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Choosing the best time for South America cruises depends on what you are hoping to find. For example, in June, the Galapagos Islands offer cool, dry weather, but at that same time, the Amazon basin is around 90ºF, while snow and ice makes southern Patagonia impassable. This drastic variation in climate means that there is no offseason in South America as a whole, though as a general rule, the summer season is when you will find the continent most hospitable.

The most popular months to visit South America are during the height of summer, which is roughly from December to March, and many tourist destinations will be packed. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil are particularly busy, and the world famous Rio de Janeiro carnival in February sees millions of visitors arriving in the city from across the globe.

In the southern part of the continent, the least expensive months to visit are between September to December and between March and June, when the weather is generally colder and there are fewer tourists. You should be prepared to pay higher prices if you want to visit during the peak season months, particularly in major cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

There are a number of major international ports in South America, including Buenos Aires in Argentina, Montevideo in Uruguay and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. On the west coast, Lima in Peru is also a major port, along with Punta Arenas, the gateway to Chilean Patagonia.

South America cruises offer plentiful opportunity for shore excursions. In Argentina, visitors can enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires - the Paris of South America - visit an authentic horse ranch or go kayaking with sea lions. In Brazil, cruise passengers can take in the nightlife of Rio de Janeiro or the grandeur of Sugar Loaf mountain, and on the west coast, visitors can explore the stunning Machalilla National Park in Ecuador or stop to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley.

There are plenty of options for travelers who want to enjoy the cruises to South American. Avalon Waterways offer a fascinating Treasure of Galapagos cruise along the west coast of the continent that takes in Machu Picchu and the Amazon, and intrepid explorers can try the National Geographic Islander Cruise from Lindblad Expeditions, which stops at Sacred Valley, Quito and the Galapagos Islands.

Silversea cruises are an alternative option for holiday-makers with a slightly higher budget, and offer real extravagance on board. These ships, such as the Silver Cloud Expedition, have a slightly smaller capacity, so guests can rest assured they'll receive special treatment and enjoy the perfect luxury cruise experience.

