South America is home to some of the worlds most remote and untouched areas. You can explore tropical paradise and the “end of the earth” on one of these five cruise excursions.

Iguazu Falls – Princess Cruises

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This cruise will take you to a waterfall wider and fuller than Niagara Falls and allow you to experience it from both Brazil and Argentina. Start in Rio de Janiero to see the all the amazing sights including Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. Then cruise to Iguazu Falls to see the spectacular waterfall. Lastly, head to Buenas Aires for an amazing Tango Show!

Galapagos National Park – Lindblad National Geographic

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The Wild Galapagos Escape cruise takes passengers into the depths of the remote national park where only around eighty ships are currently allowed to sail. Visitors can take interpretive island walks with naturalists to discover the wildlife and see the animals interacting in their natural habitat. Meet giant Galapagos tortoises, snorkel or kayak with tropical fish, turtles, penguins, and sea lions.

Amazon River Cruise – Smithsonian Journeys

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Smithsonian Journeys’ Zafiro is a state of the art river vessel built to take passengers into the lush Amazon jungles along the Amazon River. Passengers may take daily nature walks through jungles as well as small-boat river excursions to experience the most diverse plant and animal life on the planet. The Amazon has creatures such as gray and pink river dolphins, Amazonian manatees, rare macaws and toucans along with thousands of butterfly species and enormous nine-feet in diameter waterlilies. The world’s largest wetlands reserve is along the cruise route and passengers can view Capybara, rare palms, and orchids and several tropical birds. The cruise features a meeting with a local shaman who will discuss the various medicinal plants of the region and guests may try fishing for Red Bellied Piranha.

Argentina-Rio-Uraguay – Celebrity Cruises

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While on this amazing cruise, you can spend time in “the Paris of South America,” and visit the world’s oldest barrio and learn to tango. Shopping in the chic boutiques of Sao Paulo or walk in Ibirapuera Park is a must. And visiting the tropical island of Ilhabela with its virgin beaches and hidden coves it is an excellent place to soak up the sun and relax. Explore the rainforests of Rio or climb the famed Sugarloaf Mountain and explore Christ the Redeemer statue. In Punta Del Este you can go to “whale point” and enjoy an afternoon of whale watching.