The Friendly Planet Newsletter

Published Jan 14, 2023
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Winter blues got you down? Join us south of the equator this season to discover the tropical climate, vibrant colors, and lively locals that call South America home! Marvel at the powerful Iguazu falls, listening to the water's constant thunderous roars and feeling the rainbow-adorned mist surrounding you. Search for elusive animals seen nowhere else on Earth, from marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies exclusive to the Galápagos Islands to pink river dolphins and black caimans of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ascend high atop the Andes and unravel the ancient stories at Machu Picchu. Feel the lively rhythm as you dance the salsa or the tango under the warm South American sun. With natural diversity and bizarre ecosystems, mysteries hidden in tropical jungles and ancient wonders, and fascinating cultural diversity, this spectacular continent encompasses it all.
 
 
Galapagos Islands Adventure
 
 
Explore the flora, fauna & spectacular scenery of two biodiverse Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz & Isabela, with an extra night on Isabela! Optional extension to Quito
 
FROM
 
FROM
 
$3599
  
$3299
  
7
W/ FLIGHTS
TOUR ONLY
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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Exotic Peru
 
 
Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for the Sacred Valley & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; plus explore rich South American heritage in Cusco
 
FROM
 
$2499
  
7
W/ FLIGHTS
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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Colorful Colombia
 
 
Explore the heart of Colombia and indulge in its fascinating culture and diverse ecosystems: bustling Bogotá; the verdant coffee-growing Pereira region; historic Medellín & colonial Cartagena
 
FROM
 
FROM
 
$3149
  
$2749
  
10
W/ FLIGHTS
TOUR ONLY
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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A Taste of South America
 
 
Explore the wonders of South America: urban exploration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina plus two nights at UNESCO World Heritage site Iguazu Falls
 
FROM
 
$3699
  
10
W/ FLIGHTS
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise Adventure
 
 
A fascinating 4-night river cruise in the Amazon basin, then colonial Quito & the indigenous market at Otavalo; optional extension to the Galapagos
 
FROM
 
FROM
 
$4649
  
$4249
  
9
W/ FLIGHTS
TOUR ONLY
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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Peru, Galapagos Islands & Quito
 
 
Explore enchanting Peru from Lima & Cusco to the lost world of Machu Picchu; then five nights in the incredible Galapagos Islands followed by the bustling city of Quito
 
$6399
  
17
W/ FLIGHTS
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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Best of Peru
 
 
An upscale tour of Peru: Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Macchu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca. Explore the Amazon on the optional extension to Puerto Maldonado.
 
$3999
  
10
W/ FLIGHTS
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance and only applies to a new booking—defined as booking without the use of funds on file from a previous cancellation. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties.

Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit.

You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your booking.

The Carefree Booking policy only applies to your original booking—limiting rebookings to one. Subsequent bookings will be subject to standard cancellation penalties. Additionally, any coupon or discount (other than our Instant Savings) does not transfer from the cancelled booking and therefore will not be applied to the new booking.

Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour.

Valid for bookings made on or after September 23, 2022 Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $199 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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