Budget South America tours

Nine new budget range overland tours to South America are now on offer with On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays.

For those who don’t know, overland tours mean travelling aboard large purpose-built trucks with all the equipment necessary for camping and cooking onboard.

“Overlanding is all about the journey and not just the destination” says On The Go Tours Global Head of Industry Sales, Dennis Basham.

“Australians have significantly matured as travellers who seek new and authentic travel experiences, and overland tours can offer just that,” continues Basham.

Travellers can learn to cook in a Quechuan Village, white-water raft in the Sacred Valley or embark on an epic trek through the Andes. By getting off the beaten track and seeing the hidden gems as well as the highlights, this style of travel is perfect for the adventurous at heart.

“Group participation is one of the biggest aspects of overlanding. On our South America trips, you’re more than just an individual passenger and part of the wider team. You’ll help set up camp, shop for food and cook together.

“Our travellers find that the more they put into a trip, the more they get out of it,” says Basham.

Destinations on offer include Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. These tours join an ever-expanding Budget portfolio, which already includes Africa, Southeast Asia, Egypt, Croatia, Jordan, China and Japan.

See some of On The Go Tours’ new South America overland tours below:

Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca – 12 days from AUD $1145
This 12-day tour through Bolivia and Peru allows travellers to discover the rich history and culture of the Incas and the incredible scenery of the Andes. Starting in Cusco, travellers will trek to the remarkable Lost City of Machu Picchu and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas before heading south to La Paz, discovering Lake Titicaca on the way – South America’s largest lake and the world’s highest navigable body of water.

Brazil and Argentina Adventure – 19 days from AUD $1885
Traversing through two of South America’s most iconic cities, this 19-day overland adventure journeys north from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. Starting in the birthplace of Tango, Buenos Aires will captivate travellers with its faded European charm and colourful Latin energy, heading north adventurers will unravel at the mighty Iguazu Falls before visiting the crystal clear rivers of Bonito, the eco-tourism capital of Brazil. Continuing north, travellers will discover the largest wetlands in the world, Pantanal, before ending in Rio de Janeiro, a city surrounded by lush mountains and golden beaches.

Colombia to Ecuador Explorer – 19 day from AUD $1810
Travelling south along the Caribbean Coast this 19-day tour from Colombia to Ecuador will allow wanderers to discover the diverse landscapes and cities of northern South America. Starting in historic Cartagena, known as the Queen of the Caribbean coast, travellers will unlock the wonders of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Journeying south, travellers will discover the stunning beaches of Tayrona, stay at a coffee plantation in Colombia’s coffee region and uncover the rich cultural heritage of Otavalo in the Andean highlands before reaching Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

Patagonia Adventurer – 23 days from AUD $2905
Perfect of adventurers and nature lovers this 23-day tour through Chile and Argentina allows travellers to experience the wonders of off the beaten track travel. Beginning in Chile’s capital, Santiago, adventurers will head south visiting the spectacular Chilean Lake District, discover the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park and take in the beautiful scenery of Bariloche, Argentina’s famous Alpine town before visiting the ‘end of the world’ Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world boasting the spectacular Martial snow-capped mountain range.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.