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26 Day Grand South America Tour (Tour Code: SAT)

Day 01, 11 Sep: Sydney – Santiago de Chile – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (D)

QF27, 11 Sep. SYDNEY – SANTIAGO (SCL) 12:30/12:10        

JJ8137, 11 Sep. SANTIAGO (SCL) – RIO DE JANEIRO (GIG) 14:20/18:25       

Depart to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via Santiago, Chile at noon and arrive in the evening on the same day. After arriving to the Rio airport (GIG) at 18:25, you will be welcomed by your guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner will be at hotel. After dinner, you are transferred to see & experience how Cariocas (Rio’s inhabitant) enjoy the nights. You will go to watch an authentic Samba Show at Ginga Show (Marriott Hotel).
Rio by Night Ginga Tropical Samba Show - Availabe only Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat (Subject to change without previous notice)

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in Copacabana beach 

Day 02, 12 Sep: Rio de Janeiro sightseeing(B.L.D)

After breakfast, youwill go to visit the Sugar Loaf Hill (6 hours). The first stop is the Urca Mountain, with a wide viewing area that also offers the possibility to have a snack in the restaurant on top of the mountain. On the mountain of Sugar Loaf you will have a beautiful view of Rio, Copacabana beach, the bay, the surrounding mountains, islands in the ocean, bridge Niteroi, and the statue of Christ on Corcovado Mountain. After going down by cable car, the tour continues by car to the central regions of the old town of Rio where you can admire several old churches, monasteries, the main cathedral of the city as well as buildings in colonial style. Our guide will take you to a local restaurant where you can taste the delicious dishes of the local cuisine: ''Á Mineira restaurant''. Dinner at ''Carretao Restaurant Copacabana'' with transfers included.

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in Copacabana beach

Day 03, 13 Sep: Rio de Janeiro sightseeing (B.L.D)

Today you will go on an amazing tour visiting Christ the Redeemer Statute. Arriving at the station, theenvironmentally friendly train will take us through the jungle to the top of Corcovado. On both sides of the railway you will have spectacular views of Tijuca forest, inhabited by monkeys and other exotic animals and birds. On top of Corcovado, at an altitude of 700 m above sea level, you will stand in front of the symbol of Rio de Janeiro- Statue of Christ the Savior (38m) that was built in 1931. From top of Corcovado, you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings like the Bridge Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, the Botanical Garden, the world's largest Maracana stadium and the Sugar Loaf. Stop for lunch at "Espaço Paineira Restaurant". In the afternoon you will obtain an interesting experience by having a quick visit to the favela by jeep (3 hours). The tour is not only to explain about favelas, but to give you a whole new understanding about different aspects of Brazilian society.Dinner at "Chon Kou Restaurant" (Asian food).

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in Copacabana beach

Day 04, 14 Sep: Rio de Janeiro – Iguazu, Brazil (B.D)

JJ3188, Rio De Janeiro (GIG) – Iguazu (IGU) 09:35/11:46   (subject to change)       

After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and then you will be visiting the Brazilian falls in a half day tour. Foz de Iguassu Falls are located on the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay - and have 275 large water flows, falling from a terrible height. Falls are located in the National Park with its unique flora and fauna, which appeared after a volcanic eruption, and the displacement of the earth formations. The name Tupi-Guarani Indian tribe is translated from the waterfalls and means "big water". There are 275 waterfalls, each of which has its own name, which rush down with a crash into the canyon of "Devil's Throat". There is an amazing contrast between the calm and even lazy river water over Iguassu Falls above and the powerful overthrow boiling water flows from a height of 72 meters into the abyss. You can stand for hours without stopping, watching this show and thinking about the magnificence of the universe and eternity. Then you will visit the bird park: you will go and visit the bird park with dozens different species of birds. You are transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy your dinner at Bufalo Branco Steakhouse with transfer.  

Accommodation: CONTINENTAL INN HOTEL**** or similar 

Day 05, 15 Sep: Iguazu(B.L.D)

Pick up at your hotel and full day crossing the border to Argentina with lunch. The first stop is at the Cataratas Station. The Argentina side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. On this side you are faced with the full view of the river and the magnitude of the gigantic Devils Throat. Lunch is included inside the park (’’El Fortin Restaurant’’). The tour include the amazing Great adventure boat Tour: it will be done while visiting the argentine route to the waterfalls. This safari combines a tour of 5 miles through the rainforest in four-wheel-drive vehicles and a sailing tour along the Iguazú River. The trip starts in the Macuco Port on board of semi rigid rubber dinghies. The navigation along the river includes 1.25 miles of rapids, even entering into the great Canyon called Garganta del Diablo, which is the more outstanding fall of the group. We are talking of a unique experience that allows you- if you feel like getting pretty wet and joining intense emotions – reach the base of one of the falls.After tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel and then will enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel. 

