Holidays to South America: an Overview

South America is a destination on the up thanks to an enticing blend of fascinating people, places and pastimes and a new found place in the public consciousness. Whatever you are looking for we will have a spot-on suggestion. Want breathtaking landscapes? We can advise on some that may render your jaw well and truly dropped, such as the pampas of Argentina or the glaciers of Patagonia in Chile.

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We can arrange tailor-made adventures into the remote Amazon rainforest, or mountaineering with expert guides in the Andes and diving in the Galapagos Islands. Wildlife nuts can even travel to a secret spot that we know deep in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil to spot jaguars in the wild.

Also in Brazil, and away from actual animals, party animals have to visit Rio and Buzios, while Ecuador is also gaining a great reputation as a hip hangout beach destination as well.

From buff beach bods to history buffs, the various - invariably spectacular - cities and symbols of the Incas and the Nazca, South America's great indigenous peoples, at places such as Machu Picchu are the stuff of every bucket list.

And then there's the food, in our books always a reason to travel. Carnivores need to roam around Argentina learning about the endless ways to cook perfect steaks, while Peruvian cuisine, and ceviche in particularly, are the culinary craze du jour. Elsewhere Chilean and Argentinian wines are coming on strong and coffiends need to sample Colombia's finest beans.

Have we missed anything? Lots, but not as much as you'll be missing out on if you never visit South America.


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Top picks for South America

Casa Ana

Casa Ana

Uruguay

Perfect for honeymooners or chill-time seekers, British art gallery owner Martin Summers, rents his summer haven out to guest looking for that home away from home feel.

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Colombia

Colombia

South America

Fast recovering from a severe image problem, Colombia is once more one of South America’s most vibrant countries.

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Brazil

Brazil

South America

Indisputably the ‘in’ country on earth right now, and somewhere that we at Original Travel can’t get enough of.

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Whale watching, Florianopolis

Whale watching, Florianopolis

Southern Brazil

Escaping the harsh winter, the whales migrate northwards in search of warmer and calmer waters in which to reproduce and nurse their young calves.

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Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge

Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge

Uruguay

Located in a rugged oceanfront landscape hidden within forest and dunes, Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge is just a few short footsteps from the beach.

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Horses Grazing Beneath the Andes

Chile

South America

Imagine a country where all the world’s climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land and you have Chile.

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Peru

Peru

South America

The scenery is striking in its diversity, from plunging canyons to soaring mountains, lush rainforests to arid Altiplano.

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Aria Amazon on the Amazon River

Aria Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon

The Aria Amazon is THE way to explore the beautiful and intriguing river views of the Peruvian Amazon, while reclining in the lap of luxury.

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Orange Lagoon - Bolivia

Bolivia

South America

Landlocked Andean Bolivia is rich in ancient culture, music and folklore and perhaps because of the country’s relative lack of sophistication and infrastructure, is far less visited than its neighbours.

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Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

The iconic mountains that appear in any self-respecting shot of Rio both offer superb panoramic views of the city, its bays and beaches.

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Helicopter ride

Helicopter ride

Iguacu Falls

Silence the arguments over whether it’s the Argentinian or the Brazilian side of the falls that affords the best view, and see the whole lot from the air in a thrilling helicopter ride.

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Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo

Chile

Just two hour's drive from the capital Santiago, Portillo is the finest ski resort in Latin America, with a majestic Andean setting and superb powder conditions.

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A Sally Lightfoot Crab

Ecuador & the Galapagos

South America

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba exterior at night

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

In the formidable foothills of the Andes lies The Scared Valley, which once formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Built among the area’s picturesque villages and colonial towns, the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel is set in a destination rich in history and charm.

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Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia

Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

Still a fully working farm, Tipiliuke Lodge is part of the 20,000 hectare Cerro de los Pinos country estate founded in 1909 by the grandfather of the current owners.

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El Balcon del Abra

El Balcon del Abra

Uruguay

The posada El Balcón del Abra is located in a manicured park surrounded by beautiful trees and towering palms, and with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and hills.

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Riding in Southern Patagonia

Riding in Southern Patagonia

Southern Patagonia

Although El Chalten is known for its superb hiking and mountain climbing, its pristine wild scenery also lends itself perfectly to some spectacular riding.

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Guardia del Monte

Guardia del Monte

Uruguay

Located on the edge of Castillos Lagoon, Guardia del Monte is one of the few remaining working cattle ranches that still cater to guests, and with beautiful surrounding it’s a personal favourite of ours.

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Narbona Wine Lodge

Narbona Wine Lodge

Uruguay

Narbona Wine Lodge is a beautiful boutique hotel with rustic charm and ideal for those who enjoy superb unknown wines.

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Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay

Uruguay

South America

The secret is sneaking out, but Uruguay is still a hugely under-rated destination.

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Glacier Ice Trekking

Glacier Ice Trekking

Southern Patagonia

Southern Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park stretches parallel to the Andes for over 120 miles, its most famous members being the Perito Moreno, Upsala and Onelli.

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Patagonian Mountains

Argentina

South America

From the end of the world in Patagonia, past the pampas and sultry Buenos Aires to the hilltops of Salta, Argentina is big, bold and beautiful.

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Playa Vik

Playa Vik

Uruguay

Sister property to Estancia Vik, Playa Vik is very much a work of art in itself, with wacky architectural design and fantastic sea views.

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Samba

Samba

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Characterized by its great diversity, the origins of Brazil’s music lie in its AmerIndian, Portuguese and African roots, and today it is firmly embedded into the Brazilian way of life.

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