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South America holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

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Chile tailor made holiday, Atacama Desert
Discover Santiago, Valparaiso and the Atacama desert, from £1395 - £1695 (15 days) ex flights
South America tour, coast to coast
Journey across South America, from £3738 - £4078 (19 days) inc UK flights
Amazon & Peru tailormade holiday
Explore Peru & the Amazon, from US $1835 (18 days) ex flights
Peru small group tour, Southern Peru
A luxury tour of south Peru and the Inca Empire, from £3228 - £3728 (14 days) inc UK flights
Family teenager holiday in Peru
An active itinerary in Peru’s varied terrain, from £2764 - £3224 (15 days ) inc UK flights
Buenos Aires to Rio small group holiday
Amazing discovery tour from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, from £1355 - £1640 (17 days) ex flights
Tailor made holiday in Peru
A luxury tailormade trip exploring the sites of Peru, from £3350 (17 days) inc UK flights
Rural Argentina tours
Eco-tourism and gastronomy with local communities in Salta, from £795 - £995 (9 days) ex flights
Brazil wildlife holiday, tailor made
From the world’s largest jungle to the world’s largest swamp, from £4500 (14 days) inc UK flights
South America adventure, Peru, Bolivia and Chile
Heart of Peru, Bolivian landscapes and Chile winelands, from £3559 (35 days) ex flights
Wildlife holidays in Brazil, tailormade
From Iguazu Falls to giant otters in the Pantanal, from £2875 (14 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
Combine superb hiking with a spectacular wildlife cruise, from £4705 - £7105 (18 days) ex flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based
Privately guided land-based activity holiday in Galapagos, from £2890 - £3850 (9 days) ex flights
Peru and Inca trail small group tour
Travel from the Andes to the Amazon, from £1710 - £1900 (12 days) ex flights
Ecuador and the Galapagos holiday
Villages rainforest and wildlife, from £2498 - £2778 (14 days) inc UK flights
Galapagos holiday cruise options
Excellent selection of small and midsize Galapagos cruises, from £1970 - £3143 (8 days) ex flights
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour
Live and breathe the Latino culture, from £1579 - £1658 (16 days) ex flights
Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour
A grand tour of Peru, from £3586 - £3998 (21 days) inc UK flights
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine
Patagonia's best - Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier, from US $605 - US $835 (5 days) ex flights
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands holiday
An 11-day journey straddling the centre of the world, from £2800 (11 days) ex flights
Inca Trail & Amazon holidays
Discover the Andes and the Amazon, from £1440 (10 days) ex flights
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
A First Class wildlife cruise around the 'Enchanted Isles', from £3579 - £4279 (12 days) inc UK flights
South America overland tour
A cross-continental South America adventure, from £3949 (45 days) ex flights
Patagonian adventure holiday
Explore the highlights of Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, from £2130 - £2233 (15 days) ex flights
Patagonia small group holiday
Explore Patagonia's National Parks by foot and small-ship, from US $4039 - US $7198 (11 days) ex flights
Peru family adventure holiday
Peru Family Adventure activity holiday, from £1150 (8 days) ex flights
Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Explore Chile on foot Atacama Patagonia Walking Holiday, from £3785 (16 days) ex flights
Galapagos & Machu Picchu holiday in Ecuador and Peru
Discover Peru's Machu Picchu and the Wildlife-rich Galapagos, from US $6240 - US $8400 (16 days) ex flights
South America overland expedition
South America as few others will experience it, from £2595 (12 weeks) ex flights
Chile adventure holiday
Chile's best: the Atacama Desert, Lake District and Patagonia , from £3199 - £3499 (15 days) inc UK flights

290 reviews for South America holidays4 star overall rating

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Antarctic cruise and hiking in Chile
Memorable parts? Antarctica was magnificent but if I had to choose but one most memorable moment it would be the sunset and scenes on the night we elected to camp out... Tips? Being prepared for the rapidly changing conditions and being equipped with the correct clothing. Respect where you are and its beauty. Sadly too many noisy co travellers missed out on taking in the beauty and reflecting on the moment.. Local benefits? Tour operators were excellent in maintaining a strict... (more)Edmund Raczkowski
From £10705 excluding flights
Tailor made holiday in Peru
Memorable parts? EVERYTHING - it was just great! Tips? To inform themselves very early (6 month before booking) to get the most out of it. We therefore had the best holidays ever and people we met on our tour were just jealouse, because we could do all the cool stuff (we had organised the permits for Huayna Picchu, the Trek to Huchuy Qosqo etc.) Local benefits? Yes I do Overall rating? Great! (more)Barbara Buchegger
From £3350 including UK flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
It was truly the holiday of a lifetime with unique experiences that i will treasure. That was helped by a very well organised crew and an inspirational guide who was in love with his islands. (more)Debbie Cowburn
