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Acqua Amazon: Itineraries

 Lo Peix Landscape

3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day Amazonas and Negro River Cruise Itineraries

The Acqua Amazon cruise offers 3-Day, 5-Day and 7-Day cruise itineraries departing from Manaus, Brazil. These itineraries all take you on a tour highlighting the beauty of the Brazilian Amazon. For those on a tight schedule, the 3-Day cruise option cruises to the iconic "Meeting of the Waters" and the

Anavilhanas Archipelago. For those who are able to take a longer cruise, be prepared to be amazed by the pristine beauty of the Amazon jungle. Visit the Jau National Park to search for jaguars, pink river dolphins, anacondas, piranhas, various monkey species and more. 

Note: 

Please note that the itineraries below are dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change. 

3D/2N - Amazonas Cruise

 Acqua Amazon Cruise

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. You will see not only the Meeting of the Waters, but also the wildlife-rich Janauary Ecological Park.


Day 1: Manaus - Meeting of the Waters - Amazon River - Lake Janauary

Depart from Marina David (near the Hotel Tropical) at 10:00 hrs. After being welcomed onboard Lo Peix by the crew and having made yourself at home in the cabins, a brief meeting will be held to go over the boat's facilities and to inform you of what awaits over the coming days.

As you set sail for the Negro River you will have the opportunity to see some of Manuas’ most famous sights such as the Negro River Bridge, the spectacular Teatro Amazonas and the Meeting of the Waters. From here we sail to Catalan Lake, where the locals live in floating houses. Here we have the opportunity to catch the largest freshwater fish in the world giant Pirarucu (catch and release), and the dreaded red piranhas of the Amazon.

Entering the small natural channels around Paracuba Island we make our way to Lake Janauary Ecological Park, where we navigate the varzea lakes formed by the seasonal flooding and observe different species of birds, monkeys and reptiles.

We have our lunch in a typical floating restaurant before taking a short walk through an elevated walkway to the Lake of the Victoria Amazonica (the giant Amazon water lily).

We continue to navigate on the Negro River to the beach or lake Caioue Tupe, depending on water level.

 

Day 2: Tucano Village - Jungle Walk - Sitio Palmeral Reserve

This morning we wake early to welcome the dawning of the day, an excellent time to spot wildlife, especially birds which are most active at this time of day.

Later we pay a visit to the Indian village of Tucano, to learn about their way of life on the river.

Afterwards we navigate to the Sitio Palmeral Reserve in the east end of the Anavilhanas National Park, where we will take a walk in the jungle. Accompanied by an expert guide we learn about the flora and fauna of the region that are important to the local communities in the Amazon. We'll encounter ancient trees and medicinal plants and learn about survival techniques in the jungle, inlcuding hunting, fishing, gathering wild fruits and traditional medicine.

At the end of our walk we will see a beautiful sunset from the viewpoint of the Tucan.

Tonight we head out on a motorized canoe ride to observe the nocturnal wildlife, spotting crocodiles, birds and maybe even snakes.

 

Day 3: Ariau River - Manaus

This morning we take a motorized canoe ride or paddle kayak along the Ariau River canoe to observe wildlife and visit the majestic giant Samauma tree. Here it is easy to observe groups of monkeys, parrots and waterfowl.

If we are lucky we can hear howler monkeys too. It was here, in this river, that the famous Amazon film Anakonda was filmed. We will reluctantly disembark at around 11am and be transported via motorized canoe back to Marina do David, arriving between 12-1pm.

3D/2N – Anavilhanas Archipelago Cruise

 Anavilhanas Archipelago

This three-day itinerary heads North West from Manaus up the Negro River, so named for the color of its tannin-stained waters, and into the stunning Anavilhanas archipelago. Not only is the river, and the jungle surrounding it, beautiful and ecologically-rich, but the natural acidity of the water keeps mosquitoes at bay.


Day 1: Ariau River - Lake Acajatuba - Anavilhanas - Terra Preta Village

Depart from Marina David (near the Hotel Tropical) at 10:00 hrs via motorized canoe, arriving at te Ariau River and the awaiting Lo Peiz at around 11:00 hrs.

After being welcomed onboard Lo Peix by the crew and having made yourself at home in the cabins, a brief meeting will be held to go over the boat's facilities and to inform you of what awaits over the coming days.

We take our lunch onboard and sail into the Ubin Ecological Park. We navigate to Lake Acajatuba where we have the option of bathing with the curious and incredible pink Amazon River dolphins (optional activity, additional cost.

