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Top TRIPS by Culture Trip in South America

Amazon or Andes? Glaciers or Galápagos? Let these insider-led TRIPS by Culture Trip be your guide.
Nick Dauk
10 Mar 2022
South America is a land of superlatives, home to the world’s second-longest river in the Amazon, its driest desert in the Atacama and its highest body of water in ​​Lake Titicaca, straddling Peru and Bolivia. But it also defies easy definition in the great wilderness of Patagonia, which sweeps down the spine of the Andes and spills out into Chile and Argentina. So where to start? Let these expert-led TRIPS by Culture Trip be your southern cross, steering the way to all the continent has to offer, from the top of the Amazon to the tip of Argentina.
1 . Paradise Found: a Taste of Colombia's Caribbean Coast

Colombia’s inland cities are worthy trips in their own right, but the country’s Caribbean coast is an idler’s dream. Imagine lounging on a beach towel and listening to waves while staring at the mountains of Santa Marta. Jungle trekking, river tubing and canoeing are just a few of the ways to get active on this eight-day trip, which traces the shoreline to tick off the first free African town in the Americas, howler monkeys in Tayrona National Park, the Rosario Islands by boat, and peaceful, palm-shaded Palomino.

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2 . From Bogota to Medellín: Traverse the Colombian Andes

You’ve seen Colombia’s coast, but don’t miss its Andes. This enormous mountain range – the longest in the world – is home to snow-capped volcanoes and mist-flanked foothills. Immerse yourself in this unforgettable landscape with an off-the-grid mountain adventure led by Culture Trip’s local insiders. The eight-day journey begins in Bogotá, preparing you for an epic road trip to the city of Medellín. Along the way, you’ll go river rafting on the Río Negro, hike in the Cocora Valley and ascend to 3,700m (12,100ft) above sea level as you cross the Cordillera Central.

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3 . At World's End: Walk With Wildlife on the Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos: a bucket-list destination for any animal lover. Land and sea set the ultimate stage for the fauna that informed Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in the 19th century. Viewing the archipelago’s endemic species with the naked eye is breathtaking enough; imagine how unforgettable interacting with them will be. This five-day adventure around these protected Pacific islands will see you snorkeling with penguins, swimming with sea lions and walking (very slowly) alongside giant tortoises.

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4 . Andes to the Amazon: the Essence of Ecuador

Is five days too short for Ecuador? Tack on the country’s Andes and Amazon with this additional eight-day trip, which tackles the mainland. The rich biodiversity and varied landscape of the country deserves exploration in every way imaginable. You’ll learn the ropes at a moderate pace, heading through mountains and rainforest, cycling across the Baños Waterfall Route, hoofing it around the crater lake of Laguna Quilotoa and seeing Cotopaxi National Park on horseback – all worthy ways to work off a chocolate-tasting session in Quito.

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5 . Into the Patagonian Wilderness

The vastness of Patagonia means that it pays to have someone else do the driving – and this 15-day Intrepid-led trip offers just that. The journey starts in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, before zipping down to the climbing capital of El Chaltén, crossing over to quaint El Calafate, and giving you a view of the soaring blue shards of Perito Moreno Glacier. Crossing over into Chile, you’ll tick off the tooth-like peaks of Torres del Paine national park and skip to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, for a cruise across the Beagle Channel.

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Additional reporting was contributed by Siobhan Grogan.