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Ancient ruins, rainforests, towering mountain peaks, and scenic fjords can all be part of your trip to South America. Argentina, Chile, BoliviaEcuador, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia - each country offers natural and cultural discovery. Wind through Amazon tributaries in search of pink dolphins, round the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego for its spectacular views of glaciers and steep rocky shorelines, and set sail for the white continent, Antarctica, on a cruise departing from Ushuaia, Argentina and visiting the Falkland Islands. During your tour, you'll encounter some of the most welcoming people in the world as you explore Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands,  the Amazon, PatagoniaTorres del Paine, and Easter Island. Contact one of our South America travel specialists for help designing your dream trip. 
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10 Best South America Small Ship Cruises for 2022-2023

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Luxury Amazon Discovery$42304Jan 22, 2022Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery$36154Jan 21, 2022From the Amazon port town of Iquitos, Peru, embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aria Amazon, hosting your journey includes …
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Luxury Amazon Expedition$98708Jan 22, 2022Board the luxurious Aqua Nera for an 8-day river cruise of the enthralling Amazon. In the intimate company of just 32 passengers, you'll have …
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Luxury Amazon Explorer$48205Jan 24, 2022Venture to Peru to enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aria Amazon. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the …
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Buenos Aires to Fortaleza$738015Mar 21, 2022Enjoy full immersion into the rich diversity of eastern South American cultures on this 15-day voyage to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil aboard the …
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Costa Rica and Panama Canal$639515Apr 16, 2022Board the luxurious Greg Mortimer on this 15-day cruise from the Pacific to the Caribbean through the Panama Canal exploring the best of Costa Rica …
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Luxury Amazon Expedition$84358Jan 21, 2022An 8-day river cruise on the awe-inspiring Amazon awaits you aboard the Aria Amazon. Get up and personal with wildlife like Amazon dolphins and …
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The Great Adventure$1121017Mar 2, 2022Cruise the Southern Ocean aboard the luxurious L'Austral to explore the unique regions of South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and the Antarctic …
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Fortaleza to Bridgetown$1368022Apr 4, 2022Travel north from Fortaleza, Brazil all the way to the Caribbean aboard the Silver Wind on this 22-day cruise, taking in some spectacular sights …
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Galapagos Explorer + Peru's Land of the Incas$1391016Jan 21, 2022Link your 9-day small ship-based Galápagos adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II to a 7-day land-based exploration of the …
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10 Best Luxury Tours & Small Ship Cruises to South America for 2022-2023

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Haciendas of Ecuador$38727Jan 20, 2022This 7-day tour of Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcano explores the history and culture of the Andes while staying in luxurious haciendas: Hacienda …
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Luxury Inca Trail$594610Jan 20, 2022Hike the Inca Trail in style and comfort. This 10-day Inca Trail trek & exploration of Andean Peru is combined with an upscale camping experience …
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Awasi Atacama Desert$27004Jan 20, 2022Spend your nights in San Pedro de Atacama on these 3 to 5-night luxury Chile tours with flexible itineraries that explore the best of the Atacama …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery$42304Jan 22, 2022Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery$36154Jan 21, 2022From the Amazon port town of Iquitos, Peru, embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aria Amazon, hosting your journey includes …
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Luxury Amazon Expedition$98708Jan 22, 2022Board the luxurious Aqua Nera for an 8-day river cruise of the enthralling Amazon. In the intimate company of just 32 passengers, you'll have …
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Machu Picchu by Train with Luxury Hotels$26967Jan 20, 2022Our mainstay Machu Picchu trip with luxury accommodations. We visit the most important Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuamán, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo, …
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Luxury Amazon Explorer$48205Jan 24, 2022Venture to Peru to enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aria Amazon. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the …
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Luxury Amazon Explorer$56405Jan 25, 2022Enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aqua Nera. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the flooded forest and …
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Buenos Aires to Fortaleza$738015Mar 21, 2022Enjoy full immersion into the rich diversity of eastern South American cultures on this 15-day voyage to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil aboard the …
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No word better captures the atmosphere of South America than "diversity." Between stunning biodiversity, geography stretching from the steamy Amazon to frozen Patagonia, amiable cultures, and a rich history, this corner of the world has it all. Every country has its own distinct identity and personality, but the warm spirit of hospitality for which South America is known permeates the whole continent. As you get to know each of these cultures & people, you'll also delight in the natural wonders held in this vast land.
The Natural Highlights of South America
The Amazon- Between Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, this dense jungle is home to more species of birds, plant life, & other endemic wildlife than any other part of the world, and it comes to vivid life for you as you explore the unspoiled wilderness where there are still uncontacted tribes, friendly river dolphins that swim among piranhas, and curious monkeys swinging through the canopy above.

