The Best Places to Embrace South American Culture

Paradise found at the Rosario Islands, Colombia
Paradise found at the Rosario Islands, Colombia
Siobhan Grogan

Love nothing more than a dose of Latin American culture when traveling abroad? These Culture Trip small-group adventures lift the lid on South America’s many fascinating cultures.

There are few places as geographically, linguistically or culturally diverse as South America, a continent with 12 countries, which speak a staggering 450 languages among them. From yawning salt flats to the Amazon rainforest, there are many adventures to be had and customs to discover. Book onto one of these trips to get fast-tracked to the heart of it all.

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Tourists walk through the jungle on a wooden boardwalk in Ecuador.

The Ecuadorian Andes, for horse riding and local art

It may be one of the smallest countries in the continent, but Ecuador offers vast swathes of Amazonian rainforest, soaring mountains and volcanoes, and more than its fair share of South American culture. In just eight days, you’ll journey to its heart, standing with one foot in each hemisphere, riding horses with the Ecuadorian highlanders and visiting the studio of a Tiguan artist who paints life in the high Andes. Before you leave, a guided hike will teach you how natural essential oils are used for medicine and aromatherapy, before you swap highlights at a final farewell dinner with your travel group.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Quito, Ecuador

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ENDS AT

Quito, Ecuador

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Maja Proescholdt and Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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