Want to escape Canada’s winter? Go south, far south- to Uruguay and Chile! It’s summer there!
Uruguay. Visiting Uruguay during Canada’s winter will enable you to enjoy Uruguay’s summer, thanks to Uruguay’s location south of the Equator. The interior of the country is dominated by agriculture, Uruguay being a major world producer of soybeans and beef. The coast of Uruguay includes many seaside resort towns.
Enjoy touring the large farms. You will also enjoy visiting sites of Uruguay’s fascinating Spanish colonial past, including the Colonia del Sacramento, and the Ciudad Vieja of Montevideo. The seaside resort towns, the most famous being Punta del Este, are worth seeing. Uruguay is a very peaceful beautiful country which you are certain to enjoy visiting!
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- Uruguay, located in South America, borders on Brazil and Argentina.
- Uruguay is a progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated country.
- Uruguay has many varied attractions. Bask in its seaside playgrounds, especially the world-famous resort town of Punta del Este. Also enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and stunning shorelines of Punta del Diablo. Or watch whales, dolphins and sea turtles from the observatories at Cerro Verde on the Atlantic Coast. Or visit the irresistibly picturesque historic town of Colonia del Sacramento.
- Or visit one of the many hot springs along the Uruguay River.
- Montevideo, the capital, is a vibrant, eclectic city with a cosmopolitan
- lifestyle and a vibrant history.
- Uruguay is an unknown gem of a country and well worth a visit!
- Day 1- Arrive in Montevideo. At leisure.
- Day 2- Montevideo city tour
- Day 3- Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento (west of Montevideo)
- Day 4- Day trip to Punta del Este, famous Uruguayan beach resort
- Day 5- Winery tour- tour of a winery near Montevideo
- Day 6- At leisure. Time for shopping.
- Day 7- Depart Montevideo.
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Chile. Chile is a fascinating country featuring four major distinct geographic regions. You can see mountains, volcanoes, forests, deserts, lakes, and vineyards! You have a choice of so many activities- climbing, trekking, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting and horseback riding!
Chile’s far northern region is dominated by the Atacama Desert. While arid most of the year, this desert receives most of its rain during the Chilean summer, forming shallow lakes of mostly saline waters. The effect created is somewhat like a mirage. An amazing dream-like landscape, and must be seen to be believed!
The near north is a semi-arid region where cattle ranches and fruit farms abound. Also, in coastal areas beautiful temperate rain forests can be found, occurring due to airborne moisture from the sea being trapped by the high bluffs overlooking the ocean.
Central Chile is home to many vineyards. Enjoy tasting Chilean wines. They will soon become your favourite! This region is also where the three major cities of Chile are found- Santiago, Valparaiso and Concepcion. Santiago, the capital, was founded by the Spanish conquistador and missionary Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. Take in Chile’s rich history and culture. Your visit to historical sites of Santiago may include the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda, the Iglesia de La Merced and the Cerro Santa Lucia, and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago. Valparaiso, Chile’s main port, is also the site of its naval headquarters located on the Plaza Sotomayor. Other historic sites of interest in Valparaiso are the Navy Building, and the Edificio Armada de Chile and the Iglesia Saint Paul.
The south of Chile is a region of beautiful lakes, with the backdrop of the Andes Mountains. Your tour may include the Todos los Santos Lake, one with the most spectacularly breathtaking in Chile. Try to schedule more time for this marvellous place.
The far south of Chile is its southernmost region, extending south to Cape Horn, the southern tip of continental South America. It is a region of fjords, islands, and peninsulas. It is the coldest region of Chile. Chile is a country of amazing natural variety. You will receive a warm welcome from its citizens.
Make plans now to visit Chile and contact us today to help you plan your visit to this spectacular country!
- Chile, one of the longest countries in the world, is located on the west coast of the South American continent, south of Peru and Bolivia and west of Argentina.
- Chile is a very diverse country geographically. The northern region is occupied mainly by the Atacama Desert. The Central region is home to the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso and the great majority of the nation’s population, as well as most of the nation’s agriculture, especially vineyards. Some of the world’s best red and white wines are grown in Chile. The Southern region is cold and dominated by mountains, lakes and lush evergreen forests.
- Santiago boasts one of the most dazzling backdrops for a world city. The snow-covered peaks of the Andes rise behind the city like a giant white rampart against the blue sky, towering above the city! Take in the pleasant atmosphere of Santiago’s historic centre. Stroll through the bustling Plaza de Armas or through one of the city’s numerous, meticulously landscaped parks.
- Valparaiso, a hilly city located on the Central Coast, is the country’s main port. Enjoy the intense atmospheric palette of colours and flavours in Valparaiso!
- Central Chile is a microcosm of the entire country, balanced as it is between the arid North and the forests of the South. It possesses a breathtaking diversity.
- The inland part of central Chile, a very diverse area, features valleys, a trail of lush, emerald vineyards, thundering rivers, lakes, wildernesses of glacially sculpted canyons, and small colonial villages.
- The Southern region of Chile is dominated by stunning Andean mountain scenery, and countless lakes and rivers, where you can practice your favourite water sports. There are also endless opportunities for skiing, hiking and mountain biking! In this region we also find Todos los Santos national park, featuring the stunningly beautiful turquoise-coloured Todos los Santos lake! Not to be missed!
- Another place worth visiting is Chiloe Island, with its amazing temperate rainforest and gently rolling hills. Enjoy hiking along its well-signposted trails. Buy crafts in the town of Chiloe.
Day 1 Arrive Santiago
Day 2 Half-day Santiago City tour
Day 3 Day trip to Cajon del Maipo (in the Andes)
Day 4 At leisure
Day 5 Full-day tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
Day 6 Santiago- Museum + Plaza de Armas
Day 7 Depart from Santiago
A 2-week tour can be arranged upon request.
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Uruguay and Chile combination tour:
Can’t make up your mind which country to see? Have your cake and eat it too! See the best of both Uruguay and Chile! Your tour may include: the resort town of Punta del Este, tour of a cattle farm, historic sites of Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as a wine tour of the Santa Cruz, Chile area, Torres del Paine National Park and fascinating historic and cultural sites of Santiago.
Don’t delay! Now’s the time to visit South America’s top destinations during their summer (and our Canadian winter)! We’ll be delighted to help you plan your visit to Uruguay and Chile. We’re only a phone call (or an e-mail) away!