Must See South America

Seinfeld knew it (“You gotta see the baaaaby”). Dorothy and her pals knew it (“We’re off to see the Wizard”). Even Clark Griswold knew it (We can't miss the Grand Canyon, it's the biggest goddamn hole in the world!”). There are some things in life that you simply can’t miss. Finding hidden gems is an essential part of the travel experience, but you wouldn’t go to India without seeing the Taj Mahal. You wouldn’t go to Paris without clapping your eyes on the Eiffel Tower. So there’s no point coming all the way to South America without ticking a few of these must-sees off your list.

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

 

When you come to Rio, you’ll be welcomed with open arms (literally) by the largest Art Deco statue in the world. This 38-metre symbol of Christianity stands atop an 8-metre pedestal on Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Forest. Get there by train and then walk the 220 steps (or take the elevator) to the staue for views over beaches, city and forests.

Read more about why Rio is a must see
 
 

Trip name Days Total
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EUR
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USD
ZAR
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Best of Argentina & Brazil 7
USD $2,664
CAD $2,911
AUD $3,460
EUR €2,395
GBP £1,775
NZD $3,725
ZAR R31,920
CHF FR2,455
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Argentina & Brazil Adventure 11
USD $2,884
CAD $3,159
AUD $3,384
EUR €2,335
GBP £1,737
NZD $3,636
ZAR R31,185
CHF FR2,398
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Peru, Argentina & Brazil Explorer 22
USD $5,674
CAD $6,453
AUD $7,535
EUR €5,120
GBP £3,905
NZD $8,260
ZAR R70,845
CHF FR5,420
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Machu Picchu, Peru

 

Ever since 2002, when the Peruvian government clamped down on the number of tourists allowed on the trail, permits to see Machu Picchu have been snapped up quicker than tickets to Star Wars: Episode VII. Book in advance so you can stand at the Sun Gate and be part of that unforgettable moment when the light of day illuminates the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Find out more on how to secure your Inca permit





Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Inca Trail Express 7
USD $1,120
CAD $1,228
AUD $1,312
EUR €912
GBP £668
NZD $1,408
ZAR R12,120
CHF FR932
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Majestic Peru 15
USD $3,184
CAD $3,488
AUD $3,728
EUR €2,576
GBP £1,916
NZD $4,008
ZAR R34,376
CHF FR2,644
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Classic Peru 9
USD $2,002
CAD $2,277
AUD $2,655
EUR €1,795
GBP £1,380
NZD $2,895
ZAR R24,980
CHF FR1,850
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Peru Family Trek - Teens on the Trail 14
USD $3,110
CAD $3,640
AUD $3,442
EUR €2,500
GBP £1,940
NZD $3,699
ZAR R35,945
CHF FR2,765
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Iguazu Falls Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls? Doesn’t matter. The jaw-dropping effect is still the same, no matter how you spell it. The sound of 12,750 cubic metres per second of water hurling itself from 275 different waterfalls stretched over 2.7 kilometres of river is something you need to hear at least once in your life. Don’t miss the the 82-metre high Devil’s Throat cataract, which marks the border between Argentina and Brazil.

First impressions of Iguazu

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Bolivian Salt Flats 3
USD $972
CAD $1,137
AUD $1,195
EUR €845
GBP £620
NZD $1,310
ZAR R11,235
CHF FR865
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Bolivia Highlights 12
USD $1,534
CAD $1,687
AUD $1,970
EUR €1,395
GBP £1,020
NZD $2,160
ZAR R18,520
CHF FR1,425
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La Paz to Santiago 21
USD $1,788
CAD $2,382
AUD $2,363
EUR €1,598
GBP £1,209
NZD $2,542
ZAR R24,248
CHF FR1,783
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Discover Bolivia & Argentina 20
USD $2,871
CAD $3,298
AUD $3,845
EUR €2,585
GBP £1,990
NZD $4,085
ZAR R35,740
CHF FR2,645
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

 

Bad for your blood pressure but great for your photo albums, Salar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flat in the world. There’s over 10 billion tonnes of salt sprawled over 10,582 square kilometres, making it a breathtaking sight even if you weren’t standing 11,985-feet above sea level. Jump in a 4x4 to explore the flats, and hopefully there has been some rain so you get that famous mirrored effect in all your photos.

