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South America Vacations

Velvety rainforest unfurls in quilted pillows, colorful cities glint like sequins, mountain ranges strike out like seams, and the unfaltering Amazon River threads its silken brocade through the rich fabric of South America.
Peru
A cacophony of culinary and cultural riches, Peru is as intricate and dazzling as the weavings of its Andean artisans, an enigmatic tapestry of lost Incan cities, mysterious geoglyphs and natural wonders still waiting to be discovered.
Brazil
Captivating, colorful and wild, Brazil is a celebration of life, a country of rhythm-filled metropolises sprawling onto white-sand beach playgrounds, home to Carnival, the beautiful game and verdant rainforests of unimaginable biodiversity.
Ecuador
From its enchanted Galapagos to the quaint fishing villages of the Coast, across the snow-capped peaks and cobblestoned colonial cities of the Andes to its mystical Amazon - Ecuador is four worlds in one, a megadiverse myriad of adventure.
Chile
With the Andes and Pacific never far from sight, Chile is a spectacular playground for lovers of the great outdoors, a country blessed with limitless desert and glacial landscapes, mystifying moai statues and the warmth of its people.
Bolivia
Superlative in beauty and biodiversity, Bolivia is a beguiling treasure trove of natural and ethnographic riches, home to breathtaking La Paz and Titicaca, the mirror-like salt flats of Uyuni and hidden corners of the Amazon and Pantanal.
Amazon
Explore a near-mythological realm of unimaginable biodiversity where man and nature are one, a long-lost world home to river monsters, giant trees and uncontacted tribes where legend and lore is a way of life and the jaguar is king.
Galapagos
Discover a world before man on a life-changing expedition to the remote Galapagos, a fabled island paradise forged from fire, whose fearless endemic inhabitants continue to astonish all who visit and change the world in its way of thinking.
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Why Visit South America?

Lose yourself in the kaleidoscopic sights, smells and sounds of a South America vacation, an epic journey across other-worldly archipelagoes and rainbow-colored mountains, down mighty meandering waterways and cobbled colonial streets, through impenetrable jungles and picturesque plazas, all set to a sultry soundtrack of samba and salsa. From the iridescent ice-capped Andes to the verdant emerald swathes of the Amazon, glistening Patagonian glaciers, and coruscating cascades of Iguazu, South America’s vast topographical treasures are perhaps eclipsed only by its embarrassment of cultural riches and bountiful biodiversity.

Feast on the fusion of this colorful continent’s native, European and African influences on its gastronomy, cultural traditions, and social fabric, whether in its award-winning restaurants, bustling indigenous markets, or dizzying ‘discotecas.’ Marvel at the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, go eye-to-eye with the jaguars of the Pantanal or giant tortoises of Galápagos, sample fine Argentinian vintages or attend the world’s biggest fiesta, Rio’s Carnival. Wherever you go, South American vacation packages are sure to spoil the senses.

South America Vacation Packages

Our custom South America tours have been carefully crafted with enriching private excursions and thoughtful routes honed with years of in-destination experience. See our best-selling South America travel packages below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.

South America Experiences

Cruises

Embark on an epic expedition to South America’s famed Amazon River or treasured Galapagos archipelago aboard the continent’s most exceptional yachts and riverboats. Our hand-picked portfolio of South America cruises are operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge, and utmost levels of service.

Zafiro cruising the Amazon
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Zafiro

Elegant luxury cruising into the depths of Peru's Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,750 USD
Aqua Nera on the Amazon River
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Aqua Nera

An ultra luxury vessel oozing refined style, world-class cuisine and unrivaled service.
4 - 8 Days
From
$4,125 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Aqua Mare

An exclusive Galapagos superyacht experience of next-level luxury and the most personalized service.
8 - 15 Days
From
$9,450 USD
Cormorant ship Galapagos
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Cormorant I

Perfect for honeymoons, couples, or groups of friends, the luxury catamaran Cormorant is a real gem.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,629 USD
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Delfin I

