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Tucano Amazon Cruise

The Most Authentic Cruise in Brazil's Amazon

Brazil amazon tour

The M/Y Tucano goes deep into the Rio Negro region of Brazil's Amazon

Brazil amazon cruise on M/Y TucanoCruises aboard the Motor Yacht Tucano are thoughtful, active and above all exploratory. Every aspect of the cruise is designed to enable guests to observe the wonders of nature and to sample the vibrant culture that thrives in this remote corner of the earth.

With a devotion to nature and a spirit of exploration, the M/Y Tucano seeks out areas in the Brazilian Amazon often overlooked by other visitors and the clients are rewarded with a wider array of flora and fauna.

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. All aspects of the cruise are designed to help enjoy the best that the Amazon has to offer and to appeal to travelers who are looking for a fun, but also genuine experience.

With small group sizes, highly trained guides, a talented crew, a comfortable boat, and with more than 20 years of cruise operations' experience, the activities are thoughtful and detailed. All these features combined enable us to discover and enjoy an authentic Amazon that eludes almost all other travelers.

Please note that a pre-arranged visa is required by holders of US, Canadian and Australian passport holders, among others, in order to enter Brazil. Ask us for more details.

Tours to Brazil's Amazon

5-Day Compact Amazon River Cruise Itinerary: Amazon Odyssey

This four-night Amazon River Cruise is perfect for travelers who in a few days want to experience the thrill of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in just a few days.

The Amazon Odyssey visits some of the most essential areas to observe the wildlife and culture of the rainforest. The journey concentrates on the Negro River, where we glide along narrow streams deep in the forest, explore flooded grasslands that stretch from horizon to horizon, and walk in towering rainforests.

Though a compact cruise, the Amazon Odyssey offers experience with many different rainforest environments, teeming with life.

Day 1: Monday: Manaus - Rio Negro - Anavilhanas Archipelago
(Dinner)

This afternoon, we embark in Manaus, Brazil and voyage north on the Rio Negro into the Anavilhanas Archipelago.

Most of the cruise takes 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 Igapó. We excursion in expedition launches to experience a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna.

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.

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.

Day 2: Tuesday: Anavilhanas Archipelago 
(All meals)

Shortly after sunrise, we head out to explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands. 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, we will disembark to walk in the type of rainforest known as 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 or even a jaguar. 

Around mid-day we 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.

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 in the tree tops.

Day 3: Wednesday: Rio Negro - Indigenous Communtity
(All meals)

This morning we awaken to another remote rainforest area which we will explore by skiff and on foot as we take a walk in the forest.

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. As such, this afternoon we will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro, where we will visit an indigenous community whose traditional life is still guided by the rhythms of the rise and fall of the river. For many travelers these visits with local settlers, whose lives are still guided by the rhythms of the rise and fall of the river and are so dramatically different from ours, are some of the most memorable experiences of the cruise.

During the night the M/Y Tucano travels downstream all the way to the confluence of the Rio Negro and the greatest river on Earth: The Amazon.

Day 4: Thursday: Lago Janauari Ecological Park - Meeting of the Waters - Lago Janauaca 
(All meals)

This morning, we visit Lago Janauari Ecological Park, and explore its labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines, keeping our eyes open for monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater.

After lunch we navigate to the Encontra das Aguas - the meeting of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro, where two different colored waterways meet and gradually mix. Often Pink and Grey River Dolphins are found here, leaping and cavorting along this stark line of contrasting currents.

Later in the afternoon, we sail upstream to cruise along the Amazon River to Lago Janauacá on the South Bank, a fascinating environment known as Varzea, where we may angle for piranhas, and spot brightly colored birds that hunt in these the vast fields of waving grass.

At sunset, we coast alongside one of the greatest - and certainly unique - ports in the world, the Porto de Manaus, as we sip on Caipirinhas. A farewell dinner will be served where we have the opportunity to reflect on our extraordinary experience and offer a toast to one of the most remarkable places on Earth.

