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PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADORPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA& COLOMBIATwice the size of India &spanning eight countries,the mighty Amazon jungleis the world’s biggestrainforest.MACHU PICCHUwas built, lived in &deserted in less than100 years before beinglost to civilisation forcenturies. Knowledge ofwhy exactly it was builtremains shrouded inmystery.AVERAGE TEMPERATURES:Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecArequipaBogotáCuzcoGalápagos IslandsLa PazLimaPuerto MaldonadoQuitoSizzling! Peru, Bolivia,Ecuador & ColombiaFeeling hot hot hot Pleasantly warm32°C+ | 90°F+24-31°C | 75-89°F17-23°C | 62-74°FTake a jacket 12-16°C | 53-61°FChilled1-11°C | 33-52°FIce Ice Baby! 0°C- | 32°F-40 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CARTAGENA TO QUITO ON A SHOESTRINGCartagena QuitoFR$2,89919 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• Walk the historic streets of Cartagena• Chill on Santa Marta’s white sands• Trek through jungle & farmland• Climb 1,200 steps to the Lost City• Hike through Taganga National Park• Visit Ecuador’s second-highest peak• Authentic homestay experience• Discover Colombia’s capital cityDepartures 2015START FINISHJun 03 Jun 21Jul 03 Jul 21Aug 18 Sep 05InclusionsSTART FINISHSep 07 Sep 25Oct 06 Oct 24Nov 15 Dec 03START FINISHDec 01 Dec 19Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: Simple hotels(11 nts), camping: hammocks/rustic bunks(5 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt)Transport: Local bus, 4x4, boat, plane,minibus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-350 formeals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASMQSMy Own Room Available: Fr $439TagangaSanta MartaCartagenaOtavaloCotopaxiECUADORQuitoYou might likeMedellinTayrona N.P.BogotáCOLOMBIAFocus on Colombia - see pages 86-91Colombia - Lost City Trekking(GASMLC, 7 days) Fr $849Caribbean Colombia Express(GASMTQ, 8 days) Fr $1,699Colombia Express(GASMCQ, 9 days) Fr $1,849Colombia’s Caribbean Coast & Lost City(GASMCS, 14 days) Fr $2,499Classic Colombia(GASMCC, 16 days) Fr $3,199Over two and a half weeks, you’ll go from Colombia to Ecuador on this sociable andwallet-friendly tour that includes two flights. Hike through steamy jungle to the Lost Cityof Teyuna, bliss out on warm beaches, check out Medellin - the so-called ‘City of EternalSpring’ due to its pleasant climate - and Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant capital. Whilst trekkingyou’ll encounter rural communities and enjoy a unique homestay experience with anEcuadorian family. Round off your trip with a visit to an artisan market dating back topre-Inca times where you can stock up on hand-made souvenirs.DAY01-020304-0708-1011-1213-1415-161718-19ITINERARYTayrona National Park, ColombiaCartagenaArrive into the pastel-hued streets of Cartagena, spending the next couple of days at your leisure.Meander through the history-steeped old town to learn about its fabled past as a trading and slaveport, check out the San Felipe Fortress and soak up the city’s Caribbean beach resort vibes in thenewer part of town. Alternatively, get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totumo Volcano.Santa MartaBid farewell to Cartagena and hop on the public bus to the coastal port town of Santa Marta. Visitthe Gold Museum with its collection of Lost City artefacts, soak up some rays on the beach or pick upany last-minute necessities for your upcoming trek.Lost City TrekTransfer by 4x4 to Machete Pelao and the start of your five-day, 45-kilometre guided trek to theLost City. You’ll hike for 4-5 hours a day through farmland, alongside streams, occasionally passingindigenous communities. Camp en route, sleeping in a mixture of hammocks and rustic bunks. Themorning of Day 7, it’s an early start to climb 1,200 stone steps up to the Lost City itself. The knockoutviews of the ancient city and mountainous backdrop make the effort worthwhile. (3B, 4L, 4D)Taganga / Tayrona National ParkAfter a final morning trek, transfer to the fishing village of Taganga for an afternoon of rest andrelaxation. Enjoy an overnight excursion to beautiful Tayrona National Park. Explore the lushgreenery, extensive beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters. Opt to trek to the ruins of El Pueblito,go snorkelling or hike various trails. Return to Taganga for one more night on the Caribbean. (2B, L)MedellínFly inland to infamous Medellín, one of Latin America’s most welcoming cities. Enjoy an orientationwalk upon arrival and an optional night out with the group. Opt to go paragliding over the city orcatch a ride on a cable car. The evening of Day 12, baord the night bus to Bogotá.BogotáTake an orientation walk around Bogotá’s trendy La Candelaria area. You’ll then have free time toexplore Colombia’s capital; check out the riches of the Gold Museum, hop on a funicular car upMonserrate Hill for sweeping city vistas or catch a football game if it’s match day.CotopaxiFly to Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, on Day 15 and transfer to Cotopaxi National Park for two nightsencompassed in Andean beauty. Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike the park trails or mountainbike down snow-topped Cotopaxi Volcano which, at 19,342 feet (5,897m) towers high above itsbeautiful surroundings.OtavaloStay with an Ecuadorian family in a homestay experience outside the market town of Otavalo. (D)QuitoDay 18, visit the famous Otavalo artisan market in the morning to peruse colourful textiles, art,carvings and jewellery made by local communities. Transfer in the afternoon to Quito and enjoy anorientation walk and final evening with your group. For a real Ecuadorian experience, drop by a peña;these are great places for meeting locals, dancing and enjoying local cooking. Depart at any time onDay 19 when your tour comes to a close. (B)42 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


QUITO TO LA PAZ ADVENTUREQuito La PazFR$4,64935 DAYSHighlights• 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 TiticacaDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 05 Feb 08Feb 11 Mar 17Feb 18 Mar 24Feb 25 Mar 31Mar 04 Apr 07Mar 15 Apr 18Mar 24 Apr 27Apr 01 May 05Apr 10 May 14Apr 18 May 22InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 01 Jun 04May 13 Jun 16May 31 Jul 04Jun 06 Jul 10Jun 12 Jul 16Jun 28 Aug 01Jul 14 Aug 17Jul 28 Aug 31Aug 09 Sep 12Aug 25 Sep 28START FINISHSep 12 Oct 16Sep 21 Oct 25Oct 02 Nov 05Oct 20 Nov 23Nov 09 Dec 13Nov 19 Dec 23Dec 01 Jan 04Dec 10 Jan 13Dec 23 Jan 26Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(23 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3nts), homestay (4 nts) Transport: Public bus,boat, motorised canoe, truck, train Meals:20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners Budget:Allow USD $620-815 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),specialist CEO on Inca Trail, local guides GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASEQLMy Own Room Available: Fr $579QuitoAmazon JungleHomestayECUADORBañosCuencaMancoraHuanchacoLimaPERUMachuPicchuParacasNazcaColca CanyonCUSTOMISE YOUR TRIPOllantaytamboArequipaCuzcoLakeTiticacaBOLIVIAPunoLa PazWhy not add an optional theme pack tocustomise your trip?Peru Adrenalin BundleWhitewater rafting (Cuzco, full day), Horsebackriding (Cuzco, half day). Fr $100Peruvian Culinary BundleLearn the art of ceviche from a professional chef(Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days). Fr $220This epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia gives you a chance to reallydiscover what South America is all about. Discover the archaeological highlights and culturaltreasures of the Andean highlands, look for tropical birds and native wildlife in the aweinspiringAmazon Rainforest, and get your adrenalin pumping with any number of optionalactivities 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 ruinsof Machu Picchu - just one of many highlights on this amazing trip.DAY01-0809-1314-1819-2526-3031-35ITINERARYLake TiticacaQuito / Amazon Jungle / Baños / CuencaExplore Quito’s beautiful Old Town before meeting your group this evening. On Day 2, travel overlandto Tena, one of the gateways to the Amazon, and transfer by truck and then by motorised canoe deepinto the jungle. Trek through the beautiful rainforest to enjoy a three-night homestay at one of theauthentic local communities. On Day 5, it’s on to Baños, a great place for adrenalin junkies, with anynumber of optional activities available such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.Alternatively, take a dip in the thermal springs. On Day 7, continue to Cuenca, considered by many tobe Ecuador’s most beautiful city. (4B, 3L, 3D)Mancora / HuanchacoCross into Peru and hang out with the surfer dudes enjoying the relaxing beach atmosphere inMancora. Next, head to Trujillo, best known for its glorious colonial architecture and the nearbyChimu ruins of Chan-Chan. Continue by overnight bus on Day 11 to Huanchaco, where the fishermenset sail in reed boats to keep the town’s restaurants well stocked with delicious, fresh seafood. Youhave a full day in Huanchaco, so optional activities can include visiting pre-Inca sites or just chillingout on the beach. You’ll catch the overnight bus on Day 13 to Lima. (2B)Lima / Paracas / NazcaArrive into Lima this morning, where you then have a full day to take in all the city’s many attractions.On Day 16, hop on a bus down the coast to Paracas, whose lively pedestrian avenues hide plenty oflittle eateries where you can try a seafood ceviche best washed down with a glass of Pisco Sour. Optto visit the Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery at the oasis of Huacachinawith time for optional sandboarding then discover the mysterious Nazca Lines. Opt to take a flightover them then indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal before a night bus to Arequipa. (2B, D)Arequipa / Colca Canyon / Cuzco / OllantaytamboYou have a free day in Arequipa, which is Peru’s second most important city after Lima, and known asthe ‘White City’ due to the light-coloured volcanic rock used to construct its buildings. The next day,marvel at El Misti Volcano then set off for a tour to Colca Canyon. Return to Arequipa to catch thenight bus to Cuzco. You won’t be disappointed by Cuzco, with its age-old culture, vibrant markets,fascinating museums and ancient Inca sites. Travel through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo whereyou’ll stay the night before you embark on the Inca Trail. The town’s major Inca ruin site should giveyou an enjoyable flavour of what lies ahead. (6B)Inca TrailThe time has come to tackle the iconic Inca Trail. It starts at Km 82 and over the next few daysyou’ll cover around 44kms (27 miles), crossing no fewer than three high passes. This challenging buthighly-rewarding trek is filled with beautiful cloud forest and original Inca constructions including acauseway 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 overMachu Picchu - enchanting and epic! Wander around with your guide before heading back to Cuzco torest, shower and celebrate. (3B, 3L, 3D)Puno / Lake Titicaca / La PazSpend the night in Puno, before taking a boat trip to Tequile Island for lunch. See the famous‘floating islands’ of Uros, then step into rural life with a village homestay. Take in the extensive viewsof the lake and enjoy a traditional evening of dinner and dancing. Cross the border into Bolivia andclimb up to La Paz, the world’s highest city. You can explore to your heart’s content and spend thelast night out with your group before your tips concludes on Day 35. (3B, L, D)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA43


QUITO TO LIMA ADVENTUREQuito LimaFR$1,74915 DAYSHighlights• 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 - cevicheDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 05 Jan 19Jan 18 Feb 01Feb 11 Feb 25Feb 18 Mar 04Feb 25 Mar 11Mar 04 Mar 18Mar 15 Mar 29Mar 24 Apr 07Apr 01 Apr 15Apr 10 Apr 24Apr 18 May 02May 01 May 15May 13 May 27InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 31 Jun 14Jun 06 Jun 20Jun 12 Jun 26Jun 21 Jul 05Jun 28 Jul 12Jul 14 Jul 28Jul 21 Aug 04Jul 28 Aug 11Aug 09 Aug 23Aug 25 Sep 08Sep 05 Sep 19Sep 12 Sep 26Sep 21 Oct 05START FINISHSep 25 Oct 09Oct 02 Oct 16Oct 20 Nov 03Oct 24 Nov 07Nov 09 Nov 23Nov 19 Dec 03Dec 01 Dec 15Dec 03 Dec 17Dec 10 Dec 24Dec 19 Jan 02Dec 23 Jan 06Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (9nts), overnight bus (2 nts), jungle homestay (3nts) Transport: Public bus, boat, motorisedcanoe, truck Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches,3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $300-480for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GASEQMMy Own Room Available: Fr $189QuitoAmazon JungleHomestayECUADORBañosCuencaMancoraHuanchacoYou might likePERULimaExtend Your TripQuito to La Paz Adventure(35 days, Quito to La Paz)(GASEQL) see pages 43 Fr $4,649Great South American Journey(65 days, Quito to Rio de Janeiro)(GASEQR) see pages 20/21 Fr $9,449Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Amazon and Pacific Coast on this15-day adventure from Quito to Lima. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets andget an introduction to the Amazon Rainforest and its indigenous people with three days ina jungle community. Tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch a few big waves andget your adrenalin pumping on exciting optional activities. You’ll also have plenty of freetime to explore these remarkable countries at your own pace, so that you can create yourown perfect adventure.DAY0102-0405-0607-0809-1213-1415ITINERARYAmazon JungleQuitoArrive 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, sotake it easy until you adjust to the altitude - we recommend a stroll around the beautiful Old Townadmiring colonial buildings such as the magnificent Compañía de Jésus Church, adorned with gold.Amazon JungleTravel overland to Tena on the edge of the Amazon, before transferring by truck and motorised canoedeep into the jungle. Trek through the rainforest to one of a number of local communities to enjoya three-night ‘homestay’ to learn about the lifestyle of the indigenous population. For some, theirtraditional homelands are threatened by the encroachment of industry and cash-crop farming, buthere the rainforest is home to a staggering amount of biodiversity. Spot wildlife and native plantspecies on nature walks, and look up into the tree canopy for glimpses of beautiful birds. (3B, 3L, 3D)BañosTime to get active in the delightfully green mountain resort of Baños, where adrenalin junkies canenjoy optional activities such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Baños takes itsname 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.CuencaEcuador’s third-largest city retains a laid-back atmosphere, and few visitors can resist the charmsof its colonial architecture, flower markets and shady plazas. To the north of Cuenca, the Inca ruinsof Ingapirca remain shrouded in mystery and the drive to reach the site takes you through someof 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. (B)Mancora / HuanchacoCross 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, wherethere’s time to enjoy its relaxing beach atmosphere. Head south through the Sechuara Desert andalong the Pacific coastline to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. Trujillo is best known for itsbeautiful colonial buildings and the nearby Chimu ruins of Chan-Chan. Continue by overnight bus onDay 11 to Huanchaco, where the fishermen’s boats are constructed from buoyant reeds. (B)Huanchaco / LimaFull day in Huanchaco, where optional activities can include visiting pre-Inca sites or just chilling onthe beach. Catch the overnight bus on Day 13 to Lima, where you then have a full day to take in thesites. Lima was founded in 1535 and, to grab a feel for its colonial history, you can take an optionalcity tour or jump in a cab to the Plaza de Armas. This is the heart of old Lima and where you can seethe 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 goodplaces to head if you want to try a seafood ceviche, where the fish is ‘cooked’ by letting it marinatein acidic lime or other citrus juices. We think a Pisco Sour is the perfect accompaniment. (B)LimaThe trip comes to an end today in Lima, but there are plenty of tours you can join if you wish tocontinue your discovery. In fact, this is just the first leg of our amazing ‘Great South AmericanJourney’ which will take you all the way to Rio de Janeiro if you have another 50 days to spare! (B)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA45


PERUPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAMancoraTarapotoIquitos / AmazonMarvel at theNazca Lines; intricatesymbols etched intothe desert, thought tohave been made by apre-Inca civilisationbetween 450-600 AD.Yep, we’re baffled too!Enroute to Ecudaor? Stopoverin fashionable fishing portMancora for some well-deservedbeachtime after all that trekking.No trip to Peru’s completewithout sampling nationaldish, ceviche; a zingy treatof fresh fish soaked in limejuice & chilliLimaPuerto Maldonado / AmazonMachu PicchuCuzcoNazcaColca CanyonCARNAVALFebruary in Peru is amonth of fun, romanceand just a little chaos.Expect parades,feasting, fantastcialfloats & epic waterfights!Stock up on finely-woven textiles, gifts and samplelocal produce - like white corn on the cob - atCuzco’s thriving Pisco market.46 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TREK PERUthese boots are made for walkin’Peru is one of the best placesin the world to seek out someserious trekking experiences.The highlight of the treks beingof course the Inca Trail to the‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. In2011 it celebrated its 100 yearanniversary since its rediscoveryby American archaeologist HiramBingham. As well as the ancientInca Trail we offer a variety ofother outstanding treks in thearea, all providing incredibleexperiences high up in the Andes.inca trailThe Inca Trail is an epic once-in-alifetimeadventure that culminates in theenchanting and mysterious Lost City of theIncas: Machu Picchu. It’s a challenge thatfeatures on most ‘do before I die’ lists andit’s easy to see why. Over four days youwill cover 27 miles (43kms) and climb to amaximum height of 4,200m (13,776 feet).The trail combines jaw-dropping mountainscenery, lush cloudforest, sub-tropicaljungle, a mix of Inca ruins and beautifulflora and fauna. On the last morning you’llenter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate,in time for sunrise and to see the magicalInca site appear through the morning mist.book early!As a way to preserve the ancient trailand site of Machu Picchu, the Peruviangovernment has strict regulations for theflow of travellers, so it’s best to bookearly - ideally three months in advance.Reservations cannot be held on the trailand all permits must be bought in advancewith complete and correct passportinformation. Please note, the Inca Trail isnormally closed in Feb for annual repairs.What you need to book• Full name (exactly as per passport)• Date of birth• Passport number• Nationality• Date of passport expiryoutstanding alternativesIf you’ve left it too late for a permit, wanta trek with a difference or want to seeMachu Picchu by train, check out our otheroptions on pages 51, 58, 59 & 62-64.machu picchu - other optionsFor if you’ve left it too late to securea permit for the Inca Trail (or feel thatthe trek might be a little strenuous):• Inca Discovery - Lares An amazingthree-day trek ending with a trainride & guided tour of Machu Picchu.• Choquequirao - challenging 8-daytrek from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes.• Salkantay Trek - 4-day routethrough spectacular mountainscenery.• Huayhuash Circuit - challenging8-day trek through high altitudes.On all G Adventures tours that includethe Inca Trail, you can also opt to stayin Cuzco & visit Machu Picchu by train.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA47


THE INCA TRAILCuzco CuzcoFR$1,4497 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• 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 PicchuDepartures 2015JanFebMar - DecInclusionsMachuPicchuPERUYou might likeUsually dailySelected dates, typically twice weeklyUsually dailyTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (3 nts), camping(3 nts) Transport: Train, van Meals: 6breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget:Allow USD $80-120 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Local representative in Cuzco,specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPITMy Own Room Available: Fr $189OllantaytamboCuzcoLake TiticacaAdd on a Volunteer ProjectVolunteer Cuzco Kids - help the staff ata voluntary support centre for childrenfrom under-privileged families(14 days, GATSPJMN) Fr $919Sacred ValleyOne of the most popular trips in Peru for those looking to combine the cultural highlightsof Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best-known hikingtrails. 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, leavingyou carrying only your daypack and free to enjoy the beauty all around. At the end of theInca Trail lies the breathtaking Machu Picchu, whose steep terraces and dramatic ruins wereall but hidden from the outside world until their rediscovery in 1911.DAY010203-0607ITINERARYMachu PicchuCuzcoArrive into the city of Cuzco, and go for a look around before attending a welcome briefing about theweek ahead. You’ll find the town buzzing with travellers from all over the world preparing for the IncaTrail and those recently returned from treks. Those who take time to explore will be well rewardedas 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 surprisinglycosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of museums that will give you a great introduction to thearea’s colonial and Inca past, which can be further explored at the ruins of the Coricancha, once theInca Empire’s richest temple and literally covered with gold. Be aware that Cuzco sits at an elevationof around 3,400m (11,200ft), so take it easy on your first day until you acclimatise to the altitude.Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboHead out for a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley is alush agricultural region that was an important food source for the Inca and still to this day suppliesmuch of the fresh produce used in Cuzco. There will be many Inca ruins along the way, including theimpressive Pisac which you’ll visit, set amidst some stunning scenery and well populated by a curiousllama or two. You’ll visit a Planeterra women’s weaving co-operative in a local community whereyou can pick up some beautiful textile souvenirs and, on market days, further colourful shoppingopportunities. 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 RiverValley, 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. (B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuPhysically challenging but supremely rewarding, the world-famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike withinthe abilities 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, throughcloud forest and past incredible Inca constructions, including an original causeway and tunnel. Thistrek will leave you in awe of the ancient civilisation and of the spectacular scenery all around. You’llstart at Km 82, passing several smaller ruin sites, the first of which is Llactapata. The second dayclimbs 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 snowcappedCordillera Vilcabamba. Soon you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the ‘TownAbove the Clouds’ - you’ll either camp here or another 90 minutes further along close to the ruins ofWiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’), with its grandiose terraced hillside setting. Hiking boots and woollyalpaca hats may not be the height of fashion at home, but here they’re standard issue - it can getquite chilly at night and you should be prepared for the odd shower along the way. A team of localporters 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 glimpseof Machu Picchu through the rising morning mist. When you consider its worldwide fame today, it’sextraordinary 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, climbup to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before catching the train back to Cuzco, the city ofcivilisation and hot showers! (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoDepart at any time today, or stick around for a few days more to check out Cuzco’s adrenalin-packedoptions. Horse riding, mountain biking and river rafting are just some of the activities at hand. (B)48 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INCA DISCOVERYLima CuzcoFR$1,7998 DAYSHighlights• 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 PicchuDepartures 2015JanFebMar - DecInclusionsLimaPERUUsually dailySelected dates, typically twice weeklyUsually dailyTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (4 nts), camping(3 nts) Transport: Plane, train, van Meals: 7breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $100-160 for meals not included GroupLeader: Local representatives in Cuzco & Lima,specialist CEO on Inca Trail Group Size: Max16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPIDMy Own Room Available: Fr $249MachuPicchuCUSTOMISE YOUR TRIPOllantaytamboCuzcoPeru Culinary BundleLearn the art of ceviche from a professional chef(Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days). Fr $220CuzcoIf your aim is to challenge yourself with an epic hike that will unfold a tale of an ancientcivilisation and incredible constructions, which although hidden for centuries have stoodthe test of time, then this is the trip for you. Time in Cuzco will allow you acclimatise to theAndean altitude and give you an opportunity to explore its colonial past. A tour through theSacred Valley will bring you face-to-face with local life at a women’s weaving co-operativeand a chance to purchase quality souvenirs. But it’s the Inca Trail you’ve come for, so letnothing distract you from the amazing journey ahead.DAY01020304-0708ITINERARYOllantaytamboLimaArrive into Lima and get out exploring this underestimated city, with its colourful neighbourhoodsand charming colonial centre. In the evening, you’ll meet the rest of your tour group, so why nothead out with them to sample some Peruvian cuisine including refreshing ceviche, a citrus-marinatedseafood dish? Wash it all down with Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Its ingredients - locallyproducedgrape brandy and egg white - may not sell it, but trust us, it tastes good and it willprobably be the first of many! Don’t drink too much though, it’s an early start in the morning.CuzcoYou’ll fly from Lima to the sophisticated colonial city of Cuzco over the Andes Mountains, taking inthe spectacular views. Cuzco sits at an elevation of 3,400m (11,200ft), so acclimatise yourself with acoca tea overlooking the beautiful architecture of the main square. Head to the markets and pick upthat Peruvian jumper you’ve always wanted and as many alpaca woolly hats as you have friends backhome. Poke your nose into the museums and churches and try some authentic Peruvian food - guineapig 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. (B)Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboToday is a full-day guided tour through the Sacred Valley and on to the Ollantaytambo ruins. You’lluncover hidden mysteries at ancient Inca sites, getting you excited for the big journey ahead. You’llvisit a Planeterra weaving project in a local community, where you can buy quality textiles directfrom the women who’ve made them. Working your way along the route of the Urubamba River amidthe lush agricultural backdrop, there will be more shopping opportunities at the local Pisac marketbefore winding up in pretty Ollantaytambo. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo have a strategiclocation overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, and this major ruin site is a well-preserved exampleof the ingenuity and engineering ability of the Inca. Ollantaytambo is a relatively quiet town and it’sbest to spend the evening relaxing ahead of tomorrow’s epic adventure. (B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuThis once-in-a-lifetime journey will cover spectacular scenery and fill your head to the brim withfacts that bring the Incas to life. The views and complexity of the Inca constructions are mesmerisingand it will all help to keep your mind focused on the long walk to Machu Picchu. You’ll move from highplateaux to dense cloud forest, crossing over three high passes with the most challenging, knownas ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, standing at a dizzy height of 4,200m. Your local porters will race ahead tocreate a camp complete with coca tea and nourishing food to keep your strength up, allowing you towalk the trail with just your daypack filled with essentials. Along the way, pause at beautifully-sitedruins such as Llactapata and Phuyupatamarca, and pass through original Inca constructions includinga causeway and tunnel. On the final day, it’s a relatively short walk and then a climb up the steps toIntipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, to watch sunrise over Machu Picchu. The magical sight of these mysteriousruins and perfectly-engineered terraces will take your breath away. Its existence was known forcenturies 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. Youcan walk around Machu Picchu and even climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge beforecatching the train back to Cuzco. At last, it’s time to put your feet up. (4B, 3L 3D)CuzcoThis 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 hasplenty more to offer, the only question is just what to do first. (B)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA49


