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Digital! The destroyer of dull daily commutes and overnight backpacker bus journeys, you can now download all our brochures straight to your tablet or mobile. Access videos and bonus imagery, share pages, tap to book, save trees and download for inspiration on the road. SEARCH STA TRAVEL BROCHURES NORTH AMERICA 2018/19

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20 EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES 22 LEARN A LANGUAGE 48 PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA 57 Peru 73 Lima 74 Cuzco & Machu Picchu 78 Peruvian Amazon 79 Lake Titicaca & Colca Canyon 80 Bolivia

83 La Paz & beyond 86 Ecuador & Galรกpagos 87 Galรกpagos Islands 97 Quito & beyond 99 Colombia 107 BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA 114 Brazil 117 Rio de Janeiro & beyond 120 Rio Carnival 122 Brazilian Amazon


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SOUTHERN CROSS WESTBOUND

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ANDES & AMAZON

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THE INCA TRAIL

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93 GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING WITH QUITO

124 Argentina & Chile 126 Buenos Aires 128 Iguassu Falls 129 Santiago & Patagonia 134 Antarctica 135 CENTRAL AMERICA 146 Costa Rica & Panama 153 San José & beyond 156 Mexico, Guatemala & Belize 165 Mexico City & beyond

166 Cancún & beyond 167 Spring Break 169 Guatemala & Belize 170 CARIBBEAN 177 Cuba: Varadero & beaches 178 Havana & beyond 180 Caribbean beaches 184 TERMS & CONDITIONS 186 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Our It all started back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long haul hangover and an idea. To create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Over 35 years later and we're the world's largest student and youth travel company; with stores in over 50 countries and over 2 million travellers a year. Since then, we've launched apps, festivals, film projects, digital music platforms and pioneered charity campaigns. We've crossed borders to push boundaries, walked unfamiliar paths to find new friends, and got lost to discover the places we love. We've done all of these things, but our philosophy has never changed. We're STA Travel, and we're here to Start The Adventure. And now, it's your turn.

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Big STUFF THE

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the rucksack and book your next adventure.

Here’s how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are worldly-wise, well-travelled and can pack a 60 litre backpack in a minute flat.

Lots of travel companies make grand promises about their prices. Here's ours. If we can't beat a scheduled airfare, tour or hotel price, then we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.**

We don't endorse credit card debt, organ harvesting or blackmail as legitimate ways to fund your trip. So if you see a flight you like, secure it there and then with a $49 deposit and pay the rest later.*

We've been trusted by travellers since 1979. We work with the world's leading airlines, touring partners and ground handlers to create experiences that are real, responsible and authentic.

We know how important it is to feel safe on the road. That's why our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 to help quickly resolve issues - so that you can get back on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our exclusive BlueTickets have been flying the young and studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible fares for over 35 years.

CARES

Let’s clear this up once and for all before someone does a keg stand! Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but our adventures are ageless. If you love to travel, we love you.

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

*Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Good STUFF THE

MAKING A STAND ON TEEN CANCER

At STA Travel, we help millions of young travellers explore the world each year. Yet for thousands of young people, their worlds are turned upside down by cancer.

STA TRAVEL ON A MISSION

IT TAKES TWO

No young person should face cancer alone. That's why we've joined forces with Teen Cancer America and teenage cancer charities in the UK, Australia, Austria, Germany and New Zealand on a global campaign to raise awareness and vital funds.

We're asking our travellers to add just $2 to their booking. 100% of this donation will go towards helping provide the support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes needed to ensure young people with cancer continue to receive the expert care they need.

Our mission is to raise USD $1 million by 2020, and your trip can help us do that.

For more information, head online or speak to us instore.

Our people have also been busy. In year one, we.. RAN AND WALKED OVER 400 KM

HAD A SONG WRITTEN FOR US BY ALONG CAME SHIFTY

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER WORLDWIDE

SHAVED TO RAISE OVER USD $10,000

TOGETHER RAISED A TOTAL OF USD $155,000

BAKED (AND ATE) A LOT OF CAKES

To find out more about our fundraising adventures, watch our film or donate, please visit statravel.com/teen-cancer-america.htm

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WHY STA TRAVEL

Responsible STUFF THE

We believe in exploring, not exploiting. We're not perfect, but here's a bit about what we've been doing to help.

MAKING A STAND

MAKING A STAND

On Volunteering

On Animal Welfare We've partnered with international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, to enforce a pioneering animal welfare policy. Together, we are committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of animals across all of our operations, and to changing the attitudes of others within the tourism industry.

We love encouraging our travellers to give back on their travels. Unfortunately, volunteer projects can often be mismanaged; exploiting poorer communities for profit rather than helping them. We believe that volunteering should have a lasting and positive impact, meeting both the local needs of communities and the desires of travellers to make worthwhile contributions. Only then can voluntourism make a true difference.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

So far we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities because they have compromised our stance on animal welfare. These have included Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and a ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We're asking our travellers to use their influence to help change perceptions, and in doing so, to help change the lives of animals around the world. If you come across any instances of animal neglect or cruelty on your trip, please report them to Born Free's Travellers' Animal Alert. Find out more at bornfree.org.uk/travellersalert/

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Our responsibilities are threefold. Firstly, to the project, to ensure that it is based on achievable and beneficial objectives. Secondly, to our volunteers, by giving a clear outline of the project's goals. And thirdly, to the community, by encouraging economic, social and environmental sustainability rather than dependency. STA TRAVEL'S CODE OF CONDUCT FOR VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers do great work, and we want you to have the best time doing it. A big part of this comes down to attitude, and while we're lucky to have the World's Best Customers (your medal's in the post) we also want to ensure that you are prepared and your expectations are managed. Ask your Travel Expert for a copy.

IF IT'S NOT SAFE

We've been trusted by travellers for over 35 years, and we take that trust seriously.

We won' t sell it!

We operate a comprehensive customer safety policy to promote the good health and

safety of our travellers abroad, only working with reputable operators who meet local, national and our own strict company standards.

operations, withdrawing any products or properties where customer safety or our own company values are compromised.

We're constantly on the road assessing our

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The Essentials The holy grail of traveller essentials, here are all the things your trip can't survive without.

BEFORE YOU GO VISAS

Not getting deported is a fairly important part of travelling, so make sure you check all entry requirements well in advance. And if you do require a visa, our visa process is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. If you're not prepared, it could mean forking out hundreds on flights from a country you won't even see. Not fun.

PARKING & LOUNGES

Early morning flight and no one kind (crazy) enough to drive you to the airport? Save up to 50% (and some important snooze time) by pre-booking airport hotels and parking with us. Or, start your journey off in style by booking yourself fancy airport lounge access. Player.

easy prepaid dates changes to your flights without ever paying airline or admin fees. It's a game changer. See page 12 for more info.

MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES VACCINATIONS

Some countries won’t even let you in without having had certain vaccinations, so check the requirements and visit your GP at least ten weeks before you depart.

Who said travellers were fickle and indecisive? Yep, that was definitely us. Travelling should be about having the freedom and flexibility to change your plans, which is why you can now make

Dear Travel Insurance, We know that you're not always everyone's favourite travel purchase. People scoff at you, tell you they don't need you, and even palm you off onto their parents to deal with. Not us, we're here to thank you. You support us when we spontaneously decide to skydive out of light aircraft, reimburse us when our stuff gets nicked, pay for us to return home in an emergency, give us access to a 24/7 support line and generally lend your strong and silent support while we run around the planet doing stuff we wouldn't usually do - in places we wouldn't usually do it. Thank you travel insurance. Your services to travellers have been duly noted.

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Check out before you check in Check the validity of your passport and make sure you have enough blank pages. Check through all your documentation and share it with family members via your STA Travel account. Tell your bank where you’re going to avoid getting your card blocked. Double-check the airline’s luggage allowance. Compulsory last-minute panic check: passport, wallet, phone, charger, adaptor, sanitiser. Round of applause, you've nailed it.


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Save Money HOW TO

If there’s one thing we love (almost) as much as travelling, it’s discounts. If you’re a full-time student, a teacher, or just a young’un under 31, you can pick up an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card for exclusive prices and discounts at home and abroad.

Choose your card International Student Identity Card (full-time students) You'll need: O  ne passport sized photo P  roof of age (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, 18+ card) P  roof of full-time education (official letter/ documentation from your place of study) International Teacher Identity Card (full-time teachers) You'll need:

Savvy Savings International Youth Travel Card (anyone 30 years or younger) You'll need: One passport sized photo Proof of age (same as ISIC above) All ISIC/ITIC/IYTC cards are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

FREEBIES

The benefits Reliable The number one global discount card and the only internationally-recognised student ID Trusted Held by more than 4.5 million students worldwide Save at home Get thousands of discounts at cafés, restaurants and takeaway outlets near you

P  roof of age (same as ISIC above)

Save abroad Get exclusive STA Travel prices on travel, and loads of discounts at some of our favourite attractions

P  roof of full-time teaching status (official letter or documentation from your place of study)

It’s a bargain At just $20, can you really afford not to get one?

O  ne passport sized photo

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DISCOUNT CARDS

Full-time students, under 31s and teachers can pick up an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for discounted deals with us, plus thousands of savings at home and abroad. From $20.

Get a free ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card when you book a G Adventures trip. Eligibility required. MATES RATES

Going as a group? You could be eligible for a discount, or even a free spot for yourself! LOYALTY DISCOUNTS

Get repeat traveller discounts from some of our tour operators and free nights when you stay longer at our favourite digs. MULTI-TRIP OFFERS

When you book more than one tour with the same operator.


INDI //INDEPENDENT

TA I L O R M A D E Y O U R WAY / /

Flexible ...AND STAY

Travel the way you want it.

Can't pay yet? Book with a deposit and convince a concerned parent or friend to pay it later. F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

The promised land for flexible travellers, FLEXI has arrived! Secure all your adventures with a deposit, make changes to your flights, and confirm dates for beds, tours and campervans when you're on the road. Finally, congratulate yourself on being such a free spirit.*

FLEXIFLY

Hello, this is your captain speaking. With every FlexiFly flight, you can book now pay later to lock in the lowest prices, and add a MultiFLEX pass to make date changes before you fly and while you're on the road. And if there are any students or under 31s flying with us today, switch to a BlueTicket for even more freedom. FLEXISTAY

Two words, sleeping around. Another word, Why? Here's why. Solving that perennial travel dilemma of not knowing where you're going to be and when, pay for a number of nights now, but choose where you stay later.

FLEXITOUR

On day one, the adventure gods created tours. On day two, we created FlexiTour. Put down a deposit on hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, tours and day trips; pay the balance before you go; then travel around the planet knowing that all the good stuff is sorted and that you can lock in the dates when you're ready.

Meet INDI, no rules tailor made travel for independent adventurers. With INDI, any adventure is possible. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends, get exactly the transport, experiences and accommodation you want, tailor made into an original and personalised itinerary.

We do the leg work With pre-booked transport, treks and trips; have the convenience and comfort of knowing that the main elements of your trip are sorted.

Style it out You choose exactly what you want to do and see, and our Travel Experts will coordinate it all using trusted local guides and suppliers.

Rides and digs Travel by any means you like, from private car and driver, to trains and planes; with accommodation from hostels to honeymoon suites.

Your world, your way For more inspiration, ask our Travel Experts for sample itineraries and start designing your ultimate INDI adventure today.

FLEXICAMPER

Where there's a wheel, there's a way. And it’s the FlexiCamper way. Available in Oz and New Zealand, pay for a number of campervan hire days now, but decide when you want to hit the road later. And to make things even sweeter (as if a bed and drinks fridge on wheels wasn't enough), book with a deposit. FLEXIPACKAGE

Make way for the mothership. All your adventures! Whack a deposit on everything – flights, tours, hop-on hop-off buses, rail passes, campers and accommodation – and we'll turn it into the most flexible trip the world has ever seen. The days of missing out because you've run out of cash are over. Insert smug face [here].

*Local T&Cs apply. Ask your Travel Expert for more details

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About Flights ALL

What we like best about flying is our prices. And the small bags of peanuts. THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

We've been jumping into flat beds with the world's leading airlines for over 35 years, all to bring you exclusively low and flexible airfares. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other companies, our Travel Experts can help you piece together completely unique itineraries. Create your own multi-stop route, 18-month tickets and personalised Round the World trips with unlimited stops and mileage. However fly you're feeling, we'll have just the ticket. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper price for the same economy class scheduled airfare, and we can't beat it, we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.* BOOK NOW PAY LATER

So, you could spend $49 on seven bottles of wine, and drink them (responsibly) as you watch your dream flights go up in price. Or you could lock in the price of

those flights today with a $49 deposit, and leave 'future you' to pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.** MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASSES

Flighty travellers, form an orderly queue! With our exclusive MultiFLEX passes, you can now make easy prepaid date changes on the road, without every paying airline or admin fees. It can save you hundreds, which can then be spent on beer. Or 50 pairs of Thai fisherman pants. One change for $49, three changes for $99 and unlimited changes for $149. EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND YOUTH FARES

Back in 1979, STA Travel's flare-wearing forefathers created the first ever tickets for students and young people. They were cheaper, more flexible and flew in the face of everything we knew about airfares – offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious routings and bargain date changes. They used to be printed on blue paper, so today, we simply call them BlueTickets. (Slow day on the marketing floor). Over 35 years later, our BlueTickets are still the lowest and most flexible fares for students and under 31s. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

BUT WAIT, I'M NOT A STUDENT!

Yes, we realise that this all seems a bit unfair to tax payers and the over 30s. That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique freedom and flexibility. We just didn’t want to call them GreyTickets that’s all, out of respect. PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

We're referring to that section at the front of the plane - the bit you usually walk through to get to your seat? Business, pleasure, extremely long legs... we have upgraded fares with the world's leading airlines. Try us, we can do classy when we want.

When to book Booking last minute for long haul flights usually spells out OVERDRAFT. (If you can still focus through the tears). Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest price tickets selling out first, so the earlier you book the better.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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About ALL

Tours

we don't follow flags or umbrellas, just locals. What happens on tour Our tours are designed for curious, independent travellers. We know you don’t want to stick out like a sore tourist thumb when you’re strutting your best self around the globe. That’s why we only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. So let’s clear a few things up…

Myth:

IT’S MORE AUTHENTIC TO GO SOLO

BUSTED! Our tours are led by local people, which means you’ll be guided around a country by the ones who know it best. You’ll have access to great local haunts – places you might never find on your own – and you’ll be led by people who have the most extraordinary local knowledge about… well, just about everything. Beats having your head down in a guidebook all day!

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Myth:

THERE’S NO CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW LOCAL CULTURE

BUSTED! Backpa-scuse me?! Having a local guide on your side actually gives you more opportunity to get beneath the surface. They know the place, they know the people and they’ll want to give you the best impression of their home. Some tours even include overnight stays with local families where you’ll get to observe their traditions and get involved in their daily routine. Can’t get much closer than that.

Myth:

GROUP TOURS ARE ALWAYS BIG AND IMPERSONAL

BUSTED! Not ours. We have group sizes to suit everyone, whether you want to travel in a small, intimate group or with a larger posse of like-minded people. Travel is all about doing it how you want to. This way, everybody wins!

Myth:

THERE’S NO FREEDOM ON A GROUP TOUR

BUSTED! Our tours vary in terms of how many activities are included in the price you pay. That means you can usually opt out of a scheduled activity if you’d rather go exploring on your own. But hey, we all need a pack sometimes, right?

Myth:

IT’S CHEAPER TO GO IT ALONE

BUSTED! There are always ways to cut corners when you’re travelling. But there are also loads of hidden costs. Most of our tours come with accommodation and some meals included so you know what you’re paying for, with no nasty surprises.

Group Travel Small Group Adventure Small groups, authentic adventures. Go under the radar with local guides, public and private transport. Small Group Adventure (18-39s) As above, but with an age limit. Exclusively For 18-35s Bigger groups with more inclusions and high energy exploits! Overland Group Adventure Big tours to cover big ground. These trucks are the epitome of intrepid travel and boy, do they look the part!

Going Solo Independent Tour Private tours for you and your friends. Some itineraries come with private guide and upgraded hotels. Self-Drive Tour We provide the itinerary, the accommodation, the maps and the directions. You bring the driving gloves and snacks.

WE

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LOOK OUT FOR... The tours that make us go ooohhh. If we love it, we put a flag on it.


G Adventures has redefined small group travel for over 25 years. Step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about authenticity and getting you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and wildlife. Travel in small international groups on a mixture of private and local transport, and stay in some truly unique places along the way. From unique homestays and hotels to sleeping moored under the stars in a tranquil bay, the sense of adventure never leaves you!

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

You'll be automatically paired up with a same-sex roommate on your trip. However, if you prefer your own room, check out the My Own Room prices. LIFETIME DEPOSITS

Need to cancel or postpone? No problem. Your deposit is protected for life and can be put towards a future tour. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Once you've paid, you're going! FREE DISCOUNT CARD

Student, teacher or under the age of 31? Grab a free discount card when you book any tour with this logo. You can also choose an ISIC or IYTC Mastercard® Cashcard to help you budget on the road. SERVICE LEVELS

CAMPING Great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport. BASIC Simple and clean hostels, hotels and guesthouses; public and private transport; great optional activities. STANDARD Comfortable and central mid-range accommodations; public and private transport; top highlights included. UPGRADED Well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport; more included meals, activities and transfers. TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS Fun-filled and fast-moving adventures designed exclusively for travellers aged 18 to 39. CLASSIC A mix of uncommon experiences, insider access, cultural contact, and all the must-sees and dos.

ACTIVE Don't just see the world. Bike, hike or kayak it! Active tours keep travellers who like to move on the move. LOCAL LIVING Stay with locals, live with locals, become a local. MARINE Journeys in the Caribbean, the Galápagos, the Amazon & Antarctica. G FOR GOOD

G for Good projects are funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise. Look out for the tours that visit them. THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION

See the planet's fascinating habitats on these wildlife-focused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. BEST INCA TRAIL TOUR OPERATOR

You’ll have choices abound when you travel with Contiki, the travel company that's been taking on the young, wild and free since 1962. With travel experiences designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds, you can count on awesome included activities as well as plenty of free time to spend by yourself, doing things your way. You’ll travel with couples, solo travellers and friends and you won’t be charged a single supplement if you travel alone (you’ll be matched with a same-sex roommate). You’ll also have access to valuable insider local knowledge with a Trip Manager and network of Local Guides. WAYS TO TRAVEL

DISCOVERER See it all and do it all. Great inclusions and places to stay. HIGH ENERGY Tick off the must-sees by day and be social by night. IN-DEPTH EXPLORER Stay longer in one region. Local eats and local guides. SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS For special dates like Rio Carnival. There ain't no party like a Carnival party. WAYS TO STAY

HOTELS Where it's all about comfort, great facilities and locations you'll love. HOSTELS Social, budget-friendly hubs with great locations (Bolivia only). SPECIAL STAYS Peruvian and Guatemalan jungle lodges, Costa Rican eco tents and a rustic hotel in Colca Canyon.

G Adventures is the single largest tour operator on the Inca Trail, helping over 10,000 travellers per year. Look out for this logo on our Machu Picchu tours and get top class service. OVERLANDING

INTRODUCING National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures. This hand-curated collection of exclusive trips has been designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the incredible destinations we go to. Discover the world with more inclusions, deeper exploration, plenty of free time and greater opportunities to forge true, human connections.

Dragoman have been helping travellers traverse the continents by overland truck since 1981. Overland tours can cover some pretty long distances but Dragoman knows it's as much about the journey as it is the destination and we think you'll enjoy every mile and minute! PRICES AND KITTIES In addition to your trip cost, you'll have to make a separate kitty payment, usually in USD. This is paid on arrival or in advance (at least four weeks prior). The kitty fluctuates so check the latest amount before you depart. WHAT IS A KITTY? A kitty is the group fund which covers all accommodation, meals while camping and included activities. The kitty is your money, so any left over is divided among the group as a refund.

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About Duvets ALL

Tired? There’s a nap for that.. Why book your bed with us? We've slept in a lot of strange beds and propped up a lot of hostel bars to make sure we get you the best deals on dorms, rooms and apartments around the world. We know what's important to you and we'll only offer you rooms we'd stay in ourselves.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

All our pricing is per person, per night – with no hidden extras. We guarantee* to beat our competitors’ prices on all the accommodation featured in this brochure. MORE CHOICE

This brochure is just the start. We have thousands of options around the world from hammocks to five-star honeymoon

resorts. We also negotiate a range of room types, so if you have something to celebrate or need some *ahem* alone time... upgrade. FREEBIES

We’ve negotiated, bribed and flirted our way into securing great perks for you. Look out for this tag for room upgrades, long stay specials, earlybird offers, free nights and meals. TOP SELLERS

Stay where the cool kids stay at our top selling properties. If there's a Top Seller label on it, it means we love it AND our travellers love it too. FREE WI-FI

For the other kind of check-in (the Facebook kind), look out for the free Wi-Fi logo.

*For full T&Cs on our Price Beat Guarantee, visit statravel.com/price-guarantee.htm

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STA TRAVEL APPROVED

Swan towel origami is impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, and work continually with suppliers to maintain and improve their standards. Yes, we’re fun at parties.

Check out

HOW WE RATE OUR PROPERTIES ON THE NEXT PAGE


OUR OWN RATINGS Star ratings can’t always be trusted, so we came up with our own categories so you know exactly what to expect when you get there. NO FRILLS, BUT NO NASTY SURPRISES EITHER

Shoestring

MILHOUSE AVENUE HOSTEL - BUENOS AIRES, page 126 STYLISH, MINUS THE MATCHING PRICE TAG

Glampacker

MILHOUSE HIPO - BUENOS AIRES, page 126

EL HOSTELITO - QUITO, page 97

We’ve teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, to add their accommodation reviews and ratings to our app and website. So now, you can see what other travellers are saying before you book.

GOOD VALUE, GOOD ROOMS, GOOD TIMES

Rock Solid

where next? Need some inspiration? Check out TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations, listed here and throughout our brochures. Bali London Paris Rome New York Crete Barcelona Siem Reap Prague

Phuket Istanbul Jamaica Hoi An St. Petersburg Roatan Marrakech Belize Rio de Janeiro

ATLÂNTICO TRAVEL - RIO DE JANEIRO, page 119 HELLO, ROOM SERVICE? IT’S ME

A-List

St. Maarten Playa del Carmen Dubai Grand Cayman Kathmandu Bora Bora Cuzco

BE TULUM BEACH & SPA RESORT - MEXICO, page 168

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Latin America THE BAHAMAS

HAVANA

MEXICO

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MÉRIDA

VARADERO

CANCÚN

CUBA

MEXICO CITY

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

ACAPULCO

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

JAMAICA

BELIZE CITY

BELIZE

GUATEMALA HONDURAS

ANTIGUA

TEGUCIGALPA

EL SALVADOR

NICARAGUA

MANAGUA COSTA RICA

BARBADOS

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TORTUGUERO

SAN JOSÉ

PANAMA

CARTAGENA PANAMA CITY

VENEZUELA

MEDELLÍN

GUYANA

COLOMBIA

SURINAME

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FRENCH GUIANA

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SUCRE POTOSÍ ATACAMA DESERT

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SÃO PAULO

PARAGUAY

IGUASSU FALLS

Antarctica

SALTA

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FLORIANÓPOLIS CHILE

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

CÓRDOBA

SANTIAGO

MENDOZA ARGENTINA

MONTEVIDEO BUENOS AIRES

SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE VALDES PENINSULA

1,000 KM TORRES DEL PAINE

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Language Recent studies have shown people with more than one language in their worldly pockets are smarter and more creative than their monoglot pals. Some even say they make better lovers. And who are we to argue with science? That aside, language also opens a lot of doors (plus, it looks great on the CV).

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Lessons usually take up around 20 hours a week, plus a few more hours for homework (don’t complain, you can do it in the sun). Most schools are located close to the centre, so you can explore your new city while getting some lingo practice in. We hear bars are a good place to start. And as most of our language students are independent travellers aged between 18 and 29, our bet is you’ll have plenty of people to practice with.

STUDENT RESIDENCES Keep your independence and be the master of your own schedule.

Courses on the opposite page start from one week in duration and extra weeks can be added depending on your language needs. So whether you want to stay for one week or three months, we have a language option available to you - so you can leave feeling more in the know!

Which course? INTENSIVE: Ideal for beginners or those who want to improve their language skills significantly in a short period of time. Opt for a combination course for a mixture of class and one-to-one lessons. STANDARD: For people who want to brush up on their existing language skills or for beginners who want to fit in lessons around the rest of their travel plans, our standard courses offer the best for both. Whichever course you choose, you’ll get a certificate at the end to confirm your enrolment.

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SELF-CATERED SHARED APARTMENTS When you live with other students, you’re guaranteed a practice partner. Iron out your questionable grammar before unleashing it on the city! HOMESTAY Possibly the best option in terms of putting what you learn into practice. Talking to your hosts every day is practice in itself, and it’ll give your confidence a real boost. Breakfast or half board is often included.

DID YOU KNOW... More than 130 indigenous languages in Mexico have died out due to lack of everyday speakers.

Before you go Getting a few things sorted before you get on the plane will make things a lot easier when you arrive. ESSENTIALS: Visa: Don't assume tourist visa rules apply to you as a student! Travel and health insurance Language requirements

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$290

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LEARN SPANISH IN SOUTH AMERICA $480

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With small class sizes and a central location, this school is a great place to practise your Spanish with both standard and intensive courses. Want to spice things up a little? Combine your language course with some toe-tapping tango lessons.

QUITO

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LEARN A LANGUAGE

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Located in the popular new town district of Batán, this Quito school offers both group and private language lessons. And the best bit? Ecuador's capital boasts year-round warm weather so no excuses for not getting out there and soaking up the culture!

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MONTAÑITA

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Laid-back Montañita is Ecuador's surfer's paradise. Focus on your standard course or opt to add on five 90-minute surfing lessons per week. With a lively nightlife scene and stunning surrounds, we can't think of a better place to be a student!

$350

CUZCO

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Practise your Español in Peru's oldest city, filled with colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and surrounded by Andean peaks. Choose from standard or private courses, or opt for a combination course for the best of both worlds!

$445

CARTAGENA

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colombia's colonial city is arguably one of the prettiest places to spruce up your Spanish in. Lessons focus on listening, grammar and oral expression, and the school will organise cultural activities at least twice a week.

LEARN SPANISH IN CENTRAL AMERICA ANTIGUA

$245

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$245

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Cobblestone streets, Baroque architecture and striking backdrops, UNESCO-listed Antigua is a great place to learn Spanish. Take one-to-one classes with an experienced Spanish teacher, stay in a local homestay, and mingle in the square in your free time.

TAMARINDO

$510

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Within walking distance to the beach, this school is perfect if you want to combine Spanish-learning with some wave-chasing. Study in outdoor classrooms, stay at a homestay and spend a generous amount of time lapping up the Pacific Ocean.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

$515

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Want to maximise your beach time? This school offers a holiday course, which is less intense than the standard course (also offered). Located on the gorgeous Riviera Maya in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, it's easy to get distracted here, in a good way.

TRAVELLING CLASSROOMS ECUADOR

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$2,030

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Experience week-long Spanish courses in four different locations: Quito, Manta, Montañita and either Cuenca or the Amazon. In your spare time, get involved in activities including city tours, volcano treks, a visit to Isla de la Plata and a week-long surf course. In Montañita, you'll be staying at a student residence so you'll have plenty of practise partners and in other places you'll be with a host family - even better!

CUBA

$1,970

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Not all schools are nailed to the ground, y'know. Travel with a teacher in a small group and explore colourful Cuba over a two week period, learning and experiencing as much culture as you can. Start with five days in Havana, studying by day, dancing salsa by night. Then, head to the small agricultural town of Viñales for a visit to a rum and tobacco factory and cave system. Iron out the kinks in your new tongue in Santa Clara and historic Trinidad.

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With this easy touring concept, make an entire continent your playground. Each segment of the Great South American Journey is designed to run back-to-back, so you have the flexibility to choose just one bite-sized segment or mix and match your favourite chunks into a custom-fit route. If time's on your side, why not do the entire trip? Seven countries and 65 days of amazing scenery and unique experiences could equal the trip of a lifetime!

QUITO TO LIMA ADVENTURE QUITO

LIMA

$1,399

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Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, the Amazon and the Pacific Coast. From Quito, head into the Amazon Rainforest for a jungle homestay. You'll love venturing off on guided nature walks to appreciate the rainforest and its staggering animal and plant biodiversity. Head on to travel through colonial cities, Inca ruins, surf towns and arid deserts en route to the Peruvian capital, Lima (see page 51).

ANDEAN DISCOVERY LIMA

LA PAZ

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Three weeks in Peru and Bolivia could be nothing less than frantic, inspiring and absolutely bonkers - pretty much all at the same time! Starting from Lima, visit the Nazca Lines, see soaring condors above the Colca Canyon and hang out with the locals of Lake Titicaca before hiking the famous Inca Trail. Watching dawn break over Machu Picchu is definitely one for the ages, it's certainly an experience you'll never forget (see page 55).

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Starting in the middle of traffic chaos and the Witch Market in La Paz, this trip then leads you through the vast expanses of Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. It's a journey of intense contrasts, with some seriously impressive scenery to boot. A highlight is the 4WD crossing of the blindingly white salt flats of Bolivia, but you'll truly see so much. Finish the tour in vibrant Buenos Aires. Steak, wine and tango all round (see page 29).

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The journey between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro is a sandwich of attractions. Cross into Uruguay and travel to the nation's capital, Montevideo, before getting your hands dirty on an authentic ranch. Then, admire the Iguassu Falls before hopping over to the tropical palm trees of Paraty and Ilha Grande to soak up the sunshine and surf. The trip comes to an epic finish in Rio, played out by the city's playful samba rhythms (see page 108).

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Conquer the awesome Inca Trail Grab a selfie at the epic Machu Picchu Experience traditional life at Lake Titicaca Spot condors at the Colca Canyon Cross the Salar de Uyuni via thrilling 4WD Adventure activities in the Atacama Desert

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Opt to wnter the mines at Potosí Opt to visit the Valley of the Moon Opt to walk in the footprints of dinosaurs Fill your boots with empanadas in Salta Party on down in thriving Buenos Aires G for Good collection

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Lima / Paracas / Huacachina / Nazca Arrive into Peru's capital city at any time on Day 1, relax at your hotel or head out to explore some of its vibrant neighbourhoods. The following day, spend the morning exploring more of Lima, which was founded in 1535 and retains a colonial feel despite its status as one of Latin America's largest cities. Hop on a bus for the short trip down the coast to Paracas, where you can sample a traditional lunch of seafood ceviche and a glass of pisco sour. From here, choose to sail over to the wildlife haven of the Ballestas Islands to observe the sea lion colonies and Humboldt penguins. Travel on to Nazca, stopping along the way at the oasis of Huacachina to visit a local wine producer. If you have time, opt for a slice of the town's famous sandboarding action. Nazca is home to the weird and wonderful Nazca Lines, fascinating symbols and designs that were etched into the desert sand years ago. For the best views, we recommend an optional sightseeing flight. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Pachamanca meal, cooked underground, before catching the night bus to Arequipa. (B, D)

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Arequipa / Colca Canyon Arequipa is Peru's second city, maintaining a more laid-back atmosphere than the capital. It's also known as the White City due to the light coloured volcanic rock used in construction. You have a free day to explore. The top draws for visitors are the café-lined main plaza, Santa Catalina Convent and the local hot springs. Spectacular mountains surround Arequipa, and on Day 6 take a full day tour of the Colca Valley and set off for an overnight excursion to Colca Canyon. Once at the Colca Canyon, look out for Andean condors soaring overhead, as well as alpacas, llamas and vicuñas. Drive back to Arequipa on Day 7 and take the night bus to Cuzco. (3B)

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Cuzco / Ollantaytambo Cuzco isn't just one of Peru's most attractive cities, it's also the most popular with international visitors. And you'll soon see why. There are great museums, churches and Inca sites to check out or, if you're after something with a bit more go, there are endless activity options, including river rafting, mountain biking and horse-riding. On Day 11, travel through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. Visit the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative - a project that helps local women benefit from the region's tourism - and stay the night with the local community. The hard work starts tomorrow! (2B)

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu A highlight for anyone brave enough to tackle all those steps, the Inca Trail is a legendary hike. Starting at Km 82, it covers around 44 kilometres (27 miles), crossing no fewer than three mountain passes. Warmiwañusca - or Dead Woman's Pass - is the highest, standing at 4,198 metres (13,769 feet). The trail takes you through beautiful cloud forest as well as original Inca constructions, including a causeway and tunnel. Make sure you've juiced up your portable chargers. Finish up at Sun Gate in time for a Machu Picchu sunrise and wander around the ruins before heading back to Cuzco this afternoon. Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay options are also available. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Puno / Lake Titicaca Travel by bus through the stunning Altiplano region to Puno. From here, take a boat trip to visit the floating Islands of Uros before immersing yourself in Peruvian rural life with a homestay in a small village. Take in the extensive views of the lake, spectacular sunsets and starry skies. Enjoy a traditional evening of dinner and dancing and get a true feel for life on Lake Titicaca. (3B, L, D)

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snapshot South America rewards anyone who's willing to explore. This hearty trip from Lima serves up ancient civilisations, chaotic cities, condors and mythical lakes. With the odd side of alpaca. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, specialist CEO on Inca Trail, local guides Tour Code: GASPMB

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La Paz / Sucre Cross the border into Bolivia and ascend to La Paz, one of the world's highest cities and situated at nearly 4,000 metres (13,120 feet) above sea level. At this altitude we don't recommend anything too strenuous! You have free time to explore La Paz, with its many fine museums, religious buildings and the fascinating Mercado de Hechicería (Witches' Market), where you can purchase any number of lotions and potions to remedy your life's woes! There's a wealth of shops selling fine alpaca wool products, silver jewellery and woven textiles, so take in a spot of shopping before boarding the overnight bus to Sucre on Day 22. Often referred to as the White City (yep, just like Arequipa), Sucre is also Bolivia's constitutional capital and former home of the Spanish Royal Court. Optional activities here include an excursion to walk in the footprints of dinosaurs, hiking trails or mountain bike rides. (4B) Potosí / Uyuni / Salt Flats Travel by bus to Potosí, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a fascinating history as a silver mining centre during colonial times. There is time to opt to visit the working mines of the Mountain of Silver, where the methods used to extract this precious metal are unchanged in decades, if not centuries. The isolated town of Uyuni is the starting point for your salt flats excursion. Spend the next three days in 4WD vehicles exploring the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert. The contrast of piercing blue skies and blinding white salt on the flat lakebed is quite unbelievable. The colour palette gets even more vivid at the Laguna Colorada, coloured red due to algae and plankton, and then at the Laguna Verde which has a striking turquoise appearance due to mineral concentrations in its waters. The area's unusual landscape of mountains, active volcanoes and spouting geysers is like nowhere on earth. Stay in simple hotels with eco-friendly features. (5B, L, 2D) San Pedro de Atacama / Salta / Buenos Aires Descend almost 3,000 metres (9,842 feet) from the high Altiplano of Bolivia, crossing into Chile by 4WD. Arrive at the small desert resort of San Pedro de Atacama. The town is the gateway to the Atacama Desert, one of the biggest, driest areas on the planet. It offers plenty of excursion opportunities like biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding and visits to the dramatic Valley of the Moon. Day 32, make your way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley in northern Argentina, famous for its delicious local speciality, empanadas. Opt to visit the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas, then Day 34, hop on a flight to Buenos Aires. After an optional city tour, there's time to explore at your own pace. Head to some of the diverse neighbourhoods to really get a flavour of the city, or sample a tango show or other vibrant nightlife. Party hard as the Argentinians do, then end the tour on Day 35. (2B, L)

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SOUTHERN DIVIDE 21 DAYS, Lima

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Santiago Small Group Adventure

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Three countries, three cultures and all set within the spectacular landscape of the Andes. Packed with some of the continent's most iconic highlights, including Machu Picchu and the Uyuni Salt Flats, this adventure will leave you stunned for sure. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMS

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• Career over the Uyuni salt flats by 4WD • Explore the stark Atacama Desert • G for Good collection

My Own Room Available: Fr $899

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Sucre / Potosí Fly into Bolivia's capital, colonial-style Sucre. This World Heritage Site has been popular for years... as proven by the 60-million-year-old dinosaur tracks! Then, make your way to Potosí, the home of the silver mines whose wealth was shipped off to Spain until the early 1800s. (3B)

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Uyuni / Salt Flats Venture down to Uyuni, the gateway to Bolivia's expansive salt flats. Jump in a 4WD for three days exploring the unusual landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and Chile's Atacama Desert. Piercing blue skies contrast with blinding white salt, mountains, active volcanoes and geysers. (3B, L, 2D)

18-19

San Pedro de Atacama Descend from the high Altiplano and cross the Chilean border to the small town of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in an otherwise barren landscape. There are plenty of optional excursions here, including mountain biking, exploring nearby ruins and horseback riding. Plus, you'll get to explore the crater-like formations of the Valley of the Moon on an included excursion. (B, L)

CHILE

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Santiago Fly from Calama to Santiago, Chile's capital and one of Latin America's most modern, metropolitan areas. It's blessed with a spectacular backdrop of internationally-recognised vineyards and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista with its trendy cafés – the perfect place to dine on the last night with your group - before your trip comes to an end on Day 21. (B)

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La Paz Snaking around the shores of Lake Titicaca, cross the Bolivian border and climb to one of the world's highest cities, La Paz, to explore its museums, churches and sometimes bizarre Witches' Market. Why not take a look at all things weird and wonderful that they have to offer? (2B)

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06-09

Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Puno Enjoy a guided tour of one of the trip's highlights, Machu Picchu. Bring the Incas to life through a combination of exploration and your imagination. then return to Cuzco, where there's a free day for optional activities like visiting Museo Inka, Museo de Historia or try white water rafting. On Day 8, travel by bus through the high Altiplano region to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is home to a few communities, including the Uros people who live on floating islands made from layers of reeds. You'll also visit Taquile Island for its unique culture, style of dress and lifestyle. The village men here are renowned for their high quality knitted goods. (4B)

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04-05

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes Discover the genius of Incan planning and engineering as your guide introduces the steep terrace system in the Sacred Valley. Visit a G for Good supported local community weaving project where brightly-coloured cloth is produced, and break for lunch at the community restaurant. Spend the night in Ollantaytambo, whose impressive ruined fortress is situated above the Urubamba River Valley. On Day 5, board a train that winds through the valley to the end of the line, the village of Aguas Calientes, nestled in the hills at the foot of Machu Picchu. Opt to bathe in its namesake hot springs. (2B, L)

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Lima / Cuzco Arrive into Peru's capital in time for your group meeting this evening. Fly to the dizzying heights of Cuzco (elevation: 3,400 metres) on Day 2, a unique destination that gives you a taste of an age-old culture and the chance to enjoy high-adrenalin active pursuits. (2B)

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• Explore the Inca's Sacred Valley • Day trip to Machu Picchu • Witness traditional life on Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (18 nts), multi-share basic hostels in Uyuni (2 nts) Transport: Plane, train, boat, public bus, 4WD Meals: 18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $570-745 for meals not included

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LA PAZ TO BUENOS AIRES ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, La Paz

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This 15-day adventure takes you from the dizzying heights of La Paz, through the vast expanses of the Bolivian altiplano to the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. It's a journey of intense contrasts taking in some of the planet's most extraordinary scenery. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASBLB

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Buenos Aires Skip the long journey to the coast with a quick flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city. Take an optional city tour, explore the diverse neighbourhoods of San Telmo, colourful La Boca and stylish Recoleta to really get a flavour of the city and to meet the friendly Porteños, the vibrant residents of Buenos Aires. The tour comes to an end on Day 15.

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Salta Make your way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley in northern Argentina, and famous for its delicious empanadas. On Day 13, pay an optional visit to the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas, sample the local wines from the vineyards of Cafayate or experience the celebrations at a peña folklore show. (B)

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San Pedro de Atacama Cross into Chile to arrive at the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, the gateway to one of the biggest and driest deserts on the planet; the Atacama. It offers plenty of excursion opportunities like biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding and visits to the dramatic Valley of the Moon. (B, L)

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Uyuni / Salt Flats Arrive in the isolated town of Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats. Spend the next three days on 4WD excursions among the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert. With mountains, active volcanoes, bright lagoons, geysers and moon-like territory, it's unlike anywhere else on earth. (3B, L, 2D)

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Potosí Travel to Potosí, a UNESCO-listed town with a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre. Once the most populated city in the world, it was also among one of the richest. Cerro Rico, the so-called Mountain of Silver, is still worked today, and looms over the town. (2B)

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La Paz / Sucre Arrive into La Paz, situated nearly 4,000 metres (13,120 feet) above sea level, and take it easy as you start to acclimatise. Next morning, enjoy a free day with the group in La Paz. Wander around the museums or grab some lotions and potions at the Mercado de Hechicería (Witches' Market). Board the overnight bus to Sucre on Day 2, Bolivia's judicial capital and former home of the Spanish Royal Court. Optional activities include hiking, mountain biking and an excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks. (2B)

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• Venture into the Atacama Desert • Savour steak and empanadas in Salta • Get your tango on in Buenos Aires

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Atacama Desert, Chile

Accommodation: Simple hotels (11 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), multi-share basic hotel/community lodge (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, plane, 4WD Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included

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Spot macaws and jaguars at the Pantanal Gawp at the power of Iguassu Falls Meet the Uros people of Lake Titicaca Sprawl out on the beaches of Ilha Grande Soak up the chaos of La Paz Tour the Uyuni salt flats by 4WD

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Follow the Incas to Machu Picchu Take it easy in charming Cuzco Opt to walk Sucre's dinosaur trail Choose to visit a working mine in Potosí Samba your way around Rio de Janeiro G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande Before joining the rest of your group, take a day to explore for yourself. Chill out on the white beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, attempt the bare slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer or raise a glass to your pending adventure with a sharp caipirinha. Day 2, it's off to the beautiful paradise of Ilha Grande for two days of sun, swimming and fine white sand. Grab your surfboard and head to the beach of Lopez Mendes - the perfect start to any trip! (2B)

04-06

Paraty Continue along the coast until you reach the colonial town of Paraty. Boasting over 65 tropical islands and dozens of beaches, Paraty was made for island-hopping. So, you know what to do! Jump on a boat and go snorkel in warm waters, head to a farm for a sip of local cachaça - a sweet distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice - or wander around one of the national parks to find wildlife and waterfalls. (2B)

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Iguassu Falls / Bonito Set in the tropical jungle, the Iguassu Falls are a sight to behold - you'll transfer to Sao Paulo and then fly there. Appreciate this natural wonder from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides, and take an optional boat tour directly into the spray of the thundering cascades. Day 9, jump aboard the overnight bus to Bonito, arriving on Day 10. Snorkel in clear waters for a glimpse of vibrantly-coloured fish, head to nearby underwater caves and waterfalls or jump on a raft and spend a lazy day riverside. (3B)

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Pantanal Take a two-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal, one of the best places in South America to observe wildlife. Keep your cameras ready and your eyes on full alert as you look for macaws, howler monkeys, caiman, giant river otters, anacondas and anteaters. The luckiest of the bunch might even glimpse a prowling jaguar. On Day 14, board an overnight train to Bolivia's Santa Cruz. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Santa Cruz / La Paz / Sucre Hop on a flight from Santa Cruz to get to La Paz fast. Wander the streets to get a quick feel for it - but don't worry, you'll be back! On Day 16, spend the morning exploring more of the city before boarding an afternoon flight to Sucre. Take time to explore this beautiful colonial city or opt to go hiking in the surrounding area. You'll spend two days really getting a feel for all that Sucre has to offer. (2B)

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Sucre / Potosí Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potosí, the highest city of its size on earth. Some might opt to go underground and visit the working silver mine. Prepare yourself for an eye-opening, experience. (B)

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La Paz / Tiahuanaco Arrive in La Paz and spend time soaking up its vibrant atmosphere. Ward off illness and evil spirits with an elixir from the Mercado de Hechicería (Witches' Market), or get yourself on a tour to learn about the city's fascinating history. Alternatively, head south of the city to the Valley of the Moon, where you'll find crater-like formations made of sand. Before crossing into Peru, visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco. (2B)

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Puno / Lake Titicaca / Taquile Island Cross the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Set sail to Taquile Island the next day. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant and browse the nearby weaving co-ops. Then, head to the village of Amantaní to stay the night with a local family and enjoy the area's typical music. The following morning, visit the floating islands of the Uros people en route back to Puno. (3B, L, D)

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Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Soak up beautiful scenery en route to Cuzco, arriving into a city steeped in colonial history and full of old-world culture. Take two days to explore churches, museums and local markets and on the third day, head out to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a local guide. Discover the impressive Pisac ruins, wander around the colourful artisan market and visit the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative in the local market. Finish the trip in the village of Ollantaytambo, and turn in for an early night. (3B, L)

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Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Cuzco Leave Ollantaytambo and follow the footsteps of the Incas on the legendary Inca Trail. Climb up to Machu Picchu on a four-day trek passing by ancient ruins and through beautiful cloud forest, and take in the panoramic views of the Urubamba Valley below. On the final morning, climb the steps to the Sun Gate which overlooks the mountain peaks surrounding Machu Picchu. Watch the mist rise as it reveals the famous ruins in front of you. A real sight for sore eyes (and feet). Return to Cuzco and take a day to recuperate or catch the sites you missed the first time round. Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay options are also available. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Lima Fly into Lima, known as the City of Kings, and get a taste of the urban Peruvian lifestyle. Packed with museums and graced with the affluent coastal districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Take a tour to discover the city's top spots or sit back in a café to try a tangy, citrusy ceviche. Toast your final evening in one of Lima's nightclubs and depart on Day 39. (2B)

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Accommodation: Hotels (26 nts), overnight bus (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic multi-share hotel (2 nts), multi-share tented room with hammocks (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, plane, 4WD, train Meals: 32 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $1,160-1,510 for meals not included


RIO TO LIMA ADVENTURE 51 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

Lima Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Conquer the mighty Inca Trail Explore Lake Titicaca's floating islands Watch the condors in the Colca Canyon Feel the force of Iguassu Falls Chill out at the beach in Rio de Janeiro Cross the Uyuni Salt Flats by 4WD

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Discover the secrets of the Sacred Valley See the unique Nazca Lines Stack up the pisco sours in Lima Wander through the markets of La Paz Get your adventure fix in the Atacama G for Good collection

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Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande / Paraty Arrive into Rio at any time today, check into your hotel and head straight out to find out what this colourful city has to offer. Rio's location is up there with the best in the world, at the base of the dramatic Sugarloaf Mountain, and straddling its two brilliant white sand beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana. From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to the port of Angra dos Reis to catch the ferry over to the island retreat of Ilha Grande, with its virgin rainforest parklands. Relax with a cool caipirinha on the beautiful tropical beaches or test your balance on a surfboard. It's back to the mainland on Day 5. Head further down the coast to the cosmopolitan colonial town of Paraty, famous for its centuries-old architecture and secluded beaches. (3B)

07-11

Iguassu Falls / Estancia Stay Head to São Paulo and catch a plane to Iguassu Falls. The falls form the border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and you can get the grand overview from the Brazilian side before crossing over to the Argentinian side for a closer look. Spend a couple of days here with optional boat rides to the base of the Falls and visits to the bird park. On Day 10, travel by overnight bus to Gualeguaychú before crossing into Uruguay the next day for a taste of rural life at a local estancia (ranch). Get your hands dirty helping with farming activities, go hiking or explore the area on horseback. Alternatively, sit back and relax with a glass of wine over a typical barbecue. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Montevideo / Colonia On Day 12, spend some time in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Not yet firmly on the Latin America tourist trail, the city comes as a pleasant surprise for a lot of travellers. In the past, it's been named as the best South American city for quality of life. And no wonder! With a mild climate, it also offers beautiful beaches, good football teams (head for the Estadio Centenario) and the best panchos you've ever had (hot dogs with spicy sauce). Grab a chivito beef sandwich at the Port Market and explore the fascinating Carnival Museum. Then, travel along the banks of the Río de la Plata to the charming city of Colonia del Sacramento. Amble through its cobbled streets and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. (3B)

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Buenos Aires Catch the ferry across the Río de la Plata on Day 16 and cross into Argentina and reach the dynamic city of Buenos Aires, whose famously stylish and sophisticated streets are reminiscent of the glamorous cities of Europe. So much so, in fact, that Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of the Americas. It's also the birthplace of tango, so make sure you catch a show at one of the famous tanguerías. Take time out to explore the city's many varied districts - we'd recommend La Boca for its colourful houses, upmarket Recoleta for its thriving café culture or San Telmo for its talented street artists. (B)

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Salta / San Pedro de Atacama On Day 18, fly to the city of Salta, famous for its tasty empanadas. Check out the barren sandstone landscapes of the Quebrada de las Conchas on the way to Cafayate, a popular resort home to many young craftspeople and artists. Catch the bus on Day 20 towards Chile (usually a day bus but occasionally overnight), and arrive in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama - posed at the edge of the Atacama Desert. Explore the high Altiplano with optional excursions such as biking, horse riding and a trip to some nearby ruins. You can also take an optional tour to the Valley of the Moon. (2B)

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Salar de Uyuni / Potosí / Sucre / La Paz Climbing almost 3,000 metres up to the Altiplano region, enjoy a three-day desert crossing into Bolivia. Travel through the Atacama Desert and look out for active volcanoes, geysers, bubbling mud pools and multi-hued lagoons on your way to the salt flats of Uyuni for an excursion. Next up on Day 25 is Potosí, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its important, but often tragic, role in the colonial silver mining industry. Travel by bus to Sucre, and opt to go see preserved dinosaur footprints nearby - humans weren't the first to walk here! On Day 29, board the overnight bus to La Paz. (7B, 2L, 2D)

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La Paz / Puno / Lake Titicaca Spend a couple of days exploring the museums and religious buildings of La Paz, and head to the Witches' Market. Drive the scenic route around Lake Titicaca and cross to the Peruvian town of Puno. Day 33 brings a guided tour of the lake, plus you'll learn about local life on a homestay. (4B, D)

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Cuzco / Ollantaytambo / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu Travel by bus to Cuzco, the once-capital of the Inca Empire. In your free time, opt to take a city tour then learn about the Sacred Valley on the way to Ollantaytambo. Over the next four days, challenge yourself on the 44km Inca Trail trek, starting from Km 82 and crossing three mountain passes, the highest at an elevation of 4,200 metres (13,776 feet). Porters help with the gear, so you're free to admire the views of lesser-known Inca sites such as Llactapata and Phuyupatamarca. Get up early to catch sunrise over Machu Picchu, then hike back down for your bus back to Cuzco. Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay options are also available. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details. (9B)

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Arequipa / Colca Canyon After recuperating in Cuzco, head to the charming colonial city of Arequipa, also known as the White City. History buffs will enjoy an optional visit to Santa Catalina Monastery, which offers a unique view of life in bygone times. On an overnight excursion to the dramatic Colca Canyon, the deepest in the world, you can enjoy the stunning highland scenery while looking for soaring condors. (3B)

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Nazca / Huacachina / Paracas / Lima Travel north to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines - perfect patterns etched into the desert on a massive scale. Depictions of birds, insects and animals are recognisable from the air, so an optional sightseeing flight is highly recommended. Stop at a winery en route to Huacachina, then travel north to Paracas for an optional visit to the penguin and sea lion sanctuary of the Ballestas Islands. Travel on to Peru's capital Lima for one last night out with the gang. (B, D)

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ATLANTIC TO THE ANDES EXPERIENCE 25 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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Diversity is the name of the game as you cut through the continent from east to west. See it all, from the barren lands of the Uyuni salt flats to the teeming wetlands of the Pantanal. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASXRL

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Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande / Paraty Arrive into Rio, soak up the Carnival spirit and pack in as much as you can in the Cidade Maravilhosa. Strut your stuff like a Carioca (local) on Copacabana's scantily-clad sands, surf off Ipanema Beach or party on the neon-lit cobbles of Lapa. On Day 2, head south and end up in car-free Ilha Grande, famed for its sleepy backpacker charm, jungled interior and sweeps of beaches. Leave by boat on Day 4 and continue along the coast to the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Paraty. Opt to raise your spirits at a local cachaça distillery or take a boat excursion in the bay to explore nearby islands and beaches. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Iguassu Falls / Bonito / Pantanal After transferring to Sao Paulo, fly to the Iguassu Falls area. Enjoy two full days of exploration from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Opt to take a boat ride to the bottom of the falls, but pack a poncho if you don't want to get soaked! Next up, the aquatic paradise of Bonito, an aquatic paradise home to some of the clearest rivers in the world. Next, journey into the Pantanal. Lesser-known than the world-famous rainforest habitats of the Amazon, the Pantanal is a vast area of flooded wetlands the size of Great Britain. It's also the best place in Brazil to spot wildlife, packed with macaws, caimans and capybara (like a cute, oversized guinea pig). Take a two-day excursion with a local guide. (5B, 2L, 2D)

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Pantanal / La Paz / Sucre / Potosí Leave the Pantanal and head for the border, where you'll board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Next, hop on a flight to the capital, La Paz, where you can wander the streets and visit the famous Witches’ Market - a real eye-opener. On Day 16, spend your morning exploring before an afternoon flight over to Sucre. Spend two days exploring this beautiful colonial city or opt to go hiking. Journey from Sucre to Potosí. Spend the afternoon exploring one of the highest altitude cities in the world. (5B)

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Uyuni / Salar de Uyuni / La Paz Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for your included excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats. Enjoy a three-day 4WD adventure around the area and its surrounding desert Altiplano, complete with spectacular scenery. Stop at G for Good's Jukil community lodge in a traditional agricultural village. Based in the heart of a desert oasis, the experience is both informative and key in preserving indigenous culture. Bus back to La Paz overnight and enjoy a free day in the capital on Day 24. Walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. Alternatively, take the cable car up for sprawling city views of this high capital before departing on Day 25. (6B, 2L, 2D)

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Lima / Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno Meet your group and check out Lima, a city never short of things to do - it's got 43 districts of individual flair. On Day 2, fly to Arequipa and uncover the city's history on a walking tour. Day 3 brings a drive through Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve to see wild vicuña before reaching Colca Canyon and views of the El Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes. Head to Cruz del Condor on Day 4 and try to spot Andean condor, then pass Andean mountains and lakes on the way to Puno. (3B, L, 2D)

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Puno / Cuzco / Sacred Valley Catch a lift on a triciclo (Puno's answer to tuk tuks) then sail the waters of Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile and the floating Uros Islands. On Day 6, visit Pukara's Inca ruins before reaching the heart of the ancient Incan empire, Cuzco. Explore its highlights on a walking tour and then, on Day 8, visit the Sacred Valley with a guided tour of the Pisac ruins - all before a night in Ollantaytambo. (4B, D)

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Option: Inca Trail Trek (1 Day) For a modest supplement you can walk in the footsteps of the Incas on the trail to the highlight of Machu Picchu! Take a train to Km 104 and trek through the cloud forest to the Sun Gate for amazing views of the ancient site. (B, L)

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Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado Witness an unforgettable sunrise at Machu Picchu then, on Day 10, feed your adrenalin urges with outdoor activities back in Cuzco. Later, try a cerveza Cusqueña and immerse yourself in Cuzco's nightlife. On Day 12, fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado. After a city tour, visit the native Infierno community, take a hike and stay at an Amazon Jungle lodge. Board a catamaran on Day 13 with a guide. Keep your cameras handy for wildlife. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Puerto Maldonado / Lima / Buenos Aires Fly back to Lima to explore its diverse areas or just relax and savour your last pisco sour. On Day 15, it's time to say hola to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango - filled to the brim with music, art and football. On Day 16, tour famous city spots and get ready for a dance lesson followed by a professional show and dinner. The next two days are free for you to catch a football game, sip wine at the polo or visit the historic Gran Café. Indulge in steaks, empanadas and ubiquitous wine galore! (5B, D)

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Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls / Rio de Janeiro Catch a flight to Puerto Iguassu then make the short journey to Brazil for your first glimpse of the beautiful Iguassu Falls. Made up of 275 individual waterfalls, there's plenty to see. Opt to take a heli-flight for a different angle, or head out to scour the surrounding area for toucans and macaws. On Day 20, cross back over to Argentina for a walk to Devil's Throat, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Hungry? You'll report back in time for a delicious Brazilian barbecue. Tomorrow, Rio! (3B, D)

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Rio de Janeiro Rio, who gave the world its largest Carnival, Copacabana Beach and the Bossa Nova. On your first day, visit the Christ the Redeemer statue for amazing city views and explore the city on foot. On Day 23, it's over to you. Hop around the city's best bits, then opt to catch the cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain before a night of caipirinhas to end the trip in style. On Day 24, the trip comes to an end after breakfast, when it's time to say 'tchau' (goodbye) to the rest of your group. (3B, D)

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Lima / Amazon Jungle / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Meet your group in Lima on Day 1 and check out the city - all 43 districts are yours for the taking this afternoon. On Day 2, fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado, in the heart of Peru's southern jungle. The exclusive Jungle Lodge among the Infierno community is your home for the next two nights! While you're there, enjoy a locally-guided boat trip before heading to Cuzco, where there's time to explore and party until the sun comes up. On Day 5, head to Sacred Valley with included entry into the ruins, and relax with chica de jora corn beer when you're done. Overnight in Ollantaytambo. (4B, 2L, 3D) Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes Enjoy a free morning to explore the Sacred Valley. Hike the nearby ruins, wander the town and marvel at the Incan structures. After some free time, take the train to Aguas Calientes, the jump-off point for Machu Picchu. (B)

Option: Inca Trail Trek (1 Day) Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on your way to Machu Picchu, the highlight for many in South America. Take a train to Km 104 and trek among the cloud forest, ending up at the Sun Gate for fantastic views. Return to Aguas Calientes. (B, L)

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Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Copacabana / La Paz / Sucre Life basically peaks with Machu Picchu at sunrise. And here you are. Learn more about the site on a tour, before returning to base. Day 8 takes you to Cuzco, hit the shops or relax in preparation for the trip to Bolivia. The next morning brings another early start as you venture through the Antiplano to the shores of Lake Titicaca, rumoured to be the birthplace of the Incas. On Day 10, head from Copacabana to La Paz, stopping at the famous Witches' Markets, before flying to the colonial city of Sucre, steeped in history and a complete contrast to La Paz. Stay throughout Day 13. (7B, 4D)

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Sucre / Potosí / Uyuni / Salar de Uyuni Enjoy a leisurely morning then drive to Potosí, where you'll explore one of the highest cities in the world, before heading off to Uyuni, the gateway to Salar de Uyuni. Visit the great train graveyard on Day 15, a hidden oasis where trains go to die. Then, on Day 16, explore the world's largest salt flats! (3B, L, D)

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Avaroa National Reserve / San Pedro de Atacama / Salta Ready for adventure? Climb into a 4WD for a two-day crossing of the Avaroa National Reserve. Rugged, beautiful terrain awaits at each turn, plus a hostel at an overnight pit-stop. Continue driving on Day 18, for yet more stunning landscapes. Relax on Day 19 at San Pedro de Atacama, while still seeing Valley of the Moon for yourself. Day 20 brings a bit of a tough journey to Argentina, but it's worth it. Salta is a charming city with plenty of offer. Stay here until your trip ends on Day 22. (6B, L, 3D)

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Cuzco / Sacred Valley As the modern-day starting point for visits to Machu Picchu, tour the city of Cuzco on foot before spending the afternoon at leisure discovering its architecture, cuisine and high-adrenalin activities. On Day 2, visit the Sacred Valley and take a tour of the Pisac ruins before a stop in Ollantaytambo. (B, D) Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Adventure and adrenalin await! This region is a great base for activities of all sorts, from biking and hiking to rafting. There's loads to experience before you take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo in the afternoon. (B)

Option: Inca Trail Trek (1 Day) For a modest supplement, you can get active with a one-day hike to Machu Picchu! Take a train to Km 104 and trek amongst the cloud forest to the Sun Gate for incredible views of this site. Your local guide will give you an insight into the Incas before heading back to Aguas Calientes by train. (B, L)

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Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado / Lima Rise early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. No matter how high your expectations, this place is sure to surpass them. On Day 5, feed your adrenalin urges with optional mountain biking and rafting trips, and don't miss out on Cuzco's great nightlife - try a cerveza Cusqueña and dance the night away to join the Illary (Sunrise) Club. The next day, fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in the southern part of Peru's Amazon Jungle and meet the native Infierno community. Head towards the jungle lodge, your home for the night, and hike to the canopy tower. Next morning, board a catamaran for a guided jungle boat trip and keep your eyes peeled for the surrounding wildlife. The star of the show? The giant otter! Head back to the city tonight, and transfer to Lima on Day 8 for your last night in Peru. (5B, 2L, 2D)

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Lima / Buenos Aires Next up: red wine, steak and tango - it's Argentina! Fly to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires where music, art, dance and football reign supreme, not to mention the world-renowned beef and wine (did we mention those already?). On Day 10, explore the neighbourhoods of San Telmo and Puerto Madero. Later, get your tango steps in order with a dancing lesson, then head out on the town to see a show and enjoy a group dinner. Start Day 11 with a coach tour around Palermo Chico, Palermo Soho and the Recoleta neighbourhoods. You're then free to explore Buenos Aires your way. You could catch a football game, sip a café con leche at the historical Café Tortoni, or feast on an endless supply of delicious empanadas. There's also (we'll say it again) steak. (4B, D)

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Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls Today, board a flight to Puerto Iguassu to see the beautiful Iguassu Falls, which fall on the border of Argentina, Brazil and neighbouring Paraguay. For your first glimpse, cross over to the Brazilian side and view the 275 individual waterfalls that make up this fantastic sight. Splash out on an optional heli-flight for a bird's-eye view, then cross back into Argentina on Day 14. Take a short hike to the edge of the Devil's Throat, then opt to try a speedboat ride to feel the spray of the Falls. Tonight, take it easy at the hotel and enjoy a tasty Brazilian barbecue - you won't want to miss it. (2B, D)

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Rio de Janeiro Home to the world's largest Carnival celebration, the famous Copacabana Beach and so much more, get ready for the good times to roll in Rio. On Day 16, take in the spectacular city views from the Christ the Redeemer statue, then chill out on a boat ride around Guanabara Bay. Day 17 is all yours, so try your hand at hand gliding or grab your sunnies and make for Ipanema Beach. Your trip ends on Day 18 so it's time for goodbyes, or 'tchaus'. (4B, D)

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Quito / Amazon Jungle / Baños / Chugchilán / Cuenca / Punta Sal From the capital, drive to the brim of the Amazon Rainforest and head to a lodge for a three-night jungle stay. Take part in treks, and visit a local Quechua community. Day 5, drive past the Tungurahua volcano to the town of Baños for two days of outdoor activities. En route to Cuenca (the birthplace of the dapper Panama Hat), enjoy one of Ecuador's best day treks from Lake Quilotoa to Chugchilán. On Day 12, cross to Peru and the phosphorescence-packed sea of Punta Sal.

