Summary : Departing from Manaus, Brasil, this four night Amazon cruise visits some of the most essential areas to observe the flora and fauna and culture of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon Odyssey endeavors to capture the spirit of the Amazon by exploring the dense forests and small tributaries of the Rio Negro. This is the only cruise that explores a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the Central Amazon Conservation Complex. With small groups and experienced naturalist guides, you will have the opportunity to experience many different rainforest environments and observe the greatest diversity of life on earth. In addition to seeking the wildlife of the Amazon you will also visit villages along the river to see what life is like living on the edge of the greatest wilderness on earth.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
$1,750 to $2,600
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.
Return to the Tucano for hors d'oeuvres on the observation deck. Toast the rainforest sunset. Following dinner you will embark in skiffs in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman.. You may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths.
Shortly after sunrise this morning you will explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here you will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning you will return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting you will disembark at mid-morning and will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the terra firme. Here you will have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.
Around mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, set out on a skiff excursion along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight you will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon’s crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. You will very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs.
Today you will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in skiffs and walk in the forest. You will explore according to the weather and water depth areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream and river depth permitting, will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After your nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in your skiffs, you will return to the M/Y Tucano for 'Caipirinha Night' on and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.
Today you will begin with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. You will then go one last time into the forest.
In the mid-afternoon you will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the 'Encontra das Aguas' a stark several mile long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to your overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus.
As you pass in front of Manaus, marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight you will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.
Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests will disembark in Manaus. Consider joining the optional city tour after the cruise.
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.
City Tour (Optional):
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.
Shipboard accommodations; guided excursions; kayaking; bottled water; all meals onboard the ship. 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 post-cruise city tour; fuel surcharge may apply.