The Amazon discovery tour, a sensational tour of the largest tropical forest in the world
Come and enjoy an amazing experience, an exotic journey to a sumptuous “New World” unique on earth.
Discover one of the most famous and mysterious regions of Brazil, the Amazon!
Being able to evolve within the vast virgin spaces of the most complex ecosystem on earth has long been like a dream, desired but inaccessible. At Brazil Selection we are attentive to your needs and your desires, which is why we propose to join the dream with the reality!. Come with us to discover the world’s largest jungle and its cities built on the banks of the majestic Amazon River!
This is an unprecedented tour combining the three most important destinations along the world’s largest river. A paradise lost to some, oxygen to others, the Amazonia region has been called all sorts of things over time and as Man tries to understand it. Our Amazon Discovery tour combines river cruises, trips through the rainforest and visits to the two regional capitals along the river. It takes you from the island of Marajo in the Amazon estuary to Manaus and the Anavilhanas archipelago. It goes to Belem, the great port from where the rich regional produce leaves for the four corners of the world.
In the Amazon discovery Tour,
you will visit:
The amazon forest on a private cruise
Manaus and its magnificent theatre
Belem’s incredible ‘ver o peso’ market
A fazenda on the Island of Marajo
About our Amazon discovery tour program
Day 1 : Belém/ In
Arrival in Belem, private transfer and night at your hotel.
Day 2 : Belém
A day to go on a private guided visit of Belem.
Night at hotel.
Day 3 : Belém / Marajó
Transfer to the island of Marajo by boat. Then by smaller boat to the Fazenda de Sanjo « ranch ». Visit of the ranch with full board (drinks not incl.)
Dinner and night at the Fazenda Sanjo.
Day 4 : Marajó
Activities throughout the day at the fazenda Sanjo. Lunch and dinner included. Night at the fazenda Sanjo.
Day 5 : Marajó / Belém / Manaus
Morning excursion, transfer back to Belem and flight to Manaus. Transfer and night at hotel.
Day 6 : Manaus / croisière privée
Private cruise departure (full board, drinks not incl.). Night on board boat.
Day 7 : private cruise
Day aboard boat, activities (depending on the season and availabilities). Return to boat for lunch. Night aboard boat.
Day 8 : Private cruise / Manaus / out
Day aboard, return at 17hr to Manaus. Private transfer to Manaus airport, End of our services.
The culinary delights and the fauna of the Amazon lowlands awaits you at Belem et Marajo !
Your tour starts in Belem, on the immense Amazon estuary, more than 100km inland. In a surprising atmosphere where the tropical flora integrates with a superb Art Nouveau heritage, the food market “Ver-O-Peso“ will offer you a first glimpse of the exotic Amazonia region.
This will be the chance to test local and unknown flavours by strolling through the dozens of multicoloured stalls. You will taste delicious dishes with exotic names such as Cupuaçu sorbet or Pato no Tucupi, a duck dish that will leave your lips numbed by the Jambu leaves that have anesthetic properties found in the sauce. An unusual multi-sensory experience that you won’t forget, rich in flavours, smells, sounds and colours..
We have joined forces with the Goeldi zoological park so you can discover this amazing tropical ecosystem. You will see rare animals that are difficult to find in the wild such as the blue macaw, the anaconda or the “king of the forest”, the jaguar.
You will be accompanied by a guide who will share with you his knowledge and understanding of the local natural environment.
Next stop – Marajo, « the shield island» or in the local language Marajoara. This Island is situated opposite the town of Belem, in the middle of the Amazon delta. Almost the size of Switzerland, it reigns over the river and the Atlantic Ocean and is divided into two very different parts.
You will sail on the Amazon River! It’s a 3 hour boat ride to reach the island and this will give you time to realize the incredible enormity of the Amazon river as it flows into the ocean.
The people live on the eastern side of the island with its beaches and fields. There are fazendas (large farms or ranches) and vast flooded plains where they raise buffalo and which is a main inhabitant of the eastern part of the island.
As the island is partly marshy, the buffalo, which have been here since time immemorial, is an ideal alternative to horses for transport. Even the mounted police ride buffalo!
On the western side, a thick mangrove extends over the entire coastline, as well as a practically impenetrable forest inland. This is the kingdom of macaws, toucans and other sloths.
Walking through the streets of Salvaterre, you will discover the lively local culture. From here you will go to your “pousada” or lodge. It is worth spending a little time visiting the surrounding villages which still have traditional pottery workshops, a legacy of the local indigenous people and their extraordinary skills. It is a privileged moment to learn more about an indigenous civilization that lasted nearly a thousand years (400 to 1400 AD) and which, at its peak, was a population of more than 100,000. It’s also a good opportunity to bring back some original and ecological souvenirs and participate in the local economy at the same time!
For an authentic stay, you will be in a fazenda (ranch) hotel in the heart of Marajo Island. With simple but comfortable facilities and decors influenced by local crafts and materials you will find it easy to relax here during this island getaway.
