South America Cruises
This exotic, mysterious and magical region of the world is a feast for all five senses. South America’s colourful cultures and alluring history feed your appetite for adventure and it becomes contagious. This is the region where you will experience contrasting cities, stunning archaeological ruins, icy fjords, lush dense jungles and landscapes so remote that they’ve rarely been seen by anyone but the most intrepid explorers.
Why cruise South America?
The diversity of South America makes it an extremely attractive destination for cruisers whether you are looking for a relaxing break to the beautiful beaches of Brazil or you are looking for something more adventurous. South America is teeming with amazing experiences in every country from the stunning lake district of southern Argentina to the iconic Machu Pichhu in Peru. The time of year that you choose to cruise can also impact on your experience with many visitors attracted to Brazil in February for Carnival – the world’s biggest party. There is so much to discover wherever you visit from the culturally rich countries like Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador to the western influenced cities of Buenos Aires in Argentina or the South American’s playground on the beaches of Uruguay.
South American Destinations
Choosing which countries to visit on your South American cruise will depend on the time of year that you travel, the amount of time you have and whether you choose to fly and cruise or cruise direct. The size of South America should not be underestimated; although countries like Brazil and Argentina ‘neighbours’ there can be thousands of kilometres to cover between borders so allow plenty of time for your trip or focus on a specific country. Here are the countries you can visit on a South American cruise: • Brazil • Argentina • Chile • Peru • Ecuador • Bolivia • Venezuela • Columbia • Uruguay • Galapagos Islands • Panama Canal • Guyana • French Guiana • Suriname
Who's sailing to South America?
Although it is possible to sail from Auckland all the way to South America, this is a huge trip which is documented in one of our blog posts which takes just short of 80 days so flying into either South or in some cases North America offers the best alternative with one and two week trips available to select destinations. Deciding who to cruise with will depend on where you want to go and what you want to do on both land and at sea. Whatever you want from your cruise, there is a cruise liner out there to meet your needs:
When is the best time to go to South America?
Due to seasonal weather patterns the main South America cruise season generally operates between November and April. Galapagos Island cruises operate year-round. Depending on where you choose to visit will dictate your weather – the further north you go the warmer the weather tends to be year round so Venezuela and Columbia can still be a good option in the winter months as you get closer to the Caribbean. Most South American countries maintain an average temperature of 20C except for Argentina and Chile located at the south tip of the continent. Rain is not a huge issue for South American cruises.
Find out more and book today
To choose your South American cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to South America. Happy cruising!