, Patagonia, Peru and Ecuador.

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There is an endless supply of contrasts to carve out; you can meet anyone from gauchos to world-class soccer players and dance until dawn in all 12 countries. If it’s wildlife you crave, visit the tame inhabitants of the Galápagos Islands, and then descend on The Pantanal, the planet’s largest inland wetland. For history, the infamous Inca Trail is phenomenal, while Bolivia’s ancient city of Tiwanaku is equally breath-taking. With so many contrasts and so much to see, we guarantee you’ll return to this continent for more.

The obvious choices, such as juicy Argentinian steaks washed down with a glass of Malbec, are as much of the experience as the obscure options like cüy. This Peruvian delicacy is a must-try, and yes it is guinea pig. As for drinks, the legendary Pisco Sours are simply amazing, and in Brazil, a Caipirinha is as cheap (if not cheaper) than water. Don’t waste any time before tucking into juicy Argentinian empanadas. Your goal on this journey is to try every flavour, and although every city is a mecca for foodies, Peru’s Lima is strongly emerging as a city of culinary innovation, with top chefs, international fusions and a decent dollop of Latin flare.


Hola amigo!

The mighty Inca Trail

Open yourself to surprise

Before you travel to South & Central America, it can pay to learn a few Spanish basics. An attempt at the native language, even if you get it completely wrong, will be met with a heartwarming smile.

If the Inca Trail is on your bucket list, start planning well in advance because permits sell out at least six months prior, with a limited amount per day. Book through us though, for that added reassurance your permit truly exists.

• Hello - hola • How are you - como esta • Very good - muy bien • Yes – si • No – no • Thank you very much - muchos gracias • Please - por favor

The Inca people forged trails throughout the region, so there are actually six alternative paths aside from the Inca Trail, varying in duration and difficulty.

Without doubt, South & Central America can be a culture shock for any born and bred Kiwi. Not purely because of the diverse landscapes and modified European aesthetics, but simple things like dining cultures are totally different (having your dinner before 8pm will seem ridiculously early to the average latino).

And last but definitely not least.. • Uno cervesa por favor! One beer please. Once you’ve mastered the lingo, you’ll find yourself in Brazil – where they speak Portuguese! The good news is, most Brazilians have come to understand Spanish themselves.

From there on in, preparation is key. The best preparation for altitude is to acclimatise as long as possible in Cuzco and Sacred Valley. La Paz in Bolivia is the highest city in the world, so it’s also one of the best places to acclimatise. Take it easy, eat light, stay well hydrated and copy the locals by chewing coca leaves. However, our special little secret is chocolate.. Glucose is great preparation for altitude, so take this opportunity to indulge!

Go with an open mind and let the Latin journey surprise you. Step away from everything familiar and into a total unknown, for this is where your greatest discoveries are made. We can guarantee that with an open-mind and a relaxed approach, you will return home completely refreshed. Everyone will want to hear about your South & Central American experience – while you serve Pisco Sours and a few empanadas on your NZ deck… Some Latin traits you just won’t be able to leave behind.

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Trademarks of South America

With plenty of encounters in South America to choose from, it's no wonder we feel spoilt for choice. In order to grip the love of Latin culture properly, we want to focus on one edge of the continent at a time. Your journey begins in the emerging foodie city of Santiago, before delving into the historic and natural phenomena of Ecuador. Take in the magnificent waters of the Galapagos Islands and lush rainforest of the Amazon, both of which are chocka full with curious wildlife. The Latin love affair continues in Peru, where the reign of the Inca period still stands strong in its major cities of Lima and Cuzco. Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are the his a dose of historical learning MEXICO ultimate areas for Varadero HAVANA and enlightenment. The mysterious alleyways MEXICO CUBA Cancun Merida of La Paz in Bolivia will have you entranced, CITY Santiago Cuba andVillahermosa wanting toBELIZE return to SouthdeAmerica over Taxco Oaxaca CITY and over to discover new experiences. Suitably BELIZE apulco CARIBBEAN named Trademarks of South America, this GUATEMALA SEA is just a starting point in which you can build GUATEMALA CITY PANAMA your own journey of iconic Latin charms. COSTA RICA SAN JOSE

CITY

VENEZUELA

QUITO

GUYANA SURINAME

COLUMBIA COLOMBIA

Otavalo Galapagos Islands

Cartagena

PANAMA

ECUADOR

Trademarks of South America 22 days/21 nights

Coca

Belem

(Ecuador Amazon) Iquitos

Manaus

Amazon River

PERU LIMA

BRAZIL

Puerto Maldonado

Cuzco MACHU PICCHU Puno BOLIVIA

Cuiaba

Lake Titicaca

LA PAZ

PARAGUAY Salta

ATACAMA DESERT

CHILE

Mendoza

Days 3-4: Quito, Ecuador Fly to Quito (flight additional) and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay, including a city tour to introduce this fascinating city. Salvador Days 5-7: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador BRASILIA Fly to the Galapagos Islands for a three night cruise. Sit back and enjoy the natural scenery as you float by. BeloDay Horizonte 8: Quito Buzios Take a return flight to Quito for an overnight stay. Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo Days 9-11: The Ecuador Amazon Fly to the Ecuador Amazon for a three night stay in the remote jungle.

Day 12: Quito Take a return flight to Quito for an overnight stay.

ARGENTINA

Valparaiso SANTIAGO

Iguazu Falls

Days 1-2: Santiago, Chile Transfer to your Santiago hotel for a two night stay and a city tour.

Day 13: Lima, Peru Fly to Lima (flight additional) and stay one night in this historical city.

BUENOS AIRES

Days 14-16: Cuzco Fly to Cuzco (flight additional) for three nights. Cuzco is great to spend a few days wandering, you will also see the main attractions on a city tour. Bariloche

Puerto Montt

Valdes Peninsula

Day 18: Machu Picchu – Cuzco The day has arrived to explore 'The Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco by train in the afternoon. Overnight Cuzco.

PATAGONIA

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

El Calafate

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

Rio Gallegos TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Ushuaia

Day 17: Sacred Valley Journey to the Sacred Valley for a night and absorb the glorious scenery.

Falkland Islands

Days 19-20: Puno – Lake Titicaca Travel by bus from Cuzco to Puno. Overnight Puno. Take a boat ride across Lake Titicaca and meet the locals who live on islands made from reeds. Transfer to La Paz for a two night stay. Days 21-22: La Paz, Bolivia Visit the highest city in the world. Arrangements end at La Paz Airport. Departures: Santiago / Departures specific to Galapagos Island cruises Inclusions: 15 nights hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 nights Galapagos cruise including all meals, 3 nights Amazon lodge including all meals, return domestic flights to Galapagos Islands and the Ecuador Amazon, transport throughout and sightseeing mentioned including train tickets to Machu Picchu and boat excursion on Lake Titicaca Price Guide From: $8695

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Price excludes National Park Fees and Transit Card, total USD$120 per person, subject to change, payable direct.


South America Rhythms & Falls This trip will show you the influences of song and dance in South America; from the passionate Tango in Buenos Aires to being whisked away with the windpipes of Salta, and of course the vibrant beat of the Brazilian Samba drum. Amongst these rhythms are glorious insights to natural landscapes with the mysterious and Chihuahua desolate mountains of Humahuaca Gorge, which is a stark contrast to the abundant Los Mochis waterfalls of Iguazu and its surrounding jungle. MEXICO Cabo Varadero HAVANA The bright city lights of Rio will keep you on San Lucas MEXICO CUBA Cancun Merida CITY Santiago your toes, before taking some time out on the Puerto Vallarta de Cuba Villahermosa BELIZE pristine beaches of Buzios. This itinerary is Taxco Oaxaca CITY BELIZE Acapulco packed with many unforgettable sights, but it CARIBBEAN GUATEMALA doesn't stop there. Add the Brazilian Amazon SEA GUATEMALA or Perito Moreno Glacier to your visit, as the CITY PANAMA COSTA RICA CITY Cartagenaendless choices from South America become SAN JOSE even more tempting. VENEZUELA PANAMA Panama Canal

GUYANA SURINAME FRENCH GUIANA

BOGOTA

COLUMBIA COLOMBIA Galapagos Islands

South America Rhythms & Falls 17 days/16 nights

QUITO

ECUADOR

Chiclayo Trujillo

Belem

Iquitos

Guayaquil

Manaus

PERU Puerto Maldonado

LIMA MACHU PICCHU

Cuzco Puno Nazca

Days 1-4: Buenos Aires, Argentina Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. You will spend four nights taking in the sights and sounds of the famed 'Paris of the South'. See all the main attractions on a city tour including entrance to Recoleta Cemetery, also witness the spine-tingling Tango right up close. For a different atmosphere, we recommend ferrying over to Colonia in Easter Uruguay and roam the cute cobblestone streets (additional cost).

Salvador

BOLIVIA

Cuiabá

LA PAZ

Arequipa

BRASILIA

BRAZIL

Belo Horizonte

Calama Salta

ATACAMA DESERT

PARAGUAY Iguazu Falls

Buzios Rio de Janeiro São Paulo

Island

Days 5-7: Salta Take a domestic flight to Salta (flight additional) located in the north of Argentina. This is an area brushed with Inca influence by neighbouring countries such as Chile, Peru and Bolivia. Enjoy two full days exploring regions such as Humahuaca and Cafayate. Days 8-9: Iguazu Falls Fly to Iguazu Falls (flight additional) for a two night stay. You will witness the natural beauty and power of the Argentinean Iguazu Falls. If you are daring, try the exhilarating Gran Aventura boat ride that will take you under the spray (additional cost).

CHILE Valparaiso SANTIAGO

Days 14-16: Rio de Janeiro – Buzios Enjoy one last morning in Rio before transferring to Buzios for a three night beach escape. Buzios is a cool two hour drive from Rio. A Trolley Tour will show you the best of Buzios, a quaint fishing village by the sea where locals go to holiday. The area offers plenty of watersports and beaches to spend some time under the hot Brazilian sun.

Colonia

MONTEVIDEO

ARGENTINA Bariloche

Puerto Montt

Valdes Peninsula PATAGONIA

Day 10: Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Appreciate views of Iguazu Falls from the Brazil side, then fly to Rio de Janeiro (flight additional). Transfer to your hotel for a four night stay. Days 11-13: Rio de Janeiro You have plenty of time to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain on a tour. Enjoy free time at the shops, beautiful beaches and experience the Rio nightlife.

URUGUAY Mendoza BUENOS AIRES

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

El Calafate

Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

Rio Gallegos

Falkland Islands

TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Ushuaia

Day 17: Buzios – Rio de Janeiro After your relaxing time at the beach, you will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro Airport where your arrangements end. Departures: Buenos Aires / Daily Inclusions: 16 nights hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, dinner with Buenos Aires Tango show, transport throughout and sightseeing mentioned Price Guide From: $3199

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Chile

Cut off from the rest of South America by the ramparts of the great Andean

Fast Facts Country name:

Republic of Chile

Population:

18.2 Million

Capital:

Santiago

Languages:

Spanish, Mapuche, Aymara, Rapa Nui

Currency:

Chilean Peso

Time zone:

16 hours behind New Zealand (17 hours with daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V/230V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2017

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29 Jan

Easter Island Tapati Festival

01 Feb

Costumbrista Chilote Festival, Chiloe Island

07 Jun

Battle of Arica Remembrance Day, Arica

Jun

Fiesta de San Pedro, San Pedro de Atacama Desert

18 Sep

Chile Independence Day

Mountain chain and the driest desert on the planet, Chile has a distinctly different character to the rest of the continent. Stretching more than 4000km from north to south, and only 440km at its widest point, Chile offers a spectacular array of landscapes and climates. You can reach either extreme in Chile; from the scorched desert to miles of fantastic skiing, from indulgent winery hopping to a close up view of epic glaciers and fjords. Equally fascinating is its unique Pacific territory of Easter Island, the most isolated inhabited island in the world. Chile’s breathtaking diversity can create a dilemma for travellers – how do you fit everything in? After all, what could you leave out – certainly not the out-of-this world arid moonscapes of the Atacama Desert at the northern tip with its hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes and ancient ruins. Then far to the south lies Patagonia, also known as 'the most beautiful end of the world' and the indescribably spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. Hike, paddle and bike the region to truly appreciate every angle of the three granite monoliths, also known as The Towers, as they catch many different shades of daylight. Chile’s capital Santiago is the gateway to these adventures, but also a great city to spend a few days. Around every corner is a pretty art and craft gallery, a boisterous performer, or a street vendor serving deliciously fresh local cuisine. With a backdrop of the majestic Andes and second-to-none wining and dining, Santiago is becoming one of South America’s most economically successful countries, and a satisfyingly fun one to explore for any kind of traveller.


Experience Chile Our favourite things to see and do Barrio Lastarria & Patio Bellavista, Santiago – These hip neighbourhoods are the place to head for chic cafés and restaurants, designer art galleries, markets and an abundance of trendy bars to spend a great night out. Get amongst the locals!

Easter Island – Lying 3700km west of the Chilean mainland, Easter Island is the world’s most remote inhabited island, mostly famous for the 887 colossal statues (Moai) carved from volcanic rock which are scattered around the island. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. In the 1800s a series of disasters reduced the population down to 171 local Rapa Nui. From then, the population has slowly recovered to about 2000 people but they’ve sadly lost a lot of cultural history and knowledge about the island.

Valparaiso – Situated just an hour away from Santiago, Valparaiso is Chile’s major port and second-largest city. The city centre streets are cobbled and overlooked by steep cliffs and hilltop suburbs, accessed only by cable car and stairway paths. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the creative locals who have painted Valparaiso into a living art gallery. Torres Del Paine National Park – At the southern tip of the Andes Mountains in Chile lies Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. The park encompasses ancient forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers and fjords. Fauna such as guanacos, foxes, pumas, and flamingos make for an interesting day's drive around the area. Proudly listed as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, there is no doubt that Torres Del Paine National Park will leave you feeling peacefully breathless. Pisco Sour – Scared of egg based cocktails? Trying a Pisco Sour is going to change that. This drop is one of the best examples of how egg whites can bolster the character of a drink. Many say these delicious cocktails are a big reason to return to South America. BOLIVIA PARAGUAY

BRAZIL

sert

Atacama De

PERU

Calama San Pedro de Atacama Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Vina del Mar Valparaiso SANTIAGO

ARGENTINA

URUGUAY

PACIFIC OCEAN

CHILE Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Chiloe Island Balmaceda San Rafael Lagoon & San Rafael Glacier Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales

Punta Arenas

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Santiago Sprawling busily across the fertile Central Valley at the foot of the mighty Andes Mountains, Santiago boasts one of the most dazzling backdrops of any capital city in the world. Skyscrapers stand alongside Spanish colonial buildings, reflecting a contrasting mix between modern and historic times. The bustling streets full of performers, many parks and museums, colourful nightlife and world-class restaurants make Santiago a great stopover in your South American journey. Within a short scenic drive of the capital, you can relax on a beautiful Pacific Coast beach, enjoy a day in the winelands, or hit the slopes at one of four world renowned ski resorts in the Andes Mountains.

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Hotel Fundador

Hotel Orly

Plaza San Francisco Hotel

A stay at Hotel Fundador will easily let you visit local shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants with its central location in historic downtown Santiago. Fish and seafood are among the specialities at Calicanto and the Winter Garden which are the hotel’s two fine restaurants.

Enjoy the best night's rest in Hotel Orly, previously a French architecture mansion and located in the prestigious neighbourhood of Providencia. Rooms are traditionally decorated and spacious, certain to give you a comfortable stay. Take advantage of Hotel Orlys’ unique ‘Tea Room’ which offers locally grown herbal teas.

One of our most popular hotels, you will find Plaza San Francisco Hotel in the downtown area of Santiago, near the Opera House. The Fine Arts Museum, major business and financial areas are also nearby. Delicately furnished in fine European style, the classic restaurant and bar provides great dining and entertainment options.

Hotel Boutique Castillo Rojo

Le Rêve Boutique Hotel

The Singular Santiago

The ‘Red Castle Hotel’ is located in the heart of Bellavista, a neighbourhood famous for live music and an exciting nightlife. Originally built in 1923, it was redesigned in 2013 as a boutique hotel using its original furniture and restored woodwork, showing true 1920s style. The sultry wine lounge and deck with pretty views over Bellavista are particularly impressive.

An elegant boutique hotel and an ongoing favourite of ours, Le Rêve is located in the charming and upmarket Providencia area. Offering immaculate rooms with the latest amenities, this hotel is designed to create a unique and unforgettable homely experience, combined seamlessly with premium service.

Located in the premium neighbourhood of Lastarria, The Singular embraces the artistic heritage of its surroundings while adding an innovative homage to Santiago’s history. Enjoy dazzling views and refreshing cocktails at the rooftop bar. Rooms are an alluring blend of classic and contemporary, exuding a quirky charm of the bygone era.


Santiago Sightseeing

Winery & Valparaiso Leave Santiago for a day and absorb the sights outside of the city. Your first stop is a winery in the Casablanca Valley. Sip on a wine while wandering the beautiful gardens and learning about the carménère grape, which is distinctive to Chile. Travel onwards to Valparaiso, the oldest port in Chile. Colourful houses with beautiful ocean views, mural art and a slower pace of life is what makes Valparaiso so unique.

Panoramic Santiago City Tour Visit the main attractions of Santiago and appreciate the notable contrast between the capital’s rich history and its imposing modern buildings. You will see Plaza de Armas, Santa Lucia Hill, Metropolitan Park and the exclusive residential areas of Vitacura and Las Condes.

Santiago Bike Tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel to meet your bike group for a leisurely ride; experience the rich diversity and vibrant culture emerging Chilean Winery Tour from Chile’s 450 year history. Chile has established itself as an emerging producer Bike your of great wines, so here is your chance to visit some way through of the most popular wineries who lead the way. bohemian Escape the city buzz and head into the country for an neighbourhoods educating and make photo drive stops at the through most visited the valleys historical sites of of the Santiago. Chilean winelands, tasting as you learn!

Gourmet Santiago Start your gourmet tour of Santiago at a charming city market where traders will offer you tastings of delectable food. Visit a famous Chilean bar for apéritifs and drinks. Meet an esteemed wine merchant before enjoying a six-course tasting lunch accompanied by fine wines. This is Chilean cuisine at its best!

