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  • Machu Picchu is always a popular photo opportunity while on your Central America vacation
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  • The Galapagos Islands
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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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  • Highlights of Peru and the Galapagos

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Escape to South America and explore two iconic countries on one amazing, tailor-made journey. Start in Peru where you’ll venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore Machu Picchu. Soon after, it's off to Ecuador where you’ll tour historic Quito before enjoying four nights on land in one of nature’s greatest playgrounds, the Galapagos Islands.
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  • Highlights of Rio de Janeiro Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: On this private-guided adventure, discover a classic South American route that all globetrotters should experience at least once. Combining the rhythms and culture of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires alongside two nights in spectacular Iguassu Falls, it is a quintessential exploration of three iconic destinations.
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  • Peru Signature: Lima, the Amazon and Machu Picchu

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover award-winning flavours and priceless artifacts as you explore Peru. Journey from Lima, one of the world’s great culinary capitals, to the Peruvian Amazon, where you’ll float in luxury for 4 nights, to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and indomitable Machu Picchu. Where's your bucket list? Time to cross off a big one.
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  • Best of South America: Machu Picchu, Iguassu, Rio & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: This South America tour takes you from the ancient ruins of Peru to Rio’s fabulous beaches. Along the way, marvel at the incredible Iguassu Falls, and tango the night away in Buenos Aires.
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  • Haciendas of the Yucatan

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Spend time in the Yucatan Peninsula to explore outstanding Mayan archaeological sites and get a glimpse of how this civilization lived. Of particular note are Uxmal and Chichen Itza, which you'll discover alongside a knowledgeable private guide. Along the way, relax in a range of top-notch haciendas.
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  • Highlights of Ecuador: Quito, Cotopaxi, Cuenca & More

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Escape to Ecuador and explore the beauty of this country from the Andes to the coast. Starting in Quito, enjoy the best of the region, including small towns and majestic volcanoes, then continue to Guayaquil, "the Pearl of the Pacific."
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  • Air, Land & Sea to Antarctica

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Included as part of a South America vacation or taken on its own, an Antarctic cruise is an unforgettable adventure. This unique itinerary begins in the southern tip of Patagonia, Punta Arenas, from where you will begin this fantastic voyage into Antarctica.
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  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Buenos Aires

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
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  • Antarctic Whale Journey

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Set sail in search of the giants of the Southern Ocean on this voyage of Antarctic discovery. Cross the legendary Drake Passage and Antarctic convergence, scanning the waters as you sail for the silhouettes of these magnificent marine mammals as they glide alongside the vessel or surface in a spectacular breach.
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  • Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Join us aboard the Ocean Endeavour on this epic 21-day voyage for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. Antarctica, the fabled White Continent, is a land of penguins, seals, whales and icebergs. Sailing to South Georgia, follow in the footsteps of the heroic polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and finally, visit the ruggedly beautiful Falkland Islands.
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  • Chilean Wines: Colchagua Valley, Casablanca & Valparaiso

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Embark on a short but very tasty Chilean vacation, where you'll not only gain amazing insight into the wines of Chile but also enjoy the unique joy of exploring Santiago and Valparaiso like a local. Along the way you'll discover a thriving viniculture scene and take home a new perspective on this dynamic, beautiful country.
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  • Heart of the Incas: Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

    MODERATE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Venture through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and discover ancient wonders with the help of private, local guides. Start in Cusco, the former Incan capital, and descend into the Sacred Valley to visit the markets of Pisac, the fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, and the breathtaking mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.
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  • Highlights of Lima

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the history and culture of Peru’s capital on this 4-day vacation. Tour the city centre, seeing the coastal neighbourhoods as well as the colonial landmarks of Lima. See the world’s greatest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts at the Larco Museum, and later enjoy a lovely pre-fixe dinner while taking in views of the Pacific Ocean.
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  • M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Travel down the exotic waterways of the Ecuadorian Amazon, relaxing in luxury by night while participating in a range of exhilarating and ethical activities by day. Search for red howler monkeys in the rainforest canopy, explore waterways alongside piranha and witness hundreds of parrots lick eroded clay walls.
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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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  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Combine two of South America’s (and the world’s) greatest landmarks on one itinerary! After exploring Lima, spend a few days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and tour spectacular Machu Picchu, then head to Quito and connect to the Galapagos Islands to discover fascinating landscapes and incredible wildlife.
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  • Peruvian Rivers, Jungles & Machu Picchu

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience luxury and adventure on this journey along the Amazon and through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Start in Iquitos, where you’ll cruise along the Amazon aboard the luxurious Aria Amazon, then head to the Sacred Valley to explore its Incan ruins while staying at the Explora lodge.
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  • Wonders of Peru & Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 12-day vacation. Start your journey in Quito, where you’ll explore the colonial old town, before you connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Finish off in Peru by exploring the capital of Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to Machu Picchu.
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  • Best of Peru & Bolivia

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See the highlights of Peru and Bolivia on this outstanding combo vacation. Start in Peru, where you’ll venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore Machu Picchu and later connect to Bolivia to explore the capital, La Paz, and marvel at the stark beauty of the Uyuni Salt Flats.
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    10 Days
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  • Lima, Cusco & the Salkantay Trek

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: The Inca Trail may headline its share of Peru vacations, but the Salktantay Trek is more than just Plan B. After touring the historical landmarks of Lima and Cusco, embark on this hike that takes you alongside snow-capped mountains en route to Machu Picchu, where you’ll explore the Lost Citadel of the Incas.
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    9 Days
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  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 5 Days

    Enjoy a 5 day cruise of the world famous Galapagos Islands while sailing aboard Coral I, a modern vessel but with classic beauty. See the sights by hiking, snorkeling and exploring.
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  • Discover Antarctica

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Cruise through the infamous Drake Passage, bound for the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enter a world of ice and perfectly adapted wildlife, surrounded by spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate. This is a once in a lifetime voyage to the world’s final frontier.
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    11 Days
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  • Jaguars, Otters & Jungles

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Fancy leaving your friends both jealous and scrambling for the world map? Guyana boasts vast, unspoiled rainforests, healthy populations of jaguar, tapir and caiman, plus one of the world's most impressive waterfalls. Time to update your bucket list.
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    US$ 4,684
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  • M/V Stella Australis Patagonia Cruise: Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: The southernmost region of the world is where expedition cruise ships invite you to travel legendary maritime routes. On this particular sailing, you're invited to explore this beautiful and untamed region of South America which travels 'round the horn' from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas.
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  • Romantic Costa Rica: Arenal and Guanacaste

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy a romantic getaway on this eight day, tailor-made trip combining spectacular volcanic views, invigorating hot springs and the dazzling white-sand beaches of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. With plenty of time at leisure, you and your loved one are invited to relax, unwind and connect.
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