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Luxury Cruises to South America

Possibly one of the most scintillating continents on the planet, South America writes its own narrative and dances to the beat of its own drum. While one moment during luxury cruises to South America you could be tangoing in Argentina, another you might be enraptured by the mysteries of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Even intoxicating doesn’t seem a good enough superlative to describe South America and somehow falls short. You can only ever appreciate the continent’s true magnetism when you experience it for yourself. Whether you venture into the Amazon, come face to face with the endemic creatures of the Galapagos Islands or stand below the Iguazu Falls to listen to its hypnotic roar, the evocative spirit of South America will infect your soul forever.

But it’s not only the wildlife and landscapes that are a feast for the eyes when you cruise around South America, the people and culture will also invade your senses in an unimaginable fashion. The sights, sounds and smells of South America are as vibrant as its untouched, natural beauty.

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Home to two of the most renowned sights in the world, Rio de Janeiro plays host to the iconic Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain which tower above the city. With its mountainous backdrop, Copacabana Beach and colourful festivals, Rio is a pulsating mix of both urban and natural charms.
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
Made up of a rugged volcanic archipelago, the Galapagos Islands have the most spectacular biodiversity which has earned them their UNESCO World Heritage status. The unique landscapes and endemic wildlife inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. You’ll find species such as giant tortoise, penguins, seals, iguanas and blue-footed boobies inhabiting the islands.
Chilean Fjords
Chilean Fjords
On the very southern tip of Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords of Tierra del Fuego are a sight to behold. As you sail between snow-dusted mountains that plummet into the waters below, the haunting sound of creaking glaciers, thundering waterfalls and calving icebergs reverberate among the fjords. Look out for penguins, elephant seals, whales and dolphins on your journey.
Lima, Peru
This complex country blends the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu and Nazca with festival-filled cities that pay testament to the lively culture. The landscapes are wonderfully diverse and home to the Andes Mountain range and desert coastlines, where you can witness various mammals, primates and birds.
Iguazu Falls Argentina
There’s no doubt this sexy country will seduce you with its passion for life. Birthplace of the tango, Argentina has more sex appeal than you can shake a stick at. Combine this with natural wonders such as Iguazu Falls, The Patagonia Steppe and a buzzing nightlife, and you have a dangerously alluring combination.
Being the second smallest country in South America, Uruguay often slips under the radar, yet it still knows how to pack a punch. Must-see attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento’s historic quarter, the hot springs of Salto, the amethyst mines and the hustle and bustle of the Mercado del Puerto.
Cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain

Top 10 Things to do in South America on a Cruise

  1. Kayak the Beagle Channel
  2. Catamaran trip to Magdalena Island
  3. Learn to tango in Buenos Aires
  4. Visit Iguazu Falls
  5. Brazilian cookery class
  6. Cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain
  7. Helicopter flight over Rio de Janeiro
  8. Cruise the Amazon River
  9. Explore Machu Picchu
  10. Tour of Torres del Paine National Park

Nature and wildlife

Owing to the widely diverse landscapes of South America, the continent is home to the most incredible wildlife. From tropical rainforests and arid deserts to glacier-strewn waters, animal lovers will be in their element as they come face to face with whales, primates, sloths, llamas, jaguars and many more wonderful creatures.


Influenced by the ancient civilisations and immigrants from Europe, Asia and Africa, the culture of South America is a beguiling concoction. Its diversity manifests itself in the food, music, architecture and religion, making it one of the most exciting and vibrant cruise destinations.

When to Cruise South America

South America cruises in winter and spring are among the most popular because its summer is opposite to the northern hemisphere. Between November and May, you can enjoy warmer temperatures, however, the climate can fluctuate especially as you travel further south.

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