The day’s highlight was visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue, which offered a view of the city at 2,300 feet. We also visited the Cathedral, a modern church, and ate at the restaurant where the Girl from Ipanema song was written.
Leaving Rio, we flew to Iguassu Falls and were treated with breathtaking views. We even rode a zodiac boat to the base of the falls and got soaked.
We arrived to Santiago and had the afternoon to explore the city on our own. In the evening, we attended a dinner show and celebrated our tour guide’s birthday. Fernando was one of the best guides we’ve ever had.
Our bus tour of the city took us to the government palace (above), San Cristobal Hill, a Precolombian Art Museum, and their main plaza called Plaza de Armas. In the afternoon, I lead a smaller group to the fish market and back to the Plaza de Armas for more people watching.
Departing Santiago for the coast, we drove through Chile’s wine country to the historic port of Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar. Filled with resorts and palm tree-lined avenues, it’s known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.”
Fittingly, our last day was spent at a winery an hour south of Santiago. The Undurraga Winery, one of Chileâ€™s oldest, included a tour of the vineyard and cellars. We drank a lot of wine on this trip, so Undurraga was a good bookend.
For the complete collection of photos and videos that Cameron and I took during this trip, simply turn to our South America set in Flickr. Images my also be explored on a map interface if you want to know where they were taken. In closing, I want to thank my folks for organizing yet another great Pearce family vacation.