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Small group holidays 2011
Welcome to                                                                                                                                      Contents
Journey Latin America
                                                                                                                                                02 HIGHLIGHTS           34   FAMILY JOURNEYS
                                                                                                                                                   OF LATIN AMERICA     36   ExTENSIONS
                                                                                                                                                04 THE STYLE OF         42   RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
                                                                                                                                                   DISCOVERY JOURNEYS
                                                                                                                                                                        43   OUR WEBSITE
                                                                                                                                                06 OUR ExPERIENCE
                                                                                                                                                                        44   BOOkING CONDITIONS
                                                                                                                                                08 TOUR LEADERS

Congratulations! You are taking the                                                                To help you get the best out of your                                 10 PANAMA, COSTA RICA                     21 PERU
first step on the road to Latin America,                                                           trip, we have a team of well-travelled,                                 NICARAGUA, EL SALVADOR                    The peaks of Peru
                                                                                                                                                                           HONDURAS, GUATEMALA                    22 PERU
or planning to revisit this exotic and                                                             enthusiastic and communicative tour                                     Central America discovery                 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
irresistible continent: and you are going                                                          leaders, of whom we are very proud, to                               12 MExICO AND GUATEMALA                   23 PERU
to travel in a small group with Journey                                                            deal with the practicalities, inform and                                The legacy of the Maya and                The hidden treasures of the northern Andes
Latin America. Immerse yourself in the                                                             entertain with their advice and anecdotes.                              Conquistadores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  24 BRAZIL, PARAGUAY
vast pool of knowledge, experience and                                                                                                                                  13 MExICO AND BELIZE                         BOLIVIA, PERU
inspiration which has flourished over                                                              But the continent really does sell itself:                              Mexican Yucatán, Mayan mysteries,         Crossing the continent from coast to coast
                                                                                                                                                                           Belize’s Caribbean idyll
the 31 years that we have been leading                                                             cloaked in glorious scenery, from the                                                                          26 ARGENTINA, CHILE,
                                                                                                                                                                        14 COSTA RICA                                BOLIVIA, PERU
the field.                                                                                         dazzling ice of peaks and glaciers through                              Costa Rica’s wildlife treasure chest      Panorama of the Andes
                                                                                                   sun-scorched deserts and luxuriant                                   15 COLOMBIA                               28 PERU AND BRAZIL
Our style of travel is comfortable, friendly,                                                      jungles, some twenty countries are                                      Captivating Colombia                      Crossing through the remote heartland
and informal. Our itineraries are designed                                                         peppered with the vestiges of bygone                                 16 CUBA                                   29 BRAZIL
using the extensive personal travel                                                                empires, while the markets, music and                                   Beyond the beach – the real Cuba          Natural Brazil
experience of our staff, the assistance of                                                         melodramas of everyday life provide a                                17 CUBA                                   30 ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL
our long-standing and new partners in                                                              real-time theatre for the visitor.                                      The best of western Cuba                  Beautiful Buenos Aires, incredible Iguazú,
Latin America, and the feedback we have                                                                                                                                 18 ECUADOR AND THE                           ravishing Rio
                                                                                                                                                                           GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS                      31 CHILE
received from our clients.                                                                                                                                                 Andean Ecuador and the                    Adventure in the heart of Chile
                                                                                                                                                                           Galápagos Islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  32 CHILE AND ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                                                        20 PERU                                      The peaks and plains of Patagonia
                                                                                                                                                                           Peru in depth – magic, mystery
                                                                                                                                                                           and mountains                          33 CHILE AND ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pure Patagonia

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Highlights of Latin America


   1/p13                                                   2/p16/17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10/p20,21,24,26                                      11/p26                                               12/p24,28,29,30
   yuCatÁn                                                 CuBan rythMs                                                                                                        MEXICO                                                                                                                                  Lake titiCaCa                                        the ataCaMa desert                                   rio de Janeiro
   The peninsula hosts colonial                            On our PARAKEET and ZUN                                    Highlights?                                                                                                                        CUBA                                                          This glossy high-altitude lake                       The driest in the world, with                        One of the world’s most exciting
   towns and Mayan ruins along                             ZúN JOURNEYS enjoy the                                     All of it: travelling                                                                                                                                                                            shelters a wealth of wildlife                        geysers, salt pans, snow-capped                      cities, with an exuberant outdoor
   with lovely Caribbean beaches.                          spontaneous explosion of joyous                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and indigenous culture. Spend                        volcanoes and shimmering lakes                       lifestyle. The views from the
   Visit them on our QUETZALITO                            music all over the country.                                in local transport,                                                                                    BELIZE                                                                                    time here on our CONDOR,                             – visit it on our PATO ANDINO                        Sugar Loaf and Corcovado
   JOURNEY.                                                                                                           staying in small                                                                                                                                                                                 CONDORITO, JACANA and                                JOURNEY.                                             mountains are as spectacular
                                                                                                                                                                                        GUATEMALA                             HONDURAS                                                                                 PATO ANDINO JOURNEYS.                                                                                     as the beaches and bays below
                                                                                                                      hotels and living                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          – see our JACANA, new
                                                                                                                                                                                                EL SALVADOR
                                                                                                                      almost like a local.                                                                                          NICARAGUA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 TINAMOU, TROGON and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 GOLONDRINA JOURNEYS.
                                                                                                                      I got a real feel for
                                                                                                                      the countries we                                                                                                  COSTA RICA
                                                                                                                      MD, Solihull                                                                                                      PANAMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VENEZUELA         GUYANA



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ISABELLE MAZILLE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DUNCAN GRIFFIN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WILL ROBERTS


   3/p10,12                                                4/p14                                                                                                   6/p18                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         13/p24,28,29,30
   Maya heartLand                                          Costa riCa                                                                                              gaLÁpagos isLands                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             iguaZÚ FaLLs
   Our ALCIÓN and MANAKIN                                  A lush country of vivacious                                                                             Unspoilt islands teem with                                                                                                                                                                               The itinerary                                        One of the world’s most dramatic
   JOURNEYS take you to                                    wildlife and tropical scenery at                                                                        Darwin’s inspirational wildlife.                                                                                                                                                                         was superb and                                       natural spectacles. Walk above
   authentic indigenous markets,                           its best on our new TOUCANET                                                                            Eye to eye with iguanas and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and below the falls on our
   which are among the most                                JOURNEY.                                                                                                boobies on our GALÁPAGOS                                                                                                                   BRAZIL                                                        Torres del Paine,                                    JACANA, new TINAMOU,
   colourful and exotic in the world.                                                                                                                              DOVE JOURNEY.                                                                                                                                                                                            El Chaltén and                                       TROGON and GOLONDRINA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PERU                                                                                                                                                                     JOURNEYS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perito Moreno
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            were highlights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BOLIVIA                                                                                 The hiking was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            great and options
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            meant there was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            something for
                                                                                              ARMANDO MAYNEZ/FLICKR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     IGUAZÚ TOURIST BOARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RA, Maidstone
                                        SARAH BEARD

                                                                                                                                                                                                       SARAH BEARD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TO EASTER ISLAND (3790km)

   5/p15                                                                                                              7/p23                                        8/p20,21,22,24,26,28 9/p20,21                                                                                  ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       14/p26,30,32,33                                      15/p31,32                                            16/p31,32,33
   Cartagena                                                                                                          Chan Chan                                    CusCo and MaChu piCChu                             CoLCa Canyon                                                                                     Buenos aires                                         Lake distriCt                                        patagonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lakes Crossing
   the most romantic and                                   There were                                                 The vast adobe city at Chan                  Our CONDOR, CONDORITO,                             Spot condors and ogle the                                                     URUGUAY            Cosmopolitan dynamism plus                           This picturesque region straddles                    Take the scenic route by boat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The incredible glacial landscape
   atmospheric colonial city on                                                                                       Chan is just one of the                      INCA TERN, JACANA, PATO                            plunging cliffs of the deepest                                                                                                                                                                             and coach through the Andes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of Patagonia is explored on
   the continent: stay there on our
                                                           highlights every                                           magnificent cultural highlights              ANDINO and new TINAMOU                             canyon in the world, on our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       steak, wine and tango in the                         the Andean frontier between
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 our CARANCHO, NANDú, on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 between Chile and Argentina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Argentinean capital on our                           Chile and Argentina; see our
   WEAVERBIRD JOURNEY.                                     day – Machu                                                on our TICO TICO JOURNEY.                    JOURNEYS allow you plenty of                       CONDOR and CONDORITO                                                                             PATO ANDINO, GOLONDRINA                              CARANCHO and NANDú                                   and sandpiper Journey or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 our CHARITO JOURNEYS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JOURNEYS.                                                                                                                                                                                                  as an extension to the penguin
                                                           Picchu, condors,                                                                                        time to explore these, the most                                                                                                                     NANDú and CHARITO                                    JOURNEYS.
                                                                                                                                                                   awe-inspiring icons of Latin                                                                                                                        JOURNEYS.
                                                           Lake Titicaca, the                                                                                      America.
                                                           Andean scenery...
                                                           SC, Stockport

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BEST OF PATAGONIA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DUNCAN GRIFFIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                       JENNY POWLES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CLAIRE MILNER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SARAH BEARD
                                                                                                                                                        BEN LINE

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The style of Discovery Journeys                                                                                                                                                                         The specifics

What are Discovery Journeys?                                            Family Journeys                                           how to Book                                                           The right holiday for you                  Excursions                                  Essential information                       Price changes
Discovery Journeys are fully escorted, led                              We include four thrilling Family                          •Call us on 020 8747 8315 or book online at                           We are sure we have the experience         There are two types of excursions on        Inclusive price: (per person based          Rarely, prices are modified during the
                                                                                                                                                                     to identify the right holiday for each     group Journeys:                             on two sharing a twin room) includes        life of this brochure, usually due to
by our own tour leaders or, in a few cases,                             Journeys – tagged in the brochure                         •A deposit of £250 is required when the                               one of you. If you’d prefer a group tour   Included excursions: These you              international flights (ex-UK), Journey      currency fluctuations. In this case,
qualified and experienced local leaders.                                with this symbol – lasting up to                           booking form is submitted. Some services,                            which is more comfortable, luxurious       will have pre-paid in the holiday price,    Latin America tour leader (or local         the prices shown on our website will
We’ve chosen mid-range, well-equipped                        a couple of weeks, running in the school                              usually cruises, require a larger deposit.                           even, with top class hotels and all        and they are either led by your tour        leader), all flights, hotel transfers for   be correct.
                                                                                                                                  •Once your itinerary is confirmed you will                            private transport and excursions,          leader or, more commonly, where             international flights upon arrival/
accommodation, usually small-scale and                       holidays. These are designed to be worry                              receive a confirmation invoice.                                      please see our sister publication          specialist information is desirable, a      departure on the first/last day of the      Group size
often family-run. Our transport (mostly                      and hassle-free, an eye-opening – and                                •Full payment is due 60 days before departure.                        Classic Journeys. If you’d like us to      local guide; usually as an exclusive        journey, transport, accommodation,          To minimise the effect on the
private) is as swift and reliable as conditions              eye-boggling – experience for all the family,                        •You will receive your final documents                                create an itinerary just for you, see      group. Entrance fees and any taxes          meals as specified in the itinerary,        environment and the local
                                                                                                                                   approximately two weeks before the start of                          the Tailor-made pages of our website       are included, but not tips or gratuities.   entrance fees on included excursions,       communities, our journeys will
allow, and our excursions are led by our                     where you’ll discover some of the true                                the trip.                                                            or request our Bespoke Journeys            Optional excursions: Some                   UK and Latin American flight taxes          normally run with a minimum of 4
leaders or expert local guides.                              highlights of Latin America. These are easy-                         Book with ConFidenCe                                                  brochure.                                  excursions on offer won’t suit              (except for some Latin American             and a maximum of 16, creating room
                                                             going holidays, aimed at seeing the sights                           •Journey Latin America is fully government                                                                       everybody, or some of you will prefer       international airport departure taxes).     for both privacy and companionship.
                                                                                                                                    bonded.                                                             The benefits of group travel               more free time, so we have not costed       Not included: Meals other than              Small groups allow for greater
Discovery Journeys offer you good quality,                   and having fun – we can guarantee that
                                                                                                                                  •Trading since 1980 and closely managed                               For a price which compares well with       these into your holiday. Usually, you       specified, drinks, optional excursions,     flexibility and choice, and allow us
good value for money holidays which give                     none of you will be bored.                                             by its founding Directors.                                          that of a tailor-made holiday, you         won’t need to book them in advance          transfers for arrival/departure on          to cater for individuals’ particular
you a real insight into the life, land and                                                                                        •The air holidays and flights in this brochure                        can enjoy the additional benefits of a     of your departures from the UK. We          day outside the first/last day of the       interests – your tour leader has time
                                                                                                                                   are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation                             full time tour leader, companionship       are happy to give you information           Journey and for domestic flights.           for everyone.
history of the continent’s dynamic young                                Getaway Journeys                                           Authority. Our ATOL number is 2828.                                  on excursions, at mealtimes and at         about them but you’ll pay and book
democracies. Once remote regions have                                   You’ll also find several shorter                           The holidays which fall outside the scope                            evening entertainments, and a hassle       locally through your tour leader.           Transatlantic flights                       The group profile varies widely.
                                                                                                                                   of the ATOL scheme are bonded with ABTA
been opened up, with vastly improved road,                              Getaway Journeys – tagged                                  – our ABTA number is V2522.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and worry-free holiday where every         City tours: In some towns and               Should the flight we have nominated         Half our clients join us as singles,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        practical arrangement is taken care of.    cities, we offer an orientation             for your Journey not be available,          the rest as couples, friends or,
air and rail transport, and many crumbling                              in the brochure with this                                 •Member of AITO, adhering to their strict                                                                        walking tour led by our tour leader.        or not be convenient for you,               occasionally, families. (All our
colonial cities have been spruced up. Every                  symbol – of just a week bookended by a                                quality charter.                                                     Fixed itineraries – quality                Elsewhere where local expertise             we will make alternative flight             Journeys are open to families with
year, we find yet more in Latin America                      couple of weekends, so that you can just                             •IATA accredited and can issue airline                                and value for money                        and knowledge will truly add to your        arrangements, but additional                children of 12 years and over. Some
                                                                                                                                   tickets on the premises.                                             Our trips go to the places we’re sure      enjoyment, we include a tour led by a       costs may be incurred. Whatever             trips are more appropriate than
for you to discover and enjoy. On all our                    hop on a plane and get a real taste of the                                                                                                 you’ll really enjoy. We’ve picked out      qualified local guide: this is the case     your airline, if you arrive on an           others for youngsters). There are no
Discovery Journeys we’ll help you to meet                    continent. Whether your chosen trip is a                             We are legally the Tour Organiser for ALL the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the natural and cultural highlights        in Cusco, Buenos Aires, Mexico City,        international flight to begin the           upper age restrictions (clients aged
                                                                                                                                  trips in this brochure (except Antarctic cruise
the local people, attend fiestas, look in at                 tour of the highlights, an excursion into a                          extension), and almost all are actually operated
                                                                                                                                                                                                        – both obvious top sights and our          Havana, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador         tour on the day of the first night’s        70 or over are requested to complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                        own discoveries.We’ve put them in a        da Bahia.                                   accommodation, you will be met              a self-certification form, please see
quirky bars or museums, and take you that                    new, upcoming region or a mixture of the                             by Journey Latin America. So you may travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                        rational order, and pre-booked reliable                                                and accompanied to the group hotel.         General Information page 44).
                                                                                                                                  secure in the knowledge that your money is
one step further to discover something a bit                 two, we are convinced you will enjoy an                              safe and your holiday is in capable hands.                            transport and good mid-range hotels.       Joining the trip alone?                     Please enquire if you prefer to travel
different or off the beaten track.                           exhilarating experience with us.                                                                                                           Your holiday really makes the best         No single supplement payable                from a UK provincial airport.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        use of the time available.                 About half of you are independent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   travellers. There is no single
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good quality medium class                  supplement if you are willing to share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               When is the best time to go?
                                                                                                             SARAH BEARD

                                                                                                                                                                                     ISABELLE MAZILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                        hotels and guesthouses                     with another person of the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The small hotels we use, often             sex: if there is no sharer available you
                                                                                                                                                                                                        family-run, are friendly with plenty       will still pay no extra. If you would
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of local character, professionally         definitely prefer a single room it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                        managed with reliable en suite             usually available but a supplement
                                                                                                                                                                                                        facilities: many have in-room safes,       is charged. We may charge a single          You’ll have your personal                   South America
                                                                                                                                                                                                        telephone, cable TV and minibars.          traveller a supplement on any               preference defined by your                  •The high season for visitors is
                                                                                                                                                                                                        In more remote areas and national          Journey booked within one month             own circumstances, but                       July and August in the Andes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        parks more basic accommodation             of departure.                               choosing when to go can be                   and December to February along
                                                                                                                                                                                                        may be used, but it will still be                                                      bewildering. We can guide                    the Caribbean coast and in Brazil,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        comfortable. For more information          Solo departures                             you with regard to other                     Chile and Argentina, when resorts
                                                                                                                                                                                                        about the accommodation, please            For those of you who’d prefer to            factors such as weather,                     and sites of interest can be very
                                                                                                                                                                                                        visit            travel only with other single people,       events, festivals or crowds.                 crowded with both local and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        or call us for a detailed trip dossier.    we have specified some departures           Our Journey dates bear                       foreign tourists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   especially for you. These are indicated     these in mind.
                                                                                                                                  It was good to know there
                                                                                                                                  were solo travellers, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meals                                      on the individual Journey pages.                                                        •The climatic seasons are more
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breakfast is normally included and                                                     Mexico and Central America                   defined the further you go from the
                                                                                                                                  I was told on booking.                                                the tour leader will accompany the         Private groups                              •To be sure of sunshine and to               equator, which runs through Quito,
                                                                                                                                  Great bunch of folks with                                             group to an evening meal on most           If you wish to travel on any of our          minimise the chance of rain, travel         Ecuador, and the Amazon basin.
                                                                                                                                  like-minded ideas and love                                            days and you pay for what you eat;         Journeys as a group of friends,              in the dry season between                   As a result, most people choose to
                                                                                                                                  of travel.                                                            there’s no kitty system. We try to         exclusive of other travellers, we            November and April.                         travel to Patagonia in the southern
                                                                                                                                  MI, Bournemouth                                                       avoid the obvious tourist traps.           can organise your trip on the dates         •The rainier months (with a small            summer, when daylight hours are
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Of course you’re welcome to eat            you prefer. You’ll have a tour leader        hurricane risk mostly Sept-Nov)             long and there’s a chance of warm
                                                                                                                                                                                                        independently if you prefer.               throughout and the itinerary,                have their own verdant charm, and           sunshine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   excursions, hotels and transport             resorts and popular archaeological
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliable transport                         will be the same as for our regular          sites will be less crowded, as it          •Elsewhere, variation is more
                                                                                                             HOSTERIA SCHILLING

                                                                                                                                                                                     HOTEL ROSARIO
                              SARAH BEARD

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most road journeys are short and           departures, although since your group        will be outside the school holidays.        according to altitude: it will be cold
                                            We enjoy your tours because                                                                                                                                 scenic, in modern private vehicles         is exclusive, we can tweak the trip to      •Local parades and festivities occur         at night over 3,000m in the Andes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        or public coaches with heating/air         make any changes you might prefer.           throughout the year in this region          where it is driest, and generally
                                            we can go earlier and/or stay                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of multi-layered religious belief:          sunny and warm, between June
                                                                                                                                                                                                        conditioning, reclining seats and          Contact our London office for details.
                                            longer. Also your tours are of                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christmas, Mardi Gras carnival              and September. In the highlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                        toilets. (For some remote destinations
                                            a good length with optional                                                                                                                                 these are not available – yet).            Travelled with us before?                    (before Lent), Easter and the Day           the shoulder months of May and
                                            add-ons.                                                                                                                                                    Many local airlines are excellent,         If you have travelled with us on an          of the Dead in November are among           October can also be particularly
                                            JB, Norwich                                                                                                                                                 flying modern jet aircraft. Rarely,        escorted group trip before we offer          the most notable. Our Journeys and          pleasant, with plenty of decent
                                                                                                                                                                                                        we may have to make last-minute            you a discount of £50 on your new            extensions are timed to catch some          weather and fewer tourists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        changes to a mode of transport or          Journey, when booking with us                of these.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the timing of it.                          directly.

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           to book online visit
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Our strength is in our experience                                                                                                                                                                                    Our team

                                                                                                                                                                                                      WILL ROBERTS
We’ve grown up with Latin               •The vast majority of our permanent                         Flexibility – add on what you will!                                                                              Sarah Beard, Manager                       Joana Oliviera                                                               Natalie Paiva
America over our 31 years and            staff are Latin American experts,                          Many operators offer group holidays                                                                              Sarah has been with us for 11 years,       Joana is a huge enthusiast for Latin                                         Natalie is half Brazilian and half
moved on with it. Here’s why             dealing with all aspects of travel                         which are virtually carved in stone                                                                              the first five as one of our best-         America and the outdoor life: she                                            Colombian, speaks Spanish and
we think our knowledge and               to the continent. Of these, seven                          – dates of travel and airline are fixed.                                                                         valued tour leaders. She is a calm         cycled across the continent (Bolivia       Really enjoyed the trip; the      Portuguese fluently and brings a
experience puts us head and              constitute our Group Tours team,                           We can do better than that. Over the                                                                             and focused presence in the office         is her favourite country) for a year       other members of the group        strong Latin American flavour to our
shoulders above the rest:                dedicated to the research, operation,                      years, we’ve come to understand that                                                                             with a broad range of skills, including    before settling in London. A graduate      really gelled and everybody       team (and a lot of delicious cakes).
                                         sales and administration of our                            many of you feel that your chosen                                                                                combining her wide experience with         in Sustainable Tourism, she has had        got on with each other.           She’s participated in some of our
•We’ve forged deep, long-standing        Journeys.                                                  Journey may not include something                                                                                a powerful imagination to devise           various jobs in the travel business:       I have travelled with two         group trips, and can see through the
 relationships with the best
                                                                                                    you particularly wanted to see or                                                                                new and original Journey itineraries.      her love for travel to remote places is    or three outdoor adventure        eyes of both native and visitor: she
 suppliers of services and hotels       •We’ve found the top local                                  do. Although your group trip has a                                                                               She owns a plot of land in Chile with      balanced by her enjoyment of working       companies and would put           excels at advising clients on which
 all over the continent. At the same     guides. We have built up a huge
 time, we always have our eyes open      network of trustworthy local                               self-contained fixed itinerary, we                                                                               a shed on it (later to be a country        with people. An occasional artist          JLA at the top. Because all the   is the best Journey for them.
 for new talent and new services.        guides who, working alongside our                          can easily add on, before or after,                                                                              home!) and gets out there whenever         and writer, she’ll easily inspire you to   literature and information
                                         tour leaders, will look after you and                      an extension just for you.                                                                                       she can.                                   choose your ideal holiday with us.         provided was so accurate it       Joaquin Dedomenici
•Some of our own staff and tour          enhance your experience with their                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suits everybody on the trip.      Having grown up in his native
 leaders have been with us for
                                         knowledge, anecdotes, humour and                           Extensions are not escorted by                                                                                   Tamsin Butler, Deputy and                                                             IM, Studley                       Argentina, where he graduated
 over 20 years, and they contribute
                                         communication skills. A lot of them                        your tour leader, instead, where                         All of the local guides that we                         Operations Manager                                                                                                      with a degree in law , he worked for
 a depth of expertise which is
                                         are now our long-standing friends;                         appropriate, they will be led by                         used were very informative                              Tamsin set off to explore the Andes        Joana Oliveira was excellent –                                               a couple of years there in the legal
 indisputably unrivalled among tour
                                         some, like Berner Torres and Lucho                         English-speaking local guides,                           and good communicators.                                 before joining us; since then she has      helpful, efficient, patient and                                              profession. But the urge to travel got
 operators serving the region.
                                         Diaz, have become regular tour                             often with a relevant specialism.                        Being in a small group                                  been all over the continent inspecting     friendly.                                  Just to say it was a fabulous     too much for him and he set off on his
•We were among the very first to         leaders for us.                                            On pages 36-41 of this brochure                          ensured that we got                                     hotels and potential new routes.           HR, London                                 holiday which I shall be          extensive travels throughout Latin
 offer both group tours and, a few                                                                  are some suggestions which fit in                        maximum benefit from their                              She has superb organisational skills,                                                 telling stories of over dinner    America and the USA before joining
 years later, tailor-made holidays to
                                                                                 ISABELLE MAZILLE

                                                                                                    nicely with our Discovery Journeys.                      knowledge and expertise.                                and her forward-planning ensures           Jim Ashworth                               for many months to come.          us in January 2007. A big sports fan,
 Latin America, and have built up a                                                                 This selection is by no means                            PB, Nantwich                                            that our trips run smoothly.               Having roamed around the world,            Thank you.                        he particularly loves rugby, diving
 huge resource of experience as a                                                                   exhaustive, so if you can’t see what                                                                                                                        Jim finds Latin America the biggest        SH, Feltham                       and trekking.
 result – we know what works and                                                                    you are looking for, look at the group                                                                           Sean Rhodes                                pull for its diversity. An enthusiastic
 what doesn’t, what you want to see                                                                 or tailor-made pages of our website,                                                                             Sean lived and studied in Argentina        Blackburn Rovers supporter, he’s
 and do, what you like, and what you                                                      , or ask us.                    You really are the experts in                           before joining us. He is fascinated by     made friends all over the continent
 are less keen on.                                                                                                                                           South America – very smooth,                            Latin American politics and really         playing in ad hoc football matches         It was a blend of fantastic
•This huge bank of knowledge                                                                                                                                 professional service.                                   gets into the local scene on his travels   with the local people. He has a vast       and contrasting highlights.
 means we know very well how to                                                                                                                              SS, Whitchurh                                           in the region. With his cheerful           store of knowledge and is one of the       We had a great holiday.
 find what’s new, what to change,                                                                                                                                                                                    demeanour, he is a particularly            team who has won the Wanderlust            MR, Bognor Regis
 and what to leave alone.                                                                                                                                                                                            inspiring member of our Sales team.        Travel Quiz for JLA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1    2
                                                                                                                                               NICOLA GUDE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3   4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We were delighted with our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5          6    7                          experience and would whole-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                heartedly recommend using
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1.   Sarah Beard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2.   Tamsin Butler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JLA to our friends. Thank you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3.   Jim Ashworth                          for your help and enthusiasm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4.   Natalie Paiva                         FH, Brentford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5.   Sean Rhodes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6.   Joana Oliviera
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     7.   Joaquin Dedomenici

                                                                                                                                                             The Story of Peru
                                                                                                                                                             Travel to Machu Picchu to celebrate                     Jim Ashworth was very                                                                                                   Natalie Paiva was extremely
                                                                                                                                                             the 100th anniversary of Hiram                          efficient in response                                                                                                   patient and knowledgeable
                                                                                                                                                             Bingham’s discovery of the                              to telephone calls.                                                                                                     in answering the numerous
                                                                                                                                                             magnificent Lost City of the Incas.                     His knowledge about                                                                                                     questions that we raised,
                                                                                                                                                             This unique tour, escorted by                           itinerary was great.                                                                                                    prior to the trip…We would not
                                                                                                                                                             Hugh Thomson, authority on Latin                        PB, Crewe                                                                                                               hesitate in recommending JLA.
                                                                                                                                                             American history and archaeology                                                                                                                                                GB, Luton
                                                                                                                                                             and author of acclaimed novel
                                                                                                                                                             ‘The White Rock’, visits Cusco and
                                                                                                                                                             the Sacred Valley of the Incas as well
                                                                                                                                                             as venturing further afield to show
                                                                                                                                                             you other captivating vestiges of
                                                                                                                                                             Peru’s pre-Columbian civilisations:
                                                                                                                                                             the Nasca Lines, Chan Chan
                                                                                                                                                             and the Lord of Sipán in the
                                                                                                                                                             north of the country. Visit                                                                        Very many thanks to Sean in
                                                                                                                                                             www.journeylatinamerica.                                                                           London – excellently helpful,
                                                                                                                                                    for                                                                              patient, good suggestions ,
                                                                                                                                                             more details.                                                                                      flexible, organised our trip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EP, Bodmin

