Brazil Amazon Odyssey - MY Tucano | 5 days

From Manaus, Brazil
  • Amazon Jungle
  • Brazil
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

The Amazon expedition cruise vessel Tucano has comfortable cabins with large beds and private bathrooms, and is air-conditioned throughout.  With small groups (Max. 18 pax), trained naturalist guides and thoughtful itineraries, you will experience a genuine, thrilling adventure with the REAL Amazon rainforest.

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Explore the real Amazon on a comfortable vessel

Jungle is home to rare wildlife and exotic landscape

Go on a search for nocturnal creatures

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Anavilhanas Archipelago

This afternoon we embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in Manaus, Brasil. 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 worlds largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the igapó. Along the river bank we may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we may hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys 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 M/Y 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 the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. 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.
**Departure from Hotel Tropical at 4pm.
Overnight on board MY Tucano in your chosen cabin

Day 2
Anavilhanas Archipelago

Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water 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 walk 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 excursion in our launches 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 (the Amazon crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs.
Overnight on board MY Tucano in your chosen cabin

Day 3
Rio Negro

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 and river depth permitting, will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After ournocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches and we return to the Motor Yacht Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.
Overnight on board MY Tucano in your chosen cabin

Day 4
Meeting of the Waters

We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brasilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the“Encontra das Aguas”, a stark several mile long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largestand most vibrant port cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.
Overnight on board MY Tucano in your chosen cabin

Day 5
Manaus Depart

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests will say their goodbyes and disembark from the M/Y Tucano.
Note: Services end 7.30am at Hotel Tropical
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What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 4 nights accommodation at the onboard M/Y TUCANO, in a "Green" Cabin category
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals (4x breakfasts, 3x lunches, and 4x dinners)
  • Included Copy 20 Bottled water
  • Included Copy 7 Beverages (soft drinks and alcohol) not included
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All activities with English-speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 All Entry fees and local taxes
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights / Domestic Flights not included
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses and Tips not included
  • Included Copy 7 Transfers to and from the boat are not included
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