Americas

A JOURNEYS visit to Central or South America features vivid experiences of nature, scenery, archaeology, traditional culture, and all the sensual flavors of the tropics. Many trips include explorations of the hemisphere's finest rain forests, pre-Colombian ruins, and wilderness areas.

Travel from the Andes Mountains of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile to the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy wildlife and trekking trips to Patagonia. Hike the volcanoes in Guatemala or Ecuador or the glaciers of Chile and Argentina. Explore the Amazon and its tributaries by foot, riverboat, and canoe in Brazil, Guyana, Peru, and Ecuador. We will handle all the details of your travel: we make air and land reservations, ensure you have capable English-speaking guides, and choose accommodations where you will sleep comfortably and enjoy tasty, healthy meals.

Customized and private treks and rainforest trips as well as regular group departures of all kinds are our specialty.

Tours to Americas

Ecuador: Aboard Eric-Flamingo-Letty, Northern Circuit
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Friday, biweekly departures (cruise departs on Sunday). Call for dates and special family departures.

Immerse yourself in one of the most amazing, diverse, and remote places on earth where the land animals ignore human visitors as they go about their lives, the scenery is stunning and diverse, and the marine life is among the planet's best.

Ecuador: Aboard Eric-Flamingo-Letty, Southern Circuit
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Friday, biweekly departures (cruise departs on Sunday). Call for dates and special family departures.

  The fleet of three identical first-class motor-yachts, M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, and Letty, was custom-designed for Galapagos excursions, offering tremendous value for superior comfort. Two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend...

Aboard M/C Athala II, Northern Circuit
Cost: $4,950-$5,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

Explore the Galapagos from the comfortable base of a first class luxury catamaran as you immerse yourself in what may be the only great natural paradise remaining in the world in a near-pristine condition - remote, stunning, diverse - perhaps more than your wildest dreams

Ecuador: Aboard M/C Athala II, Southern Circuit
Cost: $4,950-$5,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

Newly-refurbished in 2011, the luxury catamaran Athala was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos Islands in style. This elegantly-designed ship provides comfort, superior speed, excellent stability, and it...

Ecuador: Aboard M/V Eclipse, Northern Circuit
Cost: $5,400-$6,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The Eclipse offers very high quality accommodation and guiding services aboard a ship big enough to afford comfort, but fast enough to offer a full circuit of the best landing points in the Galapagos

Ecuador: Aboard M/V Eclipse, Southern Circuit
Cost: $5,400-$6,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The Eclipse is a perfect base for any Galapagos cruise: a generously proportioned ship with a small yacht atmosphere. Ever since her arrival in 1999, the Eclipse has been considered...

Ecuador: Aboard M/V Evolution, Northern Circuit
Cost: $5,080-$6,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The ghost of Darwin may walk this ship, admiring her classic lines and Victorian elegance. Sail the historic Galapagos islands aboard a completely modernized, comfortable mid-sized yacht.

Aboard M/V Evolution, Southern Circuit
Cost: $5,080-$6,400  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

The Evolution looks like a yacht from the 1920s, but brings a modern level of comfort and safety to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Accommodating up to 32...

Ecuador: Aboard the M/Y Grace, Northern Circuit
Cost: $5,880-$6,800  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

Enjoy your ship as much as your shore excursions on this classic, refurbished 1920s yacht that comes with a rich history, royal credentials, and elegant, comfortable appointments.

Aboard the M/Y Grace, Southern Circuit
Cost: $5,880-$6,800  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.

M/Y Grace has journeyed the waters of this world under many names. Camper & Nicholson in Southampton, England, built her during the Great Gatsby era in 1928.  After serving as...

Peru: Active in the Andes
Cost: $3,175  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Jul. 26-Aug. 6, 2014 or Privately on Request

Combine hiking, biking, rafting, cross-cultural engagement and archaeological discovery in one fantastic, seamless itinerary. Join Katina Nichols on this JOURNEYS Signature Trip culminating at Machu Picchu.

Peru: Amazon and Andes Odyssey
Cost: $3,595  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Visit the greatest sites of Peru in the Andes and Amazon, including Machu Picchu and the Tambopata Nature Reserve, where wildlife abounds and people do not.

Brazil: Amazon and Iguazu for Families
Cost: $2,395-$3,695  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

Two totally different worlds, two comfortable family-friendly bases for wildlife, learning and hands-on fun.

