South America is a feast for vacationers across the world and cruising in this continent would take you to some of the most dramatically diverse locales of the planet. In this article we are going to take a look at some of the most stunning cruising destinations of the continent.
Galapagos Islands: The Galapagos Island along its surrounding waters is famous for its large number of endemic species like giant tortoises, albatrosses, iguanas, sea lions, frigate birds and many more. Thousand kilometres off the coast of South America this archipelago originated from the peaks of the enormous submarine volcanoes which never made its appearance on the mainland. Over thousands of years numerous species of flora and fauna continued to thrive in this unthreatened environment. A visit to the Galapagos Island would enable you to observe the wildlife of these enchanted isles right up close. Galapagos consist of two main towns Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz and Puerto Baquerzo on San Cristobal. The two airports are located in these two towns from where the visitors can choose a vessel to cruise around the islands. If you are not up for a cruise then you can also enjoy a hotel based stay in the town and we assure you that there would be no dearth of excitement and adventure.
A trip to Patagonia would give travellers a chance to visit the last great frontiers of the continent: the fabulous fjords and majestic glaciers of southern Patagonia and the stunning landscape of Torres Del Paine. One needs to take a flight to Ushuaia the southernmost urban centre of the planet and then go for a cruise across the Patagonian channels.
Torres Del Paine National Park: From Puerto Natales the visitor needs to cruise up the fjords and reach the majestic Mt. Balmaceda. Enjoy the sight of the hanging glaciers spilling down the fjords and hike up to take a close look at the Serrano Glacier which flows into a lake full of ice bergs. Cruising down the Serrano River will take you to the Bernardo O Higgins National Park and from there to the Torres del Paine National Park after crossing the beautiful Tyndall glacier. One can find nice places to stay at the Torres del Paine with pretty houses right next to the Serrano river and with an amazing view of the Pampas.
The Torres del Paine is open all round the year but the ideal time to visit is between October to March. Most visitors go for the W trek route which is the most popular trekking route named after the shape of the trail, where you will likely come across a number of overgrown trees and fallen branches. This 3 day trek would take you through all the highlights of the park including the Glacier Grey, Refugio Pehoe, Valle del Frances, Hosteria las Torres and the large rock formations of the Torres del Paine. The Glacier Grey is a huge glacier which flows into the Lake Grey. One can choose to camp right next to the Refugio Grey. The Refugio Pehoe offers an excellent view of the rock formations of Torres del Paine. The Valle de Frances or Frenchman’s Valley offers some of the best views of the park and if one follows the trail he would reach a dead end from where numerous glaciers can be seen. The Hosteria del Torres is a huge hotel near the base of the mountain.