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South America Tours

South America Tours

Dazzling and diverse, South America is a continent that will take your breath away. Discover wildlife-filled rainforests, cosmopolitan cities, white-sand beaches, glittering blue ice fields and some of the driest deserts in the world. Our South America tours will ensure your travel experience is magical, with small groups led by expert guides.

Trek to the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Experience the thunderous roar of Iguassu Falls. Stroll among the European-style architecture of Buenos Aires. Or snorkel among the unique wildlife of the Galapagos. These are the type of experiences you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.

Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

Our South America Tour Leaders

Our South America group tours include an expert guide and a maximum of 18 participants, which means you will enjoy a richer, more relaxed travel experience.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Where To Go In South America
There's an adventure waiting just for you on our small South America tours. Soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of Buenos Aires, kick back on the curvaceous beaches of Rio, trek to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu and visit the otherworldly Atacama Desert - one of the driest places in the world.

 

Galapagos
The Galapagos is a geological wonder, supporting a dazzling array of biodiversity. Enjoy volcanic hikes, bask on immaculate beaches and tread in the footsteps of Darwin as you encounter wildlife like no other on Earth.
Argentina
Prepare to be seduced. Argentina sweeps visitors off their feet with its cosmopolitan cities, elegant architecture, love affair with tango and scintillating street food.
Brazil
Watch the sun set over Christ the Redeemer, see the continent’s largest concentration of wildlife, venture into the heart of the Amazon, and stand awe-struck before the roaring Iguaçu Falls.
Chile
Chile does nature on an epic scale — from arid deserts and glittering glaciers, to ancient forests, volcanoes and shimmering blue lakes. Chile’s world-class wines and food are also major highlights.
Ecuador
Ecuador might be compact, but it remains one of South America’s treasured gems. Visit traditional homes and markets, hike among ancient Inca settlements and spot wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Peru
Peru is perhaps most famous for its Incan treasures and lost city of Machu Picchu. But it’s also a country of pretty rural towns, a sophisticated clifftop capital and sensational national cuisine.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the best time to visit South America?

Truly vast, South America has a varied climate that changes dramatically between countries and seasons. As a general rule, the warm weather remains most consistent in countries near the equator (such as Peru and Ecuador). To escape the crowds in major sightseeing cities (e.g. Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires), avoid travelling during peak season (December-March). Looking to see the best of the wildlife in the Galapagos? April and May are your best times to travel.

Depending on when you plan to travel, we recommend checking the specific country you’re visiting for the most detailed information.

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What countries are in South America?

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.

 

Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.