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South America travel guides

Our South America specialists know the region from years of personal experience and return regularly to keep up to date on new developments. In these travel guides they share their thoughts on how to get the most out of your trip, letting you know what to expect, how best to avoid the crowds at popular attractions or access remote regions renowned for their wildlife.

Whether you’re looking to cruise the Galapagos, hike the Inca Trail or can’t quite decide between the Amazon, the Pantanal or Lençóis Maranhenses, we’ll guide you along the way. We can also help you unearth the best steaks in Argentina, Buenos Aires’s liveliest tango milongas, or the finest indigenous markets the region has to offer.

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Ideas for how to explore South America

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for South America. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • What to do in Patagonia: our highlights guide
    Snow-capped mountains in Parque Patagonia, Aisen

    What to do in Patagonia: our highlights guide

    What to do in Patagonia: our highlights guide

    Patagonia stretches across both Chile and Argentina, and down to the frozen waters of the Southern Ocean. Latin America specialist, Ann, selects her top things to do when visiting this vast region.

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  • Machu Picchu plus one: tried-and-tested South American combinations
    Machu Picchu ruins viewed from Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu plus one: tried-and-tested South American combinations

    Machu Picchu plus one: tried-and-tested South American combinations

    Did you know that thanks to ever-improving flight connections, you can easily combine Machu Picchu with other South American destinations such as the Galapagos and Argentina — without the need to extend your trip drastically? Our specialists explain how.

    8 min read

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  • Driving vacations in Chile & Argentina
    The Road to Lago General Carrera, Aisen

    Driving vacations in Chile & Argentina

    Driving vacations in Chile & Argentina

    A self-drive trip through Chile or Argentina is ideal for those looking for the flexibility to go where they want, when they want. Our specialists will advise on the routes to take as well as the best places to see and the accommodations you should stay in.

    10 min read

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  • Where to go in the Amazon: planning your journey into the rainforest
    Caiman, Peruvian Amazon

    Where to go in the Amazon: planning your journey into the rainforest

    Where to go in the Amazon: planning your journey into the rainforest

    Audley specialist Rebecca shares why she loves the Amazon, but explains that planning a trip there comes with a few caveats. She suggests you ask yourself: what is it I really want to see and do in the rainforest?

    8 min read

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  • The Inca civilization
    Machu Picchu, Peru

    The Inca civilization

    The Inca civilization

    Discover the culture and history of a country on a tailor-made trip, with visits to explore famous sites and others not quite so well known but equally impressive.

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  • South America’s greatest railway journeys: Peru’s Andean Explorer & Ecuador’s Tren Crucero
    Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train

    South America’s greatest railway journeys: Peru’s Andean Explorer & Ecuador’s Tren Crucero

    South America’s greatest railway journeys: Peru’s Andean Explorer & Ecuador’s Tren Crucero

    Travel on South America’s foremost luxury sleeper train service, Peru’s Belmond Andean Explorer, or voyage down Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes on comfortable day trains. Audley specialist Holly describes why you might want to experience the continent from a railway carriage.

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  • Festivals in Central & South America
    Inti Raymi, Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco

    Festivals in Central & South America

    Festivals in Central & South America

    Latin America boasts many festivals, from the solemn processions of Holy Week to the raucous party of Carnival to the recreated glory of an Inca sun ritual. Let our specialists suggest where to go to discover these vibrant cultural events.

    10 min read

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