Are you looking for an original and authentic way to discover the biggest tropical forest in the world? How about a cruise in the Manaus region, along the Rio Negro and the Amazon, aboard a traditional boat from this region!
Imagine yourself sailing down the Amazon in a boat to discover the incredible scenery along the water and penetrating into the very heart of this unique ecological paradise.
With this Amazon and Rio Negro cruise, you will discover the wonders of the two main river ecosystems of the region, offering an exhaustive vision of the variety of Amazonian fauna and flora. Let yourself be transported on the milky Amazon waters and then sail on the Rio Negro with its black waters that will take you deep into the forest. This unforgettable cruise is a unique opportunity to discover the wildest and most authentic side of Brazil.
During this adventure, you will encounter unique and preserved ecosystems, isolated from the rest of the world, where life is practically unchanged since the dawn of time and the landscape has been untouched by Man. This package cruise, is a real journey back in time, a return to the oldest wilderness on the planet awaits you!
The boats on which you will sail are typical of this region, with their two or three decks, each surrounded by a walkway overlooking well-equipped cabins (double beds, independent bathrooms and air conditioning). Inside, everything is provided for your well being with common areas to entertain, eat and rest while admiring the landscape. This will be your home base from which you will visit the area every day for forest walks, local tours and canoe trips.
During the 6 days of navigation on this cruise, you will go to some beautiful places, virtually uninhabited but where you can make some exclusive and rare encounters. This cruise program will not simply be a stroll down the river in a boat. It will also include many activities and excursions, for a holiday combining the pleasure of discovery, fun and exchange and the interest of increasing your knowledge about this particular environment and its inhabitants.
So you will experience some exciting and privileged moments: you will meet members of an indigenous tribe and see how they survive in the forest. You will swim with pink dolphins in the warm waters of the Anavilhanas. At night, you will get close up to the placid crocodiles and for the more adventurous of you, learn to catch them with the help of flashlights. You will try your luck at fishing for formidable piranhas, learn to recognize some useful plants used for survival in the forest and the most emblematic birds of the region. You will learn how to navigate a canoe between the tree branches of the flooded forest or along the river while looking out for animals …
Once back in the port of Manaus, the jungle and its rivers will no longer be a strange environment to you. You will have discovered a completely different world from your daily life where nature is a powerful and haunting mother …
In the cruise along the Amazon and the Rio Negro discover:
The indigenous communities
The Anavilhanas archipelago
Canoe trips along the Igarapes
The giant Victoria Regia lilies
About our Amazon and Rio Negro cruise tour package
- 1 private transfer airport – Hotel Tropical
- One hight in a standard double room at the hotel Tropical
- The cruise for 6 days and 5 nights (Starting day 1 at 2pm and ending Day 7 at 12:00) on a traditional boat in a double cabin, full board with all the excursions described here included.
- 1 private transfer from the port to the airport
- 1 private and guided tour of Manaus
Visit the world’s clear water river that irrigates the lungs of the world:Amazon
The Amazon is the largest river in the world, irrigating the whole Amazon jungle and its surroundings which is an area of more than 6 million kms.
Sq. or a little more than one and a half times the size of Europe ! Near Manaus where the two rivers meet and where the cruise will be along the Amazon & Rio Negro, the river is more than ten kms wide !
Each year, with the rainy season, the river flow doubles to reach 200 000 m3/ second. The river overflows its bed and floods the land, fertilizing the soil and re-shaping the banks, modifying the landscape every year.
During your Amazon and Rio Negro cruise, you will discover how the locals have evolved in this hostile environment, by learning to use the forest resources and changing their lifestyles according to the seasons. Accompanied by a guide, the indigenous indians will demonstrate how to cultivate cassava, a staple food in the Amazon and you can taste the typical jungle fruits that are plenty.
You can also go on a piranha fishing trip, a popular local activity. And once night falls you can observe the thousands of stars and constellations in the sky.
Finally, your cruise on the Amazon will end with a visit to Janauary Park where you will discover the famous giant water lilies, or Victoria Regia.
A cruise navigating along the Rio Negro and the clear waters of the Amazon.
Around Manaus you will discover an amazing and unusual phenomenon, the « Encounter of the Waters».
This is where the course of Rio Solimoes with its cream coloured and silty waters that are rich in nutrients and fish, meet the black acid waters full of tannins of the Rio Negro, the two rivers run along side each other without mixing. This phenomenon continues for tens of kilometres and you can see the waters of the two rivers refusing to mix and creating superb patterns on the surface, forming a moving boundary in the middle of the river.
