Media Release: The new Europe? South America is fast becoming more than a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ adventure for Travellers

Sydney, 4 September 2017 – Colourful cities, amazing food and wine and some of the world’s most impressive landmarks, South America is a continent rich in bucket list destinations travellers are increasingly embracing – and returning to – claims Latin America Specialist Chimu Adventures.

Interest in the continent has been skyrocketing recently with South America’s big bucket list icons – the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Galapagos, Rio de Janeiro and Machu Picchu – enjoying particular popularity.

And whilst travellers seem to favour these iconic ‘Big 5’ bucket list destinations, they seem to drift away from the perception of South America being a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip.

“Whilst South America remains an undisputable bucket list continent, it is no longer a destination travellers only visit ‘once’ in their lifetime” said Greg Carter, co-founder of Chimu Adventures.

“It is no longer unusual to see travellers pack their bags twice, three – or even four times – to return and tick off those bucket list items they didn’t have the chance to visit the first time around. In this regard, we’re finding that travellers increasingly take on the ‘come back for more’ mentality they typically show towards Europe or Asia” he added.

Chimu attributes the popularity of South America to a number of factors including the continent’s natural, historic and cultural drawcards, increased accessibility and affordability as well as economic growth and ever-increasing stability the continent has been enjoying over recent years.

“People used to perceive South America as the ultimate bucket list destination they could only afford and get to once in their lives but, nowadays, this couldn’t be any further away from the truth” he adds.

“Thanks to more flight options and increased competition, airfares are being as affordable as never before and, if you look at the country’s drawcards, you can see what makes its appeal such a special one. From its European heritage reflected in its architecture, history, theatres and culture – especially in the big cities Lima and Buenos Aires – to its amazing landmarks of physical beauty, such as the Inca sites of Machu Picchu, the one of a kind wildlife of the Galapagos and world-class treks of Patagonia, South America is the continent that has it all and more.”

To respond to growing demand, Chimu Adventures are currently promoting a range of attractive South America itineraries in these ‘Big 5’ bucket list destinations, on sale until 1 December 2017. To view them click here.

Ancient ruins, mountains and blue skies.

The jewel of South America, Machu Picchu located in Peru. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Sea Lions on a white beach at sunset in the Galapagos

Sea Lions at the Galapagos. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Boat in the Amazon river in Peru

Sunrise in the Amazon river in Tambopata, Peru. Photo credit: shutterstock


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Founded in 2004, Chimu Adventures offers fully flexible, guaranteed itineraries to Latin America, plus cruises to Antarctica and now the Arctic. Catering to clients of all ages, Chimu’s philosophy is simple, “use specialised knowledge to work with our clients, accommodating their individual needs at reasonable prices”.

Our team is committed to the destinations which we operate in and are proud members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) and International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA). For more information visit

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