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7.2
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MSC Poesia
Wed Nov 28 - Sun Dec 2 (4 nights)
MSC Cruises
Salvador Ilheus Rio de Janeiro Santos
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Salvador
2
Ilheus
4
Rio de Janeiro
5
Santos
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7.2
Good
MSC Fantasia
Mon Nov 19 - Sat Nov 24 (5 nights)
MSC Cruises
Salvador Ilheus Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Santos
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Salvador
2
Ilheus
4
Rio de Janeiro
5
Rio de Janeiro
6
Santos
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5.8
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Le Soleal
Night Ocean Voyage
Sat Nov 3 - Wed Nov 7 (4 nights)
Ponant
Callao Valparaiso
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Callao
5
Valparaiso
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6.5
Good
MSC Orchestra
Mon Nov 26 - Tue Dec 4 (8 nights)
MSC Cruises
Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro Buzios Ilhabela Punta Del Este Buenos Aires
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Buenos Aires
4
Rio de Janeiro
5
Buzios
6
Ilhabela
8
Punta Del Este
9
Buenos Aires
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6.8
Good
Le Boreal
Night Ocean Voyage
Wed Nov 7 - Tue Nov 13 (6 nights)
Ponant
Easter Island/Hanga Roa Valparaiso
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Easter Island/Hanga Roa
7
Valparaiso
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7.4
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Zaandam
Night South America Passage
Sat Nov 3 - Mon Nov 19 (16 nights)
Holland America Line
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil At Sea At Sea Punta Del Este, Uruguay Buenos Aires, Argentina Montevideo, Uruguay At Sea At Sea Port Stanley, Falkland Islands Cruise Cape Horn Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Cruise Glacier Alley Cruise Cockburn & Beagle Channels Punta Arenas, Chile Cruise Strait Of Magellan Cruise Amalia Or Brujo Glacier Cruise Canal Sarmiento Cruise Chilean Fjords Puerto Montt, Chile At Sea San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2
At Sea
3
At Sea
4
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
6
Montevideo, Uruguay
7
At Sea
8
At Sea
9
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
10
Cruise Cape Horn
11
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
11
Cruise Glacier Alley
11
Cruise Cockburn & Beagle Channels
12
Punta Arenas, Chile
12
Cruise Strait Of Magellan
13
Cruise Amalia Or Brujo Glacier
13
Cruise Canal Sarmiento
14
Cruise Chilean Fjords
15
Puerto Montt, Chile
16
At Sea
17
San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
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7.4
Good
Zaandam
Night South America Passage
Mon Nov 19 - Mon Dec 3 (14 nights)
Holland America Line
San Antonio (Santiago), Chile At Sea Puerto Montt, Chile Puerto Chacabuco, Chile Cruise Chilean Fjords Cruise Canal Sarmiento Cruise Strait Of Magellan Punta Arenas, Chile Cruise Cockburn & Beagle Channels Cruise Glacier Alley Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Cruise Cape Horn Port Stanley, Falkland Islands At Sea At Sea Montevideo, Uruguay Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
2
At Sea
3
Puerto Montt, Chile
4
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
5
Cruise Chilean Fjords
6
Cruise Canal Sarmiento
7
Cruise Strait Of Magellan
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
7
Cruise Cockburn & Beagle Channels
8
Cruise Glacier Alley
8
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
9
Cruise Cape Horn
10
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
11
At Sea
12
At Sea
13
Montevideo, Uruguay
14
Buenos Aires, Argentina
15
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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7.6
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Seabourn Quest
Night Treasures Of The Inca Coast
Mon Nov 19 - Thu Nov 29 (10 nights)
Seabourn
Callao (Lima), Peru Callao (Lima), Peru Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas), Peru General San Martin (Pisco), Peru At Sea Punta Islay, Peru Matarani, Peru Arica, Chile Iquique, Chile Antofagasta, Chile Isla Pan De Azucar, Chile At Sea San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Callao (Lima), Peru
2
Callao (Lima), Peru
3
Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas), Peru
3
General San Martin (Pisco), Peru
4
At Sea
5
Punta Islay, Peru
5
Matarani, Peru
6
Arica, Chile
7
Iquique, Chile
8
Antofagasta, Chile
9
Isla Pan De Azucar, Chile
10
At Sea
11
San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
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6.2
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Celebrity Xpedition
Night Galapagos Islands Outer Loop
Sun Nov 25 - Sun Dec 2 (7 nights)
Celebrity Cruises
Baltra, Galapagos Daphne Island, Galapagos Gardner Bay, Espanola, Galapagos Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos Cormorant Point, Floreana, Galapagos Bahia Post Office, Floreana, Galapagos Punta Moreno, Isabela, Galapagos Urvina Bay, Isabela, Galapagos Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, Galapagos Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos South Plaza (Isla Plaza Sur), Galapagos Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Baltra, Galapagos
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Baltra, Galapagos
1
Daphne Island, Galapagos
2
Gardner Bay, Espanola, Galapagos
2
Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos
3
Cormorant Point, Floreana, Galapagos
3
Bahia Post Office, Floreana, Galapagos
4
Punta Moreno, Isabela, Galapagos
4
Urvina Bay, Isabela, Galapagos
5
Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, Galapagos
5
Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos
6
South Plaza (Isla Plaza Sur), Galapagos
6
Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz, Galapagos
7
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos
8
Baltra, Galapagos
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5.1
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Celebrity Xperience
Night Galapagos Southern Loop
Sat Nov 24 - Sat Dec 1 (7 nights)
Celebrity Cruises
Baltra, Galapagos North Seymour, Galapagos South Plaza (Isla Plaza Sur), Galapagos Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Galapagos Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Bahia Post Office, Floreana, Galapagos Cormorant Point, Floreana, Galapagos Elizabeth Bay, Galapagos Punta Moreno, Isabela, Galapagos Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Gardner Bay, Espanola, Galapagos Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos Mosquera Islet, Galapagos Baltra, Galapagos
DAY DESTINATIONS
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Baltra, Galapagos
1
North Seymour, Galapagos
2
South Plaza (Isla Plaza Sur), Galapagos
2
Santa Fe Island, Galapagos
3
Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Galapagos
3
Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos
4
Bahia Post Office, Floreana, Galapagos
4
Cormorant Point, Floreana, Galapagos
5
Elizabeth Bay, Galapagos
5
Punta Moreno, Isabela, Galapagos
6
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos
7
Gardner Bay, Espanola, Galapagos
7
Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos
8
Mosquera Islet, Galapagos
8
Baltra, Galapagos
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