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Huanchaco / Huaraz / Lima / Paracas / Nazca Discover the treasures of the Chimu civilisation (who fell to the Incas around 1500 AD) and Chan Chan ruins, then venture high into the Cordillera Blanca to Huaraz for exciting mountain activities. Travel over the Andes to Lima and on to Huacachina for a Ballestas Islands wildlife cruise. Next up, the mysterious Nazca Lines, the mummy-clad Chauchilla Cemetery and the recently uncovered Cahuachi Pyramid, only a small part of an entire city thought still to be under the desert sand.

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Arequipa / Chivay / Raqchi / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Cuzco Head inland to Arequipa, and explore the colonial streets before heading to the highland town of Chivay on Day 26. Soak up views of the Colca Canyon, then continue to the village of Raqchi for a traditional Quechua homestay. Next up is Cuzco, your gateway to Machu Picchu! Embark on a four-day trek to the Inca site, then return to their once-capital for a day of recuperation. You'll need it!

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Puno / Copacabana / Isla del Sol / La Paz / Potosí / Uyuni Head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Cross into Bolivia on Day 38 and make for the lakeside town of Copacabana. Catch the boat over for a night on Isla del Sol, one of the holiest sites in Inca mythology and the supposed birthplace of the Sun God Inti. Day 40, continue to La Paz, one of the world's highest cities and home to the infamous San Pedro prison. Spend two days exploring the streets (look out for the zebras helping pedestrians cross the road). Head to the town of Potosí and opt to descend into the tunnels of the Cerro Rico silver mines. Day 45, arrive at the otherworldly salt flats of Uyuni.

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Bolivian Altiplano / Atacama Desert / Purmamarca / Salta / Cafayate Swap the surreal white plains of Uyuni for the wilds of the Bolivian Altiplano, a desert landscape you'll follow all the way to the Chilean border. Spend the night in a mountain refuge, before an early start to descend into the Atacama Desert. Enjoy a day in San Pedro, including a trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley. Cross into Argentina on Day 50 and start the journey to Salta. Settle in for three nights and feast on the city's offerings - museums, beautiful hills, rafting and hands-down incredible steak. Day 54, drive through the rust-red rocks of the Quebrada de las Conchas to the wine connoisseur haven of Cafayate. Rent a bike and for a Torrontés vineyard tour. You might need to walk home...

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Río Ceballos / Buenos Aires / Yapeyú / Iguassu Falls Visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes on the way to your Anglo-Argentinian Estancia at Río Ceballos. Camping out under the vast sky, live the life of the gaucho with horseback rides, asados and plenty of homegrown wine. It's a change of scenery on Day 59 as you arrive into Buenos Aires. With three days in the capital, you can take a fair bash at your to-do list. Visit vibrant neighbourhoods, take your first tango steps and gorge on the city's fabulous cuisine. Your last stop in Argentina are the thunderous Iguassu Falls, which you'll see from both Argentine and Brazilian sides.

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Bonito / Southern Pantanal / Brotas / Paraty / Rio de Janeiro After two days in Bonito, Brazil's eco tourism capital, it's on to the Pantanal. Teeming with wildlife (think capybara, caiman and, for the most keen-eyed among you, jaguars and ocelots), you'll go on numerous river and land safaris. You never know what you'll see! Day 75, it's a full day's drive to Paraty on the Emerald Coast. Cruise the islands and explore the town on a historical tour before making your final approach into samba-raving Rio. Enjoy a walking tour with an expert local guide around Lapa and Central Rio de Janeiro before the tour wraps up on Day 79.

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Salta / Río Ceballos / Buenos Aires / Yapeyú It's then on to Salta for three days before a night in the wine town of Cafayate. After your fill of Torrontés, make your way to an authentic estancia and spend three days alongside the gauchos, then soak up European vibes in Buenos Aires. On Day 44, stay on the banks of the River Uruguay.

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Puno / Isla del Sol / La Paz / Potosí / Uyuni / Atacama / Purmamarca Head to the shores of Lake Titicaca, crossing into Bolivia on Day 19. Overnight on Isla del Sol then hit the road to La Paz for two days of leisure. Stay with the locals in Livichuco village then head to the silver mine of Potosí. Next up, the Uyuni Salt Flats, the colourful lagoons of the Bolivian Altiplano and stargazing in the Atacama Desert!

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Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Puno / Isla del Sol / La Paz The Sacred Valley holds its fair share of mind-boggling remnants from the Inca. The jewel in its crown? Machu Picchu. Trek to the sacred site on the Classic or Community Trails. Spend your first Bolivian night on Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol, then stock up on coca leaves for your final stop in cloud-skimming La Paz. It'll help with the altitude!

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Huacachina / Nazca / Arequipa / Chivay / Raqchi / Cuzco After a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands, continue to Huacachina. On arrival, hit the dunes on a dune buggy excursion and opt for an overnight stay under the stars. Head on towards the famous Nazca Lines, then on to Arequipa en route to the Colca Canyon. Break the journey to Cuzco with a traditional Quechua homestay at Raqchi.

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Punta Sal / Huanchaco / Huaraz / Lima Hop over the border into Peru and spend a full day on the relaxing beach of Punta Sal. A fair dose of Chimu-era history awaits at the Lord of Sipan Museum on Day 14 as well as the Chan-Chan ruins of Huanchaco. Spend three nights in the high Andes' striking Cordillera Blanca section before approaching the cosmopolitan hub of Lima.

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Quito / Amazon Jungle / Baños / Chugchilán / Cuenca Start in Quito and head into the lungs of the Earth, the Amazon. See a unique collection of wildlife on treks and river safaris and visit a local Quechua village. Day 5, move on to Baños for thrills and spills in the shadow of the Tungurahua volcano before driving the Quilotoa Route to Chugchilán. Visit a stunning crater lake then drive to Cuenca.

Jan

EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

• Visit the famous Nazca Lines • Ballestas Islands boat tour • Trek to lofty Machu Picchu

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Overland Group Adventure

Cartagena, Colombia

Ballestas Islands, Peru

CARTAGENA TO QUITO Cartagena

$1,725

FR

Quito

Inc. local payment

19 DAYS

highlights

• Explore vibrant Medellín • Laze on Tayrona's beaches

LIMA TO LA PAZ Lima

$3,110

FR

La Paz

Inc. local payment

22 DAYS

highlights

• Get active in San Gil • Hike in Cocora Valley

• Trek the famous Inca Trail • Explore Lake Titicaca

• Discover the White City • Dune buggy at Huacachina

Begin in colonial Cartagena and ease into your trip on palm-fringed beaches. Then up the ante with some wildlife spotting in Rio Magdalena and get outdoorsy in San Gil. Drive into Medellín and discover this infamous hillside metropolis, one of the most authentic old towns in South America. Next, trek through the epic Cocora Valley and discover former colonial capital Popayán. End in Ecuador with a visit to the Equator and a night in Quito.

Kick off in Lima and head to the Ballestas Islands for seal spotting. Then to the desert! Opt to go dune buggying in Huacachina and fly over the unique Nazca Lines. Drive into the epic Colca Canyon, and delve into Inca ruins and markets in Cuzco. Spend the next few days touring the Sacred Valley and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - you'll never forget it. Rest your weary legs at the sacred Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca before finishing the trip in lofty La Paz.

Departs Southbound: 06Jan18, 12Jul18, 28Jul18, 11Aug18, 23Oct18, 25Nov18 Northbound: 18Mar18, 08Apr18, 05Jun18, 22Jun18, 11Feb19 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (60%), camping (40%) Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $440 Tour Code: DRZCQ

Departs Southbound: 12Feb18, 21May18, 28Jun18, 18Aug18, 03,17Sep18, 14Oct18, 29Nov18, 01Jan19, Northbound: 06, 27Feb18, 13Mar18, 26Apr18, 13, 21May18, 28Aug18, 09, 24Feb19 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (70%), camping (30%) Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $1,380 Tour Code: DRLLZ

Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Îles du Salut (Devil's Island), French Guiana

RIO TO BOA VISTA Rio de Janeiro

$7,700

FR

Boa Vista

Inc. local payment

57 DAYS

highlights

• Journey through the jungle • Wave at Amazon dolphins

• Stay cool in lagoons • See rarely visited countries

Amazing architecture, fantastic food and beautiful beaches - and that's all before you hit the highlights of the tour, the Amazon and the Andes. This immersive experience sees you spend almost two months seeing some of the best of what Brazil, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana have to offer. Dive in at the deep end with 4WD excursions, canoe rides, hikes and city tours. Who knows? You may even spot the elusive pink river dolphins of the Amazon. Departs Northbound: 14Feb18, 30Jul18 Southbound: 14Apr18, 27Sep18 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (80%), camping (20%) Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $2,440 Tour Code: DRLRV

CAYENNE TO BOA VISTA Cayenne

$2,945

FR

Boa Vista

Inc. local payment

21 DAYS

highlights

• Adventure in the Amazon • Amazing wildlife spotting

• Sleep in a hammock • Swing by Kaieteur Falls

You won't be wanting for water on this trip, as your three week adventure sees you take in rivers, waterfalls, and pools galore in off-the-map places. Discover the dark history of Saint-Laurentdu-Maroni, experience the luxury of your own private island, and maybe see turtles in their natural habitat. Enjoy the tranquillity of the Amazon and take in plenty of wildlife. The best part? You'll get the chance to stop by Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname. Departs Southbound: 22Mar18, 04Sep18 Northbound: 14Apr18, 27Sep18 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (90%), camping (10%) Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $1,020 Tour Code: DRZCV

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Overland Group Adventure


EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

Andes & Patagonia Tayrona N.P.

Cartagena

Mompós San Gil

Medellín Salento Popayán

CO LO M B I A

Ipiales

Quito WE

love

101 DAYS,

Cartagena Ushuaia

Cuenca

(Includes local payment)

$11,765

Amazon Jungle Banos

FR

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Punta Sal Chan Chan Huaraz

Lima

With the heat of the Caribbean on one end and the icy promise of Antarctica on the other, diversity is the name of the game here. Snake down the Latin coast and head up high into the Andes, and let that big orange truck lead the way.

B R A Z I L

Machu Picchu

Ballestas

Cuzco

Nazca Colca Canyon

La Paz

Puno

B O L I V I A

Southern Pantanal

Potosi

Salar De Uyuni High Altiplano

Bonito

San Pedro de Atacama

DAY ITINERARY

Salta

01-16

Cartagena / Tayrona National Park / Mompós / San Gil / Medellín / Salento / Popayán Taking off from Cartagena, drive to Tayrona National Park. Fringed with Caribbean beaches, there’s plenty of time to relax in and out of your hammock (there are no beds in paradise). Day 5, it’s on to the seldom-visited town of Mompós. Take a boat down Río Magdalena on Day 6, then head south to San Gil, Colombia’s outdoor capital, before heading to vibrant Medellín. Explore the Cocora Valley and the coffee plantations near Salento, then continue to the colonial city of Popayán on Day 15.

17-29

Ipiales / Quito / Amazon Jungle / Baños / Chugchilán / Cuenca From Ipiales, it’s over the border to Ecuador on Day 17. Continue to capital Quito for two days before venturing into the Amazon Rainforest. A three-night stay will see you on river safaris, night treks and to a local Quechua community. There’s also wildlife aplenty, so keep an eye on any rustling leaves. On to Baños, and Río Verde will provide a pretty action-packed two days prior to your day trek from Futaleufú Quilotoa to Chugchilán on Day 27, considered one of Ecuador’s best. Next up, colonial Cuenca.

30-45 46-60

Raqchi / Cuzco / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Puno / Copacabana / Isla del Sol / La Paz Tonight, enjoy a traditional Quechua homestay at Raqchi up in the Peruvian highlands. Day 47, start the (slight) descent into Cuzco, 3,399m above sea level and once-capital of the Incas. Make your way to the Sacred Valley on Day 49 and start a four-day trek to Machu Picchu, arriving at sunrise on Day 53. Hit the road to Bolivia on Day 55, and spend a night on Lake Titicaca before heading to La Paz.

61-75

Ojo del Inca / Potosí / Uyuni / San Pedro de Atacama / Salta / Cafayate / Río Ceballos Get back to nature at Ojo del Inca, a natural hot spring at the eye of an extinct volcano. Explore one of the world’s highest cities at Potosí and opt to visit the silver mine of Cerro Rico. Day 63, continue to the Uyuni salt flats and over the Bolivian Altiplano towards San Pedro de Atacama. From here on, you'll teeter along the border between Chile and Argentina. Salta awaits on Day 68 before it’s wine o’clock in Cafayate on Day 70. From Day 72, live the good gaucho life at a traditional estancia.

76-88

Mendoza / Santiago / Pucón / Bariloche / Futaleufú / Puyuhuapi / Cerro Castillo Reserve Known for its unbeatable Malbec (trust us, we’ve done the legwork), where better than Mendoza for three days of vineyard-hopping? Day 78, head to Chilean capital Santiago before a trip to the country’s Lake District for two days in Pucón. Argentinian mountain village Bariloche is next up before you join the famous Carretera Austral on Day 85, South America’s most scenic (albeit wobbly) route. Drive through Queulat National Park and the Cerro Castillo National Reserve en route to El Chaltén.

88-101

Patagonia / El Chaltén / El Calafate / Torres del Paine National Park / Tierra del Fuego / Ushuaia To El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park, known for dramatic glaciers and world-class trekking. See the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate then drive to the Torres del Paine. Unless you’ve booked to walk the whole W Trek, walk a section then explore before crossing the Magellan Straits to Tierra del Fuego’s Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town and your final stop. Now who’s for Antarctica?!

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Paraty Iguassu Falls

A RG E N T I N A

Punta Sal / Huanchaco / Huaraz / Lima / Huacachina / Puerto Inca / Arequipa / Chivay After a day trying on Panama Hats (the perfect Dad-souvenir if you’re low on ideas), head for the Peruvian surf of Punta Sal. Day 32, check out Huanchaco's Chimu-era capital Chan-Chan, then make for the high Andes on Day 34. After three days, Lima calls. In Huacachina, overnight in the desert before making for colonial Arequipa. Continue to Chivay, detouring into the spectacular Colca Canyon.

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Rio de Janeiro

Santiago

Cafayate Estancia

Pucón

Mendoza

Buenos Aires

Lake District Bariloche Puerto Madryn

Los Glaciares N.P.

Camarones Perito Moreno Glacier

Torres del Paine N.P.

Tierra del Fuego

Ushuaia

inclusions Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (60%), wild camp and campsites (40%) Transport: Overland vehicle, boats, train, 4WD Meals: All camping meals and certain others Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Kitty: Approx. USD $4,260 Tour Code: DRLTU


(Includes local payment)

QUITO TO SANTIAGO 61 DAYS, Quito

Santiago

$7,185

FR

+

+

+

Overland Group Adventure

inclusions

Cuenca, Ecuador

DAY ITINERARY 01-15

Quito / Amazon / Baños / Cuenca / Punta Sal / Huanchaco Travel from Quito to a riverside lodge in the Amazon. After three days, it’s back to the highlands and adrenalin capital Baños. Continue to Chugchilán and walk one of Ecuador’s best day treks, the Quilotoa Loop, before continuing on to colonial Cuenca, famous for (ironically) the Panama hat. Cross to Peru’s Punta Sal and enjoy some surf before heading to the Chan-Chan ruins of Huanchaco.

16-30

Huaraz / Lima / Huacachina / Arequipa / Chivay / Cuzco Soak up some stunning sights in Huaraz, high up in the Andes, then make for coastal Lima. Here, the nightlife is in full swing and the pisco sours flow freely. After a detour to the seal colonies of the Ballestas Islands, journey on to the dunes of Huacachina, the mysterious Nazca Lines then on to Arequipa. After a trip to the Colca Canyon, continue to Raqchi on your way to Cuzco.

31-48

Inca Trail / Puno / La Paz / Potosí / Uyuni Close but no cigar: if you want to make it to Machu Picchu you’ll have to work for it! Arrive on Day 35 after four days of hard walking on the Inca Trail, then rest as you make your way to Puno and another Latin classic, Lake Titicaca. Spend a night with the locals on Isla del Sol before heading to La Paz. Next up, the mining town of Potosí and the vast salt flats of Uyuni.

49-61

Atacama / Salta / Cafayate / Mendoza / Santiago Take your first Chilean steps on the sands around San Pedro de Atacama, then cross into vibrant Argentina. Gobble up as much steak as you can in Salta (they serve them by the kilo), then wash it all down in one of Cafayate's many vineyards. En route to Mendoza, stop at the ruins of Quilmes before your final approach to Santiago de Chile.

Santiago

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Santiago Ushuaia 23 days Tour Code: DRZSU Route: + Lima Ushuaia 64 days Tour Code: DRLLU Route: + +

Fr $6,580 (Includes local payment)

Fr $2,820 (Includes local payment)

Fr $8,325 (Includes local payment)

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Santiago Buenos Aires 34 days Fr $3,710 Tour Code: DRZSB (Includes local payment) Route: Santiago Rio de Janeiro 52 days Fr $5,610 Tour Code: DRJSR (Includes local payment) + Route:

Overland Group Adventure

Santiago, Chile

Salar Uyuni, Bolivia Plaza de de Armas, Santiago

$5,360

FR

+

Inc. local payment

42 DAYS

highlights

• Live like Argentine gauchos • Visit Mendoza’s vineyards

Cartagena La Paz 59 days Tour Code: DRJTZ Route: + + +

Overland Group Adventure

LIMA TO SANTIAGO Lima

SUGGESTED ROUTES

You might like

• Go photo-mad at Uyuni • Hike magical Machu Picchu

Covering Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, this trip travels from man-made hilltop ruins to windswept salty plains. Spot wildlife in the Ballestas Islands, take in the vastness of the Nazca Lines and Colca Canyon and overnight in traditional homestays. There’ll be activities in Salta, hiking in the Sacred Valley and boat trips in Bolivia. You’ll even get the chance to channel your inner cowboy on a working ranch before ending the trip in Santiago. Departs: 18Aug18, 03, 17Sep18, 29Nov18 Accommodation: Hotels (75%), campsites/wild camp (25%) Transport: Overland truck, boat, 4WD, train Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $2,150 Tour Code: DRLLS

LA PAZ TO SANTIAGO La Paz

$2,300

FR

Santiago

Inc. local payment

21 DAYS

highlights

• Explore the Salar de Uyuni • Relax in natural hot springs

• Try the wines of Cafayate • Live the life of gauchos

Start in La Paz and visit the working silver mine of Potosí. Then check out the train graveyard and salt flats of Uyuni. From here, cross the Bolivian Altiplano and down to the desert of San Pedro de Atacama. Head into Argentina and get steak happy in Salta, cycle to the wineries of Cafayate then explore the Inca ruins at Quilmes. Spend some time living like a gaucho in Río Ceballos, then transfer to Mendoza and wrap things up in Santiago. Departs: 02Jan18, 08, 24Sep18, 08Oct18, 20Dec18 Accommodation: Hotels (70%), campsites/wild camp (30%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $790 Tour Code: DRZZS

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Departs: 30Jul18, 15Aug18, 29Aug18, 10Nov18, 13Dec18 Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Hostels, hotels and guesthouses (70%), wild camp and campsites (30%) Transport: Overland truck, boats, train, 4WD Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts otherwise Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $2,750 Tour Code: DRLQS


EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

n O p o H h t i w f f O p Ho a b m Ba

Santa Marta

Cartagena

To Panama

V E N E Z U E L A

Medellín Manizales

G U YA N A

Bogotá

WE

love

Independent flexible bus travel

Bamba Experience Passes include convenient transportation options, exciting activities along the route of your choice and the flexibility to choose your departure dates with unlimited changes on the go. Bamba's dedicated team are there to assist you before, during and after your trip. Bamba have a whole host of other trips available too, so ask your Travel Expert for more details on their small group tours, treks and self-guided independent trips.

WHY BAMBA? QUALITY TRANSPORTATION

Travel in safe, reliable and comfortable buses. Depending on your route, you may travel by train, boat or private shuttle vans as well. INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Experience tons of included day trips encompassing a variety of adventure, historical, natural and cultural activities. All activities bundled in your passes have guaranteed daily departures too. TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY

Explore the world exactly as you have always dreamed. Travel freely, at your own pace, to the best hotspots with no tour leader or schedule. It's all up to you! GUARANTEED DAILY DEPARTURES

Begin and end your journey any time you wish, year round.

CO LO M B I A

Quito

EC UA D O R

Guayaquil Mancora Trujillo

Huaraz

Lima

Cuzco

B O L I V I A Paracas Puno Ica / Huacachina La Paz Santa Nazca Cruz Arequipa Pantanal Tacna Sucre Puerto Arica Campo Grande Potosí Quijarro Iquique Uyuni Bonito

ONLINE TRIP MANAGER

San Pedro Atacama

Access your trip online to make as many changes as you wish.

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PA R AG UAY

Salta

Foz do Iguaçu

Paraty São Paulo Curitiba

Puerto Iguassu

Ilha Grande Florianópolis

La Serena

BEST VALUE

Bamba provides high quality transport and activities with trusted and reliable local operators at the most affordable rates.

Cordoba Valparaíso

Mendoza

Santiago Pucón

Buenos Aires

ACCOMMODATION

Salto

U R U G UAY

Porto Alegre

Colonia

Punta del Este Montevideo

A RG E N T I N A

Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

Bariloche Puerto Madryn

KEY On your own route Bamba route

Perito Moreno

This is not included so you C H I L E El Chaltén choose where to sleep every El Calafate night with the help of Bamba's Puerto Natales list of recommended hostels and Punta Arenas Ushuaia hotels based on your budget and needs. However, if you're feeling lazy, most of Bamba's hop-on hop-off routes can also be done as accommodated tours. Ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

Bamba Network

HOW IT WORKS

Check out page 47 for further details.

UNLIMITED SCHEDULE CHANGES

Make unlimited changes to your schedule before and during your trip. Your pass is valid for 12 months, so you can take all the time you want to enjoy your journey!

B R A Z I L

P E R U

Prices shown are based on ISIC cardholder rates.

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Check out all the ground you can cover with Bamba! The black lines show the extent of Bamba’s vast network throughout South America. Plan your own journey or select from one of their many routes. For our Central America passes, see page 144

Rio de Janeiro


Included Experiences PERU

Peru, Ecuador & Colombia Lima

Santa Marta

Cartagena

Paracas Ica/Huacachina

Medellin Manizales

Puno Copacabana

Nazca

La Paz Potosí

Bogotá

Sucre B OL I V I A

Uyuni

Arequipa San Pedro Atacama

CO LO M B I A

Quito

BOLIVIA

Cuzco P E R U

B R A Z I L P E R U

Trujillo

La Serena

Lima

ARG E NTI NA

Valparaíso

Huaraz CHI L E

10. La Paz: La Paz Local City Encounter 11. Uyuni: Salt Flats and Desert Adventure (3 days) 12. Sucre: Sucre with a local CHILE

Guayaquil Mancora

EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

1. Cuzco: Milhouse Hostel Cuzco (1 night in dorm) 2. Cuzco/Puno: Andean Explorer Bus 3. Puno: Amantani Homestay Experience (2 days) 4. Arequipa: Colca Canyon Trekking (3 days) 5. Ica/Huacachina: Sandbuggy and Sandboarding 6. Paracas: Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride 7. Lima: Urban Discovery 8. Puno: Lake Titicaca day tour 9. Arequipa: Arequipa City and Country tour

Santiago

13. San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley day trip 14. Santiago: Bike city trip 15. Puerta Varas: Osorno Volcano day trip ARGENTINA

LORENZO WAYS Lima Santiago Recommended trip time: 31 Days

$1,659

FR

Included experiences: 1-7, 10-14 See page 47

$779

PERU CIRCUIT WAYS Lima Lima Recommended trip time: 14 Days

FR

Included experiences: 1-7

MAGICAL PERU EXPRESS WAYS Lima Cuzco Recommended trip time: 9 Days

$384

FR

Included experiences: 1, 5-6, 8-9

ECUADOR & PERU WAYS Quito Lima Recommended trip time: 7 Days

ECUADOR CROSSING WAYS Bogotá Lima Recommended trip time: 11 Days

LA RUMBA WAYS Bogotá Bogotá Recommended trip time: 13 Days

CHEVERE WAYS Cartagena Bogotá Recommended trip time: 13 Days

$464

FR

Included experiences: 7, 30

$1,039

FR

Included experiences: 7, 25, 30

$914

FR

Included experiences: 25-29

$799

FR

Included experiences: 25-29

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16. Buenos Aires: Tango Night Experience 17. Iguassu: Argentina Iguassu Falls day trip 18. Bariloche: Circuito Chico day trip 19. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier alternative trip 20. Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park 21. Salta: Cafayate & Villages day trip 22. Mendoza: Wine Experience BRAZIL

23. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Experience 24. Paraty: Schooner boat trip COLOMBIA

25. Bogotá: Bike city day trip 26. Santa Marta: Tayrona Hammock Experience (3 days) 27. Cartagena: Mangrove Forest day tour 28. Medellín: Exotic Fruits of Medellin Experience 29. Manizales: Coffee Experience (2 days) ECUADOR

30. Quito: Middle of the World Experience URUGUAY

31. Montevideo: Highlights Tour

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Brazil & Argentina MOQUECA WAYS

Lima

Cuzco

$1,084

FR

Rio Buenos Aires, see page 47 Included experiences: 16-17, 23-24 Recommended trip time: 12 Days

$799

FR

PASSION FRUIT WAYS

Nazca

La Paz

Ica/Huacachina

Sucre Tacua

Potosí

Arequipa

Uyuni

Isla Isla Incahuas

San Pedro Atacama

Calama

$3,634

FR

Ilha Grande

Córdoba

Mendoza

Santiago

Colonia Punta del Este

Buenos Aires

$1,094

FR

Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro Included experiences: 16-17, 23-24 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

$2,134

FR

Buenos Aires Lima Included experiences: 1-7, 10-14, 16, 22 Recommended trip time: 41 Days

Boli v ia & Chile COASTAL WAYS

Pressed for time? Bamba’s Express Ways routes give you all the freedom and independence granted on all the others, but contain fewer included experiences and activities. Why pay for more than you can fit in your schedule? Check the included activities against the list on page 45 to decide which pass is best for you.

$854

FR

Santiago Lima Included experiences: 4-7, 13-14 Recommended trip time: 22 Days

COMPLETE BOLIVIA WAYS

$1,194

FR

$694

FR

CHILE

Santiago

ARGENTINA

$1,489

FR

Santiago Rio de Janeiro Included experiences: 14, 16-17, 22-24 Recommended trip time: 25 Days

ALLEN WAYS

$909

FR

Pucón Bariloche

Perito Moreno El Chaltén El Calafate

La Paz Santiago Included experiences: 10-14 Recommended trip time: 13 Days

PACHATATA WAYS

RUTA 40 EXPERIENCE WAYS

Santiago Ushuaia Included experiences: 14-15, 18-20 Recommended trip time: 14 Days

La Paz La Paz Included experiences: 10-12 Recommended trip time: 10 Days

ACAI BERRY WAYS

EXPRESS WAYS

Curitiba Florianópolis

Valparaíso

Recommended trip time: 49 Days

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Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo

Puerto Iguazú

La Serena

21, 23-24, 31

LIBERTADOR LOCO WAYS

Foz do Iguaçu

Salta

Rio de Janeiro Lima Included experiences: 1-7, 10-13, 16-17,

FELIPAO WAYS

Paraty

Iquique

Laguna Colorada

Rio Foz do Iguaçu Included experiences: 17, 23-24 Recommended trip time: 10 Days

TASTY POTATO WAYS

Copacabana

Puno

Paracas

Ushuaia

$1,469

FR

La Paz Lima Included experiences: 1-7, 10-12 Recommended trip time: 27 Days

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EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

t s o m s ’ a b m Ba

. . . s e t u o R popular How it works To help you understand the concept of Bamba we have detailed exactly how you can use your Bamba pass and brought two of our favourite routes to life. Remember your time is yours to spend as you wish - your pass is valid for one year so you have ultimate flexibility while you are travelling. Accommodation isn’t included in your pass, meaning you’re free to stay wherever suits your budget. Check out our step-by-step guide below. STEP ONE

Book your Bamba Experience hop-on hop-off Pass with STA Travel. Choose your estimated departure date and route based on starting and ending points.

LORENZO WAYS Lima

Santiago, see map on p45

$1,659

FR

RECOMMENDED TRIP TIME: 31 DAYS

Arrive in Lima for a tour of the city’s crumbling facades before heading south to Paracas. Boat out to the Ballestas Islands before moving onto Ica and the desert oasis of Huacachina for sandboarding. Pass through Nazca en route to Arequipa. From here you’ll take a two-night trek into the Colca Canyon. Next is the Incan capital Cuzco, folkloric Puno and Lake Titicaca for an Amantani homestay. On to La Paz for a local city encounter before heading to Sucre and the mining town of Potosí. Carry on via the unforgettable Uyuni salt flats and make for San Pedro de Atacama for a Moon Valley day trip. Go south through La Serena and Valparaíso before arriving in Santiago for one final tour. Transport: All transport between Lima and Santiago Included Experiences: 1-7, 10-14 Note: Express pass also available Tour Code: BEBOLBMA

STEP TWO

Email Bamba to activate your pass. Skype, call or online chat options are also available. STEP THREE

Receive an email from Bamba with all possible transport options, activity descriptions and travel guides. STEP FOUR

Log onto Bamba’s Online Trip Manager and start locking in your travel dates. Decide what dates you want to do your included experiences and what dates you want to travel from A to B. Booking by email, online chat and Skype options also available.

MOQUECA WAYS Rio de Janeiro

Buenos Aires, see map on p46

FR

$1,084

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL TIME: 12 DAYS

Hot foot it past vast waterfalls, white sand beaches and epic cities on this action-packed trip. Start in Rio with a tour around the Vila Canoas and Rocinha favelas with local guides, then transfer to beautiful Ilha Grande the next day. Enjoy a free day on Day 3 and top up that tan, then make for the historic town of Paraty. While here, enjoy a schooner boat trip with ample time for swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Then, it's on to São Paulo for parties and museums aplenty. Continue to Foz do Iguaçu and enjoy a day trip to the mighty Iguassu Falls, then end the trip in Buenos Aires with an included tango lesson!

STEP FIVE

Any tickets you require will be sent to you via email with detailed instructions.

Transport: All transport between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires Included Experiences: 16-17, 23-24 Note: Express pass also available Tour Code: BEBRZBAM

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• Four nights of cruising in the Galápagos • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu • See Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo

• E  xplore the Sacred Valley and Inca Trail • Look out for exotic Amazonian wildlife • Seven-night cruise in the Galápagos

• See Lake Titicaca and Nazca Lines • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu • Four nights sailing in nature's playground

From the unique and fearless wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of the Peruvian Andes, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one short but sweet adventure. Explore the Galápagos archipelago on a five-day boat cruise, with time to swim with friendly sea lions and sunbathe with the resident iguanas. Next up, fly back to the mainland for a quick tour of Peru's highlands, and take on the classic four-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Hike the famous Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu and explore the Amazonian rainforest from the comfort of an intimate jungle lodge. Bear Grylls eat your heart out! Top all this with seven nights of cruising, swimming and snorkelling in the waters of the Galápagos aboard your comfortable boat. Visit no fewer than nine Galápagos Islands, paying a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, snorkelling off Rábida and hike to Bartolomé's summit.

Explore Peru's southern coast and its Andean Highlands, and see the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and the extraordinary Nazca Lines. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to a steamy jungle stay at an eco-friendly lodge, this epic journey combines an all-encompassing tour of Peru with four nights exploring the Galápagos Islands. You'll enjoy daily trips to explore, great views from on deck and plenty of tasty food along the way.

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CARTAGENA TO QUITO ON A SHOESTRING 21 DAYS, Cartagena

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Journey from Colombia to Ecuador via warm beaches, lively towns and sprawling national parks. Trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, shake your tail feather in Colombian dance halls, shop 'til you drop in Otavalo and have a wander through the charming town of Popayán. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASMQS

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• Walk the historic streets of Cartagena • Chill out on Santa Marta's white sands • Climb 1,200 steps to the Lost City

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• Hike through Tayrona National Park • Shop in Otavalo's famous market • G for Good collection

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Lost City Trek Transfer by 4WD to Machete Pelao and the start of your five-day, 45-kilometre guided trek to the Lost City. Trek through farmland, alongside streams, occasionally passing indigenous communities. Camp en route, sleeping in a mixture of hammocks and rustic bunks. On the morning of Day 6 you'll rise early to climb 1,200 stone steps up to the Lost City. The knock-out views of the ancient city and mountainous backdrop will make the effort all worthwhile. (3B, 4L, 4D)

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Taganga / Tayrona National Park / Medellín / Salento Today, head to the Gotsezhi Wiwa Indigenous community. Enjoy a G for Good supported community lunch cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Learn about Wiwa customs on a village visit and then chill out in a hammock. On Day 9, head into Tayrona National Park, famous for its beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters. Note that Tayrona National Park is normally closed during the month of February and Minca will be visited instead. Return to Taganga for one more night on the Caribbean. Day 10, fly inland to Medellín, one of Latin America's most welcoming cities. Opt to go paragliding over the city or catch a ride on a cable car. On Day 12, drive to Salento. The next day, opt to hike through the Cocora Valley before exploring the coffee region of Quindío. (3B, 2L) Tatacoa Desert / San Agustín / Popayán / Pasto / Otavalo / Quito Enjoy the scenery on the ride to the Tatacoa Desert, where you'll spend the night under the stars. The next morning, head out into the desert and hike to a swimming pool to cool off amidst the rocky canyons. Later on, drive to San Agustín. On Day 16, visit the archaeological park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 500 sculptures scattered through the hillside. On the morning of Day 17, travel to Popayán and explore the town's beautiful colonial architecture, then the following day, travel further south to Pasto. Don't miss out on sampling the local ice cream, otherwise known as 'helado de paíla'. On Day 19, visit the stunning Lajas Sanctuary, then cross into Ecuador. Visit the famous Otavalo market on Day 20 then continue to Quito where your tour ends on Day 21. (7B)

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QUITO TO LIMA ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Quito

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Huanchaco / Lima Enjoy a full day in Huanchaco, then catch the overnight bus to Lima, where you then have a full day to take in the sites. Lima was founded in 1535 so, to grab a feel for its colonial history, take an optional city tour or jump in a cab to the Plaza de Armas. This is the heart of old Lima where you can see the spectacle of the changing of the palace guard. The more affluent coastal districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro offer a great café culture, funky nightlife options and tasty pisco sours! (B)

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Máncora / Huanchaco Cross into Peru via the busy border town of Huaquillas and travel down the Pan-American Highway towards the surf town of Máncora, where you'll enjoy some welcome beach time. Continue south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru and best-known for the nearby Chimu ruins of Chan Chan.

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Baños / Cuenca Take to the shadow of the smoking Tungurahua Volcano and get a good grip of your handlebars, oar or reins - welcome to Ecuador's adrenalin capital! Banos is the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, canyoning, horseback riding, rafting and mountain biking. Alternatively, visit the thermal springs. On Day 7 you're off to Cuenca, Ecuador's third-largest city and birthplace of the dapper Panama hat. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and beautiful colonial architecture, and opt to visit the Inca ruins of Ingapirca to the north, still shrouded in mystery, or the clear lakes of Cajas National Park. (B)

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Quito / Tena / Amazon Jungle Arrive into Ecuador's capital and meet the rest of your group this evening. Quito is located at 2,850 metres above sea level, so take it easy until you adjust to the altitude. Next day, travel to Tena, and onwards by truck deep into the jungle to the Quechua village of Pimpilala, your home for the next three nights. Surrounded by tropical plants and astounding wildlife, scour for weird and wonderful bugs and reptiles on nature walks, and learn of their importance in the face of threats posed to them and traditional communities by the encroachment of oil industry and cash-crop farming. While here, you'll stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family (3B, 3L, 3D)

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• See snow-capped towering volcanoes • Take a hike in Cajas National Park • Chill out on Pacific Coast beaches

Accommodation: Simple hotels (9 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts) Transport: Local bus, boat, truck, motorised canoe Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $305-400 for meals not included

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• Explore the colonial charms of Quito • Meet the locals on an Amazon homestay • Opt for a thermal soak in Baños

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Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Amazon and Pacific Coast on this 15-day adventure. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets of Quito and Lima, and get an introduction to the Amazon rainforest, with its exotic wildlife and its indigenous people with three days in a authentic jungle community.


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From the natural wonders of the Galápagos to the man-made wonders of Peru's mountains, this is a trip full of bucket list moments. You'll meet shelled centenarians (aka giant Galápagos tortoises), see the sun rise over even older Incan ruins and there'll be plenty of time to edit your pics while lounging on Ecuadorian beaches. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COGUIT

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• Trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu • Snorkel off the shores of San Cristóbal • Sip on pisco sours in Cuzco's Old City

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• Discover the gorgeous Galápagos Islands • Explore the colonial quarters of Lima • Tour Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (10 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Private coach, plane Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

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Guayaquil / Isabela Island Meet your group in Ecuador's colourful port city of Guayaquil and fly to the Galápagos. Check out the impressive scenery and Santa Cruz's network of underground lava tunnels as you're landing! That afternoon you'll sail to the beaches of Isabela Island. Spend the time here kayaking with sea lions, snorkelling with multicoloured fish. (B, D)

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Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island / San Cristóbal Island Ease into the day before heading to Santa Cruz Island for a trip to Tortuga Bay on the south coast. More than just a stunning beach, you'll find hidden lagoons, forests of cacti and of course the resident tortoises. The next day you'll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation in the area, then it's on to San Cristóbal. Opt to explore the island by bicycle, introduce yourself to the local sea lions and end the day with a drink at a favourite sunset spot. The next day you'll snorkel around Kicker Rock looking for manta rays, starfish and the odd Galápagos shark, eek! (3B, L, D)

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San Cristóbal Island / Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley Today it's off to Peru's colonial capital, Lima. Take time here to visit its stately museums or just relax in the seaside suburb and artistic quarter of Barranco. Take your first steps towards the Inca Trail the next morning as you head for Cuzco. This once capital of the Inca Empire is now a mixture of old and new. Enjoy a city walking tour of San Pedro Market, Koricancha's temples and the hipster neighbourhood of San Blas. Continue into the Sacred Valley the next day and take a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Try the local delicacies and overnight in Ollantaytambo. (3B, D)

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Inca Trail Tread the footsteps of ancient Incas gone before on this incredible four-day trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Each day you'll cross lofty landscapes to scenic campsites in the mountains. Hiking through cloud forests and subtropical jungle is not easy but that makes it all the more rewarding! Arrive at the summit on Day 12, take your well-earned pics and head back into the Sacred Valley to rest those weary legs. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Tick off two of Latin America's west coast wonders in one epic trip. Walk the footsteps of nature-loving Charles Darwin in the Galápagos, hike through bird-filled jungles in pretty Peru, and discover ancient sites of Incan culture in the highlands. Leave no icon unturned! Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COGUCU

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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (11 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Private coach, plane Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, (4 lunches for trekking option) 6 dinners

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Guayaquil / Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island Meet your crew in Guayaquil for a flight into the watery wonderland of the Galápagos archipelago. Check out Santa Cruz's ancient lava tunnels and its world-famous huge-shelled tortoises before catching a boat to Isabela Island. Wake up to the sound of crashing waves and spend your time swimming, snorkelling and kayaking in search of sea lions. Then to Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island where you can enjoy an afternoon on its white sands. (2B, D)

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Santa Cruz Island / San Cristóbal Island Day 4, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before hopping further east to San Cristóbal Island. Day 5 takes you on a bird-spotting cruise up the coast, there'll be plenty of opportunities to jump in the water but just keep your eyes open for spiny puffer fish! Spend the afternoon in the beachy paradise of Puerto Grande. Soak up the castaway lifestyle and then ready yourself for the flight to mainland Peru the next day. (3B, L, D)

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Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Jungle Lodge Today you'll take a city tour of Peru's enchanting capital. Wander the colonial cobblestones of the historic centre, take time out in arty Barranco and live it up in upscale Miraflores. Then it's into the jungle so pack your torches and hiking boots! Day 8, fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado and stay in a lodge deep in the rainforest. Spend the next few days hiking beneath jungle canopy, visiting local communities and spotting wildlife like the giant otter from a jungle catamaran! (3B, 2L, 3D)

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Cuzco / Sacred Valley Leave the tropical wilds for the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco. Wander the main plaza in the old city, visit a weaving community, and maybe feed your sweet tooth at a chocolate museum. That night you'll party Inca-style and then head into the Sacred Valley on Day 11. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins and overnight in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru's oldest towns. (2B)

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Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes (Inca Trail Trek) / Cuzco The Sacred Valley is a great place to feed any adrenalin cravings, so you might want to opt for a rafting or quad biking excursion while you're here. Then take the train to Aguas Calientes and, if you've opted for an Inca Trail, strap on your boots and start your trek. Hike through lush cloud forest and make for the 2700-metre viewpoint of the Sun Gate and Guardian House. Grab some well-earned photos, then descend to the valley of Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes. From here you'll rejoin the group and head back to Cuzco where the trip ends on Day 14. (3B, D)

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QUITO TO LA PAZ ADVENTURE 35 DAYS, Quito

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A variety pack with no duds, this massive 35-day, three-country trip takes you through the jungles, lakes, deserts, ruins, canyons and lines of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. You'll meet the locals, visit a floating island, barter in the markets and conquer the crème de la crème, the world-famous Inca Trail. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASEQL

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• Experience traditional Amazon life • Soak in Baños' volcanic hot springs • Optional flight over the Nazca Lines

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• Enjoy a homestay on Lake Titicaca • Conquer the challenging Inca Trail • Stunning sunrise over Machu Picchu

inclusions Accommodation: Simple hotels (23 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (4 nts) Transport: Local bus, boat, motorised canoe, truck, train Meals: 20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $690-900 for meals not included

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Puno / Lake Titicaca / La Paz Spend the night in Puno, before taking a boat trip to Taquile Island for lunch. See the famous floating islands of Uros, then step into rural life with a village homestay. Cross the border into Bolivia and climb up to La Paz's lofty heights (with an elevation of 3,632 metres above sea level). Explore to your heart's content and spend the last night out with your group before your tips concludes on Day 35. (4B, L, D)

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Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Cuzco / Ollantaytambo You'll have a free day in Arequipa today, known as the White City. On Day 20, set off for a full day tour of the Colca Canyon. Return to Arequipa to catch the night bus to age-old Cuzco. Soak up its vibrant markets and museums and continue through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. (5B)

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Lima / Paracas / Nazca Get a full day to enjoy Lima. On Day 16, head down the coast to Paracas and opt to visit the Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca on Day 17. Stop at a winery at Huacachina with time for optional sandboarding then discover the mysterious Nazca Lines. Opt to take a flight over them then indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal before an overnight bus to Arequipa. (2B, D)

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Máncora / Huanchaco Cross into Peru and hang out with the surfer dudes in Máncora. Continue by overnight bus on Day 11 to the fisherman town of Huanchaco. You have a full day here to visit pre-Inca sites or just chill out on the beach. Opt to visit Trujillo, best known for its glorious colonial architecture and the nearby Chimu ruins of Chan Chan. You'll catch the overnight bus on Day 13 to Lima.

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Quito / Amazon Jungle / Baños / Cuenca Explore Quito's Old Town and meet your group this evening. Day 2, go overland to Tena, a gateway to the Amazon jungle. Trek through beautiful rainforest for a three-night homestay with a local community. It's on to Baños on Day 5 for optional hiking, rafting, canyoning or mountain biking. Adrenalin not your thing? Take a dip in the thermal springs. On Day 7, continue to Ecuador's beautiful Cuenca. Opt to visit Cajas National Park or check out the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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La Paz Cross the border into Bolivia and ascend to La Paz, one of the world's highest cities. You can explore to your heart's content, taking in sights such as the Witches' Market and El Valle de la Luna, then spend the last night out with your group. Oxygen bar, anyone? On Day 21, it's time to say goodbye and head home or embark on further adventures across South America. (B)

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Puno / Lake Titicaca You'll travel by bus through the stunning Altiplano region to Puno. From here, you'll take a boat trip to visit the floating Islands of Uros before immersing yourself in Peruvian rural life with a homestay in a small village. Take in the extensive views of the lake and enjoy spectacular sunsets, starry skies and a traditional evening of dinner and dancing. You'll get a true feel for life on Lake Titicaca. (3B, L, D)

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu This is it. Cross 4,198-metre tall Dead Woman's Pass, see Inca sites, reaching Sun Gate for sunrise over Machu Picchu. Explore with your guide before heading back to Cuzco to rest, recuperate and celebrate, but you might want to wash with your included handmade biodegradable soap first! (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (7B, 3L, 3D)

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Cuzco / Ollantaytambo Arrive in Cuzco today. If you want to get your adrenalin pumping then head off white water rafting, mountain biking or horse riding. You can climb up the hill to Sacsayhuamán (pronounced 'sexy woman') or mill around the markets. Travel through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where you'll stay the night. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a G for Good supported Women’s Weaving Co-op.

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Arequipa / Colca Canyon Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. On Day 6, take a full day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley. Opt for a dip in hot springs or visit the Convent of Santa Catalina. Drive back to Arequipa before taking the night bus to Cuzco. (3B)

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Lima / Paracas / Huacachina / Nazca Arrive in Lima and explore Peru's vibrant capital city. Next, trip down the coast to Paracas to try a traditional ceviche. Opt to spot Humboldt penguins in the Ballestas Islands before travelling on to Nazca via a winery and optional sandboarding at the oasis of Huacachina. Once at Nazca, opt to fly over the desert's fascinating lines and geoglyphs, then enjoy a traditional Pachamanca meal (cooked underground) in the evening. Catch the overnight bus to Arequipa. (B, D)

Departures 2018/19 May

DAY ITINERARY

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• Discover the charms of colonial Cuzco • Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu • G for Good collection

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• Conquer the ancient Inca Trail • Create a theory for the Nazca Lines • Spot condors in the Colca Canyon

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Ollantaytambo, Peru

Accommodation: Simple hotels (14 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), camping (3 nts) homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $405-530 for meals not included

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

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Ponder the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, see soaring Andean condors in the Colca Canyon and hike the world-famous Inca Trail. Finish up with celebratory pisco sours in Cuzco. Peru-fect!


