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Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
elcome to Latin America, one of the most exotic continents with glorious and spectacular sceneries â€“ 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 brochure, you will find inspirational journeys that we have compiled and perfected using our knowledge and experience gained over the last 15 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. This time, we have split the content into 3 brochures as Latin America is such a huge continent (Approximately 4.5 bigger than Europe): South America, another one for Mexico, Caribbean & Central America and our third brochure is dedicated to Antarctica. 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 tripsâ€Ś Kind regards, Ed Garcia & Hanna Shilo Co-Managing Directors
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p64 Cocora Valley
Cocora Valley is a natural cloud forest located South West of Bogota with one of the most beautiful country sides in South America.
Located in the National Park of Canaima, the Angel Falls are the highest waterfalls in the world. Great combination with the Orinoco River Delta or the Gran Sabana.
Cabo San Lucas
Located North East of Brazil, these amazingly white sand dunes with natural pools is one of the must-see-places in Brazil.
GUATEMALA EL SALVADOR
Enjoy the white sand beaches of Playa Blanca (Baru island), Colombia. Located South West of Cartagena, just under 1 hour boat ride. It is the perfect place for a day at the beach.
COSTA RICA PANAMA
Unspoilt islands teem with Darwinâ€™s inspirational wildlife. Eye to eye with iguanas and boobies on any of our featured vessels. Contact us for latest deals.
PERU Lima Cuzco Arequipa San Pedro de Atacama
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.
The vast adobe city at Chan Chan is just one of the magnificent cultural highlights on our Lord of Sipan & Chan Chan Tour.
Easter Is Santiago
Cuzco, S. ValleyMachu Picchu
Take a slow pace in the highlands and allow plenty of time to explore these, the most aweinspiring icons of Latin America.
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.
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.
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Rio de Janeiro
The driest in the world, with geysers, salt pans, snow-capped volcanoes and shimmering lakes – visit it on our Altiplano, Salt Flats & Desert Explorer.
One of the world’s exciting cities, with an exuberant outdoor lifestyle. Views from the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains are as spectacular as the beaches and bays below.
NEZUELA SURINAME GUYANA FRENCH GUIANA BIA
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.
Enjoy cosmopolitan dynamism, a scrumptious steak, wine and tango in the Argentinean capital on our South American Explorer, Discover South America or Tango & Samba Tours.
La Paz BOLIVIA Uyuni
Rio de Janeiro
URUGUAY Montevideo Buenos Aires
This picturesque region straddles the Andean frontier between Chile and Argentina; see our South American Explorer or the Lakes Crossing Tour.
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.
p38-41, 48,49 Falkland Islands
Explore one of the most remote and isolated places on earth. The Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland, Falkland and South Georgia Islands, places teeming with wildlife.
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.
The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Santiago
Hand-picked Experiences by Travel Projects
Carefully crafted programs for the discerning traveller with an insider view of Latin America.
The Singular Patagonia
Vira Vira, Chile
Alto Atacama, Chile
It is our policy to use airlines with strong reputation for service, punctuality and reliability. Our trips to Latin America feature two of the world-class airlines: LAN 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.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. is the new name given to LAN Airlines S.A. as a result of its association with TAM S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. now includes LAN Airlines and its affiliates in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, and LAN Cargo and its affiliates, as well as TAM S.A. and its subsidiaries TAM Linhas Aereas S.A., including its business units TAM Transportes Aereos del Mercosur S.A., TAM Airlines (Paraguay) and Multiplus S.A. This association creates one of the largest airline groups in the world in terms of network connections, providing passenger transport services to about 150 destinations in 22 countries and cargo services to about 169 destinations in 27 countries, with a fleet of 310 aircraft. In total, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. has more than 51,000 employees. Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, Qantas has grown to be Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Qantas is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. Qantas has a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering, maintenance, and customer service. The Qantas Group’s main business is the transportation of customers using two complementary airline brands - Qantas and Jetstar. We employ over 33,000 people with 93 per cent of them based within Australia.
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On long haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort and Travel Projects offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition, the faster check-in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through airport with ease.
Because we recognise every one of us enjoys different things, moves at different speed and requires different features. 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...
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 ! Responsible Tourism We are committed to provide quality tours throughout Latin America that have a positive impact on the local culture and environment. Our personal approach to travel utilizes local guides, hotels with local character, and the local transportation infrastructure. Programs are mostly designed by us with the intention of providing a fun and exciting holiday, whilst creating a better understanding between travellers and our wonderful hosts. www.travelprojects.com.au
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Our Tours & Services Explained 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 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 moreâ€Ś 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 the costs down. This will be advised in your program.
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Hand Picked Properties
Hand Picked Properties
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-alifetime 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.
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, a 3-storey spa, tennis court, and two restaurants. To add more to its glory besides the all-encompassing stay requirements, it has been the choice of famous personalities.
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. Famed French architect Claude Sahut, lauded for his work remodeling portions of the Government Palace, along with many of Lima’s main avenues, parks, theaters and other public buildings and spaces, was originally commissioned to design the property as a summer retreat for the Garcia Bedoya family. Construction was completed in 1914.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Las Casitas del Colca
Algodon Mansion, is a 10-room luxury boutique hotel opening in January 2010. Algodon Mansion will have 10 spacious luxury suites - some exceeding 1,200 square feet and all in keeping with the house’s Belle Epoque architecture.
Monasterio Hotel Cuzco
The hotel’s design embraces the artistic heritage of the neighborhood, while adding a cutting-edge modernity: it is an innovative homage to the city’s history and culture. The interior of the hotel recalls the days of yore: a tribute to the palaces of past centuries that sets the tone for the entire environment. Each doorway is a portal not just into another room, but to another place.
Urubamba Villas Sacred Valley
Rio de Janeiro
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 Orient-Express hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cuzco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.
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), Located in the outskirts of Urubamba Village, in a private hamlet surrounded by natural sites. Urubamba Villas have been built and decorated using local crafts and textiles from the area, combining the rusticity of a country house and the detail only found in a boutique hotel.
Casa del Arzobispado
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 peoplewatching 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.
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.
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.
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 names of the rooms reflect the mansion’s rich history: San Miguel was the name of the house, which according to historical records was part of an estate sold in 1850.
Eolo was designed to share and experience unique sensations and the pleasure felt through the beauty of simple things. Only he who lives things from within can capture their essence. This is Eolo’s raison d´être.
This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
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. There’s a definite homelike atmosphere about the hotel, with colourful handcrafted furnishings and spacious rooms filled by plenty of natural light. The gardens are incredible with over 372 species of orchid, native palms, ferns & begonias.
Las Casitas del Colca 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 cosydining room, a spa offering Andean treatmentsand a swimming pool. Twenty private and spacious Casitas offering supreme luxury and exclusivity. Each Casita features a luxurious bedroom, spacious lounge and large bathroom all complemented by under floor heating, as well as featuring a private terrace and heated plunge pool.
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, dotted with domes, and the staff are there only to please our guests. An unforgettable experience in a hotel of one’s dreams.
Maps 24 Day - South America Small Group Tour SASGTTP
Galapagos Is. 3
22 Day - South America Cruise & Tour - SACTTP22
Lima 2 2 Cuzco
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Machu Picchu Lima 2
Sacred Valley La Paz 1 2
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu Lima
Sacred Valley La Paz 2 1
24 Day - Discover South America Tour - DSATP24
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Sao Paulo ARGENTINA
Peulla 1 Puerto Varas 2
37 Day - South American Explorer Tour - SAET37
Galapagos Is. 3
Sacred Valley Cuzco La Paz 2 1 2 Puno BOLIVIA Lake Titicaca
Peulla 1 Puerto Varas 2
Lima 2 Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley
20 Day Highlights or Ecuador & Colombia - HECTP
Bariloche Pages 18-19
Rio de Janeiro
Villa de Leyva 1 COLOMBIA 2 Bogota
Lake Titicaca Pages 20-21
8D & 11D Altiplano Circuits ABCTP & ACKT
6 Day - Patagonia Highlights Chile & Arg -PHCA
5 Day - Patagonia Cruises Chile & Arg -PCCA-AC
Atlantic Ocean BRAZIL
La Paz Uyuni
Villamar San Pedro Atacama
BOLIVIA Pages 24-25
24 Day - Galapagos, Amazon Explorer - GAATP24 Galapagos Is.
Tour Route. Optional Extension.
Peulla Puerto Varas
Tour Route Extension
El Calafate El Calafate
Torres del Paine 3
Falkland Is Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas 2
Buenos Aires 8Day Altiplano Bolivia & Chile 11Day Altiplano Circuit Arg, Bo & Cl
Antarctica Peninsula Pages 26-27
Responsible Travel What is responsible travel? In recent years ‘Responsible Travel’ has become a very familiar term, but what is it? To put it simply, it is our responsibility to ensure we offer holidays that are sensitive to the environments and communities you visit, and it is your responsibility as a traveller to ensure you tread carefully, respecting local laws and customs and avoiding any negative impact on the local environment. Our responsibility To us, Responsible Tourism is nothing new. Ever since we started in 1999, we have believed that it’s our responsibility to do all we can to protect the places to which we send clients and to ensure that as much as possible of the money spent filters through to local economies. We, and everyone we ask to deliver services to you, take pride in offering responsible holidays with minimal impact on the environment, support for community development and ensuring good working conditions. We relay our RT policy to all of our suppliers and they in turn sign an agreement of best practice. How you can get involved Clients often ask us what they can do to ensure they travel responsibly. The following is best practice: Before you go.. Learn something about the countries you plan to visit to find out about the culture, politics, geography, religion and local customs. Try and remove unnecessary packaging from any products you are taking with you, and dispose of it at home first. Recycling has yet to really take off in Latin America so the less you leave the better! Whilst on your travels .. In the market… Buy local handicrafts and support local artisans. When bargaining, remember that a small saving for you could make a big difference for the seller. Don’t buy ancient artifacts or anything made with endangered animals or plants e.g. hardwoods, shells, exotic feathers, coral, furs or eggs. Eating out... Choose smaller local restaurants, bars and cafes where possible so your money benefits local people. Sample the local cuisine using local produce. Out and about... Remember to respect local traditions and culture. Ask permission before photographing indigenous people and events, particularly religious processions. Ask for an address and send photos to the people you photographed, many won’t have photos of their families. Simple gifts for children, such as crayons, balloons, colouring books or even a mini football can bring a huge smile to a child’s face. Resist handing out sweets as dental care is, mostly, poor. Giving money to children on the street only encourages begging; instead consider donating to schools or local conservation or charitable organisations. Speaking with people… Why not try and learn some of the lingo? Speaking a few words of the local language, even if it is just ‘hola’ or ‘gracias’, will change the way people react to you. You’ll get a much warmer welcome and this in turn can enrich your experience and interaction with the local people. Traditions and ways of life differ greatly across the cultures of Latin America. As a rule of thumb, people in lowland regions are more gregarious and relaxed than those who live a more austere life in the mountains, and many Latin Americans are modest and camera-shy. Please try to be sensitive to local customs. The pace of life outside the main cities is slower than in Australia, and you may have to draw on your reserves of patience in some situations. There is still widespread poverty in many countries: you may like to consider taking clothes, shoes or toys with you that you might be happy to leave behind. Minimise your environmental impact… Stick to the paths and walkways whether you are in the jungle, on a mountain trek or in a Mayan ruin. They are there for your safety and also to preserve the local wildlife and help to avoid further erosion of the landscape. In your hotel… Clean water is a precious resource, so use it sparingly. Try and take quick showers rather than baths as this helps to save water. Advise your hotel that you don’t need towels or sheets laundered daily. This can save on water and energy. Conserve electricity by switching off lights, air-conditioning or heating when you leave your room. Use environmentally friendly shampoos and detergents, particularly when you are outside big cities in ‘the wild’ and your shower water is going to end up in a river! Try to reuse and refill your drinking water bottles where possible. Many hotels have water ‘garafons’ filled with treated ‘agua potable’ that is perfectly safe to drink. If your hotel does not, you could leave a suggestion that they provide one.
Market day in Pisac, Peru
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER Galapagos Is. 3
Departs Fixed departures on: See Price Table
Quito ECUADOR BRAZIL
Machu Picchu Lima
Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley
Lake Titicaca CHILE
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Sao Paulo Santiago
Peulla 1 Puerto Varas 2
Bariloche Tour Route Extension
Paraty Street, Brazil
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 Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot. 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 Not Included • Air ticket taxes & surcharges of AU$1,070pp + US$250pp for tips • Reciprocity Fees of Argentina US$100pp, to be purchased online in Australia. • Chile Reciprocity Fee of US$117. Hummingbird in the Amazon
24 Day South America Small Group Tour Our South America Small Group Tour is an exciting opportunity to visit some of the most iconic and beautiful sites in South America. Our main tour visits: Lima, the Amazon, Cuzco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Parati, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires...
experimental centre of Moray.
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...
Enjoy lunch at the charming Corazones Café, whose profits go towards Living Heart, a nongovernment organization involved in a number of education, health, and conservation projects in the region. Continue onto Ollantaytambo archaeological complex. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L)
Day 1, Sat - Arrive in Lima Upon arrival, meet and assist and transfer to your accommodation. Overnight at selected hotel.
palm forest we drift to the sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 2, Sun - Lima City tour of old and modern Lima with visit to Larco Herrera Museum This half day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of this “City of Kings.” Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas, the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Finish the tour with a visit to the famous Larco Herrera Museum. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
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 in this lake area such as Giant river otters, countless of birds, monkeys, caimans and more. (B,L,D)
Day 3, Mon - Lima/Puerto Maldonado/Sandoval Lake Lodge or similar Fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the port on the Madre de Dios River and after a short boat ride, an 1 hour walk and a short catamaran ride through the flooded forests of Mauritia Palms we reach the lodge. Learn about the history of the lodge and the philosophy of its founders. Continue sailing and head to the west end of the lake. Here, in the flooded
Day 5, Wed - Lake Sandoval/Puerto Maldonado/ Cuzco/ Sacred Valley Morning transfer to Puerto Maldonado Airport, for your flight to Cusco. On arrival, continue to the fertile countryside to the colonial village of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the locals for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewellery. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L) Day 6, Thu - Sacred Valley Chinchero Market, Maras Moray Salt Pans & Ollantaytambo Fortress Visit Chinchero Market, where the Indians trade amongst themselves just as they have done for centuries. Continue on to the Inca agricultural
Afterwards visit the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley.
