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Cruising in Latin America in 2015? Let Big Five enrich your journey with a pre- or post-cruise adventure in Chile
Expand your cruise experience with our journey into Chile & the Culture of the Mapuche. Big Five Tours & Expeditions can arrange a pre-or post-cruise adventure that perfectly complements your voyage. Discover the rich history of the indigenous cultures of Chile that most people don’t know about or ever see.
Take in the dramatic Atacama Desert, and go well off the beaten track to interact with local people. Explore the desert’s eerily beautiful landscapes on foot or by bike. In Huilo Huilo, you can go trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing and fishing. Learn more about the indigenous culture of the Mapuche at a small museum and visit a typical dwelling. Enjoy traditional cuisine with a Lonko, a Mapuche tribal chief, as he relates stories about his village and his ancestors. In Pucón, explore untouched natural parks by horse, climb a volcano with an experienced guide, go river rafting, and see the workings of a farm. Savor sunset in the Valley of the Moon, and take a dramatic astronomy tour to view night skies, said to be among the clearest on earth, to understand how the local Aymara culture developed a complex understanding of astronomy and cosmology.
Or, your pre- or post-cruise adventure can encompass both Chile and Bolivia! Explore Chile’s remarkably beautiful Torres Del Paine National Park and choose from a wide range of activities to discover Patagonia – on foot or horseback, by van or boat. This journey also includes the great Atacama Desert, an immense region of cordilleras, volcanoes, salt flats and hot springs, where pre-Columbian Andean cultures continue live on today in small villages and towns. In Bolivia, experience the Bolivian Antiplano during a five-day exploration by van and on foot, including the massive Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest salt pan on earth.
We have redefined our Chile journeys with an eye toward encompassing the richness of the country’s indigenous cultures and their traditional identities. Chile is already well known for sophisticated cities, rich wine traditions, and the dazzling lakes and snowcapped volcanoes of the Lake District. We have taken the best of Chile and incorporated experiences that enrich the adventure such as a visit to the remote Andean village of Quelhue, known for its volcanic caves, natural hot springs and indigenous Mapuche community.
“This is about cutting-edge journeys for our guests,” said Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five. “At the same time we help protect nature and provide support in a way that indigenous peoples have never benefitted from before.”
Big Five can customize a Chile adventure that fits into your cruising calendar or as a standalone. Contact your Westa travel advisor to learn more.
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