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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a hearty breakfast, disembark from the M/Y Tucano.
MT Sobek has sent our guests on adventure cruises since 1969, working with local crews the world over to create water-based dream adventures.
This immersive Amazon experience allows you to enjoy the wonders of the rainforest serenely - with all your creature comforts.
Enjoy the flexibility of exploring Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on over 15 departures from April to December.
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.
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.
Six nights aboard a comfortable small-group expedition vessel, the Motor Yacht Tucano.
This equatorial rainforest cruise is a year-round destination with a temperate climate, there isn't a bad season to visit.
To join the cruise, all travelers will meet at the riverside landing of the Ponta Negra in Manaus, Brazil on the day of embarkation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"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."
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."
MT Sobek Guest, Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon