Feb 27, 2020 — Mar 15, 2020

South American Tapestry: Chile, Argentina & Brazil

With Ambassador Philip Hughes

About the Trip

Join Ambassador Philip Hughes on a small group tour that weaves together such diverse elements as the Andes, a Lake District crossing, and wondrous Iguazu Falls with the urban appeal of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio, this engaging 18-day small group tour renders our South American neighbors in all their beauty and vitality.  First, encounter sophisticated Santiago and its fascinating Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and visit colorful Valparaiso.  Journey to Chile’s acclaimed Maipo Valley wine-growing region for a winery tour then fly to Chile’s picturesque Lake District for a two-night stay.  Meet Chilean cowboys, enjoy a traditional barbeque dinner, and have lunch with a fisherman’s family.  Cross from Chile to Argentina by coach and catamaran amidst stunning scenery and see Alpine-themed Bariloche.  Traveling to lively Buenos Aires, enjoy touring and a tango show.  Visit spectacular Iguazu Falls then conclude your tour with two nights in vibrant Rio de Janeiro.  Discover revered and remote Easter Island on a 4-day/4-night pre-tour extension. 

$8,271 including airfare from Miami (other gateways available).

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About the Lecturer

G. Philip Hughes, currently a Senior Director of the White House Writers Group, has served in many senior foreign policy posts in the White House and Departments of State, Commerce and Defense and served as a former President of the World Affairs Councils of American. In addition to serving as Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy In the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Deputy National Security Affairs Advisor to Vice President George Bush; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs; and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, Ambassador Hughes served as Director for Latin American Affairs on the National Security Council staff for President Ronald Reagan. He later served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council in the White House of President George H.W. Bush, helping plan and execute President Bush's Summit meeting in Cartagena, Colombia with the Presidents of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru that led to stepped-up commitments for anti-narcotics cooperation and the enactment of the Andean Trade Preference Act. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, where he served from 1990-93.

“We do not usually take tours; we travel independently. The South American Tapestry was an excellent way to sample South America in a manner that provided a very good overview of important countries. The excellence of this tour made us re-think the value to us of organized tours.”

Margaret Katchen, OH