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    Cruising South America highlights the remarkable contrasts of this wondrous continent. From the highest peaks of the snow-covered Andes to the golden plains of Patagonia, and from the thrilling vitality of Rio de Janeiro to languid coastal retreats like Porto Belo, the diverse landscapes and eclectic cultures always intrigue. Our South American itineraries bring you to the continent's undiscovered treasures and to destinations of timeless charm.
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Shore Excursions

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Shore Excursion Points of Distinction:

  • Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are carefully selected by skilled vacation planners.
  • A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
  • Travel with premier, licensed and insured, tour companies aboard the best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.
  • In addition to our group departures, you may choose the Executive Collection – customized, private tours with highly personalized service.

South America

Shore Excursions

Oceania Cruises shares our guests' passion for new discoveries and that has led us to create an award-winning program of shore excursions that explore the most historical, cultural and artisitic gems of all our destinations.
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

A Glimpse of Patagonian Nature

Tour Code: PCB-003
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

The wild and beautiful Aysen District of Chile lies south of Chiloe and Puerto Montt. tour will provide a glimpse of the impressive landscape in this wet & windy region that makes up a part of the Chilean Patagonia. Upon arrival at Puerto Chacabuco, enjoy a scenic drive through an outstandingly beautiful road up to the recently inaugurated Aiken del Sur Private Park. This expedition combines bewilderment, adventure, and connection with the virgin forests of Patagonia. See unlimited natural beauty at the Aiken del Sur Private Park, such as the banks of the placid, transparent blue waters of Riesco Lake, covering an area of 14 square kilometers. At the park visit the information center, where an introduction to the whole area is provided. Then take the opportunity to see a display of the most outstanding trees indigenous of this area. Proceed to the Quincho (Traditional Area) for some refreshments accompanied with live music before returning to the ship.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Coyhaique and Simpson Valley

Tour Code: PCB-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Begin with a scenic drive to Coyhaique, crossing the Andes Mountains from the coast to the East. Your route will take you along the Simpson river via a narrow mountainous valley that is the habitat of a varied and abundant collection of birds. A photo stop will be made at the Alto Baguales viewpoint, where you will have a superb vista of Coyhaique city.

Upon arrival in Coyhaique, you'll enjoy a panoramic drive through the downtown area before visiting Coyhaique's main square and handicraft market. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at a local restaurant before making the return trip to the pier.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Executive Collection Full Day Car

Tour Code: PCB-C06
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 6 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Executive Collection Full Day Van

Tour Code: PCB-V06
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 6 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 6 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Executive Collection Half Day Car

Tour Code: PCB-C04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Executive Collection Half Day Van

Tour Code: PCB-V04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 4 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Highlights of Chacabuco and Surroundings

Tour Code: PCB-001
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

The wild and beautiful Aysén District of Chile lies south of Chiloé and Puerto Montt. Enjoy a glimpse of the impressive landscape in this wet and windy region that makes up a part of the Chilean Patagonia. The construction of the Carretera Austral Roadway now makes the area more accessible for travelers who come to this area of Chile to experience frontier country. Begin with a scenic drive through beautiful scenery as you follow the river along the base of a deep rocky gorge. Visit the Rio Simpson National Reserve, where we take a brief walk down to the river to photograph this rugged scenery. At the information center see a small museum displaying exhibits of local fauna and flora. The return journey will take you back through the small village of Puerto Aysén on the way to the ship.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Kayaking On Lake Los Palos

Tour Code: PCB-004
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

In this region of northern Patagonia there are dozens of small lakes and rivers, created by the phenomenon of the Andes Mountain Range plunging into the ocean. It is to one of these lakes that this tour travels, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the splendid nature that is Patagonia.

A short drive from Puerto Chacabuco brings you to Lake Los Palos where upon arrival you'll receive a short safety briefing and orientation. Outfitted with your life vest, you'll board your kayak and start off on your expedition, following an experienced local guide. Navigating upstream along the western shore of the lake, you'll travel northward to the Tabo River which feeds the lake. This is an area of calm, crystalline waters and as you paddle along, you'll be able to see the varied vegetation and the typical Patagonian birds that inhabit the area, such as the king fisher, eagles, ducks, caiquenes and others. After approximately thirty minutes of kayaking, you'll stop for a brief walk into the woods for a closer look at the unspoiled natural wonders of this area. Proceeding on, you'll come to a small island filled with lush native vegetation. In this perfect setting, you'll make a second stop to rest and enjoy a light snack.

Re-energized, you'll climb aboard your kayak one final time and begin your journey back to the starting point, where your van waits to transfer you back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Comfortable clothes that are appropriate to the day's weather conditions should be worn and it is recommended that guests bring a change of clothes in the event of getting wet. A life vest is provided and rain cape in the event it is raining. Minimum age for participation is 12 years old and it is mandatory that guests know how to swim. The width of the kayak cockpit is 17.5 inches and this may prevent participation by larger-sized individuals. The maximum advisable body length between waist and heels is 43 inches. Guests must sign a release form before being allowed to take part in the tour. The short walk to see the woods, as well as the visit to the small island, shall be subject to the water level on the lake.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Oceania Exclusive - Coyhaique and Simpson Valley

Tour Code: PCB-002OE
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Oceania Exclusive Tour

For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.

Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.

Begin with a scenic drive to Coyhaique, crossing the Andes Mountains from the coast to the East. Your route will take you along the Simpson river via a narrow mountainous valley that is the habitat of a varied and abundant collection of birds. A photo stop will be made at the Alto Baguales viewpoint, where you will have a superb vista of Coyhaique city.

Upon arrival in Coyhaique, you'll enjoy a panoramic drive through the downtown area before visiting Coyhaique's main square and handicraft market. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at a local restaurant before making the return trip to the pier.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Oceania Exclusive - Patagonia Nature in Depth

Tour Code: PCB-005OE
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Oceania Exclusive Tour

For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention, a smaller touring vehicle and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.

Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.

The wild and beautiful Aysén District of Chile that lies south of Chiloé and Puerto Montt, is your destination today. This exceptional tour allows you a glimpse of the glorious landscape that makes up this wet and windy region that is part of the Chilean Patagonia.

From the pier, it's a brief 15-minute drive through some magnificent scenery to the recently inaugurated Aikén del Sur Private Park. A sense of wonder, adventure and connection with the virgin forests of Patagonia, are but a few of the emotions you'll experience on this expedition. You will be awe-struck by the placid, transparent blue waters of Riesco Lake which covers nearly nine square miles, a 72-foot cascading waterfall and the indigenous perennial forests, flora and fauna of the park.

Upon arrival, you will first visit the information center, where an informative introduction to the area is provided. Tutorial stations will tell the bio-geographical history of the region through three nature trails that are uniquely paved, railed and bridged, each containing a wealth of scenic sights and places to rest along the way. Spectacular views of nearby lakes, rivers, hills and mountains can be seen from the strategically placed viewing locations and the singing of the autochthonous birds provides a relaxing natural concert of sound. The River Trail takes you just over a mile into the deep nature of the Patagonia, traveling through prairies and the humid forest that characterizes this part of the world. At the end of the trail, you'll find yourself at the impressive Old Man's Beard waterfall. After a stop for photos, you'll return to the information center via the Waterfall Trail. Re-boarding your transportation, you'll head to the quincho, where a delicious typical Patagonian barbeque lunch will be served. Following this relaxing respite, you'll be returned to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 miles of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is recommended that guests dress in layers and wear a hat and flat, comfortable walking shoes.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Patagonia Nature in Depth

Tour Code: PCB-005
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

The wild and beautiful Aysén District of Chile that lies south of Chiloé and Puerto Montt, is your destination today. This exceptional tour allows you a glimpse of the glorious landscape that makes up this wet and windy region that is part of the Chilean Patagonia.

From the pier, it's a brief 15-minute drive through some magnificent scenery to the recently inaugurated Aikén del Sur Private Park. A sense of wonder, adventure and connection with the virgin forests of Patagonia, are but a few of the emotions you'll experience on this expedition. You will be awe-struck by the placid, transparent blue waters of Riesco Lake which covers nearly nine square miles, a 72-foot cascading waterfall and the indigenous perennial forests, flora and fauna of the park.

Upon arrival, you will first visit the information center, where an informative introduction to the area is provided. Tutorial stations will tell the bio-geographical history of the region through three nature trails that are uniquely paved, railed and bridged, each containing a wealth of scenic sights and places to rest along the way. Spectacular views of nearby lakes, rivers, hills and mountains can be seen from the strategically placed viewing locations and the singing of the autochthonous birds provides a relaxing natural concert of sound. The River Trail takes you just over a mile into the deep nature of the Patagonia, traveling through prairies and the humid forest that characterizes this part of the world. At the end of the trail, you'll find yourself at the impressive Old Man's Beard waterfall. After a stop for photos, you'll return to the information center via the Waterfall Trail. Re-boarding your transportation, you'll head to the quincho, where a delicious typical Patagonian barbeque lunch will be served. Following this relaxing respite, you'll be returned to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 miles of moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is recommended that guests dress in layers and wear a hat and flat, comfortable walking shoes.