Day 5: Friday: Return to Manaus
(Breakfast)

This morning, after breakfast, we disembark in Manaus. 

Please note that the itinerary above is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.

Motor Yacht Tucano Excursion Brazil Amazon

8-Day Expedition River Cruise Itinerary: Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

Departing from Manaus, this voyage goes further into the Brazilian forest than nearly any other vessel. Over a period of eight days and seven nights, the Motor Yacht Tucano navigates far upstream on the Rio Negro - well beyond settlement - to observe plants and animals deep in the forest that are missed by others. Because of the exploratory nature of the itinerary, the small groups, and the skilled guides, this expedition cruise can justifiably claim to be the most authentic cruise in the Amazon.

There are daily walks in the pristine rainforest and frequent excursions by launch to explore the small streams that branch off the main river in our launches. But while the itinerary is certainly active, the M/Y Tucano offers clients no-nonsense comfort, staffed by a crew of highly-trained mariners who bring years of deep forest exploration and spontaneous hospitality to the cruises. 

This is an exceptional trip that explores the depths of the greatest wilderness on Earth in comfort and style.

Please note that this itinerary starts early on the morning of Day 1, so arrival in Manaus at least a day beforehand is recommended.  

Day 1: Saturday: Manaus - Rio Negro - Rio Apua
(Dinner)

This morning, we embark in Manaus, Brazil and voyage north on the Negro River, into the Anavilhanas Archipelago, to the Apua River.

Our first excursion is by expedition launch into forest flooded by the ink-black water of the Rio Negro. This low and dense forest is called Igapó, and is remarkable for the fantastic diversity of flora and fauna.

This evening, we have our first delicious meal on board, using fresh, local ingredients. 

Day 2: Sunday: Rio Apua - Lago Turia
(All meals)

During our voyage we are treated to the ever-changing vistas of travel on a major tributary of the mighty Amazon River, the Negro River. Most travelers are astonished by the scale and grandeur of this majestic waterway that drains a continent.

We stop today to explore Lago Turia, a giant lake within a river island, where the expert naturalist guides will be on hand to spot and explain the myriad species of flora and fauna. 

Day 3: Monday: Lago Buriti
(All meals)

Being in such an interesting place - with exceptional guides- the days are full and exciting. Today the venue is Buriti Lake, for more great wildlife-spotting opportunities and jaw-dropping panoramas. 

Every evening, after the excursions, there are hors-d’oeuvres on the Observation Deck - often accompanied by a magnificent sunset.

At night, marvel at the millions of stars visible in the dark sky of the Amazon. 

Day 4: Tuesday: Rio Jaueperi
(All meals)

It is in the smaller tributaries that the wildlife for which the area is famous is most abundant. So, today's destination is the Jaueperi River, a smaller tributary of the Negro River. Here we may have a chance to swim in some of the cleanest water in the world, and perhaps do some fishing: almost everyone can catch a piranha!

We often go out after dark to observe the nocturnal rainforest creatures, and enjoy the distinct sights and sounds. 

Day 5: Wednesday: Rio Negro (West Bank) 
(All meals)

Though the creatures of the Amazon are at times difficult to observe, our bilingual staff and exploratory itinerary afford the greatest opportunity to find the exotic life in the greatest wilderness on Earth.

Today we go in search of more natural treasures on the west bank of the Negro River. 

Day 6: Thursday: Novo Airao 
(All meals)

An important feature of the trip is to visit the homes of families that live on the edge of this vast, trackless forest, and understand how their lifestyle has adapted to the conditions. So today we visit the village of Novo Airão, known for its boat-building and spend time talking to the villagers about what has changed and how much has remained the same since time immemorial.

Day 7: Friday: Lago Janauari Ecological Park - Meeting of the Waters 
(All meals)

This morning, we visit Lago Janauari Ecological Park, and then navigate on the Encontra das Aguas - the meeting of the Amazon River and The Rio Negro, where two different colored waterways meet and gradually mix.

