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South America is a vast continent – Brazil alone is larger than the continental US, and Peru is slightly smaller than the state of Alaska. The Pantanal wetlands, that wildlife watcher’s wonderland in southern Brazil and Paraguay, is about the size of France. And the comprehensive South American Handbook by Ben Box of FootprintGuides is larger than the Bible. So if you want to get a taste of South America during your next vacation, you’ll need to whittle down your bucket list to just a few destinations. Here’s our Top 3 South America Tour Destinations, compiled by our team of travel experts.

Top South America Tour Destination #1: Brazil- South America Tour Destinations

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro Brazil ToursCurvaceous coastlines, jutting granite hilltops, and Atlantic rainforest jungles decorate Brazil’s 3000 miles of gorgeous beaches. But Brazil is so much more than world-class beaches: you can explore the colonial and imperial history of Brazil on the “Gold Route” to Minas Gerais, take the train through the Atlantic Rainforest in the south, go hiking in the highlands of Chapada Diamantina, or take an Amazon River cruise. You can easily spend several weeks in Brazil alone, or you can combine a trip to Brazil with another country in South America, such as Argentina, Colombia, or Peru. View all Brazil Tours.

Top South America Tour Destination #2: Argentina– South America Tour Destinations

Buenos Aires Tango Tour Spend a couple weeks in Argentina, and you’ll fall head over heals for the fine food and wine in Mendoza, the colorful culture and nightlife in Buenos Aires, and the stunning landscapes of Patagonia. Domestic flights within Argentina make it easy to navigate the country in a relatively short amount of time, but leave at least a few days in each locale. It’s also easy to cross into Chile, especially near El Calafate to see the Torres del Paine National Park, or the Lakes District between Bariloche and Puerto Varas. We recommend the Very Best of Argentina Tour, which includes 9 days in Buenos Aires, Bariloche & the Patagonia Lake District, El Calafate, and Ushuaia. View all Argentina Tours.

Top South America Tour Destination #3: Peru- South America Tour Destinations

Machu Picchu Peru TourThe appeal of Peru is not just the panoramic views of Machu Picchu from the Watchman’s Tower, where the llama in the picture above is standing. As stunning as Machu Picchu is, Peru appeals for many reasons. In the Sacred Valley, the locals speak Quechua (the language similar to that of the Incas), wear handwoven clothing, and farm using traditional methods. In Cusco, you can walk through the stone streets where Spanish colonial architecture blends with Inca stone foundations and modern infrastructure. Lima features fantastic cuisine, while Lake Titicaca offers sweeping views of the highest navigable lake in the world. We recommend the Essence of Peru Tour, which covers all of these destinations in a 12 day span. View all Peru Tours.

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