Why visit Latin America with Contiki

We’ll handle the logistics

Tricky to navigate? Not here! We’ll sort all your accommodation, (jungle) transport and internal flights so you can focus on having the time of your life.

Meet awesome people

Why go it alone? On our Latin America trips for 18-35s, you’ll share the experience with awesome people from around the world.

Learn from local guides

Experience once-in-a-lifetime trips to Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza and more with expert local guides. Plus your entry is all sorted (no queuing here).

Unbelievable activities

Do it all. From tango dancing in Argentina to ziplining through Costa Rica’s cloud forests and tequila tours of Mexico, not to mention our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences too.


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Frequently asked questions about Latin America

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When is the best time to visit Latin America?

Summer in Latin America is from November to February, so this is usually when people choose to visit. But that’s not to say you can’t book off-season and still have the best time. Check out our range of Latin America tours to find one that fits your schedule.

Do I need a visa to travel to Latin America?

You don’t need a visa for the vast majority of Latin American countries. One exception is Bolivia, for which you’ll need to sort a visa on arrival. You can check our handy guide to visas for all the info.

What are the best places to visit in Latin America?

Where do we begin! It depends what vibe you’re looking for, but off the top of our heads we’d say Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico and Patagonia. We offer tailored trips to all these places and more - check ‘em out!

What should I pack for a trip to Latin America?

A lot of things can be acquired pretty cheaply once you arrive, but we’d suggest you bring:

• Summer clothes: shorts and lightweight tops essential for keeping cool.
• Warm overcoat: there’ll be colder parts of your trip, even in summertime.
• Good walking socks & shoes: keep comfy on any terrain.
• Sturdy backpack: one you don’t mind getting pretty dusty too!

What is ATM access like in Latin America?

It really depends where you’re travelling to. Cities in places like Argentina and Brazil have lots of ATMs (just keep in mind those fees) while in more rural places you’re better off carrying cash. We’ll plan what’s needed money-wise for each leg of your trip so you won’t ever be left high and dry.

How many days should I spend in Latin America?

It’s totally up to you, but we’d recommend at least 1-2 weeks so you’ll get to see as much as possible of what’s on offer.

Is it customary to tip in Latin America?

Tipping etiquette is usually an automatic 10% service charge on your restaurant bill, but tipping isn’t a requirement like in North America. In any case, if you’re pleased with your service, a tip will always be appreciated.

Is tap water safe to drink in Latin America?

It’s usually safer to steer clear of tap water in Latin America, although it’s fine to drink in certain countries like Costa Rica and Chile and bigger cities. Inexpensive bottled water is readily available though.

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