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<p>Steeped in ancient traditions and adventurous landscapes, South America offers charismatic cities and breathtaking natural wonders. From the Amazon rainforest to Patagonian glaciers, white-sand beaches to Andean plains, the wonders of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world abound. Whether interested in cultural treasures or timeless landscapes, South America is exceptionally diverse and endlessly enchanting. Zicasso travel specialists have planned over 40,000 trips to this region of the world and look forward to designing yours.</p>

Steeped in ancient traditions and adventurous landscapes, South America offers...

Steeped in ancient traditions and adventurous landscapes, South America offers charismatic cities and breathtaking natural wonders. From the Amazon rainforest to Patagonian glaciers, white-sand beaches to Andean plains, the wonders of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world abound. Whether interested in cultural treasures or timeless landscapes, South America is exceptionally diverse and endlessly enchanting. Zicasso travel specialists have planned over 40,000 trips to this region of the world and look forward to designing yours.

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Vinicunca, or Rainbow mountain, near Cusco, Peru
Paradisiacal Peru: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,379

​​As one of the largest countries in South America, Peru is an all-encompassing land, and this 8-day tour ensures that the country's unparalleled natural beauty, rich culture, and iconic heritage are yours to enjoy. From the shores of the Pacific to the towering heights of the Andes, a variety of explorations will provide you with a balanced approach to uncovering Peru's many treasures.

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Rock of Guatapé and Peno Lake in Colombia

Culture shines from the capital of Bogota to the metropolitan of Medellin and the port city of Cartagena, three iconic destinations to visit on this cityscape, Andean region, and coastal 9-day Colombia adventure. You will admire La Candelaria’s historic landmarks, explore the notorious life of Pablo Escobar, and stand atop the Rock of Guatapé, among other thrilling Colombian experiences along the way.

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Jaguar in natural habitat of the Pantanal, Brazil
10-Day Brazil: Wildlife and Nature Explorer

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $7,795

Embrace the wonders of the natural world where wildlife teems beneath the jungle canopy during your 10-day Brazil adventure. Experience the elusive world of jaguars and macaw, winding rivers and enticing mangroves as you explore Brazil’s famous Amazon Rainforest. Lounge in luxurious accommodations, bask in the splendor of authentic beauty, and enjoy an active exploration through countless possibilities as you uncover layers of nature’s majesty.

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Small town at the foot of the Andes, province of Salta, Argentina
Argentina Explorer: Capital, Forests, Andes Mountains, and Wine Country

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,539

Travelers seeking complete cultural immersion and laidback luxury in Argentina will be absorbed by the allure and charms of the country’s capital city, forested UNESCO World Heritage Sites, breathtaking villages in the shadows of the Andes Mountains, and the timeless wines of the Mendoza region on this tailored 12-day ultimate vacation. Let the wonders of the South American landscapes and Argentinian heritage sweep you off your feet.

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Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina
Heart of Patagonia: Two-Week Tour of Chile and Argentina

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $9,235

The grandeur of nature, the thrill of exploration, and the serene beauty of the wilderness will immerse you in endless wonder during your 14-day Chile and Patagonia tour. From penguin colonies to hanging glaciers, calving icebergs to towering ice walls, the promises of Patagonia create an exciting allure and unforgettable collection of memories. Trek the trails, indulge in the culture, and embrace the endless spectacle of the Patagonian landscape.

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Sea lion on the beach.
14 Day Galapagos Adventure

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $13,645

Experience the ultimate adventure during this 14-day Galapagos, Ecuador, and Peru tour. Discover the wild splendors of the famous Galapagos Islands, traverse the captivating diversity of the Amazon jungle, and witness the architectural marvel of Machu Picchu and the preserved Andean culture of Misminay. From penguins to llamas and from sacred wildlife to the Sacred Valley, uncover the breathtaking heritage of natural history and captivating tradition.

