Amazon Riverboat Cruises on the Tucano (4 or 7 nights)

Itinerary in Brief:  A First Class Riverboat Cruise on the Amazon

  • Classic riverboat cruising
  • First class accommodations
  • Abundant wildlife and biodiversity
  • The Amazon and the pristine Rio Negro
  • Canoeing and hiking into the rainforest
  • 18 passengers maximum
  • Can combine with other areas of Brazil
  • Please call or email us with any questions

Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

The Tucano Riverboat Cruise Overview

This itinerary varies depending on whether you choose the 4 or 7 night cruise.  The 4 night cruise departs on Mondays and the 7 night cruise departs on Saturdays, from the dock outside the Hotel Tropical Manaus. Typically travelers arrive to Manaus the day prior to the cruise departure, spending the night at the first class Hotel Tropical Manaus. We generally arrange this part of the trip as well, or we can arrange just the river cruise.

4 Night Cruise Itinerary

Day 1     Sunday     Arrive to Manaus

Upon arrival to Manaus you will be met at the airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, located on the banks of the Rio Negro. Depending on the time of your arrival we can arrange a city tour, including a visit to the spectacular Teatro Amazonas Opera House, built in 1896.
Hotel Tropical Manaus

Day 2     Monday     Embark on your Amazon Cruise

In the morning you will transfer to your 82 foot long riverboat and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. As you cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago, you will be able to watch the vegetation and surroundings change as you leave behind the frontier settlements and enter true wilderness. In the afternoon you will have a chance to disembark in search of wildlife, or take a swim in the clean refreshing water before dinner.
Tucano (D)

Day 3     Tuesday     Excursions into the Rainforest

In the early morning you can explore the rainforest along the water’s edge, listening to the sounds of toucans and howler monkeys. After breakfast you will enter the rainforest once again with your naturalist guide, receiving an education in the diverse Amazon ecology before returning to the boat for lunch. After lunch you will continue upstream, stopping once more for a quick swim and to explore a bit more of the river in your skiffs. Weather permitting, you will have another excursion in the evening to search for nocturnal wildlife.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 4     Wednesday     Rainforest excursions / Village Visit

Before breakfast you can enjoy an early trip into the forest as it comes to life. Following breakfast you will set out in the launches, exploring the surrounding rainforest and tributaries. In the afternoon you will visit a local community and learn about how people live in this remote wilderness.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 5     Thursday     Rio Jauaperi / Porto de Manaus

After your two morning excursions the Tucano will navigate along the densely forested shore, searching for wildlife and potentially stopping at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon you will encounter the Rio Jauaperi and a forest known as the “varzea.” Here you will search for various animals unique to this particular environment. Tonight you will cruise along the Porto de Manaus, one of the world’s largest ports, where you will see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 6     Friday     Return to Manaus

Early this morning travelers will disembark at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical.
(B)

7 Night Cruise Itinerary

Day 1     Friday     Arrive to Manaus

Upon arrival to Manaus you will be met at the airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, located on the banks of the Rio Negro. Depending on the time of your arrival we can arrange a city tour, including a visit to the spectacular Teatro Amazonas Opera House, built in 1896.
Hotel Tropical Manaus

Day 2     Saturday     Embark on your Amazon Cruise

In the morning you will transfer to your 82 foot long riverboat and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. As you cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago, you will be able to watch the vegetation and surroundings change as you leave behind the frontier settlements and enter true wilderness. In the afternoon you will have a chance to disembark in search of wildlife, or take a swim in the clean refreshing water before dinner.
Tucano (D)

Day 3     Sunday     Excursions into the Rainforest

In the early morning you can explore the rainforest along the water’s edge, listening to the sounds of toucans and howler monkeys. After breakfast you will enter the rainforest once again with your naturalist guide, receiving an education in the diverse Amazon ecology before returning to the boat for lunch. After lunch you will continue upstream, stopping once more for a quick swim and to explore a bit more of the river in your skiffs.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 4     Monday     Travel up the Rio Negro / Rainforest excursions

