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Cruising around South America

A haven of extreme beauty, South America is a destination bursting with vibrancy and varied landscapes. Taking you on an intense exploration, one minute you are delving into the steamy rainforests of Brazil and the next you are gazing up at the snow-covered mountains of Chile.

A cruise around South America offers some of the most captivating experiences in the world. Lose yourself in a place where tango dancing on the street is tradition and landmarks constantly allure your attention. One of the most mysterious regions of the world, South America invites you to explore its fascinating history, romantic culture and iconic landmarks, along with their friendly locals and exotic cuisine. Everywhere you turn a new discovery awaits you.

Watch impressive carnivals in Brazil’s exciting capital city of Rio De Janeiro, go on a stylish shopping spree in Uruguay, learn to Tango in Buenos Aires or discover the majestic lost city of Machu Picchu.

A cruise to this part of the world will see you embark on a once in a lifetime experience and with so much to explore, you will cherish these memories forever. Learn more about expedition and adventure cruising.

Things to do

Choosing a favourite thing to do in South America is virtually impossible, every exploration here is nothing short of enthralling.

From learning to tango, diving with sea lions or exploring Machu Picchu to touring Rio De Janeiro, taking a mud bath or wondering the rainforests, let South America bring your adventurous side out.

Some of our favourite excursions include:

  • Panama Canal Railroad – Allowing you to experience the incredible Panama Canal by train, this fascinating journey will take you through lush tropical forests, past the famous canals and alongside the awe-inspiring Gutun Lake.
  • Visiting the monkeys in Colon – The captivating jungles of Lake Gatun are heaving with fun-loving monkeys that invite you to explore their habitat. Sloth, crocodiles and turtles also call these vibrant jungles home.
  • Explore Machu Picchu – If you are visiting this part of the world a visit to Machu Picchu is a must. As you stroll around this iconic lost city that stands 2,430 metres above sea level, be sure to embrace every single inch of this astounding land.


Being such a large continent, the climate in South America is varied and each continent has its own weather characteristics. The vast Amazon rainforest region has a predominantly tropical climate with intense heat waves combined with occasional rain spells.

During summer time, December to February the temperatures throughout South America can be extremely hot, reaching up 40°c and an average temperature of 35°c. The summer months are also classed as the rainy season, with short burst of heavy rain throughout some days.

Winter season runs between June and August and will see some regions experience low temperatures between 15°c - 5°c. If visiting during these months it is advised to pack a jacket and extra layers.

Special Events

  • Rio De Janeiro Carnaval, February – The biggest carnival in the world, this world famous festival is held before Lent. Everything stops as roads and streets explode with revellers and floats. Famous samba dancers parade their moves and incredible hand-made costumes.
  • Argentina’s Wine Harvest Festival – March – Parades, street theatre, fireworks and gaucho displays are held to celebrate the country’s strong love of wine and is centred around its wine capital, Mendoza.

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