The possibilities for learning and discovery in this part of the world are as vast as they are thrilling.
Here are a few of our South American favourites to help get your imagination firing. Any of these can be added into your custom designed tour. Or, you may even want to include one or more (or all!) of these into one of our already existing tours. The choice is yours.
1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
Tucked in a corner at the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the 275 falls of Iguazu dwarf Niagara Falls and have to be one of the most amazing sights anywhere.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
During the rainy season (~Jan-Mar), the world’s largest salt flat is covered in an inches-deep pool that perfectly reflects the sky, creating a truly alien landscape.
3. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This archipelago (about 965 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador) is famous for its high number of endemic species and its influence on Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
4. Atacama Desert, Chile
The world’s driest desert covers 103,600 square kilometres of northern Chile and includes coastal plains, high volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, and, more recently, the state-of-the-art ALMA observatory.
5. Amazon River
By volume, the Amazon is far and away the largest river on Earth. With hundreds of huge tributaries (such as the Rio Negro below), its drainage basin accounts for 40% of South America’s land area.
6. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls is the world’s highest and certainly one of the most spectacular.
7. Torres del Paine, Chile
Daggers of mountain peaks, glacial lakes, and guanaco define southern Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
8. Colca Canyon, Peru
This canyon, located 100 kilometres out from Arequipa, is about twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and full of Andean condors.
9. Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
The superlatives keep coming! This gigantic lake spilling over the Altiplano between Bolivia and Peru is the world’s highest navigable body of water.
10. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (the third-largest reserve of fresh water in the world), the Perito Moreno Glacier is the thing to see in Argentine Patagonia. You can also trek it.
11. Carnivale, Rio De Janero
The world’s most colourful and energetic theatrical event. A festival of costumes, dancing, music and street parades that fill the Brazilian capital with people from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Cruise from South America down to the land of ice and snow, the planet’s southernmost continent teeming with geographical wonder and wildlife.