Best Ecotourism Holidays in South America

From the islands of the Galapagos to the mountains of Patagonia, there are plenty of ecotourism holidays to explore in South America
From the islands of the Galapagos to the mountains of Patagonia, there are plenty of ecotourism holidays to explore in South America
Mandi Keighran

Concerned about your environmental impact? Keep your conscience clean and green with one of these eco-friendly trips in South America.

South America is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes and diverse cultures – and the role of ecotourism is essential in preserving them. All of our trips are designed with the core principle of responsible travel, and we believe these small-group adventures are right up there with the best ecotourism holidays you can have South America – whether it’s following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on the Galápagos Islands, charting the Amazon with local guides, or exploring Colombia’s dazzling Caribbean coastline.

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Aerial view of a waterfall falling into a round lake in the middle of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador

Hiking the Andes to rafting through the Amazon in Ecuador

Ecuador might be one of the smallest nations in South America, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity and awe-inspiring landscapes – which offer a perfect setting for a tour that celebrates the benefits of ecotourism. This eight-day Culture Trip adventure begins in Quito, where you’ll learn to cook an Ecuadorian feast and take part in a chocolate tasting. Here, you’ll take in some of the most quintessential Ecuadorian experiences – from riding the “Swing at the End of the World” and white-water rafting through the Amazon rainforest to soaking in the hot springs of mountain village Papallacta.

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Quito, Ecuador

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Quito, Ecuador







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