You can discover how a local ranch works with no compromise to the comfort of your holiday.
The second part of your tour: From Manaus to Anavilhanas.
After discovering the incredible entrance to the Amazon forest with Belem and Marajo, you will fly, roughly 2 hrs. to the amazing city of Manaus built in the very heart of this huge tropical forest.
You will start your Amazon forest adventure in this great urban clearing, with the splendid Amazonas neo-Renaissance Theatre a vestige of the transitory prosperity linked to the rubber making era.
With grandeur and decadence, this city and its inhabitants have been able to adapt over the course of time to alternative prosperous periods and economic decline. We want you to discover this fascinating and rich history and so offer the services of an experienced guide to take you on a captivating visit of Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonia.
To top off this splendid visit, there’s nothing better than a cruise along its main waterways, A private cruise with a guide will take you from Manaus into the jungle, going up the Rio Negro, one of the two main tributaries of the majestic Amazon river.
Aboard a traditional style boat, exclusively for you and yours, you will arrive at an immense natural lake, the Acajatuba lake. This region is a true jewel of Nature with the Anavilhanas archipelago and its 400 islands.
During this expedition in the labyrinth of igarapes, (tributaries connecting the rivers), your guide will suggest lots of exclusive activities depending on the season, weather conditions and your desires. There are all sorts of things to do!
You can fish for piranha, go canoeing at night to watch the caïmans, canoe through the Igapos – the submerged forest during the rainy season, or explore the jungle on foot and lots more! And if you are lucky you may see a group of botos, the famous pink Amazon dolphins.
You may even be able to swim among them, a wonderful experience never to be forgotten!
On this boat trip you will also meet the communities that live all year round on the banks of the rivers, the famous Ribeirinhos (literally inhabitants of the shore), the Caboclos, the mixed race locals who will show you some of their secrets of how to survive in this beautiful yet unforgiving environment. You can also meet the original Indian inhabitants of this isolated world, famous for their traditional craftsmanship.
Downstream from Manaus, on your return trip, you will discover the “Encounter of the Waters” which is both a strange and magnificent phenomenon. For several kilometres you will sail on a half-yellow, half-black river before the waters of the Negro river and the Solimoes river finally mingle and give birth to the Amazon.
Detailed program for your Amazonia package vacation tour
Day 1 : In Belém
After your arrival at Belem airport a car with chauffeur will take you to your hotel.
Night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Belém
After a Brazilian buffet style breakfast at the hotel, you will set off on a motorized guided tour of Belem.
Morning, visit of the extraordinary market « Ver o Peso » (translated as “see by weight”) where you can find all the Amazon produce, medicinal plants, fruits etc..
You will also pass through the town centre and see the combination of the very European XIXth century architecture and the enormous tropical trees. A very beautiful and fascinating setting.
Afternoon, the Goeldi museum, this is an intense collection of the Amazon’s fauna and flora.
This is the moment to understand how this formidable Amazon ecosystem works and to get a glimpse of some of the rare animals in their natural habitats.
Night at the hotel.
Day 3 : Belém / Marajó
Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning, Private transport will take you to the port in Belem. You will then take a 3 hr. boat ride to Salvaterre, a small village on Marajo island. From there, you will continue by road to the fazenda Sanjo “ranch” where you will be staying.
This Fazenda is a typical working farm where part of it has been transformed into a hotel with full board (drinks not incl.)
Afternoon : you can go on a first visit of the farm and its surroundings to see the wild animals. You can choose to explore by 4×4, horseback or on the back of a buffalo!
Dinner and night at the fazenda Sanjo.
Day 4 : Marajo
Brazilian breakfast at the fazenda.
A full day of various excursions around the fazenda Sanjo (depending on the weather and the time of year) including walks, horse rides or buffalo rides.
Lunch and dinner on site.
Night at the fazenda Sanjo.
Day 5 : Marajo / Belem / Manaus
Morning, after a last traditional Marajo breakfast, you will go on a final walk around the ranch.
Back for lunch and then departure for the Salvaterre port where you will take the regular boat back to Belem.
On arrival, you can go for a tour of the Docas. It’s a very trendy part of the town with lots of shops and restaurants along the river bank. It will then be time for your private transfer to the airport and your flight to Manaus (about 2hrs.).
On arrival, transfer and night at your hotel in Manaus.
Day 6 : Manaus/ private cruise
Morning, after your Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel, a guide and car will come and collect you and take you on a tour of the main tourist sights in Manaus : Palacio Rio Negro, Mercado Municipal, Teatro Amazonas.
After visiting Manaus and your return to the hotel, another vehicle will collect you and take you to the port (If you are staying at the Tropical Resort hotel, the boat will pick you up directly at the hotel’s private port). Here, your boat awaits you with captain, cook and guide aboard to accompany you on your trip to the archipelago des Anavilhanas.
Boarding and departure from the port. (Full board during the cruise not including drinks)
After leaving Manaus behind you, you will sail to the mouth of the Rio Jaraqui, where you will discover an incredible ecosystem that exists as much horizontally as vertically.
