Heart of Amazonia—Cruising the Rio Negro

Wildlife and forests from Manaus and the Anavilhanas archipelago to Rio Jauaperi
Overview

overview

Sign on for the most personal, spectacular, professional, Amazon cruise available. Your ship, the Tucano, is a nine-cabin motor yacht with lovely salon and observation deck, private facilities, air-conditioning and delicious food. Mammal sightings will likely include peccaries, river otters, river dolphins, capybara, agouti, and coatimundi; squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys and howlers; and, if you're extremely lucky, ocelot. Tropical bird species, too numerous to list, include bananatits, nighthawks, curassows, kites barbets, oropendula, caracara, trogons, parrots and macaws. Your captain, crew and naturalist-guides are committed to preserving the integrity of the eco-system; they continually vary their routes to keep enthusiasm high, and to minimize environmental impact while maximizing wildlife spotting.  This trip is offered twice monthly, year-round.

 

 

 

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Manaus
    Arrive in Manaus, a thriving city in the heart of the jungle

    On arrival in Manaus, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Tropical. Depending on your flight times, a Manaus city tour is included either this afternoon or on your final day.

    Lodging
    Hotel Tropical
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  • Day 2: Anavilhanas Archipelago
    Say hello to your floating hotel, the M/Y Tucano

    Board the Motor Yacht Tucano early today and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. You will cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck, you 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. Although you never know what you will see, you have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly you will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees of the rainforest. In the late afternoon, you will embark on a quest to view wildlife. You may also go for a swim in some of the world's cleanest and most refreshing water.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 3: Rainforest Safari
    Walk the forest in search of howler monkeys and other wildlife

    Early this morning, explore the rainforest along the water’s edge. You should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast, you will go for a walk in the forest where you will get a good start on understanding the complex ecology of the Amazon. Around midday, you will return for lunch, and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon, you will explore the forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 4: Travel on the Rio Negro
    Embark on an excursion on Tucano's launches

    Start your day with an exploration of the awakening forest. Keep your eyes open for monkeys! Return to the boat for breakfast, which will be followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as you marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 5: Shore Excursions
    Search for creatures found nowhere else on the planet

    After two excursions on shore, the Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore while scouting for wildlife. You may stop for a visit at a settler's home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon, you will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. Here you will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. Scout along the shoreline for some of the unique creatures found only in this  environment. Weather permitting, you will also have a chance for a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 6: Travel on the Rio Negro
    Fish for piranha on the river

    Today you will depart the Rio Jauaperi, proceeding  downstream on the Rio Negro for the next two days to  explore a new collection of rainforest habitats. In the daytime, you will continue to scout in the launches, walk in the forest, and, at night, look for nocturnal wildlife.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 7: Novo Airao
    You may see pet sloths on your village visit

    After a walk in the forest, you will cross to the west bank of the Rio Negro, exploring as you go. You will stop at the substantial boat building village of Novo Airão. As you walk through the streets, you will marvel at how the 19th century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. Tonight Tucano goes downstream to arrive at daybreak near the Rio Negro's confluence with the Amazon River. This is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the caipirinha, as you glide through the starry darkness.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 8: Lago Janauari / Meeting of the Waters
    Head out on a final day of rainforest explorations

    This morning you will 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 famous "Encontra das Aguas" or "Meeting of the Waters",  a several-mile-long line marking the joining of the world's two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro. Here the dark waters of the Negro run beside the opaque brown waters of the Amazon. In the afternoon, you will scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight there will be one last excursion looking for nocturnal life in the rainforest.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
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  • Day 9: Manaus / Onward
    Bid farewell to the Tucano and the river as you return to Manaus

