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

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Discover Some of the Must Do Experiences in South America

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.

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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

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.
Can’t wait for the next Contiki. Only have one more year.   , Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada, Feb 2022
Everything about this Contiki was amazing. The guide was amazing and we will continue to be friends long after! The people were amazing, the extras and most importantly Ecuador blew me away with its beauty! I loved everything about this trip. Can’t wait for the next Contiki!
Amazing service   , Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 2022
Amazing trip. So much adventure. Great people and great tour guide, Esteban. He gave us all the details we needed and always answered our questions and helped us in anyway he could!
An unforgettable adventure     , NSW, Australia, Nov 2019
Group travel was a new thing for us and South America was a destination that we approached with trepidation but the lure of remote Patagonia provided the inspiration to overcome our fears. We met our fellow travellers in the city of Buenos Aires, the vibrant home of the tango with a history that enveloped us with both intrigue and admiration. It’s a ...read more city with a European heart and a modern skin whose soul comes from its inhabitants who love life, eat late and gather in the cafés to chat away the night. Our group of 18 were all of similar age with a spirit for adventure and a knack for loving life – a perfect fit. We spent the next 17 days in one of the most fascinating destinations on the planet and thanks to Global Journeys and Explore it ran like a finely tuned Swiss watch, never missing a beat. Our tour guide was a delight and made sure our every need was met and with an impeccable plan for every stop, soon gained our confidence that every recommendation would provide the best possible outcome.

The itinerary was amazing encompassing the most breathtaking scenery; Tierra del Fuego and the city of Ushuaia was the conduit to the Beagle Channel and the infamous Cape Horn. Across the border into Chile and Torres del Paine National Park with its snow covered peaks, soaring Condors and abundant wildlife was the perfect backdrop for many a trek. Further north and back into Argentina, the Perito Moreno Glacier was mesmerising as it creaked and groaned and shed its ice into the waters of Lago Agentino. El Chalten was a remote mecca for hikers and climbers and the track to Mt Fitz Roy provided a challenge for those who were brave or a more gentle surprise for those who were not. The Iguazu extension was a complete contrast to the south and we were plunged into tropical jungle and the river itself on one of the many boat tours that ferry you to the base of the falls. It was an unforgettable journey that will inspire us to explore more of this remarkable continent.

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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...