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South America Cruises

Discover a continent of dramatic contrasts, from exciting cities to stunning fjords, lush rainforests and abundant wildlife

The continent of South America offers a diverse range of superb cruising areas, with beautiful coastlines, vibrant cities and exotic rainforests to explore.

  • Christ the Redeemer, rio de Janeiro
  • Chilean Fjords
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil

About South America Cruises

Take a trip up the Amazon River, through magnificent rainforests teeming with wildlife and discover what makes this region so unique. We offer a range of cruises along the Amazon, on discovery, small expedition ships and luxury ships.

Discover fascinating Chile and Argentina with a trip to Patagonia and discover the Chilean Fjords and Andes, and the stunning beauty of the Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina.

Explore the highlights of Brazil including golden beaches and the magnificent cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, or take a trip to Peru and the spectacular Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Explore the unique Galapagos archipelago with its abundance of rare wildlife and breathtaking scenery, with choice of land tours in Ecuador or Peru.

Macaws, Rainforest

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  • South America and the Caribbean

    11 Nights - San Juan and Back

    Viking Sea Viking Sea

    Explore the historic cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta in South America and the diverse islands of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and Aruba on this fantastic cruise on stylish ship Viking Sea, with return flights from the UK and guided shore excursions 2018 - Nov Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    City Hall, Santo Domingo Fly Cruise Package
    From £2490pp
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  • Radiant Reflections of South America

    12 Nights - Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires

    Sirena Sirena

    Join luxury ship Sirena on this exciting cruise from Brazil's atmospheric Rio de Janeiro to the elegant Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires 2019 - Feb FREE internet plus 6 FREE shore excursions, FREE drinks package or $600pp OBC!

    Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro Cruise Only
    From £2999pp
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  • Chilean Fjords Luxury Expedition

    13 Nights - Valparaiso to Buenos Aires

    LAustral Choice of Ships

    Explore the heart of the Chilean fjords, visit Puerto Natales, the gateway to the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park and cruise around the infamous Cape Horn on this unique luxury expedition voyage. Includes direct flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires 2018 - Nov 2019 - Mar Save up to 25%!

    Valparaiso Cruise Only
    From £4297pp
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  • Caribbean and Orinoco

    12 Nights - Fort de France to Cayenne

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Set sail on this luxury expedition cruise to enchanting Caribbean beaches and tropical rainforest, with Zodiac trips along the magical Orinoco river allowing up close encounters with endemic wildlife and local tribes 2019 - Mar

    Martinique Cruise Only
    From £5226pp
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  • Sailing the Orinoco

    9 Nights - Cayenne to Fort de France

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    This luxury expedition cruise explores the legendary Orinoco river, the colonial cities of South America and the paradise islands of the Caribbean at Christmas, with Zodiac trips into the heart of the tropical rainforest for close encounters with unique wildlife. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2018 - Dec Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Toucan Fly-Cruise Package
    From £5495pp
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  • Jewels of Latin America

    14 Nights - Puerto Quetzal to Callao

    Le Soleal Le Soleal

    Join luxury expedition ship Le Soleal for this unique cruise to the highlights of Latin America, including breathtaking Cocos Island, the rainforests of Costa Rica and the magnificent archaeological site of Chan Chan. Includes return flights from the UK and pre-cruise hotel stay in La Antigua 2018 - Oct Exclusive Blue Water package!

    Chan Chan ruins Fly Cruise Package
    From £5895pp
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  • Panama and Colombia Discovery

    11 Nights - Cartagena to Lima

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    Transit the extraordinary Panama Canal, discover the Darién National Park and witness the unique wildlife of Colombia as you sail along Central and South Americas coastline on this luxury 12-day cruise holiday. Includes shore excursions, hotel stay in Cartagena, return flights from the UK, complimentary drinks and all gratuities. 2019 - Oct

    Church of St Peter, Cartagena Fly Cruise Package
    From £5995pp
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  • Natural Wonders of the Amazon

    12 Nights - Cayenne to Manaus

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Explore the Amazon river and cross the Equator on this fascinating luxury expedition cruise on new ship La Champlain, with Zodiac trips for close encounters with unique wildlife 2018 - Dec 2019 - Mar

    Amazon river Cruise Only
    From £6078pp
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  • Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords

    15 Nights - Valparaiso to Ushuaia

    Silver Explorer Silver Explorer

    Join luxury ship Silver Explorer to discover the spectacular Chilean Fjords and remote Patagonia on this 14-night expedition voyage from Valparaiso to Ushuaia with included Zodiac excursions 2018 - Nov All Inclusive Offer - Reduced air fares PLUS included hotel and transfers!

    Valparaiso, Chile Cruise Only
    From £6480pp
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  • Luxury Antarctica

    16 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    This new and exciting cruise and stay holiday combines a 10-night luxury, all-inclusive cruise to the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica with hotel stays in lively Buenos Aires. Includes return Business Class flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2019 - Jan, Feb Free Business Class Flights PLUS Exclusive £50pp Discount and FREE Airport Lounge Pass!

