Overview

The Amazon Rainforest invites you to discover beauty far beyond your dreams on our Amazon River Cruise.

The great Rainforest is a land where you will delight at the wonder of the squirrel monkeys gliding from tree-top to tree-top over rivers. It is the home of beautiful toucans and macaws, as well as friendly festive parrots.

This is where you will be mystified at the leaf cutter ants that meticulously cut small sections of leaves many times their own size and march them back to their homes. And the beauty of the famous florescent blue morpho butterflies. The bountiful flora and fauna never ends.

Imagine yourself on a beautiful, comfortable motor yacht as you gaze at fresh water pink dolphins and stingrays that have evolved from the salt water they once enjoyed.

A trip cruising the Amazon is for those people of all ages who wish to immerse themselves in the experience of traveling day after day through a forest the size of the contiguous United States.

It is for people who eagerly wait to see what is around the next bend in the river and who feel both fulfilled and somewhat saddened when the cruise ends.

Come join us to discover her mysteries!

Award-Winning Sustainability Program

Our partners in Brazil embarked on a program in 2017 to make their vessel, the Motor Yacht Tucano, and the expedition cruises we operate, the most sustainable in the Amazon. As a result, we are pleased to announce that the Tucano has won the Latin America Travel Association’s (LATA) 2018 Sustainability Achievement Award!

This entailed the development of a very detailed sustainability plan that includes not only the pioneering of novel mechanical systems but, as importantly, policies of operations, staffing, and tour conduct that ensure that the cruises promote cultural sustainability as well as sharing the benefits of tourism with local communities.  (For details on the sustainability program, please give us a call.)

The efforts in sustainability fall into six general categories:

  • Traveler Engagement
  • Solar Energy Equipment
  • Ship Design
  • Ship Procedures and Staff Commitment
  • Responsible Tour Conduct
  • Social Responsibility

 

Degree of Difficulty

Good health is necessary. Although the trip does not require “endurance hiking,” guests should feel comfortable walking at a leisurely pace for two to three hours at a time.

 

Sample Itinerary

This expedition voyage explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon. We offer four and six night journeys by comfortable riverboat, where we travel deep into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll cruise far up the Rio Negro to an area very rarely visited, exploring the mysterious life that sitrs in the forest. We visit remote wilderness that has very few settlers, so the flora and fauna remain natural.

Heart of Amazon Cruise – 6 Nights/7 Days

Day 1

This morning you will board the M/Y Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through this 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 at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon, the vessel has gone beyond settlements and entered the wilderness. Shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we never know 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. In the late afternoon, we embark in our pangas looking for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.

Day 2

Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the water’s edge in our pangas. 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 Amazon ecology. Around midday, we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway. In the afternoon, we may have a chance to swim. In the late afternoon, we will explore the forest in our pangas and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

Day 3

This morning we will explore the forest as it awakens (our favorite time of the day.) We will keep our eyes open for monkeys. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or a panga excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky filled with stars.

Day 4

Today, after our two morning excursions, the Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest.

In the early afternoon, we cruise into an extraordinary river, the Rio Jauaperi. The forest here is known as the varzea. We will watch the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Tonight, weather permitting, we will launch the pangas for a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

Day 5

Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi and proceed downstream. We will cross to the west bank of the Rio Negro, exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats. Weather and water depths permitting, we will explore areas rarely visited.

Tonight while the Tucano goes cruises down stream, we enjoy the starry darkness and sip the national drink of Brazil, the “Caipirinha.”

Day 6

We start the day on a dawn excursion, followed by a Brazilian breakfast. We will venture into the forest one last time. Around midday, the Tucano will travel to the “Encontra das Aguas.” The light colored water of the amazon and the dark water of the Rio Negro do not readily mix and the two rivers flow side by side for many miles, until two of the largest rivers in the world join in a turbulent maelstrom.

Day 7

In the morning you will disembark the Tucano. You may choose to take an optional tour of the city of Manaus, before transferring to the airport.

 

Amazon Odyssey Cruise – 4 Nights/5 Days

Day 1

This afternoon, we embark on the M/Y Tucano. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon, we enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides, offering a view of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the Igapo. Along the river bank, we may see some squirrel monkeys, and we may hear the other-worldy growls of howler monkeys (we fondly refer to them as the cappachino machine monkey!), echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and we are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.

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 caiman, the Amazon’s crocodile. 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.

Day 2

Shortly after sunrise this morning, we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange Igapo environment, black-water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark waters of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning, we return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting we will disembark at mid-morning and will go for a hike in the type of rainforest known as the Terra Firme. Here we have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.

Around mid-day, return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we will launch our pangas and slowly explore along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman, and other nocturnal creatures. We often see arboreal porcupines or sloths.

