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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

Explore Peru & Bolivia 25 Lima, Peru  La Paz, Bolivia  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Best of Brazil 8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
South American Odyssey with Amazon & Easter Island 23 Manaus, Brazil  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Globus First Class Dates and Prices
Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon, Chiclayo & Trujillo 19 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Globus First Class Dates and Prices
Highlights of South America 27 Lima, Peru  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Best of Colombia 17 Bogota, Colombia  Bogota, Colombia  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Peru Family Adventure 10 Lima, Peru  Cuzco, Peru  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Hostel Experience 6 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Ecuador: Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes (National Geographic Journeys) 9 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Explore Machu Picchu (National Geographic Journeys) 8 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires 30 Lima, Peru  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Andes, Iguassu & Beyond 18 Santiago, Chile  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Inca Explorer (National Geographic Journey) 15 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Peru Multisport 15 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Ultimate Peru 15 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper 12 Quito, Ecuador  Guayaquil, Ecuador  Escorted Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled 2020 12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Cosmos Budget Dates and Prices
Mysteries of the Inca Empire with Peru's Amazon & Arequipa & Colca Canyon 2020 19 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Cosmos Budget Dates and Prices
South American Odyssey with Peru 2020 23 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lima, Peru  Escorted Globus First Class Dates and Prices
Wonders of Patagonia 11 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Trafalgar First Class 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.