What It's Like/What You'll Do

How you’ll spend your time and reward your curiosity


Step aboard the National Geographic Explorer and embark on an active, immersive expedition along the wildly diverse and culturally rich east coast of South America. Discover fascinating ecosystems, visit remote isles, explore dazzling cities, and see a vast array of birdlife as well as marine mammals.

Actively explore every day

Zodiac cruise, kayak, hike, and walk wherever we anchor: there’s nothing passive about our expedition style. Our captain’s dexterity and the logistical savvy of our expedition leader allow us to get you out on frequent forays for up-close encounters with this region and its wonders. Head off in a Zodiac to spot tropical wildlife in lush coastal forests, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take long hikes or short walks. Snap photos of the colorful and uniquely idiomatic architecture of the Brazilian towns we’ll visit. Or linger with your National Geographic photographer or your certified photo instructor to cover the street scenes, landscapes, wildlife, and telling details as if you were on assignment for National Geographic magazine.

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the region

Music and dance embody the stories and history of South America’s coast. Forming the soundtrack to your expedition, musical interludes will enrich your experience and maybe even inspire new listening habits. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the forces that shaped the coast through curation by your onboard ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgard, founder of the record label Cumbancha and host of the music and travel program Music Voyager. Look forward to discovering the divinity of tango, the rhythms and mysticism of Candombie, or even the spirit of Voodoo.

Window on the wildness

National Geographic Explorer is designed to preserve your connection to the region you’re exploring even when you’re indoors, on your way to another remarkable destination. Her glass-walled observation lounge and adjoining library are about the coolest you’ll experience, in every sense of the word, making it possible to take in the views as we travel the coast or enter a river.  And when you’re back aboard after the day’s activities--catching the day’s Recap, reading, writing, organizing photos on your laptop, hanging out, or socializing over drinks and dinner—you’ll find highly gratifying activities, too.

The undersea is integral to your voyage

We are the only expedition company that travels with an undersea specialist, as part of the expedition team. The undersea specialist suits up and dives or mans a ROV able to descend to 1,000 feet, bringing back footage of the life beneath the ship for you to enjoy on plasma screens in the lounge. We guarantee you will be astonished by the fascinating life forms below the surface of the water, and that seeing them will add rich dimensions to your experience of the diverse tropical habitats we’ll encounter.

 

Flexibility to take advantage of spontaneous events is a hallmark of our expedition style, so when marine mammals appear, our captain will halt the ship to create front-row-seat viewing opportunities. Explorer’s bridge, bow, and deck rails are perfect perches for observing the action.

Share the adventure

Whether they’re fellow guests, members of the expedition team, a National Geographic photographer, or a Global Perspectives guest speaker, you’re sure to find the company of like-minded others on board interesting. Our alliance with National Geographic creates unparalleled opportunities. And you’ll benefit from those who know: the onboard presentations will take you ever deeper into the richness and wonder of this South American geography.

Enjoy the daily ritual

Each evening at cocktail hour the entire expedition community gathers in the lounge for a ritual we call Recap. As you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, various naturalists and our guest speakers give talks, the undersea specialist may show video, and your expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule. Guests often tell us in comment cards that Recap remains one of the fondest memories of their expedition experience.

Savor time aboard ship

Wildlife, colonial history and culture, and special guest speaker talks will be offered throughout the voyage, as well. And, when the ship is underway, it’s a wonderful time to stand on the bow with a naturalist, National Geographic photographer or certified photo instructor to survey the land or seascape. And, visit the bridge, where you are always welcome to watch the calm, serious business of navigation unfold.

 

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