Expedition to the Amazon rainforest - Southbound
Explore the rainforest, relax on the beach, and visit some of Brazil's most fascinating and historic cities
Departure: 14 October 2017
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in this exotic city.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will learn more about Manaus and the region by joining a sightseeing tour which ends at the pier where MS Fram will be waiting for you.
Parintins is a very small island with lots of small shops, eateries and a local cathedral that towers over the city. Take a walk to experience the everyday life here, enjoy one of the local drinks or taste the local soup, do some boi-dancing with the locals or join the Expedition Team for a hike or kayak trip in the jungle.
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 the lively port town of 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 and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.
For the next few days, we will be sailing on the Amazon River through the jungle before we reach the Atlantic Ocean, so stay on deck with your camera and binoculars! Listen to the sounds of the jungle and hear the songs of the wilderness.
Enjoy the tropical temperatures on deck or lectures from the Expedition Team.
Today is perfect for birdwatching from the deck, attending lectures or simply relaxing with a good book.
In Fortaleza, we recommend a visit to Centro, the oldest part of town, which is a lively area to explore by day, with busy streets full of small shops. Here, you can sample 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 fascinating lectures or relax on deck.
Spend another relaxing and interesting day at sea.
Have another relaxing day at sea, or attend the lectures.
Relax as we spend another day at sea.
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Paraty, with its old colonial houses and cobblestone streets, is surrounded by islands, sheltered beaches, and a backdrop of steep, jungled mountains. Paraty had its first boom during the gold rush in Brazil, in the 17th century. It was the final point of the "Gold Trail". Originally used by the Guaianazes Indians, the 745-mile road connected the gold mines with the Atlantic Ocean through the rough terrain of the rainforest. At the beginning of the 19th century, Paraty became renowned once again due to the coffee trade and the production of Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. The coastline, with its intact forests, attracts hikers, botanists and ornithologists from all over the world and a visit here is an unforgettable one.
Enjoy life on board as we spend a day at sea.
Spend another relaxing and interesting day at sea.
In the afternoon, we arrive in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, situated at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata. A transfer will take you from the ship to your hotel. Enjoy the lively city in the evening.
After breakfast in the hotel, your adventure comes to an end.
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
Paraty - Historical and Cultural ParatyExcursion South America (2 hours) From £ 72
Paraty - Trindade's Beaches and Fishing VillageExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 134
Paraty Scenic Schooner CruisingExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 154
Paraty by 4x4 : Waterfalls, Cachaça & Gold TrailExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 134
Parintins by TricycleExcursion South America (2 hours) From £ 72
Santarem - Maica LakeExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 185
Santarem and Alter do ChãoExcursion South America (5 hours) From £ 175
Santarem City TourExcursion South America (4 hours) From £ 175
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