Once on the Rio Negro, you will penetrate even deeper into the Amazon rainforest. Along the course of this Amazon tributary, you will go up to the Anavilhanas National Park, the largest freshwater archipelago in the world. Here you will discover a vast area extending for more than 50kms, where the river cuts up the jungle into hundreds of little green islands teeming with birdlife. It’s a unique and totally preserved place with the creation of the park over 30 years ago, stopping all exploitation of the animal and vegetable resources of this archipelago.
It is in this idyllic setting that you may meet the pink dolphins who are friendly creatures and who are surrounded by legends. It is an emotional and unforgettable experience! You will also encounter a local indigenous community, to learn a little more about the customs and lifestyles of the Amazon.
Finally, the canoe is an ideal means of transport to explore this vast ecological conservation area, populated by hundreds of animal and plant species. You will have several opportunities to go for walks along the banks of rivers and local islands. During this Amazon and Rio Negro cruise, there will also be moments of calm and serenity where contemplation and relaxation will be the name of the game!
Looking for a top quality cruise? Choose the premium boat, the chance to cruise in even more comfort and style!
In choosing a premium boat to go on your Amazon and Rio Negro cruise you will ensure an extra degree of comfort.
On board, you will enjoy one of 16 large 15m² cabins equipped with all the necessary comfort and pleasantly decorated. You will also find a reading room equipped with a library and a large choice of DVDs. It’s an ideal place to meet the other travellers and share your impressions.
There is also a large panoramic terrace on the third deck which is ideal for observing the spectacle of the Amazon unfolding before your eyes.
With this boat, you add to the authenticity of the cruise a small part of dream in a tasteful decor and an atmosphere worthy of the ‘belle epoque’ era. To be discovered !
Detailed program of the cruise along the Rio Negro
Day 1 (Sunday) : Manaus/ In
When arriving by plane in Manaus, by day, you can appreciate the gigantic size of the Amazon river. 11kms wide at the confluence, it is the largest river on the planet.
After picking up your luggage, you will meet your driver waiting for you at the exit.
Transfer to the hotel you have chosen for this stay.
While driving down the streets of the Amazonian capital to reach your hotel, you will discover a vast city that has imposing and luxurious modern towers andat the same time modest wooden houses and vast industrial complexes.
The population working in the streets is predominantly Métis, descending from the melting pot of local indigenous peoples and European settlers.
Arrival at your hotel and check-in to your room.
End of the day is free time.
Night at your hotel.
Day 2 (Monday) : Manaus – cruise
Early in the morning, you will have your tropical breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Then you leave with your guide for a cultural tour of the centre of Manaus. (about 3 hours.)
During this visit, you will discover along the streets shaded by huge tropical trees, the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau treasures of the historic centre. This district is the symbol of the city’s glory between 1835 and the First World War thanks to the economic importance rubber. It was once called the “Paris of the tropics”, before the economic crisis that put a brutal end to local prosperity.
From that era you can see the Adolpho Lisboa Market and its beautiful wrought iron structure, or the palaces of European merchants who came to live in this prosperous city. Not to mention the highlight of the visit, the majestic Theater Amazonas that has become the symbol of the city.
Once back at the hotel you will pack your luggage before going to lunch (free lunch, the reception can keep your bags).
At 14:00, your guide will meet you at reception and take you to the boat. If you stay at the Tropical hotel (see “Accommodation” section below), it has a pontoon and the boat will pick you up directly from the hotel.
Arrival at the boat, boarding, presentation of the crew and start of the cruise on the Amazon.
A welcome drink is offered during the briefing on the itinerary and the services on board the boat.
After a snack, you will be invited to the lounge to listen to a mini-conference on the Amazon which will include the issue of ecology. Meanwhile, the boat goes up the Solimoes River and its silty rich waters.
Dinner is prepared by the cook with local and fresh products and is served on board around 19:00.
After the meal, the guide will take you on a canoe trip along the river for a night out. In the darkness illuminated by the stars, he will show you nocturnal animals with the help of powerful flashlights.
