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THE ULTIMATE TOURING EXPERIENCE

SOUTH AMERICA 2019

EXCLUSIVE FULLY ESCORTED SMALL GROUP TOUR • Santiago • Nazca Lines • Ballestas Island • Lima • Cusco • Sacred Valley

• Machu Picchu • Iquitos • Paracas • Puno • Lake Titicaca

• Sun Island • Rio de Janeiro • Iguazu Falls • Buenos Aires • Luxury Amazon River Cruise

28 AMAZING DAYS - DEPARTS 31 MARCH 2019 ALL FLIGHTS, COMPREHENSIVE SIGHTSEEING, SPECIAL EVENTS & TIPS ARE INCLUDED


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SOUTH AMERICA outh America is one of the most fascinating destinations on Earth. Like the gold that

wooed the Spanish conquistadors to its shores, South America offers an abundance of riches and a rhythm that will resonate for a lifetime.

From the raw pulsating energy of Rio, the European sophistication of Buenos Aires and the mystery of long-lost civilisations in Peru, to the awe-inspiring peaks of the Andes and the steamy secrets hidden in the lush folds of the Amazon, South America is a continent of contrasts – alluring, intoxicating and unforgettable. Whether it be the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, the roar of Iguassu Falls or Rio’s exotic beach culture, a journey through South America is to see some of the most dramatic sights and scenery on Earth. Rich in Spanish and Portuguese colonial history and a mix of other European, African and indigenous Indian cultures, South America has a diversity and exotic flavour all its own. Here nature is at its finest and most spectacular, and the cities are among the most exciting and cosmopolitan in the world. Like the seduction of the Tango, South America’s treasures are best embraced up close and personally.


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Chile - Peru - Brazil - Argentina

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

South America’s Greatest Cultural, Historic & Scenic Wonders BUENOS AIRES • Gaucho Fiesta Day on the Pampas – Folkloric Performances • La Boca, Italian Waterfront and outdoor arts area • Historic Plaza de Mayo Square & fashionable Recoleta • Famous Dinner and Tango Show RIO DE JANEIRO • Spectacular Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains • Copocabana, Ipanema, Leblon, San Conrado & Barra beaches • Brazilian BBQ, and Samba Carnivale Show • Favela Jeep Tour IGUASSU FALLS • Both Argentinian and Brazilian Falls Boardwalks • Spectacular Boardwalk to the ‘Devils Throat’ • Macuco Speedboat Adventure into the heart of the Falls • Stunning Bird Park LIMA • Presidential Palace, Plaza de Armas and Old Colonial City • Casa Aliaga (oldest colonial house), Church of San Pedro, UNESCO buildings CUSCO • Colourful Indian Markets and Sacred Valley of the Incas • Ollantaytambo, Fortress Sacsayhuanan and other Inca Ruins • Salt Mines and agricultural terraces of Maras and Moray • Cathedrals and Colonial Art treasures of Cusco Town Square • Music and Markets of the Quechua speaking Inca descendants MACHU PICCHU • Urubamba vistadome Rail Journey to ‘Lost City of the Incas’ • Full day visit to the famous ruins • 2 nights in the mountain village of Aquas Calientes LAKE TITICACA • One of the highest lakes in the world • Visit Uros floating reed islands and Sun Island • Orient Express Andean Explorer luxury train journey NAZCA LINES & BALLESTAS ISLANDS • Flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines • Wildlife of Ballestas Islands - birds, sea lions and fur seals AMAZON RIVER CRUISE • Local Indian village visits, Amazon Forest Walks, Piranha fishing • Bird and Caimen spotting excursions • Frontier jungle town of Iquitos


Day 1 - Sun 31 Mar Australia/Buenos Aires We depart Australia today, flying with LAN to Santiago, and onto Buenos Aires, Argentina. We arrive into Buenos Aires this afternoon at 4.40pm. Proceed to our centrally located hotel. Accommodation: Recoleta Grand. Meals Included: In flight Meals. Day 2 - Mon 1 Apr Buenos Aires Argentina is a passionate land of contradictions, from the cosmopolitan elegance of Buenos Aires to the macho traditions of the gauchos (cowboys) of the pampas plains; from the flirtatious seduction of the Tango to a colourful and timeless immigration history. The passion for life spills from the myriad cafes, theatres, boulevards and parks of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is a city with its own unique style, wide treelined boulevards, a combination of baroque, neo-classical and modern architecture, numerous cafes and restaurants, and vast green parks. Buenos Aires is also the home city of Pope Francis. The Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century. The 1940’s and the 1950’s saw the emergence of Peronism at the hands of Juan Peron and his wife Evita. Today Buenos Aires has the feel of a cosmopolitan European city, home to more than 11 million people. We start today tour with an exploration of Recoleta neighborhood.

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The influences from the Italian, Spanish, French and British become tangible as you drive by wide boulevards, elegant homes, fashionable shops and art museums. You follow the footsteps of Eva Peron in Recoleta’s cemetery. Our morning tour takes us to Plaza de Mayo, the historical heart of the city and witness to the most important events in Argentinean history. We visit old San Telmo residence of the ‘portena’ aristocracy up to the 19C, with renovated colonial homes where now artists and artisans live. Caminito Street is the heart of the Boco Italian Quarter where houses are painted vibrant blue, yellow, orange, red and green. We will visit La Boca’s outdoor museum of sculptures and paintings. Free time is scheduled so you can shop, and lunch in this colourful area. We continue our tour after lunch. We visit one of the most spectacular libraries in the world and stop at one of the most magnificent cafes from Buenos Aires Belle Époque, Café Tortoni, where you can purchase an afternoon coffee. This evening we visit a typical Tango House for a special dinner and Tango Show. Argentines are very fond of music and dancing, and this is the birthplace of the famous Tango. Prepare yourself for a beautiful dinner, wines, and a show of passionate dancing and music. Welcome to Argentina! Accommodation: Recoleta Grand Meals: Breakfast/Dinner and Tango Show. Drinks included.

