7 Best And Must Visit South America Cruise Destinations
South America is a fantastic place for a cruise and has some of the most varied landscapes and cultures of any cruise destination world wide. Many people imagine South America to be a destination out of reach of the normal tourist. Many cruise lines travel to the far shores of South America but which destination will be your ideal South America cruise?
Alta do Chao
Alta do chao is a port in Brazil and is a lovely beach river resort. Located along the Amazon this is a must see stop for any cruise tourist. The pristine sandy white beach is almost like a Mediterranean destination. The area consists of little villages and lush tropical forests. The area is simply stunning.
Also located in Brazil is Manaus. Manaus is the furthest navigable port on the Amazon and is the deepest you can go on a cruise line ship. It is 1000 miles from the ocean so you can imagine some of the stunning scenery you will encounter on the way there. The area is littered with monuments that the locals have constructed over the years. A fascinating destination.
Manaus is the largest city in the Amazon and it is a strange pocket of refinement amidst the jungle. The city also acts as the major port for ocean vessels and it is located at a distance of about 1500 kms from the ocean. It has nearly half of the population of Mongolia; however as a tourist, you should not be surprised to feel little out of whack. The city is filled with genuinely rewarding sites, inclusive of leafy zoo and the museum and the beach combo of the city can make the tourists feel out of the city center. There are many tour operators based on this city and there are scammers as well and therefore travelers should be careful in selecting the right tourism organizations arranging for Manaus Brazil Amazon trips.
Trip organizers are offering trips to this wonderful city under different packages and cruise ships are also operated by these service providers. The travelers are at liberty to choose between luxurious trips and economical trips according to their budget. It is better to opt for early morning trips in such a way that tourists can get enough time to enjoy as much time as possible in the water. Early morning trips will also enable the tourists to get sight of the local and international boat traffic plying in the waters, which will be a great sight to enjoy. During the trips, if the tourists wish, they can transfer to smaller vessels if they are interested in getting into the jungles for getting sight of some different creatures.
Tourists can make their base camp at the city of Manaus and this will enable them to explore fishing in two major rivers of the city namely Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro. Even though, the two rivers are flowing together, the difference in their colors will be clearly visible for several miles. The former river has a pale brown color because of the glacial silt and sand flowing into the river and the latter river has a dark yet clear color as it carries little sediments. They merge with each other and continually offer their beautiful view to the visitors.
Day fishing at Manaus can be a great experience for fishing enthusiasts and they will sure enjoy, particularly when they take up tours with organizations arranging for one-day trip to this city. So, select the best tourist organization offering Manaus Brazil Amazon Trips and make your trip memorable for your lifetime.
Another Brazilian destination is Parintins. On the banks of the Amazon, Parintins is located within hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest. Every year at the end of June there are huge festivals held in Parintins. It is a unique place to find some great souvenirs that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The Parintins Mountain Ridge and the Taracuera and Varre Wind beaches can be found nearby as well as the beautiful Valéria Lake.
Brazil is a massive area and has many ports. Another Brazilian port located on the Amazon is Santarem, 500 miles up the Amazon. It is a city of over 140,000 people and has a bustling harbour. Upstream you will sale through lush rainforest where you might see monkeys and other rain forest wildlife frolicking in the trees. A truly unforgettable South America cruise.
Puntarenas is the largest province in Costa Rica. It has a massively varied landscape and you will see something different at every turn. It is the largest city in the central pacific. There is plenty of old colonial Spanish architecture to admire and its beaches are some of the best in the world. The beach areas are littered with alfresco cafes and restaurants. Nearby is Manuel Antonio Park, a lush tropical rainforest to explore. Costa Rica’s beaches are famous for the excellent snorkelling and fantastic forest trails.
The beaches of Puntarenas are considered significant for water sports and other sports activities. Earlier pollution created hindrances for the swimmers while relishing their moments at the beaches but now they are safe to swim without any such worries. People from across the world visit here to experience some adventurous moments to cherish throughout their lifetime. Some beaches cover up islands where tourists spend most of their vacation time.
Discover your Paradise in Villages
Cabuya, being one of the more lively islands situated on the ocean side of Costa Rica, appeases people with its beautiful beach homes where they can create their own private paradise. You would enjoy fishing and cooking with your partner in the most the exquisite, quaint Cabuya Village. Another paradise is the Playa Dona Anna beach which is a few kilometers away from Puntarenas and has got fine beach waters along with lovely white sand where you can enjoy picnicking and adore beachfront views. You would also find changing rooms on the beach where you can switch clothes after spending your fun filled moments at the beach.
