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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEA N START THE ADVENTURE Lake Sauce, Peru


What's inside... 04 Our story 05 Start the adventure with us 06 Exploring not exploiting 08 Travel essentials 10 Airfares 12 Travel styles 14 Who we work with 16 Get a room 18 Map 20 LEARN A LANGUAGE 22 EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES 44 Bamba flexible travel passes

48 PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA 55 Peru & Bolivia 56 Trek Peru 73 Lima 74 Cuzco & Machu Picchu 78 Iquitos & the Peruvian Amazon 79 La Paz & beyond 82 Ecuador & the Galรกpagos 83 Galรกpagos Islands 95 Quito & beyond 96 Colombia 105 BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

110 Brazil 113 Rio de Janeiro & beyond 116 Rio Carnival 117 Pantanal, Amazon & Beaches 119 Chile & Argentina 123 Santiago & beyond 124 Buenos Aires 126 Iguassu Falls & beyond 128 Patagonia 132 Antarctica 134 CENTRAL AMERICA 144 Bamba flexible travel passes 146 Costa Rica & Panama


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GREAT SOUTH AMERICAN JOURNEYS

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ATLANTIC TO THE ANDES EXPERIENCE

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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK

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GALÁPAGOS ISLAND SAILING

154 San Jose & beyond 158 Mexico, Guatemala & Belize 166 Mexico City & beyond 167 Cancun & beyond 170 CARIBBEAN 177 Cuba: Varadero & beaches 178 Cuba: Havana & beyond 180 Barbados 181 Dominican Republic 182 Bahamas 183 Jamaica 184 TERMS & CONDITIONS 186 TRAVEL INSURANCE

HELLO KIND HUMAN. PLEASE RECYCLE ME! I'M HOPING TO COME BACK NEXT TIME AS A POP-UP UNICORN BOOK.

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Our Our story started way back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long-haul hangover and an idea: to create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Today, we are the world's largest student and youth travel company, inspiring over 2 million travellers a year to discover the countries, communities and cultures that we love. The world and the tools we have to explore it may have changed over the years, but our philosophy never has. We’re still the place to #StartTheAdventure. And now, it’s your turn. Peace, love and adventure, STA Travel.

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THE ADVENTURE WITH US

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the backpack and book with us. Here's how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are well-travelled, worldly-wise and can repack a 60-litre backpack in a minute flat.

Don't sit and watch as the flights you've been cyber-stalking creep up in price. Lock in the lowest airfares up to 11 months in advance with a £49 deposit, paying the rest 10 weeks before you fly.*

From gap years to grey years, and every Round the World route, adventure tour, language school and working holiday visa in between, we've been mastering the art of escape for almost 40 years.

Our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 with travel advice, crisis management and to help resolve your issues quickly – so you can get on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our BlueTickets have been flying the young and the studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible airfares since 1979.**

Travel is about freedom and discovery, not about setting limits. Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but for us, adventure is a mindset, not a number or a status.

We know how important it is to feel safe on your trip. We're constantly on the road assessing our operations, withdrawing any products or properties that compromise our travellers' safety.

*Not all tickets are available for our £49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert. **Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old.

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Exploring

NOT EXPLOITING

For us, travelling isn't about bucket lists or bragging rights, it's about discovering how we can be more responsible as travellers. Here's how we're making a STAnd.

FIGHTING

Animal Cruelty WHAT WE ARE DOING

We were one of the first travel companies to make a stand on animal welfare. Our industry-leading animal welfare policy safeguards the wellbeing and protection of animals across all our operations. So far, we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities, including Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and an outright ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We urge our travellers to help us change attitudes within the tourism industry, and to say no to any activities at home or abroad that would hurt or humiliate animals. Our full animal welfare policy is available to view online.

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RESPONSIBLE

Voluntourism

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

It's a sad fact that often well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting communities rather than helping them. From turtle conservation in Costa Rica to building homes in Nepal, we support more than 50 projects in over 30 countries. Our Volunteering Codes of Conduct ensure that we only work with projects that can prove to have a lasting and positive impact, meeting the local needs of communities through sustainability rather than dependency, as well as meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. For more information about the projects we work with, pick up a Volunteer, Work & Learn brochure instore. Our full Statement of Commitment and Code of Conduct can be viewed online.


Supporting young people LIVING WITH CANCER

THANKS A MILLION

In the UK, seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer each day. In 2015, we joined forces with teen cancer charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand on a global campaign to help raise awareness and vital funds. Today, we work with nine charities around the world, all with one mission in mind: to make sure that no young person should face cancer alone.

Gre en wa rrio r vibe s!

Our goal is to raise USD $1 million by 2020. From Manchester to Melbourne, our travellers have been donating, and our staff have been busy fundraising by running, swimming and baking. You can help by adding ÂŁ1 to your booking. 100% of your donation will go to Teenage Cancer Trust to help provide support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes to thousands of young people. Find out more instore or online.

For tips on how to travel more responsibly, green places to stay and green gear to pack, please visit the STA Travel Blog.

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Travel Essentials

How to survive and save on your trip.

VACCINATIONS What's up, doc? Hopefully nothing, but please visit your GP or an STA Travel Clinic at least ten weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and anti-malarials you might need.

 IRPORT HOTELS, PARKING AND LOUNGES A Let’s face it, airports can be terminal-ly boring. Get your trip off to a flying and stress-free start by saving up to 50% when you prebook airport hotels, parking and lounge access.

V ISA REQUIREMENTS We will advise you on what visas you need, but it's up to you to make sure all the requirements are met. If you do require a visa, our service is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues.

 TA TRAVEL ACCOUNT S Give a tree a hug and make paperwork panic a thing of the past. Store, amend and share your bookings, check for flight updates, and access travel help. Register on the app or visit my.statravel.com

P ASSPORT REQUIREMENTS Don't forget to check the validity of your passport and that you have enough blank pages. Remember, some countries may require you to have at least six months remaining on your passport.

 TA TRAVEL APP S Tap into your adventures, anytime and anywhere. Book beds, flights and activities on the road, access your STA Travel Account, and search for the coolest stuff to do every time you travel.

T RAVEL INSURANCE No one likes a travel bore, but this could be one of the most important trip purchases you make. With four levels of cover, 24/7 medical help, cancellation cover from the day you book, and over 100 sports and activities included, our exclusive range of policies and add-ons can be tailored to suit any budget and adventure. See page 186 for more. L OYALTY DISCOUNTS AND MATES RATES If you’re travelling with friends or have travelled before, you could save with mates rates, multi-trip offers and loyalty discounts, such as 10% off repeat G Adventures trips – exclusive to us.

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC DISCOUNT CARDS Student, teacher or under 31? Access exclusive airfares with us, plus thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts for foodies, gym bods and even plant lovers! For students, the ISIC card is the ONLY international student ID and comes loaded with 150,000+ discounts in 130+ countries. See page 187.

ON THE ROAD Run by backpackers for backpackers, visit our Backpacker by STA Travel stores on your trip in Australia, Thailand and South Africa for a homesick hug, free Wi-FI and the best deals on local hostels, trips, flights and transport.

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STA Travel Money Cards You know it makes cents... Forget fanny packs stuffed with cash or being charged fees every time you use your bank card abroad. Our prepaid STA Travel Money Cards are safe, simple to use and will help your travel budget go far.

Award winning*

LOAD Lock and load! Load money onto your card or store it in your Cloud wallet until you’re ready to spend. SPEND Use your chip and pin card at ATMs, shops and wherever you see the Mastercard acceptance mark. SAVE Free transactions, competitive exchange rates and up to 11% cashback on what you spend. Plus, thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts on our ISIC and IYTC Travel Money Cards.**

SAFE • Block your card instantly in the STA Travel App • Extra security as funds aren't linked to a bank account • 24/7 call centre • Free second card included*** • Emergency replacement card posted to you as you travel • Emergency funds can be loaded onto your card by family members SIMPLE Easy to use and control your spending, manage your funds online, by text or in the STA Travel App.

*STA Travel ISIC Cashcard: Winner of ‘Best New Prepaid Product of The Year’ at The Card & Payment Awards 2014 and Winner of 'Best Support Service' at the British Youth Travel Awards 2016, as awarded by BETA **STA Travel ISIC and IYTC Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard only. Terms and conditions apply ***Not available on all cards The STA Travel ISIC Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard, the STA Travel Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard and the STA Travel IYTC Prepaid Mastercard Cashcard are issued by IDT Financial Services Limited pursuant to a license from Mastercard International. Mastercard and the Mastercard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of Mastercard. IDT Financial Services is a regulated bank, licensed by the Financial Services Commission, Gibraltar. Registered Office: 57-63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar. Registered No. 95716. All communications should be sent to STA Travel, PO BOX 3753, Chester, CH1 9UH

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Airfares It was love at first flight!

Over the last 40 years, we've worked with the world's leading airlines to bring you exclusively low and flexible fares. From one-way flights to 18-stop Round the World routes, we guarantee to have just the ticket.

THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

First rule of flight club... our club is a little different. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other travel companies, our Travel Experts can help you to create completely unique multi-stop and Round the World itineraries from our exclusive open-to-all and student fares.

BOOK NOW PAY LATER

Travel truth. Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest-priced tickets selling out first. Therefore, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flights will be. Our deposit scheme allows you to lock in the price from as little as £49, then pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.**

OPEN-TO-ALL AND STUDENT FARES

Our BlueTickets are just for students and under 31*, however, we appreciate that this does seem a little unfair to tax payers/the over 30s! That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique flexibility. We just didn't call them GreyTickets that's all, out of respect.

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PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

If you're unfamiliar with this part of the plane, it's the bit behind the curtain where the flat beds and magical unicorns live. We love the whole backpacker vibe, but we also love splashing out once in a while on our upgraded airfares.

FLEXIBLE DATE CHANGES

Let's face it, the only person that ever stuck to their Round the World flight dates was Santa. (24th Dec, lock it in Mr Claus). Our MultiFLEX date change passes give you the freedom and flexibility to change your flights without having to pay the airline or admin fees each time your plans change. If there's a difference in fare because your priced seat is unavailable, then we'll always offer you an alternative date, or you can choose to pay the difference in airfare. Either way, it can still save you hundreds in fees, especially on bigger trips. One change for £29, three for £69 and unlimited for £99. Or £199 if purchased after departure.*** *Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old **Not all tickets are available for our £49 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert ***Not all tickets are eligible for a MultiFLEX pass. Please ask your Travel Expert


EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES*

STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES

Snuggle down, it's retro storybook hour. 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'd known about airfares - offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious Round the World routings and bargain date changes. They were printed on blue paper, so now, we simply call them blue tickets. (Slow marketing day). Today we have the world's largest airline network for students and under 31, with over 60 of the world's leading carriers on board. You can create any route, book now pay later, and add unlimited date changes to every BlueTicket. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

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Travel Styles Every traveller is different. That's why when it comes to getting around, we've thought of every type of transport and trip style. That's just how we ride.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS PASSES

GROUP TOURS

Best for local culture and maximising your time. First of all, there are some parts of the planet that you just can't do solo. Like Antarctica. Or wouldn't want to. Like Madagascar. Who would sing the 'I like to move it, move it' song with you? Exactly. On the group tours we sell, there's no being herded around in huge groups by flag-wielding tour leaders. Led by local guides, not guidebooks, it’s all about getting away from the crowd, not following it. Expect people just like you, authentic experiences such as homestays, and lots of free time to do your thing. Group sizes and inclusions vary per supplier, but with transport and accommodation included, it's a great way to budget and make sure you get around everything in your timeframe. Meet some of our tour suppliers on page 14.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURS

Best for flexibility and semi-independent travellers.

Best for seeing everything in your time frame.

Travel with the security of knowing that your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pace. Transport varies per country between backpacker and public buses, and passes are usually valid for a year.

Want to road trip but worried about where you'll stay, or how long it will take? On our self-drive tours, we provide the route, maps and prebook each night's accommodation. All you have to do is choose the car hire.

RAIL PASSES

CAR HIRE

Best for green warriors and epic scenery.

Best for classic road trips and groups of friends.

One of the most environmentally-conscious ways to travel, not only will you get a window onto the world rather than just dash from A to B, but rail passes also offer huge savings over buying individual train tickets.

If you're two or more, or just can't make public transport work, car hire will give you both freedom and can save you money. Remember, for non-residents, you may have to be over 21 and have been driving for two years.

CAMPERVAN HIRE

Best for budgeting and the ultimate freedom. If you're a small group of friends or a couple, 2, 4 or 6-berth campervans can be one of the most economical ways to travel. You'll save on accommodation and eating out, plus you'll be the coolest crew on the road.

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.


INDI INDI //INDEPENDENT

F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

Best for our most flexible and fancy-free adventures yet!

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

Best for tailor making your trip, your way.

FLEXIBLE FLIGHTS, TOURS, BEDS AND TRAVEL PASSES.

WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS, SO WHY WOULD

YOUR ADVENTURES, YOUR RULES.

WE TRAVEL THE SAME?

Here at Adventure HQ, we don't penalise our travellers for changing their minds, we embrace it. Flexible payments before you fly + flexible dates on the road = never missing out because you couldn’t commit to dates or your plans changed. Or got waylaid by a dive instructor called Jez.

YOU MAKE THE RULES

Pick any dates, destination and budget, and our Travel Experts will create a bespoke and INDIvidually tailor made itinerary for you. From public buses to private drivers, and tea huts to luxury overwater bungalows, you're in charge.

I'M FLEXI AND I KNOW IT! CHECK IT OUT...

FLEXIfly Book now pay later // Add unlimited date changes with MultiFLEX // Get even more flying flexibility with BlueTicket if you're a student or under 31. FLEXIstay Book now pay later // Pay for a number of nights upfront with our accommodation passes // Choose where and when you want to stay on the road.

FLEXItour Book now pay later on selected tours and passes // Open-dated tours, day trips, hop-on hop-off bus and rail passes // Confirm your dates on the road. FLEXIpackage Book now pay later // Choose from any of our FLEXI flights and products // Watch us put them together to create a fully flexible and free-loving adventure.

ORIGINAL ITINERARIES

Whether you're travelling solo, in a couple or with friends, you’ll have the freedom to create your own trip, but with the security of pre-arranged transport, accommodation and the support of our local ground handlers. MAKE IT PERSONAL

From high-altitude treks to downward dog yoga retreats, make each itinerary personal with our INDI Hits - our favourite local experiences, treks and Nama-Stay wellness retreats. Whether you’re planning a three-week itinerary or just a private driver to get you around a tricky leg of your trip, with INDI, any adventure is possible. Pick up an INDI brochure instore for inspiration and sample routes.

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Who We WORK WITH

We only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. Let's meet them!

redefining small group travel for over 25 years. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about getting you face to face with people, cultures and wildlife across the world. Travel in small groups and stay in some truly unique places along the way.

WHY WE LOVE THEM

SERVICE LEVELS

LOCAL LEADERS Trips are led by certified local guides, or Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). Hello, insider tips!

CAMPING Great value. Camping most nights and even the odd hotel stay. Affordable public and private transport.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS Get paired up with a same-sex roommate instead. Lone wolves can opt for the My Own Room option at extra cost.

BASIC Simple digs, great optional activities. Affordable public and private transport.

LIFETIME DEPOSITS Cancelling or postponing? Put it towards another trip in the future - your deposit is protected for life. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Once you’ve paid, you’re going!

STANDARD Mid-range accommodation, top highlights included. Mix of public and private transport. UPGRADED Living it up! Upgraded everything with more meals, activities and transfers than any other G Adventures tour.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES

10% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Get a tasty 10% discount on your next G Adventures trip when you book with us. FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD Student, teacher or under 31? Grab a free discount card or ISIC/IYTC Mastercard© Cashcard when you book a tour with this logo.

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TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS Light on frills, heavy on experience. Exclusive to 18-39s. CLASSIC Huge variety, wiggle room included for free spirits. ACTIVE Multi-sport tours with equipment and experts on-hand. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS More inclusions, deeper exploration and exclusive access. MARINE Experience the Caribbean, the Galápagos, the Amazon & Antarctica. RAIL Bringing sexy rail travel back. Awesome views included. LOCAL LIVING Immersive community stays.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

G FOR GOOD Tours that include visits to G for Good projects, funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise. THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION Wildlifefocused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.


Connecting young travellers to the time of their lives since 1962. Social travel experiences for 18-35s. WHY WE LOVE THEM

REAL EXPERIENCES The icons you can’t miss, the unique experiences you can only get with Contiki and the unexpected gems that will surprise you. They include more - all delivered by a legendary team. EAT LOCAL Immersive dining experiences (like sharing a home-cooked meal in a local’s home), locally sourced meals in Contiki properties, and local restaurants wherever you go. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION that’s more than just a place to sleep. From centrally located launchpads, to cool next generation hostels, to Contiki-owned properties (A French chateau? An Austrian Gasthof? Yep they own them). EXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35s The ultimate experience for young travellers from all over the world. A PROUD MEMBER OF TTC a passionately run family owned business committed to service. When you travel with Contiki, you’re treated like family.

FLEX DEPOSIT Need to cancel or postpone? Your £60 deposit can be put towards any Contiki trip you take in the future. And once you turn 35, it'll be transferred to their sister brands - so you'll never lose it! RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

CONTIKI CARES Sustainable tourism matters - Contiki Cares is a commitment to preserving the planet and giving back to the communities Contiki visits.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Done Contiki before? Book again and save 5% off your next trip.

WHY WE LOVE OVERLAND TOURS

epic truckin’ adventures Dragoman have been helping adventurous travellers cross continents in their orange trucks since 1981. Their vehicles are built to withstand the world’s roughest terrain, meaning they can carry you and your luggage to the planet’s most remote spots. *Terms and conditions apply.

Overland tours can cover some pretty long distances, and Dragoman knows it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. Get your travel playlist in order, bring your travel scrabble and bring some sturdy walking shoes – you’re an adventurer now. PRICES AND KITTIES

In addition to the cost of your trip, you'll need to pay a Local Payment as well, usually in USD. This ‘kitty’ is a group fund and covers accommodation, camping meals and included activities for flexibility and best value on the road. You can see what's being paid for plus you get everything at cost price! REPEAT DISCOUNT

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Book another Dragoman trip with us and get 5% off!

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Room GET A

Bye bye bedlam, hello making choosing and booking beds easy.

MORE CHOICE

From hammocks and hostels, to floatels (floating hotels, it's a thing we swear) and five-star honeymoon suites, we've travelled the world to secure you the best deals on accommodation. This brochure is just the start, with thousands more options available online, instore and on the STA Travel App. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

We've teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, to add their customer reviews to our website and app. So whether you're at home or booking on the road, see exactly what other travellers have to say before you stay.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Swan towel origami is all very impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, working continually with suppliers to ensure that where you are staying is hygienic and safe.

A NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION PRICING Prices shown in this brochure are ‘per person, per night’ for the meal plan shown, and are based on the cheapest season for travel to each destination. Unless otherwise stated, accommodation prices exclude any locally-payable supplements such as city taxes, visitor or ‘tourist’ taxes, and hotel resort fees. Airport transfers, where these are a compulsory requirement in order to reach your hotel, are also excluded and will need to be arranged separately at the time of booking. The end.


Shoestring

MILHOUSE AVENUE HOSTEL - BUENOS AIRES, page 124

Glampacker

SELINA MEDELLÍN - MEDELLÍN, page 102

Rock Solid

KRYSTAL CANCÚN - CANCÚN, page 167

Class Act

SELINA CANCÚN - CANCÚN, page 167

ATLANTIS HISTORIC INN - BARBADOS, page 180

A-List

OUR OWN RATINGS

One country's high-end can be another country's mid-range. That's why we rate properties using our own categories, so that you can see exactly who you're getting into bed with. Shoestring

No frills, but no nasty surprises either

Glampacker Stylish, minus the matching price tag Rock Solid Good value, good rooms, good times

OWN HOTEL - BUENOS AIRES, page 125

Class Act Comfort dressed up in fancy shoes A-List

Hello, room service? It’s me

Apartments

Look out for our favourite digs, bonus room upgrades, early bird and long stay specials.

Think 'Friends', only with your own mates

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Latin America & the Caribbean HAVANA

MEXICO

VARADERO

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CANCÚN

MÉRIDA

THE BAHAMAS

CUBA

MEXICO CITY

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

BELIZE CITY

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ACAPULCO

BELIZE

HAITI

JAMAICA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

GUATEMALA

HONDURAS

ANTIGUA

TEGUCIGALPA

EL SALVADOR

MANAGUA COSTA RICA

SAN JOSÉ

BARBADOS

NICARAGUA

TORTUGUERO

CARTAGENA PANAMA CITY

PANAMA

VENEZUELA

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MEDELLÍN

GUYANA

ZIPAQUIRÁ

SURINAME

FRENCH GUIANA

BOGOTÁ COLOMBIA

QUITO GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

ECUADOR

GUAYAQUIL

MANAUS NATAL

PERU

LIMA

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BRAZIL

CUZCO

SALVADOR

BRASÍLIA BOLIVIA

NAZCA AREQUIPA

LA PAZ

SUCRE POTOSÍ

RIO DE JANEIRO

ATACAMA DESERT

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PARAGUAY

IGUASSU FALLS

SÃO PAULO CURITIBA

SALTA

CHILE

FLORIANÓPOLIS ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

CÓRDOBA

SANTIAGO

ARGENTINA

Antarctica

URUGUAY

MENDOZA

MONTEVIDEO BUENOS AIRES

SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE VALDES PENINSULA

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1,000 KM TORRES DEL PAINE

EL CALAFATE

PUNTA ARENAS

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6 ways to get inspired and plan your trip. 1 10% OFF BUS TICKETS WITH RODOVIARIAONLINE

FOR THE LOVE OF BLOG

Expert tips and travel tales, find out everything from what eco-gear to pack, to where to find the best burger in NYC. STA TRAVEL GUIDE APP

Discover where to go, what to see and when to see it. Download a guide to your 'appy place on the App Store or Google Play. HASHTAG, YOU'RE IT 2 DISCOUNTED RATES: SAY HUEQUE TREKKING FITZ ROY

Dream big, travel far, post often. Eye candy for explorers, use #StartTheAdventure for the chance to be featured on our Instagram feed. YOUR INBOX NEEDS THIS

Be the first! Subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest deals and travel feels, delivered straight to your inbox by the email fairies. KEEPING IT REEL ON YOUTUBE

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Watch inspirational travel stories and film series. We're all about working with young influencers, so DM us if that sounds like you. $40 TICKET TO MUSEO FRIDA KAHLO

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Loved this? Pick up one of our other brochures instore or online at http://www.statravel.co.uk/travel-brochures.htm

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5 10% OFF ENTRANCE TO THE SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRA

Check out the map for the top student discounts available with your ISIC card. Plus, we're ditching the plastic and going virtual! Plastic is not fantastic. (Sorry Barbie).

6 DISCOUNTED RATES: NAZCA LINES FLIGHT WITH PIE PERU

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LEARN A LANGUAGE

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).

What can you expect?

Where can you stay?

HOw LONG ARE COURSES?

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

VISIT STATRAVEL.COM

WHAT TO BUY: Dictionary Foreign-language audio books/podcasts WHAT TO DO: Research your destination Find out about local events


ANTIGUA

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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.

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TAMARINDO

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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.

£440

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

FR

LEARN SPANISH IN SOUTH AMERICA QUITO

£272

FR

£272

FR

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!

£328

CUZCO

FR

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!

£393

CARTAGENA

FR

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.

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 BUENOS AIRES

LEARN SPANISH IN HAVANA

£440

FR

7+ DAYS

Learn Spanish in the heart of Buenos Aires in small classes of 6-10 students. Pick up the pace with a Spanish and Tango combination course.

COURSES

ACCOMMODATION

Standard Course 20 lessons per week (50 minutes) Intensive Course 30 lessons per week (50 minutes) Spanish & Tango Standard course plus one private tango lesson (60 minutes) and one group tango lesson (90 minutes).

Homestay Single room with half board. Travel time to school is approx. 45 minutes by public transport. Minimum age is 16 years old. Shared apartment Single room, self-catering. Travel time to school is approx. 2040 minutes by public transport. Minimum age is 18 years old.

Start Date: Start Date: Mondays (arrive Sunday) Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Accommodation: Single room in a homestay or shared apartment Meals: Half board or self-catering Min Age: 16 Class Size: 6-10 Note: Price based on Standard Course (shared apartment)

£515

FR

7+ DAYS

Learn Spanish in the Cuban capital, filled with colourful buildings and plazas. The language school is located in La Vibora district, just 15 minutes away from the UNESCO-designated Old Town. Expect top-class learning as Spanish lessons are taught in small classes of no more than four students.

COURSES

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course 20 lessons per week (45 minutes) Intensive course 25 lessons per week (45 minutes) Spanish & Dancing course Opt to add on four or eight dance lessons per week (45 minutes)

Homestay Single room with half board (meals taken at school). Travel time to school is approx. 15-20 minutes on foot.

Start Date: Mondays (arrive Sunday) Duration: 1-24 weeks Location: Havana, Cuba Accommodation: Single room in a homestay Meals: Half board Min Age: 18 Class Size: 2-4 Note: Price based on Standard Course

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South American Adventures EPIC

When it comes to travel destinations, South America is the King. It's home to some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and jaw-dropping wonders anywhere on the planet.


LATAM AIRLINES SOUTH AMERICA’S BIGGEST AND BEST AIRLINE

highlights • Meals served on all international flights • Available to book on BlueTicket • Fly from Oz, NZ, Europe, South Africa and the US

Boasting a huge network, LATAM doesn’t leave a single attraction out of reach. As a BlueTicket airline, STA Travel will ensure that eligible travellers fly on LATAM's cheapest available fares, and even enjoy a free stopover! If that’s not enough, LATAM can be booked with MultiFLEX, giving travellers the freedom to tweak flight dates on the go.

International Routes Sydney Rio de Janeiro Santiago New York São Paulo Miami New York Santiago São Paulo New York Buenos Aires Johannesburg Lima Los Angeles Rio de Janeiro Auckland

Fr £485 Fr £359 Fr £369 Fr £445 Fr £315 Fr £179 Fr £160 Fr £549

CARTAGENA

Available to book on BlueTicket. See page 11 for details.

BOGOTÁ QUITO

Regional RoutEs Santiago Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Santiago Lima Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro Santiago Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Bogotá Lima Buenos Aires

MANAUS

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Fr £39 Fr £39 Fr £89 Fr £95 Fr £135 Fr £220 Fr £160

RECIFE

LIMA

SALVADOR

CUZCO LA PAZ

BRASÍLIA RIO DE JANEIRO

SALTA

SÃO PAULO IGUASSU FALLS PORTO ALEGRE

SANTIAGO

MENDOZA

BUENOS AIRES

BARILOCHE

Suggested itinerary Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires

Fr £439 São Paulo Santiago Lima Quito

PUNTA ARENAS USHUAIA

SELINA ACCOMMODATION PASS

£129

FR

10 NIGHTS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS LATIN AND CENTRAL AMERICA

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• Ten nights accommodation included • Choose from a wide range of options... • ... in 30 locations and counting!

• Nine countries and more in the pipeline • Surf and wellness options available • Stay in a place that suits your travel style

With destinations all over Latin and Central America, the Selina family is waiting for you with open arms. That's precisely what these boutique hotels, hostels and co-living spaces offer - a family-orientated atmosphere. This awesome pass gets you ten nights' accommodation in any of Selina's hotels or hostels across the region. And with over 30 options in nine countries, including Colombia, Mexico and Nicaragua, there's plenty to choose from. Adventurous travellers can stay in dorms, hammocks or in tents; those looking for something a bit more luxurious can stay in suites or private digs. Duration: 10-night pass Accommodation: Choose from 30 properties across Latin and Central America (and counting) Note: This pass applies to dorms only. Private on request Tour Code: HP1001

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• A network of over 120 destinations • Flexible ticket options via MultiFLEX • On-demand in-flight entertainment


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SOUTH AMERICAN Journeys

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a truly epic adventure Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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 bitesized 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

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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 and venture 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 50).

LA PAZ

21 DAYS

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, and certainly an experience you'll never forget (see page 53).

QUITO TO LIMA: GASEQM

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LIMA TO LA PAZ: GAJML LA PAZ TO LIMA: GAJLM


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La Paz Rio de Janeiro 31 Days (GASBLR) Route: + 

HUANCHACO MACHU PICCHU LIMA

Lima Rio de Janeiro 51 Days  (GASPMR/GASZRA) Route: + + 

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SUCRE POTOSÍ PARATY

UYUNI SALT FLATS

RIO DE JANEIRO

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LA PAZ TO BUENOS AIRES ADVENTURE LA PAZ

BUENOS AIRES

£1,299

FR

15 DAYS

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).

IN SEARCH OF IGUASSU BUENOS AIRES

RIO DE JANEIRO

£1,499

FR

17 DAYS

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 106).

LA PAZ TO BUENOS AIRES: GASBLB BUENOS AIRES TO LA PAZ: GASABL

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BUENOS AIRES TO RIO: GAJBR RIO TO BUENOS AIRES: GAJRB

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QUITO BAÑOS

Fr £2,499


LIMA TO BUENOS AIRES ADVENTURE Buenos Aires

EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

35 DAYS, Lima

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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 enter 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

Day 1-4 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)

Day 5-8 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)

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Day 9-11 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)

Day 12-16 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)

Day 17-19 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) Colca Canyon, Peru

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£2,699

FR

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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 lake bed 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. While you're here, bed down in G for Good's Jukil Lodge, an initiative seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Learn about local agricultural practices like quinoa production, and take a guided walk with a community member. (5B, L, 2D)

Departures 2019 May

Day 25-29 Potosí / Uyuni / Salt Flats

My Own Room Available: Fr £609

Feb

Cross the border into Bolivia and ascend to La Paz, one of the world's highest cities and situated at nearly 4,000 metres above sea level. At this altitude we don't recommend anything too strenuous, but you do have free time to explore La Paz's 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 (yup, 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)

Jan

Day 20-24 La Paz / Sucre

Accommodation: Simple hotels (20 nts), multi-share hostels (5 nts), camping (3 nts), overnight buses (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), multi-share community lodge/ basic hotel on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, plane, train, 4WD Meals: 25 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $720-940 for meals not included

Day 30-35 San Pedro de Atacama / Salta / Buenos Aires Descend almost 3,000m 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)

Lima

Ollantaytambo / Cuzco Puno Lake Titicaca La Paz Arequipa

B O L I V I A

Potosí

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Machu Picchu

Paracas Nazca Colca Canyon

P E R U

Salta, Argentina

B R A Z I L

Sucre

Uyuni Salt Flats

Salta

A RG E N T I N A C H I L E

Buenos Aires

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Rainbow Mountain Hike A full-day hike, taking you to a height of 5,029m above sea level.  Fr £37 Reverse your trip Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (35 days, Buenos Aires - Lima) (GASABM)  Fr £2,699 Extend your trip Lima to Rio Adventure (51 days, Lima - Rio de Janeiro) (GASPMR) see pages 32-33 Fr £4,299

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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.


SOUTHERN DIVIDE 21 DAYS, Lima

£2,699

FR

Santiago Small Group Adventure

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EPIC SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES

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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My Own Room Available: Fr £729

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

Feb

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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 lodge/basic hotel 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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Day 4-5 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. Opt to bathe in its hot springs. (2B, L)

Day 6-9 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 imagination, then return to Cuzco to make the most of 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)

Day 10-11 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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Day 12-14 Sucre / Potosí

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Fly into Bolivia's capital, colonial-style Sucre. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been popular for years, as is evident from the 60-million-year-old dinosaur tracks nearby! Next, 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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Machu Picchu

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Day 15-17 Uyuni / Salt Flats Venture down to Uyuni, the gateway to Bolivia's expansive salt flats. Jump in a 4WD and explore 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. While you're here, overnight in Jukil Community Lodge, an initiative seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide future opportunities. (3B, L, 2D)

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Potosí

Uyuni Calama

Day 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)

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San Pedro de Atacama

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Day 20-21 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 TO BUENOS AIRES ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, La Paz

£1,299

FR

Buenos Aires Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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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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)

Departures 2019 Mar

Day 1-4 La Paz / Sucre

My Own Room Available: Fr £419

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• Venture into the Atacama Desert • Savour steak and empanadas in Salta • G for Good collection

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• Shop at the Witches Market in La Paz • Delve inside the silver mine of Potosí • Go snap-happy at Uyuni's surreal salt flats

Accommodation: Simple hotels (10 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), multi-share hostel (1 nt), 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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Day 5-6 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)

Day 7-9 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. During your time here, you'll stay in Jukil Community Lodge, a G for Good initiative seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. (3B, L, 2D)

Day 10-11 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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Day 12-13 Salta La Paz

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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Day 14-15 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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Sucre

Uyuni

San Pedro de Atacama Salta

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Potosí, Bolivia

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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 1-3 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)

Day 4-6 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)

Day 7-11 Iguassu Falls / Bonito Set in the tropical jungle, the Iguassu Falls are a sight to behold - transfer to São Paulo then fly in the direction of the famous rapids. 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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Day 12-14 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)

Day 15-18 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. (3B)

Day 19 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)

Day 20-23 Potosí / Salar de Uyuni Head south to Uyuni and jump on a 4WD for a three-day trip around the Salt Flats. Absorb the contrast of piercing blue skies and blinding white salt as you drive across the lake bed and visit the incredible Laguna Colorada, a large red lagoon coloured by algae and plankton. You'll also visit the geysers, boiling mud pools and thermal baths that emanate from the active Licancabur volcano, and overnight in the G for Good community lodge to learn about the riches of the area as well as the challenges that face it. Take the train to La Paz on Day 23. (4B, 2L, 2D) Machu Picchu, Peru

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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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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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Accommodation: Hotels (26 nts), overnight buses (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: 33 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $1,160-1,510 for meals not included

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Day 30-32 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)

Day 33-37 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)

Day 38-39 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. Depart on Day 39. (2B)

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Day 1-6 Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande / Paraty Arrive into Rio, check into your hotel and head straight out to discover 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. On Day 2, get a glimpse of the spiritied nature of the city's residents as well as the challenges facing many of them on a G for Good Favela Experience. 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)

Day 7-11 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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Day 12-14 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)

Day 15-17 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)

Day 18-21 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 - poised 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) Colca Canyon, Peru

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Day 35-43 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, 3L, 2D)

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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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Climbing almost 3,000m up to the Altiplano region, enjoy a three-day desert crossing into Bolivia, including a night at G for Good's Jukil lodge on Day 23. 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. 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 dinosaur footprints nearby. Then, board the night bus to La Paz. (7B, 2L, 2D)

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (29 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts), multishare hostels (9 nts), overnight bus (4 nts), camping (3 nts), basic multishare hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, plane, train, ferry, 4WD Meals: 36 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $1,245-1,620 for meals not included

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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)

Day 48-51 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 Ballestas Islands. Travel on to Peru's capital Lima for one last night. (B, D)

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Day 1-6 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)

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Day 7-13 Iguassu Falls / Bonito / Pantanal After transferring to São 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, 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 who'll show you around. (5B, 2L, 2D)

Day 14-19 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 eyeopener. 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)

Day 20-25 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, providing opportunities for the future. 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. Looking to stick around or got more time on your hands? Ask your Travel Expert for advice and tips on what to do and where to stay. (6B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 1-4 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 through mountains and lakes on the way to Puno. (3B, L, 2D)

Day 5-8 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)

Day 9 Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu A day for outdoor pursuits! From biking and hiking to rafting, there's a lot to experience today before you take the train to Aguas Calientes, the village at the base of Machu Picchu. (B)

Day 9 Inca Trail Trek (1 Day) For a modest supplement, you can walk in the footsteps of the Incas on a section of 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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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) PERU

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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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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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Day 1-5 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)

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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 and home to its namesake hot springs. (B)

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)

Day 7-13 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. Explroe Sucre at your own pace on Day 13. (7B, 4D)

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Day 14-16 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)

Day 17-22 Avaroa National Reserve / San Pedro de Atacama / Santiago 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 sees you swap the desert life for the city life as you catch a flight to Chile's capital, Santiago. Enjoy an included city tour and opt to visit the colourful, hillside city of Valparaíso. Stay here until your trip ends on Day 22. (6B, L, 3D)

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Day 1-2 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)

Day 3 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)

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Day 3 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)

Day 4-8 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. The following 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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Day 9-12 Lima / Buenos Aires Next up is red wine, steak and tango land - 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. Stock up on handmade leather goods at the vintage markets of San Telmo, 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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Day 13-14 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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Day 15-18 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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Day 1-9 Cartagena / Tayrona National Park / Lorica / Medellín Touch down in colourful Cartagena at any point on Day 1 and enjoy an included walking tour. Then, head to Tayrona National Park for two days of hiking, beach time and optional excursions into the Sierra Nevada foothills. Move on to the pretty town of Lorica, then continue south to Medellín, famous for its nightlife, arts and crafts. The city is also famous for being the haunt of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Opt to explore his old haunts on a guided tour.

Day 10-19 Manizales / Salento / Popayán / Ipiales / Otavalo / Quito Head into the heart of the coffee region on Day 10 and enjoy an included tour of a coffee plantation. Bed down in a charming little hacienda, then continue south to Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora. Enjoy a guided walk here and see the tallest palm trees in the world, then it's on to the former colonial capital of Popayán for two days of free time. Cross into Ecuador via the town of Ipiales, then head to the capital Quito via the pretty mountain town of Otavalo.

Day 20-31 Ecuadorian Amazon / Rio Verde / Baños / Quilotoa / Chugchilán / Cuenca / Punta Sal Enjoy three days of treks, canoe rides and wildlife spotting in the Amazon Rainforest, then head to Baños via Rio Verde. Get your heart racing with optional white water rafting, canyoning and horse riding, then go trekking through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery of Chugchilán. Continue to Cuenca then cross the border into northern Peru and set up camp by the beach in Punta Sal.

Day 32-42 Huanchaco / Huaraz / Lima / Huacachina / Paracas / Nazca / Arequipa Spend a full day driving to Huanchaco and explore the Chan Chan ruins and Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon). Then, head into the Andes and bed down in the mountain town of Huaraz. Opt to go hiking in the spectacular Cordillera Blanca or don your helmet for a mountain biking trip. After a short breather in capital Lima, continue to the sand dunes of Huacachina for optional sandboarding and dune buggying, then on to the bird-filled Ballestas Islands at Paracas. Continue via Nazca to Arequipa, opting to fly over the famous Nazca Lines.

