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Travel South America

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.Tick off 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!

How to Get There

With the main airports in the area - Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio, and Lima - travellers 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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WHEN TO VISIT

The seasons here aren't as simple as winter and summer. The scale of the continent and diverse terrains means there's a wide range of climatic conditions. From tropical rains to arid winds, balmy nights to icy storms, South America sees it all. It is however a year round destination with varying weather giving each place a different vibe at different times. 
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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 like it landed straight off another planet. And that’s all before the local rum kicks in! Jumping on a tour takes all the hassle out of travelling, 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. Phrase books at the ready, it’s going to be one heck of a ride!
Galapagos Island Hopping from Quito
Beginning in Quito, go island hopping through the Galapagos Islands, and discover the epic wildlife-filled region on this 9 day tour. 
Amazon to the Andes
On this 12 day adventure, you will trek through some of the most amazing jungles, climb the Andes, and view the famous Incan citadel Machu Picchu. 
Puerto Maldonado Amazon Eco-Lodge
Starting from Cuzco, you will travel to the heart of the Amazin Rainforest by boat, where you will experience the full natural Amazon experience
Galapagos Camping Adventure
Explore the Galapagos Islands, famous for its wildlife reserves and pristine waters. This activity-packed adventure won't be one to forget!
Santiago to Ushuaia
If you're looking for that adventure fix, you're in luck as this 23 day tour has it all - treks, white water rafting, and gazing at the star-filled skies. 
End of the Earth
This 15 day tour will take you from Buenos Aires to the beautiful Patagonia,  where the snow capped mountains fail to amaze.
Galapagos Camping Adventure
Explore the Galapagos Islands, famous for its wildlife reserves and pristine waters. This activity-packed adventure won't be one to forget!
Santiago to Ushuaia
If you're looking for that adventure fix, you're in luck as this 23 day tour has it all - treks, white water rafting, and gazing at the star-filled skies. 
End of the Earth
This 15 day tour will take you from Buenos Aires to the beautiful Patagonia,  where the snow capped mountains fail to amaze.
Galapagos Island Hopping from Quito
Beginning in Quito, go island hopping through the Galapagos Islands, and discover the epic wildlife-filled region on this 9 day tour. 
Amazon to the Andes
On this 12 day adventure, you will trek through some of the most amazing jungles, climb the Andes, and view the famous Incan citadel Machu Picchu. 
Puerto Maldonado Amazon Eco-Lodge
Starting from Cuzco, you will travel to the heart of the Amazin Rainforest by boat, where you will experience the full natural Amazon experience

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Peru & Bolivia

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Argentina

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Colombia

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Circle the Americas

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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 rucksacks and head on an epic adventure!
South America Tours
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 travellers. 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!
South America Spanish Course
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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