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Atacama Desert Known to be the driest desert in the world, the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is a region where sand dunes, volcanoes, gigantic geysers, hot water springs and crusty salt lakes make for an amazing collection of geologically photographic sights. You will feel as though you are part of a painting. With some parts of the desert recorded as never seeing rain, weather here rarely changes, proving that Atacama is a destination to visit all year round. Due to the altitude and dryness of the area, it is also a unique stargazing haven, making the magical town of San Pedro de Atacama a hot spot for travellers from all over the world. This beautifully preserved Spanish colonial centre features a charming main square and a simple 16th century church. A visit to the Atacama Desert will not leave you disappointed with its fascinating and dramatic sights.

Š Jenna Martin, House of Travel

Hotel Alto Atacama Luxury Desert Lodge & Spa 4 days/3 nights Tucked away in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, the design of Hotel Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is influenced by local village architecture. The Lodge blends seamlessly into its environment and intends to appear as part of the terracotta ridge above. The natural setting, sweeping views, tranquillity and the wonderful outdoor lounge spaces makes this Lodge a destination in itself to explore, and unlike any other accommodation in the region. The drive from Calama Airport is a picturesque two hours. Once you arrive at the lodge, unpack and unwind. This four day package will see you experience San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounds by choosing from a menu of daily activities. Visit high mountain lakes and witness the Andes in full display, or jump on a mountain bike and explore the trails and terrain of the Atacama Desert. The onsite Puri Spa will be waiting for you to indulge in a well deserved treatment after a day of Atacama activities! Departures: Calama / Daily Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, all meals and local beverages, return airport transfers, daily scheduled activities Price Guide From: $2695

Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa 4 days/3 nights Tierra Atacama is situated on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama town, showcasing architecture, interior design and gardens masterminded by Chile’s leading creative talent. The Tierra objective is to be as authentic as possible, using furniture and accessories handmade with local materials while also creating a place for relaxation. Enjoy the good life in this magical and unique part of earth. Tierra Atacama provides an extremely comfortable experience combining outdoor adventure and sports with luxurious indoor features, personable hospitality and that heartfelt feeling of not wanting to leave. Return transfers from Calama Airport are approximately two hours from the hotel. Spend four days making the most of exciting daily activities including hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, stargazing or simply relax in the Uma Spa with a luxurious treatment, and melt in the outdoor jacuzzi in front of an unforgettable setting.

Departures: Calama / Daily Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, all meals and local beverages, return airport transfers, daily scheduled activities Price Guide From: $2999

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Patagonia Patagonia is a name well known but a place seldom travelled. Found at the extreme south of the continent, it feels like the end of the world. This untamed land will fascinate and surprise even the discerning traveller. You will find turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls, sprawling glaciers, fjords, dense forests and national parks all on show. It is here that the Andes start breaking into pieces, offering you a variety of experiences like nowhere else in the world. Patagonia is a real paradise for hikers and explorers, particularly in the world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Spectacular granite pillars soar almost vertically for more than 2000m, while the W trek, named for the shape of the route, will take you on trails that lead to breath-taking look-out points.

Hotel Las Torres Patagonia 4 days/3 nights Located at the foot of the Patagonian mountains, Hotel Las Torres invites you to an unforgettable experience inside one of the most magnificent locations in the world, Torres Del Paine National Park. The all-inclusive package displays Patagonian beauty alongside its strong cultural traditions, ensuring you live great memories during your stay. The Hotel is flexible to collect you from many pickup points outside the national park. Hotel Las Torres Patagonia is known for their esteemed horse riding operations, where Baquenos (cowboys) care for a group of resident horses. Here is your opportunity to gallop through the Patagonian mountains without restriction. Hike the virgin forests and observe marvellous native wildlife. Professional guides will lead you to discover life at this end of the world, while surrounding glaciers and mountains watch as you step through nature.

Departures: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Calafate (ARG) / Daily Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, all meals and local beverages, return scheduled transfers, daily scheduled activities, park fees Price Guide From: $2255

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa 4 days/3 nights Offering a unique experience like no other, Tierra Patagonia and its award-winning architecture complements the geology of the region to showcase the views of Torres Del Paine National Park, day and night. It is advisable to keep room blinds open at night so you wake to a magical view of the famous monoliths. Situated just 400m from Lake Sarmiento, the biggest lake inside the park, here is a perfect photographer's location where the monoliths colour and hues change by the hour. This four day package lets you choose from a range of excursions to explore the stunning surroundings. There are plenty of hikes to choose from, but the condor bird hike is especially rewarding. A local horse ranch will provide horse riding excursions for all abilities. The onsite Uma Spa is more than enough reason to spend a day relaxing, indulging in a massage and losing yourself in the unparalleled views of Torres Del Paine in front of you.

Departures: Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales / Daily Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, all meals and local beverages, return scheduled transfers, daily scheduled activities, park fees Price Guide From: $3285 The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Chile Tours

Lake Crossing - Puerto Varas to Bariloche

Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa, Easter Island

2 days/1 night

4 days/3 nights

The Lake Crossing is a perfect way to combine neighbouring countries of Chile and Argentina. Embark on this crossing by boat and bus, also spending a night in Peulla, a small village amongst the mountains and lakes. Allow yourself time to truly appreciate the awe-inspiring natural surroundings in which two equally beautiful nations share.

Easter Island, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, is home to over 800 famous statues created by the early Rapa Nui people. Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa is located very central to ensure all opportunities are at your fingertips. Rooms are spacious with an ethnic design, and extremely comfortable to invite you to completely relax in the Hanga Roa surroundings.

Day 1: Puerto Varas – Peulla Depart from Puerto Varas to Petrohue, bordering Llanquihue Lake. Enjoy breath-taking sights of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. Visit Vicente Perez National Park to see the Petrohue Falls, an impressive volcanic rock formation covered by emerald green water. Onwards to Todos Los Santos, where you set sail and navigate to Peulla, a stunning settlement amongst the mountains. Overnight in Peulla.

Day 1: Easter Island Transfer from Mataveri Airport to Hanga Roa Eco Villa & Spa. Settle in for a three night stay and explore the Hanga Roa grounds.

Day 2: Bariloche Continue the lakes crossing by boat before boarding a bus to Puerto Frias and enter Argentina. Crossing the Andes Mountains, you will alternate between boat and bus through beautiful towns and landscapes to reach ‘The Argentinean Tourism City’, San Carlos de Bariloche. Your travel arrangements will end upon arriving into Bariloche.

Days 2-3: Easter Island With many explorations to choose from in this all-inclusive package, you are spoilt for choice on what to do while on Easter Island. Activities on offer range from interesting walks, archaleogical and historical tours, all of which will fulfill a four day stay on the island. Highlights will be to visit the different quarry's and Moai ruins, a truly magnificent sight. The opportunity to relax at Hanga Roa Eco Village & Spa is just as important as being active. Take advantage of the plush surroundings and beautifully designed spaces. The onsite Spa Manavi will renew you by using ancient therapies and natural ingredients from the island.

Note: Trip also runs in reverse.

Day 4: Easter Island After your last morning activity, transfer to Mataveri Airport for your onward arrangements.

Departures: Puerto Varas / Daily

Departures: Easter Island / Daily

Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, all meals, transport, sightseeing mentioned with a professional English speaking guide

Inclusions: 3 nights hotel accommodation, all meals and local beverages, return airport transfers, daily scheduled activities, local professional English speaking guides

Price Guide From: $375

Price Guide From: $1845

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Chile Tours

Australis Cruise - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

The Best of Chile

5 days/4 nights

9 days/8 nights

This scenic maritime route highlights the stunning natural beauty of Patagonia and several of its most important sites. Explore the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, see wildlife in Ainsworth Bay and visit the legendary Cape Horn National Park. Experience a great adventure to the end of the earth onboard one of the amazing Australis ships.

The exciting Best of Chile is a comprehensive itinerary, showing a clear contrast between the ‘most beautiful end of the world’ in the far south where Patagonia lies, to the northern tip of Chile where the great Atacama Desert meets Bolivia. Add a dose of shopping and experience world-class innovative cuisine from restaurants in Santiago.

Day 1: Punta Arenas Board your cruise ship this evening. Cruise the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore the spectacular Southern Patagonia.

Days 1-2: Santiago Transfer from Santiago Airport to your hotel. Settle in for a two night stay at Boutique Hotel Castillo Rojo, where you are steps away from fantastic shopping, cafés, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Take a city tour to explore other areas of Santiago and its major attractions.

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets Navigate through Almirantazgo Sound to Ainsworth Bay. Witness the Marinelli Glacier and take a walk in the sub-polar Magellan Forest. Head to Tuckets Islets and climb onboard a zodiac to get up close to a colony of Magellan Penguins. Day 3: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley Take a short hike to enjoy spectacular views of Pia Glacier, before continuing through the majestic Glacier Alley. Day 4: Wulaia Bay – Cape Horn Sail through Murray Channel and Nassay Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park. Day 5: Ushuaia Arrive Ushuaia and disembark the ship where your arrangements end. Note: Trip also runs in reverse.

Days 3-5: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Transfer to the airport and fly to Puerto Natales (flight additional) then transfer to Hotel Las Torres Patagonia for a three night stay. This property is beautifully situated at the foot of the mountains, allowing you to experience the Patagonian wilderness for every moment of your stay. Take part in daily activities and indulge in beautiful Patagonian cuisine in your all-inclusive program. Day 6: Patagonia – Atacama Desert Return to Puerto Natales Airport and fly to Calama via Santiago (flights additional). Transfer to Hotel Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa for an extra special three night stay. Days 7-9: San Pedro de Atacama, Atacama Desert Spend time exploring the magnificent Atacama Desert. With so many activities on offer, it is easy to fill up your days. The resort itself is a masterpiece so enjoy the swimming pools, the Puri Spa and the lodge's peaceful surroundings. On the afternoon of day nine, transfer to the airport and connect with your onward arrangements.

Departures: Punta Arenas / Set departures

Departures: Santiago / Daily in Sep-Apr (Patagonia season)

Inclusions: 4 nights onboard Australis cruise, all meals and local beverages, transport, scheduled daily activities including shore excursions, port taxes

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, all meals and local beverages while in Patagonia and Atacama Desert, transport (domestic flights additional) sightseeing mentioned and daily scheduled activities, professional tour guides

Price Guide From: $2495

Price Guide From: $5499

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Argentina

A feast for all of the senses, Argentina keeps travellers entranced for weeks. From

Fast Facts Country name:

Republic of Argentina

Population:

43.9 Million

Capital:

Buenos Aires

Languages:

Spanish, English

Currency:

Argentine Peso

Time zone:

15 hours behind New Zealand (16 hours with daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V/230V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2017

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02 Jan

Dakar Challenge, Buenos Aires

01 Mar

Tilcara Earth Carnival, Tilcara

02 Apr

Malvinas Rememberence Day

17 Jul

La Rural Festival, Buenos Aires

12 Aug

World Tango Championships, Buenos Aires

the aroma of sizzling beef steaks and the icy sensation of trekking a glacier, to feeling the passion of a street tango or the spray from one of the world’s most magnificent waterfalls, Argentina delivers it all. The abundance of sights and sensations is partly due to Argentina’s sheer size, stretching from the tropics in the north to the frozen wilderness of Patagonia. While exotic butterflies and birds grace the rainforests, penguins and whales star in the far south. Both regions are distinctively different from the rolling Pampas where gauchos (cowboys) roam. Argentina’s history is as varied and colourful as its landscape. The Spanish arrived in the 16th century, putting their indelible cultural stamp on the land. Then last century it was the charismatic, tragic figure of Eva Peron (Evita) who became Argentina’s most famous figure. She lies buried in the capital, Buenos Aires – a visit to her grave in the Recoleta Cemetery is an essential pilgrimage. But there’s nothing sorrowful about Buenos Aires. This city pulsates with life; with tango dancing in historic San Telmo plazas, the historic football rivalry between La Boca and River Plate, and a sense of wealth and power around Plaza de Mayo. Beyond the vibrancy of Buenos Aires lies the Iguazu Falls, one of South America’s most spectacular sights with more than 20km of plummeting, thunderous water. The fascination doesn't just stop at these famous falls, the Iguazu Falls also feeds the surrounding lush rainforest which is definitely worth spending quality time in.


Experience Argentina Our favourite things to see and do El Calafate – A small but very important city in the southwest of Argentina, El Calafate is the gateway to visiting Los Glaciares National Park. The streets of El Calafate are buzzing with people who have been amazed by the sights of Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre. The Northwest & Salta – Home to an abundance of natural attractions and atmospheric relics from the preColumbian and colonial past, this is the more 'traditional' part of Argentina. Salta is one of the most popular cities in this area and is the most well preserved colonial city in the country, with hundreds of archaeological sites, subtropical forests and desert canyons to explore.

Argentine Cuisine – Argentineans take notable pride in their meat dishes, and culinary chefs will enlighten you with some of the most aromatic mouthfuls you’ll ever experience! Buenos Aires Markets – If you're anything like us, you'll love perusing the markets for a good bargain, packed with home-grown charm. A favourite for locals are the Recoleta Markets every Saturday and Sunday, plonked conveniently outside the famous museum with plenty of grassy space for a picnic from the street food stalls nearby. San Telmo Antique Markets occur every Sunday, where the streets are brimming with ancient treasures amongst new crafts. Mendoza – Sitting in the foothills of the Andes, one of the main reasons people visit Mendoza is for the wine, with plenty of vineyards scattered around the countryside. It is a great place for activities such as hiking, horse riding, rafting and skiing in the winter months. Mendoza is also a regular stopover for mountain climbers on their way to Aconcagua.

Tango Lessons – You will come across it everywhere you go while wandering Buenos Aires and most of Argentina, so why not learn the alluring Tango yourself? Your new found talent is sure to impress friends and family back home.

BOLIVIA PARAGUAY

CHILE

BRAZIL Iguazu Falls

Salta

Cordoba

URUGUAY

Mendoza

ARGENTINA

BUENOS AIRES

Bariloche Valdes Peninsula

Perito Moreno Moreno Glacier Los Glaciers National Park

El Calafate

Rio Gallegos Tierra del Fuego National Park

Ushuaia Cape Horn

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Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting, charming and fast paced cities of all South American capitals. Although well known for its cultural icons, such as football, Evita and the tango, it’s also a great place to just wander about, people watch, shop or simply soak up the unique European style atmosphere. Nightlife is second to none and local restaurants are a food lover’s delight. The city is squarely divided into ‘barrios’ (neighbourhoods), each with a distinctive identity. Don’t miss the colourful La Boca district, home of the tango, charming San Telmo with its many cafés or Recoleta, the fashionable restaurant and shopping area.

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NH Buenos Aires Florida

Dazzler San Martin

The Brick Hotel

Hotel NH Buenos Aires Florida is in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, surrounded by shops, pubs and restaurants. This is the ideal base from which to explore - from here it is just a short walk to the historic parts of the city and its most famous landmarks.

Dazzler San Martin offers extremely comfortable accommodation, located just 200m from the leafy San Martin Square, and a short walking distance to the shopping on Florida Street. Spacious rooms contain all necessary amenities to ensure you feel at home while exploring Buenos Aires.

Set in a modern tower block in the affluent Recoleta neighbourhood, The Brick Hotel is a very short walking distance to cafés, shops and lots of restaurants. Rooms are delicately furnished while the bold and sultry common areas make a stylish impact on your stay.

Esplendor Palermo Hollywood

Melia Recoleta Plaza

Alvear Art Hotel

The Esplendor Palermo Hollywood is a perfect option for seasoned travellers and second timers to Buenos Aires, also looking for a residential atmosphere with a funky vibe. This hotel is well known for its restaurant and bar, located on a main strip in the vibrant neighbourhood of Palermo. Rooms are extremely spacious and filled with local flair.

Melia Recoleta Plaza is located in the exclusive and elegant district of Recoleta, only a few steps from the commercial centre of Buenos Aires and surrounded by the best known restaurants in the city. This boutique hotel also boasts a popular underground jazz bar, and a beautiful secret garden. Rooms are tastefully reminiscent of the Louis XV and Queen Anne era, ensuring your stay in Buenos Aires feels like a royal one.

The Alvear Art Hotel is a leading innovative hotel in Buenos Aires, offering the most advanced technology to guests, also following traditional designs of its famous sister property, the opulent Alvear Palace. Rooms are elegantly furnished with classic décor. Alvear Art Hotel will ensure you are mesmerised with Buenos Aires.


Buenos Aires Sightseeing

La Ventana Dinner & Tango Show You simply shouldn’t visit Buenos Aires without experiencing a dinner and Tango show! Sample some fantastic Argentine cuisine accompanied by excellent local wines, while sitting back and enjoying an evening of famous Tango dancing. The show also includes a selection of other acts which represent several eras of Argentine history. The La Ventana performance is a great introduction to the history of the Tango.

Buenos Aires City Tour Take a half day tour that will showcase the key sights of this magical city you definitely shouldn’t miss. Drive along the widest street in the world, '9th July Avenue' while on your way to San Telmo. Head to La Boca, a famously colourful and picturesque neighbourhood where Italian immigrants once settled. Also visit the legendary Recoleta Cemetery where 'Evita' is buried.

Fiesta Gaucha Tour Head to the countryside where you will enjoy traditional dances and songs on this unique and delightful full day tour in the Argentine outback. Watch a 'gaucho' demonstration performed by the locals and be amazed at their horse back riding skills.

A day in Colonia, Uruguay Discover the UNESCO-listed Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento on a day trip from Buenos Aires. Leave the cosmopolitan capital behind for a slower pace of life on the other side of the Rio de la Plata River. After a one hour ferry ride, take a guided walking tour of Colonia. Pause for lunch, then spend an afternoon discovering the quaint and peaceful town on your own before returning to Buenos Aires by ferry.

Ultimate Argentine Cuisine Experience Whether you're a cooking enthusiast or novice, this small group dining experience is fun and entertaining, giving you a glimpse into the country's culture. Make your own empanadas and enter a creative empanada making contest. Taste some of Argentina's juiciest steaks, before learning how to make your own alfajores. You'll be a true Argentine foodie at the end of this!

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Argentina Tours

Perito Moreno Glacier

Yacutinga Lodge Experience

4 days/3 nights

3 days/2 nights

The Perito Moreno Glacier is the longest and widest glacier in the world outside Antarctica, and truly is a spectacular sight. This four day package will showcase the astounding 5km wide glacier, as well as the surrounding Patagonia forest. Make sure you travel to this special region to see a growing glacier for yourself!

