Tailor Made Active Tours

If your ideal vacation involves working up a sweat in the Great Outdoors you’ve come to the right continent. These luxury South America tours include following in the footsteps of the Incas on a luxury Lares or Macchu Picchu trek, horseback riding amidst the majesty of Patagonia, snorkeling in the marine paradise that is the Galapagos and kayaking in the pristine waters of Antarctica.

10 Day Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama Tour

1 nights in La Paz, 2 nights in an Airstream Camper on Salt Flats, 3 nights in San Pedro de Atacama, 3 nights in Santiago

If breath-taking, arid expanses excite you then this 10-day Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama tour is just the ticket. You will tour the expansive and otherworldly Uyuni Flats in Bolivia in a fully serviced luxury Airstream camper with private staff, then head South to the Atacama Desert, to explore thermal springs and Moon-like landscapes. Finally, you’ll spend three nights in Santiago, the Chilean capital, taking in the sophisticated delights of this cosmopolitan city and its surroundings.

10 Day Buenos Aires to Antarctica Tour

3 nights in Buenos Aires, 1 night in Ushuaia, 4 nights aboard the Ocean Nova Ship, 1 night in Punta Arenas

Head from one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most cosmopolitan cities to the remotest destination on the planet on this 10-Day Buenos Aires to Antarctica Tour. You’ll spend three nights in gorgeous Buenos Aires, getting to visit the key destinations and of course enjoying a tango show before heading south to the dramatic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego, where you’ll board the luxury Ocean Nova ship for four days of unparalleled Antarctic adventure featuring icebergs, penguins, whales and sunlight galore.

12 Day Southern Circuit Tour

3 nights in Santiago, 2 nights at a Torres del Paine Lodge, 3 nights in El Calafate, 3 nights in Buenos Aires

Explore the highlights of the southern half of South America during this 12-day Southern Circuit Tour. You’ll visit the cosmopolitan capital cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires, the Chilean seaside towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, taking in their key sites, and discover the wonders of the Patagonian wilderness. You will visit not one but two breath-taking glaciers, and tour both the Perito Moreno National Park and the Torres del Paine National Park to complete your Patagonian experience, before heading home.

11 Day Galapagos & Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Guayaquil or Quito, 4 nights on Galapagos cruise, 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

This 11-day Galapagos and Machu Picchu tour allows you to experience the two leading destinations of South America in one seamless and comfortable tour. Explore the wildlife-paradise of the Galapagos Islands in a private luxury boat, visiting natural and geographical wonders. Then immerse yourself in the incredible Incan heartland of Peru, visiting Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu citadel – the lost city of the Incas.

8 Day Sacred Valley & Lares Lodge Adventure

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights in rustic-luxury lodges, 1 night in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel

Embrace the Andean way of life by tailor-making your own blend of cultural immersion and physical exertion on this 8-day Sacred Valley and Lares Lodge Adventure. You’ll spend time in Cuzco, the charming old Inca capital, and you’ll explore the majestic sanctuary of Machu Picchu with an expert guide. But you’ll also get a chance to explore the Sacred Valley and the remote Lares region, choosing from a daily menu of cultural and adventure activities, all the while eating gourmet Andean food and staying in rustic luxury lodges.

7 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, 2 nights in Cuzco

Trek the final portion of the Inca Trail in style, just as the Incas did hundreds of years ago, while overnighting in comfortable hotels along the way. This truncated version of the Inca Trail is the perfect tour-and-trekking opportunity for families or for those who are short of time but still want to experience the magnificence of the approach to Machu Picchu. Also included are guided tours of Cuzco, the capital city of the Incas; Lima, the cosmopolitan capital of Peru; and the Sacred Valley, the magnificent agricultural heartland of the Incas.

8 Day Amazon to Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Amazon jungle lodge, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

Combine the biodiverse splendor of the Amazon basin with the wondrous Incan history of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Explore the Amazon river tributaries and take a guided jungle walk to discover the exotic wildlife and plants, by foot and canoe. Then enjoy one of our Machu Picchu luxury tours, exploring the wonders of this Incan citadel with an experienced guide, before journeying through the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and the one-time capital of the Incan Empire, Cuzco.

