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From the awesome white-washed wilderness of Patagonia to the sunbeaten Mayan ruins of Mexico, Latin America is home to some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and National Geographic wonders on the planet. You could spend years discovering everything that Latin America has to offer, making it one of the best destinations for big overland trips and Gap Year travel.


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Brazil | Peru | Argentina | Colombia | Chile | Ecuador | Costa Rica | Mexico | Cuba

South America - Our Top Picks

To summarize South America would be to sell it short because it has it all: glaciers, exotic jungles, epic waterfalls, soaring peaks, desert plains, vineyards, sand dunes, ancient ruins and cultural cities. South America rewards those who travel there with its diversity.

Brazil

Brazil is one big festival of sound, color, sights and smells. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the steamy trails through the Amazon rainforest, Brazil is the big daddy of South America. Take in the Iguazu Falls, laze about on Copacabana's sands and pay a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer.
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Peru

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca...we love Peru!
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Argentina

Argentina is proud of its heritage and culture. Taste wines in Mendoza, feel the spray of mighty Iguassu Falls on your face, trek through the icy peaks of Patagonia and take a tango lesson in Buenos Aires.
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Colombia

The fusion of Latin American and Caribbean cultures makes Colombia not only an exciting country to visit, but one that's sure to add a touch of sparkle to your trip. Jam packed with exotic destinations, joyful local communities and pretty much the best coffee in the world, what's not to love? Check out our exciting packages, day trips and top accommodation.
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Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Easter Island, and some of the most surftastic beaches in the world... Chile is an epic natural spectacle. This country is huge - so get to grips with how to travel this must-see part of South America right here...
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Ecuador

Trek, raft, zipline or bungy in Baños, explore rugged volcano landscapes around Cotopaxi, or prepare to enter nature-lovers Nirvana amidst the fabled Galapagos Islands.
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Central America - Our Top Picks

Central America offers a completely different perspective of Latin America, demonstrating the tapestry of cultures and influences that makes this continent so fascinating. From the turquoise seas and Caribbean beaches of the East coast, to the magnificent Mayan ruins of Mexico and jungles of Nicaragua, Central America may be small but it is pretty mighty too!

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Hiking, ziplining, kayaking and whitewater rafting are just some of the activities you can do in the rainforests, before recovering on in a hammock on a beach with a cold beer.
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Mexico

Mexico's perfect for adventure and offers up a whole lot of of history and culture. Climb ruins, snorkel with sharks, fill your mind with all things Mayan and get some quality beach action. Ay, caramba! Oh, and the food is spectacular too.
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Cuba

Hailed as the travel destination of the moment, there's no better time to visit Cuba than right now! Groove to the sounds of salsa, visit the pulse-pounding old quarter of Havana, chill out on gorgeous Caribbean beaches and lose yourself in towns frozen in time. Cuba has it all, from off the beaten track adventures to pure relaxation. Sound ideal? We think so too!
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Things to do

Due to the sheer size of Latin America, getting your travel planned out is key. We have a great range of tours in South and Central America, including epic overland adventure tours and special Inca Trail treks. For more independent travelers, check out our bus passes!
Latin America
Adventure Tours
From Inca Trail treks to whitewater rafting in Costa Rica and a whole lot more in between, Latin America touring is pretty epic. Search for your perfect tour of South and Central America.
Latin America
Latin America Bus Passes
The diverse geographical landscapes and never-ending roads of Latin America make it perfect for overland travel, and what better way to explore than with the flexibility of a hop-on-hop-off bus pass? Set off to discover lost cities and ancient civilizations, bask in warm sunshine on tropical beaches, take on the mighty Andes and party like a local in the hot-spots of the booming Latino capitals!
Latin America
Volunteer Projects
From Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica to teaching English in Argentina, we have loads of exciting volunteer opportunities in Latin America. Take a look at some of our options and get in touch with our Travel Experts for more information.

Latin America tours

Home to many of the world’s greatest natural and manmade wonders, our tours of South America allow you experience world famous landmarks such as Machu Picchu of Peru, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and the unforgettable Amazon rainforest, which spans a mind-blowing 9 countries.
ULTIMATE INCA TRAIL

A once in a lifetime trek to one of the greatest sights on earth.

South America Tours

From $1253

8 days

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GALAPAGOS EXPRESS

An unforgettable one-week tour of the Galapagos Islands

South America Tours

From $1509

7 days

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THE INCA TRAIL

Experience one of the world’s most famous hiking adventures.

South America tours

From $949

7 days

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See these awesome South American countries on a shoestring budget.
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Amazon to Andes
This awesome trekking adventure will take you to Machu Picchu, the Amazon rainforest and the peaks of the Andes.
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Absolute Peru
This epic 3-week tour of Peru covers a little bit of everything this diverse country offers. From bustling cities to dense jungles, you’ll remember this trip forever.
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