This is a unique experience to add to your Iguazu Falls adventure. Spend two nights enjoying the magic of Yacutinga Lodge and its lush surroundings which is the most bio-diverse eco-system in Argentina. More than 15km of interpretational trails are ready for you to walk. Take the opportunity to paddle along the jungle waters of Yacutinga Reserve.

Day 1: El Calafate Transfer from the airport to your hotel in El Calafate. Spend some time in the afternoon getting to know this charming area.

Day 1: Puerto Iguazu Town – Yacutinga Lodge Pick up from the meeting point in Puerto Iguazu Town afor a two hour transfer to Yacutinga Lodge. Enjoy the picturesque drive through lush forest surroundings. In the evening there will be an introduction on Yacutinga Lodge, outlining their ideas and vision for environmental sustainability.

Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier Enjoy a full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier. Experience the movement of the surrounding glaciers and listen out for the enormous pieces of ice that can often break away and crash into the lake. Day 3: Rios de Helio This full day trip starts with a transfer to Puerto Bandera to board a catamaran for your cruise on Argentino Lake. Glide amongst enormous icebergs in the Upsala and Spegassini channel before approaching the immense size and varied forms of several glaciers in the region. Return to El Calafate for your last evening in this buzzing town. Day 4: El Calafate After breakfast, transfer to El Calafate Airport to meet your onward arrangements.

Day 2: Yacutinga Lodge Kayak along the San Francisco stream which flows into the Natural Reserve. This is a great photographic opportunity to witness the surrounding forest. An afternoon walk will be conducted by very knowledgeable guides who provide information on the natural environment, their flora and fauna. This is an environment highly rich in biodiversity, old trees, medicinal plants, orchids, bromeliads, butterflies, beetles, birds and mammals who co-exist to make for an interesting forest full of activity. In the evening take a guided walk to hear the animals at night, this is a must-do experience! Day 3: Yacutinga Lodge – Puerto Iguazu The morning is free to explore or simply enjoy the lodge. Return to Puerto Iguazu where your arrangements end. Note: Longer stays are available.

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Departures: El Calafate / Daily in Nov-Mar (Patagonia season)

Departures: Puerto Iguazu / Daily

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary, national park fees

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, all meals, transport and scheduled daily activities with professional Naturalist guides

Price Guide From: $825

Price Guide From: $929

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Argentina Tours

The Northwest

Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

4 days/3 nights

10 days/9 nights

This itinerary is a fantastic option for those wanting to see another side of Argentina. The Northwest is one of the most scenic areas of this country, with gorges and quaint pretty towns full of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and adobe houses. Cafayate is a region of wine and appealing landscapes, helping you to relax in the timeless surrounds of Argentina.

For a complete overview of some of South America's major attractions, you cannot go past this fantastic itinerary. Combine the mesmerising city of Buenos Aires and its Tango culture with the thundering Iguazu Falls, before soaking up the sun on one of the world's most popular beaches, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 1: Salta Transfer from Salta Airport to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour through this city full of Spanish and colonial architecture; this alone attracts visitors to come from far and wide.

Day 1: Buenos Aires Transfer from Buenos Aires Airport to your hotel for a four night stay.

Day 2: Humahuaca Your full day tour will take you to San Salvador de Jujuy, before continuing to Humahuaca Gorge. The region has always been a crossroads for economic, social and cultural communication, once being the Camino Inca. Stop along the way at Pucara (home to an old Indian Fortress) and an archaeological museum. Return to Salta. Day 3: Cafayate Drive through the spectacular Calchaqui Valley to Cafayate, the wine area of the Northwest. After a short stroll through the village, enjoy some wine tasting at one of the local vineyards. Return to Salta. Day 4: Salta Transfer to the airport where your tour ends.

Days 2-4: Buenos Aires Learn about the magical history of the city on a half day Buenos Aires City Tour, as well as an evening at the La Ventana Dinner & Tango Show. You’ll also have free time to explore the charming city of Buenos Aires with its historical monuments, shops and restaurants. Days 5-6: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls Fly to Iguazu Falls (flight additional) for a two night stay. Visit both sides of the falls with guided tours, walking through the Iguazu jungle and getting personal with the powerful cascading water. The opportunity to take a thrilling boat ride to touch the falls spray is possible (additional cost); don't forget your poncho as you are bound to get wet! Days 7-9: Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro Fly to Rio de Janeiro for a three night stay. You have two full days to visit 'Christ the Redeemer' and take a cable car up Sugarloaf mountain on your included tour. Explore the Rio nightlife in your free time, along with relaxing at the beach and taking in the fantastic shopping that Rio is famous for. Day 10: Rio de Janeiro Make the most of one last morning in Rio before transferring back to the airport, where your arrangements will end.

Departures: Salta / Daily

Departures: Buenos Aires / Daily

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport and sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, dinner at La Ventana Tango Show, return airport transfers, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary, Argentina and Brazil National Park fees at Iguazu Falls

Price Guide From: $675

Price Guide From: $1799

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Iguazu Falls There are no other waterfalls on this planet that match the absolute magnificence, size or sheer water volumes that tumble over the astonishing Iguazu Falls. Situated near the town of Puerto Iguazu, more than 275 spectacular falls lie just east of the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana rivers. The Argentine side sits above the falls, offering great views across masses of water plunging 70 metres into the abyss below. The surrounding national park is home to 55,000 hectares of pristine subtropical rainforest with many wildlife and plant species. There is nothing quite as enchanting as waking up to jungle noises and the roar of the falls.

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Mercure Iguazu Hotel

A Taste of Iguazu Falls

Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel

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Packages to get you started... Includes: • 2 nights accommodation • Breakfast daily • Return airport transfers • Half Day Argentina Falls Tour • Half Day Brazil Falls Tour • Argentina and Brazil national park fees

This brand new hotel is located in the heart of the Iguazu jungle. Mercure Iguazu combines comfort and natural resources in its rooms and common areas, allowing the surrounding environment to influence the hotel's atmosphere. Rooms are very modern and spacious, not far from Iguazu Falls and the main tourist attractions.

Loi Suites is located in Puerto Iguazu with easy access to shops, cafés and restaurants and the majestic Iguazu Falls only being 17km away. This hotel is situated in the subtropical jungle and built with respect into surrounding nature. All rooms have an amazing view of the jungle, allowing you to appreciate exactly where you are.

Note: For thrill-seekers, consider the Gran Aventura Boat ride and Heli-flight over the falls! (additional costs)

Price Guide From: $559

Price Guide From: $655

Foz do Iguacu Cataratas International Airport (Brazil) Puerto Iguazu

BRAZIL

2 1

Falls View Room

Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa

ARGENTINA

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4

Iguazu Falls Iguazu National Park

Iguazu International Airport (Argentina)

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Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas, Brazil

Wake up to the lush heart of Iguazu National Park in your luxurious room at Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa. Choose from either an Iguazu Falls view or a rainforest view. Each room has a private balcony with large windows to make you feel even closer to this amazing slice of nature, one of the most talked about in the world.

This luxurious colonial style hotel is located inside the Brazilian National Park. Rooms are decorated in Portugese style, displaying artwork by well known Brazilian designers. A walking track leading from the front of the hotel will give you unlimited access to this magnificent sight, even when the park is closed to other visitors.

Price Guide From: $769

Price Guide From: $945

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Antarctica Antarctica is a continent of vast extremes. Beautiful and tranquil, savage and fierce while its sheer size is incomprehensible whether you’re viewing it from above, or on the ground. It is a land of pristine whiteness where gigantic icebergs protrude from the ocean, all shaped and carved by the elements. Where amazing patterns of blue pass you by on floating ice chunks, while the roar of glaciers echo between sheer-sided channel walls. The coastal shores and sub-Antarctic islands are home to hundreds of squawking and honking penguin rookeries, seal colonies as well as nesting seabirds. Antarctica is simply awe-inspiring and a seriously amazing adventure that you will never forget. Be pre-warned, weather and ice, not clocks and calendars, will set the schedule here.

Antarctic Explorer

Falkland Islands & South Georgia 20 days/19 nights

Antarctic Circle Fly-Cruise

11 days/10 nights This expedition offers the chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine and unforgettable natural environments.

This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Maximize your time in Antarctica and cross the Circle, on this unique ‘fly/cruise’ itinerary. Days are spent exploring on shore and cruising in Zodiacs in the company of expert guides.

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Day 2: Ushuaia, Embarkation Day Board the ship and cruise through the birdliferich Beagle Channel.

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, Embarkation Day

Day 1: Punta Arenas. Fly to Stanley (Falkland Islands)

Days 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage This legendary channel of water separates the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, named after English Explorer Sir Frances Drake. Days 5-8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Take regular Zodiac excursions to explore. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for whales and search for southern seals. Days 9-10: Drake Passage

Day 3: At Sea Days 4–5: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Days 6-7: At Sea Days 8-11: South Georgia Days 12-13: At Sea Days 14-17: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Days 18-19: Crossing the Drake Passage Day 20: Disembarkation in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires

Day 11: Disembark in Ushuaia

12 days/11 nights

Days 2-3: At sea towards Antarctica Days 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula Enjoy daily shore excursions to penguin colonies, historic sites and a working science base. Days 8-9: Cross the Antarctic Circle Explore several locations below the Circle by Zodiac with shore visits. Day 10: South Shetland Islands Visit Deception Island, Half Moon Island or Hannah Point. Day 11: Disembark King George Island. Fly Punta Arenas (Chile). Overnight Punta Arenas Day 12: End Punta Arenas

Departures: Ushuaia / Set departures

Departures: Buenos Aires / Set departures

Departures: Punta Arenas / Set departures

Inclusions: 9 nights aboard Ocean Diamond with private bathroom, 1 night Ushuaia, all meals while onboard, arrival transfer, port taxes, excursions and lectures Price Guide From: $14,515 (Twin Window Cabin)

Inclusions: 18 nights aboard Ocean Endeavour with private bathroom, 1 night Buenos Aires, return flights (EZE-USH), all meals while onboard, port taxes, excursions and lectures Price Guide From: $28,935 (Twin Window Cabin)

Inclusions: 10 nights aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers max), 1 night Punta Arenas, internal flights, all meals while on board, expedition gear package, excursions Price Guide From: $17,995 (Twin Window Cabin)

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share (unless otherwise stated), based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Brazil

I

Fast Facts Country name:

Republic Federation of Brazil

Population:

204 Million

Capital:

Brasilia

Languages:

Portugese, Spanish, English, French

Currency:

Brazilian Real

Time zone:

15 hours behind New Zealand (16 hours with daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V, 60HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2017

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25 Feb-01 Mar

Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro

21 Apr

Tiradentes Memorial Day, Brazil

15 Jun

Corpus Christi Festival, Salvador

Jul

Paraty International Literary Festival, Paraty

Nov

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Sao Paulo

t’s a land of extreme superlatives – the largest rainforest in the world, the second longest river on the planet and the richest place on earth for animal and plant life. Brazil, with its forests and mighty Amazon River with the phenomena they contain, it covers half of the South American continent. Two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast, meaning life really is a beach for locals and tourists alike. People are the essence of the country, and while Brazil is home to a multitude of ethnic groups, there are some characteristics that everyone shares – fiery energy and passion! Watch a soccer game along with thousands of dancing, drumming and singing spectators; see why the beautiful game is almost a religion in Brazil. Although not all is reserved for football, Brazilians enjoy any good festivity, whatever the occasion. The most notable is Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, dubbed the largest party in the world. The list of charms from Brazil continues, Brasilia is the capital city and is easily the fastest growing major city in Brazil. Our favourite, Salvador, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its focus on modern architecture, and is home to a plethora of wonderfully preserved 16th and 17th century buildings. This adds an historical layer to the creative music vibe and impressive cuisine culture that continues to attract more visitors to Salvador each year. Lastly but definitely not least, Rio is the world's most exhilarating city, even when Rio Carnival is not in its full riotous swing. Its breath-taking harbour, stretches of beaches (including the legendary sands of Copacabana) stunning architecture from baroque times to a lively Art Deco and nightlife that carries on until dawn, all merging to create an intoxicating mix. We must all try Rio once in our lifetime.


Experience Brazil Our favourite things to see and do Foz do Iguaçu – The Iguaçu River plunges in tiered falls at the border with Argentina and Paraguay. The falls are over 3km wide and 80m high, their beauty is unbelievable. The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best access by foot. Take a walk along the winding path, and you’ll end up exactly where the falls thunder down.

Buzios – Used by the locals as a holiday destination, Buzios makes a perfect stop to truly experience a laid-back version of Brazil. Just under two hours drive from Rio de Janeiro, Buzios offers a number of pristine white sandy beaches, cafés and restaurants. All watersports can be done in this area, as well as a spot of shopping.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Every February the city’s Samba schools vie to be the best – taking to the streets to perform pulsating dance routines in jaw-dropping costumes. Passionate Brazilians who samba in the streets have made Rio de Janeiro’s carnival the world’s biggest party. Whether you dance it out on the streets, watch the thousands of participants in their elaborate costumes in the Samba parade, or attend the fairytale Copacabana Palace ball, this is one event on the party calendar not to miss! Paraty – Just a quick jaunt from Rio de Janeiro you’ll find Paraty and the glistening bay of Ilha Grande. Dotted with many tropical islands, forests, mountains and waterfalls, Paraty and the Green Coast is most definitely a slice of heaven on earth. Paraty is known for the dainty cobblestone streets and 250 year old architecture throughout town. Leave your cars at home, this is a town to wander, bike ride, or take a leisurely horse and cart adventure. The Amazon from Manaus – Although the Amazon can be reached via several inlets across South America, the gateway from Manaus is particularly unique for reaching serious depths into the Amazon. While there, make sure you pay a visit to meet the renowned pink dolphins.

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Campo Grande

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Sao Paulo Iguazu Falls Curitiba

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ARGENTINA URUGUAY

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Rio de Janeiro Rio is everything you’ve heard about and more. One of the most energetic cities in the world, it pulsates with passion; from the sexy samba rhythms of its colourful carnival to the beautiful bodies that line the stunning beaches, not to mention the vibrant nightlife and local firewater, cachaça (rum). Visit some of the world’s most famous landmarks such as Corcovado Peak for stunning city views and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Copacabana is Brazil’s most famous beach, while neighbouring Ipanema is Rio’s richest and most chic beach. Rio de Janeiro is definitely not a place you want to skip on your South American journey.

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Golden Tulip Continental Hotel

Copa Sul Hotel

Windsor Excelsior Hotel

This property is a great value for money option. Its strong point is the rooftop pool boasting five star views of Copacabana Beach. Nestled in the low-key neighbourhood of Leme, Golden Tulip Continental Hotel is a perfect option for those who want to be close to it all, yet be able to return to a quiet hotel with comfortable modern rooms.

Offering comfortable and spacious rooms for your action packed holiday in Rio, Copa Sul Hotel sits in an ideal location. Only one block back from the sands of Copacabana Beach and a quick stroll to the streets of Ipanema, Copa Sul Hotel is ideal for spending your days enjoying the beach and the city surrounds.

With a beautiful view of the ocean and the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Peak, the elegant Windsor Excelsior Hotel is located on the world famous Copacabana Beach. This hotel enjoys an array of shops, restaurants and nightclubs all within easy walking distance.

Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Miramar By Windsor

Belmond Copacabana Palace

With breath-taking views over Copacabana Beach, Porto Bay Rio Internacional is a great place to stay. An area on the beach is especially reserved where sun loungers, parasols and beach towels are available for your use only. Modern rooms boast private balconies, providing you with a perfect place to relax after a day in the sunshine.

Ideally located right on Copacabana Beach, the beautiful Miramar By Windsor guarantees your stay on the most famous beach in the world is of the highest standard. The architecture and interior designers have ensured a perfect balance between classic and contemporary style, ensuring your stay in Rio is a luxurious one.

Belmond Copacabana Palace stands out from the rest as it sits along Copacabana Beach. This giant palace is a glamourous icon of Rio, wowing its guests with magnificence since 1923 and is where many world famous stars choose to stay. If you are wanting ‘the place to stay’ in Rio, then Belmond Copacabana Palace will obviously be your choice.


Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Favela Tour An illuminating experience if you are looking for an insiders view of Brazil. This half day tour will introduce you to a different Rio, the favela (shanty town). There are close to 600 favelas in the city of Rio, mostly placed on former public areas over hillsides with the best views of Rio. If you really feel like getting to know Brazil, don’t miss this favela tour.

Corcovado Tour This half day tour helps you to reach the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer. Head through Tijuca National Park and take a train up the steep slopes of Corcovado Peak. Once at the top, climb the last few steps to reach the feet of the famous statue, where you can share his fantastic views over Rio de Janeiro.

Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour Experience the world's largest urban forest on a half day open-top Jeep ride. Take a relaxed trail hike to get close-up views of wild animals and waterfalls, plants and panoramic views. Feel the fresh crisp air and enjoy some time in the Brazil nature.

Evening Samba Show Spend a night out experiencing true Brazilian entertainment and culture at one of Rio’s vibrant Samba shows. The sound of Brazilian rhythms, folklore and Brazilian dancers dressed in outrageous costumes will keep you entertained while enjoying the electric atmosphere around you.

Sugarloaf Mountain Tour Join this half day tour and catch a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain, standing at 1,299 feet high. After the scenic ride up, you will be greeted with 360 degree views of Rio de Janeiro city and the surrounding beaches including Copacabana. This is a 'must do' tour while you are in Rio, as long as you don’t mind heights!

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Rio de Janeiro Combinations

Paraty, Brazil

Rio & Buzios

Rio & Paraty

6 days/5 nights

7 days/6 nights

Specifically designed for those who are looking to see some beaches outside of bustling Rio de Janeiro, Buzios is a vibrant seaside village just a couple hours drive from the big city. Enjoy the rustic charm and buzzing atmosphere of a historic fishing village, coupled with a row of pristine beaches to while your holiday away.

After you've ticked off the must-do's of Rio de Janeiro, head to one of the most stunning spots on the Brazilian coastline. Paraty is a beautiful albeit small colonial city, where cars do not belong. Explore the delicate old housing and churches of the earliest times of Brazil, and take a refreshing dip in one of the many hidden waterfalls nearby.

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, transfer to Copa Sul Hotel for a three night stay.

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro On arrival into Rio, transfer to Copa Sul Hotel for a three night stay.

Days 2-3: Rio de Janeiro On a full day of sightseeing you will meet Christ the Redeemer, also take the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain and take in the sweeping city views. The rest of your time is free to relax on the beach or do some shopping.

