Travel to Latin America and the Antarctica continent offers spectacular adventures, amazing cultures and unspeakable beauty.
Consider a region that includes such archaeological wonders as the fabled Incan city of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Easter Island and the Mayan temple complex of Tikal. This vast area boasts an almost unending diversity of habitats and ecosystems, including the volcanic Galapagos Islands, majestic Iguassu Falls, the icescapes of Patagonia, the great Atacama Desert, and the spectacular spine that is the Andes Mountain range. But it doesn’t stop there. At the heart of South America lies the Amazon rainforest; the realm of one of the greatest rivers and richest ecological zones on our planet. And, at the end of it all… Antarctica, a breathtaking world of white! This southernmost continent contains the geographic South Pole, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Antarctic sea life includes penguins, blue whales, orcas, colossal squids and fur seals.
Add to this dynamic mix sophisticated cities, award-winning wineries, authentic cultural exchanges, luxury resorts, and off-the-beaten-track adventures, and you begin to understand why the last few decades have witnessed an explosive growth in travel to Central and South American and Antarctica.
Whether you are looking for the high adventure of trekking glaciers and exploring ruins or the more sedate pleasures of shopping chic boutiques and staying at historic estancias, you are certain to find the ideal vacation experience with Big Five’s luxury Central and South American and Antarctica tours and travel adventures.
Custom Chile & Bolivia Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,000
Chile has a vast repertoire of adventure settings from icy Patagonia to far off Easter Island to dramatic Atacama Desert. Bolivia shares Lake Titicaca with Peru, and one-third of Bolivia’s terrain is spread across the Andean mountains. Bolivia became one of the furthest points of the Inca Empire. Both countries offer a wealth of culture and cosmopolitan cities, and both should be on your must-see list.
President’s Pick: Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel
Starting Price: $6,600
“Everywhere I look when I see itineraries for Chile, I keep seeing the same four or five locations over and over. For quite some time, I felt that something more existed, an experience or interaction that not only showed me something new about Chile, it also met a personal requirement of mine regarding sustainability. Enter the Mapuche communities, one of the oldest indigenous cultures in a country. There is tremendous history in Chile dating back to the Incas and beyond that reaches beyond Chile’s tourist locations that everyone already visits. I am delighted to be able to take our guests off the track to see the real Chile.”
Discovering Northern Chile 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,900
Discover Northern Chile and travel through the unique landscapes and small villages of the Andes in Chile’s northern reaches; encounter ancient indigenous cultures; and take in fascinating ecosystems, from the Salar de Surire Natural Monument salt flat to Lauca National Park with its rich biodiversity.
Chile & Argentina 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $11,900
Explore some of the natural features and lesser known cultures in Chile and Argentina from Chile's engaging traditional Mapuche community to Argentina's Aymara culture in Salta. In Atacama, experience more ancient cultures including the Incas, reaching back in time like no other location in Chile. End your journey at the cultural epicenter of the Aymara culture Argentina, a location where everything can be found in place – Salta. Explore the wines of Cafayate, and explore on horseback or on foot, go skiing in winter or sailing in summer. Savor this well-rounded journey into two dynamic countries.
Chile & Bolivia 16 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $11,300
Discover some of the most dramatic and largely untouched landscapes in Latin America, including Patagonia, Atacama Desert and the Bolivian Antiplano.
Antarctica & Chile including remote Patagonia 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Explore dramatic ecosystems: Patagonia's remote Aysén Region and the Antarctic.
Patagonia, Southern Ice Fields & Northern Chile 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,295
Diverse environments offer adventures from ice fields to deserts, to one of the world's highest lakes.
Patagonia, Atacama & Easter Island 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,490
This adventure takes in some of the most iconic sights in South America, from the staggering Atacama Desert, to Patagonia's ice fields, to one of the world's most mysterious islands.
Custom Argentina & Uruguay Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,500
Argentina and Uruguay offer worlds of adventures that encompass natural wonders, colonial towns, classic working haciendas, historic vineyards and sophisticated cities. This dynamic duo may be the perfect combo for a South American adventure.
Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience 16 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,376
Graffiti encompasses writing and drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, chiseled or painted illicitly on walls and other surfaces, usually within public view. The can be simple written words or elaborate wall paintings. The use of graffiti has existed since ancient times. Examples date back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire. The term graffiti originally referred to the inscriptions and drawings found on the walls of ancient sepulchres or ruins in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii. This unique and fascinating journey explores facets, framework and meaning of graffiti today in Latin America as seen through the eyes of artists in these countries. Specialist guides provide context, both historical and modern, to help you discover this compelling art movement.
President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures 16 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,000
“I have always had that fire burning in me to search out the most authentic of places. One of the areas that frustrated me the most was Argentina. No matter how hard I looked, all I could find were the same areas in every itinerary. Where had our imagination gone? Was this all Argentina had? We kept pushing for more until we finally uncovered a whole new layer. This program is the first part of that culmination that finally connects Argentina to the ancient cultures of South America through Salta.”
President’s Pick: Colombia & Guatemala 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,250
“I am a self-admitted history buff, and can’t get enough of it. In much of Latin America, the Incas and Mayans occupied so much of the space, it was difficult to see beyond. I wanted to examine the empires that came before, after, and in between these groups. Enter Colombia, a destination we helped launch in North America almost 10 years ago. Being a pioneer to this area is one my proudest moments. With Guatemala as one of our core products for so long, we were constantly looking for ways to combine Colombia with Guatemala as a way to complete the bridge between the Mayans and early Colombian empires before the Incas came to power. We had access to glamping equipment in Guatemala, which allowed us to offer our guests something more. This allowed them to stay overnight at an ancient site to really feel the Mayan spirit that is imbedded in the ruins, making this a much more compelling experience. I am proud to say Big Five was one off the first combine these two countries, and now I invite you to join us in being a part of history.”
Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter 8 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $4,370
From making chocolate and peanut butter, to climbing a volcano, to ziplining in the rainforest, this amazing family adventure encompasses some of the best experiences Guatemala has to offer. Go on a jaguar footprint scavenger hunt, and wander the stone monuments of the Mayan city of Tikal. This is a journey your family will long remember.
Guatemala & Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $10,360
Delve into the ancient cultures of these two countries, from staying overnight at Guatemala's Maya Uaxactun Archeological Site, to exploring the pyramids of Tikal, to examining some of the 500 millennia-old stone statues of Colombia's Pre-Inca San Agustin Archeological Site.
Guatemala 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,637
Trace the fall of the Mayan Empire as you explore Guatemala's past and present.
Ancestor Volcanoes of Guatemala & Galapagos Islands 11 Days Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,650
Explore the dramatic volcanic landscapes of these two dynamic destinations and the people and wildlife that inhabit them.
Custom Guatemala Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $2,800
Guatemala offer a vibrant mix of wild volcanoes to hike and jungle rainforests to explore as well as historic colonial towns such as Antigua and staggering archaeological sites such as the magnificent Mayan site of Tikal. Close to home, yet excitingly different, Guatemala makes for a wonderful getaway or a full out vacation.
Natural Nicaragua 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Nicaragua has only recently come on the radar as an emerging destination for a wealth of nature-based activities that range from forest hikes to encounter a variety of wildlife, to swimming and scuba diving, to kayaking, ash boarding and paragliding. Add to this the culturally and historically vibrant cities such as Leon and Granada, and the thriving coffee plantations, and Nicaragua offers a great place for a getaway.
Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,820
Explore this dynamic trio of Central American countries with their range of outdoor adventures, from whitewater rafting to treetop adventures, as well as distinctive cultural encounters.
Gems of Nicaragua 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $2,999
Discover Nicaragua's charming colonial Granada, hike trails along the top of Mombacho Volcano with its breathtaking views, and relish a stay at a boutique resort on a private stretch of crescent-shaped beach. Explore nearby rainforest on hikes and while horseback riding. Other activities encompass snorkeling, diving, sailing and whale watching.