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Argentina 02 Brazil 14 Chile 30 Colombia 42 Costa Rica 52 Ecuador 62 Galรกpagos 70 Peru 76 Uruguay 88 Antarctica 98 Belize 108 Bolivia 112 Cuba 116


Welcome to our latest brochure for Humboldt Travel. Our new brochure is designed to give you a taste of what is on offer in Latin America highlighting the key areas to visit in each country we offer, as well as our favourite luxury hotels in each region, not forgetting our favourite luxury boats in the Galápagos and in Antarctica. We create individual holidays to Latin America, all on a private basis and just for you, or for you and your travelling companion(s). We have included a few sample holidays but they are merely examples as everything we do is bespoke and tailored to your own requirements. That means you don’t have to stick to one country, in fact our holidays often combine a couple of countries and sometimes more. Joining Chile to Argentina to see the best of Patagonia makes a classic such combination or the Galápagos with Machu Picchu. The options are endless and anything is possible, just ask us to make it happen. New for this brochure are a few additional countries to which we are expanding and these can be found towards the end. The

English-speaking Caribbean country of Belize is small in size but packs a punch with Mayan ruins, world-class diving and great beaches. Bolivia offers unique experiences from the awe-inspiring Salt Flats of Uyuni in the south to the Madidi National Park in the Amazon. Cuba is our final addition for now, an iconic country and a real step back in time, from crumbling Havana to the white sandy beaches of the Cayes. But why should you book with us? We’re a small independent company and because of this each and every booking is very important to us. You’re not just a number in a monthly sales target. We want every client to have the best holiday possible which means you receive a very personal service. We’re also ATOL bonded and members of the Travel Trust Association which guarantees full financial protection for your holiday. Like our namesake, the Prussian naturalist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt, we love exploring Latin America and are sure that you will too.

Simon Williams ~ Founder

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Humboldt ~ Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier

“Humboldt did not disappoint. They delivered, and even exceeded our expectations!� Mr & Mrs Blenkinsop

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Argentina ~ Humboldt

Argentina A strong cultural identity and stunning landscapes make Argentina a top choice in Latin America. Famous for its gaucho traditions, stunning landscapes, world-class steak and wine and the sensual dance of tango, Argentina offers a wide variety of experiences for anyone who decides to visit this breath-taking country. In the second largest country in Latin America, visitors will be truly spoilt for choice. For those interested in culture, Argentina is a perfect destination and there’s no country which has as much pride in its national heritage. From the traditional Argentine gauchos and estancia lifestyle to cosmopolitan cities and remote landscapes, Argentina is a fascinating mix. From the classic and stylish game of polo to the heartbeat of Latin America; football – sport is also an important part of Argentine life. Outdoor enthusiasts will be captivated by the stunning lakes, mountains, trekking and wildlife, not forgetting the magnificent Iguassu Falls. Patagonia is a trip in itself; from the alpine towns of the north to the glaciers of the frozen south and historic Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world. If you are looking for more adventure, Argentina offers some epic journeys,

including the classic Ruta 40, following in the footsteps of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara For wildlife lovers, Argentina is enchanting. The Valdés Peninsula offers the chance to get up close with a variety of marine life, including enormous penguin colonies, southern right whales, elephant seals and orcas attempting to snatch sealion pups from the shore. In the north, close to Iguassu, the Iberá Wetlands offer wonderful birdwatching opportunities where over 400 species of bird thrive in this protected nature reserve. Honeymooners will love the combination of activity, relaxation & the most romantic dance in the world, the tango. Watch couples dancing in the street in San Telmo, attend a mesmerising show with dinner and make sure to take part yourself by booking a private lesson. Argentina offers some of the best steak and wine in the world and the wine region is a real highlight with endless vineyards framed by the striking Andes mountains. Finally, horse riding through the Argentine pampas offers a truly fabulous adventure for all.

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Humboldt ~ Argentina Gallery

Argentina Gallery

Iguassu Falls

Gauchos, Patagonia

Tango, Buenos Aires

ValdĂŠs Peninsula

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Argentina Gallery ~ Humboldt

Fitz Roy National Park

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Humboldt ~ Argentina ~ Suggested Itinerary

Salta

Iguassu Falls

Córdoba Mendoza

Buenos Aires

Bariloche

Puerto Madryn

El Chaltén El Calafate Ushuaia

Argentina in Depth Argentina In Depth is a 3-week luxury itinerary that allows you to really get under the skin of this wonderful country. You will start the itinerary in Buenos Aires and travel all the way to Ushuaia at ‘the end of the world’. Take in beautiful vineyards, stunning lakes, spectacular glaciers, majestic waterfalls and life on a traditional Argentinian estancia.

Buenos Aires Fly overnight to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina for 2 nights with a private tour of the city and ample free time to explore. Hotel ~ Hotel Faena Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia, the ‘city at the end of the world’ where you can spend 3 nights. Here you can

explore the Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego National Park with a private guide. Hotel ~ Hotel Arakur El Calafate Fly to El Calafate in Patagonia where you will spend two nights, and visit the Perito Moreno glacier on a private guided tour. The glacier is thirty kilometres long with walls of ice up to

For more information visit our website ~ www.humboldttravel.co.uk

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Argentina ~ Humboldt

70 metres high, which creaks and groans as if it were alive. Watch as huge chunks of ice collapse into the water and create icebergs in the lake. Those seeking adventure can take part in an optional excursion trekking across the top of the glacier itself. Hotel ~ EOLO Patagonia’s Spirit El Chaltén Your guide will take you to the nearby town of El Chaltén. This four hour drive is one of the most spectacular in Argentina, with the jagged peaks of Mount Fitz Roy becoming more visible throughout the journey. You will spend 3 nights here with free time to explore some of the best hiking trails in the world. Hotel ~ Hosteria Senderos

a chance to really get to know the traditional way of life. Guests are welcome to help on the farm if they wish and each day has the option of plenty of riding with opportunities for all levels of experience. Hotel ~ Estancia Los Potreros Iguassu Falls Today you will visit Puerto Iguazú where you can stay within the Iguassu National Park for the next three nights. Your guide will take you on guided tours of both sides of the falls. Jump on a speedboat to the base of the falls before flying overnight back to the UK. Hotel – Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Bariloche Today you will fly to Bariloche in the lake district. On arrival your private guide will transfer you to the town of Villa La Angostura where you will spend 3 nights exploring the Argentine Lakes . Hotel ~ Las Balsas Mendoza Fly to Mendoza in the heart of Argentina’s wine growing region, with the Andes as a backdrop, where you can stay for 2 nights on a vineyard and explore wineries with a private guide. Hotel ~ Casa de Uco Córdoba Fly to Córdoba and your guide will take you to a traditional Argentinean estancia where you will spend the next three nights. Here you will have

Argentina Highlights Buenos Aires ~ this vibrant, cosmopolitan city will captivate all who visit the capital. Iguassu Falls ~ the most spectacular falls in the world, not to be missed on a trip to Argentina. Patagonia ~ a bucket list experience combining mountains, lakes and glaciers, trekking, sailing and wildlife. Wildlife ~ whale watching on the Valdés Peninsula, the birds of the Iberá Wetlands, the penguins of southern Patagonia. Mendoza ~ one of the finest wine regions in the world, topped off with beautiful landscapes. Gaucho culture ~ experience life on a traditional Argentine estancia and live like a real gaucho.

Email ~ info@humboldttravel.co.uk or call our experts on ~ +44 1603 340680

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Argentina

Alvear Palace 5-star opulence in the centre of Buenos Aires’ Recoleta district. This former palace houses 192 rooms, decorated with Louis XVI furniture in opulent golds, reds and creams, complete with a grand staircase.

Hub Porteño Hub Porteño is a luxury, boutique hotel in the upscale Recoleta district of Buenos Aires. A delightful hotel with attention to detail and personalised service at the heart of its ethos plus a great restaurant.

Palacio Duhau The neo-classical building is surrounded by stylish boutiques & famous landmarks. Effortlessly combining classic French style with modern chic, it offers guests top-ofthe-range service and relaxation.

Legado Mítico Buenos Aires Offering stylish suites in trendy Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, this hotel combines refined design with warm, homely features such as an antiques-filled library. This is a chic hotel in a chic part of town.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Argentina ~ Humboldt

La Bamba de Areco In the heart of the Argentine pampas, one of the oldest estancias in Argentina has been recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel. It now successfully combines luxury, comfort & colonial style.

El Colibri This luxury estancia in the mountains near Cรณrdoba will ensure that you have a real estancia experience. Part of the Relais & Chateaux group, luxury, service and attention to detail are at its heart.

Estancia Los Potreros An exclusive working farm, wonderfully secluded and located in the Sierras Chicas in the heart of the beautiful region of Cรณrdoba, this remote and rustic estancia provides a warm welcome to all guests.

Caballadas Family owned & operated since 1908, this secluded estancia offers ultimate horseriding experiences coupled with highend accommodation in an exclusive and scenic part of the Argentine Lake District.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Argentina

Estancia Peuma Hue A delightful hotel and eco-lodge situated at the southern end of Lake Gutierrez in Argentina’s lake district. The name means ‘place of dreams’ in the native Mapuche language and it is easy to see why.

Las Balsas Immersed in the natural vastness of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Las Balsas has a unique landscape backdrop. An exclusive member of Relais & Chateaux, it provides guests with exceptional service.

EOLO Patagonia’s Spirit The stylish and exclusive EOLO lodge is situated within a vast estancia of 4,000 hectares on the Patagonian steppe and is surrounded by a unique stage of spectacular nature.

Llao Llao Located in the heart of Argentina’s lake district, Llao Llao is reminiscent of a grand mountain lodge, complete with exposed cypress walls, oversized fireplaces and surrounded by the most striking scenery.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Argentina ~ Humboldt

Australis Cruises Cruise around Patagonia in Argentina & across to Chile in the comfort of a stylish & luxurious boat. Excellent service & an up-close and personal experience of Patagonia with excursions on land & sea.

Los Cauquenes On the shore of the Beagle Channel, Los Cauquenes offers sweeping vistas of the imposing local landscape. The stylish mountain lodge combines modern luxury with the warmth of Patagonian heritage.

Arakur A luxury, 5-star hotel located in the Cerro Alarkén natural reserve. With a sustainable architectural design and views overlooking the valley or Beagle Channel, this is a hotel that will not be forgotten.

Estancia Rincón Chico Privacy with the wildlife of this spectacular region is at the core of this cosy hotel’s ethos. Enjoy the private beach and snuggle up with a glass of wine as whales leap from the sea ahead.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Argentina

Casa de Uco A luxury hotel & vineyard in the stunning Uco Valley. The hotel oozes modern cool and sophisticated style. Acres of vineyards and a picturesque lake are surrounded by the beautiful Andes mountains.

The Vines Situated in 1,500 acres of private vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, The Vines is a boutique resort offering relaxed modern luxury. Dramatic sunsets and world-class wine await at this charming retreat

Cavas Wine Lodge Nestled in a 55-acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is a boutique property strategically located between the best-known wineries and the magnificent Andes. Beautifully appointed rooms offer spectacular views..

Awasi IguazĂş Awasi brings its unmistakably thoughtful design to this luxurious, eco-friendly offering at Iguassu Falls. Each exquisite, jungle-shrouded villa boasts an intimate private pool and its own private guide.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Argentina ~ Humboldt

Legado Mítico Salta A charming boutique hotel in the historic district of Salta. The building is an old mansion house with unique rooms, each an homage to a famous figure, either mythical or native to the region.

Finca Valentina This lovely, refurbished country house can be found at the foot of the Andes, just outside Salta. The boutique hotel maintains local traditions but with the layout, light and comfort of modern living.

Grace Cafayate This luxury hotel and spa offers supreme comfort amongst the dramatic scenery of the Calchaquí Valley, famed for its excellent wine and equestrian sport as well as breath-taking natural splendour.

Hotel Puerto Valle Experience the Iberá Wetlands from this sleek hotel housing 13 rooms with views of the Paraná river. Comfortable and elegant, this lodge is an excellent base for exploring this natural paradise.