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Get with nature in the Amazon Jungle Get active in Baños Travel across the Atacama Desert Opt to look down on the Nazca Lines Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Take a day trip into the Colca Canyon Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats by jeep Taste world-class wine in Cafayate Live with the gauchos on an estancia Be in awe of the Iguassu Falls Wildlife in the Southern Pantanal

Day 43-57 Colca Canyon / Raqchi / Cuzco / Inca Trail / Cuzco / Puno / Isla Del Sol / Copacabana The terraced slopes of the Colca Canyon is one of our favourite Peruvian views. After watching the condors soar, overnight in a homestay at Raqchi. Continue to Cuzco and acclimatise before taking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Head back to Cuzco for a day's recuperation on Day 54 (you'll need it) then, swap mountains for lakes as you spend a couple of days exploring Lake Titicaca.

Day 58-70 La Paz / Potosí / Bolivian Altiplano / San Pedro de Atacama / Purmamarca / Salta Head to the highest administrative capital in the world for two full days, then continue to colonial Potosí, famed for its still-active silver mines. Next up, there's plenty of awesome photo ops waiting on the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's popular Salt Flats. Continue across the Bolivian Altiplano into Chile and explore the arid Atacama for two days. Cross over into Argentina at Paso Jama and make for Purmamarca, situated right next to the aptly-named Hill of Seven Colours. On Day 68, Salta awaits with rafting, ziplining and trekking options, and plenty of relaxation time.

Day 71-97 Cafayate / Estancia / Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls / Bonito / Southern Pantanal / Brotas / Paraty / Rio de Janeiro Drive to Cafayate, famous for its Torrontes and Tannat wines. There'll be ample chance for glugging some of this while you're here. Drive south, stopping by the Quilmes ruins, then spend three days in an Estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life. On Day 77, head on to Buenos Aires for three days of partying, tango dancing, eating and drinking, then set up camp in Yapeyú. Then, cross into Brazil and make for the city of Foz do Iguaçu, right by Iguassu Falls. Spend two days here exploring both sides of the falls, then head to the eco tourism hub of Bonito. Continue the nature theme wildlife-spotting in the Southern Pantanal, then drive to remote Brotas for optional white water rafting and tubing. Relax on the beaches of Paraty, then end up with two days in the tantalising city of Rio de Janeiro. It's a biggie!

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Day 1-17 Lima / Huacachina / Arequipa / Cuzco / Machu Picchu From Lima, head to Huacachina for an evening of sandboarding and dune buggying and opt to camp out under the stars. On to Nazca, catch a glimpse of the mysterious Nazca Lines before your journey on to Arequipa and Chivay, your gateway to the Colca Canyon. Then, discover the Incas in Cuzco and on a four-day trek to the iconic Incan site of Machu Picchu. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Day 18-30 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! Then, camp at Purmamarca, otherwise known as the Hill of Seven Colours.

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Day 31-44 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.

Day 45-60 Iguassu Falls / Bonito / Pantanal / Brotas / Paraty / Rio See the stunning Iguassu Falls from both Brazilian and Argentine sides then drag yourself away to Bonito, Brazil's eco tourism capital. After three days among the jaguars and ocelots of the Southern Pantanal (if you're lucky!), make your way to the Emerald Coast of Paraty via Brotas, then finish with a flourish on the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

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WORLDS OF THE INCAS 41 DAYS, Quito

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• Stay in the Amazon Jungle • Huaraz mountain activities • Surf waves in Punta Sal

• See the Nazca Lines • Trek up to Machu Picchu • Overnight on Lake Titicaca

Day 1-11 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. La Boca, Buenos Aires

Day 12-20 Punta Sal / Huanchaco / Huaraz / Lima

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-based 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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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, best seen from the air, 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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• Explore vibrant Medellín • Laze on Tayrona's beaches

• Visit a coffee finca in Salento • Hike in Cocora Valley

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 a visit to a coffee finca in Salento. In the hillside metropolis of Medellín, discover 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. Departs Southbound: 29Apr19, 01Jul19, 18Aug19, 19Sep19, 15Oct19, 17Nov19, 27Apr20 Northbound: 21Mar19, 05Apr19 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (70%), camping (30%) Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $520 Tour Code: DRZCQ

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• Trek the famous Inca Trail • Explore Lake Titicaca

• Discover the White City • Dune buggy at Huacachina

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: 01Jan19, 02May19, 05Jun19, 07Aug19, 21Aug19, 24Sep19, 26Oct19, 17Nov19 Northbound: 09Feb19, 24Feb19, 22Apr19, 16May19, 20May19, 25Jan20 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (75%), camping (25%) Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $1,270 Tour Code: DRLLZ

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

ALTIPLANO & GAUCHO WANDERER La Paz

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• Explore the Witches' Market • Visit Uyuni's Train Graveyard

• Tango around Buenos Aires • Wine and dine in Salta

This trip is all about the scenery, so strap in and get snapping! Start off in the world's highest capital, La Paz, then head to the infamous silver mines of Potosí. Then, venture onto the salt flats and swing by the aptly-named Train Graveyard. Cross into Chile and explore the Atacama before it's on to Argentina for a stop in colonial Salta. Drink some vino in Cafayate, ride horses and eat barbecue food in a rural estancia, then end up in Buenos Aires. Departs Southbound: 22Jan19, 23May19, 16Jun19, 26Jun19, 28Aug19, 14Jan20 Northbound: 25Oct19 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (70%), camping (30%) Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $810 Tour Code: DRZZB

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• Adventure in the Amazon • Amazing wildlife spotting

• Kip in a rainforest 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: 11Apr19, 08Sep19, 02Apr20 Northbound: 04May19, 01Oct19, 26Apr20 Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (75%), camping (25%) Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $1,040 Tour Code: DRZCV

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With the heat of the Caribbean on one end and the icy promise of Patagonia 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.

BUENOS AIRES PUCÓN

LAKE DISTRICT BARILOCHE Cartagena / Tayrona National Park / Lorica / Medellín /

Day 1-16 Salento / Popayán / Ipiales

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After a couple of days in Cartagena, drive to Tayrona National Park and relax in and out of your hammock (there are no beds in paradise). Arrive in Medellín on Day 7 by way of LOS GLACIARES N.P. Lorica, then head to the heart of the coffee region. Continue to colonial Popayán on Day 14.

CAMARONES

Day 17-29 Ipiales / Quito / Amazon / Baños / Chugchilán / Cuenca Over the border to Ecuador on Day 17, spend two days in Quito before venturing into the Amazon Rainforest. Your three-night stay involves river safaris and night treks. Then it's an action-packed two days prior to your day trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilán. Next up, Cuenca.

PERITO MORENO GLACIER TORRES DEL PAINE

Day 30-45 Punta Sal / Huanchaco / Huaraz / Lima / Huacachina / Puerto Inca / Arequipa / Chivay After a day trying on Panama hats, 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. After three days, it's time for Lima, Huacachina, and Arequipa. Continue to Chivay, detouring into the spectacular Colca Canyon.

TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22 USHUAIA Tour Code: DRLTU

Day 46-60 Raqchi / Cuzco / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Puno / Copacabana / La Paz Enjoy a traditional Quechua homestay at Raqchi up in the Peruvian highlands. Day 47, and it's time for Cuzco, the once-capital of the Incas. Make your way to the Sacred Valley and start a four-day trek to Machu Picchu, arriving at sunrise on Day 53. Hit the road to Bolivia on Day 55, spend a night on Lake Titicaca before heading to La Paz.

Day 61-75 Uyuni / San Pedro de Atacama / Salta / Cafayate / Río Ceballos Drive towards the dazzling landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and explore the area by foot and jeep for a day. Next up, travel over the surreal Bolivian Altiplano towards San Pedro de Atacama. After crossing the border into Argentina, Salta awaits on Day 68 before it’s wine o’clock in Cafayate. And just to make sure that your Argentinian experience is complete, spend three days on a working estancia for a taste of the gaucho way of life.

Day 76-88 Mendoza / Santiago / Pucón / Bariloche / Futaleufú / Puyuhuapi / Cerro Castillo Reserve Known for its unbeatable Malbec, it's time for vineyard-hopping in Mendoza. Day 78, visit Santiago before a trip to the country’s Lake District. Mountain village Bariloche is next up before you join the famous Carretera Austral on Day 86. Drive through Queulat National Park and the Cerro Castillo National Reserve en route to El Chaltén.

Day 89-101 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. Walk the whole W Trek or a section, before crossing the Magellan Straits to Tierra del Fuego’s Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town and your final stop.

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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 Kitty: Approx. USD $4,260


ANDES, AMAZON, ALTIPLANO & ATACAMA 61 DAYS, Quito

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Day 1-15 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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. Departs: 20Jan19, 04Feb19, 05Sep19, 07Oct19, 02Nov19, 05Dec19 Trip Style: Overland 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 $2,660 Tour Code: DRLQS

Cartagena La Paz 59 days  Tour Code: DRJTZ Route: + + + Cartagena Rio 130 days Tour Code: DRJTR Route: + +

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Fr £6,210 (Plus local kitty)

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Cartagena Lima 38 days Tour Code: DRJTL Route: : + Lima Rio de Janeiro 93 days Tour Code: DRJLR Route: + + +

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Lima Buenos Aires 75 days Tour Code: DRJLB Route: + + +

Fr £3,910 (Plus local kitty)

Santiago Rio de Janeiro 52 days Tour Code: DRJSR Route: +

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Salar deSantiago, Uyuni, Bolivia Chile

THE INCA EMPIRE, GAUCHOS & ALTIPLANO Lima

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• Live like Argentine gauchos • Visit Mendoza’s vineyards

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

ALTIPLANO & GAUCHO EXPLORER La Paz

Santiago

£1,060

FR

Plus local kitty

21 DAYS

highlights

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

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

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.

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: 26Apr19, 21Aug19, 24Sep19, 21Nov19 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 $2,060 Tour Code: DRLLS

Departs: 22Jan19, 11Sep19, 15Oct19,16Nov19, 08Dec19 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 $780 Tour Code: DRZZS

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What's special about Bamba's hop-on hop-off flexible travel passes? TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY

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Explore the world exactly how you want to. Travel freely, at your own pace and to the hottest spots with no tour leader or schedule. It's all up to you! DAILY DEPARTURES

Bamba has up to 6 departures a day throughout their hop-on hop-off transport network, with multiple departures for included experiences. INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Each pass comes with a list of included experiences. Check them all out on the map opposite, and see which ones go with which pass on page 46-47. Ideal for budgeting and forward planning.

Make unlimited schedule changes before and during your trip. With a pass that's valid for 12 months, you can take your time to enjoy your journey. Plus, with no local payments to worry about, it's easier to stay on budget! ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is not included so you get to choose where you sleep based on your budget and with the help of Bamba's list of recommended hostels and hotels. Book your bed on the go on Bamba's travel app, or opt to go accommodated. All of Bamba's hop-on hop-off routes can also be done as accommodated tours. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

BAMBA NETWORK From Rio to Peru, and from the beaches of Cartagena to the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, check out all the ground you can cover with Bamba! Plan your own journey or select from one of their many routes. For our Central America passes, see page 144-145

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Included Experiences 25

MEDELLÍN Exotic Fruits Experience

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MANIZALES Coffee Experience (2 days)

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SANTA MARTA Tayrona Hammock Experience (3 days)

CARTAGENA Mangrove Forest Day Tour BOGOTÁ Bike City Day Trip

Colombia Ecuador

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LIMA Urban Discovery PARACAS Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride

QUITO Middle of the World Experience

Peru 6

CUZCO Milhouse Hostel (1 night in dorm) PUNO 2: Amantani Homestay Experience (2 nights) 7: Lake Titicaca Day Tour

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ICA/HUACACHINA Sandbuggy & Sandboarding AREQUIPA 3: Colca Canyon Trekking (3 days) 8: City & Country Tour

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SUCRE Sucre with a Local

12 20 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA Moon Valley Sunset Tour

Chile

SALTA Cafayate & Villages Day Trip

MENDOZA Wine Experience

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21 BUENOS AIRES Tango Night Experience

SANTIAGO Bike City Trip

RIO DE JANEIRO Carioca City Tour

UYUNI Salt Flats and Desert Adventure (3 days)

Argentina

BARILOCHE Circuito Chico Day Trip

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IGUASSU Iguassu Falls Day Trip

23 PARATY Schooner Boat Trip

Uruguay 15 30 MONTEVIDEO Highlights Tour

14 17 PUERTO VARAS Osorno Volcano day trip

EL CALAFATE Perito Moreno Glacier alternative trip

18 USHUAIA Tierra del Fuego National Park

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LORENZO WAYS

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Urban Discovery  Duration: 4 hours

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Arrive in Lima for a tour of the city’s crumbling façades 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, 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.  Recommended trip time: 35 Days

Ballestas Islands Sightseeing  Boat Ride Duration: 2 hours Paracas to Ica/Huacachina 

ICA/HUACACHINA 4

Sandbuggy & Sandboarding  Duration: 2 hours Ica/Huacachina to Arequipa via Nazca

Colca Canyon Trekking  Duration: 3 days Arequipa to Cuzco 

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Milhouse Hostel Cuzco  Duration: 1 night in dorm Amantani Homestay  Experience Duration: 2 days

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13 Bike City Trip

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SANTA MARTA CARTAGENA

Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia & Colombia

MEDELLÍN MANZALES

BOGOTÁ

£555

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Lima Lima Included experiences: 1-6 Recommended trip time: 17 Days

QUITO GUAYAQUIL MANCORA

TRUJILLO HUARAZ LIMA

CUZCO

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NAZCA AREQUIPA

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Lima Cuzco Included experiences: 1 4 5 Recommended trip time: 11 Days

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Bogotá Lima Included experiences: 6 24 29 Recommended trip time: 12 Days

MAGICAL PERU EXPRESS WAYS

Quito Lima Included experiences: 6 29 Recommended trip time: 7 Days

ECUADOR CROSSING WAYS

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LA RUMBA WAYS

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Bogotá Bogotá Included experiences: 24-28 Recommended trip time: 14 Days

CHEVERE WAYS Cartagena Bogotá Included experiences: 24-28 Recommended trip time: 13 Days

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ISLA INCAHUASI

SUCRE RIO DE JANEIRO

POTOSÍ UYUNI SALT FLATS

IQUIQUE LAGUNA COLORADA

CALAMA SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

PARATY SÃO PAULO FOZ DO IGUAÇU

SALTA

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PUERTO IGUAZÚ

LA SERENA

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MENDOZA

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COLONIA

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PUCÓN PUERTO VARAS

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PERITO MORENO

EL CHALTÉN EL CALAFATE

Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia & Chile MOQUECA WAYS

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Rio Buenos Aires Included experiences: 15 16 22 Recommended trip time: 12 Days

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Rio Foz do Iguaçu Included experiences: 16 22 23 Recommended trip time: 10 Days

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EXPRESS 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. Check the included activities against page 45 to decide which pass is best for you. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

FELIPAO WAYS Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro Included experiences: 15 16 22 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

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£650

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Buenos Aires Lima Included experiences: 1-6 9-13 Recommended trip time: 41 Days

Santiago Lima Included experiences: 3-6 12 Recommended trip time: 22 Days

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La Paz La Paz Included experiences: 9 10 11 Recommended trip time: 10 Days

ACAI BERRY WAYS

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Santiago Rio de Janeiro Included experiences: 13 15 16 Recommended trip time: 25 Days

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La Paz Lima Included experiences: 1-6 9 Recommended trip time: 29 Days

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Santiago Ushuaia Included experiences: 13 14 17 Recommended trip time: 14 Days

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Limber up for Peru's magical Inca Trail, walk Bolivia's lunar-esque Salt Flats, soak up Ecuador's Andean villages and visit colonial Cartagena in intoxicating Colombia.


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Many tours of South America can be combined with the Galápagos Islands. Have a look below at three of our top-selling Peru tours combined with sailing trips in the Galápagos. All include return flights to/from Quito.

GALÁPAGOS CENTRAL ISLANDS & INCA DISCOVERY Quito

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AMAZON TO THE ANDES & GALÁPAGOS SOUTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS FR£4,779

ABSOLUTE PERU & GALÁPAGOS FR£4,519 CENTRAL ISLANDS

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Quito

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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 wildlife-filled Amazonian rainforest from the comfort of an intimate jungle lodge. Top all this with seven nights of cruising, swimming and snorkelling in the waters of the Galápagos archipelago 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.

Itinerary/Inclusions: See pages 84-87 for Galápagos and page 59 for Inca Discovery Tour Code: GASED07MB

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Itinerary/Inclusions: See page 64 for Amazon to the Andes and pages 84-87 for Galápagos Tour Code: GASPA10MA

Itinerary/Inclusions: See page 63 for Absolute Peru and pages 84-87 for Galápagos Tour Code: GASPHO7MB

Combine any G Adventures tour of Peru (excl. independent tours) with a Galápagos trip and get the one-way flight between Lima and Quito on us!

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CARTAGENA TO QUITO ON A SHOESTRING 21 DAYS, Cartagena

£1,799

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Quito

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

highlights

• Walk historic Cartagena • Climb to the Lost City • Hike through Tayrona NP

• Shop Otavalo's markets • Beach time in Teganga • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Cartagena / Santa Marta Dive into the pastel-hued streets of Cartagena and spend the next couple of days walking through the historical old town and learning about its fabled past. Check out the San Felipe Fortress and soak up the city's Caribbean vibes at the beach before hopping on a local bus to the coastal port town of Santa Marta on Day 3. (2B)

Day 4-7 Lost City Trek

Cartagena, Colombia

Transfer by 4WD to Machete Pelao and the start of your five-day, 45-kilometre guided trek to the Lost City. En route, you'll be camping 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. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Day 8-13 Taganga / Tayrona National Park / Medellín / Salento You're in for a big six days, firstly, a G for Good supported community lunch cooked by women from the community with local ingredients. Then you're on to the impressive Tayrona National Park, up-and-coming Medellín, and the lush caffeinated hills of Salento to explore the Quindío coffee region. (3B, 2L)

Day 14-21 Tatacoa Desert / San Agustín / Popayán / Pasto / Otavalo / Quito Spend the night under the stars and explore the Tatacoa Desert, visit an archaeological park, travel to colonial Popayán, sample delicious local ice cream in Patso, and finally, cross into Ecuador. Here you'll visit the famous Otavalo market before continuing to Quito where your tour ends on Day 21. (7B)

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Tayrona N.P.

Cartagena

Lost City Trek

Medellín CO LO M B I A

Salento

Tatacoa

Popayán San Agustín Pasto Otavalo Lajas Sanctuary

Quito ECUADOR

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Accommodation: Simple hotels (15 nts), camping: hammocks/rustic bunks (4 nts), desert camping (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, 4WD, plane, minibus Meals: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $395-515 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASMQS

My Own Room Available: Fr £409

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Selected Sundays

Medellín to Quito Adventure (GASMMQ) 12 days, Fr £749

QUITO TO LIMA ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Quito

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Lima

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Explore charming Quito • Stay in an Amazon homestay • Opt to thermal soak in Baños

• See snow-capped volcanoes • Hike in Cajas National Park • Chill out on Pacific Coast

Day 1-4 Quito / Tena / Amazon Jungle Quito is stop número uno, and 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. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Baños, Ecuador

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Day 5-8 Baños / Cuenca Journey towards 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. Travel onwards to Cuenca, Ecuador's third-largest city and birthplace of the dapper Panama hat. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and beautiful colonial architecture. (B)

Day 9-12 Máncora / Huanchaco Cross into Peru via the busy border town of Huaquillas and travel down the PanAmerican 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. (2B)

Quito

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Amazon Jungle Homestay Baños / Cuenca Máncora PERU

Huanchaco

Day 15 Huanchaco / Lima Enjoy a full day in Huanchaco, then catch the overnight bus to Lima. Jump in a cab to the Plaza de Armas, the heart of old Lima where you can see 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! (2B)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Accommodation: Simple hotels (9 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts) Transport: Local bus, boat, truck, motorised canoe Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASEQM

My Own Room Available: Fr £219

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QUITO TO LA PAZ ADVENTURE 35 DAYS, Quito

£2,499

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La Paz Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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 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

Accommodation: Simple hotels (19 nts), multi-share hostels (4 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (4 nts) Transport: Local bus, boat, motorised canoe, truck, train Meals: 22 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $680-885 for meals

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

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Departures 2019 Day 1-8 Quito / Amazon Jungle / Baños / Cuenca

Day 9-13 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. (2B)

Day 14-18 Lima / Paracas / Nazca Get a full day to enjoy Lima before heading down the coast to Paracas, 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 for a sightseeing flight, then indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal. (2B, D)

Day 19-25 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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Day 26-30 Inca Trail It's time to tackle the iconic 43km Inca Trail, passing cloud forests and Inca architecture. Keep your camera charged for the final day as you reach the Sun Gate to witness sunrise over Machu Picchu. Head back to Cuzco to rest, or explore more of the city. (You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details). (5B, 3L, 3D)

Day 31-35 Puno / Lake Titicaca / La Paz

Quito Amazon Jungle Homestay

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 trips concludes on Day 35. (4B, L, D)

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This massive 35-day, three-country trip takes you through the jungles, lakes, deserts, and canyons of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. You'll meet the locals, visit a floating island, barter in the markets, and conquer the incredible Inca Trail.


BOLIVIAN MAGIC 15 DAYS, Cuzco

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Bolivian magic with some Chilean spice, this tour will take you through some of the world's most incredible landscapes, and some of Latin America's most scenic cities. You'll be stunned by Sucre's beauty, get flirtatious with flamingos, go moon-walking in Chile, and ride across the largest salt flats in the world. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip manager, local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COCUSA

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• Explore new heights (literally) in La Paz • Get aquainted with scenic Santiago • Walk across the Valle de la Luna

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• Journey across Avaroa National Reserve • Visit the spectacular Salar de Uyuni • See beautiful white buildings in Sucre

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Day 1-4 Cuzco / Copacabana / La Paz Roll into Cuzco at any time and head straight for the pisco sours! Make your way through Peru's spectacular Altiplano Plateau in to Bolivia's Lake Titicaca, arriving at the lakeside town of Copacabana. The town is bright and charming and lined with lakeside cafés and swim spots. Journey through Bolivian countryside towards La Paz on Day 4, the world's highest large city at 3,650 metres above sea level, so the altitude may hit you like a brick. Adjust to the air by walking around the markets and plazas, and enjoy a guided walking tour of the city the next morning. (3B, 2D)

Day 5-7 Sucre / Potosí Spend the next couple of days in Bolivia's beautiful capital, Sucre. Set in a valley surrounded by mountains, the city is filled with stunning colonial-style, whitewashed buildings. Go on a guided walking tour on arrival and then you're off to explore, we suggest grabbing a meal at either the Mercado Central or the Mercado Campesino. You can't leave the city without trying the local delicacy, the salteña, which is a unique and delicious style of empanada. Get a picture of the impressive Convento de San Felip Neri, wander around the footprints of dinosaurs (no joke), or find a museum that suits you best. Then it's off toward the silver mining town of Potosí, situated at the foot of Cerro Rico meaning rich mountain. You'll take a locally-guided tour on arrival and spend the rest of your time at leisure. (3B, D)

Day 8-10 Uyuni / Salar de Uyuni / Avaroa National Reserve Welcome to Uyuni, the launch pad to the Bolivian salt flats, the largest salt flats in the world! Your first exciting stop is the Great Train Graveyard, a desert of abandoned steam trains that will make you feel like you're in a dystopian world. The next day, head to the Salar de Uyuni for an unforgettable experience and grab those famous pictures. Ditch the mini bus the following day and kick start your 4WD adventure across the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve. You'll experience hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, deserts, mountains, lakes and flamingos! Journey on to the Salvador DalÍ desert before venturing into the Atacama Desert and your third country, Chile! (3B, 2L, 2D)

Day 11-15 San Pedro de Atacama / Santiago After two days of fun in the desert is time for some poolside relaxing, or you could keep on with the action and go sandboarding. In the afternoon you'll head out to Valle de la Luna, another incredible landscape that as the name suggests, will look like the moon. Leave the desert behind and catch your flight to Santiago on Day 13. Chile's capital sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range, and is within one hour from the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Go on a city tour upon arrival to get acquainted with this metropolis with views, and then you can explore solo. We suggest a trip to Barrio Bellavista, Santiago's bohemian quarter, full of delicious restaurants, energetic bars and clubs, and all around good vibes. While you're there, don't miss the panoramic views from the top of San Cristóbal hill, and if you're feeling lazy, just take the gondola (we got you). Opt to visit Valparaíso or spend the day exploring Chile's wineries before departing your adventure on Day 15. (5B, 2D)

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ANDEAN DISCOVERY 21 DAYS, Lima

£1,629

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La Paz Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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 Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAJML

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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 lines and geoglyphs, then enjoy a traditional Pachamanca meal (cooked underground) in the evening. Catch the overnight bus to Arequipa. (B, D)

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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

Accommodation: Simple hotels (10 nts), hostels (4 nts) overnight buses (2 nts), camping (3 nts) homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, train Meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $405-530 for meals not included

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Day 5-8 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)

Day 9-11 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 Cooperative.

Day 12-16 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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Day 17-19 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)

Day 20-21 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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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!


INCA JUNGLE, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN & SALT FLATS 11 DAYS, Cuzco

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• Malaga Pass mountain biking • Hike to Rainbow Mountain • Uyuni Salt Flats 4WD trip

• Santa Teresa ziplining • Guided tour of Machu Picchu • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Cuzco / Malaga Pass / Santa Teresa Arrive at the once-capital of the Incas at any time, get used to your surroundings (and the altitude) and meet the rest of your group. Optional activities are already available on your first day, including white water rafting on the Urubamba! On Day 2, the adrenalin gets a good outing on an exhilarating mountain bike ride up on the Malaga Pass - amazing Andean views and grazing llamas included - before another bout of fresh air the next morning with a hike in the Santa Teresa Valley. (B, 2L)

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Day 4-5 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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Uyuni Salt Flats

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• Trek to Machu Picchu • Tour the Uyuni Salt Flats • Visit Sol de Manana Geyser

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UYUNI & MACHU PICCHU COMBO ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, La Paz

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Fly to Uyuni for your three-day 4WD excursion to the Salt Flats and the surrounding desert altiplano. Your first night will be spent at the G for Good Jukil Community Lodge, a real economic boost to the rural community, and where you'll learn a bit about their daily lives. Continue your exploration of the bright, white desert and return to La Paz by overnight bus, where your trip ends. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz when things were seen in technicolour for the first time? The experience is not too dissimilar today on your hike in the Rainbow Mountain region - possibly one of the world's most Instagrammable sights. This ain't no walk in the park, but it definitely doesn't disappoint and the view is hard to compare. Return to Cuzco and fly to lofty La Paz on Day 7. (2B, L)

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Day 6-7 Rainbow Mountain / Cuzco / La Paz

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Service Level: Basic Physical Rating: 3 Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (7 nts), multi-share lodge/basic hotels (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, train, 4WD, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPPB

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Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes

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Today sees you reaching speeds of up to 70km an hour on the Santa Teresa zipline, high above the jungle below. Next, board a train to Aguas Calientes - your base for the following day's exploration of Machu Picchu. Arrive at the Lost City of the Incas early (and we mean early) in the morning to catch the sunrise, and follow the footsteps of your knowledgeable guide. Return to Cuzco for the evening. (2B)

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• Relax in thermal hot springs • Hike across Lake Titicaca • See flamingos at Red Lagoon

Day 1-5 La Paz / Uyuni Salt Flats Feel like a rockstar with an airport pick-up and transfer to your La Paz accommodation. Take a city tour the next day visiting the Witches' Market, local food stalls and unique neighbourhoods. Take a night bus to Uyuni, your launch pad to the salt flats. Start your three-day tour on Day 3, beginning at the 'train graveyard'. Hike to the top of Incahuasi, an island full of giant cacti, and have your cameras at the ready! Walk to Sora Canyon on Day 4 and look out for llamas, visit Desert Siloli (the highest and driest in the world), and spot some flamingos at the Red Lagoon. Stop at the Sol de Manana Geyser, then continue to the open-air hot springs and take a bath. Visit Dali Desert and the Green Lagoon before heading back to Uyuni to take the night bus back to La Paz on Day 5. (2B, 3L, 2D)

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Day 6-9 La Paz / Copacabana / Isla del Sol / Cuzco You have a free day in La Paz, so relax and rest up for your next journey. Take a bus to lakeside Copacabana, then board a ferry to Isla del Sol and ascend an Incan stairway to the top of a mountain. Rise early for a four-hour hike with stunning views across Lake Titicaca to Pilkokaina. Tonight, transfer back to Puno and board the night bus to Cuzco. Go on a motorbike tour through the Andean countryside to the Inca ruins of Moray and the pre-Inca salt pools of Maras. Return to Cuzco in the evening and get ready for your trek the next day. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 10-14 Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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Over three days you will partake in either the Inca Trail Trek (subject to availability) or the Lares Trek. On completion, you will go on a two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and have free time to explore on your own. When you're ready, head back to Aguas Calientes via bus or walking trail. Transfer to Ollantaytambo and board the bus back to Cuzco. Your adventure comes to an end the following day after your check-out, then you'll be transferred to Cuzco airport. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Departs: Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays Trip Style: Independent Accommodation: Hostels (10 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: On tours and between cities Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners Includes: Tours as mentioned in the itinerary, English speaking guides Group Size: Min 4 Note: Accommodation upgrades available Tour Code: BEUYUUMP

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Hard to find and quite the trek, do it in a couple of hours or six days of hiking, either way you'll be rewarded with colours!

Potatoes are native to Peru and domesticated more than 8,000 years ago. Find them and eat them in over 2,500 delicious varieties.

A no-brainer on your Peru itinerary, this beautiful Andean valley is home to the largest flying bird on earth, the Andean condor.

One of the most beautiful and diverse places on earth where you'll find lagoons, volcanoes, geysers, lakes, mountains and flamingos!

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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 58)

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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.

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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 please book early - ideally six months in advance. The trail is closed every February for repairs, so you'll walk the Lares Trail instead.

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

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Arrive in Cuzco in time for your welcome meeting. 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, and is peppered with ruins. Visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Cooperative where you can pick up some local textile souvenirs, then tuck into lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant. All the ingredients for this restaurant are bought directly from the local farmers, and all income is invested back into the community's social programmes. Later on, head to Ollantaytambo and opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses for views over the ruins. If that's not your thing, go for a wander around the ancient cobblestone streets which are lined with century-old adobe buildings, colonial houses and original Inca walls. You could even just grab a seat at one of the cafés at the main square, order a freshly-squeezed lemonade and people watch, or visit a local Chicheria (traditional corn beer bar). (B, L)

Departures 2019/20 Mar

Day 1-2 Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

My Own Room Available: Fr £129

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

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

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Day 3-6 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. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco The last morning brings one of the trip's most iconic moments: the final climb up the numerous steps to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here, enter the site to catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu through the rising morning mist. Enveloped in myth and numerous speculations about its origins, it's a site that calls for a dramatic entrance. After getting yor bearings, there's time to explore the famous site further, 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). Depart from Cuzco at any time on Day 7, or stick around for a few more days to explore the surrounding area. (B)

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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 LARES TREK 7 DAYS, Cuzco

£729

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Cuzco

Small Group Adventure

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

highlights

• 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 1-2 Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Cuzco is your arrival city, get in at any time and and explore. The next day, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Visit a G for Good Women's Weaving Cooperative then stop for lunch at a Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. All ingredients here are sourced from local farmers. After lunch, opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. If hiking's not on the cards for you today, no problems, because there's plenty to do in town. The cobblestones streets will lead to you the main square with many cafes and a nearby artisan market to get lost in. (B, L)

Lares Trek, Peru

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Day 3-5 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 next 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 in Pumahuanca, hop into a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Aguas Calientes and relax in town or the nearby hot springs. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Ollantaytambo

Lares Town

Machu Picchu

Cuzco

Day 6-7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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

My Own Room Available: Fr £119

Departures 2019

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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THE INCA JOURNEY 10 DAYS, Lima

£1,599

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Lima

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Get bargaining in markets • Explore the Sacred Valley • Discover Machu Picchu

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

Day 1-3 Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive in Lima and hop on the nearest excuse to get out and sip on your first pisco sour. Fly to Cuzco on Day 2, here you'll have free time before heading out into the Sacred Valley the next day 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. Later on, have lunch at the partner-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Afterwards, opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Wander through the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). (2B, L)

Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Jungle

Day 4-6 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. Or take it easy sitting at the bars near the Plaza de Armas. (3B)

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Machu Picchu

Puerto Maldonado Ollantaytambo Cuzco

Day 7-10 Amazon Jungle / Lima 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. Fly back to Lima and explore its 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. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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My Own Room Available: Fr £279

Departs: Typically 3 departures per month Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 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 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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INCA DISCOVERY 8 DAYS, Lima

£919

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Cuzco

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Day 1-3 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 with a walk around town or sip on a coca tea overlooking the beautiful architecture of the main square. There are many quality restaurants to choose from for an excellent meal, and a market to pick up some souvenirs. 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, visit a local pottery making community, and visit the G for Good Women's Weaving Co-operative for more shopping! (2B, L)

Sacred Valley, Peru

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Day 4-8 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 day pack filled with essentials. The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise over Machu Picchu. On arrival, explore the nooks and crannies of Machu Picchu and maybe visit the Inca Bridge before catching the train to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax (you deserve it) with your group after a big day and catch your train back to Cuzco in the afternoon (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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Ollantaytambo

Lima

Machu Picchu Cuzco

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 £179

Departures 2019/20 Jan, Mar-Dec

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*Inca Trail is closed, trips will hike the Lares Trail instead

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INCA JUNGLE & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 7 DAYS, Cuzco

£679

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Cuzco

highlights

• Mountain bike Malaga Pass • Hike along Urubamba river • Soak in relaxing hot springs

• See magical Machu Picchu • Hike to Rainbow Mountain • Discover amazing Inca ruins

Day 1-2 Cuzco / Malaga Pass Cuzco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, sits at 3,999 metres above sea level and was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Today it's a busy town serving as the base for tourists to discover the mighty Machu Picchu and many other archaeological ruins, just as you are about to. After a day at leisure you'll head to the Malaga Pass on Day 2, embarking on an epic mountain biking adventure. You'll cruise by Inca ruins, rushing rivers, jungle and of course, stunning Andean views. (B, L)

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Day 3-4 Santa Teresa / Aguas Calientes

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On Day 6, you're off on another adventure, this time to one of the most scenic views in the world, Rainbow Mountain. It's an early start as you have to drive a fair way, and the hike is challenging but trust us, it's well worth it! Return to Cuzco after a big day, well a big week, and relax with your group reminiscing on days past! You're free to depart Cuzco at any time the next day. (2B, L)

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Day 6-7 Rainbow Mountain / Cuzco

Rainbow Mountain

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Machu Picchu

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Santa Teresa

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Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu on what will be an unforgettable day! And just keep in mind that this magical place was built without the aid of wheels or iron tools, no wonder it's named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Due to its isolation high in the Andes, the Lost City was only found in 1911. Take a tour of the ruins with a local guide and opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (B)

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Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (6 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, train Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches Budget: Allow USD $140-185 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASPJT

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It's an early start on Day 3, you'll trek 16 kilometres along the Urubamba River to Santa Teresa. You have the option to take a relaxing soak in the nearby hot springs, the perfect way to heal those hard-working muscles. The next day you'll zipline high above the jungle before heading to Aguas Calientes. If you have pre-booked the oneday Inca trail, you will get off the train and trek to the Sun Gate on Day 4. (B, L)

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• Explore Cuzco's Inca past • Wander in Sacred Valley • Visit a local weaving co-op


CHOQUEQUIRAO TO MACHU PICCHU TREKKING 12 DAYS, Cuzco

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

Small Group Adventure

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

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Day 1-2 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 G for Good 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! You could also opt to hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins (B, L)

Cuzco, Peru

Day 3-5 Choquequirao

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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, comparable only to Machu Picchu not only in beauty but in architectural accomplishment. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Cachora

My Own Room Available: Fr £159

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£619

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Cuzco

Small Group Adventure

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

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SALKANTAY TREK & MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS, Cuzco

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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! You'll be blown away by this magical place, and by the furry friends who lounge casually on this terraces (ahem llamas). Tour the ruins or visit the Inca Bridge. Return to Cuzco, where your trip ends. (7B, 5L, 4D)

Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Choquequirao

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Day 6-12 Yanama / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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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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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

£1,249

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Cuzco

• Day to adjust to the altitude • Explore ancient Incan ruins • Discover Cuzco's sites

Day 1 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, Peru

Day 2-4 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. 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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Machu Picchu Soraypampa

Day 5 Aguas Calientes / Cuzco Enjoy an incredible excursion this morning to one of the wonders of the world; the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th century, this Incan citadel is renowned for its impressively aligned stone walls made from huge blocks, astronomical alignments and out-of-this-world views. Discover this magical place afoot with a guided tour, say hello to one of the resident llamas, or opt to visit the Inca Bridge. Return to Cuzco in the evening where the tour ends on arrival. (B)

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Aguas Calientes

Cuzco

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Private van, train Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco, specialist guide on Salkantay Trek Group Size: Max 16, Avg 6 Tour Code: GASPST

My Own Room Available: Fr £129

Departures 2019 Feb-Apr, Nov-Dec

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PERU ON A SHOESTRING 14 DAYS, Lima

£1,029

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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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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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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Departures 2019 Mar

• Explore the beautiful city of Arequipa • Stay with locals in the Sacred Valley • G for Good collection

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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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Day 4-6 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. Wander around the baroque historic centre and go on a foodie expedition, because this city can cook! Opt to visit the Catalina Convent, a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order and founded by a rich widow in 1580. This place is equal parts fascinating as it is beautiful, and really shouldn’t be missed. 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). Take a break in the hot springs, gaze out over the patchwork of pre-Inca stepped terraces, and spot some wild alpacas, llamas and vicunas. Day 6, board an overnight bus bound for Cuzco. (2B)

Day 7-9 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 Co-operative. 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)

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Day 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 Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Nazca Colca Canyon Arequipa

Nazca Lines, Nazca

Colca Canyon, Peru

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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.


