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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

14

nights

Galapagos Islands and Peru with Silversea and Belmond

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Journey Highlights

From the untrammelled natural paradise of the Galapagos Islands to the ancient wonders of the mysterious Incan cities, the eternally fascinating countries of Peru and Ecuador offer an irresistible pathway through some of South America’s most fascinating cultural and ecological gems. Combining the five-star service of Silversea Cruises and Belmond Hotels, explore the phenomenal sites in unrivalled luxury and style, as you seamlessly make your way through some of the essential highlights of any trip to these stunning countries. Whether being inspired by once-in-a-lifetime encounters with the natural world, browsing colourful indigenous market places or being awestruck by the staggering Andes Mountains, and the remains left behind by powerful civilisations from millennia ago, you are bound to feel the excitement of traversing this beautiful land.

Starting in Ecuador, this Journey incorporates a captivating cruise with Silversea around the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s most unique spots for wildlife watching, and celebrated for its influence over modern evolutionary science. Making your way around this alluring volcanic archipelago, learn from the onboard experts, and be introduced to curious creatures such as the Blue-footed Boobie, the endemic Flightless Cormorant, the largest colony of marine iguanas and the world-famous Giant Tortoises. Next, take flight for Peru for the second part of your journey, where you will make your way through the intriguing city of Lima, saturated with culture and beautiful architecture, before being immersed in authentic treasures along the way to Pisac – stop by Awanacancha and meet the llamas and alpacas before stopping by the marketplace to browse the vibrant handicrafts.

Covering many of the area’s most treasured archaeological sites, the highlight for many is the magnificent Machu Picchu. Staying for two nights at the fantastically situated Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to sit adjacent to the remains, you will have of plenty of time to savour this breathtaking monument, whether gazing upon the ruins from afar, hiking its surroundings or walking among these fascinating ruins. Next, you will board the iconic Belmond Hiram Bingham Train, travelling in timeless elegance to your final stop, Cuzco, one of the most picturesque towns in Peru. Perfectly blending together the heritage, history and natural beauty with sumptuous luxury accommodation, this Journey is the ultimate way to experience these spectacular countries.

Luxury City Breaks Culture & History Wildlife Encounters
Perfect for:

Seeing the stunning Galapagos Islands and the highlights of Peru

Guide Price:

Prices from £11,495 per person. The price includes accommodation, flights and transfers. The cruise is on an all-inclusive basis and includes guided tours.

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Your journey at a glance

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    1 night Quito, Ecuador
  • 2
    7 nights Silversea Galapagos Cruise
  • 3
    2 nights Lima, Peru
  • 4
    1 night Sacred Valley, Peru
  • 5
    1 night Machu Picchu, Peru
  • 6
    Belmond Hiram Bingham Train
  • 7
    2 nights Cuzco, Peru
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The Galapagos Island's are a year-round destination, with fantastic opportunities for wildlife spotting in any month. Nevertheless, due to the migratory patterns of the animals, if you have a particular interest in mind, you may wish to aim for a certain month. For example, sea turtles and land iguanas tend to hatch fin the month of March, while July is a fantastic time to witness the mating ritual of the Blue-footed Boobies. September is one of the quieter months on the islands. May to September is generally a good time to visit Peru, with clear skies and dry conditions offering fine viewing conditions of Machu Picchu. December to March is the wet season, though October can still offer good conditions, with an abundance of wildlife to see.

Fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito

Transfer to your hotel in Quito

Be met at the airport by a representative and receive a transfer to your hotel.

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Quito, Ecuador

Staying at

Casa Gangotena

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Perhaps lacking the level of global recognition enjoyed by its bordering South American counterparts, Quito’s unassuming and distinctly modest character is what makes the city so undisputedly likeable. And yet Quito has so much to offer, from its magnitude of churches, museums, romantic plazas and spiritual convents, the colonial structures alone are enough to merit a visit. Take a guided tour of the Presidential Palace or climb the steps of Basilica del Voto Nacional for panoramic views of a city framed by mountain peaks and the shadow of Pichincha volcano. Ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, the Old Town is the top attraction to visit; donning a distinctly laid back vibe, the chatter of stall vendors, street performers, hawkers and working locals is mesmerising. Combine the Old Town with a trip to Mitad del Mundo, ‘The Middle of the World’, located at 0° latitude, here you can stand on the equator - amidst the heat and the dust, admire the monument and revel in the fact you weigh less here than anywhere else in the world.

