South America Travel Centre

Jeffcott St 7, 3003, Melbourne
Jeffcott St 7
3003, Melbourne
1300 784 794

Opening hours

  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Unique and memorable South America travel experiences. We design a tailor-made itinerary for you and how you want to experience Latin America.

Unique and utterly memorable travel experiences for you. That’s our commitment at South America Travel Centre, along with quality, attention to detail and seamless service. We continually strive to build our knowledge of Latin America, searching out areas undiscovered by mainstream tourists. South America Travel Centre has been creating tailor made South America tours since 1995 and is 100% Australian owned.

As with most things in life experience counts and our team knows this astoundingly diverse region firsthand – we’ve lived and breathed it through our own travels and return again and again to discover new places and check in on old favourites. Our sole focus is Latin America – South America, Central America, Antarctica, Mexico and Cuba. Our passion for this region makes it a pleasure for us to continually research, explore and build relationships so that we can craft unique, exceptional value journeys.

Your entire journey is designed personally for you and how you want to experience Latin America. You will travel on your own, at your pace, accompanied by private guides and drivers with private, air conditioned vehicles (effectively your own tour). Once we have a good understanding of just what you’re looking for we begin to create a holiday that is perfect for you. For us, that’s one of the most rewarding parts of working in a specialist travel company; designing unique journeys to suit individual tastes, budgets and desires.

A large number of our clients come back to travel with us again or are referred to us by family and friends. Repeat clients are extremely important to us as a barometer of how well we look after you.

We take note of feedback from every client and set out to exceed expectations every time you travel with us. Here you’ll find a number of recent comments from past clients.

You will have one dedicated consultant who looks after you from the beginning to the end of your journey, ensuring every aspect of your holiday is seamlessly arranged. Your consultant will scrutinise your itinerary to ensure you will get the most out of your time in South America and no detail has been overlooked.

Our in-country partners are amongst the very best – many have been with us since we began in 1995. There is always someone on hand in-country to help you out when you are on your trip.  You can travel knowing you have someone looking out for you.

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All of our accommodation has been specifically chosen for its charm and high quality service and we will recommend hotels based on what best suits your needs and personal preferences. To ensure quality we frequently visit the properties we recommend and actively review guest feedback to ensure expectations continue to be met. You can be confident that comfort and great service awaits at every stage of your journey.

Top class design and the finest facilities. Usually located in a spectacular setting it may be an exclusive hotel in a meticulously restored historic building, or recognised as the leading property of an international chain.

A perfect alternative to the big brand hotels: exclusive and independently-owned properties with a smaller number of rooms and highly personalised services.

High quality with an excellent room standard, a full range of facilities and first-rate service; may be a new property or regularly refurbished with attention to ongoing maintenance.

In the rainforests and jungles choose from a wide range of eco-lodges – from a comparatively luxurious retreat among the forest, to a complex of thatched cabañas in a lakeside location on a private reserve, to remote and rustic cottages offering a truly authentic experience.

Often the best way to observe dramatic scenery or experience the wonders in a world of amazing flora and fauna is by boat. And if you are looking for a voyage that will also offer the comfort of excellent facilities, there are several exclusive and sophisticated vessels that will fulfil your wish.

There are many vessels operating cruises around the Galapagos Islands. We have selected a small number we recommend for our clients as we know they provide wonderful on-board experiences with frequent excursions onto the islands, always escorted by expert naturalist guides.

SOUTH AMERICA Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | Galapagos Islands | Guyana | Peru | Uruguay | Venezuela CENTRAL AMERICA Costa Rica | Guatemala | Panama | Cuba | Mexico | Antarctica

South America Travel Centre has been creating tailor-made holidays in South & Central America, Cuba Mexico and Antarctica since 1995. We are proud to be founder members of the Australian Travel Association for Latin America (ATALA).

South America Travel Centre is a trading name of Tailor-Made Journeys Pty Ltd, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and a certified member of ATAS (AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme). The company has been in operation since 1995 and is 100% Australian owned.

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South America Travel Centre: Reviews

4.9/5 (9 Reviews)
Roberto Caniglia 3 years ago

Fantastic experience: I want to commend Anna on her honesty & integrity. I did not book my trip through Anna because she genuinely believed she couldn't assist me with my choice of journey. Not dollar driven. She pointed me in the right direction where i would be better suited. If that is not a sign of not only of an outstanding person, but also her ethics regarding business. Anna i am forever grateful to have met such a real person. Thank you. Credit to you. You deserve all the happiness & success. I would recommend you to anyone wanting to seek your services.

