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South America – Tours

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 £1,129 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...

Iconic journeys

Bariloche's Lakes & Mountains Tour
8 days

The Best of Argentina

Guide Price £3,169 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...

Honeymoons

The Best of Argentina
3 days

Wine Tasting in Mendoza Tour

Guide Price £619 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

Rio Culinary Tour

Guide Price £2,300 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...

Adventure holidays

Rio Culinary Tour
2 days

Belmond Andean Explorer - Spirit of the Water

 

Travel along one of the highest train routes in the world with Belmond Andean Explorer. Step aboard this luxury Peru train and explore this breathtaking country in unrivalled style, experience vibrant cities and spellbinding natural wonders. The Belmond Andean Explorer,...

Cultural holidays

Belmond Andean Explorer - Spirit of the Water
3 days

Exploring Iguazu Falls Tours

Guide Price £519 pp  

The magnificent Iguazu Falls straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina are one of the most impressive and wonderful waterfalls to witness in the world. With 275 individual drops it is three times wider than Niagara Falls, in fact First...

Escorted tours

Exploring Iguazu Falls Tours
15 days

Highlights of South America Tour

Guide Price £5,769 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

The Best of Argentina & Brazil

Guide Price £3,259 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...

Beach holidays

The Best of Argentina & Brazil
5 days

Cuzco & Machu Picchu with Belmond

Guide Price £2,779 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...

Rail journeys

Cuzco & Machu Picchu with Belmond
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...

City holidays

Highlights of Brazil Tour
11 days

The Best of Argentina & Chile

Guide Price £4,449 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...

Couples Holidays

The Best of Argentina & Chile
4 days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Guide Price £1,619 pp  

The most popular hike in South America, thousands of people every year take the challenge to walk this ancient trail set by the Incas. Trek during the day and enjoy evenings around the fire in the campsites along the way...

Iconic journeys

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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.