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Jaguar in Brazil's Pantanal

Pantanal wetlands, Brazil

Untouched wilderness, distinctive culture, and a range of landscapes that take you from pristine white glaciers to gorgeous white-sand beaches are all yours to explore in Central and South America, and these seven itineraries for a first-timer are the perfect place to start.

Whether eager to plunge into the rainforest in search of scarlet macaw or trek through the ruins of Machu Picchu, travel between the volcanic islands of the Galapagos or search for jaguars in the world’s biggest wetlands of Brazil’s Pantanal, Central and South America are rich with ancient culture, natural history, and indelible beauty.

The right trip for you will account for your preferences, goals, and interests as you discover the wonders that make this region of the world both timeless and compelling.

1. Argentina - Embrace Culture, Flavor, and Scenery

Hiking under Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina

Argentina is a country of captivating culture and expansive landscapes and the 12 Day Argentinian Introduction: Culture, Wine, and the Southern Patagonian Scenery tour uncovers where you can dance the tango, sail past a soaring ice wall, stroll through vineyards, or witness the raw power of a thundering waterfall. With the alluring hum of Buenos Aires, the idyllic Mendoza scenery accentuated by a private cooking class, the mystical shimmering cliffs and peaks of the glacial ice sheet, and panoramas of the renowned Iguazu Falls, you can experience adventure, breathtaking landscapes, and the thrill of exploration.

Learn more: Argentina Tours & Vacations | Argentina Travel Guide 

2. Brazil- Classic Culture, Stunning Landscapes, and Magnificent Coastline

Deserted beach with coconut trees in Ilhéus on the coast of Bahia Brazil

The coast of Bahia Brazil

Interested in the famous vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro or the elegant clear waters along the edges of Salvador de Bahia, the Classic 13-Day Brazil Tour of Rio, Iguazu, Salvador, & More is an encompassing experience of heritage and natural scenery across the country. From the prestige of Iguacu Falls to the dramatic design of the Sao Bento Monastery in Rio, the renowned Christ the Redeemer Statue to trekking through the lush Fazenda Juerana forest, the combination of natural charm, historical marvels, and cultural warmth create an unforgettable Brazil experience.

Learn more: Brazil Tours & Vacations 

3. Chile - Uncovering Photogenic Landscape and Local Flavor

Wild flowers blooming in Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile

The picturesque scenery of Chile is priceless and yours to discover on the 12-Day Exploration of Chile's Diverse and Photogenic Landscapes. Experience the diverse majesty of the Atacama Desert’s pure white sands that resemble snow and the glinting hanging glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. Sample the dynamic layers and characteristics of the winelands to find your preferred flavor and trek through the untouched corners of Patagonia to find exceptional panoramic views of the Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, and the stunning local wildlife. Stargaze and the open sky, embrace the allure of a lunar valley, and enjoy Chile’s unique wonder.

Learn more: Chile Tours & Vacations | Chile Travel Guide

4. Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos - Luxury in the Galapagos and Andes Mountains

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

The 18-day Exceptional Galapagos and Peru Tour of a Lifetime brings the fame, wonder, and majesty of both Ecuador and Peru into the spotlight. Experience the wonders that will take you from the Spanish colonial streets of Quito and marvelous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands to the  Incan ruins of Machu Picchu and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Witness the marvelous boulders that established dramatic fortresses in the Andean mountains and search for renowned sea turtles along volcanic beaches. From natural history to cultural heritage, you can experience true wonder and luxury in Ecuador and Peru.

Learn more: Galapagos Islands Vacations & Tours |  Peru Vacations & Tours 

5. Colombia - Cultural, Urban, and Coastal Immersion

Rock of Guatapé and Peno Lake in Colombia

Rock of Guatapé and Peno Lake in Colombia

Enjoy the iconic Colombian cities and distinctive heritage when on the Colombia Cultural Immersion: 9-Day Tour of Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena. From the Andes to the Caribbean Sea, each new destination exhibits its own distinctive personality and offers new ways to explore the beauty and cultural charms of the country. Embrace historic landmarks in the capital of Bogota to find golden relics and masterworks by Botero. Bask in the Eternal Spring of Medellin to find lush landscapes and vibrant local culture. Indulge in the tropical climate and colonial architecture of Cartagena to find a different rhythm of life.

Learn more: Colombia Vacations & Tours

6. Costa Rica - Costa Rica for Couples: Choose Your Own Adventures

Couple on a suspension bridge in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Costa Rice can be as thrilling or as relaxing as you would like and Costa Rica for Couples: Choose Your Own Adventures allows you to embrace the romance and excitement of the biodiversity and microclimates found across the country. Wander through blossoming gardens, search the treetops for rare signs of exotic birdlife, and venture through the romantic wilderness on horseback to reach a rushing waterfall. Whether looking at the glow of the bioluminescent sea or lounging in thermal pools, rafting down the Pacuare River or dining with candlelight under the forest canopy, you can discover the magic of Costa Rica as you prefer.

Learn more: Costa Rica Tours & Vacation Packages | Costa Rica Travel Guide

7. Belize - ​​Beautiful Belize Tour: Jungles, Beaches, and Culture

Paradise beach on beautiful island South Water Caye, Belize.

South Water Caye, Belize

With remarkable natural beauty that can have you exploring exotic jungle or the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the Tropical Beaches to Lush Jungle: Beautiful Belize Escape is the perfect blend of luxury, adventure, and exploration in a tropical paradise. Climb Mayan ruins and learn to cook with ingredients once used during the height of the empire. Travel across the glinting Five Blue Lakes. Uncover secluded swimming holes and embrace the welcoming view of a relaxing seaside resort. From freshly made chocolate to rainforest luxuries, Belize is a destination in which you can truly indulge.

Learn more: Belize Vacations & Tours 

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Plaza Santa Teresa in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Glamour, natural beauty, and the enticing charisma of unforgettable heritage establish South America’s endless allure. From trekking through Patagonia to exploring Brazil’s Amazon region, visiting Andean villages in Peru to lounging in a Colonial Caribbean town in Colombia, each country possesses its own unique splendor and personality. For more helpful information on how you can enjoy the scenery, cuisine, traditions, and culture, you can speak with a local travel specialist free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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