South America – Panama Canal – Amazon
Cruises in South America includes routes from Brazil travelling south to Uruguay and Argentina, around Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan through the Chilean Fjords to the Pre-Columbian sites of Chan Chan, Lord of Sipan and Machu Picchu in Peru. From the deck of your cruise ship admire the breathaking vistas of South America.
See the snow-capped volcano of Osorno and pristine lakes in Puerto Montt, the majesty of the Chilean Fjords, and the stunning desertscapes of the Atacama. Feel the rhythm of the Samba in Rio de Janeiro, dance the Tango or absorbe the charm and flavor in “Paris of the South”, Buenos Aires. Peak season for Southern America cruises is during the summer months of December, January and February.
Amazon cruises, with its stunning wildlife, unique cultural experiences, and extraordinary flora and fauna, go all the way up river to Manaus. Main port cities on the river include Iquitos, and the Brazilian cities of Macapa and Santarem. Sail into the forested heart of the continent and witness Amazon village life, look for exotic birds, stroll the sorcerer’s market in Santarem or visit Manaus’ magnificent Opera House. Real adventurers can board a canoe to search for the caiman alligator in the dark river waters. Amazon cruises operate in the dry season from October to June.
The incredible Panama Canal is one of the world’s great engineering marvels. A trip through the Panama Canal should be on everyone’s must do list and is an unforgettable highlight of your voyage. Cruise ships transit the canal between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans during the day. You will pass through gigantic locks, narrow cuts and sail across manmade lakes surrounded by tropical rainforest. Explore exotic ports like Puntarenas, gateway to Costa Rica’s jungle, Cartagena with its huge Spanish fortress or Puerto Limon, the most important Costa Rican port on the Caribbean.
Book now pre and post cruise hotels near cruise ports in South America. Relax and stay a few nights in a hotel before or after your cruise vacation. Main departure ports include Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santos, Manaus and Valparaiso. Plenty of excellent hotels are located within easy reach of the cruise terminal.