Fantastic -it was everything we expected. Sometimes reality does not meet expectations but not so this time and we are both fairly well travelled. Everything went like clock work. (more)Jennifer Parks
The view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate after a gruelling 4-day trek and the tameness of the animals in the Galapagos were the most memorable parts. (more)Glenys France
From £4705 - £7105 excluding flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
We feel we've had many 5-star holidays but this was certainly one of them. (more)Robert Coifman
Very enjoyable....We hiked the Inca trail; catching sight of Machu Picchu through the cloud as we approached was spectacular! (more)Sue Johnson
Snorkelling with the wonderful under-sea creatures - as well as scores of beautiful fishes, I swam with marine iguanas and sea turtles. Plus the kayaking was a high point for me. (more)Camilla Reeve
From £2133 excluding flights
Galapagos cruise options, tailor made
Excellent. The guides, accommodation, food, wildlife was better than I had expected...our guides were all local and very good at their job. (more)Sam Taylor
The wildlife was just awesome! Even more amazing than we'd expected! The crew were fantastic - really friendly and welcoming and the guides were exceptional. (more)Christine Ennew
Most memorable was swimming with sea lions, but actually it was all brilliant. (more)Bryn Parry
From £2155 excluding flights
Chile tailor made holiday, Atacama Desert
Amazing, really great. So varied, we felt so lucky to be met at every airport or bus station by friendly experienced and interested guides. We were taken to their homes , to meet family and friends , to have coffee, to share in their lives and interests and to be guided into their part of the country. We can't wait to go back.....Simply the Best ! (more)Paul Barczak
Maximum classification: 10/10 The landscape was wonderful and I recommend to all the people that like big spaces, trekking and emotions. (more)Helena Melo
The great awareness of protecting the environment in the Atacama area was very striking. (more)Jenny Maddick
From £1395 - £1695 including domestic flights only
Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour
Memorable parts? Condors. Mountains; Machu Picchu; Alpacas; La Paz; Titicaca; .... Tips? Make sure you have plenty of camera capacity. Be prepared for good food and hot nights. Local benefits? Yes , especially in the jungle section. Overall rating? Very good variety, pace and comfort (more)Roger Loveys
From £3586 - £3998 including UK flights
Rural Argentina tours
The great thing about the holiday was the opportunity to stay with local people in their houses, we probably had the best food there too, if you want goat they kill a goat if you want chicken they kill a chicken and the veg are fantastic picked at 5pm to eat at 8pm. (more)Nick Mcgill
It was all memorable and exciting but if we had to choose we would say the journey across the Andes was the best road trip ever! Other highlights - the vibrancy of Buenos Aires, the spectacular Iguazu Falls, the endless beauty of the Argentinian landscapes... (more)Jerry Stuart
From £795 - £995 excluding flights
Colombia wildlife holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? We have recently returned from a trip to Colombia. We have a very varied itinerary including coast, countryside and culture. Highlight of the trip was the 5 day trek to the Lost City. Our trek was hosted by the Wiwa people. It was a privilege to spend time with these people, learn about the lifestyle and culture. The trek itself was brilliant, the scenery was spectacular, arriving at the Lost City at first light, and having the place to ourselves was very special. Tips? Make... (more)Judith Olsen
From £1995 - £2225 including domestic flights only
Inca Trail & Amazon holidays
The Inca Trail was a challenge...you need to be fit. (more)Christopher Innerd
The most exciting part of my holiday was walking through the Sun Gate after climbing the last 50 super steep steps of the Inca Trail. We were so happy to have done it. (more)Julie Fahrner-Schibli
There were some many memorable moments - from watching Machu Picchu arise out of the mist to spotting Giant Otters in the lake in the Amazon. The whole holiday was exciting. (more)Misbah Arif
From £1440 including domestic flights only
Quito to La Paz overland tour
Memorable parts? Trekking the Inca trail was fantastic, it exceeded all my expectations. The porters were superhuman and the tour leaders superb. It is the best experience I have had so far. Tips? Listen to the safety tips of your tour leaders regarding valuables. Things did go missing on public transport with some of my travelling buddies. Local benefits? We visited local communities and bought direct from them. Stayed with families to experience their daily life. Overall... (more)Yuetmui Chung
From £2240 - £2510 excluding flights
Brazil wildlife holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? Travelling in the Amazon, unfortunately they had the worse floods in 60 years which made getting ashore more difficult but exciting!! Tips? Go for it!! But plan well ahead and take the appropriate clothing etc. Local benefits? When in Rio a trip to the Flavella'a was beneficial to the local people, as I understand that the tour operator paid a percentage, plus the visitors purchased drinks in their local bars. Also when at the Eco Lodge in the Amazon visit... (more)Clive Pagett
