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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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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

Wonders of Chile, Argentina & Brazil 12 Santiago, Chile  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley 8 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 10 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Expedition A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Patagonia: The Last Wilderness 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Family Galápagos 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Expedition A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wellness Peru: Spirit of the Incas 10 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Signature Peru & Machu Picchu 9 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu 12 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Lima, Peru  Escorted A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
Iguassu Falls 3 Iguazu Falls  Iguazu Falls  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
El Calafate (Private Tour) 3 El Calafate, Argentina  El Calafate, Argentina  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Patagonia + Chile (Private Tour) 5 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Three Jewels Buenos Aires + Iguassu + Rio (Private Tour) 8 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island + Patagonia (Private Tour) 10 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Santiago, Chile  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Western Galapagos Cruise + Quito 2019 2019-2020 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Expedition A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Colombia Emerging (Private Tour) 7 Cartagena, Colombia  Bogota, Colombia  Independent A+R 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
Chile + Argentina In-Style (Private Tour) 9 Santiago, Chile  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Chile + Argentina In-Style 9 Santiago, Chile  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mendoza (Private Tour) 3 Mendoza, Argentina  Mendoza, Argentina  Independent A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Peru Explorer (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.