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The cultures of South America are as diverse as the majestic landscapes where they can be found. Get to know, and understand, some of South Americas richest cultures on a tour with Adventure Life. Tours of the Sacred Valley of the Inca take you back centuries to their ancient yet advanced civilization. In the depths of the rainforest, you can meet modern indigenous communities that have managed to maintain their customs & traditions as well. Some communities base their society around the nearby bodies of water, like in the Falklands Islands or around Lake Titicaca. Each part of this vast continent has a rich story to share, shaped by millennia of natural influence, invasions, and the mixing of European & Pacific cultures with the American lifestyle to form an authentically diverse South American cultural identity. 
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Kayaking the Amazon
$3,450
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Amazon Kayak Adventure

8 Day Itinerary
  • Visit a local Huaorani village
  • Kayak the Shiripuno River
  • Camp in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Take an early morning hike
Journey by kayak deep into the Amazon jungle, looking for tapirs, monkeys, macaws, and other animals and learning about the medicinal uses of Amazon plants, trees and insects. Along the way meet the Huaorani people who make their living from this green land and experience a little of their lives. One of our most remote and adventurous Amazon tours!
Activities: Camping, Community Stay, Fishing, Kayaking, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Amazon, Ecuador, South America, Amazon Kayak Adventure - Campsite Day 2, Amazon Kayak Adventure - Campsite Day 3, Coca, Quito, Shiripuno Lodge
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Ship graveyard in Stanley, Falkland Islands
$3,010
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Falkland Island Life

8 Day Itinerary
  • Learn about Falklands history
  • Visit a large working farm
  • Explore wildlife-rich Sea Lion Isl.
  • Tour Stanley battlefields & beaches
An ideal introduction to the culture and history of the Falklands! Visit historical sites, tour a working sheep farm, and explore several prime wildlife-viewing spots on this week-long Falklands exploration. A great overview tour adventure!
Activities: Land, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Falkland Islands, South America, Darwin, Mount Pleasant Airport, Port Howard, Sea Lion Island, Stanley
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Bird's eye view of Machu Picchu with Juan
$2,450
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Manco Multisport

8 Day Itinerary
This tour blends the most famous highlights of Peru with exhilarating multisport adventures including whitewater rafting, kayaking, trekking, and mountain biking. A great choice for first time Peru visitors and return travelers as well!
Activities: Biking, Camping, Community Stay, History, Land, Local Market, Trekking & Hiking, Village Visit, Whitewater Rafting
Places: Peru, South America, Cusco, El MaPi Inn, Lima, Machu Picchu Pueblo, Machu Picchu Ruins, Manco Multisport Day 4, Manco Multisport Day 5, Ollantaytambo, Upper Urubamba River - Cusipata Section
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Cooking classes in Argentina
$2,425
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Taste of Argentina

9 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Salta's colorful markets
  • Visit a local family goat farm
  • Tour vineyards with an oenologist
  • Attend an Andean cooking class
Join this nine-day journey to discover the delicious local dishes and wines, as well as the inviting culture and landscape of northern Argentina -- a world apart from the country's chilly southern reaches!
Activities: Cooking Class, Land, Local Market, Wine Tasting
Places: Buenos Aires, Cachi, Cafayate, Purmamarca, Salta
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Dancers in Oruro
$2,025
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Oruro Carnaval

3 Day Itinerary
  • Watch the Parade of Dancers
  • Visit the San Jose silver mine
  • Learn traditions of Bolivian people
Oruro’s Carnaval celebrations have made this mining town a colorful destination at the beginning of Lent for Bolivians and international travelers who come here for a pilgrimmage of dance, music, and storytelling.
Activities: Festivals, Land
Places: Bolivia, South America, La Paz, Oruro
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Concepcion Mission
$1,850
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Jesuit Missions

5 Day Itinerary
  • Explore the Jesuit missions capital
  • Visit the mission town, San Javier
  • Learn about the restoration project
Thought to be "forgotten" for more than two centuries, the region of the restored Jesuit Missions is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural accomplishments and history. Follow the circuit and visit the magnificent, centuries-old churches that have been restored in San Javier, Concepcion, San Ignacio, San Miguel, San Rafael, and Santa Ana.
Activities: History, Land
Places: Bolivia, South America, Samaipata, San Ignacio, San Javier, Santa Cruz
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Explore the 300 hectare estancia via horseback accompanied by seasoned gauchos
$850
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Estancia El Ombu

3 Day Itinerary
Spend a few days outside of the city to experience The Pampas - El Gaucho style. Stay at a working cattle ranch as you learn the ropes of this traditional Argentine way of life. Help out with the cattle drives, lasso horses, and connect with the local people who have been living this way for centuries.
Activities: Horseback Riding, Land
Places: Argentina, South America, Buenos Aires, Estancia Ombu de Areco
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Feeding the local children
$895
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Sacred Valley Group Service Project

