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The Green Coast of Brazil Northbound

14 days
13 nights

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Rates:

$ 3,690.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 29, 2017 
Mar 13, 2018 - Mar 26, 2018 

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Montevideo, Uruguay
The adventure starts with an overnight stay in a hotel in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, providing you with the opportunity to experience the nightlife and explore the city the following day before embarking on your journey with MS Midnatsol.

Day 2: Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo is located at the mouth of the river Rio de la Plata and the harbor is located very close to the city center. You embark on MS Midnatsol in the afternoon and the adventure begins.

Day 3: Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
With jaw-dropping forest-covered canyons in the national parks and cascading river valleys, Rio Grande do Sul is a paradise for bird lovers. Brazil’s southernmost state is the country’s most culturally distinct, with its gaúchos (cattle herders) and cowboy culture.

Day 4: At Sea
Enjoy the tropical temperatures on deck or learn something new in lectures from the Expedition Team.

Day 5: Paranagua, Brazil
You are in for a wilderness adventure in Paranaguá. Enjoy excursions such as taking the Serra Verde Express train to Morretes, which travels through the spectacular mountainside terrain and past the Atlantic forest, visit the rainforest in Salto Morato for birdwatching, soak in crystal-clear streams, and see impressive waterfalls.

Day 6: Paraty
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Paraty is incredibly beautiful. The town, with its old colonial houses and cobblestone streets, is surrounded by islands, sheltered beaches, and a backdrop of steep, jungled mountains. Paraty had its first boom during the gold rush in Brazil in the 17th century. It was the final point of the so-called 'Gold Trail'. Originally built by the Native Brazilians, the 745-mile road connected the gold mines with the Atlantic Ocean through the rough terrain of the rainforest. At the beginning of the 19th century, Paraty became famous once again thanks to the coffee trade and the production of Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. The coastline, with its intact forests, summons hikers, botanists, and ornithologists from all over the world for an unforgettable visit. A visit here is like being in a fairy tale.

Day 7: At Sea
Today is perfect for birdwatching from the deck, attending lectures, or simply relaxing with a good book.

Day 8: At Sea
Join the Expedition Team for more fascinating lectures or relax on deck.

Day 9: Ilhéus, Brazil
We arrive in the relaxed town of Ilhéus, which offers several attractions including a botanical garden, several museums and churches, a sloth sanctuary, old sugar mills, several cacao plantations, and 15 superb beaches. Join a birdwatching excursion, visit one of Ilhéus’ many cacao plantations, take a guided tour around the town, go snorkeling, or spend the day relaxing on a sandy beach.

Day 10: Salvador, Brazil
Salvador is said to be a treat for your senses with its churches boasting gold-encrusted panels, the exotic and inviting scent and taste of the African-influenced food, and the sounds of the street vendors selling their wares to the background tune of roaring traffic and distinctive Bahian music. The city is divided into upper and lower towns connected by an elevator (Elevador Lacerda). The marketplace at the bottom of the elevator is well known for its local art. The historic center of Salvador, the 'Pelourinho', was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is a famous example of the impressive Portuguese colonial architecture. The city also has an amazing number of churches. Salvador was a significant center for the Atlantic slave trade between the 16th and 18th centuries. Today, nearly 80% of the city’s inhabitants have African roots and the influence of African culture can be seen in the city’s music and cuisine.

Day 11: At Sea
Spend another relaxing and interesting day at sea.

Day 12: Recife, Brazil
If you like your cities gutsy, gritty, and proud, this is the place for you. Recife is known as the 'Brazilian Venice' as several rivers divide the city into smaller islands, which are connected by more than 50 bridges. The old center has several historical buildings, churches, and cathedrals that you can visit. We offer an excursion to the city of Olinda, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remarkable city, which was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century and had to be rebuilt in the 18th century after it was looted by the Dutch, features old houses, more than 20 baroque churches, convents, and smaller chapels that leave a lasting impression. You can also have fun exploring the city center of Recife with its churches and bustling market areas on your own.

Day 13: At Sea
Relax as we spend another day at sea.

Day 14: Fortaleza, Brazil
This expedition ends in Fortaleza, but before you leave, we recommend visiting Centro, the oldest part of town. This is a lively area to explore by day, with many busy streets full of small shops. If you’re hungry, you can sample typical Brazilian food in one of the barracas (rustic restaurants) next to the beach. If you are interested in history and art, visit the old fortress built by the Dutch captain Matias Beck in 1649 and Fortaleza’s cathedral, the third-biggest church in Brazil.