South America Cruises
From carnival’s in Rio de Janeiro to the stunning Inca ruins of Mexico, one thing guaranteed is that you will leave South America eager to return for more.
South America cruises are ever-increasing in popularity thanks to the wonderful selection of destinations on offer, and of course, the chance to transit the Panama Canal. A cruise of South America boasts something for everyone and being able to combine a relaxing beach day with an authentic jungle adventure via a luxury cruise ship really does ignite the traveller in all of us.
Ports of call for this region include: Ushuaia, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Buenos Aires, Colombia, Panama, Uruguay and Sao Paulo.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Whatever the traveller in you desires, you will find it in Rio de Janeiro. A journey to the top of Corcovado is an absolute must. The mountains peak at 2,329ft is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park which is also home to the world famous Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer in English. The easiest way to access the peak is via the Corcovado Rack Railway which originally opened in 1884. The train departs every 20 minutes and can take a maximum of 540 passengers per trip.
The Copacabana barrio in the city’s south zone is famous throughout the world for its 4km Balneario beach and it is certainly worth a visit. Relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and soak up that true Latin America flavour.
Other points of interest include: Sugarloaf Mountain, Teatro Municipal, Tijuca Forest and the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city in Argentina and what a wealth of travel experiences it has to offer. Voted in 2008 as the second most desirable city in the world to visit, Buenos Aires had 2.5 million visitors in that year alone and tourism has steadily increased since.
Casa Rosada is one of the most visited sites in the region. Taking up the entire east side of Plaza de Mayo, the pink faced presidential palace really is a sight to see so have your camera at the ready. The mansion is known officially as the Casa de Gobierno which in English translates to Government House.
Buenos Aires Zoo is also popular with tourists and is situated in the Palermo district. The 45-acre site contains a wealth of wildlife including 89 species of mammals, 175 species of birds and 49 species of reptiles.
Other attractions include: La Boca (a barrio full of European flavour), Luna Park, Buenos Aires City Hall, Teatro Colón and the Galerías Pacífico shopping centre.
Originally labelled as inhospitable in 1535, Lima grew to become the centre of imperial Spanish power. And following independence in 1821, Lima became the capital of Peru.
If shopping is on your list here then you must not miss the Indian Market. You can pick up souvenirs and handicrafts from all over Peru, even the occasional alpaca sweater which is ideal for those cooler months.
If sightseeing is top of your agenda then take a trip to the famous temple of Pachacamac an archaeological site located in the Valley of the Lurin River 40km southeast of Lima. The majority of buildings and temples here were built before the arrival and conquest of the Inca Empire and the sight is nothing short of breath-taking.
Other points of interest include: Museum of the Nation, Municipal Palace of Lima and Lima’s historical centre. Lima’s historic centre is actually one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru and in 1988 it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
Book Your South America Cruise with The Cruise Line
Our cruise experts are on hand to help with every aspect of your luxury South American cruise adventure. For further information please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. From your initial booking through to choosing your shore excursions, we will be more than happy to offer our impartial advice and can also assist with transfers, flights and hotel stays.