South America


South America

about Welcome to South America

Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.

Setting for Big Adventures

You can hike past ancient temples first laid down by the Incas, contemplate the awe-inspiring power of Iguazú Falls, or spend the day watching wildlife from a dugout canoe on one of the Amazon's countless igarapés (narrow waterways). You can barrel down Andean roads by mountain bike, go white-water rafting on class V rivers and surf amazing breaks off both coasts. And once you think you've experienced it all, head to the dramatic landscapes in Tierra del Fuego, go eye-to-eye with extraordinary creatures in the Galápagos, and scramble up tableland mountains in the Gran Sabana for a panorama that seems straight out of the Mesozoic era.

Cultural Treasures

South America's diversity doesn't end with geography. You'll find colonial towns where cobblestone streets lead past gilded churches and stately plazas little changed since the 18th century. You can haggle over colorful textiles at indigenous markets, share meals with traditional dwellers of the rainforest and follow the pounding rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drums corps. South America is home to an astounding variety of living and ancient cultures, and experiencing it first-hand is as easy as showing up.

La Vida Musical

This is one of the world's great music destinations. Nothing compares to hearing the rhythms of Colombian salsa, Brazilian samba, Argentine tango and Andean folk music in the place where they were born. Buenos Aires' sultry milongas (tango clubs), Rio's simmering garrafeiras (dance halls), Quito's salsotecas (salsa clubs) – all great places to chase the heart of Saturday night. Yet this is only the beginning of a great musical odyssey that encompasses Peruvian trovas, soulful Ecuadorian passillos, fast-stepping Brazilian forró, whirling Venezuelan merengue, steel-pan Guyanese drumming, Paraguayan harp music and more. Simply plunge in – though you might want to take a dance class along the way!

Captivating Landscapes

From the snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the undulating waterways of the Amazon, South America spreads a dazzling array of natural wonders. This is a continent of lush rainforests, towering volcanoes, misty cloud forests, bone-dry deserts, red-rock canyons, ice-blue glaciers and sun-kissed beaches. As landscapes go, there aren't many other places on earth that offers so much variety.

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Ah, Bora Bora. The stuff of dreams. As you arrive by plane, the view says it all. How not to be mesmerised by this stunning palette of sapphire, indigo and turquoise, all mixed together in modern-art abstractions? And these sand-edged motu (islets) and soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks? With such a dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is, unsurprisingly, a honeymooners’ choice. But there’s much more to do than clink glasses with your loved one in a luxurious hotel. The good thing is that you can mix slow-paced sun-and-sand holidays with action-packed adventures. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available. What you shouldn’t expect, though, is a thriving nightlife. Bora Bora is a quiet island. And this dream destination is much more accessible than you think. As well as five-star resorts, a handful of low-key midrange hotels beckon.

Sights

If arriving by air you’ll be transported from the Motu Mute airport to Vaitape, the island’s main settlement. It’s not the most evocative town, but it’s the only place on Bora Bora that doesn’t feel as if it were built exclusively for tourists. Vaitape is a great place to do a bit of shopping, take care of banking and internet needs and just get a feel for the way locals really live. Busy during the day, by late afternoon it becomes altogether sleepy, with pétanque (boules) players taking centre stage.

Vaitape is at its liveliest on Sunday morning, when numerous food stalls selling such delicacies as pahua taioro (clams marinated in coconut seawater sauce) and firifiri (doughnuts) take position along the main road. For tourists, it’s a great opportunity to catch local vibes.

A monument to Alain Gerbault, who in 1923 was the first yachtsman to achieve a nonstop solo crossing of the Atlantic, stands at Vaitape quay. Gerbault lived on Bora Bora in the 1930s.

Sleeping

Glossy brochures and promotional literature focus on Bora Bora’s ultraswish resorts, but a smattering of affordable establishments have sprung up over the last two decades.

Although places to stay can be found all around the island, as well as on the motu, the majority are concentrated along the southern coast.