Peru: Amazon Wildlife Odyssey
Cost: $2,195  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

Visit a sparsely-inhabited area of protected Amazon rain forest with expert guides. Stay at a research center and look for parrots, jaguar, tapir, monkeys, and giant otters.

Mexico: Baja Blast
Cost: $2,995  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Mar. 28-Apr. 3, 2015 or Privately on Request

An activity-filled adventure. Surf the waters of Los Cerritos, ride horses on the beach, go kayaking in Balandra Bay, hike in desert canyons, swim with sea lions at Los Islotes. In March and April get close up with Gray whales.

Baja: Whales & Waves
Cost: $3,295  •  Duration: 9 days  •  Feb. 22-Mar. 2, 2015 or Privately on Request

Get ready for the spring break of a lifetime! This nine day exploration of Cabo is sure to delight kids and adults alike. The region's breathtaking desert landscapes and unique...

Belize Cayo and the Caye
Cost: $3,695  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

Marvel at Mayan mysteries and rain forest wonders of this quintessential tropical environment in the company of a great naturalist guide. Stay in cozy ecolodges.

Bountiful Brazil
Cost: $4,095  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Three of Brazil's most unique attractions invite your focus. Explore the wildlife wonderland of the Pantanal, the iconic beauty of Rio de Janeiro, and the power and enormity of Iguazu Falls.

Mexico: Christmas In Oaxaca
Cost: $2,995  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Dec. 20-27, 2014

Celebrate Christmas in a region of Mexico known for color, crafts, hospitality and conviviality. Enjoy direct interaction with local artisans and a great coast and beach experience.

Brazil: Complete Pantanal
Cost: $4,495  •  Duration: 10 days  •  May. 30-Jun. 8, 2014 or Privately on Request

Explore the planet's most extensive wetland. This unusual itinerary offers North and South Pantanal, featuring more wildlife than anywhere else in this hemisphere -- hyacinth macaws, black caimans, yellow anacondas, capybaras, anteaters, perhaps the elusive jaguar & more.

Costa Rica Adventure with Teens
Cost: $2,250  •  Duration: 8 days  •   2 upcoming departures

An exciting adventure up active volcanoes, through exotic rainforest, down ziplines, in boats, and on water. Join Kerina Rowley and her 18-year-old son in 2015. Perfectly timed for the end of school, consider this as a special gift for your child or grandkid.

Costa Rica Natural Wonders for Families
Cost: $2,450-$3,350  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

Volcanoes, rain forest canopies, and tropical beaches await your expert-guided exploration. Discover why everyone loves Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Photo Workshop with Wayde Carroll
Cost: $2,495  •  Duration: 7 days  •  May. 3-9, 2014

Enjoy La Quinta Country Inn as a base, with the forests, rivers and farms of the Sarapiquí within reach of your lens. Zoom in on the wildlife or wide on the landscape in varying and beautiful light. For photographers of all levels.

Costa Rica Rainforest Adventure for Families
Cost: $1,275-$2,275  •  Duration: 7 days  •   3 upcoming departures

Unique, economical, easy, adventurous, educational and fun for ages 4-84. Come with your children and/or grandchildren, and enjoy all activities from one cozy, comfortable lodge set amidst tropical gardens.

Costa Rica Tropical Highlights
Cost: $2,725  •  Duration: 9 days  •  Flexible departures joining small groups

This trip includes amazing scenery, active days of hiking and other excursions, natural diversity and lots of wildlife, and cozy lodges with character, all sure to combine for a memorable adventure.

Costa Rica Tropical Treasures
Cost: $3,750  •  Duration: 9 days  •  Anytime with group with at least 2 people or anytime privately

Combine maximum natural diversity, Costa Rica's best scenery, a liberal dose of wildlife, cozy accommodations, and active hiking opportunities for a most memorable adventure.

Ecuador Highlands Explorer
Cost: $3,595  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore exquisite Ecuador from Quito to Cuenca, weaving through volcano areas, country villages, and cloud forests, while spending your nights in small ecolodges.

Guatemala: Engaging Antigua and Atitlan
Cost: $2,250  •  Duration: 7 days  •   Privately on Request

A flexible design for embracing Antigua and Atitlan. JOURNEYS provides the building blocks, including orientation, guides, and logistical support for your personally-tailored experience. Focus on markets and textiles, or history and archaeology, or hiking on forest and volcano trails.

Ecuador: Galapagos Adventure with Teens
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •   3 upcoming departures

These special departures in 2014 for families with teens offer a chance for a unique cultural exchange with local Galapagos high school students. Your wildlife cruise will be on board one...