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Humboldt ~ Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

“The whole trip was seamless”

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Mr & Mrs Patel


Brazil ~ Humboldt

Brazil The most diverse country in Latin America, Brazil boasts vibrant cultures, idyllic beaches and unparalleled wildlife-watching. Home to the biggest party on earth, Brazil is much more than the ‘Marvellous City’ of Rio and its world-renowned carnival celebrations. Offering travellers incredible opportunities to see Latin America’s most interesting wildlife up close, explore the vast expanse of breathtaking national parks and immerse oneself in hundreds of years of colonial history, this dynamic and gigantic country never fails to capture the imagination. A mixture of European classicism and ancient indigenous traditions along with the influences of African cultures brought to Brazil during the era of slavery, Brazilian culture is varied and colourful. Dance the samba in Rio de Janeiro before trying your hand at capoeira in Salvador da Bahia. For art lovers, Brazil boasts charming colonial towns with exquisite baroque churches amongst the rolling hills of the interior and the cultural riot that is the uber-modern and artistic city of São Paulo. An excellent national gastronomy is another highlight of a trip to this fabulous country. Wildlife lovers will be enraptured by Brazil’s

immense biodiversity. The Pantanal, a vast area of wetland in the states of Mato Grosso & Mato Grosso do Sul, is the best place on earth to spot the elusive jaguar in the wild, along with a variety of other unique large mammals such as ocelots, tapirs, giant anteaters, maned wolves and giant otters. With the largest portion of the majestic Amazon rainforest, Brazil is home to the ‘lungs of the earth’, overabundant in spectacular flora and fauna. For those seeking photogenic scenery, Iguassu Falls, the sandy ripples of Lençóis Maranhenses and the rocky Chapadas of the Brazilian hinterland are must-sees. Honeymooners, families or couples looking for exclusive getaways and the ultimate luxury escapes flock to the Brazilian coastline. From Florianópolis, Paraty and Buzios in the south, to Itacaré, Trancoso and Jericoacoara in the north, those in search of the bliss of a coastal paradise have ample choice in Brazil. Famed for crystalline waters, watersports and relaxed, bohemian luxury, Brazil simply does it better than anywhere else in South America.

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Humboldt ~ Brazil Gallery

Brazil Gallery

Cruise along the Amazon River

Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha

Jaguar, Porto Jofre, Northern Pantanal

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

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Brazil Gallery ~ Humboldt

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

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Humboldt ~ Brazil ~ Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival The biggest party in the world and a real bucket list experience. If you only have one chance to visit Rio, do it during carnival. Virtually every town & city in Brazil celebrates carnival, the roots of which can be traced back to Roman & Greek times. In fact, carnival was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in the middle of the 19th century. Occuring annually just prior to Lent, today’s carnival has changed from masquerade balls to wild revelry, street parties and in the bigger cities, a competition between the samba schools in organised parades. Without doubt, the biggest and the best is Rio Carnival. Carnival essentially takes 2 different formats in Rio. There is the party on the street and the competition in the Sambadrome. During the 5 days of carnival there are around 500 street parties in the city. Some of these are small localised community affairs whereas some attract over a million people, many dressed in drag! The street parties are free to join in and are the real face of carnival. The 2nd format of carnival is the competition which takes place in the purpose-built Sambadrome, a 700-metre-long runway with stands either side where the top samba schools

of Rio parade on the Sunday and Monday nights. As a tourist, these are a must-see on at least one night. The samba schools in Rio de Janeiro battle it out to win the coveted title of champions and to perform in the Champions Parade on the following Saturday . In the Sambadrome there are an array of different seats from a specific tourist area, fixed seating at the front of the runway through to private boxes which offer an open bar and all inclusive buffet and is the place to be seen. For a truly amazing experience, why not take part in the parade yourself? We can arrange a spectacular costume for you to wear and enable you to join a samba school to dance down the runway of the sambadrome in front of thousands of people. It’s 40 minutes of hot and sweaty dancing and we really encourage everyone to join in. When is Rio Carnival? 1st March to 6th March 2019 21st February to 26th February 2020 12th February to 17th February 2021

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Rio Carnival ~ Brazil ~ Humboldt

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Humboldt ~ Brazil ~ Suggested Itinerary

São Luís Jericoacoara Fernando de Noronha

Manaus The Amazon

Natal Recife

Alta Floresta

Salvador Ilheus

Brasilia The Pantanal

Trancoso Belo Horizonte Buzios Rio de Janeiro Paraty São Paulo

Bonito Curitiba Iguassu Falls

Florianópolis

Classic Brazil Classic Brazil is a 2-week trip visiting the highlights of Brazil, staying in luxury accommodation. The holiday begins in the Amazon rainforest, an unique habitat which is a wildlife lovers dream. Spend 3 nights in a fabulous lodge before flying to the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro where you’ll have a further 3 nights. Travel to Iguassu Falls, a spectacle of nature and unmissable sight when visiting Brazil. Finally, enjoy 4 nights relaxing on the coast in the charming colonial town of Paraty. Manaus Fly overnight from London to São Paulo, where you can connect straight onto Manaus, the city in the heart of the Amazon, where you can spend the first night of your trip after a long flight. Explore the nearby opera house and the fish market for an insight into this fascinating jungle city. Hotel ~ Hotel Villa Amazonia

The Amazon Today you will be taken on an exciting journey into the Amazon jungle, where you can spend 3 nights in a luxury lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro. During your stay you can take part in various included activities such as small group guided treks into the jungle, piranha fishing, pink dolphin and alligator spotting, canoe trips and visits to the local indigenous communities.

For more information visit our website ~ www.humboldttravel.co.uk

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Brazil ~ Humboldt

If you like to arrive in style then we recommend travelling to the lodge via a sea-plane over the mesmerising Meeting of the Waters where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the brown waters of the Rio SolimĂľes and run side by side for miles before mixing to form the Amazon Hotel ~ Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge Rio de Janeiro Today you will be taken back to Manaus where you will board a flight to the dazzling city of Rio de Janeiro where you will spend the next 3 nights. Here you will have private tours of the iconic sights in the city, the Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains, plus some lesser known gems too. Hotel ~ Belmond Copacabana Palace

which can be arranged locally such as kayaking, treks to waterfalls, rafting trips, bike hire, diving, Stand Up Paddle as well as boat trips. There are some excellent restaurants & bars to keep you entertained in the evening plus endless beautiful beaches to relax on. We can arrange private speed-boats, crewed yachts or simple local fishing boats enabling you to explore the pristine beaches and island restaurants in the Bay of Paraty. Hotel ~ Casa Turquesa Fly Home Your guide will take you back to the airport in Rio de Janeiro for your flight home.

Iguassu Falls Today you will fly to Iguassu Falls where you can stay within the Iguassu National Park for the next three nights. Your guide will take you on a guided tour of the Argentine side of the falls plus a ride on the speedboat to the base of the falls. which will get you very wet! You will have ample time to explore the Brazilian side of the falls independently too which are right in front of your hotel. Hotel ~ Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Paraty Today you will fly back to Rio de Janeiro where a private transfer will take you south along the Emerald Coast to the small UNESCO heritage town of Paraty, where you will spend the final 4 nights of your trip. There are lots of activities

Brazil Highlights Rio de Janeiro ~ the Marvellous City epitomises the Brazilian joie de vivre. Visit during carnival to see the city come alive for the biggest party on the planet. The Amazon ~ stay in a lodge or cruise the legendary river: the largest wilderness on earth awaits. The Pantanal ~ spot the majestic jaguar in its natural habitat and enjoy the diversity of birdlife in these striking wetlands. Iguassu Falls ~ more beautiful than Niagara or Victoria, trust us. Salvador & the Northeast ~ explore the bustling colonial cities and sublime beaches on the north Atlantic coast Fernando de Noronha ~ visit the best beach in the world at Baia do Sancho.

Email ~ info@humboldttravel.co.uk or call our experts on ~ +44 1603 340680

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil

Belmond Copacabana Palace The most famous hotel in Rio which oozes opulence. Superbly positioned, this glamorous landmark has welcomed the rich and famous since 1923 offering topclass service and beautiful ocean views.

Emiliano The first 5-star boutique hotel in Copacabana, the Emiliano Rio brings the style and sophistication of its sister hotel in São Paulo to a stunning beachfront location. Ideal for New Year’s Eve!

Fasano Rio Uber cool, the Fasano is the place to be seen in Rio and a favourite of celebrities. Impeccably designed by Philippe Starck with an incredible attention to detail, it is opposite Posto 8 on Ipanema beach.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas The only hotel located within the Brazilian side of Iguassu National Park, Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the waterfalls. This is the place to stay at Iguassu Falls.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil ~ Humboldt

Hotel Unique One of the most strikingly designed hotels in the world, this hotel is unique in more than just name. The design, gastronomy, rooftop bar and service make this one of the hottest properties in São Paulo.

Fasano São Paulo Epitomising the style, luxury & flawless service now synonymous with the Fasano brand, this flagship hotel holds a commitment to excellence offering chic accommodation in a glamourous setting.

Palácio Tangará Tucked away in a lush tropical park in the desirable Morumbi district, this urban oasis offers gourmet cuisine, luxury rooms and top facilities with an understated elegance befitting fashionable São Paulo..

Reserva do Ibitipoca A traditional farmhouse dating from 1715 with private mountain houses plus eight sumptuous guest rooms, spa, and sauna. It’s a 3000-hectare private preservation project in beautiful surroundings.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil

Pousada Picinguaba Situated just south of Paraty inside a forested hideaway, overlooking a tranquil bay with a 3km long beach, Picinguaba makes for an incredible location, ideal for those seeking a waterfront retreat.

Fasano Angra dos Reis A new beachfront getaway 30 minutes from Paraty boasting bay views, excellent restaurant options and the signature style of any Fasano brand, this luxury hotel is a wonderful option for an indulgent escape.

Pousada Literรกria Occupying a fully-restored colonial mansion in the historic centre of Paraty, this stylish pousada offers modern luxury and spacious rooms at the heart of this charming town seemingly frozen in time.

Casa Turquesa The beautiful Casa Turquesa is situated in the colonial heart of historic Paraty. A wonderful property combining charm and modernity, this picture-perfect hotel focusses on attention to detail.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil ~ Humboldt

Caiman Ecological Refuge Caiman Ecological Refuge offers luxury on a 53-thousand-hectare ranch in the Pantanal. Two lodges provide an ideal setting and a great mix of comfort and wildlife. Very good for jaguar spotting.

Cristalino Jungle Lodge Situated in a 29,000 acre private reserve, named by National Geographic as one of the best hotels in Brazil, Cristalino offers luxury accommodation and an amazing experience in the southern Brazilian Amazon.

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge A gorgeous property with chalets and bungalows in the heart of the Anavilhanas archipelago, the lodge offers a haven of luxury amidst one of the world’s most fragile eco-systems, the Brazilian Amazon.

Pousada Maravilha Maravilha is the most exclusive hotel on Fernando de Noronha which combines natural beauty & stylish sophistication to produce a wonderful hotel on one of the most idyllic island destinations on earth.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil

Txai Resort Located on beautiful Itacarezinho Beach on Bahia’s Coconut Coast, Txai is a beach paradise combining eco-friendy style and luxury comforts. Private bungalows nestle in the surrounding coconut groves. Divine.

UXUA Casa UXUA Casa is our favourite hotel in Brazil. Eleven immaculately designed Casas are set in stunning natural surroundings in trendy Trancoso making it ideal for couples and families alike. It’s simply perfection.

Pousada Etnia Quirky, intimate & colonial-chic, this luxury pousada offers a high-end getaway in the sleepy bohemian town of Trancoso. Relax on private terraces and let your worries melt away in the verdant tropical gardens.

Ponta dos Ganchos Located on a privately-owned peninsula where the waters of the Emerald coast meet the rainforest in a dazzling display of colour & light, Ponta dos Ganchos is one of Brazil’s most exclusive resorts.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil ~ Humboldt

Insolito Boutique Hotel Located on Ferradura beach, one of the best in Búzios, Insolito was designed to integrate perfectly with its surroundings. Relaxation, top service and beautiful views in Brigitte Bardot’s favourite getaway.

Casas Brancas With sweeping views of the waterfront, the refined rooms & suites of Casas Brancas are amongst the best in Búzios. This boutique hotel boasts fabulous outdoor spaces with amazing bay views.

