Luxury South America Tours

South America is a fascinating continent and is home to some of the world’s favorite attractions, including the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, and much more.

Enjoy the incredible ruins of distant cultures and learn of the continent’s fascinating history. After this, have some unforgettable wildlife encounters in the Amazon Rainforest or simply relax on some of the top Luxury Tours in South America.

Here, we will mention our choice for the top luxury tours in South America to help you make the most of your time on this remarkable continent.

Jump straight to our summary of the Top 20 Luxury Tours in South America

  1. The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour

    Belmond Hiram Bingham - Luxury Tours in South America

    Listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a must-visit-attraction for many people. To combine this with other Peruvian attractions, the personalized service and luxury accommodation of the Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour makes this a top choice for a luxury tour in South America.

    The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour itself is an 8-day tour that includes some of Peru’s top attractions. Enjoy a city tour of both Lima and Cusco then enjoy the incredible Vistadome train to Machu Picchu itself, a tour of the citadel, and then a return journey aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham train.

    In Lima, you will stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park, which is one of the top rated hotels in the city. From here, you will tour the city to see the Historical District and the many fascinating historical buildings. These include the Plaza Mayor, Cathedral, Government Palace, the City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the fascinating San Francisco Monastery. In addition to this, you will also visit one of the country’s most fascinating museums.

    After experiencing Lima, we will head to the capital of the Incan Empire, the UNESCO listed city of Cusco. Cusco is a fascinating city filled with history and culture. Enjoy visiting different markets and at the end of your visit to the Sacred Valley you will explore the city itself.

    You will also visit the Incan site of Ollantaytambo, which is where the Inca actually won a battle against the Spanish conquistadors. After this, it will be time to enjoy the Vistadome to Machu Picchu.

    The Vistadome has walls of glass and large windows on the ceiling to appreciate the stunning landscape that surrounds you. While at Machu Picchu, explore the site on a private visit and then stay at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. This is the only hotel positioned next to the incredible citadel, which allows you some unforgettable views in addition to attentive service and luxury accommodation.

    The next day, enjoy an elegant meal aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham train followed by a tour of Cusco itself. Visit the the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, the Santo Domingo Temple, and Koricancha.

    You will also visit other archaeological sites, such as Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Tambomachay, the Incan Baths, and Puca-Pucara. You will then enjoy a stay at the fascinating Belmond Hotel Monasterio, which was a former monastery from 1592 adding to the experience.

  2. The La Selva Lodge & Galapagos Cruise Combination

    Galapagos Luxury Cruise, The Ocean Spray

    Enjoy combining the two top attractions in Ecuador on two of the top tours in the country. On the Galapagos and La Selva Lodge combination tour, you will enjoy a Rainforest Alliance certified luxury lodge in the Ecuadorian rainforest with a luxury catamaran to cruise the incredible Galapagos Islands.

    On both experiences you will explore these fantastic areas on guided walking excursions and boat tours.

    From La Selva Lodge, enjoy guided expeditions in the Amazon Rainforest to find many different rainforest animals and plants. The animals you are likely to see include the howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchins, tamarins, beautiful butterflies, and caiman crocodilians. You will also enjoy the canopy tower to see toucans, parrots, and other colourful birds,

    After your excursions, you can then relax with a massage at the La Selva Lodge spa, enjoy delicious cuisine, and see some fantastic views over the rainforest and lagoon from the lodge itself.

    You will explore the Galapagos Islands aboard either the Cormorant or Ocean Spray luxury-class catamarans. Both vessels offer comfort, safety, and expert guides for the Galapagos Islands.

    Explore the Galapagos to see the fantastic wildlife, beautiful scenery, and learn of the islands’ history. You will enjoy walking tours, snorkelling, kayaking, and cruises to see a range of fascinating sights. Spot the marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and many different birds. You will also snorkel the waters to see some fantastic colourful fish. To have more time, you can choose to extend your Galapagos or La Selva Lodge experience for longer itineraries.

    Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Coca, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    Enjoy 3 nights on a luxury class catamaran to experience the Galapagos Islands and see fantastic ani More info
  3. The Delfin I Luxury Amazon Cruise

    Delfin I Luxury Suite - Luxury Tours in South America

    While aboard the Delfin I luxury Amazon River cruise, enjoy traveling deep into Peru’s beautiful Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in utmost comfort.

