Wildlife/Nature

It's often said we don't truly appreciate something until we lose it. As the fragility of our natural world becomes more evident, we find ourselves increasingly drawn to places where we can reconnect with the earth, no longer just spectators, but a part of the planet. With little control over the experience, contact with untamed wildlife is a gift, a blessing, and a humbling reminder of how removed from nature our lives have become.

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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

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

Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD)

South America Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

For outdoor enthusiasts who have a bit more time to explore the region's stunning natural beauty, this comprehensive adventure takes in Chile and Argentina's Patagonia. Explore Bariloche and wind through the mountains to Chile's lake district, then head south and trek extensively through some of South America’s premier hiking destinations. With ample time in Torres del Paine, you’ll also encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and trek Glacier National Park before heading to the 'end of the Earth' – Ushuaia.

Highlights: Explore the Lake District, trek the 'W Route' in Torres del Paine, marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier, reach the 'end of the Earth' in Ushuaia, feel sophisticated in Buenos Aires

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $4377
$5149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)

South America Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

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

12 days
From $4499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
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

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

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 Multisport (SEEM)

South America Ecuador

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.

9 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

This 9-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise. With fewer inclusions but plenty of options, you can choose which activities are right for you and experience one of the natural wonders of the world on a budget.

Highlights: Witness whitetip sharks at 'Shark Alley', travel by public speedboats around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with views towards the ocean, visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.

9 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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

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

Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend three days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

Highlights: 3 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park onboard Xavier, snorkling over breath taking under water formations searching for sea turtles and rays, hiking through the lava fields of Bartolome to get an amazing view, learning more about the ecology of the Galapagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station

6 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galapagos - Central and East aboard Xavier (SEV06MB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience—that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

Highlights: 3 nights cruising through the Galapagos National Park aboard Xavier, seeing 3 species of boobies and 2 species of frigate birds nesting together at Punta Pitt, snorkelling with rays and sea turtles under the shadow of Kicker Rock, witnessing the towering volcanic cliffs and the dark sand beaches of Santiago island.

6 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NA)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

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: Three 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

6 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

If you’re looking for a taste of exotic nature, look no further than this trip aboard 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: Three 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

6 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Colombia Experience (SMCE)

South America Colombia

Discover a corner of South America that's been off the tourist map for years without sacrificing your comfort on this fascinating Colombian adventure. You'll visit famous coffee plantations around Armenia and Salento and hit Medellín for museums and big-city bustle. Indulge in the beauty of Santa Rosa del Cabal with a hot springs soak, and immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Cartagena and the sophistication of Bogotá. This 12-day journey is an intriguing mixture of rural and urban—and culture and coffee.

Highlights: Sip coffee at its source amidst lush plantations, soak in natural hot springs, explore Medellín and Bogotá, wander the cobblestone streets in historic Cartagena

12 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.

Highlights: Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1359
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

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
18 days
From $1299

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1799
$1999

Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB)

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $4377
$5149

Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD)

12 days
From $4499

Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2079
$2599

Southern Highlights (SBR)

9 days
From $899

Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)

9 days
From $2349

Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS)

7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

6 days
From $2349

Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA)

6 days
From $2349

Galapagos - Central and East aboard Xavier (SEV06MB)

12 days
From $3999

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

12 days
From $2999

Colombia Experience (SMCE)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1699
$1999

Colombia Highlights (SMCH)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1359
$1699

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

12 days
From $1699

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
The Ecuador Experience (REE) 18 days Classic Basic
From $1299
Iguassu & Beyond (SAIB) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1799
$1999
Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD) 19 days Active Standard
From $4377
$5149
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4499
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1574
$1749
Southern Highlights (SBR) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2079
$2599
Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (SEAV) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1599
$1999
Ecuador Multisport (SEEM) 9 days Active Standard
From $899
Galapagos on a Shoestring (SEGS) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $2349
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR) 65 days Yolo Basic
From $7399
Galapagos - Central Islands aboard Xavier (SEV06MA) 6 days Marine Standard
From $2349
Galapagos - Central and East aboard Xavier (SEV06MB) 6 days Marine Standard
From $2349
Galápagos — Central & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NA) 6 days Marine Upgraded
From $2499
Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV06NB) 6 days Marine Upgraded
From $2499
Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $3999
Colombia Experience (SMCE) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2999
Colombia Highlights (SMCH) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH) 17 days Classic Basic
From $1359
$1699
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM) 12 days Active Standard
From $1699