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Important Planning Information for your South America cruise

 Getting to South America...... and coming back home

It is important you are aware of the lengthy flying times involved. With the lack of direct services, there is nearly always the need to change en route. The following guidelines will be of help to you

London to Rio de Janeiro ~ approx 12 hours
London to Lima or Buenos Aires ~ up to 14 hours
London to Santiago ~ up to 15 hours

Most flights from the UK are overnight in both directions. Exceptions are British Airways with a daytime service to Rio and Air France with a daytime service to both Rio and Lima in addition to an overnight service to Rio. Iberia also have a daytime service to Lima.  Keep in mind the time differences, namely, Rio and Buenos Aires are 3 - 4 hours behind GMT, with Lima and Santiago 4 - 5 hours behind GMT

The better air routes are with Air France, with a choice of daily departures from seven UK airports, via Paris to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago. They also have a partnership arrangement with KLM  who also serve Lima and Buenos Aires from Amsterdam. Iberia also feature daily services from UK to Madrid, with connections to all the major South American cities. British Airways operate most days to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, sometimes with a stop in Sao Paulo en route. and you can connect to Santiago with Lan Chile. They are introducing a direct Gatwick/Lima service in 2016. Other airlines include Air Canada via Toronto, Tam, Lan via Madrid and Lufthansa via Frankfurt

Do not underestimate the wear and tear you will undertake when flying to anywhere in South America. Even though the market to South America is growing, you can see there is still a big lack of decent non-stop air services from the UK

The Weather is tropical, and to put it simply, it will be a mixed bag. Rio de Janeiro is pretty consistently warm year round, with its proximity to the Equator. It does rain, but not detrimentally so. Buenos Aires is usually fine and sunny as the cruise season coincides with the South American summer between October and March. Santiago and Lima see very little rain due to protection from the Andes. When cruising the Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn,Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, it really is a mixture of the four seasons, so be prepared for a bit of everything. Cruising out to the Falklands often means wind, rain and swells off Port Stanley 

Buying your cruise
You can buy your fly cruise with our recommended cruise partners as a package combined with our savings


You can have the option of creating your own tailormade arrangements, using our contracted cruise only prices, to which you can add the air and land arrangements (hotels, transfers and tours) to suit your needs.  We feature scheduled air arrangements from the UK, with daily services wherever and whenever possible. This provides lots of flexibility for you. You can add pre or post cruise overnight stays in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago- the main cities/ports used to embark or disembark your cruise 

Unique Information and Advice from us
We know the region!   We know the ships!   We know the in's and out's  

Unbiased and detailed ship comments - you are invited to talk to us, tell us the ships you are interested in, and we will tell you the good and not so good features. In other words, we will tell it straight, and in an impartial way. Available on all the ships we endorse

On receipt of your booking instructions, you will receive South America Working Notes -  the do's and don'ts, our recommendations of excursions to take, and where you can be independent. Unbiased information featuring Puerto Montt and the Lake District, the Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Port Stanley and Montevideo

Impartial City Reports
 - detailing major sights,
excursions, transportation, dining, shopping etc for Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Cuzco, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago

We have been to Machu Picchu and Iguassu Falls, so please ask us for our opions and advice

Direct line to Tony Ripper and Josie Clark on  01425 485100 for experienced knowledge and down to earth help and advice 


Competitive pricing - as a leading provider of business,
you get great value with us
We provide you with choices - the choice to be part of a brochured package, or the choice to be flexible, to suit your specific requirements and budget

The Last Word

South America is a huge continent that is still relatively untouched. The tourism infrastructure is somewhat behind that of other continents ie, Asia, Australasia, Europe etc, and therefore taking a cruise provides you with an inbuilt reliability and assurance. Although the major cities we feature provide fine hotel standards, a warm welcome, and great value for money, South America still evokes a sense of exploration and the unknown, so be open minded and flexible with what you discover and experience 

For further information, guidance and help please call 01425 485100

                       We Know South America Cruising Best