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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon


The Most Exploratory and Authentic of all Amazon River Cruises 

8 Days/7 Nights or 7 Days/6 Nights aboard the Motor Yacht Tucano

Highlights Include:

  • Travel the Rio Negro into an area rarely visited and explore the mysterious life of the wilderness where flora and fauna is left alone. Gradually explore the rainforests up to 200 miles away from our starting point. 
  • Sail the Rio Negro to the tributary waters of the Rio Jauaperi before concluding your cruise with the Amazon River itself.
  • Discover three types of forest: the beautiful flooded forest known by Amazon Indians as the Igapó, the tall terre firme forest and the fantastically rich varzea forest. These areas are home to exotic flowers, fish, birds, monkeys and iguanas.
  • Tak a swim off deserted beaches in water as pure and clean as rainwater and be treated to vistas of wild rainforest stretching as far as the eye can see.

Itinerary
Day 1 Manaus
Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we 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 we cannot predict 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 and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water. (LD)

Day 2 Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and we should hear 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, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. (BLD)

Day 3 This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. We 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 we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars. (BLD)

Day 4 After our two morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)

Day 5 Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We will 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 we 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. (BLD)

Day 6 This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where 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 two of the world’s 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 we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon’s beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (BLD)

Day 7 Manaus 
Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano. (B)

Comparing the Seven Day and Eight Day Cruises:
Both of these expedition cruises are good ones! The difference between them is that on the seven night cruise there is an additional day and night spent in the upper reaches of the vessel course. Both cruises go farther into the rainforest and experience more wild nature than any other cruise in the entire Amazon.  The 7 night / 8 day itinerary will not be offered in 2016.

What happens on the additional day?
We are exploring! This day does not have a rigidly defined location. Instead in the morning we further explore a tributary of the Rio Jaueperi and in the afternoon begin to head downstream on the Rio Negro. We will have several excursions during this extra day in different rainforest habitats. Weather permitting, tonight we will continue our hunt for nocturnal wildlife.

Meal Codes: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner/ Please note that the day to day schedule must be considered approximate. The exact order of the days and specific features may be altered due to navigational considerations.

2015 Sailing Dates and Cruise Fares

 

Sailing Dates

Itinerary

Green Category

Yellow Category

Mar 21-27, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Apr 11-18, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

Apr 25-May 01, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

May 09-16, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

May 23-29, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Jun 06-13, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

Jun 20-26, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Jul 04-10, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Jul 18-24, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Aug 08-15, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

Aug 22-28, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Sep 12-18, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Sep 26-Oct 03, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

Oct 10-17, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

Oct 24- 30, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Nov 07-13, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Nov 21- 27, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Dec 05-11, 2015

6 Nights

$3,450

$3,850

Dec 19-26, 2015

7 Nights

$3,700

$4,120

All fares are per person in USD based on double occupancy.

2016 Sailing Dates and Cruise Fares

Sailing Dates Itinerary

Green Category

Yellow Category

Jan 09-15, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Jan 23-29, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Feb 06-12, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Feb 20-26, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Mar 05-11, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Mar 19-25, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Apr 02-08, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Apr 16-22, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Apr 30-May 06, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

May 14-20, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

May 28-Jun 03, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Jun 18-24, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Jul 02-08, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Jul 16-22, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Aug 06-12, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Aug 20-26, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Sep 10-16, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Sep 24-30, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Oct 08-14, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Oct 22-28, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Nov 05-11, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Nov 19-25, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Dec 10-16, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

Dec 24-30, 2016 6 Nights

$3,795

$4,240

 All fares are per person in USD based on double occupancy.

Prices Include: Price is per person, double occupancy. Price includes accommodations, guided excursions, and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Prices and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Bottled water served free of charge. On joining the group on Day One, passengers board the vessel on a short walk from the lobby of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus.

Prices Do Not Include: Not included are airfare, airport transfers, visa fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, or items of a personal nature.

Cabin Categories: There are two cabin categories on the M/Y Tucano. Please see the deck diagrams.

Green Category cabins have bunk beds with above and below berths.
Yellow Category cabins are larger and have beds side by side.  

See below for additional information on triple and single occupancy as well as our discounts for childern.

 

map of the Tucano's itinerary

***Triple Occupancy: For three or more travelers sharing a cabin, each passenger pays the Green Category Rate even though they occupy a Yellow Category Cabin. These cabins are Cabin 3, 4, and “0”.
***Single Occupancy: No single supplement is charged if a single traveler is willing to share a cabin with another same gender passenger. Passengers that request single accommodations pay a single supplement of 50% of the Green Category cruise cost. The single cabins are in the green category and are the smallest on the vessel. If single travelers wish to reserve a Yellow Category cabin, they must pay the full fare for two travelers at the Yellow Category rate. Single accommodations may not always be available.
***Discounts for Children: Children that are 12 years of age and under who share a room with an adult receive a discount of 50% off the Cruise Rate for whichever cabin category they select, subject to availability.