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South American Vacations is a U.S.-based boutique tour operator specializing in personalized private and small group tours and cruises to South America, Central America, and Antarctica. Our tailor-made itineraries to some of the most fascinating places in the world provide you with the flexibility to travel when you want and in accordance with your interests and budget. Our most popular tours include Galapagos & Machu Picchu Tours, Chile Tours, and Patagonia Tours & Cruises.


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Tour Name Price Duration Description
Classic Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley $1,989 9 Days This tour is an extended version of our Classic Machu Picchu Tour. It includes Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and an overnight stay in…
Classic Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines, and Lake Titicaca $2,959 13 Days Discover the Nazca, Inca, and Aymara cultures of Peru. Beginning in Lima, you will travel to the Ica Region for an overflight of the Nazca…
The Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls $2,289 10 Days Starting at Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge in Brazil’s Amazon, view the wildlife of the rain forest, and learn about the customs and traditions of its…
Machu Picchu and Easter Island $2,729 13 Days Our Machu Picchu and Easter Island Tour offers an opportunity to explore two of the most interesting archaeological sites in South America. The citadel of…
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon $4,999 16 Days Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Peruvian Amazon are three of the most popular destinations in South America. Your tour will begin in Quito, which has…
Galapagos and Machu Picchu with 5 Day Galapagos Legend Cruise $4,899 13 Days Galapagos and Machu Picchu are two of the most popular destinations in South America. Your tour begins in Quito, which has a well-preserved colonial…
Santiago, Atacama, and Easter Island $2,819 11 Days You will experience three of Chile’s most popular destinations on this tour. Santiago is one of South America’s most modern cities, with excellent restaurants and…
Santiago, Atacama, and Torres del Paine $4,439 11 Days Visit Santiago and Chile’s north and south in this amazing itinerary. Beginning in Santiago, you will have a city tour and vineyard excursion, and then…
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, and Santiago $4,409 12 Days Discover the breathtaking natural attractions and wildlife of Patagonia on this fantastic journey. Beginning in Buenos Aires, experience the country’s culture and sample its tasty…
Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Bariloche $2,089 11 Days Explore Mendoza in the Central Andes and Bariloche in the Lake District on this unforgettable Argentina tour. In Mendoza, the country’s main wine-producing region…

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The Main Galapagos Islands and Visitor Sites

Marine iguanas that skitter up to you on seaside rocks, eyes darting. Frigatebirds, their crimson pouches inflating as they roost in bushes. Whitetip reef sharks, gliding past you as you snorkel in calm waters. Sound inspiring? It was to Charles Darwin, whose awe at the boldness of the Galapagos Islands’ wildlife was what set him on the path to his theory of natural selection. His 1831 voyage put this remote archipelago on the map, and ever since, the Galapagos’ fascination…

Top Galapagos Activities by Land or by Sea

So: you’ve deplaned at Baltra Island’s airport, been carted down to the docks on your shuttle, and just stepped off the barge onto Santa Cruz Island, the Galapagos’ main tourist hub. Congratulations—but don’t flop back in your hammock just yet. With 18 main islands, 107 islets, and 116 authorized visitor sites to choose from, planning your next few days’ itinerary in the Galapagos could take some doing—and that’s without considering the 9,000-plus wildlife species…

A Guide To The Main Structures Of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu isn’t just an archaeological wonder: It’s also an architectural masterpiece. With more than 200 buildings that we know of, intelligently divided into urban and agricultural sectors and an upper town and lower town, there are no finer examples of Inca planning and construction…

Hiram Bingham And The Discovery Of Machu Picchu

On July 24, 1911, a Yale lecturer of South American history stumbled through the dense jungle on the saddle of a steep-sided mountaintop in Peru. Cutting through the undergrowth, he began to see signs of a former settlement. Walls and archways, paths and structures, and monumental architecture…

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Galapagos Cruises

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Amazon River Cruises

4-Day Amazon River Cruises / 5-Day Amazon River Cruises / 8-Day Amazon River Cruises

Patagonia Cruises

5-Day Patagonia Cruises / 9-Day Patagonia Cruises