Latin American Cruises


Natural history and wildlife oriented, Latin American cruises are an ideal way to discover the continent’s prized rivers, lakes and seas. Travel and accommodations are aboard well-appointed and comfortable deluxe or first-class vessels (expedition ships, yachts, catamarans, motor sailors or river boats). Excursions encompass guided walks, wildlife observation, birding, snorkeling, optional diving and/or canoe excursions.

For a selected list of vessels used in the Peruvian Amazon, view our Peruvian Amazon river cruise vessels
For a selected list of vessels used in Galápagos, view our Galápagos cruise vessels
For expedition-style cruising in Patagonia, view our Australis cruises For maximum availability on these small boat cruises, plan ahead! Read more about how to book a Southwind cruise

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PERU AMAZON CRUISE (aboard the M/V Aria)
This voyage takes us deep into the world’s greatest wilderness through an ever-changing vista of lush tropical rainforest. Our riverboat, one of the most luxurious in the Peruvian Amazon, plies these waters with comfort, elegance and attentive service, affording superb wildlife viewing from her observation deck.
Length: 10 Days/9 Nights (7 Days/6 Nights also available)
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $4,835
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GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE ODYSSEY (aboard the M/V Eclipse)
Brought to the world’s attention by Darwin’s famous 1835 visit, Galápagos is Ecuador’s largest national park. The volcanic islands’ unique environment provides the perfect setting for birds, plants and reptiles which are are not found anywhere else on earth! Travelers of all ages can get up-close with approachable wildlife.
Length: 9 Days/8 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $6,985
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GALAPAGOS AND MACHU PICCHU (aboard the M/V Eclipse)
Experience two of South America’s most important and renowned destinations. The Galápagos, a foremost natural history destination, offers visitors the chance to see unique species of wildlife on a 6-day cruise. Machu Picchu, the jewel of Inca architecture, allows visitors a glimpse into a not-too-distant, fascinating past.
Length: 15 Days/14 Nights
Season: April – December
Land Cost: from $10,605
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GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE ODYSSEY (aboard the M/Y La Pinta)
Brought to the world’s attention by Darwin’s famous 1835 visit, Galápagos is Ecuador’s largest national park. The volcanic islands’ unique environment provides the perfect setting for birds, plants and reptiles which are are not found anywhere else on earth! Travelers of all ages can get up-close with approachable wildlife.
Length: 11 Days/10 Nights
Season: Year-round
Land Cost: from $8,315
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GALAPAGOS AND MACHU PICCHU (aboard the M/Y La Pinta)
Experience two of South America’s most important and renowned destinations. The Galápagos, a foremost natural history destination, offers visitors the chance to see unique species of wildlife on a 5-day cruise. Machu Picchu, the jewel of Inca architecture, allows visitors a glimpse into a not-too-distant, fascinating past.
Length: 14 Days/13 Nights
Season: April – December
Land Cost: from $9,145
AMAZON RAINFOREST CRUISE ABOARD THE M/Y TUCANO
This region, known as Amazonia, and has beckoned explorers since the Spaniard Orellana first navigated the river in 1542. Using an air-conditioned, 18-passenger riverboat as our base, we watch for birds in the treetops, fish for piranha in black water streams, search for caiman at night, and visit local river communities.
Length: 10 Days/9 Nights
Season: March – December
Land Cost: from $5,175
Smaller vessels offer an intimate atmosphere ideal for couples or groups of friends and typically accommodate between 16 and 24 guests. The two berths of a catamaran offer increased stability.


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NEW! M/C PETREL
Type: 16 passenger Luxury Motor-catamaran
Length: 115 ft
Cruising speed: 14 knots

The newest catamaran in Galápagos, the Petrel offers a first-class way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galápagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea.
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M/C ATHALA II
Type: 16 passenger Luxury Motor-catamaran
Length: 98 ft
Cruising speed: 12 knots

In an effort to remain at the cutting edge, built in 2007 the M/C Athala II was recently refurbished to provide her guests with an even newer high-end look. This intimate, yet spacious, vessel accommodates 16 passengers in 8 staterooms.
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M/C CORMORANT
Type: 16 passenger Luxury Motor-Catamaran
Length: 108 ft
Cruising speed: 14 knots

The elegant Cormorant incorporates the very best of Galápagos Catamaran design. The modern and ample accommodation includes Jacuzzi, huge sun deck and a private balcony for each of the spacious staterooms and suites.
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M/C OCEAN SPRAY
Type: 16 passenger Luxury Motor-Catamaran
Length: 113 ft
Cruising speed: 15 knots

The stylish M/C Ocean Spray was built exclusively for cruising the Galápagos and, as one of the few Mega-Catamarans in the islands, offers the best performance and comfort. With 11 crew members for only 16 guests, you are ensured top-notch personalized service.
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M/Y CORAL II
Type: 20 passenger First-Class Motor-Yacht
Length: 113 ft
Cruising speed: 10 knots

The M/Y Coral II hosts 20 passengers in 10 spacious cabins. Ample common areas are perfect for socializing, or just reading a book on the sun terrace. After a day of exploring, you can return to the yacht and relax in the hammocks or enjoy the outdoor Jacuzzi.
Our mid-sized boats accommodate up to 50 passengers and feature a comfortable, relaxed environment perfect for clubs, schools and families that prefer more spacious surroundings while still enjoying a very personalized Galapagos adventure.