Days 2-3: Rio de Janeiro The next two days are spent soaking in the sights and sounds of this famous city. Spend a full day visiting Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain; both monuments will showcase fantastic views of Rio. Also spend a day on famous Copacabana Beach with the locals.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Buzios After breakfast you will be transferred to Buzios. Sit back and enjoy the scenery on this two hour transfer. Arrive into Buzios and check in to La Chimere, a cosy pousada with plenty of character. Day 5: Buzios A Buzios open-top trolley adventure is the best way to get to know the peninsula. Visit several beaches and picture perfect lookouts. Day 6: Buzios – Rio de Janeiro You will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro where your arrangements end.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Paraty Depart the city for Paraty, it won't take long to wind down in this slowpaced cobblestone town. Check in to Pousada do Sandi for three nights. Days 5-6: Paraty Make the most of your stay in Paraty by taking a cruise around the bays, also a guided walking tour of Paraty will show you corners that you would may not have discovered yourself. Day 7: Paraty – Rio de Janeiro A transfer will return you to Rio de Janeiro to finish your arrangements.

Departures: Rio de Janeiro / Daily

Departures: Rio de Janeiro / Daily

Inclusions: 3 nights Rio de Janeiro, 2 nights Buzios, breakfast daily, return airport transfers, transport between hotels, full day Corcovado and Sugarloaf tour, half day Buzios Trolley tour

Inclusions: 3 nights Rio de Janeiro, 3 nights Paraty, breakfast daily, return airport transfers, transport between hotels, full day Corcovado and Sugarloaf tour, half day Paraty walking tour, half day Paraty Schooner Cruise

Price Guide From: $999

Price Guide From: $1845

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Salvador Salvador da Bahia, or just simply Bahia as the locals call it, is a fascinating and vibrant city loaded with historic buildings. As one of Brazil’s cultural highlights, Salvador was Brazil’s most important city for almost 300 years and was also the Portuguese Empire’s second city. The centre of the sugar industry, Salvador was famous for gold-filled churches, beautiful mansions and the slave trade. The ‘Lower City’ is at sea level, containing the old port and commercial district where visitors will find a varied assortment of Brazilian arts and crafts at the Modelo Market. Cobblestone steps, alleyways or the famous Lacerda Elevator lead to the ‘Upper City’. Here is where the old government building, residential districts, historic museums and many new impressive architecture buildings are located.

Salvador Escape 5 days/4 nights The Salvador Escape is a perfect package to add to your Brazil visit, showing the diversity of history and culture that Salvador has to offer, as it is unlike any other part of Brazil. It is now known for its wild local festivals, warming sensuality, colourful vibrant people and some of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches. If you are looking for unique culture with a dose of beach time, then the emerging Salvador is your next destination. Day 1: Salvador Airport On arrival, transfer to Pousada do Pilar, located in the centre of Salvador, for a four night stay. This pousada is an ancient mansion survived from the late 19th century. The owners have focused on preserving its original walls to ensure history is not forgotten. Together with a tidy decoration which pays homage to the local area, its environment is charming and cosy. Rooms have views of the historical town and the ocean, however the best view is from its rooftop terrace. Day 2: Salvador Walking City Tour Explore the historical district of Salvador on a half day walking tour. Visit Fort de São Pedro that was originally built to protect the city from invasion. Other attractions such as the Barra Lighthouse, Pelourinho and Teatro Castro Alves, home to the ballet and Bahian Symphony Orchestra. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Salvador. Day 3: Salvador Spend a day at leisure, exploring Salvador in your own time. Try an Acarajé, a tasty local phenomenon at Mercado Modelo - or find your way to an Olodum Afro-Brazilian Band performance to feel the local vibes. Day 4: Schooner Cruise Board a schooner for a full day of cruising. Drift along All Saints Bay enjoying an unforgettable view of the old part of Salvador. You'll pass several islands including the famous Frade Island, surrounded by groves of palm trees and warm crystal clear waters. Swim, snorkel and catch some Bahia rays! Day 5: Salvador Airport After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements. Departures: Salvador / Daily Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, return airport transfers, half day Salvador walking city tour, full day schooner cruise Price Guide From: $1129

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Brazil Amazon & Pantanal The Amazon is a gigantic system of rivers and forests, covering almost half of Brazil and spills into neighbouring countries. To this day, major tributaries of the Amazon are still unexplored. Of the estimated 15,000 species of Amazon creatures, thousands of birds, fish and hundreds of mammals have also still not been classified. The most common starting point to reach the Amazon is Manaus. The Amazon may be more famous, but the Pantanal is considered to be a far better place to see wildlife. About half the size of France, it's the largest wetland on the planet and lies in the far west of Brazil. Birds are the most frequently seen wildlife, but the Pantanal is also a sanctuary for giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, jaguars, cougars, crocodiles, deer and anteaters.

Glass Bungalow, Anavilhanas Lodge

Amazon Ecopark Lodge

Anavilhanas Lodge

3 days/2 nights

3 days/2 nights

Amazon Ecopark Lodge is a great introduction to the Brazilian Amazon, just one hour from Manaus. Located in the heart of a preserved forest, a stay at this jungle lodge will give you the opportunity to visit the homes of local Amazonian residents, fish for piranha, go alligator spotting and see how monkeys are rehabilitated back into its natural habitat.

Anavilhanas Lodge is an intimate and luxurious lodge located just over two hours drive from Manaus. Activities are in abundance from canoeing to wildlife viewing including a visit to meet the pink river dolphins. Choose to stay in a delightful garden cottage or treat yourself to a supreme glass bungalow to maximise the stunning surroundings.

Day 1: Manaus You will be met at Manaus Airport or in town for your transfer by boat and vehicle to Amazon Ecopark Lodge. Listen to the sounds of the jungle at night by canoe as you look out for alligators.

Day 1: Manaus You will be met at Manaus Airport or in town for the transfer to Anavilhanas Lodge which will take just over two hours, transporting you deep into the Amazon. Your luxurious garden cottage or glass bungalow awaits.

Day 2: The Brazil Amazon Your full day of Amazon adventures awaits you. Take part in exciting nature hikes, explore the Monkey Forest and visit a local village. Learn about their traditions, customs and the rich history of the Amazon. Return to Amazon Ecopark Lodge for lunch before an activity in the afternoon. Discover the ongoing sights and sounds of the dark as you enjoy another night in the Amazon.

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Day 2: The Brazil Amazon Anavilhanas Lodge offers an array of different activities from boat cruises, hiking and piranha fishing - many different perspectives in which to experience the Amazon. An unforgettable highlight of your Amazon visit will be the sunrise walk, absorbing the forest while it is waking up, a great way to start anyones' day.

Day 3: Manaus Enjoy one last morning in this fascinating environment before being transferred back to Manaus Town or Airport, where your arrangements will end.

Day 3: Manaus Take part in another activity this morning, before being transferred back to Manaus where your Amazon experience will end.

Departures: Manaus / Daily

Departures: Manaus / Daily

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return transport from Manaus Airport or Town, all meals and scheduled daily activities

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return transport from Manaus Airport or Town, all meals and scheduled daily activities

Price Guide From: $795

Price Guide From: $1445 (Garden Cottage)

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Brazil Amazon & Pantanal

Amazon Clipper Premium Cruise

Araras Eco Lodge

3 days/2 nights

3 days/2 nights

Providing the best in safety, comfort and reliability, Amazon Clipper Cruises offer weekly cruises departing from Manaus. Explore the river’s edges with powerful searchlights to see caiman, explore by canoe and navigate towards the “Meeting of the Waters”, a unique spectacle where the bright and dark waters of the Amazon and Negro flow side by side.

Araras Eco Lodge, superbly located amidst the Brazil Pantanal, is also known as South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. Cuiabá is the gateway to Araras Eco Lodge and its many activities to fully explore the Amazon. From bird watching, trekking, horse riding and night tours, the Araras naturalist guides aim to show you everything you hoped for.

Day 1: Manaus Meet the Clipper Premium Cruise group and depart toward the Amazon River while enjoying a welcome drink and an introduction to the Amazon ecology. After dinner, explore the river's edge with powerful torches to look for caimans and other nocturnal creatures such as nighthawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloth and frogs.

Day 1: Cuiabá Arrive at Cuiabá Airport or pick up from your hotel and transfer to Araras Eco Lodge. Appreciate the local flora and fauna on a late afternoon hike, also taking in a spectacular sunset view. After dinner, we recommend taking a night wander to hear the nocturnal birds.

Day 2: The Brazil Amazon Start the day with an early canoe exploration of the sleeping forest. Keep your eyes open for birds and pink river dolphins. After breakfast, take an interesting walk in the forest, then fish for piranha in the afternoon. Admire the millions of stars and constellations at night. Day 3: Manaus Take one last bird watching opportunity and see the giant water lilies, before heading towards the "Meeting of the Waters". Return to Manaus where your Amazon Clipper Premium Cruise ends.

Day 2: The Brazil Pantanal Spend a full day observing Araras Private Reserve. This can include a horse ride through wonderful pastures, woods and wetlands, or heading off on foot to make the most of this amazing environment. Day 3: Cuiabá A sunrise hike will ensure a perfect finish to your visit at Araras Eco Lodge. The transfer back to Cuiabá will be a photographic opportunity in itself. Arrangements end at Cuiabá Airport or hotel.

Departures: Manaus / Monday

Departures: Cuiabá / Daily

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return transport from Manaus, all meals and scheduled daily activities

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, return transport from Cuiabá Airport or Town, all meals and scheduled daily activities

Price guide from: $1399

Price guide from: $1125

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Peru

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Fast Facts Country name:

Republic of Peru

Population:

31.9 Million

Capital:

Lima

Languages:

Spanish

Currency:

Nuevo Sol

Time zone:

17 hours behind New Zealand (18 hours with daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V, 60HZ Plug is a 2 point round or rectangle-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2017

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Feb

Virgen de la Candelaria Parade, Puno

Apr

Easter Week, Ayacucho

Mar

Feast of Alacitas Festival, Puno

24 Jun

Inti Raymi Festival, Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco

Sep

Trujillo Spring Festival, Trujillo

realm of lost empires from the Incas to the Spanish Conquistadors, Peru is the perfect blend of intriguing history, fascinating cultures and stunning natural landscapes. The gateway to Peru’s treasures is its capital, Lima, which was once one of South America’s wealthiest cities. Peru is also home to South America’s most famed attraction and one of the new seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu. These ancient Inca ruins which have laid hidden in the Andes for centuries are an unforgettable sight, and also considerably rewarding for intrepid travellers who reach them by walking one of the world’s most awesome hikes, the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu is definitely good reason enough to visit Peru, but this country offers so much more. There are the spectacular 5000m plus Andes Mountains, Amazonian jungles where indigenous tribes still live traditional lifestyles, and the breathtakingly high altitude of Lake Titicaca. Take a boat cruise and visit locals who still live on the floating islands that are man made from totora reeds. You will no longer wonder what a Pisco Sour is after a few days of trialling for ‘the best in Peru’. Colourful and folklore festivals which celebrate all that is Peru are scattered throughout the calendar year, and are regarded as South America’s most exciting. You’d want to hope that your Peru visit will land on some of these festival dates! It’s not just the Incas who are surrounded by myths and legends, another intriguing Peruvian sight is the Nazca Lines – mysterious drawings etched into the desert. Best seen from the air, the lines remain steeped in controversy – no one is quite sure why ancient people created them 1000 years ago, but they still rattle the thoughts and presumptions of geologists today.


Experience Peru Our favourite things to see and do Puno & Lake Titicaca – Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, and the largest lake in South America. Boat trips can be made from here to Uros, Taquile and Amantani Islands. The Uros Indians reside on the floating islands which they build with the lakes reeds, and dress in impressive traditional clothing. Taquile and Amantani Islands have a number of Inca ruins scattered about, adding more pieces to the puzzle of Peruvian history.

Northern Peru – This area is a historical delight full of uncovered national treasures. A short distance from Chiclayo is the eerie tomb of the Lord of Sipan, only just discovered in 1987. North of Chiclayo is Tucume, where dozens of pre-Hispanic pyramids and enclosures lie over 540 acres. Outside Trujillo are the ruins of the imperial city of Chan Chan, built around AD850 then conquered by the Incas in AD1470.

Nazca & South Coast Peru – The Pan-American Highway follows the coast and passes through some interesting areas. Pisco is used by travellers as a base to see the wildlife of the nearby Ballestas Islands, and Paracas Peninsula holds ancient burial sites. Discover the town of Nazca, known for the world-famous Nazca Lines - huge geometric designs mostly of animals and birds which were created between 900BC and 600AD. You can view these designs from the air on small aircrafts.

Arequipa & Colca Canyon – Arequipa lies in the Andes Mountains and is the second biggest city in Peru. Many buildings have been built by white volcanic rock from the Colonial Spanish era with the area now named as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near Arequipa is the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, but more accessible due to the sloped sides. You’ll find parts of the canyon’s terraces still cultivated by locals from Inca days, but the highlight here is watching the Condor birds soaring around the canyon first thing in the morning.

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Lima & Cuzco Two of the most imposing cities in South America, just over an hours flight in between, and with so much to see, you could spend days perusing the colonial houses, gorgeous cathedrals and plazas of Lima and Cuzco. The city centre Plaza's are a great place to start, with Lima's being built in 1650, and Cuzco Plaza being the hub of the Inca Empire in its prime. Both cities have kept up with modern times however, brimming with innovative and worldclass restaurants, many cafés and an abundance of shopping opportunities. There's something mystical about wandering amongst these ancient cobblestone streets, sampling a fresh seafood ceviche and sipping on a refreshing Pisco Sour that will have you wanting more of these fascinating cities.

6 days/5 nights Suggested Itinerary Day 1: Lima You will be picked up from the airport and provided with plenty of information about Lima and Cuzco on your arrival transfer. Brace yourself for a vibrant bustling city like you've never seen before. Check in to your hotel for a two night stay. Enjoy an evening to meander the alleyways of Lima. Day 2: Lima A full day in Lima awaits you! Lima is the heart of Peruvian history with its many museums such as the Larco and Gold Museum, the catacombs in Saint Francis Monastery and even the Pachacamac Ruins, an archaeological site on the outskirts of Lima which dates back to the 9th century. In between doses of history, save some appetite for the modern and traditional tastes of Lima where you are spoilt for choice. Day 3: Lima – Cuzco Spend a morning in Lima before flying to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco and be welcomed by friendly and knowledgable guides, ready to show you this magical city. Spend three nights in Cuzco, sitting pretty at around 3400m above sea level. Cuzco is the perfect spot to acclimatise for a few nights if you plan to walk the mighty Inca Trail. Days 4-5: Cuzco Two full days in Cuzco will be jammed with scintillating experiences that will leave a special mark in your travel memories. Spare some time to soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Cuzco, where the Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas are still walking the cobblestone streets today. Day 6: Cuzco At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Cuzco Airport for your onward arrangements. Cuzco is a gateway to other regions of Peru including the Sacred Valley, Puno and Lake Titicaca or Arequipa.

Highlights worth seeing along the way The Gold Museum, Lima – This museum showcases the craftsmanship from several centuries of Peruvian history, mainly made from pre-Inca gold materials. The pieces on show were part of embellished mummies and ancient temples, also used for business trade and to represent wealth. This museum is definitely rich in a story or two. Gastronomy in both cities – Let's start with the fact that Lima is home to two of the top 20 restaurants in the world. Some time focused on food tasting in Lima and Cuzco is going to be a gastronomic adventure; take it one step further and we can arrange a 'foodie' guide to show you beyond the usual tourist eye. From buzzing food markets to traditional restaurants called 'chicherias' - then onward to those high flying degustation journeys, there really is something for all taste buds. Mingling with the locals – We truly believe that the best way to learn about a country is to mix with the locals. Peru is famed for their friendly people, and today in Lima and Cuzco the traditional clothing is still worn with pride and bright colours by its people. As we've said in our 6 Tips, learning a little bit of Spanish will bring a smile to the locals' day. Pachacamac Ruins & Sacsayhuaman – Peru is bursting with ruins, so don't stop at Machu Picchu. Visiting other ruins such as Pachacamac in the outskirts of Lima, and the Fortress of Sacsahuaman in Cuzco will help to piece together what happened in Peru all those thousands of years ago. Coca for altitude – As Cuzco is sitting at high altitude, take it especially easy when you first arrive. Chewing coca leaves and sipping on coca tea, like the locals, will help to prevent altitude sickness as well as headaches and thirst symptoms. Furthermore, stay at the enchanting Belmond Hotel Monasterio where your rooms can be fitted with oxygen systems - not to mention making for a wonderful sleep!

Our favourite places to stay: • Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima • El Pardo Doubletree Hotel Miraflores, Lima • Casa Andina Cuzco Plaza, Cuzco • El Mercado Tunqui Hotel, Cuzco • Palacio del Inka Hotel, Cuzco • Inkaterra La Casona Hotel, Cuzco • Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco

Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco

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Cuzco Sightseeing

Sacred Valley Tour Your full day trip to the picturesque Sacred Valley starts with a visit to Pisac, a picturesque town located just outside of Cuzco, famous for its colonial church and local markets. Enjoy some spare time to pick up souvenirs. You will then visit Ollantaytambo, a cute little village with quaint cobblestone streets and home to the large Ollantaytambo Inca fortress that holds the Temple of the Sun.

Cuzco City & Nearby Ruins This half day tour takes you to various historical points of interest in Cuzco including Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and passing through Kenko and Puca Pucara. As you see these Inca sites your helpful guide will explain the history and culture of these places along the way. A perfect start to your arrival in Cuzco.

Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu Depart in the morning on the Vistadome train, winding your way through the mountains and valleys to reach the riverside town of Aguas Calientes. From here take a bus up a steep hillside to reach the hidden fortress of Machu Picchu. A guide will explain the history of this amazing discovery, then enjoy free time to explore the ruins yourself before returning to Cuzco on the train.

Pisac Markets If you are after some shopping or feel like mingling with the locals, a trip to Pisac markets is a great way to spend half a day. Bargain for some great mementos to take home such as handicrafts or colourful woven alpaca clothing. Admire the traditional outfits worn by the locals and watch them go about their daily lives in harmony.

Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu Make this day an unforgettable experience by letting the distinguished Belmond Hiram Bingham Train take you to the sacred and famous Machu Picchu. Sit back in the 1920s style plush carriages, enjoy exquisite Peruvian cuisine and live music as you journey to the world famous landmark. A guided tour will bring the sacred site to life.

