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Ancient ruins, rainforests, towering mountain peaks, and scenic fjords can all be part of your trip to South America. Argentina, Chile, BoliviaEcuador, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia - each country offers natural and cultural discovery. Wind through Amazon tributaries in search of pink dolphins, round the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego for its spectacular views of glaciers and steep rocky shorelines, and set sail for the white continent, Antarctica, on a cruise departing from Ushuaia, Argentina and visiting the Falkland Islands. During your tour, you'll encounter some of the most welcoming people in the world as you explore Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands,  the Amazon, PatagoniaTorres del Paine, and Easter Island. Contact one of our South America travel specialists for help designing your dream trip. 
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10 Best South America Small Ship Cruises for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Authentic Amazon$51358May 22, 2022Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
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Amazon Encounter$57005May 26, 2022The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
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Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Machu Picchu$81509May 28, 2022Actively experience the wonders of Peru as you explore the upper Amazon, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley on this 9-day cruise & inland adventure. …
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Amazon Encounter$39005May 24, 2022Cruise the storied Amazon River in luxury on this 5-day itinerary aboard the Delfin III. Experience the local and remote villages lining the river …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery$42304May 21, 2022Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
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Luxury Amazon Expedition$98708May 21, 2022Board the luxurious Aqua Nera for an 8-day river cruise of the enthralling Amazon. In the intimate company of just 32 passengers, you'll have …
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Luxury Amazon Expedition$84358Jun 3, 2022An 8-day river cruise on the awe-inspiring Amazon awaits you aboard the Aria Amazon. Get up and personal with wildlife like Amazon dolphins and …
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The Great Adventure$1419017Mar 4, 2023Cruise the Southern Ocean aboard the luxurious L'Austral to explore the unique regions of South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and the Antarctic …
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Galapagos Explorer + Peru's Land of the Incas$1391016May 27, 2022Link your 9-day small ship-based Galápagos adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II to a 7-day land-based exploration of the …
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Luxury Amazon Explorer$56405May 24, 2022Enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aqua Nera. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the flooded forest and …
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10 Best Luxury Tours & Small Ship Cruises to South America for 2022-2023

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Haciendas of Ecuador$48137May 21, 2022This 7-day tour of Ecuador's Avenue of the Volcano explores the history and culture of the Andes while staying in luxurious haciendas: Hacienda …
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Authentic Amazon$51358May 22, 2022Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
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Awasi Patagonia$40704-7Sep 1, 2022Discover the Torres del Paine National Park with luxury accommodations and unique excursions. Enjoy a 7-day relaxing stay at Awasi Patagonia while …
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Luxury Inca Trail$594610May 21, 2022Hike the Inca Trail in style and comfort. This 10-day Inca Trail trek & exploration of Andean Peru is combined with an upscale camping experience …
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Awasi Atacama Desert$27004May 21, 2022Spend your nights in San Pedro de Atacama on these 3 to 5-night luxury Chile tours with flexible itineraries that explore the best of the Atacama …
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Machu Picchu by Train with Luxury Hotels$29747May 21, 2022Our mainstay Machu Picchu trip with luxury accommodations. We visit the most important Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuamán, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo, …
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Amazon Encounter$57005May 26, 2022The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
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Amazon Encounter$39005May 24, 2022Cruise the storied Amazon River in luxury on this 5-day itinerary aboard the Delfin III. Experience the local and remote villages lining the river …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery$42304May 21, 2022Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
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Luxury Amazon Expedition$98708May 21, 2022Board the luxurious Aqua Nera for an 8-day river cruise of the enthralling Amazon. In the intimate company of just 32 passengers, you'll have …
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No word better captures the atmosphere of South America than "diversity." Between stunning biodiversity, geography stretching from the steamy Amazon to frozen Patagonia, amiable cultures, and a rich history, this corner of the world has it all. Every country has its own distinct identity and personality, but the warm spirit of hospitality for which South America is known permeates the whole continent. As you get to know each of these cultures & people, you'll also delight in the natural wonders held in this vast land.
The Natural Highlights of South America
The Amazon- Between Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, this dense jungle is home to more species of birds, plant life, & other endemic wildlife than any other part of the world, and it comes to vivid life for you as you explore the unspoiled wilderness where there are still uncontacted tribes, friendly river dolphins that swim among piranhas, and curious monkeys swinging through the canopy above.

