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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 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.
  • Save 5% off select 2018 trips with Globus. Expires April 24. 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

Five Days in Argentina (Private Tour) 5 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Iguazu Falls  Escorted A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Lares Trek 7 Cuzco, Peru  Cuzco, Peru  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Ecuador Quest 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Amazon to the Andes - Teenage Adventure (Inca Trail) 12 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Inca Empire (Inca Trail) 15 La Paz, Bolivia  Lima, Peru  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Inca Heartland (Inca Trail) 21 Lima, Peru  La Paz, Bolivia  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
12 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Easter Island (Saturday Departure) 12 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Gate 1 First Class Dates and Prices
18 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Peru 18 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lima, Peru  Escorted Gate 1 First Class Dates and Prices
9 Day Peru Inca Special (Plan B) 9 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Gate 1 First Class Dates and Prices
Patagonia Trekking 10 Santiago, Chile  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Inca Trail 8 Lima, Peru  Cuzco, Peru  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Santiago Stopover 3 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Active Galapagos 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Escorted Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Hike Patagonia In Depth 14 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Escorted G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Mysteries of the Inca Empire with Peru's Amazon & Arequipa & Colca Canyon 19 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Cosmos Budget Dates and Prices
Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Brazil's Amazon 16 Manaus, Brazil  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Cosmos Budget Dates and Prices
Spirit of South America with Amazon 2019 19 Manaus, Brazil  Lima, Peru  Escorted Globus First Class Dates and Prices
Legacy of the Incas with Chiclayo & Trujillo 2019 15 Lima, Peru  Lima, Peru  Escorted Globus First Class Dates and Prices
Vineyards of South America with Easter Island 14 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Santiago, Chile  Escorted Globus First Class Dates and Prices
Cultures and Contrasts of South America 22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lima, Peru  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.