Latin America & Antarctica Luxury Travel

Luxury Latin America & Antarctica Tours

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.


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Gems of Nicaragua 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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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.

Costa Rica Adventure for All 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Whitewater rafting, forest hiking, horseback riding, exploring caves and rappelling through waterfalls are just the beginning of this rainforest journey. Enjoy stays in the premier eco-lodge in Costa Rica and in the quirky airplane-turned-hotel nestled in the trees. This adventure has something for everyone in the family!

Custom Costa Rica & Nicaragua Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Costa Rica your way. Go off the main track to Turrialba Volcano National Park for a hike up an active volcano; or discover Bajos del Toro and its unrivaled cloud forest, still largely unknown to most travelers. Costa Rica offers so many gems, both well established and lesser known locations, each offering its own brand of adventure.

Brazil’s Amazing Amazon & Cultured Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Take this journey into the Amazon Rainforest to discover the ecosystems, wildlife and people that make this one of the most unique and important pristine regions on the globe. Learn about the colonial history of Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site having the largest complex of colonial architecture in South America. Enjoy coastal Praia do Forte with activities from scuba diving to hiking. Experience the dynamic city of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Discover Brazil's exciting Rio De Janeiro, and take a cable car ride up to Brazil's world-renowned Sugar Loaf. Hike in Rio’s Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Explore Ouro Preto’s well-preserved Portuguese colonial architecture, its 18th- and 19th-century churches decorated with gold and the sculptured works of Aleijadinho, and visit some of the gold towns including Marina and Sabará, founded in 1711, which was one of the most productive gold mines at the time.

Custom Brazil Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Thousands of miles of coastline, Amazon's primeval wilderness, one of the most extensive river systems in the world, the natural wonder of Iguassu Falls, and the rich heritage of colonial cities blend to create a memorable journey.

President’s Pick: Crystal Canyons of Colombia 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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“Being one of the first companies to operate in Colombia has its challenges. It also has its benefits – chiefly, you are able to get the unique, quality experience down to a science, and your journeys are at the cutting edge. This latest adventure is one of my favorites. It exposes you to areas that just a decade ago were thought to be inaccessible. This journey will bring out your inner Indiana Jones. Explore, and get drawn in the way I have been for the last ten years.”

Colombia’s Gems 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Colombia offers the traveler unique adventures from its well-preserved, classic colonial cities of Bogota and Cartagena, to Medellin's barrios that were once the haunt of Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug cartel leader, to Chivor and its active emerald mind where you can try to crave out your own gemstone. Enjoy a flight over the coffee plantations in the heart Colombia's coffee growing zone. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Basilio de Palenque, which became refuge for the original fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the 17th century. Colombia is a multi-faceted destination.

Volcanoes of Latin America 19 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Born of volcanoes, Guatemala, Ecuador and Colombia feature fascinating landscapes and flourishing cultures to discover. Board a helicopter for an overflight of six different volcanoes en route to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Savor a rare experience… glamping at Uaxactun Mayan ruins - an overnight stay in the ruins in the comfort of your own private camp with candle-lit dinner. Explore Colombia's Popayan, known for its beautiful colonial architecture and nearby Purace National Park. Visit the Totumo Mud Volcano, northeast of Cartagena, for a thermal mud bath, both restoring and fun. Take in Ecuador's fabled volcanoes, escorted by a volcanologist, who will help you explore the geology, history and legends of these ancient landscapes

Colombia, Ecuador & Peru 14 Days New Reality Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This journey explores South America's pre-Incan societies that over the centuries settled along the Peruvian coast and highlands, the highlands of Ecuador and in Colombia. Visit archeological sites in Colombia’s San Agustín Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. Travel to desert coastal zone of Northern Peru to enjoy special access to see the excavations at the pre-Incan site of the Sipan ruins.

