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Bright Horizons 16 Itinerary

Patagonia (South America) • February 20 – March 5, 2013

  DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART CONFERENCE SESSIONS
  WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 VALPARAISO (SANTIAGO), CHILE 5pm 6pm, BON VOYAGE COCKTAIL PARTY!
  THURSDAY, FEB. 21 AT SEA 8:30am – NOON & 1:30pm – 5pm
  FRIDAY, FEB. 22 PUERTO MONTT, CHILE 8am 5pm 5pm–7:30pm
  SATURDAY, FEB. 23 PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE 10am 6pm 6pm – 7:30pm
  SUNDAY, FEB. 24 AT SEA
   • Chilean Fjords
8:30am – NOON & 1:30pm – 5pm
  MONDAY, FEB. 25 AT SEA
   • Canal Sarmiento
   • Amalia Glacier
8:30am – NOON & 1:30pm – 5pm
  TUESDAY, FEB. 26 PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
   • Strait of Magellan
   • Cockburn Channel
   • Beagle Channel
6am 6pm 6pm – 7:30pm
  WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
   • Cruising the Glacier Alley
2pm 8pm 8:30am – NOON
  THURSDAY, FEB. 28 AT SEA
   • Cape Horn
10:30am – NOON & 1:30pm – 5pm
  FRIDAY, MAR. 1 AT SEA 8:30am – NOON & 1:30pm – 5pm
  SATURDAY, MAR. 2 PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA 8am 3pm 3:30pm – 7pm
  SUNDAY, MAR. 3 AT SEA 8:30am – NOON & 1:30pm – 5pm
  MONDAY, MAR. 4 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 8am 6pm 6pm – 7:30pm
  TUESDAY, MAR. 5 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 8am Do not fly out of Buenos Aires prior to 1pm
Post-cruise trip to Iguazu Falls; pre-cruise trips to Machu Picchu, Galapagos, and Easter Island
map of Bright Horizons 16 trip

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 — PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE: 10am – 6pm

TBA

 

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ABOUT OUR PORTS OF CALL:

Argentina
Uruguay
Falkland Islands
Chile

Unless otherwise noted with braces —
“[” and “]” — all book descriptions come from Amazon.com

HERE WAS THE WEATHER FOR THE SEVEN DAYS OF OUR CRUISE, DURING THE YEAR INDICATED.

Buenos Aires 2010 2011

Montevideo 2010 2011

Falkland Islands 2010 2011

Ushuaia 2010 2011

Punta Arenas 2010 2011

Puerto Montt 2010 2011

Santiago 2010 2011

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Knopf MapGuides: Buenos Aires

Fodor’s Buenos Aires (Fodor’s Gold Guides) ...or wait for the new edition, available March 16, 2010, which includes Side Trips to Gaucho Country, Iguazu, and Uruguay.

Fodor’s Buenos Aires, 2nd Edition: With Side Trips to Gaucho Country, Iguazu, and Uruguay

Food and Drink in Argentina: A Guide for Tourists and Residents — Travelers who feel at ease traveling in Spain or Mexico very quickly realize that the food terms useful there are not the same in Argentina. Waves of European immigration has expanded the cuisine from its Incan, Guaraní and Spanish influences. And then there are those fabulous wines! This pocket-sized full-color guide gives the culinary history, food terms and recipes of the regions. In addition, you’ll discover the best restaurants in which to eat, great bars to explore, and the best vineyards to sample fabulous wine.

In PatagoniaIn Patagonia is Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through “the uttermost part of the earth,” that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome and Charles Darwin formed part of his “survival of the fittest” theory. Chatwin’s evocative descriptions, notes on the odd history of the region, and enchanting anecdotes make In Patagonia an exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia remains a masterwork of literature.

Fodor’s Patagonia (Fodor’s Gold Guides) — Patagonia is the ultimate dream destination. Whether you want to cruise the Magellan Straits, see penguins or killer whales, or sit by the fire in a lodge that overlooks the peaks of Parque National Torres del Paine, you will be able to choose your ultimate adventure with Fodor’s Patagonia. Featuring complete coverage of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, from the Lakes Districts to Tierra del Fuego, Fodor’s Patagonia helps you navigate a journey to the ends of the earth.

Argentina: A Traveler’s Literary Companion — This vital collection of stories, vignettes, and prose poems takes readers on a literary journey that climbs the Andes Mountains, navigates the great River Plate, and traverses the expansive plains of the Pampas. Moving beyond the cultural icons associated with Argentina (such as gauchos, tango, and maté), these works reflect the country’s strong cultural and literary traditions, challenging readers’ imaginations while rousing their emotions. The book’s handy pocket size makes it an ideal companion for visitors to Argentina.
 

