South America is a continent of superlatives, boasting the world’s largest river, biggest rainforest and tallest waterfall. It is home to majestic mountain ranges, gorgeous beaches, vast deserts and icy terrain.
The diversity in South America can best be experienced on a cruise that exposes travelers to the diverse continent in a way that land tours cannot match. Travelers to South America are promised a continent full of amazing beauty, interesting cultures and fascinating cities.
Here is just a short list of the highlights and experiences you can expect on a variety of South American cruise itineraries.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
This cosmopolitan, vibrant city is often compared to European cities—but with a Latin twist. It has a rich cultural life, historical architecture and a mosaic of cultural diversity. Plus its world-renowned late-night energy is expanding into a respected food and bar scene.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This dramatic seaside city has breathtaking views of mountains rising up from a gorgeous coastline. Famous beaches (who doesn’t know the girl from Ipanema?) host sunbathers and surfers, while the soundtrack of samba and bossa nova fill the air. The “world’s biggest party,” Rio’s annual Carnaval, sends the city into a four-day celebratory frenzy that is imitated around the world.
Some of the most magnificent fjords on the planet are in Chile. Colossal glaciers create a magnificent backdrop as you sail through the area. A wildlife sighting is always a possibility here; perhaps an Andean condor or Magellan penguins will enhance this memorable experience.
Cape Horn, Chile
This is the southernmost point in the most isolated place in all of the Americas. It is raw, rugged and dramatic beauty where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans collide.
Some South American sailings, at particular times of year, also extend the opportunity to visit Antartica. It is here that the mesmerizing sights of massive ice, humpback whales and leopard seals create the opportunity of a lifetime. The stunning beauty is legendary and appeals to the adventurer in all of us.
This list barely scratches the surface of wonderful places to visit in South America. There’s also Uruguay, with the seaside chic destination of Punta del Este, the architectural wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Strait of Magellan—the list goes on and on. It’s easy to check off a portion of your big bucket list with a South American Cruise.