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Ever felt like channeling your inner Conquistador and sailing off to discover South America? On second thought, you’d be telling everyone you were going to Asia. Instead of that kind of channeling; let’s turn to South America’s water channels and oceans.
So many of South America’s most noteworthy areas are in or on water, making cruising a great way to see more of this astounding continent. When you discover the exciting selection of cruises to and within South America, from luxury to local, you’ll be challenged to choose just one.
Dive into bliss with a snorkel or scuba in the Galapagos, a World Heritage site renowned for some of the planet’s rarest species. Go with the (Orinoco) flow on a leisurely river cruise, or a breathtaking Amazon River cruise, a captivating kaleidoscope of colours and brilliant cacophony of rainforest creatures.
Be dazzled by the pulsating ports of Rio De Janeiro (possibly South America’s most dazzling cruise arrival,) Montevideo (rich in culture and architecture,) or Buenos Aires (the sultry birthplace of the Tango.)
Go straight for adventure on the Strait of Magellan. Cruise to the amazing Antarctic Peninsula or along the Atlantic coastline to admire the Andes Mountains, Lima and Machu Picchu, considered one of the world’s most important archeological sites.
South America’s countries are located in the Southern Hemisphere, so when planning your cruise please keep in mind the seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with the exception of Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname. Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil are partially in the Northern Hemisphere. No matter what time of year, South America has glorious natural, cultural and historical treasures that make this magical continent a top cruise destination.
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There are three main types of South America Cruises. (Note that while most Antarctic cruise depart from South America ports - particularly from Ushuaia - information on Antarctica is listed separately).
Major cruise lines visit this continent between September and March. For cruises that sail round Cape Horn this is the southern summer and in general cruise ships that do South American itineraries return to Europe or Alaska for the northern summer cruise season.
Specialty cruises operate year round.
Cruises to the Amazon and the north of the continent depart from Ft Lauderdale, San Juan, Bridgetown., Rio or Buenos Aires. Additionally the longer cruises can start from as far away as Southampton or Los Angeles.
Cruises around Cape Horn and on the east coast start from Valparaiso, Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro.
The Equator runs through Ecuador and northern Brazil so much of the continent is tropical. The dry season is fro October to June which is when cruises to the Amazon operate. Cruises from Rio on the east coast also run in this period.
Cruises that go round Cape horn experience a much larger change in weather and temperature. Santiago and Buenos Aires are Mediterranean in climate and enjoy warm summers with mild winters. However cruises that go round the Horn can experience much colder temperatures even in the height of summer. Passengers on these cruises should have some winter clothing just for the days when the ship rounds the horn.
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