South America boasts some incredible opportunities for small ship cruising with vast rivers, dramatic coastlines and unique wildlife encounters. These short cruises on small ships make a wonderful addition to our tours in South America.
Let us show you how to enjoy South America's best cruising experiences on a Wendy Wu tour.
Far out into the Pacific lies the astonishing Galapagos Islands, a naturalists heaven of fearless wildlife, unique animal, bird and sea life, and such an astonishing diversity of species that it changed the way we view the world. Sailing between each unique island, your days are spent spotting incredible wildlife, admiring the dramatic volcanic landscapes and swimming in the warm, clear waters that are home to a rich marine ecosystem. Naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day and give lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands.
Galapagos cruises generally last five days and include a flight from Quito or Guyaquil
Would make a great addition to: Ecuador HighlightsExplore Ecuador
The Amazon rainforest is home to the largest and most diverse range of plant and animal life on the globe. Spanning 9 countries and flowing for over 4,000 miles, the Amazon basin hosts more than a third of all recorded animal species in the world. Only accessible by riverboat, asling on the Amazon allows you to experience the impenetrable jungle in comfort and to get up close to the animals, bird and marine life that inhabit the forest.
Peruvian Amazon river cruises generally last for 4 days and depart from Iquitos, a two hour flight from Lima
Would make a great addition to: Panoramic Peru
The coastline of southern Chile and Argentina is one of the few remaining untouched wildernesses on the planet, a pristine wonderland of huge glaciers, snow-capped mountains and tranquil fjords. As well as discovering the wild beauty of Patagonia, you’ll stop at fabled spots like Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay and the Beagle Channel, and encounter the region’s abundant wildlife.
Patagonia Cruises generally last between 5 and 8 days sailing between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas
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