South America Tours

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PE1 Classic Peru Tour

8 days from Lima to Lima

On our Classic Peru tour the sight of Peruvian villagers going about their daily business amid their mud-brick houses that stand in the foreground of…

EC10 Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour

10 days from Quito to Quito

This Ecuador & the Galapagos tour is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive…

PE5 Peru Tour

11 days from Lima to Lima

On this Peru tour, as our plane glides over the 2,000 year old Nazca Lines, we can hear about some of the theories as to why the ancient Nazca people…

EC12 Ecuador Tour

11 days from Quito to Guayaquil

Join us on an exploration of the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most rewarding destinations; Ecuador. Along the 'Avenue of the…

GY1 Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana Tours

12 days from Georgetown to Paramaribo

Our 12-day Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana tours are an excellent experience for anyone who wants to discover this obscure corner of South America.…

CM1 Colombian Heartlands Tour

12 days from Bogota to Cartagena

Our 12-day Colombian Heartlands tour visits the country's heartland - the Andean coffee-growing region, the Cafetera, with its verdant green hills,…

PE11 Classic Peru Tour

13 days from Lima to Lima

This itinerary combines our Classic Peru tour with two extensions: Nazca & Ica, as well ass to the Peruvian Amazon for a highlight packed, extremely…

AR1 Argentina & Chile Tour

14 days from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires

The incomparable Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital city, is our first destination on this tour and we enjoy a few days of exploring the sights of…

PE2 Peru & Bolivia Tour

14 days from Lima to La Paz

Landing in Lima, once dubbed 'City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors, we begin our 14-day adventure through western and central South America by…

BR1 Brazil Tour

14 days from Manaus to Iguacu Falls

Whether you are looking for the hustle and bustle of city life and activity or the serene calm and beauty of untouched nature, this memorable tour to…

EC11 Experiential Ecuador Tour

14 days from Quito to Quito

This is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive aspect of this trip is that…

PE12 Peru & The Galapagos Tour

14 days from Lima to Quito

This is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a fascinating sea-borne foray amongst the fabled and…

CL6 Chile Tour

15 days from Santiago to Santiago

After a spot of exploration in the ever-vibrant capital city, Santiago, we make headway for the Chilean Central Valley, a region that enjoys…

EC13 Ecuador Tour

15 days from Quito to Guayaquil

Our 15 days of adventure are well-spent on this thrill-ride of a tour, as we explore the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most…

EC14 Ecuador Tour

15 days from Quito to Quito

Striking a balance between exploration of the natural and man-made worlds, we split our days in South America by experiencing a taste of ancient…

AR3 Argentina & Chile Tour

16 days from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires

For those seeking adventure, Chile and Argentina tours have plenty of it. Discover a land at the end of the world, with a group tour across the…

PE6 Peru And Bolivia Tours

17 days from Lima to La Paz

Few places in the world offer the type of jaw-dropping scenery that serves as a backdrop for such a rich cultural experience as Peru and Bolivia…

UP1 Paraguay, Northwest Argentina & Uruguay Tour

17 days from Asuncion to Montevideo

We've offered variations on this itinerary over the years and usually for only special one-off departures, so we're very excited to add Uruguay and…

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More About South America

When you picture South America, what do you see? The towering peaks of Patagonia, the lush jungles of the Amazon, the islands of curious animals in the Galapagos? South America tours are diverse in this extraordinary continent, with awe-inspiring destinations in every country that will leave you breathless.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic to the east, and stretching from the Caribbean in the north to the Drake Passage that separates South America from Antarctica to the South, there are plenty of places to visit in between. The people of this continent have been arriving for nearly 15,000 years, starting with those who made their way south after crossing the Bering land bridge during the ice age.

Archaeological finds of food consumption have been dated as far back as 11,000 years ago, with civilizations starting to thrive due to the abundance of food found in South America. From the use of manioc in the Amazon, the yams of the Andes, and fishing on the coasts, many different cultures began to emerge on this southern continent.

The rise of the Incas is perhaps one of South America tours most iconic cultures. Beyond Machu Picchu, the far reach of this empire can be seen across Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, in northwest Argentina and even in parts of Colombia. Known as the Quechua, this powerful empire is famed for more than just their impressive stone temples but also their creation of roads and finely woven textiles.

Not quite as large in their ruling, but equally impressive in their knowledge of herbal medicines, the Amazon tribes were often isolated within the world’s largest rainforest. From the Mapuches in Chile to the Kalinas in the Guineas, it is hard to imagine a region with more diverse cultures in such a short span of history.

Unfortunately for many indigenous tribes, the arrival of Europeans brought along many deaths and enslavement as Spain and Portugal began their colonial encroachment. Starting in the 15th century, the claims of land belonging to a European crown came fast with most of South America under occupancy of the Spanish by the mid 16th century.

In its wake, beyond the atrocities to the local native populations, stunning new cities were formed. From Cusco to Quito, Cartagena to Santiago, Buenos Aires to Lima, and Rio de Janeiro to Bogota, it is hard to not be impressed by the beautiful and often colourful historic cities. Away from the cities, South America tours offer a chance to experience nature on a immense scale.

Explore the glacial expanses in Chile and Argentina’s Patagonia, walk amongst a dense canopy of jungle in the Guineas and Amazon, take in the vast altiplano landscapes found high within the Andes, enjoy a cup of coffee in the Colombian highlands, or rest on the idyllic beaches of Brazil.

No matter which option, it is always postcard perfect. Whether discovering South America for the first time, or another corner which was previously unseen, this is a continent that provides even the most intrepid of travellers the chance to become amazed.

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