Day 3 - Tue 2 Apr Buenos Aires In the morning we visit PalermoSoho. This is an iconic neighborhood of cobblestone streets named after its New York counterpart. PalmeroSoho is host to chic boutiques opened by young designers, art galleries, cafes and unique shops. We have a relaxing day being entertained at an Argentinean country residence ‘Santa Susana’ Ranch on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The flat and rich pampas plains around this capital city are an ocean of crops and pasture – home of the Gaucho riders, skilled exponents of the lasso with an expert reputation as a cattle herder. The Gauchos maintain their creole traditions and the unique art of roasting the most delicious beef in the world. After one hour’s drive you arrive and will be greeted with a fresh baked empanada and a glass of wine. We will enjoy the traditional songs and dances of these Argentinean cowboys whilst we enjoy lunch. It’s a full day fiesta, including a barbeque lunch (all you can eat) and drinks (all you can drink). We have the chance to see the legendary horsemanship skills of the Gauchos at work. You can ride with the Gauchos, take carriage rides, and visit the home-turned museum, filled with the family’s furniture, gadgets and clothes from the past, and the small chapel. Accommodation: Recoleta Grand Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with wine/ beer/soft drinks. www.travelmasters.com.au

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Day 4 - Wed 3 Apr Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Today we take our flight to Rio de Janeiro arriving at 12.20pm. Covering more than half of South America, a raw energy vibrates through the whole of Brazil. And nowhere more so than Rio, where the senses are heightened, and inhibitions can be set free. Rio is surely the world’s most spectacular city. We have a most spectacular view of Copacabana Beach from our hotel’s roof top pool and bar. We spend the afternoon at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio’s best-known landmarks. A cable car takes us to the top of Sugar Loaf offering panoramic views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. Sugar Loaf is God’s gift to the picture postcard industry!

Day 5 - Thu 4 Apr Rio De Janeiro Sweeping along a narrow strip of land between beaches and steeply doomed mountains, Rio’s beauty is undeniable. Locals say God made the world in six days – the seventh day he devoted to Rio! Views of the city from the 11-story statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning Mt Corcovado are simply awesome, while Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are like cities in themselves – ‘Manhattan in Bikinis’. Despite its beauty, Rio has some 10 million people, one of the most densely populated places on earth – and the locals pursue pleasure like nowhere else. This morning we make the pilgrimage to the top of Corcovado (709m high) and stand beneath the giant 30 metre statue of Christ the Redeemer to enjoy one of the worlds truly legendary Join Julie (our Tour Manager) for sunset drinks in a beach sights. Corcovado rises from the Tijuca Rainforest which café, just across the road from our hotel, where you can sit surrounds the city – the largest urban forest in the world, and enjoy a coffee, cold drink, wine or beer and observe the green lung of the city. We travel to the top by cog wheel the passing parade of hawkers, musicians and entertaining train, constructed by Swiss engineers, passing through locals. You will immediately feel at home in Rio! lovely parts of the forest with panoramic views of the city. To introduce you to Brazilian cuisine, dinner will be served at Fogo de Chao. Brazil is a country of meat-lovers, prides itself on its churrascarias (steakhouse). Tonight, you will have a special dining experience at one of the best, Fogo de Chao. There is also a sumptuous buffet of gourmet salads and fresh-cut vegetables and traditional side dishes. Accommodation: Porto Bay Rio International Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Brazilian Dinner.

We have a traditional Brazilian buffet lunch at Confeiteria Colombo. A living portrait of the Belle Époque in Rio, the Confeitaria Colombo still retains much of its Art Nouveau charm dating back to the beginning of the century. Tonight, we experience a traditional Samba Show. This is a great night, watching a vibrant performance of authentic Brazilian dance styles, including samba, bossa nova and lambada joined by a live band and singers. Accommodation: Porto Bay Rio International Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Buffet Lunch.

Day 6 - Fri 5 Apr Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls On our morning tour, we experience the Favelas (slum area) of Rio. This will give us a better understanding of Brazilian society. We return to our hotel and later this afternoon join our 4pm flight to World Heritage Iguassu Falls – the world’s greatest waterfall. After arriving at our hotel right at the falls, we relax and enjoy this fine hotel, whilst listening to the jungle sounds of the jungle surrounding the hotel. The Falls are located in Iguassu National Park, forming a natural border between Brazil and Argentina. By staying at the Das Cataratas Hotel as hotel guests we have exclusive sunset and sunrise access of the Falls as the hotel is inside the Park and located alongside the falls. Accommodation: Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel Meals: Breakfast.


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Day 7 - Sat 6 Apr Iguassu Falls During our stay we will visit both the Argentina and the Brazilian side of the Falls. The majority of the falls (approx. 80%) are on the Argentina side of the park covering an area 550km2. We drive across the border to the Argentina side of the falls for the view from a walkway a mere 4m above the waters, and pause at the edge of the Devils Throat, the largest and most fierce part of the Falls. We enjoy a walk along the trails. This trail has six viewpoints with panoramic views of the Falls. A boardwalk bridge (2200m round trip) takes us out and over the Iguassu River and small islands ending at the mighty Devil’s Throat. The Devil’s Throat is 150m (490ft) wide and the tallest of all the falls having a height of 82m (270ft). The walking bridge goes right out to the head of the falls, so be prepared for plenty of spray. This afternoon we visit the Brazilian side of the Falls which are very close to our hotel. After breathtaking views from the observation deck, we use the walkway to get almost within touching distance helicopter flights over the Falls of these tremendous falls. for those who wish to take this flight. The Helicopter pad is directly To further enhance our Iguassu Falls opposite from the Bird Park. experience we take you for a boat Highly recommended it is around trip under the Falls. The tour starts USD140.00 per person. The ten in the Brazilian Iguassu National minute helicopter rides high above Park with a ride through the jungle the falls, and gives you a unique, in open jeep-towed vehicles, where bird’s eye view of this stunning orchids, bromeliads and butterflies landscape. Late this afternoon, we can be seen. We descent to board a join our flight to Lima. twin engine inflatable boat to cruise Accommodation: Doubletree El into the canyons, shoot several small Pardo by Hilton Hotel rapids, before arriving at the base of Meals: Breakfast. the Falls, where you will probably get quite wet! You will experience awe- Day 9 - Mon 8 Apr inspiring views of rainbow arcs and Lima the roaring falls against a backdrop of This morning we enjoy a tour of verdant rainforest. Peru’s capital city, Lima, founded by Accommodation: Belmond Das Francisco Pizaro in 1534. Many of Cataratas Hotel the beautiful old colonial buildings Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. remain. The heart of the city is the Plaza Mayor, a colourful public square Day 8 - Sun 7 Apr flanked by the Government Palace, Iguassu Falls, and onto Lima, Peru the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s This morning we visit one of the best Palace and other amazingly beautiful Bird Parks in the world, and you will buildings. The Plaza Mayor is linked be amazed at how close you can get to Plaza San Martin by a pedestrian to the birds, the magnificence of their mall. Since the 1920’s Lima has colour and number. It is one of the struggled to contain a population very best bird park experiences. explosion of largely poorer, rural folk migrating to the capital searching for Julie, your Travel Masters Tour a better life. Shanty towns surround Manager will organise optional the capital today. Our sightseeing

