Discover the best of South America on our selection of tours or tailor-make your dream holiday to the land that's home to Machu Picchu and the Amazon

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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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 which to do first!

Top South America Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Peru Encompassed - 21 Days Lima, Peru 03 Jun 2017 USD $4,271 was $4,745 10% off Peru Encompassed - 21 Days Map
South America Coast to Coast - 32 days Lima, Peru 08 Jun 2017 USD $7,610 was $8,455 10% off South America Coast to Coast - 32 days Map
Lima to Santiago - 21 days Lima, Peru 08 Jun 2017 USD $5,198 was $5,775 10% off Lima to Santiago - 21 days Map
Cartagena to Bogota - 8 days Cartagena, Colombia 09 Jun 2017 USD $1,346 was $1,495 10% off Cartagena to Bogota - 8 days Map
Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Lima, Peru 14 Jun 2017 USD $3,938 was $4,375 10% off Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Map
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South America Group Tours

Machu Picchu by Train

8 days | FROM USD $3,595

Explore some of Peru’s most enchanting sites, from mighty and Inca...

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Rio Carnival City Break

6 days | FROM USD $1,845

Witness the world's largest street party in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. in...

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Rio Carnival Beach Break

6 days | FROM USD $2,385

Join the revellery of Rio Carnival in 2018, famed as the world's Shack...

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Trek the Inca Trail

7 days | FROM USD $1,795

Discover the magic of one of the most famous treks in the world on and...

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South America Private Tours

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Easter Island Explorer

4 days | FROM USD $1,435

Spend four days exploring Easter Island, located in the Pacific Ocean...

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Lost City of Colombia

8 days | FROM USD $1,345

Trek through lush jungle and local settlements to uncover Colombia's a...

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Caffe Colombia

8 days | FROM USD $2,095

Take in the highlights of Colombia in 8 captivating days, from the of...

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Colombia Encompassed

17 days | FROM USD $7,465

Take in the best that Colombia has to offer on this fantastic 17 day -...

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South America Cruises

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Classic Antarctica

11 days | FROM USD $9,220

Embark on a classic expedition to Antarctica from Ushuaia, through the...

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Galapagos Discovered

6 days | FROM USD $6,535

Every year the Galapagos Islands tempt throngs of travellers to its in...

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Polar Circle Quest

12 days | FROM USD $12,740

Setting sail from Ushuaia, embark on an expedition to the Antarctic in...

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Galapagos Encounters

7 days | FROM USD $7,595

Boasting an incredible array of endemic species from the blue-footed a...

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South America Tailor-made Holidays

We specialise in planning holidays tailored to individual requirements, meaning if you let us know where you’d like to go, what you’d like to see and what standard of accommodation you prefer, our team will whip up your perfect South American adventure. Whether you want to explore Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile or Brazil on their own, or combine them for an epic journey, just let us know and we’ll do the rest.

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South America tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 9 recent reviews — See All South America Reviews

We had a great time and it helped that the group got along so well. Our Guide Christian was well organised, reliable and liked by everyone. He was super efficient in getting us to our various destinations on time. He also knew lots of excellent restaurants so we were always sure of good meals. He managed to get the balance right between being very much part of the group but also standing back as well.

The various guides (Inca, Uyuni) were all very professional and friendly, in particular Sante (Inca). The drivers were also reliable. The only negative comments are regarding the hotel in La Paz and the dormitory on the last night in the desert before crossing from Bolivia to Chile. These were below the standards of the rest of the accommodation. I can be more forgiving of the dormitory but I think a better hotel could have been chosen in La Paz.”  

Gail Macindoe • Submitted 7 Dec 2016

Christian is a fantastic tour guide, always going above and beyond to help everyone in our group with their questions/needs etc.

The tour was excellent and thankfully great weather the entire trip. We really enjoyed it. ”  

Elizabeth Wong • Submitted 29 Nov 2016
Santiago to Lima - 21 days

Wilson was one of the best guides I have come across during any trip. He was always helpful and gave us a lot of insights of the countries we visited. He even helped me apply for the Brazil visa as I couldn't do that in the home country. I was able to visit Brazil just because of his help.”  

Ronak Gupta • Submitted 20 Sep 2016
Sth America Coast to Coast ex Rio - 32 days
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The best of South America's landscapes

South America is a continent of tremendous contrast when it comes to natural beauty from the vivid blue expanse of Lake Titicaca in Peru to the dazzling salt flats of Bolivia, the mighty volcanoes of Ecuador to the parched deserts of Chile, the stunning scenery of Argentina's Patagonia to the thundering cascades of Iguazu Falls in Brazil - discover this and much more with our range of tours to South America.

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.

Discover the best places to visit in South America including Iguazu Falls

Best Places to Visit

The top attractions in South America to include on your trip

Best Time to Visit

Plan when to go with our guide on seasons and weather

South American Visas

Visa requirements for travel to South America

Hikers on the Inca Trail in Peru enjoying the views

The Inca Trail

Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit

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Visiting Machu Picchu

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

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Multi-Country Tours

Available touring combinations in South America

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Style of Group Travel

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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
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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.

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.

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