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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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  • A Blast of Brazilian Luxury: VIP

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This VIP Brazilian experience has you dining at the chefs table at Cipriani in Rio, discovering thunderous Iguassu Falls, and searching for elusive puma's in the wilds of the Pantanal. At night, you'll relax in comfort in some of the country's finest accommodations.
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    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the amazing contrasts of Argentina on this immersive adventure. Begin with time in its sophisticated capital, Buenos Aires, exploring colourful and historic neighbourhoods, then fly to Patagonia to El Calafate, home to the awe-inspiring Moreno Glacier, and finally push north to take in dramatic and breathtaking Iguazu Falls.
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    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Spend 6 days journeying from Bariloche into Chile and onwards to Puerto Varas gaining a better appreciation for the stunning Andean Mountain range by driving and navigating through them.
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    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: World-famous wines paired with some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet courtesy of the Atacama desert combine to make this Chilean vacation a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity worth putting on (and checking off) your bucket list.
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    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Exclusively located within Iguassu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls. Refined luxury amid one of the world's most magnificent jungles and in front of one of the world's most impressive waterfalls? Sign me up.
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    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Located in a 22 acre park on the shores of the Liucura River, this stunning 18-room hotel offers an oasis of peace and relaxation in the heart of the Araucania, a region rich in culture and nature, surrounded by national parks with amazing lakes, volcanoes and an ancient native forest.
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  • Coast, Coffee & Culture in Colombia

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Colombia is famous for its coffee as well as its magnificent beaches on the Caribbean coast. On this adventure, appreciate the quintessential sights while also taking the time to discover places often overlooked including Penol Boulder, the Cocora Valley and much more.
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  • Costa Rica Elements Self-Drive: Arenal & Monteverde

    MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly nations on earth. Here, roughly one-third of the country has been declared protected land, and eco-tourism is seen as an avenue to ensure the country remains pristine. Discover the incredible microclimates and jungles of Costa Rica on this weeklong self-drive adventure.
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  • Easter Island Rapa Nui : O'Tai Hotel

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Escape to one of the most remote islands on the planet on this Easter Island vacation. Staying at Hotel O’Tai, you’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations as you explore this mysterious island, which is famously dotted with statues and temples from a past civilization.
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  • M/V Legend Galapagos Islands 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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    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/Y Tucano Amazon River Cruise

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Venture deep into the Amazon rainforest and explore the flooded jungles and dark waterways of the Rio Negro on this river cruise. During your Amazon adventure, you’ll journey along the least-inhabited major river system in the basin and see what may be the greatest collection of flora and fauna in the world.
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  • Patagonia Self-Drive: Puerto Madryn, Lago Posadas & El Calafate

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Explore the wilds of Argentine Patagonia on this convenient self-drive from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate, which lets you travel at your own pace as you aim to spot whales off the coast, trek across the trails near Perito Moreno Glacier, and admire the barren landscape and towering rocks of the far south.
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  • Rio in Depth

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  • Tierra Chile Top to Bottom

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  • Cartagena & the Rosario Islands

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  • Haciendas of the Yucatan

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  • Panama Less Travelled

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience the contrasts of Panama in this fantastic weeklong adventure. This program allows you to combine tours to historical areas, a visit to a tropical rainforest, and of course an exploration of the famous Panama Canal.
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  • Best of Panama

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the best of Panama on this well-balanced tour. Start in Panama City where you’ll explore the colonial history before touring the Panama Canal. Then venture into the jungle for a couple nights at a rainforest resort before heading to the beach for three nights of sunny relaxation.
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  • Best of Nicaragua: Granada, Matagalpa & Leon

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Let the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes enchant you with its spectacular scenery and authentic cultural flavours.
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  • Costa Rica Wonders

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  • Tikal & Belize Adventure

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This adventure through the Mayan ruins of Belize and Guatemala will satisfy your cravings for a culturally rich holiday, ending with several sun-filled days on the beaches of beautiful San Pedro.
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