Plan a tour of South America with Tourlane. Playing host to less than 6% of the world’s population, South America is a dream for nature lovers seeking extraordinary landscapes. The Andes (the world’s longest mountain range) runs alongside its western frontier from Venezuela all the way to Argentina. At the heart of South America is the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest and second-longest river. Trying to organize a multi-stop tour of this vast and largely rural continent isn’t easy. With Tourlane, our Travel Experts will organize all your transfers, guides, and accommodations in advance on your behalf—all you need to do is travel!
The most widely spoken languages in South America are Spanish and Portuguese, although some countries also speak Dutch, English, and French. The standard of English in South America is basic, so we recommend taking a decent phrase book to help you translate. You could even consider doing an evening language class or online course ahead of your trip.
The kind of vaccinations that are recommend varies depending on the region of South America. Please speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information during the trip planning process.
Every country in South America uses its own currency, with the exception of Ecuador, which uses the U.S. Dollar ($). We recommend carrying some American currency with you during your trip, as this can be converted and may be accepted in case you run out of local currency.
All of the major U.S. airlines have direct flights to South America, including American Airlines via Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami, United Airlines via Houston, and Delta Airlines via Atlanta. Alternatively, Copa Airlines offers many one-stop options to South America via Panama, and Avianca offers many one-stop options to South America via Bogota.
South America has five different time zones: UTC - 5, UTC - 4, UTC - 4:30, UTC - 3 and UTC - 2. Typically, South American countries are a few hours ahead of the U.S.
There are a range of different trip types available to travelers. Speak to a Tourlane Travel Expert for a free consultation and quotation, based on your tastes and preferences.
From the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires to the glaciers of the Andes, Argentina is a visceral experience. Dance the tango in the capital city, or sip Malbec wine in the fertile vineyards of Mendoza. Watch the cascade of the Devil’s Throat waterfall in Iguazu National Park, and go to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world. Wherever your Argentinian journey takes you, expect a real adventure, great food and wine, and mind-blowing scenery.
Chile is an extraordinary country full of contrasts, ranging from the scorching Atacama Desert to the bracing southerly regions, from the peaceful wine region to the bustling cities. Ride horses through the Elqui Valley and stargaze in the desert. Visit the colorful port city of Valparaiso, and the vibrant capital of Santiago.
Located at the southernmost tip of South America, Patagonia is a spectacular region of Argentina and Chile that leaves every visitor with a sense of awe and wonder. This is a remote paradise for the most adventurous of travelers, full of natural wonders. Hike up towering mountains, kayak around glaciers, and even try skiing!
Home to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, surf beaches on the Pacific, as well as beautiful colonial towns, Ecuador offers so much to travelers wishing to experience the best of South America. Its compact size, range of activities, and immense biodiversity make Ecuador an excellent choice for first time visitors to South America.
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