Peruvian Woman Walking with Child in Andes, South America

Top 5 Sites to Be Seen on South America Tours

Globetrotters looking for an ideal vacation, find there’s plenty of competition to grab their attention – all global destinations looking for the spotlight. As such, South America is home to some of the world’s most spectacular sites. Here is a list of the top 5 sites to be seen on South America tours.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, is often called the world’s greatest living laboratory or the modern day “Garden of Eden”. This is where Darwin’s Theory of Evolution began to crystallize. It is home to an in-depth range of wildlife that shows no fear of man, pristine beaches, and crystal clear blue waters. A year-round destination, the Galapagos Islands is not only tops in South America, but in the world.

Suggested Itinerary:
8-Day Cruising Galapagos 8 Days (M/V Legend)

Seals in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Seals in Galapagos Islands

Amazon River

Reaching into Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and of course, Brazil, the Amazon river system is almost as immense as the continent of South America itself. The Amazon can be visited from each of those countries, and offers experiences in piranha fishing, caiman spotting, village visits, and river explorations. A year-round destination, an Amazon river cruise is a great way to explore the region.

Amazon River and Jungle, South America
Amazon River and jungle

Andes Mountain Range

The Andes Mountain Range is the only “growing” mountain range in the world, and stretches from the Caribbean coast on the shores of Colombia to the world’s most southern city, Ushuaia, in Argentina. Many of Goway’s trips to South America revolve around the spectacular Andes, and it is an ever-present feature on tours to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.

Suggested Itinerary:
5-Day Andean Traverse (Private Touring)

Andes Horseback Riding, Argentina
Andes horseback riding

Machu Picchu, Peru

Few places on earth convey the emotions felt while standing in the shadow of Machu Picchu – a world famous site in Peru. Perched high in the Andean mountain range, deep within the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu is to this day, clouded in mystery. As the continent’s most popular site, Machu Picchu is open 365 days of the year. A great way for travellers to explore the area is by train.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu

Iguassu Falls

The largest waterfall system in the world, Iguassu Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil. So large and with so much to see, these falls take 2 full days to explore properly. Sightseeing options include power boat rides to the base of the falls, helicopter flights over the falls, as well as footpaths winding along the water’s edge and throughout the surrounding jungle forest. All these experiences help to put into perspective the size, grandeur, and power of what can be honestly described as jaw dropping. Explore Iguassu Falls from Rio de Janeiro and see both sides of the Falls!

Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Iguassu Falls

These five examples are just a small sampling of what South America tours have to offer. Below are some honourable mentions, along with suggested itineraries:

Easter Island, Chile: 3-Day Easter Island Rapa Nui Hotel Taha Tai

Patagonia: 8-Day Patagonia Complete

Falkland Islands: 8-Day Falklands Wildlife & Battlefields

Antarctica: 4-Day Fly to Antarctica

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia: 3-Day Salt Lakes of Bolivia

Pantanal, Brazil: 11-Day A Blast of Brazilian Luxury – VIP

Torres del Paine National Park at Night, Patagonia, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park at night, Patagonia

…and we haven’t even touched on CENTRAL America yet!

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Don Forster
Don Forster

General Manager, Central & South America -
Born in Australia and raised in Canada and Papua New Guinea, Don took his first solo trip to Bali – aged just 13. Since then, Don’s travels have taken him to every continent. He’s been a backpacker in Asia, Europe and Egypt, an overland adventurer in East and Southern Africa, and an overland driver in South and Central America. He is especially fond of Peru, Patagonia and Namibia, though his longest adventure to date has been a London to Kathmandu run via the Middle East.

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