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South America Vacations

Traveling to countries like Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, our South America tours will introduce you to ancient civilizations, dazzling cities and time-honored crafts. See lush rain forests, fjords and towering waterfalls, or observe feathered macaws or penguin colonies. Many itineraries are designed as regional discoveries that visit the major cities in several countries, while others focus on one country in depth. Several of our trips utilize multiple modes of transportation, such as motorcoach travel or intra-tour flights. You also can hop from island to island in the Galapagos in a comfortable cruise ship or sail down the mighty Amazon River.

A tour director accompanies the group, speaking about the native cultures, traditions, history and sights along the way. Learn about the ancient Incas in Peru, where Machu Picchu -- the "Lost City of the Incas" -- is a prime attraction on tours. In Argentina, you might meet a gaucho, a South American cowboy and symbol of the country's national pride. If you schedule your trip accordingly, you can check out the festivities at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Learn how to dance the tango in Buenos Aires, sample the wines of Chile or watch the weavers of Taquile Island at work. Some itineraries offer adventurous options for the active traveler, like hiking or kayaking.

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  • Save 5% off select 2018 trips with Globus. Expires April 24. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save with early payment discounts on select 2018Trafalgar trips. Prices shown reflect discounts of up to 5%. Expires April 26. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic cruises. This deal is combinable with other offers. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 15% off select Trafalgar departures when you book and pay in full. Expires April 26. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $100 to $1,000 per couple off many Collette trips. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Offer extended! Save an additional $100 per couple off select Luxury Gold trips. This offer is combinable with most promotions. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive a $300 per couple air credit when you purchase a South America trip and economy flights through Luxury Gold by Insight or receive a $500 per couple air credit when you upgrade to business class air. Offer is combinable with certain promotions. Expires April 26. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save with early payment discounts on select 2018 Luxury Gold by Insight vacations. Prices shown reflect discounts of up to 5%. Expires April 26. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Hot deals! Save $500 to $1,500 per couple off select Collette tours. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $600 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.

Trips are rated according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered. The vacations below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any vacation name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

Vacation Name Days Starts In Ends In Travel Style Company Quality*  
South America Vacations

Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Expedition Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Classic South America 11 Santiago, Chile  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted Lux Gold Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition to Antarctica - 12 Day Adventure 12 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Expedition A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Montevideo - Rio de Janeiro) 5 Montevideo, Uruguay  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Expedition Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean & Orinoco (Fort de France - Cayenne) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Expedition Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Sailing the Orinoco (Cayenne - Fort de France) 10 Cayenne, French Guiana  Fort de France, Martinique  Expedition Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Hidden Gal├ípagos & Peru 2019 (BBC Earth Journey) 16 Lima, Peru  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Expedition Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Three Jewels Buenos Aires + Iguassu + Rio 8 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 10 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Sao Paulo, Brazil  Escorted Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent 2018-2019 (National Geographic Explorer) 14 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Expedition Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition to Antarctica - 11 Day Adventure 2018-2019 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Expedition A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Empire of the Incas: Peru & Bolivia 2019 12 Lima, Peru  La Paz, Bolivia  Escorted Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean & Central America Treasures 17 Miami, FL  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Expedition Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Emblematic Antarctica (Ushuaia - Ushuaia) 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Expedition Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands 2018-2019 (National Geographic Orion) 24 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Expedition Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Classic Rio 4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Incas 12 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Lux Gold Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island + Patagonia 2018-2019 10 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Santiago, Chile  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Essence of South America 2019 14 Santiago, Chile  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discover Amazon & Machu Picchu 10 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  River Cruise Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
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* Key to Quality Ratings

These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.

Budget = Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.
** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.