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We've selected the top wilderness experiences in all of South America below. The stunningly biodiverse Amazon rainforest is home to more species of trees and monkeys in just one square mile than there are in all of North America. The Galapagos Islands are a birder's paradise with endemic species found only on certain islands, and divers will delight in the rainbow of marine life that lives beneath the water's crystal turquoise surface. The windswept grasslands & deserts of Patagonia in Argentina and the towering Iguazu Falls of Brazil are stunning natural wonders in themselves. And the southern tip of the region serves as an excellent portal to the icy fjords and glaciers of the Antarctic. From the tropics to the pole, South America has an adventure for everyone to enjoy. Contact us for help planning your dream trip.
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Enjoy seeing the beauty of these islands on an exciting kayak trip.
$4,125
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Galapagos Multisport

Hotel-Based Tour - 9 Day Itinerary
  • Learn about Galapagos conservation
  • Kayak to Darwin Bay
  • Snorkel San Cristobal's coast
  • Mountain bike through mangroves
Begin your Galapagos travels hiking on San Cristobal Island and continue the journey kayaking, snorkeling,and biking throughout the Galapagos where wildlife awaits at every turn, every trailside, every shoreline! Enjoy an adventurous Galapagos itinerary with unforgettable activities to explore these magical islands.
Activities: Biking, Kayaking, Land, Snorkeling, Trekking & Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Baltra, Charles Darwin Center, Isabela, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz
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Sacha Lodge greets travelers on a tour of the Amazon
$1,575
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Sacha Lodge

Ecuadorian Amazon - 7 Day Itinerary
  • Paddle dugout canoes along creeks
  • Take night walks through the forest
  • Observe the unique wildlife
  • View the forest from the canopy
Spend four nights in Ecuador's premier rainforest lodge with professional naturalists and indigenous guides. Sacha Lodge is among the best places in the Amazon to explore the jungle without leaving behind your creature comforts - an unforgettable Amazon tour!
Activities: Fishing, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Amazon, Ecuador, South America, Coca, Quito, Sacha Lodge
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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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Sea lion encounter while snorkeling
$4,100
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Western Islands Cruise

Cruise on Eric or Letty - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Eric & Letty
  • Hike Prince Philip's Steps
  • Encounter giant tortoises
  • Hike to a salt water lagoon
  • Learn about local conservation
Spend 8 days cruising around the Galapagos Islands and experiencing the unique flora and fauna of each island. Enjoy opportunties to search for wildlife, snorkel, kayak, hike, and more. Board the Eric & Letty for an unforgettable Galapagos trip!
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Black Turtle Cove, Cerro Colorado, Charles Darwin Center, Dragon Hill, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Genovesa, Highlands, Puerto Egas, Rabida, San Cristobal Airport, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay
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View from Bartolome Island
$1,660
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North-Central Islands

4 Day Itinerary aboard Galapagos Legend
This quick, economical cruise is short on days, but big on amazing wildlife to view such as the Galapagos penguin, marine iguanas and playful sea lions. Set sail upon the comfortable Galapagos Legend with 100 guests, a pool, and several luxury-class amenities.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Baltra, Dragon Hill, North Seymour
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Wulaia Bay view.
$1,189
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Discover Patagonia: Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

4 Day Itinerary aboard MV Stella Australis
  • Discover beautiful Patagonia
  • Learn about early explorers
  • View whales, penguins, and more!
The expedition cruise ship M/V Stella Australis takes you on an amazing 4-day journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” Sail between Ushuaia (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile) and discover the splendor and beauty of Patagonia’s unique wildlife and landscapes. 
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Trekking & Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Argentina, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Aguila Glacier, Cape Horn, Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia
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Don\'t get too close
$2,695
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Guyana Rainforest

6 Day Itinerary
  • Kaietur and Roinduik Falls
  • Paddle Burro Burro River
  • Search for diverse wildlife
  • Stay in 150 yr old heritage house
Explore the remote wonder of the Guyana Amazon as you observe birds on Surama Mountain, visit the Amerindian Village of Surama and paddle along the Burro Burro River. End your journey Kaeiteur Waterfall which rises more than five times the height of Niagara Falls.
Activities: Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Amazon, Guyana, South America, Georgetown, Kaieteur Falls, Rock View Lodge, Surama Eco-Lodge
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Sea lions just lion around...
$12,600
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Islands Circumnavigation

