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South America

An incredible mix of old and new, South America has it all from the relics of ancient civilisations to more modern, colonial histories; dramatic fjords and mountains contrast with vibrant, modern cities before giving way to tropical rainforests and massive, winding rivers. Cruises to South America can travel down the west coast from Los Angeles or Santiago or Miami, travelling down the east or west coast & around Cape Horn, or taking shorter voyages to just a few ports of call. Other destinations in South America include the unspoiled Galapagos Islands and the mighty Amazon river.

When to Visit?
The season for South America cruises is predominantly the northern winter, October to April. The temperature can reach up to 60F and increases towards the equator. The climate for the Amazon is hot and humid.

Inca Coast and Galapagos Islands

You can reach the west coast of South America from Los Angeles, Miami or even from the UK as part of a longer world or exotic cruise. Call into the high Andes capital of Ecuador Quito from the port of Manta and Lima from Callao to visit the remains of pre-Inca and Inca civilisations including the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Calling onto Arica or Iquique you can visit the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. From Quito it is possible to fly to the legendary Galapagos Islands and cruise all the major islands here, to see up close and personal some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth.

Chilean Fiordland and Straits of Magellan

Sailing between stately Buenos Aires and Santiago in Chile, visit the Chilean Lake District & Fjords and cruise the Strait of Magellan, one of the most difficult to navigate paths in all of cruising, yet one of the most rewarding journeys you can undertake. Round Cape Horn and past Tierra del Fuego you may call into the remote Falkland Islands or Puerto Madryn in Patagonia.

Brazil and the Amazon

Many cruises to South America will include at least one, if not two nights in vibrant, samba-capital of the world, Rio de Janeiro. Home to the carnival, the best football on earth and the incredible 98ft statue of Christ the Redeemer Rio is a an absolute must on anyone's travel "bucket list". Straddling the Argentine-Brazil border is the immense Iguazu Falls, a mighty set of waterfalls which collectively make the largest in the world - it is possible to visit these at the start or end of a South America cruise with an extended land stay.

Selected South America Cruises