Why Choose Us?
We specialise in South America
South America Overland concentrate entirely on one continent so all of our knowledge and passion is for South America. The advice we offer comes from actual experience of the places you go to, not just general travel advice. Our years of experience running successful overland tours in South America ensures you will learn and see more on your tour whilst our knowledgeable crew ensure the excitement and adventure never stops!
Personal attention and service
South America Overland are a small, personally run company and our staff are all experienced in the tours we run. Our answers to your enquiries come from first hand knowledge of our tours, and you will often be talking to the very people who you will see in South America running your tour.
Why are your tours so long?
After many years running standard overland tours around South America we began to see shortcomings in the tours other companies offer and decided to offer people an alternative. Although normal overland tours seem to be long at first glance and they are packed with many highlights, the down side is that travelling this way can be tiring and not give you the chance to fully explore every destination. Our tours are deliberately longer for three main reasons:
Firstly we can visit MORE places, on top of visiting all the standard highlights in every country we have found many lesser known, beautiful, interesting places to visit as well. Often in these places we will be the only foreigners there, giving us an experience of true South American life.
Secondly we get more time in places which allows everyone time to see and do all they want. Many people miss out on the chance just to sit in a plaza relaxing, or must choose to lose the chance to go sightseeing in exchange for going to the bank or post office. Not with us - our tours are built to allow time to do all these things with no hurry.
Thirdly long, fast-paced tours are a pretty tiring holiday, and sometimes the atmosphere of relaxed exploring changes to one of go, go, go! with little time to fully appreciate what you are doing and seeing. This is a shame and we avoid this with our tours.
Our tours are less about ticking off as much as possible as quickly as you can, and more about seeing and experiencing everything as fully as possible, and having time to enjoy it all.
Why are your tours so cheap?
While our tours are long, they are designed in a way that we efficiently visit all of our destinations. We will not cover many more kilometers than other tours, but we will stop more often in more places. This keeps our costs to a minimum, which shows in our tour prices. An added bonus is that the ratio of driving days to off-truck days is more favourable. In fact you will spend many more days exploring than you will driving in the truck, and many of those driving days are only half days as we stop to see places most travellers simply drive on past.