Before breakfast you can enjoy an early trip into the forest as it comes to life. Following breakfast you will set out in the launches, exploring the surrounding rainforest and tributaries. In the afternoon and into the night the Tucano will continue up the Rio Negro. From the observation deck you will have spectacular views of the sky as it changes colors and fills with stars in this area with virtually no man-made light.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 5     Tuesday     Join the Rio Jauaperi

After your two morning excursions the Tucano will navigate along the densely forested shore, searching for wildlife and potentially stopping at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon you will encounter the Rio Jauaperi and a forest known as the “varzea.” Here you will search for various animals unique to this particular environment.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 6     Wednesday     Rio Negro / Night excursion

Today you will depart from the Rio Jauaperi and navigate back down the Rio Negro, exploring new rainforest habitats all the while. In the evening you will have a chance to disembark in search of nocturnal animals that have come out from hiding.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 7     Thursday     Visit the Novo Airao Village

Crossing the West bank of the Rio Negro, you will stop at the boat building village of Novo Airao. Passing through the streets you will have an opportunity to see how these communities thrive in this remote part of the world. The Tucano will continue downstream through the night and by daybreak you will find yourself at the confluence of the Amazon River.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 8     Friday     Lago Janauari Ecological Park

In the morning you will have a chance to visit the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, where the thick brown water of the Amazon River flows swiftly through the forest. By midday you will find yourself at the “Encontra das Aguas” (Meeting of the Waters), a miles-long stretch where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and Rio Negro, join together. Here the almost black water of the Negro runs beside the obscure brown water of the Amazon. Tonight you will have one last evening excursion in search of nocturnal wildlife.
Tucano (B,L,D)

Day 9     Saturday     Return to Manaus

After a final morning waking to the sounds of the Amazon, your riverboat cruise will come to an end and you will disembark outside the Hotel Tropical. Depending on the timing of your flight, we can arrange a city tour before you are transferred to the airport for your flight out. We can combine this cruise with any of our other destinations in Brazil or the rest of South America. Please inquire if interested. (B)

7 Night Trip Departure Dates 2014 (Saturday to Saturday):

Jan 04-11, Jan 18-25, Feb 01-08, Feb 22-Mar 01, Mar 08-15, Mar 22-29, Apr 05-12, Apr 19-26, May 03-10, May 17-24, Jun 14-21, Jun 28-Jul 05, Jul 12-19, Jul 26-Aug 02, Aug 09-16, Aug 23-30, Sep 13-20, Sep 27-Oct 04, Oct 11-18, Oct 25-Nov 01, Nov 08-15, Nov 22-29, Dec 06-13, Dec 20-27

4 Night Trip Departure Dates 2014 (Monday to Friday):

Jan 13-17, Jan 27-31, Mar 03-07, Mar 17-21, Apr 14-18, May 12-16, May 26-30, Jun 09-13, Jun 23-27, Jul 07-11, Jul 21-25, Aug 04-08, Aug 18-22, Sep 22-26, Oct 06-10, Oct 20-24, Nov 03-07, Nov 17-21, Dec 15-19

Cruise Rates Per Person in USD

Cabin                  5 day/4 night  8 day/7 night
Green Category  $1,800/person  $3,450/person
Yellow Category  $2,100/person  $3,850/person
  • Please note: the first night prior to the cruise at the Hotel Tropical Manuas and airport transfers are an additional cost of $150 per person.

Vessel Specifications

  • Length: 82 feet
  • Maximum Width: 21 feet
  • Passenger Capacity: 18
  • Cruising Range: 1000 miles
  • Electricity: 110 volt/ 60 cycle

Cabins

  • 1 Cabin on the observation deck (one queen and one single bed)
  • 4 cabins on the middle deck (2 cabins have bunk beds, 2 cabins have lower berth twin beds)
  • 4 cabins on the main deck (2 cabins have bunk beds, 2 cabins have lower berth twin beds)
  • Green Category Cabins have bunk beds and are smaller than Yellow Category Cabins.
  • All cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning.
  • Lower berth twin beds can be pushed together to form a double bed.
  • Cabins with lower berth twin beds can accommodate one more single bed, allowing for triple accommodations upon request.

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