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Forge Your Path in
South and Central America

Peru • Chile • Argentina • Costa Rica • Galapagos Islands

 

Imagine how it was, learn how it is.

Ollantaytambo is the only Incan settlement that’s been continually inhabited since it was built. Retrace history in the ruins. Then, get to know modern Andean people.

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Why Go Guided in South & Central America with Collette?

Designed by Travellers

Our tour designers are curious like you, and carefully choose every element of our tours. Ready to zipline across the rainforest? Cruise along remote fjords? Us, too.

Relax. We’ve Got This.

There’s a lot to navigate in South & Central America. We know the way – from the literal road ahead to the language and the culture. And our experts have you covered.

Satisfying Your Curiosity

We hear you: You want the must-sees and more. Don’t worry. We’ll take you to Machu Picchu. But you’re going to meet the locals, too.

Your Personal Inside Scoop

Your Tour Manager is a true local expert. They live and breathe the culture and destination. And they’re highly rated professionals we’ve handpicked to show you the way.

Support Around the World

You’ve got your local expert, plus a behind-the-scenes group of travel professionals on standby back home. Our experienced response team is there to support you no matter what, 24/7, all year long.

Diving Deeper

Most of our tours to this region are uniquely designed for small groups. Get closer to the action and access local people, restaurants, and unique accommodation that the big groups can’t reach.

Travellers said it best...

Mary Cherie J.

Costa Rica: World of Nature Traveller

“For me, [the best part] was seeing the different regions of Costa Rica. I know that if travelling on our own this wouldn’t have happened. I really enjoyed Tortuguero National Park. [We] experienced the rainforest and I felt like we were at a grown-up camp with amazing food. I thought getting there by boat was an awesome adventure!”

Kerry J.

Patagonia: Edge of the World Traveller

“There were so many parts that I loved! The National Park visits were outstanding — we saw so many spectacular sights. The cruise portion was incredible, allowing us to experience things that most people never have the chance to see and do. The group size was great — small enough for us to get to know and enjoy each other. We ended up feeling like family!”

“The [local guides] knew so much about the culture and were able to answer our questions and offer even more information and insights about the history of the community and region. Their passion made us feel excited and blessed to be experiencing their region.”

Amanda J.

Peru: Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Traveller

See for Yourself…

Frequently Asked Questions

Patagonia

The weather is everchanging. Layers are key! Waterproof shoes and pants are a must, and don’t forget basics like gloves, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

It’s unpredictable, and that’s part of what makes this destination perfect for the adventurous traveler! You can end up getting all four seasons in a single day. The biggest factor? The wind.

Most days, there will be two excursions – one in the morning, one in the afternoon. You’ll wake up, have breakfast, and then get all your gear on, including a life vest, and head to the disembarkation area for your adventures that day. It’s worth noting that you’ll need to use stairs between levels of the ship to board and disembark, as there are no elevators.

The boat ride between ship and land aboard a Zodiac is typically a 10-minute ride or so. Back on board, your daily evening briefings will get you ready for the next day’s experiences, and then it’s time to relax and enjoy educational talks and incredible dining each night.

The best part? All your off-ship excursions are with a naturalist guide because you’re exploring in the remotest part of the world.

Peru

There will be a lot of walking, so broken-in, comfortable, preferably waterproof shoes are key.

Peru’s warmest months are December through April, when the average daily temperature ranges between about 70ºF and 80ºF (21ºC and 27ºC) on the coast and about 54ºF and 75ºF (12ºC and 24ºC) in the more mountainous regions. But even in the cool season, the average daily high temp is about 69ºF (29ºC). So bring summer clothes—don’t forget a hat, swimsuit, rain jacket, and sunglasses, in addition to loose-fitting shorts, pants, and t-shirts.

The currency in Peru is the nuevo sol (S/), divided into 100 céntimos. Coins are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 céntimos and bank notes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 soles.

Local currency is required for shops, taxis, and hotels. USD may not be accepted. It is recommended to have a supply of small denominations for convenience. Your personal bank card may work at the local ATM and would dispense local currency. Check with your bank before you leave.

This is a private yacht designed for 14 travellers.

Staterooms are small, containing one or two beds with limited free space. Stateroom 1 has a queen-sized bed. Stateroom 2 has two twin-sized beds. Staterooms 3 and 4 each have a full-sized bed and a twin. All rooms have a private bathroom and shower.

We can’t guarantee which stateroom you’ll be booked in. If you are Travelling solo, you may upgrade to the Upper Deck Category, located on the Sky Deck. This upgrade is only available for a single traveller. This stateroom has one full-sized bed.

Costa Rica

Despite having a dry and rainy season, there are parts of Costa Rica that are always subject to rain. Monteverde gets about 120 inches / 305 centimeters of rain each year.

Our tours cover the country and include beaches, rainforests, and cities. Comfortable waterproof shoes, a light rain jacket, long pants, and shorts will all come in handy. Dressing in layers is always wise. Don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray, and hats!

The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon, however US dollars are accepted everywhere we visit on our tour for purchases and tipping. Credit cards are also widely accepted. You can use your bank card at an ATM to get cash out in the local currency. When you shop with US dollars, change will be given in Costa Rican colones in bills and coins according to the exchange rate.

On Costa Rica World of Nature:
The ziplining experience on Costa Rica World of Nature lasts approximately 2 and a half hours, with the entire length of the zipline course reaching 2.7 miles. Travellers take a tram up to the top of the Arenal reserve where this experience takes place, then travel down ziplines back to the bottom. In total, there are 7 zip line cables with distances varying from 100 to 2,460 feet in length, with a max height of 660 feet, which is above the tree line, allowing for stunning views of Arenal volcano and the surrounding area.

On Tropical Costa Rica:
During the Canopy Adventure ziplining experience on Tropical Costa Rica, travellers will zip through the park on 13 cables of various lengths. There are 15 platforms over a distance of approximately 2.5 miles. The highest line is 590 feet above the ground, and the longest single cable is .62 miles long. There is a considerable amount of climbing and hiking between several platforms along the route, both at the start and between some platforms. The climbs are a mixture of paved steps and forest floor, all at an incline up, and the entire activity takes place at an outdoor park approximately 4000+ feet in altitude above sea level.

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