INCA HEARTLAND 21 DAYS, Lima

£1,899

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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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My Own Room Available: Fr £519

Day 5-9 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, constructed in 1579. 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 G for Good women's weaving cooperative in Ccaccaccollo, where local women maintain traditional weaving methods to produce textiles made from llama and alpaca wool. Then, you'll head to a local pottery making community before stopping for lunch at the G Adventures supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. The scenic village of Ollantaytambo is where you catch your breath for the hike ahead. Alternatively, roam the cobblestone streets and head to a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). (4B, L)

Day 10-16 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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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. These ruins are a true step back in time, and an incredible archaeological feast. 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)

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Day 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 where you'll take a guided tour of the lake with a homestay in a local village, and visit the floating islands of Uros on Day 19 before returning to Puno. Opt to visit Sillustani burial site. On Day 20, enjoy a scenic drive to La Paz - the highest city of its size in the world - for one final night on the town. (5B, L, D)

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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 atmospheric avenues, find a café and sample some Peruvian ceviche - fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices. Pair it with a side of pisco sour - a cocktail of hot debate (is it originally Peruvian or Chilean?!). 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. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Take an overnight bus to Arequipa. (2B)

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Day 1-4 Lima / Paracas / Nazca

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Departures 2019 Mar

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

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

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

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ABSOLUTE PERU 21 DAYS, Lima

£2,299

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Lima Small Group Adventure

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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

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My Own Room Available: Fr £409

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Day 1-4 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, stopping along the way at a winery and the oasis of Huacachina. 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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• Delve deep into the Amazon Jungle • Spot soaring condors in the Colca Canyon • G for Good collection

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

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport: Public 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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Day 5-12 Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno / Lake Titicaca / Cuzco Peru's second-largest city is colonial Arequipa, flanked by Andan peaks and the El Misti Volcano. After stepping off your overnight bus, take an optional city tour or visit to the brightly-coloured Santa Catalina Monastery. On Day 6, travel to Chivay and choose to dip in the thermal baths before arriving at the Colca Canyon for a guided tour in search of resident condors. Next day, hop on a bus to Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca; the highest navigable lake in the world. Here you'll wander the markets and explore the city, before enjoying a guided tour of Lake Titicaca the following day, bedding down in a small village homestay. Day 9, visit the floating island of Uros before opting to visit a 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 G for Good women's weaving co-operative and have lunch at a Parwa community restaurant. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to spend as your please. Choose to hike to the Ollantaytambo steakhouses and look out over the ruins, or head to a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). (6B, 2L, D)

Day 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. Watch the clouds drift in and out, creating a magical mist around the historic site. Head back to Cuzco on the afternoon of Day 16. Enjoy a free day to explore Cuzco the following day, where you can choose to go white water rafting, mountain biking or get a massage. (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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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. Day 19, you'll even be able to enjoy a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner! On Day 20, fly out of the jungle back to Lima for a last night on the town with your group. Depart at any time on Day 21. (4B, 2L, 2D)

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AMAZON TO THE ANDES 12 DAYS, Lima

£1,699

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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

• 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 £269

Departures 2019/20

Day 1-3 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. Foodies should also look into pre-booking the optional Cuzco cooking class before departure. Venture out on Day 3 to the Sacred Valley - 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 Cooperative as well as a pottery making community. Next, stop for lunch at the G Adventures supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco; all of whose revenue is invested straight into the community's social projects. By eating here you will be actively supporting the local community, as the ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and its employees enjoy a number of benefits. Finish the day in Ollantaytambo and get prepared for the hike. (2B, L)

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Day 4-8 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)

Day 9-10 Amazon Jungle

Amazon jungle, Peru

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)

Day 11-12 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. You can always opt to stay on if you're not ready to leave just yet! (2B)

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INCA EMPIRE 15 DAYS, La Paz

£1,699

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Lima

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Day 1-3 La Paz / Tiahuanaco / Puno Arrive into Bolivia's high-altitude, chaotic and sprawling 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)

Day 4-7 Lake Titicaca / Taquile Island / Cuzco

Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

Take 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. Spend one more night in Puno before heading to Cuzco on Day 6 for two nights. Opt for a city tour on arrival and peruse local markets. (4B, L, D)

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Feb 20

£1,699

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Lima

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

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Classic Peru (GAPPC) 12 Days, Fr £1,399

AMAZON RIVERBOAT ADVENTURE IN-DEPTH 9 DAYS, Lima

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Departures 2019/20 Jan

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Tiahuanaco

Enjoy a free day on Day 13 to explore Cuzco's Plaza de Armas, meander San Pedro market, roam the artisan San Blas district, or even go white water rafting. On Day 14, fly to Lima and opt for a city tour. Depart on Day 15. (3B)

My Own Room Available: Fr £329

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Puno

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Cuzco / Sacred Valley

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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, and pay a visit to the local pottery making community. Today's lunch is at the G for Good Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, choose to go on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and peer out over the ruins. Or, you can choose to meander the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). On Day 9, the Inca Trail beckons! Embark on the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. (5B, 4L, 3D)

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 dinners 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

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Day 8-12 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu

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• Tuck into tasty fresh food • Spot turtles and sloths • Ride on a motorised skiff

Day 1-2 Lima / Iquitos / Amazon Riverboat Arrive in Lima and catch your included transfer to the hotel. The next morning, fly to Iquitos where your riverboat awaits! With two Amazon Reserve naturalist guides on-board, this trip is all about getting a deeper understanding of life on one of the world's most vital rivers. On the boat, all river-view cabins have either twin beds or a queen bed with en suite facilities, and the cuisine is all regional to provide a window into local culture. The exploration begins with two boat excursions by motorised skiff - one during the day and one at night. As the Amatista sets sail, get to know your crew and start looking out for the pink dolphins! (B, L, D)

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Day 3-7 The Amazon / Marañón River / Ucayali River / Iquitos Head out into Pacaya-Samiria Reserve on a boat excursion and keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and macaws. Stretch your legs with a visit to a local community, and visit the town of Nauta for a deeper understanding of life in such a remote corner of the world. As the boat rides on, 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. After meeting a local shaman, settle in for a homecooked meal with a local indigenous family. Once it gets dark, head out on an excursion to search for tree frogs, kinkajou and nocturnal birds and monkeys. (5B, 5L, 5D)

Day 8-9 Lima

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On Day 8, spend a final morning exploring the shoreline by motorized skiff, keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys, sleepy sloths and exotic birds as you go. Your final stop will be a visit to a manatee rescue centre before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Peru's capital. Depart at any time on Day 9. (2B)

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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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• Explore the Sacred Valley • Conquer the Inca Trail • Explore Machu Picchu


PERU PANORAMA 15 DAYS, Lima

£1,949

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Lima Small Group Adventure

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Nowhere 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 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

My Own Room Available: Fr £289

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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)

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Day 1-4 Lima / Puno / Lake Titicaca

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Departures 2019 Jan

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

Feb

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

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 5-6 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 as well as a local pottery making community, then tuck into a hearty lunch at a G supported community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the ruins at Ollantaytambo. Alternatively, take a walk around the cobblestone streets and head to a local Chicheria (corn beer bar) to relax. (2B, L)

Day 7-10 Inca Trail / Machu Picchu Time to strap on the hiking boots for four days of trekking iconic and lung-stretching 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 free time 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. On your last day, lace your walking boots up tight as you'll be trekking to the Sun Gate before sunrise for spectacular views of the Machu Picchu. You also have the option to take the Lares Trek or Cuzco Stay option. Ask your Travel Expert for details. Return to Cuzco on the afternoon of Day 10. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 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, go mountain biking or alternatively pre-book the Cuzco Cooking Class to get your dinner party skills up to scratch. Next day, fly to the Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonado, the 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)

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PERU MULTISPORT 15 DAYS, Lima

£1,849

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Lima

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Day 1-4 Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Arrive into Peru's capital on Day 1 and get settled in. Insider tip: for lip-smacking Peruvian food, head to La Panchita restaurant and order yourself some delicious sharing plates. Trust us, food babies never felt so good. 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, you'll also enjoy two guided biking excursions through the Sacred Valley in the Maras, Moray and Pisac regions. On your way to Ollantaytambo, stop for lunch at the G for Good Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo and visit another G for Good enterprise - a local women's weaving co-op. (3B, 2L)

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Day 5-10 Ollantaytambo / Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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, horseback riding or mountain-biking excursion. (6B, 3L, 3D)

Day 11-15 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, a pre-Incan site that is made up of colossal cylindrical tombs. 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)

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Lake Titicaca

My Own Room Available: Fr £309

Departs: Selected Saturdays 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

EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS, Lima

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£1,269

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

Day 2-3 Cuzco / 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 G for Good's Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosqo. (2B, L, D)

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Day 4-5 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Machu Picchu

Rise early for your transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Pick up any llama-themed souvenirs here. 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)

Day 6-8 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 an exclusive experience as you head to Cuzco Planetarium for some stargazing. Learn about the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and about the relationship of the ancient Inca with the cosmos. Return to Lima by plane on Day 7, and spend the afternoon in Peru's capital. Opt to head to the colourful Love Park, eat sumptuous Peruvian food before your trip ends on Day 8. (3B)

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Sacred Valley Cuzco

My Own Room Available: Fr £459

Departs: Selected Saturdays and Sundays 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

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


ICONIC PERU 14 DAYS, Lima

£2,259

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Lima

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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

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

Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-5 Cuzco / Sacred Valley

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Fly to Cuzco and spend the night stargazing at the planetarium. The next morning, explore the Sacred Valley with a local guide and tour the G for Good-supported Parque de la Papa; a network of agricultural communities working to preserve over 700 species of potatoes. Next, uncover the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo before lunching at a G for Good community restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo. (2B, L)

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Day 6-9 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. Far from being ancient, at 600 years old it's only a couple of decades older than the USA! In the Quechua Indian language, Machu Picchu translates as Old Peak, or Old Mountain. There have been an array of theories as to why Machu Picchu exists, including that it was a secret ceremonial centre or a royal estate. 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)

Day 10-14 Cuzco / Puno / Lake Titicaca / Lima A free day in Cuzco before travelling through the Altiplano region to Puno, Peru's folkloric capital. 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)

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My Own Room Available: Fr £419

Departs: Selected Thu, Sat & Sun 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, canoe Meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), Inca Trail CEO Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASPQNG

MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON 10 DAYS, Lima

£1,649

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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 1-3 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, a gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Take to the river on a motorised canoe and arrive at your exclusive Amazon lodge. Enjoy a guided excursion with expert naturalist guides at nearby oxbow lakes, clay licks and tree-top towers. And with some free time on your hands, why not go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner? (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 4-5 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. That evening, head to the Cuzco Planetarium for a spot of star gazing. Here, get your geek on and learn about the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas' relationship with the cosmos. Explore the on-site museum and peer through telescopes to admire the starry skies. 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 G for Good's 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)

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Day 6-10 Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / 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 pass by a plethora of original Inca constructions. These tremendous ruins are composed of over 150 buildings which range from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. Hike before dawn the next morning to reach Machu Picchu by sunrise, before returning to Cuzco, where the trip sadly comes to an end on Day 10. (5B, 3L, 3D)

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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

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INCA PANORAMA 11 DAYS, Lima

£1,265

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Cuzco

Exclusively for 18-35s

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

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The Sacred Valley's not all ruins and ancient civilisations. It also happens to be a cradle of adrenalin, from mountain biking to hiking and rafting. Enjoy some free time, before continuing on to Aguas Calientes, the 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)

Departures 2019/20 Aug

Day 9-11 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

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Colca Canyon

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Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes

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Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley

Lima

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P E R U

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

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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 twostorey 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. If time allows, head into the huge San Pedro food market, filled with fruits, vegetables (hello giant avocados), and all manner of souvenirs and essential llama keyrings. 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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Day 6-8 Cuzco / Sacred Valley

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Meet your group this morning and head out to explore the capital. Wander the mosaic-clad love park, watching paragliders floating above the sea, opt to muck in with a surf lesson, and try some local Peruvian cuisine. 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 magnificent 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)

Exclusively for 18-35s

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

Day 1 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. For authentic Andean dishes, be sure to head to Pachapapa. (D)

Day 2 Sacred Valley

Pisac Ruins, 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! Coca leaves will be your best friend to alleviate altitude sickness. (B)

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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! If you're up for a spot of sightseeing, the beautiful Cuzco Cathedral is a good bet, or pay a visit to the Planetarium to relax and star gaze. Chocolate lovers should head to the Chocolate Museum to watch master chocolatiers. The trip ends on Day 8. (2B)

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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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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

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


PERUVIAN HIGHLIGHTS 8 DAYS, Lima

£1,295

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Cuzco

Exclusively for 18-35s

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

highlights

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

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

Day 1-3 Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Jungle Lodge Starting in Lima, Peru's lively capital, jump right in on Day 1 with visits to opulent churches, an underground tunnel cemetery and the hippy Barranco district. On Day 2, take a flight over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru's southern jungle. Have lunch on the river, then travel upstream by boat to your Jungle Lodge. Take a tour of Puerto Maldonado before heading back to the jungle for a hike to the canopy tower, a great place to spot wildlife, then scan the shores for caiman after dinner. On Day 3, look out for tropical birds and monkeys at the Jungle Lodge. (2B, 2L, 3D)

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Day 4-6 Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes Fly to Cuzco and visit the Tread Right-supported weaving centre and a local chocolate museum before heading out for a party. Move on to the Sacred Valley on Day 5, but not before visiting a llama farm and seeing the Incan art of weaving in motion by a group of gifted local artisans. Next up, a visit to the town of Ollantaytambo. On Day 6, trekkers will catch the train to KM104 and embark on the optional 6km trail to the Sun Gate for their first glimpse of Machu Picchu and Huayana Picchu. Non-trekkers will spend the morning in Ollantaytambo before continuing on to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon, a town at the foot of the famous site. Both groups will re-join each other here that evening. (3B)

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Amazon Lodge

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Day 7-8 Machu Picchu / Cuzco Machu Picchu time! This UNESCO-listed site, and one of the world's seven wonders, is worth any wait. Take a guided tour of this incredible site, with included visits to the Temple of the Three Windows and the iconic Huayana Picchu mountain. Head back to Cuzco by train and spend some time getting to know the city. Eat lots of ceviche (raw fish cooked in citrus juices, typical here) and wander the sizeable food market of San Pedro. Day 8, say your goodbyes as your tour ends after breakfast. If time allows and you fancy staying on (and embracing a challenge) the Rainbow Mountain trek is a pretty spectacular option. (2B, D)

inclusions Departs: Typically 1-2 departures per month (Jan-Dec 2019 and Jan, Mar 2020) Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (5 nts), Amazon Jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Private air con coach, minibus or van, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COCULI/COCULIT

PERU UNCOVERED 14 DAYS, Lima

£1,999

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Lima

Exclusively for 18-35s

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 1-4 Lima / Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno Meet your group then check out Lima's 43 diverse districts. The bustling capital is known for its incredible cuisine and curiously dry weather, as the second driest capital city worldwide - you won't be seeing much rain here! 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)

Day 5-9 Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Today's travels take you 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 the site via the Sun Gate. (5B, L, D)

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Colca Canyon

Day 10-14 Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado / Lima Tick one off the bucket list and wake early to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu before returning to scenic Cuzco. On Day 12, it's fly-time to the Amazon! Land in Puerto Maldonado, 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, L, 2D)

Amazon Lodge

Lima

Puno

Lake Titicaca

Arequipa

inclusions Departs: Typically 2-3 departures per month Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (12 nts), 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, Englishspeaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLILI/COLILIT

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PERU & BOLIVIA AUTHENTIC BACKPACKER ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Cuzco

£1,352

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Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit the iconic Salt Flats • Admire the Dalí Desert • Gawp at gigantic cacti

Day 1-3 Cuzco Arrive in Cuzco and enjoy a free day on Day 2 to wind through its cobblestone streets and hunt for the best ceviche in town. Next day, head to the Malaga High Pass for an epic cycle ride down into the tropical Peruvian jungle, spotting sites such as the Huamanmarca archaeological site and fruit plantations en route before culminating at Santa Maria Village. Next up, it's an adrenalin-pumping two-hour rafting adventure down the Urubamba River. Bed down in Santa Teresa. (B, L, D)

Machu Picchu, Peru

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Get your pulse racing on a canopy zipline excursion through the treetops on South America's highest canopy zipline. Enjoy breathtaking views before stopping at a hydroelectric station for lunch. Walk along train tracks through lush forest to get to Aguas Calientes. Next day, hop on a bus to the iconic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and take a two-hour walking tour. Opt to take the steep climb up neighbouring Huayna Picchu before heading back to Cuzco for the night. On Day 6, optional activities include quadbiking, rafting or a hike in the Rainbow Mountains. (3B, L, D)

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Peru & Bolivia Authentic Backpacker Adventure (BECUZAUB) 9 Days, Fr £630

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Uyuni

£1,975

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Santiago

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• La Paz' Witches Market • Guided tour of Sucre • 4WD Salt Flats excursion

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Cuzco

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Next up is Lake Titicaca and the Uros floating islands. Then, head to Copacabana and board a boat to Isla del Sol. Next day, explore the island before catching a bus back to La Paz for a free day on Day 9. Next day, make for the Uyuni Salt Flats to visit a train graveyard, a salt factory and the salt flats. Head to Fish Island to walk among the giant cacti before soaking up the sunset. Day 12, spot llamas and flamingos around the Andean lagoons, then visit the Desert of Siloli, the Red Lagoon and the Sol de Mañana geysers before bathing in open-air hot springs. On Day 13 explore La Paz with your guide before your tour ends the following day. (7B, 3L, 2D)

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Aguas Calientes

Day 7-14 Lake Titicaca / La Paz

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Twin-share hotels, hostels, guesthouses and cabins (10 nts), overnight buses (3 nts) Transport: Bus, boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: English-speaking tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: BECUZAPB

• Avaroa National Reserve • Visit the Dalí Desert • Overnight in San Pedro

Day 1-4 La Paz / Sucre Discover La Paz's colonial sites and unique markets. Day 3, continue on to Sucre, the constitutional seat of the government and a complete contrast to bustling La Paz with its white stone buildings. Take a city tour and time at leisure on Day 4. (3B, D)

Day 5-7 Potosí / Uyuni Drive to Potosí, a city nearly 500m higher than La Paz, and formerly one of the richest cities in the Spanish colonies. The iconic hill that dwarfs the town is named Cerro Rico, and was once full of silver. Next up on Day 6 is Uyuni, home of the iconic Salt Flats. Start with a visit to the Train Cemetery, then continue to the Salar de Uyuni the following day, one of the world's most unique landscapes. (3B, L, D)

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Potter around the quaint town of San Pedro before visiting the Valley of the Moon where you'll stay for a stunning sunset. Leave the desert behind and hop on a flight to the urban metropolis of Santiago on Day 10. Chile's capital sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, and is located within one hour of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Venture on a city tour upon arrival to get settled in before spending some free time at leisure. Opt to head to Bellavista, Santiago's characterful bohemian quarter and packed with atmospheric bars. Opt to visit the colourful seaport town of Valparaíso before your tour wraps up on Day 13. (4B, 2D)

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Day 10-13 San Pedro de Atacama / Santiago

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Avaroa National Reserve San Pedro de Atacama

Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (10 nts), multi-share hostels (2 nts) Transport: Coach, mini-bus or van, plane Meals:12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLPSA

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Potosí Uyuni

Sucre

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B O L I V I A

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Today, climb into the 4WD and start your two-day crossing of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, spotting volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes, fumaroles and mountains, and flamingos en route. 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. Finally, cross into Chilean territory and enter the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. (2B, L, D)

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• Experience Machu Picchu • Visit cobbly colonial Cuzco • See Uros floating islands


BOLIVIA DISCOVERY 11 DAYS, La Paz

£999

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

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Bolivia is one of South America's least visited countries, and we're scratching our heads trying to figure out why. It has over 30 official languages, 36 native cultures and the world's largest salt flats. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GABBDR

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

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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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Day 1-4 La Paz / Sucre Arrive into the rather fabulously-named 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)

Day 5 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 cocoa leaves, breathing masks and gloves. (B)

Day 6-9 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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Day 10-11 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, a site used in the Day of the Dead festivities. It's an impressive sight, consisting of eroded mountain remains, canyons and spires. Alternatively, relax with a free afternoon to explore the city's markets and winding streets. Today is the 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! Love potion anyone? You've come to the right place. There's also the historic Museo Nacional de Arte to check out, constructed in 1775, with a pink Viacha granite façade. Your Bolivian adventures come to an end the next day. (2B)

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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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PUCLLANA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

£41 £31

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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: Nestled in Miraflores, just a ten minute walk of Costa Verde and Amor Park.

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: Relax in the on-site bar, and put your feet up in modern, comfy rooms.

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

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

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Lounge • Terrace • Luggage storage • Concierge

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BALLESTAS ISLANDS & SANDBOARDING ADVENTURE

LIMPUC

£164

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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 pelicans 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

NAZCA LINES FLIGHT

LIMEH1

£346

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3 DAYS

Hit the skies on a 30-minute flight to gawp down at Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines, figures of ancient geoglyphs etched into the desert floor. There are over 13,000 lines which form 800 figures! Spot the monkey, astronaut and the hummingbird while discussing with your group the possible theories behind them. Also included is a tour of the Chauchilla Cemetery, home to preHispanic mummified human remains and archaeological artefacts. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Bus, plane Tour Code: LIMNAF

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

Location: This hotel is located less than 1km from Plaza de Armas, with a prime hillside spot boasting awesome views.

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

Vibe: Historic on the outside (this is Cuzco after all), modern, comfy and a little snazzy on the inside.

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 and suites • In-room safe • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Lift • Luggage storage • Laundry (at extra cost) • 24-hour reception

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MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN ADVENTURE

£369

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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 Valley on your way. Discover the Inca citadel with your knowledgeable, local guide and retrace the civilisation's footsteps. Spend free time exploring the quaint mountain town of Aguas Calientes before starting your return journey to Cuzco after lunch. Departs: Daily (Cuzco-Cuzco) Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Bus, train, private vehicle Group Leader: English/Spanish-speaking guide during tour only Includes: Intro briefing, entry fee to Machu Picchu, hotel transfers Tour Code: BECUZMPT

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£422

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2 DAYS

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) Accommodation: 3/4* hotel (1 nt) Transport: Bus, train, van Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: Guide during tour only Includes: Briefing, entry fee to Machu Picchu, hotel pick-up Tour Code: BECUZMAC

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INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS, Cuzco

£610

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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.

Sacred Valley, Peru

Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat (no departures in Feb). Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Camping (3 nts) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Hotel pick-up, guide, tent, basic sleeping pad, porter for camping equipment, Inca Trail & entry fee to Machu Picchu, 3 snacks, return Cuzco transfers Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: BECUZTIT

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS, Cuzco

£612

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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. As the porters and their donkeys leave you in their dust in Lares Town, you'll enjoy views (in between some tough climbs) of glaciers, crisp lakes and snowy peaks. But the best part of this trek is the people you meet on the way villagers, children on their way to school and weavers in the fields watching over their flock. Take a train to Aguas Calientes on Day 3, and take a bus to Machu Picchu the next morning. After a guided tour, return to Cuzco.

Lares Trek, Peru

Departs: Mon, Wed & 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

£539

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure • Stunning Inca Trail alternative • Soak in hot springs (optional) • Up-close views of Salkantay

highlights

• 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. Reach the highest pass of the trek 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.

Santa Teresa, Peru

Departs: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat. Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Camping (3 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 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 TREK: BIKING, ZIP-LINE & RAFTING 4 DAYS, Cuzco

£539

FR

Cuzco Small Group Adventure

highlights

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

• 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 pretty 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.

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat. Daily for groups of 4+ Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (2 nts), 3* hotel (1 nt) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Hotel pick-up, guide, most transfers, mountain biking equipment, rafting trip, zipline, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entry, snacks, return Cuzco transfers Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: BECUZMPJ

THE SACRED VALLEY TRAIN & MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS, Cuzco

£357

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

highlights

• 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, surely an apt teaser to the main event! Taste Peru’s cuisine in Urubamba and make your way towards Machu Picchu on the Peru Rail. Ride along the banks of 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 Cuzco as the day draws to an end.

Machu Picchu, Peru

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

MACHU PICCHU JUNGLE TREK: BIKING, ZIP-LINE & HUAYNA PICCHU 4 DAYS, Cuzco

Cuzco Small Group Adventure

£531

FR

highlights

• See otherworldly Machu Picchu • Zipline through the Peruvian jungle • Go mountain biking

• Hike up Huayna Picchu • Hike to Santa Teresa Village • Get your adrenalin going

Ready to get your pulse racing? This thrilling jungle adventure will see you mountain biking, hiking to Santa Teresa village, and ziplining through the Peruvian jungle, ultimately setting your sights on the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, one of the world's new seven wonders (and for good reason). Limber up for a hike up the neighbouring Huayna Picchu, a peak that gives you the best vantage point to look down at the incredible Inca Machu Picchu ruins, an almost incomprehensible architectural feat.

Machu Picchu, Peru

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Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts), hotels (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks Note: Other durations also available Tour Code: BECUZMAP

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£523

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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

INCA QUARRY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

£580

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4 DAYS

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

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK 2 DAYS, Cuzco

£175

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure • Kaleidoscopic mountain views • Trek thorugh local villages • Professional chef included

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

inclusions

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

highlights

• See the Ausangate Glacier en route • Spend the night camping • Transfers included from/to Cuzco

It's not all about Machu Picchu around these parts, y'know. Ready to buckle up for some serious hiking? 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. These beautiful views will be rewarding after a strenuous hike! Also known as Vinicunca Mountain, the real reason this super colourful mountain range is now gaining popularity is due to climate change, as it was previously covered in snow and ice. Remember to bring lots of suncream, as the sun can be pretty intense.

MACHU PICCHU TREK & AMAZON COMBO 12 DAYS, Cuzco

£1,288

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Cuzco Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Maras, Peru

inclusions

Departs: Monday, Thursday & Saturday 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 • Two nights 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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IQUITOS & THE 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.

JUNGLE ADVENTURE IN THE TAMBOPATA RESERVE

£346

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4 DAYS

Journey into the Tambopata Reserve on an Amazonian adventure. Bed down in jungle lodges, relax in swaying hammocks and head on river explorations and jungle walks, keeping your eyes peeled for all manner of wildlife. Look up to spot exotic birds and towering trees, and head off in search of 2.5m fish, capuchin monkeys, caiman and giant otters. Meet a local family, discover mud banks and head out by boat to see nocturnal animals come alive. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Driver, guide in mini bus Includes: Activities as per itinerary, English-speaking guide, return airport transfers Tour Code: PEMJGA

PUERTO MALDONADO AMAZON ECO LODGE ADVENTURE

£540

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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 the Taricaya reserve and animal rescue centre and go looking for caimans on a night boat safari. Return to Cuzco by overnight bus. Departs: Daily (from Cuzco) Accommodation: Eco lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Meals: All meals at lodge Includes: Reserve entry fees, transport Note: Also available from Puerto Maldonado, Other durations available Tour Code: BECUZECO

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PUERTO MALDONADO AMAZON AIR EXPEDITION

£596

FR

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 JUNGLE ADVENTURE

£550

FR

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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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 large city (and de facto 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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LOKI LA PAZ

£10 £32

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

HOSTAL NAIRA

ROOM ONLY

£48 £35

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Shoestring | HI Hostel Onkel Inn FR  £18 Rock Solid | Hotel Las Brisas FR  £27 Shoestring | Sleepbox, Uyuni FR  £23 A-List | Hotel de Sal Luna FR Salada, Uyuni £120

Location: Bang in the heart of La Paz, just minutes away from Plaza San Francisco.

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

Vibe: A sociable backpacker's party haven, with a rooftop bar and daily themed nights.

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

Half Day | Cholitas Wrestling 

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Shared lounge/ TV area • Luggage storage • Terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Terrace • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Full Day | Toro Toro National Park FR  £167

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DOWNHILL BIKING YUNGAS: LA PAZ TO COROICO

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LPBNAI

£135

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FULL DAY

Calling all bikers! Enjoy some serious downhill cycling on this mountain-biking extravaganza, a five to six-hour downhill ride to Yolosa. Experience views of diverse terrain while cycling from dry Altiplano into lush Yungas. Veer towards the lowlands of the Amazonia before ending up in the scenic village-terrace Coroico. Don't worry, you'll be fully equipped with all the sexy safety gear! Head back with an t-shirt souvenir to remember your trip. Departs: Daily (from HI Hostel Onkel Inn) Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Transport, fullsuspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves, all equipment, guide driver, t-shirt Tour Code: LPBBIK

EXPLORE LAKE TITICACA & THE SALT FLATS

£649

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4 DAYS

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 (2 nts), bus (1 nt) 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

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PAMPAS AMAZONICAS 6 DAYS, La Paz

£677

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La Paz

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

Alligator, Amazon Rainforest

inclusions

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

Get up close to Bolivia's diverse wildlife with this tour, 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.

£209

FR

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: Budget hotels (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Includes: Central La Paz pick-up, La Paz transfers, Sun Island & Tiquina ferry crossing, bilingual guide Tour Code: BELPBTIA

TOUR TO LAKE TITICACA

£245

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 where you can visit a Witches Market, or head 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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• Explore Bolivia's Amazonian region • Observe a wide array of wildlife • Start days with beautiful sunrises

HUAYNA POTOSÍ

£371

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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 Group Leader: 1 guide per 2-3 passengers Includes: All equipment Tour Code: LBPHUY

UYUNI SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

£477

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4 DAYS

Explore the moon-like Uyuni Salt Flats - the world's largest - as well as coloured lakes, geysers, hot springs and a hotel made entirely of salt. Explore the eerie Train Graveyard, watch red, white and pink flamingos prance across Laguna Colorada and bear witness to 1000-year-old prickly cacti (can't/don't touch this) on Incahuasi Island. And a word to the wise, hold your nose at Lake Hedionda - the sulphur makes it a bit pongy. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), simple lodgings (2 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Transport: 4WD Note: Bring suncream and some extra water Tour Code: UYUSPA

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£353

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4 DAYS

Transfer from La Paz and overnight on a bus to Uyuni before heading into the magical Salt Flats the following day. Bed down in a salt hotel, star-gaze to your heart's content, and delve deeper into desert territory on Day 3 where you'll spot rock formations, desert landscapes, colourful lakes and native flamingos. Soak in natural hot springs, and round off with a visit to Dalí Pampas where you'll see the Green Lagoon before travelling to Atacama. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Night bus (1 nt), shared dorms (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Bus, 4WD Tour Code: BELPBSPA

UYUNI SALT FLATS & DESERT ADVENTURE UYUNI - UYUNI

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared dorms (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks Transport: 4WD Tour Code: UYUSAL

£612

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La Paz Small Group Adventure • Gawp at kaleidoscopic lakes • Explore a spooky train grave • Walk the moon-like salt flats

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

inclusions

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

highlights

• Watch colourful flamingos • See giant prickly cacti • Take a relaxing hot spring soak

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. Kick off with a visit to Uyuni's ghost-like Train Cemetery, before heading to the small village of Colchani to visit a salt factory and a local museum. Then, it's off to the mighty salt flats, stretching a whopping 10,582 square kilometres. See Fish Island, admire gigantic cacti and explore the stretching otherworldly scenery that lies before you before bedding down in a salt hotel. The following day, head deeper into the desert to see some interesting rock formations as well as the famous flamingo-filled, multi-coloured lakes. Journey to local villages, watch fluffy llamas go about their everyday business, and have a good ol' indulgent soak in the hot springs before flying back to La Paz on Day 3.

UYUNI SALT FLATS & DESERT ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, La Paz

£402

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La Paz Small Group Adventure

highlights

• 4WD across the Salar de Uyuni • Visit a hotel made of salt • Explore the nearby desert

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

inclusions

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

3 DAYS

This amazing trip will see you cruising through the crystal-like salt flats of Uyuni and down into the desert of southwest Bolivia. En route you'll head to little villages, gaze at colourful lakes, admire prancing flamingos, active volcanoes and watch phenomenal geysers. Soak yourself in thermal hot springs of 4,000-5,000 metres and look out at the incredible landscape surrounding you. The first night, you'll overnight in a hotel entirely made of salt!

UYUNI SALT FLATS AIR EXPEDITION 3 DAYS, La Paz

£294

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• 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 spooky 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, drive straight to the wonderfully surreal Dalí Desert, so-called because of its likeness to paintings by the famous 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.

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UYUNI SALT FLATS & DESERT ADVENTURE LA PAZ - ATACAMA


Ecuador & Galápagos

ESMERALDAS

OTAVALO

QUITO

SANTA CRUZ

ISABELA

1,388 km MANTA

SAN CRISTÓBAL

TENA BAÑOS

Galápagos ISLANDS

GUAYAQUIL

ECUADOR

LOJA

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NATURE'S MISFITS

GEORGE

THE MOUNTAINS

QUITO

THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

Did you know that you can visit the equator in Ecuador? Here, you'll find a huge trapezoidal monument to mark the very spot.

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s o g a p á l a G

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NORTH ISLAND SANTIAGO

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.

BARTOLOMÉ

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  ail a letter and take one home from M 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:  ike to the caldera of Sierra Negra H (1,124m), a classic shield volcano Visit massive colonies of marine iguanas Relax in laid-back Puerto Villamil

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BALTRA

RÁBIDA

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SANTA CRUZ

ISABELA

SOUTH PLAZA

EAST ISLAND

SANTA FÉ SAN CRISTÓBAL

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

SOUTH ISLANDS - FLORÉANA & ESPAÑOLA

Quito

CENTRAL ISLANDS

FERNANDINA

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

FLORÉANA

SOUTH ISLANDS

ESPAÑOLA

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: 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 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 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:

10 cabins with twin-share bunks Features spacious upper deck Snorkelling equipment provided Certified CEO Naturalist Guide Capacity of 16 passengers XAVIER III:

8 double-occupancy cabins Indoor lounge, tea service Snorkelling equipment provided Certified CEO Naturalist Guide Capacity of 16 passengers YOLITA:

Upgrade to twin side-by-side beds Basic toileteries in all cabins Large, elegant, seated aft porch

LIFE ON BOARD

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.

ITINERARIES 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 shabang? Selected boats (including Yolita and the Estrella del Mar) offer a 17-day Complete Galápagos itinerary. Please ask your Travel Expert for more details.

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.

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.

Certified CEO Naturalist Guide Capacity of 16 passengers

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Voyage Galaápagos Aboard 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. MEALS: All meals onboard are

included, and breakfast on land. CREW: 7 crew plus a bilingual local

naturalist guide certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority, local rep in Quito. 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.

Choose your trip LAND & SEA: NORTH & CENTRAL ISLANDS 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 Highlights: Four-night cruise • Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Corona del Diablo and Gardner Bay snorkelling • Waved albatross (Apr-Nov, Española) • Post Office Bay (Floréana)

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

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

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£1,779

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7 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (3 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $105-140 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEVL07LB

£1,959

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7 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (4 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV07LB

£2,819

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (7 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10LB

£2,819

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), Estrella twin-share (bunks) cabins (7 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10LA

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Discover Galaápagos Aboard the Xavier iii At a glance

Choose your trip LAND & SEA: CENTRAL ISLANDS

£1,959

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7 DAYS

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.

Highlights: Three-night cruise • Overnight in Santa Cruz Island • Spot wildlife on North Seymour • Volcanic hike on Bartolomé Island • Kicker Rock & Sullivan Bay snorkelling • See wild giant tortoises

MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

4 dinners CREW: 7 crew plus a local naturalist

guide, an expert on local wildlife and certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority. BOAT LAYOUT: Spacious main deck

with a bar and dining room. The back deck of the yacht has beautiful views.

SOUTH ISLANDS Highlights: Four-night cruise • See giant tortoises (Santa Cruz Island) • Champion Islet snorkelling • Post Office Bay (Floréana) • Wildlife interpretation Centre (San Cristóbal Island)

AMENITIES: Snorkelling equipment

included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

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

CENTRAL & EAST ISLANDS 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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Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Xavier (3 nts) Transport: Motorised yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga Budget: Allow USD $105-140 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEVL07MA

£2,139

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7 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Xavier (4 nts) Transport: Motorised yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV07MA

£3,079

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Xavier (7 nts) Transport: Motorised yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, Panga Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10MC

£3,079

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Xavier (7 nts) Transport: Motorised yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga Budget: Allow USD $80-105 ffor meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10MB


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Discover Galaápagos Aboard the Yolita At a glance

Choose your trip LAND & SEA: CENTRAL & SOUTH ISLANDS

£2,199

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7 DAYS

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.

Highlights: Three-night cruise • Tortuga Bay hike & kayak • See giant tortoises in the wild • Visit Post Office Bay • Snorkel at Corona del Diablo • Explore Santa Cruz Island

MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

4 dinners CREW: 7 crew plus a bilingual local

naturalist guide certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority. BOAT LAYOUT: Large aft porch

with couches and lounge chairs. An elegant dining room, lounge and bar for meals and briefings.

SOUTH & EAST ISLANDS Highlights: Four-night cruise • Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, and Gardner Bay snorkelling • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) • See bluefooted boobies & frigatebirds

AMENITIES: Snorkelling equipment,

beach towels and wetsuits included. Comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day.

