Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest - Northbound

Montevideo, Uruguay - Manaus, Brazil

Explore the rainforest, relax on the beach, and visit some of Brazil's most fascinating and historic cities. From Montevideo, we travel north along the coast then up the Amazon River to Manaus. In 18 days you will experience Brazil's finest nature and tropical paradises.

  • Experience a diverse itinerary, exploring big cities and coastal ports before venturing into the Amazon rainforest
  • See life on the Amazon River where there is evidence of commerce and trading in the forestry industry
  • Choose from an exciting and varied excursion programme including sightseeing, historical and culinary excursions
  • Join fascinating lectures from our expert Expedition Team


This is an amazing expedition combining tropical beaches with metropolitan city life, as well as excursions into the Amazon rainforest. We embark in Montevideo in Uruguay and travel north along the coastline of Brazil. Next, we sail up the Amazon River to Manaus, giving you a fantastic opportunity to really get to know the country with its tropical paradises, stunning nature and rich history.

A Blend of Natural Wonders and Urban City Life

While we are sailing along the Brazilian coastline, you will explore the rainforest, beaches and endless rivers. Windsurfing and fishing are both popular activities and there are also great opportunities for rock climbing and hiking. You will have plenty of time to explore some of the cities, with excellent museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diverse architecture, the seductive sounds of Bahian music, and the exotic and inviting scents and tastes of the African-influenced food. As we sail up the Amazon River, you will have the chance to explore the Amazon rainforest. Learn more about the ecology, enjoy birdwatching, and view the unique wildlife whilst hiking or canoeing. The mix of jaw-dropping nature, friendly people, rich culture and fascinating lectures makes this expedition even more mesmerising.

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Save up to £1500

Explore the world in expert hands together with our experienced expedition teams. They will inspire you with insights on the local landscapes, culture and wildlife, as well as accompany you on adventures ashore in these dramatic destinations. Up to £1500 discount included per person on selected voyages. Book before 28 February 2017.

Save 30% on select Explorer sailings

Experience a true blend of cultures and coastlines on a sailing crossing the Atlantic Ocean or a South American expedition in 2017 and save 30%. Book before 30 March 2017.

Single without supplement

Embark on a select Explorer sailing departing in 2017 and pay no single supplement if you are travelling alone. Offer is valid on departures along the tropical shores of Brazil and across the Atlantic Ocean. Book before 31 March 2017.

Your holiday price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Manaus before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to ship in Montevideo including breakfast 
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities


  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change

The itinerary

Travel north from Uruguay, along the coastline of Brazil, ending your expedition in the tropical Amazon rainforest.

13 March 2017

Departure port Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 1
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City buzz

Location: Montevideo

Your journey begins with an overnight stay in a hotel in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. MS Fram does not leave until the next afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the city and experience its lively nightlife.

Day 2

Ships ahoy

Location: Montevideo, Uruguay

In the afternoon, MS Fram sails out of the Rio de la Plata into the open waters of the Atlantic. The river mouth is a very busy shipping route and you can spot vessels from all over the world.

Day 3
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Meet and greet

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

A day at sea if perfect to begin your South American expedition. Take the time to explore the ship, meet other passengers and relax on the open decks. Keep an eye out for birds including Albatrosses or Petrels - the expedition team will help you to recognise the different species. You may even spot a 'stowaway' on deck, a South American land bird that takes a ride on MS Fram.

Day 4

Cultural melting pot

Location: Itajaí, Brazil

Itajaí is a mix of modernity and elements of the past. With more than 140 years of history, Itajaí still shows traces of its Azorean colonisation in the local architecture, as well as a cultural heritage from the Portuguese colonists and German immigrants that came in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Day 5
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Historical brilliance

Location: Itajaí, Brazil

Many buildings, such as the Public Market, the Itajaí History Museum and the House of Culture, are former mansions that are listed as historic heritage sites. Surrounded by the beautiful Brazilian rainforest and several impressive beaches, it is an excellent starting point for our excursions that let you explore both the fascinating culture and the astonishing nature. 

Day 6

Expert exportation

Location: Santos, Brazil

Home to the largest seaport in South America, Santos is a vibrant and eclectic port town. The city features a four-mile stretch of beach with a lush promenade separating it from the seafront condos and hotels. The promenade is where the locals hang out, so taking a walk here is a great way to experience the ambience of the city. Other places of interest include the aquarium, the Orchid Garden and the zoo-botanic garden. At the dock museum and the Coffee Stock Exchange, you will see the important role that coffee has played in the town since the 19th century. Finally, don’t miss the handicraft market, where you will find typical Brazilian souvenirs.

Days 7-8
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Time to reflect

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Sea days are perfect to wind down and reflect on the wonderful experiences you have had during the last week. Perhaps you would prefer to sip cocktails on the open deck, or attend interesting lectures from our Expedition Team. You may also spend your time with new friends on board MS Fram or reading a good book.

Day 9

African jewel

Location: Salvador, Brazil

The state of Bahia has been populated for several thousand years, firstly by the Gê people and then by an indigenous tribe called the Tupinambá people. In 1500, it was claimed by the Portuguese and in 1549, Salvador de Bahia — Brazil’s first town — was established by the colonial settlers. The historic centre, the Pelaurinho, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with impressive Portuguese colonial architecture and an array of churches. As Salvador was a centre for the slave trade, the African influence is still evident in the music, religion and, most noticeably, in the local cuisine, which makes lavish use of dendà oil, coconut milk and groundnuts.

Days 10-11
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Warm water cruising

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Learn to enjoy 'the dolce far niente', or sweet to do nothing, on a restful couple of days at sea. Perhaps a tropical rain shower will surprise us.

Day 12
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Food and fortresses

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is Brazil's fifth-largest city. While you are here, we recommend that you visit Centro, the oldest part of the town, which is a lively area to explore by day, with its busy streets full of small stores. Try the typical Brazilian food in one of the barracas (rustic restaurants) next to the beach, and visit the old fortress built by the Dutch captain Matias Beck in 1649 as well as Fortaleza's cathedral, the third-biggest church in Brazil.

Days 13-15

From the Atlantic to the Amazon

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean and up the Amazon River

Join the Expedition Team for more lectures or spend the days on the deck, reading, bird watching and chatting.

Day 16

Where the waters meet

Location: Santarém, Brazil

The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and runs through the largest forest in the world. After three days at sea, it will be great to feel land under your feet again! Stroll along the waterfront promenade in lively port town Santarém where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. Santarém is the perfect starting point for several activities in the National Forest Tapajós, a beautiful national forest where you can hike or canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.

Day 17
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Untamed forests

Location: Cruising the Amazon River

The mighty Amazon River crosses the South American continent. The Amazon rainforest, home to more than a third of the world's animal species, surrounds it. As we sail along this river, you will have unbeatable views of the untamed rainforest and its biodiversity. 

Day 18
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Gateway to the Jungle

Location: ManauS

Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas and is located in the middle of the rainforest. Manaus is known as 'The Gateway to the Jungle'.

31 March 2017

Location Manaus, Brazil
Your ship Things to see and do


Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Brazil has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

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Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Montevideo and Manaus