South America

SOUTH AMERICA

Destination Inspiration

From the awe-inspiring wilderness of Patagonia to the tropics of the Amazon rainforest; the vivid patchwork of Rio's favelas to the cobbled alleys of Cuzco, South America is home to some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and National Geographic wonders on the planet.

       

Marvel at world-famous landmarks like Machu Picchu and Christ the Redeemer, learn to salsa and tango like the pros, and sample some of the finest wines and Pisco Sourz around!  South America is packed full of adventure. So what are you waiting for? Let's get this show on the road!

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

WHEN TO VISIT

The seasons here aren't as simple as winter and summer. The scale of the continent and diverse terrains means a range of climates are found. From tropical rains to arid winds, balmy nights to icy storms, this place sees it all. It is however a year round destination with the varying weather giving each place a different vibe at different times. So whatever you're after South America will deliver.
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How to Get There

With the main airports in the area - Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio, and Lima - travelers have great bases from which to explore, with Santiago and Bogota also having a decent air offering. From these cities there are flights to other domestic locations and plenty of overland routes, land travel being the most popular option with excellent national and international bus services around the region.
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Top South American Cities

Buenos Aires

A city with true soul, Argentina's capital is the world-renowned seductress. From the bohemian vibes of San Telmo and quirky markets, to sultry Tango dances and epic cuisine, Buenos Aires certainly has some flare!
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Rio de Janeiro

Wrapped in white beaches, rocky peaks and the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer - Rio struts its iconic beauty like a carnival showgirl! Behind the glitter and feathers, there's an equally famous grit that brings together everything that you could possibly want in one incredible city!
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Cuzco

Set in the heart of the Andes and your gateway to the mighty Machu Picchu, Cuzco is a true gem, a traveler's dream of winding alleyways, epic landscapes and a vibrant local culture. Old colonial architecture mixes with Inca ruins creating a fascinating stage, a photographer's dream. Visit colorful market places, wander beautiful streets, try delicious Peruvian cuisine and down an Inca Cola or two!
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BOGOTÁ

As the capital of Colombia, Bogotá is a cosmopolitan city bursting with history and culture. From colorful, colonial streets and amazing eateries to museums galore, this is often travelers' entry point to Colombia and is a great place to start getting to know this fascinating country.
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South American Journeys

South America is all about discovering new worlds. You’ll see the ruins of lost jungle cities, surreal desert landscapes, ice age frontiers and wildlife that looks straight from another planet. And that’s all before the local rum kicks in! Jumping on a tour takes all the hassle out of traveling, opens your mind to local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over the world. It’s going to be one heck of a ride!

Take on the continent's top routes

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Southern Cross - Rio to Lima
If you're looking for adventure with a capital 'A', you've come to the right place. Trek to Machu Picchu, hit the mesmerizing Salar de Uyuni and party on down in La Paz. It's all here for the taking!
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In Search of Iguassu
Kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop on a flight to São Paulo on your way to the beautiful Brazilian coast. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our Copacabana hotel.
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See South America's natural wonders

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The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Combine the cultural highlights of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world's best-known hiking trails. Or take the more relaxed route and go by train instead. Whatever your travel style there's a Machu Picchu trip for everyone.
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End of the Earth
Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience one of the world’s most pristine wilderness settings, this challenging 2-week adventure packages the region’s essential highlights into one incredible journey. Explore Torres del Paine, encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and hike Glacier National Park. Prepare to be awed!
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Do your thing in South America!

We have loads of group, flexible and independent ways to travel around and spend time in South America. So strap on your backpacks and head on an epic adventure!
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South America Tours
From the Amazon to the Andes, the Incas to Iguassu - these top tours will make sure you cover all of the many amazing natural wonders and cultural must-sees of South America. Vibrant cities with ancient cultures and stunning landscapes with rich heritage - everything that's not to be missed on your South American adventure!
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Sleep With Us in South America
We've handpicked the best places to stay because we've done it ourselves and know exactly what you're after! Cheap, funky, fun - a place where you can meet like minded travelers. Experience everything South America has to offer with heaps of free nights on offer. Sweet!
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Hop-On-Hop-Off Buses
A hop-on hop-off bus pass is perfect for budget travelers or anyone who wants the freedom and independence to make your own decisions. Plus, you'll meet loads of new, like-minded mates to share experiences with along the way.
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Volunteer in South America
Whether it's helping children, teaching English or taking on a conservation project, South America is a great location to spend time volunteering!
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Learn a Language
Start your trip with some language lessons and soon you'll be able to chat in Español like a local! We've got courses throughout South America so you can choose to learn the lingo anywhere from cosmopolitan cities to blissful beachside locations.
Antarctica
From South America to Antarctica
Continue your journey south from Argentina and join a once in a lifetime Antarctic expedition. Travel with experts in the field and see the most remote corner of our planet with its incredible wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery.

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