PERU ON A SHOESTRINGLima CuzcoFR$1,99915 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• 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 PicchuDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 18Jan 11 Jan 25Jan 18 Feb 01Feb 15 Mar 01Feb 22 Mar 08Mar 01 Mar 15Mar 08 Mar 22Mar 22 Apr 05Mar 29 Apr 12Apr 12 Apr 26Apr 19 May 03Apr 26 May 10May 03 May 17May 17 May 31May 24 Jun 07InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 31 Jun 14Jun 07 Jun 21Jun 14 Jun 28Jun 21 Jul 05Jun 28 Jul 12Jul 05 Jul 19Jul 12 Jul 26Jul 19 Aug 02Jul 26 Aug 09Aug 02 Aug 16Aug 09 Aug 23Aug 16 Aug 30Aug 23 Sep 06Aug 30 Sep 13Sep 06 Sep 20START FINISHSep 13 Sep 27Sep 20 Oct 04Sep 27 Oct 11Oct 04 Oct 18Oct 18 Nov 01Oct 25 Nov 08Nov 01 Nov 15Nov 08 Nov 22Nov 15 Nov 29Nov 22 Dec 06Nov 29 Dec 13Dec 06 Dec 20Dec 13 Dec 27Dec 20 Jan 03Dec 27 Jan 10Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(8 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses(2 nts), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts)Transport: Local bus, train, hiking Meals:14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Budget:Allow USD $250-390 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, local guidesGroup Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code:GASPPSMy Own Room Available: Fr $199LimaPERUNazcaYou might likeMachuPicchuColcaCanyonOllantaytamboArequipaCuzcoLearn Spanish in LimaMake the most of your time in Peru andlearn the language, studying by the beach(1-48 weeks) see page 61 Fr 641This is a trip that’s packed with all the essentials - 15 days of maximum Peru at minimumcost. 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 notevery visitor to Peru gets to experience - a homestay in the Sacred Valley. After meeting thelocals, your next mission (should you choose to accept it) is the Inca Trail. There are moreactivities in store back in Cuzco, all you need is the energy to keep going. This is everythingyou imagined Peru would be - and more!DAY0102-0304-0607080910-1314-15ITINERARYMachu PicchuLimaRoll up, check in, get out and explore Peru’s bustling capital city. Wander downtown to catch thecolonial style buildings and see the Changing of the Guard, before meeting your group this evening.NazcaTravel 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 arejust some of the varied explanations for their existence. You can take an optional flight here if youfancy getting a bird’s-eye view. Other optional activities include a spot of sandboarding to get theadrenalin pumping. In the evening, you’ll partake in a traditional Pachamanca dinner where a varietyof delicious treats are wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked with pre-heated rocks buried inthe ground. On the evening of Day 3 you’ll board an overnight bus to Arequipa. (2B, D)Arequipa / Colca CanyonArrive with the sunshine into Arequipa, a beautifully white city that’s surrounded by the Andes andset in the shadow of the El Misti Volcano. Spread your wings like the Colca Canyon’s resident condorsand take an overnight trip to explore its dark deceptive depths. The mountain biking and rafting isgreat around here, or if you just want to roam the city then join a city tour and explore the museumsand the Santa Catalina Convent. On Day 6, board an overnight bus bound for Cuzco. (3B)CuzcoThis is a city that’ll impress you with its pretty combination of colonial and Inca-inspiredarchitecture. Check out the markets, artisan-style shops and tuck into some local treats - try roastguinea pig or see if you can taste the difference between Peru’s 3,000 potato varieties! (B)Ccacaccollo CommunityTravel by bus into the Sacred Valley, to the community of Ccacaccollo. Here, our partners atPlaneterra support a women’s weaving co-operative. You’ll meet the women and learn about thevarious stages of the weaving process; from hand-spinning the wool, dying the wool using naturaldyes and participating in a weaving demo. Overnight in a family homestay giving you time to engagewith the community, and perhaps learn a few words from the Quechua language. (B, D)OllantaytamboTravel through the Sacred Valley to the quaint tongue-twister town of Ollantaytambo. There’s thechance to take a tour through the Urubamba River Valley where there will be plenty of alpacas tobefriend and fascinating Inca ruins to explore – all a little teaser for the Inca Trail ahead. (B)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuGet 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 withyour fellow companions. Having scaled high passes, on your last day you will arrive at the gateway toMachu Picchu, to greet the Inca world. If your legs will carry you any further then there’s the optionto climb up to Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoChill out or party hard in the aftermath of the Inca Trail. If you’ve got any energy left, there’s theoption to go mountain biking, rafting or horse riding. On Day 15, depart at any time. (2B)50 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CLASSICPERUTHE INCAFR$2,999 JOURNEYFR$2,699Lima Cuzco 12 DAYS Lima Lima10 DAYSUros Islands, Lake TiticacaHighlights• 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 TrailAmazon JungleHighlights• 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 RainforestPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADAY0102-0405ITINERARYLimaRock up to Lima and head out to explore Peru’s vibrant capital.Puno / Lake TiticacaFly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno. From here, you’ll head out on aboat ride over the waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the floating islandsof Uros. Spend the night at a homestay in a small village, allowingyou to gain first-hand experience of their ways of life. (3B, L, D)CuzcoTravel by bus to Cuzco through the altiplano scenery. The colonialcity of Cuzco awaits with markets and museums to explore. (B)DAY01-0203ITINERARYLima / CuzcoArrive into Lima at any time. Get out, explore and sip on your firstPisco Sour – Peru’s famous national cocktail. Early in the morningof Day 2, fly over to Cuzco. Here you’ll have free time to admire thecolonial architecture and visit museums, churches and markets. (B)Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboHead out into the Sacred Valley for a full-day guided tour ofthe numerous ruins. Visit a Planeterra weaving project in a localcommunity where the women produce beautiful, brightly-colouredtextiles. You can pick up a few bargains at a local market beforearriving into Ollantaytambo and visiting the ruins here. (B, L)0607-1011-12Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboToday, you’ll stretch your legs on a full-day guided tour in the SacredValley to learn about Inca civilisation and the ruins that remain. You’llalso visit a Planeterra weaving project in a local community. The nightwill be spent in the pretty town of Ollantaytambo. (B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuKm 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 localporters who’ll race on, ready to greet you with food and coca teaas you reach camp each night. On the last day, you’ll arrive at the‘Sun Gate’ and watch Machu Picchu appear through the morning mistbefore exploring this fascinating and famous Inca site. You’ll returnto Cuzco by train for some welcome home comforts. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoTime for celebrations, adrenalin activities or simply to sit back andrelax in a café. Depart at any time on Day 12. (2B)04-050607-0809-10Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / CuzcoHop on board a local train and wind your way through impressivescenery to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu andan optional climb up to Huayna Picchu before returning to Cuzco. (2B)CuzcoSpend today sipping on coca tea in Cuzco’s cafés and watch the worldgo by or head off on a thrilling day of adventure activities. (B)Amazon JungleFly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by boat into the jungle to acomfortable lodge, which boasts sustainable initiatives such as solarpanels and rechargeable flashlights. From here, you’ll explore thejungle 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)LimaFly back to Lima and explore its vibrant neighbourhoods. After a lastnight out with your group, depart at any time on Day 10. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels / guesthouses (7 nts),camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport:Public bus, private van, plane, train, boat Meals:11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:Allow USD $180-280 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, local guidesGroup Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAPPCDepartures 2015PERULimaMachuPicchuOllantaytamboCuzcoJan - Dec Regular Mon / Fri & Sat Jan - Dec Every ThursdayPunoInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2nts) Transport: Plane, private van, train, boat,canoe Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $180-280 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Local representativesin Cuzco & Lima, specialist CEO for the SacredValley, Machu Picchu & Amazon Group Size:Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASPIJMy Own Room Available: Fr $409 My Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015PERULimaOllantaytamboMachuPicchuAmazonJungleCuzco51


INCA HEARTLANDLima La PazFR$3,74921 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• 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 presentDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 24Jan 18 Feb 07Jan 22 Feb 11Feb 07 Feb 27Feb 20 Mar 12Mar 07 Mar 27Mar 14 Apr 03Mar 22 Apr 11Mar 28 Apr 17Apr 06 Apr 26Apr 11 May 01Apr 17 May 07Apr 26 May 16May 02 May 22May 09 May 29May 16 Jun 05May 23 Jun 12Jun 06 Jun 26InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 12 Jul 02Jun 20 Jul 10Jun 26 Jul 16Jun 29 Jul 19Jul 06 Jul 26Jul 12 Aug 01Jul 17 Aug 06Jul 20 Aug 09Jul 25 Aug 14Jul 31 Aug 20Aug 08 Aug 28Aug 15 Sep 04Aug 17 Sep 06Aug 22 Sep 11Aug 29 Sep 18Sep 04 Sep 29Sep 10 Sep 30Sep 14 Oct 04START FINISHSep 19 Oct 09Sep 22 Oct 12Sep 28 Oct 18Oct 02 Oct 22Oct 10 Oct 30Oct 13 Nov 02Oct 19 Nov 08Oct 25 Nov 14Oct 31 Nov 20Nov 02 Nov 22Nov 08 Nov 28Nov 20 Dec 10Nov 28 Dec 18Dec 03 Dec 23Dec 08 Dec 28Dec 14 Jan 03Dec 22 Jan 11Dec 29 Jan 18Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (15 nts), overnightbus (1 nt), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt)Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat Meals:17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:Allow USD $400-640 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),specialist CEO on the Inca Trail Group Size: Max16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPXMLMy Own Room Available: Fr $579LimaParacasPERUNazcaMachuPicchuColcaCanyonArequipacustomise your tripOllantaytamboCuzcoPunoLakeTiticacaLa PazBOLIVIAPeru Adrenalin Bundle Fr $100Whitewater 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 archaeologistsemployed for centuries! The country offers such a wide range of experiences, it’s hard toknow where to start. Well, look no further, this tour makes it easy and covers the very bestthis diverse country has to offer. Hike the Inca Trail, see the incredible floating reed islandson Lake Titicaca and witness the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Enjoy an epic adventure throughthis heartland of Inca culture, travelling through Peru and ending in Bolivia.DAY01-0203-0405-07080910-1314-1617-1920-21ITINERARYEl Misti Volcano, PeruLima / ParacasArrive in Lima at any time, check-in and enjoy the city. On Day 2, hop on a bus down the coast toParacas. Walk the town’s lively pedestrian avenues, find a café and sample some Peruvian ceviche.NazcaThis morning, opt to visit the popular Ballestas Islands, an excellent chance to view a lively sea lioncolony, pelicans, penguins and other birdlife. Journey by bus to Nazca stopping en route to visit awinery and the oasis at Huacachina. One of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries, the NazcaLines perfectly depict birds, insects and animals but are best recognised on an optional scenic flight.Arequipa / Colca CanyonHead to Arequipa, a laid-back city surrounded by the Andes Mountains, including the snow-cappedpeak 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 optionalvisit to the Convent of Santa Catalina. On Day 6, travel a rough, rutted road to Colca Canyon - thedeepest 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. (3B)CuzcoFly to Cuzco and spend the afternoon finding your way around this fascinating city steeped inhistory, tradition and legend. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and you don’thave 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. (B)Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboTake a guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colourful market. Thepicturesque village of Ollantaytambo is where you catch your breath for the hike ahead. (B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuDepart Ollantaytambo where you begin this amazing trek in the footsteps of the Incas. A localcrew of porters, cook and guide look after you well for the duration of this four-day hike. Admirebreathtaking views at every step as you move from high plateaux to dense cloud forest. As youreach your final ascent to Machu Picchu, climb the steps to the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks thatsurround this famous site. When the morning is clear, there is no way to describe the feeling of thefirst views of Machu Picchu. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoSpend the next couple of days relaxing after your trek, or enjoying adventure activities. (3B)Puno / Lake TiticacaToday, travel through the high altiplano region to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, with stark yetbeautiful scenery en route. On Day 18, embark on a two-day excursion to visit the floating islandsof Uros and take a guided tour of the Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Opt to visitSillustani burial site. (3B, L, D)La PazEnjoy a spectacular drive from Lake Titicaca through the altiplano to La Paz - the highest city inthe world. Explore this busy city sprawling around the base of a canyon. Explore La Paz’s many finemuseums, historic structures and vibrant markets. Say farewell to your mates on Day 21. (2B)52 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ABSOLUTE PERULima LimaFR$4,49921 DAYSHighlights• 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 faunaDepartures 2015Jan - MayJun - OctNov - DecInclusionsLimaPERUParacasSelected Wed, Thu & SatRegular departures, typically 3 times per weekSelected Wed, Thu & SatTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels / guest houses (13nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt),homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts) Transport:Public bus, private van, plane, train, boat, canoeMeals: 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $350-560 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer(CEO), specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, expertjungle guide in the Amazon Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAPHPTMy Own Room Available: Fr $459NazcaMachuPicchucustomise your tripOllantaytamboColcaCanyonArequipaCuzcoAmazonJunglePunoLakeTiticacaPeru Culinary BundleLearn the art of ceviche from a professional chef(Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days).Please note this is also available on the ClassicPeru & Inca Journey trips (page 51). Fr $220One of the longest trips in Peru, this tour covers a little of everything that the country hasto offer, and that’s why we call it ‘Absolute Peru’. It starts with a quick twirl in the vibrantcapital, 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 waitingto welcome you into their home. Colonial Cuzco has churches, museums and adrenalinactivities on offer before you set off on the challenging Inca Trail to see Machu Picchu. Atrip into the Amazon Jungle with abundant flora and fauna finishes it up nicely.DAY01-0203-040506-0708-1011-1213-161718-2021ITINERARYLima / ParacasArrive and relax or get out and explore the city before meeting your tour group in the evening. Aftera free morning on Day 2, you’ll jump on the bus down the coast to lively Paracas. (B)NazcaIf you’re a wildlife enthusiast, don’t miss the chance of a trip to the Ballestas Islands, where you cansee 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 tourof a pottery studio and a fascinating pre-Inca cemetery in the Nazca Desert with 1,500 year-oldmummies, bones and pottery. Just don’t let them give you nightmares on the night bus to Arequipa!ArequipaPeru’s second-largest city is colonial Arequipa, surrounded by Andean mountains and El Misti Volcanowhich creates a backdrop close to perfection. It’s especially beautiful at sunset. There’s an optionalcity tour and a visit to the brightly-coloured Santa Catalina Monastery, which should not be missed.Colca CanyonTravel through the desert-like terrain to Chivay for a guided tour to Colca Canyon. Here you’ll watchfor 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. (B)Puno / Lake TiticacaHop on a bus to Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca; supposedly the highest navigable lake in theworld. Visit the Uros, Amantani and Taquile Islands before settling down for the night with a Peruvianfamily in a small village. There is also an optional visit to Sillustani burial site. (2B, L, D)Cuzco / Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboJourney 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. (2B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuOver the next few days you’ll tackle the famous Inca Trail, 44km (27 miles) of unimaginable beautywith quite a bit of hard slog thrown in. You’ll be mesmerised not only by the views but by your teamof porters who’ll race up ahead, ready to greet you later with a cup of coca tea and full-on meal asyour 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 explorationand an optional climb up to Wayna Picchu before returning to Cuzco to celebrate. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoChoose from some rest and relaxation or active options such as rafting, horse riding and cycling. (B)Amazon Jungle / LimaAfter a flight to Puerto Maldonado and a motorised canoe trip, you’ll arrive deep in the TambopataRainforest. From a comfortable, eco-friendly lodge you’ll explore the rich flora and fauna with expertnaturalist guides, both on foot and by boat. On Day 20, you’ll fly out of the jungle back to Lima for alast night on the town with your group. (3B, 2L, 2D)LimaOnce you’ve recovered from the night before, it’s time to say ‘adios amigos’. (B)Ballestas IslandsPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA53


