Cruising and Sailing
Join a cruise or charter a yacht – both are a great way to discover inaccessible places in comfort
Cruising in the Galapagos Islands, spotting pink dolphins in the Amazon headwaters or chartering a yacht in Brazil – there are many different ways to explore South America by boat. For cruising we prefer smaller vessels, and particularly like those which give passengers the opportunity to disembark in small groups and explore remote areas on foot. Or for those who come from a sailing background, we can now offer for the first time yacht charters on either a bareboat basis or with a hired skipper.
In the Amazon basin there are now several excellent options. Operating out of Iquitos in northern Peru, the MV Aria is a veritable floating five-star boutique hotel with very high standards of service and cuisine on board, and with expert naturalists. Also operating out of Iquitos is the M/V Delfin 1 – an intimate and small vessel with just four cabins two of which have their own private plunge pools for the ultimate in luxury and privacy.
The newest vessel to be launched is the M/V Anakonda operating out of Coca on the the Napo River in Ecuador. Not quite to the same standard as the Aqua and Delfin 1, nevertheless the Anakonda offers a well priced alternative.
And for any guests in Brazil that want to take the long flight up to Manaus, we can recommend the MV Tucano, which offers four and seven night trips up the Rio Negro. However, more off the beaten track close to Santarem on the Tapajos River, the exclusive 60 foot yacht Tupaiú is perfect for exploring the clear water and pristine white beaches found in the part of the amazon – some people we know consider them to be amongst the best beaches in Brazil!
For small groups of friends and families, the new private yacht charter operating out of Paraty is perhaps the most exclusive way to explore the wonderful fjords and beaches of the Costa Verde, or sail the short distance across to Ilha Grande. We are also investigating possible yacht charters in Colombia, watch this space!
From jungles to glaciers. We love the trip on board M/V Stella Australis, which sails between Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentine Patagonia and Punta Arenas in Chile. Come face to face with massive glaciers, penguins and sea lions and enjoy a walk Cape Horn. Although the Australis is a slightly larger vessel, this is an excellent experience, and also offers plenty to keep our guests entertained after hours.
Further north on Largo Argentina in the heart of Patagonia, a newly refurbished vessel the M/V Santa Cruz operates a 3 day cruise through Los Glaciares National Park, including visits to the Spegazzini, Upsala and Perito Merino Glaciers, mooring overnight in remote bays with early morning walks for passengers through the forested shoreline to outstanding viewpoints.
Finally, the numerous expedition cruises in the Galapagos Islands are undoubtedly the best way of seeing the various islands and their unique wildlife. Most cruises tend to last between four nights and a week, although it is possible to spend two weeks on board some vessels for the complete ‘grand tour’. There are also some specialist dive boats operating in Galapagos, which are ideal for more experienced divers.
To discuss the most appropriate cruise experience for you, give us a call or send us a message.
Places to stay
M/V Santa Cruz, Patagonia
Cruise in style to some of the remotest corners of Lago Argentina.View details about M/V Santa Cruz, Patagonia
Get up-close with nature on the Amazon, whilst enjoying the luxurious accommodation and great food on board.View details about M/V Aria
M/V Delfin 1
The M/V Delfin 1 offers the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy on the Amazon, with just four suites.View details about M/V Delfin 1
Australis Patagonian cruises
Not so much a cruise but an immersive Patagonian exploration through the Tierra del FuegoView details about Australis Patagonian cruises
Launched in 2016, the M/V Origin sets new standards of quality and service in the Galapagos Islands.View details about M/V Origin
MY Passion has recently been the subject of a complete refurbishment leaving her with a vibrant interior of distinctive Ecuadorian style, replete with rich reds and golds with starburst suns glowing from the ceilings.View details about M/Y Passion
Launched in November 2015, Petrel is the latest addition to the luxurious and fast class of catamarans, joining sister ships Ocean Spray and Cormorant. She can accommodate 16 passengers in great comfort and contemporary style, with a large sun deck with shaded seating area and Jacuzzi.View details about M/C Petrel
Scalesia Lodge opened its doors in October 2015, offering for the first time top quality accommodation on the largest and most dramatic island in the Galapagos, with a population of less than 4,000.View details about Scalesia Lodge
Originally a wedding gift from Prince Rainier to Princess Grace of Monaco, hence the name (and before that, Winston Churchill’s yacht of choice for post war cruises), MY Grace is a boat steeped in tradition and old world class.View details about M/Y Grace
La Pinta is large motor yacht which has recently been completely renovated. In spite of its size, it accommodates just 48 guests leaving ample social areas and a beautiful observation deck towards the bow.View details about La Pinta
The M/V Evolution left a lasting impression on us. She was fully refurbished in 2012 and is beautifully fitted out with the over-riding impression of being a small, elegant, 1930s ocean liner.View details about M/V Evolution
M/V Anakonda is a luxury expedition cruise ship operating on the Napo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon.View details about M/V Anakonda