Staying at

Casa Gangotena

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Casa Gangotena is a gorgeous, stylish boutique hotel housed within a restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the historic heart of Quito. It is thought to be built on a site where an Inca temple once stood and in more recent history, it belonged to the Gangotena family, who were one of Quito’s most wealthy and influential families. With just thirty-one guest rooms and suites spread over three storeys, the hotel offers an intimate, homely atmosphere and it’s contemporary design is accentuated with antiques, fine furnishings and, of course, modern technology such as complimentary wi-fi and air-conditioning. Sophistication and elegance resonates throughout, whether in the dining room, the glass-enclosed patio area, the pretty garden, the wood-panelled library or on the panoramic third-floor terrace, where guests can sit and admire views of the Old Town. 


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:An historic hotel in the heart of historic Quito
  • Feature:Sample the hotel’s own Ecuadorian chocolate
  • Rooms:31 rooms & suites
  • Location:Ecuador
  • Nearest airport:Quito Airport
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Fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands

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Silversea Galapagos Cruise

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Spend seven days cruising the otherworldly realm of the Galapagos Islands, and follow the footpath of Charles Darwin, who was inspired by the undisturbed nature of its inhabitants.

Day 1 – Your first stop is San Cristobal, one of the larger islands in the archipelago, inhabited by approximately six-thousand people. Next, you will circumnavigate Kicker Rock, two towering volcanic rock formations, where your expedition leader will point out seabirds such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and frigate birds. As evening falls, you will pause and watch the beautiful sunset display at this iconic Galapagos location.

Day 2 – Anchor at Sullivan Bay, within sight of the Bartolome Island, one of the most visited and most photographed in the archipelago. Transported to the shore by a Zodiac boat, here is your chance to watch for Lava Lizards, Galapagos Hawks and Blue-footed Boobies. Visitors will also be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas across the islands, before moving on to Playa Espumilla, home to a variety of wildlife such as nesting green sea turtles, flamingos, White-Cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels and America Oystercatchers.

Day 3 – Be amazed by the imposing volcanic coastline at your next stop, Punta Vicenta Roca, on Isabela Island. The cliffs are home to endemic Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos fur seals, Blue-footed Boobies and marine iguanas, while below the surface of the water, Eastern Pacific green sea turtles or, if conditions allow, eagle rays, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and schools of tuna can be seen. Your next stop of the day is Fernandina Island, where hundreds of marine iguana rest on the black rock of the lava flows, absorbing the heat from the stone. You might also see Galapagos sea lion cubs sheltering here, nests of iguana eggs or Flightless Cormorants drying their wings in the sunshine.

Day 4 – Start your day with a visit to Tagus Cove, where along with an abundance of wildlife, the ship can safely anchor for its guests to kayak, snorkel or head ashore to discover centuries-old names of ships carved into the rock. You may also hike through the forest of Palo Santo trees to hike the volcanic cone. In the afternoon, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the tranquil inlets of Elizabeth Bay, and watch out for Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos penguins and sea lions and Lightfoot crabs, before passing by the imposing volcanoes of Sierra Negra and Alcedo and weaving through the mangroves.

Day 5 – Named after a post box that was placed ashore around the year 1813, Post Office Bay is the next stop on your journey. Leave a letter behind, and see if you can spot one you can deliver for a previous guest when back home, before exploring the underground caves or snorkelling off the beach. Cruising by Isla Champion, where you might encounter a myriad of marine life, your next stop of the day is the northernmost point of Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant. Famed for its fabulous flamingos, follow the trail to the sandy beach where you might spot female sea turtles venturing out of the sea to lay their eggs.

Day 6 – Arrive at Cerro Dragon on the island of Santa Cruz, whose resident iguanas once played an important role in a conservation program headed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. Next, you will arrive at the northern shore of the island of Santa Cruz, where the beautiful Las Bachas beaches span a full kilometre – look out for more turtles and their nesting sites!