    In the morning you will disembark from the Tucano at the dock of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus. If you did not have a city tour on arrival, you'll have your city tour today. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Sep 12-20, 2014
Sep 26-Oct 4, 2014
Oct 10-18, 2014
Oct 24-Nov 1, 2014
Nov 7-15, 2014
Nov 21-29, 2014
Dec 5-13, 2014
Jan 9-17, 2015
Jan 23-31, 2015
Feb 20-28, 2015
Mar 6-14, 2015
Mar 20-28, 2015
Apr 10-18, 2015
Apr 24-May 2, 2015
May 8-16, 2015
May 22-30, 2015
Jun 5-13, 2015
Jun 19-27, 2015
Jul 3-11, 2015
Jul 17-25, 2015
Aug 7-15, 2015
Aug 21-29, 2015
Sep 11-19, 2015
Sep 25-Oct 3, 2015
Oct 9-17, 2015
Oct 23-31, 2015
Nov 6-14, 2015
Nov 20-28, 2015
Dec 18-26, 2015
Dec 19-27, 2014
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$3,795
- $4,175
Bunk beds $3795 or two beds $4175
Single Supplement:
$1350
no single supplement if willing to share.
Need to Know

Need to Know

About the Motor Yacht Tucano
This trip explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon. On the expedition vessel, the Motor Yacht Tucano, you will venture far up the least inhabited river in the Amazon Basin, the Rio Negro. The guides are accomplished naturalists, and you will see creatures rarely seen by other travelers and visit places that have not changed for millions of years. All of the 9 cabins on Tucano are comfortable, outside cabins with large windows and private bathrooms. Each cabin is air-conditioned with its own thermostat. The Salon is at the front of the boat, affording splendid views of the rainforest throughout the day. The Salon is also air-conditioned, though in the cool of the day the windows are generally left open for you to breathe the fresh air scented by Amazon blossoms. There are many windows on the boat, and all of them open and close. The M/Y Tucano was built in 1997 and is annually refit. Though it has the decorative theme of a 19th century river steamer, the Tucano is a modern and efficient commercial passenger vessel, fully licensed and inspected by the naval authorities. The boat has a length of 82 feet and width of 22 feet, and it carries a crew of 8 people in addition to 18 passengers.

Observation Deck
This deck is open and an exceptional place to observe wildlife. The forward balcony allows views into the forest canopy. Cabin 0 has a queen size bed and a single bed.

Middle Deck
Cabins 5 and 6 have single size beds side by side which can be placed together to form a queen size bed. Cabins 7 and 8 have bunks with a single size mattress above and below. The middle balcony faces forward and is a serene spot to relax and a good place to observe wildlife.

Main Deck
Cabins 3 and 4 have single size beds which can be placed together to form a queen size bed. A narrow bed can also be inserted in these cabins to accommodate three persons. Cabins 1 and 2 have bunks with a single size mattress above and below.

Seasons and Weather in Central Amazonia

What is the best time of year to go?
The best time to travel really depends on your own schedule. This trip takes place in the very middle of the Amazon. In this region the rainy season runs roughly from late January to early May, and there are some advantages of traveling at this time. Since most riverine plants fruit and flower during this period, it is one of the best times to see birds and monkeys at the waters edge. Though it can rain slightly more in the rainy season, it usually rains some every day in the dry season too. The lower water in the dry season attracts some creatures that are not as commonly observed in the rainy season. We operate this trip year round and the trips are wonderful any time of year.

Family Departures
The Amazon is a fascinating place for young people as well as adults. All of these cruises are family-friendly, but in order to make it easier for families with young children to travel on these trips, we offer specific fixed departures every year that include some activities that help children enjoy the experience. Family Departures have the same theme as the regular departures, a theme of understanding the Amazon environment and observing the plants and animals. Activities specifically for children include a “Young Scientist Project” and “Rainforest Workshops.” You'll also have some activities that are just for fun. With the enthusiasm and a sense of wonder that young people bring to the experience, these are very enjoyable trips.

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
comfortable riverboat facilities and delightful hotel
Group Size:
8-18
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2
comfortable riverboat facilities and delightful hotel
Terms & Conditions: 

Heart of Amazonia - Cruising the Rio Negro

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 non-refundable per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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