For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/200912
December 2009

South America
Cuba
Antarctica
Peru
China
Yunnan
Contests
Antarctica
- Many!
Thailand
- Dec 19
French Polynesia
- Jan 9
Baja
- Jan 16
- Jan 23
New Zealand
- Jan 18
Classic India
- Jan 19
Costa Rica
- Jan 30
Southern India
- Feb 5
Baja
- Feb 6
- Feb 13
 

Greetings Fellow Traveler!

By now we hope you have received our NEW 116 page brochure. Thank you for all your phone calls expressing interest in many of our trips, new and old alike. In this December E-newsletter edition, we would like to draw your attention to some of our upcoming departures which still have a few seats left.



Hidden Treasures of South America


March 15 - April 5, 2010

Discover hidden treasures virtually unexplored by tourists in the little-known regions of South America. Visit the fascinating indigenous cultures, sublime landscapes, and snow-capped peaks of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia. Drive over spectacular Andean passes and trek through remote gorges and valleys - home to estancias (ranches) which bring to life the romanticized images of hard working Gauchos - reminiscent of the Wild West of the mid 1800's.




Cuba


Dec 19 - 31, 2009
Jan 9 - 21, 2010 - sold out
Jan 22 - Feb 3, 2010 - sold out
Feb 27 - Mar 11, 2010
May 22 - June 3, 2010


Cuba - a Caribbean gem and cultural oasis. Beyond its white sand beaches, Cuba offers rich natural landscapes with 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Be inspired by Cuba's soulful art, musical rhythms and warm, generous people. Walk the streets of Old Havana, explore Colonial Trinidad, visit a cigar factory and go in search of native bird life in the many natural parks. Our adventure maximizes interaction with local people so you can learn first hand what life in Cuba is really like.




Antarctica


Dates for 2010 and 2011 now available!

The Great White Continent is the ultimate destination for adventure travelers! Visit some of the world's most awe inspiring scenery and witness incredible glaciers calving into magnificent turquoise blue waters. Watch storm petrels as they skim the sea, and humpback whales breech in delight. The penguins are the highlight for many, with their quizzical playfulness and comical mannerisms. Travel in comfort on your expedition ship, equipped with all the amenities and world-class guest lecturers. This adventure is not to be missed!



Peru


March 14 - April 4, 2010

Join ElderTreks in depth 22 day adventure to Peru - a true Andean paradise. Learn about the ancient Lord of Sipan, visit the temples of Chan Chan and journey by boat to the volcanic island of Ballestas, an incredible wildlife reserve. Enjoy a flight over the Nazca Lines and visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca en route to Taquile Island, where we explore hilltop shrines and commune with the Taquile Indians. Travel by train to Machu Picchu, a phenomenal archeological site and only recently declared one of the Ancient Wonders of the World.



China


March 29 - April 13, 2010

Imagine walking through the Forbidden City, along China's Great Wall or marveling at the wonder of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Picture yourself traveling down the Yangtse River through the spectacular Three Gorges and visiting the beautiful limestone peaks surrounding Guilin. Our Classic China adventure shows you the highlights of this country's incredible cultural and natural sites before ending in Hong Kong.



Yunnan (China)


April 13 - 27, 2010

The Diversity of Yunnan's natural wonders include Himalayan peaks, fertile valleys, tropical rainforests, tranquil lakes and thundering rivers. Snow capped mountains and glaciers feed two of the world's great rivers, the Mekong and the Yangtse. Culturally, the area is a delightful mix of 24 colorful and exotic ethnic groups. This adventure can be combined with China and Tibet departures as well.



2009 Photo Contest - Top 25



Submissions for the ElderTreks 2009 photo contest have come to a close. Thank you to all of the fantastic entries. Based on votes, we've taken the next step and narrowed the entries down to the top 25. Round 1 will end on December 18th. At that point we'll narrow the top 25 down to the top 10, finally announcing the three winners in our next eNewsletter. We welcome you to vote for the photos that you like the most.

Thank you once again for all of the great entries. Our next contest will begin in January.



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