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South America Escorted Tours

Escorted tours to South America encompass the Inca treasures of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru, the wonders of Patagonia and the iconic sights of Argentina and Brazil including the dramatic Iguazu Falls and famous 100ft statue of Christ the Redeemer.

South America

Discover South America

South America is a land of celebration, with a laid-back culture and some of the warmest people you will ever meet on your travels. Touring this fascinating destination is the best way to witness the iconic attractions, experience the many landscapes, get up close to the unusual wildlife and immerse yourself in the Latin culture and intriguing history. Music and dance are at the forefront of South America’s culture and there is nothing better than hearing the rhythm of the Brazilian Samba or the sensual Argentine Tango. The destination is known for its many cultural festivals which take place throughout the year including the famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil, the Tango Festival in Argentina and the Festival de la Candelaria in Bolivia and Peru. Each festival is a joy to attend with endless parades, awe-inspiring street-performances, colourful dances and music; the people of South America certainly know how to celebrate.

Much like the festivals, the food in South America is also a celebration of diverse cultures. Although it varies from country to country, the South American culinary embraces the cultures of many destinations and draws on inspirations from China, France, Spain and Africa. Unsurprisingly, it is the landscapes and iconic sights that steal the show when exploring this remarkable continent.


Featured South America Tours

Highlights of Peru

Inca treasures, wild landscapes and ancient legends are brought to life in the Sacred Valley, centuries-old ruins of Machu Picchu and the charismatic capital streets of Lima.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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From £1738pp
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Peru

Peru is without doubt the most intriguing and fascinating of all South American countries. The incredible remains of the Inca civilization are a huge draw and combined with its colonial architecture, the stunning vistas of the jagged peaks of the Andes, the Amazonian jungle, its superb cuisine and the warmth of the Peruvians themselves, this is one of the most captivating destinations in the world!

2019 - Apr, May, Aug, Oct
From £2399pp
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South America Highlights

Argentina, the second-largest country in South America, is known for its gauchos (cowboys), its huge steaks, its excellent wines, and the invention of the tango. We’ll sample all of these during our three-night stay in Buenos Aires – sophisticated, cosmopolitan and the most ‘European’ of the South American capitals.

2019 - Feb, Mar, Nov
From £2399pp
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Impressions of South America

Sashay across South America on this At Leisure jaunt, from the intoxicating shores of Ipanema to the thundering Iguassu Falls and sophisticated streets of Eva Peron's Buenos Aires.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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From £2458pp
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Treasures of Peru

This introductory tour of Peru includes the country’s most celebrated sights. Starting in Lima, explore Peru’s ancient, colonial and scenic wonders including Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu, perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world.

2019 - Apr, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Discover Peru

This small group tour offers the perfect introduction to Peru and is ideal if you're short on time or looking for a starting point for a more extensive Latin America journey.

2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
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From £2695pp
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Peru and the Amazon

Explore the extraordinary civilization of the Incas, the colonial heritage of the Spanish Conquistadors and the colourful culture of present-day Peru & Experience the Peruvian Amazon basin with a two-night stay at an eco-lodge in the jungle. Peru is without doubt the most intriguing and fascinating of all South American countries.

2019 - Apr, May, Sep, Oct
From £2779pp
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In the Footsteps of the Incas

From the clouds of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun, this trek through Peru's altiplanos and the famous floating Uros Islands traces the ancient past of the Incas.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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Inside Tracks - Argentina & Brazil

For those who want the inside scoop on Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Delve into BA’s cosmopolitan city and its exclusive tango scene, then witness Brazil’s thundering Iguazu Falls and Rio’s signature coast

2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar 2019 - Sep, Oct, Nov
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From £2865pp
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Train to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet Peru also offers a wealth of other magnificent ancient, colonial and scenic sights.

2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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Land of the Incas

Explore the vastness of Peru-traced from its Pacific edge to the mountain fortresses of the Incas and the shimmering blue of South America's largest lake, the birthplace of the sun.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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Mystical Peru

Inca wonders, colonial treasures and local traditions combine to create your family's ultimate Peru vacation! Swim with sea lions, explore mysterious catacombs and lost Incan cities, meet llamas, alpacas and Peruvian Pasos, get blessed by a shaman, go riding and rafting, learn chocolate-making secrets and more!

2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug
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Solo - Footsteps of the Incas

In Peru, archaeological treasures are weaved seamlessly among sweeping, unspoiled valleys and the mountain scenery of the Andes. Add into the mix a host of vibrant and friendly locals, and you’ll soon realise there’s much more to discover here than just llamas and knitted chullo.

2019 - May
From £3599pp
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South America Landscapes

Journey past snowcapped volcanoes, chardonnay vineyards and the pulsating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio-crossing the glacial waters of Los Santos Lake and visiting "Little Switzerland" along the way.

2019 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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Following the Inca's Footsteps

Delve into the history of the Incas on this all-out Peruvian adventure, which includes a walk along the Inca Trail and tour of Machu Picchu. 

