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Discover the Spirit of South America
Thompsons Holidays and Introduction to South America
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Buzios, Sao Paolo & Salvador Brazil Combos
Argentina: Buenos Aires Iguazu Falls & Mendoza El Calafate & Ushuaia Bariloche & Lake Crossing
Chile: Santiago & Valparaiso Lake District & Atacama
Peru: Inca Trail Machu Picchu Nasca Lines Amazon Delfin River Boat Amazon Cruise 6 Night Peru on Sale Package 11 Night Peru More Affordable Than Ever Package
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South America is a continent of unique extremes. Not only with regards to the weather - ranging from the sweltering heat of the northern Amazonian jungle to the icy breeze of the southernmost glaciers - but also with its diversity of cultures. You’ll find the cosmopolitan chic of European descendants contrasting with the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous people. The European immigrants that came to South American shores in the 1700’s have definitely influenced the way of life. The Café culture is big on this continent! Locals and visitors alike, love to wile away the hours over a “café-con-leche” (caffe latte) or a beer, whilst chatting or simply watching the world go by.
Please note that the hotel gradings in this brochure are the official star ratings from the hotels themselves. It is important to note that Hotel Star Ratings in South America cannot be compared to South African Star Ratings and are generally substantially lower than we are used to.
• What is LAGS? You may only carry liquids, aerosols and gels
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• Avoid drinking tap water and stick
to cooked vegetables instead of raw salads as these might have been washed in water.
• Language might sometimes be
a problem, but a friendly smile, gestures and facial expressions will often get you want you want.
Caipirinha - refreshing Lime cocktail and Festive dancing in Brazil
CAPITAL CITY: Brasilia
LANGUAGE: Portuguese CURRENCY: Brazilian Real VISA: SA Passport holders don’t require a visa AREA: 8,547,404 km2 TIME DIFFERENCE: Nov- Mar: SA time less 4 hours; Apr - Oct: SA time less 5 hours. Note: During Oct to Feb daylight savings time (Summer time) is in effect. Clocks are set forward one hour. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Yellow Fever inoculation compulsory. Recommended: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Malaria Prophylaxis is recommended. Brazil, the perfect beach destination, a shoppers paradise, and the right choice if you wish to experience eco-tourism, see places of great historical and cultural interest and experience the primeval beauty of the Amazon rainforest. Rio literally welcomes its visitors with open arms: the vast statue of Christ the Redeemer stands open-armed on Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city below which stretches along the seashore of the famous Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. At night, the districts of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Lagoa pulsate as people enjoy themselves at restaurants, theatres, clubs and bars. Rio's south zone is today one of Brazil's most fashionable shopping areas, with boutiques, shops, art galleries, etc. lining on both sides of Copacabana Avenue (Copacabana) and Visconde de Piraja (Ipanema). If you do not enjoy walking, you might prefer the Rio Sul or Barra shopping malls. Both are air-conditioned and feature some of Rio's most stylish boutiques and stores.
On the beach in Rio The Amazon is one of Brazil’s foremost tourist attractions. The largest tropical rainforest in the world, it boasts an eco-system beyond description. Rustic lodges in the primal jungle & cruises along the smaller tributaries are accessed from Manaus at the confluence of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers. Another important ecological attraction is the Pantanal, marshlands in the Central West part of Brazil, famed for incredible birdlife. Iguassu Falls in Brazil’s South-West is one of the natural wonders of the world. A walk through the tropical rainforest that surrounds these magnificent waterfalls is an unforgettable experience.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Brazil is a destination that can be visited anytime, it has great weather and temperatures all year long. Brazil is a tropical, hot country (particularly in the north) so travelling throughout the year is fine. Hottest months are December, January, February - coolest months are, June, July and August.
These prices are an indication only and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (US Dollars) Glass of wine Beer Small bottle of water Coke Dinner in restaurant US$ US$ US$ US$ US$ 10 2.50 1.90 1.80 31
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Rio de Janeiro
Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro
Full day Tropical Islands
After a one-hour trip the bus arrives in Itacuruçá City from where the schooner will depart for a full-day cruise around Rio's Tropical Islands. White sands, palms and clear water create a paradise, inviting you to relax. Lunch at Itacuruçá Island included. from US$70 pp
Best Western Rio Copa Hotel
LOCATION: 200m from the famous Copacabana Beach ACCOMMODATION: Well appointed rooms, featuring air-conditioning, telephones, cable television, radio, mini bar, in-room safe, and high speed internet access. FACILITIES: Outdoor pool and a modern fitness centre, with a sauna. from US$50 - US$58 pp ★★★★
Rio de Janeiro
Golden Tulip Continental
Half Day Sugar Loaf
The tour begins with a visit Downtown including a stop at Metropolitan Cathedral. Continue to "Praia Vermelha", to take the two-stage car up to the top of Sugar Loaf (270m), which guards the entrance to Rio's harbour and Guanabara Bay. The first stage is Morro da Urca at 170m, with a restaurant, amphitheatre and helicopterpoint. The second stage goes on the Sugar Loaf itself. Includes cable car fee. from US$51 pp
LOCATION: On Leme Beach, just 18m from Copacabana Beach. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms feature air-conditioning, telephone, mini bar, cable television, music, in-room safe. FACILITIES: Choice of dining at the Poty Restaurant, which offers an International/Brazilian buffet, or the Sky Terrace, which serves grilled meats on the pool terrace. from US$51 - US$54 pp ★★★★
Golden Tulip Regente
LOCATION: Overlooking the famous Copacabana Beach. ACCOMMODATION: 240 guestrooms, all of which feature airconditioning, telephone, hair dryer, mini bar, cable TV with international channels, music, in-room safe. FACILITIES: 3 bars, an outdoor swimming pool and terrace, as well as a modern fitness centre and sauna. from US$64 - US$68 pp ★★★★
Half Day Corcovado
After a scenic drive along Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon beaches and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, passengers arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado hill where they will embark on a comfortable train which travels along the beautiful Mountain, where the statue of Christ, the Redeemer, overlooks Rio. from US$51 pp
Windsor Excelsior Hotel
LOCATION: Overlooking the famous Copacabana Beach. ACCOMMODATION: Room facilities and services include safety deposit box, mini bar, hair dryer, en-suite bath or shower, satellite TV, radio, telephone in bathroom and air-conditioning. FACILITIES: A bar, swimming pool, the fitness lounge and the sauna, for your leisure and relax. from US$90 - US$96 pp ★★★★★
Rio by night with Plataforma Show & BBQ dinner
After dining at a Brazilian “Churrascaria” (barbecue restaurant), we head to the most famous samba show theatre in Rio de Janeiro to enjoy an unforgettable performance of Brazilian Samba and folklore. from US$98 pp
LOCATION: In Rio de Janeiro, with direct access to the beach. ACCOMMODATION: 559 rooms, including 61 suites with balconies, ocean views, air conditioning, mini-bar, internet connection, cable TV. FACILITIES: 3 Pools warmed to 28º with complete bar service, water gymnastics and swimming, children’s water activities offered by the Kids Club. from US$86 - US$95 pp ★★★★★
Sofitel Rio de Janeiro
LOCATION: Located between Copacabana and Ipanema’s beaches. ACCOMMODATION: 440 rooms with air conditioning, satellite television, radio, direct dial phone, mini bar and hairdryer. FACILITIES: The hotel has swimming pools, dry and wet saunas and a fitness centre to name but a few. from US$131 - US$138 pp
LOCATION: In Buzios with a beautiful view of the bay. ACCOMMODATION: 16 rooms with air conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar, table with chairs, alarm clock radio, hair dryer. FACILITIES: Outdoor swimming pool, sun deck, lounge, terrace, 24 hour reception, laundry services, disabled facilities. from US$59 - US$86 pp ★★★★★
Casa Brancas Pousada
Buzios – once a sleepy fishing village Located 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro, a short, pleasant 2-hour trip will take you to the peninsula of Búzios, home to more than 20 magnificent beaches with crystal-clear waters in perfect harmony with the exotic vegetation. Buzios was elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world and is famed for its unique combination of rustic charm, distinctive architecture and sophisticated restaurants and boutiques.
