Top 10 Reasons

See why traveling to South America with us should be on your must-do list


1. Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites across two expeditions. An opportunity to visit a number of sites of cultural or natural importance: Paramaribo, Suriname, a unique pocket of Dutch influence; Salvador de Bahia, the first capital of Brazil; Fernando de Noronha, a pristine marine park; Rio de Janeiro, awarded UNESCO status in September 2012 for its natural setting and unique outdoor living culture; the Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, for 20,000 species of plants and more than 1,361 species of animals, 42% of which occur nowhere else in the world. See them all by combining both South America East Coast expeditions and save 10%.

2. Legendary Jungle Rivers. When else will you get the chance to explore two of the world’s most important rivers—the Amazon and the Essequibo—on one voyage? Discover their incredible ecosystems on Wild South America: The Guianas to Brazil.

3. Fernando de Noronha. By special permission and only on the Wild South America: The Guianas to Brazil expedition, you’ll have a chance to visit the 21-island archipelago, home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the western Atlantic, and a profusion of tropical fish, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and humpbacks.

4. Riveting history. For anyone with an avid historical sense—the stories of exploration, the extraction of gold, sugar and cacao, plus the unprecedented blending of European, African, and Amerindian cultures, will provide a vivid voyage narrative. Exploring the towns and cities along this coast is a marvelous opportunity for anyone beguiled by charismatic locations, colonial architecture, and the poetry of endemic places.

5. Music. Steel band and calypso! Samba, bossa nova, forró! Our expedition ethnomusicologist, Jacob Edgar, has arranged presentations and performances by some of South America’s finest artists that will have us dancing and learning about South American music.

6. Vibrant New World cities. On Brazil & Argentina: Wildlife & Culture you’ll have a chance to see and compare the lifestyles and cultures of some of South America’s greatest coastal cities: Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires.

7. Experience matters. With the many decades and hundreds of expeditions' worth of experience our expedition leader, naturalists, and staff are able to deliver an unparalleled experience.

8. National Geographic Explorer. A state-of-the-art, fully stabilized ice-class vessel, Explorer launched in 2008 and is equipped with tools for exploration such as a fleet of 13 Zodiacs and 36 double kayaks that allow us to land in remote locations, and have up-close personal discoveries.

9. National Geographic photographer. A National Geographic photographer and a certified photo instructor are on every departure aboard National Geographic Explorer to provide advice, tips, and informative, entertaining presentations. Access to photographers of this caliber will help you improve your skills and ensure you’ll go home with incredible photos.

10. Exclusive Video Chronicle of your expedition. Being in the moment, immersed in the experience is the joy of being in South America. So, a professional video chronicler (VC) is aboard to capture the expedition moments you’ll want to remember for you. You can relax, and never worry that you’ve missed anything. Your VC will professionally edit and package the voyage chronicle, making it available for purchase before you disembark ship.

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