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08 Discovery Journeys 2011                                                                                                                                                 09 Discovery Journeys 2011

Tour leaders

We are not surprised by the fact that      and have the kind of temperament           Berner Torres                              Lucho Diaz                                 Cristian Pizarro                          Bill Hill                               Elizabeth Luck                             Jane Bell
our clients consistently tell us they      which is likely to make a group gel.       Peruvian Berner has been leading           Lucho is exceptional. He works out         Cristian originally trained as a fish-    Well-travelled Bill worked for many     Elizabeth spent a year travelling          From her home in north-east Brazil,
are wowed by the landscapes and            Many of our leaders hold academic          trips with us for over 10 years, during    of his native Cusco: a father of three     farmer and has worked the length of       years in our London office. Dealing     round the world, including 6 months        where she runs a local tour agency,
cultures of Latin America, with the        qualifications in subjects related to      which time he has become an expert         he is still able to devote himself         his native Chile’s immense and varied     with people’s holiday plans made        in South America before deciding           Jane leads trips for us not only in
high standard of hotels, restaurants,      Latin America, others have acquired        tour leader in all respects. He is well-   whole-heartedly to his beloved job         coastline. A keen mountain guide, he      him yearn to go along with them,        to make her visit to Peru more             Brazil but other Latin American
transport and excursions being the         expertise in situ. They will be happy to   appreciated for his knowledge of and       as tour leader. He is so popular and       now revels in his work as tour leader     so he eventually took the plunge        permanent. She taught English in           destinations she was captivated by
icing on the cake. Your satisfaction is    share their local knowledge with you or    love for his country and the natural       valued that he reached the top five in     and has opened a hostel in Pucón,         to become a full-time tour leader.      Peru for 3 years, dividing her time        on her travels. A native Australian,
most gratifying.                           find out what you need to know. They       environment, which he is very keen         Wanderlust magazine’s world-wide           which he runs alongside another of        With an infectious enthusiasm           between the northern beaches of            she loves surfing and beach-life, but
                                           are also frequently adept at seeking       to share with everyone.                    Guide of the Year 2009 award.              our leaders.                              for local cultures, he’s a mine of      Mancora and the colonial city of           is happy to brave the chilly highlands
However we are even more delighted         out little bars or quirky museums                                                     His knowledge of his country and                                                     interesting facts and snippets about    Arequipa. Elizabeth enjoys salsa           of her favourite continent!
by the accolades given to our tour         away from the tourist crowds.                                                         its history is boundless and he                                                      local politics, customs and trivia.     dancing whenever possible, and is a
leaders. So many of you say it is their                                                                                          passes it on in an engaging manner.                                                                                          great enthusiast for all things Latin.
professionalism, competence,               Several of our sales team started          Berner is an absolute credit               When off-duty, he may be spotted           A first class tour leader in all
knowledge and service which                their careers as tour leaders – you        to JLA. He has thorough                    hiking or biking in the hills around       respects.                                                                         Sarah White                                We can only highly
really perfect your trips.                 may well find yourself speaking            knowledge on Peru and flora                his home town.                             TL, Bath                                  A world-class tour leader –             A Yorkshire lass, Sarah has been           recommend her. She dealt
                                           to someone who has actually led            and fauna. A 5 star guide.                                                                                                      I cannot praise our tour                leading trips for us over many             with any issue immediately
The figures speak for themselves –         your trip.                                 One of the best I’ve ever had.                                                                                                  leader Bill Hill highly enough.         years. An enthusiast for picking           and was a thoroughly nice
see below – based on those who’ve                                                     SS, Whitchurch                                                                        Duncan Griffin                            Nothing was too much for him            up new skills and experiences and          person to be with.
kindly returned questionnaires in          Pete Selman                                                                           Lucho was the best part of the             Having travelled extensively around       and he seemed completely                sharing these with our clients –           AM, Kingsbridge
the last year. But are we surprised?       Pete’s favourite country is Chile                                                     trip. He is really an asset to             the world, Duncan fell for South          unfazed and ever responsive             she’s a teacher, mountain guide and
Not at all. The majority of our leaders    but he enjoys leading trips all            Sally Dodge                                JLA. He is truly a professional,           America as his favourite continent.       to our varying and constant             entrepreneur, and now also runs a
have worked exclusively with us            over the continent where his               A fun-loving Latin America enthusiast,     but also very approachable                 He has accumulated a wealth of            demands.                                hostel in Chile’s lake district.           Peter Noyce
for many years. The experience             network of contacts and local              Sally taught English in Chile, where       and down to earth.                         experience in 7 years of tour-leading     JC, London W5                                                                      Peter studied Comparative American
they have logged up is priceless.          knowledge is truly mind-boggling.          she learned the language of the            AL, Nicosia                                for us which he happily shares with his                                           Nicola Gude                                Studies at Warwick University,
But our new leaders are also very          He is consistentlypraised for his          Mapuche and how to dance the                                                          group. He has now set up home in Lima,                                            Nicola was a valued member of our          including a year in Guadalajara,
much appreciated: you love their           organisational skills and ability to       cueca. She is also the consummate                                                     Peru, where he is running a hostel.       Rosie Beale                             tailor-made holiday team before            Mexico. After finishing University
enthusiasm, willingness to go the          bond and, as we go to press, has           professional: on tour, she throws          Jessica Dennehy                                                                      Rosie can always be found where         she was tempted back to Latin              he returned to his much loved Mexico
extra mile, and their passion for          reached the last three in Wanderlust       herself wholeheartedly into the            British born Jessica is a graduate in                                                the Latin beat is playing – music       America, where she has travelled           to teach English in Mexico City and
Latin America.                             magazine’s world-wide Guide of the         job and takes immense pleasure in          Latin American Studies, writing her                                                  and dance are among her passions.       comprehensively, including teaching        Puebla. Peter has a keen interest
                                           Year award 2010.                           making sure that everyone gets the         dissertation on shoe shine boys who        A wonderful leader – friendly,            She started with us as a tour leader    in Peru for a year. She’s now a cheerful   in anthropology and studied the
Why are they so successful?                                                           most out of their holiday.                 work in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia.    informative, bursting with                who charmed everybody with her          and conscientious full-time tour leader.   role of the Mexican mestizo for his
We select our leaders very carefully                                                                                             She has also worked as leader and          local knowledge, organised,               vivacity. We then benefited for                                                    degree. He loves travelling and
from hundreds of applicants annually.                                                                                            interpreter on walking tours in Spain.     kept us rounded up where                  several years from her experience                                                  learning about cultural differences,
They are not conventional ‘couriers’,      Pete was conscientious and                                                            Her Latin American experience is           necessary (a big group of 15              and inspiration as one of the London                                               local history and politics - in between
but actually lead the trip, making         meticulous in every detail                 Sally showed exceptional                   extensive and profound – as well as        independent individuals!)                 office team. But those itchy feet got   Nicola’s confidence,                       taking part in any possible outdoor
operational decisions as well as looking   of the holiday, with a caring              quality of leadership,                     travelling she has lived in Argentina,     and possessed a much-                     the better of her and now she is back   knowledge and obvious love                 pursuit.
after the welfare of all members of        attitude towards all members               consideration, tact, patience,             and worked installing solar panels in      appreciated, wicked sense                 in Latin America, tour leading for      of the job made the tour what
the group. All speak the local language,   of the group.                              and energy.                                Madidi National Park, Bolivia. .           of humour.                                us again.                               it was: a dream holiday.
know the ground from personal travels,     CW, Bromley                                VH, Durham                                                                            CG, Guernsey                                                                      PJ, London W10

rate their tour leader’s overall
performance as “excellent” or “good”

rate the leader’s local knowledge
as “excellent” or “good”

rate the leader’s social skills as
“excellent” or “good”.

1    2     3    4     5

6    7          8     9

1. Nicola Gude
                                                                                                                                                                            We cannot speak highly
2. Sally Dodge                                                                                                                                                              enough of Sarah White.
3. Sarah White                                                                                                                                                              She was remarkable
4. Duncan Griffin
5. Cristian Pizarro
                                                                                                                                                                            in her knowledge and
6. Pete Selman                                                                                                                                                              organisational skills. Sarah
7. Jessica Dennehy                                                                                                                                                          made this trip a wonderful
8. Lucho Diaz
9. Berner Torres
                                                                                                                                                                            and fulfilling experience for
                                                                                                                                                                            us both.
                                                                                                                                                                            GB, Luton

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10 Discovery Journeys 2011 » PANAMA » COSTA RICA » NICARAGUA » EL SALVADOR » HONDURAS » GUATEMALA                                                                                                                  11 Discovery Journeys 2011

Central America discovery


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PETER GREENWOOD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Colourful chicken buses are                          Journey route
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the traditional means of local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          transport: we travel in more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          comfortable buses!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guatemala HONDURAS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •     v Copán              CARIBBEAN SEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Antigua •Suchitoto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               EL SALVADOR     NICARAGUA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         León • • Granada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lake Nicaragua • Monteverde
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          COSTA RICA         Bocas del Toro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                San José•        •       •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Panama City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Boquete •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PACIFIC OCEAN                  PANAMA

Above: Colonial Suchitoto on Lago Suchitlán is an undiscovered delight in El Salvador.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Journey proFiLe
ALCIÓN JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Transport 10 road journeys (longest 8hrs),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               most with stops.
23 days, 21 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Accommodation A variety of simple hotels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and guesthouses, several with authentic
 6 countries in 3 weeks! Start next to the awesome Panama Canal.
 Bocas del Toro: lush tropical islands – snorkel on the coral reefs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Meals Breakfast on days 2, 4-6, 8, 9, 17, 18.
 Enjoy the profusion of wildlife in the Costa Rican cloud-forest.
 Bewitching new destination: undiscovered El Salvador.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Included excursions Panama City tour,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               including the canal; Monteverde Reserve
 Ometepe, magical island of calm on Lake Nicaragua.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               guided tour; Masaya market and Volcano
 The colonial cities of Granada, León and Antigua – evocative and unspoilt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    National Park; Las Isletas boat trip, Granada;
 Copán, majestic Mayan ruins rising from the jungles of Honduras.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              guided tour of Copán ruins; walking tour of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Summary of nights Panama City 2;
Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart, arriving                Days 13,14 By bus (crossing the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boquete 1; Bocas del Toro 3; San José 2;
Panama the same evening.                              border into Nicaragua) to colonial                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Highlights? The                                                Monteverde 2; Ometepe 2; Granada 2; León 1.
Day 2 Guided tour of Panama City,                     Granada, where the elegant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Suchitoto 2; Copán 2; Antigua 2.
including visit to Miraflores Docks on                architecture is still relatively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                journeys, the various
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
the canal.                                            untouched by tourism. There’s an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          landscapes from                                                Latin America tour leader.
Day 3 By bus along the Panamerican                    excursion to the volcanic craters of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caribbean cloud and
highway to Boquete in coffee-                         Masaya National Park and a full day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       volcanoes. It was an
growing country, base for optional                    visit to Las Isletas, a volcanic, mostly
horse-riding, bird-watching or visits                 uninhabited archipelago where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                amazing journey and I
to hot springs.                                       you can observe a large marine bird                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       thoroughly enjoyed it.
Days 4-6 Beautiful mountain bus                       population and swim.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SW, Birmingham                                                 Below: The brightly painted cathedral in Granada
ride northwards to the tropical                       Day 15 Drive to León, another                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dominates the skyline of this beautiful city.
Caribbean coast and ferry to the                      colonial gem, via Managua.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 NICOLA GUDE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ANCON EXPEDITIONS

densely-forested archipelago of                       Optional tour to view the ruined                  extension
Bocas del Toro and Colón Island.                      buildings of the original site of the             A FEW DAYS
Snorkel on the nearby coral reefs and                 town, Léon Viejo, or the Pacific coast.
explore the Bastimentos National                      Days 16,17 Drive into tiny, volcanic              TO SPARE?
Marine Park.                                          El Salvador, still rarely visited but
Day 7 Cross the border into Costa                     now a tranquil country welcoming
Rica, and climb into the highlands                    visitors. Suchitoto is a cobblestone
to the capital, San José.                             colonial town, proud of its heritage
Day 8 Explore the city or take an                     and with a buzzing arts scene.                    End your exciting Central America
optional river rafting trip through                   Optional walk in the Cinquera                     itinerary with a few days on the
                                                                                                        shores of Lake Atitlán.

the fertile countryside.                              nature reserve.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Journey tariFF
Days 9,10 Drive to the cloud-                         Days 18,19 Drive to Mayan Copán.                  For full details see Extensions p41.
forest of Monteverde National                         The impressive ruined temples                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Code        Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)         Price
Park, habitat of the national bird                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AP 101      22 Jan 11        13 Feb 11         £2,428
                                                      and pyramids are noted for their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               AP 102      12 Feb 11        06 Mar 11         £2,428
of Guatemala, the Resplendent                         exquisite carvings. Tour of the ruins.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AP 103 S    05 Mar 11        27 Mar 11         £2,428
Quetzal. Guided tour of the park and                  Overnight in a nearby village.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AP 103      19 Mar 11        10 Apr 11         £2,428
an optional visit to a butterfly farm.                Days 20-21 By bumpy road across                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AP 104      09 Apr 11        01 May 11         £2,428
Days 11,12 Short ferry ride from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AP 105      30 Jul 11        21 Aug 11         £2,528
                                                      the border to Guatemala and on
                                                                                                                                               Top: The Mayan ruins at Copán are among Central                                                                                                                                                                                                 AP 106      15 Oct 11        06 Nov 11         £2,468
shores of Lake Nicaragua to volcanic                  to Antigua, a lively colonial town                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       AP 107 S    12 Nov 11        04 Dec 11         £2,468
                                                                                                                                               America’s most important and impressive
Ometepe island, with its twin                         full of charming old houses, pretty                                                      historical sites.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               AP 107      19 Nov 11        11 Dec 11         £2,468
volcanoes, prolific wildlife, and pre-                squares, bars, shops and restaurants.                                                    Above: Toucans are commonly seen in the                                                                                                                                                                                                         AP 108      17 Dec 11        08 Jan 12         £2,468
Columbian artefacts. Enjoy a rural                    Walking tour of the town.                                                                Monteverde cloud forest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S Solo departures, please see page 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Single supplement £680
idyll in a laid-back environment lost                 Day 22 UK clients depart from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Business class supplement from £1,805
in time. You’ll be able to take country               Guatemala City airport, arriving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2012 departures 28 Jan, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 23 Mar,
walks, bike, watch birds or just relax.               day 23, Sun.                                                                                                                                                 Above: The Caribbean archipelago at Bocas del Toro provides a relaxing 3-night stay at the beginning of our journey.                                                        28 Apr, 28 Jul, 22 Sep, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 24 Nov, 22 Dec.

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12 Discovery Journeys 2011 » MEXICO » GUATEMALA                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13 Discovery Journeys 2011 » MEXICO » BELIZE

The legacy of the Maya and the Conquistadores                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mexican Yucatán, Mayan mysteries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Belize’s Caribbean idyll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ROGER MYDDLETON
                                                                                                                                                                       SARAH BEARD
                                                                                                                                                                                          Journey route                                                            QUETZALITO JOURNEY                                                                                                                                      Journey route

                                                                                                                                                                                                           GULF OF MEXICO                                          MEXICO & BELIZE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   10 days, 8 nights                                                                                                                                                          Mérida        Chichén Itzá
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The great Mayan cities of the Mexican Yucatán peninsula.                                                                                                           Celestún • •        v
                                                                                                                                                                                          •Teotihuacán                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              v              v
                                                                                                                                                                                          •Mexico City
                                                                                                                                                                                                              MEXICO                                                Mérida, friendly and elegant colonial city.                                                                                                                                Uxmal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             GULF OF MEXICO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BELIZE                             The wildlife wetlands of the Mexican Gulf Coast.                                                                                                                                 MEXICO
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oaxaca San GUATEMALAvTikal                                        Tulum: pearl of the Mayan Riviera.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ••       Cristóbal
                                                                                                                                                                                          Monte Albán           •                                                   Laid back beach time on the coral island of Belize’s Caye Caulker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chichicastenango                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Belize City •
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lake Atitlán •Antigua                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Caulker
                                                                                                                                                                                            PACIFIC OCEAN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BELIZE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Day 1 Thurs, daytime flight via        Day 5 On the road again to Tulum,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the US to Mérida on the Yucatán        Caribbean village on the Mayan
                                                                                                                                                                                          Journey proFiLe                                                          Peninsula, a land of tangled jungle,   Riviera. Guided tour of the cliff-top                                                                            Journey proFiLe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mayan temples, graceful colonial       ruins, then time to stretch out on
                                                                                                                                                                                          Transport 3 flights (1hr each); 4 road                                   towns and pearl-white beaches.         the sandy beach below.                                                                                           Transport 3 road journeys (2hrs, 2hrs
                                                                                                                                                                                          journeys (longest 8hrs).                                                 Day 2 Guided walking tour of this,     Day 6 Continue by land over the                                                                                  and 7hrs); 2 ferry journeys.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Accommodation A variety of hotels                                        the friendly colonial and Mayan        border into Belize – it’s a 7hr                                                                                  Accommodation Friendly, characterful
                                                                                                                                                                                          and guest houses, several with authentic                                 capital of the region, bustling        journey to the capital, Belize City,                                                                             mid-range hotels, with private bathroom
                                                                                                                                                                                          character.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and air-conditioning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with activity and choc-a-bloc          including the border controls. Take
                                                                                                                                                                                          Meals Breakfast days 2-4, 11-15.                                         with colonial architecture. There      a ferry to the coral atoll of Caye                                                                               Meals Breakfast days 2-6.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Included excursions City tour Mexico;                                    are folkloric dance and music          Caulker, fringed by mangroves and                                                                                Included excursions Walking tour of
                                                                                                                                                                                          excursion to Teotihuacán; walking tour of                                performances most evenings to          palm trees. This is a perfect place to                                                                           Mérida; guided tour of Chichén Itzá; tour of
                                                                                                                                                                                          Oaxaca; tours of villages near San Cristóbal;                                                                                                                                                                                    Tulum ruins; boat trip in Caye Caulker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   entertain you.                         eat fat, cheap lobster, relax over a
                                                                                                                                                                                          Chichicastenango market; walking tour of                                                                                                                                                                                         Summary of nights Mérida 3, Chichén Itzá 1,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Antigua; Tikal ruins.                                                    Day 3 Optional excursion to the        cold beer and forget what day it is.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tulum 1, Caye Caulker 3.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   evocative Mayan pyramids at            Days 7,8 There’s an exploration by
Above: Market places in Guatemala are a feast of colour, as most women still wear traditional dress (huipiles).                                                                           Summary of nights Mexico City 3;                                                                                                                                                                                                 Group Size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
                                                                                                                                                                                          Oaxaca 2; San Cristóbal 2; Lake Atitlán 3;                               Uxmal, deep in the forest; or to       boat included and, if you can haul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Latin America tour leader.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Antigua 2; Tikal 1; Antigua 1.                                           Celestún on the gulf coast, a low-     yourself out of your hammock,

                                                                                                                                                                       HENRY VILLAMIZAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   key beach resort set in an area of     there are loads of optional water-       Top: Enjoy perusing the colourful market places in
MANAKIN JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                           Group Size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey                                                                                                                 the Yucatán peninsula.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Latin America tour leader.                                               wetlands and lagoons hosting flocks    sports on offer. Snorkelling on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Above: Chichen Itzá is a magnificent site of Mayan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of rosy-hued flamingos.                barrier reef is especially rewarding.    temples and buildings.
16 days, 14 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Day 4 By public coach to Chichén       Day 9 Return to Belize City for your     Below: The Mayan site of Tulum sits on a headland
 The evocative colonial mountain towns of Oaxaca and San Cristóbal                                                                                                                                                                                                 Itzá, the Mayas’ masterpiece – a       flight home, arriving day 10, Sat.       overlooking the Caribbean sea.
 de las Casas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     vast city of well-preserved temples,
 Enchanted Lake Atitlán, ringed by forest-clad volcanoes and Mayan villages.                                                                                                                                                                                       carvings and columns set on the
 Antigua, one of Latin America’s most delightfully restored colonial cities.                                                                                                                                                                                       lawns of extensive parkland.
 Tikal, the Mayan Empire’s greatest legacy, where gigantic pyramids pierce                                                                                                                                                                                         Guided tour of the ruins.
 the canopy of bird-filled rainforest.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BELIZE TOURIST BOARD
Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart, arriving                  Day 8 By road to Lake Atitlán,
Mexico City in the evening.                             lake of mists and shadows set in a
Day 2 Tour of the multi-faceted                         fertile farming landscape dotted
city and a visit to the world-famous                    with traditional villages.
Museum of Anthropology.                                 Day 9 Day trip to the famous artisan
Day 3 Excursion to nearby                               market in the highland town of
Teotihuacán, site of a vast,                            Chichicastenango, home to
two-thousand-year-old city of                           religious rituals and mysticism
pyramids, influential inspiration                       surrounded by cool pine forests.
for later cultures.                                     Opportunity to buy intricate masks,                       Top: Dating back to the 7th century, the giant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Above: The Caribbean waters and islands off the
                                                                                                                  pyramids of Teotihuacán lie just outside Mexico                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coast of Belize are an idyllic place to end your
Day 4 Drive by public bus to Oaxaca.                    leather goods and textiles.                               City.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    holiday snorkelling and relaxing.
Day 5 Walking tour of the pretty                        Day 10 Explore the villages around                        Above: Quite rightly, Lake Atitlán was referred to
colonial plazas, cobbled streets and                    the lake, each with its own costume                       as the most beautiful lake in the world by Aldous
many galleries and artesanía shops.                     and handicrafts.
Optional visit to hill-top Monte                        Day 11 By road to Antigua,
Albán with ball-courts, shrines and                     walking tour of the quaint plazas,                                                                                                Above: The villages outside of San Cristóbal de las
                                                                                                                                                                                          Casas manifest a rich cultural mix of Christianity
monumental staircases from the                          churches and colonial mansions.                                                                                                   and indigenous religion.
Zapotec era.                                            The town is enlivened with many
Day 6 Fly and drive to San Cristóbal                    shops, bars and restaurants.                                                                                                      Journey tariFF                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Journey tariFF
de las Casas, exploring Sumidero                        Day 12 Optional tour of the villages
Canyon en route. This is a cool city of                 in the surrounding countryside.                                                                                                   Code       Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)       Price                                                                                                                                                                                Code       Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)      Price
                                                                                                                                                                                          MM 101     29 Jan 11        13 Feb 11       £2,798                                                                                                                                                                               QM 101     24 Feb 11        05 Mar 11      £1,888
tiled, white-washed houses with a                       Day 13 By road and air to Tikal                                                                                                   MM 102     05 Mar 11        20 Mar 11       £2,798                                                                                                                                                                               QM 102     21 Apr 11        30 Apr 11      £1,948
strong indigenous presence: crafts,                     in the Petén rainforest. Tour of                                                                                                  MM 103     09 Apr 11        24 Apr 11       £2,968                                                                                                                                                                               QM 103     26 May 11        04 Jun 11      £1,888
costumes, and a history of rebellion                    the temples and pyramids in this                                                                                                  MM 104     30 Jul 11        14 Aug 11       £2,968                                                                                                                                                                               QM 104     04 Aug 11        13 Aug 11      £1,998
against the Spanish.                                    enormous site, inhabited by tropical                                                                                              MM 105     22 Oct 11        06 Nov 11       £2,838                                                                                                                                                                               QM 105     27 Oct 11        05 Nov 11      £1,888
                                                                                                                                                                                          MM 106     17 Dec 11        01 Jan 12       £2,968                                                                                                                                                                               QM 106     22 Dec 11        31 Dec 11      £1,998
Day 7 Morning trip out to the                           birds and spider monkeys.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Single supplement £380                                                                                                                                                                                                           Single supplement £256
villages of San Juan Chamula                            Day 14 Return by air to Antigua.                                                                                                  Business class supplement from £1,707                                                                                                                                                                                            Business class supplement from £1,901
and Zinacantán, walking                                 Day 15 UK clients depart, arriving                                                                                                2012 departures 11 Feb, 31 Mar, 28 Jul, 08 Sep,                                                                                                                                                                                  2012 departures 03 Feb, 06 Apr, 25 May, 21 Sep,
opportunities in the area.                              day 16, Sun.                                                                                                                      27 Oct, 22 Dec.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  09 Nov, 21 Dec.

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14 Discovery Journeys 2011 » COSTA RICA                                                                                                                                         NEW                                        15 Discovery Journeys 2011 » COLOMBIA
Costa Rica’s wildlife treasure chest
                                                                                                                                                                2011                                                       Captivating Colombia

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ARMANDO MAYNEZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LEO VILLAMIZAR
TOUCANET JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                           WEAVERBIRD JOURNEY                                                                                                                                      Journey route

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CARIBBEAN SEA       Tayrona
13 days, 11 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                         19 days, 17 nights                                                                                                                                                         •National Park
 Enjoy the rich and varied mantle of verdant vegetation home                                                                                                                                                                Friendly, stabilised country newly opened up to visitors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mompox •
 to vivacious wildlife.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Visit the world-famous Bogotá Gold Museum – a magnificent display
 Monteverde, cloud forest alive with biodiversity.                                                                                                                                                                          of artefacts.
 Get up close to an active volcano at Arenal.                                                                                                                                                                               The mysterious archaeological park at San Agustín.
 The channels and mangroves of Tortuguero National Park.                                                                                                                                                                    Bucolic bliss – stay on a farm in Colombia’s beguiling coffee country.
 Cahuita, Afro-Caribbean heritage on a jungle fringed beach.                                                                                                                                                                Historic Cartagena – the forts and mansions of the connoisseur’s                                                                                                        •Bogotá
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            favourite colonial city.                                                                                                                                      Neiva•
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mompox, colonial secret on a river island.                                                                                                                       •      COLOMBIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             San Agustín
Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart,           lagoons and swamps alive with                                                                                                                                                       Barefoot paradise of the Caribbean beach at Tayrona National Park.
arriving San José in the evening,       monkeys, iguanas, sloths, river

Days 2,3 Drive through the              otters, frogs and hundreds of species                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Journey proFiLe
mountains to Monteverde                 of birds. You’ll stay at a cheerful,                                                                                                                                               Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart,           Visit the ancient walls, the forts
Reserve, a lush environment of          chalet-style lodge, exploring the                                                                                                                                                  arriving Bogotá same evening.           and castles, the graceful churches,                                                                             Transport 4 flights (longest 3½hrs);
humid cloud forest rich in wildlife.    canals with a naturalist guide and                                                                                                                                                 Day 2 City tour, including a visit to   ochre-walled monasteries and                                                                                    4 road journeys of 3-4hrs.
Your base is at a simple, modern        visiting the local village and turtle   Above: Capuchin monkeys are common sighting in Costa Rica.                                                                                 the famous Gold Museum, the             sunlit cobbled squares. There’s a                                                                               Accommodation Simple hotels and
lodge offering guided walks along       museum. There are canoes and                                                                                                                                                       world’s best of its kind.               myriad of tropical fruit to savour,                                                                             guest-houses with private bathroom; farm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   accommodation in coffee country, cabins
trails through splendiferous            kayaks at your disposal and on the      extension                                                          Journey route                                                           Day 3 Optional excursion to the         and joyous salsa music emanates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in Tayrona.
vegetation, including wild orchids,     July and September departures you       A FEW DAYS                                                                                                                                 salt cathedral at Zipaquirá.            from every corner. Optional full-day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Meals Breakfast daily, dinner days 7-9.
accompanied by the soundtrack of        may seek out turtles laying their                                                                                                                                                  Day 4 Fly from Bogotá to Neiva          excursion to the coral atolls of the
an exuberant population of birds.       eggs on the beach by night.             TO SPARE?                                                                                        CARIBBEAN SEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and continue by road to San Agustín.    Rosario Islands, a national park                                                                                Included excursions Bogotá city tour;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   excursion to San Agustín Archaeological Park;
You can also enjoy this abundance       Days 8-10 Continue along the                                                                                                                                                       Day 5 Full day in the archaeological    with sugar-white beaches.
                                                                                                                                                            Arenal•             • Tortuguero                                                                                                                                                                                       tour of coffee farm; walking tour of Cartagena;
of natural magic from canopy            coast to the pleasant little resort                                                                            Monteverde •                                                        park. This fascinating UNESCO           Days 13-14 By road and boat to                                                                                  boat trip from Mompox; walks in Tayrona
walkways and ziplines.                  of Cahuita, with its white and                                                                                           SanJosé
                                                                                                                                                                            •         •Cahuita                             World Heritage site consists of a       Mompox on the wide, mature                                                                                      National Park.
Day 4 On by road and boat across        russet sand beaches and palms           Extend your exciting Costa Rica                                                                                                            number of clearings where some          lower Magdalena river. Its relative
                                                                                                                                                                       COSTA RICA                                                                                                                                                                                                  Summary of nights Bogotá 3;
Lake Arenal, with views of              genuflecting towards the cobalt         itinerary with a multi-activity                                                                                                            500 carved statues of gods, men and     isolation has helped to preserve                                                                                San Agustín 3; coffee farm 3; Cartagena 3;
the volcano of the same name            blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.       stay in the rainforest of the                                                                                                              animals are to be seen, their origin    its sleepy colonial character.                                                                                  Mompox 2; Tayrona 3.
towering over its shores. Take a        The village’s population is Afro-       Osa Peninsula.                                                              PACIFIC OCEAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           virtually unknown but some dating       There’s a boat trip excursion to                                                                                Group Size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
sunset hike up to see the natural       Caribbean, and the pace of life         For full details see our website.                                                                                                          thousands of years.                     explore life along the river banks.                                                                             Latin America tour leader.
fireworks on the active side of the     and cultural identity demonstrate                                                                                                                                                  Day 6 Optional full day jeep tour       Days 15-17 Drive along the

volcano with an opportunity to          the variety within the borders                                                                             Journey proFiLe                                                         to the Magdalena river gorge.           Caribbean coast to Tayrona             Top: The sleepy island of Mompox has often been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          used as the setting in the novels of Gabriel García
bathe in natural hot pools. Stay at     of this tiny country. The Cahuita       Below: Arenal volcano can be seen smoking from                                                                                             Days 7-9 Fly from Neiva to Pereira      National Park, tropical forest         Márquez.
a simple cottage-style countryside      National Park protects the coral        far away.                                                          Transport 5 road and boat journeys.                                     via Bogotá and drive to a farm in the   inhabited by monkeys and iguana,       Above: We visit the archaeological park at San
hotel close to the volcano.             reef which lies close to the shore,     Bottom: You can be sure to see toucans in the                      Accommodation Mostly small and friendly                                 rolling green hills of the coffee       backing a lovely coconut palm          Agustín, dotted with hundreds of ancient statues.
Day 5 Still based at Arenal, hike to    ideal snorkelling territory.            Monteverde cloud forest.                                           hotels and lodges in natural settings with                              cultivation region. Guided tour of      dotted beach. Discover the trails      Below: The forest and tropical beaches of the
                                                                                                                                                   private facilities.