Day 7, Fri - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Full day excursion on Vistadome train to Machu Picchu w/lunch Breakfast. Morning departure on one of the world’s great train journeys over and through the Andes to Aguas Calientes where shuttle buses take you up a 2000 foot serpentine road to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins (3 hours) followed by lunch. Afternoon return to Aguas Calientes. Overnight at selected hotel. (B, L,D) Day 8, Sat - Machu Picchu/Cuzco Afternoon train to Cuzco Breakfast. The morning is free to further explore this unique mountain citadel or relax (Bus and entry fee not included on this day). In the afternoon return to Cuzco via train and bus. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 9, Sun – Cuzco City tour and nearby ruins & Evening dinner show Morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour, of most important points of interest, including the nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Tambo Machay. In the evening, optional dinner and a show at La Retama. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,)
La Boca, Buenos Aires
Day 10, Mon - Cuzco/Puno Andean Explorer Train or Bus Trip to Puno Travel aboard The Andean Explorer across the Altiplano to Puno (Trip could also be done by bus if train is not operating). The train begins its gentle
South America Small Group Tours
S. AMERICA SMALL GROUP TOUR - 24 DAYS - SASGTTP24 PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex SYD - FROM Category
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9Apr, 14May, 11Jun & 15Oct
Note: Add $100 ex MEL/BNE, $300 ex ADL/HBA/CNS & $500 ex PER/DRW • SS - Single Supplement • 3 or 4 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. • Once tickets are issued, they are subject to amendments and cancellation fees. Subject to availability or until sold out. • Offer is basedon LAN Airlines V class. If booking class is sold out, surcharges apply. • Escort, provided there is a min. of 8 full adult payingpassengers. • Air Ticket taxes & Surcharges AU$1,070 p/pers. and US$250pp for tips. Subject to fluctuation. Local girls with the Sacred Valley in the background
- SASGTTP24 climb from Cuzco - the magnificent Andean mountains dominate the first half of the trip looming over deep valleys and the meandering Rio Huatanay. Your journey continues finally arriving in Puno in the early evening around 6pm. Overnight at selected hotel. (B, L) Day 11, Tue - Puno Full day excursion to Uros floating Islands/Sillustani Necropolis Transfer to the port for a short boat ride the Uros floating Islands on Lake Titicaca. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. Return to mainland and continue to Sillustani, an archaeological gems of the Altiplano, a burial site made up by huge cylindrical tombs where the Pukara Culture used to bury their elite. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 12, Wed – Puno/La Paz One day Catamaran Crossing Explore Lake Titicaca on a full-day catamaran cruise from Puno! First, travel across the border into Bolivia where you’ll board a catamaran that will take you across Lake Titicaca, the sacred lake of the Incas. Then, visit Sun Island and Inti Wata before lounging on the boat and enjoying a delicious lunch. Then catamaran cruise to Chua harbour and continue by land to La Paz city. Drop off at your hotel in La Paz. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L) Day 13, Thu - La Paz Half day city tour & visit to Moon Valley Morning tour of La Paz takes you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins…a living history which can not release the pre-hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites spread out in the streets: Native, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor’s Market & breathtaking panoramas framed by the majestic “Illimani”. Also visit the mysterious Valley of the Moon on the outskirts of La Paz. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Day 14, Fri - La Paz/Sao Paulo/Paraty Early morning pickup from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Sao Paulo, on arrival you will be transferred to your Paraty accommodation. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 15, Sat - Paraty Schooner cruise with Lunch Today take a Schooner Cruise, around some of the main islands, each with their uncommon beauty. Enjoy the beauty of Ilha (Island) Comprida which is known as a natural aquarium of fishes, perhaps take a swim amongst the number of fishes that surround your boat. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L) Day 16, Sun – Paraty/Rio de Janeiro Today travel to Rio de Janeiro. Free time to explore on your own or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful views surrounding you. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 17, Mon – Rio De Janeiro Full day Corcovado/Sugar Loaf excursion with lunch Combine two of Rio’s most popular tours on a fullday excursion packed with breathtaking views. In the morning, you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. After lunch, you’ll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain. This tour is an excellent option if your time in Rio de Janeiro is limited, giving you the best of Rio in one great day. Overnight at selected hotel. (B, L) Day 18, Tue - Rio de Janeiro Free day for optional activities. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Day 20, Thu - Puerto Iguazu Morning tour of Falls- Argentine side Today enjoy a tour of the falls on the Argentine side, allowing you to explore several spectacular vantage points from which to observe the thundering waterfalls. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 21, Fri - Puerto Iguazu/Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 22, Sat - Buenos Aires Half day city tour/Evening Tango dinner show Discover Buenos Aires’ must-see sights on this 3-hour sightseeing coach tour. You’ll hit all the top attractions and neighborhoods, including Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, Teatro Colón, Plaza de la República, San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo Woods and Recoleta. Make two stops to hop out and take photos, and enjoy interesting commentary from a knowledgeable guide. In the evening, Tango Dinner-Show. The ideal way to get to know the city. (Includes round trip transfers) Overnight at selected hotel.(B,D) Day 23, Sun, Buenos Aires Day at leisure for optional activities. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 24, Mon - Depart Buenos Aires At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B) Rio de Janeiro from Corcovado
Day 19, Wed - Rio de Janeiro/Foz do Iguassu Fly to Foz do Iguassu, on arrival you will be taken straight to the falls on the Brazilian side. After the tour, cross the border to the Argentine side and overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Multi-Country Tours Lima 2 2 Cuzco
Sacred Valley 1 La Paz
Lake Titicaca CHILE
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Departs Fixed Departures - See Pricing Table. Highlights Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado Mountain, Sugar Loaf, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Tango Show, Falklands Is. Wildlife, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonian Glaciers Alley, Chilean Fjords. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot.
Includes • Economy Class Airfares throughout • Meals as per progr am (21 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners) • Accommodation in selected hotels Falkland Is. • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides and entry to sites. Tour Route. • All transfers with assistance Optional Extension. • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes • Local English speaking tour escort with a Pages 16-17 min. of 10 pers. travelling. Not Included • Some local airport taxes Appx. AU$795pp • Reciprocity fees Chile US$117, Arg US$100 • Port taxes of approx. US$691 and Onboard tipping of US$12pp per day.. • Laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours.
Rio de Janeiro at sunset.
22 Day South America Cruise & Tour A spectacular trip combining a land tour of Rio de Janeiro with its impressive panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas from the top of Corcovado Mountain and Sugar Loaf. Fly to Iguazu Falls to marvel at both sides of the falls in the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Continue to Buenos Aires and explore this sophisticated city with its wide tree-lined boulevards, many museums o r just people watch in one of its many European style cafes. Cross to the Atlantic Ocean and visit the Falkland Islands before heading west with different port stops for optional excursions. You’ll linger at a village-inspired artisan market one day, then meet tens of thousands of penguins in their own habitat a few days later. At the end of every day, your elegantly appointed suite, filled with all manner of sophisticated amenities, beckons you to relax in comfort. Head up north through the Chilean fjords to Valparaiso where the cruise concludes. The tour finishes with a brief stop in Santiago de Chile where you will have the option to extend your stay or perhaps take a side trip to the Atacama Desert. Note: Tour available in the reverse.
14 DAY PERU,
Day 6: Puerto Iguazu/Buenos Aires Fly to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, Tango & Dinner show with transfers. (B,D)
Day 1 - Arrive in Lima. Day 2 - Lima City tour and Larco Museum. Day 3 - Chinchero Market, Maras Saltpools & Mora terraces. Day 4 - Machu Picchu Citadel. Day 5 - Return to Cuzco. Day 6 - Cuzco city tour and nearby ruins. Day 7 - Scenic bus journey to Puno. Day 8 - Uros Floating island & Sillustani Necropolis. Day 9 - Lake Titicaca Crossing to Sun Island. Day 10 - Sun Island to La Paz. Day 11 - La Paz City Tour. Day 12 - La Paz to Santiago. Day 13 - Santiago city tour. Day 14 - Depart Santiago.
Day 7: Buenos Aires/Holland America Cruise Breakfast at your hotel. City Tour including major tourist attractions. Drop-off at your Holland America Cruise. (B,D)
Includes: All transfers, sightseeing and accomodation in selected hotels, all breakfasts, 4 lunches, internal airfares and assistance of our local operator.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro Explore Rio and visit Sugar Loaf Mountain during this 4-hour morning tour. Visit some of the city’s most important landmarks, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelandia Square. Then, board a glassed-in cable car for to ascent to the peak, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. (B)
Day 5: Puerto Iguazu Morning tour of the Argentine side of the falls for a close-up view. Afternoon free for optional activities. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Our extension tour will give you the opportunity to visit: Lima, city of kings, the imperial Inca city of Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Citadel, Lake Titicaca, the Uros Floating Islands, La Paz, the witches market and Santiago.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro Visit Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue in the afternoon during this 4-hour tour. Ride the cog train up the steep mountainside through the Tijuca Rainforest, disembarking at the top to panoramic views of Rio. Spend time admiring the iconic statue and snapping photos of the surrounding scenery. (B)
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro Iguazu Fly to Foz Iguazu in Brazil and enjoy a falls tour of the Brazilian side before crossing the international border to your hotel in Puerto Iguazu. (B)
BOLIVIA & CHILE EXTENSION TOUR
Not Included: Tips, personal expenses, air taxes of approx. AU$155 per person.
Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro Welcome to Rio, “The Marvellous City”. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 8: Buenos Aires (Holland America Cruise) Breakfast. Free day for optional activities. We suggest a day tour to one of the nearby ranches known as “Estancias” for an insight into the lives of Argentine cowboys “Gauchos”. (B,L,D) Roseate Spoonbills, Patagonia
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MS Zaandam crusing the Panama Canal
- SACTTP22 Day 9: Buenos Aires/Montevideo (Holland America Cruise) (B,L,D) Day 10-11: At Sea (Holland America Cruise) (B,L,D) Day 12: Port Stanley, Falkland Is. (Holland America Cruise) Reach the remote Falkland Islands, a country with a long and fascinating history, unique culture and natural beauty. Weather permitting, we visit the capital Port Stanley, which is easily explored on foot. Further afield there are large colonies of king, gentoo and magellan penguins (shore excursions at own expense).(B,L,D) Day 13: Strait of Magellan (Holland America Cruise) The Strait of Magellan is a navigable sea route separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. (B,L,D) Day 14: Punta Arenas, Cockburn Channel, Beagle Channel & Glacier Alley (Holland America Cruise) (B,L,D) Punta Arenas grew to prominence due to trade through the Magellan Strait. Today it is the largest town and the capital of Southern Chile. We make our way into the Cockburn Channel connecting the Strait of Magellan to the Beagle Channel. Finish the day cruising through Glacier Alley, an extraordinary piece of nature with numerous tongues of glaciers that snake down to the sea. (B,L,D) Day 15: Ushuaia, Argentina (Holland America Cruise) The southernmost town in the world, where dominating peaks loom on three sides and the fourth opens to the Beagle Channel. Ushuaia is a quaint town perfect for exploring on foot. (B,L,D) Day 16: Scenic Cruising Cape Horn (Holland America Cruise) Known as a landmark in cruising and navigation, Cape Horn is the most southerly point in the
world. (B,L,D) Day 17: Sarmiento Channel (Holland America Cruise) Continue through the iconic and breath-taking scenery of the Chilean Fjords. Be among the lucky few to spend a glorious day scenic cruising through Tierra del Fuego and the snow-capped peaks and ethereal blue glaciers of Canal Sarmiento. This majestic waterway is surrounded by other-worldly beauty, watch as Amalia Glacier comes into view and witness countless seabirds that make their home in this dramatic landscape. (B,L,D) Day 18: Chilean Fjords (Holland America Cruise) Sail through the beautiful maze of islets known as the Chilean Fjords. Renowned as being some of the most spectacular in the world and rivalling those of Norway and Alaska, this region consists of a 1,000-mile maze of virgin-forested islands, glistening glaciers and beautifully sculpted mountains. (B,L,D) Day 19: Puerto Montt, Chile (Holland America Cruise) Puerto Montt is the gateway to the scenic Lakes District and contains a series of pine forests, icy lakes, Bavarian hamlets and snow-capped volcanoes. (B,L,D)
SOUTH AMERICA CRUISE & TOUR - 22 DAYS- SACTTP22 PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex SYD - FROM
Ex SCL: 24Oct16
Ex RIO: 02Nov16
Ex SCL: 21Nov16
Ex RIO: 30Nov16
Ex RIO: 15Feb17
Ex SCL: 06Mar17
Note: Add $100 ex MEL/BNE, $300 ex ADL/HBA/CNS & $500 ex PER/DRW. • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • Ticketeable taxes & Surcharges of approx $795pp, subject to re-adjustment. • Port charges of approx. AU$691pp, subject to readjustment. • 4 & 5 Star - best available in some locations • Tips for Land Tour os Approx AU$168pp • Tips during cruise of approx. US$12 per person, per day
Day 20: At Sea (Holland America Cruise) (B,L,D) Day 21: Valparaiso/Santiago (B) Disembark in the morning at Valparaiso and bid farewell to your crew. Pick up from the ship for a tour of Valparaiso, continue to Santiago for overnight. (B) Day 22: Depart Santiago Breakfast, morning city tour visiting the most important attractions. Same day, evening transfer to the airport for your flight out. - Contact us for detailed program. Important: Please note, excursions during the Holland America Cruise are optional and incurr in extra payments. Excursions may be pre-booked by you directly with HAL
La Boca, Buenos Aires
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER
Galapagos Is. Quito
Departs Weekly ideally on Friday ex Sydney.
Machu Picchu Lima 2
Sacred Valley La Paz 1 2
Lake Titicaca CHILE
Peulla Puerto Varas
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
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 • Local airport taxes, approx. AU$400pp. • Reciprocity Fees of Argentina US$100pp, to be purchased online in Australia. • Chile Reciprocity Fee of US$117, payable on arrival. • Laundry, tips, telephone calls etc.
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro
24 Day Discover South America Tour 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. Because we recognise every one of us enjoys different things, moves at different speed and requires different features. 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 01: Arrive in Rio Fly to Rio via Santiago. Transfer to selected hotel. (B) Day 02: Rio de Janeiro “Pick & Choose”: Day tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf or Historic City Tour of Tijuca Forest by Jeep or Favelas Jeep Tour or Buzios Beach-side Town. Evening BBQ/Samba Show (B,D) Day 03: Rio de Janeiro Free Day to enjoy the beach. (B) Day 04: Rio de Janeiro/Iguazu Falls Fly to Foz do Iguassu, visit the Falls on the Brazilian side for a panoramic view of the falls. Further transfer to your hotel in Argentina. (B) Day 05: Puerto Iguazu Breakfast. Morning tour of the Argentine side of the falls. This tour is the longer one of the two as 80% of the falls are located on the Argentine side Afternoon free for optional activities.(B) Day 06: Puerto Iguazu/Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Meet and assist at the airport, transfer to selected hotel. (B) Day 07: Buenos Aires “Pick & Choose”: City Tour or Bike Tour or Half Day Tigre & Delta. Afternoon free. In the evening, Tango Dinner-Show. (B,D) Day 08: Buenos Aires-Full Day Fiesta Gaucha Excursion. You will visit the Argentine countryside with its customs and traditions spending a Day at a ranch taking part in a real Gaucho Festival. You may also have a horse ride or get on a typical carriage to have a better feeling of the gauchos’ way of life. The first sight of the vast Pampas and its people. (B,L)
Market Stall Buenos Aires
Day 09: Buenos Aires/Lima Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima and transfer to selected hotel.
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Religious Celebration in Pisac
- DSATP24 Lima is situated in between the sea and the western range of the Andes. Home to more than 8 million, the nation’s capital since the Spanish Conquest, founded in 1535.(B) Day 10: Lima Morning city tour visiting the most important sites of this imperial city. Later visit the Larco Herrera Museum with a comprehensive archaeological exhibition. Evening, dinner and a Peruvian folklore show. (B,D) Day 11: Lima/Cuzco Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Further transfer to hotel for overnight. (B) Day 12: Cuzco. Morning free to acclimatise to altitude. 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 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: Cuzco/Puno Bus journey along the Altiplano to Puno. Overnight. (B,L) Day 18: Puno Full Day tour of the Uros floating islands, located 14Kms from Puno inside Lake Titicaca (35Mins by boat) & Sillustani Necropolis, cemetery known for its “chullpas” burial towers built for the noble
“glue,” pre-Inca people. (B)
DISCOVER SOUTH AMERICA - 24 DAYS - DSATP24
Day 19: Sat - Puno/Sun Island - Lake Titicaca Crossing Drive to Copacabana Bolivia, then, by boat to Sun Island where, according to legend, the first Inca appeared. After exploring the island’s Inca ruins and majestic views of Lake Titicaca and surrounding Andean mountains, an overnight stay at a selected hotel. (B,L,D)
PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex RIO - FROM
Day 20: Sun Island/La Paz Boat to Moon Island and onto Huatajata. Continue by bus to La Paz. Overnight. (B,L)
• 3, 4 & 5 Star - best available in some locations
Day 21: La Paz- Morning City Tour “Pick & Choose”: City Tour & Moon Valley or Half Day Tiwanacu Ruins or Walking Tour of La Paz.Afternoon free. (B) Contact us for detailed program.
• Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made.
Day 22: La Paz/Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Santiago, a blending of 19th century Europe, Spanish colonial, and modem architecture, With a hovering backdrop of snow capped mountains, Santiago at 548Mts. beckons the traveller with one of the most dramatic views to be seen anywhere. Day 23: Santiago-Morning City Tour “Pick & Choose”: City Tour, visiting the city’s most outstanding attractions or Bike Tour. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening dinner - show, traditional Chilean food & floor-show, Transfer inc l. (B)
• SS - Single Supplement
• Surcharges apply during carnival, local public holidays and special events
• Package with internal South America from Rio to Santiago airfares only apply if flying into South America with LAN flight and ticket number. • Please allow $400 p/pers. for locally paid taxes and surcharges. Subject to fluctuation.
Plaza de Armas, Cuzco
Day 24: Depart Santiago Day at leisure. Please make sure you do your check-out with hotel by mid-day and leave luggage with concierge until your evening transfer to the airport for your flight back to Australia. Contact us for detailed program.
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Witches market in La Paz
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER
Galapagos Is. 3
Quito 3 ECUADOR
Departs Weekly on Fridays ex Sydney.
Machu Picchu Lima
Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley 1
Lake Titicaca CHILE
Brasilia Rio de Janeiro
Peulla 1 Puerto Varas 2
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. 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, Arg US$100 • Galapagos National Park Fee of US$100 pp. Plus INGALA Control Card US$20 pp. • Laundry, tips, gratuities, phone calls, etc.
Casa Andina Private Collection Cuzco Hotel Llao Llao in Bariloche
37 Day South American Explorer Tour One of the most complete “Around South America” tours possible visiting Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil;
Day 01: Sydney/Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel.
An incredible discovery of different cultures and a great combination of natural areas. In Ecuador visit Quito and the famous Andean market of Otavalo, and then cruise the Galapagos Islands on the M/V Galapagos Legend.
Day 02: Santiago - “Pick and Choose”. Half-day classic city tour or bike tour. (B).
In Peru you will visit Lima and Cuzco plus the “Lost city of the Incas” Machu Picchu. Fly to the Amazon for great opportunity of wildlife spotting.