The Galapagos Islands- Off the golden coast of Ecuador, you'll fine the sun-kissed Galapagos Islands, where Darwin himself first postulated his theories of evolution. A cruise to these pristine islands will show you the same fascinating creatures that Darwin saw, like the Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguanas, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, a rainbow of tropical fish, and an array of the most stunning bird species in the world.

Patagonia- In the beating heart of Argentina you'll find the expansive landscapes of Patagonia, which has inspired travelers and explorers for centuries. From the bustling metropolitan center of Buenos Aires, you will embark on an adventure across sub-Antarctic forests, past glacial lakes, and up the steep mountains & rolling hills to get absolutely incredible panoramic vistas.

Machu Picchu- Nowhere else quite captures the grandeur of the ancient Incan Empire as well as the breathtaking citadel at Machu Picchu. These well preserved ruins in the Peruvian Andes demonstrate the astonishing engineering feats that the Inca were able to accomplish. Your guide will explain how each part of the city was specially designed as a functional tribute to nature and the gods that watched over this ancient civilization.

Best South America Cruise Lines for 2022-2023

  • Ponant-  is a premium cruise line based in Monaco, owned by Royal Caribbean, and the inventor of all-inclusive cruising. Visit South America on the 254-guest Silver Cloud to learn about the Mayans, see untamed beaches and natural parks, and trace the history of the Spanish explorers' famous cities. UNESCO has awarded many locations World Heritage status.
  • UnCruise - the Seattle based cruise line operates eight adventure ships, plus a partner vessel in the Galápagos, carrying 22-88 guests in Alaska, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Mexico's Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Galápagos, Costa Rica, and Panamà. 
  • Aqua Expeditions - take guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury aboard the Aria Amazon. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru's finest chefs, celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small-group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world's most biodiverse rainforest.
  • Silversea Cruises - offers Millennium Class ships Silver Whisper and sister ship Silver Shadow that invite you to enjoy world-class accommodations, shipboard conviviality, and warm, individualized service, paired with the enhanced spaces and amenities of a larger ship.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - has an entire cast of expedition specialists that guide their expeditions: experienced sailors and ice masters, expedition leaders, naturalists, undersea specialists, top photographers, cultural specialists, historians, and professional filmmakers. Explore three picturesque colonial cities from Paramaribo, Suriname, a UNESCO Site, to Belém, the gateway to the Amazon, and Salvador, Brazil's cultural heart. And visit notorious Devil's Island aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
  • Aurora Expeditions - Embark on the 132-guest Greg Mortimer to discover the wealth of cultural attraction, nature, and wildlife that abound in Colombia's diverse landscapes and the spirit and warmth of its people.
  • Delfin Amazon Cruises -  is the pioneer upscale river cruise operator in the Upper Peruvian Amazon. Venture to discover the Amazon Rainforest aboard the Delfin III, offering 22 suites with the highest comfort levels for up to 44 passengers. 
  • Hurtigruten - is Svalbard's most experienced tour operator, tracing its roots back to the late 1800s, and offers year-round land-based adventures next to the North Pole. MS Fram uses the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for voyages in South America.
  • Quark Expeditions - has seasoned veterans with rich backgrounds in marine biology, history, glaciology, geology, and more. Embark on a small polar vessel like the 172-guest World Explorer, an all-balcony, all-suite expedition ship perfect for polar exploration, designed to navigate into Chile's spectacular network of fjords and channels.
  • Poseidon Expeditions - has been a leading operator of polar expeditions in the cruise industry since 1999. Providing spacious suites for the accommodation of 114 passengers, the Sea Spirit has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing. 
  • Sea Cloud Cruises - Onboard the Sea Cloud, the sails are still traditionally set, by hand –, a real piece of work. It is always a spectacular moment when the sailors climb the rigging, loosen the heavy cloth, and powerfully tension the deck lines. 
  • Star Clippers Americas - is the only modern cruise line that recreates the tall sailing boat era with its fleet Royal ClipperStar Flyer, and Star Clipper
  • Skorpios Cruises - sail through fjords, gaze at glaciers and take in the spectacular landscape of Chilean Patagonia aboard the 160 guest MV Skorpios II