Accommodation: CONTINENTAL INN HOTEL**** or similar

Day 06, 16 Sep: Iguazu – Buenos Aires, Argentina(B.L.D)

LA7505, Iguazu (IGR) – Buenos Aires (AEP) 11:35/13:30 (subject to change)

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be transferred to have lunch. After lunch, enjoy an orientation city tour. When it comes to shopping, Buenos Aires can be one of the most charming cities in the world. From grand boulevards to the winding streets of Arroyo, the city offers an endless variety of boutiques, galleries and antique shops. Shopping malls have become a daily getaway and a convenient shopping location for many Portenos. You will have a chance to do some shopping in Buenos Aires as you will visit the most famous and exclusive stores in Buenos Aires. At night enjoy an amazing night in one of the most traditional tango venues of Buenos Aires! La Ventana. Enjoy traditional dishes of Buenos Aires (3 steps), accompanied by delicious wine (1/2 bottle per pax). The show goes through the history of the tango and life at the beginning of last century, with different dance couples and famous singers of tango. Private transfers are included.  

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in the city centre Dazzler Maipu**** or similar.

Day 07, 17 Sep: Buenos Aires Sightseeing (B.L.D)

Today you will do a half day Buenos Aires City Tour (5hr). With this tour you will understand why it's known the beautiful city of Buenos Aires as the "Paris of South America". The tour begins with a tour of 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world, where you can find the symbol of the city: the Obelisk. You will stop at Plaza de Mayo, where you will visit the Casa Rosada, name by which it is popularly known the presidential palace, and the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, with its incredible neoclassical facade, mausoleum of national hero, General San Martin. You will also visit squares as San Martin, Alvear and Plaza del Congreso. Important avenues like Corrientes, Av. De Mayo, among others. Important areas of the city like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and the most modern: Puerto Madero. At night dinner at ’’Parolaccia restaurant”. Transfers are included.

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in the city centre

Day 08, 18 Sep: Buenos Aires – Bariloche (B.L.D)

LA7762, Buenos Aires (AEP) – Bariloche (BRC) 08:00/10:25 (subject to change)

After early breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Bariloche in Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have your lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will go on a private half day guided tour of the ‘’Small Circle” with ascension to Campanario Hill included. You will have a private excursion of Small Circuit Tour with English speaking guide: It is almost compulsory that the first excursion done in Bariloche be the famous Circuito Chico, not only because it shows such an abundance of the places in the mountain range, but also because visitors see and fall in love with this city in just half a day. The tour begins downtown, more precisely on Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, which borders Lake Nahuel Huapi with a winding layout. This beautiful water body, which is a sight in itself is the largest lake in the region and, with its 55,700 hectares, is present almost all through the tour. The first stretch, in addition to urban architecture, includes the houses of pioneers, the Nautical Club and the Melipal neighborhood. As buildings are left behind, the scenery near the Nahuel Huapi begins to change. From this point, it shows off cypresses, maitenes, coihues and ñires, among other typical trees. In summer, this road acquires brilliant red and yellow colors from the rose hip bushes, blackberry and raspberry plants which bloom all around. 8 kilometers ahead, opposite Huemul Island, lies a beach called Bonita. Farther ahead, Serena Bay is reached, a small bathing resort with a boat ramp. At the 17th kilometer marker, stands the base of Mount Campanario, which reaches 1,050 meters of height and whose summit may be accessed through a chairlift (INCLUDED). Passing by the San Pedro Peninsula, the itinerary continues towards the Llao Llao Peninsula. At the 24th kilometer marker, the San Eduardo Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the Llao Llao Hotel may be spotted. Totally refurbished and with all its facilities open, the classical hotel is one of the best known postcards in Bariloche, with panoramic sights of the national park and Lakes Perito Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. The Llao Llao Municipal Park protects forests of coihues and cañas colihues, as well as creepers, bushes and other trees, which may be seen when hiking along its trails. After passing by Villa Tacul and Lake Escondido, the joint between Lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno is reached. This is crossed by Bridge Angostura, over the river bearing the same name. This is the ideal spot to have a break and go down to the rocky beaches of both lakes, lying 150 meters from one another. The circuit also shows the mountaineers cemetery, the Swiss hamlet and, finally, the panoramic or vantage point over Lake Moreno, at the 40th kilometer marker. The way back begins at El Trébol Lagoon and continues to the joint with Bustillo Avenue, which leads back to the city center. Thus, traveling along just 60 kilometers, visitors may admire lakes, mountains and native forests of singular beauty. Lunch at “Parrilla de Julian restaurant” (Refugio del Montañez). In the afternoon short walking tour through Bariloche with visit to the chocholate store will follow. Bariloche is famous for its chocholates. Dinner will be at hotel.

