South America

A world of discovery awaits in South America with travel destinations so colourful and diverse you will be reeling to see more.

From the rugged landscapes of Patagonia to the cultural magnificence of the Incan Empire in Peru, South America is world unlike any other. Trek to Macchu Pichu, try your hand at piranha fishing on the Amazon or kayak amongst the icebergs of the Southern Ice field in Chile and Argentina.

South America is an awe-inspiring adventure on an epic scale.


Patagonia is one of the hottest destinations in South America. Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Chilean Patagonia, with spectacular natural landscapes of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Often considered the best hiking in the world, Torres del Paine offers wonderful trail systems, kayaking adventures and glacier trekking.  Glacier Grey is the largest glacier in the park – experience the intricacies of the moving wall of ice on foot, kayak amongst the icebergs or take a boat up to the face.



A colourful and diverse country in the heart of South America, home to a section of Amazon rainforest and magnificent Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city set high in the Andes Mountains. The surrounding area includes the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and the lively city of Cusco, and is rich in Incan sites as well as hiking, rafting and mountain-biking opportunities.

One of the most breathtaking parts of the continent, the Cordillera Blanca is the world’s highest tropical mountain range and encompasses some of South America’s highest mountains including the majestic Nevado Alpamayo (5947m), once termed ‘the most beautiful mountain in the world’ and Peru’s highest, Nevado Huascarán (at 6768m). Lima is the capital and gateway to this amazingly intricate culture.



An incredible culturally-rich country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape includes deep Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich, volcanic Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial architecture, decorated with 16th- and 17th-century palaces and churches including the ornate Compañía de Jesús cathedral. Trek into the Andes, experience the cobble streets and Afro-Equadorian towns and visit mountain villages, colourful markets and sun-drenched beaches. Discover the Equadorian landscape and its warm-hearted people, cultural treasures of this amazing country.

And for a vastly different wildlife experience, get up close and personal with massive lumbering tortoises, marine iguanas (the world’s only seagoing lizard), doe-eyed sea lions, blue-footed boobies and a host of other unusual species both on land and sea on the famed wildlife paradise of the Galápagos Islands. Set out on the rivers and forested trails of the Amazon rainforest in search of monkeys, sloths, toucans and river dolphins and journey into the heart of the South American wilderness.

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Best Months
December - April
Epic Suggests
9 days
South America
  • Epic Patagonia
Day 1
Santiago / Patagonia

With an early departure from Santiago you will have a 3.5 hour flight to Punta Arenas arriving in the mid afternoon. Upon arrival a private van will be waiting for you to transfer you Tierra Patagonia. The drive is approximately 5 hours. Along the way you will have the opportunity to stop at a Penguin Colony at Otway Sound. After 3 hours you will arrive at Puerto Natales. You will have time to stretch your legs, grab coffee and visit the town before finishing the 2 hour drive to Tierra Patagonia.

Day 2

Today will be a full day at Tierra Patagonia relaxing at the resort after a long day of travel. The resort offers a world class spa and onsite activities that can be enjoyed at your leisure.

Day 3
Torres Del Paine

The hike begins with four miles to Refugio Chileno crossing at the Rio Ascensio. Here you will unload your gear, have lunch, and prepare for your afternoon trek up to view the Torres. You will continue on up the western slope of the gorge gradually rising away from the river. Crossing several streams on log bridges and stepping stones the trail will lead up to the base of a large moraine field. After your viewing you will make your way back to Tierra Patagonia for a well-deserved hot dinner.

Day 4
Hike to Los Cuernos

Today you will head back into the Park and hike towards Lago Nordenskjold. Your hike will meander along the Lake with beautiful views of the Cuernos in the distance. The hike can be modified depending on ability level and can also be taken on horseback. You will have lunch on the trail before making your way back to Tierra Patagonia for a night in this modern architecturally unique property.

Day 5
Kayaking with the Glaciers

Today you will head back into the park and take the Lago Pehoe Catamaran across the cerulean Lago Pehoe. Upon arrival at Paine Grande Lodge you will embark on an 11 KM trek towards Glacier Grey.

Day 6
Ice hiking on Glacier Grey

After breakfast at Refugio Lago Grey, you will depart at 8:00 AM on a boat towards Glacier Grey. After a 30 minute ride and brief by your guide you will begin trekking on Glacier Grey. You will hike for approximately 3 hours on the Glacier experiencing how fluid this massive wall of actually is. After your trek you will be picked up by the Grey II and transfer across the Lake to meet up with your private transfer and head back through the park to the Singular Hotel.

Day 7
Horseback riding

Travel to estancia “Pingo Salvaje” located in Sofia Lake, 25 kilometers from Puerto Natales. You will start your day at Estancia Laguna Sofia, where you will begin your ride to La Olla, a famous formation located in Sierra Señoret. During the ride you will pass through beech forest, waterfall, rivers and rock formations. You rest at the highest point where you will have a panoramic view of Laguna Sofia. At lunch time, typical Patagonia barbecue “Asado al Palo” will be served. Return to Puerto Natales.

Day 8
Heli - flyfishing

You will be picked up out front of the hotel and board a BO 105 CB-S for a scenic 30 minutes flight to the Azul River. This river is located inside Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. You will enjoy 5-6 hours of world class fly-fishing in this magical place close to Balmaceda Glacier. Afterwards you will return to Puerto Natales with a scenic look at Torres del Paine National Park.

Day 9
Depart Chile

Today you will depart Puerto Natales and make your way back to Punta Arenas to catch your return flight. Epic suggests a midafternoon flight arriving into Santiago by 7:00 PM. Most international departures leave late in the evening providing enough time to transfer to the international terminal with plenty of time to clear customs.

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