AUTHENTIC PERU & BOLIVIA 17 DAYS, Cuzco

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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Experience a slice of Peru and Bolivia well away from the tourist trail on this 17-day tour, taking you from the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco to the one of world's highest cities, La Paz. Combine culture with plenty of adrenalin activities, including ziplining, ice climbing and whitewater rafting. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: English-speaking Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: BECUZAPB

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Cuzco / Santa Teresa Touch down in Cuzco at any point on Day 1 and meet your fellow travellers. Later on, opt to explore the city and have a pisco sour or two! The next day, enjoy a tour of Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. Learn all about the city's history, and visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, the Qenqo amphitheatre, the Pucapucara Red Fortress and the Tambomachay Inca Baths. On Day 3, head to the Malaga High Pass for an adrenalin-pumping bike ride, then end up in the village of Santa Maria. Later on, enjoy a white water rafting trip down the Urubamba River, then overnight in Santa Teresa. (B, L, D)

04-07

Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Puno / Luquina Island Get your blood pumping this morning with a two-hour ziplining adventure on South America's highest canopy zipline. Later that afternoon, stop for lunch at a hydroelectric station then enjoy a three-hour trek to Aguas Calientes. The next day, catch an early bus to Machu Picchu and enjoy plenty of time taking in this archaeological wonder. Return to Cuzco later that evening, then on Day 6, enjoy a quad bike tour of the famous Sacred Valley. Catch a night bus to Puno that evening, then on Day 7, head out and discover Lake Titicaca, one of the most beautiful lakes on earth. Stop by the famous Uros floating islands and Taquile Island, famous for its weavers, then overnight with a local family in a homestay on Luquina Island. (3B, 2L, 2D)

13-17

Luquina Island / Puno / La Paz / Sajama National Park Enjoy a hearty breakfast with your host family today, then catch a boat back to Puno. On Day 9, hop aboard a bus into Bolivia and head to La Paz via Copacabana. Enjoy a city tour on arrival with a local guide and visit the Witches' Market, Plaza Murillo and a stop outside the San Pedro Prison. Later on, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and explore the city further or simply relax. On Day 10, enjoy a full-day ice climbing experience on the Huayna Potosí glacier, where you can learn basic mountaineering and cramponing techniques, how to walk on ice and snow and the use of the ice axe and ropes. The following day, enjoy the views on the way to the fascinating Tombs of Mummies, then continue to the Sistine Chapel of the Andes. From here, continue to Sajama National Park and unwind in some hot springs. The next day, enjoy a jeep ride through the park and spot llamas and flamingos. (2B, 2L, 2D) Uyuni Salt Flats / Ajencha / Red Lagoon / La Paz Today is definitely one to tick off the bucket list as you explore the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, Fish Island and Pia Pia Island. The following day, visit the Desert of Siloli, the Ollague Volcano and the Red Lagoon for epic views. On Day 15, head to the Sol de Mañana Geyser, the Dalí Pampas and the Green Lagoon. Catch the night bus back to La Paz and enjoy a free day. Depart any time on Day 17. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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• Discover the sights of La Paz • Zipline on South America's highest canopy • Visit the famous Uros Floating Islands

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• Explore the mysterious Machu Picchu • Ice climb the Huayna Potosí Glacier • Drive across the Uyuni Salt Flats

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Salt Flats, Bolivia

Accommodation: Twin-share hostel (3 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), hotel (6 nts), homestay (1 nt), cabins (3 nts), night bus (2 nts) Transport: Night bus, bus, boat, private transfer, Cuzco airport pick-up, La Paz airport drop-off Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

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TREK PERU OTHER TRAILS For when you’ve left it too late to get a permit for the Inca Trail (or if you want to get away from the crowds and off the beaten track): Lares Trek: (3 Days) (see page 61)

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Choquequirao: (8 Days) (see page 62) Salkantay Trek: (3 Days) (see page 62)

The Inca Trail - the wishlist favourite and the most popular path to Machu Picchu. Cover 43km over four days and climb to a maximum height of 4,200m on a trail that combines jaw-dropping mountain scenery, cloud forest and jungle, bags of wildlife and Inca ruins aplenty. Oh... and quite a lot of steps. Stop dreaming and book your ticket to one of the best wonders of the world.

On all G Adventures tours that include the Inca Trail, you can also opt to stay in Cuzco and visit Machu Picchu by train if you’re not quite up for trekking!

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G Adventures is the single largest tour operator on the Inca Trail, helping well over 10,000 travellers per year. Look out for this logo on our Machu Picchu tours and get top class service!

All tours are led by skilled staff recruited from local communities. All guides, porters, support staff and cooks work under the region’s best employment conditions and are fairly compensated for their efforts.

All treks help to promote environmental sustainability throughout. Visit the G for Good Women’s Weaving Project pre-trek, then make use of biodegradable soap and portable toilets on the Inca Trail.

NEED TO KNOWS WILL THE ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

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HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

It’s impossible to predict who will fall to altitude sickness. On all G Adventures Inca Trail tours and other treks, you’ll get at least two days to acclimatise, so you’ll be in the best shape possible.

The Peruvian government has strict regulations on trail permits, so it’s best to book early - ideally three months in advance. Note, the trail is normally closed in February for annual repairs.

You’ll need to have a moderate level of fitness (did we mention the steps?). However, skilled porters will carry your tent and sleeping bag for you throughout the trek. All you’ll need to carry is a day pack!

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THE INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS, Cuzco

$1,149

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIT

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highlights

• Stroll the colonial streets of Cuzco • The best guides on the Inca Trail • All important day in Cuzco to acclimatise

• Guided tour of the Sacred Valley • Conquer the world-famous Inca Trail • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $115-150 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $169

Departures 2018 DAY ITINERARY

01-02

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive into the city of Cuzco and go for a look around before attending a welcome briefing. Those who take time to explore will be well rewarded as this is the continent's oldest continuously-inhabited city, steeped in history, tradition and legend. On Day 2, head out for a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that was an important food source for the Inca. There will be many Inca ruins along the way to visit, including the impressive Pisac, set amid some stunning scenery. Visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative where you can pick up some beautiful textile souvenirs, before you enjoy lunch at a Parwa Community Restaurant. All income earned by the restaurant is used for investment in social projects for the community. The ingredients used in the restaurant are bought directly from the local farmers, providing a local market for direct sales. Later on, head to Ollantaytambo. (B, L)

03-06

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Physically challenging but supremely rewarding, the world-famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike within the abilities of most people with a reasonable level of fitness. 43 kilometres in length and with a maximum elevation of 4,198 metres, you'll hike over mountain passes, through cloud forest and past incredible Inca constructions, including an original causeway and tunnel. This trek will leave you in awe of the ancient civilisation and of the spectacular scenery all around. Start at Km 82, passing several smaller ruin sites, the first of which is Llactapata. The second day climbs the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the trek. Crossing the next pass, at just under 4,000 metres you can enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Soon you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the Town Above the Clouds - you'll either camp here or another 90 minutes further along close to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young'), with its grandiose terraced hillside setting. Hiking boots and woolly alpaca hats may not be the height of fashion at home, but here they're standard issue - it can get quite chilly at night and you should be prepared for the odd shower along the way. A team of local porters who speed ahead will make sure you're fed and watered and camp is set up each evening. On the last morning, you'll climb the steps to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, to catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu through the rising morning mist. There's time to tour the famous Inca ruin, and even to visit the Inca Bridge before you catch the train back to Cuzco. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Combine the cultural highlights of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world's best-known hiking trails. The four-day Inca Trail rewards with ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests, and leads you to breathtaking Machu Picchu which was hidden from the outside world until its discovery in 1911.


THE INCA JOURNEY 10 DAYS, Lima

$2,599

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Lima Small Group Adventure

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This adventure will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ancient ruins high in the Andes to the unique wildlife of the Amazon basin. There's no hiking on this tour - more time for sightseeing, we say! Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Local representatives in Cuzco & Lima, specialist CEO for the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIJ

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• Get bargaining in plenty of markets • Explore the sights of the Sacred Valley • Get mesmerised by Machu Picchu

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• Spot plenty of wildlife in the Amazon • Party on down in Lima's bars • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, train, boat, canoe Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $230-300 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $329

Departures 2018 DAY ITINERARY 01-02

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Apr-May

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Lima / Cuzco Arrive into Lima at any time. Get out, explore and sip on your first pisco sour, Peru's famous national cocktail. Early in the morning of Day 2, fly over to Cuzco. Here you'll have free time to admire the colonial architecture and visit museums, churches and markets. (B)

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Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Head out into the Sacred Valley for a full-day guided tour of the ruins, visiting the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-op along the way. Meet the women and learn all about the traditional weaving and dyeing processes. Make sure you pick up some of the handmade souvenirs and textiles - they make excellent presents. Later on in the day, have lunch at the partner-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn about the G for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Afterwards, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Wander through the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). (B, L)

04-06

Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco Hop on board a local train and wind your way through impressive scenery to Aguas Calientes. Choose to visit some local hot springs or grab some bargains in the market. On Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and spend a moment pondering the sheer ingenuity of it all before returning to Cuzco for a free day of exploration on Day 6. Options include white water rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Alternatively, just hit the markets or the bars near the Plaza de Armas. (3B)

07-08

Amazon Jungle Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by boat into the jungle to a comfortable lodge boasting sustainable initiatives. From here, you'll explore the jungle on foot and by boat to see a whole host of species. Head out on a night walk and spot snakes, tarantulas, owls, and poison dart frogs, just to name a few. The next day, head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, rare giant river otters or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there's plenty of other birds, interesting plants, and other animals about! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Jan-Mar, Jun-Aug & Sept-Dec

Lima Fly back to Lima and explore its vibrant neighbourhoods, museums, markets and beaches. After one last dinner and night out with your group with no doubt plenty of pisco sours, depart at any time on Day 10. If you've got any spare time, we'd recommend staying in Lima a little longer. (2B)

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$1,499

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Machu Picchu • Conquer the Inca Trail • G for Good collection

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01-03

04-08

Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive into Lima and get out to explore the city's colonial centre and colourful neighbourhoods. The next day, fly to the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, situated at an elevation of 3,400 metres (11,200 feet). Acclimatise yourself with a coca tea overlooking the beautiful architecture of the main square. If time allows, head out of town on a biking, riding or white water rafting trip. Next day, enjoy a full-day guided tour through the Sacred Valley and on to the Ollantaytambo ruins. You'll uncover hidden mysteries at ancient Inca sites, enjoy lunch at a Parwa Community Restaurant, and visit the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative for more shopping! (2B, L) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco This epic journey will cover spectacular scenery and fill your head to the brim with facts that bring the Incas to life. You'll move from high plateaux to dense cloud forest, crossing over three dizzyingly high passes with the most challenging, known as Dead Woman's Pass, standing at a height of 4,198 metres. Your local porters will race ahead to create a camp complete with coca tea and nourishing food to keep your strength up, allowing you to walk the trail with just your daypack filled with essentials. On arrival, explore the nooks and crannies of Machu Picchu and maybe visit the Inca Bridge before catching the train back to Cuzco. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Plane, train, private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $140-185 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representatives in Cuzco and Lima, specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPID

My Own Room Available: Fr $229

Departures 2018

Classic Peru: Lima to Cuzco (GAPPC) 12 Days, Fr $2,499

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THE LARES TREK 7 DAYS, Cuzco

$1,249

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

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• Explore the Sacred Valley • See Machu Picchu • Conquer the Lares Trek

• Day in Cuzco to acclimatise • Amazing guides and porters • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive into Cuzco at any time on Day 1 and get out and explore. Make sure you hit the markets to score some trinkets! The next day, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Visit a local Women's Weaving Co-operative then stop for lunch at a Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. All ingredients here are sourced from local farmers. Finish the day exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins. (B, L)

03-05

Lares Trek It's time for your trek! Depart early in the morning to Lares town where your hike will begin. Spend your first night camping in Cuncani, then the next morning, hike up to the high passes of Sicllaccasa Mountain (4,750m). Once you're at the top, take in the views of the snow-capped Chicón Mountain and surrounding lagoons, then make an offering of coca leaves to the Andean Gods. After you've enjoyed a rest, continue hiking and head downhill to your second campsite near a mountain stream. The next morning, enjoy your last few hours of hiking and keep an eye out for llamas and alpacas. Meet friendly local Quechua people and see some Inca storehouses, then upon arrival in Pumahuanca, hop into a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Aguas Calientes. (3B, 3L, 2D)

06-07

Machu Picchu / Cuzco Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge, then head back down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and van to Cuzco. Enjoy one last night out in Cuzco with your fellow travellers, then depart at any point the next day. (2B)

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist CEO on Lares Trek Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPLT

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CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU TREKKING 12 DAYS, Cuzco

$1,949

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• See Choquequirao ruins • Discover Cuzco's sights • G for Good collection

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Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping (7 nts) Transport: Private van, train Meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist guide on Choquequirao Group Size: Max 16, Avg 8 Tour Code: GASPCM

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Yanama / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco Over the next few days you'll trek through the Andes along Inca pathways, visit the ancient Victoria Mine and Corihuayrachina ruins and descend to Totora before setting up camp in La Playa on Day 9. The last portion of the hike takes you to Hidroelectrica train station, where you'll transfer by train to Aguas Calientes on Day 10. On Day 11, get that bucket list out - it's off to Machu Picchu! Tour the ruins or visit the Inca Bridge. Return to Cuzco, where your trip ends. (7B, 5L, 4D)

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Choquequirao Transfer to Cachora on Day 3 and start your hike to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao. The next day, trek through the Apurímac River canyon on the way to Marampata. Keep your eyes open for condors as you head into the cloud forest to Choquequirao, where you'll camp for the night. The next day, explore the incredible ancient ruins. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo / Cuzco Arrive into Cuzco on Day 1. The next day, enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins, with a stop at a women's weaving project. Here, learn about the stages of the weaving process, including hand-spinning and dyeing wool, and participate in a weaving demonstration. Later, visit the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco for lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant where everything is locally sourced, then visit the markets for some Peruvian souvenirs! (B, L)

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• Trek the incredible Andes • Explore Machu Picchu • Tour the Sacred Valley

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• Conquer the Salkantay Trek • Visit mighty Machu Picchu • Trek with expert guides

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Cuzco Arrive into Cuzco at any point on Day 1 and get out and explore once you've got yourself settled in. Grab some souvenirs from the array of markets, tuck into some tasty traditional food then hit the main square's lively bars and restaurants. Make sure you take some time out to visit the city's ancient Inca sites of Sacsayhuamán, Moray and Coricancha. It's definitely worth the effort! Salkantay Trek Transfer to the start of the trail and begin the awesome Salkantay Trek, an ancient and remote footpath. Incredible views and Incan ruins fill the days as the hike passes the striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay and Ausangate among others. You'll hike up several high passes, the highest point reaching 4,600 metres. Of course, as the old saying goes, what goes up must come down. Hike down into vast valleys and take in the spectacular mountainous scenery. Make sure you take a few snaps! Pass through the town of Collpabamba and meet the friendly locals, perhaps sitting down with them for a cup of coca tea. Keep an eye out for various species of wildlife, including llamas, alpacas and even condors if you're lucky. Camp each night under the starry sky - it doesn't get much more rustic than this! At the end of the trek, catch the train to Aguas Calientes where you can kick back and relax and rest those weary feet! (3B, 3L, 2D)

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PERU ON A SHOESTRING 14 DAYS, Lima

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASPPS

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04-06

Arequipa / Colca Canyon Arrive with the sunshine into Arequipa, a beautifully white city surrounded by the Andes and set in the shadow of the El Misti Volcano. Spread your wings like the Colca Canyon's resident condors and take an overnight trip to explore the canyon's depths (almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon). Gaze out over the patchwork of pre-Inca stepped terraces. Day 6, board an overnight bus bound for Cuzco. (2B)

07-09

Cuzco / Ccaccaccollo Community / Urabamba / Ollantaytambo A medley of colonial and Inca-inspired architecture, Cuzco is truly one of a kind. Wander the cobbled streets, grab some last-minute supplies for your trek and try some local cuisine. Day 8, venture into the Sacred Valley to the community of Ccaccaccollo, where you'll visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Cooperative. Today, more than 55 women are part of the association, constantly learning new methods of production to make items that travellers find useful for their trips, while also maintaining the traditional weaving methods to produce textiles made from llama and alpaca wool. Overnight with a local family and get your tongue around some Quechua words. Next morning, head to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo via the Urubamba River Valley, where Inca ruins and inquisitive alpacas await - or opt to embark on a Sacred Valley tour instead. (2B, L, D)

10-14

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco Lace up your boots and get set. Over the next four days, you'll hike 43 kilometres along one of the most revered trails in the world. With your porters taking care of all the hard work and the heavy luggage (you'll soon lose sight of them), you can concentrate on the walk, the view, and on trying to figure out how the Incas did this with a bunch of heavy stones on their backs. Arrive at the gateway to Machu Picchu on Day 13 to greet the Inca world. If your legs will carry you any further, visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). Your Peruvian adventure is officially over after breakfast on Day 14, but you'll no doubt have plenty of memories to last forever. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Lima / Nazca Roll up, check in, get out and explore Peru's bustling capital city. Meet your group tonight and travel to Nazca the next day, where the mysterious Nazca Lines are etched into the desert landscape, baffling onlookers for years. Fertility symbols, astronomical calendars and even spaceship landing areas are just some of the varied explanations for their existence. In the evening, tuck in to a Pachamanca meal slow-cooked treats prepared on hot stones - and board an overnight bus to Arequipa on Day 3. (D)

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• Discover Peru's energetic capital, Lima • View the mysterious Nazca Lines • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Simple hotels (7 nts), overnight bus (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $245-320 for meals not included

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This is a trip that's packed with all the essentials; that's maximum Peru at minimum cost! Catch a glimpse of the mysterious Nazca Lines and the beautiful Colca Canyon, then soak up the delights of Cuzco before topping it all up with a unique homestay in the Sacred Valley.


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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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Send your senses into overdrive in Peru, home to snow-capped mountains, giant sand dunes, picture-postcard lakes and ancient ruins aplenty! Hike the magnificent Inca Trail, see the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca and witness the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on the Inca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPXML

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DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Lima / Paracas / Nazca Arrive in Lima at any time on Day 1. On Day 2, hop on a bus down the coast to Paracas. Walk the town's lively avenues, find a café and sample some Peruvian ceviche - fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices. Pair it with a side of pisco sour. The next morning, opt to visit the popular Ballestas Islands for a chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins and other birdlife. Journey by bus to Nazca, and stop en route to visit a winery and the oasis at Huacachina. One of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines depict birds, insects and animals and are best appreciated on an optional scenic flight. You'll also enjoy a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. (2B)

05-09

Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Head to colonial Arequipa, a laid-back city surrounded by the Andes Mountains and the snow-capped peak of El Misti Volcano. This delightful colonial town was built from a light coloured volcanic rock, so older buildings dazzle in the sun, earning it the nickname of the White City. Take an optional visit to Santa Catalina Monastery. On Day 6, travel a rough, rutted road to Colca Canyon - one of the deepest in the world - stopping at the picturesque village of Chivay for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Take a tour around the Canyon, and witness the flight of the condors as they soar high overhead. On Day 8, fly to Cuzco and opt for a city tour. The next day, take a guided tour of the Sacred Valley and visit a women's weaving co-operative in Ccaccaccollo, where local women maintain traditional weaving methods to produce textiles made from llama and alpaca wool. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful market. The scenic village of Ollantaytambo is where you catch your breath for the hike ahead. (4B, L)

10-16

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco It's time for the long-awaited trek as you start walking in the footsteps of the Incas. Accompanied by a local crew of porters, a cook and a guide, you'll be well looked after for the duration of this four-day hike. Admire breathtaking views as you move from high plateaux to dense cloud forest. On your final ascent to Machu Picchu, climb the steps to the Sun Gate and feast your eyes on the ancient site at sunrise. Return to Cuzco on Day 13, and spend a couple of days relaxing after the trek. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (7B, 3L, 3D)

17-21

Puno / Lake Titicaca / La Paz Today, travel through the high Altiplano region to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On Day 18, embark on a two-day excursion to visit the floating islands of Uros and take a guided tour of the lake with a homestay in a local village. Opt to visit Sillustani burial site. On Day 20, enjoy a scenic drive to La Paz - the highest capital city in the world - for one final night on the town. (5B, L, D)

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My Own Room Available: Fr $649

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• Explore high-altitude La Paz • Solve the secrets of the Nazca Lines • G for Good collection

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Jan

• Watch condors soar at Colca Canyon • Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu • Live like a local on Lake Titicaca

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El Misti Volcano, Arequipa

Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, plane, train, boat Meals:18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $505-660 for meals not included

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Lima Small Group Adventure

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Mention must-visit countries, and chances are Peru would score pretty high on the list. Spot soaring condors in the Colca Canyon, delve deep into the Amazon, fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines and take that all-important selfie at Machu Picchu. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle guide in the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPHPT

inclusions Inca Trail, Aguas Calientes

highlights

• See1,500-year-old mummies in Nazca • Stay with the islanders on Lake Titicaca • Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

• Delve deep into the Amazon Jungle • Spot soaring condors in the Colca Canyon • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Local bus, private van, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $460-600 for meals not included

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13-17

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco Over the next few days you'll tackle the famous Inca Trail, 43 kilometres (27 miles) of unimaginable beauty with quite a few steps thrown in. Look on in awe as the porters race up ahead, ready to greet you later with a cup of coca tea, a slap-up meal and a perfectly-erected tent as your weary feet arrive into camp - they're absolute legends. On the last day, make the final climb towards the Sun Gate and enter Machu Picchu at dawn. With free time to explore, you'll have plenty of opportunity to discover the intricacies of this ancient site in the company of a knowledgeable guide. There'll also be loads of time to wander and ponder on your own. Day 17, enjoy a free day to explore Cuzco. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (5B, 3L, 3D)

18-21

Amazon Jungle / Lima After a flight to Puerto Maldonado and a motorised canoe trip, you'll arrive deep in the Tambopata Rainforest. From a comfortable, eco-friendly lodge you'll explore the rich flora and fauna with expert naturalist guides, both on foot and by boat. On Day 20, fly out of the jungle back to Lima for a last night on the town with your group. Depart at any point on Day 21. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno / Lake Titicaca Peru's second-largest city is colonial Arequipa, flanked by Andean mountains and El Misti Volcano. There's an optional city tour once you've arrived after your overnight bus opt to visit to the brightly-coloured Santa Catalina Monastery. On Days 6 and 7, you'll travel through the desert-like terrain to Chivay for a guided tour of the Colca Canyon. Here, you'll look out for majestic condors soaring through one of the world's deepest canyons. Afterwards, opt to go for a soak in thermal baths. On Day 8, hop on a bus to Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca; the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the Uros, Amantaní and Taquile Islands before settling down for the night with a Peruvian family in a small village. There is also an optional visit to Sillustani burial site. On Day 10, journey to Cuzco by bus, where you'll enjoy a free day on Day 11. The next day, enjoy a full day tour of the Sacred Valley, visit a local women's weaving co-operative and have lunch at a Parwa community restaurant. (6B, 2L, D)

Departures 2018 Feb

01-04

Lima / Paracas / Nazca Arrive into Lima any time on Day 1. After a free morning on Day 2, jump on the bus down the coast to lively Paracas. Wildlife enthusiasts won't want to miss the chance to visit the Ballestas Islands, where you can see sea lions, penguins and more. Head next to Nazca, where you can take an optional flight over the mysterious and extraordinary Nazca Lines. You'll also have a guided tour of a pottery studio and a pre-Inca cemetery in the Nazca Desert with 1,500-year-old mummies, bones and pottery. (B)

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Lima Small Group Adventure

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Get a real insight into Peru's spiritual corners with visits to the Sacred Valley, the Amazon Rainforest and Machu Picchu. There's also a G for Good visit to Ccaccaccollo's weaving co-operative, now made up of more than 55 local women. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Local representatives in Lima and Cuzco, specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle guide in the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPAA

inclusions Amazon Rainforest, Peru

• Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu • Get a taste for scandalous pisco sours • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas

highlights

• Venture into the Peruvian Amazon • Stay in an exclusive jungle eco lodge • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotel/guesthouses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-260 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $349

Departures 2018

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Land in Lima, and head out to explore the districts of the vibrant capital before joining your group this evening. Head to Miraflores or Barranco for your first sip of the classic pisco sour, Peru's famous cocktail. It's an early start the following morning with a flight over the Andes to the colonial city of Cuzco. Start steady with a cup of coca tea as you acclimatise to the altitude at a dizzying 3,400 metres (11,200ft)! Venture out on Day 3 to the Sacred Valley of the Incas - a lush agricultural region that continues to supply Cuzco with much of its produce - and visit the Pisac ruins and the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative. Finish the day in Ollantaytambo and get prepared for the hike. (2B, L)

04-08

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco Starting at Km 82, you have four days and 43 kilometres of world-famous hiking stretching in front of you. The porters will speed on ahead to set up camp, allowing you to take it slow, carrying only your day pack and with plenty of time to check out Inca sites along the way. Refresh with delicious meals and coca tea in camp before heading on up over mountain passes to a maximum elevation of 4,198 metres through the cloud forest. On your last day, arrive at the Sun Gate to witness a magical sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. With free time to explore the intriguing (and slightly baffling) site, be sure to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. With a free day back in the city, enjoy a well-deserved rest or dig up some more energy for a thrilling rafting or biking trip. You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details. (5B, 3L, 3D)

09-10

Amazon Jungle After a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Basin, continue by motorised boat to your exclusive eco-friendly lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest. The area is renowned for its diverse plant, animal and bird populations. And here come the stats: over 1,300 bird species (including 32 types of parrot, 10% of the world's total), 200 mammal species, 90 types of frogs, 1,200 types of butterfly and 10,000 species of plants - all protected in the reserve! You won't see them all, but your local guides will be able to help you spot plenty as you make your way around by boat and on foot. You'll also learn about the extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, which are still used today in traditional techniques for building, fishing and hunting. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Lima Leave the jungle behind as you fly back to Lima for a final night out with your group. Your trip draws to a close on Day 12 and you are free to depart any time. (2B)

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• Meet locals at Lake Titicaca • Visit age-old Tiahuanaco • G for Good collection

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Cuzco / Lima Enjoy a free day on Day 13 to kick back and relax or explore Cuzco. Activities in the region include white water rafting or mountain biking. On Day 14, fly to Lima and opt for a city tour. Depart on Day 15. (3B)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat, ferry Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinner Budget: Allow USD $315410 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, Inca Trail guide, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GABILM

Mar

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Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu On Day 8, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and the Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G for Good Women's Weaving Project then visit the amazing Pisac ruins. Today's lunch is at the Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. On Day 9, the Inca Trail beckons! Embark on the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. (5B, 4L, 3D)

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Lake Titicaca / Taquile Island / Cuzco Enjoy a guided tour of the Lake Titicaca region on Days 4 and 5. Overnight in a homestay at a local village, visit the floating islands of Uros and opt to visit Sillustani burial site. Return for one more night in Puno before heading to Cuzco on Days 6 for two nights. Opt for a city tour on arrival and peruse local markets. (4B, L, D)

Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

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La Paz / Tiahuanaco / Puno Arrive into Bolivia's high-altitude city of La Paz on Day 1. Next day, check out the fantastic buildings, architecture, sculptures and carvings of Tiahuanaco, a pre-Colombian archaeological site. Cross into Peru on Day 3 and settle in at Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca. (2B)

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Lima Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Pacaya Samiria • Spot pink river dolphins • Interact with local tribes

• Tuck into tasty fresh food • Spot turtles and sloths • Jane Goodall Collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Lima / Iquitos / Amazon Riverboat Arrive in Lima and catch your included transfer to your hotel. The next morning, fly to Iquitos where your riverboat awaits. Settle into your river view cabin, equipped with either twin beds or a queen bed and en suite facilities. The exploration begins with two boat excursions by motorised skiff, one during the day and one at night. As the Amatista sets sail, meet your crew and get to know your new home. (B, L, D)

03-09

The Amazon / Marañón River / Ucayali River / Iquitos / Lima Head out into Pacaya-Samiria Reserve on a boat excursion and keep your eyes out for monkeys, sloths, and macaws. Take a walk through the jungle and visit a local community to learn about their traditions, and visit the town of Nauta for a deeper understanding of life in such a remote part of the world. As the boat continues on its course, learn more about the Amazon River with a short presentation, take a walk along the shores of the Ucayali River, and enjoy a morning skiff excursion into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve for more wildlife viewing. Head to a small village to meet a local shaman and discover the mystical world of spiritual healing. Then, meet a local indigenous family and settle down with them for a home-cooked meal and get a glimpse into their way of life. Once it gets dark, head out on an excursion to search for tree frogs, kinkajou and nocturnal birds and monkeys. On Day 8, disembark at the port in Iquitos and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Depart on Day 9. (7B, 5L, 5D)

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Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Amatista Amazon riverboat (6 nts), upgraded hotels (2 nts) Transport: Amazon riverboat, plane, private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $115-150 for meals not included Group Leader: 2 certified Amazon naturalist guides, support staff, representative in Lima Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: GAPVIIA

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PERU PANORAMA 15 DAYS, Lima

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No-one does unearthly visions quite like Peru. With entire civilisations buried in its deserts and Inca ruins gracing its hilltops, Machu Picchu is a flash in the 5,000-year-old pan. But what a flash! Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), Inca Trail CEO, Amazon guide Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPPP

inclusions Ccaccaccollo, Sacred Valley

highlights

• Get your culture fix in the city of Cuzco • Climb your way to the iconic Machu Picchu • Meet locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay

• Spot a wealth of wildlife in the Amazon • Sample diverse Peruvian cuisine • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Lima / Puno / Lake Titicaca Arrive at any time into Peru's capital, Lima, get settled in and meet your CEO and fellow travellers. Opt to hit the town and sample your first Peruvian cervezas or try Peru's national drink, the pisco sour. Next day, hop on a flight to the town of Juliaca and transfer to Puno, the gateway to the beautiful Lake Titicaca. Enjoy a guided tour of the lake on Day 3, then spend the night mingling with the locals at an island homestay right in the heart of the lake. Next day, visit the famous floating islands of Uros then return to Puno, where you'll have the option of visiting the sacred Sillustani burial site. (3B, L, D)

05-06

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Hop on a bus out of Puno and head towards the age-old capital of the Inca Empire. Soak up the views along the way - this is a drive where you'll want to have your camera on! The next day, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit a G for Good women's weaving co-operative on the way to the stunning Pisac ruins, then tuck into a hearty lunch at a community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the ruins at Ollantaytambo. (2B, L)

07-10

Inca Trail / Machu Picchu Time to strap on the hiking boots for four days of trekking iconic Inca Trail - and some serious stairs! Peru is packed with Inca footprints, but none so famous as the city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the very few Inca sites not destroyed during the Spanish conquest, offering a brilliant insight into the lives of this great civilisation. Your journey will culminate here with time free to explore. Have a look around for the sacred Intihuatana stone, an integral part of what was once an astronomical observatory and which indicates the two equinoxes with complete accuracy. You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details. Return to Cuzco on Day 10. (4B, 3L, 3D)

11-15

Cuzco / Amazon Jungle / Lima Enjoy a free day in Cuzco on Day 11. Opt to check out the souvenir markets, people-watch the day away in Plaza de Armas or go mountain biking. Next day, fly to the Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the lush jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. On arrival, hop aboard a motorised canoe to your exclusive jungle lodge. Enjoy guided excursions by experts along intrepid jungle trails to nearby oxbow lakes and river tributaries. The Amazon is renowned for its extensive array of wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for sloths, toucans, snakes (anacondas included), caiman, and countless species of monkey. End your jungle adventure on Day 14, catch a flight back to Lima and enjoy a final night out with your group. Depart at any point on Day 15. (5B, 2L, 2D)

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts), Camping (3 nts), Amazon lodge (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private vehicle, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $260-340 for meals not included

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• Stay in a local homestay • Optional white water rafting • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-04

Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive into Peru's capital at any point on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. The next morning, hop aboard an early morning flight to the Inca capital of Cuzco. On arrival, enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring and opt to join a city tour. With two full days here, enjoy two guided biking excursions through the Sacred Valley in the Maras, Moray and Pisac regions. On your way, stop for lunch at the G for Good Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. (3B, 2L)

05-10

Ollantaytambo / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu Enjoy a free day in Ollantaytambo with opportunities to visit the nearby ruins. Next up on Day 6, it's time to hit the Inca trail to Machu Picchu! Start at Km 82 then pass to the highest point, also known as Dead Woman's Pass (4,198m), for incredible views. Finish up at Machu Picchu's Sun Gate on Day 9 for that all-important photo op, then opt to visit the Inca Bridge before you make your way back to Cuzco (you won't have to walk this time). It's another free day on Day 10, which you can use to rest your weary feet or go all out with a white-knuckle white water rafting excursion. (6B, 3L, 3D)

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Ollantaytambo

Lima

Machu Picchu Cuzco Puno

Puno / Lake Titicaca / Lima On Day 11, a scenic bus ride is on the cards as you make your way to Puno, gateway to Lake Titicaca. The next morning, head to the lake to start your two-day kayaking excursion. With stops including the islands of Uros, Taquile and Amantaní - and an optional visit to the Sillustani burial site - your bed for the night is at a small village homestay. Return to dry land and fly to Lima on Day 14 for one last night of fun with your group. The tour comes to an end on Day 15. (5B, D)

Lake Titicaca

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, plane, bike, train, boat, kayak Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $315-410 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASPHK

My Own Room Available: Fr $419

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Selected Saturdays

EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS, Lima

$1,899

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Lima

highlights

• Soak up the riches of Lima • See the site of Machu Picchu • Parque de Papa project

• Pachamanca-style dinner • Cuzco Planetarium visit • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01

Lima Arrive in Lima at any time and take an included arrival transfer to your hotel. If you have enough time, stop by the cathedral, wander the colonial neighbourhoods and check out the museum of religious art.

02-03

Lima / Sacred Valley Board an early flight to Cuzco to see the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras. The next day, head to the Sacred Valley to visit the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), a G for Good experience exclusive to National Geographic Journeys travellers. Visit the community with a local guide and learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving. Then, head to the Pisac ruins and dine at the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo. (2B, L, D)

04-05

Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco Rise early for your transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Then next morning, meet your expert guide and make your way to the fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu. After a tour, make the most of your free time and take an optional hike to the Inca Bridge before catching a train back to Cuzco. (2B)

06-08

Cuzco / Lima Spend the day exploring the museums of Cuzco, or give yourself a good adrenalin rush with optional white water rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking trips. In the evening, enjoy another exclusive experience as you head to Cuzco Planetarium for some refined stargazing. Return to Lima by plane on Day 7, and leave at any time the next day. (3B)

Sacred Valley, Peru

inclusions PE R U

Lima

Machu Picchu

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Sacred Valley Cuzco

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van, train, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPENG

My Own Room Available: Fr $599

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Selected Saturdays and Sundays

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• Bike in the Sacred Valley • Hike the Inca Trail • 2-day kayak trip on Titicaca


ICONIC PERU 14 DAYS, Lima

$3,499

FR

Lima

highlights

• Lake Titicaca boat tour • Explore Machu Picchu • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Lima / Amazon Jungle Arrive in the stately clifftop capital of Lima and catch an included transfer to your hotel. Next up, a flight to the Amazon's Puerto Maldonado. On arrival, take a motorised canoe to your exclusive lodge in the lush Tambopata Rainforest. Here, knowledgeable local guides are on-hand to take you around the jungle. (2B, 2L, 2D)

04-05

Cuzco / Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco and spend the night stargazing from the planetarium. The next morning, explore the Sacred Valley with a local guide and uncover the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lunch at a community restaurant and visit the women of the weaving co-operative. (2B, L)

06-09

Cuzco / Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Today it's the start of your trek to one of the world's most enigmatic sites, Machu Picchu. Incredibly, it's just 600 years old and only a couple of decades older than the USA! Start your four-day guided Inca or Lares Trail hike with a personal cook and porters, or take the easy option; two days in Cuzco and a scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Explore Machu Picchu with your guide and return to Cuzco by train. (4B, 3L, 3D)

10-14

Amazon Rainforest, Peru

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Amazon Jungle

Lima

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley Cuzco

Cuzco / Puno / Lake Titicaca / Lima Enjoy a free day in Cuzco then travel through the Altiplano region to Puno, Peru's folkloric capital. In the morning, take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca via the floating islands of Uros and Taquile, and visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a family's home. Return to Lima on Day 13 and depart the next day. (5B, L)

Puno

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), Amazon lodge (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cuzco hotel (3 nts) Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $295385 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASPQNG

My Own Room Available: Fr $599

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Selected Thursdays and Sundays

MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON 10 DAYS, Lima

$2,599

FR

Cuzco

highlights

• Exclusive Amazon lodge • Stargazing in a planetarium • Parque de la Papa visit

• Machu Picchu visit • Opt to walk the Inca Trail • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY

B R A Z I L

P E R U

Amazon Rainforest

Machu Picchu

Departures 2018 Nov

Dec

Oct

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Sep

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11 14 28

Jul

Cuzco

Jun

Sacred Valley

My Own Room Available: Fr $399

May

Lima

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), Amazon lodge (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cuzco hotel (3 nts) Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170225 for meals not included Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASPSNG

Apr

06-10

Cuncani / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco On Day 6, hit the stone path of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Walking alongside your guide (the porters and cooking staff will leave you in their dust - good luck keeping up with them!), you'll glimpse original Inca constructions. Hike before dawn the next morning to reach the stunning Machu Picchu by sunrise, before returning to Cuzco, where the trip ends on Day 10. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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Mar

04-05

Cuzco / Sacred Valley Travel out of the jungle by boat and return to Puerto Maldonado. Your next flight takes you soaring over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cuzco. Enjoy a free day to explore the city (top tip: these guys put on a mean massage). On Day 5, the Sacred Valley beckons. Enjoy a visit to Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, and learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving methods - both integral parts to Andean culture. Afterwards, explore the Pisac ruins before stopping for lunch at the G for Good community restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. (2B, L)

Machu Picchu, Peru

Feb

01-03

Lima / Amazon Rainforest Arrive in Lima on Day 1 and head to your hotel with an included arrival transfer. Enjoy the free day before boarding your flight the following morning to Puerto Maldonado, right in the middle of the Amazon Jungle. Take to the river on a motorised canoe and arrive at your exclusive Amazon lodge. Enjoy guided excursion with expert naturalist guides at nearby oxbow lakes, clay licks and tree-top towers. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Jan

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Exclusive Amazon lodge • Opt to hike the Inca Trail • Cuzco Planetarium visit

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

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INCA PANORAMA 11 DAYS, Lima

$1,915

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Cuzco Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See the floating Uros Islands • Entry to the Pisac ruins • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

DAY ITINERARY

09-11

Arequipa Puno / Lake Titicaca

Mar 19

Feb 19

Jan 19

Dec

Nov

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ULTIMATE INCA TRAIL 8 DAYS, Cuzco

Oct

Departures 2018/19 Sep

Colca Canyon

Aug

Cuzco

Jul

Chivay

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cuzco The Sacred Valley's not all ruins and ancient civilisations. It also happens to cradle of adrenalin, from mountain biking to hiking and rafting. Enjoy some free time, then continue on to Aguas Calientes, your base for your Machu Picchu visit on Day 10. Or, for a modest supplement, opt to walk part of the Inca Trail (ask your Travel Expert for more details). Return to Cuzco, where your trip ends Day 11. (3B)

Jun

Sacred Valley

Lima

May

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Apr

Ollantaytambo

Mar

PERU

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (10 nts) Transport: 1 local flight & transfer, private air con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners (2 lunches on trekking option) Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLICU/COLICUT

Feb

06-08

Cuzco / Sacred Valley Journey towards the magnetic city of Cuzco, the heart of the once-mighty Inca Empire. Stop off at the ancient Inca ruins of Pukara and the last remaining two-storey Inca walls in Raqchi before arriving into Cuzco. On Day 7, explore the city's cobbled streets and unique mix of colonial and Inca architecture. The next day, visit the alluring and spiritual Sacred Valley and take a tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo, one of Peru's oldest towns. (3B, D)

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Jan

01-05

Lima / Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno Meet your group this morning and head out to explore the capital. On Day 2, catch a flight to the so-called White City of Arequipa and take in the city's history on a walking tour. On Day 3, travel through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve on your way to the Colca Canyon, a beautiful trekking destination and the home of the giant Andean condor. On Day 4, try to catch a glimpse of the scavengers before travelling to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The next day, take to the water and meet the residents of the Taquile and Uros Islands. (4B, L, 2D)

$1,655

FR

Cuzco

• Walk the Inca Trail • Discover Machu Picchu • Sacred Valley visit

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See the Pisac ruins • Free time in Cuzco • Browse Cuzco's markets

DAY ITINERARY

07-08

Sacred Valley / Cuzco Today, cut through the Sacred Valley as you make your way back to Cuzco. Stop at the community of Chinchero on the way, then arrive back in Cuzco in time to spend an afternoon at leisure. You're in need of some serious R&R, so be kind to yourself! The trip ends on Day 8. (2B)

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06

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Feb 19

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

Cuzco

Departures 2018/19 May

Sacred Valley

Inca Trail

Apr

Machu Picchu

Jan 19

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (4 nts), Inca Trail camping (3 nts) Transport: Private air con coach, train Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guide Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COINCAT

Mar

03-06

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu This historic trek can't help but impress, with mind-blowing views of cloud forests, waterfalls, wildlife and ancient ruins as you tread in the footsteps of the Inca civilisation. Follow the trails over the mountain of Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman's Pass, and spend your nights camping: firstly at Wayllabamba (2,900m), then Pacamayo (3,600m) and finally at Wiñay Wayna (3,800m). On your final morning, rock up to the Sun Gate for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, and enjoy some free time before returning to the Sacred Valley. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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02

Sacred Valley Next up, the beautiful and often mysterious Sacred Valley. Take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before spending the night in Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest towns in the country. Tomorrow, you're off to the start of the Inca Trail, so make sure you get plenty of rest! (B)

Pisac Ruins, Sacred Valley

Jan

01

Cuzco Meet up with your group this afternoon and head out to explore the city of Cuzco, the modern-day starting point for any visit to Machu Picchu. Visit the markets of San Blas, Koricancha and San Pedro and enjoy time at leisure to browse shops, boutiques and bars. (D)

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• The condors of Colca Canyon • The temple of Wiracocha • Cruise across Lake Titicaca


ANDES & AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS 8 DAYS, Lima

$2,199

FR

Cuzco Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Party vibes in Cuzco • Spot giant otters and more • Experience life in the jungle

DAY ITINERARY

07-08

Ollantaytambo

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Mar 19

Feb 19

Jan 19

Dec

Nov

Oct

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Puerto Maldonado / Jungle Lodge

PERU UNCOVERED 14 DAYS, Lima

Sep

Sacred Valley

Departures 2018/19 Aug

Cuzco

Jul

Lima

Jun

Amazon Lodge

PERU

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (5 nts), Amazon Jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Private air con coach, minibus or van, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners (3 lunches for trekking option) Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLICZ/COLICZT

May

BRAZIL

Apr

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Mar

Machu Picchu / Cuzco Rise early this morning to see the sun rise (if the clouds hold out!) over Machu Picchu and a tour of the Temple of Three Windows, ceremonial baths and altar. This afternoon, head back to the charming town of Cuzco for the end of your Andes and Amazonian adventure. (2B, D)

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Feb

04-06

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes Today, head to Cuzco and wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right supported weaving centre then party on down. Move on to the Sacred Valley on Day 5 for a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before arriving to Peru's oldest town, Ollantaytambo, for a night. Ready for some action? There is loads on offer in the Sacred Valley on Day 6 - biking, hiking and rafting! Alternatively, for a modest supplement, you can choose to do part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Take a train to Km 104, then trek among the cloud forest to the Sun Gate and Guardian House. (3B)

Sacred Valley, Peru

Jan

01-03

Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Jungle Lodge Begin your adventure exploring Peru's lively capital Lima. Visit the charming Museo de la Nación, Plaza San Martín and the Basilica Cathedral then hit the city's lively bars for a drink or two. On Day 2, take a scenic flight over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru's southern jungle. Exciting activities await! Opt to hike through the jungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores and look out for an Amazonian alligator! Tonight, relax in paradise at the incredible Jungle Lodge. On Day 3, embark on a guided catamaran boat trip for some wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant otter. (2B, 2L, 3D)

$2,865

FR

Lima Exclusively for 18-39s

highlights

• Spot Colca Canyon condors • Lake Titicaca island cruise • Visit mythical Machu Picchu

• Opt to hike the Inca Trail • Explore the Sacred Valley • Overnight in the Amazon

DAY ITINERARY

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Ollantaytambo Cuzco

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Lima

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (12 nts), Amazon Jungle Lodge (1 nt) Transport: Private air con coach, mini coach or van, plane Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners (4 lunches on trekking option) Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLILI/ COLILIT

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Puerto Maldonado Aguas Calientes Amazon (Machu Picchu) Lodge Sacred Valley

May

B R A Z I L

Apr

10-14

Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado / Lima Wake early to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu, then return to Cuzco. On Day 12, it's fly-time to the Amazon! Land in Puerto Moldanado, visit the native Infierno community and hike deep into the jungle, overnighting in a jungle lodge. Next morning, follow your guide on a catamaran to see wildlife, including the giant otter! Opt to piranha fish or go white water rafting. Return to Lima on Day 14. (5B, 2L, 2D)

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Mar

05-09

Puno / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Take to the waters of Lake Titicaca, visiting the island of Taquile and the reed islands of Uros to experience the local way of life. On Day 6, see the Inca ruins of Pukara and Raqchi on the way to Cuzco. Start the following day with a city tour and visit the nearby Pisac ruins on Day 8. Overnight in Ollantaytambo before discovering the Sacred Valley's wild side with a morning of optional biking, hiking and rafting. Catch the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo this afternoon, or, opt to join part of the Inca Trail and trek to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. (5B, L, D)

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Feb

01-04

Lima / Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno Meet your group then check out Lima's 43 diverse districts. On Day 2, fly to Arequipa and delve into the city's history on a walking tour. Day 3, visit Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve then rock up to a rustic lodge in the centre of the Colca Canyon! Spend the next morning trying to spot the Andean condor. Later, make your way through the Andes to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (3B, L, 2D)

Jan

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Soak up the epic scenery • Opt to bike, hike or raft • Awe at iconic Machu Picchu


LIMA lima show you a good time PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

It's chaotic and it's messy, but Lima has some key ingredients that make it an absolute must. Think friendly locals, ancient Inca architectural sites, historical Plaza Bolívar and delicious churros. Oh, and pisco sours. If you want to be part of the party, stay in the historic neighbourhood of Miraflores where you'll find great shopping districts, Lovers' Park and banging nightlife. And put the parka away, you're in the seconddriest capital in the world!

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CONDOR'S HOUSE

$15 $24

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PUCLLANA LODGE

$41 $27

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Rock Solid

EL TAMBO PERU

$79 $40

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Urban side street in Miraflores, a short walk from Punta Roquitas.

Location: Close to the action in Miraflores, a short walk from the Huaca Pucllana ruins.

Location: Great spot in the heart of the tourist district, close to Redondo Beach.

Vibe: Simple digs with a jungle garden, regular barbecues and a laid-back vibe.

Vibe: A real home from home, with seven uniquely-furnished guestrooms.

Vibe: Clean rooms with simple décor and comfy bounce-worthy beds.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms (shared bathrooms) • Bar • 24-hour reception • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Highlights: Private rooms • Kitchen • 2 lounges • Outdoor terrace • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Room service • Bar • Café • Garden • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

LIMCON

BALLESTAS ISLANDS & SANDBOARDING ADVENTURE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

LIMPUC

$199

FR

2 DAYS

Discover Peru's coastal landscapes, and cover the grounds of the Ballestas Islands, Paracas National Reserve and the Huacachina Oasis. Departing from Lima, cruise to the top of Huacachina's 500-metre-high sand dunes, then rocket down the slopes in sand buggies and try your hand at sandboarding. On to Paracas on Day 2, explore the Ballestas Islands and National Reserve, spotting sea lions, penguins and pink flamingos before returning to Lima. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3/4* hotel (1 nt) Meals: Not included Includes: Lima return transfers, transport during tours, activities as per itinerary, English-speaking guide on most tours Tour Code: BELIMBAL

SANDBOARDING & NAZCA LINES ADVENTURE

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$450 4 DAYS

Whether driven by action or seduced by nature, you'll love exploring Peru on this four-day excursion. On Day 1, head to Paracas Natural Reserve and immerse yourself in beautiful landscapes. Next day, take a morning Ballestas Islands Boat Trip, then hop on a bus to Ica for sandboarding and sand buggying in the Huacachina desert oasis on Day 3. Bus to Nazca for your unforgettable Nazca Lines overflight on Day 4, then return to Lima. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3/4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Lima return transfers, transport during tours, activities as per itinerary, English-speaking guide, Nazca Lines flight Tour Code: BELIMFLY

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CUZCO & MACHU PICCHU m-achu do about trekking PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Machu Picchu is only slightly older than the USA, but it's several worlds away from anything you'll find there. Shrouded in speculation around its seeminglyimpossible origin, it might be the only place on earth where you'd give the alien landing theory some serious thought (but still, no). Bookend your visit with stays in nearby Cuzco where the streets are charming, the massages cheap and where the guinea pigs come with a leafy side salad.

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$12 $22

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Location: Just a few minutes on foot from the main square. Conveniently close to the city's bars and restaurants.

Location: A brilliant spot in central Cuzco, just four blocks from the Plaza de Armas.

Vibe: Housed in a restored monastery with a boutique-esque atmosphere and two courtyards. Get social at the rooftop bar!

Vibe: A beautiful carsona restored to its original beauty with hand-carved wooden balconies, stone patios and stone arches.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Rooftop bar • Outdoor terrace • 2 courtyards with hammocks • Cinema • Nightclub • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproof rooms • In-room safe • Outdoor terrace • Outdoor fireplace • Garden • Bar • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN ADVENTURE

$457

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MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN OVERNIGHT

$523

FR

2 DAYS

Make an express visit from Cuzco to Machu Picchu and back in one day as you travel along the scenic Peru Railway to Aguas Calientes by executive-class train, enjoying views of the Urubamba River on your way. Discover the Inca citadel with your knowledgeable, local guide and retrace the civilisation's footsteps. Enjoy some free time to explore the quaint mountain town of Aguas Calientes before starting your return journey to Cuzco after lunch.

Enjoy a van journey from Cuzco to the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo, then hop on the train to Aguas Calientes to explore the nooks and crannies of the mountain town. It's a very early start on Day 2 with a morning transfer to Machu Picchu, allowing plenty of time to visit this world-renowned and mind-boggling archaeological site on a two-hour guided tour. Explore the hidden corners of this ancient city on your own before returning to Cuzco.

Departs: Daily (Cuzco-Cuzco) Transport: Bus, train, private vehicle Meals: 1 lunch Tour Guide: Professional English/Spanish-speaking guide Includes: Introductory briefing, entry fee to Machu Picchu Tour Code: BECUZMPT

Departs: Daily (Cuzco-Cuzco) Accommodation: 3/4* hotel (1 nt) Transport: Bus, train, van Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Tour Guide: English-speaking guide Includes: Briefing, entry fee to Machu Picchu, Cuzco pick-up Tour Code: BECUZMAC

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INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS, Cuzco

$849

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Transfers to and from Cuzco • Enjoy spectacular vistas • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Follow the original Inca Trail: a hand-built stone footpath that retraces the footsteps of Inca royalty. Starting from Cuzco, take a bus to the hike's starting point in Piscacucho. The most challenging climb comes on Day 2, with a steep incline up to Dead Woman's Pass, but this (and the hefty steps on Day 3) are worth it. Catch the sunrise at Inti Punku (Sun Gate) on the final day, and enjoy a guided tour of the site. Permits sell out quickly, so be sure to book early. Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat. Daily for groups of 4+ (No departures in Feb) Accommodation: Camping (3 nts) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Hotel pick-up, guide, tent, basic sleeping pad, porter (max 7kg baggage), Inca Trail & entry fee to Machu Picchu, snacks, return Cuzco transfers Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: BECUZTIT

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS, Cuzco

$759

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Witness rural Peruvian life • Explore Machu Picchu • Lares hot springs visit (optional)

• Meet farming families on the way • Camp in local villages • Optional climb up Huayna Picchu

Take a cultural trek through a part of Peru that's barely changed in 500 years. From Cuzco, transfer to Lares Town to start the trek. As the horsemen and their donkeys leave you in their dust, you might meet children on their way to school or stumble across local women weaving in the fields as they watch over their flock. Take a train to Aguas Calientes on Day 3, and take a bus to Machu Picchu early the next morning. After a guided tour, return to Cuzco. Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat. Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Camping (2 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Pre-departure briefing, Machu Picchu entry fee, professional guide on trek, most transport, horses to carry camping/cooking kit, sleeping mattresses, first aid kit Note: 5-Day trip available Tour Code: BEBAMCUZ

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS, Cuzco

$669

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Popular alternative to the Inca Trail • Soak in hot springs (optional) • Up-close views of Salkantay

• Guided tour of Machu Picchu • Opt to climb Huayna Picchu • Walk through the cloud forest

Ditch the tourists on this five-day trek, taking you close to Salkantay Mountain and through the jungle to Machu Picchu. Make your way through the cloud forest, passing waterfalls and an abundance of tropical vegetation along the way. Arrive at the hot springs of Santa Teresa on Day 3 and continue to Aguas Calientes the next day. Arrive at Machu Picchu on the last day for a guided tour before returning to Cuzco. A four-day option is also available. Departs: Typically 4 departures per week (Mar-Dec). Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Camping (3 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Includes: Machu Picchu entrance fee, professional guide, transfers, pre-departure briefing, snacks, mules to carry camping/cooking kit, emergency oxygen bottle Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: BECUZSAL

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• Hike the original Inca Trail • Keep watch for hidden Inca ruins • Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate


MACHU PICCHU JUNGLE ADVENTURE: BIKE, RAFT, CANOPY AND TREK 4 DAYS, Cuzco

$668

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

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• Cycle through lush jungle • Ride past fruit plantations • Trek through jungle & mountains

• Peru's highest zipline (optional) • Walking tour of Machu Picchu • Soak in hot springs (optional)

Take a fast-paced route to Machu Picchu, with exhilarating bike rides and treks through the rainforest. Cruise through fruit plantations and over rivers towards Santa Maria, visiting the Huamanmarca archaeological site on the way. After a scenic trek on Day 2, try South America's highest zipline (optional) on Day 3 before one last hike to Aguas Calientes. Arrive in Machu Picchu in the morning, then take a walking tour before returning to Cuzco on Day 4.

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Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat. Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (2 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Pre-departure briefing, snacks, professional guide, Cuzco hotel pick-up, most transfers, biking equipment, entry fees, first aid kit Note: Ziplining and rafting activities can be booked at extra cost Tour Code: BECUZBAN

THE SACRED VALLEY TRAIN & MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS, Cuzco

$443

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Cuzco Independent Tour • Visit a sacred hillside Inca site • See Ollantaytambo town • Tour Machu Picchu

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• Peruvian cuisine in Urubamba • Train ride to Aguas Calientes • Optional Huayna Picchu trek

Visit the unforgettable Sacred Valley of the Incas and the archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Taste Peru’s cuisine in Urubamba and make your way towards Machu Picchu on the Peru Rail. Ride along the Urubamba River into the lush forest to reach Aguas Calientes at the end of Day 1, taking in the views along the way. Day 2, explore Machu Picchu with a guide on a two-hour tour, then return to your accommodation in Cuzco as the day draws to an end.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel/hostel (depending on package) (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Includes: Pre-departure briefing, professional guide, Cuzco hotel pick-up, most transfers, Machu Picchu entry fees Tour Code: BECUZSAV

INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU: ZIPLINING & HUAYNA PICCHU 4 DAYS, Cuzco

$659

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure • A thrilling downhill bike ride • Trek to Aguas Calientes • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

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• Jungle canopy zipline • Awesome rafting excursion • Immerse yourself in the Andes

There's not just one way to reach Machu Picchu! This jungle adventure has mountain biking, trekking, rafting and ziplining excursions as you venture into the backwoods of the Andes - all guaranteed to get your heart racing on your way. The ultimate ending is your arrival at the celebrated archaeological site of Machu Picchu. If you have enough energy left, go one step further with a hike up challenging Huayna Picchu or Montaña Machu Picchu. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (2 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Pre-departure briefing, professional guide on trek & Mach Picchu tour, canopy zipline, Huayna Picchu mountain trek, biking equipment, snacks in local restaurants, Cuzco hotel pick-up, most transfers, Machu Picchu entry fees, first aid kit Tour Code: BECUZJTZ

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$68

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3 DAYS

If you have any plans to visit Machu Picchu, Cuzco will serve as your base and your last-minute-supplies shop. This package aims to make things as easy as possible for you, taking care of two nights' accommodation and getting you there safely with an included airport pick-up. We've even thrown in a city tour on Day 2 to help you get your bearings. How you spend the rest of your time is up to you. There are some great bars, FYI.

