Brazil: Heart of Amazonia

Amazon Cruise Vacation

Brazil: Heart of  Amazonia


The Amazon Nature and River Cruise in Brazil will be the travel experience of a lifetime.Sail deep into the Amazon Basin rainforest on an 85’ riverboat designed for natural history cruises and staffed with two naturalist guides who call this region home. Join us aboard the riverboat Tucano and travel far up the Rio Negro, the world’s second largest river. Daily excursions include dawn trips in quiet wooden skiffs, morning walks in the forest, and sunset cruising along the banks.

A comfortable cruise ship with air-conditioned cabins, the Tucano was built by an American using traditional designs and modern techniques. She’s small enough to ease into backwater channels, but roomy enough for comfort.

This Amazon trip is limited to 18 people.


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The day-to-day schedule is approximate.

Day 1 Manaus, Brazil - Board the M.V. Tucano
  Amazon river cruise and nature safariBoard the Tucano in the early morning and set sail on the Amazon's Rio Negro, cruising through the world’s largest river archipelago, the Anavilhanas islands north of Manaus.  By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness of dense rainforest and tropical nature.  In the late afternoon you embark in the launches and look for wildlife in the smaller side streams and channels as the sun sets. Flocks of toucans, parrots and macaws are commonly seen noisily flying to evening roosts this time of day.  We may also go for a swim in the Rio Negro.(LD)
Day 2 Toucans – Rainforest walk
  Amazon river cruise and nature safariSet out at sunrise in the wooden skiffs in the calm waters to search for wildlife. Nothing compares to exploring the forest edge by boat in the cool morning air, and you’ll hear the calls of tropical birds at sunrise and see them stirring for the day.  This is an excellent time for birding and the guides have terrific eyes.  We return to the boat for a full breakfast and to pick up anyone who decided to sleep in.  After breakfast we walk in the forest where the guides will introduce you to the Amazon Basin’s ecology.  These walks are what set this trip apart from Amazon cruises on larger boats. The guides know this region extremely well and have locations where they can introduce you to a variety of forest subtypes.  You should be able to penetrate the forest by boats in some places, and may get quite far in before setting foot on “terra firma”, the dry uplands the seasonal floods don’t reach. 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 explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. (BLD)
Day 3 Cruising on the Rio Negro
  Amazon river cruise and adventure vacation: ItineraryHeading further north upstream, we may encounter a few fishing boats heading downstream to Manaus with their catch of peacock bass and some of the other 1,000+ species found in Amazonian waters.  We explore a new part of the forest this morning and may see toucans, sloths and monkeys, which are quite common away from settlements. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches.  TUCANO will 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. (BLD)
Day 4 Rio Jaueperi
  After our two morning excursions 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 the varzea forest that floods seasonally. The water may still be high enough for us to enter it in our launches.  Weather permitting we will do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)
Day 5 Rio Negro
  Today we depart the Rio Jaueperi and for the next two days proceed downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats.  In the daytime we will continue to scout in our launches, walk in the forest, and at night hunt for nocturnal wildlife. (BLD)
Day 6 Novo Airao 
  After a walk in the forest we cross to the west bank of the Rio Negro, exploring as we go, and dock at Novo Airão, and traditional boat building village where you can walk around and get the flavor of local life and see where the Tucano was built.  Tonight TUCANO goes downstream to arrive at daybreak near the confluence with the Amazon River. (BLD)
Day 7 Lago Janauari Park
  This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where you can see the difference between the cappuccino colored water of the main Amazon and the Rio Negro and observe wildlife.  Around midday the vessel will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas" a stark several mile long line where the world's two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom and dolphins frequent feed along the margins.  In the afternoon and evening we go on two more excursions exploring the area. (BLD)
Day 8 Manaus – Depart
  We transfer to Manaus International Airport for the return flight.  Lunch and dinner not included on this day.


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Adventure vacation in the Amazonian rainforestThis is an excellent adventure vacation for those interested in a “hands-on” Amazon experience. Each day usually consists of three excursions. Walks in the rainforest where the guides will introduce you to the Amazon Basin’s ecology usually happen in the mornings. These walks are what set this trip apart from Amazon cruises on larger boats.

The guides know this region extremely well and have locations where they can introduce you to a variety of forest subtypes. Sometimes swimming is available depending on the boat’s location.

Exploring the forest in the launches is the third type of activity that is available.

At any time, you are free to remain on the Tucano and enjoy a hammock on the observation deck.


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The Boat

Amazon River Cruise : Accomodations for your adventure vacation

Observation Deck
A moving viewing platform with a sunshade sits high above the water for good views.
Amazon river cruise ship accomodations

Upper Deck
There are four cabins with outside windows on this deck, plus the dining room surrounded by a balcony. Cabins 5 & 6 have two lower twin beds. 7 & 8 have a bunk bed with a twin size mattress above and below. All of the cabins have private bathrooms with showers.

Amazon river cruise ship accomodations

Main Deck
There are four cabins with outside windows forward on this deck. 3 & 4 have two lower twin beds. 1 & 2 have bunk beds. All have private bathrooms with showers.

Amazon river cruise ship accomodations


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Pricing & Dates

Amazon River Cruise Dates

2013 Dates
Sep 21-28
Oct 05-12; Oct 19-26
Nov 02-09; Nov 16-23
Dec 21-28

2013 Cost - per person, double occupancy  
Cruise $3250
Manaus Hotel nights $140
Single supplements Add the supplement to the prices above
Cruise, limited to two cabins $1625
Manaus Hotel nights  $135

7 day cruise includes

  • Accommodations in air-conditioned cabins with private baths and outside windows
  • All meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Daily guided excursions
  • Bottled water

Manaus hotel nights include: (note – the hotel stay in Manaus is not included in the basic cruise cost.)

  • Accommodations at the Hotel Tropical, a resort hotel on the banks of the Rio Negro
  • Buffet breakfast

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers ($112.50 per couple, $90 for single traveler)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional city tour in Manaus ($90) - 3-hour morning tour with entrance fees, guides, and transport included
    The last day following the cruise there’s an optional tour of Manaus that takes you through this deepwater port over 1,000 miles from the sea, where you can visit the colorful municipal market. This is the busiest port and cultural center for the entire region, and it’s fascinating to observe the brightly colored riverboats strung with hammocks and laden with bananas and fish. There will be time to do some shopping in the Mercado Adolfo Lisboa, the old city market modeled after Paris’ "Les Halles and walk through the Opera House built by the rubber barons in the 19th century
  • Visa fees (approximately $130)
  • Tips
  • Cabin assignments (if you would prefer a cabin without bunk beds, you will be charged a cabin reservation fee of $700. Please note your cabin preferences on the reservation form).

Airline Tickets
You are free to make your own airline reservations, or Orvis Travel’s air desk will be glad to coordinate them for you. Call 888 287-1014. Our airline tickets are handled by Airtreks.

Brazil requires a visa that you must obtain in advance. It cannot be issued on arrival. Orvis Travel will send you documentation and instructions to obtain a visa to all trip members.


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Abby Liell - Orvis Travel

Abby Liell
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0808 234 3718
00 1 802 362 8790

I have taken a lot of trips over the years. This was my first Orvis Travel trip, and I wish I would have used you sooner. The entire experience was excellent, and very easy.
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