"I began to realize that this wall and its adjoining semicircular temple over the cave were as fine as the finest stonework in the world. It fairly took my breath away." - Hiram Bingham, upon rediscovering Machu Picchu

Embark on a colourful journey to South America

From the exotic wildlife to the vibrant ponchos, every scene in South America appears to be a celebration of existence. Join us on tours through passionate Argentina and mountainous Chile, past the smiles of Peru and the islands of Ecuador and into the enchanting landscapes of Panama and Cuba.

Catering to an average of 32 guests, our tours in this region offer an unrivalled level of comfort and personalisation. Each journey is meticulously planned to best showcase the destination, which means that you may find yourself travelling in a luxury coach, small sprinter, tuk-tuk, 1950s car, train or an eight seat 4WD. Whichever transport choices we select, you can be sure to receive the same all-inclusive luxury service, with everything from touring activities to tipping and gratuities included. There is also an exceptional range of luxury hotels to look forward to on these itineraries, with stays in a former monastery in Cuzco (Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express), and a hotel rated by TripAdvisor as one of the best hotels in the world in 2012 (Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa).

To ensure that your South American experience is as enjoyable as possible, each of our tours is hosted by one of our professional Tour Directors. Responsible for managing every step of your trip, they will be there to plan the indulgent experiences, such as a relaxing spa treatment, and the practical necessities, like your personal oxyshot canister and bottled water in the Peruvian Highlands.

Destinations to discover

Reaching from Cuba in the north to Cape Horn in the south, our South American program offers a tour for every taste.

In Argentina, guests have the opportunity to walk through the lively city of Buenos Aires or explore the exquisite natural beauty of Los Glaciares National Park. Sights to see in Brazil range from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro to the picturesque Iguazú Falls on the Argentinian border. Peru showcases “the lost city of the Incas”, Machu Picchu, a journey through the Andes aboard the Andean Explorer train and a visit to Lake Titicaca. And our Chile itineraries invite guests to the mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, the red and white church of Puerto Varas and the colonial treasures of Santiago.

On the northern extremities, our tours take guests to the island of Cuba, where the highlights of Havana can be explored, and to fascinating Panama, revealing Panama City’s World Heritage-listed Casco Antiguo and the Panama Canal. A range of cruises are also available in the region, exhibiting the heart of the Amazon and the exotic Galápagos Islands.

Cultural experiences

There is far more to South America than the iconic sites of Machu Picchu and Christ the Redeemer. While you will discover these with us, we will also provide you with an opportunity to interact with the locals and sample their way of life.

Our Scenic Enrich program offers a range of exclusive cultural experiences in the region. Learn the art of weaving in Chinchero, a small village in Peru’s Sacred Valley, savour Ecuadorian cuisine in Quito while listening to a live opera show, and in Buenos Aires, observe a private tango performance.

Each of our journeys also include a wide selection of Scenic FreeChoice activities, allowing you to create your own bespoke itinerary. Perhaps you would like to discover Eva Peron’s life on a walking tour in Argentina or explore the private conservation project Senda Nativa Romahue Reserve in Chile? When it comes to satisfying your appetite in Buenos Aires, you may decide to indulge in Gala Tango’s French cuisine or a renowned steak at a parilla (steakhouse), while in Cuzco you will have three restaurants to choose from, offering irresistible Andean, Japanese and French cuisine.

Special Offers

Icons of South America - Partner Fly Free*

Spend 20 exceptional days witnessing the grandeur of South America’s most iconic sights including Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls and Rio de Janeiro.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642. *Expires 30 September, 2015 or until sold out.

South American Adventure, Galápagos & Amazon Cruising - Partner Fly Free*

This amazing 30 day tour features Galápagos Islands and Amazon luxury cruising, plus icons of Quito, Buenos Aires, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Rio and Iguazú Falls.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642. *Expires 30 September, 2015 or until sold out.

Icons Of South America & Patagonian Adventure - Partner Fly Free*

This exclusive tour covers Peru, Brazil and Argentina right down to Patagonia where you will discover Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642. *Expires 30 September, 2015 or until sold out.

Ultimate South America - Partner Fly Free*

Experience exotic Havana and historical Panama plus the wonders of Patagonia, the Galápagos Islands, Santiago and the icons of South America in 41 sensational days.

Find out more about this tour or contact us on 1300 723 642. *Expires 30 September, 2015 or until sold out.

Notice for Australians entering Chile – Reciprocity Fee Increase

Please note that the reciprocity fee for Australian passport holders to enter Chile has recently increased. The fee is now USD $117 which is payable on arrival, prior to entering Customs and Immigration. Fees can be paid in cash or by credit card at the Reciprocity Fee booths. Visa applications can be completed online by following instructions here.

See South America with Getaway

This year Scenic Tours took AFL legend Shane Crawford to the Amazon and the Galápagos Islands. Broadcasted on Getaway, these two episodes aired on Saturday 26 April and Saturday 3 May respectively. View the episodes here.

Extensions

Have you thought about enhancing your journey with one of our tour extensions? Perhaps you would like to extend your stay in Santiago to savour Chilean wines in a boutique winery and explore the Barrio Lastarria district?

Maybe you would like to spend a longer period of time in breathtaking Patagonia? Or is it a spectacular cruise in the Galápagos or the Amazon that you are after? To discuss your extension options please contact us here. Otherwise click below to view extension options.