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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Tucano
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This Amazon River journey explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon. During this 7-day cruise, venture far up the least inhabited river in the Amazon Basin on the motor yacht Tucano. Weaving in and out of small channels on the Rio Negro, explore areas that are very rarely visited and seek out the mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest and in the heart of wild nature. Be joined by accomplished naturalist guides on your search for rarely seen flora and fauna.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Manaus, Brazil | Embark | Rio Negro
Day 2 : Lago Turia
Day 3 : Lago Buriti
Day 4 : Rio Jauaperi
Day 5 : West Bank of the Rio Negro
Day 6 : Encontra das Aguas
Day 7 : Manaus, Brazil | Disembark


  • Enjoy daily walks in the forest and swim along pure deserted beaches
  • Observe magnificent rainforest plants of every imaginable shape and size
  • Listen to the exotic calls of birds and mammals as you scout the forest
  • Look for caimans as you explore the river's edge on nightly expeditions



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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Enjoy the mist of a cascading waterfall in the Amazon A traveler makes friends with a parrot. Enjoy a sightseeing trip in a canoe. Up close to a three toed sloth Take a canoe ride

Day 1 Manaus, Brazil | Embark | Rio Negro

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the motor yacht Tucano in the early morning and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning cruise to the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge from the observation deck. 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 there is no way to predict what you can see, there is a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly you are going to be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon embark in the launches and search for wildlife. You may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.

Day 2 Lago Turia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the early morning explore the rainforest along the water's edge in launches or kayaks, each group with a naturalist guide. Hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast go for a walk in the forest where you can get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday return for lunch as the vessel gets underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon explore the forest in launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

Day 3 Lago Buriti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning join an early exploration of the waking forest. Keep your eyes open for monkeys. Return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano travels during the middle of the day and stops in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as you marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

Day 4 Rio Jauaperi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After your two morning excursions the M/Y Tucano navigates along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. Stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon sail near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here you can see a kind of forest known as the varzea. Scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting, have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

Day 5 West Bank of the Rio Negro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in launches and walk in the forest. 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, enters an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explores on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After your nocturnal exploration of the rainforest, return to the motor yacht Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.

Day 6 Encontra das Aguas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. Then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon 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 once again turns her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and heads to your overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As you pass in front of Manaus, marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities, which is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

Day 7 Manaus, Brazil | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, disembark from the M/Y Tucano.


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Tucano Green Cabin
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Four cabins, upper and lower berths, outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning. # 1,2,7 & 8.
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Yellow Category
Five cabins, two lower berths, outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning. #3-6 & 0.


Triple Occupancy: For three passengers sharing the same cabin, each passenger pays the Green Category rate even though they occupy a Yellow Category Cabin. (cabins 3,4,0)

Single Occupancy: No single supplement for travelers willing to share with another same gender passenger. Single accommodations in the Green Category are available at 1.5 times the rate, or in the Yellow Category at 2 times the rate.

Child Discount: Children aged 12 and under sharing a room with an adult save 50% off the cruise rate.

Passengers will board the vessel on a short walk from the lobby of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus.

Cruise fare includes:
  • Accommodations
  • Guided excursions
  • Meals
  • Bottled water is served free of charge on the M/Y Tucano.
Cruise fare does not include:
  • Any airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature


  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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