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South America

About This Destination

This continent’s diverse geography, history and culture present a great variety of cruise options, with plenty of opportunities for iconic sightseeing and adventure. A “Brazilian Riviera” coastal cruise visiting golden beaches and colonial towns is a great place to start, and Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most exciting ports. The Amazon river offers one of the most exhilarating river cruise experiences available. Cutting its way through Brazil, into Columbia and Peru, the Amazon is an animal lovers paradise with possible sightings of monkeys, sloths, macaws, dolphins, manatees and even jaguars.

Cape Horn is the southernmost tip of South America, just 1,000 miles north of Antarctica, and round-the-horn expedition style cruises sailing between Buenos Aires in Argentina and Santiago in Chile are very popular. Heading further north you reach Peru and Ecuador as you move towards the equator. This area also has one of the most bio-diverse cruise destinations, the Galapagos Islands. Lying around 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador these 58 islands are home to the highest number of endemic species in the world.

Fact File

  • Flight Time

    Flight time:

    Approx. 15 Hrs

  • Time Difference

    Time Difference:

    – 4 Hours

  • Best Time To Travel

    Best Time to Travel:

    Year-Round

Our experts loved

One highlight of an Amazon cruise is the “Encontro das Aquas” (“The Meeting of the Waters”), where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet with the tan waters of the Brazilian Amazon and run alongside each other without mixing. For Garry, visiting Peru’s Machu Picchu was an unbeatable experience and the views from Rio’s Corcovado were some of the finest in the world.