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5 Great South America Vacations for Seniors

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Nov 10, 2011


By Kaitlyn McMichael

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5 Great South America Vacations for Seniors

South America is full of natural beauty, friendly people, gorgeous beaches, and awe-inspiring landmarks. For those over 50, a vacation to South America should not be a daunting task. There are plenty of great South America vacations for seniors to enjoy.

South America for Seniors Trip Idea #1: The Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia 

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats FlamingoesOn a Bolivia Tour, you can visit the spectacular salt flats of Uyuni. These expansive salt flats in the high Bolivian desert appear to be a vast desert floor dusted in white glitter. From all directions, you can see panoramic views of these salt plains. Our 14-day Landscapes of Bolivia tour is an excellent in-depth tour of Bolivia and includes a visit to the Uyuni Salt Flats. You’ll head out of Potosi, the silver mining town, and go to Colchani, on the shores of Uyuni. Spend the night in a nearby luxury hotel, and then take a trip to Incahuasi island, located in the heart of the salt flat. Populated with tall cacti and unique ecosystems, this island makes a fascinating place for exploration. The Landscapes of Bolivia tour also includes a visit to the Siloli Desert and the Red and Green Lagoons, as well as trips to Sucre, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, La Paz, and Lake Titicaca.

South America for Seniors Trip Idea #2: The Amazon Rainforest 

Amazon Wildlife Moth & FlowerTake a Peru Amazon Rainforest Tour to encounter an abundance of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The Peruvian Amazon is renowned for its incredible biodiversity, and it is often better for bird-watching and animal sightings because it is not as dense as the Brazilian Amazon. There are 3 main rainforests of Peru: Iquitos in the north, Manu in the central region, and Puerto Maldonado in the south. We offer several exciting Amazon tours, including a 3 day Amazon tour to Puerto Maldonado. We also offer a 4 day Amazon tour to the Tambopata Research Center, an excellent location for bird-lovers to see an incredible amount of parrots, macaws, and other tropical birds. Plus, all of our Peru Amazon Tours include a 4-day travel package to Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu – because we know that most clients will want the whole travel package.

South America for Seniors Trip Idea #3: Buenos Aires Tango Dancing 

While visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina, it’s a must to see those seductive dancers pull their moves in tango. And so why not take a Buenos Aires tango dancing lesson while in the capital of Tango? It’s a fun way to experience the heart and soul of Buenos Aires while making friends in your dance class. Plus, you’ll get to take a Buenos Aires city tour, the nearby Tigre River delta, and spend plenty of time getting to know this vibrant city. Each evening, take a tango dancing class, and then dine out with friends and enjoy a glass of Argentine wine and steak, learning to live life the porteño way! View the Buenos Aires Tango Tour.

South America for Seniors Trip Idea #4: Patagonia Cruise 

Not everyone can say they’ve traveled to the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia, on the southern tip of Argentina, is the last city before land and sea give way to the domain of Emperor and Magellanic penguins. Take a Ushuaia cruise to Antarctica or Patagonia and see glaciers, penguins, whales, ice fields, and more. The Waters of Patagonia cruise is a 17-day journey from Santiago, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Along the way, you’ll go wine tasting in Santiago and Valparaiso, the quaint port towns of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales on Chile’s southern coast, Torres del Paine National Park, Cape Horn and the Straits of Magellan to Ushuaia. Visit this beautiful Patagonian city and the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, and then continue on to Buenos Aires, where you can celebrate the end of your adventure with a steak dinner and unforgettable tango show.

South America for Seniors Trip Idea #5: Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most awe-inspiring glaciers. Located near the town of El Calafate, Argentina, this glacier spills into Lake Argentino, and chunks of glacier often break off and fall into the water, a process called “calving.” The glacier also gives the lake a brilliant turquoise green color. Visitors to the Perito Moreno Glacier can see the edge of the glacier and the lake from a viewing point just across the way, and there are walking trails around the viewing point and a small restaurant. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon exploration. Check out our Patagonia Eco Tour, which takes you to the Perito Moreno Glacier and some estancias in the heart of Patagonia.

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