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& ANTARCTICA 2019-20

TRAVEL SPECIALIST

LATIN AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA

ANTARCTICA - ARGENTINA - BOLIVIA - BRAZIL - CHILE - COLOMBIA - ECUADOR - PERU - URUGUAY

LATINJOURNEYS BY TRAVEL PROJECTS


SOUTH AMERICA

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elcome to Latin America, one of the most exotic continents with glorious and spectacular sceneries – from evergreen jungles and sun scorched deserts to dazzling peaks and glaciers. Many of the countries are dotted with ruins of bygone empires and lost civilizations and the music, markets and melodramas of everyday life provide a real time theater for the traveler in a place where life is lived to the fullest. In this 2019 edition we are starting to refresh our brand name to reflect a more meaningful name that better reflects the destination we are offering. You will find inspirational journeys that we have compiled and perfected using our knowledge and experience gained over the last 20 years. Our small group departures are perfect for the traveler who wants to have an insight into the life, land and history of the highlights of the continent, in the company of a group. We offer two departures a year. Our independent tours allow you to travel at your own pace, choose the places you want to go to with the convenience of having local bilingual guides assisting you all the way from the time you arrive to the time you leave. These tours are for travelers who want to meet local people, attend fiestas, look in at quirky bars, museums and take you one step further to discover something different. To help you to get the best out of your trip, we have a team of well travelled and enthusiastic travel advisors that will suggest the best known highlights and the secrets we have discovered during our trips‌ Happy Travels,

Hanna Shilo & Ed Garcia Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGES MULTI COUNTRY TOURS 13-25 South America Highlights Tour 13 Discover South America 15 South American Explorer 17 Galapagos, Andes & Amazon Tour 19 Patagonia Highlights Tour Altiplano Circuits, Arg., Bolivia & Chile 22-23 Highlights of Ecuador & Colombia 24 Australis Cruises, Argentina & Chile 25 ANTARCTICA 68-75 TOURS BY COUNTRY 44-67

Musicians in Oruro, Bolivia

TOP DESTINATIONS One of the most sought after place to see in South America, is the citadel of Machu Picchu in the highlands of Peru. The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador is another favourite, as are the fabulous and lively cities of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina. For the more intrepid adventurous traveller, a trip through the Bolivian Salt Flats is a must, as is the Atacama desert in the North of Chile.

South America is a huge and diverse continent with many different peoples and cultures, dramatically varied landscapes and with an astonishing array of wildlife and fauna. The populations that inhabit this vast continent speak many different dialects of native indigenous languages with the main official languages being Spanish and Portugese . South America has something to offer to every visitor. There are magnificent cities, many of them protected World Heritage sites, incredible culinary delights ; mountains to see, hike or climb; thousands of species of animals and birds ; archaeological sites from ancient civilizations and much, much more . In this brochure we present just some of the main places of attraction but please ask us if there is something else you would like to see and we will happily tailor a programme for you.

OTHER PLACES WORTH VISITING For the nature lover, the majestic Patagonia – the most southern land mass of Chile and Argentina is a must. In the north of Argentina the majestic coloured mountains form an impressive landscape and hosts pristine vineyards. The Amazon region spreads over Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and a varied selection of cruises and lodges are on offer for a nature and wildlife experience. Colombia’s coffee region is a great favourite with Australians and the World heritage city of Cartagena should be high on the to see list. Cover Picture: Courtesy of Mountain Lodges of Peru

ARGENTINA TOURS 44-47 Argentina Highlights Tour 45 North West Explorer Tour 45 Ibera Wetlands 46 Iguazu & Yacutinga Lodge 46 Patagonia Highlights Tour 47 Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chalten Ext. 47 BOLIVIA TOURS 54-55 Uyuni Saltflats Overland 55 Lake Titicaca & Chalalan Amazon Lodge 55 BRAZIL TOURS 56-61 Brazil Land of Contrasts 57 Nature Wildlife & Culture 57 Brazil Beach Escapes 58-59 Pantanal & Amazon Lodges 60 Brazil Amazon Cruises 61 CHILE TOURS 48-53 Easter Island Package 49 Basic Santiago & Valparaiso Escapade 49 Atacama Lodges 50-51 North & South Patagonia Tours 52-53 COLOMBIA TOURS 62-65 Fascinating Colombia 63 Uncovered Jewels 63 South West Colombia 64 Colombia Highlights Tour 64 Peace Destinations (Birdwatching Tour) 65 Colombia Birdwatching Tour 65 ECUADOR TOURS 36-43 Train Crucero 37 Ecuador Amazon Lodges & Cruises 38-39 Galapagos Cruises & Island Based Prog. 40-43 PERU TOURS 26-35 Peru Highlights Tour 27 Trekking & Hiking Tours 29 Treasures of the Northern Kingdoms 31 Lord of Sipan & Chan Chan 31 Peru Amazon Cruises & Lodges 33-35 URUGUAY TOUR 66-67 Taste of Uruguay 67 Uruguay Highlights Tour 67

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A Few Reasons To Book With Us True Destination Specialist

We have been selling Central and South America, including Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic since 1,999. Although Latin America is huge, amongst all in the office we have managed to travel all over this amazing, diverse and beautiful continent. We know the most iconic places and also the roads less travelled. Be assured that when you call us, you are truly getting expert advice. Give us a call and experience the difference.

Peace of Mind

Every one of us enjoys different things, moves at a different speed and requires different features. We can help by offering expert unbiased advice with fast and professional quotes of tours to suit your budget and preferences. We are an Australian Company, incorporated in Victoria since June 1,999 with License 32308 and we are members of ATAS, AFTA Travel Agents Accreditation Scheme. Which means your money is safe with us.

Reliable and Well Established Representatives

Our local representatives are extremely reliable with an established excellent reputation that will make

your trip a hassle-free and memorable experience.

Travel Projects Price Guarantee

If you find a cheaper genuine price on any of the tours featured in this brochure, we`ll not only match it, we’ll beat it. Comparison has to be for the same tour(s) offered by Australian companies, for the same dates, hotels and services involved.

Travel Projects Value

Travel planning is not just about price, it’s about value. If the hotel was not in the right location, or the tour package didn’t meet your needs, it doesn’t matter how much you saved. Travel Projects can recommend relevant offerings and also provide cost saving strategies.

Specialised Group Tours

Whether you are interested in bird-watching in Ecuador or Costa Rica, textiles in Mexico, Guatemala or Peru, fly-fishing in Patagonia or cigars in Cuba. Travel Projects offer a good selection of special interest tours. Would you like to have your own group tour...? Let us know when, the number of people and interests. Whatever your budget and likes, we can create the right group tour for you...Call us now ! Capybaras in the Peruvian Amazon

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Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil


Our Tours & Services Explained

Titi Monkey in Ecuador & Colombia

Escorted Tours:

We have two multi-country Escorted Tours with fixed departure dates: The 24 Day Small Group Tour of South America and The 22 Day South America Cruise and Tour. Both tours will give an introduction to the highlights of this amazing continent with the possibility to extend to other areas for a more in-depth experience. These tours require a minimum of 8 adult paying passengers to have the same escort from day 1 to the last day. Should there not be a minimum of persons participating, the tour still goes ahead with local bilingual guides in every place. These tours are offered in tourist and tourist superior class hotels to suit your budget.

Independent Tours:

With weekly departures, our independent tours are fully guided by local expert English speaking guides and assisted from the time you arrive in South America, throughout your stay, to the time you leave. These tours are customizable to suit your needs and preferences. These tours are offered in tourist, tourist superior and first class hotels to suit your budget.

Specific Country Tours

For a second visit to South America or for a more in-depth experience and immersion to the local culture and/ or nature, we have a section of tours and programs classified by country. This option is mainly for people to really explore a country or area more intimately.

Hotels

Elephant Seals in Patagonia

We usually use accommodation from 3 to 5 stars and in some remote locations we use best available properties. The hotels we choose for our tours have private facilities, are centrally located, close to the attractions, restaurants and whenever possible, full of local character as we believe this makes a huge difference to your travel experience.

Tourist Class Hotels (3 Stars)

These properties deliver a broad range of amenities that exceed above-average accommodation needs. Good quality service, design and physical attributes are typically fit for purpose to match guest expectations.

Tourist Superior Hotels (4 Stars)

These hotels achieve a great guest experience. A wide range of facilities and superior design qualities are typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest.

First Class Hotels (5 Stars)

Properties that typify luxury across all areas of operation. Guests will enjoy an extensive range of facilities and comprehensive or highly personalised services. Properties at this level will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.

Our Tours & Transfers

In line with our policy of practising responsible tourism, who better to show you than someone born and raised in the area. A local guide has an understanding of the culture with great connections within the community and an insider view of the region. Besides historical facts, our local guides will point you in the right direction of hidden highlights and more‌

Our Seat In Coach Services (SIC or SIB) are the basis of the land services of our independent tours. The services will be shared with other travelers so you can save. Your services will be led by English speaking guides unless otherwise requested or specified. Our Private Services are provided exclusively for you and your travelling party. These services are personalised to your needs whenever possible. In some remote locations, a driver only service may be used to cut costs.

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Partner Airlines

It is our policy to use airlines with strong reputation for service, punctuality and reliability. Our trips to Latin America feature two of the worldclass airlines: LATAM Airlines and Qantas Airways. We also offer excellent air-passes within Latin America. Speak to one of us and we will be able to suggest the best possible add-on fares at a good value for money.

Early Payment Discount Book and pay in full by the required date and benefit from some great savings. The sooner you pay, the more you can save... Conditions: 4-6 Months in advance 7-9 Months in advance 10-12 Months in advance Over 12 Months in advance

$100 pp $200 pp $300 pp $400 pp

* Conditions Apply: Discount applies to multi-country tours only. Tours must be booked and paid in full by the required date for the discount to apply. The discount does not apply to pre- or post tour accommodation, extra sight-seeing excursions and/or extra flights. Can not be combined with any other promotion. Tayrona National Park, north of Colombia

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Hand Picked Properties

Algodon Mansion - Buenos Aires

The Singular - Santiago

Copacabana Palace - Rio de Janeiro

Casa Gangotena - Quito

Located in the heart of Buenos Aires’ most elegant residential neighborhood, this luxury hotel is a landmarked property originally erected in 1912, and fashioned in French Classical design. The mansion’s magnificent interior décor, 10 opulent suites, and personalized services raise the bar of luxury hospitality for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Built to blend seamlessly into the Neighborhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. The hotel’s design embraces the artistic heritage of the neighborhood, while adding a cutting-edge modernity.

One of the world’s most popular hotels is in Brazil’s Rio. This is Copacabana Palace hotel that is regarded as the premier hotel in South America as well as the best place to stay in the Southern Hemisphere. Overlooking the famous Copacabana Beach, this hotel is an 8-storey edifice with an annex of 14 storeys encompassing 216 rooms, fitness center, semi-Olympic pool, an elite pool for the VIPs at the penthouse and more...

The hotel features wonderful spaces for different moods and times of day: a garden-patio brimming with orchids and native plants, a dining room ideal for enjoying refined culinary experiences or simply people-watching in the square beyond, and a roof-top terrace with wrap-around views of the historic centre’s towers, tiles and spires - an unbeatable spot to watch the frequent religious and cultural events on the square below..

Hotel B - Lima

Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo - Aguas Calientes

Urubamba Villas - Sacred Valley

Originally built in the style of the Belle Époque, the mansion served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920s. Its architectural features and flair capture the celebratory spirit of Peru’s centennial, which permeated life in the capital city throughout the era of its construction.

High in the Andes, at 3000 metres above sea level, lies the historic city of Cuzco, famed for its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Right beside the lively Cuzco central square is Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites..

Located 5 minutes walk from the new station at Aguas Calientes. This 4-star hotel is ideally situated in 5 hectares of cloud forest garden beside the Vilcanota River, the hotel comprises 85 comfortable rooms each slightly different from one another and all having great views out over colourful gardens. The architecture is Spanish colonial in style with stone archways and red tiled roofs.

The charming hamlet of Higuspurco in Cuzco’s Sacred Valley town of Urubamba is home to these six quaint villas where guests can experience quality service during their Cuzco vacation. About a 45 mile drive from Cuzco city, Urubamba Villas is easily accessible from main Sacred Valley towns such as Pisac (78km away) and Chinchero (57km away),

Las Casitas del Colca - Colca Canyon

Eolo Patagonia - El Calafate

Casa del Arzobispado - Cartagena

Palacio Nazarenas - Cuzco

This hotel has a spectacular setting inthe heart of the Colca Valley. The 20 individualbungalows are decorated in the local style and offer supreme luxury in beautiful natural surroundings, each with a private terrace andheated plunge pool, ireplace and a bathtubunder a glass ceiling. Facilities include a cosy dining room, a spa offering Andean treatmentsand a swimming pool. Twenty private and spacious

Eolo is a unique place, that embodies the spirit of Patagonia: its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first Europeans and Criollo settlers and those of the adventurers of all over the world that still today reach this legendary land. Those who visit us enjoy unique experiences, taking unforgettable images back with them. We invite you to discover Eolo - Patagonia’s Spirit.

The house was built in the 17th century and belonged to Antonio José de Ayos, a hero of the Wars of Independence who placed a leading part in the liberation of Cartagena. The decoration is impeccable, luxury and harmony are the hallmark of this entire house and all its past mysteries. There are ten comfortable, quiet and attractive rooms with an amazing view of the old city skyline.

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cusco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine..

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MAP - Some of the Continent Highlights Cartagena

Cartagena

The most romantic and atmospheric colonial city on the continent. With its colonial mansions and narrow streets. A visit to Cartagena will be an unforgettable experience.

VENEZUELA SURINAME Bogota GUYANA FRENCH GUIANA COLOMBIA

Galapagos ECUADOR Islands Galapagos Islands

Iquitos

Guayaquil

Unspoilt islands teem with Darwin’s inspirational wildlife. Eye to eye with iguanas and boobies on any of our featured vessels. Contact us for latest deals.

Caracas

Manaus

Belem

Lima

Salvador Brasilia

La Paz BOLIVIA Uyuni

San Pedro de Atacama Uyuni Saltflats

Colca Canyon Atacama Desert

The driest in the world, with geysers, salt pans, snow-capped volcanoes and shimmering lakes – visit it on our Altiplano, Salt Flats & Desert Explorer.

Spot condors and contemplate the plunging cliffs of the deepest canyon in the world, on our Coast, Andes and Amazon Explorer or Arequipa & Colca Canyon Tours.

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in Potosí, Bolivia.

Recife

Cuzco

Arequipa

Located North East of Brazil, these amazingly white sand dunes with natural pools is one of the mustsee-places in Brazil.

Fortaleza

BRAZIL

PERU

Lencois Maranhenses

PARAGUAY Asuncion

CHILE

The Amazon Basin

It has the largest concentration and known and unknown flora and fauna in the world, covering around 5 million square kilometers of dense forest in various countries.

Rio de Janeiro

Iguazu Falls

Sao Paulo

ARGENTINA

Easter Is. Santiago

URUGUAY Montevideo ATLANTIC OCEAN

Buenos Aires PACIFIC OCEAN Puerto Montt

Iguazu Falls

One of the world’s most dramatic natural spectacles. Walk above and below the falls on our our South American Explorer, Discover South America or Tango & Samba Tours.

Peninsula Valdes Easter Island.

Lakes District

This picturesque region straddles the Andean frontier between Chile and Argentina; see our South American Explorer or the Lakes Crossing Tour.

Easter Island, a Chilean territory, is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. Its native name is Rapa Nui. It’s famed for archaeological sites, including nearly 900 monumental statues called moai.

Falkland Islands

Lake Titicaca

This glossy high-altitude lake shelters a wealth of wildlife and indigenous culture. Spend time here on our South American Explorer, Discover South America tours.

Punta Arenas Ushuaia

Patagonia

The incredible mountains and lakes of the northern region and the glacial landscape of South Patagonia is explored on South American Explorer and The Glaciers District Tours.

Buenos Aires

Enjoy cosmopolitan dynamism, a scrumptious steak, wine and tango in the Argentinean capital on our South American Explorer, Discover South America or Tango & Samba.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is an architectural marvel that blends seamlessly into the Patagonian pampa. Here, at the ends of the earth, you will enjoy inspiring views of Torres del Paine National Park from every corner of the 40-room lodge. Warm interiors inspired by the local culture, and a welcoming team are there to make you feel right at home. Tierra´s all-inclusive program allows you to explore the surrounding estancias and mountains with some of the best-trained guides around. The lodge´s Uma Spa offers you endless Patagonian views while rejuvenating in its sumptuous interiors.

Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa is a sun swept 32-room desert oasis in northern Chile. Known for its dramatic architecture and locally inspired interiors the lodge offers a cozy and authentic environment. With Tierra´s all-inclusive program, you can explore the desert landscapes with our guides and, upon return, enjoy delicious meals and Chilean wine under the stars. Tierra Atacama´s Uma Spa is also the ideal place for you to relax and soak up the energy of the desert.

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa The hotel is located amid the blue waters of Chile´s Northern Patagonia, on a mythical island, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The beauty of this destination is as much in the landscape as it is in the island residents with their deep-rooted culture and timeless traditions. In true Tierra style, the lodge´s distinctive architecture is in-step with its breathtaking surroundings and comes complete with its own boat, the “Williche”, for navigating the inland waters. The property continues in the footsteps of Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia by offering exceptional experiences and personalized service to its guests.

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Tierra Chiloe Hotel & Spa

Tierra Chiloe Hotel & Spa


Australis Cruises

Hand picked experiences by Travel Projects The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Santiago

Alto Atacama Desrt Lodge & Spa

Alto Atacama Desrt Lodge & Spa

Carefully crafted programs for the discerning traveller with an insider view of Latin America.

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MULTI - COUNTRY TOURS

Sacred Valley, Peru

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24 DAY - SOUTH AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - SAHTP24

PERU, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL & ARGENTINA : Lima, Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Paraty, Rio, Buenos Aires Galapagos Is. 3

Quito ECUADOR

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Machu Picchu Lima

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Cuzco

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Puno

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Lake Titicaca CHILE

Santiago

La Paz

Brasilia Rio de Janeiro

BOLIVIA

Paraty Sao Paulo

ARGENTINA 3

Peulla 1 Puerto Varas 2

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Bariloche Tour Route Extension

Departs: Fixed departures in 2018: 7Apr, 12May, 9Jun & 13Oct

Day 6, Thu - Sacred Valley Chinchero Market, Maras Salt Pans, Moray Terraces & Ollantaytambo Fortress. Overnight in Ollantaytambo area. (B,L) Day 7, Fri - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Vistadome train, one of the world’s great rail journeys over and through the Andes to Machu Picchu w/lunch.. (B, L,D)

Paraty Town, south of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot.

Not Included: • Air ticket taxes & surcharges of AU$1,170pp + US$250pp for tips • Chile Reciprocity Fee of US$117.

Day 14, Fri - La Paz/Sao Paulo/Paraty Early morning flight to Sao Paulo, raod transfer to Paraty.. (B)

Day 5, Wed - Lake Sandoval/Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco/ Sacred Valley Boat to Puerto Maldonado, fly to Cusco. On arrival, continue to the fertile countryside in the Sacred Valley. (B,L)

FACT FINDER

Includes: • Economy Class Airfares from/to Sydney and within South America. • Meals as per progr am (23 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels or best available. • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides and entry to sites. • Escort, provided there is a minimum of 8 adult full paying passengers. • All transfers and local representative assistance • Hotel taxes

Day 1, Sat - Arrive in Lima Meet and assist and transfer to hotel.

Day 4, Tue - Sandoval Lake Lodge A pre-dawn and late afternoon activities at the lodge will give you the opportunity to sight the abundant wildlife. (B,L,D)

Buenos Aires

Highlights: Lima, The Amazon, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Pisac Market, Lake Titicaca Crossing, Sun Island, La Paz, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires.

modern areas of this enigmatic city. (B)

Day 3, Mon - Lima/Puerto Maldonado/Sandoval Lake Lodge or similar Fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the lodge. (B,L,D)

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Iguazu Falls

Day 8, Sat - Machu Picchu/Cuzco Morning at leisure. Afternoon train back to Cuzco. (B) Day 9, Sun – Cuzco Afternoon Cuzco city tour and the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay. Evening dinner show. (B,D) Argentine Gaucho

Cusco Dancers

Our South America Highlights Tour is an exciting opportunity to visit some of the most iconic and beautiful sites in South America. Our main tour visits: Lima with its famous Larco Herrera Museum, a taste of the Amazon, Cuzco with its impressive Inca and colonial history, The Sacred Valley with its quain villages, the mysterious mountain citadel of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca with its reed floating islands. Continue to Bolivia and visit La Paz and the witches market. In Brazil visit the colonial town of Parati, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and in Argentina, experience the cosmopolitan vibe of Buenos Aires.

Per Person, Twin Share

itinerary:

Day 2, Sun - Lima City tour of old and modern Lima with visit to Larco Herrera Museum. (B)

Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley

From $10,458

Day 10, Mon - Cuzco/Puno Bus trip along the Altiplano with visits along the way to Lake Titicaca. (B, L)

Day 15, Sat - Paraty Schooner Cruise with lunch around some of the main islands, (B,L) Day 16, Sun – Paraty/Rio de Janeiro Travel to Rio de Janeiro. Free time to explore on your own. (B) Day 17, Mon – Rio De Janeiro Full day Corcovado/Sugar Loaf excursion with lunch. (B, L) Day 18, Tue - Rio de Janeiro Free day for optional activities. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 19, Wed - Rio de Janeiro/Foz do Iguassu. Fly to Foz do Iguassu, on arrival tour the Brazilian side of the falls. (B) Day 20, Thu - Puerto Iguazu Morning tour of Argentine Falls Tour, (B) Day 21, Fri - Puerto Iguazu/Buenos Aires. Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel. (B) Day 22, Sat - Buenos Aires Morning city tour, afternoon free. In the evening Tango dinner show. (B,D) Day 23, Sun, Buenos Aires Day at leisure for optional activities.. (B) Day 24, Mon - Depart Buenos Aires At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

PRICES

Day 11, Tue - Puno Visit the Uros floating Islands and the Sillustani Necropolis. with its famous Chulpas or funerary towers. (B)

Tourist Class:

Day 12, Wed – Puno/La Paz Catamaran Crossing. Explore Lake Titicaca on a full-day catamaran cruise from Puno! (B,L)

Tourist Superior:

Twin Share: From $10,458 pp Single Supp: From $2,096 Twin Share: From $13,455 pp Single Supp: From $3,576

Day 13, Thu - La Paz Half day city tour visiting the colonial and

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Mountain Citadel of Machu Picchu.

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24 DAY - DISCOVER SOUTH AMERICA TOUR - DSATP24

BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA & CHILE : Rio, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, La Paz & Santiago itinerary:

Galapagos Is. Quito

ECUADOR

Day 01: Arrive in Rio Fly to Rio via Santiago. Transfer to selected hotel. (B)

BRAZIL

PERU

Machu Picchu Lima

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Cuzco

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Puno

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Sacred Valley La Paz 1 2

Lake Titicaca CHILE

Santiago

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Peulla Puerto Varas

Day 02: Rio de Janeiro “Pick & Choose”: Day tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf. Evening BBQ/Samba Show (B,D) -

Brasilia Rio de Janeiro

BOLIVIA

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Iguazu Falls

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Day 03: Rio de Janeiro Free Day to enjoy the beach. (B)

ARGENTINA 3

Buenos Aires

Day 04: Rio de Janeiro/Iguazu Falls Fly to Foz do Iguassu, visit the Falls on the Brazilian side. Further transfer to your hotel in Argentina. (B)

Bariloche

Day 05: Puerto Iguazu Breakfast. Morning tour of the Argentine side of the falls. Afternoon free for optional activities.(B)

FACT FINDER Departs: Weekly ideally on Friday ex Sydney..

Day 06: Puerto Iguazu/Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. (B)

Highlights: Santiago, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Pisac Market, Lake Titicaca Crossing, Sun Island, Buenos Aires, Tango/Dinner Show, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot. Includes: • Economy Class Airfares within South America from Rio to Santiago • Meals as per progr am (23 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides • Entry to sites • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Air ticket taxes & surcharges of AU$400pp + US$250pp for tips • Chile Reciprocity Fee of US$117. Important: The internal airfares are valid when flying into and out of South America with Latam Airlines.

Day 07: Buenos Aires Morning city tour Afternoon free. In the evening, Tango Dinner-Show. (B,D) Day 08: Buenos Aires Day at a ranch taking part in a real Gaucho Festival. (B,L)

Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf in the background.

Day 09: Buenos Aires/Lima Fly to Lima and transfer to selected hotel. (B) Day 10: Lima Afternoon city tour and Larco Herrera Museum. Dinner and a Peruvian folklore show. (B,D) La Boca, Buenos Aires

Hotel in Cuzco

This is is a fantastic opportunity to experience the best of South America. Cross the majestic Andes and its mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, visit the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Walk through the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls and take a cable car to the Sugarloaf for breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro. This tour offers the most important highlights of South America for people with limited time and do not have the time to do the South American Explorer Tour.

Day 11: Lima/Cuzco Fly to Cuzco. Further transfer to hotel for overnight. (B) Day 12: Cuzco. Afternoon Cuzco city tour and the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay. (B) Day 13: Cuzco/Sacred Valley. Full Day tour of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (B,L) Day 14: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes

From $8,001 Per Person, Twin Share

Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (B,L) Day 15: Aguas Calientes/Cuzco Morning free. Afternoon train back to Sacred Valley, transfer to hotel in Cuzco for overnight. (B) Day 16: Cuzco Breakfast. Day free to further explore this unique city. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 17- 18: Cuzco/Puno Bus journey along the Altiplano to Puno. Day tour of the Uros floating islands & the Sillustani Necropolis, (B) Day 19: Sat - Puno/Sun Island - Lake Titicaca Crossing Drive to Copacabana, boat to Sun Island. Explore the island’s Inca ruins and majestic views of Lake Titicaca, overnight. (B,L,D) Day 20: Sun Island/La Paz Boat to Moon Island and onto Huatajata. Continue by bus to La Paz. Overnight. (B,L) Day 21: La Paz- Morning City Tour City Tour & Moon Valley. Afternoon free. (B) Day 22: La Paz/Santiago Early flight to Santiago and transfer to hotel. (B) Day 23: Santiago-Morning City Tour Morning city tour, visiting the city’s most outstanding attractions. Evening dinner show. (B) Day 24: Depart Santiago Transfer out to airport. (B)

PRICES Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $8,001 pp Single Supp: From $3,855 Tourist Superior: Twin Share: From $9,110 pp Single Supp: From $4,955 First Class: Twin Share: From $11,006 pp Single Supp: From $6,877

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Clay Lick, Tambopata, Peru

IMPORTANT NOTES • 3, 4 & 5 Star - best available in some locations • Surcharges apply during carnival, local public holidays and special events • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • Package with internal South America from Santiago to Rio airfares only apply if flying into South America with LAN flight and ticket number. • Please allow $650 p/pers. for locally paid taxes and surcharges. Subject to fluctuation.

