What are some of the best places for first-time international travelers to get a taste of South America?
Matlock: Wonders of South America is our highlight tour. It takes you to Brazil, then to Argentina for a few days, and then to Chile. It helps get your feet wet in South America, and you see that it’s safe.
Chan: Peru is a great option for first-time South American travelers. It’s accessible and offers a wide range of experiences that cater to all budgets, interests and abilities. Compared to other destinations around the world, Peru is relatively close to get to for Americans, and there’s a minimal time difference.
Hansen: We offer an escorted land journey that is the best of South America. It includes Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. No matter where we take you, we make sure the pacing is easy to manage.
What is a great South American destination for more experienced South American travelers?
Matlock: Our Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries is a very good tour. That’s 10 days. It takes you all the way through Peru, and you get a lot of immersive experiences, like a shaman ceremony. Then you make your way out to Lake Titicaca for a few nights and meet the indigenous Uros people.
Chan: Columbia is an emerging destination for 2015 and ideal for the more-experienced international traveler. Guests heading to Columbia can expect amazing food; a fascinating history; vibrant culture; strong indigenous cultures in different regions; beautiful, diverse scenery; and welcoming people.
Hansen: We have some Antarctica expedition cruises. Some of those include stays in Puerto Arenas or remote parts of South America like the Falkland Islands.
What is an unforgettable experience that travelers should seek out when touring South America?
Matlock: Iguazu Falls in Brazil. It’s bigger than Niagara Falls, and every single person says that they can’t believe the nature there. You’re completely and utterly wowed.
Chan: The Amazon is very popular. Our guests have the option to stay in the intimate and exclusive G Lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.
Hansen: I would say Machu Picchu. It’s an icon that you must see. And while you’re there, you might as well make sure that you see a few other destinations.