The world's longest continental mountain range provides a spectacular backdrop to national parks, historic cities, pristine lakes and towering glaciers.

The Andes mountain chain forms the backbone of South America, running from Colombia (where it splits into 3 separate ranges) through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and forming the natural border between Chile and Argentina all the way south to Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Its highest peak, Aconcagua in the Mendoza region of Argentina, at 6,961m above sea level is the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia. 

The Andes were home to the Inca civilisation, the most powerful empire in the Americas before the Spanish conquest. Their empire covered territory up to northern Ecuador and southern Colombia, as far east as Bolivia, and as far south as northern Argentina and central Chile. Their capital was Cusco in the southern Peruvian Andes, which is still brimming with ruined Inca architecture and artifacts which demonstrated their wealth and power. Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun in central Cusco, and the fortresses of Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara just outside, are excellent examples of Inca stonework and longevity in the face of Spanish efforts to destroy them. Further examples of Inca ingenuity, scientific knowledge and engineering prowess can be found throughout the Sacred Valley at sites such as Ollantaytambo, with its fortress and well-preserved town, the crop-laboratory of Moray, and the ruins at Pisac. What is more, the modern descendants of the Incas can be found throughout the region, many wearing their traditional dress, and continuing their ancient practices of terrace farming, llama-rearing, and spinning and weaving with llama wool. The citadel of Machu Picchu, deep in the mountains, remains one of the most thrilling sites for visitors. Preserved for centuries by the encroaching forest, it is remarkably intact because the Spanish invaders never found it. Having been abandoned by the Incas on the arrival of the Spanish, it was only rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham. There are also numerous Inca sites throughout the extent of their empire, such as in Ecuador and Bolivia, but of lesser importance than those in Peru.

Further South, the Andes are the backdrop to a variety of National Parks, lakes, forests and glaciers. The Chilean Lake District and the Argentinean Lake District find themselves on opposite sides of the mountains, but share the characteristics of dense forests, picturesque lakes, glacial rivers and waterfalls: all-round excellent terrain for lovers of the outdoors. Activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, horse riding, and kayaking on the lake are among the more strenuous excursions on offer, while many visitors are happy to take scenic drives and tranquil boat rides for a more relaxing day out.

Southern Patagonia, towards the very southern tip of the Andes, has its own National Parks and some of the finest natural attractions in South America. Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, with its distinctive mountains in the shape of 'Cuernos' (horns) and 'Torres' (towers), is a must-see for lovers of grand landscapes, snow-capped mountains and a feeling of isolation. There are excellent walking routes throughout the park, which can be enjoyed as day walks or attempted as a longer trek known as the 'W Trek', staying overnight in simple hostels. Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, easily accessed on day trips from the town of El Calafate on the shore of Lake Argentino, is home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world's only advancing glaciers, and one of the many fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

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Pucara Tour

10 Nights from £2,597 €2,216 $2,376

Our essential tour of Peru, including the most important sites of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas & Lake Titicaca

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10 Nights from £2,597 €2,216 $2,376

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  1. Day 1 - Arrival

  2. Day 2 - Travel to Lake Titicaca 

    Day 3 - Uros & Taquile Islands of Lake Titicaca

  3. Day 4 - Journey to Cusco

    Days 5-6 - Sacred Valley

  4. Day 7 - Travel to Machu Picchu by Train

    Day 8 - Return to Cusco by Train

  5. Days 9-10  Explore historical centre of Cusco

    Day 11 Departure

The Cordillera Real Luxury Tour - Holidays to Peru

Peru

Cordillera Real Luxury Tour

14 Nights from £5,544 €5,752 $6,207

Our Luxury Tour of Peru showcases the very best hotels and lodges on offer, while taking you to the most exclusive locations with immersive experiences

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  1. Days 1 - Arrival

    Day 2 - Lima City Tour

  2. Day 3-5 - Amazon Rainforest

  3. Day 6 - Arrival in the Sacred Valley

    Day 7-8  - Sacred Valley Tour

  4. Day 9 - Machu Picchu by train

  5. Days 10 - Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cusco

    Day 11 - City tour & Ruins of Cusco

  6. Day 12-14 - Train Journey to Lake Titicaca

    Day 15 - Departure

The Villarrica Tour - Puerto Varas & Lake District - Holidays to Chile

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Villarrica Tour

12 Nights from £2,857 €2,528 $2,714

Magnificent journey through stunning mountain scenery of majestic volcanoes, lakes and picturesque villages, for you to explore, driving on your own, makin…

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  1. Day 1 - Departure from the UK

    Day 2 - Santiago city tour

    Day 3 - Santiago at leisure

  2. Day 4-5 - Valparaiso

  3. Days 6-7 - Santa Cruz Wineries

    Day 8 - Chillan

  4. Days 9 - 11 - Pucon & Villarica Volcano

  5. Days 12-13 - Puerto Varas

    Day 14 - Puerto Montt to return home

The Sereno Tour - Atacama Desert - Holidays to Chile

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Sereno Tour

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A thin ribbon of land stretching between the Andes and the Pacific. We visit the Atacama desert, the green lakes and mighty volcanoes of the Lake District …

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  1. Day 1 - Departure from the UK

    Day 2 - Arrive Santiago. Tour of the city

    Day 3-4 - Santiago at leisure

  2. Day 5 - Puerto Varas, Lake District

    Day 6 - Lago Todos Los Santos, Lake District

  3. Day 7 - Travelling to Torres del Paine

    Day 8-9 - Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 10 - Travel to Santiago with Overnight Stay

  4. Day 11 - Travelling to San Pedro de Atacama

    Day 12 - Moon Valley

    Day 13 - El Tatio Geysers

    Day 14 - Salar de Atacama & fly to Santiago 

  5. Day 15 - Return to the UK

    Day 16 - Arrive home

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  7. Days 1-2 - Moai Statues

    Day 3 - Crater Lake

    Day 4 - Return to Santiago

The Guanaco Tour - Holidays to Argentina

Argentina

Guanaco Tour

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Combine in-depth Buenos Aires with pristine alpine and mountain scenery, endemic birds and the towering Perito Moreno glacier.

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  1. Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

    Day 2 - Buenos Aires at leisure or optional tours/excursions

    Day 3 - Buenos Aires city & history tour

    Day 4 - Dinner & Tango Show

  2. Day 5 - Fly to Bariloche

    Day 6 - Scenic lakes, forest walks & endemic birds

    Day 7 - Lake District at leisure

  3. Day 8 - Fly to El Calafate

    Day 9 - Perito Moreno Glacier

    Day 10 - El Calafate's Balcony

    Day 11 - Fly to Buenos Aires

    Day 12 - Return flight to the UK

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Ecuador

Primavera Tour

19 Nights from £5,950 €6,240 $6,735

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  1. Day 1 - Flight London to Quito

    Day 2 - Otavalo and Quito City Tour

  2. Days 3-6 - Amazon Lodge & excursions

    Day 7 - Return to Quito for 1 night

  3. Day 8 - Tour of Cotopaxi Volcano

  4. Day 9 - Ingapirca and Cuenca

    Day 10 - Gualaceo Valley

    Day 11 - Cuenca Tour and Cajas National Park

    Day 12 - Cajas National Park

  5. Days 13-19 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

    Day 20 - Travel back to UK

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