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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

Inca Empire (PIML)

South America Inca Trail, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Peru

From the cosmopolitan flair of Lima to Incan culture high in the Andes, this two-week adventure provides a panoramic view of Peru and a glimpse of Bolivia. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco and La Paz and interact with locals from the region’s communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of the world’s best-known and challenging hikes and experience the stunning views of majestic Machu Picchu. As the region’s largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters, quality food, service and equipment.

Highlights: Explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, see traditional life on Lake Titicaca, visit one of the oldest pre-Inca ruins of Tihuanaco.

15 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Classic Peru (PPC)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

This compact tour of the archaeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands has it all. Cruise Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural life with a homestay in a small village. Wander the cobblestoned streets of Cusco before breaking a sweat hiking mountain passes along the Inca Trail on your way to Machu Picchu. 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: Feel like a local at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sample the seafood in Lima, explore ancient ruins and villages

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1879
$2349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM)

South America Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Big on comfort for those short on time, this journey offers an intriguing combination of natural wonders and local cultures. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, embracing cultures past and present in the former Inca capital of Cusco or choosing to hike the Inca Trail (or catch the scenic train), this is the once-in-a-lifetime adventure for you! Enjoy the the majesty of Machu Picchu and be assured you are travelling with the leading experts in the region.

Highlights: Spot wildlife at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, explore the Incan city of Cusco, conquer the Inca Trail or enjoy the scenic train to Machu Picchu, meet local people at a Planeterra-supported community restaurant

10 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
4

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

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

18 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the mountain air of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on a 2-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, 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, sip fine wines in Argentina, witness the stunning scenery and unique cultures of Northern Argentina.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1359
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

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

35 days
From $3899
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

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

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

Southern Highlights (SBR)

South America Brazil, Argentina

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.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2079
$2599
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

Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (SCTS)

South America Argentina, Chile, Uruguay

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

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $2249
$2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

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

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

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.

7 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

South America Inca Trail, Peru, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Ecuador

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.

35 days
From $3749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)

South America Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador

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.

65 days
From $7399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

South America Guyana

If you've travelled South America but want to go further afield, discover Guyana—the continent's hidden corner. A nature-lover's paradise and free of typical tourist infrastructure, you'll encounter mountains, savannah and jungle canopy walkways in search of exotic birds, jaguars and other wildlife. A highlight is Karanambu Ranch, a rehabilitation centre for orphaned giant river otters. And for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know, you'll visit indigenous communities and encounter a way of life long forgotten by the modern world.

Highlights: Experience the forest from above on a canopy walkway, learn about traditional Amerindian life from the locals, trek jungle trails to observe birds and monkeys, explore the river at night in search of caimans, tend to giant river otters at the rehabilitation centre

12 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
9 days
From $1599

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

15 days
From $2499

Inca Empire (PIML)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1879
$2349

Classic Peru (PPC)

10 days
From $2499

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM)

18 days
From $1299

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

35 days
From $3899

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1799
$1999

Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2079
$2599

Southern Highlights (SBR)

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $1699
$1999

Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

35 days
From $3749

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

15 days
From $1399

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

12 days
From $3999

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Inca Discovery Plus (PIM) 9 days Active Standard
From $1599
Inca Empire (PIML) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Classic Peru (PPC) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1879
$2349
In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
The Ecuador Experience (REE) 18 days Classic Basic
From $1299
Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1359
$1699
Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3899
Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1799
$1999
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1574
$1749
La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1444
$1699
Southern Highlights (SBR) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2079
$2599
Active Chile & Argentina (SCAA) 11 days Active Standard
From $1699
$1999
Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (SCTS) 11 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2249
$2999
Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1599
$1999
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3749
Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR) 65 days Yolo Basic
From $7399
Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $3999