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Brazil Amazonas Wildlife River Cruise

Serene & Immersive Exploration in the Amazon Rainforest

 

Cruise up the Rio Negro on the M/Y through the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor, the world's largest rainforest preserve. Observe pink river dolphins, a kaleidoscope of colorful birds, and monkeys cavorting in the magnificent trees draped with vines and carpeted with orchids. Float over submerged forests and take a dip at one of the sandy beaches, hike through jungle where the only tracks are your own, and explore the river's edge from our launches, including morning excursions to hear the wakening forest and evening excursions to see nocturnal species. Learn the differences between várzea and igapó ecosystems.

  • Listen to the sounds of toucans and howler monkeys as the forest awakens

  • Explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago's flooded forests and remote villages by kayak and on foot

  • Visit the confluence of the Amazon and Rio Negro waters - an impressive sight to behold!

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Arrive:

Manaus, Brazil

Depart:

Manaus, Brazil

Price: from $3,150

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

1-16 Guests

Min Age:

7 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

The aim is to deliberately observe rainforest wildlife. This tour is not strenuous. Travelers can choose activity options that suit their interests and can stay on the vessel at any time. Participants on forest walks should be able to comfortably walk for two or more hours at a time in a hot and humid climate on uneven ground.
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  • Board the Motor Yacht Tucano

    Day 1

    Board the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Watch the magnificent tangle of vegetation as the boat enters a wilderness area covered by dense rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds, while taking in magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon, hop on a launch (a smaller boat made for exploring) to look for wildlife from the water's edge.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano – Brazil

    Though not a luxury craft, M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. It has large, comfortable cabins lined with handsome, solid-wood paneling, and plentiful windows throughout the boat so you can always be on the lookout for the birds, mammals, and foliage of the rainforest. The Tucano is an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest

    Day 2

    Hear a morning serenade of toucans and howler monkeys and explore the shoreline from a launch. After breakfast, go for a walk in the forest and get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. If you like, opt for a guided short, easy kayaking excursion. Around midday, return for lunch as the vessel gets underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon, explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano – Brazil

    Though not a luxury craft, M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. It has large, comfortable cabins lined with handsome, solid-wood paneling, and plentiful windows throughout the boat so you can always be on the lookout for the birds, mammals, and foliage of the rainforest. The Tucano is an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas.

    Transportation: 1-2 hours nature walking/optional 30-minute kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Forest Walks & Wildlife Watching

    Day 3

    Explore the waking forest in the early morning light, keeping your eyes open for the monkeys that are frequently seen along the shore. Return for breakfast, followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in a launch. M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and stop in the late afternoon when most animals come out to feed. As the vessel travels a bit farther, marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano – Brazil

    Though not a luxury craft, M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. It has large, comfortable cabins lined with handsome, solid-wood paneling, and plentiful windows throughout the boat so you can always be on the lookout for the birds, mammals, and foliage of the rainforest. The Tucano is an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas.

    Activity: Early walking exploration; morning boat excursion; afternoon exploration. Hours may vary.

    Transportation: 1-2 hours nature walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Rio Jauaperi

    Day 4

    After two morning excursions, scout for wildlife while the M/Y Tucano navigates along the heavily forested shore, where it's possible to stop for a visit at a settler's home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon, cruise near an extraordinary river called Rio Jauaperi, where you'll see a kind of forest known as the varzea. Scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Observe nocturnal creatures during a night excursion (weather permitting). The night shift of Amazon wildlife often includes Giant Potoo birds, with eyes glowing like coals in our headlamps, Amazon crocodiles, caiman, and cavort in the shallows of the darkness. Nighttime is also the high time for Bulldog fishing bats.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano – Brazil

    Though not a luxury craft, M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. It has large, comfortable cabins lined with handsome, solid-wood paneling, and plentiful windows throughout the boat so you can always be on the lookout for the birds, mammals, and foliage of the rainforest. The Tucano is an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas.

