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Shore Excursions in Central & South America

By Viator, February 2014

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Beaches, mountains; vibrant cities, small fishing towns – the ports of call in Central and South America have it all. Adventure junkies will be at home with zipline tours and kayaking excursions, while urban sophisticates can browse museums, sip wine and shop to their hearts’ desires.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal is the gateway to the Guatemalan city of Antigua, known for its Spanish Baroque architecture. The easiest way to get to Antigua, 50 miles (80 km) north, is to book a shore excursion with port pickup. The language is Spanish, and the currency is the quetzal (named after the national bird).

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas lies on the Gulf of Nicoya on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, in the northern half of the country. Some ships dock right in Puntarenas, while others pull into Puerto Caldera, a 20-minute taxi ride from town. Experience one of Costa Rica’s famed activities – ziplining through the treetops – on a shore excursion, or take to the water on a kayaking or rafting tour. The language of Costa Rica is Spanish, and the currency is the colon.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second-largest city and is known, of course, for its outrageous Carnival celebrations. Ships dock at Pier Maua, which is walking distance from the central business district. Take a shore excursion to visit Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue, or head to Copacabana or Ipanema for a taste of Rio’s famous beach scene (thong bikini optional). Brazil’s official language is Portuguese, and the currency is the real.

Argentina:

The language of Argentina is Spanish, and the currency is the peso.

Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital and largest city is a colorful metropolis of graceful European-style architecture, fiery foods like chorizo and tango performances in the streets. Ships dock half a mile (less than 1 km) from the city center. Shore excursions can take you out of the city on day trips to a gaucho ranch or the Tigre Delta. Stay in town to visit sites like Recoleta Cemetery and explore neighborhoods like La Boca.

Puerto Madryn

On the central coast of Argentina, Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the nearby Valdes Peninsula and its outdoor delights. Ships dock about 4 miles (6.5 km) from the center of town. Take a shore excursion to dive with sea lions or visit a penguin colony, or visit the Welsh colonial settlements.

Ushuaia

Known as the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia is the hub of Argentinean Patagonia and offers a myriad of outdoorsy activities, from shore excursions to Tierra del Fuego National Park to cruises around the Beagle Channel. Ships dock at the Port of Ushuaia, in the heart of town.

Chile:

Chile’s official language is Spanish, and the currency is the peso.

Puerto Montt

Located in Chile’s Lake District, Puerto Montt is a small town with big natural scenery, surrounded by water, mountains and national parks. Take a shore excursion to Petrohué Falls, enjoy a cruise on Todos los Santos Lake, or explore the area’s old German settlements. Ships anchor in the bay and tender you to shore.

Punta Arenas

Chilean Patagonia awaits you when you pull into Punta Arenas. Penguins are the big attraction here, and a cruise to Otway Sound will give you a chance to see them up in their natural habitat. The town is easily walkable, so check out the statue of explorer Ferdinand Magellan and browse the shops of Avenida Bories. Cruisers are tendered to shore from the ships.

Santiago

Chile’s capital and largest city is Santiago, which sits inland, about 70 miles (115 km) from the port at Valparaiso, where cruise ships dock. A city tour shore excursion with port pickup is an easy way to make the drive and see top city sights, like Casa Colorada, San Francisco Church and Plaza de Armas. Or, stay in Valparaiso to soak up its relaxed, seaside atmosphere.

Uruguay:

The language in Uruguay is Spanish, and the currency is the Uruguayan peso.

Montevideo

Uruguay’s capital and largest city Montevideo lies on the country’s southern coast, just across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. Ships dock at the Puerto de Montevideo on the city’s southern edge; taxi is the easiest way into town if your ship doesn’t offer a shuttle. A private sightseeing shore excursion with wine tasting will give you the deluxe treatment, or explore on your own, checking out Plaza Independencia and the Ciudad Viejo (Old City).

Punta del Este

Punta del Este sits on Uruguay’s southeastern tip, on the Atlantic coast. It’s a stylish coastal town that attracts an upscale international crowd, and the beaches are the main attractions. Take a wine tour shore excursion to see what lies beyond the city, or explore attractions like the Uriburu Museum of Contemporary Art. Ships dock in the port in town or anchor in the bay and tender passengers to shore.

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Roatan Shore Excursion: Zip 'n' Dip Canopy Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 78 Reviews

Roatan is mostly known for two things -- beaches and adventure. On the famous Zip 'n' Dip Canopy Tour, you can enjoy both of these and make the most of your ...  Read more

Location: Roatan, Honduras
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.99

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour to Corcovado Mountain topped with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. You'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train to ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

Santiago Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise City Tour with Hotel or Airport Drop-Off

When your cruise ship docks in Valparaiso, enjoy a post-cruise shore excursion in Santiago to see the best sights of Chile's capital city. On this 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.99

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.99

Curacao Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour

Explore the island of Curacao while in port on this Caribbean shore excursion! Discover the beauty of Curacao as you ride through the island, where you’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Curacao
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.99

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Plataforma Samba Show

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamor and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Enjoy an evening at the Plataforma Show and you'll ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3-5 hours

From USD $114.99

Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Otway Sound Penguin Colony Tour

From the Punta Arenas cruise port, visit Otway Sound Penguin Colony (Pingüinera de Seno Otway) on this 3.5-hour shore excursion. Walk around the penguin ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $120.99

Roatan Shore Excursion: Hanging Bridges Eco Tour and Beach Break

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

While in port on Roatan, take an eco-walk across eight amazing suspension bridges in the Caribbean jungle. This half-day shore excursion includes a one-hour ...  Read more

Location: Roatan, Honduras
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99

Cartagena Shore Excursion: Small-Group City Sightseeing Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

While in port in Cartagena, discover the beautiful city on this 1-hour sightseeing Segway shore excursion! Ride around Cartagena’s old town, the El Centro ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.99

Montevideo Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour with Optional Winery Tour and Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

While in port in Montevideo, enjoy a private, 4-hour shore excursion of Uruguay’s charming capital city. With a private guide, see top attractions like ...  Read more

Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $43.99

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