17 Night Cruise sailing from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires aboard Viking Jupiter.
Discover the historic treasures and splendid setting of Santiago. Sail through the Strait of Magellan, passing rugged mountain peaks and blue-tinted icebergs, before exploring the scenic surroundings of Ushuaia, the city at the “End of the World.” Visit Port Stanley, home to more than one million penguins. And soak in the eclectic mix of Latin and European influences in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango.
Highlights of this cruise:
Blessed with a magnificent setting in a steep natural amphitheater turned toward the Pacific, Valparaíso charms visitors with its colorful labyrinthine streets that rise up from the water’s edge and through the hills. Funiculars carry pedestrians up and down the slopes, where they ascend to marvel at the views over the port, and where artists, authors and poets have come for generations seeking inspiration. Perhaps take a tour of Santiago, Chile’s capital city, brimming with museums, theaters, world-class eateries and numerous shopping centers. Explore the bohemian district of Barrio Bellavista and meander through the streets lined with vibrant murals at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill. Or, weave your way through the tiered maze of Santa Lucía Hill for magnificent views over the city.
Today, you will call on the city of Puerto Montt, situated on the north side of a sheltered bay and less than 20 miles from the summit of the Osorno volcano. A main city in Chile’s lakes region, Puerto Montt boasts stunning scenery. Snowcapped volcanoes, lush green fields and forested national parks dominate the landscape. Enjoy a panoramic drive through the scenic villages and towns, and visit the German Colonial Museum to explore the life and times of the early German settlers.
Chile’s southernmost city sits on the north shore of the Strait of Magellan, named after the Portuguese explorer who pioneered the sea route around South America in 1520. Its heritage as an explorer’s haven still remains to this day, with many expeditions to Antarctica beginning from here. The beautiful yet rugged landscape of this sparsely populated region was once thought to be inhabited by Patagonian giants. Immerse yourself in its mystique on a flight over the spectacular peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park, or explore the city’s charm on a scenic drive as you take in the highlights.
At the very tip of South America, Ushuaia prides itself on being the southernmost city in the world. The city’s spectacular natural surroundings with subantarctic forests, lovely lakes, pristine glaciers and rich peat bogs are its main asset, but Ushuaia’s history as a penal colony of sorts at the “End of the World” makes the city itself a unique and interesting place. Visit the former prison, which today houses a museum, or soak up the scenery on a drive through the lakes and valleys.
More than 300 miles off the coast of South America lies the rugged archipelago of the Falkland Islands. Here, you will find several hundred sparsely inhabited islands with unspoiled nature and diverse fauna. Some 60 distinct bird species breed on the islands, including five different species of penguin and some of the world’s largest colonies of albatross. Visit the world’s most southerly Anglican church and the Whalebone Arch, explore the delightful historic streets of Port Stanley, and meet the renowned landlady at Kay McCullum’s Bed & Breakfast.
Depart your ship and head to the Valdéz Peninsula, which is connected to the continent by a narrow strip of land. Enjoy its natural beauty and biodiversity, before visiting Puerto Pirámides to observe a sea lion colony from the cliff tops. Or immerse yourself in the history of the area’s Welsh settlers with a trip to the town of Dolavon and the city of Gaiman, where the Welsh language is still spoken.
Uruguay’s capital city boasts perhaps the highest quality of living of any city in South America. Rich in parks, sweeping vistas and architectural styles, Montevideo is blessed with a subtropical climate, guaranteeing warm summers and mild winters. A panoramic tour features highlights such as the Legislative Palace, a grand neoclassical building, the Ciudad Vieja, or Old Town, and the Batlle y Ordóñez Park with the iconic La Caretta Monument. Or enjoy an overland tour to marvel at nature at the magnificent Iguazú Falls.
Buenos Aires is a dazzling feast for the senses. Narrow streets in the city’s colorful neighborhoods reverberate with the intoxicating melodies of the tango. Meanwhile, restaurants are busy perfecting the art of grilling meats for patrons, and the city’s parks and plazas invite passersby to linger and watch the world of Buenos Aires go by.
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