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15 Bucket List Activities to do in South America

We've been running trips in South America for over a decade now and this has given us plenty of time to come up with the ultimate South America bucket list – made up of adventures in the places we know and love the most; Peru, Patagonia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Our South America adventure tours are packed with a raft of physical activities, showcasing a culture that is rich in history and amazing food, with exceptional service interwoven amongst some of the most incredible views on the planet. Seeing the world from your tour bus window is not the way we roll, which is why we've selected 15 of our favourite activities to do in South America. Activities that will allow you to embrace, experience and enjoy all that this amazing continent has to offer You may have previously created your own bucket list, however we're confident to say that you'll be needing a second list after seeing these 15 Bucket List Activities to do in South America!


1. Soak up the sun on Amantani Island, Peru

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Relaxing on the reed islands of Lake Titicaca, on board the 'Chinchilla' trip


2. Admire the views of Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia - on board the 'Condor' trip


3. Get stuck in traffic in the Galapagos Islands

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Giant tortoise on a hiking trail in the Galapagos Islands, spotted on the 'Tortuga' trip


4. Meet the Peruvian locals

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We'll always find time to engage with the locals on of our adventures


5. Explore the Molodon Caves, in Puerto Natales, Patagonia

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See the Molodon Caves in Puerto Natales on board the 'Condor' trip


6. Scale a waterfall in Ecuador

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Scale a waterfall in Ecuador on board our 'Tapir' trip


7. Explore an ancient Inca tunnel

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Hike the Inca Trail on our 'Jaguar' trip in Peru


8. Cycle through Andean Villages and La Raya Pass, Peru

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Cycle La Raya Pass on our Peru adventure tours


9. Hike to the Grey Glacier in Patagonia

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Hiking on Grey Glacier on the 'Condor' trip in Patagonia


10. Boat ride into the Amazon Jungle

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Boat ride into the Amazon Jungle on our Peru adventure tours


11. Sea Kayak around Isabela Bay, Galapagos Islands

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Sea kayak the Galapagos Islands on our 'Tortuga' and 'Iguana' trips


12. Explore Machu Picchu, Peru

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Explore Machu Picchu, Peru, on all of our Peru adventure tours


13. Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island

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Standing on Sierra Negra Volcana, Isabela Island on board our 'Tortuga' trip in the Galapagos Islands


14. Hike the multi-day 'W' trek in the Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

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Hike the 'W' trek on our 'Condor' trip in Patagonia


15. Meet the furry locals on the Lares Trail

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Meet the local wildlife on Peru's Lares Trail on board our 'Jaguar' trip


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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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