Meeting at the lobby of the Tropical Hotel at 14:00 hrs.
Board the Clipper and depart towards the Amazon River, whilst enjoying a welcome drink and briefing about the itinerary and facilities.
After a snack, we meet in the leisure room for lectures about Amazonia, where we get an introduction to Amazon conservation and ecology.
Before dinner, you may like to try a caipirinha, a sugary cocktail which is the national drink of Brazil.
After dinner, we explore the river’s edge with powerful searchlights to spot caiman, night-hawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloth and frogs.
We wake up at Janauaca Lake and make a dawn exploration by canoe of the rainforest as it too wakes up, keeping our eyes open for jungle birds and Pink River Dolphins.
We return to the Clipper for breakfast, which is then followed by a walk in the forest and a visit to the inhabitants of the lake area who live from manioc plantations, fishing, harvesting diverse fruit trees, including Brazil nuts, rubber tapping, logging and other extractive products.
We go fishing for piranha in the late afternoon: despite their fearsome reputation, they are surprisingly easy and fun to catch so it is not only for passionate anglers! At the same time, there are great chances to see Hoatzins and large flocks of egrets.
After dinner, we explore the forest in our canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.
Early this morning we explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a 9,000-acre reserve of flooded forest which is an excellent place to observe wildlife and a chance to see the famous Victoria Regia giant water lilies.
Once back on the boat, we sail past Manaus enjoying fine views of the waterfront – with its floating docks, market, Old Custom House and Opera House – on our way up the Rio Negro.
After dinner, once again we have the option to explore smaller creeks in our canoes and listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals with the possibility of observing birds, frogs, snakes and caimans.
As dawn breaks, we explore the river’s edge in our canoes where we often find fruit-eating birds such as parrots and toucans.
After breakfast we go for a jungle walk, during which we discover many surprising fragrances in leaves, fruits, woods and animals.
Around midday we return and we may go for a swim, before lunch.
In the afternoon we navigate through the Anavilhanas National Park, one of the world`s largest fresh water archipelagos, a labyrinth of waterways.
In the late afternoon we embark in the canoes and learn more about this wonderful nature reserve.
During breakfast, we sail to the Meeting of the Waters, the confluence of two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, notable for the clear difference in colours of each river, which take many miles to mix.
We then return to the Tropical Hotel pier, on Manaus’ waterfront.
We arrive at 11.30am, where your incredible Amazon cruise ends.
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