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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.

8 days a group of people standing in front of Antibes Cathedral

The Best of Argentina

Guide Price  £3,199  pp  

Vibrant Argentina is famous for its love of dance but there is more than Tango to this fascinating country. Explore all Argentina has to offer from the cosmopolitan capital Buenos Aires, to the natural beauty of Patagonia and the Valdes...

Cultural holidays

The Best of Argentina
4 days a lake with a mountain in the background

Bariloche's Lakes & Mountains Tour

Guide Price  £1,099  pp  

Located in the Andean foothills, Bariloche rivals the Swiss Alps for sheer beauty. On the southern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, this stunning town is surrounded by lakes and national parks and is a favourite resort for skiers and mountaineers...

Adventure holidays

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

Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour

Guide Price  £599  pp  

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua in the Andes, Mendoza is a fascinating oasis of green and one of the most endearing cities in Argentina. Famous worldwide for its Malbec grapes, wine is quite rightly the biggest attraction in...

City holidays

Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour
5 days a bowl of food on a plate

Rio Culinary Tour

Guide Price  £2,299  pp  

Discover the city of Rio with your eyes and your taste buds as you eat you way around the city at various restaurants enjoying simple street food through to dining at a luxury Michelin-starred restaurant that is listed in the...

Beach holidays

Rio Culinary Tour
15 days a llama with Machu Picchu in the background

Highlights of South America Tour

Guide Price  £5,799  pp  

For an insight into South America in just two weeks, take our Highlights of South America tour. Visit the very different cities of Lima and Cuzco in Peru, Buenos Aires in Argentina and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Be amazed...

Multi centre holidays

Highlights of South America Tour
8 days a group of people on a beach near a body of water

The Best of Brazil

Guide Price  £3,499  pp  

The biggest country in South America and arguably the most vibrant. Discover Rio de Janeiro the home of beautiful beaches, iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, the impressive Sugar Loaf mountain and home of the world famous carnival. The travel to...

Wildlife holidays

The Best of Brazil
8 days a view of a large body of water with a city in the background

The Best of Argentina & Brazil

Guide Price  £3,299  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...

Couples Holidays

The Best of Argentina & Brazil
13 days a small boat in a body of water with Lake Titicaca in the background

Land of the Incas 2020

Guide Price  £4,599  pp  

With its mix of native Indian and European cultures, Peru and the 'Kingdom of the Sun' encapsulates the essence of South America and can be experienced on our Land of the Incas tour. As well as having some of the...

Iconic journeys

Land of the Incas 2020
14 days Guacamaya

Ecuador Birding Tour

 

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
11 days a snow covered mountain

The Best of Argentina & Chile

Guide Price  £4,099  pp  

For glaciers, icebergs, snow-capped mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests, take a Patagonia Discovery tour. Beginning in the Argentinean Tango capital of Buenos Aires, you will have time to explore, sample its fine steak and visit a working ranch. Continue on...

Adventure holidays

The Best of Argentina & Chile
11 days a large mountain in the background

The Best of Chile 2020

 

Chile lies on an extremely rich and unique landscape. Situated between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean it is home to abundant forests and fantastic glaciers. Join us on this fascinating tour to discover the glaciers and lakes that make...

Adventure holidays

The Best of Chile 2020
13 days Peru Inca Mask

Land of the Incas Tour

Guide Price  £4,499  pp  

With its mix of native Indian and European cultures, Peru and the 'Kingdom of the Sun' encapsulates the essence of South America and can be experienced on our Land of the Incas tour. As well as having some of the...

Iconic journeys

Land of the Incas 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.