Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:03 pm
Tropical forests, vibrant cities, ancient ruins.
Rushing waterfalls, glacial mountains, the world’s driest desert.
Ancient customs, innovative ideas, UNESCO heritage sites.
Tango, Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha.
Thrilling contrasts abound in the diverse continent of South America, the continent that many travelers wait last to discover. South America vacations are the ideal way to combine natural highlights with the historic, adventure with relaxation, and urban cityscapes with wild jungles. Learn more about how to build an unforgettable South America vacation package that incorporates some or all of these elements.
Looking for a family-friendly South America vacation? Brazilians in particular love and worship children – people often say Brazilians themselves are children of all ages. Or opt for nature pure – what child hasn’t fantasized about spotting penguins and whales, monkeys and piranha, or turtles and lizards? Patagonia, the Amazon and/or the Galapagos islands are the places to go, depending on what intrigues. Or hike to Machu Picchu, which stirs minds young and old with visions of ancient civilizations hidden in a mountain paradise of the gods.
Craving nightlife and beaches? São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the continent’s two largest cities, provide the best of each – with a stop on tropical island Ilha Grande in between. Add subtropical Iguassu Falls, the world’s largest, on your way to the Paris of South America: Buenos Aires. Here you can dine late into the night on a delicious Argentine steak, and watch a tango dance show, or try dancing yourself in a milonga dance hall. View our Tango, Samba, & Waterfalls Tour which combines all these destinations.
Prefer scuba diving or world class surfing? Brazil’s Fernado de Naronha and Peru’s Mancora have these two covered. There is also great snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, the Brazilian coast, and in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
Want to see European-style prosperity and order? Don’t miss Santiago de Chile, where the industrious Chileans have created one of the safest and most prosperous capitals in South America. Many high-rise buildings and an efficient Metro system make Santiago a progressive capital where industry and commerce are booming. Visit the Museum of Fine Art, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palacio de La Moneda, the Presidential Palace, and the Central Post Office Building, all of which are impressive architectural feats.
Longing to explore the roots of your cafe latte, or have a Caribbean drink in the Caribbean? On a Colombia Tour you’ll experience both, from a stay on an historic coffee plantation with Juan Valdez’ cousin to the beaches of Santa Marta in the South Caribbean.
Combine several highlights on a South America vacation – but don’t attempt to do it all in one go. South America is huge: Brazil alone (48% of the continent) is larger than the US without Alaska. And many points can only realistically be combined by air travel.
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