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 USD
Galapagos on the cheap

9

$2,230

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey

17

$2,645

Peru Unearthed

11

$2,670

Peru Highlights

15

$2,915

Peru at a Glance

8

$1,375

Ecuador Highlights

8

$573

The Inca Trail

6

$1,190

Bolivia to Argentina Adventure

20

$2,985

Lima to La Paz Discovery

21

$2,895

Amazon Jungle Explorer

4

$375

Essential Peru

15

$3,125

A Taste of Galapagos

7

$1,280

A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension

3

$907

Quito to La Paz

28

$3,495

Galapagos Express

6

$1,922

Galapagos Discovery

7

$2,304

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Trip Reviews

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey, November 2016

Zane Fookes

Ecuador Highlights, November 2016

Steve Owen

Peru Highlights, November 2016

Kerrie Levy

Lima to La Paz Discovery, October 2016

Claire Mckenna