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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon: 5 Days

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,697

Experience the mighty Amazon River starting and finishing in Manaus, Brazil. Cruise for 7 nights on board a motor yacht with side trips on launches to discover the exotic rainforest including short walks in it. See rare birds and animals and visit a native village.


The immense Amazon River is the second longest river in the world after the Nile and the widest, accounting for approximately 20 percent of all river waters that pour into the world's oceans! The gateway to the Amazon rainforest is the city of Manaus. Just outside Manaus is the “Meeting of the Waters” where the Rio Solimoes flows alongside the Rio Negro for 6 kilometres/4 miles until they finally meet to form the Amazon River. Legend has it that the two waters never mix.

On arrival in Manaus, you start your 4 night journey on a motor yacht and travel up the Rio Negro to the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Continue on through rainforests. Weather permitting, you will have a launch excursion into the dense forest called Igapo. The forest here is full of monkeys and exotic birds. Returning to your motor yacht, you will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a beverage. After dinner on board, travel along the river in search of nocturnal creatures.

Early the next morning, explore the Archipelago, a nature reserve of tall dense rainforest growing right out of the waters of the Rio Negro. After breakfast on your return, you will go for a walk in the rainforest hopefully viewing some of the Amazon’s great mammals such as wild pigs and even a jaguar. In the afternoon, join a launch again and travel along the edges of the river and hear the sunset chorus of the birds.

The following morning, you will have a further walk in the rainforest. Later, travel to a small village on the banks of the Rio Negro to meet the inhabitants and see how they survive in the remote interior. In the evening, arrive at the Xiborena Peninsula where the Rio Negro and the Amazon divide.

Another early morning brings an excursion to the Largo Janauari Ecological Park, a dense rainforest flooded by the river. Here keep your eyes open for monkeys and other creatures such as Three Toed Sloths and Anteaters. After lunch, navigate the “Encontras das Aguas”, the confluence of the two rivers. The dark and light coloured waters run for several kilometres/miles without mixing. Cruise along the Amazon followed by a launch excursion in a region known as the Varzea. This evening, you will enjoy Caipirinhas and a farewell dinner.

The next three days are at leisure to do additional sightseeing, shopping or just relax on board.

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,697

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Manaus

This afternoon you embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in Manaus, Brazil. You depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream you will have your first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon you 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, you will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the Igapo. Along the river bank you may see some Squirrel Monkeys and you may hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and you are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.

You return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d'oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner you will embark in launches to search for nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon's crocodilians. 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,

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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M/Y Tucano

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    M/Y Tucano



    The M/Y Tucano offers plenty of space to spread out and contemplate the wonders of nature. With over seventy large windows, the vessel is bright and airy. The cabins and the salon are air conditioned and have elegant raised wood panelling in the style of ...

    The M/Y Tucano offers plenty of space to spread out and contemplate the wonders of nature. With over seventy large windows, the vessel is bright and airy. The cabins and the salon are air conditioned and have elegant raised wood panelling in the style of the classic steamships that once cruised these majestic rivers.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Balcony

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Day 2

Amazon

Shortly after sunrise this morning you 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 Igapo, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro.

Mid-morning you 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 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 you will excursion the launches 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 often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Amazon

This morning you awaken to another remote rainforest area where you will explore launches early in the morning, and also walk in the forest in mid-morning. During the middle of the day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Where you will visit the community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior. Later in evening the vessel will weigh anchor and you will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world's most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Amazon

Rising early, you will excursion in the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee colored water of the Amazon River. You will explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth, you will also keep your eyes open for monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater. By mid-morning you return to the M/Y Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. Later in the morning you will foray off the vessel again to explore this environment rich in life.

Following lunch you will navigate to the "Encontra das Aguas", the several mile long joining of two of the world's greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often Pink River Dolphins and also Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. You will cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon. On Brazilian maps this river is given the name Rio Solimoes - but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that you know of as the Amazon. At this point in its course it has truly become the most magnificent river on the planet and carries fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.

Late afternoon you will have another launch excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where you may angle for piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in these the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset you will slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the 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. You will see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent sized forest. Tonight you will sample the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Depart Manaus

In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will disembark from the vessel at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical.

Please note that the day to day schedule must be considered approximate. Due to changing river levels and weather considerations, features and vessel course are altered and adapted to fit existing circumstances.
Degree of Difficulty: Good health is necessary. Though the trip does not include endurance hiking, participants should be able feel comfortable walking at a leisurely pace for 2 to 3 hours at a time.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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OTHER INFORMATION:

This trip requires a pre-night in Manaus. There are two cabin categories on the M/Y Tucano.
Green Category cabins have bunk beds with above and below berths.
Yellow Category cabins are larger and have beds side by side. For three or more travelers sharing a cabin, each passenger pays the Green Category Rate even though they occupy a Yellow Category Cabin. These cabins are Cabin 3, 4, and “0”.

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Prices are from per person based on double occupancy

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