Tours in South America

Bustling cities, ancient ruins, rich heritage and spectacular natural wonders: South America offers a unique and vibrant blend of culture, adventure and delicious cuisine. With an array of diverse destinations to choose from, there’s plenty for nature lovers, intrepid explorers, culture vultures and sun-worshippers to enjoy.

Rising from the mist, an enormous 2,430 metres above sea level, you’ll find the ancient Incan ruins of Peru’s 15th century citadel, Machu Picchu, overlooking the rustic villages, local markets and archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley below. Trek the famous Inca Trail on our Land of the Incas tour and visit the beautiful white stone city of Arequipa. For the ultimate cultural experience, make sure to take a cable car ride to the 5th century Kuélap fortress after your tour.

Take a thrilling Jeep tour up Corcovado Mountain, journeying through the urban forests of Tijuca National Park, before reaching the top of its granite peak for awe-inspiring views of carnival capital, Rio de Janeiro. Take our Highlights of Brazil tour, watching over the city alongside the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue; joining in the lively samba celebrations; witnessing the sheer force of Iguazu Falls; and exploring the vivid and historic city of Salvador.

4 days

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

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...

Cultural holidays

Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour
5 days

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...

Cultural holidays

Rio Culinary Tour
8 days

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...

Iconic journeys

The Best of Argentina
8 days

Highlights of Brazil Tour

Guide Price £3,299 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...

Cultural holidays

Highlights of Brazil Tour
11 days

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...

Escorted tours

The Best of Chile 2020
11 days

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...

Escorted tours

The Best of Argentina & Chile
12 days

The Best of Argentina & Chile

 

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
5 days

Cuzco & Machu Picchu with Belmond

Guide Price £2,799 pp  

Once only accessible on foot, Machu Picchu can now be reached by rail on board the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. Relax in style as your train winds leisurely through the changing landscapes and spectacular vistas of the beautiful Andes...

Adventure holidays

Cuzco & Machu Picchu with Belmond
13 days

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
9 days

The Best of Argentina 2020

 

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...

City holidays

The Best of Argentina 2020
12 days

Peru & Ecuador World Heritage

 

Discover the fascinating cities of Lima and Cuzco before visiting Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Fly to Quito and straddle the equatorial line, one foot in each hemisphere. Visit Otavalo then see Cayambe, a dormant volcano with a permanent snow-capped...

Cultural holidays

Peru & Ecuador World Heritage

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.