From the heights of Machu Picchu to the depths of the Amazon basin – it’s easy to fall head over hiking boots for South America. Take the continent’s show-stopping highlights, throw in some backstreet adventures, add the insight of a local leader and you’ve got yourself one epic Latin love story. Check out our must-sees below.

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 From ZAR
Best of Argentina & Brazil

7

R34,475

Argentina & Brazil Adventure

10

R39,600

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 From ZAR
Inca Trail Express

7

R14,319

Classic Peru

9

R27,225

Majestic Peru

15

R45,770

Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

14

R35,515

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 From ZAR
Bolivian Salt Flats

3

R6,930

Bolivia Highlights

12

R16,424

La Paz to Santiago

21

R28,072

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 From ZAR
Bolivia Highlights

12

R16,424

Bolivian Salt Flats

3

R6,930

La Paz to Santiago

21

R28,072

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 From ZAR
Patagonia Wilderness

15

R69,080

Patagonia Trekking

10

R44,420

Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia

34

R50,056

Santiago to Ushuaia

23

R39,866

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 From ZAR
Best of Chile & Argentina

8

R37,480

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 From ZAR
Sacred Land of the Incas

15

R35,500

Peru Encompassed

21

R47,935

Explore Peru & Bolivia

25

R60,950

Majestic Peru

15

R45,770

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 From ZAR
Patagonia Wilderness

15

R69,080

Patagonia Trekking

10

R44,420

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 From ZAR
Inca Trail & Amazon

12

R36,855

Bolivian Amazon Jungle

5

R13,902

Peru Amazon - 4 days

4

R5,677

Ecuador Amazon Jungle - 4 days

4

R14,650

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 From ZAR
Buenos Aires to Rio

19

R26,804

Rio Carnaval Package Original

6

R30,435

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 From ZAR
Cafe Colombia

9

R27,765

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 From ZAR
Best of Galapagos

10

R33,646

Galapagos Adventure: Northern Islands (Daphne)

7

R30,467

Galapagos & Peru Adventure

24

R87,512

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