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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.

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...

Wildlife holidays

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...

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Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour
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...

Cultural holidays

Rio Culinary Tour
15 days

Highlights of South America Tour

Guide Price  £5,799  pp  

From the ancient mountain ruins of Machu Picchu to the dazzling beaches of Rio de Janeiro, South America has it all when it comes to outstanding natural beauty and fascinating sights. There’s much to see and do in this fascinating...

Couples Holidays

Highlights of South America Tour
14 days Guacamaya

Ecuador Birding Tour

Guide Price  £5,099  pp  

Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, and yet it offers a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences. On this Ecuador Birding tour you will have the chance to stand in awe of its soaring snow-capped volcanic peaks, wander...

Adventure holidays

Ecuador Birding Tour
9 days Otavalo Market

Best of Ecuador

 

Considering Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, it packs a punch when it comes to fascinating cities to visit and jaw dropping natural beauty to admire. From hiking the mysterious landscapes of the Andes to exploring...

City holidays

Best of Ecuador
8 days a view of a large body of water with a mountain in the background

Highlights of Brazil Tour

Guide Price  £3,299  pp  

Our Highlights of Brazil tour takes in three of Brazil’s most important attractions, while giving you ample time to enjoy each. Rio de Janeiro will be your first destination. This vibrant global city is known for its culture, art and...

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Highlights of Brazil Tour
10 days

Pearls of Colombia

 

From white sandy beaches and coffee farms to taking in one of the world’s highest capital cities, our Pearls of Colombia tour promises to give you an unforgettable holiday. Exploring Colombia’s capital city of Bogota, you’ll discover the architecture and...

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Pearls of Colombia
4 days a body of water with a mountain in the background

Galapagos Legend Cruise C

 

For wildlife observers and animal lovers, there’s no better destination to visit than the Galapagos Islands. The archipelago lies 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and is teeming with plenty of exotic animals that roam the land and swim...

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Galapagos Legend Cruise C
12 days a snow covered mountain

The Best of Argentina & Chile

Guide Price  £4,099  pp  

Discover the unique, diverse sights of Argentina and Chile on our carefully curated 11 day tour. From towering glaciers, icebergs and whale watching to tango and fine dining in Buenos Aires, become acquainted with South America's spectacular Patagonia region. Begin...

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The Best of Argentina & Chile
9 days a large building

The Best of Argentina

 

During this private luxury nine day tour of South America's contrasting and fascinating Argentina , experience city life, remote wildlife and nature spots in the country's vast landscapes. Discover all the best areas of this wonderful region; from the tango...

Escorted tours

The Best of Argentina
13 days a view of a large body of water with a mountain in the background

Scenic South America

 

Packed full of fascinating and beautiful cities, jaw dropping natural scenery and exciting activities, there’s a lot to see and do on a South America tour. From postcard perfect beaches to verdant rainforests to sprawling wine growing regions, the continent...

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Scenic South America

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.