Itinerary: Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador Bahia, Ilhabela, Santos
Exploration, adventure, exotic locations and a wealth of wonders for anyone interested in cultural history or the fantastic variety of wildlife – you’ll find it all on a fabulous cruise holiday of a lifetime to South America.
You might call in at Brazil’s bustling, vibrant Rio de Janeiro and take a tram to the top of the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy sensational views across the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches where you’ll later chill out while sipping a cocktail. Then marvel at the unspoilt delights of Uruguay’s glorious coastline before your stop-off when you might parasail over pristine beaches or shop until you drop in the cosmopolitan capital, Montevideo.
Passionate, lively – yet at the same time charming and gracious hosts, the people of Argentina are always happy to share their love of their beautiful landscapes and delightful architecture with visitors. They may even teach you how to tango during a stop ashore at Buenos Aires. Your cruise may call at the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego or offer the chance to get up close to the penguins of the Falkland Islands as you travel around Cape Horn. The world’s two great oceans meet here and as you skirt Chile’s shores there’s more breathtaking scenery as the Andes mountains spear down towards the sea in rugged rock-face fingers that form a fantastic network of fjord inlets. Shore excursions during your South America cruise may offer chances to visit ancient archaeological sites, catch local folklore performances, explore rainforest rivers and tour fascinating cities. Some cruise itineraries can also be combined with land tours that let you venture deeper into this vast continent to explore parts of the Amazon jungle or visit the Lost City of the Incas at Peru’s Machu Picchu.
Things to do in South America
- Take the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
- Wander the galleries and museums of Buenos Aires
- Hop on the ascensores of colourful Valparaíso for great views
- Sunbathe on the beaches of Punta Del Este
- Discover the iconic Machu Picchu in Peru
- Dive the crystal clear waters of Buzios
- Go shopping in bustling Sao Paulo
- Visit Chan Chan, the largest mud city in the world
Did you know?
South America contains more than 40% of the world’s plants and animal species.