Amazon River Cruise | M/Y Tucano

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

Join a 6 day Brazil Amazon cruise from Manaus taking you deep into the Amazon rainforest wilderness in search of wildlife

Adventure on a small expedition cruise to capture the spirit and essence of the Amazon. The Motor Yacht Tucano, which welcomes up to 18 guests in nine staterooms, is an expedition vessel specifically designed for deep exploration of the Brazilian Amazon.  You will be treated to three to five excursions from the boat on most days, lead by naturist guides.  Hike through the remote jungle, paddle through narrow streams, visit local communities and take a night walk to explore the sounds and sights of the jungle. Explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and cruise to the meeting of the waters where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join. 

On this unforgettable experience designed to showcase the highlights of the Amazon, spot birds, butterflies, frogs, peccaries, howler monkeys, sloths, parrots and even the elusive jaguar.

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Explore the Brazilian Amazon on a river cruise, the small 18 passenger Tucano is decorated in the style of a 19th-century steamship

A specialist guide leads you on each excursion to discover is a huge variety of wildlife both day and night. Take time to listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs!

See the “Encontro das Aguas” - a stark several mile long lines where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Manaus

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight in Manaus

Day 2
Embarkation in Manaus

This afternoon we embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in Manaus, Brazil. 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 coloured 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.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3
Exploration of the 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. 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4
Exploration of the 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 our nocturnal 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Meeting of the Waters

We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest for further explorations to see what wildlife and fauna we can see.
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 largest and most vibrant port cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea.
Tonight we will have a farewell dinner, reminiscing about our journey, before we prepare ourselves for an early morning departure the following day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Depart Manaus

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests will say their goodbyes and disembark from the M/Y Tucano.
Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 1 nights hotel accommodation in Manaus
  • Included Copy 20 4 nights on board the M/Y Tucano
  • Included Copy 20 All meals on board the M/Y Tucano
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All activities with English-speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Included Copy 7 Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
  • Included Copy 31 An 8 day itinerary is available

MY Tucano | Amazon Cruise Ship


  • Included Experience the Encontra das Aguas, the dramatic point where both the Rio Negro and the Amazon meet
  • Included Marvel at the amazing flora and fauna in this unforgettable amazon experience
  • Included Explore the the world’s largest system of river islands, the Anavilhanas Archipelago
  • Included Enjoy a small vessel amazon cruise, decorated in the style of a 19th-century steamship
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$2,453 USD

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