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Oliveira's Port Reviews of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Ushuaia, Puerto Montt, Santiago (Valparaiso)
Amsterdam cruise in January 2009
Member Name: Oliveira
Cruise Date: January 2009
Embarkation: Rio de Janeiro
Destination: South America
Member Review: Oliveira's Amsterdam Review
Rio de Janeiro
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Beautiful city, lots to do and see. Safety is a priority here. Do your research on this topic. American and Canadian residents require visa to enter the country. No vaccines required if Rio is the only destination. Some passengers will arrive jet lagged, so this destination will be admired from afar. And did I mention safety in Rio?

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Buenos Aires
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The Paris of South America. Plan this location before arrival; too many things to do and see. Cruise ship docks in an industrial area and a free shuttle takes passengers to the terminal. Nice churches and monuments, great Fine Arts Museum. Argentina is known for their sparkling wines, leathers, wools, steaks and tango dancing. City is safer than Rio, but tourists should be on their guard, as they are easily targeted and recognized.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Pleasant Rococo-style South American city. Buildings reminiscent of Iberian Peninsula of the same period. Great place to shop for leathers or wool sweaters. Interesting affordable paintings. Most shops speak English and accept US currency. Tourist police presence keep shopping areas safe. Use shuttles offered from local vendors to go into town.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Interesting little town, self proclaiming itself the end of the world. Relatively safe. Great view but town is somewhat difficult to shoot. Launch pad to Penguin sightseeing excursions. Great sea food restaurants. Expect to be swarmed by vendors upon leaving the ship. English is spoken.

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Puerto Montt
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Tender to port. As in all Chilean locations, foreign fruits and vegetables are forbidden. Do not bring any with you out of the ship. Bags and purses are checked. Vendors will swarm you at the terminal. They will get in your face. Be polite and do not be intimidated. There is a huge shopping center within walking distance. Again this location is a launch pad to excursions taking place elsewhere. Waterfront is pretty and it is a great place for taking a picture of yourself or your love ones with your own cruise ship at anchor in the background.

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Santiago (Valparaiso)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Cruise ship arrives in Valparaiso, 60 miles from Santiago. Local authorities use a dog to screen passengers for foreign fruits and vegetables. Recommend excursion to Concha y Toro winery. Travel to Santiago airport is arranged, as is visit to the city, delicious meal with wine from the winery, and the tour of the winery (including samples). Worth every penny.

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