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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

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.

Zafiro cruising the Amazon

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

Aqua Nera

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

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

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

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

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

Anakonda

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

Infinity

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

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

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
Charter

Spondias

A boutique Amazon vessel boasting four comfortable cabins ideal for family or group adventures.
4 Days +
Day
$2,300 USD

Delfin III

Beautiful and affordable 5 star luxury in the heart of the Peruvian Rainforest.
4 - 5 Days
From
$2,979 USD
Delfin II cruising the Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iberostar Grand Amazon

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

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

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

Petrel

Stylish, luxury cruising aboard a chic catamaran designed to sail the waters of the Galapagos.
4 - 8 Days
From
$3,389 USD
Galaxy at sea

Galaxy

Spacious, first class yacht with stunning features and eco-friendly Smart Planet certification.
4 - 8 Days
From
$1,819 USD
Perla at sunset

La Perla

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

Agua Marina

A sleek and modern riverboat built explicitly for exploring the depths of the Peruvian Amazon.
4 Days +
Day
$16,380 USD
Eco Galaxy seen from above

Eco Galaxy

Sustainable cruises and exceptional eco-friendly adventures that help support local foundations.
5 - 6 Days
From
$2,609 USD
Ship at sea

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 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

Jacaré-Tinga

A rustic riverboat rich in caboclo charm for far-flung expeditions with a focus on adventure.
4 - 9 Days
From
$1,239 USD
Lo Peix on the river

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
Charter

Amazon EcoBoat

An elegant and eco-friendly boutique houseboat designed for private and immersive Amazon escapes.
3 Days +
Day
$2,080 USD
Calipso at sea

Calipso

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

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

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

La Pinta

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

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
Ship with sails down

Nemo II

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

Treasure of Galapagos

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

Stella Maris Yacht

A supreme luxury private charter only option for those who really want to live like kings.
8 Days +
Day
$22,500 USD
Santa Cruz II at sea

Santa Cruz II

A spacious, state-of-the-art Galapagos ship with exceptional service to indulge every type of traveler.
5 - 7 Days
From
$4,099 USD
Evolution at sea

Evolution

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

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

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
Charter

Amazon Odyssey

A high-end, private houseboat ideal for seekers of privileged, slow travel rainforest experiences.
3 Days +
Day
$4,170 USD
Iara on the river
Charter

Iara

A petite and private riverboat with just two cabins, perfect for intimate rainforest exploration.
2 Days +
Day
$1,750 USD
Amazon Dream on the river

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

Acqua Amazon

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

Desafio

A stylish and elegant schooner that elegantly explores the Amazon's wonders with Old World charm.
4 Days
From
$1,639 USD
Iracema on the river
Charter

Iracema

A handcrafted, private riverboat famed for its pioneering exploration of the Brazilian Amazon.
3 Days +
Day
$4,020 USD
La Jangada on the river
Charter

La Jangada

A chic catamaran luxuriously exploring the region made famous by Jules Verne's namesake novel.
5 Days +
Day
$4,000 USD
Untamed Amazon Profile Cruise
Charter

Untamed Amazon

A unique, upscale vessel offering exclusive eco-friendly Amazon exploration and first-class service.
1 Days +
Day
$7,225 USD
Barco Mutum in Pantanal

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

Peralta

Upscale, contemporary and private Pantanal cruises aboard the region's most luxurious vessel.
5 Days
From
$1,659 USD

Minas Do Pantanal

A superior ship offering comfortable ecotourism and sportfishing charters in world's largest wetland.
N/A Days
From
$0 USD
Boat on the river

Reina De Enin

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

Jaguar Suites & Flotel

N/A Days
From
$0 USD

Accommodation

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.

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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