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You’re already coming this far . . . Why not add another dimension to your South American experience by visiting the iconic wine country of Chile? You’ll be based in Santiago, enjoying sightseeing in the exciting capital and nearby Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, see the beautiful Andean countryside as you explore the Casablanca and Santa Rita wineries, enjoying tastings of some of Chiles’ classic vintages.
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Fly to Santiago, Chile’s historic capital
Fly to Santiago this morning. Upon arrival, a panoramic tour reveals the city’s colonial and contemporary highlights. You’ll have a chance to stroll down the famous Alameda, the city’s bustling main avenue, and explore the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, the stunning white Central Post Office, and the National History Museum — itself an historical monument. Enjoy your included dinner at a local restaurant.
Visit colorful Valparaíso, one of Chile’s most important seaports and its second-largest city. Set in a natural amphitheater overlooking the sea, the city boasts a historic quarter named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 19th-century architecture and urban planning. Today, Valparaíso is a romantic and revived city, a renowned educational center, and a culinary hotbed. After soaking in its beauty and charm, stop by a winery in the famed Casablanca Valley to get a taste of the country’s best white wines.
Visit Santa Rita winery and fly home
Get a taste of Chile’s wine culture today during a visit to the renowned Santa Rita winery. Enjoy a tour and tasting during your stay, along with a freshly prepared lunch. After, you’ll transfer to the airport for your late evening departure back to the U.S.
In scale and biodiversity, there is no other rainforest like the Amazon. More than 1,000 bird species, 300 types of mammals, and 45,000 species of plants are spread over a jungle the size of the contiguous United States. Enhance your expedition with a thrilling exploration of this breathtaking place. You’ll get around like the locals do, including by boat, and have up-close views of monkeys and safari outings to spot fascinating birdlife, nocturnal alligators, and more. You’ll call an eco-friendly lodge your home, dine on freshly prepared meals of exotic fruits and fresh ingredients, and retire each evening to your own bungalow where the songs of the forest will lull you to sleep.
Fly to Manaus, Brazil
Fly to Manaus today. You arrive after midnight and check into your hotel.
Explore the Amazon
Transfer this morning to your Amazon lodge in the most thrilling way — by boat along the Tarumã River! After settling into your bungalow, take a walk through the monkey forest as your guide points out the various species cavorting in the canopy overhead. After lunch on your own, head out to visit a local family to learn about Amazonian traditions and customs. Then, stop by a fishing spot to go angling for the notorious piranha fish. After dinner at the lodge, take a canoe out with an experienced guide to see if you can spot alligators.
Witness the Meeting of the Waters
Following a delicious breakfast of Western favorites and locally harvested fruits like bananas and papaya, join a full-day tour to view the Meeting of the Waters. Where the Amazon and the Tapajós rivers converge, their waters retain their own distinct colors for several miles as they flow side by side. It is one of the Amazon’s many remarkable phenomena.
Take a jungle walk and return to Manaus
Begin today with a walk into the Amazon so you may witness the jungle as it wakes from its slumber. Keep an eye out for macaws, toucans, and squirrel monkeys. Then return by boat to Manaus, taking in the lush riverbanks and cacophony of creatures as you go. Lunch is included. This afternoon, meet your fellow travelers just arriving for the base trip.