Superlative South America Tours From Sea to Shining Sea

South America is the continent for history and nature lovers, for the culturally curious, for gourmets, or anyone looking for a great tour. Its stunning geography and intriguing history allow for a range of immersive experiences. Who won’t be overawed by the incredible salt flats at Uyuni in Bolivia? Or by the raucous rainforests of the Amazon in Brazil, or the chilly glaciers and peaks of Argentina’s Patagonia? There are exuberant cities that salsa and tango late into the night, and capitals like Peru’s Lima and Ecuador’s Quito, that exude classic historic charm. In contrast, you will find rejuvenating calm at seaside retreats or at the centuries-old estancias of Uruguay.

With so much to see and do, your wish-list can go out of hand. It may be difficult to figure out how to make the best of your vacation time when you’re looking at a continent this size. Why not leave the time-consuming planning to the experts at Enchanting Travels? You only need to make a few choices. Whether you want to start high up in the Andes of Chile, lower down in the Amazon Basin, on a Caribbean beach in Colombia, or in the stunning Galapagos Islands. Then sit back and relax, let our super-attentive team see your trip through, from start to finish.

Map of South America

Best time to Visit South America

South America is an enormous continent, spanning from the equator all the way to Cape Horn. There are several different types of landscapes, and the climatic zones will vary greatly on your trip. The weather in South America varies by country, region and season.

Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are reversed compared to the Northern Hemisphere. The best time for South America tours depends on where you want to visit and what you wish to do. Broadly speaking, seasons in South America can be classified in the following manner.

  • Summer (December – March)
  • Autumn (March – June)
  • Winter (June – September)
  • Spring (September – December)

Best time to visit South America

Top Ten Things to do in South America

Imposing glaciers, vast deserts, endless salt flats and the roaring Iguazu Falls – South America has it all. Climb the Inca Trail to imposing Machu Picchu and discover historic Cusco in Peru, go horse riding at Patagonia in Chile, discover the buzzing food and culture scene of Palermo Soho in Buenos Aires, Argentina, or soak in the flair and fervor of chic Copacabana and Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the Galapagos, a Darwinian wonderland awaits you while mainland Ecuador offers picturesque valleys, mountains and Amazon tours. Hike in Peru’s Andes mountains, sleep under the stars in the Atacama Desert, or go trekking amid glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park in El Calafate. From coast to shining coast, get your lowdown on where to go and the top things to do in South America.

Things to do in South America

Argentina Tours

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentino Lake, Patagonia, Argentina

From the earthy charms of gauchos to the cosmopolitan allure of Buenos Aires, travel in Argentina captivates with diverse landscapes and attractions. The breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Aconcagua in the Andes (the continent’s highest peak), icy blue glaciers of Patagonia, and the painted Andean Desert, all add to the allure of Argentina. Not to mention penguins by the thousands, tango in Buenos Aires, and the famous Argentinian food.

Tour Highlights: Perito Moreno Glacier, Igauzu Falls, Whale Watching in Puerto Madryn, Penguins of Ushuaia, Mendoza Wine Country.

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Bolivia Tours

Bolivia - Uyuni - People & Car standing in Salt flats

Geographically Bolivia is one of the most diverse nations in South America. It features extreme high-altitude mountains, old world colonial cities, fertile plains and tropical rain forests. Unlock the mysteries of the Incas and other pre-Colombian cultures, have your fortune told by a bruja in La Paz, walk the infinite white expanse of the world’s largest salt flat in Uyuni, and sail the royal blue waters of Lake Titicaca.

Tour Highlights: Uyuni Salt Flats, Explore Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca, Metropolitan Santa Cruz and the Nearby Sand Dunes.

