Amazon Dream: 5-Day Cruise

5-Day Amazon Riverboat Cruise

A four-night journey that takes us downstream from the laidback city of Santarem, where the River Tapajos meets the Amazon, to the spectacular beaches of Alter Do Chao, often referred to as the "Caribbean at the Heart of Amazonia".

Explore enchanted forests, spot pink dolphins, try your hand at piranha fishing and visit indigenous tribes, all the while enjoying the rich flora and fauna, and spectacular scenery of the little-explored Brazilian Amazon.


The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.

 Amazon Dream cruise itinerary 

Day 1: Santarem - Amazon Dream - Ituqui River

Arriving in Santarem,you are welcomed at the airport and transferred by air-conditioned coach to the landing stage. The trip to the quay where the boat is moored gives you the opportunity to discover the city, located at the confluence of the Amazon and the Tapajos rivers.
On arrival, the cruise director Helena, welcomes you on board the Amazon Dream. You settle into your cabin. The smiles and music everywhere lets you know you are in Amazonia.

3.30 p.m. Drinking fruit juices with amazing flavours, you meet the crew. Your guide presents the cruise itinerary and gives a few explanations concerning the logbook. 
Crew presentation and security recommendation.
The Amazon Dream casts off and glides gently towards the confluence. For miles, the blue waters of the Tapajos interlace with the yellow waters of the Amazon without merging, as in a vast piece of lace. It’s one of the favourite playgrounds of the pink dolphins (boto) and the grey dolphins (tucuxi).
One last glance at this amazing scene and you cruise towards the mouth of the of the Ituqui river, a channel parallel to Amazon. (3 hours).

6.30 p.m. Sunset and drinks on the third bridge (do not forget the mosquito repellent, you are on the Amazon).
Short presentation by the guide about the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.

8.00 p.m. Dinner on board
First contact with the noises, cries and murmurs of the Amazon Rain Forest.
Night at the mouth of the Ituqui River.

  Amazon Dream cruise itinerary

Day 2: Maica Lake - Curua-Una River

6.30 a.m. Breakfast
At sunrise, the forest awakens: a noisy and multicoloured ballet of parrots, toucans, and other birds … the birds take possession of their realm again. You’re in Amazonia. 
Outing in motorboats to observe birds and flora with your guide on the Maica Lake. It’s a sanctuary for observe a numerous birds, crocodiles some time and dolphins.
Piranha fishing. Everyone receives a fishing rod, bait, and follows the sailors’ advice to try their hands at one of the main activities in this place: fishing.

12.00 p.m. Back on board the Amazon Dream, lunch and relaxation.

2.00 p.m. Cruise by Ituqui River and the Amazon River toward the mouth of the Curua-Una River (3h).
Navigation towards the village of Pacoval on the Curua-Una River. This little village provides a singular example of everyday life in Amazonia.
You visit the community “Quilombolas” (descendant of African slaves in the 18th century, refugees in the Amazon) and meet the inhabitants.

6.30 p.m. Sunset and drinks on the third bridge.

7.00 p.m. Short presentation by the guide, the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.

8.00 pm. Dinner on board
Night at the mouth of the Curua-Una River.

  Amazon Dream cruise itinerary

Day 3: The Curua-Una River - Pacoval Village

7.00 a.m. At sunrise we have breakfast and head out on our first excursion walking in the primary forest to observe wildlife and flora with your guide. Expedition on the Curua-Una River with motorboats. Many pink dolphins are generally present in these waters, monkeys in the threes and always birds in one of the most beautiful landscape.

1.00 p.m. Back on the boat and lunch on board.

2.30 p.m. Navigation of the Amazon River in the direction of Santarem. On the river banks, you can see the houses on stilts of the caboclos, the “water people”, a population descended from the mix of Indians and their Portuguese conquerors in the 16th and 17th centuries.

7.00 p.m. Short presentation by the guide about the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.

Arrival and overnight in Sao Joao do Tapara, near to Monte Alegre Lake.

  Amazon Dream cruise itinerary

Day 4: Santarem - Alter Do Chao

7.00 a.m. Breakfast

10.00 a.m. Outing in motorboats to observe the fauna and flora on the small tributaries, which link the Amazon to the Monte Alegre Lake.

1.00 p.m. Lunch on board

2.30 p.m. You arrive at the Santarém river terminal.
You visit the town and discover its herbalists, harbour bazaars, stalls selling multicoloured hammocks, and its inhabitants’ hectic life.

4.30 p.m. Back on board the Amazon Dream and navigation towards Alter do Chao, the “Caribbean in the heart of Amazonia”.
Dropping anchor at the tip of Cururu or near the green lake; an Indian legend has it that a magic stone hidden at the bottom of the lake gives it this extraordinary blue-green luminescence

7.00 p.m. Short presentation by the guide, the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings..
8.00 p.m. Dinner on board
Overnight in Alter do Chao

  Amazon Dream cruise itinerary

Day 5: Alter Do Chao - Caribbean at the Heart of Amazonia

7.30 a.m. Breakfast

8.30 a.m. Short walk to the top of the hill “Terra Amor” from which you enjoy an unrestricted view of the surroundings of the most beautiful river beach in the world, according to an English adventure tourism magazine. 
Exploration in the green lake and the “enchanted forest” with motorboat.
Late in the morning, visit the village and its Indian handicrafts and caboclo shops.

10.00 am. Once back on board, we sail to Alter do Chao. On arrival we disembark and transfer to Santarem airport by road, in order to catch departure flights. 

  • 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. 

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 Geri Daniel loved her vacation with Rainforest Cruises.
We had an absolutely fabulous time on the Amazon cruise. Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime.
— Geri Daniel, Austin, TX
 The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
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— Jeanette Johannson & Family, USA

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