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.
Ecuador Volcanoes & Cloud Forest (SECVD)
As you straddle the equator at the 'Middle of the World', it occurs to you that being in two places at once is pretty invigorating. Ecuador has that effect on travellers and this convenient week-long adventure is bursting with opportunity. Fill a suitcase and empty your purse in Otavalo’s market, which occupies much of the town. Spot birds in the cloud forest of Mindo and soak in the scenery while relaxing in Papallacta’s hot springs. A trip to Ecuador is more about attitude than its latitude. With all the inclusions and unique expert guide and accommodations—historic haciendas, cloud forest lodge—this trip has it, too.
Highlights: Exploring small towns and villages of the Andes and immersing into local culture, Learning about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans, Encountering volcanic craters and hotsprings, Setting foot in both hemispheres at the 'middle of the earth', Traversing a cloud forest with a local naturalist
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.