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8 Amazing Trips to the Amazon for 2022-2023

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Sacha Lodge$20547May 21, 2022Flying from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, board a canoe down the Napo River where we'll have four nights exploring the Amazon rainforest at …
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La Selva Lodge$19907May 21, 2022Spend four nights in the Ecuadorian Amazon at the La Selva rainforest lodge with professional naturalists and indigenous guides. Paddle a canoe on …
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Wildlife Odyssey$709515May 21, 2022Discover three natural wonders of the world in one amazing trip: the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. …
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Andes and Amazon$441615May 21, 2022Our most complete tour of Ecuador. Explore colonial Cuenca, the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, and the town of Baños, before descending to Amazon …
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Authentic Amazon$51358May 22, 2022Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
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Tambopata Research Center$11205May 21, 2022Explore the Amazon rainforest on this 5-day tour from Puerto Maldonado. Hike on the floodplain trails, search for frogs at night, and look for the …
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Incas and Rainforest$225110May 21, 2022Journey through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and explore the Peruvian Amazon in this 10 day tour. Spend 3 nights in the Amazon, observing the …
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Refugio Amazonas Adventure$9084May 21, 2022Take your family on a Peruvian trip to the Amazon rainforest from the comfort of Refugio Amazonas on this exciting 4-day tour. Enjoy climbing a 30 …
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Patagonia Wildlife Safari$16235-7Sep 1, 2022On this tour of Chile's Southern Patagonia region experience penguins, guanacos, Darwin's Rheas, Andean foxes, and more as you hike or even bike …
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Classic Peru Group Tour$12957May 21, 2022Get to know other travelers on this seven-day Peruvian group trip. Begin in Lima, visit the Sacsayhuamán Inca ruins near Cusco, Pisac, and …
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Short Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu$17727May 21, 2022This 7-day trip culminates in a one day hike on the Inca Trail arriving to Machu Picchu with a full day and a half to explore the ruins. Explore the …
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Classic W Trek$16048Oct 2, 2022Experience the world's ultimate hiking adventure trekking the W Trek in Torres del Paine, Chile. 6 of the 8 days are spent trekking the Paso Los …
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Classic Inca Trail$242410May 21, 2022Follow in the footsteps of the Inca on this classic 10-day Inca Trail Trek. Acclimatize for three days as you explore Inca ruins and bargain at busy …
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Machu Picchu by Train$15177May 21, 2022On this 7-day excursion through the Sacred Valley starting in Lima, you'll visit impressive Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuamán near Cusco, then Pisac, …
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Patagonia Camp - Torres del Paine$17604-8May 21, 2022Patagonia Camp is located on the shores of enormous Lake Toro and facing the Paine Massif, only 15 km from the Torres Del Paine Park’s …
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Atacama Desert$16434-5May 21, 2022Venture into the Atacama Desert! Three to five night extensions include flexible itineraries that explore this unique region, including a visit to …
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Torres del Paine Multisport$34746Sep 15, 2022Explore Torres del Paine in this multisport tour of Patagonia's best while hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, and trekking! With EcoCamp as …
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Manco Multisport$317412May 21, 2022This active 12-day tour through Peru blends exhilarating multi-sport adventures like whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, trekking, and mountain …
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