Rio Celeste, where a crystal clear      Other optional activities include                                                                                                                                                  the coffee production process from      and waterfalls. Overnight in           Caribbean coast at Tayrona National Park are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a highlight on any trip to Colombia.
waterfall and hot springs make          visits to an indian reserve, horse                                                                         Meals Breakfast daily; dinner day 4;                                    picking of the beans to roasting.       thatched wooden cabins.
this one of the country’s unsung        riding, bird watching and biking.                                                                          lunch days 5,8,9; full board days 6,7.                                  Spend 3 nights on a friendly coffee     Day 18 Drive to Santa Marta airport,
beauty spots. It’ll be hard to resist   The coast here is undeveloped and                                                                          Included excursions Twilight Monteverde                                 estate with optional outdoor            fly to Bogotá. UK clients continue
taking a dip in the turquoise waters,   folksy, you’ll be staying in simple                                                                        cloud forest tour; sunset volcano hike                                  activities, horse-riding and walks      on to homeward flight, arriving
                                                                                                                                                   and hot springs, Arenal; Rio Celeste hike
surrounded by emerald rainforest.       bamboo and wood cabins to match.                                                                                                                                                   on local trails.                        day 19, Weds.
                                                                                                                                                   and swim; Tortuguero village tour; turtle
Days 6,7 Road travel gives way          Day 11 Drive to Costa Rica’s capital                                                                       watching (Jul,Sep), canals and nocturnal                                Days 10-12 Fly to Cartagena:
to boat en route to Tortuguero          San José.                                                                                                  jungle explorations, Tortuguero; hiking and                             walking tour of one of the
National Park on the Caribbean          Day 12 UK clients return, arriving                                                                         snorkelling in Cahuita National Park; Gandoca                           Caribbean’s most exotic and
coast, with its network of canals,      home on day 13, Thur.                                                                                      Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita.                                    romantic colonial cities.
                                                                                                                                                   Summary of nights San José 1,

                                                                                                                                                   Monteverde 2, Arenal 2, Tortuguero 2,                                                                                                                                                                                           Above: The Colombian people are warm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   welcoming and outgoing.
                                                                                                                                                   Cahuita 3, San José 1.
                                                                                                                                                   Group Size Min 4, max 16. Led by local
                                                                                                                                                   specialist guide.

                                                                                                                                                   Journey tariFF

                                                                                                                                                   Code        Starts (UK)       Ends (UK)       Price                                                                                                                                                                             Journey tariFF
                                                                                                                                                   TS 101      12 Mar 11         24 Mar 11       £2,268
                                                                                                                                                   TS 102      16 Apr 11         28 Apr 11       £2,378                                                                                                                                                                            Code       Starts (UK)     Ends (UK)       Price
                                                                                                                                                   TS 103      23 Jul 11         04 Aug 11       £2,458                                                                                                                                                                            WB 101     29 Jan 11       16 Feb 11       £3,298
                                                                                                                                                   TS 104      17 Sep 11         29 Sep 11       £2,998                                                                                                                                                                            WB 102     26 Mar 11       13 Apr 11       £3,298
                                                                                                                                                   TS 105      24 Dec 11         05 Jan 12       £2,428                                                                                                                                                                            WB 103     04 Jun 11       22 Jun 11       £3,298
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WB 104     13 Aug 11       31 Aug 11       £3,468
                                                                                                                                                   Single supplement £285
                                                                                                                                                   Business class supplement from £1,743                                                                                                                                                                                           Single supplement £528
                                                                                                                                                   2012 departures 25 Feb, 31 Mar, 08 Jul, 29 Sep,                                                                                                                                                                                 Business class supplement from £1,224
                                                                                                                                                   22 Dec.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2012 departures 04 Feb, 05 May, 04 Aug, 13 Oct.

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16 Discovery Journeys 2011 » CUBA                                                                                                                                                                                            17 Discovery Journeys 2011

Beyond the beach – the real Cuba                                                                                                                                                                                             The best of western Cuba

PARAKEET JOURNEY                                                                                              Journey route                                                           The countryside in Viñales,
                                                                                                                                                                                      with lush crops and tobacco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Journey route

                                                                                                                                                                                      fields, offers excellent
                                                                                                               GULF OF MEXICO                                                         walking opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GULF OF MEXICO
16 days, 14 nights
 Not a just a superficial dip in the Caribbean and a few mojitos:-                                                          •
                                                                                                                             Havana                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Havana
                                                                                                              Viñales •
 A behind the scenes experience of Cuba’s unique society and scenery.                                                 Santa Clara•                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Santa
                                                                                                                                 •       CUBA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Viñales •
 Steep yourself in this culturally rich island’s history and music.                                                       Trinidad                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CUBA                          Clara
                                                                                                                                 Camagüey •
                                                                                                                                            Sierra Maestra                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •
 Visit off-the-beaten-track landscapes little trodden by visitors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •
                                                                                                                                      Bayamo • Baracoa•
 Walk in the beautiful Sierra Maestra, Castro’s pre-Revolution hideout.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •
                                                                                                                                                        •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Trinidad
 Stay and eat in family homes – the friendliest people and the                                                                           Santiago de Cuba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         CARIBBEAN SEA
 best food on the island.                                                                                              CARIBBEAN SEA

 Trinidad, haven of colonial tranquillity and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

                                                                                                              Journey proFiLe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Journey proFiLe
Day 1 Wed, UK clients fly direct from               palaces warmly evoking the
London to Havana, arriving the                      richness of its past. As a special                        Transport 1 flight (2hrs); 7 road journeys                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Transport 3 road journeys (longest 5hrs).
same evening.                                       cultural experience, you’ll have                          (longest 5hrs).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Accommodation Hotel in Havana,
Days 2,3 Fly to Baracoa, isolated                   a private dinner in your casa                             Accommodation Simple hotels with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    elsewhere private homes, some with
from the rest of the country till                   particular (family home), often                           private bathrooms and private homes, some                                                                                                                                                                                                                           shared facilities.
                                                                                                              with shared facilities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Meals Breakfast daily.
the 1960s. Savour the Caribbean                     providing the finest food on the
scenery, with an excursion to a                     island. Optional excursions to                            Meals Breakfast daily, dinner day 9.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Included excursions Walking tour of
coffee farm, the beach and the                      unwind on a dazzling chalk-white                          Included excursions Trip to coffee farm,                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Havana; walks in Viñales valley; Che’s
translucent river.                                  beach, or hike in the lush Escambray                      the beach and river at Baracoa; Moncada                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mausoleum, Santa Clara; walking tour
                                                                                                              barracks, Santiago; music venue, Santiago;                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Trinidad.
Days 4,5 Drive to Santiago de                       mountains.
                                                                                                              walking tour, Bayamo; visit to Fidel’s hideout,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Summary of nights Havana 2; Viñales 2;
Cuba in the east of the island.                     Day 11 En route back to Havana by                         Sierra Maestra; sugar mills, Trinidad; walking                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trinidad 2; Havana 1.
There’s an Afro-Caribbean feel here                 bus we stop at Santa Clara to visit                       tour of Trinidad; Che’s mausoleum, Santa
and a jumble of architectural styles.               Che Guevara’s mausoleum.                                  Clara; guided city tour of Havana; guided                               We saw beautiful                                                                                                                                                                            Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Latin America tour leader.
Excursion to Moncada barracks,                      Day 12 Guided tour of Havana, city                        walks in Viñales valley.                                                architecture, parks,
stormed by Castro in 1953, now an                   of antiquated Cadillacs, cobbled                          Summary of nights Havana 1; Baracoa                                     beaches etc but really
interesting revolution museum.                      plazas and alleys lined with                              2; Santiago 2; Bayamo 1; Sierra Maestra 1;
An evening visit to a music venue                   crumbling mansions – enjoy the                            Camagüey 1; Trinidad 2; Havana 2; Viñales 2.
                                                                                                                                                                                      it was the experience
helps you soak up the atmosphere                    spontaneity of music and dance.                           Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey                                of meeting ordinary
to a salsa beat.                                    Optional museum visits.                                   Latin America tour leader.                                              Cubans and soaking up
Day 6 Private bus to Bayamo, the                    Day 13 By bus to Viñales via                                                                                                      the history, politics,
birthplace of Cuban independence,                   a lunch stop at Las Terrazas, a
untouched by tourism.                               biosphere reserve promoting
                                                                                                                                                                                      and culture and music
Day 7 Excursion into the mountains                  conservation, set among coffee                                                                                                    that bowled me over.
of the Sierra Maestra, with a                       plantations.                                                                                                                      JB, Sale
short hike up to the Comandancia de                 Day 14 Explore Viñales, a pretty
la Plata, Castro’s hideout during the               town in the Sierra de los Órganos.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ROSE LATHAM
Revolution.                                         Walks in the fertile valley of fruit                                                                                              extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ZUN ZÚN JOURNEY
Day 8 Drive to Camagüey, famous                     and tobacco plantations, featuring                                                                                                A FEW DAYS
for its ballet and music.                           fairy-tale limestone mogotes.
Days 9,10 ontinue by road to                        Day 15 Optional morning walks                                                                                                     TO SPARE?                              9 days, 7 nights
Trinidad, Cuba’s most perfectly                     then return by bus to Havana                                                                                                                                              The only short tour of Cuba where you stay in family homes.
preserved town, the honey and                       airport . UK clients depart in the                                                                                                                                        Experience real Cuban life, staying, eating and chatting with genuine
ochre tones of its mansions and                     evening arriving day 16, Thur.                                                                                                                                            families.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Relax after your exciting Cuba          Get an insight into traditional, colonial and rural Cuba in just 9 days!
                                                                                                                                                                                      itinerary with a few days’ on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Drive through the evocative streets of old Havana in a classic car.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Cayo Las Brujas deserted white          Explore the enchanting Viñales Valley on foot or horseback.
                                                                                                                                                                                      sand beaches.                           Discover Trinidad, UNESCO-protected colonial town.
                                                                                                                                                                                      For full details see Extensions p38.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Day 1 Sun, UK clients fly direct to      Cienfuegos to Trinidad, colonial
                                                                                                              Above: Many Cuban towns are now UNESCO                                                                         Havana arriving same evening.            UNESCO World Heritage Site close to
                                                                                                              world heritage sites, preserved for their beautiful                                                                                                                                           Above: In Cuba you are never far from live music
                                                                                                              colonial architecture.                                                                                         Day 2 Guided tour of the capital, and    the Caribbean coast. Walking tour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and dancing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ride in one of the many antiquated       of the city.
                                                                                                              Journey tariFF                                                                                                 US classic cars. The plazas and alleys   Day 6 Optional excursions to          Right: On these journeys we stay in a number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            casas particulares (private homes) which offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             are framed by a mix of crumbling         unwind on a chalk-white beach         a real insight into the Cuban way of life.                            Journey tariFF
                                                                                                              Code         Starts (UK)     Ends (UK)      Price                                                              and restored mansions and music          at Playa Ancón, or hike in the
                                                                                                              PH 101       02 Feb 11       17 Feb 11      £1,898                                                             and dance spills out onto the street.    Escambray mountains, Trinidad’s                                                                             Code       Starts (UK)        Ends (UK)      Price
                                                                                                              PH 102       02 Mar 11       17 Mar 11      £1,898                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ZH 101     30 Jan 11          07 Feb 11      £1,478
                                                                                                              PH 103       13 Apr 11       28 Apr 11      £2,198
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Days 3,4 By bus to Viñales, a            hinterland.                                                                                                 ZH 102     17 Apr 11          25 Apr 11      £1,758
                                                                                                              PH 104       03 Aug 11       18 Aug 11      £2,198                                                             pretty town in the velvety-green         Day 7 Return by road to Havana,                                                                             ZH 103     29 May 11          06 Jun 11      £1,478
                                                                                                              PH 105       12 Oct 11       27 Oct 11      £1,898                                                             Sierra de los Órganos. Walking tour      via Santa Clara, where you’ll visit                                                                         ZH 104     31 Jul 11          08 Aug 11      £1,758
                                                                                                              PH 106       16 Nov 11       01 Dec 11      £1,898                                                             of the town. Optional walks or horse     the mausoleum to Che Guevara and                                                                            ZH 105     16 Oct 11          24 Oct 11      £1,478
                                                                                                              PH 107       14 Dec 11       29 Dec 11      £2,238                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ZH 106     18 Dec 11          26 Dec 11      £1,798
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             rides in the fertile valley of fruit     the museum featuring ex-President
                                                                                                              Single supplement £125                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Single supplement £110
                                                                                                              Business class supplement from £1,310                                                                          and tobacco plantations, featuring       Batista’s ambushed train.                                                                                   Business class supplement from £1,310
                                                                                                              2012 departures 01 Feb, 07 Mar, 04 Apr, 01 Aug,                                                                fairytale limestone mogotes.             Day 8 UK clients depart in the                                                                              2012 departures 05 Feb, 01 Apr, 26 May, 29 Jul,
Above: A game of dominoes – a common sight on many a Cuban street corner.                                     19 Sep, 07 Nov, 19 Dec.                                                                                        Day 5 By private vehicle via             evening arriving day 9, Mon.                                                                                30 Sep, 11 Nov, 23 Dec.

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18 Discovery Journeys 2011 » ECUADOR » GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS                                                                                                                                                            19 Discovery Journeys 2011

Andean Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

                                                                                                                                                                                                      KLEIN TOURS
                                                                                                            TIM WHITBY / ALAMY
                                                                                                                                   CoraL i and ii                                                                                                                         extension                              Journey route
                                                                                                                                  CRUISING THE                                                                                                                            A FEW DAYS
                                                                                                                                  GALÁPAGOS                                                                                                                               TO SPARE?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KLM stops over for refuelling at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         BALTRA SEYMOUR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Quito•   Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bonaire in the Caribbean: spend                                               • •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a few days here based at a good                                           •Riobamba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ESPAÑOLA Guayaquil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          quality hotel, relaxing on coral                                    •
                                                                                                                                  The motor yachts have a real                                                                                                                                                              To Galápagos          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beaches or diving and snorkelling                          Islands
                                                                                                                                  nautical feel. The cabins are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          off the beach.
                                                                                                                                  panelled with gleaming teak                                                                                                                                                        PACIFIC OCEAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For full details see Extensions p38.
                                                                                                                                  throughout, and fabrics and
                                                                                                                                  carpets are of a deep marine
                                                                                                                                  blue. You will be accommodated                                                                                                                                                 Journey proFiLe
                                                                                                                                  in compact but bright cabins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Transport 4 flights (longest 3hrs); 2 river
                                                                                                                                  with lower berths, air-                                                                                                                                                        boat transfers; 1 rail journey; 3 scenic road
Above: The market place in Otavalo is a feast of colour with traditionally dressed women selling textiles                         conditioning and en suite                                                                                                                                                      journeys (longest 4hrs); 4-day cruise on
and jewellery.                                                                                                                    facilities. The spacious                                                                                                                                                       small motor yacht.
                                                                                                                                  restaurant has large picture                                                                                                                                                   Accommodation Simple hotels, modern
GALÁPAGOS DOVE JOURNEY                                                                                                            windows and the sundeck is                                                                                                                                                     and colonial in style, with private facilities;
                                                                                                                                  furnished with loungers and                                                                                                                                                    comfortable cabins with air-conditioning
                                                                                                                                  a Jacuzzi. Each with 2 English                                                                                                                                                 and en-suite facilities on cruise.
17 days, 15 nights                                                                                                                speaking naturalist guides, the                                                                                                                                                Meals Breakfast daily; full-board in the
 A tiny nation of surprising variety: Andean peaks, tropical rainforest,                                                          Corals have capacity for 36 and                                                                                                        We had a really                         Amazon and Galápagos.
 extraordinary wildlife.                                                                                                          20 passengers respectively.                                                                                                            memorable holiday                       Guides Our tour leader will accompany you
 Spend a few days at an excellent jungle lodge in Ecuador’s pristine Oriente.                                                     You may choose to extend                                                                                                               – well-balanced                         days 1-12; in the Galápagos you are guided
 Entrenched traditional culture: indigenous villages, artisan markets,                                                            this 3-night expedition to                                                                                                                                                     by local naturalist specialists; local guide in
 colonial cities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        itinerary – excellent                   Guayaquil days 15,16.
                                                                                                                                  a cruise of 7-nights.
 Drive down the stately Avenue of the Volcanoes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         weather! Friendly                       Included excursions Walking tour of
 Galápagos – the enchanted islands teem with land and marine fauna.                                                                                                                                                                                                      people – charming                       Quito; jungle excursions; Otavalo market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Cuicocha volcanic crater lake; Ingapirca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         country.                                ruins; Las Cajas National Park; excursions
Day 1, Wed, UK clients depart,                         marble, and the flower-filled plazas                                                                                                                                                                              MB, Leicester                           in the Galápagos.
arriving Quito in the evening.                         and white-washed walls lend the                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Summary of nights Quito 3; jungle lodge 3,
Day 2 Walking tour of the charming                     city a cheerful air.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Riobamba 1; Cuenca 3; Guayaquil 1;
colonial centre of the capital.                        Day 10 Full-day excursion into the                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Galápagos Islands 3; Guayaquil 1.
Day 3 Take a short drive past the                      high altitude Las Cajas National                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Group size Min 4, max 16.
lofty cones of snow-tipped volcanoes                   Park, where over 250 lakes pit a
through farmland to Otavalo, a                         treeless grassy páramo, separated
traditional Andean town with a                         by gigantic ribs of rock, affording
world-famous market offering a                         magnificent panoramic views. The
vast selection of brightly coloured                    park is noted for its varied birdlife,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LA SELVA
weavings and pottery. Visit the                        from condors to hummingbirds.
equator line and stand with a foot in                  Day 11 Drive to the Pacific port of
both hemispheres!                                      Guayaquil, a dramatic descent
Days 4-6 Fly to Coca in the jungle                     passing from the chilly highlands
east of the Andes, and continue                        through traditional villages down
by boat to your jungle lodge,                          to a tangle of sub-tropical forests
idyllically situated above a crystal                   and plantations of banana and other
clear lagoon. Explore the rainforest                   exotic fruits. Walking tour of this
and observe the ebullient wildlife                     effervescent city including a stroll                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Above: Our jungle lodge is located two hours up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 river from the town of Coca, from where we have
on foot and by canoe from your                         along the renovated promenade, or                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a good chance of seeing lots of Amazon wildlife
thatched cabins. It’s a remote and                     malecón.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and flora.
                                                                                                                                                                                   SARAH BEARD

harmonious jungle experience.                          Days 12-14 Fly to the Galápagos
Day 7 Fly back to Quito and continue                   Islands. Cruise through the                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Journey tariFF
by road through the central                            archipelago, on the MV Coral I/II.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Code           Starts (UK)     Ends (UK)    Price
highlands along the Avenue of the                      Here, sea-lions frolic in sandy bays,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     DQ 101         02 Feb 11       18 Feb 11    £3,598
Volcanoes to Riobamba, with                            iguanas plod sleepily over the                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DQ 102 S       13 Apr 11       29 Apr 11    £3,598
handsome colonial buildings and                        surfwashed rocks, and you can                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DQ 102         20 Apr 11       06 May 11    £3,598
views of five volcanic peaks.                          observe from up close a wealth of                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DQ 103         27 Jul 11       12 Aug 11    £3,868
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 DQ 104         28 Sep 11       14 Oct 11    £3,598
Day 8 Continue by train and road                       fearless birds and reptiles, many                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DQ 105         21 Dec 11       06 Jan 12    £3,868
south, visiting the only Inca ruins of                 species unique to the islands.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            S Solo departure, please see page 5
note in Ecuador at Ingapirca. Arrive                   Snorkelling is especially gratifying,                                     Right: Enjoy swimming with sea-lions in the
                                                                                                                                 Galápagos.                                                                                                                                                                      Single supplement £202 (mainland only)
at the sunny city of Cuenca, with                      with a wonderful undersea theatre                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Single supplement throughout £637
                                                                                                                                 Top: Monkeys, toucans and other wildlife can be                                                                                                                                 Junior cabin upgrade £276pp (not available for
remarkable colonial architecture                       of colourful marine life.                                                 seen on excursions from our jungle lodge.                                                                                                                                       single travellers)
dominating its cobblestoned centre.                    Day 15 Fly to Guayaquil.                                                  Above: The ‘new cathedral’ in Cuenca is a                                                                                                                                       Extend to 7-night cruise £1,247pp (based on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2 sharing)
Day 9 Day at leisure to explore.                       Day 16 UK clients depart, arriving                                        magnificent building, over-looking the leafy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Business class supplement from £1,419
                                                                                                                                 Parque Central, where shoe-shine boys and
Many of the stately museums and                        day 17, Fri.                                                              vendors amuse those passing by.                                                                                                                                                 2012 departures 01 Feb, 04 Apr, 11 Apr, 01 Aug,
churches are constructed from local                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              26 Sep, 19 Dec.

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20 Discovery Journeys 2011 » PERU » BOLIVIA                                                                                                                                                                   21 Discovery Journeys 2011 » PERU

Peru in depth – magic, mystery and mountains                                                                                                                                                                  The peaks of Peru

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BERNER TORRES
CONDOR JOURNEY                                                                   Journey route                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Inca citadel of Machu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Picchu never fails to live up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Journey route
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              visitor’s expectations.
                                                                                                                         BRAZIL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Andes
22 days, 20 nights                                                                                   PERU                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PERU
 The desert coast – fly over the Nasca lines, boat to the Ballestas Islands.         Lima
 The sparkling waters and reed islands of sacred Lake Titicaca.                      •                                       Maldonado                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Machu Picchu
                                                                                                     Machu Picchu            •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          v
 La Paz: medley of indian, Spanish colonial and contemporary life.                                          vCusco
                                                                                 Pisco •                     •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •Cusco          BOLIVIA
 Cusco: music, markets, museums – Peru’s most dynamic city.                            •
                                                                                             vLines          Colca
 Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley: the splendours of the Inca heritage.         Islands
                                                                                                             Canyon      Puno
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Colca Canyon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •     •Lake Titicaca
 A taste of the Amazon rainforest at a peaceful jungle lodge.                                                  •         •        La Paz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
                                                                                                               •                  •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Arequipa
                                                                                     PACIFIC OCEAN    Arequipa        Lake Titicaca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PACIFIC OCEAN

Day 1 Sat, daytime flight to Lima,      Day 10 Exquisite road journey
the lively Peruvian capital, arriving   along the lake shores to Copacabana      Journey proFiLe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Journey proFiLe
early evening.                          in Bolivia, a pretty little religious
Day 2 Follow the desert shoreline       sanctuary and resort town which          Transport 3 flights (longest 2hrs); 6 road                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Transport 2 flights (1hr each); 3 road
down to the little fishing port of      has a sandy beach after which its        journeys (longest 10hrs); 2 train journeys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      journeys (longest 8hrs); 2 train journeys
                                                                                 (2 and 3½hrs each).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (3½hrs each).
Pisco on the edge of the Paracas        larger sister in Rio de Janeiro was
National Reserve, one of the            named. After a walk around the           Accommodation Small friendly hotels,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Accommodation Small friendly hotels,
                                                                                 colonial or modern in style, private bathroom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  colonial or modern in style, private bathroom.
principal reserves in the world for     town and lunch we continue to
                                                                                 Ensuite cabins in the jungle.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Meals Breakfast daily.
its huge populations of marine birds.   La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, following
                                                                                 Meals Breakfast daily, full board days 18,19.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Included excursions Santa Catalina
Optional excursion into the park,       a line of snow-capped peaks across
where the wind-eroded desert            high-altitude prairies.                  Included excursions Ballestas islands;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          convent, Arequipa; walks and Cruz del Condor
                                                                                 flight over Nasca lines; Chauchilla cemetery,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in Colca Canyon; Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca;
landscape has a haunting beauty.        Days 11,12 Situated deep in a
                                                                                 Nasca; Arequipa walking tour and Santa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sacred Valley, Cusco and Sacsayhuamán,
Day 3 Take a boat out to the            bowl in the altiplano, La Paz is         Catalina Convent; Colca Canyon; Uros Islands,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Machu Picchu.
Ballestas islands – these guano-        easily explored on foot – a walking
covered rocks are a magnet for          tour is included. Here, as well as
                                                                                 Lake Titicaca; La Paz walking tour; guided city                                                                              An excellent and                                                                                                                                   Summary of nights Lima 1; Arequipa 1;
                                                                                 tour and trip to Sacred Valley, Cusco; guided                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Colca Canyon 2; Puno 2; Cusco 2; Sacred
hundreds of thousands of seabirds,      charming colonial corners and            tour of Machu Picchu; excursions from jungle                                                                                 memorable tour on                                                                                                                                  Valley 1; Machu Picchu 1; Cusco 1; Lima 1.
whose mournful cries mingle with        modern boulevards, you will find an      lodge; walking tour of Lima.                                                                                                 various counts – it                                                                                                                                Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
the wails of the sea-lions basking on   amazing street theatre as bowler-        Summary of nights Lima 2; Pisco 1;                                                                                           certainly succeeds                                                                                                                                 Latin America tour leader.
the pebble beaches below. Continue      hatted cholitas ply their market         Nasca 2; Arequipa 2; Colca Canyon 1;
by road inland to Nasca.                trade. Optional visit to the pre-Inca    Puno 2; La Paz 3; Cusco 2; Sacred Valley 1;                                                                                  in (and surpasses)
Day 4 Fly by light aircraft over the    ruins at Tiwanaku on the dusty           Machu Picchu 1; Cusco 1; Amazon 2.                                                                                           what it claims to do.
Nasca Lines, vast and intricate         altiplano.                               Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey                                                                                     PB, London                                                                                                                                         Below: In the Sacred Valley outside Cusco, you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can find women weaving traditional ponchos
symbols carved into the rock and        Days 13,14 Fly to Cusco, and             Latin America tour leader.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and mantas, still worn by many people!
best appreciated from the air:          delve into Peru’s imperial past in

