Expedition to the Amazon rainforest - Northbound
Explore the rainforest, relax on the beach, and visit some of Brazil's most fascinating and historic cities
Departure: 13 March 2017
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.
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.
Enjoy the tropical temperatures on deck or lectures from the Expedition Team.
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.
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.
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.
A day at sea is perfect for birdwatching, attending lectures or simply relaxing with a good book.
Have another relaxing day at sea, or attend the lectures.
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.
Spend another relaxing and interesting day at sea.
Relax and enjoy the journey as we spend another day at sea.
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.
Join the Expedition Team for more lectures or spend the day on deck.
Relax as we spend another day at sea.
As we sail up the Amazon River, spend the day on deck and enjoy the views.
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.
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.
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".
Fortaleza - City Tour in FortalezaExcursion South America (3,5 hours) From £ 206
Fortaleza - Cumbuco BeachExcursion South America (5 hours) From £ 206
Fortaleza - Museu de CachaÇaExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 371
Itajai - Camboriu Ecological TourExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 185
Itajai - Panoramic Florianopolis TourExcursion South America (5 hours) From £ 164
Santarem - Maica LakeExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 185
Santarem City TourExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 175
Santos and OrchidariumExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 134
Santos and São Vicente by Cable CarExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 134
Santos with street carExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 134
Salvador Panoramic TourExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 134
Salvador Cooking ClassExcursion South America (Approx. 5 hours) From £ 185
Salvador percussion classExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 113
Salvador Historical TourExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 134
Salvador Capoeira Master classExcursion South America (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 113
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