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San Rafael Falls in Ecuador

San Rafael Falls in Ecuador

With promises of the Amazon Rainforest to Andean peaks, celebrated beaches to intriguing ancient ruins, South America is a destination of diversity that offers a mixture of natural majesty and captivating heritage.

With high vaccination rates and low Covid numbers, ideal weather and endless things to do, you can enjoy a vacation that begins with a warm welcome and ends with fantastic memories.

Whether sipping wine in Argentina or visiting the giant tortoises on the Galapagos, the four main reasons to travel to South America now can inspire the best experiences for your preferred trip with the help of a Zicasso travel specialist.

4 Reasons to Travel Now

Palm trees and blue Caribbean water on the beach of San Juan del Guia in Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Travel Confidently in Countries With High Vaccination Rates and Low Covid Numbers

Across South America, the duality of Covid numbers dropping and vaccination rates rising have allowed for local life and international travel to safely return. While the logistics for entry and exploration differs between countries, more and more are welcoming visitors with more relaxed requirements to make it easier to travel to and around your most desired destinations across South America. Many of the countries in South America have incredible tourism infrastructures, making them safer to visit and much easier to plan an unforgettable trip, especially with the help of a Zicasso travel specialist who has local understanding and unparalleled experience.

Enjoy Ideal Weather and Endless Things to Do

As the Northern Hemisphere inches closer into winter and the colder season, South America and the Southern Hemisphere are moving closer to the warmth of summer. The changing seasons open up new adventures across the continent for an ideal time to discover new destinations like Patagonia or Colombia’s Caribbean coastline. From the Andes Mountains to the famous Brazilian beaches, when visiting South America in spring or summer, you are spoiled with the choice of how to experience a new destination according to your travel preferences and desired experiences.

Experience Incredible Hospitality and a Warm Welcome

Countries in South America with established tourist infrastructures are eager and excited to welcome visitors back with warm welcomes. While the established travel logistics may change from country to country, hotels, guides, and tourism services are focused on giving you the best possible experience from safety measures to thinking outside of the box to create an unforgettable guided tour. No matter how you prefer to travel, you can expect a warm welcome with incredible hospitality as locals inside and out of the tourism industry receive your visit and the return of travelers.

Every Destination Offers a Spectacular Vacation

No matter what kind of traveler you are, South America can bring you an exciting adventure or unforgettable luxury. Each destination is unique and provides distinctive experiences based on the local culture, topography, and your preferences. Whether eager to trek the Andes Mountains, explore the Amazon Rainforest, lounge on a white-sand beach, or simply visit galleries that feature local artists in a colonial town, every destination will speak to your spectacular vacation.


Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Peru is a complex combination of diverse cultures, distinctive ecosystems, and impressive culture to create an unforgettable experience. Ancient settlements, fantastic museums, and mouthwatering cuisine that embodies the country’s cultural diversity demonstrate Peru’s wonder and indefinability. From the highest navigable lake in the world to the legend of Machu Picchu, the mysteries of the Nazca Lines to the enticing wildlife of the Amazon, luxurious Pacific beaches to traditional Andean towns, Peru is an endless delight to discover.

Entry Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers are welcome to Peru without need for testing. Unvaccinated travelers can enter Peru with a negative Covid-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours old, or a negative antigen result no more than 24 hours old.

Learn more: Peru Tours & Vacations 

Ecuador & Galapagos

Baby sea lion on the beach in the Galapagos

Ecuador is timeless in its beauty and distinction with colonial towns, white-sand beaches, Andean culture, Amazon rainforest, and renowned Galapagos islands. Whether exploring the grandeur of the entire country or discovering the wonders of the Galapagos, you can find endless adventure in the heritage, wildlife, and scenery. With highland haciendas or remote island lava fields, you can experience cultural and geological diversity, search for tropical birds or witness the famous blue footed boobies with each new experience accentuating the tenants that make Ecuador and the Galapagos fascinations.

Entry Requirements: Vaccinated travelers are welcome to Ecuador without testing, while unvaccinated travelers must arrive with a negative Covid-19 PCR rest. Only vaccinated travelers are able to travel to the Galapagos.

Learn more: Galapagos and Ecuador Tours & Vacations


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Exotic plants, vibrant wildlife, colorful culture, and golden- to white-sand beaches create the captivating ambiance of Brazil. Metropolises move to a specific rhythm and the natural landscape exudes an otherworldly beauty demonstrating in red-rock canyons and crashing waterfalls, tropical islands fringed with coral to dense rainforest supporting pink dolphins and scarlet macaws. The diversity of possibilities span captivating flavors and idyllic beaches, jungle exploration and world-class museums to create a tropical paradise perfect for the unique experiences any kind of traveler craves.

Entry Requirements: Travelers must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

Learn more: Brazil Tours & Vacations


Colombia is a land of surprising treasures and remote corners, where contrasts converge to show you Andean peaks and tropical jungle, idyllic Caribbean beaches to deserts blanketed with sun. Colonial towns, cosmopolitan cities, coffee culture, and salsa music accentuated the spirited ambiance across the country while the alluring outdoors provide countless opportunities for adventure. Whether looking into colonial history or eager to watch for whales along the Pacific coast, interested in trekking to a forgotten Incan temple or eager to lounge on a tropical beach, Colombia can feel unspoiled and enchanting.

Entry Requirements: American travelers are welcome without restriction.

Learn more: Colombia Tours & Vacations 

Expected Openings

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Argentina: We anticipate Argentina to open around October 1. The upcoming months are an ideal time to visit Argentina, and if you are interested, now is the time to connect with a travel specialist to learn more about what will be possible. Learn more: Argentina Tours & Vacations

Chile: Chile is open to travelers, but a five-day quarantine is currently required. We expect this requirement will drop off, and for those interested in travel in the next few months, particularly over the Christmas holidays, should connect with a travel specialist to put plans in motion. Learn more: Chile Tours & Vacations

Ready to Plan Your Trip to South America?

Woman in traditional Peruvian clothings walking in Chinchero village

Chinchero, Peru

The countries in South America display the wide variety of cultural and natural diversity that can introduce you to Andean villages or Amazonian boom-towns, cosmopolitan cities or colonial settlements that feel immersed in the connective landscapes. With the marvels of nature spanning snowy peaks to hanging glaciers, penguins to caiman, you can learn more about how to plan your best South America trip by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707 or by filling out a Trip Request.

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