Located between the South Pacific in the east and South Atlantic in the west, South America is a continent with many secrets waiting to be uncovered. But it is also a continent with a rich history, some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, cultural diversity and vibrant metropolises. As a result, it is not surprising that South America is one of the most desirable discount cruise destinations in the world.
With so many things to see and experience, many travellers have difficulties deciding which cruise route to choose because obviously, it isn’t possible to see it all in a single cruise. To make the decision easier, it may be worth to consider the highlights of the continent:
Vibrant metropolises. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Montevideo, Lima and other major ports and coastal cites offer an experience of their own.
Machu Picchu. Probably the most famous and most desirable destination in all South America is included in many discount cruises. Lost until 1911, this ancient Inca city high in the Andes is worth of every effort not only for the well preserved ruins but for its spectacular setting too.
Iguazu Falls. Though not as famous as the Niagara Falls, the Iguazu Falls aren’t any less spectacular. Located at the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the falls have been recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beauty as well as for the surrounding rainforest which is home to all the region’s most characteristic wildlife species.
Falkland Islands. The British overseas territory consists of two larger and hundreds of smaller islands located approximately 300 miles off the southern continent’s mainland coastline. Though covering only an area of 12,173 square kilometres, the Falkland Islands are most certainly worth to visit for their beautiful landscape, diverse wildlife and unique lifestyle.
Cape Horn. One of the southernmost points of the continent is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable parts of every discount cruise to South America due to its scenic landscape and abundant wildlife. Most cruise itineraries that include a trip to Cape Horn only sail around (but close enough for the passengers to be able to enjoy its beauty). Some operators, however, also offer a visit to the location of Horn Cape – the Hornos Island to enable their guests to experience its natural beauty from up close.