Day 03: Santiago/Guayaquil Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. (B)
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”. In Chile you will stay in cosmopolitan Santiago then travel to the Chilean Lakes and take the famous “lake crossing” route between Chile and Argentina. In Argentina you will tour incredible Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America” and marvel at magnificent Iguaçu Falls. Your tour will end after a visit to Rio de Janeiro, located in one of the most beautiful natural bays of the world. 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 04: Guayaquil/Galapagos Is. Early morning flight to Galapagos. Transfer to your cruise (B,L,D) Day 05: Galapagos Cruise Enjoy the cruise and 2 vistis per day and opportunity for wildlife sighting. (B,L,D) Day 06: Galapagos Cruise Another day to enjoy these magnificent islands. (B,L,D) Day 07: Galapagos Cruise/Quito Short morning activity and flight to Quito. Meet and assist, transfer to your hotel. (B) Day 08: Quito - Otavalo Market Excursion Breakfast, scenic drive through the highlands to the famous Otavalo Indian Market. (B,L) Day 09: Quito/Lima Morning City tour of Quito. Evening flight to Lima. (B) Day 10: Lima Morning city tour of modern and colonial Lima.(B) Day 11: Lima/ Puerto Maldonado Transfer to airport in Lima for flight to the Amazon jungle 2 nights. (B,D) Day 12: Puerto Maldonado Different lodge activities and wildlife spotting. (B,L,D)
La Compania church, Cuzco
Day 13: Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco Fly to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon
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Colourful textiles made by the Chinchero Village weavers
- SAETP37 at leisure. Day 14: Cuzco Morning tour of Cuzco. Afternoon free.(B) Day 15: Cuzco Breakfast. Free day for optional activities. (B) Day 16: Cuzco/Sacred Valley Full day tour to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Drop off at the Sacred Valley for overnight. (B,L) Day 17: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes. Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes for overnight(B,L) Day 18: Aguas Calientes/Cuzco 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,D) Day 23: La Paz - “Pick and Choose”. Morning city tour or Half Day Tiwanaku Ruins. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 24: La Paz/Santiago/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas Early morning transfer to the airport for flight via Santiago to Puerto Montt. Transfer to selected hotel. (B)
Day 25: Puerto Varas Half day city tour. Afternoon at leisure.(B) Day 26: Puerto Varas/Peulla (Lakes Crossing) Bus/boat trip along Llanquihue Lake and Petrohue to Peulla. Overnight. (B,D) Day 27: Peulla/Bariloche (Lakes Crossing) Continue your Lake District Crossing into Argentina to Puerto Panuelo. Transfer to your Hotel in Bariloche. (B) Day 28: Bariloche Breakfast. Morning tour around Bariloche. Afternoon free.(B) Day 29: Bariloche/Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to selected hotel. Afternoon free. (B) Day 30: Buenos Aires - “Pick and Choose”. Morning City Tour or bike tour. Afternoon free. Evening Tango & Dinner Show. (B,D)
SOUTH AMERICAN EXPLORER - 37 DAYS - SAETP37 PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex RIO - FROM Category
• SS - Single Supplement • 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.
Day 31: Buenos Aires Full day tour to a ranch with show of traditional dances and BBQ lunch. (B,L) Day 32: Buenos Aires/Puerto Iguazu Transfer to the airport, fly to Iguazu. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. (B) Day 33: Iguazu Morning falls tour of the Falls Argentine side.(B) Day 34: Foz do Iguassu/Rio de Janeiro Morning tour of Brazilian falls. Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to selected hotel. (B)
Locals in the Sacred Valley, Peru
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.
La Boca Neigbourhood, Buenos Aires
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER Galapagos Is. 3
Departs Weekly on Fridays ex Sydney.
Machu Picchu Lima 2
Sacred Valley La Paz 2 1 2 Puno BOLIVIA Lake Titicaca 4
Rio de Janeiro
Road vendors - Cuzco to Puno
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. 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 Not Included • Some airport taxes Approx AU$450pp Reciprocity fees Chile US$117, Arg US$100 • 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. Spectacle bear at Inkaterra
24 Day Galapagos, Andes & Amazon Exp This tour is an incredible discovery of different cultures and a great combination of natural areas. In Chile you will stay in 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 amazin wildlife. In Peru you will visit Lima, Cuzco, the “Lost city of the Incas” Machu Picchu. 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”, where the tour concludes.. 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...
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Day 01: Arrive in Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Day 02: Santiago - “Pick and Choose”. Half-day city tour of Santiago city or bike tour. (B). Day 03: Santiago/Guayaquil Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. (B) Day 04: Guayaquil/Galapagos Is. Early morning flight to Galapagos. Transfer to your cruise (B,L,D) Day 05: Galapagos Cruise Enjoy the cruise and 2 vistis per day and opportunity for wildlife sighting. (B,L,D) Day 06: Galapagos Cruise Another day to enjoy these magnificent islands. (B,L,D) Day 07: Galapagos Cruise/Quito Short morning activity and flight to Quito. Meet and assist, transfer to your hotel. (B) Day 08: Quito - Otavalo Market Excursion Breakfast, scenic drive through the highlands to the famous Otavalo Indian Market. (B,L) Day 09: Quito/Lima Morning City tour of Quito. Evening flight to Lima. (B) Day 10: Lima Morning city tour of modern and colonial Lima and Larco Herrea Museum with its great exhibition of erotic pre-columbian artifacts.(B) Day 11: Lima/ Puerto Maldonado Transfer to airport in Lima for flight to the Amazon jungle 2 nights. (B,L,D)
Weavers in Chinchero, Peru
Day 12: Puerto Maldonado Different lodge activities and wildlife spotting. (B,L,D)
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Galapagos, Andes & Amazon Explorer
Seals soaking up the sun in the Galapagos Islands
plorer Tour - GAAETP24 Day 13: Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco Fly to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
GALAPAGOS, ANDES, AMAZON EXPLORER - GAAET24 PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex SCL - FROM
Day 14: Cuzco Morning tour of Cuzco. Afternoon free.(B)
Day 15: Cuzco Breakfast. Free day for optional activities. (B)
Day 16: Cuzco/Sacred Valley Full day tour to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Drop off at the Sacred Valley for overnight. (B,L)
• SS - Single Supplement
Day 17: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes. Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes for overnight(B,L)
• Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made.
• 3, 4 & 5 Star - best available in some locations • Surcharges apply during carnival, local public holidays and special events
• Package with internal South America from Santiago to Cuzco airfares only apply if flying into South America with LAN flight and ticket number.
Day 18: Aguas Calientes/Cuzco Morning free, afternoon train back to Cuzco for overnight.(B)
• Please allow $450 p/pers. for locally paid taxes and surcharges. Subject to fluctuation.
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)
Otavalo Market, Ecuador
Capybara family in the Amazon
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 23: La Paz - “Pick and Choose”. Morning city tour or Tiwanacu Ruins. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 24: Depart La Paz Breakfast, at convenient time, transfer to the airport for onward flight. (B) - Contact us for detailed program.
Giant tortoises in the Galapagos Is.
Posada del Inca Lodge - Sun Island
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER Caribbean Sea
Galapagos Is. 3
Villa de Leyva 1 COLOMBIA 2 Bogota
Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, airplane, ship, boat, train and foot.
PERU Lima La Paz Lake Titicaca
Departs Weekly on Tuesdays Highlights Quito, Galapagos Islands, Otavalo Market, Bogota and Gold Museum, Villa de Leyva, the Coffee Region and Cartagena.
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.
Girl from Otavalo Iguana in the Galapagos
20 Day Highlights of Ecuador & Colombia 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. 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. 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.
Day 01: Wed - Arrive Guayaquil or Quito Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Day 02: Thu - Guayaquil or Quito/Galapagos Hotel Breakfast followed by transfer to airport for your flight to Galapagos. Cruise to the north shore of Santa Cruz, to see the unique Galapagos wildlife in their own habitat. This cove is known as a “Turtle Sanctuary”. (B) Day 03: Fri - Galapagos Cruise Cruise to the south eastern of Santiago Island. Afternoon cruise to the epicentre of the Galapagos Islands - Rabida. (B,L,D) Day 04: Sat - Galapagos Cruise Cruise to Isabela for a wet landing on a Volcanic ‘Black’ beach on Urbina Bay. Afternoon dry landing to Tagus Cove. (B,L,D) Day 05: Sun - Galapagos Cruise Dry landing at Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island. Afternoon snorkelling at one of the richest marine heavens on Earth (Bolivar Channel) (B,L,D) Day 06: Mon - Cruise/Baltra/Quito Breakfast. Flight to Quito. Transfer to selected hotel.(B) Day 07: Tue - Quito Morning city tour and Equatorial line, afternoon free. (B) Day 08: Wed - Quito Full day excursion to the famous Otavalo Indian market, with further transfer to Magdalena Karanki Community. Accommodation at Karanki Community Centre (B,L) Day 09: Thu - Quito Early transfer back to Quito; rest of the day free to explore on own. Accommodation at selected hotel (B)
Old Town in Quito
Day 10: Fri - Quito/Bogota Free time before flight to Bogota. Transfer to selected hotel. (B)
Highlights of Ecuador & Colombia
Streets of Cartagena
- HECTP20 HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR & COLOMBIA - HECTP20
Day 11: Sat - Bogota Half day City tour of Bogota, afternoon free. Accommodation at selected hotel (B)
PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex UIO - FROM Category
Day 12: Sun - Bogota/Villa de Leyva Visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira and then continue to Villa de Leyva. Accommodation at selected hotel (B)
Day 13: Mon- Villa de Leyva/Pereira Morning walking tour of Villa de Leyva, then afternoon transfer to Bogota airport to for flight over to Pereira. Transfer to selected hacienda. (B)
• SS - Single Supplement
Day 14: Tue - Pereira (Coffee Region) Learning tour of the Coffee Growing Process, evening free. Accommodation at selected Hacienda. (B, D)
• Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and lastest promotions.
• 4 & 5 Star - best available in some locations • Surcharges apply during carnival, local public holidays and special events
Typical “Chiva”, Colombia
• Only airfare included is GYE/GPS/UIO, contact us for air Quito to Bogota and within Colombia.
Day 15: Wed - Coffee Region Full day excursion to Salento and Cocora Valley (B,D) Day 16: Thu - Coffee Region/Cartagena Transfer Bogota airport to Cartagena. Transfer to selected hotel (B) Day 17: Fri - Cartagena Half Day Cartagena tour. Afternoon free (B) Day 18: Sat - Cartagena Free day for optional excursions at own expense. (B)
Carnival in cartagena
Coffee region, Colombia
Palenquera in Colombia Cartagena Villa de Leyva,
Rosario Islands, off Cartagena
Day 19: Sun - Cartagena Morning excursion to Boca Chica; evening Horse Carriage ride through the Old City (B) 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.
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Altiplano Explorer Bolivia & Chile FACT FINDER Departs Sat or Tue departures. 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. 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. 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. Flamingoes Chilensis on the Altiplano
8 Day Altiplano Bolivia & Chile ALTIPLANO EXPLORER BOLIVIA & CHILE - AEBC-MT PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex PUNO - FROM Dates (Departs Sat or Tue) March to October 2015
Note: During April to September, the nights tend to be extremely cold and windy, so make sure that you bring layered very warm and wind-proof clothing SEASONS 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. IMPORTANT • SS - Single Supplement • Price valid with min. 2 passengers • Surcharges apply during carnival, local public holidays and special events • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • 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. • Our local representatives and/or Travel Projects reserve the right to take you out of the tour without re-imboursement if pre-existing medical conditions are not disclosed to us at time of booking.
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 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) 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. Day 3: La Paz (Mon or Thu) Morning city tour and Moon Valley. Afternoon at leisure. 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 7: San Pedro de Atacama (Fri or Mon) Excursion to El Tatio Geysers and visit the Machuca Settlement. (B,L) 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.
PERU BOLIVIA Puno
Uyuni Villamar San Pedro Atacama
Day 5: Colchani/Uyuni/Alota/Villamar (Wed or Sat) Drive to Uyuni and then onto 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)
Salflats of Uyuni in Bolivia
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)
ARGENTINA Buenos Aires
8Day Altiplano Bolivia & Chile 11Day Altiplano Circuit Arg, Bo & Cl
Altiplano Circuit Argentina Bolivia Chile FACT FINDER Departs Weekly on Saturdays only Highlights Humahuaca Gorge, Train Ride Villazon-Uyuni, Uyuni Salt Flats, Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorada, San Pedro de Atacama. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, train, 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. • Flights Buenos Aires-Salta & airport taxes. • Optional excursions. • Early check-in & late check-out. • Tips & personal expenses. • Drinks and meals not specified. • Medical insurance.
Alapacas on the barren Altiplano, Bolivia
11Day Altiplano Circuit - ACKT Dramatic journey through 3 countries from Buenos Aires to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile via the Altiplano south of Bolivia.
ALTIPLANO EXPLORER ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA & CHILE ACABC-KT
Visit Salta,cultured city in the less-visited but delightful Andean foothills and the famous 7 coulour hill in Pumamarca and the Humahuaca Gorge.
PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex BUE - FROM Price pp
Expedition across the desert and Uyuni salt flats to luminous lagoons and astonishing scenery of remote southern Bolivia.
6 Apr to 27 Dec 2016
3 Jan to 28 Mar 2017
High pass over the Andes and through surreal, lofty landscapes to the Atacama desert in Chile where the tour concludes.
Note: During April to September, the nights tend to be extremely cold and windy, so make sure that you bring layered very warm and wind-proof clothing
Day 1 Sat Arrive in Buenos Aires Morning arrival in Buenos Aires, meet and assist at the airport where a local representative will brief you about your trip. Afternoon city tour. Overnight at selected hotel or similar.
Day 2 Sun Buenos Aires/Salta Morning transfer to the airport with driver only. On arrival in Salta, meet and assist with bilingual guide. Afternoon Slata walking tour.(B) Day 3 Mon Salta Day at leisure for optional activities - Suggest day tour to Cafayate. (B) Day 4 Tue Salta/Humahuaca After breakfast, shared excursion to the Humahuaca Gorge passing through the quaint village of Pumamarca. Overnight at selected hotel in Humahuaca (B) Day 5 Wed Humahuaca/Villazon/Uyuni Breakfast. Regular bus with guide to La Quiaca. Cross the international border to Villazon, train trip Uyuni where the Bolivian guide will meet and asist you. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Agustin. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L,D) Day 8 Sat Villamar/San Pedro de Atacama Morning visit “Laguna Colorada”, “Sol de la manana” geysers, Hots Springs of Polques and later onto “Laguna Verde”. Continue to the International border of Hito Cajon for change of vehicle. Continue with driver only to San Pedro for accommodation.(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) Day 10 Mon San Pedro de Atacama Free day for optional activities. (B) Day 11 Tue Depart San Pedro de Atacama Breakfast. Transfer to the airport in Calama for your flight out. End of Services.- Contact us for detailed program.
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. IMPORTANT • SS - Single Supplement • 3 Star - best available in some locations • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • 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. • Our local representatives and/or Travel Projects reserve the right to take you out of the tour without re-imboursement if pre-existing medical conditions are not disclosed to us at time of booking.
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) Day 7 Fri Uyuni/Villamar Conditions permitting, cross the slatflats of Uyuni and the highland villages of San Juan and San
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER CHILE
Daily from Septemberr to April. Available vice versa. Pacific Ocean
Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Perito Moreno and Upsala, Onelli & Spegazzini Glaciers.
Torres del Paine 3
Air-conditioned vehicles, boat.
Punta Arenas South Georgia
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
Awasi Hotel 5* Near Torres del Paine
• Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guidesAll transfers with assistance • Local representative assistanceHotel taxes
Not Included • Local airport taxes • Expenses of personal nature such as: laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours. • Lunches and dinners in El Calafate.
Gauchos from Explora Hotel in Patagonia
6 Day Patagonia Highlights - PHTP 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. 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. You are invited to ride a horse through pampas, to walk through virgin forests and observe the marvelous native wildlife of this land. 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. From the very beginning, the trip brings you many pleasant surprises. Upon leaving El Calafate, to your right, you encounter Redonda Bay, in Argentino Lake teeming with a great variety of fowls: black neck swans, flamingos, flying steamer ducks, Southamerican coots and upland geese.
Program For All Hotels 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) 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) 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) 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) Day 6 Depart El Calafate At convenient time, tansfer to El Calafate Airport for your onward flight. (B). - Contact us for detailed program.
Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina
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Torres del Paine & Perito Moreno Glacier
Guanacos in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Patagonia Chile Hotels
El Calafate Hotels
PATAGONIA HIGHLIGHTS - PHTP PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ Category 3 Star (Las Torres Std/El Quijote)
- FROM $3,565 Twin
4 Star (Las Torres Sup/Los Alamos)
5 Star-a (The Singular/Los Sauces)
5 Star-b (Remota/Los Sauces)
5 Star-c (Tierra/Los Sauces)
5 Star d (Awasi/Los Sauces)
• SS* - Single Supplement Hotel Las Torres 3* Sup, Torres del Paine National Park
Hotel Quijote, El Calafate, Argentina
• 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 PUQ around mid afternoon.
