Big Five Tours creates flexible luxury packages

STUART, Fla. -- Big Five Tours & Expeditions expand-ed its Best of South America programs in Argentina, Brazil and Chile to include luxury Discover packages designed for flexible travel planning.

In Brazil, for instance, Big Five's 11-night Best of Brazil program is priced at $2,445, land only, and includes three nights in Rio; four nights in Manaus (with stays at the Tropical Hotel and the Amazon Village); two nights in Salvador da Bahia, and two nights at Iguassu Falls.

Modular packages can be added to that tour or combined into custom itineraries. Choices range from a three-night Rio stay (starting at $465) or a two-night tour to Ouro Preto ($395) to a three- or four-night wildlife excursion in the Pantanal ($775 and $995, respectively).

Upscale hotels, some meals, transfers and sightseeing are included in Discover packages; prices are per person, double.

Discover packages in Chile include cruises aboard small ships sailing in Patagonia as well as three- to seven-night stays at Hotel Explora properties in the Atacama desert or in Patagonia.

In Argentina, these FIT packages feature such destinations as Bariloche in the Lake District and the Peninsula Val-dez Wildlife area, each for two nights, and Ushuaia and Los Glacieres National Park for five nights.

In addition, Big Five offers a 15-night Patagonia Explorer-Argentina & Chile land/air program, priced from $6,395 from Miami and including most meals; a highlight is a three-night stay at the luxury Explora Salto Chico in Chile's Torres del Paine national park.

For additional information, contact Big Five Tours & Expeditions at (800) 244-3483; fax (561) 287-5990. The Web site is at www.bigfive.com.

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