URUGUAY

Fodor’s Buenos Aires, 2nd Edition: With Side Trips to Gaucho Country, Iguazu, and Uruguay

Uruguay (Bradt Travel Guide) — Bradt will publish this Uruguay Travel Guide in August 2010, which will be worth considering. [Insight Cruises]

Days and Nights of Love and War — Days and Nights of Love and War is the personal testimony of one of Latin America’s foremost contemporary political writers. In this fascinating journal and eloquent history, Eduardo Galeano movingly records the lives of struggles of the Latin American people, under two decades of unimaginable violence and extreme repression. Alternating between reportage, personal vignettes, interviews, travelogues, and folklore, and richly conveyed with anger, sadness, irony, and occasional humor, Galeano pays loving tribute to the courage and determination of those who continued to believe in, and fight for, a more human existence. The Lannan Foundation awarded the 1999 Cultural Prize for Freedom to Eduardo Galeano, in recognition of those ‘whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry and expression’.
 

FALKLAND ISLANDS

The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife: Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and the Southern OceanThe Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife is a remarkable book, probably the most complete general work on the topic ever produced, with more than 500 color photographs, 35 color plates, and a 381-item bibliography. But these numbers tell only part of the story. The photographs are, almost without exception, simply terrific, representing the best work of 52 different photographers, each shot chosen for it beauty or its ability to show a particular aspect of the animal’s identifying characteristics ... an amazing and valuable book.

Birds And Mammals of the Antarctic, Subantartic, and Falkland Islands — For a more portable, basic, orientation to wildlife book, this is probably the ticket. [InSight Cruises]

The Battle for the Falklands — “A small gem of military and naval history reminiscent in many ways of Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August. The authors have two stories to tell. The first is a brilliant narration of a short, violent clash in the freezing fogs and mountainous seas of the South Atlantic. The other is an informed analysis of the political decision-making that led to the conflict, raising those larger questions of war and peace which modern man approaches on bended knee.” [Washington Post Book World] “Will probably endure as the standard history of the campaign.” [New York Times]
 

CHILE

The Rough Guide to Chile

The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) — This collection of Neruda’s most essential poems will prove indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda’s various styles and themes. Pablo Neruda was born in Chile in 1904. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

Tasting Chile: A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines — Tasting Chile is a comprehensive guide to the culinary treasures of this South American nation. More than 2,500 miles of coastline yield a diverse selection of fish preparations. Fertile valleys produce a wide range of fruits and vegetables, and have spawned a booming wine industry. This book presents Chilean cuisine along with cultural information, a chapter on Chilean wines, and a Spanish-English dictionary of Chilean fish and shellfish. Tasting Chile puts the native cuisine into context by describing staple ingredients and the influences other countries and cultures have had upon it.

Chile: A Traveler’s Literary Companion — Traverse Chile’s diverse literary and geographic landscape with its best contemporary writers. Arranged geographically, these 20 stories — many of which appear in English for the first time — guide the reader through Chile’s unique regions. Let Ariel Dorfman take you to Santiago with a prodigal son, discovering his own country for the first time; travel to the remote south with Enrique Valdes; and enjoy the charms of Valparaiso with Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s two Nobel Prize winners. With the return of democracy to Chile, large numbers of Americans and Chilean expatriates are rediscovering the rich cultural allure of Chile, as well as the draw of its unrivaled ecodiversity. Chile is an excellent literary guide for globetrotters and armchair travelers alike — for those new to Chile as well as those familiar with its charms.

Birds of Chile (Princeton Field Guides) — “Rarely does a field guide of this caliber debut as its country’s first. Birds of Chile offers not just perfect field-portability, beautiful and accurate artwork with facing text, and clarity and conciseness throughout: it presents genuinely new scholarship on the field identification of several cryptic and difficult groups, as well as on the modern geographic distribution of Chile’s birds. Those who bird Chile will find the combined brilliance of Jaramillo, Burke, and Beadle indispensable in the field and by the fireside.” [Ned Brinkley, Editor, North American Birds]
 

GENERAL INFORMATION AND DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
A Passport (valid through August 21, 2011 or six months after your return from this trip) is required. Non-U.S. citizens residing in the United States will need valid Alien Registration (green) cards as well. All others must have valid passports and any required visas when boarding the vessel. All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for embarkation, disembarkation at the ports of call, and re-entry into the United States are the responsibility of the passenger. American citizens should visit the U.S. Department of State for information on entry requirements for a specific country. Please go to the Entry/Exit Requirements section in the Country Specific Information for the country you are interested in. You may also contact the U.S. embassy or consulate of that country for further information.

Non-U.S. citizens are asked to check with their government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You may be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship. All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for embarkation, disembarkation at the ports of call, and re-entry into one’s country of residence are the responsibility of the passenger.

