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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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A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
$4,860
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Classic Antarctica

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • View vast penguin rookeries
  • Explore the pristine wilderness
  • Navigate narrow passages
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the 7th Continent - Antarctica. The remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula provides you with remarkable excitement as you cross the Drake Passsage. Icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that you have reached the South Shetland Islands, a haven for …
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Kayaks!
$5,291
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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 Cruise, 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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Sleepy sea lion on a log
$2,310
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Galapagos Southeast Islands

5 Day Itinerary aboard Corals
  • Visit Cerro Brujo´s lava formations
  • Hike across Española Island
  • Swim and snorkel at Devil´s Crown
Activities:
Hiking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This cruise allows you to experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' southeast islands. Take a 5-day adventure and travel from beautiful San Cristobal to Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz Islands. Encounter giant tortoises, snorkel in the crystalline waters, and view …
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Sunset over Iguazu Falls
$1,642
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Iguazu Falls & Argentine Rainforest

5 Day Itinerary
  • Explore the famous Iguazu Falls
  • Spot wildlife at Yacutinga Lodge
  • Float the San Francisco River
Activities:
Land, Rainforest Exploration, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Iguazú Falls, where over 275 distinct cascades tumble through lush subtropical forest, is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in South America. The falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil; explore the Argentine side to get up close to the plummeting water. Also visit the …
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Isabela rock with birds
$8,049
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Northwestern Galapagos Cruise

10 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Star Journey
  • Visit a hyper-saline lagoon
  • Explore lava tubes & flows
  • Hike across Santa Cruz Island
  • Learn about local conservation
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Galapagos cruise highlights the archipelago's beautiful northern islands. Known for their striking volcanic features, pristine white sand beaches, and peaceful lagoons, these islands are a great place to get to know the Galapagos! Kayaking, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing opportunities …
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Llama at Machu Picchu ruins
$6,809
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Islands and Incas

Galapagos & Machu Picchu - 15 Day Itinerary
  • Explore magical Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Inca terraces of Moray
  • Photograph iguanas & sea lions
  • Wonder at volcanic landscapes
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Land, Land & Sea, Local Market, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the the enchanted islands of Galapagos on one amazing all-inclusive tour. While in Peru, tourMachu Picchu, eploring the massive ruins then wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. Visit the …
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Icebergs at sunset
$12,995
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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Hebridean Sky Air Cruises
  • Cruise the South Shetland Islands
  • View penguins, seals, and whales
  • Attend lectures and presentations
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
Activities:
Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited on this 8-day adventure to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places - Antarctica. In a little over three hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, find yourself at …
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Sacha Lodge greets travelers on a tour of the Amazon
$2,038
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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
Activities:
Fishing, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Enjoy the wild Amazon Rainforest from the comforts of Sacha Lodge! Each day brings new possibilities and adventures including an observation tower, butterfly house, canoeing, swimming and fishing. Seize the opportunity to search for the Amazon's unique myriad of wildlife such as toucans, howler …
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Penguins and passengers
$27,400
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Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey

Ushuaia to Bluff, NZ - 33 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Visit the U.S. McMurdo Station
  • See vast Adélie penguin colonies
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Invercargill
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Campbell Island Island. This 33-day voyage offers …
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A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the Galapagos
$8,219
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West & Central Islands + Genovesa

8 Day Itinerary aboard M/C Galapagos Endemic
  • Kayay & Snorkel around Genovesa
  • Walk over recent lava flows
  • Visit Arnaldo T. Breeding Center
  • Hike along cactus groves at Rabida
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the wonders of the Western & Central Galapagos Islands while on this amazing 8-day cruise. This paradisiac archipelago is made up of rocky islets which are home to many spectacular species of Galapagos wildlife including penguins, the Galapagos Hawk, Nazca Boobies, finches, …
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Galapagos penguin on a rock
$6,159
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Luxury West & Central Galapagos Cruise

6 Day Itinerary aboard M/C Galapagos Endemic
  • Hike & swim at Santigo Island
  • Admire Isabela's abundant bird life
  • Look for penguins at Tagus Cove
  • Visit Rabida Island
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
With no other place like it, the Galapagos is the earth’s living laboratory. Home to some of the most endemic species, these islands are reputed not only for their ancient and diverse wildlife but for their stunning natural beauty. Whether you are a birder, botanist or simply just curious, …
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The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby
$3,999
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Luxury Central Galapagos Islands Cruise

4 Day Itinerary aboard M/C Galapagos Endemic
  • Discover Bartholomew Island
  • Snorkel around Floreana
  • Explore North Seymour Island
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Beautiful and mysterious, vast and fragile, this itinerary through the Galapagos Islands is an extraordinary 4-day voyage through the natural beauty of the world. This cruise across the central region delivers more than white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Exploreinteresting rock formations …
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Snorkeling near the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
$4,595
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Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise

5 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Spray
  • Hike 375 stairs to panoramic views
  • Trek through mangroves
  • Snorkel in search of marinlife
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the northern islands of the Galapagos on this 5 day cruise aboard the Ocean Spray. Once on board cruise to Bartolome Island and hike to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views. You also will trek through mangroves and view tidal pools teeming with sea lions and reef fish on Genovesa …
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Santa Fe land iguana
$1,842
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Central & East Islands

4 Day Itinerary aboard Galapagos Legend
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters
  • Tour the tortoise breeding center
  • Enjoy on board family activities
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Get ready to enjoy an awesome 4-day cruise that explores the highlights of the central and eastern islands of the Galapagos. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. …
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Gentoo penguin
$16,995
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Solar Eclipse, South Georgia and Antarctica

17 Day Itinerary aboard World Explorer
  • Witness the second solar eclipse
  • Enjoy your wildlife experience
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Learn from the polar experts
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Stand Up Paddle Board, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Designed for eclipse chasers, this 17-day itinerary offers the rare opportunity to witness the total eclipse of the sun while also setting foot in Antarctica. Explore the rarely visited sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and South Georgia. During your voyage, you will have the …
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Flamingos
$5,510
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Luxurious Southern Galapagos Cruise

6 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Spray
  • Visit the Waved Albatross colony
  • Snorkel with sharks at Kicker Rock
  • Leave a letter at Post Office Bay
  • Hike the cliffs at Pitt Point
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Ocean Spray for this 6 day Galapagos adventure. Visit Black Turtle Cove to view blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, Kicker Rock for exceptional snorkeling and the nesting site of the Waved Albatross on Espanola Island.
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Zodiac tours to see glaciers.
$1,990
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Fjords of Tierra del Fuego: Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

5 Day Itinerary aboard MV Stella Australis
  • Visit wildlife-rich Ainsworth Bay
  • Explore Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley
  • Sail to Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the MV Stella Australis in Punta Arenas and begin your adventure sailing through the Fjords of Tierra del Fuego. Cross the Strait of Magellan and enter a labyrinth of channels that define the extremes of Patagonia. In Ainsworth Bay hike to stunning views of Marinella Glacier and the Darwin …
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Monkey business in Coca
$7,489
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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, Horseback Riding, Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, 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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