5 Day Itinerary
Group service project in the Cachiccata community. During this 5 day/4 night trip, participants, side-by-side with the family members, will work on cleaning, repairing, and restoring homes, planting native trees, and visiting school and supporting a healthy breakfast project. We stay in the community campground each night to immerse ourselves in the village life. The trip ends with traditional Inca ceremony and offering as a time to reflect over the previous days' experiences.
Activities: Camping, Community Stay, Land, Local Market, Village Visit, Volunteering
Places: Peru, South America, Cachiccata Community Campsite, Cusco
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Lake Titicaca
$725
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Lake Titicaca - Sun and Moon Islands

3 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Sun Island
  • Hike to Challapampa
  • Trek El Calvario for great views
This three day extension allows travelers to spend two nights on Sun Island and visit Moon Island and Copacabana. Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. According to legend, the son of Inti, the sun god, emerged as the first Inca from the waters of Lake Titicaca.
Activities: History, Land
Places: Bolivia, South America, Copacabana, La Paz, Sun Island
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Amantani Island host family
$575
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Lake Titicaca with Homestay

4 Day Itinerary
Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Travelers enjoy interacting with the local community whose roots date back to ancient cultures that settled in this area. Their hospitality opens a door to share with their families and allows us the homestay opportunity on Amantani Island.
Activities: Homestay, Land
Places: Peru, South America, Amantani Island, Cusco, Lima, Puno, Uros Islands
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CACHICCATA SCHOOL
$450
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Sacred Valley Community Clean-Up

2 Day Itinerary
Modernization is extending into the Andes and impacts the local communities. One negative consequence is an increase in post-consumer waste. Without adequate disposal options in these rural communities, household garbage accumulates and is scattered around the countryside. Our service project will allow travelers to go into the community and help families collect waste, separate it based on recyclables, biodegradable/compostable waste, and disposable garbage and educate and promote composting and recycling efforts in Cachicatta.
Activities: Land, Volunteering
Places: Peru, South America, Cachiccata Community Campsite, Ollantaytambo
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Cachiccata school children
$195
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Healthy Breakfast

½ Day Itinerary
Activities: Land, Volunteering
Places: Peru, South America, Ollantaytambo
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Macurai village
$195
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Door to Door Hygiene

1 Day Itinerary
Activities: Land, Light Hiking, Volunteering
Places: Peru, South America, Ollantaytambo
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Peru
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Candelaria Festival in Puno with Homestay

5 Day Itinerary
Visit Puno during the Candelaria Festival in February that honors the patron saint, the Virgin of Candelaria. Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Overnight on Amantani Island for homestay for cultural experience. Spend a full day in Puno witnessing this folkloric festival with its traditional dances, costumes, music, and story-telling.
Activities: Community Stay, Festivals, Land
Places: Peru, South America, Amantani Island, Lima, Puno
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Uros Island - Floating island at the Titicaca
$4,050
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Panoramic Peru

16 Day Itinerary
  • Discover Peru's \\"Little Galapagos
  • View the Nazca Lines with a flyover
  • Explore Colca Canyon
  • Visit the shores of Lake Titicaca
This tour includes Peru's greatest highlights - Islas Ballestas and Paracas, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, the islands of Lake Titicaca, Cusco and the Lost City of the Incas--Machu Picchu. A journey of the best Peru has to offer fit into a two week tour.
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Homestay, Land, Local Market
Places: Peru, South America, Amantani Island, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, El MaPi Inn, Lima, Machu Picchu Ruins, Nazca, Paracas, Puno, Sacred Valley
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Our guide as the sun breaks through the clouds
$3,450
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Inca Pathways

Inca Trail - 13 Day Itinerary
  • Explore floating islands
  • Visit the highlights of Cusco
  • Tour pre-Colombian salt mines
  • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The Inca Trail is an exciting high mountain experience where we climb up to 4200 meters, passing glacier covered peaks and descending into lush green cloudforest. To acclimatize for our trek, we spend a few days in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, exploring ruins and bargaining at busy Andean markets.
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Camping, Hiking, Homestay, Land, Local Market
Places: Peru, South America, Amantani Island, Cusco, Inca Trail, Lima, Machu Picchu Ruins, Ollantaytambo, Puno
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Peru
$1,025
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Lake Titicaca Kayaking

5 Day Itinerary
A great option for a traveler interested in a more active trip to Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau. Unique opportunity for a traveler interested in kayaking on the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Travelers enjoy interacting with the local community whose roots date back to ancient cultures that settled in this area. Their hospitality opens a door to share with their families and allows us the homestay opportunity.
Activities: Community Stay, Kayaking, Land, Village Visit
Places: Peru, South America, Amantani Island, Lima, Puno
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Dancing, music and wonder at the Oruro Festival
$3,295
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Oruro Carnaval and Lake Titicaca

9 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Tihuanaco ruins
  • Enjoy the Parade of Dancers
  • Visit a working silver mine
  • Climb El Calvario to great views
Experience the urban and rural environments of Bolivia on this combination tour! Take a city tour of La Paz, enjoy front row seats during the parade of dancers, tour a silver mine, and explore Lake Titicaca. These are just a few examples of what this adventure has in store for you!
Activities: Festivals, History, Land, Local Market
Places: Bolivia, South America, Copacabana, La Paz, Oruro, Sun Island
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