Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon« 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 Embark in Manaus and Cruise the Anavilhanas Archipelago
This morning meet your guides in the lobby of the Hotel Tropical in Manaus. Board your vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water's edge. 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 you never know what you will see, you will have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. Go for a swim in some of the world's most clean and refreshing water. (L,D)
Day 2 Explore the Rainforest
Early this morning explore the rainforest along the waters edge in your launches. Hear and perhaps see howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast go for a walk in the forest where you will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon explore the forest in your launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Monkey Watching
This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. Keep our eyes open for monkeys - on most trips they are often seen. Return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as you marvel at the night sky crowded with stars. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Rio Jauaperi
After your two morning excursions Tucano will navigate 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 draw near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. Here you will 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 do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Down the Rio Negro
Today 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 continue to scout in the launches, walk in the forest, and at night hunt for nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Village of Novo Airao
After a walk in the forest cross to the West bank of the Rio Negro, exploring as you go. Stop at the substantial boat building village of Novo Airao. While walking through the streets marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. Tonight Tucano goes downstream to arrive at daybreak near the confluence with the Amazon River. As you glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the "Caipirinha" and perhaps try a Samba on the top deck. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Lago Janauari Ecological Park
This morning explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where seasonally the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Around midday the vessel will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas," a stark several-mile-long line where the world's two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. In the afternoon scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Disembark in Manaus
In the morning all guests disembark from the Tucano and transfer to the airport. (B)
Itinerary NotesCruise fare includes:
Accommodations, guided excursions and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Bottled water is served free of charge on the M/Y Tucano.
Passengers will board the vessel on 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.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.
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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 worlds 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.