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This is a land of fascinating contrasts and full of archeological and cultural wealth. Explore the barrenness of the Atacama Desert; the fertility of the Azapa Valley and Pica Oasis; the amazing rock formations of the Valle de la Luna; the Tatio Geysers; or the numerous thermal springs.
Baia Garibaldi, Chile
Once a fishing village, today Bahia Garibaldi is a dynamic little town, a good starting point for excursions into the wild Tierra del Fuego and a natural paradise for thousands of fascinating animal species.
Belem (Icoraci), Brazil
Belem stands at the gateway to the mysterious Amazon, bearing all the gifts of the jungle. Enjoy the bounty in Ver-O-Peso Brazil’s largest outdoor market.
Belize City, Belize
Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is a charming stop on the Maya route. North of Belize City is Altun-Ha, a Maya ruin discovered in 1957 by a road construction crew. Several buildings, including a 60-foot temple, have been excavated.
Boca da Valeria, Brazil
A typical Caboclo village on the banks of the Amazon River, Boca da Valeria welcomes passengers with an opportunity to witness native Amazon culture.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Smart and sophisticated, Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most glamorous cities. Try dinner at one of the fabulous steak houses followed by tango dancing in a chic nightclub. Tours are also offered to a nearby ‘estancia’ where you can see authentic gauchos at work.
Callao (Lima), Peru
Callao is your port of entry for Lima, the darling of Peru. This elegant city offers priceless treasures in its many museums and is the gateway for tours to the mysterious Nazca Lines and to Lima, the ‘City of the Kings’.
Cape Horn (passing), Chile
Weather permitting we’ll cruise past Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America. For centuries prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, this was the route taken by all mariners sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The natural protection of the bay provides excellent anchoring in ‘quiet waters’- the original meaning of Coquimbo.The land is rich with beautiful beaches, and dramatic landscapes. It is full of mystery and legends about pirates and corsairs. Although not officially established until 1850, the 1840’s mining boom brought many Europeans to the area, which now shows English Spanish colonian style architecture.
The exotic and exciting capital of Ceara and a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. It was occupied by the Dutch from 1637 to 1654.It is well-known for its handicrafts.
Ilheus , Brazil
The sophisticated city of Ilheus, on the Atlantic coast 400km south of Salvador de Bahia, has a rich cultural heritage in addition to a number of splendid beaches. It is the birthplace of writer Jorge Amado, author of probably Brazil`s most internationally renowned novel, `Gabriela, Cravo e Canela` (Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon). Set in the city, a tour of Ilheus brings the novel to life, particularly at the bar Vezuvio in Praccedil a Dom Eduardo which in Amado`s masterpiece is owned by his main character Nacib.
La Guaira (Caracas), Venezuela
Due to its proximity to the capital city of Caracas, this was Venezuela’s first commercial and the most important port. It is your gateway to the capital, the Murano factory and Mount Avila where you may admire the spectacular views of the Caribbean on one side, the city of Caracas and South America on the other.
The capital of a region of Brazil that still has to be discovered by tourism, Maceio has breathtaking beaches that are equipped with high-quality tourist infrastructure. A holiday here will guarantee you fun 24 hours a day.
In its heyday, Manaus was famous for the extravagant lifestyle and architecture of the 19th century rubber barons who made their fortunes here. The renovated opera house stands as an opulent testament to their vast wealth.
One of the main attractions in the Manta area is Montecristi, a colonial village dating back to the early 1600’s. Manta, the center for Panama hats and wickerwork, is the starting point for optional tours to Quito and the Galapagos Islands. Also popular is the coastal Machalilla National Park.
Not only is Montevideo Uruguay’s capital, but it dominates the South American nation’s culture and commerce. The Palacio Salvo on Plaza Indipendencia recently underwent major exterior renovation, and the city hall’s viewing platform offers an excellent vista of the city.
Patagonian Channels (cruising), Chile
The breathtaking beauty of the Patagonian Channels and Chilean fjords rival anything to be found in Alaska or Scandinavia. The rugged landscape, pristine glaciers and abundant wildlife make sailing this area one of the highlights of your cruise.
Port Limon, Costa Rica
The small country of Costa Rica offers a great deal to the visitor, from the rain forests of the interior to sophisticated shopping in San Jose, the capital. A full day in port lets you make the most of your visit here.
Port Stanley, Falklands
Slightly more than 2000 people live in the Falkland Islands, a controversial piece of real estate about size of Connecticut. Most residents are involved in sheep farming or fishing- the two pillars of the Falklands economy. Tourism has increased since the 1982 conflict, and the Falklands are recognized as an exceptional destination for bird watchers and nature lovers.
