On this ‘Amazon Adventures in Brazil’ tour, you will experience the legendary Amazon, which is the world’s largest river basin and the planet’s greatest rainforest. Within the Amazon Basin resides a wealth of life richer than any place else on Earth, and millions of species still remain undiscovered. Your adventure begins with a tour of the historic city and port of Manaus, followed by a bird and wildlife spotting cruise through the Negro and Amazon rivers, with boat excursions and walking tours, concluding with a sighting of the famous river confluence known as ‘The Meeting of the Waters’.
Start your Amazon Adventure Tour, Brazil, in the jungle city of Manaus, which is the main gateway to adventures in the Brazilian Amazon. The old historical center is a living testimony to a bygone age when the city was the focal point of a rubber boom at the end of the 19th century. The port is located on the dark waters of the Negro River, just east of where it meets the muddy waters of the Solimões River to form the mighty Amazon.
Tour this historic city and learn about its role in the colonization of South America by various European countries, and its rise and fall during the rubber boom era. Visit the Amazonas Theater, which is lauded as one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. See the Largo de São Sebastião, one of the city’s main squares, the Provincial Palace and the State of Amazonas Art Gallery. Explore the Municipal Market, the colonial architecture of the city, the floating port area of Manaus, and the Rio Negro Palace.
Your Amazon Cruise
Join the Grand Amazon cruise ship, and prepare for an exciting luxury journey along the Negro and Amazon rivers. Wake up at Janauacá Lake, explore by boat and follow the marked trails of the rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for jungle birds and pink river dolphins. Visit the home of a local Caboclo, and see some of the traditional handicrafts of the area. Continue to the Manaquiri region, explore the closed-in streams, spot the birds, native plants, trees and wildlife in this richly biodiverse jungle, and try your hand at fishing for piranha.
Watch the sunrise over the jungle and the Manacapuru River. Take a photo safari by boat through the narrow waterways, or head out on a jungle walk. Visit a regional houseboat on Lake Janauari, see more of the local crafts. Take a short walking tour of the Lake Janauari Ecological Park and count how many species of birds you can spot.
The Meeting of the Waters
Witness the extraordinary sight of the two-toned confluence of two massive Amazon tributaries, where the dark waters of the Negro River meet the muddy waters of the Solimões River to form the mighty Amazon. This meeting point is known as the “Meeting of the Waters,” which is a natural phenomenon where the two rivers run side by side for more than three miles without mixing.
This is a short tour that you can enjoy with your partner, your children, or with friends. The featured activities and accommodations can be tailored to suit your personal wishes. The city tour is conducted on a private basis (private transport with a private guide), while the cruise portion is on a shared basis with other passengers.