Iguazu Falls & Amazon River Cruise from Manaus
The Amazon expedition voyage explores some of the most untouched rainforest in the entire Amazon. It is an eight day trip where we travel by riverboat far up the Rio Negro to an area very rarely visited, exploring the mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest and in the heart of wild nature. We visit quite remote forest that has very few settlers so the flora and fauna is hardly disturbed On our walks in the rainforest we will observe magnificent plants of every imaginable shape and size. We will listen to the exotic calls of birds and mammals and watch them from the shaded forest trail. In the evenings we will have a brief discussion on creatures that we observed during the day and about the extraordinary ways in which these plants and animals have evolved to live in this ancient rainforest. Some nights we will explore the river's edge with flashlights and we will see caiman, close relatives of crocodiles.
The Brazilian Amazon has an area of over 2.7 million square miles. Though there are a few cities, the continental size floodplain is still almost entirely covered with primitive tropical forest. Within this vast watershed, the Rio Negro drains over 300,000 square miles, ten percent of the entire Amazon basin. From its headwaters in the Colombian foothills of the Andes, the Negro River flows southeast for over 1,020 miles. At its confluence with the Amazon River, it has over three times the volume of the Mississippi. It is the second largest river in the world---second only to the Amazon River itself.
In addition to our rainforest explorations another important feature of the program will be our visits to the homes of deep forest settlers. We will visit with them and learn what their lives are like, living on the edge of this vast trackless forest. A walk through their gardens is always interesting and we will marvel at the skills they possess for living in the complex environment of the tropical forest. All deep forest settlers collect plants for medicines and we will talk with them about which plants they collect and their uses. Many of these settlers are of Indian ancestry and the breadth of their knowledge of the rainforest is enormous since it has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. On the last day of the boat portion of the trip we will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas", the meeting of the waters of the Amazon and the Negro Rivers. The volume of water is so great at their confluence that Brazilians consider the watercourse created by the joining of these two a completely different river. The light colored water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Negro do not readily mix and the two rivers flow side by side for many miles. We will explore the beautiful and fabulously rich environment at the confluence of these two rivers and visit the Lago Janauari Ecological Park which lies in a wedge-shaped delta that divides the Amazon from the Negro.
Though the schedule will vary according to navigational and weather considerations, our days will have a basic outline of activities. We will get up with the sun every morning and board the launches in search of birds and wakening howler monkeys. In the late morning of most days, the boat will get underway and we will travel until the mid-afternoon. We will then do some exploring using the boat's launches or walk in the forest. Every evening we will have an informal talk about the flora and fauna that we have observed during the day. We will especially focus on the ways that plants and animals have evolved in the rainforest and the relations between the plants animals and their physical environment. This is the ecology of the forest---the most fascinating of all ways to look at the rainforest. Some evenings we will spot wildlife with powerful searchlights.
Amazon Cruiser Description
All cruisers come with comfortable cabins with large beds and private baths, and is air-conditioned throughout. We only offer small group cruises (Max. 18 pax), complete with trained naturalist guides and thoughtful itineraries with REAL Amazon rainforest experience.
12 days / 11 nights.
Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.Day 2 December 19. Rio de Janeiro/ Sao Paulo - Iguazu (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguazu. Transfer to your hotel. A half day excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls to appreciate the wider aspect. The most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of the Niagara Falls, the falls lie on the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Return to your hotel.Day 3 December 20. Iguazu Falls- Argentina side (Breakfast)
After breakfast, cross the border to visit the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu falls on the Argentinean side. The Argentinean side of Iguazu allows for a close appreciation. Set in a subtropical rain forest reserve of over 180,000 hectares, Iguazu is home to jaguar, puma, caiman and over 400 species of bird. Return to your hotel. Overnight accommodation.Day 4 December 21. Puerto Iguazu - Sao Paulo - Manaus (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sao Paulo and connecting flight to Manaus. Transfer to your hotel.Day 5 December 22. Manaus - Amazon Cruise (All meals)
After breakfast, transfer to the port where all guests will board the Amazon Cruiser vessel and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world's largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water's edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we never know what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world's most clean and refreshing water.Day 6 December 23. Amazon Cruise (All meals)
Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the water's edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.Day 7 December 24. Amazon Cruise (All meals)
This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys- on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. The Amazon Cruiser will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.Day 8 December 25. Amazon Cruise (All meals)
After our two morning excursions the cruiser will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler's home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.Day 9 December 26. Amazon Cruise (All meals)
Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi and for the next two days proceed downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats. In the daytime we will continue to scout in our launches, walk in the forest, and at night hunt for nocturnal wildlife.Day 10 December 27. Amazon Cruise (All meals)
After a walk in the forest we cross to the West bank of the Rio Negro, exploring as we go. We will stop at the substantial boat building village of Novo Airão. As we walk through the streets we'll marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. Tonight the cruiser goes downstream to arrive at daybreak near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the "Caipirinha".Day 11 December 28. Amazon Cruise (All meals)
This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where seasonally the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Around midday the vessel will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas" a stark several mile long line where the world's two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. In the afternoon we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight there will be one last excursion looking for nocturnal life.Day 12 December 29. Amazon Cruise - Manaus - Sao Paulo (Breakfast)
In the morning all guests disembark from the cruiser. You may participate in an optional tour of the city of Manaus (not included, please ask for details and prices) before transferring to the airport for your flight to Sao Paulo and connecting flight home.
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