15 Day Itinerary aboard M/V Origin
  • Encounter giant tortoises
  • Hike over islands covered in cacti
  • Admire the distinctive biodiversity
  • Kayak and stand up paddle board
Board the Origin for a unforgettable 15-day cruise through the Galapagos. Encounter the islands distinctive biodiversity including giant tortoises and abundant marine life. Kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkel over coral reefs, taking in the unique landscapes and beauty of the islands.
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Bartolome, Black Turtle Cove, Cerro Colorado, Charles Darwin Center, Chinese Hat, Dragon Hill, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Gardner Bay, Genovesa, La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, North Seymour, Post Office Bay, Puerto Egas, Punta Cormorant, Punta Pitt, Punta Suarez, Rabida, San Cristobal Airport, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, South Plaza Island, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Witch Hill
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A close up look of the Sally Lightfoot Crab.
$13,920
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Epic Galapagos Photo Expedition

17 Day Itinerary aboard Endeavour II
  • Land on every major island
  • Explore the archipelago & undersea
  • Go on daily photo assignments
  • Shoot with six top photographers
This 17-day photo expedition aboard National Geographic Endeavour II offers photographers unprecedented opportunities to shoot all of the major islands of the archipelago alongside a team of six top National Geographic photographers and photo specialists. Explore the islands and undersea in great depth and get some of the best photos of your life.
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Baltra, Bartolome, Espanola, Fernandina, Floreana, Genovesa, Guayaquil, Isabela, North Seymour, Rabida, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Santiago
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The land iguana has adapted to the dry conditions in the Galapagos
$12,480
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Exploring Galapagos + Peru's Land of the Incas

16 Day Itinerary aboard Islander
  • Encounter incredible wildlife
  • Experience dawn at Machu Picchu
  • Discover Cusco & the Sacred Valley
  • Explore massive Ollantaytambo
After your relaxing yacht-style adventure in Galápagos amid wildlife and natural wonders, head to Peru to experience the marvels of Machu Picchu, and trace the Inca lineage from Cusco and the Sacred Valley of ancient times to now in the sophisticated vitality of Lima.
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Baltra, Bartolome, Cusco, Fernandina, Floreana, Guayaquil, Hotel Monasterio, Isabela, Lima, Machu Picchu, Miraflores Park Hotel, Ollantaytambo, Santa Cruz, Santiago
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A Marine Iguana peeks over a rock.
$13,180
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Epic Galapagos Photo Expedition

17 Day Itinerary aboard Endeavour
  • Explore the archipelago & undersea
  • Land on every major island
  • Shoot with six top photographers
  • Go on daily photo assignments
  • Join a special photo edited seminar
This 17-day photo expedition aboard National Geographic Endeavour offers photographers unprecedented opportunities to shoot all of the major islands of the archipelago alongside a team of six top National Geographic photographers and photo specialists. Explore the islands and undersea in great depth and get some of the best photos of your life.
Activities: Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
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Beautiful Sacred Valley of Peru
$12,080
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Galapagos Explorer + Peru's Land of the Incas

16 Day Itinerary aboard Endeavour
  • Encounter incredible wildlife
  • Experience the Galápagos undersea
  • See daybreak over Machu Picchu
  • Explore massive Ollantaytambo
Link your 9-day ship-based Galápagos adventure to a land-based exploration of the archaeological wonders of Machu Picchu and the cultural wonders of Inca Peru, historic and modern. Make the most of your travel time as your expedition team makes the transition effortless for you.
Activities: Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Baltra, Bartolome, Cusco, Fernandina, Floreana, Guayaquil, Isabela, Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Santa Cruz, Santiago
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Sea lions on Santa Fe
$6,965
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Island Circumnavigation II

15 Day Itinerary aboard San Jose
  • Visit Post Office Bay
  • Snorkel in Gardner Bay
  • Observe a flamingo lagoon
  • Take a zodiac ride to Isabela
Cruise around beautiful islands like Santa Fe, San Cristobal and Santiago aboard the San Jose. Watch sea lions play on the beach, hike along trails, explore Cormorant Point and more on this 15-day tour.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Baltra, Bartolome, Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Center, Chinese Hat, Espanola, Espinosa Point, Espumilla Beach, Genovesa, Mosquera, North Seymour, Post Office Bay, Puerto Egas, Puerto Villamil, Punta Moreno, Rabida, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Vicente Roca Point
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Chinese Hat
$6,965
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Island Circumnavigation I

