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South America Tours

Our South America tours span the length of the continent and beyond, from vibrant Mexico and the Galapagos Archipelago, to the sub-Antarctic waters of Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego, the remote Falklands and far-flung Easter Island.

This vast region encompasses a huge variety of peoples, cultures, landscapes and wildlife, and each individual country is truly unique. This diversity ensures that there’s something for everyone.

Culture vultures will love South America’s vibrant cities and towns, with their historic colonial buildings, wonderful heritage of art, dance and music, and the remarkable remains of ancient pre-colonial cultures, from the Mayans to the Incans.

Foodies will enjoy traditional fare as much as the growing wave of contemporary cuisine found in restaurants from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, Buenos Aires to Mexico City.

Wildlife-lovers can choose from secluded rainforest lodges and Amazon riverboats to safaris in Brazil’s famous Pantanal, and cruises around the Galapagos Islands. And if you love the outdoors then the fjords, glaciers, lakes and mountains of Patagonia provide the perfect backdrop to hiking or horseback riding.

We understand that every traveller is different, so we tailor our South America tours to suit your requirements. You choose where and when you want to go, where you want to stay, and our experienced South America consultants will custom design an itinerary to suit your specific style, interests and budget.

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Argentina

Most tours to Argentina begin in sophisticated Buenos Aires, home of the sizzling tango. This vast country is also home to the amazing Iguazu Falls, Los Glaciares National Park and wonderful wildlife. If you love wines, don’t miss the charming Mendoza, a charming town nestled between the Andes mountains and desert.

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Belize & Nicaragua

Relatively tiny English-speaking Belize is littered with mysterious Mayan ruins, tropical jungles, ancient caves and spectacular waterfalls. Nicaragua offers lakes, volcanoes and colonial architecture. Both offer access to the crystalline Caribbean Sea, and are a must of travellers who love the great outdoors.

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Bolivia

Landlocked Bolivia is an exciting country to visit, home to quaint colonial cities, Lake Titicaca – the world’s highest navigable lake and the surreal salt flats of Salar Uyuni. It also has the highest indigenous population in South America, with lively traditional music, bustling markets and warm, friendly peoples. Most tours begin in La Paz, the highest capital city in the world at 3,650m above sea level.

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Brazil

Brazil will bewitch even the most worldly visitor, with its gorgeous beaches, heritage towns and rainforests renowned for their biodiversity. Vibrant Rio de Janeiro is a must see, with its famous Christ the Redeemer statue, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. As for wildlife, choose from the spectacular Pantanal, the Amazon rainforest or the cerrado (savanna). You can also visit Iguassu Falls, on the Argentinian border.

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Chile

Spanish-speaking Chile is sandwiched between some 5,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline and the Andes mountains. To the south of this long, narrow country lie the glistening glaciers, glassy lakes and alpine hamlets of Patagonia. Cycling, hiking and boat cruises are popular activities here. The city of Punta Arenas is gateway to the Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. Chile is also home to the dramatic salt flats and lagoons of the fascinating Atacama Desert.

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Colombia

Startling in its diversity, Colombia’s has two coastlines, Amazon rainforest, snow-capped volcanoes, sprawling plains, alpine lakes and rocky deserts. The Coffee Triangle produces some of the highest quality beans on Earth, whilst its colonial cities offer insight into the country’s interesting, if chequered, past. Off the coast, there is an abundance of unspoilt coral reef to explore, including around the Rosario Islands, a mere 45 minutes by speedboat from Cartagena.

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Costa Rica & Panama

The land ‘bridge’ between North and South America, Costa Rica is home to more species of wildlife than any other country on Earth, from macaws to turtles and butterflies. Trek thick jungles at the base of active volcanoes and explore cloud forests filled with life. Panama is most famous for its canal, a feat of modern engineering. The nation also offers serene beaches and hundreds of idyllic islands.

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Easter Island

Also known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island lies 3,700km off the coast of Chile and is best known for its gigantic, enigmatic stone statues known as ‘moai’. Raised on ‘ahus’, they have their backs to the sea, silently watching over the island’s inhabitants. Explore the Rano Kau volcanic crater, the ruins of Orongo and Ahu Tongariki, with its 15 massive moai. This island is as off-the-grid as you can get!

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Ecuador

Most visitors fly into Quito and head straight out to the celebrated Galapagos Archipelago for the wildlife experience of a lifetime. However, mainland Ecuador shelters a wealth of attractions, from intimate eco-lodges deep in the Amazon rainforest to historic haciendas high up in the Andes. Discover the nation’s wonders aboard the charming Tren Crucero, which traverses the death-defying Devil’s Nose Track and the epic Avenue of Volcanoes.

