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LUXURY EXPEDITIONS 2018-2019

Latin America diverse

Latin America diverse and captivating “The South American continent is truly fascinating, with a diversity of breathtaking landscapes, but also a diversity of cultures. With the range of itineraries available, it is possible to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, from the vastness of Patagonia to the glaciers in the Beagle Channel, or even from the national parks in Costa Rica to the Amazon rainforest. No two landscapes are alike, but everything is magnificent. These wonderful places are all accessible by sea and the distance that separates them is much reduced during a cruise, making it possible to discover the best of this vast continent in just a couple of weeks. Taking a cruise leaves you free to enjoy all of the sights while someone else takes care of the logistics. Whether you are interested in glaciers, archaeological sites, botany, wildlife, or the underwater world, I am convinced that at least one of our cruise itineraries will tick all of your boxes. Our different expedition cruises give you the opportunity to discover several facets of Latin America. Start with Chile, a land of contrasts that reveals its riches to travellers fond of the great outdoors. While you’re there, explore the Andes mountain range. It is home to the city of Valparaiso, a colourful port of call often mentioned in sailors’ songs. Make your way further south to discover Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego before reaching the tempestuous Cape Horn. Here, nature is wild and pristine between fjords and glaciers. It is stunning and unforgettable. After the ice, who could resist the appeal of the Amazon rainforest and its fabulous ecosystem, which the locals have successfully tamed? Our expert naturalists will guide you along the Orinoco or the Amazon River, introducing you to this extraordinary plant world between land and water. And finally, the Brazilian coast: a unique cruise from Brazil to the Bissagos Islands will take you to the heart of lush vegetation and long white-sand beaches. Due to its sheer size, Latin America offers such a wide variety of climates, cultures and landscapes that it is difficult to decide which sites are most worthy of a visit. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! If I had to summarise Latin America in just a few words, I would say: unforgettable, sublime… mythical.″ German AMAYA, cruise designer at PONANT 72 | Summer 2018/ Winter 2018-2019 Cruise

Why sail in Latin America with PONANT ? • To visit exceptional and seldom visited sites in Patagonia, the Bissagos Islands, the Cortez Sea or the Amazon basin; • To discover a great variety of authentic cultures; • To sail in the meanders of the Orinoco and the Amazon and encounter the Warao tribe, “the boat people”; • To observe endemic wildlife including caimans, iguanas, pink river dolphins, capuchin monkeys, macaws, toucans, scarlet ibises in the Amazon rainforest or llamas and Magellanic penguins in Patagonia; • To discover the fabulous biodiversity of the Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez, with the opportunity to explore the underwater world while snorkelling on some cruises; • To round the mythical Cape Horn and transit the Beagle Channel; • To discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tortel, the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Salvador de Bahia and the Bijagos. Latin America Expeditions by | 73