A beautiful boutique riverboat offering the most intimate and luxurious of Amazon cruises in Peru.
4 - 5 Days
From
$4,429 USD
Aria on the river
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Aria Amazon

A floating boutique hotel and masterpiece of refined style, custom-built to explore the Amazon.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,525 USD
Ship at sea
  • Ecuador

Kontiki Yacht

Contemporary yacht pioneering exploration of the Ecuadorian coast, blending wellness and discovery.
8 Days
From
$7,239 USD
Amazon River Cruise Anakonda Ecuador
  • Amazon
  • Ecuador

Anakonda

Award-winning boutique vessel exploring Ecuador's biodiverse Oriente in luxurious style.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,539 USD
Infinity at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Infinity

A stunning yacht offering varied itineraries amid real luxury and supreme style.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,429 USD
Ship at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Elite

An exquisite high-end catamaran that will take your breath away with its beauty.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,979 USD
Tucano on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Tucano

A boutique boat pioneering sustainable exploration of the remote Central Amazon Conservation Complex.
5 - 7 Days
From
$1,750 USD
Spondias in the Amazon
  • Amazon
  • Peru
Private Charter

Spondias

A boutique Amazon vessel boasting four comfortable cabins ideal for family or group adventures.
4 Days +
Day
$3,600 USD
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Delfin III

Beautiful and affordable 5 star luxury in the heart of the Peruvian Rainforest.
4 - 5 Days
From
$2,979 USD
  • Chile

Stella Australis

A stunning expedition ship offering intimate, all-inclusive exploration of the Patagonian fjords.
5 - 9 Days
From
$2,909 USD
  • Chile

Ventus Australis

An exclusive expedition vessel designed explicitly for exploring Chilean Patagonia's remote realms.
5 - 9 Days
From
$2,569 USD
Delfin II cruising the Amazon
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Delfin II

A combination of a classic style riverboat and 5 star elegance in the Peruvian Amazon.
4 - 5 Days
From
$3,429 USD
Amazon Rainforest Manatee cruise
  • Amazon
  • Ecuador

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Superior cruising in the Ecuadorian Amazon, pairing comfort and quality with the wild of the jungle.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,049 USD
Ship at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Endemic

A sleek and stylish catamaran setting a new standard for luxury in the Galapagos Islands.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,979 USD
Alya seen from the water level
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Alia

A smooth riding and luxurious catamaran offering 5 and 6 day cruises in the Galapagos Islands.
5 - 6 Days
From
$2,808 USD
Camila at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Camila

A luxury trimaran offering cabins with balconies and one of the smoothest rides in the Galapagos.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,389 USD
Jacare Acu on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Jacaré-Açu

Alluring, intimate and action-packed riverboat cruises to the furthermost corners of the Amazon.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,239 USD
Iberostar sailing
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Iberostar Grand Amazon

An all-inclusive, floating resort offering live entertainment, comfort, and exciting excursions.
4 - 8 Days
From
$929 USD
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Amazon Clipper Premium

A classic and classy Brazilian riverboat offering exciting excursions, superior service and comfort.
3 - 6 Days
From
$909 USD
Coral cruise ship at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Coral I & II

Gorgeous, comfortable sister yachts with Jacuzzis, a cozy atmosphere and charming social areas.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,769 USD
Petrel ship seen from the water level
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Petrel

Stylish, luxury cruising aboard a chic catamaran designed to sail the waters of the Galapagos.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,389 USD
Eco Galaxy seen from above
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Eco Galaxy

Sustainable cruises and exceptional eco-friendly adventures that help support local foundations.
5 - 6 Days
From
$2,609 USD
Perla at sunset
  • Amazon
  • Peru

La Perla

Authentic Amazon cruising in a fun and comfortable vessel tailor made for adventure.
4 - 7 Days
From
$1,759 USD
  • Amazon
  • Peru
Private Charter

Agua Marina

A sleek and modern riverboat built explicitly for exploring the depths of the Peruvian Amazon.
4 Days +
Day
$11,285 USD
Galaxy at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Galaxy