LIMA tour starts with Lima’s historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As you tour the main plaza and Plaza San Martin it is hard not to wonder about its diverse architecture. The San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded here in 1551. We then head to Casa Aliago, the oldest colonial house in Latin America. It has been owned by the family Aliaga and their descendants since Francisco Pizarro granted this ancient temple to one of his followers, Jeronimo de Aliago in 1535. It features a series of salons that represent life in Lima in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Other places of interest in our sightseeing tour include Lima’s baroque Church of San Pedro, built in grand style by the Jesuits in 1638 and also one of the country’s finest buildings. We then enjoy a mouth-watering three course lunch with wine at a fabulous seafood restaurant in a beautiful ocean-front setting. The Rosa Nautica is one of Lima’s finest seafood restaurants. This unique restaurant in Victorian style is set on the water with view of the Pacific Ocean as well as the cliffs and provides the scenic location to enjoy a leisurely lunch. www.travelmasters.com.au

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In the afternoon we visit the Larco Museum, show-casing the legacy of pre-Inca cultures and the context in which they developed. The museum’s didactic galleries have been renovated in 2010, offering a detailed look at 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art and have been displayed in the world’s most renowned museums. Artifacts finely wrought in gold and decorated with semi-precious stones are tastefully exhibited in new rooms that are the collection’s highlight. The Museum itself is an attraction, since the colonial mansion housing the exhibition, was built on top of a preInca pyramid from the 7th century. Accommodation: Doubletree El Pardo by Hilton Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Rosa Nautica Lunch with drinks.

Day 10 - Tue 9 Apr Lima to Paracas Today we travel the Pan American Highway in our luxury air-conditioned coach to Paracas. This will be a fascinating drive as we first pass many of the slum areas of Lima, and then drive through a coastal arid region before reaching the rich agricultural areas of Ica and Paracas. The Paracas National reserve, a 280,000-hectare coastal park includes a conglomeration of hills, desert and islands. Wildlife is everywhere in this stunning reserve, particularly the bird colonies and sea creatures on the islands.

On the way, we enjoy a delightful lunch in a historic country house, the Hacienda San Jose, a seventeenth century building that has been declared Cultural Heritage in 1970. Located in the district of El Carmen, in Chincha, just a three hour drive south of Lima, this country house is definitely one of the hidden historic gems in South Peru. Chincha’s AfroPeruvian culture goes way back to the 17th century, when contingents of slaves from Africa were brought to pick cotton and sugar. The black presence in El Carmen remains strong today and is reflected at its best in the folk music, dances and gastronomy. The Hacienda San Jose is surrounded by green gardens and a beautiful pool. We visit its lovely church and the catacombs, before arriving at our sea-side hotel at about 4.30pm. Accommodation: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day 11 - Wed 10 Apr Nasca Lines, Balletas Islands, Paracas This Morning we drive to El Chaco pier and take a boat ride to Balletas Island to view the amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. From our speed-boat we also see, carved into the highest point in the cliffs above Paracas Bay, the Candelabra, the famous candlestick design – from the Nazca civilization time, it is etched into the desert face. On this morning boat trip you will see more birds than you can possibly imagine. The rocky landscape is simply covered in more than 60 species of sea-birds, including the Humboldt penguin. There are usually many sea lions to be sighted.

Your second highlight for today will be the fascinating flight over the Nasca Lines. One of the great mysteries of South America. The Nazca Lines are a series of animal figures and geometric shapes, none repeated and some measuring up to 300m across. They have been preserved for more than 2000 years. There are 11 major figures, decipherable only from the air, including the hummingbird, a monkey, spider, pelican, condor and a whale, plus the mysterious astronaut, and various triangles and trapezoids. This will be one of the strangest and most unforgettable sights in South America you visit. Additionally, you will fly over the Palpa Lines, the recently discovered drawings near Ocucaje left by the Paracas culture and the archaeological complex built by the Nazca culture in Cahuachi. After our flights, we have free time in the quaint sea-side town of Pisco, for personal exploration, lunch and shopping. Accommodation: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas Hotel. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 12 - Thu 11 Apr Paracas, Lima and onto Cusco We are hoping Lan will operate their direct flight from Paracas to Lima but failing that we will travel by coach back along the Pan American highway to Lima. Here we join a 5.30pm flight to Cusco. The archaeological capital of the Americas, and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. We suggest you relax in your hotel this evening as you acclimatize to the higher altitude. Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Hotel. Meals: Breakfast. Inflight Snack.


Day 13 - Fri 12 Apr The Sacred Valley Today we board our comfortable coach and head down the valley, so we acclimatize at a lower altitude. We then drive through the scenic landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with is spectacular beauty. We have several stops along the way for photographs. We stop and visit a wildlife park, to see up close, the magnificent Condor bird, llamas and alpacas. We visit the famous Pisac markets. Colonial Pisac is a quiet Andean village renowned for its colourful markets. The plaza is full of local Indians selling produce, weavings, alpaca sweaters and souvenirs, just as they have done for centuries. Or if observing and shopping for handicrafts is not your thing, you can rest in one of the many bars, cafes and enjoy a beer with the locals. The freshly baked empanadas are delicious. We arrive at Sol Y Luna for lunch. This countryside restaurant provides high quality Cusqueno-style barbecue for lunch, followed by a fabulous Peruvian Pasco horse show. Accommodation: Sol y Luna Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 14 - Sat 13 Apr Moray, Moras - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) We continue our coach journey through stunning scenery to Moray and Moras. The Incas created huge circular agricultural terraces at Moray, built inside sink holes on a limestone plateau overlooking the Urubamba Valley. It has been suggested that they have a cosmological meaning, but their function other than as an experiment in agriculture remains a mystery. Today we visit these agricultural terraces and the nearby age-old terraced salt pans that sit below the old colonial town of Maras – an amazing sight. Early afternoon, we travel by vista dome train (1 hour 30 mins), following the Urumba through the steep sided gorges to

