Latin America is filled with mystique and dramatic landscapes. You can encounter steaming rainforest and sparse desert, towering mountains and creaking glaciers. Bustling cities sprawl outwards or rise majestically upwards. Islands in oceans on either side offer their warm, friendly welcome.
Costa Rica’s jungle hums and teems with all sorts of weird and wonderful life. Rio de Janeiro crackles with excitement, whether you visit a samba school or the look over the city from the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. Tierra del Fuego at the foot of South America is blessed with vast, silent wildernesses. Our Panama Canal cruises evoke a feeling of awe all along the 48-mile manmade shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Central America has always served as a trade link between North and South America, and a powerful trader itself. With the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, the Central American country became vital to world commerce – using the Panama Canal took days off a journey and was much safer than navigating Cape Horn.
Central and South American culture was heavily influenced by the Spanish explorers, with the Spanish language still widely spoken. Over time, each country has developed their own unique interpretation of the culture bought by the conquistadores. So, on our cruises to Mexico, South America and Central America, you’ll see some similarities in art and culture mixed with intriguing local twists.
Expect food influenced by several cultures as this is a reflection of Latin America’s history. Plus, on the Caribbean coast you’ll find delicious influences from the Islands including spices and fresh fish. Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina are known for their steaks. Rice and pulses are a staple all over, but each region has its own take on how this is served – offering up a variety of dishes to enjoy.