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Your trip to Latin America will s be something very special... Travel Projects Icons Explained Accommodation Activities Car Rental Sightseeing Full Independent Travel Combination Programs Prepayment Required Front cover picture by Raul Gil Archaelogical Site Bus Trip Good Idea Flight(s) Included Packages Cruising Group departure Boat Walking Tour Beach Destination Train Trip Camping Tour Wildlife Travel Projects Recommendation www.travelprojects.com.au surely Contents Multi-Country Tours Peru Brazil Argentina Chile Bolivia Ecuador Mexico Cuba Guatemala Costa Rica Colombia Antarctica 08 14 22 26 30 35 36 42 44 46 48 49 50 he team at Travel Projects is very excited with our range of products in this 2011 edition. With the experience throughout the years and feedback from our past clients we have compiled the most interesting programs that combine all the necessary elements to make your trip to this vast continent unforgettable giving you treasured memories for many years to come. Our two main multi-country tours are The South American Explorer and the Discover South America. The first one will give you a good insight of what South America has to offer but for those with limited time to visit we have the Discover South America Tour offering a good choice of the highlights of the most popular places. Both can be taken as fully independent tours with excellent professional and dedicated local bilingual guides. We also operate them as Escorted Tours on two different departures during 2011. The other shorter tours can be added to the longer ones to give you a truly deeper knowledge of those remote off the beaten track places that make of our continent a unique destination. We are also conscious that it is not possible to include everything South America has to offer in this edition so just give us a call e-mail or visit our office and we will tailor the right program to suit your needs and travel style. In this edition we have also introduced Antarctica on cruise ships which is the ultimate privilege. Antarctica is almost twice the size of Australia yet historically its isolation has restricted access to all but the most intrepid explorers and scientists. Nowadays this opportunity is extended to expedition cruise ships. You will travel in comfort your curiosity stimulated by the on-board naturalists and historians while Zodiac landings will allow you to breathe feel and taste the magic of the continent. We look forward to show you the friendliness and infectious joie de vivre of our people the might of our rivers and mountains the countless archaeological ruins testimony of our great civilizations and the way of life in our Andean markets proof of an exciting living culture. Come and experience our beloved Latin America with us. Hanna Shilo & Edgardo Garcia DIRECTORS www.travelprojects.com.au 01 XXX Choice of accommodation with local character... Before You Go We always like to make sure that our travellers are well prepared for their holiday. The information here is to help answer some of your preliminary questions you will also find this information in your detailed itinerary of your trip. If you have queries on matters that are not covered by our pre-departure information please feel free to contact us or your travel agent. PRE-DEPARTURE ITINERARIES Our pre-departure itineraries contain information regarding daily activities flight information meals accommodation inclusions and much more. vaccination clinic about the inoculations required for your trip. As a quick guideline you should consider Typhoid Tetanus Yellow Fever Polio and Hepatitis and if you are venturing into the jungle we also strongly recommend that you take a supply of Malaria Tablets. VISAS Australian passport holders do not require visas to enter most Latin American countries with the exception of Brazil and Cuba. It is however the travel agent s and the client s responsibility to find out if they need visas for some of these countries when traveling with more than one passport. Example people with dual nationality. EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS All clients joining our tours are assumed to be in good health and have a sufficient level of fitness to complete their chosen itinerary. It is very important that any illness disability or medical condition from which you suffer or are recovering from be brought to our attention at the time of booking. Your travel insurance company will also require details. We reserve the right to request a medical certificate. If accepted onto the tour you must make your condition known to us. We reserve the right to turn away without recompense any person who is found at any time during their tour to have concealed an existing medical condition. We also reserve the right to turn away any person who we consider incapable of completing the tour. If you are taking any medication please make sure that you bring an adequate supply to last the duration of your holiday and please inform our local tour operator at the start of the tour. You might not be able to obtain suitable medication in the countries visited. You should also bring along a letter from your doctor stating that you require a certain medication as in some countries these medications can be illegal. take things easy for at least the first 24 hours and drink plenty of water as altitude sickness causes dehydration. This is particularly relevant to anyone flying from sea level to join one of our tours in Quito Cuzco Juliaca (Lake Titicaca) or La Paz. It can also affect some people when they travel to higher altitudes by land so take things easy whenever possible. There are drugs which can help alleviate the effects please contact your doctor for professional advice. TIPPING Tipping is customary in many of the countries featured in this brochure where salaries are very low. You will find that in some countries for example Mexico tipping is almost obligatory. To avoid embarrassing situations always ask your local guides about tipping. ALTITUDE SICKNESS This is something that anyone can suffer on first arriving at high altitude (anything over 3 000 meters). The cause is the thin air. The symptoms are severe headache loose bowels shortage of breath insomnia dizziness and maybe even nausea. To combat this it is advisable to rest for a few hours avoid alcohol smoking and big meals just generally INSURANCE It is a condition of joining our tours that you are fully insured for all medical expenses while traveling. You can obtain a suitable insurance either with Travel Projects or through your travel agent at the time of booking. VACCINATIONS Please check with your family doctor or 02 www.travelprojects.com.au XXX Ecounters are the most beautiful adventures... HOW TO WORK OUT YOUR BUDGET Because our tours cover a wide range of countries and categories it is practically impossible to state exactly how much money you will need to bring with you. As a guideline though you should bear in mind the following Tipping Assuming you stay in tourist class hotels and eat in middle of the range restaurants tipping is normally 10% of your bills (AUD 55 p p per week for restaurants and AUD 65 per room per week for maids and porters in hotels). Meals Same assumption as above. In the detailed itinerary you will find details of which meals are included in your tour in most of the cases breakfasts are included with some exceptions. In budgeting for those meals which are not included we suggest you allow between US 7 US 12 per person per meal. Obviously it is possible to eat for less in most places. Drinks Neither water nor soft drinks or alcohol are included in our tour prices. You will find that in most places such items are cheaper than at home. VISAS & TAXES Please check with us or your travel agent to make sure you are prepared for any visas and local taxes you are expected to pay. EXTRA SERVICES If you are planning to arrive before the starting date of your tour we can arrange hotel accommodation and transfers for you. If you are traveling alone you must be prepared to pay the single supplement from any accommodation. We would be delighted to provide you with a quote for your requirements whether you would like us to arrange a specific itinerary or suggest a route within your preferred region. In the past we have organized successful trips for dance schools music groups sporting groups and special interest groups to Latin America. WHAT TO BRING Highlands For Quito Cuzco Lake Titicaca and La Paz and the other highland cities wear comfortable springtime clothing during the day and a sweater or coat during the evening. For the highlands and moorlands (p ramos) warm winter-like clothing is essential. Rainforest For your Rainforest exploration you may prefer long-sleeve shirts and long pants for protection against mosquitoes. Insect repellent sunscreen a hat and eye-drops must be part of your traveling equipment especially if you are sun-sensitive. Binoculars and a flashlight are a must for sightseeing as well as a waterproof jacket and boots. Galapagos Please consider that the Galapagos Cruises are nature seeking cruises which include long walks swimming WHEN YOU VE FINISHED YOUR TOUR We would like to know what you thought Obviously we are concerned that everybody should get the most from their holiday. Customer feedback is very important to us both to help maintain standards and to spot any potential trouble areas. So your written comments will be more than welcome once you arrive home. Wet dry landings and other physical activities. Therefore we advise you to bring comfortable light clothing sneakers or similar swimsuits sunscreen repellent a hat sunglasses binoculars eye drops and seasickness medication. At night casual or Semiformal attire is recommended. Inca Trail A mid-size backpack Thick cotton Socks Sleeping Bag Bandana Rain wear (a large rain poncho) T- Shirts Flash Light and batteries shorts Warm trousers Water Bottle Water Purifying Tablets Sweater and Jacket Sun block Hiking boots Insect Repellent Towel and bathing suit Glucose tablets Hat and One complete change of clothing. Suggested Camera binoculars snacks toilet paper Peruvian currency and your own personal first aid kit and medicines. Note The guides will have basic medicines available included oxygen but we recommend bringing your own ointment for swollen feet sticking plasters aspirin etc. SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS Travel Projects is well organized to operate private groups and arrange special requests. www.travelprojects.com.au 03 With a wide variety of pl a 1 p43 Yucatan The peninsula hosts colonial and Mayan ruins along with lovely Caribbean beaches. Visit them on our Cultures of Mexico Tour or Mayan World Tour. 2 p44-45 Cuba Enjoy the spontaneous explosion of joyous music all over the country on our Getting to Know Cuba or Land Cigar & Sun Tours. Copper Canyon USA Mexico San Jose del Cabo Puerto Vallarta Merida Uxmal Mexico City Oaxaca Acapulco Cancun Havana Chichen Itza Palenque Tikal Chichicastenango Guatemala Costa Rica Tortuguero Nat. Park San Jose 3 p13 Mayan World Come and visit authentic indigenous markets which are among the most colourful and exotic in the world. Try our Cultures of Mexico Tour or on the Guatemalan Markets Tour. 4 p48 Costa Rica A lush country of vivacious wildlife and tropical scenery at its best on our Costa Rica Nature Adventure Tour. 5 p39-41 Galapagos Islands Unspoilt islands teem with Darwin s inspirational wildlife. Eye to eye with iguanas and boobies on any of our featured vessels. Galapagos Islands Panama 6 p49 Cartagena The most romantic and atmospheric colonial city on the continent stay there on our Cartagena and Rosario Islands Tour. 7 p21 Chan Chan The vast adobe city at Chan Chan is just one of the magnificent cultural highlights on our Lord of Sipan & Chan Chan Tour. Pacific Ocean Easter Island 8 p15 Cuzco The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Take a slow pace in the highlands and allow plenty of time to explore these the most awe-inspiring icons of Latin America. 9 p20 Colca Canyon Spot condors and contemplate the plunging cliffs of the deepest canyon in the world on our Coast Andes and Amazon Explorer or Arequipa & Colca Canyon Tours. 10 p35 Lake Titicaca This glossy high-altitude lake shelters a wealth of wildlife and indigenous culture. Spend time here on our South American Explorer Discover South America tours. 04 www.travelprojects.com.au aces to go and explore... 11 p31 The Atacama Desert The driest in the world with geysers salt pans snow-capped volcanoes and shimmering lakes visit it on our Altiplano Salt Flats & Desert Explorer. 12 p22 Rio de Janeiro One of the world s exciting cities with an exuberant outdoor lifestyle. Views from the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains are as spectacular as the beaches and bays below. Cuba Atlantic Ocean Caribbean Islands o Cartagena Caracas Venezuela Villa de Leiva Bogota Angel Falls Orinoco Delta 13 p27 Roraima 14 p26 Buenos Aires Enjoy cosmopolitan dynamism a scrumptious steak wine and tango in the Argentinean capital on our South American Explorer Discover South America or Tango & Samba Tours. Iguazu Falls Amazon River Delta Colombia Quito Ecuador Iquitos Chiclayo Trujillo Lima Ica Nasca Arequipa Machu Picchu Pto. Maldonado Cusco Rurrenabaque Tabatinga Manaus Fortaleza Natal One of the world s most dramatic natural spectacles. Walk above and below the falls on our our South American Explorer Discover South America or Tango & Samba Tours. Brazil Recife Salvador Peru Lake Titicaca La Paz Oruro Uyuni Brasilia Bolivia Pantanal Ouro Preto Buzios 15 p32 Lakes District 16 p33 Patagonia The incredible mountains and lakes of the northern region and the glacial landscape of South Patagonia is explored on South American Explorer and The Glaciers District Tours. Atacama Desert Salta Iguassu Falls This picturesque region straddles the Rio de Janeiro Andean frontier between Chile and Parati Argentina see our South American Explorer or the Lakes Crossing Tour. Argentina Mendoza Santiago Uruguay Colonia Buenos Aires Montevideo Chile Pto. Montt San Rafael Lagoon Bariloche Peninsula Valdes 17 p50-52 Antarctica Atlantic Ocean Explore one of the most remote and isolated places on earth. The Antarctic Peninsula South Shetland Falkland and South Georgia Islands places teeming with wildlife. 18 p25 The Amazon Basin It has the largest concentration and known and unknown flora and fauna in the world covering around 5 million square kilometers of dense forest in various countries. Balmaceda El Calafate Torres del Paine Pto. Natales Perito Moreno Glacier Falkland Islands Punta Arenas www.travelprojects.com.au 05 Airlines It is our policy to use airlines with strong reputation for service punctuality and reliability. Our trips to Latin America feature two of the world-class airlines LAN Airlines and Qantas Airways. We also offer excellent air-passes within Latin America. Speak to one of us and we will be able to suggest the best possible add-on fares at a good value for money. On long haul flights a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort and Travel Projects offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition the faster check-in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through the airport with ease. LAN Airlines LAN is a commercial alliance comprised of LAN Chile LAN Peru LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador. Through our alliance we are able to offer the best connections to the largest network in South America and beyond. We invite you to discover our First Business and Economy class as LAN has developed three types of service with an advance design and the latest improvements in technology that will make your flight an unforgettable experience. No matter which class you are travelling you can enjoy a plentiful selection of the most recent movie premieres hear a wide variety of music programs or play our new interactive games. LAN s incorporation into Oneworld means not only that our passengers will have access to benefits to make their trip easier and more pleasant but they will also earn awards redeemable with all Oneworld associates). LAN the pleasure of flying. TACA Airlines When you fly with TACA you fly in the comfort and safety of the most modern fleet across the three Americas. The fleet consists entirely of the award winning Airbus A-319 and A- 320 aircraft. The modern Airbus aircraft has allowed TACA to mark a new era in air travel one that you are sure to prefer. Enjoy the comfort security and greater number of direct and on-time flights of TACA s new fleet the newest in the Americas. Fly with an airline you can trust. Warmth Pride Passion. Fly with TACA. 06 www.travelprojects.com.au Handpicked Properties ALGODON MANSION Buenos Aires 1647 Montevideo Street Recoleta ushers in the premiere of Algodon Mansion. Located in the heart of Buenos Aires most elegant residential neighborhood this luxury hotel is a landmarked property originally erected in 1912 and fashioned in French Classical design. The mansion s magnificent interior d cor 10 opulent suites and personalized services raise the bar of luxury hospitality for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Algodon Mansion is a 10-room luxury boutique hotel opening in January 2010. Algodon Mansion will have 10 spacious luxury suites - some exceeding 1 200 square feet and all in keeping with the house s Belle Epoque architecture. THE AUBREY Santiago Located in the heart of Santiago s most lively neighborhood Bellavista the Aubrey Hotel is a fantastic addition to the city s luxury lodging offerings. Opened for business in early 2010 the Aubrey is an upscale boutique hotel within close proximity to all of the city s tourist hot spots. For decades this historic 1927 mansion was the digs for the Domingo Duran Morales family a Chilean politician and businessman. Largely vacant since 2001. After a few million dollars of renovations done over about two years time they have created a classy boutique hotel unique to Santiago. COPACABANA PALACE Rio de Janeiro One of the world s most popular hotels is in Brazil s Rio. This is Copacabana Palace hotel that is regarded as the premier hotel in South America as well as the best place to stay in the Southern Hemisphere. Overlooking the famous Copacabana Beach this hotel is an 8-storey edifice with an annex of 14 storeys encompassing 216 rooms fitness center semi-Olympic pool an elite pool for the VIPs at the penthouse a 3-storey spa tennis court and two restaurants. To add more to its glory besides the all-encompassing stay requirements it has been the choice of famous personalities. MIRAFLORES PARK Lima Set in one of Lima s most fashionable areas the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that s best about this great capital city. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean it has breathtaking views out to sea. Like all Orient-Express hotels the Miraflores Park Hotel combines personalised service exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore. Colonial architecture superb museums with Inca gold and Pre-Columbian antiquities and glamorous shops bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel. MONASTERIO HOTEL Cuzco High in the Andes at 3000 metres above sea level lies the historic city of Cuzco famed for its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Right beside the lively Cuzco central square is Hotel Monasterio a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful Orient-Express hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cuzco its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture markets galleries and restaurants serving new Andean cuisine. URUBAMBA VILLAS Sacred Valley The charming hamlet of Higuspurco in Cuzco s Sacred Valley town of Urubamba is home to these six quaint villas where guests can experience quality service during their Cuzco vacation. About a 45 mile drive from Cuzco city Urubamba Villas is easily accessible from main Sacred Valley towns such as Pisac (78km away) and Chinchero (57km away) Located in the outskirts of Urubamba Village in a private hamlet surrounded by natural sites. Urubamba Villas have been built and decorated using local crafts and textiles from the area combining the rusticity of a country house and the detail only found in a boutique hotel. INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU Pueblo Located 5 minutes walk from the new station at Aguas Calientes. This 4-star hotel is ideally situated in 5 hectares of cloud forest garden beside the Vilcanota River the hotel comprises 85 comfortable rooms each slightly different from one another and all having great views out over colourful gardens. The architecture is Spanish colonial in style with stone archways and red tiled roofs. There s a definite homelike atmosphere about the hotel with colourful handcrafted furnishings and spacious rooms filled by plenty of natural light. The gardens are incredible with over 372 species of orchid native palms ferns begonias fruit trees and medicinal plants. LAS CASITAS DEL COLCA Colca Canyon Las Casitas del Colca has a spectacular setting inthe heart of the Colca Valley. The 20 individualbungalows are decorated in the local style and offer supreme luxury in beautiful natural surroundings each with a private terrace andheated plunge pool ireplace and a bathtubunder a glass ceiling. Facilities include a cosydining room a spa offering Andean treatmentsand a swimming pool. Twenty private and spacious Casitas offering supreme luxury and exclusivity. Each Casita features a luxurious bedroom spacious lounge and large bathroom all complemented by under floor heating as well as featuring a private terrace and heated plunge pool. CASONA DE SAN MIGUEL Quito The hotel features wonderful spaces for different moods and times of day a gardenpatio brimming with orchids and native plants a dining room ideal for enjoying refined culinary experiences or simply people-watching in the square beyond and a roof-top terrace with wrap-around views of the historic centre s towers tiles and spires - an unbeatable spot to watch the frequent religious and cultural events on the square below. The names of the rooms reflect the mansion s rich history San Miguel was the name of the house which according to historical records was part of an estate sold in 1850. LA CASONA Mexico City Just a few blocks from one of Mexico City s most outstanding avenues Paseo de la Reforma lies La Casona a stately home with pink facades and period balconies that evoke the architectural urban splendor of the beginning of the 20th century. This grand building has been completely restored and is listed as an artistic monument by the National Institute of Fine Arts. While La Casona s facades preserve the charm and aesthetic codes of an age its interior offers the pleasures of modern comfort in the variety and quality of its services and spaces where you may enjoy breakfast an excellent dinner or a refreshing cocktail on a typical Mexican patio. EL CONVENTO Antigua Guatemala Situated on one of Antigua s famed cobblestone streets in front of the superb 18th century Capuchin convent El Convento is a sanctuary from which to discover the city s magnificent sites. The all-suite El Convento gracefully marries the ancient with the modern combining artisanal brick vaulted ceilings exposed stone walls and hand-crafted doors with the simple elegance of contemporary design. Serene and private each of the 19 suites flows from a central courtyard graced by a hundred year old Tempixque tree. CASA DEL ARZOBISPADO Cartagena The house was built in the 17th century and belonged to Antonio Jos de Ayos a hero of the Wars of Independence who placed a leading part in the liberation of Cartagena. The decoration is impeccable luxury and harmony are the hallmark of this entire house and all its past mysteries. There are ten comfortable quiet and attractive rooms with an amazing view of the old city skyline dotted with domes and the staff are there only to please our guests. An unforgettable experience in a hotel of one s dreams. www.travelprojects.com.au 07 Multicountry Tours One of the most complete Around South America tours possible visiting Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Argentina and Brazil Colombia 3 3 Quito to Galapagos Islands Ecuador Peru e Lima im m 2 Brazil 1 Machu Picchu achu Cuzco Cuzco co P Puno 2 4 P Puerto Maldonado Ma 2 Brasilia Lake Titicaca 1 2 La La Paz Paraguay uay ay Pacific Ocean Rio de J Rio de Janeiro 3 Ch Chile 2 Igu Iguazu Falls s Santiago 2 3 Uruguay a ay B nos Buen Aires n Argentina Puerto Varas as s Bariloche 1 2 2 08 www.travelprojects.com.au South American Explorer FACT FINDER DEPARTS Weekly on Wednesdays ex Sydney. HIGHLIGHTS Santiago Quito Galapagos Islands Otavalo Market Lima Cuzco Machu Picchu Pisac Market Amazon Jungle Lake Titicaca Crossing Sun Island Lakes District of Chile & Argentina Buenos Aires Tango Dinner Show Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. IMPORTANT Galapagos Ships are generally in dry-docks from end of Aug to end of Sep. This tour is formed by 4 modules (Day 1-9 Day 9-24 Day 24-29 & Day 29-37) TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles airplane ship boat train and foot. INCLUDES Economy Class Airfares throughout Meals as per program (36 breakfasts 12 lunches 8 dinners) Accommodation in selected hotels Sightseeing with English speaking local guides Entry to sites except Galapagos & Ingala All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Entry fees etc...approx. AU 650pp Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US 100 pp. Plus INGALA Control Card US 10 pp. Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. South American Explorer 37 DAYS 36 NIGHTS One of the most complete Around South America tours possible visiting Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Argentina and Brazil An incredible discovery of different cultures and a great combination of natural areas. In Ecuador visit Quito and the famous Andean market of Otavalo and then cruise the Galapagos Islands on the M V Galapagos Legend. In Peru you will visit Lima and Cuzco plus the Lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu. Fly to the Amazon for great opportunity of wildlife spotting. In Bolivia take an hydrofoil cruise on the highest lake in the world and visit the Uros Islands Copacabana shrine Sun island and La Paz famous witches market . In Chile you will stay in cosmopolitan Santiago then travel to the Chilean Lakes and take the famous lake crossing route between Chile and Argentina. In Argentina you will tour incredible Buenos Aires the Paris of South America and marvel at magnificent Igua u Falls. Your tour will end after a visit to Rio de Janeiro located in one of the most beautiful natural bays of the world. to Interpretation Centre in San Cristobal Island. (B L D) DAY 09 Cruise Baltra Guayaquil Lima Breakfast. Flight via Quito to Lima. Transfer to selected hotel.(B) DAY 10 Lima Morning city tour of modern and colonial Lima.(B) DAY 11 Lima Puerto Maldonado Transfer to airport in Lima for flight to the Amazon jungle 2 nights. (B D) DAY 12 Puerto Maldonado Different lodge activities and wildlife spotting. (B L D) DAY 13 Puerto Maldonado Cuzco Fly to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. DAY 14 Cuzco Morning tour of Cuzco. Afternoon free.(B) DAY 15 Cuzco Breakfast. Free day for optional activities. (B) DAY 16 Cuzco Sacred Valley Full day tour to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Drop off at the Sacred Valley for overnight. (B L) DAY 17 Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes for overnight(B L) DAY 18 Aguas Calientes Cuzco Morning free afternoon train back to Cuzco for overnight.(B) DAY 19 Cuzco Puno Bus journey Puno. Overnight. (B L) DAY 20 Puno Full day boat tour to the Uros Floating islands and Taquile Islands with lunch. (B L) DAY 21 Puno Sun Island Bus Boat trip to Sun Island via Copacabana. Overnight at Posada del Inca. (B L D) DAY 22 Sun Island La Paz Visit of Sun Island. Boat trip to Huatajata via Moon Island. Continue by bus to La Paz. (B L D) DAY 23 La Paz Morning city tour. Afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 24 La Paz Santiago Puerto Montt Puerto Varas Early morning transfer to the airport for flight via Santiago to Puerto Montt. Transfer to selected hotel. (B) DAY 25 Puerto Varas Half day city tour. Afternoon at leisure.(B) DAY 26 Puerto Varas Peulla (Lakes Crossing) Bus boat trip along Llanquihue Lake and Petrohue to Peulla. Overnight. (B D) DAY 27 Peulla Bariloche (Lakes Crossing) Continue your Lake District Crossing into Argentina to Puerto Panuelo. Transfer to your Hotel in Bariloche. (B) DAY 28 Bariloche Breakfast. Morning tour around Bariloche. Afternoon free.(B) DAY 29 Bariloche Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to selected hotel. Afternoon free. (B) DAY 30 Buenos Aires Morning City Tour. Afternoon free. Evening Tango & Dinner Show. (B D) DAY 31 Buenos Aires Full day tour to a ranch with show of traditional dances and BBQ lunch. (B L) DAY 32 Buenos Aires Puerto Iguazu Transfer to the airport fly to Iguazu. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. (B) DAY 33 Iguazu Morning falls tour of the Falls Argentine side.(B) DAY 34 Foz do Iguassu Rio de Janeiro Morning tour of Brazilian falls. Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to selected hotel. (B) DAY 35 Rio de Janeiro Full day tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf with lunch. (B L) DAY 36 Rio de Janeiro Free day to enjoy the beach.(B) DAY 37 Depart Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport for flight back via Santiago to Australia.(B) PRICES P PERS. TWIN IN AU FROM 11 377 High 12505 13811 16120 Peak 12985 14291 16600 Low 3 Star Ex SYD 11377 4 Star Ex SYD 12683 5 Star Ex SYD 14992 Single Supp. 3 Star 3856 Single Supp. 4 Star 5255 Single Supp. 5 Star 7000 Note Please add AU 100 ex MEL BNE AU 300 ex ADL HBA CNS and AU 500 ex PER DRW SEASONS Low 2Feb-30Nov11 High 1-12Dec 25-31Dec & 16Jan11-01Feb12 Peak 13-24Dec11 & 1-15Jan12 LAND ONLY PRICES PP IN AU TWIN 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star Wed Wed Wed 7638 8944 11253 ITINERARY DAY 01 Sydney Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. DAY 02 Santiago Half-day city tour of Santiago city. (B). DAY 03 Santiago Quito Transfer to the airport. Arrive Quito and transfer to hotel (B) DAY 04 Quito Full day to Otavalo Indian market. (B L) DAY 05 Quito Free day for optional activities. (B) DAY 06 Quito Galapagos Cruise Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. (B) DAY 07 Galapagos Cruise Cruise to Genovesa or Tower Island. Continue to Darwin Bay (B L D) DAY 08 Galapagos Cruise Cruise to Espanola or Hood Island. Afternoon Single Supp. 3 Star 3856 Single Supp. 4 Star 5255 Single Supp. 5 Star 7000 4 & 5 Stars - Best available in some locations Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Please allow xxx p pers. for locally collected taxes. One of the most complete Around South America tours possible visiting Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Argentina and Brazil. www.travelprojects.com.au 09 Multicountry Tours 10 www.travelprojects.com.au Discover South America FACT FINDER DEPARTS Weekly on Saturdays. HIGHLIGHTS Santiago Quito Otavalo Market Lima Cuzco Machu Picchu Pisac Market Lake Titicaca Crossing Sun Island Buenos Aires Tango Dinner Show Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles airplane ship boat train and foot. INCLUDES Economy Class Airfares from Sydney and within South America Meals as per program (25 breakfasts 7 lunches 7 dinners) Accommodation in selected hotels Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides Entry to sites All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Entry fees etc...approx. AU 650pp Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES PP. IN AU Departs Low High Peak 3 Stars Ex SYD 8260 9388 9868 4 Stars Ex SYD 8837 9965 10445 5 Stars Ex SYD 10387 11515 11995 Discover South America 26 DAYS 25 NIGHTS This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the best of South America. Cross the majestic Andes and its mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu Visit the highest lake in the world Lake Titicaca. Walk through the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls and take a cable car to the Sugarloaf for breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro. This tour offers the most important highlights of South America for people with limited time and do not have the time to do the South American Explorer Tour. DAY 05 Wed Quito Full Day Otavalo Market Breakfast then depart to the north one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador land of lakes snow-covered mountains and terraced farmlands. Otavalo the famous Indian market that dates back to pre-Inca times and is known for its fine handicrafts & brilliant scenery. (B L) DAY 06 Thu Quito Lima Breakfast. Morning free. Evening transfer to the airport for flight to Lima and transfer to selected hotel. (B). Lima is situated in between the sea and the western range of the Andes. Home to more than 6 million the nation s capital since the Spanish Conquest founded in 1535. DAY 07 Lima Morning city tour. Evening dinner and a Peruvian folklore show. (B D) DAY 08 Lima Cuzco Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Further transfer to hotel for overnight. (B) DAY 09 Cuzco. Full Day tour of Pisac & Ollantaytambo. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (B L) DAY 10 Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes Train excursion to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (B L) DAY 11 Aguas Calientes Cuzco Morning free. Afternoon train back to Sacred Valley transfer to hotel in Cuzco for overnight. (B) DAY 12 Wed Aguas Calientes Return to Cuzco Breakfast. & Morning free to further explore this unique mountain citadel or relax.afternoon return to Cuzco by train. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) DAY 13 Cuzco Puno Bus journey along the Altiplano to Puno. Overnight. (B L) DAY 14 Puno Full Day tour of the Uros & Taquile Islands. (B L) DAY 15 Sat Puno Sun Island Lake Titicaca Crossing Drive to Copacabana Bolivia then by boat to Sun Island where according to legend the first Inca appeared. After exploring the island s Inca ruins and majestic views of Lake Titicaca and surrounding Andean mountains an overnight stay at a selected hotel. (B L D) DAY 16 Sun Island La Paz Boat to Moon Island and onto Huatajata. Continue by bus to La Paz. Overnight. (B L) DAY 17 La Paz- Morning City Tour Morning half-Day city tour of La Paz aAfternoon free. (B) DAY 18 La Paz Buenos Aires Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Meet and assist at the airport transfer to selected hotel. (B) DAY 19 Buenos Aires Morning city tour. Afternoon free. In the evening Tango Dinner-Show. (B D) DAY 20 Buenos Aires-Full Day Fiesta Gaucha Excursion. You will visit the Argentine countryside with its customs and traditions spending a Day at a ranch taking part in a real Gaucho Festival. You may also have a horse ride or get on a typical carriage to have a better feeling of the gauchos way of life. The first sight of the vast Pampas and its people. (B L) DAY 21 Buenos Aires Puerto Iguazu Transfer to the airport fly to Iguazu. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight. (B) DAY 22 Puerto Iguazu Morning Falls tour of the Argentine side.(B) DAY 23 Foz do Iguassu Rio de Janeiro Morning tour of Brazilian falls. Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to selected hotel. (B) DAY 24 Rio de Janeiro Full Day tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf with lunch. Evening BBQ Samba Show (B L D) DAY 25 Rio de Janeiro Free Day to enjoy the beach. (B) DAY 26 Depart Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport for flight back via Santiago to Australia. (B) Single Supp. 3 Stars xxx Single Supp. 4 Stars xxx Single Supp. 5 Stars xxx Low 2Feb-30Nov11 High 1-12Dec 25-31Dec & 16Jan11-01Feb12 Peak 13-24Dec11 & 1-15Jan12 Note Please add AU 100 ex MEL BNE AU 300 ex ADL HBA CNS and AU 500 ex PER DRW. LAND ONLY PRICES PP IN AU 3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars Twin 4521 5098 6648 ITINERARY DAY 01 Sat Sydney Santiago Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Take the rest of the day at leisure to recover from long trip. Santiago a blending of 19th century Europe Spanish colonial and modem architecture With a hovering backdrop of snow capped mountains Santiago at 1800 ft. beckons the traveller with one of the most dramatic views to be seen anywhere. DAY 02 Sun Santiago-Morning City Tour Half-day city tour visiting the city s most outstanding attractions. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening dinner show traditional Chilean food & floor-show Transfer inc l. (B D) DAY 03 Mon Santiago Quito Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Early afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. (B) Welcome to Quito an astonishing location more than a mile above sea level nestled in the Andes Mountains beneath the snow-coned Pichincha mountain and directly on the equator DAY 04 Tue Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Visit the avenues of the residential section& many more historical sites. To the north is the Equatorial Monument at latitude 0 00 00 position of the Equator. (B L) Single Supp. TC 2297 Single Supp. TS 2994 Single Supp. FC 4391 4 & 5 Stars - Best available in some locations Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Please allow xxx p pers. for locally collected taxes. Why not discover even more of exciting South America with our South American Explorer Tour. www.travelprojects.com.au 11 Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER DEPARTS Fixed Departures from Puno 2011 Jan 3 7 & 3 Feb 14 & 28 Mar 14 & 28 Apr 11 & 25 May 2 16 & 30 Jun 13 & 27 Jul 11 & 25 Aug 8 & 22 Sep 5 & 19 Oct 3 17 & 31 Nov 14 & 28 Dec 12 HIGHLIGHTS Lake Titicaca Sun Island Train Ride Oruro to Uyuni Uyuni Salt Flats Laguna Verde Laguna Colorada San Pedro de Atacama. Note Tour also operates in the reverse direction call for dates. TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles boat train walking. INCLUDES Meals as per program Accommodation in selected hotels Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes Altiplano Salt Flats & Desert Explorer 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS From Puno (Peru) to Copacabana (Bolivia) discover Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake of the World and explore Sun Island the cradle of the Andean civilization. Visit Copacabana s colonial church famous for its famous Dark Virgin and continue to La Paz. Cross the Altiplano and the immense Uyuni Salt Flats a natural wonder half the size of Belgium exploring Abaroa National Reserve harboring the awesome red and green lakes surrounded by volcanoes and sheltering over 40 000 flamingos living at 4 300m. Finally reach the pleasant desert town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. This is a great tour for those who want to explore the Bolivian Altiplano in depth. Admire the immensity of the Uyuni Salt Flats the beauty of Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada. ITINERARY DAY 1 Puno Copacabana Sun Island Bus from Puno to Copacabana boat to Sun Island hike to the lodge. Overnight at Ecolodge La Estancia 3 . (L D) DAY 2 Sun Island La Paz Boat to Moon Island to visit the Inca ruins. Hike to La Chincana or boat trip to Yumani for non hikers. Continue by bus to La Paz. Overnight at Hotel El Dorado 3 or similar. DAY 3 La Paz Morning city tour and Moon Valley. Afternoon at leisure. at Hotel El Dorado 3 or similar. (B L) DAY 4 La Paz Oruro Uyuni Bus to Oruro then the train to Uyuni crossing the Bolivian Aliplano. Overnight at Jardines de Uyuni Hotel 3 or similar. (B L) DAY 5 Uyuni Incahuasi Island Tahua Drive to Colchani continue to Incahuasi Island NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU TWIN 3 Stars 2 621 Single Supp On Request 3 Stars Best available in some locations. