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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO SOUTH AMERICA

These are British based travel companies specialising in touring, beach or adventure holidays in Latin America
Andean Trails 0131 467 7086 Trekking, biking, rafting and other activities in the Andes, mostly, but also to Guyana and the Galapagos.
Abercrombie & Kent 0845 0700610 Tailor-made tours in Chile & Peru, also A&K use the Explorer for expeditionary-style cruises up the Amazon and down to Antarctica.
Adventure Company, The 0870 794 1009 Private tailor-made itineraries and group exploratory, overland and adventure trips around South America.
Amazing Peru n/a Peru based operator with an office in Manchester, and with a string of sub-brands: Amazing Chile, Amazing Ecuador, Amazing Argentina, Amazing Brazil and Amazing Bolivia.
Audley Travel 01993 838 000 Tailor-made tours throughout Latin America
Austral Tours 020 7233 5384 Classic tours and tailor-made itineraries to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, (& Galapagos) Costa Rica & Guatemala.
Bailey Robinson 01488 689700 Luxury tailor-made tours in Ecuador (& Galapagos), Chile,Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Argentina.
Bales Worldwide 0845 057 1819 A range of customiseable tour itineraries and wholly tailor-made tours in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador & Chile
British Airways Holidays 0844 493 0 787 Pound sign City (& beach) breaks to Rio de janeiro and Buenos Aires, and a small programme of classic tours around Braziland Argentina.
Bukima Travel 08707 572230 Small group multi-country adventure tours in expedition trucks across South & Central America.
Cachet Travel 020 8847 3848 Small operator well known for its programmes to Turkey & Portugal, but now Cachet has developed a programme to Brazil featuring Rio de Janiero and the coastal area around São Paulo.
Captain's Choice, The 020 8879 7705 Launched in 1993, The Captain's Choice specialise in small group, ultra-luxury, multi-country/destination tours and tailor-made tours, usually by private aircraft, train or ship. Guests are accompanied by a team of helpers including the tour manager and a doctor. A number of their tour programmes cover Central and South America.
Caravela Tours 0870 443 8181 Wholly-owned tour operator division of TAP Air Portugal offering holidays in Brazil (on the TAP network), mostly upmarket hotel/resort stays in Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, & Costa do Sauipe.
Carrick Travel 01926 511555 Escorted tours and tailor-made travel.
Cazenove & Loyd 020 7384 2332 Up-market tailor-made travel throughout the region.
Classic Journeys 01773 873497 Trekking, walking and adventure holidays in Ecuador and Peru.
Collette Worldwide 0800 804 8705 American tour operator now operating from the UK and offering multi-country escorted grand tours in South America.
Cox & Kings 020 7873 5000 A large programme of escorted tours and private tailor-made travel throughout South & Central America featuring most of the 'must do' archaeological, historical, cultural & environmental sites & experiences of the continent. Cox & Kings always remind us that they are the "world's longest established travel company".
CTS Horizons 020 7836 9911 Best known as a China specialist (CTS = 'China Travel Service'), CTS also have a worldwide programme of tours called 'Classic Journeys of Distinction' that features half a dozen classic tours including the Galapagos, Machu Picchu and the Amazon. They also have a selection of very elegant small hotels to stay at.
Dragoman 0870 499 4475 Carnival breaks in Rio, expeditionary tours, family holidays and classic tours, ranging from 5-nights to 25 weeks.
Exodus 020 8675 5550 starBiking holidays in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Walking, trekking (mostly in the Andes) and small group expeditionary tours in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile & Argentina, and in the Galapagos.
Experience Chile 07977 223 326 Chile specialists offering tailor-made and escorted tours throughout Chile.
Explorations Company, The 01367 850 566 Bespoke upmarket itineraries customised for each client.
Explore! 0845 291 4541 Pound sign Explore operate small group adventure holidays, treks and tours throughout Latin America. They also have a programme of 'In-Style' holidays with a more luxurious standard of accommodation and touring than normal, aimed at more discerning clients. Trips with In Style options include touring holidays in Costa Rica and Peru.
Exsus Travel 020 7292 5050 Up-market, tailor-made holidays to Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, (& Galapagos), Guatemala, Peru, & Uruguay.
