Voyage to the heart of the Amazon
This morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht 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 observa- tion 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. (LD)
Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding the flora and fauna of the tall rainforest. 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. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
After our two morning excursions 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. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)
Today we depart the Rio Jaueperi and head downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habi- tats. In the daytime we will continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest, and at night we will continue our hunts for nocturnal wildlife. (BLD)
After a walk in the forest we cross to the West bank of the Rio Negro, exploring as we go. We will stop at the substantial boat building village of Novo Airão. As we walk through the streets we’ll marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. 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 Brazil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a Samba on the top deck. (BLD)
This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where seasonally 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. (BLD)
In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano. (B)
Accommodations & Rates
Amazon: Voyage to the heart of the Amazon
Program Inclusions: Prices are per person, double occupancy. Price includes Manaus airport transfers, pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Manaus at the five star Hotel Tropical, all gratuities, ship accommodations, guided excursions, and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Prices and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Bottled water served free of charge. On joining the group on Day One, passengers board the vessel on a short walk from the lobby of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare, visa fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, or items of a personal nature.
Single Travelers: No single supplement is charged if a single traveler is willing to share a cabin with another passenger. Passengers that request single accommodations pay a single supplement of 50% of the Green Category cruise cost. Single accommodations on the cruise may not always be available. The single cabins are the smallest on the vessel.
Discounts for Children: On regular departures children 12 years and under who share a room with an adult are eligible for a discount of 50% off the Cruise Rate, subject to cabin availability.
Cabin Categories: All of the cabins on TUCANO are outside cabins with large windows, private baths with showers, and air-conditioning. There are two categories of cabins. Yellow Category cabins are the larger cabins and have beds side by side. The Green Category cabins are smaller and have above and below berths.
Yellow Category Cabins: The five cabins in this category are large and have beds side by side. They are numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, and 0. Cabin “0” has a queen size bed beside a single bed.
Green Category Cabins: The four cabins in this category have above and below berths with a single size mattress above and a single sized mattress below. These are cabins numbered 1, 2, 7, and 8. These cabins are significantly smaller than the Yellow cabins. But they are nonetheless comfortable outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.
Triple Cabins: Some of the cabins on the M/Y Tucano can accommodate three travelers. This is helpful for families. These are cabins “3” and “4” where a third narrow bed can be placed between the single beds and cabin “0” which has a queen size bed and also a single bed. There is no discount for triple occupancy; passengers pay the double rate
Airport Transfers: EXPLOR CRUISES includes the transfers.
Hotel Nights: EXPLOR CRUISES includes a Pre -criuse hotel night at t he five star Hotel Tropical where the Motor Yacht Tucano embarks passengers. Check-in time is 12:00pm.
*Family Departures: All of our trips are family friendly, but the scheduled “Family Departures” include some additional activities suitable for children. These departures are enjoyable for adults as well as children.
Optional City Tour of Manaus: A three hour tour of Manaus is available the day following he cruise. The tour consists of a visit to the boisterous Mercado Municipal of Manaus and the Teatro da Amazonas, the famed Opera House of the Amazon. Included are the services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and transportation. COST IS $80 PER PERSON.