South America Vacations
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.
Machu Picchu & Galapagos
Galapagos, Easter Island & Machu Picchu
Rio, Iguazu Falls & Machu Picchu
Inca Trail & Salt Flats
Chile & Argentina Patagonia
South America Experiences
Our hand-picked portfolio of South America cruises has been carefully chosen to include remarkable expedition vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge, and utmost levels of service.
Composed of the finest boutique lodges and small ships in South America, our curated accommodation collection has been inspected first-hand by our local destination specialists to satisfy our strict criteria for authenticity, individuality and the highest of hospitality standards.
Want to know more about vacations in South America? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive South America travel guide to help you plan your trip. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
The Top 15 Things To Do In South America
15 Best Boutique Hotels In South America
When Is The Best Time To Visit South America?
South American Capitals
A Look Into Ancient South American Civilizations
12 Best Places To Visit In South America
What Our Customers are Saying
How far in advance should I book my South America vacation?
This depends on what you want to do and when you want to travel. For cruises around the holidays you may need to book 1 to 2 years in advance, especially for the Galapagos Islands. If you wish to hike the Inca Trail or visit Rio during Carnival we advise booking at least 6 months in advance.
When is the best time to visit South America?
Due to its vast size and geographical diversity there is always somewhere good to go in South America regardless of the season. However in the Southern Hemisphere the warmer summer months tend to fall between December and February and colder winter months between June and August.
Which countries in South America should I visit on vacation?
We recommend not trying to visit too many countries on your vacation as South America is a big continent and journey times are surprisingly long. One or two neighboring countries is advisable. Ecuador and Peru are a common combination, with the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu a popular itinerary.
Argentina and Brazil are South America’s most visited countries, but Chile, Ecuador and Peru are always popular thanks to their abundant natural and archaeological wonders. Bolivia is growing in popularity thanks to its alluring otherworldly landscapes and intact indigenous cultures.
How dangerous is South America for tourists?
While some parts of South America have been deemed dangerous by the U.S. Department of State, much of the continent is perfectly safe to visit, with the exception of Venezuela. Uruguay and Chile are regarded as the safest countries in South America by the Global Peace Index.