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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

PERU BOLIVIA,

ECUADOR &

COLOMBIA

Average High Temperature (ºC / ºF)

CITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC

Arequipa 20 68 20 68 20 68 21 70 21 70 20 68 20 68 20 68 21 70 21 70 21 70 21 70

Bogotá 18 64 18 64 19 66 18 64 18 64 17 63 17 63 17 63 18 64 18 64 18 64 18 64

Cuzco 17 63 17 63 18 64 18 64 19 66 18 64 18 64 18 64 19 66 20 68 19 66 18 64

Galápagos Islands 27 81 28 68 30 86 30 86 27 81 25 77 24 75 24 75 23 73 24 75 25 77 25 77

La Paz 12 54 13 55 13 55 13 55 13 55 12 54 12 54 13 55 13 55 14 57 15 59 14 57

Lima 26 79 26 79 26 79 24 75 22 72 20 68 19 66 18 64 19 66 20 68 22 72 24 75

Puerto Maldonado 30 86 30 86 31 88 30 86 30 86 30 86 30 86 33 91 33 91 32 90 32 90 30 86

Quito 18 64 18 64 18 64 18 64 18 64 19 66 19 66 19 66 20 68 19 66 19 62 18 64


PERU TOURING & GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Free Flights

If you combine any G Adventures tour

of Peru with a trip to the Galápagos,

we’ll throw in a free one-way flight to

get you between Lima and Quito!

The Inca Trail and the wildlife sanctuary

of the Galápagos Islands are two of South

America’s undoubted highlights and high

on many travellers’ bucket lists. There’s no

worse a feeling than returning home from

an adventure knowing you missed out on

something great, so our advice is simply

this… don’t!

Many tours of South America can be

combined with the Galápagos Islands,

and on this page we show three of our

top-selling tours of Peru combined with

three of our favourite sailing trips in the

Galápagos (which always include return

flights to/from Quito). Feel free to choose

alternative cruises or tours.

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

GALÁPAGOS NORTHERN

& CENTRAL ISLANDS

& INCA DISCOVERY

AMAZON TO THE ANDES

& GALÁPAGOS WESTERN

ISLANDS

ABSOLUTE PERU &

GALÁPAGOS NORTHERN

& CENTRAL ISLANDS

FR

$3,849

FR

$6,199

FR

$5,999

Quito Cuzco 14 DAYS Lima Quito 21 DAYS Lima Quito

27 DAYS

Highlights

• Four nights of cruising in the Galápagos

• Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

• See the Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo

Highlights

• Explore the Sacred Valley and Inca Trail

• Look out for exotic Amazonian wildlife

• Cruise for seven nights in the Galápagos

Highlights

• Witness Lake Titicaca and the Nazca Lines

• Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

• Four nights of cruising in the Galápagos

From the unique and fearless wildlife of

the Galápagos to the towering peaks of

the Peruvian Andes, discover two of South

America’s iconic highlights in one short but

sweet adventure. Explore the Galápagos

aboard the comfortable boat, the Daphne

(G3) and enjoy swimming and snorkeling

with the sea lions, before flying back to the

mainland for a quick tour of the Highlands

including the classic four-day Inca Trail.

Please see the following pages for further

details of this trip’s components, together

with inclusions and any local payments:

Galápagos Northern & Central Islands

(7 days, Quito to Quito) – page 75

Inca Discovery

(8 days, Lima to Cuzco) – page 48

Hike the Inca Trail to the ‘Lost City’ of

Machu Picchu, and explore the Amazonian

rainforest from the comfort of an intimate

jungle lodge. Top all this with seven nights

cruising, swimming and snorkelling in

the waters of the Galápagos aboard the

comfortable boat, the Daphne (G3), and

hike to the Sierra Negra volcano. This

amazing adventure takes in many of South

America’s iconic highlights.

Please see the following pages for further

details of this trip’s components, together

with inclusions and any local payments:

Amazon to the Andes

(12 days, Lima to Lima) – page 54

Galápagos Western Islands

(10 days, Quito to Quito) – page 75

Explore Peru’s southern coast and

its Andean Highlands, and see the

floating islands of Lake Titicaca and

the extraordinary Nazca Lines. From

the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to

a steamy jungle stay at an eco-friendly

lodge, this epic journey combines an

all-encompassing tour of Peru with four

nights’ sailing in the Galápagos aboard the

comfortable boat, the Daphne (G3).

Please see the following pages for further

details of this trip’s components, together

with inclusions and any local payments:

Absolute Peru

(21 days, Lima to Lima) – page 52

Galápagos Northern & Central Islands

(7 days, Quito to Quito) – page 75

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CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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QUITO TO LA PAZ ADVENTURE

Quito La Paz

Quito

Amazon Jungle

Homestay

ECUADOR

Baños

Cuenca

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Mancora

Huanchaco

Lima

Departures 2014

START FINISH START FINISH

Jan 06 Feb 09 May 23 Jun 26

Feb 07 Mar 13 Jun 03 Jul 07

Feb 24 Mar 30 Jun 14 Jul 18

Mar 01 Apr 04 Jun 29 Aug 02

Mar 19 Apr 22 Jul 05 Aug 08

Apr 05 May 09 Jul 14 Aug 17

Apr 22 May 26 Aug 09 Aug 12

May 04 Jun 07 Aug 26 Sep 29

May 19 Jun 22 Sep 12 Oct 16

PERU

Machu

Picchu

Paracas

Nazca

Colca Canyon

Highlights

• Discover beautiful colonial cities

• Experience traditional Amazonian life

• Soak in volcanic hot springs

• Tuck into ceviche by the Pacific coast

• Optional flight over the Nazca Lines

• Spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon

• Conquer the challenging Inca Trail

• Enjoy a homestay on Lake Titicaca

Inclusions

Ollantaytambo

Arequipa

START FINISH

Sep 27 Oct 31

Oct 03 Nov 06

Oct 20 Nov 23

Nov 08 Dec 12

Nov 25 Dec 29

Dec 10 Jan 13

Dec 24 Jan 27

Dec 30 Feb 02

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group:

Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation:

Simple hotels (23 nts), overnight buses (4 nts),

camping (3 nts), homestay (4 nts) Transport:

Public bus, boat, motorised canoe, truck,

train, hiking Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches,

8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $620-815

for meals not included Group Leader: Chief

Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local

guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour

Code: GASEQL

My Own Room Available: Fr $449

You might like

Shorten Your Trip

Quito to Lima Adventure

(15 days, Quito to Lima)

(GASEQM) see page 43 Fr $1,399

Extend Your Trip

Great South American Journey

(65 days, Quito to Rio de Janeiro)

(GASEQR) see pages 20-21 Fr $7,399

Cuzco

Lake

Titicaca

La Paz

Puno

BOLIVIA

This epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia gives you a chance to really

discover what South America is all about. Discover the archaeology highlights and cultural

treasures of the Andean highlands, look for tropical birds and native wildlife in the aweinspiring

Amazon rainforest, and get your adrenalin pumping with any number of optional

activities including mountain biking, whitewater rafting and surfing along the Pacific coast.

Best of all, hike the magnificent Inca Trail to witness the sunrise over the mysterious ruins

of Machu Picchu - just one of many highlights on this amazing trip.

DAY

01

02-04

05-06

07-08

09-11

12-13

ITINERARY

Quito

Arrive into Ecuador’s capital today and head out to explore the city before meeting your Chief

Experience Officer (CEO) and your new travelling buddies this evening. Quito has a high altitude

location at 2,850m (9,348ft) above sea level (make sure you take it easy until you acclimatise),

and sits in a valley flanked by mountains and several snow-capped volcanoes. Take a stroll around

Quito’s beautiful Old Town, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, to admire its colonial

buildings including the 16th Century cathedral and magnificent Compañía de Jésus Church. Its interior

decoration is said to contain one and a half tons of gold and its construction took 170 years!

Amazon Jungle

Travel overland to Tena, one of the gateways to the Amazon, and transfer by truck and then by

motorised canoe deep into the jungle. Trek through the beautiful rainforest to enjoy a threenight

homestay at one of the authentic local communities here to appreciate the customs of the

indigenous population, many of whom maintain a traditional lifestyle despite the encroachment of

the 21st Century. Look out for native wildlife and plants on nature walks, and cast your eyes upwards

into the forest canopy for glimpses of the tropical birds that call the jungle home. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Baños

Baños is one of the most popular resorts in Ecuador, thanks to its lush and verdant location in the

mountains. It’s a great place for adrenalin junkies, with any number of optional activities available

such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Baños, not surprisingly, is derived from

the word for ‘baths’, and you can choose from the thermal springs at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano

or take a more refreshing dip in one of the pools formed from melting glacial waters. Locals swear by

their restorative powers, and it’s worth getting up early and grabbing a spot in one of the springs to

watch the dawn creep over the mountains.

Cuenca

Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca, retains a laid-back provincial air with its colonial architecture,

museums and art galleries. It is considered by many to be Ecuador’s most beautiful city and it

certainly has a long and chequered history dating back to Inca times when stonemasons from Cuzco

came here to build a showpiece city named Tomebamba. To the north of Cuenca, you can drive

through some of Ecuador’s most beautiful scenery to reach the important ruins of Ingapirca, which

remain shrouded in mystery to this day. Also nearby, you’ll find Cajas National Park, an area of stark

terrain generally sitting above 4,000m (13,120ft) in the grassy highlands. It offers crystal-clear

lakes, colourful birdlife and endless hiking possibilities.

Mancora

Cross into Peru via the busy border town of Huaquillas and travel down the Pan-American Highway

towards the fishing town of Mancora, where there’s time to hang out with the surfer dudes enjoying

the relaxing beach atmosphere. Head south through the Sechuara Desert, one of the driest parts of

the continent (despite the occasional torrential downpour brought on by El Niño). Next, head farther

along the Pacific coastline to Trujillo, best known for its glorious colonial architecture and the nearby

Chimu ruins of Chan-Chan. Continue by overnight bus on Day 11 to Huanchaco.

Huanchaco

Arrive into Huanchaco on the morning of Day 12, where the fishermen set sail in reed boats to keep

the town’s restaurants well stocked with delicious, fresh seafood. You have a full day in Huanchaco,

so optional activities can include visiting pre-Inca sites or just chilling out on the beach. You’ll catch

the overnight bus on Day 13 to Lima.

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FR

$3,799

35 DAYS

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP

Why not add an optional theme pack to

customise your trip

Peru Adrenalin Pack Fr $80

Whitewater rafting (Cuzco, full day),

Horseback riding (Cuzco, half day).

Peruvian Culinary Pack Fr $170

Learn the art of ceviche from a professional

chef (Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days).

14-15

16-18

19-22

23-25

26-30

31-33

34-35

Lima

Arrive into Lima this morning, where you then have a full day to take in all the city’s many attractions.

Lima was founded in 1535 and is known as the ‘City of Kings’. The heart of the old city is Plaza de

Armas, where you’ll find the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and the cathedral, which dates

back to the 1700s. Take an optional city tour, or head to the wealthy coastal neighbourhood districts

of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, all of which offer a thriving café culture, cool cocktails and

hot nightlife. Alternatively, you might like to visit the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an

impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. Speaking

of which... look where you’re heading next!

Paracas / Nazca

Take the morning to explore more of Lima before hopping on a bus down the coast to Paracas, whose

lively pedestrian avenues hide plenty of little eateries where you can try a seafood ceviche best

washed down with a glass of Pisco Sour - well, the port town of Pisco is just up the road, so it’d be

rude not to! From here, you can make an optional hop over to the Ballestas Islands to take a look

at the sea lions and super-cute penguins, drawn north by the Humboldt Current along these shores.

Travelling on to Nazca, stop to visit a winery at the oasis of Huacachina with time for some optional

sandboarding. Nazca is home to some rather bizarre but fascinating lines which have been etched

into the desert on a vast scale. Some of the lines stretch for up to 10km in length, whilst others

resemble a range of animals which are best appreciated from the air. Sign yourself up for an optional

flight over them to come up with your own theories, not just about what they depict but also why

they’re there at all. In the evening, take part in a traditional Pachamanca meal, where the food is

cooked from hot rocks buried underground, before settling down on the night bus to Arequipa. (D)

Arequipa / Colca Canyon

You have a free day in Arequipa, which is Peru’s second most important city after Lima, and known as

the ‘White City’ due to the light coloured volcanic rock used to construct its buildings. The next day,

marvel at El Misti Volcano which stands at an impressive 5,822m (19,096ft), before setting off for a

tour to Colca Canyon, looking out for awesome Andean condors soaring overhead. If you like, take a

dip in the hot springs or pay an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina. Return to Arequipa to

catch the night bus to Cuzco.

Cuzco / Ollantaytambo

Arriving off the night bus, you won’t be disappointed by Cuzco, where thousands of travellers come

to experience its age-old culture, vibrant markets, fascinating museums and ancient Inca sites. If you

want to get active, it’s also a good place to try a spot of rafting, mountain biking or horse riding.

You can climb up the hill to Sacsayhuamán (pronounced ‘sexy woman’) or browse the markets. Travel

through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where you’ll stay the night before you embark on the

Inca Trail. The town’s major Inca ruin site should give you an enjoyable flavour of what lies ahead.

Inca Trail

You planned your trip around it, and now the time has come to tackle the iconic Inca Trail. It starts

at Km 82 and over the next few days you’ll cover around 44kms (27 miles), crossing no fewer than

three high passes. Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass, is the highest - at 4,198m (13,769ft).

This challenging but highly rewarding trek is filled with beautiful cloud forest and original Inca

constructions including a causeway and tunnel. Take time to absorb its beauty while your porters

race ahead to set up camp. Keep your cameras charged for the final day as you reach the ‘Sun Gate’

to witness sunrise over Machu Picchu - enchanting and epic! Wander around with your guide before

heading back to Cuzco to rest, shower and celebrate. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Puno / Lake Titicaca

You’ll travel by bus through the stunning altiplano region to Puno. Spend the night here, before

taking a boat trip to Tequile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and a spot of shopping in the local

weaving co-operative. See the famous ‘floating islands’ of Uros, constructed from multiple layers of

reeds, and then step into rural life with a village homestay. Take in the extensive views of the lake

and enjoy spectacular sunsets, starry skies and a traditional evening of dinner and dancing. You’ll get

a true feel for life on Lake Titicaca. (B, L, D)

La Paz

Cross the border into Bolivia and climb up to La Paz, the world’s highest city. You can explore to your

heart’s content and spend the last night out with your group. On Day 35, it’s time to bid farewell to

your group as your tour comes to an end in La Paz.

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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ANDEAN DISCOVERY

Lima La Paz

FR

$2,449

21 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Savour the Peruvian national drink

• Create a theory for the Nazca Lines

• See the ‘White City’ of Arequipa

• Spot condors in the Colca Canyon

• Discover the charms of colonial Cuzco

• Conquer the ancient Inca Trail

• Wait for sunrise over Machu Picchu

• Stay with the locals on Lake Titicaca

Departures 2014

START

Lima

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 25

Jan 20 Feb 09

Feb 21 Mar 13

Mar 10 Mar 30

Mar 15 Apr 04

Mar 25 Apr 14

Apr 02 Apr 22

Apr 11 May 01

Apr 19 May 09

Apr 27 May 17

May 06 May 26

May 11 May 31

May 18 Jun 07

May 24 Jun 13

Inclusions

PERU

Paracas

Nazca

START

Machu

Picchu

Colca

Canyon

FINISH

Jun 02 Jun 22

Jun 06 Jun 26

Jun 17 Jul 07

Jun 28 Jul 18

Jul 08 Jul 28

Jul 13 Aug 02

Jul 19 Aug 08

Jul 28 Aug 17

Aug 03 Aug 23

Aug 08 Aug 28

Aug 13 Sep 02

Aug 23 Sep 12

Arequipa

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Puno

START

Lake

Titicaca

La Paz

FINISH

Sep 09 Sep 29

Sep 22 Oct 12

Sep 26 Oct 16

Oct 11 Oct 31

Oct 17 Nov 06

Oct 27 Nov 16

Nov 03 Nov 23

Nov 22 Dec 12

Nov 29 Dec 19

Dec 09 Dec 29

Dec 13 Jan 02

Dec 24 Jan 13

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group:

Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation:

Simple hotels (14 nts), overnight bus (2 nts),

camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport:

Public bus, train, hiking Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4

lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $400-

630 for meals not included Group Leader:

Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO

on Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 16,

Avg 12 Tour Code: GAJML

My Own Room Available: Fr $349

You might like

BOLIVIA

Go In Reverse

Andean Discovery (La Paz to Lima)

(21 days, GAJLM) Fr $2,449

Extend Your Trip

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure

(35 days, GASPMB) page 24 Fr $3,699

Customise Your Trip

Peru Adrenalin Pack Fr $80

Active, awe-inspiring and absolutely amazing pretty much sums up this three-week

adventure. Ponder the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, admire soaring condors in the Colca

Canyon and hang out with the locals on Lake Titicaca before getting back to nature hiking

the world-famous Inca Trail. You’ll be thrown into a world of culture so fascinating that

you’ll be examining your return ticket’s change policy. Climb higher, go further and push your

boundaries on this great trip, which has to be way up there (about 4,000m in parts!) on

anyone’s ultimate list of destinations.

DAY

01

02-04

05-08

09-11

12-16

17-19

20-21

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive, relax and explore the various neighbourhoods that make up Peru’s vibrant capital city.

Paracas / Nazca

Take the morning to explore more of Lima before hopping on a bus for the short trip down the coast

to Paracas, whose lively pedestrian avenues hide plenty of places to try a traditional ceviche. From

here, you have the option to visit the Ballestas Islands to observe sea lions and Humboldt penguins.

As you travel on to Nazca, en route you’ll stop to visit a winery at the oasis of Huacachina and

enjoy time for optional sandboarding. Nazca is home to some rather bizarre but fascinating lines or

geoglyphs drawn into the desert on a vast scale. Some resemble animals ranging from hummingbirds

to spiders, monkeys and fish (time to turn on your creative imaginations). Fertility symbols, giant

agricultural calendars and spaceship landing areas are just some of the varied explanations for their

existence. Take an optional flight over them to see what you think. In the evening, take part in a

traditional Pachamanca meal (cooked underground) before catching the night bus to Arequipa. (D)

Arequipa / Colca Canyon

You have a free day in Arequipa, also known as ‘the White City’ due to the light coloured volcanic

rock used in its construction. The next day, marvel at El Misti Volcano and then set off for a guided

tour to Colca Canyon, looking out for awesome Andean condors soaring overhead. If you like, take

a dip in the hot springs or pay an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina. Drive back to

Arequipa before taking the night bus to Cuzco.

Cuzco / Ollantaytambo

Arriving off the night bus, you won’t be disappointed by Cuzco; one of Peru’s most attractive cities.

There are some great museums, churches and Inca sites to check out. Or, if you want to get your

adrenalin pumping then head off river rafting, mountain biking or horse riding. You can climb up

the hill to Sacsayhuamán (pronounced ‘sexy woman’) or mill around the markets. Travel through the

Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where you’ll stay the night before you embark on the Inca Trail.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This is it. The time has come for the hike you’ve wanted to do your whole life, and it starts today at

Km 82. Over the next few days you’ll cover around 44kms (27 miles), crossing no fewer than three

high passes. Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass, is the highest - standing at 4,198m (13,769ft).

But to keep your mind off the trek the route is filled with beautiful cloud forest and original Inca

constructions such as a causeway and tunnel. Take time to absorb it all while your porters race

ahead to set up camp. Keep your cameras charged for the final day as you head up to the ‘Sun Gate’

for sunrise over Machu Picchu - enchanting and epic! Wander around with your guide before heading

back to Cuzco to rest, shower and celebrate. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Puno / Lake Titicaca

You’ll travel by bus through the stunning altiplano region to Puno. From here, you’ll take a boat trip

to visit the floating Islands of Uros before immersing yourself in Peruvian rural life with a homestay

in a small village. Take in the extensive views of the lake and enjoy spectacular sunsets, starry skies

and a traditional evening of dinner and dancing. You’ll get a true feel for life on Lake Titicaca. (B, L, D)

La Paz

Cross the border into Bolivia and ascend to La Paz, the highest city in the world. You can explore to

your heart’s content and spend the last night out with your group. Oxygen bar, anyone On Day 21,

it’s time to say goodbye and head home or embark on further adventures across South America.

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QUITO TO LIMA ADVENTURE

Quito Lima

FR

$1,399

15 DAYS

Highlights

• Explore the colonial charms of Quito

• Meet locals on an Amazon homestay

• Enjoy a thermal soak in Baños

• See snow-capped towering volcanoes

• Take a hike in Cajas National Park

• Chill out on Pacific Coast beaches

• Go surfing in Mancora and Huanchaco

• Tuck into Lima’s speciality - ceviche

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 06 Jan 20

Feb 07 Feb 21

Feb 24 Mar 10

Mar 01 Mar 15

Mar 19 Apr 02

Apr 05 Apr 19

Apr 22 May 06

May 04 May 18

May 19 Jun 02

Inclusions

Mancora

Huanchaco

Quito

ECUADOR

START

Baños

Cuenca

FINISH

May 23 Jun 06

Jun 03 Jun 17

Jun 14 Jun 28

Jun 29 Jul 13

Jul 05 Jul 19

Jul 14 Jul 28

Aug 09 Aug 23

Aug 26 Sep 09

Sep 12 Sep 26

Amazon Jungle

Homestay

PERU

Lima

START

FINISH

Sep 27 Oct 11

Oct 03 Oct 17

Oct 20 Nov 03

Nov 08 Nov 22

Nov 25 Dec 09

Dec 10 Dec 24

Dec 24 Jan 07

Dec 30 Jan 13

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic

Physical Grading: 2 Age Group:

Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation:

Simple hotels (9 nts), overnight bus (2 nts),

jungle homestay (3 nts) Transport: Public

bus, boat, motorised canoe, truck Meals:

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $300-480 for meals not included

Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)

throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16,

Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEQM

My Own Room Available: Fr $149

You might like

Extend Your Trip

Quito to La Paz Adventure

(35 days, Quito to La Paz)

(GASEQL) see pages 40-41 Fr $3,799

Great South American Journey

(65 days, Quito to Rio de Janeiro)

(GASEQR) see pages 20-21 Fr $7,399

Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Amazon and Pacific Coast on this

15-day adventure from Quito to Lima. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets and

get an introduction to the Amazon Rainforest and its indigenous people with three days in

a jungle community. Tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch a few big waves and

get your adrenalin pumping on exciting optional activities. You’ll also have plenty of free

time to explore these remarkable countries at your own pace, so that you can create your

own perfect adventure.

DAY

01

02-04

05-06

07-08

09-12

13-14

15

ITINERARY

Quito

Arrive into Ecuador’s capital at any time today, before meeting your Chief Experience Officer (CEO)

and the rest of your group this evening. Quito is located at 2,850m (9,348ft) above sea level, so

take it easy until you adjust to the altitude - we recommend a stroll around the beautiful Old Town

admiring colonial buildings such as the magnificent Compañía de Jésus Church, adorned with gold.

Amazon Jungle

Travel overland to Tena on the edge of the Amazon, before transferring by truck and motorised canoe

deep into the jungle. Trek through the rainforest to one of a number of local communities to enjoy

a three-night ‘homestay’ to learn about the lifestyle of the indigenous population. For some, their

traditional homelands are threatened by the encroachment of industry and cash-crop farming, but

here the rainforest is home to a staggering amount of biodiversity. Spot wildlife and native plant

species on nature walks, and look up into the tree canopy for glimpses of beautiful birds. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Baños

Time to get active in the delightfully green mountain resort of Baños, where adrenalin junkies can

enjoy optional activities such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Baños takes its

name from ‘baths’, and you can choose from the thermal springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano

(‘little hell’) or take a cooler dip in one of the meltwater pools from the volcano’s glaciated flanks.

Cuenca

Ecuador’s third-largest city retains a laid-back atmosphere, and few visitors can resist the charms

of its colonial architecture, flower markets and shady plazas. To the north of Cuenca, the Inca ruins

of Ingapirca remain shrouded in mystery and the drive to reach the site takes you through some

of Ecuador’s most beautiful scenery. Cajas National Park, also nearby, is an area of stark terrain,

crystal-clear lakes and hiking trails sitting above 4,000m (13,120ft) in the grassy highlands.

Mancora / Huanchaco

Cross into Peru via the busy border town of Huaquillas (an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!)

and travel down the Pan-American Highway towards the fishing and surf town of Mancora, where

there’s time to enjoy its relaxing beach atmosphere. Head south through the Sechuara Desert and

along the Pacific coastline to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. Trujillo is best known for its

beautiful colonial buildings and the nearby Chimu ruins of Chan-Chan. Continue by overnight bus on

Day 11 to Huanchaco, where the fishermen’s boats are constructed from buoyant reeds.

