This trip is ideal for those people short on time who want to see and experience the highlights of Brazil's Amazon region near Manaus.
In just two days you will see the Meeting of the Waters and the abundant flora and fauna of the Lago Janauary Ecological Park.
Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.
Day 1: Manaus - Meeting of the Waters
Depart from Marina David (near the Tropical Hotel) at 10:00 hrs.
As you set sail for the Negro River you will have the opportunity to see some of Manuas’ most famous sights - the Negro River Bridge, the favelas and barrios of Sao Raimundo, a spectacular view of the Teatro Amazonas and the Punta Negra Beach.
Soon you will arrive at the amazing phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters. This confluence of the Amazon and Negro Rivers is notable for the clear difference in colors of each river, which take many miles to mix.
Next stop: the floating houses of Paracuba Island, where you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife and try your hand at catching the largest freshwater fish in the world, the giant pirarucu, and the dreaded red piranha.
In the afternoon you will arrive at the flooded forest of Lake Janauary Ecological Park for a chance to spot the many species of birds, monkeys and reptiles that live there.
Day 2: Negro River
After breakfast you set sail in small canoes to observe more flora and fauna of the Ecological Park, including some giants of the Amazon: the famous Victoria Amazonica waterlily and Samauma tree.
With further navigation along the Negro River you come to the Rio Tarumancinho, and the town of Vila Paraiso. Here you step back in time to 1900 to learn about the rubber tapping process and the history of the Amazon and colonization of Brazil.
Disembark at Marina David between 13:00 and 14:00 hrs.
- Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
- Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.