Date: December 7 - December 19, 2016
Cruise Destination: Rio De Janeiro to Buenos Aires
History, natural beauty, rich cultures and a vivacious spirit – find them all in South America. You will be captivated by the beaches of Rio de Janeiro as you bask in the sun at Copacabana, Leblon and the iconic Ipanema. Discover peaceful splendor, cascading waterfalls and the beauty of Parati’s flora as you tour the Serra de Bocaina National Park. Brazil also offers gorgeous architecture, such as the classic marble columns and imposing brick walls of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, one of the most important art museums in the country. The cultural side of Uruguay shines in the contemporary art of the Ralli Museum in Punta del Este, located in the fashionable Beverly Hills neighborhood.
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Day 1-2: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Enjoy a scenic cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for its renowned view. Ride the cog railway through dense forest to Corcovado. Visit the lush botanical gardens, see famed Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and take in a thrilling samba show.
Day 3: Buzios, Brazil (Anchor Port)
Considered the St. Tropez of Brazil, Buzios boasts a cosmopolitan style reminiscent of the French Riviera. Sunbathe at one of the twenty beaches, including Azeda Beach with its calm and crystal-clear waters. Horseback riding, fishing, diving and catamaran cruises are also popular. Take a walking tour of the Emerências Reserve, where you'll find exotic plants, bromeliads and even the last golden lion tamarin monkeys in the region. At the Tauá Reserve, see more than 300 species of butterflies and 60 types of birds.
Day 4: Parati, Brazil (Anchor Port)
Savor this gem of a historic town with its beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture, charming narrow streets, imposing fort and exquisite churches. Enjoy a leisurely schooner cruise through this group of lush islands past quaint fishing villages and pristine beaches. Stop at a beach to swim, snorkel or just relax.
Day 5: Ilha Grande, Brazil (Anchor Port)
Enjoy exploring this beautiful island, hiking its trails, kayaking, snorkeling, diving to spectacular sites or simply relaxing on its gorgeous beaches. Savor the dense tropical forest with its diversity of birds, flowers, iguanas, monkeys and myriad wildlife found in this protected reserve.
Day 6: Sao Paulo (Santos), Brazil
Journey inland to vibrant São Paulo and see its modern skyscrapers and monuments and visit the beautiful art museum. Or explore charming Santos and its extraordinary botanical garden, including an orchidarium with over 100 flower species and an aviary alive with macaws, toucans and parrots. Take a scenic drive to Guaruja and visit the resort town's fascinating aquarium.
Day 7: Porto Belo, Brazil (Anchor Port)
Perched on a lovely peninsula in southern Brazil, Porto Belo is revered for its beaches, most especially Bombas and Bombinhas, which share a beautiful emerald-green bay. In fact, the area is called the "Emerald Coast." Diving and snorkeling are spectacular in the nearby Marine Reserve of Arvoredo because warm and cooler waters meet here, attracting an incredible diversity of marine life.
Day 8: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
At Sea, International Waters
Day 9: Rio Grande, Brazil
Explore this lovely old Portuguese city, its gracious squares and beautiful churches. Visit the Museum of Sacred Art and the fascinating oceanographic museum. Or see the vast pampas and feel the gaucho life on a local estancia.
Day 10: Punta Del Este, Uruguay (Anchor Port)
Spend the day enjoying this beautiful, chic beach resort, its marinas and interesting shops. See amazing works by Dali, Chagall and Miro at the Ralli Museum. Or venture into the equally stunning countryside and visit a cattle station.
Day 11: Montevideo, Uruguay
Explore this charming, cosmopolitan city of parks and colonial architecture. Visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Or travel to the beautiful Portuguese colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, first settled in 1680.
Day 12-13: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Discover this elegant city and its beautiful surroundings with a tranquil cruise through the Tigre Delta past islands, mansions and English gardens. Visit the pampas and watch gauchos display their extraordinary horsemanship, or enjoy a fabulous tango show in its birthplace.