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Example private tour: Bolivia: Landscapes and Culture

Bolivia: Landscapes and Culture

13 Days from $ 6,460 / person

Places: Santa Cruz (1 day) → Sucre (2) → Potosi (1) → Uyuni (1) → Ojo de Perdiz (1) → Uyuni (1) → La Paz (1) → Copacabana (2) → La Paz (2)

Tour Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site Jesuit Mission, UNESCO World Heritage Site Fuerte De Samaipata, Arenal Park...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes

Example private tour: Bolivia: Color and History

Bolivia: Color and History

13 Days from $ 6,095 / person

Places: La Paz (2 days) → Copacabana (2) → La Paz (1) → Uyuni (1) → Ojo de Perdiz (1) → Uyuni (1) → Potosi (1) → Sucre (2) → Santa Cruz (1)

Tour Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site Tiwanaku, Witchs Market, Moon Valley, Coroico Death Road Mountain Biking, Lake...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes

Brazil Tours

Die Iguazu Fälle markieren die Grenze von Brasilien und Argentinien

Discover the fervor of Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable crowds who strut the infamous Copacabana beach. Venture on a scenic train ride to Corcovado where the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer proudly stands. Gain a Brazilian perspective and discover the country’s colorful colonial architecture in the cobblestone streets of Paraty, or unwind on idyllic coconut-lined beaches along the coast. From energetic adventures in buzzing Sao Paolo, to pampering and solitude in Buzios, and natural wonders in the Pantanal, a holiday in Brazil has it all.

Tour Highlights: Copacabana Beach, Train Ride to Corcovado, Luxury Spas and Shopping in Rio de Janeiro.

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Example private tour: Brazil’s Beaches, Rio and the Amazon

Brazil’s Beaches, Rio and the Amazon

15 Days from $ 6,030 / person

Places: Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Foz do Iguacu (2) → Salvador da Bahia (1) → Praia do Forte (4) → Manaus (1) → Amazonas (3) → Manaus (1)

Tour Highlights: Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado National Park, Christ The Redeemer, Iguazu Waterfalls in Brazil, UNESCO World Heritage...

Ideal For: Beaches Nature & Landscapes Wildlife & Safaris

Chile Tours

Horses Grazing in Torres del Paine, Chile

Travel to Chile for the ultimate experience, with 3,100 miles of Pacific Coast. Covering the length of almost one-third of the continent, the charm and beauty of this country ensnares one and all. High-altitude deserts, glacial fields, the mysterious Easter Island, and scenic vineyards transform cynics into romantics. With charming seaside towns, lushly forested fjords, Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, and glittering nightlife in Santiago, it’s difficult to narrow down the choices of what to see on Chile tours. And then there’s the allure of legendary Patagonia.

Tour highlights: Torres del Paine National Park, Geysers and Lagoons of San Pedro de Atacama, Art and Wine in Santiago.

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Example private tour: Chile: Lakes and Wine

Chile: Lakes and Wine

9 Days from $ 6,105 / person

Places: Santiago de Chile (2 days) → Pucon (3) → Valparaíso (2) → Casablanca (1) → Santiago de Chile (1)

Tour Highlights: Cerro San Cristobal, La Moneda, Plaza De La Constitucion, Cerro Santa Lucia, Villarica Volcano and...

Ideal For: Adventure & Outdoors Nature & Landscapes Relaxation & Spas Wine & Food

Example private tour: Chile: Signature Landscapes

Chile: Signature Landscapes

10 Days from $ 5,405 / person

Places: Santiago de Chile (1 day) → San Pedro de Atacama (3) → Santiago de Chile (1) → Puerto Natales (3) → Santiago de Chile (1)

Tour Highlights: Cerro San Cristobal, La Moneda, Plaza De La Constitucion, Cerro Santa Lucia, Moon Valley, Death...

Ideal For: Adventure & Outdoors Nature & Landscapes Relaxation & Spas

Colombia Tours

Colorful Cartagena streets Colombia Tours

Snow-capped Andean peaks, beautiful beaches, dense cloud forests, ancient ruins, and some of the world’s best coffee – Colombia shelters some of the most beautiful treasures in all of Latin America. Stroll through cobble-stoned streets of colonial cities that have featured prominently on the road to El Dorado. Escape to the cool climes of the Coffee Triangle to uncover the secrets of coffee cultivation. Shake a leg to the intoxicating beats of salsa at vibrant cities such as Medellin, or escape to the silvery sand beaches washed by the azure ocean on the country’s ample shoreline – you’ll be spoiled for choice! Colombia’s greatest treasures however are found around every street corner – in the warmth of everyday life and the magical joie de vivre that permeates the lives of its people.