                                                                                                                                                                                              CLAIRE MILNER

possibly an ancient astrological        the Inca capital and its surrounding     Journey tariFF                                                                                                               CONDORITO JOURNEY                                                                 Overnight in the valley.
calendar. In the afternoon, visit       region. Historic colonial churches                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 10 By train to Machu Picchu,
                                                                                 Code        Starts (UK)       Ends (UK)         Price
the Paracas culture’s cemetery at       and museums sit alongside                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the legendary Lost City of the Incas
                                                                                 CL 101      08 Jan 11         29 Jan 11         £3,548
Chauchilla.                             modern-day bars, clubs and               CL 102      12 Mar 11         02 Apr 11         £3,548                                                                       14 days, 12 nights                                                                and the highlight of any trip to Peru.
Day 5 Spectacular drive along the       markets. Guided city tour.               CL 103      16 Apr 11         07 May 11         £3,658                                                                        Colonial Arequipa and the dramatic Colca Canyon, highlights of the south.        We stay in a village nearby allowing
coast and up into the mountains to      Day 15 We spend a day in the fertile     CL 104      14 May 11         04 Jun 11         £3,588                                                                        Lake Titicaca and the reed islands – glorious scenery, wildlife and tradition.   plenty of time to visit the site, which
                                                                                 CL 105 ‡    11 Jun 11         02 Jul 11         £3,658
Arequipa, city of pearly-white          Sacred Valley, visiting the Inca                                                                                                                                       The essence of the Incas – Cusco and the Sacred Valley.                          includes the peak of Huayna Picchu
                                                                                 CL 106      09 Jul 11         30 Jul 11         £3,878
stone colonial buildings and flowery    temples and fortresses at Pisac and      CL 107      13 Aug 11         03 Sep 11         £3,878                                                                        The celebrated Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.                                     and the death-defying Inca bridge.
squares.                                Ollantaytambo.                           CL 108      17 Sep 11         08 Oct 11         £3,598                                                                                                                                                         Day 11 Return to Cusco by rail.
Day 6 Walking tour with visit to        Day 16 By train to the Inca citadel      CL 109      08 Oct 11         29 Oct 11         £3,878                                                                                                                                                         Day 12 Fly to Lima. The vast plazas,
                                                                                 CL 110      10 Dec 11         31 Dec 11         £3,878    Above: Condors soar high above and within the
the mini-village of Santa Catalina      of Machu Picchu, sitting astride a                                                                                                                                    Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart for         built from the lake’s totora reeds.      churches and catacombs of the
                                                                                  CL 105 coincides with Inti Raymi festival in Cusco       Colca Canyon in the early morning: we wait and
Convent.                                ridge in the sub-tropical mountains,     Single supplement £532                                    watch.                                                             Lima, Peru’s magnificent imperial        Day 7 Full day scenic journey            historic centre are easily explored
Day 7 Drive up through volcanic         spending a night at the nearby           Business class supplement from £1,388                     Below: Lake Titicaca – at 3,800m above sea level                   capital, arriving evening.               across the altiplano through remote      on foot – optional museum visits.
scenery to the Colca Canyon,            village, Aguas Calientes. Guided tour    2012 departures 14 Jan, 25 Feb, 31 Mar, 12 May            it is the highest navigable lake in the world.                     Day 2 Fly to Arequipa, the White         villages and farmland to Cusco.          Day 13 UK clients depart in the
                                                                                 09 Jun, 07 Jul, 04 Aug, 08 Sep, 13 Oct, 17 Nov, 22 Dec.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Journey tariFF
deepest in the world; its isolation     of the ruins.                                                                                                                                                         City, located in an idyllic sun-         Day 8 Walking tour of this               afternoon for overnight flight
has preserved the vivacious colour      Day 17 Opportunity for optional                                                                                                                                       drenched oasis at the foot of the        remarkable city, with its well-          arriving day 14, Fri.                                            Code        Starts (UK)    Ends (UK)     Price
                                                                                                                                                                                              CHRIS PARROTT

of its traditional communities. Relax   re-visit to the ruins. Return to Cusco                                                                                                                                Misti Volcano. Enjoy the serenity of     preserved Inca and colonial                                                                               CT 101      22 Jan 11      04 Feb 11     £2,598
in natural thermal pools, and (with     by train and bus.                                                                                                                                                     the Santa Catalina convent, almost       buildings, lively markets and plazas,                                                                     CT 102      26 Feb 11      11 Mar 11     £2,598
luck) watch condors soaring above       Days 18,19 A one hour flight to                                                                                                                                       a self-contained village with its        and huge variety of restaurants,                                                                          CT 103      26 Mar 11      08 Apr 11     £2,598
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CT 104 S    07 May 11      20 May 11     £2,598
the ravines.                            Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon                                                                                                                                        flowery cobbled lanes and fountains.     bars and clubs. You will also visit                                                                       CT 104*     14 May 11      27 May 11     £2,598
Day 8 By road over high altitude        jungle for two nights based at                                                                                                                                        Days 3,4 Drive to Colca Canyon,          the Inca landmarks on the city’s                                                                          CT 105 ‡    17 Jun 11      30 Jun 11     £2,698
grasslands and past lagoons filled      a lodge a short boat ride down                                                                                                                                        reputedly the deepest in the world,      outskirts, including Sacsayhuamán.       extension                                                        CT 106      30 Jul 11      12 Aug 11     £2,888
with aquatic bird-life to Puno; port    the river. Excursions from the                                                                                                                                        home to the soaring condor and           Day 9 Day trip to the Sacred             A FEW DAYS                                                       CT 107
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CT 108 S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             13 Aug 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10 Sep 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            26 Aug 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            23 Sep 11
and university town on the shores       lodge include rainforest hike and                                                                                                                                     traditional indigenous villages.         Valley of the Incas, defined
of Lake Titicaca.                       nocturnal caiman spotting.                                                                                                                                            There are lovely countryside walks       by a sparkling river and snow-           TO SPARE?                                                        CT 108
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CT 109
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             17 Sep 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             01 Oct 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            30 Sep 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            14 Oct 11
Day 9 Boat trip out to the floating     Day 20 Return to Puerto Maldonado                                                                                                                                     in the vicinity, after which you can     capped mountains, where perched                                                                           CT 110      05 Nov 11      18 Nov 11     £2,598
reed islands of the Uros Indians,       and fly to Lima.                                                                                                                                                      refresh yourself in thermal springs.     on the vertiginous hillsides and                                                                          CT 111      17 Dec 11      30 Dec 11     £2,888
where homes, boats, schools and         Day 21 Walking tour of the historic                                                                                                                                   Day 5 Scenic highland drive to           among ancient terraces are two                                                                            S  Solo departure, please see page 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Take a 4-8 day cruise in the                                      CT 105 starts on a Friday to coincide with
craft-work are all fashioned from       centre. Optional visits to museums.                                                                                                                                   Puno and Lake Titicaca.                  of the Inca’s most impressive                                                                              the Inti Raymi festival in Cusco
the totora reeds which grow close       Fly to UK, arriving day 22, Sat.                                                                                                                                      Day 6 Excursion by boat to the reed      temples and fortresses – Pisac and       beautiful volcanic Galápagos                                     Single supplement £363
to the shores. Optional visit to the                                                                                                                                                                          islands of the Uros indians. These       Ollantaytambo. The authentic             islands and view the prolific                                    Business class supplement from £1,388
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2012 departures 14 Jan, 18 Feb, 31 Mar, 07 Apr,
pre-Inca funeral towers at Sillustani                                                                                                                                                                         floating islets are furnished with       indigenous market at colonial            wildlife up close.                                               19 May, 16 Jun, 28 Jul, 18 Aug, 08 Sep, 15 Sep,
in the afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                                             houses, a church and a school all        Pisac is a vigorous and lively affair.   For full details see Extensions p36.                             13 Oct, 17 Nov, 22 Dec.

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22 Discovery Journeys 2011 » PERU                                                                                                                                                                                            23 Discovery Journeys 2011 » PERU

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu                                                                                                                                                                                                   The hidden treasures of the northern Andes

                                                                                                                                   SARAH BEARD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BEN LINE
INCA TERN JOURNEY                                                                                                                                     Journey route                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Journey route

11 days, 9 nights                                                                                                                                                       Andes
 The crowning glory of Peru in just over a week.                                                                                                               Lima
                                                                                                                                                                                 PERU                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •Leymebamba
 Walk the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •Cajamarca
                                                                                                                                                                                        Machu Picchu
 Imperial Cusco, city of historic treasures and cutting edge food                                                                                                                       v                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •Trujillo
 and entertainment.                                                                                                                                                       Sacred Valley •• Cusco
                                                                                                                                                                                        v                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chan Chan            PERU
 The Sacred Valley of the Incas – ruined cities, colonial villages                                                                                                         Sacsayhuamán
 and gorgeous countryside.                                                                                                                                                                     Andes
                                                                                                                                                          PACIFIC OCEAN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lima •
Day 1 Sat, daytime flight to Lima,       squatting high on a mountain
Peru’s historic capital.                 saddle surrounded by subtropical                                                                             Journey proFiLe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PACIFIC OCEAN
Day 2 Fly to Cusco (1hr), the            rainforest. There’s a variety of
glorious epicentre of Inca culture,      scenery from towering ice-dusted                                                                             Transport 2 flights (1hr each); 1 train
with time to get a feel for the          mountains to lush jungle vegetation                                                                          journeys(3½hrs each).
beautifully conserved and relaxed        on this undulating trek. Fully                                                                               Accommodation Small friendly hotels,                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Journey proFiLe
streets, markets and plazas. In          supported camping and qualified                                                                              colonial or modern in style, private bathroom,
                                                                                                                                                      3 man tents on the Inca Trail, based on                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Transport 2 flights (longest 1hr); 1 public
addition to the riches of Inca and       guide. Guided tour of the ruins.          Above: The recognisable peak of Huayna Picchu
                                                                                                                                                      2 people sharing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bus journey (8hrs); 5 private road journeys
colonial architecture, there are         Day 8 Opportunity to return to the        towers over the Inca site of Machu Picchu.
                                                                                                                                                      Meals Breakfast daily; full board days 5-7.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (longest 10hrs, most 1-3hrs).
plenty of markets, mellow cafés,         ruins, exploring the outer reaches        Below: Local girls play at the Inca site of
                                                                                   Sacsayhuamán, which displays the finest                            Included excursions Sacred Valley ruins,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Accommodation Mostly small and friendly
shops, bars and clubs to discover.       of the site. Return to Cusco by train.    Inca stonework in the region.
                                                                                                                                                      Cusco; city tour and Sacsayhuamán, Cusco;                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hotels with private facilities.
Day 3 A guided tour of the city and      Day 9 At leisure in Cusco to visit
                                                                                                                                                      guided tour of Machu Picchu; fully assisted                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meals Breakfast daily; lunch day 8; dinner
Sacsayhuamán, monumental                 museums, shop, enjoy the bars                                                                                Inca Trail.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      day 7.
stone fortress that looms over           and restaurants of this now quite
                                                                                                                                                      Summary of nights Lima 1; Cusco 2;                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Included excursions Walking tour of
the city. Explore the museums,           sophisticated city.                                                                                          Sacred Valley 1; Inca Trail 3; Cusco 2.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lima centre; Chan Chan and the Huacas
shops and nearby Inca ruins in           Day 10 Fly to Lima, with a
                                                                                                                                                      Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by local                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sol y Luna; walking tour of Cajamarca,
your own time.                           connection to your international          extension
                                                                                                                                                      tour leader.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Leymebamba museum; Kuelap ruins;
Day 4 Full day excursion, with           flight later in the day to arrive home    A FEW DAYS                                                                                                                                Below: The Lord of Sipán’s tomb, dating back to approximately 700 A.D, was only discovered in 1987 and is one of the richest findings in Peru in recent history.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lord of Sipán museum and Túcume.
acclimatisation walk, into the           day 11, Tues.
fertile countryside of the Sacred        Due to permit restrictions on the         TO SPARE?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Summary of nights Lima 1; Trujillo 2;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cajamarca 2; Leymebamba 1; El Chillo 1;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HOLGER METTE / ALAMY
Valley, hemmed in by snow                Inca Trail, booking early is advisable.                                                                                                                                             TICO TICO JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                         Chachapoyas 3; Chiclayo 2; Lima 1.
capped mountains and dotted with         If permits are not available for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Group size Min 4, max 14. Led by Journey
ruined Inca temples and colonial         your chosen departure date, an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Latin America tour leader.
villages where time has stood still.     alternative trek into the Lares           Unwind after your trip into the                                                                                                           15 days, 13 nights
Overnight in the valley.                 valleys is available, a stunning area     Andean mountains with a few                                                                                                                The rich cultural heritage and mountainous scenery of Northern Peru.
Days 5-7 Hike the spectacular            with glacial mountains and remote         days exploring the jungle at a                                                                                                             Chan Chan, remarkable pre-Inca adobe city close to colonial Trujillo.
                                                                                   comfortable riverside lodge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BEN LINE
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Inca         communities.                                                                                                                                                                         Unspoilt colonial charm of Cajamarca, set in flowery countryside.
citadel no longer ‘lost’ but isolated,                                             For full details see Extensions p36.                                                                                                       kuelap, huge mountain-top temple-fortress of the Chachapoyans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chiclayo and the Lord of Sipán – extraordinary pre-Columbian art.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Day 1 Sun, daytime flight to Lima,                     visit to a museum housing 150
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Peru’s monumental capital.                             mummies from the Chachapoyan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Day 2 Fly to Trujillo, coastal town                    culture. Drive to El Chillo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             full of stately colonial houses built                  Day 8 Visit the vast ruined citadel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             during the time of the viceroys.                       of kuelap which sits astride a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Day 3 Excursion to the gigantic                        mountain crest with commanding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Moche pyramids, the Huacas del                         views over the river and forests                       Above: Chachapoyas – a beautiful mountainous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           region, in which we discover the rich culture of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sol and de la Luna, and to Chan                        below. This is probably the most                       the pre-Columbian civilisation, including the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chan, ruins of nine compounds                          spectacular of Peru’s non-Inca                         mountain-top fortress of Kuelap.
                                                                                                                                                      Above: Walkers stop to catch their breath and                          built by the pre-Inca Chimú Empire:                    pre-Conquest heritage. Continue                        Right: At Karajía you can see ancient sarcophagi
                                                                                                                                                      admire the view while trekking the famous                                                                                                                                            perched in the rock face high up above the valley.
                                                                                                                                                      Inca Trail.                                                            the world’s largest adobe city.                        to Chachapoyas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Day 4 Bus to Cajamarca,                                Day 9 Optional visit to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             attractive colonial city and former                    sarcophagi at Karajía.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             haunt of Inca nobility, sitting in a                   Day 10 At leisure or optional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             fertile Andean basin surrounded                        excursion to the Gocta Falls.                           extension
                                                                                                                                                      Journey tariFF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by dairy farms.                                        Day 11 Drive to Chiclayo on the                         A FEW DAYS                                                                 Journey tariFF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Day 5 Walking tour of the city.                        north Peruvian desert coast.
                                                                                                                                                      IL 101
                                                                                                                                                                   Starts (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                   16 Apr 11
                                                                                                                                                                                  Ends (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                  26 Apr 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                 £2,328                      Optional visit to the nearby thermal                   Day 12 Visit the museum of Sipán,                       TO SPARE?                                                                  Code        Starts (UK)    Ends (UK)      Price
                                                                                                                                                      IL 102       18 Jun 11      28 Jun 11      £2,198                      baths and the pre-Inca aqueducts                       displaying remarkable objects of                                                                                                   TQ 101*     25 Apr 11      09 May 11      £2,698
                                                                                                                                                      IL 103       23 Jul 11      02 Aug 11      £2,498                                                                                                                                                                                                                TQ 102*     18 Jul 11      01 Aug 11      £2,968
                                                                                                                                                      IL 104       27 Aug 11      06 Sep 11      £2,198                      at Cumbe Mayo.                                         pre-Columbian art and the eerie                                                                                                    TQ 103*     01 Aug 11      15 Aug 11      £2,968
                                                                                                                                                      IL 105       24 Sep 11      04 Oct 11      £2,198                      Day 6 Private road transport to                        ruins at Túcume.                                        Extend your experience of Peru’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TQ 104*     05 Sep 11      19 Sep 11      £2,698
                                                                                                                                                      IL 106       17 Dec 11      27 Dec 11      £2,548                      Leymebamba, remote town                                Day 13 Fly to Lima. Optional                            ancient cultures with a light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       *All departures coincide with the Peaks of Peru
                                                                                                                                                      Single supplement £97                                                  surrounded by pre-Columbian ruins,                     excursion to the Inca ceremonial                        aircraft flight over the enigmatic                                         Journey (p21) to combine the southern and
                                                                                                                                                      Supplement on the alternative Lares trek £38
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             many still forest-mantled.                             centre at Pachacamac.                                   Nasca Lines, carved into the desert                                        northern highlights.
                                                                                                                                                      Business class supplement from £1,403                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Single supplement £147
                                                                                                                                                      2012 departures 31 Mar, 16 Jun, 21 Jul, 25 Aug,                        Day 7 Optional walk to the burial                      Day 14 UK clients depart, arriving                      south of Lima.                                                             Business class supplement from £1,418
                                                                                                                                                      22 Sep, 15 Dec.                                                        chambers at Revash, and included                       day 15, Sun.                                            For full details see Extensions p36.                                       2012 departures 07 May, 04 Jun, 06 Aug, 03 Sep.

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Crossing the continent from coast to coast


                                                                                                             extension                                                                                                                                                                                      Journey route
                                                                                                             A FEW DAYS
                                                                                                             TO SPARE?                                                                                                                                                                                       PERU

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Superb holiday, well                                                Lima
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Machu Picchu              BRAZIL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        organised, great tour                                                         v
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        leader, good mix of                                                          Lake •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Titicaca • La Paz
                                                                                                             Unwind after your exciting
                                                                                                             transcontinental adventure with                                                                                            transport, attractions                                                              BOLIVIA
                                                                                                             a few days exploring the jungle                                                                                            etc. Hotels undersold                                                          CHILE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Asunción       •
                                                                                                             at a comfortable riverside lodge.                                                                                          generally, exceeded                                                                Andes
                                                                                                             For full details see Extensions p36.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        all expectations                                                        PACIFIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OCEAN          ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EB, Haywards Heath
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Journey proFiLe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Transport 3 flights (longest 2hrs); 2 train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            journeys (2 and 3½hrs each); 4 road journeys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (longest 8hrs).
Above: Machu Picchu is unreservedly considered one of South America’s main attractions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Accommodation Small, comfortable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            medium class and simple hotels, modern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and colonial in style, private bathroom.
JACANA JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Meals Breakfast daily.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Included excursions Corcovado, Rio;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Iguaçu Falls (Brazilian and Argentinean sides);
20 days, 17 nights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            La Paz walking tour; boat trip to Sun island;
 Ride the train up Corcovado mountain for Rio’s panoramic views.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guided Cusco city tour; Sacred Valley;
 Wander the walkways among the thundering falls at tropical Iguaçu.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Machu Picchu; Lima walking tour.
 Exotic La Paz, Bolivia’s captivating and photogenic capital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Summary of nights Rio 2; Foz do Iguaçu 2;
 Discover the picturesque rural backroads of the altiplano.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 La Paz 4; Copacabana (Lake Titicaca) 1;
 Lake Titicaca’s enchanted waters and Sun Island by boat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Puno 1; Cusco 3; Sacred Valley 1; Machu
 Explore the treasures of the Inca heartland of Cusco and Machu Picchu.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Picchu 1; Cusco 1; Lima 1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Group size: Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Latin America tour leader.
Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart on                     Boat trip to the deeply traditional
overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.                 Sun Island. Overnight in the shore-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   HOTEL ROSARIO
Days 2,3 Explore Rio, one of                        side village of Copacabana.
the world’s most beautiful cities;                  Day 11 Continue around the lake to
excursion to the Christ the                         Puno, Peru, with an optional boat
Redeemer statue on Corcovado                        trip out to the Uros reed islands.
mountain. Watch – or join in –                      Day 12 Full day bus journey across
the beach volleyball and samba                      the altiplano to Cusco.
parades, and feast your eyes on                     Day 13 Guided city tour of Cusco’s
the magnificent views.                              well-preserved buildings of the
Days 4,5 Fly to Iguaçu Falls on                     Inca and colonial eras. Shop in the
the border with Argentina. 275                      colourful markets and dip into the                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Above: Hotel Rosario, our charming base for 3 full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            days whilst exploring La Paz.
individual falls crash down over a                  huge range of bars and restaurants.                                                                                                                                                 The city of Rio sits among mountains and bays,
60m cliff in a cacophony of sound                   Day 14 At leisure in Cusco with                                                                                                                                                     best appreciated from the top of Corcovado or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sugar Loaf Mountain.
and spray – we tread the narrow                     opportunities for optional horse-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Journey tariFF
walkways that give an intimate                      riding, biking and river-rafting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Code          Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)      Price


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         JOHN ASHWORTH
view of this sub-tropical paradise.                 Day 15 Visit the beautiful Sacred                                                                                                                                                                                                                       JR 101        22 Jan 11        10 Feb 11      £3,138
Day 6 Drive to Asunción, capital                    Valley, seeking out Inca temples                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JR 102 R      26 Feb 11        17 Mar 11      £3,278
of Paraguay and a quirky mix of                     and fortresses. Overnight there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JR 103        19 Mar 11        07 Apr 11      £3,138
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JR 104        16 Apr 11        05 May 11      £3,278
indigenous, Spanish, Mennonite and                  Day 16 By train through a narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JR 105 S      14 May 11        02 Jun 11      £3,138
Korean culture. Stroll around the                   and dramatic gorge to the sub-                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JR 105        21 May 11        09 Jun 11      £3,138
city before heading to the airport                  tropical mountains home to                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JR 106‡       11 Jun 11        30 Jun 11      £3,138
for your late evening flight to la Paz.             the citadel of Machu Picchu.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JR 107#       09 Jul 11        28 Jul 11      £3,428
Day 7 Free day in La Paz, to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JR 108 #      13 Aug 11        01 Sep 11      £3,428
                                                    Overnight in the village nearby,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JR 109 S      10 Sep 11        29 Sep 11      £3,138
acclimatise to the altitude.                        opportunity to visit the ruins                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JR 109 R      17 Sep 11        06 Oct 11      £3,138
Days 8,9 The lofty capital of                       twice (second visit is optional).                                                                                                                                                                                                                       JR 110        15 Oct 11        03 Nov 11      £3,198
Bolivia, where indian markets spill                 Day 17 Return to Cusco by rail.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         JR 111        19 Nov 11        08 Dec 11      £3,138
out onto the street and the daily                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           JR 112        17 Dec 11        05 Jan 12      £3,428
                                                    Day 18 Fly to Lima, a vast
drama of this city’s vibrant life can               metropolis, with wealthy mansions,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      S  Solo departures, please see page 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            R  These departures run in reverse
be easily discovered on foot – a                    poor slums and corners of bohemian                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and spend 3 nights in Rio
walking tour is included. Optional                  folksiness. Walking tour of some                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coincides with the Inti Raymi festival in Cusco
                                                                                                                                                                       Left: Local women with their herds of llamas                                                                                         # Coincides with the 100 year anniversary of
excursions to the Chacaltaya ski                    of the grand monuments and                                                                                         are a common sight in the high Andes.                                                                                                  discovering Machu Picchu
slope or the ruins at Tiwanaku.                     churches. Optional museum visits.                                                                                  Above: The basilica at Copacabana sits on                                                                                            Single supplement £447 (£543 on JR102 and JR109)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Business class supplement from £1,238
Day 10 By bus across the russet                     Day 19 UK clients depart, arriving                                                                                 a hilltop overlooking Lake Titicaca.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2012 departures 26 Jan, 16 Feb, 29 Mar, 03 May,
altiplano to the sapphire-blue                      day 20, Thur.                                                                                                      Right: The mighty Iguazú Falls – visit the                                                                                           24 May, 19 May, 14 Jun, 19 Jul, 16 Aug, 27 Sep,
                                                                                                                                                                       cataracts close up by foot and by boat.
waters of Lake Titicaca.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    02 Oct, 01 Nov, 29 Nov, 27 Dec.

