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.

Trips in South America

Trip Name Days From USD
Galapagos on the cheap

9

$2,130

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey

17

$2,272

Peru Unearthed

11

$2,670

Peru Highlights

15

$2,915

Peru at a Glance

8

$1,610

Ecuador Highlights

8

$573

The Inca Trail

6

$1,155

Bolivia to Argentina Adventure

20

$2,552

Lima to La Paz Discovery

21

$2,278

Amazon Jungle Explorer

4

$375

Essential Peru

15

$3,065

Galapagos Discovery

7

$2,493

A Taste of Galapagos

7

$1,170

A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension

3

$907

Quito to La Paz

28

$3,460

Galapagos Express

6

$2,464

Our destinations for South America tours

South America stories

Trip Reviews

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey, August 2016

Koha Kahui-McConnell

Taste of Galapagos, September 2016

Claire McKenna

Taste of Galapagos, September 2016

David Collins

Taste of Galapagos, September 2016

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