5 best cruises in South America

Ramiro Rodriguez
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Looking for cruises available in South America? Well, we have a list of five amazing cruises to enjoy different landscapes in South America, from the southern fjords and glaciers in Patagonia, to the incredible Amazonas, and to the wonderful Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

 

 

1- AUSTRALIS CRUISES: the visit to the mythic Cape Horn

If you are looking for a cruise to visit the southern fjords, islands and channels in Patagonia, including the amazing Cape Horn, the last islet before Antarctica, it´s your cruise. The Australis offers an amazing onboard service and unforgettable disembarkation during the journey.

The season goes from September through April, with two different ships: Stella and Ventus Australis that cover a 4-night route between the cities of Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia, in Argentina (and vice versa), going through landmarks in the Patagonia landscape, such as the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. Service on board is all-inclusive, with first-class gastronomy, open bar and an expedition program led by expert guides, trained in glaciology and Natural History of the Magellan Region and the Chilean Arctic.

You also can choose to take an 8-night cruise called Darwin´s Route, which combines both itineraries.  I have no doubts that it is one of the best experiences that can be enjoyed in Patagonia, visiting remote islands and islets and magical places.

For more information about Australis Cruises, check our Cruise section in our website, or contact us at info@ripioturismo.com 

 

 

 

 

 

2- SKORPIOS III: Discover amazing glaciers and fjords in Southern Patagonia

 

Skorpios 3 Cruise, Kaweskar Route, Cruises in Patagonia, by RipioTurismo DMC for South America

 

Ice, ice, and more ice aboard this amazing 3-night expedition cruise departing from Puerto Natales in Chile to the southern fjords and glaciers in Patagonia. The Kaweskar Route will invite you to sail on the Skorpios III motor ship every Tuesday and Friday (check departure calendar) and returning on Monday and Friday from October to April from the Skorpios Terminal in the city of Puerto Natales, located 2,500 km south of Santiago, at which can be accessed by air from Punta Arenas or by land from Argentina, starting this 3-night maritime journey to the Southern Ice Field, through the Kaweskar route, navigating 380 miles to visit the largest number of glaciers in this area. region; Amalia, El Brujo, the glaciers of the Calvo, Bernal and Herman Fjord. About 15 glaciers where we will carry out activities such as eye visit, contemplation, walks up to its forehead and moraines and navigating between colored icebergs in expedition boats, such as Captain Constantino, during which we can observe the varied flora and fauna of Patagonia, still in a virgin and wild state.

The cruise can be combined with the visit to another highlight in Patagonia: the incredible Torres del Paine National Park, and crossing the Andes to Argentina, the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate. So, a good idea would be to arrange a tour including for example El Calafate, Torres del Paine and finalize with the Skorpios III.

For more information about the Skorpios III Cruise, check our Cruise section in our website, or contact us at info@ripioturismo.com 

 

 

 

3- IBEROSTAR HERITAGE GRAND AMAZON: Enjoying the incredible Amazon Rainforest

 

In Brazil, one of the most incredible places you can visit is the Amazon Rainforest. And there is a cruise to enjoy this unique place on earth. The Iberostar Heritage Grand Amazon navigates from Manaos, the Solimoes, and Negro Rivers, in the Amazon rainforest. The cruise offers you the possibility of exploring the Amazon, in a floating luxury 5-star hotel, enjoying adventure and nature from the lungs of the planet. Choose between the three possible itineraries and live an authentic experience thanks to the activities scheduled daily to discover the wildest Amazon.

Iberostar offers you 3 routes to discover the best of the Amazon. A route of 3 nights, another of 4 and a last of 7, since it is the sum of the first two options. The 4-night route along the Negro River passes through unique places for their beauty such as the Igarapés de Jaraqui, the islands of Tres Bocas or Ariaú. In them you can see fauna and learn about the enriching local culture. On the 3-night trip, the Solimões River awaits you. Through this tour you will get to know the culture of the local population in the Lake Janauacá region, observe the fauna and flora of the Manaquiri region or discover the crafts of the Janauari Lake region. In order not to miss anything, choose the 7-night route, which includes the tours of the other 2 itineraries. A great option to explore the unique Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.