Day 16 - Mon 15 Apr Aguas Calientes - Ollanta - Cusco This morning we travel by vista dome train into Ollanta. Ollanta is the oldest fully continually inhabited town in South America, former capital of the Inca Empire. We explore the village and admire the Inca site of Ollantaytambo, one of Day 15 - Sun 14 Apr the few places where the Spaniards Machu Picchu lost a battle. The village is built From Aguas Calientes we are on traditional Inca foundations, transported by mini coach on the providing archaeologists with one Hiram Bingham Highway, 700 metres of the last surviving examples of too the top of Machu Picchu, one Inca city planning. A fortress temple of the world’s best known and most is at the top of the magnificent spectacular archaeological sites terracing. Transporting the rocks for – the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ – the the building from 6kms away was a most renowned example of Inca stupendous feat, involving the labour architecture, surrounded by cloud of thousands of Indians. forest. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911. We rejoin our coach in Ollanta and head back into Cusco. En route we Our guide this morning will help visit a local Peruvian weaving village us understand and appreciate the for a demonstration of the weaving air of grandeur and mystery that is techniques used in the Andean uniquely Machu Picchu as we explore highlands for centuries. Chinchero the site. There are now new rules in is renowned for the production of place for visiting Machu Picchu and textiles done on backstrap looms. You after our guided tour we must leave watch as wool is carded, spun, and the mountain and return to Aguas dyed and learn about the different Calientes. This afternoon you can techniques used to create belts, spend time in Aguas Calientes - a ponchos and shawls. This evening is great place to spend time. Squeezed at leisure in Cusco, one of the most between towering mountains, the colourful and interesting cities in village has interesting restaurants, a South America, and the hub of Inca town plaza, hot springs, local markets civilization. Our Tour Manager, Julie and the wonderful Indian culture of will invite you on an early evening the Peruvian Andes. orientation walk and introduce you Accommodation: El Mapi Inka Terra to her favourite restaurants. The Hotel. night lights of Cusco are fascinating Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. and beautiful. Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Train snack. Aquas Calientes, the closest village to Machu Picchu. We stay 2 nights in this delightful mountain village at the foot of Machu Picchu. Accommodation: El Mapi Inka Terra Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Train snack, Dinner.

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Day 17 - Tue 16 Apr Cusco This morning we explore the major sites of interest in Cusco. We visit the famed cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th century Cusco Painting School. We continue to Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. The largest stones used in its construction are nearly 8.5m high and weigh 360 tons, fitting so perfectly together that a single piece of paper would not fit between two stones. The afternoon is yours to explore and enjoy the cultural and historic wonders around the heart of the city. Avenida Sol is the main business street of Cusco. The narrow streets around the Plaza de Armas have changed little in centuries, many are now for pedestrians only. The picturesque Plaza has colonial arcades on all sides. The magnificently ornate Cathedral and the Church of La Compania dominate two sides of the Plaza, which proudly display both the Peruvian and Inca flags. You might like to take a taxi to the art deco area of San Blas and explore the quaint alleys filled with art. This evening we have a fabulous folklore show with dinner at a local restaurant. The show offers an insight into Peruvian dance and folklore. After the show, you can enjoy an impressive view of Cusco’s illuminated main square as you take a leisurely walk back to the hotel. Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner and Show.

Day 18 - Wed 17 Apr Cusco to Lake Titicaca by train Our spectacular rail journey today begins in historic Cusco and travels south to the city of Puno, on the shores of beautiful Lake Titicaca. This train journey cuts across the formidable Peruvian Altiplano. The first half of the full day journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which towers over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuna and alpaca can be seen in large numbers. The observation car with bar will provide the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful changing scenery. A gourmet lunch with wine will be served on board. Traditional dances and music will be presented during the journey to make the special train experience complete. Accommodation: Libertador Lago Titicaca Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Train Lunch and Afternoon tea. Day 19 - Thu 18 Apr Lake Titicaca/Floating Islands of the Uros Indians Lake Titicaca is one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and the largest freshwater lake on the continent of South America. Today, we enjoy an excursion to the unusual floating islands of the Uros Indians. Made of the

totora reeds, the islands were constructed as a defensive measure to enable them to be moved should a threat arise. We experience the lifestyle of the Uros Indians. Scattered all around Lake Titicaca you will find chulpas, gargantuan white stone towers up to 12m in height in which the Colla tribe, who dominated the region before the Incas, buried their dead. We then proceed by local Tuk Tuks to visit downtown Puno. You have leisure time to explore the cafes and shops along the pedestrian mall, and perhaps take the opportunity to visit the huge blackmarket stalls. Accommodation: Libertador Lago Titicaca Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 20 - Fri 19 Apr Lake Titicaca/Sun Island/Copacabana/Bolivia We drive along the south side of Lake Titicaca to the ancient shrine of Copacabana, on the boundary between Peru and Bolivia. On the way, we pass though the towns of Juli and Pomata, whose churches are jewels of colonial architecture. Once in Copacabana we visit its church and board a catamaran to the mythic Sun Island. According to legend the Inca couple Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo appeared here to found the Empire of the Sun. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain then the Inti Wata Cultural Complex. The complex features the Ekako Underground Museum and an interesting demonstration of Andean crops, medicinal herbs and Andean fauna. Activities at Sun Island today include a traditional Kallawaya shaman’s ceremony, a visit to the Titicaca reed shipbuilders display centre and a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional reed vessel visiting the Pikokaina Inca Palace ruins. Buffet lunch will be served on board. We return to Copacabana and then transfer back to our lakeside hotel in Puno. Accommodation: Liberador Lago Titicaca Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day 21 - Sat 20 Apr Puno - Juliaca - Iquitos We leave the lake and Puno and travel to the Juliaca town and airport. Here we join our flight to Lima and onto Iquitos in the Amazon jungle. Half of Peru is in the Amazon basin, and Iquitos is Peru’s largest jungle city. Founded in the 1750’s as a Jesuit Mission, it is the largest city in the Amazon without road links. In the late 1900’s it was a rubber boomtown, and signs of the opulence still exist. The people are friendly and easy going. Accommodation: Doubletree Iquitos by Hilton Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Inflight snack.