Footprint Adventures 01522 804929 Long-duration (from 34 days to 105 days) overland treks and adventures with the emphasis on wildlife and habitats. Conservation and community-friendly, their mission statement is to leave places cleaner & better than they found them.
Gane & Marshall 020 8441 9592 Small group adventure tours in Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela & Ecuador.
Gap Adventures 0870 999 0144 Major Canadian small-group adventure travel specialist with an office in the UK. They started in 1990 with tours in Latin America, but have now expanded to cover the rest of the world as well, and own the arctic expedition ship, ms Explorer.
Geckos Adventures 0808 274 5981 Small group tours exploring on local transport and staying with local families or in travellers lodges. Geckos is an Australian company that trades in the UK with full ABTA & ATOL licences.
Geodyssey 020 7281 7788 starVenezuela specialists offering tailor-made holidays for independent travellers and small group tours, treks and & expeditions. Special interest activities such as bird-watching, sailing & diving (around Los Roques islands) also covered.
Global Travel Club 01268 541732 Belize specialists
Go Andes 01233 501 034 Specialist tour operator/agency to Peru offering fully organised tours and tailor-made holidays.
Intrepid Travel 0800 917 6456 star Pound sign Intrepid have a Latin America programme of over 30 small group trips covering Peru, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, (Galapagos), Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, (Patagonia) Guatemala, Belize, Chile, Venezuela, Columbia, Paraguay and Uruguay, making use of local accommodation, transport, & local guides. Intrepid offers a range of travel 'styles' Original, Basix, gourmet traveller, etc.
Jacada Travel 020 3131 7406 Bespoke travel agency creating only luxury tailormade itineraries in Africa, the Far East and Latin America. The have expert "travel designers" for each destination.
Journey Latin America 020 8747 3108 starJLA is one of the best known specialist operators to the region. They have all kinds of tour, escorted, cruise, adventure, etc, to every country in Central & South America.
Journeys of Distinction 0161 491 7616 JOD specialise in fully escorted coach tours worldwide. They use scheduled flights & upmarket hotels and pledge to 'take away the worry not the adventure'. they have an 18-day tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (4 departure dates) and sell direct, not through travel agents.
Kuoni 01306 747021 Pound sign A large series of single and multi-country tour itineraries featuring highlights in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Argentina.
Last Frontiers 01296 653000 Long time Latin America specialist
Latin Odyssey 020 7610 6020 Personalised itineraries throughout South America, creating private tours based on interests and budget. Sister brand to South American Odyssey which is a 'The Travel Collection' brand for travel promotions.
Muir's Tours n/a A non profit making organisation specialising in small group travel with activities such as trekking to Macchu Picchu and horse-riding in Chile.
Naturetrek 01962 733051 Wildlife and eco-tours guided by experts to Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Falklands, Peru, Venezuela and, naturally, the Galapagos.
New Worlds 020 8445 8444 Small latin America specialist operator offering tailor-made tours to Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica and Bolivia.
Noble Caledonia 020 7752 0000 Cruises & tours with expert guides covering Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, & Venezuela.
Nomandic Thoughts 020 7604 4408 Tailor-made itineraries to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Peru & Venezuela.
Page and Moy 0800 567 6638 18-day South America grand tour of Brazil, Argentina and Chile. P&M are part of the Kaleidoscope Travel Group who specialise in escorted groups.
Peregrine 01635 872 300 Small group adventures in Peru, Bolivia, Galapagos, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Preston Reid 01347 822282 Tailor-made travel to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador & Peru. Plus special-interest holidays, such as horse riding and trout fishing. (Formerly known as 'Travel South America')
Pura Aventura 01273 676 712 Rafting, fly-fishing, glacier climbing, horse-riding, sking & cycling in Chile.
Quest Travel 0870 442 3542 City stopovers, cruises around Central America & the Galapagos, customised tours to all the classic sites in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil & Ecuador.
Rainbow Tours 020 7666 1260 Tailormade (and 'small group') tours throughout Latin America.
Real Brazil Holidays 0113 262 5329 Brazil specialist offering tailormade holidays. Although they offer all the classics like Rio Carnival, Iguazu Falls and the Amazon rainforest, they also enjoy more quirky requests and off-the-beaten-track holidays in Brazil. Sister brand to The Real Peru below.
