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The Amazon Expedition Cruise

Brazil, South America, Amazon

from $1,895* per person 6 Days January
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Sights and Soul Travels - Tours and Vacations for Women 16 people max
  • Manaus airport, brazil
  • Culture & Nature trips
One of the world's wonders, the Amazon has fascinated travelers and dreamers since its discovery in 1542 by Francisco de Orellana. The 3,900 mile-long Amazon River and its tributaries is the last great wilderness of its kind. It contains over half the world's species of birds and thousands of species of mammals and plants. It is populated by the river people and tribes of Indians who crisscross this vast system of rivers, streams and canals in their wooden boats and canoes.

With the Amazon Expedition Cruise you will embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the Earth's mightiest river, which calls on the most adventurous of world travelers. You'll be rewarded with an unforgettable journey into areas penetrated by only a privileged few. As the luxury expedition ship docks along the river shore, experienced naturalists will take you into remote estuaries in the Amazon rainforest. You will explore the pristine wilderness areas teeming with wildlife and meet the indigenous people living in villages as they have for centuries. At the day's end, you will enjoy the comforts of your floating hotel, wholesome meals prepared with fresh ingredients and naturalists' talks on flora and fauna of the Amazon.

The tour will provide a complete overview of the habitats and wildlife along the Rio Negro and Rio Amazonas. We'll travel down the orchid-festooned rainforest, see hundreds of species, including the many rare birds, endangered pink Amazon dolphin, three-toed sloth, caiman, howler and squirrel monkeys.

Locations visited/nearby

Brazil, South America, Amazon

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Special information

  • Offers some women-only departures.

Itinerary

Day 1, Monday, January 7

If you're coming from Miami, Florida, you will arrive in Manaus, Brazil around noon, after a 5 hour flight. Upon arrival, you will be met by your private chauffeur and transferred to the Amazon Clipper Premium expedition ship, our home for the next 5 nights and head up the Amazon River. As we enjoy the welcome drink and snacks, we'll glide upstream close to the shore, studying the magnificent tangle of vegetation with brightly colored flowers and monkeys scurrying about in the branches. Afterwards, we'll have the introductory talk about the Amazon environment and preservation, while watching the wilderness from the observation deck. After dinner, we'll enjoy the night time exploration of the river's edge for a chance to spot iguana, monkeys, caiman, night hawks and sloths.
Meals: L, D
Accommodations: Amazon Expedition Riverboat Clipper Premium
    
Day 2, Tuesday, January 8

On our first morning in the Amazon, we'll wake up in the Janauaca Lake area and start the day with a sunrise canoe trip through the Amazon's floating meadows. We'll hope to see squirrel monkeys, jumping pink river dolphins and ant-eaters. After breakfast, we'll take a walk in the rainforest to visit the Amazon settlers to learn about survival on the edge of this vast wilderness. In the afternoon, we'll fish for the piranha, as we listen to the chorus of birds, monkeys and frogs at sunset. After dinner, we'll explore the forest in our canoes to observe the diversity of nocturnal wildlife and the millions of stars and constellations of the Southern hemisphere.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: Amazon Expedition Riverboat Clipper Premium
    
Day 3, Wednesday, January 9

 We'll start the day with a visit to the Janauary Ecological Park to admire the giant water lilies Victoria Regia and a canoe exploration of the mysterious and surreal flooded forest known by the Amazon Indians as the Igapo and the fantastically rich varzea forest. While we enjoy breakfast, we'll start downstream to the confluence of the world's two largest rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River, the spot known as the "Meeting of the Waters", where the opaque, light brown water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Rio Negro meet and flow side by side, without mixing for many miles, like coffee and cream. After lunch, as we're sailing up the Rio Negro, we'll enjoy another lecture on the Amazon region's cultural diversity, Indian folk tales and native beliefs, and in the evening, we'll have a canoe excursion in a very different environment of the Rio Negro.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: Amazon Expedition Riverboat Clipper Premium
    
Day 4, Thursday, January 10

In the early morning, we'll travel along the water's edge in our canoes and spot toucans and parrots living in this remote area of the Amazonia. After breakfast, we'll take another rainforest walk and explore the way that plants and animals have evolved and the relationship between them and the physical environment. Before lunch, we'll stop on a pristine island to swim in the Amazon, and in the afternoon, we'll navigate through the world's largest river island system, the maze of wilderness of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. In the later afternoon, we'll scout in canoes to observe the wildlife feeding before sunset, then enjoy the Amazon naturalists' lecture on the Amazon fruit and the medicinal use of the Amazon plants.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: Amazon Expedition Riverboat Clipper Premium
    
Day 5, Friday, January 11

In the morning, we'll do some fishing, then visit a boat-building Amazon village and meet the locals, including the women's cooperative involved in preserving the native arts. After lunch, we'll land on one of the white sandy beaches to swim in some of the world's most clean water and enjoy watching the pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, we'll have another canoe trip to spot caiman and other nocturnal creatures like arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the trees. As the ship moves back towards Manaus and we cruise under the countless stars of the southern sky, we'll have the farewell dinner, then try samba on the top deck or sip the Caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: Amazon Expedition Riverboat Clipper Premium
    
Day 6, Saturday, January 12

Before breakfast, we'll explore the Lago Janauary Ecological Park to observe the animal and plant life, then sail past the Manaus waterfront and spot all the famous landmarks of the city, before disembarking from the expedition ship in the late morning. We will transfer to the Manaus International Airport directly from the ship in time for the early afternoon flight to Miami. The flight takes 5 hours, and you'll be in Miami by mid-afternoon.
Meals: B

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