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Feb 2019: South America & Antarctica On Sale!


Hola!

Today's email has a bit of a South American theme - We've had a range of specials for South America trips land in my inbox. If Patagonia, Machu Picchu or Rio de Janeiro (or anything in between!) are on your bucket list, the next couple of weeks are a great time to book.

Speaking of bucket lists, there's a brand new Antarctica cruise itinerary for 2020/2021 (it's not as far away as it sounds) and it looks amazing! The Discover Antarctica cruise is on a newly refurbished ship, and with the earlybird savings, it's one of the most affordable Antarctic expedition cruises we've seen!

Finally, if your passport is due to expire soon - it might pay to get it renewed this month. Prices are increasing for adult and child passports from 1 March.
Kind regards,

Brigitte, Natasha and Nicky
 
phone: +64 3 688 8486
mob: +64 27 233 3027
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Southern Explorer


With Viva Expeditions! 

Explore remote Southern Patagonia on this 13-day small group adventure.

Discover some of South America's finest national parks 

13 days from $6026* - saving 10%
Per Person, Twin Share.

Inclusions: 
  • Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
  • 11 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • 1 night in a hiking lodge with shared bunk beds


NB: This tour is selling FAST and availability is limited


*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

Colours of Peru


With Viva Expeditions! 

Encompassing the very best of Lima, the Andes as well as the Amazon jungle. This popular 13 day highlights tour will explore the wonders of Peru like no other. 


13 days from $6296* - saving 10%
Per Person, Twin Share.

Inclusions: 
  • 3 nights twin-share Refugio or Posada Amazon Lodge with private en-suite facilities
  • 10 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Internal flights within South America as per itinerary with LATAM
  • Fully Escorted within South America (Lima to Lima) for groups with 10 or more passengers

*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

7 Reasons to Visit South America 



1. World class food and wine – You may be surprised to hear that Peru has quickly become a world leader in gastronomy. The country is home to number 6 and 7 of the world’s best restaurants. Argentina and Chile are also 6th and 7th in the biggest wine producing countries in the world; New Zealand is 15th. 

2. The most unusual wildlife experiences – Colombia is the 2nd most biodiverse country in the world with 10% of the world's bio-diversity with 19% of the world’s bird species. Colombia is only beaten by Brazil, home to a large part of the Amazon jungle and the Pantanal.

3. The best hiking in the World – For trampers, South America holds the best trails in the world that need ticking off the bucket list. To mention a few of the most dramatic;
•    Torres del Paine, Patagonia 
•    Inca Trail, Peru 
•    Fitz Roy Trek, Patagonia 
•    Hike to the Lost City, Colombia 

4. There is so much to discover – South America is brimming of natural places that are completely unspoilt; The Amazon Jungle, Pantanal, vast Patagonia, Andes mountain range, Galapagos… just to name a few. 

5. Home to Machu Pichu - Wonderfully preserved for centuries, Machu Picchu is a sight of indescribable beauty and the mystery that still surrounds, not to mention its breathtaking location, makes it all the more appealing. 

6. The end of the world and gateway to Antarctica - Ushuaia, in Argentina, is the most southerly city in the world and the prime gateway to Antarctica expedition cruises. It's a fantastic base for tours of Tierra del Fuego's huge fjords, boat trips along the Beagle Channel, cruises through Patagonia’s Glacier Alley and sailing trips to the Chilean Fjords.

7. South American countries are all so different –With cultures living in different environments all with a rich history, the continent is like nowhere else on earth.  Each region and country has world-class experiences.

 

Northern Route 40


With Viva Expeditions! 

The Northern Ruta 40 (Route 40) covers a vast array of landscapes, from the dry high altitude deserts and mountains of the Andes near the Bolivian border to the lush vineyards of Mendoza, every corner of this journey presents a jaw-dropping, beautiful vista.

13 days from $5242* - saving 10%
Per Person, Twin Share.

Inclusions: 
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles

NB: This tour is selling FAST and availability is limited

*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

Highlights of Argentina and Uruguay


With Viva Expeditions! 

Discover the vibrancy and passion of Buenos Aires, explore the cobbled streets of historical Colonia de Sacramento, and discover Montevideo by bike. 




