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South American Vacations is a U.S.-based boutique tour operator specializing in personalized private and small group tours and cruises to South America, Central America, and Antarctica. Our tailor-made itineraries to some of the most fascinating places in the world provide you with the flexibility to travel when you want and in accordance with your interests and budget.

All our tours are 100% tailor-made. You can choose your own departure date, select either private or small group tours, and can mix and match hotel accommodation levels. You can also arrange your own airfare or have us do it for you.

The company owners have over 50 years' experience in the leisure and corporate travel industry selling packaged tours and cruises to destinations around the world. We carefully select our local operators to ensure that your vacation services will be delivered as promised, and that you will receive assistance while in the country if a problem arises.

We are licensed, insured, and active members of ASTA, IATAN, IGTOA, and the BBB of Southeast Florida (A+ Rating). We have been in business since 2002 and have many Testimonials from 1000s of satisfied customers.

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  • 100% tailor-made tours
  • Unmatched destination expertise
  • 1000s of satisfied customers

Key information

Destinations Costa Rica, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Cerro Arenal Volcano, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Manuel Antonio National Park, Guanacaste National Park, Cocos Island, San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, Santa Teresa, Corcovado National Park, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Cahuita National Park, Poás Volcano National Park, South America, Patagonia, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu Falls, Iberá Wetlands, Valle de Uco, Bariloche, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Glaciers National Park, Ushuaia, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Pantanal, São Luís de Maranhão, Brazilian Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Manaus, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Jericoacoara, Cuiabá, Barra Grande, Salvador, Brasilia, São Paulo, Ilha de Boipeba, Ilha Grande, Chile, Atacama Desert, The Lakes District, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Torres del Paine National Park, Santiago, Elqui Valley, Puerto Natales, Colchagua Valley, Chiloé Island, Valparaiso, Valle Chacabuco, Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, Quito, The Amazon Basin, The Galapagos Islands, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Isabela, Isla Genovesa, Isla Rabida, Isla Floreana, Isla San Cristóbal, Isla Española, Isla Bartolomé, Isla Fernandina, Isla Santiago, Isla Darwin, Falkland Islands, Peru, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos, Chavín de Huántar, Choquequirao, Chachapoyas & Kuelap, Huaraz, Caral, Chan Chan, South Georgia, Antarctica
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Luxury, Honeymoon, Beach, Family, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Horseback Riding, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food, Wine
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour

South American Vacations Reviews

What people are saying about South American Vacations

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Nick Wu
28/03/2021

We'd like to commend the services provided by Martha Cohen of South American Vacations. We booked with her a 7 day tour of Santiago/Easter Island, Chile. The timing happened to be the start of coronavirus in South America. She provided tremendous help to us in amending the booking of flights, hotels and pickup/drop off services during this unpredictable period. We are grateful for her services and support so we could leave Easter Island and Santiago and returned home. We would recommend her services to whoever needs to travel to South America.

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Susan
01/02/2021

Our hotels were all excellent and in some cases unique. Guides were knowledgeable, on time, helpful and personable. Vans were clean and comfortable, and the drivers very good. The trip went like clockwork. The itinerary was inclusive, and mostly fast paced. Still found some time to relax, usually in beautiful settings. There were several “surprises” which were amazing. We were very pleased with the whole trip. Highly recommend SA Vacations!

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NJ
18/12/2019

We had a great time on our recent trip to Costa Rica. Everything was perfectly planned by South American Vacations! All of our accommodations were very nice and comfortable, transportation was reliable and on time, and all the excursions we participated in filled the time without being exhausting. We look forward to booking our next trip with you!

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Hunter W
07/12/2021

Fantastic trip to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley in Peru and then Chile. Perfect vacation with good flights and someone to meet us at each destination. Their guides were the best you could ever imagine. I highly recommend South American Vacations.

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Farouk
06/10/2021

This was my second trip with South American Vacations, I traveled to Easter Island for a three night stay and had previously traveled with SA Vacations to Machu Piccu and the Galapagos Islands. All their trips are well planned from beginning to end. Martha and Alan Cohen are wonderful to work with, the hotels and tours on Easter Island were outstanding! All the work is done for you, you just sit back and enjoy the trip. I ran into a minor glitch in Santiago, I accidentally left a piece of important paperwork at home. I was able to get Martha on the phone and she immediately faxed to the hotel. Because I was traveling alone, the hotel staff made sure they saw the credentials of the drivers picking me up, and they were all very professional. Easter Island was a dream, and I am glad Martha and Alan could book for me at the last minute. I will be back to South America soon, and I can assure you, Martha and Alan will plan this trip as well.

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Dwight Hawkins
06/06/2022

South American Vacations setup was exceptional. I really enjoyed the trip a lot, all the Hotel accommodations were very good, easy access to the surroundings. the tour guides were very good, and very informative. I am looking forward to planning another trip very soon.

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Susan Peterson
01/06/2022

It was wonderful!!!!!!!! Thank you so much. The agenda was perfect and what a pleasure working with Martha. She is fabulous! I can’t believe that we started this trip three years ago and that it finally happened in spite of the COVID challenges along the way. I can’t say enough about all we saw and where we stayed and ate and the people we met - absolutely amazing! Read less

South American Vacations tours

Machu Picchu & Galapagos 4 Day Cruise

Four days aboard the Galapagos Legend

12 days From $4,079 Customisable
Destinations Ecuador, Peru
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Machu Picchu & Galapagos 5 Day Cruise

Five days aboard the Coral I & II

13 days From $4,899 Customisable
Destinations Ecuador, Peru
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca

The scenic gems of South America in one trip

15 days From $4,899 Customisable
Destinations Ecuador, Peru
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Luxury Galapagos and Machu Picchu

See the highlights in style

13 days From $10,379 Customisable
Destinations Ecuador, Peru
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Galapagos and Machu Picchu 8 Day Cruise

Eight days about the Galapagos Legend

16 days From $6,829 Customisable
Destinations Ecuador, Peru
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon

South America's greatest natural wonders

16 days From $4,999 Customisable
Destinations Ecuador, Peru
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Quito and 4 Day Coral I & II Cruise

Three nights aboard the Coral I & II

7 days From $2,629 Customisable
Destinations Quito, The Galapagos Islands
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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Quito and 5 Day La Pinta Cruise – Northern Galapagos Islands

Four nights aboard the La Pinta

8 days From $5,829 Customisable
Destinations Quito, The Galapagos Islands
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Family, Active, Walking, Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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What's included

All trips with South American Vacations include the following services. Get in touch to find out more.

Accommodation

All nights in our carefully selected hotels, lodges and cruise liners. All accommodations can be adjusted to suit budgets and preferences.

Guided excursions

Fascinating tours and excursions with our expert, multi-lingual guides.

Ground transfers

All airport collections, hotel transfers and other ground connections in private vehicles.

Some meals

All breakfasts included; some meals provided according to the itinerary.

Support

24/7 emergency telephone support while traveling.

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial guidebooks

Our travel guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world’s best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.