Dance the night away to the Latin rhythms of the samba in Rio de Janeiro, or opt for a tango in the backstreet dancehalls of Buenos Aires. Sample fine gaucho steaks, excellent wines and perfectly blended Caipirinhas. Take in the view from the top of Rio’s Sugar Loaf Mountain, or the breathtaking power of the Perito Moreno glacier. Or why not explore conservation projects on the Amazon River and the unspoilt beauty of Iguazu. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll find South America has all the ingredients for the ultimate luxury holiday.
Things to do
Startling nature and breathtaking landscapes
From the Andes to the Amazon, South America’s landscapes are some of the most ecologically diverse and geologically impressive in the world. Take a once-in-a-lifetime boat trip down the mighty Amazon River with a naturalist guide and travel deep into the heart of the Amazonas area, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot endangered species, and can even visit important conservation projects along the way. A visit to Iguazu is also a must and is easily accessible from both Brazil and Argentina - the cascading waterfalls offer another awesome perspective on the sheer power of the natural world.
Swim, Surf and Sunbathe
Luxury holidays are all about spending a little time topping up your tan, and South America offers ample opportunities for you to do this. In the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun, and they also offer fabulous opportunities for people watching and partying unlike anywhere else on earth. If you’re seeking something altogether more isolated, head to the Bahia coast for idyllic stretches of palm-fringed sand where you’re unlikely to encounter another living soul. The Atlantic coast offers thrilling surfing perfect for an adrenaline-fuelled stay, and Argentina also has its fair share of fashionable seaside resorts, with plenty of A-list playgrounds for you to choose from.
Where to Stay
With dynamic, cosmopolitan cities and arresting natural attractions, holidays in South America offer a wonderfully diverse range of options. Why not begin with a visit to Buenos Aires, an elegant city with a chic, European atmosphere. Patagonia’s awe-inspiring frozen landscapes are the perfect place for nature lovers, and a trip to the Poreto Moreno glacier will almost certainly leave you speechless at this magnificent 18-mile long river of ice. Or perhaps travel north to Iguazu for the breathtaking waterfalls right on the Brazilian border. In neighbouring Brazil, beachside cities and the outdoor lifestyle make for a more relaxed vibe, although Brazil has its fair share of natural wonders too. The stretches of beach on the Atlantic coast offer fun, relaxation and partying any time of the day or night. South America is also notorious for the locals’ ability to enjoy a party – so if dancing the night away is your thing, make sure you visit Rio de Janeiro or Salvador for a party to rival all others.
Best time to go
As the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, South America holidays are great options for getting some winter sun. December to March is the hottest period, and this is a great time to visit Patagonia and the bustling cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. September to December is the perfect time to visit Iguazu Falls and if you plan your trip to Brazil during February, you’ll co-incide with Carnival’s bright lights and thumping rhythms. Travelling to the Amazon is best avoided during the rainy season between November and May, although outside of this period you’ll find great weather conditions and lush plant and wildlife.