$649

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2 DAYS

Get ready for this awesome adventure into the backwoods of the breathtaking Andean Mountains. Hike up to the impressive hidden Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, deep in the Peruvian jungle, and venture along the original stone staircases of the Inca Trail leading to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). This invigorating short trek is ideal for those wishing to view such an amazing archaeological site, without the physical demands longer treks can bring. Departs: Daily (no departures in Feb) Accommodation: 3* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Includes: Pre-departure briefing, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entry fees and guide, most transfers Tour Code: BECUZTRA

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Airport pick-up, Cuzco city tour Tour Code: CUZCAP

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

INCA TRAIL EXPRESS TREK

$203

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2 DAYS

INCA QUARRY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

$776

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4 DAYS

It's not all about Machu Picchu around these parts, y'know. The Rainbow Mountain is a spectacle all by itself, a multicoloured mountain and one of Ancient Peru's sacred sites. This challenging two-day trek takes you past red mountains, the Ausangate Glacier and Surine Mountain, as well as through villages where you can interact with the local residents. A two-hour uphill hike on Day 2 gives you a great view, and leaves you with 30 minutes to explore.

One of the newest routes to Machu Picchu, meaning less crowds but no less incredible views. The highlight of the trip (Machu Picchu aside) is the Incan quarry of Cachicata, used by the Incas in their construction of Ollantaytambo. There you'll find large buildings, quarried stones, chullpas (burial houses) and caves still containing Inca mummies. Return transfers from/to Cuzco are included. This has the same difficulty level as the Inca Trail.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Camping (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Pre-departure briefing, Cuzco-Quesiuno shuttle, English-speaking guide, chef, wranglers and horses to carry equipment Tour Code: BECUZARM

Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: 3* hotel (1 nt), twin-share camping (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Pre-departure briefing, Cuzco pick-up, English-speaking guide, Machu Picchu entry Tour Code: BECUZQMP

MACHU PICCHU TREK & AMAZON COMBO 12 DAYS, Cuzco

$1,604

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Cuzco Independent Tour

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• Trek to stunning Inca ruins • See Machu Picchu for yourself • Visit the old Inca Empire capital

Maras, Peru

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3* or 4* hotel (4 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), night bus (2 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Includes: Cuzco airport pick-up/ drop-off, activities as per itinerary, Machu Picchu & Taricaya Reserve entry fees Tour Code: BECUZMPA

• Get fit in the fresh air • Overnight in an eco lodge • Stand in awe in the Amazon

After your included pick-up from Cuzco airport, enjoy a 4WD motorbike tour on Day 2 to visit the great Inca ruins of Moray and the pre-Inca salt pools of Maras. On Day 3, begin an amazing four-day trek to Machu Picchu. Admire breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains and an unforgettable sunrise over the site itself before a well-deserved rest on Day 7. Next, take a night bus to Puerto Maldonado. Begin your Amazon adventure on Day 8 with activities in the town and a boat transfer to an eco-lodge in the jungle. Walk through the trees and visit the Taricaya Ecological Reserve on Day 9 to see monkeys, parrots and caimans. Return to Puerto Maldonado on Day 10 for more activities before returning to Cuzco on a night bus. Arrive on Day 11 and enjoy a city tour before ending your trip with a Cuzco airport drop-off on Day 12.

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PERUVIAN AMAZON save the rainforest! PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Where would we be without the Amazon? Well a little bit dead, actually. Here's the deal - it's the largest jungle in the world (twice the size of India) and it produces over 20% of the world's oxygen. It's also fertilised by sand blown over from the African Sahara (whaaaat), and is home to a mindboggling array of animals and around 400 native tribes, some of whom are yet to make any contact with the outside world. Yup, it's THAT big. Here's the Peru bit.

PUERTO MALDONADO AMAZON ECO LODGE ADVENTURE

$521

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5 DAYS

Take an overnight bus from Cuzco and spend three days in the 'lungs of the earth'. Sail into the Amazon along the Madre de Dios River, tuning your ears to the squawks of the jungle. Take a canopy walk along the highest tree platform in the Amazon (be on the lookout for flying macaws and Harpy eagles), visit theTaricaya reserve and animal rescue centre and go looking for caimans on a night boat safari. Return to Cuzco by overnight bus. Departs: Daily (from Puerto Maldonado) Accommodation: Eco lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Meals: All meals at lodge Includes: Reserve entry fees, all transport Note: Also available from Cuzco Tour Code: BECUZECO

JUNGLE ADVENTURE IN THE TAMBOPATA RESERVE

$359

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4 DAYS

Start your adventure with a Puerto Maldonado pick-up on Day 1, then transfer to the research station down the Madre de Dios River. Enjoy a jungle hike and a river trip by night. Walk through the jungle canopy on Day 2, then hike to the natural water pool, Carachmayo. Visit the field station on Day 3, then discover the bio-orchard and palm reforestation project, before a night-time jungle hike. Transfer back to Puerto Maldonado on Day 4. Departs: Daily (from Puerto Maldonado) Accommodation: Amazon Research Station (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Transfers, activities as per itinerary, professional guide, reserve entry fee Tour Code: BEADVTAM

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PUERTO MALDONADO AMAZON AIR EXPEDITION

$739

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3 DAYS

Explore the Peruvian Amazon from your base in Puerto Maldonado, and immerse yourself in its rich, diverse wilderness. Travel along the Madre de Dios River and follow your expert guide on nature walks to see animals including jaguar, puma, toucans, macaws, spider monkeys and tapirs, and climb up to the Amazon's highest tree platform to see life in the canopy up close. There's also an included night safari and a visit to the Taricaya turtle project. Departs: Daily (from Cuzco) Accommodation: Amazon eco lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Airport transfers (excl. Cuzco on Day 3), 2 internal flights, activities as per itinerary, entry fees Tour Code: BECUZPEM

IQUITOS AMAZON ADVENTURE

$682

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4 DAYS

Parrots, jacanas and cormorants all await you on Lake Sapote before you head to the other end of the Moena lagoon for sloths, squirrels and dusky titi monkeys. And that's just Day 1! Spend the rest of your time learning about exotic plants and huge frogs, and visit the community of San Juan de Yanayacu. Stumble across (not literally) the world's smallest monkey (pygmy marmoset) and finish with style, swimming near pink river dolphins and spotting iguanas! Departs: Daily (from Iquitos accommodation or airport) Accommodation: Jungle lodge (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Fast boat from Iquitos, boat, canoe, walking Tour Code: BEIQUAMZ

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LAKE TITICACA & COLCA CANYON close-knit communities PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

It's quite the sight as you sail towards the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. Colourful handwoven reed islands float next to each other, adorned with toy-like shelters and populated by the indigenous Uru people. Delve deeper into Peru and you'll hit the white-washed tiles of Arequipa, your gateway to the Colca Canyon. Watch condors rising on the wind and take in the patterned landscape of the Inca terraces.

$189

LAKE TITICACA & ITS ISLANDS - HOMESTAY

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2 DAYS

Get ready for a colourful, vibrant and eye-opening cultural experience, visiting three different indigenous groups on Lake Titicaca. Spend the night with an indigenous family on the remote island of Amantaní and visit the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. Be welcomed by Aymara and Quechua-speaking families, happy to share their unique way of living. The views of Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real mountain range aren't bad, either! Departs: Daily (Puno-Puno) Accommodation: Homestay (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Includes: Puno pick-up/drop-off Note: Transfers from outside the city, host family gift & Taquile Island lunch not included Tour Code: BEPUNLTI

COLCA CANYON TREKKING

$95

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2 DAYS

Begin bleary-eyed with a very early morning departure from Arequipa on Day 1, to reach the Colca Canyon for breakfast and visit the Cruz del Condor overlook. Trek deep into the canyon through local villages and reach your lodge for a rewarding dinner (you've earned it). On Day 2, follow a steep trail up to Cabanaconde and take a bus to Chivay. Soak your legs in the hot springs then return to Arequipa after a challenging, but fun, trip. Departs: Daily (Arequipa-Arequipa) Accommodation: Lodge (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: Transfers to and from Arequipa Tour Code: BEAQPBCC

LAKE TITICACA & SUN ISLAND 3 DAYS, La Paz

$331

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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• See gorgeous sunrises and sunsets • Soak up those beach vibes • Imagine yourself in Inca times

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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Departs: Daily (La Paz-La Paz) Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: All transport from Puno to Copacabana to La Paz, shared boat from Copacabana to Sun Island Tour Code: BEFJZPTL

• Visit the Island of the Sun • Meet the locals • Learn the Inca stories of old

Set off from La Paz to Copacabana, which boasts the best beach in Bolivia, and head out to experience Inca culture out on the islands of Lake Titicaca. You'll visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Copacabana, and meet crafts people with a local guide. Set sail on Day 2 over to the Island of the Sun and take a short trek to visit the Chinkana Inca ruins - you'll really feel the Inca presence. Take a walk along the beach, enjoy the tranquillity of the evening and take in the sunset, or rise early next morning for the equally incredible sunrise. Then, head down to the Inca Steps that morning, to check out a clear and pure holy water fountain. Arrive in La Paz (via Copacabana) on Day 3 with a camera full of amazing photos and memories to quite literally last a lifetime.

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Possibly the country's most recognisable landscape. A whopping 10,582km2, these salt flats are the largest in the whole world.

Why did the zebra cross the road? In La Paz, people dress up as zebras to stop cars and help people cross the street. So that's why.

Another superlative to Bolivia's cap is Lake Titicaca. The world's highest navigable lake sits at 3,812m above sea level.

In 2010, Bolivia granted all nature equal rights to humans, and redefined the country's rich mineral deposits as blessings.

Multi-lingual? You don't know the meaning of the word! Bolivia officially speaks 37, with a casual 33 others in its back pocket.

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BOLIVIA DISCOVERY 11 DAYS, La Paz

$1,499

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) on Days 1-9 Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GABBDR

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• Visit multi-coloured lagoons • Explore the mining town of Potosí • G for Good collection

My Own Room Available: Fr $239

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La Paz / Sucre Arrive into La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (the City of Our Lady of Peace) today and adjust to the high altitude. The city is at nearly 4,000m (13,120ft) above sea level, making it the highest capital (though unofficial) in the world. Soak up its spirit as you take an easy stroll around the streets. Fly to Sucre on Day 2, Bolivia's official and political capital. The city's museums and colonial buildings tied to the independence movement make it a city of strong historical interest. There are also options to go mountain biking, hiking or visit the nearby dinosaur footprints - they're 60 million years old! (3B)

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Potosí Next up, Potosí, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times. Tragically, thousands of indigenous people and slaves brought over from Africa lost their lives in the silver mines due to the appalling working conditions. Though things have improved, conditions are still poor. If you want to experience life underground on a working mine tour, it's customary to bring some supplies with you such as coca leaves, breathing masks and gloves. (B)

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Uyuni / Salt Flats The next day, transfer to Uyuni, an isolated town built seemingly in defiance of its desert-like surroundings in the south-western corner of Bolivia. Check in to your hotel, go for a quick wander around and stock up on a few snacks and essentials as you prepare for the salt flats excursion. Spend the next three days exploring the high Altiplano between the Salar de Uyuni and Chile's Atacama Desert on an exciting 4WD adventure. Travel along the rugged terrain and stop at the coloured lagoons on the way, home to some fabulous flamingos. On Day 7, a special G for Good experience takes you to the Jukil community, where a project is underway to regenerate economic opportunities for the indigenous population and halt urban migration. Learn about their specialisation in quinoa production, and take a guided walk to the sacred Jukil mountaintop. As you continue on your way, pass geysers, boiling mud pools, thermal baths and catch a glimpse of the Licancabur Volcano looming in the distance. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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La Paz Pull up to La Paz this morning for a day at leisure. Opt to take a city tour or take in the dramatic Valley of the Moon. Alternatively, relax with a free afternoon to explore the city's markets and winding streets. Today is a last chance for souvenir shopping, so be sure to check out the Witches' Market where you can cure your real and imagined ailments with a whole host of herbal remedies and mysterious lotions! Your Bolivian adventure comes to an end the next day. (2B)

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• Conquer high altitude in the Andes • Strike a pose on the Salar de Uyuni • Explore the salt flats by 4WD

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Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), basic hotels on a multi-share basis (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, train, 4WD, plane Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $270-355 for meals not included

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BELLA BOLIVIA 13 DAYS, La Paz

$2,345

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Salta Exclusively for 18-35s

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The clock on the National Congress building in La Paz runs backwards to remind its citizens to think differently. Yes, weird, but also pretty brilliant. Which sums up Bolivia to a T. This trip takes you across its most incredible landscapes, complete with volcanoes, geysers and a healthy dose of flamingos. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLPSA

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• Browse La Paz' famous Witches Market • Explore colonial Sucre on a guided tour • 4WD excursion on the Uyuni Salt Flats

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (10 nts), multi-share hostels (2 nts) Transport: Coach, minibus or van, plane Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners

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La Paz / Sucre Kick the trip off with an absolute banger. La Paz is one of those places that can be quite hard to figure out, but the journey's always a blast. Meet your group on the first day and get used to the thinner air in one of the world's highest cities. The next day, lace up and head out to explore its colonial sites and unique markets (with a mandatory stop at the Witches' Market for a blessing). On Day 3, continue on to Sucre, the constitutional seat of the government and a complete contrast to bustling La Paz with narrow streets and white stone buildings. Explore on a city tour and enjoy time at leisure the next day. (3B, 2D)

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Potosí / Uyuni Take it easy this morning, then make the short drive to Potosí in the afternoon. Nearly 500m higher than La Paz, Potosí was also one of the richest cities in the Spanish colonies. The iconic hill that dwarfs the town is named Cerro Rico, or Rich Hill, and was once full of silver. Mining continues to this day, but it's a dangerous occupation. Next up on Day 6 is Uyuni, home of the iconic Salt Flats - the largest in the world. Start with a visit to the Train Cemetery, then continue to the Salar de Uyuni the following day. This is one of the most unique landscapes in the world, so make sure your camera's juiced up. (3B, L, D)

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Avaroa National Reserve / San Pedro de Atacama Today, climb into the 4WD and start your two-day crossing of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. On your way, you'll see a landscape covered in volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes, fumaroles and mountains, as well as three endemic species of flamingos! It's an early start on Day 9 as you continue across the reserve. First up, the geysers, then it's on to the surreal landscape known as the Dalí Desert and two spectacular lagoons - one red, one green. Finally, cross into Chilean territory and enter the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. (2B, L, D)

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San Pedro de Atacama / Salta Quaint San Pedro de Atacama is as good a place as any to relax after crossing the reserve. Enjoy a morning at leisure, then visit Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) in the afternoon and stay for a beautiful sunset. Next up, it's another crossing as you make your way to Argentina's Salta. (2B, D)

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Salta Welcome to Salta la Linda, or Salta the Beautiful. Expect friendly locals, colonial architecture, gorgeous scenery and steaks as heavy as your own head. It's fabulous. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, with options including a local winery tour and a white water rafting excursion. Doing both might not be the best idea so choose wisely. Your trip comes to an end on Day 13. (2B, D)

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LA PAZ & BEYOND can you bolivia it! PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Bolivia: home to over 30 native cultures, and where people live so high up that clouds travel through their living rooms. La Paz, the world's highest administrative capital, is a fitting focal point. Bring your best bowler hat (you said you wanted to fit in?) and browse the Witches' Market before heading out to the Valley of the Moon. Curiosity will take some to the gate of the notorious San Pedro prison, but note that tours are no longer available.

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Location: Located right at the heart of the town, a great sightseeing base.

Location: Calle Sagarnaga, just steps from Plaza San Francisco and its church.

Vibe: Pretend you're fancy at the rooftop open-air hot tub and get great city views.

Vibe: Cosy and welcoming, just what you need to take the edge off this booming city.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Restaurant • Rooftop hot tub • Bike rental • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage

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EXPLORE LAKE TITICACA & THE SALT FLATS

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Sapphire water isn't the only gem around these parts - this excursion reveals yet more of the region's hidden treasures over four days. Arrive into Uyuni on Day 1, before the salt flats expedition starts the next morning. Learn about the local culture and take in the unique landscapes. Head past the most vibrantly coloured lakes on Day 3, committing their hues to memory. On Day 4, experience yet more natural beauty before the tour ends. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: English-speaking guide, all transfers, activities as per itinerary Note: Entry to Avaroa Reserve and Incasawi not included Tour Code: LPBTSF

TORO TORO NATIONAL PARK

$174

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Sometimes you just have to take stock of the world around you, and this tour certainly helps with that. On Day 1, drive to Toro Toro, spotting marine fossils and breathtaking views. Prepare for yet more incredible landscapes on Day 2, or challenge yourself with caving. On Day 3, appreciate fossilised dinosaur footprints and marvel at their visibility to this day. Hike down into the canyon and soak up as much as you can, before ending up in Cochabamba. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Local guide on all hikes (Spanish-speaking), most transfers Note: Toro Toro National Park entry not included Tour Code: CBBTTN

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PAMPAS AMAZONICAS 6 DAYS, La Paz

$780

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• Fly over the snow-capped Andes • Spend three days on a canoe trip • See river dolphins or piranhas

Get up close to Bolivia's diverse wildlife with this package, showcasing the best of its thriving Amazon region. After a night in La Paz, fly over the La Cordillera Real mountain chain to Rurre, pass over the green valley of the Yungas and enter the plains of the Amazon. On Day 3, make for the Yacuma River and embark on a three-day canoe round trip to your jungle campsite. First up is a night boat trip to look for nocturnal creatures. Over the next two nights, spend your time observing unique wildlife such as monkeys, crocs and tapirs and take day and night excursions in order to see the Pampas at their most varied. Highlights include swimming with native dolphins and night fishing for piranhas. Better mind your fingers! Return to Rurrenabaque in the evening of Day 5 for your flight to La Paz the following morning.

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts), camping (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Flights between La Paz & Rurrenabaque, 4WD, boat Tour Code: LPBPAM

LAKE TITICACA & ISLA DEL SOL ADVENTURE

$259

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3 DAYS

Visit Lake Titicaca from the picturesque shore town of Copacabana, standing at an altitude of 3,800 metres. Cross the lake to the sacred Isla del Sol which, according to Inca legend, was the birthplace of the sun as well as the first Incas. Hike to the summit and take a sip of water from the fountain of youth. Overnight on the island, and trek to the Pilkokaina Temple the next day before returning to Copacabana, then on to La Paz. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel in Copacabana (1 nt), eco lodge on Isla del Sol (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Includes: Central La Paz pick-up, La Paz transfers, Sun Island & Tiquina ferry crossing, bilingual guide Tour Code: BELPBTIA

MADIDI & PAMPAS AMAZON AIR EXPEDITION

$1,093

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5 DAYS

From La Paz, fly to Rurrenabaque on Day 1 and spend two days in Madidi National Park. Search for parrots, caiman and big cats on jungle hikes and night walks, raft on a self-made callapo and visit a local sugarcane community. On Day 4, travel into the waterways and savannahs of the Pampas, where you can swim with pink dolphins and spot wildlife on a river cruise. On Day 5, look out for the anaconda on a Yacuma River boat tour, then return to La Paz. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Eco lodge (3 nts), hotel (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Plane, 4WD, boat Note: Allow approx. USD $40 for national park fees Tour Code: BELPBMP4

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• Explore Bolivia's Amazonian region • Observe a wide array of wildlife • Start days with beautiful sunrises

HUAYNA POTOSÍ

$460

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5 DAYS

Huayna Potosí mountain stands at over 6,000m with a summit graced with views over the Cordillera Real, La Paz and the green valleys of the Yungas. Day 1, drive up to a mountain hut and head up a glacier on a training climb to learn ice walking techniques and the use of equipment. The second refuge, at 5,200m, is reached on Day 2. Head up to the summit in time for sunrise next day. It's a good idea to acclimatise in La Paz for a few days before your climb. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), mountain hut (2 nts) Meals: All meals while climbing, breakfast at hostel Tour Guide: 1 guide per 2-3 passengers & all equipment provided Tour Code: LBPHUY

TOUR TO LAKE TITICACA

$304

FR

3 DAYS

Escape the busy haze of La Paz to visit one of the highest lakes in the world. Kick off on the beaches and in the local craft markets of quaint Copacabana. Day 2, set sail to the sacred Isla del Sol and make for the Chinkana, a labyrinth of pre-Inca ruins. The remnants of Inca civilisation will make itself known as you head south, where you'll also catch a fantastic sunset. On Day 3, return to the capital of La Paz or continue on to Puno. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), hostel (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: All transport, shared return boat between La Paz and Copacabana Tour Code: LPBLAK

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$759

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3 DAYS

CROSSING THE SALT FLATS: UYUNI TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

$307

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3 DAYS

Fly from La Paz and meet your guide before starting your 4WD journey through the Uyuni Salt Flats and into the desert of the Bolivian Altiplano. After a full day on the flats, spend your first night in a salt hotel. On Day 2, head deeper into the desert to see some interesting rock formations as well as the famous flamingofilled, multi-coloured lakes. Visit local villages and get a good soaking in the hot springs before flying back to La Paz on Day 3.

This tour explores the world's largest salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni. Travelling by 4WD with a guide and cook, the first stop is Fish Island, an island of fossilised coral, covered in 1,000-year-old cacti in the middle of the Salar. on Day 2, continue south past colourful lakes towards Laguna Colorada, coloured red by the resident algae. Along the way, see flocks of flamingos and wild vicuña. On your final day, take a dip in the nearby hot springs.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic dorm-style rooms (2 nts) Includes: Return flights from La Paz to Uyuni, airport transfers (excl. La Paz airport pick-up on Day 3), 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: BEUYUSFA

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Simple lodges (2 nts) Transport: 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Spanish-speaking guide Note: Also available in reverse. Please see page 134 Tour Code: LPBFLA

UYUNI SALT FLATS ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, La Paz

$499

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La Paz

highlights

• 4WD across the Salar de Uyuni • Visit boiling mud pools • Explore the nearby desert

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Dorm-style rooms (2 nts), night bus (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Shuttle bus, night bus (unguided), 4WD Includes: Driver/guide, cook, transfer to La Paz bus station Tour Code: BELPBUSF

• Uyuni train graveyard visit • Lunch on Fish Island • Call by a salt miner workshop

With return transport included from La Paz, we've made it super easy to get to and around one of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet. Take the night bus from La Paz to Uyuni, and arrive in the morning of Day 2. Your first stop is the train graveyard, scattered with locomotives left to rust following the demise of the mining industry in the 1940s. Next up, a ride across the salt flats, with stops at Fish Island and a hotel made completely of salt. Next day, watch as the landscape changes to desert, volcanoes and flamingo-filled lakes. On Day 4, visit spurting geysers, bubbling craters and hot springs before driving to the surreal Dalí Desert, so-called because of its likeness to paintings by Salvador Dalí (naturally). At the Green Lagoon near the Chilean border, opt to continue on or return to Uyuni for the night bus back to La Paz.

UYUNI SALT FLATS & MACHU PICCHU TREK COMBO 14 DAYS, La Paz

Cuzco

• Cross the Salt Flats by 4WD • Visit the Siloli Desert • Four-day trek to Machu Picchu

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$1,856

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Departs: Mon, Thu and Sat Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels, depending on package (10 nts), overnight bus (3 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners Includes: Airport pick-up/drop-off, Machu Picchu trek, Isla del Sol entrance fees Tour Code: BEUYUUMP

highlights

• City tour of La Paz • Drink from the fountain of youth • Lake Titicaca & Isla del Sol trip

The Uyuni Salt Flats, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu; three of South America's most unique and treasured settings. Et voilà! Here's a tour that covers them all in a fortnight. Start with a tour of La Paz followed by a three-day tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Spot flamingos in the colourful lagoons, call by the Desert of Siloli - the highest and driest in the world - and visit Sol de Mañana, an area of volcanic activity. With a free day in La Paz, find your bearings with a city tour then head off on your own explorations. The weird and wonderful markets here are a must-see! The following day, check out the fountain of youth on Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol and continue on to Cuzco. Jump start your Inca explorations with a 4WD motorbike tour of Maras and Moray, before finishing with a flourish - a four-day trek to Machu Picchu. It would be rude not to.

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Ecuador & Galápagos GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS Otavalo

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Cotopaxi N.P. Tena Machalilla Ruta del Sol Montañita Guayaquil

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BOOBIES

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NATURE'S MISFITS

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Up until 2012, the Galápagos was home to the last Giant Pinta tortoise in the world. Rest in peace Lonesome George.

They're everywhere. Blue ones, red ones. It's hard to know where to look. If it were spring break, we'd run out of beads.

Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest snowcapped wonder, is the point on Earth closest to the sun.

Swimming lizards, carnivorous centipedes, overweight cormorants. You name it, the Galápagos probably has it.

The colonial wonderland of Quito is the highest constitutional capital in the world and a UNESCOlisted city.

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Genovesa

Santiago

when the big cat's away.. Nature's favourite playground. In the absence of any natural predators, all the animals here are free to let their freak flags fly. And boy, do they! Hello swimming iguanas, flashy flamingos, veggie sharks and dancing boobies (birds, FYI). Travel in comfort on a sailing trip, with meals and beds on board, or choose a land-based tour to meet the locals and explore the towns. All our Galápagos tours include return flights from mainland Ecuador.

SOUTH PLAZA & SANTA FÉ

Flying into the main airport on Baltra, the Central Islands may well be your first taste of the Galápagos. Though relatively close to each other, these small islands have developed in isolation and are among the best spots to witness the full scope of the archipelago's incredible natural diversity. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: See tortoises in the wild in the lush, green highlands on bustling Santa Cruz Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station Explore Puerto Ayora, the main town, with its bustling fish market Views of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé Hidden snorkelling spots and white sand beaches on Santiago Swim with playful sea lions in the waters off North Seymour Multi-coloured Rábida offers red cliffs, pink flamingos and blue-footed boobies

CENTRAL ISLANDS

Fernandina

Rábida

WEST ISLANDS

Baltra South Santa Cruz Plaza

Isabela

EAST ISLAND

Santa Fé

San Cristóbal

PACIFIC OCEAN

CENTRAL ISLANDS - SANTIAGO, RÁBIDA, BARTOLOMÉ, BALTRA, SANTA CRUZ,

Quito

Bartolomé

Floréana

EAST ISLAND - SAN CRISTÓBAL

One of the oldest islands, San Cristóbal's eroded volcanic peaks are tailor-made for hiking and mountain biking. Divers and snorkellers will find more than enough to keep them entertained below the surface. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:  ail through the gap at Kicker Rock and S snorkel with hammerhead sharks  hill with the sea lions on the white sand C beaches of Cerro Brujo NORTH ISLAND - GENOVESA

Little more than a rock, tiny Genovesa has an amazing concentration of birds and a rich variety of aquatic life under the waves. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

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L ook for sea turtles and reef sharks while snorkelling a sunken volcanic crater  eabird colonies and top-notch views on S the hiking trail to El Barranco

SOUTH ISLANDS

Española

SOUTH ISLANDS - FLORÉANA & ESPAÑOLA

Home to first-class snorkelling, the bays and unusual land formations that once gave shelter to pirates are now home to a dazzling array of birds and marine life. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: See the waved albatross of Española Mail a letter and take one home from Post Office Bay on Floréana WEST ISLANDS - ISABELA & FERNANDINA

The largest and youngest of the islands, Isabela and Fernandina should be ports of call for anyone looking for the best wildlife. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Hike to the caldera of Sierra Negra (1,124m), a classic shield volcano Visit massive colonies of marine iguanas Relax in laid-back Puerto Villamil

Red-footed boobies and frigate birds Combine any G Adventures Peru tour (excl. independent tours) with a Galápagos trip and get a one-way flight from Peru to Quito on us! See page 49.

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Sailing You're guana love it A typical day of Galápagos sailing will see you snorkelling with sea lions, soaking up the sun next to a marine iguana and watching tropical penguins play around in the water. As a national park (and #1 on the UNESCO Heritage list), many parts are only accessible by boat and in the company of a guide. Hence the popularity of guided cruises! We work closely with our trusted partner, G Adventures, to bring you an amazing range of Galápagos sailing holidays, suitable for all budgets. MEET THE FLEET

G Adventures charters and maintains its own vessels to ensure you receive a quality experience from start to finish. ESTRELLA DEL MAR: Roomy triple decker Features spacious upper deck Snorkelling equipment provided Certified CEO Naturalist Guide Capacity of 16 passengers XAVIER III: Built for island discovery Features lounge and bar area Snorkelling equipment provided Certified CEO Naturalist Guide Capacity of 16 passengers YOLITA: Spacious, speedy and homely Features elegant social spaces Snorkelling equipment provided Certified CEO Naturalist Guide Capacity of 16 passengers SMALL GROUP SAILING

The maximum group size on most vessels is 16. The small group philosophy ensures you get the most out of the expertise of the fully-trained naturalist guide(s) on board.

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In order to minimise the impact of people and tour boats on the islands, the Galápagos National Park Service sets strict controls over where each boat can sail, and how often. All boats operate on a two-week cycle so you can select which island grouping interests you most. Bear in mind that your first and last nights are spent in Quito (return flights between Quito and the Galápagos are also included). Want to see the whole shebang? Selected boats (including Yolita and the Estrella del Mar) offer a 17-day Complete Galápagos itinerary. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details. LIFE ON BOARD

An expert naturalist guide is employed on each boat and hosts nightly seminars to discuss the itinerary as well as explain how to behave around the native wildlife. You'll get pretty close to the animals, but it's still important to remember that Galápagos isn't a petting zoo. So hands to yourself! Much of the sailing takes place at night to allow two on-shore excursions each day, typically spending up to four hours at each landing stop. Meals on board include seafood, beef, salads, soups and desserts, served with tea or coffee and purified water.

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ANY OTHER COSTS? The Galápagos National Park Service levies a fee of USD $120 per person on arrival, payable in cash only. This fee is used to protect and preserve the islands for future generations. If you wish to tip your crew and guide, we'd suggest something like USD $8-10 per passenger, per day. Any tab you accumulate at the bar is settled on disembarkation.


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VOYAGE GALÁPAGOS Aboard the Estrella del Mar

Inclusions The Estrella del Mar: at a Glance Service Level: Standard Capacity: 16 passengers Cabins: 8 double cabins with private bathrooms and air con. All cabins feature upper and lower berths and are located on the upper or lower deck. Crew: 7 crew plus a bilingual local naturalist guide certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority, local rep in Quito.

LAND & SEA: NORTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS

Boat Layout: Two-level wraparound deck with outdoor bar and seating area. Interior dining room and lounge with TV/DVD player for daily briefings. Amenities: Snorkelling equipment included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

$2,799

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights: Three-night cruise • Tortuga Bay hike & kayak • Santa Cruz highlands • Charles Darwin Research Station • Volcanic hike (Bartolomé) • Red-footed boobies (Genovesa)

SOUTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS

Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), twin-share (bunks) cabins aboard the Estrella (3 nts) Transport: Plane, yacht, van, panga, public bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $80-140 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Group Leader: On-board crew and naturalist guide, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12

$2,999

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7 DAYS

Highlights: Four-night cruise • Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Corona del Diablo and Gardner Bay snorkelling • Waved albatross (Española) • Post Office Bay (Floréana) • Flamingos at Punta Cormorant

GASEVL07LB

NORTH, CENTRAL & SOUTH ISLANDS

$4,349

FR

10 DAYS

Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Six snorkelling destinations • Post Office Bay • Frigatebirds & blue-footed boobies (North Seymour) • Volcanic hike (Bartolomé) • Red-footed boobies • Giant tortoises

GASEV07LB

WEST, CENTRAL & EAST ISLANDS

$4,349

FR

10 DAYS

Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Giant tortoises (Santa Cruz) • Marine iguana colony (Fernandina) • Penguins (Isabela) • Sierra Negra hike • Charles Darwin Research Station • Tortuga Bay hike

GASEV10LB

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EXPLORE GALÁPAGOS Aboard the Xavier lll

Inclusions

Xavier lll: at a Glance Service Level: Standard Capacity: 16 passengers Cabins: 8 twin cabins with private bathrooms and air con. Upper and lower deck cabins are outside facing with twin and double beds. Crew: 7 crew plus a local naturalist guide, an expert on local wildlife and certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority.

LAND & SEA: CENTRAL ISLANDS

Boat Layout: Spacious main deck with a bar and dining room. The back deck of the yacht has beautiful views. Amenities: Snorkelling equipment included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

$2,849

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights: Three-night cruise • Overnight on Santa Cruz Island • Wildlife spotting on North Seymour • Volcanic hike on Bartolomé Island • Kicker Rock and Sullivan Bay snorkelling • All transport

SOUTH ISLANDS

Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), twinshare cabins aboard the Xavier iii (3 nts) Transport: Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $105140 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Group Leader: CEO/ Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12

$3,149

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights: Four-night cruise • See giant tortoises (Santa Cruz Island) • Champion Islet snorkelling • Post Office Bay (Floréana) • Wildlife spotting (Española) • All transport

GASEVL07MA

CENTRAL, SOUTH & EAST ISLANDS

$4,549

FR

10 DAYS

Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Santa Cruz highlands • Post Office Bay (Floréana) • Champion Islet & Kicker Rock snorkelling • Giant tortoise breeding centre • Charles Darwin Research Centre

GASEV07MA

CENTRAL & EAST ISLANDS

10 DAYS

Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Tortoise breeding centre (San Cristóbal) • Kicker Rock & Chinese Hat snorkelling • Santa Cruz highlands • Charles Darwin Research Station • Iguanas (Santa Fé)

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Aboard the Yolita

Inclusions Yolita: at a Glance Service Level: Upgraded Capacity: 16 passengers Cabins: 8 spacious cabins with queen or twin side-by-side beds (no bunks) all with private bathrooms, air con and large windows. Crew: 7 crew plus a bilingual local naturalist guide certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority.

LAND & SEA: CENTRAL & SOUTH SLANDS

Boat Layout: Large aft porch with couches and lounge chairs. An elegant dining room, lounge and bar for meals and briefings. Amenities: Snorkelling equipment, beach towels and wetsuits included. Comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day.

$3,299

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights: Three-night cruise • Overnight on Santa Cruz Island • Tortuga Bay hike & kayak • Giant tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz) • Post Office Bay (Floréana) • Corona del Diablo snorkelling

SOUTHERN & EAST ISLANDS

Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Yolita (3 nts) Transport: Plane, yacht, van, panga, public bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $120-205 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Group Leader: On-board crew and naturalist guide, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12

$3,599

FR

7 DAYS

Highlights: Four-night cruise • Frigatebirds & blue-footed boobies (North Seymour) • Kicker Rock, Isla Lobos & Gardner Bay snorkelling • Charles Darwin Research Centre

GASEVL07YB

CENTRAL, SOUTH & EAST ISLANDS

$5,099

FR

10 DAYS

Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Frigatebirds & blue-footed boobies (North Seymour) • 4 snorkelling destinations • Charles Darwin Research Centre • Giant tortoise excursion • Post Office Bay

GASEV07YB

NORTH, WEST & CENTRAL ISLANDS

$5,099

FR

10 DAYS

Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Red-footed boobies (Genovesa) • Bartolomé volcanic hike • Sierra Negra hike (Isabela) • Flightless cormorants & penguins (Isabela) • All transport

GASEV10YB

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GALÁPAGOS CAMPING ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Quito

$1,999

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Quito Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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It's not all about cruises in the Galápagos, so why not try this camping adventure on for size? A real wilderness experience, camp out under the stars in some of the islands' most remote locations and get front row seats to one of the most spectacular nature shows on earth. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide in the Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEQC

inclusions highlights

• Hike to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano • Snorkelling with the diverse wildlife • Jane Goodall collection

03-04

Floréana Island Transfer to Floréana by speedboat this morning, and get settled in your community guesthouse. Enjoy a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Day 3 (pay your respects to Lonesome George, now a symbol for the importance of conservation), and learn about the groundbreaking breeding programme that has helped bring back the islands' unique tortoise species from the brink of extinction. The 150 residents of Floréana don't profit much from tourism, and the isolated community has found it difficult to find opportunities for its members. Our partners are investing in community training and infrastructure to set up the first ecological, community-based programme in the archipelago. And by explore here, you're helping it grow! The residents take turns to host the guests in order to spread the benefits of tourism as much as possible. So with the guesthouse as your base, enjoy free time to swim and enjoy an included snorkelling trip to Lobería and a visit to the highlands. (2B, L, 2D)

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Isabela Island Hop on the speedboat and transfer over to seahorse-shaped Isabela Island which, at 100kms long, is the largest in the Galápagos. And a big favourite! Five of its six volcanoes are still considered active, and a full-day island tour takes you to the summit of Sierra Negra to inspect the world's second-largest crater. Set up camp in the foothills of the volcano, around a 15-minute drive from Puerto Villamil. During your stay, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre and the Flamingo Lagoon (where they all come to feed at dusk), relax on the beach alongside huge marine iguana colonies, and opt to swim with the manta rays and white tip Tintoreras sharks in the channels of Shark Alley. (2B, L, D)

07-09

Santa Cruz / Quito Transfer by speedboat back to Santa Cruz and enjoy a night in town. Puerto Ayora is a busy hub by Galápagos standards, and you may well find yourself watching a volleyball match in the evening (a popular pastime with the locals). Take a morning flight back to Quito on Day 8 where, after a last night out with your group, the trip comes to an end on Day 9. (2B)

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Quito / Santa Cruz Island Arrive in Quito at any for your welcome meeting, and get the lowdown on what lies ahead. Fly to Baltra the following morning and get that sought-after Galápagos stamp in your passport (it's a tortoise, naturally). Transfer to your first campsite, located on an ecological reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz and teeming with giant tortoises. The humidity makes the region an ideal home for them, as well as other species including Darwin's famous finches. Finish the day with a hike to the lava tunnels. (B, D)

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DAY ITINERARY

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• Camp in stunning ecological reserves • Get to know communities on Floréana • Opt to swim with manta rays and sharks

Accommodation: Camping (3 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), hostel (1 nt), simple hotels (2 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, truck, public bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included, plus USD $120 for entry fees and taxes not included

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Floréana


GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING WITH QUITO 9 DAYS, Quito

$2,599

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Quito

highlights

• Observe birdlife close up • Charles Darwin Station visit • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Quito / Santa Cruz Island Arrive in Quito, and head out to explore the city's colonial Old Town. Next day, fly to Baltra in the Galápagos and cross to the island of Santa Cruz. Drive to your hotel in the Galápagos' main town, Puerto Ayora, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station this afternoon. Once home to last-of-his-kind Lonesome George, the centre champions the importance of conservation. (B)

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Floréana Island Hop over to Floréana Island for a night with local residents as part of a developing ecological community tourism programme, the first of its kind in the Galápagos. Enjoy guided walks to observe birds and other wildlife, and opt to swim or snorkel in the bay. (B, L, D)

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Floréana Island / Isabela Island After a visit to the seldom-visited highlands of Floréana, travel by boat to Isabela Island, the largest, youngest and most volcanically active of all the Galápagos. Home to a large array of the islands' most cherished wildlife, you won't have to go far to cross paths with a resting sea lion, a marine iguana, blue footed boobies or a rare Galápagos penguin (only 800 pairs remain). Visit the Flamingo Lagoon, Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre and the lava fields on a volcano hike. (3B, L, D)

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Santa Cruz Island / Quito Head back to Santa Cruz for one last evening in paradise. Day 8, transfer back to Baltra to connect with your flight to Quito. Enjoy a final fling exploring the vibrant nightlife of this lively capital city. (3B)

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inclusions Quito Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora

Isabela

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $175-230 for meals not included. Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide (Galápagos), local rep (Quito) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEQI

My Own Room Available: Fr $649 Floréana

Departures 2018

G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

Jan-Feb. Apr-Dec

Selected Sundays

Mar

Sundays

ECUADOR & GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER 12 DAYS, Quito

$3,035

FR

Guayaquil Exclusively For 18-35s

highlights

• Cross the Equator line • Take part in a salsa lesson • Ecuadorian barbecue feast

• Meet giant tortoises • Snorkel through lava tubes • Galápagos wildlife galore

DAY ITINERARY

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Mar 19

Dec

Nov

Oct

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G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

Feb 19

Baños

Aug

Puerto Villamil

Jan 19

Tena

Jul

Quito

Guayaquil

Jun

Baltra

May

11-12

San Cristóbal Island / Guayaquil After a bird-spotting coastal cruise, it's time to snorkel around Kicker Rock, an awesome spot home to eagle rays and hammerhead sharks. Later, head back for a feast, returning to Guayaquil on Day 12. (2B, L, D)

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Apr

09-10

Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island / San Cristóbal Island After a free morning on Isabela, sail to Santa Cruz's Tortuga Bay. On Day 10, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before heading to San Cristóbal Island where you can opt to paddleboard. (2B)

Santa Cruz/ Puerto Ayora

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Private air con coach, mini coach or van, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners Budget: Allow approx. USD CO LO M B I A $130 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes not included Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guide Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COQUGU

Mar

07-08

Guayaquil / Isabela Island Fly to the Galápagos to see underwater lava tunnels and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Head to Isabela Island where you can snorkel alongside reef sharks, marine iguanas and playful sea lions. (2B, D)

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Feb

04-06

Baños / Guayaquil On to Baños, nestled under the Tungurahua Volcano, where outdoor pursuits await as well as an included salsa lesson. On Day 6, it's on to Guayaquil for an evening stroll on the promenade. (3B, D)

Kicker Rock, Galápagos Islands

Jan

01-03

Quito / Tena Welcome to Quito! Wander the sites before visiting the Equator for a walk between the hemispheres. Then, it's on to Tena in the heart of the rainforest. Opt to soak in the hot springs, visit a hummingbird sanctuary or kayak the city's rivers. (2B, 2D)

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• Visit Isabela's Wall of Tears • Get close to unique wildlife • Snorkel the thriving waters

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GALÁPAGOS MULTISPORT WITH QUITO 10 DAYS, Quito

$2,999

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Quito Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Swim with turtles and iguana • Observe whitetip reef sharks • G For Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Quito / Santa Cruz After a night in Quito, fly to Santa Cruz and head to Puerto Ayora, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Next, make for the highlands to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat, kayak the Itabaca Canal and explore the underwater world. (2B, 2L)

04-05

Santa Cruz / Floréana Island Travel by boat to Floréana Island, snorkel off Black Beach and keep an eye out for the albatross. Next day, head to the highlands for tales of pirates and whalers before walking back to Lobería beach. (2B, L, 2D)

06-07

Floréana Island / Isabela Island Next up, Isabela! Head to Las Tintoreras, otherwise known as Shark Alley, to observe whitetip reef sharks, manta rays and an array of bird life including blue-footed boobies (yes, yes) and the rare Galápagos penguin. Next day, see the world's second-largest crater at the Sierra Negra Volcano, stop at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre on the way back, and opt for a surfing lesson this evening. (2B, 2L)

08-10

Isabela Island / Santa Cruz / Quito With a free day on Isabela, opt to hike to the Wall of Tears, sunbathe alongside marine iguana, go diving or visit the flamingo lagoon. Spend the evening back in Puerto Ayora, where you might catch a local volleyball game in the town square. Fly back to Quito on Day 9 for a final night on the town before leaving next morning. (3B)

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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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Santa Cruz Isabela

Floréana

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, truck, public buses, Panga boat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included and USD $120 for entry fees and taxes not included Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide (Galápagos), local rep (Quito) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEGL

My Own Room Available: Fr $539

Departures 2018

G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

Jan, Jul-Sep, Dec Feb-Jun, Oct-Nov

Ecuador Multisport (GASEEM) 9 Days Fr $1,099

Selected Sundays Sundays

INLAND & AMAZON 14 DAYS, Quito

$1,549

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Quito Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Authentic Quichua homestay • Bathe in volcanic hot springs • Browse Otavalo market

• Overnight in the Amazon • Find adventure in Baños • Visit Ingapirca ruins

DAY ITINERARY

Papallacta

My Own Room Available: Fr $579

Departures 2018 Nov

Dec

EC UA D O R P E R U

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15

Oct

Cuenca

Sep

Baños

Aug

Alausí

Tena/ Amazon Jungle

Jul

Cotopaxi

Jun

12-14

Cuenca / Quito Tick off the last of the colonial sights on your free day in Cuenca. Alternatively, do more hiking in Cajas National Park or day trip to the Ingapirca Ruins. The tour ends in Quito on Day 14. *Dates will run with a different itinerary - please ask your Travel Expert for details. (3B)

Quito

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), simple village cabanas (2 nts), mountain hacienda (2 nt) Transport: Public bus, plane, taxi, canoe, private van, 4WD, truck Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $320420 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12, Tour Code: GASEIA

May

09-11

Otavalo / Cotopaxi / Alausí / Cuenca Today takes you to Cotopaxi for mountain bike trails, lagoon visits and a night in a mountain lodge. The next day, continue to Alausí where you'll board a train bound for Devil's Nose. Enjoy the toy-like twists and turns before arriving in Cuenca. (3B)

Otavalo

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Apr

07-08

Papallacta / Quito / Otavalo Back to Quito in the afternoon to explore a bit and then continue to the market town of Otavalo, full-to-bursting with colourful local handicrafts. Stock up on souvenirs or opt to visit Cuicocha Lake. (2B)

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Mar

05-06

Tena / Amazon Jungle / Papallacta Delve deeper into the Amazon to a jungle lodge on the Napo River, one of the Amazon's two major tributaries. Paddle along on a canoe, or opt to brave thundering rapids on a thrilling white water rafting trip. Then leave for the natural hot pools and volcanic views in Papallacta. (B, L, D)

Quito, Ecuador

Feb

01-04

Quito / Baños / Tena Arrive in Quito at any time and head to Baños' hot springs the next day. Day 4, leave the mountains behind and enter the Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family near the community of Cando and learn about their traditional beliefs and customs. (B, L, D)

Jan

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Cruise the Galápagos • Snorkel with manta rays • Charles Darwin Station visit

*Different itinerary will operate. Please ask for details.

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ECUADOR ENCOMPASSED 17 DAYS, Quito

$1,999

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Quito Small Group Adventure

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Experience all mainland Ecuador has to offer and discover its range of environments. Dive straight into the Amazon Jungle, meet a local shaman and come out ready for a dip in the hot springs of Baños. Journey to the Devil's Nose, from the Avenue of Volcanoes to Pacific coast beaches, and end amongst the flower markets of Quito. The perfect insight into the culture of Ecuador. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEEE Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

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• Experience a homestay in the Amazon • Guided hikes through rich rainforest • Opt to soak in the hot springs of Baños

• Ride by train to the Devil's Nose • Chill out on Ecuador's Pacific beaches • Opt to hike to a volcano or go river rafting

inclusions Accommodation: Simple hotels (12 nts), rustic mountain lodge (2 nts), multi-share homestay (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, truck, plane, motorised canoe, van, taxi, 4WD Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $669

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

13-17

Montañita / Puerto López / Quito Keep going to the laid-back surf town of Montañita and stop at a traditional cacao hacieda on the way. Learn about expert coffee production and treat yourself to tasters of the good stuff. Then to Puerto López and the beautiful Machalilla National Park that surrounds it. Relax on white sand beaches, go whale watching if the season's right or opt to take a day trip to Isla Plata and try spot some bluefooted boobies. There are also some great snorkel sites around the island if you prefer fins to feathers. Fly back to Quito on Day 16 and enjoy free time. Take the teleférico up Volcán Pichincha or burn off those holiday pints with a hike to the top. You may also want to go straddle the equator or visit the hummingbirds of Mindo Cloud Forest before the tour ends on Day 17. (5B)

Mar

06-12

Papallacta / Quito / Otavalo / Cotopaxi / Alausí / Cuenca Today take a local bus to the small village of Papallacta in the Eastern Cordilleras. Relax in the natural hot pools whilst soaking up the volcanic surrounds. Then head back to Quito to overnight before making the short journey to Otavalo, the largest handicraft market in South America. Villagers from far and wide come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as fruit, veg and livestock. Make sure you haggle and pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Day 9, jump on the bus to Cotopaxi National Park. Opt to hike the trails, mountain bike through wilderness, visit high-up lagoons, and then spend the night in a mountain lodge near the edge of the park. The following morning you'll continue to Alausí where you'll catch a train bound for Devil's Nose. Prepare for spectacular mountains and a severe drop in elevation en route to Cuenca. Here you can opt for a city tour of the flower markets and art galleries or go walking in the nearby Cajas National Park. (6B)

Departures 2018 Feb

01-05

Quito / Baños / Tena / Amazon Jungle Arrive in Quito at any time and meet your group in the evening. Journey by bus to the popular resort of Baños, nestled in the hills of the Andes and renowned for its thermal springs and hot pools. Enjoy two days here making the most of the many outdoor activities. Depending on your level of adventure, you may opt for hiking, horse riding, biking, whitewater rafting, canyoning or ziplining. On Day 4, travel by bus along winding roads to Tena, in the tropical rainforest of the Amazon basin. Here, optional activities include visiting an animal rescue centre, caving and white water rafting. Next, spend two nights at a jungle homestay with an indigenous community. Take guided hikes through the rainforest to search for wildlife and hear all about the environment. The biodiversity of this region beggars belief. Mammals include armadillos, honey bears, sloths, bats, jaguar and monkeys, while nearly 1,000 species of tropical birds fly overhead. This is a bird-spotters' paradise. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Jan

DAY ITINERARY

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Otavalo

Quito Puerto López

Papallacta

Cotopaxi Baños

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Tena/ Amazon Jungle

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ECUADOR: AMAZON, HOT SPRINGS & VOLCANOES 9 DAYS, Quito

$1,699

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Quito

highlights

• Chill in Papallacta's springs • Meet locals in San Clemente • Party on down in Quito

DAY ITINERARY

Otavalo Papallacta Tena Amazon/ Amazon Jungle

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VOLUNTEER GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS 10 DAYS, Quito

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Dec

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PERU

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Departures 2018

ECUADOR

Jul

Baños

Jun

Cotopaxi

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Age Group: Min 12 Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), historic hacienda (1 nt), jungle lodge (2 nts), hot springs resort (1 nt) Transport: Private van, boat, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250325 for meals not included Group Leader: CEO throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEANG

May

Quito

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Apr

06-09

Baños / Quito Leave the Amazon along the Avenue of Volcanoes and make for Baños. En route, stop at the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park to learn how Ecuador's indigenous cultures use native plant species in their daily lives. The next day is yours to go hiking, horseback riding, canyoning, or go seek out a good soak at the hot springs. Day 8, begin the drive back via the forested Cotopaxi National Park. Enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped volcano and then end the tour back in Quito. (4B)

COLOMBIA

Mar

04-05

Amazon Rainforest Today takes you to the private cloud forest of Guango for a guided walk around this bird-filled region. Continue on to Tena and catch a motorized canoe to your Amazon lodge. Settle in, get to know your surrounds and discover the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon on a guided night walk. Rise early the next day and canoe out to a parrot clay lick where you can watch these pretty boys gorge on mineral-rich snacks, then return to the lodge for brekky. Later on you'll visit an animal rescue centre and a family home in the jungle. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Otavalo, Ecuador

Feb

01-03

Quito / Otavalo / Papallacta Arrive at any time on Day 1 into Ecuador's charming capital city, Quito. Settle in and meet your fellow travellers, then next day, drive through the highlands to Otavalo, stopping at the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Shop 'til you drop in Otavalo's markets, a favourite haunt for bargain hunters. Overnight in a historic hacienda, then next day, visit the weaving studio of Don Miguel, then chill out at Papallacta's relaxing hot springs. (2B, L)

Jan

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Bargain hunt in Otavalo • Bed down in the Amazon • See a wealth of wildlife

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Quito

highlights

• See a whole host of wildlife • Spot giant tortoises • Protect endemic plants

• Teach English or sports • Explore the epic Galápagos • Visit the Equator line

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Quito / Equator Line / San Cristóbal Day 1, get picked up upon arrival to Quito airport and transfer to your accommodation in a shared room at a student house. Get settled in and have a free day to explore Quito on your own. Next day, receive a briefing on your upcoming volunteer project, then travel to the Equator and put your feet on both hemispheres of the world! Next day, hop on a flight to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos.

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San Cristóbal Day 4, receive an introduction to your volunteer project by the volunteer co-ordinator. Enjoy the rest of the day and week working on your project and giving back to the community where you are located. The programmes to choose from are the following:

04-08

Galápagos Preservation Programme: This project is a private initiative located at farm in the highlands that works closely with the Galápagos National Park to replace invasive plant species with endemic plants on both private and public lands. Volunteers help in this process and also help out in the nursery.

Quito G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

Teaching: Volunteers spend time in a local school helping the children develop new skills like speaking English, sports or other extra-curricular activities, or teaching the kids in the nursery.

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San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal / Quito Enjoy a free day in the Galápagos and choose an optional activity of your choice on your own at an extra cost. Fly back to Quito Day 10.

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Project Start Date: Selected Fridays Project Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos Getting There: Return Quito airport transfers, Galápagos airport return transfers & transfer to project included Accommodation: Basic shared accommodation in Quito (2 nts), basic shared rooms at volunteer house in San Cristóbal (7 nts) or on the farm (7 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Donation fee to project, briefings, airport pick-up/drop-off, transfers Stay Longer: 1 week from $324 Note: No flights included. Background check required if working with children Trip Code: QUIGAL

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QUITO & BEYOND THE ECUADORABLE CAPITAL PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

The only place in the world with two equators (Google hadn't been invented the first time round and it seems their mapping was a little off). Founded on the ruins of an ancient Incan city in the 16th century, Quito is a sprawl of open plazas, street vendors, colourful markets and colonial architecture. Step back in time at the city's Old Town, the best-preserved historic centre in Latin America, and swing out of town to sample the famous Otavalo market.

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Location: On a quiet street in the popular Mariscal area, close to Plaza Foch.

Location: In a residential neighbourhood, just a short bus from the historic centre.

Location: Based in the heart of Quito's entertainment district, La Mariscal.

Vibe: Peaceful and homelike guesthouse in the middle of everything.

Vibe: Secluded pods offering a private retreat and a good night's rest.

Vibe: Modern boutique hotel with attentive staff and elegant furnishings.

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5 DAYS

Take your airport pick-up to your Quito hotel. Feel free to explore its European-style plazas before transferring to Isinliví. En route you'll stop at the breathtaking Cotopaxi National Park for a walk on the páramo. Get a good night's sleep as you'll make the challenging hike to Chugchilán the next day. Picnic along the way and enjoy stunning views. Visit the turquoise waters of Quilotoa Crater Lagoon and then return to Quito for your flight on Day 5. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic or 3* hotels (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Transport: Airport drop-off and pick-up, transfers Includes: Cotopaxi National Park, Chugchilán trek, Quilotoa crater hike Tour Code: BEUIOVOL

BAÑOS ADVENTURE

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$399 5 DAYS

Touch down and transfer to your Quito hotel. Settle in and explore the colonial centre before journeying to beautiful Baños the next morning. Hold on to your hat, this is where the adventure truly begins! Spend Day 3 zipping through Andean hills on a mountain bike scavenger hunt. There's also ziplining and rock climbing along the way. Overnight and then transfer back to Quito for your last night. Then move on to the airport on Day 5. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* Hotels (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Airport drop-off and pick-up, transfers Includes: Biking, Ziplining & Rock Climbing day trip Tour Code: BEUIOBAN

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ECUADOR AMAZON ECO LODGE ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Quito

$716

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Quito

highlights

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Spend four days in the Amazon • Bed down in a jungle eco lodge • Visit a parrot clay lick

• Spend time with local communities • Help prepare a traditional beverage • Amazoonico rescue centre visit

Situated along the banks of the Arajuno River, just 20 minutes from the town of Tena, the Itamandi Amazon Lodge is an ideal spot to observe the Amazon Rainforest. And you have four days here! With pick-up from your Quito hotel included, transfer by bus then motorised canoe to your eco lodge, and settle in amid the forest sounds. During your stay, explore your surroundings by canoe and by foot at all times of the day, visiting parrot clay licks, a native Kichwa community and the Isla Anaconda - famous not for its snakes, but for the Hoatzin, a prehistoric bird. A visit to Amazoonico is also included, a rescue centre for Amazonian wildlife and where you'll find a range of monkey species, macaws, ocelots and capybaras. After breakfast on Day 4, return to the Arajuno bridge by canoe and transfer back to Quito.

