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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.

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...

City holidays

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...

Family 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...

Couples Holidays

Bariloche's Lakes & Mountains Tour
5 days

Cuzco & Machu Picchu with Belmond

Guide Price  £2,799  pp  

Join us on an exciting trip through Cusco and Machu Picchu aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. Set high up on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu welcomes you within the middle of a...

Escorted tours

Cuzco & Machu Picchu with Belmond
5 days a large ship in a body of water

Galapagos Extension - Santa Cruz II Cruise

 

Come aboard the world famous Santa Cruz II for our enchanting extension tour of the Galapagos Islands. On the 335 feet luxury vessel, you’ll be met with a first class service, immaculate facilities and an expert crew to guide you...

Adventure holidays

Galapagos Extension - Santa Cruz II Cruise
8 days a graffiti covered wall

Best of Colombia

Guide Price  £2,399  pp  

Colombia – coffee and culture, a diverse country – from the green hills of the Andean foothills, the Caribbean coastal lowlands with their bordering mountains, the Pacific with its lava beaches or the regions of the Amazon rain forest and...

Best of Colombia
5 days a body of water with a mountain in the background

Galapagos Extension - Isabela II Cruise

 

In the Pacific Ocean lies the awe inspiring 19 islands that make up the Galapagos Islands. Aboard the luxurious Isabella II Yacht, we’ll set off on a one of a kind cruise experience you’ll cherish forever. On the stylish and...

Honeymoons

Galapagos Extension - Isabela II Cruise
4 days Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert Expedition Tour Chile

 

Our tour of the Atacama Desert begins when you land in the city of Calama. From there, you will be transferred to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, a quaint little town nestled in the Andes Mountain range and...

Cultural holidays

Atacama Desert Expedition Tour Chile
4 days Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Guide Price  £1,599  pp  

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most popular and famous hike in all of South America - and for good reason. Each year, thousands of visitors embark on the challenge to trek this ancient and scenic trail set...

Cultural holidays

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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Galapagos Island Stay

 

600 miles from the coast of mainland Ecuador lies the famous and protected UNESCO World Heritage Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are a remote, volcanic archipelago bursting with cactus forests, lush green highlands and emerald green bays. Our tour starts...

Cruise holidays

Galapagos Island Stay
14 days Sunset over Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa in Peru

Highlands & Caribbean Tour - Peru & Colombia

Guide Price  £5,999  pp  

Fancy a twin-centre holiday in South America? This Highlands & Caribbean tour is a 14-day trip that allows you to discover the highlights of Peru and Colombia, from the cities and cultural sights to the beaches. Your tour includes stops...

Cultural holidays

Highlands & Caribbean Tour - Peru & Colombia
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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

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.