Book your Flight & Stay in Bora Bora

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Entertainment

If there’s one thing you absolutely have to check out while you’re on Bora Bora, it’s a traditional dance show held in one of the luxury hotels. You can usually get in for the price of a drink at the bar, or for between 8000 CFP and 10,000 CFP, you can also feast on a buffet dinner. There are performances once or twice a week; ask at the reception desks about the schedule.

Other than that, nightlife is as restrained as it is on the other islands of French Polynesia.

Eating

There’s a good choice of restaurants on Bora Bora, ranging from European gourmet dining to roulottes (food vans) and snacks (a small snack-bar-cum-cafe serving Tahitian staples and sandwiches). Some top-end hotels have an in-house restaurant that is also open to non-guests. Other than the snacks, nearly all of the restaurants accept credit cards.

Drinking & Nightlife

For such a famous island, the bar scene is very tame on Bora Bora. However, there are a few cool spots where you can cut loose over some sunset cocktails in pleasant surrounds. If it’s just the setting you want to absorb, check out the bars in the big hotels. Many restaurants also have a bar section: check out Maikai Bora Bora, which has great tapas and occasional live music, Bora Bora Yacht Club and Le St James.

Shopping

Black-pearl jewellery is sold in many places around Bora Bora, at prices that are often higher than in Tahiti. Apart from pearls, shopping on Bora Bora tends to mean hopping between the few galleries and boutiques that are scattered around the island.

What to do in Bora Bora

Best attractions, Tours & Excursions for you, check it out!

612577

Ah, Bora Bora. The stuff of dreams. As you arrive by plane, the view says it all. How not to be mesmerised by this stunning palette of sapphire, indigo and turquoise, all mixed together in modern-art abstractions? And these sand-edged motu (islets) and soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks? With such a dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is, unsurprisingly, a honeymooners’ choice. But there’s much more to do than clink glasses with your loved one in a luxurious hotel. The good thing is that you can mix slow-paced sun-and-sand holidays with action-packed adventures. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available. What you shouldn’t expect, though, is a thriving nightlife. Bora Bora is a quiet island. And this dream destination is much more accessible than you think. As well as five-star resorts, a handful of low-key midrange hotels beckon.

Sights

If arriving by air you’ll be transported from the Motu Mute airport to Vaitape, the island’s main settlement. It’s not the most evocative town, but it’s the only place on Bora Bora that doesn’t feel as if it were built exclusively for tourists. Vaitape is a great place to do a bit of shopping, take care of banking and internet needs and just get a feel for the way locals really live. Busy during the day, by late afternoon it becomes altogether sleepy, with pétanque (boules) players taking centre stage.

Vaitape is at its liveliest on Sunday morning, when numerous food stalls selling such delicacies as pahua taioro (clams marinated in coconut seawater sauce) and firifiri (doughnuts) take position along the main road. For tourists, it’s a great opportunity to catch local vibes.

A monument to Alain Gerbault, who in 1923 was the first yachtsman to achieve a nonstop solo crossing of the Atlantic, stands at Vaitape quay. Gerbault lived on Bora Bora in the 1930s.

Sleeping

Glossy brochures and promotional literature focus on Bora Bora’s ultraswish resorts, but a smattering of affordable establishments have sprung up over the last two decades.

Although places to stay can be found all around the island, as well as on the motu, the majority are concentrated along the southern coast.

Book your Flight & Stay in Bora Bora

All Tested by Experts · No Hidden Fees · Secure Booking · Best Neighbourhoods

Entertainment

If there’s one thing you absolutely have to check out while you’re on Bora Bora, it’s a traditional dance show held in one of the luxury hotels. You can usually get in for the price of a drink at the bar, or for between 8000 CFP and 10,000 CFP, you can also feast on a buffet dinner. There are performances once or twice a week; ask at the reception desks about the schedule.

Other than that, nightlife is as restrained as it is on the other islands of French Polynesia.

Eating

There’s a good choice of restaurants on Bora Bora, ranging from European gourmet dining to roulottes (food vans) and snacks (a small snack-bar-cum-cafe serving Tahitian staples and sandwiches). Some top-end hotels have an in-house restaurant that is also open to non-guests. Other than the snacks, nearly all of the restaurants accept credit cards.