Zorah Beach An Asian-themed luxury hideaway on the deserted Guajiru Beach, located on the sleepy shores of Brazil’s northeastern coast. Zorah Beach offers a perfect slice of paradise in sophisticated surroundings.

Hotel Essenza This chic beachfront retreat is situated in Jericoacoara offering stylish modern suites decorated in neutral tones. The perfect escape for lovers of relaxed luxury & some rooms offer private plunge pools.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil

Private Villas

We work with several fabulous properties dotted along the Brazilian coastline as well as designer apartments & villas in Rio de Janeiro. These work particularly well for large families or groups of friends looking for that extra bit of exclusivity. All can be fully staffed to include a concierge, full time cooks, nannies and babysitters to complete your stay. Prior to each stay we can also stock each property with food & top it up during your stay.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Brazil ~ Humboldt

Private Yachts

Private yachts are a great option for groups of friends, large families and those looking for something special. We work with a number of sailing yachts along the coastline between Rio and SĂŁo Paulo which makes for a great way to explore the many islands here. We also offer a variety of Amazon boats all available for private hire. All the boats can be staffed and stocked to your own requirements.

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Humboldt ~ Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

“Everything was planned to perfection� Mr & Mrs White

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Chile ~ Humboldt

Chile & Easter Island A land of extremes waiting to be discovered, Chile is a traveller’s nirvana. For those looking for trekking and outdoor pursuits, Chile is one of the top countries in Latin America. In the far north, the Atacama desert is surreal mix of lunar-like valleys and sunsets to die for that make up the driest desert in the world. This desert sweeps down the coast to meet the fertile green landscapes of Patagonia, starting in the lake district and including Torres del Paine with its breathtaking scenery. With all the various options for trekking, skiing, water sports and camping, outdoor enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice. The capital, Santiago, sits snug between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range. A vibrant city with a wealth of museums, street art and fine dining; it is complimented by the nearby coastal city of Valparaíso, a charming mix of colourful cliff-top buildings and steep funiculars. Lovers of wine should head to the countryside surrounding these cities to visit some of the best vineyards in Latin America. Aside from the mainland, Chile possesses two of Latin America’s most famous islands. The culture and traditions of Easter Island

and Chiloé Island will fascinate all who visit them from Chiloé’s unique stilted houses and Scandinavian feel, to the Pacific mysticism and iconic statues of Easter Island. Chile is the ideal country for a self-drive holiday, as the roads are quiet and surprisingly easy to navigate. It’s easy to either head straight south from Santiago or pick up in one location and drop off further down the country as you explore the areas in between. The Carretera Austral offers some of the most amazing driving scenery in the world as the roads meander past glaciers, lakes and forest with many luxury lodges dotted all along the route making it easy to break up the journey in style. Wildlife abounds in Chile - the unique fauna includes everything from penguins, sealions, whales and dolphins, to foxes, puma, delicate hummingbirds, majestic condors and large herds of camelids; something for any wildlife enthusiast! Blending cities, culture and wine with outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, there is much to love about Chile and its islands

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Humboldt ~ Chile Gallery

Chile Gallery

Santiago

Torres del Paine National Park

Lake District

Castro, ChiloĂŠ Island

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Chile Gallery ~ Humboldt

Easter Island

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Humboldt ~ Chile ~ Suggested Itinerary

San Pedro de Atacama

Valparaíso Santiago

Pucón Puerto Varas Chiloé Island

Easter Island Torres del Paine NP

Chile in Depth On this 3-week trip you will experience the real Chile with dramatic landscapes, exciting activities and luxury accommodation. Starting in Santiago, the trip takes you across to the arty Valparaíso before heading south to the lake district with its volcanoes and the beautiful Chiloé. You’ll fly down to the magnificent Torres del Paine NP and your last stop will be the unusual moon-like vistas of the Atacama, where you can relax and enjoy stargazing in some of the clearest skies in the world. Santiago Today you will fly to Santiago – the capital city of Chile. Here you can stay for the night and enjoy a private tour of the city. Hotel ~ Lastarria Boutique Hotel

from Santiago; Viña del Mar, also known as the Garden City; Renaca, a famous beach town; and Valparaíso, the colourful city which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. Hotel ~ Palacio Astoreca

Valparaíso Your guide will take you on a tour to experience the nearby highlights of the coast, a short drive

Pucón You will head back to Santiago for your flight to Valdivia then transferred to the charming lake-

For more information visit our website ~ www.humboldttravel.co.uk

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Chile ~ Humboldt

side town of Pucón in the Chilean Lake District and your hotel for the next three nights with all activities included. Hotel ~ Vira Vira Puerto Varas A private transfer will take you south to Puerto Varas where you will spend one night, enjoying stunning views of the nearby Osorno Volcano. Hotel ~ Awa Hotel Chiloé Island You will continue south to the lesser visited and mysterious island of Chiloé, an area steeped in ancient folklore with unspoilt landscapes. Here you will spend the next three nights and enjoy a selection of activities provided by your hotel. Hotel ~ Tierra Chiloé

Atacama Desert Fly north to Calama and head to the Atacama Desert for three nights. Here you’ll explore the spectacular lunar-like landscapes and take part in small group activities provided by your hotel including 4x4 drives across high altitude lakes, watching for flamingos, horse riding in canyons and visiting thermal springs. Sit back, relax and marvel at the striking landscape and peaks. Hotel ~ Awasi Atacama Fly home Fly back to Santiago for one final night before flying overnight back to the UK. Hotel ~ Hotel Le Reve

Torres del Paine National Park Fly to the southern part of Patagonia, a region famous for its outstanding natural beauty and head to the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park, probably the finest in all of Latin America, and here you will spend 3 nights. Your time in the park will be devoted to exploring Torres del Paine with your private guide via a selection of activities provided by your hotel. If you love the great outdoors, there are few places which will impress you more than here. Hotel ~ Awasi Patagonia Santiago Fly back to Santiago for a night. Hotel ~ Hotel Le Reve

Chile Highlights Santiago and the wine region ~ sample delicious cuisine, vibrant culture and fine wines in beautiful surroundings. Torres del Paine ~ majestic snow-capped peaks and turquoise lakes make this most famous of national parks a must-see. Patagonia ~ stunning vistas make this one of the most famous parts of Latin America and a traveller’s mecca. Easter Island ~ delve into the mystical culture of the Rapa Nui people. The Atacama desert ~ perfect stargazing and beautiful pinks and oranges make up this fascinating landscape. Carretera Austral ~ one of the best road trips in the world past tiny fishing villages, hanging glaciers and awesome scenery.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Chile

The Singular Santiago A blend of classic & contemporary, with modern comforts while exuding the charm of a bygone era. Tasteful touches create a warm, welcoming place to unwind after a day exploring the city.

The W Santiago A luxury, 5-star hotel in the upmarket Las Condes district of Santiago. This is a modern and sophisticated hotel with a cool and luxurious vibe and views of the city or the Andes mountains.

The Aubrey The Aubrey is a luxury, boutique hotel in the Santiago neighbourhood of Bellavista Providencia set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The style and the service are of the old mansion that the hotel inhabits.

La Casona at Matetic La Casona is a boutique hotel & winery located in an estate in the Casablanca Valley, less than an hour from Santiago airport. It is the only winery in the valley with a high-end boutique hotel attached.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Chile ~ Humboldt

Clos Apalta Residence Nestled in the beautiful Colchagua valley, surrounded by verdant forest and with views overlooking the vineyards, this is an intimate and elegant hotel and winery which oozes style and sophistication.

Vik Chile Located in the middle of an 11,000-acre vineyard, Vik Chile is an avant-garde retreat. All suites boast unique art, which make it an exclusive resort overlooking the vines with a backdrop of the Andes.

Casa Higueras This mansion, built in the 1920s, has been respectfully restored to create a union of modern comfort and historical warmth in a sophisticated boutique hotel. Located in ValparaĂ­so, it offers stunning views of the bay.

Hotel Palacio Astoreca Palacio Astoreca is located in the core of the historical city centre in ValparaĂ­so, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hotel was fully restored in 2012, recovering the style and elegance which had been lost.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Chile

Singular Patagonia With spectacular views over the Fjord of Last Hope and the mountains, this hotel benefits from a great location and oozes charm. Floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular views of beautiful Patagonia.

Tierra Patagonia On the edge of Lake Sarmiento, the Tierra Patagonia is a triumph of eclectic design. The award-winning architecture complements the geology of the area as curved walls reflect the windswept valley.

Explora Patagonia The only luxury hotel in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, Explora offers an unrivalled location. A striking building of white wood which is balanced on the shores of turquoise Lake PehoĂŠ.

Awasi Patagonia A collection of villas in a private reserve, offering total seclusion and stunning views of Sarmiento Lake & Las Torres. Guests can explore Torres del Paine at their own pace with a private guide.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Chile ~ Humboldt

Patagonia Camp Patagonia Camp is nature’s own luxurious accommodation with one of the most picturesque and unspoilt views in South America. Enjoy unrivalled views of Lake Toro & Paine Massif from your private yurt.

Hotel AWA Close to Puerto Varas and set amid forest on the shoreline of Lake Llanquihue, AWA is an architectural masterpiece offering guests a private beach, first class service & much more within its 20-hectare estate.

Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa In southern Chile on the banks of a fjord, surrounded by nature and incomparable beauty, is Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa, a lodge only accessible by boat, offering a decadent mix of adventure & relaxation.

Uman Lodge Perched atop a magnificent crag, looking down on the Espolón & Futaleufú rivers, Uman Lodge is a modern boutique lodge, set in a stunningly designed building boasting huge floor to ceiling windows.

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Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira The hotel operates a working farm just outside of Pucón, providing fresh, & healthy food for guests. Suites are spacious & luxurious and guests can enjoy an insight into a traditional farm & dairy.

Hotel Antumalal Beautifully located within private gardens and with its own pebble beach, Antumalal sits on the edge of Lake Villarrica. Attention to detail, tranquillity & charming design makes for a great stay.

Tierra Chiloé Celebrating the local island traditions & a unique setting with natural ease, Tierra Chiloé seeks to immerse you in the best of this archipelago, which is awash in verdant pastures and dramatic coastlines.

Explora Rapa Nui A luxury hotel located in Rapa Nui, Easter Island. Its architecture complements the wild and remote location. The design is important, with clean, smooth lines which open out on to stunning vistas.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Chile ~ Humboldt

Tierra Atacama This stunning desert hideaway has been designed by some of Chile’s most creative talents. A wonderful mix of modern architecture & cultural influences, Tierra provides guests with style and comfort.

Alto Atacama Located in the lush Catarpe Valley near San Pedro de Atacama. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquillity and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself.

Awasi Atacama Awasi Atacama oozes luxury and has been designed to fit harmoniously into the local culture and environment. It offers guests unique private experiences and 4×4 excursions with their own guide.

Explora Atacama Explora Atacama is situated just outside of San Pedro de Atacama. There are just 50 rooms, each boasting modern design features and fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and desert.

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Humboldt ~ Colombia

Fruit Sellers, Cartagena

“An unforgettable holiday�

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Anne & Graham


Colombia ~ Humboldt

Colombia Unspoilt, vibrant and alluring, Colombia is the crowning glory of the South American continent. After a dramatic turnaround from a turbulent past, Colombia is becoming a firm favourite with travellers of all ages. Whatever your main passion, this remarkable country will dish up platefuls of it to satisfy your needs. A blend of cultures has resulted in a food and drink melody that delights visitors. The central coffee region produces some of the world’s best and adds stunning scenery to boot. The lush green hills are interspersed with charming coffee farms, some of which have become delightful hotels. An incredible biodiversity of fauna species and rich birdlife exists in a range of habitats offering supreme wildlife encounters in much of the country. In the far south, the Colombian Amazon offers unspoilt rainforest and new adventures whilst the grasslands of the Llanos enable close up encounters with giant anteaters and caiman. If history is more your thing, then thousands of ancient artefacts are beautifully displayed in museums such as the Museo del Oro in Bogotá but for a more hands-on approach head to the

archaeological park in San Agustín or to the Lost City in Sierra Nevada. This multi-day trek is just one of the ways Colombia can entertain adventurous types along with horse riding, surfing, scuba diving and hot air ballooning. Everyone will love discovering the charming colonial streets of sultry Cartagena and those looking to relax can take full advantage of the many white sand beaches that face the beautifully blue Caribbean Sea. Don’t overlook the many other colonial towns in Colombia which are equally charming such as Barichara, Mompos or Salento to name but three. Bogotá, the country’s capital, is a cool and cosmopolitan city surrounded by beautiful mountains. A mix of fascinating history, top restaurants and a pulsing nightlife make it a perfect entry to Colombia. The second city of Medellín, once home to renowned drug lord Pablo Escobar, is now a vibrant intellectual and cultural centre. The people you encounter in Colombia are extremely friendly and love welcoming new visitors to their unspoilt paradise.