CENTRAL, SOUTH & EAST ISLANDS Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Post Office Bay • Frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies (North Seymour Island) • Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Gardner Bay & Corono del Diablo snorkelling • Giant tortoises

NORTH, WEST & CENTRAL ISLANDS Highlights: Seven-night cruise • Redfooted boobies excursion (Genovesa Island) • Bartolomé Island hike to viewpoint overlooking Pinnacle Rock • Sierra Negra Hike (Isabela Island)

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Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Yolita (3 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Yolita), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $155-205 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEVL07YB

£2,439

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7 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Yolita (4 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Yolita), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $120-160 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV07YB

£3,439

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Yolita (7 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Yolita), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $120-160 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10YB

£3,439

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10 DAYS

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), twin-share cabins aboard the Yolita (7 nts) Transport: Plane, motorised yacht (Yolita), van, panga, private bus Budget: Allow USD $120-160 for meals not included, an amount for drinks and tips, plus USD $120 (in cash) for entry fees and taxes Trip Code: GASEV10YA

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GALÁPAGOS ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Quito

£1,399

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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: 2 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

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May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Arrive in Quito (well, officially San Francisco de Quito if we're being pedantic guys) at any time for your welcome meeting, and get the lowdown on what lies ahead. Fun fact, Ecuador's cultural capital was the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next day, you'll hop on a flight to the Galápagos Islands. Head to the Interpretation Centre that afternoon to learn about the area's natural history, discover the trails surrounding the centre, and choose to go snorkelling at nearby Las Tijeretas. (B)

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Day 1-2 Quito / San Cristóbal Island

Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Hike to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano • Snorkelling with the diverse wildlife • G for Good collection

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highlights

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

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (4 nts), camping (2 nts), hotels (2 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, truck, public bus Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170-225 for meals not included

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Day 3-4 San Cristóbal Island / Isabela Island Today, San Cristóbal Island is your very own stomping ground, so opt to snorkel at Kicker Rock, visit Playa Mann, or head to La Lobería. La Lobería is totally ridden with sea lions, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot these friendly residents. The next day, board a speedboat venture on to Isabela Island, keeping your eyes wide open for wildlife en route. This seahorse-shaped Isabela Island, at 100kms long, is the largest in the Galápagos. Stop to enjoy a lunch on Floreana Island. That evening, you'll eat at a G for Good community restaurant to help local tourism before travelling on to Isabela. (L, D)

Day 5-6 Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island Five of Isabela Island's six volcanoes are still considered active, and a full-day island tour takes you to hiking the summit of Sierra Negra to inspect the world's second-largest crater. Trust us, the views are pretty spectacular up top. Set up camp in the foothills of the volcano, around a 15-minute drive from Puerto Villamil. During your stay, opt to 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. On Day 6, board a speedboat and transfer back to Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The centre carries out essential scientific research in ensuring the conservation of the Galápagos archipelago. This is a non-profit organisation that runs solely on the support of generous donors. Next, you can blow off steam and enjoy a night out in the town of Puerto Ayora. (2B, D)

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Day 7-9 Santa Cruz Island / Quito

Quito

Transfer by speedboat to Santa Cruz and choose to visit the highlands, hike out to the spectacular Tortuga Bay, or discover the incredible Las Grietas freshwater lagoon - the choice is yours! This lagoon, set amongst rugged rock faces, is a true natural beauty. Las Grietas literally means "crevasses" - you'll find that this spot is the perfect place to take a refreshing dip in the ocean. That evening, enjoy a night in town to blow off some steam. You'll find many fun bars, restaurants, clubs and karaoke haunts here. 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). Check out the resident pelicans and sea lions chilling out on the seafront. 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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GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING WITH QUITO 9 DAYS, Quito

£1,799

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Quito

highlights

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

Day 1-2 Quito / Santa Cruz Island Arrive in Quito, and head out to explore the city's colonial Old Town. Admire the intricate architecture of the The Golden Church and wander the foodie hub of Mercado Central. 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)

Puerto Ayora, Galápagos Islands

Day 3-4 Floréana Island Spend the morning enjoying a walk to Las Grietas, located across Academy Bay, walk through a prickly cactus forest en route to this amazing lagoon. 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. You'll bed down in G for Good community guesthouses, and eat in the community restaurant which will, in turn, help to support local tourism. On Day 4, walk along the 900m path of Loberia to see the island's black-sand beaches, opt to go snorkelling and swimming, and head to up the seldom-visited Floreana highlands for some guided walks. Learn about the wildlife here and the area's natural history. (2B, L, 2D)

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Day 5-9 Floréana Island / Isabela Island / Santa Cruz / Quito 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. 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 before your trip comes to an end. (5B)

Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora Isabela

inclusions 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, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $185-240 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 £499

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

Typically 1-3 departures per month

Floréana

GALÁPAGOS MULTISPORT WITH QUITO 10 DAYS, Quito

£1,979

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Quito

Small Group Adventure

highlights

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

• Swim with turtles • Observe whitetip reef sharks • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Quito / Santa Cruz After a night in Quito, fly to Santa Cruz and head to Puerto Ayora, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which works to maintain conservation efforts in the Galápagos. Next, make for the highlands to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat, kayak the Itabaca Canal and explore the underwater world. (2B, 2L)

Day 4-5 Santa Cruz / Floréana Island

Floréana Island, Galapágos Islands

Enjoy a free morning in Santa Cruz before travelling by boat to Floréana Island. Get settled into your G for Good-supported community guesthouse. Then, 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)

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Day 6-7 Floréana Island / Isabela Island Next up, Isabela! Head to Las Tintoreras, otherwise known as Shark Alley, for a kayak excursion and snorkel to observe white-tip 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)

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Day 8-10 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 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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Ecuador Multisport (GASEEM) 9 Days, Fr £729

Highlands Puerto Ayora Isabela

G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

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Floréana

inclusions Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), guesthouses (2 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, truck, public buses, Panga boat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $170225 for meals 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 £549

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

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ECUADOR & GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER 12 DAYS, Quito

£2,315

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Guayaquil

Exclusively for 18-35s

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highlights

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

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

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-3 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, also the cinnamon capital of Ecuador. Admire the jungle-clad hills, opt to soak in the hot springs, visit a hummingbird sanctuary or kayak the city's rivers. (2B, 2D)

Day 4-6 Baños / Guayaquil

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands

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 bustling Guayaquil, Ecuador's main port, for an evening stroll on the promenade. (3B, D)

Day 7-8 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)

Day 9-10 Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island / San Cristóbal Island After a free morning in laid-back Isabela, sail to Santa Cruz's Tortuga Bay. This incredibly biodiverse area is packed with mangroves, sandy beaches, and cheeky marina iguanas. On Day 10, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station before heading to San Cristóbal Island where you can opt to go paddleboarding. (2B)

Day 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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Quito San Cristóbal

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Guayaquil

G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

inclusions Departs: Typically 1-2 departures per month 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 $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

LAVA LINE 7 DAYS, Quito

£675

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Guayaquil

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See the Middle of the World • Set foot into Tena • Go white water rafting

• Get an adrenalin fix in Baños • Dance away in a salsa class • Taste delicious ceviche

Day 1-2 Quito / Tena Welcome to Quito. Get stuck in right away with a city tour to find your bearings and journey to the Middle of the World. Yup, Quito is where you go to stand right on the equator. Round off the day with a trip to the Intiñan solar museum to learn about Ecuador's Native tribes. Next day, venture on to Tena, the 'cinnamon capital of Ecuador', nestled in the lush Amazon rainforest. (B, D) Baños, Ecuador

Day 3 Tena Today, the city and the jungle is your very own stomping ground! Sample a couple of cinnamon drinks and a traditional canelazo brew, or opt to visit a local indigenous community to meet a shaman and play soccer with the local children - if you've just so happened to have brought some school supplies or treats with you from home, they're always appreciated! After an optional white water rafting trip, spend the evening sampling tasty meats, sauces and salads - all locally sourced. (B, D)

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Day 4-5 Baños You're off to the adrenalin capital of Baños that morning for your next adventure. Expect to see tumbling valleys, gushing waterfalls, and the still-active Volcán Tungurahua. Spend your evening shaking your hips with an included salsa lesson. Later on, go bar hopping with your fellow travellers. Day 5 is a day of adventure. Opt to go horse riding, canyoning, ziplining, you name it! And it's no ordinary ziplining fancy doing the superman? (2B, D)

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Guayaquil

Day 6-7 Guayaquil

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See ya later Baños, it's been pretty sick. Next, set your sights on Guayaquil and experience the city's riverfront, Malecón, or head to its historic neighbourhood, Las Peñas. If you're a seafood lover, you're in the right place! We're heard that the ceviche is pretty damn good here. Your trip ends the next day after breakfast, so bid your farewells to your new-found travel friends. (2B)

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Transport: Coach Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Managers, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 54 Note: Replace your three days in Tena with a volunteering Me to We experience in the Amazon Rainforest. Stay in the Minga eco lodge, take part in night walks and experience the local community Tour Code: COQUGY

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TREKKING THE GALÁPAGOS 12 DAYS, San Cristóbal

£3,562

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Isabela

Independent Tour

highlights

• Visit the Pirate Caves • Walk scenic volcano trails • Hike to the Post Office Bay

Day 1-2 San Cristóbal Island Greet the resident sea lions chilling out at the dock on the south end of the island and keep your eyes peeled for crabs, marine iguanas and frigate birds. Head to the Interpretation Centre to learn all about the Galápagos' rich ecosystem before visiting the Frigate Bird Hill for fantastic views. Next day, aim for where you'll find sea lions resting. Journey along a trail to find button mangroves, white mangroves and more, before enjoying a beach lounge in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. (B)

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Day 3-5 Santa Cruz Island Meander the highlands of Santa Cruz, and take pics of the Twin Craters and admire the scalesia trees. Visit a lava tunnel and take a short walk to see the famous giant tortoise in its natural habitat. Venture off on a walk that afternoon to Tortuga Bay one of the longest white sandy beaches in the archipelago. Watch out for marine iguanas, sharks and sea turtles. Have a swim and snorkel for some R&R. Next day, climb the highest hill of the island, and venture on a meander of other hills and extinct volcanoes. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre that afternoon to learn about the conservation efforts of the island. Day 5, you're off on a boat trip! Visit one of the following: North Seymour, South Plaza, Bartolomé or Santa Fe. (3B, 2L)

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Isabela

Floréana

Day 6-12 Floréana Island / Isabela Island You're off to the Pirate Caves - the first pirates arrived in Floréana in 1593 for fresh water supplies. Next day, head off early morning on a hike to the Post Office Bay, crossing paths with turtles and flamingos en route. Day 9, head to the Galápagos National Park's Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre to learn about the conservation efforts of these friendly creatures. Then, visit the Laguna of the Flamingos and climb the Cerro Orchillo for a great viewpoint. That afternoon, visit Las Tintoreras, hop on a boat and see a colony of white tipped reef sharks resting in a lava canal, keeping your eyes open for marine iguanas. Next day, walk along volcano trails, enjoying the diverse terrain as you go and textured petrified lava. Catch a speedboat to Santa Cruz Island the next day where your trip ends. (6B, L)

inclusions Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches Group Size: Min 2 Note: This is an INDI tailor made trip, so transport and exact itinerary can be ameneded in line with your preference and budget Tour Code: UIOGAT

VOLUNTEER GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS 10 DAYS, Quito

£910

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Quito

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• 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 1-3 Quito / Equator Line / San Cristóbal Island Get settled in and enjoy a free day to explore Quito. Day 2, receive a briefing on your upcoming volunteer project, then travel to the Equator and put your feet on both hemispheres! Next day, hop on a flight to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos.

Day 4-8 San Cristóbal Island Day 4, receive an introduction to your 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. Choose from the following programmes: 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.

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Quito

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

Day 9-10 San Cristóbal Island / 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.

San Cristóbal G A L Á PAG O S I S L A N D S

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: Fr £234 per week Note: No flights included. Background check required if working with children Trip Code: QUIGAL

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• Admire sea lions and iguanas • Santa Cruz Island highlands • Explore the islands by boat


GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING 5 DAYS, Baltra

£977

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San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Ferry from Santa Cruz to San Cristóbal 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.

ECUADOR AMAZON ECO LODGE ADVENTURE 4 DAYS, Quito

£577

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Quito Small Group Adventure

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

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Eco lodge (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Public bus, private minibus, boat, canoe 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

• 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 Quechua 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.

LOCAL LIVING ECUADOR AMAZON JUNGLE 7 DAYS, Quito

£479

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Quito Small Group Adventure

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• 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, truck Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85110 for meals not included 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 face mask treatment. Over the next three days, enjoy guided hikes to waterfalls, a cacao culinary experience and tasting, jungle walks to better understand the medicinal uses of Amazonian plants and a canoe ride to a local animal rescue centre. Before your return to Quito, you'll also get a taste of traditional customs with a shamanic healing ceremony and a mock jungle marriage ceremony in the local community. Hit the town for your last night in Ecuador's capital, as your tour ends on Day 7.

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

£1,149

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Quito

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

Day 1-3 Quito / Otavalo / Papallacta Arrive at any time on Day 1 into Ecuador's charming capital city, Quito. Settle in and meet your fellow travellers, drive through the highlands to Otavalo the next day, and stop by the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Shop 'til you drop in Otavalo's market - South America's largest market - and a favourite haunt for bargain hunters. Here, find anything from ponchos to dream catchers and shrunken heads (don't ask). Overnight in a historic hacienda, then next day, visit the weaving studio of Don Miguel. End with a chill out at Papallacta's relaxing hot springs. (2B, L)

Baños, Ecuador

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

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Leave the Amazon along the Avenue of Volcanoes and make for Baños, home to lush forests, crashing waterfalls, indulgent thermal springs and challenging hiking trails. En route, stop at the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park to learn how Ecuador's indigenous cultures use native plant species in their daily lives. Fun fact, Omaere literally translates as 'nature of the rainforest' in the Waorani language. The next day is yours to limber up for some 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, home to the striking Cotopaxi Volcano. Soak up stunning views of the snow-capped volcano and then end back in Quito. (4B)

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, motorised canoe Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-325 for meals not included Group Leader: CEO throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEANG

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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 motorised 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 a well-deserved breakfast. Later on you'll visit an animal rescue centre and a family home in the jungle. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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

Day 1-4 Quito / Baños / Tena Arrive in Quito at any time and journey to Baños' hot springs the next day for a host of outdoor activities. Choose to go hiking, ziplining and canyoning if you're feeling an adrenalin kick. Or, simply choose to soak in the local hot springs. Day 4, leave the mountains behind and enter the Amazon rainforest. Bed down for two nights in rustic jungle huts in a local Quichua community, head on nature walks and learn about the local culture. (B, L, D)

Quito, Ecuador

Day 5-6 Tena / Amazon Jungle / Papallacta

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EC UA D O R

Otavalo

Quito

Spend the morning in the hot springs before heading back to Quito in the afternoon to explore. Head to the largest handicraft market in South America - Otavalo completely bursting with colourful local handicrafts. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come to this market each week to sell all manner of goods. (2B)

Papallacta Cotopaxi Tena / Amazon

Baños

Day 9-14 Cotopaxi / Alausí / Cuenca / Quito

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Today takes you to Cotopaxi for mountain bike trails, lagoon visits and a night in a mountain lodge. Choose to explore the area by mountain bike, admiring views of Cotopaxi Volcano as you pedal along. The next day, continue to Alausí, stopping by Cotopaxi National Park en route. Board a train bound for Devil's Nose on Day 11, a railway built amongst mountain ranges. Enjoy the toy-like twists and turns and views before arriving in Cuenca. Tick off the last of the colonial sights on your free day in the enchanting Cuenca the next day, steeped in history. Fly back to Quito on Day 13 for a final day to explore before your tour wraps up the following day. (6B).

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Day 7-8 Papallacta / Quito / Otavalo

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), simple village cabanas (2 nts), rustic mountain lodge (2 nts) 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

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Spend a full day in the Amazon to learn about local life in the jungle, venturing on nature walks with a local shaman. Opt to go canoeing, or to brave thundering rapids on a thrilling white water rafting trip. Then, you're on to Papallacta. Here, soak in natural mineral hot pools while also soaking up volcanic views. (B, L, D)

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


ECUADOR ENCOMPASSED 17 DAYS, Quito

£1,199

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Quito Small Group Adventure

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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

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• 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

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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, white water 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)

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My Own Room Available: Fr £599

Day 1-5 Quito / Baños / Tena / Amazon Jungle

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

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), rustic mountain lodge (2 nts), multi-share village cabanas (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

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Day 6-12 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 highup 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)

Day 13-17 Montañita / Puerto López / Quito Keep going to the laid-back surf town of Montañita and stop at a traditional cacao hacienda en route. 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 blue-footed 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. Be sure to explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town founded in the 1500s, home to over a whopping 50 churches! Meander around its historic plazas and explore its ancient churches. If you need to flop and relax, alternatively, there are a number of green parks you can hang out in to take a respite from all of your sightseeing, including Parque El Ejido, Parque Carolina and Parque Metropolitano. Want to try something traditional? Head to La Ronda street - peppered with a number of cafés and restaurants and ask for a canelazo - a drink made from aguardiente (sugar cane alcohol). Take the teleférico up Volcán Pichincha or burn off those holiday calories with a hike to the top. Opt to go straddle the equator or visit the hummingbirds of Mindo Cloud Forest before the tour ends on Day 17. (5B)

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Quito Puerto López

Tena Amazon Baños

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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 an upbeat, safe residential neighbourhood, close to 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 offer a private retreat and a good night's rest in a cosy home.

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

Highlights: Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area • Lounge • Terrace • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Terrace • Garden • Games room

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Live music lounge • 24-hour reception

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ECUADOR VOLCANOES ADVENTURE

£523

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5 DAYS

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BAÑOS ADVENTURE

£322

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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.

Touch down and transfer to your Quito hotel. Settle in and explore the colonial centre with its pretty squares and striking churches 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. Overnight and then transfer back to Quito for your last night. Then move on to the airport 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

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels or 3* or 4* hotels (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Airport drop-off and pick-up, transfers Includes: Biking and ziplining day trip Tour Code: BEUIOBAN

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From the salsa capital of Cali, to Barranquilla's booming carnival, hips really don't lie in the spicy culture of Colombia.

Mystical, magical, tropical, Tayrona is home to the breathtaking Lost City Trek that will leave you smiling and speechless.

Warm, hospitable, generous, Colombians are known for their friendly nature and welcoming, open and colourful culture.

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

Once the murder capital of the world, Medellín is now a thriving hub for arts and culture, and boasts an outof-this-world nightlife.

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COLOMBIA EXPRESS 9 DAYS, Bogotá

£1,149

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Cartagena

Small Group Adventure

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

Day 1-3 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) Bogotá, Colombia

Day 4 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. Head to the lively market town of Salento and soak up more of the coffee vibes in the region of Quindío. Hit up one of the town's cafés, opt to go horseriding and visit the viewpoint. (B)

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£1,069

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Santa Marta

Small Group Adventure

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

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Take a morning flight to fun-filled Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Explore the Old Town's laid-back colourful charms, walk the colonial city walls, dine on the beach and dance your final night away in a city renowned for popping nightlife, and an atmosphere like no other. Live music and spontaneous dancers can be found on practically every corner in Cartagena's Old Town, so you won't even have to keep your eyes peeled. Your trip sadly comes to an end on Day 9, but that doesn't mean to say that you couldn't stay on to make the most of this colourful country. (2B)

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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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Day 5-7 Medellín / Guatapé

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

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

Day 1-2 Cartagena Arrive in beautiful Cartagena at any time and meet your group that evening. Enjoy a tour of the Walled City the next day, peppered with colourful bars, restaurants and flower ridden balconies, then spend the rest of the afternoon as you please. Want to learn about the city's local history? The Zenú Gold Museum and Pedro Claver's House are a good place to start. 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)

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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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. Not ready to say goodbye to Colombia? Choose to extend your trip as your adventures don't have to end here! (2B)

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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. Keep your eyes peeled for resident wildlife. Sleep that night in a lodge close to the park. (B, L, D)

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Tagana / Tayrona N.P.

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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Today you'll journey into the hills around the small village of Minca and enjoy a free day. Next day, hike to nearby waterfalls, visit a local coffee plantation and learn the art of chocolate preparation. Enjoy a local lunch before heading onto Taganga. Day 5, spend a free morning in Taganga, have lunch, drive on to Tayrona National Park and settle into your lodge. Spend the evening relaxing, or take a walk. (3B, L)

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


COLOMBIA VOLUNTOUR 14 DAYS, Bogotá

£909

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Bogotá

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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

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

Day 1-3 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)

Day 4-6 Manizales / Ibagué Transfer to the Hacienda Venecia, a working coffee farm with bags of history. Take part in a guided tour, where you’ll learn about Colombia's coffee culture. Head back to Manizales for free time before heading to Ibagué for your volunteer project. (3B)

Day 7-11 Volunteer Project in Ibagué V E N E Z U E L A

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. The evenings will be all yours. (5B, 5L, 5D)

Day 12-14 Ibagué / Bogotá Travel back to Colombia’s capital by bus on Day 12, before enjoying a day at leisure the following day. End the trip the morning of Day 14. (2B)

Manizales

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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COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN HIGHLIGHTS 14 DAYS, Cartagena

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Santa Marta

Independent Tour

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• 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

Day 1-4 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 breezy Caribbean before heading to Santa Marta. (3B, L)

Cabo de la Vela, Colombia

Day 5-9 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 on Day 9. (4B, 5L, 4D)

Day 10-14 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. Here, workers shovel and collect salt from the ponds, creating a view of white mounds against a desert-like landscape. Day 12, head to Punta Gallinas, a desert landscape of sweeping bays and empty beaches steeped in sacred indigenous culture. Enjoy more beach time on Day 13 before heading back to Santa Marta on Day 14. From here, you'll take a transfer to the airport. (2B, 3L, 2D)

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inclusions Trip Style: 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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COLOMBIA LOST CITY TREKKING 7 DAYS, Santa Marta

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Santa Marta

Small Group Adventure

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

Day 1 Santa Marta Arrive at any time into Santa Marta and meet your group. Here you can opt to go scuba diving in Taganga (just north of the town), or relax on Playa Blanca beach, or just wander around and try different street foods.

Day 2-3 Trek to Lost City Kogi Village, Lost City Trek

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 in to169 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. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Small Group Adventure

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• See Cartagena's Old Town • Hike the Lost City Trek • See Tayrona National Park

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CARIBBEAN, THE LOST CITY TREK & MEDELLÍN ADVENTURE 12 DAYS, Cartagena

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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. Sit back and relax by the river in a hammock or opt to discover some nearby waterfalls. That afternoon, you'll heading back to Santa Marta where you'll bed down in a comfy hotel (much needed after your hike). Your trip comes to an end on Day 7 in Santa Marta, where you can depart at any time. (2B, L)

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Day 6-7 Santa Marta

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Paraso Teyuna Camp Ciudad Perdida / Lost City

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Machete Adán Camp Wiwa Camp

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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

Day 4-5 Trek to Lost City

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), camping (4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks) Transport: 4WD Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $65-85 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASMLC

• Gold Museum in Cartagena • Explore cultural Medellín • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Cartagena / Santa Marta Arrive at any time into the cultural city of Cartagena, and spend the following day exploring its UNESCO-listed Old Town, filled with live music haunts, beautiful churches and delicious restaurants. See the San Felipe fortress or get dirty in a mud bath at Totumo Volcano. Day 3, hop on a bus to the port town, visit the Gold Museum to admire its collection of Lost City artefacts and lounge on the beach. (2B) Cartagena, Colombia

Day 4-7 Wiwa Camp / Teyuna Paraiso Camp / Ricardito Camp Taganga / Tayrona N.P. Santa Marta Lost City Trek

Cartagena

Make your way across grassy hills and gentle streams to reach the Gotsezhi Wiwa indigenous community. Enjoy a G for Good supported lunch cooked by women from the community using local ingredients. Learn about Wiwa customs on a visit to the village, before enjoying a night in a hotel that evening (much needed!). Day 9, it's time to journey into Tayrona National Park for some moderate hiking with a local guide who will teach you about the diverse terrain and surrounding nature. (2B, 2L)

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Day 10-12 Medellín Board a flight to Medellín, previously stereotyped for its status as one of the world's most dangerous cities, but now a flourishing cultural destination. Head on an orientation walk on arrival and opt to go on a night out with the group if you want to get your salsa hips-a-shaking. Next day, choose to hit the skies with a paraglide over the city, or hop on a cable car before your tour wraps up on Day 12. (B)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (7 nts), camping (4 nts) Transport: 4WD, plane, local bus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Note: Allow USD $185-240 for meals not included Tour Code: GASMCT

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Day 8-9 Taganga / Tayrona National Park

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Take a transfer to Machete Pelao where you'll embark on your trek to the Lost City of Teyuna. Spend the next couple of days trekking through farmland, lush jungles and visiting small villages. Relax in the natural swimming pools at the end of Day 5, and buckle up for the steep climb to the Lost City the next day. Day 7, you'll head back through the deep jungle and navigate your way through banana trees, cacao plants and small Kogi communities en route to Ricardito Camp. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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• Trek through steaming jungle • Hike to remote villages • Gotsezhi community project


CLASSIC COLOMBIA 16 DAYS, Bogotá

£2,229

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

This tour will see you coffee-tasting in Armenia, wandering the colourful colonial streets of Cartagena, stretching your legs on breathtaking hikes in Cocora Valley and the magical Tayrona National Park, and visiting the up-and-coming artsy city of Medellín. And, with some R&R beach time squeezed in as well, it really nails it. 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: GASMCC

inclusions 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

My Own Room Available: Fr £719

Arrive into bustling Bogotá and get a taste of la vida Colombiana. Visit the Museo del Oro to uncover pre-Hispanic art exhibits and over 55,000 pieces of gold artefacts, and aim for the Museo de Botero to admire Colombian artist Fernando Botero's exaggerated portraits and unique painting style. Wander the Bolívar plaza in La Candelaria, the colonial district, or take a cable car up Monserrate mountain for amazing views from the top of Bogotá. Next morning, eat breakfast and get a taste for local living 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)

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• Explore the thriving city of Medellín • Get active in Santa Marta • Meet indigenous Colombians

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• Relax in UNESCO-listed Cartagena • Soak up the coffee culture • Hike in the magical Tayrona National Park

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Day 5-7 Salento / Medellín Day 5, it's on to the flourishing city of Medellín, brimming with colour, culture, and friendly locals. Meander Comuna 13 to gawp at creative street art, giving you a visual history of the city's turbulent past, and take notice of the bright orange escalators connecting the area. Take an included neighbourhood tour to learn about the city's unprecedented past, and don't miss the larger than life statues on Botero Plaza, named after the talented sculptor himself. Opt to take part in a salsa lesson (trust, Colombians know how to dance. Hips don't lie, remember?) and sample some of the world's best coffee. Take a day to visit nearby Guatapé, famed for its colourful houses and cracking views. Feeling active? Opt to climb the 675 steps of El Peñol to get fab views of the reservoir beneath. (3B)

Day 8-13 Cartagena / Minca / Taganga / Tayrona National Park Fly to the colonial walled city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. This magical town is littered with colourful architecture, charming streets and balconies adorned with pink bougainvillea. Head to the beach, take a city tour and visit the UNESCO-listed fortress. Expect to see street food on every corner, from fried delights to tasty empanadas (think pasty). Munch on some juicy fresh mango or sip on a homemade fruit juice to give yourself a refresher from the soporific heat of this enchanting place. If time allows, enjoy some live music from one of its squares, or pay a visit to The Modern Art Museum of Cartagena, located in a former 17th century customs house. 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 Tayrona National Park on Day 13 for some beach time. Enjoy some well-deserved down time. (6B, L)

Day 14-16 Tayrona National Park / Santa Marta Calling all nature lovers! Hike through the ravishing beauty of Tayrona National Park and learn about North Colombia's indigenous culture from your guide. Witness the park's mystical rainforest, stretches of sandy beaches, tropical palm trees and towering mountain range. Keep your eyes peeled for fascinating wildlife and gorgeous vegetation. Just for the heads up, the sea is pretty rough in this park, so don't worry about bringing any swimsuits! Next day, return to Santa Marta where your tour comes to an end. You'll leave wanting more, that's for sure. (3B, L, D)

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COLOMBIAN CULTURE, CARIBBEAN & LOST CITY 22 DAYS, Bogotá

£2,579

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Santa Marta

Small Group Adventure

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• Night out in Cartagena • Discover Tayrona N.P. • G for Good collection

Day 1-4 Bogotá / Armenia / Salento Arrive in Bogotá. Browse Paloquemao Market, home to all manner of fruits and veg, and fly to Armenia that afternoon. Bed down for two nights in a traditional hacienda, tour a coffee farm in Calarcá and hike through the Cocora Valley to Salento. (3B, L)

Day 5-12 Medellín / Cartagena / Minca

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Colombia's Caribbean Coast and Lost City (GASMCS) 14 Days, Fr £1,499

COLOMBIA JOURNEY 9 DAYS, Bogotá

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Day 17-22 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 overnight at camps with natural pools. Prepare to be charmed by the lush surrounding vegetation. Day 21, trek back and transfer to Santa Marta where the tour comes to an end the following day. (6B, 5L, 4D)

Lost City Trek

Minca Cartagena

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 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: 21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $435565 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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Santa Marta

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Travel to Taganga on Day 13 for a night by the beach and ready yourself for a guided hike in the biodiverse haven that is Tayrona National Park the next day. Learn about the region's wildlife, admire the tropical jungle, and stay in an eco lodge that night. Then to Santa Marta for an optional night out and free day. (4B, L, D)

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Day 13-16 Taganga / Tayrona National Park / Santa Marta

Cartagena, Colombia

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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 gorgeous Cartagena for a tour of the UNESCO walled city and a lively night out in this music lover's haunt. This kaleidoscopic city is packed with live music venues and boasts an incredibly intoxicating atmosphere. Day 11, journey to the fincas of Minca for waterfall hikes, coffee plantation tours and fresh mountain air. (8B, L)

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Bogotá

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• Stay on a coffee farm • Discover eclectic Medellín • Enjoy a cooking class

• Salsa around Cartagena • Sample Colombia's diversity • Take in the bustle of Bogotá

Day 1-3 Bogotá / Armenia Arrive into cultural Bogotá, 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)

Day 4-6 Medellín

Bolivar Square, Bogotá

inclusions Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), hacienda/farm (2 nts) Transport: Bus, van, jeep, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $255-335 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 6 Tour Code: GASMENG

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Day 8-9 Cartagena Opt to visit Playa Blanca, take a boat tour to Islas del Rosario National Park. Bring out your inner Shakira in a private Cali-style salsa lesson before testing out your moves in one of the city's hopping salsa bars. That evening, take part in a cooking class to learn Caribbean and Colombia specialities at Interno Training Restaurant, a social reintegration project that offers a creative space for reconciliation between female prisoners and civil populations before your trip wraps up on Day 9. (2B, D)

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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. Fly to Cartagena and spend the day getting to know the Old Town, admiring its beautiful colonial architecture and historic churches. Take a walking tour through this UNESCO-listed gem, visiting its main sites through the historical centre. Soak up the energy and atmosphere of this soporific walled town. (B)

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Catch a flight to Medellín, a city unrecognisable from its lingering reputation overseas. For a gleaming example of the city's progress in overcoming its notorious past, visit the fully-transformed Comuna 13, peppered with eye-grabbing street art, and test out the city's public cars and escalator systems, built to integrate the comunas into city life. Enjoy a free day on Day 6, where you can opt to visit the nearby colourful town of Guatapé. Be sure to check out its impressive monolith. (3B)

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• Jungle trek to the Lost City • Tour coffee farms in Minca • Hike through Cocora Valley


COLOMBIA BEHIND THE CANDELARIA PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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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HOTEL B3 VIRREY, BOGOTÁ

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SELINA MEDELLÍN, MEDELLÍN

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HOTEL MONTERREY, CARTAGENA

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Location: Only one kilometre from the park and entertainment district.

Location: In the Parque Lleras District near the foodie neighbourhoods.

Location: Right in front of Independence Square, walkable to the historic centre.

Vibe: Chic hotel with trendy interiors and a vine-covered exterior.

Vibe: Flash hostel with eco-led design and plenty of fun social activities.

Vibe: Casual colonial-style hotel with lovely views of the walled city.

Highlights: Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • 24-hour gym • Free off-site parking • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Games Room

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Terrace

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HOTEL LAS ISLAS, ISLA BARÚ

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ISLA BARÚ BEACH BREAK

£362

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Location: Nestled among lush tropical gardens, with its very own private beach area in Isla Barú. Just 45 minutes from Cartagena. Vibe: Expect colourful, traditional rooms with comfy beds, complete with a private balcony in a little paradise tucked away. Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Heating • Bar • Restaurant • Indoor pool • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Laundry • Library EXISB1

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The Rosario and San Bernadino National Park is a Caribbean archipelago just one hour's boat ride away from Cartagena. While many tourists hit the northern beaches, these southern islands offer a quieter and more local experience. In Isla Barú, palms hang lazily over the lapping turquoise waters. Being a protected park covering vast stretches of reef, this is a great place to strap on the snorkel and explore the coral that shields the surrounding islands of Rosario, Maravilla and more. Return to Cartagena on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Inclusions: Hotel return transfers Tour Code: CTGBAR

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CARTAGENA EXPLORER 4 DAYS, Cartagena

£187

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Cartagena Independent Tour

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Cartagena, Colombia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Airport pick-up Includes: Entry fees, bilingual guide during volcano tour, transfers during activities 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 washing it off in the Caribbean Sea. Eat lunch on the beach and then head back to Cartagena where you can opt to shake your hips at one of the many salsa haunts. The tour wraps up on Day 4 so make sure you've got all your souvenirs and colourful pictures before you go.

PLAYA BLANCA BEACH BREAK 4 DAYS, Cartagena

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Cartagena Independent Tour

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• Relax on sunny white sands • Stay a few steps from the beach • Stay in a comfortable eco lodge

Playa Manglares, Colombia

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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

Colombia's northern coastline is all about white sandy beaches, warm Caribbean waters and fresh fish. Spend four days soaking up the sun in one of its most treasured hotspots. Only an hour drive from the colourful colonial houses of Cartagena you'll find Playa Blanca, a place where it's compulsory to swing away whole afternoons in a hammock. Stay three nights in an eco lodge on the nearby beachfront of Playa Barbacoa, close to Playa Blanca but far enough to feel like you're completely away from everything. With two whole free days, you can really live life on Caribbean time, no stress, no worries. Choose to take a boat out to nearby islands and beaches, visit the freeroaming parrots at the local aviary or just stay put and order super strength cocktails to your sun lounger. Transfers to and from Cartagena are included.

SANTA MARTA & PARQUE TAYRONA 4 DAYS, Santa Marta

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Santa Marta Small Group Adventure

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• Catch local boats to hidden coves • Discover colonial Santa Marta • Wonderful panoramic viewpoints

Parque Tayrona, Colombia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Airport transfers Includes: Full-day Tayrona National Park tour with Spanish-speaking driver Tour Code: SMRPRT

• Walk through tropical rainforest • Swim in warm Caribbean waters • Spot monkeys and exotic birds

Discover the country's oldest-surviving city and an enchanting national park on this four-day tour in northern Colombia. Covering a vast area of rich jungle and dreamlike beaches, paradise-like Tayrona National Park 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, 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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• Guided tour of the old city • Try fresh fish and coconut rice • Swim in the warm Caribbean Sea


LOST CITY TREK 5 DAYS, Santa Marta

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Small Group Adventure

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• Reach the rarely-seen Lost City • Hammock camping under the stars • Cool off in jungle pools

Tayrona Indian Village, Colombia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito nets (4 nts) Meals: All food during trek Includes: Return Santa Marta transfers, hammocks and supplies on Lost City trek (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 by 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 well-deserved swim!

TAYRONA & THE LOST CITY 8 DAYS, Santa Marta

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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 intoxicating 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.

CARTAGENA TO PANAMA SAIL BOAT 5 DAYS, Cartagena

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Portobelo Small Group Adventure

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• Sail the beautiful San Blas Islands • Meet ever-friendly Kuna people • Keep an eye out for dolphins

San Blas Islands, Panama

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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 begin your journey into open sea, setting your sights on 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 and Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Panama City. Take a tour of the forts, and hit up the beaches.

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IN SEARCH OF IGUASSU 17 DAYS, Buenos Aires

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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

inclusions 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

Day 1-3 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.

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• 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

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Day 4-5 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, showcasing a colourful array of costumes, great beaches just outside the city and heaps of tasty street food to guzzle on. (2B)

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Leave the city lights behind for 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 wine and indulge in a traditional barbecue. Day 8, board an overnight bus for the journey inland to the crashing Iguassu Falls. Did you know that the waterfall system is composed of 275 falls spanning 2.7km?! (3B, 2L, 2D)

Day 9-10 Iguassu Falls You'll be lost for words as you look out over at the gushing 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)

Day 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) BRAZIL

Day 13-17 Ilha Grande / Rio de Janeiro 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. You can also opt to take a scenic hike to the Vila de Dois Rios, go diving, or hop on a boat and cruise around the island. On Day 15, journey to Rio, home to Copacabana beach, Christ the Redeemer and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. The following day, make the most of a free morning then head on a G for Good favela tour with a drumming demonstration, a Capoeira lesson and a few craft beers thrown in. Light up the night in Rio on your own terms before the tour ends on Day 17. (2B)

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ARGENTINA & BRAZIL EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS, Buenos Aires

£1,219

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Rio de Janeiro

Exclusively for 18-35s

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• Visit Christ the Redeemer • Explore Rio on foot • Party in the bars of Ipanema

Day 1-3 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. On Day 2, opt to stock up on handmade leather goods at the San Telmo markets or visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni. Spend the next day at leisure and opt to visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a former grand theatre and now a beautiful bookstore. Try your hand at polo, or learn to make tasty traditional, sweet alfajores. (2B, D)

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• Tango around Buenos Aires • Devour juicy Argentine steak • See the Iguassu Falls

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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. The following day is yours to explore so opt to try hang-gliding, zen out on Ipanema Beach, or put your dancing shoes and head to Pedra do Sal, which hosts improvised samba nights every Monday. Choose to walk up the famous Edcadaria Selaron steps, made of a pretty multi-coloured mosaic. Football fans can hit up the Maracanã stadium for a much needed explore - Brazil's largest football stadium, and former home to a number of the 2016 Olympic Games. Feel like a relaxing walk? The Botanical Garden is your best bet, home to more than 6,500 species of plant and various greenhouses. Your trip sadly comes to a close on Day 9, so bid farewell to your fellow travellers. (3B, D)

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Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (8 nts) 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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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! 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)

• Chill out in idyllic Paraty • Snorkel in thriving bays • Shake some samba in Rio

Day 1-3 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) Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Day 4-7 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 be time to visit some cachaça distilleries if it tickles your fancy. Spend the following day at your own leisure - opt to take a boat trip, go kayaking, or go horse riding. You certainly won't get bored! 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, including hiking Pico Do Papagalo or Lopez Mendez. (4B)

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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. Here, you can choose to go and admire Brazilian art at the Museum of Modern Art, discover the opulent Theatro Municipal and catch a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain. The tour ends on Day 9 so swing those hips and samba off to your next destination. (2B)

Paraty São Paulo

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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• Tango in classy Buenos Aires • Marvel at Iguassu Falls • Feast on Brazilian barbecues


URUGUAY, PANTANAL & THE FALLS 23 DAYS, Buenos Aires

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£1,200

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• Party hard in Rio de Janeiro • Spot wildlife in the Pantanal • Stay on a Uruguayan ranch

• Chill on Paraty's beaches • Zen out on Ilha Grande • Explore colonial Colonia

Day 1-6 Buenos Aires / Colonia / Montevideo / Tacuarembó Your overlanding adventure begins in Argentina's fiery capital, arguably South America's coolest city. Enjoy a free day here on Day 2, perhaps getting in to the swing of things with a Tango lesson or two? Danced out or not, you'll hop aboard a ferry to Uruguay on Day 3 and settle into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento. Continue to the capital Montevideo and learn all about its history and culture, then it's on to Tacuarembó for two days of gaucho living.

