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South America Tours

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!

Machu Picchu | Peru | South America

Styles of Travel to South America

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

Road to Rio

16 days | FROM USD $2,979

Live the Latino spirit on this amazing journey from the dynamic city...

Quito to Coast

17 Days | FROM USD $2,149

From the capital of Peru, through the searing northern Peruvian into...

The Machu Warrior

7 days | FROM USD $1,559

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

Lima Llama Land

21 Days | FROM USD $3,929

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

Incas Amazon & Islands

21 days | FROM USD $4,449

Experience the wonders of Peru and Bolivia on this fascinating trip of...

Lima to Santiago

26 days | FROM USD $4,839

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

Bolivia to Brazil

28 Days | FROM USD $4,899

Travelling across South America in just under a month, this tour an of...

South America Coast to Coast

32 days | FROM USD $8,049

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

Journey to the Equator

37 days | FROM USD $6,439

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

Peruvian Poncho

8 days | FROM USD $2,639

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

Speedy Gonzales

10 days | FROM USD $2,549

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

Rio to Iguazu Falls

10 days | FROM USD $1,999

Discover the best of Brazil with this tropical cocktail of Rio, the of...

South American Express

11 days | FROM USD $2,689

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

Salt Flats & Desert Dunes

14 Days | FROM USD $2,149

Surrounded by desert or the expanse of a salt lake it's easy to feel...

Go to Rio Carnival

5 days | FROM USD $1,689

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

Trails to Titicaca

15 days | FROM USD $3,299

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

South America Private Journeys

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.

Machu Picchu | Peru | South America

Into the Incan Empire

8 days | FROM USD $2,939

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

View of Rio de Janeiro | Brazil | South America

Way to Rio

8 days | FROM USD $2,229

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

The Galapagos Islands | Ecuador | South America

Darwin’s Eden

9 days | FROM USD $6,639

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

Salar de Uyuni salt flats | Bolivia | South America

Highlights of Bolivia

9 days | FROM USD $4,729

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

The Atacama Desert | Chile | South America

Atacama & the North

10 Days | FROM USD $5,189

Get off the beaten track in Chile’s northern reaches with this the...

Lighthouse in Patagonia | Argentina | South America

End of the World

10 days | FROM USD $2,589

Find yourself seduced by elegant Buenos Aires and thoroughly by share...

Colourful hilltown | Argentina | South America

El Norte Grande

12 days | FROM USD $3,639

Take a journey through Argentina’s great rugged northwest, a land of...

Driving up to one of Ecuador's beautiful volcanoes on a n Ecuador Tour

Avenue of the Volcanoes

13 days | FROM USD $5,669

Discover the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes with this adventure from to...

Chan Chan ruins | Peru | South America

Chimu, Sican & Surf

14 days | FROM USD $5,039

Explore Peru’s less-visited yet archaeologically-rich northern in to...

Torres del Paine National Park | Chile | South America

Santiago to Patagonia

14 days | FROM USD $6,489

Discover Chile in all its glorious natural beauty from the glittering...

Torres del Paine National Park | Chile | South America

Vines Lakes & Volcan Escapes

14 days | FROM USD $4,389

Get behind the wheel for this classic self-drive tour of Chile from to...

Vineyards in Mendoza | Argentina | South America

Waterfalls Wine & Wilderness

14 days | FROM USD $2,649

Sample Argentina’s great outdoors with this trip from the Iguazu to...

The Galapagos Islands | Ecuador | South America

Wilds of Ecuador

16 days | FROM USD $8,999

Embark on an incredible adventure through the wilds of Ecuador from to...

Local family | Peru | South America

Canyon Deep, Aymara High

17 days | FROM USD $4,139

Discover the treasures of Peru from the spectacular depths of Colca to...

tour reviews

Scoring an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews — See All South America Reviews

4

The trip proved to be a phenomenal experience. I never thought I would have had the opportunity to travel to as many places in such a short time. Our Guide Gloria did a remarkable job and made the trip truly a memorable experience.”  

• Aug 2015
4

Overall excellent tour and Heidi was great fun. The only thing that I would say is that the majority of the activities were optional. Overall adventure was great ! ”  

• Mar 2015
5

An Excellent trip and our guide was excellent. The trip was unforgetable and totally enjoyed. Bolivia was outstanding as a country to visit.. Our extra add-on to the Easter Islands was also a great success-so thanks Phil for sorting that too.”  

• Mar 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

The Inca Trail was amazing, and it is refreshing to meet 2 guides who are so passionate about their culture and history. Have already recommended this tour and guides to my friends :) ”  

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