The National Passport Information Center (NPIC) is the U.S. Department of State’s single, centralized public contact center for U.S. passport information. Telephone: 1-877-4-USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778); TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793. Passport information is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. You may speak with a representative Monday–Friday, 8am–10pm, Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays.

U.S. EMBASSIES & CONSULATES ALONG OUR ITINERARY

Argentina

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Buenos Aires offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens. It is located at Avenida Colombia 4300 C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone: +011-54-11-5777-4387. Fax: +011-54-11-5777-4293. E-mail. American Citizen Services are open to the public Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm, except for holidays and administrative days. For emergency assistance after hours, American citizens may call +011-5777-4873 and ask to speak to the duty officer.

Uruguay

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Montevideo offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens. It is located at Lauro Muller 1776 - Montevideo 11200 Uruguay. Tel: +011-598-2-418-7777 - Fax: +011-598-2-418-8611. E-mail. The U.S. Consulate is located in the U.S. Embassy building. The American Citizen services window is open to the general public Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 11am and Monday through Thursday from 2pm to 4pm, except on Uruguayan and American holidays. If you require further information, please call the Consulate at +011-598-2-418-7777 from 11am to 12:15pm with your specific questions. American citizens with after-hours emergencies should call the Consulate’s hotline at: +011-598-2-418-7777, Ext 2311

Falklands/UK

The Falkland Islands are part of the United Kingdom. Questions about the Falklands as part of the United Kingdom should be addressed to the Representative Office of Falkland Islands in London, United Kingdom. The Falkland Islands Representative Office is located at Falkland House, 14 Broadway, Westminster, London, SW1H 0BH, United Kingdom. Phone: +011-44-20-7222-2542; Fax: +011-44-20-7222-2375 E-mail the local government or E-mail Falklands Island travel department of the government.

Chile

Embassy of the United States of America, Santiago, Chile offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens. It is located at Avenida Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. Phone: +011-56-2-330-3000. Fax: +011-56-2-330-3710. E-mail. American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy, Santiago in the Consular Section are open to the public Monday–Friday, 8:30am–11:30am, except for the first Friday of the month. If you are a citizen of the United States and have an after-hours emergency, call +011-56-2-330-3000 to be connected with the duty officer. If you have an emergency during normal business hours (8:30am–5pm), call +011-56-2-330-3716. Emergencies are generally considered to be life-threatening situations.

If your passport was lost or stolen, see information for obtaining a lost or stolen passport here. Unless it is a life-threatening situation, the embassy will assist you with a limited-validity passport on the next business day. Please be prepared to contact your airline to reschedule flights.

ELECTRICITY
The electrical current in Argentina and Chile is 220 volts, 50 cycles. The electrical current in the Falkland Islands is AC, 240 volts, 50 cycles. The electrical current in Uruguay is AC, 230 volts, 50 cycles.

Wall outlets in Argentina take types C (two round 4 mm (0.157 in) pins) and I (grounding pin, and two flat current-carrying pins forming an upside down V-shape) plugs.

Wall outlets in Uruguay take types C (two round 4 mm (0.157 in) pins), F (round with two round pins measuring 4.8 by 19 mm (0.189 by 0.748 in), spaced 19 mm (0.748 in) apart and a hole for the socket’s ground pin), I (grounding pin, and two flat current-carrying pins forming an upside down V-shape), and L (3 round pins in a linear array) plugs.

Wall outlets in Chile take types C (two round 4 mm (0.157 in) pins) and L (3 round pins in a linear array) plugs.

Wall outlets in the Falkland Islands take type G plugs with three rectangular prongs forming a triangle.

If you plan to use U.S. electrical appliances you will need to bring a converter and an adapter (however, many appliances and laptops can take 220 volts; if yours can, you only need the two-prong adapter).

CDC TRAVELERS’ HEALTH WEBSITE
Travelers can check the latest health information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. A hotline at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) and a website give the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations or requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. The CDC publication Health Information for International Travel is worth looking over.

U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
Health information, with Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases for travelers to Argentina, Uruguay, Falklands/UK, and Chile.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS ABROAD
U.S. Department of State Emergency Assistance to American Citizens Abroad: American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS).

RELEVANT FOREIGN EMBASSIES

Argentina

For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Argentina, travelers may contact the Embassy of Argentina’s Consular Section at the Sarmiento Building, 1811 Q St, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Fax (202) 238-6471, Monday–Friday from 9am–1pm or contact the Embassy directly at Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009-2512. Phone: (202) 238-6401. You may also contact Argentinian Consulates General in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, accessible through the Argentinian Embassy website or by E-mail.