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Day 18-23 Paraty / Ilha Grande / Rio de Janeiro Drive to colonial Paraty for scuba diving, beaches and stand-up paddleboarding, then it's more beach time on the unspoilt island of Ilha Grande. Sufficiently relaxed, head north to your end point, the awesome city of Rio de Janeiro.

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• Marvel at Iguassu Falls • Party by Copacabana in Rio • Explore Buenos Aires

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Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Camping (40%), hostels and hotels (60%) Transport: Overland vehicle Meals: All meals provided when camping Local Payment (Kitty): From USD $1,010 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Tour Code: DRZFB

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Drive to the incredible region of the Southern Pantanal; your base for the next couple of days. Enjoy horseback rides, safaris and canoe rides. Keep your eyes peeled for caimans, capybaras and even jaguars! Then, on Day 15, head east and camp overnight somewhere near Campo Grande. Continue to remote Brotas and opt to go white water rafting, canyoning or just chill by the pool!

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Camp overnight in the birthplace of General Jose de San Martin, Yapeyú, then journey further north to the mighty Iguassu Falls. Cross into Brazil and base yourself in the city of Foz do Iguaçu for two full days of thrills and spills. Opt to take a speedboat around the base of the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam and get the chance to channel 007 in a helicopter ride above the falls! After seeing the Argentinian side of the falls, cross back into Brazil and head to Bonito, the eco tourism capital of Brazil. While here, opt to go caving, snorkelling, abseiling and more!

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• Snorkel and abseil in Bonito • Island hop around Paraty • Safari in Brazil's Pantanal

Day 1-6 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. While here, you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo, the largest waterfall found here. Make sure you've got that camera packed!

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Travel to the remote town of Brotas where you can enjoy white water rafting on rushing rapids, canyoning on Jacaré River, or a relaxing afternoon by the campsite pool. Then, it's off to Paraty on the Emerald Coast where there'll be plenty of time for island hopping, scuba diving, tropical trekking and more. On Day 18, all roads to Rio! Finish on a high making your way around the city's hottest spots, and say your farewells on Day 19 as the tours comes to an end.

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Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Camping (55%), hostels and hotels (45%) Transport: Overland vehicle, jeep, canoe, horse riding Meals: All meals provided when camping Local Payment (Kitty): From USD $810 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Tour Code: DRZBR

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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! Fingers crossed, hey?! On Day 12, take lunch at the ranch and head east to São Paulo state.

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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

Day 1-3 Buenos Aires Arrive in glamorous Buenos Aires at any time and settle in to your city accommodation. The next day, you'll take a guided 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. Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces, accompanied by the best tango orchestras. The show consists of several parts in which you can appreciate two tango orchestras, a folkloric group, and plenty of dancers and singers. (2B)

Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Transport: Bus 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 are not included

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Day 4-7 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 Iguassu 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. (3B) Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 8-12 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 the song 'Beautiful'. Drive back to your hotel 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. Rio is famous for its nightlife, so don't miss out on sampling some of it! The tour comes to an end on Day 12 with breakfast and a transfer to Rio airport for your flight home. Looking to stick around? Of course you are. Top tip; head north to Salvador da Bahia, the pulsating heart of the country's Afro-Brazilian community. (4B)

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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.


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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. That's some detox (actually sounds quite nice).

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WONDERS OF BRAZIL 15 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

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• Party hard in Copacabana • Snorkel in Bonito's clear rivers • Explore underwater caves

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), multishare tented room with hammocks (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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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)

Day 7-8 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)

Day 9-11 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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Day 12-13 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)

Day 14-15 Rio de Janeiro

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Pantanal Campo Grande

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 15, when you're free to leave at any time. (2B)

Bonito Paraty São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro

Ilha Grande

Iguassu Falls

Paraty, Brazil

Iguassu Falls, Brazil

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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 7 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

£351

FR

Iguassu Falls

Independent Tour

BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

highlights

• Cultural Santa Teresa • See a sunset over Sugarloaf • Free day in lively Rio

• Visit Christ the Redeemer • Iguassu Falls tour • Traveller-friendly hostels

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-2 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. Looking for something to do during the nights you're here? Don't miss out on hitting some of the raucous bars of Lapa!

Iguassu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

Day 3-4 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 shopping, hike up to the peak of Dois Irmãos for views over Lagoa and Ipanema, or take your dancing shoes to Pedra do Sal, the birthplace of samba - Mondays here bring live bands, gathering crowds and plenty of caipirinhas. The next morning, hop on a bus and settle in for your overnight journey to the three-kilometre wide Iguassu Falls.

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Iguassu Falls

Day 5-7 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 waterfalls in the world. The trip comes to an end on Day 7, with check-out at your hostel taking place at 10am. You're free to depart at any point after that. Not ready to leave yet? We don't blame you! Ask your Travel Expert about your options postIguassu, and continue your Latin American journey.

inclusions 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 Iguassu Falls, transfer from bus terminal to hostel in Iguassu, tour to Iguassu Falls Meals: Not included Tour Code: RIOIGU

VOLUNTEER BRAZIL

£404

FR

2-4 WEEKS, Rio de Janeiro

highlights

• 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

Day 1 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.

Day 2-12 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)

Day 13-14 Rocinha / Rio de Janeiro Enjoy one last day of volunteering on Day 13 and say goodbye on Day 14. (B,D) Project Start Date: Daily. Arrive Saturday or Sunday in time for Monday orientation meeting 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: Fr £755 per fortnight Notes: Background check required Tour Code: RIOVL5

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MODERN ART MUSEUM LAPA STEPS PARQUE DAS RUINAS

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Glória

FLAMENGO BEACH

GUANABARA PALACE

MIRANTE DONA

CHRIST THE REDEEMER

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LOOKOUT HILL PASMADO

SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN

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DUKE OF CAXIAS FORT LEME BEACH

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COPACABANA BEACH

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Best Place for.. •S  treet Art:

It's legal in Rio, turning the already colourful city into an outdoor art gallery. Check out the Waterfront. •S  amba: Get yourself a cachaça-based concoction for Mondays at Pedra do Sal, an open air samba feast. •V  iews: Sugarloaf is the obvious choice, but the views from the top of Dois Irmãos are not to be sneered at.

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Currencies

Best time to go

Approx. USD $50-150 per day

The Brazilian Real (R$)

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RIO DE JANEIRO the girl from ipanema BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

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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Shoestring

£10 £17

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MANGO TREE HOSTEL, IPANEMA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£23 £37

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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 an industrial-style building with large windows 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 • Barbecue area • Terrace • Garden • Games room

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Shared kitchen • Barbecue area • Lounge • Terrace • Garden • Luggage storage • Surfboard rental

RIOCOP

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Rock Solid

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COPACABANA RIO HOTEL, COPACABANA

Rock Solid

£44 £22

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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ATLÂNTICO TRAVEL, COPACABANA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

£44 £22

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set a block from the sands of Copacabana Beach, just 10 minutes' walk from General Osório Metro station.

Location: Based just three blocks from the thongs and throngs of lively Copacabana Beach.

Vibe: Straightforward hotel with 95 low-key rooms. Room service is 24 hours and there's some epic views of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Vibe: Sleek modernist hotel offering a comfortable retreat from the Brazilian sun. It's great for grabbing some R&R.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 24-hour room service • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Terrace • Sauna • Steam room • Gym • 24-hour reception • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop pool • Bar • Lounge • Gym • Sauna • Massage services • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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WINDSOR COPA, COPACABANA

£60 £30

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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DESIGN HOTEL, COPACABANA

ROOM ONLY

£50 £25

FR FR

TWIN/ DOUBLE

Vibe: No need to lift a finger at this upscale hotel with welcoming staff.

Vibe: Chic hotel with sleek rooms. Check out the vertical garden in the restaurant.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • 24-hour room service • Restaurant • Gym • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Nespresso machine • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Gym • Laundry THRIO3

£65

A-List | Yoo2 Rio

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£47

Half Day | Brazilian football game  FR £76

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A minute's walk from the nearest metro station, close to Copacabana Beach.

£26

A-List | Miramar by Windsor 

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Location: Just one block from the beach and boardwalk entertainment.

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Half Day | Sugarloaf Mountain  Half Day | Hang Gliding tour from Rio de Janeiro 

£156

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THE BIG DUDE TOUR

£53

FR

HALF 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

Independent Tour

ULTIMATE RI0

£365

FR

5 DAYS

Located just a block away from the world-famous Ipanema beach, the Mango Tree Hostel offers a relaxing place to sleep, meet other travellers, and taste a chilled caipirinha. You'll be based here during this five-day trip, helping you to get really under the skin of Rio. Add on an included tour of the Roçinha favela, The Big Dude Tour and optional Samba or boat party evenings and you've got yourself a real ripper of a trip - felicidades! Departs: Daily Meals: 4 breakfasts Accommodation: Mixed dorms at Mango Tree Hostel (4 nts) Includes: Arrival transfers, accommodation as specified, Big Dude Tour, 2 VIP club entries Tour Code: RIOURP

NEW YEAR IN RIO

£363

FR

Rio de Janeiro Independent Tour

highlights

• Spend NYE in Rio de Janeiro • Bed down in CabanaCopa Hostel • Enjoy The Big Dude tour

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

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FR

£60

Other options are available. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

Independent Tour

5 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

FR

Departs: 28Dec19 Accommodation: Mixed and female-only dorms, twin-share or double rooms (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: Big Dude City Tour, city tour, one-way airport transfer Note: Return airport transfer is not included in the price Tour Code: RIONY5

• Find your feet on a city tour • Plenty of partying throughout • No curfew throughout the trip

Spend a raucous New Year's Eve in Rio staying at the awesome CabanaCopa Hostel on this five-day adventure. The hostel offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with daily Brazilian breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, free maps and tourist info, personal lockers and free luggage storage all available to you during your stay. There's no curfew, and all the staff will be happy to direct you to the city's best parties; perfect for New Year's we say! They'll also pick you up from the airport and even throw in a Rio City Tour (aka The Big Dude Tour) and a Favela Tour to make sure you really get to know this amazing city. You'll get to visit the Christ The Redeemer statue, the Lapa Steps, the Rocinha favela (South America's largest) and Sugarloaf Mountain at sunset. Of course, there'll be plenty of time for partying this being New Year's Eve and all.

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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

£587

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: 01Mar19 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: 6 day bundle available, or upgrade to the full Carnival experience. Ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: BEBAMCE3

CabanaCopa Hostel Carnival Package & Sambadrome Tickets

£608

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. HIGHLIGHTS • Sambadrome Carnival ticket • Favela tour • Free caipirinhas

• Big Dude city tour • Costume accessories • Six nights accommodation

INCLUSIONS Departs: Daily (27Feb19–10Mar19) Accommodation: CabanaCopa hostel (6 nts). Mango Tree option also available Meals: 6 breakfasts Includes: Arrival airport transfer, free caipirinhas, costume accessories, Big Dude city tour, Sambadrome ticket Tour Code: RIO55C

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Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience

£1,349

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: 01Mar19 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 and to/from included activities Tour Code: GASZCE

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PANTANAL, AMAZON & BEACHES iconic experiences BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

Brazil is famous for its wildlife, and in nowhere is this more obvious than in the marshy wetlands of the Pantanal. This is the best place in the world to spot the jaguars, tapirs, anteaters and anacondas. To the north lies the world's largest rainforest, The Amazon; a place of near mythical status. Cruise down the world's longest river and scan your eyes for wildlife perching in the towering trees. After all that adventure, chill out on the beach.

Independent Tour

ILHA GRANDE EXPERIENCE: RIO TO ILHA GRANDE

£232

FR

4 DAYS

Independent Tour

COSTA VERDE EXPLORER: RIO, ILHA GRANDE & PARATY

£322

FR

5 DAYS

This great little package (which includes accommodation) has all the ingredients for a chilled out beach escape. From Rio, head to 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. And relaxxx...

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.

Departs: Daily (from Rio) Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts (hotels only) Includes: Return transfers from Rio, Lopez Mendes day trip & Blue Lagoon day trip Tour Code: BERIOIGE

Departs: Daily (from Rio) Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts (hotels only) Includes: All shuttle transfers to/from Rio, Blue Lagoon day trip, schooner boat trip Tour Code: BERIOBCV

Small Group Adventure

Small Group Adventure

PANTANAL ADVENTURE

£586

FR

4 DAYS

Head out to the Pantanal, a UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site and the world's largest freshwater floodplain, on this awesome four-day adventure. Transfer from Campo Grande and head to your wetland lodge to get settled in. The next two days will be chock-ablock full with activities including piranha fishing, canoeing, boat tripping, horse riding and spotting plenty of wildlife! Head off back to Campo Grande on Day 4 after your included breakfast. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mixed dorm, single or double room in lodge (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Round-trip shuttle transportation to/from Campo Grande included Tour Code: BECGRPAD

PANTANAL, BONITO & FOZ DO IGUAÇU

FR

£942 8 DAYS

Spend eight action-packed days in the Pantanal on this epic tour. 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 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. Bid farewell on Day 8 as you head off home. 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 Group Leader: English-speaking guide Tour Code: CGRPB7

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Independent Tour

AMAZON JUNGLE JUMA LODGE: ARARA ESCAPE

£599

FR

3 DAYS

The journey to Juma Amazon Lodge is an adventure in itself. Travel by boat and road 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. Stop to see the Meeting of the Waters, the confluence between the Rio Negro and the sand-coloured Amazon River. Go swimming, canoeing, alligator-spotting or piranha fishing. A highly-skilled naturalist will also accompany you on nature walks into the jungle. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Jungle lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Boat, van Tour Code: MAOARA

Independent Tour

AMAZON TURTLE LODGE: PUPUNHA

£560

FR

4 DAYS

Perfect for the wannabe nature aficionado, this four-day trip is based in the eco-friendly and sustainable Amazon Turtle Lodge. Throughout your stay, make the most of the opportunity to spot wildlife, including monkeys, caimans, sloths and even anacondas! Explore the dense jungle on bird-watching tours and guided jungle treks. On top of all that, visit a local Caboclo's house to learn all about their local community culture. Return to Manaus on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Jungle lodge (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

MANAUS AMAZON JUNGLE ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, Manaus

£402

FR

Manaus Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore by foot and canoe • Learn about traditional jungle life • Understand indigenous culture

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

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

• 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 the option of 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!

RIO TO THE AMAZON AIR EXPEDITION 15 DAYS, Rio de Janeiro

Small Group Adventure • See the mighty Iguassu Falls • Carioca City Tour in Rio • Fly across Brazil to save time

Iguassu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

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: BERIOAIR

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£1,758

FR

Manaus

highlights

• 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 head on a Carioca City Tour to see the city's highlights. Check out the beach neighbourhoods and pay your respects to the gargantuan Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). 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 wraps up.

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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 in 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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BACKROADS OF PATAGONIA 23 DAYS, Santiago

£1,480

FR

Ushuaia Overland Group Adventure

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BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

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 Group Size: Max 22 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.

Feb

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Jan

• Enjoy Bariloche's mountain scenery • Explore Chile's pretty Lake District • Try rafting, ice trekking and climbing

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Accommodation: Hostels and hotels (50%), camping (50%) Transport: Overland vehicle, boat Meals: All meals when camping provided Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $980

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Day 1-4 Santiago / Pucón 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 Pucón where you'll rest up in a local hostel. Fully re-energised, you can choose how to spend the next two days in Pucón; trek to the summit of the snow-capped Volcano Villarrica, relax in hot springs, or canoe through the gorges of the Lake District.

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Day 5-8 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.

Day 9-13 Cerro Castillo / Patagonia / El Chaltén / 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 Chaltén. You'll have three days to freely explore the walking trails, cruise to the Viedma Glacier, and, if you're brave, go ice trekking!

Day 14-16 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.

La Paz to Ushuaia (43 days) (DRJZU) 

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Day 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

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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 hook up with a cruise to Antarctica. Then, it's time to bid farewell.

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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. There's also some natural hot springs here, so enjoy a soak here post-activities! Continue to Argentina by way of the Seven Lakes route (Ruta de los Siete Lagos) on Day 5. Enjoy two free days in the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning lakes, mountains and forests surrounding it. While here, opt to hike to waterfalls, hire mountain bikes surrounding town or visit the chocolate museum. On Day 8, you'll drive south towards the Patagonia region on the legendary Ruta 40 (Route 40) and wild camp in the Río Mayo area.

Day 10-18 Patagonia / El Chaltén / Tierra del Fuego / Ushuaia Drive south via the UNESCO site Cave of Hands where you'll camp overnight. This place has some of the most wellpreserved ancient art in the world, so pack your camera and get snapping! Then, journey to El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park for more walking trails, ice trekking opportunities and glacier boat trips. Interested in finding out more? Don't miss a trip to the Glaciarium Museum and added ice bar! Day 14, drive to Tierra del Fuego via a wild camp 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 for two free days. On Day 18, cross back in to Chile and wild camp close to the Magellan Strait.

Day 19-28 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 photo taking. Enjoy epic views of glaciers on the W Trek, hiking along the edge of Lago Nodenskjöld and scrambling up to the Tarn and Mirrador Las Torres. Then, it's on to El Calafate, situated in the stunning Los Glaciares National Park. The region is famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities and it's a great place to spend a few days. On Day 27, cross the plains of Patagonia to see the penguins of the sleepy seaside village of Camarones.

Day 29-34 Puerto Madryn / Monte Hermoso / Buenos Aires

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Take the short drive to Puerto Madryn where you have a free day to visit the Valdes Peninsula and view its abundant marine life. Head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew. It's up to you to do as you choose. On Day 31, enjoy a full day's drive north towards the pampas of Buenos Aires. Camp en route in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso, then the following day, drive to Buenos Aires for two days of incredible culture, art and music. Enjoy a free city tour, watch a football game at La Bombonera, try your hand at some Tango or visit the beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron. Say your farewells on Day 34.

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Patagonia is perfect for those who love the outdoors, with plenty of camping in national parks and the chance to trek, climb, bike, and horse ride through some breathtaking scenery all on offer. See the best of it on this action-packed tour, starting in Santiago and ending in Buenos Aires (or vice versa).


HIGHLIGHTS OF CHILE & ARGENTINA 10 DAYS, Santiago

£1,449

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Buenos Aires

Small Group Adventure

• Ride horses with gauchos • Wine tasting in Chile • Adventure sports in Pucón

• Explore Buenos Aires • City tour of Santiago • Hiking in Patagonia

Day 1-3 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) Valparaíso, Chile

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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! Depart at any point on Day 10, though if you're looking to stick around, there's plenty more to see and do! (2B)

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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)

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

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Pucón, in the Chilean Lake District, is all about adventure. Opt to hike the snowcapped Villarrica volcano, soak in some nearby natural hot springs, go rafting down white water rapids, or simply explore the area on foot. The area is also famous for its skiing and snowboarding, so if you're a powder hound; time to go wild! (B)

• Get close to glaciers • Discover Buenos Aires • Explore the Lake District

Day 1-5 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. (4B, L)

Day 6-10 Bariloche / El Chaltén

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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. It's four days of out-and-out adventure so lace up your boots and hot foot to it! On 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)

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Day 15-20 Torres del Paine Trek / Puerto Natales / Buenos Aires

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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: 18 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $615-800 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist mountain guides, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAHB

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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. Explore the town, eat a hearty meal, and rest well for the hike ahead! (4B)

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In the snow-capped Lake District you can hike the Bella Vista trail, relax by Nahuel Huapi lake, and go white water 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, 2L)

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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 some hot springs and taste your way around the wineries of nearby coastal Valparaíso. Further north lies the Atacama Desert, an otherworldly landscape famous for being one of the driest regions on Earth. There's also plenty of salt flats!

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Location: A two-minute walk from the Universidad de Chile metro station in Región Metropolitana. Vibe: Elegant hotel designed by the famous Chilean architect Germán del Sol. There's a small plunge pool and an in-house gym. Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Indoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Lounge • Sauna • Gym • Laundry • 24-hour reception SCLFUN

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

MAGIC OF EASTER ISLAND 4 DAYS, Easter Island

£468

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Easter Island

• Discover Easter Island's past • Learn about the Birdman Cult • Hike to crater lake viewpoints

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

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• 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.

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BUENOS AIRES party like a porteÑo BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

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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Location: A central spot, just 600 metres from the popular Obelisk.

Location: Downtown Buenos Aires, a fiveminute walk from the Obelisk.

Location: Set in the neighbourhood of San Telmo, close to Independencia metro stop.

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: Upmarket hostel-come-hotel with a small lap pool, barbecue and games room.

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 dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Barbecue area • Terrace • TV lounge • Games room

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Location: Just five minutes' walk from Callao and Uruguay metro stations.

Location: In BA's picturesque San Telmo district, 10 minutes from the nearest metro.

Location: In the Montserrat district, close to theatres, bars and cafés.

Vibe: Relaxed hotel with warmly-decorated rooms. Each has its own balcony.

Vibe: Modern digs with chic décor. Free perks include Tango classes!

Vibe: Modern, functional and accessible glass-fronted hotel.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony • Kitchenette • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • Sauna • Gym • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Flatscreen TV • 24-hour room service • Lounge • Free tango classes • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

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BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR

JORGE NEWbERY AIRPORT: 5km

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A swampy suburb of meandering waterways, stilted homes and floating markets. Once home to a former president.

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TANGO SHOW WITH DINNER

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Hunker down with the locals to enjoy the passion, aggression and flare of Tango with a side of traditional food and wine.

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Location: In the trendy district of Palermo Hollywood, close to bars, restaurants and nightclubs. It's 15 minutes from the station.

Location: Within the leafy surrounds of sophisticated Palermo. It's within a ten minutes walk of Armenia and Serrano Squares.

Vibe: Classy and sophisticated hotel with 122 polished rooms and suites. There's a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool.

Vibe: Boutique hotel priding itself on comfort, innovation and style. Check out the lounge bar and take a dip in the rooftop pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • In-room safe • Blackout curtains • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Rooftop terrace • Gym • 24-hour reception • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Terrace • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Massage services • Sauna • Hot tub • Lounge • Garden • Gym • Laundry

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BUENOS AIRES & IGUASSU 8 DAYS, Buenos Aires

£398

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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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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.

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IGUASSU FALLS & BEYOND don't go chasing waterfalls BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

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

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Cataratas del Iguazú Airport

Small Group Adventure

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• Guided tour of Iguassu Falls • Visit Brazilian and Argentine sides • Explore the surrounding wildlife

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: Return transfers to airport/bus station, full day tour to the Falls' Argentinian side and half-day tour to the 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

£196

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Puerto Iguassu or Foz do Iguaçu

Independent Tour

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• Included airport return transfers • Guided tours of Iguassu Falls • Visit Argentine and Brazil sides

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

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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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BUENOS AIRES, IGUASSU & THE WETLANDS 9 DAYS, Buenos Aires

£1,274

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Iguassu Falls or Buenos Aires Small Group Adventure

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Caiman, Iberá Provincial Reserve

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), night bus (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Bus, canoe, boat and airport pick-up/drop-off Includes: City tour, wetlands tour, Tango show, Iguassu Falls tours, bus journeys as per itinerary Tour Code: BUEIIW

• Watch a real life Tango show • Go on a city tour of Buenos Aires • Stand in awe at the 'Devil's Throat'

This tour is about all things Argentina. Kick off in the country's capital, Buenos Aires, with a full-day city tour around Palermo, San Telmo, La Recoleta and more. Later on, feel the heat with an included Tango show - you're in Argentina after all! On Day 3, head to Saladas via night bus and enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival. Then, it's wetland time. Board canoes into Iberá Provincial Reserve, the world's second-largest wetland, and see if you can spot marsh deer, otters, caiman, capybara and even maned wolves if you're lucky! On Day 6, catch the bus to the mighty Iguassu Falls for three days of fun and action-packed activities. Go hiking on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls and marvel at the spectacular Devil's Throat viewpoint. Head off on Day 9 and either remain in Iguassu or take the bus back to Buenos Aires.

PATAGONIA LAKES & GLACIERS SELF-DRIVE 12 DAYS, Bariloche

£297

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El Calafate Self-Drive Tour

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• Drive through stunning Patagonia • Vist craft breweries throughout • See epic views near El Chaltén

Mt. Fitz Roy, Patagonia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels and hostels (11 nts). Optional glamping in Esquel (2 nts) available Meals: 11 breakfasts Includes: All accommodation and meals as specified Note: Car rental, GPS system, flights and any excursions/extra meals are not included. You'll be driving on dirt roads, so find suitable insurance Tour Code: LKEPAT

• Gorge on steak and chocolate • Explore national parks on the way • Spend twelve days off the map

One of the most awesome things to do in South America is to get lost in the Patagonian valleys, lakes and forests. So why don´t you rent a car, coordinate with a couple of friends and drive off the beaten track in search of this untamed region's secrets? Start off in Bariloche for two full days and gorge yourself silly on chocolate, steak and craft beer. Then, drive past beautiful lakes and forests on your way to San Martin de los Andes. Continue to Villa La Angostura and opt to visit the Bosque de Arrayanes National Park, then head on to Esquel via the beer brewery at El Bolsen. Spend some time exploring the town's windmills and waterfalls, then it's back to Bariloche via Los Alceres National Park. Hop on a flight to El Calafate on Day 8 and pick up a new car for four days of adventures in El Calafate and El Chaltén. Head off on Day 12.

BUENOS AIRES, PATAGONIA & SALTA 19 DAYS, Buenos Aires

£1,702

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Salta Independent Tour

highlights

• Trek over the Perito Moreno Glacier • Explore Buenos Aires via bike • Kayak over Lago Gutierrez

Perito Moreno Glacier

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (18 nts) Meals: 18 breakfasts Includes: Airport pick-up (Buenos Aires and Salta), Buenos Aires halfday bike tour, Perito Moreno Glacier trek, half-day kayak trip on Lago Gutierrez, 3 buses Note: Entry fees to Los Glaciares National Park (approx. USD $25), car hire & flights not included Tour Code: BUEPAS

• Self-drive around Salta and beyond • Hike around Mt. Fitz Roy • Enjoy plenty of free time

Touch down in Argentina's lively capital on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, explore the historic district of La Boca and Recoleta via bike, then enjoy a free day to continue exploring. Tango show, anyone?! On Day 4, hop aboard a flight to El Calafate for a day's exploration of the mighty Los Glaciares National Park. Take a bus on Day 6 to El Chalten for four days of hiking the trails around Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, then continue to Perito Moreno on Day 9. Continue to Bariloche for a half-day kayaking session on Lago Gutierrez, then opt to go cycling or trekking on Day 12. Catch another flight to the colonial city of Salta on Day 13, then pick up a hire car for a four-day self-drive tour. The route is up to you, but we'd recommend visiting Purmamarca to see the Cerro de los Siete mountain. Drive back to Salta on Day 18.

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• Cruise into Iberá Provincial Reserve • Spot plenty of wildlife throughout • See the mighty Iguassu Falls


PATAGONIA patagonia dreaming BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

Patagonia, the sprawling region at the bottom of South America shared between Argentina and Chile, is many things. It is beautiful. It is adventurous. It is vast. And it's all there waiting to be discovered. Hike up mighty glaciers, spot whales, dolphins and elephant seals in Peninsula Valdes and chill out at 'The E nd of the World'. That's Ushuaia to me and you. Lace up those hiking boots, learn some Welsh (yep, really) and get that camera out!

EL CALAFATE ALL GLACIERS

£317

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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

EL CALAFATE & TORRES DEL PAINE

£299

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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

EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTÉN TREKKING THE FITZ ROY 6 DAYS, El Calafate

£343

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El Calafate

highlights

• Trek around Fitz Roy mountain • Witness pretty Patagonian sunsets • Plenty of free time to relax

Torres del Paine, Patagonia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels or hostels (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Transport: Round bus trip El Calafate/El Chaltén/El Calafate Tour Code: FTESIP

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• Boat ride to Perito's glacier wall • Go bird-spotting in Lenga Forest • Discover the town of El Calafate

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.

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DISCOVER PATAGONIA 14 DAYS, Buenos Aires

£3,499

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Buenos Aires

highlights

• Get close to Perito Moreno • Cruce de Lagos cruise • Hike Torres del Paine

Day 1-3 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 artisan producers specialising in chocolate, beer and jams. Spend the next day exploring by foot or by mountain bike. (2B) Torres del Paine, Argentina

Day 4-7 Puerto Varas / Torres del Paine National Park Buenos Aires CH ILE ARGENT INA

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Ushuaia

Independent Tour

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• Spot orcas and penguins • Free day in Puerto Madryn • See Perito Moreno Glacier

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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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Departures 2019/20

El Calafate

Day 12-14 Buenos Aires

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr £1,489 Mar

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)

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 meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAPNG

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Day 8-11 El Calafate / Ushuaia

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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)

• Buenos Aires tango show • Explore magical Ushuaia • Discover Tierra del Fuego

Day 1-3 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. (2B)

Day 4-7 Buenos Aires / Puerto Madryn

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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'. (4B)

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Day 8-12 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. (5B)

Puerto Madryn

Day 13-16 El Calafate / Ushuaia After breakfast, take the short flight to Ushuaia for a full-day tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, walking 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. If you're not quite ready to head home, there's plenty more to see at the End of the World and beyond, if you're heading for Antarctica (4B)

inclusions Departs: Daily (except Apr-Sep) 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

El Calafate Rio Gallegos

Ushuaia

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BRAZIL, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA & CHILE

• Tango in Buenos Aires • Catamaran around Ushuaia • Explore beautiful Bariloche


TORRES DEL PAINE THE W TREK 6 DAYS, Puerto Natales

£999

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Puerto Natales

Small Group Adventure

• Hike in the Torres del Paine • Enjoy incredible views • Float across Lake Pehoé

• Stay in picturesque camps • Free time in Puerto Natales • Get completely off the map

Day 1-2 Puerto Natales / Serrano Camp Puerto Natales is the gateway to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, so it's nothing if not scenic! Enjoy a day here to acclimatise and opt to visit the vast Mylodon Cave, once inhabited by prehistoric, sloth-like mylodons. Get any last-minute shopping done in Puerto Natales, and rent all equipment needed for the hike. Make sure you get plenty of rest though; it's an active four days ahead! The following day, start the 38.5 mile (62 km) route by trekking to the base of Las Torres to see the dramatic three towers and turquoise lagoon below. Then, take a 90 minute transfer to the scenic Serrano campsite. (B, L, D)

Torres del Paine, Chile

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Day 3-4 Serrano Camp / Paine Grande Camp / Cuernos Camp

Paine Grande Camp

Cuernos Camp Serrano Camp

My Own Room Available: Fr £79

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Independent Tour

Small Group Adventure

Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Ushuaia, Argentina

£881

FR

5 DAYS

highlights

• 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 (01Sep19-26Apr19) Accommodation: Dorm-style refugio/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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• Stunning Grey Glacier views • Hike a world-famous trail

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Puerto Natales

Apr

Enjoy the final day of the W Trek. Wake up to the amazing views of the Cuernos del Paine (the Horns of Paine) and continue trekking to Las Torres Campsite. Finish by snapping a photo of the mountains reflecting in the Lake Nordenskjöld before heading back to Puerto Natales for one final night. If you've got time to spare, pay a visit to the Municipal Historical Museum, showcasing exhibits from the region's indigenous population. Head off at any point on Day 6. (2B, L)

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Day 5-6 Cuernos Camp / Puerto Natales

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Van, ferry Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $80105 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), mountain guides, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASCWT

Feb

Wake up surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, enjoy a scenic drive and a picturesque ferry ride on the waters of Lake Pehoé. Later on, hike to Grey Lake and the lookout point for Grey Glacier and admire the scale of this immense glacier. It's a pretty breathtaking place, so make sure you've packed your camera! The next day, hike first to the Italian camp, then set out to the French Valley Mirador. Take in some epic scenery on this stretch – think light blue lakes contrasting beautifully against the deep green forest. Later on, head to the spectacular Cuernos Camp. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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USHUAIA - THE END OF THE WORLD Ushuaia

Ushuaia

£253

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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 Tierra del Fuego National Park. 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

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END OF THE EARTH 14 DAYS, Buenos Aires

£2,679

FR

Buenos Aires Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), mountain guide in Torres del Paine, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASAPE

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, plane, boat Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $475-620 for meals not included

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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)

Departures 2019/20 Mar

Day 1-3 Buenos Aires / El Chaltén

My Own Room Available: Fr £779

Feb

• 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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Day 4-5 El Chaltén / 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 on Day 5 and opt to take a boat ride on the lake to gain a different perspective of this imposing spectacle. (2B)

Day 6-9 Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine National Park Continue south along an unpaved road 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)

Day 10-12 Punta Arenas / Ushuaia

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

Day 13-14 Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

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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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Puerto Natales

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Torres del Paine, Argentina

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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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the vast white wilderness

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. Bring on that seventh continent!

frequently asked questions WILL THE COLD AFFECT ME?

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

Colder, drier, and windier than anywhere else on the planet, Antarctica requires plenty of preparation. Highs of 15 degrees have been reported, though even in the summer temperatures are below freezing most of the time. Pack plenty of layers and a big coat!

As you'll be setting foot on land, walking, hiking and even swimming (if you're brave!), we recommend you have at least a moderate level of fitness if you're joining this tour. In order to join, you'll also need to fill out a medical form. It's a prerequisite.

Highlights • Cross the 800km Drake Passage • Explore with an expert team • Spot icebergs, whales and penguins • Learn about dramatic explorers • Informative lectures throughout • Opt to go kayaking or camping • G for Good collection

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WHAT WILL I EAT?

You'll be staying aboard the G Expedition boat in twin, triple or quad-share cabins. All have their own en suite and porthole or cabin. Looking for something more fancy? Opt for your own private suite.

On-board our expedition ships you'll find a diversity of gourmet international cuisines prepared by professional chefs. There's always different meals available, and vegetarians will find plenty of options.

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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)

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Day 3-4 The Drake Passage

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Group Leader: 1 expedition team member per 10 guests Group Size: Max 134 Tour Code: GAXVCASX

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)

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antarctica classic

A trip to Antarctica can be truly life-changing. Massive, magnificent and unforgiving, it'll leave your mind searching for words to describe it. Each day presents a new discovery, whether you're cruising through ice-choked waterways, trekking through chattering penguin rookeries, or glimpsing whales breaching in the pristine waters...

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Day 5-8 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 sea birds 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)

Day 9-11 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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14 DAYS, Ushuaia

£249

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Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land's awe-inspiring splendours first-hand. ANTARCTIC KAYAKING

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (1 nt), G Expedition vessel (twin, triple or quad-share cabins and suites, all with en suite) (9 nts) Transport: G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus Facilities: Dining room, lounge, library, pub, outdoor observation deck, gift shop, computer room, gym, sauna, clinic Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $25-35 for meals not included Note: Drinks and tips are not included

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QUEST FOR THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

ANTARCTIC CAMPING

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£769

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Head out in kayaks on days where zodiac landings are also available.

£6,899

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Ushuaia, ROUTE :

Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet's last frontier. Sail the Drake Passage, then explore the western Antarctic Peninsula. DEPARTS: Selected Thur, Fri & Sat (Dec-Feb) GAXVQCSX ANTARCTICA CLASSIC IN DEPTH 13 DAYS, Ushuaia

SPIRIT OF SHACKLETON £5,099

£11,599

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Ushuaia, ROUTE :

Have more time to travel or wanting to see this awe-inspiring continent in a little more depth? This is the trip for you! DEPARTS: Selected Sun and Mon (Nov-Jan) GAXVAESX

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21 DAYS, Ushuaia

Ushuaia, ROUTE :

Experience the penguins and seals of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on this epic voyage to Antarctica. Spend three weeks following in the footsteps of Shackleton. DEPARTS: Selected Fridays (Nov-Feb) GAXVSHSX

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Central America Think long-stretching sandy beaches, lush forests, ancient Maya ruins, colossal volcanoes, world-class surfing opportunities and eye-boggling sunsets.


VOLCANO TRAIL 17 DAYS, Antigua

£1,049

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San José Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot Opt to surf, soar over forests on canopy ziplines, visit ancient ruins, hike volcanoes, and stay with local families in this packed trip to sunny Mexico & wildlife-ridden Costa Rica.

CENTRAL AMERICA

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 16 Tour Code: GAJGS

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Day 1-3 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, cross the border to Honduras and opt to take a dip in the hot springs. Day 3, head to the unique and fascinating Mayan ruins of Copán. Although these ruins were discovered in 1570 by Diego García da Palacio, they were not excavated until the 19th century. 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.

Day 4-8 Suchitoto / Concepción de Ataco / Playa El Palmarcito Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Sample the local specialities and spend Day 5 at leisure. Choose to visit the pretty church of Santa Lucia, or take a boat ride around the scenic Lake Suchitlan. Day 6, you'll journey to the 'Route of Flowers' region where you'll have the chance to meander its charming Salvadorian towns and talented artisans. Next day, spend a full day exploring the small town of Ataco or get stuck in with some optional activities. Make the most of a free morning the following day before heading to the surfing town of Playa El Palmarcito. Grab a drink and relax that evening.

Day 9-11 Playa El Palmarcito / Monteverde On Day 9, the day is yours to sit back and enjoy its chilled-out beach. Why not take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, or to uncover the Tamanique waterfalls. Travelling into the cool cloud forest and rainforests of Monteverde on Day 10 gives you a glimpse of the lush ecosystems of Costa Rica. Spend two days exploring Monteverde which is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Choose to visit the beautiful Cloud Forest, soar through the jungle canopy on a zipline, or take a tour of a coffee plantation. You'll notice a bit of a drop in temperature here, so layer up! You can also choose to bird watch, ride a horse or stretch your legs with a mountain biking excursion.