For more information about the Iberostar Heritage Amazon Cruise from Manaos, check our Cruise section in our website, or contact us at info@ripioturismo.com 

 

4- SANTA CRUZ II: Explore the incredible nature of Galapagos Islands

 

 

If you love nature and the incredible fauna, Galapagos is for sure, a perfect place to visit in your next trip. Situated in one of the most active oceanic volcanic areas on Earth, the location of the Galapagos Islands is a key aspect of their formation. The islands are special because they have never been connected to the mainland. The flora and fauna that reached the islands’ shores – before the arrival of man at any rate – first had to survive hundreds of miles of ocean. So difficult was the journey that mammals failed almost entirely to complete its passage, and so did all amphibians. In fact, over millions of years, only a small rice rat completed the voyage. The kings of Galapagos Islands fauna are reptiles, but how did they get there? Washed from the banks of rivers on the continent by flash floods, they floated on natural rafts of vegetation skippered by whimsical ocean currents for weeks, and finally disembarked where they fortuitously impregnated.

The highly advanced Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise is an Expedition Vessel specifically designed to operate in isolated regions, making it the perfect fit for exploring the remote Galapagos Islands. Measuring just under 72 meters (235 feet), this ample, five-deck vessel has 50 cabins that sleep up to 90 guests and includes extensive indoor and outdoor social areas where guests can fully enjoy the unbeatable splendor of taking a tour throughout the Galapagos Islands. With some of the latest advances in sustainable sailing, the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise also aims to protect the delicate and beautiful ecosystem that it explores.

The cruise company offers three different options: 7-day s Eastern Galapagos, 5 days western Galapagos and 5 days northern Galapagos. All of them are amazing itineraries, including disembarkation in different islands and islets in the archipelago, and enjoy incredible animals like the gaint tortoises, blue-footed boobies, flamingos, waved albatrosses, the land iguana, sea lions, lava lizards, and a wide variety of birds.

For more information about the Santa Cruz II Cruise to Galapagos, check our Cruise section in our website, or contact us at info@ripioturismo.com 

 

 

 

5- BASE CAMP CRUISE: An amazing expedition cruise to the white continent of Antarctica

 

Antarctica, it is a journey of "once in a lifetime", there is no doubt. So, make it unforgettable! The Base Camp cruise is a wonderful experience, because it makes a base camp on the white continent, from where many activities are carried out, including kayaking. Amazing isn´t it? In essence, the company use the vessel as the Basecamp from which to launch activities we only selectively offer on other voyages. This allows you to focus on a few particular areas, going deep with activities that will bring you into close contact with the surreal polar environment.

The vessel stays for two or three days at certain locations to serve as a comfortable hub for activities. Some activities are offered in the Arctic and Antarctica, others are specific to region:

  • Hiking and snowshoeing for an expanded version of our shoreline walks
  • Kayaking and Zodiac cruises, which allow you to explore waterways away from the ship
  • Photo workshops for practical on-site training led by professional photographers
  • Mountaineering (Antarctica), which provide soft climbs of nearby ranges
  • Camping (Antarctica) for a night spent under the open polar skies. The expedition leader will do their best to ensure the camping activity takes place. But if local circumstances prevent us from camping onshore, we may attempt to camp on the open decks of the ship

 

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Basecamp voyages let you choose your own adventure. For example, if you prefer a less physically active day, you can simply enjoy our regular Zodiac excursions and shore program, which includes easy to moderate walks and wildlife hikes. Assuming safe local conditions, the choice is yours how you wish to enjoy your polar expedition.

The Antarctica Base Camp is a 12-night cruise departing from Ushuaia, every year during November, December, January and February aboard the Plancius Ship. For more information about this amazing cruise to the white continent, just visit our Cruise section in our website, or contact us at info@ripioturismo.com 

 

It's a great group of amazing cruises we can offer in South America, to explore different areas, from Amazonas, to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean, or the remote southern fjords in Patagonia.  We suggest you include some of them in your next trip to our South American continent. Have you already chosen your favorite?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramiro Rodriguez
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