Ecuador: Galapagos by Land and Sea
Cost: $5,280  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore the varied islands of the Galapagos on day cruises from your spectacularly-sited base camp on Santa Cruz. Then, on the mainland, settle into a beautiful jungle lodge on the Napo River to hike, raft, kayak, and visit with the indigenous community.

Grand and Gracious Nicaragua
Cost: $2,990  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the most distinctive and memorable features of Nicaragua from rich coffee country and iconic volcanoes to graceful Granada, Las Isletas and Lago Nicaragua.

Guatemala Kites and Crafts
Cost: $2,695  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2014

Participate in Guatemala's fantastic day-long observance of Day of the Dead. Families and whole communities release hundreds of enormous home-made kites to connect to departed loved ones. Also enjoy the scenery and people of Antigua and the highlands, including Lake Atitlan.

Haciendas of Andean Ecuador
Cost: $3,325  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

A perfect complement to a Galapagos cruise, the haciendas of highland Ecuador offer a perfect blend of hospitality, tradition, culture, and activity. Unique to Ecuador, the haciendas are part ranch, part country inn and part family home.

Brazil: Heart of Amazonia—Cruising the Rio Negro
Cost: $3,650-$3,995  •  Duration: 9 days  •   16 upcoming departures

A spectacular cruise on the 9-cabin Tucano through rich Amazonian wildreness, twice monthly year-round. Join JOURNEYS' Lene Minder in June 2013.

Hidden Argentina: Northern Provinces
Cost: $4,775  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

The land has an austere and dramatic beauty, and the region is sparsely populated. Enjoy the warmth of the people and the traditions of fine cuisine and careful artisanship.

Highlights of Patagonia
Cost: $3,250  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

The glaciers and peaks of Patagonia will take your breath away. Witness the grandeur of Perito Moreno Glacier, navigate the waterways of Tierra del Fuego, and marvel at unimaginable natural beauty. As long as you're in Argentina, also hit the highlights of Buenos Aires.

Peru: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Cost: $3,095  •  Duration: 9 days  •   16 upcoming departures •  Joining small groups

Choose this as the best supported, guided, paced, and accommodated trip available for hiking the full traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Peru: Incas and Amazon for Families with Teens
Cost: $3,895  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Jul. 3-14, 2014 or Privately on Request

Reveal the wonders and delights of the Amazon, Andes, and all of Peru to your whole family with our expert, family-friendly naturalist guides.

Guatemala: Inside Semana Santa
Cost: $2,950  •  Duration: 9 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  Includes Palm Sunday

Enjoy the effusive pageantry of Holy Week when the streets of Antigua are carpeted with intricate designs of flowers. Visit Mayan markets and villages, learn about the culture and textiles. Choose the week that includes Palm Sunday or Good Friday. Book early!

Belize: Jungle Discovery Week for Families
Cost: $1,825-$2,360  •  Duration: 7 days  •   2 upcoming departures

Caves, crocodiles, ghosts! Geology, biology, anthropology! Hiking, swimming, paddling! A week in the rainforest of Belize will delight and fascinate everyone in your family. Put on your head lamp and get ready to explore. Plus, pack a snorkel and extend your trip on the coast.

Guatemala: Maya Magic
Cost: $3,095  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Anytime
Start on Sun or Wed

This Guatemala exploration offers a special perspective on Mayan culture, both past and present, and adapts to your specific interests for hiking, nature, crafts, archeology, and contemporary communities.

Belize: Mayan Secrets
Cost: $3,150  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Become an ancient Mayan in spirit as you join your expert guide in exploring the ruined cities, living forests, and reconstructed archaeology of a vanished civilization.

Mindfully Engaging Costa Rica
Cost: $2,495  •  Duration: 7 days

This unique Costa Rica exploration is accompanied by mindfulness teacher Lynn Sipher and JOURNEYS Director Joan Weber.. Based in a lovely lodge in the Sarapiqui, we practice various mindfulness techniques to more fully engage our experiences. Myriad opportunities for activity and stillness.

Mindfully Engaging Guatemala
Cost: $2,450  •  Duration: 7 days  •   2 upcoming departures

We set a deliberate intention to practice the art of mindfulness in two beautiful, welcoming settings in Guatemala -- charming Antigua, and the stunning lakeside at Atitlan.

Peru: Mountain Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu
Cost: $4,425  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Multiple departures -- please call

This deluxe lodge-based trek rounds out our active Machu Picchu menu. Compared to the well-known Inca Trail, the hiking offers similar challenges and the scenery is equally breathtaking, but there are fewer trekkers enroute and the comforts in the evenings are luxurious.