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Falkland Islands

Some 560km off the east coast of South America lie the Falkland Islands, home to over 227 species of bird including five different kinds of penguin. Marine life also abounds, with sea lion, fur seal, elephant seal, dolphin and whale in the waters offshore. Being so remote and undisturbed by human activity, many of the animals are tame and quite approachable, making for some memorable encounters.

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Galapagos Islands

As fascinating today as they were in the time of Charles Darwin, this precious volcanic archipelago lies 1,000km west of Ecuador. The individual islands in this important World Heritage Site all have their own unique attractions, from Santa Fe with its marine iguanas and endemic cacti to Isabela, with its giant tortoises and Galapagos Penguins. A small ship cruise is the best way to see the islands, with shore visits and marine excursions daily led by experienced naturalist guides.

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Guatemala

This mesmerising country contains some of the finest remnants of Mayan civilisation found in the Americas, the most well-known being the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park. Dating back to the 4th century, these beautifully preserved ruins are nestled within jungles brimming with animals and birds including howler monkeys and toucans. Antigua, in the central highlands, is another popular destination for its Spanish Baroque-era buildings. Then there’s Lake Atitlan, ringed by volcanoes and quaint villages.

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Guyana

Densely forested Guyana lies on the continent’s north-east coast and maintains cultural ties to the Caribbean. Its crumbling capital Georgetown, offers British colonial architecture and vibrant nightlife, whilst its interiors offer unparalleled wildlife-viewing opportunities and insight into Amerindian culture. While the rainforests of Ecuador, Peru and Argentina might be easier to access, Guyana’s unspoilt wilderness is well worth exploring, being home to rare species such as giant river otter and jaguar.

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Mexico

Marvellous Mexico offers something for everyone, from Mesoamerican ruins to white sand beaches and delicious cuisine. Discover the genius of Diego Rivera in the Palacio Nacional in cosmopolitan Mexico City, delve into Mayan history on the ruin-strewn Yucatan Peninsula or simply relax with cool cocktail in hand on a pristine beach in Cancun. The southern state of Oaxaca is famous for its gastronomic heritage and colonial cities, as well as a great place to experience the Day of the Dead.

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Patagonia

Accessible from both Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts with its dramatic mountain peaks, gigantic glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. It is also rich in wildlife including seal, whale, puma, condor and guanaco. Cruise amongst icebergs and get close to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Day hikes from charming El Chalten village uncover dramatic views of the Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

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Peru

The long lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is often high on many travellers’ bucket lists. Most visitors fly into Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, then travel by train through the beautiful Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. In this region are a number of spectacular trekking routes, including the classic Inca Trail. Other major attractions in this amazing country include the mysterious Nazca Lines, scenic Lake Titicaca and the spectacular Amazon rainforest.

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“When in May 2013 I decided to go trekking with a friend in Peru and Patagonia I consulted a number of travel agencies and found Natural Focus Safaris to be the best. From the start to the finish this was one of the most awesome trips I have ever been on. I couldn’t fault anything and I couldn’t rate NATURAL FOCUS SAFARIS any higher…”
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“Andrea and I had a perfect visit to South America. The organisation was all “to plan”, enjoyable and memorable. We were amazed at what we saw. We were safe at all times. The travel arrangements were very good and the accommodation excellent. We want to go back sometime. Thank you very much”
Mike & Andrea Ahern, Ecuador, Peru & Chile, Read More
“It was always a dream of mine to go to Machu Picchu. When my friend organised this trek through Natural Focus Safaris I had no idea how wonderful this experience would be. From when we were picked up from the airport to when we arrived at Machu Picchu our guides were so friendly and helpful that it made climbing all those steps for a person of my age a lot easier than I had imagined. The experience of seeing the stupendous Machu Picchu from above is something I will never forget. The attention did not end here but continued through the rest of our trip to Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, Lake Titicaca and Suasi Island until back home. I would recommend this to anyone my age – 71!”
Anna Polzot, Peru & Chile, Read More
Natural Focus organized an amazing ‘bucket list’ South American experience for us over 3 weeks…Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, with a friendly knowledgeable guide staying in extra-ordinary hotels, we spent eight days on a luxurious small boat with friendly staff and guides (16 passengers) touring the Galapagos Islands. Every day brought new close up experiences with exotic wildlife whose behaviours were uninhibited by our presence, both on land and in the water snorkelling. The experience in Galapagos exceeded all our expectations. Finally we spent a few days in an eco-lodge in Ecuador on the Napa river where we saw dozens of exotic birds, monkeys, bats and a sloth and were awed by the diversity of plant and insect life in the jungle.”
Nick Redgrave, Peru & Ecuador, Read More
“Everything was organised by phone and email but we were very, very impressed at how well all four tours were synchronized….From Chile to Peru, Argentina and Brazil what I can say, wonderful! I would also add the trip was very cost effective.”
Carol and Dean, Chile, Peru, Argentina & Brazil, Read More