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  1. The heart of the city

    The Obelisk is a modern monument placed at the heart of Buenos Aires. It was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. (Dennis Degnan / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Passion dance

    Two tango dancers perform in Calle Caminito, a street in La Boca district of Buenos Aires famous for this passionate dance. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Color block

    Colorful buildings are hard to miss on Caminito Street in Buenos Aires. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A place in the sun

    Sun-seekers crowd a beach in Mar del Planta - Argentina's premier seaside resort on the southern coast of Buenos Aires Province. (Yann Arthus-bertrand / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A walk on the water

    The 335-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge, Puente de la Mujer (Bridge of the Woman) was donated by Alberto L. Gonzales and his family to this city of Buenos Aires. Designed by Santiago Calatrava , it is the architect's only work in South America. (Michael Lewis / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Amazing acoustics

    The Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. It has 2,367 seats and standing room for 1,000. (Hubert Stadler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Capital beauty

    Finished in 1906, the National Congress Building in Buenos Aires is four stories high and has two pavilions, one on each side. (Anthony Cassidy / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 1/22/2009 3:00:49 PM ET 2009-01-22T20:00:49

The deal
South America has been making its mark in the cruise industry, drawing more people than ever to its exotic port cities. The off-the-path destinations are not the only thing attracting visitors.

With favorable exchange rates and low-priced cruises, travelers are getting an incredible value by booking a longer cruise vacation, like this 14-night cruise we’ve tracked down. With interior cabin prices starting from $449, and 10 South American ports of call, this winter cruise may be just the change of pace you’ve been yearning for.

Not only does the Norwegian Sun sail to some stellar ports — it makes its way around the entire continent past Cape Horn. It may have you feeling a bit like an Old World explorer, but trust us — modern ships are a bit more luxurious!

Starting from just $32/night, you’ll set sail from Santiago, Chile, followed by a calming day at sea before your arrival in Puerto Montt, Chile. This area is filled with unspoiled scenery overlooked by the snow-capped Osorno volcano.

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Next up, is Puerto Chacabuco, Chile, the ultimate destination for bird-lovers, due to the hundreds of unusual species that call it home. After that, it’s two full days spent exploring the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, an excellent jumping-off point for unique shore excursions.

Following this two-day stop is a visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, the closest city to Antarctica. Not to be missed is the Tierra del Fuego National Park, full of glaciers, streams, mountains and once-in-a-lifetime views. After that you’ll sail on to Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, which is as distant and remote as an island can get.

From there, it’s on to the crystal-clear waters and cliff-lined beaches of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, before heading to Montevideo, Uruguay. This port is perfect for a little shopping and is also ideal for wine lovers, who will enjoy touring the vineyards of Juanico.

The two-week cruise ends in the bustling city of Buenos Aires. The ship sails Feb. 15 or March 15, with additional embarkation dates available at slightly higher prices.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
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