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Amazon Dream: 7-Day New Year Cruise

7-Day New Year Amazon Cruise

Celebrate the new year in style with this 6-night New Year cruise, taking you on a special journey south from Santarem, deep into the heart of the Amazon on the Tapajós and Arapuins Rivers.

Share an unforgettable experience with a few fellow privileged passengers, as you discover the lush landscapes and myths and legends of the Amazon, party on the beach of Icuxi, learn about indigenous rituals and traditional dances, and much, much more!

Note:

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.


Amazon Dream Beach Swimming

Day 1: Santarem - Amazon Dream - Tapajós River

Reception at airport and transfer up to Santarém, located at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajos rivers, to board the Amazon Dream.

4.00 p.m. After settling in to your cabins, enjoy a welcome fruit juice drink made from local exotic fruits with amazing flavour - graviola, cupuaçu, acerola.  Get to know the crew as they give you a brief presentation of safety rules and chat a little about themselves and the adventure to come.

4.30 p.m. The Amazon Dream sets sail and glides smoothly on the river. For a few kilometers, the green-blue waters of the Tapajos intertwine with the yellow waters of the Amazon without mixing. It is one of the best places to spot pink dolphins and grey dolphins (tucuxi) as they play..

We take a last look at this extraordinary landscape as we navigate on the Tapajos River towards the small channel-like Jari River which links the Tapajós River to the Amazon.

7.00 p.m. Enjoy an aperitif as you are treated to a presentation on the next day's events by a naturalist guide on the top deck.

8.00 p.m. Dinner on board

After dinner, we head out on an expedition by motorboat, giving us an opportunity to observe the crocodiles and fauna of the Amazon night.

Night at the mouth of Jari River.

A wonderful aviary spectacle

Day 2: Jari River - Magauri Village

7.00 a.m. Breakfast at sunrise

This morning we board the smaller skiffs for an expedition on the Jari River, visiting an indigenous village on the banks of the Jari and viewing the nearby abundant wildlife and flora. The area is a hotspot for dolphins, crocodiles, iguanas and birds of all kinds.

12.30 p.m. Lunch on board

2.30 p.m. Navigation on the Tapajós River towards Maguari, a small village on the verge of the Tapajós National Forest.

5.30 p.m. Arrival in Maguari. Walking on the beach and bird observation

7.00 p.m. Enjoy an aperitif as you are treated to a presentation on the next day's events by a naturalist guide on the top deck.

8.30 p.m. Dinner on board, or if it's fine, a barbecue on the beach!

Night in Maguari cove.

Amazon Dream Cruise itinerary

Day 3: Jungle Hike - Munduruku Village & Ritual - Bragança Lake

7.00 a.m. Breakfast

7.30 a.m. This morning we hike in primary forest for around 3 hours (or the braver amongst us, 5 hours) in the company of native guides of the Maguari community. Amongst the giant trees we'll be keeping an eye out for various canopy-dwelling birds, the giant blue morpho butterflies and maybe even surprise a few agile monkeys.

After this long walk, we'll take a swim in the Tapajos River and relax.

2.00 p.m. Lunch on the Amazon Dream

4.00 p.m. This afternoon we will be exploring the right bank of the Tapajós River, towards Bragança Lake, following in the footsteps of the 1827 Langsdorff expedition that led its members all the way from São Paulo to Santarém. Along our 2 hour hike we will also pass by a Munduruku village, portrayed by the painter Florence (19th century).

This evening we will meet some of descendants of the Mundurukus who, anxious to preserve and disseminate their traditions, often receive small groups of visitors on eco tourism programs.

8.00 p.m. Canoe ride under the stars and Munduruku ritual in the village of Bragança.

Dinner on the boat and night on Bragança Lake.

Amazon Dream Sunset

Day 4: Canoe Ride - Marituba Hike - Anuma Lake - Vista Alegre Community

7.00 a.m. Breakfast

This morning we embark on a canoe ride in the flooded forest with native guides to observe the fauna and flora of this unusual ecosystem.

We'll also discover another of the Munduruku Indian villages, Marituba, and hike in its nearby forests.

1.00 p.m. Lunch on board

3.00 p.m. The ship raises anchor and sails over the green-blue waters of the Tapajós for over 20 km, to the Anuma Lake near the Vista Alegre community. We'll arrive at the lake at sunset, a favorite time of day for the Indians, in time to enjoy the wonderful golden shimmering waters.

7.00 p.m. Enjoy an aperitif as you are treated to a presentation on the next day's events by a naturalist guide on the top deck.

8.00 p.m. This evening we'll meet with representatives of the Vista Alegre community and partake in traditional dances.

Dinner on board and night on Anuma lake.

River Dolphin Spotting

Day 5: Tapajoara Reserve - Arapuins River - Urucareá - New Year Party

7.00 a.m. Breakfast as we sail through the Tapajoara Reserve, a territory where the flora and fauna are protected.

We visit a village and discover the daily life of the caboclos: preparation of manioc flour, the basis of all the local food, rubber collection from the trunks of rubber trees, collection of medicinal plants and more. We then observe more fauna and flora as we hop aboard a canoe and paddle along a meandering creek that leads to Anuma Lake.

1.00 p.m. Lunch on the Amazon Dream

1.30 p.m. Navigation to the Arapiuns River towards Urucureá Cove. (4 hours)

5.30 p.m. Arrival in Urucareá. We bathe in the Arapiuns' waters to cool down, before putting on our glad rags as we prepare for tonight's New Year party.

8.00 p.m. Navigation to Icuxi beach on the Arapiuns River

New Year's Party

An idyllic and deserted beach on the Arapiuns Rivers is the setting for tonight's New Year's party. It is a magical moment as we celebrate with our feet in the white sands with the starry night sky above providing us with nature's very own firework display.

Night at Urucureá Cove.

Canoe exploration of the Amazon

Day 6: Urucureá Cove - Ana Community - Monkey Walk

8.00 - 10.00 a.m. Breakfast at Urucureá cove

1.00 p.m. Lunch will be a barbecue on the beach.

3.30 p.m. This afternoon we will sail to the nearby Ana community for a visit with their native guides.

5.00 p.m. This evening we will walk in the forest to observe the monkeys who are particularly active at the end of the day. (2 hours)

Night in Urucureá Cove.

Slowly does it - a sloth in action

Day 7: Alter do Chao or Santarem: Disembarkation

8.00 a.m. Breakfast on board and navigation to Alter do Chao or Santarem.

We disembark at Alter do Chao or Santarem, and transfer to Santarem airport by road in time for those catching a late morning flight. For those with afternoon flights, there will be lunch in a typical regional fish restaurant prior to your departure.


  • 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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