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South America travel guide

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? 

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!
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Top South American Countries

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Argentina has it all, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires with its vibrant neighborhoods, to the striking mountains of the Patagonia. Find your inner romantic by learning sultry Tango dances and dine on epic cuisine. Argentina certainly has some flare!
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All bucket lists should include a trip to Peru. Hike the Inca Trail and discover Machu Picchu, explore the amazing Nazca Lines. Don't forget the rainforests, volcanoes and a night out in Lima's swanky beachfront Miraflores neighborhood. 
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From the colorful streets of Old Town Cartagena, to the rolling hills of the Coffee Triangle, to the amazing beaches, you will have a hard time deciding where to go first in Colombia. 
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As South America's largest country, it is no surprise that Brazil has so much to offer... the sizzling beaches of Rio, the heat of the Amazon Rainforst, and the beauty of Iguazu Falls. Find out why so many love this amazing country. 
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Chile's unforgettable scenery - from modern Santiago to the peaks of the Andes Mountains in the Patagonia -  make this a must see country in South America.
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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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South America Accommodation

We've got 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. 
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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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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.
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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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