Latin America Luxury Travel

Luxury Latin America Tours

Travel to Latin America offers spectacular adventures, amazing cultures, cosmopolitan cities 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 rainforests of Costa Rica, the volcanoes of Guatemala, the iconic landscapes of Galapagos Islands, majestic Iguassu Falls, the icescapes of Patagonia, the great Atacama Desert, and the spectacular spine that is the Andes Mountain range.  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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Bolivia Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s):

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The fatness seems infinite. The salt surface is splintered with low ridges of salt that divide the top layer into white cell-like formations. Like the deserts of my childhood, this is a land of mirages, of shimmering lakes and islands that appear then vanish in a blink. Cones of salt dot the surface in some areas. In shallow salt pools gather pale flamingos. Aymara legend says the Salar was formed by a woman whose tears mixed with milk. It tells the story of the surrounding mountains – Tunupa, Kusku and Kusina, who were ancient giant people. Tunupa married Kusku, but Kusku ran away from her with Kusina. A grieving Tunupa began to cry while feeding her son and those are the tears that made the Salar.

Bolivia & Argentina Highland Adventure 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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On this high adventure, explore La Paz, both ancient and modern, from the Church of San Francisco, circa 1549, one of the finest examples of colonial religious architecture in South America, to the Indian Market and the Witch Market. Lake Titicaca encompasses villages along the shore such as Copacabana, once an outpost of Inca occupation, and Isla del Sol, with its Temple Pilkokaina Holy Steps. The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flats with flat expanses of glistening white salt. The city of Salta is one of the oldest in Argentina, founded in 1582 by the Spanish, who intended the settlement to be an outpost between Lima, Peru and Buenos Aires Cafayate is an unexpected treasure for wine lovers with some of the world’s highest vineyards.

Argentina & Paraguay Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Palatial, luxe, historic… One of the genuine joys of travel is discovering the delightfully eccentric and unexpected. Be prepared to be transported to another era as you step inside this bookstore. Yes, a place of books, but wait. You will be awed by this unique and delicious bookstore. This incredible edifice in Buenos Aires began life in 1919 as a beautiful theater designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol. The astonishing interior is everything you’d expect in a once-lavish theater – gold gilt, red velvet curtains draped across a stage, architectural details including lovely murals on the domed ceiling. It simply must be one of the most glam settings for the thousands of books that crowd the shelves from the mezzanine to the upper balconies.

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

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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

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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.

Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore Chile with adventures ranging from a three-night cruise to one of the remotest corners of planet Earth, including Cape Horn National Park, to Patagonian Forest, to the traditional Mapuche communities, one of the oldest indigenous cultures in a country.

Argentina Adventures 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Discover beautiful landscapes rich in Andean culture, go rafting through a 65-million-year-old canyon, discover Cafayate high altitude vineyards, take in the breath taking Iguassu Falls and the lush Ibera Marshlands. Spend a fascinating day learning about the sport of kings, polo and even participate in a mini match. This program connects Argentina to the ancient cultures of South America through Salta.

Chile & Argentina 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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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.

Guatemala Treasures 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Discover a wealth of some of the most impressive ceremonial sites of the ancient Mayan world from Yaxha, to El Mirador, to fabled Tikal,. Learn about the country's artistic traditions from graffiti to murals to canvas. Explore the classic colonial city of Antigua. Travel by vehicle, boar and helicopter is this exciting adventure.

Guatemala & Belize Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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The sky was cobalt blue that day. I had been climbing all over Tikal’s cool stones like a kid in a playground. I crawled through spaces almost too small for me and ended up in dark dead ends. I scaled the tall stone steps that lead from one platform to another. Later in the day, I wandered off from other people and turned a corner to find myself alone on the backside of a partial stone edifice, eye to eye with the thick forest canopy. I sat on the edge of a stone and exhaled. Relax, I told myself, take it all in. The human voices had moved away from me, so I could hear a small breeze flutter the leaves. In the next moment, a howler monkey began his deep rolling bellow, followed quickly by another some distance away and another until the chorus seemed to wrap around me and roll through the entire jungle. To this day, the sound of that extraordinary song has never left me.

Colombia & Guatemala 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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This adventure takes you hiking in the lush Cocora Valley of Colombia and walking in Antigua, Guatemala's charming colonial city. You explore Cartagena's old walled city and explore its local markets with the owner of a local restaurant. Take a helicopter flight over six different volcanoes to Lake Atitlan for a kayaking adventure and delve into the plazas, pyramids, and temples of the ancient Mayan cities of Uaxactun and Tikal. Then savor the unique experience of glamping at Uaxactun - a unique way to experience an ancient Maya site in your own private camp.

Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter 8 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s):

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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.

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

Guatemala & Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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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

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Trace the fall of the Mayan Empire as you explore Guatemala's past and present.

Ancestor Volcanoes of Guatemala & Galapagos Islands 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore the dramatic volcanic landscapes of these two dynamic destinations and the people and wildlife that inhabit them. This journey makes the most of opportunities for hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Hike up a volcano with a professional volcanologist and take a helicopter flight over some of the incredible volcanoes of Guatemala. In the Galapagos Islands, head in the opposite direction and snorkel or dive into a completely different world.

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

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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.

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

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You can’t help but smile at the rainbow around you. Buildings painted vivid orange and caerulean blue, buses in sunshine yellow and forest green, red tile roofs and white churches, the city of Matagalpa is alive with color. Bougainvillea pops over a tall, white picket fence almost as a greeting as you pass by. The array of colors continues as you stroll through the market stalls - smelling, feeling, and tasting ripe cantaloupe, guava, sweet guayaba, mango, caimito. Baskets are heaped high with melons, beans and tomatoes – too many to choose. A young girl, maybe 12, with sparking dark eyes is filling her bolsas, gently selecting a handful of green beans, two large plantains, potatoes and some carrots to take home to her mother. She hands the woman behind the baskets some coins and smiles. I watch her walk away with her small bags, barefoot in a purple skirt and a pink top with ruffles.

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

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I see Costa Rica in a suite of nature’s best colors - cloud rainforests dressed in a hundred shades of green; pristine beaches painted with white, beige and black sands; waterfalls of turquoise and jade; red volcanoes and romantic orange sunsets. I rode the train into the cloud forest, and talked to toucans on walks through treetop canopies. My heart skipped across the waves in an ocean outrigger. And I rappelled into the cold waterfalls of summer.

Costa Rica Authentic 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Costa Rica offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, ziplining through the rainforest and river rafting adventures over Class II, III and IV rapids. Encounter the Cabecar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, and spend time learning about their traditions, customs and beliefs. Savor an ultra light flight above breath-taking landscapes and waterfalls.

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