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Panorama of the Andes

                                                                                                                                     RUDIGER ULLMANN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SANDRA RICE
PATO ANDINO JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Journey route

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PERU                                 BRAZIL
23 days, 20 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Machu Picchu
 A route of high drama links two fascinating capitals, Buenos Aires                                                                                     The tour was well                                                                                                                                                   Lima
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •        v
 and Lima.                                                                                                                                              put together, plenty                                                                                                                                                           •Cusco BOLIVIA
 Salta – cultured city in the less-visited Andean foothills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •
 High pass over the Andean spine and on through the Atacama desert.
                                                                                                                                                        of ‘down’ time if                                                                                                                                                       Lake Titicaca • La Paz

 Expedition across the desert and Uyuni salt flats to luminous lagoons                                                                                  required, but also                                                                                                                                                       Uyuni Salt Flats •

 and astonishing scenery of remote southern Bolivia.                                                                                                    plenty of additional                                                                                                                                                Atacama Desert•                     PARAGUAY
 Linger in the Inca heartland – Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.                                                                                 trips to make which                                                                                                                                                               CHILE        •Salta

                                                                                                                                                        enhanced knowledge.                                                                                                                                                                       ARGENTINA
Day 1 Sat, night flight to Buenos       or the ski slopes on Mt Chacaltaya,                                                                             IF, Congleton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PACIFIC OCEAN
Aires, capital of Argentina.            Day 14 Drive across the altiplano to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buenos Aires
Days 2,3 Guided tour of the city        Lake Titicaca. Overnight in Puno.
with its colonial heart and chic        Day 15 Boat trip to the Uros           Right: The Uyuni salt flats are a dazzling and
                                                                               unbelievable sight from our drive in 4WD jeeps.
shops and pavement bars. Optional       floating reed islands: a living                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Journey proFiLe
                                                                               Below: The Inca terracing is still visible at Machu
excursion to the River Plate delta.     museum of a unique culture.            Picchu. It enabled the cultivation of various
Days 4,5 Fly to Salta a relaxed city    Optional visit to the funeral          crops on the sheer mountain face.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Transport 2 flights (longest 2hrs); 2 train
with arcaded plazas. Excursion into     towers (chullpas) at Sillustani.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              journeys (2 and 3½hrs); 6 road journeys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (longest 10hrs, including stops).
the countryside with its blood-red      Day 16 Full-day bus journey through
canyons and vineyards. Optional         rural altiplano villages to Cusco.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Accommodation Small and friendly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      simple hotels, some with colonial features,
cable car ride.                         Day 17 Guided tour of Cusco,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with private bathroom. Basic dormitory
Days 6,7 Spectacular high-altitude      golden city of colonial and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   accommodation with shared facilities and
bus ride over the Andean watershed      Inca heritage. Excursion to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   limited water in the Uyuni salt flats area.
(over 4000m) to the fringes of the      Sacsayhuamán, monumental                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meals Breakfast daily; full board in Uyuni
Atacama desert. Excursion to the        temple overlooking the city.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  salt flats days 8-10.
Moon Valley, surreal landscape of       Day 18 Over the hills to the Sacred                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Included excursions Buenos Aires walking
wind-eroded rocks, optional visit       Valley, an artery of agricultural                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tour; Salta countryside; Moon valley at San
to the hot water geysers at El Tatio.   plenty, pretty villages and large-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pedro de Atacama; Laguna Colorada and
Days 8-10 Private expedition            scale Inca fortresses and temples,     extension                                                                                                                                                                                                                              excursions on Uyuni desert crossing; La Paz
across the Bolivian frontier, the       notably at Pisac and Ollantaytambo.    A FEW DAYS                                                                                                                                                                                                                             walking tour; Uros islands on Lake Titicaca;
Uyuni Salt Flats, and into a region     Overnight in the valley.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cusco city tour with Sacsayhuamán; Sacred
dazzling with white salt pans and       Day 19 By train to Machu Picchu,       TO SPARE?                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Valley of the Incas; Machu Picchu; Lima
vivid lagoons.                          the most spectacular Inca citadel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            walking tour.
Day 11 Full day trip by private         Overnight in nearby village.           Top: Our charity Que Rico! helps fund a burns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Summary of nights Buenos Aires 2;
vehicle to La Paz.                      Day 20 Guided tour of the ruins.        Hang rehabilitation centre in Cochabamba
                                                                               unit and out for a few days on the                                                                                                                                                                                                     Salta 2; San Pedro de Atacama 2; Uyuni
                                                                                white-sand beaches close to
                                                                               where children receive vital treatment and care.                                                                                                                                                                                       salt flats 3; La Paz 3; Puno 2; Cusco 2;
Days 12-13 Walking tour of Bolivia’s    Return to Cusco by train.
                                                                               Above: Llamas arekey barefoot fishing
                                                                               Choroní, low used as pack animals in the                                                                                                                                                                                               Sacred Valley 1; Machu Picchu 1; Cusco 1;
capital set in a mountain-backed        Day 21 Fly to Lima, walking tour       high Andes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lima 1.
canyon, where the street-life is a      of the imperial centre.                and holiday village on Venezuela’s
                                                                               luxuriant Caribbean coast.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
colourful daily pageant. Optional       Day22 Optional museum visits. UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Latin America tour leader.
excursion to the ruins at Tiwanaku      clients depart arriving day 23, Sun    For full details see Extensions p38.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            SARAH BEARD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Journey tariFF
                                                                                                                                                       Above: Many people still live on the floating
                                                                                                                                                       Uros Islands, made from the local totora reeds                                                                                                                 Code         Starts (UK)        Ends (UK)          Price
                                                                                                                                                       also used for fuel to cook with.                                                                                                                               PB 101*      22 Jan 11          13 Feb 11          £3,298
                                                                                                                                                       Left: The sunset in the Atacama desert turns                                                                                                                   PB 102*      26 Feb 11          20 Mar 11          £3,298
                                                                                                                                                       Licancabur Volcano a kaleidoscope of colours.                                                                                                                  PB 103       09 Apr 11          01 May 11          £3,298
                                                                                                                                                       Right: Fiestas in Bolivia are colourful occasions,                                                                                                             PB 104       14 May 11          05 Jun 11          £3,198
                                                                                                                                                       with women and men dressing up and dancing                                                                                                                     PB 105       04 Jun 11          26 Jun 11          £3,198
                                                                                                                                                       through the streets to traditional bands.                                                                                                                      PB 106       30 Jul 11          21 Aug 11          £3,538
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB 107       13 Aug 11          04 Sep 11          £3,538
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB 108       24 Sep 11          16 Oct 11          £3,298
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB 109*      05 Nov 11          27 Nov 11          £3,298
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB 110*      10 Dec 11          01 Jan 12          £3,298
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *These departures coincide with the Pure Patagonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Journey, see p33
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Single supplement £359 (not available on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uyuni crossing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Business class supplement from £1,373
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2012 departures 21 Jan, 25 Feb, 31 Mar, 19 May,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      09 Jun, 28 Jul, 18 Aug, 22 Sep, 03 Nov, 08 Dec.

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Crossing through the remote heartland                                                                                                                                                                                              Natural Brazil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TAMSIN BUTLER
TINAMOU JOURNEY                                                                   Journey route                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Journey route

18 days, 16 nights                                                                                                       BRAZIL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BRAZIL
                                                                                              Rio Branco
 This new trip offers a truly unique discovery of South America’s tropical                       •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PANTANAL
 heartland.                                                                        •          •Puerto
                                                                                           v Maldonado             PANTANAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     •
 Explore the treasures of the Inca heartland of Cusco and Machu Picchu.                     •
                                                                                            Cusco                    •
                                                                                    Machu                       Cuibá                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paratí     Rio
 The exotic rainforest and wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon.                         Picchu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •      •   •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     São Paulo
 Untrodden route across the continent’s steamy interior to Brazil’s
 Pantanal wetlands.                                                                 PACIFIC                                            •
 Wander the walkways among the thundering falls at tropical Iguaçu.                 OCEAN                   Iguaçú Falls •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         OCEAN
 Ride the train up Corcovado mountain for Rio’s panoramic views.

                                                                                  Journey proFiLe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Journey proFiLe
Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart on           forgotten corner of Brazil, the state
daytime flight to Lima, Peru.             of Acre.                                Transport 5 flights (longest 4hrs); 2 train                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Transport 3 flights (longest 4hrs); 4 road
Day 2 Opportunity for a quick             Days 10-12 From the state capital,      journeys (2 and 3½hrs); 3 road journeys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              journeys (longest 5-6hrs).
                                                                                  (longest 10hrs); 2 boat journeys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Accommodation Good quality medium
look around this vast metropolis.         Rio Branco, we fly to Cuiabá,
Fly to Cusco in the afternoon.            gateway to the wetland wilderness       Accommodation Simple guesthouses and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 class hotels (with private bathroom).
                                                                                  hotels, traditional lodge in the Amazon and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Traditional pousada (lodge) in the Pantanal
Day 3 City tour of Cusco’s well           of the Pantanal, which offers some
                                                                                  Pantanal, all with bathroom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with private shower, and air conditioning or
preserved buildings of the Inca and       of the most prolific and rewarding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ceiling ventilator.
                                                                                  Meals Breakfast daily; full board at the
colonial eras, and visit to the vast      wildlife viewing on earth. From
                                                                                  Amazon jungle lodge and Pantanal lodge.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Meals Breakfast daily; lunch day 7; full
temple fortress of Sacsayhuamán           your comfortable lodge there are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             board at the Pantanal lodge.
                                                                                  Included excursions Cusco city tour;
which broods over the city. Shop in       excursions on foot, horseback, by
                                                                                  Sacred Valley of the Incas; Machu Picchu;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Included excursions Sugar Loaf
the busy markets and dip into the         truck or canoe, to observe the birds,   jungle excursions in the Amazon; excursions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mountain, Rio; boat trip, Paratí; outdoor
many bars and restaurants.                reptiles and mammals (giant storks,     in the Pantanal; Iguaçu Falls (Brazilian and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         activities, Bonito; full programme of
Day 4 Visit the beautiful Sacred          macaws flitting through the sparse      Argentinean side); Corcovado Mountain, Rio.                                 The Iguazú Falls spread across the Brazilian-                                                                                                                                                                            excursions in the Pantanal; Iguaçu Falls.
Valley, seeking out Inca temples          woodland, capybara dozing on the        Summary of nights Lima 1; Cusco 2;
                                                                                                                                                              Argentinean border and we visit both sides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Summary of nights Rio 3; Paratí 2;
                                                                                                                                                              to fully appreciate their scale.
and fortresses. Overnight there.          road, caiman lazing on the river        Sacred Valley 1; Machu Picchu 1; Cusco 1;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bonito 2; Pantanal 3; Iguaçu 2; Rio 1.
Day 5 By train through a narrow           beaches).                               jungle lodge 2; Rio Branco 1; Pantanal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                SARAH BEARD
and dramatic gorge to the                 Days 13-14 Fly to the                   lodge 3; Iguaçu 2; Rio 2.                                                                                                                        TROGON JOURNEY                                                                    extension                                                         Latin America tour leader.
subtropical mountains home to             overwhelming waterfalls at              Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey                                                                                                                                                                                           A FEW DAYS
the citadel of Machu Picchu.              Iguaçú, which thunder over              Latin America tour leader.
A guided tour of the ruins is included.   a wide precipice straddling the                                                                                                                                                          15 days, 13 nights                                                                TO SPARE?
Overnight in the village nearby.          border with Argentina. Excursion                                                                                                                                                          Experience sensual Brazil’s enticing, mind-blowing top sights.                   Extend your trip with a few days
Day 6 Return to Cusco.                    to the Brazilian side of the river                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy the panoramic views of fabulous Rio.                                       in the North East of Brazil. Bahia
Days 7,8 Fly to Puerto Maldonado          for a panoramic view and to the                                                                                                                                                           Colonial charms of artist and literary haven, Paratí.                            is the African heart of the country.
on the Peruvian Amazon. On by             Argentinean side, where you can                                                                                                                                                           Quality wildlife viewing in the Pantanal wetlands.                               The rich culture combined with the                                Journey tariFF
boat to your riverside jungle lodge,      wander the walkways above,                                                                                                                                                                Iguaçú, the world’s most impressive waterfalls in bird-filled tropical forest.   colonial centre of Salvador and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Code            Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)       Price
with excursions to spot wildlife          below, and even behind the falls.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the nearby sandy-white beaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TR 101‡         18 Feb 11        04 Mar 11       £3,238
and view the luxuriant vegetation.        Days 15,16 Fly to Rio, one of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lends itself to the perfect end to                                TR 102          18 Mar 11        01 Apr 11       £3,238
                                                                                  Journey tariFF                                                                                                                                                                                                                     your holiday.                                                     TR 103          15 Apr 11        29 Apr 11       £3,238
Caiman spotting by night and              the world’s most beautiful cities,                                                                                                                                                       Day 1 Fri, UK clients depart,            Days 8-10 Drive on into the
piranha fishing are highlights.           excursion to the Christ the                                                                                                                                                              arriving Rio the same evening.           Pantanal, Brazil’s celebrated            For full details see Extensions p41.                              TR 104          05 Aug 11        19 Aug 11       £3,458
                                                                                  Code        Starts (UK)       Ends (UK)         Price                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TR 105          16 Sep 11        30 Sep 11       £3,238
Day 9 Early morning return to             Redeemer statue on Corcovado            TL 101      26 Mar 11         12 Apr 11         £4,398                                                                                           Days 2,3 Explore this vibrant city       wetlands. The open grasslands                                                                              TR 106          07 Oct 11        21 Oct 11       £3,238
                                                                                  TL 102      04 Jun 11         21 Jun 11         £4,398
Puerto Maldonado. Here, the               Mountain. Optional cable-car trip up                                                                                                                                                     of music, football and beach-life;       make the prolific wildlife easier to                                                                       TR 107          16 Dec 11        30 Dec 11       £3,328
                                                                                  TL 103      06 Aug 11         23 Aug 11         £4,638
pioneering adventure continues            Sugar Loaf to feast your eyes on the    TL 104      17 Sep 11         04 Oct 11         £4,398                                                                                           excursion by cable-car to the Sugar      spot. Here, based at a rustic lodge,                                                                       ‡
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Extend your stay to experience carnival in Rio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Single supplement £322 (£480 on TR 101)
with a 10 hour bus journey on rough       magnificent views.                      Single supplement £482                                                                                                                           Loaf Mountain overlooking the            there are excursions on foot,                                                                              Business class supplement from £1,178
roads, through sparsely populated         Day 17 UK clients depart, arriving      Business class supplement from £1,125                                                                                                            4km sweep of sand of Copacabana          horseback, by truck or canoe, to                                                                           2012 departures 03 Feb, 30 Mar, 04 May, 03 Aug
rainforest, crossing the border to a      day 18, Tues.                           2012 departures 31 Mar, 02 Jun, 04 Aug, 29 Sep.                                                                                                  beach. Optional train-ride up tropical   observe the birdlife (rosy spoonbill,                                                                      14 Sep, 12 Oct, 07 Dec.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   forest-clad Corcovado Mountain           giant storks, toucans, parakeets and


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CHRIS PARROTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to the Christ statue with fabulous       macaws), capybara (giant guinea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   views.                                   pigs), caimans, and maybe the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Day 4 By public coach down the           odd anteater, armadillo or howler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘green coast’ to colonial Paratí,        monkey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   graceful town steeped in historic        Days 11-12 Fly south to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   atmosphere with a backdrop of            waterfalls at Iguaçú, one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rainforest-covered hills. Along          the world’s greatest spectacles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the cobbled streets you’ll find art      Some 275 cataracts thunder over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   galleries, cafés and boutiques.          a wide precipice on the border
                                                                                                                                                             Left: The cable car ride up Pão de Açucar, Sugar                      Day 5 Boat trip to explore the           with Argentina. Excursion to the         Above: Paratí, a UNESCO world heritage site,
                                                                                                                                                             Loaf Mountain, offers breathtaking views of Rio.                                                                                                        is an arty colonial town on the beautiful Costa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   many nearby hidden bays, leafy           Brazilian side of the river to get a     Verde.
                                                                                                                                                             Top: Marvel at the fine stonemasonry at Machu
                                                                                                                                                             Picchu.                                                               islets and beaches of golden sand.       view of the falls in their tumultuous    Right: At dusk, the Pantanal comes alive with
                                                                                                                                                             Above: Hyacinth macaws are a common sight in                          Day 6 By road and air to Bonito, a       entirety, and to the Argentinean         birdlife, accompanying beautiful sunsets.
                                                                                                                                                             the Pantanal.                                                         small town in Brazil’s heartland set     side, where you can wander the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in cool forests dissected by crystal     walkways above, below, and even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   clear streams and waterfalls.            behind the separate falls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Day 7 Guided tour of the regions;        Day 13 Fly to Rio.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   opportunity to snorkel in the            Day 14 UK clients depart, arriving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lagoons.                                 day 15, Fri.

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30 Discovery Journeys 2011 » ARGENTINA » BRAZIL                                                                                                                                                                                                  31 Discovery Journeys 2011 » CHILE

Beautiful Buenos Aires, incredible                                                                                                                                                                                                               Adventure in the heart of Chile
Iguazú, ravishing Rio

                                                                                                                                                          DUNCAN GRIFFIN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DUNCAN GRIFFIN
                                                                                                                                                                             Journey route                                                       CARANCHO JOURNEY                                                                                                                                      Journey route

                                                                                                                                                                                                      BRAZIL              Rio                                                                                                                                                                                           •Santiago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •                    13 days, 10 nights
                                                                                                                                                                                Iguazú Falls•                                                     A short, adventurous journey into Chilean Patagonia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Forest, falls and fjord – the luxury of silence.                                                                                                                                   ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                                                              ARGENTINA                                                           Venture into Chile’s long unexplored pioneer country of the                                                                                                   CHILE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carretera Austral.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Majestic volcanoes of the lake district towering over azure lakes.                                                                                     Puerto Varas •
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ATLANTIC OCEAN                     The dramatic peaks and brooding glaciers of Torres del Paine Park.                                                                                                   •
                                                                                                                                                                                  •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ATLANTIC OCEAN
                                                                                                                                                                                  Buenos Aires

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Day 1 Sat, overnight flight to           Day 7 Fly to Punta Arenas in the
                                                                                                                                                                             Journey proFiLe                                                     Santiago, Chile’s capital.               far south of Chilean Patagonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Day 2 Walking tour of the historic       and continue by public bus to Puerto                                                                          Torres del
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paine National
                                                                                                                                                                             Transport 2 flights (2hrs each).                                    centre.                                  Natales on the edge of Sound of                                                                               Park
                                                                                                                                                                             Accommodation Friendly mid-range                                    Days 3-5 Fly south to Puerto Montt       Last Hope.                                                                                                                             Punta Arenas
                                                                                                                                                                             hotels, with private bathroom, heating or                           in the lake district and continue        Days 8-10 Drive into Torres
                                                                                                                                                                             air-conditioning.                                                   to the head of the Carretera             del Paine National Park.
                                                                                                                                                                             Meals Breakfast daily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DAVID NICHOLS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Austral, a lonely road which cuts        From a hostel in the shadow of the                                                                           Journey proFiLe
                                                                                                                                                                             Included excursions City tour of Buenos                             its way southwards through glacier-      vertiginous granite towers, spend
                                                                                                                                                                             Aires; Argentinean and Brazilian sides of                           scarred valleys to Cochamó,              three days exploring the lagoons,                                                                            Transport 3 flights (longest 4hrs); 5 road
                                                                                                                                                                             Iguaçú Falls.                                                       where we reach a welcoming               iceberg-dotted rivers and snow-                                                                              journeys (longest 5-6hrs).
                                                                                                                                                                             Summary of nights Buenos Aires 2;                                   riverside lodge in pristine temperate    white glaciers. The park teems with                                                                          Accommodation Small friendly hotels,
                                                                                                                                                                             Iguaçú 2; Rio de Janeiro 3.                                         rainforest. Based in simple log          wildlife – guanacos, condors, eagles,                                                                        with private bathroom. Log cabins at riverside
Above: Cariocas, people from Rio, enjoy parading along Copacabana beach, where you can watch them while sipping an ice-cold agua de coco.                                    Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey                                                                                                                                                                                  lodge; heated hostel with hot water and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cabins, you’ll explore this little-      silver fox and even puma may be
                                                                                                                                                                             Latin America tour leader.                                                                                                                                                                                                shared bathroom in Torres del Paine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 visited and remote valley and get a      spotted. Optional boat trip to Glacier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Meals Breakfast daily (except in Torres del

GOLONDRINA JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                               taste of Chile’s authentic rural life.   Grey, and/or walks along the Valle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Top: The glacial waters of Lago Todos los Santos                    Paine); lunch day 4; afternoon tea days 3-5.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Take a boat trip down Reloncaví          Francés or to the base of the towers.    flow into the Petrohue waterfall in the heart of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Included excursions Walking tour of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fjord to spot sea-lions, and dip into    Day 11 Private bus journey back to       the Chilean lake district.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Santiago; boat trip and other excursions at
10 days, 7 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hot springs. Optional excursions         Punta Arenas airport, with a stop at     Above: Our lodge at Cochamó is nestled amongst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Riverside Lodge, lake district; Petrohue Falls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rugged mountains, offering fabulous views and
 A short, adventurous journey to 3 of South America’s most iconic highlights.                                                                                                Journey tariFF                                                      include horse-riding, or you can just    the Seno Otway penguin colony if         walking opportunities.                                              Summary of nights Santiago 1; Cochamó 3;
 Sophistication, grace and vitality – Buenos Aires has them all in spades.                                                                                                                                                                       relax in a hammock. The scenery is       there’s time. Fly to Santiago.                                                                               Puerto Varas 1; Puerto Natales 1; Torres del
                                                                                                                                                                             Code       Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)        Price                                                                                                    Below: Torres del Paine – Patagonia’s jewel in
 Iguazú Falls, the continent’s most powerful natural phenomenon.                                                                                                             GB 101*    21 Jan 11        30 Jan 11        £1,988                 absolutely stunning.                     Day 12 UK clients depart, arriving       the crown.                                                          Paine 3; Santiago 1.
 Rio de Janeiro, city of fun, music, dance, football, beaches and uplifting                                                                                                  GB 102*‡   25 Feb 11        06 Mar 11        £2,268                 Day 6 Drive back to Puerto Montt         home on day 13, Thurs.                                                                                       Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
 views.                                                                                                                                                                      GB 103*    11 Mar 11        20 Mar 11        £1,988                 and continue to Puerto Varas,                                                                                                                         Latin America tour leader.
                                                                                                                                                                             GB 104     22 Apr 11        01 May 11        £2,338                 a growing resort on the shores
                                                                                                                                                                             GB 105     27 May 11        05 Jun 11        £2,188
                                                                                                                                                                             GB 106     17 Jun 11        26 Jun 11        £1,988                 of Lake Llanquihue. Excursion to
Day 1 Fri, overnight flight from the                to Rio de Janeiro (approx 2hrs).                                                                                         GB 107     05 Aug 11        14 Aug 11        £2,288                 Petrohue Falls.
UK to Buenos Aires.                                 Day 7 Your tour leader will                                                                                              GB 108     23 Sep 11        02 Oct 11        £2,038

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DUNCAN GRIFFIN
                                                                                                                                                                             GB 109*    04 Nov 11        13 Nov 11        £2,068
Day 2 Guided tour of this buzzy                     accompany you up the Corcovado                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Journey tariFF
                                                                                                                                                                             GB 110*    18 Nov 11        27 Nov 11        £2,038
city’s highlights including the                     mountain by train to enjoy the                                                                                           GB 111+    23 Dec 11        02 Jan 12        £2,828
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Code       Starts (UK)     Ends (UK)       Price
colonial centre; time to explore on                 panoramic views from the iconic                                                                                          *These departures coincide with the Pure Patagonia                                                                                                                                                                        CC 101       29 Jan 11     10 Feb 11       £2,698
your own. Optional night out at a                   statue of Christ the Redeemer. If you                                                                                      Journey, see p33                                                                                                                                                                                                        CC 102       26 Feb 11     10 Mar 11       £2,698
tango show – an exotic treat!                       can’t get enough of the views, take                 Above: Enjoy a tango show, or even a lesson, in                      ‡
                                                                                                                                                                               GB 102 Coincides with Rio Carnival                                                                                                                                                                                      CC 103       12 Mar 11     24 Mar 11       £2,698
                                                                                                        Buenos Aires.                                                        +
                                                                                                                                                                               GB111 is 1 night longer spending 4 nights
Day 3 Your chance to see more                       an optional trip up the Sugar Loaf by                                                                                      in Rio for New Years Eve celebrations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CC 104       29 Oct 11     10 Nov 11       £2,778
                                                                                                        Below: Meander along the walkways at Iguazú                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CC 105       26 Nov 11     08 Dec 11       £2,778
of the city – its museums, parks,                   cable car too.                                      to witness the colossal size of these great                          Single supplement £291(GB 102 and GB 111 £788)
                                                                                                                                                                             Business class supplement from £1,216                                                                                                                                                                                     CC 106       17 Dec 11     29 Dec 11       £2,998
pavement cafés, the classy                          Day 8 Time to hang out on the                       waterfalls.
                                                                                                                                                                             2012 departures 20 Jan, 10 Feb, 24 Feb, 09 Mar,                                                                                                                                                                           Single supplement £198 (not available in
redevelopment of the old port                       beach or in a bar, visit the Maracanã                                                                                    06 Apr, 04 May, 15 Jun, 03 Aug, 21 Sep, 02 Nov,                                                                                                                                                                           Torres del Paine)
where you can enjoy a mouth-                        stadium or watch a samba show                                                                                            16 Nov, 21 Dec.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Business class supplement from £1,523
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2012 departures 28 Jan, 25 Feb, 17 Mar, 27 Oct,
watering steak and good bottle of                   over a few ice-cold caipirinhas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   24 Nov, 22 Dec.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ROSE LATHAM

wine for a fraction of the UK cost.                 Day 9 Off to the airport for your
Later, you’ve the chance to attend                  flight home, arriving day 10, Sun.
one of the city’s exuberant Sunday
football matches, if there’s a good
one on.
Day 4 Fly (2hrs) to Puerto Iguazú
in the subtropical northwest.                        extension                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         extension
Explore the pleasant little town or                  A FEW DAYS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A FEW DAYS
relax in your hotel’s leafy garden.
Day 5 Excursion to the Argentinean                   TO SPARE?                                                                                                                                                                                    Very good mix of                                                                                                                                     TO SPARE?
side of the Iguazú Falls where                                                                                                                                                                                                                    locations, activities
you can follow walkways above,                      Top: Our charity Que Rico! helps fund a burns                                                                                                                                                 and weather. We found                                                                                                                                Top: Our charity Que Rico! helps fund a burns
alongside and behind the immense                     Head rehabilitation centre in Cochabamba
                                                    unit and down the Emerald Coast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Explore mysterious and
                                                     south of Rio to peaceful Ilha
                                                    where children receive vital treatment and care.                                                                                                                                              our Atacama extension                                                                                                                                unit and rehabilitation centre in Cochabamba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        welcoming Easter Island in and care.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       where children receive vital treatment the
veils of water. You can even take
                                                    Above: Llamas are used as packof barefoot
                                                    Grande, verdant island animals in the                                                                                                                                                         at the end provided a                                                                                                                                South Pacific used as pack animals in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Above: Llamas are – archaeology andthe
a boat trip to be drenched by the
spray: very refreshing!
                                                    high Andes.
                                                    beaches and luxuriant walking                                                                                                                                                                 nice wind down.                                                                                                                                      high Andes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       beaches in a beautiful windswept
Day 6 Visit the Brazilian side and                  trails.                                                                                                                                                                                       FC, Edinburgh                                                                                                                                        landscape.
British-run bird-park before flying                 For full details see Extensions p38.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For full details see Extensions p36.

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The peaks and plains of Patagonia                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pure Patagonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Day 10 Drive to El Chaltén in the

                                                                                                      CRISTIAN PIZARRO

                                                                                                                         Journey route                                                                                                                CHARITO JOURNEY                                                                                    Fitz Roy range. Walk to the foot of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Journey route

                                                                                                                                •Valparaíso                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cerro Torre.                                              •Valparaíso
                                                                                                                                  •Santiago                                                                                                                                                                                                              Day 11 Visit the Laguna de los Tres,                        •Santiago
                                                                                                                                               Buenos Aires•
                                                                                                                                                                   URUGUAY                                                                            16 days, 13 nights                                                                                                                                                          Buenos Aires•
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2000m above which towers Mount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Enjoy the remote grandeur of Patagonia in just two weeks!
                                                                                                                                     Andes                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fitz Roy, or take a short walk to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Torres del Paine National Park, one of the world’s most majestic
                                                                                                                                                ARGENTINA                                                                                                                                                                                                waterfall. Optional ice trekking on                                       ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                •Temuco                                                                                                                wildernesses.
                                                                                                                                  •                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lago Viedma.                                          CHILE
                                                                                                                                     Pucón                                                                                                             Perito Moreno Glacier: Vast, dynamic, accessible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Day 12 Fly to Buenos Aires where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fitz Roy – sheer-walled mountains and gem-clear lakes in Argentina’s
                                                                                                                                    • Puerto Varas                                                                                                                                                                                                       the belle époque architecture,
                                                                                                                          Chiloé •                                                                                                                                                                                                                       trendy boutiques and pavement
                                                                                                                          Island                                                                                                                       Explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cafés create a European flavour.                              Andes
                                                                                                                                                             ATLANTIC OCEAN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ATLANTIC OCEAN
                                                                                                                                CHILE                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Day 13 Walking tour of this city
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of contrasting neighbourhoods.
                                                                                                                         Torres del
                                                                                                                         Paine National• Chaltén/Fitz Roy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 1 Sat, UK clients depart on        iceberg-dotted rivers and snow-                                                                                Torres del    El Chaltén/Fitz Roy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Optional tango show.                               Paine National•
Above: You may choose to ice trek on either Perito Moreno or Viedma Glacier to absorb the scale and                      Park           •El Calafate                                                                                                  overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.   white glaciers. The park teems with                                                                            Park           •El Calafate
deep blue colour of the southern ice cap.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Day 14 Optional catamaran trip
                                                                                                                                       •                                                                                                              Day 2 Walking tour of the colonial     wildlife: guanacos, condors, eagles,
                                                                                                                          Puerto Natales •                                                                                                                                                                                                               across the River Plate to Colonia,                                  •
                                                                                                                               Punta Arenas                                                                                                           centre of the capital.                 silver fox and even puma may be                                                                                      Punta Arenas
                                                                                                                                                   •                                                                                                                                                                                                     Uruguay.
NANDÚ JOURNEY                                                                                                                                      Ushuaia                                                                                            Day 3 Optional excursion to            spotted. Optional boat trip to Glacier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Day 15 UK clients depart, arriving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Valparaíso, a lively port where        Grey, and/or walks to the Valle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         day 16, Sun.