Day 3

This morning we awaken to another section of remote rainforest where we will explore in our pangas and walk in the forest in mid-morning. During the middle of the day, the Tucano will venture further downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Here we will visit the community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior. Later this evening our vessel will weigh anchor and we will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Penninsula that divides two of the world’s most storied rivers, the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.

Day 4

Rising early, we will explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee-colored water of the Amazon River. We explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth, we also keep our eyes open for monkeys, three-toed sloths, and the occasional collared anteater. By mid-morning, we return to the Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. Later this morning, we foray off the vessel again to explore this environment rich in wildlife.

Following lunch, we navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas,” the several mile-long area where two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Amazon (white water) and the Rio Negro (black water), run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often, pink river dolphins and grey river dolphins play along this stark line of contrasting currents. We then will turn our bow upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon. On Brazilian maps, this river is given the name Rio Solimoes – but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know of as the Amazon. At this point in its course, it has truly become the most magnificent river on the planet and carries fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.

Late afternoon, we will have another panga excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where we may angle for piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset, we slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the Porto de Manaus, one of the world’s great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. We will see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent-sized forest. Tonight we will sample Brazil’s natural drink, the Caipirinha and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 5

Early this morning, disembark the Tucano at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical. You may choose to take an optional Manaus City Tour, prior to heading to the airport.

Back to Top

Dates/Pricing

2018 Dates

Heart of Amazon Cruise (6 Night)
Amazon Odyssey Cruise (4 Night)
January 27 – February 02 February 05 – 09
February 10 – 16 March 05 – 09
February 24 – March 02 March 19 – 23
March 10 – 16 April 09 – 13
March 31 – April 06 April 30 – May 04
April 14 – 19 May 14 – 18
April 21 – 27 June 04 – 08
May 05 – 11 June 18 – 22
May 19 – 25 July 02 – 06
June 09 – 15 July 16 – 20
June 23 – 29 July 30 – August 03
July 07 – 13 September 03 – 07
July 21 – 27 September 17 – 21
August 04 – 10 October 01 – 05
August 25 – 31 October 15 – 19
September 08 – 14 October 29 – November 02
September 22 – 28 November 12 – 16
October 06 – 12 December 03 – 07
October 20 – 26 December 17 – 21
November 03 – 09
November 17 – 23
December 08 – 14
December 22 – 28

 

2018 Prices

 Cabin Selection
  (6 Night) Heart of Amazon
(4 Night) Amazon Odyssey
Green Category Staterooms $3,150 $1,750
Yellow Category Staterooms $4,665 $2,600
Blue Category Staterooms $4,665 $2,600

 

2019 Dates

Heart of Amazon Cruise (6 Night)
Amazon Odyssey Cruise (4 Night)
January 12 – 18 January 07 – 11
January 26 – February 01 January 21 – 25
February 09 – 15 February 04 – 08
February 23 – March 01 February 18 – 22
March 09 – 15 March 04 – 08
April 13 – 19 March 18 – 22
April 27 – May 03 April 08 – 12
May 11 – 17 April 22 – 26
May 25 – 31 May 06 – 10
June 08 – 14 May 20 – 24
June 22 – 28 June 03 – 07
July 06 – 12 June 17 – 21
July 20 – 26 July 01 – 05
August 03 – 09 July 15 – 19
August 17 – 23 July 29 – August 02
September 14 – 20 August 12 – 16
September 28 – October 04 August 26 – 30
October 12 – 18 September 23 – 27
October 26 – November 01 October 07 – 11
November 09 – 15 October 21 – 25
November 23 – 29 November 04 – 08
December 07 – 13 November 18 – 22
December 21 – 27 December 16 – 20

 

2019 Prices

 Cabin Selection
  (6 Night) Heart of Amazon
(4 Night) Amazon Odyssey
Green Category Staterooms $3,150 $1,750
Yellow Category Staterooms $4,665 $2,600
Blue Category Staterooms $4,665 $2,600

 

Prices are in US Dollars. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

Children Discounts:
50% discount for children 12 years of age and younger, sharing a cabin with an adult, no matter the category.

Single Supplement:
No single supplement is charged if a single traveler is willing to share a stateroom with another person of the same gender. Guests that request single accommodations will be given a “Blue” category stateroom. If single travelers wish to reserve a “Yellow” category stateroom, the full fare, based on double occupancy will be charged. Please note: single accommodations may not be available.

Triple Occupancy:
For families wishing to travel together (three or more) sharing a cabin, each passenger will be charged the “Green” category rate, although they occupy a “Yellow” category stateroom (Cabins 3, 4 and “0”).

