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Brazil: Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

From $3,450

  • 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

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!

Day 1: Board the vessel Motor Yatch Tucano

Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucanoand depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we 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 we cannot predict what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 2: Explore the rainforest

Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and we should hear a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 3: Walk on the forest and marvel at the night sky

This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 4: Rio Jaueperi

After our two morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 5: Continue exploring the Rio Negro

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 to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brasil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 6: Lago Janauari Ecological Park

This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where 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 the vessel 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 we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon’s beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 7: Disembark

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano

 

The Daily Schedule
Since we are exploring, the daily schedule varies, but our days have a basic outline of activities. We get up with the sun every morning and either search in our launches for birds and wakening howler monkeys or we walk in the forest. Mid-morning we return for a full Brazilian breakfast. After some relaxation we go again for another excursion.

At around noon the vessel gets underway and we travel until the late afternoon which is when most animals come out again to feed. During the middle of the day many guests choose to observe the forest and the spectacular vistas from the observation deck, while others take a nap before our afternoon activities. About two hours before sunset we embark on an excursion to some other place of interest. In the evenings we have an informal talk about what we may expect to see the following day. Some evenings, from the comfort of our launches, we spot wildlife with powerful searchlights.

Time Also to Relax and Have Fun
We see and do a great deal in the forest, but there is also plenty of time to relax and have fun during the trip. We swim in some of the cleanest water in the world. The Rio Negro is almost identical to rainwater. We also spend some time fishing to see what glides in the depths. Almost everyone can catch a piranha! Every afternoon we have hors-d'oeuvres on the observation deck and are treated to a magnificent sunset. At night guests often go to the top deck to marvel at the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere and the millions of stars visible in the dark sky of the Amazon. Because we are in such an interesting place with exceptional guides, the days are full and exciting.

The Motor Yacht Tucano
The M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. Though not a luxury craft, the expedition vessel is designed so that our guests can be at ease, focus on nature, and have fun at the same time. Our days are spent in lighthearted humor and enjoyment of being in such a spectacular place.

Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon has an active program, but it is also a relaxing vacation. The Tucano is also an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas. The stillness and the peace of the wilderness is a memory that many travelers enjoy for years after the voyage.

  • Breakfast

Jul 04 - 10, 2015

Jul 18 - 24, 2015

Aug 22 - 28, 2015

Sep 12 - 18, 2015

Oct 24 - 30, 2015

Nov 07 - 13, 2015

Nov 21 - 27, 2015

Dec 05 - 11, 2015

Jan 09 - 15, 2016

Jan 23 - 29, 2016

Feb 06 - 12, 2016

Feb 20 - 26, 2016

Mar 05 - 11, 2016

Mar 19 - 25, 2016

Apr 02 - 08, 2016

Apr 16 - 22, 2016

Apr 30, 2016 - May 06, 2016

May 14 - 20, 2016

May 28, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016

Jun 18 - 24, 2016

Jul 02 - 08, 2016

Jul 16 - 22, 2016

Aug 06 - 12, 2016

Aug 20 - 26, 2016

Sep 10 - 16, 2016

Sep 24 - 30, 2016

Oct 08 - 14, 2016

Oct 22 - 28, 2016

Nov 05 - 11, 2016

Nov 19 - 25, 2016

Dec 10 - 16, 2016

Dec 24 - 30, 2016

pricing

2015 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)

2016 Prices (per person, in US$)
$3,750 ("Green" cabins - bunk beds with above and below berths)
$4,240 ("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.

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Motor Yacht Tucano — Manaus

The M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable and elegant vessel, we know that there is much more to a successful cruise than comfort. For this destination it is the experience that counts. Travelers want to know that they are getting the very best experience possible in an Amazon cruise. Cruises on the Motor Yacht Tucano are expedition cruises. The vessel is comfortable and the food service is very good, but we do not aspire to luxury. What matters to us is to enable travelers to experience the Amazon in the most detailed and authentic way possible.

