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Brazil Nuts Tours Shows You The Fire And Ice Of South America

Tour Operator | Brazil Nuts | Lisa Iannucci | February 11, 2016

Brazil Nuts Tours Shows You The Fire And Ice Of South America

PHOTO: The Fire and Ice Tour of Chile is one of the magnificent offered by Brazil Nuts Tours (Courtesy Brazil Nuts)

From its rainforests to the driest desert in the world and, of course, the Amazon River, South America is home to some of the most breathtaking sights a vacationer can see. Embarking on an eco-tour of this striking country brings you up close and personal to the rivers, mountains and animals for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There is an extensive list of things to do on an eco-tour, and you can choose excursions based on your budget, travel, time and interests. Brazil Nuts Tours offers a variety of eco tours including the Luxury Fire & Ice – Chilean Patagonia & Atacama Experience, a seven-day, six-night excursion that takes you from the highs to the lows and the hot to the cold of Chile.

Explore two Chilean extremes – the mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, and Atacama, the driest desert in the world. The trip also includes a walk through the Torres del Paine National Park and a jaunt to the highest geothermic area above sea level in the Andean Range, Geysers of Tatio.

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Discover more of Patagonia, a region shared by Argentina and Chile, with the Patagonia Essential, an 11-day trip that includes a visit to the Punta Tombo Fauna Reserve, the largest Magellan penguin colony in the continent. You will also spend a day in Península Valdés, which was declared s World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its geography, flora and fauna. Here you can meet whales, visit an elephant seal colony and take glorious photos of the topography of Caleta Valdés (Valdes Cove).

The Salt Flats Adventure Eco-tour covers Peru, Bolivia and Chile’s Atacama Desert, and takes you hiking on a volcano to the Huayna Potosi Mountains where you will see llamas and alpacas, and the great Uyumi salt flats to watch the locals producing salt. The trip’s coolest features are witnessing the magnificent Andes Mountains and a mineral bath in the Puritama Hot Spring.

Environmentalists will love Brazil Nuts’ Nature of Brazil: Amazon, Pantanal & Iguassu Falls via an excursion boat ride takes them through one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. You will search for Amazon’s crocodilians, walk in the Terra Firme rainforest and explore the Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest flooded with coffee-colored water of the Amazon River. You’ll ride in the Amazon and learn about how it carries 20 percent of all the fresh water on Earth.

You’ve literally hit the ‘end of the road’ with the Delfin Amazon Cruise in Nauta, Peru. Highlights include the non-flood forests and jungle life, fishing for piranha on the Dorado River, and stargazing on the second deck while cruising through the Amazon Rainforest. Kayakers will love boating on the calm waters and the guides will take you on a tour of the Zapote River, where you may see iguanas, squirrel monkeys and other creatures.

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Eco-tours aren’t just about the animals and wildlife. Meet local villagers of Puerto Miguel and shop in their amazing arts and craft market and visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to meet and feed the endangered baby manatees.

And, finally, a trip to South America isn’t complete without a cruise around Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, where you can get close up to the Sierra Negra volcano, the world’s second largest volcanic crater, and Fernandina, a highly active volcanic island. Here you can find Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. You will also paddle through Lake Lagartococha, a natural swamp that is home to anacondas, caimans, and capybaras and more.

Eco-tours are a great way to explore the environment and have an experience that you will leave you with so much more than tan lines. 

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