                                                                                                                         Journey proFiLe                                                                                                              painted wooden houses clinging to      Francés or to the base of the towers.                                                                          Journey proFiLe
23 days, 20 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    near vertical cliffs are reached by    Day 8 Bus to El Calafate in
 Chile’s lake district – outdoor activities in the shadow of volcanoes.                                                  Transport 4 flights (longest 3½hrs);                                                                                         funicular railways, or to a nearby     Argentina – located on the tawny                            extension                                          Transport 2 flights (longest 4hrs); 4 road
 Torres del Paine Park, a wilderness of breath-taking beauty.                                                            6 road journeys (longest 6hrs).
                                                                                                                         Accommodation Comfortable hotels with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vineyard.                              shores of the vast, turquoise Lago                          A FEW DAYS                                         journeys (longest 6hrs).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Accommodation Comfortable hotels and
 Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s greatest sights.                                                                                                                                                                                           Day 4 Fly to Punta Arenas, on the      Argentino. Continue to Perito
 Tierra del Fuego – explore the unique mountain scenery of the                                                           private bathroom. Hostel accommodation in                                                                                    Magellan Straits, deep in Patagonia    Moreno Glacier, 1km across and                              TO SPARE?                                          hostel in Torres del Paine with shared facilities.
                                                                                                                         Torres del Paine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meals Breakfast daily (except in Torres
 ‘Land of Fire’.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and continue by bus to the town of     higher than a tower block. Using
 Enjoy the vibe of dynamic Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America.                                                     Meals Breakfast daily (except in Torres del                                                                                  Puerto Natales on the Sound of Last    wooden walkways, we can get                                                                                    del Paine).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Top: Our charity Que Rico! helps fund a burns
                                                                                                                         Paine); lunch in Tierra del Fuego National Park.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Included excursions walking tour of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope.                                  up close to its massive walls from                          unit and rehabilitation centre in Cochabamba
                                                                                                                         Included excursions walking tour of                                                                                          Days 5-7 Drive to Torres del           which huge cathedrals of ice ‘calve’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         where children receive vital treatment and care.   Santiago; walks in Torres del Paine and Fitz
                                                                                                                         Santiago; Petrohue Falls; penguin rookery;            Top: The sheer granite rock face of Mount Fitz                                                                                                                             Extend your used as pack visit to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Above: Llamas aretrip with aanimals in the         Roy; Perito Moreno Glacier; walking tour of
Day 1 Sat, UK clients take overnight                  Glacier Grey and Valle Francés.                                                                                                                                                                 Paine National Park. Based             into the lake below.                                        high Andes.
                                                                                                                         walks in Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy; Perito        Roy hangs over the village of El Chaltén in Los                                                                                                                           magnificent Iguazú Falls on the                    Buenos Aires.
flight to Santiago, Chile.                            Day 12 Bus to El Calafate in                                       Moreno Glacier; Tierra del Fuego National             Glaciares National Park.                                               at a hostel in the shadow of the       Day 9 Optional boat trip to view the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Argentinean/Brazilian border.                      Summary of nights Santiago 2; Puerto
Day 2 Walking tour of the colonial                    Argentina – located on the shores of                               Park; city tour Buenos Aires.                         Above: La Boca, founded by Italian immigrants,                         vertiginous granite towers, spend      massive Upsala glacier, or horse-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For full details see Extensions p39.               Natales 1; Torres del Paine 3; El Calafate 2;
centre, the market and city parks.                    the vast, turquoise Lago Argentino.                                Summary of nights Santiago 2; Pucón 2;
                                                                                                                                                                               now shelters an artists’ quarter of Buenos Aires:                      three days exploring the lagoons,      riding around Lago Argentino.                                                                                  El Chaltén 2; Buenos Aires 3.
                                                                                                                                                                               here you might see tango dancers in the street.
Day 3 Optional excursion to                           Day 13 Excursion to Perito                                         Puerto Varas 2; Puerto Natales 1; Torres del                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey
Valparaíso, a lively port where                       Moreno Glacier, 1km across and                                     Paine 3; El Calafate 2; El Chaltén 2; Ushuaia 3;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Latin America tour leader.

painted wooden houses cling to                        higher than a tower block. Using                                   Buenos Aires 3.
vertical cliffs reached by funicular                  wooden walkways, we can get                                        Group size Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Journey tariFF
railways, or to a nearby vineyard.                    up close to its massive walls from                                 Latin America tour leader.
Day 4 Fly to Temuco in the volcano-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Code     Starts (UK)       Ends (UK)       Price
                                                      which huge cathedrals of ice calve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WS 101*°   08 Jan 11       23 Jan 11       £2,798
dotted lake district and continue                     into the lake below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WS 102     22 Jan 11       06 Feb 11       £2,798
by bus to lakeside Pucón. Optional                    Day 14 Drive to El Chaltén in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WS 103*°   12 Feb 11       27 Feb 11       £2,698
biking, rafting and bathing in                        Fitz Roy range. Walk to the foot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WS 104*°   26 Feb 11       13 Mar 11       £2,698
thermal pools.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WS 105*°   22 Oct 11       06 Nov 11       £2,698
                                                      of the granite needle of Cerro Torre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WS 106°    05 Nov 11       20 Nov 11       £2,798
Day 5 Opportunity, weather                            Day 15 Walking opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WS 107*    26 Nov 11       11 Dec 11       £2,798
permitting, to climb snow-capped                      among the vertical cliffs of these                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WS 108     17 Dec 11       01 Jan 12       £2,898
Villarica volcano overshadowing                       monumental mountains.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 *These departures coincide with the Panorama
the pleasant resort. Or just relax                    Day 16 Fly to Ushuaia, principal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of the Andes Journey, see p26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            °These departures coincide with the Iguazú
and enjoy the views.                                  port on the island of Tierra del                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Left: We spend 3 nights in Torres del Paine to      and Rio Journey, see p30
Day 6 By road to Puerto Varas,                        Fuego at the southernmost tip of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   explore the park, its glaciers and wildlife and    Single supplement £323 (not available in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         breathtaking mountain scenery.                     Torres del Paine)
another thriving lakeside town.                       the continent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Business class supplement from £1,546
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Below: Admire the sheer size of Perito Moreno
Excursion to Petrohue Falls.                          Days 17,18 Here, jagged peaks run                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the walkways. The ice face stands some 70     2012 departures 07 Jan, 28 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Feb,
                                                                                                                         Journey tariFF
Day 7 Optional day trip to the                        down to the shore of the Beagle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    metres high.                                       20 Oct, 03 Nov, 24 Nov, 22 Dec.
deeply traditional, rural island of                   Channel, beyond which lie Cape                                     Code        Starts (UK)       Ends (UK)      Price

Chiloé with its unique atmosphere                     Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula.                                  NS 101        08 Jan 11       30 Jan 11      £3,598
of mists and myths.                                                                                                      NS 102        22 Jan 11       13 Feb 11      £3,598
                                                      We include a walk in Tierra del Fuego
                                                                                                                         NS 103 S      05 Feb 11       27 Feb 11      £3,498
Day 8 Fly to Punta Arenas and drive                   National Park’s ancient forests                                    NS 103        12 Feb 11       06 Mar 11      £3,498
to Puerto Natales, on Last Hope                       fringing Lapataia Bay; optional                                    NS 104        26 Feb 11       20 Mar 11      £3,498
Sound, via the penguin rookery                        Beagle channel boat trip and/or visit                              NS 105        05 Mar 11       27 Mar 11      £3,498    I booked this trip to
at Seno Otway (Nov-Mar).                              to the historic Harberton ranch.                                   NS 106        19 Mar 11       10 Apr 11      £3,498
                                                                                                                         NS 107        15 Oct 11       06 Nov 11      £3,598    walk at El Chaltén for
Days 9-11 Based at a cosy hostel                      Days 19,20 Fly to Buenos Aires
in the shadow of towering granite                     where the belle époque architecture,
                                                                                                                         NS 108        05 Nov 11       27 Nov 11      £3,598    first time and re-visit
                                                                                                                         NS 109        19 Nov 11       11 Dec 11      £3,598
pillars in Torres del Paine                           trendy boutiques and pavement                                      NS 110 S      26 Nov 11       18 Dec 11      £3,598    Torres del Paine and I
National Park, spend 3 days                           cafés create a European flavour.                                   NS 110
                                                                                                                         NS 111
                                                                                                                                       03 Dec 11
                                                                                                                                       17 Dec 11
                                                                                                                                                       25 Dec 11
                                                                                                                                                       08 Jan 12
                                                                                                                                                                                was not disappointed!
exploring the translucent lagoons,                    Guided city tour included, optional                                                                                       To see El Chalten on
                                                                                                                         S Solo departures, please see page 5
iceberg-dotted rivers and snow-                       tango show.
white glaciers. The park teems with                   Day 21 Optional trip across the
                                                                                                                         Single supplement £405 (not available in Torres
                                                                                                                         del Paine)
                                                                                                                                                                                a clear day was truly
wildlife – guanacos, condors, eagles,                 River Plate to Colonia, Uruguay.                                   Business class supplement from £1,539                  ‘awesome’.
                                                                                                                         2012 departures 14 Jan, 28 Jan, 04 Feb, 11 Feb,
silver fox and even puma may be                       Day 22 UK clients depart, arriving                                 25 Feb, 24 Mar, 20 Oct, 03 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov,        NB, London SW19
spotted. Walks on clear paths to                      day 23, Sun.                                                       08 Dec, 15 Dec.

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                 to book online visit
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Family Journeys

Latin America is a continent comprehensively packed


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PATAGONIA FAMILY JOURNEY
with colour and variety which appeals to visitors of all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       14 days, 11 nights
ages. What a place to travel to as a family! Nowadays it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Torres del Paine Fitz Roy Mountains Tierra del Fuego
safe and clean with efficient transport, and our Journeys
are not in any way arduous, rather they are packed with
exciting things to see and do. Your children won’t be bored                                                                                                                                                                            Day 1 Overnight flight to                           Relax after the exhilarating ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Santiago, Chile.                                    with a typical asado, Argentinean
for a minute and all the family will find their lives have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Day 2 Walking tour of the colonial                  barbeque. (On the August
been enriched. The following four holidays have been                                                                                                                                                                                   centre of the capital.                              departure, winter in Patagonia,
specially devised with family travel in mind, and are open                                                                                                                                                                             Day 3 Fly to Punta Arenas,                          try your hand at dog-sledding and
exclusively to families where at least one of the members                                                                                                                                                                              Chile’s most southerly city, deep in                snow-showing in the mountains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Patagonia. Drive to Puerto Natales                  outside of Ushuaia).
is under 18 years of age.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on Last Hope Sound with a stopover                  Days 10-12 Fly to lively Buenos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (December only) at the penguin                      Aires, a city that never sleeps
PERU FAMILY JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rookery at Seno Otway.                              with a distinctly European flavour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Days 4,5 Drive to Torres del                        There’s a walking city tour included,
17 days, 15 nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Paine National Park. Based at a                     and many options to choose from:
 Colca Canyon Lake Titicaca Cusco & Machu Picchu Amazon                                                                                                                                                                                cosy hostel within the park, enjoy                  a tango show and lesson; museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a guided walking tour exploring                     visits or ferry across the River Plate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the lagoons, iceberg-dotted rivers                  to Colonia, Uruguay.
Day 1 Fri, daytime flight to Lima,      tropical mountains, with a guided                                                                                                                                                              and glaciers. The park teems with                   Day 13 UK clients depart, arriving
arriving early evening.                 tour of the ruins.                                                                                                                                                                             wildlife: guanacos, condors, eagles,                day 14, Fri.
Day 2 Fly to Arequipa (1hr), city       Days 13,14 Short flight to Puerto                                                                                                                                                              silver fox and even puma may be
of pearly-white stone colonial          Maldonado in the Amazon                                                    Above: Hunt out the wildlife and flora with an expert guide in Costa Rica’s rainforest.                             spotted.                                                                                                                     Above: Get soaked in the spray on a boat trip up close to the mighty San Martín waterfall at Iguazú.
buildings and flowery squares.          jungle for two nights based at a                                                                                                                                                               Day 6 Bus to El Calafate in
Optional visit to the mini-village of   lodge a short boat ride down the                                           COSTA RICA FAMILY JOURNEY                                                                                           Argentina – located on the tawny                    Journey route                                                            ARGENTINA & BRAZIL FAMILY JOURNEY
Santa Catalina Convent.                 river. Guided explorations include                                                                                                                                                             shores of the vast, turquoise
Days 3,4 Drive up through volcanic      a rainforest hike and nocturnal                                            13 days, 11 nights                                                                                                  Lago Argentino. Hard-core action                               •Santiago      Buenos Aires URUGUAY                           12 days, 9 nights
scenery to the isolated Colca           caiman spotting.                                                            Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tortuguero National Park                                                           enthusiasts can opt for quad-biking                                                        Colonia                            Buenos Aires Iguazú Falls Brazilian Pantanal wildlife
Canyon, deepest in the world,           Day 15 Return to Puerto Maldonado                                           Caribbean beach                                                                                                    or horse-riding.                                                                                                             wetlands Rio de Janeiro
peppered with colourful traditional     and fly to Lima.                                                                                                                                                                               Day 7 Day trip to Perito Moreno
communities. Relax in natural           Day 16 Optional visits to museums.                                                                                                                                                             Glacier, 1km across and higher                         CHILE

thermal pools, and take a walk along    Fly to UK, arriving day 17, Sun.                                           Day 1 Sat, daytime flight to San                        Days 8,9 Along the coast to                                 than a tower block. Using wooden                                                                                             Day 1 Sun, overnight flight to                         Corcovado mountain to the Christ
the canyon’s rim looking out for                                                                                   José arriving in the evening.                           Cahuita National Park, with                                 walkways, get up close to its                                                                                                Buenos Aires.                                          Statue If you can’t get enough of the

condors hovering above – and below.                                                                                Days 2,3 Drive up into the                              its beautiful seascapes, swaying                            massive walls from which huge                                                                                                Days 2,3 Guided tour of this buzzy                     views, take an optional trip up the
Day 5 By road past bird-filled                                                                                     cool cloud-forested hills to                            palms and excellent snorkelling                             blocks of ice ‘calve’ into the lake                             Andes                     ATLANTIC OCEAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    city’s highlights including the                        Sugar Loaf by cable car too (there’s
lagoons to Puno, port and                                                                                          Monteverde. Discover the                                possibilities among the coral reefs.                        below. Optional trek on the ice                                                                                              colonial centre. There are several                     a small zoo at the top).
university town on the shores of                                                                                   ecological reserve from suspended                       Day 10 After a guided walk in the                           surface (minimum age 10).                           Torres del                                                               optional excursions to choose from,                    Day 11 Transfer to the airport for
Lake Titicaca.                                                                                                     bridges, tree-top canopy zip-lines                      rainforest backing the coast, you’ll                        Day 8 Fly to Ushuaia, principal port                Paine National• El Calafate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Park           •                                                         such as a trip across the River Plate                  your flight home, arriving day 12,
Day 6 Short boat trip to the floating                                                                              and walking trails. A fairy-tale                        have a free day to explore with                             on the island of Tierra del Fuego                                                                                            estuary to Colonia in Uruguay or                       Thurs.
reed islands of the Uros Indians,                                                                                  environment of lush vegetation                          biking, horse-riding, and bird-                             at the southernmost tip of the                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Punta Arenas                                                    a night out at a tango show with a
and on to the tranquil, vehicle-                                                                                   harbours hundreds of species of                         watching available. Or just stretch                         continent. Here, jagged peaks run                                             •Ushuaia                                       lesson in this exotic dance.
free island of Amantaní, where                                                                                     birds and mammals, along with                           out on the volcanic sand.                                   down to the shore of the Beagle                                                                                              Day 4 Fly (2hrs) to Puerto Iguazú
you’ll stay with local people in                                                                                   exotic flora, such as wild orchids.                     Day 11 Return to San José.                                  Channel, where there’s a guided                     Journey tariFF                                                           in the subtropical northwest. Visit
                                        Above: Search for the wildlife in the Amazon,
their homes, with the opportunity       with expert local guides to help you.                                      There’s a magical guided tour at                        Day 12 UK clients depart, arriving                          excursion to spot birds and other                                                                                            the Brazilian side of the falls and the
to experience their simple rural                                                                                   twilight, the best time to spot birds.                  day 13, Thurs.                                              wildlife.                                           Code        Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)        Price                      impressive British-run bird park.
                                                                                                                   Day 4 By boat and road to the still                                                                                 Day 9 Explore the remote                            FS 101      09 Apr 11        22 Apr 11        £3,058                     Day 5 Excursion to the Argentinean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FS 102      06 Aug 11        19 Aug 11        £3,278
Day 7 Return by boat to Puno.           Journey route                                                              active Arenal volcano, with a                           Journey route                                               mountains and lakes of Tierra                       FS 103      17 Dec 11        30 Dec 11        £3,238                     side of the Iguazú Falls where                         Journey route
Days 8,9 By public coach along                                                                                     sunset tour to spot the fireworks                                                                                   del Fuego in 4WD vehicles, going                    Single supplement £227
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you can follow walkways above,
the picturesque Central Valley                                                BRAZIL                               and lava of the eruptions, and a                                                                                    off roads through forests and over                  Business class supplement from £1,443                                    alongside and behind the immense                                          PANTANAL

to Cusco, glorious city of Inca                           PERU                                                     soak in the hot springs to follow                                                    CARIBBEAN SEA                  dramatic high mountain passes.                      2012 departures 31 Mar, 11 Aug, 22 Dec.                                  veils of water. You can even take                                    Cuiabá •

and colonial times packed with            Lima
                                                                                  Puerto                           the excitement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a boat trip to be drenched by the
                                          •                                                                                                                                                           • Tortuguero                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •
treasures. Delve into the churches,                       Machu Picchu            Maldonado
                                                                                  •                                Day 5 Guided day trip to the                                     Arenal•
                                                                                                                                                                               Monteverde •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Below: Perito Moreno glacier descends from the southern ice cap, some 350km long.                                            spray: very refreshing!                                             Puerto                             Rio
                                                                 vCusco                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Iguazú•

museums, cafes, markets and                                                                                        turquoise waters of Rio Celeste                                             •
                                                                                                                                                                                         SanJosé             •Cahuita                                                                                                                                               Days 6-8 Fly to Cuiabá, then                                                     BRAZIL
                                                                  •                   BOLIVIA
shops, or take an exciting white-                                                                                  with a rainforest hike and a chance                                         COSTA RICA                                                                                                                                                           continue by road into the wildlife
                                                                  Colca                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ARGENTINA
water rafting trip along the River                                Canyon      Puno                                 to bathe in the crystal clear pools.                                                                                                                                                                                                             wetlands of the Brazilian
Urubamba.                                                           •         •                                    Days 6,7 By land and boat along                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pantanal, and stay at a rustic lodge                                                      ATLANTIC OCEAN
                                                                    •                                                                                                               PACIFIC OCEAN
Days 10-11 Thrilling overnight            PACIFIC OCEAN    Arequipa        Lake Titicaca                           the San Juan river to the channels                                                                                                                                                                                                               in bird-filled countryside. There are                             •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buenos Aires
camping trip with a fully supported                                                                                and mangroves of Tortuguero                                                                                                                                                                                                                      loads of safari-style explorations
hike down to the fertile mountain-                                                                                 National Park on the Caribbean                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by boat, truck, on horseback or by
rimmed Sacred Valley of the             Journey tariFF                                                             coast. Glide over the water through                     Journey tariFF                                                                                                                                                                           canoe to spot caiman alligators                        Journey tariFF
Incas, via isolated Inca ruins and                                                                                 a huge tract of drowned rainforest                                                                                                                                                                                                               lazing on the river beaches, giant
communities, followed by a night        Code       Starts (UK)      Ends (UK)          Price                       with expert naturalist guides                           Code        Starts (UK)     Ends (UK)        Price                                                                                                                                       guinea pigs, anteaters and huge                        Code        Starts (UK)       Ends (UK)       Price
at riverside Ollantaytambo with its     FP 101     08 Apr 11        24 Apr 11          £2,998                      helping you to identify species of                      FC 101      09 Apr 11       21 Apr 11        £2,498                                                                                                                                      flocks of tropical birds.                              FW 101      10 Apr 11         21 Apr 11       £3,128
                                        FP 102     05 Aug 11        21 Aug 11          £3,228                                                                              FC 102      30 Jul 11       11 Aug 11        £2,598                                                                                                                                                                                             FW 102      31 Jul 11         11 Aug 11       £3,298
huge Inca temple fortress.              FP 103     17 Dec 11        02 Jan 12          £3,228                      bird, as well as monkeys, crocodiles,                   FC 103      17 Dec 11       29 Dec 11        £2,678                                                                                                                                      Days 9,10 Fly to Rio de Janeiro                        FW 103      18 Dec 11         29 Dec 11       £3,398
Day 12 Day trip by train and bus to     Single supplement £297
                                                                                                                   sloth and iguanas. There’s a tour                       Single supplement £315
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (approx 4hrs), a relaxed city of fun,                  Single supplement £435
the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu,       Business class supplement from £1,418                                      of the village and optional turtle-                     Business class supplement from £1,743                                                                                                                                                    music, beach and football. There’s                     Business class supplement from £1,247
sitting astride a ridge in the sub-     2012 departures 06 Apr, 03 Aug, 21 Dec.                                    spotting.                                               2012 departures 31 Mar, 04 Aug, 22 Dec.                                                                                                                                                  a jeep tour up the jungle-clad                         2012 departures 01 Apr, 05 Aug, 23 Dec.

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Extensions tailor-made to suit you


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         KLEIN TOURS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ISABELLE MAZILLE
No need to miss out
Somewhere you especially wanted to go, but not included in your
Journey itinerary? Don’t worry, we can easily add on an extension
to take you there before or after the group trip.                                                                                                                 With much of Latin America still in
                                                                                                                                                                  its natural state, the prolific wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                  is left to roam undisturbed. Times
Tap into our knowledge                                                    A sample of what we can offer you is featured
Here we really do need to blow our own                                    here. The most popular extensions are listed                                            are changing: the modern world
trumpet – with over 60 staff, some of whom                                on our website where you can see how they                                               and expanded areas of cultivation
have been with us for over 20 years, and all of                           dovetail with your chosen Journey. However,                                             are definitely making an impact,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Above: The comfortable Tip Top is nimble enough to anchor close
whom travel regularly around the continent,                               as specialists in the region we can offer
                                                                                                                                                                  but you can still find places,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to the smaller bays.
we can say that our repertoire of flexible                                you many alternatives, in which case our
itineraries and options is second to none.                                consultants are well-placed to advise and                                               surprisingly accessible, where you
                                                                                                                                                                  can observe this flora and fauna

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           KLEIN TOURS
                                                                          put together your trip.
Many of these extensions are fully flexible,                                                                                                                      close up, from your base at a jungle
in terms of what you do, where you stay and                               You can relax at a modern spa or on a palm-
                                                                                                                                                                  lodge or on a cruise.
how you get there. Others, such as cruises or                             fringed beach, spot wildlife, ramble or drive
treks, necessarily follow a fixed route. None                             through outstanding scenery, seek out
is escorted by your tour leader, rather, where                            historical or contemporary culture, sample                                                                                                                                                    Above: Sea-lions, undisturbed by visitors, bask on a beach in the Galápagos.
appropriate, they will be led by English-                                 regional cuisine and wines, or even choose
speaking local guides, often with relevant                                something more active, like horse-riding or                                                                                                                                                   GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
expertise.                                                                kayaking. The indicated number of nights
                                                                          includes positioning nights where necessary.                                                                                                                                                  Almost 1000km off the coast of Ecuador,                                   from small motor cruisers to luxurious liners                                        Above: The Coral - spacious and well appointed motor yacht with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jacuzzi on board!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        astride the equator in the Pacific Ocean, lie the                         operating varying itineraries; your choice

                                                                                                                                               AQUA EXPEDITIONS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ALAN MERRIGAN / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        unique and enchanting Galápagos Islands.                                  may be narrowed to a cruise which departs on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        These peaks of gigantic submarine volcanoes                               a convenient day of the week. On our website,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have never been attached to the continent,                                we include details of the smaller boats Tip Top,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and over the millennia animals and plants have                            Coral and Cachalote. These are particularly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        come to adapt to the special environment and                              appropriate to follow – or precede if you prefer –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to develop differently from their ancestors.                              our Journeys, but the Tailor-made section of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No large mammals ever reached the islands                                 website features many more, plus land-based
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so birds and reptiles have remained dominant.                             Galápagos explorations and shorter cruises.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Galápagos archipelago offers one of                                   Connects with tours starting/ending Quito
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the greatest wildlife shows on earth, best                                or Lima.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        appreciated by means of a cruise around the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        islands.                                                                  Recommended stay: 10 days, includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 nights in Quito. This extension links well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A relaxing Galápagos cruise rounds off your                               with the Condor, p20; Condorito, p21;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Above: Cachalote – a 29m schooner/motor sailer has a capacity for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        holiday perfectly. There are a number of vessels                          Jacana,p24; and Pato Andino, p26.                                                    16 passengers; a cosy and informal choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WILDLIFE WILDERNESS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IN THE PANTANAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Latin America has more than its share of exotic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wildlife, but it can be difficult to spot – shy birds,
                                                                                                                                                                  Above: The scarlet macaw, one of many species of bird inhabiting
                                                                                                                                                                  the Amazon basin.                                                                                     mammals and reptiles conceal themselves in
Above: Some of the smaller tributaries of the Amazon shelter quiet waters, easy to navigate and spot the abundant wildlife in the waters and                                                                                                                            often luxuriant vegetation. There is a region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RESERVA AMAZONICA

along the shoreline.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    where the birdlife and fauna is both abundant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and visible: the vast Brazilian Pantanal
THE PERUVIAN AMAZON                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     wetlands is both a protected wilderness and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        accessible to visitors. There are a number of
About two-thirds of Peru’s territory east of the                          You can also travel down the Amazon or its                                                                                                                                                    eco-friendly, low-key but comfortable lodges.
Andes is occupied by Amazon rainforest: a                                 tributaries by boat – traditional-style and                                                                                                                                                   Our extension visits an excellent choice,
vast, often impenetrable tropical wilderness,                             luxury vessels now offer cruises, offering the                                                                                                                                                Pousada do Rio Mutum.
brimming with wildlife. A visit really makes                              opportunity to embark on smaller craft to explore
a comprehensive holiday in Peru complete.                                 the creek, visit villages and spot monkeys and                                                                                                                                                In the Pantanal, huge concentrations of birds,
It’s not as difficult to reach as you might think:                        tropical birds. See the tailor-made section of our                                                                                                                                            alligators and mammals co-exist with cattle                               Above: To fully appreciate the abundant wildlife in the Pantanal,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           RIO MUTUM
the river-port of Puerto Maldonado, jumping-off                           website for details.                                                                                                                                                                          on marshy grasslands. According to season,                                paddling your way through the swamplands is a must!
point to many of the more popular lodges, such                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you may observe flocks of parakeets, macaws                               Right: Pousada do Rio Mutum, a luxurious retreat from where to visit
                                                                          Recommended stay: 5 days, includes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the wildlife of the Pantanal.
as Posada Amazonas, is only a 50 minute flight                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and giant storks; in the dry season (Apr-Nov)
from Cusco. (Also, we can help you with lodges                            1 night in Lima.                                                                                                                                                                              scores of caiman laze on the riverbanks, giant                            Connects with tours starting/ending Rio.
close to Iquitos on the River Amazon proper,                              This extension links well with the Condor, p20;                                                                                                                                               capybaras stroll across the road and you may
a 2 hour flight from Lima).                                               Condorito, p21; Tico Tico, p23; Jacana, p24;                                                                                                                                                  come across armadillos, anteaters and howler                              Recommended stay: 8 days, includes
                                                                          and Pato Andino,p26.                                                                                                                                                                          monkeys. The Pousada offers full-board,                                   3 nights in Rio de Janeiro.
All of the lodges offer full board and a similar                                                                                                                                                                                                                        activities and wildlife observation with safaris                          This extension links well with the Jacana, p24;
programme of activities and excursions into                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by kayak, on horse-back or walking. See the                               and Golondrina, p30.
                                                                                                                                                                  Above: Most lodges are reached by motorised dugout canoes, which
the rainforest on foot or by canoe.                                                                                                                               wind their way up and down stream from Puerto Maldonado.                                              hotel section of our website.

