Cultural

The countries of South and Central America are filled with art, crafts and historical artifacts. Here are a few examples to whet your appetite, some of which are included in our itineraries. We also build in free time so our passengers can explore on their own according to their interests.

HISTORY

Gold In colonial times, gold mostly left the New World for the old, but that which remained and is today housed in South America’s gold museums reflects the craftsmanship of the continent’s indigenous populations. The two most famous are located in Bogota and Lima. The Cuzco School Visitors on Peru tours will be able to view representative works of the Cuzco School, paintings from the 300-year colonial period that incorporated Roman Catholic themes, European painting styles and an indigenous slant, with bright colors and gold leaf plus native flora and fauna. The largest collections are housed in Cusco and Lima museums.

QUIRKY

Chile Chileans call Pablo Neruda “the people’s poet” because they understood what he had to say about love and life. The Nobel Prize winner filled his three charming homes between Santiago and the coast with items he collected in his travels as writer, diplomat and rebel-on-the-run that today are popular museums. Uruguay Begun before paved roads, built over decades and today a prominent landmark on the Uruguayan Riviera, Casapueblo is the studio, gallery and guest lodgings of abstract painter, Paez Vilaro. It is also a divine spot for cocktails at sunset.

MODERN

Brazil After a decade of prominence in the contemporary international art scene, Brazil’s distinctive grafite has begun to flourish at home, since the decriminalization of street art on buildings with the consent of the owner. To see the city’s largest street art collection, visit Rio de Janeiro’s upscale Botanical Garden (Jardim Botanico) north of Ipanema Beach. Street art walls may also be seen in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Another arresting street mural that has made international headlines is by French street artist, JR, and consists of realistic-looking eyes painted on many hillside buildings in the Providencia favela, a Rio slum. Another favela, Santa Marta, contains Tudo de cor para voce, a brilliant block-long recoloring of facades, painted by neighborhood residents with donated paint. Colombia: Travel to Colombia and you are bound to see renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero’s mammoth rounded human and animal sculptures. The best place is Medellin, Botero’s home town, where his works are everywhere. One spot is Botero Plaza in front of the Museum Antioquia where 23 of his bronze pieces are located. Uruguay: Dramatic 15-ft tall concrete Los Dedos, by Chilean sculptor, Mario Irarrazabal, resembles a partially buried human hand, fingers extended in the sand. It is located on the La Brava beach peninsula that divides Punta del Este’s calm waters on the Rio de la Plata side from the rough Atlantic waters.

CRAFTSMEN WORKING CRAFTSMEN SELLING

Crafts are a way of life in some villages. To name a few, in some places, whole villages make their livelihood from crafts. From the Andes, you’ll find camelid fleece apparel, shigra totes and plenty of exquisite silver and gold jewelry; from the Amazon, carved tagua nut jewelry; from Panama’s Kuna Yala, one-of a kind molas; and from Ecuador, Panama hats for as much as you want to spend. In addition to stopping at craft markets in Ecuador, Peru and elsewhere, our tours also get you into studios where crafts are being made, continuing centuries-old traditions of indigenous cultures. The challenge will be how much you can pack into that suitcase.

