The Green Coast of Brazil - Southbound

Fortaleza, Brazil - Montevideo, Uruguay

Let yourself go to samba rhythms and make the most of more than 7,000 kilometres of Brazil's coastline. This 15-day southbound adventure highlights the unique nature and culture in South America and offers an epic excursioon programme, allowing you to truly explore each destination.

  • Enjoy a diverse itinerary in the land of the samba, exploring big cities and glorious nature
  • Extend this tropical South American voyage with a sailing to the remote continent of Antarctica
  • Engage in captivating lectures from our Expedition Team, experts in their respective fields such as history and geology
  • Partake in excursions to cities, cultural and historical sites and the South American wilderness


This is a tropical sun-soaked journey that lets you combine excursions into the Amazon rainforest and visits to tropical beaches and the mythical Rio de Janeiro. We depart from Fortaleza, where a day in the old town is recommended before we set course for Recife, a gutsy and gritty coastal town with bustling market areas. Choose from various excursions or walk around on your own. Back on board, you can enjoy a full day on the sundeck until our next stop, Salvador. 

Stimulate Your Senses

Salvador will stimulate your senses: Churches with gold-encrusted panels, the exotic and inviting scent and taste of the African-influenced food and the shouts of street vendors, all to the tune of roaring traffic and the distinctive music of Bahia.

If it sounds like you might need a rest afterwards, that is exactly what you will get. Ilhéus is a completely different town with a far more relaxed nature: enjoy a bird-watching excursion, visit to cacao plantations, or just unwind for the whole day on a sandy beach.

Explore the home of Carnival

A couple more quiet days await you at sea, before the samba energy takes hold once again. Rio de Janeiro is the home of the Carnival, the Samba, Copacabana Beach and plenty of famous landmarks that you may recognise. Explore this fascinating and lively city, and if you are so inclined, dance the night away and become at one with the samba... 

Another adventure awaits you in Paranagua, where nature itself invites you to its party. Take an excursion into spectacular mountainside terrain, venture into the rainforest and bathe in crystal clear streams, before we sail for another day to Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil’s southernmost state is not only a paradise for bird lovers, with the forest-covered canyons of its national parks and cascading river valleys, it is also the most culturally distinct. Experiencing the 'cowboy culture' of the region’s gaúchos (cattle herders) is the perfect way to end your Brazilian adventure, before we end our journey in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Your holiday price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities


  • Prices are in EUR per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change

The itinerary

Embark on a southbound adventure along the alluring Brazillian coast. You will witness some of the world's most stunning tropical beaches and interesting cities.

9 October 2017

Departs From Fortaleza, Brazil
Day 1
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First glimpses

Location: Fortaleza

This expedition starts in Fortaleza. Before leaving, you should experience 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 more interested in history and art, you should visit the old fortress built by the Dutch captain Matias Beck in 1649 and Fortaleza's cathedral, the third-biggest church in Brazil.

Day 2
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo Photo

The adventure begins

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Your first day on board begins at sea. Take the time to familiarise yourself with your ship, MS Midnatsol. Relax on the open decks and relish in tropical temperatures, or listen to lecures and meet other passengers.

Day 3
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Photo: Vitoriano Junior / Shutterstock Photo

The Brazillian Venice

Location: 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 centre has several historical buildings, churches and cathedrals to visit. We offer an excursion to the remarkable city of Olinda, which was founded by the Portuguese in the 16 century and was rebuilt in the 18 century after it was looted by the Dutch. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old houses, and more than 20 baroque churches, convents and smaller chapels that will leave a lasting impression. You can also enjoy exploring the historic city centre of Recife with its beautiful architecture and bustling market areas on your own.

Day 4
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Take in the calm

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Today is perfect for birdwatching from the deck, attending lectures or simply relaxing with a good book.

Day 5
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Sensory delight

Location: 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 art deco elevator (Elevador Lacerda). The marketplace at the bottom of Elevador Lacerda is well known for its local art. The historic centre 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 amount of churches. Salvador was a significant centre for the Atlantic slave trade between the 16th and 18th century. 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 6
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Sugar rush

Location: Ilhéus, Brazil

We arrive in the relaxed town of Ilhéus, which offers several attractions including a botanical garden, several museums and churches, a sloth recovery centre, old sugar mills, several cocoa plantations and 15 superb beaches. Join a bird-watching excursion, visit one of Ilhéus’ many cacao plantations, take a guided tour around the town, go snorkelling or spend the day relaxing on a sandy beach.

Days 7-8
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Oceans of rest

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Take the time to appreciate the food on board and sweeping views from MS Midnatsol. Perhaps you have already found your personal relaxing space, and met fellow passengers to spend the days with. The Expedition team will be presenting lectures and available to answer all your questions.

Day 9
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Home of the Carnival

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is the home of Carnival, Samba and Copacabana Beach. We recommend spending the morning on deck to get a first glimpse and perhaps even see the sun rise over the city as we sail into Guanabara Bay. You will never forget the first time you see the 38-metre high statue of Jesus on top of the Corcovado Mountain. Explore the city on your own, or join one of our excursions to several of the famous landmarks. Take a refreshing swim at the world-famous Copacabana beach, indulge in a cocktail in a bar while listening to the characteristic Samba music and enjoy a typical Brazilian dinner with beef or fresh seafood in one of the remarkable restaurants in the city centre.

Day 10
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Cruising the coast

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

You have earned your rest today after an impressive day in Rio de Janeiro. Unwind on the deck in the warmth of the Brazillian sun, read a book or appreciate another leisurely meal.

Day 11
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Photo: Vladimir Melnik / Shutterstock Photo

True wilderness

Location: Paranagua, Brazil

Experience true wilderness in Paranagua. 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, bathe in crystal clear streams, and see impressive waterfalls.

Day 12
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Photo: S.Borisov / Shutterstock Photo

Reflect on the experience

Location: Sailing the Atlantic Ocean

Our final day at sea allows you the time to finish one of the books you brought with you on board, record your memories or look through the photographs you have taken on the voyage.

Day 13
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Bird lovers, rejoice

Location: 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 14
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Photo: Travel Bug / Shutterstock Photo

Hit the town

Location: Montevideo, Uruguay

Uruguay´s capital, Montevideo, is located at the mouth of the river Rio de la Plata and the harbour is located very close to the city centre. Why not explore the town on your own after the farewell dinner on board and enjoy the nightlife in Montevideo.

Day 15
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Head south

Location: Montevideo

If you would like a change from sun and warm weather, you could always stay on the ship for its next expedition as we head south – to Antarctica.

23 October 2017

Location Montevideo, Uruguay
Your ship Things to see and do


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