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37 DAY - SOUTH AMERICAN EXPLORER TOUR - SAETP37

CHILE, ECUADOR, PERU, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL & ARGENTINA: Santiago, Galapagos, Quito, Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Pto Varas, Peulla, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro

Day 1: Sydney/Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel.

Galapagos Is. 3

Quito 3 ECUADOR BRAZIL

PERU

Day 2: Santiago - “Pick and Choose”. Half-day classic city tour or bike tour. (B).

Machu Picchu Lima

2

1

4

Cuzco

2 1

Puno

2

Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley 1

2

Lake Titicaca CHILE

Santiago

2

La Paz

3

Iguazu Falls

Day 4-7: Guayaquil/Galapagos Is./Quito Early morning flight to Galapagos. Transfer to your cruise and enjoy 4 days of cruise. Fly back to Quito. Overnight. (4B,3L,3D)

2

ARGENTINA 3

Peulla 1 Puerto Varas 2

Day 3: Santiago/Guayaquil Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. (B)

Brasilia Rio de Janeiro

BOLIVIA

2

Buenos Aires

Day 8: Quito - Otavalo Market Excursion Breakfast, scenic drive through the highlands to the famous Otavalo Indian Market. (B,L)

Bariloche

Day 9: Quito/Lima Morning City tour of Quito. Evening flight to Lima.(B)

FACT FINDER Departs: Weekly on Fridays ex Sydney. Highlights Santiago, Quito, Galapagos Islands, Otavalo Market, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Pisac Market, Amazon Jungle, Lake Titicaca Crossing, Sun Island, Lakes District of Chile & Argentina, Buenos Aires, Tango/Dinner Show, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro.

Day 10: Lima Morning city tour of modern and colonial Lima. (B) Day 11-13: Lima/ Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco Fly to the Amazon jungle 2 nights with opportunity for wildlife sighting. (2B,2L,2D) Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

Days 14 - 15: Cuzco Afternoon tour of Cuzco, following day free. (B)

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot. Includes: Economy Class Airfares within South America from Rio to Santiago • Meals as per progr am (36 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 8 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing with English speaking guides • Entry to sites, except Galapagos & Ingala • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Some airport taxes Approx.AU$650 • Reciprocity fees Chile US$117 • Galapagos National Park Fee of US$100 pp. Plus INGALA Control Card US$20 pp. • Laundry, tips, gratuities, phone calls, etc.

Day 16: Cuzco/Sacred Valley Tour of the Sacred Valley. Overnight. (B,L) Day 17: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes. Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes for overnight(B,L) La Boca, Buenos Aires

Copacabana Beach, Brazil

One of the most complete “Around South America” tours possible. An incredible discovery of different cultures and a great combination of natural areas. In Ecuador visit Quito, Otavalo Market and the Galapagos Islands. In Peru visit Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley. Fly to the Amazon for great opportunity of wildlife spotting. In Bolivia take an hydrofoil cruise on the highest lake in the world and visit the Uros Islands, Copacabana shrine, Sun island and La Paz famous “witches’ market”. The adventure continues in Chile, Argentina and Brazil where you will visit: Santiago, Lakes Crossing, Bariloche, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro where the tour ends.

Day 18: Aguas Calientes/Cuzco Afternoon train back to Cuzco.(B) Day 19-21: Cuzco/Puno/Sun Island Scenic bus journey to Puno. Tour of Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. Continue to Sun Island. (2B,2L,1D) Day 22: Sun Island/La Paz Visit of Sun Island. Boat trip to Huatajata via Moon Island. Continue by bus to La Paz. (B,L,D) Day 23: La Paz - “Pick and Choose”. Morning city tour.. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

From $16,263

Per Person, Twin Share

Day 24: La Paz/Santiago/Puerto Montt/ Puerto Varas Fly to Puerto Montt. Transfer to hotel. (B) Day 25: Puerto Varas Half day city tour. Afternoon at leisure.(B) Day 26-28: Puerto Varas/Peulla/Bariloche (Lakes Crossing) Bus/boat trip along Llanquihue Lake and Petrohue to Peulla. Continue into Argentina to Puerto Panuelo. Transfer to hotel in Bariloche. Tour around Bariloche. (2B,1D) Day 29: Bariloche/Buenos Aires Fly to Buenos Aires. Overnight. (B) Day 30-31: Buenos Aires Morning City Tour. Afternoon free. Evening Tango & Dinner Show. Next day tour to a ranch with show of traditional dances and BBQ lunch. (2B,1L,1D) Day 32-34: Buenos Aires/Puerto Iguazu/Rio Fly to Iguazu. Falls tours. Fly to Rio. Overnight. (2B) Day 35: Rio de Janeiro - “Pick and Choose”. Full day tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf with lunch or Tijuca Forest or Favelas Tour. (B,L) Day 36: Rio de Janeiro Free day to enjoy th beach.(B) Day 37: Depart Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport for flight back via Santiago to Australia.(B) - Contact us for detailed program.

PRICES

Tourist Class:

Twin Share: From $16,263 pp Single Supp: $8,437

Tourist Superior:

Twin Share: From $18,371 pp Single Supp: $10,339

First Class:

Twin Share: From $21,563 pp Single Supp: $13,111

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24 DAY - GALAPAGOS, ANDES & AMAZON TOUR - GAATP24 ECUADOR, PERU & BOLIVIA: Santiago, Galapagos, Quito, LIma, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Sin Island & La Paz Galapagos Is. 3

3

itinerary: Quito ECUADOR

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel.

BRAZIL

PERU

Machu Picchu Lima

2

1

2

Puerto Maldonado

Sacred Valley 1 La Paz 2 Puno BOLIVIA Lake Titicaca 4

Cuzco

1

2

CHILE

Santiago

2

Day 2: Santiago - “Pick and Choose”. Half-day city tour of Santiago city or bike tour. (B).

Brasilia

Iguazu Falls

Day 3: Santiago/Guayaquil Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. (B)

Rio de Janeiro

ARGENTINA

Days 4-7: Guayaquil/Galapagos Is./Quito Early morning flight to Galapagos. Transfer to your cruise Enjoy the cruise and 2 vists per day and opportunity for wildlife sighting. Fly to Quito. Overnight. (3B,3L,3D)

FACT FINDER Departs: Weekly, ideally on Fridays ex Sydney. Highlights: Santiago, Quito, Galapagos Islands, Otavalo Market, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Pisac Market, Amazon Jungle, Lake Titicaca Crossing, Witches Market and Moon Valley in La Paz.

Not Included: • Some airport taxes Approx AU$450p • Reciprocity fees Chile US$117, • Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 pp. • Plus INGALA Control Card US$20 pp. • Laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours.

Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes for overnight(B,L)

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Day 18: Aguas Calientes/Cuz Morning free, afternoon train back to Cuzco for overnight.(B) Day 19: Cuzco/Puno Scenic bus journey with visits along the Altiplano to Puno. Overnight. (B,L) Day 20: Puno Full day tour of Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. (B,L) Day 21: Puno/Sun Island Bus/Boat trip to Sun Island via Copacabana. Overnight at Posada del Inca. (B,L,D) Day 22: Sun Island/La Paz Visit of Sun Island. Boat trip to Huatajata via Moon Island. Continue by bus to La Paz. (B,L)

Day 9: Quito/Lima Morning City tour of Quito. Evening flight to Lima.(B)

Day 23: La Paz - “Pick and Choose”. Morning city tour or Tiwanacu Ruins. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 24: Depart La Paz Transfer to the airport for onward flight. (B) Contact us for detailed program.

Day 11: Lima/ Puerto Maldonado Transfer to airport in Lima for flight to the Amazon jungle 2 nights. (B,L,D)

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot. Includes: • Internal Economy Class Airfares within South America* • Meals as per program (23 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 6 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing with English speaking guides • Entry to sites, except Galapagos & Ingala • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes

Per Person, Twin Share

Day 8: Quito - Otavalo Market Excursion Breakfast, scenic drive through the highlands to the famous Otavalo Indian Market. (B,L)

Day 10: Lima Morning city tour and Larco Herrea Museum with its great exhibition of erotic pre-columbian artifacts.(B)

Capybaras family in the Amazon

From $11,068

Day 12: Puerto Maldonado Different lodge activities and wildlife spotting. (B,L,D)

Cuzco Cathedral

Day 13: Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco Fly to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Witches Market, La Paz

This tour is an incredible discovery of different cultures and a great combination of natural areas. In Chile you will visit cosmopolitan Santiago then travel to Ecuador. Visit Quito and the famous Andean market of Otavalo, and then cruise the Galapagos Islands to get up and close with amazing wildlife.

Day 14: Cuzco Morning tour of Cuzco. Afternoon free.(B) Day 15: Cuzco Breakfast. Free day for optional activities. (B)

In Peru, visit Lima, Cuzco, the “Lost city of the Incas” Machu Picchu. Fly to the Amazon for wildlife spotting. In Bolivia take an hydrofoil cruise on the highest lake in the world and visit the Uros Islands, Copacabana shrine, Sun island and La Paz famous “witches’ market”, where the tour concludes.

Day 16: Cuzco/Sacred Valley Full day tour to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Drop off at the Sacred Valley for overnight. (B,L)

In locations such as: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, La Paz and Santiago we have the option of “Pick and Choose” amongst two or three activities...

Day 17: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes.

Machu Picchu Ruins, Peru

PRICES Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $11,068 pp Single Supp: $6,144 Tourist Superior: Twin Share: From $12,099 pp Single Supp: $6,893 First Class: Twin Share: From $13,334 pp Single Supp: $7,966

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Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine, Chile

IMPORTANT NOTES • Prices given as a guide only. Seasonal surcharges apply. Please contact us for current prices or special deals. • Las Torres Std - Garden View • Las Torres Sup - Mountain View • Room category for other properties is leading rooms or Run of the House - ROH. • Transfers from from Punta Arenas airport to Torres del Paine area airport is around mid day and from El Calafate early in the morning. • Transfers from hotels to Punta Arenas airport and El Calafate are early in the mornings, so flights should be booked leaving Punta Arenas around mid afternoon.

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6 DAY - PATAGONIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - PHTTP6 CHILE

From $3,565

ARGENTINA

Per Person, Twin Share

CHILE & ARGENTINA: Torres del Paine National Park, El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate

Pacific Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Torres del Paine 3

2

El Calafate Falkland Is

Punta Arenas

FACT FINDER

Departs: Antarctica Peninsula Daily from September to April. Available vice versa.

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat.

Day 4 Torres del Paine/El Calafate Van or Bus transfer to El Calafate organised by the property you staying at. It will take from 4.5 to 5.5 hours depending on the hotel you are staying. Overnight at selected hotel in El Calafate. (B)

Includes: • Meals as per program. Full board in Torres del Paine and only breakfasts in El Calafate. • Excursions menu depending on weather conditions. • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides. • All transfers with assistance.

Day 5 El Calafate - Day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. As lunch is not included, make sure you pre-order a box lunch the day before from the hotel you are staying at or there is an informal restaurant at the visitors centre of the Perito Moreno Glacier nearby complex.(B)

Not Included: • Local airport taxes • Expenses of personal nature, lunches and dinners in El Calafate. • Some hotels have extra charges for transfers to/from El Calafate.

Tourist Superior: Twin Share: From $4,178 pp Single Supp: $1,696 First Class: Twin Share: From $5,194 pp Single Supp: $2,198

This crossing of the Chilean and Argentine lake districts is one of the most beautiful journeys you can taken in Patagonia, a sight not to be missed. By a combination of motor-launches and motor coaches, crossing three lakes and bordering a fourth. An unforgettable trip, although operational all year round, the best weather is from October through to April.

Day 3 Torres del Paine Another day in the park where you can choose an activity from the excursions menu. Perhaps you should consider a boat excursion to visit one one of the nearby glaciers... (Serrano or Grey Glaciers... (B,L,D)

Highlights: Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Perito Moreno and Upsala, Onelli & Spegazzini Glaciers.

Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $3,565 pp Single Supp: $1,490

LAKES CROSSING

Day 1 Arrive Punta Arenas/TDP Mid-Day arrival in Punta Arenas and scheduled shared transfer organised by the hotel to Torres del Paine. Transfer may take from 4.5 to 5.5 hours depending on hotel chosen. (D) Day 2 Torres del Paine After breakfast, the expedition staff at the hotels will offer you a wide variety of excursions you can choose from depending on your interests and physical capacity. There will be picknic type of lunch on this day. (B,L,D)

South Georgia

PRICES FROM

Program For All Hotels

Day 6 Depart El Calafate At convenient time, tansfer to El Calafate Airport for your onward flight. (B). - Contact us for detailed program. Explora Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia

Patagonia is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking locations in the world, the Torres del Paine National Park & The Perito Moreno Glacier are unforgettable experiences. Our tour allows you to experience an untamed Patagonia without any concerns other than feeling the freedom of the pampas and the beauty of the mountains.

Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Puerto Montt Meet and assist at the airport then further transfer to Puerto Varas (25 Mins approx) to selected hotel. Day 2: Puerto Varas Breakfast. Morning city tour of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 3: Puerto Varas/Peulla This crossing of the Chilean and Argentine lake districts is one of the most beautiful journeys you can in this part of the world. By means of a combination of motor launches and motor coaches, crossing three lakes and bordering a fourth. Bus to Petrohue via Puerto Varas, launch across spectacular Lake Todos Los Santos to Peulla for overnight. (B, D) Day 4: Peulla/Bariloche Bus crossing over the Perez Rosales pass to reach Puerto Frias for Argentine immigration formalities. Continue by launch across Lake Frias up to Puerto Alegre for a short bus ride to Puerto Blest where you once again board a launch and cross the beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi, and Puerto Panuelo where you board your bus for short 20 minute ride into Bariloche. (B) Day 5: Bariloche After breakfast, small circuit of Bariloche. Afternoon at. (B) Day 6: Depart Bariloche At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B)

In Torres del Paine, we offer a great variety of excursions in either cars, trekking or on horses. You only have to pick your preference, interest or capacity.

Prices From: AU$1,414pp Twin Share. Single Supp. $879

The tour, then continues to El calafate, where you will stay for two nights and have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. Las Torres Hotel Patagonia

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From $4,408 Per Person, Twin Share

ITINERARY

11 DAY - ALTIPLANO CIRCUIT - ACKT11 PERU

ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA & CHILE: Salta, Humahuaca, Uyuni Saltflats, Alota Valley, Villamar, Laguna Colorada, Laguna VerdeBOLIVIA & San Pedro de Atacama Puno

Moon Valley, San Pedro de Atacama

BRAZIL

La Paz Uyuni

Day 1 Sat Arrive in Buenos Aires Morning arrival in Buenos Aires, Afternoon city tour. Overnight at selected hotel.

Villamar San Pedro Atacama

Day 2 Sun Buenos Aires/Salta Morning transfer to the airport with driver only. On arrival in Salta, meet and assist. Afternoon Salta walking tour.(B)

CHILE

Humahuaca Salta 2

3

ARGENTINA

Day 3 Mon Salta Day at leisure for optional activities - Suggest day tour to Cafayate. (B)

Buenos Aires

FACT FINDER

Day 4 Tue Salta/Humahuaca Shared excursion to the Humahuaca Gorge passing through the quaint village of Pumamarca. Overnight at selected hotel in Humahuaca (B)

Departs: Weekly on Saturdays. Highlights: Humahuaca Gorge, Train Ride Villazon-Uyuni, Uyuni Salt Flats, Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorada, San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 5 Wed Humahuaca/Villazon/Uyuni Regular bus with guide to La Quiaca. Cross the border to Villazon, train to Uyuni for overnight at selected hotel. (B)

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, train, plane and walking.

Day 6 Thu Uyuni Day trip to the Salflats in Colchani, conditions permitting visit “Incahuasi Is.”, visit the mummies of Coquesa. Overnight in Uyuni. (B,L)

Includes: • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes

Day 7 Fri Uyuni/Villamar Conditions permitting, cross the slatflats of Uyuni and the highland villages of San Juan and San Agustin. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L,D) Day 8 Sat Villamar/San Pedro de Atacama Visit “Laguna Colorada”, “Sol de la manana” geysers, Hots Springs of Polques, “Laguna Verde”. Continue to San Pedro for overnight..(B) Day 9 Sun San Pedro de Atacama Visit the Death Valley, the Moon Valley for the most interesting rock formations. Overninght in San Pedro. (B)

Lake Titicaca

Dramatic journey through 3 countries from Buenos Aires to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile via the Altiplano south of Bolivia. Visit Salta,cultured city in the less-visited but delightful Andean foothills and the famous 7 coulour hill in Pumamarca and the Humahuaca Gorge. Expedition across the desert and Uyuni salt flats to luminous lagoons and astonishing scenery of remote southern Bolivia. Seven Colours Hill, Humahuaca

Day 10 Mon San Pedro de Atacama Free day for optional activities. (B)

High pass over the Andes and through surreal, lofty landscapes to the Atacama desert in Chile where the tour concludes.

Not Included: • Local airport taxes • Expenses of personal nature such as: • laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, • meals not included and optional tours. Important: This tour goes through very high altitude (3,900 to around 5,000 Mts a.s.l.) and is not recommended to people with lung problems, heart conditions or any type of respiratory problems or any other condition that might compromise your health.

PRICES

Day 11 Tue Depart San Pedro de Atacama Transfer to Calama for your flight out. End of Services.Note: Prices are indicative, please contact us for current prices. Uyuni Saltflats, Bolivia

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Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $4,408 pp Single Supp: $883


8 DAY - ALTIPLANO BOLIVIA & CHILE TOUR - ABCMT8

From $3,991 Per Person, Twin Share

BOLIVIA & CHILE: Puno, Sun Island, La Paz, Uyuni Saltflats, Alota Valley, Villamar, Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde & San Pedro de Atacama

PERU Puno

Alpacas on the Altiplano, Bolivia

Day 1: Puno/Copacabana/Sun Island(Sat or Tue) Bus from Puno to Copacabana, boat to Sun Island, hike to the lodge. Overnight at Ecolodge La Estancia 3*. (L,D)

BOLIVIA

Lake Titicaca

BRAZIL

La Paz Uyuni

2

Villamar San Pedro Atacama CHILE

Day 2: Sun Island/La Paz (Sun or Wed) Boat to Moon Island to visit the Inca ruins. Hike to La Chincana or boat trip to Yumani for non hikers. Continue by bus to La Paz. Overnight at Hotel El Dorado 3* or similar.

3

Humahuaca Salta ARGENTINA

FACT FINDER

Day 3: La Paz (Mon or Thu) Morning city tour and Moon Valley. Afternoon at leisure.

Departs: Buenos Aires March to October is the best time to go. In March you get the famous “Mirror Like Effect” but land excursions might be restricted due to floodings. If you want to explore, then Jun to Sep is optimal.

Day 4: La Paz/Uyuni (Tue or Fri) Early morning flight to Uyuni and visit the Saltflats and surrounding area. transfer to your hotel near Colchani. (B,L,D) Day 5: Colchani/Alota/Villamar (Wed or Sat) Drive to the rich valley of Alota with its great stone formations. Then onto Villamar for overnight(Salt Flats). Overnight at Jardines de Tahua Hotel 3* or similar. (B,L,D)

Highlights: Lake Titicaca, Sun Island, Train Ride Oruro to Uyuni, Uyuni Salt Flats, Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorada, San Pedro de Atacama. Note: Tour also operates in the reverse direction, call for dates.

Day 6: Villamar/REA(Reserve Eduardo Abaroa)/San Pedro de Atacama (Thu or Sun) Visit lagunes, geysers, cross the Chilean border to San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight at Hotel Casa de Don Tomas 3* or similar (B)

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat,plane and walking. Includes: • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Local airport taxes, expenses of personal nature such as: laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, • meals not included and optional tours. Important: This tour goes through very high altitude (3,900 to around 5,000 Mts a.s.l.) and is not recommended to people with lung problems, heart conditions or any type of respiratory problems or any other condition that might compromise your health. Note: Prices are indicative.

ITINERARY

From Puno (Peru) to Copacabana (Bolivia), discover Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake of the World and explore Sun Island, the cradle of the Andean civilization. Visit Copacabana’s colonial church famous for its famous Dark Virgin and continue to La Paz. Cross the Altiplano and the immense Uyuni Salt Flats, a natural wonder half the size of Belgium, exploring Abaroa National Reserve, harboring the awesome red and green lakes surrounded by volcanoes and sheltering over 40,000 flamingos living at 4,300m. Finally, reach the pleasant desert town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. This is a great tour for those who want to explore the Bolivian Altiplano in depth. Admire the immensity of the Uyuni Salt Flats, the beauty of Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada.

Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama (Fri or Mon) Half day excursion to Tulor and Pukara de Quitor Archaelogical ruins. (B) Day 8: Depart San Pedro de Atacama (Sat or Tue) Transfer to the airport in Calama for your flight out. (B) - Contact us for detailed program. Uyuni Saltflats, Bolivia

PRICES Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $3,991 pp Single Supp: $1,133

Laguna Colorada Bolivia

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20 DAY - HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR & COLOMBIA - HECTP20

From $9,586 Per Person, Twin Share

ITINERARY

ECUADOR & COLOMBIA: Guayaquil or Quito, Otavalo Market, Galapagos Is., Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Coffee Region & Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Day 1: Wed - Arrive Guayaquil or Quito Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel.

Caribbean Sea

4

Cartagena VENEZUELA

Days 2 -6: Guayaquil or Quito/Galapagos/ Quito Three nights cruise in the Galapagos Islands with great opportunity to observe up a close land and marine wildlife. (B,L,D)

Galapagos Is. 3

Pereira

Quito Guayaquil

Days 7 - 9: Quito/Magdalena/Quito Spend the next days visiting the city’s landmarks, the famous Otavalo Indian Market, and an overnight stay at Magdalena Karanki Community. (3B, 1L)

1

3

Villa de Leyva 1 COLOMBIA 2 Bogota

5

ECUADOR BRAZIL

PERU Lima

Day 10: Quito/Bogota Free time before flight to Bogota. Transfer to selected hotel. (B)

La Paz Lake Titicaca

BOLIVIA

FACT FINDER

Days 11 - 13: Bogota/Villa de Leyva/Pereira Half day City tour of Bogota, visit Zipaquira, Villa de Leyva. Return to Bogota and fly to Pereira, gateway to the coffee region. (3B)

Departs: Weekly, ideally on Tuesdays

Day 14: Pereira (Coffee Region) Learning tour of the Coffee Growing Process, evening free. Accommodation at selected Hacienda. (B, D)

Highlights: Quito, Galapagos Islands, Otavalo Market, Bogota and Gold Museum, Villa de Leyva, the Coffee Region and Cartagena.

Day 15: Coffee Region - Full day excursion to Salento and the Cocora Valley (B,D)

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot.

Day 16: Coffee Region/Cartagena Transfer Bogota airport to Cartagena. Transfer to selected hotel (B)

Come and discover with us some of the most beautiful attractions of Ecuador and Colombia staying in confortable hotels and a first class boat in the Galapagos Islands.

Day 17 - 19: Cartagena Half Day Cartagena city tour, half day tour of Bocachica Island and evening Horse Carriage ride through the Old City (3B) Day 20: Mon - Depart Cartagena At convenient time, transfer to airport for your flight home or to your next destination. (B) - Contact us for detailed program.

PRICES Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $9,586 pp Single Supp: $5,127 First Class: Twin Share: From $9,733 pp Single Supp: $5,324

We start with a cruise in the enchanted Galapagos Islands, teeming with land and marine wildlife. Fly to Quito and suroundings dramatic scenery, visit ancient craft villages with traditional costumes and rural way of life. Seals in the Galapagos and visitor.

Continue to Colombia, beautiful, varied, friendly and politically stabilised and opened up to visitors. Visit Bogota, its wolrd famous gold museum and the nearby colonial and quaint village of Villa de Leyva. Stay at a bucolic farm in the coffee region and experience the magic of Cartagena, a Unesco heritage site with charming glorious mansions and romantic balconies full of flowers.

Quito, Ecuador

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Salento, Colombia

Includes: • Only airfare included is Guayaquil/Galapagos/Quito • Meals as per progr am (19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides • Entry to sites, except Galapagos & Ingala • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Some airport taxes Approx AU$450pp • Reciprocity fees Chile US$117, • Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 pp. • Plus INGALA Control Card US$20 pp. • Laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours.


5, 8 DAY - AUSTRALIS CRUISES - ACAC5

From $3,443

Atlantic Ocean

Per Person, Twin Share

ARGENTINA & CHILE: Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Ainsworth Bay, Pia Glacier, Cape Horn, Glaciers Alley, Wulaia Bay, Magdalena Is.

ITINERARIES

ARGENTINA El Calafate

USHUAIA - PUNTA ARENAS Day 1: Ushuaia Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Day 3: Pía Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier Day 4: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier Day 5: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

CHILE Falkland Is

Punta Arenas

Ushuaia Pacific Ocean

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PUNTA ARENAS - USHUAIA Day 1: Punta Arenas Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets Day 3: Pía Glacier - Glacier Alley Day 4: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Day 5: Ushuaia

Antarctic Peninsula

FACT FINDER Best Time to Go: The best time to travel to Patagonia is from December to February. The months just either side of this, October, November, March and April are slightly cooler but less windy and less crowded so are also good times to visit. In winter the average temperature is -2C and travel is difficult as many places may be covered in snow.

