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South America Tours

Travel to South America with On The Go 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.

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

Upcoming South America Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Lima, Peru 05 Oct 2016 USD $4,129 Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Map
Ultimate Galapagos - 10 days Quito, Galapagos 06 Oct 2016 USD $8,909 Ultimate Galapagos - 10 days Map
Galapagos Encounters - 7 days Quito, Galapagos 06 Oct 2016 USD $6,229 Galapagos Encounters - 7 days Map
Best of Colombia - 14 days Bogota, Colombia 08 Oct 2016 USD $2,699 Best of Colombia - 14 days Map
Peru Encompassed - 21 Days Lima, Peru 08 Oct 2016 USD $4,269 Peru Encompassed - 21 Days Map
Natural Wonders Galore
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.

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

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Inca Trail Trek

7 days | FROM USD $1,699

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

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Rio Carnival City Break

5 days | FROM USD $1,579

Witness the world's largest street party in Rio de Janeiro in 2017. in...

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Rio Carnival Beach Break

5 days | FROM USD $2,039

Join the revellery of Rio Carnival in 2017, famed as the world's Shack...

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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...

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Cartagena to Bogota

8 days | FROM USD $1,799

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

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Amazon & Machu Picchu

8 days | FROM USD $2,789

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

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Buenos Aires to Rio Express

9 days | FROM USD $2,929

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

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Lima & the Inca Trail

10 days | FROM USD $2,789

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

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South American Express

11 days | FROM USD $3,629

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

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Best of Colombia

14 days | FROM USD $2,699

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

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Peru to Chile Express

15 days | FROM USD $4,129

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

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Trails to Titicaca

15 days | FROM USD $3,589

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

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Peru Explorer

16 days | FROM USD $6,870

Embark on an extraordinary overland journey through the spectacular of...

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Peru Encompassed

21 Days | FROM USD $4,269

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

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Lima to Santiago

21 days | FROM USD $5,529

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

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Highlights of Ecuador & Peru

26 days | FROM USD $5,399

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

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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.

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Into the Incan Empire

8 days | FROM USD $2,289

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

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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...

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Darwin’s Eden

9 days | FROM USD $7,899

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

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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 Expedition Cruises

Our Antarctica Expedition Cruises offer intrepid travellers the opportunity to journey to the end of the world on a thrilling voyage. Setting sail from the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, on an ice-strengthened polar vessel our expedition cruises take in the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and Polar Circle, as well as the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on our 20 day Classic South Georgia itinerary.

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Antarctica Taster

9 days | FROM USD $9,260

Experience the majesty of Antarctica on this one off expedition from a...

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Classic Antarctica

11 days | FROM USD $9,220

Embark on an exhilarating expedition to Antarctica from Ushuaia, by to...

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Polar Circle Quest

12 days | FROM USD $12,740

Setting sail from Ushuaia, Argentina's southernmost port city, embark...

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Classic South Georgia

20 days | FROM USD $13,560

From Ushuaia set sail towards the Falkland Islands to explore West and...

South America tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.55 out of 5 based on 10 recent reviews — See All South America Reviews

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

The whole tour was fabulous and well organised. It started with the booking. Theo was very helpful and followed up with me many time. I was picked up at the Lima Airport by Enrique Palacios Guerra. He was very professional, helpful and had a very clean car. Each time he picked me up he was on time just as he promised even at 5:45am. He always helped me with my luggage. His driving was very professional and I felt very safe with him. Pedro met me in Lima. He was very polite and helpful. He explained how the whole tour would work and answered all my questions. He was flexible with his time which allowed me to take a city tour. I really appreciated that. Fabio was my guide in Cuzco. He was friendly and professional. He helped us find great places to eat that we would have never found on our own. He made it clear he was available to us for anything we needed at anytime of the day or night. He was always on time, happy and helpful. Santiago was my guide for the Inca Trail. He was GREAT!! He encouraged us from the start of the hike and throughout the 45 km hike. He made sure we were doing well and safe. He was great at explaining the history and meaning of each ruin. It was obvious he loved his job. The organisation of his whole team was amazing. I can't say enough good things about the 4 days spent hiking the Inca Trail. The treatment, the food and encouragement we received from Santiago, the cook and all the porters was unbelievable. Thanks to everyone involved in my trip.... Theo, Pedro, Fabio, Santiago, the cook and the 9 porters. I would highly recommend this tour. ”  

Idoya Auban • Submitted 26 Aug 2016

Excellent tour with a wide range of activities and experiences, a good balance of free time.

Our tour leader Hernan was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable with a clear love of his job and of trying to make the experience as good as possible for all on the tour. He took the time to get to know each individual in the group, made sure everyone was involved and generally ensured that everything ran smoothly.”  

Gemma Kelly • Submitted 22 Jul 2016

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 Easter Island

As one of the most isolated places on Earth, the tiny mass of land that forms Easter Island is home to just 5,000 people and a staggering collection of monumental statues that have a mysterious pull on explorers and as a...

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Our Pick for Argentina
#2 Tierra del Fuego
Our Pick for Brazil
#3 Rio De Janeiro
Our Pick for Ecuador
#4 Otavalo
Our Pick for Peru
#5 Cuzco

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.

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Multi-Country Tours

Available touring combinations in South America

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Visiting Machu Picchu

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

Hikers on the Inca Trail in Peru enjoying the views

The Inca Trail

Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit

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Style of Group Travel

More about our group tours to South America

South American Visas

Visa requirements for travel to South America

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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
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.

Recent Travel Articles on South America

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Coast to Coast in South America

August 31, 2016 • OTG Team
Our very own Theo Porter made his first foray to the continent of South America recently. Leaving in...
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Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

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.

Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

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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