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Visit South America, one of the most diverse continents in the world. Travel around the historical cities or discover some of the rich natural landscapes. South America is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for learning about the diverse cultural heritage in every country. It's also home to some of the most impressive natural sights like the Amazon Rain Forest or the Patagonia region. Take a South America tour for a chance to venture around bucket list destinations. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your South America tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters.

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South America Travel Guide

South America Tours Highlights

  • Take a selfie in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Uncover the legend of the Inca civilization at Machu Picchu
  • Learn about the history of the Moai statues on Easter Island
  • Admire the iconic Cathedral in the Santiago's Plaza de Armas
  • Hang out at Copacabana Beach for the perfect day out in the sun
  • Hike to the Iguassu Falls to hear the roaring water
  • Backpack around Patagonia for the ultimate South America adventure trip
  • Visit the beaches of San Cristóbal Island when you arrive at the Galápagos Islands
  • Trek through the lush Amazon rain forest to sightsee the diverse flora and wildlife
  • Go whale watching on a cruise to Antarctica

South America Tours Travel Tips

  • Pack appropriately. South America has a wide range of climates – in one country, you might have hot, sunny days, but it will be cool and rainy when you visit the next. Be sure to check the weather when and where you're planning to travel.
  • Do you speak Spanish? Spanish is the official language for most South American countries, except for Brazil, where they speak Portuguese. You'll notice in most of the popular travel areas, people speak English, or you will find bilingual signage.
  • Expect each country to be a completely new experience. From the cities to the people to the landscape, crossing the border into another country means you'll have to adapt to an entirely new way of life.
  • Check ahead for wifi – wifi and internet access tends to be a bit spotty in areas, especially outside of the major cities
  • Take lots of photos! South America is a diverse continent where you'll create lasting memories. Capture all of the best moments during your trip.

South America Tours Things To Do

  • Uncover the legend of the Inca civilization at Machu Picchu
    Uncover the legend of the Inca civilization at Machu Picchu

    Every year, over one million tourists visit Machu Picchu, Peru's most-visited attraction. As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the site is one of the best-preserved examples of the Incan civilization. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for preserving the ruins. The impressive community built atop a mountain features several notable structures and engineering feats – Temple of the Sun, Room of the Three Windows, and a modern irrigation system. The site holds lots of mysteries about its purpose and the fate of the Incan society.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Visitors can reach Machu Picchu via hiking or train. The best way to experience the site is hiking up the mountain in time for the beautiful sunrise over Machu Picchu.

  • Take a selfie in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue
    Take a selfie in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue

    Peer up to the top of the Corcovado Mountain from anywhere in Rio de Janeiro, and you'll see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue keeping watch over the city. Christ the Redeemer is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and one of the country's most visited landmarks. Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ and a symbol of Christianity. Completed in 1931, it's a massive monument measuring 30-meters high and placed on an 8-meter tall pedestal. You'll have the best viewpoint overlooking Rio de Janeiro at the statue. One of the most popular ways to get a great photo at the site is lying down on the ground at the pedestal to get the entire statue in the picture.    

    Best Time To Visit

    For the best experience at the Christ the Redeemer statue, visit early when it first opens. Take the first tram ride to the top to beat the crowds so you'll have better photos and viewing experience.

  • Hang out at Copacabana Beach for the perfect day out in the sun
    Hang out at Copacabana Beach for the perfect day out in the sun

    Brazil is home to some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Copacabana Beach is the most famous beach, known for its crescent shape. It's ranked among the liveliest beaches with lots of activities happening during the day or night. Copacabana Beach is perfect for a day at the beach. The soft white sands and deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean make it a picturesque destination for relaxing or recreation. Some of the favorite things to do at the beach include swimming, sunbathing, soccer, and snorkeling.  

    You Should Know

    Copacabana Beach is one of the most developed beaches in Brazil thanks to its popularity. The 2.5-mile stretch features lots of hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

  • Hike to the Iguassu Falls to hear the roaring water
    Hike to the Iguassu Falls to hear the roaring water

    You'll hear the thundering roar of the Iguassu Falls long before you reach the jungle clearing to witness the world's largest waterfall. The U-shaped falls features 275 individual drops, with the highest having an 82-meter fall. Iguassu Falls is one of the must-visit natural landmarks when traveling to South America. There are various ways to experience the falls, including hiking around to different viewpoints or a helicopter tour for an aerial view.  

    You Should Know

    Iguassu Falls is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. It's accessible from either side, each providing a different perspective of the falls if you can do them both. Visit the Iguazú National Park in Argentina and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil to begin the respective routes to the falls.  

     

    Best Time To Visit

    The peak tourist time to visit Iguassu Falls is during October and November when the falls are full.

  • Learn about the history of the Moai statues on Easter Island
    Learn about the history of the Moai statues on Easter Island

    Much of Easter Island is designated as the Rapa Nui National Park – it was established on the island in 1935 for preserving the unique moai statues. Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater in the national park and the site of the statues. There are approximately 887 moai statues, some representing heads protruding from the ground, and others fall body. The figures were built as early as 300 AD by indigenous island peoples and later restored during UNESCO preservation efforts.  

    You Should Know

    The moai statues of Easter Island are a mystery of how and why they were built. The hundreds of statues are diverse in appearance and size. The largest figure reaches over 21-meters tall and weighs hundreds of tons. Most people marvel at the sight of the statues and ponder how they were created during the time period.