From £4500 including UK flights
South America tour, coast to coast
For me it was a life long goal to see Machu Picchu, which no picture or video can replace the memories logged in my head of the sheer size and awe of this place. But also whilst travelling through other countries, the beautiful landscapes just amaze you. (more)Michael North
Every day was a wonderful experience during our stay in Brazil and Ecuador but I guess the Galapagos will be the most memorable. (more)Ann Hammersley
There were so many memorable parts! - Rio, Cusco, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, the rainforest, etc. Overall a brilliant cross section of South American sights and culture. (more)Brian Wright
From £3738 - £4078 including UK flights
Galapagos holiday cruise options
Really there are no words to express how wonderful my holiday was. You have to experience it yourself to appreciate it...the most exciting part was seeing the animals on the Galapagos & swimming with the sea turtles. (more)Sy Schwartz
The most memorable part was swimming with sealions and turtles in the Galapagos. (more)Elaine Edmondson
From £1970 - £3143 excluding flights
Colombia holiday, cities and jungle
Memorable parts? 5 day trek in Amazon and Lost City hike. Tips? Travel as light as possible. Amazon trek take plenty of good mosquito repellent, Also long sleeve tops and trousers. Lost City hike. If relativity fit can be easily done in 4 days, best in dry season.. Local benefits? Yes it did benefited local people..but more can be done to support conservation..eg. People leaving litter on Lost City hike(both local and tourist). Overall rating? Very good. Booking was... (more)Helen Pryce
From £1485 - £1985 including domestic flights only
Galapagos cruises
The first day arriving in Galapagos and seeing the sea turtles, snorkelling, swimming next to sealions was the most memorable part of this holiday. (more)Miss D.D
The most memorable parts were seeing and swimming with many of the wildlife including penguins, sea lions, dolphins. Driving through ocean surrounded by volcanoes on all sides. (more)Matt Hayden
Visiting one of the most unique places left on earth, and seeing how protective tours and the park authorities are keeping it that way, were most memorable. Amazing and excellent - truly a trip of a lifetime, and one of the few times one can genuinely use the word 'awesome'. (more)Ayesha Kyari
From £1567 - £4157 excluding flights
Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
As well as the great trekking and superb scenery, the strong point of this trek is that it visits villages in the highlands of Peru and shows something of the way of life of local communities. One of our guides came from a village that we walked through, and we saw people in traditional (but everyday) costume herding llamas and alpacas in the mountains. (more)Tony Cox
Great experience. Lots of exercise! Beautiful views and sites throughout. The guide, camp chef, and porters work really hard to make the trip enjoyable. (more)Mina Connor
The most memorable part was trekking to 4215 meters high along the Inca Trail and watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu while at the Sungate. (more)Glenn Beck
From £525 excluding flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Memorable parts? Inca Trail! Making it and seeing Machu Picchu. Tips? Bring clothing for a variety of weather. Be prepared for early mornings, the possibility of altitude sickness... The more in shape you are, the more you will get out of the trip as well! Local benefits? Yes, I think the homestays were great, and the trip encompassed ecotourism, especially in the Amazon. Overall rating? Great. (more)Rachel Carbonell
From £2575 - £2860 excluding flights
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
Very good. (more)Martyn Todd
For me, each new encounter with an animal/bird/sea creature I had not seen before was exciting. (more)Karen Morrow
From £3579 - £4279 including UK flights
Guyana holiday, wildlife & culture
The local people certainly seemed to think that tourism benefited them and at Surama in particular were very keen to encourage it . The use of the forests for tourism should probably discourage the government from damaging them through extractive practices such as logging and mining. (more)DEE HUMPHRYS
Best bits: Guyanan rainforest and savannah. Staying at Karamambo and Surama. Seeing the giant anteater and cock of the rock. Flying over Kaieteur Falls. (more)Chris Harper
From £2999 excluding flights
Bolivia adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Visiting the salt flats - they were beautiful, and totally original. A real experience! Tips? Insist that your tour leader comes with you on the 3 day tour of the Uyuni 4x4 tour - the drivers are completely irresponsible (drinking beer at breakfast, driving dangerously, driving the vehicles when they are not roadworthy), and rude (not listening to the group's concerns regarding the above, and threatening to leave people stranded in the middle of the tour), that it... (more)Marilyn McManus
From £849 excluding flights
Highlights of Peru holiday
