This highlights cruise of the Solimões River on board the traditional Amazon Clipper riverboat is ideal for those travelers short on time who are after a rustic Amazon cruise experience.
With its shallow draft the Amazon Clipper is perfectly adept at navigating those hard to reach tributaries, so much so that there is plenty to be experienced and enjoyed in just 3 days.
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: MONDAY
Manaus - Amazon River
Meeting at the lobby of the Tropical Hotel at 14:00 hrs.
Board the Amazon Clipper and depart towards the Amazon River, whilst enjoying a welcome drink and briefing about the itinerary and facilities.
After a snack, we meet in the leisure room for lectures about Amazonia, where we get an introduction to Amazon conservation and ecology.
Before dinner, you may like to try a caipirinha, a sugary cocktail which is the national drink of Brazil.
After dinner, we explore the river's edge with powerful searchlights to spot caiman, night-hawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloth and frogs.
Day 2: TUESDAY
We wake up at Janauaca Lake and make a dawn exploration by canoe of the rainforest as it too wakes up, keeping our eyes open for jungle birds and Pink River Dolphins.
We return to the Clipper for breakfast, which is then followed by a walk in the forest and a visit to the inhabitants of the lake area who live from manioc plantations, fishing, harvesting diverse fruit trees, including Brazil nuts, rubber tapping, logging and other extractive products.
We go fishing for piranha in the late afternoon: despite their fearsome reputation, they are surprisingly easy and fun to catch so it is not only for passionate anglers! At the same time, there are great chances to see Hoatzins and large flocks of egrets.
After dinner, we explore the forest in our canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.
Day 3: WEDNESDAY
Lago Janauari - Meeting of the Waters - Manaus
Early this morning we explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a 9,000-acre reserve of flooded forest which is an excellent place to observe wildlife and a chance to see the famous Victoria Regia giant water lilies.
During breakfast, we sail to the Meeting of the Waters, the confluence of two of the world largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, notable for the clear difference in colours of each river, which take many miles to mix.
We then return to the Tropical Hotel pier, enjoying fine views of Manaus' waterfront - with its floating docks, market, Old Custom House and Opera House - on the way.
We arrive at 11.30am, where your once-in-a-lifetime Amazon cruise ends.
- 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.