Illustrious Jaco Beach
The Jaco beach situated in the northern part of the province is also prominent in terms of fun and water sport activities. It is well known for its numerous festivals and music parties; the grey sands have sufficient area of roughly 2 miles that is ideal for a big party to be organized. The neighborhood beaches of Jaco include Hermosa, Esterillos and those at the Manuel Antonio National Park. The entire coast is popular for its water sports and other activities which entertain the people ceaselessly, throughout the day and night. The Jaco beach is also known for its night life where the clubs, bars, restaurants and discos play a major role in keeping the tourists occupied till sun-rise. One of the major water sports which can be enjoyed in these beaches includes Surfing which can be tried out by beginners as well as skilled surfers.
Passionate Surfers Appeased To A Great Extent
Many beaches and rivers act as a great spot for surfing in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and two of them are Barranca and Tivives river mouths. Surfers from across the world spend their vacations at the resorts situated near the beaches where they can entertain themselves with their skills of surfing. The waves of Jaco appeal to a new surfer and he can relish his first moments on a surfing board. The rivers mentioned before have incredible breaks such that skilled and professional surfers enjoy flaunting their surfing expertise on such riverfronts. Some of the other notable beaches which are known for water sports activities include Playa Matapalo and Playa Esterillos where a surf competition is held every year attracting international surfers to showcase their waterborne talents. Playa Hermosa also organizes some surfing competitions and the consistent strong waves rising there serve as the core attraction for the tourist surfers.
Puntarenas not only serves the tourists with good accommodation facilities but also with lovely beaches where passionate surfers can spend most of their time enjoying the sport that they love. But take care of yourself as crocodiles frequent the waters here and may startle you on your surfing expeditions. Regardless, Puntarenas guarantee you some of the best beach fun activities and lifetime memories.
A stop in Mexico may include the port of Puerto Chiapas. The area has a very rich culture and the landscape is breathtaking. Some of Mexico’s finest archaeological sites can be accessed via this port. This lush area is based in the middle of a rainforest and as such some of the plants and wildlife is exotic to say the least. The colonial architecture needs to be seen to be believed.
Puerto Rico is a charming place to visit on your South America cruise. Within walking distance of San Juan is Old San Juan. It is the most attractive part of the Puerto Rican capital and also one of the most fascinating historic areas in the whole Caribbean.
When arriving, make your entry into the five hundred-year-old fortified city by entering through the original San Juan Gate. This is considered by experienced travelers and locals as the most scenic route into the old city.
As a cruise ship passenger, you have the opportunity to step back in time and view the five century old city the way explores and travelers did hundreds of years ago. Then, a good sailing vessel and the deep natural bay was the only way to enter this island. The sites to view outside of the city gates create the reality in the traveler’s mind of how important this remote Spanish outpost was.
The instructions are simple. When disembarking from your boat, walk towards the left or west along the waterfront (water will be on your left hand side). If you do not have a map of the city, you will be able to get one on the way at the Tourism information booth in front of Pier 1 (Plaza de Hostos). The path along the sidewalk will end at the U.S. Customs building. Take a turn to the right. You will cross a street with a statue of a man in the middle. Continue across the street, look up, and you will see a sentry post high up on the ancient wall, head in the direction towards this sentry post. Below the century post continue (west) along a clear straight promenade that runs along the base of the city wall; this promenade is called “Paseo la Princesa” (a city parking lot will be on your left hand side). About half way down this promenade you will come to a building which was a 19th century prison. It has been restored and currently is the offices for Puerto Rico’s Tourism Company; it also houses an art gallery with an impressive Puerto Rican local art exhibit. Continuing on you will come to a beautiful fountain and the bay will be in full view again. You will continue to walk along the wall as the path narrows a bit and turns slightly to the right. A few minutes more and you will be at the original historic entrance or La Puerta de San Juan (The San Juan Gate). Total walking time will be a little over ten minutes.
The entrance guides you into the city up the Caleta San Juan Street. This is a lush, tree-lined, residential street. As you walk to the top of the corner, one of the most impressive sites in the city comes into view; an icon for the Spanish Catholic religion, The San Juan Cathedral. The Catholic religion was instrumentally important throughout Spain’s Colonization era. A Spanish tall ship could take as many as two months to travel from the mainland to San Juan. The church was the first visit for the mariners when arriving. They prayed and gave thanks for a safe passage. This was also done when departing back to Spain.
At the top of Caleta San Juan the street intersects with Cristo Street. This particular street corner is historically important to Old San Juan. The building “El Cabildo” on the corner was built in 1521 (the same year the fortified walls began to be constructed). It was the first chapel, jail, and city hall. The city grew from this intersection.
You are now on Cristo Street, a good place to plan your visit of the city in the manner you prefer. The great El Morro Fort is just up the hill, and towards the opposite direction, you are only a few steps from the best shops, outlets, and restaurants.
I hope you consider this tip when visiting Old San Juan while on your Caribbean cruise. It will make you realize its historic importance and beauty and why this important landmark is considered “The Jewel of the Caribbean”.
A South America cruise is a magical vacation. There is so much to see and do in South America that this article hardly makes a dent. Everyone should experience the South America cruise.
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