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From the sultry and seductive city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to the wondrous secrets of Machu Picchu in Peru - South America offers intriguing lands of culture, natural beauty, and nostalgia. Those who visit this brave continent will have a chance to discover and explore the cascading Iguazu Falls in the jungles of Argentina, the marvelous old-world architecture of Montevideo, Uruguay, the pristine lakes and snow-capped volcanoes of Puerto Montt, Chile and the Brazilian beaches of Rio.
The climate in South America mirrors North America's seasons, putting the continents peak summer months in the middle of northern winters. Although cruises to South America are offered from October through April, peak season is reached during the months of December, January, and February.
Typically the cruises sail from Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, and Buenos Aires, but some do depart from San Diego, New York and Fort Lauderdale, as well. In addition to the traditional stops that are actually on South American land, ships sail around the continent, including the tip of Cape Horn, often calling in the Falkland Islands and Antarctica as well as stops in Mexico and Costa Rica. This exciting journey can last anywhere from 13 to 40 days, and usually attracts passengers with an appetite for adventure and education. Most cruise lines also offer pre- and post-cruise packages and overnight stays in some of the South American port cities.