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South America History and culture

South America History & Culture Holidays

Introduction

South America is synonymous with archaeological sites and historic ruins. Although there are lots of pre-Columbian cultures that have left their mark on the countries here, the Incas are the most significant group.

The Inca civilisation expanded rapidly to cover Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Masterfully sculpted stone sites and monuments remain as testament to the skill, spirituality and determination of this impressive pre-Columbian culture.

Machu Picchu in Peru is the poster site for the Incas, with its stunning location, well-preserved features and options for access, via the Inca Trail or train from Cusco, itself full of Inca and conquistador sites, making it justifiably popular.

Alternatives include Choquequirao close by and Kuelap in the north of the country. Take in ruins throughout the country including Chan Chan, Chavin, Ollantaytambo and the Tucume pyramids, see the Nazca lines or explore the Sacred Valley to see traditional markets, festivals and unique sites such as Moray and Salineras.

Elsewhere, visit El Fuerte, Tiahuamaco, Tiwanaku and Potosi in Bolivia, the Easter Island moai in Chile, Cartagena and La Ciudad Perdida in Colombia, Ingapirca and Quito's old town in Ecuador and Iglesia de San Francisco, Caracas in Venezuela.

These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your history and culture holiday to South America by adding a city stay, wildlife holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.

Our top itineraries for South America History and culture

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,470 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £880 pp
Book by: 29 April 2019

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

Highlights of Argentina

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,310 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £180 pp
Book by: 31 October 2018

Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America' and gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls before living life gaucho style with a stay in an estancia.

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,000 pp incl. flights

Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable 11-day tailor-made holiday.

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,420 pp incl. flights

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, hides a continents worth of highlights within its borders. Teeming rainforests, sparkling beaches and iconic megacities can all be found here, along with a people and culture with a deserved reputation as one of the most welcoming on earth.

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Top offers for South America History and culture

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,470 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £880 pp
Book by: 29 April 2019

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

Highlights of Argentina

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,310 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £180 pp
Book by: 31 October 2018

Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America' and gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls before living life gaucho style with a stay in an estancia.

Belmond in Brazil: Rio and Iguaçu Falls

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,650 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 at Belmond Copacabana Palace – Save up to £150 pp
Book by: 22 December 2018

Belmond is one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, offering stylish accommodation, immaculate service and stunning facilities in some of the world's most desirable locations.

Luxury Quito & Galapagos Cruise

15-day tailor-made journey from £6,310 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

40% discount on La Pinta & one free night at Casa Gangotena – Save up to £2225 pp
Book by: 20 October 2018

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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