South America cruises

The western coast of South America meets the Pacific Ocean, the north and east are bordered by the Atlantic while the Caribbean surrounds the north-west corner of the land. Most of the continent’s 385 million inhabitants live along the east and west coasts, with only a small proportion of the population settled inland.


When it comes to natural beauty, South America really does have it all. Watch water tumbling from Iguazu Falls, the enormous waterfall straddling Argentina and Brazil, and explore untamed wilderness in Alerce Andino National Park. But nature is not the only thing visitors can marvel at. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a popular destination, especially during the famous Carnival festival with its colourful street parades. Whilst in Rio, you cannot miss the chance to take the cable car up to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.


There is evidence of human life in South America from as early as 9000 BC, with the earliest civilisations found in Peru. By the late 15th century, South America had been colonised by Spanish and Portuguese settlers, but there are a number of indigenous cultures still thriving today. Although the majority of the settlers came from Spain and Portugal, many were also British, French and Dutch. Traditions from these countries can still be found in many South American countries, forming a melting pot of cuisine, music and language. 


Many of the larger cities in South America have been heavily influenced by Western culture, but tradition is still an important part of life in South America today. The main language spoken is Spanish, but there are a few exceptions. In Brazil the predominant language is Portuguese, and English is often spoken as a second language, with some indigenous languages such as Quechua still spoken by indigenous peoples.


The medley of different cultures and ethnicities found in South America means the cuisine is varied and exciting. One fusion that has recently become popular around the world is Japanese-Brazilian cuisine, featuring flavours typical to both countries. Dishes such as ceviche are found along the coast where fresh seafood is abundant, whereas meat and potatoes or quinoa are more commonly served in the Andean region.

  • Puntarenas
  • Panama Canal
  • Buenos Aires
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


South America Cruises

Available cruises: 8

Wonderful places to visit

South America is a continent of extremes: it is home to some of the world’s largest and busiest cities as well as one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet. The lush rainforest of the Amazon is contrasted with Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. You will discover towering mountains and seemingly endless plains, old tradition mixing with modern culture and vast wildernesses as well as vibrant cities.


Argentina, an incredible melting pot of culture and beauty, is one of the top destinations for tourists visiting South America. A cruise to Argentina allows passengers to explore some of the country’s multicultural cities, take in the spectacular scenery and enjoy the delicious food and wine the country is famous for. Juicy steaks and a glass of Malbec will be on the menu for most visitors.


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