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in the city centre Kenton Palace 4* or similar.

Day 09, 19 Sep: San Martin de los Andes and the Seven Lake Day Trip (B.L.D)

After pickup at your Bariloche hotel, board your comfortable coach for the scenic drive on the Road of the Seven Lakes. While driving along the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the banks of the Limay River, listen to informative commentary from your guide regarding the history, natural resources, flora and fauna of the region. Pass Las Flores and Puerto Manzano on Nahuel Huapi's Huemul arm, then stop at picturesque Villa La Angostura. Enjoy the charming village while you smell the bracing mountain air and take the opportunity to stretch before continuing on your sightseeing journey. Follow the road of the Seven Lakes past Machocinco, Falkner, Correntoso, Escondido, Espejo and Villarino before reaching Lago Lácar (Lácar Lake). Arrive in San Martín de los Andes on Lago Lácar's shores, where can explore at your own pace. Stroll through the quaint streets, visiting small shops featuring local arts and handicrafts. Admire the Swiss-style architecture of the wooden buildings that hold shops renting expedition gear for adventures in the surrounding mountains. Stop to have lunch at the local restaurants. Board your bus for the return trip, relaxing into your seat as you drive through Paso Cordoba (Cordoba Pass) at an elevation of 3,940 feet (1,200 meters.) Pass spectacular scenery such as the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) the Anfiteatro (a natural rock amphitheater) and the meeting of the Limay and Traful rivers. Arrive back in Bariloche for drop-off at your hotel in the early evening. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: 4 star hotel in the city centre Kenton Palace 4* or similar.

Day 10, 20 Sep: Bariloche – El Calafate (B.L.D)

AR1690, Bariloche – El Calafate 09:40/11:25 (subject to change)

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you are met and taken to a local restaurant for your lunch. After lunch, pay a visit to Glaciarium Museum, a modern glacier Interpretation Centre, built to entertain and educate about ice, glaciers and the Patagonian Ice Fields. Time to visit as well the Glaciobar: it is located at Glaciarium’s underground and features ice walls. Everything is made of Ice; the glasses. And the bar, tables and couches are fully made up of glacier ice. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: ALTO CALAFATE**** or similar

Day 11, 21 Sep: Perito Moreno Glacier(B.L.D)

Today you'll start a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier  (one of Patagonia's only growing glaciers and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Once inside Los Glaciares National Park, you'll follow the route around Lago Argentino where 50 miles (80km) from El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier lies imposing with its 200 foot (60 meter) high ice walls. Follow the paths that lead you to face the glacier and get different impressive views, all while continuous detachments and constant ice breaking noises echoes in your surrounds! Box lunch will be included during this tour, as times are very tight. Next, hop on a boat (Nautical Safari; regular) for a cruise that will give you closer views of the stunning glacier. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: ALTO CALAFATE**** or similar

Day 12, 22 Sep: El Calafate – Torres del Paine(B.L.D)

After breakfast, you are transferred to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere. Our destination is Lake Sarmiento where we will be setting off on a beautiful walk around the shores of this deep blue lake. This area is normally home to large breeding groups of guanaco which we will spend some time photographing and observing. We will then walk across the Patagonian scrub with its unusual plantlife towards the salty shores of Laguna Amarga (bitter lake). Often frequented by Chilean flamingos, this is another good area for photographing wildlife. Reunited with our transfer vehicle, our next destination is the aptly named Laguna Azul. This is one of the prettiest areas in the park with far reaching views of the Towers across the blue waters of the lake. Inhabited by a variety of geese, ducks and grebes we can relax and enjoy the scenery before driving to our hotel for the night.

Accommodation: HOTEL RIO SERRANO**** or similar

Day 13, 23 Sep: Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales (B.L.D)

After breakfast, we will be meeting our driver to start our drive west towards the heart of the Park where we will have a chance to hike to waterfalls and glacier lookouts while photographing the incredible landscape and wildlife in front of us. One of these lookouts 'Mirador Condor' will hopefully give us a glimpse of the huge Andean Condor that nests high up in the rocky outcrops and hills of the area. With a huge wing span this member of the vulture family is as imposing when seen on the ground as when soaring high in the air. After plenty of time enjoying the landscape we will continue to travel to Puerto Natales for the night.

