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  • Machu Picchu is always a popular photo opportunity while on your Central America vacation
  • Chile with Easter Island and Patagonia
  • The Galapagos Islands
  • Argentina with Iguassu falls

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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  • Pooks Hill Lodge: Belizean Jungle Escape

    Escape to Belize to hike rainforest trails and survey ancient Mayan burial sites while staying at a comfortable jungle lodge in a private nature reserve. This Belize vacation takes you to Pooks Hill Lodge, where you’ll have the freedom to explore the Belizean jungle and take advantage of its natural wonders.
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  • Potosi: City of Silver

    Visit Potosi, a famous colonial city and main source of silver during Spanish colonial times. Explore the mines, visit the mint and discover why a trip to Potosi is a trip back in time.
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  • Quito & the Countryside

    MODERATE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: With its unending springtime and ‘stone’s throw’ position from the Equator, Quito lays a very real claim to being the center of the world. On this immersive exploration of Ecuadorian capital, discover the city's rich history and the incredible countryside.
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  • Quito & the Ecuadorian Amazon

    FIRST-CLASS | 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 mountains and one of South America’s most colourful markets.
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  • Quito Stopover

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit the historic sites of Quito’s Old Town and see the city’s dozens of museums, shops, cafes and restaurants. Due to its altitude and location, Quito enjoys eternal spring time.
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  • Ramons Beach Resort: Belizean Beach Escape

    Ramons Resort is a great place to experience one of the last unspoiled places on earth. Dive the Western Hemisphere's largest barrier reef, explore mystical Maya temples or any number of other experiences offered in this compact paradise.
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  • Rio Carnaval

    The allure of Rio has attracted visitors since the 16th century. For one week in February, you can have the ultimate taste of what Carnaval is all about - music, rhythm and costumes.
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  • Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana Palace: Stay of Distinction

    This glamorous landmark is pre-eminent among the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Rio: Jewel in the Crown

    Spend time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Marvel at the spectacular coastline with its magnificent beaches and colourful mountain backdrop. Enjoy iconic Rio sites such As Sugar 
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  • River Plate Triangle

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Launching from Buenos Aires, spend 6 days travelling through Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay. Colonia is steeped in history and today is a great resort destination while Montevideo is one of South America's best-kept secrets.
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  • Ross Sea includes Helicopter Explorations: Argentina to New Zealand

    Explore the southernmost reaches of the planet on this epic Antarctica vacation. Passing from Argentina to New Zealand, you’ll traverse the frozen oceans aboard a purpose-built ice cruiser, make landfall at far-flung locations on the Antarctic Peninsula, and visit remote islands and regions that few explorers ever reach.
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  • Round the Horn Patagonia Cruise from Punta Arenas

    The southernmost region of the world is where the expedition cruise ships invite you to travel legendary maritime routes to explore this beautiful and untamed region of South America.
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  • Sacha Jungle Lodge

    Ecuador packs a lot into a small country, and one of its key attractions is a beautiful corner of the Amazon. This extension to your Ecuador tour lets you stay comfortably in this beautiful wilderness.
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  • Sacred Valley: Sol y Luna: Stay of Distinction

    Explore the Sacred Valley in peerless style, staying at the Sol y Luna, a boutique property located just outside Urubamba. This stay makes a superb addition to any Cusco or Machu Picchu visit.
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  • Sacred Valley: Tambo del Inka: Stay of Distinction

    Experience luxury in Peru's Sacred Valley.
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  • Salkantay Trek Peru: Cusco to Cusco

    The Inca Trail may headline its share of Peru vacation packages, but the Salkantay Trek is more than just a Plan B. It offers a hike rich with Inca heritage, with spectacular snow-capped surrounds, fewer fellow hikers, and no special permit required.
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  • Salt Lakes of Bolivia

    One of the greatest "natural wonders", the Uyuni salt flats are the biggest salts lakes in the world. Spend time discovering some of Bolivia’s most spectacular and most isolated marvels.
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  • Samba, Tango, & Waterfalls: Holiday of a Lifetime

    Experience two distinct countries with their many amazing attractions: Brazil and Argentina. Start off in Brazil’s most colourful city, Rio de Janeiro, the Samba capital, before heading to Iguassu Falls and finally Buenos Aries, the Argentine capital and home of Tango.
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  • San Jose Stopover

    San Jose is the gateway to Costa Rica and must stop on any Costa Rica itinerary.
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  • Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu: Stay of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left.
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  • Sandoval Lake Lodge: Peru Amazon

    Sandoval Lake Lodge is a comfortable lodge on the beautiful Sandoval Lake, within the Tambopata National Reserve. The lake is an excellent place to view wildlife and especially Giant River Otters since a family of them lives on it. The lodge is set on top of a high bank overlooking the lake
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  • Santiago Stopover

    Resting on an inland plain, with the Andes glimmering in the distance, Santiago, the capital of Chile is a city of contrasts, with colonial neighbourhood parks and modern districts.
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  • Santiago: Singular Hotel Santiago: Stay of Distinction

    Featuring an outdoor pool, spa, and wellness centre, the Singular Santiago offers a stunning choice for your stay in Chile’s capital. Located mere steps from Forestal Park and Mulato de Gil Square, the Singular Hotel offers a central location perfect for travellers wanting to explore museums, the old town, and Chilean culture, old and new.
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  • Santiago: VIK Winery Escape

    Head into the heart of the Colchagua Valley to explore Chilean wines while staying in 5-star accommodations. At VIK Hotel and Winery, you’ll tour the on-site winery and enjoy the freedom of the property while savouring the enviable location and easy access to the best wines.
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  • Santiago: Vina la Playa Winery Experience

    Connect to the southwest of Santiago to spend two nights in a gorgeous hotel and winery. Enjoy the first-class accommodations and enviable location in the Colchagua Valley while discovering Chilean wines in one of the country’s best wine regions.
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