The Singular Hotel 5*, Puerto Bories, Chile
Posada Los Alamos 4*, El Calafate, Argentina
Tierra Patagonia 5* Near in Torres del Paine National Park
Casa Los Sauces 5*, El Calafate, Argentina
Hotel Remota 5*, Puerto Natales, Chile
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER
Atlantic Ocean CHILE ARGENTINA
Falkland Is Punta Arenas
Ushuaia Pacific Ocean
Awasi Hotel 5* Near Torres del Paine
Best Time to Go The best time to travel to Patagonia is in summer, 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. 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$30, 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. Magellanic Penguins in Patagonia
Patagonia Cruises Chile & Argentina 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. 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.
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Punta Arenas to Ushuaia 5 Days/4 Nights Saturdays(M/N Stella Australis) Day 1 - Punta Arenas Check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vía Australis Cruise ship boarding at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth”. Our excursion will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world.: Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where we enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach we observe a colony of elephant seals. Later we visit Tucker Islet, where we view colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to see a glacier. Day 3 - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley We navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel to reach Pia Bay, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we sail again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers. Day 4 - Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn We sail through Beagle and Murray channel to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia
Patagonia Cruises Chile & Argentina
Seals in Patagonia, Chile
- PCCA-AC Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Day 5 – Ushuaia Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important city on Tierra de Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. We disembark at 8:00 a.m., enabling you to get an early start on visiting the city and national parks, and on continuing your trip through Patagonia.
Ushuaia to Punta Arenas 4 Days/3 Nights Wednesday(M/N Stella Australis) Day 01: Ushuaia Check in at San Martin 409, Ushuaia, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with cruise ship boarding from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board, and afterwards the ship departs for the journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world. Day 02: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay We sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. In the afternoon, we go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point. Day 03: Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier IAfter night fall we re-enter the Beagle Channel to Alberto de Agostini National Park. Rounding the
Brecknock Peninsula as the western extreme of Tierra del Fuego, Stella Australis is briefly exposed to the open Pacific. We then navigate a zigzag route through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach scenic De Agostini Sound. Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region’s indigenous people during the first half of the 20th century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer sawtoothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. Our shore excursion this morning is Águila (“Eagle”) Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by primeval forest. After a Zodiac landing on the beach, passengers hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape. Day 05: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April -- when the penguins dwell elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.*Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island- Contact us for detailed program.
PATAGONIA CRUISES CHI & ARG - PCCA-AC
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Elephant Seals in Patagonia, Chile
Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER Atlantic Ocean Caribbean Sea
Cayenne Anaula Nature R. Iwokrama 2
DEPARTS On Saturdays, all year round on FIT basis and on following dates as small group tour: 12 Mar16 &, 15 Oct 16 Highlights Impressive wildlife opportunities at the Karranambu Ranch and Iwokrama Forest. Includes • Airport transfers • double or twin accommodation • Meals as listed • Limited local bar at Karanambu Lodge • All road and river transfers • Internal flights in Guyana • Activities as described • Local guides • VAT • Iwokrama Forest User Fee • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee Not Included • Items of a personal nature • Alcoholic drinks except where mentioned • Departure tax • Flights are extra • Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls trip (optional ) • visit to Roy Geddes (optional extra) • visa
Paramaribo Houses, Suriname
Scarlet Ibis Guyana
15 Day The Guianas Experience - TGEWE The Guiana Shield is a 1.7 billion year old Precambrian geological formation in northeast South America and is one of the regions of highest biodiversity in the world. The Shield has 1400 vertebrate species and 1680 bird species. The Shield is overlain by the largest expanse of undisturbed tropical rain forest in the world. Join us as we explore the Guianas: Guyana, Suriname and an optional extension to French Guiana. Marvel at Kaieteur Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in the world and discover one of the greatest untouched rainforests left. This region is home to endangered species such as jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otter, tapir and so much more. Spend time learning about the cultures of the region with visits to Amerindian and Maroon communities. This really is an untouched and totally unique part of South America.
Day 1 – Sat, Arrive in Georgetown Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Sleep Inn or similar. Day 2 – Sun, Karanambu Ranch Fly to Karanambu Ranch, home to Diane McTurk who is widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters. In the late afternoon we take a boat out on the river to look for wild giant otters and other species. Overnight Karanambu Ranch. (BLD) Day 3 – Mon, Karanambu Ranch Explore the area surrounding Karanambu Ranch. If there are any orphaned otters here you may be able to help Diane as she tends to them. You can also explore Simoni Pond, which offers some of the best fishing in Guyana, explore the flooded forest and savannah and look for Guyana’s rich birdlife. Overnight Karanambu Ranch. (BLD) Day 4 – Tue, Karanambu Ranch – Surama This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a giant anteater. Explore the Rupununi River in search of wild giant river otters, black caiman and other species. After reaching Ginep Landing we transfer by vehicle to the Amerindian village of Surama. We take a tour through the village to learn about the local way of life, and accompanied by our local guides explore the surrounding forest. Overnight Surama EcoLodge. (BLD) Day 5 - Wed, Surama Walk across the savannah and climb Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village to the Pakaraima Mountains. This afternoon we walk to the Burro Burro River to take a canoe trip, hoping to spot giant otters, tapir and spider monkeys amongst other wildlife. Overnight Surama Eco-Lodge. (BLD)
Giant Anteater, Guyana
Day 6 – Thu, Iwokrama Travel through Guyana’s rainforest to Iwok-
The Guianas Highlights
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River Otters, Guyana
rama, an incredible region of rainforest with a breathtaking diversity of species. Iwokrama is one of the best places to see jaguar in the wild. En route we take a walk into the forest to look for one of Guyana’s most spectacular birds, the Guianan cock-of-the-rock. We then head to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, 30 metres up into the canopy, for a different perspective of the forest. Overnight Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD) Day 7 – Fri, Iwokrama – Rock View Lodge Experience the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway, and visit an area renowned for sightings of one of Guyana’s most intriguing birds, the cock of the rock. We then continue by 4wd vehicle to Rock View Lodge, situated in a region where the savannah meets the forest covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. With its tropical gardens and flowering trees, the lodge resembles an oasis in the savannah and attracts many species of birds. Overnight Rock View Lodge. (BLD) Day 8 – Sat, Rock View Lodge - Georgetown At dawn take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains to search for birds. We then return to Georgetown by air, and have an afternoon city tour of this unusual South American capital. In the evening you can take an optional tour to the Roy Geddes Musical Museum for a taste of local culture. Overnight Sleep Inn or similar. (B) Day 9 – Sun, Georgetown Today is free to explore Georgetown further or take an optional excursion to Kaiteur Falls, where the Potaro River thunders 741 feet into the gorge below, and Orinduik Falls, located on the border with Brazil, before returning to Georgetown for the evening. Overnight Sleep Inn or similar. (B) Day 10 - Mon, Paramaribo Transfer to the airport and fly to Paramaribo, the capital of neighbouring Suriname. In the afternoon take a walking tour of the capital,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful architecture, interesting markets and historical buildings. Overnight Eco-Resort Inn or similar. (B) Day 11 – Tue, Commewijne Plantations Drive into district Commewijne for an idea of how life must have been on the plantations during their booming period in the colonial times. We explore the plantations of Marienburg and Peperpot to learn about the history of Suriname. Later we take a boat on the Suriname River to look for freshwater dolphins, which can often be spotted in groups of up to twenty. Overnight Eco-Resort Inn or similar. (BL) Day 12 – Wed, Anaula Head south from Paramaribo by road to Atjoni, and then travel by boat to Anaula Nature Resort, situated at the foot of the Ferulassi falls, passing various Maroon villages, breathtaking scenery, and the tempestuous Jaw Jaw rapids. After some relaxation time we will take a dugout boat and go to an island in the Ferullasi rapids which has a sandy beach where we can relax, swim and enjoy a natural Jacuzzi. In the evening we head out on the river in search of caiman. Overnight Anaula Nature Resort. (BLD)
THE GUIANAS EXPERIENCE- TGE-WE PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - GEO - FROM Category - 3 Stars and Lodges
12 Mar16 &, 15 Oct 16
Rest of the Year
• Flight Georgetown to Paramaribo AU$395 One Way • We also have prices for higher category hotels/ lodges. • Passenger/s traveling on internal flights in Guyana are allowed a free baggage allowance of 20lbs/9.1KG exceeding this weight passenger/s will incur a cost of GY$150.00 equivalent to US$ 0.77cents per pound • Passenger/s traveling on GUMAIR flights in Guyana are allowed a free baggage allowance of 33lbs/15KG exceeding this weight passenger/s will incur a cost of GY$268.00 equivalent to US$ 1.30cents per pound. • Extension packages to French Guyana (Cayenne) 4 days/3 nights also available, ask us for prices... • SS* - Single Supplement is based on 2 pax travelling • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made.
Day 13 – Thu, New Aurora Travel by boat to the village of New Aurora to learn about the customs and culture of the local Maroon groups. We then head to Gunsi to take a forest walk and learn about traditional medicinal uses of the plants here, and in the evening experience local culture in the form of Awasa and Bandamba dances. Overnight Anaula Nature Resort. (BLD) Day 14 – Fri, Paramaribo This morning is free to relax or explore the surroun afternoon we travel back to Paramaribo for our final night. Overnight Eco-Resort Inn. (BL) Day 15 – Sat, Depart Paramaribo Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Red Howler Monkey in Guyana
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 year-round 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.
Market Day, Chinchero, Peru
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3 Day Nasca Lines - NLBITP3 The Nazca People developed advanced farming methods (1000 BC) that allowed them to build an irrigation system, improve their crops and expand the area of land they could farm. They also developed outstanding skills in weaving, pottery, and architecture. One of the most fascinating of their cultural achievements was the creation of a remarkable ground art - the exact purpose of which remains a mystery. On the coast, the confluence of two great ocean currents, El Niño and la Peruana or Humboldt, create an environment where aquatic life flourish, encouraging abundant growth of plankton and phytoplankton, essential components for marine life. In Paracas Reserve, scores of sea lions can be seen lazily basking in the sun align with condors and giants turtles easing their way through the water. The winds, the sea temperature, and other weather factors have created a habitat for thousands of species of marine fauna and flora, ranging from tiny fish and mollusks to great seals.
NASCA LINES & BALLESTAS ISLANDS - NLBITP3 PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex LIM - FROM Category
• O/R - On request • SS* - Single Supplement • Departs every day. Includes: All transfers, accommodation in selected hotel, sightseeing and meals as per program. • Prices as guide only, contact us for updated prices. • Surcharges apply during local public holidays and during special events.
Nasca lines, The Ballestas Islands & Sand Dunes of Ica Itinerary Day 1 - Lima/Paracas Bay Transfer from your hotel to the local bus station. First class public bus of approximately 3 hours down to Paracas via Pisco. On arrival visit of the Paracas Reserve. Overnight in Paracas. Day 2 - Paracas/Nazca Lines/Ica/Paracas Short transfer to Pisco airport for an unforgettable flight to the Nazca Lines. The all trip with time for viewing last less than 2 hours. In the afternoon, transfer to Ica for a boogie ride excursion on the sand dunes of the Huancachina Oasis. Return to Paracas Bay for overnight. (B,L)
Huacachina Oasis near Ica, Peru
Day 3 - Paracas Bay/Lima Early morning transfer to the pier for a boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands. Make sure you bring along a good hat to protect you from the sun and bird droppings during the visit. Return to Lima by bus. Drop off at your hotel or the airport. (B) Note: As the Nasca flights are subject to wind conditions, the order of sightseeing may vary in order to accommodate for all services booked and your personal safety.
Nasca Lines, Peru
El Candelabro, near Paracas, Peru
Peru Tours FACT FINDER COLOMBIA
Machu Picchu Lima
Sacred Valley Juliaca
Nasca Lines Colca Canyon
La Paz BOLIVIA
Departs: Any day of the week but 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. 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.
Tamarin Monkey, Amazon, Peru “Virgen del Carmen” Religious Celebration
18 Day Peru Highlights Tour - PTTP18 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 flora and fauna that you will only see there. Then journey to the mountains of Peru for a look into Inca society while visiting Machu Picchu 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. A once in a lifetime experience.
Day 1 Arrive Lima On arrival in Lima you will be meet and transferred to your selected Hotel in Lima. (B) Day 2 Lima – Morning City Tour & Larco Museum Breakfast at your hotel before your half-day city tour of Colonial and Modern Lima plus visit to Larco Herrera Museum. This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of this “City of Kings.” and colonial sites. (B) 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. The remainder of the day is free. (B) Day 4 Ballestas Islands/Nazca Flight Early in the morning motorboat excursion to Ballestas Islands, in Paracas National Reserve, to observe Sea lions, Boobies, Pelicans, Penguins and other Marine birds, among the many other species, which converge there, looking for shelter. On the boat trip over to the Islands, the famous “Candelabro” can be seen, an enigmatic drawing that many people believe is related to the Nazca lines. Accommodation at selected hotel. (B) Day 5 Over- flight Nazca Lines/Lima Breakfast. Today you will have an overflight 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 in . (B) Day 6 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)
Maras Saltpans, near Sacred Valley
Day 7 Puerto Maldonado - Lodge Activities Day activities at the lodge that might include hikes and/or boat rides to maximise wildlife
Peru Highlights Tour
Colca Canyon, Peru
sighting opportunities.There is one activity in the morning, one in the afternoon and one after dinner.(B,L,D) Day 8 Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado office then further transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Meet and assist in Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. (B) Day 9 Cuzco Free day for optional activities. Accommodation at selected hotel (B) Day 10 Cuzco/Sacred Valley - Tour of Chinchero Market, Maras Saltplans with Moray Breakfast. Visit the quaint craft market of Chinchero before driving down to The archaelogical site of Moray and the Saltpans of Maras. Continue to the Saced Valley for accommodation. (B,L) Day 11 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes 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 at selected hotel. (B,L)
holds one of the deepest canyons on the planet in its territory, and keeps alive the traditions of a handful of towns of ancestral origins. In the afternoon free time to visit Hot Spring Thermal and Medicinal Baths. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L) Day 16 Colca Canyon/Puno Early in the morning departure to the “Condor’s Cross” from where the great Andean bird can be seen flying in circle over the canyon. After lunch continue to Puno along a sinuous scenic drive through stunning landscape with reserves dotted with alpacas, llamas and vicunas. If we are lucky we could even have the opportunity to sight flamingoes, black and white swans eating on a lagoon. On arrival in Puno, meet and assist at the bus station and transfer to your selected hotel. (B,L) Day 17 Puno Breakfast. You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 am, after a 2 hour motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island in the Titikaka lake. Overnight in Puno at selected hotel. (B) Day 18 Depart Puno Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to either airport or bus station.(B)
Day 12 Aguas Calientes/Cuzco Breakfast. Morning free to further explore the area and enjoy the surroundings. Return to Cuzco by tourist train in the afternoon. Transfer to your selected hotel. (B)
PERU HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - PHTTP18 PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex LIM - FROM
• 4/5 Stars - Some hotels are best available on location • SS* - Single Supplement • Internal airfares not included. An approximate cost for flights: Lima/Puerto Maldonado/Cuzco/Arequipa cost AU$650 plus taxes. Contact us for current prices or last minute specials. • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices or any last minute special deals. • As this tours goes to high altitude (3,000 to 4,600 Mts a.s.l.), check with your doctor before booking with us if you have pre-existing medical conditions with lung , respiratory problems or heart conditions.
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Day 13 Cuzco/Arequipa Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. Meet and assist on arrival and transfer to selected hotel. (B) Day 14 Arequipa Morning city tour of the city;s main attarctions, including the famous Sta Calina Convent. Accommodation at selected hotel (B) Day 15 Colca Canyon Excursion This is a beautiful valley loaded with history, a lukewarm sun and amazing geography, which
Machu Picchu Citadel
Peru Tours FACT FINDER COLOMBIA
Departs: Fixed departures, contact us for updated departures. Highlights: Amazing wildlife such as: Pink and grey dolphins, different types of macaws and monkeys, caimans and more..
ECUADOR Iquitos Nauta Pacaya Samiria Nat. Park
Lima Puerto Maldonado
Ballestas Is. Nasca Lines
Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat, and foot. Includes: • All meals as per program • Accommodation in selected cabins and boats • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • Entry to Natural reserves • 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.
