Fitz Roy mountain near El Chalten, in the Southern Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile

South America

A holiday to South America offers a diverse patchwork of landscapes, encompassing some of the world’s most staggering natural attractions; Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Cotahuasi Canyon in Peru and Chile’s Atacama Desert are just the tip of the iceberg.

From ancient civilisations to European colonialism, South America delivers many gateways into its well-preserved history. From the renowned Machu Picchu in Peru to the baroque architecture of Potosi in Bolivia, one cannot fail to be impressed. Trek through the tangled vines of the Amazon Rainforest, take a jeep safari through Brazil’s tropical wetlands of the Pantanal, and embark on a cruise around Ecuador’s enchanting Galapagos Islands for some of the most enriching wildlife experiences. Steppes Travel has the inside knowledge and passion to create a truly thrilling tailor-made holiday to South America. We have chosen a number of charities to support around the world and by travelling with us, you will be helping to make a difference.


A frenetic melting pot of vibrant culture and dramatic terrains. Exploring with us can mean anything from galloping on horseback over sweeping…

Fitz Roy mountain near El Chalten, in the Southern Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile


The place for travellers to immerse themselves completely into a culture. While the facilities on offer are typically simple compared to its…

Flamingos, Siloli Desert, Bolivia


Brazil’s incredible landscapes, rich history and extraordinary wildlife are as diverse as the country is vast.

Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil


From the moment you step off the plane, Chile has a warm European feel which is instantly reassuring and a great start…

Torres del Paine over Pehoe Lake in Chile


Just like its famed coffee, this country will bring your senses to life. Whether it's the blossoming culture, pioneering travel experiences or…

Colourful colonial houses of Guatape, Columbia


Three is the magic number for travellers looking to explore Ecuador. It serves up a stunning trio of alluring mountain landscapes, serene…

Local, Cotopaxi, Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador

French Guiana

French Guiana is an overseas department of France and therefore belongs to the European Union. Consequently, the Euro is its currency and…

Devil's Island, French Guiana

Galapagos Islands

Welcome to Darwin’s playground, where a delicate collection of fearless wildlife and idyllic landscapes awaits.

Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos, Ecuador


South American vibes with splashes of French and Dutch influences. Beating Guyana is a tall order when it comes to sights -…

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana, South America


Discover the home of the Inca Empire, a land steeped in ancient culture but also teeming with wildlife. Journey with our experts…

Machu Picchu, Peru


Suriname packs an enormous punch for such a small country. Criss-crossed with rivers and swathed in Amazonia's oldest roots.

Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest


Mesmerising as an individual destination or in combination with Argentina. Most importantly, authentic travel experiences are rife here - saddle up with…

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Cavas Wine Lodge £££££

  • Argentina

Cradled in the foothills of the majestic Andes within a private 55-acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is an elegant boutique property that benefits from the tranquillity of this idyllic wine-growing region. With an interior that delicately balances lavish chandeliers and plush fabrics with cosy fireplaces and carved wood furnishings, the lodge features a frescoed restaurant that serves seasonal locally-inspired dishes made from organically grown and ecologically sound ingredients.

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Montemar £££££

  • Galapagos Islands

Consisting of just three superbly constructed eco villas that are the first of their kind in the Galapagos, Montemar is the sustainable passion project of two native Galapaguenos and environmentalists. Composed of natural local materials like bamboo, cedar and lava rocks, the villas blend seamlessly with the surrounding 43 acres of land, through which Galapagos tortoises and wild horses roam freely. The property has its own outdoor bamboo yoga and meditation studio, and the three villas range in size and are each uniquely decorated.

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Uakari Lodge £££££

  • Brazil
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The Uakari Lodge is a community-run floating lodge in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, the largest area of the flooded Amazonian forest. The main objective of the lodge is to help the local communities and preserve natural resources.

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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Chile: A Passage from the Land of Salt and Stars to the “End of the World”
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'Best Self-Published Feature of the Year Award’ at the LATA Media Awards 2019 “You will know if a puma is near.…
Southern right whale and calf
Whale-Watching in Brazil
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Brazil, the fifth-largest country in the world, is a place that needs multiple visits.  This journey meant I was lucky enough…
Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands
Sailing the Galapagos
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Our yacht moored off the island of Genovesa, the most northeastern island of the archipelago, while we took panga excursions to…
Scarlet Macaw, Manu National Park, Peru
Exploring Manu Biosphere
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“The girls must be picky,” was Andy’s typically understated and laconic description of a rufous-crested coquette - a tiny bird, not…
Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina
Malbec in Mendoza
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Mendoza is located on the border between Argentina and Chile, at the base of the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua…
Quetrus lagoon in Tagua Tagua Park, Chile
Exploring Secret Patagonia: Tagua Tagua Park
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Tagua Tagua Park lies just three hours’ drive south east of Puerto Varas, in the Chilean Lake District. It is a…
Historic Buildings, Quito, Ecuador
In the Saddle in Ecuador
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My desire to visit Ecuador started with reading a holiday report from our Galapagos expert, Lucy Ings, on a hacienda she…
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana, South America
Wild Guyana!
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WILD? THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY LIVID !!! "Let's carry on along the trail to see what else they throw at us". Kenneth,…
Leaf cutter ants, Tambopata National Reserve, Amazon Rainforest, Peru
Peruvian Amazon: 150 Shades of Green
Sue Grimwood
I am often asked if it is a bit monotone in the polar regions. I don’t think it is, there are…
Buenos Aires, Argentina
An Insider’s Guide to Eating & Drinking in Buenos Aires
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Bounded in the north by red lunar-like expanses, in the west by charming wine regions and in the south by iconic…
Arch, Taquile Island, Peru
Isla Taquile, Lake Titicaca
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Isla Taquile, in Lake Titicaca, is a UNESCO world heritage site for obvious reasons. You couldn’t allow anything to spoil this-…

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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