AMAZON TO THE ANDESLima LimaFR$2,99912 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• 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 boat into the Amazon• Spot jungle wildlife with local guides• Reward yourself with a Pisco SourDepartures 2015JanFebMar - DecInclusionsPERULimaUsually dailySelected departures (Feb 05, 08, 11,14, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28)Usually dailyTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels / guesthouses(6 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)Transport: Public bus, plane, train, boat,canoe Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-240 formeals not included Group Leader: Localrepresentatives in Lima & Cuzco, specialistCEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungle guide inthe Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAPAAMy Own Room Available: Fr $409MachuPicchucustomise your tripOllantaytamboCuzcoAmazonJunglePeruvian Culinary BundleLearn the art of ceviche from a professional chef(Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days). Fr $220CuzcoThis adventure offers up an intriguing combination of mountains and jungle, and anunrivalled range of contrasting scenery, wildlife and cultures. First up, a superb trekkingadventure that’ll rival any in South America - the world-famous Inca Trail. Marvel at thegenius of the Incas and gasp at the breathtaking views of the Andes peaks and MachuPicchu. After time to catch your breath in Cuzco, move on to the Amazon where youcan 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!DAY01020304-070809-1011-12ITINERARYAmazon JungleLimaLand into Lima, raring to go on this incredible trip of Peru. Why not start by exploring the variousdistricts of this vibrant capital city? Wander around Miraflores or Barranco for a tasty meal and yourfirst classic Peruvian cocktail – the Pisco Sour. You’ll meet up with your group in the evening.CuzcoIt’s an early morning flight over the Andes to the picturesque colonial city of Cuzco. The day is freeto wander the well-worn cobblestone streets, poking your nose into the churches and marvelling atthe interesting museums and markets. You’re at an elevation of 3,400m (11,200ft) here in Cuzco, buta cup or two of coca tea will help you acclimatise to the altitude. (B)Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboTravel with a local guide through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. An important source of food for theIncas, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cuzco withmuch of its produce. You’ll visit the impressive Pisac ruins and stop at the artisan market (marketdays only) where you can haggle for souvenirs. You will also visit a Planeterra-supported women’sweaving cooperative in the local community where you can buy some high quality textiles directlyfrom the women who made them. The day finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, site ofanother large Inca ruin. Catch your breath and prepare for the hike ahead. (B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuStarting at Km 82, you have four days and 44 glorious kilometres (27 miles) of world-famous hikingstretching in front of you. The porters will speed on ahead to set up camp, allowing you to takeit 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 amaximum elevation of 4,200m through the cloud forest. You’ll arrive at the Sun Gate on your last dayto witness a magical sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. There will be time for an optional climbup to Huayna Picchu or a visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoGive yourself a well-deserved round of applause and celebrate the fact you’ve conquered one of theworld’s most famous and challenging hiking trails. Take inspiration from your activities and push youradrenalin to the max with an optional biking, rafting or horse riding trip. (B)Amazon JungleFlying to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Basin, you’ll continue on to a comfortable, eco-friendlylodge in the Tambopata Rainforest by motorised boat. During your voyage you will have the chanceto see bird species typical of the river or forest edge. The area is renowned for its diverse plant andanimal 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 10,000species of higher plants. These are all protected within the reserve and although you won’t see themall, your local guides will definitely be able to help you spot a good number as you explore by boatand on foot. You can also learn about the extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and otherforest plant resources, which are still used today in traditional techniques for building, fishing andhunting. (2B, 2L, 2D)LimaYou’ll fly out of the jungle, back to Lima for a final night out with your group. At the end of this greattrip, you’ll have so much to discuss and reminisce about the last 12 days together. (2B)54 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INCAEMPIREIN THE SHADOWFR$3,299 OF MACHU PICCHUFR$2,879Lima La Paz 15 DAYS Lima Cuzco10 DAYSCuzcoHighlights• Discover ruins and haggle at local markets in Sacred Valley• Conquer the iconic Inca Trail and marvel at Machu Pacchu’s majesty• Stay in a Peruvian homestay and see traditional life on Lake TiticacaJungle Lodge, Peruvian AmazonHighlights• Retire to a cosy jungle lodge after wildlife spotting in the Amazon• Admire the stunning scenery all around as you hike the Inca Trail• Support the local community with a visit to a weaving co-operativePERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-03Lima / CuzcoArrive into Lima at any time today and head out to explore its vibrantneighbourhoods. On Day 2, fly to Cuzco where the cobblestonestreets and numerous churches and museums await. (2B)01LimaArrive to Lima at any time today with an included airport transfer.Get a taste of life in this vibrant city, admire Spanish-colonialarchitecture and be sure to sample some fresh seafood ceviche.04-0809-10Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo / Machu PicchuToday is a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and the Incaruins at Ollantaytambo. Pause at interesting Inca sites and visit aPlaneterra-supported weaving project in a local community. The realadventure begins on Day 5, when you start a 4-day guided Inca Trailhike with visit to Machu Picchu. Rolling into camp each night, you’llbe greeted by some truly exceptional food, considering you’re almost4kms up into the sky! On the last day, you’ll arrive at the Sun Gatefor a spectacular sunrise over magical Machu Picchu. (5B, 4L, 3D)Cuzco / PunoEnjoy optional activities such as whitewater rafting, horse riding andmountain biking. On Day 10, travel by bus through the altiplano toPuno, which sits on the shore of Lake Titicaca. it’s a long trip but thespectacular scenery provides more than ample reward. (2B)02-0304-05Amazon RainforestFly to Puerto Maldonado, on the edge of the Amazon. Travel bymotorised canoe and start exploring on an hour-long walk to yourcomfortable lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest Area, which holds theworld record for the most bird sightings in one area. Enjoy guidedexcursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbowlakes, clay licks and tree-top towers. (2B, 2L, 2D)Cuzco / Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboTake a boat out of the jungle for the flight over the Andes and intothe heart of Inca territory, Cuzco. Explore this historic and bustlingcity, long a travellers’ favourite and then, on Day 5, enjoy a full-dayguided tour of the Sacred Valley. See the Pisac ruins and a visit to aPlaneterra-supported women’s weaving project in a local community.Visit an indigenous village for lunch. (2B, L)11-15Lake Titicaca / Taquile Island / La PazTake a boat trip to the floating islands of Uros before immersingyourself in Peruvian rural life with a homestay in a small village. OnDay 13, 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 bustleof the markets, great for people watching as well as picking up someunmissable souvenirs. On Day 14, you’ll spend the day visiting thefantastic pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco. Your trip wraps up on Day15 and you’re free to depart at any time and head home or on yournext Latin American adventure. (5B, L, D)06-0910Inca Trail to Machu PicchuThe challenge awaits as you have an option to embark on a 4-dayguided Inca Trail hike. You’ll hike three high passes, one of whichreaches an elevation of 4,200m (13,776 ft), for some incrediblyrewarding views. Alternatively, save energy and spend two free daysin Cuzco, then catch the scenic train to Machu Picchu. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoAfter the last night in lively Cuzco, it’s time to bid your farewells onDay 10 as your trip concludes today. (B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (10 nts), camping (3nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, plane,train, boat, ferry Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches,4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250-400 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), specialist guide on Inca Trail GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAPIMLMy Own Room Available: Fr $579Departures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecPERULimaMachuPicchuPunoBOLIVIAOllantaytamboCuzcoLakeTiticacaLa PazInclusions05 15 13 12 15 18 12 06 16 08 14 0428 17 22 31 28 25 31 09 Jan - DecTrip Style: Comfort Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Comfort hotels (4 nts), junglelodge (2 nts), camping (3 nts) Transport: Privatevan, plane, train, boat, canoe Meals: 9 breakfasts,6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-175 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), specialist guide on theInca Trail, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg10 Tour Code: GAPSMMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015Regular departures, typically 4-10times per monthPERULimaAmazonJungleOllantaytamboMachuPicchuCuzcoBOLIVIA55


PERU PANORAMALima LimaFR$4,29915 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• 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 expertDepartures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec03 23 07 04 02 01 04 01 04 03 07 0512 28 09 06 09 05 06 03 05 05 09 0719 21 11 11 08 10 08 07 10 14 1224 23 13 15 12 11 10 11 12 16 1828 18 16 13 13 14 12 17 21 2220 18 15 18 15 14 19 28 2625 23 19 20 17 18 24 30 2827 25 22 24 22 19 2630 27 25 24 26 3129 27 29 2831 31InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels / guesthouses(8 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts),homestay (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, privatevan, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking Meals:14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Budget:Allow USD $200-320 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),specialist CEO on the Inca Trail, expert jungleguide in the Amazon Group Size: Max 16, Avg12 Tour Code: GAPPPMy Own Room Available: Fr $459PERULimaMachuPicchucustomise your tripOllantaytamboCuzcoAmazonJunglePunoLakeTiticacaPeru Culinary BundleLearn the art of ceviche from a professional chef(Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days). Fr $220This is a nicely-rounded trip that takes in so many different aspects of Peru’s offerings. TheInca Trail provides the perfect challenge, there’s authentic culture in the form of a homestaywith one of the unique communities on Lake Titicaca and a visit to a Planeterra-supportedwomen’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 getcommitting your magical moments to memory. The epic sounds and sights of all this are sureto leave you breathless - or is that just the altitude?DAY0102-04050607-101112-1415ITINERARYMachu PicchuLimaArrive at any time. Explore the city before you meet your group in the evening. Why not get yourfriendships off to a flying start with your first taste of Peru’s famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour?Puno / Lake TiticacaTake 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 sometruly perfect pictures; beautiful blue as far as the eye can see with impressive glacial spears pokingthrough the distant clouds. Visit Taquile and the floating islands of Uros before reaching a smallvillage where you’ll stay with the locals – a fantastic way to get a taste of their culture. (3B, L, D)CuzcoAll aboard the bus to Cuzco. It’s one of Peru’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. A marriagebetween the Incas and Spanish colonial styles makes this city architecturally interesting and verypretty. There are markets to explore and churches to admire while you prepare for the hike ahead. (B)Sacred Valley / OllantaytamboToday you’ll travel through the Sacred Valley, discovering hidden gems as you weave along theUrubamba River, arriving into the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way you’ll stop atinteresting Inca sites, whetting your appetite for the Inca Trail. Your guide will talk you through thesteep terrace system and the impressive fortress. You’ll also stop off to visit a Planeterra weavingproject in a local community and go shopping at a local market. (B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuTime to make (personal) history as you head up to Km 82 and begin your trek. Over the next fourdays you’ll cover around 44kms, with no fewer than three high passes to cross. The mother of allsteep bits is known as Dead Woman’s Pass, standing at a height of 4,200m (that’s an impressive 4kmup into the sky). But with incredible ruins at every turn and a team of dedicated porters to lightenyour 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’splenty of time to roam around the site. Afterwards, you’ll catch the train back to Cuzco. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoWake up feeling refreshed and revitalised before heading off on some of the optional adventuresCuzco offers. Ride raucous rapids down the Urubamba River, wobble off on a bike or saddle up on ahorse. Sacsayhuaman, pronounced ‘sexy woman’, is also only a hillside stroll away - but you mightjust want to sit back, relax and swear you’ll never combine alcohol with altitude ever again. (B)Amazon Jungle / LimaFly over to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon Jungle. A motorised boat willgreet you to whisk you along the river to your comfortable, eco-friendly lodge in the TambopataRainforest. A local naturalist guide will get you familiar with the abundant flora and fauna. But don’texpect to come out knowing the name of everything by heart - it holds the world record for the mostbird sightings in one area and just one square kilometre typically holds 75,000 types of tree! You’llfly back to Lima on Day 14, for one last night out with your group. (3B, 2L, 2D)LimaTime to wave goodbye to your group – you can leave at any time. Head off home or on to anotheradventure – what country’s next? (B)56 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


QUEST OF THE GODSLima LimaFR$4,02914 DAYSHighlights• 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 TiticacaDepartures 2015Jan - FebMar & DecApr, Aug &NovMay - OctInclusionsPERULimaRegular Thursdays / SundaysEvery Sunday & regular ThursdaysEvery Thursday & regular SundaysEvery Thursday & SundayTrip Style: Comfort Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Comfort hotels (8 nts),jungle lodge (2 nts), camping (3 nts)Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat,canoe Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-320 formeals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), specialist CEO on theInca Trail Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 TourCode: GAPQGMy Own Room Available: Fr $689You might likeMachuPicchuOllantaytamboCuzcoAmazonJunglePunoShorten your tripIn The Shadow of Machu Picchu(10 days, Lima to Cuzco)(GAPSM) see page 55 Fr $2,879Why not add an optional activity tocustomise your trip?Peru Culinary BundleLearn the art of ceviche from a professional chef(Cuzco & Lima, 2 x half days). Fr $220Peru is number one on a lot of peoples’ bucket lists. A quick glimpse at this tour shouldsatisfy your question ‘why?’. Experience the rich ecology of the Amazon Rainforest andtravel from coastal cities to the remote heights of the Andes. Conquer the Inca Trail - one ofthe world’s best-known hikes which rewards those willing to break a sweat with a stunningcombination of Inca ruins, mountains and cloud forests. Finally, you’ll visit vast Lake Titicacawith locals willing to welcome you into their traditional life on their floating islands. It’s ahugely rewarding trip, and with comfortable hotels and lodges so you don’t have to rough it.DAY0102-0304-0506-091011-1213-14ITINERARYAmazon JungleLimaArrive into Lima where your arrival transfer will be waiting for you. If time permits, head out toexplore the city. Check out the Changing of the Guards and the cathedral before meeting your group.Amazon RainforestMe Tarzan; you Jane. Get jungle fever as you touch down into Puerto Maldonado at the edge of theAmazon. Jump on a motorised canoe up the Tambopata River to a remote eco-sensitive rainforestlodge and unearth the vast knowledge of your expert naturalist guide as you take in the sights andsounds 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 / OllantaytamboHead back out of the jungle by boat before hopping on a plane to Cuzco, high in the Andes at anelevation of 3,400m (11,200ft). You’ll tour this cultural epicentre with a guide who’ll give you thelowdown on colonial and ancient history. There will be free time for you to haggle for bargains atthe local markets, wind your way through the cobblestone streets and take in the museums. On Day5, enjoy a full-day guided tour of the lush agricultural Sacred Valley, stopping at a women’s weavingco-operative and stunning Inca ruins. (2B, L)Inca Trail to Machu PicchuHead from Ollantaytambo to a point known only as Km 82, where you begin your extraordinarytrek along the world-famous Inca Trail with stunning views of the Andes. For four days, you’ll beaccompanied by a saintly team of porters and guides who’ll be one step ahead of you, preparingcamp. On the final day, you’ll complete the last stage of the Inca Trail before dawn, passing throughIntipunku, the ‘Sun Gate’, and arriving just in time to witness the sunrise breathing life into MachuPicchu. Pretty incredible to say the least. You’ll have the option to climb up to Huayna Picchu or visitthe Inca Bridge before jumping on a train back down to Cuzco. Here you can reflect on the wonders ofyour journey and pamper those feet that have carried you so far. For those of you who don’t wish totackle the full Inca Trail, no problem, you can enjoy two additional free days in Cuzco before catchingthe scenic train to Aguas Calientes which makes a convenient base for visiting Machu Picchu. Eitheroption returns to Cuzco on Day 9. (4B, 3L, 3D)CuzcoThis is a well-deserved free day. Relax in Cuzco’s cafés, or grab an alpaca woolly hat or two for yourfriends back home. Riding around the nearby hill, Sacsayhuaman, pronounced ‘sexy woman’ is alwaysa bit of fun, if not for the name alone. Adrenalin junkies can opt for other hair-raising activities likemountain biking or whitewater rafting. But seriously, do you have the energy? (B)Puno / Lake TiticacaEnjoy spectacular views of the countryside on this full day of travel from Cuzco to Puno, through thehigh altiplano. In the morning of Day 12, you’ll head out onto Lake Titicaca for a tour which includesa visit to the floating Uros Islands. You’ll meet the islanders who’ve maintained their traditions andway of life. Here it’s the men who know how to knit! If you want to flirt Peruvian-style then makesure you dress appropriately, as hat and skirt colours are used to clearly indicate marital status. Whoneeds Internet dating when you can stand out in all your colourful glory as a spinster? (2B)LimaTransfer to Juliaca for the short flight back to Lima, where you can spend your last night lapping upsome seafood ceviche and Pisco Sours. On Day 14, It’s ciao for now, see ya later. Over and out. (2B)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA57


INCAPANORAMAANDES & AMAZONFR$2,815 HIGHLIGHTSFR$2,579Lima Cuzco 11 DAYS Cuzco Lima8 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• Discover the mind-blowing landscapes and colonial charms of Peru• Spend a night in a rustic lodge in the deepest canyon in the world• Explore the ancient pathways in the ‘lost city’ of Machu PicchuSacred Valley, PeruHighlights• 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 CalientesDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0506-0809-11Lima / ArequipaMeet your Trip Manager and group this morning before heading outto 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 / PunoJourney through the scenic Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserveon your way to the jaw-dropping Colca Canyon. Indulge in a relaxinghot 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 theAndean condor. Later, see the majestic peaks and valleys of theAndes 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. Seethe Island of Taquile and the floating Uros Islands. (3B, L, 2D)Puno / Cuzco / Sacred ValleyJourney towards the magnetic city of Cuzco, at the heart of theonce-mighty Inca Empire. Stop off at Pukara to see its ancient Incaruins and the last remaining two-storey Inca walls in Raqchi beforearriving to Cuzco. On Day 7, explore the city’s cobbled streets andunique mix of colonial and religious wonders built on the hefty stonefoundations of the Incas. Next day you’ll visit the Sacred Valley andtake a tour of the Pisac ruins before a night in Ollantaytambo. (3B, D)Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / CuzcoIndulge in adrenalin activities in the Sacred Valley; from biking andhiking to rafting, there’s loads to experience. Alternatively, and forjust a modest supplement, you can choose to hike part of the famousInca Trail to Machu Picchu! On Day 10, enter Macchu Picchu brightand early for rewarding views of the sun rising above the mountaintops. Arrive back to Cuzco, where your trip wraps up on Day 11. (3B)01-020304-0506-08Cuzco / Sacred ValleyBegin your adventure exploring the ancient city of Cuzco on foot.Visit the charming San Blas, La Catedral, San Pedro Market andsample some of the many adrenalin activities. On Day 2, move on tothe Sacred Valley for a guided tour of the Pisac ruins before arrivingto Peru’s oldest town, Ollantaytambo, for a night. Make sure to trysome local Chicha de Jora (corn beer). (B, D)Sacred ValleyReady 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 amodest supplement, you can choose to do the legendary Inca Trail toMachu Picchu. Take a train to Km 104, then trek amongst the cloudforest to the Sun Gate and Guardian House for spectacular views. (B)Machu Picchu / CuzcoRise early this morning to see an incredible sunrise over MachuPicchu and a tour of the Temple of Three Windows, ceremonial bathsand altar. On Day 5, feed your adrenalin urge with activities likemountain biking and rafting. Enjoy Cuzco’s buzzing nightlife, try some‘Cerveza Cusquena’ and join the Illary (Sunrise) club! (2B)Cuzco / Puerto Maldonado / LimaTake a scenic flight over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado in Peru’ssouthern jungle. Exciting activities await! Opt to hike through thejungle for a canopy climb, then take to the shores and look out foran Amazonian alligator! Tonight, relax in paradise at the incredibleJungle Lodge. On Day 7, embark on a guided catamaran boat trip forsome wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant otter! Youradventure concludes on day 8, as you arrive to Lima. (3B, 2L, 2D)InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels(9 nts, twin-share), Colca Canyon lodge (1 nt)Transport: 1 local flight & transfer, privateair con coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 10breakfasts, 1 lunch (2 on trekking option), 4dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, Englishspeakinglocal guides Group Size: Max 30 TourCode: COLICU/COLICUTPERUAguas Calientes(Machu Picchu)LimaChivayColcaCanyonArequipaBRAZILOllantaytamboSacredValleyCuzcoPuno/LakeTiticacaInclusionsDepartures 2015/16 Departures 2015/16Additional dates available, please ask for details161616JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMar05 02 01 04 02 15 13 10 07 05 02 05 02 22 2120 14 07 20 18 18 18 15 12 10 07 26 0921 28 25 23 27 25 22 17 14 28 2530 30 30Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels(6 nts, twin-share), Amazon Jungle lodge (1 nt)Transport: 2 local flights & transfers, private aircon coach, mini-coach or van Meals: 7 breakfasts,2 lunches (3 for trekking option), 3 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager, English-speaking localguides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COCULI/COCULITAdditional dates available, please ask for details161616JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMar02 08 07 03 01 05 03 16 13 11 08 06 01 05 2711 20 13 10 08 21 19 21 18 16 13 11 03 2826 26 24 24 24 28 23 20 0829 31 1531Aguas Calientes(Machu Picchu)PERULimaBRAZILSacred ValleyAmazon LodgeCuzcoOllantaytamboPuerto Maldonado58 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


PERU UNCOVEREDLima LimaFR$3,89914 DAYSHighlights• 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 LodgeDepartures 2015/16STARTFINISHJan 05 Jan 18Jan 20 Feb 02Feb 02 Feb 15Feb 14 Feb 27Feb 21 Mar 06Mar 01 Mar 14Mar 07 Mar 20Mar 14 Mar 27Mar 28 Apr 10Apr 04 Apr 17Apr 11 Apr 24Apr 20 May 03Apr 25 May 08May 02 May 15May 09 May 22May 18 May 31May 23 Jun 05May 30 Jun 12Jun 06 Jun 19STARTFINISHJun 15 Jun 28Jun 18 Jul 01Jun 27 Jul 10Jul 04 Jul 17Jul 13 Jul 26Jul 18 Jul 31Jul 25 Aug 07Aug 01 Aug 14Aug 10 Aug 23Aug 15 Aug 28Aug 22 Sep 04Aug 29 Sep 11Sep 07 Sep 20Sep 12 Sep 25Sep 26 Oct 09Oct 05 Oct 18Oct 10 Oct 23Oct 17 Oct 30Oct 24 Nov 06STARTFINISHNov 02 Nov 15Nov 07 Nov 20Nov 14 Nov 27Nov 21 Dec 04Nov 30 Dec 13Dec 05 Dec 18Dec 19 Jan 01Dec 26 Jan 08Dec 28 Jan 102016Jan 02 Jan 15Jan 09 Jan 22Jan 16 Jan 29Jan 25 Feb 07Jan 30 Feb 12Feb 13 Feb 26Feb 22 Mar 06Mar 21 Apr 03Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.From ancient Inca culture, the mighty Andes and dense Amazon Jungle to awesome localsand delightful llamas, Peru has it all. Take this opportunity to see the floating islands ofLake Titicaca, get involved in some adrenalin-pumping action in Cuzco, admire the incredibleColca 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. Whenyou’re done, you’ll have a great group of mates with you on this trip, to sit back with andre-live the memories over a Pisco Sour cocktail.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAInclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer 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 air concoach, mini-coach or van Meals: 13 breakfasts,3 lunches, (4 lunches for trekking option), 6dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager, Englishspeakinglocal guides Group Size: Max 30 TourCode: COLILI/COLILITPERULimaYou might likeAguas Calientes(Machu Picchu)OllantaytamboCuzcoColcaCanyonAmazonLodgeSacredValleyChivayArequipaBRAZILPuertoMaldonadoPuno/LakeTiticacaExtend your tripThe Adventurer(25 days, Lima - Rio de Janeiro)(COLIRJ) see page 34 Fr $8,579DAY01-0203040506-0708-090910-1112-1314ITINERARYLima / ArequipaMeet 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 suchas the Santa Catalina Convent and Plaza de Armas, before sampling the city’s tasty cuisine. (B, D)Arequipa / Colca CanyonVisit 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 / PunoSpend the morning trying to spot the Andean condor soaring in the Canyon. Later, experience themajestic mountains and lakes of the Andes as you travel to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B)PunoCruise Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile and the floating Uros Islands. You’ll visit the locals withtheir handmade crafts and famous textiles, to experience their unique culture and way of life. (B, D)Puno / CuzcoFirst up is Pukara and its ancient Inca ruins. Want a souvenir? Here’s your chance to get an artisticceramic bull. At Raqchi, see the last remaining two-storey Inca walls before heading to Cuzco. Nextmorning explore this ancient city on a walking tour. Then the afternoon is yours to experience moreof the Inca buildings, intricate colonial architecture, artisan shops or adrenalin activities. (2B, D)Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Machu PicchuOn Day 8, you’ll take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley before a stop inOllantaytambo. Day 9 is adrenalin time! From biking and hiking to rafting there’s loads to experiencebefore you take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo in the afternoon. (2B)Option: Inca Trail TrekFor a modest supplement, why not walk in the footsteps of the Incas to complete part of the famousInca Trail to magnificent Machu Picchu? Take a train to Km 104 and trek among the cloud forest tothe Sun Gate and Guardian House where you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over the site. (B, L)Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes / CuzcoWake early and be among the first to enter Machu Picchu to see the sun rising above the mountaintops. Tour with your Local Guide and on your own before returning to base. Next day, feed youradrenalin urges with activities like mountain biking and rafting. Get into Cuzco’s amazing nightlife, trya ‘Cerveza Cusquena’ and dance the night away to join the Illary (Sunrise) Club! (2B)Cuzco / Puerto MaldonadoFly over the Andes to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the jungle. Tour the city and visit the native Infiernocommunity. Hike through the jungle to the canopy tower and along the shores, try to spot caiman, anative Amazonian alligator. You’ll overnight in a jungle lodge. In the morning, a local guide will takeyou on a simple catamaran to see wildlife including the giant otter, or maybe try a spot of piranhafishing before relaxing that afternoon. Another optional activity available is whitewater rafting on theTambopata River. (2B, 2L, 2D)Puerto Maldonado / LimaYour tour ends on arrival in Lima, where it’s time to say ‘adios!’ to your travel mates. (B)59


