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South America Tours and Holidays 2017/2018

South America is a vibrant continent, whose backbone is the Andes running from north to south with the Amazon river snaking through its northern part. High and low lands combine to create a continent of extremes. The highest waterfall (Angel Falls in Venezuela), the most voluminous river and the largest ...

615 Trips in South America with 1745 Reviews

Highlights
  • This trip allows you to choose how you want to approach Machu Picchu. Hike the Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or relax and take the train
  • You'll have plenty of free time to explore the greatest icon of ancient South America, Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour and then wander around it at your own pace
  • Explore Cuzco, South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. The city has ancient foundations, an interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences, and endless things to do and see

Travel to Peru to retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilisation. Follow... ... Read More

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Inca Trail Express

of 182 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Cuzco/Cuzco
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 26 Nov 28
From US$ 1,135 7 days
Highlights
  • The Galapagos Islands played a profound role in forming Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth
  • Get your blood pumping as you scale a volcano on Isabela Island
  • Get up close and personal with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island. These nearly extinct creatures are one of the greatest drawcards to the Galapagos

The mythical status of the Galapagos Islands is richly deserved. Find out why on a... ... Read More

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Galapagos On A Shoestring

of 82 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Galapagos Islands/Isla San Cristobal
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 24 Dec 22
From US$ 1,002 7 days
Highlights
  • Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses and endless culture make it one of the prettiest cities in Latin America.
  • Seeing the enigmatic Nazca Lines is an incredible experience, whether they’re the work of ancient civilizations or something more supernatural.
  • Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a majestic destination, no matter how you get there.

Visit Peru and discover its highlights from Lima to Cuzco on an exciting journey that... ... Read More

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Peru Encompassed

of 81 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Lima/Lima
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 10 Dec 17
From US$ 3,780 US$ 3,213 21 days
Highlights
  • Learn about the unique habit of the marine iguana.
  • Snorkel the incredible marine life-filled waters of Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido, one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos and an absolute highlight for many travellers.
  • Many come to Isla Santa Cruz just for the giant tortoises.

Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands... ... Read More

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Galapagos Island Hopping

of 98 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Isla San Cristobal/Isla Baltra
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 3 Dec 15
From US$ 1,940 8 days
Highlights
  • Meet hardy locals and see unique wildlife in the Falkland islands
  • Explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave
  • Walk quietly amongst king penguins and watch them surf onto the beach

Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to... ... Read More

G Adventures
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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

  • Starts/Ends Montevideo/Ushuaia
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Oct 23
From US$ 11,999 22 days
Highlights
  • Witness the kaleidoscopic colours of the Sambadrome
  • Experience the pulsating energy of Rio
  • Soak up spectacular views from Corcovado Mountain

Fancy dancing samba in the street from dusk 'til dawn? There's no greater party on... ... Read More

Intrepid Travel

Rio Carnaval Package Basix

of 78 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Rio De Janeiro/Rio De Janeiro
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Feb 9 Mar 1
From US$ 1,425 6 days
Highlights
  • Quito's World Heritage-listed Old Town is best explored on foot. Wander through its streets and plazas to discover old churches, colonial architecture and vendors selling local delicacies
  • A walk through the Amazon Jungle with an expert guide reveals valuable extraordinary wildlife and insights into the area's importance to the local community
  • Staying within a remote rainforest community in the Amazon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is truly off the beaten track

Get an insight into the wonderful South American country of Ecuador on this week-long journey... ... Read More

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Ecuador On A Shoestring

of 80 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Quito/Quito
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 23
From US$ 715 US$ 536 8 days
Highlights
  • City tour in Lima and Cusco
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train

Our most popular holiday in Peru, the ancient allure of Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley... ... Read More

Trafalgar
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Highlights Of Peru

of 55 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Lima/Lima
  • Operator Trafalgar
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 16 Feb 10
From US$ 2,441 US$ 2,196 8 days
Highlights
  • Get acquainted with the beautiful churches and graceful boulevards of Quito, Ecuador's capital
  • The Galapagos Islands played a profound role in forming Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth
  • Get your blood pumping as you scale a volcano on Isabela Island, and kayak in beautiful Isabela Bay

Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands... ... Read More

Intrepid Travel

Active Galapagos

of 68 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Quito/Quito
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 2 Dec 14
From US$ 3,075 10 days
Highlights
  • Descend into the vast catacombs beneath Lima on an underground tour.
  • Marvel at ancient Incan architecture throughout the fertile Sacred Valley, before discovering the mother of all Incan cities, Machu Picchu.
  • Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest.

