South America Tours and Holidays

Disocver 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!

Upcoming South America Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Inca Trail Trek - 7 days Cuzco, Peru 13 Dec 2016 USD $1,525 Inca Trail Trek - 7 days Map
Galapagos Encounters - 7 days Quito, Ecuador 15 Dec 2016 USD $7,595 Galapagos Encounters - 7 days Map
Ultimate Galapagos - 10 days Quito, Ecuador 15 Dec 2016 USD $10,925 Ultimate Galapagos - 10 days Map
Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Lima, Peru 16 Dec 2016 USD $3,625 Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Map
Buenos Aires to Rio Express - 9 days Buenos Aires, Argentina 16 Dec 2016 USD $2,885 Buenos Aires to Rio Express - 9 days Map
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South America Group Tours

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Inca Trail Trek

7 days | FROM USD $1,525

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

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Rio Carnival City Break

5 days | FROM USD $2,095

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 $2,695

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

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Ecuador Explorer

8 days | FROM USD $1,335

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

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South America Private Tours

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Easter Island Explorer

4 days | FROM USD $1,420

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

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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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South America Cruises

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Antarctica Taster

9 days | FROM USD $9,260

Experience the majesty of Antarctica on this one off expedition From...

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Galapagos Discovered

6 days | FROM USD $6,555

Every year the Galapagos Islands tempt throngs of travellers to its 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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Ultimate Galapagos

10 days | FROM USD $10,925

Encounter sea lion colonies basking on pristine beaches, giant blue in...

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South America Tailor-made Holidays

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 tailor made holiday that incorporates all of your interests while suggesting fun and unique things to do along the way.

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South America tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.52 out of 5 based on 9 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 Herman 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
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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.

Best Time to Visit

Plan when to go with our guide on seasons and weather

Meet resident wildlife | Peru | South America

Style of Group Travel

More about our group tours to South America

South American Visas

Visa requirements for travel to South America

The Amazon | Peru | South America

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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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.

Online travel resources for South America:

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

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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