Huanchaco / Lima

Full day in Huanchaco, where optional activities can include visiting pre-Inca sites or just chilling with

a bit of beach time. Catch the overnight bus on Day 13 to Lima, where you then have a full day to

take in the sites. Lima was founded in 1535 and, to grab a feel for its colonial history, you can take

an optional city tour or jump in a cab to the Plaza de Armas. This is the heart of old Lima and where

you can see the spectacle of the changing of the palace guard. The more affluent coastal districts

of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro offer a great café culture and some funky nightlife options.

They’re good places to head if you want to try a seafood ceviche, where the fish is ‘cooked’ by letting

it marinate in acidic lime or other citrus juices. We think a Pisco Sour is the perfect accompaniment.

Lima

The trip comes to an end today in Lima, but there are plenty of tours you can join if you wish to

continue your discovery. In fact, this is just the first leg of our amazing ‘Great South American

Journey’ which will take you all the way to Rio de Janeiro if you have another 50 days to spare!

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INCA EMPIRE

Lima La Paz

FR

$2,549

15 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Discover the colonial charms of Cuzco

• Visit a women’s weaving co-operative

• Trek the beautiful and iconic Inca Trail

• Marvel at Machu Picchu’s majesty

• Cruise Lake Titicaca to floating islands

• Be immersed in a Peruvian homestay

• Explore the pre-Incan Tiahuanaco ruins

• Adapt to the high altitude in La Paz

Departures 2014

START

PERU

Lima

FINISH

Jan 03 Jan 17

Jan 20 Feb 03

Mar 14 Mar 28

Mar 21 Apr 04

Apr 14 Apr 28

Apr 21 May 05

May 17 May 31

Inclusions

START

Machu

Picchu

FINISH

May 30 Jun 13

Jun 15 Jun 29

Jul 05 Jul 19

Jul 18 Aug 01

Aug 10 Aug 24

Aug 29 Sep 12

Sep 07 Sep 21

Ollantaytambo

Puno

Cuzco

START

BOLIVIA

Lake

Titicaca

FINISH

Sep 28 Oct 10

Oct 25 Nov 08

Oct 31 Nov 14

Nov 06 Nov 20

Nov 22 Dec 06

Dec 05 Dec 19

Dec 16 Dec 30

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), camping

(3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public

bus, plane, train, boat, ferry, hiking Meals:

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $250-400 for meals not included

Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)

throughout, specialist guide on Inca Trail,

local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour

Code: GAPIML

My Own Room Available: Fr $449

You might like

La Paz

Go In Reverse

Inca Empire (La Paz to Lima)

(GABILM) Fr $2,599

Why not add an optional theme pack to

customise your trip

Peru Adrenalin Pack Fr $80

Whitewater rafting (Cuzco, full day),

Horseback riding (Cuzco, half day).

From the Incan culture high in the Andes to the bustling market-filled streets of La Paz, this

two-week adventure provides a glimpse of Bolivia and a panoramic view of Peru. Embrace

cultures past and present in Cuzco and La Paz, and interact with locals from the region’s

communities for moments that few rarely get to experience. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of

the world’s best-known and most challenging hikes, and experience the stunning views of

majestic Machu Picchu. This trip offers the perfect combination of history, scenery, culture

and rewarding physical challenges... bring it on!

DAY

01

02-03

04

05-08

09

10

11-12

13-14

15

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive into Peru’s lively capital city at any time today. Perhaps head out to explore some of its vibrant

neighbourhoods and sample your first Pisco Sour cocktail before meeting the rest of your group.

Cuzco

Rise and shine early this morning for a flight to Cuzco, where the well-worn cobblestone streets

and numerous churches and museums await your discovery, as do the city’s selection of restaurants,

many of which offer modern twists on traditional Peruvian cuisine. You have a free day to soak up

the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, browse the markets, or sign up for an optional city tour.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Today is a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. On your

way through the Sacred Valley, you’ll become familiar with Peruvian wildlife, meeting llamas, alpacas

and vicuñas a-plenty. You’ll pause at interesting Inca sites and visit a Planeterra-supported weaving

project in a local community; a great place to buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs directly from the ladies

who make them. You’ll arrive into picturesque Ollantaytambo, where it’s best to get a good night’s

rest in preparation for the trek that starts tomorrow.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

At Km 82, we have lift off! But while the porters will speed on ahead with their super-human

strength, you’ll take it slow, soaking up the scenery and pausing to check out the Inca sites along

the way. Rolling into camp each night, you’ll be greeted by some truly exceptional food, considering

you’re almost 4kms up into the sky! On the last day, you’ll arrive at the Sun Gate for a spectacular

sunrise over magical Machu Picchu. As the morning mist fades, the Inca site will reveal itself before

you. There’s time to climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before retuning to Cuzco

where you can head out to celebrate with the group or dive into a hot shower! (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Free day to enjoy optional activities such as whitewater rafting, horse riding and mountain biking.

Puno

Travel by bus through the altiplano to Puno, which sits on the shore of Lake Titicaca. it’s a long trip

but the spectacular scenery provides more than ample reward.

Lake Titicaca / Taquile Island

Take a boat trip to the floating islands of Uros before immersing yourself in Peruvian rural life with

a homestay in a small village. It’s a great way to learn about, and participate in, the local traditions.

There’s also the option to visit the Sillustrani burial site. (B, L, D)

La Paz / Tiahuanaco

Travelling once again by bus, cross the border into Bolivia and make a beeline for La Paz, one of

the highest cities in the world. Check out the hustle and bustle of the markets, great for people

watching as well as picking up some unmissable souvenirs. On Day 14, you’ll spend the day visiting

the fantastic pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco, where the mysterious Tiahuanaco people constructed a

great ceremonial centre on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca over 1,000 years ago.

La Paz

Depart La Paz at any time today and head home or off on your next Latin American adventure.

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PERU

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

TOP

5

MUST-DO’s

1. HIKE THE INCA TRAIL - OBVIOUSLY!

2. EXPLORE CUZCO’S COLONIAL PAST

3. SEE DAWN BREAK AT MACHU PICCHU

4. LOOK FOR UNIQUE AMAZON WILDLIFE

5. FLY OVER THE NAZCA LINES

IQUITOS / AMAZON

TARAPOTO

LIMA

PUERTO MALDONADO / AMAZO

MACHU PICCHU

NAZCA

CUZCO

COLCA CANYON


TREK PERU

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Peru is one of the best places

in the world to seek out some

serious trekking experiences.

The highlight of the treks being

of course the Inca Trail to the

‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. In

2011 it celebrated its 100 year

anniversary since its rediscovery

by American archaeologist Hiram

Bingham. As well as the ancient

Inca Trail we offer a variety of

other outstanding treks in the

area, all providing incredible

experiences high up in the Andes.

inca trail

The Inca Trail is an epic once-in-alifetime

adventure that culminates in the

enchanting and mysterious Lost City of the

Incas: Machu Picchu. It’s a challenge that

features on most ‘do before I die’ lists and

it’s easy to see why. Over four days you

will cover 27 miles (43kms) and climb to a

maximum height of 4,200m (13,776 feet).

The trail combines jaw-dropping mountain

scenery, lush cloudforest, sub-tropical

jungle, a mix of Inca ruins and beautiful

flora and fauna. On the last morning you’ll

enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate,

in time for sunrise and to see the magical

Inca site appear through the morning mist.

book early!

As a way to preserve the ancient trail

and site of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian

government has strict regulations for the

flow of travellers, so it’s best to book early

- we recommend at least three months in

advance. Reservations cannot be held on

the trail and all permits must be bought

in advance with complete and correct

passport information.

What you need to book

• Full name (exactly as per passport)

• Date of birth

• Passport number

• Nationality

• Date of passport expiry

outstanding alternatives

If you’ve left it too late for a permit, want

a trek with a difference or want to see

Machu Picchu by train, check out our other

options on pages 49, 53, 58, 59 & 64.

machu picchu - other options

For if you’ve left it too late to secure

a permit for the Inca Trail (or feel that

the trek might be a little strenuous):

• Inca Discovery - Lares An amazing

three-day trek ending with a train

ride & guided tour of Machu Picchu.

• Choquequirao - challenging 8-day

trek from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes.

• Salkantay Trek - 4-day route

through spectacular mountain

scenery.

• Huayhuash Circuit - challenging

8-day trek through high altitudes.

On all G Adventures tours that include

the Inca Trail, you can also opt to stay

in Cuzco & visit Machu Picchu by train.

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THE INCA TRAIL

Cuzco Cuzco

FR

$1,149

7 DAYS

Highlights

• Stroll the colonial streets of Cuzco

• Breathe in the crisp mountain air

• Explore Cuzco’s choice of museums

• Haggle at the local markets

• Guided tour of the Sacred Valley

• Conquer the world-famous Inca Trail

• Camp under the cloud forest’s stars

• Watch dawn break over Machu Picchu

Departures 2014

Jan

Feb

Mar - Dec

Inclusions

Machu

Picchu

PERU

Usually daily

You might like

Selected dates, typically twice weekly

Usually daily

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), camping

(3nts) Transport: Train, van, hiking Meals:

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $80-120 for meals not included

Group Leader: Local representative in Cuzco,

specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max

16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIT

My Own Room Available: Fr $149

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Lake Titicaca

Add on a Volunteer Project

Volunteer Cuzco Kids - help the staff at

a voluntary support centre for children

from under-privileged families

(14 days, GATSPJMN) Fr $799

One of the most popular trips in Peru for those looking to combine the cultural highlights

of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best-known hiking

trails. The four-day Inca Trail rewards with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins,

mountainscapes and cloud forests. Porters run on ahead to set up camp each night, leaving

you carrying only your daypack and free to enjoy the beauty all around. At the end of the

Inca Trail lies the breathtaking Machu Picchu, whose steep terraces and dramatic ruins were

all but hidden from the outside world until their rediscovery in 1911.

DAY

01

02

03-06

07

ITINERARY

Cuzco

Arrive into the city of Cuzco, and go for a look around before attending a welcome briefing about the

week ahead. You’ll find the town buzzing with travellers from all over the world preparing for the Inca

Trail and those recently returned from treks. Those who take time to explore will be well rewarded

as this is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, steeped in history, tradition and legend.

Wander the cobblestone streets packed with old colonial buildings and lap up the city’s surprisingly

cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of museums that will give you a great introduction to the

area’s colonial and Inca past, which can be further explored at the ruins of the Coricancha, once the

Inca Empire’s richest temple and literally covered with gold. Be aware that Cuzco sits at an elevation

of around 3,400m (11,200ft), so take it easy on your first day until you acclimatise to the altitude.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Head out for a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley is a

lush agricultural region that was an important food source for the Inca and still to this day supplies

much of the fresh produce used in Cuzco. There will be many Inca ruins along the way, including the

impressive Pisac which you’ll visit, set amidst some stunning scenery and well populated by a curious

llama or two. You’ll visit a Planeterra women’s weaving co-operative in a local community where

you can pick up some beautiful textile souvenirs and, on market days, further colourful shopping

opportunities. Arrive into pretty Ollantaytambo, your first taste of what lies ahead on the Inca Trail.

The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically sited overlooking the Urubamba River

Valley, and this major ruin site is a great surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering.

Spend the night in Ollantaytambo, ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Physically challenging but supremely rewarding, the world-famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike within

the ability of most people with a reasonable level of fitness. Totalling 44km (27 miles) in length,

and reaching a maximum elevation of 4,200m (13,776ft), you’ll hike over mountain passes, through

cloud forest and past incredible Inca constructions, including an original causeway and tunnel. This

trek will leave you in awe of the ancient civilisation and of the spectacular scenery all around. You’ll

start at Km 82, passing several smaller ruin sites, the first of which is Llactapata. The second day

climbs the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on the trek.

Crossing the next pass, at just under 4,000m (13,113ft) you can enjoy superb views of the snowcapped

Cordillera Vilcabamba. Soon you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the ‘Town

Above the Clouds’ - you’ll either camp here or another 90 minutes farther along close to the ruins of

Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’), with its grandiose terraced hillside setting. Hiking boots and woolly

alpaca hats may not be the height of fashion at home, but here they’re standard issue - it can get

quite chilly at night and you should be prepared for the odd shower along the way. A team of local

porters who speed ahead will make sure you’re fed and watered and camp is set up each evening.

On the last morning, you’ll climb the steps to Intipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, to catch your first glimpse

of Machu Picchu through the rising morning mist. When you consider its worldwide fame today, it’s

extraordinary to think that not once was it mentioned in the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors,

and archaeologists are still divided over its function. There’s time to tour the famous Inca ruin, climb

up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before catching the train back to Cuzco, the city of

civilisation and hot showers! (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Depart at any time today, or stick around for a few days more to check out Cuzco’s adrenalin-packed

options. Horse riding, mountain biking and river rafting are just some of the activities at hand.

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INCA DISCOVERY

Lima Cuzco

FR

$1,399

8 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Explore Cuzco’s Inca and colonial past

• Wander through the Sacred Valley

• Visit a local weaving co-operative

• Kit your wardrobe with woolly hats

• View incredible Andean landscapes

• Conquer the Inca Trail’s high passes

• Arrive at the ‘Sun Gate’ for sunrise

• Explore breathtaking Machu Picchu

Departures 2014

Jan

Feb

Mar - Dec

Inclusions

Lima

PERU

Usually daily

You might like

Selected dates, typically twice weekly

Usually daily

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping

(3 nts) Transport: Plane, train, van, hiking

Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Budget: Allow USD $100-160 for meals not

included Group Leader: Local representatives

in Cuzco & Lima, specialist CEO on Inca Trail

Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code:

GAPID

My Own Room Available: Fr $199

Machu

Picchu

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Start & finish in Lima

Inca Discovery Plus

(9 days, Lima to Lima, GAPIM) Fr $1,599

Peruvian Culinary Pack

Learn the art of ceviche from a professional

chef (Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days). Fr $170

If your aim is to challenge yourself with an epic hike that will unfold a tale of an ancient

civilisation and incredible constructions, which although hidden for centuries have stood

the test of time, then this is the trip for you. Time in Cuzco will allow you acclimatise to the

Andean altitude and give you an opportunity to explore its colonial past. A tour through the

Sacred Valley will bring you face-to-face with local life at a women’s weaving co-operative

and a chance to purchase quality souvenirs. But it’s the Inca Trail you’ve come for, so let

nothing distract you from the amazing journey ahead.

DAY

01

02

03

04-07

08

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive into Lima and get out exploring this underestimated city, with its colourful neighbourhoods

and charming colonial centre. In the evening, you’ll meet the rest of your tour group, so why not

head out with them to sample some Peruvian cuisine including refreshing ceviche, a citrus-marinated

seafood dish Wash it all down with Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Its ingredients - locallyproduced

grape brandy and egg white - may not sell it, but trust us, it tastes good and it will

probably be the first of many! Don’t drink too much though, it’s an early start in the morning.

Cuzco

You’ll fly from Lima to the sophisticated colonial city of Cuzco over the Andes Mountains, taking in

the spectacular views. Cuzco sits at an elevation of 3,400m (11,200ft), so acclimatise yourself with a

coca tea overlooking the beautiful architecture of the main square. Head to the markets and pick up

that Peruvian jumper you’ve always wanted and as many alpaca woolly hats as you have friends back

home. Poke your nose into the museums and churches and try some authentic Peruvian food - guinea

pig and one of the 3,000 varieties of potato that are grown in and around the Andes. If time permits,

you can head out of town on a biking, horse riding or an action-packed river rafting trip.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Today is a full-day guided tour through the Sacred Valley and on to the Ollantaytambo ruins. You’ll

uncover hidden mysteries at ancient Inca sites, getting you excited for the big journey ahead. You’ll

visit a Planeterra weaving project in a local community, where you can buy quality textiles direct

from the women who’ve made them. Working your way along the route of the Urubamba River amid

the lush agricultural backdrop, there will be more shopping opportunities at the local Pisac market

before winding up in pretty Ollantaytambo. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo have a strategic

location overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, and this major ruin site is a well-preserved example

of the ingenuity and engineering ability of the Inca. Ollantaytambo is a relatively quiet town and it’s

best to spend the evening relaxing ahead of tomorrow’s epic adventure.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This once-in-a-lifetime journey will cover spectacular scenery and fill your head to the brim with

facts that bring the Incas to life. The views and complexity of the Inca constructions are mesmerising

and it will all help to keep your mind focused on the long walk to Machu Picchu. You’ll move from high

plateaux to dense cloud forest, crossing over three high passes with the most challenging, known

as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, standing at a dizzy height of 4,200m. Your local porters will race ahead to

create a camp complete with coca tea and nourishing food to keep your strength up, allowing you to

walk the trail with just your daypack filled with essentials. Along the way, pause at beautifully-sited

ruins such as Llactapata and Phuyupatamarca, and pass through original Inca constructions including

a causeway and tunnel. On the final day, it’s a relatively short walk and then a climb up the steps to

Intipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, to watch sunrise over Machu Picchu. The magical sight of these mysterious

ruins and perfectly-engineered terraces will take your breath away. Its existence was known for

centuries to the indigenous population, but it was not until a local boy led the American explorer,

Hiram Bingham, to the site in 1911 that its fame started to spread into the outside world. You

can walk around Machu Picchu and even climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before

catching the train back to Cuzco. At last, it’s time to put your feet up. (3B, 3L 3D)

Cuzco

This tour is done, but you may not be. Why not volunteer with some under-privileged kids in Cuzco,

or head into the Amazon Jungle to spot some fascinating creatures Peru and South America has

plenty more to offer, the only question is just what to do first.

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INCA DISCOVERY

LARES TREK

BACKROADS &

FR

$1,399 HIGHLANDS OF PERU

FR

$1,749

Lima Cuzco 8 DAYS Lima Cuzco

17 DAYS

Highlights

• Enjoy magnificent Andean vistas along this less-trodden route

• Feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people along the way

• See Machu Picchu appear as the early morning mist rises

Highlights

• Discover stunning mountains and remote cities few tourists visit

• Mingle with the locals while travelling on public buses

• Conquer the legendary Inca Trail to iconic Machu Picchu

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

DAY

01

02

03

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive into Peru’s capital today and head out to discover its charms.

Cuzco

An early start today to fly over the Andes to Cuzco where you’ll be

transferred to your hotel. A city steeped in history, Cuzco has a lot to

offer travellers so pop on some comfortable shoes, arm yourself with

a city map and immerse yourself in a city full of tradition and legend.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Spend today on a guided tour of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred

Valley. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and a colourful artisan market

for a spot of shopping. Your trip includes a visit to a Planeterra

weaving project before finishing up in picturesque Ollantaytambo.

DAY

01-03

04-07

ITINERARY

Lima / Huacayo

Arrive in Lima at any time. Head off the beaten track on Day 2 and

jump on board a bus into the Andes to the bustling city of Huancayo.

Once all checked in, try one of the optional activities. Hike around

unusual rock formations, cruise along on a bike, jump in the saddle

or kick back, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Huancavelica / Ayacucho

Travel to Huancavelica and arrive in Santa Inés in time to sample

some high altitude nightlife. Opt to explore the mines, wander the

markets or bathe in the natural thermal springs. On Day 5, head

through the highlands to Ayacucho, with its colonial feel and local

pre-Inca history. Explore at your own leisure; discover archaeological

sites and browse the handicrafts district for exquisite gifts.

04-06

07-08

Lares Trek / Aguas Calientes

Over the next three days spend your time hiking incredible mountains

dotted with rural villages on this guided Lares trek to Ollantaytambo.

Get your camera ready for some stunning views and spot llamas and

alpacas as well as other Andean flora and fauna. You’ll also receive a

warm welcome from the Quechua people, whose homeland you’ll have

the rare opportunity to see first-hand. After your hike, you jump on a

train for an incredibly scenic ride to Agua Calientes. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Cuzco

The early morning light offers the best time to view the ‘Lost City of

the Incas’ so it’s up at the crack of dawn and off to Machu Picchu.

You have free time after the tour to explore on your own and the

opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu for a more exclusive view point.

Return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and be transferred to

Cuzco, from where you can depart at any time on Day 8.

08-09

10-12

13-17

Andahuaylas

Pass through some of Peru’s poorest and rural areas on this

incredible journey to Andahuaylas, set amidst a beautiful glacial

valley. Visit the Sondor archaeological site and the Pacucha Lagoon.

Cuzco / Ollantaytambo

Unwind and acclimatise in the colonial city of Cuzco. Step back in

time as you explore the Sacred Valley or opt for thundering rapids

on a whitewater rafting trip. On Day 12, head to the Inca ruin site of

Ollantaytambo to browse shops and explore narrow cobbled streets.

Inca Trail / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Grab your walking boots for your four-day guided Inca Trail hike. Take

in its rich culture and breathtaking views from high plateaux to dense

cloud forest. Finish at Machu Picchu and opt to visit the Inca Bridge

before returning to Cuzco. Your tour ends on Day 17. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Mar 14 Mar 21

Mar 28 Apr 04

Apr 11 Apr 18

Apr 23 Apr 30

May 09 May 16

May 23 May 30

Jun 06 Jun 13

START

FINISH

Jun 20 Jun 27

Jul 11 Jul 18

Jul 25 Aug 01

Aug 08 Aug 15

Aug 22 Aug 29

Sep 05 Sep 12

Sep 19 Sep 26

START

FINISH

Oct 10 Oct 17

Oct 24 Oct 31

Nov 07 Nov 14

Nov 21 Nov 28

Dec 05 Dec 12

Dec 19 Dec 26

Lima

PERU

Machu

Picchu

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Lares

Lake Titicaca

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Mar 09 Mar 25

Apr 06 Apr 22

May 11 May 27

Jun 08 Jun 24

START

FINISH

Jul 13 Jul 29

Aug 10 Aug 26

Sep 07 Sep 23

Oct 05 Oct 21

START

FINISH

Nov 02 Nov 18

Nov 30 Dec 16

Dec 21 Jan 06

Lima

PERU

Huancayo

Machu

Picchu

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Huancavelica

Ayacucho Andahuaylas

Inclusions

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $199 My Own Room Available: Fr $199

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport: Plane, train, van, hiking

Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $120-190 for meals

not included Group Leader: Local representatives in Cuzco & Lima, specialist CEO on

Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPIL

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any

Accommodation: Simple Hotels (13 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Public bus,

private van, hiking Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $300-

350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist

CEO on the Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 8 Tour Code: GASPBH

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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PERU ON A SHOESTRING

Lima Cuzco

FR

$1,749

15 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Discover Peru’s capital, Lima

• View the mysterious Nazca Lines

• Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca dinner

• Explore the beautiful city of Arequipa

• Wander Cuzco’s cobbled streets

• Buy textiles at a weaving co-operative

• Stay with locals in the Sacred Valley

• Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Departures 2014

START

Lima

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 18

Jan 11 Jan 25

Jan 18 Feb 01

Feb 16 Mar 02

Feb 23 Mar 09

Mar 02 Mar 16

Mar 09 Mar 23

Mar 22 Apr 05

Mar 30 Apr 13

Apr 13 Apr 27

Apr 20 May 04

Apr 26 May 10

May 04 May 18

May 18 Jun 01

May 25 Jun 08

Inclusions

PERU

Nazca

START

FINISH

Jun 01 Jun 15

Jun 08 Jun 22

Jun 15 Jun 29

Jun 22 Jul 06

Jun 29 Jul 13

Jul 06 Jul 20

Jul 13 Jul 27

Jul 20 Aug 03

Jul 27 Aug 10

Aug 03 Aug 17

Aug 10 Aug 24

Aug 17 Aug 31

Aug 24 Sep 07

Aug 31 Sep 14

Sep 07 Sep 21

Machu

Picchu

Colca

Canyon

START

Ollantaytambo

Arequipa

FINISH

Sep 14 Sep 28

Sep 21 Oct 05

Sep 28 Oct 12

Oct 05 Oct 19

Oct 19 Nov 02

Oct 26 Nov 09

Nov 02 Nov 16

Nov 09 Nov 23

Nov 16 Nov 30

Nov 23 Dec 07

Nov 30 Dec 14

Dec 07 Dec 21

Dec 14 Dec 28

Dec 21 Jan 04

Dec 28 Jan 11

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group:

Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation:

Simple hotels (8 nts, possibly multishare),

overnight buses (2 nts), homestay (1 nt),

camping (3 nts) Transport: Public bus, train,

hiking Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5

dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-390 for

meals not included Group Leader: Chief

Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on the

Inca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 16,

Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPPS

My Own Room Available: Fr $169

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This is a trip that’s packed with all the essentials - 15 days of maximum Peru at minimum

cost. The Nazca Lines provide a little mystery and Colca Canyon provides the ‘wow’ factor.

There’s enough time to soak up the delights of Cuzco before a little added extra that not

every visitor to Peru gets to experience - a homestay in the Sacred Valley. After meeting the

locals, your next mission (should you choose to accept it) is the Inca Trail. There are more

activities in store back in Cuzco, all you need is the energy to keep going. This is everything

you imagined Peru would be - and more!

