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Machu Picchu, Peru

South America

Cultural wonders amid a spectacular natural world

South America tailor-made holidays

Overview

South America was made for travel and adventure. The continent is complex, contrasting, challenging and ultimately exhilarating. Wherever you pitch up, South America embraces and engulfs you, whether you fall for the pulsing rhythms, staggeringly beautiful outdoor world or fascinating cities.

Iconic cityscapes such as Buenos Aires in Argentina, Cartagena in Colombia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil provide ideal introductions, while ancient sites such as Ciudad Perdida in Colombia and Machu Picchu in Peru offer iconic alternatives. Many offer world-renowned treks, such as the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek; challenging but worthwhile walks that end at world wonder Machu Picchu. 

Outside of the urban areas, the continent boasts a wealth of natural wonders, whether you want to boat down the Amazon in Brazil, stargaze in Chile's Atacama Desert or spot endemic wildlife on Ecuador's Galápagos Islands.

Then there's the awe-inspiring Pantanal in Brazil, ice-slicked wonders in Patagonia, epic Iguazu Falls and the spectacular salt pans of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni.

With so much to see and do, your biggest challenge will be deciding what to focus on and working out how to cram as much of the continent into your itinerary as possible.

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Essential experiences in South America

Nature Holidays

South America is a continent of superlatives and the natural wonders of South America are as spectacular as anywhere in the world, with rainforests, mountains, canyons, lakes and glaciers in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Peru vying for your attention.

Wildlife Holidays

Wildlife holidays in South America are exceptional. The Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru is home to enormous ammounts of animals, Whilst the Galápagos Islands boast a number of unique species.

Honeymoons

Colourful and vibrant, South America is a honeymoon destination with a difference. Travel to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and more for activity and adventure, glorious beaches and a wealth of history and culture.

History and culture

South America conjures up images of lost cities and otherworldly cultures; travel to Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to discover sites such as Machu Picchu for yourself and see the breathtaking remains of the Inca's endeavours.

Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

Great railway journeys

Although the infrastructure in South America doesn't lend itself to great railway journeys, there are still some exceptional train journeys in Peru, to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, and also in Ecuador.

Escorted Tours

In South America, learn about the Incas, access the Amazon, spot wildlife and encounter local traditions on an escorted tour of Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru amongst others.

Adventure holidays

There are some iconic activity and adventure experiences associated with South America. Travel to Argentina, Brazil, Chile or Peru amongst others to discover what's available for the intrepid traveller to try.

Top itineraries in South America

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made holiday from £8,220 pp incl. flights

Witness the best of Chile's stunning natural world, from the vast expanse of the Atacama Desert to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south, staying throughout at some of the country's finest hotels.

Iguazú Falls

Highlights of Argentina

13-day tailor-made holiday from £5,625 pp incl. flights

Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America', then gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls, before living life gaucho style with a stay in an estancia.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

12-day tailor-made holiday from £4,125 pp incl. flights

Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable tailor-made holiday, which begins amid Rio's city icons before heading north to learn about Afro-Brazilian heritage in Salvador and relax on the beaches of Praia do Forte.

Iguaçu Falls

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £6,100 pp incl. flights

From the wildlife-filled jungles of the Amazon to the icons of Rio de Janeiro, colonial Salvador and the mighty Iguazu Falls, this is the ultimate introduction to the best of Brazil.

Top offers in South America

Scenic Eclipse

Antarctica in Depth on Scenic Eclipse

16-day exploration voyage from £14,045 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save up to £1,210 pp on selected departures
Book by: 17 October 2022

Explore the White Continent in unmatched style aboard the world's first discovery yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Enjoy a full range of thrilling excursions, from helicopter flights to submarine dives, as you get up close to Antarctica's spectacular natural world.

Antarctica with Silversea

Antarctica Discovery with Silversea

15-day expedition cruise from £9,900 pp incl. flights

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Book by: 14 October 2022

This is the ultimate introduction to Antarctica. Begin and end your expedition in remote Chilean Patagonia, sailing out to the white continent, spotting rare wildlife amid the ice.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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