South America is a continent of tremendous contrast, with lush jungles and arid deserts, snow-capped peaks and sun-kissed beaches, glimmering salt flats and expansive glaciers. In addition to its stunning landscapes, South America also offers an abundance of wildlife, the fascinating local cultures of the indigenous peoples and lots of outdoor adventure too.
Trek the ancient Inca Trail and witness the sun rise over Machu Picchu at dawn, come face to face with the wildlife of the Amazon, marvel at the spectacular Iguazu Falls, celebrate carnival time in Rio, experience the hospitality of the native peoples of Lake Titicaca, enjoy a 4 wheel drive through the surreal landscape of the Uyuni salt lakes, go on a cruise of the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, or tango in Buenos Aires. It's going to be hard deciding with to do first!
Think of South America and a vision of Machu Picchu will probably float into your mind. Machu Picchu, often called "The lost City of the Incas", is a stunning sight that is bound to amaze and astound just about anyone. Machu Picchu is considered to be a sacred place and it was recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It really should be on everyone's travel bucket list, it's certainly on ours!
If you'd like to get off the beaten track here are some of our top tips for a holiday in South America: if visiting Cuzco enjoy an easy hike to the less-visited Tipon ruins, discover the Amazon in all its glory by combining a tour of Ecuador & Peru, trek through unsurpassed scenery in Argentina’s rugged northwest, head to Ecuador for a journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, visit Tatio Geysers and the nearby surreal Moon Valley in Chile’s northern reaches or explore northern Peru's incredible archaeological sites and ride the waves in Mancora.
Our adventurous small group tours, with an average group size of 12, are an ideal way to experience the real South America, its treasures and its people. Our tour leaders will point you in the right direction, whether it is where to shop, eat or witness incredible wildlife and the majority of our carefully planned itineraries utilise local public transport. We stay in a range of locally owned accommodation from simple hotels and guesthouses to campsites, homestays and jungle lodges.
Explore the sights of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru or Brazil on a private South American adventure. Our tailormade team of experts are on hand to help you plan the perfect itinerary. From legendary Machu Picchu and the wildlife-rich Galapagos to the vast Atacama Desert and thundering Iguazu Falls, we will strive to create a tailormade holiday that incorporates all of your interests while suggesting fun and unique things to do along the way.
Experience the treasures of South America at your own pace and in your own private travelling party. Witness the majesty of the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu at dawn, marvel at the natural forces of Iguazu Falls, learn to tango in Buenos Aires, explore the stunning landscapes of Patagonia or get up close to the resident wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Our private tours through South America take in the most popular spots and famous sights as well a a few gems off the beaten track.