DAY

01

02-03

04-06

07

08

09

10-13

14-15

ITINERARY

Lima

Roll up, check in, get out and explore Peru’s bustling capital city. Wander downtown to catch the

colonial style buildings and see the Changing of the Guard, before meeting your group this evening.

Nazca

Travel by bus to Nazca where the mysterious Nazca Lines are etched into the desert landscape.

Some of these giant lines and symbols resemble animals ranging from hummingbirds to spiders,

monkeys and fish. Fertility symbols, astronomical calendars and even spaceship landing areas are

just some of the varied explanations for their existence. You can take an optional flight here if you

fancy getting a bird’s-eye view. Other optional activities include a spot of sandboarding to get the

adrenalin pumping. In the evening, you’ll partake in a traditional Pachamanca dinner where a variety

of delicious treats are wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked with pre-heated rocks buried in

the ground. On the evening of Day 3 you’ll board an overnight bus to Arequipa. (D)

Arequipa

Arrive with the sunshine into Arequipa, a beautifully white city that’s surrounded by the Andes and

set in the shadow of the El Misti Volcano. Spread your wings like the Colca Canyon’s resident condors

and take an overnight trip to explore its dark deceptive depths. The mountain biking and rafting is

great around here, or if you just want to roam the city then join a city tour and explore the museums

and the Santa Catalina Convent. On Day 6, board an overnight bus bound for Cuzco.

Cuzco

This is a city that’ll impress you with its pretty combination of colonial and Inca-inspired

architecture. Check out the markets, artisan-style shops and tuck into some local treats - try roast

guinea pig or see if you can taste the difference between Peru’s 3,000 potato varieties!

Ccacaccollo Community

You’ll travel by bus into the Sacred Valley, to the community of Ccacaccollo. Here, our partners at

Planeterra support a women’s weaving co-operative which you’ll visit. You’ll meet the women and

learn about the various stages of the weaving process; from hand-spinning the wool, dying the wool

using natural dyes and participating in a weaving demo. Overnight in a family homestay giving you

time to engage with the community, and perhaps learn a few words from the Quechua language. (D)

Ollantaytambo

Travel through the Sacred Valley to the quaint tongue-twister town of Ollantaytambo. There’s the

chance to take a tour through the Urubamba River Valley where there will be plenty of alpacas to

befriend and fascinating Inca ruins to explore – all a little teaser for the Inca Trail ahead. (B)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Get your hiking boots laced up for an epic trek along one of the most revered trails in the world,

hiking 44km (27 miles) over the next four days. With your porters taking care of all the hard work,

your attention can be focused on enjoying the trek and inhaling the insanity of the superb views with

your fellow companions. Having scaled high passes, on your last day you will arrive at the gateway to

Machu Picchu, to greet the Inca world. If your legs will carry you any further then there’s the option

to climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Today is a chance to chill out or party hard in the aftermath of the Inca Trail. If you’ve got any energy

left, there’s the option to go mountain biking, rafting or horse riding. On Day 15, depart at any time.

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Lima La Paz

FR

$2,999

21 DAYS

Highlights

• Watch condors soar at Colca Canyon

• Trek the challenging Inca Trail

• Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu

• Live like a local on Lake Titicaca

• Stay in the world’s highest city, La Paz

• Solve the secrets of the Nazca Lines

• Explore the verdant Sacred Valley

• Embrace Inca culture past and present

Departures 2014

START

Lima

Paracas

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 24

Jan 11 Jan 31

Jan 14 Feb 03

Jan 18 Feb 07

Feb 01 Feb 21

Feb 08 Feb 28

Feb 22 Mar 14

Mar 01 Mar 21

Mar 08 Mar 28

Mar 15 Apr 04

Mar 29 Apr 18

Apr 08 Apr 28

Apr 12 May 02

Apr 15 May 05

Apr 24 May 14

May 03 May 23

May 11 May 31

May 24 Jun 13

May 31 Jun 20

Inclusions

PERU

Nazca

START

Machu

Picchu

FINISH

Jun 09 Jun 29

Jun 14 Jul 04

Jun 21 Jul 11

Jun 23 Jul 13

Jun 29 Jul 19

Jul 06 Jul 26

Jul 12 Aug 01

Jul 19 Aug 08

Jul 22 Aug 12

Jul 25 Aug 14

Jul 28 Aug 17

Aug 04 Aug 24

Aug 10 Aug 30

Aug 15 Sep 04

Aug 23 Sep 12

Aug 29 Sep 18

Sep 01 Sep 21

Sep 07 Sep 27

Sep 14 Oct 04

Colca

Canyon

Arequipa

START

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Puno

FINISH

Sep 19 Oct 09

Sep 22 Oct 12

Sep 29 Oct 19

Oct 04 Oct 24

Oct 11 Oct 31

Oct 13 Nov 02

Oct 19 Nov 08

Oct 25 Nov 14

Oct 31 Nov 20

Nov 03 Nov 23

Nov 08 Nov 28

Nov 16 Dec 06

Nov 29 Dec 19

Dec 02 Dec 22

Dec 06 Dec 26

Dec 10 Dec 30

Dec 14 Jan 03

Dec 20 Jan 09

Dec 30 Jan 19

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotel (15 nts), overnight

bus (1 nt), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt)

Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat,

hiking Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4

dinners Budget: Allow USD $400-$640 for

meals not included Group Leader: Chief

Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on the

Inca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour

Code: GAPXML

My Own Room Available: Fr $399

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Titicaca

La Paz

BOLIVIA

Customise Your Trip

Peru Adrenalin Pack Fr $80

Whitewater rafting (Cuzco, full day),

Horseback riding (Cuzco, half day).

Get ready to send your senses into overdrive. Peru is home to snow-capped mountains,

giant sand dunes, picture-postcard lakes and enough ancient ruins to keep archaeologists

employed for centuries! The country offers such a wide range of experiences, it’s hard to

know where to start. Well, look no further, this tour makes it easy and covers the very best

this diverse country has to offer. Hike the Inca Trail, see the incredible floating reed islands

on Lake Titicaca and witness the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Enjoy an epic adventure through

this heartland of Inca culture, travelling through Peru and ending in Bolivia.

DAY

01-02

03-04

05-07

08

09

10-13

14-16

17-19

20-21

ITINERARY

Lima / Paracas

Arrive in Lima at any time, check-in and enjoy the city. On Day 2, hop on a bus down the coast to

Paracas. Walk the town’s lively pedestrian avenues, find a café and sample some Peruvian ceviche.

Nazca

This morning, opt to visit the popular Ballestas Islands, an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion

colony, pelicans, penguins and other birdlife. Journey by bus to Nazca stopping en route to visit a

winery and the oasis at Huacachina. One of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca

Lines perfectly depict birds, insects and animals but are best recognised on an optional scenic flight.

Arequipa / Colca Canyon

Head to Arequipa, a laid-back city surrounded by the Andes Mountains, including the snow-capped

peak of El Misti Volcano. This delightful colonial town was built from a light coloured volcanic rock,

so older buildings dazzle in the sun, earning it the nickname of the ‘White City’. Take an optional visit

to the Convent of Santa Catalina. Travel a rough, rutted road to Colca Canyon - the deepest in the

world, stopping at the picturesque village of Chivay for a dip in the thermal baths. Take a tour around

the Canyon, hopefully witnessing condors soaring high overhead.

Cuzco

Fly to Cuzco and spend the afternoon finding your way around this fascinating city steeped in

history, tradition and legend. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and you don’t

have to go far to see other major ruins. Be sure to check out the main Inca site within the city -

Coricancha, once covered with gold and the Inca Empire’s richest temple.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Take a guided tour through the Sacred Valley. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful

market. The picturesque village of Ollantaytambo is where you catch your breath for the hike ahead.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Depart Ollantaytambo where you begin this amazing trek in the footsteps of the Incas. A local

crew of porters, cook and guide look after you well for the duration of this four-day hike. Admire

breathtaking views at every step as you move from high plateaux to dense cloud forest. As you

reach your final ascent to Machu Picchu, climb the steps to the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that

surround this famous site. When the morning is clear, there is no way to describe the feeling of the

first views of Machu Picchu. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Spend the next couple of days relaxing at leisure after your trek, or enjoying adventure activities.

Puno / Lake Titicaca

Today, travel through the high altiplano region to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, with stark yet

beautiful scenery en route. Next day, cruise over to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and

shopping. Head to Amantani and overnight with a local family to enjoy typical music of the area. Next

morning, you’ll visit the floating islands of Uros en route back to Puno. (1B, 1L, 1D)

La Paz

Enjoy a spectacular drive from Lake Titicaca through the altiplano to La Paz - the highest city in

the world. Explore this busy city sprawling around the base of a canyon. Explore La Paz’s many fine

museums, historic structures and vibrant markets. Say farewell to your mates on Day 21.

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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ABSOLUTE PERU

Lima Lima

FR

$3,499

21 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Create theories for the Nazca Lines

• Soak in hot springs in Colca Canyon

• Enjoy a homestay on Lake Titicaca

• View incredible Andean landscapes

• Explore Cuzco’s colonial past

• Trek the epic and iconic Inca Trail

• Marvel at the sight of Machu Picchu

• Discover the Amazon’s flora and fauna

Departures 2014

Jan

Feb

Mar-Jun

Jul-Sep

Oct-Dec

Lima

PERU

Paracas

Nazca

Occasional Thu & Sat

Thursdays, twice monthly

Every Thu/Sat

Every Mon/Thu/Sat & occasional Fridays

Every Thu/Sat & occasional Mondays

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels / guest houses (13

nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt),

homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport:

Public bus, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 6

breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow

USD $350-560 for meals not included Group

Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist

CEO on the Inca Trail, local guides Group Size:

Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPHPT

My Own Room Available: Fr $399

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Ollantaytambo

Colca

Canyon

Arequipa

Cuzco

Amazon

Jungle

Puno

Lake

Titicaca

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Start the adventure

One of the longest trips in Peru, this tour covers a little of everything that the country has

to offer, and that’s why we call it ‘Absolute Peru’. It starts with a quick twirl in the vibrant

capital, Lima, moving on to the weird and wonderful Nazca Lines and beautiful Arequipa.

Colca Canyon boasts its majestic soaring condors and on Lake Titicaca the locals are waiting

to welcome you into their home. Colonial Cuzco has churches, museums and adrenalin

activities on offer before you set off on the challenging Inca Trail to see Machu Picchu. A

trip into the Amazon Jungle with abundant flora and fauna finishes it up nicely.

DAY

01-02

03-04

05

06-07

08-10

11-12

13-16

17

18-20

21

ITINERARY

Lima / Paracas

Arrive and relax or get out and explore the city before meeting your tour group in the evening. After

a free morning on Day 2, you’ll jump on the bus down the coast to lively Paracas.

Nazca

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, don’t miss the chance of a trip to the Ballestas Islands, where you can

see sea lions, penguins and birdlife galore. Head next to Nazca, where you can take an incredible

(optional) flight over the mysterious and extraordinary Nazca Lines. You’ll also have a guided tour

of a pottery studio and a fascinating pre-Inca cemetery in the Nazca Desert with 1,500- year-old

mummies, bones and pottery. Just don’t let them give you nightmares on the night bus to Arequipa!

Arequipa

Peru’s second-largest city is colonial Arequipa, surrounded by Andean mountains and El Misti Volcano

which creates a backdrop close to perfection. It’s especially beautiful at sunset. There’s an optional

city tour and a visit to the brightly-coloured Santa Catalina Monastery, which should not be missed.

Colca Canyon

Travel through the desert-like terrain to Chivay for a guided tour to Colca Canyon. Here you’ll watch

for majestic Andean condors soaring through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Afterwards,

you can go for a hot soak in the thermal baths. On Day 7, you’ll drive back to Arequipa.

Puno / Lake Titicaca

Hop on a bus to Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca; supposedly the highest navigable lake in the

world. Visit the Uros, Amantani and Taquile Islands before settling down for the night with a Peruvian

family in a small village. There is also an optional visit to Sillustani burial site. (B, L, D)

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Tackle the journey to Cuzco by bus, through the stunning Peruvian landscape. Visit its impressive

churches, wander around the delightful cobbled streets and hit the markets for alpaca wool designs.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Over the next few days you’ll tackle the famous Inca Trail, 44km (27 miles) of unimaginable beauty

with quite a bit of hard slog thrown in. You’ll be mesmerised not only by the views but by your team

of porters who’ll race up ahead, ready to greet you later with a cup of coca tea and full-on meal as

your weary feet arrive into camp - they’re absolute legends. On the last day of the trek you’ll arrive,

astounded, into Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate as dawn breaks. There is time for exploration

and an optional climb up to Wayna Picchu before returning to Cuzco to celebrate. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Choose from some rest and relaxation or active options such as rafting, horse riding and cycling.

Amazon Jungle

After a flight to Puerto Maldonado and a motorised canoe trip, you’ll arrive deep in the Tambopata

Rainforest. From a comfortable, eco-friendly lodge you’ll explore the rich flora and fauna with expert

naturalist guides, both on foot and by boat. On Day 20, you’ll fly out of the jungle back to Lima for a

last night on the town with your group. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lima

Once you’ve recovered from the night before, it’s time to say ‘adios amigos’.

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PERU

FR

$2,449

Lima Cuzco 12 DAYS

THE INCA

JOURNEY

FR

$2,299

Lima Lima 10 DAYS

Highlights

• Cruise the waters of Lake Titicaca and stay with a Peruvian family

• Visit a women’s textile weaving co-operative in the Sacred Valley

• Trek through the cloud forests along the world-famous Inca Trail

Highlights

• Weave through the evocative Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley

• Ride the train from Aguas Calientes to see spectacular Machu Picchu

• Spot abundant tropical wildlife deep in the Amazon Rainforest

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

DAY

01

02-04

05

ITINERARY

Lima

Rock up to Lima and head out to explore Peru’s vibrant capital.

Puno / Lake Titicaca

Fly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno. From here, you’ll head out on a

boat ride over the waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the floating islands

of Uros. Spend the night at a homestay in a small village, allowing

you to gain first-hand experience of their ways of life. (B, L, D)

Cuzco

Travel by bus to Cuzco through the stunning altiplano scenery. The

colonial city of Cuzco awaits with markets and museums to explore.

DAY

01-02

03

ITINERARY

Lima / Cuzco

Arrive into Lima at any time. Get out, explore and sip on your first

Pisco Sour – Peru’s famous national cocktail. Early in the morning of

Day 2, you’ll fly over to Cuzco. Here you’ll have free time to admire

the colonial architecture and visit museums, churches and markets.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Today, you’ll head out into the Sacred Valley for a full-day guided

tour of the numerous ruins. You’ll visit a Planeterra weaving project

in a local community where the women produce beautiful, brightlycoloured

textiles. You can pick up a few bargains at a local market

before arriving into Ollantaytambo and visiting the ruins here.

06

07-10

11-12

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Today, you’ll stretch your legs on a full-day guided tour in the Sacred

Valley to learn about Inca civilisation and the ruins that remain. You’ll

also visit a Planeterra weaving project in a local community. The night

will be spent in the pretty town of Ollantaytambo.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Km 82 marks the start of your epic journey along the Inca Trail.

The views of the Andes will astound you, as will your team of local

porters who’ll race on, ready to greet you with food and coca tea

as you reach camp each night. On the last day, you’ll arrive at the

‘Sun Gate’ and watch Machu Picchu appear through the morning mist

before exploring this fascinating and famous Inca site. You’ll return

to Cuzco by train for some welcome home comforts. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Time for celebrations of your achievement, adrenalin activities or

simply to sit back and relax in a café. Depart at any time on Day 12.

04-05

06

07-08

09-10

Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Hop on board a local train and wind your way through impressive

scenery to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and

an optional climb up to Huayna Picchu before returning to Cuzco.

Cuzco

Spend today sipping on coca tea in Cuzco’s cafés and watch the world

go by or head off on a thrilling day of adventure activities.

Amazon Jungle

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by boat into the jungle to a

comfortable lodge, which boasts sustainable initiatives such as solar

panels and rechargeable flashlights. From here, you’ll explore the

jungle on foot and by boat to see species in their natural habitats.

There’s even the chance to have a go at piranha fishing. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lima

Fly back to Lima on Day 9, and explore its vibrant neighbourhoods.

After a last night out with your group, depart at any time on Day 10.

Departures 2014

Jan - Mar Regular Mon / Sat

Apr - Sep Every Mon / Sat & Occasional Fridays

Oct - Dec Usually every Mon / Sat

Lima

PERU

Machu

Picchu

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Puno

Departures 2014

Jan-Dec

Every Thursday

PERU

Lima

Ollantaytambo

Machu

Picchu

Amazon

Jungle

Cuzco

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $249

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels / guesthouses (7 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt)

Transport: Public buses, plane, train, boat, hiking Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4

dinners Budget: Allow USD $180-280 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief

Experience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, local guides Group Size:

Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAPPC

Inclusions

My Own Room Available: Fr $399

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any

age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts) Transport: Plane, private

van, train, motorised canoe Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow

USD $180-280 for meals not included Group Leader: Local representatives in Cuzco

& Lima, specialist CEO for the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Amazon, local guides

Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIJ

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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AMAZON TO THE ANDES

Lima Lima

FR

$2,529

12 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Visit Cuzco’s museums and churches

• Drop into a women’s weaving project

• Bargain at Sacred Valley markets

• Trek over high mountain passes

• Watch sunrise over Machu Picchu

• Motorised canoe into the Amazon

• Spot jungle wildlife with local guides

• Reward yourself with a Pisco Sour

Departures 2014

Jan

Feb

Mar-Dec

Inclusions

PERU

Lima

Usually Daily

Selected Departures

(Feb 01, 06, 09, 12, 15, 26, 27 & 28)

Usually Daily

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels / guesthouses

(6 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)

Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat,

canoe, hiking Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches,

5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-240

for meals not included Group Leader: Local

representatives in Lima & Cuzco, specialist

CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle guide in

the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour

Code: GAPAA

My Own Room Available: Fr $299

Machu

Picchu

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Amazon

Jungle

Peruvian Culinary Pack Fr $170

Learn the art of ceviche from a professional

chef (Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days).

This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of mountains and jungle, and an

unrivalled range of contrasting scenery, wildlife and cultures. First up, a superb trekking

adventure that’ll rival any in South America - the world-famous Inca Trail. Marvel at the

genius of the Incas and gasp at the breathtaking views of the Andes peaks and Machu

Picchu. After time to catch your breath in Cuzco, move on to the Amazon where you

can scan the rainforest canopy for wildlife from the comfort of an eco-friendly lodge,

accompanied by expert naturalist guides. Inspiring and rewarding... not bad for 12 days!

DAY

01

02

03

04-07

08

09-10

11-12

ITINERARY

Lima

Land into Lima, raring to go on this incredible trip of Peru. Why not start by exploring the various

districts of this vibrant capital city Wander around Miraflores or Barranco for a tasty meal and your

first classic Peruvian cocktail – the Pisco Sour. You’ll meet up with your group in the evening.

Cuzco

It’s an early morning flight over the Andes to the picturesque colonial city of Cuzco. The day is free

to wander the well-worn cobblestone streets, poking your nose into the churches and marvelling at

the interesting museums and markets. You’re at an elevation of 3,400m (11,200ft) here in Cuzco, but

a cup or two of coca tea will help you acclimatise to the altitude.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Today, you’ll travel with a local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. An important source of

food for the Incas, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city

of Cuzco with much of its produce. You’ll visit the impressive Pisac ruins and stop at the colourful

artisan market (market days only) where you can haggle for souvenirs. You will also visit a Planeterra

supported women’s weaving cooperative in the local community where you can buy some high quality

textiles directly from the women who made them. The day finishes in the picturesque village of

Ollantaytambo, site of another large Inca ruin. Catch your breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Starting at Km 82, you have four days and 44 glorious kilometres (27 miles) of world-famous hiking

stretching in front of you. The porters will speed on ahead to set up camp, allowing you to take

it slow, carrying only your daypack and with plenty of time to check out Inca sites along the way.

Refresh with delicious meals and coca tea in camp before heading on up over mountain passes to a

maximum elevation of 4,200m through the cloud forest. You’ll arrive at the Sun Gate on your last day

to witness a magical sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. There will be time for an optional climb

up to Huayna Picchu or a visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Give yourself a well-deserved round of applause and celebrate the fact you’ve conquered one of the

world’s most famous and challenging hiking trails. Take inspiration from your activities and push your

adrenalin to the max with an optional biking, rafting or horse riding trip.

Amazon Jungle

Flying to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Basin, you’ll continue on to a comfortable, eco-friendly

lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest by motorised canoe. During your voyage you will have the chance

to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge. The area is renowned for its diverse plant and

animal populations. Here come the stats… over 1,300 bird species (including 32 types of parrot, 10%

of the world’s total), 200 mammal species, 90 types of frogs, 1,200 types of butterfly and 10,000

species of higher plants. These are all protected within the reserve and although you won’t see them

all, your local guides will definitely be able to help you spot a good number as you explore by boat

and on foot. You can also learn about the extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other

forest plant resources, which are still used today in traditional techniques for building, fishing and

hunting. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lima

You’ll fly out of the jungle, back to Lima for a final night out with your group. At the end of this great

trip, ou’ll have so much to discuss and reminisce about the last 12 days together.

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Lima Lima

FR

$2,899

15 DAYS

Highlights

• Sample fresh seafood in Paracas

• See the Ballestas Islands’ penguins

• Marvel at the mysterious Nazca Lines

• Admire the ‘White City’ of Arequipa

• Explore Incan culture in Cuzco

• Ride a scenic train to Aguas Calientes

• Meet the local people of Lake Titicaca

• Walk the Sacred Valley’s ancient ruins

Departures 2014

START

Lima

Paracas/

Ballestas

Islands

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 19

Jan 19 Feb 02

Feb 02 Feb 16

Feb 23 Mar 09

Mar 09 Mar 23

Mar 30 Apr 13

Apr 13 Apr 27

Apr 20 May 04

Apr 27 May 11

May 04 May 18

Inclusions

PERU

Nazca

START

FINISH

May 11 May 25

May 25 Jun 08

Jun 08 Jun 22

Jun 15 Jun 29

Jun 22 Jul 06

Jul 06 Jul 20

Jul 13 Jul 27

Jul 20 Aug 03

Aug 03 Aug 17

Aug 17 Aug 31

Machu

Picchu

Arequipa

START

FINISH

Aug 31 Sep 14

Sep 07 Sep 21

Sep 21 Oct 05

Sep 28 Oct 12

Oct 12 Oct 26

Oct 26 Nov 09

Nov 09 Nov 23

Nov 23 Dec 07

Dec 07 Dec 21

Dec 21 Jan 04

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded

Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Comfortable hotels (14 nts)

Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat

Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Budget: Allow USD $350-550 for meals not

included Group Leader: Chief Experience

Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group

Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAPEI

My Own Room Available: Fr $899

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Puno

Peru Culinary Pack Fr $170

Learn the art of ceviche from a professional

chef (Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days).

Spot amazing wildlife, explore Incan culture and marvel at the mystery of the Nazca Lines

in this cultural and historical tour of Peru; perfect for discovering its hidden treasures.

Set sail to the Ballestas Islands, admire the glittering buildings in Arequipa and visit the

unique floating islands of Uros. Meet the vibrant communities of Lake Titicaca and enjoy

the breathtaking scenery of the Urubamba Valley in comfort as you travel by rail to Aguas

Calientes (for Machu Picchu). Travelling by train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins,

museums and shop for handmade gems in the markets. This is one incredible tour!

DAY

01-02

03-04

05-06

07

08

09

10-11

12-13

14-15

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive any time in Lima, also known as the City of Kings, and take your transfer to your hotel. Spend

the rest of the day at leisure. Why not visit the city’s many landmarks including the Plaza de Armas

where you’ll discover the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace On Day 2, travel to

the sleepy town of Paracas. Relax, sipping on the Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, try local seafood

and take in the unusual and dramatic coastal scenery. (B)

Ballestas Islands / Nazca

Set sail to the Ballestas Islands for sea lion colonies, penguins and birdlife. Continue on to Nazca

stopping at the Huacachina sand dunes along the way. In Nazca, marvel at one world’s greatest

archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. The patterns and pictures etched in the ground criss-cross

over a wide area of flat desert. The question is, who drew the lines and why Discover Nazca’s culture

on an included tour to an ancient pre-Inca cemetery where you’ll find 1,500 year-old mummies and

bones strewn on the desert floor, before you’re whisked off to a local pottery studio. (2B, D)

Arequipa

Spend a full day driving down the coast to colonial Arequipa. Nicknamed ‘the White City’; its buildings

dazzle under the sunlight due to it being built from a coloured volcanic rock called sillar. Head to the

main plaza where you can chill in one of the cafés and admire the nearby cathedral. On Day 6, take a

city tour and see the historic Convent of Santa Catalina where you’ll find the spectacular mountains

that surround Arequipa, including the famous El Misti Volcano. (2B)

Cuzco

Fly off to Cuzco, the hub of the South American travel network and a city steeped in history, tradition

and legend. Explore its Inca-built stone walls and enjoy the many outdoor activities on offer. (B)

Sacred Valley

On Day 8, enjoy a full day guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit a Planeterra-supported

women’s weaving co-op and discover impressive Pisac ruins before ending the day in the picturesque

village of Ollantaytambo, admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress. (B, L)

Aguas Calientes

Travel by train to Aguas Calientes, a town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu where you can

chill out in the natural mountain hot baths, visit its butterfly house or botanical gardens. (B)

Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Rise early to see the mist rise

revealing the incredible ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Join your guide for a tour of the site and test them on

their Inca history knowledge! Return to Cuzco and spend Day 11 at your own time and leisure. (2B)

Puno / Lake Titicaca

Take in the stark, beautiful altiplano scenery on the way to Puno, the highest night stop on the tour

and famous for its wealth of traditional dances. Set sail on a comfy boat for a guided tour of Lake

Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, before a trip to the unusual floating reed Islands of Uros. (2B)

Lima

Spend the morning hitting the shops for any hidden gems in Puno before flying to Lima on Day 14.

