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Explore South America & The Galapagos

Delve deeply into the natural, cultural and historical wonders of South America and the Galapagos - fast becoming one of the world's leading ocean and expedition destinations for adventurous travellers.


ScandinaviaThe countries that make up South America are as diverse as the continent is vast. This is truly a land of extremes, from tropical rainforests to glaciers and mountains, remote islands, ancient ruins, colonial towns and the most vibrant of big cities.

While an overland adventure may require months of preparation and planning to experience the region to the fullest, an ocean or expedition cruise can be a far simpler and more comfortable way to explore, taking you to multiple destinations while unpacking just once.

On a South American ocean cruise, you'll discover brilliant natural wonders, buzzing cities and vibrant, ancient cultures. Explore Brazil – synonymous with music, dance and nightlife at the same time as being home to the Amazon and her remote, indigenous tribes. Visit long and narrow Chile, with her vast landscape of natural extremes, from desert to glaciers. Head to Argentina to dance the tango while marvelling at the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Discover the wilds of French Guiana, or pop into Uruguay – South America’s smallest country which manages to pack more than its fair share of adventure into its borders. A Viking ocean cruise delivers the best of both worlds, with smaller ships that can visit both the larger and lesser known South American ocean ports, including the ability to sail the mighty Amazon River.

Or choose to take the path less travelled on a Galápagos expedition voyage with Viking. These outlying islands are a province of Equador, and are where you can explore Charles Darwin’s living laboratory and witness the archipelago’s unique wildlife, including giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas and penguins - while also incorporating a small-group land tour to Peru to visit Machu Picchu. The choice is yours.


The best way to experience a destination is with the guidance of a local, and that’s exactly how Viking helps you explore. Here you’ll find our handy destination guides, as well as our top tips to help you plan your visit.


Discover the world of Viking by joining one of our Virtual Information Sessions - free to watch in your own time. Simply register and look forward to an enriching, 45-minute presentation to take you deeper into the destinations of your choice.



More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.


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