Pink Dolphins, Amazon, Peru Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Peru
Peru Amazon Cruises - PACTP You can venture to the heart of the jungle without sacrificing your own creature comforts, with sleek and stylish river boats such as Aria, Aqua, Delfin II & I bring more than a touch of luxury to the Amazonian experience, with gourmet dining, elegant indoor spaces and a beautiful observation deck from which to breathe in the sights and sounds of the rainforest. For the pièce de résistance, panoramic windows in every cabin provide you with a private view of the ever-changing panorama outside. Cruises last 8, 5 or 4 days. There’s also a carefully designed programme of daily excursions to take you deeper into the jungle, accompanied by expert guides who can point out wildlife and share their illuminating knowledge. As you follow the winding route to and from Iquitos, you can spot pink river dolphins, monkeys at play and huge crowds of caiman, as well as encountering Amazonian communities and trying your hand at piranha fishing. We also have cheaper boat options offering superior facilities with the same quality programs to choose from. Contact us for other boat names and itineraries. Programs subject to change, please contact us for current departure dates and itineraries.
M/V DELFIN II Built and launched in 2009, the Delfin II is as lavish as its sister ship Delfin I and provides the same quality service by friendly staff and able to host guests comfortably on adventurous trips into the wilds of the Peru Amazon. The city of Nauta serves as the point of departure for this 120 feet long and 30 feet tall that runs on a 350 HP turbo boosted engine, travelling at 8 to 10 knots, allowing for a smooth and quick ride along this rainforest river. Guests should be assured that all safety precautions are taken aboard this luxurious ship that features a satellite phone, three aluminium boats that hold up to 12 passengers and come fully equipped with a low emission engine, life jackets in all cabins, flares and signals, and more guaranteeing your trip along this immense river is not only enjoyable but safe.
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Day 01: Iquitos/Amazon River/Embark Day 02: Yanalpa Reserve/Dorado River for dolphin spotting Day 03: Monkey and bird watching at Pacaya Samiria River. Day 04: Puerto Miguel visit, transfer to Iquitos
5 Days/4 Nights – Wed
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.
Our New M/V Delfin I
Delfin II Amazon Cruise, Peru
Our new and refurbished Delfin I takes you one step beyond luxury. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality this classic River vessel features 4 spacious deluxe suites, all of them with private terraces and two of them with private Jacuzzis, intimacy and personal attention is the key success to our service. M/V M/V
Peru Amazon Cruises
M/V AQUA Join us in Iquitos, Peru for a 3 night Amazon River luxury cruise exploring the Tahuayo River and the Yacapana “Iguana” Islands, Charo Lake fishing and visits into the Amazon jungle to view Amazon monkeys, three-toed sloths and caimans at home in their habitat. Enjoy watching the infamous Amazon pink dolphins at play in the Amazon. Journey to the Amazon’s headwaters and learn from our naturalist guides about the diverse Amazon wildlife in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Low Water (Jun to Nov) 8 Days/7 Nights – Sat Day 01: Iquitos/Amazon River Day 02: Amazon River Headwaters Day 03: Marañón River/Pacaya Samiria Reserve Day 04: Marañón River/Amazon River/Ucayali River Day 05: Pacaya Samiria Reserve/Yanallpa River Day 06: Puinahua River/Pacaya Samiria Reserve / Pacaya River Day 07: Ucayali River/Amazon River Day 08: Amazon River/Iquitos
High Water(Dec to May) 8 Days/7 Nights – Sat Day 01: Iquitos/Amazon River
M/V AMATISTA The Amatista, is 35.76 meters long, with a unique classic design, which offers all the necessary comforts; still allowing for an exciting adventure in the Amazon jungle.
PERU AMAZON CRUISES 2015- PACTP PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex IQT - FROM
MV Amatista 4D/3N - Main Deck
MV Amatista 6D/5N - Main Deck
MV Delfin II 4D/3N - Cabin Suite
MV Delfin II 5D/4N - Cabin Suite
MV Aqua 4D/3N - Suites
The M/V Amatista accommodates a maximum of 31 passengers. This cruise provides a comfortable dining room, bar, reading room, sleeping accommodations, modern navigation technology, standards for cruising and water safety. The 15 cabins have a private restroom with windows overlooking at the Amazon River. Each room is decorated in a beautiful classic style.
MV Aqua 5D/4N - Suites
MV Aria 4D/3N - 1st Deck Suites
MV Aria 5D/4N - 1st Deck Suites
Amazon Voyage 6 days cruise
Other boats available
Day 1:Iquitos / Nauta / Amazon River Day 2:Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Day 3:Pacaya Samiria National Reserve / Amazon Natural Park Day 4:Amazon Natural Park / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Day 5:Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Day 6:Nauta / Iquitos
Amazon Voyage 4 days cruise
Day 1:Iquitos / Nauta / Amazon Natural Park Day 2:Amazon Natural Park / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Day 3:Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Day 4:Nauta / Iquitos
• O/R - On request • SS* - Single Supplement • Other cabins and boat categories available on request. • Contact us for high and low water itineraries, Clothing and travel accessories. • Dry Season: May to Nov. Wet Season: Dec to April. • Prices valid for 2016 • Inclusions vary from boat to boat, contact us for specific boat inclusions.
Day 02: Amazon River/Tahayuayo River/Charo Lake/Yacapana Island Day 03: Marañón River/Pacaya Samiria Reserve Day 04: Amazon River/Puerto Miguel/Nauta Cano Day 05: Uyucal/Yanallpa/Dorado Rivers/Pacaya Samiria Reserve Day 06: Puinahua River/Hatum Posa Lake /Pacaya River Day 07: Puinahua/Pacaya Rivers/Carocurahuayte Lake Day 08: Iquitos/City Tour/Airport Aria Amazon Cruise, Peru
Peru Tours FACT FINDER Quito
Departs: Fixed departure days for some lodges. Contact us for updated departures.
ECUADOR Iquitos Pacaya Samiria Nat. Park
Lima Puerto Maldonado
Ballestas Is. Nasca Lines
Highlights: Amazing wildlife such as: Tapirs, capybaras different types of macaws and monkeys, caimans and more.. Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat, and foot. Includes: • All meals as per program • Accommodation in selected lodge • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • Entry to Natural reserves • 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.
Squirrel Monkey, Amazon, Peru
Three Toed Sloth, Amazon
Peru Amazon Lodges - PALTP For many the seemingly impenetrable wilderness of the Amazon, sprawling across half of South America’s vast territory, conjures an unrivalled sense of adventure that taps into some of their very earliest images of the exotic. However, for those wishing to make childhood dreams a reality and visit this unique environment for themselves, it can be hard to know where to begin. To unpick the key questions and make sense of all the options. The most popular choices for Amazon holidays are Peru, Brazil and Ecuador, and these are also where the standard of jungle lodges and quality of guided excursions is highest. The best way to choose will almost always come down to the other regions or specific attractions you wish to visit on your trip. The main exceptions are if you have specialist interests, for example ornithology (in which case you will probably find the Peruvian Amazon the most rewarding) or anthropology (Ecuador has the most community-focused approach), or want to see a particular species such as the pink river dolphin (frequently seen around Kapawi Lodge in Ecuador). Contact us for expert advice...
HEATH RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE (HRWC) 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. Heath offers the world’s only large macaw clay lick reachable in less than a half a Day from a jetport. Visitors have seen up to 260 macaws there at one time, making it one of the top 5 of the world’s 100 known licks. Travelers view this spectacle from a roomy blind floating only 30 mts. away. A trail grid with mapped fruiting trees allow our guides to take you straight to the wildlife. At the end of one trail, the rainforest suddenly melts away, offering a startling, open vista reminiscent of East Africa The only lowland pampas accessible from Peru. Downriver is the Ese’Eja Indian village of Sonene, where you can learn about tribal traditions and life in the rainforest. Everyone in Sonene speaks their native language, with Spanish reserved for school and for trading handicrafts with outsiders, including you. 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.
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Sample Program: 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. Large herbivorous mammal, Tapir, Amazon, Peru
Peru Amazon Lodges
Macaws Clay Lick, Amazon, Peru
TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE (TRC)
MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE (MWC)
The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is a spartan yet comfortable 18 bedroom lodge which was built more than fifteen years ago with the purpose of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick. Because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife, the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides, TRC is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife.
Is located in a private, 16,190 ha./40,000-acre rain forest reserve adjacent to the one millionacre 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.
TRC is located in a half hectare clearing in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata National Reserve, adjacent to the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and 500 meters from the world’s largest macaw clay lick. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. From Refugio Amazonas, TRC is four hours upriver, and a few minutes walking from the river.
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. Sample Program: Day 01: Puerto Maldonado/MWC. Day 02: Manu Wildlife Centre Day 03: Manu Wildlife Centre
Day 04: Manu Wildlife Centre
Day 01: Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas, Caiman Search. Overnight (L,D)
Day 05: Depart MWC
Day 02: Canopy Tower, Brazil Nut Trail and Camp, transfer to TRC, Overlook Trail, Macaw Project Lectures. Overnight at TRC. (B,L,D)
Leave the lodge at dawn for return boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport.
PERU AMAZON LODGES 2016- PALTP PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex PEM - FROM
HRWC 4D/3N - Mon & Thu
HRWC 5D/4N - Mon & Thu
TRC 4D/3N - Classic (NEW)
TRC 5D/4N - Classic
TRC 6D/5N - Classic
MWC 4D/3N - Mon
MWC 5D/4N - Thu
Other lodges available - Contact Us. • O/R - On request • SS* - Single Supplement
• Other lodges and room categories available on request. • Contact us for high and low water itineraries, Clothing and travel accessories. • Dry Season: May to Nov. Wet Season: Dec to April. • Prices valid for 2016 • Inclusions vary from Lodge to lodge, contact us for specific boat inclusions.
Day 03: Macaw Clay Lick, Floodplain Trail, Pond Platform, Night walk. Overnight at TRC. (B,L,D) Day 04: Boat transfer to Refugio Amazonas, Oxbow Lake Visit, Tambopata National Reserve Lectures. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (B,L,D) Day 05: Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters and airport. (B) Important: This programs includes 2 nights at Refugio Amazonas and 2 nights at Tambopata research Centre.
Capybara family, biggest roedents in the world, Amazon, Peru
Ecuador Tours FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER 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.
Market Day, Chinchero, Peru
Sleepy seals at Ballestas Islands, Peru
6 Day Crucero Train - CTGR Ride across Ecuador´s Andes watching the transition from moorlands through to cloud forests, to tropical coastal landscapes whilst crossing spectacular terrain and traversing mountains. Travel the Avenue of Volcanoes – more than 10 volcanoes over 3,600 m / 12,000 ft; Tungurahua volcano is still active, 5,023 m / 16,480 ft. 450 kms / 280 miles of scenic train ride ascending to 3,600 m / 12,000 ft and descending to sea level during the trip. Along the route, there are several opportunities to meet Andean and coastal indigenous communities and witness their way of life. Steam locomotives from the beginning of the 20th century will run on 2 different stretches. The carriages are First Class, decorated in Ecuadorian style, with historical references; train crew ensure exceptional on-board service. “Crucero Train Quito to Guayaquil” Itinerary
Shuar community,a cocoa plantation and other tropical crops. Transfer to hotel in Guayaquil for overnight. (B,L)
Day 1: Mon, Arrive in Quito Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel 4*
Day 6: Sat, Depart Guayaquil Breakfast, at convenient time, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Day 2: Tue, Quito/Cotopaxi/Lasso Train trip to Cotopaxi, van or bus to Cotopaxi National Park. Overnight at a local hacienda. (B,L,D)
CRUCERO TRAIN QUITO TO GUAYAQUIL - CTGR PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex UIO - FROM Double
Crucero Train 6D/5N - Mon
Normal Train 5D/4N - Thu
Normal Train 4D/3N - Sat
• O/R - On request • SS* - Single Supplement. min 2 pers. • Packing suggestions: dress in layers, warm clothes, comfortable shoes, sun block, sunglasses, cap, insect repellent (for the Devil`s Nose). • Prices as guide only, contact us for updated prices. • Should the selected hotels be fully booked, we reserve the right to book alternative accommodation in hotels of an equivalent standard.
Note: This trip is also available in the standard train with different operational days. Contact us for more details.
Day 3: Wed, Lasso/Latacunga/Cunchibamba/
Ambato/Cevallos/Riobamba Transfer to Lacatunga, train ride to Ambato, visit a rose plantation. Transfer to Cevallos and continue by train to Urbina. Weather permitting with scenic views of Chimborazo volcano. Train to Riobamba for overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Thu,Riobamba/Colta/Guamote/Alausi/ Sibambe/Huigra Train ride through stunning landsAndean landscape to Colta for a visit to Balbanera Church. Continue by train to Alausi through the famous “devil’s nose” with opportunity for picture taking. (B,L,D) Day 5: Fri,Huigra/Bucay/Yaguachi/Duran/Guayaquil Transfer to Huigra train station, train ride to Bucay with great views of transitional ecosystems: From the Andes to the Coastal Plains. Visit a
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Train on the Andes, Ecuador
Ecuador Tours PERU
COLOMBIA Galapagos Islands.
MY Estrella del Mar
MV Santa Cruz
MV Galapagos Legend
MC Ocean Spray
Puerto Baquerizo, Galapagos
Seals enjoying the beach
The Galapagos Islands Cruises - GICTP 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 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..
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. 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. 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.
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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.
Facts for the Traveller
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. 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
Land Iguanas, Galapagos
A new government-imposed tax of US$10 per per-
MY Isabela II
MY La Pinta
Blue Footed Boobbies, Galapagos
son 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 sun 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. 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$10 per person per Day for the aggregate ship crew. Guides are tipped separately from the crew’s tip pool. Landings The boats anchor offshore at two visitor sites per day. Passengers are ferried to the islands by launches (locally called pangas). The landings are either wet or dry where one must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your waist and wade to shore or where one steps from the panga directly to the volcanic rock. Your guide and panga driver assist you with a steady hand. Passengers able to walk a few hours a day unassisted will be able to fully enjoy Galapagos. Some excursions are strenuous, involving steep climbs or long walks.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES & LAND PROG. - GICTP
On the islands, one follows marked trails set by the National Park, walking at a leisurely pace. The guides will interpret and explain the unusual sights you see. You’ll spend 3-4 hours at each site, allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the abundant wildlife. Afterward, there is often opportunity to swim and snorkel. Masks, fins and snorkels in average sizes are available on board for rent. Passengers may bring their own equipment if they wish. You will receive a list of Galapagos National Park rules.
PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex GPS - FROM
Name & Category
MY Estrella del Mar 3*, 4D - Fri
MY Estrella del Mar 3*, 5D - Mon
MC Cormorant 5*, 4D - Wed
MC Cormorant 5*, 5D - Sat
MV Galapagos Legend 4*,4D-Mon
MV Galapagos Legend 4*, 5D-Thu
• Cruise duration
MV Santa Cruz II 5*, 5D - Mon
• All meals
MV Santa Cruz II 5*, 6D - Wed
• Shore excursions with naturalist guides
MY Isabela II, 4* Sup, 5D - Mon/Fri
MY Isabela II, 4* Sup - 7D - Tue
MY La Pinta 5* , 4D - Fri
MY La Pinta 5*, 5D - Mon
MC Ocean Spray 5*, 4D - Sat
• Any items not mentioned in the inclusions list.
MC Ocean Spray 5*, 5D - Tue
MV Grace 5* Lux, 8D - Sat
We have a small sample here to whet your appetite… however please call us for many more ideas and options available for your trip and last minute specials.
MV Eclipse 5* Lux, 6D - Wed
MV Eclipse 5* Lux 8D - Sat
Islands Hopping Std, 6D - Daily
Islands Hopping Sup, 6D - Daily
Islands Hopping First, 6D - Daily
Not Included • Flights to/from Galapagos Is. plus taxes • Nat. Park fee US$100pp, Control Card US $20pp • Fuel Surcharges differ from boat to boat • Expenses of personal nature
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• Prices valid for low season in 2016, contact us for high season prices and during special local holidays • SS* - Single Supplement here are valid for low season, some boats have from 75% to 100% surcharge for single supplement in high season, contact us for extact info. • Contact us for detailed programs and departure dates. • Prices as guide only, contact us for updated prices.
• All prices in this table are based for standard or leading cabins in low season. Other cabin types on request.
MC OCEAN SPRAY – 5* 4 Days Sat to Tue 5 Days Tue to Sat 6 Days Sat to Thu or Thu to Tue 8 Days Sat to Sat 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.
M/Y La Pinta – 5* Dlx 4 Days Fri to Mon 5 Days Mon to Fri 8 Days Fri to Fri
M/Y Isabella II – 5* Dlx 4 Days Tue to Fri 5 Days Fri to Tue 8 Days Tue to Tue
M/Y Eclipse – 5* Dlx 8 Days - Sat to Sat 6 Days – Sat to Thu
One of the newest yachts, the La Pinta is a gorgeous 207-foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 40 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.
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.
Offering unparalleled levels of comfort and service. She was designed to meet the exacting demands of luxury travel. The Eclipse is the perfect base for any Galapagos experience; a generously proportioned ship with a small yacht atmosphere. The Eclipse accommodates up to 48 passengers in staterooms, all with sea views. Fully air-conditioned.