Accommodation: COSTRAUSTRALIS HOTEL**** or similar

Day 14, 24 Sep: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Santiago  (B.D)

LA292, Punta Arenas (PUQ) – Santiago 14:56/18:21

After breakfast, you are transferred to Punta Arenas airport (Approximate travel time is 3 hours to Punta Arenas) to take your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. Your dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: CROWN PLAZA SANTIAGO**** or similar

Day 15, 25 Sep: Santiago, the Chile – Lima, Peru (B.L.D)

LA600, Santiago – Lima 08:00/10:50 (subject to change)

Upon arrival at the airport, meet by the local guide to start the Lima city tour including simple lunch, visit to the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and its catacombs.  Proceed to modern district of Miraflores.  Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: SOL DE ORO**** or similar

Day 16, 26 Sep: Lima – Puerto Maldonado (B.L.D)

2I1190, LIM – PEM 07:55/09:25 (subject to change)

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Puerto Maldonado

Upon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru´s Capital City of Biodiversity, we will welcome you at the airport. Then, we´ll start our program with a visit around the city, on a bus. Afterwards, we will go to Puerto Capitanía, to board a motorized riverboat, and we´ll navigate on the Madre de Dios River. During the journey, we will submerge into a fascinating natural environment, if we are lucky we will witness Ronsocos, Caimans, Turtles, Herons, Cormorants and other animal species in their natural environment.

Arriving at the Ecoamazonia Lodge****, we will enjoy an exquisite welcome drink, we´ll get settled in our bungalows and will have lunch together.

Once satisfied, you will be conducted by our specialized tour guide through an interpretive trail conveniently signposted to the Caimán Cocha, a small lake with an abundant presence of specimens of Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger) and Caiman (Caiman Crocodilus).

At the end of the evening, you will witness the spectacular sunset in the Amazon, an experience full of intensities overwhelming color ranges.

Upon returning to the Lodge, a delicious dinner will await you, and enjoy free time to share unforgettable moments at the bar, equipped with an excellent game room and all the drinks you can imagine.

Accomodation: EcoAmazonia Lodge**** or similar.

Day 17, 27 Sep: Puerto Maldonado (B.L.D)

The morning begins with the sound of beautiful birdsongs from the Amazon Paradise. A hearty breakfast will provide the energy for a morning full of new experiences.

After breakfast, we´ll start to hike towards the depths of the forest, on trails especially prepared, with bridges to cross gorges and rivers.

During the journey we will observe the flooded forest and a variety of Flora and Wildlife, and continuing we´ll get to the majestic Lake Apu Victor with its crystal clear waters, surrounded by marshes and giant trees. Afterwards, we´ll go up to the Observation Deck, from which we´ll enjoy a panoramic view on the lake, observing Parrots, Macaws, Toucans, Camungos, Shanshos, Herons and other animals, such as Caimans, Turtles, etc., and if we are lucky, we´ll have a chance to observe the Giant Otter, one of the rainforest´s most spectacular animals. After several hours, we will head back to the Lodge to enjoy lunch together.

In the afternoon, accompanied by our specialized guide, we will visit Monkey Island, a unique place in the heart of Madre de Dios River, five minutes away from the Lodge. During the hike, we will observe extraordinary landscapes, with an exuberant flora, sheltering a variety of monkey species, in their natural habitat, such as Maquisapas, Capuchins, Small Lion Monkeys, Frailes, Cotos and other animal species like the Coati and Sloths and a great variety of birds.Finally, we´ll complete our visit of the island, enjoying the sunset, with the most impressive dusk in the jungle. Back to the lodge we conclude the day with a pleasant dinner.

Day 18, 28 Sep: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco(B.D)

AV808, PEM – CUZ  12:45/13:35 (subject to change)

After a restful night's sleep, the morning begins with the sound of beautiful birdsongs from the Amazon Paradise. In our dining room awaits a farewell breakfast before embarking the return to Puerto Maldonado and the airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival meet and transfer to Hotel.   PM Tour of the city and nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman. Dinner at Manka Restaurant (creole food) 

Accomodation: Hotel Sonesta**** or similar. 

Day 19, 29 Sep: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cuasco(B.L.D)

Breakfast. Departure to the Sacred Valley to visit Chinchero Market (open only on Thursdays and Sundays), the salt mines of Maras and the amphitheater of Moray. Lunch. Return to Cusco.  Diner at Kion, the Peruvian-Chinese restaurant.  Overnight at Hotel Sonesta.

Accomodation: Hotel Sonesta**** or similar. 