LOCATION: In the hills overlooking the stunning Búzios Bay ACCOMMODATION: 32 rooms and suites with an elegant Mediterranean architecture. FACILITIES: Multilingual staff, an elegant veranda, restaurant and a relaxing spa. from US$107 - US$154 pp
Trolley Tour - from US$32 pp An open air-trolley takes visitors on an unforgettable ride along the wonderful beaches and mountains of Buzios.
Estanplaza International Hotel
Buzios, Sao Paulo and Salvador
LOCATION: In the district of Santo Antonio. ACCOMMODATION: Workstation with internet, cable TV, air-conditioning, balcony, two-line phones, marble bathrooms. FACILITIES: Swimming pool, suana, free transportation service is offered from 07:00 to 19:00 within 5km of the hotel. from US$69 - US$69 pp ★★★★★
Marriott Sao Paulo Airport
A quiet side of thriving Sao Paulo Sao Paulo is the third largest city in the world. It is a cosmopolitan city, famous for its ethnic diversity, bustling activity, varied nightlife and distinct neighbourhoods. It has a fantastic infrastructure with more than 600 hotels and a sophisticated and refined culinary scene with nearly 1000 restaurants. Shoppers attracted by the bright lights of huge malls, can literally get lost in the monstrous malls in São Paulo.
LOCATION: 6 Km from Sao Paulo’s city centre. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms feature air-conditioning, hair dryer, coffee/tea making facilities, mini bar, telephone, safe. FACILITIES: 2 on-site restaurants: the ‘D’Grill’, and the ‘Cafe Deville. from US$68 - US$68 pp
Shopping in São Paulo - from US$90 pp min 2 persons Go to the famous Iguatemi and Eldorado shopping malls.
LOCATION: In downtown Salvador. ACCOMMODATION: 275 rooms over 12 floors have air-conditioning, safe, IDD telephone and cable TV. FACILITIES: Fitness centre, internet access, swimming pool, pool table, two restaurants - ‘Cravo & Canela” and the “Samambaia”. from US$55 - US$55 pp ★★★★★
Salvador harbour The oldest city in Brazil and its first capital, Salvador is considered the country’s soul and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to a pervasive African influence. As one of Brazil’s greatest historical destinations, the city is filled with churches, homes and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period.
LOCATION: On the beachfront, 10 minutes from the city. ACCOMMODATION: 430 apartments and suites with air-conditioning, TV, minibar, safe deposit box, telephone. FACILITIES: Restaurant, bar, fitness centre, swimming pool, beach service and sauna from US$83 - US$87 pp
Panoramic Half Day City Tour - from US$38 pp
A 4 hour visit to the popular places in this city, visit a market for local goods & souveniers and enjoy a delicious lunch.
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The Amazon is one of Brazil’s foremost tourist attractions. The largest tropical rainforest in the world, it boasts an eco-system beyond description. The rustic lodges in the primal jungle and the tributaries you will cruise on, are accessed from Manuas which is situated at the confluence of the Amazon and Rio Negro ★★★★ Rivers. At Belem, where the Amazon river flows into the Atlantic Ocean, it can be 200 to 300 miles across, depending on the season. Some of the animals that make their home here are river otters, freshwater river dolphins, turtles, piranha, manatees, electric eels, and a remarkable, giant air-breathing fish called the piraracu.
Ariau Jungle Towers
LOCATION: Located 60 kms from Manaus on the riverbank. ACCOMMODATION: 353 units comprising of apartments, suites and Tarzan houses, are interlinked by a catwalk system, at the height of treetops. FACILITIES: 2 swimming pools at treetop height, 2 restaurants, a bar and a cyber cafe. from US$400 - US$400 pp ★★★★
LOCATION: On the edge of the Amazon jungle. ACCOMMODATION: This Portuguese colonial-style hotel comprises 601 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms. FACILITIES: Outdoor pool, tennis, a fitness centre with sauna and solarium. from US$87 - US$87 pp
Amazon - Meeting of the Waters - from US$265 pp (min 2 persons)
The best season is March to September when water levels allow access to the small lakes and creeks connecting the houses. Get the chance to buy local handicrafts, view birds and see water-lilies and other aquatic plants. After viewing the famous “Meeting of the Waters”, where the Solimões and Negro Rivers merge to form the grand Amazon River, you will return to you hotel. Duration: 4 hours. Beautiful Amazon Birdlife
Amazon & Iguassu
Iguassu Falls, located on the border of the State of Parana, is one of the most famous attractions in Brazil. These 275 massive waterfalls are divided between Argentina & Brazil and provide vastly different views and experiences depending on what side you view them from. In the “Land of the Falls”, ★★★★ visitors can relax in the splendour of the natural forests, rivers and lakes. You can also visit the Itaipu Dam and enjoy the nightlife in Foz. Adventure Sports such as Rappel and Rafting in the Falls are also available.
