Its landmass encompasses everything from Andean cordilleras to Earth’s largest tropical rainforest and Patagonian ice fields, but South America’s riches aren’t merely topographical. Historically, it’s a palimpsest of pre-Colombian and conquistador influences, shaped more recently by modern political fortunes. Our specialists — many of whom are Spanish and Portugese speakers — can show you how to see the headline grabbers, such as Machu Picchu, and beyond on a bespoke South America tour.
They can recommend less-hyped experiences for your South America vacation, which offer a window into the food, dance and traditions of the continent’s native, European and African cultures. Indeed, many of our specialists draw on their time living in South America to help you experience it as fully as possible, whether your interests lie in a Galapagos expedition cruise or sampling the finest Argentinian vintages.
Where you can travel with us in South America
Our specialists can help you plan your trip, individually focusing on your tastes and interests, to the destinations below.
Trip ideas in South America
These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.
Our expert guides to exploring South America
Capturing our specialists’ extensive travel experience in South America, these guides share inspiration, recommendations and our honest advice for how to enjoy the best of what the region can offer in the most authentic ways. From the wealth of options we describe, you can narrow down the choices and start to shape your own trip.