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.
Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)
From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. Experience Iguassu Falls—so massive they straddle two countries and so intriguing you'll need two days to fully appreciate them. Not to be outdone, the Pantanal wetlands are teeming with wildlife like caiman, jaguar and exotic birds. Finally, trade early morning songbirds for samba nights in Rio and the rhythm of the beach. This adventure provides natural and cultural highlights and the best Brazil has to offer.
Highlights: Wander the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty, live it up in Rio de Janiero, marvel at the thundering Iguassu Falls, encounter wildlife and sleep in hammocks in the Brazilian Pantanal, sip caipirinhas on the beach
The Inca Trail (SPIT)
One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. 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 in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The Inca Journey (SPIJ)
This tour will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ruins high in the Andes to wildlife deep in the Amazon. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco before travelling by rail to Machu Picchu. With years of experience, we directly employ the finest guides so that you'll see the best of the region. And, with no hiking, you’ll have lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. Following your visit to the Andes, travel deep into the Amazon to explore the jungle.
Highlights: Explore the Sacred Valley ruins and bargain in local markets, enjoy the view from the train to Machu Picchu, track wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, learn traditional weaving at the Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op
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.
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
The Best of Brazil (SZBB)
From the heat of Rio’s nightlife to the chilled out atmosphere of Ilha Grande, discover the treasures of Brazil on this comfortable week-long adventure. You’ll wander the colonial streets of Paraty—it’s a UNESCO heritage site and quite possibly the prettiest spot on the planet—and savour seafood and life without cars on the island of Ilha Grande. Stand in awe of awesome Iguassu Falls deep in the interior, then marvel at it from Argentina’s side. Brazil awaits—let’s make the most of it.
Highlights: Chill out on the remote and relaxed island of Ilha Grande, cruise on a schooner to pristine islands and beaches while sipping a caipirinha, visit a local Afro-Brazillian community and share a meal, get misty at the mighty Iguassu Falls, feel the energy of Rio de Janeiro
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 wine region and taking a full-day winery tour in Maipo Valley. On top of a 2-night stay in an estancia (ranch) in Uruguay, you'll also take a visit to a Planeterra-supported culinary school for a demonstration and lunch. We can guarantee you won't find Argentinean 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 Planeterra-sponsored culinary training project, explore Buenos Aires's trendy neighbourhoods
Southern Highlights (SBR)
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.
Southern Explorer (SSR)
From natural wonders to some of the region’s most vibrant cities, experience the riches of South America on this comprehensive adventure that takes you from Chile to Argentina and Brazil. Enjoy the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore the beauty of some of the world’s most breathtaking wonders—northern Patagonia and Iguassu Falls. Sip wine in Santiago, learn to tango in Buenos Aires and live it up in beachside Rio. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style.
Highlights: Taste the best Chilean wines at its source, visit local villages and enjoy a traditional meal, appreciate the beauty of the Lake District by scenic ferry, marvel at the mighty Iguassu Falls, sip caipirinhas on a Brazilian beach, savour a local meal in an Afro-Brazilian community.
Southern Divide (SMS)
For those looking to experience the history, culture and wilderness of South America, this 3-week adventure through Peru, Bolivia and Chile is packed full of some of the continent’s most iconic and popular highlights. Explore the Sacred Valley and uncover Incan history high in the Andes at legendary Machu Picchu. Explore incredible landscapes at Uyuni Salt Flats and the Atacama Desert, and encounter vibrant culture at Lake Titicaca. Because we have years of experience and established operational offices in the region, we’ll take care of the hassles so that you can focus on the highlights. Get off the beaten track and embrace the best of this incredible region.
Highlights: Explore the Sacred Valley, marvel at the views from the train to Machu Picchu, witness traditional life on Lake Titicaca, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and mountain wilderness by 4x4
Southern Discovery (SSB)
From the wineries of the Maipo Valley to the pristine beauty of Patagonia and the cosmopolitan flair of Buenos Aires, experience the riches of South America. Enjoy a taste of wilderness with hiking opportunities in Chile's Lake District and Argentine Patagonia before cleansing your palate for a wine tasting at a vineyard. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style. As an introduction to Chile and Argentina, this trip offers the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace.
Highlights: Sample the best Chilean wines in the Maipo Valley, soak in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District's volcanoes and waterways, savour a local meal slow-cooked under hot rocks in the ground, experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires.
From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and 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 Peru, Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.
Highlights: Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Southern Cross (SXMR)
From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu—we run our own treks and ensure quality food and equipment, leaving you to focus on your next exhilarating step forward. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own. This trip has it all!
Highlights: Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the Uyuni Salt Flats and Andean wilderness, spot wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, stand in awe of Iguassu Falls
Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, you’ll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. You’ll arrive at Santa Teresa – the backdoor of Machu Picchu – where you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.
Highlights: Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.
Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA)
If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both—and pretty much everything in between—on this 50-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic cultures, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road and have an adventure while you can.
Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, being awed by Iguassu Falls, playing with the beautiful people in Rio, doing it all with other fun, young travellers.
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.
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.
Quest Of The Gods (PQG)
Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or trekking the Inca Trail, this tour has it all. Experience rich ecology and diverse culture from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes. Whether you catch the scenic train to Machu Picchu or embark on one of the world’s best-known hikes, you will be rewarded with a stunning combination of ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests. As the region’s largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality food, service and equipment.
Highlights: Spot wildlife in the Amazon jungle at G Adventures exclusive lodge, learn the art of weaving at a women's co-op in a traditional village, choose to hike the Inca Trail with our expert local guides or catch the comfortable train to Machu Picchu, see traditional life on Lake Titicaca
Peru Panorama (PPP)
Spot macaws in the jungle and caimans on the riverbanks, sail the waters of Lake Titicaca, delight in the smells of markets and explore ancient ruins—including a trek along the Inca Trail. As we operate our own treks, our quality equipment and the expertise of our porters and CEOs will ensure that your first glimpse of Machu Picchu will leave you in awe. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or following in the footsteps of the Incas, this fast-paced adventure provides a sweeping view of this diverse country.
Highlights: Meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, devour seafood in Lima
Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)
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, feel like a local at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, take the chance to witness the Nazca Lines
Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)
The Ecuador Experience (REE)
The Best of Brazil (SZBB)
Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)||13 days||Classic||Standard||
|The Inca Trail (SPIT)||7 days||Active||Standard||
|The Inca Journey (SPIJ)||10 days||Classic||Standard||
|The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)||65 days||Yolo||Basic||
|The Ecuador Experience (REE)||18 days||Classic||Basic||
|The Best of Brazil (SZBB)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (SCTS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Southern Highlights (SBR)||8 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Southern Explorer (SSR)||15 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Southern Divide (SMS)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|Southern Discovery (SSB)||8 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM)||39 days||Classic||Standard||
|Southern Cross (SXMR)||45 days||Classic||Standard||
|Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK)||8 days||Active||Standard||
|Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA)||51 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)||35 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Quest Of The Gods (PQG)||14 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Peru Panorama (PPP)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||