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.
Ecuador: Flavors of Ecuador 13 Days Interest(s): Adventure Travel
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Discover the sights, sounds and flavors of Quito, founded in the 16th century as you explore the historic city center, and take a private cooking class. Meet farmers and fishermen. Enjoy a four-night, land-based exploration of the amazing Galapagos Islands. Snorkel, dive, hike and kayak in these fabled islands.
Custom Ecuador & The Galapagos Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,450
Ecuador Mainland 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Explore the Ecuador mainland, a region that most visitors never experience dor. Visit Indian weavers, savor a thrilling train ride through remote highlands, past Indian communities; and encounter the traditional Cañari Indians and Ecuador's largest and most important archaeological site at Ingapirca.
Custom Belize Tour Varied Days Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Explore Mayan temples, traditional villages, indigenous culture, and more than 100 islands off the coast.
Belize 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Explore remarkable Maya sites such as Xunantunich and Nim Li Punit. Enjoy activities that include canoeing through caves, scuba diving, fishing, horseback riding, zip lining and hiking. Set your own pace.
President’s Picks: Peru 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,800
“When I look at Peru, I see more than just the phenomenal Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. Most travelers have the opportunity to see maybe ten percent of Peru’s true nature. There is so more to discover in addition to the Incan Empire and three or four major sites. It’s time to reinvent the way we think about Peru, to change our viewpoint. This journey is about blending history with nature and adventure. It’s about bringing out the active historian in you.”
Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers 20 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $19,990
Hikers explore the Andean landscapes of Peru during a dramatic lodge-to-lodge adventure that encompasses treks in altitudes of 3,868m/12,690 ft to 4,636m/15,213 ft. As you end your mountain trek, you will savor a distant but spectacular view of the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu from the southeast. Then experience this ancient Incan fortress. You also explore the classic colonial cities of Lima and Cusco and enjoy a scenic flight over the famous Nasca and Palpa Lines. This is a luxury hiking journey for active adventurers seeking an unrivaled, high altitude experience of the Peruvian Andes.
Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,800
Explore some of Peru's extraordinary landscapes from the amazing Amazon Rainforest, where you stay in a treehouse and take an unforgettable journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast on the brand new Interoceanic Highway. Encounter with river communities to learn how they coexist with the remarkable environment. Travel by train through simply spectacular mountain scenery as your train winds through dramatic scenery to reach the monumental mountain fortress of Machu Picchu... the Lost City of the Incas. Get an aerial look at the mythic Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines, ancient geoglyphs in the desert as well the oldest Chakana (Andean Southern Cross) that can be seen from the air.
Peru’s Amazing Amazon 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,100
Explore the Amazon, one of the oldest and largest remaining rainforests in the world, on a 4-night river cruise on the fabled river and its tributaries. Learn about the people and wildlife that inhabit this region.
Peru Adventure 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,900
Take your family on a rich exploration of some of the most fascinating aspects of Peru, and savor opportunities for river rafting through Class II and III rapids, ziplining, trekking, camping, and canoeing.
Northern Peru & Lake Titicaca 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,100
For those returning to Peru or those looking to go off the most popular routes, this adventure presents new experiences and challenges to explore a fascinating region of Peru. It takes in important archaeological sites such as Chan Chan and the Royal Tombs of Sipan, shows you the remarkable Nazca Lines and the people of Lake Titicaca.
Peru – Culinary Roots of the Inca 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,750
Explore Incan culinary traditions through their use of quinoa, a grain developed more than 5,000 years ago in Peru. Travel into the Andes to the remarkable mountain Incan fortress of Machu Picchu.
Peru: The Flavors of Peru 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $7,350
Explore Peru's culinary traditions as you explore its capital city, Lima. See Pachacamac, an archaeological site overlooking the Pacific Ocean that predates the Inca Empire. Visit the Quechua village of Chinchero to learn about their traditions and the ancient textile techniques they still employ. Discover Urubamba (Sacred) Valley, the ruins of Moray, ancient agricultural terraces, and Maras with its nearby salt pans. Then take in the awe-inspiring site of Machu Picchu, 7,900 feet into the Andes. Savor a train journey aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham that travels through the high Andean landscapes.
Custom Peru Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,500
Peru offers a varied menu of adventures that encompass colonial history, indigenous traditions, dramatic archeological sites, and a plethora of adventure options including hiking the ancient Inca Trail, discovering Lake Titicaca and the culture around it, exploring the mountain fortress of Machu Picchu, and experiencing Lima's noted culinary and art scene. There is enough in Peru to satisfy most travelers' expectations.
Peru 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,190
Peru is rich in art and architecture of both the Inca and Spanish Colonial. Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating cities; Lima and Cusco. Travel to the Andean village of Pisaq in the fertile Urubamba (Sacred Valley). Then enjoy a train journey to Machu Picchu, rolling through spectacular, evolving landscapes. Venture into the sanctuary fortress of Machu Picchu and discover the ruins of Moray.
Peru: A Spiritual Journey 9 Days Interest(s):
Starting Price: $5,550
Highlights include Machu Picchu, Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas) and colonial Cusco.
Peru: Adventure in the Andes 13 Days Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,400
This Peru journey offers some extraordinary adventures including ziplining into the Sacred Valley; spending a remarkable night in a completely transparent bedroom hanging from the side of a mountain; enjoying a classic train journey through the Andes to discover mythic Machu Picchu; and travel to the edge of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon on the planet, reaching depths of 11,000 feet – twice that of the Grand Canyon.
Peru: Walk among the Ancients 14 Days Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $6,890
Trek along the old route of the Inca Trail, and discover White City of Arequipa and Colca Canyon. Explore the fascinating colonial city of Cusco, at 11,200 feet above sea level. Along the way, enjoy comfortable lodges, watch Andean condors soar, visit small villages and Incan ruins on this thrilling adventure!
Speed Collection Peru 10 Days New Reality Interest(s): Adventure Travel
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Panama’s Remote Province 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,700
Explore the colonial Old Quarter of Panama City and a scenic flight that takes in the city, port and famous canal. Spend four nights glamping in the most remote and least visited province in Panama, hiking in the Darien National Forest and visiting local villages of the indigenous Embera people. Savor this enriching natural adventure.