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This wonderful voyage travels up the Rio Negro into a rarely visited part of the Amazon rainforest, where the wildlife and flora is largely undisturbed.

With a naturalist guide you’ll visit different habitats by boat and on foot: igapó forest, the strange and lovely seasonally flooded forest where orchids and bromeliads cling to overhanging trees that are home to fishing birds and iguanas; the terre firme forest whose tall trees with buttressed roots are most people’s idea of Amazon rainforest; and the fantastically rich varzea forest, with colourful birds, magnificent trees draped with lianas and carpeted with orchids, and monkeys chattering in the branches.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Rio de Janeiro

    Fly from London to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in the evening. On arrival you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Rio, 2-nights

  2. Day 2: Rio sightseeing

    Included during your stay in Rio de Janeiro is a half day excursion to Corcovado. Perched atop the Corcovado (Hunchback) Mountain at an altitude of 710 metres, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is certainly one of the world's best-known and most-visited monuments. From the top there are breathtaking views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Botanical Gardens, Jockey Club and Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon.

  3. Day 3: Fly to Manaus

    Today you transfer back to the airport for a flight to Manaus, the starting point of your adventure on the Amazon. 

    Accommodation: Hotel in Manaus, 1-night

  4. Day 4: Board the Tucano

    Transfer to the pier and board your boat, home for the next week. Sail on the up the Rio Negro through the Anavilhanas Archipelago as far as the Rio Jauaperi, then return downstream to explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park and see the Meeting of the Waters.

    Accommodation: M/Y Tucano, 7-nights

  5. Days 5-10 : Cruise the Amazon

    The first three days of your journey will take you far up the least inhabited river in the Amazon - the Rio Negro.  You'll explore the forest on foot or in motorised canoes, swim in the world’s purest water, visit local settlers who live deep in the forest, and spend time seeking out - and then watching - the greatest range of wildlife on earth.

    On your last day, the boat returns to Manaus and you spend a final night on board.

  6. Day 11: Disembark in Manaus & depart

    Disembark after breakfast, and transfer to Manaus international airport for your return overnight flight connections to the UK via Rio or Sao Paulo. 

  7. Day 12: Arrive UK

You should note: If you don’t have a lot of time, but still wish to experience the essence of the Amazon, a shorter four-night river trip aboard the Tucano operates from Manaus on alternate Mondays. Please contact us for details.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £4,725 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £3,695 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,475
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Fortnightly departures (Wednesday)
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
Featured locations:

The Amazon

The basin of the world’s largest river contains its oldest tropical forest and most diverse ecosystem, with at least 40,000 plant species, and a variety of wildlife. The lodges offer outings on foot and by canoe to explore the rainforest. Alternatively a riverboat voyage can take you deeper into the rainforest.

  • Where: Amazonas
  • Ideal for viewing: capybara, giant otter, red and blue macaw, tapir, yellow anaconda
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, River safaris, Jaguar watching, Birdwatching

Rio de Janeiro

Rio is legendary for its stunning beaches and the iconic peaks of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Nearby attractions include Tijuca National Park, where you can walk rainforest trails to see a variety of wildlife species such as iguanas and monkeys.

  • Excellent for: Beach stay, City stopover, History & culture
This itinerary is available on the following cruise vessel:


The motor yacht Tucano is a traditional Amazon riverboat with nine comfortable cabins, each fitted with en suite bathrooms, panoramic windows and air conditioning. With a large observation deck and promenade balcony, you can look for pink river dolphins, squirrel monkeys and macaws as you sail.