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5 Great Things about Cruising in South America

6th April 2018

While many of us may have the curiosity and temptation to visit South America, it can seem like a somewhat daunting idea to travel there independently. Thankfully though, many cruise lines offer fantastic itineraries in this destination which include stops in all the most exciting places. So if there’s anything left stopping you, get the inspiration you need with these 5 great things about cruising in South America.


Peruvian Food



Peru certainly has a lot to offer its visitors. With Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, and the Ballestas Islands among the top attractions, it’s easy to forget the more matter-of-fact aspects that the country has in store – one of which is the food. Peruvian food is among the best in South America, and capital Lima boasts some of the world’s top restaurants. Here are some must-try dishes:

  • Ceviche – probably Peru’s most famous dish, ceviche is made with raw fish, lime juice, and chilli
  • Lomo Saltado – similar to a beef stir-fry, this hearty, flavoursome dish will certainly satisfy your appetite
  • Papa a la Huancaína – boiled potatoes served with an egg, in a creamy yet spicy yellow sauce

    Rio’s Atmosphere



    The world famous Rio carnival has given this capital a reputation it certainly deserves. While the event goes on for only around 10 days, the fun, party atmosphere is evident year-round. You’ll find that both residents and visitors like to spend their days sipping on cocktails and sunbathing on a beach like Copacabana or Ipanema, before heading to the vibrant streets of the city for food, drink, and dancing in the evenings. The friendly attitude of the locals is infectious, as are the sounds of musicians, whose tunes will stay in your head for days.


    Amazonian Wildlife



    On many South American cruises guests will get the opportunity to experience part of the beautiful Amazon rainforest. Stretching around 5.5million km over 9 countries, this incredible part of the world is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which can be seen along its river banks. Sit back as you glide along one of the many rivers, and watch as the wildlife begins to reveal itself. Spot howler monkeys and sloths in amongst the trees, caimans on the edge of the water, and swooping macaws overhead. A cruise in the Amazon is among the best options for a wildlife cruise.


    Chilean Views



    At 2,500 miles from North to South, Chile is the longest country in the world – and as such all kinds of climate can be found across the country. Find extremes like the driest desert on earth - Atacama – in the North, to the impressive ice fields in the south. On a cruise to Chile, passengers will see scenery like never before, including some incredible fjords in the labyrinth of land that makes up the southern tip of the country, and the majestic glaciers in the Patagonian ice fields. Watch in awe as you sail past some of the most stunning views you will ever encounter.


    Cultural History



    South America has a vast and interesting cultural history, having been home to a number of different ethnic groups throughout the years. Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, Quechuas, and Muiscas – to name just a few of the more well-known civilisations – have all had a huge influence on today’s South America, and there is plenty of evidence of this all over. From famous sites like Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza, to the continued use of the ancient Quechuan language, and the traditional recipes still seen in rural areas, it’s clear to see that the significance of these cultures lives on.

    See our range of cruises to South America and find out more about your next adventure.

    Top 5 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

    12th August 2016

    Updated February 2017


    We take an in depth look at Brazil's passionate heart and soul. Read on for the top five things to do in Rio.


    Cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain

    The city of Rio is by far one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, where vibrant beaches meet modern architecture mixed with verdant rainforests and soaring mountains. This incredible view can only really be seen from above and the Sugarloaf Cable Car is the ultimate way to experience this.

    Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks and stands on top on this phenomenal city. The cable car is divided into two stages: the first goes from Praia Vermelha to Morro de Urca and the second from Morro da Ulca to the tip of Sugarloaf Mountain. Reaching an altitude of 528 metres, these cable cars travel at a fairly slow pace allowing you to catch every inspirational view on the way.

    The most captivating sight you will ever experience will be the Rio beaches, Dedo de Deus (God’s Finer), Rio Niteroi Bridge and the bright city that shows off it's dynamic lifestyle even from above.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Sugarloaf Mountain


    Go to a carnival

    Everyone knows about Rio Carnival. The most famous carnival in the world truly celebrates what this country is all about – dancing, fun and parties!

    Although the main carnival is held in February, if you are not lucky enough to go during this time rest assured there will be a carnival happening somewhere. In fact, Brazilians are known for having any excuse to throw a carnival party.

    I would not believe anyone who goes to a carnival in Brazil and says they didn't want to join in. From the extreme costumes, happy music and sensational dancing, nowhere else in the world could put on a show like this.

    Even if you stand on the sideline, the spirit of Carnival and the locals will entice you. Read more about the world's best festivals.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Rio Carnival



    Brazilians are known for their love of dance. Everywhere you turn, even if it’s just along the street there will be someone moving to the sounds of music. Whether first thing in the morning or in a night club, there is never a bad time to put on your dancing shoes.

    From the famous Brazilian Samba to the romantic Latin tango, these guys really know how to take control of any dance floor. You cannot stand and watch this happen around you, your trip to Rio will not be complete unless you test your dancing feet. The great thing is the locals are just as willing to teach you as they are to dance amongst themselves.

    There is a venue for every taste, from the larger nightclubs to the smaller local hangouts, dancing will play a key part of every venue.

    If you're a solo traveller and love to dance, take a look at our post about dancing options for single cruisers.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Dancing


    Participate in beach activities

    Endless beaches line the city of Rio and act as a carefree backyard to the exotic lifestyle lived here. From the small secluded beach areas to the lively Copacabana beach, a trip to Rio will have you experience 'beach life' like never before.

    From tiny bikinis, market stalls and barbecues serving local cuisine, there is no shortage of exciting things to see and do upon these lively shores. However the main thing seen here is the array of beach activities and competitions being played by both locals and tourists.

    Beach volleyball, polo and surfing are among the activities you should try when visiting these shores. If you are unsure of how to play, the locals are more than happy to show you and make you feel included.

    Fun fact: Brazillians do not take towels to the beach, the women will use their sarong to lay on and the men will use a chair. Using a towel will ensure everyone knows you are a tourist.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Beach


    Watch the sunset

    As if this city is not striking enough, as the sun sets it projects a luminous glow over every inch. The beaches will be covered in palm tree silhouettes and the mountains create giant shadows on the side of the radiant buildings. Accompanied by sounds of exotic music and cocktails being served, I would recommend you take in a sunset if nothing else.

    Although experiencing it from the top of Sugarloaf mountain is an unforgettable experience, it is just as inspiring from the beach, your hotel balcony or cruise ship.

    Most of us think of a sunset as the close of a day, however in Brazil it is often referred to as the beginning of the night. As the sun goes to bed, the bars and streets come alive with the most exciting nightlife in the world.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Watch the Sunset


    Visit Rio on a cruise with these cruise lines MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Hurtigruten, Cunard, Celebrity and more.


    See cruises to Rio de Janeiro.

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