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. (Salt Flats). Overnight at Jardines de Tahua Hotel 3 or similar. (B L D) DAY 6 Tahua Alota Villamar Drive along the altiplano to Villa Mar where we overnight at Mallku Cueva Lodge 3 or similar. (B L D) DAY 7 Villamar REA(Reserve Eduardo Abaroa) San Pedro de Atacama Visit lagunes geysers cross the Chilean border to San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight at Hotel Casa de Don Tomas 3 or similar (B) DAY 8 San Pedro de Atacama Excursion to El Tatio Geysers and visit the Machuca Settlement. (B L) DAY 9 Depart San Pedro de Atacama Transfer to the airport in Calama for your flight out. (B) FACT FINDER DEPARTS Daily from October to April. Available vice versa. Glaciers District Chile & Argentina 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS The true force of nature makes itself known in Patagonia. The surprising cold-temperate jungle with its araucaria forests give way to the Patagonian steppe while the territory fragments into tiny islands fjords channels lakes and glaciers. It is one of the few places left on earth where pioneers and legends still coexist within a surreal landscape - it is the end of the world where the Andes disappear into the sea. waterfalls. The abundant fauna includes foxes guanacos puma and a wide variety of birds including many species of falcons and the condor the symbol of the Andes mountains.Overnight in TDP.. (B) DAY 03 Torres del Paine Head north west of Puerto Natales for a full day on a scenic drive to the Chilean border where after clearing customs you ll head to the Torres del Paine National Park. The picturesque drive will allow you to gaze at the stunning scenery and enjoy the true Southern flora and fauna. Upon arrival you ll have the opportunity to explore the national park its amazing views and beautiful lakes. (B) DAY 04 Torres del Paine Puerto Natales Half Day excursion to continue exploring the national park. (B) DAY 05 Torres del Paine El Calafate Bus transfer to El Calafate. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) DAY 06 El Calafate Day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. Enjoy this incredible experience of this colossus of ice with enormous blocks of ice falling into the Argentino Lake with a thonderous crash. Optional activity minitrekking over the Perito Moreno Glacier. Return to El Calafate for overnight (B) DAY 07 El Calafate Excursion to visit three incredible glaciers Upsala Onelli and Spegazzini Glaciers. This is a wonderful navigation along the waters of Argentino Lake. You can enjoy icebergs floating around in the lake.. (B) DAY 08 Depart El Calafate Tansfer to El Calafate Airport for flight out. (B). HIGHLIGHTS Puerto Natales Torres del Paine El Calafate Perito Moreno and Upsala Onelli & Spegazzini Glaciers. TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles boat. INCLUDES Meals as per program (7 breakfasts) Accommodation in selected hotels Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Punta Arenas Puerto Natales Mid-Day arrival in Punta Arenas and regular bus to Puerto Natales. Transfer to hotel. DAY 02 Puerto Natales Torres del Paine Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park Known throughout the world for its wonderful rock formations which give it its name attractions in the park include the glaciers lakes woods and NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. AU FROM 3 Star 4 Star Twin 2309 2566 2 309 SS 1377 1790 SS - Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made This tour is an excellent extension to either the South American Explorer or Discover South America Tours. 12 www.travelprojects.com.au Multi-Country Tours FACT FINDER OPERATES Every Wednesday all year round. HIGHLIGHTS Chichicastenango market Antigua Lake Atitlan Tikal Yaxchilan Palenque Uxmal Merida Chichen Itza and Canc n. TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles boat. INCLUDES Meals as per program Accommodation in selected hotels Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides Flight ticket Guatemala City-Flores. All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes Mayan World Guatemala & Mexico 11 DAYS 10 NIGHTS The Maya civilization boasted hundreds of cities across a vast swath of Central America. Now archeological sites these once-flourishing cities extended from Chich n Itz in the northern Yucat n to Cop n. Each bore ceremonial centers where theocratic rulers practiced a complex religion based on a host of gods a unique calendar and ceremonies that featured a ball game and human sacrifice. The ancient Maya also mastered astronomy mathematics art and architecture and a glyph system of writing on stone ceramics and paper. temple of St. Thomas where one might have the opportunity to witness ancient ceremonies taking place. Continue to Panajachel for overnight (B). DAY 03 Panajachel Antigua Boat trip to Santiago Atitl n afternoon transfer to Antigua. Overnight. (B) DAY 04 Antigua Morning city tour of Antigua. Visit Plaza of Armas the Convent of the Capuchinas La Merced and San Francisco. Overnight. (B) DAY 05 Antigua Flores Tikal Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Flores. Afternoon excursion of Tikal. Visit the temple of the great jaguar temple of the masks and the north acropolis. Return to Flores for overnight. (B L) DAY 06 Flores Yaxchil n Palenque. Bus to the Guatemala Mexico border boat transfer to Mexico. Continue by bus to Palenque. Overnight (B L D) DAY 07 Palenque Campeche Visit Palenque Ruins continue to Campeche for overnight. (B D) DAY 08 Campeche Uxmal Merida Trip to Uxmal archaeological ruins continue to Merida. Overnight. (B L) DAY 09 Merida Chichen Itza Cancun Excursion to Chich n Itz the most important Mayan site in Mexico. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit the pyramid known as the Castle or Kukulc n temple the Ballgame Court amongst others. Opportunity to swim at IK-IL well. Continue to Cancun. Overnight. (B L) DAY 10 Cancun Free Day for optional activities. (B) DAY 11 Depart Cancun At convenient time transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B) NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. TWIN IN AU FROM 4 Star Low 2290 2 290 High 2359 Single Supp. Low 686 Single Supp. High 751 SEASONS High 03Jan-30Apr 2011 Low 01May-22Dec 2011 Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Guatemala City. Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to the hotel. DAY 02. Guatemala Chichicastenango Panajachel. Visit one of the most colorful and famous native markets in the World Chichicastenango The Cuzco to La Paz Extension 6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS Great extension to Bolivia and basic introduction to the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca. To the ancients Titicaca was sacred and temples were built along its shores and many islands. The inhabitants of its shores are mostly Aymara and Quechua Indians descendant of both the ancient Aymara and younger Inca civilizations. Lake Titicaca is a must on the list of things to see for visitors to this part of the world. In the lake there are two islands Isla del Sol (Sun Island) and Isla de la Luna (Moon island) - which are part of the Inca mythical creation. Legends tell us that Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo rose with staff in hand to found the capital of the Inca Empire in Cuzco. The Incas themselves called Titicaca the womb of the world . FACT FINDER DEPARTS Any Day. sacred island on the lake the Island of the Sun You will overnight at the Posada del Inca. (B L D) DAY 04 Sun Island La Paz Morning visit to the Inca Steps and Sacred Fountain on Sun Island. Lunch at Uma Kollo followed by afternoon hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island and Huatajata. Continue by bus van to La Paz. (B L) DAY 05 La Paz Morning city tour visit to the main points of interest including the Witch Doctor s market and nearby Moon Valley. Afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 06 Depart La Paz Transfer to the airport. (B) Travel Projects recommends to combine this tour with the Basic Peru Visit for a better experience of Peru and Bolivia. ITINERARY DAY 01 Cuzco Puno ToDay one of South America s most extraordinary overland trips takes you by bus to Puno passing through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages. Upon your arrival in Puno on the edge of Lake Titikaka a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and help you to register. (L) DAY 02 Puno Tour of the Uros Floating islands and Taquile Islands with lunch. This excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world Titicaca to visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians and Taquile. (B L) DAY 03 Puno Copacabana Sun island Morning transfer to Copacabana to visit the shrine then continuing by hydrofoil to the most OPERATES Daily all year round. HIGHLIGHTS Bus trip along the Altiplano. Uros Floating Islands. TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles boat. INCLUDED Accommodation Meals as listed in the itinerary All transfers transport sight-seeing and visits as per itinerary with English speaking guide Local hotel taxes NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star Twin 1067 1176 1314 1 067 SS 400 473 628 SS Single Supplement. 4&5 Star Best available in some locations. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. www.travelprojects.com.au 13 Peru FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Peru Area 1 285 215 sq km (501 234 sq mi) Population 27 012 899 (1.9% growth) Capital city Lima (pop 8 million) People 54% Indian 32% Mestizo (mixed European and Indian descent) 12% Spanish descent 2% Black Asian minority Language Spanish Quechua Aymara Religion Over 90% Roman Catholic small Protestant population Government Democracy Visa & Health Please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Time GMT UTC minus 5 hours Electricity 220V 60Hz Weights & measures Metric WHEN TO GO Peru s peak season is from June to September which is the dry season in the highlands and is the best time to go if you re interested in trekking. The highlands can be visited yearround though the wettest months January to April but trekking is still possible it may be a muddy proposition. Many of the major festivals occur in the wettest months and continue undiminished in spite of heavy rain. In the eastern rainforests it naturally rains a lot. The wettest months are December through to April it can be visited year-round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. The coast should be visited around January while it s hot and the mountains and jungles are at their best after the rains from May until September except for the Iquitos region. Since this is unlikely to be possible on a single trip the country s attractions are invariably enough to override the need for guarantees of good weather. PERU Few places on earth have as rich and natural heritage as Peru. Its archaeological treasures are unearthed each Day reflecting many of the oldest and some of the most cultured civilizations that existed long before Christ. The local cultures could fuse metals in a plating process before the New Testament was written tame the Llama and irrigate crops more than 6 000 years ago. Its fauna and flora are amongst the richest in the tropics. From the standpoint of popularity the most obvious attractions are Machu Picchu Paracas Nazca Colca Canyon Iquitos Pulcalpa Cuzco Lima and the Manu. Northern Peru From Lima to the border with Ecuador one finds extraordinary archaeological monuments such as Sechin in Casna Chan Chan in Trujillo and Tucume in Chiclayo. The Amazon The Peruvian Jungle a large area encompassing more than 500 000 Km. crossed by the Amazon River is an area where plant and animal life abound with an incredibly wide variety of birds insects and plants. Central Peru Lima is the main site here the old capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty in the New World. To the south the Bay of Paracas is alive with fauna Ica produces its famous wines and the Nazca Lines sit majestically in the desert area. Further to the south is Arequipa a city known for its beautiful colonial structures and the impressive Colca Canyon. The southeast Peru Puno is known as the folklore capital of Peru due to the variety of its music and dances. It is nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca the highest navigable inland lake the world. FACT FINDER OPERATES Every day all year round. Lima Stopover 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS Besides magnificent examples of colonial architecture and fabulous museums -such as the Larco Herrera which hosts the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world Peru s capital has a vivid cultural life a sparkling nightlife and most probably the best gastronomic scene in the continent. HIGHLIGHTS Old city Larco Herrera Museum and Miraflores area. NAZCA LINES & THE BALLESTAS ISLANDS The Nazca People developed advanced farming methods (1000 BC) that allowed them to build an irrigation system improve their crops and expand the area of land they could farm. They also developed outstanding skills in weaving pottery and architecture. One of the most fascinating of their cultural achievements was the creation of a remarkable ground art - the exact purpose of which remains a mystery. One the coast the confluence of two great ocean currents El Ni o and la Peruana or Humboldt create an environment where aquatic life flourish encouraging abundant growth of plankton and phytoplankton essential components for marine life. In Paracas Reserve scores of sea lions can be seen lazily basking INCLUDES Accommodation Daily breakfasts Visits with entrance fees as per program All transfers and tours as indicated with English speaking guide. in the sun align with condors and giants turtles easing their way through the water. The winds the sea temperature and other weather factors have created a habitat for thousands of species of marine fauna and flora ranging from tiny fish and mollusks to great seals. ITINERARY DAY 01 Lima Ica Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to bus terminal. Regular bus to Ica (4 Hrs). Transfer to hotel. DAY 02 Ica Ballestas Islands Paracas Excursion to the Ballestas Islands passing the Candelabro. Visit the Paracas national reserve. Overnight in Ica. (B) DAY 03 Ica Lima Over flight by small plane of the Nazca lines. Bus back Lima. Transfer to your hotel. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Lima Arrive meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the Day at leisure. DAY 02 Lima Breakfast. Half Day city tour of colonial and modern Lima. Return to hotel. (B) DAY 03 Depart Lima Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 281 SS 197 272 430 Twin Lima Stopover 3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars 281 388 614 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands 3 Stars 4 Stars 649 733 325 388 HIGHLIGHTS Nazca Lines Ballestas Is. & Paracas Reserve. SS Single Supplement 4 & 5 Stars Best available in some locations Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. 14 www.travelprojects.com.au Peru FACT FINDER DEPARTS Ideally on Fri. Also on Tue and Sun all year round. HIGHLIGHTS Ballestas Islands Nazca Lines Paracas National Reserve Arequipa and Colca Canyon Cuzco Sacred Valley Pisac Market Machu Picchu Lake Titicaca and Uros taquile Islands. INCLUDES Meals as per program Accommodation at selected hotels Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides Local flight over the Nazca Lines only Entry to sites All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes Coast Andes & Amazon Explorer 18 DAYS 17 NIGHTS This in-depth adventure through Peru will take you all over the country. Experience ecological reserves and prodigious national parks take in the Nazca Lines a mysterious area of Peru where great figures were carved into the ground thousands of years ago. You will travel to the dense jungle inhabited by diverse flora and fauna that you will only see there. Then journey to the mountains of Peru for a look into Inca society while visiting Machu Picchu and be impressed by the depth of the Colca Canyon while keeping an eye out for the resident Andean condors the world s largest flying bird. Continue by bus to Puno through striking scenery and wildlife. A once in a lifetime experience. Herrera Museum. (B) DAY 03 Regular bus Lima to Paracas. Visit the Paracas Reserve. Overnight. (B) DAY 04 Excursion to the Ballestas Is. Continue to Ica for overnight. (B) DAY 05 Small plane overflight of the Nazca lines. Return to Lima. Overnight. (B) DAY 06 Fly to Pto Maldonado. Amazon Lodge opportunity for wildlife viewing. (B L D) DAY 07 Different lodge activities and wildlife spotting. (B L D) DAY 08 Boat transfer and flight to Cuzco. Overnight. (B) DAY 09 Free Day in Cuzco for optional activities (B) DAY 10 Full Day tour to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (B L) DAY 11 Train excursion to Machu Picchu guided visit of the ruins. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (B L) DAY 12 Morning free afternoon train back to Cuzco for overnight. (B) DAY 13 Fly to Arequipa transfer to hotel. Free afternoon. (B) DAY 14 Morning city tour and visit to Santa Catalina Convent. (B) DAY 15 Bus trip to the Colca Canyon. Overnight (B L ) DAY 16 Visit of the Cross of the Condor. Continue by bus to Puno crossing the Altiplano with magnificent views of lakes and wildlife. (B L) DAY 17 Excursion to Uros Floating Island and Sillustani Burial Towers. (B) DAY 18 Transfer to either airport or bus station. (B) NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Lima Pto Maldonado Cuzco Arequipa Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars 3 144 Twin SS 3144 3958 4955 1483 1991 2941 ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. DAY 02 Afternoon Lima city tour and Larco SS Single Supplement 4 & 5 Stars - Best available in some locations Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. Basic Peru Visit 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS Peru is home to some of the earliest and most advanced civilizations in the Western Hemisphere. The last of them The Incas left incredible archaeological remains. They built systems of winding mountain roads remarkable cities and left an unforgettable legacy. In the Eastern area of the country the extensive Amazon jungle contains an infinite variety of exotic plants and wild animals. It is crisscrossed by innumerable streams and rivers which join to form the Amazon the mightiest river in the world. Come and discover it with us and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace. In modern Lima drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. The tour concludes with a visit of the famous Larco Herrera Museum. (B) DAY 03 Lima Cuzco Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Cuzco. Arrival transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon visit the main monuments and points of interest including the nearby important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman Kenko and Tambo Machay. (B) DAY 04 Cuzco Pisac Ollantaytambo Drive through the fertile countryside to the colonial village of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewellery. Continue to the village of Ollantaytambo for a visit to its impressive Inca fortress. (Tue Thu Sun). (B L) DAY 05 Cuzco Machu Picchu Morning departure on one of the world s great train journeys to Machu Picchu. Shuttle buses take you up a 2000-foot serpentine road to the entrance of the fabled Lost City of the Incas. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins lunch at the hotel and time to explore at your own pace before returning to Aguas Calientes for lunch and overnight at selected hotel. (B L) DAY 06 Machu Picchu Cuzco Breakfast. Free morning to explore. Afternoon return to Cuzco. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) DAY 07 Depart Cuzco Breakfast. Transfer to the airport or train bus station. (B) FACT FINDER DEPARTS Ideally on Thui. Also on Tue and Sat all year round. HIGHLIGHTS Colonial Lima Cuzco Sacred Valley Pisac Market & Machu Picchu. TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles ship boat train and foot. INCLUDES Accommodation Meals as listed in the itinerary Visits with entrance fees as per program All transfers and tours as indicated. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Lima Arrival and transfer to your hotel. DAY 02 Lima Visit both the colonial and modern sections of this City of Kings. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 1 241 Twin SS 1241 590 3 Star 4 Star 1909 994 5 Star 2391 1472 SS Single Supplement 4 & 5 Stars - Best available in some locations Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Combine this tour with the Cuzco to La Paz Extension for a better experience of Peru and Bolivia. www.travelprojects.com.au 15 Peru - Amazon Lodges - Iquitos (North East) FACT FINDER DEPARTS On specific Days from Iquitos check price list for details. EXPLORAMA LODGES Explorama offers four Lodges and one Resort in over 250 000 acres of Privately Protected Primary Amazon Rainforest Reserves the Spectacular Canopy Walkway. This network of lodges near Iquitos range from luxurious to rustic including the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies which provides a research station for scientists in the rainforest and an opportunity for amateurs to share in their discovery while getting to use the canopy walkway. 2-8 Day itineraries using 1 or more lodges. HIGHLIGHTS Wildlife and unique flora Oxbow Lakes and small tributary river boat excursions Canopy Walkway. The Canopy Walkway is an experience unequaled in the rainforest At a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) and extending for 500 meters the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation. TRAVEL PROJECTS COMMENTS Combine 2 or three of these lodges for a more in-depth experience. TRANSPORT Vehicles boat and foot. INCLUDES Accommodation in selected lodge All meals whilst in the lodge All transfers visits and activities as per selected lodge with English speaking guides. Explorama Lodges EXPLORNAPO LODGE Located 160 kms. from Iquitos a boat trip down the Amazon and up the Napo River ExplorNapo is surrounded by the largest of Explorama s private rainforest reserves. After a complete renovation in 1996 the camp now offers accommodations comfortable showers and bathroom facilities a hammock house and screened dining area identical to those found at the Lodge but still maintains an intimate atmosphere with only 20 rooms. The ReNuPeRu Ethno botanical Garden a teaching garden for medicinal and useful plants of the rainforest is located next to ExplorNapo and a visit is included with all programs for guests staying here. All programs to Explornapo Lodge incorporate a visit to the Canopy Walkway. NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights to from Iquitos Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. EXPLORAMA LODGE Originally built in 1964 and located in an extensive Primary Rainforest Reserve 80 kms. down the Amazon River from Iquitos on the Yanamoto River a small tributary of the Amazon. Explorama Lodge has undergone a facelift for its 45th anniversary. The 55 typical palm-thatched jungle lodge rooms now have private bathroom facilities The Lodge has maintained its romantic atmosphere with kerosene lamps and torches for lighting mosquito-netted beds including accommodations for couples and covered walkways to the Tahuampa Bar and Hammock House where you can relax surrounded by a myriad of rainforest sounds. CEIBA TOPS The Amazon s newest and only luxury resort offers 40 air-conditioned rooms and cottages with private bathrooms with hot water swimming pool and you can add on an excursion to the longest Canopy Walkway in the world. Explore the myths mysteries and magic of the world s most exotic jungle and then step from the tropics into the air-conditioned comfort of your private room. Surrounded by towering primary rainforest Ceiba Tops offers the discriminating adventurer a soothing hot shower at the end of each Day s excursion. Large picture windows draw the Amazon forest into the privacy of tastefully appointed living quarters with private baths. PRICES P PERS. TWIN IN AU FROM 454 Twin SS 70 140 86 172 230 454 328 552 443 Ceiba Tops 3D 2N Departs Any Day Departs Only Mon Ceiba Tops 3D 2N (Special) Explorama 4D 3N Departs Any Day Departs Only Fri Explorama 4D 3N (Special) Explornapo 5D 4N Departs Any Day 1 092 SAMPLE PROGRAM DAY 01 Iquitos Explorama Lodge Meet at the airport and transfer to the Explorama dock. 80 Kms. journey down the Amazon River to Yanamono Stream. Afternoon hike along the Lake Trail through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. During the high water season this excursion is done by open boat Night walk or open boat ride to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and stars of the Southern sky. Overnight (L D). DAY 02 Explorama Lodge Walk along the Bushmaster Trail. Your guide will point out many plants used in medicine today. Afternoon open boat trip along the Amazon in search of either of the two species of freshwater dolphin found in the river and a chance for an afternoon swim. Overnight (B L D) DAY 03 Explorama Lodge Iquitos Morning walk along a local river trail with stops along the way to visit the riberenos or river people visit a river school see the local sugar cane rum factory or visit our resident American medical doctor in her clinic sponsored by the Rotary Club. Transfer back to Iquitos for your departure flight to Lima. (B L if departure flight permits). SAMPLE PROGRAM DAY 01 Iquitos Explorama Lodge Reception and transfer to the Explorama dock. Boat transfer to Explorama Lodge. Afternoon hike along the Lake Trail . Overnight (L D). DAY 02 Explorama Lodge ExplorNapo Lodge Boat ride down the Amazon and up the Napo River to the ExplorNapo Lodge. Afternoon visit to the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden located next to ExplorNapo and tended by a local shaman. Evening excursion by open boat along the Sucusari Stream in search of caiman and to enjoy the night sounds and stars.Overnight (B L D) DAY 03 ExplorNapo Lodge Canopy Walkway here you encounter a bird s eye view of part of the rain forest rarely seen by man. Afternoon boat excursion along one of the many Napo tributaries. spotting along the way for birds and sloth. Opportunity for fishing or a chance to swim. Overnight (B L D) DAY 04 ExplorNapo Lodge Iquitos Morning excursion to an oxbow lake. These lakes are often covered with giant Victoria Regia water lilies and sometimes offer a glimpse of the elusive Hoatzin bird. Afternoon boat trip back to Iquitos airport. (B L) SAMPLE PROGRAM DAY 01 Iquitos Ceiba Tops Reception at the airport brief city orientation and transfer to the Explorama dock. Forty one Kms. down the Amazon River to Ceiba Tops. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rain forest reserve surrounding the lodge which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes. Overnight. (L D) DAY 02 Ceiba Tops Morning boat ride spotting for dolphins to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain the local Yagua Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans and the passing of time. There will also be an opportunity to see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. Afternoon walking excursion to the neighboring town of Indiana.Overnight (B L D) DAY 03 Ceiba Tops Iquitos Your choice of morning walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rain forest and Amazon River. Afternoon transfer to Iquitos and to the airport. (B L if departure flight permits). One week Combo 7D 6N Any Day 1 202 185 SS Single Supplement All programs to Explornapo Lodge incorporate a visit to the Canopy Walkway. The Explornapo 5D 4N includes 2 nights at Explorama and 2 nights at Explornapo One week combo special combines different lodges Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Other jungle lodges also available. Please contact us for more info and detailed programs. 16 www.travelprojects.com.au Peru Amazon Lodges (South East) FACT FINDER DEPARTS On specific Days from Cuzco or Puerto Maldonado check price list for details. PERU VERDE LODGES Peru Verde seeks to conserve Peru s wildlife and wild lands through field research habitat protection and eco-friendly economic alternatives for local communities. The Manu Cloud forest Reserve Peru Verde owns and protects 4 500 hectares of pristine cloud forest next to the Manu National Park. The reserve is home to the Cock-of-the -Rock the Spectacled Bear 5 species of monkeys and hundreds of species of birds. Peru Verde manages a small wildlife lodge and research station that welcomes scientists and visitors throughout the year. (Cock-of-the-Rock-Lodge). TAPIR RESERVE Peru Verde owns and protects 54 hectares of lowland rainforest around a spectacular Tapir Lick that is also visited by deer porcupines peccaries and numerous birds. The reserve is protected from hunters by the Peru Verde team. Conservation through tourism Currently Peru Verde owns or exclusively markets four rainforest lodges accessible from Cusco. The main goal of each lodge is to protect thousands of hectares of critical rain forest habitat surrounding each lodge. CONSERVATION THROUGH TOURISM Currently Peru Verde owns or exclusively markets 138 in four rainforest lodges accessible from Cusco. The main goal of each lodge is to protect thousands of hectares of critical rain forest habitat surrounding each lodge. Peru Verde also owns a travel agency that markets the lodges and other Peruvian destinations. Peru Verde Lodges SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE (SLL) Located deep in Peru s Tambopata National Reserve our Sandoval Lake lodge overlooks sparkling palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake the most beautiful and wildlife-rich of all lakes in Tambopata-Madidi. This privileged location gives you exclusive access to the lake in the early morning and late afternoon the choice hours for wildlife viewing and photography. No other lodge in Tambopata-Madidi is on the banks of a protected oxbow lake. Our short Sandoval Lake Lodge program includes two nights of fully-screened accommodation in 25 doubleoccupancy rooms complete with en suite facilities with hot-water showers electricity ( ) fans meals airport transfers in Puerto Maldonado naturalist guides lake excursions by Day in search of Giant Otters monkeys and macaws forest excursions night excursions in search of caimans and evening slide shows. Our lodge specializes in small groups and individualized attention in our overriding quest to conserve the lake and surrounding rainforest. Sandoval Lake Lodge is built out of ecologically-correct driftwood mahogany and is owned jointly by a non-profit conservation group and five families of indigenous Brazil nut collectors. HEATH RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE (HRWC) Only 5 hours by river from P. Maldonado the Center is the best-located lodge in the world s largest pristine rainforest. Within easy reach are an excellent macaw clay lick Capybaras (120-pound Guinea Pigs) oxbow lakes with Giant Otters 480 bird species and 6 monkey species. Furthermore we feature healthy populations of Tapirs and Jaguars. Heath offers the world s only large macaw clay lick reachable in less than a half a Day from a jetport. Visitors have seen up to 260 macaws there at one time making it one of the top 5 of the world s 100 known licks. Travelers view this spectacle from a roomy blind floating only 30 mts. away. A trail grid with mapped fruiting trees allow our guides to take you straight to the wildlife. At the end of one trail the rainforest suddenly melts away offering a startling open vista reminiscent of East Africa The only lowland pampas accessible from Peru. Downriver is the Ese Eja Indian village of Sonene where you can learn about tribal traditions and life in the rainforest. Everyone in Sonene speaks their native language with Spanish reserved for school and for trading handicrafts with outsiders including you. The Heath s unique combination of comfort macaw lick pristine forest unique pampas and traditional culture offers what we believe is the Amazon s finest all-around value for money. The lodge offers comfortable double bungalows with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers. MANU WILDLIFE CENTRE (MWC) Program operates May to October by small plane from to Cuzco. The Manu Wildlife Centre (MWC) is located in the remote and wild Manu wilderness of south-eastern Peru. Amidst spectacular forest and incredible scenery the density and diversity of animal and plant species reach a peak in the extreme western Amazon near the foot of the Andes. A 35-minute flight from Cuzco to the mouth of the Manu River and a 90 minute motor canoe ride down the Madre de Dios River brings you to the single best wildlife destination in the entire Amazon Manu Wildlife Center. Wildlife enthusiasts birders and nature photographers find Manu worth the extra effort and travelling time. The Manu Wildlife Center offers more wildlife sightings and a higher level of comfort than any other lodge in the Manu region. Air transportation between Cusco and Boca Manu is in the management of MWC to ensure on-time reliable air service with a turboprop aircraft (Cessna Grand Caravan). TRANSPORT Vehicles boat and foot. INCLUDES Accommodation in selected lodge All meals whilst in the lodge All transfers visits and activities as per selected lodge with English speaking guides. NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights (Except MWC which included) Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 332 SS 250 333 111 167 167 223 431 SAMPLE PROGRAM DAY 01 Cuzco Boca Manu Flight to Boca Manu and motorized canoe transfer to lodge. At night wildlife spotting. (L D) DAYS 2-3 Manu Wildlife Center Spend these two Days exploring the trails observing incredible flora and fauna on the excursions organized by the lodge. (B L D) DAY 04 Depart Boca Manu Transfer to Boca Manu for your flight back to Cuzco.(B) Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides. The Bio Trip to Manu by land from Cuzco operates all year round on a 7 Days 6 nights using the Following lodges Cock of the Rock Amazonia Lodge or Pantiacolla and Manu Wildlife Centre ending with a land boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport. Departs Twin Mo We Fr 1428 MWC 4D 3N MWC 5D 4N Th Fr 1639 SLL 3D 2N Any Day 332 SLL 4D 3N Any Day 487 HRWC 4D 3N Mo Tu Th Fr 639 HRWC 5D 4N Mo Th 795 Bio Trip 6D 5N We Sa 1715 SAMPLE PROGRAM DAY 01 Puerto Maldonado SLL Bus Hike Boat transfer to the lodge. DAY 02 Sandoval Lake Lodge Boat ride on the lake for wildlife sighting DAY 03 Sandoval lake Lodge Catamaran lake crossing and hike for wildlife sightings. DAY 04 Depart SLL Early morning departure takin advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity. SAMPLE PROGRAM DAY 01 Puerto Maldonado HRWC Transfer to the lodge. (Passports needed as lodge is located on the Bolivian shore of the Heath river). DAY 02 Heath River Wildlife Centre DAY 03 Heath River Wildlife Centre DAY 04 Depart HRWC Leave the lodge at dawn for return boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport. SS Single Supplement All programs to MWC include airfare Cuzco Manu Cuzco. SLL & HRWC require extra airfare to from Pto. Maldonado. Please ask when booking. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. www.travelprojects.com.au 17 Peru - Amazon Lodges (South East) FACT FINDER DEPARTS On specific Days from Iquitos check price list for details. RAINFOREST EXPEDITIONS Rainforest Expeditions (Est. 1989) operates three award winning Amazon lodges Posada Amazonas (30 rooms) Refugio Amazonas (32 rooms) and Tambopata Research Center (18 rooms). Each Amazon lodge uncovers a wide array of fascinating ecotourism experiencies in the middle of our jungle in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Tambopata. Nature is our passion people our commitment. At Rainforest Expeditions we build sanctuaries that host unique experiences engage local communities and help hosts and guests learn to value their relation with the Earth. The Tambopata National Reserve is a 275 000 hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers (formerly known as the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone). It is adjacent to the huge 1 million hectare Bahuaja Sonene National Park. Whilst the Tambopata National Reserve was created with an underlying philosophy of sustainable resource use the park was created with the purpose of wholeheartedly protecting the forests within. TRANSPORT Vehicles boat and foot. INCLUDES Accommodation in selected lodge All meals whilst in the lodge All transfers visits and activities as per selected lodge with English speaking guides. Rainforest Expeditions TAMBOPATA RESEARCH CENTRE (TRC) The Tambopata Research Center (TRC) is a spartan yet comfortable 18 bedroom lodge which was built more than fifteen years ago with the purpose of lodging tourists and researchers alike and of protecting the adjacent macaw clay lick. Because of its remote location in uninhabited wilderness housing stable populations of endangered wildlife the small scale of its infrastructure and operations and the presence of researchers and naturalist guides TRC is an excellent headquarters for in depth explorations of Amazonian nature and wildlife. TRC is located in a half hectare clearing in the middle of the uninhabited portion of the Tambopata National Reserve adjacent to the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and 500 meters from the world s largest macaw clay lick. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. From Refugio Amazonas TRC is four hours upriver and a few minutes walking from the river. NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. REFUGIO AMAZONAS Refugio Amazonas is our latest 32 bedroom lodge opened in 2005. Its location two hours upriver from Posada Amazonas is ideal for stand alone three night experiences and for breaking the expeditions to and from Tambopata Research Center. Refugio Amazonas is built on a 200 hectare private reserve on the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is becoming integrated to the communities of Brazil nut extractors that surround it attempting to extend the benefits of ecotourism to the families that commit to the sustainable use of the forest within this buffer zone. To get here you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 30 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for the two and half hour trip to Refugio Amazonas. Refugio Amazonas is located ten minutes walking from the river. POSADA AMAZONAS Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accesibility excellent wildlife observation opportunities cultural context and comfortable accommodations Posada Amazonas is ideal for a two night introduction to Amazonia s richest rain forests. Posada Amazonas is located within the territory of the Infierno Community. It built within the 2 000 hectare private communal reserve which in turn is directly adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. To get there you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 45 or 90 minutes respectively. From the airport you are transported by truck to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for a forty five minute trip to Posada Amazonas. Posada Amazonas is located ten minutes walking from the river. