Return to the Amazon

About the Book

Perhaps no other Jean-Michel Cousteau expedition pays tribute to the legacy of Jacques-Yves Cousteau like his voyage to the Amazon. Twenty-five years after he and his father explored this fabled region, unveiling many of its mysteries for the first time, Jean-Michel returns with his own children, his Ocean Futures Society team and original Calypso crew members, tracing some of their old footsteps while also treading into uncharted territory. Return to the Amazon offers readers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at an OFS adventure, brimming with vivid stories and intimate journals, as Jean-Michel chronicles his most ambitious—and most emotional—expedition yet.


ReturnToTheAmazon_Cover.225x225With hundreds of stunning images by renowned photographer Carrie Vonderhaar, exclusive photos from the personal collections of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s original Amazon team, never-before-seen expedition video footage and vivid anecdotes from the jungle, Return to the Amazon takes the reader inside tribal territory with the fearless Jaguar People, underneath murky waters with the legendary anaconda, deep into remote forest with gun-toting loggers, and just beyond the clutches of a monster dubbed simply “The Beast.” From emergency plane landings to rubber snakes under the bed, Return to the Amazon illustrates the mishaps and lighter moments that make up a Cousteau expedition, while delving into serious conservation issues, unearthing intriguing discoveries and stories of hope from the remotest corners of the jungle. This eBook chronicles one of the most revealing and awe-inspiring journeys ever made into the Amazon, exposing some of its secrets without stripping away the enigma that has enshrouded it for millennia.

About the Author

cousteauSince first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society (OFS) in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. OFS announced the launch of Return to the Amazon, an eBook for the iPad®, in October 2013. It invites readers aboard OFS’s Ariaú Açu ship on its epic voyage to the heart of the Amazon jungle.