South America Adventure Travel & Expeditions
With some of the widest variety in climates and biospheres in the world, South America lends itself perfectly to adventure travel. For this reason, those with a thirst for outdoor pursuits, knowledge of new cultures, and up-close encounters with rare wildlife will relish our South America expeditions. Consider venturing into Patagonia’s rugged, otherworldly terrain; trekking deep into Brazil’s Pantanal, where more than 400 species of birds, caimans, capybaras, and giant river otters reside; gaping at mega Iguacu Falls, the two-and-a-half-mile-wide cascade linking Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina; flying above Peru’s mysterious Nazca Lines; or exploring the stunning and pristine Galápagos Islands in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.
Our South America adventure tours open up different corners of the New World; each is expertly designed and led to showcase the best of the region. Spend a few days with us in lively Rio de Janeiro then head to Serra da Canastra National Park to meet woolly spider monkeys, giant anteaters, and maned wolves—all in the company of professional naturalists, eager to impart to you the secrets of the local flora and fauna. As part of our South America expeditions, we include the Galápagos Islands—you’ll travel in the company of one of our cofounders and an expert naturalist, Jack Grove, aboard the 40-passanger Isabella II adventure yacht. Jack has drawn on years of experience to create a detailed itinerary for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the landscape and wildlife of these magical islands.
The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming South America adventure travel expeditions.
Expeditions to South America
In the company of Zegrahm field director, Kevin Clement, combine Peru’s Amazon River and pristine highlands into one comprehensive journey for the ultimate in Amazon adventure travel. Aboard the 30-guest La Estrella Amazonica you will cover more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries and travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, home to a species count of 450 birds, 102 mammals, and over 130 reptiles and amphibians.
Your Bolivia adventure travels will lead you to a wonderland of astonishing diversity that stretches from the high Andean Altiplano to the lush and wildlife-rich lowlands of the Amazon. Our Bolivia expedition highlights some of the oldest cultures in the New World, the most dramatic landscapes in South America, the largest lake on the continent, and perhaps the greatest variety of flora and fauna on the planet. Begin in La Paz, at over 11,000 feet the highest capital city in the world, before exploring on our Uyuni tour.
This inaugural Brazil expedition combines the very best of coastal Brazil, plus explorations of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, charming Montevideo, and a Rio de Janeiro tour. The Sea Adventurer serves as the perfect base, from observing the breathtaking coastline and dramatic ports to exploring offshore islands and pristine natural environments. Travel with ease and comfort on a comprehensive Brazil tour that links together the cultural and natural highlights of an area that can be challenging to visit on your own.
Brazil unfolds before us in all its stunning natural glory during this popular South America expedition. We visit several different biomes, see as many as 25 indigenous mammals, study ten times as many birds, and even meet some of the planet’s rarest primates. This in-depth journey into the Pantanal will showcase the planet’s largest seasonal wetland area. We meet the capybara, the world’s largest rodent; view nocturnal mammals in their natural habitats; and may glimpse jaguars, ocelots, and tapirs.
Explore five countries on this ever-popular South America tour. By Zodiac and on foot search tributaries and rain forest habitats for abundant wildlife, such as sloths, nearly 30 species of monkeys, and, with luck, pink Amazon river dolphins. Bird species number in the thousands here, including the colorful red-and-green macaw, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, and toco toucan—exceeded only by the nearly 2,000 species of dazzling butterflies. Landings at isolated villages built on stilts present you with a glimpse into the lives of Indians and other native peoples on an Amazon tour.