If you’re the type of person who practices the tango in your room, has a llama selfie on your phone and dreams of dancing on Ipanema Beach (or on a glacier in Patagonia), South America is your bag.

Whether you want to trek Peru’s inc-a-credible Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, swim with sea lions in the Galapagos, snap mind-melting photos on the salt flats in Bolivia or party up a storm on the beach in Rio, South America ticks all the boxes. In the mood for some Indiana Jones-style jungle exploration? You’ll adore Ecuador. What about epic ruins and lots (and LOTS) of llamas? Say ‘how do you do’ to Peru! Want a healthy dose of vitamin D and sandy beaches? Try a li’l bit of Brazil. Ready to explore South America with a crew of 18-29 year olds on a Geckos small group adventure? Yeah? Let’s do this.

Why we love South America

  • Watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu is the most awesome reward after a four day trek along the Inca Trail
  • Spotting jaguars, caiman and tarantulas on a guided night safari in the Peruvian Amazon
  • The floating islands of Lake Titicaca are constructed entirely of reeds, and were made by the Uros people during ancient times. And you can totally visit on a Geckos tour of Peru
  • Partying up a storm in Ecuador’s Banos, a mecca for adventure-seeking travellers
  • Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos – enough said.

TOURS in South America

Trip Name Days From NZD
Essential Peru

15

$3,586

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey

14

$2,421

Peru Unearthed

11

$3,355

Peru Highlights

15

$3,213

Peru at a Glance

8

$1,895

Bolivia to Argentina Adventure

20

$3,016

The Inca Trail

6

$1,260

Amazon Jungle Explorer

4

$482

A Taste of Galapagos

7

$1,498

A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension

3

$1,177

Galapagos Express

6

$3,718

Galapagos Discovery

7

$4,373

Galapagos on the cheap

11

$2,367

Our destinations for South America tours

South America stories

Trip Reviews

The Inca Trail, January 2017

Rachael Sills

Peru Highlights, January 2017

Ben Clarke

Galapagos on the cheap, December 2016

Isabel Hart

Galapagos on the cheap, December 2016

Anthea Armstrong