South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.
Highlights: Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4
Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB)
For the nature lover who also wants to explore the nightlife of the urban jungle and have plenty of time on the beach, this 9-day adventure offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture. Travel from the tango palaces of Buenos Aires to the samba pulse of Rio de Janeiro and discover spectacular wilderness in between. Encounter thundering Iguassu Falls with views from both Argentina and Brazil. Then continue to the coast and soak in the sun on Ilha Grande's beaches and colonial culture in Paraty. Go beyond a vacation—and step into adventure!
Highlights: Experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires, stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, sip a caipirinha in Rio, explore the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty
Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD)
For outdoor enthusiasts who have a bit more time to explore the region's stunning natural beauty, this comprehensive adventure takes in Chile and Argentina's Patagonia. Explore Bariloche and wind through the mountains to Chile's lake district, then head south and trek extensively through some of South America’s premier hiking destinations. With ample time in Torres del Paine, you’ll also encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and trek Glacier National Park before heading to the 'end of the Earth' – Ushuaia.
Highlights: Explore the Lake District, trek the 'W Route' in Torres del Paine, marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier, reach the 'end of the Earth' in Ushuaia, feel sophisticated in Buenos Aires
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)
When Magellan landed in Patagonia, he believed its inhabitants to be giants. While you won't find any mythical creatures on this trip, you will encounter magical scenery, mighty glaciers and towering peaks at Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier. And prepare yourself for stunning views on an expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas—including a landing at Cape Horn. With a mountain lodge stay, relaxed trekking and an expert guide to lead the way, you'll be creating legends of your own to share back home.
Highlights: Embark on an expedition cruise through Patagonia's fjords and glaciers, set foot on the 'end of the earth' at Cape Horn, walk amongst thousands of Magellanic penguins, hike the scenic trails of Torres del Paine National Park, gaze in awe at the stunning Perito Moreno glacier
Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public buses, which not only keeps costs down but give you a chance to really meet the locals.
Highlights: Sip caipirinhas on the beach, savour the sophistication and cuisine of Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguassu Falls, wander around colonial Paraty, live it up on the beaches of Rio.
Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this 2-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.
Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, witness the stunning scenery and unique culture of northern Argentina.
Southern Highlights (SBR)
If time’s a little tight and you want to sample the region’s natural wonders without sacrificing some of South America’s most vibrant cities, there’s no better way to explore Argentina and Brazil. Savour the samba in Rio one night while exploring subtropical rainforest the next. From tango in the streets of Buenos Aires to the tangle of rainforest surrounding Iguassu Falls, this eight-day itinerary offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture.
Highlights: Experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires, feel the mists of Iguassu Falls, sip a caipirinha on the beach in southern Brazil, sample a traditional meal in an Afro-Brazilian community.
Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA)
Striking the perfect balance between active outdoor adventure and lively nights out on the town, this 11-day sojourn between Santiago and Buenos Aires has a little (okay, a lot) for everyone. Thrillseekers will love hiking the mountains surrounding Santiago, biking between Argentina’s wineries and exploring the mountains of Tucumán on foot. For pleasure-seekers, the big cities promise boundless fun in some of the world’s most dynamic urban settings. The itinerary is always fast-paced and filled with optional activities, but don’t sweat it; there’s always time for a breather and a tall glass of malbec.
Highlights: Hike the mountains perched over Santiago, pedal from winery to winery through wine country near Mendoza, trek from Tucumán to experience the views, soak in the sophistication and energy of Buenos Aires.
If you're the epicurean sort who's looking to experience some gourmet living, try this culinary trip on for size. You'll spend 11 days travelling Chile and Argentina, immersing yourself in the Mendoza and Maipo Valley wine regions and taking a taste (or three) along the way. Add to that an estancia (ranch) stay in Uruguay for some tasty BBQ and a visit to a culinary school for a demonstration and more tastings, we can guarantee you won't find South American cuisine food fresher than this.
Highlights: Taste your way through the Maipo Valley and Mendoza vineyards, learn to prepare local specialties at a cooking class in Mendoza, live the cowboy life at a stylish 'estancia' ranch in Uruguay, visit a culinary youth training project for cooking demonstration and lunch, explore Buenos Aires's trendy neighbourhoods
If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no further than this trip packed with Ecuadorian highlights. Among these are a jaunt through the Amazon jungle, a trip to the Papallacta hot springs, and a visit to the Otavalo handicraft market for souvenirs (because lava is kind of hard to pack in your suitcase). Throw in 2 nights in a luxury Amazon lodge and an overnight in a historic hacienda, and you'll have made a month's worth of memories in only nine days.
Highlights: Traverse the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide, be surrounded by towering volcanoes, explore an Andean community and have lunch with locals, learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans
Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)
Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador. Across nine action-packed days, you’ll bike Cotopaxi (an Andean stratovolcano), raft down rushing rivers, trek the lush foothills of Baños, and much, much more. Best of all, you’ll always travel with an experienced and passionate CEO who knows the quickest and most scenic routes to wherever you’re headed. Remember, you’re here for a great time, not a long time; slather on that sunscreen, strap on your helmet and hit the road/trail/surf!
Highlights: Whitewater-raft in the Amazon, trek to an active volcano, soak in mountain hot springs, speed down Cotopaxi Volcano on a mountain bike.
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)
Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This 8-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. (Trust us. It’s worth the time.)
Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, witness Andean scenery, soak in the hot springs of Baños, shop the Otavalo Market
Looking to give your kids a crash course in exotic wildlife? What better place to visit than “Darwin’s test kitchen,” the Galápagos? On this multi-activity trip, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, hike, kayak, and swim the islands, as well as visit a giant tortoise breeding centre and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Who says learning about nature has to be boring?
Highlights: Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, kayak at Tortuga Bay, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, see Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.
This ten-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore – so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galápagos giant tortoise. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time – and optional activities abound.
Highlights: Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, race a bike downhill in San Cristóbal, search for whitetip reef sharks in "Shark Alley", hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)
This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.
Highlights: Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.
The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.
Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.
Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)
Really discover what South America is all about on this epic 5-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all—the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.
Highlights: Experience traditional life in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, set in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.
Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)
Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, Amazon and Pacific coast on this 15-day adventure from Lima to Quito. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets, and get an introduction to the Amazon and its people with time in a jungle community. Tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore these remarkable countries on your own and create the ultimate adventure.
Highlights: Mingle with Amazon locals during a homestay, get active in Baños, explore towering volcanoes and colonial cities, chill out on the beach or surf in Mancora and Huanchaco.
Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, 7 countries, 3 nights in the Amazon and 1 adventure you’ll remember forever.
Highlights: Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion, stand in awe at Iguassu Falls.
Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend three days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.
Highlights: 3 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park onboard Xavier, snorkling over breath taking under water formations searching for sea turtles and rays, hiking through the lava fields of Bartolome to get an amazing view, learning more about the ecology of the Galapagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)
Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)
Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)
Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)||35 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB)||9 days||Classic||Standard||
|Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD)||19 days||Active||Standard||
|Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)||11 days||Yolo||Basic||
|La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Southern Highlights (SBR)||8 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA)||11 days||Active||Standard||
|Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (SCTS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)||9 days||Active||Standard||
|Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Family Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGF)||8 days||Family||Upgraded||
|Land Galápagos—Multi-Activities (SEGL)||10 days||Active||Standard||
|Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)||9 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)||7 days||Local Living||Basic||
|Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)||35 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)||65 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA)||6 days||Marine||Standard||