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It’s tax season and as April 18th quickly approaches, who is excited to get their tax refund? I know I am! After a year of hard work and saving responsibly, why not book that dream vacation. Not sure where to go or what to do? No problem, I’ve compiled a list of 5 fun ways to spend your tax refund.

#1. Indulge in the Wines of South America

Reward yourself after a long hard year of work and drink your way through South America. For wine enthusiasts, Mendoza is a must-visit destination! Enjoy some of the best Malbec and Torrontes wine with the snow capped mountains behind you.  A short flight over the Andes takes you to Santiago de Chile, the entrance to Chile’s many wine valleys. Sip some Carmenere, another delicious red varietal particular to the region, or visit the Casablanca Valley for some specialty white wines.  For those with 2017 weddings, a wine tour is the perfect romantic honeymoon option! View South America Wine Tours >> 

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#2. Book a Trek to Machu Picchu

For the adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiast, consider a trek to Machu Picchu. But plan ahead because there is a limited number of Inca Trail trekking passes allocated throughout the year! Imagine the sense of accomplishment after completing a challenging trek following the footsteps of the Inca and arriving at the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu. After a few days trekking, you’ll walk away with fantastic stories and memories that will last a lifetime. View Trekking Tours >>

If you like adventure but aren’t crazy about camping, consider the Luxury Trek to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu - spend your tax refund

#3. Go on a Train Tour throughout South America

Calling all train enthusiasts, have you considered going on a railway journey through Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil or Peru? Train Travel in South America is a fantastic way to see the changing landscapes and authentic villages in a relaxing and sometimes even luxurious manner. Any traveler visiting Machu Picchu is sure to include a train ride to the ruins (departing from Cuzco or Ollantaytambo). Not only does Peru have fantastic railways, but Ecuador does too! The Tren Crucero follows the Avenue of the Volcanoes on a multiday journey from Quito to Guayaquil. Along the way shop at authentic markets, enjoy fine dining and experience the Ecuadorian landscapes like never before. View Train Tours >>

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#4. Pamper Yourself on a Luxury Amazon Cruise

With that extra cash, why not treat yourself to a fancy cruise in the Amazon? Combine nature and luxury for a comfortable journey into the Amazon. On-board enjoy gourmet meals, a complete bar, spacious observation decks and unobstructed views of the river. Go on daily shore excursions for all mobility levels to spot flora and fauna. Relax and unwind in your room with the backdrop of the lush green jungle passing by. There’s never a dull moment on an Amazon Cruise.  Return home with spectacular photos, sure to make all your colleagues envious! View Peru Amazon Cruises >>

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#5. Cruise to Antarctica

Cruises to Antarctica are pricey, but with your tax refund, you’ll knock down that initial sticker shock. Take that extra money and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you venture from Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, to Antarctica. Bring you best camera gear and snap some photos of the curious penguins, friendly seals, majestic whales & more! Few people have made it to Antarctica, be one of the first to check this off your bucket list.  View Antarctica Cruises >> 

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Michelle Beetham

Marketing Manager at SouthAmerica.travel
Michelle was born and raised in Washington State and attended college in Los Angeles, California where she studied Communications and Political Science.Her passion for traveling came after she spent 5 months traveling throughout South America, she spent time in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.Some of her highlights include trekking through the Peruvian Andes to the mysterious Machu Picchu, exploring Patagonia’s enchanting national parks and lounging on the beach in Brazil.She has recently joined the Buenos Aires team and couldn't be happier. Send her an email if you have any marketing inquiries or check out her blog posts to learn more about her travels.

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