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South America offers some of the most remarkable active vacation possibilities on the planet. Peru’s ancient Inca archaeological site, Machu Picchu, is on just about everyone’s bucket list, as are Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and the Brazilian Amazon. But where do you start? Let Stride be your guide to all the best guided tours and packages that are out there – and all you’ll have to do is start brushing up on your Spanish or Portuguese.

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South America Trip Reviews


2,795
South America Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 2,103 Great 623 Average 55 Disappointing 14 Terrible 2
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Caminos del inka hasta machupichu October 2018

5.0

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Realize el trekk de caminos del inka hasta machupichu de 4 dias y 3 noche con mi padre. La.agencia inka rainbow organizo todo. Gracias a su excelente organizacion todo salio como planeado. Recomiendo la agencia al 100%. Read more

Operator Inka Rainbow

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Fabulous time with a wonderful guide, Jorge. October 2018

5.0

Peru Highlights

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
This trip was fabulous and it was made even better with the knowledge and expertise of our Spanish-speaking guide, Jorge Riofru. Jorge smoothed over all our difficulties and showed us the real Peru that is his homeland. He was able to ensure that my coeliac diet was catered for even when we were trekking to Machu Picchu! this trip was enhanced by the deep knowledge and love that Jorge has for his country. this has been one of the best trips ever. Read more

Operator Peregrine Adventures

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Great trip October 2018

5.0

Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A really full on trip to Peru... jungles, Machu Pichu, Cusco and Lake
Titicaca...what more could you ask for! Thoroughly recommend.
Visiting the jungle.


Brilliant. Knowledgeable and easy to get on with.Thank you!


Thank you!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Well worth the long journey and as the guide says it won't feel like 10 hours. Guide was excellent and lunch stop was great. The Incan site in the afternoon was really stunning and a great way to end the adventure. October 2018

5.0

The Inca Trail in Comfort

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Would really recommend this extra trip. Only negative was the hotel which was
not the one in the trip notes and was far from the standard of the other
hotels.
Seeing the views from the Incan burial site and the feeling of isolation and
how far removed from every day life this place was. A rainbow appeared which
made it super special.


Easy to understand and good knowledge of area.


It's a long way home , 3 flights so be prepared. Also make sure you allow for
all the tipping!! It's a big addition to the cost of the holiday.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Worth doing the inca trail in comfort. Hotels are nice and having the extra weight makes a big difference. October 2018

5.0

The Inca Trail in Comfort

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent trip, you need to be fit as the trek is not easy but it is well
worth it when you get to Machu Pichu. You learn a lot on the way from the
guides and their support is genuine.
Food was really good and overall the trip was fantastic and you get to see
some amazing places.
The tents could do with an update.
You need poles but those who didn't have them were able to hire which is
great.
Getting to the top on day 2 and making an offering to the gods was really
special especially as I really struggled with the altitude . So it was great
that our group leader had waited and didn't rush us and allowed us to have
this special moment. Obviously being in Machu pichu was very special too.


Smithy was really lovely and his partner Xavier was an absolute star. He was
so patient when I struggled with the altitude.
Only comment I would add is as we were slow we sometimes missed out on the
commentary but his knowledge was incredible and so passionate about his
country and its wonderful historical sites.


Make sure you follow the fitness guide and bring warm clothes.


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Operator Exodus Travels

South America Tours and Travel Guide


South America Attractions & Landmarks Guide

While much of South America may speak Spanish or Portuguese, the continent is remarkably diverse – possessing world-class cities, vast areas of rainforest, beach-laden coastlines, fascinating indigenous cultures, rich stores of wildlife, archaeological and historical treasures, and some of the world’s most intriguing islands.

All this is in a continent just two-thirds the size of North America, with 12 independent countries. Travel providers focus primarily on Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, and, more recently, Colombia, though Bolivia, Venezuela, Uruguay and Paraguay are also home to considerable natural and cultural attractions.

Top South America Destinations

Brazil alone is nearly half the size of the entire continent, so between visits to the Amazon region, including the city of Manaus – where you’ll find a 19th century-era opera house that rivaled the finest in Italy – as well as Rio de Janeiro, the Spanish-African fusion city of Salvador de Bahia, and Iguazu Falls, it can easily fill a two-week or more tour by itself. A river cruise on the Amazon and a visit to the cosmopolitan city of Rio make for an almost perfect combination -- and contrast – of isolation and urbanity.

Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina can also easily be destinations unto themselves, or can be combined with each other on longer tours. Ecuador, about the size of Colorado, features not just the Andes Mountains, but exotic jungle lodges in Amazon headwaters, the Pacific coast, the splendid Spanish colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca, the market town of Otavalo, and – far out into the ocean – the Galapagos Islands.

Peru, just south of Ecuador, is best known for Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city, and Cusco, the Incan capital, but also is the source of the Amazon and shares Lake Titicaca, known for its artificial islands, with Bolivia. Both Ecuador and Peru have rich indigenous cultures, and combined Galapagos and Machu Picchu tours allow you to experience both a natural and man-made world wonder in the same bucketlist-filling trip.

Surprising Chile

Chile proves one of South America’s greatest surprises. While it receives less publicity than some of its neighbors, it also offers some of the most remarkable landscapes on earth. The world’s driest desert, the Atacama, is here, as is a lovely lake country and remote, mountainous Patagonia, where you can trace Charles Darwin’s voyages aboard a small expedition-style ship and perhaps even land on Cape Horn.

Argentina is best known for trendy Buenos Aires, one of the great South American capitals, but also shares Patagonia with Chile and has its own wine regions. Ushaia, at the southern tip of the country, is a key embarkation point for expeditions to Antarctica, and the Falkland Islands, off the Argentine coast, are frequent stops on small-ship expeditions.

Still not sure where to go or how to get there? Let Stride help you sort it all out. You’ll find travel operators who offer all degrees of luxury (or roughing it), price level, group size, itinerary and more. And soon you’ll be saying hola! or ola! to your next South American adventure.

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