South America Tours
Variety is the spice of life and a key ingredient to the art of travel. South America offers more variety of culture, wildlife, adventure and natural beauty than any other continent. This liveliness and diversity are evident as soon as you arrive. In South America friendly people welcome you into their lives, happily sharing their culture, their food and even their homes. Once you start to explore this part of the world you quickly realize it holds many of the most intriguing and beautiful destinations on earth. On a South America adventure one arrives with a sense of wonder, and returns home with a newfound respect for the great diversity of this part of the world.
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.
Explore Peru's southern coast and its Incan Highlands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, this epic journey includes an all-encompassing tour of Peru and four nights exploring the Galápagos. As one of the biggest tour operators in the region, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value—and because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to majestic Machu Picchu.
Highlights: 4 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne (G3), trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, discover biological history from your naturalist guide, witness Lake Titicaca and the Nazca Lines, encounter wildlife in the Amazon Jungle
Experience the adventure of a lifetime—and do it in style! Beginning in Quito and finishing in Lima, you’ll cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard our exclusive g4 then explore the mysterious lines of Nazca and discover the peaks of Incan culture and archeology high in the Andes. With a focus on comfortable transportation and superior accommodation, this adventure offers a great introduction to the region and a convenient way to explore this incredible land in comfort.
Highlights: Encountering incredible wildlife, cruising the Galapagos Islands, swimming and snorkelling, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, exploring Sacred Valley ruins, marvelling at the views from the train to Machu Picchu.
Full Ecuador (EF10HB)
Experience the wildlife of the Galapagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out—from the Andes to the Islands and miss nothing in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galapagos to spend a week exploring the islands aboard Daphne. Our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value—there’s no better way to explore the region.
Highlights: Eight days cruising and swimming the Galapagos Islands by yacht, soaking in hot springs, feeling like a local on a Quichua homestay, encountering wildlife in the Amazon, shopping at the Otavalo Market.
Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “lost city of the Incas” - the ideal place to unleash your inner historian - and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional 1-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of the Galápagos (G8) to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.
Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, 3 nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of the Galápagos (G8), snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles
Highlights Of Ecuador (EF06HB)
Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out—from the Andes to the islands and everything in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend three nights exploring the islands aboard our comfortable aboard the Daphne. As one of the biggest tour operators in the islands, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value—there’s no better way to explore the region.
Highlights: Relax in Andean hot springs, spend the night with a local Quichua family, search for wildlife in the Amazon Jungle, swim and snorkel in the Galápagos Islands, encounter unique wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, explore colonial cities and hike up volcanoes
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: Experiencing traditional life in the Amazon, witnessing colonial cities and volcanoes, spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settling in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.
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, straddle both hemispheres at the 'middle of the earth'
Inland & Amazon (EIA)
From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Highlights: Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo market, stay in a gorgeous historic hacienda
The Ecuador Experience (REE)
If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture, and witness lush jungles and exotic wildlife. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, relax on Ecuador's beaches, witness Andean scenery, ride by train to the Devil's Nose, learn from the locals at an indigenous community, shop the Otavalo Market
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.
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
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.
Full Ecuador (EF10HB)
Highlights Of Ecuador (EF06HB)
Inland & Amazon (EIA)
The Ecuador Experience (REE)
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)||65 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB)||27 days||Classic||Standard||
|Galapagos South Islands and Inca Explorer (EP07MA)||21 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Full Ecuador (EF10HB)||24 days||Classic||Standard||
|Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA)||13 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights Of Ecuador (EF06HB)||20 days||Classic||Standard||
|Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)||35 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Inland & Amazon (EIA)||16 days||Classic||Standard||
|The Ecuador Experience (REE)||18 days||Classic||Basic||
|Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)||7 days||Local Living||Basic||