Desafio: 3-Day Cruise

3-Day Real Lower Amazon Cruise

This short three-day 'Real Lower Amazon' cruise is exactly that, a cruise navigating on the real Amazonas River. Ideal for those short on time given its duration, passengers will still have a chance to discover a proverbial wonderland of nature, with its almost uncountable number of bird and plant species.

In the comfort of this unique schooner vessel the itinerary predominantly explores the King's Lake, a richly biodiverse region surrounded by incredible scenery. On board, enjoy rich Amazonian cuisine in the panoramic restaurant, and plenty of relaxation in comfortable cabins or well-appointed public areas.


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

desafio amazon cruise itinerary

Day 1:
Depart Manaus - Exploring The River

After meeting at 13.30pm in the Tropical Manaus Lobby, you will be transfered to the nearby Marina Aguas Claras and the awaiting Desafio, your floating hotel for the next two nights. As we start sailing straight down the River Negro, lunch will be served on board. We make our way onto the waters of the Amazonas River, and continue the expedition towards the Kings Lake, located in the city of Varzea Careiro of the Amazon, a place whose economy is based on artisanal fishing and agriculture.

Upon our arrival at the Kings Lake, dinner will be served in this stunning natural setting. 

After dinner, we head out for a motorized canoe ride to explore the region at night in search of caiman and other nocturnal animals with flashlights.


desafio amazon cruise itinerary

Day 2:
Discovering the Lake

After a hearty breakfast on board, we depart to visit the King's Lake's local community. This is a chance to meet some of the indigenous people of the region and learn about their traditional way of life and unique culture.

Lunch will be served on board while we navigate to another side of the lake.

This afternoon we'll have the chance to spot the multiple species of birds of the region, and also get the opportunity to try our hand at some exciting piranha fishing!

After a farewell dinner on board, we head out for a night safari excursion by canoe to explore the lake looking for the nocturnal animals that call this wonderfully peaceful place their home.


desafio amazon cruise itinerary

Day 3:
Unforgettable Sunrise - Return to Manaus 

Early this morning we take a boat ride to admire the Amazonian sunrise and the birds’ awakening.

We return to the boat for breakfast and begin our return trip to Manaus, arriving at 11.00 a.m. back at the Marina.


  • 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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