Day 7 – Your next stop is Los Gemolos, translating as ‘the twins’ in Spanish, named after the pair of enormous sinkholes caved into the ground – a sight that never fails to impress first-time visitors! Walk along the craters edge before seeing giant Santa Cruz tortoises and wading through the green fields in search of one of Darwin’s more famed finches, the Woodpecker Finch. Next, it is time to visit the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station, which also comprises the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre for celebtrated Giant Tortoises and land iguanas. Enjoy some free time here, too, when you can explore the local art galleries and cafes in the island town.

Day 8 – Finish your cruise on Baltra Island, and prepare to depart for the Ecuador mainland.

Fly from the Galapagos Islands to Lima, via Quito.

Fly from Baltra in the Galapagos Islands to Quito, where you will join your connecting flight to Lima with assistance from a helpful representative.

Private car transfer to Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Be greeted at the airport and receive a welcome pack, including a detailed itinerary for your journey ahead, along with local maps, shopping and restaurant recommendations and background information for the sites you will visit.

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nights

Lima, Peru

Staying at

Belmond Miraflores Park

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Depending on what time of year you visit, Lima will either greet you with a dense curtain of mist or bask you in glorious rays of sunlight. Visit between the months of December and April and you can expect blue skies and radiant sunshine whereas between May and October, prepare for a low, albeit majestic grey fog. Being the capital of Peru, Lima is large, gritty and densely populated with both people and infrastructure.

While here, you will be able to benefit from an eight-hour tour led by a specialist guide, who will reveal the fascinating secrets of Lima, from the city’s colonial architecture shadowed by modern high rises, to remnants of the country’s pre-Hispanic heritage and ancient history. Starting with a visit to the ancient adobe pyramid that sits in the middle of the city, Huaca Huallamarca; this ancient monument dates back to around 200BC, and once served a variety of functions, including acting as a religious temple and a cemetery for those who inhabited the area.

The next stop on your tour will be the Larco Herrera Museum, where you will explore thousands of years of complex ancient history, manifested in fascinating pre-Columbian ceramics, through to the changes in culture brought about by the Spanish conquest. Continuing on, explore the colonial area of Lima, featuring the 16th Century cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the Main Square, surrounded by beautiful baroque-style buildings. You will also visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the continent and owned by the same family for seventeen generations. Still in superb condition, the period decor, courtyard and chapel beautifully reflect the various periods the house has lived through since it was built in 1527.

Depending on your interests, your tour can be tailored to include other sites of the city, such as La Casona de San Marcos, the Convent of San Fransisco and its catacombs, Huaca Pucllana and the Museo de la Inquisition.

Staying at

Belmond Miraflores Park

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Belmond Miraflores Park is a contemporary-style hotel set in Miraflore - a fashionable, leafy district of Lima - and is just moments away from the city's Colonial architecture, museums, galleries, upscale shopping opportunities and glamorous restaurants and bars. Boasting an enviable cliffside location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a park, the hotel’s Junior, Deluxe Junior and Presidential Pool Suites have recently been elegantly refurbished and all boast bay or floor-to-ceiling windows and luxurious marble bathrooms - some even have their own private terraces. Ascend to the eleventh floor at the top of the hotel for a spectacular heated rooftop swimming pool (with pool service in the summer), fitness facilities and classes in the gym and pampering massages and treatments at Zest Spa – do make sure you also arrive there as dawn breaks for a sumptuous buffet breakfast and jaw-dropping sunrises at The Observatory Restaurant. For the ultimate treat, request the services of the Bath Butler and enjoy a heavenly bath experience. Combine this with Pisco Sour cocktails at the effortlessly stylish Belo Bar, followed by dinner at the hotel's trendy Tragaluz Restaurant, one of the most stylish dining establishments in the city.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A stylish Belmond hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Feature:The rooftop pool and restaurant offer formidable ocean views
  • Rooms:82 rooms & suites
  • Location:Peru
  • Nearest airport:Lima International Airport
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Private transfer to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima

Fly to Cuzco

Be met by a representative, and be escorted through the airport for your flight to Cuzco.

