Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon - 18-Guest Yacht Cruise


Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon - 18-Guest Yacht Cruise



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5 Days (7-Day Option Also Available)


Year Round


USD 1,750.00 per person


Dec 31, 2018
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon - 18-Guest Yacht Cruise
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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon aboard the 18-guest Motor Yacht Tucano is a true expedition that cruises deep into the untouched Amazon rainforest. The 5- and 8-day cruises begin in Manaus, Brazil, and venture far up the Rio Negro seeking out the abundant wildlife that lives in the world’s greatest of wilderness, away from civilization.

A cruise on the M/Y Tucano can be quite active with daily naturalist guided walks in the forest, frequent canoe excursions, swimming, fishing and village visits. Each evening, guides have a brief discussion about the extraordinary ways in which the plants and animals have evolved to live in this ancient rainforest.

Cruise upstream northwest on the Rio Negro as far as a major river called the Rio Jaueperi, about 200 miles from Manaus, Brasil. Along the way explore many small tributaries where the forest is wild and undisturbed and numerous rainforest habitats, which allows you to see a great diversity of wildlife. You'll travel to the “Encontra das Aguas,” the meeting of the waters of the world’s two largest rivers: the Amazon River and the Rio Negro. The light-colored water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Negro do not readily mix, and the two rivers flow side by side for many miles. Explore the beautiful and fabulously rich environment where these rivers meet and visit the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, which lies in a wedge-shaped delta that divides these two storied rivers.

The M/Y Tucano is the only vessel that explores far into the world’s largest Amazon reserve and the only expedition cruise in a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the Central Amazon Conservation Complex. Within this reserve are tens of thousands of square miles of uninhabited wilderness. Along the Rio Negro there are only a few small settlements large enough to be considered towns. It remains a true wilderness. Beyond the tangle of vines and limbs along the river banks are hundreds of thousands of square miles of primitive forest where the forces that shape plant and animal evolution continue on as they have for millions of years. Because of the exploratory nature, the small groups and the skilled guides on this Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon, this is the most authentic cruise in the entire Brazil Amazon.


Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $1580 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: Embark Manaus, Brazil, On Rio Negro
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

Board the Motor Yacht Tucano early 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 you'll have traveled beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. You'll have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly you'll be treated to magnificent forest vistas. In the late afternoon embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife, possibly even swimming in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.


MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Explore Lago Turia
Amazonas, Brazil

Early this morning explore the rainforest along the water's edge in Tucano's launches. Listen and look for howler monkeys, and you should hear 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 again explore the forest in launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.


MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Lago Buriti
Amazonas, Brazil

This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. Keep your eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. Return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y 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 and your newfound friends marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.


MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Rio Jaueperi
Rio Jaueperi, Amazonas, Brazil

After two morning excursions, the Tucano will navigate along the heavily-forested shore, scouting for wildlife. Perhaps stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon approach an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. 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, take a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.


MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: West Bank Of Rio Negro
Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil

Today you will voyage 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 to arrive by morning 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 Brasil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.


MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Encontra Das Aguas To Manaus
Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil

Begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for awakening 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 Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to the 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.


MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Disembark Manaus, Brazil
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

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


MEALS: breakfast


  • Price is per person, double occupancy. Price includes accommodations, and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Bottled water served free of charge.


Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the main 7-day itinerary, there is a 5-Day Compact Amazon Cruise aboard the Tucano...

Day 1 - Embark Manaus, Rio Negro

Day 2 - Anavilhanas Archipelago

Day 3 - Rio Negro

Day 4 - Rio Negro/Amazon

Day 5 - Disembark Manaus

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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