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 385 Twin SS 173 230 242 305 115 173 564 742 857 972 385 564 Refugio Amazonas 4D 3N Departs Any Day Refugio Amazonas 5D 4N Departs Any Day TRC 5D 4N Departs Any Day TRC 6D 5N Departs Any Day Posada Amazonas 3D 2N Departs Any Day Posada Amazonas 4D 3N Departs Any Day SS Single Supplement All programs to MWC include airfare Cuzco Manu Cuzco. The TRC programs include 2 nights at Refugio Amazonas SLL & HRWC require extra airfare to from Pto. Maldonado. Please ask when booking. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. ITINERARY DAY 01 Boat transfer to Posada Amazonas Canopy Tower Ecotourism Lecture.Overnight at Posada Amazonas. (L D) DAY 02 Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake Ethnobotanical Tour Night walk. Overnight at Posada Amazonas. (B L D) DAY 03 Visit a clay lick only twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. Return to the lodge for overnight. (B L D) DAY 04 Boat Transfer Puerto Maldonado airport. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Canopy Tower. Overnight at Posada Amazonas. (L D) DAY 02 Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake Ethnobotanical Tour and Rainforest Massage. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (B L D) DAY 03 Boat ride to a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. You will also visit a Brazil Nut Trail Camp and chance to see some Peccaris in a mammal clay lick as well. Return to the lodge. (B L D) DAY 4 Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas Caiman Search. Overnight (L D) DAY 02 Canopy Tower Brazil Nut Trail and Camp transfer to TRC Overlook Trail Macaw Project Lectures. Overnight at TRC. (B L D) DAY 03 Macaw Clay Lick Floodplain Trail Pond Platform Night walk. Overnight at TRC. (B L D) DAY 04 Boat transfer to Refugio Amazonas Oxbow Lake Visit Tambopata National Reserve Lectures. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (B L D) Day 05 Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters and airport. (B) 18 www.travelprojects.com.au Peru Amazon Cruises (North East) FACT FINDER Travel down the Amazon River by boat in harmony with the speed of the water and the changing riverside landscapes. What once could only be done by native canoe can now be undertaken on a variety of more modern alternatives which add an element of luxury to the experience. CLOTHING Short and long-sleeved shirts T-shirts (Light-weight wicking fabric controls perspiration and dries quickly) Long-sleeved shirts light colour (Cotton) Lightweight trousers Shorts Swim suit A light sweater (it gets surprisingly chilly in the rainforest especially on boat trips) Sun hat cap Footwear Comfortable outdoor shoes Trainers for evening use. Rubber boots up to size 10 are provided at most lodges. Foul Weather Gear A lightweight raincoat or waterproof poncho TRAVEL ACCESSORIES Insect repellent (50% deet) Sunglasses (suitable for strong UV conditions) Torch with extra batteries head torch Water bottle Canteen Antihistamine tablets and an epi-pen for people with serious allergies to stings Zip lock bags - to keep things dry Swiss army knife (this cannot be taken as hand luggage during your flights) Amazon Cruises M V ARAPAIMA The M V Arapaima is a new 15 cabin cruise ship built in 2006-2007 with programmed itineraries and charters to the frontier cities of Leticia (Colombia) Tabatinga (Brazil) Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and Tapiche River system among other areas in the Peruvian Amazon. The itineraries feature 2 to 3 daily excursions such as bird-watching fishing for piranhas short and long day and night jungle walks into primary and secondary forests and visit to local indian communities and small Amazon villages as well. Cruise includes All meals (Breakfast lunch & dinner) and snacks. SEASONS The dry season is from May to November. The wet season is from December to April. M V AQUA Join us in Iquitos Peru for a 3 night Amazon River luxury cruise exploring the Tahuayo River and the Yacapana Iguana Islands Charo Lake fishing and visits into the Amazon jungle to view Amazon monkeys three-toed sloths and caimans at home in their habitat. Enjoy watching the infamous Amazon pink dolphins at play in the Amazon. Journey to the Amazon s headwaters and learn from our naturalist guides about the diverse Amazon wildlife in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. The M V Aqua accommodates a maximum of 24 guests plus crew. This luxury cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River. M V DELFIN II Built and launched in 2009 the Delfin II is as lavish as its sister ship Delfin I and provides the same quality service by friendly staff and able to host guests comfortably on adventurous trips into the wilds of the Peru Amazon. The city of Nauta serves as the point of departure for this 120 feet long and 30 feet tall that runs on a 350 HP turbo boosted engine travelling at 8 to 10 knots allowing for a smooth and quick ride along the this rainforest river. Guests should be assured that all safety precautions are taken aboard this luxurious ship that features a satellite phone three aluminium boats that hold up to 12 passengers and come fully equipped with a low emission engine life jackets in all cabins flares and signals and more guaranteeing your trip along this immense river is not only enjoyable but safe. TRANSPORT Vehicles boat and foot. INCLUDES Accommodation in selected cabin All meals whilst on the Cruise All transfers visits and activities as per selected ship with English speaking guides NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. THE ARAPAIMA HAS THREE DECKS Mid-deck 1 suite with A C king size bed bathtub shower with hot cold water 6 standard twin cabins with A C private bath shower with hot cold water and 2 standard twin or triple cabins with A C private bath shower with cold water only. Upper deck 6 standard twin cabins with A C one size beds private bath shower with hot cold water and an A C dining bar area. Sun deck Covered and uncovered with an ample observation area with chairs rocking chairs tables and a small bar and BBQ area. The electricity is 220 V in each cabin and public areas aboard. PRICES IN AU P PERS. FROM LOW WATER (JUN TO NOV) 8 Days 7 Nights Sat DAY 01 Iquitos Amazon River DAY 02 Amazon River Headwaters DAY 03 Mara n River Pacaya Samiria Reserve DAY 04 Mara n River Amazon River Ucayali River DAY 05 Pacaya Samiria Reserve Yanallpa River DAY 06 Puinahua River Pacaya Samiria Reserve Pacaya River DAY 07 Ucayali River Amazon River DAY 08 Amazon River Iquitos 1 506 4 Days 3 Nights Sun DAY 01 Iquitos Amazon River Embark DAY 02 Yanalpa Reserve Dorado River for dolphin spotting DAY 03 Monkey and bird watching at Pacaya River DAY 04 Puerto Miguel visit transfer to Iquitos Delfin II Twin Twin 5D 4N 4D 3N Suite 2 991 2 286 Master Suite 3 397 2 701 Single Supplement 50% extra of Twin price 5 Days 4 Nights Wed DAY 01 Iquitos Nauta Embarkation DAY 02 Yanalpa Reserve Dorado River for dolphin spotting DAY 03 Monkey and bird watching at Atum Posa Lake DAY 04 Fishing at Cano Curahuayte birdwatching at Belluda cano DAY 05 Puerto Miguel village visit transfer to Iquitos. MV Aqua 8D 7N 5D 4N 4D 3N 6 222 3 556 2 667 Suite Master Suite 6 611 3 778 2 833 Single Supplement 50% extra of Twin price IQUITOS TO LETICIA OR TABATINGA 4 Days 3 Nights Sat DAY 01 Iquitos Cruise Boat DAY 02 Palometa Pebas DAY 03 Caballo Cocha Panaraquiro DAY 04 Santa Rosa to Leticia or Tabatinga HIGH WATER(DEC TO MAY) 8 Days 7 Nights Sat DAY 01 Iquitos Amazon River DAY 02 Amazon River Tahayuayo River Charo Lake Yacapana Island DAY 03 Mara n River Pacaya Samiria Reserve DAY 04 Amazon River Puerto Miguel Nauta Cano DAY 05 Uyucal Yanallpa Dorado Rivers Pacaya Samiria Reserve DAY 06 Puinahua River Hatum Posa Lake Pacaya River DAY 07 Puinahua Pacaya Rivers Carocurahuayte Lake DAY 08 Iquitos City Tour Airport MV Arapaima IQT-LET TBT-IQT IQT-LET TBT LET TBT-IQT Single Supplement 7D 6N 2 290 1 506 1 506 1 605 4D 3N LETICIA OR TABATINGA TO IQUITOS 4 Days 3 Nights Tue Day 01 Letica or Tabatinga to Cruise Day 02 Camucheros Oxbow Lake Area Day 03 Ampiyacu River Pebas Day 04 Arrive Iquitos OUR NEW M V DELFIN I Our new and refurbished Delfin I takes you one step beyond luxury. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality this classic River vessel features 4 spacious deluxe suites all of them with private terraces and two of them with private Jacuzzis intimacy and personal attention is the key success to our service. 866 All programs subject to weather conditions Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made www.travelprojects.com.au 19 Peru FACT FINDER OPERATES Best from April to October. Wed & Fri (5 Days 4 nights and 2 Days 1night also available departs every Day except Sundays. Does not operate in February. For private trips of groups leaving any Day of the week or departures during November to March. Please ask. RATED SKILL LEVEL Moderate to challenging INCLUDED All transportation Entrance to the Inca Trail and to Machu Picchu Services of a bilingual tour guide Service of cooks and porters Camping equipment (Sleeping bags additional) All meals during the hike. Porter service of 6.5 kilos per person The Inca Trail 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated amongst the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. These include different ecological areas from high deserts to tropical rainforest. Following this ancient Inca trail we will be walking through mysterious archaeological sites half covered by jungle overgrowth that look like you are discovering them for the first time finally arriving at the lost city of the Incas - Machu Picchu. Perhaps if one is to experience the spirit that inspired the builders of Machu Picchu one truly must walk the length of Pachacuti s white granite highway -- toDay s Inca Trail. trailhead at Piskacucho Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad where the trek commences. Lunch at Miskay and time to relax before hiking to the first campsite. Along the way visit the Llactapata archaeological site. (L D) DAY 02 Waylllabamba Warmiwa usca Paqaymayu Hike slowly to highest point of the Inca Trail where we can see the various ecological zones and microclimates. Cross the Warmiwa usca or Dead Woman s Pass at 4200 meters. After lunch continue to Paqaymayu campsite for second night s campsite. (B L D) DAY 03 Paqaymayu Chaqicocha Winaywayna Commence a 45-minute hike to the second highest pass on the trail (3850 meters). Along the way visit the Runkuracay Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca archaeological complexes. After lunch we head to the Wi ay Wayna ruins where we camp the last night on our trail. (B L D) DAY 04 Phuyupatamarca Wi ay Wayna Machu Picchu Early morning hike through lush cloud-forest and mountain ferns on to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to behold the first unforgettable view of Machu Picchu. Complete the last leg down the royal flagstone walkway into the heart of Machu Picchu where you will enjoy a 3 hour guided tour of the sanctuary city. After the tour of Machu Picchu return by bus to Aguas Calientes to catch the tourist train back to Cusco. Arrival transfer in Cusco. (B L) Note As the Inca Trail requires optimal physical condition and acclimatization to altitude we strongly recommend to arrive in Cuzco or the Sacred Valley at least 2 days prior to commencement of the trek. NOT INCLUDED Sleeping bags Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU TWIN Tent Accommodation 1088 Single Supp. 71 Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Travel Projects recommends that you add an extra night in hotel lodging in Aguas Calientes after the guided tour of the citadel to allow extra time to enjoy this monumental site. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment as trekking permits are limited. ITINERARY DAY 01 Cuzco Piskacucho Wayllabamba A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our FACT FINDER TRANSPORT Vehicles. Arequipa & Colca Canyon 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS Nicknamed the white city Arequipa is surrounded by spectacular mountains including the snow-capped volcano El Misti. A feature of the city is its many beautiful buildings made of a light-coloured volcanic rock called sillar. The Convent of Santa Catalina perhaps the most fascinating colonial religious building in the country was until recently home to almost 450 nuns. Many of the city s beautiful colonial houses such as Casa Ricketts are now used as art galleries or museums. Carved into the foothills of the snow-covered Andes the Colca Canyon is dissected by the Colca River and is set among lofty volcanoes. Part of the Cordillera Occidental striking vistas are formed by the volcanoes some of which are still active including Hualca Hualca (6025m) Ampato (6310m) and Sabancaya (5976m). A fertile region the canyon is dotted with traditional villages where farming still takes place on the pre-Inca and Inca agricultural terraces and is also home to the magnificent Andean condor. DAY 03 Colca Canyon We depart very early towards the Cross of the Condor at an altitude of 4572 metres. Here you will have a breathtaking view of the Colca Canyon and the Colca River over a kilometre below and an opportunity to be rewarded with a display of the majestic condors flying above. Drive a little further into the canyon to see some pre-Inca ruins and watch the way of life in this remote land. Return to Chivay for lunch and overnight. (B L) DAY 04 Colca Canyon Puno At a convenient time transfer to Chivay for your bus trip along striking Altiplano scenery to Puno. (B) Note As the trip to the Colca Canyon also involves altitude above 3 800 metres above sea level we strongly recommend to arrive in the area a couple of days prior to the trip to the canyon. IMPORTANT Book an early morning flight arrival into Arequipa for and afternoon city tour. This tour goes into high altitude in the Colca Canyon (Over 4 500Mts. Above sea-level) so please check with your doctor if travel to this area is recommended for you. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Arequipa Arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour and visit to the beautiful Convent of Santa Catalina established in 1579 and t he Plaza de Armas the main square of Arequipa surrounded by buildings made of sillar a white volcanic stone. DAY 02 Arequipa Colca Canyon Early departure towards the highlands. Pass through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you may observe herds of llamas and alpacas grazing on the Catahuasi plains. Overnight in Chivay. (B L) INCLUSIONS 1 night accommodation at selected hotel in Arequipa 2 night s accommodation in Chivay or Colca Valley Meals as listed in the itinerary All transfers transport touring and visits as per itinerary with English speaking guides Local hotel taxes NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Tourist Class Tourist Superior First Class 378 SS 258 287 507 Twin 378 482 684 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made 20 www.travelprojects.com.au Peru FACT FINDER This tour is intended for travelers with a special interest in archaeology and a taste for adventure. This region is still new to tourism but we have taken every care to provide as comfortable a stay as possible with airconditioned vehicles expert guides and the best possible accommodation. We mingle trips on foot and or horseback with light motorised excursions and longer road journeys visiting astounding locations and rarely seeing more than a handful of other travelers at each place. Note Our horseback excursions may also be done on foot but this option is only available to strong fast hikers due to long distances and time constraints. INCLUDED Treasures of the Northern Kingdoms 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS This journey through the landscape and history of Peru s little-known northern region is a revelation and a magical experience for many visitors. On the deserts of the north coast we see the archaeological marvels of the pyramid-building Moche and Lambayeque civilizations along with sumptuous artistic treasures displayed in wonderful museum collections. We are able to follow this story across many centuries through the highlands of the Chachapoyas region where another civilization once flourished building astounding fortified mountaintop settlements and embedding colourfully painted tombs into craggy limestone cliffs. Here the ancient Chachapoyans thwarted the imperial ambitions of the Incas until they were finally overwhelmed. We see the mummies and beautifully-crafted artefacts of an Inca-Chachapoyan realm where Incas once ruled alongside local nobility. Towards the end of our journey we reach Cajamarca the historic place where the Incas in turn met their downfall at the hands of Spanish invaders in 1532. Finally we return to sea level and the desert coast where the pleasant valley city of Trujillo is home to numerous historic Spanish colonial buildings a picturesque beach resort and some of the most famous and spectacular sites of the Moche and Chim cultures ending our journey with a flight to Lima DAY 04 Chachapoyas to Leimebamba. Journey to the cliff tombs of Revash and on to a traditional Andean town. DAY 05 Leimebamba to Cajamarca across the Mara on canyon. DAY 06 Cajamarca. Visit Colina Santa Apolonia and city of Cajamarca DAY 07 Cajamarca to Trujillo from mountain city to coastal desert DAY 08 Pyramids of Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol the picturesque beach resort of Huanchaco and the pre-Inca city of Chan Chan. Transfer to the airport. Note the most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April and they can continue until May. The average temperature in Chachapoyas area is 22 C and cool nights and Cajamarca and Celendin is 14 C and cool nights. Accommodation in selected hotels Meals as per program All transfers transport sight-seeing and visit as per itinerary with English speaking guides. NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Expenses of personal nature. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Tourist Class 2 900 Twin 2 900 SS 500 PROGRAM DAY 01 Visit Huaca Rajada or the Cracked Pyramid T cume and the Royal Tombs of Sip n. DAY 02 Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. Drive across the Andes to the Amazon. DAY 03 Chachapoya. Spend a full Day visiting the huge and mysterious Kuelap the great walled city of Northern Peru. SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Lord of Sipan & Chan Chan 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS The pyramids of the Sun and Moon are the largest structures ever built in South America. They formed the spiritual centre of the Moche Empire a highly sophisticated yet mysterious culture that pre-dated the Incas by nearly 1 000 years. It is quite certain that the Moche Indians had contact with other American cultures and there is good reason to believe they may have also been influenced by Asian ocean-going voyagers. The Pyramid of the Moon contains a central vaulted chamber and the mountain directly behind Cerro Blanco appears to have been shaped by humans into a pyramid form as well. Despite their achievements in architecture metal working and ceramics the Moche were very militaristic and scenes from their pottery depict ritual bloodletting and torture. The massive adobe city of Chan Chan really a series of royal compounds built by the Chimu was a major source of gold for the Incas. Contacts between Chan Chan and the Asian continent have never been proven but there are tantalising hints. Pottery figures depict Asiatic men with beards and turbans and even the name Chan Chan seems to be Chinese in origin. Don t miss the famous honeycombs where strange acoustic effects allow visitors to whisper to each other over long distances inside the intricate adobe structures. adobe ruin city in the world and one of Peru s national treasures. Overnight. (B) DAY 02 Trujillo Chiclayo Coach transfer to Chiclayo. Afternoon visit to Tucume an imposing archaeological site of 26 mud brick pyramids and then onto the Tumbas Reales Museum. Overnight. (B) DAY 03 Chiclayo Visit to the complex of The Lord of Sipan located on the site called Huaca Rajada Considered to be one of the richest archaeological finds in the Americas. Late Afternoon Evening transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B L) Note For a more in depth experience of the Northern part of Peru extend your visit to Chachapoyas Kuelap and the Cliff Tombs of Revash. FACT FINDER WHEN TO GO Like much of the northern coast the area has a warm and sunny climate year round. The winter months (December through March) are considered the rainy season with very light rain that can be heavier during El Nino years. Chiclayo is a meeting point for the towns of the northern coast mountain and jungle regions and as such is the largest commercial area north of Lima. INCLUDED Accommodation in selected hotels Meals as per program All transfers transport sight-seeing and visit as per itinerary with English speaking guides. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Trujillo Transfer to hotel followed by a visit to the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the UNESCO heritage site of Chan Chan the largest NOT INCLUDED Local airport taxes Domestic flights Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Tourist Class Tourist Superior First Class 420 SS 336 379 409 Twin 420 486 510 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made www.travelprojects.com.au 21 Brazil FACTS FOR THE TRAVELER Full country name Rep blica Federativa do Brazil Area 8 547 403 sq km Population 172 million Capital city Bras lia People 55% European descent 38% mulatto 6% African descent (according to the 1980 census). Language Portuguese Religion 70% Roman Catholic also there is a significant proportion who either belong to various cults or practice Indian animism Government Federal republic Visas Passports must be valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are required for tourists of many nationalities including Australia. Visas are generally valid for 90 Days with one extension of up to 90 Days possible. Health For information on health requirements contact the Medical and Vaccination centre in you capital city as medical requirements change regularly in these areas. Electricity non standardized mostly 110 or 120V though some hotels have 220V 60 Hz in Rio and S o Paulo. Weights & measures Metric BRAZIL Brazil makes up nearly half of South America with a total land mass of 8547403 square kilometres more than all European countries combined. It is bordered by every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Blessed with 7 402 kilometres of unspoiled coastline nothing compares to Brazil s coastline. In the Northeast the sun shines throughout the year warming the sea and gentle breezes blow just to keep you cool. No less than 365 islands dot the sea around. Brazil is imprinted in the minds of many as the last frontier an exotic wilderness where primordial jungles filter into the mighty Amazon. To others it represents sun blessed Days and nights of endless parties on the beaches of Rio. Somewhere in between you can discover the real Brazil a unique exhilarating and adventurous travel destination. A land of diversity with a mosaic of people and cultures Brazil enchants the body mind and soul with colours flavours and sounds of a tropical paradise. A land of natural wonders unspoiled by mass-tourism unparalleled in natural wonders Brazil entices even the most jaded travelers with a world of unique and exciting adventures. Explore the amazing Amazon Rainforest home to the largest single reserve of biological organisms in the world or journey to the world s most extensive wetlands the Pantanal to observe the richest concentration of wildlife in South America. Discover one of Brazil s many protected national parks while rafting or kayaking in crystal-clear rivers observing fascinating wildlife. WHEN TO GO Most of Brazil can be visited comfortably throughout the year. Only the south which can be sticky in summer (Dec-Feb) and can have non-stop rain in winter (Jun - Aug) has large seasonal changes. The rest of the country experiences brief tropical rains throughout the year which rarely affect travel plans. During summer (Dec - Feb) many Brazilians are on holidays making travel difficult and expensive. FACT FINDER MONEY ATMs can be found throughout the city. Banco do Brasil Bradesco Citibank and HSBC are the best banks to try when using a debit or credit card. Even though many ATMs advertise 24-hour service these 24 hours usually fall between 6am and 10pm. On Sundays and holidays ATM access ends at 3pm. Money changing is speedier atcasas de c mbio (exchange offices) than at banks. At the airport international ATMs and money exchange are located on the 3rd floor of arrivals. Rio & Surroundings RIO STOPOVER 4 Days 3 Nights One of the most spectacular cities in the world. Sugar Loaf Corcovado and Carnival are the most familiar images of the Rio de Janeiro s tourism but the Marvellous City has more than that Museums monuments and historical buildings the Botanical Garden and the biggest urban forest in the world Tijuca National Park. BUZIOS ESCAPADE 3 Days 2 nights Originally settled in the 16th century by European pirates and slave traders B zios prospered and is now a picturesque village famous for its unique combination of rustic charm unspoilt beaches and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants. PARATY ESCAPADE 3 Days 2 nights Paraty a charming colonial town has some of the best preserved architecture in Brazil. Motor traffic has been banned from its narrow cobblestone streets making it a special place for strolling and exploring. An important economic activity here was the production of sugar. The cacha a (sugar cane liquor) which was made there was considered to be one of the best in the country. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Buzios Transfer to Buzios a 3 hour drive east of Rio. DAY 02 Buzios Day at leisure to explore Buzios on your own. Try one of the many excellent restaurants and perhaps some of the night life. (B) DAY 03 Depart Buzios Morning at leisure. Return to Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon. (B) IMPORTANT Inclusions apply for the 3 packages For a better experience and insight into the Cariocas way of life why don t you venture to the surrounding beach towns of Buzios with its crystal-clear waters secluded beaches or Paraty with its colonial buildings. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Rio de Janeiro Arrival transfer to your selected hotel. DAY 02 Rio de Janeiro Morning city tour and Sugar Loaf. (B) DAY 03 Rio de Janeiro Free Day for optional activities (B) DAY 04 Depart Rio de Janeiro Departure transfer to the airport. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Paraty Transfer from Rio to Paraty. Afternoon walking City Tour. Overnight at selected hotel. DAY 02 Paraty Schooner trip in Angra Bay. (B L) DAY 03 Depart Paraty Mid-afternoon return transfer to Rio. (B) INCLUDED Return airport transfers Accommodation as per programs Meals as per program Visits and excursions as per programs Hotel taxes PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Rio Tourist Class Rio Tourist Superior Rio First Class Buzios Tourist Superior Paraty Tourist Superior 400 SS 437 515 633 308 271 Twin 795 880 1080 440 400 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. 22 www.travelprojects.com.au Brazil FACT FINDER Brazil is truly a land of contrasts and any visit here is likely to be a sensuous adventure. A variety of cultures beliefs and topographies makes this warm nation a showcase of diversity. An array of nature s bounty--from passion fruit and papaya to giant river fish and coastal crabs--has inspired chefs from all over the world to come and try their hands at Brazilian restaurants (adding lightness and zest to the country s already exquisite cuisine). Suggestion Optional Bahia by night tour (Show & dinner) in Salvador. This itinerary will require a Brazil Air pass (not included in the price). INCLUDES Brazil Land of Contrasts 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS Discover and experience many of Brazil s diversities from the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro to the majestic Igua u falls from the historical colonial cities lined along the Royal Route to the Amazon forest and the quaintness of Salvador da Bahia. Brazil - with this term one associates endless Amazon jungle wonderful beaches Rio de Janeiro carnival and samba. This is all correct but in reality Brazil is much more a huge country of the superlatives. Brazil a country of immense proportions and contrasts has a mysterious attraction for many people. With a surface of 8 5 million km Brazil is approximately as big as Europe and covers half of the South American continent. DAY 07 Ouro Preto Morning city tour of Ouro Preto. Afternoon at leisure. (B L) DAY 08 Ouro Preto Manaus Transfer to the airport for to Manaus. Transfer to Amazon Eco-Park Lodge (B D) DAY 09 Eco-Park Lodge Morning jungle tour enjoying the variety of flora and fauna of the Amazon region. Afternoon jungle tour by boat. (B L D) DAY 10 Manaus Salvador Transfer to Manaus airport for flight to Salvador da Bahia. Arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight. (B) DAY 11 Salvador Morning city tour. Afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 12 Depart Salvador Transfer to the airport. (B) Accommodation All transfers transport 11 breakfasts 2 lunches 2 dinners Guided Sightseeing Entrance fees to sites Hotel taxes. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Rio de Janeiro Arrival transfer to your hotel. DAY 02 Rio de Janeiro Full Day tour including visits to Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain. (B) DAY 03 Rio de Janeiro Day at leisure. (B) DAY 04 Rio Iguassu This morning fly to Igua u. On arrival transfer to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon tour to Brazilian side of Falls. (B) DAY 05 Iguassu Tour of the Argentine side of the falls. (B) DAY 06 Iguassu Belo Horizonte Ouro Preto Transfer to the airport for flight to Belo Horizonte. Arrival transfer to the charming town of Ouro Preto for overnight. (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Tourist Class Tourist Superior First Class 2 498 Twin 2498 2826 3213 SS 1555 1893 2254 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made For First Class Option - Best available hotels in some locations. Salvador & Surroundings SALVADOR DA BAHIA 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS Once the capital of Brazil Salvador da Bahia (or simply called Bahia by the locals) is one of Brazil s cultural highlights. Salvador is an intriguing mix of colonial architecture African culture pulsating musical rhythms and beautiful beaches. The historic city centre Pelhourino is immaculately preserved colonial architecture and baroque churches while the Barra beachfront neighborhood is filled with hip nightclubs and outdoor cafes. DAY 03 Salvador Day at leisure. (B) DAY 04 Depart Salvador Transfer to the airport at (B) or even weeks in an authentic Morro de Sao Paulo hotel or pousada for a calm and relaxing holiday. FACT FINDER IMPORTANT There are no banks in Morro de S o Paulo but there is one Banco do Brasil ATM. It is a good idea to bring some extra cash just in case the ATM doesn t work. Most pousadas and restaurants accept credit cards. In a pinch they will also exchange small-denomination U.S. dollars ( 10s and 20s). Suggestion For those staying in Salvador take an optional schooner cruise tour and enjoy the view of Salvador from the water exploring the islands and beaches in the Bay of All Saints at the same time. ITINERARY DAY 01 Transfer hotel or airport to ferry boat. Followed by a 2hour catamaran transfer to Morro de Sao Paulo (9am or 2pm). Accommodation. DAY 02 Day at leisure. Accommodation (B) A boat trip around the island with stops at the Garapu and Morer offshore reefs and the villages of Boipeba and historical Cairu is obligatory. You ll fly over waves in a 10-person speedboat past gorgeous beach and mangrove scenery swim snorkel and stop at a floating oyster restaurant outside Caravelas. (B) DAY 03 Catamaran transfer to Salvador (11 30am) further transfer to airport or hotel. (B) MORRO DE SAO PAULO 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS The small village of Morro de S o Paulo is located at Tinhar island at the state of Bahia just off the coast of Brazil and just a few years ago it was not on the tourist s route. Word has spread of its idyllic beaches buzzing nightlife and variety of attractions and activities. Despite this the place has kept its charm and it is still relatively untouched with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. During the summer it is one of the most amusing places in Bahia whilst on the other seasons it is the perfect place to spend the Days INCLUDES Return airport transfers Accommodation Breakfasts Visits and excursions as per program Hotel taxes ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Salvador Arrival transfer to your hotel for overnight. DAY 02 Salvador Morning city tour of Bahia. Afternoon at leisure. (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU Salvador da Bahia & Morro de Sao Paulo FROM Tourist Class Tourist Superior First Class Morro de Sao Paulo 435 SS 348 440 695 250 Twin 435 550 869 495 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made www.travelprojects.com.au 23 Brazil Pantanal FACT FINDER One of the worlds most spectacular wetlands the Pantanal eclipses even the Amazon in the breadth and quantity of wildlife-spotting opportunities. Caiman (native alligator species) Anaconda Capybaras Tapirs monkeys of various kinds deer anteaters pumas and jaguars are just some of the animals you may encounter. There are over 700 species of birds including the Jabiru Stork and the endangered Hyacinth Macaw. A nature-lover s paradise WHAT TO BRING Light weight pants jeans T-shirts long sleeved shirts shorts bathing suit extra socks and underwear sandals good walking and or old tennis shoes windbreaker light rainjacket sun hat flash light sun screen insect repellent binoculars camera film extra batteries. Sweatshirt or sweater recommended from June to September. GETTING THERE There are 2 gateways Campo Grande in the south and Cuiaba in the north. The lodges we use tend to be around 250 Kms. Away from the gateway which represents an approximate road transfer of 3-4 hours on very specific schedules with refreshment breaks en-route. WHEN TO VISIT Wet Season December through March Due to intense rain the Pantanal gets flooded. The vegetation is exhuberant and humidity is high. Mammals seek refuge on higher grounds formed by tall trees which are locally known as Cordilheiras . This is the nesting time for many species of birds. Intermediate Season April through June and October through November In April the water levels begin to recede and fish get trapped in ponds and small lakes attracting thousands of birds. The peak of the dry season is October when the Pantanal resembles a dry African Savannah. Dry Season July through October This is the very best time for wildlife observation because wildlife gathers around watering holes. Dry fields make for good grazing areas bringing wildlife out into the open. From August on most of the trees are blooming. Migratory species are in residence and nesting. Pantanal Lodges CAIMAN ECOLOGICAL REFUGE 4 Days 3 Nights Located 225 Kms. west of Campo Grande the Caiman Ecological Refuge is in the heart of the southern Pantanal on 131 000 acres adjacent to a 17 300 acre private ecological reserve. Pousada Caiman is an integral part of an expansive cattle breeding ranch and demonstrates the ability of man and nature to co-habitat successfully. There is a diverse landscape of savannah lowlands seasonal wetlands and rich forested areas. The Caiman Ecological Refuge is comprised of one main Lodge and three additional lodges situated at strategic points about the ranch each with its own infrastructure and architectural style blending in with its distinctive surroundings. The main lodges are Pousada Caiman and Pousada Piuva both located on the main grounds of the ranch and the two smaller satellite lodges Baiazinha and Cordilheira 16Kms. from each other and from the main lodges. Each lodge offers different highlights and program activities including horseback riding nocturnal outings trekking boat trips and launch truck and pick-up rides. Each activity is accompanied by ecological guides and by expert native train guides who know the land like the back of their hand. FAZENDA SAN FRANCISCO POUSADA RIO MUTUM 4 Days 3 Nights Located on the left margin of Miranda River at the end of Bodoquena Mountains. It receives water from the flooding of the rivers Miranda and Salobra and from the rains at the center of Bodoquena Mountains. The farm is 236 km (147 miles) far from Campo Grande approximately 4 hours by road. The farm s cattle pastures and rice paddies are a haunt for thousands of bird species as well as rare mammals such as marsh deer puma jaguar capybaras and tapirs. The lodge has capacity of 9 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities hammocks fans frigobar restaurant and pool. There are 3 expedition vehicles 2 barges horses and canoes for safaris in the surrounding wetlands. Located close to the Visitor Center are the stables. Some of the activities include Walking the trails canoeing safari by 4WD horseback riding nocturnal safari and evening lectures. The specific activities each Day will depend on the current weather and environmental conditions. 4 Days 3 Nights Pousada do Rio Mutum is located in the northern Pantanal.It is situated between the lakes Sia Mariana and Chacorore within one of the most beautiful regions of the Panatanal of Mato Grosso. The Pousada itself belongs to the county of Barao do Melgaco which comprises more than 11 000 square kilometers 97% of which remain flooded during the rainy season. Whereas during that period the temperature will always be high also during nighttime (between 25 and 40 degree Celsius) winds can be quite chilly during wintertime (June to August when it does not rain at all) and temperatures may fall below 10-15 degrees.The Pousada do Rio Mutum lies as its name indicates at the river Mutum shortly before it terminates in the great lakes the biggest the Baia de Chacorore having a diameter of more than 15 km. This pousada is highly recommended for those who enjoy fishing. The pintado catfish is a particularly prized catch but anglers can also expect to hook dourado pa u or piraputanga. (The best months for fishing are Feb-Oct there is no fishing Nov-Jan during spawning season.) For nonfishers there are tours of the Pantanal ecosystem by boat foot and canoe. The lodge also offers special bird-watcher packages which do many of the same activities but are accompanied by a bird expert. INCLUDES Return airport transfers Accommodation in standard rooms Meals and activities as per programs Bilingual guide assistance for explorations Hotel taxes PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Pousada Caiman 13Jun-13Sep On Thu Fazenda San Francisco Jan to Dec Pousada Rio Mutum Jan to Dec 1 085 Twin 1750 1700 1085 SS 1650 445 545 ITINERARY DAY 01 Transfer from Campo Grande to the lodge. (D) DAYS 2- 3 Vehicles are available for photographic safaris and two boats are available for wildlife viewing and fishing. There is a lookout tower offering a panoramic view of the Pantanal. Many trails through diverse types of land offer an ideal place to observe birds and animals. For the more adventurous there is the chance to go horseback riding and canoeing. (B L D) DAY 04 Transfer to Campo Grande in time for your domestic flight. (B) SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Pousada Caiman Lodges only available on a private sole use outside this date range ITINERARY DAY 01 Scenic 4 hour transfer from Campo Grande to Lodge (D) DAY 2-3 Guided treks to spot wildlife such as Tapirs Capybaras Caimans. Etc...