Amazon Expedition Cruises by M Y Tucano
About Amazon Nature Tours
We began operating ecological tours in the Brazilian Amazon in 1989, though we have worked in the Amazon since 1982. The Motor Vessel TUCANO went into service in 1997. Our programs are the most intensive and thoughtful offered in the entire Amazon. We have conducted hundreds of trips in the Amazon, many with very well-known guests and scientific guides. Your passengers will find our trips fascinating.
Our trips go beyond the tourist experience of most trips to the Amazon. We visit areas that are not visited by other groups. We see creatures that are almost never seen on other Amazon trips. The program is also active with several excursions off the boat every day. Every morning we walk in the forest. But there is no difficulty for older travelers because when we go into the forest we divide into small groups each with a private guide and woodsman.
Our cruises have several excursions off the boat every day. We venture out in our ship's launches exploring quiet tributaries, we walk in the forest, stroll through small villages, and on some days we have optional kayak explorations of the flooded forest. Travelers can choose whatever level of activity they wish because we divide into smaller groups each with a guide. Our cruises are appropriate both for travelers who wish an active experience and those who prefer quiet thoughtful observation of nature.
The M/Y Tucano has 9 cabins. We take a maximum of 18 and often the vessel is full with as few as 14 travelers. With our small groups, the cruises are more focused on the rainforest and, importantly, travelers can spend more time with the guides which make it a much better experience.
Comfortable Vessel and High Quality Service
Though not a luxury vessel, the M/Y Tucano is a comfortable and well-appointed expeditionary vessel. All the cabins are outside cabins with private baths and air-conditioning. The vessel has style and elegance with lots of polished brass and varnished woodwork. We have a large crew that keeps the vessel clean and helps travelers in every way possible to enjoy the trip.
Highly Skilled Guides
Our naturalist guides are some of the very best in the Amazon. They are skilled bilingual naturalists and their experience helps passengers unlock the secrets of the magnificent wildlife of the rainforest.
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon (Six Nights)
This is a true expedition cruise that voyages deep into the Amazon rainforest. With a generous amount of time to explore, a good boat, a skilled crew, and adventurous passengers, we venture far into the Amazon rainforest wilderness and observe flora and fauna hidden to most visitors.
The Amazon Odyssey (Four Nights)
This compact cruise is especially good for travelers who have a multi-destination trip within Brazil. It offers the essence of both the culture and wildlife of the Amazon and an authentic experience.
|1st. day||Meeting at 7:00 AM at Tropical Ecoresort lobby. 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)|
|2nd. day||Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters' edge in our launches or kayaks, each group with a naturalist guide. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and we should hear a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. (BLD)|
|3rd. day||This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel during the 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 night sky crowded with stars. (BLD)|
|4th. day||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 Jauaperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the Várzea. 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)|
|5th. day||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 and river depth permitting will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches and we return to the Motor Yacht Tucano for "Caipirinhas Night" on and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)|
|6th. day||We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the "Encontro das Águas" a stark several mile long line where two of the world's largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the world largest and most vibrant port cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (BLD)|
|7th. day||Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark (around 7:00 AM) from the M/Y Tucano. (B)|
|1st. day||This afternoon (04:00 PM) This afternoon we embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in
Manaus, Brazil. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments.
By late afternoon we enter one of the world's largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along
a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion in
the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the igapó. Along the river bank we may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we may hear
the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collections
of birds in the world and we are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.|
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)
|2nd. day||Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world's largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning we return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting we will disembark at mid-morning and will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the terra firme. Here we have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon's great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar. Around mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon we will excursion in our launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon's crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. (BLD)|
|3rd. day||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 and river depth permitting will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches and we return to the Motor Yacht Tucano for "Caipirinhas Night" on and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)|
|4th. day||We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the "Encontro das Águas" a stark several mile long line where two of the world's largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the worlds largest and most vibrant port cities, that is over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (BLD)|
|5th. day||Early this morning travelers will disembark the vessel at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical. (B)|
Meal Codes: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Please note that all of our trips are exploratory and we adapt the vessel course to maintain an interesting cruise. We may alter the
itinerary due to low river levels. But this does not diminish the cruise, instead it allows us to improvise in seeking interesting places to visit.
Degree of Difficulty: Good health is necessary. Though the trip does not include endurance hiking, participants should be able feel comfortable walking at a leisurely pace for 2 to 3 hours at a time.
Packages & Rates (PER PERSON US$) - Rates Valid for 2018
Yellow, Green & Blue
|Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon|
|The Amazon Odyssey|
|(Y) 3, 4, 5, 6 & 0||US$ 4,665||US$ 2,600|
|(G) 2 & 7||US$ 4,175||US$ 1,750|
|(B) 1 & 8 - SINGLE||US$ 6,260||US$ 2,600|
7 days and 6 nights: Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon - Embark: Saturday, meet at 07:00am in the lobby of the Hotel Tropical. Disembark: Friday, disembark at Hotel Tropical at 07:30am.
5 days and 4 nights: The Amazon Odyssey - Embark: Monday, passengers meet our guide at 04:00pm in the lobby of the Hotel Tropical. Disembark: Friday, disembark at the Hotel Tropical at 07:30am.
By pre-arrangement guests can disembark the previous evening for transfers for early flights.
*Amazonas by Viverde offers one day rate courtesy at hotel Tropical Ecoresort before and another after the cruise.
Attention: Tropical check-in is after 2:00 PM and check-out at 12:00 PM next day.
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Price Includes: Prices are per person in USD. Prices include accommodations, guided excursions, and meals as indicated in the
itinerary. Bottled water is served free of charge. On joining the group on day one, passengers will board the vessel after a short walk from
the lobby of the Hotel Tropical, Manaus. Prices and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
Price Does Not Include: Not included are airport transfers, airfare, departure taxes, visa fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, gratuities, if any, or items of a personal nature.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $400 USD is required to confirm the reservation. This deposit is non-refundable even if the passenger cancels.
Cabin Categories: There are three cabin categories on the Motor Yacht Tucano: all have a private bathroom and air-conditioning.
Yellow Cabins: double cabins are the largest on the vessel. They have beds side by side.
Green Cabins: double cabins with above and below berths (bunk beds).
Blue Cabins: single cabins have a single twin sized bed. On request, Blue cabins can be converted to Green Cabins.
Triple Occupancy: Three travelers can share cabin "0". Each traveler pays the Green Category Rate.
Single Occupancy: If a single traveler is willing to share with another same gender passenger, he or she will be charged the Green Category rate, even if a roommate is not available. Single travelers that request a private cabin pay the Blue Category rate. If a single traveler wishes to reserve a Yellow Category cabin, he or she must pay the full fare for two travelers at the Yellow Category rate.
Discounts for Children: Children 12 years of age and under who share a room with an adult receive a discount of 50% off the cruise rate for whichever cabin category they select, subject to availability.
Notes: Rates are subject to change without notice according to currency exchange rate change or unexpected fuel increases. In case of force majeure to include unexpected repairs, Amazon Nature Tours reserves the right to substitute a vessel similar to the Motor Yacht Tucano without penalty.