Voyage to the Heart of Amazon

This 8-day Amazon tour is an expedition that takes you to the greatest patch of wilderness on Earth! Explore some of the most untouched rainforests in all of Amazon! Seek out the mysteries of nature in this voyage through the heart of wild Amazon!

Trip Highlights

  • Expedition cruise on Motor Yacht Tucano
  • Pink River Dolphins
  • Exotic birds in Rio Negro
  • Cruise along Amazon River

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We have no fixed routes or packaged tours. Every itinerary is unique and can be customised based on your request and preference. Explore the world your way!

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Day 1 - Manaus to Rio Negro (Amazon)

Your Amazon adventure tour starts from Manaus. You will meet our guide at 7:00 AM at Hotel Tropical. This morning we will 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 observation deck we can scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation.

By mid-afternoon, the vessel goes beyond the frontier of settlement and enters the area of wilderness. The shores are covered by dense rainforest. The list of animals that can be spotted is unpredictable, but we have a good chance of observing Pink River Dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. We will see magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees. In the late afternoon we get onto launches and hunt for wildlife. We can also opt for a swim in water that is considered, the world’s cleanest and most refreshing.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 2 - Rio Negro (Amazon)

Early this morning, we will explore the rainforest in our launches. We may perhaps hear and see Howler Monkeys along with a morning serenade of Toucans. After breakfast we will go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on our understanding the flora and fauna of the tall rainforest region.

Around midday we return for lunch and the voyage starts again, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and may chance upon the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 3 - Rio Negro (Amazon)

Today morning we will set forth on an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys, who are oft spotted. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches.

Motor Yacht Tucano will travel through the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may sail a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 4 - Rio Negro (Amazon) to Rio Jauaperi

On day four, the Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop at a settler’s home; the houses are unique and are carved out in the forest.

In the early afternoon we close in on an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures, found only in this unique habitat. Weather permitting, we will embark on a night excursion to observe the nocturnal creatures.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 5 - Rio Negro (Amazon)

Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi and head downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats. In the daytime we will continue to scout for wildlife in our launches and walk in the forest.

At night we will continue looking out for nocturnal wildlife.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 6 - Novo Airão

After a walk in the forest we cross to the west bank of the Rio Negro, exploring the region, as we go. We will stop at the, Novo Airão, the famous boat building village. As we walk through the streets of the village, we are bound to marvel at how the 19th Century way of living thrives in this remote corner of the globe.

Tonight the Tucano sails downstream and by morning, we arrive near the confluence with the Amazon River. As the yacht glides through the starry darkness, you can sip on “Caipirinha”, national drink of Brazil, and perhaps try a Samba on the top deck.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 7 - Lago Janauari Ecological Park to Manaus

Today, we will explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park. Here, the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This region is considered to be a good wildlife observation spot. Around midday the vessel will travel to the “Encontra das Aguas”, a 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 lesser known streams in the area to try to see some more of the Amazon’s beautiful wild creatures.

Tonight, we will go on a final nocturnal excursion looking for nocturnal life.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motor Yacht Tucano

Day 8 - Manaus

Your Brazilian Wildlife holiday through the rainforest ends today. After breakfast, we disembark from the Motor Yacht Tucano.

We end our tour at Hotel Tropical at 08:00 AM. It is also possible to prearrange the disembarking to the evening prior to the last day of the tour, if you have an early morning flight to catch.

*Please note: Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice. The accommodations listed in this dossier are our preferred suppliers, but sometimes due to availability issues, we are unable to make use of the properties listed in this dossier. If we cannot use an accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards. However, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions:

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All shore excursions
  • Game drives /activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Information Kit
  • Park or reserve entry fees
  • Sightseeing or activities or safaris as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes
  • Transfers to / from the vessel

What's excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Domestic airfare or Train fare
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • International airfare
  • Optional activities (if any) and personal expenses
  • Pre and post cruise/land arrangements
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas, Vaccination and Insurance

Activity Level :

Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit because you may be travelling in extreme weather conditions. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.