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Eco lodge (3 nts) Transport: Public bus, private minibus, boat, canoe Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Spanish-speaking naturalist guide and English translator Included: Transfers, guided activities, rubber boots Note: Some entry fees are not included Tour Code: BEUIOECU

GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING 5 DAYS, Baltra

$1,399

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San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands Independent Tour

highlights

• Snorkel with sea lions and turtles • Chill out beside land iguanas • Follow in the footsteps of Darwin

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Budget, Standard or Superior hotels (4 nts) Transport: Ferry from Santa Cruz to San Cristóbal Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches Includes: English-speaking guides on tours only, snorkel gear hire, airport transfers Note: Allow USD $125 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes not included Tour Code: BEGPSIH4

• Look out for frigate birds and more • Spend free time exploring • Kick back and relax beachside

The Galápagos is one of the few places left on our planet where animals unhindered by any natural predator - roam freely alongside people. This five-day tour will give you access to this knock-out national park and the chance to explore the islands that hold the keys to Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Arrive on Santa Cruz Island for a day of independent exploring, then head to one of the nearby islands of Santa Fé, Bartolomé, Plazas or North Seymour the next day. Snorkel among abundant marine life, go bird watching and look for elusive land iguanas. On Day 3, take the ferry to San Cristóbal and spend the day chilling beachside or going to see the sunbathing sea lions. The following morning, leave on a day tour to Isla Lobos or Kicker Rock to swim with sea lions, rays, turtles, octopi and sharks. Depart on Day 5.

LOCAL LIVING ECUADOR AMAZON JUNGLE 7 DAYS, Quito

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Quito Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Spend four nights in the Amazon • Stay with a local Quichua family • Witness a mock jungle marriage

Jungle Walk, Amazon

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Departs: Selected Sat Trip Style: Local Living Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Jungle lodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts) Transport: bus, canoe, pick-up truck Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals Tour Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local Quichua guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEJL

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• Watch shamanic ceremonies • Befriend the locals over soccer • Visit an animal rescue centre

Arrive into Quito and explore the city before meeting your group and tour leader. On Day 2, travel by bus and truck into the Amazon to spend four nights in rustic wooden huts with a Quichua family in their small village. Get your bearings with a walk to a viewpoint and then enjoy a natural mud facemask treatment! Over the next three days, enjoy guided hikes to waterfalls, cooking classes to learn how to make chocolate and enjoy a fire-side, a jungle snack, jungle walks to better understand the medicinal uses of Amazonian plants, and a canoe ride to an animal rescue centre. You'll also be able to visit the Cando School before an artisan craft-making session, or alternatively you have the option to go white water rafting, before returning to Quito on Day 6. Enjoy a last night out in Ecuador's capital, before your tour ends on Day 7.

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Home to jaguars, giant otters, toucans, boa constrictors, poisonous frogs, piranhas and countless creepy crawlies.

It's so good, even the kids are on it. Stay at a finca in Minca and sample some of the country's finest brown beans with a brew or two.

Once the murder capital of the world, the city is now a thriving cultural hub with escalators running up through the favelas.

Barranquilla on Colombia's Caribbean coast hosts the world's second largest carnival and is birthplace of hip-swinging Shakira.

Jungly national parks, colourful colonial towns, sun-soaked secluded beaches, Colombia's coastline is muy bonita.

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COLOMBIA EXPRESS 9 DAYS, Bogotá

$1,749

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Cartagena Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore beautiful Bogotá • Artistic culture in Medellín • Enjoy lively Salento

DAY ITINERARY

Cartagena

Medellin

CO LO M B I A

EC UA D O R

Mar 19

Feb 19

Dec

Nov

Oct

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CARIBBEAN COLOMBIA EXPRESS 8 DAYS, Cartagena

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Departures 2018/19 May

Bogotá

Jan 19

My Own Room Available: Fr $399

Salento Armenia

Apr

08-09

Cartagena Take a morning flight to fun-filled Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Explore the Old Town's laid-back colourful charms, dine on the beach and dance your final night away. The trip ends on Day 9. (2B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), hacienda (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, public bus, 4WD Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMCQ

Mar

05-07

Medellín / Guatapé Pass stunning scenery on the way to Medellín, Colombia's favourite city with a proud artistic heritage. After a neighbourhood tour, discover the regenerating city for yourself. Ride up to lush Arví Park, hang out in artists' houses and among the sculptures of Plaza Botero. There'll also a free day where you can opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, best known for its brightly-painted traditional houses and sprawling artificial lake. (3B)

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Feb

04

Armenia / Salento Day 4, take your caffeine highs and hike through the surreal green landscapes of the Cocora Valley, dotted with hundreds of cloud-hitting palms. Continue onto the lively market town of Salento and soak up more of the coffee vibes in the region of Quindío. (B)

Bogotá, Colombia

Jan

01-03

Bogotá / Armenia Arrive into Bogotá at any time. Explore Colombia's bustling capital and cobbled Old Town before meeting your group this evening. Day 2, grab breakfast at Paloquemao market before flying to Armenia in Colombia's Coffee Triangle. Spend two nights at a traditional hacienda. Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá region and learn more about the coffee culture, all whilst sampling some of the good stuff. (2B, L)

$1,649

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Discover Colombia's wild side • Chill on Cartagena's beaches • Opt to go river tubing

• Hang out with the locals • Tayrona National Park • Party like the Colombians

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Santa Marta Hike out of Tayrona National Park on Day 7 and travel back to Santa Marta. Have one last night out in this fiery Caribbean town before your trip ends on Day 8. (2B)

Tayrona N.P. Taganga

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels and guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $185-240 for meals Group Leader: CEO, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMTQ

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Tayrona National Park On Day 6, head into the rainforests and secluded beaches of Tayrona National Park for a night in the wild. While you're here you'll fully immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of this breathtaking corner of north Colombia. Led by an indigenous guide, hike through the park learning about the local flora, fauna and native culture of the Tayrona people. Sleep that night in eco huts in the national park. (B, L, D)

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03-05

Minca / Taganga Today you'll journey into the hills around the small village of Minca. Hike to nearby waterfalls, visit a local coffee plantation and learn the art of chocolate preparation. Day 4 you'll make the short drive through the hills to the former fishing town of Taganga. Your time here is yours to explore and chill out on the beach. (3B, L)

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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Cartagena Arrive in beautiful Cartagena at any time and meet your group that evening. Enjoy a tour of the Walled City the next day, then spend the rest of the afternoon as you please. Hang out in canary-yellow pavement cafés, soak up the Caribbean vibes on golden beaches, and work up the confidence to dance salsa in rum-spirited bars. (B)

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Try tasty Colombian coffee • Hike Valley of the Palms • Soak up Caribbean vibes


COLOMBIA VOLUNTOUR 14 DAYS, Bogotá

$1,058

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Bogotá

highlights

• Help with varied schoolwork • Bike tour of Bogotá • Explore colonial Manizales

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Bogotá / Manizales Arrive into Colombia’s capital at any time, ready for a guided bike tour the next day. Start in the cobbled neighbourhood of La Candelaria and check out its museums and churches. Then continue through parks and learn about the city’s rising street art scene. The afternoon is yours so head up Cerro de Monserrate for cracking views. Then travel on to the small university city of Manizales by bus on Day 3. (2B)

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Manizales / Ibagué Transfer to the Hacienda Venecia, a working coffee farm with bags of history. Here you’ll take part in a guided tour, where you’ll learn all about Colombia's coffee culture. After the tour, head back to Manizales for free time until you make for Ibagué for your volunteer project. (3B)

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Volunteer Project in Ibagué Spend the next five days volunteering with the local kids in the heart of Colombia’s beautiful coffee region. Depending on the project’s urgent needs, you might find yourself helping the children with their schoolwork, cleaning classrooms, or helping to coordinate sports and dance activities. You’ll be given an orientation briefing on arrival where you’ll be able to ask staff any questions which you may have. You’ll clock out at 5.30pm every day, so evenings are all yours. (5B, 5L, 5D)

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Bogotá

Ibagué

Project Start Date: Tuesdays Project Location: Ibagué Getting There: Transfer from airport and 3 bus journeys included Accommodation: Volunteer house or homestay (6 nts), mixed dorms in hostels (7 nts) Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Note: This is an independent voluntour and you will only have a guide during specified activities; Bogotá bike tour and Manizales coffee tour included; background check required Trip Code: BOGVOL

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Ibagué / Bogotá Travel back to Colombia’s capital by bus on Day 12 and check in to your accommodation. Do whatever you choose on Day 13 - why not try the city’s rowdy nightlife scene? End the trip the morning of Day 14. (2B)

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COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN HIGHLIGHTS 14 DAYS, Cartagena

$1,299

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Santa Marta Independent Tour

highlights

• Trek to the Lost City • Soak in a mud volcano • Explore awesome Cartagena

• Spot flamingos at Manaure • Chill out on empty beaches • Visit indigenous Uribia

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Cartagena / Totumo Volcano / Santa Marta Arrive at any time on Day 1 and transfer to your accommodation in romantic Cartagena, also known as the Pearl of the Caribbean. Next day, enjoy a free day of exploring sites including the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas and the monastery of La Candelaria. Soak up the sultry vibes of the city and hit the salsa bars the city is renowned for. Next day, take a soak in the mud volcano of Totumo then take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean before heading to Santa Marta. (3B, L) Santa Marta / Lost City Trek / Santa Marta Depart from your hostel and begin the three-hour drive to the Mamey region of Colombia - the gateway to the Lost City Trek. Enjoy a light lunch then strap on those walking boots - it's time to go trekking! Throughout the next few days, you'll hike along lush jungle trails past waterfalls and through indigenous villages. On Day 7, climb the 1,200 steps to reach one of the largest Tayrona cities within Latin America the Ciudad Perdida. After soaking up this epic site, head back towards civilisation, arriving back in Santa Marta Day 9. (4B, 5L, 4D) Riohacha / Cabo de la Vela / Punta Gallinas / Santa Marta Day 10, head to Riohacha, the starting point for your tour to Punta Gallinas and Cabo de la Vela. Next day, head to the beaches of Cabo de la Vela via the indigenous market at Uribia and the Manaure Salt Mines. Day 12, head to Punta Gallinas, a desert landscape of sweeping bays and empty beaches. Enjoy more beach time Day 13 then head back to Santa Marta on Day 14. From here, transfer to the airport. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia

inclusions Tayrona N.P. Cartagena

Medellín

Armenia

Bogotá

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (7 nts), hammocks with mosquito nets and blankets (6 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers, transfer to all tours as per the itinerary Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners Includes: 5-day Lost City trek with porters, Totumo volcano tour, 3-day La Guajira tour, entry fees, non-English speaking guide on trek (English speaking guide available for an extra USD $200 per group) Tour Code: BECTGCCH

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• Volunteer with local kids • Tour a working coffee farm • Free time to be touristy


COLOMBIA LOST CITY TREKKING 7 DAYS, Santa Marta

$799

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore the ancient citadel • Party or chill in Santa Marta • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01

Santa Marta Arrive at any time into Santa Marta and meet your group.

02-03

Trek to Lost City Transfer to Machete Pelao for the start of your four-day trek through the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Lost City of Teyuna. Nearly 500 years older than Peru's Machu Picchu, this 9th-century citadel is carved from the mountainside into 169 terraces. Lost to the jungle until the 1970s, the trek passes through indigenous Kogi villages, winding rivers and misty coffee forests. During the five-hour trek you'll tackle some challenging climbs so it's nice to know the Wiwa Camp features several natural pools to take a refreshing dip in. (B, 2L, 2D)

04-05

Trek to Lost City Hiking for around four to six hours, start the day with the most challenging hike of the trail by making steep inclines into the mountains. Following the river, feel free to dip a toe or two in when things get steamy. Arrive mid-afternoon at Teyuna Paradise campsite. After an early start on Day 5, trek for an hour before climbing the 1,200 steps to the Lost City. Spend the day exploring this hidden ancient wonder with a local indigenous guide. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Santa Marta In the morning, cross grassy hills to the G for Good project, where women from the Gotsezhi Wiwa indigenous community will prepare lunch and teach about the village customs. Relax by the river before heading back to Santa Marta where your trip ends Day 7. (2B, L)

Kogi Village, Lost City Trek

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Machete

Santa Marta

Adán Camp Wiwa Camp

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks) Transport: 4WD Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASMLC

Paraso Teyuna Camp Ciudad Perdida/ Lost City

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Relax in colonial Cartagena • Soak up the coffee culture • Tayrona National Park hike

• See transformed Medellín • Get active in Santa Marta • Meet indigenous Colombians

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Tayrona National Park / Santa Marta Hike through the ravishing beauty of Tayrona National Park and learn about North Colombia's indigenous culture from your guide. Next day, return to Santa Marta where your tour comes to an end. (3B, L, D)

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Jul

Salento Armenia

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Cartagena

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), hacienda (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, 4WD Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMCC

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Santa Marta

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Cartagena / Minca / Taganga Fly to the walled city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Head to the beach, take a city tour and visit the UNESCO-listed fortress. Day 11, travel to Minca and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Hike to a waterfall, check out a local coffee farm and then make for Taganga on Day 13 for an afternoon on the beach. (6B, L)

Taganga

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05-07

Salento / Medellín Day 5, it's on to the captivating city of Medellín. Take an included neighbourhood tour to learn about the city's unprecedented history, and don't miss the statues on Botero Plaza, named after the sculptor himself. Take a day to visit nearby Guatapé, famed for its colourful houses and cracking views. (3B)

Cocora Valley, Colombia

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01-04

Bogotá / Armenia / Salento Arrive into the capital and get a taste for Colombian life. Next morning, enjoy breakfast at Paloquemao market then fly to Armenia that afternoon. Spend two nights in a traditional hacienda in the heart of the coffee region, enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in Calarcá and learn all about the culture. Day 4, stretch your legs with a morning hike through Cocora Valley, and move on to toy-like Salento later that day. Here, you'll get the full coffee experience in the 'triangulo' of Quindio. (3B, L)

Jan

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• Trek through steaming jungle • Hike to remote villages • Gotsezhi community project

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COLOMBIAN CULTURE, CARIBBEAN & LOST CITY 22 DAYS, Bogotá

$3,879

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Night out in Cartagena • Discover Tayrona N.P. • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY

Tayrona N.P. Santa Marta Lost City Minca Trek Cartagena

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Colombia's Caribbean Coast and Lost City (GASMCS) 14 Days, Fr $2,249

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Salento Armenia

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: AMin 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), haciendas (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks) Transport: Plane, private van, public bus, 4WD Meals: 20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $440575 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMBS

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Lost City Trek / Machete Pelao / Santa Marta Rise and shine, it's trekking time! Transfer to Machete Pelao and begin the journey through jungles and indigenous communities to the Lost City of Teyuna. Walk for roughly six hours a day and stay at camps with natural pools. Day 21, trek back and transfer to Santa Marta where the tour comes to an end the following day. (5B, 5L, 4D)

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Mar

13-16

Taganga / Tayrona National Park / Santa Marta Travel to Taganga on Day 13 for a night by the beach and ready yourself for a guided hike in Tayrona National Park the next day. Learn about the region's wildlife and stay in an eco lodge that night. Then to Santa Marta for an optional night out on the town. (4B, 2L, D)

Cartagena, Colombia

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05-12

Medellín / Cartagena / Minca Make for Medellín and learn about the city's troubled past. Visit the changing slum areas and take a day trip to Guatapé. Day 8, fly to colourful Cartagena for a tour of the UNESCO walled city and a lively night out. Day 11, journey to the fincas of Minca for waterfall hikes, coffee plantation tours and fresh mountain air. (8B)

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Bogotá / Armenia / Salento Arrive in Bogotá. Browse Paloquemao Market and fly to Armenia that afternoon. Stay two nights in a traditional hacienda, tour a coffee farm in Calarcá and hike through the Cocora Valley to Salento. (3B, L)

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Bogotá

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• Stay on a coffee farm • Discover eclectic Medellín • Tayrona National Park hikes

• Salsa around Cartagena • Sample Colombia's diversity • Take in the bustle of Bogotá

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts) Transport: Bus, van, jeep, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $330-430 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 6 Tour Code: GASMCNG

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Cartagena / Bogotá Next up is tropical Cartagena. Set on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, the city's Old Town is a mix of brightly-coloured buildings, cool shaded parks, street artists and food vendors. Take part in a private salsa lesson then try your moves on the locals in one of the city's hopping salsa bars. Opt to visit Playa Blanca before returning to Bogotá on Day 11. Visit the museums or stroll around the neighbourhoods. (5B)

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Tayrona National Park A morning flight to Santa Marta takes you up to the Caribbean coast and to the edges of Tayrona National Park. Continue to your beach lodge and enjoy fresh seafood as well as powder white sand. Opt to hike the surrounding trails, or just relax by the water. (2B, L, 2D)

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Medellín A city unrecognisable from its lingering reputation overseas, Medellín is sure to etch its way into your best-of list. For a gleaming example of the city's progress in overcoming its notorious past, visit the fully-transformed Comuna 13, and test out the city's public cars and escalator systems, built to integrate the comunas into city life. (2B)

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01-03

Bogotá / Armenia Arrive into the capital, and transfer to your hotel. Next day, fly to Armenia and immerse yourself in the local coffee culture with two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm. Spend the afternoon with a coffee expert then head to Salento for a hike in the verdant Corcora Valley. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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As Colombia shakes off its troubled past, its cities are emerging as ambitious players on the world stage - from innovative, young-at-heart Medellín to Caribbean beauty Cartagena and, of course, capital Bogotá. With 58 museums and 62 galleries, the city is a walking history exhibition. But it's also a city that relishes the present, which seeps through vibrant graffiti, La Candelaria's kitsch boutiques and Zona Rosa's bars and clubs.

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$285

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Santa Marta

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• Catch local boats to hidden coves • Discover colonial Santa Marta • Wonderful panoramic viewpoints

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• Walk through tropical rainforest • Swim in warm Caribbean waters • Spot monkeys and exotic birds

Discover the country's oldest-surviving city and a sprawling national park on this four-day tour in northern Colombia. Covering a vast area of rich jungle and dreamlike beaches, Parque Tayrona isn't a bad place to spend the day. Begin with a drive through tropical rainforest to the Sea of the Seven Waves, a stunning viewpoint. Then walk down to the Bay of Gayraca and hop on a local fisherman's boat to Playa Cristal. Kick back on this secluded cove, paddle between coral reefs and soak up the Caribbean sun. Suitably sunned-out, head back to Santa Marta for a night out on the town, or a quiet night in, no pressure! Either way, make sure you spend some time enjoying the port city's colonial centre and Caribbean vibes. The tour comes to an end on Day 4 with a transfer to Santa Marta Airport.

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Transport during city tour, airport pick-up, transport during Totumo Volcano tour Includes: Entry fees, bilingual guide during volcano tour Tour Code: BECTGCEX

• Get a mud bath by a volcano • Dance the night away is salsa bars • Learn the history of Cartagena

Cartagena, the so-called Pearl of the Caribbean, is one of Colombia's prettiest cities. Take a city tour of the age-old San Felipe de Barajas fortress as well as the monastery and church of La Candelaria, both outstanding examples of religious and Spanish colonial architecture. Wander around the cobblestoned plazas of the old town and spend that evening in one of the incredible restaurants the walled city has to offer. The following day you'll visit the mud volcano of Totumo, famous for its therapeutic minerals. Jump in and splash around in the mud bath before soaking it off in the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy lunch on the beach and then head back to Cartagena where you can opt to hit one of the many salsa bars. The tour comes to an end on Day 4 so make sure you've got all your souvenirs and pictures before you go.

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• Reach the rarely-seen Lost City • Hammock camping under the stars • Cool off in jungle pools

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito nets (4 nts) Meals: All food during trek Includes: Return Santa Marta transfers, Lost City trek incl. hammocks and supplies (carried by porters), permits and entry fees, Spanish-speaking guide during trek Tour Code: BESMRLCT

• Meet indigenous communities • Time to chill in Santa Marta • Cross wild and wonderful lands

Talk to most backpackers in Colombia and they'll probably be raving about the Lost City trek. Day 1, leave Santa Marta for the Mamey region and warm up with a 7km hike through the jungle to your first camp. Venture deeper into the jungle on Day 2. Meet the locals in indigenous Kogi villages, traverse the Buritaca River and sleep in hammocks under the stars. Wake up, ready to hike and climb up 1,200 mossy steps to reach the Lost City. Rediscovered by treasure hunters in the 1970s, you'll be amazed at the intricate staircases, terraces and gorgeous views. Then you begin the two-day hike back towards Santa Marta. Meet more communities along the way and take every opportunity to cool off in jungle pools. Back in Santa Marta you'd be forgiven for crashing out, or head to the beach for a swim!

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Santa Marta Independent Tour

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• Tayrona National Park beaches • Discover beautiful Santa Marta • Sleep in jungle hammocks

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts), hammocks during trek (4 nts) Transport: Bus, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Includes: Santa Marta airport pick-up/drop-off, Tayrona day tour, 5-day Lost City trek incl. hammocks and supplies (carried by porters), permits and entry fees, Spanish-speaking guide Tour Code: BESMRTLC

• Uncover the mysterious Lost City • Meet indigenous communities • Swim in natural pools

Discover South America's oldest surviving city, Caribbean beaches and the Ciudad Perdida on this fab eight-day adventure. Get picked up from Santa Marta airport and settle in, then move on to Tayrona National Park for a day on Crystal Beach, a white sand paradise for snorkelling and swimming. The trek to the Lost City begins on Day 3. Drive to the Mamey region and set off on foot for a 7km hike past jungly pathways and natural pools. The next day, visit an indigenous Kogi village and make the slightly longer trek to camp. Reach the mysterious and mossy Lost City on Day 4 and breathe it all in before beginning the return journey the next day. Cross back over rivers, through local villages, and finish off in Santa Marta for a refreshing swim. The tour ends on Day 8 and you're free to depart at any time.

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• Relax on sunny white sands • Only a few steps from the beach • Stay in a comfortable eco-lodge

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Cartagena airport transfers Tour Code: CTGPBB

• Swim in warm turquoise waters • Cocktails and fresh fish to order • Return transfers from Cartagena

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• Unwind on beautiful Isla Barú • Dine on coconut rice and fresh fish • Boat trip to other islands

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Inclusions: Hotel return transfers Tour Code: CTGBAR

• Snorkel protected coral reefs • Experience Caribbean island life • Return transfers to Cartagena

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• Swim to single-palm islands • Totally stress-free border crossing • Social evenings on deck

This is undoubtedly the most fun way to get from Colombia to Panama these days. The typically five-day boat trip takes you across vast stretches of ocean to single-palmed islands and fishing communities. Sleep in cabins under starry night skies and enjoy meals with your crew and group on deck. Leave Cartagena port on Day 1 and stop at the border town of Sapzurro to complete all the passport checks. Then begin your journey into open sea and make for the unbelievably beautiful San Blas Islands. Local Kuna people still live off the land and sea so no stealing the coconuts. Spend your time exploring the archipelago, snorkel in turquoise waters and sunbathe on white sand beaches. Continue sailing on Day 5 and make for the historical fort town of Portobelo, just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Panama City.

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Discover the best that Brazil and Argentina have to offer on this fantastic adventure! Visit the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls, chill out under palm trees and party on down in Rio's samba clubs. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAJBR

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My Own Room Available: Fr $589

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• Soak up the sun on Ilha Grande • Sip caipirinhas on the beach in Paraty • Crank up the samba beats in Rio de Janeiro

Mar

highlights

• Steak with a side of tango in Buenos Aires • Feel the warm spray of the Iguassu Falls • Lend a helping hand on a working ranch

Feb

Estancia, Uruguay

Accommodation: Simple hotels (9 nts), hostels (4 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $565-735 for meals not included

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Buenos Aires / Colonia del Sacramento Arrive at any time in Buenos Aires. Tour colourful La Boca, classy Recoleta and party-central Palermo. Tango all night long, order a sumptuous Argentine steak or check out the football at La Boca's famed blue and gold stadium. Day 3, cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Stroll along the riverfront and hire a golf buggy to the light house in time for a stunning Latin sunset.

04-05

Montevideo Travel to Montevideo, Uruguay's cool capital and renowned for hosting Buenos Aires' socialites at the weekends. There are several good museums including the Carnival Museum, great beaches just outside the city and a lot of tasty street food. (2B)

06-08

Estancia Leave the city lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get your hands dirty at a working estancia, or ranch, and explore the countryside on horseback rides or day hikes. If it all seems like too much effort, sit back with a glass of regional wine and indulge in a traditional barbecue. On Day 8, board an overnight bus for the journey inland to Iguassu Falls. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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09-10

Iguassu Falls You'll be lost for words as you look out over Iguassu Falls, one of South America's most spectacular sights. Hop over the border to Brazil to gain a different perspective and take the opportunity to get even closer with a speedboat ride right up to the thundering torrents! (B)

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11-12

Paraty Skipping a mammoth 15-hour bus ride, fly to São Paulo and head straight to the coast. Palm trees and sandy shores await at Paraty. Tour the beautiful bay and nearby beaches by boat, or, if you can tear yourself away from the ocean, visit a cachaça distillery for a taste of the strong stuff. (B)

13-14

Ilha Grande Travel down the coast and board a ferry to the stunning island of Ilha Grande. There are over 100 beaches to choose from, so grab your snorkel, get your flippers on and head out into the surf. (B)

15-17

Rio de Janeiro Arrive into Rio, home to Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. Spend your last night sharing a caipirinha or two before heading off on Day 17. (B)

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Rio de Janeiro Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Party down in Buenos Aires • Catch a boat to Iguassu Falls • See Rio from Sugarloaf

• Get bronzed at Copacabana • Beachside living in Paraty • Optional tour of the favelas

Río de Janeiro Iguassu Falls

Paraty

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (5 nts), hostel (2 nt), overnight buses (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, minivan, taxi Meals: 4 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $405-530 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASAZD

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ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS, Buenos Aires

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Paraty / Rio de Janeiro Welcome to the heart of Brazil's emerald coastline in the beautiful and well-preserved colonial city of Paraty, which has steep, forested mountains that plunge into an island-speckled bay as its backdrop. Wander the cobblestone streets, head out on board an optional schooner cruise of the bay or go for a stroll barefoot along the beach and feel the sand between your toes. Heaven on earth! Day 9, rock up to Rio where you'll stay at a centrally-located hotel in Copacabana. Take a spin around the city to soak up the sights and the sunshine, samba on the sand and sip caipirinha cocktails 'til dawn. Alternatively, ride a cable car to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain or take a tour of the favelas. Your adventure wraps up Day 10. (4B)

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03-05

Iguassu Falls Explore the jaw-dropping sight of Iguassu Falls from not one, but two different countries with numerous viewpoints from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side. Peer over the edge of the boardwalks and witness the incredible power of nature as the water plunges into the vast canyon below. Explore the rainforest nature trails, the bird park and countless shops, bars and restaurants available on both sides of the border. Catch the night bus on Day 5 towards Paraty.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Jan

01-02

Buenos Aires Arrive into Buenos Aires at any time, Argentina's glamorous capital city. Set out and explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis with its distinctive European-style influences before hopping on a night bus to Iguassu Falls on Day 2.

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Rio de Janeiro Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Tango in classy Buenos Aires • Marvel at Iguassu Falls • Feast on Brazilian barbecues

• Visit Christ the Redeemer • Explore Rio on foot • Party in the bars of Ipanema

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Buenos Aires

Rio de Janeiro

May

Iguassu Falls

Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts, twin-share) Transport: 2 local flights & transfers, private air con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners Includes: 2 internal flights, all sightseeing tours specified Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COBARJ

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BRAZIL

Mar

07-09

Rio de Janeiro Home to the world's largest Carnival celebration and Copacabana Beach, get ready for awesome times in Rio de Janeiro. On Day 7, take in panoramic views from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Next day is yours to explore so why not opt to try hang-gliding or zen out on Ipanema Beach. Your trip comes to a close on Day 9. (3B, D)

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04-06

Iguassu Falls Fly to Puerto Iguassu then travel to the Brazilian side to see the incredible 275 cascades of Iguassu Falls. Spot macaws and toucans and opt to fly over the falls via helicopter for a bird's-eye view! On Day 5, cross back into Argentina and visit their side of Iguassu Falls with a walk to the aptly-named Devil's Throat. The rest of the day is yours, so opt to try a speed boat ride to feel the spray of the falls. Tonight, tuck into a tasty Brazilian barbecue with the group. Fly to Rio the following morning. (3B, D)

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Jan

01-03

Buenos Aires Experience the culture and diversity of this cosmopolitan city then learn all the tango tricks at a dance lesson and show. Gorge yourself on steak and wine (what else?), then step up the pace and experience its pulsing and colourful nightlife. Start Day 2 and opt to catch a football game or visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni. Next day spend at leisure, and opt to hit the shops, try your hand at polo, or learn to make the tasty traditional sweet alfajores. (2B, D)

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Rio de Janeiro Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Tango around Buenos Aires • Devour juicy Argentine steak • See the Iguassu Falls

• Chill out in idyllic Paraty • Snorkel in thriving bays • Shake some samba in Rio

Paraty

Iguassu Falls

São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro Ilha Grande

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Plane, van, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $420-550 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAIB

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08-09

Rio de Janeiro Rio – Brazil's sparkliest jewel. According to the Cariocas (the locals), God made the world in six days, and devoted the seventh to Rio. Bordered by the white beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and graced with sweeping views and gorgeous sunsets from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, it compares to no other city. The tour ends on Day 9 so swing those hips and samba off to your next destination. (2B)

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04-07

Paraty / Ilha Grande Fly to São Paulo and continue by van to the sandy shores of Paraty. Not only a stunning snorkelling spot, Paraty is also the perfect base for some island-hopping. There'll also time to learn the art of the caipirinha on a capirinha boat cruise. On Day 6, continue up the coast and take a ferry over to Ilha Grande. Take a pick from over 100 beaches and relax, king prawn kebab in one hand and a coconut in the other. Optional hikes are also available. (4B)

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Jan

01-03

Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls Arrive into Buenos Aires and step out into the electric air of the city. Join your group this evening and hit the town to the unmistakable rhythms of tango and hunt for steak and a bottle of Malbec. Next day, fly up to Iguassu Falls for two full days of exploration. See the falls from both Argentine and Brazilian sides, and walk up to the Devil's Throat for photos of Mother Nature at her most thunderous. (2B)

$1,999

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Buenos Aires Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Ride horses with gauchos • Wine tasting in Chile • Adventure sports in Pucón

• Discover cosmopolitan BA • City tour of Santiago • Hiking in Patagonia

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110

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Valparaíso

Santiago Buenos Aires

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Estancia

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Bariloche

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Pucón

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Plane, public bus, van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASCCA

May

09-10

Buenos Aires Leave the mountains for a flight to the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires. Once here you can opt to enjoy dinner and a tango show, tour the city by bike, or check out the city's many museums and neighbourhoods. If you're looking for that perfect holiday shot, head to the lively neighbourhood of La Boca and immerse yourself in colour! (2B)

CHILE

Apr

06-08

Bariloche / Gaucho Ranch / Bariloche Today you cross the Andes into Argentina, driving through the Seven Lakes District and stopping for plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy a free evening in the pretty waterfront town of Bariloche. Day 7, transfer to a gaucho ranch for a barbecue lunch and a horseback ride with the local cowboys. Return to Bariloche to explore the town or take a walk through the beautiful countryside of the Seven Lakes District. (3B, L)

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04-05

Pucón Pucón, in the Chilean Lake District, is all about adventure. Opt to hike the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, go rafting down whitewater rapids, or simply explore the area on foot. (B)

Valparaíso, Chile

Feb

01-03

Santiago / Valparaíso Arrive into Santiago at any time and enjoy a guided city tour the next day. The afternoon is yours to do some holiday shopping, relax streetside in a café or hike to the lookout of Cerro Santa Lucia. Day 3, leave for the colourful hillsides of Valparaíso and stop at a winery en route. Plonk yourself down on the beach or check out the town's vibrant street art before taking the overnight bus to Pucón. (2B)

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• Trekking in Torres del Paine • Go whitewater rafting • Wine tasting in Mendoza

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Buenos Aires

Bariloche

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Jan 19

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Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Buenos Aires

$2,157

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14 DAYS

highlights

• Visit Christ the Redeemer • Chill out in Ilha Grande

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SAMBA & TANGO AIR EXPEDITION 14 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Boat, plane, local bus, private vehicle Meals: 17 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $635-825 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist mountain guide, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAHB

Mendoza

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15-20

Torres del Paine Trek / Puerto Natales / Buenos Aires Start the renowned 62km W Trek across turquoise lagoons, rivers and reflective lakes. Camp in stunning wilderness, hike to glacier lookouts and finish off with a scenic ferry ride across Lake Pehoé. Day 19, fly back up to Buenos Aires where you can opt for a tango show and a final night out with the group before your tour ends on Day 20. (5B, 4L, 3D)

Aconcagua

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11-14

El Calafate / Puerto Natales Raft down class III rapids to El Calafate and opt for a cruise on the beautiful Lago Argentino. Day 13, travel to Perito Moreno Glacier for a guided tour and opt for a boat ride that takes you right up close. Continue to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, where you'll prepare for your upcoming hike. (4B)

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Feb

06-10

Bariloche / El Chaltén In the snow-capped Lake District you can hike the Bella Vista trail, relax by Nahuel Huapi lake, and go whitewater rafting to the Chile border. Day 8, fly to El Calafate and continue to El Chaltén and Glacier National Park. Take a guided hike to Laguna de los Tres for a view of the Fitz Roy peaks and spend the rest of the time exploring other trails around Cerro Torre and beyond. (5B, L)

Laguna Torre, Argentina

Jan

01-05

Buenos Aires / Mendoza / Bariloche Arrive at any time and spend the morning exploring BA. Then fly to Mendoza and cycle through Argentina's wine country but don't taste too much as it's into the mountains for a stunning trek to Aconcagua. Then back to Mendoza for an overnight bus to Bariloche. (3B, L)

• Awe at the epic Iguassu Falls • Party on in Buenos Aires

Kick things off in Rio with a city tour. Visit the Lapa Steps, Christ the Redeemer, and opt for sunset on Sugarloaf Mountain. Get to know the favelas and hop across to the beaches of Ilha Grande. Snorkel, samba and sail around the islands and visit Sao Paulo. Then fly to Iguassu Falls and explore both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of this mighty wonder. End up in Buenos Aires with tours around this colourful capital and, of course, a tango show. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels (13 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Internal flights and all transportation included, airport pick-up and drop-off also included Tour Code: BERIOTSA

PATAGONIA CHILE & ARGENTINA AIR EXPEDITION 14 DAYS, Santiago

Buenos Aires

$3,299

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14 DAYS

highlights

• Explore vibrant Santiago • Head up Osorno Volcano

• Explore Bariloche • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

Begin with a leisurely cycle around Santiago, then fly to Puerto Varas for a volcano climb. Cross into Argentina via Andean lakes to Bariloche. On Day 6, head to Mt. Campanario for Patagonia's finest views. Opt for Nahuel Huapi National Park trekking or take a sailing trip to its hidden forests. Then fly to El Calafate and get close to one of the world's only growing glaciers, Perito Moreno. Tour Torres del Paine or Cerro Frias, then on to BA for tango. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels (13 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: All transport included (including internal flights) and airport transfers Note: Some entry fees not included Tour Code: BESCLPCA

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Looking for that adventure fix? Then you're in luck, as this overland trip has it by the bucket. Hop on board the truck and head south where world-class treks through Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park go hand in hand with white water rafting and camping under star-filled skies. Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Tour Code: DRZSU

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• Get close to the Perito Moreno Glacier • Hike beneath mighty Mt Fitzroy • View the beauty of Torres del Paine N.P.

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• Enjoy Bariloche's mountain scenery • Explore Chile's pretty Lake District • Try rafting, ice trekking and climbing

Departures 2018/19

highlights

Jan 19

El Chalten, Argentina

Accommodation: Hostels and hotels (50%), camping (50%) Transport: Overland vehicle, boat Meals: All meals when camping Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $710

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Santiago / Pucon Arrive in Santiago to meet your group and, if possible, explore Chile's cosmopolitan capital. Next morning, drive south to the beautiful lakeside town of Pucon where you'll rest up in a local hostel. Fully re-energised, you can choose how to spend the next two days in Pucon; trek to the summit of the snowcapped Volcano Villarrica, relax in hot springs, or canoe through the gorges of the Lake District.

05-08

Pucon / Bariloche / Futaleufu / Puyuhuapi Cross the Andes into Argentina and overnight in a hostel, ready to explore the beautiful viewpoints, beaches and waterfalls of Bariloche the next morning. Then it's off to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú in Chile where there will hopefully be time for the rapids. Next it's through the fjords to Queulat National Park to see the hanging Colgante Glacier. That evening, you'll camp under the stars near Puyuhuapi.

09-13

Puyuhuapi / Cerro Castillo / Patagonia / El Chalten / Los Glaciares National Park Drive south to Cerro Castillo, camp overnight, and head back into Argentina the next morning. Wild camp in Rio Pinturas then make for Los Glaciares National Park's El Chalten. You'll have three days to freely explore the walking trails, cruise to the Viedma Glacier, and, if you're brave, go ice trekking!

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Los Glaciares National Park / El Calafate / Torres del Paine National Park Today it's a short journey to El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Pack your camera as you'll be taken to all the best viewpoints of one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia. Or opt for a boat trip to get even closer. Day 16 it's back into Chile towards your lakeside campsite in Torres del Paine National Park.

17-20

Torres del Paine National Park Spend four days amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Torres del Paine. View the soaring rock towers themselves and either complete the full W Walk or freely explore all the fantastic viewpoints around the park.

21-23

Torres del Paine National Park / Tierra del Fuego / Ushuaia Drive south across the Strait of Magellan to the island of Tierra del Fuego for a night of wild camping. Then it's over to Argentina and towards the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia. Here you can go wildlife spotting along the Beagle Channel, get active in Tierra del Fuego National Park, or even search for a last-minute cruise to Antarctica. Then, it's time to bid farewell.

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Buenos Aires Overland Group Adventure

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• Climb volcanoes in Chile • Wild camp in Patagonia • Coastal Argentina wildlife

• Ice trek along glaciers • Visit Torres del Paine • Explore vibrant Buenos Aires

01-08

Santiago / Pucón / Bariloche Arrive in Santiago to meet your group and hopefully see some of Chile's capital. In the morning, drive to lakeside Pucón for two free days of volcano trekking, horse-riding and canoeing. Continue to Argentina by way of the Seven Lakes route on Day 5. In Bariloche, opt to hike to waterfalls or visit the chocolate museum. Day 8 you'll drive south and wild camp in the Río Mayo area.

09-18

Patagonia / El Chaltén / Tierra del Fuego / Ushuaia Drive south via the UNESCO site Cave of Hands where you'll camp overnight. Then journey to El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park for more walking trails, ice trekking opportunities and glacier boat trips. Day 14, drive to Tierra del Fuego via a campsite at the Blue Lagoon. Day 15, wild camp near Useless Bay (actual name), then carry on to Ushuaia. Spot wildlife along the Beagle Channel and explore the spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park.

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Torres del Paine National Park / El Calafate / Camarones Head towards Torres del Paine National Park for four days of walking, camping and a lot of photographing. Then it's on to El Calafate for a visit to the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier before crossing the plains to see the penguins of the sleepy seaside village of Camarones.

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Puerto Madryn / Monte Hermoso / Buenos Aires Take the short drive to Puerto Madryn where you have a free day to visit the Welsh-speaking Valdes Peninsula and view its abundant marine life. Day 31, drive to Buenos Aires for two days of incredible culture, art and music. Say your farewells on Day 34.

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Monte Hermoso

Pucón Bariloche

Puerto Madryn

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Tierra del Fuego

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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BUENOS AIRES TO RIO 19 DAYS, Buenos Aires

$2,080

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Rio de Janeiro Overland Group Adventure

highlights

• Marvel at Iguassu Falls • Party by Copacabana in Rio • Explore Buenos Aires

• Snorkel and abseil in Bonito • Island hop around Paraty • Safari in Brazil's Pantanal

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Paraty

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Iguassu Falls

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Brotas

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Rio de Janeiro

Bonito

Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Camping (65%), hostels and hotels (35%) Transport: Overland vehicle, jeep, canoe, horse riding Meals: All camping meals provided Local Payment (Kitty): From USD $800 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Tour Code: DRZBR

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Brotas / Paraty / Rio de Janeiro To the remote town of Brotas where you can enjoy white water rafting on rapids, canyoning on Jacaré River, or simply relax by the campsite pool. Then it's off to Paraty on the Emerald Coast where there'll be lots of time for island hopping, scuba diving, tropical trekking and more. On Day 18, all roads to Rio! Tick off top tourist spots and make time to check out a community favela project before the end of your tour.

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Iguassu Falls / Bonito / Southern Pantanal Drive to the eco tourism capital of Bonito and check into your campsite (complete with pool). Here you have two free days to visit the ethereal Blue Lake Cave, snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Rio de Prata, abseil through fissures, trek to waterfalls, mountain bike, kayak, raft and much more! Then it's off to the Southern Pantanal to an eco lodge where you'll go on jeep safaris, canoe expeditions, and horseback trails. Enjoy a barbecue dinner, traditional music and hopefully the odd jaguar sighting if you're lucky! On Day 12, take lunch at the ranch and head east to São Paulo state.

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Buenos Aires / Yapeyú / Iguassu Falls Welcome to beautiful BA! Explore colourful La Boca, visit Colon Theatre, or go see a tango show in Café Tortoni. On Day 3, drive to Yapeyú on the banks of River Uruguay and camp overnight. Then, it's into Brazil towards Foz do Iguaçu, a jumping off point for trips to Iguassu Falls, Itaipu Dam and the nearby bird park. While you're at Iguassu Falls you'll get the chance to visit viewpoints on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, or get up close aboard a speed boat.

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THE MYSTERY

THE AMAZON RIVER

More than a huge Christ statue, Rio is a city of legalised street art, soulful favelas, stunning beaches and friendly cariocas.

This 21-island archipelago is a marine park filled with hawksbill turtles, whales, lemon sharks, clownfish, anemones and parrotfish.

Five days of samba-fuelled revelry, this is the biggest celebration of music, dance and outrageously feathery outfits in the world.

Brazil is home to various tribes who have never had contact with the modern world. How have they survived without Facebook?

Running through nine Brazilian cities, this monstrous river is home to giant otters, river dolphins and Amazonian manatees.

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WONDERS OF BRAZIL 15 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

$2,999

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Rio de Janeiro Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide while in the Pantanal Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASZWB

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• Party hard in Copacabana • Snorkel in Bonito's clear rivers • Explore underwater caves

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• Spot wetland wildlife in the Pantanal • Chill out on Paraty's beaches • Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain

My Own Room Available: Fr $549

04-06

Paraty Make the 300 kilometre journey up the coast to Paraty. Once a staging post for Brazilian gold trading, today it's a popular getaway for people just wanting to relax (and maybe sample some of its famous cachaça...). It's also home to some of the world's best Portuguese colonial architecture. Wander aimlessly for two days, relax on the beaches or opt to take a Caipirinha boat excursion along the bay. You may also opt to take a day trip to Trindade and test the surf. (2B)

07-08

Iguassu Falls Today, jump on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Straddling the borders of three countries, you have two days to see the falls from at least two sides. Visit the Brazilian side to get the best panoramic view, and opt for a helicopter ride to get yet another angle on them. Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring the nearby trails and catwalks. Opt to visit a bird park or get up close to the water on a power-boat ride. (B)

09-11

Bonito It's all travel on Day 9 as you make your way to the eco tourism hub of Bonito. A popular holiday destination among young people from the southern cities, this is a laid-back town that dozes off a little in between the holiday seasons, but never loses its charm. Make the most of the optional activities available, and fill up your days snorkelling in the rivers or exploring nearby caves and waterfalls. (2B)

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Pantanal Travel on to the Pantanal, a wetland region teeming with life and some of Brazil's most impressive wildlife. It's one of the continent's best places for catching life that's as wicked as it is wild. On a two-day guided excursion, look out for capybaras, howler monkeys, caimans, giant otters, anacondas, anteaters and Jabiru storks. If you're lucky, you might even spot one of the resident jaguars as they prowl for their dinner. Opt to try piranha fishing or horseback riding in your free time. (2B, 2L, 2D) Rio de Janeiro Transfer to Campo Grande and fly back to Rio for one last night in the samba clubs. Your trip ends on the morning of Day 13, when you're free to leave at any time. (2B)

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Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande Arrive in Rio at any time on Day 1, and meet your group at the welcome meeting in the evening. The following morning, zip across the water to the car-free Ilha Grande. Spend time here hiking forest trails and exploring the island's beaches. (2B)

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Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), tented room with hammocks on a multi-share basis (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $655-855 for meals not included

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Minimise travelling times and make the most of your time at some of Brazil's best destinations. Flying from São Paulo to Iguassu and from Campo Grande to Rio means more freedom to explore the waterfalls, beaches and wildlife on offer. Throw in some cachaça and you've got yourself a sizzler!


RIO & IGUASSU FALLS PACKAGE 7 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

$442

FR

Iguassu Falls Independent Tour

highlights

• Cultural Santa Teresa • See a sunset over Sugarloaf • Free day in lively Rio

• Visit Christ the Redeemer • Iguassu Falls tour • Traveller-friendly hostels

BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Rio de Janeiro Fit in two of Brazil's biggest attractions in just seven days, flamboyant Rio and the Iguassu Falls. On arrival, transfer to your hostel in the city's lively Copacabana district and set aside the rest of the afternoon for caipirinhas and flopping down on the popular beach nearby. The next day, enjoy the Big Dude Tour and take in all the signature sights of the city, including Christ the Redeemer and the historic district of Santa Teresa, one of Rio's most traditional neighbourhoods.

03-04

Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls On Day 3, enjoy a free day in Rio. This spirited city has plenty to offer, and you'll barely scratch the surface in 24 hours - but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a good bash at it! Spend your time on the beaches, wander through the parks or go shopping. Or, for an insight into the other side of life in Rio, opt for a tour of one of the sprawling favelas. The next morning, hop on a bus and settle in for your overnight journey to the three-kilometre wide Iguassu Falls.

05-07

Iguassu Falls Arriving on the morning of Day 5, enjoy a free day exploring the town of Foz do Iguaçu. Work up an appetite for the following day, and get ready for your full-day tour of the Iguassu Falls! As your English-speaking guide leads you around the site, catch some fantastic views of Iguassu, considered by many to be the most beautiful falls in the world. The trip comes to and end on Day 7, with check-out at your hostel taking place at 10am. You're free to depart at any point after that.

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Iguassu Falls

Rio de Janeiro

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Activity Level: Low Accommodation: Cabanacopa Hostel (3 nts), Hostel76 (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Includes: Arrival transfer, accommodation, Big Dude Tour, transfer to Rio bus terminal and bus to Foz do Iguaçu, transfer from bus terminal to hostel in Iguassu, tour to Iguassu Falls Meals: Not included Tour Code: RIOIGU

Iguassu Falls

VOLUNTEER BRAZIL

$874

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2-4 WEEKS, Rio de Janeiro

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• Teach Rio's favela children • Learn Portuguese • Weekends free to explore

• Stay in vibrant Copacabana • Get creative in art classes • Experience life in a favela

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Rio de Janeiro This varied project is based around the neighbourhoods of Complexo de Alemão, one of Rio's largest favelas (shanty town). Your first day, however, is free for you to get settled in. Arrive in Rio at any time on Day 1, meet your fellow volunteers and get out and explore all the sights for which the city is so well known, including Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Note that Day 1 is an arrival day with no activities planned. Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro Transfer from Copacabana to the project base in the Complexo de Alemão. Working with the residents, you'll help to build skill sets among the poorest residents to ensure long-term transformation in the community. There are nine different project activities to choose from, and you can decide which ones you want to be involved in on your first day of volunteering. Teach children to read and write, or get involved with the community through sport tournaments and games. Opt for the four-week programme to choose from a whole host of extra activities including boat parties, favela tours and capoeira classes. Of course, it's not all work. Slot in some learning time for yourself with handy Portuguese lessons, which are included within the first two Tuesdays of your trip, and head to the white sand, caipirinha-clad beaches of Copacabana on the weekends! (9B, 9L)

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Rio de Janeiro

Rocinha / Rio de Janeiro Enjoy one last day of volunteering on Day 13 and say your goodbyes. Your trip ends any time Day 14. (B, L)

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Project Start Date: Daily. Orientation meetings are on Monday, so we suggest arriving Saturday or Sunday Project Location: Rio de Janeiro Getting There: Transfer to project included Accommodation: Shared dorm in Cabanacopa Hostel (13+ nts) Meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches Stay Longer: 2 weeks Fr $644 Notes: Background check required Tour Code: RIOVL5


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In the battle for the title of Rio's best beach, Copacabana's heyday glamour may have faded - but it still wins on legendary status, souvenir kitsch, skimpy swimwear and a Sugarloaf backdrop.


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Rio struts its stuff like a sassy feather-tailed Carnival showgirl. Picture this: late night samba blow-outs, lunch on the beach, Baile Funk parties in the favelas (slums) and drinking on yachts in Guanabara Bay. But behind the gloss, there's also caipirinha-hazed all-nighters and lazy morning-afters spent on Copacabana beach. Catch a football match at the Maracanã and get up close to the Christ the Redeemer statue.

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CABANACOPA HOSTEL, COPACABANA

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MANGO TREE HOSTEL, IPANEMA

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$29 $46

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Just two blocks (around an eight-minute walk) from Copacabana Beach. A good spot away from street traffic!

Location: Less than 200 metres from Ipanema Beach and walking distance to many bars and restaurants.

Vibe: Set in a colonial house with large windows, wooden floors, and a rooftop, this popular hostel is always planning a party.

Vibe: With just 18 rooms, this colourful colonial-style hostel offers guesthouse comforts.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Individual lights and power outlets • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Terrace • Garden • Games room

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue facilities • Lounge • Terrace • Garden • Luggage storage • Surfboard rental

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$36

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DORM

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EL MISTI, IPANEMA

$103 $189

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DA LAPA DESIGN HOTEL, LAPA

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DORM

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Location: Only a short six-minute walk from the iconic Copacabana Beach.

Location: Just a two-minute stroll to the sands of Ipanema Beach.

Location: Set in a lively district with traditional bars and open-air samba jams.

Vibe: Fun hostel with open-bar parties on the terrace.

Vibe: Ideal for solo travellers who want to socialise and have fun.

Vibe: Cultural and creative space with artfilled interiors.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Shared kitchen

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Restaurant • Bar • Terrace • 24-hour reception • Free airport shuttle

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

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ATLÂNTICO TRAVEL, COPACABANA

$72 $36

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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WINDSOR COPA, COPACABANA

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$89 $49

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Based just three blocks from the thongs and throngs of lively Copacabana Beach.

Location: Sitting in a privileged position, just one block from the beach and boardwalk entertainment.

Vibe: Sleek modernist hotel offering a comfortable retreat from the Brazilian sun.

Vibe: No need to lift a finger at this upscale hotel with welcoming staff and authentic Brazilian cuisine.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop pool • Bar • Lounge • Gym • Sauna • Massage services • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safes • 24-hour room service • Restaurant • Gym • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24hour reception • Airport shuttle (at extra cost)

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Location: A 14-minute walk from Botafogo Beach with views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Location: At the south end of Copacabana Beach on the lively Avenida Atlantica.

Vibe: Trendy hotel with design-led rooms, day-long soundtracks and cocktails.

Vibe: A design hotel with luxurious rooms and fancy-pants interiors. Sign us up.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurants • Gym • In-room dining

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THE BIG DUDE TOUR

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$78

Rock Solid | Best Western Augusto's FR Rio Copa Hotel  $31

GET OUT OF BED Half Day | Brazilian football game FR  $94 Half Day | Sugarloaf Mountain  Half Day | Hang Gliding tour from Rio De Janeiro 

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THRIO2

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FULL DAY

This five-hour tour covers Rio's top attractions including Christ the Redeemer (aka The Big Dude). First up, São Conrado beach to watch the hang-gliders before driving through Tijuca National Park and arriving at 30-metre high Big Dude. Move on to the historic neighbourhood of San Teresa, stop for lunch (not included) then visit the brightly-tiled Lapa Steps. Finish up at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for sunset, or get dropped back at your accommodation. Departs: Daily, except Sundays Meals: Not included Includes: Return accommodation transfers, entry fees to Christ the Redeemer, English-speaking guide Note: Entry fees to Sugarloaf Mountain not included Tour Code: RIOCAR

FAVELA WALKING TOUR

$40

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HALF DAY

Favelas in Rio have often been shown in a bad light but this tour shows you the real Rocinha, lead by a local who grew up in the slums. Visit the Casa de Cultura, meet the people who live there and catch cracking views of the city around. Stop to watch a community Capoeira show in the afternoon before being dropped back at your hotel in Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon. This really is the best way to sample life in the hills of Rio. Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Return transfers between Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon (from southern zone only), English-speaking tour guide Tour Code: RIOFWT

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Rock Solid


Rio Carnival Hosting one of the biggest outdoor parties on the planet, Rio cranks up the heat, the sass and the feather count for Carnival. A few attractions close down for the occasion, but it's still a great time to visit the city. After all, 5 million revellers can't be wrong!

