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  • Machu Picchu is always a popular photo opportunity while on your Central America vacation
  • Chile with Easter Island and Patagonia
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Our Central and South America Tours and Vacations

Want reasons to travel to Central and South America? Well, let’s start with the following. Varied scenery is one which includes majestic mountain ranges, rushing and dramatic waterfalls, beautiful lake districts, dense rainforests and jungles, golden beaches and fascinating deserts. On South America tours, there are many cultural attractions to be experienced which include colourful people with diverse customs and dress, interesting cuisine, wine growing regions, wonderful festivals, exceptional archaeological sites, amazing animal sanctuaries and a long remarkable history.

 

Top places to visit when you travel to Central and Latin America

Belize

Belize is a country located on the Atlantic Ocean and known for its excellent beaches, dive sites, coral reefs, abundant wildlife and marine life. When on a Central America tour, another popular attraction of Belize is its Mayan history which it shares with its neighbouring countries, Mexico and Guatemala. 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a destination with many attributes. It is a natural paradise in which 25% of the country consists of national parks, all with outstanding scenery.  Its capital, San Jose, is a colourful and vibrant city with diverse neighbourhoods, interesting museums and colourful markets. The Arenal National Park has the world’s most active (but safe) volcano and is a great place, with its attractive waterfalls and hot springs, for activities such as hiking and viewing wildlife. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is very biodiverse with an abundance of tropical plants and wildlife. The Manuel Antonio National Park consists of both rainforest and coral reefs and is stunningly beautiful with some of the best beaches in the country. For further volcanic activity, visit Rincon de la Vieja with its trails, waterfalls and wildlife. Costa Rica, worthily, is proud of its eco-friendly sustainability.

Mandabiled Toucan at Carara, Costa Rica

El Salvador

Goway also offers travel to El Salvador with its Volcanoes National Park containing three major volcanoes, Honduras with its archaeological site, Copan, Nicaragua with its several lakes of volcanic origin, the largest being Lago de Nicaragua and Panama with its remarkable canal.

Guatemala

Guatemala is probably best known for its archaeological site, Tikal, which dates back to the 1st Century AD with some excellent ruins from the pre-Columbian era. Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes and full of historic, attractive Colonial buildings, interesting churches and markets. A tour through Guatemala is not complete without a trip to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful volcanic lake in the Western Highlands ringed by small towns.

Mexico

Mexico offers the visitor on Central America tours excellent beach resorts such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta and many others scattered around both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. There are charming and picturesque Colonial towns and cities which include Puebla, San Miguel de Allende and Merida. Oaxaca is full of culture with a rich and colourful history showcasing archaeological sites and stunning beaches. Mexico is famous for its many remarkable world-famous Mayan civilization sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal in the Yucatan Peninsula. There are two cities that deserve time spent in them. One is the capital, Mexico City, which offers impressive Colonial architecture, beautiful parks, excellent museums and ancient archaeological sites as well as fine dining. The other is Guadalajara, a graceful city with a Colonial centre.

Top countries to visit on a tour through South America 

Argentina

Argentina is a diverse country scenically. Time spent in Buenos Aires allows for soaking up the country’s culture. There are excellent museums and art galleries, an amazing cemetery in Recoleta where Eva Peron is buried, irresistible tango shows complete with dancing and mouth-watering restaurants offering grilled meats par excellence.  For wine enthusiasts, head to Mendoza perched on the edge of the Andes Mountains. Scenic Bariloche is for both skiing and summer visits. Patagonia is a unique land with exceptional and dramatic national parks, ice fields and glaciers; a perfect place to visit on a South America tour.

Bolivia

Bolivia has amazing scenery consisting of rugged mountains with snow-capped peaks, vast deserts, dense jungle and high-altitude lakes. La Paz is the world’s highest capital where the city’s buildings cling to the sides of mountains. You can wander its streets and lively markets or just take in the ambience at an outdoor café. Sucre, with its mild and agreeable climate, has a reputation as one of South America’s most beautiful cities with its whitewashed buildings and wealth of Colonial architecture. Santa Cruz is actually Bolivia’s largest city, vibrant and lively with much to offer the visitor. You can also head north of La Paz to nearby Lake Titicaca with its many fascinating Inca sites.

Brazil

In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro conjures up the Mardi Gras carnival, sambas and bossa novas and exotic beaches. However, if you fall for anything here, it will be the awe-inspiring beautiful scenic backdrop which includes Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Iguassu Falls is one of the world’s most breathtaking waterfalls bordering three countries. The modern architecture, in the capital, Brasilia, will amaze you. A visit to the Amazon River using Manaus as a centre will take you right into dense rainforest. You will find Salvador a gem with its historical and quaint centre. And for wildlife and flora, you can’t beat the Pantanal.

Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro with Christ Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain

Chile

Chile, geographically, is a land of contrasts. Santiago lies in the middle and is a sophisticated capital city offering everything from museums and art galleries to excellent shopping on a South American vacation. Nearby is the old port of Valparaiso, a UNESCO heritage site, the Chilean wine region offering tastings and the upscale beach resort of Vina del Mar. The Atacama Desert region in the north is the driest place on earth with a magical sky and exotic landscapes. To the south is the Lake District with a series of attractive small lakes, snow-covered peaks and virgin forest. Further south is Torres del Paine with its glaciers. Easter Island, with its mysterious stone obelisks, is part of Chile and is located in the Pacific Ocean.

Colombia

Colombia is not lacking in reasons to visit on South American tours. Bogota has interesting and colorful neighbourhoods such as La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city, with its cobblestone streets and Colonial buildings, the affluent Zona Rosa for shopping and dining and historic Usaquen with its flea markets. Medellin is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its climate, but it also has an excellent arts and culture scene. Cartagena, on the coast, not only offers great beaches but also has a Colonial old town. San Agustin is the place for archaeology enthusiasts with the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in Latin America.

Ecuador

Ecuador is rich in interesting history and panoramic scenery. Quito is the second highest capital in the world and is surrounded by volcanoes. Its picturesque and well-preserved old town, with its cobblestone streets, is a mixture of Colonial and Republican architecture.  Guayaquil, the nation's largest city and the capital of Guayas Province, lies on the banks of the Guayas River about 60 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Gulf of Guayaquil, near the Equator. Otavalo is known for its colourful indigenous market where merchandise includes jewellery, clothing, Panama hats, wood carvings and paintings. Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site has beautiful Colonial architecture and an imposing cathedral. Then there are the amazing Galapagos Islands, where a cruise on a South America tour will bring you up close to dozens of bird and animal species as well as unique flora.

Indigenous women  in traditional costume

The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands, off the coast of South America, is a country with its own personality. It is very different from the others, mainly due to its British heritage. The Falklands are home to more than 220 species of identified birds. As well, there are whales, dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions to view, plus five different species of penguins.

Peru

Peru is famous for its world-renowned archaeological site, Machu Picchu, from the days of the Inca civilization, and rightly so. But that’s not all there is. Cusco is the colourful and lively ancient capital of the Incas with interesting churches, art galleries, palaces and convents. Nearby, Sacred Valley has a wealth of Incan sites to explore as well as indigenous markets. In the south, Lake Titicaca offers the floating reed villages and more Incan sites. The capital, Lima, is known for its gastronomy, old colonial centre and its excellent Larco Museum.

Uruguay

Uruguay can be reached by hydrofoil from Buenos Aires. Spending time in its capital, Montevideo, with its mixture of colonial architecture, beaches and neighbourhoods, Uruguay’s outstanding, internationally famous beach and sailboat resort, Punta del Este, and quaint Colonia del Sacramento with its cobblestone streets makes a trip to this small, manageable country well worthwhile on South American tours.

Once a decision is made on which destinations to visit in this wonderful continent, book one of Goway's South America tours and Central American tours today and let the adventure begin!


 

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  • Costa Rica Signature with Air

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Paired with airfare, discover the “Pura Vida” lifestyle on this quintessential journey through Costa Rica. After a quick start in San Jose, buckle up and experience the jungles of Arenal and coastal delights and Manuel Antonio. Along the way, you’ll visit impressive waterfalls, hike canopy bridges, and embark on a river safari.
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  • Costa Rica Family Escape: Tortuguero & Arenal

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: The natural wonders of Costa Rica are a thrill to curious and inquiring minds of all ages. On this incredible adventure, you’ll explore the canals of Tortuguero, sample handmade chocolate, tour the jungle canopy in Arenal and much more.
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  • Colombia Signature: Coffee Region & Cartagena

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Combining the verdant foothills of the Quindío Coffee Region and the best that historic and vibrant Cartagena has to offer, this is the perfect introduction to the best of Colombia. Eat well, unwind, and discover the gateway to South America for yourself.
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  • Brazil Complete: Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls & the Amazon

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the delights of beautiful and exotic Rio de Janeiro, the thrill of mighty Iguassu Falls, marvel at the Meeting of the Waters on a short 3-night cruise on the Amazon River and later stay in the jungle capital of Manaus.
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  • Costa Rica Complete: Tortuguero, Arenal, Tenorio & More

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: An encompassing tour of northern Costa Rica, travelling from east to west, discover the canals of Tortuguero, volcanic Arenal and Tenorio, and bask in the sun on sandy beaches in Playa Hermosa.
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  • Inca Discovery with Int'l Air: Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the wonders of the Incas on this journey through Peru. Tour the country’s colonial past and modern charm in Lima before visiting the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. International airfare is included!
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  • Incan Explorer: Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: See the best of the Incas’ legacy on this one week Peru tour, focused on Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and peerless Machu Picchu.
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  • M/C Galapagos Elite Galapagos Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: The M/C Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the waters of the enchanted islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it provides its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.
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  • Wonders of Peru

