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South America

SOUTH AMERICA

Destination Inspiration

From the awe-inspiring wilderness of Patagonia to the tropics of the Amazon rainforest; the vivid patchwork of Rio's favelas to the cobbled alleys of Cusco, South America is home to some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and National Geographic wonders on the planet.

       

Tick off world-famous landmarks like Machu Picchu and Christ the Redeemer, learn to salsa and tango like the pros, and sample some of the finest wines and Pisco Sourz around!  South America is packed full of adventure. So what are you waiting for? Let's get this show on the road!

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

WHEN TO VISIT

The seasons here aren't as simple as winter and summer. The scale of the continent and diverse terrains means a range of climates are found. From tropical rains to arid winds, balmy nights to icy storms, this place sees it all. It is however a year round destination with the varying weather giving each place a different vibe at different times. So whatever you're after South America will deliver.
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Your Gateway to South America

With the launch of Air New Zealand's new route to Buenos Aires, travellers now have a perfect base from which to explore South America. From the Argentine capital there are plenty of overland routes and connecting flights to other cities. Head north to vibrant Uruguay and Brazil, south to rugged Patagonia, or east to the Andean nations of Chile, Bolivia and Peru - and this is just the beginning!
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TOP SOUTH AMERICAN CITIES

From trekking the Inca Trail, to dancing the night away in Brazil - that’s just the start of where the adventure begins. It’s all about experiencing these unique countries and what each city has to offer in the best way possible. Remember guys, #YOLO.

Buenos Aires

A city with true soul, Argentina's capital is the world-renowned seductress. Party all night knowing there's nowhere better on the planet to do it! Book your flights now..RIGHT NOW with Air New Zealand.
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Rio de Janeiro

Wrapped in white beaches, rocky peaks and the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer - Rio struts its iconic beauty like a carnival showgirl! Behind the trail feathers, there's an equally famous grit that brings everything that you could possibly want under one!
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Cusco

Set in the heart of the Andes and your gateway to mighty Machu Picchu, Cusco is a true gem, a traveller's dream of winding alleyways, epic landscapes and a vibrant local culture. Old colonial architecture mixes with Inca ruins creating a fascinating stage, a photographer's dream. Visit colourful market places, wander beautiful streets, try delicious Peruvian cuisine and down an Inca Cola or two!
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Santiago & Beyond

Many cities are described as having a stunning back drop, but if it’s true of anywhere, it’s Santiago! Chile's capital has a quirky personality, bohemian vibe, a bustling café culture and sits in the shadow of the majestic Andean mountains that form the spine of the country. Take in sweeping views, bathe in hot springs and taste your way around new-world boutique wineries - heaven!
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South American Journeys

South America is all about discovering new worlds. You’ll see the ruins of lost jungle cities, surreal desert landscapes, ice age frontiers and wildlife that looks like it landed straight off another planet. And that’s all before the local rum kicks in! Jumping on a tour takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mind to local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over the world. Phrase books at the ready, it’s going to be one heck of a ride!

Take On the Continent's Top Routes

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Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure
If you're looking for adventure with a capital 'A', you've come to the right place. Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, hit the mesmerising Salar de Uyuni and party on down in Buenos Aires. It's all here for the taking!
35 days from $4249
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In Search of Iguassu
Kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop on a flight to São Paulo on your way to the beautiful Brazilian coast. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our Copacabana hotel.
17 days from $2649
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See South America's Natural Wonders

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The Inca Trail
Combine the cultural highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world's best-known hiking trails. The four-day Inca Trail rewards with ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests, and leads you to breathtaking Machu Picchu which was hidden from the outisde world until its discovery in 1911.
7 days from $1149
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End of the Earth
Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience one of the world’s most pristine wilderness settings, this challenging 2-week adventure packages the region’s essential highlights into one incredible journey. Explore Torres del Paine, encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and hike Glacier National Park. Prepare to be awed!
15 days from $3999
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Do your thing in South America!

We have heaps of flexible and independent ways to travel around and spend time in South America. So strap on your rucksacks and head on an epic adventure!
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South America Tours
From the Amazon to the Andes, the Incas to Iguassu - these top tours will make sure you cover all of the many amazing natural wonders and cultural must-sees of South America. Vibrant cities with ancient cultures and stunning landscapes with rich heritage - everything that's not to be missed on your South American adventure!
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Sleep With Us in South America
We've handpicked the best places to stay because we've done it ourselves and know exactly what you're after! Cheap, funky, fun - a place where you can meet like minded travellers. Experience everything South America has to offer with heaps of free nights on offer. Sweet!
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Up to 20% off Hop-On-Hop-Off Buses
A hop-on hop-off bus pass is perfect for budget travelers or anyone who wants the freedom and independence to make your own decisions. Plus, you'll meet loads of new, like-minded mates to share experiences with along the way.
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Volunteer Brazil
Help children in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Rio by volunteering for this project run by the women of the Rocinha favela. You'll teach them to read and write, develop computer skills and create fun art and music lessons. You'll also have the chance to pick up some Portuguese and kick back with a caipirinha on legendary Copacanaba beach!
From $370
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South America Spanish Course
Learn a Language
Start your trip with some language lessons and soon you'll be able to chat in Español like a local! We've got courses throughout South America so you can choose to learn the lingo anywhere from cosmopolitan cities to blissful beachside locations. Handy for getting around without getting lost, haggling over those Peruvian hats (you know you want one) and ordering a cerveza or dos!
From $265
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