Keep an eye out for intriguing wildlife
Rising early, you will venture into the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee-colored water of the Amazon River. Explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth you also might see monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater. By mid morning, return to the M/Y Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax, followed by another foray off the vessel for more exploring.
After lunch, navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas”, the several-mile long merging of two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing, and often Pink and Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. The vessel will upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon (on Brasilian maps, this river is called Rio Solimões, but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know as the Amazon.) At this point in its course the river has truly become the most magnificent one on the planet, carrying fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.
Late afternoon, another launch excursion will take you to a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where you may spot piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset, slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the Port of 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. Observe boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent-sized forest.
Tonight, sample the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- M/Y Tucano