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Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu No trip to Peru is complete without visiting the most beautiful mountainous regions of the Sacred Valley, and the mysterious ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu. For some, these regions are the celestial focal point of their Peru visit. The Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural supply to Cuzco with much of its local produce, and is the start of your train journey to Machu Picchu. The Lost City of the Incas is one of the most famed and spectacular creations of Inca architecture and makes for an awe-inspiring setting. Believed to have been built in the mid 15th century but not discovered until 1911, the construction of this city is tucked away high in the eastern slopes of the Andes. Machu Picchu holds a special place in the hearts of all who visit this unbelievable location.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

4 days/3 nights Suggested Itinerary Day 1: Cuzco – Sacred Valley You will be picked up from your Cuzco Hotel, so be prepared for an early departure. Today is all about exploring the area between Cuzco and Sacred Valley. Pisac is a picturesque town located just out of Cuzco, renowned for its colonial church and local markets. With a drive time of a couple hours, sit back and enjoy the peaceful ride, showing you the countryside of Peru. On arrival into the Sacred Valley you'll be met by the small town of Ollantaytambo, before being dropped off at your chosen hotel. Spend two nights enjoying the dramatic mountainscape. Day 2: Sacred Valley Sacred Valley is full with many activities on offer. Spend the day exploring this region which is extremely special to Peruvian people. The Ollantaytambo markets sits in a cute setting waiting for you to visit. Day 3: Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes The Vistadome or Hiram Bingham Train will be waiting at Ollantaytambo Station. Follow the Urubamba River, nestled amongst the mountains leading towards Aguas Calientes, the last stop before Machu Picchu. Here you'll disembark the train and board the bus to reach the Lost City of the Incas. A guided tour will give you insight to one of the most fascinating stories of history. You'll have spare time to roam, before returning to Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay. Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cuzco You have the option (additional cost) to view Machu Picchu for a second time, before jumping on the train back to Sacred Valley, and onwards to Cuzco for an afternoon arrival at your chosen hotel. Our favourite places to stay: • Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay, Sacred Valley • Hotel Pakaritampu, Sacred Valley • Libertador Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley • Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel, Machu Picchu • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

Lares Trek

Aguas Calientes

Km 82.

Inca Trail

OLLANTAYTAMBO Pisac

MACHU PICCHU

Winaywayna Paqaymayu Lucmabamba

Wayllabamba

CUZCO Soraypampa

Salkantay Trek

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Meet the weavers – Textiles have always been present in ancestral communities such as Sacred Valley, it's a customary tradition passed from mothers to daughters. Watch the talented weavers at work while appreciating the art of ancient patterns and bright colours. Markets – You will know by now that South America is famed for its hundreds of alluring markets, and those surrounding the Sacred Valley have set the benchmark. The renowned Pisac markets, Chinchero markets and even the small markets in Ollantaytambo are always going to delight you with local handicrafts and treasures. Make sure you bring enough spending Sols as you won't be able to help yourself. Hot Springs, Aguas Calientes – Aguas Calientes has thrown itself on the map not only because of its proximity to Machu Picchu, but also its hot springs. After all, Aguas Calientes does mean hot water. Enjoy a soak after your tough trek or endless hours of walking and shopping. Huayna Picchu – Rising to an altitude of 2720m, the majestic Huayna (pronounced Wayna) Picchu (or young peak) is the jagged crag overlooking the 'Lost City of the Incas'. If the Inca Trail is too long but you're still looking for a challenge to remember, then target the summit of Huayna Picchu. The nasty climb will take around one hour, but the views will be worth it. Admission to do this needs to be booked in advance. Llama take a selfie – One of the coolest things about visiting Machu Picchu is witnessing the llamas and alpacas who roam freely, since it is their home. They are pleased to be involved in your photo memories, just bear in mind they are at their happiest when simply eating grass.


The Inca Trail

The Incas were famous for having achieved the most outstanding system of communication – 40,000km of well furnished foot roads linking the Andes! The best preserved trail and by far the most famous trek in South America, is the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The 43km trail will see you encounter beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloudforest, subtropical jungle, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels before approaching the final and astonishing destination, Machu Picchu. By trekking the Inca Trail, usually a four day camping trip with porters, it means you can also enter Machu Picchu in the early morning before the daily tourists arrive. Access to this section of the Inca Trail is strictly controlled with only a limited number of trekking permits issued, it is highly recommended to book your trek permit months in advance.

Inca Trail - Camping

Salkantay Trek - Camping

Lares Trek - Lodging

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

5 days/4 nights

This is the original Inca Trail you have heard so much about. Join a small group and hike for four days before reaching Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Guides will help with your gear wherever required.

The Salkantay Camping Trek is a fantastic alternative to the Inca Trail which can sell out months in advance. It is also known to be the most scenic route, therefore not quite as busy with trekking crowds.

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is an amazing cultural immersion, while staying in comfortable lodges along the way. Explore astounding scenery as you take part in many daily activities on offer.

Day 1: Cuzco – Wayllabamba Transfer from Cuzco through the Sacred Valley before arriving in Piskacucho, better known as Km82, where your trek will begin.

Day 1: Cuzco Depart Cuzco early to the trek starting point at Soraypampa. Enjoy your camp experience at a high altitude of 3500m.

Day 1: Cuzco – Pisac Early departure from Cuzco for a visit to the isolated community of Viacha. Later visit the archaeological complex of Pisac.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Paqaymayu Today, trek to the highest point on the Inca Trail. Here you will notice the different micro climates between points.

Day 2: Andenes – Lucmabamba Walk along the Salkantay River, appreciating pretty waterfalls and coffee plantations along the way.

Day 2: Lares Region Take a road journey into the Lares mountains and pass remote sites. Visit a traditional weaver’s village or take a hike to Huacahuasi.

Day 3: Paqaymayu – Winaywayna Visit the Runkurakay archaeological site before descending to Sayacmarka.

Day 3: Lucmabamba – Aguas Calientes A morning climb is paid off by an excellent view of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Days 3-4: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Learn the Huacahuasi village daily life, then explore Sacred Valley. Arrive in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Cuzco Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu again before returning to Cuzco by train in the afternoon.

Day 5: Machu Picchu Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco by train in the afternoon.

Departures: Cuzco / Set departures (Mar-Jan)

Departures: Cuzco / Set departures (Mar-Dec)

Departures: Cuzco / Set departures (Mar-Dec)

Inclusions: 3 nights camping, transport, guide, cook, porters, camping equipment (excludes sleeping bag), all meals during trek, entrance fees, bus and train tickets Price Guide From: $1459

Inclusions: 2 nights camping, 1 night hotel, transport, guide, cook, porters, camping equipment (excludes sleeping bag), all meals during trek, entrance fees, bus and train tickets Price Guide From: $1575

Inclusions: 4 nights lodge accommodation, transport, guide, cook, porters, all meals during trek, entrance fees, bus and train tickets

Day 4: Winaywayna – Cuzco Enjoy a majestic view of Machu Picchu and take a guided tour of the ruins. Return to Cuzco via Aguas Calientes by bus and train.

Price Guide From: $3299

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Sleeping bags can be hired in Cuzco.

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Sanur Peru Amazon Considered as possibly the largest pharmacy in the world due to the tremendous number of medicinal plants that grow here, the Peruvian Amazon region and adjacent Andean foothills are the most diverse, and wildlife is rich in the whole Amazon basin. With over 4000 species of butterflies, 32 species of parrots and 13 different types of monkeys, the river also thrives with nearly 2000 species of fish. Iquitos is the starting point for cruises down the Amazon to reach protected areas of Peru, Brazil and Colombia, but tucked into remote southeastern Peru, Puerto Maldonado and Tambopata-Candamo Reserve offer some of the best wildlife viewing, sheltering dozens of endangered species.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado 4 days/3 nights

Refugio Amazonas & Tambopata Research Centre Puerto Maldonado 5 days/4 nights

Wake up to a symphony of tropical birdsong, and end your days by falling asleep to the peaceful night noises of the Amazon rainforest. Exotic yet accessible, being only a 50 minute boat ride from Puerto Maldonado, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is situated in a private reserve, surrounded by a vast jungle canopy.

Refugio Amazonas Lodge and Tambopata Research Centre (TRC) work well together in order to give you access deep into the Peru Amazon, whereby TRC is the most remote lodge in the Amazon. With its location comes only the essentials of civilisation, as nature takes over in this part of the world and you encounter a true Amazon wilderness experience.

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the boarding wharf. Your Peru Amazon experience begins with a 45 minute boat ride along Madre de Dios River, before arriving at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Prepare for a three night stay in your Amazon cabana. Take a twilight river excursion and enjoy the peaceful rainforest at night.

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado – Refugio Amazonas You will be met in Puerto Maldonado and transferred to Refugio Amazonas for an overnight stay. Listen to the sounds of the jungle at night and scan the shores to catch gleams reflection from caiman eyes.

Days 2-3: The Peru Amazon Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica have plenty of excursions on offer from visiting Sandoval Lake, Tambopata National Reserve, canopy walks and spectacular sunsets. A trip to Gamitana Creek will explain how local farmers raise fruit and vegetables. Make the most of the unique Amazon spa treatments from the onsite ENA Spa (additional cost). Day 4: Puerto Maldonado Take one last activity to absorb the Peru Amazon, before returning to Puerto Maldonado for your onward arrangements.

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Day 2: Refugio Amazonas – Tambopata Research Centre Early in the morning walk to a viewing tower for a brilliant view, dotted with birds of all species. By mid morning you will leave civilisation behind, and take a thrilling journey to TRC. Spend three nights in the absolute remote jungle, also enjoying an afternoon trail walk. Days 3-4: Tambopata Research Centre TRC is the perfect base to explore the uninhabited wildlife of the Amazon, where your guides are naturalists and researchers themselves. Spend two full days following their lead, be sure to visit the clay licks this region is well known for, also your best chance to spot jaguar in the wild. Day 5: Tambopata Research Centre – Puerto Maldonado Take an early morning departure to return to Puerto Maldonado.

Departures: Puerto Maldonado / Daily

Departures: Puerto Maldonado / Daily

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, return transport from Puerto Maldonado Airport, all meals and scheduled daily activities

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, return transport from Puerto Maldonado Airport, all meals and scheduled daily activities

Price Guide From: $999

Price Guide From: $1695

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Peru Tours

Nazca, Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Northern Peru Empire

7 days/6 nights

4 days/3 nights

These regions play an important part to Peru’s history alongside its Inca counterparts. The colossal Andean Condor Bird located in the Colca Canyon with a wingspan of up to six metres will leave you speechless. Draw your own conclusions about the mysterious Nazca Lines, the flight over is nothing short of spectacular. As you fly high above, you constantly ask yourself 'how'?

Off the beaten track and away from the tourists, Northern Peru is truly magical and worth considering if you have an eye for history. Visit Chiclayo and Trujillo Cities which are both important in Peru’s upbringing, among other small towns that will give you a fascinating insight into the real Peru. It is astonishing to visit these sites and watching archaeologists while they work.

Day 1: Lima Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a half day city tour.

Day 1: Trujillo Arrive in Trujillo and transfer to your hotel. Get your first taste of the architectural richness of colonial Trujillo admiring the magnificent Plaza de Armas, considered one of the largest and most beautiful squares in the country. Stroll along calle Pizarro until you reach the House of the Emancipation, a Republican Neoclassical architectural treasure. The afternoon is free to enjoy Trujillo.

Day 2: Lima – Paracas Depart Lima for Paracas, a beautiful bay rich in marine life and ancient mysteries. Stop at Pachacamac Ruins along the way. Day 3: Nazca Lines Enjoy a fantastic sunrise through the Islas Ballestas, a nature reserve packed with birds and sea lions. Head to the city of Pisco, where you will fly over the famous Nazca Lines. More than 20 figures occupy an area of approx 500km². Day 4: Paracas – Lima – Arequipa Return to Lima then fly to Arequipa (additional cost). Enjoy an Arequipa city tour, also visiting Santa Catalina Monastery. Overnight in Arequipa. Day 5: Arequipa – Colca Drive through a land of snow-covered volcanoes, pampas and incredibly beautiful quaint villages, arriving in the Colca Valley. Overnight in Colca. Day 6: Colca Visit Condor Cross Lookout with its breath-taking landscape, considered to be the best spot to see the majestic Andean Condor. Return to Arequipa passing through quaint villages along the way.

Day 2: Sun & Moon Pyramids, Chan Chan and Huanchaco Visit the Sun and Moon Pyramids, then move on to the workshop of a local artisan and observe techniques used by ancient inhabitants to produce works of ceramics, leather and wood. Continue through northern Peru’s history as you visit Chan Chan, meaning Sun Sun. Drive to Trujillo’s best known seaside resort, Huanchaco. Historically, intrepid fishermen have braved the oceans waves in vessels made from totora reeds. Overnight in Trujillo. Day 3: Trujillo – Chiclayo Road transfer to Chiclayo, visiting the two large pyramids of Huaca el Brujo and Huaca Cao. Gaze at the Lady of Cao mummy, her skin completely covered in snake and spider tattoos.

Day 7: Arequipa Transfer to Arequipa Airport where your arrangements end.

Day 4: Chiclayo A day of sightseeing including visits to the Cracked Pyramid Archeological Complex and the Royal Tombs Museum where The Lord of Sipan tomb rests. Your arrangements will end at either Chiclayo Town or Chiclayo Airport in the afternoon.

Departures: Lima / Daily

Departures: Trujillo / Daily

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary and Nazca Lines Flight experience (flight from Lima to Arequipa additional)

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, transport, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary Price guide from: $1169

Price guide from: $3235

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Peru Tours

Peru at a Glance

Lima to La Paz

7 days/6 nights

11 days/10 nights

This route to Peru will ensure you are not missing out on the essential highlights. The first stop is Lima, the capital of Peru and home to a culture rich in history. Cuzco is the gateway to the fabled Inca Empire, then travel on to the stunning Sacred Valley. Machu Picchu will await your much anticipated visit as your last, but no less incredible stop.

See the best of Peru in this comprehensive itinerary that will guide you through to Bolivia. Begin in Peru’s capital of Lima before heading to the spellbound city of Cuzco and nearby Sacred Valley. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is the next stop. Travel southbound to Puno, cruise Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands before finishing in La Paz, Bolivia.

Day 1: Lima Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. Take a fascinating Lima city tour, absorbing the ancient sights and museums of this bustling city. Lima is famous for its world-class restaurants, so make the most of its offerings and enjoy a culinary tasting journey.

Day 1: Lima Transfer to your hotel and enjoy an entertaining night in the exciting Peruvian capital of Lima.

Day 2: Cuzco Transfer to Lima Airport and depart for your flight to Cuzco (flight additional). After you've checked into your hotel, the afternoon is free to wander the cobblestone streets of Cuzco and soak up the buzzing atmosphere of one of the most mystical cities in the world. Day 3: Sacred Valley Prepare to depart Cuzco on your full day excursion to the Sacred Valley. Sights include visiting the Indian market of Pisac, and meandering the historic Ollantaytambo fortress. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the Sacred Valley for an overnight stay. Day 4: Machu Picchu Board the Vistadome train bound for Machu Picchu for your guided visit of the legendary “Lost City of the Incas” before spending the night in the buzzing town of Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Cuzco Enjoy your morning in Aguas Calientes at leisure or to explore Machu Picchu for a second time (additional cost), before catching the train back to Cuzco. Spend the evening wandering Cuzco and savour the local delectable cooking smells that entrance the streets. Day 6: Cuzco Take in the many wonderful sights of Cuzco on a half day city tour, exploring the local ruins including Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Spend another evening in Cuzco, ensuring you accomplish all the souvenir shopping. Day 7: Cuzco After breakfast, transfer to Cuzco Airport where your arrangements end.

Day 2: Lima – Cuzco Transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cuzco (flight additional). Arrival in Cuzco and settle in for a two night stay. Day 3: Cuzco A Cuzco city tour will take you around all the major sights, then also visit Koricancha ruins, Tambomachay ruins and nearby fortresses. The afternoon is free to appreciate what Cuzco has to offer. Day 4: Sacred Valley Enjoy a full day Sacred Valley tour visiting Pisac and the local markets, then Ollantaytambo fortress. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. Day 5: Machu Picchu Catch the Vistadome Train to the hidden fortress of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of these sacred ruins will help bring this amazing history to life. Return to Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay. Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cuzco A free morning to explore Aguas Calientes, or take the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu for a second time (second entrance fee additional) then return to Cuzco by Vistadome Train in the afternoon. Make the most of one last night in Cuzco. Day 7: Puno Drive from Cuzco to Puno on a full day bus journey, visiting ruins along the way. Arrive into Puno for a two night stay. Day 8: Uros & Taquile Islands Explore the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca for a full day, and learn about the fascinating culture of the Lake Titicaca locals. Return to Puno. Day 9: Lake Titicaca Crossing Cross Lake Titicaca to Bolivia, visiting some interesting islands along the way. Enjoy the scenery on a road transfer and stay two nights in La Paz. Days 10-11: La Paz Enjoy a full day tour of Tiahuanaco Ruins and the Valley of the Moon, these are the ancient highlights of La Paz. Transfer to La Paz Airport in the afternoon for your onward arrangements.

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Departures: Lima / Daily

Departures: Lima / Daily

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, transport, Vistadome Train ticket, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary (flight from Lima to Cuzco additional)

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport, Vistadome Train ticket, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary (flight from Lima to Cuzco additional)

Price guide from: $1649

Price guide from: $3095

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Peru and Ecuador Covered We have combined two of our favourite South American destinations to show a myriad of Latin highlights that will leave you with long lasting travel memories. The similarities and contrasts of Peru & Ecuador will tell a story of history and culture as you meander the big cities of Lima, Cuzco and Quito. Encounter the big allures of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands with open arms.

Chihuahua Los Mochis Cabo San Lucas

MEXICO

Varadero

HAVANA

MEXICO CITY

CUBA

Cancun Merida Puerto Vallarta Villahermosa BELIZE Taxco Oaxaca CITY BELIZE Acapulco

Santiago de Cuba

CARIBBEAN SEA

GUATEMALA

GUATEMALA CITY

COSTA RICA

SAN JOSE

Peru and Ecuador Covered

PANAMA CITY

VENEZUELA

PANAMA

16 days/15 nights

GUYAN SU

COLUMBIA COLOMBIA

Day 1: Lima Arrive in Lima. Enjoy an afternoon city tour. Days 2-3: Cuzco Transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cuzco (flight additional). Spend two nights wandering the cobblestone streets of Cuzco.

