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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 10% off 2018 Collette departures. Expires July 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off Intrepid trips. Expires July 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off select 2019 Globus trips. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $100 to $1,000 per couple off many Collette trips. Expires July 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $200 to $300 per couple off the air-inclusive price of select Monograms trips. This offer is combinable with other promotions. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $100 per couple on 2019 Cosmos vacations. This discount is combinable with all other offers. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $200 to $300 per couple off the air-inclusive price of select Avalon Waterways South America cruises. This offer is combinable with other promotions. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 35% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Price shown reflects discount. Expires July 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Fly for free from select gateways on certain Hurtigruten voyages. This offer is combinable with Hurtigruten's early booking discount. Expires July 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Hot deals! Save $500 to $1,500 per couple off select Collette tours. Expires July 31. 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

Patagonia: The Last Wilderness 2019 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Majestic Chile & Argentina 10 Santiago, Chile  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 2019 10 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Expedition A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Brazil: Natural Wonders & Colonial Charms 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 10 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Expedition A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Peru & Machu Picchu 9 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley 2019 8 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Patagonia: The Last Wilderness 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Machu Picchu & the Amazon 11 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  River Cruise A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu 2019 12 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Galápagos 10 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley 9 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Machu Picchu + Patagonia 12 Lima, Peru  El Calafate, Argentina  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Salta - Argentina's Beautiful Northwest (Private Tour) 4 Salta, Argentina  Salta, Argentina  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cordoba (Private Tour) 3 Cordoba, Argentina  Cordoba, Argentina  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Colombia Emerging 7 Cartagena, Colombia  Bogota, Colombia  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ecuador's Mashpi Lodge 4 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Expedition A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Arequipa and the Colca Valley (Private Tour) 3 Arequipa, Peru  Arequipa, Peru  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Belmond Andean Explorer: Cuzco to Arequipa + Lake Titicaca (Private Tour) 3 Cuzco, Peru  Arequipa, Peru  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Walking in the Andes (Private Tour) 9 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A+R 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.