Expedition Cruise Experience
Experience Brazil as you’ve never imagined. Heart of Brazil & the Amazon
will take you from the country’s most celebrated UNESCO sites to remote villages and hidden markets. On this multifaceted expedition, you’ll get to know the history and culture of South America’s most diverse region, admiring natural beauty and rare wildlife along the way. Here’s how:
South America is world-renowned for its vast array of breathtaking flora and fauna. As the largest country in this continent, Brazil boasts 60% of the Amazon — which is home to 10 million wildlife species. If you are a nature lover, this is one experience you cannot miss. Aboard the Ocean Explorer
, you’ll cruise the Amazon river with opportune views to spot rare birds like the vibrant scarlet macaw, harpy eagle, and toucans. As you sail through Santarem, you’ll watch the small-but-mighty piranha
swim through the stream, and even have a chance to catch your own. But this is just the beginning — you’ll likely spot caimans, spider monkeys, pink dolphins, tapirs, and so much more!
Brazil’s urban metropolises are inarguably growing even as deforestation continues. The fight for Mother Earth continues, but the good news is that now is the time to experience incomparable natural beauty on the “green” Ocean Explorer
. We’ve designed this itinerary to showcase pristine landscapes along the Brazilian coast — from Fortaleza to Guanabara Bay’s crescent beaches to the elegant, cliff-perched port of Armação dos Búzios. You’ll also witness the natural phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters, where the midnight blue waters of Tapajós run alongside the sandy Amazon River for almost four miles. This truly is the expedition of a lifetime for nature lovers.
The Varied History of Brazil
Brazil’s history is almost as complex as its land is widespread. It might take a PhD in Brazilian History to fully understand its turn of events, but this expedition is dedicated to thoroughly introducing you to Brazil over the years. Experts will provide interactive presentations onboard the Ocean Explorer
, discussing topics such as indigenous communities, Portuguese colonization, African slavery, migration, and more. As we visit Vitória’s 16th century convent, as well as the UNESCO sites of Salvador and Christ the Redeemer, Brazil’s past and present will manifest as more than just a narrative, but as a vital, lived reality.
Brazil’s Cultural Mosaic
The Portuguese may have colonized Brazil in the 16th century, but this diverse country is by no means a replica of Portugal. Over the years, an influx of migrants from Japan, the Middle East, and Italy have contributed to previously-established Afro-Brazilian communities. The result is an exciting, multi-cultural melting pot of foods, customs, religions, and art that simply cannot be found anywhere else on earth. This fascinating journey will take you through markets to mingle with locals and savor regional dishes. You’ll also get to know Brazilians via an immersive pottery demonstration and intimate samba