Heart of the Amazon

Amazon River Cruise

  • Tucano
  • River Boat
  • 18 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Explore Rio Negro's lush rainforests and wild tributaries of the Amazon. Cruise the mighty Amazon River observing exotic flora and fauna in remote parts of the Amazon that are virtually uninhabited and rarely visited. Over several days, gradually explore miles of pristine rainforest sighting monkeys, parrots, toucans, and possibly sloths and pink dolphins. Enjoy some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon and one of the least inhabited places on the planet exploring the far reaches of Central Amazon's Ecological Corridor.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Manaus, Brazil

In the morning, board the vessel in Manaus and sail upstream on the Rio Negro. Cruise through the world’s largest river island system, Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck, scan for wildlife in the magnificent, lush vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Experience shores covered by dense rainforest. Chance sightings of pink river dolphins and large collection of exotic birds are possible. In the late afternoon, embark launches and search for wildlife. Choose an optional swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.

Day 2
Rio Negro

Early in the morning, explore the rainforest along the water's edge in the launches. Listen and watch for howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. Walk in the forest with knowledgeable guides to learn about the rainforest's unique flora and fauna. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim. Explore the forest at sunset in launches and listen to an evening chorus of birds and frogs.

Day 3
Rio Negro

Explore the waking forest and observe its early morning sights and sounds. Keep on the lookout for monkeys. Choose a walk in the forest or a launch excursion to experience more of the rainforest. Enjoy the night sky from the cruising vessel and marvel at the tremendous amount of stars.

Day 4 – 5
Rio Jauaperi / Rio Negro

After two morning excursions, cruise along the heavily-forested shore and scout for wildlife. Possibly stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon, you will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. Scout along its shoreline for extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment such as three-toed sloths. Weather permitting, partake in a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

On Day 5, further explore a tributary of the Rio Jaueperi and in the afternoon begin to head downstream on the Rio Negro. Enjoy several excursions during the day in different rainforest habitats. Weather permitting, tonight continue your search for nocturnal wildlife.

Day 6
Exploring Rio Negro

Voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout by launch and walks in the forest. Explore, according to the weather and water depth, areas rarely visited by anyone else. Depart downstream in the evening to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. Glide through the starry darkness while sipping the national drink of Brazil, the “Caipirinha”, and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.

Day 7
Lago Janauari Ecological Park / “Encontra das Aguas”

Explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick, brown water of the Amazon seasonally flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Travel to Encontra das Aguas where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Rio Negro's dark water runs beside the opaque, brown water of the Amazon. Scout one of the area's hidden streams to observe the Amazon’s beautiful and unique creatures.

Day 8
Manaus, Brazil

After breakfast, disembark the expedition vessel.

Notes

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.

Kayaking:
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.

Activity Level:
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.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; guided excursions; kayaking; meals onboard the vessel; bottled water onboard the vessel.

Not Included:
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.