    Antarctica scenery Fly Cruise Package
    From £9695pp
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  • Great White Wonder

    15 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    Uncover the stunning landscapes, dramatic glaciers and amazing wildlife of the White Continent on this Antarctic cruise on board luxury expedition ship Scenic Eclipse, with hotel stays in Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK, exciting Zodiac outings and the chance to enjoy thrilling submarine and helicopter excursions 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Feb, Mar

    Antarctica Fly Cruise Package
    From £10495pp
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  • Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn

    21 Nights - Lima to Buenos Aires

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    This unique expedition on brand new ship Scenic Eclipse showcases the remote islands and breathtaking fjords of Chile and Patagonia. Includes hotel stays in Lima and Buenos Aires, exciting shore excursions and Zodiac outings, return flights from the UK, complimentary drinks on board and all gratuities 2019 - Nov

    Plaza de Armas, Lima Fly Cruise Package
    From £10795pp
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  • Antarctic Luxury Expedition

    19 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Silver Explorer Silver Explorer

    A 19-night luxury all-inclusive Silversea Expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on board superb expedition vessel Silver Explorer. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Feb, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb Pay in full by 31 Aug 2018 and save 10%!

    Antarctic Iceberg. Photo: Jim Hofman Cruise Only
    From £13230pp
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  • Extraordinary Landscapes of Antarctica

    22 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    A unique 23-day all-inclusive luxury expedition from Buenos Aires to extraordinary Antarctica. See some of the world’s most impressive scenery and an abundance of wildlife on this cruise holiday which features visits to the fascinating Falkland Islands and the tiny island of South Georgia. Including thrilling Zodiac excursions and return flights from the UK. 2019 - Dec 2020 - Jan

    Antarctica Fly Cruise Package
    From £18255pp
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  • Ultimate Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

    32 Nights - Lima to Ushuaia

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    This exciting luxury expedition cruise explores the glaciers of the Chilean Fjords and the amazing wildlife of the Antarctic on board brand new, state-of-the-art Scenic Eclipse, with hotel stays in Lima and Buenos Aires, return flights from the UK, exciting Zodiac outings and the chance to enjoy thrilling submarine and helicopter excursions 2019 - Nov

    Patagonia Fly Cruise Package
    From £19495pp
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  • Exotic Panama Canal Crossing

    18 Nights - Los Angeles to New York

    Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Transit the Panama Canal on this 18-night luxury all-inclusive cruise from Los Angeles to New York, visiting Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cartagena in Colombia. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions Special offer prices!

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  • Peru and Chile Culinary Discovery

    14 Nights - Guayaquil to Valparaiso

    Explore the natural, cultural and culinary wonders of coastal Peru and Chile on this luxury expedition on board Silver Explorer, with included Zodiac excursions

    Sealions on the Ballestas Islands View Full Details

South America Highlights


Called 'the city of the eternal spring' for its mild climate and fertile land, Arica duty-free port is overlooked by the cliff of Morro de Arica and is a world-famous centre of surfing, known for the famous 'El Gringo' wave. In town is an archaeological museum, and the Pueblo Artesanal market selling handicrafts. Visits may be offered to Chungara Lake, one of the highest in the world, situated in Lauca National Park.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. Shuttle buses take visitors from its busy port to the city centre half a mile away. Near historic Plaza de Mayo, Calle Florida is the main shopping street, a good place to buy cheap leather goods, jewellery and designer clothes. Buenos Aires has many good cafes and tango bars, where you can see the dance being performed. Eva Peron's grave can be found in the picturesque Recoleta Cemetery.

Buenos Aires (Argentina)


The port of Callao is close to Peru's capital, Lima, and its chief attraction is the beaches of the La Punta area, and the offshore Isla El Fronton and Cavinzas, served by local boats and home to sea lions and sea birds. Above Puerto del Callao is the Fortress of Real Felipe and the restaurants of Malecon Figueredo. Callao is the gateway to Lima and the pre-Incan pyramids of Pachamac.

Callao (Peru)


The capital of Venezuela, Caracas, is a bustling city with a skyline of skyscrapers backed by mountains. There are some remnants of its colonial past, including the Pantheon, 17th-century Plaza San Jacinto, and Plaza Bolivar at the heart of the old town where there is one of several memorials to Simon Bolivar. Parque Central houses museums and cinemas, and from the 52nd floor balcony there are panoramic views of the city and the hillside shantytowns.


Skyscrapers and hi-rise buildings line the long bay of Fortaleza, the fifth-largest city in Brazil.. The city has an large, grey cathedral, built in 1939 and a four-storey market selling local handicrafts and clothing. The older market of Feirinha da Beira-Mar is close to the beach, and along Beura-mar Avenye are kiosks selling seafood, sushi and traditional specialities.

Iles du Salut

One of these small islands was once a penal colony where Dreyfus was held, and famous as the setting for the novel and film, 'Papillon'. The prison was shut down in 1953, and the islands are now a popular tourist destination.

