The Amazon is the green ocean. The lung of the earth. With its 4 million km² of the richest forest in the world. It alone hosts 50% of animal species and 80% of the world’s plants. She lived the gold rushes, the rubber, the giant trees … Between Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. The equatorial forest harbors a fabulous biodiversity. The density of the forest makes the observation of birds and mammals very difficult. The macaws fly over the trees, the caimans see each other at night … The jungle is not a zoo but a wonder where discovery is essential, and varies from one cruise to another.
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. 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. After we go for a walk in the forest. To meet the local tribs who live from manioc plantations, fishing.
We go fishing for piranha in the late afternoon. 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 a night safari . There is a 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. 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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