PUNTA ARENAS - USHUAIA - PUNTA ARENAS Day 1: Punta Arenas Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets Day 3: Pía Glacier - Glacier Alley Day 4: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Day 5: Ushuaia Day 6: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Day 7: De Agostini Sound and Águila Glacier Day 8: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

Highlights: Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Ainsworth Bay, Pia Glacier, Glacies Alley, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, Garibaldi Glacier, Magdalena Island. Some of the attractions are visited in one direction and weather permitting.. Includes: • Nights Cruise as per Cabin Accommodation and itinerary selected • All meals, open bar (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors) • Shore excursions, and on-board entertainment. Not Included: • Local port taxes of approx. US$60-US$70, subject to change without notice. • Expenses of personal nature such as: • laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, • meals not included and optional tours. • Optional excursions. • Medical insurance. Important: • The company reserves the right to modify cruise rates and departure dates published. • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • Port Taxes of approximately US$50 US$60 per person. Subject to change without notice.

USHUAIA - PUNTA ARENAS - USHUAIA Day 1: Ushuaia Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Day 3: De Agostini Sound - Águila Glacier Day 4: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas Day 5: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets Day 6: Pía Glacier - Glacier Alley Day 7: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Day 8: Ushuaia

Ainsworth Bay. Hike during the Australis Cruises outings

Important:

A journey to the “End of the World” on board the Australis Cruises, is a unique adventure at the Patagonia region. Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile,from September through April, crossing the Magellan’s Straight, the vessel will travel to famed Cape Horn, then navigate along the Beagle Channel up to Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, visiting nine glaciers, virgin forests, lakes and the splendid flora and fauna of one of the world’s few uncontaminated regions. You will also get to know the remains of nearly extinct native cultures. You will learn about the geographic environment where our expedition cruise ship sails and each one of the channels, fjords and glaciers.

During September and April some of the excursions and places to be visited in above itineraries may be replaced by another activity/place due to weather conditions.

PRICES 2019-20

Stella Australis Cruise

A Cabins from: (Low Season) Twin Share: From $3,708 pp Single Supp: $1,854 AA Cabins from: (Low Season) Twin Share: From $3,886 pp Single Supp: $1,943

Making this route a unique and mysterious place at the end of the earth along with the history of the discovery of the southernmost region in the world and the explorations that followed the discovery, where Spanish navigators, English corsairs, scientists and others arrived at this indomitable place, inhabited only by indigenous tribes. Penguins at Tuckers Islets

AAA Cabins from: (Low Season) Twin Share: From $4,068 pp Single Supp: $2,034 Note: Prices for 4 nights cruise. Call for other cabin types and duration.

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PERU TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name: Republic of Peru Area: 1,285,215 sq km (501,234 sq mi) Population: 27,012,899 (1.9% growth) Capital city: Lima (pop 8 million) People: 54% Indian, 32% Mestizo (mixed European and Indian descent), 12% Spanish descent, 2% Black, Asian minority Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara Religion: Over 90% Roman Catholic, small Protestant population Government: Democracy Visa & Health: Please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Time: GMT/UTC minus 5 hours Electricity: 220V, 60Hz Weights & measures: Metric When to go: Peru’s peak season is from June to September, which is the dry season in the highlands and is the best time to go if you’re interested in trekking. The highlands can be visited year-round, though the wettest months, January to April but trekking is still possible, it may be a muddy proposition. Many of the major festivals occur in the wettest months and continue undiminished in spite of heavy rain. In the eastern rainforests, it naturally rains a lot. The wettest months are December through to April, it can be visited yearround since it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. The coast should be visited around January while it’s hot, and the mountains and jungles are at their best after the rains, from May until September, except for the Iquitos region. Since this is unlikely to be possible on a single trip – the country’s attractions are invariably enough to override the need for guarantees of good weather.

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Locals in the Sacred Valley


17 DAY - PERU HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - PHTP17

From $5.331 Per Person, Twin Share

PERU: Lima, Paracas, Ballestas Is. Nasca Lines, Amazon, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Colca Canyon & Late Titicaca itinerary:

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COLOMBIA

Day 1 Arrive Lima On arrival in Lima you will be meet and transferred to your selected Hotel in Lima. (B)

ECUADOR

PERU

BRAZIL

Day 2 Lima – Morning City Tour & Larco Museum Breakfast. Afternoon half-day city tour of Colonial and Modern Lima plus visit to Larco Herrera Museum. (B)

Machu Picchu Lima

3

Ballestas Is.

Cuzco 3

1

2 1

2

Puerto Maldonado Juliaca

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Nasca Lines Colca Canyon

Day 3 Lima/Paracas Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to bus terminal. Regular bus to Ica (a three hour ride). Transfer to selected hotel. (B)

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Sacred Valley Puno

2

2

Arequipa

3

La Paz BOLIVIA

Day 4 Ballestas Islands/Nazca Flight/Lima Early morning motorboat excursion to the Ballestas Is. to observe Sea lions, boobies, pelicans, penguins and other marine birds.

Lake Titicaca

FACT FINDER

Early afternoon panoramic flight over the Nazca Lines, which are huge figures created by the ancient Nazca civilization. Bus trip back to Lima, approx 3 hours and transfer to your hotel. (B)

Departs: Any day of the week. Best on Fridays Highlights: Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Paracas National Reserve, The Amazon, Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Pisac Market, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Uros/taquile Islands.

Day 5 Lima/Puerto Maldonado (Amazon) Breakfast. morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Meet and assist at the airport and further transfer by boat to your selected Lodge. (B,L,D)

Arequipa Street at night

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, aeroplane, ship, boat, train and foot. Includes: • Meals as per program (17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners) • 17 nights at selected hotels and 1 overnight bus Nazca/Arequipa • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • Entry to sites • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Local airport taxes • No Airfares Included • Expenses of personal nature such as: • laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, • meals not included and optional tours. Note: Prices are indicative, please contact us for current prices.

Day 6 Pto Maldonado - Lodge Activities Day activities at the lodge that might include hikes and/or boat rides to maximise wildlife sighting opportunities.There is one activity in the morning, one in the afternoon and one after dinner.(B,L,D)

Capybaras Family

Nasca Lines Overflight

This in-depth adventure through Peru will take you all over the country. Experience ecological reserves and prodigious national parks, take in the Nazca Lines, a mysterious area of Peru where great figures were carved into the ground thousands of years ago. You will travel to the dense jungle inhabited by diverse endemic flora and fauna. Then journey to the mountains of Peru for a look into Inca society while visiting Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and be impressed by the depth of the Colca Canyon while keeping an eye out for the resident Andean condors, the world’s largest flying bird. Continue by bus to Puno through striking scenery and wildlife. Take a boat ride to the famous Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. A once in a lifetime experience.

Morning departure on one of the world’s great train journeys to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the ruins, Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and overnight.. (B,L) Day 11 Aguas Calientes/Cuzco Morning free to further explore the area and enjoy the surroundings. Return to Cuzco by tourist train in the afternoon. (B) Day 12 Cuzco/Arequipa Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. B) Day 13 Arequipa Morning city tour of the city’s main attractions, including the famous Sta Catalina Convent. Accommodation at selected hotel (B) Day 14 Colca Canyon Excursion Morning visit to one of the deepest canyons in the Americas where its people keep alive the traditions of a handful of towns of ancestral origins. In the afternoon free time to visit Hot Springs and medicinal baths. (B,L) Day 15 Colca Canyon/Puno Early visit of the “Condor’s Cross” Lookout point. After lunch continue to Puno along a sinuous scenic drive through stunning landscape with reserves dotted with alpacas, llamas and vicunas. (B,L) Day 16 Puno Mornint visit by boat of the Uros floating islands in the Titikaka lake & Taquile Is. (B) Day 17 Depart Puno - Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to either airport or bus station.(B)

Day 7 Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco Journey back to Puerto Maldonado office then further transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. (B) Day 8 Cuzco Afternoon City Tour. selected hotel (B)

Accommodation at

Local weaver in Chinchero

PRICES

Day 9 Cuzco/Sacred Valley - Tour of Chinchero Market, Maras Saltplans with Moray Visit the quaint market of Chinchero before driving down to The archaelogical site of Moray and the Saltpans of Maras. Continue to the Sacred Valley for overnight. (B,L)

Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $5,331 pp Single Supp: $3,128

Day 10 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes

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MOUNTAIN LODGES OF PERU - MLP

From $2,921

Per Person, Twin Share

PERU: Sacred Valley, Salkantay, Lares, Chinchero, Viacha & Machu Picchu

What We Stand For K’ata / Unique We are wholeheartedly committed to making our guests’ experiences unique through exceptional service and personalized attention. Our small group adventures make this possible. Ujjina / Different Unique nomadic journeys are in our DNA. We take great pride in sharing them with our guests in hopes that each day spent with us delivers discovery and growth with the added benefit of comfort and exceptional client service. Japiqay / Learn Our foundation, our engine, and our hearts are focused on offering education and memorable life-changing experiences that profoundly impact our guests.

Ayni / Reciprocity Authenticity is the roadmap we have chosen. We are committed to creating social and economic value all around us while at the same time maintaining and highlighting the unique traditions of the Andean communities. A key strategy in reaching our objective is to empower, train, and employ as many locals as possible from our neighboring communities to become modern-day travel industry professionals.

Tariy / Discover Following and discovering uncrowded paths…our programs are designed around remote routes in pristine areas high in the mountains. These itineraries allow us to travel in relative solitude and at our own pace, putting our guests in close contact with the history, culture, and natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes.

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

This is a 5 or 7 day lodge-to-lodge journey through the rich history, living culture and magnificent landscape of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

This 7-day lodge to lodge trekking experience will take you on a historic section of Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, while you traverse a mountain pass over 4,572 metres, explore villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions and re-discover the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire.

Majestic archaeological sites lead to remote and uncrowded trails taking travelers through mountains and valleys, abounding in natural beauty and dotted with Andean communities, where the locals are master weavers and their traditions are still firmly rooted in ancient Incan culture. Expert guides tailor the experience with an offer of à la carte activities and daily cultural encounters.

Yachayniyux /Experience In 2017, we marked 10 years of continuous success and leadership in the adventure and sustainable travel industries. From day one we have worked very hard to continuously improve our products by offering exceptional service plus the very best in guides, infrastructure, and logistics.

Ayllu / Community Our genuine desire to build human relationships makes us strive to innovate, empower, and create value for our stakeholders, including partnerships with Andean communities as part-owners of the MLP lodges.

SACRED VALLEY & LARES ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU

Valparaiso

Mountain Lodges of Peru creates unique adventure travel experiences for the discerning active traveler, with a core competency in hospitality, lodging, and local personalized service along with a high degree of commitment to social and environmental sustainability. We are Peruvians who are passionate about our mountains and our Andean neighbours. They inspire us to consistently create strategies for social/economic advancement and environmental sustainability. Not only are we committed to sharing the celebrated treasures of Peru, we are also devoted to exceeding our guests’ expectations by offering an integrated cultural component that brings these treasures to life... Contact us for more trekking experiences!

Itinerary 5 Days/4 Nights: Day 0, Evening briefing in Cusco Day 1, Cusco, Pisaq, Lamay - Lamay Lodge (2,958 mts) Day 2, Lamay, Lares, Huacahuasi Huacahuasi Lodge (3,835 mts) Day 3, Huacahuasi to Ollantaytambo Hotel in Sacred Valley (2,830 mts) Day 4, Train to Machu Picchu - Hotel in Aguas Calientes(1,900 mts) Day 5, Machu Picchu Sanctuary and Return to Cusco (3,360 masl). Itinerary 7 Days/6 Nights: Note, this programs has 1 extra night at Lamay Lodge and 1 extra night at Huacahuasi Lodge and visits to Chinchero and Viacha.

Prices: (Low Season) From AU$2,921 pp twin (5 D/4 N) From AU$3,537 pp twin (7 D/ 6N)

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy lodge, complemented by a massage or a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines and all provided with highly personalized service by local staff. Itinerary 7 Days/6 Nights: Day 0, Evening bfriefing in Cusco Day 1, Cusco to Soraypampa - Salkantay Lodge (3,869 mts) Day 2, Hike to Lake Humantay - Salkantay Lodge Day 3. Challenging trek to Wayraccmachay Wayra Lodge (3,906 mts) Day 4, Descend to Collpapampa - Collpa Lodge (2,870 mts) Day 5, Hike Lucmabamba - Lucma Lodge (2,135 mts) Day 6, Cross the Llactapata Pass - Aguas Calientes Hotel (1,900 mts) Day 7, Visit Machu Picchu Ruins and return to Cusco. (3,360 mts). .

Prices: (Low Season) From AU$4,600 pp twin

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Note: Contact us for inclusions.

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Karajia Sarcophagi, Revash, Peru


9 DAY - TREASURES OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOMS - TNKHCT9 PERU: Chiclayo, Lord of Sipan Tomb, Gocta Falls, Chachapoyas, Leimebamba , Kuelap Fortress & Cajamarca, Trujillo & Chan Chan.

itinerary:

COLOMBIA

Day 1, Arrive in Chiclayo After an early morning flight into Chiclayo, we set off to explore the “Cracked Pyramid”, Túcume, and the Royal Tombs of Sipán. Overnight at selected hotel. (L)

ECUADOR

Gocta Falls Chiclayo

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Chachapoyas Kuelap Fortress Trujillo Cajamarca 2

BRAZIL

2

1

Day 2, Chiclayo/Gocta Falls Drive across the Andes to the Upper Amazon Basin, following the Utcubamba River to Chachapoyas. Overnight at Gocta Lodge or similar. (B,L,D)

2

Chan Chan

Lima

2

PERU

Day 3, Gocta Falls Hike through the forest and discover one of world’s highest single drop waterfalls, the Gocta Falls. Enjoy the refreshing mist of the of the falls and keep an eye for the beautiful hummingbirds and other birds and possibly Capuccin Monkeys. Overnight at Gocta Lodge or similar. (B,L,D)

BOLIVIA 3

La Paz

FACT FINDER

Day 4, Gocta Falls to Chachapoyas Visit the great walled city of Northern Peru: The mysterious Kuelap Fortress, famous for its fossil encrusted walls and footpath with narrow and tapered entranceways ideal for defense. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo or similar. (B,L,D)

Departs: From April through October. Private Departures daily from April through October. Note: the most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April and they can continue until May. The average temperature in Chachapoyas area is 22°C and cool nights and Cajamarca and Celendin is 14°C and cool nights. This tour is intended for travelers with a special interest in archaeology and a taste for adventure. This region is still new to tourism, but we have taken every care to provide as comfortable a stay as possible, with air-conditioned vehicles, expert guides with basic English and the best possible accommodation. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, aeroplane, horse and foot.. Included: • Accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as per program • All transfers, transport, sight-seeing and visit as per itinerary with English speaking guides. Not Included: • Local airport taxes • Domestic flights • Expenses of personal nature.

Day 5, Chachapoyas/Leimebamba Follow the Utcubamba River Valley upstream spotting herons and perhaps Andean torrent ducks, scarlet poinsettias to the place where sure-footed horses will carry us up the trail to the cliff tombs Revash. Return to Leimebamba to visit the local musem. Overnighta at Casona Leimebamba or similar. (B,L,D)

Revash Funerary Complex, Peru

Gocta Waterfalls, Chachapoyas

Lord of Sipan Tomb

This journey through the landscape and history of Peru’s little-known northern region is a revelation and a magical experience for many visitors. On the deserts of the north coast we see the archaeological marvels of the pyramid-building Moche and Lambayeque civilizations, along with sumptuous artistic treasures displayed in wonderful museum collections. We are able to follow this story across many centuries through the highlands of the Chachapoyas region, where another civilization once flourished, building astounding fortified mountaintop settlements and embedding colourfully painted tombs into craggy limestone cliffs. Here the ancient Chachapoyans thwarted the imperial ambitions of the Incas, until they were finally overwhelmed. We see the mummies and beautifully-crafted artefacts of an Inca-Chachapoyan realm where Incas once ruled alongside local nobility.

Day 6, Leimebamba/Cajamarca This day offers us new perspectives on the multitude of natural environments of the Peruvian Andes through the Maranon Canyon with lunch at Celendin to Cajamarca where you can enjoy a dip in thermal hot springs. Overnight Laguna Seca Hotel or similar. (B,L) Day 7, Cajamarca Morning visit of the town and up to the hilltop, known as Colina Santa Apolonia for great views of the valley. After lunch we pay a visit to the nearby rock formation at Otuzco, where over thousands of years the pre-Inca Cajamarca peoples left hundreds of elaborate niches, or “windows”, hewn into bedrock, in which they buried their dead. (B,L,D)

From $3,020

Per Person, Twin Share

Day 8, Cajamarca/Trujillo Early start from the highlands to the coast, aiming to reach Trujillo by mid-afternoon, in order to visit some of the city highlights before dinner. Overnight at Libertador Trujillo Hotel or similar (B,L) Day 9, Depart Trujillo Morning visit of the great adobe platforms of Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol, the picturesque beach resort of Huanchaco, and the pre-Inca city of Chan Chan before your late afternoon or evening flight to lima. (B,L)

PRICES

Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $3,020 pp Single Supp: $1,626 Note: Contact us for more prices in different hotel categories. LORD OF SIPAN & CHAN CHAN The massive adobe city of Chan Chan is really a series of royal compounds built by the Chimu, was a major source of gold for the Incas. The pyramids of the Sun and Moon are the largest structures ever built in South America. They formed the spiritual centre of the Moche Empire, a highly sophisticated yet mysterious culture that pre-dated the Incas by nearly 1,000 years. Itinerary: Day 1, Arrive in Trujillo Visit to the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the UNESCO heritage site of Chan Chan, the largest adobe ruin city in the world. Day 02: Trujillo/Chiclayo Coach transfer to Chiclayo. Afternoon visit to Tucume, an imposing archaeological site of 26 mud brick pyramids, and then onto the Tumbas Reales Museum. Overnight. (B) Day 03: Chiclayo Visit “The Lord of Sipan” Considered to be one of the richest archaeological finds in the Americas. Late Afternoon / Evening transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B,L)

Prices: From AU$767 pp twin (3 D/2 N)

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PERU AMAZON CRUISES AMAZON CRUISES Peru’s Northern Amazon is a huge area, reached by flying into the ‘forest-locked’ city of Iquitos which has no road connections to the rest of Peru. Travelling here allows access to one of the most pristine areas of the Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria reserve of flooded forests. An area of outstanding beauty that is best visited by boat. That’s why we’ve selected a number of expedition cruises to allow you to explore deep into the jungle, whilst remaining in comfort. What makes a trip into the Amazon exceptional however, is the guides, who we feel are exceptional on these cruises. It’s through their intimate knowledge of the rainforest that you will come to appreciate and enjoy this vast wilderness. When is the best time to visit the Amazon in Peru? Since the area is so close to the equator, the temperature does not very much throughout the year. The rainy season in the Peruvian Andes starts in about December and is heaviest in the Iquitos area in April. But the “dry” season does not mean that it does not rain then - i​t just means that it rains a little less often. It can rain at any time of the year, usually in the afternoon for a few hours. And weather patterns have been shifting, just like everywhere else Water levels traditionally peak in the Iquitos area at the end of April (also fed by melting snow from the Andes). The river levels can vary by about 50 feet between low and high water seasons. The area around Manu National Park and the Tambopata Reserve are not affected quite as much, though they did have problems getting to the Heath River Lodge a few years ago. But going in the rainy season can have it’s advantages. Since most riverine plants fruit and flower during this period, it is one of the best times to see birds and monkeys at the waters edge. It is also good for canoeing and kayaking. Around the Amazonia lodges, it is also the best time to see dolphins and tree frogs T​ he dry/low water season is best for hiking, camping and fishing. For example at the Amazonia lodges,the peak ​season for extended hiking is normally about July-November.

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Pink Dolphins in Peru


4, 5, DAY PERU AMAZON CRUISES - PACTP

From $2,769 Per Person, Twin Share

PERU: Iquitos, Nauta, Yanalpa Reserve, Pacaya Samiria Reserve and other rivers.

DELFIN I, II & III AMAZON CRUISES

LA PERLA AMAZON CRUISES

AMATISTA AMAZON CRUISE

ARIA AMAZON CRUISES

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, Delfin Amazon Cruises will take you into one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Experienced guides will show you the immense biodiversity of the area. Voyages include visits to native villages, kayaking, swimming near pink river dolphins, fishing, daytime hiking, and night safaris. On board, guests can enjoy exquisite Amazonian cuisine in an authentic, intimate setting with the right amount of elegance and comfort.

To sail in La Perla is to experience the authentic Amazon; to embark on a trip to the most intimate depths of the jungle; to feel the magic of a unique adventure that will take you to discover virgin and unexplored corners; a journey that will connect you directly with the immensity of nature, where nothing matters more than what is authentic on the planet and, above all, what is authentic in oneself.

Traveling aboard the Amatista is to embark on an authentic expedition through the Amazon jungle of Peru. The construction of the boat, based on the traditional boats of the jungle, will take you on a journey into space and time in which you will not be able to miss. Discover every corner of the Amazon from the Amethyst in an experience that will connect you with every detail of nature. Watch a night full of stars from the observation deck, enjoy the relaxing swing of the river, breathe the Amazon breeze, and enter the jungle of the Amazon … Put your five senses in the greatness of what surrounds you, and admire the immensity of a land before your eyes.

The 45 meter (147 foot) long Aria was designed by the innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Extremely generous dining and lounging areas include an outdoor river facing Jacuzzi. Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River in the ship’s 16 Design Suites, each measuring 23 square meters (250 square feet). Four suites can interconnect for families. Upgrades to the spa include new decor for enhanced relaxation.

4 Days/3 Nights – Sat (Delfin III)

Day 01: Iquitos/Amazon River/Embark Day 02: Yanalpa Reserve/Dorado River for dolphin spotting Day 03: Monkey and bird watching at Pacaya River Day 04: Puerto Miguel visit, transfer to Iquitos

5 Days/4 Nights – Tue (Delfin III)

Day 01: Iquitos/Nauta/Embarkation Day 02: Yanalpa Reserve/Dorado River for dolphin spotting Day 03: Monkey and bird watching at Atum Posa Lake Day 04: Fishing at Cano Curahuayte, birdwatching at Belluda cano Day 05: Puerto Miguel village visit, transfer to Iquitos.

Note: Please call for rates and departures for any of our three vessels: Delfin I, Delfin II & Delfin III. Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, excursions, activities including rubber boots and rain poncho and entrance fees to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Prices: (Delfin III) From AU$3,923 pp twin (Suite, 3Nights) From AU$5,231 pp twin (Suite, 4Nights) Single Supplement: Contact us

Magic is a constant in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, every being, every corner, has an essence to discover and only those who have lived and studied the Amazon over the years can understand and transmit it. Our expert naturalist guides aboard La Perla, with more than 20 years in the area, are the best hands to take to discover the infinity of the Peruvian Amazon; leading as you feel the culture and the Amazonian life in your own skin . The outdoor hammock area of La Perla is a unique place where you can feel the caress of the Amazonian air in your face. Breathing becomes an inexplicable experience in a space dedicated to relaxation and contemplation— a space where you can let yourself go in the confines of a land that seems to never end, while the movement of the waters cradles you. Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, excursions, activities and entrance fees to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve..

The Amethyst has 15 16m² cabins, distributed between the first and second decks. These fifteen rooms perfectly equipped and overlooking the outside, so that every traveler on board can enjoy the authentic Amazon expedition without interfering with comfort and rest. Includes:

A 9 day program includes: 2 hotel nights in Lima, arrival transfer in Lima, return flights Lima/Iquitos/Lima, 6 nights cruise, all transfers in Iquitos, 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, excursions, activities and entrance fees to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve..

Prices: From AU$2,859 pp twin (Lower Deck, 8Nights) From AU$3,059 pp twin (Upper Deck, 8Nights)

This striking black hulled ship accommodates a maximum of 32 guests plus 26 crew including a paramedic and four English-speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Peruvian Amazon. Note: Please call for more rates, other cabin types and departures.

Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer during lunch and dinner, excursions, activities and entrance fees to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Prices: From AU$6,231 pp twin (Suite, 3Nights) From AU$8,308 pp twin (Suite, 4Nights) Single Supplement: Call us

Note: Contact us for specific departure dates.

Prices: From AU$2,769 pp twin (With View, 3Nights) From AU$5,077 pp twin (With View, 6Nights)

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PERU AMAZON LODGES

Toucan in Peru

AMAZON LODGES One beauty of the Amazon rain forest of Eastern Peru is that it’s always at its peak, lush and green, teeming with wildlife, and among the world’s sensory pleasures. It has only two seasons, high water and low water—rainy and less rainy—and their relevance pertains mainly to how one gets around. During high water, December into May, much exploring is by boat or canoe. When the floodwaters subside in June, options for terra firma exploration increase and it’s possible to hike on jungle trails. Base-camp lodges cater to visitors eager to see wildlife. Guides point out colorful macaws, acrobatic monkeys, hungry caimans, and pink river dolphins slicing through black rivers. You’ll go on boat tours, meet locals (perhaps a shaman), and fish for piranhas. Most lodges offer five-day packages, making a jungle visit an easy add-on after touring Machu Picchu. But if you can, allow more time in the jungle to take in the gradual unfolding of the rain forest’s abundance and enjoy some hammock time. Don’t expect four-star hotel luxury, but these lodges all offer screened-in (bug-free) comfort, showers, the option of an en-suite bathroom, and all-inclusive programs that cover food and daily guides. Note: Contact us for lodges in the North East part of Peru.

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Quito

COLOMBIA

Coca

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ECUADOR Iquitos Pacaya Samiria Nat. Park

BRAZIL

PERU

Lima Puerto Maldonado

Ballestas Is. Nasca Lines

BOLIVIA

Lake Titicaca


4, 5, 6 DAY PERU AMAZON LODGES - PALTP

From $1,302 Per Person, Twin Share

PERU: Heath River, Tambopata Reserve, Manu Biosphere Reserve & Cloud Forests

HEATH RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE

REFUGIO AMAZONAS

MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE

BIO TRIP 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

Only 5 hours by river from P. Maldonado, the Center is the best-located lodge in the world’s largest pristine rainforest. Within easy reach are an excellent macaw clay lick, Capybaras (120-pound Guinea Pigs), oxbow lakes with Giant Otters, 480 bird species, and 6 monkey species. Furthermore, we feature healthy populations of Tapirs and Jaguars.

Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for soft adventurers and families, and has a rainforest trail designed especially for children, the only one in the Peruvian Amazon.

The lodge is located in a private, 16,190 ha./40,000-acre rain forest reserve adjacent to the one million-acre protected area named the “Amarakaeri Reserved Zone”. The tapir lick is a comfortable ninety minutes on foot from the lodge, while the macaw lick is a half-hour boat journey plus a short walk away. From Lima or Cusco by commercial airplane to Puerto Maldonado followed by a short overland journey and then navigate up the Madre de Dios River by motorized canoe to reach our Manu Wildlife Center. The world’s largest tapir lick, The most photogenic and accessible large macaw and parrot lick, Miles of monkey-rich trails through mature rain forest, Two 120-foot-tall (35-m) canopy platforms and two mature lakes with abundant Hoatzins, caimans and Giant Otters.

This journey combines a spectacular descent through mountainous cloud forest from Andes to Amazon, with lodge visits in the cloud forest and along the wild Alto Madre de Dios River, culminating in a lowland rainforest experience amidst the comfortable yet wildlife rich surroundings of the famous Manu Wildlife Center. Our overland route crosses an extraordinary range of life zones from highlands to lowlands, taking us through an array of ecosystems found nowhere else on the planet in such close proximity. We see high altitude farming valleys and traverse stark highland puna, plunge through layers of grassland, elfin forest, layers of lush, ever changing cloud forest, and then lowland tropical valleys where farmers cultivate coca and exotic fruits.

Sample Program: (Thu, from Mar to Nov)

Day 1: Cusco to Cock of the Rock Lodge. (Box Lunch/D). Day 2: Cock of the Rock Lodge to Amazonia Lodge or Pantiacolla Lodge. (B/Box Lunch/D) Day 3: Amazonia Lodge or Pantiacolla Lodge to Manu Wildlife Center. (B/Box Lunch/D) Day 4: Manu Wildlife Center: the Macaw Clay lick project, Canopy Tower & Tapir Clay lick. (B/L/D) Day 5: Manu Wildlife Center: Hike to an Oxbow Lake and the Wildlife Trails. (B/L/D) Day 6: Manu Wildlife Center to Cusco or Lima – Departure day. (B)

The Heath’s unique combination of comfort, macaw lick, pristine forest, unique pampas, and traditional culture offers what we believe is the Amazon’s finest all-around value for money. The lodge offers comfortable double bungalows with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers. Sample Program: (Mon & Thu)

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado/HRWC - Transfer to the lodge. (Passports needed as lodge is located on the Bolivian shore of the Heath river). Day 02: Heath River Wildlife Centre Day 03: Heath River Wildlife Centre Day 04: Heath River Wildlife Centre Day 05: Depart HRWC - Leave the lodge at dawn for return boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport.

Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, excursions, activities including rubber boots and rain poncho.

Prices: (4Days/3Nights) From AU$1,446pp twin Single Supplement: AU$300 Prices: (5Days/4Nights) From AU$1,875 pp twin Single Supplement: AU$401

Note: Contact us for prices on other departure days and different lodge combinations.

Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. The operator is partnering with local families, who sustainably harvest Brazil nuts from the surrounding rainforest, to ensure that they share in the benefits of ecotourism.. Note: Please call for more rates, other room types and lodge combination programs. Sample Program: (Daily)

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado/Refugio Amazonas - Transfer to the lodge. Day 02: Refugio Amazonas Day 03: Refugio Amazonas Day 04: Refugio Amazonas Day 05: Depart Refugio Amazonas - Leave the lodge at dawn for return boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport.

Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, excursions, activities including rubber boots and rain poncho.

Not Included:

Add US$13 park entrance fee for Refugio Amazonas programs

Prices: From AU$1,302 pp twin (3Nights) Single Supplement: AU$406 From AU$1,736 pp twin (4Nights) Single Supplement: AU$975

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado/MWC. Day 02: Manu Wildlife Centre Day 03: Manu Wildlife Centre Day 04: Manu Wildlife Centre Day 05: Depart MWC - Leave the lodge at dawn for return boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport.

Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, excursions, activities including rubber boots and rain poncho.

Prices: (4Days/3Nights) - Mon From AU$2,818 pp twin Single Supplement: AU$492 Prices: (5Days/4Nights) - Thu From AU$3,312 pp twin Single Supplement: AU$643 Note: Contact us for prices on other departure days and different lodge combinations.

Sample Program: (Sat, from Mar to Nov)

Includes:

All transfers, accommodation, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, excursions, activities and entrance fees to the Reserves..

Prices: From AU$3,935 pp twin Single Supplement: AU$809

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ECUADOR TOURS

Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

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6 DAY - TRAIN “CRUCERO” - TCTP6

ECUADOR: Quito, Cotopaxi, Lasso, Lacatunga, Cunchibamba, Ambato, Cevallos, Riobamba, Colta, Guamote, Alausi, Sibambe, Huigra, Bucay & Guayaquil Near Zumbahua, Ecuador

COLOMBIA Pacific Ocean

1

Duran 1 Guayaquil

1

ECUADOR

1

Lasso

Riobamba

Day 2, Tue – Quito/Otavalo/Ibarra/Quito We depart Quito early in the morning for a one-and-a-half drive north. In Otavalo, home of a millenary market, a carefully restored steam engine awaits us. After a tasting of traditional Andean cuisine and a visit to very special export-class rose plantation we return to Quito. (B,L,D)

Alausi

Huigra

PERU

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER

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Day 3, Wed – Quito/Urbina We board our convoy at Quito Chimbacalle station and begin our journey south along the Avenue of Volcanoes. If the weather permits, you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the train –most extinct or dormant for centuries. (B,L,D)

Full country name: Republic of Ecuador Area: 283,520 sq km (175,780 sq mi) Population: 12,920,092 (growth rate: 2.1%) Capital city: Quito (pop 1.5 million) People: 40% mestizo, 40% Indian, 15% Spanish descent, 5% African descent Language: Spanish, Quechua, Quichua, other indigenous languages Religion: Over 90% Roman Catholic, small minority of other Christian denominations Visae & Health: For information on Visae and health requirements, please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Time: GMT/UTC minus 5 hours Electricity: 110V, 60Hz Weights & Measures: Metric When to go Ecuador is a year round destination. If you’re visiting the Galapagos, you’ll find the warm rainy season from January to April the best time for snorkeling; the rest of the year the water is cooler, typically around 20°C (68°F). The mainland coast has similar weather patterns. The best time for hiking and climbing is June to August. Trekking in the Oriente is best done in the dry season, from late August through February.

Local girl in Otavalo

Per Person, Twin Share

ITINERARY Day 1: Mon - Arrive in Quito Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel.

Quito

1

From $3,061

Day 4 , Thu – Riobamba/The Devil’s Nose/ Bucay We depart Riobamba towards Colta, where the Spanish conquerors built their first settlement in Ecuador. We cross colorful quinoa fields painted in purples, yellows and reds, alternating with endemic species of flora and wildlife, indigenous settlements and the remains of ancient cultures. (B,L,D) Day 5, Fri – Bucay/Guayaquil The landscape changes again as the train leaves the tropical forest behind. Rice, sugar cane, pineapple and banana plantations pass before our eyes. (B,L) Day 6, Sat – Depart Guayaquil Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B) End of Services

Experience the wonders of Ecuador on board Tren Crucero, recognized as the Leading Luxury Train in South America in 2014, 2015, 2106 and 2017. Modern, electric-diesel, and lovingly restored, antique steam locomotives pull a high quality convoy of two luxury, Colonial and Republican-style themed passenger cars carrying just fifty passengers, to ensure personalized service for all. A bar and gift-shop car with two comfortable observation lounges and an open air terrace complete the setup of this comfortable, select boutique train. Feel the joy of discovering the hidden secrets of Ecuador with our carefully selected collection of Tren Crucero experiences. All our partners are local tourism companies with high standards of social and environmental responsibility and a deep commitment to the communities they serve. With them, you will hike the rainforest, roam ancestral markets, visit artisans’ workshops, meet the last “ice-harvester” of Chimborazo, be welcomed in indigenous communities where you will learn about Andean cosmogony and ancestral traditions…All this straight from the true guardians of these riches, the local communities that have preserved this astounding heritage.

Note: This trip is also available in the reverse with different operational days. Contact us for more details.

Colonial Coach, Crucero Train

PRICES Luxury Class: Twin Share: From $3,061 pp Single Supp: $969

Abraspungo Hacienda

Gold Class: Twin Share: From $3,329 pp Single Supp: $1,230

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From $1,831 Per Person, Twin Share

ECUADOR CLOUD &AMAZON LODGES - ECALTP

ECUADOR: Mindo Cloud Forest, Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Panacocha Biological Corridor, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & Kichwa Village.

Quito

COLOMBIA

Coca

3

ECUADOR Iquitos Pacaya Samiria Nat. Park

THE NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE

SACHA LODGE

The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Amazon Lodge, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 53,000 acres (over 21,400 hectares )of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park.

Located on a private 3,200 acre reserve, the lodge is built of traditional rainforest materials and nestled well concealed into the lush surroundings. There is a raised lookout above the bar and lounge which offers a scenic vista of Pilchicocha lake. The lodge provides electricity from 4:30 AM until 10PM. There are 20 thatched roof, double cabins and a main dining-lounge-bar area. Each of the rooms has a thatched roof and private shaded terraces. Each cabin has 2 double beds and private bathrooms complete with hot water. All cabins are screened

Accommodations are in comfortable bungalows for 2 or 3 guests, with a private bath, warm water, 120 volt outlets, and mosquito nets. From the terrace or the observation tower, you can watch giant otters, caimans, capybaras, monkeys, and birds and listen to the screams of the howler monkeys. Sample Itinerary: Day 1: Land/boat transfer from Coca to Lodge of approx. 2.5 hours. (BL,D) Day 2: Morning trek to a parrot clay lick and local community. (B, BL,D) Day 3: Canopy tower on Rio Napo for bird-watching and other wildlife. (B,L,D) Day 4: Boat/Land transfer to Coca. (B)

The Yasuni Parrot Lick Just a short distance from the lodge is Ecuador’s most accessible parrot lick, an exposed clay bank where brightly coloured parrots of several different species gather in the early morning.

BRAZIL

PERU FACT FINDER

Departs: Some lodges have fixed departures, check Lima for operational days. the price table Puerto

Highlights: Ballestas Is. Maldonado Remote indian communities, exhuberant cloud and rainforests, wildlife Nasca Lines sighting BOLIVIA activities. Lake Titicaca

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat,plane and walking.

Mashpi Lodge

Includes: • Meals as per program, no drinks • Accommodation in selected lodges • Daily activities with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance • NWC & Sacha Lodge include flights Quito/Coca/Quito. Not Included: • Community access fees from US$20 to US$35 per person. • Expenses of personal nature such as: laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours.

Activities Native guides with expert knowledge of the rainforest lead small groups on a variety of forays into the area. Guests are allowed to determine difficulty and duration.

PRICES FROM

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan

MASHPI CLOUD FOREST LODGE On a private nature reserve deep in the misty forests west of Quito, the award-winning, state-of-the-art hilltop Mashpi Lodge is breathtaking in its combination of simplicity and sophistication. You’ll enjoy a jungle experience, replete with exotic bird life and lush flowering tropical vegetation, but there’s a difference: the comfortable cocoon of Mashpi’s modern luxury accommodation bears no resemblance to the rustic design of a traditional jungle lodge. Instead it consists of a minimalist contemporary structure of floor-to-ceiling glass windows framing panoramic views. Slate-effect tiles, blond wood and wrought iron furnishings create a feeling of space and tranquillity. Macaw Clay Lick

Tamarind Monkey

Packages include transfers from the main hotels in Quito, accommodations, full board, soft drinks and bottled water and all activities. Transportation to activities is by electric buggies.

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NWC (Every day, X Sun) 4Days, Twin Share: From $2,256 pp Single Supp: $1,092 SACHA LODGE (Every day, X Sun) 4Days, Twin Share: From $1,831 pp Single Supp: $460 MASHPI LODGE (Every day) 3Days, Twin Share: From $2,065 pp Single Supp: On Request. Note: Call or email for longer stays and other lodges.


ECUADOR AMAZON CRUISES - EACTP

From $3,025

Per Person, Twin Share

ECUADOR: Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Panacocha Biological Corridor, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & Kichwa Village. LOcal man in a Napo River tributary

Parrots in Yasuni area

FACT FINDER

Departs: Cruises have fixed departures, check the price table for operational days. Highlights: Remote indian communities, exhuberant rainforests, wildlife sighting activities.

Includes: • Meals as per program, no drinks • Accommodation in selected cruises • Daily activities with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance

PRICES FROM

Note: Call or email for longer stays and other cruises.

Our 148 foot-long M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise has a capacity of 40 guests and all of them can enjoy a wide variety of excellent wines and fine diningl.

Join us aboard of a journey to our planet’s heart, The Amazon Basin. -The world’s largest body of freshwater that accounts for one-fifth of all running water on EarthThe New Manatee Amazon Explorer will sail through the Napo River, an important tributary to the Amazon River. Our jungles walks, kayak adventures and swimming activities will strengthen your heart while your soul is enriched by the amazing cultures that take care of this land.

4Days/3Nights Day 1: Sun, Arrive in Coca/Yasuní National Park Day 2: Mon, Parrot Clay Lick and Observation Tower Day 3: Tue, Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor Day 4: Wed, Native Dwelling and Depart Coca

Not Included: • Community access fees from US$70pp. • Airfares Quito/Coca/Quito of approxAU$350 per person. • Expenses of personal nature such as: laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours..

MV ANAKONDA Sun, 4Days, Twin Share: From $3,754 pp. Single Supp: $1,850 Wed, 5Days, Twin Share: From $4,689 pp. Single Supp: $2,134

MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER

Our 18 cabins, each with an area over 215 square feet, feature sitting areas, large and comfortable beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. The observation deck with the outdoor Jacuzzi and our al fresco lounge are ideal places to have a cocktail, to relax with a good book or simply enjoy the spectacular view.

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat,plane and walking.

MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER Fri, 4Days, Twin Share: From $3,025pp. Single Supp: $1,512 Mon, 5Days, Twin Share: From $3,778 pp. Single Supp: $1,893

MV ANAKONDA

Manatee

Kayaking activity in one of the cochas

Visit two of the famous protected areas of eastern Ecuador, the Yasuní National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Come and enjoy a unique journey along the lush upper Napo River, one of the tributaries of the great Amazon River. Over a million hectares of low-relief rainforest drained by countless tiny rivers that join the Rio Napo, twisting through patches of varzea forest and black water swamps. Significant portions of the park have remained undisturbed by humans and sightings of larger mammals and birds are more common here than in other parts of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. We invite you to explore one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, with its fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery.

5Days/4Nights Day 1: Wed, Arrive in Coca/Yasuní National Park Day 2: Thu, Visiting the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuní National Park Day 3: Fri, Kichwa Culture and Swamp Forest Hike Day 4: Sat, Parrot Clay Lick or Water Museum and Limoncocha Biological Reserve Day 5: Sun, Depart Coca

Day 1 - Arrive in Francisco de Orellana Start your adventure packed with nature study and cultural interaction..(L,D). Day 2 - Amazon river expedition cruise Visit Monkey Island at a nearby Indian community and through a network of black water streams to a flood forest habitat. After dinner, enjoy caiman watching. (B,L,D). Day 3 - Rainforest at Yasuni Biosphere Reserve Breakfast. Parrot clay lick and trek into the interior rainforest. Lunch at a native campsite. Afternoon swim at a lake and return by paddle dugout through blackwater creeks to our vessel. (B,L,D). Day 4 - Observation Tower & Rain Forest Trek Trek through the understory of gargantuan kapok trees packed with bromeliads and tangling vines. After lunch reach an observation tower. Evening farewell cocktail and dinner on board. (B,L,D). Day 5 - Cruise/Francisco de Orellana Arrival to Fco de Orellana and a visit to this quaint town before flight back by midday to o Quito.(B)

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GALAPAGOS CRUISES

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4, 5, 6, 7, 8 DAY - GALAPAGOS CRUISES - GICTP

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XX Day - Galapagos Cruises

ECUADOR: Santa Cruz Is, Baltra Is, PERU Isabela Is, San Cristobal Is, Bartolome Is, Espanola Is, Floreana Is, Rabida Is and other islands. Blue Footed Boobies in mating dance.

COLOMBIA Galapagos Islands.

Quito

ECUADOR PERU BRAZIL

Galapagos is a world unto itself composed of 13 major islands, six smaller ones and over two score of islets that became Charles Darwin’s living laboratory of evolution and inspired him to write The Origin of the Species after visiting the islands in 1835. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution emanated from this visit and the ensuing book.

Pacific Ocean FACT FINDER

The following are general cruise procedures and are operative with most boats. Arrival Upon arrival, passengers are met by our crew and transferred by private bus to the boat anchored nearby: Once on board, you’ll receive an orientation and safety drill.

When to Visit: Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands are subject to oceanic currents that influence temperatures on the archipelago. However, the weather is pleasant, at any time of the year. January to March is considered the hot/ wet season, March being the hottest month of the year. The islands are flourishing with plant life, and the water temperatures are ideal for snorkelling and diving at this time of year.

National Park Fee The Islands are part of the Ecuador National Park System and the entrance fee is US$100 per person (US$50 for children under 12). The fee is collected at the airport upon arrival by Galapagos Park Wardens. It is best to have the U.S. dollars in exact change. Municipal Tax A new government-imposed tax of US$20 per person is also collected upon arrival to San Cristobal airport for usage of the port and public facilities. The Cruise The Day begins early with breakfast followed by the first shore excursion, returning for lunch and followed by fun or a siesta while the yacht navigates to the next island. Late afternoon, disembark for the second excursion and return to prepare for dinner. In the evening, our naturalist gives a briefing for the next Day’s shore excursions. Bar An open tab at the bar and boutique which are paid the last Day of the cruise. Alcoholic beverages on board are priced very modestly. On board they accept cash (dollars or sucres), Travelers Checks and MasterCard, VISA and Diners Card.

THE GALAPAGOS IS. One of Ecuador’s most valuable and most famous natural treasures is not on the mainland at all. It is the Galapagos Islands, an enchanted, volcanically formed archipelago just over 1,000 Kilometres. off of Ecuador’s Pacific coast. The

Naturalist Guides Passengers must be accompanied at all times by our naturalist guides who have been trained by the Darwin Station and licensed by the National Park. In the evenings, our expert guides give briefings for the next Day’s excursions. Tipping is a personal matter, related to your impressions of how you were served. To express your satisfaction, we suggest you follow the international guidelines of US$5 - US$10 per person per Day for the aggregate ship crew. Guides are tipped separately from the crew’s tip pool. Landings The boats anchor offshore at two visitor sites per day. Passengers are ferried to the islands by launches (locally called pangas).

The landings are either wet or dry where one must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your waist and wade to shore or where one steps from the panga directly to the volcanic rock. Your guide and panga driver assist you with a steady hand. Passengers able to walk a few hours a day unassisted will be able to fully enjoy Galapagos. Some excursions are strenuous, involving steep climbs or long walks. .

Because of the climate changes in July through September, there’s less rain and the islands are drier, though cooler. The water temperature drops considerably, though this is the ideal time of year to see more aquatic life, as the animals prefer the colder currents.

Penguins in Isabela Is.

The main regulator of the climate of the Galapagos is the temperature of the ocean surface and ocean currents, creating microclimates on the islands influencing the particular flora and fauna habitats found on each island. When choosing the time of year to visit the Galapagos, prioritize. Decide what you would rather do and see, as not all animals are present at all times of year. This depends greatly on the season and climate. Note: Contact us for other boats we also sell, not featured in this brochure.

Seals in the Galapagos Is.

Frigate Bird in the Galapagos Is.

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GALAPAGOS CRUISES & LAND BASED PROGRAMS

MY SEA STAR JOURNEY

5 Days - Sun to Thu 6 Days - Tue to Sun

The Galapagos Sea Star Journey has a capacity of up to 16 passengers, featuring seven spacious Galapagos Suites – Matrimonial (approx. 25,2 m) and one Sea Star Suite (approx. 35,2 m) equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the islands. These come with a private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning (with independent controls), a minibar and TV. Twin beds (or one faux queen bed) and connected suites are available for families.

San Cristobal & Sta Cruz Is. Hopping 6 Days/5 Nights

For those of you who don’t like to overnight on boats, we also offer a land-based option. Sample Itinerary: Day 1, Morning arrival in San Cristobal, afternoon free, Day 2, Visit to interpretation Centre & Frigate Hill for some beach time, Day 3, Morning speedboat transfer to Santa Cruz Is. Afternoon free. Day 4, Navigable Tour to Bartolome Island w/lunch. Day 5, Navigable Tour to Seymour or other Island w/lunch. Day 6, Transfer out hotel to airport.

MY MAJESTIC GALAPAGOS

MC OCEAN SPRAY – 5*

MY Eric & Letty

4 Days - Mon to Thu 5 Days - Thu to Mon 8 Days - Mon to Mon

4 Days Sat to Tue 5 Days Tue to Sat 6 Days Sat to Thu or Thu to Tue 8 Days Sat to Sat

This first-class, motorized yacht is 35 meters (115 feet) long and is especially designed to sail through these islands. Its common areas and suites have large picture windows to assure you grand vistas of the seascapes as you cruise from destination to destination. Throughout the expedition, you will dine on fine cuisine. At the end of a day of hiking and snorkeling,

The new Mega-Catamaran Ocean Spray offers the best performance and comfort in Galapagos Cruising. The elegant design includes a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi and spacious cabins each with private balcony. Her speed, comfort, top guides and itinerary will make Ocean Spray perfect for your luxury Galapagos cruise. Kayaks are also available for use.

A fleet of three expedition vessels in the Galapagos Islands cruises catering to active adults and families; the Eric, Flamingo & Letty, superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts, with departures every Sunday on comprehensive 7-night itineraries including the outer, most spectacular islands in the archipelago. The three yachts feature ample public areas; dining room, bar,conference area, with television, VCR and air conditioning.

Finch Bay Hotel Explorer Program

GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP - SANTA CRUZ

SCALESIA LODGE - ISABELA

This small beachfront hotel is located near the main settlement of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. The hotel pesents visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with an incredible diversity of wildlife including sea lions, iguanas and boobies.

Nine exclusive safari-style tents with views over Santa Cruz island and the Pacific, you can choose from a range of packages and safaris including land and sea excursions, trips into the rainforest or to neighbouring islands and even diving safaris

Finch Bay is an excellent option for those preferring a landbased stay from where you can explore nearby places either on land excursions or on board the Sea Lion Yacht, our exclusive catamaran.

Perfect chill-out before or after a Galapagos cruise, or as part of a Galapagos land-based visit for guests who don’t have good sea legs, Infinity pool and fine restaurant in the central lodge.

Scalesia Lodge is an exciting new property enveloped by natural forest outside the little town of Villamil on Isabela Island. It’s an innovative mix of style and design, with an ultra-contemporary, glassy main building housing the restaurant and lounge areas and safari camp-style tents providing the accommodation, each fully equipped with modern private facilities. It’s an easy going place; you can tailor-make your experience choosing from a range of excursions and activities on the islands including hikes and volcano visits as well as wildlife-spotting.

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MY CELEBRITY XPERIENCE 8 Days - Sat to Sat Celebrity Xperience is an upscale expedition vessel that offers unparalleled levels of comfort and service. Large enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, small enough to dock at remote ports and negotiate inter-island landings with agility, the Xperience is the perfect size for an expedition-style adventure and the choice for travelers who prefer the intimate, comfortable atmosphere and attentive service of a smaller boutique vessel to a larger cruise.

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MY GRACE

This 18 passenger yacht has travelled the deep waters of this world under many names; it has been taken back to its roots and renamed Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, after her owner. ‘Grace’ is the ideal yacht for travellers who seek a true adventure, complemented with excellent service, superb accommodation and fine dining. Those who travel aboard this yacht will be part of a unique mission: to bring to life the exciting life of the Galapagos Islands.

MV SANTA CRUZ II

MY Isabela II – 5* Dlx

MY La Pinta – 5* Dlx

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With five spacious decks and gorgeous chic interiors designed by the distinguished ship designer, Richard Nilsson, the Santa Cruz II offers tours that are better than ever. Based on the principle of stylish simplicity, our new vessel guarantees its guests a luxurious ambience from which they can appreciate the breath-taking views of the enchanted islands.

With a capacity of only 40 guests, Yacht ISABELA II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature. ISABELA II expeditions offer all aspects of the Galapagos: an intimate contact with wildlife, active volcanoes, a vast Marine Reserve, adventure, comfort and safety.

One of the newest yachts, the La Pinta is a gorgeous 207foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 48 guests. La Pinta offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere, with plush outside cabins, large view windows, the highest standards of service, the very best international cuisine plus celebrated Ecuadorian dishes, and all the amenities that make the Galapagos Expedition a trip of a lifetime.

MV ORIGIN - 5* DLX 8 Days - Sun to Sun 7 Days - Sun to Sat The MV Origin is a dream boat, blending the best of tasteful design and decor, luxury amenities, and environmental sustainability. The 20-passenger vessel was custom built to maximize fuel efficiency and comfort, and incorporated feedback from guests collected over the company’s more than two decades as a leader in Galapagos expedition cruising.

MY Coral I & Coral II

MV Galapagos Legend

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The sister ships Coral I and Coral II are a great combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. Built in Germany and Holland respectively, each ship surpasses all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht. Every cabin features handsome wood decoration, along with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, safe deposit box, telephone, and your choice of background music and more...

Designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This 300-foot Galapagos cruise ship provides all the facilities and services to make your cruise around the islands enjoyable and comfortable. It has a capacity for 90 passengers and all the services of a cruise liner yet small enough for that intimate experience.