2019 - Apr, Sep
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From £3799pp
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Wonders of Patagonia

Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants, roaming solitary steppes, the rugged Andes mountainscape and pristinely beautiful glacial lakes.

2019 - Sep, Nov, Dec
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Incan Empire and Amazon

Discover a land of ancient Incan ruins, lost civilisations and spectacular landscapes as we journey through Peru, from its modern capital to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Explore the ruins of the Inca Empire including Machu Picchu; experience Peruvian culture, cuisine and traditions; and spend two unforgettable nights in the Amazon rainforest.

2019 - Jul
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Chile, Argentina & Brazil

​​Chile's rippling vines, the cascading Iguaçú Falls spilling into Argentina and Brazil, the imposing statue of Christ in Rio and Buenos Aires' tango beats are just some of the iconic sights and sounds that make a tour of these three countries so desirable.

2019 - Mar, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Oct, Nov
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South America Revealed

Tall and tan, and young and lovely-expect nothing else on Rio's gorgeous beaches, your launch pad to a South American adventure through vibrant capitals and the Inca heart of Peru.

2019 - Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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Peru and Galapagos Islands

This journey combines the ancient Inca sites of Peru with a cruise through the natural splendours of the Galapagos islands, bringing you into close contact with the islands’ unique biodiversity.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
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Peru's Ancient Marvels Escorted Tour

This itinerary is perfect for those keen to unravel Peru’s rich history and culture. Delve into ancient citadels, Incan ruins, and splendid colonial architecture from Lima to the Sacred Valley

2020 - Mar, Apr 2019 - Sep, Oct
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Chile, Argentina & Rio Carnival

​​South America is a continent that beckons adventurers from far and wide with its infectious, sultry salsa rhythms, intriguing people, fascinating lifestyles, tree-lined city avenues and flamboyantly decorated towns. Chile's rippling vines, the cascading Iguaçú Falls that spill into Argentina and Brazil, the imposing statue of Christ in Rio and Buenos Aires' elegant streets are just some of the iconic sights that make an escapade to this trio of countries so desirable.

2019 - Feb 2020 - Feb
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An Unforgettable Antarctic Voyage

After beginning your adventure in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, you'll embark your ship for the cruise of a lifetime across Antarctica – the last continent virtually untouched by humans. You'll navigate the infamous Drake Passage, sail amongst magnificent glaciers and see spectacular wildlife.

2019 - Nov
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Hurtigruten Antarctica - White Christmas

Celebrate a spectacular Christmas! From Ushuaia, we cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica.

2019 - Dec
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Experience Antarctica

After beginning your adventure in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, you'll embark your ship for the cruise of a lifetime across Antarctica – the last continent virtually untouched by humans. You'll navigate the infamous Drake Passage, sail amongst magnificent glaciers and see spectacular wildlife.

2019 - Nov
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Antarctica - A White Christmas

After beginning your adventure in Chile's capital, Santiago, you'll embark your ship for the cruise of a lifetime across Antarctica – the last continent virtually untouched by humans. You'll cross Drake Passage, sail amongst magnificent fjords and see spectacular wildlife.

2019 - Dec
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Voyage to Antarctica

Get up close to incredible numbers of penguins, seals and whales, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs on a trip of a lifetime to the Great White Continent. Aboard our strong, ice-class expedition vessel, the four-star MV Ocean Atlantic, we’ll get as close as possible to the dramatic coastline, full of rocky mountain peaks and immense glaciers breaking off into iceberg-filled bays and fjords.

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Highlights of South America

  • Argentina

    Located in the Southeast of South America, Argentina stretches from the Southern Tropic towards the tip of Antarctica meaning it boasts an astonishingly diverse landscape with many outstanding natural wonders. For example, the spectacular Iguazu Falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world and one of Argentina’s most popular attractions, the Salinas Grandes is a vast salt plain now used for mining and the breath-taking Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia is one of the most famous glaciers in the world and is relatively rare as it is still growing despite global warming. Much like the landscapes, the wildlife is also diverse and ranges from penguins and flamingos to giant anteaters and whales.

    The tranquillity of Argentina’s natural wonderland is a world away from the country’s lively, dynamic cities. Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city, is a modern metropolis and a must-visit destination when touring South America. Buenos Aires is a city with a Latin passion and European touch; it is the home of the Tango, a famous, sensual dance that is still performed in endless venues around the city. Buenos Aires is an extremely fast-paced city with busy side-walk cafes, an abundance of streak houses, a vibrant street-art scene and an energetic nightlife. Other fascinating cities in Argentina include Córdoba, Salta, Mendoza and Bariloche which all have their own distinctive personalities.

  • Chile

    Chile is often recognised for its unusually narrow shape; the country clings to the edge of a continent and stretches from the driest desert on earth to vast southern glacial fields. Its wide-open natural landscapes rang from ancient, enchanted forests and pristine blue lakes to active volcanoes and dramatic fjords. Despite the efforts from humans to develop on these remarkable landscapes, Chile has managed to successfully guard its many treasures and is now home to some of the most unspoiled parts of our planet making it the best place to get in touch with nature.

