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Discover South America in May 2023 on one of these 644 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of Baltra, Bartolome, North Seymour, Charles Darwin Center, and Santa Fe during May 2023 as you enjoy wildlife viewing, wildlife & safari exploration, cruises, snorkeling, and land tours. Prices for trips in May 2023 range from $1,250 to $567,912 for a vacation of 5 to 16 days. Choose any of the below 644 amazing itineraries in May 2023 and customize it to make it your own with the help of one of Adventure Life's expert South America trip planners.
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Hiking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail
$1,994
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Short Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu

7 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Cusco
  • Watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu
  • Visit Sacsayhuamán
  • Hike the Inca Trail
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Land Tours, Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Challenging
Experience the wonders of Peru's ancient Incan Empire on this popular highlights tour that includes one day on the famed Inca Trail. Wander Cusco's cobblestone streets, bustling markets and enchanting temples, experiencing the vibrant traditional culture of this Andean city. Visit the …
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Machu Picchu Clouds
$1,622
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Machu Picchu by Train

7 Day Itinerary
  • Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu
  • Explore Cusco with a local guide
  • Tour the ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a local textile market
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land Tours, Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the great ruins of Machu Picchu and wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. One of our most popular Peru tours, the journey also includes the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Spend two days …
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Enjoying a mountain bike ride
$3,459
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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 Site Visits, Biking, Camping, Hiking, Homestays, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Village Visits, 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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Machu Picchu at sunrise
$2,518
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Classic Inca Trail

10 Day Itinerary
  • Trek the classic Inca Trail
  • Explore the highlights of Cusco
  • Visit several Inca ruin sites
  • Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Camping, Hiking, Land Tours, Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Challenging
Walk in the footsteps of the Inca on one of the world's oldest pilgrimages on our classic Inca Trail tour. This 10-day trip which spends 4 days hiking the 26 mile long Inca Trail trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You'll hike up to 13,800 feet in altitude passing Inca ruins and …
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Hiking Machu Picchu
$2,357
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Incas and Rainforest

Machu Picchu & Amazon - 10 Day Itinerary
  • Watch for wildlife as you canoe
  • Take a night hike though the Amazon
  • Discover the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Observe traditional weaving
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Peru's vast jungle with a 3 night stay in the Peruvian Amazon. Next explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the great ruins of Machu Picchu on a fully guided Peru tour. Wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. Visit …
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Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador
$2,150
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Ecuador North to South

8 Day Itinerary
  • Hike on Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Take a train over Naríz del Diablo
  • Explore the ruins of Ingapirca
  • Visit a unique mangrove forest
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hacienda Visits, Land Tours, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Ecuador offers visitors some of the most stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity on the continent. Wander the cobblestone streets of colonial Cuenca, tasting new foods and bargaining with local vendors. Spend three nights discovering the cultural diversity of the highlands from Cotopaxi to …
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Trekking in Torres del Paine provides spectacular views of mountains, glaciers and lakes
$1,930
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Patagonia Camp - Torres del Paine

4-8 Day Itinerary
  • Choose from daily excursions
  • Hike to the base of the towers
  • Kayak or fish Toro Lake
  • Search for Condors & other fauna
Activities:
Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Land Tours, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Patagonia 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 administration center and close to the the main attractions that have made Torres del Paine world famous.This luxurious and comfortable camp offers a range of …
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Take a stroll through the beautiful courtyard at San Agustin de Callo
$3,965
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Haciendas of Ecuador

Otavalo and Cotopaxi - 7 Day Itinerary
  • Visit the famous Otavalo Market
  • Witness the condors flying
  • Hike through Cotopaxi to El Refugio
  • Tour nearby rose plantations
Activities:
Hacienda, Horseback Riding, Land, Local Market, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Historic family ranches dating back to the 1600's are found along the Avenue of the Volcanoes of the Ecuadorian highlands. These haciendas provide a glimpse into the history and culture of a time when Spanish heirs ruled expansive farms containing entire indigenous villages in the shadows of …
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The salt flats of the Atacama Desert stretch as far as the eye can see
$1,794
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Atacama Desert

4-5 Day Itinerary
  • Be inspired by unique geology
  • View the rainbow of desert colors
  • Experience Tatio Geyserys
  • Explore Moon Valley
Activities:
Land Tours, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the mystical beauty and inspiring geology of the Atacama Desert. Witness the fantastic colorful display of the Valley of the Moon at sunset. Visit the altiplanic lagoons Miscanti & Meñiques and spend a day visiting the Tatio Geysers. With more time, you can choose from a variety …
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A pair of macaws in the Amazon
$5,405
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Authentic Amazon

