Itinerary Overview


Sail from the cultural capital of Salvador, Brazil to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina and whale-rich Península Valdés aboard National Geographic Explorer. Encounter the legacy of European empires in colonial towns that once boomed with the cacao and gold trade. See wildlife as we explore the pampas and the Atlantic Forest. And learn about rich cultures from the tango music of Buenos Aires to the samba music of Rio to the gauchos of Uruguay. Every day brings a new opportunity to discover daily life, wildlife encounters, and the spirit of these vibrant areas.

Expedition Highlights

  • Soak up the spirit of four of South America’s most vibrant cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo. And explore colonial boomtowns: uninhabited Anchieta, 18th-century Parati, and the gold town of Ilhéus.
  • Observe southern right whales at the height of the breeding season at the amazing Península Valdés, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Spot tropical birdlife in the Atlantic Forest, a World Heritage Site: yellow-rumped cacique, blue-crowned parakeets, the spectacular green-headed tanager, blue-backed manakins, and more. Look for humpback whales and calves at the Abrolhos Marine National Park.
  • Discover the rhythms of South America with live performances by leading musicians—curated by onboard ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar.

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