Spacious, first class yacht with stunning features and eco-friendly Smart Planet certification.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,819 USD
Ship at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Natural Paradise

A stylish and polished ship boasting an extremely high level of personal service.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,929 USD
Legend seen from above
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Galapagos Legend

An immense vessel beyond expectations, from vast exteriors to abundant amenities including a pool.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,839 USD
Tinga on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Jacaré-Tinga

A rustic riverboat rich in caboclo charm for far-flung expeditions with a focus on adventure.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,239 USD
Lo Peix on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Lo Peix

An authentic riverboat for wild escapes away from the crowds with a charismatic Catalan captain.
3 - 7 Days
From
$729 USD
Small boat on he calm river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
Private Charter

Amazon EcoBoat

An elegant and eco-friendly boutique houseboat designed for private and immersive Amazon escapes.
3 Days +
Day
$2,629 USD
Exterior Of The Passion Yacht, Galapagos
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Passion Yacht

Once private yacht turned VIP Galapagos vessel with unrivaled service and commitment to conservation.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,079 USD
Exterior Of The Ocean Spray Cruise in Galapagos
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Ocean Spray

A luxuriously elegant mega-catamaran with huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, and sensational al fresco dining.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,389 USD
Calipso at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Calipso

A luxury-class yacht offering fantastic service and well-designed social areas.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,429 USD
Ship bow
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Grand Majestic

This luxury yacht is renowned for her speed, covering larger areas of the Galapagos in shorter time.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,729 USD
Isabela II seen from the water level
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Isabela II

The perfect, intimate vessel for couples to enjoy Darwin's islands in luxurious comfort.
5 - 7 Days
From
$3,799 USD
La Pinta Galapagos Cruise Vessel
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

La Pinta

A sophisticated, upscale Galapagos travel experience combining premium service and adventure.
5 - 7 Days
From
$5,009 USD
Ship with sails
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Mary Anne

Follow in the wake of explorers past on a truly classic sailing ship, an elegant 3-mast barquentine.
8 Days
From
$4,200 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Nemo III

Iconic sailing catamaran specializing in intimate and authentic Galapagos sailing adventures.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,539 USD
Ship with sails down
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Nemo II

The Nemo II offers you all the thrills without completely discarding the frills!
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,119 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Treasure of Galapagos

A mega catamaran with private balconies and personal attention, perfect for special occasions.
5 - 7 Days
From
$3,579 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Solaris Yacht

Spacious and comfortable first-class motor yacht with intrepid itineraries to remote visitor sites.
4 - 8 Days
From
$2,579 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Seaman Journey

Boutique catamaran navigating Galapagos' waters with superior comfort, size, style, and stability.
4 - 15 Days
From
$1,879 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador
Private Charter

Stella Maris Yacht

A supreme luxury private charter only option for those who really want to live like kings.
8 Days +
Day
$25,063 USD
Santa Cruz II at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Santa Cruz II

A spacious, state-of-the-art Galapagos ship with exceptional service to indulge every type of traveler.
5 Days
From
$4,099 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Sea Star Yacht

An award-winning, contemporary Galapagos yacht offering adventure cruise journeys in upscale comfort.
5 - 15 Days
From
$2,839 USD
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Integrity Yacht

Classic luxury yacht offering intimate, rewarding adventures in uncompromising comfort and safety.
8 Days
From
$7,669 USD
Evolution at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Evolution

This beautiful mid-sized boat offers highly exclusive longer itineraries in luxurious surroundings.
8 Days
From
$6,700 USD
Grace at sea
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Grace

A once royal, luxury yacht steeped in history and romance, ideal for celebrating special occasions.
8 Days
From
$7,800 USD
Origin Cruise vessel
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Origin & Theory

Incredibly high level luxury cruising aboard stunning, state of the art twin vessels.
8 - 15 Days
From
$8,450 USD
Amazon Odyssey moored
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
Private Charter

