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Select one of these 46 highly-recommended 12-day tours to South America. Explore Port of Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, and Punta Pitt worry-free with your bilingual guide on a small group or private tour where you will enjoy wildlife viewing, small ship cruises, kayaking, adventure options, and whale watching during the day and stay in hotels with decidedly local flavor at night. Our trips to South America range from $1,623 to $142,485 for a extraordinary 12 days in South America. Contact one of Adventure Life's South America travel specialists for help planning every detail of your dream trip. 
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Enjoying a mountain bike ride
$3,173
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Manco Multisport

12 Day Itinerary
  • Whitewater raft the Urubamba River
  • Bike past lakes, farms, & villages
  • Trek the Queñua Sundur Valley
  • Kayak around Lake Titicaca
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Biking, Camping, Hiking, Homestay, Land, Local Market, Village Visit, Whitewater Rafting
Activity Level:
Moderate
Whitewater raft the Urubamba River, mountain bike Chinchero, hike out-of-the-way Inca trails near Machu Picchu, and kayak Lake Titicaca. Named after the famous Manco rulers of the Inca empire, this multisport extravaganza offers the chance to visit the famous sites of Peru while satisfying your …
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Seal relaxing on shore
$12,395
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • See penguin colonies
  • Zodiac cruise
  • Kayak or camp ashore
  • Explore Antarctic marine life
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Antarctic adventures are best-enjoyed midsummer when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, alpine climbing, or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive …
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$9,050
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Antarctic - Basecamp

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Encounter humpback & minke whales
  • Hike near shore & up hilltops
  • View Adelie & gentoo penguins
  • Kayak between icebergs
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Expedition and exploration are the focus of these voyages aboard the MV Plancius. The ship becomes a basecamp for these polar voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules” are offered which go …
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A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
$16,780
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak, Zodiac cruise, and hike
  • Experience the Antarctic undersea
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience. Join the National Geographic Endurance for the most exhilarating adventure the planet offers.This 12-day classic luxury Antarctica cruise takes you to huge tabular icebergs in …
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Mt Veronica - It is a beautiful mountain!
$3,358
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Salkantay & Classic Inca Trail Trek

12 Day Itinerary
Starts/ Ends in:
Lima / Lima
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Camping, Hiking, Land, Local Market
Activity Level:
Challenging
Within the majestic Vilcabamba range, the glacier-capped summit of Mount Salkantayrises grandly above the neighboring peaks. Local Quechua Indians consider Salkantayto be sacred, worshiping the mountain as their ancestors have for thousands of years. After exploring colonial Cusco and the Sacred …
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Watch for whale blows!
$10,790
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Emblematic Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard L'Austral
  • Visit polar research stations
  • Explore drifting icebergs
  • See incredible polar wildlife
  • Hop on Zodiacs for outings
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an extraordinary 12-day Antarctica expedition cruise and be enchanted by magnificent landscapes and unique wildlife. Your tour begins with crossing the legendary Drake Passage, probably accompanied by albatrosses and Cape petrels, sentinels of these often-choppy waters. Then your ship …
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Guanaco in Torres del Paine
$5,762
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End of the World

12 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego by ship
  • Observe Magdalena Island penguins
  • Explore Torres del Paine
  • Walk on Perito Moreno Glacier
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land & Sea Exploration, Land Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your adventure to the "End of the World begins in Buenos Aires. Take a flight to Ushuaia located on the southern tip of Argentina where you will visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, as well as stroll along the streets of the city that claims to be the southernmost in the world. Your five-day …
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Take in the views of Choquequirao as you hike Peru
$3,371
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Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu

12 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Cusco's markets & churches
  • Trek an Inca path to Choquequirao
  • Journey through the Sacred Valley
  • Tour Machu Picchu with your guide
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Camping, Hiking, Land, Local Market
Activity Level:
Challenging
The ancient city of Choquequirao is often referred to as Machu Picchu's sister city. Choquequirao, meaning "cradle of gold" in the Quechua language, is only accessible by foot. After two days of stunning hiking, travelers explore the ruins at leisure during the day, and camp near the …
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The port town of Ushuaia
$12,395
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Hone your photography skills
  • Search for orcas and whales
  • Observe penguin colonies
  • Take a Polar Plunge
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embrace the spirit of polar exploration on this classic expedition to the coveted white continent. Sail across the famed Drake Passage, admiring spectacular seabirds and approaching the ice as the explorers of old did: by sea. With a chance to Zodiac-cruise through pack ice, set foot on the …
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Valparaiso, Chile
$6,200
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Guayaquil to Valparaiso

