Ballestas Islands, near Paracas, South America

South America

Lost civilisations, mist-shrouded mountains and (almost) impenetrable rainforest await

Adventure Holidays in South America 

With lost cities, rainbow mountains, salt plains, and extraordinary wildlife – pink dolphins and slinky jaguars are but some of the creatures that live here – South America is imbued with a magic all of its own.


From the Caribbean coast of Venezuela to the glacial fjords of Patagonia, South America’s epic canvas takes in some of the world’s most amazing wildlife, a riotous mix of culture, and outstanding adventure trails. There’s trekking in Chile; Machu Picchu peaking through the cloud forest in Peru; bird spotting in Guyana or Galapagos.


And then there’s the Amazon. Exploring the biggest and most diverse ecosystem in the world is the stuff that holiday legends are made of. Add in Argentina’s deliciously smokey red wine and plate-sized steaks, and you have all the ingredients for the an adventure holiday like no other.

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Adventure Holidays

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru

Essential Peru

Discover southern Peru's archaeological and natural wonders

Guided Group

Discovery & Wildlife
15 days
From 2 055 €
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
4.6 / 5
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Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca Trail

Follow in the footsteps of the Peruvian Incas as you trek the classic Inca Trail

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Walking & Trekking
9 days
From 1 315 €
Activity Rating - Moderate
4.7 / 5
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El Mist Volcano and Arequipa Cathedral - Arequipa, South America

Peru Explorer

An in-depth discovery of southern Peru from the Andes to the Amazon

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Discovery & Wildlife
22 days
From 3 495 €
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
4.7 / 5
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Discover Chile

Visit four distinct regions to see deserts, glaciers, volcanoes and lakes

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Discovery & Wildlife
13 days
From 3 615 €
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
4.5 / 5
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Top five South America Adventures

1. The Rainbow Mountains of Ausangate

"The off-the-beaten track region of the Painted Mountains offers travellers the only lodge-based trek in Peru," says Adam. "The local Andean communities are lodge shareholders, benefiting directly from tourist stays." Peru’s Cordillera Vilcanota is home to the spectacular multi-coloured Rainbow Mountain with its stripes of multi-coloured rocks, and the sacred Ausangate mountain - deeply revered among the Andean communities.

2. The Lost City of Choquequirao 

"The lost city of Choquequirao is one of the largest and best preserved Inca sites after Machu Picchu but much less well known" says Adam. “Characterised by its llama-decorated terraces, this is a chance to visit an incredible Inca fortress without the crowds, surrounded by towering snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. The trip ends with tours of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.”

3. Venezuela's Lost World & Angel Falls

Explore Venezuela’s ‘Lost World’, a region of dense jungle and elevated plateaus. Mount Roraima’s maze of blackened rock and babbling streams, and the spectacular Angel Falls - the highest waterfall in the world. “The walk starts at 4.30am, across a river and over black roots, pink stones and orange water pools,” says Adam. “Watch out for a break in the trees, and your first view of the epic Angel Falls crashing down to spray into a perfect rainbow as the early morning light hit the pink and orange cliff face. Cool off from your walk in the falls’ lower pool.” 

 4. Hiking in Chile

Experience the contrasts of Chile whilst walking on volcanic slopes, over salt lakes, and along glacial valley trails. Get away from the crowds in the Atacama desert by trekking amid the natural springs and cacti of Guatin Valley.

5. Ecuador's Avenue of Volcanoes

For a country about the size of England, Ecuador manages to pack a mighty punch. This eye-opening trip delves into its fiery heart: the glacial peaks of its Andean volcanoes. It’s a challenging week, but if you’ve the stamina, Ecuador's got the views. And when the rewards include reviving hot spring baths, reaching crater lakes seem all the sweeter.


Tailormade Adventures

We can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, perfect if you’d like to change the dates, itinerary, or simply want a private adventure with a group of friends, family or fellow enthusiasts. All Tailormade Adventures run with a minimum of two people, but the more who travel, the less it costs per person – and you’ll still get a local guide and all the other Exodus benefits. So if you’d like to celebrate your birthday at the top of a mountain, or visit a particular beach, let us know your dates, and we’ll do the rest.


To find out more, or to arrange your own Tailormade Experience call 0203 733 4849

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