Voyage To The Pristine Heart Of The Amazon

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: tucano-amazon-voyage

From: £2937.00


  • A once in a lifetime expedition cruise deep into the heart of a UNESCO protected reserve
  • Visits some of the best areas to observe the wildlife and culture of the rainforest
  • Walk in towering rainforests and glide along narrow streams deep in the forest
  • Explore flooded grasslands that stretch from horizon to horizon
  • See the extraordinary Meeting of the Rivers
  • Enjoy magnificent river sunsets and marvel at the starry night skies
  • Take nocturnal expeditions in search of more creatures
  • Travel with accomplished naturalists and see creatures seldom seen by others
  • Enjoy a cultural tour of Manaus and visit its fruit markets

Manaus - Days 1-2

Day 1 - Travel to Manaus via Sao Paulo

Depart London Heathrow Airport on the TAM flight to Sao Paulo or TAP Air Portugal flight to Belem. There connect with the flight to Manaus. 


Day 2 - Tour of Cultural And Historical Manaus

First we will make a short stop at the Manaus Zoo (CIGS - Brazilian Army); Then we will visit the Rio Negro Palace, the house of one of the old rubber baron for an insight into their wealth, tastes and history. We will then walk through Manaus Municipal Market where the produce from the Amazon rainforest is traded, exotic fruits and vegetables as well as the fresh water fish, such as Tucunare and Pirarucu.

6 night Amazon Expedition Cruise - Days 3-10

Day 3 - Rio Negro

Early 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 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. 


Day 4 - See monkeys and toucans

Early this morning we explore a remote part of this UNESCO protected rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. 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. 

Day 5 - Walk in the forest

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 Tucanowill 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. 


Day 6 - Settler's home

After our two morning excursions The M/Y 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. 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. 


Day 7 - Relax on the top deck with "Caipirinha"

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 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 Brasil, the "Caipirinha" and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. 


Day 8 - Explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park

This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where 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. 


Day 9 - Disembark and return home

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano. You will be collected from the pier and taken to the Airport for your journey to London via Sao Paulo or Belem.

Day 10 - Arrive back home

What's Included

  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • All flights 
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Transport and meals as shown

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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