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MV Santa Cruz – 4*Sup 4 Days Fri to Mon 5 Days Mon to Fri 8 Days Mon or Fri
MV Galapagos Legend – 4* 4 Days Mon to Thu 5 Days Thu to Mon 8 D Mon to Mon or Thu to Thu
MY Coral I * Coral II – 4* 4 Days Sun to Wed 5 Days Wed to Sun 8 Days Sun or Wed
MC Queen of Galapagos 4* 8 Days - Monday / Friday 5 Days - Monday 4 Days - Friday
The Santa Cruz is a small, 237 foot, 90 passenger deluxe Galapagos cruise ship. The 90 passengers can choose between single, double, triple and quad cabins, magnificently appointed and equipped for their deluxe Galapagos cruise. Fully carpeted and air conditioned, it is the right size cruise ship for a comfortable and relaxed vacation in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
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.
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.
The Queen of the Galapagos offers the elegance and comfort to make your cruise an unforgettable experience.
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...
All cabins have ocean views and A/C. Additionally, features a spacious dining room, a modern lounge area, bar, many decks and 5 solariums. You´ll enjoy the beauty of the Galapagos Islands on a wonderful catamaran with the highest safety standards.
Galapagos Cruises and Land Programs
MY Eric, Flamingo & Letty – 4* 8 Days Sun to Sun A fleet of three expedition vessels in the Galapagos Islands cruises catering to active adults and families; the Eric, Flamingo & Letty, superior firstclass 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.
M/C Monserrat – 4* 5 Days – Sun to Thu 8 Days - Thu to Thu The M/Y Monserrat is a yacht that has been designed so that passengers experience unforgettable excursions to the Galapagos Islands while providing comfort and leisure for the resting adventurer. This first class vessel provides with spacious social areas that include a dining room, lounge, bar and sundecks. All cabins have low beds, private bathroom and centralized air-conditioned.
M/Y Estrella del Mar – 3* 4 Days Fri to Mon 5 Days Mon to Fri 8 Days Mon to Mon
Galapagos Journey I – 4* 4 Days – Tue 5 Days – Fri 8 Days - Fri
The Estrella del Mar, a First Class Galapagos Islands Cruise ship, accommodates 16 passengers in 8 cabin with 2 invidual beds or in some cabins bunk beds, air conditioning, small windows and private bathroom. The ship has a sun-decks, bar, large dining, lounge areas and a diving deck.
Journey I (formerly Anahi) was built in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2006. This catamaran offers the highest standards of luxury and comfort with accommodations in 6 twin bed cabins, 2 suite cabins All cabins feature private bathroom, locker, closet and air conditioning.
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Galapagos Island Hopping 7 Days/6 Nights For those of you who don’t like to overnight on boats, we also offer a land-based option. Sample Itinerary Day 01: Arrive in Baltra, transfer to hotel.Visit to the Charles Darwin Station. Day 02: Garrapatero and “Los Perros Beach” to observe: sea lions, marine iguanas. (Only operates Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun). (B) Day 03: Afternoon transfer by boat to San Cristóbal Island (aprox. 2.5 hours). (B) Day 04: Visit to the Interpretation Centre.Afternoon opportunity to watch colonies of sea lions. (B) Day 05: Fly from San Cristobal to Isabela Island (approx. 25 minutes). Afternoon visit to the Dyers Bay. (B) Day 06: Excursion to Sierra Negra Volcano. Overnight (B) Day 07: Transfer out to Baltra airport. (B)
Red Mangrove Lodges 5 Days/4 nights 6 Days/5 nights Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges is the only brand in the Galapagos with multiple lodges on multiple islands. Our “Darwin’s Triangle” programs offer such an array of options that, for the first time, visitors are not limited to cruises to more widely experience the Galapagos. Daily tours, culinary camping, snorkeling and diving are a few of the activities we offer. Sample Itinerary Day 01: Quito or Guayaquil – Santa Cruz (D) Day 02: Santa Cruz – Floreana (B,L,D) Day 03: Floreana – Isabela (B,L,D) Day 04: Isabela (B,L,D) Day 05: Isabela – Santa Cruz (B,L,D) Day 06: Santa Cruz to Quito or Guayaquil (B) - Flight not included. Call for prices.
Finch Bay Hotel Program 8Days/7nights – Wed or Sun 5Days/4nights – Wed to Sun 4Days/3nights – Sun to Wed
Royal Palm Galapagos 4 Days/3 nights
For the adventure seeker, the nature lover, the family or travels looking for a beautiful place to relax.The charming Finch Bay is just steps from the beach on a private seaside location in Santa Cruz Island. Finch Bay accommodates 42 guests with 21 rooms (with twin or king-size beds), each with private facilities, air conditioning and unlimited water supply, as the hotel has its own desalinization plant. This ecologically oriented hotel also boasts innovative garbage processing and recycling programs. Call for prices.
A haven for the discerning traveler, the exclusive 17-room retreat, surrounded by 500 acres of lush, tropical forest, comprised of private suites and villas and veranda studio rooms, indulges the guest’s every whim – recreational activities ranging from boating and ocean kayaking to hiking, horseback riding and bird watching. Additional highlights include an art gallery and star observatory, a fine dining restaurant and piano bar, a garden barbecue restaurant and cocktail bar, swimming pool, health and fitness centre, 2 professional tennis courts. Sample Itinerary Day 01: Arrive in Baltra, transfer to hotel. Visit to the Charles Darwin Station. Overnight. Day 2-3: Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands: Plazas, Seymour, Bartolomé, Floreana o similar ones. (L) Day 04: Transfer out to Baltra airport. (B). Call for prices.
Ecuador Amazon Lodges FACT FINDER Departs Some lodges have fix departures, check the price table for operational days. Highlights Remote indian communities, exhuberant rainforests, wildlife sighting activities. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, boat,plane and walking. Includes • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected lodges • Daily activities with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance • Hotel taxes Not Included • Local airport taxes and community access fees from US$20 to US$35 per person. • Expenses of personal nature such as: laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours. • Drinks and meals not specified. • Medical insurance. • Optional excursions. • Early check-in & late check-out.
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Amazon Lodges - EALTP ECUADOR AMAZON LODGES - EALTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex COCA - FROM Lodge Names
NWC 4D/3N - Every Day X Sun
NWC 5D/4N - Every Day X Sun
Sacha Lodge 4D- Every Day X Sun
Sacha Lodge 5D- Every Day X Sun
La Selva Lodge 4D - No Tue or Thu
La Selva Lodge 5D - No Tue or Thu
Kapawi Lodge 4D/3N - Fri
Kapawi Lodge 5D/4N - Mon
• SS - Single Supplement - O/R = On request • Airfares from Quito to Coca return, Extra AU$390pp • Air ticket Shell/Kapawi/Shell return AU$836 • Community Fees for Reserve Access range from US$20 to US$35 pp. • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • Other program durations and different lodges also available, just call or email us for info.
The moorlands of upland Ecuador fall away through cloud forested slopes down to the jungles of the Amazon basin (Oriente), which occupies half the country but, still undeveloped and even unexplored, is home to only 5% of the population. It’s a true wilderness of exuberant rainforest and remote indian communities. The region is easily accessible from by air but also by road and boat. The Oriente is under threat from the logging and oil industry but members of the local community are very eco-conscious and sensitive to the preservation of the rainforest environment, some have opened up their villages to welcome visitors. The Napo Wildlife Centre (NWC) 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. 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 01: Land/boat transfer from Coca to Lodge of approx. 4 hours. (BL,D) Day 02: Morning trek to a parrot clay lick and local community. (B, BL,D) Day 03: Canopy tower on Rio Napo for birdwatching and other wildlife. (B,L,D) Day 04: Boat/Land transfer to Coca. (B)
roof, double cabins and a main dining-loungebar 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 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. The Butterfly House Sacha Lodge is home to one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador. Designed to be a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 40 local butterfly species. Activities Native guides with expert knowledge of the rainforest lead small groups on a variety of forays into the area. Activities are spread out over a wide area, and guests are allowed to determine difficulty and duration of their outings.
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
Located on a private 3,200 acre reserve, the lodge is constructed 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
Napo Wildlife Centre - NWC
Ecuador Amazon Cruises FACT FINDER Departs Fix departure days, please check price table below for more info. Highlights Remote indian communities, exhuberant rainforests, wildlife sighting activities. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, boat, plane and walking. Includes • All Meals whilst on the boat and during activity days • Accommodation in selected cabin • 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. • Community Reserve Fees. • Optional excursions. • Early check-in & late check-out. • Tips & personal expenses. • Drinks and meals not specified. • Medical insurance. Men and Canoe on the Napo River, Ecuador
Ecuador Amazon Cruises-ACTP 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 commoner 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. Experience the roar of howler monkeys, meet indigenous rainforest peoples and so much more… Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise Day 1 - Arrive in Francisco de Orellana Morning flight from Quito over the Eastern Cordillera and down into the airstrip at the town of Fco de Orellana. Start your adventure packed with nature study, cultural interaction and even more of the magical wonders of the largest unexplored wilderness on earth.(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. BBQ Lunch and Amazon hammock siesta and back to our vessel. After dinner, enjoy caiman watching. (B,L,D). Day 3 - Rainforest at Yasuni Biosphere Reserve Breakfast, get a great terrace view of the jungle before disembarking to admire a superb parrot salt 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 Terrace breakfast for early-birds. 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 lto Quito.(B)
Anakonda Amazon Cruise
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. 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. 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 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
ECUADOR AMAZON CRUISES - EACTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex COCA - FROM Cruise Boats Manatee Explorer 4D - Fri
Manatee Explorer 5D - Mon
Manatee Explorer 8D - Mon or Fri
Anakonda Std 4D - Sun
Anakonda Std 5D - Wed
Anakonda Std 8D - Sun or Wed
• SS - Single Supplement • Prices on this table are based on low season and on standard cabins. Other cabin categories available on request. • Airfares from Quito to Coca return, Extra AU$390pp • Community Fees for Reserve Access range from US$20 to US$70 pp. • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made.
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Anakonda Cruise, Ecuador
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.
Gaucho, Argentinean Cowboy
Iguazu Falls Tour
Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
3 Day Iguazu Falls Tour - IFTTP 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. Take the park train to the footbridge to enjoy the magnificent Devil’s Throat. The afternoon tour to the Brazilian side of the falls will give you a fantastic panoramic view of most of the 275 falls. An excellent optional tour for almost any trip.
PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex IGR - FROM Category
4 Star Hotels
5 Star Hotels
3 Star Hotels
• SS* = Single Supplement • Passports and visa for Brazil needed to visit the falls on the Brazilian side. • Surcharges and minimum stay apply for local public holidays, during carnival or during special events. • Prices as guide only, contact us for updated prices or las minute specials.
Iguazu Falls Tour 3Days/2Nights
• Should the selected hotels be fully booked, we reserve the right to book alternative accommodation in hotels of an equivalent standard.
Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Iguazu Mid-day arrival into Puerto Iguazu and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon tour of the falls on the Argentine side, small train trip to the upper footpath for a close-up view of the Devil’s Throat. Then walk along the lower circuit for another close-up view of the flora and fauna around the falls. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 2: Iguazu Falls The tour starts with a walking tour along the catwalk measuring one kilometer of easy walking. Along this easy trek, there are several gorgeous panoramic views of the Falls and at the end of the catwalk a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devils’ Throat and main cataracts. The tour ends at the upper part of Iguassu Falls accessed through a panoramic elevator. (B)
IGUAZU FALLS TOUR - IFTTP
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Day 03: Depart Iguazu At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your onward or return flight. Important: Sightseeing of both sides of the falls can be tweaked to suit your arrival/departure from/to Brazil & Argentina.
Toucan in Iguazu, Argentina
Ask us for an optional tour of the Jesuit Mision Ruins
Argentina Tours FACT FINDER
Rio de Janeiro
Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, boat, and foot.
Departs: Every day from September to May when is better weather for Bariloche. 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.
Includes: • All meals as per program • Accommodation in selected lodge • 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. • Chair-lift during visit of Small Circuit in Bariloche.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
11 Day Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Salta & 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. 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... Fly to Iguazu, the Iguazú Falls is the most impressive waterfall on the planet. Composed of over 300 separate cataracts, all intertwining and gushing together into one awe-inspiring masterpiece of nature, it has the power to render even the most jaded traveller speechless. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a vast array of wildlife to be seen within the lustrous mantle of subtropical foliage that surrounds the falls.
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. Along the length of its 65 Km there are several interesting places to visit: Cerro Campanario by chairlift - At an additional cost, the lookout Llao Llao peninsula and the surrounding lake system, the lavender plantation and factories of knitted goods, candles, dolls, artistic clocks, jam and chocolate, ceramics and homemade beer. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) Day 3, Bariloche/Buenos Aires
Day 4, Buenos Aires Discover the beauty and wonders of the city by visiting the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House. Admire the Colon Theatre, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America. Visit San Telmo, a traditional neighbourhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca, the oldest and most authentic neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Settled and built by Italian immigrants that worked in the warehouses and meatpacking plants in the area, La Boca is now home to many artists. Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant district where the famous cemetery is found. Although it may seem unusual, fashionable restaurants, bars, cafes, discos. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Pumamarca Gorge, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
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Day 1, Arrive in Bariloche
This evening you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a delicious meal, good wine and the best Tango, a perfect combination. Taste
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Salta & Iguazu Falls
Nahuel Huapi Lake from Cerro Campanario, Bariloche
Iguazu Falls - BBSITP Argentine cuisine specialities accompanied by excellent wines and finish the evening enjoying a Tango and folklore show long to be remembered. Afterwards transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,D) Day 5, Buenos Aires You will visit the Argentine countryside with its customs and traditions spending a day at a ranch. This delightful and unique tour will allow you to enjoy the traditional dances and songs of the Argentine countryside, taking part in a real Gaucho Festival. A welcome reception with typical “empanadas” (meat pies) and superb Argentine wine is offered. Then you will be enjoying a delicious Argentine barbecue: “Asado”. This will be followed by a folklore show with singing and dancing, and a demonstration of “gaucho” skills on horseback: riding, rodeo. Return to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L) Day 6, Buenos Aires/Salta At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Salta. You will be met and greeted by local guide and trasnferred to your hotel rest of the day at leisure. (B) Day 7, Salta - Humahuaca Gorge Departure from Salta City, to the province of Jujuy, visiting León, Tumbaya, Purmamarca and the hill of the seven colours, Tilcara and its Pucará – old native Indian fortress – the Archeological Museum and the old Uquia church, Humahuaca, crafts fair and Belgrano monument. On the way back, a visit to Jujuy City and its main monuments. Return to Salta for overnight. (B) Day 8, Salta - Cafayate tour From Salta there is a full-day trip to the sleepy town of Cafayate, set among the region’s well respected vineyards. The road follows an arid, winding canyon; its rocky walls ranging in colour from ochre, to yellow, to gold, and spectacular blood-red. There are several stops en route where you can walk up narrow desert valleys and marvel at the views. The town itself is picturesque, squatting below an
Andean backdrop, and there is time to explore as well as to visit one of the many local wineries,. Return to Salta for overnight. (B) Day 9, Salta/Puerto iguazu At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu. On arrival, meet and assist and tramsfer to your hotel. (B)
BARILOCHE, BUENOS AIRES, SALTA & IGUAZU - BBSITP PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex BRC - FROM
Day 10, Puerto Iguazu
This morning enjoy a tour of the falls, Argentine side with a stop at the Visitor’s Centre at the entrance of the Iguazú National Park, displaying panels showing the importance of the biodiversity of the humid subtropical forest. Take a gas-operated train to the upper paths and the Devil’s Throat. The access to the San Martin Island is through the lower paths. Arriving at the Devil’s Throat station the footbridge crosses several islands until the end where you will enjoy a magnificent viewpoint of this overwhelming waterfall. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
• O/R - On request
Day 11, Depart Iguazu Today, the tour of the Brazilian side of the falls will have quite a different perspective. Stop at the Visitor’s Centre at the entrance of the Iguaçu National Park. The visit continues inside the National Park, along a paved road, which will take you to the magnificent Iguazú Falls. Start the walking tour along the catwalk with gorgeous panoramic views of the falls and at the end of the catwalk a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devils’ Throat and main waterfalls. It is a completely different tour than the one on the Argentine side, we recommend you to see the falls from both sides. The tour ends at the upper part of Iguazú Falls taking a panoramic elevator. From there, the visitors will follow a track to Porto Canoas, from where you will enjoy a pleasant lookout point with a great view to the upper Iguazú River.
• SS* - Single Supplement • Prices for land services only. An extra airfare for around AU$785pp plus taxes is required to complete this program. Airfare needed: Bariloche/Buenos Aires/Salta/Puerto Iguazu. LAN Airpass valid when arriving into South America with a LA flight and ticket number only. • Prices as a guide only, please contact us for current prices or last minute specials. • Prices subject to change without notice. • Program available on the reverse from Iguazu to Bariloche.
