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


Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3545

84 - 105 days

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

Southern Trans Oceanic Quito to Rio via Buenos Aires

from £2475

69 days

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

South America Coast to Coast via Patagonia

from £1895

51 days

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

Colombian Adventure Cartagena to Lima

from £1895

39 days

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

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...

Andes and Amazon Quito to La Paz

from £1750

37 days

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


Waterways of Burgundy- Decize – Chatillion sur Loire

from £1375


Relax and sample some of the Burgoyne’s famous wine and cheese as you cruise down the scenic waterways of the...

Vic Falls to Gorillas

from £4785

Tanzania, United Republic of

Looking to experience the very best that East Africa has to offer? Look no further than this all-encompassing journey from...

Cambodia & Vietnam Experience

from £1143

From the cool calm of rural villages to the steaming chaos of thriving cities, experience the diversity of Thailand, Cambodia...

Best of America

from £2235

Travel east to west to discover the best of America. Learn about the nation’s rich history in Washington DC, head...

Bruges Christmas

from £389

Fancy a festive break in medieval Bruges? This magical Belgian city, complete with cobblestone streets and charming canals, is a...

Cities of Europe

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdo...

If you’re looking for a stellar, budget-conscious tour that provides a quick yet comprehensive sampler of Europe, this is a...

South Morocco Discovery

from £558


From the colourful, chaotic Marrakech medinas to the moody Sahara desert landscape, Morocco is a land filled with wonder and...

Peru at a Glance

from £1116


This is the bout you’ve been waiting for: You vs. the Inca Trail. Limber up in Lima, then fly to...

Cafe Colombia

from £1260


Head into the serene highlands of Colombia's famed coffee region and discover the sweeter, softer side of this much misunderstood...

Classic Italy

from £3070


Experience the very best of northern Italy on this superb adventure. Wander through medieval villages like Assisi and Florence and...

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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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