SOUTH AMERICA Day 22 - Sun 21 Apr Iquitos - Maranon River Early morning visit to the Belem market using tuk tuks to and from the hotel, followed by motorized boat trip around the floating village to observe everyday life in the Amazon region. We will travel over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kms away. Nauta is literally the end of the road’ where you will embark the Delfin II - your luxury river ship. Along the way, you will see vibrant “terra firma”(non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Maranon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. We enjoy a VIP welcome at a private port along the shores of the Maranon river. Aboard Delfin II, you will be served by qualified staff who will introduce you to your exquisite suite, complete with orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100 percent pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers which are all framed with a spacious private terrace, offering the best views. While the Delfin begins its initial navigation, we can enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation deck. The bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brady liquor of Peru. Our Naturalist guide will give us an overview of our journeys schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background, and other useful information. Accommodation: Delfin II. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 23 - Mon 22 Apr Belluda Cano Creek - Dorado River Early this morning, we board one of the skiffs and start to explore some amazing tributaries of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. We are always on the lookout for pink and grey river dolphins. In the afternoon, myriad bird species, colourful butterflies and insects will be part of our afternoon excursion. The bio-diversity is outstanding, and we will be entertained by the troops of noisy monkeys making their way along the river shores. As night falls, we will encounter a whole new world of adventure. Accommodation: Delfin II Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 24 - Tue 23 Apr Clavero Lake - Yarapa River On board the aluminum skiff we will go deep into the rainforest and discover the amazing variety of flora and fauna. There will be an opportunity to exchange the skiff for kayaks and paddle along the Yarapa River. The sounds of the jungle are best heard without the noise of boat motors. We visit the community of Puerto Miguel where we meet local villagers. We step into a typical school house where the children are very happy to have visitors and stop by an area to see the women of this community who have the most amazing arts and craft market. Back on board, the top deck is the place to be, as the Amazon can offer the most amazing and colourful sunsets. Accommodation: Delfin II. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day 25 - Wed 24 Apr Nauta - Accobia - Iquitos - Lima We return to Nauta and return to the city of Iquitos. On our way back, we will visit the Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre of River Mammals where we will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered list. There will be an opportunity for you to pet and feed these docile manatees. We then join our Lan flight back to Lima. Accommodation: Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, Lima. Meals: Breakfast. www.travelmasters.com.au

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Day 26 - Thu 25 Apr Lima - Santiago, Chile This morning we join our morning flight to Santiago. Santiago, Chile’s capital city and cultural and economic centre of the nation occupies a spectacular basin at the foot of some of the highest peaks in the Andes. Santiago de Chile is a modern and bustling city almost 16 million inhabitants and was founded by the Spaniards almost 500 years ago. Our afternoon tour takes us to some of the places where the story started in 1541 and how it has evolved with different styles and influences.

Ocean. But Valparaiso is also known for its bohemian spirit of its people and the street art that decorate its wall. Touring this UNESCO site on foot is the best way to discover its real charm as a city of art. Your tour will start in the centre (known as El Plan) before taking one of the historic funiculars up into the hills to visit the picturesque neighborhoods of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepcion.

Our sightseeing starts with driving downtown along Parque Forrestal, a French style park with a wide variety of trees that runs along Mapocho River. We drive through the heart of downtown to Plaza de Armas (main square), the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. It is surrounded by some important and spectacular buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Hall, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. We visit the beautiful Santiago racecourse in the suburbs of this intriguing city, before exploring the new and developing suburbs of Santiago. Accommodation: Doubletree, El pardo Hilton Meals: Breakfast.

We stroll past the sprawling mansions built for Valparaiso’s wealthy merchants as we learn about the city’s role in the Chilean economy in the 19th century and how it slowly faded after the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. We return to Santiago, and later this evening, transfer to the airport for our flight to Australia. Accommodation: Late check out Meals: Breakfast.

Day 27 - Fri 26 Apr Valparaiso, Santiago and flight to Australia We head westwards and visit the oldest port in Chile, Valparaiso. Valpo is a city with its own style. Incredibly steep cobblestone streets on the hillsides are lined with colourful century-old houses that overlook the Pacific

Day 28 - Sat 27 Apr Santiago/Australia We cross the international dateline, arrive into Auckland, New Zealand and onto Australia. We bid farewell to our travelling companions. Day 29 - Sun 28 Apr Welcome home!

Santiago

Valparaiso


SOUTH AMERICA

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS We invite you to extend your tour.

HOLIDAY EXTENSIONS The choice is yours. ASK US FOR FULL DETAILS

GALAPAGOS ISLAND EXPEDITION CRUISING

CUBA - 9 DAYS HAVANA TRINIDAD - CIENFUEGOS - VINALES PINAR DEL RIO - HAVANA

8 days/7 Nights

9 days/8 Nights

Located 965 kms from the mainland of Ecuador, South America are the Galapagos Islands. A magical place like none other on earth. These islands are a living laboratory of evolution and are home to some of the world’s rarest species. Marine and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, fur seals, penguins, sea lions, as well as the giant tortoise, all mingle and co-exist freely as they have done for thousands of years. Combine your South America holiday with a luxury 4 night cruise and explore this incredible eco-system. Daily excursions led by experienced naturalist guides include island visits, guided hikes, beach walks, snorkeling, swimming and much more.

Cuba is the most populated country in the Caribbean, famous for its cigars, rum, Fidel Castro, Salsa, Classic Cars. UNIQUE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF CUBA. Visit Havana, Vinales Valley, Santa Clara, Trinidad, Cienfuegos. The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba boasts spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage as well as some of the world’s best beaches. Steeped in the history of Spanish colonialism and post-war revolution, the grandeur of Cuba’s rich culture is expressed in its vibrant cities and spectacular scenery. Come and experience the contrasts of magnificent mountain ranges and deep valleys, fertile plains of tobacco and coffee, and experience an enthusiast Cuban welcome wherever you go. Discover the UNESCO world heritage listed cities of Havana and Trinidad, learn to dance the Salsa, visit the Museum of the Revolution and Che Guevara’s Memorial and explore the picturesque Vinales Valley on this comprehensive 9 day/8 night tour.

