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South America travel guide

From the awe-inspiring wilderness of Argentina's Patagonia, to the tropics of the Amazon rainforest, and from the vivid patchwork of Rio's favelas, to the cobbled streets of Cuzco. Trek to Machu Picchu or soak up the magic of Ecuador's Galápagos Islands. When it comes to travel destinations, South America is the daddy - home to some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and jaw-dropping wonders on the planet.

Countries in South America

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Brazil

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Colombia

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Ecuador

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Peru & the Inca Trail

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Bolivia

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Argentina

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Chile

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The Galápagos Islands

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Top places to visit in South America

  • Corcovado Mountain
    Home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, Corcovado is a mountain in Rio that towers high above the city - giving climbers an epic view (and an epic photo)!
  • Machu Picchu
    The Lost City of the Incas can be found once you've hiked the ancient Inca Trail - get ready for dramatic scenery, sub-tropical jungle and a glimpse into local life.
  • Galápagos Islands
    Sail the UNESCO World Heritage Site to find beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife sites, and lots of adventure!
  • Bolivian Salt Flats
    Head to the Uyuni Salt Flats to see the largest salt flat in the world, which provides impressive photo opportunities - when it's wet, it's reflective & when dry you can take some amazing illusion shots!
  • Iguazu Falls
    Located in the heart of the Iguazu National Park lies the amazing Iguazu Falls - the walk is just as impressive, through sub-tropical jungle and beautiful scenery.
  • Colombia's Lost City
    Trek to the ancient lost city, camp in lush jungle, experience the ruins of Teyuna, and take in the stunning views.

Tailor made touring, rewritten

With INDI tailor made you choose the dates, destinations and the budget, and our Travel Experts help you create your perfect trip across South America. Use our sample itineraries below for inspiration, or make a completely bespoke adventure, like Tempest Two, who brought us on board to help them plan their ultra-triathlon. Keep scrolling for more details on them.
LATIN AMERICA

Best of Peru & The Amazon

Lima > Sacred Valley > Cuzco > Puno > Lima > Amazon (Iquitos)

From £2,561

12 days

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LATIN AMERICA

Best of Colombia

Bogota > Armenia > Cartagena

From £1,106

10 days

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LATIN AMERICA

Best of Brazil & Amazon

Rio de Janeiro > Iguassu Falls > Amazon (Manaus) > Salvador da Bahia

From £1,633

11 days

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Getting around South America

Bamba bus passes - CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
What? The scale of Latin America need not put you off though - these bus routes will allow you to plan your journey with confidence and get to Central and South America's top sights easily. Choose Bamba Central America passes taking you through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica or choose a South America pass if you want to take on Machu Picchu or head to the beaches of Rio.

Best for: Ticking off a mix of traveller hot spots and cultural experiences and travelling these vast countries safely with reliable transport.

Valid for: 6 months

Includes: (see individual passes) Inclusions range from volcano building and trekking to underground snorkelling.

Bus passes from £315
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Tasty Potato Ways - Rio - Lima - 61 days
Includes:

Lima - Urban Discovery

Puno - Amantani Homestay Experience - 2D/1N

Ica/Huacachina - Sand-Buggy & Sand-Boarding

La Paz - Local City Encounter

Uyuni - Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N

Iguazu - Argentina Falls Day Trip

Buenos Aires - Tango Night Experience

Rio de Janeiro - Favela Experience

From £2,565
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Lorenzo Ways - Lima - Santiago - 35 days
Includes:

Puno - Amantani Homestay - 2D/1N

Arequipa - Colca Canyon Trekking 3D/2N

Ica/Huacachina - Sand-Buggy & Sand-Boarding

Lima - Urban Discovery

La Paz - Local City Encounter

Uyuni - Salt Flats & Desrt Adventure 3D/2N

Santiago - Bike City Trip

From £1,268
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Multi-stop routes with LATAM

You don't have to go round the world. Sometimes it's all about the multi-stop routes. Take this 4 stop trip around across Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima for example. It's not as pricey as you think to fly around South America, plus think about all the time you'll save. Less time travelling, more time for tango lessons.

4 stops from £429

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