Real Peru, The 0113 262 5329 Tour operator specialising in tailormade holidays in Peru, including trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
RealWorld Travel 0870 736 4757 Comprehensive tour programme around most Latin American countries, plus tailor-made holidays.
Reef & Rainforest Tours 01803 866965 Groups and tailor-made wildlife/eco-tour itineraries Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador (& Galapagos), Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras.
Scott Dunn 020 8682 5030 Upmarket tailor-made itineraries throughout the region. 'Scott Dunn Latin America' was formed when SD merged with specialist operator Passage to South America in 1996.
Select Latin America 020 7407 1478 Formerly Galapagos Adventure Tours. They changed their name in 2004 to reflect a wider programme of small group adventure tours to Latin America although the focus remains on the Galapagos, Ecuadorian rainforest and Andes.
Steamond Travel 020 7730 1829 Specialise in customised packages to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, & Venezuela, based around bargain air-fares... and supported by one of the least useful websites on the Internet.
Steppes Travel 01285 885333 Escorted tours and tailor-made in virtually every country in South (& Central) America.
Sumak Travel 020 36424246 Launched in August 2012, Sumak Travel is a responsible tour operator and social enterprise offering community-based eco-tourism trips and adventures across South America including Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina. Half of all profits are invested in community-led projects across Latin America and the other half is reinvested back into the organisation.
Sunvil 020 8568 4499 Sunvil offers fly-drive tailor-made itineraries and escorted small group holidays in Argentina, Brazil, Chile (& Easter island) Peru, Ecuador (& the Galapagos) Guatemala (with a Belize extension) and Costa Rica. New for 2005 are cruises to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, a 7-night luxury coach trip through north-east Brazil and a 10-night escorted tour of Peru.
Tim Best Travel 020 7591 0300 Tailor-made tours for independent travellers and groups in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador (& Galapagos), Peru, and two South American countries often left out of operators' portfolios: Paraguay & Uruguay.
Toby Brocklehurst 0870 242 4036 Upmarket individual tailormade tours to Belize, Colombia (Cartegena), and Peru put together by the man himself.
Travel 4 0870 155 0066 Travel 4 have a dedicated 'Discover Latin America' programme of customisable tours covering Equador, Peru, Argentina, Chile & Brazil. Like their sister brand, Travel 2, T4 do not sell direct, only through travel agents.
Travelsphere 0844 318 8132 Pound sign A small range of fully-escorted tours to the classic sights of the region.
Tribes Travel 01473 890499 Tribes specialise in 'Fair Trade' travel to exotic destination worldwide. In the case of Latin America, that means tailor-made and small group tours to Peru & Ecuador. They were the Global Winner of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow award for responsible tourism in 2002.
Tucan Tours 0800 804 8435 Trekking, overland and adventure holidays specialist that has been operating in Latin America for many years.
Veloso Tours 020 8762 0616 Long-standing Latin America specialist operator offering tailor-made travel to groups, individual travellers, honeymooners, and business travellers. They also have a range of cultural, classic & environmental tour programmes.
Ventureco Worldwide 01926 411122 starVentureco operate long-duration (4 month) "Ventures" in Latin America. Each Venture includes a three-week intensive Spanish language course, a four-week local aid project and an eight-week trekking expedition.
Voyages Jules Verne 020 7616 1000 A range of escorted tours to many of the primary ecological, cultural and historical sights of Latin America.
Western & Oriental Travel 0870 277 3310 Tailor-made itineraries for luxury travel throughout South America.
Wildlife & Wilderness 01625 530035 Customised self-drive, adventure & wildlife tours in Ecuador, Costa Rica & Peru. Wildlife & Wilderness were formerly known as Oksana Travel
Wildlife Worldwide 020 8667 9158 Nature-watching in a number of Latin American countries plus, of course, the Galapagos.
World Expeditions 020 8870 2600 Adventure travel specialist offering trekking, climbing, cycling and adventure trips in a range of South American countries.
World Odyssey 01905 731373 Small operator specialising in tailor-made adventure tours and treks for individuals or small groups to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uraguay.

 

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