Departing from Manaus, this voyage goes further into the Brazilian forest than nearly any other vessel. Over a period of seven days and six 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.
This itinerary starts early on the morning of Day 1, so arrival in Manaus at least a day beforehand is recommended.
The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.
Day 1: SATURDAY
Manaus - Rio Negro - Rio Apua
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
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
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
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)
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
Lago Janauari Ecological Park - Meeting of the Waters
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 7: FRIDAY
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 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.