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  • Hike Sierra Nevada volcano (not included) on Isabela Island

  • Hike Sierra Nevada volcano (not included) on Isabela Island

   

Galapagos & Peru

  • Discover Machu Picchu, Lima, Quito & Cusco
  • Spot Galapagos Tortoises, Sea Lions & more
Includes Return International Flights

Go in search of some of the world's most stunning panoramas and unique creatures on this 16 day tour of the Galapagos Islands and Peru.

Explore Peru's sacred Inca treasures including a visit to the one of the world's top bucket list destinations, Machu Picchu, a New Seven Wonders of the World. Experience the rich culture of city life in Cusco and Lima. Visit the Ecuadorian capital Quito, a UNESCO city of European, Moorish and indigenous architectural traditions. Enjoy the remarkable eco-sanctuary of the Galapagos Islands on a five day expedition. Explore the volcanic Isabela Island, visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre and Flamingo Lagoon, search for Galapagos Penguins, white-tipped reef sharks, herons, marine iganas and more. Includes return international flights, four internal flights, 10 nights hotel accommodation, and three nights in a beach house on Isabela Island.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or *Adelaide for Lima, Peru. Fly with with LATAM Airlines or Qantas Airways (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Lima, be met by a representative who will transfer you to your accommodation in Miraflores.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast enjoy a city tour and visit key sites of Lima, including Huaca Pucllana, Colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor and the Government Palace, and the Central bank Museum. Afterwards return to the accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your internal flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Today we start early this morning with a transfer to the train station. The train leaves at amidday (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5 hour journey of majestic views, arrive at Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) to spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural springs (not included).

Casa Andina Classic, Machu Picchu Meals included: Breakfast

Rise early this morning and enjoy your breakfast. A guide will pick you up from your hotel this morning to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you may have the opportunity to watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel you will begin the guided walking tour (approximately 2 hours). After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure. This afternoon, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). You will then be transferred to the train station and begin the journey back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore at your own pace or take part in an optional city tour (not included), a half day tour to the South Valley (not included) or a full day tour of the Sacred Valley (not included).

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Today fly from Cusco to Lima. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport for your one-way international flight to Quito. On your arrival you will be picked up at the Quito airport and welcomed. Quito is considered a UNESCO city, the biggest, best-preserved colonial city of South America. In 1978, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Incan Empire. In the evening, one of the trip leaders will organise a welcome meeting to talk about the Galapagos expedition. Tonight enjoy Quito.

Hotel Mercure, Quito Meals included: Breakfast

Today, get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where, Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. A magical place where dreams of swimming with sea lions, turtles and fish become a reality. Board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra (Galapagos). Once there, head towards the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in the Galapagos. From here, take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where most volcanic activity is reported. The island is formed by 6 shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, 5 of them still active and therefore, the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During the island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).

Cormorant Beach House, Isabela Meals included: Breakfast

Today in the morning after a very tasty breakfast by the beach, prepare the backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. One of the highlights of today is the Tortoise Breeding Centre, where we will see the giant tortoises in the various stages of development, from eggs to small hatchlings, to juveniles to sub adults. We will also visit the flamingo lagoon, and the area called wetlands “Humedales”. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oystercatchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. In the afternoon, we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduc e successfully.

Cormorant Beach House, Isabela Meals included: Breakfast

Free day in Isla Isabella. Hike the Sierra Nevada volcano (not included) or take a horseback ride to the top of the Sierra Nevada volcano (not included)

Cormorant Beach House, Isabela Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning, embark in a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Islands (approx. 2 hour journey). During the island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). On arrival, will check in at the hotel. Today visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species met during the adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! See other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike. Also observe frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a freshwater lake.

Hotel Silberstein, Santa Cruz Island Meals included: Breakfast

After your final breakfast on the Galapagos Islands, transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland and overnight in Quito, for your last night in South America! Please note: an early morning departure will be required on Day 14. A transfer will be arranged to the airport to meet this flight.