Gauchos outside Buenos Aires
After the tour, transfer to either airport (Foz or Puerto Iguazu) for your onward/return flight. End of Services. (B) Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires
Chile Tours FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER 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 although Australian citizens do pay a US$117 levy. A 90-Day entry permit, renewable for another 90 Days, is received on entering the country. Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz Weights & measures: Metric.
When to go
Chileâ€™s geographical variety can make a visit rewarding in any season. Santiago and Middle Chile are best in the Spring (September through November) or during the Autumn harvest (late February into April), while popular natural attractions like Parque Nacional del Paine in Magallanes and the lakes region are best in Summer (December through March).
Gauchos in Patagonia, Chile
Imposing Moais in Ahu Tongariki, Easter island
3 Day Easter Island - EITP Easter Island (Rapa Nui) really is a unique place. Chilean territory but isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this tiny pimple of volcanic origin, first populated by Polynesians from the west, has become a mesmeric destination for visitors. Once densely forested and fertile, the rugged, hilly island supported a prosperous population which sculpted the island’s enigmatic moai, or giant stone heads. The landscape is now covered by rocky, treeless and unproductive grasslands, beautiful in its gaunt and haunting way, and the coast is defined by rocky coves and the occasional sparkling white beach. The Island is an equilateral triangular shape, 24 km across its longest side with extinct volcanic cones in each of its three corners respectively. Amidst an atmosphere of friendly Polynesian hospitality, the entire island is today a species of open-air museum with more than 600 MOAI (some up to 9 meters in height), the fascinating Orongo Village and many traditional people`s cave dwellings open to view. Easter Island
EASTER ISLAND - EITP PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex IPC - FROM Category/Hotel Name
Other hotels • O/R - On request • SS* - Single Supplement
• Prices valid for standard rooms only. Seasonal surcharges apply • Prices as guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute deals. • Rates include the Eatser Island entry tax.
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) 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)
Tapati Festival Rapa Nui
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.
Rano Kau Volcano, Easter Island
Moais, Easter Island
Chile Tours - Patagonia FACT FINDER Departs Best time to go is from September to March, being December to February the warmer months but also very windy. Sep, Oct and Mar are a bit cooler, but less windy and very pleasant weather wise. Highlights Torres del Paine National Park and surrounding area that are equally beatiful. Glaciers, lakes and wildlife. Note: Tour also operates in the reverse direction, call for dates. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, boat and walking. Includes • Meals as per program • Accommodation in standard rooms at selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance • Local representative assistance Not Included • Local airport taxes, premium alcoholic drinks. • Expenses of personal nature such as: laundry, tips, gratuities, telephone calls, meals not included and optional tours. The Singular Hotel, Patagonia, Chile
4 Day South Patagonia - SPTP SOUTH PATAGONIA - SPTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex PUQ/FTE - FROM Hotel Name
Las Torres*4D - Garden - Low
Las Torres*4D - Garden - High
The Singular 4D - Sep16 to May17
The Singular 5D - Sep16 to May17
Tierra Patagonia 4D - Sep - Apr17
Tierra Patagonia 5D - Sep - Apr17
Awasi Patagonia 4D Sep - May17
Remota 4D - Apr16 - Jun17
Awasi Patagonia 5D Sep - May17
Remota 5D - Apr 16 - Jun 17
Explora 5D - Mid Season
Explora 5D - High Season
Note: We have rates for other properties, other room categories and longer program. Call or email us. Rates: Prices on above table apply for Run Of House (ROH) type of room or Standard Rooms. Las Torres*: Low: Sep, Oct, Mar & Apr High: Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb • SS - Single Supplement • Tierra* Add AU$118 pp when both transfers are from/ to El Calafate. • Conditionas and inclusions are different for each property, please ask us when booking. • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute specials.
Patagonia is a rugged, mountainous area of southern Chile and Argentina characterized by glaciers, fjords, and windswept steppe. Weather is unpredictable with strong winds and sudden storms common. Summertime (December through February) is the best time to visit as temperatures are generally warmer and trails are more accessible. Shoulder months, October, November, March, and April tend to have cooler temperatures, but also less wind and smaller crowds so these can be nice options as well. We have a great choice of properties within the park and in the area including transfers from/to Punta Arenas/El Calafate, all meals and activities with English speaking local guides. Sample Program: Day 1: Arrive in Patagonia Meet and assist at airport in Punta Areans or pick up from a hotel in El Calafate (Argentina) for a 4.5 hours transfer to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (L,D) Day 2: South Patagonia Your typical day consist of a choice from an excursions menu the day before. Excursions range from easy through medium to chanlenging depending on your physical capabilities and preferences. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L,D) Day 3: South Patagonia The excursions menu consist of excursions, treks, hikes, horse-back riding, boat rides, kayaking to beautiful lookout points, lakes with glaciers, animal reserves and more. Your pick-nick lunch has been carefully put together by hotel chefs and consist of: Drinks, snacks, delicious wholesome sandwiches, seasonal fruits guaranteed to keep your strenght for the day. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L,D)
out of Punta Arenas are booked to leave by mid afternoon to accommodate for the 4.5hrs to 5.5 hours transfer time. (B) Important: Transfers to/from hotels vary dpending on the property you choose. Make sure our consultants provide you with exact information regarding the operational logistics of the transfers.
Tierra Patagonia near Torres del Paine
Day 4: South Patagonia Another day with activities inside or outside Torres del Paine National Park. (B,L,D)
The Singular, Patagonia
Day 5: Depart Patagonia Early morning transfer to either Punta Arenas airport or hotels in El Calafate. Make sure your flights
Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine
Atacama Desert, Chile FACT FINDER Departs All year round, although June to September can be quite cold at nights. Highlights The rugged Atacama Desert, salt lagoons, geysers and San Pedro de Atacama. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, bike and walking. Includes • All Meals as per program • Accommodation in standard rooms at 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. • Optional excursions. • Early check-in & late check-out. • Tips & personal expenses. • Premium alcoholic drinks. • Medical insurance.
Alto Atacama Hotel, Chile
4 Day Atacama Desert - ADTP The Atacama’s inhospitable desert landscape is harsh and rugged, but it isn’t an empty wasteland. Volcanoes and geysers steam and hiss into life. Pink flamingos haunt the featureless white salt flats, cacti stride towards the horizon and oases splash the tawny landscape with vigorous vegetation, especially after rare flash rainfall. The culture and settlements echo with the legacy of the desert’s pre- and post- Columbian inhabitants, with ruined temples and dusty colonial villages. There are some top quality hotels and the area is becoming a favourite for adventure activities such as volcano climbing and horse riding. There is a great choice of properties in the area including transfers from/to Calama airport, all meals and activities with English speaking local guides. Sample Program: Day 1: Arrive at San Pedro de Atacama Meet and assist at airport in Calama for a 1.5 hours transfer to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (L,D)
Important: Transfers to/from hotels vary depending on the property you choose. Make sure our consultants provide you with exact information regarding the operational logistics of the transfers.
PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex CJC - FROM Hotel Name Tierra Hotel 4D - Oct15 - Sep16
Tierra Hotel 5D - Oct15 - Sep16
Alto Hotel 4D - Dec15 - 10Dec16
Alto Hotel 5D - Dec15 - 10Dec16
Awasi Hotel 4D - Apr15 to Mar16
Awasi Hotel 5D - Apr15 to Mar16
Explora 4D - Apr15 - Jun16
Explora 5D - Apr15 - Jun16
Note: We have rates for other properties, other room categories and longer program. Call or email us. Rates: Prices on above table apply for Run Of House (ROH) type of room or Standard Rooms.
Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama Your typical day consist of a choice from an excursions menu the day before. Excursions range from easy through medium to chanlenging depending on your physical capabilities and preferences. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L,D) Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama The excursions menu consist of excursions, treks, hikes, horse-back riding, bike rides, to beautiful lookout points, lakes with flamingoes, animal reserves and more. Your pick-nick lunch has been carefully put together by hotel chefs and consist of: Drinks, snacks, delicious wholesome sandwiches, seasonal fruits guaranteed to keep your strenght for the day. Overnight at selected hotel. (B,L,D)
ATACAMA DESERT - ADTP
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. • SS* - Single Supplement • Conditionas and inclusions are different for each property, please ask us when booking. • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute specials.
Explora Atacama Hotel
• Some excursions go through very high altitude (3,900 to around 4,500 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.
Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama Another day with activities in the area. (B,L,D) Day 5: Depart San Pedro de Atacama Early morning transfer to Calama airport. Make sure your flights out of Calama is booked to leave by mid day or later to accommodate for the 1.5hrs transfer time. (B)
Tierra Atacama Hotel
Church, San Pedro de Atacama
Chile Tours ARGENTINA Puerto Montt Delcahue Castro Melinka Puerto Aguirre
Quiltraco San Rafael Glacier
El Brujo Glacier
3 Skorpios III
Operates Lakes Crossing operates every day from Sep to April. Skorpios II operates on Sat from Sep to Apr and Skorpios III, operates on Tue or Fri from Oct to Mar. Highlights North and South Patagonia pristine wilderness, Puerto Varas and the quaint towns of Peulla and Bariloche. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, boat.
Amalia Glacier Las Montanas Fjord
Torres del Paine Puerto Natales Punta Arenas
Includes • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • All transfers for the Lakes Crossing are inluded 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. • Transfers to/from cruise ships are not included, request costs at time of booking.
Osorno Volcano, Chile Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine, Chile
North & South Patagonia Patagonia is a rugged, mountainous area of southern Chile and Argentina characterized by lakes, glaciers, fjords, and windswept steppe. Weather is unpredictable with strong winds and sudden storms common. Summertime (December through February) is the best time to visit as temperatures are generally warmer and trails are more accessible. Shoulder months, October, November, March, and April tend to have cooler temperatures, but also less wind and smaller crowds so these can be nice options as well. We have a great choice of programs (Lakes Crossing), Fjord Cruises and properties close to national parks and in the area including transfers from/to Punta Arenas/El Calafate, all meals and activities with English speaking local guides.
Lakes Crossing 6 Days/5 Nights 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. Itinerary Day 01: Arrive Puerto Montt Meet and assist at the airport then further transfer to Puerto Varas (25 Mins approx) to selected hotel. Day 02: Puerto Varas Breakfast. Morning city tour of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Hotel Cumbres Patagonicas, Puerto Varas - Chile
Hotel Natura, peulla - Chile
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Day 03: 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 04: Peulla/Bariloche Bus crossing over the Perez Rosales pass to Puerto Frias. 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 short 20 minute ride into Bariloche. (B) Day 05: Bariloche After breakfast, small circuit of Bariloche. Afternoon at. (B)
Skorpios III Cruise
Day 06: Depart Bariloche At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B)
North & South Patagonia
Houses on stilts in Castro, Chiloe Island, Chile
Skorpios II – Chonos Route Sep to Apr Meeting Point: Puerto Montt 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. 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)
Skorpios III – Kaweskar Route Sep to Apr Meeting Point: Puerto Natales The M/N Skorpios III, sets sail every Sunday at dawn from Puerto Natales, located 247 km to the north of Punta Arenas, on a five Day cruise through the channels and fjords that border the Southern Ice Field, in the Chilean Patagonia, which is considered to be the third largest reserve of fresh water on the planet and crib of the biggest and most spectacular glaciers in the southern hemisphere. The Cruise Ship has 49 cabins with a capacity of up to 125 passengers, it has the most advanced telecommunications technology and satellite navigation, as well as a modern water treatment plant. Its elegant and spacious acclimatized cabins, vested in fine native woods. All equipped with low beds, luxurious private bathrooms, fridge-bar, multifunctional communications system, two music, TV and Video channels, with stereo sound, magnetic keys, security box, all provide for the comfort that the most demanding traveller requires. The elegant dining room can seat 125 passengers, with large screen projection TV equipment, professional video taping and computerized editing equipment. The bar in the fore, with its modern decor, and the bar in the rear, with its classical English style, can each seat sixty people, with large screen television and stereo sound. It’s kitchen provides international and local cuisine Based mainly of shellfish and fish caught fresh from the southern seas, with a set menu, served with fine Chilean wines, and our famous open bar policy.
NORTH & SOUTH PATAGONIA - NSPTP
PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ -
Lakes Crossing 6D - 3 Stars
Lakes Crossing 6D - 4 Stars
Lakes Crossing 6D - 5 Stars
Skorpios II 6D - Parthenon - Low
Skorpios II 6D - Parthenon - High
Skorpios III 4D - Parthenon - Low
Skorpios III 4D - Parthenon - High
• 4/5 Star - best available in Peulla • SS* = Single Supplement • Port taxes for both cruises US$28 per person • Enquire about pre-cruise night cost on the boats. • Surcharges apply during carnival, local public holidays and special events • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. • Please allow US$28 p/pers. for locally paid taxes, surcharges. Subject to fluctuation. • Skorpios II Low: Sep, Oct, Nov, 53-17Dec 2016, Mar & Apr 2017 • Skorpios II High: 16-30 Dec 2016, Jan & Feb 2017 • Skorpios III Low: Oct, Nov, 6-20Dec 16, Mar, Apr 2017 • Skorpios III High: 27 Dec16, Jan, Feb 2017
4 Days/3 Nights (Tue to Fri) or (Fri to Mon) Day 01: Pto Natales/Cruise. (D) Day 02: Amalia Glacier. (B,L,D) Day 03: Cruise Fjords. (B,L,D) Day 04: Cruise/Pto Natales. (B) Mapuche woman, Chile
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. Visas are generally valid for 90 Days, with one extension of up to 90 Days possible. Health: For information on health requirements, contact the Medical and Vaccination centre in you capital city, as medical requirements change regularly in these areas. 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.
Baiana from Salvador da Bahia
Brazil Land of Contrasts
Ouro Preto, Brazil
12 Day Land of Contrasts Brazil is such a huge, exotic and varied country, is almost a continent in itself. The cultural influences of the indigenous population, migrants from Portugal, its African colonies and Italy, Germany, Japan and the Lebanon, are to be seen and felt everywhere. Each region has its own traditions, arts and music, its own culinary specialities and its own natural wonders. This highlights tour aims to show off the country at its best in just 12 days – Rio de Janeiro, a sensual city which is full of fun; Iguazú Falls, among the world’s most impressive; the colonial town of Ouro Preto; the exuberant jungles of the Amazon, and the city of Salvador, the pulsating African heart of the country. Brazil, Land of Contrasts Itinerary Day 01: Arrive Rio de Janeiro Arrival transfer to your hotel. Day 02: Rio de Janeiro Full Day tour including visits to Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain. (B) Day 03: Rio de Janeiro Day at leisure. (B) Day 04: 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 05: Iguassu Tour of the Argentine side of the falls. (B) Day 06: 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 07: Ouro Preto Morning city tour of Ouro Preto. Afternoon at leisure. (B,L) Day 08: Ouro Preto/Manaus Transfer to the airport for to Manaus. Transfer to Amazon Eco-Park Lodge (B,D) Day 09: 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. Overnight. (B)
Day 11: Salvador Morning city tour. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 12: Depart Salvador Transfer to the airport. (B)
BRAZIL LAND OF CONTRASTS - BLCTP PRICES P/PERS. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex RIO - FROM
3 Stars - Tourist Class
4 Stars - Tourist Superior
• Other hotels • O/R - On request • SS* - Single Supplement
• Prices valid for standard rooms only. Seasonal surcharges apply • Prices as guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute deals. • The following airfare is needed to complete this program: Rio/Iguazu/Belo Horizonte/Manaus/Salvador. • Program subject to flight schedules and could vary to accommodate flight changes. • Prices valid for shared services only. For private services, please contact us.
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Brazil Pantanal Lodges FACT FINDER Departs Some lodges have fix departures, check with us for more info Highlights Remote grassland and swamps full of wildlife sighting opportunities. Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, boat and walking.
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Includes • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected lodges • Daily activities with English speaking local guides • All transfers with assistance (most Portugese speaking driver only) • 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. • Drinks and meals not specified. • Medical insurance. • Optional excursions. • Early check-in & late check-out.
Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil
Pantanal Lodges - BPLTP BRAZIL PANTANAL LODGES 2016 - BPLTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex CGB - FROM Lodge Names Pousada Mutum 5D - Jan to Jun
Pousada Mutum 5D - Jul to Dec
Araras Lodge 5D - Jan to Jun
Araras Lodge 5D - Jul to Dec
Cristalino Lodge 5D - 2016
Pantanal & Bonito 6D, Jan to Jun16
Pantanal & Bonito 7D, Jan to Jun16
• SS - Single Supplement - O/R = On request • Regular transfer departure times - Pousada Mutum: Cuiaba Airport/Hotel - Lodge: 13:00 hrs & 17:30 hrs Lodge - Cuiaba Airport/Hotel: 07:00 hrs & 11:00 hrs • Regular transfer departure times - Araras Lodge: Cuiaba Airport/Hotel - Lodge: 13:20 hrs & 17:00 hrs Lodge - Cuiaba Airport/Hotel: 07:30 hrs & 12:30 hrs • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute specials.