Later we sail along the Negro River, and the great maze of uninhabited islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago National park, a protected area of 350,000 ha and more than 600 islands.

We wind our way through this river paradise of islands and white sand beaches (depending on water level) to the village of Terra Preta to meet the local indigenous community and learn about their way of life, including the strange fruit and tubers of their diet. We visit a traditional Maloca, the communal house where elders pass down stories by word of mouth to younger generations and shaman perform rituals to connect to their ancestral spirits. 

After further navigation of the Negro we will enter the Igapo, or black-water flooded forest, of the Mucuras River by small canoe, to experience different tree, aquatic and terrestrial species. At night you have the chance to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.

 

Day 2: Cuieras River - Arara Lake - Jungle Walk

This morning we take a motorized canoe ride or paddle canoes through the enchanting Igapo (flooded forest) region between the Múcuras and Cuieras Rivers. 

In the Cuieras River there are amazingly 5 different indigenous communities, the Kambebas, Desanas and Bares amongst others. Later we navigate to Arara Lake for a rainforest walk. Silently we listen and watch out for the animals of the jungle, as we walk amongst ancient trees and entangled liana vines. If we are lucky we'll observe some group of monkeys, parrots and maybe toucans. We return to the boat at dusk.

For those who do not opt for the optional activities of a nocturnal walk or overnight jungle camp there will be a night canoe ride to observe the nocturnal wildlife, such as birds, crocodiles, frogs and snakes.

 

Day 3: Tarumancinho River - Vila Paraiso - Manaus

As the day dawns we begin navigation towards Manaus on the Negro River to its Tarumancinho tributary where we will stop at a beach for bathing (depending on the water level).

We pay a visit to Vila Paraiso, a reconstruction of an old rubber plantation, where we can see the daily life of rubber tappers, and the entire production process for the once invaluable product. We can see and touch tools, visit the replica home of a Rubber Baron and attend a live cutting and extraction (milking) of a Seringa (rubber) tree. This is a good time to explain some of the history of colonization of Amazonia by the Portuguese and Spanish.

We have lunch on board while sailing to Manaus, where we disembark at Marina David between 13:00 and 14:00 hrs.

5D/4N – Amazonas and Negro River & Anavilhanas Cruise

 Amazon Cruise Itinerary

This 5-day cruise is for those who want a more in-depth experience of Brazil's magical Amazon region, taking you to the Anavilhanas National Park.The incredible park is a maze-like archipelago with over 350 islands, home to manatees, pink dolphins, piranhas and much more.


Day 1: Manaus - Meeting of the Waters - Amazon River - Lake Janauary

Depart from Marina David (near the Hotel Tropical) at 10:00 hrs.
After being welcomed onboard Lo Peix by the crew and having made yourself at home in the cabins, a brief meeting will be held to go over the boat's facilities and to inform you of what awaits over the coming days.

As you set sail for the Negro River you will have the opportunity to see some of Manuas’ most famous sights such as the Negro River Bridge, the spectacular Teatro Amazonas and the Meeting of the Waters.
From here we sail to Catalan Lake, where the locals live in floating houses. Here we have the opportunity to catch the largest freshwater fish in the world giant Pirarucu (catch and release), and the dreaded red piranhas of the Amazon.

Entering the small natural channels around Paracuba Island we make our way to Lake Janauary Ecological Park, where we navigate the varzea lakes formed by the seasonal flooding and observe different species of birds, monkeys and reptiles.

We have our lunch in a typical floating restaurant before taking a short walk through an elevated walkway to the Lake of the Victoria Amazonica (the giant Amazon water lily).
We continue to navigate on the Negro River to the beach or lake Caioue Tupe, depending on water level.

 

Day 2: Tucano Village - Jungle Walk - Sitio Palmeral Reserve

This morning we wake early to welcome the dawning of the day, an excellent time to spot wildlife, especially birds which are most active at this time of day.

Later we pay a visit to the Indian village of Tucano, to learn about their way of life on the river.

Afterwards we navigate to the Sitio Palmeral Reserve in the east end of the Anavilhanas National Park, where we will take a walk in the jungle. Accompanied by an expert guide we learn about the flora and fauna of the region that are important to the local communities in the Amazon. We'll encounter ancient trees and medicinal plants and learn about survival techniques in the jungle, inlcuding hunting, fishing, gathering wild fruits and traditional medicine.

