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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 348 guided and self-guided adventures through this unique and diverse continent bursting with life and culture.

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APT is an Australian family-owned company whose essence began in Melbourne in the 1920s. More than 90 years on, APT offers life-enriching trips to every...more continent, and through the company’s vast industry experience, meticulous planning and unquestionable passion it's earned a place among the world’s most well-regarded travel companies. From boutique river cruising to small-group 4WD adventures; traditional coach touring with a decadent twist; epic rail journeys to small-ship expeditions; classic ocean cruising to safaris of discovery by both land and air – there’s little APT are unwilling to consider in pursuit of creating the finest holiday experience for its valued guests. Timeless luxury, exclusive experiences, life enriching moments and true personalisation. APT offers all-inclusive holidays so everything is taken care of. We invite you to join us; you won’t be disappointed.
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Contiki are the world leaders in travel experiences for 18-35’s. We exist to connect young travellers to the time of their lives. We believe in real experiences...more and we care about making sure these experiences contribute positively to the people and places we visit. We are focused on discovery, once-in-a-lifetime moments, human connections, and making every second of being young count. For over 55 years we’ve been perfecting the secret formula to the perfect trip - we know you’re after unique experiences, local insight and accommodation that’s more than a place to sleep. We run over 350 trips across 6 continents, each one designed to get to the beating heart of a destination, understanding the local way of life, unearthing unforgettable experiences and creating lifelong memories. Real experiences, unique accommodation, local food, the best team and awesome people all deliver Contiki’s no regrets experience.
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G Adventures came from a desire to deliver authentic and responsible small group travel adventures that were equally life-changing for travellers and the...more communities they visit. And we’re been doing just that for almost 30 years. Our award-winning trips span seven continents and over 100 countries, giving you meaningful experiences with people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife, as well as offering you the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own. On all of our tours, you get to know locals every step of the way, from the places you visit and stay to where you eat and drink. You’ll also get to experience our ‘G for Good’ social impact initiatives on-trip, including our industry-leading ‘Ripple Score’. This score measures, as a percentage, the amount of money that stays in the local community through on-trip services like accommodation, restaurants and transport.
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Discover Some of the Must Do Experiences in South America



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.

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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.

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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

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.
Fantastic Peru     , NSW, Australia, Oct 2022
This was a first time trip to South America for my wife and I. Having seen the usual tourist photos of Machu Picchu and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, it was not difficult to decide that Peru would be a good choice for an introduction to South America. We selected Cosmos's "Mysteries of the Inca Empire" tour and added Peru's Amazon plus Arequipa ...read more and Colca Canyon extensions to the start and end of the tour. Our holiday was outstanding! Such a diverse range of sights and activities, feeding piranha in the jungle back waters, night-time "hunts" for caiman, monkeys and tarantulas, learning how to spot the difference between alpacas and llamas, climbing the Inca steps at Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu and watching the magnificent condors at Colca Canyon. Not much more you could ask for! This was a well organised tour, in a beautiful country full of friendly people. A trip not to be missed. Thank you Cosmos and Global Journeys.
Andes, Iguassu & Beyond   , NSW, Australia, Aug 2022
It was a fabulous trip. Our CEOs Joy and Camilar were professional tour guides with lots of humor and knowledge and caring personalities. Our (me and my husband) highlights were the Gaucho experience with horse riding and Argentinian BBQ and the Iguassu Fall. Beautiful beaches of Brazil and the Christ Redeemer was also spectacular. The tour was well ...read more organised and people were kind. We will consider another tour in the future with Global Journeys and G Adventures. Thanks all.
Wild Peru   , TAS, Australia, Jul 2022
More beautiful than I could have ever imagined, and worth every step of the four day trek through the wild Andean mountains and 5,300m passes to get there. I've never been as challenged physically or mentally, but I've also never been somewhere so stunning in its natural beauty, so remote and so far off the beaten tourist path. We saw a grand total ...read more of five other trekkers during the five days we were there! Crooked Compass thank you for the adventure of a lifetime, the Ausangate trek and your Wild Peru itinerary has moved me and changed me in ways I could never have predicted.

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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...