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Humboldt ~ Colombia Gallery

Colombia Gallery

GuatapĂŠ Lake

Providencia Island

Archaeological park of San AgustĂ­n

Cartagena

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Colombia Gallery ~ Humboldt

White-tailed Hillstar hummingbirds

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Humboldt ~ Colombia ~ Suggested Itinerary Tayrona Cartagena

Medellín Villa de Leyva

Coffee Region

Bogotá

Cali San Agustín

Leticia

Classic Colombia Classic Colombia is a suggested 2-week trip including luxury accommodation and the best of Colombia’s many highlights. This itinerary starts in the exciting capital city of Bogotá, with its historic centre before flying to the spectacular Coffee Region including the Cocora Valley. You’ll journey to the vibrant city of Medellín, a city transformed from its turbulent past and finish in the beautiful sultry Caribbean city of Cartagena, the perfect finish to any holiday to Colombia. Bogotá Board an overnight flight direct to Bogotá, the buzzing capital city of Colombia. Here you can stay for the next two nights and enjoy a private tour of the historical centre of the city, home to the incredible Gold Museum, one of the finest collections of pre-hispanic gold in the whole of Latin America. It’s a city not to be missed. Hotel – Four Seasons Bogota

Coffee Zone Take the short flight from Bogotá to Pereira in the centre of Colombia’s coffee growing region. Here you can stay for the next three nights in a historic hacienda. You will be taken on a private tour to a coffee finca where you will be given a full introduction into the plant that makes this area tick with the chance to see the production methods and test your tastebuds as you try to

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Colombia ~ Humboldt

differentiate between the many different types of coffee. This region of Colombia has a number of beautiful colonial towns such as Salento and Filandia which you will explore with your guide. No trip to this area is complete without a visit to the stunning Cocora Valley where you can take a short trek through the striking wax palms and perhaps enjoy a simple lunch of locally caught fresh river trout. Hotel – Hacienda Bambusa Medellín Fly to Medellín, once the home of the notorious drug overlord Pablo Escobar, who has recently been made famous by the Netflix series Narcos. Medellín has shaken off its once turbulent history and is now considered to be the most socially transformed city in Latin America. Here you can spend two nights. You’ll be taken on a private tour of this vibrant city, take the cable car to Santo Domingo and visit Botero Square with its many sculptures by the artist who gave the square its name. The city has a dynamic nightlife due to the student population and is a fun place to spend a few nights. Hotel – Hotel Park 10

be taken over to the Rosario Islands for a day trip to this beautiful slice of paradise where you can chill out on the beaches, snorkel in the clear water and perhaps sample some of the freshly caught seafood. One of the best parts of a visit to Cartagena is simply wandering around the old town and getting lost, so we will make sure that you will have ample free time to explore. The city has some excellent restaurants plus a buzzing nightlife. Hotel – Casablanca Belle & Boutique Fly home Fly back to Bogotá and then take a connecting overnight flight back to the UK.

Cartagena Take a short flight to the beautiful walled city of Cartagena - the jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. You will spend the next 4 nights here. During your stay here you will discover what the city of Cartagena has to offer on a half day tour of La Popa and San Felipe Fortress, travelling back in time as your guide explains all about the rich history of this part of the city. You will

Colombia Highlights Bogotá~ a vibrant and buzzing capital with top restaurants, fascinating museums and great shopping. The Coffee Region ~ amazing coffee and stunning landscapes including the striking Cocora valley, a mix of rolling hills and unusual palm trees. Cartagena ~ a delightful Caribbean city of beautiful colours and friendly people. Tayrona and Santa Marta ~ fascinating civilisations, beautiful national parks and stunning coastline. Medellín ~ a modern city with an at times disturbing past, now totally transformed, with interesting surrounding colonial towns. The Amazon ~ spot beautiful wildlife in one of the most remote parts of the country.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Colombia

The W Super stylish, with outstanding attention to detail, the W is an exceptional place to stay. Contemporary & modern, arty & glamourous, this hotel boasts some of Colombia’s most fabulous interior design.

The B.O.G. This luxury hotel is in an exclusive area of Bogotá. The hotel’s design is inspired by the treasures of Colombia & Bogotá with gold as a strong colour used throughout, complimented with emerald and black.

Sofitel Victoria Regia A delicate mix of contemporary & classic design, this 5-star hotel offers guests an exceptional stay in the heart of Bogotá. The name refers to an elegant Colombian water lily & the hotel captures its beauty.

Four Seasons Bogotá The Four Seasons is a luxury 5-star hotel in Bogotá’s bustling Zona T. This brand new hotel is in one of the most popular areas of the city and the perfect mix of excellent service and contemporary luxury.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Colombia ~ Humboldt

Four Seasons Casa Medina A luxury, 5-star hotel in the Casa Medina area of Bogotá. Housed in a traditional building of cultural interest with stone columns and an exposed brick façade, the hotel offers stylish décor & great service.

Hacienda Bambusa This traditional hacienda boasts a perfect location in a sweeping valley of the Coffee Region. Bambusa is an unspoilt paradise bordered by verdant hillsides and fields of pineapple, manioc and bamboo.

Sazagua Colonial charm & contemporary styling come together in this colourful hacienda situated in the heart of the Coffee Region. The beautiful gardens are perfect for relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.

Hacienda Buenavista This luxury boutique, adults-only, hotel is in the heart of the Coffee Zone. High above the river and with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains, the hotel offers just 5 unique suites.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Colombia

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara This hotel is a luxurious combination of age-old tradition, local hospitality and French luxury in a former convent offering exclusive style & the personalised service that we have come to expect from Sofitel.

Anandá Hotel Boutique A beautiful hotel located in the heart of Cartagena’s historical centre. Dating back to the early sixteenth century, the former colonial house is named after a Sanskrit word meaning ‘state of bliss’.

Casa San Agustín A luxurious small hotel lovingly restored and reimagined for a new generation of travellers, exquisite Casa San Agustín echoes Cartagena’s fresh contemporary style and colourful Caribbean sensibility.

Casablanca Belle & Boutique Casablanca B&B is located within an extraordinary house which dates back to the 19th century in the old quarters of Cartagena. Beautifully restored, it offers guests an experience of modern luxury.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Colombia ~ Humboldt

Casa Pestagua Known as “the most beautiful house in Cartagena”, Casa Pestagua once was owned by the 18th century Count of Pestagua. Today, his name lives on in this colonial mansion, now a luxury hotel.

Patio del Mundo Patio del Mundo is a charming villa in the heart of Medellín, lovingly restored by a French family. With lush tropical gardens and an enchanting view, it offers a unique setting for you to enjoy your stay.

Hotel Las Islas Seamlessly blending refined luxury and rustic charm, the rooms at Las Islas provide a home away from home on Colombia’s stunning Caribbean coast at this Leading Hotels of the World property.

Cayena Beach Villa Hidden among the lush green trees of the Caribbean, just metres away from an idyllic beach, Cayena is the perfect property for sheer relaxation. Modern, tropical design meets luxurious comfort.

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Humboldt ~ Costa Rica

Hummingbird, Central Valley

“Every part was fantastic�

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Jodie & Anne


Costa Rica ~ Humboldt

Costa Rica One of the most laid-back and peaceful countries in Latin America, Costa Rica is a captivating mix of wildlife, sun and surf. Costa Rica is very much first and foremost a wildlife destination and with three quarters of the country covered in protected rainforests, and the rest split between tropical beaches and volcanic landscapes, it is easy to see why Costa Rica is so popular. Half a million species of animals, birds and plants thrive in this compact country. There is so much wildlife here that it is hard to pick but highlights include the ever-endearing sloths, the stunning jaguar, cute monkeys and a huge range of birds and reptiles. In the south of the country, the Osa Peninsula is a tiny strip of land measuring just 35 miles long and 20 miles wide. It’s home to half of all the species in Costa Rica, a staggering 2.5% of the entire biodiversity of the planet, living on a mere 0.00000085% of the earth’s total surface area. Families and thrill seekers will both love the wide range of activities on offer from volcano and mountain treks to rafting, zip-lining and rappelling; all with a backdrop of beautiful tropical scenery.. Surfers will adore the Pacific coast of Costa

Rica where there are numerous opportunities for beginners as well as the more experienced. Surfing is not the only water sport available as there are some great diving opportunities in Costa Rica, not to mention snorkelling, SUP & even deep-sea fishing. Don’t forget the whale watching and dolphin spotting trips either. For a more relaxed trip, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a yoga or detox retreat with gastronomy that focuses on organic, fresh produce and many hotels offering excellent yoga from single classes to week-long retreats. You can experience two different sides of Costa Rica with the stunning Pacific coastline or the more laid-back and equally beautiful Caribbean Coast. Sail through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park and if you head there at the right season you could be lucky enough to see manatees and nesting sea turtles. From active volcanoes & hot springs, cloud forests, diverse wildlife, rainforests through to stunning beaches, what is there not to love about Costa Rica and its never-ending sense of Pura Vida?

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Humboldt ~ Costa Rica Gallery

Costa Rica Gallery

Keel Billed Toucan

Sloth, Osa Peninsula

Tree Frog, Osa Peninsula

Rafting down the Pacuare River

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Costa Rica Gallery ~ Humboldt

Arenal volcano

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Humboldt ~ Costa Rica ~ Suggested Itinerary

Tortuguero Arenal Monteverde

Tamarindo

San José

Nosara

Puerto Viejo

Santa Teresa Manuel Antonio NP

Osa Peninsula

Classic Costa Rica This short trip to Costa Rica really packs a punch and consists of 10 days filled with fascinating wildlife, scenery, beaches and luxury accommodation. This sample itinerary starts in San José and Costa Rica’s Central Valley before taking in Tortuguero National Park, volcanic Arenal, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the north Pacific Coast for some relaxation. It’s the perfect blend of wildlife, volcanoes and beaches, combining lots of activities with that essential down time to finish. Central Valley Fly to San José, the capital of Costa Rica where upon arrival a guide will take you to the nearby Central Valley for the subsequent 2 nights. Your stay offers simple access to various self guided trails plus waterfalls. Here you will be taken on a private guided tour of the coffee zone and visit a coffee farm. Hotel – El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Tortuguero You will be taken on to the Caribbean coast for 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park. Here you can explore the park on a guided tour and between July & September you may be able to see turtles nesting. The area is famed for the populations of endangered turtle species including green, leatherback and hawksbill. Hotel – Hotel Manatus

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Costa Rica ~ Humboldt

Arenal Take a flight from Tortuguero to La Fortuna, the town at the base of Arenal volcano, one of the country’s most spectacular views. Here you can spend the next two nights. This area is famed for the thermal springs which are fed from the volcano throughout the town, providing a great way to relax and unwind. During your stay you will be taken on a guided tour of the Hanging Bridges Park which is an excellent opportunity for all nature lovers. You will be able to observe up close the canopy of the rainforest plus the many colourful species which inhabit the area. Suspended bridges stretch between the trees, winding past waterfalls and allowing unusual perspectives of the forest. Arenal is also a great area to try your hand at zip-lining with some of the longest ziplines in the world, providing an amazing view of Lake Arenal and the volcano. Hotel – Nayara Springs

Pacific Coast From the cool climate of the cloud forest, your guide will take you to the beautiful coastline of the Pacific where you will enjoy two full days to relax on the beach at Guanacaste. The laid-back Pacific coast is the ideal way to end your action packed trip to Costa Rica. Try your hand at one of many different watersports on offer or simply lie back and bask in the tropical sunshine in this little slice of paradise. Hotel – Capitan Suizo Boutique Hotel Fly home Today you will be transferred back to San José airport in time for an overnight flight to the UK.

