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Searching for your next vacation destination? Look no further! We compiled a list of our Top 10 Tours in South America for 2016. From the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the peaks of Patagonia, to Incan ruins and tango. South America has it all.

1. South America Deluxe Tour – Top Tours in South America

Tours in South America Brazil

The South America Deluxe Tour is our #1 requested tour that combines all the highlights of South America. We recommend starting this tour in Lima, the historic capital of Peru. Follow in the footsteps of the Incan’s to visit New Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. Your next stop is Buenos Aires, where you can learn to dance the tango! On your way to Brazil, ride under the majestic waterfalls of Iguassu Falls – another New Wonder of the World. From here, your journey will take you to Rio de Janeiro and the colonial city of Salvador, famous for its Afro-Brazilian culture and architecture. End your South America adventure with an Amazon River Cruise to see flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in the world. View Tour >> 

2. The Essence of Peru – Top Tours in South America

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Embark on a two-week journey through the Land of the Incas. Start in Lima, and explore what once was the second capital of the Spanish Empire. Take a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands where you will see seabirds, sea lions, and penguins. Fly over the Nazca Lines to see the ancient carvings of a monkey and eagle on the desert grounds.  See the floating Islands on Lake Titicaca and meet the local Uru people.  End your tour at the city in the sky, Machu Picchu. View Tour >>

3. Very Best of Argentina – Top Tours in South America

Tours in South America ArgentinaExplore the most scenic landscapes in Argentina, from the metropolis of Buenos Aires, to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Start your trip in Buenos Aires and feel the romance at a tango show. Then travel to Bariloche and admire the beauty of Patagonia. Fly to El Calafate to visit the snow-capped mountains of Los Glaciares National Park and walk on the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Head to Ushuaia and explore Tierra del Fuego to see the end of the world. View Tour >>

4. Tango, Samba, Waterfalls – Top Tours in South America

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On this tour, you will visit the highlights of Brazil and Argentina. Experience the romance of tango in Buenos Aires and indulge your taste buds with exquisite steak and wine. Fly over the impressive Iguassu Falls: visit both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the falls. Travel through the Atlantic Rainforests to arrive in Curitiba. Then, take a train through the Serra do Mar to see the lush rainforests and mountains. Visit Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. End your tour in the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Enjoy a churrascaria dinner and relax at the beach for a memorable end to your South America Tour. View Tour >>

5.  The South America Wine Tour – Top Tours in South America

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This tour is perfect for those who want to enjoy the best wines, experience vibrant cultures, see bustling capital cities and indulge in authentic cuisines of South America. Sip exquisite Carmenére wine in Santiago’s renowned wine region. Then, head over the Andes Mountains to Mendoza to try the world-famous Malbec wines. Visit Uruguay for specialty Tannat wines. End your journey in the world-class city of Buenos Aires and savor a delicious steak paired with the perfect Malbec wine. View Tour >>

6. Rio, Ilha Grande & Paraty – Top Tours in South America

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Get ready for some fun in the sun on this tropical Brazil tour. Start your tour in Rio de Janeiro and visit Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue. Then head to the quaint island of Ilha Grande for pristine beaches and great hiking.  Finish your tour in Paraty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the colonial architecture and cobblestoned streets. Go on a schooner cruise through the scenic bay and enjoy a relaxing end to your beautiful beach tour. View Tour >>

7. Colombia Coffe & Caribbean Tour – Top Tours in South America

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Go on a 2-week journey to see the highlights of Colombia. Start in Bogota and enjoy some delicious cuisine. Travel along pristine beaches towards lush tropical rainforests. Next stop on your list is the coffee region where you can enjoy some of the best coffee in the world. Finish this tour in Cartagena, a beautiful port city known for housing historic ships. Admire the colors of Colombia on this Colombia Coffee and Caribbean Tour. View Tour >>

8. Amazon River Cruise – Top Tours in South America

Tours in South America The Tucano Amazin River cruise is perfect for travelers who wish to go deep into the rainforest to explore the heart of the Amazon. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle from the upper decks and spot macaws, monkeys and river dolphins. Explore the Rio Negro, Rio Amazonas, flooded grasslands, archipelagos, and narrow streams teeming with wildlife. View Tour >>

9. Mysteries of the Atacama Desert – Top Tours in South America

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Discover the wonders of Chile’s northern region, from Santiago de Chile to the Atacama Desert. Combine two of the highlights of Chile into one trip of a lifetime. Start your adventure in Santiago, the capital of Chile and the ideal starting point for any South America tour. Travel to San Pedro de Atacama where you will see the Atacama desert,  moon valley, geysers, and lagoons filled with flamingos. View Tour >>

10. Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands – Top Tours in South America

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This classic South America Ecuador and Galapagos Cruise takes you to explore the highlights of Ecuador. Start your adventure in Quito and visit the Middle of the World Equatorial Monument, admire the colonial churches and go on a train tour along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Combine this with a 4-day Galapagos Cruise to see the blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas and more. View Tour >>

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Jayna Funakoshi

Jayna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and always had a passion for traveling. She has been a marketing intern for SouthAmerica.travel since January 2016. Currently, she is a senior at Seattle University pursuing a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Jayna is also very involved in college serving as a student caller for the Office of Annual Giving, the President of the Business School's Leadership Club, and the Advisory Board and Alumni Relations Officer for an entrepreneurship club. She has been loving her experience at SouthAmerica.travel and hopes to visit there very soon!
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