After having discovered Brazil in 1500, the Portuguese visited the Garoupas region many times in their quest to occupy and colonise the land. However, the region was not rich in gold mines, which at the time was the Portuguese monarch`s main interest.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Gateway to the Valdes Peninsula, a wildlife reserve which is a breeding ground for sea elephants and a wide variety of sea mammals and birds. Antarctica doves and cormorants nest on gravel beaches while white whales mate and calve off jagged coastline.
Puerto Montt, Chile
Puerto Montt at the southern terminus of the Pan American highway, is a charming town in Chile’s beautiful Lake District. Founded by German immigrants, the town is reminiscent of a Bavarian village in a setting of great natural beauty.
Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
Located 180 miles upriver, Puerto Ordaz is a growing metropolis at the convergence of the Orinoco and Caroni Rivers. From here you can take an optional flight-seeing excursion over Angel Falls and visit the jungle camp of Canaima in Canaima National Park. Located in a spectacular natural setting, Angel Falls is the higher waterfall in the world –15 times higher than Niagara Falls –where the rushing torrent falls 3,200 feet in a matter of seconds. The Falls were named after American aviator and explorer Jimmy Angel who reported their existence in 1935.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
The name of the lively capital of Guatemala City, honors the beautiful, iridescent Quetzal bird, sacred to the Maya. Discover the riches of modern Mayas, such as elaborate woven textiles, each telling stories of their heritage.
Punta Arenas, Chile
The capital of Chile’s Magallanes region, this former whaling town has several interesting museums of indigenous art. Take an optional tour of Chile’s Patagonia region for a look at the area’s fascinating flora and fauna.
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Every year the South America elite retreat to their summer homes in Punta del Este. This exclusive seaside resort is filled with elegant shops and expensive restaurants surrounding a picturesque harbor filled with sleek yachts.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Located on a narrow and long peninsula in the Gulf of Nicoya, it is the country’s most important fishing port. It is a cheerful town offering various bars, restaurants and open-air cafes along the beach.
The "Venice of Brazil" stretches over bridges and canals and is protected by a coral barrier reef. Not far from Recife is Olinda, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both Recife`s and Olinda`s famous carnivals are wonderful.
The beautiful "Island of Roses" has a rich and varied history. A mix of modern & medieval, fascinates and impresses each visitor. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athens. Below lies the bay of St.Paul where the apostle landed during his voyages. The crusading Knights of St.John left the medieval city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The Ottoman Turks then occupied Rhodes for almost 400 years, leaving mosques, minarets and a Turkish bath to mark their presence.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Seasoned travelers call it the most beautiful city in the world. Vast stretches of soft sandy beaches and rugged mountains with lush jungles frame a fascinating city that moves to a Samba beat.
Romance Glacier, Chile
Romance Glacier belongs to Chile and is situated in the Patagonian Beagle Channel, named after the ship on which Darwin sailed the channel in 1832. There are impressive views of snow-clad peaks, rivers, waterfalls and dense woods.
Salavery (Trujillo), Peru
It is the port of Trujillo, the ‘Lordly City’ whose elegant mansions and churches reflect the aristocracy of the Spanish colonial era. Here you may opt for a thrilling excursion to Chan Chan, an immense and magnificent enclave which was the center of the sophisticated Chimu culture.
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
One of the Brazil’s most important cities and a major tourist attraction, Salvador de Bahia is a fascinating blend of cultures. Fine examples of colonial architecture are found in the old town, and the city is a center for local artisans and craftsmen.
San Andres, Colombia
Just eight miles long, this idyllic isle offers white sand beaches and excellent water sports. In the lively port area, you can browse among a variety of goods from porcelain to Colombian emeralds.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
El Morro, a colonial fortress, guards San Juan’s harbor. Take an excursion to the El Yunque rain forest or explore the narrow streets and colonial architecture of bustling Old San Juan.
On the banks of the Amazon, Santarem serves as an important supply center for the miners and prospectors in the region. At Alter do Chao, on the Rio Tapajos, you can swim in the pristine waters of an Amazon tributary, or visit the museum of Indigenous Art.
Santo Tomas de Castillo, Guatemala
Santo Tomas was built by United Fruit in the early 1900’s as a ‘company town’. Today it provides us with easy access by a plane for an optional excursion to the spectacular Maya ruins of Tikal. Or visit Quirigua on an optional motorcoach excursion.
The city centre is a maze of back streets and alleyways, with most business being concentrated around the port. There are more than 400 km of coastline with sand and rocks, small inlets and even an area that looks like a Mediterranean riviera.
Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina
Laying claim to the title of southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the largest settlement of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). Located on the north shore of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the jumping-off point for local boat tours of the narrow channel and its many remote islands, home to fur seals, sea lions and cormorant colonies.
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
This charming resort is the gateway to the capital city of Santiago, where you can tour the incredible per-Columbia Art Museum and San Francisco Church.