The Magellan Collection

The Magellan Collection – Ferdinand Magellan, with a small armada of five Spanish ships, set sail in 1519 on a voyage that would turn out to be the first expedition to circumnavigate the planet.  Even in Magellan’s time, Latin America was a rich source of myth and legend, with extravagant stories of hidden fortunes and cities of gold. The truth matches, and often exceeds, the tall tales as witnessed in the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Incan empire in Peru. To witness the quiet majesty of this ancient site at dawn is a rare and, for many, spiritual experience. But, Latin America offers so much more… Jazzy, busy Buenos Aires beats to the tempo of the Tango while a treasure trove of colonial cities, traditional villages and native markets resonate with a more ancient song. Nature’s wealth reveals itself in rainforest canopies and along quiet sand beaches of Costa Rica. The volcanic-born Galapagos Islands that so intrigued Charles Darwin in the 19th century still beckon those of us who share an explorer’s longing for new discoveries. Ecuador’s best native markets and artisan villages remind us of the importance of preserving our cultural connections between yesterday and today. Imagine your own journey of discovery as you read these pages. Welcome to Big Five’s Magellan Collection.


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The Magellan Collection Tours

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Northern Peru & Lake Titicaca 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $4,100

For those returning to Peru or those looking to go off the most popular routes, this adventure presents new experiences and challenges to explore a fascinating region of Peru. It takes in important archaeological sites such as Chan Chan and the Royal Tombs of Sipan, shows you the remarkable Nazca Lines and the people of Lake Titicaca.


Gems of Nicaragua 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $4,340

Discover Nicaragua's charming colonial cities, hike trails along the top of Mombacho Volcano with its breathtaking views, and relish a stay at one of the most exclusive boutique resorts in the world – a luxurious yet relaxed private estate by the ocean.


Costa Rica Adventure for All 8 Days Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $1,940

Whitewater rafting, forest hiking, horseback riding, exploring caves and rappelling through waterfalls are just the beginning of this rainforest journey. Enjoy stays in the premier eco-lodge in Costa Rica and in the quirky airplane-turned-hotel nestled in the trees. This adventure has something for everyone in the family!


Guatemala & Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s):

Starting Price: $10,360

Delve into the ancient cultures of these two countries, from staying overnight at Guatemala's Maya Uaxactun Archeological Site, to exploring the pyramids of Tikal, to examining some of the 500 millennia-old stone statues of Colombia's Pre-Inca San Agustin Archeological Site.


Ecuador’s Classic Cuisine 6 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $6,350

From colonial capital of Quito to the highland countryside, discover Ecuador's culinary traditions.


Ecuador & Peru Culinary Treasures 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $14,085

These two countries combine to make a fascinating adventure in food and history.


Panama 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $4,099

Enjoy a rich menu of outdoor adventures as well as visits to a traditional rainforest village and a coffee farm.


Chile & Ecuador 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $12,260

Savor the rich culinary heritage of Chile & Ecuador.


Ecuador Highlands 6 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $6,350

Explore Ecuador's culinary traditions in this journey to Quito and the highlands.


Peru – Culinary Roots of the Inca 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $8,750

Explore Incan culinary traditions through their use of quinoa, a grain developed more than 5,000 years ago in Peru. Travel into the Andes to the remarkable mountain Incan fortress of Machu Picchu.


Guatemala 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $3,637

Trace the fall of the Mayan Empire as you explore Guatemala's past and present.


Ecuador & Luxury Amazon 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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Explore Ecuador's Amazon, part of one of the world's most vital ecosystems aboard a new, small, luxury expedition vessel.


Panama’s Cultural Treasures 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel

Starting Price: $3,500

Explore Panama's traditional cultures in the Ella Drua Embera community, in the San Blas Archipelago, and the beautiful mountain town of El Valle de Anton, also known for its premiere bird-watching locales. Enjoy the outdoors - swim, snorkel, hike, bike, horseback riding anda jungle canopy tour.


Antarctica & Chile including remote Patagonia 16 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $16,663

Explore dramatic ecosystems: Patagonia's remote Aysén Region and the Antarctic.


Luxury Ecuador with Silversea Silver Galapagos 13 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $11,134

Experience Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on a fascinating journey that includes a 7-night cruise aboard the luxurious Silversea Silver® Galapagos.


Patagonia, Southern Ice Fields & Northern Chile 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $7,295

Diverse environments offer adventures from ice fields to deserts, to one of the world's highest lakes.


Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture & the Coast 16 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $5,320

Discover Bogota's colonial architecture and museums such as the Museo del Oro with displays that include some 32,000 pieces of gold. Visit the 16th-century Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns. Tour the savory world of Colombia’s famed coffee region. Take in the enchanting old Walled City of Cartagena. Go whale watching, kayaking or surfing on Colombia’s Pacific Coast.


Colombia’s Indigenous Trails 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $6,950

Historic Spanish colonial cities and local mountain villages are cultural gems to explore.


Argentina 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $6,790

Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, and Bariloche's beautiful Lake District are all on the menu on dynamic journey.


Belize 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $4,286

Visit ancient Mayan sites, hike rainforest trails, scuba dive - set your own pace.


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