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SAIL SOUTH AMERICA: Experience what you can't by foot

If you are looking for an incredible, unique way to experience South America, small ship cruising is sure to float your boat.

If you are looking for an incredible, unique way to experience South America, small ship cruising is sure to float your boat.

For starters, smaller-sized vessels are able to get into places that regular cruise ships simply can’t, which means passengers onboard can get as close as possible to wildlife and nature.

There’s a cruise ship to suit every taste and budget, too, and, as with any regular cruise, you’ll only have to unpack once whilst your small cruise ship takes you through incredible South American scenery.

And as each vessel specialises in its own range of activities, such as kayaking and snorkelling in the Galapagos, to onboard lecture programmes to specialist wildlife viewing in the Amazon, you’ll never cease being amazed!

So, have you thought about experiencing the following popular South American destinations on a small cruise ship? Well, you totally should!

Here’s where you can go…


Paddle through Patagonia


Located on the southern tip of South America and shared by both Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is the ultimate travel destination. It’s photographically epic, a hiker’s dream (you must visit Torres del Paine), and just a beautiful part of the world. Glacial lakes sit next to ancient glaciers, whilst on the coast, penguins and whales are easily spotted.

Experience this awe-inspiring part of the world in true expedition style onboard the Stella Australis: a modern small cruise ship that’s big enough to accommodate up to 210 intrepid travellers, a gym, a spacious dining room and a fully-stocked bar, what more could you want!

Book a spot on the incredible Fjords Tierra del Fuego small ship adventure and sail through this spectacular archipelago flaunting stunning fjords and epic landscapes – this is Patagonia at its finest!


Be amazed by the Amazon


The Amazon river isn’t just the longest waterway in the world – it also supports an incredibly diverse ecosystem that you just can’t find anywhere else in the world.

More than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen is produced by its surrounding rainforest, and more than 80 per cent of the world’s food has its source here. There’s just no other place like it, and the only way to truly experience its magic is on a small ship cruise.

For a taste of absolute luxury on the Amazon, the Delfin I has you covered. Elegant, recently refurbished and totally luxe, this classic river vessel features spacious deluxe suites with private terraces and whirlpool baths, a beautiful lounge area and an opulent dining space. Check out the 4-day Amazon cruise for an unforgettable time on this life-giving river.


Get in touch with nature on the Galapagos Islands


A stunning volcanic archipelago in the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands is nature at its finest. This breathtaking destination is best experienced on a small ship cruise where you can dock on some of the islands, go for a hike, and spy at the island’s wildlife through your binoculars.

See and experience the gorgeous Galapagos Islands on the luxury 5-day M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey and marvel at the incredible landscapes of the archipelago whilst coming in close contact with the region’s incredible biodiversity.

Featuring expansive suites with panoramic windows and not one, but two, Jacuzzis, there really is no better way to tick this world-famous site off your bucket list!


Get cruising


Chimu’s Destination Specialists are the people to chat with to find the best cruising option depending on your clients taste and budget. They’ve been to this part of the world multiple times and really know their stuff

Visit Chimu’s website to check out the huge selection of trips, ranging from just a few days to over a week, and book a small ship cruise to South America today!


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