Hotel Mercure, Quito Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart early morning for your flight home to Australia after one bucket-list experience you won’t soon forget! A packed breakfast will be provided and available to be picked up from the hotel reception the night before. Please note: most flights will depart at approximately 4:00am, where you will have a stopover in Santiago airport (please note: stopovers may be up to 11 hours in total due to limited flight availability. A 8-hour lounge pass will be provided so you may wait in comfort).

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals included: In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Itinerary - 2

Today enjoy the day free at leisure to explore this colonial city.

Hotel Mercure, Quito Meals included: Breakfast

On the first day of your extension adventure; drive north of Quito to the Equator monument complex. The visit to the middle of the world is mandatory once you are in Ecuador, it is the place where you will be able to stand on both sides of the hemispheres, north and south at the same time and feel the neutral forces of the equator. On our way, we will also stop for a view of the Pululahua crater, the third biggest inhabited volcano crater in the world, hosting more than 400 people. Then we will reach the little town of Mindo, nestled into the cloud forest. This area is filled with a wide variety of plants and animal life – perfect for a nice introduction to the diversity of Ecuador. Mindo and its surrounding cloud forest are a birdwatcher's paradise! In the afternoon we will visit a chocolate factory for a 1 hour guided tour, where you will have the chance to follow the process of the cocoa, from harvesting the seed to the final product. Here you may also enjoy a delicious brownie or a cup of real hot cocoa.

El Septimo Paraiso, Mindo Meals included: Breakfast

Today explore the pristine cloud forest, crossing cable cars and hiking along waterfalls, surrounded by a lush green area filled with toucans and colourful birds. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy the several optional activities offered in this area. You can go whitewater rafting or "tubing" (with several large inner-tubes tied together) as our steely-nerved guides steer you through thrilling rapids (not included). Or try canopy zip-line (sailing along one of 13 zip-lines over the beautiful canopy of the cloud forest) (not included). One of the highlights of today is the visit to the butterfly farm located 10 minutes from Mindo on a private reserve private reserve called 'Mariposas of Mindo'. Here, watch gargantuan butterflies dry their wings after emerging from their jewel-like cocoons. You can dip your fingers into a banana concoction and then be thrilled as butterflies the size of bird’s land on your hands for a snack.

El Septimo Paraiso, Mindo Meals included: Breakfast

Our day starts with a unique scenic drive back up to the highlands and reach the Pan-American Highway heading north on the way to the world-famous indigenous town of Otavalo. Here we will admire the endless number of handicrafts and local people, where you will have some time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets, which are filled with Otavalo indigenous people wearing the typical blue ponchos, and we will have the opportunity to explore their handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewellery, tapestries and more at bargain prices. In Otavalo, there will be enough time for shopping and interaction with the locals. In the afternoon, we will drive to Cotacachi town, made famous for the most amazing leather goods and beauty as a small village. You will have some free time for you to explore the shops or simply take one of the best coffees in Ecuador at the main square. Later we will finally arrive at this historical beautiful hacienda of Pinsaqui where we will overnight, enjoy a typical Andean cocktail as welcome, and learn about the History of this place.

Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo Meals included: Breakfast

Today we will first visit Cotacahi Cayapas ecological reserve to see the breath-taking scenery of the crystalline-clear waters of this active volcano and the amazing surrounding landscapes. At the end of a short hike, we will take a boat ride to the centre of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano, watching bubbles coming up from the centre of the caldera. Later, we will be transferred to Peguche, a small village located in the heart of the Andes, where you will live an unforgettable cultural experience, immersing yourself in the true spirit of the South-American highlands. You will help the local people prepare a delicious lunch using the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields and share with them precious moments of conviviality. In the late afternoon, we will reach the luxury volcanic hot-springs resort of Papallacta, where you will have the chance to relax and enjoy the facilities surrounded by the view of the majestic Andean mountains.