Tropical Das Cataratas Hotel
LOCATION: In the centre of the Iguassu National Park. ACCOMMODATION: 200 well-equipped bedrooms in true colonial style with comfortable amenities. FACILITIES: Two on site restaurants serving National and International cuisine and both with live music. from US$120 - US$126 pp ★★★★
LOCATION: Downtown Iguassu a 25min drive from the falls. ACCOMMODATION: 111 rooms and 13 deluxe suites feature mini-bar, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, safe, fax connection, computers and Internet FACILITIES: Swimming pools, a coffee shop, a fitness centre, games room and two bars. from US$50 - US$65 pp
Helicopter ride over the Falls - from US$205 pp (min 2 persons) This exciting and informative tour travels over the water falls by helicopter with flights lasting about ten minutes. The flight offers the unique opportunity to observe the picturesque landscapes and scenery the Iguaçu National Park and enjoy a panoramic view of the Iguassu waterfalls, Iguassu National Park and the three-borders area: Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
Enjoy amazing views of Iguassu Falls
Best of Brazil Combos
Rio De Janeiro - 7 Nights
from US$457 pps
Rio de Janeiro occupies one of the most beautiful settings of any city in the world. It is the ultimate coastal city, stretching along miles of pristine white beaches with the Sugar Loaf Mountain to the East and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city. Spend seven nights enjoying the rhythm, festivities, beaches and sights on offer in ever popular Rio de Janeiro. PACKAGE INCLUDES: Return airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a shared double room at the 3 Star Best Western Rio Copa Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis and a half day Corcovado, city and beaches tour. Excludes Airfares
Sao Paulo Shopper - 5 Nights
from US$523 pps
Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest, fastest growing city and the business hub of Brazil. It is famous for its varied and sophisticated dining, offering menus to suit all tastes and pockets. Dining is not just about eating out in São Paulo it's a way of life. Shopping in São Paulo is an attraction in itself with huge malls, big markets and specialist street markets. Spend five nights shopping up a storm in this sprawling metropolis. PACKAGE INCLUDES: Return airport transfers and five nights accommodation in a shared double room at the 4 Star Estanplaza Paulista Hotel in Sao Paulo. Excludes Airfares
Rio de Janeiro & Buzios - 7 Nights
from US$529 pps
Spend four nights in festive Rio and enjoy a pleasant two hour transfer to the peninsula of Buzios, home to over 20 magnificent beaches with crystal clear water. Once a sleepy fishing village, it was made famous by Bridgette Bardot in the 1960’s and is now one of the most fashionable resorts in the country and has been elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world. PACKAGE INCLUDES: Return airport transfers, four nights accommodation at the 3 Star Best Western Rio Copa Hotel, Half Day Corcovado tour, return road transfers to Buzios, 3 nights at the 3 Star Pousada Abracadabra in Buzios and breakfasts daily. Excludes airfares
Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls - 7 Nights
from US$870 pps
Enjoy four exciting nights in Rio de Janeiro and be awed by the 275 massive waterfalls that divide Argentina & Brazil and which provide vastly different views and experiences depending on which side you view them from. Walk on raised walkways to the edge, go on a boat trip to the base of the falls or take a helicopter flight to view the falls from the top. PACKAGE INCLUDES: Return airport transfers throughout, 4 nights accommodation at the 3 Star Best Western Rio Copa Hotel, Half Day Corcovado tour, 3 nights at the 4 Star Tropical Das Cataratas Hotel in Iguassu and breakfasts daily. Excludes airfares
Rio de Janeiro & Amazon - 7 Nights
from US$1178 pps
A perfect combination – the “razzle” of Rio combined with the wild of the Amazon! PACKAGE INCLUDES: Return airport transfers throughout, 2 nights accommodation at the 3 Star Best Western Rio Copa Hotel, Half Day Corcovado tour and 2 nights at the Tropical Hotel in Manaus, 3 nights at the Ariau Jungle Towers the only hotel complex at tree top level in the Amazon Rainforest with motorized canoe tours of the Amazon, Jungle Walks, Bird Watching, Alligator Spotting, Piranha fishing, sunrise and sunset tours and a visit to a Native village. Breakfasts daily and lunch and dinner whilst at Ariau Jungle Towers. Excludes airfares
Rio de Janeiro & Salvador - 7 Nights
from US$751 pps
Rediscover your soul in Brazil’s hot and spirited heartland, Salvador, where descendants of slaves have preserved their cultural roots more than anywhere else in the world. With a beach never further than a brief walk away you can find total relaxation – best enjoyed while sipping on a cold “caipirinha”. PACKAGE INCLUDES: Return transfers throughout, 4 nights accommodation The 3 Star Best Western Rio Copa, half day Corcovado tour and 3 nights accommodation at the 4 Star Tropical Bahai Hotel in Salvador and breakfasts daily. Excludes airfares
All rates are based on 2 people sharing in a standard room.
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Icebergs in Patagonia and street dancers perfoming the Tango in Buenos Aires
CAPITAL CITY: Buenos Aires LANGUAGE: Spanish CURRENCY: Argentinian Peso VISA: Not required for SA Passport Holders AREA: 2,766,890 km2 TIME DIFFERENCE: SA time less 5 hours HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No Vaccinations are presently required
boasts modern buildings, sumptuous palaces and tranquil parks. Enchanting neighbourhood areas, bustling shopping streets, antique markets, sophisticated fashion malls, elegant restaurants and open-air cafes all contribute to the city’s charm. Just an hour away is La Pampa, home of the Gaucho, which offers immense plains of natural pastures and vast extensions of cultivated land. The picture-perfect area of Bariloche, with evergreen forests, large lakes of deep blue, and, in the spring, carpets of wild flowers, was billed by Town & Country Magazine as ‘The Last Great Place’ for its appeal to jetsetters. To the south, you’ll find Patagonia where magnificent glaciers and the greatest collection of marine fauna in the world can be found including whales, penguins, sea elephants and seals. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world is an important gateway to Antarctica and a port for cruising yachts whilst El Calafate is the closest town to the The breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier. The spectacular, blue-white ice formation is one of the only glaciers in the world that is advancing, at a rate of seven feet (2m) per day. Marvel at the site of enormous chunks of ice breaking off into the water with a deafening crash, creating icebergs and causing large waves. Mendoza, with its tree-lined avenues, months of sunshine and of course, its amazing wine, is one of Argentina’s finest cities. Its proximity of the famous Andes makes it a good base for skiers, mountaineers and hikers. Argentina is blessed with an endless array of natural beauty that will undoubtedly meet your expectations and more! Enjoy the cosmopolitan magic of the beloved capital, Buenos Aires, where the Tango originated. The glamour and elegance of its European roots are interwoven with its undeniable Latin American essence. Known as ‘the Paris of the South’ it’s also the country’s financial and cultural centre and
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Buenos Aires can be enjoyed all year round, with a similar climate to Cape Town, winters can be cold and summers can be hot and humid. The weather varies from north to south and from west to east as well as proximity to the Andes. Most of Argentina is accessible all year round - the exception is the far south (Ushuaia and El Calafate) which have extreme winters.
