The Amazon Rainforest invites you to discover beauty far beyond your dreams on your Amazon River Cruise.
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The great Rainforest is a land where you will delight at the wonder of the squirrel monkeys gliding from tree-top to tree-top over rivers. It is the home of beautiful toucans and macaws, as well as friendly festive parrots.
This is where you will be mystified at the leaf cutter ants that meticulously cut small sections of leaves many times their own size and march them back to their homes. And the beauty of the famous florescent blue morpho butterflies. The bountiful flora and fauna never ends.
Imagine yourself on a beautiful, comfortable motor yacht as you gaze at fresh water pink dolphins and stingrays that have evolved from the salt water they once enjoyed.
A trip cruising the Amazon is for those people of all ages who wish to immerse themselves in the experience of traveling day after day through a forest the size of the contiguous United States.
It is for people who eagerly wait to see what is around the next bend in the river and who feel both fulfilled and somewhat saddened when the cruise ends.
Come join us to discover her mysteries!
This expedition voyage explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon.
We offer four and six night journeys by comfortable riverboat, where we travel deep into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll cruise far up the Rio Negro to an area very rarely visited, exploring the mysterious life that stirs in the forest. We visit remote wilderness that has very few settlers, so the flora and fauna remain natural. Degree of difficulty: Good health is necessary. Although these trips don’t require “endurance hiking,” guests should feel comfortable walking at a leisurely pace for two to three hours at a time.
6 Night Cruise on the Tucano
2020 Cruise Dates
January 11 – 17
January 25 – 31
February 8 – 14
February 22 – 28
March 7 – 13
April 4 – 10
April 18 – 24
April 27 – May 1
May 2 – 8
May 16 – 22
May 30 – June 5
June 13 – 19
June 27 – July 3
July 11 – 17
July 25 – 31
August 8 – 14
August 22 – 28
September 19 – 25
October 3 – 9
October 17 – 23
October 31 – November 6
November 14 – 20
December 5 – 11
December 19 – 25
2021 Cruise Dates
January 9 – 15
January 23 – 29
February 6 – 12
February 20 – 26
March 6 – 12
April 3 – 9
April 17 – 23
May 1 – 7
May 15 – 21
May 29 – June 4
June 12 – 18
June 26 – July 2
July 10 – 16
July 24 – 30
August 7 – 13
August 21 – 27
September 18 – 24
October 2 – 8
October 16 – 22
October 30 – November 5
November 13 – 19
December 4 – 10
December 22 – 28
2020 Prices* (US Dollars) Currency Converter
- $3,150 Green Category Staterooms (per person, double occupancy)
- $4,665 Yellow Category Staterooms (per person, double occupancy)
- $4,665 Blue Category Staterooms (single staterooms)
Sample 6 Night Itinerary & Map
This morning you will board the M/Y Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through this morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago.
From the observation deck we can scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon, the vessel has gone beyond settlements and entered the wilderness. Shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we never know what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds.
Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas. In the late afternoon, we embark in our pangas looking for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water.
Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the water’s edge in our pangas. We should hear, and perhaps see, howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans.
After breakfast, we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday, we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway. In the afternoon, we may have a chance to swim. In the late afternoon, we will explore the forest in our pangas and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.
This morning we will explore the forest as it awakens (our favorite time of the day.) We will keep our eyes open for monkeys. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or a panga excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky filled with stars.
Today, after our two morning excursions, the Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest.
In the early afternoon, we cruise into an extraordinary river, the Rio Jauaperi. The forest here is known as the varzea. We will watch the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Tonight, weather permitting, we will launch the pangas for a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.
Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi and proceed downstream. We will cross to the west bank of the Rio Negro, exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats. Weather and water depths permitting, we will explore areas rarely visited.
Tonight while the Tucano goes cruises down stream, we enjoy the starry darkness and sip the national drink of Brazil, the “Caipirinha.”
We start the day on a dawn excursion, followed by a Brazilian breakfast. We will venture into the forest one last time. Around midday, the Tucano will travel to the “Encontra das Aguas.” The light colored water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Rio Negro do not readily mix and the two rivers flow side by side for many miles, until two of the largest rivers in the world join in a turbulent maelstrom.
In the morning you will disembark the Tucano. You may choose to take an optional tour of the city of Manaus before transferring to the airport.
4 Night Cruise on the Tucano
2020 Cruise Dates
January 6 – 10
January 20 – 24
February 3 – 7
February 17 – 21
March 2 – 6
March 16 – 20
April 13 – 17
May 11 – 15
May 25 – 29
June 8 – 12
June 22 – 26
July 6 – 10
July 20 – 24
August 3 – 7
August 17 – 21
September 14 – 18
September 28 – October 2
October 12 – 16
October 26 – 30
November 9 – 13
November 23 – 27
December 14 – 18
2021 Cruise Dates
January 4 – 8
January 18 – 22
February 1 – 5
February 15 – 19
March 1 – 5
March 15 – 19
April 12 – 16
April 26 – 30
May 10 – 14
May 24 – 28
June 7 – 11
June 21 – 25
July 5 – 9
July 19 – 23
August 2 – 6
August 16 – 20
September 13 – 17
September 27 – October 1
October 11 – 15
October 25 – 29
November 8 – 12
November 22 – 26
December 13 – 17
2020 Prices* (US Dollars) Currency Converter
- $1,750 Green Category Staterooms (per person, double occupancy)
- $2,600 Yellow Category Staterooms (per person, double occupancy)
- $2,600 Blue Category Staterooms (single staterooms)
Sample 4 Night Itinerary & Map
This afternoon, we embark on the M/Y Tucano. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon, we 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, offering a view of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the Igapo. Along the river bank, we may see some squirrel monkeys, and we may hear the other-worldy growls of howler monkeys (we fondly refer to them as the cappachino machine monkey!), 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.
