Expedition Up the Amazon – Belém, Amazonia, Brazil

Journey into the Heart of Discovery

The vast kingdom of the Amazon has fascinated explorers for centuries, and to travel its entire navigable length is one of life’s great adventures. The dimensions of the river – once known as “The River Sea” – are truly awesome. As it gathers its strength from more than 1,000 tributaries and drains into an area nearly the size of the contiguous United States, the Amazon’s flow is ten times greater than that of the Mississippi.

Abercrombie & Kent’s river expeditions are led by experienced naturalist guides who approach each trip with sensitivity, expertise, care, and genuine delight, sharing it with the hundred like-minded passengers who make the expeditionary vessel, the shallow-draft Explorer, their floating home for the trip’s duration. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft enables the exploration of remote jungle tributaries and visits to riverside villages, pristine islands, and jungle clear­ings behind the rain forest’s “green wall.” Highlights might be the “wedding of the waters,” where the dark, tealike Rio Negro joins the flow of the cappuccino-colored Amazon; an evening in the company of a local tribe; or face-to-face encounters with any of the countless living species (science has yet to catalog some 85 percent of them) that live within the river’s fascinating and fragile ecosystem.

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