8 Day Itinerary aboard M/V Anakonda
  • Enjoy exploratory canoe trips
  • Visit the Parrot Clay Licks
  • Kayak though the Indillama River
  • Learn from Kichwa women
Activities:
Kayaking, Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the wonderful flora and rich wildlife of the Amazon Basin on this 8-day expedition cruise aboard the M/V Anakonda. Explore the Yasuni, Ecuador’s largest National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Kayak along black waters escorted by otters and …
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Devil's Cauldron Waterfall in Banos
$2,443
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Ecuador Highlights

9 Day Itinerary
  • Walk paths through the Cloud Forest
  • Visit bustling Otavalo Market
  • Explore Cotopaxi National Park
  • Enjoy various activities in Baño
Activities:
Land, Local Market, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy some of our favorite destinations in Ecuador on this nine-day tour through the Ecuadorian Andes. Start in the colonial capital city of Quito where you'll find spectacular churches dating from the 1500's and a bustling city sprawling up the slopes of the 15,000 foot Pichincha Volcano. …
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Enjoy seeing the beauty of these islands on an exciting kayak trip.
$4,375
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Galapagos Multisport

Hotel-Based Tour - 8 Day Itinerary
  • Kayak and snorkel among wildlife
  • Learn about Galapagos conservation
  • Cycle to Isabela's coastline
  • Snorkel in Concha Perla
  • Hike the rim of an active caldera
  • View giant Galapagos tortoises
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Land Tours, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Explore the Galapagos Islands in a variety of ways, including hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and snorkeling, on this multi-sport adventure. What else can you squeeze into this adrenaline-packed Galapagos itinerary? The most spectacular wildlife in the world—sea lions, marine iguanas, dolphins, …
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River in the Amazon Rainforest
$1,785
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Amazon Journey via Ucayali River -High Water Season

4 Day Itinerary aboard La Perla
  • See pink and grey dolphins play
  • Visit the birth place of the Amazon
  • Meet and visit with locals
Starts / Ends:
Iquitos / Nauta
Activities:
Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join La Perla on this 4-day journey down the Amazon River! This great adventure is designed for those nature lovers who do not have much time to travel. Your journey offers a worthy view of life in the Amazon jungle, including piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, visit local villages, and …
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Uros Island - Floating island at the Titicaca
$4,731
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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
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Homestays, Land Tours, Local Market Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Tour the best Peru has to offer on this 16 day holiday traveling along the desert coast, up to the altiplano and down to jungle clad ruins. From your first sip of a Pisco Sour to your last cup of corn chicha, you're sure to be charmed by the smiles, laughter and generosity of this Andean …
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Brilliant blue water of Argentine lakes
$4,382
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Discover Argentina

10 Day Itinerary
  • Visit Buenos Aires and Tigre Delta
  • Enjoy wine tasting in Mendoza
  • Explore Bariloche and Patagonia
Starts / Ends:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Cooking Classes, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore three main destinations on this Argentina tour: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and an all-inclusive estancia stay in Bariloche. Visit the Tigre Delta, watch a spectacular tango show, take part in a cooking class and wine tasting in Mendoza, and hike in Patagonia landscapes as you explore some of …
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Wildlife in the Galapagos
$5,569
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Eastern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Seaman Journey
  • Learn about local conservation
  • Mail a letter from Post Office Bay
  • Relax on white coral beaches
  • Snorkel alongside marinlife
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise from island to island on this 8-day Galapagos adventure. Visit several islands throughout the archipelago and experience the widlife and landscape unique to each one. Visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center where you will see and learn about the efforts being made to protect tortoises in …
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EcoCamp domes and Torres
$836
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EcoCamp - Torres del Paine

4-8 Day Itinerary
  • Relax in Patagonia's eco domes
  • See the famed Torres del Paine
  • Choose from a variety of activities
Activities:
Fishing, Hiking, Land Tours, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit Torres del Paine National Park (via shuttle drive from Punta Arenas or public bus and shuttle drive combination from El Calafate). Arrive at EcoCamp, a luxury tent camp built to reduce environmental impact with enormous igloo-shaped tents and luxury Suite Domes. Choose from a daily selection …
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Incredible Cotopaxi
$2,619
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Ecuador Adventure

9 Day Itinerary
  • Bike down the slopes of Pinchincha
  • Explore Bellavista Cloud Forest
  • Raft down Class III rapids
  • Horseback ride across the páramo
Starts / Ends:
Quito / Quito
Activities:
Biking, Hacienda, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land, Local Market, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Travel by raft, bike, and horseback while exploring four of Ecuador's ecosystems: high altitude Andean forest, paramo (grassland), cloud forest, and glaciers on Cotopaxi Volcano. Jump right into the action with a fast-paced mountain bike descent down Pichincha Volcano to begin your Ecuador …
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