Amazon Odyssey

A high-end, private houseboat ideal for seekers of privileged, slow travel rainforest experiences.
3 Days +
Day
$5,274 USD
Iara on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
Private Charter

Iara

A petite and private riverboat with just two cabins, perfect for intimate rainforest exploration.
2 Days +
Day
$1,450 USD
Amazon Dream on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Amazon Dream

Old World charm meets Gallic flair on this authentic vessel sailing Santarém's remote Amazon realm.
6 - 10 Days
From
$1,579 USD
Ship moored
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Acqua Amazon

A charming and traditional wooden riverboat full of character for amiable Amazonian adventures.
3 - 7 Days
From
$729 USD
Ship in nature
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Desafio

A stylish and elegant schooner that elegantly explores the Amazon's wonders with Old World charm.
4 Days
From
$1,649 USD
Iracema on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
Private Charter

Iracema

A handcrafted, private riverboat famed for its pioneering exploration of the Brazilian Amazon.
3 Days +
Day
$4,188 USD
La Jangada on the river
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
Private Charter

La Jangada

A chic catamaran luxuriously exploring the region made famous by Jules Verne's namesake novel.
5 Days +
Day
$5,556 USD
Untamed Amazon Profile Cruise
  • Amazon
  • Brazil
Private Charter

Untamed Amazon

A unique, upscale vessel offering exclusive eco-friendly Amazon exploration and first-class service.
1 Days +
Day
$6,917 USD
  • Pantanal
  • Brazil

Mutum

Cozy cruises up the Cuiaba River, to the bays and brooks of the Caxiri region in search of jaguar.
4 - 5 Days
From
$2,979 USD
Peralta Pantanal Vessel on River
  • Pantanal
  • Brazil

Peralta

Upscale, contemporary and private Pantanal cruises aboard the region's most luxurious vessel.
5 Days
From
$1,659 USD
Boat on the river
  • Amazon
  • Bolivia

Reina De Enin

A relaxed and rustic catamaran flotel exploring the rarely-traveled headwaters of the Bolivian Amazon.
4 Days
From
$699 USD

Resorts

Stay in your very own secret South America hideaway, from luxury Amazon jungle lodges and Pantanal pousadas, to Galapagos Island getaways, remarkable Chilean resorts, and beyond. Our curated accommodation collection boasts the best resorts in South America, all inspected first-hand by our local destination specialists to satisfy our strict criteria for authenticity, individuality and the highest of hospitality standards. 

Lodge at night
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Treehouse Lodge

A gravity-defying set of 12 treehouses soaring between 25 and 75 feet above the jungle floor.
3 - 4 Days
From
$695 USD
  • Chile

Tierra Atacama

A sustainable, architectural delight in the Atacama desert with relaxing spa and refined gastronomy.
4 - 6 Days
From
$1,519 USD
  • Chile

Explora Rapa Nui

Stunning secluded lodge with privileged Pacific Ocean views echoing the essence of Easter Island.
4 - 5 Days
From
$2,769 USD
Entrance of The Tambopata Research Center in Puerto Maldonado, Peru
  • Amazon
  • Peru

Tambopata Research Center

Pioneering lodge in the pristine rainforest of the Tambopata National Reserve near Puerto Maldonado.
3 - 5 Days
From
$659 USD
Top view of lodge
  • Amazon
  • Ecuador

La Selva Lodge

A luxurious lakefront lodge retreat on the edge of the mega-diverse Yasuní National Park.
4 - 5 Days
From
$1,350 USD
Lodge in the jungle view
  • Amazon
  • Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge

An unexpected oasis of urban comfort set amongst the mist-shrouded slopes of the Andean cloudforest.
3 Days
From
$1,359 USD
A woman on a terrace
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Pikaia Lodge

Contemporary lodge with spa facilities nestled in a 76-acre private tortoise reserve on Santa Cruz.
5 Days
From
$4,229 USD
Courtyard View Of Explora Atacama Sacred Valley, Peru
  • Peru
  • Machu Picchu

