From the Amazonian forests to the Galapagos Islands, you’ll never have enough time to explore all the beauty and wonders of South America. Hopping aboard a cruise that takes you to Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Chile is one way to enjoy a taste of the local culture and experience the great outdoors with a fun-filled day of shore excursions. Here are some of our favorite excursions to enjoy on a cruise to South America.

Discovering Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is located in the southern region of Chile and is the largest city below the southern 46th parallel. Taking a guided tour of this city will give you a chance to explore destinations including the Maggiornio Borgatello Museum and see the main square of the city that’s always abuzz with activity. This city is rich with culture and traditions that you can experience in every restaurant, shop and locale you visit.

Sao Paolo Tour

One of the most vibrant cities in Brazil, Sao Paolo is home to several cultural institutions and iconic buildings that date back hundreds of years. Take a guided tour of the city to visit the Museu de Arte de Sao Paolo and Museu Afro Brasil for a taste of the local arts scene. The Mercado Municipal is one of the city’s first grocery markets and the best place top find fresh produce, meats, fish, and locally-made food and crafts. You can also explore the 400-acre Parque do Ibirapuera, a well-designed green space that’s home to miles of walking and being paths.

Tastes of Uruguay Tour

If you want to discover the wine culture of South America, set your sights on Montevideo where you can enjoy some historical landmarks in the city before venturing to the countryside for a winery excursion. Traditional wineries, like the Bouza Winery Boutique, offer guided tours and a chance to learn about different winemaking techniques, vintages and varieties. You can also sample Uruguayan meats and other specialties along with your wine for an unforgettable experience.