South and Central America have so much to offer, from the iconic Machu Picchu and the magnificent statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio, to the astounding Iguazu Falls and abundant wildlife on the Ballestas Islands. Experience the culture and colour on a Bunnik Tours South America tour or Central America tour. Book a small group tour online or speak to one of our friendly Travel Specialists.
Hike the Inca Trail
Many of our tours travelling to Peru include the option of hiking a portion of the famous Inca trail! A challenging but rewarding way to tick off this New Wonder of the World.
Unique Local Experiences
Immerse yourself in the culture with experiences like making the deliciously sweet and sour cocktail, Pisco Sour, or being enlightened by the Shaman during a group spiritual cleaning.
Accommodation with character
From the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Puebla Hotel to a guesthouse in a small Ecuadorian village, if it’s worth the experience, we’ll include it.
We’ll show you the highlights of South & Central America and then some! Walk through the canopies of the Amazon Jungle, witness the thunderous falls of Devil's Cauldron and marvel at Machu Picchu.
Small Group Tours
Indulge in opulent hotels and relish the timeless allure of luxury train journeys, experiencing the ultimate South American adventure.
Embark on an in-depth journey across scenic South America. Discover the beauty of volcanic Ecuador, venture into the Amazon Jungle and travel through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu.
Explore the incredible wonders of South America during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Explore the incredible wonders of South America during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Mexico provides an endless adventure for the senses, with its archaeological marvels, teeming cities and chilli-spiced cuisine.
Cruise in style on board the stunning 16-cabin Aria Amazon for an amazing 4-day journey along the Amazon’s snaking tributaries, in search of red-bellied piranhas, rare pink dolphins and colourful birdlife.
Revitalise the mind, body and soul with this luxurious, all-inclusive 4-night stay in the heart of the Atacama Desert.
Cross the amazing salt plains of the Atacama Desert, witness a diverse range of scenery, spot flamingos feeding on the salt lakes and take a dip in sulphur spring steam pools.
Colombia, a country of spectacular natural beauty, will surprise visitors with an incredible landscape filled with warm, friendly locals, a fascinating history and an abundance of culture and nightlife.
Costa Rica, a nature lovers paradise! Teeming with wildlife, incredible scenery, pristine, white sand beaches and tropical rainforests, this country will captivate you at every turn.
This package takes you to the world’s driest desert and explores the salt flats of the Atacama. From the giant salt lake of Salar de Atacama and the Chaxa Lagoon, to traversing the incredible lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley.
The most scenic way to travel from Argentina to Chile! Enjoy Bariloche, one of the most scenic cities in the world, and then sail across Lake Nahuel Huapi and Frias Lake. Travel over the Andes mountains and cross Todos Los Santos Lake, which offers some spectacular views of Osorno Volcano.
Spend a wonderful 4 days exploring the intriguing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Easter Island, famous for its ancient monumental statues called Moais. Visit extinct volcano, Rano Kau, for views over the whole island, and see fascinating caves formed by lava tubes.
Enjoy a flight over the incredible Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geometrical lines in southern Peru. There are hundreds of individual figures ranging from simple lines to elaborate birds, spiders, monkeys and more!
Journey deep into southern Chile’s Patagonia region and explore its remarkable landscapes. The exotic names - Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and Punta Arenas - conjure up images of adventure and sheer natural beauty.
South & Central America Destinations
Fall in love with the hustle & bustle of Buenos Aires, don your dancing shoes for a tango lesson & be amazed by the Iguazu Falls.
Cross the amazing salt plains of the Atacama Desert, travel to Lake Titicaca & take a dip in sulphur spring steam pools.
See the statue of Christ the Redeemer, explore Rio de Janeiro, visit Sugar Loaf Mountain & enjoy a Brazilian churrasco grill dinner.
Discover the wonders of Chile from the glaciers of Patagonia to the deserts of Atacama.
Discover the lush scenery of the Coffee Triangle, wander through the streets of Bogotá & Medellin & visit Cartagena.
