Amazon Expedition Cruises by M/Y Tucano
About Amazon Nature Tours
We began operating ecological tours in the Brazilian Amazon in 1989, though we have worked in the Amazon since 1982.
The Motor Vessel TUCANO went into service in 1997. Our programs are the most intensive and thoughtful offered in the
entire Amazon. We have conducted hundreds of trips in the Amazon, many with very well-known guests and scientific
guides. Your passengers will find our trips fascinating.
Expedition Cruising is Different
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon is different from both cruises and forest lodges. It is an "expedition cruise" which means that
we explore far into the forest. We see creatures that are hidden to other visitors. Our cruise is the most informative, active,
and authentic trip in the Amazon.
Authentic and Active Program
Our trips go beyond the tourist experience of most trips to the Amazon. We visit areas that are not visited by other groups.
We see creatures that are almost never seen on other Amazon trips. The program is also active with several excursions off
the boat every day. Every morning we walk in the forest. But there is no difficulty for older travelers because when we go
into the forest we divide into small groups each with a private guide and woodsman.
We accept a maximum of 18 passengers on our cruises. With this small group, travelers can spend more time with the guides
making it a much better experience.
Comfortable Vessel and High Quality Service
The M/Y TUCANO is the most comfortable expeditionary vessel in the Amazon. All the cabins are outside cabins with
private baths and air-conditioning. The vessel is elegant with lots of polished brass and highly varnished woodwork. We
have a large crew that keeps the vessel clean and helps travelers in every way possible to enjoy the trip.
Highly Skilled Guides
Our guides are some of the very best in the Amazon. They are skilled bilingual naturalists and their experience helps
passengers unlock the secrets of the magnificent wildlife of the rainforest.
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon is different from all other cruises offered in the Amazon. It is an "expedition cruise". We go far
into the forest and are able to see creatures that are hidden to other visitors. We explore some of the most untouched
rainforest in the entire Amazon. The voyage begins in Manaus, Brazil, and over eight days the MOTOR YACHT TUCANO
navigates far up the Rio Negro [pronounced NAY-GRO]. In the daytime and often at night we seek out the wildlife that still
lives in the world´s greatest of wilderness. There are very few settlers so the plants and animals are still abundant.
The voyage on the M/Y TUCANO is quite active. Together with our naturalist guides we get out into the forest and explore - not simply watch from the deck of the vessel. There are
daily walks in the forest and we frequently scout in our launches the small streams that branch off the main river. Some days
we swim off deserted beaches in water as pure and clean as rainwater and we are always treated to vistas of wild rainforest
stretching as far as the eye can see.
On our excursions into the rainforest we observe magnificent plants of every imaginable shape and size. We listen to the
exotic calls of birds and mammals and watch them from a forest trail or while scouting the river´s edge our launches. In
the evenings we have a brief discussion about the creatures that we observed and the extraordinary ways in which the plants
and animals have evolved to live in this ancient rainforest. Some nights we explore the river´s edge in our launches and with
spotlights we see caiman, close relatives of crocodiles.
Our basic navigation plan is to voyage upstream Northwest on the Rio Negro as far as a major river called the Rio Jauaperi,
about 200 miles from Manaus, Brazil. Along the way we explore many small tributaries where the forest is wild and undisturbed.
Our journey takes us too many different rainforest habitats which allow us to see a great diversity of wildlife.
On the last day of the voyage we travel to the "Encontro das Águas", 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.
We 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 Amazon Odyssey
A Compact but Engaging Amazon Cruise
The Amazon Odyssey visits some of the most essential areas to observe the wildlife and culture of the rainforest. Our journey especially concentrates
on the Amazon River where 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.
Most of our cruise will take place on the Amazon River, but we begin with an afternoon in forest flooded by the ink black water of the Rio Negro. This low and
dense forest is called the Igapó. We will excursion in our launches and experience a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. During the night the M/Y TUCANO will
travel downstream all the way to the confluence of the Rio Negro and the greatest river on Earth: The Amazon.
In the next days we will have up to four excursions off the vessel every day. Early mornings we glide along quiet streams in an environment called the Varzea.
Here the forest is deeply shaded by giant rainforest trees that are 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. Some nights in our launches we search for nocturnal creatures in the star filled darkness.
Our travels take us also to vast 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 are treated to the ever changing vistas of travel on 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.
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Meeting at 7:00 AM at Tropical Ecoresort lobby. All guests board the vessel the MOTOR YACHT TUCANO and depart at 8:00 AM 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)|
||Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the water's 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)|
||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)|
||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 Jauaperi.
