South America

Explore the Pacific coastline of South America, and get up close and personal with exotic wildlife and ancient civilisations.

South America Expedition Cruises

The extraordinary diversity of South America’s landscapes, wildlife and history make it a rich, colourful and exciting region to explore. It’s a land of dense rainforests, glacial fjords, ancient ruins, sandy beaches and bustling cities – ripe for active adventure. From the Scarlet Macaw to the wild guanaco, our Expedition Team will help you spot South America’s most famous animals.

Expedition cruises to South America

Our itineraries explore the west coast of South America from Panama, Ecuador and Peru down to Chile and Patagonia. Add on Lake Titicaca, Galápagos or Machu Picchu for the adventure of a lifetime.

Activities in South America

Enjoy a range of included and optional activities, taking in some of the best things to do from history and culture to birdwatching and hiking.

Wildlife in South America

Spread over diverse biomes, South America is home to an incredible array of birds, animals and sea life. Expect to see tropical birds and jungle animals, as well as condors and mountain camelids.

Expedition Team in South America

Our Expedition Team will host lectures, as well as guide hikes, landings, and expedition boat cruising. They’ll also share fascinating insights into the nature, culture and history of South America.

Ancient treasures

South America has a wealth of historical riches. Discover ancient archaeological sites like Machu Picchu and Chan Chan, and visit UNESCO-listed Spanish colonial-era centres.

Satisfy your inner explorer

Our wide range of activities reflect the diverse destinations you’ll visit on your South American expedition cruise – from landings, town tours and community visits to hiking, kayaking and wildlife watching.

Magnificent birdlife

A birdwatcher’s paradise – spot the mighty Andean Condor, colourful Toco Toucan and Scarlet Macaw.

South American wildlife

South America’s rich biodiversity is a major draw for nature lovers, birders and photographers. Our expedition cruises take in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador’s Isla de la Plata, Peru’s Ballestas Islands, as well as four of Chile’s national parks including Torres del Paine. Encounter animals such as turtles, iguanas, whales, elephant seals, condors, monkeys and guanacos, to name but a few.

Andean nature

Discover the diverse ecosystems along the western coast of South America from the Atacama Desert and Valdivian rainforest to the glacial fjords of Chilean Patagonia.

Expedition Team South America

Your Expedition Team will host lectures and share fascinating insights as you visit indigenous communities, national parks and historical sites. Learn about South America’s rich history, diverse cultures and varied wildlife. You’ll go out on our small expedition boats and explore less travelled places, guided by your Expedition Team.

Supporting local projects

We support projects that benefit local people in the places we visit through the Hurtigruten Foundation. One such project is Ushuaia te abraza, which helps facilitate education in Argentinian communities.