South America

South America Vacations, Tours, Flights and Deals - Grand Escapades

Are you ready to get outdoors for some adventure on your next vacation? Then look no further than South America. This exciting continent is a leader in adventure and eco-travel. There are plenty of rewarding activities in natural settings that will amaze you.

The Natural Choice

From dazzling Angel Falls in Venezuela to the tip of legendary Cape Horn, South America has a superb collection of natural wonders – ideal locations for adventure travel. Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman who thrives on strenuous adventure or a traveller who seeks soft adventure on a more luxurious vacation, there’s a travel option for you in South America.

These are some of the many tours we have available through our preferred partners.

  • Peru – Machu Picchu is a Mecca for adventurers. Hike the spectacular Inca Trail or take a tour to these ruins, one of the wonders of the world. Don’t miss the town of Cuzco and Lake Titicaca. You can also venture into Bolivia or to the Amazon region of Peru.
  • The Amazon – sail on a river boat or canoe, visit Indian villages, take jungle hikes to discover the wildlife and birds and stay at a rain forest retreat.
  • Chile – explore the Atacama Desert and salt flats, the beautiful Lake District and the glaciers of the Chilean Fjords.
  • Argentina – visit Iguazu Falls and stay at Yacutinga Lodge. This environmentally friendly Lodge and Private Wildlife Nature Reserve in the heart of the Argentinian Rainforest is surrounded by the Iguazu National Park. In the south, visit Patagonia for trekking and camping in the majestic mountains of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Soft adventure – you can taste wine in Chile’s renowned vineyards, learn to tango in Buenos Aires and enjoy water sports at the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Adventure Cruising

Every cruise to South America is an adventure as your ship takes you to some spectacular natural settings while eco-excursions from your ship give you the chance to visit even more exciting places. Consider these exciting adventures ashore:

  • Explore Mount Avila National Park by 4WD vehicle, and ride a cable car to the summit from Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Take a guided walk through a forest reserve on this educational eco-tour to study the impact of agriculture on the Amazon rainforest from Santarem, Brazil.
  • Visit penguin colonies near Puerto Madryn, Argentina and Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Take a wildlife viewing cruise to the Islas Balletas sanctuary off the coast of Peru.
  • Hike in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine, National Park, near Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Explore Chile’s Lake District and volcanoes from Puerto Montt, Chile.

Scenic Cruising

There is no doubt that South America offers some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere. Your cruise ship will take you close to these natural wonders for a unique perspective from the sea.

  • Cruise by the beautiful tidewater glaciers of the Beagle Channel.
  • See the magnificent fjords and glaciers of Chile’s Inside Passage.
  • Sail by legendary Cape Horn, a must for any serious traveller or mariner.
  • Explore the mighty Amazon River.
  • Sail from Buenos Aires down the world’s widest river, the Rio del Plata (ranging from 18 km to 220km wide (or 30 to 137 miles).
  • Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains soar above as you sail into the harbour of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

The Galápagos

These islands can’t be beat when it comes to eco-tourism. Ecuador’s Galápagos Marine Reserve consists of 13 large islands (only five are inhabited) and more than 100 smaller islands and islets making small ship cruising the perfect way to explore.

The small ships that are allowed to call here take you to several different islands for a comprehensive experience that includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre and daily guided hikes led by park rangers and naturalists.

Cruise Tours

Would you like to see the Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Peru and the spectacular Iguazu Falls while on your South American cruise? Land tours to these destinations are available through cruise lines. They operate pre, post or during your cruise and help you make the most of your South American experience.

South America is a natural choice for outdoor adventure. From hiking and climbing to glacier cruising, rain forest retreats and wildlife viewing, you’re sure to have a rewarding vacation in this continent of many contrasts.

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