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Top 10 South American Shore Excursions

South America is a land of utmost beauty, and offers destinations that nowhere else in the world can compare to. With so many places to see, everywhere you turn in this region presents a new adventure.  From the bright city of Rio, to the snowy mountains of Chile, South America is a place of extreme diversity. For ideas on what there is to see, here are our favourite shore excursions:

1. Tango Show, Buenos Aires

Tango Show
Everyone knows that South America is the place for dancing, and what better way to experience this than by going to see a live tango show in Argentina's capital, 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, orchestra, and passion. If your cruise stops in Buenos Aires we recommend you find time to go and see one of these spectacular shows, that will surely leave you dreaming of having Latin feet!

2. Monkey Watch, Colon

Monkey Watch
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 enter the labyrinth of the jungle-filled islands of Lake Gutun.  You will have the chance to see many different kinds of monkeys, as well as sloth, crocodiles, and turtles. Led by a trained guide you will learn all about the animals and plant life of these remarkable jungles.

3. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu
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 you are due to stop in Peru during your cruise, you will certainly want to visit this world-renowned Inca site that is one of the most pictured attractions in the world. Exploring 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.
Crown PrincessExplore 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 an Argentian port, which is home to over 600 sea lions and several species of bird - including oystercatchers and rock cormorants. Wildlife aside, this unique vantage point also plays host to stunning views of rocky cliffs and pebbled beaches.
MS ZaandamKayak with sealions on: MS Zaandam

5. Rio City Tour, Rio de Janeiro

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 is of course the Christ the Redeemer statue - the iconic symbol of Brazil.

6. Embera Indian Village Experience, Panama

Embera Indian Village
Long after Spanish colonisation, the Embera Tribe are one of few who have maintained the 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 rituals, 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

Machalilla National Park
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 is 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
Palomino Islands are home to some of  most breath-taking views in Peru's capital, and offer a range of interesting wildlife to see. 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.
Crown PrincessVisit Palomino Islands on: Crown Princess

9. Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia

In Argentina, 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 when the lake isn’t frozen, you can also kayak.
Norwegian SunEnd of the world excursions on: Norwegian Sun

10. Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro

Iguassu Falls
If your cruise stops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an excursion to Iguassu Falls should be high on your list of things to do. Taller than Niagara Falls, and set in a horseshoe shape over the Iguassu River, this is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see. An extraordinary amount of water thunders down these falls in this tropical, almost surreal location.