Day 6 - Embark the Tucano Amazon Riverboat
Early morning flight to Manaus and transfer to the M/V Tucano for a four night expedition cruise, shown on the facing page 4. Afternoon departure northbound on the Rio Negro river.
Purpose-built to reach seldom-visited parts of the Amazon, the Tucano is our preferred cruise vessel in this part of the world's biggest rainforest. It is styled on the classic steam riverboats of yesteryear and offers guests plenty of space to spread out, with a large observation deck to soak in the rainforest vistas.
All cabins have plenty of large windows, air conditioning and private bathrooms. They are elegantly decorated, with stylish wood panelling, and offer completely comfort and privacy in both single and double rooms. A variety of delicious Brazilian meals are served, with fresh fruit, vegetables and Amazon fruit juices on offer.
During the course of the cruise, you will explore three different habitats; two types of flooded forests; varzea and igapó, the former being milky coffee in colour and the later a darker variation, with wildlife and plantlife varying greatly between the two, plus terre firme; higher land above the flood line, with solid ground and a more defined rainforest structure. Some of the highlights include:
Day 7 - Anavilhanas Archipelago
Today we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with excursions into the rainforest during the day and caiman spotting at night.
Day 8 - Rio Negro
Exploring the Rio Negro, taking canoe trips on the narrow, flooded creeks and streams in the company of expert local guides.
Day 9 - Meeting of the Waters
Sail towards Manuas, where we experience the meeting of the two great rivers, the Amazon and Rio Negro at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. We overnight in Manaus.