(B L D) Generally there are two excursions each day (led by English speaking guides) either by specially converted open-backed safari trucks canoes or horse and these are arranged locally depending on the season and weather conditions. (B L D) DAY 04 Return to Campo Grande where the tour ends. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Transfer from Cuiaba airport to the lodge via the small village of Mimoso. (D) DAYS 2-3 Lodge activities to maximize wildlife sightings such as Horse riding boat rides and hiking through typical pantanal eco-system with opportunities to watch Capybaras caimans tapirs etc... (B L D) DAY 04 Return back to Cuiaba airport. (B) 24 www.travelprojects.com.au Brazil Amazon FACT FINDER Probably the Amazon is the most well known landmark of Brazil - is all one can imagine and much more The Amazon is the world s largest rain forest. Its land area represents 40% of Brazil s territory. 1 800 species of birds 250 varieties of mammals are sheltered by an infinite assortment of trees and plants. The Amazon Rain Forest is directly responsible for the production of 50% of the worlds replenishable supply of oxygen. It is a paradise for scientists photographers and fishermen. The world s largest river basin contains 1 500 varieties of fish in a seemingly endless succession of rivers and tributaries. AMAZON WEATHER The high periods with more tourists are July-September and December-January. These periods are within the low water season (July-February) and have significant advantages for your Amazon tours less rain (sub-period before December) less mosquitoes easier observation of aquatic life in lakes better time for fishing or swimming. But there are some disadvantages also temperatures are higher (specially before December) some waterways are more clogged with vegetation limiting access to wildlife zones the forest life is less visible except for aquatic life in isolated lakes (the best period for viewing wild life in Manaus region is March-June this is also a cooler period and a nicer one for your Amazon tours waterside plants such as acacias morning glories or cecropias flourish during these months). Some people prefer transitional periods (October and November and May and June in the region of Manaus) where you may have some advantages of the rainy and the dryer periods. But there aren t true rules on that issue. For most people the more determinant factor is the rain. December to May period can have many rainy Days and that can spoil many planned Amazon tours. Amazon Cruises and Lodges M V IBEROSTAR A luxury ship will take you on an exciting cruise along the Negro and Amazon rivers with all the comfort and excellent service. Departing from Manaus the Iberostar Grand Amazon stops at several points along the amazing Amazon jungle and offers excursions on small boats to explore the dense virgin vegetation. Come into contact with the most exuberant species of trees plants exotic animals and the local river communities friendly and hospitable people. M Y TUCANO The Amazon cruise on the M Y Tucano is called Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon and we venture deep into this new reserve. With naturalist guides and a thoughtful itinerary the guests observe exotic plants and animals of the narrow rivers for which the Amazon is famous. The guides are accomplished naturalists and on the trip guests see creatures almost never seen by other visitors. The trip is an active trip and guests explore the rainforest on foot and in the ship s launches. The small groups will be led by skilled naturalist guides so that participants will be able to experience the wilderness in the most authentic way possible. AMAZON ECO-PARK Located at the Taruma river bank a tributary of the Rio Negro just 30 minutes by motor-launch from Manaus. It offers a variety of excursions to experience the mystery and magic of the jungle including piranha fishing forest hikes bird-watching excursions by motor-launch and night time Alligator spotting . You can also visit the homes of nearby local inhabitants and learn about life in the forest. Close to the lodge is located the Primate Rehabilitation Centre a project sponsored by the Live Forest Foundation whose main goal is to return to the forest monkeys and wildlife found in the illegal wildlife trade. The lodge also offers a Jungle Survival Course for groups. The course is given by retired military officers from the Amazon Jungle Army. The course takes approximately 7 hours with training on jungle survival life in the forest how to built an emergency shelter how to find food water and to make fire how to find a path in the bush and first aid. INCLUDES Return transfers as per programs Accommodation as mentioned Meals as mentioned in the itinerary Activities as described. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Iberostar Cruise 8D 7N Iberostar Cruise 5D 4N Iberostar Cruise 4D 3N MY Tucano 8D 7N-Green MY Tucano 8D 7N-Yellow MY Tucano 5D 4N-Green MY Tucano 5D 4N-Green Eco-Park Lodge 4D 3N Eco-Park Lodge 3D 2N 542 SS 1243 797 603 190 128 Rio Negro Cruise 5Days 4 Nights (Sun Thu) DAY 01 Sun Embarkation. Ship departs to Novo Air o (D) DAY 02 Mon Visit to pink dolphins at Novo Air o. Photo safari at Lago Aracari Piranha fishing (optional). Continue to Rio Puduar (B L D) DAY 03 Tue Bird watching at R o Puduari. Theme lecture On the way to Ilha de Jacar photo safari at Igarap Aturi . (B L D) DAY 04 Wed Trekking and photo safari at Rio Cuieiras and visit to Cambebas Community On the way to Praia Grande. (B L D) DAY 05 Thu - Meeting of river Negro and river Solim es. Breakfast and disembark. End of the cruise. (B) ITINERARY 8 Days 7 Nights On Sat. DAY 01 Rio Negro. Early morning pick-up from the reception area of the Hotel Tropical opportunity to see pink dolphins and different species of exotic birds. (BLD) DAY 02 Anavilahanas Archipelago. Opportunity to observe howler monkeys amongst other animals. (BLD) DAY 03 Rio Negro. With luck we may observe some bearded sakis or squirrel monkeys. (BLD) DAY 04 Rio Jauaperi. Forest very rich in wildlife and very different from the Rio Negro one. There will be orchids on the tree branches and bromeliads in bloom. This area is known for the large groups of caimans. (BLD) DAY 05 Rio Negro. Depart to Rio Jauaperi and proceed down the southwestern bank of the Rio Negro with different wildlife. (BLD) DAY 06 Rio Negro. Cross to the other side of the Rio Negro exploring as we go. (BLD) DAY 07 Janauari Ecological Park This area is thick with life monkeys beautiful birds and have a good chance of seeing other large mammals like anteaters or perhaps a sloth. (BLD) DAY 08 Manaus. After breakfast passengers can disembark at 8am. End of the cruise. (B) Twin 2486 1593 1206 2760 3430 1860 2006 640 542 Package - 4Days 3nights Pick-up at 13 30 & drop-off 12 00 There are different package durations please request info if needed DAY 01 Pick-up at 13h30 (or at 14h00 at Hotel Tropical pier) and transfer to the Amazon Ecopark Lodge . Dinner and evening tour by canoe for alligator spotting. (D) DAY 02 Nature-hike. Return for lunch. After a short rest visit to the home of local Amazonian residents ( caboclos ). (B L D) DAY 03 Full Day tour to the Meeting of the Waters with regional lunch at a floating restaurant. (B L D) DAY 04 Visit to the Monkey Jungle. Check-out at 11h30 and transfer to Manaus. Arrival at Hotel Tropical pier at 12h00. End of the tour. Arrival at 12h30. (B) Rios Solim es- Amazonas Cruise 4Days 3Nights (Thu Sun) DAY 01 Thu Embarkation. Ship departs to Manacapuru. (D) DAY 02 Fri Trekking and photo safari in the Manacapuru region. Boat ride to Igarap s e Igap s Bird watching at Lago do Rei alligator spotting. (B L D) DAY 03 Sat Bird watching at Lago Janauac . Photo safari excursion through the Igarap s . (B L D) DAY 04 Sun - Meeting of river Negro and river Solim es. Breakfast and disembark. End of the cruise. (B) SS Single Supplement Prices for Iberostar Cruise are in Mandi Deck MY Tucano has no Single Supp. Provided you are ready to share otherwise 50% surcharge for single occupancy Eco-park Lodge programs pick-up 13 30 drop-off 12 30 please ask for other times Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made www.travelprojects.com.au 25 Argentina FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republica de Argentina Area 2 776 890 sq km (1 083 000 sq mi) Population 37 812 817 Capital city Buenos Aires (pop 11 million) People 85% European descent 15% mestizo Indian and other minorities Language Spanish plus 17 indigenous languages Religion 93% Roman Catholic 2.5% Protestant 2% Jewish 1.5% Ukranian Catholic 1% Armenian Orthodox Government Republic Visa & Health For information on visa and health requirements please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Electricity 220V 50Hz Weights & measures Mostly metric but rural areas may use the legua (league about 5 km). WHEN TO GO For residents of the southern hemisphere Argentina offers the same climate conditions of Australia and New Zealand. The country s great variety and elongated geography can make a visit in any season worthwhile. Buenos Aires urban attractions for example transcend the seasons but Patagonian destinations such as the Moreno Glacier is best to visit in the summer months (December to February). The Iguaz Falls in subtropical Misiones province are best in the southern hemisphere s winter or spring when heat and humidity are less oppressive. The winter months (mid-June to late Sep) also offer the opportunity to go skiing. ARGENTINA Argentina known as the country of the large skies is a vast country of infinite land offering supreme beauty in a high diversity of landscapes desert mountains Pampa lakes glaciers falls and oceans. From the heat of the Tropic of Capricorn to the ice of the Antarctic Polar Circle from the imposing summits of the Andes to the vast Atlantic Ocean there is a great diversity of vegetation fauna climate and more. Argentina surprises the visitor with imposing cascades with over 200 waterfalls falling down in the jungle it marvels with its millenary glaciers unique testimony of the ice that once covered the earth s surface and it amazes with its colonies of millions of penguins and hundreds of whales on the Atlantic Coast. The topography is affected by both latitude and altitude and is accordingly varied. Argentina s territory would cover a third of Europe and is as long as the U.S is wide spanning 1.100.000 square miles. The population is around 30.000.000 of which 11.000.000 live in Buenos Aires. The topography of Argentina is varied. To the west is the Andes to the north the vast forested plains of the Chaco to the south the vast Pampas and in the far south - Patagonia. Dress should be tailored to the area being visited. Seasons are the same as in Australia and New Zealand. The country can be divided into four major physical provinces the Andes to the west the northern lowland the central Pampas and Patagonia. Argentina s climate ranges from subtropical in the north through humid and steamy in the centre to cold in the south. FACT FINDER CLIMATE Buenos Aires has a temperate climate with average temperatures ranging from 35 C in January to 10 C in July. The heaviest rain falls during autumn and spring though rain can be expected at any time of the year. Many locals leave Buenos Aires during the hot summer months (December January and February) and head for the coastal resorts. Buenos Aires & Surroundings BUENOS AIRES CLASSIC 4 Days 3 Nights Buenos Aires has its roots in the early 1500s and is remarkably different from many South American cities. French architecture and street planning have had a large influence on Buenos Aires and give this city a distinctly Parisian feel. With the fragrances of flowers sold on street corners terrace caf s and freshly baked bread the city recreates the best of both Gallic and Latin cultures. The heart and soul of Buenos Aires are unmistakably Latin and the visitor will be carried away by the rhythm of the place. National Congress The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in may square area amongst other attractions. In the evening Tango Dinner-Show with roundtrip transfers. (B D) DAY 03 Day free for optional activities. (B) DAY 04 Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.(B) resort and a bed-and-breakfast. Nothing relieves stress like a few Days in the country and horseback riding trekking lounging by the pool and eating and drinking aplenty are all part of a Day in the Pampas. In general the rates for estancias include a full board of 3 meals - breakfast lunch and dinner - and sometimes all drinks including alcohol. Lunch the highlight of dining on an estancia is usually an asado or barbecue where everyone including the workers gathers to socialize. (Please ask for full inclusions at time of booking). Most estancias are real working farms with hundreds of acres and cows horses and other animals attended by real gauchos (not all of whom dress in the traditional way). If you re in the mood to milk a cow or watch the birth of colt you just might have the chance. BUENOS AIRES PACKAGE INCLUDES Arrival and departure transfers 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at selected hotel Half Day city tour with bilingual guide Tango dinner show with transfers Hotel taxes PAMPAS & ESTANCIAS 4 Days 3 Nights Argentina is well known by the Pampas and its Estancias which are grand estates created by land barons in the 19th century. San Antonio de Areco is a popular base for exploring the country s famous estancias. Most of the estancias listed here are close from San Antonio and no more than 2 hours from Buenos Aires. Services and features vary but the atmosphere at most estancias is a cross between a rustic ITINERARY DAY 01 Buenos Aires. Arrival assistance and transfer to selected hotel. DAY 02 Today discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires on a half day city tour visit the ESTANCIA PACKAGES INCLUDES Return transfers from To Buenos Aires with assistance Standard accommodation at selected estancia Activities vary in different estancias All meals snacks coffee or tea. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 559 SS 453 577 918 510 808 812 805 Twin Buenos Aires 4D 3N 3 559 Buenos Aires 4D 3N 4 678 Buenos Aires 4D 3N 5 965 Estancia El Ombu de Areco 1103 Bella Vista de Guerrero 1417 Estancia La Alameda 1202 Estancia Dos Talas 1515 SS Single Supplement 26 www.travelprojects.com.au Argentina FACT FINDER Northeast Argentina is defined by its water. Muscular rivers roll southward through flat green pastureland that they flood at will the crashing roar of spectacular waterfalls reverberates through the surrounding jungle and fragile wetlands support myriad birdlife snapping caimans and cuddly capybaras. The peaceful Iguaz river meandering through the tropical forest between Brazil and Argentina dissolves in fury and power in the world s most awe-inspiring cataracts a sensual feast that cannot be missed. The river then merges gently into the R o Parana of the world s mightiest watercourses which surges southward eventually forming the R o de la Plata near Buenos Aires. WEATHER The weather is subtropical in this region where the climate in summer is very warm with cool nights spring and autumn have a mild climate and in winter (from June to September) temperatures are around 20-28 degrees at the most. We should take into account that at night temperature goes down to sub-zero in this season of the year. IGUAZU FALLS & YACUTINGA LODGE INCLUDES 4 breakfasts 1 lunch 2 dinners Transfers & excursions with English speaking guides National Park fees All jungle activities as per Lodge program Accommodation 2 nights in selected hotel and 2 nights at Yacutinga Lodge in standard rooms Hotel taxes Iguazu Falls and Surroundings IGUAZU & YACUTINGA LODGE 5 Days 4 Nights Starting on the Iguaz Falls and after an excursion on the Argentine side you will head off to Yacutinga Lodge & Wildlife Reserve. This is located on the edge of Iguaz National Park almost 52km west from the falls. A 4-wheel drive and a boat are needed to get to this first class lodge set in a private reserve surrounded by the Iguaz River and a pristine area of subtropical rainforest with more than 2000 identified plant species and more than 400 species of birds mammals and reptiles. All sorts of activities are included wildlife walks river safaris bird-watching and even night exploration. The main building has a reception area an indoor restaurant and a terrace bar creating a special atmosphere enhanced by the palmetto palm forest formation which surrounds the whole place. The facilities consist of separate sleeping areas spread through the forest around the common areas all suites provide private facilities and rustic details in harmony with the jungle around. An open-air bar a pool a native medicine plant garden and excellent food complete this relaxing environment. IGUAZU FALLS INCLUDES Arrival and departure transfers Guided tour of the falls in Argentina and Brazil 2 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast National park entrance fees Hotel taxes IGUAZ FALLS 3 Days 2 Nights The impressive tropical rainforest of Iguaz Falls was declared a National Park in 1934 to preserve the magnificent waterfalls. Higher than the Niagara Falls (70m high) they are formed by 275 falls along 3km harbouring more than 400 species of birds abundant wildlife and more than 2000 species of plants and trees. Located in the North of Misiones it is a region of large rivers humid tropics red soil and bright green jungle full of giant and ancient trees peculiar endemic flora and a large presence of wild fauna. When you visit the falls on the Argentine side the walkways will take you over the numerous falls on upper & lower footpaths which allow you to take a closer look of the birds and butterflies that abound in the lush surroundings. Take the park train to the footbridge to enjoy the magnificent Devil s Throat. The afternoon tour to the Brazilian side of the falls will give you a fantastic panoramic view of most of the 275 falls. An excellent optional tour for almost any trip. IBERA MARSHLANDS 4Days 3Nights This area which until only a few years ago was practically unexplored because of its waters became a natural refuge for abundant and varied wildlife. The biodiversity of the marshes and lagoons of Ibera to the north of the Province of Corrientes make it one of the most remarkable ecosystems in Argentina. To preserve this and its great variety of species of flora and fauna Ibera Nature Reserve was created in 1983 comprising over a million hectares including a complex network of shallows marshes lagoons natural dykes and reservoirs and water courses all originating from rainfall. This was formerly the bed of the river Parana. Ibera Reserve (meaning brilliant waters in the Guarani language) is approximately 250 kilometers from north-east to south-west with a width of 150 kilometers. The huge mass of vegetation has an immense water absorption capacity retaining between 1 200 and 1 500 millimeters of rainfall a year. IBERA MARSHLANDS INCLUDES Transfers Posadas airport Lodge Puerto Iguazu or vv. 3 nights in standard rooms at selected lodge All meals whilst in the lodge Activities such as trekking boat rides horse riding etc... Hotel taxes PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 417 SS 573 840 920 213 480 534 418 580 560 ITINERARY Also available in the reverse DAY 01 Posadas Iber Marshlands (245 km) Meet at Posadas airport and transfer in 4x4 jeep to Iber . Check in at the lodge of your choice. lodging with all meals. Rest of the Day of activities in Iber (boat ride trekking with observation of flora and fauna). (D) DAY 02 Iber Marshlands Full Day of activities in Iber (boat ride trekking with observation of flora and fauna). (B L D) DAY 03 Iber Marshlands Full Day of activities in Iber (boat ride trekking with observation of flora and fauna). (B L D) DAY 04 to Iguassu Falls (530-560km) Morning transfer to Iguassu Falls visiting the Jesuitical Ruins of San Ignacio along the way. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Mid-day arrival into Puerto Iguazu and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon tour of the falls on the Argentine side small train trip to the upper footpath for a close-up view of the Devil s Throat. Then walk along the lower circuit for another close-up view of the flora and fauna around the falls. Overnight. (B) DAY 02 The tour starts with a walking tour along the catwalk measuring one kilometer of easy walking. Along this easy trek there are several gorgeous panoramic views of the Falls and at the end of the catwalk a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devils Throat and main cataracts. The tour ends at the upper part of Iguassu Falls accessed through a panoramic elevator. (B) DAY 03 Departure transfer. (B) Twin Iguazu Yacutinga 5D 4N 3 1107 Iguazu Yacutinga 5D 4N 4 1273 Iguazu Yacutinga 5D 4N 5 1480 Iguazu Falls 3D 2N 3 417 Iguazu Falls 3D 2N 4 583 Iguazu Falls 3D 2N 5 790 Rincon del Socorro Ibera 1512 Posada de la Laguna Ibera 1350 Posada Aguape Ibera 1345 ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive to Puerto Iguaz and transfer to the selected hotel. DAY 02 Morning tour of Argentine side upper & lower footpaths and Devil s Throat. Afternoon of the Brazilian side of the falls with panoramic views. (B) DAY 03 Afternoon transfer to Yacutinga Lodge in motor-boats and possibility to do a night walk for wildlife observation. (B D) DAY 04 Early morning river safari until midDay. Evening walks through native jungle trails flora & fauna observation. (B L D) DAY 05 Relax and enjoy the Lodge and its surroundings. Transfer out. (B) SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made For a more in-depth visit of the area head south of Iguazu to the Ibera Marshland where wildlife and the expanse of the pampas is very much alike to El Pantanal in Brazil. www.travelprojects.com.au 27 Argentina North and West FACT FINDER DEPARTURE All year around. WEATHER Salta s climate is warm and dry with few rains during the summer months. Even in the winter month of June through September the temperatures are very pleasant and make Salta a nice destination to visit during that time of the year. When traveling to Salta keep in mind that the temperatures drop significantly at night throughout the year so some warm clothing is recommended in the evenings. INCLUDES 6 Nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfasts Sight-seeing & excursions with bilingual guides Arrival and departure transfers in Salta Hotel taxes. Salta & Jujuy Road to the Clouds 7DAYS 6NIGHTS The area around Salta represents the 10% of Argentina but encompasses half of the history of our country. From the Incas and other local cultures which characterized by the excellent adaptation to the highlands- to the Spanish domain (this region holds the most ancient traces of Spanish heritage) and Independence Days which had a strong imprint on the culture and lifestyle of the people living in the area. road we will cross Los Cardones National Park reach the ancient village of Cachi and finally follow the road through the Valles Calchaqu es to end our Day in Cafayate. Overnight. (B) DAY 03 Cafayate Salta Trip to Quilmes site of the spectacular fortifications and town built by Indians. Continue to Cafayate to taste a delicious and unique Cafayate wine at a local winery. Return to Salta through the scenic Quebrada del R o las Conchas with its impressive geological formations. (B) DAY 04 Salta At leisure. Ideal for a visit to the beautiful city of Salta or a panoramic bike tour. (B) DAY 05 Salta Road to the Clouds Humahuaca Drive through the spectacular Toro canyon to Santa Rosa de Tastil one of the oldest pre-Columbian ruins in the country and most spectacular entrances to the Puna Highlands. Then onto San Antonio de los Cobres (3775mts) and visit the viaduct La Polvorilla (69m high and 269m long) a wonderful engineering work. We resume our trip to Salinas Grandes the stunning pure white sea of salt . Drive down to Purmamarca for overnight at Posada de Luz or similar. (B) DAY 06 Humahuaca Salta Full Day visit of the colorful Humahuaca canyon. The multi-hued canyon walls serve as a backdrop for the lively manifestation of indigenous culture The music the street fairs and native markets and the gastronomy of the local people. The visit will include the village of Humahuaca the city of San Salvador de Jujuy and back to Salta. (B) DAY 07 Depart Salta Morning transfer to the airport. (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Salta & Jujuy 7D 6N 3 1 150 Twin 1150 SS 214 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Salta Morning arrival transfer to selected hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Salta is such a charming city with great atmosphere that deserves time to explore and get acquainted with it. DAY 02 Salta Calchaqui Valleys Cafayate Starting from Salta we will travel up the Cuesta del Obispo famous for its winding and scenic FACT FINDER BEST TIME TO GO Mendoza is best enjoyed during the summer months of November April when the warmer weather permits outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing. This also coincides with the harvest symbolized by Vendimia the wine harvest festival celebrated every year in Mendoza on the first Saturday of March. The fall months of April and May are also an excellent time to visit Mendoza when the trees are turning colours around the vineyards with the snow-capped mountains rising from above. Mendoza Escapade 4DAYS 3NIGHTS The Andes Mountain Range true backbone of South America reaches its highest point Mt. Aconcagua (23 000 ft) in the Argentine province of Mendoza. A mecca for mountain climbing with its two big peaks in Argentina ACONCAGUA and its eternal rival the imposing Mercedario offers countless possibilities of horseback riding rafting trekking and hiking at the foot or across the Andes. In addition you may indulge in thermal baths at hot springs and wine tasting in numerous wineries which are becoming famous all over the world. Important For the budget conscious traveler this tour can be done by staying only in Mendoza city and doing Day tours to the wineries and the high mountains. The surroundings of Mendoza offer the active traveler a great choice of activities such as Hiking trekking hot springs cycling we can also tailor-make your program without having to spend a lot of money. Please call for prices. Salentein Posada is located in Finca La Pampa within Salentein area Valle de Uco Mendoza Province an hour and a half from the city. This Posada has 16 rooms spread over three houses Los Sarmientos Los Zarcillos & Los Racimos with the same comforts of a five star hotel fully equipped with Wi-Fi service Direct TV LCD 32 and 42 telephone and amenities from L Occitane. Visitors can enjoy the simple luxury the warmth of nature clean air fresh aromas excellence in service and warm hospitality. DAY 02 Tupungato (Posadas Salentein) Some of the activities that may be performed are special visits to the winery with tasting Salentein wines visits to Killka the Art Gallery rides in Finca San Pablo visits to Killka Salentein Area bicycle rides and games. You can also enjoy regional cooking lessons private tastings picnic in Finca San Pablo visits to wineries in Uco Valley tasting courses talks about art and history activities in the vineyards or romantic evenings. (D) DAY 03 Tupungato Mendoza Morning transfer to Mendoza. Afternoon city tour visiting points of interest of this city founded 400 years ago by the Spaniards. (B) DAY 04 Depart Mendoza Transfer out to airport. (B) INCLUDES Transfer Mendoza to Tupungato back to Mendoza 2 Nights at Posadas Salentein with breakfasts and dinners 1 Night at 4 hotel in Mendoza with breakfasts Half Day city tour of Mendoza Transfer out hotel to Mendoza airport. Guide assistance ITINERARY DAY 01 Mendoza Tupungato Morning arrival and drive through striking scenery to Posadas Salentein nestled amongst vineyards woods streams in the proximity of Tupungato. (D) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Mendoza Escapade 1 142 Twin 1142 SS 850 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made 28 www.travelprojects.com.au Argentina South FACT FINDER Patagonia s harsh blustery climate and curious geological circumstances have produced some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world the annual congregation of the Southern Right Whale at Pen nsula Vald s the granite towers and expansive glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park the Southern and Northern Patagonian Ice Fields with their colossal glaciers and the flat steppe broken by multicolored sedimentary bluffs. Wildlife lovers and divers explore the rugged coastline of the spectacular Pen nsula Vald s mountaineers stage elaborate excursions through rugged territories only to be beaten back like their predecessors by unrelenting storms. BEST TIME TO GO Oct to Mid Apr. ARGENTINE PATAGONIA INCLUDES Meals as per program (9 breakfasts) 9 nights at selected hotels Sightseeing as per program with English speaking local guides Entry to sites All transfers with assistance Local representative assistance Hotel taxes PERITO MORENO PCKGE INCLUDES Arrival and departure transfers Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier National Park fees bilingual guide. 3 nights accommodation at 3 star hotels with breakfast Argentine Patagonia PATAGONIA HIGHLIGHTS 10 Days 9 Nights Millennial forests with native species extend to the top of the mountains where nature overflows with granite peaks and ice fields spreading their glacier tongues into lakes of unsurpassable beauty. Imposing mammals spend seasons on its rough coasts where they complete part of their life cycle the largest colony of Magellan penguins in the world is in Punta Tombo. In the south Los Glaciares National Park is the largest ice-field outside of Antarctica and Tierra del Fuego. EL CHALTEN EXTENSION INCLUDES PERITO MORENO GLACIER 4 Days 3 nights The Glaciers National Park was created in 1937 to preserve a vast area covered by continental ice fields and glaciers and the occurrence of endangered wild species. The best and wellknown glacier with a width of 5 km and a height of 60m above lake level is the main attraction. Ice pieces break off and float away as icebergs the vivid blue hues of the ice and the dull roar as they break away from the snout are spectacular. AUSTRALIS CRUISES A journey to the End of the World on board Australis Cruises is a unique adventure at the Patagonia region. Departing from Punta Arenas Chile every Thursday from September through April crossing the Magellan s Straight the vessel will travel to famed Cape Horn then navigate along the Beagle Channel up to Ushuaia capital of Tierra del Fuego visiting nine glaciers virgin forests lakes and the splendid flora and fauna of one of the world s few uncontaminated regions. Passengers will also get to know the remains of nearly extinct native cultures. You will learn about the geographic environment where our expedition cruiseship sails and each one of the channels fjords and glaciers making this route a unique and mysterious place at the end of the earth alogn with the history of the discovery of the southernmost region in the world and the explorations that followed the discovery where Spanish navigators English corsairs scientists and others arrived at this indomitable place inhabited only by indigenous tribes. Mare & Via Australis are new ocean liners with capacity for 132 passengers in 64 cabins and four categories in each vessel. All cabins have low beds ocean view private bath heating safe and wardrobe. It also cruises to Cape Horn Transfers Calafate Chalten Calafate Trek to Fitzroy Trail with box lunch Boat trip to Viedma Lake with box lunch 3 Nights at Hosteria or Inn with breakfasts AUSTRALIS CRUISES INCLUDE Nights Cruise as per Cabin Accommodation and itinerary selected All meals open bar (without additional cost for wines beverages and liquors) Shore excursions and on-board entertainment. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM ITINERARY Sep to May DAY 01 Arrival transfer in El Calafate to selected hotel. DAY 02 Drive to the Glaciers National Park to admire the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier.(B) DAY 03 Day free for optional activities. (B) DAY 04 Departure transfer (B) 581 ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Puerto Madryn DAY 02 Excursion to Peninsula Valdes (Sea Animal Reserve) whales (only from Jun to Dec) sea wolves penguins orcas. (B) DAY 03 Excursion to Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve. Later we visit Trelew and Gaiman (Welsh Colony). The visit to Punta Tombo only available from mid September to March April.(B) DAY 04 Puerto Madryn Ushuaia (Flight not Included) DAY 05 Excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Afternoon Channel Navigation visiting Sea Wolves Island Birds Island and Les Eclairers Lighthouse. (B) DAY 06 Excursion to Escondido Lake then onto Fagnano Lake in Tierra del Fuego.(B) DAY 07 Ushuaia El Calafate (Flight not Included) Transfer to Ushuaia Airport for your flight to El Calafate. Arrival reception and transfer to hotel. (B) DAY 08 Excursion to magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. We can enjoy the incredible experience of this collosus of ice with enormous blocks of ice falling into the Argentino Lake. (B) DAY 09 Excursion to Upsala Onelli and Spegazzini Glaciers. This is a wonderful navigation along the waters of Argentino Lake. with icebergs floating around. (B) DAY 10 Depart El Calafate. Transfer out to either airport or bus station. (B) Twin SS Argentine Patagonia 3 1950 950 Argentine Patagonia 4 2198 1297 Perito Moreno Glacier 3 581 293 Perito Moreno Glacier 4 652 496 Australis Cruise Cabin B Low 1307 O R Australis Cruise Cabin B High 1651 O R SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Argentine Patagonia needs an airfare Pto Madryn Ushuaia Calafate of aprox. AU 635 plus tax Australis Cruises seasons Low Oct 2011 & 21Mar12 to 4Apr12 Australis Cruises seasons High Nov 2011 to 14Mar12 EL CHALTEN EXTENSION 4Days 3Nights El Chalt n is a rugged village of about 700 residents whose lifeblood like El Calafate s is the throng of visitors who come each summer. Visitors here however are generally more active and adventurous than those who stay only in El Calafate they include some of the world s greatest mountaineers as well as avid trekkers. This is the second-most-visited region of Argentina s Los Glaciares National Park. It s quite possibly the most exquisite as well due to the singular nature of the granite spires that shoot up torpedo-like above massive tongues of ice that descend from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. USHUAIA TO PUNTA ARENAS 4 Days 3 nights Wed to Sat (M N Stella Australis) Sat to Tue (M N Via Australis) NOT INCLUDED All domestic and international airfare and or airport taxes Other tours not mentioned in the program Travel & Personal accident insurance Local airport taxes No Airfares Included Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. Port taxes for Australis Cruises ITINERARY DAY 01 Ushuaia (D) DAY 02 Cape Horn Wulaia Bay. (B L D) DAY 03 Gunther Pl schow Glacier. (B L D) DAY 04 Magdalena Island Punta Arenas. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Morning drive to El Chalten. DAY 02 Fitz Roy Trail Laguna Capri and Laguna de Los Tres. (B BL) DAY 03 Viedma Lake Boat Trip. (B BL) DAY 04 Transfer back to El Calafate. (B) www.travelprojects.com.au 29 Chile FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Chile Area 756 950 sq km (292 500 sq mi) Population 15 million (growth rate 1.2%) Capital city Santiago (pop 5 000 000) People 95% European descent and mestizo 5% Indian Language Spanish and a handful of native languages including Aymara Mapuche and Rapa Nui Religion 89% Roman Catholic 10% Protestant less than 1% Jewish Government Republic Visas & Health For information on Visae and health requirements please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Visas Citizens of the USA Canada Australia New Zealand and most Western European countries do not require a visa although Australian citizens do pay a US 62 levy. A 90-Day entry permit renewable for another 90 Days is received on entering the country. Electricity 220V 50 Hz Weights & measures Metric. CHILE Situated in the South-West of America Chile emerges majestically and imposingly with its volcanoes lakes deserts untainted glaciers and forests all swiftly brought to the eye of the tourist who arrives at this threshold of the South of the World. Guarded by the Andes chain of mountains the Atacama Desert and the Pacific Ocean the landscapes of Chile remain capricious and untarnished sumptuous valleys dotted with vineyards rapid rivers extensive salt deserts and magnificent virgin forested peaks await you in Chile. The extreme North is punctuated by the Atacama Desert acknowledged as the driest desert on the planet its sands hide archaeological treasures over 10 000 years old and one of the richest copper mines in the world. The majestic desert slowly gives way to cultivated valleys until the Central Valley where one finds vineyards large fruit plantations and the major cities. One of the great attractions of this zone is the proximity of both sea and mountains. Further south everything turns green. Broad meadows native forests lakes volcanoes and picturesque towns are framed by the influence of German settlers making this one of the most attractive zones of the country. The surprising cold-temperate jungle with its araucaria forests give way to the Patagonian steppe while the territory fragments into tiny islands fjords channels lakes and glaciers. It is the end of the world - where the Andes disappear into the sea. From the South Pole to Easter Island lost in the immense Pacific Ocean Rapa Nui hides its mysteries in huge moai statues. WHEN TO GO Chile s geographical variety can make a visit rewarding in any season. Santiago and Middle Chile are best in the Spring (September through November) or during the Autumn harvest (late February into April) while popular natural attractions like Parque Nacional del Paine in Magallanes and the lakes region are best in Summer (December through March). FACT FINDER IMPORTANT Museum is closed on Monday. Wineries are generally closed on Sundays. Santiago & Surroundings BASIC SANTIAGO 3 Days 2 nights Santiago Chile s capital city and cultural and economic centre of the nation occupies a spectacular basin at the foot of some of the highest peaks in the Andes. Safe and modern Santiago features excellent restaurants and hotels cultural events and shopping. Ski resorts national parks colonial haciendas and wineries all make easy Day trips from Santiago. walking tour in the city centre visiting the main square Plaza de Armas Santiago s Cathedral boulevard Ahumada the Government Palace La Moneda . Then by vehicle visit to the main avenues of the old Santiago crossing the bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista and drive up the San Cristobal Hill for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain Range. Then visit to the modern part of Santiago including its elegant neighbourhoods shopping and financial centres. