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Trafalgar will show you more of South America than you ever imagined possible. When you travel with an insider, you'll enjoy unique and authentic experiences you won't encounter any other way.
It's unbeatable value you can see, hear, taste and discover on every day of your holiday. In South America, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, Trafalgar unlocks the vast richness and beauty of these spectacular lands. You'll delve deep into mystical ancient cultures, explore vibrant cities and stand in awe of breathtaking landscapes featuring a remarkable 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an adventure like no other. While most guided holiday companies barely skim the surface of the worlds they visit, Trafalgar invites you on a journey to see the world from the inside.
Explore the places you've always dreamed of and enjoy unique local experiences only possible with Trafalgar.
Visit the amazing floating reed village of Peru's Uros Indians to see their unique way of life. Explore Panama's Gamboa rainforest with a Smithsonian Institute expert. Tour the stunning Iguassu Falls with a Local Guide. Be the invited guest for lunch at the private mansion of distinguished Peruvian, Dr. Diez Canseco.
Wherever Trafalgar takes you throughout South America, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico, it promises to be an unforgettable insider's journey beyond anything you could do on your own.
Every one of the 13 guided tours is filled with authentic local experiences and inclusions with value in mind, allowing you to get the most out of every day on your holiday.
Trafalgar has won multiple awards globally every year, including Best International Tour Operator five years in a row. Over two million people have travelled the world with Trafalgar, reporting an amazing 98% rate of satisfaction.
Dining together in the flickering light of torches and candles, don Alberto and doña Ana Quintana serve you Costa Rican recipes on their private hacienda's terrace as they share anecdotes of how their eco-adventure idea in Sarapiquí, intended to keep them busy in retirement, grew to become a community venture.
Sailing across Lake Titicaca, our Peruvian friend tells stories of the native Uros who live on its floating reed islands. Introducing you to these pre-Incan islanders, who welcome you ashore, he reveals how they made and maintain their settlement and follow traditions passed down by their ancestors.
Moving to samba beats with dancers from Rio's world-famous Carnival, the colour, spectacular costumes and rhythms fill the air at União da Ilha, the Brazilian samba school we join on Governor's Island. One of the school's team shows us around and shares insights into the school, their floats and the Carnival. S
Watching the magical transformation of Ecuador's famous sugar into traditional candy 'colaciones'. At their shop in Quito, the family's third generation continue to woo children and adults alike with their colourful confections.
Staying at Hacienda Uxmal, one of the peninsula's oldest haciendas, you discover its origins and the fascinating characters who've stayed in this Mexican retreat – from 1840s Yucatan explorer John L Stephenson, to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace of Monaco, Henry Kissinger and Jackie O.
Exploring enigmatic Machu Picchu is a highlight on all our Peruvian adventures. But Trafalgar also travels deeper, flying over the mysterious Nazca Lines, tasting authentic dishes and meeting locals like the Andean weavers of the Sacred Valley.
Landmarks like Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer meet landscapes like Copacabana Beach, the Amazon and Iguassu Falls in this intoxicating country. Trafalgar gets beyond the postcard favourites into Brazil’s spirit as it warms up for the 2016 Olympics, learning to mix caipirinha cocktails.
A less-explored gem, Patagonia unites Chile and Argentina for a completely unique travel experience. One minute you could be seeing fjords and mountains; another Iguassu Falls’ drama; and another true Argentine tango by Buenos Aires dancer Gaspar.
From the heights of Ecuador’s highlands, volcanoes and Andes to the low-lying Galapagos Islands, this is a place of exotic extremes. But the hospitality of the locals you meet, like the Panama hat milliners, rose-growing Jarrin family and ‘colaciones’ candy makers, unite this nation.
The tiny strip of Central America is surprisingly diverse – with the fast-growing metropolis of Panama City and remarkable Panama Canal set against Costa Rica’s untouched white beaches and cloud forests: you’ll experience its sustainability at the turtle sanctuary in Tortuguero National Park.
Colonial cities. Mayan ruins. Cashmere sands. The Copper Canyon. Mexico’s sights are mesmerising – especially when our Local Experts take us under the surface, like in Teotihuacan, where our ‘Aztec’ archaeologist friend reveals stories behind the Templo Mayor ruins he helped uncover.
Sometimes seeing one destination just isn’t enough. Trafalgar's multi-country Latin American trips are designed to take you on a seamless voyage across the continent – bringing together several countries in a single holiday. And Trafalgar also features extensions to places like Uruguay and Colombia.
Each itinerary is meticulously crafted to balance the different identities of the places you visit, so you can experience the diversity of Latin America.
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