Iles du Salut (French Guiana)


St Vincent is a good place to spot humpback and sperm whales and schools of dolphins. For a dip, Owia Salt Pond on the north-eastern coast is sheltered by volcanic rocks. Places of interest include the Vermont Nature Trail, winding past exotic flora through rainforest. The island has a 1200-meter-high volcano, La Soufriere, and lush botanical gardens in Kingstown which have a descendant of the breadfruit tree planted by Captain Bligh.

La Guaira

La Guaira is Venezuela's main port, with a variety of colonial buildings protected by World Heritage status. These include San Juan de Dios Cathedral, the colonnaded Pasaj Urrutia, and the forts of El Vigia and La Polvora. The area suffered damage by mudslides in 1999 and much of the city is in a poor state of repair.


The thriving city of Manaus on the Amazon River is a mixture of high-rise and 19th-century buildings, rising from the jungle. The elegant and colourful Palacio Rio Negro was renovated in the 1980's, and contains works by Brazilian artists and fine furniture. Other buildings of note include the magnificent Teatro Amazonas, and the Mercado Municipal, built in Gothic style with stained-glass windows, and housing a busy food market.

Manaus (Brazil)


Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay, where the port is a mile from the city centre and its mixture of high-rise buildings and Art Deco and colonial architecture. The historic Ciudad Vieja quarter is being restored, with brightly-painted buildings housing cafes, small guest houses and galleries. Montevideo has a strong urban culture of tango bars, theatres, clubs and music. Other highlights include the Palacio Legislatvio and the Museo Del Gauch, tracing the history of Uruguayan gaucho.

Montevideo (Uruguay)


Parintins is a small city populated by Amazonian Indians, situated on Tupinambarana Island. The harbour is next to a flea market selling wood carvings, paintings and lace, and a colourful floating market. Close by is Parintins' Cathedral. Visitors are often welcomed by Bumbas Dancers, as seen in the annual June Bois Bumbas Festival. Further west, there are sandy beaches at Alter de Chao, and water buffaloes, herons and iguanos are often seen on the river-bank at Guajara.

Punta Arenas

Puntarenas is the largest city in the Central Pacific and a major cruise ship port, giving access to numerous National Parks and Biosphere Reserves in wildlife-rich Costa Rica. It also has a large fishing fleet and visitors can enjoy local specialities in its seafood restaurants. The city has a Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary, and next to the beach is the tree-lined promenade of Paseo de los Turistas with views across the scenic Nicoya Peninsula.

Punta Arenas (Chile)

Rio de Janeiro

The city's most famous sights face each other across Guanabara Bay, the location of Rio de Janeiro's port. Opposite the pinnacle of Sugarloaf Mountain is the huge Statue of Christ looking down from the top of 2400-foot Corcovado hill. On its slopes is the large urban forest of Tijuca, and down below the famous Ipanema and Copocabana beaches. The city has wonderful beaches, and dance halls, bars, boutiques and pavement cafes.

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


Salvador was formerly the capital of Brazil and is its oldest city, divided into the picturesque old town area of Pelourinho on top of the cliffs and the beachside region of Cidade Baixa, which are joined by the Lacerda Elevator. Salvador is generally thought to be typical of old Brazil, and has an old fort, brightly-painted colonial buildings, artisan workshops and restaurants. Crafts and souvenirs are on sale in Cidade Baixa at Modelo Market.

Santa Marta

The long sandy beaches of Santa Marta make it a favourite holiday destination for Columbians. The Museo del Oro is housed in the grand colonial mansion of Casa de la Aduana and exhibits include Indian artefacts, pottery and gold. Santa Marta was where the South American hero, Simon Bolivar died, and his home is now a museum. The 18th-century cathedral and San Fernando Fort are other attractions, whilst further afield are nature reserves and small fishing towns.


Santarem sits at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajos rivers and began life as a community of indigenous Tapajos Indians. With only one road connecting it to civilization, today it is the stepping-off point for exploring the Amazon rainforest, where locals have the opportunity to sell their crafts to tourists.


The very busy container port of Santos handles the majority of Brazilian exports. The town has a Coffee Museum and otherwise is famous for the Santos Football Club where Pele once played. Santos is the gateway to the city of Sao Paulo.


Situated on the shores of the vast Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the world's most southerly city, situated in the Argentinian provice of Tierra del Fuego. It is overlooked by Mount Martial to the west and by Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east, and is the departure point for cruises to the Antarctic and the Falkland Islands. There are a number of museums in the town tracing the maritime and military history of the area.

Ushuaia (Argentina)


Valparaiso is divided into two areas by steep hills which are connected by 30 funiculars. The city has a faded charm, with winding roads, down-at-heel mansions and hillside shantytowns, earning parts of Valparaiso World Heritage Status in 2003. It has some notable buildings and areas, including the Astoreca building, Prat Pier, the Sea Museum Quarter and Plaza La Matriz.

Valparaiso (Chile)