Machu Picchu is the foremost Inca site and is one of the highlights of any trip to Peru. Coming here is always an adventure, whether you are travelling by train from the Sacred Valley of the Incas or arriving through the Sun Gate after hiking one of the traditional Inca Trails.
Numbers are restricted so early booking is essential.
Rio de Janeiro has the most spectacular setting of all the South American cities, dominated by the twin peaks of Sugarloaf and Corcovado with its statue of Christ the Redeemer and fantastic views of Guanabara Bay. The world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are the life and soul of the city.
A trip to the Galapagos will bring you face to face with some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet. We book a range of cruises from luxury vessels with a choice of cabins and decks and facilities catering for up to 100 passengers to smaller yachts, catamarans and boats from just 8 cabins to 25 (16 to 50 passengers).
The Uyuni Salt Flats cover an astonishing ten thousand square kilometres. Highlights of the region include the Reserva Eduardo Avaroa National Park where Laguna Colorada is home to over 30,000 flamingoes and a stop at Isla Incahuasi, a coral island covered in giant cacti, some of them hundreds of years old.
The driest desert in the world rises from sea level to over 13,000 feet (4,000m) up in the Andes. The hot springs, Moon Valley and Flamingo Reserve should not be missed and we recommend an early start to see the El Tatio geysers at dawn. As there is virtually no light pollution here, the night sky is ablaze with stars.
The Iguazu Falls really must be seen to be believed. 275 waterfalls which make up the Iguazu Falls and there are paths to follow on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls. The falls are fullest in the wet season (December to February). If there is time we recommend a visit to the nearby Itaipu Dam.
Patagonia is renowned for its fantastic scenery, colourful lakes and the spectacular peaks of the Andes. Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier is constantly changing as enormous blocks of ice break off and crash into the lake below and can be easily combined with Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We also arrange trips through the Beagle Channel.
Back in the 1930s US pilot Jimmy Angel crashed his plane on top of a tepuy whilst searching for gold. After walking for 11 days he returned having discovered the falls that bear his name (but he didn’t find any gold). Until the 1970s his plane was still stuck on the mountain. We usually book a flight over the falls on your way to or from a jungle lodge.
Colombia has begun to emerge as a safe, friendly, exciting and unspoiled destination for travellers to South America and Cartagena is the colonial jewel in the country’s crown, a walled city in a fantastic setting on the Caribbean coast. In colonial times it was the richest city in the Americas. Definitely worth a visit. Nearby are the Rosario Islands.
Probably the best way to explore the Amazon jungle is to use a lodge as a base for excursions into the surrounding rainforest. We book such jungle trips in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, usually for three or four nights on a first visit to the rainforest. We book Amazon cruises along the world’s mightiest river from the Atlantic to Manaus.
The ice continent of Antarctica is an unforgettable destination, teeming with an abundance of wildlife and dramatic sights.
Our Antarctica Revealed website provides a comprehensive guide to the expedition cruises available to travel to Antarctica, South Georgia, the South Shetland Islands and the Falkland Islands.
Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay have the best beaches in South America and what better way can there be for ending your trip than with a few days relaxation on the coast? Please call us to discuss your arrangements and preferences, from smart resorts with lots of nightlife to hidden gems, hideaways and island retreats.
South America is synonymous with football and, depending on the time of year and where you are going, it may be possible to arrange tickets for a match. Visitors to Asuncion in Paraguay should visit the Conmebol Football Museum which has an excellent display on the history of South American football.
Please ask about tours to the Maracana.
Wine has been made in South America for centuries but it is only in the last 25 years that they have begun to be noticed in the European market, with significant commercial success for Chilean brands. Argentine malbec, Chilean carmenere and Uruguayan tannat are all of note but the wine industry in Brazil is evolving quickly with some tasty merlots.
The markets of South America provide variety and colour and are good places to meet and talk to local people. Of particular note are the traditional Andean markets in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, the tourist market of Otavalo in Ecuador, Witchcraft Alley in La Paz, San Telmo market in Buenos Aires and the craft markets of Rio de Janeiro.