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South America Ocean Cruises

Spectacular nature & ancient cultures

Cruise holidays in South America


South America cruises offer something for everyone, with ships sailing from the tropics to the sub-Antarctic, calling in along the way to explore vibrant cities, ancient civilisations and some of the greatest natural wonders on Earth.

Classic routes include those that run beneath the Patagonian peninsula, often between Buenos Aires and Santiago, offering spectacular glacial landscapes and incredible wildlife viewing, framed by soaring Andean peaks. Perhaps call into Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia on Argentina's remote southern tip – gateway to the wilds of Antarctica.

The Beagle Channel, Patagonia

Otherwise ships sail over the top of the continent, passing through the Panama Canal to connect Rio de Janeiro to the east with Lima on the continent's Pacific coast – the jumping-off point for trips to Machu Picchu. Then, there are the iconic Brazilian ports of Buzios and Salvador de Bahia, where the great architectural splendour of the Spanish conquistadors is infused with a distinctly Africa beat. And, in the Galápagos islands of Ecuador, spectacular wildlife encounters are played out against a backdrop of paradisiacal islands, flung out in the Pacific Ocean.

Blue footed boobie, Galápagos Island

Remember, these are just a handful of the options available. You can also tailor-make your South America cruise by adding a city stay, wildlife holiday or other excursion before or after you sail; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.

Top itineraries for South America Ocean Cruises

Iguazu Falls

Iguazú Falls Tour & Return To Brazil Cruise

14-day stay & cruise

Experience the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of South America during this memorable journey to Iguazú Falls ~ one of the great natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Silver Cloud Expeditions

Antarctica Exploration on Silver Cloud

15-day Expedition voyage from £8,730 pp

Traversing Drake’s eponymous passage is a must for any would-be explorer. Begin and end your expedition at the “world’s end”, Ushuaia, and sail around the southernmost continent among towering icebergs and floating glaciers.

Rio Carnival

Carnival In Rio Voyage

13-day cruise from £1,770 pp

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Special Offer Fare
Book by: 30 November 2019

We visit during the peak of Carnaval festivities—including Fat Tuesday—and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more exhilarating and memorable festival anywhere on earth.

South Georgia

South Georgia to Cape Town

22-day luxury expedition voyage

From the end of the world to the Cape of Good Hope, traverse the South Atlantic Ocean on the world’s most luxurious expedition ship. From snow-covered mountains and mighty glaciers to enjoying a formal wine tasting, trans-Atlantic travel has never been so good! Five days in South Georgia gives...

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

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