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Tours in South America

Tours of South America allow you to experience the spectacular landscapes - from golden beaches to glaciers, and ancient forests to sparking lakes. See thundering Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in the history of the Incas and Mayas, climb to Machu Picchu or enjoy the exquisite cuisines and warm hospitality of each country. In the same holiday you could be partying on Copa Cabana beach in Rio de Janeiro and horseback riding through the mountains of Argentina.

Foodies will love our shorter add on tours of South America. The Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour allows you to see the emerald region of Mendoza up close as you try delicious varieties of its famous wines made from Malbec grapes. Visit wineries, tasting perfectly paired wines and Argentinian cuisine and enjoying the scenery. For the lively flavours and fresh ingredients of Brazil, book our five day Rio Culinary Tour. Visit everything from family run joints to Michelin starred restaurants, learn samba as well as honing your cooking skills along the way.

For a two week overview of the region, enjoy our Highlights of South America Tour. Over 15 days you’ll travel from the historic Peruvian capital of Lima to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and spectacular Lake Titicaca. Dance in Rio de Janeiro, try steak and rich Malbecs in Buenos Aires and trek in the Andes Mountains. The thundering Iguazu Falls are a must, as well as the golden sandy beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy the parties and beach bars of Copa Cabana Beach, or find a spot and simply relax into holiday mode.

5 days a bowl of food on a plate

Rio Culinary Tour

Guide Price  £2,299  pp  

Get a true taste of Brazilian culture on our Rio Culinary tour, which takes you to all of the city’s top sights, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Santa Teresa and Samba city. You’ll have the opportunity to tour downtown Rio and see...

Couples Holidays

Rio Culinary Tour
4 days a lake with a mountain in the background

Bariloche's Lakes & Mountains Tour

Guide Price  £1,099  pp  

Discover the beauty of south west Argentina during this four day luxury tour of Bariloche and the surrounding lakes and mountains. From admiring the stunning mountain scenery and indulging in some of the region’s famous chocolate to partaking in some...

Iconic journeys

Bariloche's Lakes & Mountains Tour
3 days a close up of a tree

Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour

Guide Price  £599  pp  

Perfect for wine connoisseurs, city lovers and adventurers alike, join our three day luxury tour of Argentina’s Mendoza . Known as the most famous wine producing region in the country, Mendoza is famous around the world for its Malbec grape...

Escorted tours

Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour
4 days

Easter Island Tour

Guide Price  £799  pp  

Our Easter Island tour packs many hours of adventure and exploration into four enriching days. The journey begins when you land at Mataveri airport and are whisked away to your hotel. Take the opportunity to get to know the Chilean...

Escorted tours

Easter Island Tour
3 days Chile Calchagua Winery

Santiago Wine Tour

 

This tour takes off from Santiago towards the south, driving through the plains of the Maipo Valley, which collects the river's torrents that come from the Andes, bringing melted rich snow, oxygen and minerals that generously irrigate the wines planted...

Cultural holidays

Santiago Wine Tour
3 days a close up of a rock near the ocean

Peru’s South Coast Tour

 

Peru’s alluring south calls you to discover the magic of its desert, archaeological sites and miles and miles of wondrous coast. Embark on a three day adventure to the stunning small town of Paracas, and experience some of Peru’s southern...

City holidays

Peru’s South Coast Tour
3 days Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Waterfalls from Argentina

Guide Price  £799  pp  

Our two night Iguazu Waterfalls Tour is the perfect way to explore one of South America’s most iconic natural wonders. These majestic falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, are so vast you’ll need to travel to two countries...

Couples Holidays

Iguazu Waterfalls from Argentina
5 days

Cuzco & Machu Picchu

Guide Price  £1,199  pp  

Discover the fascinating city of Cuzco - South America's archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city, before visiting Machu Picchu. Known as the lost city, Machu Picchu is the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. Built around AD 1450,...

Luxury holidays

Cuzco & Machu Picchu
3 days a sunset over a body of water

Northern Peru Tour

 

Journey to Northern Peru’s stunning coast and trace the area’s history as you discover its breath-taking gems. Step into this historical land and witness the incredible remains of the lives forged by those that have called the land home over...