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Day 12-13 La Fortuna Day 12, it's off to the adventure town of La Fortuna, a journey partially taken by boat on Lake Arenal. Enjoy a big night out with your group that evening before enjoying a day at leisure the following day. There are plenty of hiking and outdoors activities to be getting on with here! Choose to go canyoning down 200 foot waterfalls, caving to see stalactites, stalagmites and bats, hiking, ziplining, soak in hot springs, navigate your way through hanging bridges in verdant forests, or even take a hike on Arenal Volcano itself. G UAT E M A L A

Day 14-16 La Fortuna / Arenal Enjoy a final free morning in the outdoorsy town of La Fortuna before heading on to San Carlos in the afternoon and on to the rural community of Coope San Juan. You'll overnight in a traditional Costa Rican homestay with a local family, a truly authentic experience. Next day, spend a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Head off on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about diverse flora and fauna, help harvest cassava, and roll up your sleeves for a cooking demo to make the local speciality of enyucados. These delicious bites consist of fried yuca (a sort of glorified parsnip-chip), with gooey melted cheese in the middle. Spend the afternoon doing your own thing opt to go fishing, mountain biking, or relax in the village.

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Day 1-4 San José / La Fortuna 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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Day 5-6 Monteverde Welcome to nature-lover's paradise! Monteverde, which literally translates as Green Mountain, is home to over 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. On Day 5, you'll enjoy a dinner at a G for Good coffee cooperative that funds local educational programs. The next day, opt to join a bird watch, tour a coffee plantation or fly through the jungle canopy on a zipline. You'll really feel like superman up there! (D)

Day 7-9 Santa Teresa Head on to the coastal town of Santa Terersa, and enjoy the chilled-out vibes of this beach paradise. Next day, try your hand at surfing, pay a visit to Cabo Blanco National Park, or just enjoy some you time to relax on the beach (not forgetting about the lively nightlife of course). Day 9, it's a full day at leisure, so opt to catch some waves.

Day 10-11 Concepción de Ataco It's a free morning in Santa Teresa before heading back to the capital for the night. Next day, hop on a flight to El Salvador, and journey to the Route of Flowers region. Here you'll find flowers aplenty on the 36km road twisting through the mountains, and a number of colourful villages. These villages are home to international fare, coffee plantations, arts and crafts, and beautiful surrounds.

Day 12-14 Concepción de Ataco Spend Day 12 exploring the small town of 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. There are also a number of arts and crafts shops to pop your head into, selling anything from candles to antiques. Day 13, it's on to the colonial town of Suchitoto, where you can sample the local speciality, pupusa - a delicious corn tortilla filled with savoury goodies. Next day, you'll have a chance to enjoy some free time at your own leisure, so why not visit some nearby waterfalls or limber up for some cave hiking.

Day 15-19 Copán / Antigua Cross over into Honduras, and visit the Mayan ruins of Copán, or soak in a local hot spring for some R&R. 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 in Guatemala on Day 17 where you'll enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Next day, 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. Choose to café-hop or visit a local macadamia nut farm on Day 19 before heading out for a night out with your group that evening.

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Day 25-26 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. Take a guided tour here before crossing the border 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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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. Round off in 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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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. Hop on a board across the lake to a G Adventures supported homestay with a local family in a Mayan Tz-utujil village where you'll take a tour with a local guide to learn more about daily life and visit some artisan workshops. Day 21, return across the lake and enjoy some free time in Panajachel to just relax, or head to the market. (D)

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Day 27-29 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. Start strong with a G Adventures supported Bike with Purpose tour before choosing to Snorkel and dive the world's second largest reef on Days 28-29. Experience some truly amazing sights including coral canyons, an astonishing range of tropical fish, manta rays, nurse sharks and barracudas.

Day 30-33 Mahahual / Playa del Carmen Mexico calls today, and the beachside resort of Mahahual. The main aim of the day? Margaritas. 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 cocktails and catching some rays on the sandy 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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Day 1-7 Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker / San Ignacio First up, Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast. Not a bad start! Don your snorkel, 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 with plenty of free time to dive or snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. On Day 6, visit a G for Good pottery cooperative then head inland to San Ignacio. Visit the sacred cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out Xunantunich, another site left by the Mayans (did they ever take a day off?). (L)

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Day 8-10 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.

Day 11-14 Antigua / Panajachel / San Juan La Laguna 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)

Day 15-18 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 soak.

Day 19-22 Suchitoto / Concepción de Ataco / Playa El Palmarcito Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas - a delicious sort of stuffed corn tortilla - and 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 (a raw fish cooked in citrus juices) at the local fish market and visit the Tamanique waterfalls. Then, travel to the ‘Route of Flowers’ region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans before bedding down in the coastal town of Ataco.

PROJECT PARTNERS: San Antonio Women's Group This fantastic initiative provides a training program for unemployed youth in the community so that they can benefit from tourism. At this cooperative, travellers test their ancient pottery making techniques with a group of Mayan artists. Afterwards, visitors are welcome to lunch and are free to buy pottery & other crafts created by the women of the cooperative to help support their business.

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Day 23-24 Playa El Parlmarcito Spend a free morning in Ataco before heading on towards the coast, home to amazing sunsets. With a cold drink in hand, sit back and enjoy the view. Next day, spend a free day at leisure in Playa El Palmarcito. You can opt to go surfing, eat fresh ceviche from the nearby fish market located in La Libertad, or see the Tamanique waterfalls.

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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.

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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?

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Day 31-32 San Carlos / San José Spend a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Join them for a walk through the surrounding forest, and learn about the surrounding flora and fauna. You'll help them to harvest cassava, and roll your sleeves up for a cooking demonstration to make enyucados - a local treat and speciality. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure. You can go mountain biking, fishing, or even just relax in the village and practice your Español. Day 31, you'll travel to the city of San José with its busy downtown streets, beautiful parks and museums and surrounding views of lush, verdant mountains. Head on a final night out with your fellow travellers that evening. Next day marks your last day, but feel free to leave at any time. Stroll through the main plaza, a great place to people-watch 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. (B)

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From the magical Cloud Forest in Costa Rica to the historic colonial city of Antigua in Guatemala, this trip really has it all. Expect to see tropical rainforests, volcanoes, lush forests and stunning beaches on this backpacker's trail. Make amazing friends on the road, get outdoors and get that bucket list ticked! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRSG

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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? Or white water rafting anyone? Next day, you'll be able to enjoy a full free day to get your adrenalin pumping with a range of outdoors activities if you choose. The Arenal Volcano trek is certainly worth it if you're up for stretching your limbs and swimming in a volcano crater (who wouldn't be?). Enjoy another free day at leisure on Day 4 before heading up to the clouds of Monteverde the following day. Here, you'll have dinner at a G for Good coffee cooperative that funds local educational programmes. Visit a local coffee plantation or zipline through the jungle canopy! (D)

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Day 6-9 Monteverde / Santa Teresa Choose to visit the magical Cloud Forest reserve, soar through the jungle on a thrilling canopy zipline, or opt to tour a coffee plantation. Next day, you'll journey on to the paradisical coastal town of Santa Teresa. Here, you'll be able to kick back and relax, enjoying some well-deserve time in beach paradise. Spend the next two days limbering up for a spot of surfing, or choose to visit Cabo National Park, the first National Park/Reserve in Costa Rica. One great way to explore the park is by hiking if you're up to the challenge. Near to Cabo Blanco, you can also opt to go and visit some spooky shipwrecks, the most famous being Grand Ranger. This grand ship was used as a form of transportation in World War II. After your days spent exploring and adventuring, Santa Teresa's nightlife is all yours!

Day 10-14 San José / Concepción de Ataco / Suchitoto Enjoy a free morning in Santa Teresa before venturing back to the capital for the night. Next day, you'll hop on a flight to El Salvador, and travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its charming Salvadorian towns and gifted artisans. Next day, it's a full day to enjoy the small town of Ataco. Day 13, you're off to El Salvador's colonial town Suchitoto. Be sure to try the delicious speciality of pupusas, a sort of corn tortilla with a savoury filling. Enjoy a full free day to discover the town the following day, opting to hike to its nearby waterfall or caves.

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Day 15-18 Copán / Antigua (Guatemala) Cross the border into Honduras, and choose to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán to learn about the Mayan civilisation. Or, alternatively, you can go soak in a local hot spring (or do both, we know what we'd choose). After visiting the ruins, be sure to head to The Tea & Chocolate Place, which is both a shop and a museum. Relax, enjoy the view of the ruins and have a strong coffee. There's also the option to go horseback riding along the river bank in Copán amongst lush greenery. Enjoy a full day to explore the following day. What you get up to is completely up to you! Day 17, cross over into Guatemala, and enjoy an orientation walk there to explore the colonial city of Antigua. Admire the beautiful architecture and keep an eye out for the Arco de Santa Catalina - this arch is Antigua's most famous landmark, and was constructed in the 1690s. You won't be able to miss it with its bright yellow exterior! Day 18 marks the last day of your trip, so say your goodbyes!

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Day 1-7 Puerto Vallarta / Guadalajara / Guanajunto / Mexico City Spend your first two days in the chilled out beach town of Puerto Vallarta before heading to Guadalajara the following day, home to lively mariachi music and a sumptuous cuisine. Day 4, spend the afternoon exploring UNESCO-listed Guanajuato, including a trip to the cast iron and glass Hidalgo Market. The next few days will be spent in bustling Mexico City. Visit floating gardens, board a Trajinera boat, and visit 'The City of Palaces'. Opt to spend the morning hitting the skies with an hot-air balloon excursion over Teotihuacan. (6B, 3D)

Day 8-16 Merida / Cancun / Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker / Tikal National Park Take a walking tour of Merida's sights and sample the local Yucatan cuisine. Stock up on some local souvenirs while meandering the markets before heading to Cancun the following day. Your time here will involve partying Mexicanostyle, snorkelling and indulging in some R&R. Take a day trip to see Mayan ruins and enjoy a spot of island hopping. Day 12, it's on to Playa del Carmen with its golden sands. Opt to take a day trip to the island of Cozumel. Next stop, Belize! Spend the next few days in Caye Caulker with its soft sands and reggae sounds. Opt to snorkel in its incredible World Heritage Barrier Reef and kayak through tropical mangroves. Spend the next day in Tikal National Park with an included guided tour. Zipline through the rainforest, and head on a sunrise tour of the Mayan ruin Templo IV. (9B, 4D)

Day 17-21 Antigua / San José / Arenal It's on to Antigua with its Spanish colonial architecture and three colossal volcanoes. Get a feel for the city on a guided tour before enjoying a free day to hike a volcano, go mountain bike riding or meander the shops for local textiles. Day 19, say your goodbyes to Antigua as it's time to venture on to the simple life of laid-back Costa Rica. Hop on an included flight and say hola to the land of sloths and coffee. Spend Days 20-21 in the adventure wonderland of Arenal, where you can opt to go on a thrilling rappelling excursion through a rainforest canyon. Alternatively, you can choose to soak in Arenal's relaxing hot springs, and take full advantage of this verdant volcano's geothermal properties. Spend the afternoon making chocolate, a famous Costa Rican export. (5B, 3D)

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Day 22-28 Playa Tamarindo / Monteverde / Manuel Antonio / San José Hellooo long sandy beaches and staggering sunsets. You're in Playa Tamarindo, home to class surfing and a buzzing nightlife. You certainly won't get bored here! Opt to head on a catamaran cruise, or sip on a cocktail while gazing at the sunset on the beach. You'll spend the next few days in Monteverde, a real contrast from the sunny shores of Playa Tamarindo. Keep you eyes peeled for wildlife, get educated on coffee, and chose to visit a butterfly sanctuary, walk the hanging bridges of Selvatura Park and to get your pulse racing on the 1km long zipline. Day 26, it's off to Manuel Antonio, home to a fusion of ancient rainforest, sandy beaches, coral reefs and abundant wildlife. Take a guided hike through the mountains with an expert who can help you to site macaws, toucans and sloths, or hop on a horseback ride to the Tacori Waterfalls. Day 28, opt to head on an ATV excursion before heading back to the capital of José where your trip sadly comes to an end. (7B, 2D)

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Puerto Vallarta

Cancún Playa del Carmen Caye Caulker

Guanajuato Merida Guadalajara Mexico City Tikal

B E L I Z E

Belize City

Antigua G UAT E M A L A

Arenal / Monteverde Playa Tamarindo Manuel Antonio N.P. CO S TA

Caye Caulker, Belize

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San José

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The perfect fusion of beach culture and adventure. Visit ancient ruins and colonial Guanajuato, laze on the golden Playa del Carmen, and zipline through rainforests in Mexico. End up in natureloving Costa Rica, visiting its Cloud Forest, dreamy beaches & waterfalls.


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Overland Group Adventures CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Mexico, Central America & Patagonia 156 DAYS, Mexico city

USHUAIA

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.

Day 1-24 Mexico City / Oaxaca / Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Tulum / Caye Caulker / Tikal / Poptún / Río Dulce

(Plus local kitty)

£8,790

FR

inclusions Departs: 23Sep19, 14Dec19 Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: 30% camping, 70% hotels Transport: Overland truck Meals: All meals included while camping, most breakfasts otherwise Local Payment (Kitty): From USD $5,660 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 13 Tour Code: DRCMU

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.

Day 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 León, gorgeous Granada and the volcanic island of Ometepe before heading to Costa Rica.

Day 45-72 La Fortuna / Monteverde / Panama City / Cartagena / 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.

Day 73-96 Quito / Ecuadorian Amazon / Baños / Cuenca / Huaraz / Lima / Huacachina / Nazca Make straight for Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 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.

Day 97-123 Arequipa / Cuzco / Inca Trail / Isla del Sol / La Paz / 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 altiplano and visit the Uyuni Salt Flats. Take perspective-bending photos, see multicoloured lakes, and meet the llamas of Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 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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Highlights • E  njoy a stay on Belize’s tranquil Caye Caulker • Volcano trekking in El Salvador • Camp out at coastal Tayrona National Park • Canoe excursion in the Amazon • Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

did you know... Dragoman's longest tour is a massive 211 days. That's almost seven months!


TULUM

MEXICO CITY OAXACA ANTIGUA CITY GRANADA

TAYRONA N.P.

CARTAGENA PANAMA CITY

MEDELLÍN SALENTO

CENTRAL AMERICA

POPAYÁN IPIALES

QUITO

AMAZON JUNGLE

BAÑOS CUENCA PUNTA SAL

CHAN CHAN HUARAZ LIMA BALLESTAS NAZCA COLCA CANYON

MACHU PICCHU CUZCO LA PAZ

PUNO

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MEXICO CITY TO ANTIGUA 

UYUNI

(Plus local kitty)

£1,630

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28 DAYS, Mexico City Antigua Make your way from Mexico's 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 06May19 DRZMG Mexico City Antigua 23Sep19 DRZGP

SOUTHERN PANTANAL

HIGH ALTIPLANO

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

RIO DE JANEIRO

BONITO PARATY

CAFAYATE

SALTA IGUASSU FALLS

ESTANCIA SANTIAGO

MENDOZA BUENOS AIRES

MEXICO CITY TO PANAMA CITY

(Plus local kitty)

£3,265

FR

55 DAYS, Mexico City Panama City See the best bits of Mexico and Guatemala, plus the lessertrodden 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 forests of Costa Rica and a few days in the capital of Panama. Departs: Panama City Mexico City

Mexico City 09Apr19 

PUCÓN

LAKE DISTRICT BARILOCHE FUTALEUFÚ

DRCMP

Panama City 23Sep19

DRCMP

LOS GLACIARES N.P.

MEXICO CITY TO RIO

(Plus local kitty)

£8,295

FR

152 DAYS, Mexico City 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 white water 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: 23Sep19

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TIERRA DEL FUEGO USHUAIA

DRCMR

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OAXACA Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule Day Trip

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MEXICO CITY Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner

CANCÚN Chichén Itzá Day Trip

PALENQUE Palenque Ruins, Agua Azul & Misol-Ha

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PUERTO ESCONDIDO Learn to Surf

FLORES Tikal Early Morning Day Tour

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SAN CRISTÓBAL Sumidero Canyon Experience

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PANAJACHEL Maya Homestay Experience (2 days)

CAYE CAULKER Snorkel with Sharks & Rays

LANQUÍN Semuc Champey & Kanba Caves Tour LA FORTUNA Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs

SAN SALVADOR City Tour & El Boquerón National Park

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ANTIGUA Pacaya Volcano Trek MONTEVERDE Canopy Zipline

MANUEL ANTONIO N.P. Day Trip

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SAN JOSÉ 15: Bites & Sights Experience 18: Tortuguero National Park (2 days)

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PANAMA CITY 19: Hop-on Hop-off Tour 20: San Blas Islands (3 days)

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN

CANCÚN TULUM

CHETUMAL PLAYA DEL CARMEN

CANCÚN

MÉRIDA

LANQUÍN

CAYE CAULKER

CAYE CAULKER BELIZE CITY

COPÁN RUINS

PANAJACHEL

TULUM

MEXICO CITY PUEBLA

FLORES

LA CEIBA

SAN SALVADOR

ANTIGUA EL TUNCO

CHETUMAL

PALENQUE

LA FORTUNA

FLORES

OAXACA

BELIZE CITY

SAN CRISTÓBAL POCHUTLA PUERTO ESCONDIDO PANAJACHEL

LA FORTUNA TORTUGUERO

SAN BLAS ISLANDS

PUERTO VIEJO BOCAS DEL TORO

MONTEVERDE MANUEL ANTONIO

PANAMA CITY

SAN JOSÉ

COMPLETE COSTA RICA WAYS

£822

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San José San José Included experiences: 14-18 Recommended trip time: 15 Days

ANTIGUA

SLOTH WAYS

£1,089

£542

FR

Mexico City Cancún Included experiences: 1-7 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

LOLITA EXPRESS WAYS

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Mexico City Cancún Included experiences: 1 2 3 Recommended trip time: 13 Days

5

ORALE BAMBA WAYS

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£465 7

£466

ORALE BAMBA EXPRESS WAYS £388 FR

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ARCHIPELAGO WAYS

CIELITO LINDO WAYS

FR

Panama City San José Included experiences: 14-16 18-20 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

£898

Mexico City Cancún Included experiences: 1-5 7-12 Recommended trip time: 25 Days

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Cancún San José Included experiences: 7 9-12 Recommended trip time: 32 Days

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£1,115

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Cancún San José Included experiences: 7 9-11 Recommended trip time: 28 Days

BEST OF CENTRAL AMERICA WAYS

13 15

£801

FR

Cancún San José Included experiences: 7 9-12 13 Recommended trip time: 21 Days

BEST OF CENTRAL AMERICA EXPRESS WAYS

Mexico City Cancún Included experiences: 1 2 5 Recommended trip time: 12 Days

£1,152

FR

AHUEVOS EXPRESS WAYS

San José Panama City Included experiences: 14-17 19 20 Recommended trip time: 15 Days FR

£1,216

AHUEVOS WAYS

Mexico City Cancún Included experiences: 1 2 4-7 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

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SAN JOSÉ

MANUEL ANTONIO

LANQUÍN

LOLITA WAYS TAMARINDO

MONTEVERDE

Cancún San José Included experiences: 7 9-11 Recommended trip time: 18 Days

15

£704

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15

£552

CONCHITA WAYS

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Cancún Antigua Included experiences: 7-12 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

CONCHITA EXPRESS WAYS

£453

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Cancún Antigua Included experiences: 7 9-11 Recommended trip time: 15 Days

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LA FORTUNA

ARENAL MONTEVERDE

SAN JOSÉ

QUEPOS

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PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

NATIONAL PARKS

WILDLIFE

BEACHES

Costa Rica's motto is Pura Vida, loosely meaning 'the simple life'. Expect a super chilled out atmosphere and friendly locals here.

Do the superman skyhigh on a canopy zipline excursion, go white water rafting & limber up for challenging hiking trials.

From the magical cloud forest shrouded in mist to the tropical, sloth-ridden Manuel Antonio National Park with its sandy beach.

Find exotic birds, sleepy sloths, ambling tortoises, poisonous snakes, tapir, cheeky monkeys, colourful frogs and much more here.

Stretching on and on, Costa Rica's sandy, soporific beaches are pretty damn beautiful. And just you wait for sunset.

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COSTA RICA ADVENTURE 16 DAYS, San José

£1,099

FR

San José Small Group Adventure

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snapshot With opportunities to kayak through mangroves, go white water rafting, night hiking, volcano trekking, snorkel in Caribbean waters and go turtle-spotting in sleepy Tortuguero, this tour offers you a shot of tropical adventure in paradise.

CENTRAL AMERICA

Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRA

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts), multishare jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Tractor, private vehicle, public bus, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $530-690 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr £509

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.

Day 4-5 Monteverde Ascend into the misty mountains of Monteverde where you'll take a guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Next day, enjoy a free day to explore this mystical region. 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. Or alternatively, take a tour of a coffee plantation.

Day 6-8 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.

Day 9-10 Sarapiquí Rainforest Off to Sarapiquí! Make sure you skip your morning coffee as there'll be a stop-off at a local G for Good cooperative for fresh cup of the strong stuff as well as a traditional lunch. Next, you'll head into a jungle oasis on the border of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Enjoy a free day at leisure here on Day 10, where you can opt to take part in a number of activities (all of which are included in the overnight bundle, weather-depending), from river swimming and night walks to empanada-making lessons and hammock lounging. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 1-3 San José / Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park

Departures 2019/20 Mar

• Swim beneath twin waterfalls • See the glow of the Arenal Volcano • G for Good collection

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highlights

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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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Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Like that? Try this... Customise your trip Costa Rica Adrenalin Bundle 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.  Fr £107

Day 11-12 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 kayak tour of the canals by day. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 13-16 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / San José 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. 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. (B)

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Arenal / La Fortuna Monteverde

Sarapiqui Rainforest

Tortuguero N.P.

San José

Quepos / Manuel Antonio N.P.

Puerto Viejo

CO S TA R I C A

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COSTA RICA QUEST 9 DAYS, San José

£679

FR

San José Small Group Adventure

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CENTRAL AMERICA

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, pura vida 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

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private van, boat, local bus Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $385500 for meals not included

• Soak in volcanic thermal springs • Search for the elusive quetzal bird • Chill on the beaches of Quepos

My Own Room Available: Fr £409

highlights

• Learn about local coffee production • Zipline through the canopy • G for Good collection

Day 1 San José

Departures 2019/20 Jan-Mar, Dec19-Mar20

Typically 13-19 departures per month

Apr-Aug, Nov

Typically 5-9 departures per month

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Typically 2-3 departures per month

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.

Day 2-3 La Fortuna / Arenal Drive to Sarapiquí to visit the G for Good Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation. As the town’s main cooperative, this 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. Enjoy an included soak in the springs of Arenal Volcano. (L)

Day 4-5 Monteverde Cross the 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 spotting the elusive quetzal. Don't miss the chance to glide through the trees on a thrilling canopy zipline or walk through the canopy on a Sky Walk. Otherwise, opt to visit a butterfly garden or go on a night walk to spot wildlife such as poison dart frogs.

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Day 6-7 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. You can also choose to go kayaking through mangroves. At night, the friendly streets of Quepos come alive so strap on your salsa shoes and get to dancing!

Day 8-9 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. The National Theatre is a must-visit for the culture vultures among you. Your adventure ends on the morning of Day 9.

Arenal Volcano

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Monteverde

San José

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PROJECT PARTNERS: COOPESARAPIQUÍ This project is run by over 200 small farmers, who lead coffee tours and provide lunches for travellers. Locals benefit from much-needed job opportunities.

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EXPLORE COSTA RICA 14 DAYS, San José

£1,679

FR

San José

highlights

• Sloths in Tortuguero • Meet local conservationists • Help in a research centre

• Make tortillas with the locals • Guided nature walks • G for Good collection

Join your group in San José then travel to Tortuguero National Park next day. On guided boat trips, look for caimans, howler monkeys, basilisk lizards and everyone's favourite; sloths. Settle in to a secluded lodge this evening and hop on an optional night-boat excursion. Meet a researcher from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Program who'll teach you about essential research and conservation initiatives to help save the Caribbean green turtle from extinction. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Day 4-6 La Fortuna / Arenal

San José

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Departures 2019/20

Manuel Antonio N.P.

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr £869

May

Another drive day takes you to Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific coast and opt to surf, go horseback riding, or visit the nearby beaches before taking an included day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park on Day 11. Return to San José on Day 13 for an optional farewell dinner with your group, and depart on Day 14. (5B)

Monteverde

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Day 10-14 Manuel Antonio National Park / San José

Tortuguero N.P.

Mar

Make your way by road and by boat to the misty air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Choose to wander over hanging bridges, or even go ziplining. 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)

Arenal / La Fortuna

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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It's an early start today as you start the journey to La Fortuna. Stop for lunch at the G for Good 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, eat a traditional casado, a dish consisting of black beans and plantains, and try your hand at rafting, waterfall rappelling, or just relax in the hot springs! (3B, L, D)

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• Explore San José's museums • Try white water rafting • Soak in soothing hot springs

• Hang in hippie Santa Teresa • Hike volcanic landscapes • Wildlife in National Parks

Day 1-3 San José / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive into San José at any time and get out exploring the lively streets, museums and markets. A fail-safe option would definitely be the National Theatre, boasting beautiful architecture and a fascinating history. 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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Spend the morning on the beach before heading 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 adiós to the pura vida lifestyle of the adventure wonderland that is Costa Rica. If 8 days weren't enough, you can always choose to stay on and extend the Central American adventures!

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You'll travel to Santa Teresa located on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. For the next few days you can opt to chill out on the beach, or check out Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve to spot wildlife. Those keen for some surfing are in for a treat, as the surfing opportunities are great here. And, you won't even need a wet suit with the sunny Costa Rican skies shining above you. Alternatively, if you feel like zenning out and surfing isn't your game, there are also yoga classes to get stuck into. And there's paddle boarding for those of you that want to get your abs working (it's fun though, we promise). Make sure you don't miss out on the banging nightlife!

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (4 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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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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Day 1-4 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, admire its intricate architectural features 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. You'll spend the next couple of days in 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. This sleepy town is a traveller's favourite, home to heaps of cosy restaurants, laidback bars with homemade cocktails and is generally the place to be for Costa Rican chilled-out vibes (or as they say, pura vida). Dance the night away to reggae and calypso and succumb to the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.

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• Discover pristine wildlife reserves • See the majestic Arenal Volcano • G for Good collection

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• Marvel at Puerto Viejo's lazy beaches • Indulge in magma-heated hot springs • Zipline through the jungle canopy

Accommodation: Simple hotels/hostels, some multi-share (13 nts) Transport: Local bus, boat, taxi, private vehicle Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $480625 for meals not included

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Day 5-8 Arenal / La Fortuna / Monteverde Day 5, it's off to the adventure town of La Fortuna in central Costa Rica. 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! While here, 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. You can also choose to limber up for a challenging hike up Arenal Volcano, with an opportunity to swim in the volcano's crater. It's pretty awesome, we promise. After action-packed days, you can opt to relax in one of the magma-heated hot springs under the shade of the surrounding canopy. Day 8 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. Enjoy a G for Good farm experience, and follow it up with lunch. If time is on your hands, don't miss the artist collectives and the nearby cheese factory. You gouda brie kidding... (sorry). (L)

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Day 9-14 Monteverde / Santa Teresa / San José Day 9, you'll be able to enjoy one last day at leisure in the cloudy town of Monteverde. 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 enchanting cloud forest. Journey on to the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and relax in this chilled-out beach town. Here, you'll find plenty of relaxed activities to be getting on with. Strengthen your abs with some stand up paddleboarding, or get your adrenalin going on a canopy zipline tour. Next day, enjoy a full day at leisure to go surfing, swimming, or stretch your limbs with a spontaneous yoga session on the beach. There are also beginner and advanced yoga classes you can get involved with if you feel like a total zen and relaxation. On Day 13, it's time to return to capital San José for a final night out with your travel buddies. Your adventure wraps up on Day 14 and you're free to depart at any time.

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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

Small Group Adventure

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• Abseil down a waterfall • Steam in a traditional sauna • A white water rafting trip

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. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of diverse flora and fauna and exotic wildlife. (L, D)

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Day 4-7 Piedras Blancas / Savegre River / Dominical

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• Enjoy world-class rafting • Bike along Arenal Lake • Opt to hike up a volcano

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On Day 8, hike to a unique cave with twin 26m 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. You can also opt to walk the scenic Whale's Tail - a sandbar that spans a good kilometre out into the ocean on low tide and, unsurprisingly, looks like a whale's tail. 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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San José

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (5 nts), triple-share hotels (2 nts), multi-share 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 $270355 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GACRAC

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Day 8-12 Diamante Verde / Uvita / San José

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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)

• Relax on the scenic coast • Try a zipline over the jungle • Have a go at surfing

Day 1-6 San José / Monteverde / La Fortuna / Arenal Arrive at any time in San José and meet your group. On Day 2, start early for a 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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Soak up the chilled-out 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. Enjoy some free time to visit its museums, including the Gold Museum, the Museum of Costa Rican Art, or the Jade Museum. Fun fact - The Gold Museum has one of the largest collections of Pre-Columbian gold in all of the Americas. The National Theatre is also a must-visit with its colossal murals and intricate ceilings. Depart at any time on Day 13.

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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), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRSM

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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, go and explore the jungle by foot. Your rafting excursion ends on Day 9 when you head for the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo. Think laid-back vibes in this Caribbean coastal town. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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VIVA COSTA RICA 9 DAYS, San José

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Laid-back Costa Rica is the perfect mix of beach-bumming and thrilling adventures. Opt to zipline through the canopies of lush rainforests, surf in sunny Tamarindo, explore Monteverde's enchanting Cloud Forest and search for wildlife and spectacular sunsets. Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: 18-35s Exclusively Group Leader: Trip Manager & English speaking Local Guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COSJSJ

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private air-con coach, mini-coach, van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

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Day 1-2 San José / Arenal Welcome to San José! Then next couple of days will be spent adventuring. Start strong with a visit to Sarapiqui, with its gorgeous surrounds an opportunity to get your pulse racing on a white water rafting excursion. Head on to the resort town of Arenal, home to a host of outdoors activities that you can get stuck into. Choose to go rappelling in a rainforest, or take an indulgent soak in some thermal hot springs. Learn the fine art of chocolate making - one of the country's most famous exports. Up until the 1930s, the Corotega people in Costa Rica even used the cacao bean as a form of currency. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Playa Tamarindo Calling all surfer dudes and beach loungers! Fancy spending a couple of days relaxing on wide-stretching sandy beaches with plenty of surfing, killer sunsets and a buzzing nightlife? Well, you're in the right place that's for sure. Choose to go surfing on some of Costa Rica's awesome beaches, hop on a catamaran cruise, or simply sip on fruity cocktails on one of the colourful beach bars. There are also some pretty cool kayaking opportunities. A collection of estuary waterways can be found just north of Tamarindo, where you can choose to kayak with a professional guide. Keep your eyes peeled for sunbathing crocs on the river bank and exotic bird species. And when you're hungry, after a full day of action of course, there's a number of little eateries to choose from. You'll be able to find anything from tasty falafel and crunchy tacos for dinner to traditional Costa Rican cuisine (they eat A LOT of rice and beans here and you'll be forever full). (2B, D)

Day 5-6 Monteverde Say adiós to the sweet beach life, as you're off to Monteverde's enchanting cloud forest. Shrouded in mist, you'll feel a bit like you're walking through a movie set here. This mountainous town is home to a host of activities that are any adrenalin-seeker's dream. Opt to shoot down canopies above rainforests on zipwire tours, head out in search of abundant wildlife, go horseback riding, wander hanging bridges or head to Taco Taco for some crunchy tacos. Dining at the tree house is a pretty cool experience (and your eight-year-old self will wholeheartedly agree). Gunning for a night out? Bar Amigos is your best bet, playing all the classic reggaeton tunes. While in Monteverde you'll enjoy an included locally-guided tour of a coffee plantation, one of the country's biggest exports. (2B, D)

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Day 7-9 Manuel Antonio / San José Oceanside Manuel Antonio has pretty much everything you'd want - ancient rainforest, plentiful wildlife, sandy beaches, coral reefs, catamaran cruises, ziplining, kayaking and hiking trails... Home to SO much wildlife, nature lovers come running to this awesome place. It's one of the best places to see a sloth in Costa Rica - if that's not a reason to come, we're not sure what is. Take a hike through the mountains with a local expert to spot macaws, toucans and sleepy sloths, or alternatively, choose to go horseriding to the Tacori waterfalls. Return to San José on Day 9. (2B, D)

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CLASSIC COSTA RICA 5 DAYS, Alajuela

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Small Group Adventure

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• Free time in Alajuela • Explore Monteverde • Adventuring in La Fortuna

• Opt to hike Arenal volcano • Optional hot springs visit • Bust a move in La Fortuna

Arrive at any time on Day 1 into Alajuela before driving into the charming town of Monteverde the following day, surrounding by mystic cloud forest. Spend some time at leisure in the afternoon to explore, choosing to hop on thrilling canopy ziplines, amble across scenic suspended bridges through the forest canopy, or go horse riding in the hills. It's your pick! Oh, and insider tip, if Mexican food is your calling, be sure to head to Taco Taco for some tasty food after your day of adventures. (B, D)

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Day 3 Monteverde / La Fortuna

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Choose to take a tour of a local cloud forest reserve on a free morning and enjoy its mysterious atmosphere, before hopping on a bus and boat (enjoying amazing scenery en route of course) to Costa Rica's adventure capital, La Fortuna. The Arenal volcano in itself is a pretty cool backdrop. (B)

Trip Style: Classic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, boat, local bus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $165-215 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACRAL

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• Opt to surf in Puerto Viejo • Explore Red Frog beach • Opt for white water rafting

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Time for a free day in an adrenalin-junkie's paradise. There are so many activities to choose from here! Opt to go white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, or soak in local hot springs. Those who are feeling up for it can opt to go on an awesome hike of Arenal Volcano. This challenging but rewarding hike involves a swim in the crater, incredible views of surrounding flora and fauna and an opportunity to stretch your limbs. That evening, you can enjoy a final night out with your group, hopefully to some banging reggaeton tunes. (B)

• Coiba National Park • Explore Valle de Antón • Opt to visit Panama Canal

Day 1-3 San José / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Arrive into San José at any time, and journey to the laid-back village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca the following day on Costa Rica's sunny Caribbean coast. Expect bohemian vibes here, stretches of white and black sand beaches, barefoot travellers and plenty of bike-riding. Next day, opt to surf, rent a boogie board, and dance away to reggae and calypso music. Line your stomach with an array of tasty street food try and find yucca stuffed with gooey cheese, and topped with barbecue sauce.

Panama City, Panama

Day 4-7 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Bocas del Toro / Boquete Time to cross the border into Panama! Opt to spend free time here snorkelling, scuba diving, beach bumming, or you can even choose to take a boat out and search for dolphins and sleepy sloths. Next day, you'll head to Red Frog beach to keep your eyes out for - well - red frogs. Day 7, back on the mainland, pick up some snacks for the long journey ahead to the mountain adventure town of Boquete.

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Day 8-10 Boquete / Santa Catalina Choose to go white water rafting, hop on a tour of a coffee plantation, or hike through the Cloud Forest. Next day, travel to the Pacific Coast and make the most of a few more beach days. Home to two-black sand beaches, and plenty of fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, diving and surfing ops, you certainly won't be short of things to do. Day 10, opt to explore Coiba National Park, or take a surfing lesson.

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Day 11-14 Valle de Antón / Panama City Travel to Valle de Antón, a stunning town located in the crater of an extinct volcano, surrounded by dense cloud forest and mystic mountains. Choose to hike to a nearby waterfall, soak in local hot springs, or potter around the town's famous arts and crafts markets. Day 12, leave the mountains, and head to Panama's capital. Opt to go on a night out with your group. Enjoy some free time in the city the next day, or visit the Panama Canal. Your tour wraps up in Panama City on Day 14.

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (2 nts), multi-share hostels (11 nts) Transport: Bus, private vehicle, taxi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $480625 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACRSP

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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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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: Walking distance from the Costa Rican Art Museum and the National Theatre.

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: Well-equipped, relaxing hotel with simple yet elegant decor and friendly staff.

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

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COSTA RICA HIGHLIGHTS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, San José

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San José Independent Tour

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• 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 TURTLE VOLUNTOUR 15 DAYS, San José

San José

Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica

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• 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 barriers 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: Sundays Project Location: Playa Montezuma Getting There: Airport pickup & 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 1-8 WEEKS, Playa Montezuma

Playa Montezuma, Costa Rica

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• Help with turtle conservation • Release baby turtles into the ocean • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

£1,243

FR

£348

FR

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. Support a communityled effort to improve the chance of survival for endangered hatchlings on Costa Rica's Playa Montezuma. Take part in night patrols, monitor the beach, assist with data collection and help keep the area safe for its hard-shelled residents. Your invaluable work to secure a safe future for these sea creatures will be carried out in an idyllic beach setting, surrounded by lush forest and beamed on by a soaring sun - not a bad office, eh? You may even get to witness that glorious scramble towards the sea. There's also the option to take part in the Buena Vista Turtle Conservation, a project located at the mouth of Buena Vista river. Ask your Travel Expert for more details. 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: Fr £274 per week Trip Code: SJOTUR

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Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

• Wildlife spotting in Tortuguero • Dip in Arenal's thermal springs • Opt for a rainforest night walk


Small Group Adventure

CENTRAL AMERICA

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE

£258

FR

3 DAYS

Independent Tour

TAMARINDO BEACH BREAK

£177

FR

4 DAYS

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.

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.

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

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

Independent Tour

CLOUD FOREST AND BEACH

£540

FR

7 DAYS

Independent Tour

COSTA RICA ACTIVE ADVENTURE

£510

FR

4 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 mountain lodge and take a walk on the mecca of hiking trails. Day 4, drive to the lively town of Tamarindo for three nights in a beachside hotel. Opt to surf, explore monkey-filled forests or hang out in a hammock.

Kick off in San José and head to the Pacuare river for river rafting! Take in the crashing waterfalls and lush rainforest while splashing down the river and soak in relaxing pools. Day 2, take a sky tram to reach amazing views of the Arenal Reserve, zipline across the rainforest, and walk along hanging bridges and through winding trails with a guide. Next day, it's off on an exhilarating canyoning excursion before your trip ends on Day 4 in San José.