It is at nightfall when many animals go out in search of food, taking advantage of the darkness to go about their activities. While crisscrossing the river in the middle of the singing concert of thousands of animals and invisibles but ubiquitous insects, you will strain y our ears scrutinizing the darkness, on the lookout for the reflections of the artificial light in the eyes of the animals. Small caimans are harmless and not shy, snakes coiled on the tree trunks at the edge of the water, hunting owls, frogs of all sizes and colours or lazy sloths, the night reveals a new dimension of this unique ecosystem.
Back on board and first night on the water in your comfortable cabin with double bed, bathroom and air conditioning.
Day 3 (Tuesday) : cruise
At dawn you wake up in the heart of the wilderness on Lake Janauaca. You will set off for a first exploration of the awakening forest by canoe.
A magnificent show in the shimmering colous of the Amazon dawn unfolds before your eyes, a privileged moment to discover the animals, some going to sleep while for others, a new day begins.
Along the river you will observe the birds and their extraordinary variety, and, in then just around a bend in the river it’s emotion that appears as you discover the pink dolphins frolicking cheerfully in the water at dawn.
Back to the main boat for breakfast, which will be followed by a walk in the forest of about 2 hours, a perfect time to discover the Amazon jungle.
It’s a real festival of perceptions that awakes your five senses in the middle of the forest. The guide tells you about plants that are useful for living in the forest along the way.
After discovering the wonders of Lake Janauaca’s ecosystem, you will meet the human inhabitants. The guide accompanies you for a visit to the Caboclos who live around the lake. They are indigenous people living in the heart of the forest and you can discover their way of life based on fishing, cassava cultivation, fruits, logging and other products derived from the forest.
The late afternoon piranhas fishing is a fun time that also offers an extra excuse to stay quietly contemplating the jungle life in the setting sun with its fantastic colours.
After dinner, another night ride in a canoe to observe the animals and admire the star studded sky. The constellations of the southern hemisphere are revealed in all their magnificence far from the light pollution of the modern world, a beautiful picture.
Day 4 (Wednesday) : cruise
When you wake up, you will go on a new morning jungle excursion with your guide. During this walk you cross different types of forests including the mysterious and poetic flooded forest, known by the Amazonian Indians as Igapo. Then back to the boat.
While having breakfast, the cruise continues to reach the ‘Encounter of the waters’ of the two rivers the Amazon and the Rio Negro.
A unique show where the water laden with alluvium of the Solimoes flows alongside the tannin darkened s of the Rio Negro, without mixing for many kilometers because of their different density. It’s a mesmerizing spectacle when you watch the whirls of clear water stand out against the dark background, like swirls of cream poured into a giant black coffee.
The boat then goes up the Rio Negro past the port of Manaus, offering a view of the floating docks, the market, the old customs house and the dome of the Opera which seemstotally out of place in such a natural setting.
After lunch on board, time to listen to a lecture on the Amazon which will include ecology to better understand the fragile balance that maintains this ecosystem including the role of floods to enrich this biotope on lands that are virtually void of any nutrients.
The rest of the day flows quietly by while the boat goes up the river. This is the perfect time to settle into the hammocks on the upper deck.
After dinner, another canoe trip to listen to the chorus of birds and frogs and observe more nocturnal animals.
Day 5 (Thursday) : cruise
Early in the morning, a canoe exploration of this new region which, because of its black waters, is home to a different fauna and flora from those encountered in the loamy waters of the first few days of the cruise.
A peaceful walk in the cool of dawn where we can often see parrots and toucans.
After breakfast, off for a walk in the jungle, you will discover all the new fragrances that can be found in the leaves, fruits, woods and animals.
Return to the boat where you can cool off peacefully in the calm waters of the river bathing before lunch (no piranhas or crocodiles in sight, be reassured).
Lunch on board.
The afternoon is spent sailing through the Anavilhanas National Park.
You will visit one of the largest freshwater archipelagos in the world, a maze of waterways snaking between the 400 or so islands that make up this archipelago spreading over no less than 350 018 hectares.
It’s an exceptional place for its beauty but also its preservation through the establishment of a conservation unit in the 1980s and the National Park itself in 2008. With these conservation measures, wildlife is abundant and you can observe animals easily in the paradise setting of this ecological sanctuary.
In the rainy season, most of the islands are under water and you only see the treetops. From June to November, sandy beaches gradually appear and you travel through peaceful shallow channels.
At the end of the afternoon, the guide suggests another canoe trip for a different discovery of this wonderful park under the pink light of the sun setting on the horizon.
Dinner is served on board. The traditional dishes are based on produce from the river and the forest and are all as delicious as each other.
