Amazon Odyssey« All Tucano cruise options
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- 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.
Day 1 Manaus, Rio Negro / Embark Tucano
This afternoon embark on the Tucano in Manaus, Brazil. Depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream have your first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon enter one of the world’s 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, go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the Igapó. Along the river bank you may see some Squirrel Monkeys and 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 colored jewels perched in the treetops.
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)
Day 2 Anavilhanas Archipelago
Shortly after sunrise this morning explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here 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 return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting disembark at mid-morning and will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the Terra Firme. Here have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of 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 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)
Day 3 Rio Negro
This morning awaken to another remote rainforest area where you will explore in the launches early in the morning, and walk in the forest in mid morning. During the middle of the day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Late this afternoon visit this community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior. Later this evening your vessel will weigh anchor and voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world’s most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.
Day 4 Amazon River
Rising early, excursion in the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee colored water of the Amazon River. Explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth keep your eyes open for monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater. By mid morning return to the Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. Later this morning foray off the vessel again to explore this environment rich in life.
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)
Day 5 Manaus / Disembark
Early this morning travelers will disembark the vessel at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical. (B)
Itinerary NotesCruise fare includes:
Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Guide services and excursions as indicated above. Bottled water served free of charge on the M/Y Tucano. Transfer to the vessel by a short walk from the lobby of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus.
Cruise fare does not include:
Any airfare, airport transfers, departure taxes, visa fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages or items of a personal nature.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $500, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|61 Days or more||Deposit|
|45-60 Days||55% total trip cost|
|44 Days or less||100% total cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 18
- River Cruise Ship
Though the Tucano has the appearance of a traditional riverboat it is still a thoroughly up to date and modern yacht. The vessel was built entirely new using sophisticated equipment, materials and advanced construction techniques.
From the electrical and water systems to the advanced propulsion and navigation systems, Tucano offers all of the convenience, security, and comfort of a modern yacht. There are individual air-conditioning thermostats in every cabin. The vessel has state of the art communications and navigation equipment so that no matter how far into the world’s greatest wilderness the vessel may explore, there is still contact with the outside world.
The traditional design of the M/Y Tucano has had another wonderful advantage, the beautiful finish details of the 19th Century. The cabins, Salon, and main corridors are crafted of exquisite solid wood raised paneling. The deep amber color of the varnished wood is accented by polished brass hardware found throughout the vessel. The walls are decorated with framed botanical prints as well as antique maps from the great era of exploration. The Tucano experience offers the classical elegance of a bygone era but combined with the capability and the spirit of modern exploration.
Life aboard the Tucano
The Amazon cruises are active and guests spend most of their time off the vessel exploring the forest, but when on board, the Tucano offers plenty of space to spread out and contemplate the wonders of nature. With over seventy large windows, the Tucano is bright and airy. The cabins and the salon are air-conditioned and have elegant raised wood paneling in the style of the 19th Century steamers that cruised the majestic rivers of the Amazon.
A Generous Salon
From this large space, filled with windows and situated at the front of the vessel, guests are treated to fantastic vistas of the wilderness surrounding on all sides. Meals are served here and guests have a library of choice books on Amazon wildlife.
Large Observation Deck
The top deck is open and has a large shade canopy. It is a wonderful place to spot wildlife or soak in the vastness of the Amazon. There is space to catch some sun and watch the Macaw parrots screeching across the afternoon sky.
Middle Deck Balcony
This wide balcony faces forward and is a serene spot to relax as the Tucano winds her way along the forested shore. It is also a good place to observe monkeys jumping from one vine to another and pink dolphins leaping into the air.
Accommodations aboard the Tucano
All of the cabins on Tucano are outside cabins with large windows, private baths with showers, and air-conditioning. There are two categories of cabins. Yellow Category cabins are the larger cabins and have beds side by side. The Green Category cabins are smaller and have above and below berths.
Green Category Cabins: The four cabins in this category have above and below berths with a single size mattress above and a single sized mattress below. These are cabins numbered 1, 2, 7, and 8. These cabins are significantly smaller than the Yellow cabins. But they are nonetheless comfortable outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.
Yellow Category Cabins: The five cabins in this category are large and have beds side by side. They are numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, and 0. Cabin “0” has a queen size bed beside a single bed.
Triple Cabins: Some of the Yellow Category cabins can accommodate three travelers. This is helpful for families. In cabins “3” and “4” a third narrow bed can be placed between the single beds.
Four cabins, upper and lower berths, outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning. # 1,2,7 & 8.
Five cabins, two lower berths, outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning. #3-6 & 0.