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ARGENTINA TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name: Republica de Argentina Area: 2,776,890 sq km (1,083,000 sq mi) Population: 37,812,817 Capital city: Buenos Aires (pop 11 million) People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, Indian and other minorities Language: Spanish, plus 17 indigenous languages Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% Protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukranian Catholic, 1% Armenian Orthodox Government: Republic Visa & Health: For information on visa and health requirements, please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Electricity: 220V, 50Hz Weights & measures: Mostly metric, but rural areas may use the legua (league, about 5 km). When to go For residents of the southern hemisphere, Argentina offers the same climate conditions of Australia and New Zealand. The country’s great variety and elongated geography can make a visit in any season worthwhile. Buenos Aires urban attractions, for example, transcend the seasons, but Patagonian destinations, such as the Moreno Glacier is best to visit in the summer months (December to February). The Iguazú Falls in subtropical Misiones province are best in the southern hemisphere’s winter or spring when heat and humidity are less oppressive. The winter months (mid-June to late Sep) also offer the opportunity to go skiing.

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Gauchos near Fitzroy National Park.


11 DAY - ARGENTINA HIGHLIGHTS - AHTP11

From $1,995 Per Person, Twin Share

ARGENTINA: Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Salta, Humahuaca Gorge, Cafayate, Iguazu Falls.

itinerary:

Salta

Day 1, Arrive in Bariloche Meet and assist at the airport or Puerto Panuelo and transfer to your selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Brasilia

BOLIVIA

Iguazu Falls

3

Rio de Janeiro

2

Day 2, Bariloche Today depart your hotel on a tour of this lovely city, followed by a visit to the Nahuel Huapi National Park and Llao Llao Municipal Park. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)

ARGENTINA CHILE

2

3

Buenos Aires

Day 3, Bariloche/Buenos Aires Flight to Buenos Aires. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)

Bariloche

Day 4, Buenos Aires Discover the beauty and wonders of the city by visiting its most important attarctions.. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,D)

FACT FINDER Departs: Every day from September to May when is better weather for Bariloche.

Day 5, Buenos Aires You will visit the Argentine countryside with its customs and traditions spending a day at a ranch. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L)

Highlights: The great views of Nahuel Huapi Lake, Bariloche town, Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the magic city of Salta and its Humahuaca Gorge and the magnificent Iguazu Falls. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles and on foot.

Day 6, Buenos Aires/Salta Flight to Salta. You will be met and greeted by local guide and transferred to your hotel rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Purmamarca Gorge, Jujuy, Argentina

Day 7, Salta - Humahuaca Gorge Visit León, Tumbaya, Purmamarca and the hill of the seven colours, Tilcara and its Pucará – old native Indian fortress, Jujuy Town and more. Return to Salta for overnight. (B)

Includes: • All meals as per program • Accommodation in selected lodge • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides and entry to sites • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Local airport taxes, airfares • Expenses of personal nature., meals not included and optional tours. • Chair-lift during visit of Small Circuit in Bariloche.

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Llao Llao near Bariloche

Day 8, Salta - Cafayate tour Full-day trip to the sleepy town of Cafayate, set among the region’s well respected vineyards. Return to Salta for overnight. (B)

Iguazu Falls

This journey of huge variety immerses you in Argentina’s eclectic mix of cultures and enthralling natural landscapes. Setting off from the glittering lakes and dense forests of the lake district and the glacial wilderness of Patagonia, fly to the elegant and cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires.

Tourist Class: Twin Share: From $2,995 pp Single Supp: $1,878

Continue to Salta, which spiritually and culturally is closer to the neighbouring Andean countries than the rest of Argentina, this remote northwest province have loads of attractions for visitors. These range from snow-dipped peaks, salt flats and arid, rust red canyons to lush forests, pre-Columbian ruins and more...

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Fly to Iguazu, the Iguazú Falls is the most impressive waterfall on the planet. Composed of over 300 separate cataracts.

Day 9, Salta/Puerto iguazu Flight to Puerto Iguazu. On arrival, meet and assist and transfer to your hotel. (B) Day 10, Puerto Iguazu This morning enjoy a tour of the falls, Argentine side of the falls. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 11, Depart Iguazu Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls will have quite a different perspective. After the tour, transfer to either airport (Foz or Puerto Iguazu) for your onward/return flight. (B)

NORTHWEST EXPLORER The area around Salta represents the 10% of Argentina but encompasses half of the history of our country. From the Incas, and other local cultures which characterized by the excellent adaptation to the highlands-; to the Spanish domain (this region holds the most ancient traces of Spanish heritage) and Independence Days – which had a strong imprint on the culture and lifestyle of the people living in the area. Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Salta Morning arrival, transfer to selected hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Day 2: Salta/Calchaqui Valleys/Cafayate -Travel up the “Cuesta del Obispo”, famous for its winding and scenic road, cross “Los Cardones National Park”, Cachi and through the “Valles Calchaquíes” to Cafayate. Overnight. (B) Day 3: Cafayate/Salta - Trip to Quilmes, with spectacular fortifications. Taste a delicious and unique wine at a local winery. Return to Salta through the scenic “Quebrada del Río las Conchas”. (B) Day 4: Salta - At leisure. Ideal for a visit to the beautiful city of Salta or a panoramic bike tour. (B) Day 5: Salta/Road to the Clouds/Humahuaca - Drive through the spectacular Toro Canyon to Santa Rosa de Tastil, Then onto San Antonio de los Cobres (3775mts) and visit the viaduct “La Polvorilla”, a wonderful engineering work. Continue to Salinas Grandes the stunning pure white “sea of salt”. Drive down to Purmamarca for overnight. (B) Day 6: Humahuaca/Salta - Full Day visit of the colorful Humahuaca canyon area, Jujuy and back to Salta. (B) Day 07: Depart Salta Transfer to the airport. (B)

Prices From: AU$1,995pp Twin Share. Single Supp. $425

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ARGENTINA TOURS - ATTP

From $2,564

BrasiliaLodge. ARGENTINA: Iguazu Falls, Posadas, Ibera Wetlands, Jesuit Misions & Yacutinga

Per Person, Twin Share

BOLIVIA

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil CHILE

Salta

Iguazu Falls

Rio de Janeiro

Posadas Ibera Wetlands ARGENTINA

IBERA WETLANDS

IGUAZU & YACUTINGA LODGE

This area, which until only a few years ago was practically unexplored because of its waters, became a natural refuge for abundant and varied wildlife. The biodiversity of the marshes and lagoons of Ibera to the north of the Province of Corrientes make it one of the most remarkable ecosystems in Argentina. To preserve this and its great variety of species of flora and fauna, Ibera Nature Reserve was created in 1983, comprising over a million hectares, including a complex network of shallows, marshes, lagoons, natural dykes and reservoirs and water courses, all originating from rainfall. This was formerly the bed of the river Parana. Ibera Reserve, (meaning “brilliant waters” in the Guarani language), is approximately 250 kilometers from north-east to south-west, with a width of 150 kilometers. The huge mass of vegetation has an immense water absorption capacity, retaining between 1,200 and 1,500 millimeters of rainfall a year.

Starting on the Iguazú Falls and after an excursion on the Argentine side, you will head off to Yacutinga Lodge & Wildlife Reserve. This is located on the edge of Iguazú National Park, almost 52km west from the falls. A 4-wheel drive and a boat are needed to get to this first class lodge, set in a private reserve surrounded by the Iguazú River and a pristine area of subtropical rainforest with more than 2000 identified plant species and more than 400 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. All sorts of activities are included: wildlife walks, river safaris, bird-watching and even night exploration. The main building has a reception area, an indoor restaurant and a terrace bar, creating a special atmosphere enhanced by the palmetto palm forest formation, which surrounds the whole place. The facilities consist of separate sleeping areas spread through the forest around the common areas; all suites provide private facilities and rustic details in harmony with the jungle around.

4Days/3Nights

Itinerary: Also available in the reverse Day 1: Posadas/Iberá Marshlands (245 km) Meet at Posadas airport and transfer in 4x4 jeep to Iberá. Check in at the lodge of your choice. lodging with all meals. Rest of the Day of activities in Iberá (boat ride, trekking with observation of flora and fauna). (D) Day 02: Iberá Marshlands Full Day of activities in Iberá (boat ride, trekking with observation of flora and fauna). (B,L,D) Day 03: Iberá Marshlands Full Day of activities in Iberá (boat ride, trekking with observation of flora and fauna). (B,L,D) Day 04: To Iguassu Falls (530-560km) Morning transfer to Iguassu Falls visiting the Jesuitical Ruins of San Ignacio along the way. (B

FACT FINDER

5 Days – 4 Nights

Departs: Every day Summer (December-February) Ideal to see flowering plants and migratory birds. Fall (March-June) More timid wildlife come out of hiding. Winter(June-September) Cold and busy. Spring (September-November) Most colorful, vibrant, breeding season for most of the animals. Highlights: The amazing Iguazu Falls, local wildlife and the Ibera Wetlands. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat, plane and walking. Iguazu Falls & Yacutinga Lodge Includes: • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, transfers & excursions with English speaking guides • National Park fees, all jungle activities as per Lodge program, accommodation 2 nights in selected hotel and 2 nights at Yacutinga Lodge in standard rooms

Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive to Puerto Iguazú and transfer to the selected hotel. Day 2: Morning tour of Argentine side upper & lower footpaths and Devil’s Throat. Afternoon of the Brazilian side of the falls with panoramic views. (B) Day 03: Afternoon transfer to Yacutinga Lodge in motor-boats and possibility to do a night walk for wildlife observation. (B,D) Day 04: Early morning river safari until midDay. Evening walks through native jungle trails, flora & fauna observation. (B,L,D) Day 05: Relax and enjoy the Lodge and its surroundings. Transfer out. (B)

Buenos Aires

Toucan

Coatie

The impressive tropical rainforest of Iguazú Falls was declared a National Park in 1934 to preserve the magnificent waterfalls. Higher than the Niagara Falls (70m high), they are formed by 275 falls along 3km, harbouring more than 400 species of birds, abundant wildlife and more than 2000 species of plants and trees. Located in the North of Misiones, it is a region of large rivers, humid tropics, red soil and bright green jungle, full of giant and ancient trees, peculiar endemic flora and a large presence of wild fauna. When you visit the falls on the Argentine side, the walkways will take you over the numerous falls on upper & lower footpaths, which allow you to take a closer look of the birds and butterflies that abound in the lush surroundings.

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Ibera Wetlands Includes: • Transfers: Posadas airport/Lodge/Puerto Iguazu or vv., 3 nights in standard rooms at selected lodge, All meals whilst in the lodge, Activities such as: trekking, boat rides, horse riding .

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IBERA WETLANDS 4Days, Twin Share: From $2,564 pp Single Supp: $1,914 IGUAZU & YACUTINGA LODE4Days, Twin Share: From $1,624 pp Single Supp: $795 Note: Call or email for longer stays and other lodges.


ARGENTINE PATAGONIA TOURS - APTTP

ARGENTINA: Puerto Madryn, Buenos Peninsula Valdes, Punta Tombo, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, El Calafate, Perito Moreno, Upsala Glacier & Fitzroy National Park.

From $2,552

Per Person, Twin Share

Aires

ARGENTINA Peninsula Puerto 3 Valdes Madryn Punta CHILE Tombo El Chalten Perito El Calafate 3 Moreno Glacier

PATAGONIA HIGHLIGHTS

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Ushuaia

FACT FINDER Best Time to Go: Sep to Mid Apr. Argentine Patagonia Includes: • Meals as per program (9 breakfasts) • 9 nights at selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with Englishspeaking local guides • Entry to sites • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Perito Moreno Pckge Includes: • Arrival and departure transfers • Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier • National Park fees, bilingual guide. • 3 nights accommodation at 3 star hotels with breakfast

PATAGONIA HIGHLIGHTS 10Days, Twin Share: From $2,552pp. Single Supp: $1,092 PERITO MORENO GLACIER 4Days, Twin Share: From $637 pp. Single Supp: $280 EL CHALTEN EXTENSION 4Days, Twin Share: From $1,080pp. Single Supp: $436

Millennial forests with native species extend to the top of the mountains, where nature overflows with granite peaks and ice fields spreading their glacier tongues into lakes of unsurpassable beauty. Imposing mammals spend seasons on its rough coasts where they complete part of their life cycle, the largest colony of Magellan penguins in the world is in Punta Tombo. In the south, Los Glaciares National Park is the largest ice-field outside of Antarctica and Tierra del Fuego.

The Glaciers National Park was created in 1937 to preserve a vast area covered by continental ice fields and glaciers and the occurrence of endangered wild species. The best and well-known glacier, with a width of 5 km and a height of 60m above lake level, is the main attraction. Ice pieces break off and float away as icebergs, the vivid blue hues of the ice and the dull roar as they break away from the snout are spectacular.

Day 2: Excursion to Peninsula Valdes, to see whales (only from Jun to Dec), seals, penguins, orcas. (B) Day 3: Excursion to Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve (Sep to Apr). Later, we visit Trelew and Gaiman (Welsh Colony). (B)

El Chalten Extension Includes: • Transfers Calafate/Chalten/Calafate • Trek to Fitzroy Trail with box lunch • Boat trip to Viedma Lake with box lunch • 3 Nights at Hosteria or Inn with breakfasts.

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4 Days/3 nights

Itinerary: (Airfares not Included) Day 1: Arrive Puerto Madryn. Overnight. Seals in Patagonia

Magellanic Penguins in Punta Tombo

Rafting in Fitzroy National Park

Patagonia’s harsh, blustery climate and curious geological circumstances have produced some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world: the annual congregation of the Southern Right Whale at Península Valdés, the granite towers and expansive glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park, the Southern and Northern Patagonian Ice Fields with their colossal glaciers, and the flat steppe, broken by multicolored sedimentary bluffs. Wildlife lovers and divers explore the rugged coastline of the spectacular Península Valdés; mountaineers stage elaborate excursions through rugged territories, only to be beaten back, like their predecessors, by unrelenting storms.

PERITO MORENO GLACIER

10 Days/9 Nights

Day 4: Puerto Madryn/Ushuaia (Flight not Included) - Day 5: Excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Afternoon Channel Navigation, visiting Seal Island, Birds Island and Les Eclairers Lighthouse. (B) Day 6: Excursion to Escondido Lake then, onto Fagnano Lake in Tierra del Fuego.(B) Day 7: Ushuaia/El Calafate (Flight not Included). Fly to El Calafate. (B) Day 8: Exc. to Perito Moreno Glacier. Mini-trekking (Optional)(B) Day 9: Excursion to Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini Glaciers. (B) Day 10: Depart El Calafate. Transfer out to either airport or bus station. (B)

Itinerary: Sep to May Day 1: Arrive in El Calafate to selected hotel. Day 2: Drive to the Glaciers National Park to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. (B) Day 3: Day free for optional activities. (B) Day 4: Departure transfer (B)

EL CHALTEN EXTENSION

4Days/3Nights El Chaltén is a rugged village of about 1,000 residents whose lifeblood, like El Calafate’s, is the throng of visitors who come each summer. Visitors here, however, are generally more active and adventurous than those who stay only in El Calafate; they include some of the world’s greatest mountaineers as well as avid trekkers. This is the second-most-visited region of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. It’s quite possibly the most exquisite, as well, due to the singular nature of the granite spires that shoot up, torpedo-like, above massive tongues of ice that descend from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Itinerary: Sep to May Day 01: Morning drive to El Chalten. Day 02: Fitz Roy Trail, Laguna Capri and Laguna de Los Tres. (B,BL) Day 03: Viedma Lake Boat Trip. (B,BL) Day 04: Transfer back to El Calafate.(B)

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CHILE TOURS PARQUE FUTANGUE Discover this stunning, wild, private reserve, while still being able to enjoy cozy and exclusive accommodations. The perfect place to relax, hidden away in a little corner of paradise in Northern Patagonia. Futangue Hotel & Spa stands out for its native wood interiors and incredible views across to mountain ranges and waterfalls. This is the point from which to set out and explore the wilderness of the Patagonian Andes and to where you can return again, to unwind and enjoy the Spa, after a day of adventure. The hotel is located inside Futangue Private Reserve, in the Chilean Northern Patagonia, on the shores of Lake Ranco. The park covers an area of more than 13,500 hectares, with a network of over 100 km of trails surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes of pristine forests, majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, turquoise waterfalls and spectacular lava fields. The architecture of the hotel highlights the region’s native wood and the decorations use ethnic fabrics and colourful textiles. Our Spa has 450 m2, where you can indulge in the heated indoor pool or relax in the semi-olympic outdoor pool with unbeatable views.

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CHILE TOURS - CTTP

From $1,008

Per Person, Twin Share

CHILE: Santiago, Central Valleys, Valparaiso, Easter Island BOLIVIA

Arica

Moais in Easter Island.

BRAZIL

San Pedro CHILE de Atacama ARGENTINA

Pacific Ocean

Santiago

URUGUAY

Puerto Varas Puerto Montt

Atlantic Ocean

Punta Arenas

When to go: Chile’s geographical variety can make a visit rewarding in any season. Santiago and Middle Chile are best in the Spring (September through November) or during the Autumn harvest (late February into April), while popular natural attractions like Parque Nacional del Paine in Magallanes and the lakes region are best in Spring to Autumn (September through April).

BASIC SANTIAGO

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) really is a unique place. Chilean territory but isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this tiny pimple of volcanic origin, first populated by Polynesians from the west, has become a mesmeric destination for visitors.

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. Safe and modern, Santiago features excellent restaurants and hotels, cultural events and shopping.

The Island is an equilateral triangular shape, 24 km across its longest side with extinct volcanic cones in each of its three corners respectively. Amidst an atmosphere of friendly Polynesian hospitality, the entire island is today a species of open-air museum with more than 600 MOAI (some up to 9 meters in height), the fascinating Orongo Village and many traditional people`s cave dwellings open to view.

FACT FINDER Full country name: Republic of Chile Area: 756,950 sq km (292,500 sq mi) Population: 15 million (growth rate 1.2%) Capital city: Santiago (pop 5,000,000) People: 95% European descent and mestizo, 5% Indian Language: Spanish and a handful of native languages, including Aymara, Mapuche and Rapa Nui Religion: 89% Roman Catholic, 10% Protestant, less than 1% Jewish Government: Republic Visas & Health: For information on Visae and health requirements, please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Visas: Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most Western European countries do not require a visa. However, Australian passport holders need to pay a reciprocity fee of US$117 per person, valid for 90 days with multiple entries. Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz Weights & measures: Metric.

EASTER ISLAND

Itinerary: Day 01: Arrive Hanga Roa Arrival to Easter Island. Reception at Mataveri Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight. Day 02: Easter Island Breakfast. Full Day tour, along the Moai route, visiting: Vaihu, the ruins of Akahanga and other archaeological sites. Return to the hotel. (B,BL) Santiago

Valparaiso Mapuche Woman

Situated in the South-West of South America, Chile emerges majestically and imposingly with its volcanoes, lakes, deserts, untainted glaciers and forests, all swiftly brought to the eye of the visitor who arrives at this threshold of the South of the World. Guarded by the Andes chain of mountains, the Atacama Desert and the Pacific Ocean, the landscapes of Chile remain capricious and untarnished: sumptuous valleys dotted with vineyards, rapid rivers, extensive salt deserts and magnificent virgin forested peaks await you in Chile. The extreme North is punctuated by the Atacama Desert, the Central Valley with its vineyards. Further south everything turns green. Broad meadows, native forests, lakes, volcanoes and picturesque towns to the Patagonian steppe and forested fjords, channels, lakes and glaciers.

Day 03: Easter Island Breakfast at the hotel. A half-Day tour to the Rano Kau volcano and then onto the Cultural Centre of Orongo. Overnight. (B) Day 04: Depart Easter Island Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Mataveri Airport at the agreed time for the departure flight. (B) Note: Package can be tweaked to accommodate for flight schedules from/ to mainland Chile and/or Papeete.

Prices From: AU$1,008pp Twin Share. Single Supp. $660

Itinerary: Day 01: Arrive in Santiago Upon arrival meet and assist and further transfer to your accommodation. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 02: Santiago, Half day city tour of Santiago, visiting the city’s most outstanding attractions, Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight. (B) Day 03: Depart Santiago, Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination. (B) Prices From: AU$442 pp Twin Share. Single Supp. $308 VALPARAISO ESCAPADE 2Days/1Night Visit the colourful and vibrant port city of Valparaiso with its hilly neighbourhoods, stroll its sinuous streets and ride its famous 19th-century funicular elevators to the top of the hills Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre. The jumble of colourful homes cascading down the hills of Valparaíso is an astonishing contrast to Viña, with its robust economy, high rise apartments and manicured lawns. Itinerary: Day 1: Drive through the valleys to Valparaiso with a stop for wine tasting. Continue to Vina del Mar a brief visit. Overnight in Valparaiso.. Day 2: Transfer out to airport or pier for your onward trip. (B)

Prices From: AU$959pp Twin. Single Supp. $419

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ATACAMA LODGES

Courtesy of Alto Atacama Hotel.

EXPLORA ATACAMA Explora Atacama is located near San Pedro de Atacama in the neighbourhood of Ayllu de Larache, an hour’s drive from Calama. It faithfully carries forward the concept of comfort amidst adventure in the remote. It sits on 42 acres, formed by 20 still intact small properties, like a small town built around patios. Explora Atacama has a series of “living rooms” each with over-stuffed couches and chairs fronting a fireplace and local Atacama artefacts and art decoration.

AWASI ATACAMA The world’s highest, driest desert is a land of undulating dunes, explosive geysers and primeval landscapes washed over by Technicolor sunsets. Rumpled sheets of rock contorted into gnarled, surrealist patterns stretch out towards a horizon ruptured by the perfectly conical shapes of distant volcanoes. This is nature at its most vividly inhospitable, and yet life does defy the odds here, bursting up around oases such as that which supports the gateway town of San Pedro de Atacama. Though San Pedro is the best-known place in the Atacama Desert, this minute adobe hamlet is really just a tiny speck marooned in the sprawling desert wilderness.

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Hotel designed unique, harmonious spaces for relaxation and complete rest. The ample spaces and different open-aired living rooms let guests enjoy the hotel at ease. Thatched roofs shade the hotel in the warm Daylight while tenuous candle lighting at night makes it possible to admire the unequalled beauty of the Atacama sky.

To ensure privacy and comfort for guests, there are only eight cottages that enjoy generous spaces, private patios, reading sofas, and indoor and outdoor showers.


ATACAMA LODGES - ALTP

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CHILE: Atacama Desert and surrounding areas

NOI CASA ATACAMA Featuring a year-round outdoor swimming pool and small spa facilities, Casa Atacama by Noi Hotels is a sustainable hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. A restaurant, a bar and a food shop are featured on site. San Pedro de Atacama’s main square is a 1-minute walk away. Bright and spacious, rooms at Casa Atacama feature large windows with garden views. All of them have wooden floors, 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, and free WiFi.

CUMBRES ATACAMA Boasting 3 swimming pools and a fitness centre, Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama offers rooms with private balconies 2 km from the Atacama Desert. Spa facilities include 2 hot tubs and 2 saunas. All rooms at Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama have heating, air conditioning, satellite TV and balconies with a view. They feature ochre-coloured walls which provide a soothing ambience. Free WiFi is available. All rooms have external showers.

ALTO ATACAMA

TIERRA ATACAMA

Alto Atacama is located in the fertile Catarpe valley, just 3 kilometers away from the San Pedro plaza. Our total area is 3.5 hectares, with a park area of 2 hectares. Alto Atacama has been built in the style of a traditional adobe settlement, complete with llamas and native crops. All elements were carefully designed to integrate with the indigenous building patterns of the Likanantay people. The Hotel has state of the art facilities, staying simple.

Tierra Atacama is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and excellent service.

We have a complete Spa, Yoga fields, hot springs, wooden decks with 6 swimming pools, international bar and a cozy common room with a big fireplace. There are many activities available, something for all tastes, interests, ages and levels of fitness. All activities are classified by type (by vehicle, on foot or bicycle) length (full or half-Day) and difficulty. The level of difficulty is rated as follows:

Tierra Atacama’s architecture, interior design and gardens were designed by some of Chile’s leading creative talent. Our objectives were to be as authentic as possible, using furniture and accessories handmade with local materials, while also creating a place that allows guests to relax, spoil themselves and enjoy the good-life in this magical part of the earth.

Easy: Excursions on flat or gently undulating ground, much of which is covered by van.

Our ambiance is casual and friendly; we want our guests to be comfortable in our common areas just as if they were in their own homes. Enjoy one of the welcoming private corners of the hotel such as a seat by one of the terrace fire pits, lounge next to the pool or relax on one of the shady outdoor decks. When night falls, take in the brilliant stars, bask in the peace and wonder that is the Atacama Desert.

Medium: Some rocky or sandy terrain, short climbs of moderate steepness and/or long treks. Some excursions require a few Days of acclimatization to the altitude. Difficult: Tough terrain, long and/or steep climbs up to 4,000 meters above sea level. These excursions are physically demanding and require acclimatization time. When undertaking strenuous activities at altitude, you should take the following precautions: Consult your doctor before leaving home if you have a history of cardiovascular illness or hypertension.

In addition, we have guest computers available, WiFi throughout the hotel, a TV lounge, excursions area, board games and terraces with fire pits. The hotel faces the majestic Licancabur Volcano and there are panoramic views throughout.

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NORTH PATAGONIA - NPTP

From $1,968 Per Person, Twin Share

CHILE: Chiloe Island, Pucon Area, Huilo Huilo Reserve & San Rafael Lagoon.

PUYUHUAPI LODGE

TIERRA CHILOE

Located in the beautiful Dorita Bay in the Ventisquero Sound and surrounded by pristine nature, the Termas de Puyuhuapi Hotel & SPA merges in complete harmony with the landscape. Its comfortable facilities provide the ideal point of departure for exciting excursions.

The hotel is located amid the blue waters of Chile´s Northern Patagonia, on a mythical island, dotted with picturesque fishing villages. The beauty of this destination is as much in the landscape as it is in the island residents with their deep-rooted culture and timeless traditions.

Walk through the temperate rain forest in Quelat National Park and marvel at the impressive Hanging Glacier. Kayak your way through island-filled channels; venture out in search of dolphins and sea lions, or take advantage of exceptional fly fishing.

SKORPIOS II - CHONOS ROUTE Skorpios Cruises offer an unforgettable cruise through the channels and fjords of southern Chile, visiting the majestic San Rafael Glacier, all with the warm and personal service provided by a professional crew and staff.

In true Tierra style, the lodge´s distinctive architecture is in-step with its breathtaking surroundings and comes complete with its own boat, the “Williche”, for navigating the inland waters. The property offers exceptional experiences and personalized service to its guests.

