From New York to Rio de Janeiro: a voyage around the Americas

A breathtaking journey, between two continents.

From North to South America: that is the incredible challenge offered by this unique cruise. Between New York and Cape Horn, experience the best of these two continents.

New York, the city that never sleeps

 

It’s easy to forget, but New York, jewel of North America is a seaside city, and Manhattan is an island. To gaze upon New York from the water is an opportunity to bring home unforgettable memories. At night, sparkling, the city shows off the life that pulsates within it. Sirens and a permanent rumbling bear witness to its legend. The city of New York does not sleep, but merely calms down a little. And from dawn, early-bird runners and joggers take in the river shores while they’re still quiet. Once the ship has docked, the Big Apple will show you its charms. The city is made to be roamed, as you explore the Met, MoMA, Central Park, Times Square, or 5th Avenue. Shopping, musicals, bike rides… New York City will never let you slow down.

Panama and its giant canal

 

Here you will find what is undoubtedly one of the most prominent displays of human ingenuity. France France began work on the canal in 1881, and the United States (under the direction of President Theodore Roosevelt) took over the project in 1904. By the time it opened on August 15, 1914, it was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. A real “bleeding” between two continents, the canal makes it possible to move between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean thanks to a system of highly sophisticated locks. The city, a symbol of this dichotomy, also offers two diametrically opposing faces. The historic part, on the left, is made up of colonial heritage and local culture. In contrast, the right side, a symbol of financial expansion, is clad in metropolitan adornments. As we come out of the canal, there will be two paths before us: one towards San Francisco, the other towards Chile, with Cape Horn in our line of sight. The South it is!

Cape Horn, the holy grail

 

By crossing the Strait of Magellan, which separates Tierra del Fuego from the continent of South America, we will sail into the heart of the Chilean canals, where the tortuous fjords are home to majestic glaciers. The ship then glides towards Tortel. This village at the end of the world boasts an unparalleled architecture: houses on stilts, wooden footbridges, never-ending stairs, and much more. The next port of call, Puerto Montt, the capital of the “Lakes Region”, will captivate you with unparalleled landscapes. Castro, on Chiloé Island, gives visitors the opportunity to discover an architectural heritage listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The snowy peaks of the Cordillera, iridescent glaciers, mountain lakes with translucent waters… the region may be at the end of the world, but it makes you want to stay. It promises a refreshing gust of nature, in contrast to the enveloping bustle of Brazil and its capital, Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado, and dream beaches

 

Like New York is to North America, Rio de Janeiro is the flagship city of South America. Two beaches with legendary names, Ipanema and Copacabana, delineate the city’s Atlantic coast. Rio de Janeiro has developed in contact with the forest, achieving a perfect balance between lush vegetation and rampant construction, and the city has largely benefited from the country’s economic dynamism. The signature statue of Christ the Redeemer offers a 360° view over this legendary city. From favelas to the very chic neighbourhood of Leblon, Rio de Janeiro unveils contrasting faces, like the ones of its inhabitants.

The final stage of this unique voyage will touch everyone to their very core.


Set Sail for Latin America

Beaches, tropical forests or tortuous fjords… Discover Latin America with PONANT.

Discover Latin America

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