Top 10 South American Shore Excursions
South America is a land of extreme beauty and offers destinations that nowhere else in the world can compare to. With so many places to see, everywhere you turn in this country gives a new adventure. From the bright city of Rio to the snowy mountains of Chile, South America is a country or extreme diversity. Here are our favourite shore excursions:
1. Tango Show, Buenos Aires
Everyone knows that South America is the place for dancing and what better way to experience this than to go and see a live tango show in Buenos Aires. There are many different tango shows available and various cruise lines will offer different excursions. Experiencing a tango show in South America will have every hair on your body standing as you watch a dance that illustrates expressions of song, dance and orchestra. If your cruise stops in Buenos Aires we recommend you go and see one of these spectacular shows that will leave you dreaming of having Latin feet!
2. Monkey Watch, Colòn
This excursion is definitely one of our favourites and allows you to experience an exciting and fun trip where you can get up close to the fantastic wildlife that Panama has to offer. After a short boat ride through the heart of the amazing Panama Canal, you will slow down and start to enter the labyrinth of the jungle-filled islands of Lake Gutun. The wilou will get the chance to see many different kinds of monkeys, as well as sloth, crocodiles and turtles. Guided by a trained naturalist you will learn all about the animals and plant life of these remarkable jungles.
3. Machu Picchu, Chile
Machu Picchu is one of the top 10 places to visit in the world and definitely deserves a place in our top 10 South America excursions. If your cruise is going to Chile you will certainly want to go and visit this world-renowned Inca site that is one of the most pictured attractions in the world. Embracing giant walls, terraces and a whole lost city that stands 2,430 metres above sea level, you will want to take a camera for this adventure. This excursion is a once in a lifetime experience that will leave you with everlasting memories.
Explore Machu Picchu on: Crown Princess
4. Kayak with Sea Lions, Puerto Madryn
After a short safety briefing and learning how to handle your kayak, you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to kayak in a port which is home to over 600 sea lions and several species of bird including oystercatchers and rock comorants. Wildlife aside, this unique vantage point plays host to stunning views of rocky cliffs and pebbled beaches.
Kayak with sealions on: MS Zaandam
5. Rio City Tour, Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro is one of the most desired cities to visit in the world, so if your cruise stops here you will definitely want to take a city tour to ensure you see as much as you can. There will be a range of different city tours available to you so choose the one that suits you the most, from a morning or afternoon, to a full day adventure. We recommend a tour that includes the Flamengo park cable car, as this is an amazing experience. The cable car takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where you can marvel at the outstanding views of mountains and beaches on the horizon. Another big highlight would be the Christ the Redeemer statue, the iconic symbol of Brazil.
6. Embera Indian Village Experience, Panama
Long after Spanish colonisation, the Embera Indian Tribe are one of few who have maintained ancient traditions. A visit to Embera Indian Village will leave you with an understanding of the customs and lifestyle of the tribe as they welcome you to their world of native culture and ancient ritual, including a ceremonial dance presentation just for you. If you're looking for an authentic souvenir for your South American holiday, be sure to take a look at the detailed handmade crafts.
7. Machalilla National Park, Manta
As your tour starts you will have the opportunity to explore the Agua Blanca Museum, for some of the oldest found artefacts in South America. Machalilla National Park itself, has an abundance of beaches, forests, oceans, offshore islands and home to the only coral formation found on the Ecuadorian mainland coast. Enjoy your day walking around and learning about the history of this fascinating place as well as catching sights of various wild animals. If you're lucky enough to spot them, the ocean regions of the park are a breeding ground for the humpback whale. When you have finished walking you can enjoy some relaxation time on the beach, perfect!
8. Palomino Islands, Lima
Palomino Islands are home to some of Lima’s most breath-taking views and interesting wildlife. Upon meeting your tour guide you will board an open air boat and begin your journey. The ride over to the islands is as spectacular as Palomino itself, as you pass yachts, warships and observe sunken and stranded ships. Once you arrive at Palomino Island you come close to sealions, seals and penguins, so be sure to take a camera for these amazing sightings. During your journey back to the ship you will sail through strikingly shaped islets and rocks. Definitely a great excursion choice for those wanting to closely experience the natural beauty of South America.
Visit Palomino Islands on: Crown Princess
9. Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia
Journey to the world’s southernmost city and come home knowing that you couldn’t have travelled further unless you took a trip to Antarctica. A wildlife cruise on a catamaran will take you into the Beagle Channel, close up to the nesting grounds of many regional birds and seals for some excellent photo opportunities. Offering postcard perfect scenes, Tierra del Fuego National Park is an oasis of pristine lakes, snow-capped mountains, ancient forests and wildflower meadows. There are hiking trails of all levels and if you visit at a time of year when the lake isn’t frozen, you can also kayak.
End of the world excursions on: Norwegian Sun
10. Iguassu Falls, Rio De Janeiro
If your cruise stops in Rio De Janeiro, you have to take an excursion to Iguassu Falls. Taller than Niagara Falls and set in a horseshoe shape over the Iguassu River, they are one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see. An extraordinary amount of water thunders down these falls in this tropical, surreal location.