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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

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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.
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  • 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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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Manaus, Brazil | Embark | Rio Negro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optional City Tour of Manaus: This three-hour tour of Manaus includes the boisterous Mercado Municipal of Manaus, the Teatro Amazonas - the famed opera house of the Amazon, and the historical starting point of Manaus, the Praça Dom Pedro II. Included are the services of a bilingual guide, entrance fees, and transportation to and from the Hotel Tropical. Please inquire for rates.



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Tucano Yellow Cabin
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Yellow Category
The five double staterooms in the Yellow category are the largest on the vessel. They have beds side by side with a small night table in between. They are numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, and 0. Stateroom number “0” has a queen size bed and a single bed. The Yellow Category beds can be converted into queen sized beds.
Tucano Green Cabin
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Green Category
There are two staterooms in the Green category. These are numbered 2 and 7 and they have above and below berths. These staterooms are smaller than the Yellow staterooms, but are they are still comfortable, are outside staterooms and have large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.
Tucano Blue Cabin
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Blue Category
These staterooms are for single travelers. They are numbers 1 and 8 and have a single twin bed. On request, these can be converted to Green staterooms.


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.

  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bottled water is served free of charge on the M/Y Tucano.
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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