Prices Include:
Accommodations on board our motor yacht, Tucano
All excursions
All meals and bottled water

Prices Do Not Include:
International airfare
Transfers
Departure taxes
Visa fees
Soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Travel insurance
Items of a personal nature

Back to Top

Accommodations

The Motor Yacht Tucano experience is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. The vessel is not a luxury vessel, but then, this is not at all the best way to experience the Amazon rainforest environment. The best way to experience the Amazon is to get outside of the enclosed glass aquarium bubble that defines luxury cruising and dive in and embrace the environment – experience to the fullest the exotic sights and sounds of the greatest wilderness on earth. And the Motor Yacht Tucano is specifically designed to do just that…

A Spacious Design…The Tucano is a large boat, over 80 feet long. There is plenty of space to spread out, study the forest nearby, and contemplate the wonders of nature.

A Generous Salon...The Salon is at the forward part of the vessel and is surrounded by a broad balcony. Thoroughly paneled and lighted by brass lamps, this room serves as our vessel library and dining room. It is a wonderful place to observe the forest, read or relax.

Large Observation Deck…The Observation Deck runs the length of the entire upper level. Guests can go forward and watch the crew navigate the vessel, sit comfortably under the canopy and scan the shore for monkeys and birds, or simply swing in a hammock in lazy comfort. This deck is open and an exceptional place to observe wildlife. The forward balcony allows views to the front and into the treetops. From beneath the sun canopy we see the world’s greatest collection of birds and the occasional monkey cavorting in the branches. From horizon to horizon we see forest and rivers. We can appreciate how the world once was, a vast wilderness whose only sounds are the wind, the calls of animals, and the lapping of waves on remote uninhabited shores. It is a magnificent view and experience, and we are treated to it every day.

Comfortable and Private Cabins… All 9 cabins are comfortable. All of the walls in the cabins (and the Salon) have solid wood raised paneling… varnished and absolutely superb. Most have individual beds, Several cabins have upper and lower beds.  Each cabin has a private bath with a shower (with hot, pressurized water), toilet, and a sink. Four of these cabins have side by side single beds, one cabin has a queen size bed in addition to a single bed, and the remaining four cabins have bunk-beds. All of the cabins have large windows, with screens that open.You can lie on your bed and watch the rainforest from your window. Each of the cabins has its own air-conditioning controls.

Voyages on the Tucano are not luxury cruises. But at the same time, you can be comfortable and focus on the forest and its magnificent wildlife. Tucano allows us to do that, in style. Dining… Our chefs take advantage of the wonderful fruits, fishes and flavors unique to the Amazon. Our meals are wholesome, filling and delicious. Our chefs rise before dawn to make a large breakfast and there is always a tantalizing scent coming out of the galley.

The Hotel Tropical – Manaus The Hotel Tropical is considered Manaus’ premier luxury hotel.  It is situated along side the Rio Negro, 6 miles from the airport and 10 miles from the center of Manaus.  Lush gardens surround the colonial hotel.  A wave pool, orchidarium, sports, game room, several restaurants, and elegant shopping provide plenty of things to do. The nearby waterfront is an easy stroll from your hotel. Here you can enjoy a Brazilian meal, have an ice cream at the Glacial kiosk and watch a football game on the sand courts.

Back to Top

Extensions

Manaus Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas. Known as the “Heart of the Amazon,” it has a rich history. From its early settlement in the 1600’s, to the rubber boom during the late 19th century, to the eco-destination it is today. Tour the Opera House, visit the market with its fascinating tropical fruits and fish, stroll along the waterfront to enjoy an ice cream at the Glacial kiosk and watch a football game on the sand courts. You’ll enjoy spending an extra day or two in the “City of the Forest.”

Please call 1-800-731-4443 or 360-370-7797 (international) for more information.

Back to Top

Postcards from Past Adventurers

Hi Frank,

The trip was great!  I have to admit that I’d been steeling myself to be pretty physically uncomfortable being in the rain forest that close to the equator and all, but we really lucked out. The first three days were close to 100 degrees and crazy humid, which was what I was expecting, but what I didn’t expect was that the air conditioning in our cabins was FANTASTIC. (We were in China a couple of years ago, and stayed in a few decent hotels that had air conditioning that was a joke, and frankly that was what I was expecting. I’m very pleased to say that the Tucano greatly exceeded my expectations in that regard!)

Everything was crazy lush—just like you see in the movies—with thick walls of trees on each side of the river. We saw lots of monkeys, sloths and gorgeous birds. And we fished for piranha, and then ate them the next day–they were quite tasty! Actually the food was very good all week.

The other thing that exceeded both our expectations:  all the activities. With three “canoe” trips exploring the waterways and islands for animals and birds plus the morning forest walks nearly every day, we definitely got our money’s worth and made the most of being in Amazonas!

So anyway, it was a fantastic adventure (and a couple of friends at work have asked for a link to your website)! If you like, once we sort through our pictures I’ll share a few of the good ones with you. Thanks again for all your pre-trip help!

View all Postcards
L. Thomas Illinois Amazon River Cruise-Manaus, Brazil
Back to Top
 

Jump to

Not sure where to visit?

×