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight. (B) DAY 03 Depart Santiago Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination. (B) its sinuous streets and ride its famous 19thcentury funicular elevators to the top of the hills Cerro Concepci n and Cerro Alegre. The jumble of colourful homes cascading down the hills of Valpara so is an astonishing contrast to Vi a with its robust economy high rise apartments and manicured lawns. and the coastal city of Vina del Mar. BASIC SANTIAGO INCLUDES Transfers in out 2 Nights accommodation at selected hotel Daily breakfasts Half Day city tour Hotel taxes VALAPARIASO ESCAPADE INCLUDES Transfer Excursion to Valparaiso 1 Night accommodation at selected hotel Transfer out to airport or port. Hotel taxes ITINERARY DAY 01 Drive through the valleys to Valparaiso with a stop for wine tasting at one of the many vineyards in the area. Continue to the coastal city of Vina del Mar a brief visit. Return to Valparaiso for overnight. DAY 02 Transfer out to airport or pier for your onward trip. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive in Santiago Upon arrival meet and assist and further transfer to your accommodation. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) DAY 02 Santiago Half day city tour of Santiago visiting the city s most outstanding attractions including a PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 323 SS 325 352 466 483 550 VALPARAISO ESCAPADE 2Days 1Night Visit the colourful and vibrant port city of Valaparaiso with its hilly neighbourhoods stroll Twin Basic Santiago 3 323 Basic Santiago 4 352 Basic Santiago 5 466 Valparaiso Casa Higuera 483 Valparaiso Zero Hotel 550 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made. Instead of returning to Lima on the last day it is possible to continue by bus to Arequipa. 30 www.travelprojects.com.au Chile Atacama Desert FACT FINDER BEST TIME TO GO San Pedro s tiny 3-by-4 street center has a pleasant bohemian vibe. Although the town has grown at a prudent rate this past decade to cater to a growing number of visitors it s maintained its mellow charm. Its location almost exactly on the Tropic of Capricorn (which means no drastic changes in the length of Daylight hours) and a stable climate make any time of the year a good time to visit here. But if you dislike the cold June through September can be uncomfortable when temperatures plummet at night. Also if you want to avoid the crowds steer clear of high season since you might feel overwhelmed by the number of tourists if you come from December through February mid-July or Chile s Independence and Armed Forces Days of September 18 and 19. Note Explorations require comfortable sports clothing including shorts swimming suits and hiking shoes. Warmer clothes are recommended when going to the heights or when walking at night. There are several excursion options each Day which will be chosen according to the climate and the visitors wishes. INCLUSIONS ALTO ATACAMA Transfers from To Calama airport (8.30am11.30pm) 3 Meals a day served with wine soft drinks or beer Snacks from the bar menu Daily excursions Free use of mountain bikes Accommodation in Quitor Rooms Atacama Desert ALTO ATACAMA Alto Atacama is located in the fertile Catarpe valley just 3 kilometers away from the San Pedro plaza. Our total area is 3.5 hectares with a park area of 2 hectares. Alto Atacama has been built in the style of a traditional adobe settlement complete with llamas and native crops. All elements were carefully designed to integrate with the indigenous building patterns of the Likanantay people. The Hotel has state of the art facilities staying simple. We have a complete Spa Yoga fields hot springs wooden decks with 6 swimming pools international bar and a cozy common room with a big fireplace. Add the most impressive sights of the Milky Way to all of that and you can start getting the picture. Our 32 rooms are spacious decorated with local crafts and all of them have a private terrace with a great view. They follow the Alto Atacama concept which is simple luxury tranquility and space. Prior to dinner this evening your guide will describe the excursion options available over the next three Days. There are many activities available something for all tastes interests ages and levels of fitness. All activities are classified by type (by vehicle on foot or bicycle) length (full or half-Day) and difficulty. The level of difficulty is rated as follows Easy Excursions on flat or gently undulating ground much of which is covered by van. Medium Some rocky or sandy terrain short climbs of moderate steepness and or long treks. Some excursions require a few Days of acclimatization to the altitude. Difficult Tough terrain long and or steep climbs up to 4 000 meters above sea level. These excursions are physically demanding and require acclimatization time. When undertaking strenuous activities at altitude you should take the following precautions Consult your doctor before leaving home if you have a history of cardiovascular illness hypertension or obesity. INCLUSIONS AWASI Transfers from To Calama airport 3 Meals a day served with wine soft drinks or beer Snacks from the bar menu Daily excursions Accommodation in standard rooms AWASI HOTEL Hotel designed unique harmonious spaces for relaxation and complete rest. The ample spaces and different open-aired living rooms let guests enjoy the hotel at ease. Thatched roofs shade the hotel in the warm Daylight while tenuous candle lighting at night makes it possible to admire the unequalled beauty of the Atacama sky. To ensure privacy and comfort for guests there are only eight cottages that enjoy generous spaces private patios reading sofas and indoor and outdoor showers. The Awasi prepares special outings customized for the most adventurous for the faithful hiker and for those who just want to bask in the endless number of shapes volcanoes dry salt lakes ponds and waters emerging in the midst of the desert. EXPLORA IN ATACAMA 5 Days 4 Nights Set Dates 9 Days 8 Nights Set Dates Explora Atacama is located near San Pedro de Atacama in the neighbourhood of Ayllu de Larache an hour s drive from Calama. It faithfully carries forward the concept of comfort amidst adventure in the remote. It sits on 42 acres formed by 20 still intact small properties like a small town built around patios. Explora Atacama has a series of living rooms each with over-stuffed couches and chairs fronting a fireplace and local Atacama artefacts and art decoration. There is a game room equipped with videos and Karaoke and a rooftop observatory with telescope for night sky gazing. There are four outdoor connected pools a gift shop library sauna and massage services a meeting room chapel laundry service and horse stables. Explora Atacama is a sophisticated oasis of calm and relaxation and a base for the daily explorations which have been carefully created to offer you a truly unforgettable experience in this magical region. INCLUSIONS EXPLORA Transfers from To Calama airport 3 Meals a day served with wine soft drinks or beer Snacks from the bar menu Daily excursions Use of horses and vehicles Accommodation in standard rooms PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 1 522 SS 458 596 821 Twin Alto Atacama 4D 3N Quitor 1522 Awasi 4D 3N - Standard 1986 Explora 4D 3N Tulur 2084 Excursions The following excursions are available and included in all Awasi programs. In vehicle Toconao y Salar de Atacama Valle de la Luna Laguna Cejar Salares altipl nicos Salar de Tara Lagunas Miscanti y Mi iques Geysers del Tatio y Termas de Puritana and R o Grande. Some of the offered tours The Heigths of Tatio Atacama salt Flat Visit to Pukar Lasana Chiu Chiu Plateau of Turi Caspana Village Toconao y Quebrada de Jer z. Stars observation Tulor and Quitor visit Quebrada del Diablo Hiking to Catarpe Rio Grande Valle de la Luna Horsebackriding to Valle de Quitor Los Ayllus Bycicle to Piedra de la Coca or Tulor SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Awasi and Explora programs include all meals and national alcoholic drinks and refreshments. Once in the northern Chilean desert you could cross the border to Salta in Argentina to explore the Cafayate the Humahuaca Ravine and Jujuy without having to backtrack to Santiago. Trekkin Quebrada de Kari Guatin Barrancas Vilama and Matancilla. Mountain bike Ayllus Valle de la Muerte Piedra de la Coca. Horseback riding Ayllus and Barrancas. Cultural tours Atacama cultural history Walking tours in San Pedro and Caravan with llamas. INCLUDES Transfers in out Accommodation Full board with 4 meals a Day including house wines drinks and soft drinks Choice of daily explorations in groups no larger than 10 with bilingual guides all equipment horses vehicles and food. Programs include Transfers in out San Pedro Airport Lodging Breakfast lunch & Dinner Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks Excursions (see following detail) www.travelprojects.com.au 31 Chile North Patagonia FACT FINDER BEST TIME TO GO Patagonia is a rugged mountainous area of southern Chile and Argentina characterized by glaciers fjords and windswept steppe. Weather is unpredictable with strong winds and sudden storms common. Summertime (December through February) is the best time to visit as temperatures are generally warmer and trails are more accessible. Shoulder months October November March and April tend to have cooler temperatures but also less wind and smaller crowds so these can be nice options as well. PUYUHUAPI LODGE INCLUDES Nights as per selected Itinerary Transfers from to Balmaceda Meals as per itinerary (B L D) All visits as per daily program Including San Rafael Lagoon Bilingual guide assistance SKORPIOS II INCLUDES Nights accommodation in selected cabin All meals including snacks beverages and alcoholic drinks. Cruise with visits along the way Bilingual guide assistance LAKES CROSSING INCLUDES All transfers Accommodation in selected hotels Lakes Crossing ticket by boat and bus Bilingual guide assistance 5 Breakfasts and 1 dinner Hotel taxes PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 1 138 Twin 1711 1956 1956 2189 2222 2422 1667 2056 1138 SS 411 411 622 622 667 756 O R O R 705 North Patagonia PATAGONIA CONNECTION (PUYUHUAPI LODGE) 4Days 3Nights Meeting Point Balmaceda Airport Located in the beautiful Dorita Bay in the Ventisquero Sound and surrounded by pristine nature the Termas de Puyuhuapi Hotel & SPA merges in complete harmony with the landscape. Its comfortable facilities provide the ideal point of departure for exciting excursions. Walk through the temperate rain forest in Quelat National Park and marvel at the impressive Hanging Glacier. Kayak your way through island-filled channels venture out in search of dolphins and sea lions or take advantage of exceptional fly fishing. These are just a few of the activities available to you. And after an invigorating Day of adventure there s nothing better than relaxing in one of our 3 sea-level thermal pools under the star-filled southern sky. By night the peace and tranquillity of nature lure you into a deep and restful sleep. The Termas de Puyuhuapi Hotel & SPA invites you to share an unforgettable experience. Patagonia Connection 4D 3N-Low Patagonia Connection 4D 3N-High Patagonia Connection 5D 4N-Low Patagonia Connection 5D 4N-High Patagonia Connection 6D 5N-Low Patagonia Connection 6D 5N-High Skorpios II-Acropolis-Low Skorpios II-Acropolis-High Lakes Crossing 6D 5N -4 SKORPIOS II CHONOS ROUTE Sep to Apr Meeting Point Puerto Montt Skorpios Cruises offer an unforgettable cruise through the channels and fjords of southern Chile visiting the majestic San Rafael Glacier all with the warm and personal service provided by a professional crew and staff. Skorpios II is designed to cruise the icy waters of Chile s fjords for its 160 passengers in 55 cabins its open decks provide a magnificent view of magnificent landscapes. It has five decks Athens Acropolis Parthenon Olympo and Athos. All cabins have private baths heating international phone system TV ventilation system background music. All decks except the Athens have windows. You will be pampered with the fine onboard dining in the spacious dining room. International menus are complimented by fine Chilean wines. Among the programs offered is the classic six Day discovery cruise The classic is a 800 mile voyage from Puerto Montt to the San Rafael Lagoon a powerful testimony of the last ice-age. As soon as the Skorpios II departs nature surrounds you in all its splendor. You will explore the numerous islands which make up Southern Chile s legendary network of channels picturesque settlements fjords soaring snowcapped mountains peaceful villages and dense forests almost untouched by civilization. The 30 000 year old San Rafael Glacier is a majestic spectacle. At the Quitralco Fjord s thermal pools marine life can be easily seen below the crystal waters. LAKES CROSSING 6 Days 5 Nights This crossing of the Chilean and Argentine lake districts is one of the most beautiful journeys you can taken in Patagonia a sight not to be missed. By a combination of motor-launches and motor coaches crossing three lakes and bordering a fourth. An unforgettable trip although operational all year round the best weather is from October through to April. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Puerto Montt Meet and assist at the airport then further transfer to Puerto Varas (25 Mins approx) to selected hotel. DAY 02 Puerto Varas Breakfast. Morning city tour of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Overnight at selected hotel. (B) DAY 03 Puerto Varas Peulla This crossing of the Chilean and Argentine lake districts is one of the most beautiful journeys you can in this part of the world. By means of a combination of motor launches and motor coaches crossing three lakes and bordering a fourth. Bus to Petrohue via Puerto Varas launch across spectacular Lake Todos Los Santos to Peulla for overnight. (B D) DAY 04 Peulla Bariloche Bus crossing over the Perez Rosales pass to reach Puerto Frias for Argentine immigration formalities. Continue by launch across Lake Frias up to Puerto Alegre for a short bus ride to Puerto Blest where you once again board a launch and cross the beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi and Puerto Panuelo where you board your bus for short 20 minute ride into Bariloche. (B) DAY 05 Bariloche After breakfast small circuit of Bariloche. Afternoon at. (B) DAY 06 Depart Bariloche At convenient time transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B) SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Awasi and Explora programs include all meals national alcoholic drinks and refreshments. 4 -Best available in some locations Skorpios cruise prices also available in other decks...call for more info. Patagonia Connection seasons Low 10Oct-15Nov11 Patagonia Connection seasons High 16Nov-17Mar12 Skorpios Cruise II seasons Low Sep Nov11 3-10Dec11 Mar-Apr11 Skorpios Cruise II seasons High 17-31Dec11 Jan Feb12 With a few extra days in the region why don t you take the ferry and visit the beautiful Island of Chiloe or perhaps explore the lakes. ITINERARY DAY 01 Balmaceda Termas de Puyuhuapi Drive through the Aysen region along a gravel road crossing patagonian pampas for 45 mins to reach the city of Coyhaique. After lunch we continue along the scenic Austral Road to Puyuhuapi Lodge (5 hrs) with extraordinary landscapes of dense forests between mountains and cliffs. Afternoon arrival at the Lodge pier and then cross the Puyuhuapi Channel by motorboat in just 10 minutes. (L D) DAYS 02-3 Termas de Puyuhuapi We warmly welcome guests and invite them to explore and experience the stunning wilderness of Chilean Patagonia. Numerous excursions (Including San Rafael Lagoon). (B L D) DAY 04 Pto Chacabuco Balmaceda After breakfast we travel by bus along the route that follows the Simpson River from Chacabuco or Coyhaique and then continue on to the airport in Balmaceda (approx. 2 hrs.) (B) ITINERARY 6 Days 5 Nights (Sat to Thu) DAY 01 Puerto Montt Cruise (D) DAY 02 Cruise Puerto Aguirre (B L D) DAY 03 Cruise San Rafael (B L D) DAY 04 Cruise Quitralco (B L D) DAY 05 Cruise Puerto Montt (B L D) DAY 06 Cruise Depart (B) 32 www.travelprojects.com.au Chile South Patagonia FACT FINDER BEST TIME TO GO Patagonia is a rugged mountainous area of southern Chile and Argentina characterized by glaciers fjords and windswept steppe. Weather is unpredictable with strong winds and sudden storms common. Summertime (December through February) is the best time to visit as temperatures are generally warmer and trails are more accessible. Shoulder months October November March and April tend to have cooler temperatures but also less wind and smaller crowds so these can be nice options as well. EXPLORA SALTO CHICO INCLUDES Transfers from To Punta Arenas. Accommodations. Full board. 3 Meals per Day. Bar. Daily explorations with bilingual guides and equipment boats horses vehicles and bicycles ECO-CAMP DOMES INCLUDES All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary. One expert English Spanish speaking trekking guide. Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine NP park fees. Nights accom. at EcoCamp standard domes (shared basis). 1 night accom. at Refugio Paine Grande (shared basis). Boat crossing over Lake Pehoe and Lake Grey. Sleeping bag for the mountain refuges if needed. Luggage transport while trekking you will carry just your Daypack. All Meals Torres Del Paine PATAGONIA CAMP Imagine all the wonderful things about camping the views close contact with nature and that feeling of isolation but with central heating in your tent and a private bathroom on the side. Patagonia Camp s 15 impeccable yurts are poised above a sparkling turquoise lake in the rolling hills just outside Torres del Paine national park and carefully placed in the steep wooded slopes so that each has a perfect view of the Cuernos del Paine from its private terrace. Spacious comfortable and stylishly furnished your yurt even has a view of the stars through a central window in the roof. Torres del Paine National Park is just 15 minutes away and there s pristine wilderness all around you take a kayak out on the water stroll to the nearby waterfall or just wander along wooden walkways through lenga forest to the Salon lounge and dining room. The food is nothing like campfire grub either Chilean chef Ludolf Lausen creates imaginative gourmet delights from local ingredients such as king crab empanadas and creamy rabbit lasagne. He s even found a way to make turquoise blue pisco sours to match the lagoon. Our 3 and 4 night Programs are created so that our guests can enjoy all of our amenities and services together with delighting themselves with all of the natural wonders of Patagonia. Each evening our guides will offer guests two different options considering weather conditions of excursions for the next Day. Our excursions will give our guests the opportunity to enjoy one of the most pristine landscapes of nature. PATAGONIA CAMP INCLUDES ECO- CAMP PATAGONIA Our eco-camp offers the perfect compromise between hotel accommodation and camping. In Torres del Paine national park we have large dome-shaped tents where you can stand up straight and lie down on a real bed and eat good food in our dining tent. You avoid the ardours and discomfort of traditional camping while remaining in closer contact with the environment and in harmony with nature than is possible in a hotel. Our expeditions and tours offer English speaking guides and we do everything possible to make your trekking experience your wildlife tour your photography safari - be what it may - a special and unforgettable experience where you will be able to relax from the pressures of everyDay life and genuinely recreate yourself surrounded by the wonders of Patagonian natural beauty. From our eco-camp you can make every kind of trip. The Torres del Paine circuit is a tough trek but we offer shorter and easier routes as well to established spectacular locations within the park. Nature tours to see flora and fauna of the area - guanacos orchids woodpeckers and the like - offer a gentler way of travelling around Torres del Paine to see the glories of Patagonia. Riding the park on horseback is also less arduous than trekking and takes you to exciting and remote off-piste locations. EXPLORA SALTO CHICO Our lodge is located right at the heart of the extraordinary Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia. The varied and untouched landscapes of this area led UNESCO to declare it a biosphere reserve. The Patagonia hotel lodge opened in 1993 on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. It affords an excellent view of the unique Paine Massif and two of the three impressive torres or towers which give the park its name. The lodge has 50 rooms and a variety of inviting spaces. Situated on a 3-hectare (7.4-acre) site the design borrows certain organic forms from the landscape itself adapting to it with simple elegance. It was designed to create a dialogue with its environment putting human beings in touch with the sublimity of their surroundings. The explorations and Patagonia adventures are safe and are made up of groups with a maximum of 8 people accompanied by an expert bilingual guide. All our guides speak excellent Spanish and English and some also speak French and German. The longer explorations include open-air picnics. Sometimes we use minibuses or motorboats for sections of the route. We celebrate each change of season and weather. Rain wind an unexpected snowstorm or a Day of bright sunshine are all part of the experience. The key is to be well-equipped so you can enjoy the journey to the full. Each afternoon one of our guides will meet with you in the lodge bar to tell you about the explorations planned for the following Day and help you with the difficult task of choosing between the seven to 14 different options all of them exciting. Transfers from to Punta Arenas (according to schedule). Transfers from to Argentinean border Accommodations in Patagonia Camp. Buffet breakfast box lunch menu dinner (with reserve house wine). Patagonian Barbeque. Standard Open Bar Daily excursions (9 persons per guide van). Bilingual guides (Spanish English). Entries to Torres del Paine National Park. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 1 722 Twin 2926 3526 1538 1923 1722 2211 SS 484 1284 O R O R 856 1067 Explora Salto Chico Room 5D 4N Explora Salto Chico Room 6D 5N Eco-Camp 5D 4N-Shoulder Eco-Camp 5D 4N-High Patagonia Camp 4D 3N Sat & Wed Patagonia Camp 5D 4N Sat & Tue ITINERARY Sunday departure DAY 01 The Patagonic Adventure Starts... DAY 02 Stepping into the Paine Massif s Heart Valle Frances DAY 03 Torres del Paine s Big Daddy is on the Way Glacier Grey DAY 04 The Great Challenge The Mighty Torres del Paine DAY 05 Adios Torres del Paine SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Explora prices apply to Salto Chico rooms only. Other room types also available. Eco-Camp seasons Shoulder Oct-Apr and High Nov to Mar. Punta Arenas is one of the gateways of South Patagonia with easy access to Torres del Paine National Park and north to Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina or perhaps head south in one of the Australis Cruises to Ushuaia. TRANSFER SCHEDULE Saturday Tuesday and Wednesday From Punta Arenas to Patagonia Camp 12.00 hrs. y 16.30 hrs. From Punta Arenas Airport to Patagonia Camp 13.00 hrs. y 17.10 hrs. From Patagonia Camp to Punta Arenas 06.30 hrs. y 10.00 hrs. www.travelprojects.com.au 33 Chile FACT FINDER BEST TIME TO GO The best time to travel to Patagonia is in summer from December to February. The months just either side of this October November March and April are slightly cooler but less windy and less crowded so are also good times to visit. In winter the average temperature is -2C and travel is difficult as many places may be covered in snow. AUSTRALIS CRUISES INCLUDE Nights Cruise as per Cabin Accommodation and itinerary selected All meals open bar (without additional cost for wines beverages and liquors) Shore excursions and on-board entertainment. SKORPIOS II INCLUDES Nights accommodation in selected cabin All meals including snacks beverages and alcoholic drinks. Cruise with visits along the way Bilingual guide assistance EASTER ISLAND TOUR INCLUDES Transfers in out Accommodation at selected hotel with breakfasts Box lunch is included on Day 2 Operates all year round subject to flight schedules Sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicles as per program. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Australis Cruise Cabin B Low Australis Cruise Cabin B High Skorpios III Acropolis-Low Skorpios III Acropolis-High Easter Island 3 Easter Island 4 579 SS O R O R O R O R 403 819 Twin 1742 2202 1511 1744 579 953 Chile Tours AUSTRALIS CRUISES 5 Days 4 Nights A journey to the End of the World on board the Australis Cruises is a unique adventure at the Patagonia region. Departing from Punta Arenas Chile every Thursday from September through April crossing the Magellan s Straight the vessel will travel to famed Cape Horn then navigate along the Beagle Channel up to Ushuaia capital of Tierra del Fuego visiting nine glaciers virgin forests lakes and the splendid flora and fauna of one of the world s few uncontaminated regions. Passengers will also get to know the remains of nearly extinct native cultures. You will learn about the geographic environment where our expedition cruise ship sails and each one of the channels fjords and glaciers making this route a unique and mysterious place at the end of the earth along with the history of the discovery of the southernmost region in the world and the explorations that followed the discovery where Spanish navigators English corsairs scientists and others arrived at this indomitable place inhabited only by indigenous tribes. Stella & Via Australis are new ocean liners with capacity for 132 passengers in 64 cabins and four categories in each vessel. All cabins have low beds ocean view private bath heating safe and wardrobe. It also cruises to Cape Horn SKORPIOS III KAWESKAR EASTER ISLAND 4 Days 3 nights ROUTE Sep to Apr The M N Skorpios III sets sail every Sunday at dawn from Puerto Natales located 247 km to the north of Punta Arenas on a five Day cruise through the channels and fjords that border the Southern Ice Field in the Chilean Patagonia which is considered to be the third largest reserve of fresh water on the planet and crib of the biggest and most spectacular glaciers in the southern hemisphere. The Cruise Ship has 49 cabins with a capacity of up to 125 passengers it has the most advanced telecommunications technology and satellite navigation as well as a modern water treatment plant. Its elegant and spacious acclimatized cabins vested in fine native woods. All equipped with low beds luxurious private bathrooms fridge-bar multifunctional communications system two music TV and Video channels with stereo sound magnetic keys security box all provide for the comfort that the most demanding traveller requires. The elegant dining room can seat 125 passengers with large screen projection TV equipment professional video taping and computerized editing equipment. The bar in the fore with its modern decor and the bar in the rear with its classical English style can each seat sixty people with large screen television and stereo sound. It s kitchen provides international and local cuisine Based mainly of shellfish and fish caught fresh from the southern seas with a set menu served with fine Chilean wines and our famous open bar policy. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean 4000 km (approx. 2480 miles) straight out from the Chilean coastline is an island which still holds a very special mystery and magic. Rapa Nui as the natives called it literally meaning the Navel of the World was discovered on Easter Sunday and thus to this day it is usually is simply referred to as Easter Island. But this island holds an intrigue far greater than one might imagine. So far from everything and everyone isolated by the largest ocean in the world it demonstrates a rich history art language and interestingly once even suffered a civil war. All upon an island not 25 kilometers across. The Island is an equilateral triangular shape 24 km across its longest side with extinct volcanic cones in each of its three corners respectively. Amidst an atmosphere of friendly Polynesian hospitality the entire island is today a species of open-air museum with more than 600 MOAI (some up to 9 meters in height) the fascinating Orongo Village and many traditional people s cave dwellings open to view. SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Argentine Patagonia needs an airfare Pto Madryn Ushuaia Calafate of aprox. AU 635 plus tax Australis Cruises seasons Low- Oct11 10-17Dec11 16-31Mar12 & Apr12 Australis Cruises seasons High- Nov11 18-31Dec11 Jan11 Feb11 & 1-15Mar12 SkorpiosIII Cruises seasons Low-Sep to Nov 2-13Dec Mar to Apr12 SkorpiosIII Cruises seasons High- 16-30Dec Jan & Feb 2012 NOT INCLUDED All domestic and international airfare and or airport taxes Other tours not mentioned in the program Travel & Personal accident insurance Local airport taxes No Airfares Included Expenses of personal nature such as laundry tips gratuities telephone calls meals not included and optional tours. Port taxes for Australis or Skorpios Cruises As from January 2012 Easter Island can easily be included in any itinerary on the way from Santiago to Lima or vice-versa. Eg Santiago Easter Island Lima or vv. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Hanga Roa Arrival to Easter Island. Reception at Mataveri Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight. DAY 02 Easter Island Breakfast. Full Day tour along the Moai route visiting Vaihu the ruins of Akahanga and other archaeological sites. Return to the hotel. (B BL) DAY 03 Easter Island Breakfast at the hotel. A half-Day tour to the Rano Kau volcano and then onto the Cultural Centre of Orongo. Overnight. (B) DAY 04 Easter Island Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Mataveri Airport at the agreed time for the departure flight. (B) PUNTA ARENAS TO USHUAIA Sat to Wed (M N Stella Australis) Tue to Sat (M N Via Australis) DAY 01 Punta Arenas. (B) DAY 02 Ainsworth Bay Tucker Islet. (B L D) DAY 03 Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley. (B L D) DAY 04 Cape Horn Wulaia Bay. (B L D) DAY 05 Ushuaia. (B) 4 Days 3 Nights (Tue to Fri) or (Fri to Mon) DAY 01 Pto Natales Cruise. (D) Day 02 Amalia Glacier. (B L D) DAY 03 Cruise Fjords. (B L D) DAY 04 Cruise Pto Natales. (B) 34 www.travelprojects.com.au Bolivia FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Bolivia Area 1 098 580 sq km (428 446 sq miles) Population 8 328 700 Capital city La Paz (pop 2 406 377) and Sucre (pop 132 000) People 30% Quechua Indian 25% mestizo 30% Aymar Indian approx 15% European (Mainly Spanish). Language Spanish but most Indians speak either Quechua or Aymar composite dialects of Spanish-Aymar and Spanish-Quechua are also widely spoken. Religion 95% Roman Catholic Protestant (Evangelical Methodist). Government Democracy. Visas Regulations change frequently but currently citizens of most EU countries can stay 90 days without a visa citizens of the USA Canada Australia New Zealand Japan South Africa and Israel can stay 30 days without a visa. Most other nationalities require a visa in advance - usually issued for a 30-day stay. Health risks Altitude sickness. For information on health requirements please call the appropriate health authorities. Time GMT UTC minus 4 hours. Electricity 220V 50 Hz (except in La Paz which has 110V & 220V 50 Hz) Weights & measures Metric. WHEN TO GO Bolivia lies in the southern hemisphere winter runs from May to October and summer from November to April. The most important climatic factor to remember is that it s generally wet in the summer and dry in the winter. While the highlands and Altiplano can be cold in the winter and wet in the summer the only serious barrier to travel will be the odd road washout. In the tropical lowlands however summer can be miserable with mud steamy heat bugs and relentless downpours. Travel is difficult and services may be stifled by mud and flooding. Also consider that the high tourist season falls in the winter (late June to early September) due not only to climatic factors but also to the timing of European and North American summer holidays and the fact that it s also Bolivia s major fiesta season. This means that both overseas visitors and lots of South Americans are travelling during this period. Bolivia Tours LA PAZ STOPOVER 3 Days 2 Nights La Paz the highest city in the world set like a jewel flanked by the Andes it is an unforgettable sight to those that visit. Bolivia s largest city with a population of over a million where more than half are of Indian heritage has a cool climate as it is situated 4000 meters above sea level. There are many hotels restaurants and entertainment venues and colorful back streets and markets where one may learn about Quechua and Aymara culture which predefines the Bolivian way of life. UYUNI SALT FLATS 6 Days 5 nights DEPARTS Tue Wed Fri & Sun The Uyuni salt desert lies towards the South of the central high-plateau situated in the lowest part of the plateau (3.656 m. above sea level). In the summer the Uyuni Salt marsh is a huge lake of 12.106 sq. Km. with a depth of 60 to 80 cm. In the winter (ie between May and November) the water evaporates leaving a snowy blanket of salt. This area contains one of the largest beds of lithium in the world. Visit Potosi renowned for its silver mines its magnificent colonial architecture churches glistening with gold and theatres that presented the best of European productions as well as for its extravagance and vice. Continue onto Sucre located in a lovely valley with its distinctive architecture of white buildings with red tile roofs. LAKE TITICACA CROSSING 2 days 1 night Puno to La Paz or v.v. The sapphire-blue waters of mystical Lake Titicaca with the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real as backdrop is the world s highest navigable lake at 3 856 meters played for 2 millennia a leading role in Andean beliefs and was at the heart of the most sophisticated Andean civilizations. It is still scattered with Inca remains and the people who live on the shores of the lake still consider the lake as sacred and make offerings to her. The best known of Titicaca islands are those of the Sun and the Moon places where according to Indian Legend the sun and the moon sought refuge during times of flood. According to the most supported legend the Inca Empire began at the Sun Island the Inca couple Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo appeared here and founded the Sun Empire. Supporting this legend are some important pre-Columbian archaeological remains on this island. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive La Paz Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hote. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize to altitude. DAY 02 La Paz Morning tour of La Paz and surroundings transports you to a mysterious past where any corner any street is a hidden treasure. A living history which can not release the pre Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites spread out in the streets Native colonial and modern areas Indian Market Open Air Mu seum of Tiwanaku Witch Doctor s Market & breathtaking panoramas framed by the majestic Illimani .Also visit the mysterious Valley of the Moon on the outskirts of La Paz. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation in La Paz at selected hotel. (B) DAY 03 Depart La Paz Breakfast and transfer to the airport or bus station for transfer out. (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 355 SS 91 O R 210 229 245 ITINERARY DAY 01 La Paz Oruro Uyuni Bus to Oruro (3 hours) then board the train to Uyuni (6 hours). Overnight. (L D) DAY 02 Uyuni Isla Pescado Visit of Uyuni and the village of Colchani on the shores of Uyuni Salt flat and Isla Pescado . Overnight in a local hotel.