Summary : Embark on an expedition visiting remote locations to observe the Amazon rainforest's unique wildlife and culture. Explore towering rainforests, vast flooded grasslands and glide along narrow streams deep into the Amazon jungle. Discover exotic wildlife such as three-toed sloths, parrots, toucans, and possibly pink dolphins and red howler monkeys. Enjoy the starry night sky relaxing on deck listening to the sounds of the nocturnal forest. This compact voyage endeavors to capture the spirit of the Amazon on two of its greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. Walk in the forest, explore in launches, and visit local communities along the edges of these magnificent rivers.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
Children under 12 years save 50% off regular rates.
$1,580 to $2,370
Embark in Manaus and cruise upstream on the Rio Negro. Enjoy a talk about Amazon environments from experienced naturalists. Explore one of the world's largest river island systems, Anavilhanas Archipelago. Sail along a rainforest channel amidst exotic vegetation. Weather permitting, take an excursion into Igapó, a gnarled and densely-flooded forest. Along the river bank you may see squirrel monkeys and hear howler monkeys echoing throughout the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collections of birds in the world. Observe brightly colored toucans and parrots perched in the treetops.
Enjoy the rainforest sunset and hors d'oeuvres on the observation deck. Embark in launches searching for nocturnal creatures such as caiman and potoo birds with large mouths adapted to swallow huge Mariposa Moths.
Shortly after sunrise explore the Igapó, a black water flooded forest. Take a walk to discover a Terra Firme Amazon forest looking for monkeys and signs of jaguars. Weather permitting, enjoy a night excursion in the ship’s launches to hear a sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys and frogs. Very often arboreal porcupines and sloths are seen scrambling high in the trees.
In the morning, scout a remote rainforest area by launch for unique Amazon wildlife. Weigh anchor and voyage downstream through the night to Xiborena Peninsula that divides the world’s two most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. After your nocturnal exploration of the rainforest, perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck of the vessel.
Rising early, travel to Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest flooded by the Amazon River's rich coffee colored water. Explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Discover Encontra das Aguas where two of the world's greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and the Amazon converge. Dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing.
At sunset slowly ascend the Rio Negro, passing by Porto de Manaus, one of the world's great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. Observe boats of every imaginable shape and purpose serving this continent-sized forest. Sample Brazil's national drink, Caipirinha, while enjoying a farewell dinner.
Early this morning disembark the vessel at Hotel Tropical's riverside dock.
Please note that the day-to-day schedule must be considered approximate. The exact order of the days and specific features may be altered due to navigational considerations.
Excursions depend on water and weather conditions. Quietly paddle in the most remote wildernesses on earth. Choose a morning launch excursion or paddle with a skilled guide to observe the magnificent flora and fauna of the Amazon. Each excursion will be about two hours long and in still water. Guides will help paddlers, both novice and experienced, intimately and safely enjoy this extraordinary rainforest experience. Kayaks are the 'sit-on-top' kind and are not enclosed.
Optional City Tour:
This three hour tour of Manaus is available at the end of the cruise. It includes the bustling Mercado Municipal of Manaus, the Teatro Amazonas - the famed opera house of the Amazon, and the historical Praça Dom Pedro II. Included are the services of a bilingual guide, entrance fees, and transportation to and from the Hotel Tropical. Please note that most museums are closed on Sundays and Holidays.
Good health is necessary. There are several daily excursions off the vessel and many guests choose to participate in some but not all of them. While guests can have a quite enjoyable trip by simply staying on board Tucano and participating in the launch excursions, participants in the walks in the forest must be able to comfortably walk for two or more hours at a time.
Cabin accommodations; guided excursions; kayaking; meals onboard the vessel; bottled water onboard the vessel. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; airport transfers; departure taxes; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature; soft drinks or alcoholic beverages; gratuities; optional city tour; fuel surcharge may apply.