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Atacama Salt Flats, Chile
Cultural Kaleidoscope Road Trip from Salta to the Atacama

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,135

Argentina and Chile boast picturesque Patagonian forests and remarkable cultural destinations peppering this unspoiled paradise, all of which you may admire on this immersive 12-day road trip sharing the heritage of these South American countries and their people with you. Traveling from the bustling city of Salta to the immense Salt Flats of Atacama Desert, you will explore the kaleidoscopic culture of Patagonia.

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Moai statues on Easter Island, Chile

Embrace unique and diverse experiences during your exclusive 13-day Chile highlights tour. You will have an immersive experience in cultural and natural grandeur in a country full of splendor. From the pristine Atacama Desert to soaring Torres del Paine towers, Santiago’s cosmopolitan charm to the image of Easter Island’s Moai, your customizable tour of Chile will bring you face to face with adventure, discovery, and unforgettable luxury.

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Valley of the Moon, Atacama Desert, Chile

Lavish adventures across Argentina and Chile are boundless on this exciting 21-day South American journey showcasing the culture and heritage of these exquisite destinations. Along the way, you will explore mesmerizing desert landscapes, wondrous geothermal regions, and flourishing emerald valleys beneath the soaring summits of the Andes Mountains while relishing the first-class touches of luxury travel in each breathtaking region.

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Salto Grande waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Wonders of Chile: City, Desert, Mountain Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,920

Experience the wonders of Chile for nine days as you relish this handcrafted tour weaving from the beating heart of Santiago to the soaring powdery snow peaks fringing Puerto Natales. From the delectable delicacies to the fascinating history, you will explore a wealth of Chilean heritage during this experience tailored to nature enthusiasts looking for an escape from the every day and the mundane.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Marvels of Peru and Brazil Tour: Natural and Cultural Discoveries

15 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,340

South America reliably presents visitors wit a unique cocktail of raw natural beauty and charming urban centers, and this 15-day tour of Brazil and Peru will present plenty of both as you make your way from the rugged Andean mountains to the shores of the Atlantic ocean. A combination of leisure time and guided excursions will also ensure that you make the most out of each destination you visit.

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Aromatic coffee at a tasting in Costa Rica
Coffee, Chocolate & Cocktails Tour of Costa Rica

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,395

The world’s most coveted coffees, chocolates, and cocktails blend seamlessly on this 12-day journey through Costa Rica, immersing you in the origins of some of the most prized coffee and cocoa beans. Enjoy a cup of fresh drip brewed in the micro-mills where coffee beans are grown for world champion baristas and coffee cuppers (the sommeliers of the coffee world). Indulge in decadent organic dark chocolate and sip on rum harvested from locally sourced sugar canes. This tour also visits an organic farm where natural ingredients that accentuate the flavors of coffee are meticulously matured, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and black pepper. Embark on a unique adventure through Costa Rica's cloud forests, volcanoes and pristine nature that stimulates all of the senses, while simultaneously indulging in the famous laid-back lifestyle of La Pura Vida. EXPLORING FURTHER Did you know that Costa Rica contains an exceptional wealth of wildlife relative to its size? More than 5% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica, even though its landmass is a mere 0.03% of the planet. With over 100 protected areas, 801 miles of coastline, and 121 volcanic formations, the country contains 10% of the world’s butterflies, 750,000 species of insects, and 52 species of hummingbirds. To explore Costa Rica’s wildlife up close, consider browsing our Costa Rica vacations to include a face-to-face experience with a smiling sloth.

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Wine Regions of South America Tour: An Indulgence of Flavors

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,245

Touring South America offers the perfect wine trail, combining the soils of the Andes, Pacific coastal plain, and the riverside pampas. Your custom tailored tour embraces the diverse characteristics of vineyards spread across Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay for a tour as unique as the wines you taste. Let the sounds of the tango in Buenos Aires seductively move your body. Wander amongst the cobblestone streets and colonial homes of Colonia. Witness the snowcapped peak of the Andean Mountains and discover decadent chocolates crafted in Mendoza. Follow the wine trail across South America for an unforgettable journey of flavorful cultures.