Termas de Papallacta (Spa resort), Papallacta Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast enjoy the chance to take one last dip in the open-air hot springs, before driving south on the Pan-americana Highway towards the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. The snow-capped volcano is surrounded by its National Park, home to abundant plant life, a rich fauna and Inca ruins. We will begin our visit at the interpretation centre at the entrance of the park, before continuing our drive across the páramo to the Limpiopungo Lake. During a short walk around the lake we can observe a variety of birds and enjoy the stunning views of the almost symmetrical cone of the Cotopaxi. Please note: an early morning departure will be required on Day 20. A transfer will be arranged to the airport to meet this flight.

Hotel Mercure, Quito

Today depart early morning for your flight home to Australia after one bucket-list experience you won’t soon forget! A packed breakfast will be provided and available to be picked up from the hotel reception the night before. Please note: most flights will depart at approximately 4:00am, where you will have a stopover in Santiago airport (please note: stopovers may be up to 11 hours in total due to limited flight availability. A 8-hour lounge pass will be provided so you may wait in comfort).

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals included: In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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- Tour the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
- Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
- Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
- Explore the 'Imperial City' of Cusco
- Stay in Aguas Calientes 'hot springs town'
- Enjoy a five day Galapagos Island Expedition
- Island hop through the breath-taking Galapagos Islands
- Explore the volcanic Isabela Island
- Learn about the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoise at a Tortoise Breeding Centre
- Explore Flamingo Lagoon and the Humedales wetlands
- Discover Tintoreras Islet and its unique wildlife
- Visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island
- Hike through 'El Chato' Reserve in the Galapagos highlands
- See the Giant Galapagos Tortoise in the wild
- Spot sea lions, turtles, flamingoes, penguins, iguanas, frigatebirds and more
- Experience Quito, Ecuador a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL
- One-way International flight: Lima, Peru to Quito, Ecuador
- 2 return domestic flights: Lima to Cusco & Quito to Baltra
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- 3 nights in a beach house on Isabela Island
- Enjoy daily breakfast
- Return train tickets to Aguas Calientes with Inca Rail Company
- Return bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Professional English-speaking tour leader
- Airlines taxes and surcharges
- Transportation by A/C vehicles
- Return airport and boat transfers
All of the above plus the following;
- 6 nights accommodation including one night in a traditional Hacienda with a welcome Andean cocktail
- Daily breakfast including one authentic Ecuadorian lunch in a small village
- Travel to the 'middle of the world' and stand on both sides of the North and Southern hemisphere
- Discover the Pululahua crater, the third biggest inhabited volcano crater in the world
- Visit a chocolate factory and learn about how cocoa is processed and transformed into chocolate
- Explore the magnificent Mindo Cloud Forest and see colourful toucans and more
- Experience the beautiful displays of butterflies at a butterfly farm
- Wander the Otavalo handicraft Markets
- Discover the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve
- Visit Cuicocha Lake; a 200m deep lake in a volcanic crater
- Relax in Hot Springs at Papallacta in the Andean mountains
- See the highest snow-capped volcano in the world; Cotopaxi
- Explore beautiful Limpiopungo Lake and its abundant wildlife

Important info

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BOOKING INFORMATION

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated).

OFFER ESSENTIALS

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 3rd October 2017

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
16 Day Package: $1900
22 Day Package w/ Ecuador Mainland Extension: $2400

Departure Dates (2018)
April: 18
May: 9
June: 6
August: 1
September: 5
October: 3

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or *Adelaide

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $100 per person

FLIGHTS

Airline/s Used
LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand, plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)

Arrive early in Lima, Peru
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stay behind in Quito, Ecuador
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stopover Packages
Twin share: $550 per person
Solo Traveller: $850 
Locations:
* Santiago, Chile
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Only an inbound stopover may be chosen (Post-tour)
- Please note entry into Chile also requires the additional payment of a Chilean reciprocity fee at approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person payable upon entry

