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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.

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Styles of Travel South America

Soak up the view at Machu Picchu on our tours of Peru in South America

Upcoming South America Trips

Amazon & Machu Picchu - 8 days Map 14 May 2016 Amazon & Machu Picchu - 8 days
Starts/Ends: Lima
USD $2,789 View trip >
Peru Encompassed - 21 Days Map 14 May 2016 Peru Encompassed - 21 Days
Starts/Ends: Lima
USD $4,269 View trip >
Trails to Titicaca - 15 days Map 14 May 2016 Trails to Titicaca - 15 days
Lima to La Paz
USD $3,589 View trip >
Lima & the Inca Trail - 10 days Map 15 May 2016 Lima & the Inca Trail - 10 days
Starts/Ends: Lima
USD $2,789 View trip >
Inca Trail Trek - 7 days Map 17 May 2016 Inca Trail Trek - 7 days
Starts/Ends: Cuzco
USD $1,699 View trip >
Magnificent Machu Picchu

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!

Explore the diverse countries of South America

South America Group Tours

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 public transport. We stay in a range of locally owned accommodation from simple hotels and guesthouses to campsites, homestays and jungle lodges. read more

Machu Picchu | Peru | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Inca Trail Trek

7 days | FROM USD $1,699

Spend a week retracing the steps of the ancient Inca civilization, by...

Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro | Brazil | South AmericaTailored To Suit You

Go to Rio Carnival

5 days | FROM USD $1,979

It's party time in Rio! The legendary Rio Carnival is famed as the The...

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Ecuador Explorer

8 days | FROM USD $1,469

Discover the highlights of Ecuador in 8 days, from the dizzy heights a...

Cocora Valley | Colombia | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cartagena to Bogota

8 days | FROM USD $1,799

Say hola to Colombia with this short and sweet tour, including a visit...

Local musician | Peru | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Amazon & Machu Picchu

8 days | FROM USD $2,789

Discover the very essence of Peru staying in the heart of the lush and...

Visit Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on our tours to Brazil in South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Buenos Aires to Rio Express

9 days | FROM USD $2,929

Travel from Buenos Aires - the Paris of South America, to Rio de - the...

Resident llamas | Peru | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Lima & the Inca Trail

10 days | FROM USD $2,789

Uncover the highlights of the Inca Empire with this tour of Peru’s...

Vineyards in Mendoza | Argentina | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

South American Express

11 days | FROM USD $3,629

Departing Santiago visit Argentina's premier wine region before Buenos...

Tayrona National Park  | Colombia | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Best of Colombia

14 days | FROM USD $2,699

Discover the best of Colombia in 14 days. Wander through colonial the...

Salar de Uyuni salt flats | Bolivia | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Peru to Chile Express

15 days | FROM USD $4,129

Kicking off in Lima, continue on to explore the world-famous Machu and...

Local family | Peru | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Trails to Titicaca

15 days | FROM USD $3,589

See the best of Peru with fascinating Inca ruins, colourful Indian and...

Lake Titicaca | Peru | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Peru Encompassed

21 Days | FROM USD $4,269

Absorb Peru’s majestic spirit completely with this all-encompassing...

Salar de Uyuni salt flats | Bolivia | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Lima to Santiago

21 days | FROM USD $5,529

Experience a different adventure every day with this unique journey to...

Peruvian girls in the Andes | Peru | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Highlights of Ecuador & Peru

26 days | FROM USD $5,399

Journey through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as we a...

View of Rio de Janeiro | Brazil | South AmericaActive Days, Rustic Nights

South America Coast to Coast

32 days | FROM USD $9,089

Take in the highlights of South America in just 32 days on this tour...

South America Private Tours

Discover South America on one of our thoughtfully designed private tours that take in the best of Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia with unique itineraries that cover lesser visited sites and get you off the beaten track.

Machu Picchu | Peru | South AmericaTailored To Suit You

Into the Incan Empire

8 days | FROM USD $2,289

This classic journey through the Inca heartland of Peru takes you from...

View of Rio de Janeiro | Brazil | South AmericaTailored To Suit You

Way to Rio

8 days | FROM USD $2,429

Set out from Iguazu on an 8 day adventure that takes you to the city a...

The Galapagos Islands | Ecuador | South AmericaTailored To Suit You

Darwin’s Eden

9 days | FROM USD $7,899

Travel to the islands that gave birth to Darwin’s theory of with of...

Salar de Uyuni salt flats | Bolivia | South AmericaTailored To Suit You

Highlights of Bolivia

9 days | FROM USD $5,429

Travel from southern Peru into Bolivia, visit the Bolivian Highlands,...

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South America tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.38 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews — See All South America Reviews

Fab trip to get a snapshot of many different areas of Peru. Loved the mix of city, jungle, mountains and desert. Happy with the time we spent in each place.

Great, efficient guide. Really looked after us. Informed us of all the important things we needed to know so we didn't have to worry about much at all except seeing and doing as much as we could. ”  

• Submitted 25 Mar 2016

Tour was great. Saw a lot and didn't spend too much time just travelling. Our guide wasn't the best. He spent most of his time studying. However most days we had other guides anyway so managed to get a lot from them. ”  

• Submitted 4 Dec 2015

This was an excellent tour. Be sure that you can swim well in order to get the most benefit out of the snorkelling outings. The guide was excellent: very knowledgeable and helpful. ”  

• Submitted 2 Oct 2015

Hidden gems in South America

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 Top Picks For South America

Our Top Pick for Chile
#1 Torres del Paine

Decorating much of the tourist literature and postcards on Patagonia are the unusual twisted peaks and unbelievably smooth towers of the Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine). These remarkable granite pillars are perhaps of...

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Our Pick for Argentina
#2 Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
Our Pick for Peru
#3 Colca Canyon
Our Pick for Peru
#4 Machu Picchu
Our Pick for Ecuador
#5 Amazon Jungle - Ecuador

Our guide to travelling through South America

Get the lowdown on what to expect with our handy travel guide for travelling to South America on a group tour with visa information and more about trekking the Inca Trail.

The Amazon | Peru | South America

Multi-Country Tours

Available touring combinations in South America

Picture of a panoramic view of Machu Picchu on a clear day

Visiting Machu Picchu

The best ruins, when best to visit, places to stay & more

Machu Picchu | Peru | South America

The Inca Trail

Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit

Meet resident wildlife | Peru | South America

Style of Group Travel

More about our group tours to South America

Visas

South American Visas

Visa requirements for travel to South America

Group tour | South America

Traveller Reviews

Reviews from our travellers to South America

Get to know South America

Recommended Reading

  • Viva South America! A Journey Through a Restless Continent
    by Oliver Balch
  • The Motorcycle Diaries
    by Ernesto Che Guevara
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Did you know...?

Facts about South America

  • There are only two landlocked countries in South America - Paraguay and Bolivia.
  • Evidence of human life in South America dates back to 9000BC and many indigenous cultures still survive today.
  • South America is home to the driest place on earth as well as the world's largest river basin and longest mountain range.

South America Travel Advice:

We closely monitor the latest travel guidance to South America and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates for the countries in South America you are travelling to from the relevant advisory body in your country. For more specific country information, please refer to the relevant destination page on our website.

Online travel resources for South America:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

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Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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