Monteverde You will take a boat transfer across Arenal Lake. The journey provides a fabulous vista of Arenal volcano before you arrive at Rio Chiquito, where you will be transferred to Monteverde for the next 2 nights. During your stay you will be be taken on a guided tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This is a truly incredible habitat as it is the home to an astonishing 3021 different species. The 13 kilometres of trails take visitors through thick jungle in the cloud forest, passing waterfalls and allowing observation of rare species such as the quetzal bird and many types of orchid and other exotic plants. Hotel – Hotel Belmar

Costa Rica Highlights The Central Valley ~ close to the capital, this is a beautiful mix of forest and volcanoes. Monteverde and Arenal ~ experience the famous cloud forest in Monteverde & the dramatic volcano and hot springs of Arenal. Tortuguero and the Caribbean coast ~ encounter turtles, manatees and a laidback vibe in this different side of Costa Rica. Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula ~ Abundant wildlife, pristine rainforest and beautiful beaches. Paradise. Manuel Antonio and Uvita ~ the beaches and forest of this region offer spectacular wildlife and relaxation. Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula ~ world-class surfing and more stunning beaches on the north Pacific coast.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge and Spa A perfect luxury retreat for travellers who seek respite from the stress of daily life. A Relais & Chateaux hotel, El Silencio offers the excellent service synonymous with the name in a unique and beautiful setting.

Grano de Oro Converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, Grano de Oro maintains the warmth & comfort of a private home with exquisite service and all the amenities of a fine hotel. A true oasis in a bustling city.

Xandari Resort and Spa Xandari is a luxury hotel located in the Central Valley. Set amongst coffee plantations, close to Poas Volcano with numerous nature trails, this is the perfect place to get back to nature.

Pacuare Lodge A luxury eco-lodge in the rainforest overlooking the Pacuare river. This is a truly idyllic spot and guests can raft down the Pacuare river to reach the hotel; a unique and exciting experience.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Costa Rica ~ Humboldt

Playa Cativo Accessible only by boat, this truly is a luxury hideaway in an idyllic location. Situated on the shores of the tranquil Golfo Dulce, the property boasts 1000 acres of private rainforest on the stunning Osa Peninsula.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge Nestled in a private rainforest reserve on the Osa Peninsula, lies the Lapa Rios. A collection of charming bungalows enveloped by thick rainforest, one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth.

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens A luxurious hotel with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano National Park. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara is one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

Tabacon Grand Spa Tabacon Grand Spa offers the unique combination of the energy of the Arenal Volcano, the heat of the Tabacon hot springs and the tranquil purity of the rainforest blend into a relaxing paradise.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Costa Rica

Casa Chameleon Casa Chameleon is the perfect romantic getaway. A luxurious adults-only hotel surrounded by exuberant tropical beauty, it enjoys great views over the unspoiled beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.

El Mangroove El Mangroove is the place to be seen in Costa Rica. Surrounded by verdant jungle and overlooking the ocean, the boutique hotel is a fusion of an eco-friendly retreat and uber cool contemporary landmark.

Kura Design Villas From the extraordinary, breath-taking views to the custom-built glass, doublerain shower in each seductive villa, every detail at KurĂ was crafted to bring guests the most exclusive and unique experience.

Oxygen Villas A luxury, boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific close to the Marino Ballena National Park. This unique collection of 12 villas, surrounded by forest and peaceful ocean is the perfect place to relax.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Costa Rica ~ Humboldt

Arenas del Mar Arenas del Mar is a luxury beach resort within walking distance of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. A beachfront and rainforest hotel, it provides the best of both worlds.

Punta Islita Hotel Punta Islita is a luxury beach resort in Guanacaste offering guests a unique and relaxing experience. The sister hotel to El Silencio Lodge, it maintains the same excellent service, in a beach location.

Manatus Hotel Manatus provides a unique place to stay in Tortuguero and has been designed with luxury in mind. Exuberant gardens and a swimming pool with fantastic views of the canals in this remote region.

Hotel Belmar Located in in the mountaintops of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the venerable Hotel Belmar offers guests truly unique experiences full of natural wonder, elegance, and warm friendly service.

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Humboldt ~ Ecuador

Andean Train, Riobamba

“Service was perfect every step of the way”

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Chris & Catherine


Ecuador ~ Humboldt

Ecuador Untouched jungles and towering volcanos are interspersed with beautiful colonial architecture. Ecuador has a myriad of experiences to offer any visitor, despite its relatively small size. The fertile valleys of the interior are alive with tiny communities farming the land and trading at lively markets. Traditional methods are still used and the people here are proud of their heritage. Otavalo market is a highlight for visitors to Ecuador, and a great chance to interact with the friendly local people and purchase some colourful hand-woven textiles. The cities of Quito and Cuenca (a UNESCO World Heritage site) have deep colonial history, echoed in the attractive plazas and the streets which ooze rustic charm. The smaller town of Baños is similarly styled and holds much appeal for visitors with nearby spas & numerous thermal springs. For adventurists, the ‘Volcano Corridor’ is full of hiking and climbing opportunities, plus world-class white water rafting. Alternatively, a horseback ride provides a relaxing way to explore the dramatic scenery of the Andes. The countryside surrounding Baños is a great choice for active types with activities such as

zip-lining and canyoning available. Historic haciendas are scattered throughout the heartland of Ecuador and a number of these have been converted into stunning hotels. For a luxury experience you can link a few of these properties using the Tren Crucero and travel in style through the country on one of Latin America’s rare train routes. A trip to Ecuador would be quite incomplete without experiencing the marvellous wildlife of the Amazon. Thick, damp vegetation hides under a sunlit canopy of ancient trees, where tapir, monkeys, sloths and exotic birds can be observed. Experience it from the luxury of a boat, floating down the river or in a jungle lodge amongst the flora and fauna. An easy alternative to visiting the Amazon is a trip to the cloud forest, an area close to Quito, which exhibits a different side of the country but is equally as rich in birds and wildlife when compared to the Amazon. It is a haven for hummingbirds and a great place to spot a brightly coloured cock of the rock or a spectacled bear.

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Humboldt ~ Ecuador Gallery

Ecuador Gallery

Quilotoa crater lake

Hats in Cuenca

Traditional weavings in Otavalo Market

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Ecuador Gallery ~ Humboldt

Cotopaxi volcano

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Humboldt ~ Ecuador ~ Suggested Itinerary

Galápagos Islands

Otavalo

Quito Coca

Cotopaxi Baños Guayaquil Cuenca

Classic Ecuador See the best of what Ecuador has to offer with this classic 2-week itinerary. Our Classic Ecuador trip starts in the capital of Quito and takes you through the charming towns of Cotopaxi, Baños and Riobamba in the Avenue of Volcanoes and on to the colonial city of Cuenca. You will finish in the spectacular Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable wildlife experience on a cruise through the islands on a fabulous small yacht: a journey never to be forgotten. Quito Fly to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, where on arrival a guide will take you to a hotel in the historical centre for the next 2 nights. You’ll be taken on a private tour of Quito, including a trip to the equator. The historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with many of the oldest examples of colonial architecture on the continent. Hotel – Illa Experience Hotel

Quilotoa Leaving Quito behind you will visit the beautiful Quilotoa lake for a full day trek in the foothills of the Andes which offer a remarkable view of the turquoise blue lake & the surrounding volcanoes. You will stay for a night in a historic hacienda, marvelling at all of the surrounding scenery. Hotel - Hacienda San Agustín de Callo

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Ecuador ~ Humboldt

Cotopaxi Today you will head to Cotopaxi National Park for a tour and then continue south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and onwards to Baños where you will spend the night. Hotel - Luna Runtun Baños You will visit the spectacular ‘Pailón del Diablo’, a beautiful waterfall located near Baños, before continuing onto Riobamba, a quaint city which is beautifully situated in the heart of the Andes. You will spend the night here. Hotel - Hacienda Abraspungo Cuenca Take a ride on the ‘Devil’s Nose’ train, a unique journey through the Andean landscape. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the oldest Incan ruins in Ecuador, Ingapirca, where you will encounter the ‘Temple of the Sun’, built to coincide with the position of the sun during both the summer and the winter solstice. You’ll stay in Cuenca for two nights during which you will be taken on a guided tour including a visit to the Panama hat factory to watch traditional manufacturing techniques in action. Hotel - Mansion Alcazar

The Galápagos islands Fly to the Galápagos Islands and board a luxury yacht for the next few days. The islands are full of wildlife and blessed with sandy and volcanic beaches making it an unforgettable trip. Laze with sea lions on the shore, meet 100-year-old giant tortoises and swim among thousands of colourful fish in this remote paradise. Spend six nights aboard, cruising round the islands and disembarking at various points to explore. Cruise ship – Sea Star Journey Yacht Fly home You will finally fly back to the mainland in order to connect to your flight home.

Guayaquil You will head west to Guayaquil, the largest city in the country and en-route visit Cajas National Park, a landscape of lush green vegetation and sparkling blue lakes. You will spend the night in Guayaquil, prior to heading to the Galápagos. Hotel – Hotel del Parque

Ecuador Highlights Quito ~ the charming capital is awash with picturesque plazas and colonial architecture. Taking a trip to the nearby equator is essential. Baños and The Avenue of Volcanoes ~ a pretty town and stunning landscape with striking volcanoes, hot springs and adventure activities. The Amazon ~ thick jungle, winding rivers and a wealth of birds and wildlife. Stay on a boat or a lodge and explore. Cuenca ~ the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a delightful town imbued with traditional culture. It’s the home of the Panama hat. The Cloud Forest ~ easy access from the capital and a rich biodiversity make this beautiful area a perfect addition to any trip.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Ecuador

Casa Gangotena With a fabulous view over Quito’s Plaza San Francisco, this 3 storey mansion is in a great location. Sophisticated and eclectic, the hotel is passionate about providing good service and an unforgettable stay.

ILLA Experience Hotel ILLA offers a unique cultural experience in the arty San Marcos district. The 10-room hotel showcases key periods in Quito’s history, with rooms decorated in colonial, republican & contemporary styles.

Mashpi Lodge A luxury, 5-star jungle lodge located in the Andean Cloud Forest. Located on a plateau in the heart of the Equatorial Chocó bio-region, this is a truly authentic wildlife and nature experience.

Hacienda Zuleta Hacienda Zuleta dates back to the 16th century and remains a traditional, working farm. Ideally located in the middle of the Andes, it offers tranquil and cosy rooms in beautiful surroundings.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Ecuador ~ Humboldt

Hacienda Piman Dating from the late 17th century, this hacienda has been beautifully restored to offer charming accommodation and delicious home-cooking to combine the modern & historic in the northern Andes.

La Selva This award-winning lodge was one of the first amazon rainforest lodges in Ecuador, and is now the premier eco-lodge of the region. Located within Yasuni National Park, it overlooks Lake Garzacocha.

Sacha Lodge Sacha lodge has been carefully designed to offer comfort whilst also preserving the environment and ambience of the Amazon. This lodge offers superb wildlife viewing and a real rainforest experience.

MV Anakonda The MV Anakonda is the only luxury boat in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Visit the remote and pristine areas where few have had the opportunity to travel while enjoying the comforts of a 5-star boutique hotel.

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Humboldt ~ Galápagos

Marine Iguana

“We won’t hesitate to use you again for our next trip to South America.” Jane and Nick

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Galápagos ~ Humboldt

The Galápagos For wildlife lovers, the stunning Galápagos Islands are not to be missed on a trip to Latin America. The astonishment and wonder felt by Charles Darwin when he first arrived in the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago is still felt today and in this tiny slice of paradise, it’s easy to think you’ve been transported to another world such is the sense of awe felt by most visitors to the islands. The creatures which inhabit the islands are blissfully unaware of how their unique biology and tame nature fascinates and delights every visitor to this remote habitat. Sea lions pose lazily for photos on the beaches, while giant tortoises, penguins and marine iguanas are happy to go about their daily lives unperturbed. Look to the skies and hawks, boobies, albatross, frigate birds and of course the famous finches are just a few of the many bird species which are residents here. The wildlife is not only abundant on land and in the skies, the underwater world is also teeming with over 400 species of colourful fish, including sharks, rays and seahorses. Huge whales and playful dolphins regularly visit the islands making this a hotspot for diving and

snorkelling. A holiday to the Galápagos is best enjoyed on a luxury boat, allowing exploration between the different islands and the rocky outcrops that make up this archipelago. For those who may suffer from sea sickness, then there are a number of excellent landbased options, such as luxury hotels or African style tented camps which enable you to explore the local islands where you will still see an abundance of wildlife. It’s very easy to combine a couple of islands with inter-island hopper flights and this is a great option for families with young children. The Galápagos are also intrinsically linked with our namesake, Alexander von Humboldt, who in 1802 set sail for the islands to investigate a powerful, cold current that flowed from the tip of Chile to northern Peru. Humboldt’s work was the beginning of scientific understanding of the Humboldt Current, also known as the Peru Current which helps hold warm, moist air off the coast, keeping the climate cool. Its fishing grounds provide about 6 percent of the world’s catch.

