South America Tours45 tours available
PE1 Classic Peru Tour
8 days from Lima to Lima
The sight of Peruvian villagers going about their daily business amid their mud-brick houses that stand in the foreground of the mighty peak of… Read more
PE10 Classic Peru Tour
10 days from Lima to Lima
EC10 Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour
10 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 it is… Read more
PE5 Peru Tour
11 days from Lima to Lima
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 put so much time… Read more
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… Read more
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.… Read more
CM1 Colombian Heartlands Tour
12 days from Bogota to Cartagena
The Lonely Planet travel guides recently picked Colombia as one of the top 10 travel hotspots of the year. Colombian President, Alvar Uribe, has… Read more
CL9 Argentina & Chile Tour
13 days from Buenos Aires to Santiago
This is a highlight-driven tour of the classic cities and sites in these two friendly and spectacular neighbours. A slightly shorter trip than many… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
P29 Peru & The Galapagos Tour
16 days from Lima to Quito
This tour is an expedition along land of such immaculate beauty that it is hard to justify the experience through the use of flowery adjectives and… 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 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 worldâs 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 Argentinaâs 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.