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Explore South America

South America is one of the world's most fascinating and diverse regions to explore.From the beaches and carnivals of Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro, to the mighty Amazon River and rainforest, the archaeological ruins of Chile and Peru, to the historical and cultural cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, South America is colourful, exotic, vibrant, historic and modern, all at the same time.Take a cruise around this vast continent and you will be able to experience complete diversity and an array of awe inspiring sights.Seductive Latin cities, mysterious Incan ruins, ethereal Amazon jungles and...
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South America
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South America is one of the world's most fascinating and diverse regions to explore.

From the beaches and carnivals of Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro, to the mighty Amazon River and rainforest, the archaeological ruins of Chile and Peru, to the historical and cultural cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, South America is colourful, exotic, vibrant, historic and modern, all at the same time.

Take a cruise around this vast continent and you will be able to experience complete diversity and an array of awe inspiring sights.

Seductive Latin cities, mysterious Incan ruins, ethereal Amazon jungles and ice walled fjords are all on offer. And if you take a Cape Horn cruise, you even get to experience all four seasons in just two weeks. On this cruise combine the autumn cool of the Falkland Islands, the bitter cold of Tierra del Fuego and Chile's Punta Arenas, with the Spring-like Chilean fjords and the steamy summer weather of the Chilean capital of Santiago. If you take this itinerary, remember to pack for all weathers!

Some cruise companies with smaller ships even navigate the Amazon, just ask us for further details.
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
The Argentine city of Puerto Madryn sits on the coast of northern Patagonia. It is famously the gateway to both the penguins and elephant seals at the UNESCO-listed Peninsula Valdes and whale-watching from June to mid-December in Golfo Nuevo Bay. You can also enjoy typical beach life here at the beach and adjoining restaurant and bar-lined promenade. Discover the fascinating exhibits on display at the Oceanographic and Natural Sciences Museum or Ecocentro Madryn. Get up close to Magellanic penguins at Punta Norte and whales at El Doradillo beach or go scuba diving or snorkelling with sea lions off Punta Loma. Take a drive out to the town of Gaiman for a typical Welsh afternoon tea or see fossils on display at the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio in nearby Trelew.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Step ashore in the vibrant and exciting seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Mention Rio and the first things that come to mind are the 38-metre high Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the famous carnival. Spend time on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or visit Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron's fascinating Escadaria Selaron stairway. Pay a call to the sculptures and art-adorned pavilions at Passeio Publico then continue on to Parque do Flamengo and the nearby Museum of Modern Art. The ancient Nossa Senhora de Campo church and Sao Bento church and monastery contrast with the modern-day Catedral de Sao Sebastiao. Explore the atmospheric Santa Teresa district or discover the exhibits at the National Museum at Quinta da Boa Vista. Take a boat trip over to Ilha de Paqueta to view the sights from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is the capital of and the largest city on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Explore the cobblestoned buildings of Old San Juan with its 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, San Juan National Historic Site and Spanish colonial buildings. New San Juan is awash with tropical beaches, luxury hotels, world-class dining and designer shopping. Pay a visit to Casa Blanca Museum, Museo del Nino and Galeria National. Make a whistle-stop tour of the sights on the free trolley bus or take a scenic stroll along Paseo de La Princesa. Learn about the art of rum making on the Bacardi Distillery Tour or enjoy the tranquillity of San Juan Botanical Garden.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, sits alongside Montevideo Bay. Plaza de la Independencia is the main hub of the city and leads to the Ciudad Vieja old town with its colonial houses, art deco buildings, and fascinating landmarks such as Palacio Salvo and the Solis Theatre. Admire the international artworks and surrounding Japanese gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts - Juan Manuel Blanes. Climb up to Fortaleza del Cerro to enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond. No visit to Montevideo would be complete without enjoying parilla-grilled fare at one of the steakhouses at Mercado Del Puerto or tasting the traditional yerba mate tea. Spend a few hours soaking up the sunshine on the golden sands of Pocitos Beach or take a leisurely stroll along La Rambla promenade.
Scenic Cruising Beagle Channel & Ushuaia, Argentina
Scenic Cruising Beagle Channel & Ushuaia, Argentina
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