Return to the Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner embark in the launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. You 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. (D)
Around mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon excursion in the launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon’s crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. You may see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. (BLD)
Following lunch navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas”, the several mile long joining of two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often Pink River Dolphins and also Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. Then turn your bow upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon. On Brazilian maps this river is given the name Rio Solimões - but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that known as the Amazon. At this point in its course it has truly become the most magnificent river on the planet and carries fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.
Late afternoon have another launch excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where you may angle for piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in these the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the Porto de Manaus, one of the world’s great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. You will see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent sized forest. Tonight sample the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner. (BLD)
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