    The Delfin I vessel has only 4 over-sized suites, including two master suites with your own private whirlpool. With such exclusivity and generous space, the Delfin I is more similar to a floating luxury boutique hotel than a cruise vessel.

    Due to the high standard of service, luxurious suites, and excellent guided tours into the Amazon Rainforest, the Delfin I has been featured in a variety of travel publications. These include CNN Money, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and Travel+Leisure.

    Your suite aboard the Delfin I is wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows acting as a wall of glass facing the rainforest. This enables you to keep connected to this incredible forest while maintaining a very high level of comfort. Enjoy laying on your king-size bed fitted with fine Peruvian cotton linens and observing parrots, kingfishers, and other animals from the comfort of your suite.

    You can also venture onto your own private terrace of 320 square feet to get a little closer to Amazonia. Your suite is also equipped with an additional sofa bed, silent A/C units, hot water, hair dryer, safe deposit box, internal communication system, and environmentally friendly amenities.

    You will enjoy a 3 or 4-day luxury tour of the beautiful Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Although you can choose to stay aboard the Delfin I to simply enjoy the vessel, you can head out each day on guided expeditions led by highly experienced guides. Enjoy expeditions aboard skiffs and forest walks to spot many colorful birds, monkeys, pink river dolphins, colorful frogs, butterflies, and different Amazonian flowers and plants.

    Often, when you return it will be time for a brief rest and lunch or dinner, which will be served in the elegantly designed dining room. Enjoy white-glove service and casual, refined dining as you’re served a range of Peruvian and international favorites. Many of the desserts and juices are made using fruits from the surrounding rainforest.

    The top deck of the Delfin I is then where you will find large and soft, white sofas, which are perfectly placed to observe the Amazon Rainforest and the night sky as we travel deep into the reserve. Simply sit back and relax or enjoy a cocktail from the nearby bar as you enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

    The Delfin I

    The Delfin I

    Price per person from $
    Offering an on-board experience second to none, the Delfin I Luxury Cruise begins in Iquitos, Peru More info
  4. The Petrel Luxury Galapagos Cruise

    Galapagos Luxury Cruise, The Petrel

    One of the most luxurious vessels to cruise the Galapagos Islands, the Petrel Galapagos Cruise offers stability, comfort, safety, and expert naturalist guides for exploring the archipelago. Explore both land and sea on guided island walks, island cruises, kayaking experiences, and snorkeling tours.

    The Petrel Luxury Galapagos Cruise itself is fitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and jacuzzi as you explore the islands with naturalist guides on kayaks, snorkeling and walking tours.

    Aboard the Petrel, you can choose 8-day, 6-day, and 5-day itineraries. Each of the options offers different routes and sights, so make sure you choose the option that best suits what you would like to see.

    In general, the itineraries include visits to see volcanoes, fascinating coves, fish-filled reefs, beautiful bays, beaches, and mangroves. You will can also visit conservation areas, such as the Charles Darwin Research Station where you can see the famous giant tortoises. On you tour, enjoy up close experiences of the famous Galapagos animals, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flamingos, finches, blue-footed boobies, whales and more.

  5. The Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour

    Machu Picchu - Luxury Tours in South America

    Combining luxury and adventure in Peru, the Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour takes you from Lima to Cusco to enjoy some fantastic activities while being accommodated in the country’s finest hotels.

    Enjoy an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) experience around the scenic Pumahuanca gorge. While here, you will also enjoy seeing some traditional settlements and farming areas.

    You will also visit the ruins that were once the palace of the Inca Huayna Capac. After this, enjoy rafting the nearby Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. This is also where you will find your accommodation of the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. For another perspective of the environment, you will have a horse riding experience in the Andes. You will try the Peruvian Paso way of riding on some of the world’s smoothest riding horses.

    Visit the salt pans of Maras, which are still used today in the same way they were hundreds of years ago. You will also see the Incan agricultural laboratory of Moray, which may provide insight into how the Inca managed to cultivate thousands of different potato and maize varieties.

    Of course, you will also visit the incredible monument of Machu Picchu. The journey to the Incan citadel will be aboard the Vistadome train, which has carriages surrounded by glass to maintain a connection to the beautiful environment. This adds the journey to Machu Picchu as part of the incredible experience for some fantastic memories.

    You won’t simply stop off at Machu Picchu, but will instead enjoy a short hike to different archaeological areas, including the famous Wiñaywayna and Sun Gate. After this, continue to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, which is the only hotel located right next to the most famous Incan monument in Peru.

