South America Tours37 tours available
PE1 8 Day Peru Tour Classic
8 days from Lima to Cuzco
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… Read more
PE10 10 Day Peru Tour Classic
10 days from Lima to Lima
EC10 10 Day Galapagos Tour & Ecuador
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… Read more
PE5 11 Day Peru Tour
11 days from Lima to Cuzco
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… Read more
EC12 11 Day Ecuador Tour
11 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Join us on this Ecuador tour, an exploration of the rural and urban charms of one of South America's most rewarding destinations. Along the… Read more
GY1 12 Day Guyana Tour, Suriname & French Guiana
12 days from Georgetown to Paramaribo
On our Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana tour, sandy beaches, tropical climate and friendly people all work their way into defining this area of the… Read more
PE11 13 Day Peru Tour Classic
13 days from Lima to Lima
This itinerary combines our Classic Peru tour with two extensions: Nazca & Ica, as well as to the Peruvian Amazon for a highlight packed, extremely… Read more
AR1 14 Day Chile And Argentina Tour
14 days from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Argentina & Chile Tour from Adventures Abroad: The incomparable Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital city, is our first destination on this tour and we… Read more
PE2 14 Day Peru And Bolivia Tour
14 days from Lima to La Paz
Landing in Lima, once dubbed 'City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors, we begin our Peru & Bolivia Tour, a 14-day adventure through western and… Read more
BR1 14 Day 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 Brazil… Read more
EC11 Experiential 14 Day Ecuador Tour
14 days from Quito to Quito
Our Experiential Ecuador Tour is an exciting addition to our itineraries that include the superlative Galapagos Islands. The most attractive… Read more
PE12 14 Day Peru And Galapagos Travel Package Tour
14 days from Lima to Quito
Our Peru & The Galapagos Tour is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a fascinating sea-borne foray… Read more
CL6 15 Day Chile Tour
15 days from Santiago to Santiago
After a spot of exploration in the ever-vibrant capital city, Santiago, our Chile tour makes headway for the Chilean Central Valley, a region that… Read more
EC13 15 Day Ecuador Tour
15 days from Quito to Guayaquil
Our 15 days of adventure on this Ecuador tour are well-spent on this thrill-ride of a tour, as we explore the rural and urban charms of one of South… Read more
EC14 15 Day Ecuador Tour
15 days from Quito to Quito
Striking a balance between exploration of the natural and man-made worlds, on this Ecuador tour we split our days in South America by experiencing a… Read more
AR3 16 Day Chile And Argentina Tour
16 days from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
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… Read more
PE6 17 Day Peru And Bolivia Tour
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… Read more
UP1 17 Day Northwest Argentina Tour & Paraguay
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… Read more
PE13 17 Day Peru And Galapagos Travel Package Tour
17 days from Lima to Quito
This Peru & The Galapagos Tour With The Nazca Lines is an exciting fusing of our long-standing classic exploration of the wonders of Peru and a… Read more
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 group 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.