Beautiful view of Quilotoa Crater on guided tour in Ecuador
Beautiful view of Quilotoa on trekking tour in Ecuador in the Avenue of Volcanoes

South America Tours

South America is an adventurer's dream. With so many different exotic places to visit, it may be challenging to narrow down what kind of South America tours you'd like to do. In addition to the geologic diversity of the continent, you'll also be surrounded by fascinating ancient history and colorful species of animals found nowhere else. This is especially true in the Galapagos Islands, one of the most spectacular tours you can do in South America.

South America tours are available completely guided, self-guided, in groups, and as private custom tours. Tour guides in South America are extremely professional and proud of their country. They’re sure to provide you the best adventure travel experience that you could possibly have in South America. Booking a guided tour in South America means that most of the logistics will be left to a professional, taking that stress away from you for a more enjoyable holiday. Seasoned travelers, however, may find self-guided tours more than adequate. Custom itineraries are also available if you’d like to be very specific about the kind of activities that you do while touring South America.

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  • Trek partway around the Alpamayo in the Cordillera Blanca
  • Camp in gorgeous mountain spots tucked away in the Andes
  • Experience the local wildlife of the Peruvian Andes
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  • Trek to scenic overlooks for epic Cordillera Blanca views
  • Camp beside beautiful lakes and below mighty peaks
  • Experience the rich landscape of the Andes mountains
12 days / 11 nights
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  • Cruise along the Rio Napo in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest
  • Visit Yasuni National Park in the heart of the rainforest
  • Discover native wildlife in the Limoncocha Biological Reserve
6 days / 5 nights
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  • Trek through the beautiful Andes mountains near Ausangate
  • Marvel at the colours of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain
  • Watch the sunrise over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu
10 days / 9 nights
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  • Explore everything from bustling cities to quaint villages
  • Hike to some of the most gorgeous viewpoints in the Andes
  • Explore remote sites like salt flats and hidden lagoons
14 days / 13 nights
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  • Dive deep into the vibrant vegetation of the mighty Amazon
  • Swim in the warm water with native pink river dolphins
  • Stay in rainforest lodges surrounded by local animals
7 days / 6 nights
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  • Enjoy the rich culture, food, and landscape of Bolivia
  • Hike near some of the most imposing peaks of the Andes
  • Travel to far-flung destinations rarely seen by tourists
15 days / 14 nights
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  • Tour the historic city of Cusco
  • Trek in the Peruvian Andes, among mountains and small villages
  • Explore archaeological sites of Machu Picchu and Choquequirao
12 days / 11 nights
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  • Witness stunning views of the Cordillera Huayhuash
  • Camp in beautiful sites on the full Huayhuash Circuit
  • Spot a llama in its natural habitat in the Peruvian Andes
14 days / 13 nights
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  • Hike under some of the most impressive peaks in Bolivia
  • Explore beautiful lagoons, remote passes, and mountain lakes
  • Immerse yourself in the community and culture of the Tuni people
6 days / 5 nights
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  • Explore the awe-inspiring Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru
  • Camp beside clear mountain lakes and in river valleys
  • Experience Peruvian villages tucked away in the Andes mountains
11 days / 10 nights
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  • Hike up to the glaciers skirting the Illampu and Anchohuma peaks
  • Trek the isolated western slope to lagoons and valleys
  • Be welcomed by the Tuni people and learn their way of life
14 days / 13 nights
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  • Discover parts of Ecuador many people never see
  • Stay in historic, colonial haciendas
  • Visit traditional, local markets
7 days / 6 nights
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  • Perfect acclimatization tour before a more serious trek
  • Hike to beautiful turquoise lakes in the Cordillera Blanca
  • Spend each night in a comfortable guesthouse in Huaraz
4 days / 3 nights
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  • Take a guided tour of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city
  • Discover the nature and local culture of the Cuyabeno Reserve
  • Cruise for 4-days through the incredible Galapagos Islands
12 days / 11 nights
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  • Marvel at the stunning views of Fitz Roy near El Chalten
  • Trek to the stunning views of peaks and glaciers at Laguna de los Tres
  • Experience the power of Moreno Glacier as you stand just meters away
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  • Explore La Paz, a diverse, cosmopolitan city
  • Walk on top of the largest salt flat desert in the world
  • See incredible volcanoes, lagoons, flamingoes, and more
10 days / 9 nights
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  • Hike in the footsteps of Inca royalty on the famous Inca Trail
