Quietly observe some of the rarest plant and animal species on earth. Slowly explore ancient Incan ruins. Relax on pristine beaches. Or dance the night away. South America offers a wealth of travel experiences for naturalists, ‘weekend-warrior-adrenaline-junkies’, and geological enthusiasts alike.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina / Brazil
- Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador
- Cartagena, Colombia
Authentic and Undiscovered
- Salkantay Trek – the “high road” to Machu Picchu
- Gems of Colombia – Medellin, Pereira, Parque Nacional Tayrona
- Otavalo and Cotopaxi hiking circuits, Ecuador
- Maule Valley wine region, Chile
One of the Earth’s final frontiers – Patagonia
Expansive Patagonia is truly one of the final frontiers in the New World. A trip to the southern tip of the continent is a life-changing experience, filled with awe-inspiring vistas, magnificent glaciers, exhilarating adventures, adorable penguins, and the generous spirit of those who call Patagonia home.
Ecuador – Galapagos and so much more
Ecuador is endowed with many treasures. The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for viewing wildlife. Swim, snorkel and kayak as you observe various species of turtles, rays, sharks, birds, etc. Visit Charles Darwin Research Station where you will gain insight into the great efforts being made to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a visit to the Galapagos, stick around to visit Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. Its ‘Old Town’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures. And for some further action and majestic scenery, you can hike Cotopaxi (one of the world’s highest active volcanoes) or you can drop into the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other adventures. Ecuador boasts the Galapagos Archipelago – but a travel experience here can encompass so much more!
A little something for everyone in Brazil
Brazil’s attractions and landscapes are highly varied. Immerse yourself in nature in the Amazon, rest and relax on incredible beaches, view the popular Iguazu Falls, be a part of fantastic festivals, and enjoy nightlife that lasts until dawn in Brazil’s cosmopolitan cities! Travellers should be sure to explore the city life in Rio de Janeiro in particular, which is world-renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and location, nestled between lush, green mountains and bustling beaches – it’s not to be missed!
The magic of the Incas in Peru
Start your discovery of Peru in Lima. Here you can see impressive pre-Incan ruins located in the middle of the city. You’ll also enjoy Lima’s other attractions – charming streets, parks, dramatic cliffs with stunning sea vistas, and delicious Peruvian cuisine. Continue onward to Cusco and the Sacred Valley where the magic of the Incas is still very present today! Cusco is shaped by Inca construction and impressive temples and ruins still stand proudly in the heart of the city and the surrounding hills. The Sacred Valley is dotted with spectacular Inca sites, boasting impressive architecture and jaw-dropping positions. Finally, embark on the Inca Trail for a 4-day day hike to Machu Picchu, the most spectacular of Inca sites, set high in the Andes Mountains. For a truly epic Peruvian adventure, weave-in time in the Peruvian Amazon, Lake Titicaca, or Arequipa and the Colca Canyon as well!
Authentic and undiscovered Colombia
Colombia is an amazing land of contrasts, and after being off the wish list for many travellers for some years, it is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of South America. With its rich cultural history, amazing architecture, nature and wildlife abound in its diverse landscapes, and the spirit and warmth of its people, you can be sure your Colombian experience will be one that lingers long after you arrive back home!
Galapagos Islands Adventure and Wildlife (8 days)
On this 8 day adventure through the Galapagos Islands you will see truly unique wildlife, up close! Your journey takes place aboard an upscale expedition vessel, a wonderful way to explore this nature-lovers’ paradise. You get substantial exploration ‘range’ throughout the archipelago, and spectacular comfort and terrific food when each day’s adventure is done!
Peru Voluntourism Experience (11 days)
This 11-day trip provides a great mix of cultural immersion, volunteer work, and adventure! A core piece of the experience is a homestay with a local indigenous family, where you will participate in the daily work of the community. You will also visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and trek along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu!
Galapagos Adventure: Land-Based (9 days)
On this 9 day private-guided adventure through the Galapagos Islands you will see truly unique wildlife! Traveling to several islands, you get substantial exploration ‘range’ throughout the archipelago, all in spectacular comfort, and with terrific food! The land-based program has you staying in wonderful boutique hotels on the islands of the Galapagos, giving you the opportunity to get up close to the wildlife, and to visit with some of the local human inhabitants. The trip is filled with activities, like paddling, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and provides a dose of culture and history too, with a visit to Quito, the ‘middle of the world’, and villages in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Adventure: Small Ship Expedition (9 days)
On this 9 day expedition cruise through the Galapagos Islands you will see truly unique wildlife, up close! Traveling to several islands, with a dedicated naturalist guide, you get substantial exploration ‘range’ throughout the archipelago, all in spectacular comfort, and with terrific food! The Yacht La Pinta provides a wonderful luxury class cruising experience. The group will have an allocation of cabins on the ship with dedicated, private naturalist guides. The trip is filled with activities, like paddling, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and provides a dose of culture and history too, with a visit to Quito, the ‘middle of the world’.
