Argentina is a country of extremes – extreme beauty, extreme climates, and extreme diversity. From the Río de la Plata to Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia to the pampas, adventurers like you can check off a bucket list that includes massive glaciers, glorious mountains, soaring desert canyons, rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, a stunning coastline, marvelous hiking, and abundant wildlife. Buenos Aires is Argentina’s cultural heartbeat, a trendy yet elegant city with a European flavor and a Latin American soul. And don’t forget the wine: fine vintages known around the world and reflecting the unique blend of grace and passion typical of the Argentinian people.
A narrow country stretching 3,000 miles from north to south, Chile is a land of contrasts. From the golden sands and lunar landscapes of the Atacama (the world’s driest desert), to the lakes, fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers of Patagonia, Chile is simply made for outdoor escapades. Yet it’s also one of South America’s most cosmopolitan countries, known for its culturally vibrant capital city, Santiago, its rich literary and artistic heritage, and its world-class wine-producing valleys. Then there’s Easter Island, whose enigmatic stone figures, known as moai, never cease to fascinate travelers. Wherever you go in Chile, you’re sure to be enchanted by the country’s diversity and splendor, as well as by its friendly, vivacious people.
A small country with big appeal, Ecuador has it all: easy-going people, diverse indigenous cultures, incomparable handicrafts, lively markets, lovely colonial cities, towering Andean volcanoes, and unspoiled tropical forests home to more species than almost anywhere else on the planet. Bring your family and stand on the Equator, venture into the cloud forest to discover the mind-boggling array of bird and plant life, or discover ancient healing traditions with a shaman deep in the rainforest. Surprise yourself with all that Ecuador has to offer.
Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador is a magical place where blue-footed boobies dance, prehistoric tortoises lumber through the forest, and marine iguanas surf the ocean alongside sea lions and penguins. These are the Galapagos Islands, whose exotic beauty and astonishing wildlife, unfazed by human beings, have captivated travelers for centuries. Nowhere else on this earth will you get this up close and personal to such rare and endangered wildlife. To sail on a Galapagos cruise is a true journey of a lifetime, great for individual travelers and couples, yet also a perfect adventure for families and other groups. Hike through dramatic volcanic landscapes filled with amazing creatures, snorkel with a dazzling array of marine life, and marvel at the diversity and adaptability of nature. It won’t take you long to understand why the Galapagos are known as the Enchanted Islands.
Machu Picchu is a true wonder of the world, a legendary lost city tucked away high in the Andes. Steeped in mystery and magic, the ancient stones are an evocative testament to the architectural skills of the Incas. But don’t stop there. Peru has so much more to offer, from exquisite colonial cities and indigenous markets to gorgeous landscapes brimming with wildlife and opportunities for adventure. Hike the famous Inca Trail, watch for condors soaring over an Andean canyon, or venture into the Amazon rainforest, one of the most species-rich places on Earth. And most of all, we want you to meet the Peruvians: farmers who will show off their potato crops, weavers who explain their techniques, school children who invite your kids to join in an impromptu soccer game, families who will host you overnight at Lake Titicaca. It’s Peru, your way.