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A world of incredible adventure and beauty rests at your feet the minute you arrive in South America. It’s a place of exotic ancient cultures, awe-inspiring mountain ranges and beautiful holiday islands. So, whether you’re after an Inca Empire holiday, a Galapagos trip, a Brazilian holiday or an Amazon adventure, Travellers Choice can help you plan and tailor your South American getaway to these incredible destinations – just to name a few!
Inca Empire and Machu Picchu
It’s an incredible experience to trek in the footsteps of the ancient Incas. Stretching across Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Ecuador, the culture of the Inca Empire beckons to tourists from all over the planet. For a true Inca experience, your Inca Empire holiday should encompass the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, thought to have been built in 1450 for the Inca emperor, the wondrous city of Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca world and Lake Titicaca, which was highly significant in Inca mythology.
There are very few archipelagos in the world that can be considered as magnificent as the Galapagos Islands. Just off the western coast of Ecuador, Galapagos holidays offer a luxurious range of experiences, from 5-star island-hopping cruises to basking in the waters at Tortuga Bay to scuba diving with whale sharks to simply enjoying a cocktail on the beach. Travellers to Galapagos can also explore the volcanic geography and beauty of the islands, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, gain a glimpse of the rare 100-year-old giant tortoise, Lonesome George, and take a trip down to the Lava Tubes on Santa Cruz island.
The largest and most sought-after rainforest in the world, the Amazon covers 7-million square kilometres of South America and is one of the best holiday destinations in which to lose yourself completely. With its extraordinary ecological diversity, your Amazon holiday can be as tranquil or as adventurous as you wish. Cruise down the Amazon River, go searching for monkeys, otters and toucans, soak in hot springs, head out on a canopy tour, view the ‘Meeting of Waters’ or visit the city of Manaus. The more adventurous types can take a ‘jungle survival class,’ embark on a rainforest hike, swim with dolphins or trek deep into the jungle to discover the hidden homes of the Huaoranis. Whatever you choose to do, the thrill comes from knowing that you’re doing it in the Amazon!
One of the few wonders of the world visible from outer space, the Andes Mountain Range stretches for 7,000 km across seven South American countries, making it easily accessible from your desired holiday destination. The most popular activities here include skiing, horse riding, biking and hiking. Never hiked before? Don’t fear – even beginner hikers and climbers can ascend some of the Andes’ highest mountain peaks. Visitors can discover huge volcanic craters, get close to gigantic glaciers or explore the various towns and cities sprinkled throughout the Andes and foothills, such as Bogota, Quito and Merida.
South America City Guides
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