SALTA (Northern Argentina) ATACAMA DESERT (Chile)

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of the most colourful regions of South America, stunning mountain colours, spectacular scenery. Fly from Buenos Aires to Salta. Visit world Cultural and Natural Heritage (UNESCO) sites, Humahuaca Gorge, marveling at the magnificient views, villages and fascinating cultures. Visit Purmamarca, with its Hill of Seven Colours. Visit Maimara, a village at the foot of the dreamy Paleta del Pintor (Painters Palette). Visit Uquia with its famous 17th century church. Visit Salinas Grandes, a huge salt flat. Continue over the mountain range into Chile and the colourful Atacama Desert. See Geysers, salt covered mountains, ancient art, and much more. With its jagged, rust-coloured, vast white salt pans, volcano topped horizons, the Atacama Desert is like no place imaginable. Fly to Santiago. Price on application, as the itinerary can be personally tailored for you.

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S N O I S U L C N I & S T S TOUR CO All-inclusive quality escorted touring ex Australia

28 Day Escorted Small Group Tour Departing: 31 March 2019

Returning: 27 April 2019

COST: $21,700 per person/twin share (ex Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne) Business Class (on International flights only) Please request costs. Single Supplement: $5,145

INCLUSIONS (NO HIDDEN EXTRAS): Economy Class international airfare VISIT GREAT CITIES • Santiago, Rio de Janeiro • Buenos Aires & Lima EXPLORE HISTORICAL INCA SITES • Cusco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo & Sacred Valley of the Incas • Heart of the Inca Culture

and ticket taxes, ex Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne - Economy Class domestic flights throughout South America - Accommodation in superior and deluxe class hotels in safe, central locations, all chosen for location and quality - 3 nights on board the Delfin II in Picture Window Cabins, with all meals, tipping and excursions - All train travel as per itinerary - Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per itinerary, welcome drinks at all hotels. Gratuities for all included activities - Private transfers and tours with an exclusive coach, as indicated in the itinerary. Expert Local EnglishSpeaking Guides throughout - Hotel Porterage of one average size suitcase per person - All admission fees on tours. One bottle of water per person each day. Our Tour Manager travels with you from Australia and back to Australia.

EXPERIENCE GREAT TRAIN JOURNEYS • Cusco to Lake Titicaca • Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu & return EXPERIENCE THE AMAZING AMAZON JUNGLE • Onboard South America’s deluxe river ship Delfin II - 4 magical & memorable days • Village visits and exotic culture DISCOVER THE WORLD’S MOST AMAZING WATERFALL • Both Argentinian and Brazilian sides from walkways above and the river below • Enjoy exclusive sunrise and sunset access to the Falls LAKE TITICACA • One of world’s most famous lakes, visit the Uros floating • Reed Village and Sun Island EXPERIENCE • Sensuous samba & tango, Andean folkloric performances & Argentinean Gaucho • Fiesta – all the colour & excitement

Don’t book anything until you’ve checked these facts out! OUR TRAVEL MASTERS TOUR OFFERS ALL THIS & MORE! 1. Is the tour escorted from Australia so you get airport assistance all the way? Does your tour cost include the flights to and from Australia? 2. Does your tour have a genuine Amazon cruise experience? That’s the most memorable, photographic and unique experience in South America. 3. Check the number, scope and variety of destinations included - Make sure you overnight at Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), don’t miss the famous Nazca Lines and Paracas Wildlife Reserve. Does your tour include the fabulous art city of Santiago? 4. What about the quality? Is your accommodation centrally-located deluxe properties throughout, so you can be in the best possible condition to appreciate this amazing destination? Does the tour go to Lake Titicaca by all-day coach, or via a deluxe rail trip? Where are your meals when away from the hotels? Are they in atmospheric locations, providing pleasurable ambience? 5. How much is included in the cost? Is comprehensive sightseeing included in the cost? Are you limited to just one tour per day, or perhaps sightseeing on a cost basis? How many meals are included? 6. Does your tour include bottled water every day and a welcome drink at each hotel? Examine the options because this is a major expenditure and you’ll probably only be there once in your life! Choose the BEST VALUE deluxe South American holiday. Don’t miss anything! OUR TOUR OFFERS ALL THIS & MORE AN ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE!


QUALITY ACCOMMO

DATION

Recoleta Grand, Buenos Aires Featuring a spa, a fitness centre, a pool and a restaurant, Recoleta Grand offers plush accommodation in the upscale Recoleta district. Porto Bay Rio Internacional (Lateral Ocean View Rooms) Facing the world-famous Copacabana Beach. The hotel prides itself on its efficient staff and service. The hotel highlight is the rooftop pool and bar, with panoramic views of Copacabana Beach.

Recoleta Grand Hotel

Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu Falls Located right alongside the Iguassu Falls, Das Cataratas is the only hotel in the Iguassu National Park. Just a two minute stroll from the falls, guests have exclusive access to the falls each morning and night, prior to the National Park opening to the public. Doubletree, El pardo Hilton, Lima El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton Lima Hotel offers 241 recently renovated rooms and suites, all boasting Sweet Dreams beds to ensure a deluxe night’s rest. Enjoy amenities including hotel’s sparkling indoor pool on the 11th floor, featuring a sundeck with city views; fitness centre and hotel bar, where you can enjoy a “Pisco Sour”, Peruvian national drink. La Hacienda Bahia Paracas, Paracas The Hacienda Bahia Paracas Hotel is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. The restaurant, El Coral, offers the best view of the bay.

Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel

Aranwa Cusco Boutique, Cusco Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. It is built in a colonial mansion of the 16th century. Sol y Luna, Urubamba, Peru You will be accommodated in cozy ‘casita’ houses made of local stone and decorated individually. Gardens filled with flora native to the Sacred Valley surround each of these forty-three private sanctuaries and all face the Andes Mountains where the Incas believed their gods dwelled. El Mapi Inka Terra Hotel, Machu Picchu Situated in the heart of Machu Picchu town, the stylish El MaPi offers contemporary rooms. Great location.

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Libertador Lago, Lake Titicaca Located on Esteves Island, this 5-star hotel offers panoramic views over Lake Titicaca from the Andes to Bolivia. It features a spa with a hot tub and sauna and free Wi-Fi connection. Doubletree, Iquitos by Hilton Located in downtown Iquitos and only 13 minutes from Coronel Francisco Secada Vignetta Airport, Doubletree by Hilton Iquitos has impressive solid glass and concrete architecture. You can enjoy the indoor swimming pool, gym and fine international cuisine.