You have to see Bolivia to believe it



Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
price from
Bolivia Highlights 12
USD $1,534
CAD $1,687
AUD $1,970
EUR €1,395
GBP £1,020
NZD $2,160
ZAR R18,520
CHF FR1,425
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Discover Bolivia & Argentina 20
USD $2,871
CAD $3,298
AUD $3,845
EUR €2,585
GBP £1,990
NZD $4,085
ZAR R35,740
CHF FR2,645
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La Paz to Santiago 21
USD $1,788
CAD $2,382
AUD $2,363
EUR €1,598
GBP £1,209
NZD $2,542
ZAR R24,248
CHF FR1,783
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Bolivian Salt Flats 3
USD $972
CAD $1,137
AUD $1,195
EUR €845
GBP £620
NZD $1,310
ZAR R11,235
CHF FR865
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Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Chile

 

It’s hard to know where to start. Do we talk about the ancient forests, the glaciers, the alpine lakes, the rivers and fjords? Or do we tell you about the park’s Andean condors, flamingos, guanaco, pumas and endangered Andean deer? Or do we just go ahead and talk about the three granite peaks, the Torres del Paine, which rise up to 2,500-metres above sea level? It’s no wonder more than 150,000 people visit here each year.

A change of pace in Patagonia


Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
price from
Patagonia Trekking 10
USD $3,501
CAD $3,978
AUD $4,645
EUR €3,155
GBP £2,405
NZD $5,085
ZAR R43,620
CHF FR3,220
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Santiago to Ushuaia 23
USD $1,886
CAD $2,520
AUD $2,479
EUR €1,690
GBP £1,271
NZD $2,669
ZAR R25,005
CHF FR1,790
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Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia 34
USD $2,832
CAD $3,715
AUD $3,922
EUR €2,546
GBP £1,960
NZD $4,217
ZAR R45,059
CHF FR2,827
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Wine country, Mendoza Argentina

 

If you can look up from your tasting glass long enough, you’ll see incredible views of the Andes surrounding Mendoza. However, we understand if you are simply too engrossed in your bottle to sneak a peek. Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine industry, with almost 1000 wineries spread across the region. Malbec is the star, but you will also come across some of the world’s best cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier producers. Thirsty?

Read about New Years in Mendoza
 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Best of Chile & Argentina 8
USD $2,619
CAD $2,862
AUD $3,405
EUR €2,360
GBP £1,745
NZD $3,665
ZAR R31,390
CHF FR2,415
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Discover Bolivia & Argentina 20
USD $2,871
CAD $3,298
AUD $3,845
EUR €2,585
GBP £1,990
NZD $4,085
ZAR R35,740
CHF FR2,645
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Lake Titicaca

 

South America’s largest lake sits 3811 metres above sea level, so you’ll understandably feel quite breathless while looking out over the still, blue water. Straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia, the Titicaca Reserve is home to 60 species of birds and a rare giant frog that can weigh up to 3kg. Incan mythology says that the god Viracocha emerged from the lake to create the sun and the stars.

For the love of Lake Titicaca

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Sacred Land of the Incas 15
USD $2,720
CAD $2,970
AUD $3,187
EUR €2,205
GBP £1,640
NZD $3,429
ZAR R29,384
CHF FR2,261
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Peru Encompassed 21
USD $3,906
CAD $4,401
AUD $5,135
EUR €3,520
GBP £2,670
NZD $5,635
ZAR R48,275
CHF FR3,595
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Majestic Peru 15
USD $3,184
CAD $3,488
AUD $3,728
EUR €2,576
GBP £1,916
NZD $4,008
ZAR R34,376
CHF FR2,644
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Explore Peru & Bolivia 25
USD $4,194
CAD $4,585
AUD $5,355
EUR €3,785
GBP £2,775
NZD $5,875
ZAR R50,350
CHF FR3,875
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Perito Morena Glacier, Argentina

 

As one of the world’s only advancing glaciers, this imposing beast travels around 1.5 metres each day. To give you an idea of its size, the face of the Perito Morena Glacier reaches as high as a 20-story building, with around 150 metres of ice plunging underneath the water. Located in South America’s third largest body of fresh water, Lake Argentina, you see it by boat or from the raised walkway that has been installed around the glacier.

A most glacial place

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
price from
Patagonia Trekking 10
USD $3,501
CAD $3,978
AUD $4,645
EUR €3,155
GBP £2,405
NZD $5,085
ZAR R43,620
CHF FR3,220
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Patagonia Wilderness 15
USD $4,270
CAD $4,675
AUD $5,560
EUR €3,850
GBP £2,855
NZD $5,980
ZAR R51,240
CHF FR3,940
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Amazon, Ecuador

 

Wildlife? Got it. Birdwatching? Legendary. Activities? You bet. The Amazon basin covers six Ecuadorian provinces and is home to many indigenous communities, some who are still living in complete isolation. When you travel with a small group you’ll to stay in a jungle lodge and take part in river rafting, night walks, canoeing and more. Meet local families, learn to use blowguns and spears, pick coffee beans and learn to make chocolate from cacao beans.