Cartagena

Otavalo Galapagos Islands

ECUADOR

Day 3: Sacred Valley Explore Sacred Valley for the day before spending the night here. Day 4: Machu Picchu A guided tour of Machu Picchu then overnight Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cuzco Explore Machu Picchu again before returning to Cuzco. Days 6-7: Cuzco Spend two more nights roving Cuzco and enjoy a half day city tour.

QUITO Iquitos

PERU LIMA

Puerto Maldonado

Cuzco MACHU PICCHU Puno BOLIVIA Lake Titicaca

LA PAZ

Days 8-9: Cuzco – Quito After breakfast, transfer to Cuzco Airport and fly to Quito (flight additional). Arrive in Quito to spend two nights exploring this delightful South American city. A Quito city tour will show you the highlights. Days 10-13: Galapagos Islands Transfer to Quito Airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Board your boat for a four night Galapagos cruise. Take time to appreciate Easter and bays that are this unique National Park and discover several islands Island filled with wildlife. Each day will bring an exciting activity to engage with nature, but also relax on the boat’s sundeck while you cruise. Meals will be freshly prepared by the friendly chefs onboard. Day 14: Galapagos Islands – Quito Transfer to the airport and fly to Quito for a two night stay. Day 15: Otavalo Escape the bustling city to visit the little town of Otavalo a couple of hours drive away, home to the biggest markets in South America.

PARAGU Salta

ATACAMA DESERT

CHILE Valparaiso SANTIAGO

Mendoza BUENOS AIRES

U

ARGENTINA

Day 16: Quito Return to Quito Airport where your arrangements end. Departures: Lima / Departures specific to Galapagos Island cruises

Ma

Amazon River

Puerto Montt

Inclusions: 11 nights hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 night Galapagos cruise including all meals, return Galapagos flights, transport, Machu Picchu Vistadome Train ticket, guided sightseeing (flight from Lima to Cuzco & Cuzco to Quito via Lima additional) Price guide from: $5895

Bariloche

Valdes Pen PATAGONIA

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Price excludes National Park Fees and Transit Card, total USD$120 per person, subject to change, payable direct.

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TORRES DEL PAINE


Experience

Bolivia

BRAZIL PERU

Madidi National Park Lake Titicaca

Rurrenabaque

BOLIVIA

LA PAZ Tiahuanaco Ruins

Cochabamba Oruro

Potosi

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and breathtakingly high, Bolivia is known as the most authentic of South American countries. Its remote location perched in the Andes Mountains has facilitated in keeping its ancient traditions alive. Even in La Paz, the world’s highest capital city at more than 3700m, local women continue to dress in traditional voluminous petticoats, vibrant cloaks and recognisable bowler hats. Meet many of these ladies in the lively street markets where you can pick up everything for a bargain, from an iPod or an alpaca jersey, to bits of dried llama in the Witchdoctor’s Market. Bolivia's natural landscapes and collection of wildlife is about as diverse as your imagination can stretch - not only home to the world's largest salt flats, but frantic piranha and river dolphins are part of the attraction in visiting all corners of Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is an almost mystical landmark. Titicaca is one of the world’s highest lakes, nestled under the dramatic Cordillera Real mountains and is the birthplace of the Children of the Sun, the Inca.

Santa Cruz

Sucre

Uyuni Salt Flats

Landlocked

PARAGUAY

Bolivia is a country so rich in culture and has changed very little over the centuries, its raw intensity will stand out as some of the most educational times of your South American journey.


Bolivia Tours

Uyuni Salt Flats

Best of Bolivia

La Paz to Atacama Desert

3 days/2 nights

6 days/5 nights

4 days/3 nights

Be amazed by the sheer size of the extraordinary Uyuni Salt Flats in this short but sweet three day trip. This is a great way to experience the largest salt flat in the world if you are limited for time, so add this to your Peru arrangements.

Combine Uyuni’s famous salt flats and Isla Incahuasi with Potosi, once a major source of silver during colonial times. Also visit Sucre, offering impressive examples of Spanish colonialism in its cathedrals, churches and museums.

Travel from La Paz into Chile via the REA (Reserve Eduardo Abaroa), in the southern part of Uyuni Salt Flats. The reserve has a fragile ecosystem and natural wonders like the Laguna Verde green lagoon and impressive geothermal activity.

Day 1: La Paz – Uyuni Depart by bus from La Paz, heading southwest through the impressive highlands to Oruro, which is largely famous for its mining economy. Continue with a picturesque train journey to Uyuni.

Day 1: La Paz – Uyuni Enjoy a charming bus journey from La Paz to Oruro, then board the train to Uyuni.

Day 1: La Paz – Uyuni Travel from La Paz through the highlands to Oruro, then take a train journey to Uyuni.

Day 2: Uyuni Salt Flats Get your camera ready for a special day at the largest salt flats in the world. A little known fact is that Uyuni Salt Flats is located near the crest of the Andes. Stay overnight in a Salt Hotel, a sleepover you'll never forget.

Day 2: Uyuni Salt Flats Visit Colchani to see locals producing salt. Enter the great Uyuni Salt Flats to Isla Incahuasi, a special habitat where you will see giant cactus and volcanic rocks. Visit the preColumbian AyquePucara Fort before returning to Colchani for an exclusive overnight stay in a salt hotel.

Day 2: Uyuni Salt Flats Take a trip to Colchani to see locals producing salt and enter the huge white salt flat crossing to Isla Incahuasi, this is home to the amazing giant cactus. Travel north to the mummies of Coquesa, situated in the foothills of the Tunapa volcano, then return to the village of Colchani. If weather permits, enjoy the spectacular sunset. Experience a night in a unique Salt Hotel. Day 3: La Paz Explore some more in the morning before flying back to La Paz where your tour ends.

Day 3: Potosi Cross the Andes Range seeing great landscapes, old mines and Indian villages on your journey towards Potosi. Enjoy a Potosi city tour including visits to the Mint House, colonial churches and local markets. Days 4-5: Potosi – Sucre Visit the remains of a silver mine in the famous Silver Mountain. An afternoon bus trip will take you to Sucre. Take a tour of Sucre and an Indian Textile museum. Day 6: La Paz Fly to La Paz where your tour ends.

Day 3: Villamar View spectacular scenery on the drive from Colchani to Villamar. Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama Depart early to the REA (Reserve Eduardo Abaroa), visiting Laguna Colorada (4278m). Continue to Laguna Verde, a beautiful green lagoon at the foothills of Licancabur Mountain. Cross the border to Chile and continue to San Pedro de Atacama where your tour ends.

Departures: La Paz / Tuesday & Friday

Departures: La Paz / Tuesday & Friday

Departures: La Paz / Tuesday & Friday

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, breakfast and lunch daily, 1 dinner, transport, flight Uyuni to La Paz, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and 3 lunches, transport, flight Sucre to La Paz, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, transport, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

Price Guide From: $1495

Price Guide From: $2395

Price Guide From: $999

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Ecuador

I

COLOMBIA

Otavalo

Galapagos Islands

Lago Agrio

QUITO

Coca

Cotopaxi National Park

Yasuni National Park

Banos Riobamba

Cuenca

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Sangay National Park

Macas

Guayaquil

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

ts quirkiness aside, Ecuador is an extremely diverse country with a unique charm of its own, where returning visitors are always overwhelmed at how rewarding their Ecuador experience has been. Over 350 species of mammals and more than 1600 bird species proudly call Ecuador home; from the wonderful wilds of the Amazonian jungle, through the mysterious Andean cloud forest, to warm Pacific Island beaches and the spectacular wildlife of the Galapagos Islands - you will find that Ecuador is a home for all. Living amongst these natural riches is a potpourri of cultures, including those of the indigenous Inca and Spanish descent. Colonial architecture from Spanish times continue to live on in the capital city Quito and in Cuenca, both of which are listed as World Heritage sites. Unsurprisingly there are busy markets to explore, packed with Panama Hats and where bartering and bargaining rules have not changed for hundreds of years. Otavalo is arguably the most famous craft market in South America and is a must-do while visiting Ecuador. You will spot the locals straightaway – men with their pony tails and ponchos and women with braided hair and frilled blouses. Ecuador is overflowing with grand things wrapped in a small parcel; and each day of your journey through this country will stun you.


Quito Dubbed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Quito sits in a spectacular setting, 2825 metres above sea level and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Strolling around the old city with its lovely churches and crowded cobblestone streets, you’ll discover that Quito is one the best preserved colonial cities in South America and also a World Heritage site. Quito is a vibrant gateway to the rest of Ecuador and is no more than a day’s drive from the Amazon Jungle, active volcanoes, indigenous markets and tropical beaches. The Galapagos Islands are a short one hour flight away, but it will feel like a different world altogether.

A Taste of Quito

Vieja Cuba Hotel

Packages to get you started... Includes: • 4 nights accommodation • Breakfast daily • Return airport transfers • Half day Quito City Tour • A tour to the Middle of the World

Cosy and elegant, Vieja Cuba offers a vibrant twist of Cuban ambience. Located in the tourist centre of Quito, close to restaurants, shops and not far from the Old Town, this simple and pleasant hotel will ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay in the capital.

Price Guide From: $465

Patio Andaluz Hotel

Le Parc Hotel

The classic colonial style of Patio Andaluz Hotel will no doubt ensure you have a memorable stay. This boutique hotel is a favourite of ours with exceptionally friendly service situated in the heart of the Old Town; also handy to museums, attractions and shops. Enjoy impressive local cuisine on the main patio accompanied by a notable wine list.

Offering something different, the luxury boutique Le Parc Hotel offers suite style accommodation to give you a more spacious atmosphere. All unique in design, Le Parc suites still provide ultimate comfort, and the best standard of personable service found in Quito.

Price Guide From: $765

Price Guide From: $819

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Sanur Amazon Ecuador An expedition to the Ecuador Amazon jungle will take you in a dugout canoe or boat through its imposing yet peaceful rivers; Napo, Pastaza, Coca or Tigre. Located near the Andes, this part of the Amazon basin hosts one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Many species found here are still unknown to researchers and are quite possibly hidden deep in the dense tropical rainforest, right next to the trails you will be walking on. With huge areas of rainforest to cover, those with interests in natural history, ecology, tropical habitats, indigenous tribes, bird watching and jungle treks will come away from this visit completely astonished and fulfilled. Unique and interesting animals such as the sloth bear, honey bear, tapir, armadillo and pink dolphin await your impending visit.

Sacha Lodge

La Selva Eco Lodge & Spa

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

Sacha Lodge welcomes you to experience the various sounds of birds and howler monkeys that distinguish one of the few untouched places left on the planet. Cabins are constructed with high roofing to provide shade on the terraces and hammocks.

La Selva is a wonderful luxury lodge surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. Cabanas are a rustic and authentic native design. The onsite hammock hut is popular for afternoon siestas, or spend time at the resident Butterfly Farm. Choose from a variety of rainforest and Amazon excursions including jungle hikes and bird watching.

Day 1: Quito Airport – Coca You will be met at Quito Airport for your flight to Coca. Prepare for your exciting two hour river canoe ride towards Sacha Lodge. Following a small rainforest walk, you will arrive at Sacha Lodge. The next three nights are spent enjoying its surroundings and spectacular wildlife.

Day 1: Quito Airport – Coca Take a quick 30 minute flight from Quito Airport to Coca. A two hour canoe ride down the river will start your Amazon experience before checking into La Selva Eco Lodge & Spa for a three night stay.

Days 2-3: The Ecuador Amazon Make the most of your Ecuador Amazon experience and hear the rainforest early in the morning. Sacha Lodge will offer many different excursions that will get you into the secluded areas. Professional native guides point out the many different species and medicinal plants that have been used by their people for hundreds of years. Ensure you spend the night time listening for nocturnal animals! Day 4: Coca – Quito Airport Enjoy one last morning in this captivating environment before returning to Coca for your flight to Quito Airport, where your arrangements end.

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Days 2-3: The Ecuador Amazon Your first stop should be the observation tower, allowing you to see views over the beautiful rainforest which you are about to explore. Get close and personal to various animals on trail walks and hikes. With the help of a spotlight you'll enjoy a memorable canoe ride at night. Pay a visit to the nearest clay lick, one of the most fascinating and colourful displays of the wild world. Day 4: Coca – Quito Airport Spend the morning doing one last final activity, before returning to Coca for your flight to Quito Airport.

Departures: Quito Airport / Mon-Sat

Departures: Quito Airport / Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Inclusions: 3 nights lodge accommodation, all meals, transport, return domestic flights from Quito to Coca, daily activities

Inclusions: 3 nights lodge accommodation, all meals, transport, return domestic flights from Quito to Coca, daily activities

Price Guide From: $1875

Price Guide From: $1999

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Ecuador Tours

Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo

Haciendas in Ecuador

Andes & Amazon

Avenue of the Volcanoes

3 days/2 nights

5 days/4 nights

7 days/6 nights

Depart Quito and journey north to the outskirts of Otavalo, or south towards Cotapaxi National Park and experience traditional local hospitality by staying at a beautiful hacienda. Relax and absorb the glorious insights of Ecuadorian history.

Experience the heart and soul of Ecuador. Visit the Amazon and its indigenous communities. Take some time to discover Baños which is popular for outdoor activities, and finally absorb the natural beauty of Cotopaxi National Park.

Take an awe-inspiring journey between Quito and Cuenca through the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’. This itinerary gives you spectacular views of the Andes, finishing off with quality time spent in Cuenca, a well known and gorgeous colonial city.

Day 1: Quito Transfer from Quito to your chosen hacienda.

Day 1: Quito Travel northwest to Papallacta, where you can soak in the hot spring water pools.

Day 1: Quito – Lasso Travel from Quito to Lasso and discover the stunning Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the highest volcanoes in the world.

Day 2: Hacienda Spend the day relaxing at your hacienda or enjoying the surroundings on various excursions. Day 3: Quito Transfer from your hacienda back to Quito. Hacienda Options: Las Palmeras – Otavalo This 150 year old hacienda with its cottages and beautiful gardens is tucked in a lush mountain valley, walking distance to the Otavalo markets and a picturesque two hours drive from Quito. Price Guide From: $565 Pinsaqui – Otavalo Hacienda Pinsaqui is perched under Imbabura Volcano and was previously a colonial textile house. Today Pinsaqui still retains its authenticity where every room has a unique personality with cosy fireplaces and intricate detail, ensuring you relax in a real Ecuadorian setting. Price Guide From: $639

Days 2-3: Amazon Jungle Continue to the jungle, where you will arrive by canoe. Spend an incredible two nights in an Amazon lodge. An indigenous Quichua guide will explain about the incredibly diverse flora and fauna of the forest. Visit a village nearby to experience the local life, also a small orphanage and rehabilitation centre for wildlife in need. Day 4: Baños Transfer to Baños, a small mountain village. See how the local women make their intricate Balsa fabrics. Enjoy the afternoon to relax or join an optional excursion such as hiking, mountain biking or horse back riding. Day 5: Quito Visit the Salasaca Indian village, who survive mainly from selling their handmade weavings that they are famous for. Stop at Cotopaxi National Park before arriving in Quito late afternoon where your tour arrangements end.

Day 2: Lasso – Baños Depart for a picturesque three hour journey to Baños with an option to see Quilotoa Crater Lake and the indigenous artisan village of Tigua. Day 3: Baños A free day to explore the wonderful surroundings such as the Pailon del Diablo Waterfalls, or maybe take a hiking, biking or rafting excursion. Day 4: Baños – Riobamba Spend the morning at Salasaca Village and Chimborazo before arriving in Riobamba. Day 5: Riobamba – Cuenca Take a train ride down the “Devil’s Nose” from Riobamba to Alausi. Visit Ingapirca, the most important Inca ruins in Ecuador, before driving to the beautiful city of Cuenca. Day 6: Cuenca Enjoy a half day walking tour to learn about Cuenca. This attractive colonial city is full of museums, convents and markets. Day 7: Cuenca – Quito Transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito where your tour arrangements end.

La Cienega – Cotopaxi This hacienda is the site where historical national events occured, and is the perfect choice to learn about Ecuador’s past while enjoying the stunning building and well-kept gardens. Price Guide From: $675

Departures: Quito / Daily

Departures: Quito / Daily

Departures: Quito / Daily

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport to and from Quito

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, all meals, transport, sightseeing with a local professional guide

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, transport, sightseeing with a local professional guide, domestic flight Cuenca to Quito (airport tax not included)

Price Guide From: $1999

Price Guide From: $2655

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Sanur Galapagos Islands Barren and volcanic, the Galapagos Islands have a unique and haunting beauty, lying 1000km west of Ecuador and covering 50,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. Comprised of 19 islands, unique wildlife is a big draw card here. The pristine white and red sand shores are filled with multicoloured forms of life including the albatross, penguin, blue-footed boobie, giant tortoise, iguana, sea lion, whale and dolphin. Granted as a national park in 1959, the archipelago is now protected with all visitors being accompanied by certified naturalist tour guides. Your options to experience the Galapagos Islands are either to stay in a hotel as a base to explore, or spend some time cruising about the islands by boat.

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, Santa Cruz Island

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Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Santa Cruz Island

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3 days/2 nights

3 days/2 nights

Nestled in Punta Estrada, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn ensures you feel close to nature, using lava rocks and driftwood in its design. Tucked away from the little town of Puerto Ayora but still accessible by water taxi, your stay at this gorgeous inn will be totally quiet and undisturbed.

The award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel lies just steps from the beach in a secluded location, across the bay from Puerto Ayora. Here is where natural surroundings, fine dining and spectacular service integrate to guarantee your stay in the Galapagos Islands will be a memorable one.

Departures: Santa Cruz Island / Daily Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, all meals, return flights from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos, airport transfers, full day Galapagos Islands cruise Price Guide From: $2699

Departures: Santa Cruz Island / Daily Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, all meals, return flights from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos, airport transfers, full day Galapagos Islands cruise Price Guide From: $2455

PACIFIC OCEAN

Marchena Is.

Genovesa Is.

Bartolome Is. North Seymour Is. Fernandina Is. Baltra Is. Rabida Is. Santa Cruz Is. CHARLES DARWIN Pinzon Is. 1 STATION San Cristobal Is. 2 Isabela Is. Santa Fe Is. Lobos Is. Santiago Is.

Floreana Is.

