"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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7 Nights

Discover Georgia

This short trip into the Caucasus region of Eurasia discovers one of the fascinating former states of the USSR.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £20pp
Starts:Tbilisi
Ends:Tbilisi
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:FullOn
Operator:Explore!

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16 Nights

Adventures In Patagonia + Iguazu Extension

On this trip through Argentina and Chile, we walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine National Park, discover Buenos Aires and admire views of the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £73pp
Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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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 awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier.

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

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £46pp
Starts:Bogota
Ends:Cartagena
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Peru Upgraded

Discover Machu Picchu on your own before our guided tour the following morning.

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Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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12 Nights

Peru and Galapagos Explorer

Explore Quito, you’ll head to the Galapagos Islands where you’ll snorkel.

Starts:Cusco, Peru
Ends:Quito, Ecuador
Group Size:3- 14
Difficulty:Activity Level 4
Operator:Active Adventures

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20 Nights

Absolute Peru

Explore the cities, mountains, jungles and floating islands of Peru.

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Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:4 - Demanding
Operator:G Adventures

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13 Nights

Buenos Aires To Rio

On this exciting overland journey we travel from Argentina's capital Buenos Aires to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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32 Nights

Premium South America in Depth

The very best of South America awaits on an immersive Premium adventure

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Starts:Lima, Peru
Ends:Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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2 Nights

Classic Buenos Aires Mini Adventure

Discover Buenos Aires, Patagonia and the best of Argentina. Adventure Life's Argentina experts will help you design the perfect trip for your needs..

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Difficulty:1 - Easy
Operator:G Adventures

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8 Nights

Patagonia Hiking — Plus

Discover mountain ranges to glittering glaciers and azure lakes, there's never a dull moment in Patagonia.

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Group Size:10- 12
Difficulty:4 - Demanding
Operator:G Adventures

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15 Nights

Brazilian Amazon by Boat

Join us on this exploration of the vast Amazon River, as we journey from the city of Belem to Manaus, the capital of Brazil's Amazonas region.

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Starts:Belem, Brazil
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Relaxed
Operator:Explore!

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15 Nights

Land of the Golden Fleece

Explore lively cities, discover ancient cultures, walk through spectacular mountain scenery and indulge in hearty local cuisine on this journey through the ages.

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Starts:Yerevan
Ends:Tbilisi
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Fitzroy and Torres del Paine

Join us on a hiking trip to Patagonia, walking through the glaciers and peaks of the stunning mountain areas of Fitzroy and Torres del Paine.

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Santiago
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate to Challenging
Operator:Explore!

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16 Nights

Atacama To Paine and Easter Island Extension

Join us in Chile as we discover the arid Atacama Desert, a barren landscape peppered with hot springs and spouting geysers.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £89pp
Starts:Santiago De Chile
Ends:Santiago De Chile
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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12 Nights

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent plus Cape Horn & Diego Ramirez

Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, the most pristine wilderness on earth.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £242pp
Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Group Size:2- 199
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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13 Nights

Panoramic Peru

On this thrilling journey through the wonders of Peru, you’ll venture into the epic landscapes of Lake Titicaca, through the heart of the Inca Empire to Machu Picchu, and explore all that’s in between.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £84pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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23 Nights

Premium Highlights of South America

Experience the diversity of wonders across Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil on a 24-day Premium journey

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Starts:Lima
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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11 Nights

Premium Peru with Ica Valley

Coloured by colonial buildings, vibrant wildlife and lush rainforests, Peru is a sight to behold

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Starts:Lima
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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18 Nights

Premium Peru in Depth with Ica Valley

Fall under the spell of beautiful Peru on an in-depth 19-day Premium adventure

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Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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