Trekking and Hiking

Some hiking routes are famous because of what you see along the way, like the famed Patagonia treks in Chile’s Torres del Paine Park, the many orchid species in Ecuador’s misty cloud forests, the monkeys swinging through the trees of Costa Rica and Panama’s rainforests. Others are famous for what you see when you arrive, like Machu Picchu. Of the seven South American countries that share the Andes, we arrange hiking trips to five, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. South America’s landscapes are so varied that you can hike in both the Andes and the Amazon in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Although we arrange for passengers to hike famous trails, many itineraries include ones you’ve never heard of but will be telling everyone about when you get home. Los Nevados National Park in Colombia, for instance, is located in an area of eight volcanoes and Andean forests with 100-ft trees. Our two trips to Argentina’s northern canyon country hike among red variegated cliffs where geology is the star attraction and in an exotic landscape comprised of thousands of huge Cardon cacti. Two of our new Ecuador trips hike into Pululahua, a dormant volcano so large people live and farm there, though active volcanoes such as Costa Rica’s Arenal as well as Ecuador’s Cotopaxi are also among our destinations.

SERIOUS HIKING

Our itineraries that require stamina and conditioning all contain the word “hike” in the trip name. Five of our Patagonia tours, ranging from 11 to 15 days are hiking adventures. The most famous of the Patagonia routes, Torres del Paine’s W hike takes four days and the Paine Circuit six days, both with refugio camping along the way. Age restrictions also apply on some of our glacier hiking excursions. The same is true for those who choose to travel the longest segment of the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu isn’t the only place to hike in the Peruvian Andes. Huascaran National Park in the Cordillera Blanca attracts trekkers from throughout the world where we offer a 10-day hiking trip. Some Antarctica trips provide an optional 3 to 4-day tour (depending on the weather) for those who wish to trek across South Georgia Island as British explorer, Ernest Shackleton did.

