Explore South America on a VBT bike tour or walking vacation and you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth. Rustic beauty is everywhere. Rugged landscapes rise to Andean splendor, sprawling vineyards climb sun-kissed slopes, old fishing towns hug a pristine coast, and a rich Incan and colonial past echoes in astonishing ancient ruins and remarkably preserved architecture. It’s all part of a tapestry as colorful as a traditional Quechua weave, and as warm as the smiles that light up village markets and welcome VBT travelers to family haciendas.
On a VBT South America bike tour, the soaring snow-capped Andes are your constant companions, and the ideal backdrop for one thrilling ride after another. Cycle among the continent’s celebrated vineyards, stopping to sample a fine vintage. Admire stunning views from coastal biking routes as you pedal into an old fishing port. Coast into quiet country villages and follow the famed Ruta del Mar, the Route of the Sea, to picturesque beaches. All the while, pause to take in the finer details, from Chile’s scenic seaside boulders of La Rambla to a Humboldt penguin colony.
Your VBT walking trip, too, gets to the heart of what makes South America so special, and so sweeping. You will literally follow in the footsteps of the Incas, laying eyes upon the same magnificent vistas that so inspired them. Like the Inca trail that you’ll walk, the stonework you’ll witness is steeped in legend. From the glorious heights of Machu Picchu to ancient Incan strongholds of the Sacred Valley like Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman; trace your fingers along ingeniously cut and laid stones and marvel at the skill of ancient masons and empire builders.
Every step in VBT’s Peru has been designed to nourish and renew. Across South America, your VBT Trip Leaders help you make meaningful connections with local people. Whether collecting crab traps with Chilean fisherman or browsing vendor stalls laden with fruit and vegetables in a Peruvian market, you’ll savor a true taste of day to day life. You’ll also relish the time to slow down and visit, perhaps sipping one of Chile’s famous red wines, or sampling Andean chicha, or corn beer.
Deluxe hotels and inns help you end each exciting day in comfort and style, from an 18th-century manor house with a gurgling stone fountain to an oceanfront boutique hotel. And carefully prepared and locally inspired cuisine keeps you fueled for the next day of discovery.
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Follow the Route of the Sea along the Pacific coast of the “Thin Country” on this journey into the heart of Chilean culture, admiring sweeping vistas, glimpsing penguins and sea lions, and joining local fishermen at their work.
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Peru is magic. This iconic walking journey leaves you breathless with its natural wonders, Incan ruins, folk markets and warm-hearted people.
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