South America was made for backpacker tours. This is the continent with arguably the best (certainly the most famous) trek in the world: the fabled Inca Trail. This is the continent with the most scenically located city in the world: Rio de Janerio - also home to Carnival, the greatest party on Earth.
This is also the continent with the otherworldly Bolivian salt plains, the beautiful Amazon Rainforest and the stunning expanses of Patagonia.
Backpacker tours in South America range from standard city tours to wildly epic expeditions; how hard you travel is really up to you. Choose between photographing extraordinarily unique wildlife on the Galapagos Islands, hiking glaciers in Argentina or cycling tours around the Peruvian capital of Lima. And so much more.
Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, feel like a local at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, take the chance to witness the Nazca Lines
A blast of sunshine and sea air is a legitimate antidote to stress. Add in some cycling-induced endorphins, public art and boho neighbourhoods and you’ve got yourself a winning Lima tour.
If you want to do the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, then this is your trip. With a tour guide and enough porters to poke a (walking) stick at, you’ll love every minute of it. Well, almost.
Get your rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. Kick off the adventure in Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch.
Explore the wonders of Glacier National Park, hike the scenic trails of Patagonia and marvel at the staggering beauty of it all.
Mingle with Amazon locals during a homestay, get active in Baños, explore towering volcanoes and colonial cities, chill out on the beach or surf in Mancora and Huanchaco.
See whitetip sharks, travel around the Galapagos Islands, camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz, visit Charles Darwin Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.
Experience traditional life in the Amazon, witness cities and volcanoes, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail, set in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.
Conquer the summit of Roraima, explore Canaima National Park, witness the power of Angel Falls, discover a ’lost world’ amid tabletop mountains.
Explore La Paz, Settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Spot condors at Colca Canyon, Sample the seafood in Lima.