DAY HIKES

South America’s most famous hiking regions aren’t just for the intrepid. Some of the most memorable Patagonia hikes are day-hikes such as those in the northerly Mt. Fitz Roy sector of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park or are divided into day-long segments, with stays in scenic estancias. Several of our Patagonia tours are lodge-based. We tuck day-hikes of various lengths into many of our itineraries as one of several activities. Though we don’t call it a hiking or multisport tour, our 13-day Bahia Rhythms, Canyon and Beaches Brazil tour hikes virtually every day to one destination or another, including Salvador’s Pelourinho neighborhood where South America’s largest complex of colonial architecture is located, deserted white sand beaches surrounded by coconut plantations along the Coconut Coast and waterfalls in Chapada Diamantina National Park. On some routes in Florianopolis, Brazil, a delicious seafood lunch on a pier is the destination. All Rio de Janeiro itineraries include an option to hike in the Tijuca rainforest, a national park within the city limits and climb instead of travel by conveyance to the city’s two famous monuments, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. We even offer day-hike excursions on the Western Hemisphere’s highest peak, Mt. Aconcagua in the central Andes of Argentina.
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
16 Days $5,995
5 Star Camping, Perito Moreno Glacier, Hiking Mt. Fitz Roy , Whitewater Rafting and More.....
17 Days $4,735
Cities of Peru , Amazon Lodge - 3 Day, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley - Inca Trail Trek, Colca Canyon & Lake Titicaca
11 - 20 Days $6,695
Glaciers, Penguins, Whales, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping
11 - 15 Days $7,395
Glaciers, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping
Cusco, Ancient Inca Trail , Machu Picchu, Local Perspective , Off the beaten Trek
11+ Days $3,480
Galapagos Islands , Amazon Jungle , Wildlife , Birding, Snorkeling , Hiking
12 Days $3,490
Inca Trail Trek , Machu Picchu , Sacred Valley, Amazon Jungle Lodge
Kayaking the Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Community , Parrot Clay Lick, Jungle Hiking & More......
Amazon River & Rainforest , Yasuni National Park, Jungle Hikes, Kayaking & More.....
Mountain Biking & Hiking, Amazon Whitewater Rafting , Galapagos Islands , Sea Kayaking & More...
Buenos Aires , Mendoza Wine Tasting, Bariloche, Patagonia Lakes District, Nahuel Huapi National Park
Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier
Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Cape Horn, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Perito Moreno Glacier
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Praia Do Forte
13 Days $4,645
Buenos Aires, Punta Tombo, Valdes Peninsula, Tierra Del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier
14 Days $3885
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
Florianopolis , Hiking, Rafting, Paragliding, Sand Boarding, Horseback Riding, Outstanding Beaches, Nightlife Guide
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Jericoacoara, Northern Highlights and More....
Buenos Aires , Iguazu Falls, Rio De Janeiro
Explore Bogota City and Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, Hike to the lost city of El Pueblito, Snorkeling in the Rosario Islands
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 $2,695
Buenos Aires , Perito Moreno Glacier, Glacier National Park, Mt. Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre
7 Days $1,795
Tortuguero National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, River Rafting, Pacific Beaches, Caribbean Beaches
The Coffee Triangle, Los Nevados National Park, Rafting, Hiking, Mountain Biking, More....
10 Days $4195
Bogota , Cartagena, Rafting, Hiking & Biking , Lost City of El Pueblito
Lima, Huaraz, Huascar'an National Park, 5 Day Santa Cruz Trek
Pacuare River Rafting , Selva Bananito , Cahuita National Park, Rainforest Exploration, Caribbean Beaches
Tortugero, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Arial Tram / Hanging Bridges, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking, More....
4 & 5 Days $3,600
Amazon River and Rainforest, Luxury Accommodations , Indigenous Flora, Fauna and Wildlife
14 Days $3,745
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Amazon Lodge - 3 Days, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca
8 Days $2,900
Salta, Cafayate , Humahuaca Canyon, Salinas Grande, Pre-Colombian Ruins
9 Days $2,595
Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Baños, Devil's Nose Train, Ingapirca Ruins, El Cajas National Park
9 Days $2,795
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Jungle Rafting, Horseback Riding, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo Market
11 - 22 Days $4,999
Glaciers, Penguins, Whales, Kayaking, Camping, Hiking
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
21 Days $7,550
Tierra del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Bariloche, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Osorno Volcano
10 Days $3,695
Buenos Aires , Bariloche, Futaleufu River, Rio Azul, Luxury camping
11+ Days $3,480
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....
Wildlife , Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking, Sierra Negra Volcano Hike, Mountain Biking, Visit 4 Islands
Wildlife & Birding, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking & Mountain Biking , Luxury Tented Accommodations
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Paraty
Iguazu Falls , Glacier National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy, Mt. Cerro Torre, Buenos Aires
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
11 Days $3,950
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...
Mendoza Wine , Explora Lodge, Bariloche , Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine
11 Days $6,325
Torres Del Paine, Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Luxury Accommodations
8 Days $4,190
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
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 $1,215
Amazon River & Rainforest , Yasuni National Park, Wildlife, Cultural Excursions, Fauna and Flora
12 - 22 Days $12,870
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking
12 - 22 Days $12,870
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking
6 - 10 Days $4,195
Glaciers, Icebergs, Penguins, Whales, Kayaking, Hiking
10 - 19 Days $6,950
Glaciers, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping, Diving
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
14 Days $4,595
Bariloche , Mendoza Wine Tasting, Patagonia Lakes District, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy , Cerro Torre
Fitz Roy , Glacier National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Tierra del Fuego , Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Cerro Torre
Buenos Aires , Ushuia, Tierra Del Fuego , Perito Moreno Glacier, Fitz Roy , Cerro Torre
Torres Del Paine National Park, Classic 'W' Hike, Puerto Natales , Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre
Patagonia Lakes District , Torres Del Paine , Bariloche, Perito Moreno, Fitz Roy , Cerro Torre
Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Patagonia Lakes District, Osorno Volcano , Puerto Varas
Iguazu Falls , Bariloche, Patagonia Lakes District, Osorno Volcano, Buenos Aires, Santiago
Horses, Trek, Kayak , Towers of Paine, Serrano River, Tyndall & Geike Glaciers
9 Days $2,985
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Epic Day Hikes in the Andes, Machu Picchu, Charming Hotels at Night
10 - 23 Days $5,450
Glaciers, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping, Diving
11 - 18 Days $7,700
Glaciers, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping, Diving
Ecolodge's 115-foot canopy tower, Hike and Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake, Tambopata National Reserve
12 Day $3,275
Lima, Cusco, Apurimac River Rafting, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Rafting, Mountain Biking
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
6 - 8 Days $4,195
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking
12 - 23 Days $8,395
Glaciers, Icebergs, Penguins, Kayaking, Camping
7 Days $2,495
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, 1 Day Inca Trail Hike, Machu Picchu
11 - 23 Days $9,650
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Light Hiking
7 Days $3,195
Torres del Paine National Park, Last Hope Sound , Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, French Valley, Serrano River
10 Days $4,195
Towers of Paine , Ice Hiking & Intro Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Grey Glacier , French Valley, Serrano River, Last Hope Sound
10 Days $4,235
Towers of Paine , Grey Glacier, French & Dickson Valleys, Los Perros Glacier, John Gardner Pass
Salta, Cafayate wine region, Salinas Grandes , Route 40, Purmamarca & Tilcara
Lodge & Hotel based trip , Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, French Valley, Serrano River
San Gerardo de Dota, Uvita, Bahia Ballena, Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Cano Island
7 Days $3,295
Colonia, Montevideo Wine Country, Hike to Cabo Polonia, Punte Este, Guardia del Monte
Tour Historic Colonia and Montevideo, Vineyards of Montevideo, Resorts and Beach Life of Punta del Este
10 - 20 Days $5,400
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking
Rio De Janeiro, Bonito , Pantanal , Paraty