WHAT THINGS COST
These prices are an indication only and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (US Dollars) Glass of wine Beer Small bottle of water Coke Dinner in restaurant US$ US$ US$ US$ US$ 6/7 3 2 2/3 55/60
Famous street corner at “La Boca”
Street Café in Buenos Aires
Classic Half Day City Tour
Departure from the hotel to Plaza de Mayo - Avenida de Mayo - Congress Palace - 9 de Julio Avenue - Colón Theatre - San Telmo - La Boca - Puerto Madero - Palermo Recoleta - Return to the hotel. from US$12 pp
LOCATION: On Ave 9 de Julio overlooking the Obelisco this hotel is well located for shopping, tourist attractions and underground ‘subte’. ACCOMMODATION: Larger than average rooms with TV, radio, air-conditioning, mini bar and hair dryer. Double glazed windows. FACILITIES: Large sized lobby, 3 lifts, porterage from 8:00 to 23:00, 24 hour room service, baby sitting and laundry facilities. from US$62 - US$66 pp ★★★
Tigre and Parana River Delta with train (Incl. lunch)
Departure from the hotel to Northern suburban districts - Presidential Residence in Olivos - San Isidro - Riverside Train to Tigre - Boat drive in the Parana River Delta - Return to the hotel. Note: This tour can be done as a full day tour. from US$76 pp
LOCATION: Within walking distance of the famous pedestrian Florida Street, Galerias Pacifico - great shopping areas. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms are spacious and comfortable and feature airconditioning, colour cable TV, safety boxes. FACILITIES: Business centre and medical assistance as well as snack bar. The hotel offers a breakfast room. from US$41 - US$66 pp ★★★★
Tango Show: La Ventana
Excursion by night (3 hours) - Coach Tour Itinerary: Departure from the hotel - transfer to a Tango Night Club to enjoy the show - Return to the hotel. Optional: Dinner. from US$71 pp
LOCATION: Centrally located in the financial and commercial area. ACCOMMODATION: 152 rooms, all are modern with dark wood furnishings and tiled throughout with mini bar, hairdryer automatic wake-up call. FACILITIES: Porterage, 24hrs room service, outdoor pool (heated), solarium, gymnasium, sauna and laundry facilities. from US$100 - US$176 pp ★★★★
Departure from the hotel - 9 de Julio Avenue - Plaza de Mayo - Former Eva Perón’s Foundation - Luna Park - Club 45’s - Recoleta Cemetery (Evita’s Tomb). from US$65 pp
Vista Sol Hotel
Gaucho Party (Incl. lunch)
Departure from the hotel - General Paz Freeway - Panamericana Highway - Arrival at the Estancia - Welcome drink with wine and stuffed pastries - Barbecue lunch - Folk Show and Gaucho Skills - Time at leisure. Note: This tour is operated on specific days. On Sundays the tour includes a visit to San Telmo Antiques Market. from US$62 pp
LOCATION: Located in the city centre, ACCOMMODATION: Air-conditioned rooms, equipped with cable TV, safe, mini bar, hair dryer and direct dial phone. FACILITIES: Room service, laundry & dry cleaning, a business centre, meeting rooms, a gymnasium with sauna, restaurant and bar. from US$70 - US$79 pp
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Centre
LOCATION: In the heart of the city. ACCOMMODATION: 24-floor Sheraton Buenos Aires features spacious classic rooms with spectacular views. All rooms feature soundproof windows, air-conditioning and web access via the TV. FACILITIES: 23 hour porterage & room service, heated indoor pool, outdool pool, gym, sauna, tennis, shop, beauty parlour, baby sitting, laundry facilities and disabled facilities. from US$11 - US$128 pp
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Iguazú Falls is undoubtedly one the most visited places, and one of the most imposing natural attractions in Argentina. It was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1984. Situated in Iguazú National Park in the north of the country on the border of Argentina, two| thirds of the falls are on the Argentine side ★★★★★ of the river where you can also tour Iguazú National Park or take a jungle trail and bird hike. Plan a full day in the park to fully enjoy the wildlife flora and fauna. It is possible to see the falls and surrounding area in a lightning trip but it is better to plan at least two days.
Panoramic Hotel Iguazu
LOCATION: On a hill in the city of Puerto Iguazu ACCOMMODATION: 80 Standard rooms all with TV, complimentary Wi-Fi internet, climate control, minibar, safe, bath with hydromassage, safe. FACILITIES: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, café, TV lounge, business centre and pool. from US$106 - 133 pp ★★★★
Sheraton Internacional Iguazu
LOCATION: In the heart of the Iguazú National Park, within walking distance of the falls ACCOMMODATION: Guest rooms and suites offer a private balcony, cable television, and mini bar. FACILITIES: Spa, baby sitting, pool, laundry facilities and disabled facilities. from US$142 - 195 pp
THOMPSONS TOP-UP TOUR
Iguazu 2 Days / 1 Night - from US$200 - US$250 pp (Valid all year) (min 2 persons)
An unforgettable tour of Iguazu Falls, declared Mankind Heritage by UNESCO. You will be able to enjoy this great spectacle from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides, getting breathtaking panoramic views of this gorgeous natural scenery. INCLUDES: Return airport transfers in Iguazu, 1 nights accommodation in a shared twin/double room at a hotel of moderate standards on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis as well as an excursion of the Argentinian side of the falls. Price excludes flights. Departs daily.
Iguazu & Mendoza
The city of Mendoza is one of the most attractive cities in Argentina. Its clean, well-kept parks and elegant tree-lined avenues, excellent wines and the beauty of the surrounding Andean landscape make it a wonderful place to spend a few days. The province of Mendoza now boasts 550 ★★★ wineries, from small boutiques to large-scale exporters, many of which are included in the recently-created Rutas del Vino, or Wine Routes, open to the public for tours and wine tasting.