    After a very comfortable night sleep and after enjoying some unrivaled hotel views of Machu Picchu, you will visit the Incan citadel itself on a private tour. As the hotel is so close, you can visit Machu Picchu after the majority of visitors have left or even before they arrive.

    Before your journey home, enjoy a tour of Cusco itself to see some of the most popular attractions. You will also explore some of the main attractions in Lima before your return flight home.

    Over 8 days on the Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour, enjoy various adventure activities and several fantastic hotels, including the Belmond Miraflores Park in Lima, the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in Cusco’s Sacred Valley, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge next to Machu Picchu itself, and the Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco.

  6. The Belmond Essential Peru Tour

    Belmond Hotel Monasterio - Luxury Tours in South America

    Over 6 days, the Belmond Essential Peru Tour focuses on some of Peru’s most incredible and popular attractions. Based around the archaeological capital of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, enjoy seeing some incredible Incan sites, including Machu Picchu while enjoying high quality service and luxury accommodation.

    You will initially enjoy a night at the luxurious Belmond Miraflores Park in Lima to relax before your journey to Cusco the next morning. After this, you will be accommodated in the luxurious and fascinating Belmond Hotel Monasterio in central Cusco, which was once a monastery and dates to 1592. Not only part of the attraction, the hotel is centrally placed to explore this fascinating city.

    As the most significant monument of the Incan Empire, you will also visit Machu Picchu. The journey to the citadel is part of the experience as you will travel aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham train enjoying high class service and delicious food. The train features passenger cars, two dining cars, an observation and bar car, and a kitchen car.

    The carriages of the Hiram Bingham are then influenced in design by the 1920s Pullman carriages and have décor of polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs. Enjoy meals accompanied with shining crystal and polished cutlery. The onboard chef and maître d’ will provide a delicious brunch and a gastronomic dinner.

    You will then have a private guided tour of Machu Picchu itself to enjoy a more relaxed experience of the breathtaking beauty and incredible technological ingenuity of the Incas. After your experience of Machu Picchu, return back to Cusco aboard the Hiram Bingham train. Travel back to Lima for a final night at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel and a guided tour of Lima’s Historic Center before your flight home.

  7. The Belmond Insider’s Peru Tour

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge - Luxury Tours in South America

    Offering a luxury experience of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, on the Belmond Insider’s Peru Tour enjoy seeing a little more of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

    After arrival in Lima, you will enjoy a stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park, which is rated as one of the top hotels in the city. You will then travel to Cusco to enjoy your base from the exclusive Palacio Nazarenas Hotel in the heart of this fascinating city.

    When in Cusco, you will first have a guided tour to see different city sights, such as the Santo Domingo Temple & Koricancha. This was the main Incan temple, which was later converted to a Dominican Church by the Spanish colonists.

    You will then visit the Incan baths for the empire’s elite, which is known as Tambomachay. You will also visit the labyrinth of Qenqo with the sacrificial altar and also Sacsayhuaman, which was a pre-Inca fortress. As well as the Incan structures, you will enjoy a guided tour of the city to visit the San Blas district, which is one of the most historically fascinating and attractive areas of Cusco.

    You will return to relax at the hotel Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, which was once a palace and convent. Enjoy a heated outdoor pool, butler service, and some delicious modern local cuisine.

    In the Sacred Valley, you will take a class on traditional weaving and see the Urubamba River. After this, enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful Hotel Rio Sagrado.

    Before visiting Machu Picchu, you will visit Ollantaytambo, which is another main Incan attraction in the Sacred Valley. You will then take the luxury class Hiram Bingham train to the most famous monument of the Incan Empire.

    While at Machu Picchu, you will have a privately guided tour of the ancient citadel and a self-guided tour the next day. Learn of the incredible history of an incredible structure that was completely unknown to the Spanish. The monument only reached the world’s attention after the expedition of Hiram Bingham in 1911. You can also enjoy some optional hiking opportunities before your return journey to Lima.

    Over 6 nights, enjoy accommodation in Peru’s top hotels, including the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge next to Machu Picchu itself.

  8. The Delfin II Luxury Amazon Cruise

    Delfin II Amazon Cruise, Peru - Suite
    The sister ship of the exclusive Delfin I mentioned farther up, the Delfin II provides the same high-quality service on a vessel containing just 14 guest suites.