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Espanola Is.

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Price excludes National Park Fees and Transit Card, total USD$120 per person, subject to change, payable direct.


Galapagos Islands Cruises

Nemo I

San Jose

Tourist Superior Catamaran

Tourist Superior Motor Yacht

Capacity: 12 passengers / 6 crew Length: 25 metres Speed: 8 knots

Capacity: 16 passengers / 9 crew Length: 34 metres Speed: 10 knots

Inclusions: Twin cabin, all meals, activities, return flights from Quito Price Guide From: 4 day itinerary $2495 (Departs Friday) 5 day itinerary $3455 (Departs Monday) 8 day itinerary $4255 (Departs Monday)

Inclusions: Twin cabin, all meals, activities, return flights from Quito Price Guide From: 4 day itinerary $2979 (Departs Tuesday) 5 day itinerary $3895 (Departs Friday) 8 day itinerary $5629 (Departs Tuesday)

Galapagos Odyssey

Treasure of Galapagos

First Superior Class Motor Yacht

First Class Catamaran

Capacity: 20 passengers / 11 crew Length: 41 metres Speed: 12 knots

Capacity: 16 passengers / 11 crew Length: 32 metres Speed: 12 knots

Inclusions: Twin cabin, all meals, activities, return flights from Quito Price Guide From: 5 day itinerary $4429 (Departs Sunday) 6 day itinerary $5229 (Departs Tuesday) 10 day itinerary $8795 (Departs Tuesday & Sunday)

Inclusions: Twin cabin, all meals, activities, return flights from Quito Price Guide From: 5 day itinerary $3985 (Departs Saturday) 7 day itinerary $5599 (Departs Tuesday) 9 day itinerary $7225 (Departs Friday)

Petrel

Santa Cruz II

Luxury Catamaran

Luxury Expedition Vessel

Capacity: 16 passengers / 11 crew Length: 33 metres Speed: 14 knots

Capacity: 90 passengers / 52 crew Length: 71.8 metres Speed: 10.5 knots

Inclusions: Twin cabin, all meals, activities, return flights from Quito Price Guide From: 5 day itinerary $6995 (Departs Friday) 6 day itinerary $8215 (Departs Monday) 8 day itinerary $10,499 (Departs Wednesday & Friday)

Inclusions: Twin cabin, all meals, activities, return flights from Quito Price Guide From: 5 day itinerary $5695 (Departs Monday & Saturday) 6 day itinerary $6899 (Departs Wednesday)

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Price excludes National Park Fees and Transit Card, total USD$120 per person, subject to change, payable direct.

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Experience

Colombia

Colombia takes its name from Christopher Columbus who first laid foot Tayrona National Park

Cartagena

PANAMA

VENEZUELA

Nuqui Pereira Isla Gorgona

Cali

GUYANA

Bogotá

COLOMBIA BRAZIL

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Cartagena, on the northern coast, is South America's most colourful city and home to some stunning outlying beaches that can be reached by boat. Just walking through its narrow yet remarkable streets allows you to understand why this is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Medellin

ECUADOR

on these lands, although he did not discover them. The rich historic past is visible in cities that maintain an intact colonial patrimony. It is seen on the streets, residences and churches of Cartagena, Mompox, Giron and Bogotá. They all lay testament to the many Spanish explorations in search for gold.

The Coffee Triangle, in the heart of the country with its geographical characteristics combined with the climate makes for high quality coffee production. You can’t come all this way without doing an official coffee tasting; learn the process-selection phase, onto cupping, and then the many ways of delicate preparation for the perfect coffee. After many years of civil unrest, Colombia is now safe to visit and is rather untouched by the traveller's foot. Head to Colombia now before the world starts to realise what they have been missing out on.


Colombia Tours

Classic Bogotá

A Taste of Cartagena

Coffee Triangle

3 days/2 nights

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

Experience the main sights of Bogotá on this two night itinerary whilst still having time to explore at your own leisure. Be introduced to the many museums and barrios surrounding this capital city, with a cable car ride thrown in the mix.

On the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the stunning city of Cartagena. Cartagena is UNESCO World Heritage listed, and once you explore the area you will quickly understand why.

In the western region of the country lies Chinchina Valley which descends from part of the Andes mountain chain, and provides perfect conditions for successful coffee production that Colombia is famous for.

Day 1: Bogotá Upon arrival at Bogotá Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 1: Cartagena Upon arrival at Cartagena Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 1: Pereira Upon arrival at Pereira Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Bogotá Visit the historical centre of La Candelaria, an area of old stately homes and Spanish colonial buildings. Continue to Museo Botero Art House, then Museo del Oro, an exhibition of 32,000 pieces of gold. After a tasty Colombian lunch, visit Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogotá. Ride a cable car 500m above Bogotá to see an incredible panorama of the city with the Andes on one side. Head to Usaquén and appreciate the atmosphere of a barrio that is slightly rural and colonial in style, yet boasting a modern style. Wander its narrow streets to find small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

Day 2: Cartagena Explore Cartagena starting with a panoramic view from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa. Continue to San Felipe Fortress, erected in honour of poet Don Luis Carlos López. Go on to the old city of Ciudad Vieja to visit the convent and church of San Pedro Claver. Stop by the handicrafts zone of Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena, formerly used as a prison. Nowadays it’s an artisan centre to appreciate local handcraft.

Day 2: Pereira – Chinchina – Pereira Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the beautiful coffee plantations along steep hills typical of Chinchina. Visit a coffee hacienda and learn about its production. Understand coffee varieties around the world and the humid coffee that is characteristic of Colombian coffee.

Day 3: Bogotá Transfer to Bogotá Airport where your arrangements end.

Day 3: Cartagena Enjoy a day at leisure in Cartagena. Day 4: Cartagena After breakfast, transfer to the airport where your Cartagena visit ends.

Day 3: Pereira – Valle del Cocora & Filandia Leave for Valle de Cocora located in the central mountains of Quindio. View a Quindian Wax Palm, the national tree of Colombia. Visit the traditional village of Filandia before returning to Pereira. Day 4: Pereira After breakfast, transfer to the airport where your arrangements end.

Departures: Bogotá / Daily

Departures: Cartagena / Daily

Departures: Pereira / Daily

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, return airport transfers, sightseeing with a professional guide

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, return airport transfers, sightseeing with a professional guide

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, return airport transfers, sightseeing with a professional guide

Price Guide From: $499

Price Guide From: $399

Price Guide From: $795

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Mexico

M

exicans like their food fiery, while their pace of life is anything but. Time for family and friends, a party or a siesta – these moments are all vitally important to the people of the world’s largest Spanish speaking country. And let's be honest, we are thankful to Mexico for sharing their guacamole recipe. Admire the experts grind and spice as they make a fresh batch of guacamole right in front of you. Mexico sets the scene for either a laid-back holiday in the sun, an adventure-filled journey, or both!

Tijuana

Cabo San Lucas

MEXICO

Cancún

MEXICO CITY Guadalajara

PACIFIC OCEAN

GULF OF MEXICO

Mérida Playa del Chichén Itzá Carmen Tulum Palenque CARRIBEAN San SEA Cristobal

GUATEMALA

Mexico hosts a wide variety of landscapes from barren deserts to volcanoes and crisp rainforests. Combine a tumultuous history from the times of the Mayans and the Aztecs through to Spanish conquistadors and an enormous population speaking over 60 different languages, this destination provides endless variety. Mix in a tasty margharita, a mariachi band playing in an elegant plaza, or walk with the unique and colourful Day of the Dead celebrations and you’ll certainly experience the Mexican spirit. Hopefully you don't just stop at the prominent marvels of Mexico City or Playa del Carmen and Chichén Itzá, because flourishing cities such as Oaxaca, Palenque and, our personal favourite of Taxco, will altogether deliver a proper insight into the real traditions of Mexico.

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Mexico City High altitude and high octane – Mexico City is a frenetic, unforgettable introduction to Mexico. One of the world’s largest cities, it battles the usual problems facing huge urban areas such as pollution and overcrowding. But at its heart lie the ruins of an Aztec capital and reminders of a host of empires. The centre of Mexico City’s historic quarter is the Zocalo, one of the largest public squares in the world and surrounded by 17th century buildings. The anthropological museum is world famous and the Cathedral Metropolitana is an architectural masterpiece which took more than 100 years to build. Among the tree-lined boulevards and parks of Mexico City’s historic quarters are elegant Spanish haciendas and markets famed for handcrafts. Take to the water among the 700 year old floating gardens and salsa in the cool breeze of the evening.

A Taste of Mexico City

Hotel Metropol

Packages to get you started... Includes: • 4 nights accommodation • Breakfast daily • Return airport transfers • Half day Mexico City Tour • Half day Pyramids and the Shrine of Guadalupe Tour • Full day Cuernavaca and Taxco Tour

This hotel meets the needs of those looking for a clean, comfortable room which is in a great location. Just walking distance from the Palace of Fine Arts, Hotel Metropol is also surrounded by a vibrant neighbourhood, perfect for visitors who want a great local experience near their hotel. Rooms are spacious with all the necessary amenities, including in-room WiFi. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before exploring one of the largest cities in the world.

Price Guide From: $565

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

Hotel Presidente Intercontinental

The Hampton Inn & Suites has a rich history of its own - its restoration was supervised by the National Museum of Anthropology and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Rooms are decorated with local artwork and inspired by the surrounding history but with a modern twist. You can best experience this hotel’s story in its glass elevators which float past the original stained-glass ceiling to a stunning rooftop terrace, an oasis within downtown Mexico City.

Just off Reforma Boulevard in the Polanco neighbourhood is a trendy part of Mexico City with chic shops, galleries and a great nightlife. Hotel Presidente Intercontinental sits amongst this buzzing atmosphere. A short walk away is the Archeological Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and Chapultepec Park. When it’s time to de-stress, soothe your soul in the spa and fitness centre. Make sure to dine in their signature restaurant ‘Solea’ for some fantastic contemporary cuisine.

Price Guide From: $695

Price Guide From: $1155

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Mexico Tours

Yucatan Beach Break

Colonial Charm

Mexico Classic

7 days/6 nights

9 days/8 nights

9 days/8 nights

After your dose of history and culture in other parts of Mexico, take this week long itinerary to relax next to the glistening Caribbean waters of Cancún and Playa Del Carmen. Just one day is committed to visiting Chichén Itzá, a must see!

This nine day tour sums up Mexico’s extremes as you explore the colonial countryside. Witness the differences of local life in each town and immerse yourself in the history of Mexico, as well as viewing today’s traditions.

Experience the lure of Mexico when visiting the historic parts before finishing in the azure blue waters of the Riviera Maya. This nine day tour is sure to leave you wanting to experience more of what Mexico has to offer.

Day 1: Cancún Arrive in Cancún and transfer to your hotel. Take the opportunity to experience Cancún at night.

Day 1: Mexico City Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

Days 1-2: Mexico City Arrive in Mexico City and transfer to your hotel. Take a tour of Mexico City, admiring the major and famous attractions.

Day 2: Cancún A free day to explore Cancún. Day 3: Cancún – Playa Del Carmen Check out of Cancún and transfer to your hotel in Playa Del Carmen, just a quick hour's drive down the Caribbean coast. The rest of the day is free. Day 4: Playa Del Carmen Enjoy a free day to explore Playa Del Carmen and all the activities that are on offer, or simply relax at the beach. Day 5: Chichén Itzá Take a full day tour to explore this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the most important archaeological zone and ancient capital of the Mayan Empire. Admire the majestic observatory, the sacred cenote, the ball court and castle. Sample typical Mayan cuisine at lunch. Chichén Itzá is a must-see while on your Mexico encounter and the informative guides on this tour will help you understand why. You also get free time to explore the ruins on your own to feel its mystery and magic. Return to Playa Del Carmen in the evening.

Day 2: Queretaro – San Miguel de Allende Travel to Queretaro, an important city during the Independance Wars. On arrival in San Migues de Allende, view the beautiful mansions and Gothic style cathedral that this town is famous for. Day 3: Guanajuato Guanajuato is rich with history, narrow colonial roads and underground streets which were formally river beds. Visit Callejón del Beso and enjoy a panoramic view from El Pipila monument. Day 4: San Luis Potosí – Zacatecas The economy of Luis Potosí is based on mineral extraction during the New Spain era. Witness baroque architecture before going to Zacatecas. Days 5-6: Guadalajara The Zacatecas Cathedral is a gem of Mexican baroque architecture, built of rose stone during the XVII century. Drive to Guadalajara, the “Pearl of the Occident”. Glassblowing, arts, crafts and the ‘Tequila’ region is what makes Guadalajara a must stop for all travellers to Mexico. Day 7: Patzcuaro Patzcuaro is known for its murals painted by Juan O’Gorman and is well worth visiting.

Day 6: Playa Del Carmen A free day to explore Playa Del Carmen.

Day 8: Morelia – Mexico City Your visit to Morelia lets you visit some interesting and historical monuments from Mexico’s ancient times, before heading back to Mexico City.

Day 7: Cancún You will be transferred from your Playa Del Carmen Hotel to Cancún Airport in time for your departing flight.

Day 3: San Cristóbal Transfer to the airport and fly to Tuxtla Gutiérrez (flight included). Enjoy a boat trip through the beautiful Sumidero Canyon before moving onward to San Cristóbal. Days 4-5: San Cristóbal – Palenque Visit a typical local market where indigenous people sell hand-made products. Meet the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán. En route to Palenque, stop at the Agua Azul Waterfalls. Day 6: Palenque – Campeche Visit the Palenque Archaeological site, recognised as one of Mexico’s most beautiful places due to the ruins being in the Chiapanecan Jungle. Drive to the colonial Campeche for an overnight stay. Day 7: Campeche – Uxmal – Mérida Continue onto Merida stopping en route at the Mayan ruins in Uxmal, a typical example of merging the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Overnight in stylish Merida. Day 8: Chichén Itzá – Riviera Maya Depart for the amazing Chichén Itzá ruins, the former Mayan capital of Yucatán. Drive to Riviera Maya for an overnight stay. Day 9: Cancún Transfer to Cancún where your tour ends, or extend for a few nights at the beach.

Day 9: Mexico City Arrangements end after your transfer to Mexico City Airport.

Departures: Cancún / Daily

Departures: Mexico City / Set departures

Departures: Mexico City / Set departures

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, all meals while in Playa Del Carmen, return airport transfers, transfer between hotels, full day Chichén Itzá tour including guide and lunch

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport, sightseeing mentioned, local guide

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 2 dinners, transport, flight Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez, sightseeing mentioned, local guide

Price Guide From: $1595

Price Guide From: $2345

Price Guide From: $1129

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Central America Small Group Tours

Real Food Adventure - Mexico

Cuba & Mexico

Mayan Adventure

9 days/8 nights

22 days/21 nights

22 days/21 nights

Get a taste of Mexico on this luscious journey through some of the country’s most famous culinary spots including Oaxaca’s aromatic markets and Puebla’s local specialties. This tour is perfect for your authentic Mexican foodie experience.

This comprehensive tour discovers the delights of Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Oaxaca and San Cristobal before stopping at Yucatan Peninsula. Onward to Cuba for a wonderful and unique insight into Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and Santa Clara.

Explore the incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets, relax on Mayan Riviera beaches, get adventurous and go caving, or snorkel on Belize’s world famous barrier reef. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and history.

Days 1-2: Mexico City Enjoy a walking tour of Mexico City’s Centro Historico and marvel at the impressive Zocalo, Latin America’s largest city square. Along the way, visit Mercado San Juan, Mexico City’s main food market.

Days 1-2: Mexico City Arrive in Mexico City and transfer to your hotel. Get to know Mexico City.

Day 1: Cancún – Playa del Carmen Arrive in Cancún and transfer to your hotel in Playa del Carmen.

Day 3: Teotihuacan – Puebla

Days 2-3: Chichén Itzá – Merida Guided tour of Chichén Itzá ruins and orientation walk around Mérida.

Day 3: Puebla Venture out on a culinary city tour – start with some Pueblan street food before making a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample tortitas de Santa Clara (shortbread biscuits) and camotes (sweet potato lollies).

Day 5: Monte Alban – Oaxaca Known for its colourful markets, Oaxaca is the place to purchase traditional Mexican handicrafts.

Days 4-6: Oaxaca Chocoholics won’t want to miss a trip down to the shops on Calle Mina for a taste of real Oaxaca chocolate – it’s no wonder it is seen as the food of the gods! Visit some of Oaxaca’s renowned markets to taste distinct regional specialties – from cactus fruit and grasshoppers to the heavenly queso Oaxaca (Oaxacan cheese). Learn the secrets behind some of the dishes in a cooking class.

Days 7-8: San Cristobal de Las Casas

Days 7-8: Mazunte Considered one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico’s south west coast, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Head out on a fishing expedition. Learn how to make ceviche (raw fish cooked in citrus juice) in true Mexican style.

Day 15: Havana Fly from Cancún to Havana (flight additional).

Day 9: Mexico City Catch a flight to Mexico City this morning, where this culinary adventure ends at the airport.

Day 20: Cienfuegos Cienfuegos is known for its Parisian-style boulevards and colonial European centre.

Day 4: Oaxaca

Day 6: Tehuantepec

Days 9-10: Palenque Day 11: Campeche Days 12-13: Merida Day 14: Chichén Itzá – Playa Del Carmen Chichén Itzá is arguably the most famous Mayan site in Mexico and is a must-see for all visitors.

Days 16-17: Soroa – Vinales Days 18-19: Trinidad UNESCO declared Trindad and its surrounding hills a world heritage site in 1988.

Days 21-22: Havana Your tour finishes in Havana after breakfast.

Days 4-5: Palenque Guided tour of the Palenque Mayan ruins. Days 6-7: San Cristóbal de las Casas Visit the Agua Azul waterfalls. Orientation walk around San Cristóbal de las Casas. Days 8-9: Panajachel Cross the border to Guatemala. Boat around Lake Atitlán to local indigenous villages. Days 10-12: Antigua Orientation walk around Antigua. Days 13-14: Rio Dulce Days 15-16: Tikal/Flores A guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins, Tikal. Spend time in charming Flores. Days 17-18: San Ignacio Cross the border to Belize, visiting ancient Mayan caves and other ruins. Explore San Ignacio. Days 19-21: San Ignacio – Caye Caulker Travel to Belize City then catch a ferry to Caye Caulker. Spend a few days enjoying the island paradise. Day 22: Caye Caulker Depart at any time.

