"South America is like a world in miniature: within the bounds of this one continent you’ll find steaming jungles, parched deserts, towering mountains, blissful beaches, windswept ice fields, rolling grasslands and sprawling megacities."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in South America

If you want to explore super-sized cities, ancient ruins and diverse landscapes, then you’ll love a escorted touring holiday of South America. Home to manmade wonders, famous landmarks, gorgeous beaches, parched deserts and lush rainforests, South America is quite simply one of the most varied and exciting continents on earth.

Escorted South American Tour holidays have something for every type of traveller and are ideal for those looking cultural and adventure escorted tours. As a continent that was changed by the arrival of Europeans and shaped by colonialism, slavery and revolutionary struggle, it’s a fascinating patchwork of indigenous cultures and ancient civilisations.

An escorted tour to South America is nothing short of sensational, and you can’t visit this part of the world without seeing the magnificent ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Be an explorer and take a trek into history to this world-famous archaeological site that’s embedded within a dramatic landscape and stands right in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Whilst in Peru, be sure to spend some time in Cusco, the amazing former capital of the Incan empire and a spellbinding blend of impressive architecture, trendy cafes, cobblestone streets and wonderful neighbourhoods.

If you want to visit more than just one area of South America, you can choose an escorted tour that lets you explore Chile and its beautiful Lake District, as well as Argentina and its natural wonders and enigmatic cities. You could even take a Brazil holiday to either visit Rio or the Amazon, then travel to Guyana, the lost corner of South America to see Georgetown, spectacular wildlife and Kaieteur Falls. Alternatively, take an escorted tour to Ecuador to get better acquainted with the Amazon rainforest or the Ecuador Highlands region before taking a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

It’s so easy to discover the best of South America when you choose an escorted tour that’s organised by one of our respected tour operators. Go on a holiday to Columbia to unearth the historical delights of its capital and learn about coffee production on a guided farm tour or head to Brazil for a Rio de Janeiro Carnival experience. But as South America’s biggest country, Brazil has so much more to offer than just its huge seaside city of Rio de Janeiro, such as the megacity of Sao Paulo, the city of Manaus, the Mato Grosso region and the Pantanal wetlands.

You can also stop off in Bolivia to take in the breathtaking scenery and vibrant market towns or to venture to Potosi, an important colonial city and a must for those looking to add some history to their Bolivia escorted tour holiday. Another mesmerising destination is the Falkland Islands with their unique culture and long history, not forgetting Uruguay with its beach-lined coast and colourful carnival celebrations.

 

Escorted Touring Highlights of South America

  • Peru: No Peru escorted tour holiday would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, the legendary lost city of the Incas. Other highlights include the underrated capital of Lima, the former Inca capital of Cusco and Lake Titicaca.
  • Chile: Stretching along South America’s western edge, Chile is home to beautiful mountain scenery, world-class wine regions and some of the most energetic cities on earth. When here, be sure to visit the capital of Santiago and head to the picturesque Lake District.
  • Argentina: Most escorted tour itineraries include a stop at the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires or Argentina’s historic city of Cordoba. For a once in a lifetime experience, make your way to cowboy country to explore glorious scenery on horseback.
  • Guyana: One of South America’s best-kept secrets, Guyana is where you’ll find a wide variety of landscapes, including mountains, rainforests and coastal plains, not to mention the Kaieteur Falls. Make sure you allocate some time to explore the buzzing capital city of Georgetown and its museums, markets and restaurants galore!
  • Ecuador: A land of contrasts and home to volcanoes, waterfalls, the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador promises to make any holiday amazing. Plus, you can easily add on a trip to the Galapagos Islands from here.
  • Columbia: Some people believe that Columbia is the most stunning country in South America, and we can’t say we blame them. Although its star attraction is the colonial town of Cartagena, Columbia offers a winning mix of gorgeous scenery, pretty towns, coffee farms and historic sites.
  • Brazil: It would be a shame not to visit South America’s biggest country during your escorted tour holiday. From street markets, superb beaches and samba nights to historic towns, natural beauty and the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil offers a huge variety of opportunities.
  • Bolivia: Home to the world’s highest lake and capital city, as well as the earth’s largest salt flat, Bolivia is a destination that never fails to impress.
  • Falkland Islands: Wild and remote, the Falkland Islands offer historical gems, fantastic wildlife and beautiful white sandy beaches, and we believe they deserve a spot on every travel bucket list out there.
  • Uruguay: Although small and often overshadowed by its neighbours, Uruguay should not be missed on your escorted tour holiday. It’s one of South Americas least visited countries with a relaxed capital city that is by no means lifeless. You can also head to the beaches of Punta del Esta to rub shoulders with celebrities or take a step back into the past in the charming town of Colonia del Sacramento.