14 Days From $5828* - saving 10%
Per Person, Twin Share.

Inclusions: 
  • 13 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles




*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

Enchanting South America 


With Viva Expeditions! 

Discover the lively cities of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Cusco. Be amazed by the stunning ancient architecture of Machu Picchu and spot wildlife in the rich Amazon Rainforest. 




22 days from $12995* - saving $1000
Per Person, Twin Share.

Inclusions: 
  • International flights ex Auckland with LATAM
  • Internal flights within South America as per itinerary with LATAM
  • Fully Escorted within South America (Buenos Aires to Lima) for groups with 10+ passengers
  • 18 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • 3 nights twin-share Refugio or Posada Amazon Lodge with private en-suite facilities

*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

Wild Patagonia


With Viva Expeditions! 

Arriving into the remote Patagonian expanse we explore the southern ice fields, breathtaking glaciers and the magnificent snow-capped Andes mountain range before arriving in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.


27 Days from $11209* - saving 10%
Per Person, Twin Share.

Inclusions: 
  • 22 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • 3 nights in comfortable cabins
  • 1 night in a hiking lodge with shared bunk beds
  • Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles






*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

Discover Antarctica 2020

 
Embark aboard the Ocean Endeavour in Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America. Cruise through the infamous and often turbulent Drake Passage, destination South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Enter into a world of ice, surrounded by the spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate. This is an unspoiled wilderness, uninhabited by man, where the penguins, seals, whales and seabirds are the true rulers.

Antarctica offers unparalleled wildlife viewing, as you wander through colonies of entertaining and curious penguins, encounter basking seals, watch a frenzy of feeding birdlife and maybe see the silhouette of a whale gliding past or breaching the surface.
 
11 Days From $7460*
Per Person, Twin Share.

Why This Cruise?

  • The best guide to passenger ratio (8:1) in Antarctica.
  • Earlybird savings of up to 20% off on cabin class 4 and above!
  • Recently renovated to the class and comfort of a boutique hotel.
  • Dedicated single occupancy cabins with NO single supplement. 
  • All cruises are carbon offset, and there's no single-use plastics on board.

*Terms, Conditions and Travel Dates Apply. Sale Ends 31 March 2019

Travel Tip: Check Your Passport for Damage


The NZ Herald recently reported about a teen denied entry to Bali due to a torn passport. Indonesia, in particular, has been very strict about damage to passports.

Normal wear and tear is usually not a problem, but any passport with rips/tears, water/liquids damage or damage to the ID page (or the chip inside of it) can be refused by the airline or customs.

If your passport is ever damaged, lost or stolen, you can get it replaced at passports.govt.nz

Read the article here.

Did You Know...


You'll need to bring a reusable water bottle if you're off to Machu Picchu.

The Peruvian government has passed a law aiming to eradicate single-use plastics, travellers can no longer take single-use plastic bottles, bags, straws or Styrofoam containers on to the Machu Picchu site.

The measure also applies to all other Natural Protected Areas of Peru. 
Viva Expeditions & Chimu Adventures Terms and Conditions:* Prices are correct on 09Jan19 but are subject to change without prior notice. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Valid for new bookings only. Valid for sale until 31March19 unless sold out prior. Discounts cannot be combined with any other offer. Prices do not include international or internal flights to/from start/end point of itinerary, unless otherwise stated. Galapagos Cruises do not include Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, Transit Control Card or flights to/from mainland Ecuador. Additional conditions apply, contact us for more information. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Further conditions apply, contact us for more information.

General Terms and Conditions: Prices are correct as at 10 January 2019, subject to availability, currency fluctuation & may be amended or withdrawn at any time without notice. Amendment & cancellation fees apply. Minimum & maximum stays may apply. Blackout date & seasonal surcharges may apply depending on date of travel & over peak holiday periods. Travel Agent professional service fees may apply. We welcome all major credit cards however a credit card processing fee will apply. Children & Infant prices may be available on request. Whilst every care is taken to accurately present the information & pricing we reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions. Further terms & conditions apply. Contact us for further details.

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