Brazil Carnival Essential Experience

$833

FR

4 DAYS

Get your fill of samba, beaches and blocos (street parties) with this sizzling four-dayer. On top of your Sambadrome tickets, guides are on hand to escort you to the city's best parties, beaches and dance classes. You might as well practice! HIGHLIGHTS • Sambadrome Carnival ticket • See the parade • Party at the blocos (street parties) • Three nights' accommodation • Samba dance class • Welcome caipirinha cocktail INCLUSIONS Departs: 09Feb18 Accommodation: 3* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Welcome briefing & cocktail, samba dance class, Sunday Sambadrome Parade tickets, face paint, cocktail at Sambadrome, group escort to blocos/parties Note: 5, 6 & 7-day packages available. Ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: BEBAMCE3

CabanaCopa Hostel Carnival Package & Sambadrome Tickets

$797

FR

7 DAYS

Transfer from the airport to Copacabana's popular CabanaCopa hostel and start as you mean to go on, with a caipirinha in your hand! For flexibility, all included activities (below) can be done on any day, so you can pace yourself or throw yourself right in. Other durations are also available. Please ask your Travel Expert for details. HIGHLIGHTS • Sambadrome Carnival ticket • Favela tour • Free caipirinhas

• Big Dude city tour • Costume accessories • Six nights accommodation

INCLUSIONS Departs: Daily (07Feb18 – 18Feb18) Accommodation: CabanaCopa hostel (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Includes: Arrival airport transfer, free caipirinhas, costume accessories, Big Dude city tour, favela tour, Sambadrome ticket Tour Code: RIO55C

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience

$1,899

FR

6 DAYS

A real all-in-one! This package includes a ticket to one of the Sambadrome's liveliest sections (good job you have a costume organised), as well as sightseeing trips to Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer and Tijuca National Park, the world's largest urban rainforest. And to really channel the Carioca spirit? An exclusive beach party with food and four drinks included. HIGHLIGHTS • • • •

Sambadrome ticket (Section 5!) Staff on hand 24 hours City Tour Sugarloaf Mountain

• Christ the Redeemer • Exclusive Copacabana beach party (4 drinks & food included) • All transfers

INCLUSIONS Departs: 09Feb18 Trip Style: Classic Accommodation: 3* hotel in Copacabana (5 nts) Service Level: Standard Meals: 5 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included Group Size: Avg 80 Group Leader: A team of Chief Experience Officers Transport: Arrival transfer, all transport between destinations & to/from included activities Tour Code: GASZCE


Independent Tour

$299

FR

4 DAYS

This great little package (which includes accommodation) has all the ingredients for a chilled out beach escape. From Rio, head to the beautiful Ilha Grande for fab beaches, clear blue waters and a whole host of optional activities like diving, snorkelling and trekking. The only means of transportation on this island is your own two feet, so go beach-hopping in search of secluded spots for some major down time. Departs: Daily (from Rio) Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts (in hotels only) Includes: Return transfers from Rio, Lopez Mendes day trip & Blue Lagoon day trip Tour Code: BERIOIGE

COSTA VERDE EXPLORER: RIO, ILHA GRANDE & PARATY

$991

FR

4 DAYS

From Campo Grande, transfer by bus and car to the Passo do Lontra Lodge situated in the Pantanal Abobral. This welcoming, family-run lodge is your base for the next few days. Enjoy a variety of nature walks, ecological safaris and night tours. Head into the countryside on a horse or downriver by boat or canoe. Accompanied by a well-trained, English-speaking local guide, learn as much as you can about the local flora and fauna. Departs: Daily (Campo Grande - Campo Grande) Accommodation: Lodge apartments (3 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Note: Activity options depend on weather & time of year Tour Code: CGRLOD

Departs: Daily (from Rio) Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts (in hotels only) Includes: All shuttle transfers to/from Rio, Lopez Mendes day trip, schooner boat trip Tour Code: BERIOBCV

Independent Tour

PANTANAL & BONITO EXPERIENCE

$979

FR

6 DAYS

Made for nature lovers, combine the unique wildlife of the world's largest wetlands with the natural wonders of Bonito. Travel by bus and 4WD from Campo Grande into the Pantanal, spending Days 1-3 at a wetlands lodge. Opt to go horseback riding, fishing, hiking or go on a night safari in search of caiman, capybara and, if you're lucky, jaguars. Transfer to Bonito on Day 4, and spend the following day at your leisure. Return to Campo Grande on Day 6. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Pantanal lodge (3 nts), Bonito hostel (2 nts) Meals: All meals in Pantanal Transport: Return public bus from Campo Grande, jeep, boat Includes: All activities at Pantanal Lodge Tour Code: BECGRBPB

PANTANAL, BONITO & FOZ DO IGUAÇU 8 DAYS, Campo Grande

5 DAYS

Leave Rio and make for the paradise beach locations of Ilha Grande and Paraty. Spend time enjoying tropical scenery, snorkelling and relaxing on the beaches. On Day 2, take a trip to the stunning Blue Lagoon before heading to the colonial town of Paraty on Day 3. Take some chill out time here and explore its well-preserved historic centre. The following day, take a relaxing schooner boat ride before arriving back in Rio on Day 5.

Independent Tour

PANTANAL LODGE PASSO DO LONTRA

$439

FR

$1,538

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Iguassu Falls

highlights

• See Pousada Farm's ecosystems • Explore Bonito's pristine forest • Enter the nearby crystalline caves

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hammock (2 nts), hotels on a twin-share basis (4 nts), night bus (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Bus Tour Guide: English-speaking guide Tour Code: CGRPB7

• Visit the raging Iguassu Falls • Experience the Pantanal's diversity • Travel by horseback or canoe

Spend eight action-packed days in the Pantanal Abobral and appreciate the fantastic variety of fauna and flora within the mix of ecosystems including fields, wetlands and forests. From Campo Grande, take a bus to Pousada Farm for two nights. Explore the area by means of nature walks, horseback rides, boat and canoe trips, ecological safaris and night tours. Then, transfer to Bonito for another two nights. Here, the pristine forest, waterfalls and crystalline caves offer great rafting, rappelling, diving and fishing. A day (and night) bus will get you to Iguassu Falls, part of the largest group of falls in the world, where you'll arrive on Day 6. View the raging torrents and discover one of the best-preserved native forests in the country on your free days here. Bid farewell on Day 8 as you head off to your next adventure!

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ILHA GRANDE EXPERIENCE: RIO TO ILHA GRANDE

Independent Tour


BRAZILIAN AMAZON big, beautiful, bountiful BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA

At over 55 million years old, the Brazilian Amazon has seen some big changes over the years. For starters, did you know that the Amazon River once ran in the opposite direction and into the Pacific? Mind = blown. Nowadays, it's one of the most diverse areas on the planet teeming with monkeys, giant butterflies and bizarre insects. Take to the water and get up to your elbows in nature, tribal mythology, shaman traditions… and a LOT of mud.

RIO TO THE AMAZON AIR EXPEDITION 15 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

$2,182

FR

Manaus

highlights

• See the mighty Iguassu Falls • Meet the residents of Rio's favelas • Fly across Brazil to save time

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* Hotels (14 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Note: Entry fees to Iguassu National Park (Brazil Side), visas and tips not included Tour Code: BERIOMAO

• Safari in the Amazon Rainforest • Beach time in Ilha Grande • Time for snorkelling and swimming

From the city to the jungle, this action-packed tour covers Brazil's biggest attractions. Start in Rio and spend a day moseying around the infamous favelas. Check out more bohemian neighbourhoods and pay your respects to the gargantuan Cristo Redentor. Take time out in Ilha Grande and trip out to the corals of the Blue Lagoon. Take a boat to Lopez Mendes Beach where you can swim, snorkel or just lie back on white sands. Then back to Rio and fly to Iguassu Falls. Take a guided tour around the national park's walkways and soak up stunning views of this natural wonder. See both the Brazilian and Argentine side, then fly to Manaus where your Amazon adventure begins. Spend four days learning about the people and the wildlife here. Then transfer back to Manaus Airport where the tour comes to an end.

AMAZON MANAUS JUNGLE ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, Manaus

$564

FR

Manaus

highlights

• Explore by foot and canoe • Learn about traditional jungle life • Understand indigenous culture

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (1 or 3 nts), homestay (1 nt), optional camping in hammocks (2 nts) Transport: Boat, car, canoe Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Includes: Manaus airport pick-up, Moonlight caiman expedition, jungle walk, paddle canoe trip, Caboclo family visit, English-speaking guide Tour Code: BEMAOAMJ

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• Overnight in a hammock (optional) • See the native flora and fauna • Try to spot rare pink river dolphins

This Amazon experience gives you a night at a traditional lodge, a night at a local family home as well as two nights wrapped up like a burrito in hammocks. Go piranha fishing with the hostel guides on Day 1 and try to spot the native pink river dolphins, the world's largest species of freshwater dolphin. On Day 2, learn about medicinal plants on an ecological jungle walk and get a few survival techniques under your belt (especially handy if you're not great with a map). The next day, explore the river by canoe and then visit the home of a native Caboclo family. Learn about how they preserve their traditional way of life, as well as about local farming techniques and how communities have lived in harmony with the forest for thousands of years. Sleep amongst nature, and wake up in the morning to the cacophony of jungle noises!

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AMAZON JUNGLE JUMA LODGE: ARARA ESCAPE 3 DAYS, Manaus

$851

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Manaus Independent Tour • See the waters meeting • Try piranha fishing • Stay in an eco-friendly lodge

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Boat, van, canoe Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: MAOARA

• Spot pink river dolphins • Sleep up in the canopy • Guided jungle walks

The journey to Juma Amazon Lodge is an adventure in itself. Travel by boat, road and canoe deep into the jungle and start spotting the region's diverse wildlife on the way. Keep your keenest eye on the river for the chance to spot the endangered pink river dolphins, who are thought to have migrated here from the Pacific Ocean before the Andes were formed. Stop to see the Meeting of the Waters, the confluence between the Rio Negra and the sand-coloured Amazon River. During your stay, sleep in the treetops with incredible wildlife at your door. Daily activities are arranged in small groups so to have minimal impact on the forest and provide a truly unique and personalised experience. Go swimming, canoeing, alligator-spotting or piranha fishing. A highly-skilled naturalist will also accompany you on nature walks into the jungle.

AMAZON TURTLE LODGE: PUPUNHA PACKAGE 4 DAYS, Manaus

$679

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Manaus Independent Tour • Spot a vast array of wildlife • Learn about Caboclo culture • Try piranha fishing

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Accommodation on a full board basis (3 nts) Meals: All meals at lodge Transport: Car and speedboat Includes: Bilingual guide, all transfers, tours as per itinerary Note: Drinks not included Tour Code: MAOATL

highlights

• Chill with a beer at sunset • Recognise different plant species • Stay in an eco-friendly lodge

Perfect for the wannabe nature aficionado, this four-day package to the heart of the Brazilian Amazon takes place as the eco-friendly and sustainable Amazon Turtle Lodge. Situated close to the Tracajá Lake, the biodiversity of flora and fauna species here is second to none. Throughout your stay, make the most of the opportunity to spot a wide array of wildlife, some unique to the Amazon Basin. Sightings may include monkeys, caimans, sloths and even anacondas! When you're not busy emulating your inner-Attenborough, enjoy exploring the dense jungle on bird-watching tours and guided jungle treks. Alternatively, try your hand at a new kind of fishing and go catch yourself some piranhas. On top of all that, visit a local Caboclo's house to learn all about their indigenous culture. Return to Manaus on Day 4.

AMAZON VILLAGE TAMANDUA 4 DAYS, Manaus

$624

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Manaus Independent Tour • While away days on hammocks • Meet the Amazon's residents • Savour delicious local cuisine

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Jungle bungalow (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Tour Guide: English-speaking guide Tour Code: MAOAVT

highlights

• See bags of wildlife species • See the Meeting of the Waters • Numerous jungle treks

A more relaxed jungle experience with more time to really get to know the local Amazon residents (both human and otherwise). The Amazon village is an eco pad nestled within the Amazon jungle and on the shore of one of its mighty river's veins. It consists of a central open-air lodge surrounded by 21 bungalows, and even the odd hammock for those quieter moments (even the Amazon has those). After a transfer from Manaus, enjoy the first of many tasty local meals before heading out to spot caiman by moon and torchlight. Spend your days trekking through the jungle with a guide to teach you about the different species and their uses. On Day 3, fish lovers get the chance to go fishing in the river. Alternatively, pay a visit to an indigenous village close by to learn about their way of life. Return to Manaus on Day 4.

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Argentina & Chile Arica

Calama

Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

Iguassu Falls

CĂłrdoba

Mamalluca

Mendoza

Santiago

Rosario

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Buenos Aires

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PERITO MORENO GLACIER

Vast landscape of glaciers, mountains, snowy lagoons and unique wildlife like Magellanic penguins and Patagonian pumas.

Originating in the lowerclass districts of BA, the UNESCO-listed tango is often described as 'making love in a vertical position'.

Mendozan Malbecs, Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is Chile and Argentina is world-class. Well-worth a trip into the valleys.

The driest desert on earth apparently, not to mention a fantastic place to go stargazing and sandboarding.

This climate-changedefying glacier is one of the only ones in the world to actually be growing. See it to believe it!

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BUENOS AIRES TO RIO ADVENTURE 12 DAYS, Buenos Aires

$853

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Rio de Janeiro Independent Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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• Grab a local and tango in Buenos Aires • Hike the trails around mighty Iguassu Falls • Tour Rio's hotspots and surrounding hills

• Bronze yourself on Copacabana • Visit the colourful San Telmo district • Overnight buses so you don't miss a thing

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts Includes: Buenos Aires airport pick-up, Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguassu bus, Puerto Iguassu transfers, Puerto Iguassu to Rio de Janeiro bus, Rio de Janeiro airport drop-off Note: Buenos Aires bus station transfers, Rio de Janeiro bus station transfers, entrance fees to Iguassu National Park not included Tour Code: BUEIGR

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Buenos Aires Arrive in glamorous Buenos Aires at any time and settle in to your city accommodation. The next day you'll take a tour of the city sights including the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Congress and the iconic Teatro Colón, where many operas have unfolded. Wander through leafy Palermo and visit spooky La Recoleta where Eva Perón lies. Try to find her without looking at the cemetery map, good luck! Walk around San Telmo, once the seat of immigrants, now a colourful artistic neighbourhood full of tangoing locals and then spend the afternoon as you please. Day 3 is yours to freely explore more before joining the others for a tango show and dinner in the evening.

04-07

Puerto Iguassu Today you'll have a bit of time to chill out before boarding an overnight bus to Puerto Iguassu on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Arrive around midday and check into your accommodation. Day 6 introduces you to the Falls! Begin at 8am and journey into Iguazu National Park, a huge preservation area of giant trees, myriad butterflies and native flora and fauna. Start with a visit to the local museum and follow the Lower Trail from where you can see the Two Sisters Falls, Bossetti Falls, and the Hidden Falls. That's a whole load of falls! You'll also get an incredible panoramic view of San Martin Island. Continue along the Upper Trial up to the majestic San Martin Fall from where you can take in the scale of the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. From here, board the Train of the Jungle and follow the catwalks to Devil's Throat where things get really splashy. Watch as rainbows form around the crash zone. That was the Argentine side, next you'll see the Brazilian side! Get close to Floriano, Deodoro and Benjamin (all waterfalls, not unsuspecting locals) before heading back to your hotel for the night.

08-12

Rio de Janeiro All roads lead to Rio! Catch the overnight bus to Brazil's beachside beauty and arrive in the afternoon of Day 9. You'll have some free time to stretch your legs and digest all the bus snacks before taking a city tour the following morning. Begin fairly early, stopping to see the hang-gliders in São Conrado, walk around the trails of Tijuca Forest and of course you'll go say hello to Christ the Redeemer at the very top of the city. Continue to Santa Teresa for lunch and then bag a few profile pics at the colourful Escadaria Selarón, brought to fame by Snoop Dogg and Pharell in 'Beautiful'. Drive back to your hotel BO LIVIA with the option of stopping off at Sugarloaf Mountain. Day 11 is yours to relax, go mingle with the bronzed locals at Copacabana or go seek out some samba nightlife. The tour comes to an end on Day 12 with breakfast and a transfer to Rio International Airport.

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Visit the heavy hitters of South America as you journey from Buenos Aires to Rio via the largest series of waterfalls in the world. Add in the glamorous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the tango shows, bars and clubs of BA and the hiking trails around the mighty Puerto Iguassu and it looks like you've got yourself a pretty darn good trip! So grab your wayfarers and snapback and hot foot to it.


BUENOS AIRES party like a porteÑo BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA

Crank up the spice and strut your way over to Buenos Aires, an aloof mix of old-world European elegance and gritty urban bohemia. Whether you want to throw caution to the wind and venture on to the tango floor or just sit down with a steak and a bottle of red wine, you're in the best place! Get a taste for the eclectic barrios (neighbourhoods) by day, stay up all night with party-loving Porteños, and wake up slowly over a cup of maté tea.

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$19 $31

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Location: A central spot, just 600 metres from the popular Obelisk.

Location: Downtown Buenos Aires, a fiveminute walk from the Obelisk.

Location: Close walking distance from Plaza Italia Square.

Vibe: Ideal for social butterflies with daily activities like tango dancing.

Vibe: True to Milhouse form, the hostel is a great spot to meet people and socialise.

Vibe: New, funky and easy on the eye with a truly great outdoor space.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • In-room safe • Bar • Shared kitchen • Terrace • Bike rental • Laundry

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Terrace • Nightclub • Bike rental • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con (selected rooms) • Shared kitchen • Bar • Barbecue facilities

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$70 $35

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$96 $48

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OWN HOTEL, PALERMO SOHO

$123 $62

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Location: In the Montserrat district, close to theatres, bars and cafés.

Location: Based in the bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo.

Location: Within the leafy surrounds of sophisticated Palermo.

Vibe: Modern, functional and accessible glass-fronted hotel.

Vibe: Streamlined hotel offering comfort and convenience.

Vibe: Boutique hotel priding itself on comfort, innovation and style.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Terrace • Restaurant • Spa • Gym • Laundry

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JORGE NEWBERY DOMESTIC AIRPORT: 10KM RETIRO

MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES

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BERNARDINO RIVADAVIA NATURAL SCIENCES MUSEUM

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BUENOS AIRES WELCOME PACKAGE

$195

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4 DAYS

Tight on time? This nifty arrival package showcases the very best of Buenos Aires in just four days. On arrival into Ezeiza International Airport, take an included transfer to your downtown hostel. Spend the next two days exploring South America's most sophisticated and vibrant capital, enjoying a half-day city tour covering its top neighbourhoods. Round off your trip with a tango show and dinner, transferring back to the airport on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of downtown hostel/hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Shuttle transfers to/from Ezeiza International Airport included Tour Code: BUEWPK

FULL DAY

Swampy suburb of meandering waterways, stilted homes and floating markets. Once home to a former president.

TANGO SHOW WITH DINNER

$75

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HALF DAY

Hunker down with the locals to enjoy the passion, aggression and flare of Tango with a side of traditional food and wine.

BUETSD

ULTIMATE BUENOS AIRES

$459

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8 DAYS

Taste the passion of Buenos Aires by experiencing an Argentine football match and some live music sessions. Take Spanish lessons in the mornings, cruise around by bike, stroll through La Boca and see the best of the city's street art on a Graffiti tour. Learn to tango (the free food and wine helps), try an Argentinean asado and dance the night away with your included nightclub tickets. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel dorm/private room (7 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast, dinner and wine on Tango night, barbecue Includes: Transfers, 10-hour Spanish lessons, 3 nightclub tickets, football tickets, bike, walking & graffiti tour Tour Code: BUEUEX

BUENOS AIRES & IGUASSU 8 DAYS, Buenos Aires

$109

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VIBUE1

CASA ROSADA

PLAZA DORREGO

CONSTITUCIÓN

Seek out the birth place of Tango and the secrets of La Boca, and get some tips on where to find the best cafés and bars.

TIGRE AIRES DAY TRIP

MONSERRAT

PARQUE RIVADAVIA

EZEIZA MINISTRO PISTARINI AIRPORT: 30KM

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FLORIDA STREET

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$494

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Buenos Aires

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• Walk the streets of Buenos Aires • Wander Palermo and La Recoleta • Hike national park trails

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels and hotels (6 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Ezeiza International Airport pick-up, public bus to Iguassu Tour Code: BUEAFG

• Catch a traditional tango show • See two sides of Iguassu Falls • Take in panoramic viewpoints

From Buenos Aires to Iguassu National Park, this tour combines the busy beauty of the city with the natural wonders of the wild. Spend three nights tangoing around Argentina's capital. Visit the operatic Colon Theatre, meet local artists in the La Boca neighbourhood and wander around the shaded parks of Palermo and La Recoleta. Enjoy dinner and a tango show on your final day before overnighting to Puerto Iguassu on Day 4. Spend three nights here touring around the World Heritage national park. Trek to both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the mighty Iguassu Falls, stopping for panoramic views along the way. Look out for the region's butterflies and birds as you make your way along upper and lower trails. Then choose to stay in Puerto Iguassu or catch the bus back to Buenos Aires on Day 8.

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IGUASSU FALLS don't go chasing waterfalls BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA

Legend has it that an enraged god sliced the Iguassu River in half, condemning the woman he was set to marry and her lover to an eternal fall: Iguassu Falls. Either that, or a huge volcanic eruption left a vast crack in the Earth. Whether you believe in legend or science, the thundering water, rising spray and hazy rainbows of this natural wonder should be right at the top of your South American hit list. It's a… mist-ical experience? Never mind.

IGUASSU FALLS ON A SHOESTRING 4 DAYS, Cataratas del Iguazú Airport

$140

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Cataratas del Iguazú Airport

highlights

• Guided tour of Iguassu Falls • Visit Brazilian and Argentine sides • Explore the surrounding wildlife

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, Includes: Return transfers to airport/bus station, full day tour to falls' Argentina side & half day tour to falls' Brazilian side Tour Code: IGRPA3

• Walk up to San Martin Fall • Look down from the Devil's Throat • Included transfers to/from airport

With 275 individual waterfalls joining up to make up the entirety of the Iguassu Falls, this is a sight you won't want to miss. A striking display by Mother Nature (she was busier than usual in South America, it seems), this is an experience that will stick with you long after you've left. Lying on the borders of three countries, get up close to the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls on this thundering tour. Visit Iguassu National Park, starting at the local museum then on to the falls and the surrounding landscapes. Walk the Upper Trail to the majestic San Martin Fall before finishing up on a catwalk to the spectacular Devil's Throat, where the light reflects on the water, giving the illusion of magic rainbows. When the tour ends, transfer back to either Cataratas del Iguazú Airport or Puerto Iguassu bus terminal.

IGUASSU FALLS EXPERIENCE 4 DAYS, Puerto Iguassu or Foz do Iguaçu

$322

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Puerto Iguassu or Foz do Iguaçu

Independent Tour

highlights

• Included airport return transfers • Guided tours of Iguassu Falls • Visit Argentine and Brazil sides

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Airport pick-up included Note: Pick-up & drop-off to/from the Brazilian side can be arranged Tour Code: IGRPLS

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• Homely accommodation included • Head to nearby Puerto Iguassu • Walk up to Devil's Throat

This package is the perfect way to witness the sheer power of Iguassu Falls, with guided visits included on both Argentine and Brazilian sides as well as a comfortable stay at the Posada La Sorgente. On Day 1, transfer from the airport to your Italian-flavoured hotel, and settle down by the pool for the evening. The following day, take a full-day tour to the Argentine side of the falls and pay a visit to Puerto Iguassu and its collection of eateries. For a view of the falls from yet another angle, venture over the border on Day 3 for a guided half-day visit of the Brazilian side. As the tour ends on Day 4, we suggest leaving your luggage at the hotel and spending a day in Puerto Iguassu before flying to Buenos Aires. With airport transfers included, this is the easiest way to visit Iguassu Falls.

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SANTIAGO & PATAGONIA ain't no valley low enough BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA

Chile's quirky capital, sitting in the shadow of the majestic Andean mountains, is full of bohemian barrios and a bustling café culture. Take in the sweeping views from Parque Metropolitano, bathe in hot springs and taste your way around the wineries of nearby coastal Valparaíso. Further south lies the icy white landscape of Patagonia. From Torres del Paine National Park to the alpine beauty of Bariloche, this wilderness is piled with drama.

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Location: In the trendy Bellas Artes neighbourhood in the centre of town.

Location: A two-minute walk from the Universidad de Chile metro station.

Vibe: Housed in a restored century-old house, this hostel is full of character.

Vibe: Elegant hotel designed by the famous Chilean architect Germán del Sol.

Highlights: Mixed or single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Communal kitchen • Barbecue facilities • 2 terraces

Highlights: Private rooms or suites • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Sauna • Gym • Laundry SCLSBP

CROSSING THE SALT FLATS: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - UYUNI

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3 DAYS

Endless white plains, dancing flamingos, salt hotels, multi-coloured mountains and steaming geysers, this three-day journey is truly unforgettable. Start in Chile's San Pedro de Atacama and drive through otherworldly landscapes all the way to Uyuni in Bolivia. As well as hot springs and bird-filled lakes you'll also see the spooky cemetery of old mining trains, the world's largest salt flat and a vast island of fossilised coral. See it to believe it! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodges (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: 4WD Note: Entry fees for national parks not included Tour Code: FVISAL

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA HIDDEN TREASURES

$509

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4 DAYS

Begin with a guided walk around San Pedro de Atacama. From here, take a half-day excursion to Death Valley and Valley of the Moon, surrounded by volcanoes and bizarre rock formations. Day 3, now you've acclimatised to the high altitude, check out the highshooting El Tatio Geysers and the llama-filled village of Machuca. End with an afternoon in the salt flats, spot long-legged flamingos in the lagoons and end the tour after breakfast on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Return transfers, entry fees Note: Tips not included Tour Code: FVIHID

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MAGIC OF EASTER ISLAND 4 DAYS, Easter Island

$580

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Easter Island

• Discover Easter Island's past • Learn about the Birdman Cult • Hike to crater lake viewpoints

BRAZIL, CHILE & ARGENTINA

Moais of Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Inclusions: Airport transfers, entry fees Notes: Flights, tips not included Tour Code: IPCMAG

highlights

• Swim off white sand beaches • See the famous stone heads • Visit the 'Navel of the World'

Not to be big-headed but this tour is pretty special, just be prepared for things to get a little rocky. Get picked up from Easter Island airport and settle in to your hotel for the night. Next morning you'll take a full-day excursion to the moai platforms of Vaihu and Akahanga. Sculptures can be found scattered all over the volcano's hillsides, some finished, some abandoned. The most impressive are the throned heads, check these out and then go for a swim at Anakena beach. Day 3 takes you to Orongo, the ceremonial site for the Birdman Cult. These guys were all about fertility and swimming competitions. Discover rock paintings in nearby caves and hike to the rim of the volcano for spectacular views of the crater lake. Transfer back to your hotel and chill before transferring to the airport the following morning.

EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTÉN TREKKING THE FITZ ROY 6 DAYS, El Calafate

$478

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El Calafate

highlights

• Trek around Fitz Roy mountain • Witness pretty Patagonian sunsets • Plenty of free time to relax

Fitz Roy Mountain, Patagonia

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels or hostels (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Transport: Round bus trip El Calafate/El Chaltén/El Calafate Tour Code: FTESIP

EL CALAFATE ALL GLACIERS PACKAGE

Home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy mountain, this area of Patagonia is full of whitewashed adventure. Begin in El Calafate and take the short hike to Laguna Nimez for a beautiful sunset. Next up is a fullday excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier for jaw-dropping viewpoints and a boat ride up close to the growing ice walls. The following morning you'll drive through Patagonian desert, past La Leona River towards El Chaltén. Strap your trekking boots on and go check out the local brewery. Day 4 you can stretch your legs a little further as you take a self-guided trek to Cerro Torre viewpoint, continue to the base for impressive views of Fitz Roy and the surrounding massif. Day 5, go on a leisurely bird-spotting stroll before heading back to El Calafate where the tour ends after breakfast on Day 6.

$393

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5 DAYS

Spend five days among the icy peaks of Los Glaciares National Park on this breathtaking tour in southern Argentina. Enjoy a full-day trip to the global-warming-defying Perito Moreno Glacier which is still growing. Then spend the next day exploring Argentine Lake, Onelli Bay and other glaciers including the blindingly white Spegazzini Glacier. Day 4 is yours to do as you please around El Calafate, then it's back to the airport on Day 5. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: airport pick-up and drop-off, Perito Moreno Glacier tour Note: Entry fees to the national parks are not included Tour Code: FTEAGP

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• Boat ride to Perito's glacier wall • Go bird-spotting in Lenga Forest • Discover the town of El Calafate

EL CALAFATE & TORRES DEL PAINE

$370

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5 DAYS

Head off to the wilderness for five days in the spectacular surroundings of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Park. On Day 2, wrap up warm for your adventure to the jaw-dropping Perito Moreno Glacier. The next day, stop at Lago Sarmiento and Torres del Paine National Park for beautiful parks, imposing peaks and vast coloured lakes. Cameras at the ready. Kick back and relax on Day 4 before you depart the following day. Departs: Daily (Sep-Apr) Accommodation: Hostel/hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: Airport pick-up, Perito Moreno Glacier tour, Torres del Paine tour Note: Entry fees not included Tour Code: FTEELC

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Mendoza

4 DAYS

highlights

• Sip on world-class Malbec • Hike to Lake Horcones

• Visit Penitentes ski resort • Cross the Inca Bridge

Go red in Mendoza, a region renowned for its wines. Taste some of the best Malbecs in the world on a vineyard tour, visit nearby Aconcagua Park and hike to Lake Horcones for panoramic views of the Andes. You can also tour the city of Mendoza, visit the village of Uspallata, the ski resort of Penitentes and the Inca Bridge. Avoid the hassle of public transport by upgrading to a tour option that includes airport or bus station transfers. Departs: Daily (from Mendoza) Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Half-day wine tour, full-day Aconcagua Valley tour Tour Code: MDZMEN

USHUAIA PACKAGE: THE END OF THE WORLD Ushuaia

Ushuaia

4 DAYS

highlights

• Explore the end of the world • Tierra del Fuego hike

• 3 nights' accommodation • Explore the Beagle Channel

Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost tip of the Americas and as close as civilisation has got to Antarctica. Arrive in Ushuaia and take a half-day tour of Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Walk along 1,000-year-old paths, opt to canoe along the Lapataia River and see the abundant wildlife along the coast. It's an early start on Day 3 for a half-day sea lion colony trip. Sail to a series of islands to see sea lions and more. Return to the airport on Day 4. Departs: Daily (from Ushuaia) Accommodation: Hostel/hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Note: Entry fees for the national parks are not included Tour Code: USHPAC

PATAGONIAN ADVENTURE TOUR 16 DAYS, Buenos Aires

$314

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$1,647

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Ushuaia Independent Tour

highlights

• Spot orcas and penguins • Free day in Puerto Madryn • See Perito Moreno Glacier

• Buenos Aires tango show • Explore magical Ushuaia • Discover Tierra del Fuego

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Buenos Aires Arrive in the capital ready for your city tour the next morning. Visit the Colon Theatre, meet the artists of La Boca, relax in Palermo, and wander around the cemetery in La Recoleta. The next day is yours to spend at leisure before dinner and a tango show at La Ventana.

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Buenos Aires / Puerto Madryn Take a night bus to Puerto Madryn and enjoy a free day. Rise early for a tour of Peninsula Valdes, home to sea lions, orcas and penguins. Then, it's back to Puerto Madryn for your final day and an optional tour of the coastline via the small town of Gaiman, famous for its traditional Welsh tea houses. Time to practice your 'shwmai' and your 'bore da'.

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Puerto Madryn / Río Gallegos / El Calafate Catch another night bus to Río Gallegos and continue on to El Calafate. Rest up and get ready for your Perito Moreno Glacier tour on Day 10. The following day, make for the Chilean border to visit Torres del Paine National Park. See Nordenskjöld Lake, Salto Grande Waterfall and several beautiful viewpoints of the Paine Range. Then it's back to El Calafate for a final day of roaming.

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El Calafate / Ushuaia After breakfast, take the short to Ushuaia for a full-day tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park Walk along 1000-year-old paths. Opt to canoe on the Lapataia River and look out for wildlife across the coast of the Beagle Channel. There'll also be time for a boat trip to the islands before returning to Ushuaia and checking out on Day 16.

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inclusions Accommodation: Hostel/hotel (15 nts) Transport: Shared arrival & departure transfer, public bus between Buenos Aires & El Calafate, flight between El Calafate and Ushuaia Meals: 15 breakfasts Group Leader: English-speaking tour guide Includes: All transport from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, airport pick-up & drop-off Note: Entry fees, airport and port taxes, meals not specified and transfer to bus station in Buenos Aires are not included Tour Code: BUEPAT

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• Tango in Buenos Aires • Catamaran around Ushuaia • Explore beautiful Bariloche

• Get close to Perito Moreno • Cruce de Lagos cruise • Hike Torres del Paine

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Puerto Varas

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Bus, plane, boat, ferry Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $545-710 for meal not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAPNG

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• Stunning Grey Glacier views • Hike a world-famous trail

• Panoramic valley views • Marvel at hanging glaciers

Built for physically-active travellers, this circuit takes you to the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy views of Lake Nordenskjöld and the hanging glacier on Day 2, then trek through ancient Lenga forest. Trek to Refugio Los Cuernos on Day 3. Day 4, hike along rolling trails to the Mirador Británico lookout, glacial lakes, Paine Grande and more. Last day, hike to the stunning Grey Lake and Glacier lookout point. Then, head back to Puerto Natales. Departs: Daily (Nov-Mar) Accommodation: Dorm-style refugios or camping (4 nts) Meals:4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Bus, shuttle bus, catamaran Note: Entry to Torres del Paine N.P. not included Tour Code: BEPNTGG4

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Buenos Aires Fly back to civilisation and enjoy free time in the so-called Paris of the Americas. Enjoy a light dinner and a dance lesson from local tango masters. Then it's time for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers show off their dance skills. Next day, tick off the last of the city's highlights before ending your tour on Day 14. (3B, D)

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El Calafate / Ushuaia Take the scenic drive to the walking wonderland of El Calafate. Learn about glaciers from a local expert and continue into Glacier National Park to see the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. Opt to take a boat to the base. Day 10, fly to Ushuaia at the end of the world and sail around the many bird-filled islands. Get especially friendly with the penguins on Martillo Island as you explore the rookery with a naturalist guide. (4B)

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Puerto Varas / Torres del Paine National Park Today takes you to the Chilean Lake District for a ferry cruise across the Cruce de los Lagos. Day 5, opt to take a daytime excursion to the picturesque Chiloé Island. Then catch a flight to Punta Arenas and transfer to Torres del Paine for a guided hike around the pristine lakes, glaciers and waterfalls of this gorgeous region. (4B, L, 2D)

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Buenos Aires / Bariloche Arrive at any time in Buenos Aires with your arrival transfer included and be ready for your flight to northern Patagonia the next day. Enjoy the highlights of scenic San Carlos de Bariloche on a Circuito Chico tour, with stops at local artisanal producers specialising in chocolate, beer and jams. Spend the next day exploring by foot or by bike. (2B)

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• Boat trip to Serrano Glacier • A day in Torres del Paine

• Admire Lake Grey Glacier • Explore on short hikes

Meet Patagonia's finest fjords, glaciers and national parks. Begin with a full-day's boat excursion to the glaciers of Serrano and Balmaceda on the Última Esperanza Sound, and look out for cormorants and sea lions. Day 3, enter Torres del Paine National Park for Torres Massif, Grey Lake and Grey Glacier, keeping an eye out for the resident wildlife. Hike to the park's most scenic viewpoints, before returning to Puerto Natales late afternoon. Departs: Daily (Oct-Mar) Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Group Leader: Bilingual guide on excursions Includes: All national parks entry fees Tour Code: PUQBRI

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Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine National Park Continue south along an unpaved road (standard) to the Chilean border. Spend a relaxing evening in Puerto Natales before the trip to Torres del Paine, one of South America's most prized national parks. Get tangled up in spectacular nature with nightly camping and daily hikes in the shadow of rugged peaks and past sparkling lakes, waterfalls, electric blue glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, such as condors and flamingos. The park is also home to herds of guanaco and a growing population of puma, so keep a weather eye on the open steppes! Return to Puerto Natales on Day 9. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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Punta Arenas / Ushuaia Punta Arenas is Chile's southernmost city, looking across the Strait of Magellan to Tierra del Fuego. Explore the charming city on Day 10 and opt to visit the penguins at Magdalena Island. Cross into Argentina by bus to travel to picturesque Ushuaia, situated on the tip of the continent and reaching towards Antarctica, your base for an optional marine wildlife cruise of the Beagle Channel. (3B) Buenos Aires Fly back to Buenos Aires, and take some time to explore the parts of the city you missed first time round. If you haven't satisfied your steak quota just yet, this is the time to do it! After dinner, work out the meat sweats (they'll be worth it) with a round or two of tango - so head to a local club and find yourself a partner to throw around the dancefloor. The trip ends on Day 14. (2B)

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El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier Return to El Calafate then take the spectacular drive west to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of only three advancing glaciers in Patagonia. During the trip you may spot condors, rheas, eagles or flamingos, but the real star of the day is the glacier itself. Enjoy a guided tour, and opt to take a boat ride on the lake to gain a different perspective of this imposing structure. (2B)

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Buenos Aires / El Chaltén / Glacier National Park Arrive into stylish Buenos Aires and head out to explore the eclectic neighbourhoods before joining your group for the onward journey. Shake off the Malbec hangover next day and fly south to El Calafate before transferring to El Chaltén. Follow your nose around the quaint town, then enjoy a full-day's hiking to the Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres, surrounded by the striking landscape of Glacier National Park. Walk through a sea of granite pinnacles and admire the snow-capped Cerro Fitz Roy (3,441 metres) and the village of El Chaltén, as well as a host of other glistening peaks, glaciers and lakes. (B)

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• Plenty of free time in pretty Punta Arenas • Spot marine wildlife in Ushuaia • Enjoy a city break in Buenos Aires

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• Go trekking in Glacier National Park • Uncover the treasures of Torres del Paine • Witness the force of Perito Moreno Glacier

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, plane, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $465-605 for meals not included

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Navigate Argentina and Chile's bold, alien landscapes on this 14-day feast, filled to the rafters with extremes. Visit formidable national parks, towering glaciers and Antarctic wildlife, then wash it all down with a nice glass of red.


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Cross the 800km Drake Passage Explore with an expert team Spot icebergs, whales and penguins Learn of dramatic Antarctic history G for Good collection

Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue and crimson light - the Antarctic is anything but a world of white desolation. Encounter huge whales, enormous colonies of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. David Attenborough, eat your heart out!

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia and enjoy the sights of the world's southernmost city, and meet your group this evening. The morning of Day 2 is left free, ideal if you need to buy any last-minute essentials or try out an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. The G Expedition sets sail in the afternoon. Enjoy your first evening on-board by watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel. (B, D)

03-04

The Drake Passage Your adventure begins with an 800km (497 miles) crossing of the waters of Sir Francis Drake. As the lecture sessions begin, learn about the extraordinary human and natural history of Antarctica from your expedition team. During the excursion, you'll spend some time collecting ocean data as part of the G for Good project in partnership with the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. (2B, 2L, 2D)

05-08

The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands This is what you've been waiting for: your first glimpse of the Great White Continent! For four days, the ship will navigate southwards through the Bransfield Strait, making stops in the South Shetland Islands en route to the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to attempt two shore excursions per day, but the daily schedule will depend on the weather and ice conditions. The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are bouncing with wildlife. Penguins gather with their chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in the wake of the ship. There's plenty of time to enjoy the scenery of ice-choked waterways, icebergs, glaciers and mountains. As well as enjoying Antarctica's endless beauty, you might also get the chance to get involved with the Ocean Health Fund. (4B, 4L, 4D)

09-11

The Drake Passage / Ushuaia Today, the journey back up north to Ushuaia begins. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff - being here is something most people never get the chance to do. Up on the observation deck, scour the waters one last time to get that sought-after tail shot of a passing whale. On Day 11, arrive back into Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Playa del Carmen Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Explore the Mayan culture at Tikal Get to know the locals at a homestay Visit the active Masaya Volcano Kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua Explore the colonial city of Antigua Sample El Salvador's pupusa

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Take a boat ride on Lake Petén Itzá Soak up the Mexican sun at Mahahual Meet the artisans of Concepción de Ataco Get your beach on in Playa del Carmen Learn about the local wildlife G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

San José / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive into San José at any time on Day 1, and make for La Fortuna on Day 2. With a spectacular volcanic backdrop, it's the perfect setting for the abundance of exciting activities on offer. You can try some windsurfing on Lake Arenal, take a night hike around the base of the volcano to see the top glowing an eerie red, explore some nature trails or soak in the hot springs. Catch your breath with a bracing swim in La Fortuna waterfall or try white water rafting, rappelling or mountain biking.

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Monteverde Welcome to nature-lover's paradise! Monteverde, literally translating to Green Mountain, is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different species of mammals thanks to the amazing Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here you'll have two days to explore all the wildlife on offer. Opt to join a bird watch, tour a coffee plantation or fly through the jungle canopy on a zipline.

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Ometepe From the town of San Jorge, cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. Your group will be split up amongst different families who will host you in their homes in a small community during your stay on the island as part of the G for Good project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided in the home so brush up on your language skills and get acquainted with true, warm Nicaraguan hospitality. If you're feeling active, opt to climb one of the two nearby volcanoes. Bring your hiking shoes! (B, 2D)

08-11

Granada / Poneloya Explore colonial Granada with a guided orientation walk and spend some time exploring its markets and museums. Surrounded by volcanoes and lakes, Granada is a great base to venture out on day trips. Opt to visit the active Masaya Volcano or sail through Lake Nicaragua on a kayaking tour. Day 10, head for Poneloya for a couple of days of complete relaxation. Stay on a remote beach with a restaurant and bar to-hand, and fill your days with surfing, swimming and... well, lying down doing nothing at all. Exactly what the northern Nicaraguan Pacific coast was made for! If you're feeling cultural, make sure you check out the charming city of León. (B)

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Suchitoto / Concepción de Ataco Nestled in the mountains of the north of El Salvador, Suchitoto is a charming town perched on the edge of Suchitlán Lake. Dine on delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian speciality and soak up the awesome scenery. Next day, explore the quaint towns of the Ruta de las Flores area en route to the Concepción de Ataco murals. Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here. Hike El Impossible National Park, swim in the pools of Atzumpa, check out some of the other nearby quaint towns or just explore tiny Ataco. This is a coffee-producing region of El Salvador, so be sure to get your caffeine hit by sampling some delicious coffee in a local café.

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Copán / Antigua Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, Copán contains some of the most important Mayan ruins found to date, and many unusual artistic features. Get your camera ready as you walk through grassy plazas filled with intricately-carved and decorated monuments, statues and staircases. After Copán, it's off to Antigua on Day 17 where you'll enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Enjoy an included salsa lesson then it's up to you to do as you choose! Take a mountain bike ride out into the countryside, zen out with a massage or explore the fascinating markets, shops and museums within the city.

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Panajachel / Lake Atitlán Travel to Lake Atitlán, one of Guatemala's most beautiful spots. Twelve native villages, blue-grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake, a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and traditional culture. Tackle the backstreets of Panajachel town on foot, but pay attention to where you're going. There aren't any street signs! Embark on a boat ride across the lake and overnight in a local village homestay. It doesn't get much more authentic than this. (D)

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Río Dulce / Flores Travel across Guatemala to Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters on their way to and from Livingston and the Caribbean coast. Opt to head to Livingston by boat, relax in the thermal springs or hike through the jungle-strewn trails in the Chocón Machacas Natural Reserve area. Your final stop in Guatemala is Flores, a picturesque town surrounded by Lake Petén Itzá where many of the local inhabitants still get around by cayuco, or dugout canoe.

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Tikal / San Ignacio Heading north, it's your chance to see the spectacular and impressive scale of the ruins at Tikal which also boasts the Mayans' highest pyramids. After Tikal, it's across the border and into Belize. Based in San Ignacio, you'll find plenty to do whether you decide to explore by foot, canoe or horse. There's also a chance to try caving in a sacred cave or opt to visit the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

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Caye Caulker The island of Caye Caulker is as relaxed and easy-going as it comes. With friendly and welcoming locals, a main street which is literally a sandy path through the centre of town and a choice of restaurants, seafood stands and bars, it's the ideal place to wind down and relax. Snorkel and dive the reef which is the world's second-longest (after Australia's Great Barrier Reef) and offers some truly amazing sights including coral canyons, an astonishing range of tropical fish, manta rays, nurse sharks and barracudas.

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Mahahual / Playa del Carmen Mexico calls today, and the beachside resort of Mahahual. The main aim of the day? Margaritas. And plenty of them! Next up on Day 32 is Playa del Carmen, the de facto centre of the Mayan Riviera. Spend your time snorkelling, diving in underground caverns, or sipping on cool cocktails and catching some rays on the beautiful white sand beach. At night, hit the bars and enjoy Playa del Carmen's vibrant nightlife. Day 33 sees the last day of your adventure, and you are free to depart at any time today.

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CENTRAL AMERICAN JOURNEY 32 DAYS, Playa Del Carmen

San José Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

CENTRAL AMERICA Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

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Explore the Mayan ruins of Tikal Bargain hunt at the local markets Experience an authentic homestay Disconnect on Caye Caulker island Spot an array of exotic wildlife Hike through cool cloud forest

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DAY ITINERARY 01-07

Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker / San Ignacio First up, Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast. Not a bad start! Don your snorkel for a glimpse into the underwater world, explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum or just kick back with a refreshing margarita. Next day, you're off to the paradise of Belize where the waters are sky blue, the marine life plentiful and the Mayan ruins as impressive as ever. Go unplugged on the island of Caye Caulker, where you'll have plenty of free time to dive or snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Day 6, head inland to San Ignacio, then enjoy a day to visit the sacred cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out Xunantunich, yet another site left by the Mayans. (L)

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Flores / Tikal / Río Dulce Cross the border into Guatemala, heavy with both Mayan and Spanish influence. Onwards to central Guatemala, arrive at the charming town of Flores with its narrow, cobblestoned streets, brightly-painted houses and friendly residents. The next day, enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating ruins at Tikal, perhaps the most recognisable of them all. Your next stop will be Río Dulce on Day 9, a small town on Lake Izabal and the ideal spot for some R&R. Hop on a boat to coastal Livingston, go see the area's protected manatees or hike through the jungle-strewn trails in the Chocón Machacas Natural Reserve.

11-14

Antigua / Panajachel / Lake Atitlán Head to Antigua, the old capital of Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation tour along the cobblestone streets and get a feel for the sights and sounds of the colonial city. Opt to explore by mountain bike, browse the markets and shops, and be sure to leave some time to try the locally-grown coffee! Travel to Panajachel on Day 13, a relatively modern town with a great deal of old world flavour and charm. Continue on to Lake Atitlán for beautiful views and embark on a boat journey across the water. Tonight, take part in a G for Good homestay and head out to hunt for colourful textiles in the local village. (D)

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Antigua / Copán Return to Antigua on Day 15 and take some time to wander around the city's museums and colonial buildings, and browse the shops for Antigua's three specialities; textiles, jade and ceramics. Enjoy an included group salsa lesson, then practice your fancy footwork on a night out on the town. On Day 17, leave Guatemala and cross the border into Honduras. Head to the World Heritage Site of the Mayan ruins of Copán, some of the most important Mayan ruins and featuring many unusual artistic features. Opt to visit the colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas or check out the private macaw reserve. If you're feeling like you need a bit of down time, head to some local hot springs for a relaxing soak.

19-22

Suchitoto / El Tunco / León Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian speciality, before heading to the coast. Use the following free day in this laid-back beach town to take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the local fish market and visit the Tamanique waterfalls. Then cross land and sea to the Nicaraguan town of León for a brief orientation.

23-24

León / Granada Next stop is the third-largest and oldest city of Nicaragua, Granada. Take in its Spanish colonial charm and surrounding active volcanoes and lakes. Enjoy a day trip and hike, cruise, or wander around the city's markets and museums. If you fancy seeing more of the nearby areas, enjoy an optional visit to the still-active Masaya Volcano or kayak around the isletas of Lake Nicaragua.

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snapshot Coloured by an irresistible mix of cultural influence, Central America is a treasure trove for the intrepid traveller. From the 'no shoes, no shirt, no problem' attitude of Belize (it's practically their motto) to the Mayan ruins of Tikal and the plazas of San José, it just keeps on giving. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAJCS

Bay Islands, Honduras Monteverde, Costa Rica


$3,049

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Nov

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Caye Caulker, Belize

25-26

Ometepe Head to Ometepe for your authentic two-night homestay in Puesta del Sol in the village of La Paloma. Get a feel for life in a small Nicaraguan community, tuck into traditional meals and test out your Español skills with your new family for the next couple of days. For stunning views of towering volcanoes, visit the largest lake in Central America, Lake Nicaragua. If you're up for exploring, hike the Maderas Volcano, spot the abundance of wildlife including howler monkeys and green parrots, or try the Tarzan swing at a nearby jungle swimming hole. Stay both nights in a G for Good homestay with a local family. (B, 2D)

27-28

Monteverde If you're a nature lover, these couple of days in Monteverde and the Forest Reserve will be your own version of paradise. Home to a great variety of wildlife, you'll have the option to go bird watching, horse riding or mountain biking, surrounded by the cool cloud and rainforest. Learn about the conservation of this precious ecosystem and get stuck into adventure and opt to take a zipline over the rainforest canopy. Why not visit the coffee or sugarcane plantations, tour the local cheese factory or fling yourself off a bridge with a bungy jump? (B)

29-30

La Fortuna / Arenal Jump on a boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a relaxing boat ride across Lake Arenal, then spend the next couple of days in La Fortuna, a town near the foot of the volcano. A perfect base for adventure, look for Costa Rica's flamboyant birds on nature trails (with over 600 species as permanent residents, you're bound to spot a few!), take to the rapids on a white water rafting trip on the Toro or Arenal Rivers or head out mountain biking. Alternatively, head underground for a spot of caving, or tour the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge to glimpse a few of its inhabitants. After a long day exploring this beautiful area, soak tired muscles in Baldi Hot Springs.

31-32

San José Travel to the city of San José with its busy downtown streets, beautiful parks and museums and surrounding views of lush, verdant mountains. Stroll through the main plaza, a great place to peoplewatch and amuse yourself with the many mime artists, jugglers, marimba bands or magicians that regularly perform here. Head to the markets to scour for any last-minute souvenirs and treat yourself to some of the handicrafts. Spend your last night out on the town with your new group of mates and raise a toast to your trip before saying goodbye on Day 32. It's time to get preparing for your next travel adventure!

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Homestay/Panajachel Antigua

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Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (28 nts), homestays (1 nt), community guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, ferry, boat, van, taxi, plane Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $805-1050 for meals not included


BACKROADS OF CENTRAL AMERICA 18 DAYS, San José

$1,749

FR

Antigua Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Ometepe Island homestay • Remote Nicaraguan beaches • Visit Copán's Mayan ruins

• Ride on the local chicken bus • Stroll colonial Antigua • G for Good collection

01-05

San José / La Fortuna / Arenal / Monteverde Arrive to the busy capital of Costa Rica, San José. On Day 2, head to cosy La Fortuna, where the Arenal Volcano looms over the city and where you'll find blood-pumping activities in spades. So how about some waterfall rappelling? Day 4, it's up to the clouds in Monteverde. Visit a local coffee plantation or zipline through the jungle canopy!

06-09

Ometepe / Granada Time to test your language skills and help a local family (all in one!) with a two-night G for Good homestay on Ometepe Island. Here, opt to climb a nearby volcano or visit the swimming holes. Day 8, set your sights on the colourful colonial buildings of Granada and enjoy a free day to visit the Masaya Volcano or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua. (2B, 2D)

10-14

Poneloya / Suchitoto / Concepción de Ataco Enjoy a couple of R&R days on a remote beach. Surf, swim, hike Cerro Negro or check out nearby León. Day 12, journey by bus, boat and van to the colonial town of Suchitoto. Feast on delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian speciality, and explore the Ruta de las Flores area next day. Expect quaint towns and a host of talented artisans.

15-18

Copán / Antigua Cross the border into Honduras, a country some take to with caution, but a regular favourite thanks to its wild diversity and unforgettable attractions. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or soak in local hot springs. Return to Guatemala on Day 17 and soak up the culture of colonial Antigua on an orientation walk. Depart at any time Day 18.

Copán, Honduras

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Antigua

H O N D U R A S

Copán Suchitoto

Ataco

N I C A R AG UA

Granada Poneloya Ometepe Monteverde La Fortuna /Arenal

San José

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple multi-share hotels/hostels (13 nts), multi-share beach hostel (2 nts), homestay (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, boat, van, taxi Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $445-580 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRSG

Departures 2018 Jan, Jun-Aug, Nov-Dec Apr-May, Sep-Oct

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Feb-Mar

Tuesdays & selected Fridays and Saturdays

Selected Tuesdays

PANAMA EXPERIENCE 14 DAYS, San José

$1,349

FR

Panama City Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Hike through cloud forests • Taste Afro-Caribbean cuisine • Snorkel in crystal-clear seas

• Dance to reggae and calypso • Hang up your hammock • Visit the Panama Canal

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Santa Catalina

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Panama City A short bus trip takes you to Panama's bustling capital, Panama City. Explore Panama La Vieja (Old Panama) with its great old buildings, the canal, and some interesting museums that document the history of the region. After maxing out at the local markets, depart on Day 14.

PA NA M A

Aug

Boquete

Panama City

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COS TA R I C A

Bocas del Toro

Jun

Puerto Viejo

May

San José

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple multi-share hotels (13 nts) Transport: Local bus, boat, private van, taxi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $480-625 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRSP

Apr

09-11

Santa Catalina Make the most of Panama's natural beauty in Santa Catalina where gorgeous beaches, lush forest and friendly people reign supreme. Head on a boat trip to snorkel, dive or surf and look out for tuna, wahoo and reef tipped sharks, then visit the stunning Coiba National Park, described as a cross between the Galápagos and Cocos Islands.

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Mar

04-08

Bocas del Toro / Boquete Crossing into Panama, travel by bus and boat to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, six islands covered in rainforest and spectacular beaches. Look out for red frogs at Red Frog Beach (where else?) and travel back to the mainland on Day 7 and across the highlands to Boquete. Hike through the cloud forest, go white water rafting or take a tasting tour of the nearby coffee plantations.

Coiba National Park, Panama

Feb

01-03

San José / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Set out to explore the Costa Rican capital and head to the town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca next day. Adorned with 14 kilometres of black and white sand beaches, rent a bike to beach hop down the coast or hike in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Reggae or calypso the night away and succumb to the tang of Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

Jan

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VOLCANO TRAIL 17 DAYS, Antigua

$1,599

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San José Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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07 14 21 28

04 11 14 18 25 28

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Volcano trekking, Nicaragua

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Departures 2018/19

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

• Savour Guatemalan coffee in Antigua • Hike an active Nicaraguan volcano • Surf the waves in El Tunco

highlights

• Laugh with locals on chicken buses • Spot abundant wildlife on Ometepe • G for Good collection

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Antigua / Copán Arrive into Antigua, in time to meet your group in the evening. Set out to explore and wander the streets taking in the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next day, head to the unique and fascinating Mayan ruins of Copán. Walk through grassy plazas filled with intricately-carved and decorated statues and staircases. Huge carved faces will stare at you from ancient walls and bring the place to life. If you just fancy chilling, fear not, as there will be a chance to take a dip in hot springs.

04-09

Suchitoto / El Tunco / León / Granada Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Sample the local specialities and head to coastal El Tunco the next day. Opt for a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the local market and hike to the nearby Tamanique waterfalls. On Day 7, cross the border into Nicaragua and get to know the pastel streets of León on a brief orientation walk. Continue overland to the rival town of Granada the following day, whose colonial charm is complemented by the active volcanoes and lakes that surround it. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city's markets and museums. You'll also get the chance to visit the active Masaya Volcano, zen out at Laguna de Apoyo or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua (the largest lake in Central America) if you wish.

10-13

Ometepe / Monteverde From the town of San Jorge, cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island where you'll enjoy a two-night homestay G for Good experience. The setting is dramatic, with two towering volcanoes and a whole host of wildlife species. If you enjoy a challenge, then hike the Maderas Volcano. If you fancy something a little less active then check out the pre-Colombian petroglyphs, try out the Tarzan swing at a nearby jungle swimming hole or enjoy the beach. Travelling into the cool cloud forest and rainforests of Monteverde on Day 12 gives you a glimpse of the lush ecosystems of Costa Rica. Spend two days exploring Monteverde which is truly a nature-lover's paradise. There will be time to bird watch, ride a horse, mountain bike or ride a zipline through the rainforest. (2B, 2D)

14-17

La Fortuna / Arenal / San José La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Take an unforgettable night hike around the base of Arenal Volcano to see the top glow an eerie red. Try white water rafting, mountain biking, caving, horse riding or tour the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. End the day with a soak in one of the natural thermal baths. On Day 16, transfer to Costa Rica's capital where museums and buzzing streets await. Depart any time on Day 17.