Make sure you treat yourself to Lima’s speciality, a ceviche, perfect for seafood lovers, before your

final night on the town. Say your farewells then depart Lima at any time on Day 15. (2B)

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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PERU PANORAMA

Lima Lima

FR

$3,199

15 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Sip a Pisco Sour or two in Lima

• Sail the world’s highest navigable lake

• Enjoy a homestay with a local family

• Wander Cuzco’s cobbled streets

• Challenge yourself on the Inca Trail

• Marvel at sunrise over Machu Picchu

• Stay at a lodge deep in the jungle

• Spot Amazon wildlife with an expert

Departures 2014

Jan, Mar & Dec

Feb

Apr & Oct

May

Jun

Jul-Sep

Nov

Inclusions

PERU

Lima

Selected Mon / Sat

Selected Mon

Every Mon / Sat

Machu

Picchu

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP

Every Sat & occasional Mon / Fri

Every Mon / Fri & occasional Sat

Every Mon / Sat & occasional Fri

Every Sat & occasional Mon

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels / guesthouses

(8 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts),

homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private

van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking Meals:

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $200-320 for meals not included

Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),

specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle

guide in the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg

12 Tour Code: GAPPP

My Own Room Available: Fr $299

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Amazon

Jungle

Puno

Lake

Titicaca

Peru Culinary Pack Fr $170

Learn the art of ceviche from a professional

chef (Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days).

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This is a nicely-rounded trip that takes in so many different aspects of Peru’s offerings. The

Inca Trail provides the perfect challenge, there’s authentic culture in the form of a homestay

with one of the unique communities on Lake Titicaca and a visit to a Planeterra-supported

women’s weaving project. Plus, there is wildlife and nature galore in the Amazon Jungle.

It’s time to figure out what those complicated settings on your camera actually do and get

committing your magical moments to memory. The epic sounds and sights of all this are sure

to leave you breathless - or is that just the altitude

DAY

01

02-04

05

06

07-10

11

12-14

15

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive at any time. Explore the city before you meet your group in the evening. Why not get your

friendships off to a flying start with your first taste of Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour

Puno / Lake Titicaca

Take a morning flight to Juliaca and wind your way into Puno, nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Reputed to be the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca is a prime location for some truly

perfect pictures; beautiful blue as far as the eye can see with impressive glacial spears poking though

the distant clouds. Visit Taquile and the floating islands of Uros before reaching a small village where

you’ll stay with the locals – a fantastic way to get a taste of their traditional culture. (B, L, D)

Cuzco

All aboard the bus to Cuzco. It’s one of Peru’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. A marriage

between the Incas and Spanish colonial styles makes this city architecturally interesting and very

pretty. There are markets to explore and churches to admire while you prepare for the hike ahead.

Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Today you’ll travel through the Sacred Valley, discovering hidden gems as you weave along the

Urubamba River, arriving into the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way you’ll stop at

interesting Inca sites, whetting your appetite for the Inca Trail. Your guide will talk you through the

steep terrace system and the impressive fortress. You’ll also stop off to visit a Planeterra weaving

project in a local community and have shopping opportunities at a local market.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Time to make (personal) history as you head up to Km 82 and begin your trek. Over the next four

days you’ll cover around 44kms, with no fewer than three high passes to cross. The mother of all

steep bits is known as Dead Woman’s Pass, standing at a height of 4,200m (that’s an impressive 4km

up into the sky). But with incredible ruins at every turn and a team of dedicated porters to lighten

your load, the heights and distance should not be an issue, assuming a reasonable level of fitness.

When you’ve finished gasping and sighing at the dream-like sight of Machu Picchu at sunrise, there’s

plenty of time to roam around the site. Afterwards, you’ll catch the train back to Cuzco. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

Wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised before heading off on some of the optional adventures

Cuzco offers. Ride raucous rapids down the Urubamba River, wobble off on a bike or saddle up on a

horse. Sacsayhuaman, pronounced ‘sexy woman’, is also only a hillside stroll away - but you might

just want to sit back, relax and swear you’ll never combine alcohol with altitude ever again. Ouch!

Amazon Jungle / Lima

Fly over to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle. A motorised canoe will

greet you to whisk you along the river to your comfortable, eco-friendly lodge in the Tambopata

Rainforest. A local naturalist guide will get you familiar with the abundant flora and fauna. But don’t

expect to come out knowing the name of everything by heart - it holds the world record for the most

bird sightings in one area and just one square kilometre typically holds 75,000 types of tree! You’ll

fly back to Lima on Day 14, for one last night out with your group. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Lima

Time to wave goodbye to your group – you can leave at any time. Head off home or on to another

adventure – what country’s next

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QUEST OF THE GODS

Lima Lima

FR

$3,299

14 DAYS

Highlights

• Canoe up river in the Amazon Jungle

• Spot abundant rainforest wildlife

• Relax in the colonial delights of Cuzco

• Guided tour of the Sacred Valley

• Hike and camp along the Inca Trail

• Witness first light over Machu Picchu

• Discover ancient civilisations

• Stay with the locals on Lake Titicaca

Departures 2014

Jan-Apr

May-Oct

Nov

Dec

Inclusions

PERU

Lima

You might like

Regular Thursdays / Sundays

Every Thursday / Sunday

Every Thursday & Regular Sundays

Regular Thursdays & Every Sunday

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded

Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Comfort hotels (8 nts),

jungle lodge (2 nts), camping (3 nts)

Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat,

canoe, hiking Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches,

5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-320 for

meals not included Group Leader: Chief

Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist

CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle guide in

the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour

Code: GAPQG

My Own Room Available: Fr $599

Machu

Picchu

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP

Ollantaytambo

Cuzco

Amazon

Jungle

Puno

Shorten Your Trip

In The Shadow of Machu Picchu

(10 days, Lima to Cuzco)

(GAPSM) Fr $2,499

Peru Culinary Pack Fr $170

Learn the art of ceviche from a professional

chef (Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days).

Peru is number one on a lot of peoples’ bucket lists. A quick glimpse at this tour should

satisfy your question ‘why’. Experience the rich ecology of the Amazon Rainforest and

travel from coastal cities to the remote heights of the Andes. Conquer the Inca Trail - one of

the world’s best-known hikes which rewards those willing to break a sweat with a stunning

combination of Inca ruins, mountains and cloud forests. Finally, you’ll visit vast Lake Titicaca

with locals willing to welcome you into their traditional life on their floating islands. It’s a

hugely rewarding trip, and with comfortable hotels and lodges so you don’t have to rough it.

DAY

01

02-03

04-05

06-09

10

11-12

13-14

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive into Lima where your arrival transfer will be waiting for you. If time permits, head out to

explore the city. Check out the Changing of the Guards and the cathedral before meeting your group.

Amazon Riverboat

Me Tarzan; you Jane. Get jungle fever as you touch down into Puerto Maldonado at the edge of the

Amazon. Jump on a motorised canoe up the Tambopata River to a remote eco-sensitive rainforest

lodge and unearth the vast knowledge of your expert naturalist guide as you take in the sights and

sounds of the jungle. It’s a great chance to see some amazing wildlife - monkeys, giant armadillos,

capybaras (think giant guinea pigs) and birds galore. You’ll explore on foot and by boat. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Head back out of the jungle by canoe before hopping on a plane to Cuzco, high in the Andes at an

elevation of 3,400m (11,200ft). You’ll tour this cultural epicentre with a guide who’ll give you the

lowdown on colonial and ancient history. There will be free time for you to haggle for bargains at

the local markets, wind your way through the cobblestone streets and take in the museums. On Day

5, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the lush agricultural Sacred Valley, stopping at a women’s weaving

co-operative and stunning Inca ruins. (2B, L)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Head from Ollantaytambo to a point known only as Km 82, where you begin your extraordinary

trek along the world-famous Inca Trail with stunning views of the Andes. For four days, you’ll be

accompanied by a saintly team of porters and guides who’ll be one step ahead of you, preparing

camp. On the final day, you’ll complete the last stage of the Inca Trail before dawn, passing through

Intipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, and arriving just in time to witness the sunrise breathing life into Machu

Picchu. Pretty incredible to say the least. You’ll have the option to climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit

the Inca Bridge before jumping on a train back down to Cuzco. Here you can reflect on the wonders of

your journey and pamper those feet that have carried you so far. For those of you who don’t wish to

tackle the full Inca Trail, no problem, you can enjoy two additional free days in Cuzco before catching

the scenic train to Aguas Calientes which makes a convenient base for visiting Machu Picchu. Either

option returns to Cuzco on Day 9. (4B, 3L, 3D)

Cuzco

This is a well-deserved free day. Relax in Cuzco’s cafés, or grab an alpaca woolly hat or two for your

friends back home. Riding around the nearby hill, Sacsayhuaman, pronounced ‘sexy woman’ is always

a bit of fun, if not for the name alone. Adrenalin junkies can opt for other hair-raising activities like

mountain biking or whitewater rafting. But seriously, do you have the energy (B)

Puno / Lake Titicaca

Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on this full day of travel from Cuzco to Puno, through the

high altiplano. In the morning of Day 12, you’ll head out onto Lake Titicaca for a tour which includes

a visit to the floating Uros Islands. You’ll meet the islanders who’ve maintained their traditions and

way of life. Here it’s the men who know how to knit! If you want to flirt Peruvian-style then make

sure you dress appropriately, as hat and skirt colours are used to clearly indicate marital status. Who

needs Internet dating when you can stand out in all your colourful glory as a spinster (2B)

Lima

Transfer to Juliaca for the short flight back to Lima, where you can spend your last night lapping up

some seafood ceviche and Pisco Sours. On Day 14, It’s ciao for now, see ya later. Over and out. (2B)

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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PANORAMA

ANDES & AMAZON

FR

$2,249 HIGHLIGHTS

FR

$2,125

Lima Cuzco 11 DAYS Cuzco Lima

8 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Discover the mind-blowing landscapes and colonial charms of Peru

• Spend a night in a rustic lodge in the deepest canyon in the world

• Share the moments of your trip with a fun bunch of travel mates

Highlights

• Watch sunrise over Machu Picchu and spot an alligator in the jungle

• Enjoy a special stay in a an incredible Amazon Jungle lodge

• Ride the rails through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

DAY

ITINERARY

DAY

ITINERARY

01-02

03-05

06-08

09-11

Lima / Arequipa

Meet your Tour Manager and group this morning before heading out

to explore the city sights. On Day 2, catch a flight to the ‘White City’

of Arequipa and take in the city’s history on a walking tour. (B, D)

Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Puno

Journey through the scenic Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve

on your way to the jaw-dropping Colca Canyon. Indulge in a relaxing

hot spring dip in Chivay village and spend a night at a rustic lodge.

On Day 4, marvel at the almighty Colca Canyon and try to spot the

Andean condor. Later, see the majestic peaks and valleys of the

Andes on the way to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On Day 6,

take a ride on a triciclo before catching a cruise on Lake Titicaca. See

the Island of Taquile and the floating Uros Islands. (3B, L, 2D)

Puno / Cuzco / Sacred Valley

Journey towards the magnetic city of Cuzco, at the heart of the

once-mighty Inca Empire. Stop off at Pukara to see its ancient Inca

ruins and the last remaining two-storey Inca walls in Raqchi before

arriving to Cuzco. On Day 7, explore the city’s cobbled streets and

unique mix of colonial and religious wonders built on the hefty stone

foundations of the Incas. Next day you’ll visit the Sacred Valley and

take a tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo. (3B, D)

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Indulge in adrenalin activities in the Sacred Valley; from biking and

hiking to rafting, there’s loads to experience. Alternatively, and for

just a modest supplement, you can choose to hike part of the famous

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! On Day 10, enter Macchu Picchu bright

and early for rewarding views of the sun rising above the mountain

tops. Arrive back to Cuzco, where your trip wraps up on Day 11. (3B)

01-02

03

04-05

06-08

Cuzco / Sacred Valley

Begin your adventure exploring the ancient city of Cuzco on foot.

Visit the charming San Blas, La Catedral, San Pedro Market and

sample some of the many adrenalin activities. On Day 2, move on to

the Sacred Valley for a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before arriving

to Peru’s oldest town, Ollantaytambo, for a night. Make sure to try

some local Chicha de Jora (corn beer). (B, D)

Sacred Valley

Ready for some action There is loads on offer in the Sacred Valley;

from biking and hiking to rafting, and if you’re still feeling restless,

perhaps opt to go horse riding through the Valley. Alternatively, for a

modest supplement, you can choose to do the legendary Inca Trail to

Machu Picchu. Take a train to Km 104, then trek amongst the cloud

forest to the Sun Gate and Guardian House for spectacular views. (B)

Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Rise early this morning to see an incredible sunrise over Machu

Picchu and a tour of the Temple of Three Windows, ceremonial baths

and altar. On Day 5, feed your adrenalin urge with activities like

mountain biking and rafting. Enjoy Cuzco’s buzzing nightlife, try some

‘Cerveza Cusquena’ and join the Illary (Sunrise) club! (2B)

Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado / Lima

Take a scenic flight over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s

southern jungle. Exciting activities await! Opt to hike through the

jungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores and look out for

an Amazonian alligator! Tonight, relax in paradise at the incredible

Jungle Lodge. On Day 7, embark on a guided catamaran boat trip for

some wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant otter! Your

adventure concludes on day 8, as you arrive to Lima. (3B, 2L, 2D)

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively

for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts,

twin-share), rustic lodge (1 nt) Transport: 1

local flight & transfer, private air-con coach,

mini-coach or van Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1

lunch (2 on trekking option), 4 dinners Group

Leader: Tour Manager, local guides Group Size:

Max 30 Tour Code: COLICU/COLICUT

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 14

Jan 18 Jan 28

Feb 04 Feb 14

Mar 15 Mar 25

Mar 16 Mar 26

Mar 22 Apr 01

Apr 12 Apr 22

START

FINISH

Apr 19 Apr 29

May 10 May 20

May 17 May 27

May 26 Jun 05

Jun 07 Jun 17

Jun 23 Jul 03

Jul 05 Jul 15

START FINISH

Jul 12 Jul 22

Jul 21 Jul 31

Aug 02 Aug 12

Sep 27 Oct 07

Dec 27 Jan 06

Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

PERU

Aguas Calientes

(Machu Picchu)

Lima

Chivay

Colca

Canyon

Arequipa

BRAZIL

Ollantaytambo

Sacred

Valley

Cuzco

Puno/Lake

Titicaca

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively

for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts,

twin-share), Amazon Jungle lodge (1 nt)

Transport: 2 local flights & transfers, private

air-con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 7

breakfasts, 2 lunches (3 for trekking option), 3

dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager, Englishspeaking

local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour

Code: COCULI/COCULIT

Departures 2014

START

FINISH START FINISH START FINISH

Jan 10 Jan 17 Apr 18 Apr 25 Jun 29 Jul 06

Jan 24 Jan 31 Apr 25 May 02 Jul 11 Jul 18

Feb 10 Feb 17 May 16 May 23 Jul 18 Jul 25

Mar 21 Mar 28 May 23 May 30 Jul 27 Aug 03

Mar 22 Mar 29 Jun 01 Jun 08 Aug 08 Aug 15

Mar 28 Apr 04 Jun 13 Jun 20 Oct 03 Oct 10

Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

Aguas Calientes

(Machu Picchu)

PERU

Lima

BRAZIL

Sacred Valley

Amazon Lodge

Cuzco

Ollantaytambo

Puerto Maldonado

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PERU UNCOVERED

Lima Lima

FR

$3,125

14 DAYS

Highlights

• Bathe in a hot spring in Chivay

• Spend a night at a Colca Canyon lodge

• Spot soaring Andean condors

• Meet local villagers on Lake Titicaca

• Explore the sights of colonial Cuzco

• View Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate

• Look out for incredible jungle wildlife

• Stay at an Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Departures 2014

START

PERU

Lima

FINISH

Jan 04 Jan 17

Jan 18 Jan 31

Feb 04 Feb 17

Mar 15 Mar 28

Mar 16 Mar 29

Apr 12 Apr 25

Apr 19 May 02

START

Aguas Calientes

(Machu Picchu)

Ollantaytambo

FINISH

May 10 May 23

May 17 May 30

May 26 Jun 08

Jun 07 Jun 20

Jun 14 Jun 27

Jun 23 Jul 06

Jul 05 Jul 18

Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Cuzco

Colca

Canyon

Amazon

Lodge

Sacred

Valley

Chivay

START

Arequipa

BRAZIL

FINISH

Jul 12 Jul 25

Jul 21 Aug 03

Aug 02 Aug 15

Sep 27 Oct 10

Dec 27 Jun 09

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively

for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts,

twin-share), Colca Canyon rustic lodge (1

nt), Amazon Jungle Lodge (1 nt) Transport:

3 local flights and transfers, private airconditioned

coach, mini-coach or van Meals:

13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, (4 lunches for

trekking option), 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour

Manager, English-speaking local guides Group

Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLILI/COLILIT

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Puerto

Maldonado

Puno/Lake

Titicaca

Extend your trip

The Adventurer

(25 days, Lima - Rio de Janeiro)

(COLIRJ) see page 32 Fr $6,865

Try something different

Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper

(11 days, Quito - Guayaquil)

(COQOGY) see page 79 Fr $2,965

From ancient Inca culture, the mighty Andes and dense Amazon Jungle to awesome locals

and delightful llamas, Peru has it all. Take this opportunity to see the floating islands of

Lake Titicaca, get involved in some adrenalin-pumping action in Cuzco, admire the incredible

Colca Canyon and spot amazing Amazonian wildlife. The highlight is of course Machu Picchu,

which you have the option to trek to or to take a more relaxed option and go by train. When

you’re done, you’ll have a great group of mates with you on this trip, to sit back with and

re-live the memories over a Pisco Sour cocktail.

DAY

01-02

03

04

05

06-07

08-09

09

10-11

12-13

14

ITINERARY

Lima / Arequipa

Meet your group this morning before checking out the bustle of Lima’s 43 diverse districts. On Day 2,

fly to the ‘White City’ of Arequipa. Delve into the city’s history on a walking tour, covering sites such

as the Santa Catalina Convent and Plaza de Armas, before sampling the city’s tasty cuisine. (B, D)

Arequipa / Colca Canyon

Visit Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, home to wild vicuña, a relative of the llama. Later,

soak in the hot springs before heading to your rustic lodge in the centre of the Colca Canyon. (B, L, D)

Colca Canyon / Puno

Spend the morning trying to spot the Andean condor soaring in the Canyon. Later, experience the

majestic mountains and lakes of the Andes as you travel to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B)

Puno

Cruise Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile and the floating Uros Islands. You’ll visit the locals with

their handmade crafts and famous textiles, to experience their unique culture and way of life. (B, D)

Puno / Cuzco

First up is Pukara and its ancient Inca ruins. Want a souvenir Here’s your chance to get an artistic

ceramic bull. At Raqchi, see the last remaining two-storey Inca walls before heading to Cuzco. Next

morning explore this ancient city on a walking tour. Then the afternoon is yours to experience more

of the Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops or adrenalin activities. (2B, D)

Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu

On Day 8, you’ll take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley before a stop in

Ollantaytambo. Day 9 is adrenalin time! From biking and hiking to rafting there’s loads to experience

before you take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo in the afternoon. (2B)

Option: Inca Trail Trek

For a modest supplement, why not walk in the footsteps of the Incas to complete part of the famous

Inca Trail to magnificent Machu Picchu Take a train to Km 104 and trek among the cloud forest to

the Sun Gate and Guardian House where you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over the site. (B, L)

Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco

Wake early and be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountain

tops. Tour with your guide and on your own before returning to base. Next day, feed your adrenalin

urges with activities like mountain biking and rafting. Get into Cuzco’s amazing nightlife, try a

‘Cerveza Cusquena’ and dance the night away to join the Illary (Sunrise) Club! (2B)

Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado

Fly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the jungle. Tour the city and visit the native Infierno

community. Hike through the jungle to the canopy tower and along the shores, try to spot caiman, a

native Amazonian alligator! You’ll overnight in a jungle lodge. In the morning, a local guide will take

you on a simple catamaran to see wildlife including the giant otter, or maybe try a spot of piranha

fishing before relaxing that afternoon. Another optional activity available is whitewater rafting on the

Tambopata River. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Puerto Maldonado / Lima

Your tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B)

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LIMA

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

SHOESTRING

ROCK SOLID

CONDOR’S

HOUSE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Choose from simple, comfy and clean dorms or private rooms

• Whip up a feast in the large kitchen

• Created by travellers for travellers

FR FR

$15 DORM

PUCLLANA

$44

FR FR

$24 TWIN/DOUBLE LODGE

$29

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Tuck into the free, hearty brekkie in the outside dining area

• Walking distance from trendy Miraflores’ bars and restaurants

• Relaxed, warm surroundings with a personalised twist

SINGLE

TWIN/DOUBLE

Set in the Miraflores area, this fun hostel has a well-stocked and

friendly bar which makes some of the best Pisco Sours in town.

Hang out in the ‘jungle’ garden, enjoy regular BBQs, chill out in the

lounge, work your way through the extensive movie library or get

competitive on the ping pong table!

With two living rooms full of comfy sofas, a kitchenette and seven

uniquely furnished guestrooms, this cosy guesthouse is a real

home from home. Choose from single, double or triple rooms with

or without en suites, all with free Internet access. Tidy, secure and

brimming with independent style and design, its a real gem.

STAY 4 PAY 3, 01MAR14 - 30JUL14 & 01SEP14 - 31DEC14

LIMCON

LIMPUC

rock solid

rock solid

EL TAMBO

PERU

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Enjoy snacks and cocktails at the lounge bar and cafe

• Fun, friendly and great value for money

• Clean and comfy with simple but stylish decor

FR FR

$79 SINGLE

LOS

$81

FR FR

$45 TWIN/DOUBLE GIRASOLES

$46

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Enjoy Peruvian and international dishes in the cafe/restaurant

• Great location in Miraflores

• Catch up with friends or do some planning with free Wi-Fi

SINGLE

TWIN/DOUBLE

This hotel offers top-notch service at an unbeatable price. Ideally

located in the heart of the tourist district, the en suite rooms

have simple yet stylish decor complete with a large TV. After the

delicious complimentary breakfast, use the laundry facilities and

free Wi-Fi.

This smart and modern hotel is located in Miraflores, a safe and

lively area near the Central Park and the city’s main attractions.

Rooms are tastefully decorated and come with LCD TVs, a safety

deposit box and en suite facilities. Sample tasty cuisine in the

restaurant or if you’re feeling lazy, grab some room service!

LIMTAM

LIMLOS

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JORGE CHÁVEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 18km ë

COOL STUFF TO DO

IN & AROUND LIMA

LA PAMPILLA

MARIA

REINA

1

2

MIRAFLORES

Circuito de Playas

3

PLAYA LAS

CASCADES

4

Republica De Panama

HUACA PUCLLANA

300km TO NAZCA ê

BARRANCO

Jorge Chavez

Primavera

Tomas Marsano

Aviacion

Aviacion

CHAMA

Primavera

Valasco Astele

MUSEO

AERONAUTICO

DEL PERU

Valasco Astele

FR

LIMA DISCOVERY TOUR

$34

Discover the real Lima on a guided

half-day walking tour of the city’s famous

sights. Enjoy an informal Spanish lesson,

wander Jiron de la Union and head off the

beaten track to the central market. There,

you’ll learn about local dishes and typical

drinks as well as sampling specialities

such as churros. Continue on through the

historical Plaza Bolivar and finally stop to

rest and try a traditional Pisco Sour in the

place it was invented.

LIMDIS

LIMA AIRPORT TRANSFER

FR

$23

Take the stress out of your arrival in Lima

with a private airport transfer to whizz

you to your hotel.