    The suites aboard the Delfin II include four master suites at the front of the vessel. These have 180 degree windows for incredible views as you head deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve of northern Peru.

    All suites of the Delfin II are fitted with large windows, comfortable king-sized beds, fine Peruvian linen, ensuite bathrooms, and organic bathroom products. Enjoy laying on your very comfortable bed while looking at the rainforest pass by as you travel deep into Amazonia.

    Enjoy delicious cuisine in the Delfin II dining room after your excursions in the rainforest. The dining room is decorated with changing table decorations each day and is wrapped with windows to maintain a connection to this incredible environment.

    The meals you will be served include regional cuisine and international favorites. Often the desserts, sauces, and juices are flavored with ingredients from the surrounding Amazon Rainforest.

    In addition to the luxurious suites and elegant dining room, the Delfin II also has an entertainment center, lounge, lecture room, bar, and the observation deck and small library on the upper deck.

    The observation deck is one of the favorite areas of the Delfin II. Equipped with comfortable sofas, you can relax with a cocktail, tea, or coffee from the bar and simply enjoy watching the rainforest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. A very scenic reserve, the Pacaya Samiria is known as the ‘Forest of Mirrors’ due to the reflective beauty of the water.

    Led by some of the Amazon’s best guides, head out from the Delfin II aboard skiff expeditions and forest walks to find some incredible Amazon Rainforest animals and plants. See colorful parrots and toucans, several different monkeys, beautiful butterflies, delicate orchids, and bromeliads high in the trees. You can also head out on some guided night expeditions to see the nocturnal Amazonian animals.

    Delfin II

    The Delfin II

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    The Delfin II Luxury Amazon Cruise begins near Iquitos from the small town of Nauta. You will be tra More info
  9. The Aria Amazon Cruise

    Aria Amazon Cruise - South America Luxury Tours
    As one of the most visually noticeable vessels on the Amazon River, the Aria Amazon Cruise has a pitch black hull with a design by one of Peru’s leading architects. Departing from Iquitos in northern Peru, enjoy a tour of the incredible Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, which is the largest reserve in the country. The Aria offers just 16 comfortable cabins, an outdoor jacuzzi, both indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and a spacious dining room.

    Throughout the Aria vessel, you can find floor-to-ceiling windows to keep connected to the Amazon Rainforest. You can often spot birds and other rainforest life from the comfort of the cruise vessel.

    Your suite aboard the Aria Amazon Cruise has polished timber flooring, air-conditioning, and a large floor-to-ceiling window for observing the rainforest. The ensuite then features rain showers and organic bathroom products.

    Families aboard the Aria Amazon Cruise can also request interconnecting suites for a fantastic family vacation. In addition, single travellers and couples can also request two suites to have one converted into your own personal lounge area.

    The dining room is then where you will served some delicious cuisine designed by executive chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Enjoy some of the favorites of Peruvian cuisine, which is considered one of the world’s finest.

    From the vessel, you will then head out on some incredible excursions from the Aria Amazon Cruise. Explore the rainforest with expert naturalist guides on skiff expeditions to find some fascinating animals and plants of Amazonia. Your guide will help you spot a diversity of rainforest life, including several different monkeys, colorful birds, caiman crocodilians, orchids, bromeliads, and the tall emergent trees of Amazonia.

  10. La Selva Lodge

    La Selva Suite, Ecuador - Luxury Tours in South America

    A luxury rainforest lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, La Selva Lodge and Spa offers a very comfortable experience. The lodge is Rainforest Alliance certified while offering one of the most comfortable and wildlife-rich experiences in Amazonia.

    Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest consistently wins records for biodiversity and this represents one of the highest levels of animals and plants on Earth.

    The award-winning La Selva Lodge and Spa is nestled by Lake Garzacocha, which you will also explore on one of your many guided expeditions into Amazonia.

    Cabins and living areas of La Selva Lodge are styled with a traditional bamboo design and there are many areas of the lodge to enjoy fantastic views over the Amazon Rainforest.

    The lodge itself is composed of 19 very comfortable suites, which can accommodate families, couples, and single travellers. There are a range of suite types to choose from, such as family suites, scenic suites, and superior suites.

    The suites and rooms each offer rainforest showers, private balconies, and some fantastic views over the lake, rainforest, and rivers. The family suite then offers additional space to accommodate families, an extra-large bathroom, and the tub on the private porch to relax with a cocktail, tea, or coffee.

