A popular South America cruise destination, Lima is Peru's capital, and naturally offers cruise and stay visitors a huge choice of activities. Learn all about Peru's history and the legacy of the ancient Incas at the Museo Larco and marvel at the architecture of the Monastery of Santo Domingo, which contains the tombs of Peru's most famous saints. The city is home to some modern-day wonders, too. The Magic Water Circuit is a must-see network of fountains enriched by light and sound, providing a great family activity, while the Circuito Magico del Agua is a beautiful park offering more aquatic fun, as you experience water tunnels, lasers and labyrinths.
The picturesque Colombian fishing port of Cartagena is the quintessential cruise destination. It boasts some great beaches and its historic old town is full of character and easy to explore, whether you want to take in some of the fine colonial architecture or simply relax in a quaint backstreet café. The Walled City walk is a great way to explore Cartagena and get a good feel for its geography and history, while the San Felipe de Barajas Castle is a fascinating Spanish-built fortress and one of Colombia's oldest buildings. The Cathedral de San Pedro Claver, meanwhile, offers visitors sanctuary within its beautiful walls and is a real artistic treasure.
The Amazon region of course, is home to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world and a staggering one tenth of the world's known animal species lives in the Amazon Rainforest. On your journey up the Amazon River, you'll visit such exotic ports of call as Macapa, which boasts the Fortalaza de Sao Jose de Macapa; a fascinating fort on the banks of the river, and Manaus, a real city of contrasts from where you can enjoy a guided jungle tour by day and an opera at night at the stunning Amazonas Opera House. Then there's Parintins, famous for its June folklore festival, Boi-Bumba and Santarem, where the Tapajos River joins the Amazon and some of Brazil's most beautiful natural beaches can be found.
Of course, no South America cruise would be complete without a visit to the truly iconic city of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's second largest city and home to such instantly recognisable landmarks as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, it's the perfect city to begin or end a luxury Amazon cruise. As you take a cable-car ride up Sugarloaf, you'll be presented with a truly breath-taking view and it will become immediately clear why UNESCO granted the city World Heritage Site status. A trip up Corcovado meanwhile, will give you the opportunity to witness up-close the majestic sight of Cristo Redentor, the statue Christ the Redeemer. It's a testament to Rio's universal appeal that its beaches are almost as well-known as its landmarks and indeed, the world-famous Ipanema beach needs no introduction. Copacabana beach, meanwhile, is a vibrant and busy showcase for urban life in Rio. For some more secluded sun, try Prainha Beach, with its clean waters and beautiful views.