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Macaws in the Amazon

Amazon River Adventure

Cayenne Roundtrip - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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Embarking in Cayenne, in French Guiana, sail along the Atlantic coast of Brazil to reach the earth-colored waters of the Amazon.
Next sail up the river from east to west, to discover the many treasures it conceals: dense and varied vegetation, tropical fruit, a host of animal species. At the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers, around Santarem, you might be lucky enough to spot some extraordinary pink river dolphins. Then stop in Belém. Finally, discover the Salvation Islands, famous for their magnificent landscapes and their terrible history: in the 19th century & at the beginning of the 20th century, these three tracts of land resting in the Atlantic Ocean were penal colonies where convicts, political prisoners and known criminals were exiled and held in prisons which you will be able to visit.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cayenne | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Macapa, Amazonia | Mucurui, Amazonia
Day 4 : Aquiqui, Amazonia | Guajará, Amazonia
Day 5 : Santarem, Amazonia
Day 6 : Parintins, Amazonia
Day 7 : Alter Do Chao, Amazonia
Day 8 : Lucia, Amazonia
Day 9 : Breves, Strait Of Breves
Day 10 : Belem, Amazonia
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Salvation Islands
Day 13 : Cayenne | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail along fabulous straits, meanders and river arms
  • View an incredibly rich variety of endemic wildlife: toucans, hawks, ibises
  • Visit Alter do Chao and its beautiful white-sand beach, ideal for swimming
  • Explore the great city of Bélem, its market and its fort

Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

  • Amazon
  • Brazil
  • South America
  • Alter do Chao
  • Amapa
  • Amazonas
  • Aquiqui
  • Belem
  • Breves
  • Cayenne
  • French Guiana
  • Lucia
  • Macapa
  • Mucurui
  • Para
  • Parintins
  • Salvation Islands
  • Santarem

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Macaws in the Amazon Dock going out into the crystal blue ocean Caribbean Monkey business in Coca Unspoiled beaches and pristine coves in the Caribbean
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Day 1 Cayenne | Embark

Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches and old creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call will give you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne It provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Macapa, Amazonia | Mucurui, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Macapa and head towards Mucurui.

From Mucurui, set off in a Zodiac© dinghy along the luxuriant meanders of the channels adjacent to the Amazon River. These wind their way through the Rio Cajari Extractive Reserve, a protected area where only ancestral practices for resource extraction are allowed: fishing, hunting, and harvesting wild plants (Brazil nuts, acai berries, hearts of palm, tropical fruit, etc.). You will navigate through the winding channels to enter the seclusion of the forest. Through the varzea forests covering the banks or along a surprising natural wet meadow, you may get the opportunity to observe birds of prey, large wading birds, howler monkeys, stunning macaws and colorful toucans.

Day 4 Aquiqui, Amazonia | Guajará, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Aquiqui River is one of the many tributaries of the Amazon River. A veritable ecological corridor, this natural area is home to a varied fauna, notably including many aquatic birds. You will enjoy an extraordinary encounter with the Caboclos, a people living in total harmony with nature, and have the chance to talk to them about their way of life, their beliefs and their customs. And maybe you will be lucky enough to observe the cocoi herons, roadside hawks and anhingas, as well as monkey squirrels and iguanas.

Discover the Guajará River, a tributary of the Amazon River with fast-flowing waters edged by a few dwellings. The place includes a pasture area for buffaloes and a narrow band of the forest from which to observe sloths, green iguanas and myriad birds in stunning colors, such as the toco toucan. With a bit of luck, you might hear the loud cry of howler monkeys, since it can resonate over a radius of several kilometers. The river itself is renowned for being home to the famous pink river dolphin.

Day 5 Santarem, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Established at the confluence of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers, the city of Santarém flourished for a time during the rubber boom, then sank into oblivion when the “soft gold” boom eventually went bust. Over the last twenty years or so, the economy of Santarém, which is now Amazonia’s third biggest city after Manaus and Belém, has regained some momentum thanks to soybean cultivation and tourism. Renowned for its forests and especially for the small village of Alter do Chão with its beaches worthy of the Caribbean, Santarém offers a wonderful opportunity to discover the Amazonian ecosystems.

Day 6 Parintins, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
400 km upstream of Manaus, discover Parintins, known for its traditional festival, “the Boi Bumba”, celebrating cultural diversity in the Amazon. Over the last three days of June, the city is divided into two groups that compete against each other: the “Caprichosos” in blue and the “Garantidos” in red. Although the choreographies might suggest a reproduction of the Rio Carnival, the themes presented all relate to the Amazon. A performance from this festival will be presented when the ship calls here: an opportunity to admire the beauty of the dancers’ costumes and let the rhythm of the music take you over.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Boi Bumba Folkshow, From Santarem To Alter Do Chao, Discover Belém.

Day 7 Alter Do Chao, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Despite its image as an impenetrable land, the Amazon can be explored, even when one is not a hardened explorer. Aboard your ship, sail this river and journey deep into the heart of this green paradise, the Amazon, the rich exuberance of a wild symphony. From the Andes, Amazon fights its way between Peru and Colombia to reach Brazil where it achieves its majestic breadth. This exceptional site is an unspoiled and secret refuge for thousands of animals and the handful of tribes who live here, far from any contact with the city, in harmony with nature. Aboard our Zodiac® dinghies, do not miss the daytime and nocturnal excursions to experience the surrounding environment.

Day 8 Lucia, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In this region, the waters and vegetation are subject to the oceanic influences of the Atlantic. The saline tidal currents provide the right environment for fruit palms to grow. Macaws, parrots and toucans are particularly fond of these. Conditions permitting, you will be able to explore the narrow arms of the river penetrating the heart of the forest, to discover all the distinctive features of this singular environment.

Day 9 Breves, Strait Of Breves

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail in the heart of the Breves Narrows, a “green corridor”, you will be completely immersed in the Amazonian culture. Along the meanders of this lush, narrow channel, your ship will be escorted by the small, wooden dugout canoes of the local inhabitants out to greet you. Enjoy this spectacular sailing experience from the exterior decks, as our naturalist-guides let you in on the secrets of this incredible ecosystem and of the people who have managed to tame it.

Day 10 Belem, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 12 Salvation Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lying off the coast of Kourou, an essential element of any trip to Guiana, the Islands of Salvation were known as the "Islands of the Devil" because of the strong sea currents that made access to them perilous. Once infamous for being the site of a jail with very harsh conditions of detention, where Alfred Dreyfus was exiled, today they are a peaceful place where coconut palms cast shade over the crystal-clear waters. During your cruise, we invite you to make a timeless journey to visit the many remains of the prison that are still visible, including cells and the abandoned hospital.

Day 13 Cayenne | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Cayenne.
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For all new bookings made from March 9 onward, 2020 departures are fully refundable until 30 days prior to departure and 2021/2022 departures are fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. A full refund may be made in either cash or future cruise credit. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2022

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
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  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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