    In addition to the accommodation options at La Selva Lodge, the lodge also offers a restaurant and bar. This area features wraparound windows to maintain a connection to this fantastic environment. You can even spot colourful birds and monkeys from the lodge itself.

    Enjoy some fantastic guided expeditions into the Yasuni National Park from La Selva Lodge. Head out with your highly trained Amazon guide to find many different monkeys, toucans, parrots, and caiman crocodilians. Enjoy spotting attractive flowers, giant trees, bromeliads, and the beautiful butterflies flying over the waterways. You will also visit the Yasuni clay lick to see parrots and parakeets gathered at the clay lick. The birds visit the clay for salts and medicine to neutralize toxins in unripe seeds and fruits.

    La Selva Lodge

    La Selva Lodge

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    La Selva Lodge is an award winning Amazon Rainforest lodge in the Ecuadorian Jungle and is regarded More info
  11. The Ocean Spray Cruise

    Ocean Spray - Luxury Cruise of the Galapagos Islands

    The Ocean Spray is one of the top-rated luxury catamarans for cruising Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Enjoy more stability and very comfortable suites and living areas in addition to some fantastic guided land and water expeditions of this fascinating archipelago.

    The modern vessel is equipped with a jacuzzi, a large sundeck, and very comfortable cabins. Each cabin contains its own private balcony for ocean views, a modern en-suite, and a large bed.

    From the vessel, you can then enjoy various excursions to explore the Galapagos Islands, including guided walking tours, snorkelling adventures, and kayaking trips. Itineraries aboard the Ocean Spray include 4, 5, 6 and 8 day options. There is also the fantastic 15 day mega cruise to really make the most of your time on the islands.

    Choose an itinerary to suit your interests, such as visiting certain islands or having the best chance of spotting specific animals and plants.

    As examples of the different Ocean Spray itineraries, you can visit Sombrero Chino Island to see the Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions, Fernandina for its ancient volcano and marine iguanas, Isabela for the turtles, rays, and birdlife, and Santa Cruz for the famous giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You can also visit San Cristobal for the lava lizards, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas.

    Other islands you will visit then have beautiful bays and some fascinating beaches with different colourful sand. Enjoy seeing the famous and iconic animals of the Galapagos and hear the fascinating stories from the islands of the many pirates, whalers, explorers, and naturalists.

  12. The Cormorant Cruise

    Galapagos Luxury Cruise, The Cormorant

    Offering a similar experience to the Ocean Spray mentioned above, the Cormorant Galapagos Cruise provides a luxury-class catamaran for exploring the Galapagos Islands.

    As one of the most affordable luxury cruises on the Galapagos, the Cormorant Cruise vessel itself offers a jacuzzi, sun deck and private balconies for each of the large staterooms.

    You can choose from a variety of different itinerary options aboard the Cormorant Cruise, including the 4-day, 5-day, 8-day and a 15-day in depth cruise.

    Each of these itineraries includes visits to different Galapagos Islands to explore on guided walking expeditions, snorkelling adventures, kayaking tours, and by simply cruising the waters.

    The itineraries visit different islands and attractions of the Galapagos. Enjoy visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz to see the famous giant tortoises. Visit Floreana for the fantastic snorkelling opportunities and beautiful beaches, Isabela for the Tortoise Breeding Center and wetlands, Española for the beautiful beaches and seal lions, South Plaza Island for the land iguanas, and San Cristobal for the marine iguanas, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions.

    If there are specific islands or specific wildlife you would like the best chance of seeing, make sure you include that on your inquiry form so you can have the best itinerary for your interests.

  13. The Cristalino Lodge

    Cristalino Lodge - Luxury South America Tour

    The Cristalino Lodge sits in the most wildlife-rich area of eastern Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest. The lodge was founded with conservation objectives to help protect the rainforest against deforestation. On guided tours from the very comfortable Cristalino Lodge, enjoy seeing a diversity of animals and plants.

    With your naturalist guide, have a chance of spotting the 500 different birds living in the region, as well as many different monkeys, toucans, parrots, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and beautiful plants.

    The Cristalino Lodge offers very comfortable accommodation, including a unique floating deck where you can relax with a drink from the lodge bar and restaurant. The deck is then equipped with loungers, low tables, rocking chairs, hammocks, and parasols. As the relax with a drink, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Amazonia.

