Colourful, candid and everything in between, South America beats to the rhythm of an infectious, eternal drum. It’s the sequined heat of Carnival and a cool breeze blowing across the Andes, a fiery Argentine tango and the soft silence of an Ecuadorian cloud forest. You taste it in the crackle of slow-cooked barbecue and the tang of a good pisco sour. About the only thing the continent lacks is monotony. From the rocky slopes of Galapagos to the dawn-lit ruins of Machu Picchu, South America is effervescent with sights, sounds and salsa. Now, pass the empanadas and let's talk adventure. 

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28 Aug 2018
Absolute Galapagos (Daphne)
17 $9,115
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28 Aug 2018
Complete Galapagos - (Daphne)
10 $5,485
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30 Aug 2018
Active Galapagos
10 $3,450
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31 Aug 2018
Galapagos Adventure - Northern Islands (Daphne)
7 $3,430
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31 Aug 2018
Galapagos Island Hopping
8 $2,285
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31 Aug 2018
Peru Real Food Adventure
10 $2,480
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5 Sep 2018
Pure Galapagos (Daphne)
8 $4,330
$3,067
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6 Sep 2018
Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure
17 $4,995
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8 Sep 2018
Best of Peru, Argentina & Brazil
21 $6,235
$4,988
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8 Sep 2018
Ecuador to Peru Adventure
9 $1,195
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8 Sep 2018
Explore South America
42 $6,140
$5,219
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8 Sep 2018
Highlights of Ecuador & Peru
28 $3,965
$3,371
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8 Sep 2018
Chile, Argentina & Brazil
14 $5,095
$4,586
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8 Sep 2018
Majestic Peru
15 $3,575
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12 Sep 2018
Bolivia Highlights
12 $1,820
$1,547
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15 Sep 2018
South American Highlights
44 $7,115
$6,404
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15 Sep 2018
Best of South America
51 $8,100
$7,290
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15 Sep 2018
Adventure through Peru, Bolivia & Argentina
35 $4,985
$4,487
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16 Sep 2018
Peru and Galapagos Explorer
30 $7,470
$6,369
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16 Sep 2018
Ultimate Peru, Argentina & Brazil
30 $6,875
$6,188
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18 Sep 2018
Ultimate Galapagos - Central Islands (Daphne)
10 $5,300
$3,746
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18 Sep 2018
Ecuador: Raft, Hike & Bike
10 $1,550
$1,318
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20 Sep 2018
Peru: Bike, climb & hike
10 $2,860
$2,288
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22 Sep 2018
Best of Argentina & Brazil
7 $2,665
$1,999
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22 Sep 2018
Peru Family Holiday
10 $2,775
$2,498
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23 Sep 2018
Highlights of South America
27 $10,035
$9,534
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23 Sep 2018
Peru, Chile & Argentina Explorer
21 $7,185
$6,108
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23 Sep 2018
Peruvian Pathways
14 $4,585
$3,898
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25 Sep 2018
Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands - (Daphne)
6 $2,730
$1,947
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27 Sep 2018
Galapagos Venture
9 $2,165
$1,860
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28 Sep 2018
Inca Trail
8 $1,710
$1,454
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28 Sep 2018
Inca Trail & Amazon
12 $2,725
$2,317
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28 Sep 2018
Galapagos on a shoestring
7 $1,145
$993
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29 Sep 2018
Inca Trail Express
7 $1,300
$1,105
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29 Sep 2018
Galapagos & Peru Adventure
24 $6,525
$5,566
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29 Sep 2018
Argentina & Brazil Adventure
10 $2,900
$2,610
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1 Oct 2018
Real Bolivia & Argentina
Ages 18 to 29
12 $1,890
$1,607
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5 Oct 2018
Best of Bolivia & Argentina
15 $2,245
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6 Oct 2018
Sacred Land of the Incas
15 $3,395
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6 Oct 2018
Essential Peru
21 $2,775
$2,359
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6 Oct 2018
Six Days on the Inca Trail
Ages 18 to 29
6 $1,095
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6 Oct 2018
Best of Chile & Argentina
8 $2,910
$2,328
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6 Oct 2018
Northern Peru
7 $1,855
$1,392
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7 Oct 2018
Best of Brazil
8 $965
$724
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7 Oct 2018
Cycle Peru (Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley)
8 $1,795
$1,436
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7 Oct 2018
Peru Encompassed
21 $3,930
$3,341
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18 Oct 2018
Essential Peru
Ages 18 to 29
11 $2,710
$2,575
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21 Oct 2018
Essential Quito to Lima
Ages 18 to 29
10 $1,095
$1,041
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27 Oct 2018
Explore Colombia
10 $1,750
$1,663
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19 Nov 2018
One Week in the Galapagos Islands
Ages 18 to 29
7 $1,165
$1,114
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1 Dec 2018
Highlights of Patagonia
8 $2,995
$2,846
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What to see in 7-10 days in South America

Stick to to one or two countries so you can see some of the big-ticket items but also relax and get a feel for daily life. Peru is ideal because you can fly into Cusco and visit Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, then take the train to Aguas Calientes and see Macchu Picchu without the long hike. You could take the Inca Express to Puno and spend some time on Lake Titicaca, and even squeeze in a flight to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.