Travel to South America and tour Peru on an eye-opening sojourn from the depths of... ... Read More

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Inca Encounter

of 8 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Lima/Cusco
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 26 Dec 10
From US$ 3,160 US$ 2,370 10 days
Highlights
  • Trek the most popular & historical path in the world.
  • Pass through diverse wilderness, amazing scenery and numerous Inca ruins on the magnificen.

The Inca Trail is probably the best trek in Peru, and considered one of the ... Read More

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Journey To Machu Picchu Through The Inca Trail

of 7 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Cusco/Cusco
  • Operator Inkayni Peru Tours
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 1,200 7 days
Highlights
  • City tour in Lima and Cusco
  • Cruise around the Ballestas Islands
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley

Peru's classic Incan sights and cities meet experiences like sailing to Ballestas Islands, known as... ... Read More

Trafalgar
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Land Of The Incas

of 27 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Lima/Lima
  • Operator Trafalgar
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Feb 13 Mar 6
From US$ 4,263 US$ 3,836 12 days
Highlights

This trek combines beautiful lakes, local Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who are still... ... Read More

Inkayni Peru Tours
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4 Day Lares Trek To Machu Picchu

  • Starts/Ends Cusco/Cusco
  • Operator Inkayni Peru Tours
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 540 4 days
Highlights
  • Bogota is the treasure trove of Colombia's rich history. Explore its museums and galleries at your leisure, then tour its excellent Paloquemao Market
  • Embark on a spectacular guided hike through the Cocora Valley, home to hummingbirds and the world's tallest palm trees
  • Spend a couple of days learning about the world's favourite bean during a stay on a traditional coffee estancia deep in Colombia's coffee country

Head into the serene highlands of Colombia's famed coffee region and discover the sweeter, softer... ... Read More

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Cafe Colombia

of 40 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Bogota/Cartagena
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 30 Jan 6
From US$ 2,070 US$ 1,863 8 days
Highlights
  • Soak up the cosmopolitan, European and Latin charms of Buenos Aires and explore the sights of its historic city centre.
  • Harness your inner gaucho during a three-day stay at a working estancia in Uruguay.
  • The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, and you’ll be able to see it from both sides.

Hug the coastline of eastern South America on this amazing unplugged adventure. Discover an array... ... Read More

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Buenos Aires To Rio Unplugged

of 62 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Buenos Aires/Rio De Janeiro
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 6 Dec 27
From US$ 2,625 17 days
Highlights
  • Get acquainted with charming Quito, Ecuador's spirited capital
  • Snorkel the incredible marine life-filled waters of Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido, one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos and an absolute highlight for many travellers
  • Experience the wildlife wonders of the Galapagos Islands

Prepare for a unique adventure packed full of ancient sights and breathtaking beauty as you... ... Read More

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Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

of 6 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Quito/Cuzco
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 16 Feb 17
From US$ 4,675 17 days
Highlights

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful treks in the... ... Read More

Condor Expeditions
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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

  • Starts/Ends Cusco/Cusco
  • Operator Condor Expeditions
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 720 4 days
Highlights
  • Experience Cuzco's Inca culture
  • Be amazed by the Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Travel from the heady heights of the Andes to the exotic lowlands of the Amazon... ... Read More

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Inca Trail & Amazon

of 8 reviews
  • Starts/Ends Lima/Lima
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 29 Dec 6
From US$ 2,615 12 days
Highlights
  • See the many different sides to Bolivia in La Paz and let the city’s weird and wacky Witches Market cast a spell over you
  • Choose to explore the extra-terrestrial landscapes of Valle de la Luna, a maze of canyons and colossal clay spires that feels like the surface of the Moon
  • Discover the heart of Bolivia in the elegant colonial architecture and immaculately landscaped gardens of historical Sucre

Explore the best of Bolivia on this adventure through lively cities, breathtaking scenery and colourful... ... Read More

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Bolivia Highlights

of 59 reviews
  • Starts/Ends La Paz/La Paz
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 29 Dec 6
From US$ 1,750 US$ 1,312 12 days
Highlights
  • If you've ever dreamt of walking on water (well, at least on a lake), this is your chance. Cross the epic white expanse of Bolivia's salt lakes on a 4WD adventure across the rocky Atacama Desert
  • Empty, haunting and spectacular, the laws of earthly physics bend on the surreal Salar de Uyuni saltpan
  • Uyuni is full of unexpected sights - just one of these is families of abandoned geriatric locomotives left to rust slowly in the sun at the eerie Train Cemetery

