Latin America’s diversity is its secret weapon, offering awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating ancient cultures, creative gastronomy, thriving art scenes, enchanting people, and myriad outdoor adventures...
Latin American journeys can take on many forms: trekking the Andes from remote gaucho outposts; exploring the Patagonian wilderness from family-run estancias; being immersed in nature and indigenous culture on Amazon River cruises; road tripping across deserts and salt flats; studying uninhibited wildlife on island hopping expeditions in The Galapagos; discovering the Brazilian Pantanal from luxury eco-retreats; or exploring the show-stopping Inca ruins of Machu Picchu deep in the mountains. Colombia and Ecuador, home to cloud forests, volcanoes, charming colonial cities and traditional markets, provide a perfect blend of scenery, culture and history. Whilst Brazil’s jungle-clad coastline is heaven for R&R, dotted with fishing villages, pristine beaches and a soul-stirring samba soundtrack.
We specialise in tailoring journeys to each client’s vision, tying together iconic highlights such as Iguazu Falls or Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, with experiences that are completely off the beaten track, led by expert guides, from art historians to naturalists and adventurers.
Need to Know
– From the UK a number of excellent airlines offer regular direct flights to most of the continent’s capital cities.
– Gone are the days when a jampacked overnight bus was the only option for getting around Latin America! Most countries offer an extensive network of domestic airports and regular flight schedules connecting the larger cities and towns. We may recommend private charter flights to access more remote accommodation and experiences. Cities are best explored by foot or bike to feel immersed in local culture. Of course, in Argentina, horseback is a wonderful way to explore in gaucho-style, and in the Galapagos, our fleet of small ships provide the best island hopping experience in one of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems. We pace trips to perfection so that you’re getting the most out of each destination, without feeling too rushed, or only skimming the surface.
– South America is a year-round destination, but each country has its own climate. Generally, summer runs from November to February and winter runs from June to August, with the rainy season taking place from January to March. Travelling outside of high-season can often be wonderful to avoid crowds and benefit from more modest rates. The rainy season can be beautifully green, with only quick afternoon showers. Call our experts to discuss the best time to discover each region.
Visa/ entry requirements
– Most nationalities (including UK and US citizens) do not need visas to travel to Latin America.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– Throughout the year there are countless festivals and cultural events, from Rio’s exuberant Carnaval and New Year’s fireworks, to literary and music festivals, Semana Santa (Easter) processions, Peru’s Inti Raymi celebrations and Argentina’s Open Polo championship and Tango festival. Get in touch to discuss the perfect time to take your trip.
Rio de Janeiro is GMT-3hrs (east coast) / Lima is GMT-5hrs (west coast).
From about £3200 per person for 10 nights off season including flights but it very much depends on the resort.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
Your diary! Every day will bring an amazing sight or local interaction worth jotting down for when you’re looking back on your travels. If travelling to the Andes, pack clothes for all climates, as you’ll often experience every season in a day. In the Amazon, bug spray is essential.
Did you know?
Perito Moreno Glacier advances around 2 metres each day. / The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering 5.5 million sqkm across 9 countries in South America.