Drinking & Nightlife

For such a famous island, the bar scene is very tame on Bora Bora. However, there are a few cool spots where you can cut loose over some sunset cocktails in pleasant surrounds. If it’s just the setting you want to absorb, check out the bars in the big hotels. Many restaurants also have a bar section: check out Maikai Bora Bora, which has great tapas and occasional live music, Bora Bora Yacht Club and Le St James.

Shopping

Black-pearl jewellery is sold in many places around Bora Bora, at prices that are often higher than in Tahiti. Apart from pearls, shopping on Bora Bora tends to mean hopping between the few galleries and boutiques that are scattered around the island.

What to do in Bora Bora

Best attractions, Tours & Excursions for you, check it out!

612577

Ah, Bora Bora. The stuff of dreams. As you arrive by plane, the view says it all. How not to be mesmerised by this stunning palette of sapphire, indigo and turquoise, all mixed together in modern-art abstractions? And these sand-edged motu (islets) and soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks? With such a dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is, unsurprisingly, a honeymooners’ choice. But there’s much more to do than clink glasses with your loved one in a luxurious hotel. The good thing is that you can mix slow-paced sun-and-sand holidays with action-packed adventures. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available. What you shouldn’t expect, though, is a thriving nightlife. Bora Bora is a quiet island. And this dream destination is much more accessible than you think. As well as five-star resorts, a handful of low-key midrange hotels beckon.

Sights

If arriving by air you’ll be transported from the Motu Mute airport to Vaitape, the island’s main settlement. It’s not the most evocative town, but it’s the only place on Bora Bora that doesn’t feel as if it were built exclusively for tourists. Vaitape is a great place to do a bit of shopping, take care of banking and internet needs and just get a feel for the way locals really live. Busy during the day, by late afternoon it becomes altogether sleepy, with pétanque (boules) players taking centre stage.

Vaitape is at its liveliest on Sunday morning, when numerous food stalls selling such delicacies as pahua taioro (clams marinated in coconut seawater sauce) and firifiri (doughnuts) take position along the main road. For tourists, it’s a great opportunity to catch local vibes.

A monument to Alain Gerbault, who in 1923 was the first yachtsman to achieve a nonstop solo crossing of the Atlantic, stands at Vaitape quay. Gerbault lived on Bora Bora in the 1930s.

Sleeping

Glossy brochures and promotional literature focus on Bora Bora’s ultraswish resorts, but a smattering of affordable establishments have sprung up over the last two decades.

Although places to stay can be found all around the island, as well as on the motu, the majority are concentrated along the southern coast.

Book your Flight & Stay in Bora Bora

All Tested by Experts · No Hidden Fees · Secure Booking · Best Neighbourhoods

Entertainment

If there’s one thing you absolutely have to check out while you’re on Bora Bora, it’s a traditional dance show held in one of the luxury hotels. You can usually get in for the price of a drink at the bar, or for between 8000 CFP and 10,000 CFP, you can also feast on a buffet dinner. There are performances once or twice a week; ask at the reception desks about the schedule.

Other than that, nightlife is as restrained as it is on the other islands of French Polynesia.

Eating

There’s a good choice of restaurants on Bora Bora, ranging from European gourmet dining to roulottes (food vans) and snacks (a small snack-bar-cum-cafe serving Tahitian staples and sandwiches). Some top-end hotels have an in-house restaurant that is also open to non-guests. Other than the snacks, nearly all of the restaurants accept credit cards.

Drinking & Nightlife

For such a famous island, the bar scene is very tame on Bora Bora. However, there are a few cool spots where you can cut loose over some sunset cocktails in pleasant surrounds. If it’s just the setting you want to absorb, check out the bars in the big hotels. Many restaurants also have a bar section: check out Maikai Bora Bora, which has great tapas and occasional live music, Bora Bora Yacht Club and Le St James.

Shopping

Black-pearl jewellery is sold in many places around Bora Bora, at prices that are often higher than in Tahiti. Apart from pearls, shopping on Bora Bora tends to mean hopping between the few galleries and boutiques that are scattered around the island.

What to do in Bora Bora

Best attractions, Tours & Excursions for you, check it out!