Wander through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, see beautiful flora and fauna at the Arenal National Park & fall in love with San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city.
Visit Trinidad, discover the beauty of Havana, relax on sandy, palm-fringed shores & see the stunning El Nicho Waterfalls of Cienfuegos.
South & Central America Highlights
Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 2,450 metres (much lower than nearby Cusco), has the most spectacular setting of any ruin in the world. This Lost City of the Incas is a place everyone must see at least once. Unknown to the outside world until Yale's Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu sits on the spine of a ridge 610 metres above the rushing Urubamba River. Capping the end of the ridge is Huaynu Picchu, a soaring peak that offers a challenging climb—and a bird's-eye view of the complex as a reward. Once atop Huaynu Picchu, linger for a view of the surrounding misty green-clad mountains and you'll understand why the last Incas chose to hide there.
Whether you spell it Iguassu Falls (Brazil) or Iguazu Falls (Argentina), these thundering falls are arguably the most impressive waterfalls in the world and from the Argentinian side it is possible to get up close and personal! On this side, the walkways and vantage points are a lot closer to the falls than on the Brazilian side and from here it is possible to experience the intensity of the Devil’s Throat. Straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina, the falls stretch across four kilometres, hurtling down eighty-two metres into the Iguazu River. Dramatic scenery and the sheer scale of the falls have made them a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil’s ‘jewel in the crown’ has cast its spell on visitors for centuries and it’s easy to see why. It’s one of the biggest cities in South America and life here moves at a fantastic pace. Rio’s legendary carnival is the main draw for many visitors, but for those who miss it, there’s no shortage of entertainment from religious festivals to sporting and cultural events. All year round, the bars and clubs are alive with the beat of live music, while the beaches provide a daytime playground for both locals and tourists. Beyond the city centre is Corcovado Hill, home to one the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, the Christ of Redeemer statue. You can also see spectacular panoramic views of the entire city on a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain.
Set in a verdant, mountainous region in central Ecuador, Baños is a wonderful place to relax. Among the area’s attractions are several natural springs, which gives the town its name (“baths”). Several places around town offer a chance for a good, long soak, however the temperature does vary quite considerably! The lovely scenery around Baños is the area’s other main attraction, including the Devil's Cauldron – a waterfall located just 18kms from the town centre. For spectacular views, you can cross over suspension bridges and trek through mesmerising trails. In Baños itself, try some of the taffy (called melcocha) made in the shop-fronts along the streets or see how famed Ecuadorian guitar-maker, Jacinto Guevara practices his craft.
South & Central America FAQs
Is South America safe for tourists?
While there are some areas of South America that can be dangerous, much of the continent is perfectly safe to visit. Rest assured, all the locations you travel to on a Bunnik South America tour are safe for tourists. You’ll also have an expert tour guide by your side to assist you if you have any questions.
What is the best month to visit South America?
Generally, September to November is considered the best time to book a South America group tour. In saying that, due to the vast size of South America and varying altitudes, there is no single best time to visit; what could be pleasant weather in one country could mean rain in another!
How long should I spend in Central America?
It ultimately depends on what you want to see and do! Central America consists of 7 countries (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize). In order to see all of Central America you would need many weeks and potentially months and if you include Mexico then the time required to see everything would be much longer. As a general rule of thumb, if you can spend one to two weeks per country, that would give you a nice taste of the similarities and differences between each country and allow you to visit many of the highlights. However, it would be very easy to spend considerably longer in each country.
When should I travel to Central America?
We recommend booking a Central America holiday package between December and April. This is when the weather is mostly dry. However, thanks to the warm, tropical climate, you can really travel to Central America in any season. Please note that temperatures will vary depending on altitude.
Are there any current travel restrictions in South America?
At Bunnik Tours, we are committed to safe travel for everyone. Visit our Book & Travel with Confidence page to find out about our latest policies.
How can I tour South America as a responsible traveller?
At Bunnik Tours, we believe in responsible travel and sustainable tourism. For more information, visit our Sustainable Tourism hub.
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