The Hundred Mile Horizon
The Pacific coastline of South America introduces travellers to tropical Columbia, ancient Incan civilisations of Ecuador, Peru and Chile, and the glacial coast of Patagonia. Ushuaia near Cape Horn is the cruise port for Antarctica. Along the Atlantic coast view the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and the famed beach of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, and the ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires. Cruise ships visit many ports along Brazil’s 7500 km coastline. Vessels up to 38 000 GT venture 1450 km inland on the mighty Amazon to the cosmopolitan city of Manaus and onshore land trips to the surrounding jungle. Cruise or explore the Galapagos Islands, reached by air from Ecuador.
Popular activities on shore are market-shopping, water sports, and taking in the stunning views. These islands hold a fascination for city-dwellers, who envy the carefreeness of island life and
South America is an explorer’s treasure chest. Large and mid-size ships of most cruise lines visit South America in the southern summer. Itineraries can be grouped as Pacific /Incan coast, ’round the horn’, Brazilian Riviera, Amazon River, and Galapagos Islands. Long cruises effectively circumnavigate the continent. For classy yet economical travel try Celebrity Infinity, Veendam or Star Princess. Premium and luxury mid-size vessels in the area are Azamara, Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas and HAL’s Prinsendam.