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We dare you to adventure in South America

Published July 11th, 2016

South America has endless possibilities for adventurers, from your colourful and vibrant cultures, colonial towns, festivals and nightlife right through to your Amazonian jungles and critters, gushing waterfalls, Incan ruins, picture perfect beaches and Andean Peaks.

Up for an adventure of a lifetime? We dare you to…

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Do Galapagos on the cheap (9 days) save up to $356* 

Join Gecko Adventures for an affordable Galapagos trip (yes, they exist) that puts you in the pretty of Quito boulevards, climbing Isla Isabela’s volcano, snorkelling with freaky fish and sharks and spending time with Galapagos stars (you may remember them from Darwin’s theory of evolution) the giant tortoises.

Get from Buenos Aires to Rio unplugged (17 Days) save up to $483*

Let Intrepid take you on an adventure along the South American coastline where you can soak up the party times and charm of Buenos Aires AND Rio de Janeiro, unleash your inner gaucho at a working ranch in Uruguay, see all sides of Iguazu Falls, take a step back in time in a town with no cars and where the jungle and ocean collide in Paraty, and explore virgin rainforest, history crystal lagoons and Brazil’s best beaches near Ilha Grande.


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Check out the essentials of Peru (15 days) save up to $564*

Come with Geckos to see the must-sees of Peru where you will sip pisco sours and chow down on ceviche in between exploring the pretty charm and historical heart of Lima, trek/trail/train the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, stay with local families during a boat tour of the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca, explore South America’s oldest city of Cuzco and adventure through the wilds of THE Amazon Jungle (and stay in a jungle lodge).


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Truly explore Bolivia & Argentina (20 days) save up to $771*

Pack your sleeping bag and let Intrepid take you off the tourist trail and into the real central South America. Find your perfect potion at La Paz’s famous Witches’ Market, hose yourself in Malbec at a Mendoza vineyard, look out over Bolivia’s most beautiful city (Sucre) from old convent Recoleta, see dinosaur footprints at Cal Orck’o, go underground at the Potosi mines and see the famous salt flats, cactus-filled islands and vibrant lakes and wildlife around Salar de Uyuni and San Pedro de Atacama.


Jolee Wakefield

A seasoned backpacker and travel writer, Jolee has spent the past decade wandering the globe in pursuit of good vibes, unusual conversations and unforgettable adventures like cave diving in Mexico, mountain climbing in Borneo and learning (failing at) local dances in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.