Surprises on the Amazon

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Inca Trail & Amazon 12
USD $2,335
CAD $2,911
AUD $3,073
EUR €2,220
GBP £1,740
NZD $3,303
ZAR R39,190
CHF FR2,455
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Bolivian Amazon Jungle 5
USD $1,122
CAD $1,315
AUD $1,380
EUR €975
GBP £715
NZD $1,485
ZAR R12,975
CHF FR997
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Peru Amazon - 4 days 4
USD $375
CAD $437
AUD $460
EUR €325
GBP £237
NZD $505
ZAR R4,325
CHF FR332
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Ecuador Amazon Jungle - 4 days 4
USD $1,032
CAD $1,210
AUD $1,270
EUR €897
GBP £657
NZD $1,392
ZAR R11,940
CHF FR917
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Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro

 

You’d think after two centuries of partying, Rio’s Carnaval would show signs of slowing down. But it’s just the opposite. The sequins are sparklier, the dancing is sexier, the streets are busier and the music is louder with each passing year. In the days leading up to Lent, Carnaval festivals are held all over Brazil but Rio’s is undoubtedly the most raucous. Keep your wits about you and try to keep up as you join the world’s biggest party.

The worlds biggest party

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Rio Carnaval Package Original 6
USD $2,070
CAD $2,709
AUD $2,862
EUR €1,854
GBP £1,431
NZD $3,078
ZAR R32,886
CHF FR2,070
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Buenos Aires to Rio 19
USD $1,678
CAD $2,235
AUD $2,229
EUR €1,507
GBP £1,135
NZD $2,397
ZAR R22,963
CHF FR1,673
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Cartagena, Colombia

 

Jewel of the Caribbean. Fortress City. The Walled City. Paradise. It’s known as many things, but Cartagena is quite simply… beautiful. Enclosed by 13 kilometres of Spanish-built walls, the UNESCO World Heritage listed streets of old town are paved in cobblestones while bursts of bougainvillea clings to the balconies overhead. It is home to many art, literature and classical music festivals yet also perfect for lovers of outdoor activities such as scuba diving, swimming and cruising.

Colombia's most beautiful places

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
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Colonial Colombia 9
USD $1,566
CAD $1,705
AUD $1,831
EUR €1,255
GBP £940
NZD $1,975
ZAR R16,884
CHF FR1,300
Book trip
Complete Colombia 15
USD $2,979
CAD $3,259
AUD $3,480
EUR €2,418
GBP £1,797
NZD $3,752
ZAR R32,164
CHF FR2,473
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Cafe Colombia 8
USD $1,496
CAD $1,640
AUD $1,756
EUR €1,216
GBP £900
NZD $1,888
ZAR R16,176
CHF FR1,244
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

 

 

The sheer abundance of wildlife in the Galapagos is pretty overwhelming. Frolicking sea lions, gardens of colourful fish, blue-footed boobies, rare iguanas and thoughtful sea turtles make it seem like you’ve stepped into Mother Nature’s secret garden. Straddling the Equator, 1000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador is this archipelago of volcanic islands. Here you’ll find one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, housing species endemic only this South American Environment.

Read more about the Galapagos Islands

 

Trip name Days Total
AUD
CAD
CHF
EUR
GBP
NZD
USD
ZAR
price from
Active Galapagos 10
USD $3,201
CAD $3,543
AUD $3,792
EUR €2,620
GBP £1,938
NZD $4,077
ZAR R35,335
CHF FR2,680
Book trip
Galapagos Adventure - Northern Islands (Daphne) 7
USD $2,493
CAD $2,754
AUD $2,944
EUR €2,032
GBP £1,510
NZD $3,167
ZAR R27,538
CHF FR2,089
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Galapagos & Peru Adventure 24
USD $6,389
CAD $7,224
AUD $8,407
EUR €5,762
GBP £4,356
NZD $9,220
ZAR R79,408
CHF FR5,904
Book trip
Classic Galapagos - Southern Islands (Queen Beatriz) 10
USD $5,990
CAD $7,272
AUD $7,680
EUR €4,977
GBP £3,927
NZD $8,258
ZAR R88,144
CHF FR5,504
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