South America Cruises
The land of adventure: from tropical paradises and breathtaking landscapes to the mysterious Antarctic - the opportunities are endless
It's not just a coincidence that South America is fast becoming a leading cruise destination. The continent is abundant in incredible natural wonders, from captivating mist-covered peaks in Argentina and Chile to thundering waterfalls of Brazil, it also boasts a vibrant and unique culture with rhythmic music and ancient history, all of which combine to make a unforgettable cruise experience.
The vast rainforests of South America, Andean trails, Patagonian glaciers, and Machu Picchu make for an idyllic holiday for nature lovers. Cruisers looking for a city break can take in vast expanses of Rio de Janerio, Lima, and Buenos Aires. Ancient Incan ruins, quaint colonial towns, and white-sand beaches are also not to be missed. Can you think of a more ideal cruise destination? Cruises to this part of the world often offer travellers a combination of destinations in South American, the Caribbean and in the USA.
Brush up on your camera skills as the scenery is breathtaking!
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Bring your sun hat for when you enjoy your Early Riser breakfast.
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Brush up on your history at one of the fascinating museums in Punta Arenas.
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Cartagena was founded in 1533 and is located on the Caribbean coast in northern Colombia. The walled Old Town boasts some of the most beautiful colonial architecture in South America with cobblestones and colourful facades. It also happens to be one of the safest places in Columbia making it great for cruisers. Make sure not to miss the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the Palace of the Inquisition.Highlights of Cartagena
- Old Town UNESCO World Heritage site
- San Felipe de Barajas Castle
- Plaza de La Trinidad
Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is a flamboyant and colourful cruise destination. Old European colonial grandeur meets Latin flair in this metropolis. Cruisers can experience this through the architecture, cuisine and one of many tango performances which take place throughout the city. This traditional Argentinian dance combines nostalgia with the passion typical of Latin AmericaHighlights of Buenos Aires
- Parque 3 de Febrero
- Tango at a Milonga
- Palacio Barolo
Rio de Janeiro is famous for many things. The statue ‘Christ the Redeemer’ on the Sugar Loaf is instantly recognisable and has become a symbol of the city and of Brazil more widely. Rio de Janeiro is also surrounded by beautiful beaches, such as the Copacabana and Joatinga. Carnival is the cultural main event on Brazil’s calendar and the most colourful and lively one is found in Rio de Janeiro.Highlights of Rio de Janeiro
- Christ the Redeemer
- Copacabana beach
- Pão de Açúcar
Ushuaia, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, is Argentina's southernmost city. The Tierra del Fuego National Park offers spectacular scenery alongside the popular ‘End of the World’ train ride through the park. Wonder at the beautiful sights of the city and the natural surroundings from the Martial Glacier. History buffs should make sure to visit the Maritime Museum.Highlights of Ushuaia
- Explore the beautiful National Park of Tierra del Fuego
- Witness the impressive Antarctic ecosystem
- Learn about the history of the region at the Maritime Museum
Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is the city with the highest quality of life in South America. The city centre offers a mix of old and modern with the colonial buildings of the old town and modern skyscrapers homing financial and political institutions. For those looking to have a more relaxed and laid back stay, Montevideo is surrounded by beautiful, pristine, uncrowded beaches.Highlights of Montevideo
- Plaza de la Independencia
- The old town, Ciudad Vieja
- Iglesia Stella Maris
The Peruvian capital Lima is also the largest city in the country. Together with the port city of Callao, it forms the so-called metropolitan area. Lima's historic centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. With a mixture of Western influences and indigenous cultures, Lima has developed into a tourist destination not to be missed. Make sure not to miss the site of Pachacamac which is about 40 km south-east of Lima. This site dates back to A.D. 200 and was a religious site built before the Inca invasion of the area.Highlights of Lima
- Iglesia de Santo Domingo
- Plaza de Armas
The word diversity sums up South America perfectly in terms of culture, geography and wildlife.
Cruise passengers can rest assured in the knowledge that there truly is something for everyone on this expansive continent, and the best way to explore this vast destination is by cruising. Many of the main attractions lie on the coast or along rivers like the mighty Amazon, and so access by ship saves passengers time and money which would be better spent soaking up the exotic cultures of this land.
South America Cruises
The varied and dazzling skylines of South America will leave you awestruck. Imposing landscapes such as the Andes Mountain Range and the high-rise buildings of Buenos Aires are visible from the vantage point of your cruise liner. And you can also go exploring during an onshore excursion.
Popular South American Cruising Destinations
South America offers travellers a wide range of cruise destinations and caters for all tastes. Cruises to South America take full advantage of the glittering waters and white sandy beaches of Rio de Janeiro, buzzing cities like Buenos Aires, the unique penguins and whales of the Straits of Magellan and the majestic Amazon River and rainforest (see Amazon River Cruises for more information).
South America is a land of contradictions where colonial architecture collides with ancient Incan ruins and unruly flora. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the Galapagos Islands are among the most frequented cruise destinations, with attractions such as Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls and Patagonian glaciers being among the most loved.
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