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Colourful, chaotic, everything in between

South America is colourful, chaotic, and everything in between. From the energy of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival to the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest and river, to the effervescent spirit of the people, South America is everything you want it to be. We love holidays in South America for pushing us to the edge of our comfort zone. Cycle the volcanoes of Chile, trek the Inca Trail to Peru's Machu Picchu, or journey to remote Easter Island, South American holidays are more vibrant than just about anywhere else.     

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Highlights of South America

Captivating Cities

From bustling metropolises to tiny villages that retain their ancient Andean culture, South America has a rich amalgamation of fascinating cities. Dance to the alluring beat of samba amid a festival atmosphere in Rio de Janeiro or embrace in a steamy tango in passionate Buenos Aires. Stroll the cliff top pathway of El Malecón in Lima or ski the magnificent Andes resorts that surround Santiago.

Ancient Ruins

Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuamán, Cuzco—history has left its mark on South America, scattering ancient ruins like rare gems among its vast expanse of natural beauty. Peru is home to the largest collection of ruins and temples in South America. These awe-inspiring sites give a good understanding of the ancient civilization of the Inca Empire. Chile's spellbinding Easter Island is filled with enigmatic sculpted moai amid the volcano-anchored island.   

Sensory Seduction

South American holidays are not just about adventures and breathtaking sights, they are a sensory experience. The samba enlivens the streets of Rio de Janeiro while the bongos fill the narrow cobblestone streets of Salvador. In Argentina, let the sultry embrace of tango carry you through the night. Taste the tang of the lime-drenched ceviche (raw fish) that Peru is famous for in Lima's vibrant cafes or encounter the vast emptiness of Patagonia in El Calafate or Punta Arenas, where the star-riddled sky stretches on for miles across South America's southern frontier.      

Iconic Sights

From the wide open arms of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the Corcovado Mountains above Rio de Janeiro to the majestic 275 cascades of Iguazu Falls at the border of Argentina and Brazil, South America is filled with iconic sites. See the magnificent Floating Islands built from reeds by the lake dwellers on Puno's Lake Titicaca, the lush, tropical rainforests of Brazil's Amazon Jungle, or the jagged outline of the staggeringly beautiful Andes mountains.      

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Peru

Magnificent Inca ruins
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Peru

Magnificent Inca ruins
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  • Fascinating Cities
  • Inca Trail
  • Floating Islands
  • Delicious Cuisine

Combines well with Brazil, Costa Rica

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Argentina

Tango the night away
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Argentina

Tango the night away
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  • Iguazu Falls
  • Tierra del Fuego
  • Stay at an Estancia
  • Buenos Aires
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Uruguay

South America’s best kept secret
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Uruguay

South America’s best kept secret
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  • Charming Cities
  • Hot Spring
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Chile

Land of fire and ice
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Chile

Land of fire and ice
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  • Vibrant Cities
  • Lake District
  • Archaeological Remains
  • Beaches
  • Atacama Desert
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Ecuador

Country of rainbow-hued colours
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Ecuador

Country of rainbow-hued colours
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  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cultural Delights
  • Captivating Cities
  • Spectacular Wildlife
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Brazil

Treasure chest of natural riches
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Brazil

Treasure chest of natural riches
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  • Iguazu Falls
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Copacabana
  • Fernando de Noronha
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Galapagos Islands

Wildlife like no place else
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Galapagos Islands

Wildlife like no place else
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  • Diving
  • The Charles Darwin Research Station
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Easter Island

Enigmatic stone statues
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Easter Island

Enigmatic stone statues
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  • Stone Statues
  • Motu Nui
  • Anakena Beach
  • Ballet Kari Kari
  • Orongo
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Buzios

Low-key glamour
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  • Rua das Pedras
  • Beach Bums
  • Buzios Trolley
  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
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Sacred Valley

Valley of ancient Inca ruins
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Sacred Valley

Valley of ancient Inca ruins
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  • Ruins
  • Pisac
  • Cuzco
  • Trekking
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Mendoza

Argentina's wine capital
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Mendoza

Argentina's wine capital
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  • Bodegas
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cooking Classes
  • Adventure Activities
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Cuzco

Cradle of the Inca Empire
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Cuzco

Cradle of the Inca Empire
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  • Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park
  • Museums
  • City Plazas
  • Inca Trail
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Calama

Archaeological desert sites
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Calama

Archaeological desert sites
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  • Calama Archaeological Museum
  • Geological Sites
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Bariloche

Switzerland of the Andes
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Bariloche

Switzerland of the Andes
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  • Cerro Catedral
  • Museo de la Patagonia
  • Cerro Otto
  • Nahuel Huapi National Park
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Rio de Janeiro

The alluring beat of samba
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Rio de Janeiro

The alluring beat of samba
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  • Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Copacabana
  • Rio's Carnival
  • Christ the Redeemer

Combines well with Buenos Aires, Lima

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Arequipa

City of white volcanic rock
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Arequipa

City of white volcanic rock
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  • Museums
  • City Sights
  • Outdoor Delights
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Buenos Aires

Paris of South America
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Buenos Aires

Paris of South America
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  • Tango Dancing
  • Cemeterio de la Recoleta
  • Palermo
  • Feria de Mataderos

Combines well with Rio de Janeiro

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Salvador

Brazil's party capital
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Salvador

Brazil's party capital
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  • Carnival Celebrations
  • Colonial Old Town
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Ilhe Itaparica
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Lima

Latin America's best kept secret
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Lima

Latin America's best kept secret
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  • Miraflores
  • Museo Larco
  • Church of San Francisco
  • Archaeological Remains
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Praia do Forte

Seaside sophistication
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Praia do Forte

Seaside sophistication
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  • Sapiranga Forest Reserve
  • Garcia D'Avila Castle
  • Projeto Tamar
  • Esplanade
  • Beach
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Santiago de Chile

Ski slopes and beach bums
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Santiago de Chile

Ski slopes and beach bums
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  • Beautiful Barrios
  • Varied Museums
  • Verdant Vineyards
  • Cerros
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Puno

Floating islands of Lake Titicaca
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Puno

Floating islands of Lake Titicaca
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  • City Sights
  • Cultural Treasures
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Iguazu Falls

Two miles of cascading falls
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Iguazu Falls

Two miles of cascading falls
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  • National Parks
  • Devil’s Throat
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Boat Rides
  • Full Moon Tour
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Punta Arenas

Doorway to Patagonia
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Punta Arenas

Doorway to Patagonia
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  • Penguin Colonies
  • Pali Aike National Park
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El Calafate

Capital of glaciers
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El Calafate

Capital of glaciers
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  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Boat Tours
  • Estancias
  • Glaciarium
  • Glacial Ice Bar
  • Ice Skating
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