Ripe for the picking
LOCATION: Centre of the city and close to the main square El Plumerillo. ACCOMMODATION: 159 guest rooms modern in style and furnished with pale colours and attention to details. FACILITIES: Restaurant, snack bar, swimming pool, solarium, sauna and meeting facilities. from US$53 - 78 pp ★★★★★
LOCATION: Right in the Plaza De La Independencia Hotel has the best location in town. ACCOMMODATION: 186 rooms with air conditioning, television and hairdryer. FACILITIES: Outdoor pool, gymnasium equipped Spa and large conference rooms. from US$150 - 188 pp
THOMPSONS TOP-UP TOUR
Mendoza and its Wines 5 days / 4 nights - from US$1570 pp
Valid Mar - Dec. (Min 2 persons) Mendoza is known as “the land of sun and good wine”. Visiting a few of the wineries located around the city and throughout this beautiful province will allow you to learn about wine production techniques and hear some of the best kept secrets of wine tasting. INCLUDES: Transfers thoughout, 2 nights in Pousada, 2 nights at Hyatt Mendoza, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, daily visits to wine cellars and a half day city tour. Price excludes flights.
El Calafate & Ushuaia
Excursion ship near Perito Moreno
El Calafate Classic Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights - from US$510 - US$530 pp Valid until Feb ‘09 (min 2 persons) Tour around Los Glaciares National Park, declared Mankind’s Heritage Site by UNESCO due to the 365 glaciers that it protects. Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, the most imposing and famous the world over for the continuous spectacle that it gives when huge ice pieces break off from its western wall and fall noisily onto the lake surface. Sailing along the Argentino lake to Upsala Glacier, the greatest continental Glacier in the Southern Hemisphere is an unforgettable experience.
INCLUDES: Return airport transfers in El Calafate, 3 Nights accommodation in a shared twin/ double room at a hotel of moderate standards on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, full day tour to Upsala Glacier/Onelli Bay and a half day excursion to Perti Moreno Glacier Park. Departs daily from 01 July to 30 September 2008. Price excludes flights.
El Calafate & Ushuaia
Perito Moreno Glacier or Calafate
Ushuaia Classic Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights - from US$510 - US$540 pp Valid until Feb ‘09 (min 2 persons) Tour around Los Glaciares National Park, declared Mankind’s Heritage Site by UNESCO due to the 365 glaciers that it protects. Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, the most imposing and famous the world over for the continuous spectacle that it gives when huge ice pieces break off from its western wall and fall noisily onto the lake surface. Sailing along the Argentino lake to Upsala Glacier, the greatest continental Glacier in the Southern Hemisphere is an unforgettable experience.
INCLUDES: Return airport transfers in El Calafate • 3 Nights accommodation in a shared twin/double room at a hotel of moderate standards on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis • Full day tour to Upsala Glacier/Onelli Bay and a half day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier Park. Departs daily from 01 July to 30 September 2008. Price excludes flights.
Classic Patagonia Tour
8 Days / 7 Nights - from US$1 220 - US$1590 pp Valid until Feb ‘09 (min 2 persons) A comprehensive tour around Patagonia visiting its main attractions from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes: Puerto Madryn, one of the most important wildlife reserves in the world for its wide variety of marine fauna: whales, sea elephants, sea lions, and penguins, El Calafate and the wonder of the glaciers and of course Ushuaia an enchanting land situated right at the end of the world.
INCLUDES: Dinner and breakfasts daily, shared twin/double rooms at hotels of a moderate standard in Puerto Madryn, El Calafate and Ushuaia • Half day Punta Tambo Tour • Full Day Peninsula Valdes City Tour • Visits to the End of the World Museum • Tierra de Fuego National Park and a ride on the train “to the end of the world” in Ushuaia • In El Calafate you will enjoy a full day tour to Puerto Marino Glacier and a visit to Onelli Bay Park. Departs daily to 30 Aug 2008. Price excludes flights.
Whale watching in Peninsula Valdes
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Located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable, Bariloche is the Lake District’s most popular destination. Situated in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by lakes, it is as famous for its fruit filled chocolates as it is for being the site of the biggest ski area in South ★★★★ America. “Beautiful Bariloche” is a destination for all seasons – the soaring mountain peaks that ring the town give picture-postcard views in every direction and whilst excellent snow draws skiers and snowboarders from all over the world in winter, summertime is reserved for nature lovers.
LOCATION: Set in the heart of downtown Bariloche. ACCOMMODATION: Rooms are equipped with the latest technology allowing you to experience total comfort. FACILITIES: Room service from 7:00 to 21:00, indoor pool, solarium, sauna, shop, beauty parlour, baby sitting, laundry facilities, disabled facilities. from US$85 - 151 pp ★★★★★
Llao Llao Resort & Spa
San Carlos de Bariloche
LOCATION: In the Nahuel Huapi National Park. ACCOMMODATION: 160 luxurious rooms all have individual heating system, mini bar, cable TV, safe, en-suite bathroom. FACILITIES: Restaurant, coffee shop, bar, spa & gym, heated pool, tennis and an 18-hole golf course. A member of from US$142 - 239 pp ‘The Leading Hotels of The World’
Classic Bariloche Tour
Bariloche 3 Days / 2 Nights - from US$210 - US$ 345 pp Valid until Feb ‘09 (min 2 persons)
During this two-day tour you will visit Bariloche´s main attractions. Taking the Small Circuit tour, which borders the famous Nahuel Huapi Lake you will pass by the most interesting places in its outskirts; Victoria Island, worldwide known due to its Arrayanes wood (myrtle wood), a magical scenery which once inspired Walt Disney to shoot one of his famous movies, ‘’Bambi’’ (Optional). INCLUDES: The tour includes return airport transfers • 2 nights accommodation in a shared twin/double room at a hotel of moderate standards on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis • Entrance tickets to the National Park • A half day Small Circuit excursion with lift tickets for Campanario Hill.
Bariloche & Lake Crossing
Crossing the Andes from Bariloche to Puerto Montt in Chile is an experience of a lifetime. Not only is it breathtaking, but the beauty of the Andes Mountains in the area of Patagonia is indescribable.
On one of the most magnificent mountains on earth, nature manifests itself in granite peaks and ice fields whose glacial tongues end in lakes of unequalled beauty.
Begin your journey in Bariloche and travel by road and lake crossing to Puerto Montt in Chile. Enjoy the journey in a day or you can overnight in Puella.