PARQUE FUTANGUE

HUILO HUILO NOTHOFAGUS LODGE

In the meadows closest to Lake Ranco, you will find our Hotel & Spa. The architecture highlights the region’s native wood and complements the natural environment, assimilating the classic barns and stables of the south of Chile. The decoration uses ethnic fabrics and colorful textiles, which are inspired by national artists and objects from the Mapuche culture. The local traditions and natural heritage are present in every nook and cranny. ‘Casa Exploradores’ sits just 120 meters from the Hotel, where you can enjoy the same exclusive service from the Hotel but in a more private and secluded environment.

In the midst of the temperate rainforest, as if it had come from some unknown kingdom, a tree extends its branches towards the sky and Nothofagus emerges. A magnificent building constructed with noble materials where sensations, shapes, textures and sounds can be experienced that will bring us back to the simplicity of nature. Nothofagus is the true heart of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve’s architectural complex. The majority of the activities that lead to unforgettable experiences begin from here. Welcome to Nothofagus and its innumerable corners of magic and beauty!

Skorpios II is designed to cruise the icy waters of Chile’s fjords, for its 160 passengers in 55 cabins, its open decks provide a magnificent view of magnificent landscapes. It has five decks, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, Olympo and Athos. All cabins have private baths, heating, international phone system, TV, ventilation system, background music. All decks except the Athens have windows. You will be pampered with the fine onboard dining in the spacious dining room. International menus are complimented by fine Chilean wines. Among the programs offered is the classic six Day discovery cruise The classic is a 800 mile voyage from Puerto Montt to the San Rafael Lagoon, a powerful testimony of the last ice-age. As soon as the Skorpios II departs, nature surrounds you in all its splendor. You will explore the numerous islands which make up Southern Chile’s legendary network of channels, picturesque settlements, fjords, soaring snow-capped mountains, peaceful villages and dense forests almost untouched by civilization. The 30,000 year old San Rafael Glacier, is a majestic spectacle. At the Quitralco Fjord’s thermal pools marine life can be easily seen below the crystal waters. Itinerary: 6 Days/ 5 Nights (Sat to Thu) Day 01: Puerto Montt / Cruise (D) Day 02: Cruise / Puerto Aguirre (B,L,D) Day 03: Cruise / San Rafael (B,L,D) Day 04: Cruise / Quitralco (B,L,D) Day 05: Cruise / Puerto Montt (B,L,D) Day 06: Cruise / Depart (B)

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SOUTH PATAGONIA - SPTP

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CHILE: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Patagonia Fjords, Torres del Paine National Park & Surroundings.

EXPLORA PATAGONIA Our lodge is located right at the heart of the extraordinary Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia. The varied and untouched landscapes of this area led UNESCO to declare it a biosphere reserve. The Patagonia hotel lodge opened in 1993 on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. It affords an excellent view of the unique Paine Massif and two of the three impressive torres, or towers, which give the park its name.

THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA

AWASI PATAGONIA

Set against the impressive backdrop of the Patagonian fjords of Last Hope Sound and the Andes mountain range, The Singular Patagonia Hotel offers luxury accommodation in Puerto Bories, a 10-minute drive from Puerto Natales. The Singular Patagonia Hotel offers its guests free WiFi access and a complimentary daily breakfast including coffee, juice, eggs and omelettes.

Awasi Patagonia is situated in a private reserve in the middle of a native forest and offers privileged views of the towers, lakes and the Patagonian steppe.

The spacious and elegant rooms at The Singular Patagonia Hotel are equipped with floor to ceiling, 6-meter-wide windows, for guests to be able to appreciate the undisturbed panoramic views offered. Each room.

Known for designing tailor-made experiences and for being the only lodges in South America to offer 100% private services, Awasi allows its guests to enjoy Patagonia by having a personal guide and 4x4 vehicle assigned to their villas. Each of the 12 spacious villas features a living room, fireplace and an outdoor hot tub. All of them were designed to highlight the incredible views.

The lodge has 50 rooms and a variety of inviting spaces. Situated on a 3-hectare (7.4-acre) site, the design borrows certain organic forms from the landscape itself, adapting to it with simple elegance. It was designed to create a dialogue with its environment, putting human beings in touch with the sublimity of their surroundings. The explorations and Patagonia adventures are safe and are made up of groups with a maximum of 8 people, accompanied by an expert bilingual guide. All our guides speak excellent Spanish and English and some also speak French and German. The longer explorations include open-air picnics. Sometimes we use minibuses or motorboats for sections of the route. We celebrate each change of season and weather. Rain, wind, an unexpected snowstorm or a Day of bright sunshine are all part of the experience. The key is to be well-equipped so you can enjoy the journey to the full. Each afternoon, one of our guides will meet with you in the lodge bar to tell you about the explorations planned for the following Day and help you with the difficult task of choosing between the seven to 14 different options, all of them exciting.

REMOTA PATAGONIA Located in rural Chilean Patagonia, Remota offers luxurious accommodation and spa facilities including a hot tub and a sauna. There is a large garden and a restaurant. The heated rooms at Remota feature an artisanal décor and offer views of the garden. They feature spacious seating areas. The property’s restaurant offers international food prepared with local organic products. Drinks from the bar can be served in the terrace. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet which includes breads and baked goods made onsite.

TIERRA PATAGONIA Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is an architectural marvel that blends seamlessly into the Patagonian pampa. Here, at the ends of the earth, you will enjoy inspiring views of Torres del Paine National Park from every corner of the 40-room lodge. Warm interiors inspired by the local culture, and a welcoming team are there to make you feel right at home. Tierra´s all-inclusive program allows you to explore the surrounding estancias and mountains with some of the best-trained guides around. The lodge´s Uma Spa offers you endless Patagonian views while rejuvenating in its sumptuous interiors.

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BOLIVIA TOURS

KACHI LODGE Standing directly on the Uyuni Salt Flats,at an altitude of 3’600 m, at the foot of Tunupa Volcano, our luxury domes lodge is waiting for you. From a distance, the white pods look like a space station designed by Buckminsterfuller. The dome camp also has something of an observatory, or a folly built for a passionate astrophysicist! Composed of repeated equilateral triangles, their metallic structure is the very essence of mathematical elegance. In front or on top of the dome, a transparent panel offers wide-open views on the Salar and its star-studded sky. Lit up at night, with solar panels placed in between the domes, they are one of the coolest, and most surrealist viewing station ever seen in the arid region.

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BOLIVIA TOURS

BOLIVIA: Lake Titicaca, Sun & Moon Islands, La Paz, Madidi National Park, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni Saltflats, Laguna Verde & Laguna Colorada. BRAZIL

From $1,703 Per Person, Twin Share

PERU Eco-Lodge La Estancia, Sun Island.

Lake Titicaca BOLIVIA Puno

La Paz Oruro

Sucre Potosi

Uyuni San Pedro Atacama

CHILE

UYUNI SALTFLATS OVERLAND

LAKE TITICACA CROSSING

The Uyuni salt desert lies towards the South of the central high-plateau, situated in the lowest part of the plateau (3.656 m. above sea level). In the summer the Uyuni Salt marsh is a huge lake of 12.106 sq. Km. with a depth of 60 to 80 cm. In the winter (ie between May and November) the water evaporates, leaving a snowy blanket of salt. This area contains one of the largest beds of lithium in the world. Visit Potosi, renowned for its silver mines, its magnificent colonial architecture, churches glistening with gold, and theatres that presented the best of European productions, as well as for its extravagance and vice. Continue onto Sucre, located in a lovely valley, with its distinctive architecture of white buildings with red tile roofs.

Mystical Lake Titicaca, with the snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Real as backdrop is the world’s highest navigable lake, at 3,856 meters, played for 2 millennia a leading role in Andean beliefs and was at the heart of the most sophisticated Andean civilizations. It is still scattered with Inca remains and the people who live on the shores of the lake still consider the lake as sacred and make offerings to her. Puno to La Paz or v.v.

6 Days/ 5 Nights

PARAGUAY Salta ARGENTINA

KACHI LODGE THE EXPERIENCE There are many options to make the best out of your experience on the Salar. The one not to be missed is a hike in the morning to nearby «island» covered with giant cacti and offering amazing views on the Salar. Afternoon, another option is a visit to the charming village of Coquesa and its mummies sheltered in a cave 600 m over the village, again with beautiful views on the Salar. At about 1h15 drive lies the interesting archeological site of Alcaya, an old pre colombian city near Salinas. The fit ones can hike to the lower lip of Tunupa volcano crater. (2 hrs) A visit to the Salinas ( where locals collect the salt from the Salar) will help you to understand how locals collect the salt form the surface. You can also borrow one of our moutain bikes and experience the flatness of the Salar around the camp At night, a telescope is at your disposal to observe the starry night of the Altiplano Note: Contact usfor current prices.

Rooftops of Sucre

Uyuni Saltflats Bolivia

Landlocked Bolivia is as diverse as it is inspiring. Outside the cosmopolitan streets of La Paz, ancient tribal customs and traditions breathe life. With such a variety of fauna such as flamingos and pink river dolphins, and an astounding myriad of landscapes with stark expanses of salt flats and deep jungle, Bolivia was made for those with a heart for adventure. Bolivia has been inhabited for approximately 3,000 years by various indigenous tribes, around 36 of which survive today throughout the country. The Tiwanaku civilization, whose capital shares their name, held dominance until the Inca arrived in around the 15th century. After conquering the Inca in the 16th century, the Spaniardssh amassed vast wealth in silver found all over Bolivia.

Itinerary: Day 1: La Paz/Oruro/Uyuni Bus to Oruro (3 hours), then board the train to Uyuni (6 hours). Overnight. (L,D) Day 2: Uyuni/Isla Pescado Visit of Uyuni and the village of Colchani on the shores of Uyuni Salt flat and “Isla Pescado”. Overnight in a local hotel.(B, L) Day 3: Uyuni Salt Flats/Potosi Drive to Potosi through the magnificent Andean Range. Overnight in Potosi. (B L) Day 4: Cerro Rico/Sucre Visit the Cerro Rico silver mine. Bus to Sucre (3 hours), Overnight in Sucre. (B) Day 5: Sucre Morning city tour. The afternoon is free. Overnight in Sucre. (B) Day 6: Depart Sucre Transfer out and flight to La Paz or Santa Cruz (B) - Operates: Every week from March to November. The best season is from May to September, 2 participants min.

2 days /1 night

Itinerary: Day 1: La Paz or Puno/Sun Island Early transfer from Puno to Copacabana. Boat to Sun Island for a visit and overnight. (L, D). Day 2: Sun Island/La Paz, Transfer to Copacabana. Boat to Sun Island. Visit the “Inca Grand Staircase” and the Sacred Fountain. Overnight (L,D) Prices From: AU$931pp Twin. SS* AU $188

CHALALAN ECO-LODGE

4Days/3Night Owned and run by the indegenous community de Uchupiamonas, the lodge is located in the Madidi National Park. With only 15 rustic cabins, a stay at this lodge is an intimate experience. Given its remotness, Chalalan is recommended for the most adventurous travellers. Itinerary: Day 1: Fly La Paz to Rurrenabaque, boat to lodge. Day 2-3: Activities at the lodge.. (B,L,D). Day 4: Three hour boat ride to Rurrenabaque, flight to La Paz.. (B)

Prices From: AU$1,703pp Twin. Single Supp. $350

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BRAZIL TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name: República Federativa do Brazil Area: 8,547,403 sq km Population: 172 million Capital city: Brasília People: 55% European descent, 38% mulatto, 6% African descent (according to the 1980 census). Language: Portuguese Religion: 70% Roman Catholic; also there is a significant proportion who either belong to various cults or practice Indian animism Government: Federal republic Visas: Passports must be valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are required for tourists of many nationalities, including Australia. V Health: For information on health requirements, contact the medical and vaccination centre in you capital city. Electricity: non standardized; mostly 110 or 120V, though some hotels have 220V; 60 Hz in Rio and São Paulo. Weights & measures: Metric When to go: Most of Brazil can be visited comfortably throughout the year. Only the south – which can be sticky in summer (Dec-Feb) and can have non-stop rain in winter (Jun - Aug) – has large seasonal changes. The rest of the country experiences brief tropical rains throughout the year which rarely affect travel plans. During summer (Dec - Feb) many Brazilians are on holidays, making travel difficult and expensive.

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An afternoon of soccer on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro.


BRAZIL LAND OF CONTRASTS - BLCTP12

From $4,326 Per Person, Twin Share

BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Ouro Preto, Manaus, Salvador COLOMBIA 2 Bogota

Ouro Preto Atlantic Ocean

BRAZIL

Manaus 2

PERU

Salvador

Lima

Belo Horizonte

Cuiaba

La Paz BOLIVIA

BRAZIL LAND OF CONTRASTS

2 Ouro Preto Pantanal

Tiradentes

CHILE Asuncion

12 Days/ 11 Nights

Petropolis 3 Rio de Janeiro

2 Iguazu Falls

ARGENTINA Santiago

2

Mariana

Atlantic Ocean Montevideo

Buenos Aires

FACT FINDER BRAZIL LAND OF CONTRASTS: This itinerary will require a Brazil Air pass (not included in the price). NATURE WILDLIFE & CULTURE: This itinerary will require a Brazil Air pass (not included in the price). Include: • Accommodation • All transfers, transport • 11 or 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners • Guided Sightseeing • Entrance fees to sites • Hotel taxes. Surcharges apply during local public holidays, carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. Note: Prices are indicative, please contact us for current prices.

PRICES FROM

BRAZIL LAND OF CONTRASTS 12Days, Twin Share: From $4,326pp. Single Supp: $2,923 NATURE WILDLIFE & CULTURE 10Days, Twin Share: From $4,918 pp. Single Supp: $3,344 Note: Contact us for other hotel categories and current prices.

Iguassu Falls

Eco-Park Lodge, Manaus

Valparaiso

Discover and experience many of Brazil’s diversities, from the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro to the majestic Iguaçu falls, from the historical colonial cities lined along the Royal Route to the Amazon forest and the quaintness of Salvador da Bahia. Brazil - with this term one associates endless Amazon jungle, wonderful beaches, Rio de Janeiro, carnival and samba. This is all correct but in reality, Brazil is much more, a huge country of the superlatives. Brazil, a country of immense proportions and contrasts, has a mysterious attraction for many people. With a surface of 8,5 million km, Brazil is approximately as big as Europe and covers half of the South American continent.

NATURE WILDLIFE & CULTURE 10 Days/9 Nights

Brazil is truly a land of contrasts, and any visit here is likely to be a sensuous adventure. A variety of cultures, beliefs, and topographies makes this warm nation a showcase of diversity. An array of nature’s bounty—from passion fruit and papaya to giant river fish and coastal crabs—has inspired chefs from all over the world.

Discover the most emblematic natural and historical sites of the regions South East and Central-West of Brazil. Offering varied destinations, this journey of contrasts takes us to: Iguazu Falls, the largest natural cataracts in the world, the largest reservoir of biodiversity on the surface of the earth, the Pantanal.

Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro Arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 2: Rio de Janeiro Full Day tour including visits to Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain. (B) Day 3: Rio de Janeiro Day at leisure. (B) Day 4: Rio/Iguassu This morning fly to Iguaçu. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon tour to Brazilian side of Falls. (B) Day 5: Iguassu Tour of the Argentine side of the falls. (B) Day 6: Iguassu/Belo Horizonte/Ouro Preto Transfer to the airport for flight to Belo Horizonte. Arrival transfer to the charming town of Ouro Preto for overnight. (B) Day 7: Ouro Preto Morning city tour of Ouro Preto. Afternoon at leisure. (B,L) Day 8: Ouro Preto/Manaus Transfer to the airport for to Manaus. Transfer to Amazon Eco-Park Lodge (B,D) Day 9: Eco-Park Lodge Morning jungle tour enjoying the variety of flora and fauna of the Amazon region. Afternoon jungle tour by boat. (B,L,D) Day 10: Manaus/Salvador Transfer to Manaus airport for flight to Salvador da Bahia. Arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight. (B) Day 11: Salvador Morning city tour. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 12: Depart Salvador Transfer to the airport. (B)

After these glimpses of the beauty and richness of the Brazilian landscapes, we will visit the rich colonial cities of Minas Gerais to conclude in the Cidade Maravilhosa, the unforgettable and unmissable city of Rio de Janeiro. Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Iguaçu Visit the falls on the Argentine side. Day 2: Iguaçu / Cuiaba Visit of the falls on the Brazilian side and Macuco Safari option, flight to Cuiaba. Days 3-5: Cuiaba / Pantanal/Ouro Preto. Transfer to the fazenda in the Pantanal and safari. Day for observation of the fauna of the Pantanal. Return to Cuiaba airport. and fly to Belo Horizonte, arrival and transfer to Ouro Preto. Day 6: Ouro Preto / Mariana / Ouro Preto. Visits to the colonial cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana. Day 7: Ouro Preto / Tiradentes Visit the colonial cities along the gold route: Congonhas, São Joao del Rey, Day 8: Tiradentes / Petropolis / Rio de Janeiro. Drive to Rio de Janeiro with visit of Petropolis on the way. Overnight. Day 9: Rio de Janeiro. Afternoon visit of the Sugarloaf and free time. Day 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro Visit Corcovado and the Christ redeemer and transfer out. Note: Pre and/or Post nights might be needed to complete this tour.

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BRAZIL BEACH ESCAPES

TRANCOSO

Ilha Grande

Located three hours south of Rio de Janeiro, the island of Ilha Grande is a jewel of the Emerald Coast. A mix of pristine forest and empty beaches, the ‘big island’ is a wonderful place to get away from it all. The island’s most famous attraction is without doubt Lopes Mendes beach, widely regarded as the best beach in Brazil, which is reached following a trek through the rainforest and offers great surfing. Alternatively take a boat trip round to the island for the day. The island is ideal for activities such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or mountain biking and the island is well-known for its beautiful trails and hills, providing excellent hiking opportunities in the Atlantic forest and stunning scenic views.

Trancoso is perhaps the coolest beach destination in Brazil. It’s where the Brazil’s celebrities head to super chic hotels to live it up in luxury. Situated on the southern Bahia coast the town was a little known village some ten years ago but now is the place to be seen. The wealthy from Rio and Sao Paulo come here for a beach break and it is filled with designer boutiques and restaurants offering the finest food outside of these two cities.

JERICOACOARA

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You cannot fail to fall in love with Jericoacoara. This small town on the north coast in the state of Ceara, not far from Fortaleza, is possibly our favourite beach destination in Brazil. Known by everyone as Jeri, it’s unpretentious, laid back and a fabulous place to spend a few days or a few weeks. The town has a vast beach, backed by a large sand dune where everyone gathers for sunset and is a major world kitesurfing destination as well as being popular for other watersports.


BRAZIL BEACH ESCAPES

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BRAZIL: Trancoso, Ilha Grande, Jericoacoara, Fernando do Noronha, Buzios, Paraty, Morro de Sao Paulo, Porto de Galinhas.

FERNANDO DO NORONHA Fernando de Noronha is one of the most beautiful places in the world. That sounds like a big statement but it is hard for anyone to disagree. It’s a picture perfect archipelago of 21 islands, with deserted beaches and some of the best diving on the planet. The islands and the waters that surround them form part of Brazil’s first national marine park and all visitors are required to pay a daily environmental tax. The environment and ecology play an important role on the island and buildings are strictly regulated.

BUZIOS

PORTO DE GALINHAS Porto de Galinhas is one of the most famous beaches in Brazil and according to many is the best beach in Brazil. It regular wins the accolade of Brazil best beach and it’s easy to see why. Once a small fishing village, it is now the playground of Brazil’s rich and famous and a fabulous addition to any holiday to Brazil.

PARATY

Armação dos Búzios is more commonly known as Buzios, a beautiful beach town only a couple of hours north of Rio de Janeiro. It was made famous in the 1960’s by Brigitte Bardot who fell in love with the town and it’s easy to see why. Sitting at the end of a beach strewn peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean the town of Buzios which was once a small fishing port is now Rio’s premier beach resort and considered to be the St. Tropez of South America. MORRO DE SAO PAULO The idyllic beach village of Morro de Sao Paulo sits on the island of Tinharé, a short boat or plane journey away from Salvador da Bahia. It’s a blissfully tranquil spot and perfect for any holiday to Brazil. The absence of cars on the island creates this tranquil environment and the only vehicles which are allowed on Tinharé are tractors which

Paraty is the jewel in the crown of the Costa Verde, the stretch of coastline which links Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, a mix of history and beaches which has created one of the most likeable towns in the whole of Brazil. Just a three hour journey south from Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is a small UNESCO Heritage Listed town which oozes charm. Surrounded by a landscape of forests, beautiful islands out to sea and countless beaches it is hard not to fall for Paraty. CORUMBAU

carry people around the island. No cars exist on the island primarily because there are no paved roads.

Corumbau translates as ‘away from all worries’ in the native pataxo-indian language, and describes the essence of this beautiful hideaway perfectly. In its stunning remote setting, you may struggle to find t.v here, but should you make the adventure, you are rewarded with true Brazilian hospitality and Brazilian lifestyle, in a totally protected thriving green environment with miles of

glorious white sand beach, brilliant under the all year sunshine.

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BRAZIL AMAZON & PANTANAL LODGES

From $1,655 Per Person, Twin Share

BRAZIL: Manaus area, Pantanal North & South, Allta Floresta (South Amazon), Taiama Reserve Area.

MIRANTE DO GAVIAO

CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE

Mirante do Gavião Amazon Lodge is located on the Negro Riverbank at Novo Airão city 184 km (3Hrs) from Manaus by road. The structure has an original artistic design and is totally integrated to the nature. It is composed of seven suites and a leisure area with a swimming pool, large restaurant/bar and 3 terraces.

Located 4Hrs from Campo Grande, the Caiman Ecological Refuge is in the heart of the southern Pantanal. Pousada Caiman is an integral part of an expansive cattle breeding ranch. There is a diverse landscape of savannah lowlands, seasonal wetlands and rich forested areas. Activities include: Trail walking, photo safaris and canoe rides.

Activities include: Canoeing, fishing, cycling, trail walking and diving.

Offers daily departures from Oct to May and fixed departures from Jun to Sep.

From AU$2,477 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$366.

From AU$2,483 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$2,483

Jaguar in the Pantanal

JAGUAR HOUSE BOAT The Jaguar House Boat, anchored just north of the Taiama Reserve, offers 9 comfortable cabins, all with bunk beds, private bath and air-conditioning. Each cabin has 2 bunk beds..

CRISTALINO JUNGLE LODGE Located in a private heritage reserve, approximately 2 hours South of Alta Floresta airport, the lodge has implemented soustainable tourism practices. The lodge has well appointed chic accommodation, floating river deck and spacious common areas.

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Rio Mutum Pousada is 130 km from Cuiabá Airport. Set in the world´s largest wetland, this eco lodge offers jungle excursions and safari tours in the heart of Pantanal. Activities include boat outings on Mutum River and horseback riding.

Visitors are free to circumnavigate the reserve in search of the elusive jaguar. Jaguars are visible day and night, we frequently spot them along the river banks when they come to the river’s edge to drink, rest and hunt their favorite pray: caimans & capybaras, and are best spotted between mid-June and mid-November, often from only 20-30 meters away.

The lodge offers varied activities such as: Trail walks, birdwatching, viewing tower, swiming, nature tours. Given the remotness of the lodge we recommend a 4 night minimum stay. From AU$2,050 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$466. Extra: Wildlife Preservation Fee US$100 pp

POUSADA DO RIO MUTUM

Hyacinth Macaw, Brazil

From AU$3,030 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$900 - Dep: Wed to Sat.

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Offering a private terrace with hammock, the colourful red and green rooms at Pousada Mutum have pleasant country furnishings. All are equipped with air-conditioning, a minibar and TV.

Araras Lodge, Pantanal

From AU$1,782 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$350


BRAZIL AMAZON CRUISES

From $1,408

Per Person, Twin Share

BRAZIL: Solimoes River & Negro Rivers and their tributaries.

MY TUCANO

MV IBEROSTAR GRAND AMAZON

M/Y Tucano offers plenty of space to spread out and contemplate the wonders of nature. Accommodating a maximum of 18 passengers. The boat features a large outdoor deck, air conditioned salon.

A luxury ship will take you on an exciting cruise along the Negro and Amazon rivers with all the comfort and excellent service. Departing from Manaus, the Iberostar Grand Amazon stops at several points along the amazing Amazon jungle, and offers excursions on small boats to explore the dense, virgin vegetation. Come into contact with the most exuberant species of trees, plants, exotic animals and the local river communities, friendly and hospitable people.

The 6 night voyage explores some of the most untocuhed rainforest in the Amazon, venturing up the Rio Negro channels. We visit Lake Janauari Ecological Park, Anavilhanas Archipelago, and the northernmost point of the cruise, the Rio Jauaperi. From AU$2,692 pp Twin (5Days/4Nights) Single Supp. - Contact Us.

Toucan in the Brazilian jungle.

MV AMAZON CLIPPER PREMIUM MV DESAFIO The M/V Desafio is a classical schooner that offers guests old world charm and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere on Brazil’s mighty Amazon. She has recently undergone a major re-furbishment, and her cabins have been enlarged and facilities updated. With only 12 cabins, the boat is small enough to explore remote areas and for passengers to get to know their fellow travelers; but still spacious enough to provide comfort and casual elegance.. From AU$2,638 pp Twin (4Days-Thu) From AU$4,050 pp Twin (6Days-Thu)

The MV Premium hosts 32 guests in 16 spacious all-outside cabins (14m²...15,75m²), with two lower beds or one queen size bed, private bathroom facilities with hot shower, individual air-conditioning and safety box. An air-conditioned restaurant with meals served in buffet stile. A complete leisure deck with a large covered area for outdoor sightseeing and plenty of comfortable seating, as well as a large air-conditioned room for meetings and lectures. A sun deck with panoramic views of 360° r. From AU$1,898 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$1,010 - Dep: Wed to Sat.

