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South America Cruises

Explore the Pacific coastline of South America, and get up close and personal with exotic wildlife and ancient civilisations.

South America Expedition Cruises

The extraordinary diversity of South America’s landscapes, wildlife and history make it a rich, colourful and exciting region to explore. It’s a land of dense rainforests, glacial fjords, ancient ruins, sandy beaches and bustling cities – ripe for active adventure. From the Scarlet Macaw to the wild guanaco, our Expedition Team will help you spot South America’s most famous animals.

Expedition cruises to South America

Our itineraries explore the west coast of South America from Panama, Ecuador and Peru down to Chile and Patagonia. Add on Lake Titicaca, Galápagos or Machu Picchu for the adventure of a lifetime.

Activities in South America

While on your South America expedition, enjoy a range of included and optional activities, taking in some of the best things to do, from history and culture to birdwatching and hiking.

Wildlife in South America

Spread over diverse biomes, South America is home to an incredible array of birds, animals and sea life. Expect to see tropical birds and jungle animals, as well as condors and mountain camelids.

Ancient treasures

South America has a wealth of historical riches. Discover ancient archaeological sites like Machu Picchu and Chan Chan, and visit UNESCO-listed Spanish colonial-era centres.

Cruising off the coast of Stornoway, Scotland. Photo: Tom Woodstock / Ultrasharp

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Satisfy your inner explorer

Our wide range of activities reflect the diverse destinations you’ll visit on your South American expedition cruise – from landings, town tours and community visits to hiking, kayaking and wildlife watching.

Activities in South America

Our goal is to provide you with a thrilling exploration of South America, whether that’s hiking through rainforests, kayaking on Lake Titicaca, or meeting Kawéskar villagers in Chile. With our wide range of landings, included activities and optional excursions, designed for all interests and activity levels, you’ll experience the best this incredible continent has to offer. See some of the options here.

Bahia Solano Town Walk

Explore an authentic fishing village surrounded by tropical rainforest and jungle.

Birdwatching in Bahia Solano

Explore the authentic fishermen’s village of Bahia Solano, also called Ciudad Mutis. This small town is only accessible by air or water and offers a unique experience surrounded by tropical rainforest and nature. Learn about the local culture, way of life, and economy.

* Please note that these are optional activities; an additional cost may apply.

Magnificent birdlife

A birdwatcher’s paradise – spot the mighty Andean Condor, colourful Toco Toucan and Scarlet Macaw as you travel through South America.

South American wildlife

South America’s rich biodiversity is a major draw for nature lovers, birders and photographers. Our expedition cruises take in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador’s Isla de la Plata, Peru’s Ballestas Islands, as well as four of Chile’s national parks including Torres del Paine. Encounter animals such as turtles, iguanas, whales, elephant seals, condors, monkeys and guanacos, to name but a few.

Andean nature

Discover the diverse ecosystems along the western coast of South America from the Atacama Desert and Valdivian rainforest to the glacial fjords of Chilean Patagonia.

Expedition Team South America

Your Expedition Team will host lectures and share fascinating insights as you visit indigenous communities, national parks and historical sites. Learn about South America’s rich history, diverse cultures and varied wildlife. You’ll go out on our small expedition boats and explore less travelled places, guided by your Expedition Team.

Expedition Ships

Travel in style and comfort on board these smaller, more sustainable expedition ships as you cruise around South America.

Supporting local projects

We support projects that benefit local people in the places we visit through the Hurtigruten Foundation. One such project is Ushuaia te abraza, which helps facilitate education in Argentinian communities.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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