Summary : Embark a nimble, comfortable, eco-friendly ship and venture deep into the Amazon rainforest along the Rio Negro, where magnificent plants and animals reign supreme. Scout for a variety of creatures, including monkeys, parrots, toucans, sloths, and pink dolphins. Far off the beaten path, visit small villages where the rhythms of life are tuned to the cycles of the wilderness. Choose how you'd like to experience the Amazon, from a leisurely expedition pace to rigorous deep forest hikes or kayak explorations in remote rainforest streams with keen observations from skilled naturalist guides—or simply relax and enjoy the view from the ship. Explore some 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, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
$1,750 to $2,600
This afternoon, embark the Tucano in Manaus, Brazil. As the vessel glides upstream on the Rio Negro, attend the first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon, enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, embark a skiff for an excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest along the river’s edge. You may see squirrel monkeys and hear the other-worldly growls of howler monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collections of birds in the world and you will see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.
Return to the Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner, embark a skiff in search of nocturnal creatures such as the caiman (the Amazon’s crocodile). You may also see one of the large night birds such as a great potoo, with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow huge mariposa moths.
Shortly after sunrise, explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and areas of tall, dense rainforest. Here you will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest, where dense vegetation grows right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Return to the vessel mid-morning for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, if weather permits, disembark and divide into small groups for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the terra firme. Here you 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 jaguars. Around mid-day, return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, explore in a skiff along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, join a night excursion to spot caiman and other nocturnal creatures. You may see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs.
Voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro today and continue to explore by foot or skiff. According to the weather and water depth, experience areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the Tucano sails downstream and—river depth permitting—will enter an east bank tributary of the Rio Negro to venture deep into the rainforest on this small river. After a nocturnal exploration of the rainforest by skiff, return to the ship for “Caipirinha Night”—and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.
Begin the day with a dawn excursion, searching for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. You will then have the option to visit the forest one last time before the end of your trip. In the mid-afternoon the ship will begin its journey downstream. Late in the day, you'll arrive at the “Encontro 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 Rio Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to 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 most vibrant port cities, over a thousand miles from the sea. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.
Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, disembark the ship.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Quietly paddle in a sit-on-top kayak in one of the most remote wildernesses on earth. Excursions depend on water and weather conditions. Guides will help both novice and experienced paddlers safely enjoy this extraordinary rainforest experience.
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; fishing; kayaking; straw hat; reusable water bottle; all meals onboard the ship; water. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; airport transfers; optional post-cruise city tour; departure taxes; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature; soft drinks; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
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