M/Y Tucano: Heart of Amazonia


Departure: Sundays

Day 1 - Depart Manaos
This morning, meet your guide at the reception area of the Tropical Manaos Hotel, board the vessel and immediately depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we never know what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. In the late afternoon embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world's most clean and refreshing water. (L,D)

Day 2 - Cruising the Negro River
Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cruising the Negro River
This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -Jauaperi River
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 Jauaperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - More jungle adventures
Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Novo Airao

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