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.
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.
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.
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.
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.