The last afternoon of the cruise is spent on the Amazon River proper, where we observe creatures particular to this majestic river.

Day 8: Saturday: Manaus: Disembarkation 
(Breakfast)

This morning, after breakfast, we disembark in Manaus, after an extraordinary exploration of the 'heart of the Amazon' which, for most passengers, is truly the trip of a lifetime.

Please note that the above itinerary is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.

5-Day Amazon Odyssey River Cruise

Map of Motor Yacht Tucano 5-day itinerary, Brazilian Amazon

 

8-Day Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon River Cruise

Map of Motor Yacht Tucano 8-day itinerary, Brazilian Amazon

Brazil Amazon Tour Prices: M/Y Tucano

5 Day Compact Cruise:

  2014
~ Green Cabins (bunks): $1,779
~ Yellow Cabins (twin beds): $2,079

 

8 Day Expedition Cruise:

  2014
~ Green Cabins (bunks): $3,429
~ Yellow Cabins (twin beds): $3,829


Price Policy:
- All prices listed are PER PERSON in DOUBLE OCCUPANCY Cabins
- Single travelers willing to share Green Cabin pay no single supplement
- Individual occupancy of Green cabin: additional +50%
- Individual occupancy of Yellow cabin: +100%
- Triple Occupancy in Yellow cabin pays Green cabin rates
- Children up to 12 years old accompanied by parents: 50% off

Included:
- All meals
- Accommodation in double cabins
- Excursions as described in the itinerary
- Bilingual naturalist guide

Not Included:

 - Soft Drinks or alcoholic beverages
 - International or Domestic Airfares
 - Airport Taxes
 - Transfers
 - Cost of medical emergencies including evacuation
 - Gratuities
 - Souvenirs or additional services
 - Travel Insurance
 - Cost of relevant visas
 - Anything else not listed as included

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Motor Yacht Tucano Brazil Amazon BreakfastIdeal Space to Relax and Observe the Forest

The Motor Yacht Tucano is not a luxury vessel, but is comfortable, safe, and very well-suited to exploring the Amazon wilderness. The vessel was built in the elegant style of a classic river steamship, but it is actually a modern and fully-certified commercial cruise vessel.

While traveling in comfort, guests are not insulated from the forest, and can remain focused on the flora and fauna of this magnificent wilderness.

The voyage is quite active and most of every day is spent exploring the forest on foot or in the boat’s launches. But when on board, the Motor Yacht Tucano offers plenty of space to spread out and contemplate the wonders of nature.

Motor Yacht Tucano Brazil Amazon Yellow CabinComfortable and Private Cabins

All of the cabins on M/Y Tucano are outside cabins and have lots of windows. Each cabin is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom. Since the corridors are on the inside of the vessel, the cabins offer privacy and passengers can leave our curtains open to the awe-inspiring vistas of the Amazon. There are two categories of cabin:

Yellow Cabins: The five cabins in this category are large and have beds side by side. They are numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, and cabin 0. Cabin 0 has a queen size bed beside a single bed.

Triple Cabins: Some of the category A cabins can accommodate three travelers. This is helpful for families. In cabins 3 and 4, a third narrow bed can be placed between the single beds.

Green Cabins: The four cabins in this category have above and below berths with a single size mattress above and a single sized mattress below. These are cabins numbered 1, 2, 7, and 8. These cabins are significantly smaller than the Category A cabins. They are nonetheless comfortable outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.

A Generous Salon

From this large space, filled with windows and situated at the front of the vessel, there are fantastic vistas of the wilderness around us. Meals are served here and as well as a library of choice books about the Amazon.

Delicious Meals on the Tucano Amazon CruiseDinner is Served!

On the M/Y Tucano we serve a great variety of delicious Brazilian dishes. There are fresh vegetables and fruits to sample along with Amazon fruit juices. Near the end of the meal we wait eagerly for a wonderful dessert!