LIMTRA

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

ICA DESERT &

SAND BUGGIES

FR

$413

2 DAYS

FLY OVER THE

NAZCA LINES

FR

$454

3 DAYS

Discover the beauty of Ica and witness the extreme thrill of sand

buggies. You’ll be blown away by the stunning Huacachina Lagoon

and get to stop at one of the famous wine cellars. Day 2, take

a boat ride out to the Ballestas Islands where you’ll find lots of

sea birds and sea lions in their natural environment. Returning to

Ica, take a bracing sand buggy ride over the amazing white dunes

before returning to Lima by bus.

Departs: Daily, Lima to Lima Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast

Note: 1-day tour available, departing early from Lima with late return Tour

Code: LIMICA

The Nazca Lines have been shrouded in mystery for centuries.

Who made them What’s their purpose Share your theories as

you travel from Lima to Nazca, arriving in time to grab dinner. Next

day, take a tour of the Chauchilla graveyard’s many tombs and

ancient pottery followed by a flight over the lines with an aerial

view of these ancient wonders. It’s by far the best way to view this

phenomenon! After a second night in Nazca return to Lima.

Departs: Daily, Lima to Lima Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Meals: No meals

included Transport: Return bus from Lima to Nazca Includes: Flight over Nazca

Lines Tour Code: LIMNAZ

NAZCA LINES

DAY TOUR WITH FLIGHT

FR

$221

FULL DAY

LEARN SPANISH IN

LIMA

FR

$530

1-48 WEEKS

Set out from the town of Nazca to the arid Peruvian plains and

discover the wonder of the Nazca Lines. A UNESCO World Heritage

Site, these well preserved images of stylised birds, spiders, fish

and lizards have been attracting fascinated travellers for years.

Jump on a flight to get an unbeatable view of these mysterious

markings. You will also visit the Chauchilla Cemetery to witness

many tombs and ancient pottery.

Departs: Daily, Nazca to Nazca Transport: Hotel pick-up & drop-off in Nazca,

30-minute flight over Nazca Lines Tour Code: NAZNLF

Make the most of your time in Peru by learning the language! Being

able to speak Spanish will help you interact with locals, get around

easier and mean you can order what you want to on the menu! The

language school is located in the popular district of Miraflores, a

safe and lively area near the beaches of Lima making it perfect for

a post-class sunbathe! The school has nine classrooms, a relaxing

courtyard, a lounge and free Wi-Fi.

Start Date: Mondays (arrival day Sunday) Accommodation: Shared apartment

(single room) Meals: Self catering Tour Code: GLOBO

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CUZCO & MACHU PICCHU

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

SHOESTRING

rock solid rock solid

MILHOUSE

CUZCO

FR FR FR

$13 SINGLE

PRISMA

$58 SINGLE

CASA ANDINA $133

FR FR FR

$25 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL

$34 TWIN/DOUBLE KORICANCHA $67

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Housed in a beautifully restored monastery

and boasting a boutique feel with a hostel

price tag, Milhouse Cuzco is the best hostel

in town. Relax on cosy beanbags with a

refreshing cocktail, chill with a book in the

courtyard or lounge on one of the comfy

sofas. There’s also a huge bar to boot -

perfect for sharing travelling tales.

Located in the historical district of Cuzco

close to the main square is this quaint

and cosy, colonial-style hotel. Friendly

staff ensure you feel right at home and

the simple rooms are bright and clean with

private bathrooms and cable TV. Eat in the

restaurant or head out into the town and

enjoy the plentiful nightlife.

SINGLE

TWIN/DOUBLE

With impressive colonial-style design, an

open air patio and warm interior decor

featuring earth tones, this darling hotel

embraces you. Don’t miss the superb food

at the traditional Peruvian restaurant.

Rooms are cosy with en suites and free

Internet access, plus the Koricancha temple

is practically next door!

STAY 4 PAY 3 (DORMS),

STAY 6 PAY 5 (PRIVATE ROOMS) -

03JAN14-30 APR14,01OCT14-30NOV14

CUZMIL CUZPRI CUZCAS

PERU

HOP

FR

$221

Lima Cuzco MIN 7 DAYS

Highlights

• Meet and have fun with like-minded travellers on this hop-on-hop-off bus

Travel your way, with a flexible, open-dated ticket

• See the best of Peru and make the most of the free tours along the way

Inclusions

Departs: Lima or Cuzco: Mon, Wed & Fri Includes:

7-stop bus pass, hostel transfers, Spanish lessons, tours

mentioned Group Leader: Peruvian English-speaking tour

guide Note: Meals & accommodation not included. An

accommodated option is available Tour Code: PERHOH

Discover the magic of Peru in a fun, flexible and super-safe way by jumping onboard

this new hop-on hop-off bus, operating both ways between Lima and Cuzco. Started

by three Irish backpackers who wanted to bring the “hop” idea to Peru, they have

employed and trained local Peruvian guides who are fluent in English and Spanish to

show you tasty restaurants, great hostels, and who’ll teach you a little Español. Make

the most of the following free tours enroute: the old Inca City in Pachacamac, see

the Natural Reserve in Paracas, home to an abundance of wildlife, get active and go

sandboarding in Ica (optional extra), climb up the Nazca Lines viewing tower in Nazca,

take a city tour of Arequipa and stroll around a vineyard in Pisco. You’ll make loads of

new mates along the way and there’s no better way of seeing Peru! Uno, dos, tres, go!

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MACHU PICCHU

BY TRAIN

Hop on the Peru Railway for a scenic journey from Cuzco all the

way to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this

quaint mountain town and stretch your legs by walking to Mandor

Waterfall or Putucusi Mountain, followed by a relaxing dip in the

thermal hot springs. The famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu awaits

you up the hill from Aguas Calientes where a day of exploration

with your guide will certainly be an unforgettable experience.

Departs: Daily, Cuzco to Cuzco Transport: Cuzco hotel pick up and drop off, bus

and train Tour Guide: Professional English / Spanish / Quechua speaking guide

Tour Code: CUZMPT

THE SACRED VALLEY &

MACHU PICCHU

Cuzco

Cuzco

FR

$465 MACHU PICCHU

FR

$553

FULL DAY BY TRAIN OVERNIGHT

2 DAYS

Enjoy a breathtaking train journey from Cuzco, stopping by the

beautiful town of Ollantaytambo for a sneaky peek, to Aguas

Calientes, to explore the nooks and crannies of this attractive

little mountain town. Day 2 is an very early start with a morning

transfer to Machu Picchu, allowing plenty of time to visit this

incredible archaeological site with your guide. Explore the hidden

corners of this ancient Inca city before returning to Cuzco.

Departs: Daily, Cuzco to Cuzco Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt) Transport: Bus

& train Meals: 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Guide: English speaking guide Tour

Code: CUZMAC

FR

$431

2 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Wander around the Sacred Valley of the Incas taking in the beautiful archeological ruins

• Take a relaxing soak in the beautiful thermal hot springs in Aguas Calientes

• Watch the Inca constructions appear beneath the clouds as the sun rises

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel with private

bathroom & hot showers (1 nt) Includes: Cuzco transfers,

transport, entrance fee to Machu Picchu Meals: 1

breakfast, 1 buffet lunch Tour Guide: English speaking tour

guide Tour Code: CUSPIC

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this two-day trip; perfect for those short on

time. Departing from Cuzco, spend a day exploring the Sacred Valley where you’ll have

the opportunity to wander the colourful artisan markets, see beautiful ceramics and

discover the diverse array of archaeological Incan ruins. Late in the afternoon take the

train to picturesque Aguas Calientes where there is the chance to relax in the natural

thermal pools. The following day, an early bus will take you to Machu Picchu, arriving at

the summit just in time for sunrise. Watching the awesome Inca constructions appear

beneath the clouds is an incredible sight. Enjoy a guided tour and then explore on your

own - opt to climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu for amazing views over the entire

valley and complex. Machu Picchu-ed out Then, head back to Cuzco town.

INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

WITH ZIPLINING & HUAYNA PICCHU

Cuzco

Cuzco

FR

$719

4 DAYS

Highlights

• Mountain bike past changing landscapes and snow-capped mountains

• Walk the real Inca Trail which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops

• See the magnificent sunrise over Machu Picchu city

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts), lodge (1

nt) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches,

3 dinners Includes: Mountain bike & equipment, transfers,

hotel pick-up, bilingual guide, entrance to Machu Picchu &

Huayna Picchu, first aid kit, zipline, entrance to hot springs

Tour Code: CUZJMP

The perfect trip for adventure, this exclusive trail follows recently discovered Inca

paths by bike, on foot and by zipline over multiple terrains. Start in Cuzco and take a

adrenalin-pumping 60-kilometre downhill bike ride to Santa Maria. Start the following

day with an indigenous coffee and trek to Santa Rosa before continuing on to the real

Inca Trail which winds around precipitous slopes and hair-raising sheer drops. Feeling

daring Fly from one mountain to the next on a zipline then soak in hot springs. Day 3,

trek an exclusive part of the Inca Trail and admire the incredible view of Machu Picchu

from the top of Llactapata, before arriving in Aguas Calientes. Rise early on Day 4 to

see the Inca constructions at sunrise in Machu Picchu, then hike to Huayna Picchu for

awesome views, before heading back to Cuzco.

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MACHU PICCHU

JUNGLE TREK - BIKE & TREK

Cuzco

Cuzco

FR

$492

4 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Inclusions

Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: Hostel with

shared bathroom (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches,

3 dinners, 3 snacks Includes: Pre-departure briefing,

professional guide, Cuzco hotel pick-up, transfers,

mountain biking equipment, first aid kit Tour Code:

CUZBAN

LARES TREK TO

MACHU PICCHU

Cuzco

Cuzco

Highlights

• Ride your bike through the lush jungle, cruising through fruit plantations along the way

• Trek through the jungle mountains and admire the incredible scenery

• Watch the sunrise over the magnificent Machu Picchu city

Leave Cuzco to begin your adventure. Start with a bike ride into the lush and humid

jungles. See Huamanmarka Archeaological site along the way as you cruise through fruit

plantations and over rivers before arriving at your hostel in Santa Maria. Whilst you’re

here, try the optional rafting activity and bounce off rapids along the Urubamba River.

Rise early the following morning and trek through the jungle mountains for views of

pristine landscapes, beautiful flora and fauna and get the chance to meet the locals.

Spend Day 3 flying through the treetops on South America’s highest zipline (optional),

before taking an easy trek to the hydroelectric station and towards Aguas Calientes

where you can chill out in the gorgeous hot springs. Watch the glorious sunrise, then

take a walking tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco on Day 4.

FR

$758

4 DAYS

Highlights

• Relax in the beautiful hot springs in Lares town

• Enjoy authentic views of life in the Peruvian countryside

• See a spectacular sunrise over the magnificent city of Machu Picchu

Inclusions

Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: Camping (2

nts), Hostel (1 nt) Transport: All transportation Meals: 3

breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Machu Picchu

entrance fee, professional guide, all transport, predeparture

briefing, horses to carry camping/cooking kit,

basic sleeping matresses, first aid kit Tour Code: BAMCUZ

SALKANTAY TREK TO

MACHU PICCHU

Cuzco

Cuzco

Escape to a part of Peru that has changed little in the past 500 years! Start in Cuzco,

catch your transfer to Lares town and relax in beautiful hot springs before starting your

six hour trek to Wakawasi for stunning views of glaciers and wildlife. Spend the evening

meeting local families living alongside nature and get some rest camping under the

stars. Continue your trek through the Peruvian highlands and tuck into lunch near a lake

before heading for camp in Patacancha town. Peek into a local school on Day 3, and

then hike to Ollantaytambo before hopping on a train to Aguas Calientes for a night.

Your final stop is Machu Picchu. Catch the spectacular sunrise and then take a walking

tour to discover this majestic archaeological site’s history. If you’re still feeling active,

climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for stunning views. Head back to Cuzco on Day 4.

FR

$609

5 DAYS

Highlights

• Trek less-beaten tracks in breathtaking mountain-framed jungle

• Treat yourself to a soak in the hot springs amongst the upper jungle

• Admire the breathtaking sunrise over Machu Picchu

Inclusions

Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: Camping

(3 nts), hostel (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4

dinners, snacks Includes: Machu Picchu entrance fee,

professional guide, transfers, pre-departure briefing,

mules to carry camping/cooking kit, first aid kit Tour Code:

CUZSAL

Leave Cuzco for the great Andes mountain range. Start with a three-hour walk

to Sayllapata enjoying panoramic views of beautiful mountains as you ascend

towards Soraypampa. The next day, rise early to go to Salkantay for views of snowcapped

precipices, before a downhill walk through a dramatic cloud forest towards

Huayracpunku. Walk the upper jungle on Day 3 with its wonderful waterfalls, tropical

fruits and exotic plants. Set up camp and treat yourself to a trip to the hot springs to

soothe your worn-out feet! Head to the hydroelectric station; then to Aguas Calientes

for another dip in springs before seeing the magnificent Machu Picchu by sunrise on

your last day. Take a guided walking tour and with any energy left, climb Huayna Picchu

(optional). Reminisce on your return to Cuzco with your new travel buddies.

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LAKE TITICACA & COLCA CANYON

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

COLCA

CANYON TREK

FR

$287

3 DAYS

LAKE TITICACA &

ITS ISLANDS

FR

$88

2 DAYS

On this unmissable trek through the deepest canyon in the world

you’ll spot plenty of llamas and alpacas in the National Reserve

before trekking into the canyon followed by dinner and a night

staying with a local family. Next day, hike into the beautiful

Sangalle Valley and take a dip in natural pools. Overnight under the

stars in a ‘cabin’ made out of natural materials such as bamboo.

Day 3, visit Cruz del Condor and return via Chivay’s hot springs.

Departs: Daily, Arequipa to Arequipa Accommodation: Homestay (1 nt),

camping (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: AQPCCT/

AQPCCF

Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, straddles the

Peru/Bolivia border, giving you a chance to see the pre-Inca ruins

and colourful textiles worn by the locals whose culture has hardly

changed. Visit unique floating islands whose inhabitants have

built their own ‘islands’ from layers of reed and explore Inca and

Tiahuanco archaeological remains. Dine with a local family and be

welcomed into their home for the night, before returning to Puno.

Departs: Daily, Puno to Puno Accommodation: Homestay (1 nt) Meals: 1

breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: FJZTIT

LAKE TITICACA BY

KAYAK & BIKING DEATH ROAD

FR

$542

5 DAYS

LAKE TITICACA &

SUN ISLAND

FR

$235

3 DAYS

This awesome trip takes you from the tranquil waters of Peruvian

Lake Titicaca to the thrilling ride of the Death Road in Bolivia!

From Puno, kayak across the lake, visit Esteves Island and Llachon

Peninsula before arriving at Taquile Island. Here, friendly locals will

give you a tour before moving on to La Paz for your mad mountain

bike adventure. Supported by professional vehicles and guides,

you’ll speed past cocoa plantations, waterfalls and tiny villages.

Departs: Daily, Puno to Puno Accommodation: Hotel (4 nts) Meals: 2 lunches

& snacks Includes: Mountain bike, helmet and all equipment Tour Code: PUNLTI

Experience Inca culture out on the islands of Lake Titicaca. Set off

from Puno to Copacabana which boasts the best beach in Bolivia.

The following morning it’s off to the Island of the Sun for some

trekking where you’ll visit the Charkana Inca ruins. Next stop is

Yumani for two nights with stunning views over the lake. Enjoy a

boat trip to the Island of the Moon and the Virgin Temple. Return

to La Paz with a camera full of amazing photos!

Departs: Daily, Puno to La Paz Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2

breakfasts Tour Code: FJZPTL

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AMAZON JUNGLE

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

JUNGLE ADVENTURE IN THE

TAMBOPATA RESERVE

FR

$365 POSADA

FR

$691

3 DAYS AMAZONAS LODGE

4 DAYS

Experience abundant wildlife as soon as you begin travelling to

your beautiful jungle lodge. Further exploration and jungle walks

with local guides will have you searching for caimans, capuchin

monkeys and even possibly a jaguar! You’ll get a demonstration

of traditional fishing methods with the chance to see piranha

fish. Witness a whole different variety of animals on a night walk

through the buzzing jungle.

Departs: Daily, Puerto Maldonado to Puerto Maldonado Accommodation:

Jungle lodge bungalow (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour

Code: PEMJAR

On this tour you’ll learn about the forest’s everyday uses – for

food, medicine and construction - whilst staying in a rustic

eco-lodge. Climb a canopy tower for knock-out views of expanses

of standing forest cut by the winding Tambopata River. Paddle an

oxbow lake searching for the resident family of giant river otters

and watch as dozens of parrots and parakeets descend most clear

mornings to ingest the clay on the river bank.

Departs: Daily, Puerto Maldonado to Puerto Maldonado Accommodation:

Jungle lodge (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Note: 2 and 4

night options are also available Tour Code: PEMPOS

BAMBA

AMAZON JUNGLE

FR

$387

Puerto Maldonado Puerto Maldonado 3 DAYS

Highlights

• Get your camera ready for all kinds of wildlife

• Stay in comfortable jungle bungalows

• Enjoy river and lake life in the heart of the Amazon

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Bungalow with

private bathroom (2 nts) Includes: Transport

by air con vehicle and speedboat, guide Meals:

All meals at the lodge Note: Also available from

Cuzco Tour Code: PEMAJP

Travel to the heart of the Amazon jungle on the Madre de Dios River to experience

its lushess in person. Day 1, you’ll be met in Puerto Maldonado where you’ll visit the

market and take a boat journey down the Madre de Dios River to your Amazon jungle

lodge where you’ll be welcomed with a cold drink. Visit Monkey Island where you can

spot all kinds of bird and animal life as well as many types of monkey, of course! Day

2 involves a walk to Sandoval Lake. See birds, otters and alligators in their natural

habitat. Spend your time canoeing, fishing or relaxing by this stunning lake. On Day

3, see the sunrise over the river before heading back to Puerto Maldonado. This great

little package is also available as a five-day trip from Cuzco which involves an overnight

bus there and back to get you deep into the jungle.

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AMAZON RIVERBOAT ADVENTURE

Lima Lima

FR

$2,499

9 DAYS

Highlights

• Cruise in style along Amazonian rivers

• Spot sloths, toucans and monkeys

• Keep a look out for the elusive jaguar

• Dine on food fresh from the jungle

• Explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve

• Interact with the local communities

• See the jungle’s creatures of the night

• Swim in the river with pink dolphins

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 11 Jan 19

Feb 22 Mar 02

Mar 01 Mar 09

Mar 15 Mar 23

Mar 22 Mar 30

Mar 29 Apr 06

Apr 05 Apr 13

Apr 12 Apr 20

Apr 26 May 04

May 03 May 11

May 10 May 18

May 17 May 25

Inclusions

Lima

Canopy Walkway

PERU

START

FINISH

May 24 Jun 01

Jun 14 Jun 22

Jun 21 Jun 29

Jun 28 Jul 06

Jul 12 Jul 20

Jul 19 Jul 27

Jul 26 Aug 03

Aug 09 Aug 17

Aug 16 Aug 24

Aug 30 Sep 07

Sep 13 Sep 21

Sep 20 Sep 28

Iquitos

Pacaya

Samiria Reserve

START

FINISH

Sep 27 Oct 05

Oct 11 Oct 19

Oct 25 Nov 02

Nov 01 Nov 09

Nov 08 Nov 16

Nov 22 Nov 30

Nov 29 Dec 07

Dec 13 Dec 21

Dec 20 Dec 28

Dec 27 Jan 04

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Upgraded

Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Amazon riverboat (6 nts)

(all cabins have twin or queen beds, en suite

facilities, air conditioning and river views),

comfort hotels (2 nts) Transport: Riverboat,

plane, private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6

lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-80

for meals not included, plus enough to cover

drinks and tips on board the riverboat Group

Leader: Certified Amazon Reserve naturalist

guide, support staff on riverboat Group Size:

Max 32, Avg 28 Tour Code: GAPVIIA

Fly up from Lima and hop aboard the Queen Violeta, a comfortable, modern and purposebuilt

riverboat to discover the secrets of the Amazon Rainforest. Led by a naturalist guide,

your cruise will include daily excursions by motorised skiff, revealing exotic wildlife - with

any luck you’ll spot sloths, toucans or pink dolphins. You’ll have two full days of exploration

in Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a chance to interact with the locals, learn about traditional life

in the jungle and meet a local shaman - it’s a rare glimpse of how life ‘on the river’ is lived.

Savour delicious cuisine on board and open a window into a beautiful, hidden corner of Peru.

DAY

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08-09

ITINERARY

Lima

Arrive in Lima at any time, and catch your included transfer to your hotel to start your explorations.

Iquitos / Amazon Riverboat

Arise for an early flight to Iquitos where your Amazon riverboat awaits. Before boarding, enjoy the

hustle and bustle of this port town on a city tour and stop off at a manatee rescue centre where

you will learn about, and have the opportunity to feed, these lovable animals. As the Queen Violeta

sets sail, relax and let the wild rainforest surround you. Step out onto the roomy observation deck to

watch the world go by, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife such as grey and pink dolphins. (B, L, D)

Marañon River / Amazon River / Ucayali River

After a hearty jungle breakfast, you’ll take an excursion on the Amazon and some of its tributaries to

see the wonders of the rainforest. The Amazon is home to an abundance of wildlife so you may see

monkeys, sloths, and a variety of birdlife. Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a presentation about the

Amazon River from your expert guide. Later, you’ll walk along the shores of the Ucayali River, where

you’ll have an opportunity to see the Victoria Regia water lily - a gigantic aquatic plant. (B, L, D)

Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Spend a full day in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve - Peru’s largest national park. Keep your binoculars

at the ready to catch sight of herons, macaws, monkeys, sloths and many more primate, bird and

mammal species. Enjoy another expert presentation on the life, history and culture of the Amazon’s

main tribes. Sail in a catamaran across the Enchanted Lake and relax on the tranquil waters. Before

dinner, you’ll touch upon the spirit realm by paying a visit to a local shaman. Shamanism is a practice

that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to interact with the

spirit world. Meeting the shaman will help you understand the traditions of the rainforest. (B, L, D)

Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Enjoy an early start and witness the Amazon world coming to life. Spy iguanas, river turtles and other

fauna which you may not even have heard of! Embrace the warm hospitality of a local Indian family

and be welcomed into their home for lunch and an introduction to their culture, costumes and way of

life. This evening take a night excursion to discover who comes out after dark in the jungle! Be on the

lookout for mammals, bats, and reptiles such as black caiman and poison frogs. (B, L, D)

Marañon River / Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Enjoy a picnic breakfast before a ride up the Nahuapa River for a fishing expedition. What’s biting

Piranhas, of course! Reputedly the most ferocious fish in the world but don’t worry you’ll be quite

safe in your boat. You’ll also visit the picturesque Choroyacu Creek where you have the opportunity

to climb in a dugout canoe and explore this scenic area with the locals. After lunch, plunge into the

cool river for a swim, if you’re lucky you might even share the water with some pink river dolphins.

Get a taste of the jungle at a cooking lesson and sample the results for dinner. (B, L, D)

Nauta / Sapisapi River

Return to civilisation today with a stop in the town of Nauta, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers

(the major headstreams of the Amazon), merge. Browse the markets before visiting the Sapisapi River

to look for turtles. Last night on board includes a farewell dinner and live music. (B, L, D)

Iquitos/ Lima

Disembark at the port in Iquitos and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Transfer to

your hotel before spending a final night in the City of Kings. Your tour ends any time on Day 9. (2B)

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BOLIVIA

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

TOP

5

MUST-DO’s

1. WALK ON WATER AT THE SALT FLATS

2. FEEL THE DIZZY HEIGHTS OF LA PAZ

3. HEAD INTO A WORKING SILVER MINE

4. CYCLE DOWN THE ‘DEATH ROAD’

5. FISH FOR PIRANHA IN THE AMAZON

SORATA LA PAZ

• •


ORURO

• SANTA CRUZ


SUCRE

UYUNI


• SALT LAKES


BOLIVIA DISCOVERY

La Paz La Paz

FR

$1,449

11 DAYS

Highlights

• Conquer the high altitude Andes

• Strike a pose on the Salar de Uyuni

• Ride a 4WD over the salt flats

• Marvel at multi-coloured lagoons

• Explore the mining town of Potosí

• Discover Sucre’s political history

• Step in ancient dinosaur tracks

• Pick up souvenirs at La Paz’s markets

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 05 Jan 15

Jan 17 Jan 27

Feb 03 Feb 13

Mar 14 Mar 24

Mar 28 Apr 07

Apr 04 Apr 14

Apr 18 Apr 28

Apr 28 May 08

May 05 May 15

May 14 May 24

Inclusions

START

La Paz

FINISH

May 31 Jun 10

Jun 13 Jun 23

Jun 29 Jul 09

Jul 11 Jul 21

Jul 19 Jul 29

Jul 26 Aug 05

Aug 01 Aug 11

Aug 11 Aug 21

Aug 24 Sep 03

Sep 04 Sep 14

Salt Flats

BOLIVIA

Potosí

Uyuni

START

Sucre

FINISH

Sep 12 Sep 22

Sep 21 Oct 01

Oct 04 Oct 14

Oct 12 Oct 22

Nov 08 Nov 18

Nov 14 Nov 24

Nov 20 Nov 30

Dec 06 Dec 16

Dec 19 Dec 29

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), basic hostels

(2 nts, multishare) Transport: Public bus,

train, 4WD truck, plane Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3

lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $145-

190 for meals not included Group Leader:

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) from Days 1-9,

return flight to La Paz is not guided Group

Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GABBDR

My Own Room Available: Fr $299

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Andean Discovery

(21 days, Lima to La Paz, or v.v.)

