An engaging expedition, a true adventure

Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee on all of our South America expeditions. Flexibility is a hallmark of our explorations, and often the shipboard day-by-day itinerary will change—so we may take full advantage of rare wildlife sightings, watching whales feed off the bow, or perfect conditions for a late day Zodiac excursion.


  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Salvador, Brazil

    Depart on an overnight flight to Salvador, renowned for its exuberant atmosphere. Settle into our hotel in the historic Pelourinho district. Enjoy a musical performance. (Day 2: D)

  • DAY 3: Salvador/Embark

    Salvador’s brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture. Explore the Pelourinho, a UNESCO Site; or choose to hear local music, visit a sea turtle preservation site, or a social project assisting street children. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Ilhéus

    A former cacao capital, Ilhéus is also famed as the setting for Brazilian author Jorge Amado’s novel, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon. Explore the town; visit a sanctuary for slow-moving sloths; and have lunch at a cacao plantation. Go birdwatching in the Atlantic Forest, a UNESCO Site, in search of yellow-rumped cacique, blue-crowned parakeets, the spectacular green-headed tanager, and blue-backed manakin. (B,L,D) 

  • DAY 5: At Sea/Abrolhos Marine National Park

    Search for masked boobies and red-billed tropicbirds, as well as humpback whales, which come here to breed and give birth. (B,L,D) 

  • DAY 6: At Sea

    This is a day to explore the amenities of our ship and prepare for the adventures ahead. Visit the Bridge (a great place to spot marine life), have a relaxing massage, attend a talk about the history of this storied coast, or settle into a comfy chair in the observation lounge to read or look out over the waves and reflect on what you've seen and what is to come. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7-8: Rio De Janeiro

    Discover legendary Rio: ascend to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer; visit a reserve for the endangered golden lion tamarin; explore the Botanical Garden and the Tijuca Forest, home to more than 200 bird species. Opt to experience a favela (shantytown) to meet the people working to improve conditions. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Parati

    Charming Parati, a UNESCO Site, was once a center of the gold trade. Walk along the cobbled lanes. Alternatively, hike a section of the Caminho do Ouro, the “gold trail”—built to convey gold from the mines. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Anchieta/At Sea

    Visit tiny Anchieta, once a penal colony. Explore the ruins of the prison and swim from the beautiful beaches. (B,L,D) 

  • DAY 11: Curitiba & Paranaguá

    Choose to ride the Serra Verde Express train, one of the world’s great rail journeys, or hike to a waterfall in the Atlantic Forest. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12: At Sea

    As we voyage, there's time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library for books on a new topic of interest or the latest bestseller. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth of your experience. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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