Cruise across the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert, past ice-capped mountains and colour-shifting lakes... ... Read More

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Bolivian Salt Flats & The Andean Desert

  • Starts/Ends La Paz/La Paz
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Next Departures Nov 23 Nov 24
From US$ 1,315 6 days
Highlights

The Ancascocha trail is a spectacular trail that remains off the beaten path also known... ... Read More

Condor Expeditions
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Ancasccocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5d/4n

  • Starts/Ends Cusco/Cusco
  • Operator Condor Expeditions
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 690 5 days
Highlights

Machu Picchu Honeymoon Adventure – 4 Days/3 Nights Similar to our jungle lodge adventure but... ... Read More

Eco Quechua Lodge
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Machu Picchu Honeymoon Adventure – 4D / 3N

  • Starts/Ends Santa Teresa /Santa Teresa
  • Operator Eco Quechua Lodge
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 1,092 4 days
Highlights

If you did not manage to reserve permits for the Inca Trail, we highly recommend... ... Read More

Condor Expeditions
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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

  • Starts/Ends Cusco/Cusco
  • Operator Condor Expeditions
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 770 5 days
Highlights
  • Visit the sacred Machu Picchu
  • Traverse 12 biozones
  • Staying at the comfortable Eco Quechua lodge featuring authentic Peruvian hospitality

Why just take the train to Machu Picchu when you can also enjoy some trekking... ... Read More

Eco Quechua Lodge
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Eco Quechua Jungle Lodge Adventure 4D/3N

of 1 review
  • Starts/Ends Santa Teresa /Santa Teresa
  • Operator Eco Quechua Lodge
  • Next Departures Nov 20 Nov 21
From US$ 950 4 days
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Tour Reviews

4.7 - Excellent Based on 1745 customer reviews
Adios Travel for Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Sherman Morgan From USA At
5 - Excellent
“We enjoyed our trip to Machu Picchu immensely. Our guide, Hubert, was simply outstanding. He was so good that we took another vacation with Adios Travel this past August to the Galapagos Islands, and that trip was also incredible. I can't recommend Adios Travel enough...they are outstanding.”
Machu Picchu Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Mariah At
5 - Excellent
“This was the best trip I’ve taken by far! The sights were phenomenal and being surrounded by their culture really made an impact. 10/10 would go again.”
Peru & Galapagos Adventure, Sept 2017 Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Gregory Ostrovskiy From USA At
5 - Excellent
“We added city tour in Lima before flying to Cusco. In Cusco we met our guide who cared about us for 6 days.
Ancient ruins, snowy mountain peaks, local women in traditional clothes and tall hats - everything was amazing. All hotels bear local flavor. The food has been excellent, the sights amazing, the people lovely. One recommendation: learn at least some Spanish - it would be very helpful.”
amazing trip with Adios Adventure Travel team Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Sandi Vakos From USA At
5 - Excellent
“Counting on your fingers top 5 best things you've done in life, this one will be first. The Trail is filled with orchids and birds, sights and senses everywhere, pertinent and immediate, surrounded in earth's wonder. But too it's a personal victory, a sense of elation when you arrive. When its over and your back in civilization the littlest mundane things, like a full fledged toilet, seem remarkable! It opens your eyes.”
PERU - PAST CULTURES MERGING WITH PRESENT, SEAMLESSLY! Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Jack Mukerjea From Canada At
5 - Excellent
“Excellent life-changing experience of the Incas, Andean lives and culture and the Spanish colonization.”
Nothing short of Incredible! Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Peggy Meder From USA At
5 - Excellent
“Being a traveler versus a tourist, I enjoy immersion into the culture and get as close to the real deal as I can. The Adios Adventure Travel pros go above and beyond what you would expect from a regular travel company. Luckily, I booked my trip to Peru through Jacquie. I am a very busy small business owner, I didn't have the time to look up and research, do a cost analysis and so on. I simply told Jacquie at Adios Travel my dates and the country I wanted to visit. Jacquie took it from there and before you knew it I was all set with a full itinerary including stops and locations I never even knew existed.

While in Peru, Jacquie, Vidal and Hubert made my trip personal, intimate, exciting, informative and relaxing all at once. I instantly felt like I was completely immersed in the culture with all the benefits of home, but not having make decisions or plan a thing. That is what I call a vacation!