(GAJML) see page 42 Fr $2,449

Start the adventure

Still relatively untouched by tourism, Bolivia offers some of the most dramatic scenery the

continent has to offer, an interesting local lifestyle and cities rich in cultural and colonial

history. The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the salt flats (a.k.a. the middle of nowhere!),

where perspective is completely distorted. It’s a photographer’s paradise, so get your cameras

poised. Combined with the magical markets and bustling streets of La Paz, the silver mining

history of Potosí and the colonial glories of Sucre, it’s a trip that’s a little bit off the beaten

track but shows off this marvellous country to its best.

DAY

01

02

03-05

06

07-09

10

11

ITINERARY

La Paz

Arrive into the rather fabulously named La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (the City of Our Lady

of Peace) at any time today and adjust to the high altitude. At almost 4,000m (13,120ft), this is the

highest city in the world. Soak up its spirit as you take an easy stroll around its bustling streets.

Uyuni

Transfer by bus or train to Uyuni, an isolated town built seemingly in defiance of its desert-like

surroundings in the southwestern corner of Bolivia. Check-in to your hotel, go for a quick wander

around and stock up on a few snacks and essentials as you prepare for the salt flats excursion.

Uyuni / Salt Lakes Excursion

You’ll spend the next three days exploring the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and

Chile’s Atacama Desert on an exciting 4WD adventure. Take your sunglasses - the already strong

sun bouncing off the whiter-than-white salt flats is pretty intense and frazzled eyes isn’t such a

good look this coming season. The sights are quite simply astounding, particularly once you hit Fish

Island, so make sure you’ve charged your camera well - it’s a photographer’s dream come true. Carry

on along the rugged terrain stopping at the incredible coloured lagoons, home to beautiful flamingos

standing elegant and proud. Pass geysers, boiling mud pools, thermal baths and the whopping

Licancabúr Volcano (5,960m) that looms in the distance. Cacti lovers will also be in for their share of

spiky surprises, few other plants can grow in such a harsh environment. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a tumultuous history and reputation as a

silver mining centre during colonial times. Many thousands of indigenous people and slaves brought

here from Africa lost their lives in the silver mines, due to the appalling working conditions. Though

things have improved today, you still need a sense of adventure if you want to enjoy an optional trip

deep underground into working mine for a close-up look at the methods of extracting the precious

metal deposits. There’s also time to explore the city and to visit the Casa de la Moneda Museum.

Sucre

Continue by bus over to the fascinating, historic town of Sucre which serves as Bolivia’s official and

political capital. The city’s fine museums, colonial buildings and ties to the independence movement

make it a city of strong historical interest. There’s the option to visit an old tin baron’s mansion, a

textile co-operative or head off mountain biking and hiking. If none of those float your boat, then

you can follow in the footsteps of some older visitors too, with a visit to see dinosaur footprints!

La Paz

Fly from Sucre to La Paz this morning, where you have the chance to enjoy an optional city tour

including a visit to the dramatic Valley of the Moon, just outside La Paz. Alternatively, just relax

with a free afternoon to explore the city’s markets and winding streets. Today is a last chance for

souvenir shopping and if that’s the order of the day be sure to check out the Witches’ Market where

you can cure your real and imagined ailments with a whole host of herbal remedies and mysterious

lotions. We can’t vouch for their medicinal qualities, but it certainly makes for a weird and wonderful

way to spend the afternoon!

La Paz

It’s not even a case of swapping numbers or e-mail addresses these days, is it Get onto your social

networking sites to share all those photos, as you say goodbye to your travelling buddies.

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LA PAZ & BEYOND

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

SHOESTRING ROCK SOLID

HI HOSTEL

ONKEL INN

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Swap stories with other globetrotters in the sociable bar

• Within walking distance of top nightlife, Bolivian-style!

• Catch some zzzs in squeaky-clean and comfy dorms or privates

FR FR

$22 DORM

LAS

$36

FR FR

$30 TWIN/DOUBLE BRISAS

$30

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

• Admire the Amazonian landscape from the fifth floor solarium

• Choose from comfy singles, doubles or triples, all en suite

• Brimming with traditional charm

SINGLE

TWIN/DOUBLE

Well placed in the centre of La Paz and close to hip nightlife - this

is a cool spot for cool people. The bright, colourful and uplifting

vibe makes this a top place to bunk down. There’s a TV room,

kitchen, Internet access, bike rental and a roof terrace with Jacuzzi

boasting spectacular views.

This hotel is located in the most popular area of La Paz, so you’ll

be right in the middle of all the action. The staff are friendly

and helpful, there is free Internet and the fifth floor terrace is

the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning views. The

comfortable en suite rooms are elegantly decorated.

LPBONK

LPBHLB

TOUR TO

LAKE TITICACA

FR

$141 THE DEATH ROAD:

FR

$160

DOWNHILL BIKING

3 DAYS FULL DAY

Escape the bustle of La Paz to visit one of the highest lakes in the

world! Check out the beaches of quaint Copacabana and marvel at

Inca Ruins on the sacred ‘Isla del Sol’. Day 1, it’s off to Copacabana

to visit the Basilica and a local crafts market. Day 2 takes you

to Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) where walking and trekking will

reveal a whole host of Inca ruins and sights. Day 3, catch an

incredible sunrise before heading back to La Paz.

Departs: Daily, La Paz to La Paz Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2

breakfasts Transport: Return transfers from La Paz included Tour Code: LPBLAK

Bolivia’s North Yungas Road, more popularly known as ‘Death

Road’, is said to be the most dangerous in the world. Dropping

4,000 metres in five hair-raising hours, this is not a trip for the

faint-hearted! You’ll be fully equipped with helmet, gloves, and

suspension mountain bike for the guided downhill ride of your

life. Whizz through sensational scenery and finish up in the lovely

village of Coroico, before transferring back to La Paz.

Departs: Daily Transfers: Departs from HI Hostel Onkel Inn (La Paz) Includes:

Mountain bike, helmet and all equipment Tour Code: LPBBIK

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CROSSING THE

SALT FLATS

Uyuni

San Pedro De Atacama

Highlights

• Cross the largest salt flats in the world

• Admire brightly coloured lakes and flocks of flamingos

• Check out fossilised coral and 1000-year-old cacti

FR

$296

3 DAYS

This is a spectacular tour of the largest salt flats in the world, the

Salar de Uyuni. Travelling by 4WD with a guide and cook, you’ll

head first to Fish Island - an island of fossilised coral, covered in

1,000 year-old cacti in the middle of the Salar. Day 2, continue

south past colourful lakes towards Lagoona Colorda, coloured red

by the resident algae. Along the way, view flamingo flocks and wild

vicuña. Pass through rugged Andean terrain, arriving at the Arbol

de Piedra - a stone tree carved from the winds of the area. Your

final day, take a dip in natural hot water pools, then view vibrant

green Laguna Verde before finishing up at San Perdro de Atacama.

PAMPAS

AMAZONICAS

La Paz

La Paz

Highlights

• Fly over the snow-capped peaks of the Andes

• Spend three days on a canoe trip down the Yacuma River

• Swim with dolphins and fish for piranha in the Bolivian Amazonia

FR

$717

6 DAYS

Get up close and personal with Bolivian nature. Start with a night

in buzzing La Paz and then fly over the beautiful snow-capped

peaks of the Andean mountain chain La Cordillera Real. You’ll pass

over the green valley of the Yungas to the last hills at the edge,

entering the plains of the Amazonia. Leaving the village later by

4WD, you’ll embark on a three-day canoe round trip up the Yacuma

River to a campsite. You’ll trek through the Pampas, observing

wildlife such as monkeys, crocs and tapirs and take day and night

excursions. Highlights will include swimming with dolphins and

night fishing for piranahs, before flying back to La Paz.

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Departs: Daily, Accommodation: Simple lodges (2 nts) Transport: 4WD

Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Note: Also available in reverse, see

page 116 Tour Code: LPBFLA

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (3 nts), camping (2 nts) Meals:

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Flights between La Paz &

Rurrenabaque, 4WD, boat Tour Code: LPBPAM

HUAYNA

POTOSI

La Paz

La Paz

FR

$442

5 DAYS

MADIDI

NATIONAL PARK

La Paz

La Paz

FR

$737

5 DAYS

Highlights

• Test your fitness at high altitudes

• Watch the sunrise from the mountain summit

• Enjoy views of Cordillera Real, La Paz and beyond

Highlights

• Search for the rainforest’s wildlife

• Trek past incredible flora and fauna

• Visit an indigenous village in the jungle

The Huayna Potosí mountain, with its glaciated peak, stands

at 6,088 metres-tall. Climbing to the top will reward you with

unforgettable views over the Cordillera Real, La Paz and down into

the green valleys of the Yungas. Day 1, drive up to a mountain

hut, at 4,950m and set out on a training and acclimatisation

climb up an old glacier. Your guide will teach you the techniques

of mountain climbing, ice walking and use of all equipment. The

second refuge, at 5,200m, is reached on Day 2. After a few hours

sleep, head out up Huayna Potosi, reaching the summit in time for

sunrise. It’s a good idea to acclimatise in La Paz for a few days

before your climb.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: hostel (2 nts), mountain hut (2 nts) Meals:

All meals while climbing, breakfast at hostel Tour Guide: 1 guide per 2-3

passengers & all equipment provided Tour Code: LBPHUY

Madidi National Park is recognised as one of the world’s most

vast and biologically diverse rainforests with steep jungle terrain,

white water rivers, snow-capped mountains and stunning scenery.

You’ll fly from La Paz to your jungle hub, Rurrenabaque village.

From here you will head out into the jungle and pampas in search

of anaconda, spectacled bears, otters, jaguars, monkeys and

piranhas. Travel by boat to the special base campsite where you’ll

stay for two nights. Spend your days trekking in the jungle and by

night go in search of wildlife. You’ll also visit a local community to

learn about their way of life. On Day 5, return to La Paz by plane.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport:

Flights between La Paz & Rurrenabaque, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4

dinners Tour Guide: Local guide, driver Tour Code: LPBMNP

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

ECUADOR &

GALAPAGOS

TOP

5

MUST-DO’s

1. SOAK IN THE HOT SPRINGS AT BAÑOS

2. ADMIRE QUITO’S GOLDEN CATHEDRAL

3. RIDE THE DEVIL’S NOSE RAILWAY

4. GET CLOSE TO GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE

5. BE BRAVE: SNORKEL WITH SHARKS!

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS


OTAVALO

QUITO


• TENA

MACHALILLA

ECUADOR

• ALAUSÍ


GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

unique and extraordinary

They sit 972kms (600 miles) off the

coast of Ecuador, but the Galapagos

Islands may as well be a foreign

planet. Teeming with unique wildlife,

the archipelago is one of the world’s

most captivating destinations.

fly there for free

All our Galapagos tours and sailing

trips include return flights from

mainland Ecuador. If you book any

G Adventures tour in Peru, we’ll also

throw in a one-way flight from Peru

to Quito. See p.39 for more details.

island stays or cruising - how best to visit

For many people, the Galapagos will be a

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but you

don’t need to rush round all the islands -

the wildlife is so extensive that you can

gain a full appreciation simply by visiting

two or three. Choose a sailing trip to travel

in comfort, to enjoy meals on board and to

avoid the need for packing and unpacking.

A land-based tour, where you stay on the

main islands, is a better choice if you want

to meet the locals, explore the towns and

rural hinterlands, and to dine in local cafés.

THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Fernandina

WESTERN

ISLANDS

Isabela

PACIFIC OCEAN

Santiago

Rabida

Central islands - santiago, rABida, bartolomé, baltra,

santa cruz, south plaza & Santa fé

Flying into the main airport on Baltra, the

Central Islands may well be your first taste

of the Galapagos. Though relatively close

to each other, these small islands have

developed in isolation and are among the

best spots to witness the full scope of the

archipelago’s incredible natural diversity.

Highlights Include:

• See tortoises in the wild in the lush,

green highlands on bustling Santa Cruz

• Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin

Research Station

• Explore Puerto Ayora, the main town,

with its bustling fish market

• Views of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé

• Hidden snorkelling spots and white sand

beaches on Santiago

• Swim with playful sea lions in the waters

off North Seymour

• Multi-coloured Rábida offers red cliffs,

pink flamingos and blue-footed boobies

Bartolomé

CENTRAL ISLANDS

Santa Cruz

Floréana

NORTHERN

ISLAND

Genovesa

Baltra

South

Plaza

Santa Fé

SOUTHERN

ISLANDS

EAST

ISLAND

Española

Quito

San Cristóbal

east island - san cristóbal

One of the oldest islands, San Cristóbal’s

eroded volcanic peaks are tailor-made for

hiking and mountain biking. Divers and

snorkellers will find more than enough to

keep them entertained below the surface.

Highlights Include:

• Sail through the gap at Kicker Rock and

snorkel with hammerhead sharks

• Chill with the sea lions on the white sand

beaches of Cerro Brujo

northern island - genovesa

Little more than a rock, tiny Genovesa has

an amazing concentration of birds and a

rich variety of aquatic life under the waves.

Highlights Include:

• Look for sea turtles and reef sharks while

snorkelling a sunken volcanic crater

• Seabird colonies and top-notch views on

the hiking trail to El Barranco

• Red-footed boobies and frigate birds

southern islands - floréana & española

Home to first-class snorkelling, the bays

and unusual land formations that once

gave shelter to pirates are now home to

a dazzling array of birds and marine life.

Highlights Include:

• See the waved albatross of Española

• Mail a letter and take one home from

‘Post Office Bay’ on Floréana

• Discover the exotic aquatic life while

snorkeling at Isolte Champion

western islands - isabela & fernandina

The largest and youngest of the islands,

Isabela and Fernandina should be ports of

call for anyone looking for the best wildlife.

Highlights Include:

• Hike to the caldera of Sierra Negra

(1,124m), a classic shield volcano

• Visit massive colonies of marine iguanas

• Relax in laid-back Puerto Villamil

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GALAPAGOS ISLAND SAILING

6-10 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

DIVE INTO NATURE’S WORKSHOP

Snorkel with sea lions, soak up the sun

with iguanas, or sit on deck and marvel

at the natural beauty – just a typical day

sailing in the Galapagos. Every island

offers its own unique landscapes and

wildlife-spotting opportunities; and with

no known predators, the wildlife exhibits

almost no fear of humans. This isolated

haven of biodiversity remains nature’s

greatest science laboratory, more than two

centuries after Charles Darwin published

his earth-shattering theory of evolution.

SMALL GROUP SAILING

We work closely with our trusted partner, G

Adventures, to bring you an amazing range

of sailing holidays, suitable for all budgets:

The standard level vessel, the ‘Daphne’

(G3) is the most affordable option; whilst

for an upgraded level of comfort and style,

you can work your way up the fleet.

The ‘San Jose’ (G5) offers lots of outdoor

and cabin space, while the ‘Monserrat’ (G7)

offers the best passenger-to-guide ratio.

For the most comfortable options, choose

the ‘Queen of Galapagos’ (G8) or the

handsomely-appointed ‘Evolution’ (G10),

which is the newest addition to the fleet.

The maximum group size is 16, apart from

on the ‘Monserrat’ and ‘Evolution’, which

carry 20 and 32 passengers respectively.

The small group philosophy ensures you get

the most out of the expertise of the fullytrained

naturalist guide(s) on board.

MEET THE FLEET

While other companies buy space on

many different yachts of varying standards,

G Adventures charters and maintains its

own vessels to ensure you receive a quality

experience from start to finish and so that

you sail with like-minded travellers.

ITINERARIES

In order to minimise the impact of tour

boats on each island, and more importantly

on the native wildlife, the Galapagos

National Park Service sets strict controls

over where each boat can sail, and how

often. All boats operate on a two-week

cycle so you can select which island

grouping interests you most. You’d need

to book two back-to-back 10-day trips to

see the entire archipelago, but most guests

are content to do just one 10-day trip or

alternatively one of the shorter 6 or 7-day

itineraries. Bear in mind that your first and

last nights are in Quito, so you’ll actually

spend 3, 4 or 7 nights on board your

chosen cruise. Return flights between Quito

and the Galapagos, which take around 2

hours 30 minutes, are also included.

LIFE ON BOARD

An expert naturalist guide (two guides on

the ‘Monserrat’ and ‘Evolution’) is employed

on each boat and hosts nightly seminars to

discuss the next day’s itinerary, show how

to identify the local flora and fauna, and

explain how to behave around the native

wildlife. You can get close, but it’s still

important to note that the Galapagos is

not a petting zoo! Much of the inter-island

sailing takes place at night to allow two

on-shore excursions each day, typically

spending up to four hours at each landing

stop. Delicious meals on board comprise

seafood, beef, salads, soups and desserts,

served with tea/coffee and purified water.

ANY OTHER COSTS

The Galapagos National Park Service

levies a fee of USD $100 per person,

payable in cash only, on arrival at

the airport in the Galapagos. This fee

is used to protect and preserve the

islands for the enjoyment of future

generations. On board the boat,

you’ll find soft drinks, beer, wine and

a basic selection of spirits can be

purchased from the bar, and your tab

is settled on disembarkation. If you

wish to tip your crew and guide, we’d

suggest something like USD $8-10 per

passenger, per day.

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VOYAGE GALAPAGOS

Aboard the Daphne (G3)

FR

$2,199

the daphne (G3) - AT A GLANCE

Service Level: Standard

Capacity: 16 passengers

Cabins: 8 double cabins with private

bathrooms and air conditioning. All cabins

feature upper and lower berths and are

location on the upper or lower deck.

Crew: 7 crew plus bilingual local naturalist

guide certified by the Galapagos National

Park Authority.

Boat Layout: Two-level boat with a

wraparound deck, outdoor sundeck, bar

and seating area. Interior dining room

and lounge with TV/DVD player for daily

briefings.

Amenities: Snorkelling equipment included.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

each day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorian

and international cuisine.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotels in Quito (2 nts), twin

share cabin (3, 4 or 7 nts) Transport: Plane,

yacht, van, Zodiac, public bus Meals: All meals

on board Budget: Allow USD $10 for a Tourist

Transit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100 (in

cash) for the Galapagos National Park entry

fee, USD $75-100 for meals not included, plus

an amount for drinks and tips Group Leader:

On board crew and naturalist guide, local rep

in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour

Code: As shown

SOUTHERN

ISLANDS

WESTERN

ISLANDS

FR

$2,199

6 DAYS

Highlights INCLUDE

• 3 nights cruising aboard the Daphne (G3)

• Snorkel with playful and inquisitive sea lions

and search for sea turtles

• Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant

tortoises

• Visit the impressive El Solpador blow hole on

Española

GAEV06HB

FR

$3,749

Highlights INCLUDE

• 7 nights cruising aboard the Daphne (G3)

• Hike the Sierra Negra volcano

• Explore coastal lagoons and black lava flows

while searching for unique bird life

• Land on seldom-visited Fernandina, home to

some of the Galapagos’ most diverse wildlife

and vegetation

• Snorkel with sea lions and turtles

NORTHERN &

CENTRAL ISLANDS

NORTHERN &

SOUTHERN ISLANDS

7 DAYS

Highlights INCLUDE

• 4 nights cruising aboard the Daphne (G3)

• Snorkel in the caldera of a collapsed volcano

whilst searching for marine life

• Explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby

colonies on Genovesa

• Choose to relax on the white sand beaches of

Santiago

• Learn the Islands’ biological history from your

qualified naturalist guide

FR

$2,449

GAEV07HB

FR

$3,749

10 DAYS 10 DAYS

Highlights INCLUDE

• 7 nights cruising aboard the Daphne (G3)

• Send a postcard home (or a letter in a bottle!)

from quirky Post Office Bay

• Discover massive colonies of blue-footed

boobies on Genovesa

• Explore the aquatic wonderland that lies

beneath the gap in Kicker Rock - perhaps

snorkel with hammerhead sharks

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

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GAEV10HB

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EXPLORE GALAPAGOS

Aboard the Monserrat (G7)

FR

$2,499

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

the monserrat (G7) - AT A GLANCE

Service Level: Upgraded

Capacity: 20 passengers

Cabins: 10 double cabins with private

bathrooms and air conditioning. Upper and

lower deck cabins are outside facing with

twin and double beds.

Crew: 7 crew plus cruise director and 2

bilingual local naturalist guides certified by

the Galapagos National Park Authority.

Boat Layout: Spacious main deck, with bar

and dining room. Large forward sundeck

with lounge chairs. Observation deck with

great sightlines. Large lounge area with

TV/ DVD player for daily briefings.

Amenities: Snorkelling equipment included.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

each day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorian

and international cuisine.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotels in Quito (2 nts), twin

share cabin (3, 4 or 7 nts) Transport: Plane,

yacht, van, Zodiac, public bus Meals: All meals

on board Budget: Allow USD $10 for a Tourist

Transit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100 (in

cash) for the Galapagos National Park entry

fee, USD $75-100 for meals not included, plus

an amount for drinks and tips Group Leader:

On board crew and cruise director, 2 naturalist

guides, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16,

Avg 12 Tour Code: As shown

CENTRAL & EAST

ISLANDS

CENTRAL, SOUTHERN &

EAST ISLANDS

FR

$2,499

6 DAYS

Highlights INCLUDE

• 3 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat (G7)

• Discover spectacular marine life in secluded

bays and snorkel with sea lions

• Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests

on South Plaza Island

• See if you can outstare a 100-year-old giant

tortoise!

GASEV06NA

FR

$4,099

Highlights INCLUDE

• 7 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat (G7)

• Hike over the volcanic flows for a dramatic

viewpoint on Bartolomé

• Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions and other

aquatic wildlife

• Relax on the gorgeous beaches of Española

• Learn the Galapagos’ fascinating human and

geological stories from your expert guides

WESTERN & CENTRAL

ISLANDS

WESTERN, CENTRAL

& EAST ISLANDS

7 DAYS

Highlights INCLUDE

• 4 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat (G7)

• Hike the Sierra Negra volcano, the largest

basalt caldera in the Galapagos

• Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters

of the Pacific Ocean

• Grab your binoculars to spot blue-footed

boobies, frigatebirds and penguins

GASEV07NA

10 DAYS 10 DAYS

GASEV10NB

Highlights INCLUDE

• 7 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat (G7)

• Look out for land iguanas sunning themselves

in perfect disguise on volcanic rocks

• Hike the Sierra Negra volcano for fantastic

views over the island of Isabela

• Swim and snorkel with a variety of marine life

in secluded bays

• Enjoy outstanding local and international

cuisine served on board

FR

$2,949

FR

$4,099

GASEV10NA

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DISCOVER GALAPAGOS

Aboard the Queen of Galapagos (G8)

FR

$2,949

Queen of galapagos (g8) - AT A

GLANCE

Service Level: Upgraded

Capacity: 16 passengers

Cabins: 7 luxury cabins with queen or twin

side-by-side beds (no bunks) all with

private bathrooms, air conditioning, TV/

DVD players and large windows. 1 suite.

Crew: 10 crew plus bilingual local

naturalist guide certified by the Galapagos

National Park Authority.

Boat Layout: Large aft porch with couches

and lounge chairs. An elegant dining

room, lounge and bar for meals and daily

briefings and presentations.

Amenities: Snorkelling equipment,

beach towels and wetsuits included.

Comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinner

are included each day.

