South America Cruises 2019 - 2020
One of the most magical cruise destinations in the world, South America is a land of contrasts. From the tropical beaches of Columbia to the misty fjords of Chile, you can experience just about every landscape imaginable. Dive into the heart of the rainforest on an exotic Amazon River cruise, or experience an awe-inspiring natural paradise on a Galapagos cruise. Whether it’s dolphins in Ecuador or penguins in Patagonia, you’ll also have a chance to encounter South America’s diverse wildlife on your cruise.
Nestled between lush green forests and snow-capped fjords are South America’s port cities, each with its own unique character and pulse. From the tango capital of Buenos Aires to Carnaval hotspot Rio de Janeiro, there’s never a dull moment in a South American city. Visit the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, or the modern metropolis of Montevideo. Wherever you go, you’ll never forget the experiences you had on a South America cruise.
As the booming capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is one of the most well-known South American cities. The presidential palace Casa Rosada as well as other beautiful 19th-century buildings surround the Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires. When you're in town, be sure to shop for high-quality leather, eat out at a parilla, an Argentine steakhouse, and dance the night away to the fiery rhythms of tango!
Montevideo is the seaside capital of Uruguay, boasting beautiful beaches such as Playa de los Pocitos and La Rambla. The city's old town, Ciudad Vieaja, features both colonial houses, like Casa Rivera, as well as glamorous art deco architecture. Montevideo's main square, Plaza de la Independencia, will lead you to plenty of picture-perfect landmarks: Palacio Salvo, Solís Theatre, the Obelisk of Montevideo, and much more!
Rio de Janeiro is a metropolis in southeastern Brazil, where samba music can be heard year round. A seaside city, Rio is world-famous for its beaches, such as Copacabana. Atop Mount Corcovado, stands a major icon of the city and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: the 125-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue. The city's lively Carnaval festival is one of the largest in the world with flashy costumes and parade floats.
The Pacific town of Callao is located in the Lima metropolitan region just ten miles west of the Peruvian capital. Callao services the country by both air and sea as the city acts as the nation's main seaport and airport. Due to the city's naval history, Callao was a major Spanish town in colonial times. Several islands line the coast of mainland Callao, such as the Palomino Island, a pristine habitat for sea lions and seabirds.
Ushuaia is located at the "End of the World", on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, South America's southernmost point. Its location makes the resort town a major gateway to Antarctica. The town offers stunning natural views as it is enclosed by the Beagle Chanel and the Martial Mountains. Visitors can also partake in a tour to Isla Yecapasela, "Penguin Island", to observe the nearby penguin colonies.
San Antonio is a bustling port city in Chile's Valparaiso region. The area around it is known as the "Coast of Poets," as several famous artists and poets lived there - including Pablo Neruda. With its mild Mediterranean climate and sweeping sandy beaches, San Antonio is also the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.
Situated near the southernmost point of the Patagonia region of Chile is Punta Arenas. The city sits on the banks of the Strait of Magellan, the most important natural passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Punta Arenas attracts many nature lovers as the city acts as a springboard into the local wilderness and Antarctica. The city boasts a memorial to the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan at Plaza Muñoz Gamero.
Located on a narrow peninsula in southeastern Uruguay is the seaside city of Punta del Este. The city is famous for its beaches, such as Brava Beach, which is the perfect surf spot, and Mansa Beach on the west coast, which is great for family outings due to its tranquil, shallow waters. Punta del Este is designated as a “resort city” as the area is filled with stately villas, yacht harbors, luxury apartment buildings by the sea, and fine dining restaurants, easily making it the most expensive city in all of Uruguay.
The port city of Puerto Montt is situated between the Andes mountains and the Patagonian fjords. Its location offers both locals and visitors amazing panoramas of the surrounding wilderness, such as views of the active volcano Calbuco. Local seafood is served up in the city, and handicrafts can be purchased at the market right at the port. Just outside of city limits is the Caleta de Angelmó Market.
Located approximately 45 miles away from São Paulo is the city of Santos, Brazil. Cruise passengers will be able to take a lot from the coastal town. Visitors can soak up the sun or hang ten at pristine beaches like Enseada Beach and Astúrias Beach. Museum-lovers also have some entertainment options. The Museu do Mar is a fascinating maritime museum, and the Museum of Modern Art has plenty of thought-provoking exhibitions. Considering that Santos is a coffee port, visitors should definitely take some time to enjoy some of the best brewed coffee in the world.
Named after the British politician Lord Stanley, Port Stanley became the capital of the Falkland Islands in July 1845. Situated on the biggest island, East Falkland, visiting cruise passengers can partake in various tours and excursions, including nature walks, trips to neighboring islands, and wildlife tours. A visitor favorite is a tour to see the local penguins that inhabit the island.
San Martin is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley, the Inca palace complex at Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Archipelago.
Salvador is a Brazilian city rich in architectural styles, cultures, and seaside activities. The city boasts Portuguese colonial buildings, baroque churches, and art deco facets. During the day, visitors can enjoy the charming Pelourinho neighborhood, filled with cobblestone streets and squares. After sunset, the party starts to heat up in Rio Vermelho, Salvador's nightlife district, filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Recife is a city in northeastern Brazil, situated right on the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape in and surrounding the city features mountains, stunning beaches as well as oyster and coral reefs. Additionally, rivers, bridges, islets, and peninsulas have shaped and carved the area. Located on its own island neighboring the harbor is the town’s 16th-century historic center, Recife Antigo. Enclosed by reefs, the wildly popular Boa Viagem Beach is just to the south, filled with modern restaurants and hotels.
Manta is a port city on Ecuador's central coast. It's known for its tuna-fishing industry. The popular Murciélago Beach is on the city's northwestern tip. Bars and restaurants are clustered along the Malecón Escénico promenade and nearby streets. The low-key Tarqui Beach has a waterside fish market. Nearby, the Central Bank Museum contains pre-Columbian relics from indigenous tribes.
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