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Discover the icons of South America including UNESCO's Machu Picchu set high in the Andes Mountains and the volcanic archipelago of the Galápagos, to the jungles of the Amazon and the grasslands, deserts and glacial fjords of Patagonia in Chile on one of 364 guided and self-guided adventures through this unique and diverse continent bursting with life and culture.

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Intrepid
Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers off the beaten track to discover the world's most amazing places for 30 years. Every trip is designed to truly...more experience local culture - to meet local people, try local food, take local transport and stay in local accommodation. Led by a local leader, our small group tours offer a sustainable way to travel off the beaten track, while giving back to the places and people that travellers visit.
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Budget:Affordable & Premium
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Hurtigruten
Hurtigruten Group is the world’s leading adventure travel group, offering unique small-ship and land-based adventures from pole to pole – and anywhere...more in between. We take our guests to the most spectacular areas on the planet, offering a mix of pristine wilderness and visits to genuine local communities.
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Indulge your passions on a luxurious small group journey, offering the perfect blend of guided and independent exploration. Choose from our worldwide collection...more of immersive luxury journeys. How do we define “Luxury”? It’s exceptional dining experiences, including Michelin star restaurants and cooking classes. It’s staying in luxury hotels in central or scenic locations. Luxury is feeling like a VIP accessing iconic sites after hours and meeting remarkable people. It’s having the service of a Travelling Concierge accompanying you along the way with incredible commitment to service. When you travel with us, we ensure your experience is elevated, elegant and impeccable. We put our heart into everything we do and are proud to be leaders in luxury travel. I invite you to relax and enjoy the charm of different cultures as we take care of every detail. Speak with Global Journeys today to start your holiday planning. We look forward to taking you on a journey beyond the ordinary.
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Rio

Rio

Famed for Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer sitting atop Mount Corcovado Rio is also known for its sprawling shanty towns and its raucous Carnaval festival, the perfect place to begin your adventure.

<a class='brand-link-color' href='/tours/peru'>Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu</a>

Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu

Journey through the heart of the Sacred Valley in Peru's Andean highlands to explore the 15th century abandoned Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

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The Amazon

Uncover a treasure trove of scenic and cultural experiences with naturalists and expert local guides on a small group adventure, guided tour or cruise of the Amazon.

<a class='brand-link-color' href='/tours/galapagos'>Unique Living Museum</a>

Unique Living Museum

The islands of Galápagos and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique 'living museum and showcase of evolution'. Many of creatures that call the islands home are found nowhere else in the world.

<a class='brand-link-color' href='/tours/patagonia'>Deserts, Grasslands & Glaciers</a>

Deserts, Grasslands & Glaciers

Patagonia is one of the last true wilderness areas with incredible hiking routes, icy glaciers, towering granite spires, incredible wildlife, dazzling blue lakes, golden grasslands and gorgeous fjords and waterfalls.

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Latest Reviews What our clients are saying about their journeys through South America

Trekking in Torres del Paine National Park     , VIC, Australia, Mar 2024
The trip with G Adventures was excellent - the team really looked after us. The trek itself was beautiful, but too short! I recommend if you have more time, to take a few extra days to fully enjoy the park. The food and accommodation provided fully met our expectations. The team leading the hike were professional, fun and solved any problem we had. ...read more As for Global Journeys, our coordinator Hannah was outstanding. She was always available to answer any questions we had when organising the trip.
Inca legacy   , NSW, Australia, Feb 2024
Great trip by Globus. Well planned itinerary. Great travel director and specialists. The Machu Picchu/Cusco specialist was the best. He was a mine of information and he made visiting Machu Picchu and Cusco very interesting. Thanks to Georgie for booking this tour for me and sending me all the documentation prior to my departure from Australia.
South America Highlights   , QLD, Australia, Feb 2024
This holiday had been well thought out as every day was another exciting experience. It was well balanced with great tour guides and local guides who looked after all our needs. I would certainly recommended this holiday as there were so many different kinds of experiences. Very impressed with beautiful accommodation in every city.
Peru, Chile and Argentina 18 Days Premium with Intrepid   , Singapore, Singapore, May 2023
I will continue to use Global Journeys as their booking platform as it's easy and efficient to source for the right type of travel objective. Their agent Tracey is helpful and prompt in addressing my querys and concern,s thanks very much. So Global Journeys did well and deserve 5 stars for this.