Colombia’s Colonial Cities, Coffee Culture & Coast 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Discover Bogota's colonial architecture and museums such as the Museo del Oro with displays that include some 32,000 pieces of gold. Visit the 16th-century Villa de Leyva, one of the area’s most beautiful towns. Tour Colombia’s famed coffee region. Take in the enchanting old Walled City of Cartagena. Go whale watching, kayaking or surfing on Colombia’s Pacific Coast.

Colombia’s Indigenous Trails 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Historic Spanish colonial cities and local mountain villages are cultural gems to explore. Take in the Tierradentro Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its archaeological treasures that include incredible subterranean galleries and tombs. Explore Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city with its colonial-era architecture and the impressive underground Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.

Custom Colombia Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Colombia is a star among South America's emerging destinations. It boasts grand Andean mountain ranges, great sweeps of the Amazon Basin, vivid blue lakes, vast plains and charming coastlines that combine with adventure experiences from scuba diving to mountain biking to cave exploring.

Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Discover the historic heart of Bogotá and the amazing underground Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Explore the famed coffee region to see the process of coffee production. Take in Cartagena’s ancient walled city, listed as both “Mankind’s Heritage” and “Colombian National Heritage” site by UNESCO. Enjoy Tayrona National Park, on Colombia’s Atlantic coast.

Ecuador’s Interiors: Volcano to Rainforest 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore some of the fascinating variety Ecuador has to offer, including its distinctive cuisine - from the food markets in Quito and Otavalo to a culinary lesson in Quito, to sampling gourmet Ecuadorean fusion cuisine with a chef, who shares his secrets and famous recipes. Encounter some of Ecuador's amazing wildlife such as the high-flying condor of the Andes and the fabled pink dolphins of the Amazon. Delve into the Amazon rainforest during a three-night river cruise, and meet with Kichwa women as they share their customs, cuisine and everyday life in the jungles. Go horseback riding in the Andes past Caranqui pyramids, the largest and best-preserved archeological sites of the ancient Caranqui culture with 132 small earth mounds dating as far back as 700 CE.

Trekking Adventure in Ecuador’s Andes 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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In this high-altitude adventure, discover the traditional Indian village of Peguche and the family of artists there who specialize in crafting traditional musical instruments. Enjoy Otavalo’s indigenous food market to sample some exotic fruits in a market atmosphere. Walk the rim of the volcanic caldera. Take a photography lesson with a recognized photographer. Explore the Andes on foot during a three-day trek between mountain lodges for an amazing hiking adventure.

President’s Pick: Ecuador’s Galapagos & Amazon 15 Days President’s Picks Interest(s):

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"The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Jungle have never been more endangered. This luxury program was designed to illustrate that tourism done the right way can help preserve the Galapagos as well as the Amazon, by employing the right local guides, and using the right sustainable properties. This is about seeing the real Ecuador, the one that the large cruise lines and the majority of tourists overlook. Step back in time and see this amazing country the way it was meant to be seen."

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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On this adventure, you will explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve and travel into the highlands of Ecuador to the historic Hacienda Zuleta. Explore the Tulipe Archaeological Site, originally built by the Yumbo people between 800 and 1660 CE. Enjoy a five-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Athala II, and encounters the endemic wildlife from iguanas to seals both on the volcanic islands and in surrounding waters. Savor an island stay at a safari camp and see one of the few Scalesia forests that remain almost intact. This is a spectacular journey for nature lovers.

The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen 7 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

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The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen is geared towards families with young children, and is full of engaging and fun educational experiences for both parents and children. Hand-picked naturalist guides understand the need for flexibility, patience and down time. Experiences include going out with local fishermen to learn about sustainable fishing, snorkeling with some of the marine creatures and spotting wildlife including tortoises, iguanas and blue-footed boobies.

Private Sanctuaries of Ecuador 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore the old-world city of Quito. Enjoy the peaceful sanctuary of Ecuador's private reserves of Mashpi, Zuleta and the Galapagos Safari Camp. Go bird watching for the endangered condor in the Andean Condor Reserve; and learn about the traditional Zuleta community. Discover the Galapagos Islands on a five-night cruise as well as in the relaxed atmosphere of a luxury tented camp.

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