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South America

Cultural wonders amid a spectacular natural world

South America tailor-made holidays

Overview

South America was made for travel and adventure. The continent is complex, contrasting, challenging and ultimately exhilarating. Wherever you pitch up, South America embraces and engulfs you, whether you fall for the pulsing rhythms, staggeringly beautiful outdoor world or fascinating cities.

Iconic cityscapes such as Buenos Aires in Argentina, Cartagena in Colombia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil provide ideal introductions, while ancient sites such as Ciudad Perdida in Colombia and Machu Picchu in Peru offer iconic alternatives. Many offer world-renowned treks, such as the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek; challenging but worthwhile walks that end at world wonder Machu Picchu. 

Outside of the urban areas, the continent boasts a wealth of natural wonders, whether you want to boat down the Amazon in Brazil, stargaze in Chile's Atacama Desert or spot endemic wildlife on Ecuador's Galápagos Islands.

Then there's the awe-inspiring Pantanal in Brazil, ice-slicked wonders in Patagonia, epic Iguazu Falls and the spectacular salt pans of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni.

With so much to see and do, your biggest challenge will be deciding what to focus on and working out how to cram as much of the continent into your itinerary as possible.

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Essential experiences in South America

Beach holidays

Although not especially known for its beach holidays, South America still has some excellent places to kick back and relax, especially in Brazil and Peru, where you can also pair beach holidays with wildlife holidays, culture and history trips and stunning city breaks.

Natural World Holidays

South America is a continent of superlatives and the natural wonders of South America are as spectacular as anywhere in the world, with rainforests, mountains, canyons, lakes and glaciers in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Peru vying for your attention.

MV Aria Amazon, Peru

River Cruises

The Amazon River is South America's mightiest river. An Amazon cruise in either Brazil or Peru allows you to access the rainforest on an alternative wildlife holiday and see sights that otherwise would be off limits to overland travellers.

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Expedition Cruises

It's fair to say that South America and expedition cruising make for a happy marriage. After all, the continent's coastlines, and indeed its outlying islands, are packed full of out-of-the-way gems, tailor-made for the adventure-minded traveller.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ocean Cruises

South America cruises are about getting off the beaten track. Explore the landscapes that stretch from the tropics to the sub-Antarctic and discover an enormous variety and diversity of destinations.

Wildlife Holidays

Wildlife holidays in South America are exceptional. The Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru is home to enormous ammounts of animals, Whilst the Galápagos Islands boast a number of unique species.

Self-drives

Although some of South America isn't suitable for a self-drive holiday, both Argentina and Chile offer plenty of opportunities for exploring by car or camper van.

Honeymoons

Colourful and vibrant, South America is a honeymoon destination with a difference. Travel to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and more for activity and adventure, glorious beaches and a wealth of history and culture.

History and culture

South America conjures up images of lost cities and otherworldly cultures; travel to Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to discover sites such as Machu Picchu for yourself and see the breathtaking remains of the Inca's endeavours.

Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

Great railway journeys

Although the infrastructure in South America doesn't lend itself to great railway journeys, there are still some exceptional train journeys in Peru, to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, and also in Ecuador.

Escorted Tours

In South America, learn about the Incas, access the Amazon, spot wildlife and encounter local traditions on an escorted tour of Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru amongst others.

Adventure holidays

There are some iconic activity and adventure experiences associated with South America. Travel to Argentina, Brazil, Chile or Peru amongst others to discover what's available for the intrepid traveller to try.

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Top itineraries in South America

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,475 pp incl. flights

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Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £1155 pp
Book by: 30 December 2019

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 journey from £4,515 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.

Guanacos, Torres del Paines National Park, Chile

Pristine Patagonia Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,010 pp incl. flights

Explore Patagonia at your own pace, marvelling at the epic Fitzroy Massif, remote and rugged Torres del Paine National Park and one of the only advancing glaciers in the world – Perito Moreno. Along the way, you'll also spot whales, walruses, seals and penguins.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,120 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.

Top offers in South America

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,475 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £1155 pp
Book by: 30 December 2019

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.

Scenic Eclipse

Antarctica in Depth on Scenic Eclipse

16-day exploration voyage from £10,795 pp incl. flights

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Book by: 28 February 2020

Explore the White Continent in unmatched style aboard the world's first discovery yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Enjoy a full range of thrilling excursions, from helicopter flights to submarine dives, as you get up close to Antarctica's spectacular natural world.

Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises

Galápagos Island Adventure on Celebrity Flora

12-day tailor-made expedition stay & cruise from £9,220 pp incl. flights

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Fly Stay & Cruise Offer
Book by: 30 November 2019

Sail the Galápagos in its most luxurious ship, pairing all-inclusive drinks and fine dining with shore excursions that bring you right among its natural wonders. Think snorkelling with sea lions and hikes with giant turtles.

Rainforest River, Amazon, Brazil

Brazil & The Amazon on Seabourn Quest

22-day cruise from £5,850 pp

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Free suite upgrades, £400 flight allowance and more
Book by: 21 November 2019

A 21-day South America immersion as you sail up the east coast vising Buenos Aires and the mighty Amazon River

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