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Romantic Getaway to South America Tour: Stunning Landscapes to Intimate Excursions

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,920

Make a romantic declaration that echoes through the mountains of Patagonia and across the vineyards of the Maipo Valley. Express your passion through tango learned in a private studio in Buenos Aires and linger beneath the seductive artwork decorating hidden niches of Santiago. Your custom tailored tour enchants you with opulent views of volcanic peaks and captivates you with the pleasures of artisan chocolates. Blend ardor and adventure as you cycle around the shimmering lakes of Bariloche. Experience intrigue and flirtation as you and your partner share in unforgettable romance spreading across the cultural and scenic wonders of Chile and Argentina.

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Inca Soul to Tango Passion: Essence of Peru & Buenos Aires Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,667

The rugged stones of an Incan fortress tower over the mountainside of Machu Picchu as the melodic rhythms of a tango emanate from hidden dance studios in Buenos Aires. Your custom-tailored South America tour immerses you in Incan history and Argentinian culture on a luxurious exploration across mountain slopes and cobblestone streets. Toucans hide in the jungle canopy and staggering waterfalls cause the mist to rise across the sky. From verdant valleys to agricultural terraces, you will discover how heritage shapes culture and how the past has fashioned the present in Peru and Argentina.

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Best of Buenos Aires, Santiago & Easter Island Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,245

The unique spirit of South America emanates from the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires and the colorful culture of Santiago and accentuates the historical mystique of Easter Island. Indulge in the charming café culture and bohemian renaissance. Enjoy the enticing aroma of fresh seafood drifting out of the central market. Feel the exhilaration of adventure, as you wander through a cave to view historical paintings and learn the skills of South American cowboys romping along the plain. Your custom tailored tour embraces charm and beauty, immersing you in the splendors of tango and wonders of wine, relaxing on pristine beaches and relishing breathtaking stonework.

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Wonders of Peru & Ecuador: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Galapagos Island Cruise

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,695

South America is filled with legendary culture and landscape edging the mystical, with no greater stories than those of the Inca in the Andes and the enchanting islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. Gigantic stones continue to adorn the summits of surreal mountaintops. Sea iguanas dive into crystal clear waters, and sea lions bask on powdery-white beaches. Discover the thrilling peaks of Peru; bask in the colonial charm of Quito and enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife on Ecuadorian volcanic islands. This South American tour turns idyllic daydreams into an unforgettable reality.

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South America Tour for Active Travelers

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,895

Argentina and Chile offer the pleasures of a luxurious odyssey, combining comfort from the streets of cosmopolitan cities with the adventure of the mountaintops towering over the Patagonian steppe. Horses gallop across the landscape on traditional private estancias and glaciers soar above the bordering waterways. Vineyards glow emerald against the backdrop of the Andes Mountains and tango dancers stare passionately into each other’s eyes. Indulge in opulent accommodations and lavish landscapes, searching for grazing guanacos and sleeping flamingos while wandering mystical forest trails. Your customizable adventure embodies excitement and desire for an indelible South American discovery.

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History, Culture & Wine of Chile and Argentina Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,595

From murals decorating the walls of a Santiago barrio (neighborhood) to tango dancers moving passionately along cobblestone streets in Buenos Aires, this tour introduces you to the diverse lifestyles encompassing the pleasures of the plains, the splendors of the mountains, and the flavorful wines of Mendoza. Watch gauchos, South Americans cowboys, traipse across the plain and race one another around the corral. Sample decadent chocolate treats and delight in the vibrant morning rush at the central market. Your customizable tour immerses you in Argentine and Chilean history and culture, creating a captivating experience of a lifetime.

