We’ve been creating memorable adventures around Brazil for almost 30 years. Here’s a collection of some of my old black and white photos from travels around this fascinating country.
1. Sunset over the Bahian coast
2. Hiking in Chapada Diamantes
3. Scuba diving off Fernando de Noronha
4. Dolphin watching off the south coast
5. Bird-watching in the Pantanal
6. Cruising down the Amazon River
7. Staying at a beautiful pousada
8. Helicopter over the Iguaçu Falls
9. Walking down through the Pelourinho in Salvador
10. Taking a schooner cruise along the Costa Verde
Though the Amazon is by far the greatest river in the World in volume, arguments have gone on for years about the actual length and whether the Nile is longer. If the definition of source is “the most distant point up the longest tributary in the river’s drainage basin.” finding the Amazon’s source has been easier said than done. Over the years since Europeans explored the region, five different rivers have been given the honour. For a long time it was thought to be the Marañón which provides the largest volume of water by far. Then in 1971 a National Geographic expedition led by Loren McIntyre identified the snow-capped peak of Mismi as the ultimate source of the Amazon by flowing into the Apurimac tributary. Now scientists they say they have finally found it at the Mantaro River, which runs of the Cordillera Rumi Cruz also in Peru. Topographic maps, satellite imagery, GPS tracking data and digital hydrographic datasets were used to the chart the Mantaro and determine that it was around 75–92km longer than the Apurimac. The Amazon is currently measured at about 6,437 kilometres (4,000 miles) by the U.S. Geological Survey. We have been helping a writer Kiki Deere explore much of the Brazilian Amazon, see her photos here.
Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis is a photographic exploration of the World’s wilderness areas. The photographer spent eight years spent travelling the earth, 35 countries and countless images later, Genesis, has now arrived in London. The exhibition is at the Natural History Museum, but he began shooting in 2004, documenting rare corners of the world untarnished by modern life. From the prehistoric creatures of the Galapagos Islands, to the sculptured icebergs of Antarctica, Genesis is celebration of the diversity found on planet Earth. Genesis reminds us that humans are responsible for the deterioration of the planet. A subject close to the Brazilian’s heart are threatened tribes, which Salgado spent time living with, and he seeks to highlight their plight. Many of these face persecution by governments, the theft of their lands and resources, or the threat of devastating epidemics.Salgado’s awe-inspiring prints represent natural landscapes and their relation to human life.
Sebastião Salgado: ‘Genesis’ is on 11 April – 8 September 2013, in the Waterhouse Gallery at the Natural History Museum,Cromwell Road, London SW7 www.nhm.ac.uk