The Amazon is a 4,400-mile river with thousands of tributaries. It is a 2,600,000-square mile basin, draining rivers and streams in eight countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname), as well as French Guiana. Its broadleaved forest is the largest on the planet and its biome – the forest combined with the savannah, floodplains, and rivers – is a region of immense diversity, sheltering more than 30,000 plant species, 1,800 fish, 1,300 bird species, 311 mammals and 165 types of amphibian. A tour or cruise of the Amazon Rainforest is a sublime journey into the heart of most biodiverse place on the planet. Your dream Amazon Tour awaits. Venture into the Amazon Rainforest and experience the natural beauty of the world's largest jungle on our one-of-a-kind Amazon Thanksgiving Tour Package.
TRIP AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Rio Negro
Day 2: Rio Negro
Day 3: Rio Negro
Day 4: Rio Jauaperi
Day 5: Southwestern bank of the Rio Negro
Day 6: Novo Airão
Day 7: Lago Janauari Ecological Park
Day 8: Manaus
PLACES TO VISIT
Manaus, Amazon and Rio Negro
The Heart of Amazonia Adventure explores some of the most untouched rainforests in the entire Amazon. Venture 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. With your naturalist guides, plumb the mysteries of the different kinds of forest found in the Amazon.
Early this morning explore the rainforest along the water’s edge in launches. You should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and there should be a morning serenade of toucans along with a hundred other kinds of birds. After breakfast, you will go for a walk in the forest where you will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday return to the boat and get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the early afternoon explore the forest in launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.
This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. On your walk in the forest keep your eyes open for monkeys--never easy to see, but you may be lucky. Return for breakfast and a swim and travel during the middle of the day. Mid-afternoon explore again in launches. Tonight the boat will make headway on course to stop at a good spot for a morning excursion.
After an early morning excursion navigates along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. You may stop for a visit at a settler's home carved out of the forest. The thatched huts and the kindness of the settlers disguise an amazingly complex way of life. The warmth of the reception will be evidence of a centuries-old tradition of hospitality. These visits with families so far in the forest are often the high points of a visitor's trip. You should arrive in the early afternoon at an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. You will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this kind of environment. Weather permitting do a night excursion to observe nocturnal wildlife.
Today depart the Rio Jauaperi and proceed down the southwestern bank of the Rio Negro. You will scout along the wilderness shore in the boat's launches. You may also stop and visit the homes of some forest settlers and marvel at their tremendous pioneering skills. During the night continue to travel down the Rio Negro.
Today cross to the other side of the Rio Negro, exploring as you go. The boat will make a stop at the substantial boat building village Novo Airão. Walk through the streets and marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. Traveling through the night arrive near the confluence of the Amazon and Negro Rivers. As the boat glides through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the "Caipirinha".
This morning explore by launching the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is thick with life. During breakfast, the boat will get underway and you will travel to the "Encontra das Aguas" the stark several mile long lines 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 enjoy an excursion exploring a hidden stream to try to see more of Amazon's beautiful and bizarre creatures. In the evening return to Manaus and overnight on the boat.
After breakfast passengers will disembark from the Tucano. Transfer to the airport for departing flight or overnight at a Manaus hotel.
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