Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon
7 Days/6 Nights
From $3,450 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
Explore rarely visited stretches of the Amazon rainforest on this six-day expedition cruise. Beginning in Manaus, you will head upstream along the Rio Negro to discover the various forest types and fascinating plants and animals of the Amazon. You will walk in the rainforest, kayak in remote streams, and scout out small rivers deep in the wilderness on the ship’s launches. Highlights include observing colorful birds, monkeys, and other wildlife, visiting a native settlement, and witnessing the meeting of the waters.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 6 nights (6 nights aboard the Tucano), and 18 meals (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners).
Best Time to Go: October-April.
Places Visited: Manaus & the Amazon.
Day 1 (Sat): Manaus-Embarkation-Tucano-Rio Negro.
Early this morning (7:00am) all guests board the vessel the M/Y Tucano and 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.
We return to the Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner, we will embark in our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. We may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths. Overnight aboard the ship. (L,D)
Day 2 (Sun): Tucano-Lago Turia.
Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the water’s edge in our launches or kayaks, each group with a naturalist guide. 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. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 3 (Mon): Tucano-Lago Buriti.
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. The ship 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. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 4 (Tue): Tucano-Rio Jauaperi.
After our two morning excursions the 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 Jauaperi. 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. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 5 (Wed): Tucano-West Bank of 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 Tucano goes downstream and river depth permitting, will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches and we return to the Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” on and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 6 (Thu): Tucano-Encontro das Aguas-Manaus.
We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the “Encontra das Aguas” a stark several milelong line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 7 (Fri): Tucano-Disembarkation-Manaus.
Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the Tucano. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices & Dates
Price per Person
|Green Category Cabins (Bunk Beds)
|Blue Category Cabins (Single Cabins)
|Yellow Category Cabins
- The above prices are valid until December 31, 2023.
- There is one triple cabin available on the ship (Yellow Category, Stateroom “0”).
- There are two dedicated single cabins (Blue Category, Stateroom #1 & 8).
- The minimum age for this cruise is 7 years old.
Call for departure dates and availability.
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Pre- and post cruise transfers from/to Manaus Hoteis Millennium or Hotel Villa Amazonia including baggage handling.
- Accommodations aboard the M/Y Tucano.
- All meals during the cruise and bottled water.
- Complementary water bottle and straw hat.
- Guided excursions as indicated on the itinerary.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the cruise.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
- Gratuities, gifts, and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Group Private: All transfers are private, and all other services are operated on a group basis.
Passport/Visa: U.S., Canadian, and Australian citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of their stay) and visa (effective October 1, 2023), sufficient funds, and a return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. EU Citizens are only required to have a valid passport (for the duration of their stay), sufficient funds, and a return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months of valid term beyond your departure date. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Brazilian embassy in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $800 per person plus the cost of the international airfare (if we make the arrangements for you). The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure.
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