South America

South America

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A continent of contrasts, South America split from the African landmass and joined with North America to merge a distinct set of flora, fauna and geographical features. The South American continent is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and is the jumping off point for Antarctica to the south. After the merger with North America, the Isthmus of Panama in the north would be the land bridge by which many different animals, including humans, migrated south into this diverse continent. Welcome to South America.

South American Rainforest

The largest tract of continuous rainforest on Earth is found in South America. The Amazon is larger than the other largest rainforests, the Congo Rainforest in West Africa and the New Guinean Rainforest in Australasia, combined. This incredible forest has filled the hearts and minds of naturalists and explorers for hundreds of years and can be accessed from any one of the nine nations it crosses. For the majority of Amazon tourists, the two countries to base themselves for an Amazon Adventure are Peru and Brazil, which contain the largest portions of the rainforest, but there are lesser known adventurous alternatives…

The Brazilian Cerrado

The Brazilian Cerrado is the country’s 2nd largest habitat after the Amazon Rainforest. The Cerrado is a tropical savanna habitat that experiences a humid climate. The habitat is home to many endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. Here you will see incredible wildlife, such as Endangered Maned Wolves, Hyacinth Macaws, and tool-using Capuchin Monkeys.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal Wetlands allows a higher chance of seeing some of the Amazon Rainforest’s most sort-after wildlife, such as Jaguar, Giant Otters and Capybara. The open and often treeless habitat means Capybara can roam the grasslands in huge numbers and animals cannot easily hide from view. Although lesser known than the Amazon, the Pantanal houses an equal concentration of wildlife to the densest areas in Africa.

Brazilian Atlantic Forest

When the Portuguese first set foot on South America over 500 years ago, they were met with the Atlantic Forest. One of the most threatened tropical forests, the Atlantic forest in southern Brazil is home to many highly threatened animals and plants. Over 85% of the original forest cover has been deforested, but because of its significance as a home for many endemic species, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and charities are working to restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South American Countries

The main countries that make up South America are, in order of highest population, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (France).

Eco Regions in South America

Tourists can explore the different eco-regions in South America, which offer a chance to view breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and contrasting environments. You can explore the Amazon Rainforest or Atlantic Forest previously mentioned, the wetlands, which are home to abundant animals and plants, Andean Cloud Forest to see incredible bird life, the Atacama desert, Earth’s driest area, the Andean mountain range, the world’s longest mountain range, and the famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador to see uniquely famous animals and plants.

Wildlife and Protected Areas

Within these Bio Regions are the main National Parks that protect South America’s famous and world renowned wildlife for future generations. View the famous macaws of Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park and see Jaguar in the Pantanal.

Tourist Attractions – Culture, History and Nature

In addition to South America’s cities and bio regions, tourists flock to South America to see its rich cultural heritage for a glimpse into a land before the modern world as well as natural wonders, such as Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall.

South America History

Like the pyramids of Egypt, South America is home to its own archeological sites of now vanished societies. Machu Picchu in Peru alone draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to visit this mystical Incan ruin. As well as Machu Picchu, Peru is home to other archaeological sites like the Cradle of Gold and the latest tourist destination, the Northern Kingdoms.

There have been many different civilizations in South America, such as the Chavin, which spanned 900 BC to 300 AD, the Moche, from 100 BC to 700 AD, the Chachopayas, from 1000–1450, but none that have caught the public attention as much as the Inkas, which dominated the Andean region from 1438 to 1533 and were invaded by the Spanish in one of the most significant periods in South American history. To explore South America’s rich and interesting Archeological sites, travel to one of our popular Ancient Destinations.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers luxury accommodation in the rainforest of Puerto Maldonado, P More info
La Selva Lodge

La Selva Lodge

Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 1,280
I wanted to let you know that we had an amazing experience at Le Selva! The service, accommodations, More info
The Amazon Villa

The Amazon Villa

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 1,246
Explore the Amazon Rainforest in comfort on a premium experience at the Tambopata Amazon Villa. The More info
The Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour

The Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour

Cusco, Peru, South America
The Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour offers a luxury-level adventure experience with a focus on some of More info
The Belmond Essential Peru Tour

The Belmond Essential Peru Tour

Cusco, Peru, South America
The Belmond Essential Peru Tour includes some of the favorite sights and experiences Peru has to off More info
The Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour

The Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour

Cusco, Peru, South America
The Belmond Insiders’ Peru Tour offers a 7-day luxury experience of Peru’s most famous attract More info
The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour

The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour

Cusco, Peru, South America
The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour offers a luxury-level experience including some of Peru’s top More info
The Bio Trip

The Bio Trip

Cusco, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 2,430
Regarded as one of the most spectacular nature tours in South America, on the Bio Trip you will trav More info
The Chalalan Lodge

The Chalalan Lodge

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Chalalan Lodge is located right next to the beautiful Chalalan Lagoon and was built in the tradition More info
The Cock of the Rock Lodge

The Cock of the Rock Lodge

Cusco, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 821
The Cock of the Rock Lodge is situated on the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes in pristine Cloud More info
The Cristalino Lodge

The Cristalino Lodge

Alta Floresta, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Nestled in its own private reserve, the Cristalino Jungle Lodge is situated in the southern Brazilia More info
The Cuyabeno Lodge

The Cuyabeno Lodge

Lago Agrio, Ecuador, South America
The Cuyabeno Lodge is positioned beside the beautiful Laguna Grande within Ecuador’s wildlife-rich C More info
The Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

The Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

Coca, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 4,730
Enjoy 3 nights on a luxury class catamaran to experience the Galapagos Islands and see fantastic ani More info
The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

The Galapagos Habitat Hotel

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
Price per person from $ 2,033
Offering very comfortable accommodation and package tours for the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos H More info
The Heath River Lodge & Sandoval Lake Lodge Combo

The Heath River Lodge & Sandoval Lake Lodge Combo

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 1,165
On our Heath River & Sandoval Lake Lodge Amazon tour, you will combine a pleasant trip to Sando More info
The Heath River Wildlife Center

The Heath River Wildlife Center

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 895
The Heath River Wildlife Center, or Heath River Lodge, is the only lodge on the Heath River, which r More info
The Iguana Crossing Hotel

The Iguana Crossing Hotel

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
The Iguana Crossing Hotel is positioned right on the beach of San Cristobal Island. The hotel offers More info
The Inca Trail Classic

The Inca Trail Classic

Cusco, Peru, South America
This is the classic four-day trek along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This magnificent hike is for More info
The Inca Trail Discovery

The Inca Trail Discovery

Cusco, Peru, South America
Our five-day program allows the traveler time to explore and enjoy the amazing archaeological sites, More info
The Kapawi Ecolodge

The Kapawi Ecolodge

Ecuador, South America
The Kapawi Ecolodge is an award-winning Amazon Rainforest lodge by the Achuar community. Enjoy a fan More info
The Mantaraya Lodge

The Mantaraya Lodge

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, South America
Price per person from $ 244
Mantaraya Lodge provides a relaxed and comfortable lodge to explore western Ecuador’s tropical More info
The Manu Adventurer

The Manu Adventurer

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 2,054
You will have an indepth experience of the Manu lowlands by visiting the Manu Wildlife Center, which More info
The Manu Explorer

The Manu Explorer

Cusco, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 2,629
Regarded as one of the most fascinating nature tours in South America, you will travel to the Cloud More info
The Manu Tapir & Macaws Tour

The Manu Tapir & Macaws Tour

Cusco, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 2,905
Regarded as one of the most incredible natural tours on the continent, you will visit the Andean clo More info
The Manu Tented Camp

The Manu Tented Camp

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 2,054
The Manu Tented Camp has a comfortable and simple construction designed to cause minimal impact on t More info
The Manu Wildlife Center

The Manu Wildlife Center

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 1,740
The Manu Wildlife Center is a world-renowned lodge among nature lovers for its incredible wildlife-w More info
The Otorongo Lodge

The Otorongo Lodge

Iquitos, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
From the Otorongo Lodge, you will enjoy a private guide and custom itinerary to explore the less-vis More info
The Pikaia Lodge

The Pikaia Lodge

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
The Pikaia Lodge provides a complete luxury eco-adventure of the Galapagos Islands. The lodge provid More info
The Posada Amazonas Lodge

The Posada Amazonas Lodge

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 589
We had an amazing time at Posada Amazonas and would recommend it to anyone wanting to go to the Amaz More info
The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 602
The best end to a fantastic intrepid trip in Peru…!! Wish we had of spent more time there̷ More info
The Sacha Lodge

