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Best Destinations to Visit When Cruising South America

As you round the infamous ‘horn’ of Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the southernmost continent, you will realize that cruising is the best way to visit exotic South America. From breathtaking fjords to rugged panoramas, the diversity of this astounding continent will be a breathtaking surprise to the traveler.

Peru

Best cruise destinations in South America

Peru

Peru has many reasons to visit it, and one of the big one is that it’s home to the ancient Inca ruins of the World Heritage listed site of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes. Built around 1450, Machu Picchu is located some 2,400 metres above sea level. Be in awe as you visit the man-made reed islands inhabited by the Uros people of Lake Titicaca which is situated 3,800 metres above sea level. The lake sits on the border between Peru and Bolivia.

Brazil

Flowing through lush tropical rainforest, the Amazon Basin is hot and humid all year round. The Amazon is the largest river system in the world. The spectacular Iguassu Falls is a system of 275 cascading falls situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil. This area is home to many magnificent bird species, including the macaw, toucan and flamingo, making it a great destination for birding. Enjoy a break in lively Rio de Janeiro with the impressive statue of Christ the Redeemer as your background.

Ecuador

Cruise to ultimately the last unspoiled place on earth, the Galapagos Archipelago, which is a haven for wildlife. It has a state of the art research center, visited by thousands of tourists each year who can observe, but not touch, the wildlife inhabitants. Stroll around the world heritage city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, with its colonial architecture and historical homes.

Chile

Soaring snow-capped volcanoes and icy glaciers form a spectacular backdrop to Chilean fjords. For the adventurous, make sure to visit Patagonia with its glacial lakes.To the other extreme, the hot dry deserts and mountainous sand dunes offer salt mines, caves and craters for your exploration. Take a short excursion to see the enormous stone statues on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. A road trip on the exhilarating Carretera Australwill allow you to experience nearly everything North Patagonia has to offer.

Argentina

The home of the sultry sensual tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina will seduce you with its vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle. Argentinians are expert horsemen, so take the opportunity to visit a traditional estancia or ranch. Buenos Aires is often used by cruise ships like P & O cruises as the starting point for cruises to Antarctica and the Falklands.

Some cruise ships include an enrichment itinerary with historians and naturalists to expertly guide you through the amazing ancient civilizations and geography of South America. With a stunning array of snow-capped mountains, dense tropical jungles, ancient Mayan sites and impressive landscapes, South America will not disappoint. You can sit back, relax and cruise or if you enjoy an outdoor challenge, your adventure is about to begin.

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