Discover life on board the
Motor Yacht Tucano
The Amazon Odyssey cruise visits the most essential areas to observe the wildlife and culture of
the rainforest. Our journey especially concentrates on remote Amazon forest along the tributary the Rio Negro and
also on the Amazon River. During the cruise we walk in towering rainforests, glide along narrow streams deep in the
forest, and explore flooded grasslands that stretch from horizon to horizon. Though a compact cruise, the Amazon
Odyssey is able to experience the many different environments of the Amazon, teeming with life.
We embark in Manaus, Brasil and travel on the classic and elegant MOTOR YACHT TUCANO. Though not a luxury
vessel, the M/Y TUCANO is comfortable and is designed to enable us to explore small tributaries and hidden channels
where wildlife can be found but where larger vessels cannot go.
Our cruise experience is much more authentic than the typical or luxury Amazon tours. All aspects of the cruise
are designed to help us enjoy the best that the Amazon has to offer. We have a small group size, highly trained
guides, a talented crew, a comfortable boat, and with 24 years of cruise operations, our activities are thoughtful
and detailed. Another important advantage is that our cruises appeal to travelers who are looking for a fun but
also very genuine experience. All these features combined enable us to discover and enjoy an authentic Amazon that
eludes almost all other travelers.
In order to be able to experience the wild Amazon forest, the first days of the cruise are spent on the Rio
Negro where there are forests that are hardly changed for millions of years. The last day of the cruise is spent on
the Amazon River itself. There are three or four excursions off the vessel every day. Early mornings we usually
glide along quiet channels in our launches among giant rainforest trees draped with vines and orchids. The silence
is broken only by the rustling of leaves by Squirrel Monkeys feeding or by the occasional piercing shriek of a
Screaming Piha bird. During the day we walk in the forest and sometimes visit a small community. Some nights we
search for nocturnal creatures in our launches out in the star filled darkness.
The Amazon Odyssey takes us to a variety of environments including dark flooded forests, dense high forest with
towering trees and dense undergrowth, and vast open plains of waving grass which are home to some of the most
spectacular wildlife of the Amazon. On lazy afternoons we may fish for the famous Amazon resident, the Piranha,
some of whom we may see again on an appetizer plate. During our voyage we will weave through the narrow winding
channels of the Rio Negro as wells as enjoying the magnificent vistas of the mighty Amazon River itself. Most
travelers are astonished by the scale and grandeur of this majestic waterway that drains a continent.
On the Amazon Odyssey we not only focus on the rainforest, but also on the culture of the people who live in
this vast wilderness. We visit small fishing villages perched on the river bank where the traditional life is still
guided by the rhythms of the rise and fall of the river. We also visit the homesteads of families who make and grow
almost everything they need. For many travelers these visits with local settlers, whose lives are so dramatically
different from ours, are some of the most memorable experiences of the cruise. Another fascinating visit is a stop
at one of the bustling river trading towns. Here a vibrant river trade continues as it has for centuries. The last
evening of the cruise we will coast along one of the greatest ports in the world, the Porto de Manaus. At our
farewell dinner we will have the opportunity to reflect on our extraordinary experience and offer a toast to one of
the most remarkable places on Earth.
The Observation Deck runs the length of the entire upper deck on the M/Y Tucano. Guests can go
forward and watch the crew navigate the vessel, sit comfortably under the canopy and scan the
canopy 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 the top deck there is wilderness as far as the eye
can see.The top deck is a wonderful place to lounge around as we cruise along the wilderness
From this deck the immensity of the Amazon becomes clear. From horizon to horizon we see forest
and rivers, and almost completely undeveloped. We can appreciate how the all of 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 during the trip.
The balcony around the front of the boat is a wonderful place to
pull up a chair and observe the forest close up. The salon is airy and has windows all the way
around. All of the walls are paneled in lovely hardwood.Two cabins on this deck have a single beds
separated by a night stand. Two other cabins have a bunk bed with a twin size mattress above and
below. All of the cabins have private showers and sinks.
The Mid-deck balcony has connecting doors to the Salon. It is a
wonderful place to relax with a good book, sip a glass of wine, a soft drink or a beer, or simply
to marvel at the splendor of the last great wilderness on Earth.
Two cabins on this deck have single beds separated by a nightstand. By
inserting a third narrow bed in the middle, these cabins can also accommodate three persons. Two other
cabins number have a bunk bed with a twin size mattress above and below. All of the cabins have private
showers and sinks. There is a full galley and a swim deck at the stern. We get in and out of our
launches to the side of the boat through two entries designed for this purpose.
Yellow Category Cabin
Green Category Cabin (Single Occupancy Pictured)