Torres del Paine Nationa Park
CAPITAL CITY: Santiago
A long, thin country, Chile stretches along the West coast of South America from the Arica Desert in the North down to icy Patagonia in the South. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Andes Mountains, Santiago, the capital, welcomes you with its superb variety of attractions! Boasting European elegance and modern, innovative architectural style, it’s a multi-faceted city with a variety of cultural activities, restaurants and bustling nightlife. Santiago is only two hours from the mountains or the sea, an easy drive down to the picturesque port of Valparaiso and the popular garden city of Viña del Mar, or up to the world class ski resort of Valle Nevado. This central region has an abundance of vineyards & farmlands, the hacienda culture with its elegant colonial estates. Further South is the Lake District, where rivers, lakes and volcanoes form a dramatic environment for adventure and nature tourism. The influence of German settlers is predominant in the cuisine & architecture of Puerto Varas & Frutillar on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Relax on a beautiful beach, ski on the slopes of an active volcano, sail among ancient icebergs and enjoy wonderful cuisines, wines and a vibrant nightlife. All this and more in Chile!
LANGUAGE: Spanish CURRENCY: Chilean Peso VISA: No visas are required for SA passport holders AREA: 756, 950 km2 TIME DIFFERENCE: Nov - Feb: SA time less 5 hours. Mar - Oct: SA time less 6 hours HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations are presently required
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
You can travel to Chile all year around. Santiago & the Central Valley and the beach resorts have a very pleasant warm climate. October to April, (summer) is the best time to go to Patagonia. Also September and May can be fantastic months to travel to the Lake District.
WHAT THINGS COST
These prices are an indication only and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (US Dollars) Glass of wine Beer Small bottle of water Coke Light meal in restaurant US$ US$ US$ US$ US$ 13 4 1.50 1 8 Vineyards of Chile
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Chile’s capital, Santiago is a sprawling, unforgiving megalopolis whose growth seems to have careered out of control. Grid locked and choking, high rise and high tech, it is as far away from the quintessential vision of Chile as you could imagine. But take a closer look and you’ll find a heart of gold nestling with its small central core where colonial charm is king; where majestic streets lead to wonderful plazas surrounded by impressive public buildings and beautiful parks diffuse the urban hubbub. Above it all the Virgin Mary stands watch from the top of the 2821ft Cerro San Cristobal in the lovely Parque Metropolitano. ★★★
LOCATION: 12 kms to the nearest airport, 3 minute walk to the nearest metro station and 2 km to the nearest station. ACCOMMODATION: Air conditioning, television, satellite television, radio, direct dial phone, mini bar and hairdryer. FACILITIES: 24hr room service, pool, shop, salon, laundry facilities and disabled facilities. from US$51 - US$60 pp ★★★★
Old and new architecture in Santiago
LOCATION: Situated in the quieter area of Providencia, near trendy shops, restaurants and local businesses. ACCOMMODATION: 78 rooms with air conditioning, television, mini bar and hairdryer. FACILITIES: Restaurant and bar. Laundry facilities available. from US$51 - US$77 pp
Santiago City Tour - from US$66 pp (min 2 persons)
The tour includes the most important highlights of historic and modern Santiago, including La Moneda (the presidential palace), Club Hipico, and the Plaza de Armas with a visit to the Cathedral. Continue through the newer residential areas of the city including a visit to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a breathtaking view of Santiago. Duration: 3,5 hours.
Concha y Toro Vineyard & The Maipo Valley - from US$75 pp (min 2 persons)
The suburbs of Santiago are home to many vineyards, amongst them some of the best in the country. A visit to one of these wineries includes a tour of the vineyards and production areas. Of course the high point for most visitors is the wine tasting which ends the tour. Duration: 4 hours.
Santiago & Valparaiso
Valparaiso & Viña del Mar
Valparaíso, city in central Chile, capital of Valparaíso Region, on a wide bay of the Pacific Ocean. It is a major seaport and manufacturing center and is one of Chile’s largest cities. Economic activity is concentrated on the narrow level area near the bay, and residential districts are located on the steep slopes of the hills that enclose the city. So steep is the ascent that funicular railways are used. The city faces a wide bay, which, although partly protected by breakwaters, often carries severe northern gales in the winter. However, Valparaiso’s climate is generally mild, and thousands of tourists visit the region, particularly nearby Viña del Mar. ★★★★★
Hotel Del Mar
LOCATION: Close to the ocean in Vina del Mar. ACCOMMODATION: Cable/satellite TV. pay movies, balcony, air conditioning, telephone, mini bar, wake-up calls, hair dryer and in-room safe. FACILITIES: Arcade, bar/lounge, business centre, casino, health club, swimming pool. from US$140 pp ★★★
The coastal resort of Viña del Mar
LOCATION: In the heart of Cerro Alegre, Valparaiso. ACCOMMODATION: 20 guestrooms which include telephone, TV, DVD player, safe, air-conditioner, hairdryer, mini bar, room service and Wi-Fi. FACILITIES: Pool, jacuzzi, saunas, terrace and in the pool and spa area. from US$135 pp
Valparaiso in Depth - from US$210 pp (min 2 persons)
Valparaiso is well-known all over the world due to its impressive architecture and because it has been mentioned in world-famous books such as “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. Experience the hilly old part of Valparaiso, as well as the impressive downtown section, and a ride on two of the amazing “ascensores”. Duration: 4 hours.
Valparaiso & Viña del Mar - from US$169 pp (min 2 persons)
During the tour you will be able to experience the hilly old part of Valparaiso, as well as the impressive downtown section, and the fashionable resort of Viña del Mar. On a steep bluff stands the Cerro Castillo, the summer palace of the Presidents of the Republic. A visit to the Fonck Museum is included. Duration: 3 hours.
Torres del Paine, Southern Chile Approximately 700 km south of Santiago the landscape becomes increasingly green, signalling the start of one of the most exciting zones of the country. This Region brings together the Mapuche people’s traditions, along with volcanoes, lakes and rainforests. The Puyehue, Llanquihue and Todos los Santos Lakes attract travellers from all over the world, inviting them to discover and navigate the emerald-green and turquoise waters that appear from amidst the mountains. The ancient native forests put on a display of nature’s jewels; with species such as Araucarias, Oak and Larch trees alongside other natural wonders. This part of the world is well worth seeing and its beauty will never be forgotten.