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

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Includes: San José Airport pick-up/drop-off, all transport between activities Tour Code: SJOCRA

COSTA RICA NATURE EXPLORER 8 DAYS, San José

£352

FR

San José Independent Tour • Opt to hike up Arenal Volcano • Choose to go river rafting • Visit the magical Cloud Forest

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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

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• Explore La Fortuna and Monteverde • Zipline across Monteverde • San José's National Theatre

Start your adventure in the capital San José, then make your way to La Fortuna, home to the Arenal Volcano. Here you can opt to river raft, mountain bike, or lace up your boots and hike Arenal Volcano itself, with opportunities to soak in the waters of its crater mid-hike. Day 4, you're on to the adventure capital of Monteverde where you'll enjoy a couple of free days. Here, get a taste of the country's thriving jungle in the Cloud Forest Reserve, shrouded in mist and mystery, and opt to experience one of the world's longest zipline systems (not included). Adrenalin-seekers can choose from other activities including bungee jumping, horse-riding and even flying in the air on a Tarzan Swing (don't ask). Spend Day 7 in San José opting to visit its opulent National Theatre before your trip ends on Day 8.

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Independent Tour

SAN BLAS ISLANDS EXPERIENCE

£331

FR

4 DAYS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic dorm-style cabin (3 nts). Upgrades are available Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Return transfers from/to Panama City included Tour Code: BEPTYSBA

£493

FR

4 DAYS

Hello turquoise Caribbean paradise. Spend three full days swimming, sunning and relaxing on the Bocas del Toro Islands. Start off in Panama City and take a flight to the archipelago. Opt to go on a speedboat excursion to spot dolphins and sloths, go scuba diving and snorkelling, visit starfish beach, kayak on Saigon Bay, and be sure to make the most of the lively, sociable nightlife. This place is a backpacker's haunt, so you'll make plenty of friends! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Airport pick-up, plane Tour Code: BEPTYBDT

PANAMA HIGHLIGHTS 8 DAYS, Panama City

£1,473

FR

Panama City Small Group Adventure • Snorkel in San Blas Island • Explore Gamboa Rainforest • Panama Canal Transit Cruise

Kuna Yala, San Blas Islands

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Group Size: Max 10 Includes: Arrival airport transfer, City & Canal tour, San Blas excursion, Gamboa Rainforest Experience, Panama Canal transit, San Lorenzo Coast to Coast, Embera Quera Village visit Tour Code: PTYHIG

highlights

• Visit the Embera Quera community • Enjoy free time in Panama City • Sightsee in Panama's colonial city

Arrive into Panama City on Day 1, and spend the next day exploring the capital. Day 3, head to San Blas Island, filled with glorious snorkelling opportunities. The following day you'll see the lush Gamboa Rainforest by cable car, before boarding the Panama Canal Transit Cruise on Day 5. Cruise under the Bridge of the Americas, and reach a series of locks high above sea level. Next day, set your alarms early as you're off to ride along the Panama rail road, a picturesque route passing through tropical jungle, canal locks, the historic Snake Cut and narrow roads of Gatun Lake. Spend your last full day visiting the indigenous community of Emberaquera for a 30-minute boat trip, spotting diverse flora and fauna as you go. Guzzle on traditional food and experience the local dance and music before your tour wraps up on Day 8.

PANAMA NATURE & SANDY BEACHES 15 DAYS, Panama City

£2,696

FR

Panama City Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See colonial and modern Panama • Bocas del Toro Islands • Canoe the Dead Beach River

Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), hostels (4 nt), traditional embera (3 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Group Size: Max 10 Tour Code: PTYNSB

• Cruise the Iglesias River • Visit Red Frog Beach • Tour Contadora Island

Welcome to Panama! Day 2, travel to the province of Darién, and enjoy a local dinner. Next day, head to Puerto Quimba and board a boat to the Iglesias River and then to the mouth of Tuira in the Gulf of San Miguel. Once at Playa Muerto, tour the nearby waterfalls and soak up the sunset. Walk the path to the House of the Witch and take a canoe ride in the Dead Beach River. It's then back to Panama City, by way of a visit to the Miraflores Visitor Centre, the Amador Islands and the Colonial City. Next, fly to the Bocas del Toro islands. Snorkel in the stunning Cayo Coral and search for frogs at Red Frog Beach. Day 10, visit the indigenous Embera Quera community, and experience their local traditions. Spend the next three days on a tour of Contadora island, known for its glistening waters and white sands. Your tour ends on Day 15.

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Get completely off the map with this tour, 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 marine life!

BOCAS DEL TORO BEACH BREAK


Mexico Guatemala & Belize

mexico CANCÚN PUERTO VALLARTA

GUADALAJARA

MEXICO CITY

CHICHÉN ITZÁ CÓRDOBA

BELMOPAN

OAXACA

belize

ANTIGUA

guatemala WE

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CORAL REEFS

MEZCAL

ANCIENT SITES

LAGO DE ATITLÁN

CHOCOLATE

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!

Swap your tequila for a mezcal, similar but more smoky, an earthy spirit that ranges in flavour from sweet to spicy to savoury.

You can't get away from them in this region of Central America. You've got 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.

The worldwide antidote for heartbreak comes from Guatemala! Mayan culture were on to its magic as early as the 6th century.

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MAYAN SUN 16 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

£849

FR

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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Arrive at any time and settle in to your sunny Mayan Riviera resort. Enjoy free time on Day 2 to snorkel among the mangroves, head to the underground caverns of Cozumel, or take a trip down the coast to the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Alternatively you could lay low for the day and save your energy for a night out on the town.

Apr

Day 1-2 Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker

Departures 2019/20 Mar

• Explore charming colonial Antigua • Visit the Chichicastenango market • G for Good collection

Feb

highlights

Jan

• 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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Day 3-5 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.

Day 6-8 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)

Day 9-12 Río Dulce / Antigua 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. 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.

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Day 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)

Playa del Carmen

Day 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.

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Caye Caulker Tikal Flores

SAN IGANCIO, BELIZE

PROJECT PARTNERS: SAN ANTONIO WOMEN'S GROUP Nine Mayan women started the group to earn income, learn new skills and share their cultural traditions with visitors and younger generations. The co-op has added a training programme for unemployed youth so they can benefit from tourism, too.

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G UAT E M A L A

San Ignacio B E L I Z E

Río Dulce

Lake Atitlán / Panajachel

Antigua

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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

£1,049

FR

Playa del Carmen Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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MEXICO, GUATEMALA & BELIZE

From modern Mexico City to the ruins at Tulum, this trip is perfect for moneystrapped travellers who don't want to cut back on the wow factor. You'll dip into deep blue sinkholes, trawl markets and savour spicy flavours. 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

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Mar 20

Feb 20

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Aug

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May

Apr

Departures 2019/20 Mar

• Take a dip in a sinkhole • Visit the Chichén Itzá ruins • G for Good collection

Feb

highlights

Jan

• Bargain hunt in Mexico City markets • Savour the spicy Mole Poblano sauce • Try local life in San Cristóbal

Jan 20

Accommodation: Simple hotels and hostels (14 nts) Transport: Local air con bus, taxi, private vehicle, plane Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $295-385 for meals not included

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Day 1-3 Mexico City 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 and tequila as you can during an evening street food crawl. On Day 3, enjoy a free day to discover some more of Mexico's capital city. We'd recommend checking out one of the many museums or taking a stroll around the city's oldest public park, the Alameda Central. (2B, D)

Day 4-6 Veracruz / Oaxaca Travel to the coastal city of Veracruz on the morning of Day 4. This historic city is home to plenty of beautiful beaches, nearby ruins and some of the best white water rafting in Mexico. After arriving, go on an orientation walk with your Chief Experience Officer who'll be happy to give you some advice on where to go. Enjoy a free day here on Day 5 and opt to visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tlocotalpan. Alternatively, get the adrenalin going with a trip white water rafting or just top up your tan on one of the nearby beaches. On Day 6, travel south to the colonial city of Oaxaca and enjoy an orientation walk of the main square and nearby markets on arrival. Feeling peckish? Don't miss out sampling some delicious Oaxacan foods along the way, like mole or chapulines. (3B)

Day 7-10 Oaxaca / Mérida Set off for a day trip to the famous Hierve del Agua today. This stunning natural formation consists of a series of mineral pools near the edge of a cliff. Over thousands of years, the heavily calcified water has flowed over the cliff, leaving mineral deposits as it does. The result is known as a 'petrified waterfall' – nearly white rock formations that resembles a cascading fall. Afterwards, stop for a taste of the famous liquor mezcal in its original birthplace. Enjoy a free day on Day 8 and opt to check out the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán, then fly to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan. On Day 10, set off into the countryside and visit a cenote (a limestone sinkhole unique to the Yucatån) for an underground swim. Then head back to the city and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Uxmal for a light show. (4B)

Like that? Try this… Shorten your trip Central Mexico Adventure (9 days, Mexico city - Oaxaca) (GACMMO)  Fr £619 Yucatan Discovery (7 days, Mérida - Playa del Carmen) (GACMYJ)  Fr £499 Day of the Dead Mexico (6 days, Mexico City - Mexico City) (GACMDD) Fr £699

Day 11-15 Mérida / Rio Lagartos / Tulum / Playa del Carmen After a free morning in Mérida, travel to the small seaside town of Rio Lagartos. This beautiful area is home to Río Lagartos Biosphere Reserve and the Las Coloradas lakes. During the afternoon sun, these lakes shine in pictureperfect pink and coral hues - seeing is believing here! Continue to Tulum on Day 12. With it's breathtaking coastline, white sand beaches and Mayan ruins, Tulum is guaranteed to impress! In the afternoon, visit the famous Tulum ruins and snap some pictures of the tropical backdrop while exploring the site. Enjoy a free day here on Day 13 and do as you please. Opt to visit a nearby cenote to swim, take a day trip to see the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá or Coba, go scuba diving or just chill out on the beach. This evening, enjoy a big night out with your fellow travellers, then travel north to Playa del Carmen. Fill your boots at El Hongo, a G for Good restaurant started as a means to create income to support a youth art programme. Then, head off at any point on Day 15. (5B, D)

Playa del Carmen Río Lagartos Mérida

Mexico City

Oaxaca

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

PROJECT PARTNERS: CALLE 19 SUR YOUTH PROJECT El Hongo is a volunteer-run restaurant earning income to support Calle 19, a community art programme aiming to develop youth skills and empower them in this isolated and forgotten part of Playa del Carmen.

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Veracruz

Tulum


MAYAN ADVENTURE 22 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

£1,879

FR

Playa del Carmen 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 guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACAM

inclusions 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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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 openair markets, you're free to explore. Or escape the city for the ruins of Uxmal and the nearby cenotes.

Mar

Day 1-3 Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida

Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Explore stunning Lake Atitlán • Swim in cenotes and waterfalls • G for Good collection

Jan

• Go slow on the reggae isle of Caye Caulker • Marvel at the ruins of Chichén Itzá • Experience a local Guatemalan homestay

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr £979

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Day 4-7 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.

Day 8-11 Panajachel / Lake Atitlán / Antigua To volcanic Guatemala for a G for Good 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)

Day 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.

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Day 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. On Day 17, go slow on the tiny island of Caye Caulker and head out on a G ofr Good Biking with Purpose tour. Spend your days swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays, eating fresh seafood and grooving to the chilled-out reggae, beer in hand.

Playa del Carmen

Merida

Day 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 G for Good 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, depart at any time. (D)

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Caye Caulker

Palenque

SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA, GUATEMALA

PROJECT PARTNERS: RUPALAJ K'ISTALIN Working with indigenous Mayans of the community, the project aims to conserve cultural heritage and the long-term health of the environment. The programme now supports over 100 people in relation to micro-enterprises in sustainable tourism.

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San Cristóbal de las Casas

Tikal Flores

G UAT E M A L A

San Ignacio B E L I Z E

Río Dulce

Lake Atitlán / Panajachel Antigua

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From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, this is a journey through Belize, Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Snorkel with stingrays or simply slip into the reggae pace of life.


YUCATÁN HIGHLIGHTS 6 DAYS, Mexico City

£849

FR

Cancún

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

MEXICO, GUATEMALA & BELIZE

• Discover the Chichén Itzá ruins • Go clubbing in Cancún • Snorkel at Playa del Carmen

• Explore Mexico City • Explore Teotihuacán ruins • Try rappelling and canoeing

Day 1 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. Walk around the Zocalo, the buzzy main square of the city with the unmissable Metropolitan Cathedral, built over two centuries and featuring three architectural styles. Get your history fix at the National Museum of Anthropology, even if museums aren't your thing, this place will impress! You can 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)

Cancún, Mexico

Day 2 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 go find yourself some Yucatan specialities to feast on. We suggest trying the local street food called Panuchos, a tortilla served with refried beans, shredded turkey, cabbage, pickled red onion, avocado and jalapeños! (B)

Cancún

Merida

Mexico City

Chichén Itzá

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Day 3 Mérida / Chichén Itzá / Cancún Head to the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá for a locally 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)

Day 4-6 Cancún Enjoy free time in Cancún over the next few days, lounge under the sun during the day and hit up the legendary nightlife with your squad in the evenings. Brave souls can even opt for a Mayan culture adventure complete with ziplining, rappelling and lunch. Thrillseekers can take a trip to hidden waters deep in the jungle or visit some ancient Mayan ruins. Explore coral reefs and caves before waving farewell to your Mexican adventure the next day. (3B, D)

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Departures 2019

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (5 nts) Transport: Air con coach with free Wi-Fi and power points for charging, internal flight Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Tour Code: COMEXH

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MEXICO GRANDE 12 DAYS, Puerto Vallarta

£1,669

FR

Cancún

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Laze on white sand beaches • Snorkel in turquoise waters • Opt for a zipline adventure

• Cruise Xochimilco's canals • Explore Teotihuacán's ruins • Marvel at Chichén Itzá

Day 1-2 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, you can also go ziplining, or head to the beachside town of Sayulita. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Guadalajara / Guanajuato

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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 and then find yourself a spot to watch a Mariachi band. Then it's time to see the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guanajuato and uncover the tales of the historical silver mining town. Shop for local sweets at Hidalgo Market and learn the legend of two lovers at the Callejón del Beso. (2B, D)

Day 5-7 Mexico City

Tequila

Puerto Vallarta

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)

Day 8-12 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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Mérida

Mexico City

inclusions Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twinshare 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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Guadalajara

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LATIN LEGENDS 19 DAYS, Puerto Vallarta

£3,265

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Antigua

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Explore mighty Mexico City • Visit Frida Kahlo's birthplace • See ancient Chichén Itzá

• Enjoy Cancún's nightlife • Dive Belize's Barrier Reef • Tour a tequila factory

Fly into Puerto Vallarta today, meet your group and get settled in. Day 2 and you're as free as a bird to explore, 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 and be transported to another time with its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. Head to Mexico City on Day 5. (4B, 2D)

Teotihuacán, Mexico City Tequila

Day 6-10 Mexico City / Mérida / Cancún Visit the floating gardens and markets of Xochimilco today, then visit Coyoacán, the birthplace of 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 take 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. (5B, 2D)

Puerto Vallarta

Guanajuato

Mexico City

Caye Caulker

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Caribbean Encounter (COCAAN) 10 Days, Fr £1,599

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Santa Elena

Day 11-19 Cancún / Playa del Carmen / Caye Caulker / Belize City / Tikal National Park / Santa Elena / Antigua Soak up all the Cancún and Playa del Carmen action over three days, opt to take a day trip to Cozumel or go snorkelling, then cross into Belize on Day 14. Swing by Caye Caulker to experience the Belize Barrier Reef if you fancy, then you’re off to Tikal National Park. Continue to Antigua and enjoy a city tour, opt to hike the Pacaya Volcano before saying your goodbyes on Day 19. (9B, 4D)

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Antigua

inclusions Departs: Selected Mondays Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (18 nts) 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

£2,255

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Antigua

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See Teotihuacán's pyramids • Visit Guatemala's rainforest • Snorkel in Caye Caulker

Belize City B E L I Z E

SOL SEEKER 13 DAYS, Mexico City

Cancún Playa del Carmen

Mérida

Guadalajara

• Explore Chichén Itzá • Discover colonial Antigua • Enjoy Mexico City's bars

Day 1-3 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) Caye Caulker, Belize

Day 4-7 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)

Day 8-10 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. (3B, 2D)

Day 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)

Cancún Playa del Carmen

Mérida

Mexico City Caye Caulker M E X I CO

Tikal N.P. Santa Elena

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Belize City B E L I Z E

Antigua

inclusions Departs: Selected Sundays Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (12 nts) 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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Day 1-5 Puerto Vallarta / Guadalajara / Tequila / Guanajuato / Mexico City


MAYAN TRAIL 11 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

£879

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Antigua

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Camp out in tropical jungle • Party on down in Antigua • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida Ditch the tourist resorts of Cancún for the ruins, jungles and colonial cities of Mexico and Guete. 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.

Antigua, Guatemala

Day 4-7 Palenque / San Cristóbal de las Casas

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Next up is the Mayan ruins of Palenque that are surrounded by cedar, mahogany, and sapodilla trees. 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. Set high in a mountain valley, the city is known for its 16th century architecture. 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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Panajachel

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My Own Room Available: Fr £299 San Cristóbal de las Casas

Feb

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. Spend a night at the G for Good Posadas Mayas homestay with a local 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 cooking class, salsa dancing class or party on down with your fellow travellers! The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 11. (D)

Mérida

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private vehicle, boat Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACMTM

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Day 8-11 Panajachel / Antigua

Playa del Carmen

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MAYAN ENCOUNTER 12 DAYS, Antigua

£1,049

FR

Playa del Carmen

Small Group Adventure

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

Day 1-2 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.

Day 3-4 Livingston / Flores

Tikal Mayan ruins, Guatemala

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.

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Antigua

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Livingston

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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 volunteerrun art programme aiming to create youth income support. 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. (D)

Río Dulce

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B E L I Z E

Day 10-12 Playa del Carmen

My Own Room Available: Fr £559

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Caye Caulker San Ignacio

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Tikal Flores

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M E X I CO

Apr

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.

Mar

Day 5-9 San Ignacio / Caye Caulker

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

Feb

Playa del Carmen

Jan

MEXICO, GUATEMALA & BELIZE

• Marvel at Chichén Itzá • Cool off in Mérida's sinkhole • Get to know Mayan families

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MAYAN DISCOVERY 15 DAYS, Playa del Carmen

£1,089

FR

Playa del Carmen

Small Group Adventure

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

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 of Cuzamá, or visit the ruins of Uxmal. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Day 4-6 Palenque 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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Mar 20

Feb 20

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£729

FR

Caye Caulker

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Snorkel in Caye Caulker • Explore the ruins of Tikal • Hit Belize City's nightlife

Nov

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CLASSIC BELIZE & TIKAL 9 DAYS, Belize City

Oct

Departures 2019/20 Sep

G UAT E M A L A

My Own Room Available: Fr £639

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B E L I Z E

Jul

San Ignacio

Flores

Jun

Lacanjá

Caye Caulker

Tikal

May

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)

Palenque

Apr

Day 11-15 Caye Caulker / Playa del Carmen

Chichén Itzá

M E X I CO

Jan

Journey through the jungle to Guatemala and continue on to San José. Explore Lake Petén Itzá and the island of Flores. Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the Tikal archaeological site on Day 8. Head to San Ignacio in Belize the next day and take an optional day trip to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Enjoy a G for Good pottery demonstration supporting underprivileged women, and then share a meal together sampling traditional food from the Cayo region. (L)

Mar

Mérida

Day 7-10 San José / San Ignacio

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 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $370-485 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACMMD

Feb

Playa del Carmen

• Opt to dive the Blue Hole • Cycle with local students • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Belize City / Flores / Tikal Get ready for nine days of action combined with relaxation, arriving into Belize City at any point on Day 1. 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. Look out for monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, deer and macaws! Return to Flores and opt to swim in Lake Petén Itzá or hire a boat for a relaxing day.

Bike With Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker

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San Ignacio

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Day 7-9 Caye Caulker With free time for the next couple of days, opt to snorkel in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving in the famous Blue Hole or just take it easy, Belizean style. Head off at any time on Day 9.

My Own Room Available: Fr £429

Apr

Flores

Belize City

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Tikal

Mar 20

Caye Caulker

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Public bus, private vehicle, water taxi Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD $350-455 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACBBC

Feb 20

M E X I CO

Feb

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. For something quirky and cool, head to the Green Iguana Conservation Project and take a tour, then treat yourself to a highend meal. 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 G for Good 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.

Jan 20

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Day 1-3 Playa del Carmen / Chichén Itzá / Mérida


MEXICO CITY & BEYOND once upon a time in mexico MEXICO, GUATEMALA & BELIZE

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.

Shoestring

HOSTEL AMIGO SUITES, CENTRO HISTÓRICO

£14 £18

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Glampacker

SELINA MEXICO CITY

£8 £23

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

ZÓCALO CENTRAL, CENTRO HISTÓRICO

£95 £51

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

HALF BOARD

ROOM ONLY

Location: In the Centro Histórico, a ten-minute walk from Zócalo metro station.

Location: In the historic district of Mexico City, a 15-minute walk from Zócalo Square.

Location: Overlooking the Zócalo main square, right next to the metro station.

Vibe: Laid-back hostel with bright dorms and rooms and a lively bar to unwind in!

Vibe: Funky, modern and spacious pad with lots of communal areas.

Vibe: Neoclassical-style oasis in the city centre, with a popular rooftop restaurant.

Highlights: Mixed and single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Suites • Personal lockers • Bar • Shared dining room • Rooftop terrace

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private dorms • Kitchen • TV lounge • Bar • Restaurant • Yoga classes • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Rooftop restaurant • Café • Terrace • Gym • Steam room

ISIC/IYTC/ITIC CARDHOLDERS: FREE DRINK ON ARRIVAL

HASMEX

MEXSEL

£56

FR

3 DAYS

Welcome to Mexico City, one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas. And where you'll find the most museums in the world. With 16 boroughs you'll be on kept on your toes trying to navigate this metropolis. Included in your three-day bundle is two nights accommodation, airport pick-up and a tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids (any day you choose). The rest of your time is yours, spend it wisely, by that we mean eat lots of tacos! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel Amigo or Hostel Amigo Suites (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Private vehicle Includes: Airport pick-up, Teotihuacan Pyramids tour Tour Code: MEXMC2

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Small Group Adventure

Independent Tour

MEXICO CITY WELCOME

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

DAY OF THE DEAD

£411

FR

5 DAYS

Celebrate one of Mexico's biggest festivals and throw in some cultural experiences to boot. Lace up your boots and take a hike up Tepoztlan Temple to see altars being made. On Day 3, 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 4 in Mexico City and opt to wander Chapultepec Park before the trip ends the following morning. Departs: 30Oct19 Accommodation: 3* hotel (4 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: All land transfers, Mexico City walking tour, activities as per itinerary, Englishspeaking guide Note: Airport transfers not included Tour Code: BEMEXDOD

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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.

Glampacker

SELINA CANCÚN

£10 £34

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Rock Solid

KRYSTAL CANCÚN

£117 £59

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ROOM ONLY

Class Act

ALOFT CANCÚN

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£96 £48

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Less than 200 metres from the ADO bus station in downtown Cancún.

Location: Overlooking the azure Caribbean sea, next to a range of bars and nightclubs.

Location: Very close to Forum Beach, Marlin Beach, and Coco Bongo nightclub.

Vibe: Modern and spacious with excellent outdoor areas to enjoy the heat.

Vibe: A swanky place to rest your head after a night (or day) out on the town.

Vibe: Classy hotel with easy access to the beach, upscale shops, and vibrant nightlife.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Kitchen • TV lounge • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Hot tub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Bike rental • Gym • 24-hour reception

CUNSEL

CUNKRY

GRAND OASIS CANCÚN

THCUN1

£147 SINGLE £103 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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A-List

Sun, sea, sand and more bars and restaurants than you can shake your fast-depleating wallet 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 and pool. 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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GRAND OASIS SPRING BREAK 2019

£136

FR

4+ DAYS

Spend your Spring Break at the Grand Oasis Cancún, the perfect party destination with two beach clubs and more bars and restaurants than you could wish for. The resort has its own stretch of perfect white-sand beach, Cancún's biggest pool and all drinks and food are inclusive. DJs will be spinning tunes non-stop at the beachfront stage, so there won't be any need for you to hit the gym. It's gonna be one Spring Break to remember (at least vaguely). Departs: Daily (19Feb19-12Apr19) Accommodation: Grand Oasis Lite (5 or 3 nts) Meals: All-inclusive Note: A $30 USD non-refundable deposit is required on checkin Tour Code: CUNSBS

SPRING BREAK PARTY PASSES

£182

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4+ DAYS

If you're going to do Spring Break, you may as well do it properly! Get yourself one of these passes and gain access to some of the hottest nightclubs in Cancún, with transfers included to and from your hotel to the club every night of your stay. With your cover fee already included, you'll also have a reserved area at the club and access to an open bar. And with options for three, four, five, six or seven-night passes, you can fit it right into your schedule. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Meals: Not included Transport: Private vehicle Includes: Club entry, transfers, reserved area, express pass, open bar Tour Code: CUNPAR

Independent Tour

YUCATÁN ADVENTURE

£282

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4 DAYS

ISLA MUJERES EXPERIENCE

£191

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.

Escape crazy Cancún for the island paradise of Isla Mujeres! Catch the ferry after an airport pick-up, check-in and relax. Enjoy the laid-back Caribbean vibes before a snorkelling adventure on your second day. Dive in and discover various sea life like the giant angel fish, barracuda, stingrays and sea turtles. Your last day is yours to spend as you wish, lay on the beach or opt to swim with whale sharks (seasonal) before ferrying back to Cancún.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts 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 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Cancún airport pick-up, ferries Cancún - Isla Mujeres - Cancún Includes: Isla Mujeres snorkelling adventure Note: Hotel upgrade available Tour Code: BEISMEXP

SELF-DRIVE THE YUCATAN 7 DAYS, Cancún

£248

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Cancún Self-Drive Tour

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• Travel and stop at your own pace • Marvel at the sight of Chichén Itzá • Swim in an old fishing village

Valladolid, Mexico

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Note: Hire car and optional excursions are not included. Other selfdrive routes are available, please ask your Travel Expert for details Tour Code: NATCUN

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• Get lost in the streets of Valladolid • Visit the picturesque Tulum ruins • Fall in love with charming Mérida

Go out and explore Mexico on this self-drive tour through the country's scenic Yucatán Peninsula, home to Mayan ruins, gorgeous colonial towns and beautiful beaches. From Cancún, travel to Tulum where you can visit the temples on the Caribbean Sea. Continue on to the Mayan ruins of Cobá then head to Valladolid to enjoy the atmosphere of the Zócalo. The next day, continue to colonial Mérida, the region's capital, and visit the cathedral, Palacio Municipal, and Casa de Montejo. Go swimming in the village of Celestún and go looking for flamingos. Immerse yourself in the history of Uxmal, take notice of the Maya architectural style of Puuc in Sayil and Labná, and finally, visit the world-famous Chichén Itzá. In the evening, you can see the Sound and Light show in the ruins before ending in Cancún the next day.

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MAHEKAL BEACH RESORT

£224 £112

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THE REEF PLAYACAR

£118 £79

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Location: Only a five-minute walk from the beach, close to Quinta Avenida.

Location: Beachfront on Playa del Carmen, a five-minute walk from 5th Avenue.

Location: Nestled on the Riviera Maya, just steps from Playa Del Carmen.

Vibe: Modern hotel with character and charm with a delightful pool and bar.

Vibe: A peaceful escape with spacious rooms, stylish decor and hammocks.

Vibe: Beachside villas surrounded by lush gardens and the Caribbean Sea. Sign us up!

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Terrace • Car hire • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private terrace • Beachfront • 2 outdoor pools • Hammocks • Yoga classes • Spa

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Flatscreen TV • 2 outdoor pools • Restaurants • Nightly entertainment

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN EXPERIENCE

£205

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4 DAYS

TULUM EXPERIENCE

£446

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4 DAYS

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 date back to around 600 AD. On Day 3, explore underground caves at the cenotes, then transfer back to Cancún on Day 4.

Go ziplining, snorkelling and swimming in beautiful Tulum, a more laid-back alternative to some other Mexican beachside towns. You'll have plenty of time to relax, albeit with a healthy dose of activity thrown in over four days. Explore the series of cenotes, lagoons, and canals by swimming, snorkelling, ziplining and canoe. You'll also take a boat ride through a maze of mangroves to a Mayan archaeological site in the jungle.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts (4* hotels only) Transport: Return transfers to/from Playa del Carmen and Cancún airport Includes: Tours as mentioned Tour Code: BEPDCEXP

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Private vehicle Includes: Airport pick-up, transfer to Tulum, Mayan Reserve and Sian Kanna tours Note: Hotel upgrade available Tour Code: BETULEXP

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MANGLEX TULUM

£29

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KORE TULUM RETREAT & SPA RESORT

£185 £110

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BE TULUM BEACH & SPA RESORT, TULUM

£547 £274

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Location: Set in a beautiful mangrove forest with its own private cenote in Tulum.

Location: Set on the white sands of Tulum beach, just outside of town.

Location: Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, just a minute's walk from the beach.

Vibe: Eco-friendly hotel with eight cabins, a special place to get off the grid.

Vibe: Adult-only luxury resort with spacious suites and your own jacuzzi!

Vibe: Exotic and eco-friendly hotel with 64 suites with their own hot tub and terrace.

Highlights: Private cabins • Private cenote • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bike rental • Airport shuttle

Highlights: Suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private jacuzzi • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Restaurant • Bar • TV lounge

Highlights: Suites • Air con • Private hot tub • Private terrace • iPod docks • 2 outdoor pools • Private beach • Bar

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DEAN'S BLUE HOLE

WHALE WATCHING

Cool down after a lengthy Cuban salsa session with an icy daiquiri, dreamt up in the now famous La Floridita bar in Old Havana.

In 1988, Jamaica became the first tropical country to enter the Winter Olympics, It was the bobsled event, as seen in 'Cool Runnings'.

One of our newest and most joyful destinations. Join the party at various colmados, where merengue is on blast all night long.

Step aside, Belize. The world's deepest blue hole is in the Bahamas, and it belongs to man called Dean (that can't be right).

The Samanรก Peninsula in the Dominican Republic is one of the best places in the world to spot the mighty humpback whale.

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JAMAICA ENCOMPASSED 8 DAYS, Montego Bay

£1,229

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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

Day 1-3 Montego Bay / Ocho Rios

Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

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Santo Domingo

Independent Tour

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• Swim in untouched beaches • Observe iguanas & flamingos • See beautiful Santo Domingo

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Kingston

Treasure Beach

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Day 7 is yours to explore, we suggest heading to the cliffs and jumping into the warm, turquoise waters and then grabbing a Red Stripe and admiring a Negril sunset. There are many bars and good restaurants set on the sand, the perfect place to end your day with reggae music in the air. Go on your own food crawl, stopping at the many vendors slow roasting in the streets, each one of them will boast about their own unique spice blend while you munch away. Return to Montego Bay on Day 8, your tour ends on arrival. (2B)

My Own Room Available: Fr £569

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Day 7-8 Negril / Montego Bay

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Maroon Village

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Ocho Rios

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Montego Bay

Trip Style: Classic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $175-230 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACJJE

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After some free time in the morning, depart Kingston for Treasure Beach, opt to visit a secluded beach or visit the seven waterfalls. Day 5 is yours to spend in this slice of paradise! Choose to go on a local boat ride in search of dolphins and crocodiles, or visit the unique Pelican Bar out at sea. Cruise to Negril on Day 6 known for its long stretched of white sand beaches, picturesque cliffs, and relaxed atmosphere. Visit the famous Rick's Cafe and opt to enjoy a cocktail while watching the locals dive from the scenic cliffs in the evening. (3B)

• Adventure in Jarabacoa • Hike to stunning waterfalls • Explore Laguna Oviedo

Day 1-2 Santo Domingo / Barahona The first day is yours to discover the oldest city of the New World, Santo Domingo. Wander around Plaza de España, discover the historical collections of Alcazar de Colon, and look in awe at the remarkable architecture of the Catedral Primada de América. Set out on a public bus along the coast and into the mountains to your second destination, Barahona. (B) Jimenoa waterfall, Jarabacoa

Day 3-4 Bahía de las Aguilas / Laguna de Oviedo

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Barahona

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There will be a bit of travel involved getting you to Jarabacoa, but trust us, it'll be worth it. At 600 metres above sea level, Jarabacoa us surrounded by pine forests, rivers, mountains and valleys, and the area is bless with warm weather year-round. You have two days of outdoor adventures ahead of you, and you can choose which activities you want to take part in. Each tour takes half a day, then you'll have lunch and decide on whether to continue the action or simply take it easy. Opt to go river rafting, canyoning, hike or ride on horseback to Jimenoa waterfall or hike to Baiguate waterfall. You can also learn everything there is to know about coffee at the Monte Alto factory, which of course includes a coffee tasting. After two days of adventure it's back to Santo Domingo by bus, your last stop on the tour. (4B, 2L, 3D)

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Santo Domingo

Day 5-8 Jarabacoa / Santo Domingo

Feb

Jarabacoa

Trip Style: Independent Tour Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (7 nts) Transport: Air con vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: English speaking local guide, Group Size: Max 8 Includes: Airport transfers, all entry fees for excursions in itinerary Tour Code: DOMADV

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Drive along the beautiful coast looking out at the small port and fishing village Cabo Rojo. Board a boat and go on short journey across the water to one of the most stunning beaches you will ever see, Bahía de las Aguilas. You'll enjoy lunch on the beach and go swimming in the untouched ecological paradise. Travel to the 22 islands of Laguna Oviedo where you'll be able to observe iguanas and hike through cactus-filled vegetation to an observation tower overlooking the Jaragua National Park, the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra de Bohoruco mountains. See the largest flamingo colony as you make you way back to Baharona. (2B, 2L)

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Arrive at any time in Montego Bay. Get in early and relax on Doctor's Cave Beach, trust us this beach is stunning and worthy of your time. The adventure begins in the evening, meeting your group and then departing for Ochio Rios on Day 2. Spend a free afternoon on the beach or opt to climb Dunn's River Falls, bargain hunt for handicrafts at the market, or explore Fern Gully. Later, visit Charles Town Maroon Village for an evening of traditional drumming and dancing. Visit a secluded river in the morning of Day 3 and help your homestay hosts prepare breakfast. Travel to Kingston in the afternoon and wander around Port Royal, the 14th century stomping ground of some of the most infamous Caribbean pirates - aye, aye! (2B, D)


SAILING THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 7 DAYS, Tortola

£999

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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

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 hop on deck to enjoy lunch aboard, you'll then anchor in the evening after dinner.

Day 2-6 British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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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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Day 7 British Virgin Islands / Tortola

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Departures 2019/20

Norman Island

Feb

Jost Van Dyke

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Catamaran - double or bunk-style twin cabin with en suite bathroom (6 nts) 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

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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, and snorkel the caves just below the cliffs, who knows there may be some treasure left behind. 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. Visit the famous granite Baths at the southwestern tip of Virgin Gouda, here you'll find secret rock pools and paradise beaches. Head to Guana Island, one of the few remaining privately-owned islands, where you'll find lush forest and seven powder-soft sand beaches. 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! Opt to go hiking or join your skipper at Willie T Floating Bar. Spot turtles and visit a microbrewery on Cooper Island before setting sail to your last island, Anegada. Spend your evenings enjoying breathtaking sunsets, fresh fish and beach parties. Life isn't all that bad, hey?

