South America is a destination like no other and a cruise around this part of the world is certain to give you the holiday of a lifetime. With a blend of different countries into one, it is a truely unique part of the world. From colourful Latin cities, to tropical jungles and from ice walled fjords to tranquil Inca ruins, South America has it all.
South America is a place of extremes and every corner you turn is a new surprise. Visit the bustling street carnivals in Rio De Janeiro or the stunning beaches of Uruguay. Learn to tango in Buenos Aires or take a tour around the lush rainforests in Panama. For the most desired thing to do, take a trip to Machu Picchu to see one of the most pictured attractions in the world or for those that really want to delve into the nature visit the Galapagos Islands.
Cruises around this vast continent will allow you to discover one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world and take in an array of fascination views. Whether you take a short cruise, a cruise-and-stay trip or a cruise around-the-horn you will be able to experience all what these stunning countries have to offer.
There is something for everyone to do in South America and cruises here will appeal to every type of cruiser. The adventurous, the relaxers and the explorers will all have the cruise of a lifetime here.
The range of shore excursions in South America is extremely wide and it is home to some of the most desirable excursions in the world. Take a look at our Top 10 South American Shore Excursions.
If you are already thinking about your exciting South American cruise why not think about a cruise & stay holiday so you can spend more time exploring the vibrant cities. If you want to go to South America style try a luxury cruise or for the ultimate adventure, go as part of a world cruise.
Follow in the footsteps of the famous explorers Magellan, Drake and Shackleton to discover the celestial beauty of Patagonia, Cape Horn and Antarctica. Cruise deep into the Amazon Rainforest in search of rare species and primitive river towns. Gaze in bewilderment at the sacred puzzle of the ancient Incas at Machu Picchu. Explore ancient colonial cities and be amongst the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago. Take a shore excursion to shop for fine wine, lapis, amber and leather goods.
As the Brazilians say, 'god made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio de Janeiro'. This amazing and vibrant city cries out to be explored.
Pretty much the most southerly mainland port of South America, gaze out over the Magellan Strait in Ushuaia and look upon a viewpoint enjoyed by adventurers and explorers alike.
The Chilean port of San Antonio has a rich history as one of the most important trading posts on the Pacific Coast. As such it buzzes today with an established and historic ambience.
Check out Independence Square, the focal hub of the compact Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. With a bustling main boulevard, lined with shops and cafes, be sure to take time to explore.
Lima, the cultural and business hub of Peru offers top-class museums, vibrant nightlife, amazing architecture and exciting festivals all year round. Experience one of the seven wonders of the world where you can see probably the best example of dry stone walling the World has to offer, in the Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu (seen right), thought to have been constructed around 1450.