Designed exclusively for cruising on the Amazon River and its tributaries, the Amazon Clipper offers the best small-ship cruising in the Brazilian Amazon, for those who are looking to enjoy unsurpassed wildlife-watching opportunities.
This itinerary will allow you to observe one of the most beautiful encounters of nature. The meeting if the waters is the point where two rivers, the Solimoes and Negro, converge but never mix.
Meeting at the lobby of the Tropical Hotel at 14:00 hrs.
Board the Amazon Clipper Premium and depart towards the Amazon River, whilst enjoying a welcome drink and briefing about the itinerary and facilities.
After a snack, you will be met at the leisure room for lectures about Amazonia, where you will 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, explore the river’s edge with powerful searchlights to spot Caimans, Nighthawks, Snakes, Toro-rats, Sloth’s’ and Frogs.
Wake up this morning at Janauaca lake and make a dawn exploration by canoe of the rain forest, keeping your eyes open for jungle birds and pink river dolphins. You will return to the boat 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.
You will also go fishing for piranhas 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, you will explore the forest in canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.
Early this morning you will explore 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, you will sail past Manaus enjoying fine views of the waterfront – with its floating docks, market, old custom house and opera house – on your way up the Rio Negro.
After dinner, once again you will 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, explore the river’s edge in your canoe where you will often find fruit-eating birds such as parrots and toucans. After breakfast, go for a jungle walk, during which you will discover many surprising fragrances in leaves, fruits, woods and animals.
Around midday, return and go for a swim, before lunch.
In the afternoon, navigate through the Anavilhanas National Park, one of the world`s largest fresh water archipelagos, a labyrinth of waterways.
Wake up this morning, and spend time fishing for piranhas and other Amazon fish. After breakfast, visit a locals community, where you will find many of the typical Amazonian fruits like Cupuaçu and Tapereba, palm trees like Açaí, Tucumã and Pupunha. Learn about the preparation of manioc flour and the health and education situation of the children. After lunch, land on one of the white sandy beaches to swim in the dark water. Exploring by canoe and scout for wildlife in the late afternoon.
Early this morning, explore the Lago Janauary Ecological Park. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife and chances to see the “Victoria Regia” the giant water lilies. You will sail to the famous Meeting of the Waters, the confluence of two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, famous for the clear difference in colours of each river, which take many miles to mix. Then return to the Tropical Hotel pier, on Manaus’ waterfront.
Arrive at 11.30am, where your incredible Amazon cruise ends.