Private car transfer to Sacred Valley

Be met by your expert guide, at Cuzco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, and drive to Sacred Valley.  On your way, you will stop by Awanacancha to see some of the country’s llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos, and Pisac Market and ruins, where you can browse handicrafts and fresh produce. You will be given a multi-use entrance ticket which includes access to multiple sites in the Sacred Valley area.

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Sacred Valley, Peru

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

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After spending the night in the luxurious Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, awake the following morning to enjoy a guided visit to Ollantaytambo Town and Fortress. This ancient Incan archaeological site is uniquely preserved and is still inhabited by people living in traditional dwellings. During the time of the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, later serving as a stronghold of the Inca Resistance at the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru. It continues to be a remarkable spectacle, and is one of the lesser crowded must-see points of interest of the Sacred Valley.

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

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Remotely located in the heart of Peru's verdant Sacred Valley of The Incas, Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is perfect for relaxation and nestles peacefully between a lush mountain backdrop and the Urubamba River. It also offers the ideal base for exploration of the valley and for visiting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, which can be found less than two hours away by train. The hotel's sympathetically designed exterior, constructed of stone and timber, brings to mind a traditional Andean village and this architectural theme continues in the interior spaces, which feature whitewashed walls, timber floors, traditional stonework and tastefully styled smatterings of brightly coloured Andean soft furnishings and artefacts. Spacious guest rooms, suites and the two villas boast a minimal, yet traditional design, with features such as heated floors in the marble bathrooms, to vivid splashes of colour covering the cushions and dressing the beds, and to help induce a peaceful ambience in the accommodation, televisions are deliberately lacking, though the modern conveniences of preloaded iPods and iPod docks, along with wi-fi internet access throughout the resort, are available to guests, if they wish. The hotel's riverside gardens are splendid and provide a tranquil place for guests to enjoy the surrounding landscape, while an alternative location to relax by is the lovely heated swimming pool, with attentive pool butlers on hand to proffer cooling drinks, towels and a menu of light dishes. Leisure pursuits and facilities include a spa, yoga and horse-riding, along with a selection of activities suitable for keeping younger guests entertained, and for those who aspire to enjoy a more spiritual lifestyle, mystic ceremonies, conducted by an Andean Shaman, profess to rejuvenate the spirit and bring guests closer to nature.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A peaceful luxury hotel built to resemble an Andean village
  • Feature:An excellent base from which to explore ancient Machu Picchu
  • Rooms:21 rooms & suites and 2 villas
  • Location:Peru
  • Nearest airport:Cuzco Airport
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Take the Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

With spectacular panoramic windows boasting incredible scenic views, enjoy the magnificent landscape as you journey to Aguas Celientes.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, board a bus for your winding journey up to Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Staying at

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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Without doubt, Peru’s greatest attraction is the mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilised by the Incas as a secret ceremonial city, at least this seems to be the most popular theory (academics, however, muse that it may have been an agricultural testing station, a prison or an estate of an Inca Emperor).

On your day of arrival, having taken a bus journey to the site, enjoy a two to three hour guided visit of Machu Picchu before spending the remaining afternoon exploring the ruins on your own terms, after the crowds have dispersed. When you have finished, return by bus to your hotel for the night, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

The next day, take an early bus journey for a choice of excursions, and enjoy an action-filled day at these world-famous ruins. The least strenuous option is a forty-minute round-trip walk to a stone Inca Bridge along a narrow road and through lush foliage. More challenging routes can also be taken. An eighty-minute walk to the Gate of the Sun leads you to the original gateway to Machu Picchu and the first point along the Inca Trail from which view of the main ruins are visible. If you not afraid of heights, and have a good hiking stamina, take on Huayna Picchu, the mountain that stands behind Machu Picchu with beautiful views from the top. Alternatively, the rigorous hike up Machu Picchu itself is a steep 3,050 meters, and takes between three and four hours there and back.