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Beach wind-downs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Natural and cultural

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CLAIRE MILNER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MEXICAN TOURIST BOARD
                                                                            THE BEACHES OF CUBA
                                                                            Cuban beaches combine the best of the
                                                                            Caribbean’s famous translucent turquoise seas
Few of our itineraries offer you                                            and sugary sand with pristine cleanliness and
much time to lounge on a beach –                                            unspoilt natural vistas. There are a number of                                                                                                                                       You will be seeing many of the
this is not time most gratifyingly                                          resorts around the island, which vary in terms                                                                                                                                       natural and cultural highlights of
spent in a group. However a few                                             of facilities and accessibility. Some, such as                                                                                                                                       the countries through which you
                                                                            Varadero, are busy strips with a number of                                                                                                                                           will be passing on your Journey,
days on the coast is a great way to                                         hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs; others are
round off an invigorating holiday                                           situated on remote islands (cayos), including                                                                                                                                        but it is not possible to include
where you may have been doing                                               Cayo Las Brujas, with a pearl white beach                                                                                                                                            everything. Some extensions are
quite a bit of travelling. Most of                                          and coral reefs.                                                                                              CHORONí, VENEZUELAN                                                    obvious and logical – for example,
our group itineraries start or stop                                         Recommended stay: 4 days.                                                                                     CARIBBEAN COAST                                                        a visit to Easter Island is a popular
somewhere within reasonable                                                 This extension links well with the Parakeet, p16                                                                                                                                     choice for those visiting Chile.
                                                                            and Zun Zún, p17.                                                                                             The little colonial fishing port of Choroní lies on
reach of a sandy beach or rocky                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Others are rather less well-known,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Venezuela’s lush Caribbean coast within easy
cove with excellent hotel facilities.                                                                                                                                                     reach of glorious palm-fringed beaches and                             or more specialised, including
                                                                                                                                                                                          warm crystalline seas. Drive from Caracas airport                      estancia stays (wine, gastronomy,

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                                                                                                                                                                                          through the beautiful cloud forest national park                       horse-riding) in Argentina. You
                                                                                                                                                                                          which blankets the coastal mountains. It’s a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 may add on just a couple of days
                                                                                                                                                                                          friendly, barefoot place and, with a selection of
                                                                                                                                                                                          pretty posadas, waterside bars and restaurants,                        to see the Mayan ruins at Tikal or                                                     Above: The Copper Canyon in Northern Mexico offers a dramatic alternative to the better known sights in the south.

                                                                                                                                                                                          it’s a great place to hang out for a few days in the                   the Nasca Lines of Peru; or a week
                                                                                                                                                                                          sun before continuing your flight home.                                or more to cruise to the white                                                         COPPER CANYON, MEXICO
                                                                                                                                                                                          Recommended stay: 4 days.                                              continent, Antarctica. Below are a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Copper Canyon has some of the continent’s                           descending to Chihuahua. Access is from Los
                                                                                                                                                                                          This extension links well with the                                     few ideas to whet your appetite.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pato Andino, p16 and Condorito, p21.                                                                                                                          most awe-inspiring mountain scenery, and                                Mochis close to Mexico’s Pacific coast. Connects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one of the world’s most famous rail journeys.                           with tours starting/ending in Mexico City.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are a score of gorges and ravines, some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recommended stay 4-5 days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 TAMSIN BUTLER
BONAIRE IN THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Scenic highlights                                                                      deeper than the Grand Canyon. Travel by train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from El Fuerte (where you stay in a historic                            This extension links well with the Manakin, p12.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mansion) and climb into the Sierra Madre,
With its friendly atmosphere, vivid turquoise                               also a fine place just to lie back and relax.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        over-nighting on the canyon rim before
waters and balmy evenings, Bonaire is an                                    The Harbour Village is the most refined hotel
appealing prospect, especially if you are                                   property on the island, with the best beach.
travelling home from Ecuador on KLM Royal                                   Conects with tours starting/ending in Quito
Dutch Airlines, as the aircraft touch down there                            when flying on KLM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ATACAMA DESERT                                                                         THE IGUAZÚ FALLS OF BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA
to refuel. This tiny, cactus-studded island has
                                                                            Recommended stay: 4 days.                                                                                                                                                            The fringe of the Atacama Desert, close to the                                         Perhaps the most stunning sight in the                                  traditional or contemporary establishments.
a natural shore defined by coral reefs – it is one
                                                                            This extension links well with the Galápagos                                                                                                                                         Bolivian frontier, is a high-altitude volcanic and                                     whole of Latin America is the Iguazú Falls.                             Round off your holiday in exciting Rio de Janeiro.
of the world’s premier diving destinations.
                                                                            Dove, p18.                                                                                                                                                                           salt lake landscape of supreme, rugged beauty.                                         This 2km chain of 275 cataracts, which tumble                           Connects with tours starting/ending in Buenos
Snorkelling and water-sports are on offer but it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Moon Valley, the geysers at El Tatio and                                           and roar over a 60m precipice, is located in                            Aires .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pretty mountain villages such as Toconao                                               protected, bird-filled sub-tropical rainforest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recommended stay: 5 days, includes
                                                                                                                                                       HARBOUR VILLAGE, BONAIRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 are among a host of attractions here. Stay in                                          On either side of the border, which the cataracts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 comfortable accommodation in San Pedro, the                                            straddle, there is a comprehensive range of                             2 nights in Rio de Janeiro.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hub for visits to the region, or at the luxurious                                      accommodation, much of which is situated in                             This extension links well with Pato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 explora hotel, where top-quality meals and                                             extensive gardens with an outside pool, ranging                         Andino, p26; Nandú, p32 and Charito, p33.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 excursions are included.                                                               from spacious tourist class hotels to first class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Connects with tours starting/ending Santiago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     S WHITAKER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Recommended stay: 5 days, includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 night in Santiago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This extension links well with the Carancho, p31;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nandú, p32 and Charito, p33.
                                                                                                                                                                                          ILHA GRANDE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Below: The Moon Valley in the Atacama – an unforgettable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 panorama of sand dunes, salt desert and parched canyons.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Down the green coast from Rio lies Ilha Grande,

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                                                                                                                                                                                          a forest-swathed island where tourism is
                                                                                                                                                                                          deliberately kept low key and informal. There
                                                                                                                                                                                          are trails to discover across the hilly interior and
                                                                                                                                                                                          swim-safe golden beaches hidden within rocky
                                                                                                                                                                                          coves. Some hotels have a hippyish ambience,
                                                                                                                                                                                          others more easily fall into the boutique category.
                                                                                                                                                                                          All exude beguiling Brazilian laid-back charm.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Connects with tours starting/ending Rio.

                                                                                                                                                                                          This extension links well with the Jacana, p24;
Above: Snorkelling and diving in Bonaire are world class. You can also relax on the white sands at Harbour Village, one of the island’s best hotels.                                      Trogon, p29 and Golondrina, p30.                                                                                                                              Above: The Iguazú Falls are a short flight away from Buenos Aires.

➽                 For more details, packaged itineraries and prices visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Call 020 8747 8315 to speak to one of our expert consultants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for advice, additional information or to book your holiday
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                                                                                THE FJORDS AND GLACIERS                                                                                     History and tradition                                                                           LAKE ATITLÁN
                                                                                OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guatemala is a deeply traditional country
                                                                                Patagonia, the wilderness of steppes,                                                                                                                                                                       where indigenous and colonial culture and ritual

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                                                                                jagged mountains and glaciers, still offers an                                                                                                                                                              have blended and developed over the centuries
                                                                                experience of a landscape which feels truly                                                                                                                                                                 and are still very much in evidence today. It’s also
                                                                                remote. Nowadays however it can be visited                                                                                                                                                                  blessed with gorgeous scenery dominated by
                                                                                in comfort: there are first class estancias in                                                                                                                                                              about 35 volcanoes. Visit the huge artisan and
                                                                                stunning countryside and state-of-the-art                                                                                                                                                                   farmers’ market at Chichicastenango in the
                                                                                hotels. Luxurious motor-vessels offer cruises                                                                                                                                                               misty highlands, famous for its carved masks and
                                                                                exploring the innermost secrets of the ice. The                                                                                                                                                             rich textiles. On to Lake Atitlán, a clear body of
                                                                                fjords of southern Chile configure a fairy-tale                                                                                                                                                             water imbued with mystic qualities, surrounded
                                                                                land of deep, forested valleys, hanging glaciers                                                                                                                                                            by volcanic cones and tiny farmsteads.
                                                                                and tiny maritime settlements. Further south,                                                                                                                                                               Visit a couple of the little towns along the
Above: The Perito Moreno glacier in Argentinean Patagonia.                      cruises explore the Beagle channel and Tierra del                                                                                                                                                           shore, where traditional costume is still worn.
                                                                                Fuego, and even take you up to rugged Cape Horn.                                                                                                                                                            Connects with tours starting/ending in Antigua.
                                                                                Connects with tours that pass through Ushuaia,
THE GLACIERS OF                                                                 Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas.                                                                            EASTER ISLAND                                                                                   Recommended stay: 4 days, includes
ARGENTINE PATAGONIA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 night in Antigua.
                                                                                Cruises last from 4-7 days.                                                                                 Polynesian Easter Island lies 3,790km off                                                       This extension links well with the Alción, p10.
Cross the border from Chilean Patagonia to the                                  This extension links well with the Carancho, p31;                                                           the coast of Chile. This tiny, treeless territory,
Argentine side of the jagged, ice-capped Andes                                  Nandú, p32 and Charito, p33 .                                                                               triangular in shape and with a volcano in each
range and stay at El Calafate, a little resort                                                                                                                                              corner, has only 3,500 inhabitants. It is famed for                                                                                                                        Above: Aldous Huxley once labelled Lake Atitlán ‘the most beautiful lake in the world’ – with its translucent waters, surrounded by volcanoes,
town nestling on wilderness plains on the edge of                                                                                                                                           its vast, brooding stone statues or moai.                                                                                                                                  you may chose to agree.

milky-turquoise Lago Argentino. From here, visit                                                                                                                                            The balmy climate and the genuine warmth of
the towering ice-walls of the Perito Moreno and                                                                                                                                             the inhabitants make this unspoilt destination
Upsala glaciers, including a boat trip through ice-                                                                                                                                         one of our most popular. Stay at a simple tourist                                               ESTANCIA STAYS                                                                                                                                                       SALVADOR DA BAHíA
berg choked waters. Choose between tourist and                                                                                                                                              class hotel in town (4 nights) or at the magnificent
first class options. Round off your holiday with                                                                                                                                            first-class explora en Rapa Nui (recommended                                                    In colonial times, large tracts of land in Latin                           watching to nature trails and horse-riding. One                                           In a country well-endowed with colour, music
a couple of days in Argentina’s elegant capital,                                                                                                                                            stay 5 nights).                                                                                 America were divided into large estates –                                  of our favourites is El Rocío, in Argentina, but                                          and grace, the coastal city of Salvador perhaps
Buenos Aires. Connects with tours passing                                                                                                                                                   Connects with tours starting/ending Santiago.                                                   estancias or haciendas. Many had palatial                                  you can also spend several days unwinding in                                              exemplifies all three to the maximum. It’s an
through Puerto Natales, Chile.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              residences, usually built in elegant colonial style.                       bucolic tranquillity at estancias in Chile, Mexico                                        unmissable highlight of Brazil and integral to
                                                                                                                                                                                            Recommended stay: 5-6 days, includes                                                            Some of these estates have been refurbished and                            or Ecuador.                                                                               an understanding of the country. Here, the
Recommended stay: 7 days, includes                                                                                                                                                          1 night in Santiago.                                                                            opened up to visitors. A few have been converted                                                                                                                     African slave influence is dominant, with food,
2 nights in Buenos Aires.                                                                                                                                                                   This extension links well with the Carancho, p31;                                               into luxury hotels; some are still operating                               Recommended stay: 4 days.                                                                 dance and religious ritual all harking back to the
                                                                                Above: The Skorpios fleet travel to the San Rafael glacier, Chilean
This extension links well with the Carancho, p31.                               fjords and rainforest.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Nandú, p32; and Charito, p33.                                                                   ranches or wineries. Many offer visitors a warm                            This extension links well with the Pato Andino,                                           mother continent, while there is some of the best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            family-style welcome, excellent facilities and a                           p26; Nandú, p32 and Charito, p33.                                                         Spanish colonial architecture – all beautifully
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            range of activities from wine-tasting and bird-                                                                                                                      restored – on show too. It’s a joyous place, and has
ANTARCTICA                                                                                                                                                                                  PERU’S NASCA LINES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   some lovely beaches to boot. Connects with tours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Below: The charming estancia of ‘El Rocío’ is a short drive from Buenos Aires.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 starting/ending in Rio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ESTANCIA EL ROCIO
A hundred years after the first dramatic                                                                                                                                                    No one knows for sure why an ancient, unknown
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expeditions, the only realistic access to this                                                                                                                                              civilisation etched huge geometric markings –                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recommended stay: 4 days.
vast continent is still by sea. Cruise there, and                                                                                                                                           the Nasca Lines – into the desert south of Lima.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This extension links well with the Trogon, p29
you will witness yawning ice fields, mountains                                                                                                                                              Their scale and complexity can be best                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Golondrina, p30.
of staggering beauty and fathomless waters,                                                                                                                                                 appreciated from the air: on a light aircraft flight
all reflecting the ever-changing moods of the                                                                                                                                               from a nearby airstrip. You will have the services                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Below: Salvador is the pulsating African heart of Brazil and lively
southern sky. Enlivening this austere yet delicate                                                                                                                                          of an informed local guide and stay in comfortable                                                                                                                                                                                                                   street processions and music are a common sight in the old quarters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of Pelourinho.
landscape, huge conglomerations of penguins,                                                                                                                                                tourist class accommodation. Access is by road

and sea-lions, albatrosses and other seabirds lay                                                                                                                                           from between Lima to Nasca (7hrs each way).
on a spectacular display.                                                                                                                                                                   Connects with tours starting/ending in Lima.

Having made the long crossing of the Atlantic to                                                                                                                                            Recommended stay: 4 days, including
South America, you will, relatively-speaking, be                                                                                                                                            1 night in Lima.
tantalizingly close. Some of our Journeys have                                                                                                                                              This extension links well with the Condor, p20;
Ushuaia, the gateway to the White Continent, or                                                                                                                                             Condorito, p21; Tico Tico, p23; Jacana, p24;
                                                                                                                                                                                            Pato Andino, p26.
                                                             DAVID NICHOLS

                                                                                Punta Arenas on the Chilean side of the border,
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                                                                                as the last port of call on the itinerary. You may
                                                                                choose to leave the group here to take a cruise, or
                                                                                travel south by air at the end of your Journey.

                                                                                There is a wide choice of ships – from small
                                                                                expeditionary vessels to larger cruise ships
                                                                                with comprehensive facilities – and itineraries
                                                                                enabling you to visit the White Continent on trips
                                                                                lasting from one to three weeks.

                                                                                This extension links well with the Carancho, p31;
Above: Antarctic Dream.                                                         Nandú, p32; and Charito, p33.

➽                For more details, packaged itineraries and prices visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Call 020 8747 8315 to speak to one of our expert consultants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for advice, additional information or to book your holiday
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Responsible tourism                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                A feast of information and ideas

                                                                                                                                                                                   NEW LIFE MEXICO
Offsetting flights                                                    services to you, take pride in offering            American and all are Spanish and/                                                      Our website DESTINATIONS pages are full of general information,
With air travel constituting between                                  responsible holidays – with minimal                or Portuguese speakers, sensitive
2-5% of all global carbon emissions,                                  impact on the environment, support                 and knowledgeable about the local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tips, FAQS and articles on individual countries, to help put your
we recognise the need to minimise                                     for community development and                      culture, tradition and customs.                                                        holiday ideas in context. Please visit the GROUP TOURS section
our impact and we encourage clients                                   ensuring good working conditions.                                                                                                         of the website to find the following information:
to offset their flights, as we do for our                                                                                For more information on our
members of staff. In the last year, we                                Giving something back                              carbon offsetting scheme, our
have had a 63% uptake on offsets,                                     We support a number of small local                 charities, how to get involved
which funds our chosen TICOS (Tourism                                 charities in Latin America, where                  and our achievements towards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Itinerary                            Dates and prices                    Hotels                                Gallery
Industry Carbon Offset Scheme)                                        our financial contributions and                    responsible travel please visit
project in Latin America. Every TICOS                                 ongoing support help to make a real                                                                    Read the full day by day itinerary   Check out the dates and prices      Take a look at the typical hotels     Get a flavour of each Journey
project aims to alleviate poverty and                                 difference. In addition, we are quick                                                                                                     of each Journey.                     for each Journey.                   we use on each Journey.               by visiting the photo gallery.
reduce carbon emissions locally. Our                                  to act in times of disaster. In the last
first project funded the installation of                              year we have made contributions to
solar panels in 21 rural communities                                  relief work, such as in Peru following
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trip dossier                         Extensions                          Reviews                               BOOK ONLINE
in Panama, now we support a native                                    the devastating floods leaving
tree project in Guatemala, helping                                    many communities without basic                                                                                                            Download the dossier for a           See what tailormade extensions      Read what previous clients have to    Book your Journey online,
alleviate deforestation, poverty and                                  provisions, and even homes.                        In recognition of our efforts                                                          detailed itinerary, advice on        work well with each Journey, with   say about each Journey, including     including options for flights
malnutrition. For more information on                                 Please contact us if you too would                 towards Responsible Tourism                                                            weather, what to take, money         suggested itineraries and prices.   ratings on the standard of services   and extensions.
the project and what has been achieved                                like to get involved and support                   we have been awarded the                                                               matters and much more.                                                   and tour leader.
                                                                                                                         maximum 5 Stars by AITO.
visit                                       these worthwhile causes.

Carefully chosen suppliers                                            On the road
and services                                                          We chose to keep our group size small,
Ever since we started as a two-man                                    not only for your benefit, but also
band in 1980, we have believed that                                   to minimise and avoid the negative
it’s our responsibility to do all we can                              impact on the communities and eco-
to protect the places to which we                                     systems we visit. We chose small local
send you and to ensure that as much                                   operators, we stay in hotels locally
as possible of the money you spend                                    owned where possible, we eat locally
filters through to local economies.                                   produced food in local restaurants.
We, and everyone we ask to deliver                                    Many of our tour leaders are Latin
                                            TICOS PROJECT IN PANAMA

                                                                                                                                                             DENTAL PROJECT PERU

                                                                                                                                                                                   TICOS PROJECT IN GUATEMALA
                                                                      Local schools are involved with planting the
                                                                      Maya Nut Trees in Guatemala, our current TICOS
                                                                      project, teaching children about deforestation,
                                                                      sustainable food sources and nutritional health.

                                                                                                                                                                                   TICOS PROJECT IN GUATEMALA
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General information                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Booking conditions continued
The General Information below relates to                          MeaLs                                                           FLights and airport transFers                                    • ide trips or excursions designated in the brochure
                                                                                                                                                                                                    S                                                                                  we may delay the offer of an alternative itinerary, or a full   and well-being of minors is the responsibility of parents or       make any reimbursement or payment to you under the               2) First class Very comfortable, well-managed
bookings made from the Journey Latin America                      Meals are not provided unless specifically stated. Full         All airport transfers within Latin America are provided if        as optional. We can, on request, give an up-to-date                                refund. Where your travel arrangements are tailor-made          accompanying adults. You must ensure that all your travel          applicable convention on conditions of carriage, JLA is          accommodation with a full range of facilities and/or
Classic Journeys or Discovery Journeys                            board means breakfast, lunch and dinner; half board             you are travelling on any international flight arriving on        estimate of the cost of optional excursions on a given                             in nature, you may decide still to travel against the FCO       documents, full passport, visas, inoculation certificates,         similarly not obliged to make any payment to you. Copies         excellent service, furnishings and fittings, and a good or
brochures, and for bookings initiated from                        means breakfast and one other meal. Breakfast may               the first day of the tour or departing on the last day. We        trip. The actual cost will vary according to the number                            and JLA’s advice at your own risk, you should be aware          credit cards, currency and travellers’ cheques (we                 of the international conventions and carrier’s conditions        convenient location.
our website, with or without reference to the                     be a substantial buffet or very occasionally just a bread       will try to offer seats on these flights to clients travelling    of clients on the excursion and sudden price increases.                            that this will affect your personal insurance cover.            recommend US$ for Latin America – except Cuba) are in              of carriage are available from us upon request.                  3) Tourist class superior
brochures.                                                        roll and one cup of coffee. On Classic and Discovery            on the published group tour dates. However this is               • ravel insurance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    T                                                                                                                                                  order. No credit or refunds will be given as a result of lost,                                                                      Medium class hotels with a good range of facilities
                                                                  Journeys the group generally eats out together once a           not always possible and it may be necessary to make              • ips and gratuities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    T                                                                                  Please note that the above paragraphs do not apply if the       misplaced or destroyed travel documents. If your hotel             EC regulation 261/2004 relates to all flights departing          including a restaurant serving dinner. Also included
itineraries                                                       day, but there is no insistence on this. The Journey Latin      alternative flight arrangements for you, sometimes at            • ood other than stated; porterage, laundry, items
                                                                                                                                                                                                    F                                                                                  FCO advice is to consider postponing travel.                    has a safe, keep your passport there (but always carry             from the EU, or departing from outside the EU but with an        are hotels with a special historical context but where
It is very unlikely that the basic itinerary of a trip will be    America tour leader gives information on restaurants and        extra cost. If you arrive/depart on different days, or on         of a personal nature.                                                                                                                              a photocopy of the important pages for identification              EU carrier. It sets down rules governing compensation            the limitation of a conversion may compromise space
altered unless there is an unavoidable reason for it.             usually accompanies the group, the evening meal being           internal flights, we will charge you extra if you wish us to     • isas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    V                                                                                  10. priCes                                                      purposes). Use your common sense to judge whether                  and assistance which must be provided to disrupted               or comfort.
However, the itineraries given are a guide to intentions          a good social focal point. Full board is usually included       arrange transfers.                                               •Entrance fees to some national parks, municipal                                    a) Exchange rates                                               hotel safe-boxes are indeed ‘safe’, since, even if we have         passengers and specifically covers cancelled flights,            4) Tourist class
rather than immutable contracts and occasionally it               on camping sections of our trips.                                                                                                 taxes and immigration fees which must be paid                                      The tariffs and scheduled airfares in our Price List and        booked the hotel for you, JLA will accept no responsibility        long delays, denied boarding and downgrades. Affected            Comfortable and clean accommodation with a
may be necessary for us to make small alterations to                                                                              oVer 70 (or not...)                                               locally in cash. These include the Galápagos Islands                               brochures airfares are based on exchange rates quoted           or claims for contingent liability for theft from hotel rooms      passengers should ask at the airport for details of their        reasonable range of facilities including breakfast room
the accommodation, transport or order of an itinerary.            the detaiLs                                                     Journey Latin America welcomes bookings from clients              fees, currently around US$110 per person (subject                                  in the Financial Times Guide to World Currencies at the         or safekeeping. Yellow fever, typhoid inoculations and             rights under the legislation; however, the legislation taxes     and private bathroom.
Please note that no refund or compensation will be                A Briefing Dossier with general information on visas,           aged 70 or over who must provide a self-assessment                to change).                                                                        time of going to press on 31/08/10. The price of a tour         prophylactics against malaria should be considered                 the most agile of legal minds, and an airline check-in           5) Simple hotels and guesthouses
payable in these circumstances.                                   inoculations, recommended personal baggage,                     form, attesting fitness to travel on your designated trip.       •Airport Taxes: At the time of going to press (Aug 2010)                            or any element of it may be varied at any time before we        essential for all South and Central American countries             clerk cannot be expected to offer, without guidance, a           Clean and comfortable no-frills establishments offering
                                                                  currency, climate and photography will be sent to you           We reserve the right to ask for a doctor’s note from any          UK APD and PSC are included in all cases, but may                                  have accepted your booking and thereafter should any            within the tropics, please consult a qualified medical             definitive view on your rights. It is possible that 261/2004     a down-to-earth approach to service. Rooms usually
trip dossier                                                      by first class post shortly after your booking has been         client if we feel it to be necessary.                             be subject to change. On Classic and Discovery                                     variations or amendments be made by you to the original         practitioner. We are able to give general advice, but              will be amended to make matters clearer.                         have private facilities, but provision for meals may
For all Classic and Discovery Journeys, a Trip Dossier            confirmed. At each stage of the booking you will be sent                                                                          Journeys, and extensions domestic airport taxes are                                booking. Please also check our website to see                   cannot be held responsible for any information not stated                                                                           be rudimentary or non-existent. They are frequently
is published giving a comprehensive feel for what it’s like       a receipt or confirmation slip. All airline ‘tickets’ issued    Card payMents                                                     included where required by the rules of issuance of the                            if there has been a price variation – up or down!               in writing as indicated below. Use your common sense               Air travel is also subject to operational decisions of           characterful, family-run establishments.
on each trip, with much additional information. (If there is      in the UK are now electronic (although paper tickets            No surcharge will be imposed on payments by debit                 ticket; where not you will be asked to pay them locally.                                                                                           to decide whether food is safely edible.                           government bodies, carriers and airports which                   6) Basic hostel
any contradiction between the Dossier and the brochure            can still be issued in Latin America) and will be sent by       card; however if you wish to pay by credit or charge card         •On inbound flights from Latin America some taxes are                              b) Surcharges                                                                                                                      may result in delays or diversions. Please note that             While usually clean and friendly, these hostels offer only
the latter is normally more up-to-date, but if in doubt           first class post. Final documents are usually ready for         a fee of 2% of the value of the payment is levied to cover          included on the ticket and others not (and therefore                             We guarantee to impose no surcharge within the last 30          The name on your airline tickets should be the name that           transatlantic and Latin American carriers sometimes              basic facilities. They may be the only option in remote
you should check with our office.) Trip dossiers may be           despatch 10 days to 2 weeks before departure date.              the cost of the transaction.                                        payable locally by the client), depending on country,                            days prior to the commencement of your services with            appears on your full passport, so where we are booking             change the departure time of flights at short notice, and        locations.
requested before or after booking (and are also available                                                                                                                                             airline or government stipulations. The cost is typically                        JLA; however, we are entitled to pass on any additional         flights on your behalf, we will use the name exactly as            in some instances, schedules shown in the computers              7) Camping
on our website) and the most up-to-date itinerary will be                                                                         not inCLuded in the Cost                                            USD$20-50 per person.                                                            charges in respect of alternative arrangements requested        given on your booking form. If the name given is not as            of transatlantic carriers differ from those actually flown       ‘Fully serviced camping’ implies a cook and/or staff to
sent before departure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by you. Before this time we reserve the right to pass on        it appears in your passport, any penalties or charges              by smaller local carriers. We advise you that it is your         undertake the practical tasks; sometimes porters to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to the customer any additional costs associated with            incurred by airlines will be your responsibility, including        responsibility to be meticulous in locally reconfirming          most of the carrying. Tents and mats will be provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       currency fluctuation, government action or government           the purchase of a whole new ticket if necessary.                   directly with the carrier operating the flight. JLA accepts      but sleeping bags may only be available at extra charge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       imposed taxes/increases, overflying charges, fuel                                                                                  no liability for the consequences of flights missed              Toilet and washing facilities are basic and open-air.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       surcharges, increase in scheduled airfares, or other            Please note that if you believe that we have stated orally         owing to the passenger’s failure to reconfirm both               Service should be good and at least one guide will speak

