"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.

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188 Nights

Cartagena To Manaus Inc. Guianas (27 Weeks) Trans South America

Enjoy an epic 27 week overland journey all around South America from Colombia to the southern tip of Argentina and back up to northern Brazil

Starts:Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Ends:Manaus
Group Size:1- 10
Difficulty:All Ages / Not applicable
Operator:Oasis Overland

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23 Nights

Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Brazil's Amazon & Peru

Start your Amazon Vacation in Manaus with a cruise along the Rio Negro. See South America's great cities & tour Machu Picchu in Peru. Request a quote!

Starts:Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil
Ends:Lima, Peru
Operator:Cosmos

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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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£1015pp excluding flights £102 per night
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13 Nights

Brazilian Amazon by Boat

This unique trip is dedicated solely to discovering the rich ecosystem of the Amazon, journeying between the cities of Belem and Manaus by a variety of boat

Starts:Belem, Brazil
Ends:Manaus
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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19 Nights

Brazil, Argentina & Chile Unveiled with Peru

Discover South America on this affordable tour to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Venture to Machu Picchu & Cusco. Take a Argentina Vacation!

Starts:Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ends:Lima, Peru
Group Size:1- 43
Operator:Cosmos

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£4442pp excluding flights £234 per night
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11 Nights

Discover Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands - Unique Small Group

Operator:Travel Department

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£5419pp including flights £493 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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12 Nights

Contrasts of Colombia

Colombia is the country where 'magical realism' comes to life

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

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£3290
£3090pp 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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14 Nights

Splendours of Chile

Chile is an extraordinarily beautiful country, encompassing just about every type of landscape on Earth

Starts:Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Ends:Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Group Size:16- 20
Operator:Cox & Kings

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3 Nights

Machu Picchu Jungle Trek 4D/3N (Biking, Zip-Line & Rafting)

Our handpicked jungle adventure is a thrilling journey en route to Machu Picchu.

Starts:Cusco
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:1- 18
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Bamba Travel

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£550pp excluding flights £183 per night
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10 Nights

Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - Classic Group

Journey across Chile on an immersive 11-Day adventure, from Santiago set against the snow-capped Andes to the UNESCO protected sites of Valparaíso and the llama farms of Torres del Paine

Starts:Santiago (Chile)
Ends:Santiago (Chile)
Group Size:20- 40
Operator:Insight Vacations

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6 Nights

Peru Explorer

Starting in the gastronomic capital of Lima, sip Pisco Sours and admire colonial casas before heading to the rugged beauty of the Sacred Valley

Starts:Lima
Ends:Cuzco
Operator:Costsaver

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3 Nights

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Short Break

Journey to enigmatic Easter Island and be forever changed by the remote beauty and fascinating folklore of ‘Rapa Nui’

Starts:Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile
Ends:Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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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 Adventure Travels

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£4699pp excluding flights £247 per night
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5 Nights

Bolivian Magic

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
Ends:La Paz
Group Size:0- 25
Operator:Contiki

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£1095
£952pp excluding flights £190 per night
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13 Nights

Simply Peru

Discover the highlights of Peru on this two-week tour from Lima to Cusco

Starts:Lima
Ends:Cusco
Group Size:10- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£1590
£1390pp excluding flights £107 per night
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12 Nights

Peru with Machu Picchu with the Nazca Lines - Small Group

Feast on Peruvian delicacies in Lima, tour the ancient Korikancha temple in Cusco and adventure through the Ollantaytambo ruins of Machu Picchu, on this 13-Day exploration of Peru

Starts:Lima, Peru
Ends:Cusco, Peru
Group Size:12- 24
Operator:Insight Vacations

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£7344pp excluding flights £612 per night
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11 Nights

Treasures of the Incas

Indulge in Peru with Pachamanca feasts in the Sacred Valley, a VIP tour of artist Victor Delfin’s home in Lima and a menu to rival all others in Cusco at the city’s preeminent MAP restaurant

Starts:Lima, Peru
Ends:Lima, Peru
Group Size:18- 22
Operator:Luxury Gold

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£6319pp excluding flights £574 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 Adventure Travels

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