South America

South America, with its remarkable diversity of landscapes and cultures, is a vast playground for adventure holidays. From the dense Amazon rainforest to the towering Andes Mountains and the vast Patagonian wilderness, this continent beckons thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Trekking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru, navigating the white-water rapids of the Amazon River, and exploring the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert in Chile are just a few of the exhilarating experiences that await. The Galapagos Islands offer unparalleled opportunities for wildlife encounters, while the lush jungles of the Amazon provide an immersive exploration of one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems. South America also boasts a rich cultural tapestry, with vibrant cities like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires offering not only adventure but also a taste of Latin American hospitality, music, and cuisine.

Highlight of South America

The Galapagos Islands, nestled in the Pacific, are a South American highlight celebrated for their unparalleled biodiversity and unique wildlife. These enchanted isles provide a front-row seat to the wonders of evolution, where giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies thrive. From snorkelking with sea lions to hiking volcanic landscapes, the Galapagos offer immersive adventures in pristine nature.

What to do in South America

Stargaze in the Atacama Desert

As the oldest desert on earth, the Atacama is not only described as the best stargazing destination on the planet, but its stark beauty is home to incredible volcanoes including Licancabur (5920m). With its clear, dry skies, minimal light pollution, and access to cutting-edge observatories, the desert offers unmatched visibility of stars, planets, and deep-sky objects.

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Take a river cruise in the Amazon

A fabulous and unique opportunity to experience areas of the Amazon that not many people visit. This is a true expedition cruise that goes deep into the forest, along the Rio Negro. There are excursions every day either in canoes, kayaks or on foot which are always co-ordinated by the expert guides on board, ensuring that wildlife such as sloths, river dolphins and howler monkeys are easily spotted and that everyone will come away with a deeper understanding of the whole rainforest environment.

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Explore the Salt Flats of Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni, located in southwestern Bolivia, is home to the world's largest salt flat and stands as one of the most surreal and captivating natural wonders on Earth. Covering an astonishing 10,582 square kilometres, this immense expanse of glistening salt crust creates a mesmerizing mirror effect during the rainy season, reflecting the sky in a seemingly endless, ethereal expanse. During the dry season, the flat's hexagonal salt polygons create a striking geometric pattern that stretches to the horizon.

 

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Take on a Patagonia trekking holiday

Home to jaw dropping scenery of granite towers, incredible lakes, cascading waterfalls and beautiful glaciers; Patagonia is one of the world’s last great wildernesses and peerless as a destination for a South American trekking holiday. 

 

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Go From the Andes to the Amazon on an Ecuador trekking holiday

This walking highlights adventure showcases the very best of Ecuador; from its high-altitude volcanoes, unique paramo and cloud forest, virbant culture and jungle lowlands. During the course of our two week holiday, we explore these highlights with a series of days walks, picturesque transfers and a collection of interesting sightseeing and adventurous experiences along the way.

 

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Complete the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Micchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an iconic trek that winds through breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and diverse ecosystems, ultimately culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu citadel. This legendary trail, once part of the Inca Empire's vast network, offers intrepid hikers a chance to follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations. Along the way, trekkers pass through lush cloud forests, traverse high mountain passes, and explore archaeological sites that provide a glimpse into the rich history of the region. The reward at the end of this challenging journey is the unrivaled experience of witnessing the sun rise over Machu Picchu, shrouded in mist, with its enigmatic terraces and temples

 

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More Information About South America

The best time to visit South America varies by region, but generally, the dry season from December to March is popular for destinations like Machu Picchu, Patagonia, and Brazilian beaches. Shoulder seasons in November and April may offer fewer crowds.

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