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A Cruise to South America

South America has captivated individuals from across the globe for centuries with its natural and cultural wonders, outstanding scenery and warm and friendly people. Whether travelers prefer to relax on the beach, visit a tropical rain forest, scuba dive or snorkel, observe wildlife, or focus on history and architecture -one thing’s for sure, a cruise to South America will not leave you bored. The coastlines on most cruise routes offer exciting ports of call, and passengers can visit many interesting locations in countries such as Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile.

Buenos Aires is a unique, sprawling metropolis in which over 12 million people live and work. Located in Argentina's upper East quadrant, it is situated well below the equator, making it a perfect location to begin and end a South American cruise. Frequently called the "Paris of South America," Buenos Aires has something to offer all travelers. The region has characteristics that remind many vacationers of outstanding cities around the world such as Rome, Vienna, Paris, Miami and San Juan.

When planning South American cruise vacations, travelers may also wish to embark from colonial Valparaiso. Also called Santiago, Valparaiso is a romantic city on the edge of Chile's famous wine country.

Most Buenos Aires cruises include stops in engaging ports such as Costa Rica, San Juan del Sur, Montevideo–Uruguay’s enchanting capital–the remote Fox Islands, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro. Punta Arenas and Santiago. Some voyages even go as far as Cape Horn–the southernmost tip of South America–and this route is a favorite among many travelers.

Those planning a cruise to South America will have plenty of options regarding shore excursions in addition to the activities and attractions provided on board. For example, those who choose to visit La Serena's Archeological Museum can enjoy viewing pre-Columbian artifacts, which have been preserved in their natural state. Passengers may also decide to watch Lima's prancing horse shows, which are scheduled year-round in the city. Another terrific option is visiting a crocodile colony at the Tarcoles River.

Travelers also have the opportunity to take a step back in time and explore Adobe homes that once belonged to the Incas. UNESCO World Heritage sites in Montevideo and Santiago provide a dramatic look into 1500s architecture. Buenos Aires cruises that include Punta Arenas on their route offer travelers great opportunities to visit impressive South American museums.

Regardless of one's specific vacation objectives, a cruise to South America provides a one-of-a-kind experience that tourists from various countries around the world will remember with a smile throughout many future years.