    There are only a small number of rooms at the lodge, which means each guest can enjoy personalized and attentive service. Enjoy a variety of different itinerary options and if you have specific interests, such as birding or photography, mention this on the inquiry form to make the most of your experience.

    The animals you can see on guided expeditions from the lodge include giant river otters, saki monkeys, titi monkeys, sloths, anteaters, capuchins, spider moneys, marmosets, and tamarins. The giant protected area near the lodge is also home to jaguar and puma. However, because of their elusive nature, guests are lucky to see these fantastic animals just once each year.

    The Cristalino Lodge also offers two very tall canopy towers, which offer a fantastic platform to see over the rainforest but also to spot different toucans, parrots, and even monkeys making their way through the canopy.

    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
  14. The Red Mangrove Hotel

    Red Mangrove Hotel - Luxury South America Tour

    The Red Mangrove Hotel is a luxury hotel on the Galapagos Islands that offers package tours to experience this incredible archipelago. The hotel sits on the island of Santa Cruz and is well positioned for island exploration. Even from the hotel, you can spot marine iguanas, a diversity of birdlife, sea lions, and sally lightfoot crabs.

    The hotel offers spacious ocean-view suites and superior rooms to enjoy a comfortable night sleep after exploring the Galapagos. There are 17 comfortable suites and rooms in total, a hotel restaurant, and a deck to relax with the visiting sea lions. The deck is also a great place to spot other Galapagos wildlife.

    The package programs then include breakfasts and lunches as mentioned in each itinerary. You can then enjoy the hotel restaurant or explore the nearby areas for dinner.

    The name for the hotel is due to its position near the mangrove forests and the hotel was designed to blend in with this ecosystem. Enjoy some fantastic views of the mangroves and also of Puerto Ayora Bay.

    The Red Mangrove Hotel

    The Red Mangrove Hotel

    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
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    Offering very comfortable accommodation and package tours for the Galapagos Islands, the Red Mangrove Hotel More info
  15. The Napo Wildlife Center

    Napo Wildlife Center - Luxury Tours South America

    A luxury lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, from the Napo Wildlife Center enjoy exploring the wildlife-rich Yasuni National Park. From the comfortable accommodation, head out on guided rainforest expeditions to find some incredible animals and plants.

    The Napo Wildlife Center includes very comfortable suites, a small library with books on Amazon Rainforest animals and plants, a fully-stocked bar, a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious meals, and a canopy tower as part of the main lodge.

    The canopy tower reaches 20 feet into the air with 360-degree views of the surrounding rainforest. This is a great place to spot different birds flying over Amazonia and is conveniently located in the main building.

    Your suite at the Napo Wildlife Center then features 24/7 solar electricity, ceiling fans, and a private bathrooms with hot water. The suites also have a private balcony with views of the lake and rainforest.

    Not only offering luxury accommodation for a bit more comfort in the rainforest, the Napo Wildlife Center is also community-owned by the Kichwa Añangu community. This means the lodge provides a positive benefit on the communities and environment. Led by community members, head into the rainforest to find colourful birds, several different monkeys, and much more.

    Excursions also include a visit the the Yasuni Clay Lick to see parrots and parakeets, canoeing the black waters of the Añangucocha lagoon, boat trips along the waterways, and guided rainforest walks.

    Napo Wildlife Center

    The Napo Wildlife Center

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
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    Napo Wildlife Center is nestled in the rainforest at the heart of the world famous Yasuni National P More info
  16. The Delfin III Cruise

    The Delfin III - Top Luxury South America Tours
    The Delfin III (previously known as the Amazon Discovery) provides one of the most affordable luxury cruises on the Amazon River. Departing from Iquitos in northern Peru, enjoy touring the Amazon Rainforest. On the longer itineraries, you will also head into the incredible Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to explore Peru’s largest reserve.

    There are different suite options, including the Owner’s Suite for the highest amount of space and exclusivity. This is located at the front of the vessel on the upper deck.

    Enjoy delicious cuisine and guided expeditions into the rainforest. Your skilled Amazon guide will help you spot a diversity of different animals and plants. The wildlife you’re likely to see includes different monkeys, colorful birds, river dolphins, and fascinating reptiles.