12 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Wind
  • Discover Guayaquil in Ecuador
  • Explore the rich history of Lima
  • Sail through Paracas, Peru
  • Enjoy the old town of Valparaiso
Starts/ Ends in:
Guayaquil / Valparaiso
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Silver Wind invites you on an adventurous journey across the world's driest desert, the unique Altiplanic fauna, Peruvian culture, the mythical Nazca Lines, and world-class gastronomy. This 12-day South American adventure cruise provides an insider's perspective on Peru and Chile's …
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Dawn breaking as we motor to Black Turtle Cove
$5,999
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Northwestern & Central Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard M/Y Monserrat
  • Explore Santa Cruz
  • Visit Cerro Dragón
  • Sail through Genovesa Island
  • Discover Black Turtle Cove
Starts/ Ends in:
Baltra / San Cristobal
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 12-day Galapagos cruise aboardM/Y Monserrat and enjoy the highlands and wildlife viewing. Your journey starts at Baltra and visits the amazing volcanic formations at Santa Cruz. See the beautiful and remoteGenovesa Island, well knownas “The Bird Island”, for close interaction …
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Tortoise tracks
$5,999
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Western & South Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard M/Y Monserrat
  • Spot Bachas Beach wildlife
  • Discover views of Alcedo volcano
  • Visit the pristine Espinosa Point
  • Cruise alongside Buccaneer
Starts/ Ends in:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a 12-day trip on the M/Y Monserrat through the Galapagos Islands, which includes some of the most stunning islands in the world, including Santa Cruz, North Seymour, and Santa Fe. The Galapagos Islands, teeming with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and magnificent landscapes, are a perfect …
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Pinnacle rock on Bartolome
$9,282
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Islands Circumnavigation I

12 Day Itinerary aboard Anahi
  • Relax in the beaches of Rabida
  • See giant tortoises in Santa Cruz
  • Take a hike in Darwin Volcano
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take in the best the archipelago has to offer, visiting South Plaza, Floreana, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, and many more during this 12-day private cruise aboard the Anahi! Wildlife viewing opportunities will abound as you traverse the islands, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, or take a …
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Wildlife in the Galapagos
$7,590
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Southeastern and Western Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Archipel I
  • Visit a flamingo lagoon
  • Ride a Zodiac around Tagus Cove
  • Observe Galapagos flora and fauna
  • Snorkel and swim in calm waters
Starts/ Ends in:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy this 12-day cruise through the southeastern and western islands of the Galapagos on the Archipell I. This complete itinerary gives you the opportunity to see more than just the highlights of this unique archipelago.Wind across island trails, explore peaceful lagoons, swim and snorkel in …
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Chinchero
$2,447
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Ancient Kingdoms

12 Day Itinerary
  • Visit the Lord of Sipan Tomb
  • Walk through the ruins at Chan Chan
  • Marvel at the Moches adobe pyramids
  • Tour iconic Inca ruin, Machu Picchu
Starts/ Ends in:
Lima / Chiclayo
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land Exploration, Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The coast of Northern Peru is home to one of the most archaeologically rich regions in all of the Americas. This area was once home to the empires of Moche, Chimu and Sican - master artisans, celebrated for their metal-work, jewelry and pottery. These impressive empires created adobe metropolitans …
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Waterfalls
$1,623
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All Brazil with Iguazu Falls

12 Day Itinerary
  • Experience Rio de Janerio
  • Ride the rapids of the Iguazu River
  • Visit communities along the Amazon
  • Celebrate Afro-Brazilian culture
Activities:
Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Urban Exploration, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience vibrant Brazil on this 12-day tour of must-see destinations. Begin your explorations in Rio de Janeiro,a city shaped by historical events, a diversity of cultures, and a dramatically beautiful landscape. From there fly to one of the great wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls. Spend three …
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$14,295
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Wild Antarctica - Fly/Sail

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Be awed by the array of wildlife
  • Marvel at enormous tabular icebergs
  • Learn about volcanic islands
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Famed for its tremendous tabular icebergs, year-round sea ice, fascinating fossils and the pivotal role it played in Shackleton’sEnduranceexpedition, the Weddell Sea offers unsurpassed opportunities for exploration. Embark on a true Antarctic expedition as you not only explore the west …
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Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica
$10,790
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Emblematic Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Embark on Zodiacs
  • Visit research and whaling stations
  • Look out for wildlife
  • Marvel at the dynamic landscapes
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythicalDrake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters. Then,then reach theWhite Continent, the realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice …
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