You then carry on to Terra Preta, near the mouth of the river Cuieiras. This village is the occasion to visit the local indigenous community. You will discover the traditions and local crafts of these inhabitants of the forest who will reveal a little of the richness of their culture.
At the end of the day, you will return to the boat and dinner will be made from traditional local produce.
Night aboard the boat.
Day 7 : private cruise
As soon as you wake up and while you’re having your breakfast, the boat will continue to the Acajatuba lake. Going up the river Negro, you will go through the famous archipelago of Anavilhanas to join the lake on the other side of the river.
Morning program (possible changes in activities depending on the season and your desires) Canoe trips and a visit to the « Caboclos » – the mixed race Indians and Portuguese who live in the forest. They generally live on the river banks in floating houses or houses on stilts and row canoes up and down the network of rivers, the only real roads in Amazonia.
Return to the boat for lunch.
The afternoon, is fishing for piranha and other local fish.
After dinner, a nocturnal motorized canoe trip to see the caïmans.
Night on the boat on the tranquil Acajatuba lake. If the sky is clear, you will see the amazing sight of millions of stars around the Milky Way revealed in a sky totally unpolluted by artificial lights from our civilization.
Day 8 : Croisière privée / Manaus / out
You will have breakfast on the boat as it sails down the river towards the famous “Encounter of the Waters”. There you will see the amazing phenomenon of the black and brown waters of the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro flowing side by side for several kilometres without mixing together due to their different densities.
Then you arrive at the entrance to the January park, A large natural park where you can see giant water lilies (Victoris regia) and visit the local craftsmen.
Lunch is back on the boat.
Afternoon, a canoe excursion, in and around the national park, to explore the igarapes (small river tributaries) and igapos (flooded forest during the rainy season) This will give you a fascinating view of this beautiful and totally different world that is on our planet.
A final boat trip arriving around 5 pm in Manaus.
Private transfer to the airport and end of our services.
Double room prices:
Superior category 2 persons $2439 /pers – 4 persons $1909 /pers
Low season price of the current year, given as an indication and not worth quote
The Amazon Tour accomodation
Hotel Crown Belém (standard & superior)
The Crown Plaza Bel is typical of the large international hotel groups, and is one of the best hotels in the city. It is ideally located in the economic centre, in an uptown area where you will find many restaurants and all the services you might need.
The modern hotel’s elegant building consists of 173 rooms divided into different classes for all types of tourists in search of comfort and quality services.
This is a good option if you enjoy all the services and atmosphere of a large contemporary hotel.
Atrium Quinta das Pedras Hotel (standard & superior)
The Atrium Quinta das Pedras hotel offers an very interesting combination of historical charm and modern comforts. Built around a 17th century building that has been used for lots of different things over the years and is now completely renovated, thanks to the Atrium Group and the Cultural Ministry. It is now one of the best hotels in Belem. Its suites are comfortable and pleasant highlighting the old architecture with the modern conveniences. The public places such as the courtyard, bar and restaurant give a convivial and elegant atmosphere to this hotel.
Ideally located in the charming historic part of town, it’s undoubtedly one of the best hotels for those who want local charm without loosing the modern amenities and comfort.
Fazenda hotel Sanjo (Standard & superiore)
At the Fazenda Hotel Sanjo, we suggest an original stay right in the heart of a vast land property that covers most of the inhabited part of the Marajo island. Located in the middle of the buffalo and horse fields it is a small building with plain but charming rooms decorated in the country style. They have air conditioning and individual bathrooms. The building is decorated with local arts and crafts giving a really authentic atmosphere. The local dishes are tasty and copious using produce from the Fazenda(farm).
A friendly address well worth the visit to discover life on a local ranch and the people living on the largest river island in the world.
Hotel Saint Paul (Standard)
The Saint Paul hotel is in fact, according to our experience, is the best solution for those wanting to stay in the centre of Manaus to visit the town and surroundings easily. Located in a building only 10 minutes on foot from the famous town theatre,(some rooms have a direct view of it) the Saint Paul has been recently refurbished. There are a few rooms and furnished suites with a small kitchen and all necessary facilities for a pleasant stay in the Amazonian capital. There is also a pool to refresh in at the end of the day.
A pleasant and modern place with the best accommodation in the centre of Manaus. It is therefore our best value for money while staying in Manaus.
Tropical Manaus Eco-Resort (Standard)
The Tropical Eco-Resort is the most comprehensive hotel in Amazonia. With lots of facilities for sports and recreation in a large shady park, it will satisfy the most exigent of visitors. There are various room categories to please all travellers whether alone as a couple or a family or among friends. Decorated in a neo-classic style this comfortable hotel also has several restaurants and bars to spend a good time in various different settings.
Also it is located on the river bank and has a private port, which is interesting for those going on the Amazon Discovery Tour as you can embark straight onto the cruise boat from your hotel.