The Galapagos Islands- Off the golden coast of Ecuador, you'll fine the sun-kissed Galapagos Islands, where Darwin himself first postulated his theories of evolution. A cruise to these pristine islands will show you the same fascinating creatures that Darwin saw, like the Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, a rainbow of tropical fish, and an array of the most stunning bird species in the world.

Patagonia- In the beating heart of Argentina you'll find the expansive landscapes of Patagonia, which has inspired travelers and explorers for centuries. From the bustling metropolitan center of Buenos Aires, you will embark on an adventure across sub-Antarctic forests, past glacial lakes, and up the steep mountains & rolling hills to get absolutely incredible panoramic vistas.

Machu Picchu- Nowhere else quite captures the grandeur of the ancient Incan Empire as well as the breathtaking citadel at Machu Picchu. These well preserved ruins in the Peruvian Andes demonstrate the astonishing engineering feats that the Inca were able to accomplish. Your guide will explain how each part of the city was specially designed as a functional tribute to nature and the gods that watched over this ancient civilization.

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8 Amazing Trips to the Amazon for 2022-2023

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Sacha Lodge$18107Jan 20, 2022Flying from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, board a canoe down the Napo River where we'll have four nights exploring the Amazon rainforest at …
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La Selva Lodge$19907Jan 20, 2022Spend four nights in the Ecuadorian Amazon at the La Selva rainforest lodge with professional naturalists and indigenous guides. Paddle a canoe on …
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Wildlife Odyssey$709515Jan 20, 2022Discover three natural wonders of the world in one amazing trip: the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. …
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Andes and Amazon$442215Jan 20, 2022Our most complete tour of Ecuador. Explore colonial Cuenca, the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, and the town of Baños, before descending to Amazon …
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Authentic Amazon$51358Jan 23, 2022Board the M/V Anakonda for this fascinating 8-day cruise on Amazon Tributaries through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Visit remote villages and …
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Tambopata Research Center$11205Jan 20, 2022Explore the Amazon Rainforest on this 5-day tour from Puerto Maldonado. Hike on the floodplain trails, search for frogs at night, and look for the …
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Incas and Rainforest$218910Jan 20, 2022Journey through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and explore the Peruvian Amazon in this 10 day tour. Spend 3 nights in the Amazon, observing the …
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Refugio Amazonas Adventure$8024Jan 20, 2022Take your family on a Peruvian trip to the Amazon rainforest from the comfort of Refugio Amazonas on this exciting 4-day tour. Enjoy climbing a 30 …
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Patagonia Wildlife Safari$16415-7Jan 20, 2022On this tour of Chile's Southern Patagonia region experience penguins, guanacos, Darwin's Rheas, Andean foxes, and more as you hike or even bike …
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Classic W Trek$14858Jan 23, 2022Experience the world's ultimate hiking adventure trekking the W Trek in Torres del Paine, Chile. 6 of the 8 days are spent trekking the Paso Los …
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Classic Inca Trail$241610Jan 20, 2022Follow in the footsteps of the Inca on this classic 10-day Inca Trail Trek. Acclimatize for three days as you explore Inca ruins and bargain at busy …
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Patagonia Camp - Torres del Paine$17604-8Jan 20, 2022Patagonia Camp is located on the shores of enormous Lake Toro and facing the Paine Massif, only 15 km from the Torres Del Paine Park’s …
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Atacama Desert$15974-5Jan 20, 2022Venture into the Atacama Desert! Three to five night extensions include flexible itineraries that explore this unique region, including a visit to …
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Torres del Paine Multisport$39217Jan 20, 2022Explore Torres del Paine in this multisport tour of Patagonia's best while hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, and trekking! With EcoCamp as …
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Short Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu$16287Jan 20, 2022This 7-day trip culminates in a one day hike on the Inca Trail arriving to Machu Picchu with a full day and a half to explore the ruins. Explore the …
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Machu Picchu by Train$14957Jan 20, 2022On this 7-day excursion through the Sacred Valley starting in Lima, you'll visit impressive Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuamán near Cusco, then Pisac, …
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Haciendas of Ecuador$38727Jan 20, 2022This 7-day tour of Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcano explores the history and culture of the Andes while staying in luxurious haciendas: Hacienda …
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Hotel Las Torres - Torres del Paine$22264-8Jan 20, 2022Located near the base of the towers that give Torres del Paine its name, this luxurious hotel offers a range of activities. Enjoy trekking, light …
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