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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 Experiences

Cruises

Embark on an epic expedition to South America’s famed Amazon River, treasured Galapagos archipelago or Chile’s Patagonian glaciers aboard the continent’s most exceptional small ships, 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
$2,979 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
$4,230 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
  • Galapagos
  • Ecuador

Cormorant II

A sumptuous and spacious mega-catamaran for smooth-sailing and sophisticated Galapagos exploration.
4 - 8 Days
From
$4,829 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
$3,615 USD
Ship at sea
  • Ecuador

Kontiki Yacht

Contemporary yacht pioneering exploration of the Ecuadorian coast, blending wellness and discovery.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,099 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
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
$3,829 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
$4,229 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

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
$700 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
$649 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
$1,420 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
$1,399 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
$5,719 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
$2,729 USD
Main Lodge And Fire At Cristalino Lodge, Brazil
  • Amazon
  • Brazil

Cristalino Lodge

Contemporary eco-sanctuary on the banks of the Rio Cristalino in Brazil's biodiverse southern Amazon.
5 - 6 Days
From
$2,199 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 - 6 Days
From
$789 USD
  • Ecuador
  • Amazon

Napo Wildlife Center

A luxurious, indigenous community-led, lakeside ecolodge deep in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.
4 - 5 Days
From
$1,409 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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