Lencois de Maranhenses, Brazil.
A man and woman aboard the Amazon Star headed to Belém, Brazil.
The Amazon rainforest as seen from above.
Rock formations in Chapada Diamantina, Brazil.
Brazilians LOVE waterfalls. And selfies. When both come together, there's sparks flying through the air - the promise of endless possibilities.
In Portugese, the word "exploraçao" means both "exploration" and "exploitation".
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
Sao Joao festivities, Lençois, Chapada Diamantina, Brazil.
Every other week, Rachel travels on the Amazon star to see her boyfriend who lives 3 days further down the river.
Located just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season. Fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes and is prevented from percolating down by a layer of impermeable rock which lies underneath the sand. This results in blue, green and black lagoons surrounded by desert-like sand.