A South American cruise is a cruise that allows you to immerse yourself in South American culture for 3 to 14 days. There are many different South American ports, depending on the cruise that you decide to take. Here are some popular ports and some amazing things you can do while you’re there.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a popular location for cruises to leave from. The city is worth spending some time in, so you should arrive early if you can. This will allow you to enjoy the area and see the sights. Sugar Loaf Mountain is a favorite of both tourists and Rio locals. You can purchase a tour that includes transport via cable car. This allows you to see a 360 view of Copacabana, Leme, Leblon, and more. The Botanical Garden is another must-see in Rio. There are ancient trees and hundreds of different species of flowers. It’s a relaxing place to just walk around the garden and enjoy soft drinks.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Once you hit the ocean on your cruise ship, one of the popular ports is Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina was first founded in the early 16th century. The once colonial part has transformed to a thriving metropolis over the centuries. The beautiful city is known as the Paris of the South. It’s known for both culture and its cattle ranches. Whether you enjoy art and culture or southern charm, you’ll love Buenos Aires.
There are many things to do once you hit the port. You and your cruise companion can take a tango class together. It’s a sultry dance that is popular in South America, Mexico, and Spain; however, the dance originated in Buenos Aires. You can see tango dancers in cafes, ballrooms, and many other locations all over the city.
You should visit San Telmo if you have time. It’s the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It’s full of colonial buildings and still paved with cobblestone roads. The charming neighborhood looks like it jumped right out of a fairytale. You will feel like you went through a time machine when you cross into the town. This is another place you can find tango dancers. For a festive touch, they dance for people who are passing by while musicians play.
The widest avenue in Buenos Aires is 9 de Julio Ave. This is where you can find the Colon Theatre. It’s the most elegant opera house in the city and the most historic monument. It raises the bar for fine acoustics and sets a benchmark for magnificence. The La Boca District is another neighborhood in the area that you need to visit. It’s at the mouth of the Riachuelo river and features multi-colored houses with a vibrant art scene. If you love street art and good energy, this the La Boca District will give you a Royal Holiday that you will remember for a lifetime.
With three million residents, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. Montevideo is the capital, which is in the southernmost area of the city. The city is interesting, has the nicest people, and is one of the most literate on the continent.
When you arrive, you need to go to Plaza Independencia. The central plaza is the division between the newer downtown and Old Town. It’s full of both trendy shops and historical buildings, giving you the best of both worlds. If you’re a wine lover, you can enjoy wine tasting at the vineyards. You can learn about the wine making process at some of the best vineyards in the entire world.
Port Market is another amazing place that you need to visit. The indoor maze is full of vendors who sell crafts, clothing, and souvenirs. They also grill delicious meats that you can dine on while you shop. When you’re ready for some historic culture, you can head out to Old City, also known as Cidad Vieja. This is the oldest neighborhood in Montevideo. It was once encompassed by walls, but the gateway is all that remains. You can enjoy colorful architecture, famous cathedrals, and some of the most amazing museums in the world.
Punta Arenas, Chile
The rolling hills that look out over the Strait of Magellan is home to Punta Arenas, Chile. Before the Panama Canal, it was a major ship port. Full of rich, natural resources, it’s still a prosperous town. The area was originally settled by sheep ranchers, so you can see many old ranches while you’re in the area.
If you’d rather enjoy the city life, there are museums full of artifacts from Indian tribes. The Fuegian Indians are now extinct, but their rich history still remains. You can enjoy the natural beauty of Chile in the Torres del Paine National Park. The beauty is truly surreal with glaciers, lakes, and twisted mountains.
A trip to South America would be the most amazing experience of your lifetime. The art, history, and culture will allow you experience something new and exciting.