Rio Negro – 5Days/4 Nights (Sun – Thu) Day 1: Sun – Embarkation. Ship departs to Novo Airão (D) Day 2: Mon – Visit to pink dolphins at Novo Airão. Photo safari at Lago Arac ari Piranha fishing (optional). Continue to Rio Puduarí (B,L,D) Day 3: Tue – Bird watching at Río Puduari. Theme lecture On the way to Ilha de Jacaré,photo safari at Igarapé Aturiá. (B,L,D) Day 4: Wed – Trekking and photo safari at Rio Cuieiras and visit to Cambebas Community On the way to Praia Grande. (B,L,D) Day 5: Thu - Meeting of river Negro and river Solimôes. Breakfast and disembark. End of the cruise. (B) Rios Solimões- 4Days / 3Nights (Thu –Sun) Day 1: Thu – Embarkation. Ship departs to Manacapuru. (D) Day 2: Fri – Trekking and photo safari in the Manacapuru region. Boat ride to Igarapés e Igapós Bird watching at Lago do Rei, alligator spotting. (B,L,D) Day 3: Sat – Bird watching at Lago Janauacá. Photo safari excursion through the “Igarapés”. (B,L,D) Day 4: Sun - Meeting of river Negro and river Solimôes. Breakfast and disembark. End of the cruise. (B) From AU$1535 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) From AU$1,936 pp Twin (5Days/4Nights)

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COLOMBIA TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name: Republic of Colombia Area: 1,141,748 sq km (440,830 sq mi) Population: 43,000.000 Capital city: Bogotรก (pop: 5 million) People: 58% Mestizo (of European-Indian descent), 20% European descent, 14% mulatto (African-European descent), 4% African descent, 3% African-Indian descent, 1% indigenous Language: Castilian Spanish, plus over 200 indigenous languages Religion: Catholic 95%, with the remainder a mixture of traditional, Episcopal and Jewish faiths Government: Democracy Major industries: Textiles, coffee, oil, sugar cane, food processing Departure Tax: US$41 p/pers Major trading partner: US, EU When to go: The most pleasant time to visit Colombia is in the dry season, between December and March or in July and August. This is particularly true if you plan on hiking. The dry season also gives visitors a better chance to savor local cultural events because many festivals and fiestas take place during these periods.

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Quaint town of Barichara


COLOMBIA TOURS

COLOMBIA: Bogota, Quaint Villa de Leyva, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena, Coffee Region, Mompox, Barichara, Barrancabermeja, Santa Marta, San Agustin, Popayan. Cartagena in the twilight

Caribbean Sea Cartagena Rosario 1 Islands

San Agustin

From $3,645 Per Person, Twin Share Mompox, Bolivar

Santa Marta 3

2

Mompox

El Banco Barrancabermeja Barichara 1

2

Pereira

Villa de Leyva Bogota

FASCINATING COLOMBIA

VENEZUELA

From colonial towns and fishing villages to the coffee zone, mangroves and volcanoes - the diversity of Colombia enchants and fascinates on this unique journey.

Salento

Armenia Cali Popayan

Pitalito

San Agustin

ECUADOR

Highlights of Colombia Fascinating Colombia Undiscovered Jewels

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BRAZIL

Operates: All year round.

PERU

Highlights: Bogota, Quaint Villa de Leyva, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena, Coffee region, Mompox, Barichara, Barrancabermeja, Santa Marta, San Agustin, Popayan. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat & plane Includes: • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected hotels • All transfers with local bilingual guides • Local representative assistance • Sightseeing as per program with • Englishspeaking local guides • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Internal airfares • Local airport taxes • Expenses of personal nature such as: • laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, • meals not included and optional tours. Note: Prices are indicative, please contact us for current prices.

Silvia locals

Palenquera, Valparaiso fruit vendor

Unspoilt Colombia has arguably the most dramatic scenery, the greatest variety of flora and fauna, the most atmospheric towns, and among the friendliest people in Latin America. Jagged snow-spangled Andean peaks rake the skies above an apron of coffee plantations giving way to unsullied rainforests. Warm Caribbean waters stroke lazy blond beaches, while pre-Conquest ruins and exquisite colonial cities dot the landscape. Colombia has a comprehensive air network – essential in such fractured landscape – and locally a good road system. The tourist infrastructure in these more stable times is expanding rapidly. With a bit of careful planning and judicious use of expert advice, the visitor can enjoy a most rewarding experience.

Itinerary: (Starts on Tue, Thu & Sat) Day 1, Arrive in Bogota - Transfer to your hotel. Overnight.. Day 2, Bogota - Day trip to the quaint colonial town of Zipaquira and visit its salt cathedral. Return to Bogota.(B). Day 3, Bogota/Armenia/Coffee Region Short flight to Armenia and transfer to a local hacienda.(B,D). Day 4, Coffee Region - Day trip to the Cocora Valley and Salento to visit a coffee farm and take a jeep ride. (B,L,D). Day 5, Coffee Region/Popayan Bus trip southbound to the colonial city of Popayan. Overnight (B). Day 6, Popayan - Day trip to the famous indian market of Silvia (Tue). (B). Day 7, Popayan/San Agustin - Bus trip through the Andean mountains to San Agustin (B). Day 8, San Agustin - Day trip to the Archaelogical site of San Agustin. (B). Day 9, San Agustin/Santa Marta Morning visit to Magdalena River, transfer to Pitalito for your flight to Santa Marta via Bogota (Only Wed, Fri & Sun). (B). Day 10, Santa Marta - Day trip to El Pueblito and Tayrona National Park with lunch. (B,L). Day 11, Santa Marta/Cartagena - Land transfer to the gorgeous colonial city of Cartagena. (B). Day 12, Cartagena - City Tour including La Popa Monastery, San Felipe Fortress and old town. (B,L). Day 13, Cartagena - Day at leisure for optional activities. (B) - Perhaps consider a day boat trip to the Rosario Is. Archipelago. Day 14, Depart Cartagena - At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B). End of Services. Includes: All transfers, transport in well equipped vehicles, accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, local English speaking guides, entry to sites and excursions as per program. (No airfares)

From AU$3,645 pp Twin (3* Hotels) Single Supp. AU$2,694

UNDISCOVERED JEWELS A country of incredible diversity and charm, Colombia is full of varied geography, a history loaded with intrigue and mystery, people and cultures that have fascinated the world for centuries. Itinerary: Day 1, Arrive in Bogota - Transfer to your hotel. Overnight.. Day 2, Bogota - Morning city tour and Monserrate Hill cable car. (B,L) Day 3, Bogota/Villa de Leyva - Bus trip to the Villa de Leyva via colonial Zipaquira and visit its salt cathedral.(B,L). Day 4, Villa de Leyva - Visit the Dominican convent of Ecce Hommo and the Muisca site of Infiernito. (B,L). Day 5, Villa del Leyva/Barichara Overland trip to Barichara and visit a sugar mill on the way (B). Day 6, Barichara - Morning city tour and Archaelogical museum of Guane. (B). Day 7, Barichara/Barrancabermeja - Overland transfer with a cable car ride in the Chicamoya Canyon. (B). Day 8, Barrancabermeja/El Banco/Mompox - Boat to El Banco, overland transfer to Mompox. (B). Day 9, Mompox - Morning visit to a local family and afternoon walking tour. (B). Day 10, Mompox/Cartagena - Boat and overland transfer to Cartagena. (B). Day 11, Cartagena - Morning free, afternoon colonial city tour. (B). Day 12, Cartagena/ Tayrona National Park - Overland shared transfer to Santa Marta, continue to Tayrona National Park. (B). Day 13 Tayrona National Park - Hike Excursion through a tropical cloud forest to “El Pueblito” (B,L). Day 14, Depart Tayrona National Park Transfer to airport in Santa Marta for your onward flight. Includes: All transfers, transport, accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, local English speaking guides, entry to sites and excursions as per program. (No airfares)

From AU$4,713 pp Twin (3* Hotels) Single Supp. AU$4,610

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COLOMBIA TOURS

From $1,655 Per Person, Twin Share

COLOMBIA: Ipiales, Las Lajas Sanctuary, Popayan, San Agustin, Tierradentro, Cartagena, Villa de Leyva, Tayrona Nat. Park & Taganga

Tierradentro Tombs

Villa de Leyva

SOUTH WEST COLOMBIA TOUR

COLOMBIA HIGHLIGHTS

Uncover some of Colombia’s Southern exciting destinations on this 7 day tour that can be combined with Ecuador.

If there’s a country poised to be the next big ecotourism destination, it’s Colombia. With an area equal to that of Spain, France, and Portugal combined, Colombia has coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, thick Amazon jungle, immense flat lands evoking the American planes, scorching deserts, and snow-capped mountain peaks. All that plus 45 million residents mean that Colombia is second only to Brazil in ecological and human diversity among South American countries.

7 Days/6 Nights

10 Days/ 9 Nights

Discover the religious sanctuary of Las Lajas, the colonial town of Paopayan and the archeological sites of San Agustin & Tierra Adentro. San Augustín is well known for its statues, and Tierradentro is well known for its underground tombs. Itinerary: (Ideally on Sat) Day 1, Arrive in Ipiales Meet and assist at the bus station and transfer to hotel. Overnight Day 2, Ipiales/Pasto Morning visit to Las Lajas Sanctuary continue to Pasto. Overnight (B) Day 3, Pasto/Popayan Morning bus trip to Popayan, afternoon walking tour of the town (B) Day 4, Popayan Day trip to the famous indian market of Silvia (Tue). (B). Day 5, Popayan/San Agustin Bus trip through the Andean mountains to San Agustin (B). Day 6, San Agustin Day trip to the Archaelogical site of San Agustin. (B). Day 7, Depart San Agustin Morning visit to Magdalena River, transfer to Pitalito for your flight out to Bogota (Only Wed, Fri & Sun) or to Cali (Fri & Sun). (B).

Las Lajas Sanctuary

CARTAGENA & ROSARIO IS. Cartagena is a beautiful historical city in the northern Caribbean Coast of Colombia; Cartagena was a Spanish colonial city and today it is a living testament to that rich history. Enjoy a boat overnight excursion to the nearby Archipelago of the Rosario Islands. Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Cartagena, transfer to hotel. Day 2, Overnight Exc. to the Rosario Islands (B,L,D) Day 3, Return back to Cartagena. Overnight. Day 4, Morning city tour with La Popa Convent. (B,L) Day 5, Depart Cartagena.

Includes: • All transfers with assistance. • Accommodation in small modest hotels. • Transport as per program, combo of private and public buses. • 6 breakfasts and sightseeing as per program with English speaking guides and entry to sites.

From AU$2,620 pp Twin Single Supp.- On Request

San Diego Neighbourhood

Includes: All transfers, sightseeing, accommodation in 3* hotels, meals as per program. From AU$1,742 pp Twin

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Local fruit vendors, Cartagena

Typical fish dish from Cartagena.

Itinerary: Day 01: Arrive in Bogota Day 02: Morning Bogota city tour, highlighted by a visit to the world famous Gold Museum displaying over 18,000 golden artefacts. (B) Day 03: Overnight Excursion to Villa de Leiva, one of Colombia’s most beautiful and charming small colonial towns. Villa de Leyva’s cobblestoned plaza is the largest in all of Colombia (some say the Americas). Overnight. (B) Day 04: Villa de Leiva – Walking tour (B) Day 05: Villa de Leya/Bogota/Santa Marta/ Taganga (B) Day 06: Taganga to Tayrona National Park. Without doubt, some of the finest beaches in all of South America - this is a tropical paradise. It’s hard to put into words quite how beautiful the empty beaches of Park Tayrona are. (B) Day 07: Tayrona National Park – Free day (B) Day 08: Tayrona N.P/Cartagena (B) Day 09: Cartagena Panorama Tour and a guided walk through narrow streets and plazoletas. Afternoon free.(B) Day 10: Depart Cartagena (B)

From AU$3,698 pp Twin Single Supp. - On Request


COLOMBIA BIRDWATCHING TOURS

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COLOMBIA: Anchicaya Valley, Sonso Lagoon, Otun Quimbaya Nat. Park, Rio Blanco Reserve, Los Nevados Nat. Park.

Saffron-crowned Tanager

Multicolored Tanager

COLOMBIAN PEACE DESTINATIONS

COLOMBIA BIRDWATCHING TOUR

Colombia has been undergoing a very positive transformation in the past decade, and with the recent signing of a historic peace treaty we now have relatively unexplored areas opening up to bird tourism. We have chosen to highlight some of these areas, known as peace destinations, to offer a chance at some of the most sought-after birds in Colombia. The Anchicaya Valley on the Pacific Slope, the paramo ecosystems of the Colombian Massif, and the Amazoni-

One of our most popular tours, it is designed to highlight Colombia’s astounding avian diversity at a comfortable pace, taking time to enjoy the rich history, culture, and gastronomic traditions the Central and Western Andes have to offer. We believe we have struck the perfect balance with this exhilarating itinerary: From exploring the paramo ecosystems in the Los Nevados Park,to the infamous Anchicaya Valley on the Pacific slope, to the pristine forests of the Montezuma Lodge. This tour packs in some of the best birding locations in Colombia without having to travel extremely long distances.

an piedmont of the Putumayo region.. HIGHLIGHTS: • Bird the trampoline of diversity road for 2 days, enjoying an elevation gradient of 1,800 m (6,000 ft). • Explore the San Agustin Archeological park, where the added bonus is 2 endemics: Dusky-headed Brush-finch and Colombian Chachalaca. • See Andean Condors up close in the paramo of Purace National Park. ITINERARY: Day 1: Arrive in Cali Day 2: KM 18 Day 3 - 5: Anchicaya Watershed Day 6: Popayan Day 7: Purace National Park Day 8: Patia Valley and Besuaco Road Day 9-11: La Cocha Lagoon and Bordoncillo Paramo Day 12 -14: Mocoa, Putumayo Day 15: San Agustin Day 16: Pitalito-Cali flight Day 17: Depart Cali Includes: • All Lodging (Double Occupancy) • Internal Flight (Pitalito - Cali) • Bottled Water Throughout the Trip • All Meals From Breakfast on Day 2 to Breakfast on Day 17 • Snacks Throughout the Trip • Entrances to Parks and Reserves • Local Guides & all transfers.

Great Saphirewing Hummingbirds

COLOMBIA BIRDWATCHING TOURS

Rainbow-bearded Thronbill

Toucan Barbet

Come join us in some of the world’s most diverse and exciting destinations for birding and nature trips, in one of the world’s most fascinating countries. Colombia is experiencing a historical transformation politically, making it one of the safest travel destinations in Latin America, and our Colombian compatriots are eager to show off the biological, cultural, ethnic and gastronomic diversity the country has to offer. We want to welcome you to Colombia, with open arms and the guarantee that after birding with us in the birdiest country on the planet, you will not be disappointed!.

From AU$1,818 pp Twin (4Days/3Nights) Single Supp. AU$910 - Dep: Wed to Sat.

HIGHLIGHTS: • Enjoy the feeders at KM 18, where more than 22 species of hummingbirds have been recorded. • See 5 species of Antpittas at the feeders in Rio Blanco Reserve. • Seek out some of the rarest species in Colombia at the Montezuma Lodge, including Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Munchique Wood-wren and Goldringed Tanager. ITINERARY: Day 1: Arrive in Cali Day 2: KM 18 Day 3 - 4: Anchicaya Valley Day 5: Sonso Lagoon Day 6 - 8: Montezuma Lodge Day 9 -10: Otun Quimbaya NP Day 11 -12: Rio Blanco Reserve Day 13 -14: Los Nevados NP Day 15: Depart Cali

Crested Quetzal

Includes: • Professional Bilingual Bird Guide • All Lodging (Double Occupancy) • Bottled Water Throughout the Trip • All Meals From Breakfast on Day 2 to Breakfast on Day 15, Snacks • Entrances to Parks and Reserves • All transfers.

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URUGUAY TOURS

FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay Population: 3.4 million (UN, 2011) Capital: Montevideo Area: 176,215 sq km (68,037 sq miles) Major language: Spanish Major religion: Christianity Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN) Monetary unit: 1 Uruguayan peso = 100 centesimos Main exports: Meat, rice, leather products, vehicles, dairy products, wool, electricity GNI per capita: US $11,860 (World Bank, 2011) Internet domain: .uy International dialling code: +598 Best Time to Go: Peak Season & Climate -- The best time to visit Uruguay is October through March, when the sun shines and temperatures are mild. Punta del Este overflows with tourists from Argentina in summer; if you’re seeking a more relaxed time to visit the beaches of the coast, consider going between October and December.

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Casapueblo, designed by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró.


URUGUAY TOURS

From $3,645

Per Person, Twin Share

URUGUAY: Colonia, Montevideo, Piriapolis, Punta del Este, Cabo Polonio, Punta del Diablo, Valiza Dunes. Uruguayan Gauchos

ARGENTINA BRAZIL

URUGUAY

Colonia

Montevideo Street

Cabo Polonio

TASTE OF URUGUAY 4 Days/3 Nights

URUGUAY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Punta del Diablo Cabo Polonio Punta del Este

Your experience start with a ferry/speed boat crossing from Buenos Aires to Colonia. Explore this picturesque town with its cobbled street and quaint stone houses.

With this eight-day tour, you will enjoy the most emblematic places of the entire South Coast of Uruguay. From the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento through its capital Montevideo to the ecological reserve of Cabo Polonio: discover the different facets offered by this beautiful country with natural and savages landscapes.

Buenos Aires Pririapolis Montevideo

Continue to Montevideo, the capital of the country, Montevideo is emerging as one of the continent’s coolest capitals, renowned for its architecture, spruced-up old quarters and thriving cultural scene.

Atlantic Ocean

FACT FINDER Operates: All year round.

Itinerary: Day 1, Buenos Aires to Colonia. Transfer hotel to Buquebus pier, short trip of approx 1.5 hours to Colonia. Afternoon city tour visiting the most important attractions. Overnight. (L)

Highlights: Bogota, Quaint Villa de Leyva, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena, Coffee region, Mompox, Barichara, Barrancabermeja, Santa Marta, San Agustin, Popayan.

Day 2, Colonia/Montevideo Morning bus to Montevideo, (Approx. 3hours). Afternoon city tour visiting the old market hall at the port of Montevideo and major attractions. (B,L)

Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat & plane Includes: • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected hotels • All transfers with local bilingual guides • Local representative assistance • Sightseeing as per program with • Englishspeaking local guides • Hotel taxes Not Included: • Internal airfares • Local airport taxes • Expenses of personal nature such as: • laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, • meals not included and optional tours. Note: Prices are indicative, please contact us for current prices.

Vineyard near Garzon

Quaint streetValparaiso in Colonia

Uruguay is often overlooked as a vacation destination due to its location between two Latin American travel powerhouses: Argentina and Brazil. But you can easily combine Argentina, Brazil & Uruguay for the perfect tour! Tourists are more inclined to travel to its neighboring countries, making Uruguay one of South America’s best-kept secrets. Though after reading about the activities/ tours you can do in Uruguay, I think the secret will be out of the bag. Uruguay features beautiful beaches, rolling hills, farmlands, and an authentic gaucho culture. It can be easily accessed via ferry/speed boats from Buenos Aires, by air and overland from Brazil.

Day 3, Montevideo Sample Uruguay’s burgeoning winemaking industry during this wine tasting tour on the Montevideo wine route. Stop and ‘smell the rosé’ on a laid back visit to a few family-run wineries. You’ll try a mix different red, white, rosé, and sparkling varieties accompanied by snacks like local cheese, bread, and cured meats. (B,L) Day 4, Depart Montevideo Breakfast. At convenient time transfer to the airport or port. End of Services. Includes: , All transfers, one way first class buquebus ticket to Colonia, Accommodation in 3* hotels, 3breakfasts, 2 lunches, Colonia and Montevideo city tours with English bilingual guides.

From AU$1,878 pp Twin (3* Hotels) Single Supp. AU$896

8 Days/7 Nights

Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Colonia Transfer in pier to hotel. Afternoon city tour of the historic City of Colonia del Sacramento. Day 2: The Rural Estancia Enjoy the day in a true rural setting with a delicious BBQ lunch and famr activities. (B,L) Day 3: Montevideo Highlights City Tour city tour visiting the old market hall at the port of Montevideo and major attractions. (B,L) Day 4: Piriapolis And Punta Del Este This 5-hour tour will introduce you to the region and enjoy the views of beautiful and unequaled landscapes. (B). Day 5: Ecological Reserve Of Cabo Polonio Enjoy the landscape and Sea Lions Watching. (B). Day 6: Punta Del Diablo And Dunes Of Valizas Enjoy this fishing village and the sand dunes of Valiza. (B) Day 7: Santa Teresa Park Try surfing on one of the beaches of this National Park. (B) Day 8: Transfer back to Punta del Este or Montevideo. Note: Pre and/or Post nights might be needed to complete this tour.

From AU$4,650 pp Twin (3* Hotels) Single Supp. AU$3,740

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ANTARCTICA Mysterious and vast, Antarctica - the “blue continent” at the bottom of the world - is like no other place on Earth. A land of glittering ice, majestic peaks and dazzling beauty, it is the only continent with no indigenous population. Instead, it has for millions of years been a haven for migratory birds, whales, seals and other marine mammals who come each summer to feast in is foodrich coastal waters.

Step into a world removed from your own

When you choose an Antarctic expedition, you step into a world so removed from your own, you may feel you’ve landed on the moon, or stepped into a fairy tale. Here the sun neither rises nor sets. Icebergs drift. Curious penguin chicks may climb right into your lap. Orcas and humpback whales may breach or spy-hop mere meters away, before fixing their ancient eyes on yours and sinking beneath the sea. Many tour companies run Antarctica cruises and Arctic adventures, offering a wide range of polar travel options, itineraries, dates and prices. We evaluate the quality of the ships, operations, tour programs and companies, and provide polar cruise ship information. Then we talk to you about your travel preferences and book the best polar vacation for you. We prefer to offer non- traditional cruise ships – those large, luxurious liners holding many thousands of guests. This is because the size of these ships makes it difficult (sometimes impossible) to provide shore landings – and shore landings are the heart of expedition travel. Instead, we prefer Expedition Ships. These are much smaller vessels, carrying fewer than 200 passengers. They are all equipped with Zodiacs (inflatable landing craft) for shore transfers. These ships will get you to some of the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness areas in the world. The cruises, on smaller craft, offer you the choice of itineraries from 1-3 weeks, where you’ll not only be sailing the southern seas but also making landfall to view the attractions from up close; there are opportunities to kayak, trek, camp, dive, or just stand and stare.

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King penguins in South Georgia.


ANTARCTICA & SURROUNDING AREA

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ANTARCTICA: Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands Is., South Orkney Is., Weddell Sea South Georgia & East Antarctica.

EAST ANTARCTICA East Antarctica is one of the most isolated places on the planet. Here, the massive polar ice cap rolls down to a sea rich in wildlife. It is also where explorers both heroic and modern day have landed and lived in the face of nature. Mawson, David, and Mackay were the first to reach the South Magnetic Pole (in January 15th, 1909) after trekking some 1,000 miles. Celebrate the achievement with a visit to the remains of Mawson’s Hut in Commonwealth Bay and several islands that were also visited during Mawson’s expedition. This voyage is an opportunity to experience a seldom-visited part of Antarctica, rich in history and wildlife.

SOUTH GEORGIA

FALKLANDS ISLANDS

Throughout the 19th century, South Georgia was a sealers’ base as well as a whalers’ base beginning in the 20th century, until whaling ended in the 1960s. A Norwegian, Carl Anton Larsen, established the first land-based whaling station and first permanent habitation at Grytviken in 1904. It operated through his Argentine Fishing Company, which settled in Grytviken.

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The main islands are about 480 km. east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 12,000 km2, comprises East and West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. There are two endemic species of bird, five penguin species breeding on the islands, king penguins, rockhopper penguins, magellanic penguins, gentoo penguins, and macaroni penguins. This is the only breeding species of albatross, although nine others have been recorded.

The unsustainable harvest of whales and Elephant and Fur Seals left the island’s wildlife devastated. However, decades have passed since the whalers left South Georgia and the wildlife has returned, in abundance.

Curious King penguin in South Georgia, courtesy of Akademik Ioffe Cruise.

WEDELL SEA The Weddell Sea is part of the Southern Ocean and contains the Weddell Gyre. Its land boundaries are defined by the bay formed from the coasts of Coats Land and the Antarctic Peninsula. At its widest the sea is around 2,000 km across, in area it is around 2.8 million km². The Weddell Sea has been deemed by scientists to have the clearest water of any sea. Dutch researchers from the German Alfred Wegener Institute, on finding a Secchi disc visible at a depth of 262 feet (79.86 metres) on October 13, 1986, ascertained that the clarity corresponded to that of distilled water.

SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Located at about 604 kilometres north-east of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. They have a total area of about 620 square kilometres. The islands are claimed both by Britain and by Argentina.

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, located at the base of the Southern Hemisphere. At the surface, it is the biggest, most prominent peninsula in Antarctica as it extends 1300 km from a line between Cape Adams (Weddell Sea) and a point on the mainland south of Eklund Islands. The most abundant and best known animals from the southern continent. Penguins, whales, seals, albatrosses, other seabirds and a range of invertebrates you may have not heard of such as krill which form the basis of the Antarctic food web.

Several smaller colonies of all the three penguins species of the pygoscelid family; Adélie, Gentoo and Chinstrap can be found near small beaches and lower cliffs. In the crags of the steep rock walls, Pintado Petrels (Cape Pigeons) and Snow Petrels breed and the rocky shores and few beaches are often taken by Fur Seals and whales.

Elephant Seals, in the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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ANTARCTICA TRAVEL PLANNER

ANTARCTICA: Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands Is., South Orkney Is., Weddell Sea South Georgia & East Antarctica.

When to go to Antarctica

and enjoyable cruise. Modern fabrics are available which are neither heavy nor voluminous. We recommend a breathable, thermal base layer to wick away perspiration; a warm mid-layer such as a fleece or down sweater; light, lined trousers; and a wind and shower proof (but breathable) outer shell garment. A hat, scarf, warm socks, gloves and rubber boots (for wet landings: these can be pre-ordered and supplied on board) are essential.

