This 5-day cruise is for those who want a more in-depth experience of Brazil's magical Amazon region, taking you to the Anavilhanas National Park.
The incredible park is a maze-like archipelago with over 350 islands, home to manatees, pink dolphins, piranhas and much more.
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.
Day 1: MONDAY
Manaus - Meeting of the Waters - Amazon River - Lake Janauary
Depart from Marina David (near the Hotel Tropical) at 10:00 hrs.
After being welcomed onboard Lo Peix by the crew and having made yourself at home in the cabins, a brief meeting will be held to go over the boat's facilities and to inform you of what awaits over the coming days.
As you set sail for the Negro River you will have the opportunity to see some of Manuas’ most famous sights such as the Negro River Bridge, the spectacular Teatro Amazonas and the Meeting of the Waters.
From here we sail to Catalan Lake, where the locals live in floating houses. Here we have the opportunity to catch the largest freshwater fish in the world giant Pirarucu (catch and release), and the dreaded red piranhas of the Amazon.
Entering the small natural channels around Paracuba Island we make our way to Lake Janauary Ecological Park, where we navigate the varzea lakes formed by the seasonal flooding and observe different species of birds, monkeys and reptiles.
We have our lunch in a typical floating restaurant before taking a short walk through an elevated walkway to the Lake of the Victoria Amazonica (the giant Amazon water lily).
We continue to navigate on the Negro River to the beach or lake Caioue Tupe, depending on water level.
Day 2: TUESDAY
Tucano Village - Jungle Walk - Sitio Palmeral Reserve
This morning we wake early to welcome the dawning of the day, an excellent time to spot wildlife, especially birds which are most active at this time of day.
Later we pay a visit to the Indian village of Tucano, to learn about their way of life on the river.
Afterwards we navigate to the Sitio Palmeral Reserve in the east end of the Anavilhanas National Park, where we will take a walk in the jungle. Accompanied by an expert guide we learn about the flora and fauna of the region that are important to the local communities in the Amazon. We'll encounter ancient trees and medicinal plants and learn about survival techniques in the jungle, inlcuding hunting, fishing, gathering wild fruits and traditional medicine.
At the end of our walk we will see a beautiful sunset from the viewpoint of the Tucan.
Tonight we head out on a motorized canoe ride to observe the nocturnal wildlife, spotting crocodiles, birds and maybe even snakes.
Day 3: WEDNESDAY
Ariau River - Lake Acajatuba - Anavilhanas - Terra Preta Village
This morning we take a motorized canoe ride or paddle kayak along the Ariau River canoe to observe wildlife and visit the majestic giant Samauma tree. Here it is easy to observe groups of monkeys, parrots and waterfowl. If we are lucky we can hear howler monkeys too. It was here, in this river, that the famous Amazon film Anakonda was filmed.
Those leaving the cruise will disembark at 11am.
Otherwise we take our lunch onboard and sail into the Ubin Ecological Park. We navigate to Lake Acajatuba where we have the option of bathing with the curious and incredible pink Amazon River dolphins (optional activity, additional cost).
Later we sail along the Negro River, and the great maze of uninhabited islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago National park, a protected area of 350,000 ha and more than 600 islands.
We wind our way through this river paradise of islands and white sand beaches (depending on water level) to the village of Terra Preta to meet the local indigenous community and learn about their way of life, including the strange fruit and tubers of their diet. We visit a traditional Maloca, the communal house where elders pass down stories by word of mouth to younger generations and shaman perform rituals to connect to their ancestral spirits.
After further navigation of the Negro we will enter the Igapo, or black-water flooded forest, of the Mucuras River by small canoe, to experience different tree, aquatic and terrestrial species. At night you have the chance to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.
Day 4: THURSDAY
Cuieras River - Arara Lake - Jungle Walk
This morning we take a motorized canoe ride or paddle canoes through the enchanting Igapo (flooded forest) region between the Múcuras and Cuieras Rivers. In the Cuieras River there are amazingly 5 different indigenous communities, the Kambebas, Desanas and Bares amongst others.
Later we navigate to Arara Lake for our second rainforest walk, but this time we will walk quietly through the jungle on a path less trodden to observe and put into practice what we have learned previously. Silently we listen and watch out for the animals of the jungle, as we walk amongst ancient trees and entangled liana vines. If we are lucky we'll observe some group of monkeys, parrots and maybe toucans. We return to the boat at dusk.
For those who do not opt for the optional activities of a nocturnal walk or overnight jungle camp there will be a night canoe ride to observe the nocturnal wildlife, such as birds, crocodiles, frogs and snakes.
Day 5: FRIDAY
Tarumancinho River - Vila Paraiso - Manaus
As the day dawns we begin navigation towards Manaus on the Negro River to its Tarumancinho tributary where we will stop at a beach for bathing (depending on the water level).
We pay a visit to Vila Paraiso, a reconstruction of an old rubber plantation, where we can see the daily life of rubber tappers, and the entire production process for the once invaluable product. We can see and touch tools, visit the replica home of a Rubber Baron and attend a live cutting and extraction (milking) of a Seringa (rubber) tree.
This is a good time to explain some of the history of colonization of Amazonia by the Portuguese and Spanish.
We have lunch on board while sailing to Manaus, where we disembark at Marina David between 13:00 and 14:00 hrs.
- 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.