    Delfin III

    The Delfin III

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    The Delfin III provides a one of the most affordable luxury cruises on the Amazon River. The vessel features hardwo More info
  17. The Anakonda Amazon Cruise

    Lounge, Luxury Anakonda Cruise, Ecuador
    As the only luxury vessel in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, the Anakonda Amazon Cruise offers a fantastic tour of the wildlife-rich Yasuni National Park.

    The Anakonda Cruise vessel is fitted with comfortable and spacious cabins with large, comfortable beds, modern en-suite bathrooms, hot water, and air-conditioning. The vessel also contains a spa room, outdoor Jacuzzi, and an al fresco lounge. This is fitted with large floor-to-ceiling windows to keep you connected to the Amazon Rainforest even while relaxing aboard the vessel.

    From the very comfortable vessel, cruise deep inside the national park to enjoy some fantastic wildlife excursions. Head out on guided skiff expeditions to find many different monkeys, toucans, colorful parrots, sloths, and caiman crocodilians. You will also visit the small Yasuni Clay Lick to see different parrots gathered at the clay.

    You will enjoy both the guided skiff expeditions and also guided walks through the rainforest itself. The Anakonda Amazon Cruise is also equipped with 10 kayaks for exploring the smaller waterways.

    Aboard the Anakonda Amazon Cruise, you have a choice of 4, 5, and 7 night tours depending on how much time you have available.

    The Anakonda Amazon Cruise has 18 suites in total, including 4 Deluxe Suites with their own private balcony.

    In addition to the suites and al fresco lounge mentioned further up, the vessel offers a boutique store, a bar-salon, a solarium, the main indoor dining hall and a very spacious observation deck.

    In the dining room, you will be served a range of Ecuadorian dishes and international favorites. The area is surrounded with windows so you can enjoy rainforest views while you eat.

  18. The Amazon Villa

    Amazon Villa - Luxury Tour

    Offered as an exclusive bungalow in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve, the Amazon Villa sits in the reserve’s buffer zone. Enjoy privately guided expeditions into the surrounding rainforest to find an incredible diversity of Amazon Rainforest animals and plants.

    The Amazon Villa itself offers a very large and comfortable bed, a hot water bath, a television to watch nature documentaries, laptop space to catch up on work or view photos, WiFi internet, electricity in the rainforest, as well as a refrigerator and microwave.

    You can choose to enjoy private dinners at the Amazon Villa or you can visit the nearby Refugio Amazonas Lodge if you would like to socialise with other rainforest guests.

    Enjoy privately guided tours of the Amazon Rainforest to find a range of interesting animals, such as howler monkeys, titi monkeys, tamarins, macaw parrots, toucans, caiman crocodilians, agoutis, and more. You will also see the tall emergent trees, delicate orchids, and the bromeliads and other epiphytes clinging to the branches.

    As one of the favorite attractions, you can also visit the Chuncho clay lick where you can see hundreds of colourful macaw parrots gathered at the clay. This provides a fantastic display of sound and color.

    In addition to the wildlife and luxury of the Amazon Villa, you can also enjoy some different adventure activities, such as kayaking, jungle mountain biking, canopy climbing, and climbing the tall canopy tower. This is also a fantastic place to spot different toucans and parrots, as well as simply looking out over Amazonia.

    On the last day at the Amazon Villa, you can choose to have a picnic dinner around a campfire in the rainforest to enjoy a very memorable finale to your stay.

    The Amazon Villa

    The Amazon Villa

    Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
    Price per person from $
    Explore the Amazon Rainforest in comfort on a premium experience at the Tambopata Amazon Villa. The More info
  19. Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

    Reserva Amazonica Lodge - Top 10 Luxury Tours in South America
    Nestled in the Amazon Rainforest of Puerto Maldonado in the southern Peruvian rainforest, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers one of the most luxurious hotels in the Amazon rainforest.

    Although there is less wildlife in the rainforest directly surrounding the lodge, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica still offers a fantastic experience for visitors who want to prioritize comfort and who aren’t interested in a ‘deep rainforest’ experience.

    The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers a choice of suite and room types, such as the Tambopata Suite with plunge pool, the Amazonica Suite, and the comfortable cabañas.

    The Reserva Amazonica design was inspired by the local Ese’Eja culture, which is the largest native community in the region. There are 35 wooden cabañas in total, which each offer very comfortable accommodation.