For example, instead of taking you to the "tourist market" (aka tourist trap) to be hounded to buy a souvenirs made in some far away sweat shop they'll take you to the local weaving site. Here you'll talk with, learn from, watch the artists and if you should choose, buy directly from the very same local artisan. This left me feeling happy and satisfied knowing I was giving back to the community.

What's more, the intimate small groups allow them to be flexible and spontaneous and stopping along the roadside to check out a cool site and grab that picture you may never find anywhere else.

The accommodations were fabulous and authentic with all the amenities you want and need. Having the knowledgeable and friendly local guides put you right in the heart of the destination. This allows you to get away from the daily grind and puts you in another world, which is exactly why you came in the first place.

Using Adios Adventure Travel I was able to enjoy the uniqueness of this beautiful country and catch a breather at the same time. Well done Jacquie, Vidal and Hubert! Gracias, for my much needed wonderful, interesting, adventurous and relaxing Vacation!!”
Hike the Inca Trail Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Brenda Wagner From USA At
5 - Excellent
“My husband and I went on the 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation offered by Adios Adventure Travel and it was amazing. A lot of thought was put into very detail of the experience - from providing detailed packing lists to offering equipment rental to having a local guide who was passionate about sharing the history of his country. We received wonderful service from the moment we were picked up at the airport to the moment we left Peru.”
Custom Peru Tours Reviewed Tour: 7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation
Atom Sarkar From USA At
5 - Excellent
“My family and I have used Adios Adventure Travel for all of our South American trips over the years. From family friendly itineraries to climbing the high peaks of the Andean Altiplano, Adios has never let us down. Their highly personalized service from planning to boots on ground is not your typical cookie cutter experience and will guarantee a uniquely, memorable adventure.”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Coast Tour Valparaiso Viña del Mar and Casablanca Valley
Reba Kushner From USA At
4 - Very Good
“Very Good”

South America - Travel Highlights and Travel Tips

South America is a vibrant continent, whose backbone is the Andes running from north to south with the Amazon river snaking through its northern part. High and low lands combine to create a continent of extremes. The highest waterfall (Angel Falls in Venezuela), the most voluminous river and the largest rainforest (the Amazon rainforest), the longest mountain range (the Andes), the driest place in the world (Atacama Desert in Chile), and even the best carnivals in the world - South America does nothing by halves. Visit South America to see some of the most interesting landscapes in the world, to sample the deliciously varied cuisines and the beautiful and friendly locals. Get ready to live life to the full when you are on a holiday to South America.

Travel Highlights

  • Head to the Peruvian Andes and climb the Inca trail on your way to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. It’s easily the most famous archaeological site in South America, and while there are some great alternatives, the Inca Trail is iconic.
  • See the blinding white and blue of Salar de Uyuni, the Bolivian salt flats. An almost dreamlike experience, the salt flats stretch for as far as the eye can see, with the sparkling white salt and cerulean blue sky being completely void of any distractions.
  • Stand in the divine presence of Angel Falls, Venezuela. Almost one kilometer high, the waterfall cascades from a tepui - a table top mountain, called Auyantepui - and is approximately 16 times taller than Niagara Falls.
  • Canoe down the legendary Amazon river, the life source of our planet, and appreciate the interconnectivity of Earth and it’s inhabitants.
  • Get lost in the crowds and gawp at the rainbow coloured floats and the passionate Samba Schools of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and get ready for a party like you’ve never experienced before.
  • Tango with the best in Buenos Aires.

Travel Tips

  • Brush up on your Spanish, as it’s the official language of most of South America, and a little effort goes a long way with the locals.
  • While much of South America is friendly to tourists, extreme poverty means some areas in large cities are off-limits. Keep your wits about, make smart decisions and you’ll only have great experiences.
  • Much like North America, South America is big on affordable bus journeys. The only difference is the variety of passengers you’re likely to meet - from a live chicken to your new best friend.
  • South America straddles the equator and the tropic of Capricorn, meaning most of the continent experiences a tropical climate. However, temperatures vary on the time of year and be aware that the southern part experiences reversed seasons, so plan your wardrobe carefully.
  • Visit your doctor before you travel and make sure you’re up-to-date on all vaccinations and medications needed for travelling in South America.
  • Eat local, it’s the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture and it’s also usually the cheapest way to get a good meal.
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