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Tom MakerOur people make the difference

Our expert Travel Consultants come from 11 countries and have traveled the continent extensively, with a deep knowledge of the diversity, cultures and destinations we cater to. You'll find SouthAmerica.travel offices in Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, North America & Europe.


South America MapExperts on South America

First founded in 1999, SouthAmerica.travel celebrates 15+ years of delivering expert travel planning throughout South America - and ONLY South America. Read more about SouthAmerica.travel's Co-Founders Juergen Keller and Bradley Nehring .


reviews of SouthAmerica.travelOur travelers love us!

We take care of ALL the details -flights, hotels, drivers, guides, tours etc - and our guests appreciate that, giving us a rating of 9.4 (out of 10) on TrustPilot, not to mention Yelp!, and they can't wait to tell us about their trip


.Travel Authority SouthAmerica.travelThe authority in Travel

With offices in Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Europe and the US, we were awarded 2007 the coveted SouthAmerica.travel domain by, Tralliance, the authority in charge of assigning .travel domain names. declaring us the best representative of the banner website of the Continent.


Custom South America TourCrafting the perfect tour - just for you

Travel at your pace! Give us your ideas - destinations, type of travel, level of comfort - we'll spice it with hidden gems, personal tips, unique ideas to create your perfect trip - we'll take of ALL the details!


24/7 support from SouthAmerica.travel24/7 support on tour

We are there every hour of every day, whenever you need us. With local numbers in every South American country, you can reach us anytime a question arises.


We're on the ground across South America

SouthAmerica.travel Tourism AgenciesOur local operations offices in Lima, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro guarantee superior quality control, and are each members of the National Tourist Boards of their respective countries: Peru, Argentina and Brazil.


Our name is our passion - SouthAmerica.travelOur name is our passion

We love South America and want to make your travel dreams come true! We put our heart and creativity into every trip itinerary we create. We make your dreams a reality, faster - allowing you travel relaxed & worry-free.

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Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau

Since the BBB's inception of OnlineStandards in 2004, SouthAmerica.travel has met and exceeded the standards for trust, backed with our commitment as s "Bonded Sellers of Travel".


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History of Southamerica.travel

Nov 1999

Founding of Universal Understanding GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany, with mission of exploring culture ties to Brazil.

Feb 2000

Founding of Universal Understanding LLC in the USA, launch of our 4star Brazil Tours website promoting expert custom tour planning to Brazil

Dec 2001

Launch of Argentina Tours and Chile Tours websites, under the new umbrella website 4star South America Tours website - set for further expansion across South America


Founding of 4star Turismo do Brasil, Ltda as Brazilian Incoming Operator in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Peru Tours and Bolivia Tours added as travel destinations

Jan 2003

Purchase of South America flight consolidator Value Travel in Washington DC, relaunched as 4star South America Tours


Ecuador Tours and Uruguay Tours added as destinations


Founding of 4 star Turismo del Peru as Peruvian Incoming Operator in Lima, Peru and 4star Turismo (Argentina) S.R.L. as Argentina Incoming Operator in Bs As, Argentina


Recognizing the decline in the flight consolidator business, Value Travel is spun off to allow 4starSouthAmerica to concentrate on its core Travel Planning business, and lands contracts with multiple flight consolidators to offer clients more choice at lower prices


Awarded coveted website www.SouthAmerica.travel by the .travel administrator Tralliance


Colombia Tours & Paraguay Tours added, as well as expanded Specialty South America Golf Tours, South America Wines Tours, South America Adventure Tours, South America Railway Tours, South America Cruises and Brazil Beach Resorts

Jan 2009

Consolidation of all 4star websites under www.SouthAmerica.travel website. Re-emphasis as 4**** & 5***** South America Specialists. Celebration of 10th anniversary as South America Travel

Apr 2012

Flagship US headquarters opens in Seattle, Washington. If you're in the Seattle area, come visit us! We'd love to take you out for a cup of coffee and help you plan your trip to South America.

Aug 2013

Launch of new website & corporate image for www.SouthAmerica.travel.

Jan 2016

New members of Travel Trust and ATOL, assuring UK based travelers protection.

Juergen Keller

Juergen Keller

Juergen Keller was born in Southwest Germany, and has studied in his home country, as well as Spain, Portugal and Brazil. He wrote his Masters Thesis at the World Bank library in Washington, D.C. Even while studying, Juergen began taking American, Canadian and Brazilian high school students and adults on multi-country tours throughout Europe. While working as Export Manager for an international company, the itch to share his love of traveling inspired him to found SouthAmerica.travel in 1999.

Bradley Nehring

bradley nehring

SouthAmerica.travel's co-founder & multi-purpose VP Bradley Nehring was raised near Seattle, studied at Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany, as well as in Spain. Following work at a trade bank in London, Bradley became a Tour Director for EF Educational Tours in 1991, and was appointed Regional Manager for Central & Eastern Europe, where he saw the volume grow three-fold in six years. He has also worked for international tour operators Kuoni, Insight, GoAhead, Gate1, Passports, ACIS and DER. Throughout the 1990s he has escaped the chilly northern winters by traveling through the diverse landscapes of South America.

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