8 Reasons Why A South American Cruise Should Be Your Next Vacation

South America is a top destination for cruise lovers. Here are just a few of the reasons why a South American voyage with Azamara Club Cruises should be on your travel radar!

1. Culture

The culture of South America is lively and colorful. Music, art and dance are a vibrant part of every city.

Enjoy a sultry tango performance in Buenos Aires.


Enjoy a sultry tango performance in Buenos Aires

Rio’s famed Scenarium is the city’s leading venue for live music.

Live Music at Rio Scenarium

Buenos Aires is a dream come true for art lovers. You can easily fill your time with visits to museums and galleries, or see why Buenos Aires is one of the street art capitals of the world.

Museums and Galleries

Recommended voyage: This 9 Night “Best of Brazil” cruise in December 2014 features a spectacular samba performance in Rio de Janeiro during the complimentary AzAmazing Evening.

2. Architecture in Buenos Aires

El Ateneo is one of the most famous – and most beautiful – bookshops in the world. It opened as a theater in 1919, and features stunning ceiling frescoes and ornate carvings.

El Ateneo, Buenos Aires

The Puerto Madero skyrises, lit up at night, are an example of new trends in architecture in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral

The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Catholic Church in Buenos Aires, located in the city center. It has been rebuilt many times since the 16th century, resulting in a fascinating mix of architectural styles.

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

Recommended voyage: This January 2015 cruise to Antarctica and the Falklands concludes in Buenos Aires.

3. Rio at Night

When it comes to some cities, if you haven’t seen it at night you haven’t seen it at all. Rio de Janeiro is one of those cities; it comes alive at night.

Rio Skyline at Night

Rio at Night

Lights of Rio

Recommended tour: Our new Cruise Global, Nights Local program shows you the best of local culture after the sun has set. Experience Rio’s famed nightlife at the Rio Scenarium during this onshore excursion.

4. Iguazu Falls

These breathtaking waterfalls are on the border of Argentina and Brazil. They consist of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. The Devil’s Throat is the most impressive of them – a U-shaped, 82 meter high, 150 meter wide waterfall.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls Birds Eye View

5. Beaches

One of the best things about a South American cruise is getting to experience the many amazing beaches the continent has to offer.

Punta del Este’s Brava Beach is famous for this sculpture, “Mano de Punta del Este” or “The Hand”. Beaches, shopping and entertainment make this upscale resort town a favorite with Azamara cruisers.

Punta del Este

Illhabela means “beautiful island”, and this Brazilian port lives up to its name. Visitors love the luscious jungles, state park trails, stunning waterfalls and, of course, several fantastic beaches.


Rio’s Copacabana Beach is perhaps the most famous in the world. At 4km long, the beach is perfect for surfing, sunbathing and people-watching. This beach also hosts one of the most exciting New Year’s Eve parties in the world!

Copacabana Beach

Recommended voyage: Celebrate Christmas in Punta del Este, and experience Copacabana Beach on New Year’s Eve during this amazing December 2014 cruise!

6. Wine in Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo has a charming, European-style elegance that travelers love. Montevideo offers great shopping and art, as well as fantastic wineries. Book shore excursions through Azamara Club Cruises for an opportunity to enjoy wine tastings and winery tours.

Montevideo Vinyard

Montevideo Wine

Recommended voyage: This 12 night cruise in February 2015 not only includes a late-night stay in Montevideo, but takes guests to Rio de Janeiro in time for its famed Carnival!

7. Relaxing in Parati, Brazil

Visit Parati, Brazil and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time 300 years. The delightful town has been named a national historic monument. Parati’s Portuguese colonial architecture remains in tact, and you’ll love walking the cobblestoned old town center, where cars are not allowed.

Parati Boat

Join a shore excursion to tour a local Cachaca Distillery, where strong sugar cane liquor is brewed to make Brazil’s delicious national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

Enjoy a sultry tango performance in Buenos Aires.

Recommended voyage: Visit quaint towns like Parati and Buzios during this 11 night cruise in 2015.

8. Christ the Redeemer Statue

Rio de Janeiro’s Cristo Redentor is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. A visit to the statue delivers the most impressive views of the city, and the statue itself looks most beautiful at sunset.

Rio Statue

Rio Statue Vista

Rio Statue Sunset

Recommended voyage: This 18 night cruise in February 2015 begins with an overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro, and concludes in Miami, Florida.

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