Memorable parts? Arriving to the Sun Gate at 6am after the Inca trail...and seeing the clouds moving away and revealing Machu Picchu! The homestay in the peninsula of Lake Titicaca was also the most amazing experience as was the bus ride from Puno to La Paz... those views of the Lake Titicaca were so beautiful, both on Peruvian and Bolivian side! Also riding the Worlds most dangerous road in Bolivia was super!!! Tips? Remember that Peru and Bolivia are developing countries and hygiene... (more)Kristiina Puusaari-Sheahan
From £2039 - £2139 excluding flights
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour
Memorable parts? There were a number of great parts to the holiday and it is impossible to single out one simply due to the diversity of the experiences we had. The whole holiday was amazing, but if I had to name the top three things I would say (in no particular order!) going to Iguazu Falls (especially the boat ride under the falls!), the boat trip we went on in Paraty and just being in Rio. Tips? If you want to see Buenos Aries or Rio (and I suggest they're worth seeing!!) then... (more)Carol Clutton
From £1579 - £1658 excluding flights
Ecuador holiday, Quito & the Galapagos
Memorable parts? Swimming with sea-lions in the Galapagos. Tips? Don't delay! There wasn't anything I could fault. Local benefits? Yes - local guides were used in each city and also for the boat crew. The boat was classified as an eco-catamaran. Overall rating? Excellent. Very sad to have had to leave. (more)Sarah Hext
From £2200 excluding flights
Peru family adventure holiday
Memorable parts? We were hiking for few hours through beautiful Inca trail and at the end we had seen Machu Picchu in clouds and then in a full sun. Tips? Take good rain gear when you travel during wet season. We were there in December and weather was good, but sometimes we got surprises. Local benefits? I think we benefit local people. We visited places stayed in hotels, bought souvenirs. It seems, money we spend stayed there. I hope money collected in tickets will be... (more)Iwona Warszawska
From £1150 excluding flights
Peru and Inca Trail small group tour
One of the best I have had, a truly wonderful experience...the trip to Machu Picchu stands out just because it is such an iconic place, but the rainforest, the desert, lake Titicaca, Cusco, Colcha Canyon, were all brilliant places to visit. (more)David Greaves
The holiday was superb from start to finish and far exceeded our expectations. The expected highlights of Macchu Picchu etc lived up to expectations with the remaining destinations visited exceeding them (rainforest... colca canyon and sacred valley). (more)Duncan Cairns
Utterly fantastic! (more)Jo Curry
From £975 excluding flights
Ecuador and Amazon holiday
Staying in the jungle lodge - in the middle of nowhere was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Belinda Chavasse
The most memorable parts for me were rafting, tubing, the jungle hike and trip to the wildlife centre. (more)Mair Perkins
I loved the Quichua Homestay... learning their traditions and experiencing life in the jungle. They are wonderful, warm people who seem naturally shy whilst very honest and giving...This was an experience as well as a holiday. I loved it. (more)Amber Bauer
From £720 - £899 excluding flights
Tailor made holiday in Brazil
We had a morning horse riding down a flooded area at the start, with our feet touching the water, and then across more open country; the wild flowers and birds were amazing. A 5.30 am canoe trip which was magical, so quiet and peaceful, seeing the beauty of the sun rising and hearing the early morning bird song; the canoe being so quiet we were able to get very close to birds before they flew. Later that afternoon we visited a fishing village down the river and were invited into their one room house... (more)Harvey Bromley
The Pantanel and Iguacu were wonderful. The Pousada at the Pantanel was great with wildlife wandering all over the place and the food was good too. (more)Linda White
The arrangements went like clockwork and all the guides and drivers were very friendly and helpful...fantastic holiday. (more)Jill Joseph
From £3500 including UK flights
Amazon & Peru tailormade holiday
Many great memories. Machu Pichu and the Amazon jungle would have to top the list. Viewing the Nazca lines and the sand dunes of Huacachina were also really special. (more)Stuart Rieger
Walking in Chivay region independently was one of the highlights, and a great starting point for the holiday. We also spent some time with a charity in Ollantaytambo and got to know some fantastic people working for the charity as well as local families. (more)Jane Lewis-Evans
Seeing Machu Picchu through the mist in the early morning. Seeing dolphins and sea turtles alongside the cruise ship in the Galapagos. Hearing the grunts and feeling the vibrations of a stampede of over 50 peccaries in the Rainforest. (more)Samantha Lewis
From US $1835 including domestic flights only
Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest holiday
Extremely enjoyable. There was a lot of travel involved and a fully packed itinery but well worth it as we seen so much and so many great experiences. (more)Keith Charters
The overall experience was very good. ...The Inka Trail and the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. (more)Chris Chaddock
An optional visit to a farm in the rainforest was real eye-opener. The Libertador Tambopata lodges were excellent and gave you a real feel for the rainforest. (more)John Duff
From £2699 - £3099 including UK flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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