Departures: Mexico City / Set departures

Departures: Mexico City / Set departures

Departures: Cancún / Set departures

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 1 night overnight bus, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, local tour leader, sightseeing and transport

Inclusions: 16 nights accommodation, 3 nights premium guesthouse, 2 nights guesthouse, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, local tour leader & local guides at some sites, sightseeing as per detailed itinerary

Inclusions: 21 nights accommodation, 1 lunch, transport, guide, some sightseeing and entrance fees

Price Guide From: $2360

Price Guide From: $3509

Price Guide From: $7320 The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Cuba

Cuba might be one of the last outposts of communism, but the tropical Caribbean heat together with the Cuban personality have blended together to create a unique, lustrous brew. Once controlled by Spain, its influence still lingers amongst the magnificent Baroque buildings and music. Tobacco and sugarcane plantations create lush vistas, flamingos inhabit offshore islands, luxury resorts grace white sand beaches.. And everywhere, there is music – salsa, jazz, song and rumba.. So dance the night away with the help of a Cuban cocktail!

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Our favourite Cuban spot is the town-on-the-beach with music-on-thestreets Trinidad. Wealth from a sugar-boom era can be seen in the town’s ornamental church towers, wroughtiron grills and run-down marble mansions. Imagine the gleam back then if it still sits beautiful today. Visit the Taller Alfarero, a large ceramics workshop where traditional techniques are still used and art-filled streets commemorate this local talent. An eccentric side to its traditions are the enchanting vintage cars, which is everyday life in Cuba. Cuban life spills from the home to the streets – locals chat, drink coffee, play music and dance. Get amongst the vibe while you can, as there isn't another country quite like this in the world.


Havana To visit Havana is like stepping back in time. This vivacious city is entangled in a era where 1960’s Cadillacs still cruise the streets, cigar smoke wafts in the air and the dancing girls still strut their stuff in the Tropicana cabaret. The ghosts of Che Guevera and Ernest Hemingway are there too. Havana is steeped in nostalgia. Havana combines history with a vibrancy that few other capital cities can match. Join the locals at sunset on the Malecon, Havana’s seaside promenade, watch them rumba in the streets or join the queue outside Coppelia for Cuba’s most popular ice creams. Pay homage to Hemingway at his former home, Finca La Vigia. Watch cigars being rolled and dine out at the art deco Hotel Nacional, once frequented by Disney, Churchill and Sinatra.

A Taste of Havana

Hotel Raquel

Packages to get you started... Includes: • 4 nights accommodation • Breakfast daily • Return airport transfers • Half day Havana City Tour • Cigar Factory Visit • Full day Vinales Valley Tour

Hotel Raquel is Havana’s own cultural depository where different genres and styles of art from Cuban history are well displayed. The building façade is a wonderful example of baroque and Art-Nouveau architecture, and is conveniently located in the heart of Havana. This hotel is in a great location on the corner of a quiet street and walking distance from two photogenic squares, with major attractions, cafés and restaurants just a wander away. Kick back and enjoy a superb view from the Raquel rooftop terrace. Price Guide From: $995

Parque Central Hotel

Hotel Saratoga

This elegant, Spanish colonial style hotel stands in the heart of Old Havana, facing Central Park and within walking distance to Plaza de la Catedral, the Capitolio building, Gran Teatro de La Habana and Havana Harbour. Enjoy fabulous views of Havana City from the pool on the top floor, which is also a lovely spot for lunch and refreshments.

Located on one of the most famous streets in Havana, Hotel Saratoga enjoys a great location and carrys an impressive reputation amongst the world's famous people which spans over decades. An elegant, eclectic style building with marked neoclassical features, Hotel Saratoga offers a rooftop swimming pool with a great vantage point. Sit back on a lounger with your Cuban cocktail and enjoy the views of modern Havana, the old town and the sea.

Price Guide From: $1645

Price Guide From: $1759

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Cuba Tours

La Bella Cuba

Surprisingly Cuba

Cycling Cuba

8 days/7 nights

16 days/15 nights

15 days/14 nights

Experience the vibrant culture of Havana and the historical cities of Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Las Terrazas. This is a fantastic combination to showcase some of Cuba’s most stunning spots.

This journey takes you to some of the most important cities in Cuba and immerses you in the friendliness of the Cuban people, their enchanting music and culture.

This is the best of Cuba on two wheels! Cycling Cuba is relaxed route passing through vibrant main cities along with the stunning countryside and plantations, ensuring you appreciate the traditional way of Cuban life that continues today.

Day 1: Havana Arrive in Havana and transfer to your hotel.

Days 1-2: Havana Arrive in Havana and transfer to your hotel. Take a guided Colonial Walking Tour.

Days 1-2: Havana Arrive in Havana and transfer to your hotel. Get your bike fitted and take a warm up ride around Havana. Head to Matanzas for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Havana Enjoy a walking tour around Old Havana, then a salsa lesson. Have dinner where you can enjoy typical live Cuban music. Day 3: Las Terrazas This morning visit the Museum of Revolution and the modern part of Havana (VedadoMiramar). Transfer to Las Terrazas. Day 4: Las Terrazas Take a tour to the Vinales Valley area, including a visit inside a cigar factory. Board a boat trip to Cueva del Indio. Day 5: Trinidad Transfer by bus to Santa Clara for a city tour before reaching Trinidad de Cuba. Explore the baroque city at night time with your guide. Day 6: Trinidad Spend the day learning about the history of Trinidad and Sugar Mill Valley.

Days 4-5: Viñales – Havana After your coach ride to Viñales, enjoy a day of leisure exploring. Day 6: Havana – Baracoa Fly to Baracoa (flight included) and enjoy a walking tour of Baracoa and Casa de la Trova in the evening. Day 7: Baracoa Days 8-9: Baracoa – Santiago de Cuba Take the bus to Santiago de Cuba and enjoy a guided walking tour. Day 10: Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo Day 11: Bayamo – Camagüey Day 12: Camagüey – Trinidad Take a guided walking tour of Camagüey city.

Day 7: Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Havana The morning will be spent driving to Cienfuegos, known as 'The Pearl of the Caribbean' for a city tour. Return to Havana in the afternoon. Overnight in Havana. Day 8: Havana After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements.

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Day 3: Havana – Viñales

Days 13-14: Trinidad Enjoy a guided tour of Trinidad and the Sugar Mill Valley to learn about these areas in depth. Day 15: Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Havana After breakfast, transfer to Cienfuegos, the The Pearl of the Caribbean. The provincial city of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 with the name of Villa Fernandina de Jagua. Located in the south centre of the island, it is one of the most interesting cities with a wealth of beautiful mansions. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a local Cuban restaurant.

Day 3: Playa Larga Ride through Matanzas province, a landscape full of sugar cane and citrus plantations. Day 4: Cienfuegos Discover the rural heart of Cuba, Cienfuegos. Days 5-6: Trinidad The ride to Trinidad is taken on a beautiful coastline road. Arrive into the cobbled streets and colonial atmosphere of Trinidad in the afternoon. Day 7: Camaguey Day 8: Bayamo Continue to the charming city of Bayamo, one of Cuba’s most important regions from a revolutionary perspective. Day 9: Sierra Maestra Mountains Day 10: Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba is known as the city of heroes. Day 11: Gibara Day 12: Camaguey Day 13: Majagua A challenging ride today, making your way over the northern range of hills. Day 14: Santa Clara

Day 16: Havana Transfer to the airport where your Cuba arrangements end.

Day 15: Havana Enjoy a morning city tour of old Havana. Your tour arrangements end in the afternoon.

Departures: Havana / Daily

Departures: Havana / Daily

Departures: Havana / Set departures

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, private transport and sightseeing with private local professional guides

Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, private transport and sightseeing with local professional guides, flight Havana to Baracoa

Inclusions: 14 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 5 dinners, return airport transfers, sightseeing mentioned, support vehicle (local bike hire is additional)

Price Guide From: $3135

Price Guide From: $3999

Price Guide From: $3895

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Belize Belize has an intriguing history – briefly colonised by the Spanish it then became an outpost for Caribbean pirates. It was later claimed by the British who named it British Honduras. Belize gained its independence in 1981 and is now an intriguing mix of Caribbean, Latin and Mayan ancestry. It would be easy to visit Belize and never leave the beaches or the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The snorkelling and diving along Belize’s barrier reef are superb. But, almost hidden in the jungles are mysterious Mayan ruins – reminders of a sophisticated civilisation that once flourished here up to 4000 years ago. Learn more about this country and ancient culture, giving you treasured memories that will no doubt be raved about for years to come.

Belize Beach Escape

Belize Jungle & Beach

5 days/4 nights

8 days/7 nights

A drawcard of Belize is its dreamy Caribbean coastline and islands, attracting nearly a million sunseekers a year. Immerse yourself in the Garifuna culture, lay under a soft rustling beach palm and sip on cocktails from a coconut bowl. There is no escape from the world quite like a Belize beach escape.

Explore the Cayo District which incorporates the mysterious jungle of Western Belize, centred around the town of San Ignacio. Visit beautiful ancient Mayan ruins and learn about the history that surrounds them, followed by some time in Ambergris Caye to relax and unwind.

Day 1: Belize City Upon arrival at Belize City Airport you will be met and transferred to a domestic flight for Ambergris Caye. Transfer to your hotel in San Pedro.

Day 1: Belize City Upon arrival at Belize City Airport you will be met and transferred to the Cayo District. Get ready for adventures in the jungle!

Day 2: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye This morning take a boat trip to Hol Chan channel and enjoy the marine life and huge coral garden. This is the best opportunity to snorkel! The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax.

Days 2-4: Cayo District Over the next few days explore the Cayo District. Highlights include Xunantunich, San Ignacio, Caracol, Rio Frio Cave and Barton Creek.

Days 3-4: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye These days are free for you to explore. With so much to do, remember to fit in some relaxation on one of the many pristine white sand beaches. Day 5: Belize City After breakfast, fly to Belize City Airport where your arrangements end.

Day 5: Cayo District – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Fly to San Pedro, the afternoon is free to explore. Days 6-7: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye San Pedro is a picture perfect postcard town. Enjoy a half day snorkelling tour followed by time to explore or relax on the beach. Day 8: San Pedro – Belize City After breakfast, fly to Belize City Airport where your arrangements end.

Departures: Belize City / Daily

Departures: Belize City / Daily

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, return domestic flights, airport transfers and transport, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, return domestic flights, airport transfers and transport, sightseeing mentioned in itinerary

Price Guide From: $1799

Price Guide From: $3175

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Guatemala Nestled between Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua, Guatemala represents a turbulent history which will never be forgotten, but in turn has made the people of Guatemala strong and proud of their survival, they are an inspiring crowd to meet. Woven among this was 1000 years of Mayan civilisation, making Guatemala an essential destination for anyone interested in ancient ruins. Add to this the country’s Spanish colonial past, shown in its beautifully preserved colonial buildings and excellent language schools. Antigua City, surrounded by lofty volcanoes, is the perfect place to absorb Guatemala’s Spanish heritage. Meet the Mayan culture in Tikal, where pyramids rise out of the jungle that encircles arguably Central America’s most magnificent Mayan ruins, and listen out for the howler monkeys who will bring the jungle to life.

Spanish Homestay Experience

Maya Magic & Mystery

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Brush up on your Spanish speaking skills on this week long Spanish Homestay Experience in beautiful Antigua City. Years of tradition have seen Guatemala Spanish schools offer a very effective way to learn with one-on-one teaching, all while being immersed in the local culture.

On this fascinating tour you will visit coffee farmers, explore Tikal National Park and the ancient Maya temples that tower above the lush rainforest canopy, also visiting the Maya archaeology site of Iximche. Enjoy a full day tour of San Juan and Santiago. Wander through the famous Chichicastenango Markets, the biggest in Central America.

Day 1: Guatemala City – Antigua Upon arrival at Guatemala City Airport you will be met and transferred to Antigua City, just an hours drive from Guatemala City. Meet your homestay hosts who will welcome you for this week long experience. Guatemalan’s take pride in their warm hospitality, so you’ll be the recipient of special treatment.

Day 1: Guatemala City – Antigua

Days 2-7: Antigua City Spend the next five days partaking in one-on-one private lessons with an experienced local Spanish language teacher. During the week enjoy a walking tour of Antigua City. You will also have spare time outside of your Spanish lessons to explore this lovely cobblestone city.

Day 5: Chichicastenango – Guatemala City – Flores

Day 8: Antigua – Guatemala City Transfer back to Guatemala City Airport where your arrangements end.

Day 2: Antigua Walking Tour Day 3: Antigua – Lake Atitlan Day 4: Lake Atitlan

Day 6: Yaxha Ruins Day 7: Tikal Ruins – Flores – Guatemala City Day 8: Guatemala City Note: Coffee season is Nov-Mar.

Note: Hotel accommodation options are also available.

Departures: Guatemala City / Daily

Departures: Guatemala City / Daily

Inclusions: 7 nights local homestay accommodation, all meals at homestay, return private airport transfers, Antigua City walking tour, 20 hours of private Spanish lessons with an experienced local Spanish language teacher

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 lunches, return private airport transfers, return flights Guatemala City to Flores, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees Price Guide From: $3695

Price Guide From: $999

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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Costa Rica & Panama Set amongst lush forest alive with wildlife and lava-spilling volcanoes, Costa Rica also boasts pristine beaches on both Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea coastlines. Blessed with both rainforest and high altitude cloud forest, Costa Rica has developed canopy walks to bring exotic orchids and bromeliads up close, and for the adrenaline junkies, go wild on a network of flying-fox style zipwires. Often overlooked at times, Panama offers immense natural beauty with its marvellous beaches, tropical rainforests and mountains, whilst Panama City is full of energy and excitement. The San Blas Islands present a cobalt and turquoise sea speckled with coral gardens, palm islands and thatched-roof Kuna villages. The Kuna women stand out in this beautiful landscape, with their colourful dresses and beautiful blouses.

The Best of Costa Rica

Panama City Getaway

The Essence of Panama

7 days/6 nights

5 days/4 nights

8 days/7 nights

This week long tour includes all the essentials of Costa Rica. Hike to an impressive volcano, wander through tropical jungles offering adventures of a lifetime and enjoy a thrilling experience to Tortuguero.

This is the perfect package to add to any of the country’s beautiful beach destinations. Spend a day with the Embera Indians and visit a masterpiece of engineering, the renowned Panama Canal.

Experience the essence of Panama. Historical sites, the captivating Panama Canal, coffee plantations of Boquete, turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Bocas del Toro.

Day 1: San Jose Transfer to your hotel for a one night stay.

Days 1-2: Panama City Arrive in Panama City and transfer to hotel. Take a city tour, including a visit to the Miraflores Locks.

Days 1-2: Panama City Embark on a partial canal transit.

Days 2-3: San Jose – Tortuguero Boat ride to Tortuguero and enjoy guided activities of the area. Days 4-6: Tortuguero – Arenal Journey towards Arenal, Costa Rica's adventure capital. Spend three nights taking part in various activities amongst the rainforest and the neighbouring dormant Arenal Volcano. Relax in the Hot Springs after a big day of explorations. Day 7: Arenal – San Jose Return to San Jose, finish at San Jose Airport for your onward arrangements.

Day 3: Embera Indians Drive north to Lake Alajuela, cruise up the Chagres River and into the jungle. Enjoy lunch, traditional arts, crafts and dance with Embera Indians before returning to Panama. Day 4: Partial Panama Canal Crossing The Panama Canal is a historic example of modern evolution. Experience it first hand today.

Days 3-4: Panama City – Boquete Fly to Boquete. Spend two nights on a coffee plantation and learn the labourious process of coffee cultivation. Day 5: Boquete – Bocas del Toro Day 6: Bocas del Toro Spend the day at leisure on the pristine sands of Bocas del Toro archipelago. Day 7: Panama City Fly to Panama City for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Panama City After breakfast, transfer to Panama City Airport where your arrangements end.

Day 8: Panama City Transfer to Panama City Airport.

Departures: San Jose / Daily

Departures: Panama City / Daily

Departures: Panama City / Friday

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, return airport transfers, transport and sightseeing

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, transport, return airport transfers, guide and sightseeing

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transport, sightseeing, domestic flights

Price Guide From: $1595

Price Guide From: $999

Price Guide From: $1895

The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Explore South America with Intrepid and Peregrine Fiery samba beats, laidback beaches, rolling vineyards… South America is as diverse as it is huge. Lucky that Intrepid and Peregrine have a range of tours (and a sense of adventure) to match. Our small group trips take in the best of 10 countries across the continent. For us, ‘the best’ means trekking the Inca Trail with expert guides, finding the best steak restaurant in Argentina, haggling at a local market and learning about the daily life of a gaucho on a Uruguayan estancia. It’s about real life experiences that give back to the communities we visit. With Intrepid you’ll eat local, bed down in homestays and use public transport. With Peregrine you’ll enjoy private transport, a slower pace of travel and quality, hand-picked accommodation. Either way, our expert local leaders will ensure you discover a side of South America you’d never see on your own.

SACRED LAND OF THE INCAS 15 DAYS Lima to La Paz FROM $4,135*

CHILE, ARGENTINA & BRAZIL 16 DAYS Santiago to Rio de Janeiro FROM $7,950*

COMPLETE GALAPAGOS 10 DAYS Quito to Quito FROM $6,573*

ECUADOR, PERU & BOLIVIA 24 DAYS Quito to La Paz FROM $8,830*

Highlights:

Highlights:

Highlights:

Highlights:

• Enjoy a winery tour in Mendoza

• The Devil’s Crown boasts some of the best snorkelling on the archipelago

• Take a tour of Quito with our specialist historian guide

• Go wild in the Amazon • Trek the Inca Trail and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu • Visit Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands • Have an authentic experience on a homestay

• Stay at a traditional estancia in Argentina • See Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinean & Brazilian sides • Guided city tours of Santiago, Buenos Aires & Rio de Janeiro

• Witness the albatross colonies of Isla Espanola • Learn all about the Galapagos at the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre • Plant your feet on 100-yearold pahoehoe lava as you walk across Bahia Sullivan

• Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest • Enjoy two included visits to Machu Picchu • Spend a couple of nights on a private Island overlooking Lake Titicaca

*Prices are per person, tour only, low season, based on twin share and correct as of 5 Oct 2016. For full booking conditions please ask your House of Travel consultant.


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8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible.

8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a

$25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.


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South and Central America Brochure 2017  

House of Travel South and Central America Brochure 2017