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 ...

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Antarctica Classic

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11 day photography tour to Ushuaia, Drake Passage and 2 other destinations travelling through Argentina and Antarctica. Read More
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  • Operator G Adventures Active 1 day ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
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Antarctic Express - Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas

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8 day polar expeditions and cruise tour to Punta Arenas, King George Island and 1 other destinations travelling through Chile and Antarctica. Read More
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  • Operator Peregrine Adventures
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Argentina & Chile: Amazing Patagonia - 13 days

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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

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Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Ushuaia

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Everything was wonderful! The team to do the expeditions was very professional. The quality of servi ...
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South America Discovery

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17 day explorer trip to Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls National Park and 8 other destinations in Brazil, Peru and Argentina. Read More
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Patagonia & Beyond

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Enjoyed the destinations such as Ushuaia, El Chalten, Torres del Paine etc.
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  • Operator Dragoman Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
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The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure

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65 day wildlife tour through Quito, Tena, Banos and 35 other destinations in 7 different countries. Read More
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The Inca Heartland

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Love travelling with Dragoman. Only company I have travelled with since 2002. Enjoyed most the Inca ...
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Antarctica Classic in Depth

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13 day photography tour to Ushuaia, Drake Passage and 2 other destinations travelling through Argentina and Antarctica. Read More
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  • Operator G Adventures Active 1 day ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
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Wetlands, Waterfalls & Wonders

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I felt it was well organised trip - kept us updated constantly on the up coming towns we were visiti ...
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  • Operator Dragoman Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
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Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer

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Stayed in places off the beaten track, like the bush camp in abandoned town and the Estancia
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Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia

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11 day polar expeditions and cruise trip to Ushuaia, Drake Passage and 1 other destinations travelling through Argentina and Antarctica. Read More
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Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia 11 day

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11 day polar expeditions and cruise trip to Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands and 2 other destinations travelling through Argentina and Antarctica. Read More
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Excellent Reviewed Tour: Discover Antarctica 11 days from Ushuaia
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A Great Walk Around Santiago Reviewed Tour: Half-Day Private Santiago City Landmarks Walking Tour
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  • Terry BURROWS
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“We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Gen. There was so much to see & Gens knowledge of the background history of Santiago taught us so much. Nothing was too much trouble for her, she really looked after us & has a good sense of humour. We would definitely recommend Chile Dream Tours to anyone visiting Chile.”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Atacama to Paine
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  • Gary
“Very interesting and varied trip with quite a lot of air travel. It was a shame we were unable to do the El Tatio springs tour or the walk to the base of the Torres' peaks, due to adverse weather. I appreciate a lot the 'behind the scenes' work of our conscientious tour leader Alex especially accommodating plane seating requests and his concern and consideration regarding my medical issue.”

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.