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Overland Group Adventures CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

These trucks are big, orange and ready for anything the Central and South American terrain has to throw at them. With trips from Mexico City ranging from 28 to a whopping 156 days, you can reach Antigua, Panama City, Rio or even the very 'end of the world', Ushuaia.

MEXICO CITY TO USHUAIA 156 DAYS + + + + + + Mexico City

(Includes local payment)

$18,570

FR

Ushuaia

highlights

• Stay on Belize's tranquil Caye Caulker • Volcano trekking in El Salvador • Camp in coastal Tayrona National Park

• Canoe excursion in the Amazon • Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

DAY ITINERARY 01-24

Mexico City / Oaxaca / Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Tulum / Caye Caulker / Tikal / Poptún / Río Dulce Kick off with the mariachi bands of Mexico City. Then visit colonial Oaxaca and San Cristóbal de las Casas for a glimpse of indigenous cultures and a boat trip through Sumidero Canyon. Spend a few days camping and jungle hiking before reaching Mérida. From here, see Chichén Itzá and Tulum's ruins and jump on a flight to Belize's Caribbean island of Caye Caulker. After, cross into Guatemala to Tikal and camp at a ranch in Poptún. Enjoy a boat ride on Río Dulce and stop at tropical Livingston.

25-44

Lake Atitlan / Antigua / Copán / Roatán / León / Granada / Ometepe Head to Panajachel on stunning Lake Atitlan and relax in UNESCO-listed Antigua. Then enter El Salvador and go volcano trekking. Visit a community project in Suchitoto before continuing to Honduras and the dive island of Roatán. Camp in Lake Yojoa and cross into Somoto in Nicaragua. See lovely León, gorgeous Granada and the volcanic island of Ometepe before heading to Costa Rica.

45-72

La Fortuna / Monteverde / Panama City / Cartagena / San Gil / Medellín / Salento / Popayán Enter a land of ziplining, white water rafting and canyoning. Wander the cloud forests of Monteverde and trek Manuel Antonio National Park before hopping across to Panama. Visit the renowned canal and learn about highland communities. Then fly to colourful Cartagena in Colombia. Explore coastal national parks, camp in coffee farms and uncover the secrets of vibrant Medellín. Trek through the palms of the lofty Cocora Valley, drive to pretty Popayán and continue to the Ecuador border.

73-96

Quito / Ecuadorian Amazon / Baños / Cuenca / Huaraz / Lima / Huacachina / Nazca Make straight for the capital, wander the cobblestones and then dive into the Amazon for rainforest walks and canoe excursions. Camp in Rio Verde where you can cycle, trek, raft and more. Journey through volcanic highlands to Cuenca and then make your way into Peru. Try surf at Punta Sal and get your hiking fix around the lakes and glaciers of Cordillera Blanca. Then to Lima, the vast dunes of Huacachina and the site of the Nazca Lines. Check out ancient sites and camp out on the beach.

97-123

Arequipa / Cuzco / Inca Trail / Isla del Sol / La Paz / Potosí / Uyuni / San Pedro de Atacama Admire the White City of Arequipa and meet the condors of Colca Canyon. Then to Cuzco, gateway to optional Incan tours and treks. The trails take you through stunning landscapes to Machu Picchu. Soak up the wonder and continue to the shores of Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol on the Bolivian side. Spend a few days in lofty La Paz, then drive across the otherworldly Salt Flats. Take perspectivebending photos, see multi-coloured lakes, and meet the llamas of Chile's San Pedro de Atacama.

124-156

Salta / Mendoza / Santiago / Bariloche / El Chaltén / El Calafate / Torres del Paine / Ushuaia The final leg takes you into Argentina and down to Patagonia via wine regions and Chilean lake districts. Go horseback riding through gaucho lands, feast on world-renowned barbecues, and explore the streets of Santiago. Reach the mountain town of Bariloche and discover the stunning surrounds. Continue south to Los Glaciares National Park and El Calafate where you can see Perito Moreno Glacier and the Fitz Roy mountain range. Embark on challenging multi-day hikes through Torres del Paine National Park and end at the end of the world, Ushuaia.

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Tulum

Mexico City Oaxaca

Tayrona N.P.

Cartagena

EPIC CENTRAL AFRICAN AMERICA ADVENTURES

Antigua City Granada

Mompós

Panama

San Gil

Medellín

Salento

Popayán

COLOMBIA

Ipiales

Quito

Amazon Jungle Baños Cuenca PERU

Punta Sal Chan Chan Huaraz

Lima

BRAZIL

Machu Picchu

Ballestas

Cuzco

Nazca Colca Canyon

BOLIVIA

La Paz

Puno

Southern Pantanal

Potosí Salar De Uyuni High Altiplano

Bonito

San Pedro de Atacama

Rio de Janeiro Paraty

Iguassu Falls ARGENTINA

Salta

MEXICO CITY TO ANTIGUA 28 DAYS  Mexico City

Cafayate Estancia

Pucón

Mendoza

Buenos Aires

Lake District

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$2,980

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Bariloche Futaleufú

Antigua

Make your way from Mexico's vibrant capital to Guatemala's colonial poster child, with a short detour to Belize's Caribbean island of Caye Caulker in the middle. You'll immerse yourself in Mayan ruins, snorkel over kaleidoscopic corals, and meet the communities of lakeside villages. Departs: Antigua Mexico City 03May18, Mexico City Antigua 01Oct18 DRZMG

MEXICO CITY TO PANAMA CITY 55 DAYS + Mexico City

Santiago

Los Glaciares N.P. Perito Moreno Glacier Torres del Paine N.P.

(Includes local payment)

$6,075

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Tierra del Fuego

Ushuaia

Panama City

See the best bits of Mexico and Guatemala, plus the lesser-trodden gems of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Go surfing, volcano trekking and learn to be a certified diver in Roatán. End with a week in the lush green forests of Costa Rica and a few days in the fascinating capital of Panama. Departs: Panama City

Mexico City 06Apr18, Mexico City

Panama City 01Oct18

MEXICO CITY TO RIO 152 DAYS + + + + + + + Mexico City

DRCMP

(Includes local payment)

$17,455

FR

Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy everything from the 156-day tour on the opposite page until you reach Salta on Day 123. Then check out Buenos Aires, go explore the thunderous Iguassu Falls and cross the border into Brazil. Snorkel in Bonito, spot jaguars and ocelots in Pantanal, and whitewater raft in Brotas. Finish off in the pretty colonial town of Paraty and squeeze in a samba night in Rio de Janeiro. Tudo Bem! Departs: 01Oct18

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Palenque

Oaxaca

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Chetumal

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Experience tons of included trips including a variety of adventure, historical, natural and cultural activities. All activities bundled in your passes have guaranteed daily departures. Take a look at page 145 for an extensive list of which activities are included on Bamba's most popular routes.

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Flores

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Tulum

Mexico City

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La Ceiba

Copán Ruins

Puebla

Chetumal

H O N D U R A S

Antigua G UAT E M A L A

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El Tunco

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Palenque

Flores

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Panajachel

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Mexico City Cancún Recommended trip time: 16 Days Included experiences: 1-7

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LOLITA EXPRESS WAYS

$1,324

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Cancún San José Recommended trip time: 28 Days Included experiences: 7, 9-11, 14, 16

GRANIZADA WAYS

$1,254

GRANIZADA EXPRESS WAYS

$999

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Cancún San José Recommended trip time: 18 Days Included experiences: 7, 9-11, 14

$534

FR

Mexico City Cancún Recommended trip time: 13 Days Included experiences: 1, 2, 5, 7

mexico, guatemala & belize Cancún Playa del Carmen

Tulum

$574

FR

Mexico City Cancún Recommended trip time: 16 Days Included experiences: 1, 2, 4-7

ORALE BAMBA EXPRESS WAYS

$484

FR

Mexico City Cancún Recommended trip time: 12 Days Included experiences: 1, 2, 5, 7

9. Antigua: Pacaya Volcano trek

11. Flores: Tikal Early Morning day tour BELIZE

12. Caye Caulker: Snorkel with Sharks and Rays

$1,169

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EL SALVADOR

Mexico City Cancún Recommended trip time: 24 Days Included experiences: 1-5, 7-12

13. El Tunco: Surfing Experience (2 days)

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14. León: Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding

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15. Granada: Isletas day trip

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Chetumal

Monteverde Caye Caulker Belize City

San José

Bocas del Toro

COMPLETE COSTA RICA WAYS

Lanquín H O N D U R A S

Antigua

$749

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Cancún Antigua Recommended trip time: 16 Days Included experiences: 7-12

CONCHITA EXPRESS WAYS Cancún Antigua Recommended trip time: 15 Days Included experiences: 7, 9-11

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San Blas Islands

Puerto Viejo

Manuel Antonio

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B E L I Z E

Panajachel

8. Panajachel: Maya Homestay Experience (2 days) 10. Lanquín: Semuc Champey & Kanba Caves tour

M E X I CO

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17. San José: Bites & Sights Experience 18. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs 19. Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip 20. San José: Tortuguero National Park (2 days) PANAMA

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San José Panama City Recommended trip time: 15 Days Included experiences: 16-19, 21-22 FR

16. Monteverde: Canopy Zipline

21. Panama City: Panama City hop-on hop-off tour 22. Panama City: San Blas Islands (3 days)

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• Bask on exotic Caribbean beaches • Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park • Visit a coffee cooperative in Sarapiquí

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• Swim beneath twin waterfalls • See the glow of the Arenal Volcano • G for Good collection

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San José / Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park Arrive at any time in Costa Rica's capital and check out the city's treasured museums. Start Day 2 with a bus ride to the small Pacific town of Quepos. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers excellent hiking, mangrove kayaking, and dolphin-spotting opportunities.

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Monteverde Ascend into the misty mountains of Monteverde where local guides will guide you around the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. If you're feeling brave you have the option to fly across the canopy on ziplines, walk through the canopy on the Sky Walk or take a more sedate visit to a butterfly garden.

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La Fortuna / Arenal Take a bus and boat to reach La Fortuna, a region full of adventure. Opt to take a night hike around the base of the Arenal Volcano to catch the glowing molten lava being blasted into the ink-black sky. Or get your adrenalin pumping with optional white water rafting, waterfall rappelling or horse riding. After a day of action you can sit back and relax, drink in hand, in some of the thermal hot springs.

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Sarapiquí Rainforest Off to Sarapiquí! Make sure you skip your morning coffee as there'll be a stop-off at a local co-operative for fresh cup of the strong stuff. The jungle oasis borders Braulio Carrillo National Park. Here, you'll take a guided nature walk through primary rainforest, swim in pristine rivers and stay in a remote haçienda overnight. There's also the option to learn how to cook like the locals do! (B, 2L, 2D)

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Tortuguero The journey to Tortuguero is half the adventure - a boat, a van and finally a tractor-drawn cart! In season, the beaches here are nesting grounds of green, loggerhead, hawksbill, and rare leatherback turtles. You can visit the nesting sites at night (Jul-Oct) and take a guided tour of the canals by day. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Passing spectacular scenery, make for the seaside! Snorkel in the Caribbean Sea, hike in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, and feast on fantastic Afro-Caribbean cuisine. (B)

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San José Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night out on the town with your new dance partners. Your unforgettable adventure wraps up on Day 16.

Canyoning (Half Day) Rappel, down-climb and descend huge waterfalls in the mountains and rainforests around Arenal Volcano. Ziplining (Half Day) Get a bird's eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel and a 137m-high zipline. (PROCRAB)  Fr $139

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts), multi-share jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Tractor, private van, public bus, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $530-690 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRA


COSTA RICA QUEST 9 DAYS, San José

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San José Small Group Adventure

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For all those tribes who love a quest. Follow the calls of the wild to Costa Rica and you could be hanging upside-down with the jungle monkeys in no time. This action-packed tour is perfect for a time-strapped traveller after a bit of adventure. Think hot springs, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRQ

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• Soak in volcanic thermal springs • Search for the elusive quetzal bird • Chill on the beaches of Quepos

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• Learn about local coffee production • Zipline through the canopy • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private van, boat, local bus Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $385500 for meals not included

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San José Arrive at any time in Costa Rica's capital and meet your group later in the evening. If there's time, check out the colonial mansions and galleries of Barrio Amón, stroll through pretty Parque La Sabana, and go gawp at the treasures of the museums of jade, gold and art.

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La Fortuna / Arenal Drive to Sarapiquí to visit the Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. As the town’s main co-operative, this partner-supported community initiative brings together more than 200 small farmers that produce organic coffee from the four regions of San Carlos, Sarapiquí, Heredia and Alajuela. Find out where your cup of Joe comes from, sample a fresh cup of the good stuff, and enjoy a typical lunch of plantain, beans and tilapia fish. Continue on to the Arenal region for a free afternoon of optional activities, like white water rafting or canyoning. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. There are endless nature trails and pools. Alternatively, relax in the springs of Arenal Volcano. (L)

04-05

Monteverde Cross the scenic surrounds of Lake Arenal and inhale the cool mountain air of Monteverde. Pull on your poncho and boots and harness your inner Tarzan as you imagine swinging from giant vines through the cloud-covered forest. Enjoy a guided tour of the Santa Elena Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled along the twelve kilometres of trails for an extensive variety of wildlife. Listen for the haunting call of the bellbird and try spot the elusive quetzal. Don't miss the chance to glide through the trees on a thrilling canopy zipline adventure or walk through the canopy on a Sky Walk. Otherwise, you can visit a butterfly garden or go on a night walk to spot wildlife such as poison dart frogs and elusive ocelots.

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Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park Travel to the surf town of Quepos on the Pacific Coast. This is one of Costa Rica's best-known beach towns, situated just outside the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park. The tropical vegetation, abrupt headlands and well-maintained trail systems offer superb hiking and wildlife viewing, while the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, sea kayaking, boogie boarding and surfing. At night, the friendly streets of Quepos come alive so strap on your salsa shoes and get to dancing!

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Quepos / San José Ease your weary salsa legs with a trip to the beach the next morning before journeying back to the city in the afternoon. The trip ends where you started, in Costa Rica's cultural capital, San José. If you can do two nights on the trot then go seek out some live music, or pick up a few last minute souvenirs at the markets. Your adventure ends on the morning of Day 9.

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San José

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• Sloths in Tortuguero • Meet local conservationists • Help in a research centre

• Make tortillas with the locals • Guided nature walks • G for Good collection

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Private van, shuttle van, boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $485-630 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRENG

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Manuel Antonio National Park / San José Another drive day takes you to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll take in a scenic guided walk. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific coast and opt to surf, go horseback riding, or visit the nearby beaches. Return to San José on Day 14 for an optional farewell dinner with your group, and depart on Day 15. (5B)

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Monteverde Make your way by road and by boat to the misty air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Over the next two days, hike in the Santa Elena Reserve and visit the researchers and explorers of the Monteverde Institute. Listen to lectures and get your hands dirty planting trees, assisting in the nurseries or collecting data for the reforestation projects. (3B)

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La Fortuna / Arenal It's an early start today as you start the journey to the gorgeous La Fortuna. Stop for lunch en route at the G Adventures-supported coffee co-op, and arrive at your accommodation, set in stunning scenery. Over the next two days, learn the art of tortilla-making with a local family and try your hand at rafting or waterfall rappelling! (3B, L, D)

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San José / Tortuguero National Park Join your group in San José then travel to Tortuguero National Park next day. On guided boat trips, look for caimans, howler monkeys and everyone's favourite; sloths. Settle in to a secluded lodge this evening and hop on an optional night-boat excursion. On Day 3, meet a researcher from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Program. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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COSTA RICA ON A SHOESTRING 8 DAYS, San José

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• Explore San José's museums • Try white water rafting • Soak in soothing hot springs

• Hang in hippie Montezuma • Hike volcanic landscapes • Wildlife in National Parks

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Montezuma You'll travel to the Nicoya Peninsula, with plenty of time for rest and relaxation in the laid back ex-hippie hangout of Montezuma. Check out Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve to spot wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach. Adrenalin junkies can take their pick of activities as well surfing, ziplining or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids. And don't miss out on an inspection of the local nightlife with your tour buddies. You're on holiday after all! San José Head back to the capital for one final night out with your group, reliving the unforgettable memories of the last week. On Day 8, your adventure concludes and it's time to say "adios".

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (7 nts) Transport: Bus, ferry, taxi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $280-365 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRBC

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San José / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive into San José at any time and get out exploring the lively streets, museums and markets. After a day of adventures, meet your CEO and the group in the evening. Next day, head to La Fortuna. La Fortuna sits to the east of the Arenal Volcano, which is often cited by scientists as being in the top 20 of the world's most active. The beautiful surrounding countryside provides plenty of adrenalin sports to get involved in, such as white water rafting or waterfall rappelling. You can hike around the volcano or simply chill out with a relaxing soak in La Fortuna's hot springs while gazing at the looming volcano as it appears from beneath the misty clouds.

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Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique two-week adventure. Setting off from San José, this trip will take you through humming cloud forests one day, to the slopes of an active volcano the next, winding up on the paradise beach of Playa Sámara. You really can't go wrong! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRCR

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San José / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Arrive in San José at any time and set out to explore this diverse city full of historic buildings, great museums and a brilliant range of restaurants and funky bars. Go people-watching in the main plaza, visit the National Theatre and go shopping in the Plaza de La Cultura or the Central Market. In the evening, meet your fellow travel companions and your CEO. On Day 2, take in the views on a scenic bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. Your destination today is the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. You can rent a bike or go hiking through Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, try snorkelling or explore La Isla Botanical Gardens. Dance the night away to reggae and calypso and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise. Arenal / La Fortuna / Monteverde La Fortuna sits near the foot of the active Arenal Volcano which dominates the view from the town. If you're hungry for adventure, this is the place to be! You can go hiking along the nature trails, join a canopy tour to catch a bird's-eye view of the forest greenery, take a refreshing plunge in a chilly La Fortuna waterfall, go white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, horse riding, or take a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. After a day of excitement, relax in one of the magma-heated hot springs under the shade of the surrounding canopy. Next day, travel from Lake Arenal up an alluring green mountain road into the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest. Explore the town and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, truly a nature-lover's paradise. This unique community has several co-operatives worth visiting, so that you can get a taste of local life. Don't miss the artist collectives and the Cheese Factory. If you're after some thrilling fun, you can choose to walk along suspension bridges through dense forest or opt for an adrenalin-filled ziplining experience and fly high through the cloud forest.

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• Marvel at Puerto Viejo's beaches • Indulge in magma-heated hot springs • Zipline through the jungle canopy

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TREK HIDDEN COSTA RICA 12 DAYS, San José

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• Go hiking in the jungle • Live with local families • Sleep behind a waterfall

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• Go waterfall rappelling • Steam in a traditional sauna • Go white water rafting

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (5 nts) triple-share hotels (2 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts), cave camping (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, pick-up truck, private vehicle, raft Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $270-355 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GACRAC

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Diamante Verde / Uvita / San José On Day 8, hike to a unique cave with twin 26m (85 ft) waterfalls - your home for the night! Later on, go swimming in three natural pools and explore surrounding hiking trails. On Day 9, get your heart pumping with some waterfall rappelling, then trek out of the jungle. Move on to the seaside town of Uvita. Opt to try your balance surfing, go whale watching, horse riding or simply chill with a book on the beach. Enjoy a free day here on Day 10, then head back to the capital on Day 11 for one last evening with your group. Depart any time on Day 12. (B, L, D)

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Piedras Blancas / Savegre River / Dominical Experience life in the remote jungle community today. Make sugarcane candy and cool off in the river that flows right by the house. Before dinner, learn how to make traditional bread and chocolate with your host family. On Day 5, zipline across the Savegre River to the next homestay, where you'll be able to relax with a traditional sauna and take a medicinal plant walk. The next day, raft the Savegre River and try some seafood with an optional dinner, then on Day 7, enjoy free time in Dominical. Opt to go surfing, whale watching or just chill. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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San José / San Isidro de El General / Piedras Blancas Touch down in Costa Rica's capital at any point on Day 1 and get comfortable. The next day, journey by local bus over the highest mountain pass in the country to the valley of San Isidro de El General. Stock up on supplies and get geared up for the start of your trek tomorrow! On Day 3, travel by pick-up through lush green landscapes then begin a four-hour trek to a homestay deep in the jungle. (L, D)

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• Enjoy world-class rafting • Bike along Arenal Lake • Opt to hike up a volcano

• Relax on the scenic coast • Try a zipline over the jungle • Have a go at surfing

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, private vehicle, bike, boat, raft Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $460-600 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRSM

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / San José Soak up the laid-back Caribbean atmosphere on incomparable white and black sand beaches. Pull on a rash guard, grab a big board and get ready to hang ten like a local on an included surf lesson, then go snorkelling or have a go at some yoga. Do as you please on Day 11, then head back to San José on Day 12. Depart at any time on Day 13.

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Pacuare River / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Begin a two-day rafting expedition down the Pacuare River. Stop on the way for hikes to towering waterfalls and hidden canyons, then overnight in remote rustic lodges built along the river. Next day, hike deep into the rainforest to a natural waterslide and, if allowed, visit the village of the Cabécar indigenous tribe. Your rafting excursion ends on Day 9 when you head for the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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San José / Monteverde / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive at any time in San José and meet your group. On Day 2, start early for but beautiful drive up into the cool mountain air of Monteverde. Enjoy a free day in the cloud forest so go wildlife spotting on the canopy bridges or fly like an eagle on the famous canopy zipline. On Day 4, you'll travel through rolling hills and pretty lakes to La Fortuna near the base of the Arenal Volcano. Whilst here, opt to go white water rafting, waterfall rappelling or volcano hiking. On Day 6, take to two wheels and cycle past farms and villages, taking in the area. End with an optional visit to hot springs fed by the Arenal Volcano.

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snapshot Beneath its jungly exterior, Costa Rica is a land booming with Latin flavours. Travel deep into this emerald world and rediscover the Pura Vida for life! Sleep in rainforest lodges, tour coffee estates and laze around on idyllic beaches.

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager and Englishspeaking local guides Group Size: Max 30, Avg 20 Tour Code: COCOSTA

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• Overnight in riverside eco tents • Spot wildlife in Costa Rican rainforests • Spa pool treatments by Arenal Volcano

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (10 nts), rainforest eco tents (1 nt), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Private air con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

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San José / Tortuguero Arrive in San José and meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers this afternoon. Explore the colonial streets, experience daily Costa Rican life at the central Plaza and sample local delicacies at its foodie markets. The next day you'll make for Tortuguero via a small boat. This is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco tourism spots and the nesting ground for green, hawksbill and rare leatherback turtles. Bed down in a jungle lodge and wake up to the calls of the wild. Then get out there to spot howler monkeys, sloths and flying reptiles on a guided boat ride through the national park. (2B, 2L, 3D)

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Sarapiquí / La Fortuna / Arenal Day 4, head for an overnight eco camp in Sarapiquí, perfect for relaxing! Learn about mankind's favourite treat on a chocolate tour in the Tirimbina Reserve before a barbecue feast in the evening. The next morning is yours to choose from optional white water rafting, a canopy adventure or horse riding activities. Then treat yourself to a spa and mud pool treatment by the Arenal Volcano. Start Day 6 with some optional canyoneering and take the chance to learn more about Costa Rican way of life with an optional visit to La Casona Río Fortuna. Get in the know as you learn how to mill sugar cane and make delicious coffee and tortillas, then enjoy a traditional homemade dinner with the owners. (3B, L, D)

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Playa Tamarindo / Monteverde Today we head to the Pacific coast to spend a couple of days in Playa Tamarindo, known for its great surfing beaches and party vibes. Take an optional catamaran cruise off shore and go snorkelling around the bountiful bay. Then it's off to Monteverde, Costa Rica's most popular reserve. Filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, and fantastic wildlife, this is a tropical sanctuary ready to be explored. Rise early on Day 10 for a visit to Selvatura Park and walk the hanging bridges, visit a butterfly and hummingbird garden, and opt for a breezy ziplining experience through the trees. Later on, learn the A-Z of coffee production during a Costa Rican coffee making tour. (4B, D)

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Manuel Antonio / San José It's all sun and good times this morning, as you're off to the beautiful beaches of the central Pacific Coast. Make a stop in Jaco before arriving in Manuel Antonio, a haven of relaxation. Spend the next few days basking in the sun, catching up with some holiday reading, or opt for a horseback ride through the jungle to the Tacori Waterfalls. Day 13, take a guided walk through the tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park, join a kayak adventure through the mangroves, and don't forget your swimsuit for many snorkelling opportunities. Head back to San José on Day 14 where the trip ends. (4B, 2D)

Shorten your trip Pura Vida (9 Days, San José - Playa Tamarindo) (COSJPT)  Fr $1,659 Canopies & Cabanas (7 Days, Playa Tamarindo - San José) (COPTSJ)  Fr $1,485

Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

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SAN JOSÉ & BEYOND pura vida mae!

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Or, pure life dude! You'll hear this national mantra echo through the forests, jungles and beaches of Costa Rica. And pure life, indeed! Over 25% of the country is dedicated to national parks, housing one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. San José is a likely base for your trip. And while it might not look like much at first, you'll soon discover the galleries of Barrio Amón, Saturday's farmers' market and the weekend crowds of Parque La Sabana.

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GAUDY'S BACKPACKERS, SAN JOSÉ

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$11 $53

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$12 $58

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Location: A short walk from La Sabana Metropolitan Park in downtown San José.

Location: Just five minutes' walk from the Ferrocarril al Atlántico train station.

Location: Nestled on the beach, just off Av. Pastor Diaz in Barrio Los Cholos.

Vibe: A home from home, catering for the more budget conscious traveller.

Vibe: Laid-back hostel with warm, homely décor. Grab some sun on the terrace.

Vibe: Eco-friendly beach hostel with plenty to do. Enjoy yoga or even salsa lessons!

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Terrace • Garden • Lounge • Games room • Laundry

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Restaurant • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Terrace • Garden

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Garden • Yoga

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Travel in safe, reliable and comfortable buses when travelling with Bamba throughout Costa Rica. Depending on your route, you may travel by train, boat or private shuttle vans as well along the way.

JACSEL

16. Monteverde Canopy zipline 17. San José Bites & Sights 18. Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs Tortuguero

La Fortuna

19. Manuel Antonio National Park 20. Tortuguero National Park (2 days)

Monteverde

COMPLETE COSTA RICA WAYS

San José Puerto Viejo Manuel COSTA Antonio N.P. R I C A

Experience tons of included day trips and activities, access your trip online to make unlimited schedule changes, and travel freely with guaranteed daily departures. Accommodation isn’t included but most of Bamba’s hop-on hop-off routes can be done as accommodated tours. Ask your Travel Expert for details and see pages 144-145 for more information.

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$1,139

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San José San José Recommended trip time: 15 Days Included experiences: 16-20 PAN AM A MACAW WAYS

$644

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TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE

$320

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3 DAYS

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Discover the jungle of Costa Rica in Tortuguero National Park. From San José, transfer to your Tortuguero hotel for two days of wildlife-spotting. Traverse freshwater creeks with your naturalist guide for glimpses of river turtles, caimans, river otters and plenty of fish. On hikes, you'll also be privy to the movements of capuchin monkeys and, if you're really lucky, the endangered West Indian manatee bobbing up and down in streams. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Eco lodge (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: All transfers to/from San José, all activities, English-speaking guides Note: Entry fees to Tortuguero not included Tour Code: BESJOTAA

Independent Tour

COSTA RICA ACTIVE ADVENTURE

$241

FR

4 DAYS

4 DAYS

Start on the banks of Pacuare River where you'll raft into the heart of Costa Rica's lush rainforest. Pass cascading waterfalls, relax in warm natural pools, and take on the river's pounding rapids! Then make for the volcanic region around Arenal for a treetop adventure. Cross hanging bridges and trails for knockout views. Next, you'll try rappelling down canyon waterfalls, something few people can say they've done! End your active adventure on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Minivan Includes: Arrival and departure transfers, specified tours (rafting, canyoneering, Sky Tram, trekking) Tour Code: SJOCRA

Independent Tour

TAMARINDO BEACH BREAK

$576

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Independent Tour

COSTA RICA NATURE EXPLORER

$437

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8 DAYS

One of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, Tamarindo is a foodie heaven and a surfing hotspot. It's also great for hiking, horseback riding, nature walks, scuba diving, sailing and doing fudge all on sweeping beaches. You'll be picked up in San José on Day 1 and taken to Tamarindo. You'll then have two whole days to yourself don't miss the monkey sanctuary nearby if you're still craving some Costa Rican furries. Return to San José on Day 4.

Start your eight-day adventure in the capital San José, then make your way to La Fortuna, home of the Arenal Volcano. One of Costa Rica's adventure centres, choose from activities ranging from river rafting to mountain biking (not included). On to Monteverde, get a taste of the country's thriving jungle in the Cloud Forest Reserve and opt to experience one of the world's longest zipline systems (not included) before returning to San José where your trip ends.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: Not included at hostel. 3 breakfasts at 3* or 4* hotel Includes: Return transport between San José and Tamarindo Tour Code: BESJOTBB

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels, depending on package (7 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts (hostels and 3* hotels packages only) Includes: San José Airport pick-up/drop-off, all transport between activities Tour Code: BESJOCNE

Independent Tour

CLOUD FOREST AND BEACH

$688

FR

7 DAYS

Giving you the freedom to discover Costa Rica's cloud forests and surf-strewn beaches, this trip is great for the independent traveller. After a transfer to San José, drive to the emerald wilds of Monteverde. Spend two nights in a beautiful spa lodge and take a walk on the mecca of hiking trails. Day 4, drive to the coconutlined sands of Tamarindo for three nights in a beachside hotel. Opt to surf, explore monkey-filled forests or hang out in a hammock. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Standard hotels in twin/double rooms (6 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Airport transfer on Day 1, shared private transport between hotels Note: Activities are not included Tour Code: SANCFB

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SAN BLAS ISLANDS EXPERIENCE

Independent Tour

$410

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4 DAYS

Get completely off the map with this package, which gives you four days in the pristine, laid-back San Blas Islands. With three nights' beach cabin accommodation, return Panama City transfers and a guided tour on arrival, this is stress free travel, giving you more time to just kick back and relax on the beach. If you happen to find the time to haul yourself out of that cosy hammock, make sure you go snorkelling - the waters here are teeming with life! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic dorm-style cabin (3 nts). Upgrades are available (+2 Tours) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Return transfers from/to Panama City included Tour Code: BEPTYSBA

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COSTA RICA HIGHLIGHTS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, San José

$909

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San José Independent Tour

highlights

• Zipline through lush cloud forest • Ride a horse through Monteverde • Discover Costa Rica's capital

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels (7 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (hostels and 3* hotels); 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (4* hotels) Includes: Return San José Airport transfers, transport, volcano and hot springs tour, canopy experience, horse riding Tour Code: BESJOCHA

Brimming with one-of-a-kind wildlife and geographical wonders, Costa Rica does diversity with aplomb. Get picked up from San José Airport and enjoy a free day to wander the colonial cobblestones of the country's capital. Then, make for Monteverde on Day 2 for an adventure overload on Day 3. Zipline through the cloud forest, horseback ride through banana plantations, and be on constant hummingbird-watch. On Day 4, travel to the Arenal Volcano for a dip in the lush Baldi Hot Springs. On Day 5, catch a shuttle to Tortuguero and opt to join a night tour to watch giant green sea turtles laying their eggs (JulOct). On Days 6 and 7, enjoy guided tours of Tortuguero National Park and hopefully spot monkeys, sloths, frogs, iguanas and more. Your tour comes to an end with a transfer to San José airport the next day.

COSTA RICA VOLUNTOUR 15 DAYS, San José

$1,199

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San José

Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica

highlights

• Protect future sea turtle generations • Hike the cloud forest of Santa Elena • Enjoy a dip in Arenal's hot springs

This voluntour is the perfect way to tick off some Costa Rican hotspots, while doing your bit along the way. Unspoilt cloud forests, Pacific Coast surf and rugged volcanic and beach landscapes make this Latin gem the number one location to do some volunteering. Give back to Mother Nature and spend five days volunteering at a sea turtle conservation project which uses man-made nurseries called 'viveros' to protect turtle eggs and nests. The programme assists endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings on Playa Montezuma. Help with night time beach patrols to protect eggs from poachers, reinforcing the barriers of the hatcheries, monitoring the baby turtle hatchery and general area maintenance. After your good work is done, enjoy a week of touring paradise, getting face-to-face with this amazing country. Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to jaguar and tapir, and touch base with La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park before winding down in San José. Project Start Date: Mon-Thu & Sun Project Location: Playa Montezuma Getting There: Airport pick-up & drop-off included Accommodation: Hostels (8 nts), multi-share lodge (6 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners Includes: 5 days volunteering, Trapiche tour, Zipline Experience, Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs tour, English-speaking guide Trip Code: BESJOVOL

COSTA RICA SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

$361

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1-8 WEEKS, Playa Montezuma

Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica

highlights

• Help with turtle conservation • Release baby turtles into the ocean • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

You might think that you love travelling, but you've got nothing on sea turtles. Travelling up to 10,000 miles a year on their own flippers, they're seasoned globetrotters. But with egg poaching and climate change threatening their existence, this journey often gets off to a hairy start. Join this project, and you'll be supporting a community-led effort to improve the chance of survival for endangered hatchlings on Costa Rica's Playa Montezuma. You'll take part in night patrols, monitor the beach and the local hatchery, assist with important data collection and help keep the area clean and safe for its hard-shelled residents. Your work will be invaluable to the effort to secure a bright and thriving future for these sea creatures, and you'll get to do it in an idyllic beach setting, surrounded by lush forest and beamed on by a soaring sun not a bad office, eh? If you're lucky, you'll even get to wave them on their way and witness that glorious scramble towards the sea. Project Start Date: Sundays (Jul-Nov) Project Location: Playa Montezuma Getting There: Airport transfer to San José hostel available at additional cost. Take public transport from San José to Playa Montezuma on Day 2 Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (6 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners (per week) Stay Longer: 1 week fr $321 Trip Code: SJOTUR

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• Wildlife spotting in Tortuguero • Dip in Arenal's thermal springs • Opt for a rainforest night walk


Mexico Guatemala & Belize

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Belize's barrier reef is the world's second largest and home to 100+ species of coral and plenty of fish. So grab your snorkel!

The national drink of Mexico, tequila can only be produced from the agave cactus, grown only in very specific parts of Mexico.

You can't move for them in this region of Central America. Think Chichén Itzá, Tikal and the Teotihuacán Pyramids.

Relax, hike or stock up on arts and crafts at Lago de Atitlán, a volcanic crater that erupted 85,000 years ago and filled with rain.

Yep, everyone's favourite sweet snack is said to originate in Guatemala! It was used in Mayan culture from the 6th century AD.

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MAYAN SUN

$1,499

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16 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

Antigua Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACMCA

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• Explore charming colonial Antigua • Visit the Chichicastenango market • G for Good collection

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• Explore picturesque inland Belize • Marvel at Tikal's towering ruins • Stay with the locals at Lake Atitlán

Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $410-535 for meals not included

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01-02

Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker Arrive at any time and settle in to your sunny Mayan Riviera resort. Snorkel among the mangroves, head to the underground caverns of Cozumel, or take a trip down the coast to the Mayan ruins of Tulum.

03-05

Caye Caulker Step onto the tiny isle of Caye Caulker and make for the bar at the end of the island (about a five-minute walk). The next few days are yours to do as you wish. Hire canoes, set sail on a sunset cruise, or opt to head out to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

06-08

San Ignacio / Flores / Tikal San Ignacio is the perfect base for exploring Belize's lesser-known inland scenic beauty. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women’s pottery co-operative. The women sell the pottery to give them and their families a source of income, so if you're looking for a souvenir - this is the place! The following day, there's an option to visit the sacred Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal and the seldom-visited ruins of Xunantunich. Then, it's on to Flores for a guided tour of Tikal, home to the tallest structure in the Mayan world and herds of howler monkeys. (L)

09-10

Río Dulce This 'sweet river' town is a great place for coastal adventures. Opt to go horseback riding, explore San Felipe fort, kayak and observe the wildlife around you, or trek to a waterfall and relax in thermal springs.

11-12

Antigua Tour the cobblestones of this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Then opt to get two wheels and explore more by yourself, kick back and relax with a massage or soak up the street culture in one of the city's many cafés.

13-14

Panajachel / Lake Atitlán Head towards Panajachel for a trip to the pristine Lake Atitlán, surrounded by Guatemalan highlands. Cruise across the lake, bargain for textiles then make for a homestay at a Planeterra project with a local family - time to test your language skills and taste Guatemalan life. (D)

15-16

Antigua Back in Antigua spend more time exploring the colonial buildings and other sites in this delightful town. You'll have the option to take a salsa dancing lesson or purchase some last-minute souvenirs before enjoying a final night out with the group. Your adventure finishes after breakfast on Day 16.

You might like Go in reverse Mayan Sun (16 Days, Antigua - Playa del Carmen) (GACGAC) Fr $1,499 Shorten your trip Classic Mexico Adventure (14 Days, Mexico City - Playa del Carmen) (GACMMP)  Fr $1,749

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Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatàn sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day Central American adventure. Speckled with Mayan ruins, this part of the world has plenty of intrigue packed in (not to mention some pretty epic backdrops), plus a good few beaches to boot.


MEXICO: CITIES, CUISINE & RUINS 15 DAYS, Mexico City

$1,149

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Playa del Carmen Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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CENTRAL AMERICA

From modern yet magical Mexico City to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. Perfect for money-strapped travellers who don't want to cut back on the wow-factor. You'll dip into deep blue sinkholes, trawl markets and savour the spicy flavours of this tantalising region. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAMMC

inclusions Community Restaurant, Playa del Carmen

highlights

• Take a dip in a sinkhole • Visit Chichén Itzá's ruins • G for Good collection

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Mexico City / Puebla Arrive at any time and meet your group this evening. On Day 2, explore the world's fastest-growing urban centre and take an optional day trip to the famous Aztec site of Teotihuacán. Back in town, funnel as much guacamole as you can before leaving for the tiled buildings of Puebla on Day 3. Enjoy an orientation walk through its cobblestoned streets and don't miss a chance to sample its signature chocolate and chilli sauce. By night, go check out a high flying 'lucha libra' (Mexican wrestling) match or go trawl the town for a trendy tequila bar.

04-06

Oaxaca The lively markets and the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán are just two of the many reasons to visit Oaxaca. Find your feet on a guided orientation walk, then send your taste buds into overdrive with chocolate, cheese, mezcal (it's the worm at the bottom you have to feel sorry for!) and dried grasshoppers covered with chilli and lime. You may also want to day trip out to surrounding artisan communities and waterfalls before catching the overnight bus to San Cristóbal in the evening.

07-10

San Cristóbal de las Casas / Palenque Known for its ties to the Zapatista revolution, San Cristóbal is a cultural wonder set in a high mountain valley at 2,110m (6,921ft). Visit the indigenous Mayan village of San Juan Chamula for a glimpse into small-town life, journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride, or scour the market for some colourful textiles to send home. Then make your way to Palenque, one of Mexico's most beautiful Mayan sites and home to the remains of Lord Pakal - the last of the city's rulers - found here in 1952. During your stay deep in the jungle, you'll get to know the unique calls of the howler monkeys and there should be plenty of opportunity to visit nearby waterfall pools. Later, take the bus to Mérida.

11-15

Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Playa del Carmen After an orientation walk of Meridá, explore the colonial centre on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage. Gateway to the Mayan ruins of the Puuc Route, you might also head to the Cuzamá cenotes (underground pools) for a refreshing swim, or pay a visit to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal. Day 13 takes you to the world-famous temple complex of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour. Then swap the stone pyramids for sandy shores as you head to the coastal paradise of the Mayan Riviera. Spend your last days soaking up the Caribbean sun on Playa del Carmen, snorkelling around its coral reefs, and exchanging the last of your pesos for tasty margaritas. On Day 13, enjoy dinner at the G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art programme. Funds from the restaurant are used for programmes including art and cooking lessons, and to pay for the teachers and materials. (D)

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• Bargain hunt in Mexico City markets • Savour the spicy Mole Poblano sauce • Try local life in San Cristóbal

Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels (13 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Local air con bus, taxi, private vehicle Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $365-475 for meals not included

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MAYAN ADVENTURE 22 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

$2,849

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Playa del Carmen Small Group Adventure

snapshot From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and Southern Mexico on this incredible journey. Snorkel with stingrays or simply slip into the reggae pace of life.

inclusions Tikal, Guatemala

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My Own Room Available: Fr $1,049

• Explore stunning Lake Atitlán • Swim in cenotes and waterfalls • G for Good collection

01-03

Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida Start your trip in the bar-lined beaches of Playa del Carmen. Next day, tour the Mayan pyramids and ruins of Chichén Itzá with a local guide and make the short journey to Mérida. After an orientation walk of the pretty plazas and open-air markets, you're free to explore. Or escape the city and visit the ruins of Uxmal where you might opt for a dip in the nearby cenotes (underground pools).

04-07

Palenque / San Cristóbal de las Casas Spend the next few nights in a jungle lodge in Palenque's national park. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and then cool off in the turquoise waters of the Roberto Barrios waterfall. Continue on to San Cristóbal for an orientation walk of the markets and 16th century architecture. Take a boat through sunny Sumidero Canyon or visit nearby Mayan villages and learn about indigenous life.

08-11

Panajachel / Lake Atitlán / Antigua To volcanic Guatemala for a G adventures supported homestay experience and a boat tour around Lake Atitlán. Visit local indigenous villages, opt to go paragliding or visit the Sololá Sunday market. On Day 10, make your way to Antigua and choose to take a city tour, try salsa dancing classes or just chill. (D)

12-14

Río Dulce / Livingston / Flores Head to Río Dulce today where you can go for a swim in a hot waterfalls, hike to Shaman Tower for yoga, or just lounge by the pool. Then sail to the remote town of Livingston before making for the magical town of Flores. Stroll around Lake Petén Itzá, shop for handicrafts and take a guided tour around the ruins of Tikal, home to the highest structure in the Mayan world.

15-19

San Ignacio / Caye Caulker Next stop, Belize! From here you can explore the pools and rivers of Mountain Pine Ridge area, visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, or see the little-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Day 17, go slow on the tiny island of Caye Caulker. Spend your days swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays, eating fresh seafood and grooving to the chilled-out reggae, beer in hand.

20-22

Playa del Carmen Prepare your passport for another border-hop as you jump across to Mexico. Spend the last few days of your trip on the sandy shores of Playa del Carmen. That evening, enjoy dinner at a partner supported community-led restaurant helping to fund a local arts programme and knock back a few tequilas at the beachside bars. Before you leave, make sure you visit Tulum, swim in a cenote and take a dive in Cozumel. The tour ends on Day 22 and you're free to depart at any time. (D)

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You might like Shorten your trip Mayan Trail (12 Days, Cancún - Antigua, via Mérida) (GACMTM) see page 162 Fr $1,349 Mayan Encounter (12 Days, Antigua - Playa del Carmen) (GACGME) see page 162 Fr $1,499

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• Go slow on the reggae isle of Caye Caulker • Marvel at the ruins of Chichén Itzá • Experience a local Guatemalan homestay

Accommodation: Hotels (17 nts), jungle lodges (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, private van, boat Meals: 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $800-1,040 for meals not included

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACAM


YUCATÁN HIGHLIGHTS 6 DAYS, Mexico City

$1,165

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Cancún Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Discover Chichén Itzá's ruins • Go clubbing in Cancún • Snorkel at Playa del Carmen

• Explore Mexico City • Explore Teotihuacán ruins • Try rappelling and canoeing

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Cancún Free day in Cancún to swim the jungle lagoon and find your favourite sun spot. Brave souls can even opt for a Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling and lunch. (B, D)

Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (5 nts) Transport: Modern air con coach, internal flight Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Tour Code: COMEXH

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Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Cancún Head to the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour of its pyramids and temples. You may even be tempted to dip into one of the region's cenotes or underground sink holes. Then go east to Cancún for beaches, bars and bargain shopping. (B)

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Mexico City / Mérida Fly to the beautiful white stone city of Mérida for cheap eats and thriving markets, ideal for picking up some local souvenirs. Tour the city's gorgeous colonial buildings and Government Palace then opt to indulging in an authentic Yucatecan meal in the evening. (B)

Cancún, Mexico

Feb

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Mexico City Arrive in Mexico City and meet your team for a guided tour of the Teotihuacán ruins. After, you're free to explore the capital. Opt to explore the world-famous murals at Palacio de Bellas Artes before heading out for dinner and a night on the town with your group. (D)

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Cancún Fun is the name of the game today on the white sandy beaches of Cancún. Thrillseekers can take a trip to hidden waters deep in the jungle or visit some ancient Mayan ruins. Alternatively, just chill out on the beach. Wave farewell to your Mexican adventure the next day. (2B)

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MEXICO GRANDE

$2,285

FR

12 DAYS, Puerto Vallarta

Cancún

highlights

• Laze on white sand beaches • Snorkel in turquoise waters • Opt for a zipline adventure

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Cruise Xochimilco's canals • Explore Teotihuacán's ruins • Marvel at Chichén Itzá

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DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Puerto Vallarta Touch down on the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta and hit the Malecon's bars and restaurants with your new travel buddies. In the morning opt to pick up a board and find a hidden bay to hone your surfing skills. (B, D)

03-04

Guadalajara / Guanajuato Today you'll make for the Pearl of the West, Guadalajara. Stroll through the historic centre and discover all its landmark plazas and murals on a guided tour. Later on, visit a tequila factory. Then to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guanajuato. Shop for local sweets at Hidalgo Market and learn the legend of two lovers at the Callejón del Beso. (2B, D)

05-07

Mexico City Cross charming countryside as you make for the busy metropolis of Mexico City, the country's capital. Spend the next few days getting to know this vast city. Float through the canals of Xochimilco on a gondola, check out the City of Palaces, and pop your head in to the blue birthplace of Frida Kahlo. Day 7, you'll get a guided tour of the ruins of Teotihuacán and then get ready for a night out, Mayan style! (3B, D)

08-12

Mérida / Cancún Leave the frenzy of the city for the gorgeous white-stone city of Mérida. Enjoy a walking tour of the colonial buildings and palace and opt for Yucatecan meal in the evening. Then off to Cancún! Spend the last of your days snorkelling the clear blue waters, swimming in jungle cenotes (sink holes) and feasting on fresh seafood. And let's not forget that tour of the Chichén Itzá ruins or that optional ziplining experience! Your trip wraps up on the morning of Day 12. (5B, D)

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mérida

Puerto Vallarta

Tequila

Guanajuato M E X I CO

Guadalajara

Mexico City

inclusions Trip Style: High Energy Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (11 nts) Transport: Modern air con coach, internal flight Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 45, Avg 20 Tour Code: COMEXG

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Cancún

Departures 2018 Jan-Dec

Typically 1-3 departures per month


LATIN LEGENDS

$4,455

FR

19 DAYS, Puerto Vallarta

Antigua Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Explore mighty Mexico City • Stay in a rainforest lodge • See ancient Chichén Itzá

• Enjoy Cancún's nightlife • Dive Belize's Barrier Reef • Tour a tequila factory

01-05

06-10

11-19

Puerto Vallarta / Guadalajara / Tequila / Guanajuato / Mexico City Fly into Puerto Vallarta today, meet your group and get settled in. The next day, opt to go ziplining, surfing in Sayulita or take a boat cruise. On Day 3, head to the Pearl of the West (AKA Guadalajara) and enjoy a guided city tour on arrival. Later on, enjoy a tipple or two of tequila at a tequila factory in Tequila - you're in Mexico after all! On Day 4, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Guanajuato, then on Day 5, head to Mexico City via San Miguel de Allende. (4B, 2D) Mexico City / Mérida / Cancún Visit the unique floating gardens and markets of Xochimilco today, then visit Coyoacán, the birthplace of the famous artist Frida Kahlo. Start off Day 7 with a guided tour of Teotihuacán, then hit some bars on a night out. Fly east to Mérida on Day 8 and enjoy a walking tour on arrival. Immerse yourself in Mayan history on Day 9 with a tour of Chichén Itzá, then cool off with a dip in a cenote. That afternoon, make for Cancún, renowned for its lively nightlife and pristine beaches. Enjoy a free day to explore on Day 10. Don't miss checking out the nightlife! (5B, 2D) Cancún / Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker / Belize City / Tikal National Park / Santa Elena / Antigua Soak up all the Cancún action you want today, then on Day 12, head to Playa del Carmen for a few lazy days. Opt to take a day trip to Cozumel or go snorkelling, then on Day 14, cross into Belize. Swing by Caye Caulker and experience the Belize Barrier Reef on your day off. On Day 16, head to Tikal National Park where you'll stay the night. Opt to go ziplining, then on Day 17, head to Antigua where you'll enjoy a city tour. Opt to hike the Pacaya Volcano, the head off on Day 19. (9B, 4D)

Teotihuacán, Mexico City Tequila

Puerto Vallarta

Guadalajara

Mexico City

Cancún Playa del Carmen

Mérida

Guanajuato

M E X ICO

Tikal N.P. Santa Elena

Caye Caulker Belize City

Antigua G UATE M A L A

inclusions Departs: Selected Mondays Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (17 nts), jungle lodge (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach or minivan, 2 internal flights, water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker Meals: 18 breakfasts, 8 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 45, Avg 20 Tour Code: COMXMC

SOL SEEKER

$3,055

FR

13 DAYS, Mexico City

Antigua Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See Teotihuacán's pyramids • Visit Guatemala's rainforest • Snorkel in Caye Caulker

• Explore Chichén Itzá • Discover colonial Antigua • Enjoy Mexico City's bars

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

Mexico City / Mérida / Cancún Touch down in Mexico's capital city today and meet your fellow travellers. Take a tour of Teotihuacán's ancient ruins, then head out for a night on the town. On Day 2, fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Mérida and tour the Government Palace, then on Day 3, head to Cancún via the Chichén Itzá ruins. Don't miss taking a swim in a cenote. (2B, D)

04-07

Cancún / Playa del Carmen Enjoy a free day today and go snorkelling or just chill out on the beach. On Day 5, swim through a jungle lagoon or take a day trip to Isla Mujeres. As it's your last night in Cancún, make the most of the nightlife! Head to Playa del Carmen on Day 6 for two days. (4B, 2D)

08-10

Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker / Belize City / Tikal National Park Adios Mexico, hola Belize! Head to Caye Caulker today and gorge yourself silly on tasty seafood. Day 9 is all yours to do as you wish. You could try swimming with sharks at Belize's World Heritage Barrier Reef, go kayaking or sunbathe on 'The Split'. On Day 10, cross into Guatemala, stopping for a pit stop in Belize City on the way. On arrival at Tikal National Park, explore some Mayan ruins and opt to fly through the rainforest on a zipline. Indiana Jones eat your heart out! (3B, 2D)

11-13

Tikal National Park / Santa Elena / Antigua Rise early on Day 11 and watch the sunrise from the top of the Mayan ruin Templo IV. Later on, head to stunning Antigua via Santa Elena and enjoy a sightseeing tour. After a free day, head home on Day 13. (3B, D)

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inclusions Departs: Selected Sundays Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (11 nts), jungle lodge (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach or minivan, 2 internal flights Meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 45, Avg 20 Tour Code: COMCAN

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highlights

• Marvel at Chichén Itzá • Cool off in Mérida's sinkhole • Get to know Mayan families

• Camp out in tropical jungle • Party on down in Antigua • G for Good collection

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MAYAN ENCOUNTER 12 DAYS, Antigua

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Panajachel / Antigua Your first destination in Guatemala is Panajachel, on the shores of Lake Atitlán and surrounded by spectacular volcanoes. Take a boat ride to visit indigenous villages, giving you an opportunity to see life in these communities and enjoy a homestay experience with a local Guatemalan family in San Juan La Laguna. This partner initiative provides access to the tourism market for the small town that has traditionally lacked the opportunity to benefit from sustainable tourism. On arrival in Antigua on Day 10, you'll take an orientation walk of the cobblestone streets. Later, opt to take a salsa dancing class or party on down with your fellow travellers! The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 11. (D)

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Mar

04-07

Palenque / San Cristóbal de las Casas Next up is the monumental, jungle-set Mayan ruins of Palenque. Take a guided tour of the temples, with fantastic comb-like decorations and sculptured wall panels, then head to the Roberto Barrios waterfall for a swim. Spend two unforgettable nights in a jungle lodge in the nearby national park, then to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Take an optional boat ride in Sumidero Canyon and opt to visit local indigenous villages to learn about day-to-day life.

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01-03

Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida Arrive ready to meet your group in the evening. On Day 2, your first stop is the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. A guide will take you round the spectacular, huge stepped pyramids with elaborate stone carvings. Mérida, with its impressive colonial buildings is next. From here there's the option to visit the ruins of Uxmal or take a dip in three cenotes (underground pools) in the nearby town of Cuzamá.

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highlights

• Climb Tikal's Temple IV • Explore lush countryside • Snorkel and dive coral reefs

• Relax in thermal springs • Visit the awesome Blue Hole • G for Good collection

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Antigua / Río Dulce Arrive in the peaceful, partially-restored colonial city of Antigua. Get to know your group and journey to Río Dulce the next day. You'll have a full day to explore, so why not swim in hot waterfalls, hike to Shaman Tower for a yoga sesh, or simply relax by the pool.

03-04

Livingston / Flores Today you'll take a boat down the river to the fishing village of Livingston. Known for its Afro-Caribbean Garifuna population, you'll find unique art, music and delicious coconut seafood soup, tapado. Continue on to Flores for a guided tour of Tikal's Mayan ruins and, if you have the legs, climb to the top of Temple IV for spectacular views.

05-09

San Ignacio / Caye Caulker Passports at the ready as you cross into Belize and head to San Ignacio. From here you can visit the sacred Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or check out the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Later, head to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker. Explore the island by bike with on a bike with purpose tour, the proceeds from which funds educational programmes for the Ocean Academy. Later, go snorkelling with stingrays and nurse sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or sail out to the Blue Hole.

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Playa del Carmen Leave the reggae bars of Belize for Mexico on Day 10 and see out the rest of your trip on the sands of Playa del Carmen. Whilst here, you'll enjoy dinner at a youth-focused art programme. Later, opt to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum, visit one of the many cenotes and check out the diving mecca at Cozumel. The tour ends on Day 12.

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B E L I Z E

Livingston Río Dulce

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private vehicle, boat Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $450585 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACGME

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highlights

• Bike ride in Caye Caulker • See the ruins of Chichén Itzá • Snorkel on Caribbean reefs

• Swim in underground pools • Climb Tikal's Temple IV • G for Good collection

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Caye Caulker / Playa del Carmen On Caye Caulker, the only way to do things is slowly and without exertion. Enjoy a partner supported bike ride project which is guided by local students, and head to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks. Then comes the final stretch to Playa del Carmen. Before you leave, tuck into dinner at a community restaurant and youth-focused arts programme and don't miss the Mayan ruins of intriguing Tulum. (D)

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May

Flores / Tikal / San Ignacio Journey through the jungle to Guatemala and continue on to Flores. Explore Lake Petén Itzá and the island of Flores. The following day, learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the Tikal archaeological site. Head to San Ignacio in Belize the next day and take an optional day trip to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave.

