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Discover Charles Darwin’s inspiration for his theory of evolution in the Galapagos Islands, climb the towering peaks of Patagonia, and explore the mysteries of Machu Picchu on one of Austin Adventures’ South America adventure vacations. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding or just cruising up the Amazon on a small ship we have an adventure for you!

Watch the day break over the quiet ruins of an ancient Inca civilization, running your fingers over the silky-soft fibers of an alpaca blanket spun by a local craftswoman using age-old weaving techniques or tour the city of Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere, or step back and time in Peru’s Sacred Valley on our lodge-to-lodge adventure.

When have you ever come face-to-face with iguanas, sea lions, albatross, boobies and giant tortoise? Nowhere in the world is the wildlife so fearless and free as in the Galapagos. Here you’ll walk in Darwin’s footsteps along volcanic trails blanketed in lava bombs, spatter cones, and lava tubes and snorkel crystal clear waters with curious sea lions and prehistoric marine iguanas.

No matter where your South America travels lead you, we’ll reward you at the end of each active day with a hearty meal of savory, traditional cuisine and a good night’s sleep in the comfort of a luxury yacht or exquisite hotel.

Best Time to Travel

When to Visit South America

Weather is probably one of the first things you want to know about before booking a trip to anywhere in South America. There are 12 countries and three major territories in South America and altogether, they experience four different climates. Below are highlights of the best times to visit, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or don’t see the region or country you’re looking for—we’re always happy to help!

Spring (September – December):

  • Lake Titicaca – November is the warmest month for this lake at a very high altitude on the border of Bolivia and Peru.
  • The Atacama Desert – Expect some rain, but in general this is a very pleasant time to visit.
  • Ecuador – Although this is the off-season for much of Ecuador, travel during these months if you want to take advantage of reduced rates.

Summer (December – March):

  • Lima – While humidity is high, this is the warmest time of the year in a country that has a reputation for being cool.
  • Brazil – One word: Carnaval! But be prepared to encounter crowds and book as far in advance as you can.
  • Chile – Summer is peak tourist season, but as long as you can deal with crowds, there is no shortage of activities and events to partake in.

Autumn (March – June):

  • Paraguay – After a hot summer, these months which have average temperatures in the low 80°s and 70°s, are a refreshingly comfortable time to visit.
  • Argentina – April and May are ideal months for exploring in Buenos Aires because temperatures are mild and pleasant (low 70°s).
  • Bolivia – Because of the sunny days, these months are the best for outdoor pursuits like hiking, climbing and mountain biking.

Winter (June – September):

  • The Ecuadorian Andes – June to August are the driest months.
  • Central & Southern Chile – September is the best month for skiing in these regions of Chile.
  • Uruguay – Albeit chilly, June is a great month to visit if you’re looking to see green scenery and partake in the Tango Culture festival which is celebrated in June.

How to Prepare

What to Pack for South America

Packing for your South American Adventure is going to depend on where you’re going and what you’re doing. For example on a Patagonian cruise you will need a waterproof parka, pants and gloves. For a cruise in the Galapagos you will need a swimsuit and sunscreen.

They say in South America you can see all four seasons in one day because it’s so close to the Equator. Because of that we always recommend packing layers. It may not sound attractive to say you want to dress like an onion, but you’ll be far more comfortable!

Just a general idea of some suggested packing lists

http://www.australis.com/site/en-us/antes-de-embarcar/

http://www.ecoventura.com/galapagos-travel/packing-list/

 

Insider Tips

Travel Tips for Visiting South America

Here are a few pre-departure pointers from our in-house South America expert, Carol Austin. Have more questions regarding South America travel? Give her a call at (800) 575-1540!

  1. Make sure your passport is valid for six months after your date of entry into the country.
  2. Contact your bank and credit card company (in advance) to advise them of your travel plans.
  3. Also in advance, visit your physician or travel clinic for an update on routine immunizations and country specific immunizations that may be required.

13 South America Adventure Tour Packages

  • Machu picchu

    Peru | Inca Trail Glamping

    10 days/9 nights Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540

    Experience Glamping on the Inca Trail! Travel from Lima to Cusco, from ruin to ruin across the Sacred Valley. Trek…

    From$4,398 / person

    trip details
    Tour Highlights & Departures

    Highlights

    • Adult Vacations
    • Solo Vacations
    • Cultural
    • Hiking

    Activity Level: Difficult

    Departure dates

    Departs Weekly

    Help me choose

    Call one of our adventure travel consultants to help find the perfect adventure for you (800) 575-1540.

  • Machu Picchu

    Peru Family | Machu Picchu

    9 days/8 nights Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540

    Explore Machu Picchu with the Whole Family! Immerse your family in culture. Let go of your worry and step into…

    From$4,298 / personFrom $3,868 / child

    trip details
    Tour Highlights & Departures

    Highlights

    • Biking
    • Cultural
    • Hiking
    • Paddling

    Activity Level: Moderate

    Departure dates

    Departs Weekly

    Help me choose

    Call one of our adventure travel consultants to help find the perfect adventure for you (800) 575-1540.


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