10 Day Galapagos Islands & Amazon Tour

2 nights in Quito, 4 nights on Galapagos cruise, 3 nights in an Amazon jungle lodge

Explore not one but two natural paradises with this 10-day Galapagos Islands & Amazon Tour. Spend four nights on a captivating Galapagos cruise, learning about the geology, animals, birds and ocean life of these fascinating islands. Then head to the gorgeous Amazon jungle for three days of adventure as you seek out caimans, piranhas, jungle birds and even the elusive dusky titi monkey. You’ll stay and cruise in luxury, while being looked after by experienced guides who will cater to your every whim.

8 Day Active Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 3 nights Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, and 2 nights in Cuzco

This 8-day Sacred Valley tour is for people who like to get their blood pumping while seeing the glorious historical sights the Sacred Valley has to offer. You will travel by horseback to visit the remote indigenous community of Choquechaca. Learn about their ancient weaving traditions, enjoy a freshly prepared mountainside lunch, and explore the ruins of Pumamarca, before heading on to tour Machu Picchu and Cuzco in style.

12 Day Great Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

Experience two of the Incas’ greatest accomplishments on this 12-day Great Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tour. First, follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a remote and pristine section of the Great Inca Trail, a magnificent engineering marvel that very few people have ever visited. You will spend 5 days hiking on the Incas’ great road, camping at their ancient refuges and depending on llamas to carry your luggage. Then fly to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, to experience the wonders of the city, the Sacred Valley and the magnificent citadel at Machu Picchu in private, guided comfort.

8 Day Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Tour

1 night in Lima, 1 night in Sacred Valley,  1 night in Machu Picchu town, 1 night camping on the Inca Trail, 3 nights in Cuzco

In just over a week you can explore the best the Andes of Peru have to offer on this 8-day Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain expedition. A quick departure from Lima to Cuzco kicks off the adventure of scenic train rides through the Sacred Valley, high-altitude hikes into the clouds of Machu Picchu and the unique Rainbow Mountain, not to mention treks through ingenious agricultural sites left behind by the Inca culture. Private tours and luxurious accommodations assure that you can relish your new surroundings of the picturesque Peruvian highlands.

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See Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain in style

See Cusco’s Rainbow Mountain in style

​​​​​​​Most people who visit the breathtaking multi-colored mountain high in the Peruvian Andes do so on a grueling 16-hour round-trip. SA Expeditions clients, however, enjoy a leisurely two-day itinerary that avoids the crowds and includes a night spent in a gorgeous campsite. Jenny Byrne, our resident mountain goat, unpacks the experience.
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Join us on 'The Trek Less Traveled’

Join us on 'The Trek Less Traveled’

​​​​​​​Earlier this month SA Expeditions’ founder and Chief Explorer Nick Stanziano shared a real-time adventure through the highlights in Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu. Nick also embarked on the ‘Trek Less Traveled’ when he took a three-day trek to the oft-forgotten Inca citadel at Choquequirao – hidden among the cloud forests of southern Peru.
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Climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain in THAT photo)

Climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain in THAT photo)

This short, sharp ascent on narrow paths and stairs is both hair-raising and exhausting. But this is all forgotten when you stand at the top and look down on the wonder that is Machu Picchu. What is Huayna Picchu? Day visitors to Machu Picchu can choose between a regular entry ticket or a ticket that includes hiking to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Huayna Picchu is the dramatic cone-shaped peak which towers above Machu Picchu in all the photos…you know the one. Machu Picchu means ‘old mountain’ in Quechua and Huayna Picchu means ‘young mountain’. At 8,920ft, it’s the second highest point in the ruins precinct (Machu Picchu Mountain is higher) but it still enjoys great views. This could be you... (Photo credit: Jipe7 on Flickr) Huayna Picchu versus Machu Picchu Mountain If your legs allow it, hiking up one of these two peaks is highly recommended. But which one will it be? Huayna Picchu is much more popular among visitors, and despite the fact that only 400 visitors …
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