For any budding explorer, South America is a rich, melting pot of cultures that are inspired by passion, food and nature. Boasting beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and a rich heritage that dates back to ancient civilisations, this part of the world is perfect for those who want a taste of adventure. South American cruises promise the holiday of a lifetime, as you sail round and see it all.
The beauty of a cruise, as opposed to a land tour, of South America is that the region is simply too vast. Ships reach the untouched corners of the coast, leaving the cities behind – and even folks who like a little edge in their travel may feel relieved to re-board their ship after spending a day trawling the Amazon’s waterways or trudging through the dusty Argentinean pampas.
No matter which route you choose, and no matter how luxurious the ship, this is a more rugged cruise experience, where your outdoor adventures, from paddling canoes up a tiny Amazonian tributary to hiking out to a peninsula to observe penguins, will be the most memorable experiences of the trip.
Stroll along broad thoroughfares, like the Plaza de Mayo, where famed first lady Evita Perón led fervent crowds to petition for her husband’s release from prison. Be sure to visit Pirámide de Mayo, the oldest of the city’s many national monuments, or stop off in one of the many clubs where you can learn how to dance the tango. Passionate and dynamic, the Argentinian people are famed for their warm welcome, always happy to embrace guests with the ambience that comes from the combination of beautiful landscapes and charming architecture.
This port city affords the visitor unprecedented access to ancient Manta culture. A short jaunt from the port lies the Bahía de Manta. There you’ll find the Parque Nacional Machalilla, with its cloud forest, archaeological sites, and colonies of nesting seabirds. The city itself is a bustling and prosperous port town, graced with several urban beaches and lively nightlife – and some of the tastiest, freshly-caught tuna in the world.
The name aptly reflects the stunning beauty you’ll find here, just as the clear waters beautifully reflect spectacular mountains such as Rojas Peak, Bryde Peak, and the Petzvol Glacier. Within these waters we may see Minke whales feeding, or Gentoo penguins curiously observing us from the rocky shores. For the keen nature observer, a cruise to Paradise Bay is a dream come true, as you can spot so many species in their natural, undisturbed habitat.
Try the outstanding cuisine, fine museums and galleries to wonderful beaches. Visit the Jardin district, the centre of São Paulo’s social scene and sample some local delicacies. This modern and fast-paced city is blessed with stunning coastlines as well as top-rate nightlife and restaurants. The beauty of Brazil’s Sao Paulo is that you can visit ancient archaeological sites, catch local folklore performances, and just further afield explore rainforest rivers filled with exotic wildlife.