Libertador Lago, Lake Titicaca

Plaza San Francisco Hotel, Santiago This plush hotel lies in a vibrant, downtown area of Santiago, with 146 rooms featuring elegant wood furnishings. Amenities include a sophisticated restaurant, a cozy bar and a terrace with city views. www.travelmasters.com.au

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DELFIN II - AMAZON RIVER SHIP Our comfortable home on the Amazon River for four memorable days Delfin II has 14 large guest suites include 4 Master Suites with 180° panoramic windows, and 10 Suites, 4 of which can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each with movie screen sized windows and natural elements, they offer all the comforts provided by world class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with us. The dining room, observation deck and lounge, bar, entertainment center, and library are the ideal gathering places for all guests. New to the Delfin II are the additions of an exercise space, spa, and lecture/presentation room.

DECK LOUNGE

Delfin II is proud to have a completely new enclosed Lecture Room. This presentation room is equipped with a full set of media equipment and print materials so you can learn more about the wonderful Peruvian Amazon. During leisure moments, the lecture room may be enjoyed as a lounge, complete with computers for picture sharing, handmade game tables, and air conditioning.

DELFIN II SUITE

Delfin II’s 10 Suites have extra large windows that offer you the most breathtaking views. Four Suites interconnected to cater especially to families. All Suites are designed with casually elegant interiors that create a welcoming and relaxing environment for those who want to get away from it all, yet enjoy indulgent comfort.

DINING AREA

Memorable goes hand in hand with a Delfin experience. Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s finest and reflects the country’s intrinsic cultural diversity. The Amazon’s wild choices of fresh ingredients and the gentle blend of worldly immigrant traditions will enchant your taste buds. Handmade plate ware, locally made table decorations changing from meal to meal and instrumental music performed by the staff create the ambiance to make each meal an unforgettable experience.

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SOUTH AMERICA

BOOKING FORM 2019 FIRST PASSENGER Title: ________________ Surname (as shown on passport): ____________________________________________________________ First Name(as shown on passport):_____________________________ Preferred First Name:_______________________________ Room preference (if sharing)? TWIN / DOUBLE

Your weight:_______________kg (For Nazca Lines flight)

Do you require single supplement? YES / NO

Your Shoe Size : _________________________ (For Amazon Rubber Boots).

Would you like us to keep an eye out for a possible twin-share on your behalf? YES / NO (Please note that Single Supplement will be payable if we are unable to assist with a suitable twin-share for you) Do you wish to book an extension? YES / NO _____________________________________________________________________ Do you require a business class airfare? YES / NO Are you a Qantas/LAN Frequent Flyer Member? If yes, Member No. _______________________________________ Do you have any dietary requests:_________________________________________________________________________________ Do you hold an Australian passport? YES / NO If No, please state the nationality: ___________________________________ Passport Number: ______________________________________Date of Issue: ______/______/______ Date of Expiry: ______/______/______ Date of Birth: ______/______/______

Place of Issue: __________________________Occupation: __________________________

SECOND PASSENGER Title: ________________ Surname (as shown on passport): ____________________________________________________________ First Name(as shown on passport):_____________________________ Preferred First Name:_______________________________ Room preference (if sharing)? TWIN / DOUBLE Do you require single supplement? YES / NO

Your weight:_______________kg (For Nazca Lines flight) Your Shoe Size : _________________________ (For Amazon Rubber Boots).

Would you like us to keep an eye out for a possible twin-share on your behalf? YES / NO (Please note that Single Supplement will be payable if we are unable to assist with a suitable twin-share for you) Do you wish to book an extension? YES / NO _____________________________________________________________________ Do you require a business class airfare? YES / NO Are you a Qantas/LAN Frequent Flyer Member? If yes, Member No. _______________________________________ Do you have any dietary requests:_________________________________________________________________________________ Do you hold an Australian passport? YES / NO If No, please state the nationality: ___________________________________ Passport Number: ______________________________________Date of Issue: ______/______/______ Date of Expiry: ______/______/______ Date of Birth: ______/______/______

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DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT

RESPONSIBILITY

The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the tour cost. A detailed invoice is sent out to all passengers booked on the tour, approximately two weeks prior to due date of the final payment. Final payment for the tour must be received by 20 January 2019.

Mistvale Pty Ltd trading as Travel Masters and/or its associated Companies or Agents, act only in the capacity of agents for the passenger in all matters of transportation, tour operation and other services. All receipts, tickets, vouchers, coupons or exchange orders are issued subject to the terms and conditions under which transportation and other services are provided. Travel Masters and/ or its associated companies or Agents assume no responsibility for loss, injury, accident, delay or damage or irregularity that may be caused to person or property, however caused arising before commencement and/or during any tour under its management, sponsorship, procurement or otherwise. It is the responsibility of the passenger to make sure he/she is in possession of the proper visas and other travel documents and that they are in compliance with current government and transportation companies’ regulations. The right is reserved to modify the itinerary in any way considered necessary or desirable, or to change any reservation, hotel feature and/or means of conveyance, without allowance or refund but the extra cost (if any) resulting therefore must be paid by the passenger. The right is also reserved to cancel or withdraw any tour, to replace any tour leader with another, to cancel or withdraw any booking made for a passenger, or to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour. The transportation companies or firms shall be exempt from all liabilities in respect of any detention, delay, loss, damage, sickness or injury however and by whomsoever caused and of whatever kind occurring of or to the passenger at any time when the passenger is not on board a carrier or conveyance used or operated by the transportation companies or firms. The contract of passage in use by the transportation companies or firms concerned shall constitute the sole contract between transportation companies or firms, and the purchase of these tours and/or passenger. All tickets, deposit tickets, coupons or orders are furnished and issued subject in all respects to those terms and conditions under which the means of transportation or other services provided there by are offered or supplied by owners, public carriers, or managing agents. The issuance and acceptance of receipts, tickets, vouchers, coupons, or exchange orders shall be deemed consent to the above conditions. The tour is based on flights as detailed in the itinerary, however any other IATA or non-IATA carrier may be used for tour co-ordination.

