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Bolivia Discovery (BBDR)

South America Bolivia

Climb to the top of South America for an out-of-this-world Bolivian experience— encounter awe-inspiring geography, cities rich in colonial history and indigenous culture. From La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, travel to the crest of the Andes and the middle of nowhere for three days of incredible off-road exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano. Take the road less travelled and meet locals for an immersive cultural experience that few travellers get to know. If you are looking for an authentic experience away from the tourist track, Bolivia is the perfect place for genuine adventure.

Highlights: Explore the winding streets and markets of La Paz, experience the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia

11 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time. Along with a visit to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, this trip will reward you with an intriguing combination of mountainscapes and a 3-day Lares trek—a less-travelled but equally rewarding and challenging alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our support staff and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy a glimpse into the rural communities of the highlands around Cusco.

Highlights: Conquer the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Marvel at Sacred Valley scenery, interact with local communities, sample seafood in Lima.

8 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

South America Peru, Ecuador

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.

15 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines—the adventure is yours to choose! 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, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—15 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost. This is everything you imagined Peru would be—and more!

Highlights: Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, meet the locals at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, sip pisco sours and eat ceviche.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1399
$1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Volunteer Peru Amazon (TSPPAN)

South America Amazon, Peru

Experience the Peruvian Amazon on this exciting and hands-on jungle adventure. Travel by motorized canoe up the Tambopata River to the G Lodge Amazon. Spend five days volunteering at a centre for the rehabilitation and conservation of wild animals. Work alongside staff to feed and take care of animals so they can be successfully released back to their natural habitats. Next, spend two days in the rainforest learning about traditional medicinal plants, spotting birds, cayman and monkeys.

Highlights: Volunteering in the Amazon with the rehabilitation and conservation of animals, exploring the jungle and searching for wildlife.

9 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

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.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

La Selva Lodge - 5 Days (TSEJ5L)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon River system. Walk on raised platforms and paths through the jungle, spot birds from a canopy-level tower, fish for piranha from dug-out canoes, look for caiman on night paddles or simply relax in the hammock of your luxury cabana. La Selva's gourmet food and friendly, knowledgeable staff make it even easier to enjoy this paradise of unparalleled biodiversity.

Highlights: Stay in a remote and luxurious Amazon lodge, explore the jungle paths and rivers by foot and canoe, learn about this diverse ecosystem with expert local naturalists, enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by a renowned chef

5 days
From $1529
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

South America Brazil, Argentina

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.

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $1574
$1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

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, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.

16 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Like our ‘Inca Discovery’ tour but with a flight back to Lima, this trip offers a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures. Retrace the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our expert CEOs will make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, marvel at the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

9 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV)

South America Ecuador

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

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1599
$1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA)

South America Argentina, Chile

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.

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Colombia Highlights (SMCH)

South America Colombia

Check your preconceived notions of Colombia at the door and discover the region’s riches on this well-paced adventure. From the convenience of Bogotá, fly to the natural and cultural wonders of the northern coast. Walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial Cartagena, enjoy a boat and snorkelling tour of the San Bernardo Islands and sleep in hammocks in Tayrona National Park—home to lush vegetation and endless beaches. Our expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know—leaving you free to enjoy the amazing scenery of this friendly country.

Highlights: Discover colonial history and Caribbean beaches, wander laid-back fishing villages and Tayrona National Park, indulge in sumptuous seafood and famous local coffee, wander the cobblestones of Cartagena, soak in a mud volcano

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

South America Peru

The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes between the most incredible Incan sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao – free of tourist throngs – before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor of Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.

Highlights: Trek the Andes, explore Choquequirao away from the crowds, discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, witness the mountain beauty of the Andes.

12 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
5

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

A wonder of the ancient world, the “lost city of the Incas” is the ideal place to unleash your inner historian. With 2 days to explore the Sacred Valley, once you’ve left the road less travelled, you’ll find majestic ruins, striking views of the Andes and local villages bursting with culture. Add in a local lunch at a Planeterra-supported community restaurant and a traditional pachamanca-style feast and your taste buds will be thanking you. As the premiere operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, meet local artisans at a Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op and local village, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, enjoy traditional treats and foods

8 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN)

South America Brazil

Experience Rio's biggest party! Dance the night away and see the sights and sounds of this truly epic annual event. From the street parties to the immense Sambadrome parade, this is something not to be missed.

Highlights: Revel in one of the biggest parties on earth, witness the spectacular scenery of Rio, experience the craziness of the Sambadrome, relax knowing you have local support taking care of all the details

6 days
From $1759
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

Andean Discovery (JLM)

South America Inca Trail, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Peru

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 Inca 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 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: 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.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $1799
$2399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB)

South America Brazil, Argentina

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

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1799
$1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Peru Family Experience (SPFA)

South America Peru

Every traveller should visit Peru at some point. Introduce your kids to it early through this comprehensive trip that bundles the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and more into nine life-changing days. You’ll spend two nights at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon learning about the wildlife from naturalists before exploring the Urubamba Valley, gazing awestruck at Machu Picchu and interacting with the locals – including kids – in Cusco and Lima. Peru will stick with your children long after they’ve stopped being kids.

Highlights: Search for wildlife along the Amazon River, explore the mysterious Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, sample the seafood in Lima

9 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
4

Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's two largest islands, Isabela and Santa Cruz. Travel by air, road and speedboat to Isabela Island. Hike around Sierra Negra Volcano's massive crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting grounds. Witness flamingos in the wild, visit the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Centre and enjoy plenty of opportunities to snorkel along the way.

Highlights: Hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world – and walk on the lava fields, observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon, be amazed at the unique wildlife of the Galápagos

7 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
11 days
From $1399

Bolivia Discovery (BBDR)

8 days
From $1399

Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL)

15 days
From $1399

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1399
$1749

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

9 days
From $1399

Volunteer Peru Amazon (TSPPAN)

5 days
From $1529

La Selva Lodge - 5 Days (TSEJ5L)

16 days
From $1599

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

9 days
From $1599

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $1699
$1999

Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1699
$1999

Colombia Highlights (SMCH)

12 days
From $1699

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

8 days
From $1699

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

6 days
From $1759

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $1799
$2399

Andean Discovery (JLM)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1799
$1999

Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB)

9 days
From $1799

Peru Family Experience (SPFA)

7 days
From $1799

Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Bolivia Discovery (BBDR) 11 days Classic Standard
From $1399
Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL) 8 days Active Standard
From $1399
Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
$1749
Volunteer Peru Amazon (TSPPAN) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1399
La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1444
$1699
La Selva Lodge - 5 Days (TSEJ5L) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1529
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1574
$1749
Inland & Amazon (EIA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Inca Discovery Plus (PIM) 9 days Active Standard
From $1599
Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1599
$1999
Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA) 11 days Active Standard
From $1699
$1999
Colombia Highlights (SMCH) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM) 12 days Active Standard
From $1699
Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN) 6 days Classic Standard
From $1759
Andean Discovery (JLM) 21 days Yolo Basic
From $1799
$2399
Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1799
$1999
Peru Family Experience (SPFA) 9 days Family Upgraded
From $1799
Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN) 7 days Classic Standard
From $1799