San Rafael Lagoon Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights (Saturday and Tuesday departures) - from US$1794 pp
Cruise the southern fjords and channels on an Express Catamaran en-route from Balmaceda to Puyuhuapi. Spend two relaxing nights a Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa. The Lodge offers thermal outdoor pools at the edge of the sea, paths for walks through the cold forest, visits to the Queulat National Park with its Hanging Glacier, bicycle trips along the Carretera Austral, or you can explore the Dorita Bay in boats or kayaks. Enjoy the Spa’s facilities - its large hydro massage pool, Jacuzzis, spring-water fountain and steam sauna, and reap the benefits of thalasso therapy sessions, relaxation massages, and facial and other treatments. Your return trip to Balmecda on day three takes you through the magnificent austral fjords to Sam Rafael lagoon. This beautiful 7 hour journey is a sheer delight to the senses. After a two hour visit of the San Rafael Lagoon, home to a millenarian glacier you will begin your journey back to Balmaceda with an overnight stop in Chavabuco before your morning transfer back to Balmaceda Airport.
Lake District & Atacama
The Atacama Desert runs over 600 miles and is locked-in between the great Pacific Ocean and the soaring peaks of the majestic Andes Mountains. This is the driest area in the world, with no rainfall ever recorded. Rich mineral deposits of natural nitrate and copper are found just under the desert floor, as well as mineral salts in the Atacama Salt Flats, an immense dry lake. The Atacama Desert is the new home of the Dakar Rally. San Pedro de Atacama is an oasis village fed by two rivers and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Getting to San Pedro is easy thanks to many daily flights from Chile’s capitol city Santiago to the Calama airport. San Pedro is an hour drive from Calama.
Hotel & Spa Tierra Atacama
4 Days / 3 Nights - from US$1285 pp
With 32 elegant rooms, the new boutique Hotel & Spa, Tierra Atacama, is a pioneer in Chile in the concept of “Adventure Spa”. The combination of a wide variety of excursions and activities such as hiking, biking or climbing, which allows guests to discover the natural marvels of the destination, with “down time” in the hotels welcoming lounges and relaxation areas is complemented by a full spa which includes two pools (indoor and outdoor) jacuzzis, saunas and a select menu of massages, therapies and treatments. INCLUDES: Transfer from and to Calama Airport • American Buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner • In the afternoon, snacks served in the bar; Open Bar (Premium wines and vintage liquors available for an additional cost) • Two half day excursions or one full day excursion daily in small groups with other guests; Use of pools, sauna and jacuzzi. Valid until 30 Dec ‘08
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A section of the Machu Picchu ruins
CAPITAL CITY: Lima LANGUAGE: Spanish CURRENCY: Neuvo Sol VISA: Not required for SA Passport Holders AREA: 1,285,220 km2 TIME DIFFERENCE: SA time + 2 hours HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Yellow Fever inoculation compulsory Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Malaria Prophylaxis recommended. Girl in traditional dress Lima, Peru’s capital, is the principal gateway to the country. Founded in 1535 on the site of an important Inca religious centre, this ‘City of Kings’ remained the seat of Spain’s New World Empire for 300 years. This history is featured in the old city’s architecture and museums, whilst the suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro offer the comforts of modern living - shopping, nightlife & restaurants. Imbued with a magical silence, 120km from Cusco on the slopes above the Urubabamba River, lies one of the world’s most extraordinary archaeological sites. Built entirely of stone, some also consider it to be a mystical place that exudes vital energy. Machu Picchu is remarkable for its solid construction, its well-balanced use of space and the harmony of the design with its natural surroundings. The Great Inca Empire was comprised of four regions located over the actual territories of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Peru. This was connected through a vast network of roads that was called Qapaqñan (the Sovereign’s highway) or Inka Road. It was more than 23,000 kms (14000 miles) of road and was built of stone pathways, suitable for the traffic of two or three people with a herd of Ilamas. Rivers were crossed by hanging bridges and the steep slopes were conquered with stairways and ramps. Today, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu allows the visitor to step back in time and walk through a variety of eco-systems and dazzling scenery. The length of the 39km hike includes unforgettable views, flora and fauna. The trek is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. The number of trekkers allowed to start the trek has been limited to about 200 people per day (500 people in total including guides, cooks and porters) making it essential to book your trek at least 3 months in advance (6 months in advance for peak season May - September). See page 18 for an Inca Trail Tour.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Peru is divided up into three district geographical regions and the weather is as follows; The Mountain Highlands: (Cuzco, Lake Titicaca etc) Mid April - October with May being the best month to travel there and the countryside is exceptionally lush., The Coast: (Lima, Nazca, Arequipa) December - April is summertime on the coast where the weather is hot and dry. The Jungle: The dry season is the best time to visit the jungle regions.
WHAT THINGS COST
These prices are an indication only and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (US Dollars) Bottle of wine Beer Small bottle of water Coke Dinner in restaurant US$ US$ US$ US$ US$ 15 5 3 4 30
Typical highland Peruvian appetizer
INCA TRAIL (4 Day / 3 Night)
From Cusco to Chilca, including 4 day trek along the Inca Trail with overnights at camp sites in Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo, and Winaywayna . Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary and train back to Cusco. Fixed departures March to November (Backpacker) : From US$630 pp
DELFIN AMAZON RIVER BOAT (4 Day / 3 Night Amazon Cruise)
Departs Friday : Iquitos – Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – Iquitos Spend three nights and four days cruising the Amazon River onboard Delfin. Your accommodation will be in an all wooden handmade first class cabin. Witness breath taking Amazonian Sunset views from the comfort of the Top Observation Deck whilst enjoying a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including the famous Peruvian traditional cocktail called “PiscoSour". Fine regional cigars will also be available. The DELFIN, besides taking you on your first rainforest adventure, will also provide a unique culinary experience, serving the best of the Amazonian Peruvian cuisine all delicately prepared on board by a highly qualified Chef and kitchen staff who will spoil you during your whole journey. Each day you will enjoy a new experience as you board a well equipped skiff for your excursions into the rainforest along small tributaries of the Amazon. You will fish for Piranhas, pass small local villages and as you reach the formation of the Amazon River you will search for the most elusive and exotic fresh water pink river dolphin and experience one of the most spectacular sunsets of your life. Delfin Amazon Riverboat Delfin has a total of seven cabins all with private bathrooms, wood panelling, shower, water heater and air extracting system; organic and environmentally friendly amenities. Cabins are furnished with firm mattresses, latex pillows to prevent allergies; pure 100% high quality cotton sheets, pillow cases and bath robes. The observation deck and lounge area are 140 sq metres of open air deck protected from the rain and offering a fully stocked bar, comfortable reclining chairs and cushioned sofas,
