This 5-night journey takes us on an idyllic journey south from Santarem, up the Tapajos River, and back to explore some of the 544,000 hectares of the spectacular Tapajos National Park.
Explore the beautiful Marai, Braganca and Anuma Lakes and discover the way of life in indigenous villages such as Magauri, Munduruku and Vista Alegre on this incredible adventure.
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: Santarem - Alter do Chao - Jari River
On arrival in Santarem, we welcome you at the airport, and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to the Alter do Chao, where the Amazon Dream is moored. It is a fascinating journey, and an initial introduction to Amazonia.
Once we have settled into our cabins, the Amazon Dream casts off and we have a welcome fruit cocktail, as we meet the guides and crew and learn more about the boat and her itinerary.
1.00 pm. Lunch on board
Beach and relaxation.
4.00 p.m. Navigation towards the mouth of the Jari. This small tributary linking the Amazon to the Tapajos River is bursting with dolphins, birds, and caimans…
7.00 p.m. The guide gives a brief outline of the next day’s program and the region where the boat has dropped anchor.
Dinner on board
Night at the river mouth of the Jari River.
Day 2: The Jari River, Maguari Village, Tapajos National River
7.00 a.m. Breakfast in the sunshine
Outing in motorboats for a full-scale expedition, going down the Jari River. You visit the community living on the banks of the Jari and observe the fauna and flora.
11.00 a.m. Return to the boat
12.30 p.m. Lunch on board
2.30 p.m. By late afternoon, navigation toward Maguari, a village on the shore of the Tapajos National Forest. The boat weighs anchor and navigates on the blue waters of the Tapajos which, at that point, is over 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide.
A new ecosystem, new riverscapes and landscapes: here begins a new cruise into the heart of the Amazon as you have never imagined it, where white sand beaches (from August to January) and lakes make up a magnificent setting.
7.00 p.m. Short presentation by the guide, the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.
Dinner on board and overnight at the Maguari Village.
Day 3: Maguari and Navigation on the Trail of Expedition Langsdorff
6.30 a.m. Breakfast
Then you leave for a hike in the primeval forest with native guides from the community of Maguari, looking for gigantic trees. You observe birds, kings of the canopy, blue butterflies, and you may be able to glimpse agile monkeys and sloths.
1.00 p.m. After the long walk, swimming and relaxation. Lunch on board
3.30 p.m. Coasting on the right bank of the river to Lake Marai (2 h). We are on the trail of the expedition Langsdorff, close to one of the villages of the Munduruku Indians, painted by Florence in 1828. Their descendants, anxious to preserve and make known their traditions, receive visitors under ecotourism programs.
5.30 p.m. We head out with the motor boat on the Bragança lake for bird watching at the sunset.
7.00 p.m. Short presentation by the guide about the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.
8.00 pm. Dinner on board
Night on the Bragança Lake.
Day 4: Marituba Village, Anuma Lake
6.00 a.m. Light coffee
Wildlife observation, shipping on canoes accompanied by Indian guides.
7.00 a.m. Breakfast
8.30 a.m. Discover the Munduruku village in Marituba and enjoy a forest walk with Indian guides.
1.00 p.m. Lunch on board
3.00 p.m. Navigation towards Anuma Lake and Vista Alegre Village
Anchor in the lake at sunset. In the Amazon, the preferred time of the Indians is that of the end of the day. It's always an event, a celebration: the water changes color becomes golden.
7.00 p.m. Short presentation by your guide, about next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.
8.00 p.m. Meeting with representatives of the community of Vista Alegre and traditional dances.
Dinner on board
Night on the lake Anuma.
Day 5: Extrativist Tapajoara Reserve - Vista Alegre Village
7.30 a.m. Breakfast on board
8.30 a.m. You leave for an expedition into the heart of the Extrativist Tapajoara Reserve, a territory where the inhabitants live off the resources which are “extracted” from the forest – hence the name.
You visit the village and observe the daily life activities of the caboclos: preparing the manioc (cassava) flour, basic ingredient in all local dishes, harvesting the latex on the trunks of the rubber trees by the “seringueiros” and gathering medicinal plants.
You observe the fauna and flora while canoeing down an iguarapé, a little river that meanders through the forest.
12.30 p.m. Return to the boat and lunch
15.30 p.m. Navigation towards Alter do Chao for the last night in the heart of the Amazonian forest.
Traditional dancing and music on one of the beaches of Alter do Chao.
Day 6: Alter do Chao - Santarem: Disembarkation
7.30 a.m. Breakfast on board
8.30 a.m. Disembarkation at Alter do Chao and transfer to the Santarem airport or navigation towards Santarem, depending on the return flight schedule.
- 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.