South America Living

5 Popular Cruise Destinations in South America

Playa de Puntarenas (Puntarenas Beach) in Costa Rica

There are many things to see and do on a South American cruise and these points of interest listed below are only the beginning.

Some of the cruise stops are amazing and you may feel like you didn’t have enough time to enjoy them as much as you wanted.

When you return home you may want to plan a second vacation in South America! There are lots of cheap flights and hotels on Expedia and you can find any destination.

  1. Alta do Chao

    Nestled along the Amazon River is Alto do Chao. This Brazilian port is a beach river resort and is a wonderful destination for those visiting South America by cruise. The beaches are white and inviting, so much so that you may think you have stepped right into the Mediterranean. Alta do Chao consists of lush tropical forests and many quaint villages to pique your interest.

  2. Santarem

    Santarem is another Brazilian port that offers something for everyone. Also situated along the Amazon, Santarem is a thriving city of more than 140,000 people. The harbour is always busy and offers a number of wonderful shops and restaurants. Upstream there are rainforests where you can view wildlife or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  3. Parintins

    Still in Brazil you will find Parintins. Parintins sits on the banks of the Amazon River and hosts festivals every year in June that are great tourist attractions. There’s also the Varre Wind and Taracuera beaches that are famed for their white sands, the Parintins Mountain Ride and Valeria Lake which offers beautiful and relaxing scenery. The quaint villages in the area offer the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and restaurants and cafes give you the chance to sample local cuisine at its finest.

  4. San Juan

    If you are cruising South America you simply must take time to stop off in San Juan. Puerto Rico is a very popular tourist destination in the Caribbean and the capital city San Juan offers a number of historic and culturally diverse areas. The 16th century Fortress El Morro sits just outside the city as well as many other historic areas.

  5. Puntarenas

    In Costa Rica you will find Puntarenas with its varied landscapes and old Spanish architecture. This area is famed for its beaches and there are literally cafes and restaurants on every corner. Manuel Antonio Park is a tropical rainforest located just outside Puntarenas and other sites are inviting as well.

In summary, if you are planning a cruise to South America, any of these destinations are sure to please. Many cruise lines offer the ability to choose many different ports of call so if you get the chance, visit more than one of these areas. There are many things to see and do on a South American cruise and these points of interest are only the beginning.

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