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Humboldt ~ Galรกpagos Gallery

Galรกpagos Gallery

Sealions

Giant Tortoise

Blue Footed Boobies

Galapรกgos Rock Crab

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Galápagos Gallery ~ Humboldt

Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in the Galapagos

Scalesia Lodge Scalesia is a luxury tented camp offering a safari-style stay on Isabela Island. This lodge offers guests an alternative option for a holiday in the Galรกpagos, perfect for families not wishing to stay on a boat.

Finch Bay Hotel An award-winning boutique, eco-lodge on Santa Cruz Island. Finch Bay perfectly captures the essence of the Galรกpagos, blending the natural surroundings with comfort and excellent service.

Grace Yacht The Grace Yacht was a wedding gift for Princess Grace of Monaco from Aristotle Onassis. A journey aboard the historic yacht allows you to enjoy one of the finest small cruises available in the Galรกpagos.

MV Evolution The MV Evolution Galรกpagos Cruise Ship is tastefully designed with an intimate feel and excellent facilities. This is a superb mid-range ship for the perfect luxury holiday to the Galรกpagos Islands.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in the Galapagos ~ Humboldt

M/Y Passion A luxury vessel based in the wildlife haven of the Galรกpagos Islands. Originally built as a private luxury yacht, the Passion has been completely refurbished while still retaining many of its elegant features.

La Pinta La Pinta is a delightful ship with top class amenities. Enjoy complete immersion in this exceptional environment, with expert naturalist guides enriching wildlife encounters like few others on the planet.

Sea Star Journey An exclusive yacht combining, privacy & comfort, voted best boutique yacht in the islands. Excellent service and experiences make the most of the marvellous and unique landscape and wildlife.

Infinity Yacht The Infinity is one of the most modern yachts in the Galรกpagos with unrivalled spacious luxurious cabins and suites. Outside dining, a bar and solarium allow you to cruise in style & sumptuous luxury.

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Humboldt ~ Peru

Machu Picchu

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Peru ~ Humboldt

Peru Stunning scenery, Inca history and fine gastronomy make Peru one of our most popular countries. Peru is the heartland of the Incas, and their legacy is strong throughout this warm and welcoming country. The ancient civilisations are a fascinating part of any holiday to Peru and they remain an important part of modern Peruvian culture. Machu Picchu is the standout icon of pre-hispanic Peru, but many other equally fascinating ancient citadels also remain standing, leaving traces of fallen civilisations that will delight anyone interested in history and culture. Coincide your trip with a visit to Cusco on 24th June and experience the annual Inti Raymi festival, based on ancient Inca rituals. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas by taking the Inca Trail, a challenging and beautiful route leading to Peru’s most famous ruins. Not only a trekker’s paradise, Peru’s coastline also provides world-class surf plus exhilarating sand boarding and dune buggy rides further inland. For those looking to see the highlights in a little more luxury, there is no better way than the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. Named after the explorer who discovered the

citadel, this is the most stylish and comfortable way to visit this beautiful sight. You can extend your train travel through Peru on the Belmond Andean Explorer which takes passengers on overnight adventures from Cusco to the shores of Lake Titicaca and on to Arequipa in a truly elegant fashion. Lovers of gastronomy head to Peru for the world-famous cuisine. Lima, the capital, is home to Central, one of the best restaurants in the world and Gaston Acurio, the don of modern Peruvian cooking has left his indelible mark on many cities across the world. There is much to see for the wildlife lover in Peru, from the herds of camelids for which the country is famous, to the Amazon and the creatures that inhabit the river and jungle. Explore the river by staying on a luxury boat or lodge. The Colca Canyon is the best place to spot condors and enjoy the spectacle as these magnificent birds soar across the sky. With pretty cities and stunning landscapes, Peru, its people and cultures captivate all who visit the most famous country of the Andes.

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Humboldt ~ Peru Gallery

Peru Gallery

Condor at Colca Canyon

Peruvian woman with llama

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Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca


Peru Gallery ~ Humboldt

Floating Uros islands on Lake Titicaca

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Humboldt ~ Peru ~ Inca Trail

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Inca Trail ~ Peru ~ Humboldt

The Inca Trail Follow the footsteps of the Incas en route to Machu Picchu. Choose to camp or stay in a comfortable lodge while trekking. The Inca Trail in Peru is without doubt one of the most famous trekking routes in the world. Spending a few days in this rugged, unspoilt mountainous terrain which is steeped in history and surrounded by the white-capped peaks of the Andes is an unforgettable experience. Add to this the breath-taking moment that you reach the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu on the final day of walking, and it’s no wonder that it is for many people, a true ‘bucket list’ adventure. History The Inca Trail is a network of many ancient pathways that criss-cross their way through the Andes mountains, created by the Incan civilisation. Nowadays, many of these trails have been transformed into challenging yet rewarding hikes which attract people from around the world to complete them and reach the spiritual site of Machu Picchu – arguably the Incas’ greatest achievement – at the end. Routes The ‘Classic’ Inca Trek is the most sought after route, a four day hike through a mixed variety

of landscapes & habitats. Due to the classic trail becoming ever more popular, alternative routes have been opened recently, including the Lares Trail which winds its way through small Andean communities, the Choquequirao trek which is both remote and beautiful, and the Salkantay route which many agree has the most dramatic landscapes. Lodge to Lodge Trek For many years camping between each day of hiking was the only option, however there are now alternatives available. Hikers can enjoy some home comforts after a long day in the mountains by trekking between beautifully appointed mountain lodges. Relax after a hot shower with a gourmet meal and a glass of fine wine, before slipping into the goose down covers and getting an excellent night’s sleep in preparation for the following day’s trek. Top Tips Many of the trails are closed in January and February and you are required to obtain a permit to walk the trails. These sell out fast so apply as far in advance as possible.

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Humboldt ~ Peru ~ Suggested Itinerary

Tumbes

Iquitos

Huaraz Puerto Maldonado Lima Cusco

Machu Picchu

Nazca Arequipa

Colca Canyon Lake Titicaca

Classic Peru An exciting itinerary taking in the highlights of the fascinating country of Peru. The trip starts in Lima, a vibrant, city with a strong gastronomic culture, continue through the beautiful Sacred Valley, exploring the traditional markets before arriving at the famous sight of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a few days exploring charming Cusco before carrying on to the beautiful Lake Titicaca. Finish back in Lima for one last indulgent night prior to flying home after a memorable holiday. Lima Take a flight to Lima, Peru’s capital city, where a guide will take you to a hotel in trendy Barranco for the next 2 nights. While in Lima you will be taken on a private guided tour of the city taking in the highlights of the capital with its coastal communities, museums and a really fascinating historical centre . Hotel ~ Hotel B

Sacred Valley Fly to Cusco, where your guide will transfer you to the Sacred Valley, stopping to visit the town of Chinchero en-route, a town rich with Incan heritage, to see traditional weaving techniques being used to make ponchos and other items of clothing. Stay for two nights with a full day tour of the highlights including Ollantaytambo. Hotel ~ Sol y Luna

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Peru ~ Humboldt

Machu Picchu You’ll take the train from Ollantaytambo to visit Machu Picchu for a private guided tour of one of the great highlights of South America. Here you will spend the night in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of the mountain. Hotel ~ Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Cusco You will have the option to visit Machu Picchu for a second independent visit to explore the ruins further. In the afternoon you will take the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Poroy station in Cusco where a guide will accompany you to the hotel for the next three nights. During your stay in the city your private guide will take you on a tour of Cusco to impressive historical sites such as Coricancha the ‘Temple of the Sun’, the cathedral in the main plaza plus the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Your guide will escort you to a number of sights a few miles outside of Cusco, including Puka Pukara & Qenqo. You will have ample time to explore independently as there’s lots to see in the city. Hotel ~ Belmond Monasterio

An optional activity of visiting the nearby islands is also available. Alternatively you can relax and enjoy the luxury facilities and spectacular views at the hotel. Hotel ~ Titilaka Lima You will finish with a flight from Juliaca back to Lima where you can spend a final night in the capital. Perhaps you may wish to try out one of the many Michelin starred restaurants. Hotel ~ Hotel B Fly home Fly home overnight back to the UK.

Lake Titicaca You will board the luxury Perurail Titicaca train from Cusco, riding on a scenic railway through beautiful Andean landscapes, ending at Lake Titicaca on a full day journey including lunch. Upon arrival a private guide will take you to a hotel where you will spend the next two nights. While at Lake Titicaca you will have a variety of activities to choose from, such as kayaking, cycling, visiting nearby ruins and birdwatching.

Peru Highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu ~ enjoy a few days in the delightful Incan capital before heading to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Amazon ~ stay in a lodge or enjoy a luxury cruise on the river getting close to spectacular wildlife and meeting local communities. Arequipa and the Colca Canyon ~ the sparkling White City and the beauty of the canyon with its majestic condors charm all who visit. Lima ~ the capital is home to gourmet restaurants and fascinating museums. Lake Titicaca ~ the world’s highest navigable lake is a beautiful and captivating place of myths and ancient cultures.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Peru

Hotel B Originally built in the style of the Belle Époque, the mansion served as a seaside retreat during the 1920s. Its architectural features and flair make this hotel one of the most attractive properties in Lima.

Atemporal Located in the Miraflores district of Lima, Atemporal combines super cool eclectic design with a 5-star service. Housed in a 1940s mansion, this boutique hotel is the perfect base for exploring the city.

Titilaka Remote & tranquil, this luxury hotel offers visitors truly stunning accommodation on a private peninsula of Lake Titicaca. On the shore of the lake, it boasts great views of the blue waters and distant mountains.

Belmond Las Casitas Las Casitas is perfectly situated on the edge of the Colca Canyon. 20 luxury casitas are spread among the 24-hectare estate which has views of the terraces & ravines for which the canyon is famous.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Peru ~ Humboldt

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is among the most exclusive hotels in Cusco. Featuring stunning contemporary style and antique furnishings, this hotel is a world leader in cutting edge design.

Inkaterra La Casona A former colonial manor house, centrally located in Cusco, the hotel was once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru. 11 suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where time’s patina is tastefully preserved.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio A timeless classic that dates back to 1592, this hotel is simply stunning. Combining centuries-old charm with sheer luxury, this former monastery will delight guests with its style and exceptional service.

Mountain Lodges of Peru These beautifully-appointed mountain lodges are unique and were designed with traditional Incan building techniques blending perfectly with the environment to provide ideal resting points as you trek.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Peru

Sol y Luna Set within an exclusive estate teeming with birdlife, indigenous and exotic flora, 43 stand-alone casitas built from locally sourced materials blend seamlessly into the stunning Sacred Valley of Peru.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary hotel with colonial inspiration, built in the pretty Urubamba Valley, among flowers, mountains and trees. It creates a perfect spot for mental, spiritual and physical rest.

Sumaq Sumaq Machu Picchu is a luxury 5-star hotel located close to the fabulous Machu Picchu. The hotel maintains close links with Andean culture while offering all the comforts of modern luxury.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Set amongst lush rainforest in 12 acres of natural beauty, this hotel offers cosy & luxurious rooms & exceptional service. The casitas provide a perfect sanctuary in Aguas Calientes, close to Machu Picchu.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Peru ~ Humboldt

Aria A luxury cruise ship perfectly designed to make the most of cruising Peru’s Amazon in style. Travel deep into the Amazon, stopping each day for excursions to local communities and to spot birds & wildlife.