The Antarctic is accessible by ship from late October to March, the southern hemisphere summer. Outside this period, days are short and dark. During the summer, however, the land radiates in long lingering hours of daylight. The most popular months for cruising are

What the weather is like

The Antarctic Peninsula and islands have a typical maritime climate. The cold winters are followed by warmer summers, with temperatures lower in the higher altitudes on the eastern side. Average temperatures during the cruising season vary between +1°C and -15°C. It’s technically a desert; precipitation averages only 166mm (6½ins) per year. Depressions can bring in cloud and snow or rain, but when the sun shines, it is magic. The ice is tinted from an extraordinary palette of pink, crimson, tangerine and violet – a kaleidoscope of colour. Weather conditions can be unpredictable: periods of calm, frozen intensity give way to a sudden storm or blizzard. White-outs are not infrequent, and winds can career down from the polar plateau to the coast at velocities of up to 300km an hour – treacherous conditions for the unprepared and it can be bitterly cold.

Who are the expedition team and crew?

An Antarctic cruise is an informal, friendly affair. It’s assumed that all visitors will have a love of natural wilderness and wildlife, and everything will be done to ensure that your enjoyment of these will be maximised. The staff and crew are highly trained, welcoming and very experienced: Captains have spent years navigating in polar regions. An experienced and enthusiastic English-speaking expedition team from Europe or the Americas is employed to organise the daily programme and accompany the shore excursions. You will be informed by lecturers who specialise in the natural and human history of the region – many of them well known naturalists or former members of research stations.

Antarctic scientific expeditions.

What to see as the season unfolds November

Start of the season: clean, untouched landing sites. Spring flowers peppering the Falklands and South Georgia. Courtship rituals of penguins and other seabirds, nest building. Elephant and fur seals court and carve out their territories. Emperor penguins on the frozen wastes of the Weddell Sea.

is relenting, giving access to areas further south and there are fewer travellers as the season draws to a close. The sublime landscape of rock and ice is of course timeless, but subtle differences characterise each month.

December - January

February - March

Long days of summer light, milder temperatures. Penguin chicks hatch in the Falklands and South Georgia, then the Antarctic Peninsula. Seal pups born on South Georgia and the Falklands. Whale sightings increase.

January and February.

At this time, wildlife is at its most prolific. Travel before this, however, in November or early December, and you will encounter a spring-awakened environment of virgin snow unpolluted by the footsteps of other visitors. Wait until March, and the pack-ice

The ship crew is usually from Europe, Russia or the Philippines.

Whale watching, courtesy of OO Expeditions

Excellent whale-watching opportunities. Penguin chicks begin to fledge. Fur seals increasingly numerous on the Antarctic Peninsula. Colourful snow algae breaks the snow-white domination of the landscape. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets add a rosy glow to the ice. The pack ice is breaking up and may allow for deeper penetration of the Weddell Sea.

What is the nature of an Antarctic cruise?

Antarctica is very remote: once committed to your journey, you are humbled by the

domination of the weather and ocean conditions, the melting and freezing of icepacks, and the movement of icebergs. A cruise here is not like a jaunt around the Caribbean or Mediterranean. This is expeditionary cruising: you will be facing the same environmental challenges as the early explorers, albeit in much greater comfort, and with the assistance of modern technology and communications. Itineraries will vary from the original plan if conditions demand/permit. You may not be able to visit a spot you had been particularly keen to see; on the other hand, new unforeseen opportunities may well open up.

Who takes a cruise in Antarctica?

A mix of ages and nationalities, they are made up of couples, groups of friends, organised groups and single people. (Singles can request a samesex share to keep the costs down.) Children are accepted

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but we do not recommend a cruise for anyone under 12 years of age. Most visitors will share a love of adventure, the natural environment and wildlife, and it is easy to make new friends.

Do I have to be fit?

You need to be sufficiently agile to get in and out of small landing craft and walk over rocky terrain. There is a doctor on board, but Antarctica is a very remote destination and if you fall ill or have an accident you cannot just be helicoptered out to safety, so bear this in mind if you have a pre-existing condition. Your holiday is not cheap –make sure your insurance covers you for the full amount if you have to cancel.

What clothes should I take?

Protective clothing is the single most important way of ensuring a comfortable

Is my cruise environmentally friendly? All ships with which Travel Projects work operate according to a stringent voluntary code of conduct developed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (www.iaato.org), designed to minimise impact of visits to this fragile environment. We are fully committed to protect this pristine wilderness for future generations.

This is just a small part of the information we have available about Antarctic cruises. Please contact us for more details.


ANTARCTICA TRAVEL PLANNER

ANTARCTICA: Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands Is., South Orkney Is., Weddell Sea South Georgia & East Antarctica. CHOOSING YOUR ANTARCTICA SHIP

THINGS TO DO IN ANTARCTICA

We offer a wide variety of ships - from the rustic to absolute luxury to accomodate travelers taste and budget. Each type of ship offers its own unique travel experience, amenities and advantages.

While planning your next Antarctic cruise, be sure to check out the adventure options. Many Antarctic cruises have a number of adventure options available. PLEASE NOTE: Activities are subject to weather conditions and are at the sole discretion of the captain and its personnel. Prior experience required for some activities, especially Kayaking and Mountaineering.

Luxury Expedition Ships (75-200 Passenger Range)

Zodiac Excursions All ships have a fleet of zodiacs with capacity of 8-12 people to transfer from/to the ship for landings and also for excursions along the shore-line and quiet to maximise the opportunity of wildlife sightings.

Luxury Class doesn’t have to do with the size of the ship, but rather the class of travel. A luxury ship to Antarctica offers luxurious accommodations, spacious public spaces and lounges, and Five-Star amenities such as a TV/VCR, mini-fridge, choice of bed type (twin or queen), elevator, as well as Butler Service and verandas in select cabin types. It carries you in style to the most remote wilderness destination in the world.

Shore Explorations These shore explorations are lead by expert naturalist guides and staff. During these hikes you will have the chance to absorb the enviroment and marvel at some of the amazing wildlife and wilderness of this remote continent. Diving Dive expeditions are for experienced dry suit divers. Led by an experienced dive guide, this is a fascinating journey to explore the hidden treasures beneath the waters of Antarctica. Must be booked in advance. Optional activity

You do not need to trade comfort for safety and adventure. Luxury ships to Antarctica still come with ice-strengthened hulls, active stabilizers for motion control, sophisticated navigation equipment, ample Zodiacs for landings, expert expedition staff and lecturers, an experienced crew and wait staff. This type of ship provides you with an Antarctic experience with luxury accommodations.

Expedition Ships (50-200 Passenger Range) Expedition ships are the bread

and butter of Antarctic exploration. Though the ships themselves aren’t small – they displace from 2000 to over 5000 tons – they are designed to carry small groups of passengers for a more intimate travel experience. Expedition cruising began in 1966. This category of ship still adheres to the principles of conservation and preservation and world exploration for the fortunate few. These vessels let you get up-close and personal with the beauty of Antarctica while having minimal impact on the local environment. All are equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and staffed by qualified expedition leaders, experienced naturalists and lecturers. You can’t go wrong aboard one of these ships for your Antarctica voyage.

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Helicopter Flights M/V Ortelius has helicopters on board for the Ross Sea and Weddell Sea voyages. These landings by helicopters are designed to see wildlife and scenery that would otherwise be inaccessible. This activity is optional and must be pre-booked. May be an optional activity. Overnight Camping A wonderful way to experience the ambience of Antarctica is to spend a night ashore. This option is available on all our adventure voyages. We provide the tents, snow grade sleeping bags and inflatable sleeping mats. There is no additional cost for this activity. Optional.

King penguin colony in South Georgia

Ross Sea, East Antarctica Ships and Specialty Trips (50-125 Passenger Range) The sub-antarctic islands and Ross Sea region of Antarctica offers very unique opportunities but is characterized by much longer trips with more time at sea. Some of the unique sites and sights found on a Ross Sea visit: • Historic Huts • Dry Valleys • Awe-inspiring Ross Ice Shelf • Majestic snow-capped volcano of Mount Erebus • McMurdo Station • Scott Base • Enormous Adélie Penguin rookeries • Emperor Penguins The forgotten islands of the South Pacific,

are the Galapagos’ of Antarctica. They include the following: Snares, Aucklands, Macquarie, Campbell, Antipodes, and Bounty Islands. These islands can be numbered among the last unspoilt environments on Earth, they are home to a rich diversity of plants, seabirds and marine mammals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Nine species of great albatross come ashore to breed, as do many different species of petrels, prions and shearwaters. Eight species of penguin, three of which are endemic, breed on the Islands and the world’s rarest sea lion makes its home in the Auckland and Campbell Islands. • Abundant wildlife • A birders paradise • 8 species of penguins • 9 species of Albatross • Hooker Sea Lion

Sea Kayaking This popular adventure allows an exciting but gentle way to explore the many bays and wildlife breeding grounds along the Peninsula. Excursions amongst the translucent icebergs are the ultimate paddling experience. Only for established sea kayakers. Optional activity. Snow Shoeing This non-committing adventure will allow you to explore the bizarre but beautiful terrain of a Antarctica, with ample time to photograph the many exotic shapes and colours of this fascinating environment. Optional activity. Cross Country Skiing Cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to sample the vast open areas of Antarctica. Using our ship as a base, we take advantage of the long hours of daylight, without being too strenuous, or committing. Limited cross-country skiing experience is recommended. Optional. Mountaneering The rugged and spectacular spine of the Antarctic Peninsula is home to numerous mountains. Many of these summits are readily accessible as a one day expedition. Prior experience is not necessary but you must be in good physical condition. Optional activity.

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MADAGASCAR AFRICA ANTARCTICA: Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands Is., South Orkney Is., Weddell Sea South Georgia & East Antarctica.

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Falkland, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (18-22 Days Trip) - Sample Itinerary This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. The Falklands islands are full of wildlife, vast colonies of Black-browsed Albatrosses, five species of penguins, Elephant Seals and much more.

South Georgia Is.

Buenos Aires

SOUTH AMERICA

Falklands Is.

Santiago

Scotia Sea

Puerto Madryn

ARGENTINA

Ushuaia

CHILE

Punta Arenas

Voyage Summary: DAY 1 Embark in the afternoon in Ushuaia DAY 2 At sea, en-route to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) DAY 3 On the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of MagellanicPenguins DAY 4 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Here we can see quite a number of stranded clippers from a century ago DAYS 5 & 6 At sea on our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence DAYS 7 – 10 South Georgia! We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach DAY 11 At sea where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow DAY 12 South Orkney Islands, where we plan a visit to Orcadas station DAY 13 At sea towards Antarctica DAYS 14 – 16 Antarctic Peninsula! We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. DAYS 17 – 18 At sea en-route to Ushuaia DAY 19 The end of our voyage. Disembark in the morning in Ushuaia. Notes: Activities and sites visited do vary slightly depending which boat you travel on. Some cruises operate in the opposite direction and all itineraries are subject to change according to daily weather conditions.

Antarctic Circ le

SOUTHERN OCEAN

South Orkney Islands

INDIAN OCEAN

King George Is. South Shetland Islands

Drake Passage

Weddell Sea

Mawson (Aus)

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

ANTARCTICA Davis (Aus)

South Pole

Observe the various penguins species and albatrosses residing on South Georgia. In the waters around the Peninsula Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Killer Whales are common.

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, we invite you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

Montevideo

Amundsen Sea

Ross Ice Shelf Mc Murdo Ross Is. Sound Ross Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN

SOUTHERN OCEAN

Casey (Aus)

Commonwealth Bay

Campbell Is. Auckland Is.

Ross Sea Cruise Weddell Sea Cruise Classic Antarctic Peninsula Cruise Falklands Is, Sth Georgia & Antarctica Cruise South America & Antarctica Fly & Cruise

Antarctic Peninsula (10 -11 Days) - Sample Itinerary This expedition offers the perfect opportunity to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. Be delighted by penguins, seals and seabirds as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline, whilst landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. Voyage Summary: DAY 1 In the afternoon we embark our vessel in Ushuaia DAYS 2 & 3 At sea, en-route to the Antarctic Peninsula where we cross the Antarctic Convergence DAYS 4 - 9 Antarctica! Excellent opportu-

Macquarie Is. (Aus)

Invercargill

NEW ZEALAND

nity for wildlife viewing in the Sth. Shetland Is., where majestic icebergs with pristine wilderness. DAYS 10 & 11 At sea en-route to Ushuaia DAY 12 The end of our voyage. We disembark in the morning in Ushuaia. Notes: Activities and sites visited do vary slightly depending which boat you travel on: some cruises operate in the opposite direction and they are all subject to change due to daily weather conditions.

Antarctica Air & Cruise (7-10 Days) Sample Itinerary Short on time? Don’t want to experience the potentially rough seas of the Drake Passage? Then this adventure may be the one for you.

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TASMANIA

AUSTRALIA

In less than 2 hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipielago, you will be at the gates of the white continent. Itinerary Summary: Punta Arenas (Chile) Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas and stay overnight in a hotel. In the evening there will be a pre-cruise briefing and welcome dinner. South Shetland Islands Day 2: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands) on a British Aerospace (BAE) aircraft specially designed for this kind of trip. The flight takes about three hours and on arrival you will have a short tour around the area (there are Chilean and Russian bases) before boarding ship. Antarctic Peninsula Days 3-6: Cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, accompanied by many sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Some of the stunning areas visited include Hannah Point, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island and Deception Island. Days are busy, with landings, zodiac trips and a selection of presentations, yet still time to soak up the scenery. Day 7: Scheduled return flight from Antarctica Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program). Day 8: Depart Punta Arenas After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Note: Contact us for more info on the Weddell Sea and Ross Sea Crui-se itineraries and other cruise companies.


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MV OCEAN DIAMOND Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers this outstanding vessel, features onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean Diamond is staffed with outstanding captains, officers, expedition leaders, and guides. Highlights of the Ocean Diamond include a bar staffed by a professional bartender, theater-style auditorium, clinic with licensed doctor, photography program including the services of a resident photography instructor, Polar Library containing a large collection of polar books & DVDs, Massage & Wellness program offering yoga classes, aromatherapy treatments & massage therapy. A passenger elevator makes navigating decks easy, and chefs pamper you three times daily with delicious meals. All-inclusive beverage packages are available for those who don’t want to hassle with any bar tabs.

Ship Specifications:

Staff & Crew: 144 Guests: 189 Length: 124 meters Breadth: 16 meters, Draft: 4.9 meters Propulsion: 2 Wichmann Engines, 7375 horsepower Ice Class: 1D Cruising speed: 15.5 knots Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed

Safety Features:

Provision of immersion suits for all guests in addition to a policy of no open lifeboats. Four fully enclosed lifeboats. • Expedition staff training in STCW (Standards of Training, Certification & Watch keeping of Seafarers)

MV AKADEMIK IOFFE

MV AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV

Designed for polar research, the One Ocean Navigator is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

Designed for polar research, the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.

Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool.

Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa (November 2012), sauna, and salt water plunge pool.

Ship Specifications:

Akademik Vavilov - Specifications:

Registered name:Akademik Ioffe Built:1989, Rauma, Finland Length:117m Breadth:18.2 m Draft:6 m Power: Twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller Max speed: 14.5 kts Crew and staff:63 Passengers:96

Registered name: Akademik S. Vavilov Built: 1988, Rauma, Finland Length: 117m Breadth:18.2 m Draft: 6 m Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller Max speed: 14.5 kts Crew and staff: 63 Passengers: 92

Safety Features:

Safety Features:

An extremely experienced captain, crew and an ice-strengthened hull ( Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B) provides an exceptionally safe combination for polar expedition cruising.

An extremely experienced captain, crew and an ice-strengthened hull ( Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B) provides an exceptionally safe combination for polar expedition cruising.

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MV HEBRIDEAN SKY (FLY & CRUISE)

MV OCEAN NOVADIAMOND (FLY & CRUISE) MV OCEAN

MV THE USHUAIA

The Hebridean Sky has always been known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now we add increased adventure options and an on-site Passenger Service Representative. Sea Explorer is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both! Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 110 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and refurbished in 2014.

The M/V Ocean Nova Diamond, is a modern and comfortable vessel carrying Sail aboard the Ocean a modern, stable super-yacht and just 68 passengers (78 in the Arctic). She wasofbuilt Denmark this experience Antarctica. Carrying a maximum 189 in passengers in 1992 to sailvessel, the ice-choked waters of Greenland, outstanding features onboard amenities suchand as aher massage ice-strengthened hull isand ideally suited for expedition travel in the and wellness program a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean polar regions. The M/V Novacaptains, features officers, comfortable outside Diamond is staffed withOcean outstanding expedition cabins, with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin leaders, all and guides. and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and room, a include spacious dining room, a Highlights ofpresentation the Ocean Diamond a bar staffed byaa bar, profeslibrary and an infirmary. sional bartender, theater-style auditorium, clinic with licensed doctor, photography program including the services of a resident photogThe BAe 146 wasPolar manufactured in the United Kingdom byofBritish raphy instructor, Library containing a large collection polar Aerospace (which later became part of BAEoffering Systems). It is classes, a highbooks & DVDs, Massage & Wellness program yoga wing aircraft with very short runaway therapy. requirements which makes aromatherapy treatments & massage A passenger elevator it particularly suited for this kind of chefs destinations. is operated by daimakes navigating decks easy, and pamperItyou three times Aerovías DAP,which has more thanbeverage 20 years of experience of flying ly with delicious meals. All-inclusive packages are available in forPatagonia those whoand don’tAntarctica. want to hassle with any bar tabs.

T​ he Ushuaia recently underwent some “remodeling” including lower berths only in the Cat A cabins plus replacing some Portholes with Windows and other cabins changes. Enjoy the new enhancements! The 88-guest Ushuaia is one of the smallest ships operating in Antarctica, maximizing her passengers’ time on land. Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the ice-strengthened polar vessel is very well appointed with ample deck space and an open bridge policy that invites you to observe the navigational operations of the ship. A full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible Antarctic coastline.

The BAe 146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a highwing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which makes it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Hebridean - Ship Specifications 71 guests (max capacity 110) Year Built: 1991 Renovated: 2005 85 crew members Length: 297 feet Beam: 36 feet, - Draft: 15 feet Cruising Speed: 12.5 knots Flag: Marshall Islands, Ice Class: 1C

Aircraft Features:

Model: BAE 146-200 Engines: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5 Length: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m) Wingspan: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m) Cruise speed: 465 mph (750 km/h) Service ceiling: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)

Ocean Nova - Ship Specifications Ship Specifications:

Passengers: guests Staff & Crew:68 144 Built: 1992, Guests: 189Refurbished: 2006 38 crew124 members Length: meters Length: feet Breadth:240 16 meters Beam: 36meters feet, -Draft: 12 feet Draft: 4.9 Cruising Speed: 12 knots,Engines, - Flag: Bahamas Propulsion: 2 Wichmann 7375 horsepower Ice Class: 1D 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A) Ice Class: Cruising speed: 15.5 knots Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed Aircraft Features: Model: BAE 146-200 Engines: Features: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5 Safety Length: 8 in (28,55 suits m) for all guests in addition to a policy of Provision93offtimmersion Wingspan: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 no open lifeboats. Four fullym) enclosed lifeboats. • Expedition staff Cruise 465(Standards mph (750 km/h) trainingspeed: in STCW of Service 31,200& ftWatch (9.500keeping m) Training,ceiling: Certification of Seafarers)

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MV Ushuaia - Specifications Length: 84.73m / 278.3 feet Breath:15.41m / 51 feet Draught: 5.48m / 18.08 feet Gross Tonnage: 2,923 tonnes Speed (Max): 14 knots Cruise Speed: 12 knots Passengers: 88, - Crew & staff: 38 Zodiacs & RIBs: 7, - Electrical Outlets:110 V, 60 Hz Yard:American Shipbuilding, Toledo, Ohio Year of build: 1970 Classification: INSB Ice class C Engine:2 ALCO 1600 HP each, Bow thrust:1x 500Kw

Safety Features:

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice.


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MS EXPEDITION T​ he G Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world’s most remote regions. The Expedition’s spacious confines can hold up to 134 passengers. Many expedition cruise operators offer you a choice of space, comfort or expertise; the Expedition delivers all three at a price few can top. With a focus on safety, comfort and the unique demands of polar travel, the crew of the Expedition is committed to the ship’s continued safe operation.

MS Expedition - Specifications Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 (2009) Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345 ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61 ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15 ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Passenger Capacity: 140 (maximum) Crew: 55

Safety Features:

Forward-looking sonar reduces the risk of its grounding on uncharted reefs or rocks.Ice Class 1B.Four totally covered liferafts provide capacity for all passengers and crew, while six liferafts boast a capacity of 150 persons.Full immersion cold weather survival suits for all passengers and crew.

MV ORTELIUS ​ Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina “ Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. “Ortelius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Cyprus flag.As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, theTheatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. “Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 116 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces. The vessel is manned by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, including stewardesses, 7 expedition staff in Antarctica.

MV Ortelius - Specifications

MV PLANCIUS ​ /v “Plancius” was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vesM sel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 and was eventually purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The vessel was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v “Plancius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Dutch flag. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/v “Plancius” has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

MV Plancius - Specifications:

Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins Staff & crew: 47 Length: 91.25 meters Breadth: 17.61 meters Draft: 5.8 meters Ice class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A) Displacement: 4575 tonnes Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER Speed: 14.3 knots maximum

Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins Staff & crew: 45 Length: 89 meters (293 feet) Breadth: 14,5 meters (47 feet) Draft: 5 meters (16 feet) Ice class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters.) Displacement: 3434 tonnes Propulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric Speed: 10 - 12 knots maximum

Safety Features:

Safety Features:

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice.

The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

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Booking Conditions and Responsibility Please ensure you understand the following conditions before you book your holiday. Reservations are accepted on the basis that you abide by the following conditions. All tours in this brochure and others that we may create are operated by Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Level 17, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000. Travel Projects refers only to the tour operating company specified on this page, as does “we”, “us” and “ours”. Bookings are taken on the basis that you accept these conditions. Payment Terms Deposits A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person for land services is required in order to confirm and secure your reservation. Failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your booking to be cancelled. Should you need to re-instate any expired reservation due to a non payment of the deposit, we will charge a $55 amendment fee in addition to immediate payment of standard deposit. Additional Deposits Multi-Country Tours: 25% per person, payable within 5 days of confirmation (Non -refundable) Rio de Janeiro/Salvador Carnival/New Year’s Eve: Immediate, NON REFUNDABLE full payment is required on confirmation. Inca Trail: $600 per person non-refundable for us to request. Galapagos Cruises: 25% per person non-refundable within 5 days of confirmation. Jungle Lodges: 50% per person non-refundable within 5 days of confirmation.

Skorpios Cruises: 25% per person non-refundable within 5 days of confirmation. Amazon Cruises: 30% with conditions. Per person is required within 5 days of confirmation. Australis Cruises: 30% non-refundable deposit within 5 days of confirmation. Atacama & Patagonia Lodges: 30% - 50% non-refundable deposit within 5 days of confirmation. Some services require immediate $300 deposit in order to confirm Final Payment Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure from Australia, please note, some services require stricter final payment due dates that will be advised to you on the invoice. If reservation is made within 30 days prior to departure, full payment is required at time of booking. Cancellation Fees All cancellations must be received in writing. Following fees or percentages will be charged based on the date of receipt in writing, by fax or by email by Travel Projects of notification of cancellation. Cancellations will take effect the day said written notification is received by us. The following fees apply per person, plus any other cancellation fees and conditions imposed by other service operators such as Antarctica, Patagonia and Galapagos cruises: a. More than 60 days notice - Loss of deposits. b. 30 to 60 days - 50 % c. Less than 30 day - No refund. Above-mentioned cancellation fees will be strictly adhered to and for this reason we strongly recommend you to take out a travel insurance at the time of reservation. Please advise if you want us to send you an application form for insurance.

There is no refund of pre-paid packages on special events. Amendments Should you wish to amend your reservation, an amendment fee of $75 will be charged per amendment.

Validity We have taken considerable care to make sure all information, tours, itineraries, cruises, are correct at time of printing. Circumstances beyond the control of Travel Projects, may necessitate change in tours/itineraries/cruises etc. up to the date of departure and including after departure date.

Prices Prices shown in this manual have been calculated on tariffs applicable as of 1st of January 2018, and are subject to change without notice. If between the date you make your booking and the date of outbound travel from Australia, these air fares and services change; you may be required to pay additional charges. Acceptance of this arrangement is a condition of booking.

Travel Projects can not be held responsible for any changes that may occur and reserves the right to adjust, the price of any travel arrangements, at any time due to airfare and tour increase, devaluation, fuel surcharges, exchange rates, number of passengers travelling at the same time.

Late Booking Fee Bookings made within 15 days of commencement of travel will incur a late booking administration fee of $ 55 plus courier costs if necessary.

Changes in Itinerary and Hotels The operator reserves the right to deviate the itinerary and substitute hotels should circumstances so dictate.

Travel Insurance We strongly recommend Travel Insurance, particularly when touring in Latin America as medical costs and repatriation are very high in that area.

Limitations and Liability Travel Projects Pty Ltd. wishes to advise that under the Trade Practices Act and other legislation consumers have a right to compensation if services are not provided with due care and skill or if services are not reasonably fit for a particular purpose made known by the consumer.

Refunds Please note that there will be no refund of unused ground content for any reason. If you make any alteration to any portion of the holiday. Such alteration will be entirely at your own expense. Not included in tour cost Visae, insurance, excess baggage, meals not mentioned, vaccinations, airport departure taxes, beverages, tips, shipboard gratuities, items of personal nature like: Laundry, telephone calls etc., cost of passport, personal services to hotel rooms.

Before booking, you must check with Travel Projects if there are any alterations to this manual.

This right cannot be excluded. However we advise you that services we render under this Agreement are the booking and packaging of services/tours provided by others such as hotels, transportation companies and tour operators.

not limited to any act or omission, cancellation, delay, diversion, injury, loss or damage occasioned to you or your property by air carriers, accommodation providers or any other providers of services to you. Responsibility Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Level 17, 31 Queen Street – Melbourne VIC 3000 (herewith called the company), incorporated in Victoria. AFTA/ATAS Member 3952/A11616, acts only as agent for the passenger(s) in regard to travel. Whether by railroad. Motor coach, boat or aeroplane and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity that may be occasioned by reason or defect. Travel Projects Pty Ltd accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in schedules or other causes. Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Level 17, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne – VIC 3000 Tel: Fax: e-mail:

+61 3 9670 7304 +61 3 9670 7438 enquiry@travelprojects.com.au

Trade reservations only: Travel agents in South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and Country Victoria. Call: 1300 662 533.

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