Expedition cruising on the Amazon River
Explore the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor, the world's largest Amazon reserve and some of the most untouched rainforest in the Amazon. You'll see pink river dolphins, a kaleidoscope of colorful birds, magnificent rainforest trees draped with vines and carpeted with orchids, and monkeys chattering and cavorting in the trees. Swim at deserted beaches in water as pure and clean as rainwater, hike in forests where the only tracks are your own, and explore the river's edge from our launches, including evening excursions watching for nocturnal species!
Navigate in and around the world’s largest river island system—the Anavilhanas Archipelago, where a plethora of birds and butterflies live, especially two local favorites: the macaw and the toucan. Enjoy a refreshing dip in cool waters before a late afternoon search for wildlife in our launches. Walk along elevated platforms in the middle of the rainforest. Visit a natural phenomenon, where two major rivers—deep black and murky brown—meet and swirl alongside each other separately for miles before finally converging. Meet local tribes’ people in their home, and discover a city living in the 19th century in the heart of the rainforest.
The Amazon Basin has no shortage of fascinating characters, both large and small. Discover a kaleidoscope of colors, from thousands of birds and butterflies, to orchids, bromeliads and water lilies, to red frogs and yellow-spotted insects. Watch for infamous predators, like the caiman alligator and the sharp-toothed piranha fish, though they remain elusive, and listen for the sound of the jaguar prowling the forest at night.
Our schedule will follow the best times for watching and interacting with these extraordinary creatures. Most days, you’ll head out early when the forest is just waking up, returning to the boat for a hearty breakfast before setting out again to explore. Relaxing afternoons as the boat moves upstream are followed by exploration in launches, on foot, and in villages. Some nights you’ll discover nocturnal creatures on nighttime excursions.
Whether your first foray deep into nature or your hundredth, the Amazon Basin never ceases to amaze! A journey to the heart of the rainforest has never been better—trust Mountain Travel to take you there!
7 days easy walking on varied terrain, exploration on launches
- Expedition cruising in the Amazon—the greatest wilderness on earth
- Listen to the exotic calls of birds and mammals and watch them from a forest trail or while scouting the river's edge in our launches
- Visit the homes of deep forest settlers, learning what their lives are like living on the edge of this vast, trackless forest
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Manaus End Location: ManausDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Rendezvous in Manaus
Meet in Manaus and board our boat to head up the Río Negro and into the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with red macaws and toucans overhead.
Days 2 - 3 : Río Negro
Explore the early-morning rainforest, with white-faced capuchin monkeys and dozens of squirrel monkeys, traipsing amid ferns and bromeliads under a canopy of trees 200 feet tall.
Days 4 - 5 : Río Jauaperi
Visit some of the rainforest's indigenous people in their home, and push on to Río Jauaperi, looking for pink dolphins, tapirs, and capybaras. Opt for a nocturnal excursion.
Day 6 : Novo Airão
Discover the town of Novo Airão, where 19th-century living is alive and well. Enjoy samba dancing and caipirinhas-the national lime juice cocktail-back on board.
Day 7 : Lago Janauari Ecological Park
Walk on elevated boardwalks through the rainforest in Lago Janauari Ecological Park, and witness the phenomenon of Encontro das Aguas, where two rivers meet but do not merge for several miles.
Day 8 : Depart
Enjoy a last morning on board, and disembark in Manaus where our trip ends.
DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: Sep 13 - 20, 2014 Sep 27, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014 Oct 11 - 18, 2014 Oct 25, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014 Nov 8 - 15, 2014 Nov 22 - 29, 2014 Dec 6 - 13, 2014 Dec 20 - 27, 2014 Jan 10 - 17, 2015 Jan 24 - 31, 2015 Feb 21 - 28, 2015 Mar 7 - 14, 2015 Mar 21 - 28, 2015 Apr 11 - 18, 2015 Apr 25, 2015 - May 2, 2015 May 9 - 16, 2015 May 23 - 30, 2015 Jun 6 - 13, 2015 Jun 20 - 27, 2015 Jul 4 - 11, 2015 Jul 18 - 25, 2015 Aug 8 - 15, 2015 Aug 22 - 29, 2015 Sep 12 - 19, 2015 Sep 26, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015 Oct 10 - 17, 2015 Oct 24 - 31, 2015 Nov 7 - 14, 2015 Nov 21 - 28, 2015 Dec 19 - 26, 2015
2014 Prices (per person, in US$)
$3,450 ("Green" cabins - bunk beds with above and below berths)
$3,850 ("Yellow" cabins - two beds side by side)
2015 Prices (per person, in US$)
$3,700 ("Green" cabins - bunk beds with above and below berths)
$4,120 ("Yellow" cabins - two beds side by side)
Single supplement (available in "Green" cabins only) -- 50% (no charge if willing to share).
Children 12 or under who share a room with an adult receive a discount of 50% off the Cruise Rate, subject to cabin availability.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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