LIMAhanging out in plazasPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIALima’s key ingredients: friendlylocals, ancient Incan architecturalsites, historical Plaza Bolivar anddelicious churros. If you wantto be part of the party, stay inhistoric Miraflores where you’llfind buzzing shopping districts,gorgeous terraces and a bangingnightlife. Sip on a traditional PiscoSour (in the place where it wasinvented) and rave ‘til dawn. Anddid you know that it never rains inLima? A bit of drizzle yes, but youwon’t need that umbrella here!SHOESTRINGROCK SOLIDPlaza de Armas, Lima1 2CONDOR’SHOUSEPRICES 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 travellersFR FR$19 DORMPUCLLANA$53FR FR$30 TWIN/DOUBLE LODGE$34PRICES 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• Apartment rooms are also available nearbySINGLETWIN/DOUBLESet in the Miraflores area, this fun hostel has a well-stocked andfriendly bar which makes some of the best Pisco Sours in town.Hang out in the ‘jungle’ garden, enjoy regular barbecues, chill outin the lounge, work your way through the extensive movie libraryor get competitive on the ping pong table!Free Wi-FiLIMCONWith two living rooms full of comfy sofas, a kitchenette and sevenuniquely furnished guestrooms, this cosy guesthouse is a realhome from home. Choose from single, double or triple rooms withor without en suites. Tidy, secure and brimming with independentstyle and design, it’s a real gem.Free Wi-FiLIMPUCrock solidrock solid3 4EL TAMBOPERUPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy snacks and cocktails at the lounge bar and café• Fun, friendly and great value for money• Clean and comfy with simple but stylish decorFR FR$100 SINGLELOS$104FR FR$50 TWIN/DOUBLE GIRASOLES$59PRICES 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-FiSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis hotel offers top-notch service at an unbeatable price. Ideallylocated in the heart of the tourist district, the en suite roomshave simple yet stylish decor complete with a large TV. After thedelicious complimentary breakfast, use the laundry facilities andfree Wi-Fi.Free Wi-FiLIMTAMThis smart and modern hotel is located in Miraflores, a safe andlively area near the Central Park and the city’s main attractions.Rooms are tastefully decorated and come with LCD TVs, a safetydeposit box and en suite facilities. Sample tasty cuisine in therestaurant or if you’re feeling lazy, grab some room service!Free Wi-FiLIMLOS60VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


PACIFIC OCEANMARIAREINA1LA PAMPILLAHUACAPUCLLANA2MIRAFLORESCircuito de PlayasAv. Angamos Este3PLAYA LASCASCADASAv. Paseo de la RepúblicaLARCOMAR4Jorge Chavez InternationalAirport: 18KMSURQUILLOBarrancoAvenida Alfredo BenavidesSantiago de SurcoNCHAMALIMAESSENTIALSLIMA DISCOVERY TOURFR$47Discover the real Lima on this half-daywalking tour. Enjoy an informal Spanishlesson, wander Jiron de la Union, learnabout local dishes at a market and enjoy aPisco Sour in the place it was invented.LIMDISNAZCA LINES DAY TOUR & FLIGHTFR$267Discover the wonder of the Peruvianplains’ Nazca Lines. A World Heritage Site,these mysterious markings of stylisedbirds, spiders and lizards have beenattracting fascinated travellers for years.NAZNLFLIMA AIRPORT TRANSFERFR$44Take the stress out of your arrival in Limawith a private airport transfer to whizzyou to your hotel or hostel.LIMTRAPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIABALLESTAS ISLANDS &SAND BOARDING ADVENTUREFR$2852 DAYSFLY OVER THENAZCA LINESFR$5483 DAYSDiscover Peru’s amazing, coastal landscapes on this package thatincludes a night’s accommodation, tours plus transfers. Departingfrom Lima, cruise to the top of Huacachina’s 500-metre-highsand dunes, then rocket down the slopes in a sand buggy! Day 2,transfer to Paracas and explore the Ballestas Islands and NationalReserve, spotting sea lions, penguins and pink flamingos. Sailthrough the archipelago, beachcombing before returning to Lima.Departs: Daily Lima to Lima Accommodation: Huacachina hostel (1 nt) Meals:No meals included Includes: Ballestas Islands boat trip, Paracas NationalReserve, trip, all transport bewtween cities & during tours, English speakingguide Tour Code: BELIMBALThe Nazca Lines have been shrouded in mystery for centuries.Who made them? What’s their purpose? Share your theories asyou travel from Lima to Nazca, arriving in time to grab dinner. Nextday, take a tour of the Chauchilla graveyard’s many tombs andancient pottery followed by a flight over the lines with an aerialview of these ancient wonders. It’s by far the best way to view thisphenomenon! After a second night in Nazca return to Lima.Departs: Daily, Lima to Lima Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Meals: No mealsincluded Transport: Return bus from Lima to Nazca Includes: Flight over NazcaLines Tour Code: LIMNAZLIMA NIGHT BITES& SIGHTSFR$57HALF DAYLEARN SPANISH INLIMAFR$6411-48 WEEKSTurns out Peruvians are culinary ninjas and there’s no better placeto experience the nitty gritty of mouth-watering local food thanin the bohemian Barranco district. Starting early evening, meanderthrough colonial squares and classical architecture with yourknowledageable guide, tasting anticuchos and zingy ceviche enroute. For dessert, try locals’ favourite mazamorra, finishing up ina vibrant bar where you can prepare your own Pisco Sour. Salut!Departs: Daily at 6:30pm Meals: Includes anticuchos, rachi, mazamorra, arrozcon leche, 2 x spoons of ceviche, picaarones, chicha morada drink Includes:Local English speaking guide Tour Code: LIMGASMake the most of your time in Peru by learning the language! Beingable to speak Spanish will help you interact with locals, get aroundeasier and mean you can order what you want to on the menu! Thelanguage school is located in the popular district of Miraflores,a safe and lively area near the beaches of Lima making it perfectfor a post-class sunbathe! The school has seven classrooms, arelaxing courtyard, a lounge and free Wi-Fi.Start Date: Mondays (arrival day Sunday) Accommodation: Shared apartment(single room) Meals: Self catering Tour Code: GLOBO61


CUZCO & MACHU PICCHUPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAhigh-altitude andean adventuresLost for centuries to the remotemountain wilds of the Andes,the ruined Inca citadel of MachuPicchu is one of the world’s mostenduring ancient sites. More thanjust a place to acclimatise beforeiconic treks and trains, no oneleaves Cuzco without falling for itscharms. With its cobbled streets,cosmopolitan café-lined plazas,sacred valleys piled with Inca ruinsand the constant buzz of imminentadventures and promised hotshowers - we can see why.SHOESTRINGrock solidMILHOUSECUZCOPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy a cold cerveza or three at the rooftop bar• Just a few minutes walk to the main square• Relax with a movie at the hostel’s cinema - the only one in CuzcoFR FR$15 DORMPRISMA$70FR FR$29 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$42PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Just two blocks from Cuzco’s Temple of the Sun• Tuck into a complimentary brekkie of fresh fruit & regional produce• Comfy, clean rooms have a homely feelSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEHoused in a beautifully restored monastery and boasting a boutiquefeel with a hostel price tag, Milhouse Cuzco is the best hostel intown. Relax on cosy beanbags with a refreshing cocktail, chill with abook in the courtyard or lounge on one of the comfy sofas. There’salso a huge bar to boot - perfect for sharing travelling tales.Located in the historical district of Cuzco close to the main squareis this quaint and cosy, colonial-style hotel. Friendly staff ensureyou feel right at home and the simple rooms are bright and cleanwith private bathrooms and cable TV. Eat in the restaurant or headout into the town and enjoy the plentiful nightlife.STAY 4 PAY 3 (DORMS), STAY 6 PAY 5 (PRIVATE ROOMS) -05JAN15-30APR15 & 01OCT15 - 30NOV15Free Wi-FiCUZMILFree Wi-FiCUZPRIMACHU PICCHUBY TRAINFR$561 MACHU PICCHUFR$669FULL DAY BY TRAIN OVERNIGHT2 DAYSMake an express visit to Machu Picchu from Cuzco and back in oneday as you travel along the scenic Peru Railway to Aguas Calientestown. Discover the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu withyour knowledgeable, local guide and enjoy free time sightseeingat your own leisure or enjoy lunch in the quaint mountain town ofAguas Calientes. Then, hop back on the train for your return trip toOllantaytambo and bus to Cuzco.Departs: Daily, Cuzco to Cuzco Transport: Bus & train Meals: 1 lunch TourGuide: Professional English / Spanish / Quechua speaking guide Includes:Entrance fees Tour Code: BECUZMPTEnjoy a breathtaking train journey from Cuzco, stopping by thebeautiful town of Ollantaytambo for a sneaky peek, to AguasCalientes, to explore the nooks and crannies of this attractivelittle mountain town. Day 2 is an very early start with a morningtransfer to Machu Picchu, allowing plenty of time to visit thisincredible archaeological site with your guide. Explore the hiddencorners of this ancient Inca city before returning to Cuzco.Departs: Daily, Cuzco to Cuzco Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt) Transport: Bus& train Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Tour Guide: English speaking guideIncludes: Entrance fees Tour Code: BECUZMAC62VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


THE SACRED VALLEY &MACHU PICCHUDeparting from Cuzco, spend a day exploring the Sacred Valley.Wander through colourful artisan markets, explore archaeologicalIncan ruins and enjoy a soak in thermal pools at picturesque AguasCalientes. Next morning, transfer to Machu Picchu, arriving at thesummit for an incredible sunrise. Take a guided tour then exploreat your leisure. Opt to climb Huayna Picchu’s peak for views overthe entire valley and complex before heading back to Cuzco.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel with private bathroom & hot showers (1nt) Includes: Cuzco transfers, transport, entrance fee to Machu Picchu Meals:1 breakfast, 1 buffet lunch Tour Guide: English speaking tour guide Tour Code:CUSPICINCA TRAIL TREKTO MACHU PICCHUCuzcoCuzcoFR$468 INCA QUARRY TREKFR$9472 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU4 DAYSJoin us for this brand new trek, recently discovered as analternative ‘Inca Trail’. Departing Cuzco, hike through stunningmountain passes, see an ancient Incan canal and trek to an Incancanyon for spectacular views of the Sacred Valley. Continue onto the quarry of Cachicata, used by the Incas to transport hugestones. On Day 4, finish up with a half-day, guided tour of MachuPicchu before returning to Cuzco where your trip ends.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tented camp (2 nts), hostel (1 nt) Transport:Bus, train, horsemen & horses carry food & equipment Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3lunches, 3 dinners Includes: All bus & train transfers, English-speaking guide,cook, camping equipment (excludes sleeping bag) Tour Code: BECUSINCFR$9074 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• Hike the original and legendary Inca Trail for those short on time• Keep on the lookout for hidden Inca ruins which will be revealed along the way• Cross Inti Punku to watch as this archaeological site appears by sunriseInclusionsDeparts: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday,Sunday. Note, the Inca Trail does not run in FebruaryAccommodation: Camping (3 nts) Transport: Bus, trainMeals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Hotelpick-up, guide, 4-man tent for 2 people, basic sleepingpad, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees Notes: Min 1pax, max 16 Tour Code: BECUZTITFor those with a thirst for adventure and unparalleled archaelogical sites, this trektakes you along the original Inca Trail; an authentic hand-built stone footpath whereyou’ll trace the footsteps of ancient Inca royalty. Starting from Cuzco, hop on a bus toPiscacucho to begin your hike through rolling hills and several small archaeological sites.Rise early the next day for a challenging vertical hike to Dead Woman’s Pass, posingfor an obligatory scenery-filled selfie at the top! Enjoy a scenic full day’s hiking on Day3 along ancient Inca stairways, mountain lakes and intriguing archaeological sites. Upbefore the sun on your last day, trek to Inti-Punku (Sun Gate) to catch a glimpse ofMachu Picchu by sunrise and a guided tour of this incredible site before returningto Cuzco.INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHUWITH ZIPLINING & HUAYNA PICCHUCuzcoCuzcoFR$9904 DAYSHighlights• 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 cityInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hostels (2 nts), lodge (1nt) 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 springsTour Code: CUZJMPThe perfect trip for adventure, this exclusive trail follows recently discovered Incapaths by bike, on foot and by zipline over multiple terrains. Start in Cuzco and take aadrenalin-pumping 60-kilometre downhill bike ride to Santa Maria. Start the followingday with an indigenous coffee and trek to Santa Rosa before continuing on to the realInca Trail which winds around precipitous slopes and hair-raising sheer drops. Feelingdaring? 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 Picchufrom the top of Llactapata, before arriving in Aguas Calientes. Rise early on Day 4 tosee the Inca constructions at sunrise in Machu Picchu, then hike to Huayna Picchu forawesome views, before heading back to Cuzco.63


MACHU PICCHUJUNGLE ADVENTURE - BIKE & TREKCuzcoCuzcoFR$5954 DAYSHighlights• Bike through lush jungle, cruising through fruit plantations along the way• Trek through the jungle mountains and admire the incredible scenery• Whizz through the forest’s canopy on SA’s highest zipline (optional)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAInclusionsDeparts: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: Hostel withshared 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, entrance fees, first aid kit TourCode: BECUZBANLARES TREK TOMACHU PICCHUCuzcoCuzcoLeave Cuzco to begin your adventure. Start with a bike ride into the lush and humidjungles. See Huamanmarka Archaeological site along the way as you cruise through fruitplantations and over rivers before arriving at your hostel in Santa Maria. Whilst you’rehere, 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 ofpristine 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 Calienteswhere you can chill out in the gorgeous hot springs. Watch the glorious sunrise, thentake a walking tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco on Day 4.FR$9164 DAYSHighlights• Relax in the beautiful hot springs in Lares town• Enjoy authentic views of life in the Peruvian countryside• Explore mystical Machu PicchuInclusionsDeparts: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: Camping (2nts), Hostel (1 nt) Transport: All transportation Meals: 3breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Machu Picchuentrance fee, professional guide, all transport, pre-departurebriefing, horses to carry camping/cooking kit, basic sleepingmatresses, first aid kit Tour Code: BEBAMCUZSALKANTAY TREK TOMACHU PICCHUCuzcoCuzcoGo back in time on this cultural trek into a part of Peru that’s barely changed in the past500 years! Start in Cuzco, catch your transfer to Lares town and relax in hot springsbefore starting your six-hour trek to Wakawasi for stunning views of glaciers and wildlife.Meet local families living alongside nature and camp under the stars. Continue your trekthrough the Peruvian highlands and tuck into lunch near a lake before heading for campin Patacancha town. Peek into a local school on Day 3, and then hike to Ollantaytambobefore 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 majesticarchaeological site’s history. Add an optional trek to Huayna Picchu, then head back toCuzco on Day 4.FR$7355 DAYSHighlights• 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 PicchuInclusionsDeparts: Mon, Wed & Sat (excluding Feb) Accommodation:Camping (3 nts), hostel (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts,4 lunches, 4 dinners, snacks Includes: Machu Picchuentrance fee, professional guide, transfers, pre-departurebriefing, mules to carry camping/cooking kit, first aid kitTour Code: BECUZSALEmbark on an adventurous trek into the Andes with spectacular, up-close views ofthe snow-capped mountains. Depart Cuzco and take a three-hour walk to Sayllapataenjoying panoramic views of beautiful mountains as you ascend towards Soraypampa.The next day, rise early to go to Salkantay for views of snow-capped precipices, beforea downhill walk through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku. Walk the upperjungle on Day 3 with its wonderful waterfalls, tropical fruits and exotic plants. Headto the hydroelectric station; then to Aguas Calientes for another dip in springs beforeseeing the magnificent Machu Picchu by sunrise on your last day. Take a guided walkingtour and, with any energy left, climb Huayna Picchu (optional extra). Reminisce on yourreturn to Cuzco with your new travel buddies.64VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


LAKE TITICACA & COLCA CANYONgiant lakes, canyons & condorsStraddling Peru and Bolivia, LakeTiticaca is the world’s highestnavigable lake. These vast sacredwaters are home to one of thecontinent’s most fascinating culturalsights - the hand-woven floatingreed islands of the indigenous Urupeople. Heading into Peru, hit thewhite-washed tiles and studentbars of beautiful Arequipa. Gatewayto the Colca Canyon, trek beneathgiant soaring condors and past pre-Inca ruins into the spiritual depthsof the world’s deepest canyon.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIACOLCACANYON TREKFR$3473 DAYSLAKE TITICACA &ITS ISLANDSFR$1062 DAYSOn this unmissable trek through the deepest canyon in the worldyou’ll spot plenty of llamas and alpacas in the National Reservebefore trekking into the canyon followed by dinner and a nightstaying with a local family. Next day, hike into the beautifulSangalle Valley and take a dip in natural pools. Overnight under thestars 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/AQPCCFLake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, straddles thePeru/Bolivia border, giving you a chance to see the pre-Inca ruinsand colourful textiles worn by the locals whose culture has hardlychanged. Visit unique floating islands whose inhabitants havebuilt their own ‘islands’ from layers of reed and explore Inca andTiahuanco archaeological remains. Dine with a local family and bewelcomed into their home for the night, before returning to Puno.Departs: Daily, Puno to Puno Accommodation: Homestay (1 nt) Meals: 1breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: FJZTITLAKE TITICACA BYKAYAK & BIKING DEATH ROADFR$6555 DAYSLAKE TITICACA &SUN ISLANDFR$2953 DAYSThis awesome trip takes you from the tranquil waters of PeruvianLake Titicaca to the thrilling ride of the Death Road in Bolivia!From Puno, kayak across the lake, visit Esteves Island and LlachonPeninsula before arriving at Taquile Island. Here, friendly locals willgive you a tour before moving on to La Paz for your mad mountainbike adventure. Supported by professional vehicles and guides,you’ll speed past cocoa plantations, waterfalls and tiny villages.Departs: Daily, Puno to La Paz Accommodation: Hotel (4 nts) Meals: 2 lunches &snacks Includes: Mountain bike, helmet and all equipment Tour Code: PUNKBDExperience Inca culture out on the islands of Lake Titicaca. Set offfrom Puno to Copacabana which boasts the best beach in Bolivia.The following morning it’s off to the Island of the Sun for sometrekking where you’ll visit the Charkana Inca ruins. Next stop isYumani for two nights with stunning views over the lake. Enjoy aboat trip to the Island of the Moon and the Virgin Temple. Returnto La Paz with a camera full of amazing photos!Departs: Daily, Puno to La Paz Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts) Meals: 2breakfasts Includes: All transport from Puno to Copacabana to La Paz, sharedboat from Copacabana to Sun Island Tour Code: FJZPTL65


AMAZON JUNGLEjungle is massiiiiiiive!PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIABoots? Check. Camera? Check.Get ready for the largest jungle inthe world, the Amazon. Twice thesize of India and spanning ninecountries, this is the place everyanimal, bird, fish, plant (or just plainnature) lover wants to visit. Fromjaguars and alligators and back tothe red piranha, the pure diversityof wildlife will leave your mindboggled. And did you know that theforest floor is almost completelydark so keep your ‘eagle eyes’ and‘hawk ears’ at the ready!JUNGLE ADVENTURE INTHE TAMBOPATA RESERVEPuerto MaldonadoPuerto MaldonadoFR$3873 DAYSHighlights• Take exhilarating walks and boat trips through the rainforest• See an abundance of wildlife• Includes bungalow accommodation in the heart of the jungle & all mealsInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Jungle lodge bungalow(2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinnersIncludes: Airport pick-up & drop-off, English speakingguide, daily excursions Note: 4-day option also availableTour Code: PEMJARGet ready for a real life George of the Jungle experience as you embark on your veryown Amazonian mini-adventure, staying two nights in a lush jungle lodge. Transfer byboat to your rainforest accommodation, spotting nocturnal monkeys, frogs and spidersas dusk falls. Over the next couple of days, take jungle walks with local guides on thelook-out for for caimans, capuchin monkeys and deer. Take a traditional catamaranacross Tres Chimbadas Lake, spotting herons, kingfishers and the resident family ofgiant river otters. You’ll get a demonstration of traditional fishing methods with thechance to see piranha fish and visit a traditional farm within the rainforest. Walkthrough papaya and banana plantations and discover exotic fruits of the Amazon, suchas copazu and yuca. Transfer back to the airport on Day 3, where your tour ends.POSADAAMAZONAS LODGEPuerto MaldonadoPuerto MaldonadoFR$9074 DAYSHighlights• Learn about the forest’s everyday uses - for food, medicine & construction• Stay in a rustic eco-lodge in the heart of the jungle• See giant river otters & congregations of colourful parrots and parakeetsInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Jungle lodge withprivate bathroom (3 nts) Transport: Boat, motorisedcanoe, return airport transfers included Meals: 3breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Note: 2 & 4-night optionsare also available Tour Code: PEMPOSFully immerse yourself in Amazonian nature with this package that includes threenights’ accommodation in a comfy, cane and clay-built eco-lodge. Upon arrival fromLima or Cuzco, transfer to the Tambopata River port in the booming tropical frontiertown of Puerto Maldonado. A two-hour motorised canoe trip will take you to yourlodge. Watch out for the many bird and animal species that frequent the river. Nextday, paddle the Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake in search of the resident family of giantriver otters. After lunch, take an ethno-botanical tour, learning the everyday use in lifeof the forest. It’s an early start on Day 3, to watch as dozens of parrots and parakeetsdescend to ingest the clay on the river bank. That afternoon, take a two-hour hike andboat ride to a farm. Day 4, return to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the airport.66VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