Explora Sacred Valley

A luxury lodge with immersive exploration experiences in the Sacred Valley and history of the Incas.
4 - 5 Days
From
$1,979 USD
Exterior Of Explora Chalten, Argentina
  • Argentina

Explora El Chaltén

Sophisticated lodge and spa in Argentinean Patagonia offering world-renowned trekking and nature.
4 - 5 Days
From
$2,749 USD
House on high stilts
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Juma Amazon Lodge

Beautiful stilted bungalows on the banks of the mosquito-free black waters of the River Juma.
3 - 5 Days
From
$705 USD
  • Pantanal
  • Brazil

Caiman Ecological Refuge

A luxury ranch operating pioneering ecotourism programs in the heart of the southern Pantanal.
4 Days
From
$1,250 USD
Exterior Of Explora Torres Del Paine, Chile
  • Chile

Explora Torres del Paine

Luxury lodge astride glacial Lake Pehoé and the Salto Chico waterfall embodying Patagonia’s essence.
5 Days
From
$3,429 USD
Panoramic View Of The Uacari Lodge, Brazil
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Uakari Lodge

Unique, eco-friendly floating lodge in Brazil's remote Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.
4 - 8 Days
From
$689 USD
  • Chile

Tierra Patagonia

A plush Patagonian paradise on the shore of Lake Sarmiento in the Torres del Paine National Park.
5 - 7 Days
From
$3,329 USD
  • Chile

Explora Atacama

An alluring oasis in Atacama's dramatic desert landscape renowned for its astronomy and gastronomy.
4 - 5 Days
From
$2,099 USD
  • Chile

Tierra Chiloé

An iconic and idyllic hotel and spa on Chile's Chiloé Archipelago with stunning Pacific Ocean views.
4 - 5 Days
From
$1,529 USD
View to the inside at night
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Galapagos Safari Camp

Upscale camping on the crater rim of an extinct volcano at the edge of the Galapagos National Park.
5 - 6 Days
From
$3,629 USD
Exterior
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Scalesia Lodge

Safari-style tented resort situated on the slopes of a shield volcano in Isabela Island's highlands.
5 Days
From
$2,269 USD
  • Pantanal
  • Brazil

Araras Eco Lodge

A private reserve in Brazil's Pantanal with three observation towers and a farm-to-table experience.
4 - 5 Days
From
$919 USD
Finch Bay Lodge
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Finch Bay Hotel

An intimate, boutique beachfront hotel on Santa Cruz with fine dining and flexible activity options.
4 Days
From
$1,869 USD

What Our Customers are Saying

We wanted to 'do it all' in Peru and Ecuador, and Rainforest Cruises made it all possible. After a couple of unsuccessful tries with other companies, Rainforest Cruises put together a seamless vacation to experience the Amazon rainforest, hike Machu Picchu, and do a Galapagos cruise, with all of the bells and whistles. Fantastic trip!
- Alan C.
Group At Machu Picchu
I own a travel club which takes select clientele on world wide unique travel experiences. I have been working with Rainforest Cruises for a few years now and find their knowledge of South America, their attention to detail, and responsiveness to clients' needs unsurpassed. These guys are travel pros and I highly recommend them.
- Mike R.
We finally got back to the real world (reluctantly!) after a wonderful trip. Everything went very smoothly in terms logistics – all the transfers, pick-ups, transfers etc. – so thanks for that. We had a fantastic time on our Amazon cruise and Lake Titicaca, very different and unforgettable experiences with many wonderful memories.
- Sridhar K.
We had a wonderful trip to South America. After Machu Picchu, our cruise on the Manatee was the second highlight of our trip. It was just great! The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful, the ship's crew was very attentive, and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this cruise. Thanks again for all your help.
- Janice B.
Happy Couple On Skiff In The Amazon
You were responsive to all of our questions and the customer service was top notch, it was really easy booking with you guys from start to finish. The food was incredible and the excursions were awesome. Really exceeded all expectations and I'll definitely be recommending Rainforest Cruises to anyone considering a trip to South America.
- Braden O.
Couple Swimming In The Amazon

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