Around South America

Patagonia: Chile and Argentina


A huge tract of land nestled along the border with Chile, Patagonia is legendary among travelers, explorers, nature lovers and hikers. From whale watching off Peninsula Valdes to the caving of the Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia has something (spectacular) to offer year-round.

Leading destinations in Patagonia include Calafate (the jumping off point to that amazing glacier), San Carlos de Bariloche (in the heart of the lake district) and Ushuaia (all the way down on the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, “Land of Fire”).


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Antarctica is not an easy place to get to, but increasing numbers of people visit the continent every year. Organized expeditionary cruises, frequently guided by experts who are a mixture of seasoned seafarers, and ice or wildlife experts, depart from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia from November through March.

Easter Island, Chile

Smack dab in the middle of the South Pacific, just about halfway between the Chilean coast and Tahiti sits one of the most remote --and most intriguing-- locations in the world.

World famous for its moai statutes, Easter Island is a five-hour flight from Santiago.

Airfare and reservations at

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Blame it on Rio. At least that's how the saying goes. And it is oh, so easy. Just make sure you stop off here on your way home from the Assembly... we wouldn't want you to be late!

Travel information at the Convention and Visitor's Bureau site at as well as


Admittedly, Paraguay is not usually a place on most European's "first visit to South America" travel agenda. That may well be a mistake! So think about it, especially if you are planning a visit to the amazing Iguazu Falls.

Divided into two large regions that are markedly different due to the emblematic Paraguay River, the country offers to the traveler two geographically and culturally rich universes, rich in attractions: the Eastern Region, that includes rolling hills, with their green countryside bordered by mountain foothills, shady valleys dotted by streams and lakes, dense forests, along with the majority of the country’s cities and towns, whose architecture maintains strong colonial and pioneer traits; the Western Region, which represents the most vast and least populated territory in the country, including the great arid and dry Chaco, with extensive and valuable ecological and biological reserves, vast stretches of land dedicated to stockbreeding and prosperous foreign colonies. Moreover, in present-day Paraguay, 17 indigenous ethnic groups survive, corresponding to various linguistic branches, the most important of which is Guaraní, which left modern Paraguayans one of the most admired American languages for its richness and flexibility, spoken today by 90% of the population. 

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Katty Kauffman,
May 21, 2011, 12:09 PM