South America CRUISES
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Look at a map of South America, and its cultural and environmental diversity begins to make sense. This is a continent that stretches from north of the equator to some 800 kilometers (500 miles) shy of Antarctica. Here you’ll find the rain forests of the Amazon, the towering Andes, the Atacama Desert and the glaciers of Patagonia. The cultural highlights are similarly varied and fascinating. It’s home to ancient Inca sites, restored Spanish-colonial towns and cosmopolitan, sophisticated cities with a European flair—Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro. Many cruises to South America also include the world’s last true frontier: the frozen white continent of Antarctica.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Punta Arenas, Chile
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Color dominates the seaport city of Valparaíso: Brightly painted houses cling intrepidly to steep hillsides that rise from the Pacific. The city is having a renaissance, and its bohemian culture and emphasis on the arts are felt and seen everywhere. In 2003, UNESCO designated one-fourth of Valparaíso a World Heritage Site.
Stately and monumental Santiago, 120 kilometers (75 miles) inland, offers the visitor such important museums and public buildings as the Museo Precolombino and Palacio and Centro Cultural de La Moneda. A walk along Paseo Ahumada to the Plaza de Armas and the old Mercado Central gives a taste of many different facets of the city.