With the world's greatest river, longest mountain range, highest active volcano and tallest waterfall, quite frankly it can sometimes seem like South America is just showing off. But we have to admit, South and Latin American holidays and honeymoons take some beating for sheer variety and vibrancy, with tours and adventurous itineraries taking in steamy rainforests, eerie deserts, ski slopes, tropical beaches, European-style capitals and indigenous villages - as well as many luxury hotels.
From Argentina to Peru, the Galapagos to Brazil, Colombia to Chile, the Exsus team has travelled all over South America - in fact Exsus played a pioneering role in offering South American luxury holidays since our inception 12 years ago, with South America being the very first continent in which we specialised.
South America is Exsus' top pick for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday or honeymoon.
With the Andes to the west, the mind-blowing Iguazu Falls to the northeast, and to the south, Patagonia, with its vast steppe, glaciers and sub Antarctic wildlife, Argentina offers breathtaking scenic extremes – washed down with world renowned wines in the vineyards of Mendoza and lashings of culture in bustling Buenos Aires.
From La Paz, the highest capital in the world, to Salar de Uyuni, a spectacular 4000-square-mile expanse of glistening salt flats, and from the whitewashed houses of colonial Sucre to the absorbing history of Potosi, once South America’s wealthiest city, Bolivia brings a gripping new dimension to adventure travel.
It’s easy to fall for Brazil. Covering half of the landmass of South America, Brazil has the lot: endless beaches, fabulous luxury hotels, the spectacular Iguazu Falls, the wildlife-rich Pantanal Wetlands, the Amazon and, jewel in her crown, the effortless cool of Rio de Janeiro.
Tucked away behind the Andes is South America's tall, leggy beauty, Chile. From the arid Atacama Desert in the north through to temperate rainforests, the spectacular Chilean Lake District and the glaciers, lakes and fjords of Southern Patagonia, Chile's dramatic landscapes will literally stop you in your tracks.
Colombia is the rising star of the South American travel scene. With security concerns a thing of the past, Colombia’s beautiful Caribbean coast, lush coffee region and stunning colonial cities are welcoming more and more visitors, yet Colombia still remains blissfully unspoiled and relatively undeveloped.
Divided by the Andes into coast, highlands and jungle, Ecuador is a tiny country by South American standards, but still packs a punch: the Andean scenery here is stunning, the Amazon jungle lodges and hotels are some of the best in the continent and the people utterly charming.
The Galapagos Islands offer the ultimate wildlife holiday, honeymoon or family adventure- they are renowned worldwide for their stunning array of land and marine life. Get close to some of the most colourful and fascinating species on earth, in one of the world's most incredible natural wonders.
For a shot in the arm of South American culture and adventure, head for a luxury holiday or honeymoon in Peru. Peru lives and breathes its Inca heritage, from the world-famous site of Machu Picchu to colourful village communities. Some 3000m lower, you’ll discover steamy Amazon rainforest and further south, the deepest canyon in the world.
Fighting for the limelight between Brazil and Argentina is little visited Uruguay. Argentineans have been hitting Uruguay's beaches and luxury hotels in Punta del Este for years and we suggest you do the same for some r&r at the end of one of our South American adventures.
The end of the earth awaits. Marvel at glittering, brilliantly blue icebergs, see whales breach and smash glassy water into smithereens, watch clumsy elephant seals wallow in the mud and busy penguins rush in and out of the sea. Antarctica offers a truly unforgettable adventure into one of our planet's last frontiers.
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