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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

From USD $3,150

Description

This is the most exploratory cruise in the entire Amazon – and is the Amazon’s only true expedition cruise. We venture along hidden uninhabited rivers deep into the wild woods where the magnificent plants and animals of the rainforest reign supreme. There are many active excursions into the forest. By day and by night we seek out the mysterious life that stirs in this vast wilderness forest. The Motor Yacht Tucano is comfortable and nimble and enables us to voyage far up the least inhabited major river in the Amazon Basin: The Rio Negro. We venture farther than any other visitors into the UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, the Central Amazon Conservation Complex. With our small group, (a maximum of 18 travelers), our skilled naturalist guides, and our expedition itinerary, we observe creatures almost never seen by other visitors. Far off the beaten path, we also visit small villages where the rhythms of life are tuned to the cycles of the wilderness. On the last day of the cruise we visit the Encontro das Aguas, the confluence of the world’s two largest rivers, the Rio Negro and the mighty, magnificent, Amazon River itself. This experience is well beyond any ordinary cruise and way off the grid – the quintessential Amazon expedition cruise.

Trip Name
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon
Days
7
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Cruise Length: 24 metres Passenger Capacity: 18 Built / refurbished: 1997 / 2018 In the first week of September 2018, the Motor Yacht Tucano, based in Manaus, Brasil, was relaunched after a substantial refit. In addition to the physical rebuilding, all of the expedition cruise activities were re-imagined and revised to enable travelers themselves to choose how they will be exploring the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Among countless small improvements to help the vessel stay new and inviting, the construction phase included an full rebuilding of the main salon and dining room. Where previously the sides of the vessel had solid walls with windows, there are now glass panels that make the Motor Yacht Tucano larger, brighter, and more stylish. At certain times of day, the walls of the salon are opened and travelers can enjoy the flower-scented breezes of the Amazon as well as experiencing an intimacy with the rainforest that cannot be had in a enclosed space. In order to enhance the sense of elegance of the vessel, the staterooms on the M/Y Tucano were fully refinished and redecorated. The decorative style retains the feeling of a classic yacht with polished brass and highly varnished wood panels, but this ambience was enhanced by the installation of new fixtures and a refinishing. Many new artworks, commissioned for the vessel, were placed in the staterooms. To amplify the sense of style as well as to pamper the explorers, the stateroom amenities were also refashioned to luxury standard. The M/Y Tucano now features 700 thread count Egyptian cotton woven by Brazil's premier luxury manufacturer, Artelassê. Each stateroom also has a bit of France via L'Occitane shower and bath kits.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 - Manaus, Rio Negro
Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we cannot predict what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water. (LD)We return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner we will embark in our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. We may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths. (D)
Day 2 - Day 2 - Rio Negro
Early this morning we divide into small groups and explorethe rainforest in our launches or kayaks, each group with a naturalistguide. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and weshould hear a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go fora walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understandingAmazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vesselwill get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the lateafternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listento the sunset chorus of birds, frogs and howler monkeys. (BLD)
Day 3 - Day 3 - Rio Negro
This morning there will be an early exploration of the wakingforest. We will keep our eyes open for sloths... on most trips we seethem often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in theforest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel duringthe middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion.Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the nightsky crowded with stars. (BLD)
Day 4 - Day 4 - Rio Negro
After our two morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)
Day 5 - Day 5 - Rio Negro
Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We will explore according to the weather and water depth areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brasil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)
Day 6 - Day 6 - Encontra das Aguas
We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakeningwildlife followed by a full Brasilian breakfast. We will then go onelast time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journeydownstream to arrive late in the day at the “Encontra das Aguas” astark several mile long line where two of the world’s largest rivers,the Amazon and the Rio Negro join in a turbulent maelstrom. Herethe dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water ofthe Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bowsupstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchoragenorth of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we willmarvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrantport cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight wewill have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in themorning. (BLD)
Day 7 - Day 7 - Manaus
Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano. (B)
Day 8 - Please Note:
Please note that the day to day schedule must be consideredapproximate. The exact order of the days and specific features maybe altered due to navigational and other scheduling considerations.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
06-02-202112-02-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
06-02-202112-02-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
06-02-202112-02-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
20-02-202126-02-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
20-02-202126-02-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
20-02-202126-02-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
06-03-202112-03-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
06-03-202112-03-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
06-03-202112-03-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
03-04-202109-04-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
03-04-202109-04-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
03-04-202109-04-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
17-04-202123-04-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
17-04-202123-04-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
17-04-202123-04-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
01-05-202107-05-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
01-05-202107-05-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
01-05-202107-05-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
15-05-202121-05-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
15-05-202121-05-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
15-05-202121-05-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
29-05-202104-06-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
29-05-202104-06-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
29-05-202104-06-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
12-06-202118-06-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
12-06-202118-06-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
12-06-202118-06-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
26-06-202102-07-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
26-06-202102-07-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
26-06-202102-07-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
10-07-202116-07-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
10-07-202116-07-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
10-07-202116-07-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
24-07-202130-07-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
24-07-202130-07-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
24-07-202130-07-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
07-08-202113-08-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
07-08-202113-08-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
07-08-202113-08-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
21-08-202127-08-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
21-08-202127-08-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
21-08-202127-08-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
18-09-202124-09-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
18-09-202124-09-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
18-09-202124-09-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
02-10-202108-10-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
02-10-202108-10-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
02-10-202108-10-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
16-10-202122-10-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
16-10-202122-10-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
16-10-202122-10-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
30-10-202105-11-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
30-10-202105-11-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
30-10-202105-11-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
13-11-202119-11-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
13-11-202119-11-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
13-11-202119-11-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
04-12-202110-12-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
04-12-202110-12-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
04-12-202110-12-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom
22-12-202128-12-2021USD $3,150Green Category Stateroom
22-12-202128-12-2021USD $4,665Blue Category Single Stateroom
22-12-202128-12-2021USD $4,665Yellow Category Stateroom

Inclusions

    • The three rainforest environments that we will observe on Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon are the igapó, terre firme, and varzea
    • Important feature of the program will be our visits to the homes of deep forest settlers. We will visit with them and learn what their lives are like, living on the edge of this vast trackless forest
    • Travel to the “Encontra das Aguas”, the meeting of the waters of the Amazon and the Negro Rivers. The volume of water is so great at their confluence that Brasilians consider the watercourse created by the joining of these two a completely different river
    • In addition to several crew members, all of whom grew up in the forest, the excursion will have a naturalist guide with many years of experience in the Amazon. The combined experience of these guides will help us make sense out of the great profusion of plant and animal life that we will see during the trip

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