Tired of cruises with nothing but beaches, drinks with umbrellas in them, and water sports? Looking for something that offers more rugged beauty, remnants of ancient civilizations, examples of the lifestyle of indigenous cultures, as well as cosmopolitan cities?

South America cruises can provide all of this and much more. With ports of call in places like Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil these cruises can give your cruise holiday a sense of adventure.

South America cruises provide you with an amazing variety of experiences that include things like sailing around Cape Horn; side trips to see Antarctica; and cruises that sail deep into the Amazon to see the lush rainforests, some rare animal and plant life, and small South American river towns.

See the World’s Highest Waterfall

Depending on the cruise line you choose and the length of cruise, you can see so many different. Perhaps one of the greatest possibilities is the chance to see the world’s highest waterfall, and the ancient ruins of the Incas at Machu Picchu, not to mention the exhilaration of Rio de Janeiro. Longer cruises will take you to Punta Arenas, Chile that looks over the Straits of Magellan to the south most point of land before Antarctica

There are plenty of cruise lines that offer cruises to South America. They include Celebrity, Crystal, MSC Cruises, Holland America, Princess, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea.

There are over 85 possible ports of call for a cruise in South America. They embark from conveniently located ports, including Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chili; and Barbados.

No such thing as typical South America Cruises

There probably is not what you would call a “typical” South American cruise because their itineraries are so diverse, but one example leaves from Miami and after two days at sea makes its first port at Cartegena, Columbia, then on through the Panama Canal to Manta Equador.

After another day at sea, the ship stops in Lima, Peru for the night and then goes on to Arica and Valparaiso, Chili. Other cruises concentrate on one area like one that begins in Santos, Brazil and stops and several other Brazilian cities.

Most South America cruises are in segments of 7 or 15 days. The most popular are those that take in the ports on the east coast to take advantage of a stretch on the Amazon River to Manaus, Brazil.

There are cruises that are as long as 50 days that sail along the west coast and around the southernmost tip of the South America. They then head back northward along the east coast back to the United States. On these longer cruises you can even sign up for what are known as “flightseeing” excursions over Antarctica.

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