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Exceptional Galapagos and Peru Tour of a Lifetime

18 Day Custom Tour

Enjoy the trip of a lifetime with this 18-day Ecuador and Peru tour that will immerse you in the pristine wilderness of secluded islands and the exceptional Inca ruins in the Andes. Travel in complete luxury when searching for blue-footed boobies on rugged shores and trek the trail that winds to Machu Picchu. Bask in the radiant flavors of traditional ingredients that shape contemporary dishes and enjoy dramatic views of Lake Titicaca as you discover, explore, and embrace the unique splendors of Ecuador and Peru, from the Galapagos to Puno.

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Wonders of South America: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil Tour

18 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,439

Urbane sophistication and the grandness of nature, the epicurean pleasures of a fine glass of wine and the cultural delights of a tango show, the Great Outdoors and the Marvels of Civilization; all of this and more can be found in stupendous South America. From the Andres to the Atlantic, from the Plaza de Armas to the Plaza de Mayo, this is a journey that will stir your imagination and leave you begging for more.

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A Perfect Wine Tour of Argentina & Chile: Mendoza, Maipo Valley & San Antonio Valley

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,595

The sun shines with a remarkable radiance, as Andean peaks loom large over the lush vineyards outside Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the flavors of the countryside that have been shaped by the unique properties of the soil. Search for aromas of chocolate, tobacco, and plum drifting from your glass. Touch your fingers to the rugged earth and trace the waxy skin of grapes dangling off the vines. From enriching wine to traditional tastes of regional cuisine, you will discover majesty in the landscape and excitement in the distinctive flavors during your perfect wine tour of Chile and Argentina.

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Explore Argentina's Capital, Natural World Wonder, and Patagonia for 12 Days

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,895

Historic towns, immaculate forests, and sweeping glaciers make your trip worth discovering on this tailored 12-day Argentina adventure. With stops at the bustling capital of Buenos Aires on either side of this exploration to the lush forests of Puerto Iguazú, the glacial landscapes of El Calafate, and the frozen region of Ushuaia, this explorers tour of Argentina and the Patagonian glaciers is a vacation as thrilling as it is breathtaking.

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18 Days Exploring Capital Cities and Patagonian Peaks in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile

18 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $12,865

Soak up spirit and passion on an 18-day South America adventure that takes you to historic capital cities, exotic countryside towns, and picturesque Patagonian regions. Admire the marvelous cultural atmosphere in Rio, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, witness the impressive Iguazu Falls and Towers of Paine, and cross the breathtaking glacial landscapes of El Calafate during your complete adventure in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

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Travel Tips for Your South America Trip
How many countries are in South America?

South America is a unique and diverse continent comprising 12 countries, each with its own distinct heritage, history, culture, landscapes, and attractions. South America includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Explore our South America tour packages in the following top destinations:

When is the best time to visit South America?

South America is a long continent with the climate of the northern top differing greatly from the weather at the southern tip. The best time to visit South America is in the Southern Hemisphere’s fall, from April to May, or in the Southern Hemisphere’s spring, from September to November.

By the Southern Hemisphere’s winter from June to August, regions like Patagonia may be too cold or full of snow to visit. In the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, from December to February, many of the tropical destinations experience intense rainfall during the wet season.

During the Southern Hemisphere’s fall and spring, you have the best opportunity to explore the variety of countries, cities, historical sites, and scenery with excellent weather.

What is South America known for?

South America is famous for its incredible natural landscapes and countries with remarkable heritage.

Home to the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia, and some of the world’s best beaches, South America makes an unforgettable impression as an ancient work of natural art.

The impressive skylines shaped by mountain peaks and vast plains only add to the beautiful remains of ancient civilizations and contemporary cultures.

Where should I visit in South America?

With its stunning mix of cultures, remarkable landscapes, and iconic attractions, anywhere you visit in South America is a great choice. Every country has its own unforgettable destinations, but some of the best places to visit in South America include:

  • Ecuador: From the colorful flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest to the conical peak of Cotopaxi volcano, visiting the Equatorial Line, to cruising the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is packed with exciting experiences unlike anywhere else in the world.
  • Peru: Follow the Inca along the trail to Machu Picchu, witness the incredible images carved into the desert at the Nazca Lines, and step onto a floating island at Lake Titicaca to discover Peru’s alluring and fascinating diversity.

