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Hi little feller! See a red-capped manakin in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.

Ralph Lee Hopkins / Courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

Hi little feller! See a red-capped manakin in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.

Travel guides: Central & South America

Our original travel guides cover the best things to do & see in port

Travel guides: Central & South America

Cruiseable's editorial team has written the following guides to help travelers prepare for your time on shore during your cruise travels. Use them to prepare for your visit to a foreign city or port. Save bookmarked pages to your My Planner page. bookmark

Central America


The island of Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Belize, on the Great Barrier Reef.
Region: Central America
Though best known as a world-class snorkeling and diving location, Belize also offers spectacular natural attractions and the authenticity of a genuine Caribbean getaway. Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth. ... See more

Costa Rica (Puntarenas)

A Central American Squirrel Monkey near Quepos, Costa Rica.
Region: Central America / Port in: Costa Rica
Simply put, Puntarenas is an eco-tourist’s paradise. The capital and largest city in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica, Puntarenas sits on a long, narrow peninsula that juts out into the Nicoya Gulf, only about four blocks at its widest ... See more

Honduras (Roatan)

Cruise Norwegian Jewel to Honduras and take a thrilling stroll across Gumbalimba Park's Roatan Suspension Bridge.
Region: Central America
Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands, lies about 35 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras. Just 32 miles long and three miles across at its widest point, Roatan is an island dedicated to the senses, with palm trees, shimmery sand beaches and the second largest barrier reef in the world off its shores. ... See more

Panama (Panama, Colón, Panama Canal)

The old ruins of a church, La Merced Church in Panama City, Panama.
Region: Central America
Tourism is a rapidly growing industry in Panama, attracting more than 1 million visitors every year. Yet Panama is still somewhat undeveloped for travelers, especially compared to its neighbor Costa Rica, ... See more
The Fort of San Lorenzo in Colón, Panama.
Region: Central America / Port in: Panama
Colón is located at the Caribbean Sea coast of Panama, right in front of the Panama Canal, and it's best known as the gateway to the Miraflores Locks, where visitors can watch the Panama Canal, one of the world's greatest feats of engineering, in action. This multicultural town has about 200,000 inhabitants and serves as ... See more
Panama Canal
Region: Central America
The sweeping human drama behind the 50-mile Panama Canal is a fascinating chapter of history best appreciated by those who have done some homework before arrival. But equally as captivating is the scenery — deep green rainforest teeming with exotic ... See more

South America

Argentina (Buenos Aires)

Palacio del Congreso in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Region: South America / Port in: Argentina
Buenos Aires is sometimes described as “The Paris of South America.” Offering elegant architecture, exquisite cuisine, a legendary frenzied nightlife and fashionable shopping in designer ... See more

Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)

Ipanema Beach, with Sugarloaf Mountain in the distance, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Region: South America / Port in: Brazil
Brazil's key tourist destination is positioned within a spectacularly wild natural landscape. This seductive city is easy to visualize: flamboyant Carnival parades, beaches packed with locals in micro bikinis, the mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer with his outstretched arms and the rhythm of the samba ... See more

Colombia (Cartagena)

A nighttime shot in Cartagena, Colombia.
Region: South America / Port in: Colombia
Cartagena is the jewel of Colombia — a true vacation paradise on the shores of the Caribbean Sea that invites visitors to revel in its scenic and cultural splendor. The city is divided into several regions, each with its own unique character and charm. ... See more

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