So what is the best way to satisfy your taste for Latin American people, food, music and scenery? The answer is simple: contact your travel agent and discuss with her/him where you wish to tour. You’ll probably have to decide on one or two countries, and your agent will guide you to the right South America tour.
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The most frequently requested itineraries are for Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands on the west coast of the continent. In addition, some people want to visit Bolivia and Chile. To find a tour which covers all of these west coastal countries is next to impossible, but you can combine Ecuador and Peru, and such a tour will combine Machu Picchu, some of the Galapagos. Tours such as this will include cruising to the Islands, train up the mountain to Machu Picchu, flights between the countries and some road travel (but not much). It might be wiser to concentrate on Peru; there is much to see in this rather small country: Cuzco (Indian markets for wonderful Peruvian arts and crafts, sweaters of Alpaca wool); Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, which for many is a destination in itself. An overland trip will take you to Puno on Lake Titicaca. Then, perhaps, a flight-seeing tour of the world-famous Nazca Lines. End this fantastic journey in Lima, capital with the history of the Spanish conquerors ever present.
Another popular tourist combination is a journey to hot and sassy Rio de Janeiro, then a flight to Iguassu Falls (not to be missed!) and then fly to Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America” and savor a wonderful city…museums, restaurants, opera house and concert halls, history, history, history. Some tours will continue to Bariloche in the heart of Patagonia’s Lake District; beautiful scenery near the very south of South America. And then, on to Santiago, Chile. This may be the answer to your desire to see as much of South America as possible in one tour, because from Santiago you can fly to Lima, Peru and immerse yourself in Peruvian life, as described above. You will, however, need about 21 days to fulfill this itinerary.
To get the most out of such a wonderfully diverse destination, we suggest you let us show you all our favorite spots. Like the enchanting natural masterpiece that is the world’s highest waterfall or the “land’s end” in Tierra del Fuego. We’ll help you piece together the create stories you’ll want to tell for years to come. Let us help you plan the perfect South America vacation.