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.
Absolute Peru (PHPT)
Scan the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, contemplate mountain vistas or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines—this epic journey explores the geography, culture and history of Peru, offering you the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time. Hike the Inca Trail, which rewards those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forest. And because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food, service and equipment.
Highlights: Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the mysterious Nazca Lines
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
Amazon & Incan Adventure (SPPID)
If you’re looking to savour Peru’s highlands but don’t want to miss its rainforests, this is the adventure for you. Spot macaws in the jungle and caymans on the riverbanks before heading into the Andes. From the bustling city of Lima to the mystery of the Sacred Valley, our handpicked guides will bring you deep into the heart of the Incan empire. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco before marvelling at mountain vistas from the comfort of your coach as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. From ancient ruins to the Amazon and Lake Titicaca, the mysteries of Peru await.
Highlights: Traversing the Amazon jungle for three nights with a local naturalist, Partaking in a cultural exchange with the indigenous peoples of Lake Titicaca, Experiencing on-site lectures with a local expert in the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu, Participating in demonstrations and tastings of local food and drink
Amazon Riverboat Adventure (PVIIA)
Hop aboard a riverboat and experience the Amazon in style. Led by an Amazon Reserve naturalist guide, your cruise will include daily excursions by motorized skiff designed to reveal the exotic wildlife that calls the rainforest home—with any luck you’ll spot sloths, toucans or pink dolphins! And, with two full days for exploration in Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve, you'll have the chance to experience the jungle up close. The cuisine onboard is regional and provides a unique—and delicious—window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life ‘on the river‘ is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.
Highlights: Explore the Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve—the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and sea travel, this adventure is for you. Once you’re on board our comfortable Amazon riverboat, you’ll experience a unique once-in-a-lifetime cruise – including exotic wildlife, local culture and more! But it doesn’t stop there – after the jungle, Machu Picchu awaits. The “lost city of the Incas” will provide majestic ruins and striking views of the Peruvian mountain. Choose to take part in an optional hike up the Inca Trail, or if you prefer something a little more relaxing, there’s always the chance to enjoy the train.
Highlights: Take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, explore the Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve—the largest national park in Peru, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.
Amazon To The Andes (PAA)
This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures, whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or climbing the ancient trail of the Incas to Machu Picchu, situated in the heavens of the Americas. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.
Highlights: Explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets, devour seafood in Lima, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon
Experience the iconic highlights of South America in one incredible adventure. Hike the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, explore the steamy Amazon from the comfort of our intimate G Lodge Amazon, spend seven nights exploring the Galapagos aboard the Daphne (G3), and snorkel the waters of the Galápagos. 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: Explore the Sacred Valley, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife in the Amazon, 7 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne (G3), snorkel with sea lions and search for sea turtles in secluded bays, land on the seldom-visited Fernandina island.
Andean Discovery (JLM)
From the awe-inspiring archeological and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands to the Nazca Lines on Peru's enigmatic coast, this epic adventure explores the heart and soul of the Andes. Embrace Incan culture in Cusco, sail Lake Titicaca and trek the Inca Trail to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. Interact with locals from the region’s communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights while providing plenty of flexibility.
Highlights: Explore La Paz, Settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Spot condors at Colca Canyon, Sample the seafood in Lima.
Andean Discovery (JML)
Take the party to new heights in the rarefied air of the Andes. With other young travellers not afraid to try new things, you'll journey from the enigmatic Nazca Lines to the lost city of Machu Picchu and onward to incredible La Paz. You'll commune with the condors in Colca Canyon and feel like a local while crashing at a small village homestay at Lake Titicaca. Think of this as three weeks of climbing higher, going further and pushing boundaries on the roof of South America.
Highlights: Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, feel like a local at a Lake Titicaca homestay, explore the capital cities of Lima and La Paz.
From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Bolivia and Brazil—a vibrant cross-section of South America.
Highlights: Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 3-day 4x4 excursion, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, marvel at the power of Iguassu Falls
Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)
Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue and crimson light—the Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Highlights: Set foot on Antarctica—the worlds least visited continent, watch majestic albatross soar by the ship while crossing the Drake Passage, brave the chill by taking an optional polar plunge, witness immense icebergs and magnificent glaciers, have your questions answered by Antarctic experts
Antarctica Classic in Depth (XVAESX)
Like the ‘Antarctica Classic,' this 13-day expedition introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but adds on two additional days to better explore its majesty. Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge of negotiating the Drake Passage—and the MS Expedition will bring you there safely. Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. The Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.
Highlights: Spend 6 full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, conquer the notorious Drake Passage, learn from polar experts about the wonders of the Antarctic region, come face-to-face with amazing polar wildlife, marvel at immense icebergs, spend time on deck spotting whales and watching soaring albatross
From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of Salar de Uyuni and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.
Highlights: Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, explore the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4.
Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to watch the world's best players compete in the mother of all championships. This time it's happening in Brazil. Join the party and connect with the people's samba spirit while exploring the most exuberant nation in South America. From sophisticated Buenos Aires, you'll cross into Brazil for a dose of urban delights in Rio, stunning Iguassu Falls and beautiful colonial Paraty. While no match tickets are included, we'll be in town when games are on so you're free to arrange your own or simply dance along during the country's biggest party yet.