Another option would be to explore both Brazil and Argentina. There’s a mix of the great outdoors (Iguazu Falls), beautiful beaches (Rio de Janeiro), local villages, incredible food, world-class wine and plenty of dancing. Alternatively, with 10 days in Ecuador you could experience the Amazon, shop in the Otovalo Markets, visit historic Quito and meet locals in the vibrant little town of Banos.

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What to see in 3 weeks in South America

Combining three countries like Peru, Chile and Argentina will allow you to really get a feel for the destination. You’d get to explore the Amazon, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and wander the winery trail in Mendoza. However there would also be plenty of breathing room to wander the streets of Santiago and meet the laidback locals on Lake Titicaca.

Swap Peru for Bolivia and you could add La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and a journey across the Bolivian altiplano to the mix. Nature lovers could use this time to hike through Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park and Argentina’s Los Glaciaries National Park. See the Perito Moreno Glacier, catch views of Mt Fitz Roy, journey along the Chilean Fjord Coast and drive the the famous Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning roads in South America.

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What to see in 6 weeks in South America

Now we’re talking. The world’s your empanada, so take some time to really think about which countries you want to focus on. You could cross the middle of South America, from Lima to Rio and trek the Inca Trail, walk on the Salar de Uyni salt flats, wander through Mendoza’s wine region, dance up a storm in Buenos Aires, witness the stunning Iguazu Falls, get a tan in Rio and look up at Christ the Redeemer when you’re done. Throw Ecuador into the mix and you’ll get to experience the Amazon, Quito, Cotopaxi Volcano and beautiful Banos.

You could even spend a week in the wildlife playground of the Galapagos Islands, meeting giant Galapagos tortoises, white tip reef sharks, sea lions, marine iguanas and a staggering amount of birdlife. You won’t regret stopping in Colombia to experience the nightlife of Cali, the crayon-box colours of Cartagena’s buildings, the beaches, national parks and of course, the coffee.

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Festivals in South America

January

Fiesta de la Santa Tierra, Lake Titicaca, Peru

  • During the Festival of the Sacred Land, half the population celebrates at the Temple of Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the other half at the Temple of Pachatata (Father Earth).

Love parade, Santiago, Chile

  • The world’s biggest electronic dance festival is a non-stop parade of music, with hundreds of DJs from around the world.
February

Rio Carnaval

  • Held 40 days before Easter, Rio is home to the biggest Carnaval party in the world where over 2 million people come to play.

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Puno, Peru

  • The Virgin of Candelaria is Puno’s patron saint and she is honoured with a huge festival each year, featuring traditional dancing and dazzling costumes and masks.
March

National Grape Harvest Festival, Mendoza, Argentina

  • Concerts, street festivals and a cut-throat beauty contest all come to a head in the first week of March with fireworks and gaucho displays.
April

Semana Santa, Uruguay

  • During Holy Week there are rituals, processions and prayer meetings all around South America. In Uruguay the whole country shuts down.
May

Festival of the Snows, Peru

  • Held on a remote Peruvian glacier, this is a three-day festival known as Qoyllurit’I. Around 30,000 pilgrims take part in music and dancing, finishing up with a torch-lit parade.
June

Inti Raymi, Cusco, Peru

  • This Inca Festival of the Sun is held in celebration of the winter solstice. The sun god is honoured with parades and dances, and thousands of visitors fill the streets of Cusco.
July

Septenario Festival, Cuenca, Ecuador

  • This Corpus Christi event is a weeklong celebration, where you can indulge in food, games and watch fireworks each night.

Qoyllur Rit'I, Mahuayani, Peru

August

World Tango Championships, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Enjoy free dance lessons and concerts as the world’s best tango dancers converge on the city to compete for the crown.

Feria de las Flores, Medellín, Colombia

  • This enormous flower festival features events such as the Cavalgata de Caballos (Horse Parade), Desfile de Carros Antiguos (Antique Car Parade) and the Desfile de Silleteros, a chance to see beautiful flower designs.
September

Rock in Rio, Brazil

  • Starting out in 1985 with Queen and AC/DC as headliners, this has grown to become one of the biggest music festivals in the world.  
November

Dia de los Difuntos, Ecuador

  • All Soul’s Day honours the saints and the dead, where people visit the graves of their loved ones and honour them with special feasts.
December

Feri de Cali, Santiago de Cali, Colombia

  • Not for the faint-hearted, this is two weeks of hardcore partying where the streets of Cali become awash with music and dancing.

Independence Day, Chile

- There is plenty on offer, including rodeos and military processions along with incredible food and wine.

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