Awaken your senses with an adventure around South America – home to a collection of some of the world’s most exotic cruise destinations. Want to watch giant tortoises in the Galapagos islands, look towards the antarctic at the bottom of the Earth, or cruise through the jungle on the Amazon River? This colourful continent isn’t short of magical experiences.
From Patagonia to Rio, South America serves up some of the most captivating sights planet Earth has to offer. Pass through the glaciers of the Beagle Channel, visit wonderful wine regions, see Chile’s northern desert, cruise through the Amazon Rainforest, gaze up at the Andes Mountains or learn the tango cities in Bueneos Aires – the possibilities are endless!
Here’s five regions to seriously consider adding to your bucket list…
Behold the glorious Amazon – the world’s largest rainforest certainly lives up to its name! There’s over 10 million species of animals, plants and insects known to man – and more than half of them call this rainforest their home. Winding through this enormous eco-system weaves the Amazon river. Cruising on this river is about as far as you can get from European rivers like the Rhine and Danube – it’s more like a magical dream where fish jump for joy above the glistening water, pink dolphins appear and monkeys occasionally swing by for a high-five. Being surrounded by the mantric sounds of the jungle and seeing local tribes people go about their daily business – just a few reasons out of a million why you should add the Amazon onto your cruising bucket list.
Hidden in southern Chile and Argentina, lies one of the most scenic, beautiful and untouched areas in the world – Patagonia. Experiencing this region is an adventure like no other. The size and depth of its scenery varies from flat deserts to a mountainous district of lakes, which can often feel similar to wildest parts of Scotland and Norway. Amongst the mountains and plains wriggle the Chilean Fjords, allowing ships to glide past fascinating landscapes to reach spots such as the Torres del Paine National Park, and Ushuaia – the most southern city in the world. Look out for delightfully diverse wildlife, from the great Andean Condor – one of the largest flying birds in the world – and keep tabs on the sea too, as Orcas usually make a splash in the cold seas.
Rio, Buenos Aires & Montevideo
If you’re more of a city traveller, you’re more than in luck in South America. On the continent’s east coast you have your main ports of call – Rio De Janero (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) & Montevideo (Uruguay). ‘Passionate’ best describes Rio, the city that revels in the vibe of the carnival. The city of four million souls is watched over by the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer – a real bucket list hotspot, there really is no place on earth quite like it. Buenos Aires is often refereed to as the Paris of the south, a real romantic city that is full of captivating culture – from tango dancing to world-famous opera houses. Montevideo is a charming city made up of 19th-century Beaux Arts buildings, parks, and historical monuments. A big hearted city, it’s one of South America’s most interesting and cosmopolitan capitals.
Be you a bucket-lister or wildlife buff, the idea of the Galapagos pulses with adventure and amazement. A visit to the Ecuadorian islands is like a science fiction dream. Visiting a prehistoric land of volcanic eruptions, alien cactus trees, swimming iguanas, flightless birds and tortoises of lumbering immensity is an experience like no other. A cruise, which lets visitors efficiently trace remarkable evolutionary variations from island to island, is the most immersive way to see the destination in a three to 14 night stretch. Some of the biggest names in the cruise industry tour here, and it makes a great two-part holiday tied in with the Inca trail in Peru and Quito in Ecuador!
A journey through the incredible Panama Canal provides one of cruising’s most unforgettable experiences. One of the world’s greatest engineering feats, the canal stretches over 48 miles and takes 8 hours to travel, giving you plenty of time to admire this remarkable man-made wonder and its beautiful natural surroundings. After completing the transit you really do appreciate it, too – could you imagine having to sail all the way around the bottom of South America instead?! One of the most popular itineraries going here is that which heads from Miami to Los Angeles – leaving Miami for a few Caribbean hotspots, through the canal, up past the west coast of Mexico and uptoward Los Angeles.
Extending the trip
Because South America is so vast – and much of it lies in interior regions – there are many once-in-a-lifetime sights that can’t be seen on a day-long port of call stop. This is a region where it’s a particularly good idea to consider taking advantage of your cruise line’s pre- and/or post-voyage experience. Of particular note…
- The spectacular Iguazu Falls, which borders Argentina and Brazil, and includes an awesome rain forest park.
- A trip to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, which is a mystical place of native, Portuguese and African cultures.
- From Santiago, a trip to the Incan Empire of Machu Picchu.
Time for an adventure?
With a range of cruise lines and departure ports to choose from, it’s no wonder these trips are so popular! Whether you pick a small ship adventure sailing, an upscale luxury cruise or something in between, you’re in for an unforgettable cruise experience! Call us on 0800 027 8302 to make your South America adventure a reality!
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