Video/dvd player, plasma screen, ceiling fans, extensive Amazon library and grill. The dining room is a cosy wood panelled room with panoramic windows and air-conditioning, located on the Upper Deck at the back side of the ship with capacity for fourteen passengers and has a fully stainless steel kitchen with see through window, so passengers can enjoy seeing the chef in action. From US$1287 pp
MACHU PICCHU PACKAGE (2 Day / 1 Night)
Machu Picchu Pueblo in a shared standard twin/ double room on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis (full board from 01 May 2008), including transfer to/from train station, train tickets and first entrance/bus to Machu Picchu. (Does not include second entrance/bus to Machu Picchu). From US$705 pp
PERU ON SALE (7 Day / 6 Night)
Day 1 Lima On arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to you hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city tour including the historical centre, vibrant district of San Isidro and Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Visit the Huaca Pucllana, a 2000 year old oracle pyramid. Day 2 Cusco Transfer to Lima Airport. You will be met on arrival in Cusco and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour of this magical city, the capital of the Inca Empire (15th Century) and drive out of the city to visit Inca sites and the impressive Fortress of Sacsavhuaman (B) Day 3 Cusco / Sacred Valley Of The Incas Drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Stroll through the Inca living town where time seems to have stopped 500 years ago. Lunch at a nearby inn. Shop in the lively and colourful Indian Pisac market where locals following ancient traditions, sell or exchange their products. (B,L) Day 4 Sacred Valley Of The Incas / Machu Picchu Transfer to Ollanta train station for Orient Express train to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Enjoy a guided tour of the citadel, visiting the main plaza, royal quarters, Temple of Three
NASCA LINES/PARACAS MARINE RESERVE (2 Day / 1 Night)
Overland trip from Lima to visit Ica and fly over the Nasca markings before proceeding to Paracas for Ballestas Island cruise. Package includes local bus services between Lima & Ica and Paracas & Lima, one nights accommodation in a shared twin/double room at a hotel of moderate standards, flight from Ica over the Nasca markings and a Ballestas Island Cruise. IMPORTANT: Flight over the Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands are subject to weather conditions. Schedules could vary without notice. Supplements apply over long weekends and other special events. The flight over the Nasca Lines requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. Seat in Coach Service Weekend US$480 pp
AMAZON PACKAGES (3 Day / 2 Nights)
Including accommodation at Ceiba Tops Lodge in a shared twin/double room on a full board basis, jungle walks and river exploration as well as return transfers from Iquitos. From US$400 pp (Optional Canopy Walk US$195 pp)
Prices quoted are per person sharing and exclude flights. B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner / FB = Full Board
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Typical Amazon scenery and Traditional Peruvian people Windows, the circular tower and sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Lunch at Orient Express’ Sanctuary Lodge next to the citadel. Optional: Express Inca Trail hike available upon request. (B/L) Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco Rise early to admire Machu Picchu at sunrise, a truly mystical experience. For the hiking enthusiasts, go up the Huayna Picchu peak overlooking the site, or trek the original Inca trail to the Intipunku or Sun Gate. Afternoon Orient Express train service to Cusco station and transfer to hotel. (B) Day 6 Cusco Morning at leisure. Enjoy an afternoon city tour including the historical centre, vibrant district of San Isidro and Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Visit the Huaca Pucllana, a 2000 year old oracle pyramid. (B) Day 7 Cusco / Lima Transfer to Cusco airport. On arrival in Lima you will be met and assisted for your flight connection. (B) From US$806 pp beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being employed by native Collaguas. (B/L/D) Day 3 Colca Canyon Early departure to Condors Cross, near the town of Cabanaconde, a natural observatory from which you see the deepest part of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world (3,000 mts/9,800 ft). Afternoon at leisure. (B/L/D) Day 4 Colca Canyon/ Puno / Lake Titicaca Departure for a 7-hour bus ride to Puno from where you begin your adventure in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. (B/L) Day 5 Lake Titicaca Full-day motor-boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the unique floating islands of the Uros. For hundreds of years, this “Water Tribe” has relied on totora reed to build their floating villages, modest homes and boats. Continue to Taquile Island, inhabited by Aymara natives who have developed the best hand-weaving technique in the world. (B/L) Day 6 Puno / Cusco Enjoy view of Andean landscapes spotted with little villages and herds of llamas and alpacas as you drive to the Cusco area. On the way, visit the pyramid complex of Pucara and the Temple of Raqchi, a spectacular energetic sanctuary dedicated to the Creator God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas, a picturesque colonial village. Evening arrival in Cusco. (B/L) Day 7 Cusco Morning at leisure. Enjoy an afternoon city tour including the historical centre, vibrant district of San Isidro and Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Visit the Huaca Pucllana, a 2000 year old oracle pyramid. (B) Day 8 Cusco / Sacred Valley Of The Incas Drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Stroll through the Inca living town where time seems to have stopped 500 years ago. Lunch at a nearby inn. Shop in the lively and colourful Indian Pisac market where locals following ancient traditions, sell or exchange their products. (B,L) Day 9 Sacred Valley Of The Incas / Machu Picchu Transfer to Ollanta train station for Orient Express’ Vistadome train service to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. You will be taken on a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the main plaza, the royal quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower and the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Enjoy lunch at Orient Express’ Sanctuary Lodge next to the citadel. Dinner at Indio Feliz restaurant in Aguas Calientes town. OPTIONAL: Express Inca Trail hike available upon request. (FB) Day 10 Machu Picchu / Cusco Rise early to admire Machu Picchu at sunrise, a truly mystical experience. For the hiking enthusiasts, going up the Huayna Picchu peak overlooking the site, or trekking the original Inca trail to the Intipunku or Sun Gate is recommended. Afternoon Orient Express train to Cusco station and transfer to your hotel. (B) Day 11 Cusco Day at leisure. Enjoy Cusco´s colonial churches and mansions built over original Inca constructions, admire its beautiful plazas or just stroll its picturesque cobblestoned streets. Visit San Blas quarter, or simply spend the day shopping. (B) Day 12 Cusco / Lima Transfer to Cusco airport. On arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel or assisted for international flight connection. From US$1626 pp
PERU MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER! (12 Day / 11 Night)
Day 1 Lima/Arequipa Transfer to Lima airport. On arrival in Arequipa you will be taken on a tour of the lovely “White City”, including the Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, La Compañía cloisters and the districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, with a magnificent view of the Misti Volcano. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 2 Arequipa /Colca Canyon Early morning departure for a two-day overland trip to the Colca Valley. Drive across Pampa Canahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of vicunas. Admire
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner / FB = Full Board
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