    Transportation: 2-3 hours nature walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Continue on the Rio Negro

    Day 5

    Voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and set out to explore areas of the rainforest rarely visited by anyone else. At night, sip the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha, and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck as we glide through the starry darkness towards the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano – Brazil

    Though not a luxury craft, M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. It has large, comfortable cabins lined with handsome, solid-wood paneling, and plentiful windows throughout the boat so you can always be on the lookout for the birds, mammals, and foliage of the rainforest. The Tucano is an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise Lago Janauari Ecological Park

    Day 6

    Observe wildlife in the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. Around mid-day, travel to the Encontro das Aguas, a stark, several-mile-long line where the Amazon and the Negro rivers join in a turbulent maelstrom. In the afternoon, scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. In the evening, join the group for a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano – Brazil

    Though not a luxury craft, M/Y Tucano is a very comfortable expedition vessel. It has large, comfortable cabins lined with handsome, solid-wood paneling, and plentiful windows throughout the boat so you can always be on the lookout for the birds, mammals, and foliage of the rainforest. The Tucano is an ideal place to rest, read a good novel, and soak in splendid vistas.

    Transportation: 1-2 hours nature walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Disembark from the Motor Yacht Tucano

    Day 7

    After a hearty breakfast, disembark from the M/Y Tucano.

    Meals: Breakfast

Brazil Amazonas Wildlife River Cruise

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has sent our guests on adventure cruises since 1969, working with local crews the world over to create water-based dream adventures.

Reason #02

This immersive Amazon experience allows you to enjoy the wonders of the rainforest serenely - with all your creature comforts.

Reason #03

Enjoy the flexibility of exploring Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on over 15 departures from April to December.

Meet your guides

Edivam de Lima Regis

Edivam de Lima Regis

Edivam (known by travelers as "Edgy") is from the area of the left bank of the Amazon River called Manacapuru. From an early age Edivam developed a deep understand of rainforest flora & fauna, and the lives of remote settlers whose lives are based on the bounty of the forest. During each trip, he shares his extensive expertise, describing the forest and its wildlife through scientific perspectives such as soil composition, species diversity, plant reproduction, and meteorological cycles.

Alzenir Botelho De Souza

Alzenir Botelho De Souza

Souza worked in tourism for three decades, and was born on a remote family settlement on small river Autaz Mirim, a right bank tributary of the Amazon River. Growing up, he learned a great deal about the forest from his grandfather who was native to the Tikuna tribe. In their deep forest settlement, his family lived as their ancestors had for generations, hunting deep in the rainforest, collecting fruits and nuts and cultivating the staple of the wilderness settlers, manioc. Souza possesses intimate knowledge of the plants and animals of the Amazon rainforest, and a profound understanding of local & native cultures.

Activities

Flexible itinerary with walks through the jungle, paddling in kayaks, exploring the shoreline, visiting an unspoiled village, swimming in crystal-clear water, and observing wildlife.

Lodging

Six nights aboard a comfortable small-group expedition vessel, the Motor Yacht Tucano.

Climate

This equatorial rainforest cruise is a year-round destination with a temperate climate, there isn't a bad season to visit.

FAQ

How do I get to the Motor Yacht Tucano launch?

To join the cruise, all travelers will meet at the riverside landing of the Ponta Negra in Manaus, Brazil on the day of embarkation.

Are the walks in the forest strenuous?

The forest walks are primarily to spot plants and animals and are not particularly strenuous. The best way to spot wildlife is a quiet stroll along the forest trail, not crashing through at a sprint.

Are we going to see many large animals?

The Amazon is the greatest collection of life on earth, but remember the Amazon is one of high diversity, low density. The beauty is in how the flora and fauna have evolved wonderful and bizarre adaptations to thrive in this wilderness.

What is the risk of catching a tropical disease?

We are in the wilderness far away from people and areas where diseases are mostly found, so there is little risk. The standards of cleanliness are very high and the cuisine is adapted to visitors.

What is the best time of the year to go?

Rainy season spans late January through early May. There are advantages to traveling between January and May. Most riverine plants fruit and flower during this period so it's a great time to see birds and monkeys at the water's edge.

Do we spend much time in the rainforest?

We spend a considerable amount of time in the forest. Usually four or five excursions of 2-3 hours each. We explore in our launches, we have guided kayak explorations, and we walk in the forest every day.

2021

Scheduled Dates

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • Accommodations in Manaus pre and post-cruise
  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2022

Scheduled Dates

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • Accommodations in Manaus pre and post-cruise
  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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