It’s a region that many travellers dream of visiting — but few turn that dream into a reality.
Be one of those who do! A multi-day tour is by far the easiest and safest way to explore South America and its twelve conterminous countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. You can leave the logistics up to those in the know on the ground, and you’ll benefit from the services of an expert local guide throughout your trip.
And whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find a South America tour to match. Get on the trail of lost civilisations in Peru and Bolivia, trek the epic mountain landscapes of Chile and Argentina, marvel at mega cities like San Paulo and Buenos Aires, bliss out on sun-drenched beaches in Brazil and Colombia, or explore wildlife wonderlands like the Amazon and Galapagos. The choice is yours!
Here are ten of the best South America multi-day tours and trips. Browse our full range of tours here.
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1. Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Tour (multi-country)
Get your South American adventurer on during this awesome multi-day, multi-country tour for 18 to 39ers. Spend time exploring bustling Buenos Aires, hang out at a working Uruguayan cattle ranch, marvel at misty Iguazu Falls, then hop a flight to Sao Paulo and work your way up the coast of Brazil. The party wraps up in Rio with a stay at Copacabana Hostel — just 500 metres from famous Copacabana Beach! 17 days | Operator: G Adventures
Aged between 18 and 39? Got a spare two months? You’re in! This incredible tour traverses no less than six South American countries and reads like a roll call of the continent’s top experiences. Lose yourself in the ancient streets of Cusco, trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cruise Lake Titicaca, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, immerse yourself in the lunar-like landscape of San Pedro de Atacama, stand in awe of Iguazu Falls, hit the beach in Brazil, and much, much more! 51 days | Operator: G Adventures
If you were to do only one thing in South America, it would be worth the travel time from Australia just to gaze upon the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. And this tour will acquaint you with the wider history of the once mighty Incas. Explore the old centre of Cusco (built on Incan foundations), travel the length of the serene Sacred Valley, and ascend to the lost kingdom in the sky. Machu Picchu awaits! 8 days | Operator: G Adventures
Situated in northern South America, there’s a lot to love about Colombia — as this fabulous tour reveals! Revel in the colour and character of Cartagena’s old city, explore cosmopolitan capital Bogota, splash down on palm-fringed beaches fronting the Caribbean Sea, hike in Tayrona National Park and the Guachaca region, and get snap happy in the ridiculously photogenic village of Barichara. It may be your first visit to this richly nuanced country, but trust us: it won’t be your last! 10 days | Operator: Intrepid Travel
Ecuador’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital Quito is the starting point for this ten-day tour of one of the most environmentally diverse nations on the planet! You’ll visit a plethora of contrasting landscapes along the way, including Chimborazo volcano (the highest volcano in Ecuador), the Sahara-like Palmira Desert, and the incredible Amazon — the world’s largest tropical rainforest. 10 days | Operator: Adventure Journeys
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6. Bolivia Highlights Tour from La Paz
This exceptional eleven-day tour of Bolivia in the central west of South America also reveals an array of epic landforms. Navigate the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni by 4WD, marvel at the Andean Desert’s barren beauty, hike around Laguna Colorado, walk part of the pre-Incan Chataquila Trail, and the list goes on. Starting and finishing in legendary La Paz, this tour offers a bounty of natural beauty for intrepid travellers to savour. 11 days | Operator: Intrepid Travel
The Galapagos Islands top many a traveller’s bucket list — and with good reason. This remote volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean is home to an array of beautiful and bizarre animals, birds, and sea creatures. On this incredible tour, you’ll snorkel with sea lions, visit a giant tortoise breeding sanctuary, and view flamingos, penguins, and many other bird species. Flights from Quito, accommodation, several meals, and the services of an expert guide are included in the tour price. 10 days | Operator: Intrepid Travel
8. Patagonia Hiking Tour from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Governed by both Argentina and Chile, Patagonia sits at the bottom of the South American continent and is renowned as one of the world’s premier trekking destinations. Lace up for this nine-day tour of the region, which features walks through World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National Park (home to the distinctive Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy mountain peaks) and around the age-old Perito Moreno Glacier. 9 days | Operator: G Adventures
If you’ve always dreamed of doing the Inca Trail to mighty Machu Picchu, this fully guided experience from Cusco makes the process (at least) an easy one. From there, it’s up to you to rise to the challenge of this four-day hike, which traverses mountainous terrain and cloud-enshrouded forests. You’ll catch your first glimpse of the ruins by dawn’s early light — a moment that will stay with you for the rest of your life. 7 days | Operator: G Adventures
10. Deluxe Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil Tour from Buenos Aires
South America beckons with the promise of adventure, but that doesn’t mean having to rough it! Quite the opposite! This deluxe tour incorporates upscale accommodation and comfortable transport, and is packed with included activities and indulgences. Enjoy an authentic Argentinian barbecue, stay at a spa hotel overlooking the misty magnificence of Iguazu Falls, and sip top drops in a Montevideo vineyard. 11 days | Operator: Insight Vacations