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Desafio Amazon Cruise

Brazilian Amazon Aboard a Classical Schooner

The M/V Desafio is a classical schooner that offers guests old world charm and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere on Brazil's mighty Amazon.

She has recently undergone a major re-furbishment, and her cabins have been enlarged and facilities updated so your stay will be even more comfortable!

With only 12 cabins, the boat is small enough to explore remote areas and for passengers to get to know their fellow travelers; but still spacious enough to provide comfort and casual elegance.

Cruises begin in and end in Manaus, exploring the Anavilhanas Islands, the majestic Rio Negro and the legendary Amazon River, by canoe and on foot, along the way. Guests enjoy home-made regional and international cuisine, and daily expeditions by motorized boats with an experienced trilingual guide who will happily share their knowledge of the area and its biology. There are also visits to local river communities to learn about their unique culture and lifestyle. 

The Desafio offers two itinerary options, a 4-day Maguarí itinerary departing most Thursdays, and a 3-day Maguarí Express Cruise departing most Mondays, ideal for those short on time. The Desafio is also available for charter at other times.

For more information on what a Desafio cruise is like, why not check out our expert review.

Please note that a pre-arranged visa is required by holders of US, Canadian and Australian passports, in order to enter Brazil. Contact us for more details.

What people are saying about the Desafio

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We had a great time! The crew and the food were fantastic...the engineer even took my wet stuff and put it in the engine room to dry out! And those caipirinhas were just too yummy. I wish I had a recipe for the cheese rolls the cook made. I had others while in Brazil, but hers were the best.
— Laurie & Bob Parker; Somerville, MA
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Our rainforest cruise made the holiday in Brazil for us. It was far and away the best part of the holiday ... Every member of staff made us feel special and welcome, every activity was interesting and enjoyable (even though we had done the piranha fishing and caiman spotting before, it was so much better on the Desafio!) and the food and drink were amazing. It was one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences which it is difficult to express to others in words, truly exceptional.
— Nicola Hoffman & Family; Northampton, UK

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About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises, Galapagos Islands tours, and Southeast Asia cruises. We provide you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Panama and Southeast Asia. As travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure.