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Guest Post: Top World Travel Adventures

Passionate traveler and Oceania Cruises guest Isabel G. shares some of her most memorable travel experiences, plus where she’s dreaming of next.

As a passionate traveler I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to see many parts of the world. Some places were harder to travel to than others and some cultures were more unique and surprising. Throughout the years, I’ve learned that one of my favorite ways to visit some of the farthest corners of the world is aboard a small ship – with Oceania Cruises.     

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TOP UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTH AMERICA

6a013480ad3a9d970c01a73dc4ace6970d-300wiSouth America is a fount of stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, historic cities and architectural masterpieces. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites await your discovery on this great continent, and below are some of our top choices for must-see destinations you can visit with Oceania Cruises. Be sure to add these to your bucket list!

Iguazu National Park (Buenos Aires): Over 250 feet high and nearly 9,000 feet wide, the magnificent waterfalls at the heart of Iguazu National Park, situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil, emit a thunderous roar as their spectacular cascades crash into the massive river below.

Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (Rio de Janeiro): From the highest peaks in Tijuca National Park to the shores of the sea, this site includes lush botanical gardens, Corcovado Mountain with its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and the scenic hills around Guanabara Bay.

6a013480ad3a9d970c01a511b965e0970c-300wiHistoric Center of the Town of Olinda (Recife): Dating mostly from the 18th century, the historic center of Olinda is celebrated for its harmonious balance between public and private buildings, accented by beautiful gardens, charming Baroque churches, convents and numerous small chapels.

Peninsula Valdés (Puerto Madryn): The nearly 250-mile shoreline of Peninsula Valdés supports a diverse ecosystem that is home to a variety of rare and endemic species and is a breeding ground for the endangered southern right whale as well as southern elephant seals and southern sea lions.

Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso (Valparaiso): One of the first and most important ports on the sea routes along the Pacific Coast of South America, Valparaiso’s historic quarter presents a beautifully preserved example of late 19th century urban architectural design in Latin America.

 

 

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PUNTA DEL ESTE, CHEF’S PATIO DINNER AND A CAVIAR BRUNCH ONBOARD THE REUNION CRUISE

Greetings from Brazil and the 9th Oceania Club Reunion Cruise. It’s hard to believe there are only 6 days left, and we still get to visit Porto Belo, São Paulo, Parati, Ilha Grande, Buzios and Rio de Janeiro.

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USHUAIA: A TRIP TO THE END OF THE WORLD

According to ancient human fossils found in Tierra del Fuego
dating back 8,500 to 11,500 years ago, humans lived in this remote region long
before it became known as the “Land of Fire.” The name “Tierra del Fuego” was
coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 when his ships arrived
at this southernmost tip of South America. It is thought that, in the mists of
dawn, the dispersed fires and columns of smoke from the native populations
seemed to float on the water, thus giving this archipelago its name.

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Regatta recently
called on Ushuaia, the capital city of the Tierra del Fuego province. Ushuaia
is the southernmost urban center in the world and the closest city to the South
Pole. In December and January, the region enjoys 17 hours of daylight. Despite
its isolation and harsh conditions during the colder months of the year, or
perhaps because of these things, there is a lot to see and do in and around
Ushuaia. During Regatta’s recent visit, guests took an
unforgettable trip on the Southern Fuegian Railway, also known as the End of
the World Train, through Tierra del Fuego National Park to Lapataia Bay.

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Completely cut off from the rest of South America, Tierra
del Fuego was developed in the 19th century as a penal colony where Argentina
sent its worst criminal offenders because escape was virtually impossible. The
prisoners were expected to take care of themselves, and a railway was built to
transport wood from the forests for heating and building.

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Now a tourist attraction through this remote national forest, the unique train transports
guests across rivers and peat bogs, the beautiful formations of peat moss for
which this region is known. There was a brief stop at the Macarena Waterfall
Station, where guests saw the lovely falls and also heard about Tierra del
Fuego’s indigenous people, the Yamana.

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Arriving at Lapataia Bay, the group was met by a catamaran
and treated to a cruise through Beagle Channel. These waters are among the best
in the world for trout fishing, but on this day the cormorants, sea lions and
seals were the stars of the show.

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The cruise visited Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is also
known as the Lighthouse at the End of the World. Put into service in 1920, it
guards the entrance to Ushuaia and is now controlled remotely.

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Quite comfortable with tourists, the seals and sea lions on
Seal Island and Isla de los Lobos went about their business of napping and
playing, unaffected by the arrival of spectators.
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Island of the Birds is home to cormorants and other sea
birds and a few seals and sea lions as well.

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There are numerous other thrilling adventures to be had at the end of the
world for those looking to explore the majestic wilderness of South America. Marina will stop in Ushuaia on South American Holiday, which departs on
December 8, 2013, as will Regatta on
the February 3, 2014 sailing, Mystical
Andes & Majestic Fjords.


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