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.
Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “lost city of the Incas” - the ideal place to unleash your inner historian - and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional 1-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of the Galápagos (G8) to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.
Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, 3 nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of the Galápagos (G8), snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)
When Magellan landed in Patagonia, he believed its inhabitants to be giants. While you won't find any mythical creatures on this trip, you will encounter magical scenery, mighty glaciers and towering peaks at Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier. And prepare yourself for stunning views on an expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas—including a landing at Cape Horn. With a mountain lodge stay, relaxed trekking and an expert guide to lead the way, you'll be creating legends of your own to share back home.
Highlights: Embark on an expedition cruise through Patagonia's fjords and glaciers, set foot on the 'end of the earth' at Cape Horn, walk amongst thousands of Magellanic penguins, hike the scenic trails of Torres del Paine National Park, gaze in awe at the stunning Perito Moreno glacier
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.
It’s virtually impossible to witness the wonders of the Galápagos first-hand and not return home a devoted conservationist. Board the comfy Monserrat and embark on a cruising adventure through the archipelago's western, central and eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, and hike Sierra Negra, the largest balsatic caldera in the region. With a pair of Level II naturalist guides at the ready to answer your questions, you'll head home with a new perspective on nature, your planet, and maybe even yourself.
Highlights: 7 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, snorkel with sea lions, discover spectacular marine life in protected bays, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano—the largest basaltic caldera in Galápagos
There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat for a mind-expanding cruising adventure through the archipelago's central, southern and eastern islands. Hike the dramatic black lava flows of volcanic Bartolomé Island, snorkel with sea lions and other aquatic beasts, go for a hike on Española or opt to laze about on her white-sand beaches instead. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll come home with a perspective you simply can’t put a price tag on.
Highlights: 7 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat , hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
Picture it: the Galápagos, viewed from the deck of the comfortable Monserrat as she cuts through blue waters bound for another island paradise loaded with natural splendour. But it’s not just a “look but can’t touch” situation—on this trip, you’ll get up-close and personal with aquatic wildlife like sea lions and turtles, hike over volcanic lava flows to check out the landscapes of Bartolomé, and relax on the stunning white-sand beaches of Santiago. Get out onto the high seas and start making better memories.
Highlights: 7 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano—the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos, choose to search for sea turtles or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Santiago
If an authentic tropical landscape figures big in your travel dreams, get yourself on down to the Galápagos, stat. Want to keep an eye out for native wildlife like sea lions, land iguanas and giant tortoises? The Galápagos has ‘em by the dozen. Looking to recharge on beautiful white-sand beaches? There's plenty of those, too. Even better, you'll have the services of two naturalist guides to help provide an educational slant to this incredible experience.
Highlights: 7 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, 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, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española
From the unique wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure – explore the Galápagos aboard the Daphne (G3) before flying into the Andean highlands. As one of the larger tour operators in 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 Machu Picchu. Experience the intense variety and striking beauty of two of South America's most dramatic regions.
Highlights: Onboard the Daphne (G3): 4 nights cruising and snorkelling the Galapagos, cruise the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne (G3), snorkel in the caldera of a collapsed volcano and searching for marine life, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
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.
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
The Galápagos islands are a hotbed of exotic wildlife and picturesque landscapes, and there’s no better way to view it all than from a comfortable ship like the Monserrat. On this trip, you’ll have the chance to relax on the beach, mingle with sea lions and turtles, and even hike a volcano. There’ll even be two naturalist guides on hand to help make this your most dynamic and educational adventure yet.
Highlights: 4 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, search for sea turtles in secluded bays and snorkel with sea lions, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano—the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos, choose to search for sea turtles or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Santiago
Have you always dreamed about exploring the Galápagos, but never found the time? Make some. Let the Monserrat show you how comfortable a whirlwind trip through the exotic landscapes of the islands can be. On this adventure, you’ll experience the beautiful white-sand beaches of Española, encounter giant sea turtles and other wildlife, and gain a fuller understanding of it all at the Charles Darwin Foundation. Get a fresh perspective by getting out on the water!
Highlights: 4 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Foundation, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
Curious to explore the Galápagos but don't have a whole lot of time? Step aboard the roomy Monserrat and join us on this cruising adventure through the archipelago's central and eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, check out the curious marine iguanas (the only kind in the world that swim for their food) and stroll through the cactus forests of South Plaza Island. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll return home more educated and invigorated than you'd ever get from a nature documentary.
Highlights: 3 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat , discover spectacular marine life in protected bays and go snorkeling with sea lions, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
Explore Galapagos - Central Islands (SEV06NB)
If you’re looking for a taste of exotic nature, look no further than this trip on the Monserrat, our comfort class vessel for navigating the high seas of the Galápagos. From snorkeling with sea lions and other aquatic wildlife to taking a trek over volcanic rock, this trip will give you both incredible sights and indelible memories. And with two naturalist guides on the tour, you’ll bring home extra knowledge to go along with your photo slideshows.
Highlights: 3 nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, find marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and playing in the surf
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, straddle both hemispheres at the 'middle of the earth'
Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)
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 Peruvian mountains and local villages bursting with culture. As the premiere operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned. An optional 1-day hike up the Inca Trail brings you even closer to Machu Picchu’s storied past, and if you prefer something a little more relaxing, there’s always the scenic train.
Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, visit local villages and a Planterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, enjoy traditional specialties with a Pachamanca-style dinner
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)
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
Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)
Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador. Across nine action-packed days, you’ll bike Cotopaxi (an Andean stratovolcano), raft down rushing rivers, trek the lush foothills of Baños, and much, much more. Best of all, you’ll always travel with an experienced and passionate CEO who knows the quickest and most scenic routes to wherever you’re headed. Remember, you’re here for a great time, not a long time; slather on that sunscreen, strap on your helmet and hit the road/trail/surf!
Highlights: Whitewater-raft in the Amazon, trek to an active volcano, soak in mountain hot springs, speed down Cotopaxi Volcano on a mountain bike.
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)
Explore Galapagos - Central Islands (SEV06NB)
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)
Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA)||13 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer (PXIIA)||16 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Western, Central and East Islands (SEV10NA)||10 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Central, Southern and East Islands (SEV10NB)||10 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Western and Central Islands (SEV10NC)||10 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Southern and East Islands (SEV10ND)||10 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Galapagos North and Central Islands & Inca Discovery (ED07HB)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
|Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC)||13 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay (SCTS)||11 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Western and Central Islands (SEV07NA)||7 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Southern and East Islands (SEV07NB)||7 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Central and East Islands (SEV06NA)||6 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Explore Galapagos - Central Islands (SEV06NB)||6 days||Marine||Upgraded||
|Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)||8 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)||9 days||Active||Standard||