South America

Sample the unique cultures of Central & South America on our thrilling escorted tours to Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Galápagos Islands & the Amazon. Dance the Samba in Rio de Janeiro and the Tango in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America." Ancient ruins await you in fascinating Machu Picchu, throughout Peru's Sacred Valley, and in Easter Island.

If it's spectacular scenery you desire, witness the thunderous falls at Iguassu Falls or take a guided walk in the Amazon Rainforest. Explore Bariloche, which boasts some of Argentina's most glorious scenery. Walk through Costa Rica's cloud forest or cruise through the Galápagos Islands as you watch for sea lions, iguanas, and many bird species.

peru splendors

From its amazing archaeological treasures to its gastronomic delights and from its rich history to its melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights. Lima is a cosmopolitan city steeped in history with pre-Columbian ruins, Spanish colonial buildings, and remnants of colonial mansions with lavish, Moorish-style balconies. On your sightseeing tour, you’ll see many of its famous sights, including the San Francisco Monastery. High in the Andes Mountains, Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and is sure to please history buffs.

Learn about the Incas’ struggles with the invading Spaniards on your tour of Cusco and visit the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Try to figure out how it was built so precisely without the help of modern machinery and technology! Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu. Built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is located in a gorgeous mountain setting above the Urubamba Valley. Stand in awe as you witness it. It is one of the most majestic images in South America, if not the world!

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8 day tour from Lima to Lima

Lima - Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant.

Sacred Valley - Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Awanakancha and Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life.

Machu Picchu - Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu.

Cusco - Sightseeing with a local guide; participate in a celebratory pasacalle (Andean parade); visit the cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinner.

natural wonders of costa rica

Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful vacation to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you'll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkey. Just sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Another Costa Rican tour highlight is the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You may witness the red lava streaming down the sides as you hear the volcano’s grumbling. Relax as you soak in the ecothermal hot springs and perhaps watch the lava flow down the volcano, a spectacular sight! In Monteverde. Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzal, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds, not to mention the large diversity of plant species.

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9 day tour from San José to San José

Cariari - Tour a banana plantation.

Tortuguero National Park - Guided cruise through the canals to view wildlife; guided walk through the rainforest.

Arenal - Tour a pineapple plantation; sightseeing of La Fortuna town; visit Natura Park; Tabacán Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano.

Monteverde - Visit the Skywalk Bridge; Santa Elena Cloud Forest; Trapiche Farm tour; and home-hosted lunch with a concluding farewell dinner.

Sarchi - Shop for souvenirs

south america getaway

On this South America vacation, discover two of the great cities, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires at a more leisurely pace. On this tour, you’ll have plenty of free time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions. Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires and sip caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail in Rio from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain. Listen to the samba sounds of Rio and watch people play soccer and volleyball on famous Copacabana Beach. In Buenos Aires, see the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried. Eva Peron was the illegitimate daughter of a poor provincial family. She came to Buenos Aires at age 15 to try her luck as a radio actress, and by the time she died at age 33, she was declared the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.” You’ll learn more about her life on your sightseeing tour in Buenos Aires.

A trip highlight is Iguassu Falls, one of the most spectacular sights on earth. Meaning “Big Water” in the local dialect, there are 275 falls that cover a distance of over a mile and a half. A photograph cannot accurately portray this breathtaking sight, you must experience it for yourself! Hear the deafening roar and admire the brilliant rainbows created by the clouds of spray. And, as a special treat, stay inside Iguassu National Park just steps away from the falls at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas!

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9 day tour from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires

Rio de Janeiro - Cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain; sightseeing with local guide; visit Corcovado Mountain and the cathedral; enjoy a Churrascaria dinner.

Iguassu Falls - Stay inside Iguassu National Park at the famous Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas; sightseeing with a local guide on both sides of the falls; Ecological Jungle Train.

Buenos Aires - Walking tour; visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta Cemetery; take an empanada cooking class; Tango lessons & show; visit a local estancia with a farewell dinner.