  • Visit Inca archaeological sites, including Machu Picchu
  • Camp in the breathtaking Andes mountains
7 days / 6 nights
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  • Visit the world-renowned Incan site of Machu Picchu
  • Hike the Andes mountains near Lares
  • Experience the history and culture of the Peruvian Andes
7 days / 6 nights
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  • Marvel at awe inspiring views in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park
  • Experience the majesty of Fitz Roy jutting over 3400m into the sky in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park
  • Discover Moreno Glacier’s power and grace as you stand just meters away
13 days / 12 nights
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  • Explore the beautiful nature of Colombia’s Los Nevados National Park
  • Camp along the shores of Otun Lake
  • Tour a working coffee farm to learn about coffee production
8 days / 7 nights
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  • Trek in the Andes in Los Nevados National Park
  • Explore Colombia’s best beaches at Tayrona National Park
  • Hike to the Lost City of the Tayronas archaeological site
19 days / 18 nights
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  • Trek through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains
  • Tour the Lost City archaeological site
  • Discover the fascinating indigenous cultures of Colombia
6 days / 5 nights
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  • Explore one of the best treks in Ecuador
  • Hike to the summit of Paramillo del Quindio
  • Tour a traditional coffee farm to see how coffee is produced
7 days / 6 nights
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  • Marvel at stunning views of Mt. Fitz Roy and Mt. Cerro Torre
  • Discover dazzling glacier-fed lagoons in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Explore Ushuaia: the southernmost city in the world
15 days / 14 nights
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  • Trek and camp on the Patagonian Icefield
  • Sail up close to the Perito Moreno glacier on a catamaran
  • Hike the mountains and glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park
11 days / 10 nights
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  • Trek to the bottom of the scenic Colca Canyon
  • Kayak between islands on beautiful Lake Titicaca
  • Hike to Machu Picchu along the famous Inca Trail
20 days / 19 nights
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  • Take a private guided tour of the world-famous Machu Picchu
  • Tour the South American capital cities of Lima and Quito
  • Explore the Galapagos Islands on a 7-day cruise
20 days / 19 nights
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  • Trek in beautiful cloud forest high in the Andes Mountains
  • Explore Quechua villages and the ancient city of Cusco
  • Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu
8 days / 7 nights
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  • Enjoy amazing views while trekking in the Cordillera Blanca
  • Surround yourself with the nature and culture of the Andes
  • Camp in beautiful Andean valleys and wake up to mountain views
8 days / 7 nights
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  • A shorten Huayhuash Trek for those with limited time
  • Camp along the shores of a stunning mountain lake
  • Experience the landscape and culture of the Peruvian Andes
6 days / 5 nights
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  • Explore the incredible Amazon rainforest
  • Experience the wonders of the Ecuadorian Andes
  • Take an unforgettable 8-day cruise through the Galapagos Islands
24 days / 23 nights
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  • Hike to the stunning Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Snorkel with sea turtles, rays, penguins and sea lions
  • Kayak to Tintoreras Islet and marvel at the turquoise waters
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  • Explore the amazing beaches of the Guajira peninsula
  • Hike to the Lost City of the Tayronas archaeological site
  • Visit the famous Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast
11 days / 10 nights
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  • Marvel at the great granite Towers of Paine in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Explore the beauty of the Patagonian countryside and Tierra del Fuego.
  • Enjoy Ushuaia and a boat trip on the Beagle Channel
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  • Experience awe inspiring views of the granite Towers of Paine
  • Hike beneath the Horns raising their striped peaks to the clouds
  • Trek along Lake Grey and witness the power and beauty of Grey Glacier
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  • Hike to the famous Quilotoa Crater
  • Visit numerous natural wonders of Ecuador
  • Enjoy magical hot springs in Baños, Ecuador after a day hiking
9 days / 8 nights
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  • Hike to the breathtaking Devil’s Pulpit viewpoint
  • Trek to the beautiful Laguna Grande de la Sierra mountain lake
  • Spend the night at the Kanwara huts with panoramic views
7 days / 6 nights
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  • Trek under some of the most imposing peaks in the Andes
  • Hike to lagoons, alpine lakes, glaciers, and remote passes
  • Camp under the shadow of the mountains at night
9 days / 8 nights
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  • Explore some of the best walking in all of Colombia
  • Trek for 4 days in Los Nevados National Park
  • Tour the fascinating archaeological sites at San Agustin
17 days / 16 nights
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Andes Tours