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M/Y CORAL I
Type: 36 passenger First-Class Motor yacht
Length: 131 ft
Cruising speed: 10 knots

The M/Y Coral I accommodates 36 passengers in 18 comfortable cabins. The yacht has plenty of places to relax, including a sun terrace, reading area and hammocks. There is also a boutique aboard and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
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M/Y ISABELA II
Type: 40 passenger Deluxe Motor-yacht
Length: 166 ft
Cruising speed: 10 knots

Refined Isabela II features amenities of a larger vessel while maintaining a tasteful yet relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Her facilities include a large bar and lounge, spacious semi-formal dining room, one of the Galápagos’ most complete libraries and an ample sun deck with Jacuzzi and solarium.
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M/Y LA PINTA
Type: 48 passenger Deluxe Motor yacht
Length: 207 ft
Cruising speed: 12 knots

As one of the islands’ newest vessels, La Pinta accommodates 48 passengers in luxurious comfort, and is an ideal size for cruising the waters of the Galápagos. Elegant public areas feature a stylish and modern atmosphere, with plenty of natural light and a nautical touch.
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M/V ECLIPSE
Type: 48 passenger Luxury Expedition Ship
Length: 210 ft
Cruising speed: 14.5 knots

Completed in 1999, the elegant Eclipse is one of the finest boats in the Galápagos, preserving the atmosphere of a smaller vessel with details such as an “al fresco” dining area that can accommodate all guests, a naturalist guide for every 12 visitors and a complete library/ video room.
Larger ships carry up to 100 guests and are suited for more sizable gatherings including alumni groups and organizations with large memberships as well as for travelers preferring more formal surroundings, larger spaces, greater comfort and maximum stability.


NEW! M/V SANTA CRUZ II
Type: 90 passenger First-Class Cruise Vessel
Length: 235 ft
Cruising speed: 10.5 knots

Indoors and out, the Santa Cruz II offers handsome installations that make the most of the Galápagos, ensuring your stay on board will perfectly complement the day’s outings. It will launch its maiden voyage in October 2015.
SILVER GALAPAGOS
Type: 100 passenger Deluxe Expedition Cruise Ship
Length: 289 ft
Cruising speed: 17 knots

Meet the newest ship in Silversea’s Expedition Fleet: the 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is the reincarnation of Explorer II, Galapagos’ first all-suite vessel.
M/V GALAPAGOS LEGEND
Type: 100 passenger First-Class Cruise Vessel
Length: 301 ft
Cruising speed: 15 knots

The M/V Legend features 58 cabins for 100 passengers, and was fully refurbished in Fall of 2007. This vessel is small enough to ensure peacefulness and personalized attention, yet has all the amenities of a larger ship.
Southwind Adventures works with a select few Amazon river cruise vessels, carefully choosing the foremost ships operating on the Peruvian Amazon River. To ensure the best quality experience for our travelers, we select leading cruise vessels based on the criteria of safety, comfort, guides, and itineraries.


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NEW! AMAZON DISCOVERY
Type: 44 passenger motorized luxury riverboat
Length: 169 ft
Cabin size: 237 to 597 sq ft
The Amazon Discovery is the newest addition to luxury cruising in the Peruvian Amazon, launching in Oct 2015. With just 22 suites, the Amazon Discovery provides a luxurious and intimate venue from which to learn about one of the world’s most important waterways.
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NEW! M/V ZAFIRO
Type: 38 passenger motorized luxury riverboat
Length: 162 ft
Cabin size: 226 to 480 sq ft
The M/V Zafiro is a floating five-star hotel that will draw you into the world of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Admire the beauty of the National Reserve and relax onboard with amenities like a Jacuzzi and first-class dining. Beginning in October 2015, M/V Zafiro will feature 4-day, 5-day, and 8-day itineraries.
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DELFIN I
Type: 8-12 passenger motorized luxury riverboat
Length: 69 ft
Cruising speed: 8 knots
Cabin size: 340 to 360 sq ft
Launched in early 2006, M/V Delfin I is the original luxury Amazon vessel, setting the standards for quality and sophistication. It was fully refurbished in 2010. Delfin I is also the smallest and most exclusive, with only 4 suites total.
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DELFIN II
Type: 28 passenger motorized luxury riverboat
Length: 120 ft
Cruising speed: 8 – 10 knots
Cabin size: 210 to 230 sq ft
Delfin II was launched in 2009 to extend the Delfin’s tradition of casual yet refined elegance in Amazon river cruising. Larger than its sister vessel, Delfin II has a total of 14 cabins: 10 suites and 4 master suites.
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M/V ARIA
Type: 32 passenger motorized luxury riverboat
Length: 147 ft
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Cabin size: 240 sq ft
In the wake of the M/V Aqua’s great success, its creators conceived of a sister ship of slightly larger size and even grander features, making it the largest of our selected vessels. The M/V Aria was built in 2010 and launched in 2011, three years after the M/V Aqua.