Escorted tours

Northern Peru Tour
4 days a view of water and a mountain in the background

Pantanal Discovery Tour

 

Our Pantanal Discovery Tour provides an introduction to the incredible biodiversity of the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. The bulk of the region is located in Matto Gross do Sol, a state in southeastern Brazil. The Amazon Rainforest may be...

Wildlife holidays

Pantanal Discovery Tour
8 days a large waterfall over some water with Kravica in the background

The Best of Argentina & Brazil

Guide Price  £2,499  pp  

Our tour featuring Tango and Samba takes you to the two fascinating cities of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Both are famous for their love of dance and music, as raw and exciting as the...

Events & festivals

The Best of Argentina & Brazil
4 days a small boat in a body of water

Iquitos Ceiba Tops Lodge Tour

 

From the city of Iquitos to the winding Amazon River, Peru’s Amazon Rainforest holds a world of adventure just waiting to be discovered. Spend four days in the heart of the rainforest and lose yourself in the surreal surroundings. On...

Adventure holidays

Iquitos Ceiba Tops Lodge Tour

Expert Tips

Christie

Destination Executive

“Make sure you visit both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls for two different perspectives of its sheer power. The Argentinian side features a number of boardwalks for visitors to walk along and experience the falls up close, while the Brazilian side offers a glass lift which takes you to a viewing deck for unbelievable photo opportunities.”

Martyn

Destination Manager

“A great way to acclimatise to the high altitudes of Peru is to stay a couple of days in the Sacred Valley. Shop for your souvenirs at the Pisac Market or visit the Inca site at Ollantaytambo for a great introduction to the Inca civilisation.”

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“I’d recommend a wine tasting tour in Mendoza. You’ll sample exquisite Malbec and Cereza wines, and see quaint cafes, restaurants and shops along its charming plazas – not to mention stunning panoramic views of the mountains from the extensive vineyards.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Between April and October is the dry season, with the historic landmark becoming more crowded during the months of June and August. The hottest weather here also corresponds with the wet season – November to March. It’s worth noting that while Machu Picchu is open throughout the year, the Inca Trail is closed during February due to intense rainfall. Additionally, please keep in mind that the Inca Trail is restricted to 500 visitors per day – make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.

The people of Brazil speak Brazilian Portuguese. While many phrases and words are similar to that of European Portuguese, you will find that there can be drastic differences in pronunciation and meaning when it comes to Brazilian Portuguese. We’d recommend bringing a phrasebook specific to Brazil for your convenience.

The Chilean currency is the peso, which is divided into 100 centavos. You may hear locals informally refer to banknotes by the name of whoever is featured on them, such as an arturo for Arturo Prat on the 10,000 peso note, and a gabriela for the 5,000 peso note.

Lively cities dancing to the beat of a Samba drum, impeccable cuisine, ancient ruins and a hugely varied melting pot of historic culture and traditions - South America has something to offer everybody.

Why you’ll love South America…

• Climbing the volcanic rock formations of the Atacama Desert
• Trekking the famous Inca Trail
• Exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
• Witnessing the force of Iguazu Falls
• Enjoying succulent steaks in Buenos Aires
• Marvelling at the blue hues of the Grey Lake glaciers
• Dancing the night away at one of Rio’s samba schools
• Observing the enigmatic Nazca Lines
• Discovering the rustic villages of the Sacred Valley
• Riding a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain
• Gazing up at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue
• Watching the beautiful people on Copacabana Beach

Did you know?

• There’s a painting of the Last Supper in the Peruvian Cathedral Basilica depicting Jesus and his disciples dining on roast guinea pig
• An underground river has been discovered 13,000 feet beneath the Earth’s surface, underneath the Amazon River
• In 1946, 50 beavers were introduced to Tierra del Fuego by the Argentinian government to help create a fur industry. Today their numbers have soared to over 100,000, and they have destroyed 16 million hectares of forests.