At the end of our walk we will see a beautiful sunset from the viewpoint of the Tucan.

Tonight we head out on a motorized canoe ride to observe the nocturnal wildlife, spotting crocodiles, birds and maybe even snakes.

 

Day 3: Ariau River - Lake Acajatuba - Anavilhanas - Terra Preta Village

This morning we take a motorized canoe ride or paddle kayak along  the Ariau River canoe to observe wildlife and visit the majestic giant Samauma tree. Here it is easy to observe groups of monkeys, parrots and waterfowl. If we are lucky we can hear howler monkeys too.  It was here, in this river, that the famous Amazon film Anakonda was filmed.
Those leaving the cruise will disembark at 11am.

Otherwise we take our lunch onboard and sail into the Ubin Ecological Park. We navigate to Lake Acajatuba where we have the option of bathing with the curious and incredible pink Amazon River dolphins (optional activity, additional cost).

Later we sail along the Negro River, and the great maze of uninhabited islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago National park, a protected area of 350,000 ha and more than 600 islands.

We wind our way through this river paradise of islands and white sand beaches (depending on water level) to the village of Terra Preta to meet the local indigenous community and learn about their way of life, including the strange fruit and tubers of their diet. We visit a traditional Maloca, the communal house where elders pass down stories by word of mouth to younger generations and shaman perform rituals to connect to their ancestral spirits. 

After further navigation of the Negro we will enter the Igapo, or black-water flooded forest, of the Mucuras River by small canoe, to experience different tree, aquatic and terrestrial species. At night you have the chance to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.

 

Day 4: Cuieras River - Arara Lake - Jungle Walk

This morning we take a motorized canoe ride or paddle canoes through the enchanting Igapo (flooded forest) region between the Múcuras and Cuieras Rivers. In the Cuieras River there are amazingly 5 different indigenous communities, the Kambebas, Desanas and Bares amongst others.

Later we navigate to Arara Lake for our second rainforest walk, but this time we will walk quietly through the jungle on a path less trodden to observe and put into practice what we have learned previously. Silently we listen and watch out for the animals of the jungle, as we walk amongst ancient trees and entangled liana vines. If we are lucky we'll observe some group of monkeys, parrots and maybe toucans. We return to the boat at dusk.

For those who do not opt for the optional activities of a nocturnal walk or overnight jungle camp there will be a night canoe ride to observe the nocturnal wildlife, such as birds, crocodiles, frogs and snakes.

 

Day 5: Tarumancinho River - Vila Paraiso - Manaus

As the day dawns we begin navigation towards Manaus on the Negro River to its Tarumancinho tributary where we will stop at a beach for bathing (depending on the water level).

We pay a visit to Vila Paraiso, a reconstruction of an old rubber plantation, where we can see the daily life of rubber tappers, and the entire production process for the once invaluable product. We can see and touch tools, visit the replica home of a Rubber Baron and attend a live cutting and extraction (milking) of a Seringa (rubber) tree.

This is a good time to explain some of the history of colonization of Amazonia by the Portuguese and Spanish.

We have lunch on board while sailing to Manaus, where we disembark at Marina David between 13:00 and 14:00 hrs.
 

7D/6N – Expedition to the Heart of the Amazon (Jau National Park)

 Jua National Park

This 7-day charter-only cruise transports adventurous groups to the wild, little-explored Jau National Park, one of the most uninhabited places on Earth, a unique world hosting peculiar and unique ecosystems. Discover a lost city and ancient caves, and explore the wonders of the incredible maze-like Anavilhanas archipelago with over 350 islands, home to manatees, pink dolphins and piranhas.

This itinerary is charter-only. Please contact us for departure date information. 


Day 1: Manaus - Meeting of the Waters - Lake Januari

Depart from Marina David (near the Hotel Tropical) at 10:00 hrs.
After being welcomed onboard Lo Peix by the crew and having made yourself at home in the cabins, a brief meeting will be held to go over the boat's facilities and to inform you of what awaits over the coming days.

As we start cruising on the planet's mightiest river system, we will see the main attractions on the edge of the city of Manaus: The miraculous feat of engineering of the floating port, the favelas (typical houses on stilts), and beautiful market. Eventually we will reach the natural phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters.
We continue sailing on the River Negro and head towards the ecological reserve of Lake Januari where we see typical houseboats and take a canoe ride through the flooded forest 'Lagunas de Varcea'.