Brazil Active Adventure (15 days)
Take a spectacular, active adventure through Brazil! Tour Rio de Janeiro and see the city's famous historical and cultural sites. Visit the country's most amazing natural wonders such as Iguacu Falls, the Torrinha Caves, and Morro do Pai Inacio. Then, travel into the jungle and experience the Amazon! See Pink Dolphins, go Piranha Fishing and visit the local community in Rio Negro. This journey is definitely for those who love nature and adventure and wish to experience Brazil in a unique, exciting way!
Antarctic – Discover the 7th Continent (11 days)
Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. This 11-day expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare to be dwarfed by massive, glistening icebergs and the looming peninsula—the most pristine region on the planet. Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists. Marvel at the marine life - penguins, seals, whales - and the myriad of seabirds swooping in close to show off just for you. Rediscover your adventurous spirit: scramble just a little higher up that peak, kayak between ice floes, or share a pebbly beach with curious penguins.
Bolivia’s Best (11 days)
In just 11 days, this trip takes you on a journey to experience the best of what Bolivia has to offer. Visit some of Bolivia's main cities: La Paz, where you can witness the living history of the pre-Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites; Santa Cruz, known for its unusual species of animals and exotic birds, butterflies and orchids; Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia; and Potosi, a famous colonial city where the silver mines are the main attraction. Also experience miles and miles of dazzling white nothingness at the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest on earth; the archaeological site of Tiwanaku, ruins of one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas; and Lake Titicaca, the “Sacred Lake of the Incas”, where you will observe authentic cultures living as they did thousands of years ago.
Highlights and Tastes of Uruguay (10 days)
On this 10-day trip, discover the highlights of Uruguay with an emphasis on delectable culinary experiences. Immigrants introduced both cheese and wine to Uruguay hundreds of years ago and nowadays the country is rich in vineyards, wineries, artisan cheese producers and olive oil plants. Be ready to be surprised by a variety of exquisite sites and tastes!
Peruvian Adventure (16 days)
This 16-day itinerary is action packed, providing an incredible mix of history, culture, nature and adventure. You will explore the city of Lima, the Peruvian Amazon, and also visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!
Adventure in the Amazon in Brazil (5 days)
This itinerary was designed to give the adventurous traveler a perspective of one of the most scenic and culturally interesting areas of the Amazon, and what’s best: still undiscovered by mass tourism. Explore beautiful white beaches, blue water rivers, piranha fishing, primitive local communities, and rainforest trekking, all aboard your private yacht charter.
Active Family Adventure in Patagonia (15 days)
Discover the best of Argentina and Chile during these fifteen days, filled with inspiring trekking, outdoor adventure, bike and wine, combined with luxury accommodations, and unbelievable scenery. This is guaranteed to be an experience you will never forget!
Colombia’s authentic must-see’s and do’s (17 days)
This uniquely customized 17-day itinerary is full of culture, history, and tons of fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including mountain biking, rafting, paragliding, rappelling, and caving. This journey through Colombia takes you to vibrant colonial cities, beautiful national parks, serene beaches, and so much more!
Cotopaxi Adventure Trails (3 days)
On this 3 day trek, you will hike from lodge to lodge on and around Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the Andes Mountains. Your daily itinerary will take you through spectacular valleys and verdant grasslands, travelling from rocky mountain peak to volcanic glacier, and all in the most environmentally responsible way: walking!
Chilean Bike & Wine Adventure (7 Days)
This 7-day trip will expose you to the best of Chile’s wine country on two wheels! This custom-designed program includes moderate biking on paved and unpaved roads through the best of Chile’s wine country.
Biking Lakeside in Chile (7 Days)
On this 7-day journey, you’ll experience Chile's diverse natural beauty on a custom-designed bike adventure, where you’ll pedal far from traditional tourist routes over country roads, through forests, and along rows of vineyards laden with grapes.