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: not available
- Business Class: buy now for $7499 per person
Please note: 
- All upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded)
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used
16 Day Package:
3-4 Star (self-rated)
- Lima (Peru): Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro
- Cusco (Peru): Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza
- Quito (Ecuador): Hotel Mercure
- Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos - Ecuador): Hotel Silberstein
2-3 Star (self-rated)
- Isabela Island (Galapagos - Ecuador): Cormorant Beach House 

22 Day Package:
3-4 Star (self-rated)
- Lima (Peru): Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro
- Cusco (Peru): Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza
- Quito (Ecuador): Hotel Mercure
- Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos - Ecuador): Hotel Silberstein
- Mindo (Ecuador): El Septimo Paraiso
- Otavalo (Ecuador): Hacienda Pinsaqui
- Papallacta (Ecuador): Termas de Papallacta (Spa resort)
2-3 Star (self-rated)
- Isabela Island (Galapagos - Ecuador): Cormorant Beach House 
*Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights
- Lima, Peru (Pre Tour): $180 per room including breakfast
- Quito, Ecuador (Post Tour): $180 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind

Maximum Room Capacity
2 people

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children 12 years old and over
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share
Not available

Bedding Configuration
Double (Queen or King) or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)

Adjoining Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 32 per vehicle

Optional Tours / Activities
CUSCO:
- Half day city tour: $30 USD (approx. $40 AUD)
- Full Day Sacred Valley Tour: $45 USD (approx. $60 AUD)
- South Valley Tour: $40 USD (approx. $55 AUD)
Please note: The Cusco City Tour and the Sacred Valley Tour have some entrance fees that are not included in the tour price. You can by a Cusco Tourist Ticket which will cover these fees and can be purchased directly through the land operator. General Ticket - $45 USD (approx. $61 AUD) (Recommended if you wish to participate in the Sacred Valley Tour). Partial Ticket - $25 USD (approx. $34 AUD) (Recommended if you wish to participate in the Cusco City Tour)

ISABELA ISLAND:
- Hike to the top of Sierra Negra: $50 USD (approx. $70 AUD)
- Horse ride to Sierra: $95 USD (approx. $130 AUD)
- Lava tunnels Snorkelling: $130 USD (approx. $180 AUD)
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate
- Tours will operate as a shared service (not private)

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Peru or Ecuador is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Recommended gratuities/tipping at approximately $16 USD per day
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FLIGHTS:
Luggage:
All airlines offer at least 23kg check in and 8kg carry (minimum 5kg carry-on with some internal flights). Please note this luggage allowance is subject to change based on individual airline rules and regulations

LOUNGE PASSES (Stopover/Transit) in Santiago, Chile Airport):
A 9 hour lounge pass (3 x lounge pass vouchers) will be provided post-tour for customers due to flight availability and scheduling beyond TripADeal's control. Please note; the departure lounge closes at 10:00pm, which will allow you up to 8-9 hours access.

COACH TOUR:
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour manager will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services throughout the tour. The recommended tipping rounds off to approximately $16 USD per person per day, which will be collected on tour.
Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. 

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note; a reasonable to high level of fitness will be required (more importantly for 'optional tours').

High Altitude Illness: 
Altitude illness occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the air at high altitudes, including Cuzco (11,000 feet). Altitude illness will affect some travellers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. Symptoms may include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and trouble sleeping. For some it will pass within a few hours, however for many the condition if gone untreated may last for several days.
If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel. 


VISAS

A Tourist visa for Peru and Ecuador is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport. 
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
Please Note: Customers choosing the Stopover package post-tour will require to pay a Chilean Reciprocity Fee of approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person paid at airport customs in Chile. This fee is paid in US dollars and we recommend customers carry sufficient US dollars in cash to pay this fee as credit card facilities may be unavailable. This does not affect customers who do not choose the stopover package.

INSURANCE

TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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