Patagonia: Relax or take an adventure in one of the world’s most intense landscapes of endless plains, jagged mountains, and the subantarctic coastline of Patagonia, where you can find unique culture, search for penguins, or embrace luxurious seclusion.

What should I do in South America?

From finding exceptional beaches to witnessing the exclusive wildlife, exploring ancient culture to sampling the mouthwatering cuisine, South America has limitless experiences.

Enjoy your interests as you immerse yourself in your favorite destinations with some of our top things to do in South America:

  • Trek the Inca Trail on a multi-day excursion before arriving in the famous Forgotten City of Machu Picchu
  • Witness the wonders of nature with a cruise through the Galapagos Islands in search of unique and vibrant wildlife
  • Embrace the delicious wines in wine regions across Chile and Argentina to find exceptional flavor, local specialties, and wine culture specific to each country
  • Cruise down the Amazon River to reach deep into the dense jungle canopy in search of breathtaking colors and marvelous wildlife
  • Enjoy a cooking class to learn the art of local specialties, from making alfajores in Argentina to arepas in Colombia
  • Relax on the gold-sand beaches and appreciate the tropical ambiance of countries from Colombia to Peru
  • View impressive natural features across the continent when finding the power and prestige of Iguazu Falls or the arid plain of the Atacama Salt Flats
What are the best beaches to visit in South America?

South America has over 15,000 miles of coastline and a collection of stunning beaches famous for their soft sands, refreshing waters, and distinctive ambiance.

Some of the best beaches in South America include:

  • Praia do Sancho • Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  • Playa Roja • Paracas National Park, Peru
  • Ovahe Beach • Easter Island, Chile
  • Bahia Concha • Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Ayangue • Santa Elena, Ecuador
  • Carilo • Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Playa Blanca • Isla Baru, Colombia
What are the best animals to see in South America?

The amount of untouched nature across South America makes interacting with wildlife possible and unforgettable. Few experiences can match the excitement of gliding past a piranha on a boat or witnessing a condor soaring through the sky. From the Galapagos Islands to Patagonia, here are some of the animals to see in South America:

  • Blue-Footed Booby
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoise
  • Capybara
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Piranha
  • Andean Condor
  • Vicuña
  • Toco Toucan
  • Sloth
  • Andean Flamingo
Is it safe to travel to South America?

South America is safe to visit.

The majority of top destinations in South America are known for their friendly and hospitable culture, in addition to great travel infrastructure. Petty crime does exist in large cities and populated areas, but it rarely affects travelers who take predetermined precautions. Be aware of your surroundings in crowded places and keep your belongings secured.

Respect local cultures and rules by following your guide's general advice wherever you are traveling around South America. By planning your trip with a travel specialist, you can use their expertise to avoid potential and rare travel risks or unintentional cultural oversights.

What are your most popular South American itineraries?

Our most popular South American itineraries showcase the best of our top destinations. From scenic adventures through the Andes to island excursions in search of wildlife, here are several exciting trips that you can personalize to your preferences:

  • Find colorful landscapes and vibrant heritage on our Paradisiacal Peru: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley Tour by visiting Machu Picchu, the Rainbow Mountains, Cusco, and more.
  • Discover the authentic treasures of untouched nature on our 14-Day Galapagos Adventure for a multi-country exploration of volcanic islands in Ecuador and the textured mountains of the Andes around the Sacred Valley in Peru.

Blend the cultural colors of the Caribbean with the perfect weather of eternal spring on our Colombia Cultural Immersion: 9-Day Tour of Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena to explore colonial architecture, embrace the coastline, and enjoy cinematic scenery.

How do I plan a trip to South America?

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