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 do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)|
||Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi and for the next two days proceed downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats.
In the daytime we will continue to scout in our launches, walk in the forest, and at night hunt for nocturnal wildlife. (BLD)|
||After a walk in the forest we cross to the west side of the Rio Negro, exploring as we go. We will stop at the substantial boat building village of Novo Airão.
As we walk through the streets we'll marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe.
Tonight the M/Y TUCANO goes downstream to arrive by daybreak 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 Brazil, the "Caipirinha". (BLD)|
||This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where seasonally 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 "Encontro das Águas" a stark several miles 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)|
||In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y TUCANO by 8:00 AM. (B)|
||This afternoon (04:00 PM) we embark on the MOTOR YACHT TUCANO in Manaus, Brazil.
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 in a riot of brilliant vegetation.
Weather permitting, we will go for an excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the Igapó. Along
the river bank we may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we may hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest.
The Amazon has one of the greatest collections 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 M/Y 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 the Caiman, the Amazon's crocodilians.
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. (D)
||Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world's largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest.
Here we will see the strange environment called the Igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water 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 walk 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 excursion in our launches 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 (the Amazon's crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. (BLD)|
||This morning we awaken to another remote rainforest area where we will explore in our launches early in the morning, and walk in the forest in mid-morning.
During the middle of the day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Late this afternoon we will visit this community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior.
Late this evening our vessel will weigh anchor and we will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world's most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. (BLD)|
||Rising early, we excursion in 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 M/Y 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 life.
Following lunch we navigate to the "Encontra das Aguas", the several miles long joining of two of the world's greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon.
The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often Pink River Dolphins and also Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents.
We then will turn our bows upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon. On Brazilian maps this river is given the name Rio Solimões - 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 launch excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where we may angle for piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in these 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 the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner. (BLD)|
||Early this morning travelers will disembark the vessel at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical. (B)|
Meal Codes: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Please note that the day to day schedule is approximate. The exact order of the days and specific features may be altered due to navigational and other scheduling considerations.
Degree of Difficulty: Good health is necessary. Most guests can have a quite enjoyable trip by simply staying on board the M/Y TUCANO and participating in launch excursions. Participants in our
walks in the forest must be able to comfortably walk for two or more hours at a time. There are several excursions off the vessel daily. The vessel is air-conditioned in the middle of the day and
during the night.
|Packages & Rates (PER PERSON) - Rates Valid up to December 2013|
||Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon (8d/7n)||The Amazon Odyssey (5d/4n)|
|3, 4, 5, 6 & 0||US$ 3,600.00||US$ 1,950.00|
|1, 2, 7 & 8||US$ 3,250.00||US$ 1,750.00|
|*Departures with discount of US$ 500.00 in rate per person.|
|Packages & Rates (PER PERSON) - Rates Valid up to December 2014|
||Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon (8d/7n)||The Amazon Odyssey (5d/4n)|
|3, 4, 5, 6 & 0||US$ 3,850.00||US$ 2,100.00|
|1, 2, 7 & 8||US$ 3,450.00||US$ 1,800.00|
|*Departures with discount of US$ 500.00 in rate per person.|
8 days and 7 nights: Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon - Departing on Saturdays
5 days and 4 nights: The Amazon Odyssey - Departing on Mondays
*Amazonas by Viverde offers one day rate courtesy at hotel Tropical Ecoresort before and another after the cruise.
Attention: Tropical check-in is after 2:00 PM and check-out at 12:00PM next day.
Prices Include: Price is per person, double occupancy. Price
includes accommodations, transfers, and meals as indicated in
the itinerary. Bottled water served free of charge. Prices and
itineraries are subject to change without notice.
Not Include: Any airfare, departure taxes, gratuities, visa fees,
or items of a personal nature.
Single Travelers: No single supplement is charged if the passenger is willing to share with another same sex passenger. Passengers may request single occupancy with a single supplement of 50% of smallest cabins (1, 2, 7 and 8) rate. Single accommodations on the cruise may not always be available. The single cabins on the boat are not as large as the double cabins.
Triple/Quadruple Cabins: Some of the cabins on the M/Y TUCANO can accept three or four travelers. This is helpful for families. In cabins "3" and "4" a third narrow bed can be placed between the single beds. Cabin "0" has a queen size bed and also a single bed.
There rate used for triple/quadruple occupancy is the rate for cabins 1, 2, 7 & 8.
Discounts for Children: Children 12 years and under at the time of travel who share a room with an adult are eligible for
a discount of 50% off the cruise rate, subject to cabin availability.