Tour Highlights: Cartagena de Indias, Coffee Region, San Agustin Archaeological Park, Tayrona National Park, Bogota’s Gold Museum

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Example private tour: Colombian Getaway

Colombian Getaway

9 Days from $ 3,015 / person

Places: Bogota (2 days) → Coffee Region (3) → Cartagena (3)

Tour Highlights: Spanish Colonial Capital, Art & Architecture, Restaurants & Nightlife, Coffee Plantations, Botanical Gardens, Nature &...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes Wine & Food

Example private tour: Highlights of Colombia

Highlights of Colombia

15 Days from $ 5,030 / person

Places: Bogota (2 days) → San Agustin (3) → Bogota (1) → Villa de Leyva (2) → Coffee Region (3) → Cartagena (3)

Tour Highlights: Spanish Colonial Capital, Art & Architecture, Restaurants & Nightlife, UNESCO World Heritage site, Magdalena River...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes Wine & Food

Ecuador & Galapagos Tours

Ecuador Travel

We are delighted to add these two most intriguing destinations to our collection. Ecuador is the perfect springboard to cruise to the Galapagos Islands, a refreshing and biodiverse location for heavenly experiences. Exploring this natural world on board a luxury catamaran is the a trip of a lifetime. With mesmerizing marine life and an intimate sailing experience, you too can island-hop and delight in informative game drives with expert naturalists.

Tour Highlights: Snorkeling the Islands, the Darwin Center, Giant Tortoises of Isla Santa Cruz, Volcano Treks in Isla Isabela.

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Example private tour: Ecuador –  Amazon, Mainland & Galapagos

Ecuador – Amazon, Mainland & Galapagos

15 Days from $ 10,350 / person

Places: Quito (2 days) → Yasuni (3) → Cotopaxi (1) → Riobamba (1) → Cuenca (2) → Guayaquil (1) → Galapagos (4) → Quito (1)

Tour Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Middle Of The World Equator, Independence Square, Wetland Ecosystem, Incredible Biodiversity...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes Wildlife & Safaris

Peru Tours

Peru Holidays

Peruvian traditions date back more than 5,000 years. We invite you to explore the culture of the past in the most stunning and surreal landscapes on earth. Peru is most famous for the lost citadel of Machu Picchu and captivating mountain alpacas that roam the countryside. Just as alluring are the legends of Sacred Valley, the historic buildings of Cusco, the Pisac ruins, or the astounding landscapes on the Salkantay trail that turn hikers into poets! There is much to be experienced in this land of parched deserts, lush Amazonian rain forests, magnificent volcanoes, and world-famous cuisine.

Tour Highlights: Cuzco and Macchu Picchu, Colca Canyon, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonad.

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Example private tour: Iconic & Unique Peru

Iconic & Unique Peru

14 Days from $ 8,465 / person

Places: Lima (2 days) → Puerto Maldonado (3) → Cusco (2) → Sacred Valley (3) → Puno (3) → Lima (1)

Tour Highlights: Monastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tambopata National Reserve, Madre De...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes Wildlife & Safaris

Uruguay Tours

Luxuriöser Südamerika Strandurlaub in Punta del Este

Uruguay exudes a care-free glamour inherited from the rustic simplicity of gaucho culture and generations of fabulous jet setters who have made their stylish mark along the beaches of Punta Del Este and nightlife of Montevideo. Award-winning estancias and centuries-old mansions dot the landscape, offering the best of new and old worlds. Admirers flock from around the world to experience the good life in Uruguay. This is possible South America travel at its most elite!

Tour Highlights: Cuidadela Gateway Area, Hot Spring Hopping up the Río Uruguay, Horseback Riding on the Beach.

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Team trekking in Cordiliera Huayhuash, Peru, South America
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