    The openness of Chile’s natural environment is mirrored in the openness of the Chilean people. The locals have a relaxed, welcome attitude and are pleasant and kind towards tourists. Patagonians drink rounds of maté (tea) with their relatives and friends which is a ritual of relating and relaxing and is an integral part of their life. Santiago, Chile’s sophisticated capital city is a pleasure to explore with its countless museums, grand architecture, hillside parks and renovated arts scene. When visiting Santiago, there is nothing better than people-watching from a delightful sidewalk restaurant whilst enjoying a delicious glass of Chilean wine.

  • Brazil

    Brazil is a truly captivating country which has the perfect combination of glorious white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and thrilling metropolises. The cities are lively, the colonial towns burst with history and the unusual environment ranges from red-rock canyons and impressive waterfalls to beautiful coral-fringed islands. Brazil’s spectacular landscape makes the country a playground for adventure lovers who can enjoy kayaking in the Amazon, rock-climbing, whale-watching off the coast and surfing. Brazil’s varied eco-systems showcases a great collection of plant and animal species meaning the destination is great for wildlife-watching. Some of Brazil’s iconic species include toucans, howler monkeys, capybaras and pink dolphins.

    Brazil’s carefree culture is dominated by the love of music and each year Brazil’s most famous celebration, the annual Carnival, takes over for a number of weeks. The Carnival is held in Rio de Janeiro before lent and sees the people of Brazil dance, sing and party through the streets in dazzling costumes. More than 2 million people line the streets during this remarkable celebration including hundreds of thousands of tourists. Many additional festivals happen throughout the year in Brazil’s cities, particularly Rio and São Paulo, showcasing Brazil’s amazing diversity. The country also boasts a well-developed beach culture, a vibrant year-round nightlife and splendid regional cuisines.

  • Peru

    Peru’s rich heritage and wealth of ancient sites make it a fascinating country to explore. The biggest attraction is undoubtably the extraordinary Inca ruins of Machu Picchu which were hidden by nature for four centuries before being discovered in 1911. It is now one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Another of Peru’s archaeological gems are the puzzling ‘Nasca Lines’, which are giant geoglyphs (figures or designs) that have been carved into the desert and can usually only be seen from the sky. It is estimated that these figures which include geometric patterns and distinct animal shapes, were begun in 400 BC. The site of the Nasca lines remains an unexplainable mystery to archaeologists.

    Peru also showcases an array of marvellous sites from the exquisite scenery of the Andes mountains and Lake Titicaca to the colonial cities of Arequipa and Cuzco. The country boasts the highest tropical mountain range in the world and one of the best-preserved areas of the Amazon rainforest which is home to incredible wildlife including jaguars, macaws and caimans. Peru is known as one of the world’s culinary hotspots and offers an amazingly delicious, yet complex cuisine of Spanish, African and Asian influence. There is a laidback, dynamic dining scene which ranges from street-food stalls to gourmet restaurants as well as a buzzing nightlife; particularly in Lima.

  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

    A wonderful display of ancient and natural wonders has been squeezed into Ecuador, one of the smallest countries in South America. The charming colonial town of Cuenca and the capital of Quito are steeped in history with red-roofed colonial houses, flower-filled plazas and a number of cathedrals. Cotopaxi National Park, located on the Avenue of Volcanoes is home to the highest active volcano in the world and the tranquil Quilotoa crater lake. The Andean villages perfectly showcase the colourful local culture including the handcrafted textiles, delightful fresh-seafood dishes and sprawling markets.

    The famous Galapagos Islands are located 1,000 kilometres west of mainland Ecuador and are a magnet for wildlife lovers. These isolated, volcanic islands have a truly unique eco-system with many species that are not found anywhere else on Earth, including the giant tortoise and the marine iguana. This pristine wildlife haven is famous for inspiring Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution as it was here that Darwin noted that blue-footed boobies and finches were perfectly adapted to their environments.

South America Tour Offers

  • Icons of South America

    20 days Lima to Rio De Janeiro
    From £5434pp

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  • Land of Penguins and Icebergs

    11 days Ushuaia and Back
    From £7447pp

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  • Empire of the Incas

    11 days Lima, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia
    From £4802pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

  • Patagonia Tour

    10 days Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina
    From £5764pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

  • Essence of South America

    13 days Santiago, Chile to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    From £6282pp

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  • Hidden Galápagos & Peru

    15 days Lima, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador
    From £9908pp

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  • Galápagos
    Wildlife Wonderland

    7 days Quito, Ecuador to Guayaquil, Ecuador
    From £4432pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

  • Peru and the Galápagos Islands

    14 days Lima, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador
    From £7762pp

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  • Cruising the Galápagos Islands

    8 days Guayaquil, Ecuador and Back
    From £5172pp

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  • Adventures in Chile Escorted Tour

    9 days Santiago, Chile to Calama
    From £5940pp

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