View our Cultural trip and tour options below:
9 Days $2,995
Rafting, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Zip Lining at Via Ferrata, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Self Guided Tour, Pacuare River Rafting, Arenal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park
17 Days $4,735
Cities of Peru , Amazon Lodge - 3 Day, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley - Inca Trail Trek, Colca Canyon & Lake Titicaca
Cusco, Ancient Inca Trail , Machu Picchu, Local Perspective , Off the beaten Trek
12 Days $3,490
Inca Trail Trek , Machu Picchu , Sacred Valley, Amazon Jungle Lodge
Amazon Rainforest & Jungle, Amazon Wildlife, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu
Amazon River & Rainforest , Yasuni National Park, Jungle Hikes, Kayaking & More.....
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Praia Do Forte
14 Days $3,885
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Amazon
Florianopolis - Outstanding Beaches , Guide Optional - Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Boarding , Hiking, Rafting, Nightlife
Anavilhanas Archipelago, Amazon Rainforest Excursion, Rainforest Wildlife, Lago Janauari Ecological Park
7 Days $1,925
Florianopolis , Daily Surfing & Yoga Instruction, Outstanding Beaches, One Highlight Hike, Nightlife Guide
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Jericoacoara, Northern Highlights and More....
Buenos Aires , Iguazu Falls, Rio De Janeiro
Colonial Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, Lost City of El Pueblito
Mendoza, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Carménère
12 Days $4,790
Chile's most famous regions, Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine National Park
Lima, Cusco, Choquequirao Trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Off the beaten trek
7 Days $2395
Explore Bogota , Villa de Leyva, Cartagena
10 Days $2,695
Arenal Volcano , Monteverde , Manuel Antonio National Park, River Rafting, Tabacon Hot Springs, More...
Self Guided - Flexibility , Arenal National Park , Monteverde , Manuel Antonio , Tabacon Hot Springs
10 Days $2,995
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
7 days $2,795
Buenos Aires , Perito Moreno Glacier, Glacier National Park, Mt. Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre
Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Classic Treks to Mt. Torre and to Mt. Fitz Roy
7 Days $1,795
Tortuguero National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, River Rafting, Pacific Beaches, Caribbean Beaches
11 Days $3695
Bogota , Cartagena, Rafting, Hiking & Biking , Lost City of El Pueblito
12 Days $3495
Bogota, Coffee Region, Medellin, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena
Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena , Markets, Culinary Delights
Lima, Huaraz, Huascar'an National Park, 5 Day Santa Cruz Trek
Arenal Volcano, Zip lines, Hanging bridges, Waterfalls, Tamarindo, Wildlife, Pristine beaches, Flexibility
5 Days $1495
Medellin City, White Water Rafting, Colonial Countryside
14 Days $3,745
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Amazon Lodge - 3 Days, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca
8 Days $2,890
Salta, Cafayate , Humahuaca Canyon, Salinas Grande, Pre-Colombian Ruins
9 Days $2,650
Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Baños, Devil's Nose Train, Ingapirca Ruins, El Cajas National Park
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Florianopolis , Hiking, Rafting, Paragliding, Sand Boarding, Horseback Riding, Outstanding Beaches, Nightlife Guide
World-class rafting on the Futaleufu River, Kayaking on the Rio Azul, Luxury camping, Mountain Biking, Horesback Riding
11+ Days $3,945
Cotopaxi National Park, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo Market, Galapagos Islands Cruise, Wildlife & Snorkeling
Lima and Cusco, Peru, Machu Picchu and Inca Trail, Galapagos Islands , Hiking, Rafting & More......
Machu Picchu, Galapagos Islands, Mountain Biking, Snorkeling, Hiking, Galapagos Wildlife, More....
Amazon Jungle Lodge, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise
10 Days $2,395
Panama City, Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest, Monkey Island, Pedasi, Playa Venao
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Paraty
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon , Sacred Valley, Inca Trail Trek - 4 Days, Machu Picchu
Lima, Cusco Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail Trek , Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
8 Days $2,795
Add a fully serviced Southern Explorations Inca Trail hike, to Machu Picchu to your independent Peru vacation.
Lodge Based Inca Trail Hike, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Into Raymi, Festival of the Sun, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco and Chincheros Artisan Market
Myths and legends in Chiloe Island, Lake District, Llanquihue Lake and majestic Osorno Volcano
Off the Beaten Path, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Lima
11 Days $4,595
Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Devil's Nose Train, Cuenca, El Cajas National Park
8 Days $2,195
Panama City , Playa Blanca, JW Marriot, Golf, Spa, Snorkeling and More...
8 Days $3,995
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, 5 Star Properties
Lima, Cusco, Amazon Rainforest, Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Arequipa Architecture and Convent of Santa Catalina, Colca Canyon, Valley and Lodge, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu
Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise, Wildlife
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Shortest Trip to Visit Machu Picchu
4, 5 & 8 Days $1,875
Amazon River & Rainforest , Yasuni National Park, Wildlife, Cultural Excursions, Fauna and Flora
Panama City , Isla Bastimento, Bocas Del Toro, Boquete, Panama Canal
Panama City and Canal, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, All-Inclusive Pacific Coast Resort, Monkey Island & Gatun Lake, Family Trip
11 Days $2,375
Panama City and Canal, San Blas Islands, Chargres National Park, Boquete, Bocas Del Toro
9 Days $2,985
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Epic Day Hikes in the Andes, Machu Picchu, Charming Hotels at Night
11 Days $3,260
Amazon Jungle, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
Ecolodge's 115-foot canopy tower, Hike and Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake, Tambopata National Reserve
Corcovado National Park , River Rafting, Rainforests, Manuel Antonio National Park
Poas Volcano , Volcano Arenal, Corcovado National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Tambopata National Reserve, Select from a wide array of activities
6 Days $2,640
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Iguazu Falls
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Paraty, Iguazu Falls
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail Hike, Salcantay Hike, Machu Picchu
7 Days $2,495
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, 1 Day Inca Trail Hike, Machu Picchu
San Gerardo de Dota, Uvita, Bahia Ballena, Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Cano Island
One-of-a-kind Accommodations, Galapagos, Cloud Forest, Andes, Wildlife & Birding
8 Days $3,295
Colonia, Montevideo Wine Country, Hike to Cabo Polonia, Punte Este, Guardia del Monte
Uruguay's Capital City, Montevideo, Tour Historic City of Colonia
Tour Historic Colonia and Montevideo, Vineyards of Montevideo, Resorts and Beach Life of Punta del Este
Rio De Janeiro, Bonito , Pantanal
Historic City of Colonia, Uruguay’s viticultural traditions, Montevideo and Surrounding Vineyards
Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colchagua Wine Region, Chile’s agricultural heartland