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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon: 7 Days

7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,076

Far from the beaches of Rio, this Brazil tour takes you to explore the world’s largest rainforest, one filled with adventure, beauty and biodiversity.

This 7-day Amazon tour departs from Manaus, then combines escorted tours on land and water to make sure you see the widest possible range of forest life.

Keep your eyes peeled for river dolphins throughout your trip. Then go ashore in the early morning and at dusk to see the land-based fauna at its most active. Howler Monkeys are a common sighting, along with colourful Toucans and other birds. You’ll also embark on a night tour to see the nocturnal Amazon at play. Later tours take you up into hidden streams and off-branches of the river in search of some of the area’s most unusual creatures. While nature provides the highlights, you’ll also enjoy superb hospitality onboard the M/Y Tucano. Sip a refreshing Caipirinha, or find your rhythm at an impromptu samba session under a blanket of stars. Even the waters themselves are diverse. You’ll visit Encontra das Aguas, where the brown Amazon meets the dark waters of the River Negro, before you depart.


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7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,076


Day 1

Embark M/Y Tucano

Your guide will meet you at 7:00 am in the reception area of the Hotel Tropical in Manaus.

Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning you will cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck you scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water's edge.

By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though one cannot predict what you will see, you have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly you will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon you embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. You may also go for a swim in some of the world's most clean and refreshing water.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration6 Nights

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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Day 2

Exploring the Rainforest

Early this morning you'll explore the rainforest along the water's edge in your launches. You should hear, and perhaps see, howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast you'll go for a walk in the forest where you will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology.

Around midday you'll return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon you will again explore the forest in your launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Exploring the Waking Forest

This morning you'll have an early exploration of the waking forest. Keep your eyes open for monkeys! - as on most trips you see them often. You'll return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in your launches. The M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and you'll stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as you marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

M/Y Tucano Excursions

After your two morning excursions, the M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. You may 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. Here you will see a kind of forest known as the varzea.

You will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting, you will do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Exploring the Rio Negro

Today you will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in the launches 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 to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. As you glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the "Caipirinha" and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Exploring Lago Janauari Ecological Park

This morning you'll explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where seasonally the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Around midday you will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas" a stark several mile long line where two of the world's largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon.

In the afternoon you'll scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight there will be one last excursion looking for nocturnal life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Disembark M/Y Tucano

In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will disembark from the M/Y Tucano and your tour will end at the Hotel Tropical in Manaus.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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2016: 9 & 23 Jan; 6 & 20 Feb; 5 & 19 Mar; 2, 16 & 30 Apr; 14 & 28 May; 18 Jun; 2 & 16 Jul; 6 & 20 Aug; 10 & 24 Sep; 8 & 22 Oct; 5 & 19 Nov; 10 & 24 Dec.

2017: 7 & 21 Jan; 4 & 18 Feb; 11 & 25 Mar; 8 & 22 Apr; 6 May; 3 & 17 Jun; 1, 15 & 30 Jul; 12 & 26 Aug; 9 & 23 Sep; 7 & 21 Oct; 11 & 25 Nov; 9 & 23 Dec.


  • Nightly accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water served on the boat
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Guided excursions


  • Airport transfers
  • Passport costs
  • Entrance fees
  • Vaccination costs
  • Personal spending money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes


  • 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”.


Prices are from per person based on double occupancy

23 Dec 2017
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