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VINOS OF THE MIGHTY ANDES – DEPARTS: 26 FEBRUARY 2018 – 13 DAYS  FROM AUD 10990 / NZD 11790  

An epic journey through the majestic Andes in search of the best wines of Chile and Argentina. Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile has the perfect climate for growing grapes. Explore the Casablanca Valley famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah varieties. Continue to the Colchagua Valley, the country’s highest producing Sauvignon Blanc and Carménère region and create your own blend.
Journey across the Andes to Mendoza, Argentina’s thriving wine capital and home of the famed Malbec. Visit the Lujan de Cuyo and Uco valleys to learn traditional harvesting, pruning and wine blending techniques, while tasting world-class wines and enjoying breathtaking mountain scenery.

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BIRDING FROM MACHU PICCHU TO IGUAZU FALLS – DEPARTS: 18 OCTOBER 2017 – 17 DAYS FROM AUD 9976 / NZD 10575

This journey takes in Manu National Park, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, with more than 1000 bird species recorded, including the endemic Andean Cock-of-the Rock. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu to witness the beauty of the forgotten citadel and the bird-rich cloud forest at the base of the ruins, where tanagers and hummingbirds abound.

Continue to Yacutinga Reserve, in the heart of the Argentine rainforest, with over 320 bird species and be amazed by the bright colours of the toucan. Finally, be refreshed by the cool mist of Iguazu Falls alongside the roaring Devil’s Throat.

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BIRD LIFE OF CENTRAL AMERICA – DEPARTS: 19 MARCH 2018 – 16DAYS FROM AUD 9499 /  NZD 10163

An alternative birding tour takes you to Costa Rica and Panama to explore pristine rainforests, national parks, marine parks, wetlands and a unique stay in a village nestled in an extinct volcano. Observe and hear the song of exotic birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, Scarlet Macaw, Orange-billed Sparrow, toucan and aracari; just to name a few. In striking contrast your tour will end with a cruise along one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal.

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ANCIENT WEAVERS OF PERU AND GUATEMALA – DEPARTS: 21 OCTOBER 2017 – 19 DAYS FROM AUD 10820 / NZD 11577

Step back in time and see the ancient weaving and dyeing techniques developed by the Inca and Maya unveiled. On this fascinating journey learn the history of traditional loom weaving, from textile museums to weaving seminars in indigenous communities in Peru. Be amazed by the transformation of alpaca and sheep wool into delicate textiles. To enhance your knowledge of the Incas, explore Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
Continue to Antigua in Guatemala for an introduction to the Mayan culture through it’s rich textile art. Admire colourful and delicate textiles on display at the Chichicastenango market, before reaching Lake Atitlan. Home to various indigenous communities, you will be shown by local weavers the art of dyeing using natural ingredients, while learning their traditional way of life.

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