Sail from the West Indies to Buenos Aires, Argentina, aboard the National Geographic Explorer on an epic voyage to eight different countries and three jungle rivers: the Orinoco, the Amazon, and the Essequibo. In the company of several National Geographic experts, including Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard and pioneering conservationist and National Geographic Fellow Thomas Lovejoy, encounter exuberant cultures, colonial towns, and a dazzling array of wildlife.
Our voyage begins on the island of Trinidad,
home of steel drums and calypso. Visit the
renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre and spot
scarlet ibis in the Caroni Swamp. Then set sail on
the National Geographic Explorer.
Hilton Trinidad (B,L,D)
Glide into the tropical rain forest on the Orinoco River, which coils some 1,700 miles from the Guyana highlands to the sea. Keep an eye out for red howler monkeys, electric-blue morpho butterflies, river dolphins, and exotic birds and plants.
National Geographic Explorer (B,L,D)
Enter the pristine jungles of Guyana via the
Essequibo River, and, weather permitting, board a
charter aircraft to Kaieteur Falls, one of the most
powerful waterfalls in the world. In Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, discover eclectic architecture
and bustling markets, and listen to the spirited
Paramaribo’s blend of Dutch colonial and indigenous architecture earned it a UNESCO World
Heritage site designation. Trace the country’s
tumultuous history at the 17th-century Fort
Zeelandia, now home to the Suriname Museum.
Then see the city’s synagogue and mosque, built
side by side.
Often collectively known as “Devil’s Island,” the
Îles du Salut gained notoriety as a French penal
colony whose inmates included Henri Charrière,
who chronicled his escape in the bestselling
memoir Papillon. Explore the remains of the
prison, and spot wildlife in the islands’ lush
vegetation. Then enjoy a day at sea to relax as
we make our way toward Brazil.
Spend two days exploring the Amazon River and
its tributaries by ship and by Zodiac. Spot macaws,
toucans, and pink river dolphins; and meet
the indigenous people of the rain forest. Visit
Belém, once a thriving rubber trade center, and
see an amazing variety of rain forest products at
the Ver-o-Peso market. Enjoy the ship’s amenities
as we cruise to the archipelago of Fernando
The Fernando de Noronha archipelago is a
UNESCO World Heritage site recognized for its
rich marine life and the largest concentration of
tropical seabirds in the western Atlantic. Pending
official permission, enjoy two days on the islands,
snorkeling, birding, and discovering its unspoiled
beaches and dramatic coastline. Also, pay a
special visit to the TAMAR turtle research project.
Enjoy two days at sea to relax, read a book
on deck, and listen to talks by our experts.
In the cultural center of Salvador, explore the
historic district of Pelourinho—another UNESCO
World Heritage site—and the lively local market.
Further south lies Ilhéus, once Brazil’s flourishing
cacao capital. See the Cathedral of São Sebastião,
visit a cacao plantation, and stop in at a sloth
sanctuary. Enjoy a musical performance, go birding,
or relax on the beach.
As we navigate the volcanic isles of the stunning
Abrolhos Archipelago, keep an eye out for masked
boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, and the humpback
whales that come here to breed and calve.
Discover legendary Rio on a variety of excursions.
Stroll the beach at Ipanema; visit a golden lion
tamarin reserve; or explore Floresta da Tijuca,
Brazil’s largest urban park. Ascend to the iconic
statue of Christ the Redeemer for panoramic
views of the city and its bay.
Visit Parati, a colonial town once prominent in
the gold trade. Later, cruise the coast, stopping at
an isolated beach or bay to kayak or swim. After a
day at sea, board the Litorina train in Curitiba for a remarkable mountain rail trip across 30 trestle bridges and through more than a dozen tunnels to the tropical lowlands. Or explore the Atlantic rain forest and venture into the mangroves of Serra do Mar in a local boat.
Dock in Rio Grande, Brazil’s southernmost port
city, set at the edge of the Pampas, vast lowlands
that stretch all the way to Patagonia. Spend an
afternoon discovering the history, wildlife, and
unique culture of these plains.
In Montevideo, view elegant architecture, ranging
from colonial to art deco. Then experience the culture
of the gauchos and savor an asado (traditional
barbecue) at a private estancia (ranch).
Cap off our epic voyage in vibrant Buenos Aires.
Visit beaux arts palaces and the bohemian quarters
of La Boca and San Telmo. Transfer to the
airport for your overnight flight home.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts--from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. The expert featured below will be part of the expedition team on the date noted.
Award-winning photojournalist Tyrone Turner's photographic assignments have taken him from Brazil to Baghdad. A veteran National Geographic photographer and workshop leader, Tyrone lived in Brazil on a fellowship and documented the country for more than two years. A native of New Orleans, Tyrone shot images of New Orleans and the Louisiana Bayou for several National Geographic articles, including “New Orleans: A Perilous Future” in the August 2007 issue, and for a special edition on Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Tyrone's photos of Brazil's maroon people, the Quilombolas, were featured in the April 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Tyrone will join the following departure:
Sep 18 - Oct 25, 2013
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin add $9,360 in Category 2 and $9,770 in Category 3.
Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Port of Spain, and Buenos Aires back to New York is estimated at $900 (subject to change).