Belmond Andean Explorer The Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first luxury sleeper train, travelling along one of the highest train routes in the world. The train crosses from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and on to Arequipa.

Reserva Amazonica This lodge is situated in a remote but accessible private reserve, surrounded by the vast Amazon Rainforest. Wake up to a symphony of tropical birdsong & sleep by lantern, to the gentle sounds of the forest.

KiChic A beautiful hotel on the stunning Peruvian coastline. Inspired by the traditional local construction of wood and stone and with each room uniquely decorated, this is a relaxing haven in a peaceful location.

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Humboldt ~ Uruguay

Cabo Polonio

“An impressive, modern travel company� John Garwell

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Uruguay ~ Humboldt

Uruguay Glamourous beaches, fine wines and a strong gastronomic heritage make Uruguay a high-class destination. Often overlooked as a holiday destination in Latin America, Uruguay has maintained its traditions and much of the country remains unspoilt. Popular with celebrities and the elite, it makes a perfect luxury holiday destination. Its proximity to Argentina (a few hours’ ferry ride) makes it an ideal combination with more of Latin America. The sandy beaches and sophisticated bars of Punta del Este and JosÊ Ignacio are lovely for a touch of laid-back glamour and there are many beautiful properties along the coast in these stylish resorts. The beaches come alive between November and March at the height of the Uruguayan summer as visitors flock to the coast. Head further east to Cabo Polonio or to Santa Teresa for stunning sand dunes and isolated bays. The capital of Montevideo is an arty and eclectic city, with plenty of cosy tango bars and distinctive museums to delight all who visit plus a number of excellent boutique hotels. Further afield, the country is rich in history, reflected in the tranquil way of life that the

gauchos here have adapted. A great way to experience the real Uruguay is spending a few days on an estancia, learning about the traditional gaucho culture first-hand. Visitors can ramble along the pretty colonial streets of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to splendid 17th and 18th century architecture and the ideal place to while away a few days. Carmelo is another charming colonial town and home to many wonderful traditional steak houses (known as Parillas). Steak and wine, as in much of Latin America, is an important part of the culture in Uruguay and it produces some sumptuous wines that can be sampled on a vineyard tour. Polo and golf are popular sporting pastimes and the mighty Rio de la Plata is a hub of activity with fishing trips and numerous boat cruises departing daily. For people looking for a laid-back alternative which is full of glamour, sophistication plus a combination of fine wines, delicious food and charming architecture, Uruguay really is the perfect choice.

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Humboldt ~ Uruguay Gallery

Uruguay Gallery

Punta del Este

Plaza Independencia, Montevideo

Gaucho in the campo, Maldonado

Colonia del Sacramento

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Uruguay Gallery ~ Humboldt

Punta del Este

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Humboldt ~ Uruguay ~ Suggested Itinerary

Fray Bentos

Cabo Polonio

Colonia del Sacramento

José Ignacio

Montevideo

Punta del Este

Uruguay in Depth A two-week itinerary that allows you to really get to know Uruguay, with luxury accommodation and fascinating tours, this holiday helps you to get under the skin of this welcoming country. Start in colonial Carmelo and Colonia del Sacramento, with the nearby vineyards and visit the capital city of Montevideo. The bright lights of Punta del Este attract countless visitors in the summer while those in the know head to the stunning beaches of José Ignacio and the countryside of Rio Ancho. Colonia del Sacramento Fly overnight to Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital where on arrival a guide will take you west to the town of Colonia del Sacramento for the next 3 nights. Here your guide will take you on a private guided walking tour of the town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pretty colonial streets and historic architecture are also perfect to explore by foot. You’ll visit

the Matriz Church, the famous ‘Calle de los Suspiros’ (The Street of Sighs) & the main plaza. During your stay you will enjoy a tour of a classic Uruguayan winery. Cerros de San Juan is a 150year old winery producing a range of delicious wines. The tour will include the family property, vineyards and the cellar as well as tasting of the excellent wines. Hotel – Charco Hotel

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Uruguay ~ Humboldt

Montevideo Your guide will accompany you back to the capital of Montevideo and here you will spend the next 2 nights. You will be shown around the best parts of the city whilst learning the history and culture of the areas you visit. You will visit highlights of the city such as the Naval Museum, the Solis Theatre, Constitution Square and the Cathedral. The city is one of the more low key Latin American capitals but steeped in European immigration with strong influences from Italy and Spain. If you have longer in the city then a trip across the River Plate makes for an easy visit to Buenos Aires if you haven’t visited previously. Hotel – Sofitel Montevideo

have ample time to relax on the beach. The town attracts celebrities from Latin America in the summer months who come to soak up the town’s laid-back vibe. Your guide will also take you on a visit to the nearby agricultural areas. Drive through swathes of olive and almond fields and visit a local plantation. You will enjoy a tour and tasting of the oils along with some home-produced wines, breads and cheese. Hotel – Playa Vik Fly home Your guide will transfer you back to the airport in Montevideo to connect with your overnight flight home.

Rocha Your guide will next transfer you inland to an estancia close to Rocha. This remote area is surrounded by valleys, meadows and natural grassland, which make for a very photogenic backdrop. The next two days you can enjoy life on a traditional Uruguayan estancia. You will be able to take part in a number of activities such as milking cows and horse riding. You will learn about daily life on a working estancia and enjoy peaceful treks and horse rides through the area. It’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind in the beautiful gardens. Hotel – Estancia El Charabón José Ignacio You will be transferred to the trendy beach town of José Ignacio on the Uruguayan coast, where you will spend the next 3 nights. Here you will

Uruguay Highlights Montevideo ~ a classy and unassuming capital on the banks of the Rio de la Plata. Explore the museums and markets to understand the city. Carmelo and Colonia del Sacramento ~ charming architecture, excellent restaurants and beautiful vineyards put these towns at the top of the list for any visit to Uruguay. Punta del Este and José Ignacio ~ the glitz and glamour of Punta del Este is offset by the laid-back sophistication of José Ignacio. Either is perfect for a beach break at the height of the Uruguayan summer. Estancias ~ head inland to experience the gaucho cultures which this corner of Latin America is famous for.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Uruguay

Sofitel Montevideo The Sofitel is situated in the Carrasco district of Montevideo. French elegance and the classic style of Montevideo at the turn of the 20th century combine perfectly to provide a chic, luxury stay.

Oliva Located in a prestigious area of Montevideo the Oliva is metres from the golf club and surrounded by lovely restaurants and boutiques. This is a subtle and stylish hotel in an ideal location.

Alma Histórica Alma Histórica is a boutique hotel in the heart of Montevideo’s old town. Housed in an old mansion, it effortlessly combines colonial elegance with classic style. It’s a charming hotel with a warm personality.

Sacromonte Landscape Hotel In the wild sierras of Maldonado, spacious cabins are dotted into grasslands, springwater reservoirs and vineyards. Cabins are sheathed in smoky one-way mirror glass, with uninterrupted views of the sierra.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Uruguay ~ Humboldt

Bahia Vik A luxury hotel set on 10 acres of beach dunes on the José Ignacio peninsula. Views across the Atlantic Ocean and Playa Mansa and a sunset to rival all others, make this the perfect luxury beach resort.

Playa Vik An exclusive beach hotel in José Ignacio. which is a luxurious mix of design, art and exceptional service, this really is a fantastic hotel. Inside, various pieces of art by renowned artists contribute to the décor.

Estancia Vik A luxury, boutique hotel set in stunning surroundings and only one mile from the ocean, perfectly combines the beach and the ranch. Suites are each decorated with impeccable taste and an estancia style.

Fasano Las Piedras A luxury hotel within stunning grounds, Las Piedras combines the glamour & nightlife of Punta del Este with the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. A perfect blend of style & superb service.

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Uruguay

Narbona Wine Lodge A luxury, boutique hotel in Carmelo with a focus on wine and cheese. Part of the Relais & Chateaux group with its roots originating in 1909, this hotel combines luxury and history for a perfect, stylish mix.

El CharabĂłn An authentic estancia in the heart of the Rocha district, close to JosĂŠ Ignacio. Surrounded by rolling hills and in close proximity to the Atlantic coast, this is a perfect way to experience rural Uruguay.

Charco The Charco Hotel is an elegant, boutique hotel overlooking the river in central Colonia del Sacramento. The hotel offers eight rooms decorated in a simple and elegant style with a clean, Scandinavian feel.

Rio Ancho Gourmet Lodge Rio Ancho offers exclusive rooms and a gourmet restaurant in Colonia. Surrounded by verdant forest, this is truly a luxury hotel with just 3 suites, ensuring that service remains personal and relaxed.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Uruguay ~ Humboldt Luxury Beach Villas

Luxury Beach Villas If you are looking for exclusive luxury, Uruguay offers some of the best beach villas in Latin America. Each house provides the service of a luxury hotel in the privacy of your own space, including daily maid service, an excellent local chef and a well-connected, bilingual host who manage the smooth running of the house and ensure you receive the benefit of their local knowledge and contacts.

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Humboldt ~ Antarctica

Antarctic Sea

“Huge blocks of ice, weighing many tons, were lifted into the air and tossed aside as other masses rose beneath them.� Ernest Shackleton, South!

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Antarctica ~ Humboldt

Antarctica The ‘White Continent’ is a photogenic dream, and the last frontier for intrepid explorers. Enter a frozen world where seals lazily watch the ships go by, and stark white icebergs stand out vividly against the deep blue sea. A truly once-in-a-life-time adventure awaits for anyone making this voyage across the sea. Despite the harsh conditions, Antarctica holds a remarkable concentration of wildlife, much of which has evolved to survive in this extreme environment. The guttural calls of thousands of penguins carry across the landscape on fierce winds. With a swagger-like walk and comical habits, penguins are a firm favourite with all visitors. Penguin species which can be seen include Adelie, Chinstrap, Macaroni’s, Gentoo and the Rockhopper. Look to the skies where petrels, skuas and albatross glide overhead. Mammoth cetaceans such as humpback, southern right and minke whales are at home in the freezing waters below, and Antarctica also boasts a large population of orca. A luxury cruise to Antarctica is without doubt a bucket list experience. Go walking on the ice, get up close to penguins and seals and

go ashore in small zodiacs to admire the jaw dropping scenery as you follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous explorers. For those who might be put off from visiting Antarctica due to the crossing of the Drake Passage, which can be a very rough journey, there are now fly cruises. These enable you to skip some of the potentially big ocean swells and fly to King George Island where you can board a cruise vessel. The short cruises focus on visiting the Antarctic peninsula but there is much more to see in the region too. South Georgia Island, known as the ‘alps in mid-ocean’ is teeming with wildlife and stunning scenery. It’s an incredible destination to see southern elephant seals. The longer cruises will usually include visits to South Georgia and also the Falkland Islands with its unique culture and history. The wildlife and birdwatching here are particularly fabulous. A luxury trip to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands is a once-in-a-life-time trip and there’s no better time to go than now.

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Humboldt ~ Antarctica Gallery

Antarctica Gallery

Emperor Penguin & Chick

Humpback Whale

Zodiac Boat trip

Cruising through the Antarctic Ocean

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Antarctica Gallery ~ Humboldt

Adelie penguins

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Humboldt ~ Antarctica ~ Suggested Itinerary

Falkland Islands Ushuaia

South Georgia

Drake Passage South Shetland Islands

South Orkney Islands

Antarctica Peninsula

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer This 3 week holiday showcases the best of Antarctica in all its stunning glory from aboard a luxury boat. The trip begins and ends in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and in between you will fly down to Ushuaia, the town at the ‘End of the World’, from which point your cruise sets sail for the remote Falkland Islands, followed by unique South Georgia and onward to the White Continent of Antarctica. Buenos Aires Fly overnight direct to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, for 2 nights with a private tour of the city. Hotel – Palacio Duhau Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia, the ‘city at the end of the world’ where you can spend a night prior to boarding

your cruise. Try the king crab, a local delicacy! Hotel – Hotel Arakur Boarding your cruise After arriving at the cruise ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by your Expedition Team and the ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing which is then followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, you can relax and

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Suggested Itinerary ~ Antarctica ~ Humboldt

take in the mountainous scenery on your early evening sailing down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies. Cruise Ship – Silver Explorer

Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands all offer fabulous photo opportunities plus numerous chances to spot penguins, seals, whales, dolphins and hundreds of birds. Cruise Ship – Silver Explorer

Falkland Islands After two days at sea you will explore the remote and beautiful Falkland Islands. Starting at West Point Island and finishing in Stanley, you’ll take in some incredible scenery and plenty of wildlife including albatrosses, penguins, dolphins, seals and much more. Cruise Ship – Silver Explorer

Drake Passage Sail for 2 days across the unpredictable Drake Passage, arriving back into Ushuaia. You can fly back to Buenos Aires for one final night in the capital. Hotel – Palacio Duhau

South Georgia Sail over to South Georgia Island. Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence, yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice, makes this 3,755sq kilometre island a home to tens of millions of seals, breeding penguins & seabirds. The island has mountain scenery, lots of glaciers, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife - all here to be discovered during these 3 days. Cruise Ship – Silver Explorer

Fly home Fly overnight back to the UK.