PUERTO MALDONALDOAMAZON ECO-LODGE ADVENTUREPuerto Maldonado Puerto Maldonado 3 DAYS Iquitos Iquitos3 DAYSHighlights• Get your camera ready for all kinds of wildlife• Comfy, eco-lodge accommodation in your own jungle bungalow• Enjoy river and lake life in the heart of the AmazonTravel to the heart of the Amazon jungle on the Madre de DiosRiver. Day 1, you’ll be met in Puerto Maldonado. Take a boat downthe river to your Amazon eco-lodge. Get settled in, then explorethe jungle on a walking safari to spot all kinds of wildlife includingmany types of monkey! Day 2 involves a canopy walk along thehighest tree platform in the Amazon, a visit to Taricaya’s reserveand animal rescue centre, plus a nighttime boat safari in searchof nocturnal animals. After breakfast on Day 3, return to PuertoMaldonado by way of the Madre de Dios River. This package is alsoavailable as a five-day trip from Cuzco which involves an overnightbus there and back to get you deep into the jungle.IQUITOSFR$476 AMAZON PACKAGEFR$928Highlights• Swim close to pink Amazon river dolphins• Canoe and hike in search of monkeys, caiman, birds and big cats• Wake to the sound of wildlife from the jungle lodgeJourney from the bustling jungle hub of Iquitos deep into themeandering waterways, local villages and teeming rainforests ofthe Amazon. On Day 1, catch glimpses of incredible wildlife on thethree hour boat on the mighty Amazon River to the jungle lodge.After settling in, sail across the quiet waters of Lake Sapote pastmonkeys and birds, taking another boat trip that night in searchof caiman and nocturnal mammals. Day 2 is packed with wildlife -hike through amazing flora and fauna, fish on the river and spothuge frogs and glistening eyes on a night hike. After the chanceto swim with pink river dolphins on Day 3, photograph some finalwildlife on the riverbanks as you sail back to Iquitos.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADeparts: Daily Accommodation: Eco-lodge, private bungalow (2 nts) Includes:Transport by air con vehicle and speedboat, guide Meals: All meals at the lodgeNote: Also available from Cuzco Tour Code: BEPEMAJPDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Jungle bungalow (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Fast boat from Iquitos, boat, canoe, walking TourCode: BEIQUAMZAMAZONRIVERBOAT ADVENTUREFR$3,199Lima Lima 9 DAYSHighlights• 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 nightInclusionsDeparts: Saturdays, typically 2 departuresper month Trip Style: Marine Service Level:Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Anyage Accommodation: Riverboat (6 nts), comforthotels (2 nts) Transport: Riverboat, plane,private bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-80 for mealsnot included, plus enough to cover drinks/tipsGroup Leader: 2 Amazon naturalist guidesGroup Size: Max 30 Tour Code: GAPVIIAIquitosMarañon RiverPacaya Samiria ReservePERULimaDAY01-0203-0708-09ITINERARYLima / Iquitos / Amazon RiverboatArrive in Lima at any time, and catch your included transfer to your hotel. Next morning, fly to Iquitoswhere your riverboat awaits. Enjoy an included city tour then settle into your comfortable river viewcabin, equipped with either twin beds or queen bed and en-suite facilities. As the Amatista sets sail,meet your crew (hand-picked for their knowledge of the river and its wildlife) and get to know yournew home-from-home, including her two observation decks and spacious dining area. (B, L, D)The Amazon / Marañon River / Ucayali RiverThe Amazon is home to an abundance of wildlife so keep your cameras handy for monkeys, sloths,a variety of birds and the famous pink dolphin. Sail to the confluence of the Marañon and UcayaliRivers, considered to be the point where the Amazon River begins. Over the next five days, discoverthe wonders of the Amazon with your expert guides, who will lead jungle walks and point out uniquespecies of bird and marine life as you explore the smaller trubutaries of the river. Spend two daysexploring Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Peru’s largest national park. Uncover the mystical worldof spiritual healing with a local shaman and go piranha fishing. Visit the picturesque Choroyacu Creekfor a chance to climb in a dugout canoe, plunge into the cool river for a swim then enjoy a cookinglesson. On your way back to civilisation stop at Nauta to get a deeper understanding of how peoplelive in this remote part of the world then visit the Sapisapi River and look out for turtles. (5B, 5L, 5D)Iquitos / LimaDisembark at the port in Iquitos and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Transfer toyour hotel before spending a final night in the City of Kings. Your tour ends any time on Day 9. (2B)67


BOLIVIAPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIARelaxed & wallet-friendly Rurrenabaque isa popular backpacker base for trips intothe jungle & a good alternative to Amazontours. Spot capybara & piranha fishHeady La Paz, adizzying jumble of modernurban and traditionalcultures. Stock up onherbal remedies at theWitches’ Market, scoff asaltena (baked pastry) orenjoy live music at trendyhotspot, Ram Jam.RurrenabaqueSorataLa Paz• •OruroUyuni••Salt Lakes••SucreStretching out relentlessly, the dazzling Salar de Uyuni plainsare the largest deposit of salt on the planet. When wet, theyproject a perfect reflection of the sky.Santa CruzQUICK TIPAfter bombing down thewhite-knuckle ‘DeathRoad’, on your mountainbike, overnight in charmingCoroico before embarkingon the unnerving bus tripback up North YungusRoad. Your heart willthank you.suggested reading: rustyyoung’s ‘marching powder’Note: la paz’s san pedroprison is no longer opento tours.68VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BOLIVIA DISCOVERYLa Paz La PazFR$1,79911 DAYSHighlights• Conquer the high altitude Andes• Strike a pose on the Salar de Uyuni• Ride a 4x4 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 marketsDepartures 2015STARTNov 14FINISHNov 24START FINISHMay 01 May 11Nov 20 Nov 30 May 16 May 26Dec 19 Dec 29 May 29 Jun 08Jan 03 Jan 13 Jun 05 Jun 15Jan 19 Jan 29 Jun 26 Jul 06Jan 24 Feb 03 Jul 02 Jul 12Feb 20 Mar 02 Jul 16 Jul 26Mar 12 Mar 22 Jul 26 Aug 05Mar 27 Apr 06 Aug 01 Aug 11Apr 03 Apr 13 Aug 14 Aug 24Apr 11 Apr 21 Aug 20 Aug 30Apr 26 May 06 Sep 04 Sep 14InclusionsSTART FINISHSep 11 Sep 21Sep 30 Oct 10Oct 29 Oct 19Oct 22 Nov 01Nov 02 Nov 12Nov 14 Nov 24Nov 28 Dec 08Dec 18 Dec 28Dec 23 Jan 02Dec 28 Jan 07Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts), basic hostels(2 nts, multishare) Transport: Public bus,train, 4x4, plane Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2lunches, 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 GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GABBDRMy Own Room Available: Fr $349La PazSalt FlatsBOLIVIAPotosíUyunicustomise your tripSucreAdd on Peru (before or after your trip)Andean Discovery(21 days, Lima to La Paz, or v.v.)(GAJML) see page 44 Fr $2,999Still relatively untouched by tourism, Bolivia offers some of the most dramatic scenery thecontinent has to offer, an interesting local lifestyle and cities rich in cultural and colonialhistory. 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 yourcameras poised. Combined with the magical markets and bustling streets of La Paz, thesilver mining history of Potosí and the colonial glories of Sucre, it’s a trip that’s a little bitoff the beaten track but shows off this marvellous country to its best.DAY010203-050607-091011ITINERARYUyuni Salt FlatsLa PazArrive into the rather fabulously named La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (the City of Our Ladyof Peace) at any time today and adjust to the high altitude. The city is at nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft)above sea level! Soak up its spirit as you take an easy stroll around its bustling streets.UyuniTransfer by bus or train to Uyuni, an isolated town built seemingly in defiance of its desert-likesurroundings in the southwestern corner of Bolivia. Check-in to your hotel, go for a quick wanderaround and stock up on a few snacks and essentials as you prepare for the salt flats excursion. (B)Uyuni / Salt Lakes ExcursionYou’ll spend the next three days exploring the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni andChile’s Atacama Desert on an exciting 4x4 adventure. Take your sunglasses - the already strong sunbouncing off the whiter-than-white salt flats is pretty intense and frazzled eyes isn’t such a goodlook 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 onalong the rugged terrain stopping at the incredible coloured lagoons, home to beautiful flamingosstanding elegant and proud. Pass geysers, boiling mud pools, thermal baths and the whoppingLicancabúr Volcano (5,960m) that looms in the distance. Cacti lovers will also be in for their share ofspiky surprises too, few other plants can grow in such a harsh environment. (3B, 2L, 2D)PotosíTravel by bus to Potosí, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a tumultuous history and reputation as asilver mining centre during colonial times. Many thousands of indigenous people and slaves broughthere from Africa lost their lives in the silver mines, due to the appalling working conditions. Thoughthings have improved today, you still need a sense of adventure if you want to enjoy an optional tripdeep underground into working mine for a close-up look at the methods of extracting the preciousmetal deposits. There’s also time to explore the city and to visit the Casa de la Moneda Museum. (B)SucreContinue by bus to the fascinating town of Sucre which serves as Bolivia’s official and politicalcapital. The city’s fine museums, colonial buildings and ties to the independence movement make ita city of strong historical interest. There’s the option to visit an old tin baron’s mansion, a textileco-operative or head off mountain biking and hiking. If none of those float your boat, then you canfollow in the footsteps of some older visitors too, with a visit to see dinosaur footprints! (3B)La PazFly from Sucre to La Paz this morning, where you have the chance to enjoy an optional city tourincluding a visit to the dramatic Valley of the Moon, just outside La Paz. Alternatively, just relaxwith a free afternoon to explore the city’s markets and winding streets. Today is a last chance forsouvenir shopping and if that’s the order of the day be sure to check out the Witches’ Market whereyou can cure your real and imagined ailments with a whole host of herbal remedies and mysteriouslotions. We can’t vouch for their medicinal qualities, but it certainly makes for a weird and wonderfulway to spend the afternoon. (B)La PazIt’s not even a case of swapping numbers or e-mail addresses these days, is it? Get onto your socialnetworking sites to share all those photos, as you say goodbye to your travelling buddies. (B)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA69


LA PAZ & BEYONDPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAcan you bolivia it!Clinging precariously to the edgeof a canyon, this quirky city willliterally leave you gasping forair. Once you’ve adjusted to thedizzying altitude of the world’shighest adminstrative capital, stockup on traditional woven handicraftsand woolen mittens, creep throughthe surreal witches market andbomb down the nearby infamous‘Death Road.’ And, if you menfolkfancy a few whiskerías, head outwith the locals on ‘viernes desolteros’ (bachelor Fridays). Rude.SHOESTRING ROCK SOLIDa-listHI HOSTELONKEL INNFR FR FR$27 DORMLAS$48 SINGLELA CASONA $138FR FR FR$38 TWIN/DOUBLE BRISAS$37 TWIN/DOUBLE BOUTIQUE HOTEL $82PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTWell placed in the centre of La Paz andclose to hip nightlife - this is a cool spotfor cool people. Choose between privateen suite rooms or mixed dorms. The bright,colourful and uplifting vibe makes this atop place to bunk down. There’s a TV room,kitchen, free Wi-Fi, bike rental and a roofterrace boasting spectacular views.This hotel is located in the most populararea of La Paz, so you’ll be right in themiddle of all the action. The staff arefriendly and helpful, there is free Internetand the fifth floor terrace is the perfectplace to relax and take in the stunningviews. The comfortable en suite rooms areelegantly decorated.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLELocated in the historic centre of La Pazwithin a colonial-style building dating backto the 17th Century, this hotel oozes charmwith features such as gabled roofs, handcarveddoors and windows and parquetfloors. Rooms are stylish and comfy, allwith private balconies and free Wi-Fi. Helpyourself to the free, daily buffet brekkie.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiLPBONK LPBHLB LPBLACTHE DEATH ROAD:DOWNHILL BIKINGFR FR FR$200 TITICACA & ISLA DEL SOL $200 TOUR TO$295FULL DAY ADVENTURE2 DAYS LAKE TITICACA3 DAYSBolivia’s North Yungas Road, AKA ‘DeathRoad’, is said to be the world’s mostdangerous. Dropping 4,000 metres in fivehours, this guided ride is not for the fainthearted!Fully equipped with helmet, gloves,and suspension mountain bike, whizz throughsensational scenery, finishing up in the villageof Coroico, before transferring back to La Paz.Tuck into a traditional lunch then crossLake Titicaca to the mystical Isla del Sol.Walk up the Inca stairway to be rewardedwith a drink of water from the fountain ofyouth (yes, really!). Next day, hike to TemplePilkokanina, catch the boat to Copacabanathen return to La Paz. Includes a night’sguesthouse accommodation on the island.Escape the bustle of La Paz to visit oneof the highest lakes in the world! Kick offwith checking out the beaches and a localcraft market at quaint Copacabana. Day2, marvel at Inca ruins on the sacred ‘Isladel Sol’ (Sun Island) catching an incrediblesunrise the following morning beforeheading back to La Paz.LPBBIK BELPBSIE LPBLAK70VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


UYUNI SALT FLATSADVENTURELa PazLa Paz/San Pedro De AtacamaHighlights• 4WD across the blindingly white surface of the Salar de Uyuni• Marvel at geothermal boiling mud pools and steaming geysers• Flexibility to return to La Paz or continue onto San Pedro, ChileFR$5775 DAYSWith return transport included from La Paz, we’ve made it supereasy to get to one of the most extraordinary and diverse landscapeson the planet. On Day 1, take the night bus from La Paz to Uyuni.Arriving in the morning, start your 4WD adventure across theworld’s largest salt flats, stopping for lunch and photos opps on FishIsland. The next day, see the landscape change to deserts, volcanoesand coloured flamingo-filled lakes. On Day 4, visit spurting geysers,bubbling craters, hot springs and drive into the surreal Dali Desert.At the vivid Green Lagoon near the Chilean border, opt to continueinto Chile or travel back to Uyuni for the night bus back to La Paz.CROSSING THESALT FLATSUyuniSan Pedro De AtacamaHighlights• Cross the largest salt flats in the world• Admire brightly coloured lakes and flocks of flamingos• Check out fossilised coral and 1000-year-old cactiFR$3743 DAYSThis is a spectacular tour of the largest salt flats in the world, theSalar de Uyuni. Travelling by 4WD with a guide and cook, you’llhead first to Fish Island - an island of fossilised coral, covered in1,000 year-old cacti in the middle of the Salar. Day 2, continuesouth past colourful lakes towards Lagoona Colorda, coloured redby the resident algae. Along the way, view flamingo flocks and wildvicuña. Pass through rugged Andean terrain, arriving at the Arbolde Piedra - a stone tree carved from the winds of the area. Yourfinal day, take a dip in natural hot water pools, then view vibrantgreen Laguna Verde before finishing up at San Perdro de Atacama.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADeparts: Daily Accommodation: Dorm-style rooms (2 nts), night bus (2 nts)Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks Transport: Public night bus,4WD Includes: Driver/guide, cook Tour Code: BELPBUSFDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Simple lodges (2 nts) Transport: 4WDMeals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Note: Also available in reverse, seepage 116. Spanish speaking guide Tour Code: LPBFLAPAMPASAMAZONICASLa PazLa PazFR$9387 DAYSMADIDINATIONAL PARKLa PazLa PazFR$9615 DAYSHighlights• 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 AmazoniaHighlights• Search for the rainforest’s wildlife• Trek past incredible flora and fauna• Channel your inner Tarzan, playing with tree vinesGet up close and personal with Bolivian nature. Start with a nightin buzzing La Paz and then fly over the beautiful snow-cappedpeaks of the Andean mountain chain La Cordillera Real. You’ll passover the green valley of the Yungas to the last hills at the edge,entering the plains of the Amazonia. Leaving the village later by4WD, you’ll embark on a three-day canoe round trip up the YacumaRiver to a campsite. You’ll trek through the Pampas, observingwildlife such as monkeys, crocs and tapirs and take day and nightexcursions. Highlights will include swimming with dolphins andnight fishing for piranahs, before flying back to La Paz.Madidi National Park is recognised as one of the world’s mostvast 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 searchof anaconda, spectacled bears, monkeys and piranhas. Travel byboat to the special base campsite where you’ll stay for two nights.Spend your days trekking in the jungle, learning about nativemedicinal plants from with your accompanying guide. By night, goin search of wildlife. On Day 5 return to La Paz by plane.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: LPBPAMDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), camping (2 nts) Transport:Return flights between La Paz & Rurrenabaque, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5lunches, 4 dinners Tour Guide: Local guide, driver Tour Code: LPBMNP71


PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHUAYNAPOTOSILa Paz La Paz 5 DAYS La Paz La Paz5 DAYSHighlights• Test your fitness at high altitudes• Watch the sunrise from the mountain summit• Enjoy views of Cordillera Real, La Paz and beyondThe Huayna Potosí mountain, with its glaciated peak, stands atover 6,000 metres-tall. Climbing to the top will reward you withunforgettable views over the Cordillera Real, La Paz and down intothe green valleys of the Yungas. Day 1, drive up to a mountain hutat 4,950m and set out on a training and acclimatisation climb upa glacier. Your guide will teach you the techniques of mountainclimbing, ice walking and use of all equipment. The second refuge,at 5,200m, is reached on Day 2. After a few hours sleep, head upHuayna Potosi, reaching the summit in time for sunrise. It’s a goodidea to acclimatise in La Paz for a few days before your climb.MADIDI & PAMPASFR$554 AMAZON COMBOFR$1,136Highlights• Combine the Pampas wetlands with the jungle wilds of Madidi N.P.• Search for anacondas, macaws, armadillos, pumas and jaguars• Fish for piranhas and swim with pink Amazon river dolphinsThe secret is out! There’s no need for pricey treks to Peru or Brazilto reach the world-famous Amazon. Not only is the Bolivian basinmore biologically diverse, but this incredible expedition combinestwo Amazon habitats! Fly from La Paz to Rurrenabaque on Day 1,spending two days in Madidi N.P. searching for parrots, caiman andbig cats with jungle hikes, tubing and night walks. On day 3, travelby boat into the waterways and savannahs of the Pampas. Swimwith pink dolphins, fish for piranhas, search for anacondas andtake dawn, sunset and night wildlife-spotting boat trips. Spend thenight of Day 5 in Rurrenabaque, flying back to La Paz on Day 6.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), mountain hut (2 nts) Meals:All meals while climbing, breakfast at hostel Tour Guide: 1 guide per 2-3passengers & all equipment provided Tour Code: LBPHUYDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Eco-lodge (4 nts), hostel (1 nt) Meals: 4breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Plane, 4WD, boat, walking Note:Allow approx $15 for national park fees Tour Code: BELPBMIIBOLIVIAHIGHLIGHTS ADVENTUREFR$1,197La Paz La Paz 12 DAYSHighlights• Three-day 4WD Salar de Uyuni trip• Marvel at the surreal Dali Desert• Drive onto the world’s highest desert• Explore the quirky streets of La Paz• Visit the silver mines of Potosi• Relax in the picturesque town of Sucre• Opt to bike down the ‘Death Road’InclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Night bus (2nts), hostels (9 nts). Upgrades to 3 or 4-star hotelavailable Transport: Airport transfers, public bus,4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow approx USD $30 for entrance fees& hot showers, plus budget for meals & tips notincluded Group Leader: English-speaking guide inPotosi & La Paz Note: This is a self guided tour TourCode: BELPBBOLLa PazUyuniBOLIVIAPotosiSucreDAY01-0304-0607-12ITINERARYLa Paz / UyuniMet from the airport, transfer to your hostel. On Day 2, join a city tour to discover the real La Paz. Visitthe witch markets, explore unique neighbourhoods, hang with locals and eat street food. On Day 3, optto bike down the famous ‘Death Road’ before jumping on the night bus to Uyuni that evening.UyuniArriving off the night bus, start your 4WD adventure across some of the most diverse and otherworldlylandscapes on the planet. After visiting the ‘train graveyard’ and salt miner’s workshops, drive acrossthe glistening surface of the world’s largest salt flats, stopping for lunch and iconic shots on cactidottedFish Island. On Day 5, see the blinding white landscape turn to desert as rugged volcanoes andflamingo-filled lagoons appear. Visit Siloli Desert - the world’s highest desert - stop at the lava-formed‘Rock Tree’ and photograph the unreal natural scarlet hues of the Red Lagoon. As desert gives way toexplosive geothermal terrain, visit bubbling craters, steaming geysers and hot springs on Day 6. Driveonto the Dali Desert - the scattered boulders of which inspired Salvador Dali’s surrealist paintings - andmarvel at the intensity of the coloured Green Lagoon before driving back to Uyuni for the evening.Uyuni / Potosi / Sucre / La PazAfter a lazy morning, transfer to Potosi. On Day 8,enjoy a free morning in Potosi to wander aroundthe town. Afterwards, take the bus to Sucre. Day 9, go on a ‘Sucre with a local’ day trip to learn aboutthe city’s history and traditions. Plus, see the main attractions, interact with locals and taste Boliviandelicacies. Days 10 and 11 are free to enjoy the city and surrounding sights, such as the dinosaur parkand Tarabuco village before taking the night bus back to La Paz. Your trip ends with an airport transferon Day 12.72VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ECUADOR & GALÁPAGOSA former pirate haunt awashwith sealion colonies, landiguanas and giant tortoises,it’s like going to the world’sbest zoo. With no cages.GALAPAGOS ISLANDSMeander throughQuito’s magical OldTown, hop aboard thesky tram for knock-outviews, kick back withfusion fare & live musicat local’s favourite ElPobre Diablo or dancethe night awayat Bungalow 6.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAOtavaloQuitoCuyabeno N.P.Cotopaxi N.P.TenaMachalillaRuta del SolMontanitaGuayaquilAlausíecuadortHE Galápagos ISLANDSSPURRED CHARLES DARWINTO FORMULATE HIS THEORYOF EVOLUTION BY NATURALSELECTION.CHOCOLATEWith gourmet chocen vogue, Ecuadoreancocoa farmers are busierthan ever. Visit Guayasprovince’s family-ranplantations in April& May to see cocoaharvests firsthand.Between June and September, humpback whalesmigrate to the coast to breed. See close-up thesegentle giants breaching and thundering back intothe sea amid towers of spray. Awesome.73


