South America has long been a firm favourite for South Africans not only because of the affordability aspect, but because of the variety it provides all travellers, regardless of travel style and preferences.
If culture, adventure and the outdoors is your vibe, South America should be at the top of your bucket list!
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
If the beach and good vibes is your thing, Brazil is the place to be. From the festivals and favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the steamy trails through the Amazon rainforest, Brazil is the big daddy of South America.
Keen to experience Rio Carnival first hand? Our 6-day Rio Carnival party package includes 6 nights’ accommodation, guides on hand, group escorts to the hottest street parties, Sambadrome Parade tickets, daily pre-carnival parties plus some drinks and a fancy dress party on your final night with complimentary caipirinhas and beers!
Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs, our 4-day Amazon Adventure is just for you. Explore the jungle by boat or on dry land trails, swim in the lodge’s cool stream, or strap on a harness and rope up to the lodge’s tree platforms for a bird’s eye view of the forest—including close-ups of arboreal orchids., As if that wasn’t enticing enough, you’ll spend time in our exclusive G Lodge Amazon (located on the famously diverse Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon) which is both comfortable and intimate.
Looking for the ultimate photo opportunity? Look no further than Salar de Uyuni (most commonly known as the Bolivian salt flats) – the world’s largest salt flat! It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert-like, 11,000 square kilometre landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. You’re unlikely to find any wildlife around the salt flats, but you’re bound to find many a pink flamingo. If we’ve got you itching to take epic pics of your own, our 11-day Bolivian Discovery will expose you to awe-inspiring geography, cities rich in colonial history and indigenous culture. From La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, travel to the crest of the Andes and the middle of nowhere for three days of incredible off-road exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Fancy a fiery tango and a football game? Best to plan a trip to Argentina. Be it the local championship, South American Champions League or just a friendly match – football in Buenos Aires is a big deal. Whatever the reason, any excuse is good enough to watch a match live. Every week Milhouse run a trip to the stadium to see Boca Juniors, River Plate or the National Team. While you’re in town, head on out with locals for a night of fine dining and signature Argentinian performance. Enjoy a delicious dinner with wine at the rustic ‘La Ventana’ in San Telmo. Accompanied by two live orchestras, enjoy a tango show including folklore groups, singers & dancers. We’ve got you covered for tours and outings across Argentina, just speak to us.
If the idea of deciding between Argentina and Brazil is giving you sleepless nights, why not cover them both?! We’ve got a really cool “Best of Both” tour where you can experience the magic of both destinations in this 11-day jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Included in your price is: arrival transfer, guided city tour of Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls Guided Tours of both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, 8 nights’ accommodation, 2 overnight buses, selected meals and all transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
What we’ve outlined here is not even the tip of the iceberg. There really is so much to see and do on the continent, it’s just a matter of deciding what most floats your boat.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, check out our South America destination hub: http://www.statravel.co.za/travel-latin-america.htm
And if you’re worried about how to get there, fret not – you’ve got options. One ideal option is LATAM, Latin America’s largest airline (with the region’s most complete network) who was named the ‘Best Airline in South America’ in the recent Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Farnborough International Airshow. From 3 October 2016, they will be flying passengers between Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, three times a week. The flights between Johannesburg and São Paulo will be operated on their technologically-advanced Boeing 767-900. The aircraft features 191 seats in Economy Class and 30 in Premium Business. Premium Business passengers and passengers on qualifying oneworld tiers will have access to over 650 VIP lounges around the world through the oneworld partnership, offering you the chance to relax with a shower, catch up on business, or sample excellent cuisine before exploring over 1000 destinations in more than 150 countries. Not bad, right?
Now, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us to book that trip!