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South America holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

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Galapagos holiday cruise options
Excellent selection of small and midsize Galapagos cruises, from £1970 - £3143 (8 days) ex flights
Galapagos & Amazon wildlife holiday, Ecuador
The ultimate wildlife trip to the Amazon and Galapagos, from US $6190 (16 days) ex flights
Hiking the Inca trail holiday
An unrivalled combination of history and spectacular scenery, from £1849 - £2249 (11 days) inc UK flights
Peru family adventure holiday
Peru Family Adventure activity holiday, from £1150 (8 days) ex flights
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
A First Class wildlife cruise around the 'Enchanted Isles', from £3579 - £4279 (12 days) inc UK flights
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
A luxurious eco-lodge in wildlife rich Ecuadorean Amazon, from £860 (4 days) ex flights
Chile adventure holiday
Chile's best: the Atacama Desert, Lake District and Patagonia , from £3199 - £3549 (15 days) inc UK flights
Ecuador and the Galapagos holiday
Villages rainforest and wildlife, from £2498 - £2778 (14 days) inc UK flights
Tailor made holiday in Peru
A luxury tailormade trip exploring the sites of Peru, from £3350 (17 days) inc UK flights
Colombia holiday, tailor made
Amazing Colombia from Caribbean to Amazon, tailor made, from €1920 - €3340 (27 days) ex flights
Small group adventure holiday to Patagonia
Explore the spectacular wilderness and mountains of Patagonia, from £3178 - £3208 (21 days ) ex flights
Peru tour, tailor made
Explore Peru & the Amazon, from US $1835 (18 days) ex flights
Buenos Aires to Rio small group holiday
Amazing discovery tour from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, from £1430 - £1640 (17 days) ex flights
Chile tailor made holiday, Atacama Desert
Discover Santiago, Valparaiso and the Atacama desert, from £1395 - £1695 (15 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
Combine superb hiking with a spectacular wildlife cruise, from £4705 - £7105 (18 days) ex flights
Colombia holiday, cities and jungle
Adventurous hiking trip in Caribbean Colombia and the Amazon, from £1485 - £1985 (15 days) ex flights
Peru walking tour, Inca trail, titicaca and Nazca
Taste Peru's diverse landscapes and fascinating culture, from £2499 - £2899 (16 days) inc UK flights
Patagonia small group holiday
Explore Patagonia's National Parks by foot and small-ship, from US $3995 - US $7215 (11 days) ex flights
Bolivia small group holiday
13 day Bolivian Odyssey, from £2100 (13 days) ex flights
Patagonian adventure holiday
Explore the highlights of Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, from £2130 - £2233 (15 days) ex flights
Peru small group tour, Southern Peru
A luxury tour of south Peru and the Inca Empire, from £2338 - £2578 (14 days ) ex flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based
Tailor-made land-based activity holiday in Galapagos, from £3135 (10 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos holiday
An inspirational tour combining Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos, from £4198 - £4388 (15 days ) ex flights
Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Explore Chile on foot Atacama Patagonia Walking Holiday, from £3785 (16 days) ex flights
Tailor made holiday in Brazil
Emerald Coast, the Pantanal & Iguacu Falls, from £3500 (15 days) inc UK flights
South America overland tour
A cross-continental South America adventure, from £3949 (45 days) ex flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
An active Galapagos Islands adventure holiday, from £2133 (10 days) ex flights
South America adventure, Peru, Bolivia and Chile
Heart of Peru, Bolivian landscapes and Chile winelands, from £3559 (35 days) ex flights
Patagonia trekking adventure holiday
Trek Fitzroy, Paine and visit Ushuaia, Patagonia Highlights, from £2130 - £2233 (15 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

293 reviews for South America holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent South America holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

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
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
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
It was the culmination of lifetime dream.......top of my 'bucket list'..... Definitely NOT to be missed......Fabulous !! (more)Sandra Clegg
Very well structured between 3 South American countries and 3 very different experiences. Wherever possible our guides made sure any benefits went back to the local community. (more)Bruce and Kerry Taylor
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
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 £2740 - £2838 excluding flights
Peru tailor made holiday, highlights
Memorable parts? The whole experience was superb - but if I had to pick one it was arriving at Macchu Pichu at 5.00pm after a day's hike to find it empty (it closes at 5.00pm so everyone had left). An empty Macchu Pichu was an unexpected surprise. Tips? Hiking boots a must (we only decided to pack ours at the last minute) and to factor in the possibility of altitude sickness. We and a lot of people we met were affected. Also...not to eat ice cream off the street - three of us were... (more)Ric Pimental
From £1650 excluding flights
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine
Memorable parts? I loved traveling around Patagonia, visiting blue and greenish blue lakes, the steppes, the glaciers, the snow capped mountains, the unusual wildlife. An extra bonus was the view out of my hotel window directly in front of Lago Argentino, over which the skies constantly changed. For me, Patagonia was pure magic. Tips? The holiday company provides you with many options so take advantage of their services. They are also on standby should you need help, want to make... (more)Joanna Drzewieniecki
From US $660 - US $2300 excluding flights
Colombia holiday, cities and jungle
The Amazon in flood is one of the grandest spectacles that nature has to offer, and it is unique; Ciudad Perdida has been reclaimed for history, the effort to get there disappears on arrival. Colombia is vast, it is several landscapes and peoples, that can be read and discovered as you travel. (more)Weng Yee
Holiday highlights: 5 day trek in Amazon and Lost City hike. In all it made it a very enjoyable holiday. (more)Helen Pryce
From £1485 - £1985 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 £2978 - £3038 excluding 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
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
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
Swimming with giant sea turtles and being woken up at 2.30am to watch a volcano erupt! Absolutely amazing! (more)Joanna Rapley
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
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
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 £2249 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 £1422 - £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
Bolivia & Amazon jungle holiday
Memorable parts? I loved the Bolivian salt flats which were astonishing (although shockingly cold at night), and the pampass tour, especially swimming in the river and having the dolphins come up and nuzzle me! Tips? Bring extra warm clothes for overnight sleeping on salt flats - there is no heating and although the salt hotel is not too cold, the 2nd night is really really cold. If you're flying direct into La Paz give yourself 1-2 days to aclimatise (take it slowly). I arrived... (more)Paul Brant
From £1375 excluding flights
Peru walking tour, Inca trail, titicaca and Nazca
It was the most challenging holiday I have ever been on. I came back home with many wonderful memories. Our guide, Carlos Luchuga, contributed a great deal in the success of my holidays. (more)Teresa Trippenbach
Great...Hiking the Inca Trail to see Macchu Picchu at the end and the Nazca Lines were the most memorable parts. (more)Jack Bond
From £2499 - £2899 including UK flights
Patagonia overland tour, Villarica
Most memorable was Pucon- range of activities, accommodation, general situation by lake, mountains and volcano. (more)Richard Hallam
Amazing holiday. Very varied and interesting with a good mix of people of all ages and nationalities. We saw all of the top sights in the area and good trips were organised e.g. horse riding. (more)Frank Sperling
From £1249 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

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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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