Using the platform, I went along with Intrepid for ...read more a 18 days Premium Peru, Chile and Argentina. We (75 yo mum and myself) had great company (in Peru and only ourselves in Chile and Argentina) and guides for each of the countries. Generally, the itinerary was well paced and planned. But the elderly like my 75 yo mum and other fellow travellers may find the trekking up Machu Picchu challenging. However some of accommodation were below expectation for a premium tiered travel hence the 3 stars given.

The below par accommodation included San Augustine Plaza in Cusco where we had stayed for a total of 3 nights where night temperature is at between 2-5 degree celsius in mid May. We slept the first night without heater and not aware there was one until the next morning when we learnt from other travellers. Some travellers caught a cold as a result. Hence we requested for one. Because It’s a very old and dated 4 stared hotel, there is no sound proofing to speak off as a result, besides the bitter cold, our rest were constantly disrupted by noise from closing doors and dragging of chairs from above. The towel smelled musky from inadequate drying too. The breakfast looked like a bed and breakfast. This hotel made us wonder if there is a mistake in the type of package that we had signed up. The only saving grace was the staff who are accommodative and helpful in general.

The next accommodation in Ollantaytambo where we spent 1 night was similarly dungeon style, no heater and no kettle. There was only bottled mineral water and single used shampoo and gel bottles which I feel Intrepid has room to work towards a sustainable tourism. El Mapi accommodation were too near the bar and the music was too loud to allow a restful evening after a 3 hour trek.

Accommodation at Pullman Miraflores at Lima and Hacienda at Maldonado were brilliant.

In Chile, Hotel Altiplanici in Santiago old downtown has no kettle and no lift except for luggages. The check in staff was understanding and reallocated a room on the first floor. In Mendoza, Huentala Hotel is also very old hotel. There is no sound proofing and we can’t get a good rest as we can hear the constant corridor talk and closing of doors. The bed also sag and there is no quilt on the narrow single bed.

Intrepid should select hotels based on substance rather than form. Old hotels may look good and have charm but doesn’t meet the basic requirement of a accommodation which beside being clean is to offer guest a restful and comfortable stay. If we don’t mind such uncomfortable accommodation, we would have chosen backpacker style of travel instead of premium.

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Designed for the Galápagos, Built Around You.

30 June, 2022

Designed for the Galápagos, Built Around You.

Silver Origin Is Truly Built Around YouOver the years, our guests have asked us for only the most authentic Galápagos experience.  Enter the Silver Origin, our very first ship created entirely for a specific destination. We took what we learned from our guests and the singular geography...

Why You Need to Book Early to Secure Your Inca Trail Trek Permit

30 July, 2019

Why You Need to Book Early to Secure Your Inca Trail Trek Permit

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an incredibly special experience and a privilege to undertake. Traversing the mountain passes and cloud forests over four days en route to the fascinatingly beautiful Incan citadel, and reaching it at sunrise, is an experience reserved for a lucky...

Inca Trail vs Quarry Trail

15 November, 2018

Inca Trail vs Quarry Trail

Whether you’re a history buff, keen trekker or just a traveller up for a challenge and some epic scenery, the dream of hiking to Machu Picchu is a commonly held one. As recently as 2007, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site gained status as one of seven New Wonders of the World and won...

Guided Treks You Can Take in South America

17 October, 2018

Guided Treks You Can Take in South America

South America boasts diverse cultures and landscapes. Some of the most remote (and stunning!) reaches of this incredible continent are best accessed on foot, so it’s time to lace up the hiking boots and hit the trails! From the icy summits of the Andes to the lush jungles of Colombia, here are...