South and Central America

Discover the beauty, culture, lifestyles and landscapes of South and Central America. From the Iguassu Falls in Brazil to the landscapes and lakes of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile: from the Inca Trail in Peru to the Islands of the Galapagos…this is our South America.  Experience the vibrancy of Rio, or enjoy a cruise on the Amazon River. Be swept off your feet by the beauty of Patagonia or be dazzled by the Tango in Argentina.  Be amazed by the ruins of Machu Picchu and experience the eco tourism of Costa Rica.

Known for their lively culture and fascinating history, both South and Central America have plenty to offer for vacationers looking for the trip of a lifetime. Tourcan Vacations can help arrange tours of Central America that help visitors hit all the regions’ hot spots and enjoy an authentic experience.

History

Sometimes consolidated under the heading “Latin America” – because locals primarily speak Latin-based languages – Central and South America have a rich and complex history dating back to the ancient civilizations of the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs. Some of the region’s earliest settlements were reported to have started more than 14,000 years ago, and ancient Latin American civilizations have left their fingerprints both physically and culturally throughout Central and South America. Those taking tours in South and Central America can view many of these landmarks personally, whether by visiting the village of Toconao – known for its homes built of volcanic liparite – or the 3,000-year-old abandoned village Tulor, both in Chile. Additionally, Peru’s ancient city of Cusco – the former capital of the Inca Empire – and the ruins of Machu Pichu offer travellers a once-in-a-lifetime look at the development of legendary South American empires.

Visitors may also want to take an eight-day cruise and tour of the famous Galapagos Islands, west of Ecuador. This archipelago is known in history as the site where Charles Darwin formulated some of his most significant scientific theories and ideas, and those taking tours in South and Central America can enjoy many of the sights and sounds Darwin himself experienced aboard his ship, the HMS Beagle. Hiking across the lava fields of Suarez Point, snorkeling among the harmless white tipped reef sharks off Carrion Point and observing the diverse wildlife and volcanic landscape at Rabida are all unique and memorable experiences visitors will have with them for the rest of their lives.

Sights

Those taking tours in South and Central America often do so because the region’s renown for a lively and engaging cultural scene. Travellers can pay a visit to Argentina to explore Buenos Aires and its many sights, including the Plaza de Mayo and the Obelisk. Tours of wineries, penguin rookeries and the Perito Moreno Glacier will allow visitors the chance to experience Argentina’s famous Patagonia region in full.

In Brazil, travellers can see the famous landmarks of Rio de Janiero, including the monolithic Sugarloaf Mountain and the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue, or see the awe-inspiring sight of Iguassu Falls. A trip to the Amazonian capital of Manaus will put travellers in the heart of the jungle, and cruises down the Amazon River will allow visitors a fascinating guided look at the beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife at this one-of-a-kind corner of the world.

Walks around Chile’s geothermal wonder, the Geysers del Tatio, will provide those taking tours in South and Central America with a breathtaking look at a natural wonder, and a tour of the incredible suspension bridges stretching across Costa Rica’s Monteverde Area – also known as the Cloud Forest – will give travellers indelible memories.

Benefits

Travellers taking tours in South and Central America will enjoy the services and amenities they would expect of any Tourcan Vacations trip. They can experience one of the pre-arranged package tours in South and Central America or customize their own Latin American adventure. Those who choose to set their own course amid the jungles, rugged terrain and impressive metropolises of Central and South America can still enjoy the benefits of four- to six-star hotel accommodations, private or group arrangements, English-speaking guides and an expansive and convenient pre-arranged itinerary. And as with most Tourcan Vacations packages, departure is guaranteed with a minimum of just two travellers.

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