15 Day Itinerary aboard San Jose
  • Visit the wetlands
  • Ride a zodiac around Tagus Cove
  • Snorkel with Galapagos penguins
  • Explore Black Turtle Cove
See almost all the Galapagos Islands have to offer on this circumnavigation tour aboard the San Jose. Bird watch in Genovesa, Hike Prince Phillip's Steps, snorkel in San Cristobal and more on this 15-day adventure.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Baltra, Bartolome, Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Center, Chinese Hat, Espinosa Point, Espumilla Beach, Gardner Bay, Genovesa, Las Tintoreras, Mangle Point, Mosquera, North Seymour, Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant, Punta Moreno, Punta Suarez, Rabida, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Vicente Roca Point, Witch Hill
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Wooden boardwalk in Bartolome
$7,700
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Island Circumnavigation III

15 Day Itinerary aboard San Jose
  • Walk along Cerro Brujo beach
  • Find iguanas on South Plaza Island
  • Explore Darwin Bay
  • Search for nesting marine turtles
Take 15 days to circumnavigate the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, flamingos and zodiac rides during your tour aboard the San Jose.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Baltra, Bartolome, Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Center, Chinese Hat, Espinosa Point, Espumilla Beach, Gardner Bay, Genovesa, Mosquera, North Seymour, Post Office Bay, Puerto Egas, Puerto Villamil, Punta Cormorant, Punta Moreno, Punta Suarez, Rabida, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Vicente Roca Point, Witch Hill
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Wooden boardwalk in Bartolome
$8,200
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Islands Circumnavigation

15 Day Itinerary aboard Eric & Letty
  • Cruise around Kicker Rock
  • Swim or snorkel white-coral beaches
  • Encounter giant Galapagos tortoises
  • Hike towards a volcano summit
Embark on the Eric or Letty for a 15-day Galapagos circumnavigation tour. Explore the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Santiago, and more! Encounter giant Galapagos tortoises and other endemic species in their natural habitat as you travel this volcanic landscape.
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Bartolome, Black Turtle Cove, Cerro Colorado, Charles Darwin Center, Chinese Hat, Dragon Hill, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Gardner Bay, Genovesa, La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, North Seymour, Post Office Bay, Puerto Egas, Punta Cormorant, Punta Pitt, Punta Suarez, Rabida, San Cristobal Airport, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, South Plaza Island, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Witch Hill
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A colorful marine iguana
$10,355
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Islands Circumnavigation

15 Day Itinerary aboard Grace
  • View Kicker Rock
  • Snorkel with sea lions
  • Leave a card in Post Office Bay
  • Walk up the beach of Darwin Bay
Indulge in the beauty of the Galapagos as you wander across island trails, explore lagoons, and swim and snorkel in crystalline waters. This 15-day tour allows you to enjoy close encounters with the creatures that call these islands home.
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Center, Chinese Hat, Darwin Bay, Espinosa Point, Espumilla Beach, Gardner Bay, Highlands, Isla Lobos, James Bay, Leon Dormido, Mirador de la Baronesa, Mosquera, North Seymour, Pinnacle Rock, Post Office Bay, Prince Philip's Steps, Punta Cormorant, Punta Suarez, Rabida, San Cristobal Airport, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Vicente Roca Point, Whale Bay
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(Santiago)
$13,110
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Islands Circumnavigation

15 Day Itinerary aboard Cormorant
  • Venture up 375 wooden stairs
  • Visit a sea lion colony
  • Experience the \\\"blowhole\\\"
  • Snorkel with marine wildlife
Swim, snorkel, kayak and hike your way through the 15-day Islands Circumnavigation Tour. Visit Post Office Bay, Kicker Rock and Pitt Point aboard the Cormorant.
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ecuador, Galapagos, South America, Bachas Beach, Baltra, Bartolome, Buccaneer Cove, Charles Darwin Center, El Chato Tortoise Reserve, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Gardner Bay, Genovesa, Las Tintoreras, Leon Dormido, Mangle Point, North Seymour, Post Office Bay, Puerto Egas, Punta Cormorant, Punta Moreno, Punta Pitt, Punta Suarez, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Santa Fe, Sierra Negra Volcano, South Plaza Island, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Witch Hill
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