CANCELLATION FEES If it is necessary for you to cancel your holiday, notification of cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellation charges will apply: The cancellation fee is 100% of the tour cost after final payment. Full Travel Insurance is essential. No refund is available for cancellations after the tour has commenced or in respect of any tour, accommodation, meals or any other service not utilised. The deposit of $2000pp is non refundable/ non transferable due to non refundable domestic airfares and prepayments. PASSPORT AND VISAS It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure that they process the necessary travel documentation for the tour, such as a valid passport and any required visas. In general, a passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond the end of your journey and have two clear pages to allow for entry and exit stamps en-route or for any visas applicable for countries in your journey. At the time of final payment you will be given information about any visas that may be required for the tour. Our agency will assist you with the Visa process. PRICES Tour prices stated on the tour brochure has been calculated on the basis of exchange rates and tariffs valid at time of print (30 April 2018) and are subject to change up until final payment for the tour has been received. You can pay in full at any time. Once final payment is received, no surcharges will apply. Should you decide to cancel your tour on the basis of a change of price, then normal cancellation charges will apply. TRAVEL MASTERS GROUP (Travel Masters) PO Box 563, Nerang QLD 4211 Phone: (07) 5596 0511 / 1800 672 988 Email: sales@travelmasters.com.au (The Travel Studio) PO Box 5038, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: (07)5572 7272 Email: lifestyle@thetravelstudio.com.au Visit our website: www.travelmasters.com.au


DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $2000 per person is required to secure your place. If you have chosen an extension, an additional $750 per person deposit is required. We have striven to keep the tour costs down as low as possible, and therefore no allowance has been made for credit card charges. If payment by credit card is important to you, credit card fees apply. A further payment of $2000 will be required in November with final monies required by 20 Jan 2019. SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT In the event that you are a sole traveller and would prefer to share, we will do our best to arrange a twin share. BUSINESS CLASS Business class upgrades are available on international flights. Please ask for full details. PRICE EXCLUDES Meals other than specified, visa fees, insurance, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry and phone calls. INSURANCE It is a condition of joining this tour that you take out comprehensive travel insurance. Our agency will provide details of travel insurance providers and assist you with your holiday insurance. Do not travel without insurance. HOLIDAY VARIATIONS The group holiday cost is subject to surcharges should they occur as a result of increased costs due to changes in the itinerary, government action, currency exchange rates, fuel costs, overflying costs, airport charges and increases in scheduled airfares. The group tour price is subject to a minimum of 14 persons travelling together. The tour itinerary is based on airline schedules, rail and launch schedules current at the time of preparation of this tour. Hotel names are subject to change. Where these changes occur (as they can sometimes do in South America) it may be necessary to amend the tour to accommodate revised days of operation. We will endeavour to include all of the sightseeing and other features included, subject to the constraints of the revised scheduling. You will be advised as these events occur. The tour cost is based on LAN Airlines fares, which are not guaranteed until tickets are issued. LAN reserve the right to increase or decrease airfare at any time prior to ticketing. The transportation companies or firms shall be exempt from all liabilities in respect of any detention, delay, loss, damage, sickness or injury and by whom so ever caused and whatever kind occurring of or to the passenger at any time. All ticket coupons and orders are furnished and issued subject in all respects to those terms and conditions under which the means of transportation or other services provided are offered or supplied by the owners, operators, public carriers, management agents or agent. The tour will be accompanied by an experienced Travel Masters escort. We reserve the right to change tour leaders if circumstances determine this.

CURRENT PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS You must be in possession of a CURRENT passport. Your passport should be valid for at least a further 6 months. A visa is necessary for Brazil. At the time of final payment we will advise you of the exact visa requirements and associated costs. UK and NZ passports are exempt. There is also an Arrival Tax of USD$117 paid on arrival for Chile.

SOUTH AMERICA

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

INCLUDED GRATUITIES As in most countries these days, tipping is expected by guides, tour drivers, waiters and porters. In an effort to reduce individual stress and make the holiday as hassle-free as possible, all tipping on the included activities is taken care of by our tour escort. FOOD Most cities in South America have excellent restaurants, offering both local and international cuisine. Brazil has elegant restaurants, and is famous for its ‘churrascarias’ where you can eat your fill of delicious barbecued meats, salads, etc. Argentina’s beef is world famous and tropical fruits are cheap, plentiful and delicious everywhere. Most hotels have good restaurants with a high standard of food and hygiene. Eating out in South America generally is considerably less expensive than Australia, and our tour escort will introduce you to some of the best. HEALTH AND VACCINATIONS We recommend that you consult your local Doctor or the Travellers Medical Centre at Southport (Ph 55 264444). There is a Malaria risk, and Yellow Fever vaccination is essential (Medical exemptions do apply for Yellow Fever). A Medical Certificate is required (at time of booking) from each tour member, indicating that he/she is fit to travel to the higher altitudes of the Andes. Altitude sickness is a non-discriminatory problem, which generally does not affect the reasonably healthy, and has little to do with age. CLIMATE and CLOTHING Being such a large continent, South America has very diverse weather patterns but the seasons are similar to Australia. The average temperatures for this holiday should range from 10 to 35. Comfortable casual clothing is the general rule. PLEASE NOTE – DEGREE OF FITNESS All Travel Masters itineraries are carefully planned and well paced to maximise the passenger experience, while at the same time ensuring a level of comfort is maintained at all times. Given the nature of the journeys and cultural experiences etc, any person/s of a reasonable general fitness level will have no problems in gaining total satisfaction from the trip. Should any person however, be likely to find it necessary to require wheelchair assistance, or walking aid, it is unfortunately considered that participation on this tour would not be appropriate. FINALLY….. We hope this information will assist you plan for your holiday. We would be delighted to have you join our Travel Masters escorted holiday tour. Do not hesitate to telephone or call in, so that we can be of further assistance. We want to make this a very happy and memorable tour for you.

Meet Your Tour Manager Your Tour Escort is Julie Marshall, Managing Director of The Travel Studio. Julie places South America as her number one destination in the world, and just loves Peru, Brazil and everything about the Amazon. Julie looks forward to being with you in South America and introducing you to her favourite restaurants and places to visit. You will find that Julie will take every opportunity to make this tour one of life’s most outstanding memories. Tel: (07) 55 72 73 72

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