You will enjoy the evening on the roof deck of the boat admiring the Milky Way shining a thousand lights in the sky, surrounded by the song of the forest and its inhabitants before going to sleep.
Day 6 (Friday) : cruise
Early in the morning, you can go fishing for the legendary piranhas which are actually tasty to eat, and other fish.
Here, no complex and sophisticated equipment! A simple branch of wood, with a wire and a hook with bait, combined with a little skill will soon fill your basket. You get excited when the fish bites, the adrenaline is felt and you’re hooked too!
If you wish, your catch of the day can be your lunch after preparation by the cook on board.
Return to the main boat.
After breakfast, you leave for avisit of a native community.
Here, you will discover new flavous of some typical Amazon fruits like the Cupuaçu and Tapereba and those of the palm tree like Açaí, Tucumã and Pupunha.
During this visit, you will learn about the manufacture of cassava flour, the “native bread”, which serves as a food base for a large part of the rural population of Brazil.
You will experience a special moment in this community, discovering the traditions and way of life of a people with a totally different culture, closely linked to the forest and the seasonal cycles of the region. It will also be an opportunity to buy some local handicrafts to bring back as a souvenir of this adventure.
You then return to the boat and have lunch while it sails on.
In the afternoon, there is a stop on a sandy beach and a swim in the dark waters of the Rio Negro with a troop of pink river dolphins. These Aquatic mammals, accustomed to the friendly human presence, are not afraid and they do not hesitate to come play with you, to twirl and jump out of the water by clicking and doing pirouettes or begging for fish as a treat .
The exchange of caresses and looks with this distant sea cousin are emotional moments. This unforgettable encounter will remind you of the marvellous beauty of life and the adaptability of the wilderness with these once ocean animals who have moved into a totally different world.
In the late afternoon, you are invited to go on a last canoe trip through the islands and under the imposing foliage that overhangs the banks of the Igarapés to try to see more wild animals. You sail peacefully along these small natural canals that connect the rivers, moving silently between the trees, scanning the heights in search of a wild animal.
On your return, the boat starts its return trip and descends the river towards the Amazon.
A last dinner is served during the trip.
Day 7 (Saturday) : cruise
In the morning, you go with your guide for a visit of Lake Janauary, it is in principle a great place to see the “Victoria Regia”, or famous giant water lilies.
These aquatic plants that form large discs with raised edges, which can exceed 2 meters in diameter and support 15 pounds in weight have the particularity of flowering at night. When the moonlight appears, the white buds of the flowers blossom and give off a sweet perfume while the petals are tinged with pink.
Back to the boat.
During breakfast, the boat sails to the ‘Encounter of the waters’ of the Solimoes and Rio Negro rivers to form the Amazon. The phenomenon is fascinating: the two waters, of different colours, temperatures and densities run alongside each other in a festival of whirls and patterns but do not mix for over several kilometres.
Finally, it is time to return to civilization and the boat will return to the port of Manaus or to the Tropical Hotel according to your choice.
On arrival, a driver will drop you off at the airport or your hotel.
End of our services.
Hotel Saint Paul (standard)
The Hotel Saint Paul has unique assets that make it an interesting establishment for this cruise package on the Negro and Solimos rivers. In the heart of downtown, a few minutes walk from the theater Amazonas, and twenty minutes from the port area where the Municipal Market is located, its position is ideal if you want to easily walk on your own in the historical part of Manaus.
This new building with basic but well-appointed rooms, has all the necessary comforts and is excellent value for money. It is also the only hotel to our knowledge, that has a room with an exclusive view of the dome of the symbolic theater of the city, which lights up at night and adds a touch of glamour to your stay It’s a perfect address for couples and travellers not looking for luxurious facilities.
Hotel Tropical Manaus Ecoresort (superior)
With its 611 colonial-style rooms favouring comfort, the Tropical Hotel is a quality resort and one of the finest accommodation options in the city. To this ou can add a of facilities with sports fields, a large pool, activities for children, teens and adults scattered over a large park. It is located in the most noble area of the outskirts of Manaus, the recent district of Ponta Negra, at the water’s edge and away from the town centre, less than 20 minutes from the airport.
If you do not want to stay in Manaus, and are looking for a full leisure infrastructure or want to enjoy the convenience of being able to board the cruise boat directly from the hotel, then the Tropical Hotel is the choice of accommodation for this package Amazon cruise.