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Home to more than 100 million seabirds, 100,000 elephant seals and 3 million fur seals, South Georgia offers wildlife watching on an unparalleled scale. The island is also home to the historic whaling station of Grytviken and is the final resting place of legendary explorer, Ernest Shackleton.

21 days

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands

An extended expedition to all sub-Antarctic highlights
Ushuaia (2 days) Falkland Islands (5) South Georgia (5) Antarctic Peninsula (7) Drake Passage (2)
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  • Patagonia

    Patagonia

    The wilderness at the end of the earth
    Patagonia occupies a special place in travel lore: A wilderness of rock and ice, remote frontier communities and vast glacial landscapes...
  • Argentina

    Argentina

    A seductive mix of tango, treks and history
    Argentina is a beguiling mix of modern cities and natural beauty...
  • Bolivia

    Bolivia

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  • Brazil

    Brazil

    Samba rhythms and wild landscapes
    Home of the Amazon rainforest, samba and O Joga Bonito (the beautiful game – football), Brazil is one of the world’s most fascinating places, with travel experiences to match any adventurer’s needs...
  • Chile

    Chile

    The land of extremes
    At over 4300km in length but only 170km wide, Chile is sandwiched between the lofty Andes and the Pacific Ocean...
  • Colombia

    Colombia

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  • Ecuador

    Ecuador

    Where nature and history meet
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  • Falkland Islands

    Falkland Islands

    World-class birdwatching and beaches
    Known by the Spanish as Islas Malvinas, this island archipelago has far more to offer than a troubled political history...
  • Peru

    Peru

    Hidden treasures for those that look
    Mention Peru to most and their first response will almost certainly be: Machu Picchu! For better or worse the famed citadel has become virtually synonymous with its host nation...

Where to go in South America

Our recommended places

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia occupies a special place in travel lore: A wilderness of rock and ice, remote frontier communities and vast glacial landscapes. But you don't need to be an intrepid explorer to enjoy these far southern reaches of Chile and Argentina. There are easy-going hikes from homely and luxurious lodges, birdwatching and nature-spotting galore, not to mention expedition cruises of the fjords, or beyond to Antarctica. Everything you've heard about Patagonia is, probably, true. But that doesn't mean you've heard it all. Dig in, you might be surprised by what you find.

Argentina

Argentina

Argentina is a beguiling mix of modern cities and natural beauty. Starting in stylish capital Buenos Aires, you’ll be rewarded with stunning sidewalk restaurants, fashion boutiques and coffee-filled cafes where porteños (Buenos Aires locals) sip drinks and pass the time. Explore beyond Buenos Aires, and you’ll find personality-filled alternatives like Cordoba, Mendoza and Bariloche.

However, Argentina is perhaps best known for its many natural wonders. The south is home to glaciers and the mountains of Patagonia, the Andes mountain range runs along the border with Chile and the mighty Iguazu Falls thunder in the sub-tropical north. Argentina offers all types of adventure activity, from hiking to skiing – all surrounded by fascinating wildlife. This is a country with a wild side.

Think of Argentina and many visitors conjure up images of juicy, flame-grilled steaks and punchy red wines. Food and drink in Argentina is a joy, but there is much more to try than just the grill houses. Buenos Aires is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants and also provides fine pasta and pizza, but for a true treat, head into wine country around Mendoza, Salta or the Uco Valley for the best wine-tasting in South America.

Finally, you can’t mention Argentina without talking about its two cultural highlights – tango and football. Both are a way of life for Argentineans, so head to a tango salon and a football stadium for a taste of true Argentina.

Brazil

Brazil

Home of the Amazon rainforest, samba and O Joga Bonito (the beautiful game – football), Brazil is one of the world’s most fascinating places, with travel experiences to match any adventurer’s needs.

Such is Brazil’s vastness (it covers half of South America and its people make up half the population of the continent), that it’s hard to pinpoint what makes it so special. There are powdery white-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls at Iguacu and a biodiversity of creatures that borders on the ridiculous. Nearly four million species call Brazil home, from toucans to howler monkeys, pink dolphins to sea turtles.

Underpinning this natural beauty is the awe-inspiring Amazon river and rainforest. Home to more than 390 billion trees and covering more than 8 million sq/km, the Amazon Basin contains more than 60% of the world’s remaining rainforests, with half of this lying in Brazil. Visitors to the Amazon region can encounter some of Brazil’s most remote communities, as well as learning about the problems facing the region – between 2017 and 2018, an area five times the size of London was lost to deforestation.

Finally, there are Brazil’s cities: rhythmic Rio de Janeiro, sprawled between ocean and mountain; charming Old Town Salvador; and enormous Sao Paulo, a centre of business and culture to name but a few. In each, you’ll find that legendary, laidback Brazilian sense of fun. So pull up a chair at the bar, order a caipirinha and dive into Brazil – this is a country that has everything.

Chile

Chile

At over 4300km in length but only 170km wide, Chile is sandwiched between the lofty Andes and the Pacific Ocean. With a climate that ranges from the driest deserts to some of the most imposing glaciers in the world, its unique biosphere makes it an ideal home for unusual wildlife and hundreds of species of flowers. From trekking through the salt flats of San Pedro de Atacama to launching off the ski slopes of Santiago, Chile’s diverse landscape has the potential to offer a year of seasons within a single day.

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands

Known by the Spanish as Islas Malvinas, this island archipelago has far more to offer than a troubled political history. The Falkland Islands offer some of the best birdwatching in the world, with large colonies of penguins, albatross and seals. A popular stop on Antarctic voyages, the islands are becoming increasingly popular in their own right, thanks to their abundant wildlife, gorgeous landscape and charming capital city Stanley.

Peru

Peru

Mention Peru to most and their first response will almost certainly be: Machu Picchu! For better or worse the famed citadel has become virtually synonymous with its host nation. But despite Machu Picchu's unarguable majesty, there is so much more to the rest of the country than these attention-stealing ruins. Pre-Columbian cultures left their indelible mark the length and breadth of Peru while the Incas were still in metaphorically short pants. Beyond archaeology there's world-beating cuisine and a buzzing arts scene in Lima, inconceivably vast Andean landscapes, oh and we haven't even mentioned the Amazon rainforest, which occupies a good two-thirds of the country's territory. Sure, come for the ruins. But leave plenty of time for the rest — you won't regret it.

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