Trips to destinations in South America don’t have to entail roughing it, even in countries that are not yet highly developed. If it’s a place that’s popular with tourists, there’s a way to experience it without sacrificing a thing.
Machu Picchu, Peru
As one of the most important destinations on the continent, this is definitely one which you can visit in style. Take Orient Express’ Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in at Sumaq or Inkaterra. You won’t lack for amenities or the highest standard of service.
Lodge to Lodge Salkantay Trek
Want luxury service but a bit of adventure on your way to Machu Picchu? Try the lodge to lodge Salkantay trek where you will have a Jacuzzi and massage waiting for you at the end of your day of hiking.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Most agree that the best way to see the incredible animals and landscapes of this archipelago is by boat. While there are some where the quarters are cramped, you can also choose from among some that are floating 5-star hotels and vary in size from smaller catamarans to larger vessels that can hold up to 100 passengers.
Patagonia, Chile and Argentina
Speaking of luxury cruises, this is a great way to see Patagonia as well as Antarctica. You’ll get better views of some of the marine life that make their home there as well as unforgettable vistas that can’t be gotten from land.
If you are a wine lover, you can’t pass up on a trip to Mendoza, the main wine growing region of Argentina. There are many vineyards and lodges that offer luxury accommodations in the area such as the Cavas Wine Lodge just outside the city or Club Tapiz which holds just 7 rooms in a 19th century home surrounded by grape vines.
Amazon Jungle, Peru
If you’ve been wanting to see the amazing nature within the Amazon rainforest but have been holding back because you don’t want to rough it, think again. The Reserva Amazonica by Inkaterra will ensure that you lack for nothing as you enjoy your jungle experience.
Iguassu Falls, Brazil/Argentina
One of the most unforgettable places you can visit In South America is Iguassu Falls. Equally unforgettable is the Hotel de las Cataratas, the only hotel located within the Brazilian side of the park and situated right alongside the falls. Cool off in the pool (an essential amenity for this location), relax in the spa, and enjoy a safari, moonlit walk or helicopter ride around the falls.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
If you get tired of the Caribbean, pay a visit to the gorgeous beaches here where you will find several luxury accommodations including the Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. With the surrounding jungle teeming with wildlife, the hotel pool and spa and the secluded beaches you will feel like you’ve found paradise.
Lake District, Chile
Snow-topped mountains, pristine lakes and lush valleys have led to this area being referred to as the Switzerland of the Americas. With such luxury accommodations as Cliffs Preserve, it’s the perfect destination for people who love adventure but want a bit of pampering after.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If you’re not so much for nature and adventure travel, or just want a break from it, head to Rio. Experience a pulsing Latin metropolis with some of the most beautiful hotels, spas, clubs and people to be found anywhere in the world.
Originally from the US, Maureen Santucci now calls the ancient Peruvian capital of Cusco home, where she has lived and worked for over 4 years. She wrote this article on behalf of Vaya Adventures, specialists in South America tours.