For some unknown reason at the time we arranged this group tour, we managed to finish our wonderful trip to South America with a cruise. The schooner slowly motored around the bay for 3 hours while we relaxed and enjoyed the view of the hills from which we couldn’t see from yesterday.
The other Scenic Free Choice options were a tour of the Shanty Town, a walking tour of the historic centre or a tour of Petropolis, the retreat of the former emperors of Brazil.
After our bay cruise, we came back to the hotel about lunch time, had some lunch on the beach front, and wandered around the shops for an hour before Lyn had a snooze beside the pool, while I did yesterday’s post.
Tonight was a farewell dinner for the group around the pool. Tomorrow, a couple stay here for an extra night, then a few extra nights in Santiago; two other couples fly with us and stay in Santiago a few nights before one of the couples fly home and the other does a 4 day desert trip in the north of Chile. We have a 5 hour wait in Santiago before boarding our flight to Auckland, change to a flight through to Melbourne and arrive in Melbourne around 8:30am Monday.
This has been a better trip than we expected with so many adventures in the 34 days of being here. There have been some days when we seemed to have been at an airport or on transfers to or from one, and then there have been days that have been full on grand experiences. I cannot say which has been the one highlight for me, but I can say there have been many. Galapagos – nature untainted, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley – very special, Amazon River was tremendous, the Tango Night in Buenos Aires – dazzling, Uguazu Falls were magnificent, the Bird Park was great for photography, and Rio was the place I expected it to be – lots of action all through the night. The accommodation all through the trip has been 5 star and meals have been up there too.
We have had a good group with some “imports” that have fitted in well and have enjoyed being part of our group. The Tour Director did the best we could ask for, never showed dismay at any request and had most things in place before the need came to be. Being a fluent speaker of Portuguese, Spanish and English made things so much easier for all concerned. Thank you so much, Roberta
We leave this trip awaiting our next adventure to Europe for a 21 day Mediterranean Cruise in May 2016. Come join us – click here for more details.