Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

Overview

Cruise through the untouched rainforest of the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor, the world's largest Amazon reserve. Observe pink river dolphins, a kaleidoscope of colorful birds, and monkeys chattering and cavorting in the magnificent rainforest trees draped with vines and carpeted with orchids. 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 morning excursions to hear the wakening forest and evening excursions to see nocturnal species.

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

  • Explore the shoreline, swim in crystal-clear water, and hike the untouched rainforest

  • Marvel at the millions of stars visible in the dark skies of the Amazon

  • Arrive: Manaus, Brazil
  • Depart: Manaus, Brazil
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 2-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 7 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Board the Motor Yacht Tucano

    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.

  • Day02

    Explore the Amazon Rainforest

    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
    • Transportation: 1-2 hours nature walking/optional 30-minute kayaking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Forest Walks & Wildlife Watching

    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
    • Activity: Early walking exploration; morning boat excursion; afternoon exploration. Hours may vary.
    • Transportation: 1-2 hours nature walking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Explore Rio Jauaperi

    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
    • Transportation: 2-3 hours nature walking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Continue on the Rio Negro

    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.

  • Day06

    Cruise Lago Janauari Ecological Park

    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
    • Transportation: 1-2 hours nature walking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Disembark from the Motor Yacht Tucano

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

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • DepartedOct 06 - 12, 2018
  • AvailableDec 22 - 28, 2018
  • AvailableJan 12 - 18, 2019
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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 Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Departed
    Sep 22 - 28, 2018
    Confirmed Departure
  • Departed
    Oct 06 - 12, 2018
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Dec 22 - 28, 2018
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Jan 12 - 18, 2019
  • Available
    Feb 09 - 15, 2019
  • Available
    Feb 23 - Mar 01, 2019
  • Available
    Mar 09 - 15, 2019
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    Apr 13 - 19, 2019
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    Apr 27 - May 03, 2019
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    May 11 - 17, 2019
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    May 25 - 31, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 08 - 14, 2019
  • Available
    Jul 20 - 26, 2019
  • Available
    Aug 17 - 23, 2019

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$4,175.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $2,087.50 Single Supplement
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Additional Cost

  • $2,332.50 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Scheduled transfer on the day of embarkation from the city center of Manaus

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Accommodations in Manaus pre and post-cruise
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Optional Travel Protection

Testimonials

  • "Our Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon was incredible and everything one could hope for. From the intimate and authentic vessel Tucano, to the amazing guides and warm, friendly crew."

    Mark B.

    MT Sobek Guest, Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

  • "This trip is a perfect adventure for someone who wants to view wildlife and explore the Amazon in a relaxed and restful setting. There are a variety of activities and the food is amazing."

    Richard G.

    MT Sobek Guest, Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

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