Iracema: 4-Day Cruise

4-Day Negro River Cruise

On this private 4-day Amazon cruise charter you will explore the rich biological and ethnological heritage of the Rio Negro area. Discover the remarkable Anavilhanas archipelago and a whole host of exotic and wonderful creatures that call it their home.

Remember that this itinerary is only an example of what can be done. If you want to spend fewer days, or better yet, even more days on the Amazon you can, and as a charter you can tailor your itinerary activities to best suit your needs.


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.

The tannin-stained waters of the Rio Negro

Manaus – Meeting of the Waters – Xiboreninha Channel

In the early afternoon, we greet you at your hotel or the airport, and transfer you by minibus to the Hotel Tropical, where the Iracema is moored at the pier. We welcome you on board with a welcome drink and give a briefing on the cruise and the ship.

After installation in cabins, we will start sailing to the Meeting of the Waters (Encontro das Aguas) while we enjoy the views of the city of Manaus and its historical buildings, such as the Opera House, Adolpho Lisboa Market and the Custom House, and its vibrant harbor.

The Observation Deck is the best place to enjoy the Meeting of the Waters as from up high we can appreciate more clearly the light and dark waters of the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro flowing side by side without mixing.

We continue to the Xiboreninha Channel where birds mingle with caimans (jacaré) among the famous giant water lilies (Victoria Regia). Here we head out on a canoe excursion to get close up to the wildlife that resides in the narrow waterways the Iracema cannot navigate.

Dinner on board, followed by a night safari looking for the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon. Don't be surprised if you spot the glowing eyes of a caiman under the beam of the powerful spotlights!


Discover the Amazon's giant waterlillies

Anrã Channels – Village Visit – Enchanted Lake

This morning we rise early with the dawn to head out canoeing in the Anrã channels to experience the cacophony of the waking birds and other wildlife.

After breakfast we have the chance to come face-to-face with the infamous piranha, the most iconic fish of the area. Despite its fearsome reputation, it is easy and fun to fish for. How many can you catch?

In the afternoon, a community of caboclos - Amazon riverside inhabitants, invite us to visit their village and reveal to us some of their customs and traditions, as well as explain how they live in this sometimes hostile environment.

Later, we make a trip to the Enchanted Lake, a huge region completely covered by aquatic vegetation. Get your binoculars ready to spot some of the birdlife that is abundant here.


Night safari on the Amazon

Pagadão Hike – School Visit - Anavilhanas Archipelago 

This morning we venture out in our canoes to discover the flora and fauna residing in the area known as the Ponta do Pagodão. This is also an ideal place to hike through the rainforest. You'll feel every bit the explorer as you make your way through the dense undergrowth, passing by very tall Carapanaúba trees, with their huge and unusual shaped trunks, very typical of the region.

Later we pay a visit to the baré indian's school to meet the children and see what the education system is like for those growing up in Amazonia. We will also have the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts sold on the banks of the Cuieiras River.

In the afternoon, we sail through the iconic and spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago, a labyrinth of flooded forest made up of some 300 islands, home to numerous species of exotic wildlife.

After dinner on board, we explore the nearby channels in our canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.


Skiff rides on the Amazon's tributaries and channels

Novo Airão - Praia Grande – Manaus

In the morning we visit Novo Airão, also known as the ‘Dolphin City’, so named for the high numbers of pink dolphins found in the area. These majestic creatures are highly intelligent and inquisitive, and always seem to be smiling! Prepare yourself for an experience of a lifetime as you get to swim with them!

Next stop, relaxation time on the beautiful Praia Grande beach, with its long bars of golden sand, starkly contrasting against the dark but clear waters of the Rio Negro.

After a final farewell lunch together on board, we arrive back where our adventure began and disembark at the Tropical Hotel's pier.

End of services.


  • 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. 

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.


Featured Blog Post