  • Backpack around Patagonia for the ultimate South America adventure trip
    Backpack around Patagonia for the ultimate South America adventure trip

    Patagonia is a region covering parts of Chile and Argentina that's widely uninhabited for an adventure destination. Explore Patagonia to see the diverse landscape consisting of the Andes Mountain range, glaciers, deserts, and more. Adventure travelers have lots of things to do in Patagonia. Various tours aid with visiting the top tourist attractions or backpack the region for an authentic outdoor experience. Some of the popular activities in Patagonia include hiking, mountain climbing, camping, and whale watching. Visitors can also take cruises to Antarctica that starts at the southern tip of South America.  

    You Should Know

    Patagonia is a vast area to explore. Tours go to specific regions, but it's also a famous region to backpack across it. It's a beautiful photography destination for capturing some of the best nature photos of the landscape.

  • Visit the beaches of San Cristóbal Island when you arrive at the Galápagos Islands
    Visit the beaches of San Cristóbal Island when you arrive at the Galápagos Islands

    San Cristóbal Island is one of the most visited islands of the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. It was made famous by Charles Darwin, who studied evolution here, but now is a popular tourist destination for its beauty and wildlife. The Island has fantastic beaches like Puerto Chino Beach and Cerro Brujo. Some of the wildlife inhabiting the island are tortoises, iguanas, dolphins, sea lions, and lots of marine life. There are also natural landmarks for sightseeing, such as El Junco, the largest freshwater lake in the Galápagos archipelago.  

    You Should Know

    There are multiple methods to get to San Cristóbal Island. Taking a boat trip from Ecuador or one of the nearby islands is a popular method. There is also an airport on the island with daily flights from Ecuador.

  • Admire the iconic Cathedral in the Santiago’s Plaza de Armas
    Admire the iconic Cathedral in the Santiago’s Plaza de Armas

    Santiago is Chile's capital and center for history and culture. Spend some time sightseeing around the city to see many of the local tourist attractions. Visit Plaza de Armas, the central square, for people watching and seeing notable buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago and Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago. The cathedral is open to the public to explore the decorative interior. The square is a popular public gathering place for events, street performers, and vendors. Hike to the top of the San Cristóbal Hill for sweeping views of Santiago.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Go sightseeing during the morning or the day so that you can visit the local attractions when they're open. Also, exploring the city is a great way to get a sense of local city life. Guided tours provide lots of information about the history of Santiago.

South America Tours When To Visit

The best time to visit South America is at any time! South America is a large continent consisting of 12 countries. The best time for your trip depends on what you're planning to do while you're there.  

Quick Facts

  • The peak travel time for most of South America is during the winter when it receives a lot of international tourists
  • South America includes a wide range of climate zones – it's hotter towards the North near the Caribbean coast and across the equator. It also has cooler climates in the southern region and higher elevations.
  • South America is located on both hemispheres, which means that the seasons are reversed. For example, summer in Argentina is winter in Colombia. Most South America Tours happen in the lower hemisphere, so keep that in mind when making your travel plans.
  • For the best all-around time, visit during the early fall/spring when there are fewer crowds from tourists, and you'll be able to enjoy the outdoor attractions in moderate temperatures.

  • Summer – December to March – Low Season

    Visit during the summer if you want to avoid the tourist crowds at the major destinations. It varies, however, by country, because it's during the season of Brazil's famous carnivals, so there will be a lot more festivities happening in the country.

  • Winter – June to September – Peak Season

    Winter in South America occurs during the bust summer travel months in Europe and the US, so the continent receives many international visitors during these months. It's when you can expect the biggest crowds on the beaches and monuments.

  • Fall/Spring – Best Season

    Fall and Spring are the best overall time to visit South America. The weather tends to be milder as it transitions from a dry to wet climate. You can explore a lot more of the outdoors, like hiking or relaxing on the beaches.

South America Tours Frequently Asked Questions

What are South America Tours?

South American Tours provide travelers with multi-country experiences to the top destinations on the continent. Explore the natural wonders in the amazon or Patagonia or immerse in the rich cultures of Chile and Peru. The tours offer the chance to check off multiple countries from your bucket list and explore world-renowned landmarks.

What’s included in a South America Tour?

Have you ever wanted to plan the perfect South American tour? The available tours explore attractions and landmarks across Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and even Antarctica. The wide range of tours offers fully-immersive experiences in a country of your choice or an all-inclusive package for traveling to several countries during one trip. You'll have a broad scope of South America and what makes it one of the top international travel destinations. Begin your South America tour today!

What’s the best South America Tour?

Travelers of all kinds can find a suitable tour package for visiting South America. Whether you're traveling as a family or a solo backpacking journey across the continent, there's a perfect package waiting. Bring out your adventurous side with a journey to Patagonia or taste some of the delicious culinary treats in Argentina. Explore the hidden wildlife of the Amazon rain forest or watch the magical sunrise above Machu Picchu. South America tours are designed for the everyday traveler!

How much do South America tours cost?

South America tours have the perfect travel package for everyone. We pass on our savings from bulk tour purchasing to the customer to get better rates than you'll find anywhere! Pick you a tour of your favorite country for less than $600 USD or choose a multi-country exploration packaged together at an unbeatable price!

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