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Amazon River Cruise | M/Y Tucano

6 Days FROM USD 2,040

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Overview

On this exhilarating Brazilian Amazon cruise, you'll spend six days exploring one of the most famous rainforests in the world. Your adventure onboard a small ship expedition cruise endeavours to capture the spirit and essence of the Amazon, ideal for travellers who only have a short amount of time. You will mostly voyage on the Rio Negro, one of the most magnificent rivers in the Amazon basin, but you'll also experience the Encontra das Aguas, the dramatic point where both the Rio Negro and the Amazon meet. 

The rich, dense rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, so you just may see howler monkeys, sloths, parrots, and even the elusive jaguar. 

With three or four excursions every day and night while on board, this action-packed voyage will give you the chance to walk in the forest with an experienced guide, explore the river in small vessels, and visit local communities along the edges of this wild river. Marvel at the amazing flora and fauna in this unforgettable experience, designed to show you the highlights of the Brazilian Amazon in just a few days. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: BRCBIWA5

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Brazil, Amazon

Ship: Tucano

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Spend 4 nights on board the elegant MY Tucano exploring the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest.

  • You have the chance to see the wonderous animals of the Amazon including sloths, caimans, howler monkeys, and maybe even jaguars!

  • Experience the point where two of the world's largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join together in stark contrast.

CRUISE ITINERARY

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Please note this service is with a driver only.

Arrival in Manaus

This afternoon we embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in Manaus, Brazil. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon we enter one of the worlds 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, we will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the igapó. Along the river bank we may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we 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 we are sure to see some of these brightly coloured jewels perched in the treetops. We return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset.
Following dinner we will embark in our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. We 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.
Meals: Dinner

Embarkation in Manaus

Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here we 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 we return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting we will disembark at mid-morning and will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the terra firme. Here we have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves. 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 we will excursion in our launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploration of the Anavilhanas Archipelago

Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We 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 our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches and we return to the Motor Yacht Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploration of the Rio Negro

We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest for further explorations to see what wildlife and fauna we can see.
In the mid-afternoon we 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 our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will 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 we will have a farewell dinner, reminiscing about our journey, before we prepare ourselves for an early morning departure the following day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploration - Meeting of the Waters

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests will say their goodbyes and disembark from the M/Y Tucano.
Meals: Breakfast

Disembark in Manaus
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • You must include the incredible and awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls Extension on your Brazilian itinerary. Situated in two UNESCO World Heritage-designated National Parks these amazing falls completely dwarf Niagara Falls. Witness one of the most incredible displays of cascading water the world could produce.

  • Extend your time in Brazil and explore the worlds largest wetlands area and snorkelling in crystal clear freshwater springs with our Pantanal and Bonito Extension. Explore these unsurpassed waters through the comfort of a beautiful ecolodge in the Pantanal, experiencing the world’s densest flora and fauna ecosystem, then discover for yourself how the town of Bonito got it's name.

  • For something different and unique, consider heading north for the Northern Brazil Extension. This region is considered one of the most diverse and culturally rich regions of Brazil and deserves the trip. Explore the glorious Chapada Diamantina National Park with it's variety of canyons, waterfalls, caves, rivers, natural pools, and more. You will also get a great mix of big city vibes in Salvador, and relaxed beach destinations like the island of Morro de Sao Paulo (so relaxed even cars aren't allowed).

Pricing per person & date

Amazon River Cruise | M/Y Tucano from USD 2,040
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Important Information

  • Private airport transfers
    Arrival Accommodation in Manaus
    4 nights on board the M/Y Tucano
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guides as detailed in the itinerary
    All meals on board the M/y Tucano

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides and drivers
    Any meals not mentioned
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • Available on request. Contact us for more details.

  • Activities and route are dependant on the weather.

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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