Since he was so baptized by the conquistadors of the sixteenth century. Who thought they could discover these warriors of Greek mythology. The Amazon river never ceased to inspire the minds of the great travelers. To explore this aquatic labyrinth, to penetrate this captivating environment rich of belief and magic, to meet the inhabitants settled along the banks, to observe the fauna and the flora. The boat is the best way to discover this paradise on earth
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, 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. 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. They live from manioc plantations, fishing, harvesting diverse fruit trees. We go fishing for piranha in the late afternoon . After dinner, we go for a night safary to observe the night life
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. 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.
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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In many ways, May and early June are the best time to visit the Amazon. During these months, the river levels are still high enough for exploration by boat, but the rainfall is curbing enough to draw out some of the wildlife you might not spot otherwise