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South America tour ideas

A land of superlatives where you can visit the world’s tallest waterfall, its driest desert and longest river, South America is a kaleidoscopic mix of cultures, landscapes and traditions. Our specialists have explored it all and with their advice, planning a trip is as simple as letting them know your interests.

Our sample tour ideas aim to show you what is possible, but when it comes to your trip, our specialists will tailor-make an itinerary just for you. You could take a culinary tour of Chile and Argentina, combine wildlife watching in the Amazon with a cruise around the Galapagos, or trace the history of tango in Buenos Aires before touring the wineries of Mendoza and riding with the country’s legendary gauchos.

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Ideas for your trip to South America

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in South America, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Andean Forest course at Mil

    Culinary Tour of Peru

    • Take a privately guided tour of Machu Picchu.

    • Visit local villages and markets in the Sacred Valley that aren't on the tourist trail.

    • Explore the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

    • Dine at some of the most highly revered restaurants in the world.

    10 days from €4,280pp

  • Travelling through the Amazon Rainforest

    Incas and Amazon

    • Search for the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle.

    • Explore the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

    • See the beautiful scenery and colourful markets of the Sacred Valley.

    • Take a privately guided tour of Machu Picchu.

    10 days from €4,460pp

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Classic Argentina tour

    • Spend time in Argentina's cultural capital, Buenos Aires.

    • Admire the natural beauty of the Argentine Lake District.

    • Sail the milky waters of Lago Argentino to visit the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier.

    • Be in awe of the mighty Iguazu Falls.

    13 days from €4,460pp

  • Punta del Este, Uruguay

    Uruguay self-drive

    • Explore the vibrant capital city of Montevideo.

    • Wander the streets of Colonia del Sacremento after the day-trippers from Argentina have left.

    • Discover Uruguay's up and coming winelands.

    • Relax on Jose Ignacio's beaches.

    15 days from €4,525pp

  • Marble Caves, Aisen

    Chile's Aisen region uncovered

    • Visit the Marble Caves on Lago Carrera General.

    • Get up close to the Great Glacier on O Higgins lake, one of Patagonia's largest yet least visited.

    • Hike or horseride from your Patagonian estancia in a deserted National Park.

    • Visit Tortel, a small Patagonian fishing village that was only joined to the rest of the world in 2000.

    13 days from €4,580pp

  • Iguacu Falls

    Argentina & Brazil: Cities & Waterfalls

    • Explore Buenos Aires, from vibrant La Boca to the elegant avenues of Palermo.

    • See an Argentine tango dance show.

    • Feel the spray from the immense Iguazu Falls, enjoying private tours of both sides.

    • Take a private guided tour of Rio’s highlights, from Christ the Redeemer to Copacabana.

    11 days from €4,600pp

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Simply Brazil: Rio, Iguacu & Pipa beach

    • Take an evening tour and experience Rio's famous foodie nightlife firsthand.

    • Visit Brazilian icons such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.

    • Explore the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the spectacular Iguaçu Falls.

    • Escape the city and enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation in Buzios.

    10 days from €4,745pp

  • Ouro Preto

    Colonial Brazil

    • Experience the city of Rio and its highlights including Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.

    • Walk the rolling cobbled streets of Ouro Preto and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains.

    • Explore the historic centre of Salvador and enjoy its vibrant rhythms and flavours.

    14 days from €4,875pp

  • El Hornocal near Humahuaca town

    Northwest Argentina Explored

    • Visit some of Argentina's lesser visited wineries and enjoy tasting some of the area's wines.

    • Explore the colonial city of Salta and enjoy a coffee in one of its pavement cafes.

    • Spend time in the unmissable city of Buenos Aires.

    • Take in the wonderful Iguazu Falls.

    14 days from €4,875pp

  • The Osorno Volcano, near Puerto Varas

    Self-drive through Chile and Argentina

    • Admire the views of snow-capped Villarrica Volcano from the lakeside town of Pucon.

    • Stop off at viewpoints on Argentina's scenic Seven Lakes route to Villa la Angostura.

    • Explore the pretty town of Puerto Varas and local Mapuche Indian culture.

    • See the icy peaks and jade lakes of Chile's southern lake district.

    14 days from €4,880pp

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Ice, wine & estancias in Argentina

    • Take a tour with a local guide to explore the most famous parts of Buenos Aires.

    • Enjoy one of the world famous Tango shows.

    • Perhaps have a go at dancing the Tango yourself.

    • Live like a gaucho; walk, relax and ride in the pampas.

    • Visit the might Perito Moreno glacier.

    • Sample some of Argentina's best wines around Mendoza.

    13 days from €5,080pp

  • Dinner on a cliff edge, Cordillera Gourmet Day

    Coast to Coast, a culinary tour of Chile and Argentina

    • Not only taste some of Chile and Argentina's best food but have a go at buying and cooking it as well with the help of local guides and chefs.

    • Sample Chilean and Argentine wines so you can pick the best pairing for your food of choice.

    • Enjoy the spectacular crossing through the mighty Andes between Mendoza and Santiago.

    • Explore the cultural city of Buenos Aires, the vibrant city of Valparaiso and the up and coming corners of Santiago de Chile.

    12 days from €5,095pp

  • Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

    Classic Peru tour

    • Wander the pretty streets of Arequipa and visit the Santa Catalina Monastery.

    • Spot Andean condors in the Colca Canyon.

    • Visit the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

    • See the beautiful scenery and colourful markets of the Sacred Valley.

    • Explore Machu Picchu in depth with your private guide.

    14 days from €5,155pp

  • View of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, Peru

    Adventure in Peru

    • Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city of the Incas.

    • Hike the Inca Trail and approach Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

    • Bike, trek, and raft your way through the Sacred Valley.

    15 days from €5,325pp

  • Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

    Amazon, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

    • Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city of the Incas.

    • Hike the famous Inca Trail and approach Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

    • Witness the exotic flora and fauna of the southern Amazon rainforest.

    • Take a private guided tour of Cuzco, an intriguing colonial city built on Inca foundations.

    15 days from €5,395pp

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Classic Brazil

    • Visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain and statue of Christ the Redeemer.

    • Hear the mighty roar and feel the spray of the immense Iguacu Falls.

    • Stroll through the cobbled streets of Salvador, escaping its hustle and bustle with time in its churches and museums.

    • Try some fresh coconut water straight from the coconut while strolling along white sand beaches.

    13 days from €5,435pp

  • Sea lions, Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

    • Experience the unique fearless wildlife of Galapagos.

    • Visit the some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos Islands.

    • See the marine iguana, the world's only marine lizard.

    • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    11 days from €5,825pp

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