Witness the abundant and varied flora and fauna  of these muddy waters, including several bird species and plants including the Amazon's giant water lily (Victoria regia) and giant Samaúma trees.

In the evening we continue sailing to the lake in the Arara Ecological Reserve Palmeral, the gateway to the Anavilhanas Archipelago National Park.

 

Day 2: Anavilhanas Archipelago National Park

We spend the second day exploring the remarkable archipelago, beginning with a jungle trek accompanied by a local guide on which we will be wildlife spotting and learn some of the jungle's mysteries and secrets. Not only that but we'll have a class in jungle survival and learn how to identify medicinal plants used for centuries by local tribes, and the techniques of hunting by blowgun and bow.

Later we visit a small village of Tatuyo Indians, one of the 26 ethnic groups that have originated along the banks of the Negro River. Here we can learn how these Indians live on their plantations, hunting, fishing, making manioc flour and they tell us some of their stories and legends.

Navigating this uninhabited archipelago, consisting of over 350 islands, we have the opportunity to tour this river paradise where crocodiles, iguanas, parrots, monkeys, dolphins and manatees can be found.

At night we head out by canoe to see and hear the animals that live in the surrounding lakes, including large caimans!

Overnight we sail inside the archipelago towards the Madada caves.

 

Day 3: Madada Caves - Anavilhanas

At dawn we head out by small motorized canoe into the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a quiet place away from the normal navigation routes where we can enjoy great bird watching, with parrots, macaws and ospreys common.

Later we walk about two hours through the jungle to reach the Indian Madada caves, a place little known in the middle of the jungle, only reachable by boat, canoe and hike and with the help of those in the know! The caves are a magical, unique place where the tribal chiefs of the Waimiri Indians once hid during the Portuguese occupation.

In the afternoon we navigate the Anavilhanas Archipelago towards the indiginous reserve of the Waimiri-Atroari where we'll take a night canoe ride around the islands for wildlife watching and listening to the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

 

Day 4: Velho Airão

Today we embark on a quest to find the lost city of Velho Airão, an old and prosperous city, now abandoned after the rubber boom and engulfed by lush rainforest.

Here at the gateway to the Jau National Park, we can deepen our understanding about the rubber boom era, as the city, one of the era's final reminders, tell us her dark history of wealthy families that controlled the rubber trade.

 

Day 5: Jau National Park

The Jau National Park is the largest national park in Brazil, a continuous tropical rainforest located between the municipalities of Novo Airão and Barcelos. Currently, this ecological paradise is known as a model of Conservation Unit in Amazonas and together with the Sustainable Development Reserves of Amana and Mamirauá, is the largest biological corridor preserved in Brazil and one of the largest in the world, at more than 5.7 million hectares in size.

Here the human presence is minimal and the permitted activities are restricted to sustenance and survival. Here, as we explore by canoe, we are more likely to observe some types of animals such as capybara, tapir, paca, large caiman, herons, otters and jaguars.
In the afternoon we navigate the Jau River, taking time for an afternoon stroll. Depending on water levels we may also navigate all the way to the Carabinani River to witness a spectacular 9-tier waterfall.

At night we again head out by motorized canoe for another opportunity to observe the abundant wildlife of the park.

 

Day 6: Jau National Park

Today we wake up early to venture on a canoe ride in time to catch the early birds and other wildlife as we watch the sunrise, arguably as spectacular as the famous Amazon sunsets.

In the shadow of the sacred, giant Samaúma trees we head out on a jungle trek to explore the terrestrial wonders of the rainforest, and (depending on water levels) to reach a small  and refreshing waterfall.
In the afternoon we begin navigating the Jau River and Anavilhanas Archipelago back towards Manaus.

 

Day 7: Ariau River - Acajatuba Lake - Manaus

This morning we will reach and explore the Ariau River where the famous Amazon film Anakonda was filmed so you'll be glad to hear you'll be taking a small motorized canoe ride down the river! The lakes here are influenced by the waters of the Amazon River, promoting rich flora and fauna different from that seen so far on the expedition. It is common to spot different species of monkeys, ospreys, kingfishers and other small, colorful bird species.

From that activity onward it's all about getting wet! Firstly the chance to swim with the inquisitive and perpetually smiling Pink River Dolphins that grace the Amazon (optional) at Acajatuba Lake.
Then you can take a swim in the dark waters at one of the white sandy beaches that form in the Negro River before your journey back to Manaus.

Disembark at Marina David between 13:00 and 14:00 hrs.

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