Highlights: Being a part of football euphoria in Brazil, having plenty of time to live it up in Rio, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, exploring Buenos Aires, sipping caipirinhas at night, partying with thousands on the Brazilian streets, cheering on your team.
Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to watch the world's best players compete in the mother of all championships. This time it's happening in Brazil. Join the party and connect with the people's samba spirit while exploring the most exuberant nation in South America. Get a dose of urban delights in Rio and southern Curitiba and natural wonders at stunning Iguassu Falls and the massive Pantanal wetlands. Better yet, you'll fly between Rio and Curitiba so there's more time to celebrate. While no match tickets are included, you're free to arrange your own or simply dance along during the country's biggest party yet.
Highlights: Being a part of football euphoria in Brazil, sipping caipirinhas at night, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, encountering wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, cheering for your team with many others, partying with thousands on the Brazilian streets, experiencing all Rio has to offer by day and night.
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: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4
Colombia Cultural Journey (SMCJD)
With its natural beauty, colonial history and lovely beaches, Colombia is a nation that specialises in shattering preconceived notions. Embark on a 10-day tour of a misunderstood country and explore coffee plantations, historic Bogota and Catagena, and Tayrona National Park. You’ll immerse yourself in a vibrant culture and soak in Torumo’s famous mud volcano. With accommodation that refreshes, transportation that's safe and an expert guide offering context to it all, you’re sure to come away with a fresh new look on a grand old land.
Highlights: Discovering colonial history and Caribbean beaches, Wandering the cobblestone streets of Cartagena, Soaking in a mud volcano, Tasting coffee at its source at a local organic farm, Exploring Tayrona National Park with a naturalist guide.
Colombia Experience (SMCE)
Discover a corner of South America that's been off the tourist map for years without sacrificing your comfort on this fascinating Colombian adventure. You'll visit famous coffee plantations around Armenia and Salento and hit Medellín for museums and big-city bustle. Indulge in the beauty of Santa Rosa del Cabal with a hot springs soak, and immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Cartagena and the sophistication of Bogotá. This 12-day journey is an intriguing mixture of rural and urban—and culture and coffee.
Highlights: Sip coffee at its source amidst lush plantations, soak in natural hot springs, explore Medellín and Bogotá, wander the cobblestone streets in historic Cartagena
Sure, you don’t need to cruise the Galápagos from a spiffy boat, but it sure doesn’t hurt, does it? Set sail aboard the majestic Evolution for a journey through the archipelago's northern and central islands. Snorkel with playful sea lions at Chinese Hat, discover the sprawling booby and frigatebird colonies of Genovesa Island and pick up some outgoing mail at Post Office Bay. With a pair of Level III naturalist guides ready to lend a hand, you’ll return home with a better appreciation for this delicate region than you’d ever thought possible.
Highlights: 7 nights cruising through the Galápagos National Park aboard the Evolution, snorkel with penguins and playful sea lions in a clam cove at Chinese Hat, explore the impressive booby and frigate bird colonies of Genovesa island, send a postcard from the barrel at Port Office Bay and take home others to return yourself, gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Foundation
Charles Darwin may have gotten here first, but his ride definitely wasn’t as nice. Join us aboard the splendid Evolution (G10) and set sail for an adventure to the less-visited western and central islands. Check out Fernandina’s massive marine iguana colonies, meet giant tortoises that are over 100 years old, get a deeper understanding of ecology at the Charles Darwin Foundation and snorkel amidst cavorting sea lions off the shores of Española. Best of all, you’ll have a pair of Level III naturalist guides at your disposal to put it all into perspective.
Highlights: 7 nights cruising through the Galápagos National Park aboard the Evolution, visit the least-visited islands in the Galápagos, explore Fernandina Island's colonies of marine iguanas, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises, gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Foundation, snorkel with playful sea lions and search for sea turtles, admire the vast colonies of boobies and waved albatross on Española
Amazon & Incan Adventure (SPPID)
Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)
Antarctica Classic in Depth (XVAESX)
Colombia Cultural Journey (SMCJD)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Absolute Peru (PHPT)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
|Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB)||27 days||Classic||Standard||
|Amazon & Incan Adventure (SPPID)||14 days||Discovery Adventures||Upgraded||
|Amazon Riverboat Adventure (PVIIA)||9 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer (PXIIA)||16 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Amazon To The Andes (PAA)||12 days||Classic||Standard||
|Amazon To The Andes & Galapagos, Western Islands (PA10HA)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
|Andean Discovery (JLM)||21 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Andean Discovery (JML)||21 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Andes to the Atlantic Experience (SXLR)||25 days||Classic||Standard||
|Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)||11 days||Marine||N/A||
|Antarctica Classic in Depth (XVAESX)||13 days||Marine||N/A||
|Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL)||25 days||Classic||Standard||
|Brazil Football 2014—Buenos Aires to Rio (SAWC)||17 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC)||13 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)||35 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Colombia Cultural Journey (SMCJD)||10 days||Discovery Adventures||Upgraded||
|Colombia Experience (SMCE)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Cruise Galapagos - Northern and Central Islands (SEV10EB)||10 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Cruise Galapagos - Western and Central Islands (SEV10EA)||10 days||Marine||Upgraded||