• Southamerica9
  • Southamerica12
  • Southamerica10
  • Southamerica4
  • Southamerica8
  • Southamerica2
  • Southamerica1
  • Southamerica13
  • Southamerica3
  • Southamerica7
  • Southamerica14
  • Southamerica6
  • Southamerica5
  • Southamerica11

South America itineraries

Highlights of Peru - 19 days

Peru    

In Darwin’s footsteps - 15 days

Ecuador and The Galapagos

Peruvian Andes and the Galapagos - 16 days 

Peru, Ecuador (Galapagos)

Lake Titicaca and 4WD Bolivia experience - 15 days 

Bolivia

Glaciers and gauchos - 15 days

Argentina

Patagonia and Atacama - 15 days

Chile 

Wildlife cruise round Cape Horn and southern fjords of Patagonia - 12 days

Chile, Argentina

By expedition boat to Antarctica - 23 days 

Argentina, Antarctica  

The Estancia experience - relaxing homestay on an Argentine cattle farm - 10/11 days 

Argentina   

 

Other suggestions

Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 14 days

Peru

Mountain lodges of Peru - 12 days

Peru trekking

Riding with the gauchos – 14 days

Argentina

Aconcagua ascent - 19 days

Argentina    

The Torres Del Paine trek - 10 days

Chile    

The Cordillera Real trek - 22 days 

Bolivia        

 

 

Trip reports for South America

South America

Fiona’s travel tips

FOR THE LESS ACTIVE: If you don’t want to trek the whole Inca Trail, take the train and hop off early to enjoy a wonderful day’s walk instead.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE: (Once I had got over a slight vertigo moment), sitting atop Wayna Picchu watching the cloud drift over the ruins of Machu Picchu spread out below me.

DON’T MISS: Superb camping at the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. The walk-in tents, though not en-suite, each have a built in stove and the view from the loo is to die for.

TOP TIP: See Lake Titicaca and its floating reedbed islands from the Bolivian side — it’s much less visited than from Peru.

BEST TIME TO GO:
Argentina: October to April
Bolivia: April to September
Chile: October to April
Ecuador: October to June
Galapagos: year-round
Peru: April to October   

JOURNEY TIME:
Argentina: 16 hours (indirect)
Bolivia: 18 hours (indirect)
Chile:
18 hours (indirect)
Ecuador:
14½ hours indirect
Galapagos:
14½ hours indirect
Peru: 14½ hours (indirect) 


Clients’ comments

“Your arrangements for our recent trip worked well and we had outstanding help from our guide in Buenos Aires.”

James and Shelagh WestwoodArgentina

Excerpt from an email sent to their guide by our clients:

“We should like to thank you for all the hard work and research which you did, particularly on my behalf, to find out all that you discovered about my grandfather, my uncle and my aunt.  Your guided tours each day in Buenos Aires were excellent (it must be so difficult to know what to show clients of your fascinating city) and your choices of where to take us and what to show us were perfect. I now have a much clearer picture of my family background and, thanks to you, have learnt so much more about the Cromwell roots. Once again, enormous thanks for all that you did to help to make our visit to Buenos Aires so unforgettable.”

James and Shelagh Westwood, Argentina

 

“Having arrived back overnight, I was going to email you, but you got there first! It was a wonderful trip. Awasi, in particular, was amazingly good in every respect. I’ll get to the questionnaire in due course, but I did want to say thank you and how much we enjoyed ourselves. I do hope we will get to travel with Arcturus again”.

Andrew and Hilary Reicher, Argentina and Chile

The whole trip was successful and memorable. I was very pleased with the private guides you arranged who were charming and helpful. The drivers were excellent and all very polite and pleasant. I had the services of the same guide three times in Buenos Aries and she was she was very keen to make sure that I was safe before she left.”

Eileen Turner, Argentina

“We loved exploring a part of the world that neither of us knew previously. Without your guidance we would not have known where to start and we felt we came away with a very good and broad experience”.

Mr and Mrs Charles Pybus, Argentina, Chile and Brazil

“From the moment I contacted Fiona again, I knew that I was going to have a fabulous time. She always seems to make my trips holidays of a lifetime. I loved the dramatic way in which we travelled to the Napo Wildlife Centre and the MV Santa Cruz was great despite being quite a large ship. The guides were tremendous. I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you put in”.

Charlotte Langley, Ecuador and the Galapagos