(B L) DAY 03 Uyuni Salt Flats Potosi Drive to Potosi through the magnificent Andean Range. Overnight in Potosi. (B L) DAY 04 Cerro Rico Sucre Visit the Cerro Rico silver mine. Bus to Sucre (3 hours) Overnight in Sucre. (B) DAY 05 Sucre Morning city tour. The afternoon is free. Overnight in Sucre. (B) DAY 06 Depart Sucre Transfer out and flight to La Paz or Santa Cruz (B) Operates Every week from March to November. The best season is from May to September 2 participants min. Lake Titicaca Crossing 2D 1N-3 Uyuni Saltflats 3 1360 La Paz Stopover 3D 2N -3 355 La Paz Stopover 3D 2N -4 380 La Paz Stopover 3D 2N -5 425 Twin 539 ITINERARY DAY 01 La Paz or Puno Sun Island Early transfer from La Paz or Puno to Copacabana. Boat to Sun Island for a visit and overnight. (L D) DAY 02 Sun Island La Paz Breakfast boat transfer to Huatajata or Copacabana. Boat to Sun Island. Visit the Inca Grand Staircase and the Sacred Fountain. Lunch at the archaeological & panoramic Uma Kollu Restaurant. Visit the small handicraft market. Overnight at Posada del Inca Lodge or similar (L D) In the morning we can organize for a small additional fee an optional 4 hour hike across Sun Island visiting other sites of interest enjoying the pleasant atmosphere and the spectacular views over the Lake. In this case we arrive in La Paz around 19 30 and around 17 30 in Puno. (B L) SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made www.travelprojects.com.au 35 Ecuador FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Ecuador Area 283 520 sq km (175 780 sq mi) Population 12 920 092 (growth rate 2.1%) Capital city Quito (pop 1.5 million) People 40% mestizo 40% Indian 15% Spanish descent 5% African descent Language Spanish Quechua Quichua other indigenous languages Religion Over 90% Roman Catholic small minority of other Christian denominations Visae & Health For information on Visae and health requirements please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Time GMT UTC minus 5 hours Electricity 110V 60Hz Weights & Measures Metric WHEN TO GO Ecuador is a year round destination. If you re visiting the Galapagos you ll find the warm rainy season from January to April the best time for snorkeling the rest of the year the water is cooler typically around 20 C (68 F). The mainland coast has similar weather patterns. The best time for hiking and climbing is June to August. Trekking in the Oriente is best done in the dry season from late August through February. ECUADOR Crossed by the equator Ecuador shares within itself both Northern and Southern Hemispheres of the globe. With an exotic Coast along the Pacific majestic Andean highlands a mysterious Amazon jungle and the enchanted Galapagos Islands it is a land of contrasts that you shall never forget. A country divided by nature yet solidly held together by a common cultural heritage. Ecuador is one of earth s most biologically and geologically diverse places. A surprising country of peaceful and friendly people who proudly say Ecuador has more While Ecuador straddles the equator at the middle of the world Quito sits at the hub of the country s road system. To the South and north of the capital is the Pan American Highway the main road of South America leading to some of the most fascinating and scenic excursions on the continent. For most visitors Ecuador s outstanding appeal lies in the colourful spectacle of the native country markets which are the major social and commercial events in Andean valley towns. There are markets nearby for almost every Day of the week and the spectacular scenery en route makes getting there half the fun. This is a land of ancient forests a cultural heritage dating back more than 5 000 years with a myriad of micro climates enriching its biological wealth. Ecuador has four main regions geographically different each with its own culture own people own climate own beauty and own attractions. Cradled between two of the most fertile environments on earth the Pacific and the Amazon Basin lay 25 interdependent life zones which spawn complex environmental systems sustaining an incredible variety of species. FACT FINDER BEST TIME TO GO Patagonia is a rugged mountainous area of southern Chile and Argentina characterized by glaciers fjords and windswept steppe. Weather is unpredictable with strong winds and sudden storms common. Summertime (December through February) is the best time to visit as temperatures are generally warmer and trails are more accessible. Shoulder months October November March and April tend to have cooler temperatures but also less wind and smaller crowds so these can be nice options as well. Quito and Hacienda Getaway BASIC QUITO 3 Days 2 Nights Quito considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Western Hemisphere has an astonishing location more than a mile sea level nestled in the Andes Mountains beneath the sparkling snow cone of the Pichincha Mountain and almost directly on the equator HACIENDA GETAWAY The Andes Region offers exciting and unforgettable colonial Haciendas which used to be private estates and now are open for those who wish to experience Ecuador s country lifestyle and history. Most of these Haciendas offer different activities such as horseback riding biking tours and visits to the local markets country villages and plantations nearby. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Quito Arrival at the Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito assistance and transfer in. Overnight at your selected hotel. DAY 02 Quito Breakfast. Half Day city tour including the Equatorial Line. (B) DAY 03 Depart Quito Breakfast. Transfer out from your hotel to the airport. (B) SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Transfer Excursion to Otavalo Market drop off at selected Hacienda.(L D) Breakfast. Depart to the north via the Panamerican Highway to the Province of Imbabura one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador A magical land of lakes snow-covered mountains and terraced farmlands. Here is the town of Otavalo with its famous Indian market that dates back to pre-Inca times and is known BASIC QUITO INCLUDES Return airport transfers 2 nights accommodation w breakfasts Half Day city tour with bilingual guide Hotel taxes for its textiles woven on back-strap and shuttle looms and its fine handicrafts. For centuries regional markets have played an important role in Indian life providing regular gathering places for trade and socializing. Here Otavalenos barter in silence in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets. The tour is a treat of brilliant scenery and artisan villages like Calderon a small town where bread dough figurines are. made in many shapes and sizes. Drop-off at selected Hacienda. (L D) DAY 02 Enjoy activities organized by the hacienda (Extra charges may apply). (B L D) DAY 03 Transfer back to Quito or airport. (B) HACIENDA GETAWAY INCLUDES Excursion to Otavalo drop-off at hacienda. Accommodation at selected hacienda with all meals Activities organized by the hacienda (Extra charges may apply) Transfer back to Quito or airport PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Basic Quito 3D 2N - 3 Basic Quito 3D 2N - 4 Basic Quito 3D 2N - 5 Hacienda San Agustin 3D 2N Hacienda Zuleta 3D 2N Hacienda Hato Verde 3D 2N 299 Twin SS 299 520 595 850 810 598 155 300 480 500 370 352 SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made 36 www.travelprojects.com.au Ecuador FACT FINDER TRANSPORT Air-conditioned vehicles aeroplane ship boat train and foot. BEST SELLER 2 INCLUDES Luxury 3 4 or 7 night cruise with full board 2 daily excursions and guidance in the islands Lectures on board Snorkeling opportunities Air tickets to Galapagos Islands City tour in Quito or Guayaquil 4 nights in Quito or Guayaquil at first class hotels All transfers (sharing basis) English speaking guide and transportation DOES NOT INCLUDE Fuel surcharge 3 or 4night cruises US 90.00 per person 7 night cruises US 180.00 per person Galapagos National Park tax US 100.00 per person Galapagos INGALA TCT Card US 10.00 per person Snorkel equipment and Wetsuits Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages Medical services travel insurance tips personal expenses MANATEE AMAZON EXP. INCLUDES Transfers in Coca All meals and accommodation Naturalist Guides Guided Hikes and other excursions River Transportation Accommodations with all Meals (B L D) snacks etc Excursions in the forest (all kind) Visits to Natives Communities Excursions Leaders (Biologists Zoologists Botanists etc) Lectures by our Excursions Leaders Ecuador Tours MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER CRUISE The new Manatee Amazon Explorer riverboat has been specially built for cruises in the Ecuadorian rainforest on the Rio Napo. You will visit Monkey Island Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve walk jungle trails and explore virgin rain forest. The Manatee Amazon Explorer is 90 feet long (27 m) 24 feet wide (7 m) and accommodates 30 lucky guests in comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and running hot water individual air conditioning on board laundry service large dining room inviting bar and lounge area panoramic terrace delicious cuisine and the finest multilingual naturalist guides. The Manatee operates from Orellana Province. We start our operation from Coca to where you can arrive either by bus 8 hours drive from Quito or by plane 30 minutes flight from Quito. A canoe will be taken at the dock for an hour navigation until arriving where the Manatee is awaiting for you. RAIL & ROAD JOURNEY 4 Days 3 Nights Departs Mon & Fri. Also available on 3D 2N. The first half of this four-day voyage is along the Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito to beautiful Cuenca in the south among spectacular scenery with segments aboard the Autoferro with many stops along the way for a close contact with the indigenous cultures haciendas plantations and a taste of the products of the land. GALAPAGOS OTAVALO MARKET & CHASKI ANTAWA TRAIN 9 10 or 13 Days A perfect combination of a Galapagos cruise and city tours of the main cities of Ecuador. For most visitors Ecuador s outstanding appeal lies in the colorful spectacle of the native country markets and in the Galapagos Archipelago isolated from other land masses on one of the most active volcanic regions on earth uniquely dramatic and with a deep desolate volcanic beauty. This living natural laboratory inspiration for Darwin s theory of evolution is home to marine and land creatures - some found nowhere else to the world - which have no Instinctive fear of man. Notes Altitudes Quito 2850 meters above sea level Guayaquil 4 mts asl. Ibarra 2200 mts asl to Salinas 1400 mts asl. NOT INCLUDED Flight Quito Coca Quito Yasuni National Park fee of US 20 per person subject to change Yasuni Parrot Lick Fee US 25 per person subject to change Meals not mentioned in program. ITINERARY DAY 01 Quito train ride to El Boliche bus along Lacatunga Valley to Riobamba. (L D) DAY 02 Riobamba train (Devil s Nose) to Alausi. By bus via Ingapirca to Cuenca (B L D) DAY 03 Cuenca Day tour. (B L D) DAY 04 Depart Cuenca. Morning visit to Gualaceo Valley. Early afternoon return to the hotel where tour concludes. (B L) RAIL & ROAD JOURNEY AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES INCLUDES Transfers and transport as per program Accommodation at selected hotels and meals as per program Visits of sites with English bilingual guides PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Best Seller 2 - 8D 7N Best Seller 2 - 9D 8N Best Seller 2 - 12D 11N Rail & Road Journey 4D 3N Avenue of the Volcanos 4D 3N Manatee Amazon Cruise 4D 3N-Fri Manatee Amazon Cruise 5D 4N-Mon 722 SS O R O R O R O R O R 372 492 AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES 4 Days 3 Nights Departs Mon Wed & Fri. Experience the magic of the Andes landscape from town to villages that gives the journey a character of unsurpassable splendor. Start in Peguche village known for its textiles and Andean musical instruments. We continue to Cotacachi and the market of Otavalo. Chaski Antawa Train from Ibarra through the Valley of Salinas and by bus to Papallacta hot springs. The final leg of the tour passes through Tigua a small community famous for its na f paintings and through the Quilotoa Lagoon back to Quito. SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Quito Arrival and transfer in to hotel. Accommodation at First Class Hotel DAY 02 Quito City tour Accommodation at First Class Hotel. (B) DAY 03 Full Day tour Otavalo Drive to Otavalo. Visit the Indigenous Market and the Chaski Antawa Train. Return to Quito. (B L) DAY 04 Quito Galapagos Transfer out to the airport. Flight to Galapagos. Arrival and transfer to the ship or first place of visit. (B) DAY 4-7 4-8 4-11 Galapagos M V Galapagos Legend or M Y Corals. 3 4 7 night cruise. (B L D) DAY 7 8 11 Galapagos-Quito or Guayaquil Transfer to Baltra airport. Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Accommodation at First Class Hotel. (B) DAY 9 10 13 Quito or Guayaquil Transfer out to the airport for international connection. (B) SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Quito - Coca - Yasun National Park (L D) DAY 02 Pa acocha Biological Corridor (B L D) DAY 03 Observation Tower - Native House. (B L D) DAY 04 Kapok Tree - Limoncocha Biological Reserve. (B L D) DAY 05 Depart Coca. (B) Please note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. On daily basis of your tour you will be advised of any amendments. The Exploration Leaders will always be offering information about the region tours weather conditions navigation native cultures and probabilities to encounter wildlife through lectures briefings recaps and videos. Twin 2433 2933 4322 1200 1089 722 967 ITINERARY DAY 01 Quito - Peguche - Cotacachi - Cuicocha Lagoon - Otavalo. DAY 02 Otavalo - Ibarra - Chaski Antawa Train - Salinas - Papallacta. (B L) DAY 03 Papallacta - Ecological Reserve Antisana - Lasso. (B BL) DAY 04 Lasso - Tigua - Zumbahua - Quilotoa Lagoon - Quito. (B) SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made GETTING AROUND Getting to the Gal pagos Islands means you ll need to take a connecting flight from Quito two hours or Guayaquil one and a half hours. Trips to the Amazon rain forest also require a connecting flight from Quito to the jumping-off destination of Coca. The flight takes about a half-hour. www.travelprojects.com.au 37 Ecuador Amazon FACT FINDER WEATHER In the rainforests and lowlands of El Oriente it rains year-round but the rain is especially hard from late December through April. The driest period is October through December. The temperature in the jungle can reach 27 to 32 C (81 -90 F) during the Day it s a bit cooler at night. INCLUSIONS Land and boat transfers airport lodge airport Nights accommodation at selected lodge with all meals Activities with naturalist bilingual guides NOT INCLUDED Yasuni National Park fee of US 20 per person subject to change (Sacha Napo Lodges) Yasuni Parrot Lick Fee US 25 subject to change (Sacha Napo Lodges) Meals not mentioned in program. Flight Shell-Kapawi-Shell approx AU 376 (Kapawi Lodge) Flight Quito Coca Quito approx. AU 160 (Sacha Napo Lodges) Achuar community fee US 10.00 per passenger. (Kapawi Lodge) Domestic airport taxes) Any other items not included in the inclusions list. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Napo Lodge 4D 3N - XSun Napo Lodge 54D 4N- XSun Napo Lodge 6D 5N - XSun Kapawi 4D 3N Fri Kapawi 5D 4N Mon Kapawi 8D 7N Mon or Fri Sacha Lodge 4D 3N Fri Sacha Lodge 5D 4N Mon 802 Twin 845 1056 1267 888 1110 1888 802 1022 SS 422 527 644 355 444 755 412 511 Amazon Lodges THE NAPO WILDLIFE CENTRE The Napo Wildlife Center NWC Amazon Lodge is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 53 000 acres (over 21 400 hectares )of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasun National Park. The NWC Lodge is located by the Anangucocha lake in the unique ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community. Thanks to their own initiative and supported by the Tropical Nature Conservation System we have built in partnership the most carefully designed first class Amazon lodge in Ecuador. The community approached Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment which through its National Park service declared them honorific park rangers and approved the project signing a renewable management agreement of this territory part as well of the Yasun Biosphere Reserve. Thanks to the Anangu Community initiative their manpower financed with donations in partnership with the independent Ecuadorian non-profit conservation organization EcoEcuador Napo Wildlife Center was born in 2003. The most carefully designed first class Amazon lodge in Ecuador. Accommodations are in comfortable bungalows for 2 or 3 guests with a private bath warm water 120 volt outlets and mosquito nets. From the terrace or the observation tower you can watch giant otters caimans capybaras monkeys and birds and listen to the screams of the howler monkeys. KAPAWI ECOLODGE & RESERVE The Ecolodge - Located in one of the areas with the highest biodiversities of Earth. Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve was built by the Achuar Indians using traditional techniques combined with low-impact technologies (solar energy biodegradable soaps and four-stroke and electric outboard motors). Kapawi is in fact one of the last places where you can interact with an ancient culture which will change your perception of your own and other cultures that share this planet. The Achuar have inhabited the Amazon basin for thousands of years developing a vast invaluable knowledge on their environment land use and resource management which has allowed both the people and ecosystems to survive. The lodge provides an array of activities characterized by their flexibility in order for you to set the pace at which you discover this whole new world. As part of a small group (no larger than ten lead by a naturalist and an Achuar guide) you can fully customize your itineraries which may include visits to the Achuar communities hikes in the rain forest canoeing kayaking fishing camping and bird watching in accordance to the group s chosen degree of difficulty. Kapawi is located near the Ecuadorian and Peruvian border in the Southern Ecuadorian Amazon Basin on the Pastaza River a major tributary of the Amazon. Kapawi is one of the most pristine and isolated points in the Amazon Basin accessed only by air and with the closest town at ten Days walking distance. SACHA LODGE Located on a private 3 200 acre reserve the lodge is constructed of traditional rainforest materials and nestled well concealed into the lush surroundings. There is a raised lookout above the bar and lounge which offers a scenic vista of Pilchicocha lake. The lodge provides electricity from 4 30 AM until 10PM. There are 20 thatched roof double cabins and a main dining-lounge-bar area. Each of the rooms has a thatched roof and private shaded terraces. Each cabin has 2 double beds and private bathrooms complete with hot water. All cabins are screened SS Single Supplement Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made HEALTH A yellow fever certificate is required from those arriving from infected areas and is recommended for everyone entering Ecuador particularly for those traveling to the regions of the Amazon basin. There is high risk of malaria and dengue fever in areas below 5 000ft (1 500m). There has been a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases of dengue fever primarily in coastal and Amazon regions. The best prevention is to cover up and use mosquito repellent liberally throughout the day. High altitude can affect some people s health so visitors to Quito(6 500ft 2 800m) for example are advised to take it easy for the first few days. It is advisable to take seasickness tablets on a Galapagos boat cruise. Tap water should not be consumed bottled water is available. THE YASUNI PARROT LICK Just a short distance from the lodge is Ecuador s most accessible parrot lick an exposed clay bank where brightly coloured parrots of several different species gather in the early morning. THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE Sacha Lodge is home to one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador. Designed to be a live exhibition conservatory the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 40 local butterfly species. ACTIVITIES Native guides with expert knowledge of the rainforest lead small groups on a variety of forays into the area. Activities are spread out over a wide area and guests are allowed to determine difficulty and duration of their outings. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest where 150-foot kapok trees tower above and roots from huge buttresses to give support to the trees. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests and one trail even leads across fallen tree trunks and to a steel cable zip-line through rich swamplands. Another favourite activity is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes where luxuriant lianas bromeliads and palm trees thrive. INCLUDED 3 4 or 7 nights Kapawi Lodge Canoe transfers All visits and activities as per Lodge program All meals at Lodge SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Land boat transfer from Coca to Lodge of approx. 4 hours. (BL D) DAY 02 Morning trek to a parrot clay lick and local community. (B BL D) DAY 03 Canopy tower on Rio Napo for birdwatching and other wildlife. (B L D) DAY 04 Boat Land transfer to Coca. (B) 38 www.travelprojects.com.au Ecuador Galapagos Islands FACT FOR THE TRAVELLER The following are general cruise procedures and are operative with most boats. ARRIVAL Upon arrival passengers are met by our crew and transferred by private bus to the boat anchored nearby Once on board you ll receive an orientation and safety drill. NATIONAL PARK FEE The Islands are part of the Ecuador National Park System and the entrance fee is US 100 per person (US 50 for children under 12). The fee is collected at the airport upon arrival by Galapagos Park Wardens. It is best to have the U.S. dollars in exact change. MUNICIPAL TAX A new government-imposed tax of US 10 per person is also collected upon arrival to San Cristobal airport for usage of the port and public facilities. THE CRUISE The Day begins early with breakfast followed by the first shore excursion returning for lunch and followed by sun or a siesta while the yacht navigates to the next island. Late afternoon disembark for the second excursion and return to prepare for dinner. In the evening our naturalist gives a briefing for the next Day s shore excursions. BAR An open tab at the bar and boutique which are paid the last Day of the cruise. Alcoholic beverages on board are priced very modestly. On board they accept cash (dollars or sucres) Travelers Checks and MasterCard VISA and Diners Card. Galapagos Islands GALAPAGOS ISLANDS One of Ecuador s most valuable and most famous natural treasures is not on the mainland at all. It is the Galapagos Islands an enchanted volcanically formed archipelago 622 miles off of Ecuador s Pacific coast. The Galapagos is a world unto itself composed of 13 major islands six smaller ones and over two score of islets that became Charles Darwin s living laboratory of evolution and inspired him to write The Origin of the Species after visiting the islands in 1835. Darwin s Theory of Evolution emanated from this visit and the ensuing book. To assist you in this difficult choice we have prepared an Island wildlife activity calendar to tell you what goes on in the Galapagos Islands every month of the year. Wildlife activity on the Islands for NATURALIST GUIDES Passengers must be accompanied at all times by our naturalist guides who have been trained by the Darwin Station and licensed by the National Park. In the evenings our expert guides give briefings for the next Day s excursions. Tipping is a personal matter related to your impressions of how you were served. To express your satisfaction we suggest you follow the international guidelines of US 5 - US 10 per person per Day for the aggregate ship crew. Guides are tipped separately from the crew s tip pool. FLOREANA Is the site for flamingos and red-footed booby. Mail your postcards here in a barrel according to an old whalers custom. ESPANOLA Is the only breeding ground for the waved albatross and residence for both blue-footed and masked boobies. GUIDE TO GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Santa Cruz Island is also the site of the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is the training center together with the Galapagos National Park Service for the naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at one of the approved sites. It is also an important center where members of the international scientific community come to study. The station is the one place where you are able to easily see the famous giant tortoises which can weigh more than 500 pounds and live for a century or two. As much as there is to be seen in the islands the main sights you will be visiting (depending on the length of your cruise are ISABELA Has five large volcanoes and Darwin s salt lake crater. LANDINGS The boats anchor offshore at two visitor sites per day. Passengers are ferried to the islands by launches (locally called pangas). The landings are either wet or dry where one must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your waist and wade to shore or where one steps from the panga directly to the volcanic rock. Your guide and panga driver assist you with a steady hand. Passengers able to walk a few hours a day unassisted will be able to fully enjoy Galapagos. Some excursions are strenuous involving steep climbs or long walks. SANTIAGO Offers interesting walks on fields of twisted and hardened black lava. GALAPAGOS TRAVEL PLANNER WHEN TO VISIT Located on the equator the Galapagos Islands are subject to oceanic currents that influence temperatures on the archipelago. However the weather is pleasant at any time of the year. January to March is considered the hot wet season March being the hottest month of the year. The islands are flourishing with plant life and the water temperatures are ideal for snorkelling and diving at this time of year. Because of the climate changes in July through September there s less rain and the islands are drier though cooler. The water temperature drops considerably though this is the ideal time of year to see more aquatic life as the animals prefer the colder currents. The main regulator of the climate of the Galapagos is the temperature of the ocean surface and ocean currents creating microclimates on the islands influencing the particular flora and fauna habitats found on each island. When choosing the time of year to visit the Galapagos prioritize. Decide what you would rather do and see as not all animals are present at all times of year. This depends greatly on the season and climate. NORTH SEYMOUR Is home to large colonies of sea lions frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. PLAZA Is a tiny island with sea lions land iguanas and lots of gulls. FLOREANA Rich in human history settled centuries ago. On the island you can spot blue footed boobie birds penguins. pelicans frigate birds and sea turtles. SAN CRISTOBAL Is a new starting point for inter-island cruising. Nearby is the spectacular natural rock formation Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). RABIDA With dark red coral beach which is occupied by sea lions. You can swim and snorkel with them and especially the pups are very curious. The saltbushes nearby are used by the brown pelican for nesting if it is season. ISLANDS VISIT On the islands one follows marked trails set by the National Park walking at a leisurely pace. The guides will interpret and explain the unusual sights you see. You ll spend 3-4 hours at each site allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the abundant wildlife. Afterward there is often opportunity to swim and snorkel. Masks fins and snorkels in average sizes are available on board for rent. Passengers may bring their own equipment if they wish. You will receive a list of Galapagos National Park rules. SANTA CRUZ Is home of the Charles Darwin Research Station it also has marine turtles and a tortoise reserve. SANTA FE Has land iguanas and cacti. GENOVESA Is one of the few nesting places for the redfooted booby and thousands of other birds. BARTOLOME Offers a dramatic volcanic cone to climb for one of the loveliest views in the islands. Good swimming and snorkeling. Fernandina Has a shoreline densely populated by marine iguanas as well as flightless cormorants pelicans and penguins. INCLUDES Cruise duration All meals Shore excursions with naturalist guides www.travelprojects.com.au 39 Galapagos Cruises GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II 5 4 Days Wed to Sat 5 Days Sat to Wed 8 Days Wed or Sat With a capacity of 100 passengers It has 50 air conditioned outside Suites private bathroom and a small sitting area TV HHS and fridge and phone. Features aboard include swimming pool solarium spacious dining room an electronic elevator large conference room lounge three bar areas with music boutique and reading room. With international and Ecuadorian cuisine. Standard crew size 70. M Y LA PINTA 5 DLX 8 Days Fri to Fri One of the newest yachts the La Pinta is a gorgeous 207-foot expedition yacht with capacity for 40 guests. La Pinta offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere with plush outside cabins large view windows the highest standards of service the very best international cuisine plus celebrated Ecuadorian dishes and all the amenities that make the Galapagos Expedition a trip of a lifetime. M Y ISABELLA II 5 DLX 4 Days Tue to Fri 5 Days Fri to Tue 8 Days Tue to Tue With a capacity of only 40 guests Yacht ISABELA II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature. ISABELA II expeditions offer all aspects of the Galapagos an intimate contact with wildlife active volcanoes a vast Marine Reserve adventure comfort and safety. M Y ECLIPSE 5 DLX 8 Days - Sat to Sat 6 Days Sat to Thu Offering unparalleled levels of comfort and service. She was designed to meet the exacting demands of luxury travel. The Eclipse is the perfect base for any Galapagos experience a generously proportioned ship with a small yacht atmosphere. The Eclipse accommodates up to 48 passengers in staterooms all with sea views. Fully air-conditioned the spacious cabins have either a queen or twin bed arrangement and well-appointed bathrooms. All the ship s twin beds can be converted to king size beds upon request. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Twin Cabin 8D 7N - Low Twin Cabin 8D 7N - High Twin SS 5483 2741 5705 2852 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Classic Suite 4D 3N - Low Classic Suite 4D 3N - High Classic Suite 5D 4N - Low Classic Suite 5D 4N - High Classic Suite 8D 7N - Low Classic Suite 8D 7N - High Twin 1722 1839 2289 2450 3772 3878 SS O R O R O R O R O R O R PRICES P PERS. IN AU Standard Cabin 4D 3N - Low Standard Cabin 4D 3N - High Standard Cabin 5D 4N - Low Standard Cabin 5D 4N - High Standard Cabin 8D 7N - Low Standard Cabin 8D 7N - High Twin SS 1892 568 2036 568 2524 757 2668 757 4417 1325 4561 1325 SS Single Supplement On Request (O R) Low Season 8-14Jan 14May-15Jun & 24Nov-15Dec High Season rest of the year Dry Docks Sep 2011 Fuel surcharge pp US 78 104 182 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement plus 50% of the twin rate. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Low Season Rest of the year High Season 15-29Apr 23Dec-6Jan12 Fuel surcharge pp US 203 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Stateroom 6D 5N - Low Stateroom 6D 5N - High Stateroom 8D 7N - Low Stateroom 8D 7N - High Twin 4605 4883 5383 5717 SS 2303 2441 1941 2857 SS Single Supplement. Low Season Rest of the year High Season 19-26Apr 20Dec-31Jan12 Fuel surcharge pp US 87 116 203 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card US 10 pp Dry Docks 21Sep-24Oct Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Low Season Oct Nov 3-10Dec High Season Rest of the year Fuel surcharge pp US 180 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card US 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. On short cruises an extra cost for a private transfer will be applied. M V SANTA CRUZ 4 SUP 4 Days Fri to Mon 5 Days Mon to Fri 8 Days Mon or Fri The Santa Cruz has gained worldwide recognition for its excellent standards including superb service expert crew the most knowledgeable multilingual naturalist guides. Its capacity is for 90 guests. The expedition team consists of a chief naturalist and five naturalists guides. All will delight guests with diverse natural history explanations superb on-deck talks and eye-catching lectures regarding natural history issues. M V GALAPAGOS LEGEND 4 4 Days Mon to Thu 5 Days Thu to Mon 8 Days Mon to Mon or Thu to Thu This is a 90 passenger cruise 5-star fully air conditioned ship. With all the commodities of a cruise liner yet small enough for that intimate experience with nature that brings you to The Galapagos. Guests can benefit from the added comfort of extra space in our fully carpeted luxurious cabins all with private facilities and amenities. The vessel also has the services of a 24 hour duty doctor and multilingual guides. M Y CORAL I CORAL II 4 4 Days Sun to Wed 5 Days Wed to Sun 8 Days Sun or Wed The M Y Coral 1 and 2 are 110-foot motor yachts offering ecological cruises with modern comfort luxury and gourmet cooking for 20 or 22 passengers. Snorkeling and diving gear are available as well as a diving platform. M C QUEEN OF GALAPAGOS 4 8 Days - Monday Friday 5 Days - Monday 4 Days - Friday The Queen of Galapagos offers the most spacious and comfortable accommodation of all the yachts cruising the Galapagos Islands. She is distinguished by wide-open spaces and and ample capacity for sixteen passengers in eight luxury cabins. Each cabin boasts private bathroom full AC TV DVD player and spectacular panoramic ocean view windows. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Twin Standard Cabin 4D 3N - Low 1433 Standard Cabin 4D 3N - High 1489 Standard Cabin 5D 4N - Low 1933 Standard Cabin 5D 4N - High 1989 Standard Cabin 8D 7N - Low 3322 Standard Cabin 8D 7N - High 3433 SS 716 744 967 994 1661 1717 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Standard Cabin 4D 3N Standard Cabin 5D 4N Standard Cabin 8D 7N Twin SS 1889 1511 2278 1822 3472 2778 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Standard Cabin 4D 3N - Low Standard Cabin 4D 3N - High Standard Cabin 5D 4N - Low Standard Cabin 5D 4N - High Standard Cabin 8D 7N - Low Standard Cabin 8D 7N - High Twin 1433 1489 1933 1989 3322 3433 SS 716 744 967 994 1661 1717 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Twin Main deck Twin 4D 3N - Low 1767 Main deck Twin 4D 3N - High 1978 Main deck Twin 5D 4N - Low 2355 Main deck Twin 5D 4N - High 2467 Main deck Twin 8D 7N - Low 4123 Main deck Twin 8D 7N - High 4234 SS 883 1233 1178 1233 2061 2117 SS Single Supplement. Low Season Rest of the year High Season 18-25Apr 19Dec1102Jan12 Fuel surcharge pp US 72 96 168 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Low Season 5Jan-28Mar 15May-20Jun 1-30Sep & 25Nov-15Dec. High Season Rest of the year Fuel surcharge pp US 90 90 180 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Low Season 5Jan-28Mar 15May-20Jun 1-30Sep & 25Nov-15Dec. High Season Rest of the year Fuel surcharge pp US 90 90 180 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Fuel surcharge pp US 90 110 210 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. 40 www.travelprojects.com.au Galapagos Cruises and Land Programs M Y ERIC FLAMINGO & LETTY 4 8 Days Sun to Sun A fleet of three expedition vessels in the Galapagos Islands cruises catering to active adults and families the Eric Flamingo & Letty superior first-class 20-passenger motor yachts with departures every Sunday on comprehensive 7-night itineraries including the outer most spectacular islands in the archipelago. Small guideto-passenger ratios (one expert guide for every ten passengers).For experienced scuba divers the 16-passenger luxury divelive-aboard Galapagos Sky offers a rare opportunity for Galapagos scuba diving in the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin. M C MONSERRAT 4 5 Days Sun to Thu 8 Days Thu to Thu Recently refurbished in 2008 the MONSERRAT is named for its elegant accommodation excellent cuisine and for the great space of its social areas. The graceful accommodation on board the MONSERRAT includes carpeting wood paneled interiors original paintings and elegant granite surfaces in its bathrooms. The social areas include a Lounge with flat screen TV Bar Dinning Room Small Boutique and 3 Solariums. M Y Monserrat can accommodate 16 passengers in comfortable cabins with private bathroom. There are 8 cabins 4 on the upper deck 4 on the lower deck two of them with double bed. M Y ESTRELLA DEL MAR 3 4 Days Fri to Mon 5 Days Mon to Fri 8 Days Mon Built in 1990 elegantly furnished and sleek upon the water the Estrella del Mar is one of those ships that cruise the Galapagos Islands with style. All cabins have windows air conditioning and private baths. The yacht features a bar and comfortable dining lounge areas. Her ample sun decks provide wonderful open and shaded space to breathe in the salty sea breeze or enjoy the hot equatorial sun. The Estrella del Mar cruises the Galapagos Islands in comfort ease and in a big way yet at low cost. GALAPAGOS JOURNEY I 3 4 Days Tue 5 Days Fri 8 Days - Fri Journey I (formerly Anahi) was built in Guayaquil Ecuador in 2006. This catamaran offers the highest standards of luxury and comfort with accommodations in 6 twin bed cabins (14 m2 151 feet each) located on the Main Deck and 2 suite cabins (18 m2 192 feet. each) with double bed located on the Upper Deck. All cabins feature private bathroom locker closet and air conditioning. Additionally the yacht has ample resting areas sundeck library TV-DVD room comfortable dining room bar lounge and Jacuzzi. With unparalleled stability you are guaranteed a tranquil and relaxed cruise around the Islands. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Twin SS Iguana Deck Cabin 8D 7N 3750 1972 Booby Deck Cabin 8D 7N 4167 N A Dolphin Deck Cabin 8D 7N 4583 N A SS Single Supplement only on Iguana Deck Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Fuel surcharge pp US 210 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card US 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Double Cabin 4D 3N Upper Deck 4D 3N Double Cabin 5D 4N Upper Deck 5D 4N Double Cabin 8D 7N Upper Deck 8D 7N Twin 1500 1611 1933 2044 2878 2989 SS 1200 1289 1546 1636 2302 2391 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Lower Deck 5D 4N Upper Deck 5D 4N Lower Deck 8D 7N Upper Deck 8D 7N Twin 2000 2222 3000 3222 SS 1400 1556 2100 2256 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Standard Cabin 4D 3N Standard Cabin 5D 4N Standard Cabin 8D 7N Twin SS 2314 1735 3074 2306 4814 3611 SS Single Supplement. Fuel surcharge pp US 96 168 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card US 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Fuel surcharge pp US 65 100 150 Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card US 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Fuel surcharge To be advised at time of booking Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card US 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING 7 Days 6 Nights For those of you who don t like to overnight on boats we also offer a land-based options. RED MANGROVE LODGES 5 Days 4 nights 6 Days 5 nights Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges is the only brand in the Galapagos with multiple lodges on multiple islands. Our Darwin s Triangle programs offer such an array of options that for the first time visitors are not limited to cruises to more widely experience the Galapagos. Daily tours culinary camping snorkeling and diving are a few of the activities we offer. SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive in Baltra transfer to hotel. Visit to the Charles Darwin Station. DAY 02 Garrapatero and Los Perros Beach to observe sea lions marine iguanas. (Only operates Mon Wed Fri & Sun). (B) DAY 03 Afternoon transfer by boat to San Crist bal Island (aprox. 2.5 hours). (B) DAY 04 Visit to the Interpretation Centre. Afternoon opportunity to watch colonies of sea lions. (B) DAY 05 Fly from San Cristobal to Isabela Island (approx. 25 minutes). Afternoon visit to the Dyers Bay. (B) DAY 06 Excursion to Sierra Negra Volcano. Overnight (B) DAY 07 Transfer out to Baltra airport. (B) FINCH BAY HOTEL EXPLORER PROGRAM 8Days 7nights Wed or Sun 5Days 4nights Wed to Sun 4Days 3nights Sun to Wed For the adventure seeker the nature lover the family or travels looking for a beautiful place to relax. The charming Finch Bay is just steps from the beach on a private seaside location in Santa Cruz Island. Finch Bay accommodates 42 guests with 21 rooms (with twin or king-size beds) each with private facilities air conditioning and unlimited water supply as the hotel has its own desalinization plant. This ecologically oriented hotel also boasts innovative garbage processing and recycling programs. ROYAL PALM GALAPAGOS 4 Days 3 nights A haven for the discerning traveler the exclusive 17-room retreat surrounded by 500 acres of lush tropical forest comprised of private suites and villas and veranda studio rooms indulges the guest s every whim recreational activities ranging from boating and ocean kayaking to hiking horseback riding and bird watching. Additional highlights include an art gallery and star observatory a fine dining restaurant and piano bar a garden barbecue restaurant and cocktail bar swimming pool health and fitness centre 2 professional tennis courts. SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Quito or Guayaquil Santa Cruz (D) DAY 02 Santa Cruz Floreana (B L D) DAY 03 Floreana Isabela (B L D) DAY 04 Isabela (B L D) DAY 05 Isabela Santa Cruz (B L D) DAY 06 Santa Cruz to Quito or Guayaquil (B) SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive in Baltra transfer to hotel. Visit to the Charles Darwin Station. Overnight. DAY 2-3 Excursion in yacht to one of the following Islands Plazas Seymour Bartolom Floreana o similar ones. (L) DAY 04 Transfer out to Baltra airport. (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU Twin SS Explorer Program Std 4D 3N 1401 437 Explorer Program Std 5D 4N 1931 581 Explorer Program Std 8D 7N 3043 1019 SS Single Supplement. Fuel surcharge To be advised at time of booking Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Standard 5D 4N Standard 6D 5N Twin 1741 2176 SS 364 456 PRICES P PERS. IN AU Standard Superior First Twin 1379 1603 2004 SS 420 612 868 SS Single Supplement. Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. SS Single Supplement. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. PRICES P PERS. IN AU Veranda Studio 4D 3N Twin SS 1314 848 SS Single Supplement. Galapagos National Park Fee US 100 pp Galapagos Is. Control Card 10 pp Airfares Mainland Galapagos Mainland not included. www.travelprojects.com.au 41 Mexico FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Estados Unidos M xicanos Population 100 350 000 (growth rate 1.53%) Area 1 958 200 sq km (758 866 sq mi) Capital city Mexico City (22 million people) People Approximately 60% mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian descent) and 30% Amerindian (ind gena - including Nahua Maya Zapotecs Mixtecs Totonacs and Tarascos or Pur pecha) Language Spanish and 59 indigenous languages Religion 90% Roman Catholic 6% Protestant Government Federal republic Visae & Health For information on Visae and health requirements please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Electricity 110V 60Hz Weights & measures Metric WHEN TO GO Mexico is enjoyable year-round but October to May is generally the most pleasant time to visit. The May-September period can be hot and humid particularly in the south and inland temperatures can approach freezing during December-February. Mexico s climate has something for everyone it s hot and humid along the coastal plains and drier and more temperate at higher elevations inland (Guadalajara or Mexico City for example). Try to avoid Mexico s southern coast between July and September - the resorts are decidedly soggy and jam-packed as July-August is also the peak holiday months for foreign visitors. MEXICO Visitors of Mexico will find traces of a magnificent past and an abundance of places of historical interest throughout the country. In the land known as Mesoamerica major cultures developed over three thousand years ago and were defeated by the Spaniards leaving us only mere remnants of the splendor they achieved. A fascinating overview of the country is indeed possible through its architecture with pre-Hispanic temples and cities colonial churches and monasteries palaces in styles ranging from medieval and gothic through renaissance to mud jar and baroque. Because of these cultures one of the country s main attractions are its handicrafts which vary considerably from region to region from earthenware crockery in Michoac n and ponchos and animal figures in Oaxaca to silverwork in Taxco. Glass leather wood wrought iron straw silver and a large number of local produce have all contributed to making Mexico famous throughout the world for craftwork. Although the beautiful beaches along the Mexican coast attract all those wanting to enjoy the sea the landscape of Mexico changes greatly from region to region and often even within a single region offering something for everyone. The country offers an incredible blend of white sands with seas ranging from the turquoise of the Caribbean to the deep blue of the Sea of Cort s tall craggy mountains that create impressive landscapes picturesque villages steeped in tradition monumental remains of the ancient cultures that peopled the territory a rich cuisine that varies throughout the country colonial and contemporary architecture in all the medium-sized and large cities and above all warm hospitable people. FACT FINDER Weather & Clothing Mexico City s high altitude means you ll need a warm jacket and sweater in winter. The southern parts of the city such as the university area and Xochimilco are much colder than the central part. In summer it gets warm during the Day and cool (but not cold) at night. From May to October is the rainy season (this is common all over Mexico) take a raincoat or rain poncho. People tend to dress somewhat conservatively in Mexico City neither shorts nor short skirts are common. Mexico City Taxco & Acapulco MEXICO CITY STOPOVER 3 Days -2 Nights (Daily) Despite its size and often-quoted problems Mexico is a fascinating city. Built right on top of the Aztec capital city Tenochtitlan it is a mixture of ancient colonial and modern. The city is bursting with art museums music and culture. The enormous murals by Rivera and Siquieros depict a complete colourful Mexican history whilst the Anthropological Museum fills in the gaps. The famous Aztec city of Teotihuac n lies only forty minutes away. Square National palace cathedral etc. Afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 03 Depart Mexico City Departure transfer to the airport. (B) known as the Eternal Spring City . Visit of its Cathedral. Free time to stroll in the Zocalo or Cortes Palace. Continuation to Taxco. Lunch. Visit to Santa Prisca s Church and free time to stroll around its picturesque streets and squares. Accomodation. (B) DAY 02 Taxco Acapulco Arrive in Acapulco approximately at noon. Afternoon at leisure. Accomodation. DAY 03 Acapulco Morning yacht cruise in Acapulco bay. Drinks included on board. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening you cannot miss the divers Clavadistas show. Overnight. (B) DAYS 04 Acapulco Free Day to enjoy this world-known resort. Overnight. (B) DAY 05 Depart Acapulco At convenient time transfer to the airport or bus terminal. (B) TAXCO & ACAPULCO SIDE TRIP 5 Days 4 nights (Daily) This tour will begin with visit of Cuernavaca known as the city of eternal spring for its joyous atmosphere and enjoyable climate. You will then take a scenic drive to Taxco which is known as the silver city and is one of the prettiest towns in Mexico. The tour concludes in Acapulco one of Mexico s premier beach resorts on the Pacific Coast. MEXICO CITY STOPOVER INCLUDES Transport and sightseeing as per program 2 Nights accommodation with breakfasts Bilingual guide assistance Hotel taxes. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Mexico. Arrival to M xico City. Meeting Greeting Assistance and Transfer to the Hotel of your choice. DAY 02 Mexico City In the morning half Day city tour visiting the most important attractions such as Zocalo TAXCO & ACAPULCO SIDETRIP INCLUDES Transport and sightseeing as per program 4 Nights accommodation with breakfasts Bilingual guide assistance Hotel taxes. ITINERARY DAY 01 Mexico Cuernavaca Taxco Departure early in the morning to Cuernavaca PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Twin Mexico City Stopover 3 253 Mexico City Stopover 4 306 Mexico City Stopover 5 406 Taxco & Acapaulco 3 512 Taxco & Acapaulco 4 560 Taxco & Acapaulco 5 875 253 SS 88 135 218 212 250 606 SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made 42 www.travelprojects.com.au Mexico FACT FINDER Across Mexico in villages and cities and in mountains tropical coasts and jungle settings enchanting surprises await travelers. These might take the form of a fantastic small-town festival delightful dining in a memorable restaurant or even a stretch of road through heavenly countryside. CULTURES OF MEXICO INCLUDES Local bilingual escort All transfers and sightseeing as per program 12 breakfasts 5 lunches and 2 dinners Accommodation in 4-Star hotels Entry fees to sights Hotel taxes Transport and sightseeing as per program Accommodation at selected hotels 4 Breakfasts 1 lunch and 1 dinner Bilingual guide assistance Hotel taxes. Local bilingual escort Transport and sightseeing as per program Accommodation at selected hotels 9 Breakfasts Hotel taxes. COPPER CANYON INCLUDES VICEREGAL CITIES INCLUDES PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Cultures of Mexico 4 Copper Canyon 5D 4N -4 Copper Canyon 7D 6N -4 Viceregal Cities 4 936 SS 617 O R O R 494 Twin 1883 936 1305 1335 Mexico Tours VICEREGAL CITIES 9 Days 8 Nights If you are interested in art architecture history and culture there is no better way to enjoy these pursuits than to follow the Spanish silver mining route and visit Mexico s Colonial cities on this tour. North of the capital city you will encounter one colonial town after another. For those who have the time to visit them San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato and Queretaro amongst others constitute the Colonial Heartland of Mexico. All once wealthy mining towns much of Mexico s colonial life took place here. The towns still retain their impressive architecture and cobbled streets - perfect for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. Steeped in history the whispers calling for Mexican Independence began in this region. From the grandeur of the Baroque architecture in the pink city of Zacatecas to the desert landscapes surrounding San Luis de Potosi and the artistic haven of San Miguel de Allende each city is individual. COPPER CANYON 5 Days - 4 Nights (Daily) When people talk about the Copper Canyon they are referring to a section of the Sierra Madre of northwestern Mexico known as the Sierra Tarahumara (after the indigenous people who live there). The area was formed through violent volcanic uplifting followed by the gradual process of erosion that carved a vast network of canyons into the soft volcanic stone. In geological time it s much newer than the Grand Canyon. Crossing the Sierra Tarahumara is the famed Chihuahua al Pac fico railway. Acclaimed as an engineering marvel the 624km (387-mile) railroad has 39 bridges -- the highest is more than 300m (984 ft.) above the Chinipas River and the longest is about.5km long and 86 tunnels including one that stretches more than 1.5km long. It climbs from Los Mochis at sea level up nearly 2 425m (7 954 ft.) through some of Mexico s most magnificent scenery - thick pine forests jagged peaks and shadowy canyons - before descending to the city of Chihuahua. CULTURES OF MEXICO 13 Days 12 Nights Mexico is an experience that offers a multitude of cultures cuisine environments handicrafts art and history. This vast country covers an area of almost 2 million square km encompassing mountains plains deserts and beaches 7 million people of a population of an estimated 93.7 million speak one of 50 indigenous tongues. The Cultures of Mexico Tour captures Mexico s diverse offerings in one trip. Starting with Mexico City and ending in the Yucatan peninsula visit Puebla on the way to the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca gateway to the Monte Alban archaeological ruins. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas via El Sumidero Canyon. Visit the Indian towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. The tour then heads south toward Palenque via Campeche one of the prime and most important sites of the Mayan World . In the Yucatan Peninsula we will visit Uxmal Merida and Chichen Itza before a well deserved rest in Cancun where the tour concludes. SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made MONEY You can change money in banks but it is often more convenient to change currency in a casa de cambio (exhcange bureau). These businesses are open longer hours than banks usually do not have long line-ups as banks often do and they offer comparable exchange rates (though banks may offer a slightly better rate). Check around to see where you will receive the best exchange rate (the exchange rate is usually posted prominently outside the bank or casa de cambio. ATMS IN MEXICO Most cities and towns in Mexico have an abundance of ATMs (cash machines) where you can withdraw Mexican pesos directly from your credit card or debit card. If you re going to be traveling in rural areas or staying in remote villages be sure to take enough cash with you as ATMs may be scarce. TOURIST CARD A Mexican tourist card (tarjeta de turista) is a document that you must fill out and get stamped when you pass through Mexican immigration. You should keep it in your passport until you leave Mexico. This tourist card is free and good for up to 90-180 days. ITINERARY DAY 01 (Mon) Arrive in Mexico City DAY 02 (Tue) Mexico City Tour.(B) DAY 03 (Wed) Mexico Queretaro San Miguel Allende. (B) DAY 04 (Thu) San Miguel Allende Dolores Hidalgo Guanajuato.(B) DAY 05 (Fri) Guanajuato Zacatecas. (B) DAY 06 (Sat) Zacatecas Guadalajara. (B) DAY 07 (Sun) Guadalajara (Day Trip to Tequila). (B) DAY 08 (Mon) Guadalajara Patzcuaro. (B) DAY 09 (Tue) Patzcuaro Morelia Mexico City. (B) DAY 10 (Wed) Depart Mexico City. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Los Mochis Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel. DAY 02 Los Mochis Divisadero Early morning transfer to the train station for train trip to Divisadero one of the most spectacular sites of the Copper Canyon. (B L D) DAY 03 Divisadero Creel Breakfast morning at leisure. In the afternoon reboard the train for an hour trip to Creel. Transfer to your hotel. (B) DAY 04 Creel Chihuahua After breakfast you have the opportunity to explore the surroundings. In the afternoon continue along the Tarahumara Mountain Range to Chihuahua. Transfer to your hotel.(B). DAY 05 Depart Chihuahua Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 (Mon) Arrive Mexico City DAY 02 (Tue) Mexico City. (B) DAY 03 (Wed) Mexico City. (B L) DAY 04 (Thu) Mexico City Puebla Oaxaca (B L) DAY 05 (Fri) Oaxaca Monte Alban Mitla Tule. (B) DAY 06 (Sat) Oaxaca Sumidero Canyon San Cristobal. (B L) DAY 07 (Sun) San Cristobal de las Casas Natives Towns. (B) DAY 08 (Mon) San Cristobal de las Casas Agua Azul Palenque. (B D) DAY 09 (Tue) Palenque Campeche. (B D) DAY 10 (Wed) Campeche Uxmal Merida. (B L) DAY 11 (Thu) Merida Chichen Itza Cancun. (B L) DAY 12 (Fri) Cancun. (B) DAY 13 (Sat) Depart Cancun. (B) www.travelprojects.com.au 43 Cuba FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Cuba Area 110 860 sq km Population 11 million Capital city Havana (pop 2 200 000) People 60% Spanish descent 22% mixedrace 11% African descent 1% Chinese Language Spanish Religion 47% Catholic 4% Protestant 2% Santeria (many Catholics also practice Santeria) Government Communist republic Visas Virtually all visitors require a Cuban visa or Tourist Card available from travel agencies tour operators or a Cuban consulate for a stay of one month. Time USA Eastern Standard Time Electricity 110-230V three phase 60 Hz Weights & measures Metric with US and Spanish variations. WHEN TO GO There isn t a bad time to visit Cuba. The hot rainy season runs from May to October but winter (December to April) is the island s peak tourist season when planeloads of Canadians and Europeans arrive in pursuit of the southern sun. Cubans take their holidays in July and August so this is when the local beaches are most crowded. Christmas Easter and the period around 26 July when Cubans celebrate the anniversary of the revolution is also very busy. CUBA Cuba is home to 11 million people who are extremely friendly to visitors. The Cuban government has taken great steps to develop its tourism industry and today more than 2 million visitors sample its Old World charm every year. Cuba remains largely unexplored and unspoiled. The island is ruggedly beautiful inexpensive very accessible and safe and the Cubans are among the friendliest people in the Caribbean. If you are an explorer at heart and seek adventure in a friendly uncomplicated Old World setting without hordes of tourists put Cuba at the top of your list. When you think of Cuba you immediately hear the passionate rhythms of the old musicians of the 40 s and 50 s in your mind. You can imagine the big old Cadillac s of this era rushing through the streets of Havana s old city. Cuba is not just nostalgia cigars and rum but also stands for passion and endless joie de vivre. It is a country of beautiful beaches of fine white sand clear transparent waters and sunshine all year round. Cuba is now a very popular destination and what sets Travel Projects from other operators is that we know the whole island not just Havana and Varadero and are able to provide you with the holiday to exactly suit your requirements whether as part of a group tour or on an individually tailored holiday. You can have an eco tour in the heart of the island a diving holiday on one of the small islets or a tour in the footsteps of Che Guevara we are able to advise and plan a tour to exactly meet your requirements. Like any specialist destination Cuba changes all the time but our vast experience coupled with inspection visits to the island means that we are always best placed to create your Cuban holiday. FACT FINDER CUBA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR INCLUDES Coach transfers and transportation as per program 8 nights accommodation at selected hotels 8 breakfasts 6 lunches and 7 dinners Coach excursions with bilingual guides Cuba handling fee Cuba Highlights 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS This eight day tour has long been popular amongst our travellers to Cuba combining the charms of old Havana with the beautiful country side around Vi ales the beautiful town of Trinidad with its colonial houses cobblestone streets and courtyards before a few days relaxation on the beach in Varadero. The first few days are spent in Havana giving you the chance to explore the Old Quarter. Don t forget to try a mojito at one of Ernest Hemmingway s old haunts. Transfer to Vi ales a particularly attractive valley approximately 2-3 hours west of Havana. It is worth exploring the caves and underground river system. From Vi ales return to Havana and overnight at your hotel before travelling on to Trinidad. Founded by Diego Velasquez in 1514 this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best preserved colonial towns in Latin America. The itinerary ends with a few days relaxation on the beach in Varadero before returning to Havana in time to connect with your flight home. towns in Cuva declared UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site. Overnight at selected hotel. (B L D). DAY 05 Trinidad Breakfast in the hotel. Panoramic tour of Trinidad (B L D) DAY 06 Trinidad Villa Clara Varadero Breakfast. Transfer to Varadero with visit of Villa Clara along the way. Continue to Varadero. (B L D) DAY 07 Varadero Day at leisure to enjoy the beach. (B L D) DAY 08 Varadero Havana Free morning. 2pm departure transfer from Varadero arriving in Havana around 6pm. (B) DAY 09 Depart Havana Breakfast at convenient time transfer to the airport. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Havana Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the day free. (D) DAY 02 Havana Breakfast. City tour with lunch. (B L D) DAY 03 Havana Vi ales Havana Breakfast. Full day tour to Vinales tobacco growing area south west of Havana. Lunch included. Return to Havana for overnight. (B L D) DAY 04 Havana Guama Cienfuegos Trinidad Breakfast. Travel south of Havana via Guama and Cienfuegos to one of the most beautiful colonial HAVANA STOPOVER INCLUDES Transfers in out Accommodation with breakfasts Half day city tour Vinales full day tour with lunch PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 410 SS 295 200 257 314 Twin Cuba Highlights 4 1407 Havana Stopover 4D 3N-3 410 Havana Stopover 4D 3N-4 541 Havana Stopover 4D 3N-5 667 SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made You can easily combine this tour or any other tour in Cuba with a tour in Mexico Guatemala for a complete experience of a beach destination and an insight into the pre-colombian cultures of Guatemala and Mexico. 44 www.travelprojects.com.au Cuba FACT FINDER TRAVEL INSURANCE Make sure the underwriter of your travel insurance is not an American company as otherwise you won t be covered... Try an European underwriter or as a last resource buy one locally on arrival offered by the government. MONEY There are 2 currencies in Cuba Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) and Cuban pesos (CUP) also called moneda nacional (MN). Nearly everything tourists buy is in this currency (CUC) that can only be bought with Euros Canadian Dollars or British Pounds. ATMs are more reliable in Havana and Santiago and they only accept Visa cards to get cash otherwise you can get cash over the counter at major banks or Cadecas. It is always a good idea to bring some cash in Euros or British Pounds. Helmets Please note helmets are not provided in our cycling tours as we consider them an item of personal use so make sure you bring them for your tour. CUBA CROSSOVER INCLUDES 13 overnights including Breakfast Board 5 x lunch 5x diners and 2 days all inclusive Multilingual qualified tour guide Accompanying mini-van Entrance fees on the excursions Bikes GETTING TO KNOW CUBA INCLUDES Coach transfers and transportation as per program 11 nights accommodation at selected hotels 11 breakfasts 9 lunches and 9 dinners Coach excursions with bilingual guides Flight Santiago de Cuba to Havana Cuba handling fee Cuba Tours WEST CUBA CYCLING TOUR 8 Days 7 Nights This 8-day biking group tour starts off in the charming city of Havana. You will also visit the Pinar del Rio region in western Cuba famed for its tobacco production and cycle to the beautiful Vi ales Valley. The tour also includes relaxing by the picturesque beach on the small island of Cayo Jut as cycling through stunning landscape to Anc n Valley and visiting Soroa. Before your return to Havana you will cycle to Las Terrazas a small community in the rural area of Sierra del Rosario. This unforgettable tour concludes by giving you the opportunity to explore Havana and admire its beautiful architecture. CUBA CROSS OVER CYCLING TOUR 14 Days 13 Nights This 14-day cycling group tour starts off in the charming city of Havana. You will get to admire the unique landscape on the way to Vi ales and explore Puerto Esperanza an authentic Cuban town situated by the sea. The tour also enables you to visit Cienfuegos with its interesting architecture and also Trinidad. Later you will visit Santa Clara following a cycle route through beautiful mountainous landscape and the stunning beach at Varadero. This memorable tour is completed with a visit to the important city of Matanzas before returning to Havana. GETTING TO KNOW CUBA 12 Days 11 Nights This twelve day tour offers a great overview of Cuba travelling from West to East visiting the island s main highlights. After a couple of days exploring Havana we travel west to the wonderful Vi ales Valley to appreciate its beautiful scenery. Then move on to central Cuba via Santa Clara where you ll find the Che Guevara mausoleum to the colonial city of Trinidad an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then continue into Eastern Cuba the birthplace of Cuban Independence to get a feel for the rich history of the region. We visit the city of Santiago de Cuba a fascinating and diverse city with a great musical heritage. We have a few days to explore the area and Baracoa a pretty colonial town on the coast and the first Spanish settlement in Cuba (1512). The tour concludes with a flight back to Havana. WEST CUBA CYCLING INCLUDES 7 overnights including Breakfast Board 4 x lunch 5x dinner Multilingual qualified tour guide Accompanying mini-van Entrance fees on the excursions Bikes PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 1 337 SS 326 292 103 ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrival in Havana DAY 02 Explore Havana Walking tour (B L) DAY 03 Havana Vi ales full day tour. (B L)Biking distance ca. 35 km DAY 04 Vi ales - Puerto Esperanza (B L)- Biking distance ca. 38 km DAY 05 Vinales Rancho San Vicente (B L)Biking distance ca. 50 km DAY 06 Vinales - Cienfuegos (B L)-Biking distance ca. 10 km DAY 07 Cienfuegos Trinidad (B D)-Biking distance ca. 25 km DAY 08 Trinidad walking tour. (B D) DAY 09 Trinidad free day. (B D) DAY 10 Trinidad - Santa Clara (B D)-Biking distance ca. 30 km DAY 11 Santa Clara Varadero (B)-Biking distance ca. 30 km DAY 12 Varadero Free Day (All Inclusive) DAY 13 Varadero Matanzas Havana (B D)Biking distance ca. 45 km DAY 14 Departure transfer to airport - Adi s Cuba Twin Getting To Know Cuba 4 2037 Cuba Cross Over Cycling 3 2015 West Cuba Cycling Tour 3 1337 ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrival in Havana DAY 02 After breakfast we ll take you to Pinar del R o the famous tobacco region in western Cuba. Biking distance 10 km. (B L D) DAY 03 Breakfast. Set off on a ride to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sierra de rganos to the picturesque beach of Cayo Jut as. Biking distance 55 km. (B L D). DAY 04 Today s ride we ll take the Jagua Vieja Road to Palma at Anc n Valley a 30 km tour of quaint landscapes and untouched valleys. (B L D) DAY 05 Soroa (B D)- Biking distance 45 km DAY 06 Las Terrazas (B L D)- Biking distance 20 km DAY 07 Havana city tour. (B) DAY 08 Depart Havana. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Havana. (D) DAY 02 Havana city tour. (B L D) DAY 03 Havana Full day Vi ales Havana. (B L D) DAY 04 Havana Guama Cienfuegos Trinidad. (B L) DAY 05 Trinidad city tour. (B L D) DAY 06 Trinidad visit of Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation on the way to Camaguey. (B L D) DAY 07 Camaguey panoramic visit to Bayamo city. Continue to. (B L D) DAY 08 Santiago de Cuba full day tour of Santiago with visit of Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. Night Show at Traditional Trova House . (B L D) DAY 09 Santiago de Cuba Baracoa. (B L D) DAY 10 Baracoa visit Duaba Farm return to Santiago. (B L D) DAY 11 Santiago de Cuba Havana. (B) DAY 12 Depart Havana at convenient time transfer to the airport. (B) SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made HEALTH Know your physical limits and don t overexert yourself in the ocean on hikes or in athletic activities. Cuba is a tropical country so limit your exposure to the sun especially during the first few days of your trip and thereafter from 11am to 3pm. (It is often much hotter in Cuba btw. 2-3pm than at midday.) Use a sunscreen with a high protection factor and apply it liberally. Remember that children need more protection than adults do. www.travelprojects.com.au 45 Guatemala FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Guatemala Area 109 000 sq km (42 500 sq miles) Population 12.6 million (growth rate 2.6%) Capital city Guatemala City (pop 2 million) People 56% mestizo ladino descent 44% Mayan descent Language Spanish Gar funa and 21 Mayan languages Religion Roman Catholic Pentecostal Mayan-Catholic fusion Government Democratic Visae & Health For information on Visae and health requirements please call your nearest consulate and appropriate health authorities. Time GMT UTC minus 6 hours Electricity 115V to 125V 60Hz Weights & measures Metric WHEN TO GO The dry season from November through May is the most pleasant time weather-wise to be in Guatemala. Along with summer holidays however this is also the busiest time. Although the rain may restrict some activities during the wet season it s still worthwhile planning your trip for this time of year particularly as you ll be more likely to pick up accommodation bargains. If you re planning to be in the area around Easter try to be in Guatemala for Semana Santa (Holy Week) the highlight of the country s festival calendar. GUATEMALA No other place in the world is as colourful and hospitable as Guatemala. Colour is everywhere from lush green foliage tranquil blue lakes to the multi-coloured costumes of the inhabitants. Add to this setting a background of 8-million smiles as seen in the faces of Guatemala s people and you now have the picture... a paradise of colour and of friendship. Guatemala offers many possibilities for great discoveries adventure programs and culture visits. Most Guatemalans live in the valleys of the mountainous regions in the center of the country where the climate is temperate. This is the region of lakes and volcanoes for which Guatemala is known throughout the world. Guatemala is also a country of magic the spirit of fantasy has always been evident in its elaborate religious rituals and the ways of its people. The restored pyramids and temples pay silent tribute to the Maya civilization which first appeared more than 3 000 years ago and the complex Maya society is evident in the impressive structures and ruins of Guatemala s Tikal Rio Azul Uaxactun and Piedras Negras. From pre-Hispanic times the Guatemalan diet is based on corn which the visitor will taste on many occasions in the form of tortillas (a sort of pancake). Guatemalan dishes also include beans meat and chicken prepared with local spices. These dishes are to be found in specialized restaurants given the long time they take to prepare. Some of the most traditional dishes most often requested by Guatemalans are the Quetzaltenango tamales kakik (spiced turkey soup). FACT FINDER START FINISH Guatemala City Colourful Guatemala 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS A visit of the highlands of Guatemala where its Maya groups inhabitants have kept alive their cultures. Glance at the traditional highland Indian markets of Chichicastenango and Quetzaltenango visit lake Atitlan and Antigua the former Spanishcolonial capital. The Highlands region is an outstanding cultural universe. Its inhabitants belonging to the Maya Kaqchiquel Tzutujil and Quich groups keep alive their cultures the manifestations of which can be admired by the visitor. The greater part of the towns around lake Atitlan are of pre-Hispanic origin such as Santiago Atitl n and its old settlement Chuitinamit but the layout now goes back to the Colonial period. Today few markets in the world are as famous as the Chichicastenango market where thousands of persons come together on Thursdays and Sundays in an impressive spectacle which goes beyond mere trading. The day before market day peasants from all region travel long distances bringing their produce with them. They spend the night in the arcades which surround the plaza waiting for the market to start. Vegetables fruits grains lime and soap blend with the handicrafts particularly huipiles and wooden masks. of Santo Tomas. In the afternoon transfer for Quetzaltenango for overnight. (B) DAY 04 Fri Lake Atitlan Visit the colorful open-air animal market of San Francisco El Alto the Church of San Andres Xecul and beautiful Valley of Almolonga. In the afternoon transfer to Panajachel (Lake Atitlan). Overnight. (B) DAY 05 Sat Antigua Launch excursion to the picturesque lake-side village of Santiago Atitlan. Lunch transfer to Antigua for overnight. (B) DAY 06 Sun Guatemala City Morning city tour and surroundings. In the afternoon return to Guatemala City. (B) DAY 07 Mon Depart Guatemala Transfer to the airport for your International flight or extension to Tikal. (B) INCLUDES Atitl n Lake tour Visit to Chichicastenango and San Francisco El Alto Markets Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfasts All transfers visits as per program Guide assistance Hotel taxes ITINERARY DAY 01 Tue Arrival in Guatemala City Arrive at Guatemala s International Airport meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your hotel. DAY 02 Wed Chichicastenango Morning visit of the Archaeological Site of El Baul and La Democracia on the South Coast of Guatemala. In the afternoon transfer to Chichicastenango for overnight. (B) DAY 03 Thu Quetzaltenango Visit the colourful open-air market and the Church GROUP SIZE NOTES Max 15 Average 10. MEAL BUDGET Allow US 150- 200 per person for meals not included. RECOMMENDATION Not long enough Try our Mayan World Tour of Mexico and Guatemala. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM Colourful Guatemala 4 679 SS 500 Twin 679 SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made For a better exploration of Guatemala head north to the Mayan Tikal Ruins and either by land or air into the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. 46 www.travelprojects.com.au Guatemala FACT FINDER MONEY It s always advisable to bring money in a variety of forms on a vacation a mix of cash credit cards debit cards and occasionally traveler s checks. CURRENCY The unit of currency in Guatemala is the quetzal. In January 2011 there were approximately 7.5 quetzales to the American dollar but because the quetzal does fluctuate. EXCHANGING MONEY You can change money at all banks in Guatemala. Most charge a very slight service fee. Given the fact that banks handle money exchanges there are very few exchange houses in Guatemala. In general there is little variation in the exchange rate offered at banks and exchange houses. Warning Be careful when leaving a bank. Criminals are often looking for foreigners who have just withdrawn or exchanged cash. ATMS The easiest and best way to get cash away from home is from an ATM (automated teller machine). The Cirrus www.mastercard.com) and PLUS www.visa.com) networks span the globe look at the back of your bank card to see which network you re on then call or check online for ATM locations at your destination. CREDIT CARDS Credit cards are another safe way to carry money. They also provide a convenient record of all your expenses and generally offer relatively good exchange rates. You can also withdraw cash advances from your credit cards at banks or ATMs provided you know your PIN. Guatemala Tours HEART OF THE MAYAN WORLD 8 Days 7 Nights A great tour for those who want to access Guatemala from Mexico (Cancun). Travel through the Peten rainforest and visit the imposing ruins of Tikal Discover the smaller but no less intriguing sites of Yaxha Ceibal and Quirigua. In Honduras appreciate one of one of the grandest of all city-states Copan famed for its intricate sculptures and hieroglyphic stairway. Crossing the border back into Guatemala transfer to Guatemala City for overnight before your transfer to the airport for your flight out. COPAN QUIRIGUA & RIO DULCE 6 Days 5 nights Explore the Caribbean region with its Maya and colonial time remains. First to Copan one of the most celebrated Mayan sites in Honduras then to Quirigua where the largest blocks of stone quarried by the Maya are to be found. Finish your exploration of the area with a visit of the Rio Dulce region with the colonial Castillo San Felipe. Copan is the archeological city located in the western part of Republic of Honduras one of the most important where the great Mayan Civilization developed and flourished. Located in the banana region of Izabal Quirigu is one of the smallest Mayan cities but one of the most notable due to its splendid series of monuments. The San Felipe Castle remained us of the old days of the Kingdom of Guatemala a sample of military architecture of the Colonial period. GUATEMALAN MARKETS 8 Days 7 Nights Immerse yourself in the traditional highland Indian markets of Chichicastenango Huehuetenango and Quetzaltenango. The Highlands region is an outstanding cultural universe. Its inhabitants the Maya Kaqchiquel Tzutujil and Quich groups keep alive their cultures. The greater part of the towns around lake Atitlan are of pre-Hispanic origin such as Santiago Atitl n and its old settlement Chuitinamit. Today few markets in the world are as famous as the Chichicastenango market where thousands of persons come together on Thursdays and Sundays in an impressive spectacle which goes beyond mere trading. The day before market day peasants from all region travel long distances bringing their products with them. They spend the night in the arcades which surround the plaza waiting for the market to start. Vegetables fruits grains lime and soap blend with the handicrafts. START FINISH Guatemalan Markets Guatemala City Copan Quirigua & Rio Dulce Guatemala City Heat of the Mayan Wold Starts in Flores and finishes in Guatemala City. INCLUDES All transfers Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfasts All transfers visits as per program Guide assistance Hotel taxes GROUP SIZE NOTES Max 15 Average 10 ITINERARY DAY 01 (Sun) Arrive in Flores Transfer to a hotel in Flores or Tikal for overnight. DAY 02 (Mon) Flores Ceibal Flores Transfer to Ceibal for sightseeing of the site. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight. (B) DAY 03 (Tue) Flores Tikal Flores Transfer to Yaxha for sightseeing of the site. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight. (B) DAY 04 (Wed) Flores Yaxha Flores Transfer to Yaxha for sightseeing of the site. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight. (B) DAY 05 (Thu) Flores Rio Dulce Livingston Pto Barrios Transfer to Rio Dulce for launch excursion to the San Felipe Castle continue to Livingston and onto Puerto Barrios for overnight. (B) DAY 06 (Fri) Pto Barrios Quirigua Copan Visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. In the afternoon proceed to Copan Honduras for overnight. (B) DAY 07 (Sat) Copan Guatemala city Return to visit the archaeological site of Copan. In the afternoon continue to Guatemala City for overnight. (B) DAY 08 (Sun) Depart Guatemala City Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. (B) MEAL BUDGET Allow US 150- 250 per person for meals not included. RECOMMENDATION Not long enough Try our Mayan World Tour of Mexico and Guatemala. ITINERARY DAY 01 (Sun) Arrival in Guatemala City Met and assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. DAY 02 (Mon) Copan Honduras Begin the trip that will take you through El Progreso and Zacapa. Continue to Copan Honduras for a visit of the ruins that same morning.(B) DAY 03 (Tue) Puerto Barrios Return to Guatemalan territory to visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. Overnight in Puerto Barrios.(B) DAY 04 (Wed) Rio Dulce Morning launch excursion to Livingston. In the afternoon continue to Castillo de San Felipe. Overnight in Rio Dulce.(B) DAY 05 (Thu) Guatemala City Morning at leisure. After lunch return to Guatemala City.(B) DAY 06 (Fri) Depart Guatemala Breakfast and transfer to the airport at convenient time for flight out.(B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM ITINERARY DAY 01 (Mon) Arrival in Guatemala City transfer to hotel. DAY 02 (Tue) Antigua morning tour of Antigua. (B) DAY 03 (Wed) Lake Atitlan visit of the archaeological site of Iximche on the way to Lake Atitlan. Overnight. (B) DAY 04 (Thu) Quetzaltenango boat excursion to Santiago Atitlan. Overnight in Quetzaltenango. (B) DAY 05 (Fri) Huehuetenango visit the colourful market of San Francisco El Alto the Church of San Andres Xecul and beautiful Valley of Almolonga. (B) DAY 06 (Sat) Chichicastenango morning visit of the colorful market of Todos Santos Cuchumatanes. (B) DAY 07 (Sun) Visit the colorful market of Chichicastenango and the Church of Santo Tomas. Continue back to Guatemala City.(B) DAY 08 (Mon) Transfer to the airport for your International flight or extension to Tikal.