The Sacha Lodge

Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 1,190
Located in a 5000 acre private ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge provides a safe and comfortable base More info
The Sandoval Lake Lodge

The Sandoval Lake Lodge

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 317
On the Sandoval Lake Lodge Amazon tour, you will enjoy guided excursions of the Sandoval Lake. From More info
The Sani Lodge

The Sani Lodge

Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
The Sani Lodge combines ecotourism, conservation and the local community in the Ecuadorian Amazon Ra More info
The Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

The Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
Located a short ride from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz, the Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel offers a fant More info
The Serere Lodge

The Serere Lodge

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Founded as a non-profit conservation organization, the Serere Lodge sits in its own private reserve More info
The Short Inca Trail

The Short Inca Trail

Cusco, Peru, South America
This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. We begin the hike fro More info
The SouthWild Jaguar Tour

The SouthWild Jaguar Tour

Cuiaba, Brazil, South America
At the end of the Transpantaneira Road winds a labyrinth of rivers on which our specially-trained tr More info
The Tahuayo Lodge

The Tahuayo Lodge

Iquitos, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 1,295
From the Tahuayo Lodge, you will explore the Amazon Rainforest’s wildlife-rich Tamshiyacu Tahu More info
The Tambopata Research Center

The Tambopata Research Center

Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, South America
Price per person from $ 981
Positioned in the middle of the wildlife-rich Tambopata National Reserve, near one of the largest ma More info
Petrel Luxury Cruise

Petrel Luxury Cruise

Price per person from $ 4,595
One of the newest and most modern cruises for the Galapagos Islands, the Petrel Luxury Cruise offers More info
The Alya Galapagos Cruise

The Alya Galapagos Cruise

The Alya Cruise is a luxury catamaran for exploring the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy a very comfortable More info
The Anakonda Amazon Cruise

The Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Price per person from $ 2,440
As the only luxury cruise in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Anakonda Amazon Cruise vessel and tours were More info
The Aria Amazon Cruise

The Aria Amazon Cruise

Price per person from $ 4,050
The Aria Amazon Cruise is one of the few luxury vessels to cruise the Amazon River. The vessel was c More info
The Camila Galapagos Cruise

The Camila Galapagos Cruise

Price per person from $ 3,410
The Camila Galapagos Cruise vessel is a luxury-class catamaran incorporating the latest catamaran de More info
The Delfin I

The Delfin I

Price per person from $ 4,150
Offering an on-board experience second to none, the Delfin I Luxury Cruise begins in Iquitos, north More info
The Delfin II

The Delfin II

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Price per person from $ 3,200
The Delfin II Luxury Amazon Cruise begins near Iquitos from the small town of Nauta. You will be tra More info
The Delfin III

The Delfin III

Price per person from $ 2,550
The Delfin III (previously known as the Amazon Discovery Cruise), provides a luxury cruise of the Am More info
The Eco Galaxy Galapagos Cruise

The Eco Galaxy Galapagos Cruise

Price per person from $ 2,259
The Eco Galaxy Galapagos Cruise offers a first-class experience of the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy very More info
The Galaxy Yacht Cruise

The Galaxy Yacht Cruise

Price per cabin from $ 2,157
The Galaxy Yacht Cruise offers a comfortable cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Experience famous wild More info
The Manatee Amazon Cruise

The Manatee Amazon Cruise

Price per person from $ 1,966
The Manatee Amazon River Cruise is a fantastic cruise for adventures into the wonderful Yasuni Natio More info
The Mary Anne Galapagos Cruise

The Mary Anne Galapagos Cruise

The Mary Anne Galapagos cruise offers a traditional marine experience. Aboard the S/S Mary Anne sail More info
The Nemo II Cruise

The Nemo II Cruise

Price per cabin from $ 1,600
The Nemo II offers a fantastic experience of the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy several guided excursions More info
The Nemo III Cruise

The Nemo III Cruise

Price per cabin from $ 1,900
The Nemo III is a motor-sail catamaran offering an adventurous and comfortable experience of the Gal More info
The Ocean Spray Cruise

The Ocean Spray Cruise

Price per person from $ 3,410
The Ocean Spray provides a highly comfortable Galapagos cruise aboard a luxury Mega-Catamaran. Enjoy More info
The Tucano Amazon Cruise

The Tucano Amazon Cruise

Price per person from $ 1,750
We will explore some of the most untouched areas of this vast forest as we travel down the Rio Negro More info