Nathan Chamberlain 4 years ago

Fantastic experience: Well paced and thoughtful itinerary. Had a wealth of knowledge about our destination (Chile/Peru). Even suggest a last minute change of hotel as they had received some negative feedback Everything ran smoothly and as expected, can't ask for much more than that, A wonderful trip.

Peter Hersch 4 years ago

Fantastic experience: Everything was as it was supposed to be and we never had to lift a finger. We were picked up at Buenos Aires airport and taken to a well located and appointed hotel by our local guide Monica. Given a great personal half day tour of Buenos Aires. Given any information we needed for a pleasant stay. Taken to an enjoyable tango show and dinner and back to the hotel afterwards. Next day, taken to the domestic airport for a flight to Iguazu. There, collected by a great guide for a personal tour to and of Iguazu falls. The guide, Elvis, stayed with us throughout the tour even through one of the heaviest rainstorms I've ever experienced, a storm that caught us in the open on the long open walk to the viewing platform at the Devil's Throat water fall that soaked us more than the excellent boat ride under the falls did. Then taken to a well chosen great and quirky jungle hotel for a well earned sleep. Next day taken to the airport for the flight back to Buenos Aires where again we were collected by our guide, Monica and taken back to our hotel for another day in BA and next morning taken to the cruise terminal. All in all, a great tailor made experience arranged by the South American Travel Centre whom I will certainly use again in the future and whom I very highly recommend to anyone contemplating a trip to South America.

Roshan Mendis 5 years ago

Fantastic experience: My daughter and I had a lovely time visiting Antartica last December. It was a fascinating and educational journey for both of us. The scenery was just breathtaking and exceptional! Our time in the cruise ship was comfortable and satisfying. Also, a big thank you to Alana Lewthwaite of SATC, she was very helpful and professional of how she handled our travel arrangement. - Roshan and Shamara Mendis

Alastair F 5 years ago

Positive experience: This was our second trip with SATravel, the first a few years ago to Cuba and this time to Patagonia and Antarctica. On both occasions we were very happy with the organisation and especially in the way we could tailor the trip to our needs. Excellent service, knowledge and follow up. Recommended (I never give more than 4 starts ;-) )

Rick Simms 5 years ago

Fantastic experience: From the first contact, Hayley and the team at SATC we’re responsive, well organised and knowledgeable. Hayley and team gave us ideas based on getting to know our preferred travel style and they came up with an itinerary that was magicaland was just right for us.

David Findlay 5 years ago

Fantastic experience: We decided to book our recent "trip-of-a-lifetime" to South America and Antarctica through South America Travel Centre. And we are really glad that we did! Only a month or two before our departure, the ship that we were booked on to Antarctica ran aground up in the Arctic. Before we even knew about it, SATC had already found us an alternative ship and held cabins on board for us in case our ship was not able to make it down. This was a life-saver, as indeed the original voyage was cancelled. SATC made all necessary itinerary changes to make it all work smoothly. Then again, during our South America travels, when Aerolineas Argentinas airline strikes threatened to derail our plans, SATC's loco agents in Argentina were on the ball, changing plans on the fly and the local guide even waited for hours at the airport with us to make sure we got a flight. It was fantastic knowing that if things went wrong, there was someone who would fix it for us. Hayley and the rest of the team at South America Travel Centre were amazing throughout, always friendly and helpful, and all the accommodations, excursions, local tours and transfers arranged were fantastic. I would highly recommend their services to anyone planning a trip to South America and/or Antarctica.

Rhondda King 6 years ago

Fantastic experience: We cannot recommend SATC more highly. After having to cancel our original bookings at the end of last year due to health issues, we rebooked and enjoyed the most unique experiences - cruising in the Antarctic, a unique and incredibly satisfying time. We then travelled through Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Santiago and the Atacama desert. The transfers and tours recommended by SATC were on time, with friendly and very professional guides, the vehicles spotless and comfortable. We also booked FoodyChile tours (a market and cooking tour, and a wine country tour) in Santiago and this was without doubt a real highlight. We finished our trip in the Atacama desert, another amazingly diverse environment. Thanks so much to Hayley at SATC, your expertise and professional advice are priceless.

Stuart Hicks 6 years ago

Fantastic experience: We are not people who generally book our travels through an agency. But when we planned to travel to South America we decided to invite experts to help us put together something that would hit the right spots, be safe and trouble-free. Hayley at South America Travel Centre put it together for us, and we had the trip of our lives. The care and support we received throughout was exceptional. The Centre's agents through Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and Argentina were high standard and personable; the itinerary was balanced and imaginative. When unforeseen circumstances forced a sudden change in some of our plans, the team didn't miss a beat, and we enjoyed every aspect—fascinating places and cultures, surprising cities, vast and beautiful wildernesses, and some excellent hiking too.

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