    In addition to the rooms and suites, the Reserva Amazonica also has an Eco Center. This area is where you can choose from a range of ‘a la carte’ activities. The activities and excursions include experiencing the canopy walkway, a guided tour of the beautiful Sandoval Lake, rainforest walks along the trails, and even a night walk to find some different nocturnal animals.

    The Reserva Amazonica also offers the Ena Spa where you can relax with a massage or spa treatment surrounded by the rainforest.

    Although the area of rainforest isn’t as wildlife-rich as the areas near lodges closer to the Tambopata National Reserve, such as the Amazon Villa above, Refugio Amazonas, or the deep Tambopata Research Center, the Reserva Amazonica rainforest contains a high number of bird species.

    A total of 540 different birds have been spotted on the Reserva Amazonica hotel grounds, which is the same number of birds as found in many temperate countries.

  20. The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

    Refugio Amazonas - Luxury South America Tour

    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge offers a variety of different suites in the buffer zone of the wildlife-rich Tambopata National Reserve of Peru’s southern Amazon Rainforest. Given the suite options, the lodge can cater for guests looking for different levels of comfort. For luxury accommodation, the Refugio Amazonas Lodge offers the fantastic Amazonia Suites.

    From the Refugio Amazonas Lodge, enjoy guided tours of the surrounding rainforest to see a diversity of animals and plants of Amazonia. Enjoy spotting the many different monkeys, colourful birds, delicate orchids, and the tall emergent trees.

    The Refugio Amazonas also offers a tall 30 meter canopy tower to see over the rainforest and to spot different parrots and toucans making their way over the rainforest. Some guests even get lucky to see different monkeys high in the canopy.

    In addition to fantastic guided tours through the rainforest along the many different trails, you can visit different small clay licks to see small mammals and parrots. If you choose the recommended ‘a la carte’ option, you can also visit the large Chuncho Clay lick where you can see hundreds of macaw parrots gathered at the clay.

    There are also some excellent cultural activities to enjoy, such as visiting a Brazil nut concession, visiting a jungle farm, and walking and ethnobotanical trail to see how rainforest communities live in the Amazon.

    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge is also a great place for families, as the lodge has one of the only children’s trails in the Amazon Rainforest. The trail helps teach children in a relatable way about this incredible environment.

    The lodge also offers a spa where you can enjoy a massage surrounded by the rainforest. Choose from a variety of rainforest influenced treatments to relax after some fantastic guided expeditions to find different animals and plants.

    In addition to the wildlife and cultural excursions, the ‘a la carte’ option offers a variety of adventure activities, such as kayaking, jungle mountain biking, paddle boarding, and canopy climbing.

    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

    Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
    Price per person from $
    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge & Spa is an Amazon Rainforest lodge located in the buffer zone of Ta More info

The Top 20 Luxury Tours in South America – Summary

And here is the above list again in summary form.

  1. Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

    Galapagos & Amazon Combo Tour

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

    The Delfin I

    Price per person from $
    Offering an on-board experience second to none, the Delfin I Luxury Cruise begins in Iquitos, Peru More info
  3. Delfin II

    The Delfin II

    9 / 10
    Price per person from $
    The Delfin II Luxury Amazon Cruise begins near Iquitos from the small town of Nauta. You will be tra More info
  4. La Selva Lodge

    La Selva Lodge

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    La Selva Lodge is an award winning Amazon Rainforest lodge in the Ecuadorian Jungle and is regarded More info
  5. 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
  6. The Red Mangrove Hotel

    The Red Mangrove Hotel

    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
    Price per person from $
    Offering very comfortable accommodation and package tours for the Galapagos Islands, the Red Mangrove Hotel More info
  7. Napo Wildlife Center

    The Napo Wildlife Center

    Coca, Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest, South America
    Price per person from $
    Napo Wildlife Center is nestled in the rainforest at the heart of the world famous Yasuni National P More info
  8. Delfin III

    The Delfin III

    Price per person from $
    The Delfin III provides a one of the most affordable luxury cruises on the Amazon River. The vessel features hardwo More info
  9. The Amazon Villa

    The Amazon Villa

    Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
    Price per person from $
    Explore the Amazon Rainforest in comfort on a premium experience at the Tambopata Amazon Villa. The More info
  10. The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge

    Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
    Price per person from $
    The Refugio Amazonas Lodge & Spa is an Amazon Rainforest lodge located in the buffer zone of Ta More info
Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Tropics and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical locations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the tropics. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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