South America, replete with spectacular vistas, cosmopolitan cities and rich culture, has remained an afterthought for many travelers from the north. But the rise of the Global South has brought interest back to this region. Join your fellow Princetonians and discover coastal Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil aboard the luxury expedition vessel Sea Explorer, March 11-23, 2014.
Begin in Buenos Aires to explore its distinct neighborhoods, from the 19th-century architecture of San Telmo to the brightly colored artists' homes of La Boca. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Coln Theater, praised by Pavarotti for its flawless acoustics, see the final resting place of Evita Pern, and meet with local Princetonians in a private home to get a taste of modern Argentina. Cross the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay and admire the lush botanical garden and colonial buildings in Montevideo, including the unique Cabildo Museum. Cruise to Punta del Este to explore its first-rate museums, and Casapueblo, a Mediterranean-style villa atop a cliff overlooking the sea.
Continue to Brazil, with a day in eco-friendly Curitiba before arriving in So Paulo to enjoy curatorial tours at its two outstanding museums: the Pinacoteca, a turn-of-the-century building housing an important collection of Brazilian works; and MASP, the So Paulo Museum of Art, with its excellent Impressionist paintings. Then cruise along the 300-mile Green Coast to Paraty, to visit with artists, attend a music performance and admire well-preserved buildings in this colonial hideaway. Conclude in Rio de Janeiro, named this year's number-one place to visit by The New York Times. Discover its eclectic architecture; ride the train to the Christ the Redeemer statue for breathtaking views over the city; and watch the sunset from Sugarloaf Mountain.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this voyage by those from partnering organizations.