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South America DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real South America in a way like no other. Home to the world’s biggest rainforest, largest river and tallest waterfall, South America is a continent of dizzying natural splendour. You’ll marvel at the power of the Iguazu Falls, cruise the giant glaciers of Patagonia, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and see Galapagos wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Beyond the natural wonders, you’ll also discover an energy quite like no other. A diverse current of cultures runs through the continent and when you travel South America with Trafalgar, we’ll have you dancing the samba in Brazil, cooking up a storm in Lima, and meeting members of one of Colombia’s most reclusive indigenous tribes. Climb the mountains of Brazil and sail the volcanic islands of Ecuador. Swing from the tango halls in Buenos Aires to a traditional Andean weaving class in Peru’s Sacred Valley. There’s a thrilling adventure to be found in every corner of South America. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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What to pack for South America

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All climate clothing

When you tour Latin America, you’ll need clothing to cover a range of climates, from the icy fjords of Patagonia, to the dripping jungles of Brazil.

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Versatile shoes

You’ll encounter a variety of terrains in South America, and you’ll need to pack shoes that can take you from hiking the Inca Trail to dancing the tango in Buenos Aires.

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Camera

South America is filled with some of the world’s most astonishing scenery, so be sure to bring a camera to capture all the magical moments. 

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Headphones

You’ll cover some epic distances when you travel Latin America, and a pair of headphones will provide some entertainment as you gaze out at the passing vistas.

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Blank journal

You’re bound to be struck by inspiration as you encounter the landscapes and people of South America. A journal is a great way to record your memories to share with friends back home. 

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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Our South America destinations