Cruise to South America

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South America Cruises: Your guide to cruising right around the continent

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Frequently asked questions

Popular destinations include the Brazilian Amazon, Buenos Aires, the Chilean Fjords, and the Galápagos Islands. Once you arrive, each city and location is your oyster to explore.

The best time varies by region, however as a rule of thumb we recommend visiting between September and November. Rainy season tends to fall between January and March, with certain itineraries only offered during specific months to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

Absolutely! Prepare for adventure out the wazoo, with activities like hiking in Patagonia, trekking the Amazon rainforest, and snorkelling in the Galápagos on offer during your cruise.

Most cruises include meals, often featuring a mix of international cuisines and local specialties. Double check with your cruise line to confirm what you’ll be chowing down on during your holiday.

Of course! There are luxury cruises available throughout the continent, which offer boujee accommodation, gourmet dining, and exclusive excursions.

South American cruises can range from a week to well over a month, depending on the itinerary and destinations being covered.

Yes, many cruises offer excursions that explore local cultures, including indigenous communities and colonial cities. Onboard your cruising experience will also highlight local cuisine and entertainment.  

The beauty of South America is that every country is super different, so prepare to embrace a new experience with every stop.

Pack for a variety of climates, from tropical gear for the Amazon to warmer clothing for the Andean regions and bikinis for Brazil. If you’re on a specific adventure cruise, we recommend checking your itinerary for any specific packing requirements.

Prepare to put every zoo to shame, as your South American cruise opens up a world of animal encounters. From penguins and seals in Patagonia to exotic birds and monkeys in the Amazon and giant tortoise in the Galapagos, it’s likely David Attenborough will be jealous of your travels.

Major departure cities like Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago are well-connected by international flights and can be accessed via public transport and private transfers.

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