"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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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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£2463pp excluding flights £123 per night
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10 Nights

Christmas in Antarctica

Take the Christmas holiday of a lifetime – an 11-day expedition exploring the wonders of Antarctica

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £138pp
Starts:Ushuaia
Ends:Ushuaia
Group Size:1- 200
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£6890pp excluding flights £689 per night
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5 Nights

Inca Trail Extension

Spend a week retracing the steps of the ancient Inca civilisation on the historical Inca trail hike

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Starts:Cusco
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£723pp excluding flights £145 per night
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6 Nights

The Inca Trail

Explore The Inca Trail on this 7-day experience which includes the Sacred Valley and the challenge of one of the world's best hikes.

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

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£899
£674pp excluding flights £112 per night
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8 Nights

The Moonstone Trek

Trek an isolated route with unexplored ruins, discovery at every turn and great mountain views – an excellent introduction to high Andean trekking

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £28pp
Starts:Cuzco
Ends:Cuzco
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate / Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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£1399pp excluding flights £175 per night
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14 Nights

Premium Chile, Argentina & Brazil

Soak up the warmth and charm of Chile, Argentina and Brazil on a 15-day Premium adventure

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

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£4685
£3982pp excluding flights £284 per night
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8 Nights

Land of the Jaguar

Search for the largest and most elusive predator in the Americas.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £88pp
Starts:Cuiaba
Ends:Cuiaba
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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£4399pp excluding flights £550 per night
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15 Nights

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Enjoy all of the highlights of South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £178pp
Starts:Ushuaia
Ends:Ushuaia
Group Size:2- 189
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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£8900pp excluding flights £593 per night
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4 Nights

Trekking the Inca Trail: 5D/4N

Explore Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world.

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Starts:Cusco
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:4 - Demanding
Operator:G Adventures

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£669pp excluding flights £167 per night
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11 Nights

Real Colombia

No doubt about it, Colombia is one of the world’s friendliest countries

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Starts:Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Ends:Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1565
£1487pp excluding flights £135 per night
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7 Nights

Family Land Galápagos — Multi-Activities

Encounter incredible wildlife, snorkel and swim with sea turtles and manta rays, kayak at Tortuga Bay.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £29pp
Starts:Quito
Ends:Quito
Group Size:10- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£1439pp excluding flights £206 per night
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6 Nights

Inca Adventure: Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Best Views Ever

Wander through the temples and terraces of Machu Picchu with an expert local guide.

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

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£669
£535pp excluding flights £89 per night
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8 Nights

Edits: Incas & Intrigue in Peru

Immerse yourself in captivating Peru on a nine day exploration.

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Starts:Cuzco
Ends:Cuzco
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£1799pp excluding flights £225 per night
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6 Nights

Galapagos Explorer: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

Explore the Galapagos and its native wildlife on a sailing trip around the central islands of the archipelago

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Starts:Quito
Ends:Quito
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3266
£2631pp excluding flights £439 per night
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9 Nights

Bogota to Tayrona - 10 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Bogota to Tayrona - 10 day tour.

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Starts:Bogota
Ends:Tayrona National Park
Group Size:2- 4
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£2325pp excluding flights £258 per night
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9 Nights

Best of Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil

Hug the eastern coastline of South America on a ten-day Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1870
£1402pp excluding flights £156 per night
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14 Nights

Natural Wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos

This holiday of a lifetime is a must for lovers of nature

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £141pp
Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:10- 15
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Just You

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9 Nights

Peru Family Journey: Machu Picchu to the Amazon

Enjoy the wildlife on this Peru Family Journey: Machu Picchu to the Amazon tour.

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Starts:Lima
Ends:Lima
Group Size:12- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£2449
£1959pp excluding flights £218 per night
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16 Nights

Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer

Hug the eastern coastline of South America on this 17-day city, countryside and island adventure with Lonely Planet and Intrepid

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2520
£2394pp excluding flights £150 per night
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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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £152pp
Starts:Lima
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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