    MODERATE | SMALL GROUP: Spend some time in cosmopolitan Lima, enjoying the vibrant energy and fantastic cuisine. A stop in culture-rich Cusco and the Sacred Valley is the perfect lead up to a visit to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, a top highlight on any trip to wonderous Peru.
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  • Galapagos Signature: Quito & M/C Elite Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Set sail to discover highlights of the Galapagos aboard a deluxe yacht. Before exploring the Enchanted Islands, spend two nights in Quito to see what may be the best-preserved historic colonial city center as well as the ‘middle of the earth’ along the equatorial line.
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  • Lima, Amazon Jungle Lodge & Machu Picchu

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Get back to nature and discover the wonders of the Amazon and Machu Picchu on this jungle and mountain combination. Begin with a brief stop in Lima to explore the capital before connecting to the Peruvian Amazon to spot an incredible range of wildlife. Later, visit Cusco, and then cap off your adventure by exploring spectacular Machu Picchu.
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  • Lima, Cusco & the Inca Trail

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Embark on a hike along the world-famous Inca Trail. After touring the historical highlights of Lima and Cusco, you’ll head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to hike from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu over several days. Cap off the journey with a guided tour of the Lost Citadel of the Incas.
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  • Luxurious Lima & Delfin Amazon Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Explore the Amazon rainforest in Northern Peru aboard a luxury Delfin vessel. Start with a stopover in the capital Lima to get a taste for Peruvian city life. Then connect to Iquitos and Nauta to board the Delfin and explore the rivers and jungles of the world’s largest rainforest.
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  • Essential Peru: Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungles are yours to explore. Along the way, reveal rich histories and impressive archaeology, all while enjoying Peru's world-renowned hospitality.
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  • A Luxury Week in Peru: Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Peru is a country that captures the imagination. Why not splash out and enjoy a few extra comforts as you explore the land of the Incas? Stay in some of the country’s most luxurious hotels, and enjoy complimentary nights between taking in sights like Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley to experience the best of the region.
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  • Costa Rica Deluxe: Thermal Springs & Eco-Luxury

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: On this weeklong adventure, relax in volcano fed thermal springs, explore the jungle by night, and set out on a private-guided tour of Arenal Volcano, all before settling in for 3 nights at an idyllic retreat, eco-luxury resort.
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  • Highlights of Argentina: Tango & Ice

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience two distinctly beautiful Argentinian gems on this 6-day vacation. In Buenos Aires, discover beautiful architecture, storied histories, and the romance of tango. Later, travel south to Patagonia to witness the majesty of the wild as you venture through the Andes Mountains and cruise up to the face of Perito Moreno Glacier.
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  • The Nazca Lines, Luxurious Paracas & the Amazon

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover another side of Peru on this journey from Lima to Paracas and the Amazon rainforest. Start in Lima, where you’ll delve into its trendy distrists and culinary scene. Connect to Paracas to fly over the Nazca Lines and cruise the Ballestas Islands. End your trip exploring the Peruvian Amazon in the nation’s north.
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  • Southern Discovery: Arequipa, Colca Canyon & Titilaka

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover Peru’s remarkable south on this tour of Arequipa, Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca. After a day in Lima, you’ll fly south to explore the White City of Arequipa, search for Andean Condors in mighty Colca Canyon, and cruise to the reed islands of Lake Titicaca.
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    8 Days
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  • M/Y Coral I/II Galapagos Cruise: 4 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Spend 4 days on board the 36-passenger luxury yacht M/Y Coral I and enjoy the opportunity to see many of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands including Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola and Daphne.
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  • M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise: 5 Days

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Sailing aboard the M/V Legend - a family-friendly, 100-passenger vessel that will take you through the Galapagos Islands - discover the unique landscapes and species that makes this region a haven for nature lovers. All aboard!
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  • Ecuador and the Galapagos for Explorers

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover cloud forests and volcanoes, architectural and cultural treasures, and witness the wonders of the Galapagos on an expedited yachting adventure as you are welcomed to ‘Primavera Eternal’.
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    11 Days
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  • Quito, Otavalo & the Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the top highlights of Ecuador on this journey from the mainland to the Galapagos. Explore the preserved old town of Quito and barter in the colourful Indigenous markets of Otavalo before connecting to the Galapagos to explore the volcanic landscapes of Isabela and Santa Cruz.
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    9 Days
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  • Incredible Ecuador: Cloudforest and Cotopaxi

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See the highlights of the Ecuadorian mainland on this week-long vacation. Explore Quito, home to the best-preserved colonial centre in South America, visit the Equator, go birdwatching in the Mindo Cloud Forest, and hike the foothills of indomitable Cotopaxi Volcano.
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    7 Days
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  • Quito & the Ecuadorian Amazon

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the natural and cultural highlights of mainland Ecuador. Explore the colonial corridors of the capital Quito before cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon to see the world’s most famous rainforest. Back in Quito, you’ll visit nearby hot-springs and one of South America’s most colourful markets.
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    10 Days
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