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Latin America travel guide

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. 

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.
A surfer wearing a wetsuit on a beach in 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.
An alpaca in front of a lake


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!
a backpacker hiking in the Pategonia of 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.
A colorful street in Cartegena Colombia


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.
A kayaker in a lake surrounded by mountains


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...

Central America and Mexico - Our Top Picks

Central America and Mexico offer 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!
A female overlooking mountains in Monteverde Costa Rica

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.
A picturesque street in Antigua Guatemala


Soaked in Mayan culture and history, Guatemala retains an old world feel and ancient local customs. From the colonial beauty of the old capital, Antigua, to the intoxicatingly vibrant markets of Chichicastenango, the country is dripping in color. It has some pretty epic landscapes too, Lake Atitlán and Acatenango volcano to name but two. And let's not forget the impressive jungle ruins of Tikal.
Typical Mexican skull art


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.

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!
Two alpacas overlooking Machu Picchu

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. To book, speak to a Travel Expert for details.
The outline of a woman dancing on a beach at sunset

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!
A large sea turtle swimming underwater

Volunteer Projects

From Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica to teaching English in Argentina, we have tons 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.
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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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