Large Observation Deck

The top deck is open and has a large shade canopy. It is a wonderful place to spot wildlife or soak in the vastness of the Amazon. There is space to catch some sun and watch the Macaw parrots screeching across the afternoon sky.

Middle Balcony

This wide balcony faces forward and is a serene spot to relax as we navigate along the forested shore. It is also a good place to observe monkeys jumping from one vine to another and pink dolphins leaping into the air.

A Modern Yacht with Classic Elegance

The traditional 19th Century design of the M/Y Tucano gives the boat a beautiful finish with fine detail. The cabins, salon, and main corridors are crafted of exquisite solid wood-raised paneling. The deep amber color of the varnished wood is accented by polished brass hardware found throughout the vessel. The walls are decorated with framed botanical prints, as well as antique maps from the great era of exploration. The Tucano experience offers the classical elegance of a bygone era, but combined with the capability and the spirit of modern exploration.

Deck Plans

Lower/Main Deck

Cabins 1 and 2 have bunks with a single size mattress above and below. Cabins 3 and 4 have single size beds which can be placed together to form a queen size bed.

MY Tucano Deck Plan

Middle Deck

Cabins 5 and 6 have single size beds which can be placed together to form a queen size bed. Cabins 7 and 8 have bunks with a single size mattress above and below.

Brazilian Amazon Deck Plan

Observation/Top Deck

This deck is open and an exceptional place to observe wildlife. The forward balcony allows views into the forest canopy. Cabin 0 is located on the upper deck, has a queen size bed and a single bed, and slightly smaller bathroom.

Deck Plan on Board Motor Yacht Tucano

Vessel Specifications:

Cabins: 9

Length Over All: 82 feet

Maximum Width: 22 feet

Passengers: 18

Crew: 8

Cruising Range: 1000 miles

Air-conditioning: Cabins / Salon

Electricity: 110 v / 60 cycle

Communcations: VHF, emergency SATfone

5 Day Compact Cruise:

2014

~ Mon, 14th - Fri, 18th Apr

~ Mon, 12th - Fri, 16th May

~ Mon, 9th - Fri, 13th Jun: 1 cabin left!

~ Mon, 23rd - Fri, 27th Jun: SOLD OUT

~ Mon, 7th - Fri, 11th Jul* Special Offer available!

~ Mon, 21st - Fri, 25th Jul

~ Mon, 4th - Fri, 8th Aug: SOLD OUT

~ Mon, 18th - Fri, 22nd Aug

~ Mon, 22nd - Fri, 26th Sep: 1 cabin left!

~ Mon, 6th - Fri, 10th Oct

~ Mon, 20th - Fri, 24th Oct

~ Mon, 3rd - Fri, 7th Nov

~ Mon, 17th - Fri, 21st Nov

~ Mon, 15th - Fri, 19th Dec

8 Day Expedition Cruise:

2014

~ Sat, 5th - Sat, 12th Apr

~ Sat, 19th - Sat, 26th Apr

~ Sat, 3rd - Sat, 10th May

~ Sat, 17th - Sat, 24th May

~ Sat, 14th - Sat, 21st Jun

~ Sat, 28th Jun - Sat, 5th JulSpecial Offer available!

~ Sat, 12th - Sat, 19th JulSpecial Offer available!

~ Sat, 26th Jul - Sat, 2nd Aug

~ Sat, 9th - Sat, 16th Aug

~ Sat, 23rd - Sat, 30th Aug

~ Sat, 13th - Sat, 20th Sep

~ Sat, 27th Sep - Sat, 4th Oct

~ Sat, 11th - Sat, 18th Oct

~ Sat, 25th Oct - Sat, 1st Nov

~ Sat, 8th - Sat, 15th Nov

~ Sat, 22nd - Sat, 29th Nov

~ Sat, 6th - Sat, 13th Dec

~ Sat, 20th - Sat, 27th Dec