Uruguay

For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Uruguay, travelers may contact the Embassy of Uruguay’s Consular Section at 1913 I (i.e., 'eye') Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006. Phone: (202) 331-1313. Fax (202) 331-8142. Office hours are Monday–Friday from 9:30am–1pm and 2pm-4pm. Phone inquiries can be made from Monday–Friday from 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm. You may also contact Uruguayan Consulates General in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami,and New York, accessible through the Uruguayan Embassy website or by E-mail.

Falklands/UK

For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for the Falkland Islands, travelers may contact the Embassy of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 3100 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC 20008. Phone: (202) 588-6500. Fax: (202) 588-7870. You may also contact British Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, and San Francisco using contacts accessible through the British Embassy website.

Chile

For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Chile, travelers may contact the Embassy of Chile at 1732 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036. Phone (202) 785-1746, Fax (202) 887-5579. You may also contact Chilean Consulates General in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco, accessible through the Chilean Embassy website or by E-mail.

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT’S COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Argentina

Important details on entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens, information on safety and security, crime, MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION, and more are located here. ENTRY/EXIT Document REQUIREMENTS for Argentina for U.S. Citizens. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. Non-U.S. citizens are asked to check with government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You will be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship. For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Argentina, travelers may contact the Embassy of Argentina’s Consular Section at the Sarmiento Building, 1811 Q St, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Fax (202) 238-6471, Monday–Friday from 9am–1pm or contact the Embassy directly at Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009-2512. Phone: (202) 238-6401. You may also contact Argentinian Consulates General in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, accessible through the Argentinian Embassy website or by E-mail.

Uruguay

Important details on entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens, information on safety and security, crime, MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION, and more are located here. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. ENTRY/EXIT Document REQUIREMENTS for Uruguay for U.S. Citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are asked to check with government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You will be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship. For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Uruguay, travelers may contact the Embassy of Uruguay’s Consular Section at 1913 I (i.e., 'eye') Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006. Phone: (202) 331-1313. Fax (202) 331-8142. Office hours are Monday–Friday from 9:30am–1pm and 2pm-4pm. Phone inquiries can be made from Monday–Friday from 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm. You may also contact Uruguayan Consulates General in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami,and New York, accessible through the Uruguayan Embassy website or by E-mail.

Falklands/An Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom

Important details on entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens, information on safety and security, crime, MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION, and more are located here. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. ENTRY/EXIT Document REQUIREMENTS for the Falklands for U.S. Citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are asked to check with government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You may be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship. For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for the Falkland Islands, travelers may contact the Embassy of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 3100 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC 20008. Phone: (202) 588-6500. Fax: (202) 588-7870. You may also contact British Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, and San Francisco using contacts accessible through the British Embassy website.

Chile

Important details on entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens, information on safety and security, crime, MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION, and more are located here. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. ENTRY/EXIT Document REQUIREMENTS for Chile for U.S. Citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are asked to check with government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You will be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship. For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Chile, travelers may contact the Embassy of Chile at 1732 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036. Phone (202) 785-1746, Fax (202) 887-5579. You may also contact Chilean Consulates General in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco, accessible through the Chilean Embassy website or by E-mail.

CALLING INTERNATIONALLY

  • Chile — To call Chile from the United States, dial the international prefix, (+011); then Chile’s country code, (56); and then the city code (for example, 2 for Santiago, 65 for Puerto Montt, and 61 for Punta Arenas), which is now built into every number. Then dial the actual phone number. To make an international call from Chile, you must dial 00, followed by the country code, the area code, and the telephone number. For example, to call InSight Cruises from Chile, you would dial 00-1-650-787-5665.
  • Argentina — To call Argentina from the United States, first dial the international long-distance code (+011), plus the country code (54), followed by the city code (For example 11 for Buenos Aires, and 2901 for Ushuaia). Then dial the actual phone number.To make an international call from Argentina, you must dial 00, followed by the country code, the area code, and the telephone number. For example, to call InSight Cruises from Argentina, you would dial 00-1-650-787-5665.
  • Falkland Islands — To call the Falkland Islands from the U.S., first dial the international long-distance code (+011) plus the country code (500). Then dial the actual phone number. There are no city or area codes in the Falklands. To make an international call from the Falkland Islands, you must dial 0, followed by the country code, the area code, and the telephone number. For example, to call InSight Cruises from the Falkland Islands, you would dial 0-1-650-787-5665.
  • Uruguay — To call Uruguay from the United States, first dial the international long-distance code (+011) plus the country code (598), followed by the city code (For example 2 in Montevideo) followed by the local phone number. To make an international call from Uruguay, you must dial 00, followed by the country code, the area code, and the telephone number. For example, to call InSight Cruises from Uruguay, you would dial 00-1-650-787-5665.

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