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.
Chile 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel
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Chile guarantees adventure from its sophisticated cities to legendary landscapes.
Chile, Argentina & Brazil 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,250
Experience the distinctive world cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Discover Iguassu Falls as well as Argentina's wine regions and more.
Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $5,510
Costa Rica 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $3,450
Ecuador & Galapagos 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,998
Ecuador Mainland 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Explore a part of Ecuador that most visitors never experience -- mainland Ecuador's historic indigenous communities.
Patagonia, Atacama & Easter Island 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,490
This adventure takes in some of the most iconic sights in South America, from the staggering desert, to ice fields, to one of the world's most legendary islands.
Peru 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $5,190
Peru is rich in art and architecture of both the Inca and Spanish Colonial. Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating cities; Lima and Cusco. Travel to the Andean village of Pisaq in the fertile Urubamba (Sacred Valley). Then enjoy a train journey to Machu Picchu, rolling through spectacular, evolving landscapes. Venture into the sanctuary fortress of Machu Picchu and discover the ruins of Moray.