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotels in Quito (2 nts), twin

share luxury cabin (3, 4 or 7 nts) Transport:

Plane, yacht, van, Zodiac, public bus Meals: All

meals on board Budget: Allow USD $10 for a

Tourist Transit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100

(in cash) for the Galapagos National Park entry

fee, USD $75-100 for meals not included, plus

an amount for drinks and tips Group Leader:

On board crew and naturalist guide, local rep in

Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code:

As shown

CENTRAL

ISLANDS

CENTRAL, SOUTHERN

& EAST ISLANDS

6 DAYS

Highlights INCLUDE

• 3 nights cruising aboard the Queen of

Galapagos (G8)

• Spend your days exploring the incredible

wildlife with an expert naturalist guide

• Swim and snorkel with curious sea lions

• Search for land iguanas on South Plaza Island

• Make use of the onboard wetsuits, snorkel

equipment and beach towels

GAEV06GA

Highlights INCLUDE

• 7 nights cruising aboard the Queen of

Galapagos (G8)

• Multiple opportunities to swim and snorkel

with sea turtles, sea lions and a myriad of

tropical fish

• Keep your binoculars handy to spot bluefooted

boobies, penguin and frigatebirds

• Listen to onboard naturalist presentations to

really bring the islands to life

FR

$2,949

FR

$4,749

SOUTHERN & EAST

ISLANDS

NORTHERN & CENTRAL

ISLANDS

7 DAYS

10 DAYS 10 DAYS

GAEV10GA

Highlights INCLUDE

• 4 nights cruising aboard the Queen of

Galapagos (G8)

• Explore the marine wonderland of Kicker Rock

off San Cristobal, one of the most famous

sites in the Galapagos

• Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant

tortoises

• Learn the difference between a marine and

land iguana from your expert guide

GAEV07GA

Highlights INCLUDE

• 7 nights cruising aboard the Queen of

Galapagos (G8)

• Spot colonies of frigatebirds and boobies on

the cliffs of Genovesa

• Enjoy three delicious meals served daily with

Ecuadorian and international cuisine

• Gain a deeper insight from your Galapagos

National Park onboard guide into the

archipelago’s ecology

FR

$3,349

FR

$4,749

GAEV10GB

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LAND GALÁPAGOS

MULTI-ACTIVITES

GALÁPAGOS ON A

FR

$2,999 SHOESTRING

FR

$2,349

Quito Quito 10 DAYS Quito Quito

9 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Cruise between the islands of the Galápagos, staying on shore

• Snorkel and swim with marine life such as turtles and manta rays

• See endangered species at the Charles Darwin Research Station

Highlights

• See wildlife like the remarkable Giant Galápagos Land Tortoise

• Get out on the water with optional kayaking, snorkeling or surfing

• Camp out at a sustainable farm in the highlands of Santa Cruz

DAY

01-03

04-05

06-07

08-10

ITINERARY

Quito / San Cristóbal Island

Arrive and head out to enjoy the capital’s vibrant nightlife. On Day

2, fly to San Cristóbal Island where you’ll head off on a downhill bike

excursion and visit Mann Beach to see the sea lions and frigate birds.

On Day 3, it’s time for a snorkelling trip at Kicker Rock to seek out

sea turtles, manta rays and sharks. Later, visit the Interpretation

Centre to learn about the natural history of the area. (2B, 2L)

Floreana Island / Isabela Island

You’ll travel by boat to Floreana Island with opportunities for

swimming and snorkelling and a free afternoon in Puerto Velasco

Ibarra. On Day 5, you’ll take a morning excursion to the highlands of

Floreana before continuing by boat to Isabela Island for a visit to the

Wall of Tears and a nearby lookout point. (2B, 2L, D)

Isabela Island / Santa Cruz

Enjoy a full-day tour to Sierra Negra Volcano to see the world’s

second-largest crater, stopping to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding

Centre on the way back to town. On Day 7 an excursion will take

you to ‘Las Tintoreras’, otherwise known as ‘Shark Alley’ to observe

whitetip reef sharks and a variety of bird life. You’ll travel by boat

in the afternoon to Santa Cruz Island and have a free evening to

explore the town of Puerto Ayora or go shopping. (2B, 2L)

Santa Cruz / Quito

You’ll visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galápagos Giant

Tortoise’s natural habitat and the lava tunnels. Afterwards, walk to

Tortuga Bay for a kayak excursion into the mangroves. On Day 9, at

the Charles Darwin Research station, you’ll observe various species

close to extinction before transferring across the island to Baltra for

a flight back to Quito. Depart at any time on Day 10. (3B, L)

DAY

01

02-03

04

05-07

08-09

ITINERARY

Quito

Arrive into Quito at any time, meet your group and discover the city’s

rich history in the colonial district.

San Cristóbal

Fly to San Cristóbal Island where you’ll get a first feel for what

life is like for the lucky inhabitants of the Galápagos. Visit the

Interpretation Centre and hike to ‘Las Tijeretas’ for some fantastic

birdwatching. Spend your free time on the beaches and swimming.

Santa Cruz

Take a speedboat ride to Santa Cruz and the largest town on

the Galápagos Islands, Puerto Ayora. Get a glimpse of the giant

Galápagos land tortoise in the wild and spend the night camping in

the highlands at a sustainable living farm area. (L, D)

Isabela Island / Santa Cruz

Head out by speedboat to the most volcanically active island, Isabela.

You’ll visit the impressive and moving Wall of Tears, costructed by

convicts. On a free day, there are optional tours to Sierra Negra

Volcano or, if you want to get active, there are surf lessons to be had

on nearby beaches or snorkelling and kayak trips. Return to Santa

Cruz to visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre and for free time to

walk to idyllic Tortuga Bay in the afternoon. As you stroll along the

beach, don’t be surprised if the ‘rocks’ turn out to be land iguanas!

Santa Cruz / Quito

On Day 8 you’ll transfer across the island to Baltra. From here you’ll

bid the Galápagos Islands farewell and fly back to Quito. After a night

out with your group it’s time to say ‘adios amigos’ and start planning

your next adventure. How are you going to top this one, though

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 11 Jan 20

Jan 25 Feb 03

Feb 08 Feb 17

Feb 22 Mar 03

Mar 08 Mar 17

Mar 13 Mar 22

Mar 15 Mar 24

Mar 22 Mar 31

Apr 05 Apr 14

Apr 19 Apr 28

Inclusions

START

FINISH

May 03 May 12

May 17 May 26

May 31 Jun 09

Jun 14 Jun 23

Jun 28 Jul 07

Jul 05 Jul 14

Jul 12 Jul 21

Jul 26 Aug 04

Aug 09 Aug 18

Aug 23 Sep 01

START

FINISH

Sep 06 Sep 15

Sep 20 Sep 29

Oct 04 Oct 13

Oct 18 Oct 27

Nov 01 Nov 10

Nov 15 Nov 24

Nov 29 Dec 08

Dec 13 Dec 22

Dec 27 Jan 05

Baltra

Isabela

San Cristóbal Is

Quito

ECUADOR

Santa Cruz

Floreana

GALAPAGOS

ISLANDS

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, pick-up truck,

public buses, Zodiacs Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD

$100-150 for meals not included, USD $10 for a Tourist Transit Card at Quito

Airport, USD $100 (cash only) for a Galápagos National Park entry fee, plus USD

$5 for the Isabela Municipal Tax Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide in the

Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEGL

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 10 Jan 18

Jan 31 Feb 08

Feb 21 Mar 01

Mar 14 Mar 22

Apr 04 Apr 12

Apr 18 Apr 26

Inclusions

START

FINISH

May 02 May 10

May 25 Jun 02

Jun 20 Jun 28

Jul 11 Jul 19

Aug 01 Aug 09

Aug 15 Aug 23

START

FINISH

Sep 12 Sep 20

Oct 06 Oct 14

Oct 24 Nov 01

Nov 14 Nov 22

Dec 05 Dec 13

Dec 26 Jan 03

Baltra

San Cristóbal Is

Santa Cruz

Isabela

Quito

ECUADOR

GALAPAGOS

ISLANDS

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended

for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (7 nts, some multishare), camping (1 nt)

Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, pick-up truck, public buses, Zodiacs Meals: 1 lunch,

1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $255-340 for meals not included, USD $10 for a Tourist

Transit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100 (cash only) for a Galápagos National Park entry

fee, plus USD $5 for the Isabela Municipal Tax Group Leader: Certified naturalist guide

in the Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEGS

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ECUADOR & GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPER

Quito Guayaquil

FR

$2,965

11 DAYS

Highlights

• Cross the Equator Line near Quito

• Take a dip in a relaxing thermal spring

• Go local at a salsa lesson in Baños

• Enjoy an Ecuadorian barbecue feast

• See tortoises in their natural habitat

• Snorkel in underground lava tubes

• Chill out on Puerto Grande’s beach

• Get up close to Galápagos’ wildlife

Departures 2014

START

GALAPAGOS

ISLANDS

Baltra

Puerto

Villamil

FINISH

Jan 23 Feb 02

Mar 03 Mar 13

Mar 31 Apr 10

START

Santa Cruz/

Puerto Ayora

San Cristobal/

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

FINISH

Apr 28 May 08

May 26 Jun 05

Jun 23 Jul 03

START

Additional dates are available, please ask for details.

Inclusions

Guayaquil

COLOMBIA

Quito

FINISH

Jul 21 Jul 31

Aug 18 Aug 28

Sep 15 Sep 25

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively

18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts, twin

share) Transport: Private air-con coach, minicoach

or van, plane Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2

lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100

(cash only) for a Galápagos National Park

entry fee, USD $10 INGALA fee and USD $5

for the Isabela Island Tax Group Leader:

Tour Manager & English-speaking local guide

Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COQOGY

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Baños

Extend Your Trip

Galápagos & Andes

(26 days, Quito to Lima)

(COQOLI/COQOLIT) Fr $6,845

The barely-touched archipelago of the Galápagos Islands, nestled off the Ecuadorian coast

has fascinated visitors since their most famous guest, Charles Darwin, landed there in 1835.

An island-hopping holiday, where you stay on land rather than on a cruise boat, gets you

closer to the locals and in tune with the rhythm of daily life. The rugged volcanic landscapes

of the Galápagos, when combined with the best of mainland Ecuador, gives you the chance

not only to see out-of-this-world wildlife but to tick off two World Heritage Sites, salsa the

night away with locals and hike the world’s largest active crater - the list is endless!

DAY

01

02-03

04-05

06-07

08-09

10-11

ITINERARY

Quito

Welcome to Quito, the beautiful capital of Ecuador. Meet your group and meander Quito’s sites with

your expert guide who will teach you all about this city and the history of the Inca and the Spanish

invasion, then enjoy the best views from Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line and wander between

two hemispheres! Tonight, get to know your travel companions over a sociable dinner. (D)

Quito / Tena / Baños

Head out of the city and into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route to Tena, an attractive

city in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Enjoy a dip into thermal springs and visit a hummingbird

sanctuary. With two broad rivers intersecting at the city’s heart, there are loads of rafting and

kayaking options here. Alternatively, you can visit an indigenous community before it’s back on the

road. You’ll see Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, on your way to Baños, a small town nestled

snugly under the still-active Tungurahua Volcano. (2B, D)

Baños / Guayaquil

You have a totally free day to explore as you see fit! This small town is situated in a valley of

waterfalls and hot springs, blessed with great weather and outdoor activities galore. Get out there

and visit the hot springs, go horseback riding, abseiling, rafting, ziplining or mountain biking. Tonight,

go native and learn to dance salsa at the included lesson. On Day 5, it’s on to the economic hub and

largest city of Ecuador, Guayaquil. Discover this cosmopolitan city, which is starting to challenge

Quito as Ecuador’s new cultural hotspot. A walk down the promenade with the city’s colourful Cerro

Santa Ana district as your backdrop is a must! Tonight, enjoy drinks on an evening river cruise. (2B)

Guayaquil / Isabela Island

Catch a flight to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands. Cross over the waterway onto the main island of

Santa Cruz, to check out the old lava tunnels and see the incredible giant tortoises in their natural

habitat. Not something you’d come across on a normal day! Later on you’ll take a boat ride to Isabela

Island, a nature haven that’s home to land and sea life that will astound and amaze you. Start Day 7

off with a walk to the Wall of Tears to learn about the island’s fascinating human history. On return

watch out for colourful fish on your snorkelling experience in the underground lava tubes. In the

afternoon, enjoy an included kayak adventure excursion to visit some marine iguanas and maybe even

spot some of the elusive Galápagos penguins. (2B, L, D)

Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island / San Cristobal Island

Start the day with a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre before heading over to Santa Cruz

Island. It’s all about relaxation here as you visit the supremely beautiful Tortuga Bay for an indulgent

stroll along the beach and a swim. On Day 9, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where

you can uncover some of the Galápagos’ interesting history and learn about different species of

tortoises and land iguanas. Later, you’ll head to San Cristobal Island, where you’re bound to spot a

bathing sea lion or two! Tonight, you can head out with the group to a lovely local spot where you

can enjoy some drinks whilst watching the sun go down. (2B)

San Cristobal Island / Guayaquil

Embark on a coastal cruise for some native bird spotting and then hit the water in search of puffer

fish and cute sea lion pups. You’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock looking out for manta rays, starfish and

maybe the Galápagos shark before relaxing on the stunning Puerto Grande beach. Later on, head back

into town and indulge into the Galápagos barbecue feast. Next morning, take in the beauty of the

island on a bike tour before flying back to Guayaquil on the mainland where your amazing adventure

wraps up on arrival. (2B, L, D)

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THE ECUADOR EXPERIENCE

Quito Quito

FR

$1,399

18 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Experience a homestay in the Amazon

• Consult with a local shaman

• Soak in the hot springs of Baños

• Ride by train to the Devil’s Nose

• Chill out on Ecuador’s Pacific beaches

• Hike to a volcano or go river rafting

• Spend time with indigenous people

• Roam the amazing market of Otavalo

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 09 Jan 26

Feb 13 Mar 02

Mar 13 Mar 30

Apr 17 May 04

May 15 Jun 01

Inclusions

Machalilla NP

Guayaquil

START

FINISH

Jun 12 Jun 29

Jul 17 Aug 03

Aug 07 Aug 24

Sep 11 Sep 28

Oct 09 Oct 26

San Clemente

Quito

Alausí

ECUADOR

START

Otavalo

Baños

Riobamba

FINISH

Nov 06 Nov 23

Dec 04 Dec 21

Dec 18 Jan 04

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic

Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Simple hotels (12 nts),

Amazon community stay (2 nts), overnight

bus (1 nt), indigenous community homestay

(2 nts, possibly multishare) Transport: Public

bus, truck, motorised canoe, train Meals:

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $305-400 for meals not included

Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)

throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16,

Avg 10 Tour Code: GAREE

My Own Room Available: Fr $249

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and pages 78, 79 and 82 for our exciting

range of land-based tours of the Galápagos

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Ecuador is perhaps best known for the Galápagos Islands, but the mainland has a whole

range of other environments and experiences on offer and this tour is the perfect way to

see them. You’ll dive straight into the Amazon jungle where you’ll get to meet a local shaman

and come out ready for a dip in the hot springs of Baños. A railway engineering feat will

take you to the Devil’s Nose, and you’ll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing

Pacific coast beaches before visiting an indigenous community and stocking up on souvenirs

at the markets in Otavalo. Now, what were those islands called again

DAY

01-02

03-04

05-06

07

08

09-12

13

14-15

16-17

18

ITINERARY

Quito / Tena

Arrive in Quito any time and head out to explore before meeting your group in the evening. On Day

2, travel by bus along winding roads to Tena, in the tropical rainforest of the Amazon Basin. Here,

optional activities include visiting an animal rescue centre, caving and whitewater rafting.

Amazon Jungle

Spend two nights at a jungle homestay with an indigenous community where you can experience

local traditions. Take guided hikes through the rainforest to search for wildlife and hear all about

the natural environment. The biodiversity of this region beggars belief; mammals include armadillos,

honey bears, sloth, bats, jaguar and monkeys, while overhead fly up to 1,000 species of chirpy

tropical birds. Visit a local shaman and learn about Quichua history and culture. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Baños

Journey by bus to the popular resort of Baños, nestled in the hills of the Andes and renowned for

its thermal springs and hot pools. Arise early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains as you lie

back in the relaxing waters. Activity options around Baños include hiking, horse riding and biking.

Alausí

Travel by bus to Alausí where you will have free time to explore the town, which offers glimpses of

three of the highest peaks in the Andes - Chimborazo, Carihuairazo and Tunguragua.

Devil’s Nose / Guayaquil

This morning, board the train for an included excursion to the Devil’s Nose. The construction of this

railway was an engineering feat as part of the line descends 1,000m down a steep, rocky slope on a

series of switchbacks. Travel by bus to Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. Explore the city checking out

Bolivar Park and the Old South Market before an optional nighttime cruise on the Guayas River.

Puerto Lopez & Machalilla National Park

Continue along the coast by bus to the beach town of Puerto Lopez. Relax in a beachfront hammock

or explore the area. Visit a local community reforestation project, head to Isla de la Plata to see

the nesting blue-footed boobies, hike in Machalilla National Park or go diving, snorkelling or whale

watching (seasonal). On Day 12, you’ll return to Quito by overnight bus.

Quito

Today is a free day in Quito. Take an optional city tour, ride in the cable car up the nearby volcano or

simply relax in one of the city’s many cafés and restaurants.

San Clemente

Travel by bus to the indigenous community of San Clemente. Take hikes to learn about the medicinal

plants or trek up the Imbabura Mountain. It’s a great chance to interact with the locals and learn

about their traditional ways of life. There’s an optional cultural evening and dinner show. (B, 2L, 2D)

Otavalo / Quito

Hop on a public bus to the market town of Otavalo. Here you can visit Peguche waterfall, Cotacachi

leather market or hike around Cuicocha Lake. Explore the enormous Otavalo handicraft market which

is filled with items made by local artisans. Return to Quito by bus for one last overnight stay. (B)

Quito

This mainland adventure in Ecuador comes to an end at any time today, but you may wish to head

over to the Galápagos Islands to add on one of our sailing adventures

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ECUADOR

QUEST

INLAND

FR

$999 & AMAZON

FR

$1,649

Quito Quito 8 DAYS Quito Quito

16 DAYS

Highlights

• Soak up the rich culture within the old and new cities of Quito

• Bathe in the thermal springs at Baños surrounded by mountains

• Feel like a local at an authentic jungle homestay in the Amazon

Highlights

• Live like a local with a Quichua family in a traditional homestay

• Bathe in one of the thermal springs that flow from a volcano

• Browse the handicraft markets for exquisite leather gifts in Otavalo

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

DAY

ITINERARY

DAY

ITINERARY

01

02-03

04-05

06-07

08

Quito

Arrive into Quito, the Ecuadorian capital. Explore historial buildings

and churches in the old town and travel by trolley (streetcar) to the

New Town. Visit Quito’s famous landmark, a rounded hill offering

panoramic views of the city and surrounding volcanos.

Baños

Travel to unspoilt Baños, directly translated as ‘baths’, and what

the town is famous for. Known for its gorgeous thermal springs

that come from the base of Tungurahua Volcano; this is the perfect

place to indulge in a soak in the hot springs whilst admiring the

stunning mountain backdrop. Locals swear these baths are good

for your health! If you’re eager to get active and explore, choose

optional horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and climbing in the

mountains, or hop on a raft for a trip down the River Patate. (B)

Amazon Homestay

Hop on a bus to the Amazon Jungle region. Keep your eyes peeled as

the beautiful landscapes and climate alter significantly as you leave

the mountains for the exotic tropical rainforest. Spend two nights

experiencing local life with a Quichua family. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Otavalo / Quito

Otavalo, famous for its friendly people and market, is the perfect

place to browse and search for exquisite handmade goods, from

colourful woollen goods to fine leatherware. If you’re looking to soak

up some culture, head to the pre-dawn local animal market. Back to

Quito on Day 7 and hit the town in a Salsoteca for your last night!

Quito

With a camera full of photos, bid farewell and depart at any time. (B)

COLOMBIA

01-02

03-04

05-06

07-10

11-13

14-16

Quito / Papallacta Hot Springs

Arrive in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito at any time. The next day

head to Papallacta Hot Springs, to bathe in one of the best mineral

springs in Ecuador and to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. (B)

Amazon Homestay

Leave the mountains behind and enter the lush tropical Amazon

rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family near the community of Cando

and learn their traditional beliefs and customs as well as their many

practical uses for the jungle’s wealth of natural products. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Jungle Lodge

Travel to a jungle lodge on the Napo River; one of the Amazon’s two

major tributaries. Take a wander and paddle along on a canoe to

learn about the area’s natural history. Opt to brave thundering rapids

of an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip on the Napo. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Baños / Cuenca

Return to the mountains to Baños or ‘baths’ and the thermal springs

that flow from the base of Tungurahua Volcano. As a perfect setting

for outdoor activities, try horseback riding or hiking whilst you’re

here. On Day 9 head to Cuenca, considered the most beautiful city in

Ecuador with its cobbled streets and shady plazas. (B)

Cuenca / Quito / Cayambe

Fly back to Quito before heading to the village of Cayambe the next

day. Stay in a 400-year-old hacienda nestled at the base of Cayambe

Volcano and opt to hike to the volcano’s glacier.

Otavalo / Quito

Visit the beautiful town of Otavalo to browse its world famous

COLOMBIA

handicrafts market for hidden gems. Your tour ends on Day 16.

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 12 Jan 19

Feb 09 Feb 16

Mar 09 Mar 16

Apr 06 Apr 13

May 04 May 11

START

FINISH

Jun 01 Jun 08

Jun 29 Jul 06

Jul 27 Aug 03

Aug 24 Aug 31

Sep 21 Sep 28

START

FINISH

Oct 19 Oct 26

Nov 16 Nov 23

Dec 14 Dec 21

Quito

Otavalo

Baños

Tena/Amazon

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 07 Jan 22

Jan 21 Feb 05

Feb 08 Feb 23

Feb 18 Mar 05

Mar 04 Mar 19

Mar 18 Apr 02

Apr 05 Apr 20

START

FINISH

Apr 15 Apr 30

May 13 May 28

Jun 10 Jun 25

Jul 08 Jul 23

Jul 22 Aug 06

Aug 05 Aug 20

Sep 02 Sep 17

START

FINISH

Sep 16 Oct 01

Oct 28 Nov 12

Nov 11 Nov 26

Nov 25 Dec 10

Dec 06 Dec 21

Dec 20 Jan 04

Quito

Otavalo

Cayambe

Papallacta

Tena/Amazon

Baños

Inclusions

ECUADOR

PERU

My Own Room Available: Fr $299

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), cabañas (2 nts, multi-share) Transport: Private van,

public bus Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-250

for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides

Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEEQ

Inclusions

Cuenca

My Own Room

ECUADOR

Available: Fr $899 PERU

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotel (9 nts), lodge (2 nts), cabañas (2 nts, multishare), hacienda

(2 nts) Transport: Bus, plane, taxi, motorised canoe, 4x4, truck Meals: 6 breakfasts,

4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included Group

Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour

Code: GAEIA

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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Quito Quito

FR

$3,849

20 DAYS

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Highlights

• Explore the jungle by canoe

• Soak in the hot springs in Papallacta

• Stay with a local Quichua family

• Browse for handmade gifts in Otavalo

• Stay in a 400-year-old hacienda

• Sail around the Galápagos Islands

• Encounter unique and curious wildlife

• Snorkel in crystal-clear Pacific waters

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 07 Jan 26

Feb 18 Mar 09

Mar 04 Mar 23

Mar 18 Apr 06

Apr 15 May 04

Inclusions

Galapagos

Islands

START

FINISH

May 13 Jun 01

Jun 10 Jun 29

Jul 08 Jul 27

Jul 22 Aug 10

Aug 05 Aug 24

ECUADOR

Quito

START

Tena/Amazon

Papallacta

Cayambe

Otavalo

Cuenca

FINISH

Sep 02 Sep 21

Sep 16 Oct 05

Oct 28 Nov 16

Nov 11 Nov 30

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge

(2 nts), cabañas (2 nts, multishare), hacienda

(2 nts), motorised yacht (3 nts) Transport:

Public bus, plane, motorised canoe, yacht,

Zodiac, pickup truck Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7

lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $285-

375 for meals not included; USD $10 for a

Tourist Transit Card at Quito Airport; USD

$100 (cash only) for a Galápagos National

Park entry fee Group Leader: Chief Experience

Officer (CEO) on Days 1-15, local naturalist

guides in the Galápagos, local representative

in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour

Code: GAEF06HB

My Own Room Available: Fr $899

Banõs

Get to know Ecuador inside out in this ultimate adventure! Explore the Amazon jungle by

canoe, hike through tropical rainforest and stay with a local Quichua family to experience

their lifestyle first-hand. Browse quaint colonial towns, scour indigenous handicraft markets

and hike up volcanoes then fly over to the Galápagos Islands to spend three nights exploring

these exquisite islands by yacht; swimming, snorkelling and admiring the famous Galápagos

land tortoises along the way! With stunning mountains, lush cloud forest, crystal-clear

waters and striking volcanoes, this is the perfect way to explore Ecuador.

DAY

01-02

03-04

05-06

07-08

09-11

12-13

14-15

16-18

19-20

ITINERARY

Quito / Papallacta Hot Springs

Arrive into Quito at any time and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the old and new cities

of this Ecuadorian capital, and take in the panoramic views from El Panecillo. On Day 2, head to the

Papallacta hot springs where you can chill out with a glass of wine in the mineral hot springs. (B)

Amazon Homestay

It’s off to the Amazon jungle, passing mountains and tropical rainforest along the way. Spend two

nights with a local Quichua family in order to experience the jungle lifestyle first-hand. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Jungle Lodge

Head to your jungle lodge along the Napo River today. Take a stroll, then paddle along in a canoe

and learn about the natural history of this area. If you’re after an adrenalin rush, why not take to the

tumbling rapids in an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Baños

Return to the unspoiled town of Baños where you can relax in the thermal springs at the base of the

Tungurahua Volcano. A perfect setting to explore the outdoors, why not get active and spend your

day exploring this green mountain town either by horseback, hiking or mountain biking

Cuenca / Quito

Head to the colonial town of Cuenca taking in the spectacular views along the way. Wander around

its cobbled streets and take a trip to one of its art galleries or museums in order to learn about its

eventful past. If you fancy hiking, head to the Cajas National Park for crystal clear lakes and beautiful

scenery or take a trip to discover the nearby Inca ruins. Fly to Quito in the evening of Day 11.