Bonito, Pantanal, Brazil
Hyacint Macaw, Pantanal
Covering an enormous area of barely populated wilderness, the Pantanal do Mato Grosso is perhaps the best place in South America to see wildlife. On a variety of land and river excursions, tailored to the season and the conditions, you’ll have the opportunity to track and observe animals in their undisturbed natural habitat, often easily visible thanks to the sparse foliage characteristic of these expansive grasslands. While staying in the Pantanal, you are highly likely to see plenty of capybara, howler monkeys and caiman (particularly impressive on a night safari when a flash of the guide’s torch on a lake will light up countless pairs of glowing prehistoric eyes). Giant anteaters, jabiru storks, toucans, deer, peccaries, coatis and giant otters are also common, while ocelots and tapirs may be sighted. With luck, it’s even possible you might get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of a jaguar or an anaconda. Pousada do Rio Mutum
5 Days/4 Nights Pousada do Rio Mutum is located in the northern Pantanal.It is situated between the lakes Sia Mariana and Chacorore within one of the most beautiful regions of the Panatanal of Mato Grosso. The Pousada itself belongs to the county of Barao do Melgaco, which comprises more than 11,000 square kilometers, 97% of which remain flooded during the rainy season. Whereas during that period the temperature will always be high, also during nighttime (between 25 and 40 degree Celsius), winds can be quite chilly during wintertime (June to August, when it does not rain at all) and temperatures may fall below 10-15 degrees. The Pousada do Rio Mutum lies, as its name indicates, at the river Mutum, shortly before it terminates in the great lakes, the biggest, the Baia de Chacorore, having a diameter of more than 15km. This pousada is highly recommended for those who enjoy fishing. The pintado catfish is a particularly prized catch, but anglers can also expect to hook dourado, paçu, or piraputanga. (The best months for fishing are Feb-Oct; there is no fishing Nov-Jan during spawning season.) For nonfishers there are tours of the Pantanal ecosystem by boat, foot, and canoe. The lodge also offers special bird-watcher packages, which do many of the same activities but are accompanied by a
bird expert. Itinerary Day 01: Transfer from Cuiaba airport to the lodge, via the small village of Mimoso. (D) Days 2-4: Lodge activities to maximize wildlife sightings such as: Horse riding, boat rides and hiking through typical pantanal eco-system with opportunities to watch: Capybaras, caimans, tapirs etc… (B,L,D) Day 05: Return back to Cuiaba airport. (B)
Araras Lodge, North Pantanal
Pousada do Rio Mutum
Brazil Amazon Cruises FACT FINDER Departs Fix departure dates, please contact us for availability and confirmed departures. Highlights Remote indian communities, exhuberant rainforests, wildlife sighting activities. Transport Wooden river boat & walking. Includes • All Meals whilst on the boat and during activity days • Accommodation in selected cabin • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • 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. • Community Reserve Fees. • Optional excursions. • Early check-in & late check-out. • Tips & personal expenses. • Drinks and meals not specified. • Medical insurance • Transfers to/from airport/hotel to boat vv.
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MY Tucano in Rio Negro near Manaus, Brazil
MY Tucano Amazon Cruises Absorb the sights and sounds of the jungle from the deck of this purpose-built river cruiser, with guided forays on foot or by canoe into the creeks and lagoons of Amazônia. There is a marvellous nautical atmosphere aboard the wooden river boat, which was constructed locally by indigenous craftsmen and inspired by the traditional three-decked design of vessel that has navigated the Amazon for centuries. For those seeking an authentic and adventurous rainforest experience, it is an excellent choice that comes warmly recommended by Travel Projects. The Tucano accommodates a maximum of just 18 passengers in nine cabins. The attractive, rosewood-lined and air-conditioned cabins have comfortable twin bunks with crisp cotton sheets and duvets, private bathrooms with limited hot shower facilities, and large curtained windows opening to the outside world. Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon 7 Days/6 Nights Itinerary Days 1-3 In our well equipped expedition boat The Motor Yacht Tucano, we explore far up the least inhabited river in the Amazon, The Rio Negro. We explore the forest by foot or in our launches, go for swims in the cleanest water in the world, visit with local settlers that live deep in the forest, and spend a great deal of time hunting for and observing the greatest collection of wildlife on earth.
and overnight on the boat. Day 7 After breakfast passengers will disembark from the Tucano and in the afternoon or evening, transfer to the international airport.
BRAZIL AMAZON CRUISES - BACTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex MAO - FROM Cruise Boats
Tucano 5D - Green Cabin - 2016
Tucano 7D - Green Cabin - 2016
• SS - Single Supplement • Other boats and cabin categories available. Contact us for more info. • Cruise prices do not include transfers from/airport or hotels. Ask us for the cost of those transfers. We recommend to stay at Hotel Tropical by the river bank as Tucano cruise departs just a short walk from the hotel. • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute specials.
Degree of Difficulty: Passengers must be able to get in and out of small boats and walk comfortably for up to two hours at a time in the forest. Group Size: Maximum of 9 cabins.
Day 4 We arrive at extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi and spend the day in this unspoiled and lovely rainforest area. Day 5 Today we proceed down the southwestern bank of the Rio Negro observing the different wildlife found on this side of the river. Our walks and explorations of the forest continue and our list of creatures observed gets larger and larger. We travel through the night to the confluence of the Amazon and Negro Rivers. Day 6 This morning we visit the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is thick with life and we are almost guaranteed to see monkeys. We then travel to the “Encontra das Aguas” the stark several mile long line where the world’s two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. In the evening we will return to Manaus
Lion Tamarin Monkey, Brazil
Armadillo in Rio Negro, Brazil
Colombia Tours FACT FINDER Operates All year round.
Highlights Bogota Gold Museum, Quaint Villa de Leyva, Tayrona National Parkand the romantic colonial city of Cartagena.
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Villa de Leyva
ECUADOR BRAZIL PERU
Transport Air-conditioned vehicles, boat & plane Includes • Meals as per program • Accommodation in selected hotels • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides • All transfers with local bilingual guides • 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. • Transfers to/from cruise ships are not included, request costs at time of booking.
Villa de Leyva. Colombia
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
10 Day Colombia Highlights Tour - CHTTP 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. 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.
Colombia Highlights Tour 10 Days/ 9 Nights 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 amongst South American countries. Itinerary Day 01: Arrive in Bogota
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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 06-07: 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 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)
Cocora Valley, Colombia
Colombia Highlights Tour
Cartagena & Rosario Islands 5 Days/4 Nights
Bogota & Villa de Leiva 5 days/4 Nights
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. Walking through streets lined with colonial buildings, cathedrals and monuments will make you feel as if you have been transported in time. When you visit Cartagena, make sure to check out the fortress that surrounds the city and made it famous.
Bogota, Founded in 1538, the capital offers more than its reputation might suggest with cosmopolitan restaurants, excellent museums and a well preserved colonial quarter, it’s an eclectic mix of the old and new.
Or perhaps take a boat trip to the beautiful Rosario Islands, a paradisiacal group of islands located just over an hour away from Cartagena. Cartagena, along with the port and a group of monuments, is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Itinerary Day 01: Arrive Cartagena Flight to Cartagena in the afternoon and upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Day 02 : Cartagena/Rosario Islands Breakfast, followed by a one-hour speedboat trip to San Pedro de Majagua Island. Overnight. (B,L,D) Day 03: Rosario Islands/Cartagena After lunch it is time to say goodbye to Rosario Is. Return to Cartagena via speedboat at around 3:00PM, then transfer to your selected hotel. followed by a siesta. Evening free. (B) Day 04: Cartagena Cartagena Panorama Tour and a guided walk through narrow streets and plazoletas. Afternoon free. (B) Day 05: Depart Cartagena Breakfast. At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination. (B)
Located only three hours from Bogota, Villa de Leiva is a fascinating, small but beautiful colonial town. Founded in 1572 and home to many important politicians, artists and wealthy families of the colonial period it is steeped in history and is extremely well-preserved. The enormous plaza mayor (the largest in Colombia) is flanked on all sides by red-tiled, white houses and most of the streets are cobbled. The town is perfect for wandering at a leisurely pace taking in the atmosphere of times gone by, browsing in the handicraft shops and interesting museums.
COLOMBIA TOURS PRICES PP. TWIN AU$ - Ex. BOG/CTG FROM Package Name
Colombia Highlights 10 D - 3 Star
Colombia Highlights 10 D - 4 Star
Cartagena & Rosario Is. 5D - 4 Star
Bogota & Villa de Leyva 5D -3 Star
• 4 Star - best available in Peulla • SS* = Single Supplement • The Colombia Highlights Tour needs the following airfare not included in above prices: Bogota/Santa Marta of approx. AU$290 plus taxes. • Prices valid for low season, seasonal surcharges apply during local public holidays and specia;l events. • Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice.
Itinerary Day 01: Arrive Bogota Arrive Bogota, Colombia’s historic and beautiful capital. Overnight at selected hotel. Day 02: Bogota Morning tour, visiting the world famous Gold Museum displaying over 18,000 golden artefacts — amulets, nose rings, breast plates, necklaces and figurines. Continue to the heart of historic Bogotá and the imposing Bolívar Plaza and Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 03: Bogota/Villa de Leiva Drive north through the rolling, fertile plateau to Villa de. (B,L,D) Day 04: Villa de Leiva/Bogota Visit the beautiful Ecce Homo Convent, Desert of La Candelaria with its many fossils and the extraordinary Dinosaur Fossil. Return to Bogotá. (B) Day 05: Depart Bogota At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B)
Dancing Cumbia in Cartagena
Bolivia Tours FACT FINDER
When to Go Bolivia lies in the southern hemisphere; winter runs from May to October and summer from November to April. The most important climatic factor to remember is that it’s generally wet in the summer and dry in the winter. While the highlands and Altiplano can be cold in the winter and wet in the summer, the only serious barrier to travel will be the odd road washout. In the tropical lowlands, however, summer can be miserable with mud, steamy heat, bugs and relentless downpours. Travel is difficult, and services may be stifled by mud and flooding. Also consider that the high tourist season falls in the winter (late June to early September), due not only to climatic factors, but also to the timing of European and North American summer holidays and the fact that it’s also Bolivia’s major fiesta season. This means that both overseas visitors and lots of South Americans are travelling during this period.
“Isla Pescado” Uyuni Saltflats, Bolivia
Uyuni Salt Flats Tour - USFMT BOLIVIA TOURS - BTTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex LPB Lodge Names Uyuni Salt Flats 6 Days - 3 Star
- FROM $2,230 Twin
Lake Titicaca Crossing 2 D - 3 Stars
La Paz Stopover 3D - 3 Stars
La Paz Stopover 3D - 4 Stars
La Paz Stopover 3D - 5 Stars
Other lodges and program lengths
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. Uyuni Salt Flats 6D/5N Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun
• SS - Single Supplement - O/R = On request • La Paz Stopover includes: Transfers in/out, 2 nights hotel standard rooms with breakfasts and half day city tour on shared services. • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute specials.
Day 01: La Paz/Oruro/Uyuni Bus to Oruro (3 hours), then board the train to Uyuni (6 hours). Overnight. (L,D)
Day 01: La Paz or Puno/Sun Island Early transfer from La Paz or Puno to Copacabana. Boat to Sun Island for a visit and overnight. (L, D)
Day 02: 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 03: Uyuni Salt Flats/Potosi Drive to Potosi through the magnificent Andean Range. Overnight in Potosi. (B L)
New born llama on the altiplano
Lake Titicaca Crossing, Puno to La Paz v.v. 2 Days /1 Night
Day 04: Cerro Rico/Sucre Visit the Cerro Rico silver mine. Bus to Sucre (3 hours), Overnight in Sucre. (B) Day 05: Sucre Morning city tour. The afternoon is free. Overnight in Sucre. (B)
Day 02: Sun Island/La Paz or Puno Breakfast, boat transfer to Huatajata or Copacabana. Boat to Sun Island. Visit the “Inca Grand Staircase” and the Sacred Fountain. Lunch at the archaeological & panoramic Uma Kollu Restaurant. Visit the small handicraft market. Overnight at Posada del Inca Lodge or similar (L,D) In the morning we can organize for a small additional fee, an optional 4 hour hike across Sun Island, visiting other sites of interest enjoying the pleasant atmosphere and the spectacular views over the Lake. In this case we arrive in La Paz around 19:30 and around 17:30 in Puno. (B, L)
Day 06: 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.
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Sun Island Man on donkey, Bolivia
Paraguay Tours FACT FINDER Official Name: Republic of Paraguay Land area: 397,301 sq km; total area: 406,750 sq km Population (2014 est.): 6,703,860 (growth rate: 1.19%) Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Asunción, 2.139 million Other large cities: Ciudad del Este, 320,782; San Lorenzo, 271,064
Monetary unit: Guaraní Languages: Spanish, Guaraní (both official) Ethnicity/race: mestizo 95%, other 5% Religions: Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other 1.9%, none 1.1% (2002) Literacy rate: 93.9% (2010 est.) International Dialing Code: 595 When to Go Paraguay can be visited year round but if you aren’t a fan of humidity, we would suggest avoiding the months of October to March when high levels of humidity combined with temperatures in the high thirties (particularly December and January), can make things a little uncomfortable although heavy afternoon showers during this period will provide some welcome relief.
Capybaras in the Pantanal, Paraguay
11 Day Chaco & Iguazu - CIDTP Whilst Paraguay is relatively little visited in comparison to its larger neighbours, our specialists have the same love and intimate knowledge of the country as anywhere else in South America. Visiting Paraguay is generally done in combination with a trip to Brazil, entering the country close to the immense Iguazú Falls, or with Argentina, crossing from the state of Misiones with its vast wetlands. Alternatively, there are direct flights to Asunción from São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Paraguay is rarely a destination visited in its own right, although there is enough for the intrepid traveller to fill a week or even two. Chaco & Iguazu Falls 11 Days / 10 Nights Day 1, Arrive in Asuncion Arrival at the international airport Silvio Petirossi in Asunción and transfer to your hotel, In the afternoon we will start our journey with the city tour in Asunción. Day 2, Asuncion - Golden Circuit Today explore the surrounding areas of Asunción. In Yaguaron visit the oldest church in Paraguay, then drive to Paraguarí with its colonial buildings via Piribebuy to get to Caacupe which is known as the Lourdes of South America. Overnight. (B,L) Day 3, Asuncion/El Chaco/Filadelfia Drive to Filadelfia, on the way, stop a few times so you have the chance to get an impression of the Chaco bio-reserve. In the afternoon explore the city and visit the Jakob Unger museum, which tells the story about the beginning of the Mennonite colonies in Filadelfia and area. (B)
quillity of the Chaco. (B) Day 6, Estancia Aventura Spend a fun day at Estancia Aventura with different activities: horse ridding, walking or just relaxing at the pool. You can enjoy the outdoors with one of the natural rivers which pass the estancia. In the evening you will have a typical barbeque (Asado). (B,L)
PARAGUAY TOURS - CIDTP PRICES PP. TWIN IN AU$ - Ex ASU Tour Name Chaco & Iguazu falls. 8D
- FROM $3,761 Twin
Quick Escape to Paraguay. 6D 3*
Quick Escape to Paraguay. 6D 4*
Quick Escape to Paraguay. 6D 5*
• SS - Single Supplement - O/R = On request • Surcharges apply during local public holidays, carnival and special events. • Escape to Paraguay Includes, accommodation, 2 tours, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, all transfers in aircon vehicles. • Prices as a guide only, contact us for current prices and last minute specials.
Day 7, Estancia/Independencia/Villarica Drive to Villarica with opportunity to visit sites of interest en route. (B) Day 8, Villarica/Yegros/Bella Vista Drive off road from Villarica to Yegros, crossing rivers by old bridges of wood and small villages were most of the people only speak their native Guaraní language. Visit some German colonies on the way. Overnight in Bella Vista(B) Day 9, Bella Vista After breakfast we will visit the Jesuit ruins of Trinidad and Jesus. Overnight in Bellavista. (B)
Day 4, Filadelfia Today visit the small city of Loma Plata and dairy factory located in the area. Later visit Fortin Boquerón which is one of the places of the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia in 1932-35. Return to Filadelfia for overnight (B,L)
Day 10, Bella Vista/Foz do Iguassu After breakfast we take the direction to Ciudad Del Este to visit Itaipu Dam. Visit the museum of the Guaraní (Tierra de los Guaraní) and cross the bridge to get to our Hotel on the Brazilian side. (B)
Day 5, Filadelfia/Asuncion After breakfast you explore together with your guide the city Filadelfia After the visit we drive back to Asuncion.There is plenty of time for short stops so you may enjoy the nature and the tran-
Day 11, Depart Foz de Iguassu After the visit of the Brazilian side of the falls, transfer either to airport or cross the border to Argentina (B). Note: Ask us for extension package to Argentina.
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Jesuit Ruins in Trinidad, Parguay
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