Destinations in South America


Tour Types in South America


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17 Nights

Latin Wonders of the World

Soak up the spectacular sights and sounds of four Latin American countries - Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil - on a tour that's strictly for the adventurous

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Classic Touing
Operator:Travelsphere

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£5249
£4999pp including flights £294 per night
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13 Nights

Waterfalls Wine & Wilderness - 14 days

Sample Argentina’s great outdoors with this trip from the magnificent Iguazu Falls to the awe-inspiring glacier of Perito Moreno

Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:El Calafate
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£1825pp excluding flights £140 per night
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13 Nights

Adventures In Patagonia

On this trip through Argentina and Chile, we walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine National Park, discover the captivating city of Buenos Aires and admire views of the a

Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£4365pp excluding flights £336 per night
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7 Nights

Best of Brazil

Sun, sand and plenty of samba – see some of Brazil’s hottest highlights all packed together in an eight-day adventure

Starts:Rio de Janeiro
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Low
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£720
£648pp excluding flights £93 per night
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10 Nights

The Total Peru Package: Cities, Deserts & Inca Ruins

Explore archaeological sites before hiking to a stunning waterfall in the Sacred Valley

Starts:Lima
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:16- 24
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£884pp excluding flights £88 per night
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50 Nights

Santiago To Rio (51 Days) Coast To Coast Via Patagonia

Tick some action-packed adventures off your bucket list with this once in a lifetime South American overland tour from Santiago to Rio

Starts:Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Ends:Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Group Size:1- 10
Difficulty:Fit
Operator:Oasis Overland

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£2545pp excluding flights £51 per night
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30 Nights

Explore Bolivia to Brazil

Explore South America on this 31-day tour

Starts:La Paz
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Medium
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£4450
£4005pp excluding flights £134 per night
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64 Nights

The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure

Explore South America holidays and discover the best time and places to visit.

Starts:Quito
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:14- 18
Difficulty:4 - Demanding
Operator:G Adventures

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£5399pp excluding flights £84 per night
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13 Nights

Andes to Amazon

The best of mainland Ecuador: wildlife, jungles, volcanoes and the coast



Starts:Quito
Ends:Guayaquil
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£2549pp excluding flights £196 per night
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14 Nights

Bolivian Encounters tour

Two week cultural adventure tour of Bolivia

Starts:La Paz, Bolivia
Ends:La Paz, Bolivia
Group Size:2- 18
Operator:Encounters Travel

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£2399pp excluding flights £171 per night
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19 Nights

Peru Explorer

An in-depth discovery of southern Peru from the Andes to the Amazon



Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:5- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£4899
£4609pp excluding flights £243 per night
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12 Nights

Contrasts Of Colombia

Colombia is currently one of South America’s most exciting destinations, with a rich cultural heritage, many areas of outstanding natural beauty and a notoriously friendly and welcoming population.

Starts:Bogota
Ends:Cartagena
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£3199pp excluding flights £267 per night
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15 Nights

Best of Peru - Premium Adventure

Explore the best of southern Peru, including Lake Titicaca, the Amazon and Machu Picchu on this tour.

Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:5- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£5599
£5329pp excluding flights £355 per night
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14 Nights

Essential Peru

Discover the highlights of southern Peru, from Nazca to Arequipa

Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:5- 18
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£2395pp excluding flights £171 per night
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14 Nights

Highlights of Bolivia

Discover Bolivia's immense landscapes, ancient history and colonial cities .

Starts:Santa Cruz
Ends:Santa Cruz
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£4499
£4349pp excluding flights £311 per night
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14 Nights

Machu Picchu Calling tour

Adventure tour of Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

Starts:Lima, Peru
Ends:Lima, Peru
Group Size:2- 14
Operator:Encounters Travel

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£2949pp excluding flights £211 per night
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13 Nights

Inca & Amazon Adventure Family Holiday

A family adventure combining Peru's classic Inca Trail trek with the tropical Amazon Rainforest.

Starts:Cuzco
Ends:Lima
Group Size:8- 16
Difficulty:Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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£3499
£3359pp excluding flights £258 per night
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18 Nights

Walking With The Incas tour

Adventure tour of Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Cuzco, Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle

Starts:Lima, Peru
Ends:lima p
Group Size:2- 14
Operator:Encounters Travel

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£4099pp excluding flights £228 per night
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5 Nights

Bolivian Magic (From Mar 2023)

Ready to experience Bolivia's jaw-dropping natural beauty? This spellbinding trip will take you from the heady heights of La Paz through to the mind-bending beauty of the Bolivian salt flats, with spo

Starts:La Paz, Bolivia
Ends:La Paz, Bolivia
Group Size:2- 25
Operator:Contiki

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£975
£848pp excluding flights £170 per night
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13 Nights

The Salkantay Trek

Trek amidst Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba, then join the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Starts:Cuzco
Ends:Cuzco
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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£2699
£2569pp excluding flights £198 per night
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