Day 20, 30 Sep: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B.L.D)

Breakfast.   Transfer to Poroy station to departure on the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.  Guided tour of the citadel (please note that if group is more than 16 passengers we would need an extra local guide for guiding Machu Picchu, due to Government regulations). Lunch. Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train.   Dinner with folklore show at Tunupa Restaurant.  

Accomodation:Hotel Sonesta**** or similar

Day 21, 01 Oct: Cusco – Puno (B.L.D)

Breakfast.  Departure with private bus and guide to Puno. En route visit the colonial church of Andahuaylillas and the archaeological remains of Racchi. Lunch on the way.  Arrive in Puno. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Accomodation: Hotel Sonesta**** or similar

Day 22, 02 Oct: Puno – Uros Islands – Lima(B.D)

LA2096, JUL – LIM  13:20/14:55 (subject to change)

Breakfast.   Morning tour of Uros Islands. Return to the airport visiting en route Sillustani Tombs. Flight from Juliaca to Lima. Arrive in Lima and transfer to Hotel. In the evening, round trip transfers to local restaurant for dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel Sol de Oro**** or similar

Day 23, 03 Oct: Lima – Santiago de Chile (B.D)

LA537, Lima (LIM) – Santiago (SCL) 09:15/14:55        

After breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to airport for your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Santiago on your own. Your dinner will be at your hotel.

Accommodation: CROWNE PLAZA**** or similar

Day 24, 04 Oct: Santiago - Sightseeing (B.L.D)

After breakfast you will have a Panoramic City Tour over Santiago de Chile (5hr, lunch time included). Today you will discover the capital city from the history of the colonial neighborhoods to the modernity of the new financial center also known as “Sanhattan”, be part of this trip through the different sceneries that characterize this Southamerican Metropolis. We will begin by the city's old residential area, passing by beautiful residences that today are part of the Barrio Universitario (university area). Our trip continues to the historical and financial City Center where the La Moneda government Palace, the Main Square and its buildings are the main highlights.

Accommodation: CROWNE PLAZA**** or similar

Day 25, 05 Oct: Santiago – Sydney (B)

QF28, Santiago (SCL) – Sydney 13:30/17:40+1

After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your flight homeward to Sydney and fly overnight. 

Day 26, 06 Oct: Sydney

Arrive at Sydney in the evening. Your unforgettable South America tour ends.

 This tour price: $13,980, now $12,980 only, per person, twin or double share.

 Single Supplement: $1,890

 This tour price includes:

  1. Qantas return economy class air-ticket: Sydney – Santiago – Sydney and airport taxes;
  2. All the air-tickets with taxes for all the internal flights within our itinerary in South America including Santiago – Rio de Janeiro – Foz de Iguazu – Buenos Aires – Bariloche//Punta Arenas – Santiago – Lima//Puerto Maldonado – Cusco//Juliaca – Lima – Santiago;
  3. 24 night accommodation mainly at 4 star hotels with breakfast;
  4. Meals as indicated in the itinerary (L = lunch and D = dinner), mostly local cuisines in local restaurants or hotels;
  5. Transfers and transport all through by deluxe air-conditioned coach;
  6. Night entertainments such as Samba Show, Tango Show, Peria Show etc.;
  7. Sightseeing tours with entry fees and national park fees as mentioned in the itinerary; 
  8. Professional English speaking guide;
  9. Government tax for accommodation in Brazil (it varies between USD $1 - $3 per room, per night).

This tour price excludes:

  1. Travel insurance;
  2. Visa fees (please refer to following for information);
  3. Gratiuties to guides and drivers (In South America tips often represent a substantial part of a workers earnings as wages are generally low. We suggest USD $6 per person, per day for the tour guides and USD $3 per person, per day for the drivers;
  1. Any meals or services not stated in the itinerary;
  2. All items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, drinks, excess baggage;

Important Notice:

        1. Passports - All travellers require a current passport with at least 6 months left on it at the end of the tour. Non-Australian passport holders require a re-entry visa for Australia;

        2. A Brazilian visa is required at a cost of $216 plus $20 processing fee. The Brazilian Consulate requires a minimum of 10 working days to process a visa application, not including postage time. To obtain your Brazilian visa the Consulate requires a copy of a current bank statement covering at least one month from a savings account which has a minimum of $2,500;

        3. A Chilean reciprocity visa fee applies for Australian passport holders and must be paid for locally on arrival into Chile, at a cost of $117 USD cash. Please note that these prices are not included in the tour price and conditions for these visas & fees imposed by the respective governments of each country are subject to change.

        4. Yellow Fever - You will need to have a Yellow Fever injection before departure and you will need to take the yellow card with you when travelling.




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