South America Tours & Adventures

Guided backpacker experiences in South America

If you were to create the perfect continent for backpacker tours, you probably could not do better than South America. After all, it’s the continent with arguably the best (and certainly the most famous) trek in the world: the fabled Inca Trail that takes intrepid travellers up to Machu Picchu. It’s also the continent with the most scenically located city in the world: none other than famous Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, home of Carnival, the greatest party on Earth. It’s also the continent with… hang on, we’ll do more of that in a moment.

The sheer size, diversity, and near-embarrassing wealth of sights and experiences in South America presents a problem not only in listing it all, but also seeing it all. This is where tours really come into their own. Not only will they focus your attention on what of the region you really want to see, they’ll also do all the hard work to make it happen. Do you really want the stress of driving all the way from the equator to one of the southern-most points in the world, close to Antarctica, when somebody else can do it for you?


Check out these awesome South America tours


Southern Trans Oceanic Quito to Rio via Buenos Aires

from £2475

69 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Explore the Amazon Jungle, Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, view the stunning Iguazu Falls and spend time...

Colombian Adventure Cartagena to Lima

from £1895

39 days

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Experience the flavours, curiosities and contradictions of these three fascinating South American countries.

Andes and Amazon Quito to La Paz

from £1750

37 days

Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

Experience the Amazon rainforest at first-hand in a jungle lodge, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stay overnight with...

Peaks and Plains Lima to Buenos Aires

from £1675

35 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Peru

From trekking in the mountains to dancing the tango, this trip has it all.

Tropics of South America Rio to Manaus via The Guianas

from £3175

57 days

Brazil, Guyana

Explore some of Latin America’s most vibrant and colourful cities, pristine coastline, rich and verdant landscapes and search for diverse...

Panoramic Peru

from £1335

11 days

Experience everything Peru has to offer, from ancient Inca ruins to delicious Pisco Sours. For an intro to Peru, this...

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3545

84 - 105 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

South America Coast to Coast via Patagonia

from £1895

51 days

Argentina, Brazil, Chile

Join our expedition truck through some of South America's most spectacular National Parks, the vast wilderness of Patagonia, Iguazu Falls...

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Touring South America

There are tours available that include as much of South America as is realistic for any period of time – begin in mega-diverse Venezuela before heading into so-hot-right-now Colombia. From there it’s down through Ecuador and into Peru for the aforementioned Inca Trail and some incredible food, before heading to the otherworldly salt flats in Bolivia and the Amazon Rainforest. Next up is Argentina, the life and culture of Buenos Aires contrasting with the stunning expanses of Patagonia as you cross into Chile. After that there’s nowhere to go but back up through Uruguay and into legendary Brazil.

Brazil represents the other kind of tour you might take in South America: a single country in depth, seeing everything it has to offer and becoming intimately acquainted. In Brazil alone there’s wild Rio de Janeiro, bustling Brasilia, and awesome Sao Paulo, not to mention a visit to the Amazon basin. You could spend six months there alone.

However you choose to tour South America, it’s guaranteed to be an adventure you’ll never forget.

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