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Live one of the below 89 unique South America cultural experiences for 2023 or 2024. Visit villages and experience local cuisine with a local English speaking guide on your own private tour or small group guided tour. Discover unique local cultures on trips that include activities like village visits, wildlife viewing, land tours, rainforest exploration, and local market visits and cost from $1,250 for experiences of 5 to 34 days. Tell us about your ideal South America cultural trip and our South America experts will help you plan every detail of your next 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 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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Hiking Machu Picchu
$2,262
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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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Take a stroll through the beautiful courtyard at San Agustin de Callo
$3,871
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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
$1,637
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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
$5,135
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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
$2,434
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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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1800's whaling station
$24,095
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

21 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Visit Point Wild
  • Discover South Georgia
  • Lookout for wondrous wildlife
  • Watch for whale-sightings
  • See elephant & Antarctic fur seals
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This voyage encompasses the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South Georgia.From the days of Captain Cook’s 1772 Antarctic journey to Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton, humans have always been captivated by this vast place. Discover the historic …
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Tree frog spotted in the Amazon
$4,230
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Luxury Amazon Discovery - High Water

4 Day Itinerary aboard Aqua Nera
  • Visit the Manatee Rescue Center
  • Journey through Jungle of Mirrors
  • Discover the town of Nauta
Starts / Ends:
Iquitos / Iquitos
Activities:
Fishing, Kayaking, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Aqua Nera in the remote colonial city of Iquitos, Peru for this 4-day luxury Amazon River Cruise. Journey along the Ucayali River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring rivers (the Yarapa and Dorado), each one rich in vibrant wildlife and thriving rainforests. …
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See giant tortoises in the Galapagos
$6,959
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Wildlife Odyssey

Amazon & Galapagos - 15 Day Itinerary
  • Observe macaws at a clay lick
  • Visit a 130-ft. observation tower
  • Take in the vast array of wildlife
  • Snorkel through clear waters
Activities:
Biking, Fishing, Hacienda Visits, Horseback Riding, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience three wonders of the world - the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes mountains - in one action-packed 15-day trip visiting the best of Ecuador. Spend five nights in the Amazon jungle at the comfortable Sacha Lodge paddling dug out canoes and searching for Amazonian …
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Moai hillside on Easter Island
$2,388
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Rapa Nui Private Adventure

5 Day Itinerary
  • Visit the most important Moai sites
  • Wander Anakena Beach
  • View the quarry where Moai were cut
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Horseback Riding, Land Tours, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Easter Island's remote landscape, one of the most isolated places on the planet. A journey of exploration into the ancient traditions and history of an island that have been preserved in stone. Enjoy breathtaking scenery with ancient moai and an extraordinarily desolate landscape left …
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Canoe up the Amazon on your small ship cruise
$5,700
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Amazon Encounter

5 Day Itinerary aboard Delfin Amazon Cruises
  • Explore the Marañon & Ucayali River
  • Canoe Tawampa Lake
  • Swim with Amazon dolphins
Activities:
Fishing, Kayaking, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the legendary Amazon river on this 5-day luxury cruise aboard the Delfin. Encounter the local and remote villages that line the river and search for the mysterious pink river dolphin which lives between its shores. This Amazon cruise treats travelers to an exciting journey on South …
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Breathtaking view of Torres del Paine
$3,124
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Chile North to South

13 Day Itinerary
  • Biking and wine tasting
  • Explore the Atacama Desert
  • Rafting in the Lake District
  • Hike in Torres del Paine
Activities:
Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Experience the highlights of Chile on our favorite vacation package starting in the North and ending in the South of this impossibly long, narrow country. Explore the arid Atacama Desert, stroll Santiago's streets, and hike, bike, raft and more in the Lakes District near Puerto Varas. Finish …
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Squirrel Monkey in the Amazon
$855
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Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge

4 Day Itinerary
  • Visit a Yagua Indian Village
  • View wildlife from the canopy
  • Learn about Amazon holistic healing
Activities:
Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
A short flight from Lima or Cusco brings you to the jungle town of Iquitos. This is the heart of the Amazon and the headwaters of the greatest ecological zone on earth. A motor boat takes you 25 miles downstream to the Ceiba Tops Lodge, a beautiful sanctuary with air conditioned cabins, hot water …
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Interact with the locals on your small ship Amazon cruise
$4,450
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Amazon Discovery

4 Day Itinerary aboard Delfin Amazon Cruises
  • Journey to Pacaya Samiria Reserve
  • Discover immense biodiversity
  • Visit San Francisco Village
Activities:
Fishing, Kayaking, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the famed Amazon river aboard the Delfin on this four-day luxury trip. Explore the river's indigenous and secluded settlements and look for the enigmatic pink river dolphin that lives between its beaches. Enjoy pauses in the picturesque ports of Amazonas Village and Yamayacu Pucate from …
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Llama at Machu Picchu ruins
$8,390
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Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Machu Picchu

9 Day Itinerary aboard Delfin II
  • Explore with indigenous guides
  • Skiff or walk thru the rainforest
  • Make personal kayak explorations
  • Discover a profusion of wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Lima / Nauta
Activities:
Kayaking, Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the luxurious Delfin II to discover the pristine upper reaches of the legendary Amazon on this 9-day voyage. There seems to be a pulse to the Amazon - a kind of undercurrent.Spend unforgettable days in a seldom-seen, cathedral of green, along inky waters that at oncerelax and invigorate.Wild …
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A monkey in the Amazon
$3,615
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Luxury Amazon Discovery - High Water

4 Day Itinerary aboard Aria Amazon
  • Visit the Manatee Rescue Center
  • Journey through Jungle of Mirrors
  • Discover the town of Nauta
Starts / Ends:
Iquitos / Nauta
Activities:
Fishing, Kayaking, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, River Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join the Aria Amazon in the remote colonial city of Iquitos, Peru for this 4-day luxury Amazon River Cruise. Journey along the Ucayali River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring rivers (the Yarapa and Dorado), each one rich in vibrant wildlife and thriving …
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Hummingbird, Nazca Lines
$940
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Paracas and Nazca

3 Day Itinerary
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Land, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit the small town of Paracas where desert literally meets the ocean. From here, you can choose to take a over-flight of the mysterious Nazca Lines that were etched into the desert many years before the Incas ruled. On the following day, you will visit Paracas National Reserve and the Islas …
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Lily pads in Guyana
$5,425
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Guyana's Savannas

10 Day Itinerary
  • Watch for an abundance of wildlife
  • Explore untouched Iwokrama Forest
  • Climb Turtle Mountain
  • Interact with a local community
Activities:
Fishing, Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Guyana, the "land of many waters" is a wonderful destination for travelers looking for pristine rainforest and abundant wildlife. Our 10 day trip focuses on the "wild" interior in the Amazon watershed where remote, comfortable lodges are the base for exploring the rainforest. …
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