GALÁPAGOS ISLANDSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAout of this worldThey sit 972km (600 miles) offthe coast of Ecuador, but theGalápagos Islands may as well bea foreign planet. Teeming withwildlife, this is one of the world’smost captivating destinations.All our Galápagos tours andsailing trips include return flightsfrom mainland Ecuador. If youbook any G Adventures tour inPeru, we’ll also throw in a FREEone-way flight from Peru to Quito.See page 41 for more details.island stays or cruising - how best to visitFor many people, the Galápagos will be aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but youdon’t need to rush round all the islands -the wildlife is so extensive that you cangain a full appreciation simply by visitingtwo or three. Choose a sailing trip to travelin comfort, to enjoy meals on board and toavoid the need for packing and unpacking.A land-based tour, where you stay on themain islands, is a better choice if you wantto meet the locals, explore the towns andrural hinterlands, and to dine in local cafés.THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDSFernandinaWESTISLANDSPACIFIC OCEANIsabelaSantiagoBartoloméCentral islands - santiago, rABida, bartolomé,baltra, santa cruz, south plaza & Santa féFlying into the main airport on Baltra, theCentral Islands may well be your first tasteof the Galápagos. Though relatively closeto each other, these small islands havedeveloped in isolation and are among thebest spots to witness the full scope of thearchipelago’s incredible natural diversity.Highlights Include:• See tortoises in the wild in the lush,green highlands on bustling Santa Cruz• Visit the fascinating Charles DarwinResearch Station• Explore Puerto Ayora, the main town,with its bustling fish market• Views of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé• Hidden snorkelling spots and white sandbeaches on Santiago• Swim with playful sea lions in the watersoff North Seymour• Multi-coloured Rábida offers red cliffs,pink flamingos and blue-footed boobiesCENTRAL ISLANDSRabidaBaltraSouthSanta Cruz PlazaFloréanaGenovesaSanta FéSOUTHISLANDSNORTH ISLANDEASTISLANDEspañolaQuitoSan Cristóbaleast island - san cristóbalOne of the oldest islands, San Cristóbal’seroded volcanic peaks are tailor-made forhiking and mountain biking. Divers andsnorkellers will find more than enough tokeep them entertained below the surface.Highlights Include:• Sail through the gap at Kicker Rock andsnorkel with hammerhead sharks• Chill with the sea lions on the white sandbeaches of Cerro Brujonorth island - genovesaLittle more than a rock, tiny Genovesa hasan amazing concentration of birds and arich variety of aquatic life under the waves.Highlights Include:• Look for sea turtles and reef sharks whilesnorkelling a sunken volcanic crater• Seabird colonies and top-notch views onthe hiking trail to El Barranco• Red-footed boobies and frigate birdssouth islands - floréana & españolaHome to first-class snorkelling, the baysand unusual land formations that oncegave shelter to pirates are now home toa 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 whilesnorkeling at Isolte Championwest islands - isabela & fernandinaThe largest and youngest of the islands,Isabela and Fernandina should be ports ofcall 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 Villamil74VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


GALÁPAGOS ISLAND SAILINGDIVE INTO NATURE’S WORKSHOPSnorkel with sea lions, soak up the sunwith iguanas, or sit on deck and marvelat the natural beauty – just a typical daysailing in the Galápagos. Every islandoffers its own unique landscapes andwildlife-spotting opportunities; and withno known predators, the wildlife exhibitsalmost no fear of humans. This isolatedhaven of biodiversity remains nature’sgreatest science laboratory, more than twocenturies after Charles Darwin publishedhis earth-shattering theory of evolution.SMALL GROUP SAILINGWe work closely with our trusted partner, GAdventures, to bring you an amazing rangeof sailing holidays, suitable for all budgets:The standard level vessel, the ‘Estrella delMar’ is the most affordable option; whilstfor an upgraded level of comfort and style,you can work your way up the fleet.The ‘Xavier III’ offers spacious commonareas and lovely rear deck; the ‘Monserrat’offers the best passenger-to-guide ratio.For the most comfortable options, choosethe ‘San Jose’, ‘Queen of Galápagos’ orthe handsomely-appointed ‘Evolution’,which is a recent addition to the fleet.The maximum group size is 16, apart fromon the ‘Monserrat’ and ‘Evolution’, whichcarry 20 and 32 passengers respectively.The small group philosophy ensures you getthe most out of the expertise of the fullytrainednaturalist guide(s) on board.MEET THE FLEETWhile other companies buy space onmany different yachts of varying standards,G Adventures charters and maintains itsown vessels to ensure you receive a qualityexperience from start to finish and so thatyou sail with like-minded travellers.ITINERARIESIn order to minimise the impact of tourboats on each island, and more importantlyon the native wildlife, the GalápagosNational Park Service sets strict controlsover where each boat can sail, and howoften. All boats operate on a two-weekcycle so you can select which islandgrouping interests you most. You’d needto book two back-to-back 10-day trips tosee the entire archipelago, but most guestsare content to do just one 10-day tripor alternatively one of the shorter 7-dayitineraries. Bear in mind that your first andlast nights are in Quito, so you’ll actuallyspend 4 or 7 nights on board your chosencruise. Return flights between Quito andthe Galápagos, which take around 2 hours30 minutes, are also included.LIFE ON BOARDAn expert naturalist guide (two guides onthe ‘Monserrat’ and ‘Evolution’) is employedon each boat and hosts nightly seminars todiscuss the next day’s itinerary, show howto identify the local flora and fauna, andexplain how to behave around the nativewildlife. You can get close, but it’s stillimportant to note that the Galápagos isnot a petting zoo! Much of the inter-islandsailing takes place at night to allow twoon-shore excursions each day, typicallyspending up to four hours at each landingstop. Delicious meals on board compriseseafood, beef, salads, soups and desserts,served with tea/coffee and purified water.ANY OTHER COSTS?The Galápagos National Park Servicelevies a fee of USD $100 per person,payable in cash only, on arrival atthe airport in the Galápagos. This feeis used to protect and preserve theislands for the enjoyment of futuregenerations. On board the boat,you’ll find soft drinks, beer, wine anda basic selection of spirits can bepurchased from the bar, and your tabis settled on disembarkation. If youwish to tip your crew and guide, we’dsuggest something like USD $8-10 perpassenger, per day.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA75


VOYAGE GALÁPAGOSAboard the Estrella del MarFR$3,139PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAthe estrella del mar - AT A GLANCEService Level: StandardCapacity: 16 passengersCabins: 8 double cabins with privatebathrooms and air conditioning. All cabinsfeature upper and lower berths and arelocation on the upper or lower deck.Crew: 7 crew plus bilingual local naturalistguide certified by the Galápagos NationalPark Authority.Boat Layout: Two-level wraparound deckwith outdoor bar and seating area. Interiordining room and lounge with TV/DVDplayer for daily briefings.Amenities: Snorkelling equipment included.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are includedeach day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorianand international cuisine.InclusionsAccommodation: Hotels in Quito (2 nts), twinshare cabin (3, 4 or 7 nts), hotel in PuertoAyora on the GASEVL07LB (1 nt) Transport:Plane, yacht, van, Zodiac, public bus Meals:All meals on board Budget: Allow USD $10 fora Tourist Transit Card at Quito Airport, USD$100 (in cash) for the Galápagos NationalPark entry fee, USD $75-100 for meals notincluded, plus an amount for drinks and tipsGroup Leader: On board crew and naturalistguide, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: As shownFRLAND & SEA: NORTH $3,139& CENTRAL ISLANDS7 DAYSHighlights• 3 nights cruising aboard the Estrella del Mar &1 night in a Puerto Ayora hotel• Snorkel with playful and inquisitive sea lionsand search for sea turtles• Explore extraordinary frigatebird and boobycolonies on the cliffs of Genovesa• Pick your way across volcanic lava flows to abreathtaking viewpoint on Bartolome• Regain your land legs in Puerto AyoraGASEVL07LBFRNORTH, CENTRAL$4,849& SOUTH ISLANDSHighlights• 7 nights cruising aboard the Estrella del Mar• Explore the natural wonderland of Kicker Rock,one of the Galápagos’ most famous sites• Snorkel in the caldera of a collapsed volcano• Seek out marine life on Genovesa• Venture over dramatic volcanic flows to take inthe views over Bartolome• Learn about the archipelago’s flora and faunafrom your qualified naturalist guideFRSOUTH &$3,399CENTRAL ISLANDS7 DAYSHighlights• 4 nights cruising aboard the Estrella del Mar• Explore an aquatic wonderland in the shadowof dramatic Kicker Rock• Follow the trails on Floreana to seek flamingos• Visit Post Office Bay for a quirky slice ofGalápagos history; hike to a lava cave• Snap the bird colonies on Punta Suarez• Learn the Islands’ biological history from yourqualified naturalist guideFRWEST, CENTRAL$4,849& EAST ISLANDSHighlights• 7 nights cruising aboard the Estrella del Mar• Explore the secluded islands of Isabela andFernandina to see massive bird colonies andan impressive volcanic landscape• Hike to the top of the Sierra Negra volcano• Kick back and relax on the white sandybeaches of Santiago Island• Tuck into three delicious meals daily, freshlyprepared by the on-board crew10 DAYS 10 DAYSGASEV10LBGASEV07LBGASEV10LA76VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


EXPLORE GALÁPAGOSAboard the MonserratFR$4,089the monserrat - AT A GLANCEService Level: UpgradedCapacity: 20 passengersCabins: 10 double cabins with privatebathrooms and air conditioning. Upper andlower deck cabins are outside facing withtwin and double beds.Crew: 9 crew plus cruise director and 2bilingual local naturalist guides certified bythe Galápagos National Park Authority.Boat Layout: Spacious main deck, with barand dining room. Large forward sundeckwith lounge chairs. Observation deck withgreat sightlines. Large lounge area with TV/ DVD player for daily briefings.Amenities: Snorkelling equipment included.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are includedeach day with freshly-prepared Ecuadorianand international cuisine.InclusionsAccommodation: Hotels in Quito (2 nts), twinshare cabin (3, 4 or 7 nts), hotel in PuertoAyora on GASEVL07NB (1 nt) Transport: Plane,yacht, van, Zodiac, public bus Meals: All mealson board Budget: Allow USD $10 for a TouristTransit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100 (incash) for the Galápagos National Park entryfee, USD $75-100 for meals not included, plusan amount for drinks and tips Group Leader:On board crew and cruise director, 2 naturalistguides, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: As shownFRLAND & SEA:$4,089CENTRAL ISLANDS7 DAYSHighlights• 3 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat & 1night in a Puerto Ayora hotel• Enjoy a hiking/kayaking trip to Tortuga Bay• Discover spectacular marine life in secludedbays and snorkel with sea lions• Hike over dramatic volcanic flows to astunning viewpoint on Bartolome• See if you can outstare a 100-year-old gianttortoise!CENTRAL, SOUTH &EAST ISLANDSGASEVL07NBFR$5,999Highlights• 7 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat• See giant tortoises at a breeding centre onSan Cristobal• Admire incredibly diverse marine life as yousnorkel the nutrient-rich waters of Kicker Rock• Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station• Spot land iguanas, birds and flamingos• Learn the Galápagos’ fascinating human andgeological stories from your expert guidesGASEV10NBFRSOUTH & EAST$4,349ISLANDS7 DAYSHighlights• 4 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat• Spend an afternoon at the giant tortoisebreeding centre and visiting the sea lions atLoberia Beach• Hike the photogenic cliffs on Punta Suarez• View the nesting sites of exotic birds at PuntaCormorant• Snorkel Champion Inlet from the boat to spotcolourful fish and marine lifeGASEV07NBFRWEST, CENTRAL$5,999& EAST ISLANDSHighlights• 7 nights cruising aboard the Monserrat• Look out for land iguanas sunning themselvesin perfect disguise on volcanic rocks• Hike the Sierra Negra volcano for fantasticviews over the island of Isabela• Travel to Chinese Hat for a chance to spotGalápagos penguins• Enjoy outstanding local and internationalcuisine served on board10 DAYS 10 DAYSGASEV10NAPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA77


DISCOVER GALÁPAGOSAboard the Queen of GalápagosFR$4,639PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAQueen of Galápagos - AT A GLANCEService Level: UpgradedCapacity: 16 passengersCabins: 7 luxury cabins with queen or twinside-by-side beds (no bunks) all withprivate bathrooms, air conditioning, TV/DVD players and large windows. 1 suite.Crew: 10 crew plus bilingual localnaturalist guide certified by the GalápagosNational Park Authority.Boat Layout: Large aft porch with couchesand lounge chairs. An elegant diningroom, lounge and bar for meals and dailybriefings and presentations.Amenities: Snorkelling equipment,beach towels and wetsuits included.Comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinnerare included each day.InclusionsAccommodation: Hotels in Quito (2 nts), twinshare luxury cabin (3, 4 or 7 nts), hotel in SanCristobal on GASEVL07GA (1 nt) Transport:Plane, yacht, van, Zodiac, public bus Meals: Allmeals on board Budget: Allow USD $10 for aTourist Transit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100(in cash) for the Galápagos National Park entryfee, USD $75-100 for meals not included, plusan amount for drinks and tips Group Leader:On board crew and naturalist guide, local rep inQuito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code:As shownLAND & SEA:CENTRAL ISLANDSCENTRAL, SOUTH& EAST ISLANDS7 DAYSHighlights INCLUDE• 3 nights cruising aboard the Queen ofGalápagos & 1 night in a San Cristobal hotel• Spend your days exploring the incrediblewildlife with an expert naturalist guide• Swim and snorkel at Kicker Rock, one of theislands’ most distinctive landmarks• Receive a sealion welcome at Lobos Island!• Make use of the onboard wetsuits, snorkelequipment and beach towelsGASEVL07GAHighlights INCLUDE• 7 nights cruising aboard the Queen ofGalápagos• Multiple chances to swim and snorkel with seaturtles, sea lions and a myriad of tropical fish• See marine iguanas and blue-footed boobieswhile hiking through North Seymour• Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station• Listen to onboard naturalist presentations toreally bring the islands to lifeFR$4,639FR$6,899SOUTH & EASTISLANDSNORTH & CENTRALISLANDS7 DAYS10 DAYS 10 DAYSGAEV10GAHighlights INCLUDE• 4 nights cruising aboard the Queen ofGalápagos• Look for flamingos on the trails on Floreana• Explore historic Post Office Bay and hike to alava cave• Venture on a stunning hike on Punta Suarez tophotograph the blue-footed boobies• Learn the difference between a marine andland iguana from your expert guideGAEV07GAHighlights INCLUDE• 7 nights cruising aboard the Queen ofGalápagos• Visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, reservedfor the repopulation of giant turtles• Take an excursion to Black Turtle Cove with itsextensive mangrove systems and waterways• Hike to the summit of Bartolome• Enjoy three delicious meals served daily withEcuadorian and international cuisineFR$4,899FR$6,899GAEV10GB78VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


GALÁPAGOS ON ASHOESTRINGGALÁPAGOSFR$2,949 CAMPING ADVENTUREFR$1,999Quito Quito 9 DAYS Quito Quito9 DAYSHighlights• 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 CruzHighlights• You came here for nature, and you can’t get closer than camping!• See the rare Galápagos penguin on Isabela - only 800 pairs remain• Pay a visit to the fascinating Charles Darwin Research StationPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADAY0102-030405-0708-09ITINERARYQuitoArrive into Quito at any time, meet your group and discover the city’srich history in the colonial district.San CristóbalFly to San Cristóbal Island where you’ll get a first feel for whatlife is like for the lucky inhabitants of the Galápagos. Visit theInterpretation Centre and hike to ‘Las Tijeretas’ for some fantasticbirdwatching. Spend your free time on the beaches and swimming.Santa CruzTake a speedboat ride to Santa Cruz and the largest town onthe Galápagos Islands, Puerto Ayora. Get a glimpse of the giantGalápagos land tortoise in the wild and spend the night camping inthe highlands at a sustainable living farm area. (L, D)Isabela / Santa CruzHead out by speedboat to the most volcanically active island, Isabela.You’ll visit the impressive and moving Wall of Tears, costructed byconvicts. On a free day, there are optional tours to Sierra NegraVolcano or, if you want to get active, there are surf lessons to be hadon nearby beaches or snorkelling and kayak trips. Return to SantaCruz to visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre and for free time towalk to idyllic Tortuga Bay in the afternoon. As you stroll along thebeach, don’t be surprised if the ‘rocks’ turn out to be land iguanas!Santa Cruz / QuitoOn Day 8 you’ll transfer across the island to Baltra. From here you’llbid the Galápagos Islands farewell and fly back to Quito. After a nightout with your group it’s time to say ‘adios amigos’ and start planningyour next adventure. How are you going to top this one, though?DAY0102-0304-0506-0708-09ITINERARYQuitoArrive into Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, and if time permits head outto explore the narrow streets of the historic old town, or climb up ElPanecillo to take in the views from the Virgin of Quito statue.Puerto Ayora / FloreanaFly to Baltra in the Galápagos and transfer down to Puerto Ayoraon Santa Cruz. Enjoy free time to explore the town before taking aspeedboat to Floreana. Settle into your camp and opt to swim, rentkayaks or simply relax. On Day 3, look out for unique wildlife on ansnorkelling excursion at Loberia and a visit to the highlands. (B)IsabelaAnother day, another speedboat! Transfer over to seahorse-shapedIsabela Island, which at 100kms long is the largest in the Galápagos.Five of its six volcanoes are still considered ‘active’, and a full-dayisland tour takes you to the summit of Sierra Negra to inspect theworld’s second-largest crater (and to admire the great views). You’llalso visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre and the Flamingo Lagoon,relax on the beach and have the option to view manta rays and whitetip reef sharks swimming in the channels of ‘Shark Alley’. (2B, L)Santa CruzTransfer by speedboat back to Santa Cruz, where your home is acamp in the highlands (look out for giant tortoises). Enjoy a visit tothe Charles Darwin Research Station, opt to hike to Tortuga Bay forkayaking and spend an evening in town with your group. (2B, L, D)QuitoTake a morning flight back to Quito where, after a last night out withyour group, the trip concludes any time on Day 9. (B)Departures 2015START FINISH START FINISHJan 09 Jan 17 Apr 03 Apr 11Jan 30 Feb 07 Apr 17 Apr 25Feb 20 Feb 28 May 01 May 09Mar 13 Mar 21 May 24 Jun 01START FINISHJun 19 Jun 27Jul 10 Jul 18Oct 05 Oct 13QuitoBaltraSan Cristóbal IsECUADORSanta CruzIsabelaDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 23 May 31Jun 04 Jun 12Jun 20 Jun 28Jul 10 Jul 18Jul 20 Jul 28STARTFINISHAug 01 Aug 09Aug 21 Aug 29Sep 04 Sep 12Sep 24 Oct 02Oct 09 Oct 17STARTFINISHOct 23 Oct 31Nov 06 Nov 14Nov 23 Dec 01Dec 02 Dec 10Dec 18 Dec 26SierraNegraVolcanoQuitoSanta CruzHighlandsPuertoIsabela AyoraInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 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 TouristTransit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100 (cash only) for a Galápagos National Park entryfee, plus USD $5 for the Isabela Municipal Tax Group Leader: Certified naturalist guidein the Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEGSInclusionsGALAPAGOSISLANDSFloréanaMy Own Room Available: Fr $229Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Camping (6 nts), simple hotels (2 nts) Transport: Plane,speedboat, van, pick-up truck, public buses Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinnerBudget: Allow USD $255-340 for meals not included, USD $10 for a Tourist TransitCard 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 inthe Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEQC79


GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPINGWITH QUITOLAND GALÁPAGOSFR$2,899 MULTI-ACTIVITESFR$3,799Quito Quito 9 DAYS Quito Quito10 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• Hike to Sierra Negra; the world’s second-largest volcanic crater• Learn of Isabela’s convict past with a visit to the ‘Wall of Tears’• Be amazed by the diversity (and accessibility) of the island wildlifeHighlights• 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 StationDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01020304-060708-09QuitoEcuador’s historic capital sits at an elevation of 2,850m (9,348ft)above sea level, so just take things easy today as you get used to thealtitude, perhaps enjoying a leisurely stroll around the colonial-styleold town before meeting your group this evening.Santa CruzTransfer to Quito Airport for the two-and-a-half hour flight to Baltrain the Galápagos. Cross to the island of Santa Cruz by shuttle boatand drive to your hotel in the Galápagos’ main town, Puerto Ayora.This afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre. (B)FloreanaHop over to the island of Floreana by speedboat, to embark on ashort walk to observe the birdlife and native animals, and to learnmore about the natural history from your certified guide. Visit PostOffice Bay this afternoon, which makes for a quirky diversion! (B)Isabela IslandTravel by boat to Isabela Island, the largest, youngest and mostvolcanically active of all the Galápagos Islands. Visit the flamingolagoon, tortoise breeding centre and the lava fields on a volcano hike.Relax on the beaches, or take up our recommended option, which isto see white tip reef sharks while snorkelling at ‘Shark Alley’. (3B)Santa CruzHead back to Santa Cruz for one last evening in paradise. (B)QuitoTransfer back to Baltra to connect with your flight to Quito. Enjoy afinal fling exploring the vibrant nightlife of this lively capital city. (2B)01-0304-0506-0708-10Quito / San Cristóbal IslandArrive and head out to enjoy the capital’s vibrant nightlife. On Day2, fly to San Cristóbal Island where you’ll head off on a downhill bikeexcursion 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 outsea turtles, manta rays and sharks. Later, visit the InterpretationCentre to learn about the natural history of the area. (2B, 2L)Floreana Island / Isabela IslandYou’ll travel by boat to Floreana Island with opportunities forswimming and snorkelling and a free afternoon in Puerto VelascoIbarra. On Day 5, you’ll take a morning excursion to the highlands ofFloreana 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 CruzEnjoy a full-day tour to Sierra Negra Volcano to see the world’ssecond-largest crater, stopping to visit the Giant Tortoise BreedingCentre on the way back to town. On Day 7 an excursion will take youto ‘Las Tintoreras’, otherwise known as ‘Shark Alley’ to observe whitetip reef sharks and a variety of bird life. You’ll travel by boat in theafternoon to Santa Cruz Island and have a free evening to explorethe town of Puerto Ayora or go shopping. (2B, 2L)Santa Cruz / QuitoYou’ll visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galápagos gianttortoise’s natural habitat and the lava tunnels. Afterwards, walk toTortuga Bay for a kayak excursion into the mangroves. On Day 9, atthe Charles Darwin Research Station, you’ll observe various speciesclose to extinction before transferring across the island to Baltra fora flight back to Quito. Depart at any time on Day 10. (3B, L)Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 05 May 13May 19 May 27Jun 02 Jun 10Jun 16 Jun 24Jun 30 Jul 08Jul 14 Jul 22Jul 28 Aug 05InclusionsSTARTFINISHAug 11 Aug 19Aug 25 Sep 02Sep 08 Sep 16Sep 22 Sep 30Oct 06 Oct 14Oct 20 Oct 28Nov 03 Nov 11STARTFINISHNov 17 Nov 25Dec 01 Dec 09Dec 15 Dec 23Dec 29 Jan 06IsabelaGALAPAGOSISLANDSSanta CruzFloréanaQuitoPuertoAyoraMy Own Room Available: Fr $749Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Standard hotels (8 nts) Transport: Plane, private van, boat Meals: 8breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $250-350 for meals not included, USD $10 for a TouristTransit Card at Quito Airport, USD $100 (cash only) for a Galápagos National Park entryfee, plus USD $5 for the Isabela Municipal Tax Group Leader: Certified naturalist guidein the Galápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASEQIDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJan 10 Jan 19Jan 24 Feb 02Feb 07 Feb 16Feb 21 Mar 02Mar 07 Mar 16Mar 14 Mar 23Mar 21 Mar 30Apr 04 Apr 13Apr 18 Apr 27May 02 May 11InclusionsSTARTFINISHMay 16 May 25May 30 Jun 08Jun 13 Jun 22Jun 27 Jul 06Jul 04 Jul 13Jul 11 Jul 20Jul 25 Aug 03Aug 08 Aug 17Aug 22 Aug 31Sep 05 Sep 14STARTFINISHSep 19 Sep 28Oct 03 Oct 12Oct 17 Oct 26Oct 31 Nov 09Nov 14 Nov 23Nov 28 Dec 07Dec 12 Dec 21Dec 26 Jan 04QuitoBaltraSan Cristóbal IsECUADORSanta CruzIsabela FloreanaMy Own Room Available: Fr $629Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (9 nts) Transport: Plane, speedboat, van, pick-up truck,public buses, Zodiacs Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD$100-150 for meals not included, USD $10 for a Tourist Transit Card at QuitoAirport, 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 theGalápagos, local rep in Quito Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEGL80VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ECUADOR & GALÁPAGOS ISLAND HOPPERQuito GuayaquilFR$3,92511 DAYSHighlights• 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’ wildlifeDepartures 2015/16START FINISH START FINISH STARTJan 08 Jan 18 Jul 20 Jul 30Feb 02 Feb 12 Aug 17 Aug 27Mar 02 Mar 12 Sep 14 Sep 24Mar 30 Apr 09 Oct 12 Oct 22Apr 27 May 07 Nov 09 Nov 19May 25 Jun 04 Dec 07 Dec 17Jun 22 Jul 02Additional dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsFINISH2016Jan 04 Jan 14Feb 01 Feb 11Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (10 nts, twin share) Transport: Privateair-con coach, mini-coach or van, plane Meals:10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:Allow approx. USD $100 (cash only) for aGalápagos National Park entry fee, USD $10INGALA fee and USD $5 for the Isabela Islandtax Group Leader: Trip Manager, Englishspeakinglocal guide Group Size: Max 30 TourCode: COQUGUGALAPAGOSISLANDSSanta Cruz/Puerto AyoraBaltraPuertoVillamilSan Cristobal/Puerto Baquerizo MorenoYou might likeCOLOMBIAQuitoTenaGuayaquil BañosECUADORPERUShorten your tripGalápagos Island Hopper(6 days, Guayaquil to Guayaquil)(COGUGU) Fr $2,675Extend your tripGalápagos & Andes(26 days, Quito to Lima)(COQULI/COQULIT) Fr $8,559The barely-touched archipelago of the Galápagos Islands, nestled off the Ecuadorian coasthas 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 youcloser to the locals and in tune with the rythym of daily life. The rugged volcanic landscapesof the Galápagos, when combined with mainland Ecuador, gives you the chance not only tosee out-of-this-world wildlife but to tick off two World Heritage Sites, salsa the night awaywith locals and hike the world’s largest active crater - the list is endless!DAY0102-0304-0506-0708-0910-11ITINERARYPuerto Villamil, Isabela, GalápagosQuitoWelcome to Quito, the beautiful capital of Ecuador. Meet your group and meander Quito’s sites withyour expert guide who will teach you all about this city and the history of the Inca and the Spanishinvasion, then enjoy the best views from Panecillo. Later, visit the Equator line and wander betweentwo hemispheres! Tonight, get to know your travel companions over a sociable dinner. (D)Quito / Tena / BañosHead out of the city and into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route to Tena, an attractivecity in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy a dip into thermal springs and visit a hummingbirdsanctuary, With two broad rivers intersecting at the city’s heart, there are loads of rafting andkayaking options here. Alternatively, you can visit an indigenous community before it’s back on theroad. You’ll see Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, on your way to Baños, a small town nestledsnugly under the still-active Tungurahua Volcano. (2B, D)Baños / GuayaquilYou have a totally free day to explore as you see fit! This small town is situated in a valley ofwaterfalls and hot springs, blessed with great weather and outdoor activities galore. Get out thereand visit the hot springs, go horseback riding, abseiling, rafting, ziplining or mountain biking. Tonight,go native and learn to dance salsa at an included lesson. On Day 5, it’s on to the economic hub andlargest city of Ecuador, Guayaquil. Discover this cosmopolitan city, which is starting to challengeQuito as Ecuador’s new cultural hotspot. Walking down the promenade with the city’s colourful CerroSanta Ana district as your backdrop is a must. Tonight, enjoy drinks on an evening river cruise. (2B)Guayaquil / Isabela IslandCatch a flight to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands. Cross over the waterway onto the main island ofSanta Cruz, to check out the old lava tunnels and see the incredible giant tortoises in their naturalhabitat. Not something you’d come across on a normal day! Later on, you’ll take a boat ride to IsabelaIsland, a nature haven that’s home to land and marine life that will astound and amaze you. StartDay 7 off with a walk to the Wall of Tears to learn about the island’s fascinating human history. Onreturn, watch out for colourful fish on your snorkelling experience in the underground lava tubes. Inthe afternoon, enjoy an included kayak adventure to visit some marine iguanas and maybe even spotsome of the elusive Galápagos penguins. (2B, L, D)Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island / San Cristobal IslandStart the day with a visit to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre before heading over to Santa CruzIsland. It’s all about relaxation here as you visit the supremely beautiful Tortuga Bay for an indulgentstroll along the beach and a swim. On Day 9, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, whereyou can uncover some of the Galápagos’ interesting history and learn about different species oftortoises and land iguanas. Later, you’ll head to San Cristobal Island, where you’re bound to spot abathing sea lion or two! Tonight, head out with the group to a lovely local spot where you can enjoydrinks whilst watching the sun go down. (2B)San Cristobal Island / GuayaquilEmbark on a coastal cruise for some native bird spotting and then hit the water in search of pufferfish and cute sea lion pups. You’ll snorkel around Kicker Rock looking out for manta rays, starfishand maybe the Galápagos shark before relaxing on the stunning Puerto Grande beach. Later on, headback into town and indulge with a Galagapos barbecue feast. Next morning, take in the beauty of theisland on a bike tour before flying back to Guayaquil on the mainland, where your amazing adventurewraps up on arrival. (2B, L, D)PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIA81


THE ECUADOR EXPERIENCEQuito QuitoFR$1,69918 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAHighlights• 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 OtavaloDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 08 Jan 25Feb 12 Mar 01Mar 12 Mar 29Apr 16 May 03May 14 May 31InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 11 Jun 28Jul 16 Aug 02Aug 06 Aug 23Sep 10 Sep 27Oct 08 Oct 25START FINISHNov 05 Nov 22Dec 03 Dec 20Dec 17 Jan 03Trip Style: Classic Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels (12 nts),Amazon community stay (2 nts), overnightbus (1 nt), indigenous community homestay(2 nts, possibly multishare) Transport: Publicbus, truck, motorised canoe, train Meals:6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget:Allow USD $305-400 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAREEMy Own Room Available: Fr $579Machalilla NPGuayaquilSan ClementeOtavaloQuitoTenaBañosRiobambaAlausíECUADORCuicocha Lake, OtavaloEcuador is perhaps best known for the Galápagos Islands, but the mainland has a wholerange of other environments and experiences on offer and this tour is the perfect way tosee them. You’ll dive straight into the Amazon jungle where you’ll get to meet a local shamanand come out ready for a dip in the hot springs of Baños. A railway engineering feat willtake you to the Devil’s Nose, and you’ll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxingPacific coast beaches before visiting an indigenous community and stocking up on souvenirsat the markets in Otavalo. Now, what were those islands called again?DAY01-0203-0405-06070809-121314-1516-1718ITINERARYMarket Stall, QuitoQuito / TenaArrive in Quito any time and head out to explore before meeting your group in the evening. On Day2, 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. (B)Amazon JungleSpend two nights at a jungle homestay with an indigenous community where you can experiencelocal traditions. Take guided hikes through the rainforest to search for wildlife and hear all aboutthe 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 chirpytropical birds. Visit a local shaman and learn about Quichua history and culture. (B, 2L, 2D)BañosJourney by bus to the popular resort of Baños, nestled in the hills of the Andes and renowned forits thermal springs and hot pools. Arise early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains as you lieback in the relaxing waters. Activity options around Baños include hiking, horse riding and biking. (B)AlausíTravel by bus via Riobamba to Alausí where you will have free time to explore the town, which offersglimpses of three of the highest peaks in the Andes - Chimborazo, Carihuairazo and Tunguragua.Devil’s Nose / GuayaquilThis morning, board the train for an included excursion to the Devil’s Nose. The construction of thisrailway was an engineering feat as part of the line descends 1,000m down a steep, rocky slope on aseries of switchbacks. Travel by bus to Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. Explore the city checking outBolivar Park and the Old South Market before an optional nighttime cruise on the Guayas River.Puerto Lopez & Machalilla National ParkContinue along the coast by bus to the beach town of Puerto Lopez. Relax in a beachfront hammockor explore the area. Visit a local community reforestation project, head to Isla de la Plata to seethe nesting blue-footed boobies, hike in Machalilla National Park or go diving, snorkelling or whalewatching (seasonal). On Day 12, you’ll return to Quito by overnight bus.QuitoToday is a free day in Quito. Take an optional city tour, ride in the cable car up the nearby volcano orsimply relax in one of the city’s many cafés and restaurants.San ClementeTravel by bus to the indigenous community of San Clemente. Take hikes to learn about the medicinalplants or trek up the Imbabura Mountain. It’s a great chance to interact with the locals and learnabout their traditional ways of life. There’s an optional cultural evening and dinner show. (2B, 2L, 2D)Otavalo / QuitoHop on a public bus to the market town of Otavalo. Here you can visit Peguche waterfall, Cotacachileather market or hike around Cuicocha Lake. Explore the enormous Otavalo handicraft market whichis filled with items made by local artisans. Return to Quito by bus for one last overnight stay. (B)QuitoThis mainland adventure in Ecuador comes to an end at any time today, but you may wish to headover to the Galápagos Islands to add on one of our sailing or land-based wildlife adventures?82VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INLAND& AMAZONECUADORFR$1,899 MULTI-SPORTFR$1,129Quito Quito 16 DAYS Quito Quito9 DAYSAmazon RainforestHighlights• 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 OtavaloHighlights• 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 bikePERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-02Quito / Papallacta Hot SpringsArrive in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito at any time. The next dayhead to Papallacta Hot Springs, to bathe in one of the best mineralsprings in Ecuador and to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. (B)01QuitoRoll 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 landmarkof El Panecillo or ‘the little bread loaf’, for panoramic city views.03-04Amazon HomestayLeave the mountains behind and enter the lush tropical Amazonrainforest. Stay with a Quichua family near the community of Candoand learn their traditional beliefs and customs as well as their manypractical uses for the jungle’s wealth of natural products. (2B, 2L, 2D)02-03TenaJump on board a bus to the jungle town of Tena and admire thetowering green mountains and waterfalls along the way. On Day 3,navigate the wild rapids and tumbling waters of the Jatunyaku Riveron an included full-day whitewater rafting expedition. (B, L)05-0607-0910-1314-16Jungle LodgeTravel to a jungle lodge on the Napo River; one of the Amazon’s twomajor tributaries. Take a wander and paddle along on a canoe tolearn about the area’s natural history. Opt to brave thundering rapidsof an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip on the Napo. (2B, 2L, 2D)BañosReturn to the mountains to Baños or ‘baths’ and the thermal springsthat flow from the base of Tungurahua Volcano. As a perfect settingfor outdoor activities, try a spot of horseback riding or hiking. (2B)Cuenca / Quito / OtavaloTake a private transfer south to colonial Cuenca, considered the mostbeautiful city in Ecuador. Stop at Ingapirca ruins, the best-preservedarchaelogical site in Ecuador. Fly back to Quito before driving prettyOtavalo to browse its world-famous handicraft market.Cayambe / QuitoTravel to the village of Cayambe and stay in a 400-year-old haciendanestled at the base of Cayambe Volcano. Opt to visit Cuicocha Lakebefore returning to Quito. Tour ends on Day 16. (2B)0405-060708-09BañosToday you’re off to the unspoiled mountain town of Baños or ‘Baths’.Spend the afternoon chilling in the warm thermal springs at the baseof the Tungurahua Volcano or opt to get active and explore.Llangantes National Park / BañosGet up and ready for your trek through the Llangantes National Park.Hike through lush cloud forest taking in the spectacular views alongthe way before arriving at your campsite where you’ll spend a nightunder the stars. Keep your camera ready for more lush views on Day6 before you’re whisked off back to Baños. (B, L, D)Baños / LassoTreat yourself and any sore muscles to a soak in the gorgeous localhot springs of Baños on your free morning before you head to Lasso.Cotopaxi / QuitoGet ready for an adrenalin rush as you cycle down the CotopaxiVolcano, starting your descent at 4,000 metres above sea level.Catch your breath at the bottom as you tuck into a picnic lunch thenhead to Quito for a final night out. Your trip ends on Day 9. (2B, L)Departures 2015OtavaloDepartures 2015CayambeSTART FINISH START FINISH START FINISHSTART FINISH START FINISHJan 03 Jan 18 May 12 May 27 Sep 29 Oct 14PapallactaJan 24 Feb 01 Jun 20 Jun 28Jan 20 Feb 04 May 23 Jun 07 Oct 10 Oct 25Feb 21 Mar 01 Jul 11 Jul 19Feb 07 Feb 22 Jun 20 Jul 05 Oct 24 Nov 08Mar 21 Mar 29 Aug 08 Aug 16Feb 14 Mar 01 Jul 07 Jul 22 Nov 10 Nov 25Tena/Amazon May 16 May 24 Sep 05 Sep 13Mar 17 Apr 01 Jul 18 Aug 02 Nov 21 Dec 06Jun 06 Jun 14 Oct 03 Oct 11Mar 28 Apr 12 Aug 01 Aug 16 Dec 05 Dec 20BañosApr 11 Apr 26 Aug 15 Aug 30 Dec 19 Jan 03Apr 25 May 10 Sep 12 Sep 27QuitoSTART FINISHOct 31 Nov 08Nov 25 Dec 03Dec 26 Jan 03ECUADORQuitoCotopaxiBañosCOLOMBIATenaLlanganatesN.P.InclusionsCuencaInclusionsMy Own Room Available: Fr $579 My Own Room Available: Fr $469Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), simple village cabanas (2 nts,multishare), mountain hacienda (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, plane, taxis, motorisedcanoe, private van, 4x4, pick-up truck Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) throughout, local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEIAPERUTrip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (7 nts), camping (1 nt) Transport: Public bus, private van,hiking, biking, rafting Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD$245-275 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEEM83


QUITOPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAcity of the heavensFounded on the ruins of anancient Incan city at an altitudeof 2,850m, Quito is a sprawl ofbustling plazas, street sellers,coloured markets and colonialarchitecture. If you’re a culturevulture or history geek, wanderthe old town where you’ll find themonasteries of San Francisco andSanto Domingo, and the Plaza dela Independencia. If you want tomix the old and new, check outMariscal Sucre for some trendycafés and bars. Salud a Quito!Shoestring rock solid rock solidJHOMANAGUESTHOUSEFR FR FR$33 SINGLEHOTEL$124 SINGLEHOTEL$182FR FR FR$32 TWIN/DOUBLE EUGENIA$73 TWIN/DOUBLE QUITO$104PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated in an old colonial house in Quito’spopular Mariscal area, Jhomana boastsa large sun terrace and patio as well asan onsite restaurant serving tasty treats.Cosy up with a DVD in the TV lounge,complete with fireplace. Its spacious, cleanrooms come with en suites, plus there’s acomplimentary daily brekkie included.In the heart of the main cultural area, thisboutique, family-run hotel captures Quito’sspirit. Enjoy the unique charms of the barand try the traditional café. The spacious,en suite rooms have a graceful tone andoffer cable TV and minibar. There’s alsofree Wi-Fi, a safety box and laundryservices.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis hotel’s gorgeous Art Deco buildingis perched on a hill, giving unbeatable360-degree city and mountain views. Strollthrough the sprawling gardens decked withnative flora, hit the pool or gym, or relaxand rejuvenate in the sauna. Its charmingen suite rooms have plush furnishings, freeWi-Fi and cable TV.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiCUYABENOAMAZON ADVENTUREUIOSHO UIOEUG UIOQUIFR$667Quito Quito 5 DAYSHighlights• Spend four days immersed in the exotic wildlife and lush wilds of the Cuyabeno Amazon• Swim in lagoons, sleep in thatched jungle cabanas and swing in rainforest hammocks• Spend time with an ethnic Amazon community, cooking dinner and visiting a ShamanInclusionsAccommodation: Jungle lodge (3 nts), night bus (1 nt)Transport: Public bus, private mini bus, boat, canoe,walking Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners GroupLeader: English-speaking guide during jungle excursionsTour Code: BEUIOCAAConnect with the wildlife and native traditions of one of the continent’s most pristinewilderness environments, the Cuyabeno Amazon Reserve. Take the overnight bus onDay 1 from Quito to Lago Agrio. On arrival, journey by road and motorised canoe alongthe Cuyabeno River to the lodge. Settle in, swim in nearby Laguna Grande and sip a firstsunset beer. On Day 3, take a rainforest hike to spot monkeys, birds and learn aboutmedicinal plants. Search for pink river dolphins and basking anacondas before a nightcanoe trip to spot caiman. The next morning, opt for an early bird watching trip beforenavigating downstream to spend the day with the Siona Community. Help cook lunch, learnfrom the Shaman and take a nocturnal hike in search of geckos, spiders and scorpions. Onthe morning of Day 5, return to Lago Agrio for the bus back to Quito, arriving that night.84VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CASA DELSUIZO LODGEFR$3783 DAYSThe beautiful La Casa del Suizo is an Amazonian Lodge located atthe shores of the great Rio Napo. Take trips into the rainforestaccompanied by a native guide, visit a family in the small Quichuavillage of Ahuano and learn about their culture as well as how tomake the traditional drink, Chicha. You’ll also get to take part in ablowgun target-shooting contest and build your very own canoe.Every room has electricity, hot water, a ceiling fan and terrace.Departs: Daily, Quito to Quito Accommodation: Lodge (2 nts) Meals: 2breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Guide: Native guide Note: 3 or 4 nightsoptions also available Tour Code: UIOSUICOTOPAXITREK3 DAYSOn arrival in Quito, transfer to your hotel. The next morning,pass through the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ enroute to CotopaxiNational Park, stopping at Limpiopungo lagoon and the Inca ruinsof ‘El Salitre’. Afterwards, drive up the slopes of Cotopaxi andwalk to a refuge at 4,800 metres-tall for a spectacular view ofCotopaxi. Spend your final day in the western Andean range whereyou’ll view snow-capped volcanoes before returning to Quito.Departs: Daily, Quito to Quito Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts) Meals: 2breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Private transport with Englishspeaking guide from airport & on day tours Tour Code: UIOCOTFR$693PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIACOTOPAXI & QUILOTOACRATER ADVENTUREFR$5354 DAYSCHILLIN& SURFINFR$1664 DAYSThrill-seekers and geeky volcanologists, come hither! Hit the activeheights of the Ecuadorian Andes on this high-altitude adventure.Collected from the airport on Day 1, explore Quito’s colonial charmsbefore leaving for Cotopaxi on Day 2. One of the world’s highestvolcanoes, hike beyond the snowline to glaciers at 5,000m beforebiking back down! On Day 3, visit ethnic markets and the colouredwater-filled Quilotoa Crater before returning to Quito for the night.Departs: Daily, Quito to Quito Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts) or upgrade to hotelMeals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Public bus, bike, walking Includes:English-speaking guide on tours and hikes, bike & helmet Tour Code: BEUIOCAAIf you thought Ecuador was all smoking volcanoes and crazy offshorewildlife then dude, think again. Whether you were born to ride orjust need to laze beer-in-hand in a hammock, every traveller needsthe surf-strewn beaches and laid-back reggae vibes of Montañita.Included are three nights at a party-filled hostel within walkingdistance of the beach and two 1.5-hour surf lessons. The rest ofthe time hang out, ride waves or stuff your face with seafood.Departs: Daily, Montanita to Montanita Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts)Meals: No meals included Includes: 2 x surf lessons & equipment Tour Code:BEMTNCNSLOCAL LIVING ECUADORAMAZON JUNGLEFR$749Quito Quito 7 DAYSHighlights• Spend four nights immersed in the ways of the Amazon Jungle with a Quichua family• Witness jungle marriage and shamanic healing ceremonies• Befriend the locals and challenge local students to a game of soccer on a community visitInclusionsDeparts: Selected Saturdays (Apr-Oct) Trip Style: LocalLiving Service Level: Basic Accommodation: Rustic junglelodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, canoe,pick-up truck Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $40-60 for meals not included TourLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local Quichuaguides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GASEJLArrive into Quito and explore the city before meeting your group and tour leader. OnDay 2, travel by bus and truck deep into the Amazon to spend the next four nights inrustic wooden huts with a Quichua family in their small village. Get your bearings witha walk to a viewpoint and then enjoy a natural mud facemask treatment! Over the nextthree days, enjoy guided walks to waterfalls, cooking classes to learn how to makechocolate and chicha cassava beer, jungle walks to better understand the medicinaluses of Amazonian plants, and a canoe ride to an animal rescue centre. You’ll also beable to visit the Cando School before an artisan craft-making session, or alternativelyyou have the option to go whitewater rafting, before returning to Quito on Day 6. Enjoya last night out and a fix of urbanisation, before your trip ends any time on Day 7.85


COLOMBIAPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIASanta Marta(Tayrona N.P.)CartagenaToluMedellinManizalesArmeniaBogotáBin the itinerary; fairytaleCartagena is best discoveredat a leisurely pace. Strollthrough its cobbled alleysor relax at one of its manyopen-air cafés.Kayak, raft, zipline and swim atstunning Reserva Natural Cañon deRio Claro. Three hours from Medellin,the river has carved a canyon from itsmarble bed.Grabbing brekkie on thego? Opt for streetfood‘arepas’; a stack of grilledcornmeal cakes stuffedwith eggs or cheese.TEJOColombia’s nationalgame involves throwingsmall metal discs from60ft at a single metalhoop surrounded bypouches of gunpowder.Hitting a pouch triggersa mini explosion.86VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


COLOMBIAEXPRESSCARIBBEANFR$1,849 COLOMBIA EXPRESSFR$1,699Bogotá Cartagena 9 DAYS Cartagena Santa Marta8 DAYSUnderground salt cathedral, ZipaquiraHighlights• Hit Colombia’s cities, coffee regions and Caribbean beaches in one go!• Hike through the lush landscapes of Cocora, the ‘Valley of the Palms’• End on a high, soaking up the Caribbean vibes of colourful CartegenaTayrona National ParkHighlights• Discover Colombia’s wild side, hiking trails and sleeping in eco-huts• Feel the Caribbean rythms on the barefoot beaches of Cartagena• Opt to go tubing down the river in TagangaPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADAY010203-040506-0708-09ITINERARYBogotáArrive into Bogotá at any time. Explore Colombia’s bustling capitaland cobbled old town before meeting your group this evening.Villa de LeyvaGrab breakfast at Paloquemao market before visiting the remarkableunderground cathedral in Zipaquira, carved into the town’s salt mines.Travel onto Villa de Leyva to soak up the mountain views and whitestuccoed charms of Colombia’s loveliest colonial village. (B)Armenia / Calarcá (Coffee Region)After the morning in Villa de Leyva, fly to Armenia. Part of Colombia’sCoffee Triangle, spend two nights staying in a traditional haciendaexploring local villages, touring a coffee farm and drinking in theworld-famous coffee growing culture. (2B, L)Cocora Valley / SalentoTake your caffeine highs and hike through the surreal green landscapesof the Cocora Valley, dotted with hundreds of cloud-hitting palms.Continue onto the lively market town of Salento for the night. (B)MedellínPass stunning scenery on the way to Medellín - a brash locals’metropolis with a proud artistic heritage. After a neighbourhood tour,discover this regenerating city - ride up to lush Park Arví, hang out inartists’ houses and amongst the sculptures of Plaza Botero. (2B)CartagenaTake a morning flight to fun-filled Cartagena on the Caribbean coast.Explore the old town’s laid-back colourful charms, dine on the beachand dance your final night away. Your trip ends on Day 9. If you havemore time add on the 8 Day ‘Caribbean Colombia Express.’ (B)DAY01-0203-050607-08ITINERARYCartagenaArrive into beautiful Cartagena at any time, meeting your group thatevening. On Day 2, kick off with a tour of the historic UNESCO walledcity before free time to explore. Hang out in canary yellow pavementcafés and leafy plazas, and soak up the rays and Caribbean vibes onthe beach and in the rum-spirited bars. (B)Santa Marta / Taganga / MincaTravel by bus to Santa Marta, South America’s oldest surviving city.Explore the colonial streets or chill with locals on the palm-fringedbeaches before the short journey to Taganga - the lively gatewaytown to Tayrona National Park. Spend Day 4 exploring the lushmountain scenery around the small village of Minca, known for itsalternative lifestyle and artistic charms. Hang out on a local ranch,hike to waterfalls, visit a local coffee plantation and opt to go rivertubing. Day 5 is free to explore Taganga and chill out before thefollowing two days of wilderness adventures. (3B, L)TayronaOn Day 6, head into the rainforests, rare wildlife and secludedbeaches of Tayrona N.P. for a night immersed in nature and theindigenous cultures of this breathtaking and diverse corner of northColombia. Led by an indigenous guide, hike through the park learningabout the local flora, fauna and native culture of the Tayrona people.Sleep that night in eco-huts in the national park. (B)Santa MartaHike out of Tayrona National Park on Day 7 and travel back to SantaMarta. Have one last night out on the cobbles before your trip endson Day 8. (2B)InclusionsDepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 11 Apr 19May 16 May 24Jun 13 Jun 21STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 19Aug 15 Aug 23Sep 12 Sep 20START FINISHOct 17 Oct 25Nov 14 Nov 22Dec 19 Dec 27SalentoArmeniaECUADORBogotáCOLOMBIAInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any agePhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageCartagenaAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), haciendaAccommodation: Hotels (5 nts), eco-hut(2 nts) Transport: Plane, private van Meals: 7(1 nt, multi-share) Transport: Private van,breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $180-public bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch225 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefBudget: Allow USD $160-200 for meals notExperience Officer (CEO), local guides Groupincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMCQOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: MaxMedellin Villa 16, avg 12 Tour Code: GASMTQMy Own Room Available: Fr $639LeyvaMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015STARTFINISHApr 19 Apr 26May 24 May 31Jun 21 Jun 28STARTFINISHJul 19 Jul 26Aug 23 Aug 30Sep 20 Sep 27START FINISHOct 25 Nov 01Nov 22 Nov 29Dec 27 Jan 03Tayrona N.P.TagangaSanta MartaMincaCartagenaCOLOMBIA87


COLOMBIALOST CITY TREKKINGCLASSICFR$849 COLOMBIAFR$3,199Santa Marta Santa Marta 7 DAYS Bogotá Santa Marta16 DAYSPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIALost CityHighlights• Trek for four days through steaming jungle to the Lost City of Teyuna• Hike through remote villages, stay in hammocks and swim in rivers• Explore this ancient citadel - lost to the jungle for over a millenniumHighlights• Savour fresh seafood on the beaches of Cartagena• Immerse yourself in Calarcá’s Colombian coffee culture• Hike through lush jungle with an indigenous guideCartagenaDAY01020304-0506-07InclusionsApr - DecITINERARYSanta MartaArrive into Santa Marta at any time and meet your group that evening.Trek to Lost CityTransfer to Machete Pelao for the start of your four-day trek throughthe Sierra Nevada mountains to the Lost City of Teyuna. Hundredsof years older than Machu Picchu, this 9th Century ancient citadel iscarved from the mountainside into 169 terraces. Lost to the jungleuntil the 1970s, the trek passes through rural communities, rivers andsteaming forests. The first leg of the trek starts after lunch. (L, D)Trek to Lost CityToday trek for around 3-5 hours alongside the Buritaca River. Windalong jungle trails and the fertile lands and coffee plantations farmedby the indigenous communities. Gain an insight into the lives of theKogui people, tackle some challenging climbs and ease off with a swimat the end the day in the natural pools at the campsite. (B, L, D)Trek to Lost CityHiking for around 4-6 hours, start the day with the most challenginghike of the trail by making steep inclines into the mountains. Followingthe river, take advantage of refreshing dips to cool off. Arrive midafternoonat Teyuna Paradise campsite. After an early start on Day5, trek for an hour before climbing the 1,200 steps to the Lost City.Spend the day exploring this hidden ancient wonder with a localindigenous guide. (2B, 2L, 2D)Santa MartaIn the morning make the last leg of your hike back to Machete Pelao,travelling back to Santa Marta to relax before hitting the town for onefinal night. Your trip ends on Day 7. (2B, L)Trip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (2 nts), camping(4 nts in hammocks or rustic bunks) Transport:4x4 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $120-200 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer(CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10Tour Code: GASMLCDepartures 2015Selected Sundays, typically twodepartures per monthSanta MartaParasoTeyunaCiudad PerdidaCOLOMBIAMacheteOvernightCamp SiteDAY01-0203-0405-0708-1314-16InclusionsITINERARYBogotá / Villa de LeyvaArrive into Bogotá at any time, spending the rest of the day atyour leisure. Next morning, enjoy a local breakfast at Paloquemaomarket before driving to Villa de Leyva, stopping en route to visit theremarkable underground Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. (B)Armenia / CalarcáBid farewell to Villa de Leyva and fly to Armenia, in the heart ofColumbia’s coffee region. Spend two nights staying in a traditionalhacienda, exploring the region’s local villages and taking a fascinatingtour of a coffee farm in Calarcá by day. (2B, L)Cocora Valley / Salento / MedellínStretch your legs with a morning hike through Cocora Valley, movingon to Salento town later that day. Here, you’ll get the full coffeeexperience in the ‘triangulo’ of Quindio. Day 6, drive through thestunning landscape to Medellín. Enjoy a historic neighbourhood tourof the city, learning about its ongoing transformation. (3B)Cartagena / Santa Marta / Minca / TagangaFly to Cartagena and explore this colonial walled city. Spend the nextcouple of days on the beach, take a city tour and visit the fortress, aUNESCO site. Day 11, travel by bus to Santa Marta, heading out thefollowing day on an excursion to Minca. Hike to a waterfall, check outa local ranch and coffee plantation or opt for river tubing. Day 13,journey on to Taganga for a day at your leisure. (6B, L)Tayrona / Santa MartaHike through Tayrona National Park learning about North Colombia’sindigenous culture from your guide. Next day, return to Santa Martawhere your tours comes to an end on Day 16. (3B)Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts),hacienda (2 nts), eco-hut (1 nt, multi-share)Transport: Plane, private van Meals: 15breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $320-400 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GASMCCMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,069Departures 2015STARTFINISHApr 11 Apr 26May 16 May 31Jun 13 Jun 28STARTFINISHJul 11 Jul 26Aug 15 Aug 30Sep 12 Sep 27START FINISHOct 17 Nov 01Nov 14 Nov 19Dec 19 Jan 03TagangaTayrona N.P.Santa MartaCartagenaSalentoArmeniaMedellinMincaVillaLeyvaBogotáCOLOMBIA88VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


COLOMBIA’S CARIBBEANCOAST & LOST CITYHOLAFR$2,499 COLOMBIAFR$3,449Cartagena Santa Marta 14 DAYS Bogotá Cartagena11 DAYSHighlights• Conquer 1,200 steps to reach the mystical Lost City of Teyuna• Trek the picturesque trails of Tayrona National Park• Relax to Caribbean rhythms on the sands of colonial CartagenaTagangaHighlights• Explore colourful Bogotá’s old town on a guided bike tour• Enjoy unique Special Stay in Colombia’s Coffee Region• Take in the fascinating beauty and culture of historic CartagenaCartagenaPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADAY01-0304-0506-0809-1213-14InclusionsITINERARYCartagena / Santa MartaSpend the first couple of days exploring charming Cartagena. Amblethrough the colonial walled city and fortress, a UNESCO site. Catchsome rays on the beach, lapping up the distinctly Caribbean vibe. OnDay 3, travel by bus to Santa Marta with free time to explore. (2B)Minca / TagangaSpend Day 4 discovering Minca’s surrounding area. Visit a local ranchand coffee plantation, trek to a waterfall or choose a spot of rivertubing. Overnight in Taganga, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay anda small fishing village where you’ll have Day 5 to explore. (B, L)Tayrona / Santa MartaVenture deep into Tayrona National Park on Day 6, accompaniedby a local indigenous guide. Experience nature and learn about theindigenious culture. Leave the park the following morning, returningto Santa Marta for a day’s relaxation prior to your big hike! (3B)Machete PelaoTransfer to Machete Pelao, the starting point of your expedition tothe Lost City of Teyuna, many centuries older than Machu Picchu.Trek 4-5 hours each day through farmland, steamy jungle andrural communities, gaining a glimpse into the lives of locals. Duringdowntime, take refreshing dips in the natural swimming pools of yourcampsites and snooze in hammocks. Dawn of Day 12, it’s an earlystart to climb 1,200 steps to the Lost City where you’ll be rewardedwith a breathtaking vista across the surrounding peaks. (3B, 4L, 4D)Santa MartaMake the last leg of your hike back to Machete Pelao in the morningof Day 13. On arrival, transfer back to Santa Marta for a welldeservedrest. Your trip ends the following morning. (B, L)Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts),eco-hut in N.P. (1 nt, multishare), hammock inN.P. (1 nt) Transport: Private van, public bus,4x4 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $200-250 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOffiver, local guides Group Size: Max 16 TourCode: GASMCSDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHJun 21 Jul 04 Sep 20 Oct 03Jul 19 Aug 01 Oct 25 Nov 07Aug 23 Sep 05 Nov 22 Dec 05START FINISHDec 27 Jan 09TagangaMacheteSanta MartaMincaCartagenaOvernightCamp SiteCOLOMBIATayronaN.P.ParasoTeyunaCiudadPerdidaDAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-11InclusionsITINERARYBogotáDive right into vibrant Bogotá. Experience a cool mix of old and new,trendy and traditional, stately and charming. Take a guided bike tourto the city’s cultural epicentre, La Candelaria, the cobbled historicdowntown. On Day 2, discover the Gold Museum or simply wanderthe colonial streets, packed with boutiques, cafés and parks. (B, D)ArmeniaFly to the coffee region, considered the heart and soul of thecountry. The scenery here is a real treat - lush green rolling hills ofcoffee, plantains and yucca. Take a guided tour to the region’s coffeeplantations then spend the next day exploring the surroundings andlearning some culinary secrets with a hands-on cooking class. (2B, D)MedellinTake a flight to colourful Medellin. On Day 6, explore Colombia’ssecond city on a guided tour, see the famous Botero sculpture parkand ride the famous metro and cable car system for some amazingcity views. In the evenings, delve into the vibrant nightlife. (2B, D)Santa Marta / Tyrona National ParkFly to Santa Marta, the oldest town in Colombia. Relax and soak upthe sun then on Day 8, take to the foothills of the famous SierraNevada de Santa Marta and visit Tyrona N.P. with its pristine waters,unspoilt beaches and abundance of lush flora and fauna. (2B, L)CartagenaNext up is the fairytale city of Cartagena, Colombia’s living andbreathing museum. Explore this fascinating vibrant city and take atraditional horse and cart ride along its colourful cobbled streets.Toast your trip with a cocktail at the famous Café del Mar! (3B, D)Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotel (8 nts), Special Stay experience (2 nts)Transport: Three local flights and transfers,private air con coach, mini-coach or vanMeals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager, English-speakinglocal guides Group Size: Max 45 Tour Code:COBOCADepartures 2015/16STARTFINISHFeb 19 Mar 01Mar 19 Mar 29Apr 16 Apr 26May 14 May 24Jun 11 Jun 21STARTFINISHJul 09 Jul 19Aug 06 Aug 16Sep 03 Sep 13Oct 01 Oct 11Oct 29 Nov 08START FINISHNov 26 Dec 062016Jan 21 Jan 31Santa MartaCartagenaArmeniaMedellinBogotáTayrona N.P.COLOMBIA89


BOGOTÁ & BEYONDPERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIAColombia’s culture kidBienvenidos to Bogotá, Colombia’ssprawling and vibrant Andeancapital. Shaking off its formergritty reputation, Bogotá istransforming from South America’sbad boy into its urban culture kid.With 58 museums and 62 galleries,the city is a walking exhibition ofcolonial and native history. Headto historic La Candelaria - a mazeof cobblestoned colonial streets,people-watching plazas, churches,bars and the church-toppedmountain of Cerro de Monserrate.SHOESTRING rock solidCHOCOLATEHOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Tuck into the free daily brekkie• Cosy rooms feature tasteful decor & wooden furniture• Pick from a range of room options, depending on your budgetFR FR$24 DORMCASA$150FR FR$31 TWIN/DOUBLE PLATYPUS$86PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Clean, comfy rooms come with modern en suites and Internet access• Within walking distance of tons of landmarks, restaurants & bars• Small and quiet with super-welcoming staffYou’ll find this backpacker HQ in the colourful district of LaCandelaria. It boasts a kitchen with free Colombian coffee, freeWi-Fi and friendly staff. Hang out with fellow travellers in thecourtyard, swap stories and books in the lounge or chill in ahammock. Both dorms and private rooms are available.Start your Colombian adventure at this friendly hotel located inthe colourful La Candelaria district. After a day’s exploration ofbustling Bogotá, relax with a cold cerveza on the rooftop terrace,swap travel stories in the communal kitchen or cosy up in ahammock with a well-thumbed read from the book exchange.Free Wi-FiBOGPLHBOGPLABOGOTÁ WELCOMEPACKAGEFR$320 MEDELLIN & PABLOFR$4943 DAYS ESCOBAR ADVENTURE4 DAYSMake your stay in lively Bogotá simple with this welcome package.A private transfer will whisk you to Casa Platypus. You’ll have twonights with breakfast at this central hotel, complete with roofterrace. To help with your orientation, we’ve included a half-dayguided walking tour around the historic centre. You then have aday to explore on your own. Take a bike tour (optional) beforetaking your transfer back to the airport.Departs: Daily, Bogotá to Bogotá Accommodation: Hotel, standard double/twinwith bathroom (2 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast Includes: Private transfers, citytours, English speaking guide, optional tours available Tour Code: BOGCOLArrive in Medellin, once one of the most dangerous cities in theworld, now a thriving metropolis. Check in, chill in a bar in ZonaRosa or relax in a garden hammock. Next day, explore the city; seeParque San Antonio with its Botero sculptures, the MetropolitanCathedral and Nutibara Hill for panoramic views. Day 3, learnabout Pablo Escobar, Colombia’s infamous drug lord and theprojects 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 dayPablo Escobar tour Tour Code: MDEPET90VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CARTAGENA &ROSARIO ISLANDCartagenaCartagenaHighlights• 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 IslandsFR$6984 DAYSThis fabulous package offers a new adventure every day. Aftertransferring to your hotel, enjoy a city tour of colourful Cartagena.Starting with Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa, you’ll learn aboutits colonial history, fortress and many monuments and buildings.Continue on to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) and to the handicraftszone of the Bovedas. On Day 2, cruise over the crystal clear watersto the Rosario Islands National Park where you’ll spend a nightin paradise. Go snorkelling, take a nature walk or laze around onthe beautiful beaches. Head back to Cartagena the next day withplenty of time to explore. Your tour ends on Day 4.COFFEEREGIONManizalesManizalesHighlights• 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 cuppaFR$2864 DAYSOn arrival in the coffee region, you’ll be picked up from Manizalesbus station and transferred to your hotel. Day 2 is your chance tolearn all about coffee on a tour of a plantation set on the steephills typical of this area. The crop creates a green carpeting ofcoffee plants that extend to the horizon, interrupted only by fincascovered in flowers. You’ll discover how coffee is prepared andtoasted. The following day is free for you to take an optional tour.Head off rafting or horse riding, take a lesson in coffee tasting orlearn how to prepare the perfect espresso and cappuccino. Thereis also plenty to explore in Manizales, before departing on Day 4.PERU, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR & COLOMBIADeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel twin (3 nts) Meals: Daily breakfastTransport: Private return airport transfers, return transport from hotel to pierto island Includes: Half day Cartagena city tour Tour Code: CTGRISDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Transport: Bus station transfersIncludes: Coffee plantation tour Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners Tour Code:BOGCCZSANTA MARTA &PARQUE TAYRONASanta MartaSanta MartaFR$3124 DAYSLOST CITYTREKSanta MartaSanta MartaFR$7355 DAYSHighlights• 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 SeaHighlights• Sleep under the stars in a hammock• Explore the Lost City (founded 650 years before Machu Picchu)• Enjoy amazing views of this magical siteExplore Colombia’s beautiful Caribbean coast around ParqueTayrona. Arrive into Santa Marta on Day 1 where a private transferwill be waiting to take you to your accommodation. Next day, hitthe white sand beaches, dense jungle and tropical mangroves ofsprawling Parque Tayrona National Park. Hop onto a local boat atthe Bay of Gayraca, then sail around the cove to Playa Cristal. Thisstunning beach is ideal for sunbathing and paddling between coralreefs, before returning to Santa Marta. You then have a free day inthis charming coastal town before transferring back to the airporton Day 4. Explore, soak up the rays and check out the beach. Bliss!Venture deep into the jungle in search of the Lost City of CiudadPerdida on this intrepid trek. Hike through indigenous villages,traverse the Buritaca river, sleep in hammocks under the starsand climb 1,200 mossy steps to reach one of the largest Tayronacities in Latin America - Ciudad Perdida. The Lost City was foundedin AD 800 some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu but wasonly discovered in the 1970’s. You’ll be amazed at the intricatestaircases, meticulously built terraces, the complex system ofpathways and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes. Startand finish your tour in Santa Marta.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel single/double/twin room with bathroom(3 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Return airport transfers, Parque TayronaNational Park day trip Tour Code: SMRPRTDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hammocks with mosquito nets (4 nts) Meals:All food during trek Transfers: Return transfers from Santa Marta are includedDeparts: Daily Tour Code: BESMRLCT91

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