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

SAILING CUBA 8 DAYS, Havana

£1,199

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Havana

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Start and end in Havana • Explore historic Cienfuegos • Sail Canarreos Archipelago

• Snorkel fab coral reefs • Join a mangrove cruise • Dine on fresh seafood

Day 1 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) Catamaran, Canarreos Archipelago

Day 2 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)

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Cuba Libre & Sailing (GACCVL) 15 Days, Fr £1,699

Cayo Largo

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Depart Cienfuegos after breakfast and arrive back into Havana around midday, where your trip will end. (B)

Cayo el Rosario

Cienfuegos

Apr

Day 8 Havana

Cayo Rico

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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. Enjoy some final time on the deck before heading back to Cienfuegos and wandering around town. (5B, 4L, 5D)

Havana

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Catamaran (7 nts, double twin bed cabin with shared bathroom) Transport: 25m (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

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Day 3-7 Canarreos Archipelago / Cienfuegos

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CARIBBEAN

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CUBA LIBRE 6 DAYS, Havana

£529

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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 1-2 Havana / Soroa

Havana, Cuba

Day 3-4 Viñales

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Las Terrazas

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£1,149

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Havana

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Ride vintage cars in Havana • Visit Cuban historical sights • Learn how to make mojitos

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Travel back to Havana on Day 5, walk through Old Havana with your CEO and get your bearings before a little bit of time to wander solo. Make your way into the colourful Centro Habana, this is where the locals live and where you'll hear salsa pumping through the streets. Get your picture-perfect moment riding in one of the retro cars, pick one that you like around Hotel Inglaterra. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group, say your goodbyes, and depart any time on Day 6. (2B)

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My Own Room Available: Fr £189

Soroa

Day 5-6 Havana

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Viñales

Havana

Jan 20

C U BA

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/casa particulares (5 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 5 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $215-280 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACCCL

Feb

Travel to Viñales on Day 3, stopping en route at one of the most successful tobacco farms in Cuba. Go on an orientation walk of the plantation then head off to explore the beautiful valley. Day 4 is yours to explore Viñales, opt to go caving, biking and hiking. Alternatively this is a really lovely place to relax with a book, especially overlooking the valley. The town is colourful and lively and you'll be snap happy here, and it's the kind of place you can start chatting with the locals in the street so brush up on your Español amigos. Fuel up on Cuban cuisine, you can find meals in town for around $3-4, which translates to more money for piña coladas. In the evening you can salsa the night away at Centro Cultural Polo Montanez, watch the locals rip up the dancefloor while you indulge in some liquid courage to get the move moving. (2B)

• Walking tour of Old Havana • Cuban cigar demonstration • Snorkelling in Playa Larga

Day 1-4 Havana / Viñales / Playa Larga Arrive in Havana at any time, and then ride in style in a retro car from the airport to your casa particular (a Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast). Go on a walking tour of Old Havana, taking in the atmosphere of the streets, colourful buildings and bustling plazas. Travel to Viñales on Day 2 where you'll see how the famous Cuban cigars are made on a plantation. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or simply relax somewhere with views over the valley. Head to laid-back Playa Larga on Day 4 and learn how to make an expert mojito. (3B)

Havana, Cuba

Day 5-8 Playa Larga / Remedios / Gibara / Baracoa Snorkel the Bay of Pigs in the morning before setting off through the countryside to Santa Clara where you'll step into Cuban history. Visit the Che Guevara mausoleum before continuing on to colonial Remedios. Day 6 is a long travel day but you'll be rewarded with the stunning beaches and rolling hills of Gibara. Continue to Baracoa and spend the next few days hiking and hitting the beach. (4B)

Havana Viñales

Santa Clara

Playa Larga

Camagüey

Cienfuegos

Day 9-12 Santiago de Cuba / Bayamo / Camagüey

Trinidad

Drive along the coast to Santiago de Cuba, home of the revolutions and son rhythms. Here you'll have a salsa lesson and then have the evening to practice your new moves. Hike through the Sierra Maestra mountains in the footsteps and learn more about Cuba's history before arriving in Bayamo. Head west on Day 12 to Camagüey, hop on a bicycle-taxi and tour the markets and plazas. (4B, D)

Day 13-16 Trinidad / Havana Get a feel for Trinadad on an orientation walk, and then find a bistro because the seafood here is sensational. Opt to hike in Topes de Collantes Narional Park, or visit Playa Ancón for diving, snorkelling or lounging. You'll also enjoy a homestay dinner with the group and head out for a night on the town. Return to Havana on Day 15, stopping off in Cienfuegos along the way. Depart any time the following day. (4B, D)

Remedios

Gibara Bayamo

Baracoa Santiago de Cuba

inclusions Departs: Typically 1 departure per month (Jun-Dec) Trip Style: 18-toThirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Casa particulares (homestays) (15 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, vintage automobiles Meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $410-535 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GACCCS

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Arrive in Havana (arrival transfer included) at any time and meet your group in the evening. Enjoy your stay in a casa particular, a Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast, that will make you feel right at home. Set off on the morning of Day 2 to explore the street art around Callejon de Hammel and Jaimanitas in Havana. Travel to the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas, located in the Sierra del Rosario mountains. Take in the beautiful views of the nature reserve before continuing on to Soroa for the night. (B)


CUBA COLONIAL 15 DAYS, Havana

£1,299

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Havana Small Group Adventure

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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 colonial history while exploring their churches, forts and cobblestone streets. 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

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels/casa particulares (14 nts) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $400-520 for meals not included

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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, take a guided tour of the historical sights before heading to Sancti Spíritus. En route you'll stop in Santa Clara to see the Che Guevara monument. Travel across eastern Cuba to Bayamo, the Cradle of the Cuban Revolution, enjoy a free afternoon to explore. (2B)

Departures 2019/20 Mar

Day 1-3 Havana / Sancti Spíritus / Bayamo

My Own Room Available: Fr £459

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• Walk Baracoa's mountains and bays • Snorkel and swim at unspoiled beaches • Party all night in Havana

Jan

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• Learn salsa moves in an included lesson • Walk in Che Guevara's footsteps • Experience local Cuba with homestays

Day 4-6 Bayamo / 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 and breathtaking beaches to unwind on. (3B)

Day 7-9 Santiago de Cuba / Sierra Maestra / Camagüey Travel to Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk on arrival. Travel into the heart of Sierra Maestra National park on Day 8, where you'll stay in quaint wooden cabins next to Yara River, how's the serenity? Hike through the mountains on Day 9, where Che Guevara and Fidel Castro once did, and learn more about the country's history. Arrive in Camagüey in the afternoon, opt to visit an art gallery, see the ballet, ride a bicycle-taxi and tour the local markets and plazas, and check-out the city's nightlife. (3B)

Day 10-12 Trinidad / Cienfuegos

Trinidad, Cuba

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. Travel to along the coast to Cienfuegos and make for Havana the next day. The journey will take you along the picturesque Bay of Pigs, where you can swim and snorkel, and you'll also get a Cuban history fix at the Giron Museum. (3B, D)

Day 13-15 Havana Tour Havana in a vintage car and take a walking tour of Old Havana with your CEO in the afternoon, admiring the grand buildings, colours and sounds of this special city. Opt to visit museums or see the cabaret at Tropicana. On Day 15, it's time to say goodbye to Cuba, but hello to a world of salsa back home. (3B)

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CUBA EXPLORER 9 DAYS, Havana

£999

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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

Day 1-2 Havana

Cayo Blanco, Cuba

Day 3-5 Viñales / Cienfuegos Havana

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 4, 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. Settle in for a day of travelling on Day 5 to Cienfuegos. You'll stop along the way at the Giron Museum at the Bay of Pigs, and learn about the US involvement in Cuba. You can opt for dip in the lovely water here before continuing on. (3B, 2L)

Viñales

Santa Clara C U BA

Cienfuegos Trinidad

Day 6-9 Trinidad / 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. Enjoy a free day to explore on Day 7, wander around the colourful buildings in town, find a restaurant to feast at, or you could day trip to Playa Ancón, aka paradise! 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, 2D)

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Departs: Typically 2-5 departures per month 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, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GACCCE

BIKING CUBA 8 DAYS, Havana

£929

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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

Day 1-2 Havana / Pinar del Río / Viñales Arrive in Havana at any time, grab your included transfer then get out and explore. The next day, depart after breakfast head to Pinar del Río, the Garden Province of Cuba and Cuba's cigar country. Spend the afternoon cycling around the hills and tobacco fields of Viñales. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Viñales

Pinar del Río, Cuba

Cycle about 60 kilometres past dramatic mountain vistas as you cruise along this stunning coastal route. Head to the docks at Palma Rubia to catch a ferry to Cayo Levisa for a blissful day on the beach. Ride into the heart of Cuba's tobacco growing region on Day 4 starting in the town of Pons and heading into San Luis. This small village produces some of the best tobacco in the world, you'll take a tour and have lunch at one of the farms. (2B, 2L)

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Head back east for a walking tour of old and modern Havana including a visit to the rum museum. You'll also visit the Fusterlandia neighbourhood to check out the street art. Admire the colourful streets, gorgeous colonial buildings and sounds of salsa in the air one last time before departing at any time on Day 8. (2B, L)

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Day 7-8 Havana

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Cueva de los Portales

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Las Terrazas Soroa

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Cayo Jutías Viñales Pinar del Río

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Cycle to the historic Cueva de los Portales, a cave that was used by Che Guevara as the headquarters of the Cuban Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Explore this vast cave system before transferring to Soroa that evening. Ride from Soroa to Las Terrazas on Day 6, a small eco village and Cuba's first UNESCO biosphere reserve. Enjoy some free time in the village wandering through open studios and pottery workshops. Alternatively you can go for a hike or bird-watching. Then pedal past mountains and local communities back to lush Soroa, known for its orchids. (2B, L, D)

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Day 5-6 Soroa

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, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $185-240 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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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. (B, L)


CUBAN RHYTHMS 8 DAYS, Havana

£599

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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

CARIBBEAN

Day 1-3 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)! You have an arrival transfer to your casa particular, an authentic Cuban bed and breakfast experience. Visit the colourfully tiled Fusterlandia neighbourhood in Havana before getting on your way to Viñales. On arrival you'll visit a tobacco plantation and see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Give Spanish a go in your local homestay tonight! Take a day trip to Cayo Larga the next day where you'll find 3 kilometres of white sand only accessible by boat. Gear up for some snorkelling or veg out with a book, why not both? (2B, L)

Havana, Cuba

Day 4-6 Playa Larga / Trinidad Make for Playa Larga, stopping at the Bay of Pigs en route for a swim, you can opt to go snorkelling here too. The next day, travel to the seaside town, Cienfuegos, your stop on the way to the colonial city of Trinidad. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and have the afternoon to explore solo. Bed down in another local homestay, and get into the swing of things (literally) with a salsa dance lesson. Trinidad is a great base for outdoor activities so find something you like and go for it, because Day 6 is all yours. If you're looking for something a bit more relaxing, kick back and chill on the beautiful Playa Ancón. You're in the Caribbean after all... (3B, L, D)

Day 7-8 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. This city played a key role in the Cuban Revolution, you'll see how this period chronicled in the Museo Historico de le Revolution. 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)

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inclusions Departs: Typically 5-12 departures per month 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, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $185-240 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GACCCR

CLASSIC CUBA ROAD TRIP 12 DAYS, Havana

£806

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Havana

Self-Drive Tour

highlights

• Cruise around Havana in style • Dance all night in Trinidad • Bike ride the Viñales Valley

• Beach it at Cayo Santa Maria • Get photo happy in Trinidad • Learn history in Santa Clara

Day 1-4 Havana / Viñales Touch down in Cuba's lively capital. Take a stroll along the Malécon seafront promenade and amble between Art Deco theatres, rows of Chevrolet taxis and ageold friends playing chess on the pavements. Sample the local cuisine and tour the town in a classic American 1950's car. Experience local nightlife and then pick up your rental car and continue on the tobacco route to Pinar del Rio. Stop in Vinales to experience traditional Cuban life. Bike ride or through the valley and sample local cigars, or try your luck spotting turtles at the nearby coast.

Havana, Cuba

Day 5-6 Viñales / Cienfuegos / Trinidad

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Give that accelerator a real push towards Cienfuegos, a port city characterised with French colonial architecture. Wander through Parque José Martí, Terry Theatre and the Provincial Museum. Drive along the coastal road to Trinidad, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site with one-of-a-kind architecture. Walk through the main square and soak up the atmosphere.

Cayo Santa María Viñales Santa Clara Cienfuegos

Day 7-8 Trinidad / Santa Clara / Cayo Santa María Make the most of free time in Trinidad. It's a really beautiful place and incredibly photogenic. Wander through winding, cobblestone streets, visit hidden old churches and stay in the old homes of Spanish gentry who thrived on the local sugar industry. And let's not forget, Trinidad is home to some of the best music saloons on the island - so get your groove on! Santa Clara, resting place of the revolutionary Che Guevara, and the beaches of Cayo Santa María are other places to add to your trip.

Day 9-12 Cayo Santa María / Havana Really wind down at the beach for a few days and top up that tan. If you're feeling a bit more active, make sure you get stuck in the Cayo Santa María Wildlife refuge. Then, return to Havana.

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inclusions Departs: Daily Trip Style: Self-Drive Tour Accommodation: Casa particulares - Havana (2 nts), Viñales (2 nts), Cienfuegos (1 nt), Trinidad (3 nts), Cayo Santa María (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Self-drive kit, sightseeing suggestions and maps, all taxes and fees Note: Car hire not included, suggested itineraries only Tour Code: HAVSD1

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CUBA: VARADERO & BEACHES laid-back beach vibes

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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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HOTEL GRAND MEMORIES VARADERO

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£63 £62

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Location: Nestled along the sandy beachfront of Varadero, a popular beach resort town on Cuba's Hicacos Peninsula.

Location: Right on Varadero Beach, near Gaviotas Marina and close to Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos.

Vibe: Vibrant atmosphere, comfy rooms, tropical gardens, 24-hour food service, and 2 swimming pools, it's all you'll ever need!

Vibe: Unwind at this chilled out hotel, with swim-up bars and an adult-only area.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Beachfront • 2 outdoor pools • 6 bars • 5 restaurants • Evening entertainment • Laundry • Hot tub • Sauna • Tennis court • Fitness activities available

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony or terrace • Air con • TV • Outdoor pool • 7 bars • 4 restaurants • Garden • Spa • Sauna • Hot tub • Gym • Nightclub • Pool table • Tennis courts

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SOL SIRENAS CORAL HOTEL

£111 £82

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BARCELO SOLYMAR

£142 £113

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BLAU VARADERO HOTEL

£136 £103

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Location: In Varadero with direct access to the beach.

Location: Seafront in Varadero on a 20km stretch of beach called Playa Azul.

Location: Set on the seafront of Varadero Beach, a 35-minute drive from the airport.

Vibe: Relaxed, all-inclusive hotel offering plenty of activities, including mini-golf!

Vibe: Relax in your bright and comfy room after a big day of water sports.

Vibe: Tip-top spacious rooms with spectacular sea views from your terrace.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony • 3 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 4 restaurants • Coffee shop • Hot tub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 3 outdoor pools • 7 restaurants • 2 hot tubs • Gym • Sports activities • Beauty room

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • 5 bars • 4 restaurants • Gym • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Live music

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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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CASA PARTICULARES

£40 £22

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BELLEVUE DEAUVILLE HOTEL

£72 £47

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PASEO HABANA

£56 £50

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Location: Various location throughout the colourful capital city, Havana, and beyond.

Location: Set in Old Havana across the street from El Malecon.

Location: Located in the Vedado district, not far from Revolution Square.

Vibe: Mi casa es su casa! Feel right at home and get the best insider travel tips.

Vibe: Clean and comfy rooms an easy walk from the capital's attractions.

Vibe: Gorgeous building in a quieter part of town, still close to the action.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con (selected houses) • Shared bathroom • Kitchen • Garden • Terrace • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Nightclub

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • Garden • 24-hour reception

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GRAN CARIBE HOTEL INGLATERRA

£129 £94

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NACIONAL DE CUBA

£149 £96

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IBEROSTAR PARQUE CENTRAL

£170 £113

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Location: Just a short walk from the iconic La Bodeguita del Medio in Old Havana.

Location: Ideal location in the heart of Vedado overlooking Havana Harbour.

Location: Housed in a Spanish colonial building in Old Havana.

Vibe: Historic hotel with a legendary roof terrace for optimum lounging.

Vibe: Elegant and historic hotel with a long list of political and artistic celeb guests.

Vibe: Go straight up to the rooftop pool with old views of Old Havana.

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony • Air con • Satellite TV • Bar • Restaurant • Rooftop terrace • Café • Jacuzzi

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Poolside bar • 4 bars • 3 restaurants • Gardens • Nightclub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • 5 bars • 3 restaurants • Rooftop pool • Live music • Gym

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Independent Tour

SALSA & CASA

£287

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4 DAYS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casa particular (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Typical public taxi (transfer to the club) Includes: 3 two-hour salsa classes, entrance to a salsa club with a dance teacher Tour Code: HAVSNC

£456

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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

Independent Tour

CUBA EXPRESS ADVENTURE Havana

£543

BAILANDO CUBA ADVENTURE

8 DAYS

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Havana

Independent Tour

Say hola to Havana on Day 1, settle into your homestay and the next day go on a guided walking tour. Day 3, journey to Viñales and 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. 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

Havana

8 DAYS

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 & 7. It's back to Havana on Day 8. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Casa particulares (5 nts), budget hotel (2 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts Transport: Public bus, private shuttle, Havana airport pick-up and drop-off Includes: Activities as per itinerary Tour Code: BEHAVBAL

CUBAN ACTIVE ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Havana

£1,502

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Havana Independent Tour

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• Cycle around colourful Havana • Snorkel and swim at Playa Jibacoa • Visit & eat at an organic farm

Las Terrazas, Sierra del Rosario

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£610

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Departs: 17Jan19, 14Feb19, 14Mar19, 10Oct19, 21Nov19, 12Dec19 Accommodation: Casa particular (5 nts), hotel (2 nts) Group Size: Max 18 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Round trip vehicle, airport transfers, excursions, English-speaking guide Note: Decent level of fitness required Tour Code: HAVCAA

• Set foot in colonial Cienfuegos • Take a tour through Old Havana • Trek the Escambray Mountains

Commence your active adventure cycling around Havana’s well-to-do Miramar district and notable sights. Transfer to the La Terrazas community and go biking in the Sierra de Rosario mountain range. Travel to Playa Jibacoa to snorkel and explore a cave network near Matanzas. Enjoy lunch at an organic farm and ceramic workshop before heading into the Villa Clara province to Santa Clara, known for its revolutionary significance. Trek the Escambray mountains and take a dip in a spectacular waterfall. Journey on to colourful Trinidad where you’ll take a walking tour and then travel to picture-perfect Playa Ancon for a swim. Continue to colonial Cienfuegos for a kayak adventure out in the bay before heading back to the capital. Tour Old Havana, and after visiting all the marvellous monuments it’s time to sadly say adios.

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Feel the passion of Cuban music while taking daily salsa classes with professional dancers in vibrant Havana. Learn the basic steps, practice then perfect them in the evening when things really heat up in a local salsa club. Opt to attend the cultural Havana Queens Show one night and experience Cuban life staying in a casa particular. This means you’ll be sleeping in a private room in a Cuban family home, a must-do when visiting Cuba!

HAVANA & TRINIDAD HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE


BARBADOS bodacious barbados

CARIBBEAN

Barbados is more than just a luxury holiday destination (and home to queen bad gal Rhi Rhi). Get the full flavour of the place by eating at local rum shops, throwing back traditional Bajan meals and rum punch while mingling with the regulars. Hike through lush wilderness and find your own secret beach - there are plenty of them - and don't dare leave without exploring Bridgetown’s rich history and UNESCO-listed Downtown.

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BUTTERFLY BEACH HOTEL

£100 £50

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WORTHING COURT APARTMENT HOTEL

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Location: Beautiful beachfront location on South Coast, close to Dover Beach.

Location: On the South Coast in the St. Lawrence Gap, steps from Dover Beach.

Location: Located on the trendy South Coast, opposite to Worthing Beach.

Vibe: Spacious, bright rooms in a stunning beach setting surrounded by palm trees.

Vibe: Comfortable hotel in the perfect spot, close to the nightlife in the Gap.

Vibe: 37 self-catering units and all the amenities.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • TV • Beachfront • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Hot tub • Live music

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Full equipped kitchenette • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant

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ATLANTIS HISTORIC INN

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£114 £57

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£184 £92

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Location: Located in a quaint fishing village called Tent Bay in St. Joseph, only a five-minute walk from the beach.

Location: Set beachfront on Maxwell Beach, and the lively St. Lawrence and Oistins are a five-minute drive away.

Vibe: Elegant and historic boutique hotel overlooking the Atlantic ocean. An ideal spot to go hiking and surf top-notch breaks.

Vibe: Bright, colourful rooms with a private balcony or terrace, perfect for a Caribbean hideaway and still close to the action.

Highlights: Private rooms • Beachfront • Flatscreen TV • Air con • iPod docking station • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Coffee/tea maker • Live music • TV lounge • Library • Car hire

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony or terrace • Air con • Cable TV • Fully equipped kitchen/kitchenette • 3 pools • Swim-up bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Games room • Gym • Watersports

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC magical adventures & merengue

CARIBBEAN

The Dominican Republic is fast becoming an adventure and culture destination, with stunning mountain scenery, Spanish architecture, and a music culture to rival them all, the country’s character is one of diversity and fun. Ditch the pools and cocktails for adventuring on Isla Soana, the blue depths of Hoyo Azul, and zip lining through the jungle! Take a walk through the New World’s oldest city, Santo Domingo and dedicate your nights to merengue!

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HOTEL LA TORTUGA LAS TERRENAS, SAMANÁ

£83 £42

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BLUEBAY GRAND, PUNTA CANA

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£108 £83

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Location: Located along the beaches of Las Terrenas, the hotel is only 200 metres from the beach and Fisherman's Village.

Location: Nestled in the small fishing town of Cabeza de Toro, and conveniently just 15 minutes away from the International Airport.

Vibe: Coconut trees and lush tropical garden surround 10 comfy bungalows, a peaceful hideaway from the noise of town.

Vibe: Home to 156 luxury suites surrounding a snake-like outdoor pools, perfect for lounging.

Highlights: Bungalows • Private terrace • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Tropical garden • TV lounge • Car hire • Currency exchange • Free on-site parking • Tour desk

Highlights: Private suites • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 2 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 3 restaurants • Spa and massage services • Hair and beauty salon • 24-hour gym • 24-hour room service

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£118 £93

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£91 £77

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GRAND PALLADIUM BAVARO SUITES RESORT & SPA

£190 £127

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Location: Beachfront location on Bavarro Beach in the beautiful Punta Cana region.

Location: Set on Atlantic Beach in Cabeza de Toro town in the Punta Cana region.

Location: Set in Punta Cana on the east coast in the Quisqueya province.

Vibe: Luxury, comfort and an endless supply of activities in this slice of paradise.

Vibe: Luxury holiday spot where you can relax but also go wild with water sports!

Vibe: Relax on the white sand beach before moving on to the swim up pool bar -bliss!

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • 9 bars • 9 restaurants • Casino

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • 9 pools • Bar • Spa • Nightly shows • Casino

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Beachfront • 4 outdoor pools • 22 bars • 8 restaurants • Casino

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BAHAMAS sinkholes & swimming pigs

CARIBBEAN

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 coral-fringed islands surrounded by clear ocean and pink (pink!) sand. There are even swimming pigs to match the colour scheme in Exuma, as well as the world's second-largest sinkhole, Dean’s Blue Hole. Beyond all the diving and snorkelling, you'll find plenty of grit and culture in Nassau. Hop on a local bus to see the historic town and the beautiful beaches, dotted by the characteristic palm trees.

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HOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGE

£159 £80

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PEACE & PLENTY GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA

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£139 £70

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£187 £113

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Location: On the beachfront of Elbow Cay in Hope Town, a popular boating spot.

Location: Located in downtown George Town, perfect for exploring Exuma.

Location: Set on a private strip of beach just 20 minutes from downtown Freeport.

Vibe: Beach cabanas and poolside cottages right on the beach for a perfect getaway.

Vibe: Relaxing seaside hotel with a brand new beach club, located on Stocking Island.

Vibe: Enjoy sophisticated and modern rooms facing the Caribbean Sea.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Balcony • Satellite TV • Air con • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • TV lounge • Yoga

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private beach • Outdoor pools • Restaurants • Gym • Oceanfront trapeze

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WARWICK PARADISE ISLAND BAHAMAS

£294 £147

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CAT ISLAND & ELEUTHERA

£1,121

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7 DAYS

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Location: Situated on the south shore of the island, this luxurious resort is only a short distance from the iconic Cabbage Beach. Vibe: Boasting its own private harbour beach, this resort offers spacious and modern rooms with views of the Island or waterfront. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Pool • Spa • Sun loungers • Hot tub/ jacuzzi • Gym • 24-hour reception EXBAH3

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Spend seven days frolicking on Cat island and Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Included in your island getaway are six nights’ accommodation, inter island flights, meet and greet in Nassau and your personalised itinerary. Both accommodations boast lush landscape and views out over the Atlantic Ocean. Without a doubt, you’ll experience incredible beaches, gorgeous sunsets, friendly Bahamian hospitality, and an abundance of juicy fresh fruit! Departs: Selected dates Accommodation: Pineapple Fields Hotel (3 nts), Rollez Villas Beach resort (3 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Inter-island flights Tour Code: BAHCAE

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JAMAICA caught in a wonderful Jam

CARIBBEAN

Jamaica is all about good vibes, reggae and of course, jerk (it's so damn good it hurts). Jamaica goes beyond beautiful beaches and all-inclusive hotels because it's culturally rich and moves to its own rhythm. Negril is the perfect spot for dramatic cliffs and miles of beach without the crowds. But if it’s adventure and nightlife you’re after, then Montego Bay is the one. Either way there'll be spectacular sunsets, ice cold Red Stripe's and world-class rum!

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NEGRIL PALMS, NEGRIL

£76 £38

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£272 £136

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Location: Beachfront hotel on Negril's Seven Mile Beach.

Location: Directly on Negril's Seven Mile Beach, close to local bars and restaurants.

Location: Set on a private strip of beach in Runaway Bay.

Vibe: Clean and comfortable hotel right on the beach, perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Vibe: 30 hand-crafted cottages nestled amongst lush grounds leading to the beach.

Vibe: Sophisticated adult-only hotel facing the Caribbean Sea.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant

Highlights: Private rooms with verandah • Air con • Beachfront • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • Massage available

Highlights: Private rooms • Private patio or balcony • Air con • Private beach • 3 outdoor pools • 6 bars • 7 restaurants • Spa

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Montego Bay Independent Tour

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• Discover Jamaican nature and culture • Relax by the blue waters of Negril • Listen to reggae as the sun sets

Negril, Jamaica

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Montego Bay Hostel (4 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Return airport transfers, Negril Beach and Rick's Cafe Experience Note: 3* hotel upgrade available including 4 breakfasts Tour Code: BEMBJJEX

• Have a blast at Dunns River Falls • Free time to relax in paradise • Visit Ocho Rios and a craft market

In 1494 Christopher Columbus anchored in Montego Bay and called it the Gulf of Good Weather, we think he was spot on there. Sunny and warm yearround, Jamaica is the ultimate spot for an island getaway. Spend your first day relaxing or exploring the capital before heading out on a scenic ride along the coastline the following day. Experience seven miles of uninterrupted white sand beach, relax at the famous Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and take on some water sports if you dare. Then it's time for cliff diving and live reggae while watching the sunset at the iconic Rick's Cafe. Enjoy another free day in Montego Bay then travel to Ocho Rios to explore Fern Gully, Shaw Park Gardens and the local craft market. Top it all off with a swim at the incredible Dunns River Falls before departing the tour the following day.

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1. YOUR HOLIDAY BOOKING IS WITH STA TRAVEL LIMITED In these terms and conditions, references to “STA Travel”, “we”, “us” or “our” mean STA Travel Limited (our registered office is at Priory House, 6 Wrights Lane, London, W8 6TA and our company number is 01263330). References to “you”, “your” and “your party” are references to you and all of the persons named in your booking.

2. WHEN THESE TERMS WILL APPLY 2.1 These terms apply to bookings made from the 1st July 2018. For products purchased prior to this date please refer to the following booking conditions- http://www.statravel. co.uk/booking-terms-and-conditions-pre-july-1-2018.htm. These terms will apply to any contract between you and us where we are not acting as the organiser of a package (as defined in the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (the Package Travel Regulations)). 2.2 Our agreement with you will be on the basis of our Package Terms – www.statravel.co.uk/booking-terms-andconditions-post-july-1-2018-package.htm if: (i) you book a trip with us which lasts for more than 24 hours and STA Travel combines two or more of the following travel services for the purposes of that trip: •

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• “Other travel services” (for example, tours or excursions) which account for a significant proportion of the value of the overall package; or (ii) we have sent your payment and contact details to a third party provider of these travel services and you enter into a contract with them for the same trip within 24 hours after agreeing a contract with us, then. 2.3 In all other cases, these Non-Package Terms will apply to your agreement with STA Travel. This includes cases where you have booked one of the travel services listed in paragraph 2.2 from STA Travel and then another from a third party (even if STA Travel has directed you to that third party).

3. YOUR AGREEMENT WITH US 3.1 These are the terms on which we will make a booking for your travel or holiday requirements. When making your booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the principal(s) or other supplier(s) (e.g. tour operator/ airline/cruise company/accommodation company) named on your receipt(s). In doing so, we act as an agent and accept no responsibility for the acts or omissions of the principal(s) or supplier(s) or for the services provided by them. 3.2 The principal’s(s’) or supplier’s (s’) Terms & Conditions will apply to your booking and we advise you to read these carefully as they do contain important information about your booking. Please ask us for copies of these if you do not have them. When you make a booking, you confirm that, as the lead name, you have the authority to accept and do accept, on behalf of your party, these terms and conditions and those of any other suppliers of travel services applicable to your booking. 3.3 Our Terms of Business are governed by English Law and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there and wish to do so. 3.4 By advertising the travel arrangements which we provide or sell and discussing them with you, we are not making an offer to sell those travel arrangements, but an invitation to you to make an offer to the suppliers of the arrangements. We are free to accept that offer on behalf of those suppliers or to reject it. A booking will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice.

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you. Once you have confirmed these details we will proceed to confirm the booking with the principal(s) or supplier(s). Please check that all names, dates and timings are correct on receipt of all documents and advise us of any errors immediately. Any changes to these details may incur charges. Please ensure that the names given are the same as in the relevant passport. 4.2 The booking information that you provide to us will be passed on only to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements or other persons necessary for the provision of your travel arrangements. You acknowledge that as part of your booking, we will process personal information that you provide to us about you and other members of your party (and you confirm that you have the right to provide us with personal information about other members of your party) for the purposes of performing our obligations in relation to your booking (which includes, but is not limited to, giving your personal information to airlines, other suppliers of travel services and public authorities (such as customs or immigration) (together “Travel Suppliers”) where this is required for the fulfilment of your arrangements). 4.3 The information may be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. This applies to any special category (sensitive) information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary and religious requirements. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you are travelling to the United States, the US Customs and Border Protection will receive this information for the purposes of preventing and combating terrorism and other transnational serious crimes. 4.4 If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. The protection of your personal information is important to us, please see our privacy policy (available at www.statravel.co.uk/general-policy. htm) for further details of how we use your information.

5. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION 5.1 Unlike the package holidays we sell, if you buy a single travel service from STA Travel this may not come with protection for your money. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. 5.2 If, after selecting and paying for one travel service, you book additional travel services for your trip or holiday via our company, you will NOT benefit from rights applying to packages under the Package Travel Regulations 2018. 5.3 Therefore, we will not be responsible for the proper performance of the individual travel services. In case of problems please contact the relevant service provider. 5.4 However, if you book any additional travel services during the same visit to or contact with our company, the travel services will become part of a linked travel arrangement. In that case we have, as required by the Package Travel Regulations, protection in place to refund your payments to us for services not performed because of our insolvency. Please note that this does not provide a refund in the event of the insolvency of the relevant service provider. 5.5 We have taken out insolvency protection with ABTA – The Travel Association (membership number V1958). You can contact ABTA – The Travel Association at 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ; claims@abta.co.uk; if services are denied because of our insolvency. Note: This insolvency protection does not cover contracts with parties other than with us, which can be performed despite our insolvency. You can find more information here: www.abta.com on the insolvency protection which STA Travel has in place. 5.6 A copy of the Package Travel Regulations can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/634/contents/made]

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6. DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT 6.1 We may at our discretion operate a low deposit scheme in respect of certain bookings. Under the low deposit scheme the price of your ticket will be guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit. Once the deposit is paid, any changes to your itinerary will incur change penalties or loss of deposit. The low deposit is non-transferable. Only available on new bookings. We will advise you of the date that full payment is required. 6.2 All prices shown are ‘from prices’ and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the products shown in our brochure. 6.3 STA Travel do not accept cash or personal cheques as a method of payment. No charge is made for payments made by credit or debit card. After full payment, if we are your Booking Agent or Airline Ticket Agent, the conditions of the contract with your airline or other supplier of travel services may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. We will pass on the details of any such increase to you and we will collect the additional amounts from you on behalf of the airline or other supplier of travel services (as their agent).

7. DOCUMENTATION 7.1 Our general practice is to send documents to our customers electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge an administration fee should you make a request for such documents to be sent as hard copy. 7.2 Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage etc.

8. CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES If we are your Booking Agent or Airline Ticket Agent, your contract with your airline or other supplier of travel services may permit them to cancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes to your booking, but we accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred which may result.

9. IMPORTANT NOTE CHANGES BEYOND OUR CONTROL 9.1 Compensation will not apply if a significant change is made for reasons beyond our control. These reasons include (but are not limited to): war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event. 9.2 If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you leave the UK, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given us your contact email address and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. We have no control over airline schedule changes and we accept no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes. After you have left the UK, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward flights you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly.

10. OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ARRANGEMENTS 10.1 Nothing in this section or elsewhere in these terms and conditions is intended to or shall operate to exclude our liability for performance of our obligations under the Package Travel Regulations and/or the ATOL Regulations. 10.2 In all circumstances, we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you (including, without limitation, unacceptable behaviour by you); or a third party unconnected with the provision of the


10.3 Except as otherwise stated in these terms and conditions, any relevant international convention and in cases involving death or injury caused by our negligence or fraud, we have no liability to you for the actual performance of the services by the other suppliers of travel services unless it is proved that we have breached our duty to select the suppliers with reasonable care and skill and damage to you has been caused as a result of that breach. 10.4 Please note that any other suppliers of travel services who provide services as part of your arrangement may also limit their liability to you. We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of the contract between you and us. As such, you are advised to read the terms and conditions of any other suppliers of travel services who are supplying services to you. 10.5 You can ask for copies of the suppliers’ terms and conditions, or the international conventions, from the relevant supplier or from us by contacting Customer Relations, STA Travel, St Georges House, 56 Peter Street, Manchester M2 3NQ. Or email your request to us at www.statravel.co.uk/ customer-services.htm.

11. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 11.1 Where a change to your travel arrangements is permitted and possible, STA Travel service fees apply in addition to any additional supplier charges. Please see the FAQ pages on www. statravel.co.uk for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the services purchased. Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other suppliers of travel services. Whilst we do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and other suppliers of travel services treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and cancellation charges apply. 11.2 Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or e-ticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as ‘noshow’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.

12. IF YOU CANCEL YOUR BOOKING 12.1 If you cancel your arrangements, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to any cancellation fees set out in any supplier of travel services’ terms and conditions (which may be 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements), we will also charge the cancellation fees outlined on your receipt. We need to receive written notification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher from you before any refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from the relevant supplier of travel services. Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer. 12.2 If the person paying for the booking (the paying customer) is different from the travelling customer, and the paying customer wishes to cancel or withdraw the funding of any booked tickets, STA Travel will notify the travelling customer of the paying customer’s funding withdrawal and give the travelling customer the option of continuing with the booking, subject to payment of the full cost of the travelling customer’s booked ticket by the travelling customer. If, following this notification, the travelling customer does not pay the full cost of his or her booked ticket, the booked ticket will be cancelled and the amount paid by the paying customer in relation to the

booked ticket will be refunded to the paying customer (subject to the relevant supplier of travel services’ terms and conditions and the provisions of previous paragraph of these terms and conditions). Any airline costs/charges associated with the cancellation will be deducted from the refund due to the paying customer. STA Travel will not charge a cancellation fee in these circumstances.

13. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT 13.1 Because the contract(s) for your travel arrangements is between you and the principal(s) or supplier(s), any queries or concerns relating to the travel arrangements should be addressed to them. If you have a problem whilst on holiday, this must be reported to the principal/supplier or their local supplier or agent immediately. If you fail to follow this procedure there will be less opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced or you may not receive any at all depending upon the circumstances. If you wish to complain when you return home, write to the principal/supplier. You will see the name and address plus contact details in any confirmation documents we send you. We will of course assist you with this if you wish - please contact us in the UK, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through www.statravel.co.uk/customer-services.htm. 13.2 If the matter cannot be resolved and it involves us or another ABTA Member then you have the option to use ABTA’s ADR scheme, approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, see www.abta.com. You can also access the European Commission Online Dispute (ODR) Resolution platform at http:// ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of notifying us of your complaint; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved.

14. PASSPORTS, VISA AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip. Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please note that these requirements may change between booking and departure. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Please take special note that for all air travel within the British Isles, airlines require photographic identification of a specific type. Please ask us for full details. We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances.

travel vaccinations, anti-malarials and expert advice as well as other services for your travel health needs. Locations, open hours and consultation appointments can be viewed/booked online at: www.statravelclinic.co.uk/. 16.4 It is your responsibility to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner over the course of your travels, including abiding by any local laws and by-laws. We reserve the right to immediately cancel any travel arrangements in the event of unruly behaviour towards airline/ hotel / supplier representatives or other guests and you will be liable in full for cancellation charges and the costs of purchasing replacement accommodation and air tickets.

17. EU NOTICE REQUIREMENTS 17.1 Under EU law (Regulation (EC) 2111/2005), we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/ modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm. We are also obliged to notify you of the airline(s) to be used in your booking. For details please see your booking confirmation or itinerary. You will be notified if any carrier changes as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Please note that a change of carrier is not considered to be a significant change to your arrangements. 17.2 Under EU law (Regulation (EC) 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from your airline. The airlines are responsible for compensating you in these circumstances. Please note that, if affected flights comprise part of a Package arranged on your behalf, any reimbursement from the airline under these regulations will not automatically entitle you to cancel and/or obtain a refund of your Package cost from us. Further information about your rights is available from the CAA www.caa.co.uk. Note: Prices are correct at time of print (Oct 2018) and subject to change. Photographical representation deemed accurate at time of print.

15. INSURANCE Travel insurance is an important part of your arrangements. You should take out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we can offer.

16. TRAVEL ADVICE AND VACCINATIONS 16.1 British Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk for all the countries you intend to visit. You should take advice about the health precautions you need to take prior to departure. 16.2 Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. Information on health and any vaccinations required to travel is available from your GP and on the Public Health England website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/publichealth-england. 16.3 Alternatively, the STA Travel Clinic offers a full range of

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WHY BUY STA TRAVEL INSURANCE OUR POLICIES ARE UNIQUE Designed by travellers for travellers. TRUSTED SINCE 1979 Last year, we insured over 40,000 travellers from the UK alone. 24/7/365 MEDICAL HELP Medical helpline and free remote access to a private UK GP online or by phone. PROTECTION BEFORE YOU LEAVE Cover for cancellation as soon as you’ve purchased your policy.* COVER FOR 100+ ACTIVITIES Skydiving, bungy jumping, zorbing – you name it! FLEXIBILITY ON THE ROAD If your travel plans change, so can your cover. Extend and upgrade cover while you’re away. Homesick? You can even return home once without invalidating your policy.^ LONG TERM COVER AVAILABLE Cover from four days up to two years. FREE COVER Benefit from 7 days free cover for winter sports on our single trip policies and 21 days on our annual policy. Get up to 5 days of cover for North America included at no extra cost on our premier policies. DISCOUNTS We offer up to 25% off group insurance policies. You can also get a 50% discount for children. Infants under two are covered for free.

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Annual Policies Likely to take more than one trip this year? Save money and hassle with our Annual cover. T  ake unlimited trips per year P  olicies are based on our most comprehensive cover – Premier or Premier Plus Includes travel to North America Includes 21 days FREE Winter Sports cover throughout the year

Students, Workers and Volunteers Our insurance is packed full of inclusions that are kind to students, workers and volunteers too, including: E  xam resit cover C  over for working and volunteering S  tudy abroad policies M  edical elective cover

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TAILOR YOUR POLICY Choose from four levels of cover and three geographical areas, and then tailor your policy with our range of add ons. NATURAL CATASTROPHE COVER Covers travel disruption in case of unexpected natural phenomena. MEDICAL EXCESS WAIVER Remove the £100 excess on medical claims. EXCESS REDUCTION Reduce the excess to £50 or remove it completely on our premier plus policy. GADGET COVER Want to cover your phone and laptop? Get up to £1000 of cover for up to two gadgets. HIGHER CANCELLATION COVER Increase your cover from £2000 to £5000 on our premier policy. PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS We consider all pre-existing medical conditions, and medical screening is available on our Standard, Premier and Premier Plus Single Trip and Annual Policies.

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