  • 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

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!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Board the vessel Motor Yatch Tucano

Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucanoand depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we 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 we cannot predict what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 2: Explore the rainforest

Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and we should hear a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 3: Walk on the forest and marvel at the night sky

This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 4: Rio Jaueperi

After our two morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 5: Continue exploring the Rio Negro

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 to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brasil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 6: Lago Janauari Ecological Park

This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where 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 the vessel 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 we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon’s beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 7: Disembark

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano

 

The Daily Schedule
Since we are exploring, the daily schedule varies, but our days have a basic outline of activities. We get up with the sun every morning and either search in our launches for birds and wakening howler monkeys or we walk in the forest. Mid-morning we return for a full Brazilian breakfast. After some relaxation we go again for another excursion.

At around noon the vessel gets underway and we travel until the late afternoon which is when most animals come out again to feed. During the middle of the day many guests choose to observe the forest and the spectacular vistas from the observation deck, while others take a nap before our afternoon activities. About two hours before sunset we embark on an excursion to some other place of interest. In the evenings we have an informal talk about what we may expect to see the following day. Some evenings, from the comfort of our launches, we spot wildlife with powerful searchlights.

Time Also to Relax and Have Fun
We see and do a great deal in the forest, but there is also plenty of time to relax and have fun during the trip. We swim in some of the cleanest water in the world. The Rio Negro is almost identical to rainwater. We also spend some time fishing to see what glides in the depths. Almost everyone can catch a piranha! Every afternoon we have hors-d'oeuvres on the observation deck and are treated to a magnificent sunset. At night guests often go to the top deck to marvel at the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere and the millions of stars visible in the dark sky of the Amazon. Because we are in such an interesting place with exceptional guides, the days are full and exciting.

The Motor Yacht Tucano
The M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. Though not a luxury craft, the expedition vessel is designed so that our guests can be at ease, focus on nature, and have fun at the same time. Our days are spent in lighthearted humor and enjoyment of being in such a spectacular place.

Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon has an active program, but it is also a relaxing vacation. The Tucano is also an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas. The stillness and the peace of the wilderness is a memory that many travelers enjoy for years after the voyage.

  • Breakfast

Motor Yacht Tucano — Manaus

The M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable and elegant vessel, we know that there is much more to a successful cruise than comfort. For this destination it is the experience that counts. Travelers want to know that they are getting the very best experience possible in an Amazon cruise. Cruises on the Motor Yacht Tucano are expedition cruises. The vessel is comfortable and the food service is very good, but we do not aspire to luxury. What matters to us is to enable travelers to experience the Amazon in the most detailed and authentic way possible.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 04 - 10, 2015

Jul 18 - 24, 2015

Aug 22 - 28, 2015

Sep 12 - 18, 2015

Oct 24 - 30, 2015

Nov 07 - 13, 2015

Nov 21 - 27, 2015

Dec 05 - 11, 2015

Jan 09 - 15, 2016

Jan 23 - 29, 2016

Feb 06 - 12, 2016

Feb 20 - 26, 2016

Mar 05 - 11, 2016

Mar 19 - 25, 2016

Apr 02 - 08, 2016

Apr 16 - 22, 2016

Apr 30, 2016 - May 06, 2016

May 14 - 20, 2016

May 28, 2016 - Jun 03, 2016

Jun 18 - 24, 2016

Jul 02 - 08, 2016

Jul 16 - 22, 2016

Aug 06 - 12, 2016

Aug 20 - 26, 2016

Sep 10 - 16, 2016

Sep 24 - 30, 2016

Oct 08 - 14, 2016

Oct 22 - 28, 2016

Nov 05 - 11, 2016

Nov 19 - 25, 2016

Dec 10 - 16, 2016

Dec 24 - 30, 2016

pricing

2015 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)

2016 Prices (per person, in US$)
$3,750 ("Green" cabins - bunk beds with above and below berths)
$4,240 ("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.

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