The Andes mountain range stretches along the entire length of South America, providing thousands of miles of opportunity for adventure tours. Whether you’re in tropical Ecuador trekking Cotopaxi National Park, or in the frigid mountains of Patagonia not too far from Antarctica, the Andes offer a diversity found nowhere else.

The Andes pass through seven South American countries, and these beautiful mountains are a particular highlight in each one. In Ecuador, you can trek or horseback ride through barren volcanic fields, surrounded by literally dozens of potentially active volcanoes. Further south in Peru, Machu Picchu is widely regarded as the gem of the Peruvian Andes range. You can trek the ancient Inca Trail for several days before ending in this lost city. While most adventure travelers think of Machu Picchu first, the Peruvian Andes also hosts adventure tours of the spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash, home of demanding mountaineering and trekking routes.

Chile and Argentina share a border along the Andes, and there are many notable tours for both of these countries. If you want to bag the tallest peak in South America, book a guided tour to summit Aconcagua, towering over Argentina. Glacier tours, ski tours, and volcano tours are just some of the highlights in the northern halves of these countries. One of the most spectacular destinations in the world, Patagonia, covers the southern portion of the Andes. A guided or self-guided tour of Patagonia is something that every adventure traveler has on their list.

South America Cruise Tours

South America is home to numerous top destinations for cruise tours. Learn about evolution and see penguins, sharks, and iguanas all sharing the same water in the Galapagos. Tours of the Galapagos are controlled by Ecuador to protect this invaluable habitat, and that ensures that you'll have the best guides available for your experience. Options for touring the Galapagos range from small, intimate boats to larger cruise ships.

One equally exciting South America tour destination is Easter Island, far off the coast of Chile. These guided and self-guided tours include trekking, hiking, and horseback riding. Explore the mysterious Moai statues, visit dormant volcanoes, and take part in traditional native ceremonies. These tour options also include other remote Pacific islands.

And for the really adventurous there are cruise tours out of Patagonia. Visit the glaciers and fjords of Tierra del Fuego, watch for whales, and round Cape Horn. Several of these tours may also include a stop in Antarctica for even more wildlife viewing.

Amazon Tours

For something completely different from the glacier-covered southern tip of South America, book a guided Amazon tour. The Amazon encompasses a large amount of South America. It covers several countries on the continent, leaving plenty of opportunities to explore this shrinking rainforest no matter what country you're in. You'll be surrounded by wildlife here, especially inside the numerous reserves in the Amazon.

Tours of the Amazon are most often done on a boat, whether it’s a large, classic paddlewheel boat or a small one-person kayak. This is one of the best ways to see the Amazon, and the countless tributaries and drainages provide for endless opportunities. Another popular way to tour the Amazon is via bicycle, and supported bike tours of the Amazon come in all lengths.

Desert Tours

South America is also home to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world – even beating out the Sahara. This barren landscape borders the Pacific Ocean, largely lying on the northern border of Chile, with some of it extending into Peru.

Atacama Desert tours are a great way to see unique, colorful rock formations, geysers, and massive sand dunes. You wouldn't be expecting this, but tours of the Atacama will also present you with two different species of flamingos and even penguins on the coast. These tours are offered on horseback, bicycle, jeep, and on foot. The clear skies and desolation of this desert make it a spectacular place for night sky viewing.

Here's a list of the best tours in South America. Whether you're looking for a custom private tour, a group tour, or a self-guided tour, you're sure to find an adventure that you won't forget. Be sure to plan well in advance, as many of these tours have limited availability to protect these awesome resources. And good luck finding just one or two South America tours that you want to sign up for. With so many to choose from, you may want to stay there indefinitely!

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