Cayambe

Your next stop is the village of Cayambe where you’ll stay in a 400-year-old hacienda nestled at the

base of the Cayambe Volcano. Explore the beautiful area surrounding the hacienda, swim in its indoor

pool or if you’re feeling energetic, travel to the base of the volcano’s glacier and hike back down.

Otavalo / Quito

Travel to the beautiful area of Otavalo where you’ll have the chance to browse for souvenirs and

handmade gems in its world-famous handicrafts market. Return to Quito in the evening of Day 15.

Galápagos Islands

Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands and transfer to meet your boat for a three-night cruise around

this stunning, unspoilt and utterly unique archipelago. You’ll visit several islands to enjoy the volcanic

scenery and to view the abundant wildlife, which is not at all afraid of humans (due to the lack of

natural predators). You will have daily opportunities for swimming and snorkelling to see marine life

such as sea lions, sea turtles and possibly even sharks, plus every day there will be shore excursions

with a qualified naturalist guide to learn about the Islands’ natural history and wildlife. You will also

have the chance to visit the remarkable Charles Darwin Research Centre to see the famous giant

Galápagos land tortoises which can live for up to 200 years! (3B, 3L, 3D)

Quito

Disembark the boat in the morning and transfer across the island of Santa Cruz to the island of

Baltra in time for your flight back to Quito. Stop by a peña for some tasty local cuisine and dance the

night away on your last night with the group. Your tour ends at any time on Day 20. (B)

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ECUADOR

MULTI-SPORT

ECUADOR AMAZON,

FR

$899 HOT SPRINGS & VOLCANOES

FR

$1,999

Quito Quito 9 DAYS Quito Quito

9 DAYS

Highlights

• Navigate the wild rapids as you head out whitewater rafting

• Trek through lush cloud forest to the active Tunguragua Volcano

• Whizz down the Cotopaxi volcano on a mountain bike

Highlights

• Explore the Amazon jungle with an expert naturalist guide

• Pamper yourself in the beautiful Papallacta hot springs

• Browse the handicraft markets in Otavalo for souvenirs

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

DAY

ITINERARY

DAY

ITINERARY

01

02-03

Quito

Roll into Quito at any time and make the most of this vibrant town.

Explore its old and new cities and head to the major Quito landmark

of El Panecillo or ‘the little bread loaf’, for panoramic city views.

Tena

Jump on board a bus to the jungle town of Tena and admire the

towering green mountains and waterfalls along the way. On Day 3,

navigate the wild rapids and tumbling waters of the Jatunyaku River

on an included full day whitewater rafting expedition. (B, L)

01

02-03

Quito

Arrive in Quito and take the included transfer to your comfortable

and centrally-located hotel. Get out and about to see the landmarks.

Amazon Lodge

Fly to Coca then travel into the tropical rainforest by motorized

canoe to the luxurious La Selva Lodge. Meet your local guide then

head out into the Amazon jungle. Why not rent a canoe, climb the

canopy tower or go wildlife spotting This evening, sip on a cocktail

and chill in the hammock of your own stylish cabaña. (2B, L, 2D)

04

05-06

07

08-09

Baños

Today you’re off to the unspoiled mountain town of Baños or ‘Baths’.

Spend the afternoon chilling in the warm thermal springs at the base

of the Tungurahua Volcano or opt to get active and explore.

Llangantes National Park / Baños

Get up and ready for your trek through the Llangantes National Park.

Hike through lush cloud forest taking in the spectacular views along

the way before arriving at your campsite where you’ll spend a night

under the stars. Keep your camera ready for more lush views on Day

6 before you’re whisked off back to Baños. (B, L, D)

Baños / Lasso

Treat yourself and any sore muscles to a soak in the gorgeous local

hot springs of Baños on your free morning before you head to Lasso.

Cotopaxi / Quito

Get ready for an adrenalin rush as you cycle down the Cotopaxi

Volcano, starting your descent at 4,000 metres above sea level.

Catch your breath at the bottom as you tuck into a picnic lunch then

head to Quito for a final night out. Your trip ends on Day 9. (B, L)

04

05

06-07

08-09

Papallacta Hot Springs

Board your plane to Quito, before being whisked off to the Papallacta

Hot Springs resort. Bathe in the mineral hot springs, treat yourself

to an optional spa treatment or grab your walking boots for a hike

around the lush cloud forest for breathtaking mountain views. (B)

Otavalo

Plunge into the hot springs one last time before jumping on board

your transfer to San Clemente. Enjoy lunch with the local people of

this traditional Andean community before travelling on to Otavalo

where you’ll spend the night in a historic hacienda. (B, L)

Baños

Browse the world-famous handicrafts market for souvenirs this

morning before continuing on to Baños. Relax in the beautiful hot

springs or head out horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking. (2B)

Quito

Today, browse a small leather-making town for unique handmade

crafts and clothes. This evening, stop by a vibrant peña for local

cuisine then head for a boogie in a salsoteca. Depart on Day 9. (2B)

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 25 Feb 02

Feb 22 Mar 02

Mar 22 Mar 30

Apr 19 Apr 27

May 17 May 25

Inclusions

START

FINISH

Jun 07 Jun 15

Jun 21 Jun 29

Jul 12 Jul 20

Aug 09 Aug 17

Sep 06 Sep 14

START

FINISH

Oct 04 Oct 12

Nov 01 Nov 09

Nov 26 Dec 04

Dec 27 Jan 04

Cotopaxi

ECUADOR

Quito

COLOMBIA

Tena

Baños Sangay N.P.

PERU

My Own Room Available: Fr $369

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotel (7 nts), Camping (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private van,

hiking, biking, rafting Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD

$245-275 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local

guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEEM

Departures 2014

START

FINISH

Jan 31 Feb 08

Feb 28 Mar 08

Mar 23 Apr 05

Apr 25 May 03

Inclusions

START

FINISH

May 23 May 31

Jun 20 Jun 28

Jul 18 Jul 26

Aug 15 Aug 23

START

FINISH

Sep 12 Sep 20

Oct 10 Oct 18

Nov 07 Nov 15

Dec 05 Dec 13

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded

Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Comfort hotels (4 nts),

hacienda (1 nt), jungle lodge (2 nts), resort (1

nt) Transport: Private van, boat, plane Meals:

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $200-275 for meals not included

Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)

local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour

Code: GASEAV

Otavalo

Quito

Baños

ECUADOR

COLOMBIA

Coca/Amazon

Jungle

Papallacta

PERU

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Shoestring rock solid rock solid

JHOMANA

GUESTHOUSE

FR FR FR

$19 DORM

HOTEL

$89 SINGLE

HOTEL

$138

FR FR FR

$26 TWIN/DOUBLE EUGENIA

$48 TWIN/DOUBLE QUITO

$79

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Located in an old colonial house in Quito’s

popular Mariscal area, Jhomana boasts a

large sun terrace and patio as well as an

onsite restaurant serving tasty treats. Cosy

up with a DVD in the TV lounge, complete

with fireplace. Its spacious, clean rooms

come with en suites and Wi-Fi, plus there’s

a complimentary daily brekkie included.

In the heart of the main cultural area, this

boutique, family-run hotel captures Quito’s

spirit. Enjoy the unique charms of the bar

and try the traditional café. The spacious

en suite rooms have a graceful tone and

offer cable TV and minibar. There’s also

free Internet, a safety box and laundry

services.

SINGLE

TWIN/DOUBLE

This hotel’s gorgeous Art Deco building

is perched on a hill, giving unbeatable

360-degree city and mountain views. Stroll

through the sprawling gardens decked with

native flora, hit the pool or gym, rejuvenate

in the sauna or place your bets at the

casino. The charming en suite rooms have

plush furnishings, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

CUYABENO

LODGE

UIOSHO UIOEUG UIOQUI

FR

$885

Quito Quito 4 DAYS

Highlights

• Spot nocturnal wildlife on a guided night walk

• Learn about medicinal plants and try piranha fishing

• Swim in a lagoon and canoe down river at sunset

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Rustic lodge (3 nts)

Meals: 3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport:

Includes return flights between Quito & Lago Agrio plus

transfers Tour Guide: English-speaking naturalist guide,

native guide Tour Code: UIOCUY

No trip to Ecuador is complete without a taste of jungle life and this trip puts you right

in the heart and soul of the Amazon! Flying from Quito, you’ll transfer by bus and canoe

to the Cuyabeno Lodge. This rustic eco-lodge powered by solar panels has a dining area

and hammocks on the decking. After settling in, enjoy a night walk with an expert guide

to observe the nocturnal wildlife. Learn about medicinal plants the following day before

getting your teeth into piranha fishing! You’ll spend a day in Cuyabeno reserve where

you can walk in the rainforest at the shore of the lagoon, swim in the Aguas Negras,

and by night, canoe down the river to try your luck at spotting some more rainforest

wildlife such as caimens, monkeys and crocs. After an early breakfast on Day 4, journey

upstream on the Cuyabeno River before it’s time to fly back to Quito.

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CASA DEL

SUIZO LODGE

Quito

Quito

Highlights

• Learn about the culture and traditions of a Quichua Village

• Discover how to use a blowgun and build a canoe

• Refresh in the pool and enjoy views from your terrace

FR

$284

3 DAYS

The beautiful La Casa del Suizo is an Amazonian Lodge at the

shores of the great Rio Napo. Every room has electricity, hot water,

a ceiling fan and terrace. Experience excursions into the rainforest

accompanied by a native guide with indepth knowledge of the flora

and fauna. Visiting a family in the small Quichua Village of Ahuano

is a real highlight. You’ll learn about their traditions and culture as

well as how to make the traditional drink, Chicha. Take part in a

blowgun target-shooting contest and build a canoe which can be

used to navigate down river to the lodge. Back at the lodge take a

dip in the pool and enjoy tasty meals in the outdoor dining area.

COTOPAXI

TREK

Quito

Quito

Highlights

• View the picture perfect cone of Cotopaxi Volcano

• Hike in Cotopaxi National Park to crater lakes and Inca ruins

• Enjoy panoramic views of snow-capped volcanoes

FR

$446

3 DAYS

Cotopaxi Volcano rises majestically above the Andean Cordilleras

and is one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador. With an

almost perfect cone shape, it’s known as a postcard-perfect

volcano. On arrival in Quito, transfer to your hotel. In the morning,

pass through the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ enroute to Cotopaxi

National Park, stopping at Limpiopungo lagoon and the Inca ruins

of ‘El Salitre’. Afterwards, drive up the slopes of Cotopaxi and

walk to a refuge at 4,800 metres-tall for a spectacular view of

Cotopaxi. Spend your final day in the western Andean range where

you’ll view snow-capped volcanoes before returning to Quito.

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches,

2 dinners Tour Guide: Native guide Note: 3 or 4 nights options also available

Tour Code: UIOSUI

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches,

1 dinner Transport: Private transport with English speaking guide from airport

& on day tours Tour Code: UIOCOT

LOCAL LIVING ECUADOR

AMAZON JUNGLE

Quito

Quito

FR

$649

7 DAYS

GALÁPAGOS ISLAND

CONSERVATION

Quito & San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

FR

$1,119

10 DAYS +

Highlights

• Spend four nights immersed in the jungle with a Quichua family

• Witness jungle marriage and shamanic healing ceremonies

• Challenge local schoolkids to a game of soccer on a community visit

Highlights

• Help the locals with conservation projects

• Explore the idyllic beaches of San Cristobal

• Get face-to-face with the island’s wildlife

Arrive into Quito and explore the city before meeting your group

and tour leader. On Day 2, travel by bus and truck deep into the

Amazon to spend the next four nights in rustic wooden huts

with a Quichua family in their small village. Over the next three

days, enjoy guided walks to viewpoints and waterfalls, natural

mud face mask treatments, cooking classes to learn how to make

chocolate and cassava beer and a canoe ride to an animal rescue

centre. You’ll also have time for optional whitewater rafting before

returning to Quito. The tour ends any time on Day 7.

At this volunteering project, you’ll be surrounded by the natural

beauty of the Galápagos Islands, a pristine habitat for endemic

wildlife which needs your help conserving for future generations. The

biological research station aims to sustain native highland forests

by removing invasive plant species and replacing them with native

vegetation, as well as working alongside local landowners to develop

agricultural alternatives for food production. Your daily tasks will

range from contributing to soil preparation and trail maintenance to

organic farming. It can be hard work but is hugely rewarding.

Trip Style: Local Living Service Level: Basic Departs: Selected Saturdays (Apr-

Oct) Accommodation: Jungle lodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts) Transport: Local bus,

canoe, pickup truck Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow

USD $40-60 for meals not included Tour Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),

local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEJL

Project Start Date: Saturdays Getting there: Flights included to/from San

Cristobal Accommodation: Simple hotel (2 nts), shared basic & rustic cabin

(7 nts) Meals: Most meals included Stay Longer: Fr $369 per week Notes:

USD$100 Galápagos Islands Park entry & USD $10 Tourist Transit visa not

included (pay in cash) Tour Code: GATSEVGT

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TOP

5

MUST-DO’s

1. WALLOW IN A VOLCANIC MUD CRATER

2. EXPLORE COLONIAL CARTAGENA

3. SIP FRESH COFFEE AT A PLANTATION

4. LAZE ON WHITE CARIBBEAN BEACHES

5. SAMPLE A ZINGY SEAFOOD CEVICHE

CARTAGENA

• SANTA MARTA

(TAYRONA N.P.)

• TOLU

MANIZALES

MEDELLIN

BOGOTÁ

ARMENIA


COLOMBIA

HIGHLIGHTS

COLOMBIA

FR

$1,999 EXPERIENCE

FR

$2,999

Bogotá Bogotá 12 DAYS Bogotá Bogotá

12 DAYS

Highlights

• Soak up the colonial charm in the historic trading port of Cartagena

• Lay back on beautiful Caribbean beaches on the Rosario Islands

• Spend a cosy night sleeping in a hammock in Tayrona National Park

Highlights

• Visit coffee plantations in Armenia and enjoy its smooth flavour

• Soak in soothing hot springs in beautiful Santa Rosa del Cabal

• Explore vibrant Medellín, known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

DAY

01

ITINERARY

Bogotá

Arrive into Bogotá any time, and spend the rest of the day at leisure

exploring Colombia’s capital city. Meet up with your group tonight.

DAY

01

ITINERARY

Bogotá

Arrive into Bogotá at any time, catch the included transfer to your

comfortable hotel and explore before meeting the rest of your group.

02-04

05-06

07-10

11-12

Cartagena

Free time in Bogotá this morning before flying to Cartagena. This

beautiful colonial city is split into a modern beach area and historic

downtown, which you’ll see on an included city tour. You can also

take an optional ‘chiva’ bus tour by night and visit the white sand

beaches of Islas del Rosario National Park. Here, the equivalent to a

spa treatment is a soak in the crater of the Totumo mud volcano. (B)

Tolu

Yet to be fully discovered by foreigners, this charming, laid-back

beach town is popular with holidaying Colombians. Tuck into seafood

specialities, party in the unique local discos and enjoy an included

boat and snorkelling tour of the pristine San Bernardo Islands.

Santa Marta / Taganga / Tayrona National Park

Travel along the coast to Colombia’s oldest city, Santa Marta, popular

for its colonial architecture, beaches and nature reserves. Continue

to Taganga, the launch pad for Tayrona N.P. Head off on an overnight

excursion to sleep in hammocks within the park, which boasts wildlife

including black howler monkeys, iguanas, eagles and condors. Visit

the pre-Hispanic village of Pueblito while hiking to waterfalls and

lookouts with great views of the Sierra Nevada. (B, L, D)

Bogotá

Return to Santa Marta and fly back to Bogotá where you’ll have a

free afternoon and evening for an optional city tour or to explore on

your own. Your adventure ends after breakfast on Day 12. (B)

02-03

04-05

06-07

08-10

11-12

Armenia

Travel to Armenia, where it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee!

Enjoy an included jeep tour to small villages, a coffee plantation and

the botanic gardens, plus free time for optional activities such as

kayaking, rafting and the canopy zipline. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Salento / Santa Rosa

Journey to the cute and colourful coffee village of Salento, with its

incredible landscapes of mountains and river valleys. Take a tour to

a coffee farm and taste the finest local blends. Next up, Santa Rosa,

for a relaxing visit to its thermal hot springs. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Medellín

Continue north to Medellín for two days in this vibrant, cultural

city with plenty of free time to explore the many attractions. Ride

the cable car, take in the views from Nutibara Hill or sign up for an

optional paragliding excursion or Pablo Escobar tour. (2B)

Cartagena

Fly to the Caribbean coast and World Heritage Site of Cartagena, an

historic, walled city with great beaches and vibrant nightlife. Day 10

is free for an optional boat trip over to the Islas del Rosario N.P. with

its stunning beaches, or for soaking in Totumo mud volcano. (3B)

Bogotá

Fly back to Bogotá for an afternoon and evening to discover its

world-class museums, colonial churches, lively street art and pulsating

nightlife. The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 12. (2B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard

Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), hammock

(1 nt) Transport: Plane, public bus, boat Meals:

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow

USD $230-300 for meals not included Group

Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local

guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code:

GASMCH

Departures 2014

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Mar 08 Mar 19

May 10 May 21

Jun 07 Jun 18

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Aug 09 Aug 20

Sep 06 Sep 17

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Oct 11 Oct 22

Nov 08 Nov 19

Dec 13 Dec 24

Cartagena

Tolu

Bogotá

COLOMBIA

Santa Marta

(Tayrona NP)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded

Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age

Accommodation: Comfort hotels (11 nts)

Transport: Bus, van, jeep, plane Meals: 11

breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:

Allow USD $375-425 for meals not included

Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),

local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 6 Tour

Code: GASMCE

My Own Room Available: Fr $699 My Own Room Available: Fr $999

Departures 2014

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Mar 19 Mar 30

Apr 26 May 07

May 24 Jun 04

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Jul 26 Aug 06

Aug 20 Aug 31

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Oct 25 Nov 05

Nov 19 Nov 30

Dec 17 Dec 28

Santa Rosa

del Cabal

Cartagena

Salento

Armenia

COLOMBIA

Medellin

Bogotá

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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BOGOTÁ & BEYOND

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

SHOESTRING rock solid

SHOESTRING

CHOCOLATE

HOSTEL, BOGOTÁ

FR FR FR

$19 DORM

HOTEL VILLA $93 SINGLE

ALUNA CASA $32

FR FR FR

$29 TWIN/DOUBLE COLONIAL, CARTAGENA $68 TWIN/DOUBLE HOSTEL, SANTA MARTA $44

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

You’ll find this backpacker HQ in the

colourful district of La Candelaria. It boasts

a kitchen with free Colombian coffee, Wi-Fi

access and friendly staff. Hang out with

fellow travellers in the courtyard, swap

stories and books in the lounge or chill in

a hammock. Both dorms and private rooms

are available.

This delightful hotel is full of character

and known for outstanding hospitality.

Located in a colonial neighbourhood within

the historic fortress walls, soak up the sun

on the rooftop terrace or catch up with

friends back home using the free Wi-Fi. All

rooms have private bathrooms, some have

a balcony with city or courtyard views.

SINGLE

TWIN/DOUBLE

Designed around a 1920s Spanish villa,

this hostel is a mix of old and new. Centred

around a shaded courtyard, there are

three floors, a roof terrace that overlooks

the Sierra Nevada and an inhouse café.

Situated in the historical centre of Santa

Marta, it’s the perfect base for the nearby

attractions of Parque Tayrona.

BOGPLH CTGHVC SMRALU

BOGOTÁ WELCOME

PACKAGE

FR

$266 MEDELLIN & PABLO

FR

$376

3 DAYS ESCABAR ADVENTURE

4 DAYS

Make your stay in lively Bogotá simple with this welcome package.

A private transfer will whisk you to Casa Platypus. You’ll have two

nights with breakfast at this central hotel, complete with roof

terrace. To help with your orientation, we’ve included a half-day

guided walking tour around the historic centre. You then have a

day to explore on your own. Take a bike tour or join a cooking

lesson at the hotel before taking your transfer back to the airport.

Departs: Daily, Bogotá to Bogotá Accommodation: Hotel, standard double/

twin with bathroom (2 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Includes: Private transfers,

exursions as per itinerary, guide for transfer & walking tour Tour Code: BOGCOL

Arrive in Medellin, once one of the most dangerous cities in the

world, now a thriving metropolis. Check in, chill in a bar in Zona

Rosa or relax in a garden hammock. Next day, explore the city; see

Parque San Antonio with its Botero sculptures, the Metropolitan

Cathedral and Nutibara Hill for panoramic views. Day 3, learn

about Pablo Escobar, Colombia’s infamous drug lord and the

projects that fostered the city’s change. Your tour ends on Day 4.

Departs: Daily, Medellin to Medellin Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) Meals:

Daily breakfast Includes: All transfers, half day tour of Medellin city, half day

Pablo Escobar tour Tour Code: MDEPET

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SANTA MARTA &

PARQUE TAYRONA

Santa Marta

Santa Marta

Highlights

• Spot monkeys as you hike through the Parque Tayrona jungle

• Wander along beautiful white sandy beaches

• Swim in the tranquil turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea

FR

$237

4 DAYS

Explore Colombia’s beautiful Caribbean coast around Parque

Tayrona. Arrive into Santa Marta on Day 1 where a private transfer

will be waiting to take you to your accommodation. Next day, hit

the white sand beaches, dense jungle and tropical mangroves of

sprawling Parque Tayrona National Park. Hop onto a local boat at

the Bay of Gayraca, then sail around the cove to Playa Cristal. This

stunning beach is ideal for sunbathing and paddling between coral

reefs, before returning to Santa Marta. You then have a free day in

this charming coastal town before transferring back to the airport

on Day 4. Explore, soak up the rays and check out the beach. Bliss!

COFFEE

REGION

Manizales

Manizales

Highlights

• Tour a plantation to discover the secrets of coffee production

• Hike, ride or raft in the lush green countryside

• Learn about coffee tasting and how to make the perfect cuppa

FR

$218

4 DAYS

On arrival in the coffee region, you’ll be picked up from Manizales

bus station and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 is your chance to

learn all about coffee on a tour of a plantation set on the steep

hills typical of this area. The crop creates a green carpeting of

coffee plants that extend to the horizon, interrupted only by fincas

covered in flowers. You’ll discover how coffee is prepared and

toasted. The following day is free for you to take an optional tour.

Head off rafting or horse riding, take a lesson in coffee tasting or

learn how to prepare the perfect espresso and cappuccino. There

is also plenty to explore in Manizales, before departing on Day 4.

PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel single/double/twin room with bathroom

(3 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers, included day

trips Tour Code: SMRPRT

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Transport: Bus station transfers

Includes: Coffee plantation tour Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Tour Code:

BOGCCZ

CARTAGENA &

ROSARIO ISLAND

Cartagena

Cartagena

FR

$547

4 DAYS

LOST CITY

TREK

Santa Marta

Santa Marta

FR

$609

5 DAYS

Highlights

• Absorb the charm of vibrant, colourful Cartagena

• Learn about the castle and many monuments within the city

• Swim in the crystal clear waters around the Rosario Islands

Highlights

• Sleep under the stars in a hammock

• Explore the Lost City (founded 650 years before Machu Picchu)

• Enjoy amazing views of this magical site

This fabulous package offers a new adventure every day. After

transferring to your hotel, enjoy a city tour of colourful Cartagena.

Starting with Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa, you’ll learn about

its colonial history, fortress and many monuments and buildings.

Continue on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) and to the handicrafts

zone of the Bovedas. On Day 2, cruise over the crystal clear waters

to the Rosario Islands National Park where you’ll spend a night

in paradise. Go snorkelling, take a nature walk or laze around on

the beautiful beaches. Head back to Cartagena the next day with

plenty of time to explore. Your tour ends on Day 4.

Venture deep into the jungle in search of the Lost City of Ciudad

Perdida on this intrepid trek. Hike through indigenous villages,

traverse the Buritaca river, sleep in hammocks under the stars

and climb 1,200 mossy steps to reach one of the largest Tayrona

cities in Latin America - Ciudad Perdida. The Lost City was founded

in AD 800 some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu but was

only discovered in the 1970’s. You’ll be amazed at the intricate

staircases, meticulously built terraces, the complex system of

pathways and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes. Start

and finish your tour in Santa Marta.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel twin (3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast

Transport: Private return airport transfers, return transport from hotel to pier

to island Includes: Half day Cartagena city tour Tour Code: CTGRIS

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito nets (4 nts) Meals:

All food during trek Transfers: Return transfers from Santa Marta are included

Departs: Daily Tour Code: SMRLCT

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