Staying at

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu sits alone at the entrance to the world’s most famous Inca citadel. As the only hotel standing adjacent to the formidable Urubmamba mountain range and tumbling stone steps of Machu Picchu, the lodge’s location is unbeatable. The property has been sensitively incorporated into the hillside, offering guests demure, mellow rooms and flourishing gardens overlooking the verdant hollows of forested mountain slopes. Many rooms face Huyana Picchu – the impossibly steep peak and hauntingly beautiful icon of the Andes panorama. Wake early and enjoy breakfast on your terrace while watching the dawn break through a cloak of darkness. By day, explore the Incan ruins – arrive before the hoards and leave long after they depart and then watch silence fall over the region from your outdoor hot tub.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The only hotel to be located adjacent to Machu Picchu
  • Feature:Admire breathtaking sunrises from your terrace
  • Rooms:31 rooms & suites
  • Location:Peru
  • Nearest airport:Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport
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Take a bus journey back to the town of Aguas Calientes to join the Hiram Bingham Train

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Belmond Hiram Bingham Train

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After exploring the magnificent Machu Picchu, continue on to your next destination on the glamorous Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. On board, relive the ‘Golden Age’ of luxury travel with a 1920s-style journey on this exquisite train. From Aguas Calientes to Poroy, take in the stunning scenery and be inspired by the lush landscape and Andean villages of the Sacred Valley, while taking it easy in the luxurious comfort of the elegant dining cars, bar or observation car, furnished in polished wood and brass. With a dedicated team of waiting staff on hand to cater to guest’s needs, there is no finer way to travel through beautiful vistas of Peru.

Transfer from Poroy train station to Cuzco

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Cuzco, Peru

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

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Cuzco is a historically fascinating city that hasn't yet been gobbled up by modern high-rises and metal infrastructure. Home to a multitude of ancient treasures, Cuzco was once the capital of the Incan empire, later conquered and partly destroyed by the Spanish. As a consequence, the city hosts a fabulous mix of Hispanic influences alongside ancient Incan foundations.

After spending the night in one of Peru’s most luxurious hotels, spend the next day of your journey exploring one of South America’s most beautiful cities, Cuzco, with a four hour tour with an expert guide. Beginning in the Plaza de Armas in the city centre, which was traditionally Cuzco’s main centre and is still the city’s largest square, explore the streets saturated with enriching history. Visit the Renaissance-style cathedral, one of the most imposing structures in the city, before stopping to admire the exquisite stonework of the Inca ‘Sun Temple’, once the central worship site for the Incas. Although many of the temple’s walls and chambers remain, a great deal has been crushed beneath the relics of a Spanish church. Much of Cuzco is like this – an intertwining jumble of Incan versus Spanish remnants. You’ll also walk around the bustling, open-air San Pedro market, where you can browse the variety of fruit and vegetables, before heading to the outskirts of the city to see the important Sacsayhuaman.

Staying at

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

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For a truly unique experience, flushed with historical significance, look no further than Belmond Hotel Monasterio in historic Cuzco. Sympathetically adapted from a 16th century monastery, this splendid hotel is bursting at the seams with character and charm. Built in 1595, the building became a base for Catholic priests and, amazingly, the original artwork from this period still adorns its walls. Heavy wooden doors and courtyard gardens, bordered by dozens of stone archways, make for an unusual exterior, while guest rooms and suites are cosy and intimate, decorated in traditional Spanish Colonial style and look out onto the central courtyard or the city. The hotel boasts two restaurants, a bar and a therapy suite for massages and can organise a number of exciting activities, including cookery classes, art tours, treasure hunts for little ones, sightseeing tours of Cuzco and Pisco-tasting with the barman. Belmond Hotel Monasterio is located at an altitude of eleven thousand feet, so oxygen replenishment is a welcome in-room luxury for much of the accommodation, while the large roaring fireplace in the lobby accentuates the hotel’s homely appeal.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Centrally located 16th century monastery in Cuzco
  • Feature:Oxygen enrichment helps with the hotel's high altitude
  • Rooms:126 rooms & suites
  • Location:Peru
  • Nearest airport:Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
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Transfer from your hotel to Cuzco Airport

Fly back to the UK

Fly to the UK, via Lima, with help from airport representatives.

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