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This voyage travels into a rarely visited part of the Amazon rainforest far up the Rio Negro where the flora and fauna 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, 2-nights

  2. Day 2: Rio sightseeing

  3. Day 3: Fly to Manaus, 1-night

  4. Days 4-10 : Board the Tucano, 7-nights

    Sail on the M/Y Tucano 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.

  5. Day 11: Disembark in Manaus; fly to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo and depart

  6. 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.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £4,925 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £3,755 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,850
  • Departures:
  • 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:

Tucano

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.