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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

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made holiday from £6,735 pp incl. flights

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15% Tierra lodges discount (travel by 31May20) – Save up to £830pp
Book by: 15 May 2020

Witness the best of Chile's stunning natural world, from the vast expanse of the Atacama Desert to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south, staying throughout at some of the country's finest hotels.

Iguazú Falls

Highlights of Argentina

13-day tailor-made holiday from £4,395 pp incl. flights

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.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

12-day tailor-made holiday from £3,405 pp incl. flights

Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable tailor-made holiday, which begins amid Rio's city icons before heading north to learn about Afro-Brazilian heritage in Salvador and relax on the beaches of Praia do Forte.

Iguaçu Falls

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £4,290 pp incl. flights

Explore Brazil, a country with a continent's 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

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made holiday from £6,735 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

15% Tierra lodges discount (travel by 31May20) – Save up to £830pp
Book by: 15 May 2020

Witness the best of Chile's stunning natural world, from the vast expanse of the Atacama Desert to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south, staying throughout at some of the country's finest hotels.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made holiday from £4,520 pp incl. flights

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offer

Up to 10% hotel discount – Save up to £145pp
Book by: 31 March 2020

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Landscapes of Chile

12-day tailor-made holiday from £5,285 pp incl. flights

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offer

15% lodge discount (travel by 30 April 2020) – Save up to £565pp
Book by: 31 March 2020

This country-spanning tour of Chile takes you from Santiago’s storied streets to the grasslands and glaciers of Patagonia and the austerity of the Atacama Desert. Round things off with a luxury stay in artistic Valparaíso on the Pacific coast.

Belmond Andean Explorer

Luxury Peru by Rail with Belmond

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £5,805 pp incl. flights

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Belmond hotels discount (excluding major holidays) – Save up to £225pp
Book by: 29 February 2020

Whether it’s lavish accommodation, exclusive tours or trips aboard the continent’s most luxurious trains, this itinerary showcases the very best of Peru, from its Incan treasures to its spectacular natural world.

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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.

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