(B) 820 SS 450 430 510 Twin Guatemalan Markets 4 850 Copan Quirigua Rio Dulce 4 820 Heart of the Mayan World 4 1309 SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made You can combine any of these tours with any of our tours of Cuba for a cultural experience of this exciting Caribbean Island. www.travelprojects.com.au 47 Costa Rica FACT FINDER COSTA RICA If one examines the different ecosystems that exist in Costa Rica it becomes apparent that it is one of the biologically wealthiest nations in the world. From the forested slopes of its volcanoes to the coral reefs off both coasts. During the last few decades more and more Costa Ricans have come to realize what an important part of their national heritage that biodiversity is. They have consequently created an exemplary National Conservation System to ensure the survival of endangered species and a National Biodiversity Institute to catalogue and study the country s flora and fauna. FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Official Name Republic of Costa Rica Population 3 million Capital City San Jose pop. 280 000 People 96% Spanish 4% other Languages Spanish English Creole Indian dialects Religion 95% Roman Catholic 5% other Currency Costa Rican Colon Time GMT minus 6 hours Electricity 110V 60 Hz Major Industries Coffee tourism bananas textiles sugar Departure Tax 26 USD International Dialing Code 506 BEST TIME TO GO December to April are probably the driest seasons. But there really isn t a bad time to visit Costa Rica. Even during the rainiest of seasons the rainfall tends to be heavy for a couple of hours a day. Temperatures vary with altitude. San Jose s temperatures range between 15 C and 21 C while the coastline areas are much hotter. Costa Rica Tours COSTA RICA NATURE ADVENTURE 8 Days 7 Nights The best combination of the Caribbean lowlands at Tortuguero National Park with Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A tour packed with nature. Travel from San Jose through Braulio Carillo National Park to the canals of Tortuguero then fly back to San Jose and on a scenic drive to Arenal Volcano. Continue to incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve before returning to San Jose. INCLUSIONS ALL PACKAGES Accommodation All land and water transportation within Costa Rica all airport hotel shuttle transfers Meals as specified in the itinerary Entrance fees to national parks and other parks as specified All tours as specified in itinerary Hotel taxes EXPLORING COSTA RICA 10 Days 9 Nights Our tour starts with one of the country s main attractions is the 47 000 acres Tortuguero National Park with its innumerous lagoons and canals. The trip then heads down to experience the most exciting of the more than 100 Costa Rican volcanoes the Arenal Volcano enjoy the hot springs of Ecotermales as well as a scenic trip by canoe through Ca o Negro Wildlife Refuge discovering the incredible variety of fauna and flora including caimans monkeys sloths and colorful birds. Southwest of Lake Arenal in the mountain range Cordillera de Tilar n at an elevation of about 1800 m above sea level extend two of Costa Rica s most popular nature reserves The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Sta. Elena Cloudforest Reserve. These cloud forest nature reserves have well-marked trails by which the visitor is carefully led through this humid and dusky world. The tour concludes at Manuel Antonio This park with an extension of almost 1 800 acres attracts the visitor with its gorgeous hiking trails through abundant tropical jungle bordering white sandy beaches and blue-green water. ARENAL VOCANO & CANO NEGRO CANOE-TOUR 3 Days 2 nights Fire and Water Experience the most exciting of the more than 100 Costa Rican volcanoes the Arenal Volcano enjoy the hot springs of Ecotermales as well as a scenic trip by canoe through Ca o Negro Wildlife Refuge discovering the incredible variety of fauna and flora including caimans monkeys sloths and colorful birds a wonderful first encounter with Costa Rica s diverse landscapes PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 626 SS O R O R O R O R O R Twin Costa Rica Nature Adv. -Low 929 Costa Rica Nature Adv. -High 1017 Exploring Costa Rica - Low 1408 Exploring Costa Rica - High 1496 Arenal Volcano & Cano 626 ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive San Jos San Jose Airport meet & greet and transfer to hotel. Overnight. DAY 02 San Jos Tortuguero Drive through Braulio Carillo National Park to the canals lining the Atlantic Coast. Continue by boat to Tortuguero. Dinner and overnight. (B L D) DAYS 03 Tortuguero Breakfast. Enjoy touring Tortuguero National Park with a local boatman and guide to observe the flora and fauna. (B L D) DAY 04 Arenal Volcano Breakfast 30 minute- flight back to San Jose. Scenic drive to Arenal Volcano stop en route at La Paz Waterfall.Overnight. (B L D) DAY 05 Arenal Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Morning hike in the National Park and a closeup exploration of a lava flow. Mid-morning departure driving around Lake Arenal to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Overnight in Monteverde. (B D) DAY 06 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Morning hike through the reserve. Afternoon free. Overnight in Monteverde. (B D) DAY 07 San Jos Breakfast. Visit the Ecological Farm. Departure from Montverde for afternoon arrival in San Jose. Overnight. (B) DAY 08 Depart Airport transfer for return flight home. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 San Jose Arenal Shuttle bus from San Jos to La Fortuna (pick up from other destinations also possible). In the early afternoon pick up at your hotel to explore the Silencio Trail with a local guide and hike through the rainforest at the foot of Arenal Volcano where you have the possibility of spotting monkeys and a large variety of birds including toucans and trogons. DAY 02 Arenal Early morning pick up at your hotel (approx. 7 30 am) for a two hour drive to the north to Ca o Negro. The Ca o Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frio are some of the most biologically diverse wetland areas in Costa Rica and some of the richest wildlife viewing and birding sites on this continent. This trip is a great variation from the normal Ca o Negro day trip. Explore the refuge by canoe and then paddle our canoes down the Rio Frio or Rio los patos. B L) DAY 03 Arenal San Jose After breakfast start your ride back to San Jos or to your next destination.(B) SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Low season May Jun & Sep 14Nov High season Jul Aug & 15Nov 30Apr We also offer the above tours in private option please call for prices COSTA RICAN WILDLIFE For such a small country Costa Rica is incredibly rich in biodiversity. With just 0.01% of the earth s landmass Costa Rica is home to some 5% of its biodiversity. Whether you come to Costa Rica to check 100 or so species off your lifetime list or just to check out of the rat race for a week or so you ll be surrounded by a rich and varied collection of flora and fauna. ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive San Jos Transfer to your hotel DAY 02 Tortuguero National Park. (B L D) DAY 03 Tortuguero National Park. (B L D) DAY 04 Boat and bus trip to Arenal Volcano. (B L) DAY 05 Monteverde Cloud Forest Region. (B) DAY 06 Monteverde Cloudforest. (B) DAY 07 Manuel Antonio (optional Carara National Park). (B) DAY 08 Manuel Antonio National Park & Beaches. (BF) DAY 09 Transfer back to San Jose. (B) DAY 10 Depart San Jose. (B) 48 www.travelprojects.com.au Colombia FACT FINDER COLOMBIA Get ready for shattered expectations. While media reports still speak of coca fields violent crime rebel shoot-ups and kidnappings travelers are often left to wonder how so many troubles can plague a country that appears so well normal. Beyond the headlines is a thriving country with a rising middle class some of the best health care and universities in South America and an improved level of security. It s true that Colombia also faces massive challenges in dealing with poverty rebels and the long-standing Drug War but security improvements have made many tourist destinations accessible to travelers. So pack a pair of dancing shoes next to your hiking boots throw in a mask snorkel and sunscreen and tell your friends not to worry. They don t know what they re missing FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER Full country name Republic of Colombia Area 1 141 748 sq km (440 830 sq mi) Population 43 000.000 Capital city Bogot (pop 5 million) People 58% Mestizo (of European-Indian descent) 20% European descent 14% mulatto (African-European descent) 4% African descent 3% African-Indian descent 1% indigenous Language Castilian Spanish plus over 200 indigenous languages Religion Catholic 95% with the remainder a mixture of traditional Episcopal and Jewish faiths Government Democracy Major industries Textiles coffee oil sugar cane food processing Departure Tax US 41 p pers Major trading partner US EU Colombia Tours BOGOTA & VILLA DE LEIVA 5 days 4 nights Bogota Founded in 1538 the capital offers more than its reputation might suggest with cosmopolitan restaurants excellent museums and a well preserved colonial quarter it s an eclectic mix of the old and new. Located only three hours from Bogota Villa de Leiva is a fascinating small but beautiful colonial town. Founded in 1572 and home to many important politicians artists and wealthy families of the colonial period it is steeped in history and is extremely well-preserved. The enormous plaza mayor (the largest in Colombia) is flanked on all sides by red-tiled white houses and most of the streets are cobbled. The town is perfect for wandering at a leisurely pace taking in the atmosphere of times gone by browsing in the handicraft shops and also boasts a number of interesting museums. CARTAGENA & ROSARIO ISLANDS 5 Days 4 Nights Cartagena is a beautiful historical city in the northern Caribbean Coast of Colombia Cartagena was a Spanish colonial city and today it is a living testament to that rich history. Walking through streets lined with colonial buildings cathedrals and monuments will make you feel as if you have been transported in time. When you visit Cartagena make sure to check out the fortress that surrounds the city and made it famous. Or perhaps take a boat trip to the beautiful Rosario Islands a paradisiacal group of islands located just over an hour away from Cartagena. Cartagena along with the port and a group of monuments is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. COLOMBIA HIGHLIGHTS 10 Days 9 Nights If there s a country poised to be the next big ecotourism destination it s Colombia. With an area equal to that of Spain France and Portugal combined Colombia has coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans thick Amazon jungle immense flat lands evoking the American planes scorching deserts and snow-capped mountain peaks. All that plus 45 million residents mean that Colombia is second only to Brazil in ecological and human diversity among South American countries. WHEN TO GO The most pleasant time to visit Colombia is in the dry season between December and March or in July and August. This is particularly true if you plan on hiking. The dry season also gives visitors a better chance to savor local cultural events because many festivals and fiestas take place during these periods. INCLUSIONS ALL PACKAGES Accommodation All land and water transportation all airport hotel transfers Meals as specified in the itinerary All tours as specified in itinerary Hotel taxes ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive in Bogota DAY 02 Morning Bogota city tour highlighted by a visit to the world famous Gold Museum displaying over 18 000 golden artefacts. (B) DAY 03 Overnight Excursion to Villa de Leiva one of Colombia s most beautiful and charming small colonial towns. Villa de Leyva s cobblestoned plaza is the largest in all of Colombia (some say the Americas). Overnight. (B) DAY 04 Villa de Leiva Walking tour (B) DAY 05 Villa de Leya Bogota Santa Marta Taganga (B) DAY 06 Taganga to Tayrona National Park. Without doubt some of the finest beaches in all of South America - this is a tropical paradise. It s hard to put into words quite how beautiful the empty beaches of Park Tayrona are. (B) DAY 07 Tayrona National Park Free day (B) DAY 08 Tayrona N.P Cartagena (B) DAY 09 Cartagena Panorama Tour and a guided walk through narrow streets and plazoletas. Afternoon free.(B) DAY 10 Depart Cartagena (B) PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 1 229 Twin 2417 2933 1136 1229 SS O R O R O R O R ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Cartagena Flight to Cartagena in the afternoon and upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. DAY 02 Cartagena San Pedro de Majagua Breakfast followed by a one-hour speedboat trip to San Pedro de Majagua Island. Overnight. (B L D) DAY 03 San Pedro de Majagua Cartagena After lunch it is time to say goodbye to Majagua. Return to Cartagena via speedboat at around 3 00PM then transfer to your selected hotel. followed by a siesta. Evening free. (B) DAY 04 Cartagena Cartagena Panorama Tour and a guided walk through narrow streets and plazoletas. Afternoon free. (B) DAY 05 Depart Cartagena Breakfast. At convenient time transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination. (B) ITINERARY DAY 01 Arrive Bogota Arrive Bogota Colombia s historic and beautiful capital. Overnight at selected hotel. DAY 02 Bogota Morning tour highlighted by a visit to the world famous Gold Museum displaying over 18 000 golden artefacts -- amulets nose rings breast plates necklaces and figurines. Continue to the heart of historic Bogot and the imposing Bol var Plaza and Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 03 Bogota Villa de Leiva Drive north through the rolling fertile plateau to Villa de. (B L D) DAY 04 Villa de Leiva Bogota Visit the beautiful Ecce Homo Convent Desert of La Candelaria with its many fossils and the extraordinary Dinosaur Fossil. Return to Bogot . (B) DAY 05 Depart Bogota At convenient time transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B) Colombia Highlights 3 Colombia Highlights 4 Cartagena & Rosario Is. 3 Bogota & Villa de Leiva 3 SS Single Supplement. Surcharges apply during local public holidays carnival and special events. Prices subject to re-adjustment without notice unless full payment is made Flight Bogota to Sta Marta not included in Colombia Highlights Tour. The privileged location of Colombia will allow you to easily combine tour in South Central America or the Caribbean. We recommend at least a combination of Bogota Villa de Leiva with Cartagena & Rosario Islands. www.travelprojects.com.au 49 Antarctica FACTS FOR THE TRAVELLER A BRIEF HISTORY The history of exploration and the discovery of the Antarctic continent are littered with claims counter claims tall tales intrigue and suffering. Captain James Cook discovered the South Sandwich and South Georgia islands in 1773 but he never spotted the Antarctic continent. He did however set off a seal-hunting frenzy after providing reports of the large colonies he found there and it s estimated that sealers discovered around a third of the islands in the region. Two sealers were the first to actually step foot on the continent the American John Davis at Hughes Bay in 1821 and the British James Weddell at Saddle Island in 1823. During a scientific expedition in 1840 the American navy lieutenant Charles Wilkes finally concluded that Antarctica was not a series of islands and ice packs but rather a contiguous landmass. The South Pole was not reached until 90 years later on December 4 1911 by Norwegian Roald Admudsen and his wellprepared five-man team. BEST TIME TO GO No tours are offered during the austral winter. Pack ice extends 1000km around the continent making ship access impossible and the darkness (almost 24 hours a day) does not lift until summer time. October and November are early summer when the pack ice is breaking up and the birds especially penguins are courting and mating. December and January are the height of the austral summer and bring with them warmer weather up to 20 hours of daylight each day and the bulk of the region s tourists. This is also the time when the penguins are hatching eggs and feeding chicks. In the late summer months of February and March there are terrific whale-watching opportunities. Antarctica Travel Planner ANTARCTICA Mysterious and vast Antarctica - the blue continent at the bottom of the world - is like no other place on Earth. A land of glittering ice majestic peaks and dazzling beauty it is the only continent with no indigenous population. Instead it has for millions of years been a haven for migratory birds whales seals and other marine mammals who come each summer to feast in is food-rich coastal waters. The cruises on smaller craft offer you the choice of itineraries from 1-3 weeks where you ll not only be sailing the southern seas but also making landfall to view the attractions from up close there are opportunities to kayak trek camp dive or just stand and stare. QUALIFICATIONS This trips will be enjoyed by anyone who is in good health has full mobility and leads an active life. Passengers must be able to navigate the -stair gang-ways un-assisted both down and up. Daily excursions from the boat will be made in Zodiacs. Trip members will take excursions to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours roundtrip with lots of time to stop to study photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are wet requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist. SHORE EXCURSIONS IN ANTARCTICA The number of shore excursions you can expect will vary depending on board which type of ship you choose to spend your Antarctica experience. The smaller research and expedition ships try to allow you to spend as much time as possible off the ship. Shore excursions will take place on sturdy inflatable Zodiac boats with small groups of around 10-12 people. Some expedition liners also have Zodiacs but will have more limited opportunities to make shore excursions due to the larger number of people on board. The smaller Antarctic research ship itineraries aim to allow you to spend as much time off the ship as possible. You would normally break into small excursion groups which share similar interests you choose which group you d like to go with at each outing. Itineraries including South Georgia allow you to visit some of the many historical sites on the island. South Georgia allows for some concentrated wildlife viewing. Located on the cusp of the sub-Antarctic and Antarctica South Georgia attracts an overwhelming number of subAntarctic animals which come ashore to breed. Masses of King Penguins blanket the beaches with over 100 000 crowded onto Salisbury Plain fur and elephant seals form huge colonies on the foreshore. Other wildlife you can expect to see are black-browed albatrosses cape petrels giant petrels Antarctic prions rockhopper penguins and reindeer. The Falkland Islands are home to rock hopper and Magellanic penguins as well as blackbrowed albatross all of which nest in the tussock grass. History buffs can explore Port Stanley the world s most isolated capital city. From here you can visit Gypsy Cove Penguin Colony and Cape Pembroke Lighthouse. TIMING YOUR ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE Most cruises to Antarctica take place during the southern summer between November and March. If you visit in the early spring (beginning in November) you ll see countless penguins marching from the sea to their inland nests. You ll also see great numbers of other seabirds - including the almost-mythic albatross - arriving at their southern breeding grounds. If you come in high-to-late summer you ll still see plenty of seabirds along with whales and more seals than you ever thought possible all fattening up in Antarctica s food-rich waters before their winter migration north. STEP INTO A WORLD REMOVED FROM YOUR OWN When you choose an Antarctic expedition you step into a world so removed from your own you may feel you ve landed on the moon or stepped into a fairy tale. Here the sun neither rises nor sets. Icebergs drift. Curious penguin chicks may climb right into your lap. Orcas and humpback whales may breach or spy-hop mere meters away before fixing their ancient eyes on yours and sinking beneath the sea. Many tour companies run Antarctica cruises and Arctic adventures offering a wide range of polar travel options itineraries dates and prices. We evaluate the quality of the ships operations tour programs and companies and provide polar cruise ship information. Then we talk to you about your travel preferences and book the best polar vacation for you. We prefer to offer non- traditional cruise ships those large luxurious liners holding many thousands of guests. This is because the size of these ships makes it difficult (sometimes impossible) to provide shore landings and shore landings are the heart of expedition travel. Instead we prefer Expedition Ships. These are much smaller vessels carrying fewer than 200 passengers. They are all equipped with Zodiacs (inflatable landing craft) for shore transfers. These ships will get you to some of the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness areas in the world. JOINING POINT CITIES The starting points of our Antarctic itineraries are located in Argentina. Ushuaia the southernmost city in the world is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego and the picturesque starting point of many Antarctic cruises. Situated near the Beagle Canal and surrounded by the Mounts Martial this city offers a unique landscape made up of mountains glaciers and the ocean. Some of the Fly Cruise options fly from to Punta Arenas in Chile. HOW MUCH TIME WILL YOU NEED FOR YOUR ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION Antarctica is the world s fifth-largest continent and there s a lot to see. Depending on how much time you have and where you d like to go you can spend as little as 8 days (Antarctica Fly-and-Cruise) or as long as three weeks or more (Antarctica s Far East) exploring it. THE NOTORIOUS DRAKE PASSAGE It s true that some of the world s roughest waters can be encountered in the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. But please don t be disappointed if you experience a smooth crossing. Not all Drake Passage crossings are rough You can even avoid the whole issue by choosing our 8-day Fly and Cruise expedition which flies you across the Drake Passage right to King George Island to embark the ship. 50 www.travelprojects.com.au Antarctic Cruise Options FACT FINDER TRAVEL INSURANCE It is mandatory that each passenger have Insurance for this trip that covers emergency medical attention including evacuation. Please note that you must purchase your Travel Insurance policy within 14 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. ARRIVAL DEPARTURE When considering flights plan to arrive at your embarking port at least one day prior to your cruise commencement. We recommend travelers spend an additional night at the conclusion of the cruise as any delay in either the cruise and flight from Antarctica may affect your onward travel arrangements. ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD The vessels hold from 50 to 120-passengers in comfortable twin and some with triple cabins with ample storage space. Public areas include a lounge and bar small library infirmary (there is a doctor on board) and an exercise room. Views are excellent from the large open decks forward positioned glass enclosed observation lounge and the navigation bridge where we are almost always welcome. The chefs produce a varied menu and the comfortable bar is stocked with a good selection of wine. The atmosphere aboard is relaxed and informal more like a private expedition than a cruise. General Information Trips are subject to the Ship Companies Terms & Conditions . Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation. We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime Call today. Antarctica Cruise options FLY & CRUISE ANTARCTICA ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Introducing the first Antarctic flight and adventure cruising combination. On the Antarctic Air Cruise experience Antarctica in only seven days without crossing Drakes Passage. In less than two hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island you will be cruising Antarctica. From King George Island cruise Antarctica for six days and five nights along the Antarctic Peninsula. Throughout the Antarctic Air Cruise experience daily shore landing and visits to the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. This unique trip to the White Continent starts and ends in Ushuaia on the M V Antarctic Dream and includes visits to the most spectacular attractions the Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Each voyage incorporates as much wildlife viewing as possible with visits to scientific bases and plenty of time to enjoy breathtaking waterways glaciers icebergs and rugged mountains. You will become one of the fortunate few to have set foot on the continent of Antarctica FALKLAND IS. SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Experience the world s southernmost continent Antarctica aboard the MV Plancius. Departing from the most southern city in the world Ushuaia you will pass through the scenic Falkland Islands South Georgia and to the Antarctic Peninsula on this 19 day expedition cruise. See Albatross and Rock Hopper Penguins in the Falklands the amazing South Georgia Wildlife Sir Earnest Shackleton s Grave plus all the icebergs and wildlife of the Antarctica Peninsula. Note program just as guidance as weather conditions and wildlife sighting opportunities may alter the program without notice nor liability to the operator. PRICES P PERS. IN AU FROM 6 190 SS O R O R O R O R O R O R O R O R O R SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Punta Arenas Arrival DAY 02 King George Island and Embark DAYS 3-6 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula Exploration DAY 07 Disembark and Punta Arenas SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Ushuaia Argentina DAY 2-3 Drake Passage DAY 04 King George Island DAY 05 Antarctic Peninsula & Neko Bay DAY 06 Pleneau Peterman Island DAY 07 Paradise Bay Cuverville Island DAY 08 Deception Island - Livingstone Island DAYS 9-10 Drake Passage DAY 11 Ushuaia Argentina SAMPLE ITINERARY DAY 01 Ushuaia Beagle Channel DAY 02 At Sea DAY 03 Falkland Islands DAY 04 Falkland Islands DAY 5-6 At Sea DAY 7-10 South Georgia DAY 11 At Sea DAY 12 South Orkney Islands DAY 13 At Sea DAY 14-16 Antarctic Peninsula DAY 17-18 Drake Passage DAY 19 Arrive Ushuaia Twin M V Plancius 19D 18N 1 10750 M V Plancius 19D 18N 2 12850 Fly & Cruise 7D 6N-Triple 9260 Fly & Cruise 7D 6N-Twin 10290 Antarctic Dream 11D 10N 3 6900 Antarctic Dream 11D 10N 4 8550 Akademik Vavilov Ioffe 5 6190 Akademik Vavilov Ioffe 6 6590 Akademik Vavilov Ioffe 7 7490 INCLUDES One night pre-cruise hotel in Punta Arenas Flights Punta Arenas King George Is. Punta Arenas Accommodation and all meals Shore excursions and activities in Zodiacs Experienced expedition staff Presentations by noted naturalists The use of rubber boots Pre-departure information kit Group transfers and baggage handling All service taxes and port charges. INCLUDES Cabin accommodation All meals on board including snacks tea & coffee Shore excursions & activities by Zodiac Use of rubber boots & snow shoes Lecture programs by noted naturalists All miscellaneous service taxes & port charges INCLUDES Cabin accommodation All meals on board including snacks tea & coffee Shore excursions & activities by Zodiac Use of rubber boots & snow shoes Lecture programs by noted naturalists All miscellaneous service taxes & port charges Comprehensive pre-departure material NOT INCLUDED Any International airfare. Government taxes Adventure options of kayaking or diving Excess baggage charges All items of a personal nature such as laundry telecommunication charges and the customary gratuity. NOT INCLUDED Transfers to from the vessel Government arrival and departure taxes Polar clothing & baggage Cancellation and personal insurance Excess baggage charges All items of a personal nature such as laundry bar beverage charges & telecommunication Gratuities Note program just as guidance as weather conditions and wildlife sighting opportunities may alter the program without notice nor liability to the operator. SS Single Supplement. 1 M V Plancius-Per person in QDPL Cabin-Nov 2 M V Plancius-Per person in Twin Cabin-Nov 3 M V Antarctic Dream Amundsen Deck Low 4 M V Antarctic Dream Amundsen Deck High 4 M V Antarctic Dream Seasons 5-15Feb & 15-25Feb-High 5 Twin Shared 6Twin Semi-private 7 Private cabin 5 6 7 Pricaes valid for value season 9Nov28Dec & 29Feb-11Mar Note Pre or Post Antarctica Cruise you could do a land tour of South Patagonia visiting Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. NOT INCLUDED Transfers to from the vessel Government arrival and departure taxes Polar clothing & baggage All items of a personal nature such as laundry bar beverage charges & telecommunication Gratuities Note program just as guidance as weather conditions and wildlife sighting opportunities may alter the program without notice nor liability to the operator. www.travelprojects.com.au 51 Antarctica Cruise Ships MV PLANCIUS The Motor Vessel Plancius was build in 1975 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. in 2009 the Plancius was completely rebuild and converted to a 110 passenger expedition vessel which complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea) is classed by Lloyd s Register in London and will fly the Dutch flag. It is nicely decorated small ship but she is not a luxurious vessel. Her cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program spending as much time ashore as possible. M V Plancius can accommodate 110 passengers in 53 cabins each with private toilet and shower. She has 4 triple private cabins 39 twin private cabins (ca. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). Double cabins offer lower berths (either two single beds or one queen sized bed). Triple cabins offer two lower bunks and one upper bunk. The expedition ship Plancius is equipped with a dieselelectric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The three diesel engines generate 1230 horsepower each giving the vessel a speed of 10-12 knots. The Plancius is ice strengthened and was specially build for oceanographic voyages. MV ANTARCTIC DREAM The Antarctic Dream is a Dutch-built ice-reinforced vessel which was completely remodeled in 2004. The ship accommodates 78 passengers in double occupancy with beautiful outside cabins with private bathrooms and ample storage space. Other amenities include two passenger observation decks lecture and presentation room open bridge spa sauna gym library panoramic view dining room and clinic. All cabins feature Queen or twin beds private bathroom with shower or tub TV music individual heat control satellite telephone connection closet. 2 Suites on the Cape Horn Deck - Spacious suite with large view windows and plenty of privacy. 2 Suites on Piloto Pardo Deck - Large suite with view windows located on main observation deck. 19 Superior Cabins on Shackleton Deck - Comfortable rooms with view windows. 16 Standard Cabins on Amundsen Deck - Standard cabins have small port hole windows. Public areas aboard the Antarctic Dream include helicopter deck observation deck lobby bar dining room auditorium gym and sauna sick bay (first aid) boutique and passengers bridge. MV THE OCEAN NOVA The Ocean Nova formerly the Sarpik Ittuk was built in 1992 in Denmark to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The ship was significantly refurbished in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck and to offer travelers even more of a comfortable retreat after days of exploring ashore. Expert polar guides compliment your cruise to Antarctica with daily shore landings and lectures on Antarctic wildlife. Carrying only 68 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters guided by Danish officers with deep experience in polar navigation. With outside cabins only (all with private facilities) a spacious dining room and a comfortable library the Ocean Nova is a perfect expedition ship for your cruise to Antarctica. MV THE USHUAIA Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) the Ushuaia has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. The ice-strengthened polar vessel Ushuaia is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline. All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting) an observation lounge and bar a conference room with modern multimedia equipment a well-stocked library a changing room and a small infirmary. Our expert captain officers and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation and have a great love of nature. We provide a specialist team of international expedition leaders and lecturers all extremely knowledgeable enthusiastic helpful and dedicated to the protection of the environment. Our chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is wellstocked with carefully selected wines and spirits. AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV & AKADEMIK IOFFE The Akademik Sergey Vavilov and her sister ship theAkademik Ioffe are widely recognized as the best expedition-style cruise vessel operating in Polar waters. As the ships were built to perform delicate and sensitive hydroacoustic work they are also designed to run very quietly. The Vavilov and the Ioffe are well-equipped ice strengthened vessels capable of carrying up to 118 passengers although we normally carry no more than 110 for extra comfort. The relatively new Scandinavian-built exploration vessels were extensively re-fitted during 2003 and they now feature all the modern facilities and comforts to be expected in a polar exploration vessel. There is a panoramic bar lounge library video room and dining space for the full passenger complement in one seating. There is also a gymnasium sauna and swimming pool. We encourage you to join our staff on the bridge there s always something to learn from the Captain or the officers on watch and it s the favorite place on the ship for sightseeing and bird watching. There are also extensive outside viewing areas on several decks as well as the bow and stern of the ships. CABINS Triple Upper Deck cabins 317 319-321. 2 lower and 1 upper berth private facilities desk chair 2 closets. Twin (Lower Berths) Upper Deck Cabins 301 306-315 318 Bridge Deck Cabins 401-415. 2 lower and 1 upper berth private facilities desk chair 1 closet. Dedicated Single Upper Deck Cabins 303-305 316 322-323. 1 lower and 1 upper berth private facilities desk chair 1 wardrobe. 52 www.travelprojects.com.au BOOKING CONDITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITY Please ensure you understand the following conditions before you book your holiday. Reservations are accepted on the basis that you abide by the following conditions. All tours in this brochure and others that we may create are operated by Travel Projects Pty Ltd. Suite 514 365 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000. Travel Projects refers only to the tour operating company specified on this page as does we us and ours . Bookings are taken on the basis that you accept these conditions. CANCELLATION FEES All cancellations must be received in writing. The following fees apply per person a. More than 60 Days notice - Loss of deposit. b. 30 to 60 Days - 50 % c. Less than 30 Day - No refund. Above-mentioned cancellation fees will be strictly adhered to and for this reason we strongly recommend you to take out a travel insurance at the time of reservation. Please advise if you want us to send you an application form for insurance. There is no refund of pre-paid packages on special events AMENDMENTS Should you wish to amend your reservation an amendment fee of 75 will be charged per amendment. PRICES Prices shown in this manual have been calculated on tariffs applicable as at 01 March 2011 and are subject to change without notice. If between the date you make your booking and the date of outbound travel from Australia these air fares and services change you may be required to pay additional charges. Acceptance of this arrangement is a condition of booking. LATE BOOKING FEE Bookings made within 15 Days of commencement of travel will incur a late booking administration fee of 55 plus courier costs if necessary. TRAVEL INSURANCE We strongly recommend Travel Insurance particularly when touring in Latin America as medical costs and repatriation are very high in that area. REFUNDS Please note that there will be no refund of unused ground content for any reason. If you make any alteration to any portion of the holiday. Such alteration will be entirely at your own expense. NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST Visae insurance excess baggage meals not mentioned vaccinations airport departure taxes beverages tips shipboard gratuities items of personal nature like Laundry telephone calls etc. cost of passport personal services to hotel rooms. VALIDITY We have taken considerable care to make sure all information tours itineraries cruises are correct at time of printing. Circumstances beyond the control of Travel Projects may necessitate change in tours itineraries cruises etc. up to the date of departure and including after departure date. Travel Projects can not be held responsible for any changes that may occur and reserves the right to adjust the price of any travel arrangements at any time due to airfare and tour increase devaluation fuel surcharges exchange rates number of passengers travelling at the same time. Before booking you must check with Travel Projects if there are any alterations to this manual. 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Payment Terms DEPOSITS A non-refundable deposit of 300 per person for land services is required within 7 Days of confirmation in order to secure your reservation. Failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your booking to be cancelled. Should you need to re-instate any expired reservation due to a non payment of the deposit we will charge a 55 amendment fee in addition to immediate payment of standard deposit. ADDITIONAL DEPOSITS Rio de Janeiro Salvador Carnival New Year s Eve Immediate NON REFUNDABLE full payment is required on confirmation. Inca Trail 500 per person non-refundable within 7 Days of confirmation. Galapagos Cruises 25% per person nonrefundable within 7 Days of confirmation. Jungle Lodges 50% per person non-refundable within 7 Days of confirmation. Skorpios Cruises 25% per person non-refundable within 7 Days of confirmation. M V Rio Amazonas 650 per person is required within 7 Days of confirmation. Amazon Clipper Cruises 350 per person is required within 7 Days of confirmation. Mare Australis Cruises 30% non-refundable deposit within 7 Days of confirmation. Explora in Atacama & Patagonia 30% nonrefundable deposit within 7 Days of confirmation. Patagonia Eco-Camp 25% non-refundable deposit within 5 Days of confirmation. FINAL PAYMENT Full payment is required 60 Days prior to departure from Australia. If reservation is made is made within 30 Days prior to departure full payment is required at time of booking. IMPORTANT NOTICE All information in this brochure was correct at the time of printing. Every effort has been made to ensure that details are correct and accurate. Travel Projects Pty. Ltd. Reserves the right to change prices and information at any time without notice and without incurring liabilities. 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