Endless Wonders in South America
South America is a continent both spectacular and awe-inspiring, so filled with wonder that you’ll likely find one visit isn’t enough. Dip into the bright lights of the big cities leaving time to explore South America’s natural wonders, which offer breathtaking beauty and majestic sights. Be forewarned, you’ll want to return for more. Read on for insights about a few of South America’s favorite destinations.
Photo: Buenos Aires, pink government building, Casa Rosada. Image By Benjamim Rascoe from Unsplash
Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThe elegant capital of Argentina welcomes visitors with a rich cultural experience. The cosmopolitan city constructed with European colonial architecture blends a multitude of traditions and aesthetics. Each district has its own style. Chic Palermo is home to regal mansions, tree-lined boulevards and exclusive boutiques. La Boca is where tango dancers and artists display their talents. Take a day trip to a nearby estancia, or cattle ranch, for a traditional Argentine barbecue and performance by local gauchos. If you’re concluding a cruise voyage in Buenos Aires, extend your stay in the country to soak in the city’s wealth of attractions before catching your flight home.
Montevideo, UruguayThe central hub of Uruguay is a city that exudes European charm and elegance. In the heart of the city, you’ll find broad boulevards, lavish fountains, stately squares and irresistible sidewalk cafés. Plaza Independencia is the perfect starting point to explore the Old Town. Other historic and cultural highlights include the Art Nouveau pedestrian mall, Art Deco Centenary Stadium and the American Embassy designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. Go beyond the city limits to explore gaucho and ranching culture, which is central to the nation's identity as much as the region's superb winemaking.
Photo: Sao Paulo, Downtown. Image By Joao Tzanno (Unsplash)
São Paulo, Brazil
Brazil’s largest and most diverse metropolis offers incredible museums and cultural landmarks along with relaxing green spaces. São Paulo’s food scene is full of ingredients fresh from the rainforest and dishes influenced by world cuisines. Join a master chef on a culinary tour and complement a memorable meal with an ice-cold caipirinha cocktail. Some of the best food is found in bars and botecos, casual spots serving beer and snacks like crispy manioc fries and pastries. The Mercado Municipal is São Paulo’s central market and home of the mortadella sandwich, a towering pile of sausage meat and grilled cheese. The market is a haven for vegetarians, too, with rows of tropical fruit and vegetables from the plum-like caqui to jackfruit, graviola and jabuticaba.
Photo: Azamara Luxury Small Ship. Image from Azamara.com
Luxury Small Ship Cruising
Plan an unforgettable adventure to see these jaw-dropping attractions in South America. Azamara offers immersive experiences that take travelers deep into the heart of a destination, from cooking and sampling authentic food to listening to traditional music or spending time with locals. Dive deeper into each destination with intensive itineraries, extensive land programs and more overnight stays. Azamara’s intimate ships dock in smaller, less-visited ports that larger cruise ships cannot reach. Guests can settle into a luxurious hotel at sea with complimentary amenities like gratuities, select beverages, butler service, exclusive cultural events and more.