Contiki Vacations Announces its First Amazing Trips to South America

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World's leading youth travel company offers authentic adventures to Latin hotspots of Peru, Argentina, and Brazil

2011 marks not only the 100th Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s incredible rediscovery, but also Contiki Vacations’ 50th year as the world’s leading travel company for 18 to 35 year olds. To celebrate, Contiki Vacations is thrilled to announce the launch of their brand new South America program, with six amazing tours spanning three of the hottest Latin destinations - Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Each country offers spectacular landscapes, vibrant cultures, unique cuisines and sizzling nightlife. Plus, five lucky young travelers and a friend have the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to discover this fantastic continent, with Contiki’s exciting Pin Me If You Can online contest.

Having experienced overwhelming success launching smaller group tours in Asia in 2008, the tour company continues to stay on the pulse of trends in youth travel with its latest addition, recognizing the growing popularity of South America and aiming to satisfy many travelers’ wanderlust for the continent. While continuing to innovate with the addition of exotic and off-the-beaten-path destinations, Contiki remains true to its philosophy of bringing together like-minded travelers from around the globe who are seeking cool adventures, authentic cultural experiences, and plenty of free time to explore.

In addition to these core Contiki values, the company has adapted its tours to fit the style of the destination, aiming to provide interesting local tastes of each and every place visited. Groups average around twenty travelers, sized perfectly for an intimate and real South American experience, yet large enough to meet plenty of other travelers.

Contiki’s quality accommodation sets it apart through a mix of comfort and uniqueness including charming and well-located three star hotels and ‘Special Stays’ like an Amazon rainforest eco-lodge. Every itinerary offers incredible value for young travellers with included local flights, meals, exclusive Contiki Only inclusions, plenty of sightseeing and optional activities.

Locally run, privately chartered transportation is complimented with an eclectic mix of bicycles, motorized canoes, trains, cable cars, and triciclos. All trips are supported by Contiki’s own knowledgeable tour managers and experienced local guides whose expert knowledge brings the experience to life.

Young travelers can book these trips immediately, with the first tours running in November 2011. Trips range from the 8-day Andes & Amazon Highlights to the 24-day The Adventurer which explores all three spectacular countries. Whether watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu’s ancient Sun Gate on the Peru Uncovered, marveling at the breathtaking Iguassu Falls during the Argentina & Brazil Experience, or experiencing an island cruise in Buzios while on the 18-day The Explorer, each of these fantastic tours feature countless awe-inspiring moments. Through hiking the famous Inca Trail trek, learning to tango in Buenos Aires, and taking in Lake Titicaca’s unspoilt floating islands, adventure seekers will discover many of the diverse experiences that make South America so special.

It takes two to tango, so during May 2011 five travelers will have the opportunity to win a Contiki trip for two, including airfare, through the innovative Pin Me If You Can contest. The contest highlights the diversity of the destinations via the release of weekly video clips featuring the passionate stories of real South American locals including an Amazon jungle guide, a surfer, a bar owner, a photographer and an artist. Entrants must pinpoint their exact location using a Google Maps mashup on the Pin Me If You Can website (, with additional clues released on Contiki’s Facebook page (

About Contiki
Contiki Vacations, the worldwide leader in travel for 18 to 35 year olds, takes students and young professionals on tour to experience the world’s most fantastic destinations. The trips are hassle-free and include a perfect blend of sightseeing, culture and free time. With over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA, Contiki has an experience for everyone. For more information, visit


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