Wild South America: The Guianas to Brazil on National Geographic Explorer
Wild South America: The Guianas to Brazil
Legendary wildness and special access to seldom-visited regions
Extraordinary diversity and a dazzling array of points of interest await on this exploration through five countries, two legendary rivers, and a host of places few people ever see. Experience fascinating ecosystems from riverine to jungle to urban, within dramatic natural settings. Spot tropical wildlife from spinner dolphins to the spectacle of hundreds of scarlet ibis coming home to roost. Have the rare opportunity to explore pristine Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO Site; grand Kaieteur Falls, two times the height of Victoria Falls; and well-preserved colonial towns with a dramatic history.
- Spot tropical wildlife as we explore two legendary jungle rivers: the Amazon and the Essequibo.
- Birders will have their minds blown at Trinidad’s renowned Asa Wright Nature Center, spotting many colorful specimens from the veranda viewing gallery.
- Explore three picturesque colonial cities from Paramaribo, Suriname, a UNESCO Site, to Belém, the gateway to the Amazon, and Salvador, Brazil’s cultural heart. And visit notorious Devil’s Island.
- Discover the rhythms of South America with live performances by leading musicians—curated by onboard ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar.
- Enjoy special access to the unspoiled islands of Fernando de Noronha, a World Heritage Site. Snorkel amid the rich marine life and see the rich population of spinner dolphins.
- Adventure and Active
Originally constructed for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, she ferried passengers among the fjords of this iconic coast in conditions that could deteriorate into heavy seas in a matter of minutes. She had to be able to handle deep swells and towering waves—and have a high degree of maneuverability. Those traits, and an ideal size, made her a natural choice for addition to the Lindblad fleet.
The plans to completely rebuild her drew on 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise. National Geographic Explorer was equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment. Her interior and exterior design embodied the Lindblad expedition ethos—the privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort.
For many guests she remains their paradigm of an expedition ship. She is devoted to exploration—from her Welcoming Bridge, and the Chart Room below it where you can tuck in to warm up with a hot chocolate, to her high-perched Observation deck with its aqueous light and compelling 24/7 views. Even the art on the walls—from the Hurley prints of Shackleton’s expedition to the stunning National Geographic photos— tells an uber-narrative of globe-spanning travel and a dedication to curiosity and wonder.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it take ...
|1||U.S. / Trinidad & Tobago|
|2-3||Asa Wright Nature Center / Caroni Swamp / Port of Spain / Embark|
|5-7||Essequibo River, Guyana/Georgetown/At Sea|
|9-10||Devil’s Island, French Guiana/At Sea|
|11-13||Amazon River Delta, Brazil|
|18-20||Fernando de Noronha|