Apr

11-15

Mérida

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels (14 nts) Transport: Public bus, private vehicle, water taxi, taxi Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $380-495 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACMMD

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07-10

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04-06

Palenque / Lacanjá Next up is Palenque, one of the most important centres for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period. Wander around the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace to the sound of distant howler monkeys. Day 6, opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilán and Bonampak.

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Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida Bienvenidos amigos! Arrive in Mexico on Day 1 and meet the rest of your group. Day 2 will bring about your first encounter with the enigmatic Mayan world with a tour around the stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings of Chichén Itzá. After an orientation walk of Mérida, opt for a refreshing swim in the nearby cenotes (sinkholes).

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• Snorkel in Caulker • Explore the ruins of Tikal • Hit Belize City's nightlife

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San Ignacio / Caye Caulker Cross back into Belize and bed down in San Ignacio. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, then on Day 5 enjoy a free day. If you're looking to get cultural, visit the sacred Mayan caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal or the Crystal Cave. Later on if you fancy it, check out the Barton Creek Cave or the Mountain Pine Ridge. On Day 6, travel by bus and water taxi to the quintessential Caribbean island of Caye Caulker. This is the place to really kick back and relax, so leave all your worries behind you! Once you're settled in, meet with local students who will guide you on a bike tour of the island. This initiative aims to provide youth on Caye Caulker with training for future employment opportunities. It is a social enterprise in tourism, giving students from the Ocean Academy the chance to practice their guiding skills.

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Jan

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Belize City / Flores / Tikal Arrive into Belize City at any point on Day 1 and get out and explore. Meet your fellow travellers this evening then opt to dabble with the city's nightlife. The following day, cross the border into Guatemala and continue on to Flores. On Day 3, enjoy a guided tour of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See some of the temples, plazas, carved stone monuments and public squares dating from as far back as 600 BC. Return to Flores and opt to swim in Lake Petén Itzá.

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Playa del Carmen Independent Tour

highlights

• Explore mighty Mexico City • See Teotihuacán's pyramids • Cruise Sumidero Canyon

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Mexico City / Oaxaca Arrive into Mexico's capital at any time on Day 1 and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The next day, get off-the-beaten track with a tour of some of the city's markets and tuck into some tasty Mexican cuisine! Day 3 continues the sightseeing with a trip to the impressive Teotihuacán Pyramids, followed by a visit to a cactus factory and dinner in a local family home. The following day, hop aboard the bus to Oaxaca, where you'll get to enjoy a free afternoon to explore. On Day 5, take a day trip to the Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall and the ruins of Mitla. Top it off sampling local liquor at a traditional Mezcal workshop! (D)

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Travel in safe, reliable and Caye Caulker Palenque comfortable buses throughout Belize City Oaxaca Flores your time in Central America. San Cristóbal de las Casas Depending on your route, you may travel by Puerto G UAT E M A L A Escondido train, boat or private shuttle van as well. Experience tons of included day trips and activities (see the box to the right), access your trip online to make unlimited schedule changes throughout your travel plans, and travel freely with guaranteed daily departures. Accommodation isn’t included, but most of Bamba’s hop-on hop-off routes can be done as accommodated tours (ask your Travel Expert for details). Please see pages 144-145 for more information.

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ORALE BAMBA EXPRESS WAYS Mexico City Cancún Recommended trip time: 12 Days Included experiences: 1-2, 5, 7

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2. Oaxaca: Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule day trip 3. Puerto Escondido: Learn to Surf 4. San Cristóbal de las Casas: Sumidero Canyon Experience 5. Palenque: Palenque Ruins, Agua Azul & Misol-Ha 6. Mérida: Cenotes Underground Snorkel 7. Mérida/Cancún: Chichén Itzá day trip GUATEMALA

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Oaxaca / San Cristóbal / Palenque / Mérida Head to the ruins of Monte Alban on Day 6 and admire the views, then catch the night bus to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Enjoy a free day here on Day 7 and opt to visit the indigenous village of Zinacantán, then make for the small city of Chiapa de Corzo for a boat ride down the Sumidero Canyon - look out for crocs! Day 9 sees you take a day trip of the Agua Azul and Misol Há waterfalls and the archaeological site of Palenque where you'll overnight. On Day 10, catch the bus to Mérida. Mérida / Tulum / Playa del Carmen / Cancún Get adventurous on Day 11 with a trip to some underground caves, otherwise known as cenotes. They're best seen while snorkelling, so don a mask and flippers and get to it! On Day 12, head to the mighty Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, then continue to the resort town of Tulum. Enjoy a free day here on Day 13, then catch the bus to Playa del Carmen for beaches, bars and plenty of sun. Head to Cancún airport on Day 15.

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MEXICO CITY & BEYOND once upon a time in mexico

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Mexico City is never going to be the poster child for clean air objectives and anxiety-free travel. BUT leaving it off your itinerary would be a huge mistake. One of the most densely-populated urban areas in the world, the city is crawling with tasty taquerias, outdoor mercados and leafy squares. It's also big on music and art (Frida Kahlo was a native) and Aztec ruins. Want to impress the locals? Knock back an eyewatering mezcal. Worm included.

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Celebrate one of Mexico's biggest festivals and throw in some cultural experiences to boot. Hike up Tepoztlan Temple to see altars being made and visit two iconic museums; Frida Kahlo’s blue house and the Anahuacalli Museum. On Day 4, explore the Jamaica market then head to Mixquic, where you'll join the locals to celebrate Day of the Dead at a local cemetery! Enjoy a free day on Day 5 before the trip ends the following morning.

Discover incredible nature and vibrant culture on this four-day Oaxacan adventure. Start with a bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca on Day 1. Explore the beautiful Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall, a 2,000-year-old tree in Tule, and the Zapotec ruins of Mitla on Day 2. Travel to Monte Alban on Day 3 and visit the ancient Zapotec capital and vibrant indigenous villages before returning to Oaxaca. Catch a bus back to Mexico City on Day 4.

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CANCÚN & BEYOND ruins, reefs & late nights

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Synonymous with the scantily-clad shenanigans of Spring Break. Even if Cancún's fun-filled resorts aren't your cup of English Breakfast tea, the sands are white and sunkissed and the sea turquoise. Swim by giant whale sharks, or spend a day at the Chichén Itzá ruins to fill any cultural void. For a more sophisticated vibe, head instead to the flashy former fishing village of Playa del Carmen. Or for near horizontal, ferry over to the laid-back charms of Isla Mujeres.

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Location: A five-minute walk from Iglesia de Cristo Rey in the Kaan-Chac district.

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Vibe: Polished all-inclusive beach resort, perfect for a couple's getaway!

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Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Villas • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 4 restaurants • Café • Terrace • Spa • Gym

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A-List

Sun, sea, sand and more bars and restaurants than you can shake your selfie stick at - welcome to the Grand Oasis Cancún! A favourite of spring breakers, this gigantic beachfront resort guarantees you a great time with a private beach, pool and more. Location: Nestled on a strip of land between the sea and Nichupte lagoon. Three kilometres from the El Rey Archaeological Zone. Vibe: Put your wallet away, this sprawling beach resort is all inclusive! Rooms come with private balconies, offering lagoon or sea views. There's plenty to do and all food and drink is free! Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Private beach • 14 bars • 18 restaurants • Hot tub • Spa • Gym • Nightclub • 9-hole golf course • Tennis courts • Yoga lessons • Evening entertainment • Watersports available

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girls (and guys) gone wild A rite of passage for many, we've all heard about Spring Break. Parties running all day and all night, endless drinks, world-class DJs and vacation flings aplenty. It's the quintessential party place, and thanks to us, you can get in on the action! Just bring your rave paint...

SPRING BREAK GRAND OASIS CANCúN

$749

FR

6 DAYS

ALL INCLUSIVE

The holy grail for Spring Breakers, the Grand Oasis has a 650-metre beachfront, the largest pool in Cancún, two beach clubs and more restaurants and bars than strictly necessary. Location: Right on the beach in between the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte lagoon. It's a pretty good place to let loose and party!

Spring Break Party PASSES

$206

FR

4 DAYS

If you're going to do Spring Break, you may as well do it properly! Purchase one of these party package passes and gain access to some of the hottest nightclubs in Cancún, with transfers to them included. With an option of three, four, five, six or seven-night passes, there's really no easier way to do Spring Break. So grab a drink and let's go! CUNPAR

Vibe: Massive, all-inclusive resort with free drinks aplenty. Party by the pool or beach then get competitive at the sports courts. Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Private beach • Restaurants & bars • Watersports • Sport courts CUNOSB/CUNGOA

Spring Break Booze Cruise

$86

FR

HALF DAY

Let's face it, it wouldn't be Spring Break without a good ol' booze cruise! Get whisked off at 2pm to Señor Frogs bar for food and drinks. Then hop aboard your party boat and cruise out to sea, where you'll enjoy ample swimming time. At 630pm, it's time for the drinking and dancing to start! Head back to the mainland and continue the party at La Vaquita. CUNSBC


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THE REEF COCO BEACH, PLAYA DEL CARMEN

A-List

$168 $113

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

BE TULUM BEACH & SPA RESORT, TULUM

CENTRAL AMERICA

ALL INCLUSIVE

$647 $324

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right on the aforementioned Coco Beach, just five minutes' walk from downtown Playa del Carmen.

Location: Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, just a minutes' walk from the beach. Tulum town is around eight kilometres away.

Vibe: All inclusive beach resort with tropical décor and spacious rooms and suites. All come with their own private balcony.

Vibe: Exotic and eco-friendly hotel with 64 minimalist suites. All have their own hot tub and private terrace!

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony or terrace • Flatscreen TV • Wi-Fi (at extra cost) • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 4 restaurants • Café • 3 hot tubs • Spa • Gym • Tennis court

Highlights: Suites • Air con • Private hot tub • Private terrace • iPod docks • 2 outdoor pools • Private beach • Bar • 3 restaurants • Spa • Massage services • Bike rental • Free on-site parking

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Independent Tour

YUCATÁN EXPERIENCE

$459

FR

4 DAYS

Independent Tour

PLAYA DEL CARMEN EXPERIENCE

$254

FR

4 DAYS

Be sure to climb off that Cancún sun lounger for this great package! Travel from Cancún to the tree-lined plazas of Mérida on Day 1 then, next day, head to the unique cenotes (freshwater sinkholes) for swimming, snorkelling and a lesson in Maya culture. Then on Day 3, visit the ancient Maya cities of Uxmal and Kabah. On Day 4, explore the world-famous ruins of Chichén Itzá, then return to Cancún where your trip ends on arrival.

Discover the secrets of ancient Maya culture on this four-day package in and around Playa del Carmen. After you've landed into Cancún on Day 1, you'll be whisked off to Playa del Carmen, where you'll spend the rest of the day at leisure. Then, the next day, enjoy a guided tour to the UNESCO-listed Chichén Itzá ruins, which dates back to around 600 AD. On Day 3, explore underground caves at the cenotes, then transfer back to Cancún on Day 4.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Public buses/shuttles Includes: Cenotes day trip, Uxmal & Kabah day trip, Chichén Itzá tour, entry fees, English-speaking guide Tour Code: BECUNYUC

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts (3* hotels only), 2 lunches Transport: Return transfers to/from Playa del Carmen and Cancún airport Includes: Tours as mentioned Tour Code: BEPDCEXP

AMANSALA BOOT CAMP 6 DAYS+, Tulum

$377

FR

Tulum Independent Tour • 6+ days in bootcamp • A variety of fitness classes • Tours to see area highlights

Tulum, Mexico

inclusions

Departs: 4 departures per month (Jan-Apr), 1-2 departures per month (May-Oct) Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share room in Amansala Resort and Retreat (6+ nts) Meals: All meals included Includes: Activities as specified in the itinerary, 2 spa services, Mayan clay treatment and tours to the surrounding area Note: Tip not included in package price Tour Code: TULAMC

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highlights

• Two spa experiences included • Mayan clay treatment included • Accommodation and meals included

If you're looking to do more than just lie on a beach for your Mexican adventure, why not join this bootcamp at the Amansala Resort and Retreat? With the ultimate goal of healing the mind, body and spirit, the camp is designed to make you reconnect with nature through a combination of exercise, healthy eating, adventure, yoga, relaxation and pampering. Sounds pretty good to us! Each day begins with a stretch on the beach followed by a one-hour power walk, and then varies from there to include high energy cardio workouts, toning and strengthening classes and yoga. Other activities thrown in may include salsa lessons, belly dancing or lectures on the local culture. The standard camp runs for six days, and there's ample opportunity to explore the region's highlights on included tours throughout.

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GUATEMALA & BELIZE Do you belize in magic?

CENTRAL AMERICA

Ever wondered what happened to the Mayan people? Well... nothing! Scattered around Guatemala's highlands, you'll find traditional villages and sacred sites where age-old rituals still take centre stage. And, of course, the ancient ruins at Tikal still stand as one of Central America's most magnificent archaeological sites. And if you take all that and add a dose of paradise beaches, near illuminous seas and thriving reefs, you'll land quite nicely in Belize.

Independent Tour

CAYE CAULKER EXPERIENCE

$251

FR

4 DAYS

Welcome to Caye Caulker, where the shirts are scarce and the shoes virtually non-existent. Go off-grid for a few days, slap on your snazziest swimsuit and enjoy gorgeous beaches, tasty seafood and the tranquil beats of reggae music. Board the ferry in Belize City, and arrive at paradise. Spend all of Day 2 among nurse sharks and rays on an included snorkelling trip, then spend Day 3 at your leisure. Board the return ferry the next day. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels, depending on package (3 nts) Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Belize City Airport pick-up, return ferry transfers, full-day snorkelling trip, park fees Tour Code: BEHDKCYC

Independent Tour

ANTIGUA & PACAYA EXPERIENCE

$185

FR

3 DAYS

Depart Antigua on a shuttle to the small village of LanquĂ­n in the heart of Guatemala. On Day 2, an included day trip will take you to Semuc Champey National Park and Kanba Caves. Hike through the caves, filled with extraordinary limestone formations, then enjoy free time to swim in the crystalline waters of Semuc Champey, where natural pools sit above a long limestone bridge surrounded by pristine jungle. Return to Antigua on Day 3. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels or 3* hotels, depending on package (2 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: All transport, Kanba Caves & Semuc National Park day trip with entry fees and English-speaking guide Tour Code: BEHDQSUC

3 DAYS

Arrive into Guatemala and take your included transfer to Antigua, a short 45-minute drive away. Spend the afternoon wandering the streets of this colonial town, sipping home-grown Guatemalan coffee in shady plazas and digging in to local cuisine. The next day, it's time for the hike up the Pacaya Volcano slope. Admire stunning views of surrounding volcanoes and, if you're lucky, a small lava eruption from the peak. Leave Antigua for your next trip on Day 3. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels (2 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Guatemala City Airport pick-up & transfer to Antigua, Pacaya Volcano trek with Spanish-speaking guide, all entry fees Tour Code: BEHDQAPE

Independent Tour

SEMUC CHAMPEY EXPERIENCE

$149

FR

Independent Tour

TIKAL & SEMUC CHAMPEY EXPERIENCE

$391

FR

6 DAYS

From Antigua, your first stop will be the mysterious Kanba caves where you'll find a sharp pointed rock altar, the site of the Maya's sacred rituals. After a swim in the clear pools of Semuc Champey, head towards the Maya citadel of Tikal for a tour of one of Central America's most iconic sites. Wrap up with a hike up the Pacaya Volcano slope before the trip ends the morning of Day 6. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, 3* or 4* hotels, depending on package (4 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Meals: Not included Includes: Kanba Caves & Semuc National Park day trip, Tikal Early Morning day trip, Pacaya Volcano trek Note: Tikal entry fee not included Tour Code: BEHDQTIK

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22

Bahamas

70

70

70

80

160

180

220

200

200

140

25

22

26

26

26

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

26

Barbados

66

28

33

36

58

112

147

147

170

178

206

97

25

25

25

26

26

28

28

27

27

27

27

26

Dominican Republic

50

50

60

60

140

130

130

160

160

150

120

80

21

22

23

25

26

27

27

27

27

25

24

23

Havana

20

10

40

30

70

80

50

70

70

80

40

30

27

27

27

28

28

29

30

29

29

29

28

27

Kingston

20

20

10

30

70

60

40

70

120

130

100

50

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JAMAICA ENCOMPASSED 10 DAYS, Montego Bay

£1,279 $1,999

FR

Montego Bay Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chill out on Treasure Beach • Enjoy a tipple or two of rum • Spot dolphins and crocodiles

• Learn Rastafarian culture • Uncover Jamaica's history • Bargain hard in Ocho Rios

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Ocho Rios / Montego Bay Choose between a full day at the beach or opt to climb the famous Dunn's River Falls. Later, get bargaining at the market, explore Fern Gully or go on a beach horseback ride. End the trip on Day 10. (2B)

Sep

Departures 2018/19 Aug

Treasure Beach

My Own Room Available: Fr £699 $909

Jul

Kingston

Jun

JA MA I CA

Negril

May

Maroon Village

Apr

Ocho Rios

Mar

Montego Bay

Trip Style: Classic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $210-275 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACJRR

Feb

06-08

Kingston / Charles Town Maroon Village / Ocho Rios Travel to the lively capital city of Kingston on Day 6. Check out the Bob Marley Museum and wander past the town's historical sights, famous for its stories of pirate lore and legend. Enjoy a free day on Day 7 and opt for a tour of the Blue Mountain Coffee Estate or peruse a market or two. The next day visit the Maroon Village and learn all about Jamaica's history en route to Ocho Rios. Visit a secluded river for a dip, then enjoy lunch accompanied by traditional drumming and dancing. (3B, L)

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Jan

04-05

Treasure Beach Jamaica is famous for its rum, so enjoy a tipple of it today on a rum tour of the famous Appleton Estates. After your tour, opt to relax on a secluded beach or visit the seven waterfalls of YS Falls. On Day 5, spend the day at leisure. Opt to see the crocodiles and dolphins at Alligator Hole, or cruise to Pelican Bar and grab a Red Stripe, the local brew. (2B)

Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

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£710 $890

FR

Negril Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Rasta Village experience • Appleton Rum Estate tour • Look for dolphins and crocs

• See night fall in Pelican Bar • Cliff dive from Rick's Café • Lounge on Negril beach

DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Montego Bay Spend a day at leisure in Montego Bay. Head out to explore before meeting your group, and do your best to live up to Jamaica's motto "Get All Right" (do with that what you will). On Day 2, head to the Rasta Village for a day-in-a-life Rastafari experience. You'll learn about their history and their lifestyle choices and uncover a unique subculture unparalleled in its influence on Jamaica's celebrity. (B)

03

Treasure Beach En route to Treasure Beach, head to the scenic countryside for a taste of Jamaica at the Appleton Estate rum tour. Serve yourself at the factory bar (easy!) then continue on to Middle Quarters for a street food lunch. Tip: the peppered shrimp is famous for a reason. (B)

04

Treasure Beach Not on the average traveller's radar, Treasure Beach will welcome you with open arms. Head out in search of dolphins and crocodiles on the Dolphin Quest Black River Safari Experience and observe the locals' fishing and shrimping methods. Finish the day in Pelican Bar, made of driftwood and standing precariously atop a sandbar in the ocean. (B)

05-07

Negril Transfer to Rick's Café on the western end of the island for sunset and a thrilling cliff dive - a real must-do in Jamaica. Day 6 is yours to explore. Answer the calls of long white sand beaches, rock dive, scuba dive, windsurf or cocoon in a hammock. Catch a live reggae show on the beach before you leave on Day 7! (3B)

Negril, Jamaica

inclusions Montego Bay

JA M A I C A

Negril Treasure Beach

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses and hostels (6 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 6 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour Leader/Driver Group Size: Min 4 Transport: Private vehicle transfer between destinations and to included activities Group Leader: Tour Leader/Driver Includes: Rastafarian Indigenous Village experience, Appleton Estate Rum Tour, Dolphin Quest, Black River Safari and Pelican Bar, transfer to Rick's Café Tour Code: MBJJES

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01-03

Montego Bay / Negril Arrive at any time into Montego Bay on Day 1. The day is yours to explore, so opt to take a trip to the spooky Rose Hall plantation or chill out by the beach. The next day, head to Negril, stopping at a Rastafarian indigenous village along the way for drumming lessons and lunch. Afterwards, check out the cliff divers from Rick's Café. (2B, L)


SAILING THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 7 DAYS, Tortola

£1,049 $1,829

FR

Tortola Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Go to sleep at sea • Mingle with friendly locals • Learn about pirate culture

• Chill out on empty beaches • Sample a floating bar or two • Enjoy amazing snorkelling

DAY ITINERARY

Guana Island

Virgin Gorda

Tortola

B R I T I S H V I RG I N I S L A N D S

SAILING CUBA 8 DAYS, Havana

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Nov

Oct

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Jun

03 07 10 14 24 31

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03 10 17 24

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Departures 2018

Norman Island

Mar

Jost Van Dyke

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Catamaran (6 nts, double or bunk-style twin cabin, with attached bathroom) Transport: 12m (40ft) catamaran Meals: Not included Group Leader: Skipper/Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 8 Budget: Allow USD $315-410 for meals not included Tour Code: GACIVT

Feb

07

British Virgin Islands / Tortola Following breakfast, return back to Tortola's Hodge's Creek Marina and disembark the boat around midday, where you'll depart on arrival. Your Chief Experience Officer can help with any onward travel arrangements you may have.

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Jan

02-06

British Virgin Islands Commonly referred to as the BVIs, the British Virgin Islands are located among the entire Virgin Islands group, which includes the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. Spend time exploring uninhabited islands and white sand beaches, snorkelling incredible coral reefs or simply catching some rays. Learn about the pirates that used to frequent Norman Island, meet friendly locals and other sailors alike at Virgin Gorda and settle in for a day of relaxation on the beach of your dreams at Guana Island. And let's not forget a visit to Jost Van Dyke, one of the smallest islands in the BVIs. Don't miss a drink or two in the lively Soggy Dollar Bar, famous for its Painkiller cocktail! Spend your evenings enjoying breathtaking sunsets, fresh fish, and a beach party or two. Life isn't all that bad, hey?

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

£1,269 $2,099

FR

Havana Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Soak up Havana's charm • Explore historic Cienfuegos • Sail Canarreos Archipelago

• Snorkel fab coral reefs • Join a mangrove cruise • Dine on fresh seafood

DAY ITINERARY

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Cuba Libre & Sailing (GACCVL) 16 Days, Fr $3,299 £1,999

Departures 2018 Aug

Cayo Rico

Jul

Cayo Largo

Jun

Cayo el Rosario

Jan 19

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Cienfuegos

May

08

Havana Depart Cienfuegos after breakfast and arrive back into Havana around midday, where your trip will end. (B)

Havana

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Catamaran (7 nts, double or bunk-style twin cabin with en suite bathroom) Transport: 24m (82ft) catamaran Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), skipper and assistant/cook Group Size: Max 16 Budget: Allow USD $20-30 for meals not included Tour Code: GACCVH

Apr

03-07

Canarreos Archipelago Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters and coral reefs in search of colourful fish, relax on the beach and dine on some of the best seafood you'll ever have. Of course, don't forget to kick back and relax - that's the name of the game here! You'll also get to visit Cayo Largo, known for its pristine white sand beaches and mangrove forests, as well as Cayo Rico. Don't miss cocktail time at its lively beach bar. (5B, 4L, 5D)

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Mar

02

Cienfuegos After a hearty breakfast, lift anchor and set sail for the stunning islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Comprised of approximately 350 islets, the islands are known to be more rustic and quieter than many of other destinations in Cuba. Time to really wind down! (B, L, D)

Feb

01

Havana / Cienfuegos Arrive into Havana today. If time permits, head out for a walk along the waterfront promenade, the Malecón, and through the historic colonial streets of the Old Quarter, La Habana Vieja. After you've met your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow travellers, venture to Cienfuegos and spend the night aboard your catamaran. (D)

Jan

CARIBBEAN

01

Tortola / British Virgin Islands Meet your group at an early afternoon meeting at Hodge's Creek on Tortola Island before boarding the catamaran. Say hello to your skipper, and head to a local shop to purchase food, water and snacks for the boat. Then, if you feel like it, join your skipper at the legendary Willy T Floating Bar for a drink or two.

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CUBA LIBRE 8 DAYS, Havana

$1,299 £749

FR FR

Havana Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit a cigar factory • Listen to pirate legends • Visit a turtle nesting site

• Explore Cuban countryside • Relax on stunning beaches • Enjoy views of tobacco fields

DAY ITINERARY

04-05

María La Gorda Located in western Cuba on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, María La Gorda is isolated, serene and filled with legends of pirates and buried treasure. On the way there, visit a cigar factory in Pinar del Río to see how Cuban cigars are made. When you arrive, get yourself orientated. A UNESCO-listed site, it's famed for its clear seabed, home to many species of coral and tropical fish such as bonito. Take an excursion to Cabo San Antonio, a protected area famous for the sea turtles that lay their eggs there, and visit the Roncalí lighthouse. Optional sunset boat rides and snorkelling are also available. (2B)

06-08

Las Terrazas / Havana Heading back towards Havana, stop in Las Terrazas, a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve known for its stunning flora and fauna. Once acres of deforested farmland, today Las Terrazas is a lush oasis covered by trees. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and flowers! On Day 7, continue back along the Cuban countryside to Havana for one last night and savour your last mojito - they're just not the same at home! Your Cuban adventure comes to an end the next morning. (3B)

Havana, Cuba

inclusions Havana C U BA

Las Terrazas

Viñales

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/casa particulares (7 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $285-370 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACCL

My Own Room Available: Fr £369 $479

Departures 2018/19

Maria la Gorda

Jan-Feb, Apr & Nov Mar & May-Oct

Typically 6-7 departures per month

Dec

9 departures per month

Typically 3-5 departures per month

CENTRAL CUBA ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Havana

$1,199 £849

FR FR

Havana

highlights

• Soak up the magic of Havana • Visit sleepy Trinidad • Live like a local in homestays

Small Group Adventure

WE

• Hit the beach in Cienfuegos • See the Che mausoleum • Knock back the daiquiris

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DAY ITINERARY 01-02

Havana / Santa Clara Arrive at any time and take your included transfer to your hotel. During free time, opt to explore Havana's characterful alleyways, plazas and streets. Meet your group that evening and journey to the centre of Cuba to what was once the heart of the revolution the next day, the feisty city of Santa Clara. Visit historical sites including the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum. (B)

03-04

Trinidad Travel through the stunning Topes de Collantes region into the faded Spanish-colonial elegance and infectious Caribbean beats of the UNESCO treasure, Trinidad. After an orientation walk, spend two days lost in the town's sleepy time-worn charms. Overtake donkeys on cobblestoned streets, listen to the plucking of guitars, learn salsa or retreat on to the blindingly white sands of nearby Playa Ancón, the south coast's finest beach. (2B, D)

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Cienfuegos Travel west to Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South. Hugging a natural bay, cosmopolitan Cienfuegos has salty air and refined French graces. Enjoy an orientation walk through the city's neoclassical boulevards and a boat tour through the bay, with free time to hang out on the beach. Later on, visit palm-fringed waterfront palaces and botanical gardens and take sunset promenades along the Prado. (2B)

Trinidad, Cuba

inclusions Havana

Santa Clara C U BA

Cienfuegos

Havana Back to Havana and hit the Old Town for one last walking tour. Grab a partner, a daiquiri and swing into rumba action that evening. (2B)

CALL 800.777.0112 TO BOOK

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Casa particulares (7 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $210275 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACCCA

My Own Room Available: Fr £129 $159 Trinidad

Departures 2018/19 Jan-Feb & Jul-Oct

Typically 1-4 departures per month

Mar-Jun

Typically 2-4 departures per month

Nov-Dec

Typically 3-5 departures per month

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Havana / Viñales Arrive in Havana (arrival transfer included) at any time and meet your group in the evening. Travel to the village of Viñales, surrounded by stunning limestone hills, the next day. Make the most of outdoor activities including cave exploring, hiking, biking and horse-riding. Alternatively, just sit back and take in the beautiful views. (2B)


CUBA COLONIAL 15 DAYS, Havana

£1,349 $2,499

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Havana Small Group Adventure

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snapshot The melody of horns, classic cars parked in colonial squares and revolutionary statues... here's your chance to fall in love with all things Cuban. Encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and soak up Spanish heritage while exploring their churches, forts and cobblestone streets.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACCC

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My Own Room Available: Fr £369 $479

07-08

Santiago de Cuba / Camagüey Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for another night in the city. On Day 8, continue across the Carretera Central to Camagüey, the third-largest city on the island. Much of its colonial heritage is retained within its buildings, plazas and its tinajones (large clay pots used in Spain and New World colonies for collecting rain water), so keep your camera to hand! Discover its rich tradition of music and literature and take a tour of the university city's winding streets. (2B)

09-12

Trinidad / Santa Clara Continue to the quaint town of Trinidad and find your feet on an orientation walk. Spend your days dancing to the music of salsa or son, lazing on stretches of unspoiled sands, diving or snorkelling. Get your steps in order with an included salsa lesson and work up an appetite for a group dinner prepared by one of the homestay families. Day 12 it's on to Santa Clara, founded by the Spaniards in 1689 and home to Che Guevara, whose remains are interred in the mausoleum on Plaza de la Revolución. (3B, D)

13-15

Havana Fly back to La Habana. Discover the wealth of colonial architecture as you wander the streets on an included orientation tour of Old Havana. Take a salsa or music lesson (you may have found your dancing shoes by now!), rent a vintage car or take a carriage ride through the Old City. On Day 15, it's time to say goodbye to Cuba, but hello to a world of salsa back home. (3B)

Mar 19

04-06

Baracoa Amble around the colourful buildings of this quaint town on an orientation walk with your Chief Experience Officer. The rest of the day is yours to spend how you wish and the best way to do so is by foot! Discover the various forts built to withstand pirate raids, visit the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and admire the mountains and beautifully-secluded black sand beaches surrounding Baracoa. There are also many optional hiking excursions near El Yunque Forest to get stuck into. (3B)

Feb 19

01-03

Havana / Santiago de Cuba Start your Cuban adventure in Havana, where rum and rumba flow in equal measure (arrival transfer is included). Stroll the Malecón, the walkway bordering the glittering Caribbean Sea, visit Old Havana and the Catedral de San Cristóbal, browse the open-air markets or kick start your trip with a rave in one of the all-night parties - the options are endless. The next day, fly to Santiago de Cuba, home to the rhythms which gave birth to salsa music, and enjoy a guided walk and a visit to Castillo del Morro. (B)

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• Walk Baracoa's mountains and bays • Snorkel and swim at unspoiled beaches • Party all night in Havana

Mar

highlights

• Learn salsa moves in an included lesson • Walk in Che Guevara's footsteps • Experience local Cuba with homestays

Feb

Havana, Cuba

Accommodation: Hotels/casa particulares (14 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, plane Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $410-535 for meals not included

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Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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Santa Clara, Cuba

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CUBA EXPLORER 9 DAYS, Havana

£1,129 $2,099

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Havana Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise in a vintage car • Visit a cigar factory • Stay in a Cuban homestay

• See the Che monument • Take a catamaran ride • Discover authentic culture

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Trinidad

My Own Room Available: Fr £559 $719

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BIKING CUBA 8 DAYS, Havana

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Santa Clara Sancti Spiritus

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Trinidad / Santa Clara / Havana Travel to relaxed Trinidad, where you'll stay in a casa particular; an authentic Cuban homestay. Tour the city and opt to take a salsa dancing lesson. The next day, board a catamaran for an excursion to Cayo Blanco with included lunch and snorkelling. That evening, opt to get your fix of live music with a visit to Casa de la Trova. On Day 8, take a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara and the town of Sancti Spíritus, en route to Havana. Stroll around Plaza Serafin Sánchez for some people watching then enjoy one last night in Cuba's capital. (4B, L, 2D)

Havana

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Casa particulares (8 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, vintage car, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $215-280 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GACCCE

Jan 19

Viñales A short drive west brings you to Viñales, one of Cuba's prettiest regions. Stop along the way at a cigar factory, where you'll learn all about the process of tobacco farming. On Day 5, take a walk through the countryside and soak up the scenery. Enjoy free time to do as you please in the afternoon. Why not explore the region further via horseback? Alternatively, practice Spanish with the locals. (2B, L)

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Cayo Blanco, Cuba

£1,049 $1,799

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Havana Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cycle along the coast • Enjoy tasty local food • Tour old and modern Havana

• Chill out by azure waters • Dance to Cuban salsa music • Rum museum visit

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My Own Room Available: Fr £439 $569

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Soroa Cueva de los Portales

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C U BA

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Viñales

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La Palma

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07-08

Havana Head back east for a walking tour of old and modern Havana including a visit to the rum museum. Depart at any time on Day 8. (2B, L)

Cayo Jutías

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06

Soroa / Las Terrazas / Soroa Take a morning ride around Las Terrazas, Cuba's first UNESCO biosphere reserve. Then pedal past mountains and local communities back to lush Soroa, known for its orchids. (B, D)

Las Terrazas

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Casa particulares (7 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, bike, support vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $180-235 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GACCB

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05

Cueva de los Portales / Soroa Visit a tobacco factory before transferring to the historic Cueva de los Portales. Cycle along the Carretera Central, passing through the National Park La Güira. Transfer to Soroa that evening. (B, L)

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03-04

Cayo Jutías / Viñales / La Palma / Viñales Cycle about 60 kilometres past dramatic mountain vistas as you cruise along this stunning coastal route and visit the beautiful unspoiled white beach of Cayo Jutías. Return to Viñales for the night. The next day, cycle the Jagua Vieja road from La Palma, which is around 35-40 kilometres and visit the National Ernesto (Che) Guevara Monument before returning to the Viñales Valley in the evening. (2B, L, D)

Pinar del Río, Cuba

Jan

01-02

Havana / Pinar del Río / Viñales Arrive in Havana at any time, grab your included transfer then get out and explore. The next day, after a free morning, head to Pinar del Río, the Garden Province and also Cuba's cigar country. Spend the afternoon cycling around the hills and tobacco fields of Viñales. (B, D)

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Havana Arrive at any time on Day 1, take your included transfer and settle in to Cuban life! One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture and is the perfect introduction to this intriguing country! Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana on Day 2, then hop into a vintage car for a spin through town. Enjoy free time that afternoon and the next day, and maybe go for a wander along the Malecón (promenade)? That evening, enjoy an included dinner. (2B, L, D)


CUBAN RHYTHMS 8 DAYS, Havana

$1,049 £629

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Havana Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Salsa the night away • Get to know friendly locals • Catch some sublime sun rays

• Unwind on the lush beaches • Visit tobacco plantations • Wander through Old Havana

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Havana / Viñales Take your included transfer on Day 1 and prepare to be tantalised by this vivacious and friendly little country, famous for cigars, music, salsa, and rum (of course)! Stay with a local family that evening and prepare yourself for lots of laughs and a phenomenal home-cooked dinner, Caribbean style! On your way to Viñales the next day, stop at the ecovillage of Las Terrazas to see sugarcane and tobacco plantations, a true economic backbone for this country. Chat to friendly locals over some rum and maybe smoke a cigar if you fancy. When in Cuba, hey? Later on, take a day trip to the island of Cayo Jutías, followed by an evening of practising your Spanish at your homestay. (2B, L) Trinidad Travel through the Cuban countryside on Day 4 to the colonial city of Trinidad, where you'll enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival. Bed down in another local homestay, then the next day, get into the swing of things (literally) with a salsa dance lesson and live music at Casa de La Trova. Over the next couple of days, get out there and explore national parks by foot or bike. If you're looking for something a bit more relaxing, kick back and chill on a multitude of nearby beaches. You're in the Caribbean after all... (3B, D)

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Cayo Jutías

Havana

Viñales

Havana

• Jump into waterfalls • Stay with the locals

Santa Clara

Trinidad C U BA

Havana En route back to the charms of Havana, you'll stop by Santa Clara to visit important historical sites, including the famous Che Guevara Monument. On your second visit to Cuba's capital, you'll witness the sights and delights of its Old Town on a short walking tour. Feel free to depart at any time on Day 8. (2B)

CUBA EXPRESS HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE Havana

Havana, Cuba

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Casa particulares (7 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $200-260 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACCCR

Departures 2018 Jan, Jul & Oct-Dec Apr-May & Aug-Sep Feb-Mar & Jun

Typically 11-12 departures per month Typically 8-9 departures per month Typically 5-7 departures per month

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Independent Tour

Havana, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba

£611 $806

FR

8 DAYS

highlights

• Bust a move with some salsa • Experience Havana's nightlife

BAILANDO CUBA HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE Havana

Havana

£519 $685

FR

8 DAYS

highlights

• Discover Havana with a local • Chill on Varadero's beaches

• Take a dip in waterfalls • Salsa time in Trinidad

After arriving in Havana on Day 1, transfer to your homestay and settle in. Explore the city the next day on a guided walking tour. Day 3, journey to Viñales and meet your new host family, then next day, take a half-day finca walk or horse ride to explore tobacco farms. Day 5, bus to Trinidad where you'll enjoy a salsa lesson, then experience a day of nature and waterfalls at Cubanito Natural Park. Take the bus to Havana on Day 7 for a nightlife tour.

This eight-day round trip is one of the best ways to experience the 'real' Cuba. After you've arrived into Havana on Day 1, head off to your first casa particular for the night. Day 2, enjoy a walking tour with a local guide, then continue to Trinidad for a chance to try some salsa dancing! On Day 4, head to Cubanito Natural Park via horseback and dip into waterfalls. On to Cienfuegos on Day 5, then to Varadero's beaches on Day 6. It's back to Havana on Day 8.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casa particulares (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts Transport: Public bus, Havana airport pick-up and drop-off Includes: Havana walking tour, Viñales finca visit and tobacco culture, Trinidad salsa class, Cubanito Natural Park excursion, Havana By Night tour Tour Code: BEHAVCEX

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casa particulares (5 nts), budget hotel (2 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Transport: 3x public bus, private shuttle, Havana airport pickup and drop-off Includes: Havana and Cienfuegos walking tours, Trinidad Salsa Lesson, Cubanito Natural Park and Waterfalls Excursion Tour Code: BEHAVBAL

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As the largest resort in the Caribbean, Varadero is no doubt a pretty popular place when it comes to holidaying in the Caribbean. Its main draw? That'd be its beach an uninterrupted 20-kilometre stretch of powder sand that is undoubtedly one of the Caribbean's best. Though there may be a few other travellers sharing your patch of sand, you'll find it hard to care when you're sunning yourself senseless, book and ice-cold cocktail in hand.

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£119 $157 $115 £87

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MELIÁ VARADERO, VARADERO

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£210 $277 £150 $197

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Location: Smack bang on one of Varadero's best beaches, 30 kilometres from the airport and close to Varadero Golf Club.

Location: Right on the beach, a three-minute walk to Plaza Las Americas mall and a four-minute shuttle to Varadero's golf course.

Vibe: You won't need much at this all-inclusive resort - it's already all here for you! Rooms and villas are bright, modern and airy.

Vibe: A luxury beachfront escape, complete with hanging gardens, hydromassage pools, sun loungers and even your own sunglasses!

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Private balcony or terrace • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • 4 bars • 5 restaurants • Garden • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • 4 bars • 7 restaurants • Nightclub • Gym • Tennis courts • Watersports available • 24-hour reception

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HOTEL GRAND MEMORIES, VARADERO

£133 $175 $128 £98

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SOL SIRENAS CORAL HOTEL, VARADERO

£133 $175 $124 £94

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BOAT RIDE & LUNCH IN RIO CAMINAR, VARADERO

£123 $163

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FULL DAY

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Location: Right on Varadero Beach, close to Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos.

Location: In Varadero with direct access to the beach.

Vibe: Unwind at this chilled out hotel, with swim-up bars and an adult-only area.

Vibe: Relaxed, all-inclusive hotel offering plenty of activities, including mini-golf!

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • 5 bars • 7 restaurants • Garden • Massage services • Sauna • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony • 3 outdoor pools • 7 bars • 7 restaurants • Hot tub • Gym

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Boat trips along Cuba's Rio Canímar are a truly magical experience. Flanked by mangroves and palm trees and constantly cooled by a fresh breeze, it's the ideal place for you to kick back and relax. Join a 90-minute cruise downstream on this trip, ending in a secluded bay. Upon arrival, tuck into a tasty lunch and opt to go riding. VRABOT

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CUBA: HAVANA & BEYOND Havana good time?

CARIBBEAN

Only a place full of sass could have given the world both salsa and Havana Club rum. Get yourself a daiquiri and swing your hips into action to the Caribbean melodies of Habana Vieja and on to the gritty streets of Centro Habana. Take a stroll along the Malecón seafront promenade and amble between Art Deco theatres, rows of Chevrolet taxis and age-old friends playing chess on the pavements. See the night through at a secluded club, Havana-style!

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HAVANA WELCOME PACKAGE

£154 $204

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3 DAYS

NH CAPRI, LA HABANA

£165 $218 $129 £97

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Take the hassle out of arriving in Cuba and spend two nights in Havana as part of this nifty welcome package. Touching down at the airport, you'll be whisked to your pre-booked hotel. The next morning, relaxed and refreshed, take a guided tour of the Old Town. In the afternoon, your tour continues through the city's modern district by bike. On Day 3, check out and continue your onward journey, bidding adiós to historic Havana. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of 2-4* Havana hotel options (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Arrival airport transfer and use of bike on tour included Includes: Guided city tour and bike tour Tour Code: HAVSWP

Location: Just five minutes' walk from the bars and nightlife of the Vedado district, 500 metres from the lively Malécon boardwalk Vibe: Polished high-rise hotel with modern rooms and suites. Take a dip in the rooftop pool then check out live music in the 3 bars. Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • TV • Outdoor pool • 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Terrace • Sauna • Steam room • Gym • Beauty salon • Live music • Free on-site parking

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HOTEL ISLAZUL COLINA, VEDADO

£39 $52 £26 $35

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INGLATERRA HAVANA, LA HABANA

£246 $325 £183 $241

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HOTEL COPACABANA, MIRAMAR

$116 £88 £71 $93

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Location: By the Universidad de la Habana, close to the Natural History Museum.

Location: Opposite the Parque Central and close to the Gran Teatro de La Habana.

Location: Situated right on the beach in Miramar, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Vibe: It's all about location at this hotel, with 80 rooms and a rustic restaurant.

Vibe: Set in a 1875 colonial-era building, this historic hotel is one of Cuba's oldest.

Vibe: Modern, seaside hotel with 168 spacious rooms, all with air con.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Satellite TV • 2 bars • Restaurant • Café • Rooftop terrace • Live music • Lift

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Café

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RUM & TOBACCO TOUR, HAVANA

£49 $65

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HEMINGWAY TOUR, HAVANA

HOTEL LAS CUEVAS, TRINIDAD

$112 £85

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£71 $94 £55 $72

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Follow in the footsteps of the famous author Ernest Hemingway and discover the inspiration for his novel 'The Old Man and the Sea'. Visit some of his favourite haunts on this full-day tour, including room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, the Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita bars, Cojímar port, as well as the Finca La Vigía museum.

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Location: Set atop a hill overlooking the colonial town of Trinidad. Vibe: Colourful hotel with basic rooms and balconies, perfect for taking in the views. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Terrace • Garden • Nightclub

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HAVANA EXPERIENCE

£201 $265

FR

4 DAYS

Do Havana just like the locals do with this four-day experience, giving you three nights' accommodation in a casa particular with a Cuban family. With a free evening on Day 1, head out and enjoy the city's live music bars. The next day, enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to museums and the famous Malecón, then head out on a Havana by Night tour that evening. The next day, enjoy an included salsa lesson, then head off after brekkie on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casas particulares (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Airport pick-up/drop-off, local Havana walking tour, Havana By Night tour, Havana salsa lesson, English-speaking guide on tours Tour Code: BEHAVEX3

Independent Tour

HAVANA & TRINIDAD HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

£191 $252

FR

FULL DAY

Get a taste of local Cuban culture on this awesome homestay in the beautiful tobacco growing region of Viñales. On Day 1, hop aboard a morning bus to Viñales and get settled in with your host family. Take a finca walk or horse ride around the area and get to know the locals (not included). The next day, join a horse and buggy tour to the Prehistoric Wall Painting, then head to Cueva del Indio for an optional boat ride. Head back to Havana on Day 3. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casas particulares (2 nts) Meals: 2 Breakfasts Transport: Public bus to/from Viñales Includes: Finca visit and tobacco culture tour and Prehistoric Wall Painting tour Tour Code: BEHAVVIE

£431 $568

FR

6 DAYS

Arrive at your Havana homestay on Day 1 and spend the afternoon at leisure. Next morning, take a guided walking tour to learn about local culture and lifestyle. Day 3, it's on to colonial Trinidad and an included night on the salsa bar tiles! The next day, enjoy a Cubanito Natural Park and Waterfalls Excursion. On Day 5, return to Havana for a night out on the Malecón, then depart on Day 6. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casas particulares (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Includes: Airport pick-up and drop-off, roundtrip public bus from Havana to Trinidad, local Havana walking tour, Havana By Night tour, Trinidad salsa lesson, Cubanito Natural Park and Waterfalls Excursion Tour Code: BEHAVTRD

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VIÑALES ESCAPE

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HAVANA & VARADERO HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

£329 $434

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6 DAYS

See Cuba in all its laid-back glory on this six-day trip. Transfer to your casa particular upon arrival in Havana and get settled in. Next day, take a tour through the city to learn about the local way of life, then head out at night with a local guide. On Day 3, visit the beautiful white sand beaches of Varadero and enjoy some free time. Check out the nearby nature reserve (not included) or just relax. Get dropped off at Havana airport on Day 6. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casas particulares (3 nts), budget hotels (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Bus to/from Varadero, return airport transfers Includes: Walking tour in Havana and night out tour Tour Code: BEHAVVAR

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CARIBBEAN

Let's face it, rum and cigars are fundamentally Cuban, so why not see how both products are made? Join this half-day tour in Havana and learn the secrets behind the country's famous cigars and rums with a visit to both the Havana Rum Museum and a local tobacco factory. Samples are included, but easy does it!


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The Caribbean comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and caves. However, only around 2% of them are inhabited.

In 1988, Jamaica became the first tropical country to enter the Winter Olympics. It was the bobsled event. 'Cool Runnings' anyone?

The first four 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies were filmed partly in The Bahamas, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Samanรก Peninsula in the Dominican Republic is one of the best places in the world to spot mighty humpback whales.

The Bahamas is right on the edge of the infamous Bermuda Triangle, where numerous boats and planes have gone missing over time.

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BLUE SEAGARDEN BEACH RESORT, JAMAICA

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£175 $232 £277 $366

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ROYAL DECAMERON MONTEGO BEACH, JAMAICA

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£141 $186 $117 £88

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Location: Situated on the north end of Montego Bay's strip of shops, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos.

Vibe: All-inclusive resort with 140 rooms and plenty of green space. Zen out on the private beach or have a few in the bar.

Vibe: De-stress at this all-inclusive resort with 143 rooms, all with their own private balcony.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Private beach • 4 bars • 3 restaurants • Terrace • Garden • Gym • Tennis courts • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Private beach • 4 bars • 9 restaurants • Garden • Spa • Sauna • Gym • Tennis courts

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CATALONIA BAVARO RESORT, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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£213 $282 £107 $141

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BREATHLESS PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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£178 $117 £119 $78

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Location: Set in tropical gardens between the Laguna Bavaro and Bavaro Beach. Punta Cana Airport is 16 kilometres away.

Location: A beachfront paradise on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Vibe: Upscale, adult-only resort with polished suites set among swaying palm trees. Listen to the live music at beach barbecues.

Vibe: An adult-only luxury pad that likes to have a good time. Expect weekly parties and DJs by the pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • 2 outdoor pools • 4 bars • Swim-up bar • 9 restaurants • Spa • Casino • Nightclub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • Free minibar • 8 outdoor pools • 5 bars • 2 swim-up bars • 10 restaurants • Spa and massage services

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EHDOM1

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HILTON BARBADOS RESORT, BARBADOS

Rock Solid

£206 $272 £103 $136

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DIVI SOUTHWINDS BEACH RESORT, BARBADOS

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£121 $160 £61 $80

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FR

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ROOM ONLY

Location: Situated on the lush tropical peninsula of Needham's Point, just a couple of kilometres from the capital Bridgetown.

Location: Just five minutes' walk from Dover Beach and walking distance from the bars of St. Lawrence Gap.

Vibe: First class beach resort with great ocean views and two beaches. Rooms come with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Vibe: Polished and upmarket resort with airy suites. All have kitchenettes, private balconies and living rooms.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony • Infinity pool • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Coffee shop • Terrace • Garden • Hot tub • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts

Highlights: Suites • Kitchenettes • Living room • Private balcony • iPod docks • Flatscreen TV • 3 outdoor pools • Private beach • Bar • Lounge • 24-hour gym • 9-hole golf course • Tennis courts

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Location: Nestled right on the beach in Montego Bay, less than a kilometre from Sangster International Airport.


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ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND, NASSAU (THE BAHAMAS)

£250 $330 £128 $169

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BREEZES RESORT BAHAMAS, NASSAU (THE BAHAMAS)

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£425 $562 £284 $375

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Location: Paradise. As in, a prime beachfront location on actual Paradise Island. Nassau island is about a kilometre away.

Location: Set on Cable Beach, facing Delaport Bay in the north of the islands. Lynden Pindling Airport is 10 kilometres away.

Vibe: You'll struggle to find a reason to ever leave this sprawling resort. So don't!

Vibe: High-end, all-inclusive resort with 391 spacious and understated rooms. Let loose in the nightclub and four bars!

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • 11 outdoor pools • Private balcony • Private beach • 19 bars • 21 restaurants • Spa • Massage services • 18-hole golf course • Waterpark • Casino

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 3 outdoor pools • 3 bars • Swim-up bar • 5 restaurants • Hot tub • Spa • Jacuzzi • Nightclub • Tennis courts • Watersports available

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GRAND EXUMA ECO-ADVENTURE TOUR

£124 $164

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FULL DAY

Venture through hundreds of islands, cays and breathtaking beaches on this day tour. Stop at sites such as the Double Blue Hole and the hidden pirates cave, then drop anchor at Iguana Island, a site where pigs literally swim with you (we're not joking)! Continue with snorkelling stops then head back to land in time for evening.

PUNTA CANA PARTY CATAMARAN CRUISE

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£46 $61

JAMAICA DUNN'S RIVER FALLS

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PARTY CRUISE WITH SNORKELLING

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Sail over the aquamarine waters off Punta Cana aboard a double-decker catamaran on this awesome trip. Watch for dolphins off the bow of the ship as you cruise, and when the boat docks, jump off to explore the underwater world with a mask and snorkel. Back aboard, enjoy drinks from the bar then swing by Bavaro for another dip.

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Cruise to Dunn's River Falls aboard a catamaran on this half-day trip. Sail to a snorkelling stop to swim among live coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. Tuck in to a beachside buffet of traditional Jamaican food accompanied by an open bar. Then, climb up Dunn's River Falls for views of the surrounding countryside.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC EXPLORER 7 DAYS, Santo Domingo

£530 $699

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Santo Domingo Independent Tour

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• Explore the capital Santo Domingo • Enjoy a sailing and snorkelling trip • Plenty of beach time in Punta Cana

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel in Santo Domingo (2 nts), hostel in Punta Cana (4 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Santo Domingo Airport pick-up and drop-off and transfer to/from Punta Cana included Includes: Santo Domingo Trikke experience, catamaran experience, horseback riding tour Tour Code: BESTDDOM

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$113 £86

• Go horseback riding in the country • Free time to relax throughout • Return transfers included

The Dominican Republic brings in the crowds thanks to its great beaches, laid back vibes and plentiful sunshine. See the best of it on this seven-day adventure, starting and ending in the capital, Santo Domingo. Touch down on Day 1 and get yourself settled in, then discover the city sights on an electric scooter (also known as a Trikke) the following day. Head to Punta Cana on Day 3 for plenty of beach time and enjoy a catamaran and snorkelling experience on Day 4. Explore the natural reserve of Cabeza De Toro near Cabo Engaño and get the chance to swim with hundreds of colourful tropical fish and turtles if you're lucky! Head out on a horseback ride into the countryside on Day 5 then enjoy a free day to kick back and chill. Wave goodbye to your Caribbean adventure on Day 7 and transfer back to Santo Domingo International Airport.

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Ochos Rios, Jamaica

Boatyard Beach, Barbados

JAMAICA BEACH BREAK Montego Bay

£416 $549

BARBADOS BEACH BREAK

5 DAYS

Bridgetown

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Montego Bay

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• Relax on Negril Beach • Listen to plenty of reggae

• Dip in Dunns River Falls • Explore Montego Bay

£692 $867

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Bridgetown

• Chill at a beach club • A full day jeep safari

5 DAYS

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• Free time in Bridgetown • Included Bajan lunch

Discover incredible nature and quintessential Jamaican culture on this whistlestop tour, chock-a-block full of beaches, waterfalls, rainforests and reggae. Overnight in Montego Bay on Day 1, then head to Negril Beach and Rick's Café for beach and reggae time. On Day 3, enjoy a full day to explore Montego Bay, then head to Dunns River Falls and Ocho Rios for shopping and swimming on Day 4. Head back to Montego Bay on Day 5 where your tour ends.

Get the best out of Barbados with this five-day package, starting and ending in Bridgetown. Touch down on Day 1 and head into the capital for the night. The next day, head to the Boatyard Beach Club for a day of eating, drinking and adrenalin-fuelled watersports. On Day 3, enjoy a jeep safari around the island and stop by Edge Cliff and Gun Hill - rum punch is also included! After a free day to explore on Day 4, head off home on Day 5.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts (if staying in 3* hotel only) Transport: Montego Bay Airport pick-up & drop-off, all transportation throughout Tour Code: BEMBJBCH

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double or triple room in Bridgetown hotel (4 nts) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Bridgetown airport pick-up & drop-off, all transportation throughout Tour Code: BGIBBR

BAHAMAS BEACH BREAK Nassau

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Independent Tour

Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Santo Domingo Cathedral, Santo Domingo

$1,059 £803

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Nassau

5 DAYS

highlights

• Zen out on beautiful beaches • Enjoy snorkelling (optional)

• Opt to have a go at surfing • Enjoy plenty of free time

Kick back and relax in the stunning islands of The Bahamas with this fab package. Touch down into Nassau on Day 1 and hop aboard another flight to Eleuthera, famous for its pink sand beaches. Enjoy three days at leisure here and really settle in to Caribbean life. You can visit the Glass Window Bridge and Preacher’s Cave (not included), tuck into tasty seafood, try your hand at surfing or go snorkelling. Fly back to Nassau on Day 5. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Budget hotel in Eleuthera (4 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Return Flight Nassau to Eleuthera, airport transfers to/from Nassau & Eleuthera Tour Code: BENASBEH

SANTO DOMINGO EXPLORER Santo Domingo

£279 $368

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Santo Domingo

4 DAYS

highlights

• Visit a chocolate factory • Explore Santo Domingo

• Zip around the city's streets • Enjoy plenty of free time

Discover the enchanting hustle and bustle of the Dominican capital on this awesome tour. Get picked up at the airport at any point on Day 1 and ease yourself in to Caribbean life. On Day 2, zip around the city on an electric vehicle (also known as a Trikke) and see the cathedral and more, then on Day 3, visit a cacao plantation and chocolate factory. See how the chocolate is made then gorge yourself silly on the end results. Head off at any point on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel in Santo Domingo (3 nts) Meals: 1 buffet lunch Transport: Santo Domingo Airport pick-up and drop-off, transfers throughout Tour Code: BESTDDOM

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