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A stylish and elegant schooner that elegantly explores the Amazon's wonders with Old World charm.


Come aboard the Desafio, a classical schooner that offers guests old world charm and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere on Brazil’s mighty Amazon. The only one of its kind in the region, this unique vessel has been gracefully pioneering navigation in the region for over 25 years, blending all the comforts of small group activities with the joy of personal exploration and discovery. With capacity for just 24 guests, she is small enough for everyone onboard to be on first-name terms and make passengers feel remarkably at home in the heart of the Amazon.

Life On Board

This great 34-meter three-masted sailing ship is truly a sight to behold. As you board the Desafio in Manaus, the dedicated and experienced crew will welcome you to explore the relaxing lobby, bar and acclimatized restaurant with panoramic views. The amazing sun deck is the perfect spot for taking in the sunset as you journey along the Rio Negro, the legendary Amazon River and the Anavilhanas Islands.

With only 12 cabins, the boat is small enough for you to get to know all of your fellow travelers, but still spacious enough to provide comfort and casual elegance. At the night’s end, after you have enjoyed the home-made regional and international cuisine in the restaurant, your cosy lower or upper deck cabin, with private facilities and air-conditioning, will be waiting for you.

Immersive Expeditions

You will be joined on the Desafio by an experienced trilingual guide who will happily share their knowledge of the majestic Amazon Rainforest and its biology. You will venture out on daily expeditions by motorized boat with your guide, stopping off for jungle hikes and visits to local river communities to learn about their unique culture and lifestyle.

To start off your Amazonian journey, your guide will introduce a historical and ecological framework that will enrich your understanding of the area and its wildlife. Your specialized hosts will be glad to tell you and your fellow travelers every single detail of the flora and fauna, climate and culture that you will be experiencing first hand.

Safety And Comfort Combined

The elegant MV Desafio counts on a wealth of experience to guarantee a safe, comfortable and unique expedition discovering the Amazon Rainforest and rivers. The boat has been fully reconstructed changing the majority of all the structure to bring her into accordance with the latest standards for shipbuilding regulations approved by the Navy of Brazil.

The redesign has given this superior vessel an extra level of comfort and refinement, providing all guests with more spacious cabins, and her charming social areas are the ultimate setting to enjoy the crew’s superior personal service and share this unique adventure with new-found friends.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day - Maguari Expedition Cruise

itinerary map


AM: You will be picked up either from your hotel in Manaus or Manaus Airport, ready for your transfer to the private pier to board the MV Desafio, your floating hotel for the next three nights.

PM: Once onboard, the multilingual naturalist guide will host a “welcome to the Amazon” briefing highlighting the broad spectrum of life in this unique region. The guide will assist in the identification of the flora/fauna, provide a historical framework and enrich your ecological understanding of this unusual destination and of the natural world. After dinner, enjoy an excursion by canoe to listen to the sounds emitted by the jungle at night.

Desafio's 4-Day Maguari Expedition Cruise Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Manaus - Amazon River
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AM: Early this morning, leave on a jungle trekking excursion to learn about the local flora, amongst the richest in the world.

PM: After lunch, start cruising towards the Samauma village, located at the Anavilhanas Islands, the largest river archipelago in the world. Later this afternoon, board a motorized canoe to visit the surrounding lakes. Following dinner, experience the excitement of searching for and spotting fierce caimans.

Desafio's 4-Day Maguari Expedition Cruise Itinerary Day Two - Kayaking on the River.
Amazon River
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Amazon River

AM: Rise early to admire the sunrise and see thousands of birds come out of their nocturnal hiding places in search of breakfast. After breakfast, go on a fishing expedition to catch one of the many hundreds of species found in the river, including the aggressive piranha. 

PM: The balance of the day is spent exploring the river and the world’s greatest ecosystem.

Desafio's 4-Day Maguari Expedition Cruise Itinerary Day One - Meeting Amazon Natives.
Amazon River
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AM: After another tropical breakfast, you’ll reach the “wedding of the waters”. This is where the River Negro and Solimoes meet each other to form the great Amazon River.

After a stop to view this fascinating sight, continue cruising back to Manaus.

Desafio's 4-Day Maguari Expedition Cruise Itinerary Day Four - Disembarkation.
Amazon River - Manaus
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Social Areas

Observation Deck
Dining Room
Aerial View
Cargo Nets
Wine Selection
Observation Deck
A waiter on the sun deck
Dining table
Aerial view of Desafio at sweet and salt water meeting spot
A bar
Breakfast buffet
Nets on the bow of the ship
A couple relaxing on the deck
Wine bottles exposition

Suites & Cabins

Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Double. Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Bathroom. Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Twin. Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Twin. Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Double. Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Double. Desafio's Lower Deck Cabin - Double.
6 Cabins

Lower Deck Cabin

9 m² / 97 ft²
Double / Twin Bunk

The bunk cabins feature a storage wardrobe and a safe. Guests receive two bottles of mineral water daily, ensuring they stay dehydrated. The private bathrooms are well equipped with shower gel, shampoo, and hairdryer to ensure guests have a refreshing shower.

Desafio's Upper Deck Cabin. Desafio's Upper Deck Cabin - Bathroom.
6 Cabins

Upper Deck Cabin

9 m² / 97 ft²
Twin Bunk

The matrimonial cabins feature a wardrobe and a safe box for guests to store their belongings and valuables. They are fully carpeted and air conditioned to ensure the guests' comfort. The private bathrooms are accompanied by a hairdryer and amenities like shampoo, shower gel, and tissue.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Deck plan


  • Deck shower


  • Satellite phone
  • Yoga mats
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details