Nicaragua Volcano Vistas
Cost: $3,095  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Enjoy an ecologically-sensitive exploration of the nature, scenery, and rural communities of Nicaragua. This is is a nature lover's fantasy tropical ecosystem escapade and a coffee connoisseur's dream java journey.

Oases of Chile: Atacama & Patagonia
Cost: $6,730  •  Duration: 12 days  •   Privately on Request

Zipline through wine country. Climb sandstone hills and granite spires. Witness geothermal geysers. Circumnavigate blue lagoons. Encounter vast glaciers. Experience the vast range of Chile's landscapes with an adventure including the Atacama Desert of the north and the Patagonian Andes in the south.

Panama Discovery - Highlands to the Sea
Cost: $2,725  •  Duration: 8 days  •   4 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Sample and savor Panama's natural and engineering wonders from seashore to rain forest and volcanic mountains.

Panama Golden Isthmus Odyssey
Cost: $3,295  •  Duration: 10 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Where North and South America meet, diversity is squeezed and concentrated in a geographic sandwich of rain forest, waterways, reefs, islands, volcanoes, and native communities.

Brazil: Pantanal, Rio and Rainforest
Cost: $4,350  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

A fantastic overview of Brazil's wild diversity and cultural heritage, focusing on the wildlife of the Pantanal, the highlights of Rio de Janeiro, and the spectacular island of Ihla Grande.

Chile: Patagonia Discovery Safari
Cost: $5,235  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Daily departures, September to April

Choose your excursions around the Lake District and among the granite spires of Torres del Paine. Options include horseback riding, hiking, biking, boating, and more. Find yourself along towering glaciers, beside turquoise lagoons, and amidst breathtaking panoramas of the Andes.

Argentina: Patagonia Nature Safari
Cost: $5,425  •  Duration: 14 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore the scenic and wildlife wonders of Patagonia with active hiking, sailing, birding, and glacier walking in this land of high peaks, high winds, and high adventure.

Patagonia: Peaks, Plateaus & Glaciers
Cost: $5,290  •  Duration: 10 days  •  Dec. 27-Jan. 5, 2015

Ring in 2014 at the far end of the Andes. Few places on earth can compete with the grandeur and breathtaking beauty of this wild, pristine place. Extend for a grand time in Bueno Aires.

Pure Panama Adventure for Families
Cost: $1,390-$2,785  •  Duration: 9 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Panama comes alive on this active and engaging family tour as you traverse the country's waterways, hike into lush cloud forests, snorkel over coral reefs, and visit indigenous villages. Always accompanied by a kid-friendly naturalist guide.

Peru: Sacred Valley Week
Cost: $2,850  •  Duration: 7 days  •   Privately on Request

Focus on the heart of the ancient Inca Empire while based in comfortable ecolodges. Visit little-known sites and hike ancient off-the-beaten-path trails. An astounding week!

Mexico: The Monarchs of Michoacan
Cost: $2,895  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Privately on Request - Nov-March

Journey to Mexico's state of Michoacan, (MEECH-wa-cahn), where you will witness the wintering home of the monarch butterflies in the oyamel forests of the region. The trip begins in colonial...

Three Gems of Nicaragua
Cost: $3,250  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Three alluring lodges distinguish this unique Nicaragua experience. Delight in your stays at Jicaro Lodge on one of the isletas near Granada, Totoco Lodge on Ometepe Island, and Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast near San Juan del Sur.

Chile: Torres del Paine Trek
Cost: $4,250  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Friday weekly departures, October to April.

This famous hike of Southern Chile circles the the most scenic mountains in the southern Andes. Delight in spectacular trekking by day and comfortable ecocamps and rustic refugios at night.

Vivid Argentina
Cost: $5,130  •  Duration: 16 days  •  Jan. 4-19, 2015 •  with Lené Minder

Explore vibrant Buenos Aires. Drink in the beauty of wine country. Marvel at the glacial icescapes of Patagonia. Wonder at the sheer volume of Iguazu Falls. Gain a deeper understanding of a remarkable, diverse destination. Join Lené Minder for the January 2015 departure.

Writing Our Way Into Costa Rica
Cost: $2,295  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2015

Immersing ourselves in one of the richest environments of Central America, with writer/teacher Hannah Ensor, we use writing to expand our engagement and build our own senses of what it is to see, hear, feel, notice and even remember.

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