Antartic Peninsula Arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Get ready for the main event! The next 5 days will be spent discovering one of the last great wildernesses on earth – Antarctica. This ‘White Continent’ is home to species found nowhere else on earth & is a paradise for nature lovers. Elephant Island, the

Antarctica Highlights Antarctic Peninsula ~ The most accessible part of the continent with an abundance of seabirds, seals, whales and penguins galore. Go kayaking amongst the icebergs and feel the remoteness of nature. South Georgia ~ The ‘Alps in mid-ocean’. Here you can find 6 types of penguin, half of the world’s elephant seal population, the albatross and an estimated 10 million other seabirds. The Falkland Islands ~ A birdwatcher’s paradise with 227 different identified bird species and 5 different types of penguin, the Falklands offer a wild habitat for fabulous wildlife. The islands also attract many visitors who come to see to the battlefields from the 1982 war and pay their respects.

Email ~ info@humboldttravel.co.uk or call our experts on ~ +44 1603 340680

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Humboldt ~ Some of our favourite places to stay in Antarctica

Silver Explorer This intimate, ultra-luxury ship is purposebuilt to navigate remote destinations. World-class service & exceptional guides lead you to off-the-beaten path locations for the experience of a lifetime.

Antarctica 21 If time is limited, choose a luxurious air cruise to Antarctica. Fly over Cape Horn and the Drake Passage and enjoy a cruise around the White Continent in style and elegance with less chance of seasickness.

RCGS Resolute The RCGS Resolute was purpose built for polar expedition cruising with the highest ice class. RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot continue, offering a perfect experience.

Hebridean Sky The Hebridean Sky is known for her effortless elegance, impeccable style, service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Recently refurbished, she is the most comfortable ship in her class.

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Some of our favourite places to stay in Antarctica ~ Humboldt

Island Sky Newly refurbished, the Island Sky is one of the finest small ships in the world and perfect for a luxury cruise to Antarctica. It boasts spacious suites, stylish common areas and leading core technology.

Greg Mortimer Built with adventurous luxury in mind, the Greg Mortimer is a sleek and modern cruise ship offering guests an outstanding array of activities and superior comfort. This will be a premium ship in Antarctica.

National Geographic Explorer An ultimate expedition ship with an ice-strengthened hull, advanced navigation and stylish interiors. Expanses of glass throughout the ship offer an unprecedented connection to Antarctica.

Hanse Explorer Looking for the ultimate private luxury Antarctic expedition? Look no further. The Hanse Explorer is ice-classed and built to handle the most challenging waters, she is a “go-anywhere� yacht.

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Humboldt ~ New Horizons

Photo: Ross Holden Š


New Horizons ~ Humboldt

Humboldt: New Horizons Like our namesake, Alexander von Humboldt, we are always exploring. Turn the page to read about the latest additions to our luxury portfolio.


Humboldt ~ Belize

The Blue Hole

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Belize ~ Humboldt

Belize Discover Mayan ruins and the world’s second largest coral reef in this laid-back Caribbean paradise. Belize is famous for its Caribbean beaches and azure waters but it has much more to offer the luxury traveller. The mix of Latin and Caribbean cultures is a delightful one and creates a laid-back vibe with a warm welcome to anyone visiting the country. Its size means that it is easy to explore and with everything on offer from beaches, to jungle to Mayan ruins, and spectacular diving, visitors can enjoy a relaxing and diverse holiday in this little slice of paradise. Beaches and diving are without doubt a highlight of Belize. The country’s almost 400 km long coastline boasts the world’s second largest coral reef. The Cayes just off the shore of Belize consist of over 200 large and small islands and coral atolls, protecting 70 different species of corals and more than 400 species of fish. This is a diver’s paradise and whether you are keen on scuba diving or snorkelling, you will not be disappointed. The beaches in the south of Belize, such as Dangriga and Placencia are beautiful and remote locations which are perfect for visitors

who want a quieter beach experience, more offthe-beaten track. If you are looking for ultimate exclusivity, why not stay on one of the country’s private islands? Inland, Belize is a fabulous mix of Mayan ruins and beautiful jungle. The Cayo region offers a wide variety of experiences to choose from, including canoe tours down the Macal River, and an exploratory dip in the Rio Frio and its natural swimming pools. Unmissable highlights of this regon include the Mayan ruins of Xuantunich and Caracol. The latter a partially overgrown testament to the vast amount of people - more than populate all of Belize today - who lived here during the 8th century. Southern Belize is the area that offers a real escape from it all. Less visited than other areas of the country, it has much to recommend it and offers the highest biodiversity of any region in Belize - the lush rainforests are home to a variety of birds and wildlife. Ancient Mayan archaeological sites offer a fascinating insight into this culture.

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Humboldt ~ Belize Gallery

Belize Gallery

Snorkelling

Macal River, Cayo District

Lamanai

Mask Temple, Lamanai

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Belize Gallery ~ Humboldt

Rio on Pools, Cayo District

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Humboldt ~ Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats

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Bolivia ~ Humboldt

Bolivia Feel alone with nature amongst the scenic splendour of this rustic Andean nation of ancient indigenous cultures. Bolivia is a land of superlatives. This rugged and charming country is the home to the world’s highest navigable lake, the planet’s highest capital city, the largest salt plains in existence and over thirty official languages. Undoubtedly rougher around the edges than its Andean neighbours, travel in this magical country requires a more relaxed approach and an open mind. Diverse, stunning and off-thebeaten track, Bolivia may surprise you with its mesmerising natural beauty and fascinating regional customs. Perched high up in the Bolivian Andes, the city of La Paz is the booming epicentre of the country. With grand relics of the Spanish colonial era gracing the city’s main plazas and bustling traditional markets selling indigenous remedies and folkloric charms, these historic monuments are complemented by exuberant nightlife, stylish cocktail bars and an innovative, modern cuisine. Just outside the city lie the sublime waters of Lake Titicaca, the mysterious pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku and the unusual rocky spires of Valley of the Moon.

A must-see is the astonishing Salar de Uyuni. Nestled amongst the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the arid plains of the Bolivian plateau, the Salar, recently used as a filming location for a Star Wars movie, is truly otherworldly. In the dry season, the salt breaks into patterns resembling a giant honeycomb; when wet, the land becomes a colossal mirror, reflecting the stars in the clear skies onto the thin layer of water laid across the crystals. Away from the Salar but still on the Altiplano, lovers of the outdoors can pass by towering volcanoes, geothermal pools, colourful mountain lagoons, deserts of surreal rock formations and sleepy towns of herders and miners preserving an ancient way of life. Covering more than two thirds of Bolivia, the Amazon and its wildlife credentials cannot be ignored. The National Parks of Madidi and Amboró are home to large animal species such as jaguars, pumas, and spectacled bears. See monkeys and sloths by the coffee plantations of the Yungas and large herds of camelids on the Altiplano.

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Humboldt ~ Bolivia Gallery

Bolivia Gallery

PotosĂ­

Flamingoes on the Altiplano

Sucre

Tiwanaku

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Bolivia Gallery ~ Humboldt

Laguna Colorada

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Humboldt ~ Cuba

Classic taxi

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Cuba ~ Humboldt

Cuba Classic elegance, abundant natural beauty and an ineffable revolutionary spirit. Cuba is a Caribbean paradise. With some of the most striking landscapes in the Caribbean, historic landmarks at every turn, and a vibrant modern culture; you could say that Cuba has something for everyone. Pastel-coloured colonial cities in varying states of romantic decay dotted across the breadth of this emerald island account for five of Cuba’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Like classic novels, fraying at the edges, these kaleidoscopic town centres have been weathered by the passing of the ages, but have retained an air of timeless opulence, being subsequently revitalised & reimagined by each new generation that inhabits them. Explore the art museums in Old Havana, the grand 1920s palaces on the Punta Gorda in Cienfuegos and visit the site of Don Facundo Bacardí’s first rum factory in Santiago de Cuba. Trinidad is a must-see and arguably the finest of all of these crumbling towns. Home to the white beaches of Varadero, the mangrove swamps of Cayo Coco and the dramatic mountain ranges by Trinidad and Santiago, Cuba’s diverse habitats make for a

fabulous nature-lover’s getaway. The swamps of Zapata offer real world-class birdwatching opportunities which include the Caribbean’s highest number of water birds and the planet’s smallest bird: the tiny bee hummingbird. For those who seek adventure, diving and kayaking through the mangroves or hiking to waterfalls in the Sierra del Escambray are a great addition to any trip. Culture enthusiasts will be enchanted by the baroque architecture preserved in many Cuban cities, however this island’s influence upon the world’s cultural landscape extends far beyond its declaration of independence from Spain. Cuba is the home of salsa, rumba and bolero dancing, as well as the adopted home of literary icon Ernest Hemingway and Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara. See Hemingway’s home in Havana as he left it in the 1960s and visit Che’s mausoleum in Santa Clara where his defining battle brought and end to the Batista regime. Finally, relax with a mojito and a Cuban sandwich by the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

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Humboldt ~ Cuba Gallery

Cuba Gallery

Beach life

Trinidad

Rolling cigars

Havana

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Cuba Gallery ~ Humboldt

ViĂąales

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Humboldt ~ Good Causes

Good Causes Our way of saying thank you to the people and communities of Latin America. We are often asked what made us choose Latin America, why are we so passionate about this part of the world? The answer is easy: the people, the culture, the wildlife: everything that makes Latin America the vibrant and fascinating place it is. It is because of this passion for the countries we sell that we decided to give something back to the people that give us so much when we travel there. The world is becoming ever more accessible for us as travellers and we can reach even the most remote destinations. This brings a lot of joy and new experiences as a tourist and opens up wonderful possibilities for the modern traveller. We are privileged to have the opportunites we do as luxury travellers. Here at Humboldt, we believe that this should also open up great possibilities for the people and their communities in Latin America. Responsible travel is an integral part of what we do, creating an ethical mode of tourism; a tourism that encourages and supports the countries it sells, that supports the local community rather than exploiting it. This is about more than just

dropping some loose change into a begging bowl and we have worked with our partners in the respective countries to find organisations that really mean something. This might be an environmental project that works with a specific national park, preserving the landscape and the ecosystem, or a local community, helping them to preserve their culture and showcase it to visiting tourists. Perhaps it is a conservation project, helping protect a particular species or a charity that supports otherwise marginalised groups in each of these very different cultures. Humboldt donates to a nominated charity for each person that we send to that country. This means that when you travel with us, you are experiencing the country in more ways than one. You are supporting a women’s cooperative, a wildlife project, a children’s foundation, something that helps to preserve the culture and landscape or support the community in each of these beautiful countries. You are giving and you are gaining through the beauty of travel. Turn the page to learn about some of the charities we support.

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Good Causes ~ Humboldt Base A, Port Lockroy UKAHT Photo Lucy Dorman Š

Working to preserve and enhance the fascinating British Antarctic heritage for visitors to Antarctica. www.ukaht.org

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Humboldt ~ Good Causes

Rehab and respite support for Colombian children with mental or physical disabilities from poor families. www.aluna.org.co

Supporting a Quechua community in Peru to maintain the customs and traditions passed down from their ancestors.

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Good Causes ~ Humboldt

Protecting the jaguar and promoting conservation in the Brazilian Southern Pantanal. www.oncafari.org Photo: Lawrence Weitz

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