Booking conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       transportation costs, airport taxes or embarkation or           that a particular facility or service would be available, we       the reservations and timings. Clients flying in economy          reasonable English.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       landing fees at ports. In this case we will absorb an           ask you make a brief reference to it in writing so that we         class to long haul destinations should be aware that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       amount equivalent to 2% of the affected element of the          may confirm it to you when accepting your booking. The             flights are often full; you may not be able to get seats         22. seasonaLity and MaintenanCe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       holiday price, which excludes insurance premiums and            same applies to requests for special diets, flight seats,          together. We also recommend that you check in early              In off-season, certain activities and hotel facilities, e.g.
The Booking Conditions below relate to bookings                   are aware that an increase in flight cost is imminent we        8. CanCeLLations By you                                          If we make a material change (examples of which are a                               any amendment charges. Only amounts in excess of this           room/cabin allocation and other sleeping arrangements,             for a long flight, and in any case, not less than two hours      excursions, pools, restaurants, etc may not be available
made from the Journey Latin America Bespoke                       will advise clients that immediate payment will enable          Any client who wishes to cancel must do so in writing and        change before departure, involving a significant change                             2% will be charged, but where a surcharge is payable,           facilities for the disabled which we must be made aware            before scheduled departure time. Our brochures and               owing to weather conditions or lack of demand. Similarly,
Holidays, Family Holidays, Classic Journeys or                    us to issue tickets so as to avoid passing any additional       the following fees or percentages will be charged based          of resort or ground itinerary, a significant – usually more                         there will be an additional amount to cover agent’s             of in writing at time of booking. If JLA or any local supplier     website are the responsibility of the tour operator, and         day-to-day maintenance may mean certain facilities
Discovery Journeys brochures, and for bookings                    flight cost, tax or other surcharge on to the client.           on the date of receipt in writing, by fax or by email by JLA     than 24 hours – change of outbound flight time) you                                 commission where applicable. If this means paying               reasonably feels unable properly to accommodate                    do not commit the airlines mentioned herein or any other         are temporarily unavailable. Conversely, during busy
initiated from our website, with or without                       This also applies to clients making flight arrangements         of notification of cancellation. Cancellations will take         may cancel your booking and obtain a prompt and full                                more than 10% on the holiday price, you will be entitled        the particular needs of the person(s) concerned we                 airline used in the course of your travel arrangements.          periods hotels often experience full occupancy which
reference to the brochures.                                       which are allied to, but do not directly affect, tour           effect the day said written notification is received by us.      refund of all money paid by you to JLA provided that                                to cancel your holiday, with full refund only of all money      reserve the right to decline the booking. Whilst every                                                                              may result in a livelier atmosphere and slower service in
                                                                  arrangements we are making.                                                                                                      you have given us written notification of cancellation                              you paid to JLA only. Should you decide to cancel your          effort will be made to meet requests for special diets and         19. iF you haVe a proBLeM on hoLiday                             busy facilities. JLA can offer no refund or compensation
PLEASE PAy PARTICuLAR ATTENTION                                                                                                   a) Standard conditions                                           within 7 days of the date on which we notified you of all                           holiday because of this you must do so in writing within        disabled facilities, they cannot be guaranteed in Latin            We are committed to delivering the highest level of              in these circumstances.
TO THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS:                                      4. ChiLdren                                                     If cancelled:                       Maximum charge               alterations. Please note that where an airline schedule                             14 days of the date of our notification of the surcharge.       America, nor can we accept claims for compensation                 service at all times. If you have a complaint, please bring
1 Deposits and interim payments                                   Children over the age of 12 are accepted on our Group                                                                            change causes a potential material change, JLA may                                                                                                  associated with their non-provision. Similarly, any special        it to the attention of JLA’s tour leader or local agents         23. Baggage aLLowanCes
                                                                                                                                  60 days or more                     Deposit (and interim
8 Cancellations by you                                            holidays, in financial terms they are treated as adults.                                                                         choose to switch flight routings at no additional cost                              11. reFunds and CoMpensation                                    request for flights seats and room/cabin allocation is             immediately to enable them to do their best to rectify           On scheduled transatlantic flights we can only give
                                                                                                                                  before departure                    payment where
14 Insurance                                                      Many of our tailor-made extensions are suitable for                                                                              to you, to enable us to fulfil our obligations to you. In                           As a basic principle, no refund will be made for any            at the discretion of the airline or service provider and           the situation. It is sensible to expect a client travelling in   general guidance on baggage allowances. Airlines
15 your responsibilities                                          families and we suggest that you contact us to discuss                                                                           these circumstances, if you choose to cancel, normal                                unused hotel accommodation, service or transport.               unless and until specifically confirmed by in writing all          Latin America to be reasonably resourceful if things go          frequently change their baggage allowances to
                                                                  the best options before booking. There are sometimes                                                                             charges will apply, and insurance premiums cannot be                                However, where we ourselves are able to obtain a                special requests are subject to availability. We will pass         wrong; this does not mean spending limitless money               passengers, and there are often inconsistencies in
                                                                                                                                  Between 59-30 days                  60% of tour cost or
Your contract (other than for Antarctic cruises) is with          reductions for one child (and sometimes two children)                                                                            refunded. If we make a material change within 8 weeks of                            refund from hotels or principals for services not used,         on any special dietary requirements to airlines but we             and expecting us to pick up the tab, or doing nothing            the way airlines handle or charge for excess weight or
                                                                                                                                  before departure                    interim payment
Journey Latin America Ltd (registered in England under            sharing the room of two accompanying adults, but these                                                                           departure, you will also be entitled to compensation per                            we will endeavour to pass this on to the client, less           recommend that you confirm this directly with the airline          at the time, and writing a letter of complaint on return.        unusual baggage. Unusual baggage might include, but
                                                                                                                                                                      (where appropriate)
Reg No. 1474705), a fully ATOL-bonded member of                   vary from country to country and resort to resort. These                                                                         person in accordance with the scale below.                                          reasonable administration charges. JLA’s responsibility         once your tickets have been issued.                                If your local agent is a few minutes late in meeting             is not limited to: bicycles, surfboards, scuba equipment,
                                                                                                                                                                      whichever greater
ABTA, trading as Journey Latin America, hereinafter               arrangements usually involve placing an extra foldaway                                                                                                                                                               will not extend beyond this refund (where possible) and                                                                            your flight, give him a chance to put things right on            golf clubs, or any bulky or unusually shaped items.
called JLA. When making a booking, you (the lead name             bed in a normal double room.                                                                                                     Period before scheduled departure date within                                       no payments will be made, or compensation given in              17. our responsiBiLities                                           the ground – this is far the best solution for you, for us       JLA accepts no claims for refunds, compensation or
                                                                                                                                  29 days or less                     100% tour cost
on the booking) guarantee that you have the authority                                                                                                                                              which a material change is notified to you                                          respect of claims for contingent liability or inconvenience     We accept responsibility for death, injury or illness              and for our agent. If all else fails, call JLA in London         contingent liability associated with any part of airlines’
                                                                                                                                  before departure
to accept, and do accept for you and on behalf of your            5. LonghauL (usuaLLy transatLantiC)                                                                                                                                                                                  experienced by clients. No refund can be made on lost,          caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our               on our 24-hour emergency line provided in your final             performance, delivery of service or baggage handling, or
party, that you are subject to the following conditions,              airLine tiCkets                                                                                                                                                                          Compensation            mislaid or destroyed tickets or vouchers.                       employees or agents together with our suppliers and                documents. If you have a problem during your holiday,            for excess baggage charges that may be applied. There
                                                                                                                                  b) Cruise conditions
and are deemed to have read, understood and accepted              All Classic and Discovery Journey prices shown in                                                                                55 – 43 days ................................................................£10                                                                    sub-contractors whilst acting within the scope of, or              it is a condition of this contract that you communicate          are weight and dimensional restrictions as well as the
                                                                                                                                  If cancelled:                       Maximum charge
these as well as the paragraphs above under the heading           the brochure (other than optional extensions) include                                                                            29 – 42 days ............................................................... £20    12. Variation oF Conditions oF ContraCt                         in the course of their employment, as accepted under               this to the supplier of the services (e.g. hotel) and to our     number of pieces you may carry. Within Latin America,
General information. Your contract with JLA is also               economy class airfares and changes of reservation are           120 days or more                    Deposit and interim          15 – 28 days................................................................ £30    No employee, servant, agent or associate of JLA may             English law. We accept responsibility for ensuring the             tour leader or representative locally in Latin America,          certain excursions and tours have baggage limits as low
subject to the terms and conditions of carriage of any            not permitted without the confirmation of JLA. These            before departure                    payment                      0 – 14 days.................................................................. £40   vary or omit any booking conditions without the written         holiday you book with us is supplied as described. If any          and put your complaint in writing. If you fail to follow this    as 5kg per person. Arrangements can usually be made
airline used.                                                     airfares are based on specially negotiated group rates to                                                                                                                                                            consent of a Director of JLA.                                   part is not provided as promised, other than as a result           simple procedure, we will have been deprived of the              to leave the rest of your baggage in safe storage. Low
                                                                  be booked in a specific airline booking class and subject       Between 119-60 days                 Interim payment,             Payment of compensation shown above will not                                                                                                        of force majeure (see 9a) we will pay you appropriate              opportunity to take remedial action whilst you are away.         baggage limits are indicated in the text. JLA can accept
1. deposits and interiM payMents                                  to availability. These may or may not be priced separately      before departure                    up to 100% of cruise         be made for any change or cancellation caused by                                    13. JurisdiCtion                                                compensation if this has affected your enjoyment of                This may also affect the outcome of the complaint and            no claims for contingent liability associated with lost or
A non-refundable deposit of £250 per person travelling,           from the tour cost. At the time of booking, if there is a                                           cost or 50% of tour          events such as war or threat of war, terrorist activity,                            All matters concerning the booking shall be governed            the holiday. Our liability in such cases shall be limited          your rights under this contract. If the problem remains          delayed baggage. In addition, any assistance by JLA
or appropriate amount as stated in the brochure or on the         lack of availability in the specified class on any particular                                       cost (whichever              insurrection, riots, strikes, civil action, decisions by                            and construed in accordance with English law and each           to a maximum of two times the value of the element                 unresolved please write to us within 28 days of your             in relation to such claims to be pursued with an airline is
website, is required when the booking form is submitted.          flight, we will endeavour to offer you alternative economy                                          greatest)                    governments or governing authority, natural or nuclear                              party agrees to submit all such matters to the exclusive        not supplied excluding flights. We cannot accept                   return to the UK with all the relevant information and           provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as agent.
You must read our booking conditions before you pay a             class seats and shall advise you of any additional flight                                                                        disaster, health risks, epidemic or pandemic illness,                               jurisdiction of the English courts.                             responsibility for any services and arrangements                   quoting your booking reference number. Please keep
deposit. For certain destinations and services a higher           supplement payable before you book. The same applies            Between 59-30 days                  100% of cruise cost,         bad weather, unavoidable technical or maintenance                                                                                                   which do not form part of the booking with us.                     your correspondence concise and to the point so as to            24. ConsuMer proteCtion, puBLiC LiaBiLity
deposit may be required and you will be advised of this           when clients request alternative or extraordinary flight        before departure                    or 50% of tour cost          problems with transport, cancellations, changes of                                  14. insuranCe                                                                                                                      assist us to quickly identify your concerns and respond          and proFessionaL indeMnity
at the time of booking. Some arrangements are booked              arrangements. We will not issue airline tickets until we                                            (whichever greater)          schedules or any other operational decisions of air, land                           It is a condition of booking with JLA that you take out         Our obligations, and those of our suppliers providing              accordingly. We will acknowledge and investigate, and            Air holidays and associated flights arranged by JLA
through companies with whom we are in association,                have received full payment for them. Many of the airfares                                                                        or sea carriers, closed or congested airports, ports or                             insurance at the time of, or prior to making your booking.      any service or facility included in your holiday, are to take      reply in full as soon as possible. However, please allow         are ATOL Protected and we pay a levy to the CAA for
(particularly cruise operators) and there                         we apply are negotiated as special arrangements and             29 days or less                     100% of tour cost            stations, or similar circumstances beyond our control.                              We recommend that you take out insurance early (our             reasonable skill and care to arrange for the provision             for the fact that we have to deal with Latin America, and        every licensable passenger we book, since we hold
may be a requirement of an intermediate payment.                  attract higher than normal cancellation penalties. Certain      before departure                                                 For the purposes of this contract we define the above as                            recommended policy covers loss of deposit), so that you         of such services and facilities. You must show that                delays of several weeks are not altogether uncommon.             an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil
This information is given in the Tour Tariff sections where       airfares are only guaranteed at the time of issue and thus                                                                       force majeure.                                                                      get full value for money for cancellation insurance. The        reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish            We certainly hope that we can settle any complaints              Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2828. In
appropriate, but we will also advise you of any special           taxes may change without warning. As a general rule             If cancellation occurs less than 60 days before departure                                                                                            price of policies varies according to age, pre-existing         to make any claim. In many Latin American destinations,            amicably. However, in the unlikely event that this proves        the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure
booking conditions when we invoice you. In the case of            there is no penalty additional to those listed above if an      and full payment has not been received, the appropriate          b) Cancellations                                                                    medical conditions, duration of travel and the amount           standards of quality, safety and hygiene may often be              not to be the case, any disputes related to your booking         that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to
Antarctic cruises, JLA acts as agent, not as principal,           airline ticket is cancelled before it is issued. Once the       charge will still apply and unpaid moneys are due                JLA reserves the right in any circumstance to cancel                                for which you need to be insured. It is your responsibility     lower than those which would be expected to be found               may be referred to arbitration under a special scheme            refund any money you have paid to us for an advance
and these (and other) cruise operators require you to             ticket is issued, each airline imposes its own rules, and       immediately. If the reason for your cancellation is covered      your travel arrangements. We will not cancel within                                 to ensure you that the insurance cover you purchase             in the UK. Indeed the allure of some of our destinations           devised by arrangement with ABTA, but administered               booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website
complete their booking form, and adhere to their booking          the cancellation penalty may be as much as 100%.                under the terms of your insurance policy you may be able         8 weeks of our booking departure date, except in                                    is suitable and adequate to your particular needs and           is to experience relatively untouched parts of Latin               independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;         at Arrangements where no flights are
conditions. Clients booking by telephone, facsimile,              (Bear in mind that moneys paid for all services cancelled       to reclaim these charges.                                        circumstances of force majeure, the clients’ failure to pay                         especially in relation to personal accident, all medical        America and thus facilities and infrastructure in some             see An alternative scheme arranged                 included are protected by our ABTA bond. Our ABTA
email or over the Internet will be deemed to have read the        within 29 days of departure are non-refundable). Clients                                                                         the final balance on time, or where the minimum number                              expenses and repatriation costs. You must send us               areas may be of a basic nature and more appropriate                through AITO is also available. Full details are available       number is V2522. We also carry both public liability and
booking conditions and accepted them. We will issue a             should not take the ticketed fare into consideration when       c) Alteration or cancellation after commencement                 of clients required to run an excursion or trip is not met.                         details of the policy you do take including the insurers’       to the local culture than to foreign tourists. The nature          on request.                                                      professional indemnity insurance. You, the passenger,
confirmation invoice, at which point we have accepted             attempting to assess potential refunds on unused tickets.          of travel                                                     All group holidays with JLA require a minimum number                                name, policy number and 24-hour emergency telephone             of the prevailing conditions may also give rise to events                                                                           should beware of signing any documents (e.g. through
your booking and a contract exists. We will normally                                                                              Any alteration that you request after your tour has              of bookings before they will operate. If this minimum                               number. You are also required to carry proof of insurance       or entail risks beyond those either planned for or                 20. rooMing – singLes and tripLes                                any sub-organiser in Latin America) which absolves a
confirm the proposed arrangements within 5 working                6.independent FLight arrangeMents                               commenced, JLA will do its best to implement, but we             number is not reached, and the trip or excursions is                                with you and produce it if reasonably requested by our          usually encountered. All bookings are accepted on the              On group holidays JLA has allowed for a certain number           local organiser from the results of its own negligence
days, but sometimes it takes longer. However, in the                and disContinuous itineraries                                 cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event          cancelled, we shall inform you as soon as possible and,                             tour leaders or local suppliers. If you lose any personal       understanding that such differences are appreciated                of rooms to be occupied by clients travelling alone. These       and reduces your common law rights, since this may
case of certain bespoke arrangements, please allow                Clients may already have flight, accommodation                  of such amendments being made you will be liable                 in any event, no later than 8 weeks before your departure                           items whilst on holiday you are advised to obtain a written     by the client and that they undertake all tours and                rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis      invalidate your own travel insurance.
time for us to communicate with Latin America – this              or transport reservations in place when they book               for any alteration or cancellation charges that may be           date. In these circumstances, we will try to offer you                              police report and/or from a local representative to assist      excursions at their own volition. The services and                 and the single supplement shown on the individual tour
sometimes takes a week or more. It is not our practice to         arrangements with us. Note we accept no liability for           levied for the services originally booked, and for the           alternatives (if available) but JLA accepts no liability for                        with any insurance claim upon your return.                      facilities included in your holiday will be deemed to be           will apply. We also reserve the right to charge the single       Our nominated agents for the purposes of
provide a detailed breakdown of costings where we are             dovetailing with these independent arrangements or              booking of revised arrangements and the arrangements             compensation or associated costs beyond a full refund                                                                                               provided with reasonable skill and care if they comply             supplement to any client travelling alone who books              accepting proceedings in the Republic of Ireland
constructing a multi-sector itinerary, but we will show a         where your booked itinerary with JLA is discontinuous.          themselves. As a basic principle, no refund will be paid         of the deposit for the trip or excursion.                                           The provider we recommend is Campbell Irvine Ltd,               with any local regulations which apply (for example those          within one month of departure. For tailor-made itineraries       are Beauchamps Solicitors, Dollard House,
separate figure for transatlantic flights if you ask us to do     In these circumstances if, for example, you arrive late         to clients who do not commence or complete a tour,                                                                                                   whom we have been dealing with for over 30 years on             of a civil aviation authority) or, if there are no applicable      it will be evident that many of the arrangements we offer        Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. Ref: MPKG/MK.
so, and if our contract with the airline permits us. It is your   to join a trip or to make onward connections, we shall          extension, etc, but please see paragraph 11 Refunds,             Where we are obliged to cancel all or part of a tour for                            our clients’ behalf.                                            local regulations, if they are reasonable when compared            may be undertaken by one person travelling alone.
responsibility to check the confirmation invoice and to let       endeavour to rearrange hotels and transfers, but we             on the following page.                                           reasons beyond our control, as described in 9a (force                                                                                               to the local standards and customs. If any client suffers          The tariffs shown for one person take into account the            The information contained herein has been
JLA or your travel agent know immediately in the event of         accept liability only for the elements of the itinerary that                                                                     majeure) or 9c, JLA shall inform agents and clients who                             15. Visas                                                       death, illness or injury whilst overseas arising out of            considerable extra cost of transfers, transport and               complied with all reasonable care and is
any error. In the event that there is an obviously incorrect      we are contracted to provide.                                   9. CanCeLLations or aLterations By JLa                           have booked direct as soon as possible and offer an                                 The following is true as of July 2010: visa information         activity which does not form part of the foreign inclusive         excursions that would be met by a client travelling alone.        accurate to the best of our knowledge; some
price shown on your invoice, JLA will issue a new invoice                                                                         a) Alterations                                                   alternative tour of comparable standard, if available,                              displayed in our Briefing Dossier relates to stays of 30        holiday arrangement or excursion arranged through us,              This single-traveller rate is considerably higher than a          information may be subject to reasonably
and not be bound by the price quoted on the incorrect             7. aLterations By you BeFore departure                          We will of course aim to provide the services we                 or a prompt refund of all moneys paid. If the alternative                           days or less, and in all cases to clients whose personal        we shall, at our discretion offer advice, guidance and             single-supplement – that is, the extra tariff for, say, each      foreseeable changes during the life of brochures.
invoice. If we are unable to confirm you on a tour, we            If you decide to change any part of a confirmed booking         confirmed. However, arrangements are planned                     is cheaper we will refund the difference. Any refund                                or professional circumstances do not preclude their             assistance to help you in resolving any claim you may              of three people travelling together to have a room to him
will refund your deposit, in full. However, for tailor-made       up to 60 days before departure, we will try to assist but       several months in advance and rely on the services of            shall be sent to agents within 10 clear days and to                                 entry to a country, or their transit through it. Passengers     have against a third party, provided we are advised of the         or herself. These three friends would be sharing the cost        The copyright of all written material, including maps
arrangements, it is likely that we may not, from the outset,      will charge for additional holiday costs incurred, including    independent airlines and other service providers over            direct clients within 14 clear days. JLA accepts no                                 intending to enter or transit the USA under the Visa            incident within 90 days of the occurrence. Where legal             of transport, and would only pay a supplement for the            and layouts, in brochures and on the website is held by
be able to confirm you on the very precise itinerary that         cancellation charges that may be incurred for services          whom we have no direct control. Therefore, JLA reserves          liability for compensation beyond this full refund. If any                          Waiver Program must have a valid, machine-readable              action is contemplated our authority must be obtained              single rooms. Please note that it is often the case that         Journey Latin America. The copyright for photographs
the brochure or proposal or website states. We will, of           cancelled. We reserve the right to make in addition an          the right at any time to make changes to your holiday            of the causes for cancellation or amendments occurs                                 passport, and MUST complete the ESTA (Electronic                prior to commencement of proceedings and be subject                the standard and location of single rooms or cabins is           is either retained by the photographer or held by Journey
course, search diligently for what we consider to be an           administration charge of £25 per person, per sector.            arrangements (including flights, accommodation,                  after the tour has commenced or after we are able                                   Travel Authorisation System) form before departure,             to your undertaking to assign any costs recovered or any           not always as good as that of a twin room. A triple room         Latin America. No part of these publications or website
acceptable alternative and this may be reflected in a             Whilst JLA will do its utmost to assist you with any            transport or services) and if changes are made we will           to advise you, we reserve the right to allow our local                              costing approximately £10. Please visit the following           benefits received under an appropriate insurance policy            usually means the addition of a third foldaway bed and           may be reproduced, stored or introduced to a retrieval
higher or lower overall price. Clients should be aware            changes this may not be possible. Any amendments                advise you or your travel agent where possible before            supplier or tour leader to amend the planned itinerary                              website: (Beware, there                to ourselves.                                                      thus you may wish to consider booking two rooms for              system or transmitted in any form or by any means
that, if we feel we are proposing a reasonably close              must be made in writing by the lead passenger on                you depart. Flight timings and carriers in the brochure are      and accommodation on your behalf and where these                                    are scam websites). Passengers who have not                                                                                        extra space and comfort.                                         without the prior written permission of the copyright
alternative to that requested, we will not refund a deposit.      the booking. Alterations within the periods below in            subject to change as a result of airline procedures, and         amendments are made as a result of force majeure, no                                completed the form will be denied boarding.                     Our costs in respect of the above on behalf of you and                                                                              owner.
In practice, we are sympathetic to a client’s demands,            paragraph 8 before departure we may choose to treat             details given on your Invoice or Itinerary are for guidance      compensation will be paid. Delays in departure and failed                           Passports must be valid for 90 days from the date               your party shall not exceed £5,000 in total.                       21. rooMing – superior oCean View?
and if you make it clear from the outset that you have            as a cancellation, and the penalties hereunder will apply.      only. Even details shown on your tickets may be subject          transport connections will sometimes make it impossible                             of entry to or transit of the US.                                                                                                  Some hotels and cruise ships use descriptive terms               2012 priCes
a particular requirement that must be fulfilled, we will          In circumstances where a client is unable to travel, JLA        to change locally especially in respect of airline schedule      for a client to use services contracted and paid for, and                                                                                           18. Carriage By air and sea                                        which don’t give the whole picture. Superior might be the        Itineraries, dates and prices for 2012 may be
refund deposits in full if we cannot meet this demand.            will allow the substitution of another suitable person on       changes or any other operational decisions.                      in these circumstances JLA shall be under no liability to                           16. your responsiBiLities                                       This is subject to the terms and conditions of the carrier         lowest category of room, and you might ask “Superior             subject to change and will be confirmed by
                                                                  the same tour arrangements, dates and itinerary, if that                                                                         pay compensation. However, where amendments are                                     It is incumbent upon clients to behave in a responsible,        with whom you travel. In respect of carriage by air, sea,          to what – sleeping in the corridor?” Similarly, ocean view       October 2011. Tour prices may vary by a maximum
2.aCCeptanCe                                                      person satisfies the conditions applicable to the tour          In the unlikely event that there is a change to the actual       within our control, you will be entitled to compensation                            restrained and sober manner when dealing with our               rail and road, as well as the provision of accommodation           might mean the waves lapping at your doorstep, or a              of 10% due to unforeseen scheduled air or ground
JLA reserves the right to refuse any booking from                 or excursion. For services which have already been              airline after you have received your tickets you will be         of £30 per person.                                                                  local suppliers and representatives, with local authorities     our liability will be limited in all cases by the carrier’s        distant glimpse of the sea through a canopy of foliage           services cost fluctuations. We will inform you
prospective clients whom JLA considers unsuitable                 purchased by JLA and are non-refundable, additional             notified as soon as possible. Such a change is deemed                                                                                                and with fellow travellers. If you are affected by any          conditions of carriage and by the relevant international           or simply a partial view. When we make reservations,             of such changes as they are confirmed. In the
for the type of travel to be undertaken.                          costs of amending and/or acquiring these services for           to be a minor change. Other examples of minor changes            c) FCO Travel Advisories                                                            condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect you            convention, namely the 1929 Warsaw Convention (as                  we have to use the naming convention that the hotel              unlikely event that the cost of the tour rises above
                                                                  the replacement client must be paid by you. Airlines            include, but are not limited to, alteration of your outward/     If the FCO ( offers advice against all or                            or other people’s enjoyment of the holiday, you must            amended) or the 1999 Montreal Convention (air travel);             adopts (however misleading), and cannot therefore take           10%, clients may cancel with a full refund of
3. FinaL payMents                                                 normally consider name changes as a cancellation and            return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft        non-essential travel to a country or area, JLA will follow                          advise us at time of booking. Clients agree to accept           the 1961 Berne Convention (rail travel); the 1974 Athens           responsibility for the veracity of hotels’ nomenclature          moneys paid to JLA. Tour details and prices on
Final payment is due not less than 60 days before                 any alteration may incur a full cancellation penalty in         type, change of accommodation to another of the same             the recommendations of ABTA and offer an alternative                                the authority and decisions of JLA’s employees, tour            Convention (carriage by sea); the Geneva Convention                of rooms. For individual hotels themselves, Journey              this brochure supersede details published in any
departure, or immediately if you book within 60 days              reference to the airfare. JLA must be given reasonable          or higher standard and changes of some scheduled                 itinerary or if appropriate, a full refund. ABTA offers only                        leaders, and local suppliers whilst on holiday with JLA.        1973 (carriage by road) and the 1962 Paris Convention              Latin America has 7 self-explanatory categories. These           previous JLA brochures, printed material or in
of departure. However, it may be that to guarantee a              notice of the transfer request, which is considered to be       destinations. In these circumstances, JLA will try to notify     general guidance on when this offer should be made                                  If, in the opinion of such persons, the health, level of        (hotel accommodation). The terms and conditions of                 ratings are Journey Latin America’s, based on our                our website.
price, we may have to ask you to pay in full for all or part      at least 14 days prior to the outward departure date.           you where possible but will not pay any compensation in          bearing in mind the date of issue of Travel Advisory and                            fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or after      these conventions may limit or exclude liability for death         regular inspection visits. They may not be the same as
of your holiday at an earlier date. If full payment is not                                                                        respect of minor changes. The flight number and airline          passengers’ date of travel. JLA will be as sympathetic                              departure appears likely to cause danger, distress or           or personal injury, delay to passengers and loss of,               the classifications the hotels claim for themselves.
received accordingly, JLA reserves the right to treat your                                                                        shown on your ticket may not be the one you actually fly         as possible and will use common sense and information                               loss of enjoyment to others the client may be excluded          damage or delay to luggage. We are regarded as having
booking as cancelled and apply the appropriate charge                                                                             with – this is called code-sharing. Usually, airport departure   from the appropriate British Embassy to make this                                   from all or part of the tour or excursion without refund or     all benefit of any limitation of liability contained in these or   1) First class superior First class service and a full-          VALIDITY OF THIS BROCHURE 01 SEP 2010 – 31 DEC 2011
as outlined in paragraph 8(a). This also applies to interim                                                                       information boards will reflect this, and “toggle” between       judgement. For example, if we have information that                                 compensation. Similarly, you must meet any expenses             any other conventions or regulations. Therefore, where             range of facilities but with an added feature, such as a         UNLESS SUPERSEDED. IT IS LIKELY TO BE SUPERSEDED
payments, where applicable, as stated in 1. Where we                                                                              two flight numbers even though it’s the same flight.             advice against travel is likely to be downgraded shortly,                           JLA incurs as result of your behaviour. The behaviour           a carrier or service provider would not be obliged to              special historical context or spectacular setting.               ON OR BEFORE 01 SEP 2011.

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