We return to the Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner, we will embark in our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as caiman, the Amazon’s crocodile. We 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.
Shortly after sunrise this morning, we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange Igapo environment, black-water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark waters of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning, we return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting we will disembark at mid-morning and will go for a hike in the type of rainforest known as the Terra Firme. Here we 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, we will launch our pangas and slowly explore along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman, and other nocturnal creatures. We often see arboreal porcupines or sloths.
This morning we awaken to another section of remote rainforest where we will explore in our pangas and walk in the forest in mid-morning. During the middle of the day, the Tucano will venture further downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Here we will visit the community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior. Later this evening our vessel will weigh anchor and we will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Penninsula that divides two of the world’s most storied rivers, the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.
Rising early, we will explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee-colored water of the Amazon River. We explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth, we also keep our eyes open for monkeys, three-toed sloths, and the occasional collared anteater. By mid-morning, we return to the Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. Later this morning, we foray off the vessel again to explore this environment rich in wildlife.
Following lunch, we navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas,” the several mile-long area where two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Amazon (white water) and the Rio Negro (black water), run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often, pink river dolphins and grey river dolphins play along this stark line of contrasting currents. We then will turn our bow upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon. On Brazilian maps, this river is given the name Rio Solimoes – but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know of 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, we will have another panga excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where we may angle for piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset, we 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. We will see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent-sized forest. Tonight we will sample Brazil’s natural drink, the Caipirinha and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Early this morning, disembark the Tucano at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical. You may choose to take an optional Manaus City Tour, prior to heading to the airport.
Rates for 2021 available March 2020; book beforehand and get 2020 prices.
Accommodations aboard our motor yacht, Tucano , all excursions , all meals and bottled water.
Prices Do Not Include
International airfare, transfers, departure taxes, visa fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance or items of a personal nature.
50% discount for children 12 years of age and younger, sharing a cabin with an adult, no matter the category.
No single supplement is charged if a single traveler is willing to share a stateroom with another person of the same gender. Guests who request single accommodations will be given a “Blue” category stateroom. If single travelers wish to reserve a “Yellow” category stateroom, the full fare, based on double occupancy will be charged. Please note: single accommodations may not be available.
For families wishing to travel together (three or more) sharing a cabin, each passenger will be charged the “Green” category rate, although they occupy a “Yellow” category stateroom (Cabins 3, 4 and “0”).
Motor Yacht Tucano
The Motor Yacht Tucano experience is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. It is designed to allow you to fully experience the greatest wilderness on earth.
A Spacious Design…The Tucano is a large boat, over 80 feet long. There is plenty of space to spread out, study the forest nearby, and contemplate the wonders of nature.
A Generous Salon…The Salon is at the forward part of the vessel and is surrounded by a broad balcony. Thoroughly paneled and lighted by brass lamps, this room serves as our vessel library and dining room. It is a wonderful place to observe the forest, read or relax.
Large Observation Deck…The Observation Deck runs the length of the entire upper level. Guests can go forward and watch the crew navigate the vessel, sit comfortably under the canopy and scan the shore for monkeys and birds, or simply swing in a hammock in lazy comfort. This deck is open and an exceptional place to observe wildlife. The forward balcony allows views to the front and into the treetops. From beneath the sun canopy we see the world’s greatest collection of birds and the occasional monkey cavorting in the branches. From horizon to horizon we see forest and rivers. We can appreciate how the world once was, a vast wilderness whose only sounds are the wind, the calls of animals, and the lapping of waves on remote uninhabited shores. It is a magnificent view and experience, and we are treated to it every day.
Comfortable and Private Cabins… All nine cabins are comfortable. All of the walls in the cabins (and the Salon) have solid wood raised paneling… varnished and absolutely superb. Most have individual beds, several cabins have upper and lower beds. Each cabin has a private bath with a shower (with hot, pressurized water), toilet, and a sink. Four of these cabins have side-by-side single beds, one cabin has a queen size bed in addition to a single bed, and the remaining four cabins have bunk-beds. All of the cabins have large windows, with screens that open.You can lie on your bed and watch the rainforest from your window. Each of the cabins has its own air-conditioning controls.
Voyages on the Tucano are not luxury cruises. But at the same time, you can be comfortable and focus on the forest and its magnificent wildlife. Tucano allows us to do that, in style. Dining… Our chefs take advantage of the wonderful fruits, fishes and flavors unique to the Amazon. Our meals are wholesome, filling and delicious. Our chefs rise before dawn to make a large breakfast and there is always a tantalizing scent coming out of the galley.
Hotel Tropical in Manaus
The Hotel Tropical is considered Manaus’ premier luxury hotel. It is situated along side the Rio Negro, six miles from the airport and 10 miles from the center of Manaus. Lush gardens surround the colonial hotel. A wave pool, orchidarium, sports, game room, several restaurants, and elegant shopping provide plenty of activities to do. The nearby waterfront is an easy stroll from your hotel. Here you can enjoy a Brazilian meal, have an ice cream at the Glacial kiosk and watch a football game on the sand courts.
Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas. Known as the “Heart of the Amazon,” it has a rich history. From its early settlement in the 1600’s, to the rubber boom during the late 19th century, to the eco-destination it is today. Tour the Opera House, visit the market with its fascinating tropical fruits and fish, stroll along the waterfront to enjoy an ice cream at the Glacial kiosk and watch a football game on the sand courts. You’ll enjoy spending an extra day or two in the “City of the Forest.”
Please call 1-800-731-4443 or 360-370-7797 (international) for more information.